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Positively Intoxicating. On the one hand, you've got folks trying to unwrinkle their aging skin. On the other, you've got those same people going all pruny in their Champagne Bubbler tubs without giving it a second thought. Available in nine different models, the all-acrylic tub sends heated air fizzing through the bathwater from as many as 82 air portals. Suggested retail runs between $2,500 and $3,000. Lasco Bathware, 800/945-2726,

Instant Massaging. With their new tub's recirculating pump creating a lulling waterfall sound, your clients are unlikely to hear the phone ring (that's you, looking for a check). So don't call at bath time. The Westbrook Falls extravaganza pulls out all the stops with options like five- or seven-point massage jets and heated air ports. The cast-acrylic-over-fiberglass vessel holds 93 gallons and measures about 6 by 31/2 feet, with a 22-inch depth. Prices start at $2,900 and peak at $8,000 for the Ultra package. MTI Whirlpools, 800/783-8827,

Ahhhhh. A bestseller says something positive about quality — except, perhaps, in the case of poor Billy Ray Cyrus. The bestselling Infinity line is almost certain to heal anything achy and breaky, with a combination of sequenced shiatsu-massage jets, a pulsating neck-jet pillow, heated air jets, and a fast-fill waterfall spout. Prices range from $7,695 to $8,895, depending on options. Aquatic Whirlpools, 800/555-5324,

Air- and Mind-Blowing Bath. The Healthmasseur System — shown incorporated into the compact Nirvana tub — features spring-activated air injectors that provide a vigorous massage without the pummeling of water jets. The air channels are designed to drain when inactive, allegedly starving bacterial growth. Prices run from $2,455 to $5,602. Acryline USA, 800/794-4667,


Stainless Steal. Part of the Elite 61000 Series, the compact, no-nonsense Ballista hood sports a telescopic flue that can accommodate 8- to 9-foot ceiling heights, with optional extensions available. A concealed slide control operates the three-speed blower, which delivers 450 or 900 cfm, depending on the model. (The hood also comes with an exterior-mount blower — 61000EX — that boosts output to as much as 1,500 cfm.) The interior-blower models cost between $1,678 and $1,898. Broan-NuTone, 800/548-0790,

Pro Blower. They call the wind Maria, but this hood goes by the less poetic moniker Pro-Line Series. Still, it produces a mighty draft of its own, with 600- and 1,200-cfm blower models available. Options include a stainless-steel backsplash, a chimney-extension kit, and full-width duct covers. Prices range from $1,769 to $1,819. Whirlpool, 800/253-3977,

Art Ducto. Eliminating that shallow, inaccessible cabinet above the range — which is usually half-filled with ductwork anyway — violates no known law, and installing a handsome range hood with an integral duct shroud looks darn good. The Cantabria comes in white, black, stainless-steel, and copper finishes, and it's 36 inches wide for excellent coverage over a standard 30-inch range. Its three-speed blower produces up to 500 cfm. Suggested retail prices start at $1,450, depending on the finish. Air King, 877/304-3785,

Italian Design. Without the directional assistance provided by a backing wall, an island hood has to be bigger and badder than the rest while meeting center-of-attention requirements. The Torino steps up to the challenge with its aerodynamic profile and high-capacity blower. It moves 715 cfm at a quiet 6 sones and can be operated by infrared remote. The glass canopy comes in red, green, blue, and yellow. Prices for the island model start at $3,400; a wall-mount version starts at $2,300. Zephyr Ventilation, 888/880-8368,