There are two main industry shows that showcase about 5 football field size rooms of home improvement products annually, as well as training from the best in the profession: the International Builder Show and the National Kitchen & Bath Show. Both have a panel of judges to determine the best, innovative products for home improvement, which is a good thing! It isn’t possible to see everything vetting out the top newcomers is much appreciated. Here are some of our top 8 favorites and their categories.
|Bathroom: The Blade 3D Printed Faucet, DXV by American Standard. It is a stainless steel sensor faucet that the end of the horizontal spout is a circular hole through the flat stainless blade that the water pours through the edge to create a vortex of cascading water. Its simplistic design is unlike anything we’ve seen before!|
|Kitchen: HydroTap faucet by Zip Water. It can instantly provide filtered boiled, chilled, or sparking water. Its micro purity filtration even removes heavy metals and chlorine, and reports to be 25 times better than a standard refrigerator filtration.|
|Outdoor Living (tie):
Arcadia Series Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets by Kalamazoo. Their 200+ color options for the door and drawer fronts easily extends the indoor kitchen to outdoor living. Custom designing the modular units are easily clipped together with snap on toe-kicks for the finished look. They offer a full array of outdoor kitchen appliances.
|Soho folding glass wall doors by Hampstead. These accordion folding glass doors are their new line at a lower price point that open up 18 or 24 feet. Their goal is to make high end glass walls more affordable.|
|Smart Home Technology (tie):
Leviton Load Center Wi-Fi enabled Circuit Breaker by Leviton Mfg Co. You can install smart Wi-Fi circuit breakers to monitor specific high energy use systems such as your heat pump, refrigerator, pool pump, oven, etc. It can provide daily, weekly, monthly and yearly energy usage stats, and alert you if an appliance is in need of service.
|Flo by Moen. This smart flow meter will send you an alert and stop leaks which can help minimize damage to the home. It monitors the toilets, shower, faucets, and hidden pipes so there are no water bill surprises, or catastrophes while you are away. With proper sizing and installation, it can also be used for irrigation systems.|
|Best Green Building Product: Heatlok HFO Pro by Demilec Spray Foam Insulation. It is the highest rated insulating foaming spray, with an R-value of 7.5 per inch and 98% closed cell rate. It uses renewable and recyclable material and does not deplete the ozone.|
|Best Energy Efficient Product: Powerhouse 3.0 Solar Shingle by RGS Energy, a made in the USA company. Combines asphalt tiles with a photovoltaic silicon solar cell system for ease of installation and visually unobtrusive aesthetics. It’s design make it one of the most affordable solar shingle system.|
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