Each year, as part of the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the program recognizes the most innovative new kitchen and bath products introduced during the weeklong event. The Best of KBIS is regarded as the most prestigious honor within the Kitchen and Bath industry. The 2021 winners were just announced:
Best of KBIS 2021: Best in Show
Dekton Craftizen Collection by Cosentino
The Dekton Craftizen Collection is the first of its kind, large-format stucco material that possesses unique qualities, such as lightness, durability, high UV resistance, stain and abrasion resistance, heat and thaw resistance. Available in five distinctive hues, Dekton Crafitzen is perfect for bathrooms, outdoor surfaces, building facades and high traffic areas.
Best of KBIS 2021: Impact Awards
Best of KBIS 2021: Impact Gold Winner
TandemLED from Task Lighting
You can effortlessly change your room’s mood and appearance with TandemLED tunable lighting from colors that range from Warm White (2700K) to Daylight White (5000K) and in-between Soft White (3000K) and Cool (4000K), all with wireless remote capability. Using a smart device or voice control, you can transform your lighting temperature to match activities, improve circadian rhythms and add ambiance. With easy installation, TandemLED eliminates the need for costly electricians and complex wiring systems.
Best of KBIS 2021: Impact Silver Winner
LG STUDIO WashTower™
The space saving LG Studio WashTower™ is a single unit comprised of an advanced TurboWash, 4.5 cubic foot washer and a 7.4 cubic foot dryer, with intuitive, center-located controls. With built-in intelligence, the appliances take the guesswork out of deciding how long or on what settings you should wash or dry your fabrics. The intelligent appliance delivers the right amount of power and water for delicates, as well as denim, based on its ability to automatically sense the fabrics weight and softness.
Using a smart device you can pair both appliances so that the washer can talk to the dryer and help it choose a compatible dryer cycle for the incoming laundry load. Packed with smart features such as notifications for remaining cycle time and completion, the WashTower™ takes the guess work and mental drudgery out of laundry day and actually makes it fun!
Best of KBIS 2021: Kitchen Awards
Best of KBIS 2021: Kitchen Gold Winner
EMTEK SELECT Knobs
From distinctive hardware designer EMTEK, comes their latest SELECT DoorKnob Collection that allows you to mix and match styles for knobs, rosettes and stems, with three new knob designs: White Marble, Knurled or Straight Knurled. Create a unique style for your home by choosing from over seven finishes to create striking combinations throughout your home.
Best of KBIS 2021: Kitchen Silver Winner
Flo by Moen™ Smart Sump Pump Monitor
Moen’s latest addition to its Flo line is the Smart Sump Pump Monitor, which detects sump pump water levels, performance, power loss, humidity, temperature, leaks, and Wi-Fi status to ensure that the pump is working efficiently and prevent against water damage. Homeowners are alerted to water anomalies via text, email or phone call, and have the ability to view real-time data and analytics on their water usage.
Best of KBIS 2021: Bath Awards
Best of KBIS 2021: Bath Gold Winner
TOTO GC Touchless Faucet
With EcoPower self-generating technology, the TOTO GC Touchless Faucet allows a smooth flow of water without hardwiring or batteries required, as it operates entirely by hydropower. Inspired by Japanese entrance columns, the faucet’s design eliminates contact, and thereby reduces concerns about bacteria and other germs from bathroom guests.
Best of KBIS 2021: Bath Silver Winner
Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa
The Kohler Moxie Showerhead works with Amazon Alexa to provide an audio-enhanced cleansing experience that turns your shower into a sound stage. Equipped with a sound profile that is tuned for the acoustics of the shower environment, the Moxie was co-designed by Harman Kardon, a leader in speaker design and performance. Bluetooth-enabled, the Moxie’s speaker is easily transportable to enjoy rich sound wherever you need it most.
Other Notable Entries that Caught Our Attention
Here are other products entered into the KBIS contest that also caught our attention, primarily for their innovative approach to offering homeowners customization, flexibility and personalization.
Dacor 24″ Integrated Wine Dispenser
Dacor’s 24″ Integrated Wine Dispenser and preservation system stores up to four bottles that keeps wine fresh for up to 60 days without loss of flavor or natural aroma. Given its appearance, size and integration capability, it can mesh well into any kitchen, bar, entertaining space or home design. The appliance can be purchased in either Graphite Stainless Steel or Silver Stainless Steel, allowing for a cohesive design with your existing space.
Bluestar by Design
BlueStar, a manufacturer of high-end restaurant-grade kitchen appliances, with wide-ranging bold color options, has raised the bar in terms of highly-personalized designs for bespoke kitchens. Their new cutting-edge printing process allows any image, graphic, text, print, pattern or artwork to be applied to a range, refrigerator or kitchen hood, in a smooth, yet durable, satin-like finish that can be easily cleaned.
We admire BlueStar’s can-do tagline of “If you can dream it, BlueStar can make it”, and we were curious to know if, in the future, new design overlays could be applied, especially for homebuyers that may not be “sold” on the previous owner’s daring design vision. BlueStar confidently confirmed that the panels can absolutely change without a hitch, needing only about fifteen minutes for an experienced technician. A common scenario that they see is a homeseller needing to switch to stainless steel to satisfy a request of the homebuyer.
GE Appliances CAFE Undercounter Beverage Center
Targeted at the “stylish entertainer”, the CAFE Undercounter Beverage Center is a highly-adaptable appliance that has customizable finishes and flexible usage, such as magnum bottle storage, adjustable LED lighting, and WiFi connection to the SmartHQ app. Not only for kitchens of large and busy families, this appliance is ideal for bars, theater rooms, outdoor kitchens, and other spaces a distance from the home’s main kitchen, such as home offices, pools and master suites.
Samsung 4-Door Flex Bespoke Refrigerator for 2021
The 4-Door Flex Bespoke Refrigerator is the latest addition to Samsung’s recent line of Bespoke Refrigerators, and yet another example of adroitly balanced features between design, functionality and flexibility. Customers can choose the color, finish and food management configuration. With Flexzone, customers can switch between refrigerator and freezer modes and convert its drawers based on the type of food being stored at any given time.
If your aesthetic preferences change over time, you can contact an installer to switch out the panels to the color and finish of your choice for quick, easy customization.
Signature Kitchen Suite 24-Inch Built-In Undercounter Convertible Drawer Refrigerator
The Built-In Undercounter Convertible Drawer Refrigerator from Signature Kitchen is a highly-flexible refrigeration appliance consisting of dual convertible drawers that operate independently and allow food to be stored in one of six temperature zones: Party, Fridge, Bar, Seafood, Meet or Freezer. The target customer is referred to as a Technicurean™ – forward-thinking home chefs – who want impeccable precision for preservation and ample flexibility. The temperature settings can range from -5 degrees to 50 degrees per drawer. The appliance is also equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities that allow remote temperature monitoring and adjustment.
Additional KBIS Resources
Best of KBIS Website
Best of KBIS Digital Program
The New American Remodel 2021 Website (TNAR)
TNAR 2021 3D Virtual Tour
The New American Home 2021 Website (TNAH)
TNAH 2021 3D Virtual Tour
The New American Remodel 2021: Sustainable & Energy Efficient Beauty
The New American Home 2021: 10 Exceptional Products
15 Imaginative Home Products from CES 2021
Why Prescriptive Maintenance is the Cure for Homeowner Headaches
How to Apply Transformable Interior Design to Your Home
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