Not all bath fixtures are created equal. We highlight prominent product launches throughout the year.
Most Americans prefer to remodel rather than move, a 2014 Houzz & Home survey revealed. The most popular space to renovate? The bathroom.
Here are some of the most interesting bath products to hit the market this past year.
To help fuel remodeling dreams, here are some of the most interesting bath products to hit the market this past year and why there is interest in their unique features.
Luxury continues to rule the bathroom, with many consumers longing for a spa-like experience in the comfort of their own homes. One product amply capturing that spirit is the Vessel bathtub from furniture-maker Splinter Works.
This tub resembles a hammock, and provides both a bathing and lounging experience.
“Struck by the synergy between the shapes of two compelling symbols of relaxation, a hammock and a bathtub, we were inspired to develop a piece that would provide the ultimate vehicle for total escapism,” Miles Hartwell, Splinter Works’ cofounder, said in a news release.
For those who want a similar experience, but without the Vessel’s $30,000+ price tag, there are contemporary European designs to create a clean, sleek bathroom aura. A freestanding washbasin, such as Laufen’s rounded ILBAGNOALESSI One ‘Tam Tam’ tub, can provide plenty of space in which to soak and rejuvenate.
Aging-in-place design also is a critical component of many bathroom remodels, as homeowners look to create a residence that will grow with them for years to come. One helpful fixture for those concerned with poor eyesight (now or down the road) is Kohler’s Nightlight feature, available on both the Cachet and Reveal Q3 toilet seat models.
The Nightlight feature runs on a seven-hour timer to provide soft blue illumination from two LED light displays for easier bathroom navigation. The lights run on four AA batteries.
Those dealing with small space issues may be more inclined to purchase something like the Iota folding toilet. Gareth Humphreys and Elliot Whiteley created the Iota for their final-year project at the University of Huddersfield in England, according to PSFK.com. The team conducted a small survey to determine what issues may need to be solved in the restroom and decided on two: the running costs and the amount of space a toilet occupies in a bathroom.
The fold-up technology comes into play when the user flushes the toilet. The waste seems to disappear into the wall, along with the toilet, as the bowl completely disappears from view.
Advanced Shower Heads
Consumers are often torn between whether to opt for a spa experience or think about the environment instead. But luxury and water conservation go hand in hand with Niagara’s Earth Massage Handheld shower head. The low-flow fixture saves 40 percent more water than standard models but uses patented pressure-compensating technology to ensure that users never feel the difference.
Design features are important in bathroom remodels as consumers seek a streamlined look. The StyleDrain Tile from California Faucets helps them accomplish that.
An inlaid stone or tile covers the drain to create the impression of water disappearing into the floor, when in reality, its construction allows for up to 10 gallons of water per minute to drain. An all-brass frame holds the tile in place and creates a fine accent around the tile or stone.