Here are some highlights from the KBIS show held recently in Chicago.

Sloan Flushometer

Sloan Valve Co. has introduced the Sloan Flushometer™, a new addition to its already extensive line-up of durable Flushometers. A four-color brochure, describing the features of the Sloan Flushometer and job-pack packaging for work site shipments, is now available. The brochure outlines how the Sloan Flushometer, which is solidly constructed from high-quality materials, enables quick installations and meets current water consumption and accessibility standards. Features include Sloan's exclusive Permex® diaphragm, which ensures long-lasting performance by protecting the Flushometer from harmful chloramines, and the protected bypass, which blocks foreign particles from clogging the bypass.

MJSI, Inc.Water Fill Valve

MJSI, Inc., has announced the release of its proprietary HydroClean water fill valve, designed by a fourth generation plumber. Unlike ordinary fill valves, the Hydro Clean saves water, detects leaks, cleans the tank and is easy for customers to use. The HydroClean fill valve features the patented Mini-Valve™ that allows consumers to calibrate the proper water flow without compromising flush efficiency. The HydroClean's patented TurbuJet™ technology releases powerful jets of water with each flush that remove rust and sediment from the toilet tank and prevent the buildup of slime on the flapper. The TurbuJet also eliminates the need for corrosive chemical drop-in toilet bowl cleaners that can damage tank components. The valve also features the ability to detect leaks and to notify homeowners with an audible signal if a leak is detected.

Lasco Sink

Lasco® Bathware featured a prototype of a new high-design sink within the Contours' Radius Series at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago April 21-23. The sink offers simplistic, minimalist styling and high-end sophistication synonymous with the Contours brand. All of the Contours' series have been designed to enhance the bathing experience while promoting a feeling of tranquility through traditional and contemporary styling. The Radius Series will feature a prototype of a new Rectangle Lavatory acrylic sink with a high-style design to match the Radius Rectangle tub. The Renaissance Series of acrylic whirlpool tubs will feature the Donatello bath in a new simulated granite finish. The Renaissance Series offers ergonomically designed comfort-contoured bathing wells, complete with Shiatsu Back Massage Jets, Directional Jets and an optional Air Bubbler System. The Renaissance Series includes five beautifully crafted acrylic whirlpool tubs.

Elkay Faucet

Elkay has added the Muse family of faucets to their offerings. The Muse faucet family design is inspired by Italian high fashion, with clean lines and stylish curves. The faucets feature a high-arc spout and ultramodern joystick handle, which sits parallel to the countertop. The high arc of the Muse faucet draws attention to the sink area and provides extra visual weight to help balance large-scale appliances. In addition, the high arc of the Muse makes it well suited for watering plants or filling large pots used by today's gourmet cooks. The Muse faucet family will feature two new models (31063D05, 31068D05) in polished chrome and brushed nickel finishes and will include a state-of-the-art cartridge design.

Elkay Children's Sinks

Elkay's highly anticipated Scrub-a-Dubs™ sink collection made its debut as a market-ready product at the 2006 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago. This whimsical sink collection from Elkay makes kids want to spend time in the bathroom washing hands or brushing teeth. The Scrub-a-Dubs (ELC2416FHBL) lavatory collection is available in six imaginative designs that include inspired shapes such as a tulip, fish, butterfly and heart. An optional coordinating faucet, Elkay's Ferrara™ (LK7625CR), offers three colored handle options-translucent blue, chrome and speckled-to match the sink selection. The Scrub-a-Dubs collection is fabricated from durable, solid-surface composite material that cleans easily, won't crack or dent, and is exceptionally resistant to chips, scratches and stains. The collection is offered in a variety of vivid colors, depending on design, including blue, red, pink, brown, purple, yellow and white.

Elkay Vessel Sinks

Elkay has expanded its Asana™ vessel collection to include three new models made from cast brass with an aged-bronze finish. Elkay's Asana collection features a stainless steel vessel sink, but as vessels continue to grow in popularity, Elkay wanted to extend its offering to give homeowners more options in this category. The vessels are available in three innovative shapes that mirror nature, including a sphere (KBCB16BA), an oyster (KBCB1812BA) and a basket weave (KBCB19WBA) bowl. The sphere shape is global in its appeal and can coordinate with a variety of lavatory or secondary sink settings. The oyster shape is inspired by the trend of reflecting travel experiences into home decor; it reflects the feeling of a soothing, calming day at the beach. Finally, the basket weave emulates natural textures with the design on its outer wall, and the appearance of this bowl easily complements most sleek, contemporary and modern rooms.

Elkay Avado™ Collection

Elkay adds even more style and functionality to its popular Avado™ collection with four new undermount kitchen sink models. Two of the four new additions were featured at the 2006 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. One new model (KBFU401810CDB) features a sink with a stationary middle-integrated work surface with a textured design. Another new model (KBFU342110R) offers an offset shaped sink bowl. The double bowl middle-integrated work surface model creates a useful new functionality for the sink-the work surface provides the perfect landing pad for hot pots and pans. In addition, the sink's two bowls create two separate work areas for the homeowner. The offset Avado sink breaks from the traditional square kitchen sink mold, as it extends slightly forward along the top, adding drama to the design. This feature also provides increased functionality, as the faucet is able to extend further into the sink with this inset design. The offset Avado is available in both single and double bowl models.

Gerber Avalanche™ Toilet

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures reaches new heights with the Avalanche™, a stylish and powerful gravity-fed toilet that offers a total package of maximum performance. With a touch of traditional design, the technology inside the Avalanche toilet allows for quick and virtually noise-free bowl evacuation. This extreme-performance toilet is available in Gerber's uniquely comfortable ErgoHeight™. Avalanche is available in 10", 12" and 14" configurations to simplify the specification and installation process in diverse construction and remodeling situations. The driving force behind the unrivaled performance of Avalanche is the patented XP3 flushing platform. The characteristics of this platform give Avalanche the added muscle to handle the toughest materials. Highlights include a 3" flush valve that quickly starts the flushing process to clear the bowl faster and more effectively than a traditional valve. The dual-fed jet is larger than traditional models and provides fast, efficient bowl evacuation. Strategically placed and angled rim holes completely and effectively rinse the bowl while assisting in evacuating the waste.A fully glazed 2" trapway ensures effective waste removal after every flush. A large water surface area provides a clean and sanitary environment while reducing staining.

Gerber Powder Room Faucets

The powder room has evolved to become a room with more cutting-edge style than other rooms in the home. In anticipating this trend, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures developed the Pomeroy lavatory faucet, a distinctive design that provides statement-making style in the powder room. Well suited for new construction or remodeling situations, Pomeroy styling coordinates with a variety of design themes and textures. The shape is both contemporary and traditional with smooth lines that flow seamlessly from stem to spout to handle. The one-piece body facilitates cleaning, and the single-hole mount simplifies installation. Available in a single-handle configuration, plumbing professionals will appreciate the quality craftsmanship of Pomeroy including its solid cast brass construction. Available in chrome and brushed nickel finishes, Pomeroy lavatory faucets also feature copper waterways and reliable ceramic

Gerber Viper™ Toilet

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures has introduced a gravity-fed toilet that marries state-of-the-art technology with incomparable value. The new Viper™ toilet offers superior flushing performance in a toilet that is well suited for everyday use, even in high-traffic areas of the home. Available in a two-piece configuration and three basic bowl styles-round, elongated and the uniquely comfortable ErgoHeight™-the Viper also addresses the challenge of varying rough-in configurations. In order to accommodate diverse remodeling or new construction applications, Viper can be installed in 10", 12" and 14" rough-in configurations. This product also features a Fluidmaster® fill valve, which is well known for its consistent performance and reduced risk of callbacks. At the heart of the Viper toilet is the company's exclusive HP2 flushing platform-the engine that drives the process from flush to finish.

Gerber Lavatory And Tub/Shower Faucets

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures has broadened its faucet offering to include a contemporary option for the bath. The new Wicker Park lavatory and tub/shower faucets feature the clean lines popular in today's urban, multi-unit dwellings. Well suited for large-scale residential construction projects, as well as remodeling upgrades, Wicker Park styling completes a contemporary theme or complements existing classic decor throughout the home. In designing the crisp look of this collection, engineers even devised a clever method of concealing the handle setscrews. Clean lines provide a minimalist look, while solid brass construction creates an elegant package of style and performance. Available in chrome and brushed nickel finishes, Wicker Park lavatory faucets feature solid brass castings, copper waterways and are available in single-handle and widespread options for added flexibility.

Delta Faucet Co. Water-Efficient Showerhead

The new Delta Water-Efficient Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology introduced at KBIS delivers a 36% savings of water, while still providing a warm, drenching shower experience. H2Okinetic Technology provides greater control over the showering experience by managing water droplet size and velocity, spray coverage and thermal dynamics. Its water-conserving properties deliver the feeling of a standard showerhead at a lower flow; it uses only 1.6 gallons of water per minute (gpm) as opposed to the standard 2.5 gpm, while still delivering a superior shower experience.

MTI Whirlpools Pet Bathing Vessel

MTI Whirlpools has introduced the Jentle Pet™, an innovative new product for pets and pet owners. This bathing vessel has been thoughtfully and ergonomically designed specifically for canine members of the family to provide a comfortable, therapeutic, safe environment for dog bathing.

Teka Sinks

Teka has introduced the new Linea Series sinks, a new streamlined design that is ideal for mid-century moderns and ultra contemporary sensibilities. The Linea Series celebrates high design style! Its extra deep bowl design allows you to get big pots and pans in easily, and cleanup is a snap with their hand-polished stainless steel finish.

Decolav Vanity

The perfect blend of storage and style, DECOLAV's new striking and practical 5112T bath fixture offers plenty of useful storage options. Available in a rich cherry or espresso finish, the solid wood vanity is accented by shimmering chrome, an integrated glass vanity top, and a frosted glass sink. The clean lines of the console are contemporary yet classic, lending itself well to any style of bathroom decor.

Graff Lavatory Faucet

The introduction of Graff's new Fontaine Widespread Lavatory Faucet is the perfect compliment to the retro bath. This contemporary faucet features a steamlined modern design, creating a trendsetting style all its own. Available in polished chrome or brushed nickel.

Purple Sage Collections Hand-Painted Sinks

Purple Sage Collections specializes in creating unique hand-painted boutique sinks. The introduction of the Fern sink is the focal point of this exciting line. Available for baths, entertainment rooms or garden rooms, all models are handmade and hand-painted, with matching tiles and accessories available.

Purple Sage Collections Bathroom Products Line

Purple Sage Collections, a leading manufacturer of custom designed sinks, tiles and matching accessories, has announced its custom sinks and accessories for the Biltmore Estate For Your Home brands program. Inspired by the grand Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the new line was launched at the national Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago in April. Biltmore Estate For Your Home adds Purple Sage Collections to their growing list of partners in the categories of home building products, furniture and accessories, and outdoor living and landscape. To learn more about these products, visit For more information on Purple Sage Collections, visit

Artisan Brass Basin Collection

Cast in solid brass, Artisan Manufacturing's new bathroom sink collection offers designers and architects a variety of sizes in scalloped, smooth and floral shapes that add an air of luxury in both contemporary and traditional styling. Three models are available with depths up to 5-3/4" and widths up to 19". The new solid brass sinks are a designer's dream... beauty, craftsmanship and function all in three very beautifully styled sinks.

Myson Mirrored TV Towel Warmer

Myson offers innovation and luxury with the new Hydronic AquaVision TV/Towel Warmer Collection. This unique, multi-function Myson Towel Warmer has been specifically designed to provide warmth, beauty and a television to your bath or spa. Relax in front of the 17" x 12" flatscreen TV, and after your bath or shower, grab a toasty warm towel from this high-performance, stylish towel warmer. When the TV is off, a functional mirror hides your secret. The Myson AquaVision Towel Warmers are available in four styles, are wall-mounted, manufactured of high-quality brass, and deliver up to 2,819 Btu/hr.

Moen Eva™ Collection

The new Eva™ Collection of bath faucets and accessories from Moen Inc. offers flowing curves, tapered handles and a high-arc spout. The two-handle centerset and widespread faucets have elegant, transitional styling. The benefits of this new collection extend into the shower, as well. With a larger spray face and more rubber spray formers, the Eva showerhead produces a wider spray pattern for better full-body coverage. The Eva Collection, available in chrome, LifeShine® brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, offers a complete suite of matching accessorie, including a robe hook, paper holder, towel ring, 18-inch and 24-inch towel bars and decorative tank lever for a coordinated look. Of special interest to builders, the Eva accessories are created with Moen's Pro-Fit® installation system. This unique design uses a single-screw mounting system, reducing the number of mounting screws required by half. Additionally, it eliminates the need for a set screw; instead, the products lock into place on the newly designed mounting post.

Safety Tubs® Acrylic Walk-In Bathtubs

Safety Tubs has introduced the industry's first acrylic walk-in bathtubs at the 2006 KBIS show in Chicago April 21-23. The Safety Tub features a built-in chair-height seat; exclusive, revolutionary door system; therapy options; and deep soaking dimensions. Plus its high-gloss acrylic finish makes Safety Tub resistant to stains, cracking, mold and bacteria. The revolutionary walk-in door allows the customer to enter the tub without stepping over the tub ledge or risking a slip in the shower. The exclusive cutting-edge hydrostatic technology guarantees a watertight seal, plus an innovative door handle for easy opening and closing. The tub was designed with a built-in raised seat, a full 17 inches high, so the bather can walk in and sit down without struggling.