Technological developments over the last several decades have been credited with making life more efficient and less stressful. While some may argue whether these products delivered on the less stressful promise, most agree that high-tech products have raised the bar for today’s living standards.
Kitchen and bath product manufacturers have not been caught lagging behind in this arena. In fact, in many instances, these firms are leading the way, providing items that make food preparation smarter and more efficient, and bath products that provide pampering and the ultimate in hygiene.
They are continuing the tradition of using modern technology to bring to life products that were mere fantasy only a few years ago. They know that life in the 21st century is hectic, so they have created products that will make life just a little easier, and perhaps environmentally friendly and beautiful as well.
Those products include an “intelligent” oven with an advanced refrigeration system that can be operated by remote control via the Internet or a cell phone, a toilet seat that features a personal hygiene system, and a dishwasher that detects the amount of debris on the contents to determine what water temperature and cycle are needed.
High-tech, of course, usually means “really neat” when it comes to new products. A refrigerator with a remote-controlled, cable-ready television built into one of its doors? A surround-sound system built into the bathtub? Televisions built into bathroom mirrors, cabinets and towel warmers? A refrigerator that will do the shopping, cook the food and serve it to you on your return home? Okay, so maybe that last product isn’t available…yet.
1. Featuring a patented hybrid cooking system that can be changed to gas, gas-fired infrared and traditional charcoal, the 42" Fuego 01 from Fuego is crafted of brushed stainless steel, farmed teak and slate countertops and a cast iron grilling surface. The Fuego 02 is a scaled-down (30") version of its larger sibling. Featuring a modular accessory system, the Fuego 02 can house accessories such as ceramic trays, paper towel holders, champagne ice buckets and spice jars.
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2. KWC America Inc. offers Eve, a streamlined faucet that features an illuminated LED light band around the water’s exit point. At the push of a concealed button, the light from the transparent plastic ring integrates with Eve’s Neoperl pull-out spray from the swivel spout. The faucet, which is offered in chrome finish or stainless steel, is available in either a kitchen sink size or a smaller version for the bar or a bathroom vanity.
Indicate #316 on e-Inquiry.
3. Gaggenau’s 24" Lift Oven with the LiftMatic function features an automatic elevating base. With the push of a button, the glass ceramic base lowers directly from the oven to the countertop, where food dishes can be loaded and then raised into the cooking cavity.
Indicate #317 on e-Inquiry.
4. The Nexxt 500 plus (shown) and 800 series of laundry washers from Bosch feature the EcoWash option, which optimizes heating cycles for greater efficiency, without affecting cleaning results, with settings to optimize the wash cycle to suit specific items such as jeans or comforters.
Indicate #318 on e-Inquiry.
5. Featuring a thermostatic valve and digital interface, the Kohler DTV offers a customized shower experience utilizing multiple showerheads, hand showers and bodysprays, all controlled with the touch of a button. Preset hydrotherapy experiences include: up massage; down massage; wave massage; and temperature therapy.
Indicate #319 on e-Inquiry.
6. The Precision Series Gas Self-Cleaning Ranges from Capital Cooking Equipment, Inc. include a motorized rotisserie system built into the oven cell, including rotating rod and cast stainless steel prongs. The Power Flo Burner System can simmer at 140° or heat up to 19,000 BTUs. The ranges are available in 30", 36", 48" and 60" models.
Indicate #320 on e-Inquiry.