Best New Kitchen and Bath Products 2011
By: , This Old House magazine
Our Favorite New Product Picks
Luxe for LessWith home centers expanding their lines and prestige brands striving to offer value, high style at a low price is more available than ever.
Small, Dark, and Handsome
Flatter your cabinets with Amerock's rich-looking Candler Collection knobs and pulls in a new finish called Caramel Bronze (available in September).
Retro PendantWith its bulbous glass shade and atmospheric Edison-style bulb, this Past is Present pendant (#198671) has the graceful look of pricey reproductions. Hang one over the sink or three in a row over the island.
Lots of Mirror, Low CostThe door on Robern's R3 Series 14-by-18-by-4-inch cabinet is mirrored on both sides, opens 108 degrees for a wide view, and shuts with a soft close. The mirrored interior brightens items stored on its glass shelves.
No Chimney NeededAdd a fireplace to your cook space without calling a mason. Hang The Outdoor GreatRoom Company's Inspiration Fireplace on a wall indoors or out and enjoy flames fueled by clean, low-cost gel. It comes in a brushed stainless-steel finish that will marry well with kitchen appliances.
Bath-Fan BonusIt's hard to find a vent-fan light fixture that doesn't look geeky or sound like an airplane. NuTone's sleek LunAura not only blends in, it has the company's quietest and most powerful motor yet. It also features a blue-glow LED night-light that's designed to not wake you in the wee hours.
Universal DimmerGet maximum light control from the bulb of your choice. Lutron's Skylark Contour C.L. Dimmer handles all dimmable bulbs, from CFL to LED to incandescent.
Counter DecluttererStash extra-long utensils out of sight with MasterBrands' diagonal Diamond Drawer Insert—ingenious!
Nonslip Foor TileFaux-wood-grained porcelain Nocchio "planks" by Ann Sacks meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards for horizontal surfaces in a wet environment. Colors include (from left) Burnt Walnut, Yellow Birch, and Antique Hickory.
Soak in StyleThe 70-inch Toulouse tub from Victoria + Albert has an updated vintage look and a soft-white finish. It's cast from a solid composite that is half powdered volcanic limestone and half resin, so scratches can be polished out. And at 194 pounds, it's lighter and easier to install than cast iron.