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Top Plumbing Products for 2019

Sloan's CX Flushometer and Zip Water's HydroTap are among the eight plumbing products to make Building Design+Construction's 2019 101 Top Products report. 

December 16, 2019 |
Top Plumbing Products for 2019

The products selected for Building Design+Construction’s annual 101 Top Products report are determined by you, our readers. From security doors to metal ceilings, fabric ducts to rainscreen wall systems, linear drains to bacteria-killing LED lighting, these are the products that appeared in the pages of the magazine over the past 12 months that readers wanted to learn more about. The products were selected based on the number of reader service inquiries. BD+C editors selected a few of our favorites as well (marked “Editors' Picks”). 

The products are organized across eight categories: Building Envelope  |  Building Systems  |  Flooring  |  Glass and Glazing  |  Interior  |  Plumbing  |  Structural  |  Windows and Doors.





This linear drain system can be customized to six different lengths (from 27 to 60 inches) and three drain location options (center, left, or right). Goof Proof comes with a tile-on insert top for receiving matching tile for a sleek tiled shower aesthetic. The drain can be used with any waterproofing method, including roll-on, vinyl, and sheet membrane, and it can be installed with or without a curb to create a barrier-free shower.




EDITORS' PICK: The Zip HydroTap transforms virtually any commercial water tap into a hydration station, with on-demand boiled, chilled, and sparkling water. Its built-in Zip MicroPurity filtration system removes sediment, volatile organic compounds like lead, and parasites such as cryptosporidium and giardia greater than 0.2 microns. It produces clear, pure-tasting water, free from odors and contamination. An integrated boiler and condenser provide heated and chilled water instantly, while a compression system produces sparkling water on demand.   




EDITORS' PICK: This flushometer features the industry’s smallest front access wall panel, nearly 70% smaller than the industry standard. With its small size and concealed valve, the unit is designed to adapt to any commercial restroom design. Available in polished chrome, brushed stainless, brushed nickel, polished brass, and matte black.




Zurn Industries has expanded its line of IoT-connected commercial plumbing products with Zurn Connected Flush Valves and Zurn Connected Faucets. The company now offers a collection of faucets, flush valves, flood control systems, and drains that are digitally linked to provide real-time data on usage patterns, water consumption, and preventive maintenance tasks. A mobile-friendly, Web-based dashboard, plumbSMART, allows buildings owners and facility managers to access this data 24/7 from any location. Users can choose to receive real-time product alerts via email or mobile text message.




EDITORS' PICK: TOTO’s Zero Dimension is the world’s first zero-gravity bathtub in which bathers experience total weightlessness. The tub is shaped to simulate a “gravity-less” floating position to enhance relaxation, while massaging water jets and an adjustable headrest with a cascading water shoulder warmer provide relief and comfort. Zero Dimension is constructed with solid surface Galalato engineered to resist stain, retain heat, and minimize maintenance.




Kohler’s ContinuousClean option is a factory-installed system housed in the toilet tank that dispenses a consistent dosage of cleaner during each flush to keep the bowl clean. Owners simply place a cleaning tablet (the system works with any brand) in the designated compartment within the system and press an activation button to indicate a new tablet. Three settings allow owners to adjust the dispensing of the cleaning solution. The system is designed to extend the life of cleansing tablets to more than a year.




Every commercial restroom needs Bobrick’s B-635 Klutch Mobile Device Holder. This hardware affixes to restroom walls and partitions, providing a simple, convenient place to store smartphones, tablets, and other valuables (an integrated bag hook holds up to 300 lbs. Klutch is ADA compliant: no grasping or twisting of the wrist are needed to operate the device.



Oasis with Freshield bOTTLE FILLING STATION

Oasis refillable bottle stations are now made with antimicrobial surfaces to minimize the accumulation and spreading of bacteria and viruses. Oasis with Freshield harnesses the natural bacteria-fighting power of silver by infusing the element into a polycompound on the molded parts of the alcoves. The antimicrobial compound wards off the degradation that can occur on surfaces in wet environments. It protects against mold, discoloration, and odors.


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