We recently attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando for three days of connecting with customers and colleagues while learning and experiencing the latest and greatest industry designs, products, and technology. With over 600 vendors, it’s no wonder KBIS has been the voice of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the kitchen and bath industry at large for 50 years! While we enjoyed all the great things the show had to offer, we were truly wowed this year by the wealth of smart kitchen and bath technology. KBIS 2018 proved that smart homes are here to stay, and the tech just keeps getting better by the day. Here’s a look at a few our favorites.
2018 was the first year of the new KBIS category award for Smart Home Technology, and Samsung took the award with their Front Load Washer with QuickDrive™, a revolutionary new laundry technology that reduces the washing time by 50 percent without compromise on washing performance. Equipped with enhanced smart capabilities, the new washer with QuickDrive™ technology and intelligent Q-rator laundry assistant takes the guesswork out of doing laundry from your mobile device.
For the kitchen, guided cooking with smart appliances was a big at KBIS, and Hestan did not disappoint with launch of the first-ever Cue-enabled smart cooktop. Hestan Cue smart cookware, smart induction burner, and recipe app work together to automatically take the guesswork out of cooking. An IOS or Android app acts as the command center for the connected cooking process, controlling both cooking time and pan temperature, enhanced with step-by-step video guidance.
Smart tech toilets clean themselves, open and close the lid as needed and identify which “user” is approaching. TOTO was awarded the Gold in Best of bath with their NEOREST AC Dual Flush Toilet with Actilight. This intelligent toilet uses an integrated UV light and special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean with ewater+. a heated seat, deodorizer and warm water sprays. Who wouldn't love a self-cleaning toilet?
Smart Solutions Don't Always Require an App!
We invented our American-made, hidden countertop support brackets from knowledge gained from our years in the countertop fabrication and kitchen design business. We think being "smart" in home design is more than just new, computerized technology; we believe it's as much about finding the best, most nimble solutions to answer challenges and make homes more friendly and functional. We continue to stay on top of developments and new trends in the kitchen design industry by attending and participating in important trade shows such as KBIS. Even as we see all that's just coming out into the market, we're assured our innovative, superior quality brackets are on par with the latest and greatest.
Our years of experience and continued dedication to ongoing education in the industry help us to help you. Give us a call anytime; we're here to help!