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Product picks for every budget
by Katie Kull

Comparison-shop these products as you plan your kitchen or bath remodel: modern sconces, comfort-height toilets, drop-in stainless steel sinks, and super-quiet dishwashers.


Play up the Transparence Scone’s clear shade with a chrome tip bulb that bounces light off a polished-chrome disc. Model 5801.01 id 8 Inches high.
Sonneman – A Way of Light

Twin chrome bands and an etched-glass shade give the BS13113CH sconce its clean look. Hang the 10 ½ inch-tall fixture with the shade opening up or down. Shades of Light

Just 5 ½ inches tall, the Bryant Single Scone boasts a bright xenon bulb behind a frosted glass cube. Choose polished nickel, satin nickel, or polished chrome. Restoration Hardware


This gravity-fed two-piece toilet draws 1.28 gallons per flush. The elongated bowl of model AT1203-00 stands 16 ¾ inches tall, 17 ½ inches with its seat. AquaSource, available at Lowe;s

The Stealth Dual Flush Toilet’s elongated bowl has a 17-inch rim height. Choose between 0.95 gallons for solid waste and a miserly 0.5 gallon for liquid waste. Niagara Conservation

The one piece Aegean has a sleek design with a 16 ½ inch seat and elongated bowl. WaterSense-rated at 1.28 gallons, model 708 has a clog-defying 3-inch valve. Mansfield Plumbing Products


Eight-inch-deep basins,.20-gauge satin-finish stainless steel, and a rolled rim make the Middleton 14708-3 a practical choice. Sterling Plumbing

Sturdy 18-gauge steel diminishes sounds and features a low-sheen finish, while 9-inch-deep bowls help model FBFG904BX hold larger items. FrankeUSA

The K-3839-1-NA sink made of 18-gauge stainless steel sports one medium and one large bowl, a sleek low-profile edge, and a basin rack. Kohler


Insulation, a filter-based wash system, and a sound-dampened motor achieve 39 decibels for the Architect Series II KDTE504DSS. KitchenAid

Model 12833 operates at a hushed 39 decibels and boasts the SmartWash HE cycle, which adjusts water and energy needs to match load size. Kenmore

A front-panel light verifies this 38-decibel 800 Plus model is running – it’s that quiet. A display shows cycle status and a third rack boosts capacity. Bosch