The year 2016 was an eventful one for home building.
2016 Top 100 Products: Kitchen and Bath
Products from Electrolux, Geberit, Gerber, Kohler, Noble Co., Sterling, Thermador, Timberlake, and Viking
To see products in the other 2016 Top 100 categories, click here.
Professional Appliances / Electrolux
The Frigidaire Professional suite of appliances, which includes a free-standing range, French door refrigerator, and dishwasher, is focused on offering consumers high-quality appliances inspired by restaurant-style kitchens at affordable prices. And, unlike most professional appliances, the Professional suite is compatible with standard-size appliances so they fit into existing kitchens. Styling is characterized by symmetrical lines, heavy-duty knobs and handles, and easy-to-use control panels. The suite uses the company’s Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel to resist fingerprints and ensure easy cleaning.
Floor-Mount Toilet / Geberit
The Monolith Floor-Mount Toilet is a slim, attractive alternative to a typical toilet. Designed by Geberit to connect to existing drainage and water supply lines so no structural modifications are required, the Monolith installs quickly and completely into the existing toilet rough-in. Large and small levers offer water-saving dual-flush choices: 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) for solid waste and 0.8 gpf for liquid waste. Monolith exceeds EPA WaterSense HET flushing performance and North American code approvals.
In-Wall Toilet System / Geberit
Low maintenance coupled with water and space savings are the hallmarks of Geberit’s In-Wall Tank and Carrier System. The re-engineered Sigma concealed tank for the wall-hung toilets fits within a standard 2x4 or 2x6 wood- or metal-frame wall and has more space, allowing for the tool-free removal of the fill and flush valves behind the decorative flush panel. An adjustable tank height of 15 to 19 inches ensures that anyone will be able to use the fixture, which supports up to 880 pounds. It also offers dual-flush functionality of 1.6 or 0.8 gallons per flush.
Power-Flush Toilet / Gerber
An improved trapway headlines the improvements to the Avalanche, one of Gerber’s most popular toilet lines. The new concealed trapway allows improved flushing and cleaning of the toilet bowl and gives the base of the Avalanche family a smooth, sleek look that is easy to clean and maintain. All internal components are Fluidmaster brand, including the premium 540 Series 3-inch flush valve combined with the 400A fill valve. The toilet uses 1.28 gallons per flush and is WaterSense certified.
Shower Wall / Kohler
The Choreograph collection is manufactured from Serica, a durable proprietary material, and enables the family bathroom to be the space that works for everyone by bringing functionality and organization into the shower. Kohler offers a variety of wall panels, storage solutions, and accessories in a range of colors, patterns, and textures to match any décor. The walls can be trimmed on site for custom cuts and installed over tile. The joints of the Choreograph collection leave a minimal seam, making the shower walls easier to clean and maintain.
Linear Drain / Noble Co.
Noble’s Freestyle Linear Drain is made from a single piece of plastic (PVC or ABS) with no seams. It allows for a single-slope shower base, versatility of drain location, and uninterrupted installation of large-format tile. The drain features a membrane-clamping mechanism that ensures a watertight connection to the waterproofing membrane. Noble makes the linear drain in six lengths and four brushed stainless strainer styles.
Shower Pan Slope / Noble Co.
To help builders create the code-required ¼-inch-per-foot slope toward the center under a shower pan liner, Noble Co. makes the Pro-Slope, a preformed composite from durable expanded polystyrene that comes in 40-by-40-inch and 60-by-60-inch sizes and a 40-by-80-inch tub replacement size. Extensions are also available. The product can easily be cut using a utility knife and doesn’t require any mortar, mixing, or curing.
Bath/Shower Unit / Sterling
This bath/shower unit from Sterling, a Kohler company, consists of modular panels connected with Dry-Block seal; no caulk is needed. The entire unit is made of Vikrell, Sterling’s exclusive long-lasting, stain- and scratch-resistant material that’s easy to clean and won’t chip or fade. Offering abundant shelving and a unique channeled water containment system to prevent leaks, the unit’s available sizes include 60 by 30 inches and 60 by 32 inches in White or Kohler Biscuit.
Refrigeration / Thermador
By mixing and matching refrigerator, freezer, wine, and bottom freezer columns, Culinary Preservation Centers from Thermador offer customization to fit the needs of any home chef or entertainer’s kitchen. Each food storage column can be mixed and matched with any other column and can be selected in 18-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch, and 36-inch sizes. Someone who loves to entertain may choose a combination of a 30-inch built-in refrigerator, a 24-inch built-in wine column, and a 30-inch built-in bottom freezer, while an urban family living in a more compact space may opt for a 24-inch built-in refrigerator and an 18-inch built-in freezer. As kitchens become more personalized, Thermador’s Culinary Preservation Centers offer builders a unique blend of design freedom and flexibility.
High-Quality Service / Timberlake Cabinetry
Timberlake Cabinetry offers everything from custom-built cabinets to more budget-conscious options, but its service is standard across the board. The company’s smooth delivery process progresses from the design and quote phase through the punch-out and transfer step, which entails an inspection from a Timberlake representative. Sales reps, builder service reps, designers, field supervisors, and service technicians are located around the country, and Timberlake monitors blueprints, paperwork, and schedules through the Maestro custom software system.
French-Door Double Oven / Viking
Just one hand can open the extra large doors of the Viking Professional French-Door Double Oven. The 4.7-cubic-foot oven with 11 modes for cooking versatility is equipped with six porcelain-coated rack positions. It also comes standard with backlit steel knobs, three oven racks (two ball-bearing racks in the top oven and one in the bottom), and twin 8.5-inch bidirectional convection fans.