Picture it. You just hooked up your bath with this kick-ass remodel, complete with glass tiles, German faucets, and custom concrete countertops. Everything looks fresh—even stupid fresh. But then (yikes!), the separate shower has a pedestrian round drain smack dab in the middle of the space for all to see. Of course, most people don’t think about the drain because they assume it’s a necessary evil. Trust us, it’s not. There are a handful of very slick European-style drains that are way cooler to look at (if you like that sort of thing) but can virtually disappear from view (if you don’t). Brands include Infinity Drain, CeraLine (by California Faucets), Easy Drain (by Easy Sanitary Solutions), and ProLine (by Quick Drain USA). We understand that Schluter is set to release a line drain of its own.
Available in a variety of lengths, configurations, and styles, Infinity Drain is a collection of premium-quality linear drains that gives baths a nice architectural flair. The collection allows your installer to pitch the shower in one direction and allows an uninterrupted tile installation. Pieces are made from stainless steel. www.infinitydrain.com.
CeraLine is a decorative linear shower drain that can be a focal point in the bath or can assume a stealth appearance when integrated into the design. Winner of the Red Dot Award and Good Design Award, the product range comes in three cover-plate trim styles and can be ordered in sizes from 32 inches to 52 inches. It’s available in stainless steel, satin gold, satin brass, mocha bronze, satin rose bronze, and graphite. www.calfaucets.com.
Quick Drain USA
ProLine is a linear slot drain that allows you to use the very popular large-format porcelain tiles without any interruptions. It can also help you create curbless showers, which are very popular right now. Strainers (the decorative part that you actually see) are made from stainless steel and come in six patterns. www.quickdrainusa.com.