For years kitchen appliances have been among the most heavily merchandised products promoted to American consumers. However, the most used appliance in the kitchen has been sold as a combinatioin of plumbing and electrical components and basically seen as a necessary evil which deserved only minor consideration in the planning scheme of a kitchen. The "water appliance" could be considered the most used appliance in the kitchen and deserves a more serious look by builders, kitchen designers, architects and consumers.
The sink could be seen as the chassis for the water appliance. Sinks are no longer "two small" bowls useless for much more than basic rinsing. Today, sinks are offered in deeper and broader sizes, in new configurations, new materials and new colors. In addition to stainless steel, procelain and cast iron sinks, new space age materials are being formed into durable and colorful designs worth serious consideration.
The other components of the water appliance are the accessories or jewelry to enhance or complete our new product. Beginning with the latest in sink accessories many water appliances will be complimented by colanders, drain trays, drain baskets and cutting boards, in durable and colorful plastic.
Moving to the sink deck our new water appliance will consist of a single lever faucet with pull out spray in chrome or a variety of colors to complement counter tops, sink color or appliance finishes. The benefits of a sinlge lever faucet aside from being the most functional choice also permits the hole drilling to be used for the finshing touches of our new appliances.
A five hole sink provides the ultimate in convenience for the user. Now both a soap and lotion dispenser can mounted on the deck. No more messy bars of soap and unsightly plastic bottles of lotion. Top fill dispensers make for easy liquid replacement and longer dispenser spouts with larger orifices make for reliable and trouble free liquid supply. We still have two remaining appliances for the deck. Instant 190 water dispensers have a myriad of uses and are increasingly a standard option for the sink. Depending on drinking water quality, many parts of the country are depending on bottled water and now filtered or R.O. water dispenser can be installed on the water appliance to replace the unsightly and bulky bottle. Dispensers can be color coordinated and provided with a hi-arc for easier filling of tea/coffee decanters or thermos.
For those of you with tepid water temperature, don't forget the "chilled water units" which can be placed under your sink or close by in an unused space or corner cabinet. Our final attachment to the water appliances is the waste or garbage disposer; 3/4 HP, insulated units provide quite high use performance.
The ultimate in water appliances can list for $1,750.00 with all the trapping. A far cry from the $39.95 builders special. The sink area can be a convenience center of beauty and function. It's the most used appliance in the kitchen with more than 60 percent of our time devoted to water related tasks. Consumers will respond to builders and designers when the full potential of this very important appliance is optomized. Ask your local kitchen and bath specialist to demonstrate the ULTIMATE appliance and the water appliance.