Awhile back, we purchased and installed a bidet toilet seat in our master bathroom which led to an update and change of paint color in that room. At the time, we had no idea we’d be redoing the other two bathrooms so soon. The water damage resulting from a busted pipe actually affected those other two (out of three) bathrooms and so after plumbing and sheetrock repair, I was left with a half bath in need of a fresh coat of paint.
This bathroom had a faux finish on the walls as well and was previously painted in a pearlescent beige. But now the walls are smooth with a new coat of Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp (at full tint) the same color in the master bedroom.
But really this is about the new attachment for the toilet in the half bath. The Swash 1000 in the master bathroom is kind of like the Mercedes of bidet attachments. It’s an actual new seat, that replaces your existing toilet seat and requires electricity to perform it’s wonderful bidet functions of spraying both the front and the rear (and blow drying). The Tushy is like the Honda of bidet attachments. It’s a solid device, easy to install, and does the job well. I purchased the warm/cool Tushy in white, which means the cleansing spray uses hot water.
As it is, the warm/cool version is really easy to install and doesn’t require any special expertise. I installed it myself, using a wrench and screwdriver, in thirty minutes. After first removing the toilet seat, the Tushy is placed underneath those toilet seat screws. Then there are two hoses to connect, one to the hot water valve under the sink, and one to the cool water valve behind the toilet. The knobs to turn the bidet feature on and off are on the right side of your toilet.
As an owner of both types of bidet attachments, the fancy and the simple, I agree. Bidets are the better way to go! It feels good and it’s cleaner. This one is relatively inexpensive so even more people can try it out!
Sadly, at the start of summer, a crack appeared in our ceramic smooth surface electric stove. I found the stove on Craigslist 7 years ago and it was a great deal to replace the original coil burner stove that was installed when the house was built. When we remodeled the kitchen two years ago it was one of three appliances we kept (along with oven and refrigerator) as we only replaced the dishwasher for the remodel.
Of course, the crack started out small over the largest burner and gradually got bigger. I googled the issue and found scary stuff like “if you use the cracked burner, your stove could explode”. I don’t know if that’s true, but I didn’t chance it, so we stopped using that burner and only used the other three. Two of the three are tiny and pretty much useless for any medium to large sized pots.
I started researching the possibility of replacing it with a gas stove. Our kitchen does not have a gas line so installing a gas stove would mean hiring someone to run the gas line to the stove. As I did research, I learned more about induction stoves as an option. Although they look similar to the electric smooth surface cooktop we had before, induction stoves work using completely different technology. They do not heat up an element that transfers heat from stove to pot. They use electromagnetism to transfer (induce) energy to the pot itself. That energy heats up the pot to cook the food.
I decided to go to a store that allows you to test both types out: the Sub Zero appliance show room. Sub Zero manufactures cooktops under the Wolf name.
My visit to the store started by calling first to set an appointment. The store layout had an entrance on the first floor with stairs leading you up to the main showroom. The showroom consisted of aisles of cooktops (and other appliances i.e. refrigerators, ovens) on one side with a full working demonstration kitchen on the other side of the floor.
I looked at both gas cooktops and induction cooktops and even combinations of the two. I really liked the option of being able to combine one 24 inch burner with a 12 inch burner into one 36 inch cooktop. You can have the best of both worlds: induction and gas!
After looking at different models and styles (I also loved the cooktops that are even flush with the counter, instead of being set atop the counter with a small lip) I did the water boil test.
I set two small pots of water to boil on both a gas burner and an induction burner at the same time. Once they were both boiling I adjusted heat settings to test the response time. Interestingly, the induction boiled water the fastest and it was just as responsive to temperature adjustments as the gas burner.
The visit to the store was fun but most importantly, pretty useful in making a decision. I appreciated being able to actually use the cooktops to get a feel for the controls.
After the visit, I called plumbers for estimates on running a gas line from the basement to the kitchen. Once I had that price in hand (quoted $400) I set a stove budget. The cost of induction came out to be about the same price as a mid-range gas cooktop + gas line installation. An induction cooktop would not require any additional work, in our case, since our current wiring and space allowed for dropping in another 30 inch electric hardwired cooktop. Once I decided to go with induction, I began researching specific brands and models. [See what I ended up with here]
Speaking of researching models – what did we do before the internet? Consumer Reports? Word of mouth? There’s just so much information out there now!
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