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Kraus vs Elkay Sound Dampening Kitchen Sinks

Sound-dampening stainless steel kitchen sinks help keep down the noise associated with cooking, cleaning, and crafts. This relatively new technology was specifically designed for stainless steel kitchen sinks because while this kitchen stalwart looks great and is easy to maintain, it was also really noisy. Kraus and Elkay have earned their reputations for providing high quality, high-end sinks for the residential market. Here's how their sound-dampening efforts compare.

Topics: Kitchen- Comparison- Sink

Read More 8/28/18 11:00 AM

Stainless Steel vs Brushed Nickel Faucet Finishes

Faucet finish is one of the most personal decisions that goes into a kitchen or a bathroom remodel because it forms the base for the rest of your hardware; cabinet handles and/or pulls, lighting and accessories will either need to match or complement the metal you choose for the centerpieces of your bathroom. The finish of your fixtures can make or break the design of your kitchen or bathroom. Two of the most popular options available to you - stainless steel and brushed nickel - have similar features, but they also have several striking differences.

Topics: Kitchen- Bathroom- Faucet- Comparison

Read More 8/27/18 2:32 PM

Kohler vs Moen Rain Shower Heads

Rain shower heads are such a luxurious addition to your bathroom. Not only can they fully invigorate you at the beginning of your day, they can also provide the perfect note to send you off to bed at night. Kohler and Moen are two of the most well-known names in faucets and fixtures, and both companies offer rain shower heads that are beautiful and provide a drenching spray.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Shower

Read More 8/24/18 12:10 PM

Visible vs Concealed vs Skirted Trap Toilet

The majority of American homes feature toilets with visible traps, meaning the base of their bowl was molded with the outline of the trapway visible. A toilet with a concealed trapway has a smooth surface where the trapway would normally appear, and skirted toilets are designed with smooth sides from front to back. Most people probably don't give the design of their toilet base much thought, but because toilets are an integral part of your overall bathroom design, you might want to take a moment to consider its appearance among other points.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Toilet

Read More 8/13/18 7:06 PM

Farmhouse Sinks: Fireclay vs Cast Iron

Your kitchen is the busiest room in the house with most of the action taking place in and around your kitchen sink. Because your kitchen sink is so vital, choosing the perfect piece can feel a bit overwhelming. From contemporary kitchens to rustic ones, farmhouse sinks add beauty and functionality to any kitchen, but then that begs the question: Which is a better farmhouse sink material; fireclay or cast iron?

Topics: Kitchen- Comparison- Sink

Read More 8/8/18 3:00 PM

Luxury Bathroom Faucets: Riobel vs Rohl

Both Riobel and Rohl specialize in high-end faucets with a European flair. Riobel designers work out of the company's Quebec, Canada, location adding softer lines to more modern angles while Rohl sources faucets from Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. Both brands offer exceptional craftsmanship, design and a noticeably upscale appearance that separates them from lower-tier brands.

Topics: Bathroom- Faucet- Comparison

Read More 8/2/18 3:00 PM

Ginger vs Dezi Bathroom Accessories

Don't leave your bathroom half dressed! After you've put so much time, effort and money into your bathroom remodel, don't forget your bathroom accessories. Not only do they help keep you organized so morning routines run smoothly, they also pull your entire room together. Ginger and Dezi Home both offer powerhouse collections of bathroom accessories that help you create a cohesive design.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Accessories

Read More 8/1/18 4:22 PM

Delta vs. Kohler Thermostatic Shower

Showers available on the market fall into one of two definitions; pressure balanced or thermostatic. The primary difference is in how the shower valve controls unexpected dips in temperature if someone else in your house (rudely) starts a load of laundry, flushes the toilet or runs the dishwasher while you're in the shower. Both work great to avoid unnecessary flashes of scalding hot or icy cold water, but a thermostatic valve gives you independent control over both temperature and water volume. Here's how Delta and Kohler stack up against each other.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Shower

Read More 7/25/18 4:01 PM

Find Which Flush Best Fits Your Needs

Toilets have moved from a utilitarian necessity without any real style to an integral piece of your bathroom design. Toilets have undergone other changes over the years as well; touchless operation, bidet integration and the introduction of smart home tech, for example, but what hasn't changed is the need for good flushing. Your toilet must effectively and efficiently swish waste away at the same time it looks great.  

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Toilet

Read More 7/23/18 11:48 AM

Magnetic Shower Heads: Delta In2ition vs. Moen Magnetix

In order to get water exactly where you want it, you need a detachable shower head. Whether it’s for cleaning your shower, bathing a child, washing a beloved pet or massaging sore muscles, a handheld shower head is the perfect accessory.

Detachable shower heads are available from most major brands, but two of the leading products include the Delta In2ition and Moen Magnetix.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Shower

Read More 7/19/18 6:00 AM

One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Toilets

One-piece and two-piece toilets are similar in many ways - they flush the same, they are installed in similar fashions and they use the same amount of water. But when comparing cleanliness, size and durability, one-piece often comes out ahead.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Toilet

Read More 7/18/18 8:12 PM

Pivot vs Sliding Shower Doors

When designing a new shower, there are many factors to think about, from shower heads and faucet finishes to enclosure type and shower door style. It can be easy to dismiss your shower door as just a necessity and choose the most practical, but you have options like style, finish, clear or frosted and patterned glass. 

While you're exploring the shower doors available to you, you'll also need to consider how you'll get into and out of your shower; with either a pivot or sliding door. Let's talk about the pros and cons of pivot and sliding shower doors to help you determine which is best for your bathroom.

Topics: Bathroom- Comparison- Shower

Read More 7/16/18 11:00 AM

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