TOP 10 PRODUCTS OF 2006
April 1, 2007
Here are the top 10
products from 10 different manufacturers that were featured in editorial
coverage in Supply House Times in
2006, based on the number of reader inquiries we received after their
1. American Standard
Standard created the Lifetime whirlpool based on research indicating that
consumers want whirlpool tubs that are quieter, more spacious, deep and easy to
clean. Lifetime whirlpools have exclusive Comfort-Jets® that are easy to clean
and engineered to push more water deeper into the tub. The company offers a
lifetime warranty on the tubs that also covers replacement labor costs.
2. Delta Faucet
Delta® unveiled a single-handle option in its C-Spout™ product line at the 2006 International Builders’ Show in January in Orlando. The faucet features a one- or three-hole installation with an optional escutcheon. It is available in chrome and Brilliance® stainless finish.
Symmons introduced the Visu-Temp® with Clear-Vue™ shower and tub/shower systems with an ergonomic design and easy-to-read display. The Visu-Temp system features a solid brass, bronze and stainless steel piston-style pressure-balancing valve that automatically adjusts to equalize the hot and cold water pressure and a handle limit stop screw so that a safe maximum temperature level can be set.
4. Bell & Gossett
The VSX (vertical split-case excellence) series includes three pumps. Available are the VSC model (top suction – top discharge flanges), VSCS model (side suction – top discharged flanges) and the VSH (side suction, side-discharge flanges). Computational Fluid Dynamics allows any of the three VSX models to provide the identical level of hydraulic performance - no matter the orientation of flanges. A wireless pump monitoring system allows remote monitoring via the Internet 24/7 from any location as a standard option.
Moen Inspirations® introduced a stainless steel curved shower rod that provides an additional six inches of elbow room in the shower. It is available in chrome and brushed nickel finishes.
Swanstone has launched a line of decorative wall shower panel kits in six designs, designed to fit the three most popular shower floor sizes: 36 inches by 36 inches; 34 inches by 48 inches; and 32 inches by 60 inches. The panels are cut to size, so no trimming is required. The kit includes the shower wall panels, molding strips, soap dishes, adhesive, caulk and pressure-sensitive tape. The panels are offered in 33 solid and granite colors. Shown is the Barcelona design, which features variegated raised and recessed circles.
Storm Drain System is designed to drain excess water quickly from driveways, garages, pool and patio areas and walkways. It is also engineered for strength and ease of installation. For more information, call 1-800-521-1283.
The Advanced Groove System (AGS) for large diameter pipe features a wedge-shaped groove that provides high-pressure ratings (up to 300 psi) service for 14- to 24-inch piping systems. The unique design ensures strong joint integrity and a continuous seal around the gasket, as well as a longer “A” dimension to eliminate pipe flare.
LENOX offers carbide-tipped metal cutting circular saw blades made from industrial-quality titanium carbide. They are available for steel, aluminum and thin steel cutting applications designed for cordless, hand-held and large diameter dry-cut metal cutting saws.
Two configurations are available in the integrated variable speed drive E-Circulator line. Series 1000 pumps are suitable for constant temperature, flow and pressure control. Series 2000 pumps add the capability of differential pressure with the use of a transducer to the pump suction and discharge flanges. They can be used in a wide variety of heating systems and the combination of pump, motor and variable speed drive also reduces the space required in the mechanical room or at remote zone locations.