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100 Best New Home Products of 2013
People always ask, What makes a TOH Top 100 product? Tough question. The truth is, there's no single answer that covers everything in the following pages. READ: 56 Essential Survival Skills for Homeowners Many items on our list impressed us for their ingenuity, like the kitchen knife that won't dull. A good number are terrifically original, like the handmade tile you customize online. We always look for breakthroughs, of course, like the most efficient water heater. Other honorees surprised us by how well they work, like the Paint Handy. Some products are just too cool to pass up, like the fridge that dispenses sparkling water. In the end, our decision making comes down to another question altogether: Is it useful, and is it relevant for our readers? Now it's your turn to be the judge.
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Kitchen: Chop-Chop

Pro Line Series 16-Cup Food Processor, by KitchenAid At long last, you can use the food processor to make fresh salsa without ending up with gazpacho. A dicing attachment cuts veggies into strips that are then fed through a slicing disk and deposited in perfect little cubes — an industry first in a noncommercial model. Don't worry: For this price, it also slices and shreds like a champ and can knead dough. About $600; kitchenaid.com READ: 14 Fireplace Upgrades
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Kitchen: Still or Sparkling?

Four-Door Refrigerator With Automatic Sparkling Water Dispenser, by Samsung This dreamy four-door fridge is the first to offer carbonated water, compliments of a built-in SodaStream dispenser. Yes, please. About $3,900; samsung.com
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Kitchen: Classic Canning

Heritage Collection Pint Jar, by Ball Just in time for the 100th anniversary of Ball's Perfect Mason Jar, these blue-tinted pints pay homage to the originals, which were made of glass with impurities that often cast a bluish hue. About $13 for a pack of six; freshpreservingstore.com
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Kitchen: Goof-Proof Grouting

Magna Tile Luxury Series, by Tile of Spain We can all applaud a DIY-friendly design that calls for less grout work and leaves less room for error. The smaller bricks on these puzzle-piece ceramic tiles effectively lay themselves, and when you're done, the grout lines disappear into the pattern. About $3.50 per square foot; magnaceramica.com READ: All About Pellet Stoves: High Efficiency Heaters
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Kitchen: Fresh Faces

Customized Ikea Cabinet Fronts, by Semihandmade If you're thinking about tearing out some IKEA cabinets for a kitchen reno, think twice. These made-to-order doors, panels, and drawer fronts fit perfectly over existing IKEA boxes. The 10 beautiful wood-veneer finishes range from simple oak to exotic zebrawood and cost about a third less than new plywood cabinets with veneered doors. From about $4,100 for a 16-foot run of cabinets; semihandmadedoors.com
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100 Best New Home Products of 2013

People always ask, What makes a TOH Top 100 product? Tough question. The truth is, there's no single answer that covers everything in the following pages. READ: 56 Essential Survival Skills for Homeowners Many items on our list impressed us for their ingenuity, like the kitchen knife that won't dull. A good number are terrifically original, like the handmade tile you customize online. We always look for breakthroughs, of course, like the most efficient water heater. Other honorees surprised us by how well they work, like the Paint Handy. Some products are just too cool to pass up, like the fridge that dispenses sparkling water. In the end, our decision making comes down to another question altogether: Is it useful, and is it relevant for our readers? Now it's your turn to be the judge.

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