KB Authority Named as One of Newsweek’s Best Trending Online Shops 2021

KB Authority is thrilled to have been named to Newsweek’s list for America’s Best Trending Online Shops 2021, earning the designation of “very high” growth under the Home Living – Furniture category. This list, which highlights the stunning growth of e-commerce in the United States, also serves as a great indicator of how far KB Authority has come.

E-commerce has become more important to shoppers than ever, with the industry achieving a record-breaking $870.8 billion in sales in 2021. What was once a very niche market for a select group of products has come to encompass an ever-broader range of product categories.

KB Authority is thrilled to have been part of this growth over the years — as we’ve seen firsthand. After starting with a focus on kitchen and bath products, our success and growth have enabled us to expand into new product categories such as outdoor furniture, living room and bedroom furniture, and more!

This latest recognition serves as further validation that you can buy quality furniture online to create your dream home.

What the Newsweek Ranking Means

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Qualifying for the America’s Best Trending Online Shops 2021 list meant filling a variety of requirements. To qualify for the list, websites had to achieve over one million annual website visits from customers within the United States, with more than half of their sales also coming from U.S. customers. Not surprisingly, sites that qualified for the ranking also had to experience both traffic and revenue growth between March 2019 and February 2021.

But actual and relative growth was just part of the process. While achieving over one million visits is a great foundation for success in and of itself, all those visits don’t do much good if the website experience doesn’t live up to customer expectations.

Because of this, the ranking also focused on technical details that affect customers’ abilities to do their shopping easily, such as loading time, mobile optimization, and the use of cookies. 

We know how frustrating shopping for products online can be, which is why we’ve worked hard to ensure that browsing through products and searching for specific items is as easy as possible. When an e-commerce website works well, you should be able to quickly find the items you’re interested in, and get the information you need to make a decision.

A Foundation For Success

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From the beginning, our goals have been to make it easy for homeowners to find what they need to create their dream home. By offering a wide selection of kitchen and bathroom products (and more) at discounted prices, we aim to ensure that you can find high-quality items that match your preferred style. 

Whether you like the sleek, smooth lines of contemporary and modern pieces or the more intricate design of traditional furniture, we strive to be a true one-stop shop for your home furnishing needs.

Each product page features several images, as well as detailed product specifications to help you determine if it is a good fit for your home. We also list how many of each product is currently in stock to make shopping even easier.

Buying furniture online can be a little intimidating. To alleviate this, we offer live chat with our in-house experts, as well as guaranteed fitment and easy, quick and hassle-free returns if you experience any issues with your order. We want you to have confidence in what you’re getting, and love the furniture you’re using to update your home!

We also help ensure that updating your home’s furniture doesn’t have to break the budget. In addition to offering significant discounts on a wide range of products across our store, we also offer free shipping on orders, and financing through Bread so you can split your purchase into payment plans ranging from three to 36 months. Special coupons and our membership program (which offers a variety of exclusive deals and discounts) can help you save even more.

These features have played a key role in helping us become a store worthy of appearing on the America’s Best Trending Online Shops 2021 list. We will continue to prioritize offering a wide range of affordable furniture products, all backed by great service and a streamlined website experience, even as we continue to grow.

Thank You!

We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that so much of our success comes from you, our customers who have been willing to trust us for purchasing the bathroom vanities, sinks, furniture, and other products that help turn a house into a home.

Our growth wouldn’t be possible without you, and we pledge to continue providing the high-quality service, products, and pricing you’ve come to expect from KB Authority. We look forward to continuing to meeting and exceeding these high expectations in the years to come.

How to Pick the Right Cushions and Fabric For Your Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to outdoor furniture, looks aren’t the only thing that matters. After all, you want your seating to be comfortable so you can truly sit back and relax when you’re out on the porch!

As part of creating the ultimate relaxation zone, choosing the right cushions and fabric is an important consideration. Whether you are purchasing separate cushions to go with your current furniture, or buying new pieces that incorporate cushions and fabric as part of the design, the right selection will enhance both the appearance and long-term usability of your furniture.

Here is a closer look at the types of fabric most commonly used for outdoor furniture, as well as what you can do to ensure that your cushions and fabric stand the test of time.


olefin fabric

Olefin — also known as polypropylene fiber — is a widely used outdoor fabric that is actually a byproduct of refined petroleum. This synthetic material is quite durable and stain resistant, while also being more resistant to fading from ultraviolet light. The material itself is chemically stain resistant, so it doesn’t need to have additional chemicals or antimicrobial products applied.

This material is actually quite environmentally friendly, as it doesn’t require water during manufacturing, and makes use of materials from oil production that would otherwise go to waste. 

Olefin fabrics typically use a wax-based, water-repellant finish that keeps the cushions from absorbing moisture. This prevents mildew growth, making olefin much easier to care for than other materials. Olefin also has a high light fastness rating of 2,000 hours or three years — meaning that it should be able to resist UV-related fading for at least that amount of time.

Solution Dyed Acrylic

Solution-dyed acrylic is another common fabric used in outdoor furniture. As The Spruce explains, “With this type of fabric, the dyeing occurs before the yarn is made. Liquid acrylic and color are mixed and formed into fibers. Then the colored fibers are spun into a yarn already permeated with color. The fabric is made to be colorfast after exposure to the elements, along with ordinary wear and tear. Solution-dyed acrylic is usually soft, breathable, water-resistant, and quick-drying.”

Because the fabrics are fully permeated with the color, they are much more resistant to fading than printed acrylic. Printed acrylic generally uses a screen print with dyes that are meant to resist fading and weather damage. However, these dyes are far less durable since they only provide a “surface-level” finish.

While solution-dyed acrylic can provide up to 2,000 hours of lightfastness and has great mildew resistant properties, it typically needs a specialty stain finish to prevent staining from other materials. Oily stains (such as from food products like ketchup and mustard) can be quite hard to get out. 

Outdoor Polyester

Outdoor polyester tends to cost less than other outdoor fabrics, but with the trade-off of significantly inferior performance. Polyester generally only has a lightfastness score of 500 hours, and may begin to fade after one year. 

Polyester is batch-dyed so that large amounts of the fabric can be produced at once. While this further lowers costs, it also makes the dye less resistant to spills and stains. The materials also have a tendency to pill and fuzz when washed.

As a result, polyester may be a serviceable option if you only plan to have your furniture outside for a few months out of the year. Otherwise, it will likely fade and deteriorate too quickly to be truly worth the effort.

Caring For Outdoor Cushions and Fabric

outdoor furniture fabric

Regardless of the materials you choose for your outdoor cushions and furniture fabric, you can generally follow the same care guidelines. It is generally best to wipe off any spills or soiling as quickly as possible. Even for materials that are more stain-resistant, the lingering debris can create the perfect conditions for mildew growth, particularly in humid climates.

To remove dirt and other debris, first brush or wipe off as much as you can. Spot clean the affected area with either the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning solution, or a mixture of 1/4 cup bleach-free detergent and 1 gallon of warm water. After applying the cleaning solution to the dirty area, scrub out the stains with a soft towel or sponge. Then, rinse with clean water and dry using a clean towel.

It is generally safer to air-dry outdoor fabric after washing. Some materials, particularly acrylic, can be damaged if dry cleaned or placed in a clothes dryer. Repeat this process as necessary. 

Check the tags for the fabric or cushion, just in case the manufacturer has different cleaning recommendations. For example, some manufacturers may recommend cleaning the entire cushion after a set length of time. If the fabric coverings can be removed from the cushions, you may be able to wash them in a washing machine, though they will likely still need to be air dried.

Finally, you can prevent stains and extend the lifespan of outdoor cushions and fabric by using a furniture cover when you won’t be using the furniture. A waterproof cover will protect the fabric from ultraviolet light, dust, water, and other signs of weathering. 

Find What You Need With KB Authority

With high-quality outdoor cushions and fabrics, you can have confidence that your outdoor furniture will help you create the perfect gathering place for friends and family. With the right materials and proper care, you can expect your furniture to serve you well for several years to come.

Of course, finding high-quality outdoor furniture at an affordable price can sometimes be a challenge — but not with KB Authority on your side. We offer a wide range of outdoor furniture from quality brands like Crosley, Hanover, and Panama Jack. Many of these pieces are available at significant discounts off MSRP, and many products also feature additional savings for individuals who are part of our membership program.

Whether you need something for a smaller patio or are looking for a full-size conversation set, you’ll find the quality you want at an affordable price through KB Authority.

A New Logo, a Better KB Authority

If you’ve shopped with KB Authority for a while, you may have noticed a few changes around our website over the past few years. There have been changes to the types of products we offer, and most recently, there’s been the even more visible change to our logo.

This doesn’t mean that the high-quality products you’ve come to expect from us are going to disappear anytime soon. Instead, the new logo is a representation of our journey to becoming the internet’s best full-service supplier of home goods.

A Little History…

KB Authority started in 2004, specializing entirely in kitchen products. Of course, it didn’t take long for us to venture into bath products, leading us to adopt the moniker “Kitchen & Bath Authority.”

We continued with this business model for many years, focusing on the wide variety of products someone might need to put together their dream kitchen or bathroom. A wide selection of bathroom vanities, shower doors, kitchen and bathroom faucets, toilets, water dispensers, and other accessories allowed us to serve the needs of customers across the country.

This specialization helped us become a go-to shop for homeowners and contractors looking to make bathroom and kitchen upgrades, especially as we continued to expand the brands we offered through our store.

Time For a Change

As important as they are, your house is so much more than the kitchen and bathrooms. So, we gradually began a process of branching out into other product categories, to help supply the other items our customers needed to make the most of their home.

This began in 2018, when we started to offer BBQs. In 2019, we then expanded into outdoor patio furniture — the perfect pairing for enjoying a relaxing time on your back porch!

Finally, in 2020, we began to offer everyday home furniture and lighting. This was probably our biggest addition yet. Under our home decor section, you’ll now find everything from tables, beds, and sofas to doors and fireplaces. You’ll even find lighting, clocks, and wall art.

Essentially, our goal was to become a one-stop shop for the entire home — not just for the kitchen and bathroom. While it may have taken a few years to get there, we’re proud of how this journey has played out.

A New Logo For a New Age

Of course, since we are no longer just tied into kitchen and bath products, it didn’t make much sense to continue with the old “Kitchen & Bath Authority” logo. We’re now so much more than that — we’re a true full-service home goods supplier.

To reflect this change, we developed our new “KB+A” logo, along with the tagline “You Dream It. We Ship It.”

This is what we’re all about. So much of a dream home depends on the furniture and decor that help make it truly your own. We want to help make that happen for every part of the house, by offering amazing products from top brands that will help you transform your home inside and out.

As an online retailer, we aim to continue to make this process as easy as possible with a convenient website and fast shipping so that you don’t have to wander from store to store to find what you need to transform your home.

Making Dreams Come True

We’re still KB Authority — the same brand you’ve come to know and trust for top-quality home products at discounted prices. But now, we’re able to help you truly bring your dream home to life like never before.

No matter what your dream home looks like, we can help you make it happen. Our vast inventory is supported by stellar customer service, with live chat available with our in-house experts who know our products and can help you find the perfect fit.

In addition to discounted prices and free shipping on many products, you can continue to save with our membership program. Access to exclusive deals and promotions, expedited order processing, and other perks ensure that this membership is well worth it, no matter how many items you plan to buy. Available financing helps make your purchases even more affordable.

We may have a new logo, but in many ways, we are still the same company we’ve always been — only now with even more to offer as you work toward creating your dream home.

What You Should Know About Buying Rattan and Wicker Furniture

When it comes to buying outdoor furniture, homeowners may be understandably confused when they hear the terms “wicker” and “rattan.” While both words are associated with a woven, natural look, these increasingly popular furniture terms aren’t as interchangeable as you might initially think.

By understanding what these terms actually mean and how they can play a role in your outdoor decor, you’ll have a much easier time putting together a desirable look that will serve your family well for many years to come.

What is a Wicker Weave?

wicker furniture

First things first, wicker is not a material. Instead, this term is used to describe a particular style of weave. Wicker weaves have been used for baskets and furniture since at least 3,000 B.C., when this design was used in ancient Egypt.

In ancient times, reeds and other swamp grasses were the primary materials used for wicker weaves. This design style spread to Europe during the continents exploratory phase, and then gained another resurgence of popularity in mid-19th century as part of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, which had a focus on nature as a source of inspiration and emphasizing the beauty of the materials used in construction.

To create wicker furniture, the same material is often used to form both the support structure and the weave that holds it all together. Strands of material are weaved together to create a rigid frame that can vary in appearance — from a simple cross-stitch-style weave to more elaborate weaves with more twists and interlocking elements.

The materials that are used to make wicker furniture include natural rattan (more on that later), bamboo, willow, and synthetic fibers. The right material can vary based on your local climate and how you plan to use the furniture.

What is Rattan?

rattan furniture

Rattan is one of the most popular materials that is used for wicker furniture, which is why rattan and wicker are so often confused to be the same thing. Rattan is a tropical climbing palm with roughly 600 subspecies found in tropical areas of Africa and Southeast Asia.

Multiple parts of rattan are used to make furniture. For wicker weaves, the skin is peeled off from a rattan strand. These peeled strips, also known as cane, can then be woven for use in a variety of products, including a webbing that can be used for chair seats or ornamental accents on other furniture pieces.

The inner core offers greater structural strength for furniture, but it can also be split into thinner strips for the creation of wicker furniture. Larger pieces are generally used to create the frame for the furniture piece. Wider weaves will typically be used for furniture, while smaller rattan weaves can be used for baskets and other items that don’t require as much structural strength. However, many modern furniture items that use rattan will only use rattan for the chair webbing so that materials such as aluminum can be used for the legs and frame.

Rattan’s introduction to Europe played a large role in the explosion of wicker furniture’s popularity. It is lightweight, durable, flexible, and easy to work with, though it does require significant skill to create wicker furniture. 

What’s the Difference Between Rattan and Synthetic Wicker?

wicker furniture

When shopping for wicker furniture today, you’ll typically find yourself choosing between products that use natural rattan and those that are made from synthetic wicker.

Furniture products that use rattan are often branded as “natural wicker furniture.” Wicker cane is water repellant, and can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth. For more intensive cleaning, simply use a damp washcloth or brush with mild detergent to remove spills or other contaminants.

When the rattan skin is used, you generally don’t have to worry too much about water damage. However, if you purchase a furniture piece that is made completely from natural rattan, you should exercise additional precautions to protect it from moisture and other environmental hazards. The rattan core is quite porous, which makes it vulnerable to water damage. It is also more likely to experience fading from sunlight. 

As such, all-rattan pieces should be covered or stored indoors when not in use. Outdoor furniture made from natural rattan should have a weather-resistant coating applied so that it can hold up under outdoor conditions.

Synthetic wicker furniture typically uses high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that has been pressed into a design that imitates the look, strength, and flexibility of natural rattan. This allows the synthetic materials to be woven onto an aluminum frame or foundation in a similar manner to rattan. Synthetic wicker can be designed to look like natural rattan or a variety of artificial colors.

As an artificial material, synthetic wicker is extremely durable and resistant to weather-related fading and deterioration, including both water and UV-related damage. To care for synthetic wicker, use a soft brush and mild detergent to clean it, then rinse the surface with clean water to remove any residue.

While synthetic materials tend to offer better environmental resistance, it is still recommended to use a furniture cover to provide additional protection and prevent the buildup of debris when they won’t be used for an extended period of time. HDPE is considered the best option for synthetic wicker, as it uses the same color of material on both the interior and exterior. Cheaper materials, such as vinyl, are prone to peeling and revealing non-matching interior layers. They also don’t do as good of a job as imitating the appearance of natural rattan.

Find the Outdoor Furniture You Need at Kitchen & Bath Authority

Regardless of which outdoor furniture style you ultimately prefer, you’ll find the perfect match right here at Kitchen & Bath Authority. With a wide selection of synthetic wicker and natural rattan furniture products, it’s easy to find the furniture that best matches your unique preferences, whether you’re looking for a full-size conversation set or smaller patio sets.

With discounted prices on a wide range of products, additional deals available through our exclusive membership program, free shipping, and live chat support for your online shopping, it’s never been easier to find the right furniture to turn your backyard into a true oasis.

How to Choose the Perfect Patio Furniture For Your Home

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These days, your home is so much more than just the interior rooms. Your outdoor spaces such as the backyard and patio can also provide the perfect setting for fun and relaxation. Whether you plan on having friends over for dinner parties or simply want a place where you can hang out with the kids, the right patio furniture can go a long way in helping you turn your outdoor space into the perfect retreat.

Of course, with so many great patio furniture and outdoor decor options to choose from, it can be difficult to know exactly what will work best for your property and its needs. 

No matter what your space looks like, following these guidelines will help you choose furniture that helps complete your space.

1. Consider How You Will Use the Space

The way you plan to use your outdoor areas should help you prioritize which patio furniture and other decor options to purchase for your home. For example, if you plan on using your patio for barbecues, you’ll naturally want to consider where you will place your grill in comparison to the rest of your furniture. You’ll want to give the chef plenty of space to work with, while also ensuring that it’s not a long trek from the grill to the dining table!

Depending on your lifestyle, your actual outdoor furniture needs could vary widely. If you are going to use your patio to host your child’s birthday parties, you’ll need a large table and plenty of seating. On the other hand, if you want to transform your backyard into a private reading nook, you’ll want to complete the space with comfortable seating and a fire pit instead.

2. Measure It Out

Similar to getting furniture or decor for indoor spaces, it’s always a good idea to measure your outdoor space before you buy any patio furniture. The last thing you need is to buy a large sofa or conversation set that you don’t actually have room for. You should also consider the layout of your area — there’s a big difference between which furniture pieces are suitable for a narrow balcony as opposed to a wider patio.

Furniture sellers list the dimensions of their pieces online, so it is easy to compare these measurements to those of your outdoor space. Of course, you shouldn’t just focus on the furniture dimensions. You’ll need to leave adequate space around your patio furniture so people can walk without tripping. Generally speaking, you should leave a few feet between different furniture pieces.

3. Remember the Environment

While looks are certainly important, you also need to consider how local weather conditions could affect your patio furniture. Most households aren’t able to use their outdoor space for all four seasons — and some materials aren’t going to be well suited for your local climate. For example, if you have an uncovered porch in an area that receives frequent rainfall, you should probably avoid furniture made from soft wood, which could be prone to rotting. Strong winds could blow away aluminum, while heavier pieces would stay firmly in place.

On the other hand, constant sun exposure could fade fabrics and wicker sets (particularly in hot, dry areas). While outdoor furniture is typically designed to be more durable than indoor sets, opt for weather-resistant materials such as all-weather wicker, metal, or cedar. For fabric pieces, always choose fade- and mildew-resistant furniture.

4. Be Mindful of Storage and Maintenance Needs

Your patio furniture should be a source of relaxation and comfort — not work! Needless to say, you’ll find your outdoor space to be much more relaxing if you don’t have to spend hours cleaning and caring for your furniture. Choosing furniture that is properly suited for your local environment means you likely won’t have to worry about too much other than occasionally wiping the surface clean of dust and pollen.

Part of caring for your patio furniture involves storing it during the off-season. If you have space available, make room in your garage or a storage shed to protect your patio furniture and decor from the elements when the weather is going to be particularly harsh. If you don’t have enough storage space, try to at least make room for storing fabric cushions. Folding, stackable, or easily disassembled furniture pieces may also be easier to store. Otherwise, you may need to invest in extra furniture covers to protect them during the off-season.

5. Match the Rest of Your Space

By keeping the previously mentioned tips in mind, you’ll likely have narrowed down your patio furniture options based on factors like size and material. The good news is that regardless of these factors, you will still have plenty of style options to choose from as you design your outdoor space.

When it comes to color and other stylistic preferences, consider how a particular patio furniture piece would complement the rest of your home. Ideally, the patio furniture should be a good match for your landscaping, and the rest of the house in general. For example, if you have modern and contemporary furniture inside the home, choosing similarly designed pieces for your outdoor space will help your property feel like one cohesive whole, both inside and out. Bold colors can help draw attention to patio furniture pieces that you want to serve as a focal point. 

On the other hand, more traditional designs with muted, natural colors can help you create a more natural looking space that will blend well with ample plant life.

Find the Perfect Patio Furniture at Kitchen & Bath Authority

If you’re ready to spruce up your outdoor space, make Kitchen & Bath Authority your first stop! With a wide selection of patio furniture and outdoor decor, we have everything you need to transform your patio. Our stunning range of products makes it easy for you to find your preferred style, no matter what your space might look like.

With many products available for significant discounts off of MSRP and exclusive deals and promotions for those who sign up for our membership program, there are many ways to save as you redecorate your space. 

An Important Update Regarding Orders & COVID-19

A year ago, we never would have expected the COVID-19 pandemic to wreak total havoc with our normal way of life. From stay at home orders and business shutdowns to the undeniable toll on health and lives, this pandemic has completely changed things for many across the country.

Unfortunately, those same disruptions continue to this day. Even with the introduction of an effective vaccine, we are continuing to see COVID levels spike across the country. While our own problems may pale in comparison to those who have lost jobs or loved ones, Kitchen & Bath Authority has been affected and is continuing to be impacted by the virus.

Here is what you should know regarding where things stand (for now) in regards to your online orders in light of the current pandemic.

Disruptions Throughout the Supply Chain

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COVID cases are spiking throughout the country, as well as internationally. This is resulting in major disruptions in almost every stage of the supply chain. For example, an outbreak in a factory could cause shutdowns that temporarily limit stock of select items. While this aspect isn’t as extreme as when widespread manufacturer shutdowns caused massive shortages at the beginning of the pandemic, it is still a recurring issue.

What has become far more common in recent weeks and months are outbreaks and disruptions at other stages of the supply chain. Many products are manufactured internationally, and then shipped overseas via containers. However, increased demand for a wide range of products, combined with the pandemic, has led to record delays in container shipments. 

In fact, one recent study found that less than one in three ocean shipments arrived on time to the United States in November 2020. The study found that delays weren’t just getting more frequent — they were also getting longer. The Chinese New Year holiday period is expected to result in even greater delays in getting shipments across in a timely manner because of the seasonal closure of factories.

Once products arrive in the United States, they aren’t immune from pandemic-related disruptions, either. We’re seeing warehouses and distribution centers suspend operations due to COVID outbreaks among workers. UPS actually suspended its Service Guarantee at the start of the pandemic because of COVID-related disruptions and an increased number of people placing online orders from home.

Needless to say, as much as we would like to guarantee a fast and timely delivery, these circumstances beyond our control have made it so this isn’t a possibility. While we are doing everything we can to get orders processed and sent out in a timely manner, there is no telling what issues might come into play along the way.

What Comes Next?

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Here at Kitchen & Bath Authority, we understand how frustrating order delays can be. We’re doing everything we can to ensure as timely of a delivery as possible. All orders placed on our website are processed upon receipt, after which we perform credit verification and send info to our distributors to get the order shipped out.

Normally, this means that orders are shipped within 24 to 48 hours of receipt, as long as the items are in stock. Items shipped via UPS should receive a tracking order from UPS. We email tracking orders to you as soon as they become unavailable. 

If you haven’t received a tracking number five business days after you placed your order, you are welcome to email sales@KBAuthority.com for updated order status. While this is a rarity in normal times, COVID is making such delays increasingly likely.

From what we’ve seen firsthand, an order could have a tracking number created by UPS, but then spend several days sitting on a truck without going anywhere due to COVID issues with available drivers or the distribution center.

Unfortunately, at that point, there isn’t much we can do to expedite your order. It all depends on how quickly our shipping partners can resolve their COVID issues and get back on the road.

While we can’t control what happens during the shipping process, one way to avoid extended delays is to check stock availability on our website when you are placing your order. No matter what item you’re interested in — whether it be a barn door or a bathroom vanity — you’ll see the number of units currently in stock highlighted in green on our site. 

Items that don’t have a stock number listed have low stock or are out of stock. Before attempting to place an order, we recommend that you call our support staff to confirm whether stock is available, as well as how soon additional items will be ready. Double-checking that an item is actually in stock will help ensure expedited arrival of your order, even if there is still the potential for delays while in-transit.

Getting Through This Together

Here at Kitchen & Bath Authority, we have always prided ourselves on our ability to provide timely shipping and quality service, while still delivering discounted prices that help you create your dream home.

While the pandemic may be keeping us from getting orders delivered as quickly as we would like, our commitment to quality products and service remains the same. You can continue to find discounted prices on bathroom and kitchen products from leading manufacturers throughout our site. Special discount codes, our exclusive membership program, and available financing combine to make your purchase even more affordable.

We understand how it can be frustrating when your order doesn’t arrive as quickly as you expected. Our support team is always standing by to help address your questions and concerns. 

Most of all, we hope that the vaccine rollout will help life get back to normal for all of us sooner rather than later. 

Transform Your Grilling Experience With Tagwood

As anyone experienced with barbecuing would be quick to tell you, not all grills are created equal. The right grill with the right fuel can make it that much easier to cook your food to perfection, creating a distinctive flavor that everyone will love.

While typical American BBQ grills are certainly serviceable, grilling traditions from other parts of the globe have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is especially true of South American grilling techniques from places like Argentina and Brazil.

Now, genuine Argentine grills — also known as Santa Maria grills — are available right here from Kitchen & Bath Authority. Tagwood BBQ grills are designed to deliver the ultimate grilling experience, and are sure to completely transform your next gathering with friends or family. Here’s what you should know about these dynamic, exciting grills.

What is a Santa Maria Grill?

Santa Maria style grill

First, it may help to understand how a traditional Argentine grill differs from what we’re used to in the United States. Santa Maria grills use a deceptively simple design that gives the cook total control over cooking temperature and more. 

Grilling is much more than just a hobby in Argentina — the term “asado” refers to both the style of preparing the meat, as well as the social event associated with the barbecue. Beef, chicken, pork, chorizo and more make up the menu. Each chef has their own technique, adjusting factors like cook time and distance from the coals based on their personal preferences.

These grilling traditions date back to the era of the “gauchos”, or cowboys, of Argentina’s Pampa region, who drew from Italian cooking traditions to prepare the meat that was available to them while on the range. Over time, these grilling customs evolved into a big part of the natural culture, and simple grilling techniques led to the development of more refined Santa Maria grills.

Santa Maria grills feature a flat grill grate mounted over a box or “brasero” that houses the fuel. The grills use either charcoal or wood, though many cooks prefer flavor-infusing woods such as pecan, hickory, or red oak. This creates smoky fires, while allowing cooks to achieve high heat.

Most importantly, the grates used in Santa Maria grills are height-adjustable. A crank wheel raises or lowers the grill grate as needed, giving the user total control over the cooking temperature. Moving the grate closer to the fire sears the meat, while raising the grate away from the coals makes it easy to perform slow cooking. This is paired with a component known as the firebrick, which spreads heat evenly throughout the grill, while reducing heat transmission to the grill’s outside panels.

The Tagwood Story


Unsurprisingly, Tagwood BBQ grills grew from a passion for this style of grilling. Founders Juan Vinci and Walter Afonso were born and raised in Argentina, where they and their friends grew up watching family members work at Argentine Santa Maria grills. The asado was a way of gathering together with loved ones — both for enjoying a great meal and participating in the grilling experience.

Even as they went into entrepreneurship, this passion for grilling stayed with them. After many years of successful business experience, Vinci and Afonso decided to use their passion for grilling to design their own Santa Maria grills.

In an email, Vinci explained how Tagwood loves to focus on actual grillers by observing them and understanding their problems to come up with innovative and creative solutions. As grilling fanatics themselves, they want to ensure that each cook who uses their grills has a great experience. 

Rather than taking a “mechanical engineer” approach to designing grills, they put themselves in the shoes of the end user. They use their own knowledge and experiences to consider what would make the grilling experience even better. Quite often, ideas for designs or add-ons come as they use their own products! 

By using high-quality materials and designs, Tagwood aims to help more people grill like a pro, allowing them to achieve the unique, savory flavor that is only possible with Argentine asado grilling. Ultimately, this allows grillers to create their own asado traditions, bringing family and friends together for good food and good times.

Tagwood Grills & Accessories

Here at Kitchen & Bath Authority, we are proud to offer several Tagwood BBQ grill products to help you transform your cooking space.

Tagwood grill

The TAGWOOD BBQ BBQ01SS Ultimate Series 67 Inch Argentine Free-Standing Charcoal Grill with Lid is made from 304 stainless steel. This grill utilizes three separate grilling areas. The main grate uses the Argentine height-adjustable system, while the griddle and secondary grate provide a great space for cooking vegetables and other sides. In total, the grill boasts 871 square inches of cooking space. 

The top lid can be closed to capture more heat for roasting meat. Firebricks on the bottom and right wall spread heat evenly, while the brasero firebox helps light up wood or charcoal that much quicker. Swivel casters allow you to move this grill wherever you want, while added features like a water drain system, side table, and bottle opener provide extra functionality and durability. Backed by a 5-year limited warranty, you can count on this grill to deliver delicious results time and time again.

The TAGWOOD BBQ BBQ03SS Ultimate Series 67 Inch Argentine Free-Standing Charcoal Grill is another excellent mobile grilling option. 731 square inches of total grilling space are spaced across four separate grilling areas. In addition to the height adjustable main grate, the secondary grate, and griddle, this grill also comes with 8 S-shape meat hooks. These meat hooks allow you to smoke or slow cook a wide variety of food — a popular technique in traditional Argentine asado.

This variety of grilling options gives you true versatility for your barbecuing. You could slow-cook a half of lamb over the course of several hours, or quickly fire up some burgers. Rounded grill grates provide an optimal grilling surface that is easy to season and clean. As with other Tagwood products, this grill comes with a UV-resistant grill cover, as well as a steel shovel and coal rake made from 304 stainless steel.

If you prefer a built-in grilling solution, the TAGWOOD BBQ BBQ05SS Ultimate Series 48 Inch Built-In Charcoal Grill is the perfect fit. The smallest of our Tagwood grills, it still offers an impressive 561 square inches of total grilling area, with an interchangeable griddle, height adjustable grates, and 8 S-shape meat hooks. 

As with other Tagwood products, this grill is made from 304 stainless steel for premium durability and functionality. Round grates, a gaucho-style brasero for lighting charcoal or wood, and firebrick integration make it easy to achieve the grilling results you want, whether you’re cooking salmon or a rack of ribs.

Tagwood grill

For the ultimate high-end grilling experience, you can’t go wrong with the TAGWOOD BBQ BBQ02SI Chief Series 63 Inch Argentine Free-Standing Charcoal Grill. This grill boasts six separate grilling surfaces, giving you the versatility needed to let your cooking creativity run wild. In addition to the height-adjustable main grate, this grill also features two swivel secondary grates and griddles, a warming rack, a height-adjustable asador (grilling basket), and 16 S-shape meat hooks. The result is a total 1,384 square inches of grilling space.

The grill also features a spacious area beneath the cooking surface for storing firewood or charcoal, as well as a vent hood for funneling smoke away from the cooking area. This attractive design is, of course, made with 304 stainless steel, and includes all the add-ons found in other Tagwood grills, such as a side table attachment, firebrick bottom, gaucho-style firebox, round grates, and more, all backed by a 5-year limited warranty. It’s the perfect addition to your backyard.

In addition to the grills themselves, Tagwood also produces several grilling accessories to further improve your cooking experience. The TAGWOOD BBQ BBQ10SS 35 Inch Stainless Steel Working Table gives you a spacious, mobile prep area. This heavy duty countertop with a height-adjustable lower shelf makes it easy to transport food out to the grill, or to cut and season your meat. This prep table provides a total of 835 square inches of workspace, giving you all the space you need to get things ready for the grill.

Though they are also included with each Tagwood grill, you can also purchase the TAGWOOD BBQ BBQ11SS Stainless Steel Shovel and Poker separately. At 35 inches long, these handy tools allow you to work at any part of the grill without getting too close to the fire. Manufactured with 304 stainless steel, you can have confidence that they will last just as long as the grill itself.

Get Your Grilling Supplies From Kitchen & Bath Authority

If you’re ready to shake up your standard grilling experience, Tagwood BBQ grills are a great place to start. Argentine asado could easily become your new favorite method of grilling meat, vegetables, and more!

As with all other products sold on our site, you can have confidence that these grills will meet — and exceed — your quality expectations. Our customer support team is also readily available to answer any questions you might have about these BBQ products.

Of course, we strive to make these and other purchases more affordable with free shipping, as well as available financing to break your purchase into more manageable monthly payments. Deals and promotions are regularly offered on items throughout our store, with additional exclusive deals being made available to those who join our membership program.

No matter what your future BBQ plans look like, Kitchen & Bath Authority makes it easy to turn those grilling dreams into reality. Place your order today so you can start grilling!

How to Pick the Right BBQ Grill For You

Few things can help turn your backyard into the ultimate retreat quite like a BBQ grill. A grilling area can become the ideal gathering place for family and friends at almost any time of year. Whether you’re getting ready for the big game or having some friends over for a summer party, the grill offers the perfect place to gather round and prep hamburgers and other favorites.

While some grills may look fairly similar to each other when you are shopping online, there are actually a wide range of differences that you will want to be aware of. Before you make your purchase, understanding which type of grill best fits your lifestyle and cooking preferences will ensure that you make a selection you will be happy with.

There is no “right” or “wrong” grill to buy. But knowing some basic factors that differentiate grills from each other is an absolute must for finding the right fit for you.

Fuel Type

One of the biggest considerations when choosing a BBQ grill is the type of fuel it uses. There are five main types of “fuels” that can be used for a BBQ grill, and your selection will have a big impact on your cooking experience and future maintenance needs.

charcoal for grilling
  • Charcoal: Charcoal briquettes are considered the “classic” fuel for grills. You place the briquettes in the grill, light them, and once they heat up, you cook your food. Charcoal is considered to impart a more distinctive flavor that electric or gas grills. However, cooking with charcoal can be a bit more complicated, especially when it comes to achieving the right cooking temperature. It is generally recommended to arrange charcoal in a pyramid shape on the charcoal grate (beneath the surface where you’ll be grilling your food). You’ll also need lighter fluid and a lighter to start the fire. The coals generally need to heat up for 10 to 15 minutes before you can start grilling. Though charcoal requires more patience, it rewards users with a rich, distinctive flavor. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll also need to empty out cold ashes and clean the grill after use to keep it running properly.
  • Electric: Electric grills are less common than other fuel types, but they are still worth mentioning. Electric grills tend to be smaller, and use a heating element to provide current resistance that turns electricity into heat. Though not the most efficient source of energy for cooking, it still heats up the grill quickly. Grill purists argue that electric cooking doesn’t add any flavor to the foods. If you don’t plan on grilling super frequently, however, this can be an easy, low-maintenance solution.
  • Propane: Propane gas provides a lot of power, allowing the BBQ grill to heat up rather quickly. All you have to do is connect a can of propane to the tank, and your grill is ready to go. Propane grills are also quite easy to use, as you can adjust the heat simply by turning a dial. Many propane grills feature multi-zone cooking or indirect heating, allowing you to cook different items (such as meat and veggies) at different temperatures at the same time. Propane grills are generally low-maintenance, making them a great choice for someone who plans on using their grill on a regular basis. Propane tanks are also relatively affordable, and safer than in the past (though you should still try to keep them away from other heat sources).
  • Natural Gas: Natural gas can be a bit pricier to set up, but it can make managing your fuel needs much easier in the long run. Natural gas grills connect to the natural gas lines already running into your home. This fuel isn’t sold in tanks like propane. This makes it a great choice if your home already uses natural gas, as you would just need to extend the current gas lines. If you don’t have natural gas already, you’re probably better served by another option. Plan carefully before installing your natural gas BBQ grill, as this will be a permanent installation. However, this fuel is easy to use, as you’ll never need to worry about buying replacement fuel after your grill has been set up.
  • Wood: Finally, there are wood pellet grills. Those who use wood pellet grills swear that this fuel provides the richest, most distinctive flavor of any grilling method. Various types of wood pellets are available, with different wood species imbuing different flavors to your meat. Wood pellets burn slowly and at a high temperature, making them flexible and easy to use, even for smoking meat. Though wood pellets are generally more expensive than charcoal, they tend to last longer, making them a great choice for a true grilling enthusiast.

Number of Burners


Size matters — and this is especially true of your BBQ grill. The number of burners you have on your grill will directly impact how much food you can cook at the same time. Most grills have two or three burners, but there are also smaller models with a single burner, and larger grills with as many as five.

Unsurprisingly, the more burners you have, the more food you’ll be able to cook at the same time. For most grills, each burner is controlled individually, meaning you could set one burner to higher heat for grilling burgers, while setting another burner at a lower temperature for slow cooking — all simultaneously. With multiple burners, you have more flexibility in your meal prep.

Of course, if you only plan on cooking for yourself and one or two other people, a one or two-burner grill will generally be sufficient. There’s no need to invest in a lot of extra grilling space that will simply sit unused.

On the other hand, if you plan on regularly hosting get-togethers with medium or large groups of people, err on the side of getting a BBQ grill with more burners. Three or more burners will give you the space and flexibility to get everyone’s food ready in a timely manner.

In addition to the burners that are included with the base grill, some grill masters also buy BBQ side burners to further expand their cooking space. Side burners are generally attached to propane gas grills. With a smaller surface, they generally aren’t suited for cooking your main dish. Instead, they provide a convenient place for preparing sauces, vegetables, and other sides. 

Side burners come with their own control settings and are heated separately from the main grate, allowing users to adjust the temperature without interfering with the main course. Side burners can even serve as a “backup” option if your main grill gives out at the last minute. As an attachment, the side burner can still work independently, even if the main grill is off or not working.

Installation Type

BBQ grill

How you plan to use your BBQ grill can also play a role in determining the type of grill installation you get. 

Most people are used to the idea of portable grills. Sleek and stylish, this installation style is suited for charcoal/wood pellet grills or grills that use propane tanks, which do not require utility hookups. A portable grill can easily be moved to any location in your backyard, making it a great choice if you plan to rearrange your porch or patio later on. Portability also allows you to bring the grill into storage for winter or when a severe storm is on the way.

For a more permanent installation, you can choose between built-in or drop-in grills, as well as post grills. Built-in and drop-in grills are typically installed as part of a larger outdoor kitchen. The grill itself may be added on to an outdoor island area that also provides counter space and houses additional items like a sink or storage drawers.

Because built-in and drop-in grills are attached to a sturdy patio installation, you don’t have to worry about them getting knocked over or damaged during severe weather. The permanent nature of the installation also means you can use electricity or natural gas as a fuel source, if desired. 

Finally, post grills offer a permanent grill installation that can work well when you don’t have the space for a full outdoor kitchen setup. These grills typically have small cutting boards to either side, while the post is mounted securely to the ground. The grill isn’t going anywhere, even if the installation doesn’t seem quite as robust as a grill that has been built in to an outdoor countertop. Most post grills use natural gas.

For the full outdoor kitchen experience, you can’t go wrong with installing a BBQ grill island. In addition to the grill itself, these high-end installations also include a side burner, refrigerator, and doors and drawers for additional storage. Aluminum counter surfaces provide the perfect location for prepping food before placing it on the grill. Additional matching products, such as vent hoods and beverage centers (complete with water hookups) can turn your grilling area into a fully functional outdoor kitchen. Some islands, like the Fire Magic IL660-FOD-116BA 116 Inch L-Shape Reclaimed Wood Island System, French Barrel Oak, Medium Pantry, even include space for seating or an umbrella!

Extra BBQ Grill Features

BBQ grill

Most people are understandably focused on the burners and fuel source when buying a grill — and for good reason! However, many BBQ grills offer extra features that can make your outdoor cooking that much more enjoyable.

For example, a glass viewing window can allow you to peek in at the progress of your meat without opening the lid and releasing that precious heat. Lighting options available on some grills allow you to continue your cookout well into the night, even if you don’t have the best patio lighting.

Other grills come with a C-smoker box or a griddle to further expand the ways you can cook on your grill. Grill covers are another common extra included with many grills. A polyester or vinyl cover will offer extra protection against the elements when your grill is not in use.

While such features are hardly a “make or break” part of the grill-buying decision for most, they do serve as nice extras that will help you get even more out of your cook space. Many of the grills available at Kitchen & Bath Authority come with such extras, allowing you to create the ultimate grilling experience on your property.

Find Your Next BBQ Grill at Kitchen & Bath Authority

While Kitchen & Bath Authority may not be the first name that comes to mind for your next BBQ grill purchase, we’re proud to offer a varied selection of grills that are perfect for your home. With products from top brands like American Outdoor Grill, Fire Magic Grills, Broilmaster, and more, you’ll have no trouble finding the right fit for your property.

These high-end grills don’t just deliver the lasting quality that you want from your next BBQ grill. Many of our grills, including BBQ islands, are available at significant discounts off MSRP, allowing you to save hundreds of dollars on this exciting purchase. Each of our grills is shipped for free, and available financing can help you break your expense into more affordable monthly payments.

No matter what type of grill you feel is right for you, you’re sure to find a quality match here at Kitchen & Bath Authority. Check out our entire selection of outdoor products so you can start transforming your yard!

Setting Up Your Throne: A Guide to Toilet Selection

While they may not get as much focus during a typical bathroom renovation, there is no denying the importance of your toilets. After all, they are called “the throne” for a reason! As a place where you will be sitting and “conducting your business” on a daily basis, this is certainly one part of the bathroom that cannot be overlooked.

Believe it or not, not all toilets are created equal. There are several different designs and features that can make a difference for your bathroom space. The right toilet can make each trip that much more enjoyable. Here are some factors to consider that will help you make the right pick for your bathroom.

Toilet Shape

square toilet

Let’s start with the basics: your toilet’s shape and the general “theme” or style that it offers. Most toilets are available in either an elongated (oval) or round shape. However, some contemporary designs also use a square shape, such as the Swiss Madison SM-1T106MB Concorde One-Piece Square Toilet with Dual Flush in Matte Black, 0.8/1.28 GPF. Keep in mind, though, that it might be hard to find a replacement toilet seat if you buy a square toilet! Still, there is something to be said about the stylish, contemporary statement such a design could make.

The shape and style of your toilet is generally a matter of personal preference more than anything else. That being said, round toilets are generally considered the best option for more compact bathrooms, as they fit well in small spaces. Round toilets tend to use a more traditional design, while elongated and square toilets are more likely to feature a contemporary look. 

Overall, many people find elongated toilets more comfortable and easier to clean. These toilets also tend to have a more forceful flush than round toilets. As such, the vast majority of toilets produced today feature an elongated bowl.

Toilet Type and Mount

wall-mounted toilet

It used to be that you only had one option for the type of toilet you bought: a two-piece design that was mounted to the floor. Now, however, advances in bathroom design have also resulted in new options being introduced for those interested in a modern, contemporary look.

Two-piece toilets feature a separate tank that is mounted onto the body of the toilet. Having two separate parts can make it somewhat easier to install the toilet in your bathroom by reducing the overall weight you have to carry. This will also make it easier should you ever need to move the toilet for repairs in the future.

However, a one-piece design offers a sleek, distinctive look that bolsters the contemporary feel of your bathroom. Toilets like the Toto MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II One Piece Elongated 1.28 GPF Toilet with Double Cyclone Flush System and SanaGloss – SoftClose Seat Included, Cotton, Polished Chrome are a great example of this. With a one-piece toilet, you also don’t have to worry about the tank screws coming loose over time.

In addition, there are also bowl-only toilet designs. Rather than using a tank, these toilets typically use a flush valve, such as in the American Standard 3351.101.020 Afwall Millenium 1.1- 1.6 GPF FloWise White Elongated Flushometer Toilet with Everclean. Though most typically associated with high-use commercial restrooms, bowl-only designs are becoming more common with sleek, contemporary wall-mounted toilets.

Examples of this wall-mounted bathroom option include the Swiss Madison SM-WT449 Sublime One Piece 0.8/1.28 GPF Dual-Flush Elongated Wall-Hung Toilet in White, which features a concealed carrier tank that makes it easy to connect the toilet to your home’s plumbing system while still maintaining a clean, modern look.

Flush Placement and Type

flush lever

Few parts of a toilet are more important than the flush lever (and the flushing mechanism itself)! As with other toilet components, there is no real “right” or “wrong” answer for the type of flush you should get. It mostly comes down to personal preference.

Traditionally, most toilets featured a flush lever on either the left or right side of the tank (though most often on the left). This allowed for easy access to the flush lever on whichever side of the bathroom had a wider opening. 

More recently, however, top-mounted levers have become increasingly common — especially for toilets which include a dual-flush feature. Rather than a standard lever, toilets like the Toto CST446CEMG#01 Aquia IV Two-Piece Elongated 1.28/0.8 Dual Flush Skirted Toilet with CeFiONtect, Cotton White use a button push. The push button system actually utilizes two buttons, which allows users to select how much water to flush. For liquid waste, you can select the flush that uses less water.

Toilet manufacturers are also going the extra mile to make each flush more efficient and forceful than in the past. For example, many Toto products use the company’s “Dynamax Tornado Flush” system, which projects water from the entire rim to provide a 360-degree clean. American Standard toilets feature a similar system called PowerWash.

While the flush lever placement is more a matter of personal preference, these dynamic flushing systems will ensure that all waste is efficiently removed, and can even reduce your cleaning burden. Not having to scrub the toilet as frequently is nothing to complain about!

Water Usage

bbling water

The amount of water that goes down the drain with each flush has become increasingly important to homeowners and business owners alike in recent years. After all, reducing how much water you use doesn’t just help lower your utility bill. It also lessens your impact on the environment.

As previously noted, many toilets have implemented dual-flush systems to better accommodate this preference. When less force is needed to expel waste from the toilet bowl, you can use less water for a more eco-friendly approach.

Toilet manufacturers make it easy to find how eco-friendly their toilets are by listing the number of gallons used per flush. While older toilets would sometimes use as many as 5 gallons of water per flush, newer toilets have drastically reduced that number.

At Kitchen & Bath Authority, we carry a wide selection of WaterSense Certified toilets, many of which feature a dual-flush option of 0.8/1.28 gallons per flush. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets that are WaterSense certified meet the government’s efficiency criteria, meaning they use at least 20 percent less water than standard toilets.

The amount of water that is flushed when you use your toilet may seem trivial, but it can quickly add up over the course of the day. The average person flushes the toilet several times a day, and if you have a large family, that results in a lot of water going down the drains. Upgrading from an old toilet to a more water-efficient model will have a bigger impact than you might expect.


ADA compliant toilet

Now it’s time to get into some of the details that are less immediately apparent, but are still important when it comes to your toilet selection.

The specifications, or measurements of height, depth, and width should be double checked before you order a new toilet for your bathroom. For starters, it’s a good idea to compare these measurements with the size of the space you currently have. If you are simply replacing an old toilet rather than investing in a full-scale bathroom remodel, you’ll want to make sure the new toilet is roughly the same size. That new toilet won’t do you much good if it is too big to fit your space!

If you are planning to age in place inside your home, these measurements become even more important. As mobility declines, the bathroom becomes an increasingly hazardous place. While many slip and fall accidents are associated with showers and bathtubs, toilets can also be made more safe with ADA compliant specifications.

Sometimes referred to as “comfort height” toilets, these toilets are compliant with guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act. These toilets typically have a bowl height of 17 to 18 inches, which is taller than normal toilets. A raised toilet seat is also used to make it easier for users to sit and stand.

In addition to the toilet itself, bathroom renovations in homes where mobility may become an issue should also install grab bars near the toilet for ease in standing and sitting. Such adjustments will dramatically improve the bathroom’s safety and usability.


measuring tape

Another not so glamorous, but important, element of a new toilet installation is the rough-in measurement. The rough-in measures the space between the wall behind the toilet and the bolts that hold the toilet into the floor. This measurement can take place before you even remove your old toilet, and should be a key consideration when narrowing down your options.

The standard toilet rough-in measurement is 12 inches. However, some homes will have toilets with different rough-in measurements, with 10 and 14 inches being relatively common alternatives. 

Double check your current measurements and the rough-in measurement of the toilet you are interested in buying. Though some toilets actually come with an adjustable rough-in, purchasing a model with the wrong measurements might just leave you with a fancy new toilet that doesn’t fit in your space.

Additional Features

TOTO washlet

A toilet is a toilet, right? Though toilets have never seemed like a particularly “advanced” or tech-centric item, innovative brands are continuing to implement new features that make your bathroom trips better than ever before.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest trends in bathroom toilets has been the increased integration of bidets. Products like the TOTO MS920CEMFG#01 Washlet with Integrated Toilet G400 – 1.28 GPF and 0.9 GPF, Cotton integrate a bidet seat directly into the toilet design. Front and rear warm water wash sprays are available, with the option for users to adjust the water temperature and pressure according to their preferences. An air deodorizer and dryer function further streamline your bathroom routine.

This is far from the only fancy feature this top-of-the-line toilet has to offer. Toto Washlets also include features like auto flush, an auto open/close lid. It even pre-mists the bowl before use. The entire unit (including the heated seat) can be operated by a remote control. 

The Toto Washlet also uses a specialty glaze that keeps waste from sticking to the toilet’s ceramic surface. This keeps your toilet cleaner longer, meaning you won’t have to clean as often or spend as much money on cleaning supplies.

Of course, you don’t have to invest in a brand new washlet to enjoy some of these exciting features. The brand also offers bidet seats like the Toto SW2033R#01 Washlet C100 Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat with PREMIST and Round Front, Cotton. These bidet seats can be configured to attach to your current toilet, allowing you to enjoy features like pre-misting spray and a self-cleaning bidet wand. A “soft close” function even keeps the lid from slamming shut!

As these products prove, your toilet can just as easily become a luxury feature as the rest of your bathroom. 

Time to Pick Your Toilet!

With all this information in hand, you should be well on your way to knowing which type of toilet will look best for your space. And whether you’re interested in a contemporary washlet or a more traditional design, Kitchen & Bath Authority has you covered. We offer a wide selection of toilets from leading brands like American Standard, Toto, Duravit, and more.

Not only do we carry toilets from the top brands, but we also offer many of them at significant discounts to help you save big on your bathroom upgrade. Special coupons and offers, free shipping, and additional discounts that are unlocked when you sign up for our membership program make your purchase even less expensive.

Financing is also available for purchases from our site, and many buyers can actually qualify for interest-free financing. Needless to say, upgrading the “throne room” may be more easily accomplished than you might initially expect.

What You Should Know About Installing a New Walk-In Shower System

Few things can take your bathroom from ordinary to luxury like a new shower system. Of course, a walk-in shower involves a lot of plumbing, which can make an upgrade significantly more complex than other home renovation projects. 

With that in mind, here is a closer look at some of the things you’ll need to take into consideration when installing a new shower system inside your home.

A Walk-In Shower or a Shower/Tub Combo?

walk-in shower

Before you even begin your project, you should consider whether you want a walk-in shower or a shower/tub combination. There’s more to consider than just how these installations will make your bathroom look — they will also impact what you can use the bathrooms for.

A shower/tub combination is generally recommended in any bathroom that is going to be used by children. This allows you to give your children baths when they are younger, while still offering the flexibility for them to transition to showering when they are older. These models can also help you conserve space if you have a smaller bathroom, as you won’t need separate floorspace for a shower and a soaking tub.

Walk-in showers provide a more luxurious look for your bathroom, and glass shower doors in particular can help the room feel larger by reflecting light sources. Walk-in showers can be a good choice for individuals who plan to age in place, as the installation of a shower bench and non-slip flooring will greatly reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents in comparison to a normal tub.

A lot of the decision to install either a walk-in shower or a shower/tub combination piece comes down to personal preference — what you think looks best and how you plan to use the bathroom. Still, this is a decision that should be made well in advance, as it will directly influence which parts you need to buy to complete the installation.

Rough-Ins Valves and Stops

rough-in valve

A commonly overlooked — yet extremely important — part of any shower installation is the rough-in valve. This component is installed inside the wall, and is the valve the connects the hot and cold water lines. Essentially, it controls the mixture of hot and cold water so when you turn the handle on your shower in the morning, you can get the right temperature.

The type of valve fixture you should choose will depend in part on whether you have a walk-in shower or a shower/tub combo. Rough-in valves typically have two inlet ports (for hot and cold water), an outlet for the shower head, and an outlet for the tub spout. For a walk-in shower, you will need a rough-in valve that has a shower-only function, which plugs the tub outlet.

Some rough-in valves also have stops. Shut-off stops are devices that are built into the shower valve and are accessible after removing the shower trim kit. Stops allow you to turn off the water flow with a screwdriver. While this isn’t a necessary installation, this can prove useful should you ever need to conduct repairs for a leaky shower head. A rough-in with stops allows you to only turn off water to the individual shower, rather than needing to shut off the water supply for the entire house. Stops are typically considered something that is “nice to have” for a single-family home, but in a multifamily apartment building, are an absolute necessity.

While not every shower upgrade will require that you replace the rough-in valve, it may be a good idea to check the condition of your current valve when beginning the work. Items like the Kubebath ASV142 Aqua Piazza by KubeBath 2-Way Rough-In Valve With Cover Plate, Handle and Diverter will have you well on your way to taking care of this essential part of a shower installation.

Bases and Drains

shower base

Shower bases and drains also play an important role in many new shower installations by helping direct water out of the shower enclosure. Proper installation of these parts will keep water from leaking into other areas that could be damaged by water or experience mold and mildew growth as a result of excess exposure.

Not every shower installation will use a shower base, as many homeowners prefer the look of tile. However, acrylic and polyurethane shower bases do have some advantages that are worth considering.

For starters, these shower bases tend to be more cost effective than a tile installation. After the shower walls have been installed, the base is quick and easy for a qualified plumber to install. Acrylic or polyurethane bases are also easier to clean because they do not have grout lines. These shower bases are also quite waterproof, and are generally less likely to have issues with water leaks along the edge with the shower door.

A variety of shapes and drain configurations helps shower bases better fit your space — including if you are working with a relatively smaller bathroom. The DreamLine DLT-2038380 SlimLine 38 D x 38 W x 2 3/4 H Neo-Angle Shower Base, White is a great corner shower solution. On the other hand, models like the Swiss Madison SM-SB514 Voltaire 32 x 60 Inch Acrylic Single-Threshold Shower Base with Right-Hand Drain, White and the DreamLine DLT-1036481 SlimLine 36 D x 48 W x 2 3/4 H Double Threshold Shower Base, Left, White are well suited for a standard rectangular space.

Regardless of whether you will use an acrylic shower base or tile flooring, you will want to be mindful of the type of drain you choose to go along with it. The shower’s “floor” should always slope toward the drain so that water doesn’t leak outside of the shower enclosure. Typically, you won’t need to install new drain lines, as these should already be in place. If you are planning to move the drain lines, you should work with a professional plumber.

Once the shower base has been put in place, you can install a drain cover that best matches the base design and your personal preferences. Drains like the Infinity Drain RKD 5-2P SS 5 x 5 Inch Strainer-Link Pattern and 2 Inch Throat with Drain Body with 2 Inch Outlet, SS, PVC Body work well with acrylic or tile, while options like the Watermark LD6-48-PC Linear Shower Drains Trim Kit with Height Adjustable Grate, Polished Chrome offer a unique look that works well with tile.

Shower Heads

shower head

For many homeowners, the shower head is going to be one of the main points of emphasis during a shower enclosure upgrade. After all, the shower head’s design and features will have the most notable impact on your experience when you bathe in the morning!

Overhead shower heads like the Isenberg HSB.10SCP Universal Fixtures 10 Inch Solid Brass Showerhead / Rainhead, Chrome have become especially popular in recent years thanks to the sleek contemporary look and “rainfall”-type spray.

Many shower heads offer multiple spray settings to better match each user’s preferences. Models like the Grohe 26457000 Euphoria 260 Shower Head 3 Sprays, 2.5 GPM, Starlight Chrome also offer hard-hitting jet sprays and water-saving “smart” sprays. The integration of an anti-lime system in this particular shower head also prevents hard water buildup for easier cleaning and maintenance.

Of course, overhead “rainfall” shower heads aren’t your only option. You can choose more traditional shower head options like the Moen 3638 4-3/8 Inch 4-Jet Showerhead, Chrome if that’s your preference.

Regardless of the type of shower head you want to install for your updated shower enclosure, don’t forget about the shower arm! The shower arm extends from the wall and connects to the shower head to provide water at the right angle for when you are bathing. Without a shower arm, the shower head wouldn’t stick out far enough to spray you with water.

While some shower heads come with a standards shower arm or a ceiling mount arm, this isn’t always the case. When placing an order for your preferred shower head, double check to see if you will need to order an additional shower arm. If your current shower arm is in good shape, you may not need to replace it (though you may want to replace it anyway to match the new shower head). 

Shut off the water before unscrewing the old shower arm. Wrap plumber’s tape around the threaded portion of the new shower arm and screw it into the wall, and you should be ready to add on the new shower head of your choice.

Shower Doors

shower doors

Last, but certainly not least, are the shower doors. Shower doors are generally installed at the end of the project, after the walls and base are finished. You must take careful measurements of the space to ensure that the new doors will fit properly and form a watertight seal when they are closed. 

In addition to measuring the surrounds and the height, width, and thickness of the door, you will also need to be aware of any space that the door needs for opening and closing. To keep the shower door from taking up as much space, many homeowners prefer to install a bypass (or sliding) shower door, such as the Dreamline SHDR-1660760-01 Encore 56-60 W x 76 H Frameless Bypass Sliding Shower Door, Chrome. Because the door panels slide past each other rather than opening outward or inward, you have more available floor space for the rest of the bathroom.

Another space saving option is an open entry shower door like the Dreamline SHDR-3234721-89 French Linea Toulon 34 W x 72 H Single Panel Frameless Shower Door Open Entry Design in Satin Black. Be mindful of the spray provided by your shower head if choosing this style of door — you don’t want the shower spray to go past the area “shielded” by the door.

If you prefer a more “traditional” approach to shower doors, pivot shower doors function essentially the same as a standard door, swinging out into the bathroom, or inwards toward the shower enclosure. Neo-angle shower doors like the Vigo VG6063CHCL47W Gemini 47-5/8 x 47-5/8 Inch Frameless Neo-Angle Shower Enclosure with Base, Chrome/Clear Glass are specifically designed for corner enclosures.

Another thing to consider is whether you want a framed or frameless shower door. While both use tempered glass for added durability and easier cleaning, they do have differences to be aware of. Framed shower doors are cheaper and easier to install, though the metal frame may be more susceptible to corrosion over time. Frameless doors offer a minimal, contemporary look and are typically easier to maintain. However, they require more precise installation with the metal clips that keep the door level. As such, frameless installations should generally always be left to a professional contractor.

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Not sure which parts will work best for your installation? Contact our in-house experts, who can answer your questions and use their product knowledge to help you find the right fit. Place your order today so you can start building the bathroom of your dreams.