Two-in-One Shower: The showerhead of the Delta In2ition has a built-in, detachable hand spray at the end of a 6-foot hose that bathers can use separately or while they use the main showerhead. The hand spray can be set to various spray modes, including a massage mode. The unit is available in chrome, Venetian bronze, or Brilliance stainless steel finishes. For more information, call Delta Faucet at 800-345-3358 or visit www.deltafaucet.com/bath.
Super Smart Toilet: For those luxury buildings, Kohler recently introduced Numi, a WaterSense- and CALGreen-certified toilet that just might turn the water closet into an entertainment destination. Numi comes with an LCD touch screen for controlling everything from flushing to playing mood music. The fixture features a heated seat and a bidet that can be personalized for each user. A sensor on the front of the toilet automatically raises or lowers the seat. Depending on need, the Numi will use 0.6 or 1.28 gallons of water per flush. For more information, call Kohler at 800-456-4537 or visit www.kohler.com/numi.
Healthier Food in a Jiffy: GE is the first manufacturer to incorporate new U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines into its microwave ovens. The company’s new 1.9- and 2.1-cubic-foot-capacity above-range microwaves feature the MyPlate button, which allows users to select cooking settings for foods found in the USDA’s new MyPlate system (which replaces the agency’s old Food Pyramid). MyPlate is depicted by a plate split into four sections representing the major food groups. For more information, call GE at 800-626-2005 or visit www.geappliances.com.
Defrost and Roast in One Oven: Who needs a microwave and a convection oven when they can have an all-in-one Miele Speed Oven? From Miele’s MasterChef menu, cooks choose their dish, its weight, and the desired preparation, and the Speed Oven automatically selects from three cooking levels and nine modes to deliver the right results. With its dual functionality, the appliance can defrost a roast in 1,000-watt microwave mode, then begin cooking it convection-style at the touch of a button. Its roast probe and AutoRoast feature enable the oven to automatically monitor the internal temperature of the meat. For more information, call Miele at 800-843-7231 or visit www.mieleusa.com.
Dual-Purpose, Accessible: Whether you’re catering to an aging population or complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, grab bars are an effective design touch. They’re even more helpful when they serve multiple functions. Moen’s line of Grab Bars with Integrated Accessories combines the safety and stability of a grab bar with either a towel bar, toilet paper holder, or shelf. Each supports up to 250 pounds and is available in a brushed-nickel finish. The units come with Moen’s SecureMount anchors, D-shaped anchors that position behind the wall in order to allow installation of the grab bar anywhere—stud or no stud. For more information, call Moen at 800-289-6636 or visit www.moen.com.
Hush, Dishwasher at Work: KitchenAid says its new Superba Series EQ dishwashers use sound-damping technology that allows the machines to operate at just 40 decibels—about the noise level of a hushed library, according to the company. Besides being quiet, the series also includes a ProWash Cycle, which uses a sensor to determine the appropriate wash cycle, and a ProScrub Option, which uses 36 spray jets to clean especially dirty dishes. Certain models also include a built-in water softening mechanism. For more information, call KitchenAid at 800-422-1230 or visit www.kitchenaid.com.