Five High-End Products and Their Low-Cost Alternatives: Part II

The manufacturer’s ranges are among the priciest in the industry. This 30-inch Custom Series dual-fuel unit features electronic controls, four 15,000-BTU sealed burners, and a true convection oven. It’s priced at around $5,800. Viking Range Corp.

Part of the company’s Café series, the 30-inch unit comes with five burners, including one that delivers 17,000 BTUs. It offers a baking drawer, a true-convection oven, and a self-clean function. It's priced at $2,100. GE.

The Escale comfort-height toilet offers contemporary European styling and eco-conscious features. It has a two-piece construction with an elongated bowl and a 4-inch waste outlet. The toilet flushes with 1.6 gallons or 0.8 gallons. It's priced at $1,098. Kohler.

Aquia II is constructed from two pieces but has the look of a one-piece unit. It has a fully glazed 2 1/8-inch trapway, a Dual-Max flushing system that uses 1.6 gallons or 0.9 gallons. It comes in five colors and costs $475. Toto USA.

Buyers with money can opt for custom cabinets, such as this solid-wood Transition line featuring framed, mortise-and-tenon construction with soft-close dovetail drawers, or frameless, dowel construction with soft-close dovetail drawers. A typical kitchen starts at $25,000. Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry.

The Quality Series is a stock line that comes in various depths and in a variety of sizes, wood species, and door styles. Products are made with wood face frames, 1/2-inch engineered wood boxes, 3/4-inch-thick cabinet frames, and solid wood or laminate drawer fronts. Quality Cabinets.

The 925 Series fiberglass window is one of the company’s highest performing products. With an R rating of 9 and a foam-insulated fiberglass frame, the windows are three times more efficient than Energy Star. Serious Materials.

Designed for new construction or replacement, the R-5 window exceeds Energy Star requirements and has a U-factor as low as 0.15. As a result, average heat loss through the window is reduced by 30% to 40%. It starts at $190. Ply Gem.

The Atocha copper tub is stunning, but at $23,545, it is also pricey. Made from 4-inch copper strips that have been welded together, the Japanese-style soaking tub measures 68 inches long. Diamond Spas.

The Piedmont #874 freestanding tub retails for a mere $7,500 (compared to the Diamond Spas Atocha), mainly because it’s constructed from copper leaf applied over cast-iron steel with a vitreous porcelain interior. It will be available July 1. Sunrise Specialty.

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