ROSEMONT, Ill.–The 60 finalists in the first annual IHA Innovations Awards have been announced by the International Housewares Association. The winners in each of 12 categories will be announced during the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago next month.
More than 400 entries were received and were judged by a panel of industry experts and news media. The finalists will be on display in the New Product Showcases located in the Buyers Club in each show building. “We are pleased to honor exhibitors’ cutting-edge innovations. This is an important addition to the Show that increases the visibility of these innovative new products and the companies behind them,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president. “Congratulations to all of the finalists.”
The bath and personal care finalists are DMD Brands for The Weightless Scale; Gleener for the Gleener The Ultimate Fuzz Remover; OOri Design for the Trickle Tray; Plastmetic (HK) Manufactory for the Karibu Baby Folding Bath; and simplehuman for its compact sensor pump with soap.
In the cleaning category the finalists are Casabella Holdings for its Quick Scrub Double Sided Microfiber Spray Mop; CM National for Bambooee; Evriholder Products for the Klean Screen; Method Home Products for Method Laundry Detergent with SmartClean Technology; and Viatek Consumer Products Group Intl. for its Clean Spin 360 Duo Mop.
In cook and bakeware the finalists are Bialetti for its Aeternum Evolution; Companion Group for the pizzacraft Pizza Cone Set; Kuhn Rikon Corp. for its PushPan; Quickshine for the Poachies Revolutionary Egg Poaching Bags; and Welcome Home Brands for its Festive Collection of oven-safe paper bakeware.
Finalists in floor and carpet care include Bissell Homecare for its Lift-Off Deep Cleaning System; Dyson for the DC39 Multi Floor; Neato Robotics for its Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Vacuum; Rowenta, Groupe SEB USA for the Rowenta Delta Force Stick Vacuum; and Slipstick USA for Rubber Castor Wheels.
In home décor and gifts, finalists are Energizer Household Lighting for the Energizer Ambiana Desk Light; Inventures Products for the EZ Pull Battery Pendant Light; Mark Feldstein & Assoc. for the Plant Pal Singing Bird Moisture Meter; Pitkin Stearns International for Deep Sea Pacific; and Shirtwhiz for Shirtwhiz.
In home organization and storage, finalists include Clean Cubes for Clean Cubes; Full Circle for its Smart Rack – Adjustable & Foldable Dish Rack; Racor for Ladder Lift; Spiker for the Spiker Beach Holder; and Travelon for Deluxe Packable Shelves.
In household electrics and home environment, finalists are Dyson for its Hot Fan Heater; Humanscale for the Horizon LED Task Light; La Crosse Technology for the La Crosse Alerts; Rowenta, Groupe SEB USA for the Rowenta Eco Intelligence Iron; and The Master Brands Group Corporation for the Whirlpool Whole Room 360 Fan-Assisted Ceramic Heater.
In kitchen electrics, finalists are Bodum USA for the Bistro Pour Over Machine; Elettroplastica S.p.A. for Bibo; Jura Capresso for its Impressa J9 One Touch TFT; Krups, Groupe SEB USA for the Krups Barista EA9000 One-Touch Cappuccino Machine; and Swissmar for the Swivel Raclette.
Finalists in kitchen hand tools and cutlery are Buck Knives for the TravelMate Kit; Jokari / U.S. for the Baggy Rack Pro; Lifetime Brands for the Savora Rotary Grater; Rush3 for Kebo; and United Home Technologies for the Press Dome.
In kitchenware, finalists include BlenderBottle (Sundesa, LLC) for the BlenderBottle SportMixer; Browne USA for its Date Dial Sealing Lids; Evriholder Products for Dressing-2-Go; Mastrad for its Thermo-sensor spoon; and Takeya USA for the Flash Chill Tea Maker.
Personal and home health-care finalists include Blueair for the Blueair Sense; Pretika Corporation for the SonicPulse Facial Brush; Swizz Style for the Stadler Form Anna Heater; Veridian Healthcare for the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor; and Veridian Healthcare for the iBaby Monitoring System.
In tabletop, finalists include 3 Green Moms for LunchSkins (Sandwich, Snack + Sub sizes); Harold Import Co. for the Blossom Trivet; Lifetime Brands for the Pedrini Easy Shaker; OBH Nordica for the Flavor Dressing Oil Sprayer; and Prodyne Enterprises for the Cold Cover Chiller Lid.
The judging panel for the first annual IHA Innovation Awards included housewares merchants from retailers such as Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, The Container Store, Sur La Table, Bon Ton, Cook’s Warehouse, Kitchen Window, A Southern Season and Cucina Fresca. Other judges included editors from the Kitchen Boy blog and Brides Magazine and many distinguished industry designers.