KEEPING UP WITH WHAT BUYERS want is like trying to hit a moving target: You may score every now and then, but you'll probably miss more than you'll hit—unless you're really good, of course.

We here at BUILDER found out from our sources in the field what's hot and what's not. And we have the skinny on what kinds of products consumers are asking their builders, architects, and kitchen designers for.

According to the industry sources we talked to, people are continually searching for things that are new and unusual, whether it's a wall-mount faucet, a three-door refrigerator, or high-concept toilets.

GOURMET TOUCH: This wall-mount kitchen faucet is designed to impart a gourmet look to the room. Made from lead-free brass, the faucet features ceramic-disc cartridges, a double-jointed swing spout for flexibility, and hot and cold porcelain lever handles. A Softflo aerator reduces pressure and lets users conserve water. Chicago Faucets. 847-803-5000. www.chicagofaucets.com.
GOURMET TOUCH: This wall-mount kitchen faucet is designed to impart a gourmet look to the room. Made from lead-free brass, the faucet features ceramic-disc cartridges, a double-jointed swing spout for flexibility, and hot and cold porcelain lever handles. A Softflo aerator reduces pressure and lets users conserve water. Chicago Faucets. 847-803-5000. www.chicagofaucets.com.

Wall-mount faucets free up space on the countertop. But the it appliance of the moment is the bottom-mount refrigerator. It makes it easier for people to see fresh-food items. Makers have made it even more versatile by giving it double doors on top. And TOTO has made real the futuristic toilet. The product is all automatic—opening, flushing, and closing without any help.

You don't have to include all of these trends in your homes, but take a look and see if one tickles your fancy.

Trend 1: On The Wall You can identify trendsetters by the products they buy, and hip buyers today are flocking to wall-mount faucets. Bolingbrook, Ill.–based Danze, maker of high-quality, mid-priced faucets, says the popularity of wall-mount faucets coincides with the rise in use of vessel sinks—those that sit above the counter. Offered by most major faucet companies, including Danze, Kohler, Chicago Faucets, and California Faucets, the units have a spigot on the wall that frees up counter space and adds a clean look to a bath. They can also be used to the same effect in the kitchen. Wall-mounts are priced a little higher than conventional faucets and require a different rough-in, but manufacturers say this can easily be done during construction.

MATCH MAKER: Wall-mount faucets such as the Avalon are a perfect match for above-counter vessel sinks. The modern-looking product is made from cast brass, features ceramic-disc valves, and is available with a 7- or 9-inch spout. It comes in more than 35 designer finishes, including 11 highly durable PVD (physical vapor deposition) finishes. California Faucets. 800-822-8855. www.calfaucets.com.
MATCH MAKER: Wall-mount faucets such as the Avalon are a perfect match for above-counter vessel sinks. The modern-looking product is made from cast brass, features ceramic-disc valves, and is available with a 7- or 9-inch spout. It comes in more than 35 designer finishes, including 11 highly durable PVD (physical vapor deposition) finishes. California Faucets. 800-822-8855. www.calfaucets.com.

Trend 2: Beyond the Bottom-Mount Perhaps the fastest-growing product in the refrigerator category is the bottom-mount—units with the freezer on the bottom. These fridges get major style points, but they serve a practical purpose, as well: They provide easier access to the oft-used nonfreezer area of the refrigerator.

Manufacturers have expanded on the bottom-mount concept, giving the nonfreezer portion armoire-style double doors. “Everything is up high so it is easier to get to,” says Robert Rogers, marketing manager for refrigeration at GE. Unlike a side-by-side unit, says Maytag/Jenn-Air, armoire-style doors give buyers more shelf space to store large items such as pizza boxes. Armoire-style doors are available from most major manufacturers, including LG Electronics, Samsung, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, and GE.

DOOR WAYS: The Profile French door bottom-mount refrigerator allows easy access to the fresh-food compartment. It has spill-saver glass shelves, a shelf that slides out of the way to make room for tall items, and variable-humidity crispers. The unit will be available in June and will come in stainless steel, white, and black. GE. 800-523-7277. www.geappliances.com.
DOOR WAYS: The Profile French door bottom-mount refrigerator allows easy access to the fresh-food compartment. It has spill-saver glass shelves, a shelf that slides out of the way to make room for tall items, and variable-humidity crispers. The unit will be available in June and will come in stainless steel, white, and black. GE. 800-523-7277. www.geappliances.com.

Trend 3:Water Savers Once upon a time (when we didn't know better), our toilets were gigantic water wasters. They worked fine but typically used a whop-ping 3 to 4 gallons per flush. In response, Congress in 1992 passed a law reducing the maximum gallons allowed per flush to 1.6. But manufacturers' first 1.6-gpf units just led to multiple flushes and more water waste. Now, a new generation of high-performance toilets, from manufacturers such as American Standard, TOTO USA, Kohler, and Jacuzzi, truly perform as intended—to save water. Some units even offer conventional flushing along with a second option that uses less water to remove liquid waste.

Trend 4: Disappearing Acts Long ago, if you wanted a major appliance that was a fraction of the size of its larger cousins, you had limited options. But then Fisher & Paykel introduced its dishwasher-in-a-drawer, and buyers took notice, snapping up the units in droves. Other manufacturers took notice, too. Today, GE, U-Line, Sub-Zero, and KitchenAid offer appliances in drawers; and Viking, Bosch, Miele, and FiveStar all have high-design dishwashers, wine coolers, ranges, and refrigerators that offer the same good looks and high performance as their full-size counterparts but in much smaller sizes. Bosch, which recently introduced an 18-inch stainless steel dishwasher, says the products are hot because homeowners can use them to augment larger units in a kitchen or to fit small vacation homes.

Trend 5: Personal Touches Home buyers have always wanted to personalize their spaces; that's not news. What is new today is how they're doing it. Bath customization—from complex showering systems to products that replicate a spa—is currently the preferred choice of buyers. Call it cocooning or whatever else trend-watchers call it, the bottom line is that consumers have realized they can just as well stay home and relieve the stresses of daily life. And manufacturers now offer everything buyers need to do it. Jacuzzi, for example, says more people are opting for two-person showers with multiple showerheads, sprays, and jets.

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COLD STORAGE: This three-door, bottom-mount, 24.8-cubic-foot refrigerator features moisture control that keeps the cabinet exterior free of condensation. It also has a retractable water/ice filter and an electronic dual cooling system with touch-pad control sensors. Twin fresh-food doors make the unit ideal for small kitchens, says the maker. It is available in white, bisque, black, and stainless steel. Maytag. 800-688-9900. www.maytag.com.
COLD STORAGE: This three-door, bottom-mount, 24.8-cubic-foot refrigerator features moisture control that keeps the cabinet exterior free of condensation. It also has a retractable water/ice filter and an electronic dual cooling system with touch-pad control sensors. Twin fresh-food doors make the unit ideal for small kitchens, says the maker. It is available in white, bisque, black, and stainless steel. Maytag. 800-688-9900. www.maytag.com.
NEW WAVE: NEOREST is perhaps the most advanced toilet ever introduced. The tankless unit sports a low silhouette, a “washlet” warm-water cleansing unit, and an oscillating spray massage. It also features a heated seat, an automatic catalytic air deodorizer, and a warm-air dryer. The lid automatically opens whenever a user approaches it, and the seat rises as well if the user continues to stand in front of the toilet. When the individual leaves, the unit flushes automatically and the lid closes. The product's Cyclone Flush Engine is designed for high performance, and a dual flush mode conserves water. TOTO USA. 800-350-8686. www.totousa.com.
NEW WAVE: NEOREST is perhaps the most advanced toilet ever introduced. The tankless unit sports a low silhouette, a “washlet” warm-water cleansing unit, and an oscillating spray massage. It also features a heated seat, an automatic catalytic air deodorizer, and a warm-air dryer. The lid automatically opens whenever a user approaches it, and the seat rises as well if the user continues to stand in front of the toilet. When the individual leaves, the unit flushes automatically and the lid closes. The product's Cyclone Flush Engine is designed for high performance, and a dual flush mode conserves water. TOTO USA. 800-350-8686. www.totousa.com.
DUAL FORCE: The Rockton dual flush toilet conserves water without sacrificing performance, its manufacturer says. The company's Dual Force technology offers a choice between two water levels for every flush: 1.6 or 0.8 gallons. The flapperless valve and trap-way design maximize the force of gravity, allowing 100 percent of the water to pass through the rim to keep the bowl clean. The unit has a two-button flush actuator and is available in white, almond, biscuit, and ice grey. Sterling. 920-457-4441. www.sterlingplumbing.com.
DUAL FORCE: The Rockton dual flush toilet conserves water without sacrificing performance, its manufacturer says. The company's Dual Force technology offers a choice between two water levels for every flush: 1.6 or 0.8 gallons. The flapperless valve and trap-way design maximize the force of gravity, allowing 100 percent of the water to pass through the rim to keep the bowl clean. The unit has a two-button flush actuator and is available in white, almond, biscuit, and ice grey. Sterling. 920-457-4441. www.sterlingplumbing.com.
SLIM FAST: This 18-inch dishwasher is suitable for those with limited kitchen space or who simply want to add dishwashing capacity. Among the quietest on the market at 44 decibels, the unit features a sensor-touch control panel that automatically adapts the cycle to the soil level of the dishes and a “PartyWash” cycle, which runs for about 30 minutes. The product is equipped with the manufacturer's Sensotronic2 technology, which uses two soil sensors to adjust cycle times. Bosch. 800-921-9622. www.boschappliances.com.
SLIM FAST: This 18-inch dishwasher is suitable for those with limited kitchen space or who simply want to add dishwashing capacity. Among the quietest on the market at 44 decibels, the unit features a sensor-touch control panel that automatically adapts the cycle to the soil level of the dishes and a “PartyWash” cycle, which runs for about 30 minutes. The product is equipped with the manufacturer's Sensotronic2 technology, which uses two soil sensors to adjust cycle times. Bosch. 800-921-9622. www.boschappliances.com.
DRAWING CLOSER: In recent years, the manufacturer has introduced a dishwasher in a sink, and a dishwasher-in-a-drawer. Its latest effort is a double-drawer refrigerator that can be used in home lifestyle areas such as exercise rooms or entertainment centers. The unit offers 5.3 cubic feet of total capacity, removable baskets, numeric electronic controls, and an independent temperature control for each drawer. Measuring 27 inches wide, the drawers can be optioned with a wine rack. The refrigerator is available in stainless steel or with custom panels. KitchenAid. 800-422-1230. www.kitchenaid.com.
DRAWING CLOSER: In recent years, the manufacturer has introduced a dishwasher in a sink, and a dishwasher-in-a-drawer. Its latest effort is a double-drawer refrigerator that can be used in home lifestyle areas such as exercise rooms or entertainment centers. The unit offers 5.3 cubic feet of total capacity, removable baskets, numeric electronic controls, and an independent temperature control for each drawer. Measuring 27 inches wide, the drawers can be optioned with a wine rack. The refrigerator is available in stainless steel or with custom panels. KitchenAid. 800-422-1230. www.kitchenaid.com.
SHOWER ME: The maker's Summer Rain shower series now includes an optional Ambient Air Body Dry System that provides complete head-to-toe, towel-free drying. Designed as a center shower column, the system uses 12 air jets that deliver warm air so bathers can dry off quickly. The jets, including temperatures and airflow, are fully adjustable. The system also includes a preheat cycle designed to produce instant warm air. Jacuzzi. 800-288-4002. www.jacuzzi.com.
SHOWER ME: The maker's Summer Rain shower series now includes an optional Ambient Air Body Dry System that provides complete head-to-toe, towel-free drying. Designed as a center shower column, the system uses 12 air jets that deliver warm air so bathers can dry off quickly. The jets, including temperatures and airflow, are fully adjustable. The system also includes a preheat cycle designed to produce instant warm air. Jacuzzi. 800-288-4002. www.jacuzzi.com.
HOT 'N‘ STEAMY: To help buyers turn an ordinary bath into a luxury spa, the manufacturer offers the MrSteam Butler package, which includes a steam bath and a towel warmer. The sauna includes programmable dual time and temperature controls, aromatherapy, and remote activation. Sussman Lifestyle Group. 800-767-8326. www.mrsteam.com.
HOT 'N‘ STEAMY: To help buyers turn an ordinary bath into a luxury spa, the manufacturer offers the MrSteam Butler package, which includes a steam bath and a towel warmer. The sauna includes programmable dual time and temperature controls, aromatherapy, and remote activation. Sussman Lifestyle Group. 800-767-8326. www.mrsteam.com.