Parking Challenges & New Appliances at the KBIS Show

She’s a Las Vegas model and spent all day in the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall decorating this Empava Whirlpool two-person tub. She and the tub were part of the 2024 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
KBIS is part of Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas.
Photo by Diane Taylor

The 60-year-old Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), sponsored by NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association), has always been one of my favorite shows. I will remember the 2024 show for reasons beyond beautiful stoves and chilled glasses (which I will remember as well.)

I drove to the Las Vegas Convention Center, saw parking in the front lots, but found as I drove in that the entrance to the parking area was closed. As I wove my way around, I asked a young man in uniform where parking was. He told me to turn left on Paradise and turn left again at Desert Inn. OK, that would take me to parking behind the convention center. I followed directions and entered a parking area. When I got to the folks who seemed to be in charge, I asked where the entrance to parking was, and I was told “for employees only,” so out I went.

I found my way to the road north of the convention center. I was tempted to just go home, but I found an entrance to a parking lot west of the new West Hall. A number of cars were coming out of the entrance. A man at the entrance took one look at me and my car and suggested I was disabled. I did not answer. The man said OK you can enter and pointed me to a roadway where a gentleman charged me $15 and I parked. (Had I really been disabled the long walk ahead of me would have been impossible.)

I found my way into the West Hall, got a badge, discovered that part of KBIS was in that hall, and I was off. Video camera in hand I eventually had enough footage for a story. I had purchased a new bunch of memory cards, so I knew uploading would be easy.

I was wrong. Home again, I quickly uploaded my film only to discover I did everything too quickly and part of the film (Apple told me) stayed somewhere in the camera and couldn’t be downloaded into this column. I spent two hours (or maybe more) trying to fix my problem. The loss of time meant no time at a local casino which probably saved me at least $100.

And so, my report from KBIS is not a video, but photos below. I was able to extract the photos from the not-downloadable video. Enjoy!

The elaborate stove was part of the LaCornu display at KBIS.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This piece, I learned, is popular in France and in restaurants. Each ring contains a different level of heat. The middle ring is hot and the outside rings are lower temperatures.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This Viking stove top proves that size matters. How about a stove top with this many burners? Y0u could feed an entire football team!
Photo by Diane Taylor
This “drawer” by Sharp is actually a combination microwave and convection oven, getting those appliances off a countertop and into a drawer. Cost: around $2000
Photo by Diane Taylor
I have lots of potential, but I may be too senior to unleash….despite the sign.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Want a refrgerator/freezer in a variety of colors? Samsung offered this refrigerator at the KBIS show.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This double boiler is representative of a stop made in the Fresco booth. Fresco has software that works with appliances by companies such as Bosch, Kenwood, LG, Electrolux and Panasonic. The software can help cooks with recipes AND it can turn on an appliance from miles away. Coming home from a long trip, your ingredients in the double boiler can be ready for eating.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A gorgeous front for this refrigerator/freezer. I took a picture, but didn’t note the manufacturer.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Want a fancy bathtub? This one is from Akicon Inc.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The sign said Professional Bathroom Manufacturer and the product was toilets — lots of them in a variety of colors.
Photo by Diane Taylor
JAK Appliance Group says mini-refrigerator/freezers can come in colors, too.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
The product was an award winner. It is a “glass chiller” that also sanitizes a glass before use. It then chills what’s in the glass. The chiller was formerly only available commercially, but it now is available for home use.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Convention-going can be tiring. Yet in the “entertainment capital of the world” a nap in the hallway seems like a good idea.
Photo by Diane Taylor


One response on “Parking Challenges & New Appliances at the KBIS Show

  1. That looks like a great convention! But, it’s a “hard no” for the bath tub!

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