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Age-defying showerheads and more
Chicago Kitchen/Bath show trots out new shows
By Deborah Donovan | Daily Herald Staff

Caroline Weigel, left, and Heather Looney of Castle Contractors, Brentwood, Tenn., feel the vibrations Friday in Kohler's VibrAcoustic tub.

 

Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Bamboo is a darling of people interested in the environment, and Best Cabinet makes these in Chicago.

 

Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

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Published: 4/12/2008 12:05 AM

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A vibrating bathtub. A shower that erases wrinkles. This weekend's Kitchen/Bath show trots out new toys.>

Your home can feature the most elegant of spa baths or a kitchen more up-to-the minute than most five-star restaurants.

But it'll cost you.

Envision a tub that all but forces you to relax through vibrations, sound and light.

Or how about an addition to your shower that tans you or provides light therapy to rejuvenate your aging skin -- or both.

And in the kitchen you can install a quick-cooking oven in any of 200 colors.

These products and more were all featured Friday at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. The show, which is not open to the public, closes Sunday, but you'll soon be able to buy these products for your own home.

Good vibrations

Kohler Fountainhead VibrAcoustic Bath

What it does: Music, vibration and light synchronize and move through the water to surround your body and get your breathing and heart rate in tune.

Co-workers' heart rates and blood pressure decreased after sessions in the tub, said Barry Glasford, who developed the tub for Kohler.

Who's it for: Anyone who's stressed and has the money to purchase it and time to use it.

Price: $11,000 or $13,000, depending on size.

Where to buy: Kohler dealers and www.kohler.com

Anti-aging shower

The Sunshower SR Plus by ProSun International

What it does: Shines LED lights on your face while you shower to alleviate age-related issues such as crows feet and other wrinkles. Often combined with earlier model to tan the rest of your body.

Who's it for: Multitaskers.

Price: $10,900 for Sunshower that tans and $12,400 for the therapy version.

Where to buy: High-end kitchen and bath showrooms. www.prosunshower.com

Colorful and quick

TurboChef's 30-inch wall oven

What it does: Cooks a 12-pound turkey in 42 minutes or two 3-pound chickens in 10. And the outside of the oven can be any of 200 colors.

Who's it for: "People who look on saving time as saving money," said Stephen Bradley, designer and manager at the Kitchen Center in Chester, Conn., after watching a demonstration.

Price: $6,000 plus $800 if you choose a custom color.

Where to buy: Available soon at Abt Electronics and Appliances in Glenview and Plass, based in Addison with several suburban showrooms. www.turbochef.com

A touch of green

Custom bamboo cabinets from Best Cabinets

What it does: Gives you sleek style and green bragging rights.

Who's it for: Homeowners who want a contemporary look. Traditional style is harder to achieve with bamboo, said Dan Diewald, Best's owner.

Price: About $400 per linear foot of cabinets, an upgrade from oak or maple.

Where to buy: Best Cabinets makes and sells them in Chicago. www.thebestcabinets.com

Crystal clear

Faucet, sink and countertop made of glass and backlighted

What it does: All the working parts are in the wall. You see only glass and can even turn it on and off remotely if you wish.

Who's it for: The romantic who wants a crystal fountain in his or her bathroom.

Price: $7,000 to $8,000.

Where to buy: Renaissance Glassworks of Saint-Lambert in Canada. www.renaissanceglassworks.com