For a recent kitchen remodel, Clai Porter, president of NCP Design/Build, in Anchorage, Alaska, couldn’t place the required GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet in the backsplash, since the back section of the countertop is a bay window.
The solution: a pop-up countertop outlet. Porter had his fabricator cut a hole in the quartz countertop and installed this Mockett brass pop-up outlet in the hole, wiring it from under the cabinet to the wall. (The tilt-up product meets electrical code in Porter’s locale, but since electrical codes vary by location, remodelers should check with an electrician to verify that this unit meets local code before installing it.)
Mockett also makes a vertical cylindrical unit (model PCS34A-90, which is just over 4 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall) that pops up to reveal three electrical outlets (with other configurations available). Users grasp a ring in the top of the unit to pull it up, and click it into place. The unit is held in position by a tightly locking flange that secures from underneath. A clear rubber ring around the top forms a seal when the unit is closed, preventing water and other liquids from leaking from the countertop into the unit. mockett.com —Nina Patel