New: Products of the Week, 12.2.13

5 new products that crossed our desks this week, including a retro wine panel, a curvaceous kitchen faucet, and high-R-value insulation. 


Elmira Stove Works is expanding its line of retro appliances with the Model 1946 Wine Cellar Panel, allowing homeowners to optimally maintain their wine collection while adding vintage style to the kitchen. The panel is designed to fit the Jenn-Air Model JUX24FRACX wine cellar, which offers a 46-bottle capacity on six pull-out racks, LED lighting, dual-temperature zones, and a UV-resistant thermal glass door. The panel comes in nine standard “by-gone-era” colors, including mint green, flamingo pink, and buttercup yellow, or in custom colors.


The contemporary-style Antioch pull-out kitchen faucet from Danze features a 7-inch-high spout with a 9 ¾-inch spout length. For easier handling, the spout offers an ergonomic, organically curved design and conveniently placed, two-function spray/stream trigger. The faucet includes a ceramic disc valve, operates at 2.2 gpm, and comes in chrome, stainless steel, or tumbled bronze.


New from Ronbow, the Jenna vanity features a modern design, with clean lines and open shelving, along with a hidden, soft-close drawer for additional storage. The vanity boasts dovetail construction and comes with a ceramic, glass, TechStone, or Wideappeal top. Blush taupe, slate gray, and glossy white finishes are available.


CertainTeed has added an R-20 insulation to its Sustainable Insulation line. The batts will allow contractors to meet 2012 IECC requirements, in which wood-frame walls in climate zones 3 through 6 must have at least an R-20 thermal performance, without needing to add exterior insulated foam sheathing. The Greenguard-certified insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, or acrylics.

Weather Shield

Weather Shield’s new line of steel and fiberglass entry doors offer a range of options to appeal to virtually any taste and budget. The high-definition fiberglass panels offer the look of wood without the maintenance, and they absorb sound and insulate six times better than most wood doors, the company says. The three new fiberglass styles comprise the Deluxe, which features a deep woodgrain in oak, fir, cherry, and mahogany; Textured, which offers a distinctive, rich grain in oak, rustic, and Craftsman; and Smooth, for an upscale, painted look. The 22-gauge steel collection comes in a Stainable Steel style with a deep grain embossment for the look of wood or Smooth Steel with a steel-wrapped edge for a superior security rating.

Showcase: 6 Retro-Style Kitchen Appliances

Retro-style appliances can provide a unique pop of color and flair to an otherwise simple decor or add the perfect touch to a vintage-leaning kitchen. But a nostalgic design doesn’t mean old-world performance. Here are six fun and funky options that skimp on neither looks nor features.

big chill bungalo hood

Hood Ornamental
The Bungalow vent hood coordinates with Big Chill’s retro-style stove. The 30-inch stainless steel hoods feature welded seamless corners, stainless steel baffle filters, dimmable halogen lights, and variable blower control. In addition, the hoods offer the largest filtered capture in the industry, the company says.

Color Wonder
Smeg’s 50s Retro Style refrigerator offers 9.22 cubic feet of capacity and includes three adjustable glass shelves and one fixed glass shelf, a bottle storage shelf, a fruit/vegetable container, and a dairy box; the freezer compartment includes an ice cube tray. The line comes in a range of retro colors, including red, orange, lime green, pink, cream, and silver.

la cornue

French Connected
Part of La Cornue’s line of artisanal French ranges, the 1908 range features a natural convection vaulted gas oven, which creates natural convection to cook without drying food, unlike fan-driven convection ovens. The unit’s five high-performance gas burners includes a 17,500-BTU central burner. The range comes in gloss black, matte black, stainless, Provence blue, dark navy blue, ivory white, and pure white, with three trim options.


Panel Pleaser
Northstar offers the 1957 dishwasher panel to convert an integrated-panel dishwasher into a vintage look. The panels, which coordinate with Northstar’s retro-style ranges and refrigerators, work with 24-inch-wide dishwashers that accept panels approximately 30 5/16 inches by 23 inches.

GE Artistry

Sleek Silhouette
GE’s Artistry Series includes a 20.3-cubic-foot bottom freezer refrigerator with high-gloss doors and bold stainless steel handles. The Energy Star-rated refrigerator includes upfront temperature controls for the fresh food and freezer sections, two adjustable and two fixed shelves, and four drawers. It is available in black or white.

Viking wall oven_cinnamon

Hot Hues
Viking offers its ranges in a variety of colors reminiscent of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including cinnamon, shown here. This 27-inch electric oven includes TruConvec convection cooking with a convection element in the rear and fan-forced air instead of direct heat on the top and bottom. Other features include full extension racks, an infrared broiler, and concealed bake element.

Products of the Week, 9.23.13

Etched tiles, high-efficiency toilets, heated work jackets, and two other products that crossed our desks this week.

Bosch jacket

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Out With Outlets Edition

Tricks for concealing gadgets, accessible appliances, inspiring fireplaces, and other product news from around the web this week.

• Electrical outlets ruining the décor? Here are some tips for camouflaging these wall blemishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Products of the Week, 12.14.12

Retro appliances, jobsite-ready fleece, a magnetic chalkboard door, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

Elmira Stove Works

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New: Products of the Week, 9.13.12

Industry-leading wall ovens, a powerful right-angle drill, peppy orange pendant lights, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Stainless Fatigue Edition

Predicting the next big appliance finish, architects’ favorite products, 10 inspired closet doors, brick-painting tips, and other product news from around the web this week.

Will GE’s new Slate finish become as on-trend as stainless steel?

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