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U by Moen is a WiFi/cloud-based digital shower that enables the user to connect up to four shower devices. The Wi-Fi-connected dig- ital shower controller features a 5" LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through on- screen messaging and notifications. Circle No. 168 on Product Card The Waterfall Shower Head from Artos produces a thin, sleek sheet of water. The solid brass bar also rotates for complete control of the waterfall, and meets the EPA WaterSense criteria of 2 GPM water flow. The fitting is available in Chrome and Brushed Nickel finish options. Circle No. 167 on Product Card The Peerless Faucet SideKick Shower System installs on the existing shower arm with no tools needed. The showerhead, with water-amplifying spray, provides a drenching experience, and the shower wand features attachments for bathing kids and pets and clean- ing tubs and tile. The system allows for single or shared operation. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Grohe's Rainshower 310 Smart- Active showerhead incorporates oval water outlets arranged in a star-shaped pattern to generate a massage effect, while surrounding nozzles produce a gentle rain spray. The 12" showerhead is available in round in StarLight Chrome or Brushed Nickel Infinity Finish, or in square in StarLight Chrome. Circle No. 169 on Product Card Infinity Drain has added five new designs to its collection of shower drain strainers for traditional center drain placement: Lines, Moor, Link, Weave and Criss-Cross. The drains are available as a strainer only or as a complete installation kit with floor drain. Finishes include: Satin Stainless, Polished Stainless, Satin Bronze and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Circle No. 172 on Product Card Gerber has launched Treysta, an innovative and flexible tub and shower rough-in valve system built to accommodate varying require- ments plumbers face on site in a range of installations. The new valve is compatible with Danze by Gerber shower products, including its new Vaughn and Draper Collections. Circle No. 171 on Product Card The Kallista Foundations all-brass construction Soft Modern Rain- dome uses a patented air-induc- tion system that plumps up each drop of water to provide a 2.5 gpm spray. It is offered in wall-mount or ceiling-mount options, and includes an advanced nozzle configuration that resists mineral build-up, the firm notes. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Niagara Conservation's HotStart showerhead shuts off once it hits a certain temperature, so when the user is ready to get into the shower, he or she can hit the resume feature to enjoy the desired temperature. This provides a solution to wasted water. When the shower is over and the water is turned off, the shower- head resets for its next use. Circle No. 173 on Product Card desired technological features include temperature controls, draining technology, steam showers and shower entertainment. Kristen Baum, product marketing manager at Brizo, remarks that technology trends include push-button controls for showerheads, handshowers and valve trims, integrated valves and diverters to create a cleaner, more streamlined look in the shower, combination showerheads and height adjustable/jointed shower arms. "One of the newest trends in showers is the use of capacitive touch technology to simplify the functionality of shower controls, something that is particularly useful when the user has wet hands," says Pien. Taylor adds, "Technology is ever-changing in the shower sphere to meet the needs of the customer. People are wanting variation and ease of use." GOING SOLO Manufacturers say that shower/bathtub combinations are waning, replaced by either just a shower or a shower and freestanding tub. That often means the size of the shower coincides with the tubs they are re- placing, particularly with remodels. "Showers are replacing shower/tub installations in older homes, so the sizes are similar to the tub sizes of 60" by 30", 32", 34" or 36"," says Moore. "Consumers are caring less about the need to have a tub for resale. They want it specific to their needs and wants, and that usually means a shower." "The most popular amenities for the bathroom emphasize safety and comfort: comfort heights, shower seats, lighting in showers and no-threshold showers," says Peggy Gallagher, senior product manager – trade bath at Delta Faucet. Other emerging amenities include music in the shower and easy maintenance features, she adds. Taylor sees users looking for variety, especially in spray modes, noting, "The varying spray modes can change the feel of the shower entirely. Users want different things in their showers. That's where the many spray modes come into play." TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL CONTROLS Advances in technology span a wide range of elements in the shower, including digital controls, touch operation, temperature control and water efficiency. "Digital technology and controls are emerging on the shower scene," says Moore. "The multi-sensory showering experience [offered by Kohler's DTV+] is customizable and controlled by a touch-screen interface. The interface cleans up the shower space by taking away all knobs and handles one would need to have a fully loaded shower. It gives greater precision [and] control in the shower as well as accurate and safe temperature control." Gold notes, "Consumers and designers are wanting to see more digital shower controls, or well-designed manual controls to fit the space." Other 58 Kitchen & Bath Design News • September 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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