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Kitchen and Bath Ideas Editor Linda Eggerss shares her top picks from the 2008 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

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-If you're a kitchen and bath editor like me, you wait all year long for this opportunity. We're here in Chicago at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, KBIS. Come along with me, I'm gonna show you the hottest new products, my top ten picks for the entire show. Let's take a look. -The Bertazzoni 24-inch Pro Series range has all the elements of a larger model in a slim design. The cooktop and oven boast high efficiency designs that reduce cooking times up to 30%. There is a storage compartment beneath the oven and a matching stainless steel backsplash and ventilation hood. These stunning lavatory sinks from Linkasink are all handcrafted by artisans. Following cues from the latest trends in furniture, fabrics, and wall coverings, these sinks feature the hottest looks in home design. -Look what I found--a countertop that is not only seamless but has all kinds of individual colors. You can customize it to your own home. And they'll come in and pour it right over your own countertop. Lightweight. You can also get a range hood made out of it, or a backsplash. Definitely one of my top ten show picks. -The Gallery handcrafted tiles from Ann Sacks are made from clay pressed into molds by hand. They are sanded, glazed, and then fired in a kiln. There are a wide variety of colors and styles available. The Avado Accent Sink from Elkay has a distinctive double sink design. The second basin is only 4 inches deep and is located in the back. This shallow area is perfect for thawing meat or rinsing vegetables. A variety of accessories such as baskets, cutting boards, and strainers extend the functionality of the sink. The SkyLine shower panel from Hansgrohe features foldaway shower heads and foot rest, five body sprays, and a slim hand shower. This self plumb system can be easily installed to fit any shower--no custom plumbing work needed. The Escale Tub from Kohler has a bubble massage feature that delivers a range of water treatments from light bubbling to a revitalizing massage. There are three zones of control so you can customize the massage level for each area of your body. Another great product we found at the Kohler booth was the Karbon Articulating Faucet which boasts a wide range of motion, putting water exactly where it needs to be. With five pivoting joints that respond easily to your touch, this faucet directs the stream with precision. -At Geberit, we believe wall-hung toilets are the future. Four main reasons--the aesthetic, the hygiene from being off the floor, space savings, and finally sustainability. Dual flush technology enables a family of four to save between 10,000 and 11,000 gallons of water per year. Diamond Cabinets not only feature beautiful designs and convenient storage solutions, they are also easy to use. Several Diamond Cabinet products have earned the Arthritis Foundation's ease of use commendation for universal access. The colorful space-saving Mini Om ventilation systems from Elica are wall-mounted. They are one of the quietest vents on the market even on the highest setting. The Mini Om comes in six designer colors. -What a great year at KBIS. Even in the down economy, we had terrific traffic at the show, we had great manufacturers with innovative products. I loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoyed my top ten picks and I'll see you next year.