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The 30 Most Innovative Products of 2019

These award-winning products are changing the way we think about kitchen and bath design.

By Debra Steilen and Jessica Bennett
  • Beale MeasureFill Touch Kitchen Faucet
  • Cambria Levven
  • Best slot downdraft system
  • DeKauri Bespoke Bath Credenza
  • Kordan Three-Light Pendant Cluster
  • AT200 LS SpaLet Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet
  • Elkay Crosstown Stainless-Steel Farmhouse Sink
  • Franke Chef Center XL
  • ShowerTablet 600 Exposed Shower Trim
  • Kohler Dutchmaster
  • Karina Solid Surface Bathtub
  • Montego Portable LED Lantern
  • Grid Sink Faucet with Cube Handles
  • Kohler Ombré Faucet Finish
  • KitchenAid Sifter + Scale Attachment
  • Legrand Radiant Wireless Charger
  • Adura MaxAPEX flooring
  • Contourz Collection concrete tile
  • Miele Vacuum Sealing Drawer
  • Organic Series hardware
  • U by Moen with Voice Activation shower
  • Plume mosaic panels
  • Pella Integrated Rolscreen
  • Poggenpohl Venovo bespoke kitchen
  • Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop
  • Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Match
  • Tempaper Hexagon Tile
  • Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator
  • Stone Forest Elemental Collection
  • Toto Flotation Tub with Zero Dimension
  • Beale MeasureFill Touch Kitchen Faucet

    This clever faucet delivers a set volume of water—from ½ cup to 5 cups—on demand. Just turn and tap the selection dial to dispense water metered in either cups or ounces.

    Beale MeasureFill Touch Kitchen Faucet (starting at $645). American Standard; americanstandard.com

  • Cambria Levven

    Energize a kitchen or bath with quartz-surfacing countertops inspired by nature. This eye-catching design showcases streaks of black, white, and gray that surge like tumbling river currents—all while resisting scratches, stains, and moisture.

    Levven (pricing varies). Cambria; cambriausa.com

  • Best slot downdraft system

    Clear the counter with a downdraft cooktop vent that stays invisible until opened with just a touch. Air intakes on either side of the cooktop ensure exceptional air quality. And you’ll get unobstructed views while cooking.

    Slot downdraft system ($1,260). Best; bestrangehoods.com

  • DeKauri Bespoke Bath Credenza

    Homeowners have hidden kitchen appliances behind cabinetry for decades. Now the concept has reached the bath—where this enclosed vanity unit (made from Kauri wood and compact surfacing) fuses grooming with glamour. Just shut the door and everything’s hidden until the next time you wash your face.

    DeKauri Bespoke Bath Credenza (starts at $20,000). Cosentino, Daniel Germani, Riva 1920, Juniper, and Fantini; info@riva1920.it

  • Kordan Three-Light Pendant Cluster

    Inspired by cocktail jiggers, this contemporary fixture fuses sleek shapes with on-trend matte black and polished-nickel finishes. Adjust the wires so pendants line up, create a pattern, or appear at random heights.

    Kordan Three-Light Pendant Cluster ($360). élan Lighting; elan-lighting.com

  • AT200 LS SpaLet Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet

    Take cleanliness to the next level with an electronic bidet toilet with hands-free flush, automated lid opening/closing, and a two-nozzle spray system with air dryer. A remote control adjusts nozzle positions, spray volume, and water temperature.

    AT200 LS SpaLet Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet ($4,200). DXV; dxv.com

  • Elkay Crosstown Stainless-Steel Farmhouse Sink

    Change the color and material of this sink’s apron without removing or reinstalling the sink. Aprons come in six stainless hues as well as white fireclay.

    Elkay Crosstown Stainless-Steel Farmhouse Sink with Interchangeable Apron ($1,049-$1,364; aprons sold separately $314-$419 each). Elkay Manufacturing; elkay.com/crosstown

  • Franke Chef Center XL

    Enjoy a seamless workflow—from prepping to entertaining to cleaning—by choosing the largest size yet of this versatile sink. Designed for a minimum cabinet size of 45 inches, the handcrafted, 18-gauge stainless-steel sink comes with two removable, multitasking compartments and custom accessories.

    Chef Center XL ($2,699). Franke; franke.us/ks

  • ShowerTablet 600 Exposed Shower Trim

    Covered in protective glass, this highly configurable thermostatic mixer doubles as a shower shelf with plenty of room for grooming gear. User-friendly symbols for the showerhead, hand shower, and temperature-control settings are easy to decipher.

    ShowerTablet 600 Exposed Shower Trim ($990). hansgrohe; hansgrohe-usa.com

  • Kohler Dutchmaster

    Designed in collaboration with artist Ashley Woodson Bailey, this statement sink captures the lush beauty of dramatically lit flowers against an onyx backdrop.

    Dutchmaster ($1,132). Kohler; us.kohler.com

  • Karina Solid Surface Bathtub

    Keep bath gear within reach when you’re relaxing in a freestanding oval tub with an integrated handle. Not only is it a practical towel bar, the distinctive edge also provides a flat surface for storage.

    Karina Solid Surface Bathtub ($5,195). Jacuzzi Luxury Bath; jacuzzi.com

  • Montego Portable LED Lantern

    Tiki torches have their place. But for a truly memorable night outdoors, choose this dimmable LED lantern that emits 3000K pure white light and runs up to eight hours on a single charge. Pair the integrated speaker with any Bluetooth-enabled device to add sound to the mood.

    Montego Portable LED Lantern with Bluetooth Speaker ($172.50). Kichler; kichler.com

  • Grid Sink Faucet with Cube Handles

    This faucet boasts water channels so thin they would have been impossible to create with normal manufacturing processes. Instead, the faucet is 3-D–printed—crafted layer by layer from powdered steel (laser-fired to a liquid) until the form is complete.

    Grid Sink Faucet with Cube Handles ($5,999). Kallista; kallista.com

  • Kohler Ombré Faucet Finish

    Ombré—a vibrant finish for select Kohler faucets—offers a subtle transition created by integrating metallic hues. Color pairings include Rose Gold to Polished Nickel and Titanium to Rose Gold.

    Ombré Faucet Finish (spouts start at $612.50; handle sets start at $363). Kohler; us.kohler.com

  • KitchenAid Sifter + Scale Attachment

    Powered by the stand mixer, this all-in-one attachment accurately measures and thoroughly sifts dry ingredients directly into the mixing bowl. The integrated digital scale can be used separately on a countertop to weigh ingredients that don’t need to be sifted.

    Sifter + Scale Attachment ($170). KitchenAid; kitchenaid.com

  • Legrand Radiant Wireless Charger

    Keep phones and tablets off the counter with this unobtrusive wireless charger, which is designed to replace a standard outlet (no new wiring needed!). The charger is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices.

    Radiant Wireless Charger ($79). Legrand; legrand.us

  • Adura MaxAPEX flooring

    Floors that get wet can still boast the look of real wood—thanks to easy-care luxury vinyl tile that resembles hardwood. You’ll walk on detailed character, custom bevels, and unique surface texture in a variety of plank formats.

    Adura MaxAPEX ($5.49 per square foot, uninstalled). Mannington Mills; mannington.com

  • Contourz Collection concrete tile

    Break design barriers with a tactile collection of 3-D concrete tiles that transform walls into sculpture. Use these 8-millimeter-thick pieces in vertical applications without adding bulk.

    Contourz Collection (starting at $35 per square foot). Lunada Bay Tile; lunadabaytile.com

  • Miele Vacuum Sealing Drawer

    Eight applications, including preserving, marinating, and preparing food for sous-vide cooking (where vacuum-sealed food is cooked in steam or a hot-water bath), make this built-in vacuum-sealing drawer a must-have kitchen appliance.

    Vacuum Sealing Drawer ($2,699). Miele USA; mieleusa.com

  • Organic Series hardware

    Inspired by Henry Moore’s abstract sculptures, this hardware collection blends fluid forms with a living-brass finish that patinas with wear.

    Organic Series ($80 to $140 per piece). Nest Studio; neststudiocollection.com

  • U by Moen with Voice Activation shower

    Personalize your showering experience with a Wi-Fi smart shower that can be activated by voice or via phone or controller. Save water by using the warm-up and pause feature to stop water flow once the right temperature is reached.

    U by Moen with Voice Activation (from $1,225 to $2,265). Moen Inc.; moen.com

  • Plume mosaic panels

    It takes 18 colors of glass cut into tiny pieces and grouted in eight different colors to create this trio of 4×7-foot mosaic panels. Conceived as fine art, the hyperrealistic murals depicting pheasant and guinea hen feathers also function as durable wall mosaics for residential installations.

    Plume (price available upon request). New Ravenna; newravenna.com

  • Pella Integrated Rolscreen

    Don’t compromise on energy efficiency or views by using an old-fashioned screen to let in fresh air. Instead, admire how this retractable screen appears when you open the window and rolls away, out of sight, when you close it.

    Integrated Rolscreen (from $550 to $1,000 per window). Pella Corp.; pella.com

  • Poggenpohl Venovo bespoke kitchen

    Eliminate the boundary between cooking and living areas with a bespoke kitchen that can be moved from home to home or even rearranged—just like furniture. Without tethering cabinets to walls and floors, all options are open.

    +VENOVO (starting at $50,000). Poggenpohl; poggenpohl.com

  • Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop

    Always thinking ahead, this induction cooktop recognizes the size, shape, and position of cookware on its surface, and transfers programmed settings to the next location. It also touts the largest fully usable cooking surface within its class.

    Freedom Induction Cooktop ($4,649). Thermador; thermador.com

  • Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Match

    This unique device can scan any surface—including textiles, tile, and apparel—and find the closest Sherwin-Williams paint color. It’s lightweight and portable, perfect for on-the-go color matching.

    ColorSnap Match ($70). Sherwin-Williams; colorsnap.com/match

  • Tempaper Hexagon Tile

    Love tile but hate the grout? This self-adhesive, environmentally friendly removable wallpaper features a classic honeycomb repeat that provides a decorative accent for bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes. It’s also lead-free, VOC-free, phthalate-free, and unfazed by heat or steam.

    Hexagon Tile ($40 per roll). Tempaper; tempaper.com

  • Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator

    Manage family schedules, groceries, meal planning, and third-party devices with a smart refrigerator that’s designed as a personalized digital tool for the home. A 21½ -inch HD touchscreen, a voice assistant (Bixby), and the integrated Samsung SmartThings platform keep everything seamlessly connected.

    Family Hub ($4,599). Samsung; samsung.com/us

  • Stone Forest Elemental Collection

    With this modular collection, you can combine on-trend stone sinks, wood drawers, and steel or wood shelving with brass legs and knurled fittings to create one-of-a-kind bath consoles and stand-alone storage systems.

    Elemental Collection (starting at $2,735). Stone Forest; stoneforest.com

  • Toto Flotation Tub with Zero Dimension

    No starship needed! The world’s first zero-gravity tub provides an experience of total weightlessness that puts bathers in a meditative state leading to deep relaxation. Air-jet technologies massage muscles for added comfort.

    Flotation Tub with Zero Dimension ($18,799). TOTO; totousa.com