Housewares Design Awards

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Judging Criteria

Entries are being accepted in 11 core housewares categories

Finalists and 'Best in Category' winners will be selected in each of the 11 awards categories.

Special Awards for 2019!
HOUSEWARES DESIGN INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
The 11 core Housewares Design Awards category winners will compete for the top prize.
2nd ANNUAL Smart Home AWARD
Recognizing the year's top new connected-home housewares solution.
NEW FOR 2019!
Gourmet Specialty Foods AWARD
Recognizing the best new packaged shelf-stable and giftable gourmet food.
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Entries submitted in all of the 11 core categories also are eligible for consideration in the new "Smart Home Award" category, which recognizes the growing importance of computer-connectivity in today's society. Smart products are those that control, automate and optimize typical product utility and function utilizing connectivity and integrated programming to make functions faster, cheaper and more energy-efficient, without compromising security.
All 2019 Housewares Design Awards entrants may choose to enter the Smart Home Award competition for an additional fee of $50.00 per product (a special value of $225 to enter both the core Housewares Design Awards and Smart Home Award).

 

Eligible Products

Manufacturers and marketers may submit housewares products, smart home products and gourmet specialty foods introduced and made available for consumer purchase for the first time in the U.S. via retail stores, e-commerce, TV retailers or direct marketing during the period October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. The product may be designed and manufactured in any country.

Designers or public relations agencies may submit a product on behalf of the company that developed it. Licensed, controlled and private-label brands are acceptable, but entry must be made in the name of the company that supplies the product.

Any product that is the subject of a dispute concerning ownership of its intellectual property rights is ineligible. Entries that do not meet these requirements will be refused.

Evaluation Criteria

Judges will consider several product characteristics:

  • Unique appearance and/or function
  • Consumer needs addressed by product
  • Appropriate aesthetics
  • Innovative materials or technology
  • Human factors and safety issues
  • Market positioning and competitive performance
  • Social impact
  • Emotional appeal
  • Environmental benefits (materials, processes, etc.)
  • Gourmet Specialty Foods, a special awards category for 2019, will be judged on taste, presentation/packaging; market positioning; and overall consumer appeal.

Review Process

A multi-disciplinary jury of designers, merchandisers, retailers and other champions of design in the housewares field will review all categories.

Judges study the entry forms before meeting to examine and conduct hands-on testing of all eligible products. Judges will disqualify themselves from evaluating any product in whose development they have been involved.

How to Enter

1) Complete the online entry form available here.

2) Pay the Entry Fee: $175.00 per product (one free ticket to Tuesday, January 29, 2019 awards ceremony in Las Vegas with each entry);
Smart Home Award Entries are $50.00 additional for products entered into one of the 11 core Housewares Design Award categories (not including Gourmet Specialty Foods); $175.00 per product entered only for the Smart Home Award. (Online entry form includes instructions for credit card payment.)

3) Once entry is confirmed, send a product sample for hands-on testing by judges. (Shipping details, label and inventory form will be provided as part of your application acceptance.)

*Companies may enter as many products in as many categories as they choose. Separate entry form with electronic images and a product sample is required for each product entered.

Entry Deadline:

Online entries should be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, October 26, 2018. Product samples must be delivered by Friday, November 2, 2018. See online entry form for shipping details. Questions about entries? Call (631) 371-4749 or email [email protected]


Results

Finalists will be notified following judging, and the list of finalists will be published by HomeWorld Business. The announcement of winners will take place at an awards ceremony on January 29, 2019 at Las Vegas Market.


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Housewares Design Awards organizer HDA, LLC and members of the jury reserve the right to investigate and confirm any information presented in an entry. HDA, LLC reserves the right to clarify or amend the rules and procedures pertaining to the Awards program at any time. The jury's decisions are final. HDA, LLC assumes that for all submitted images, entrants have secured permission from any third-party individuals to include these images in HomeWorld Business magazine, on its website and on the Housewares Design Awards website should the entry be selected as a winner. By entering this program and accepting the prize, entrants grant program organizers the right to edit, publish, promote and otherwise use the entry without further permission, notice or compensation.

Cookware & Bakeware

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Barbecue cookware and bakeware
  • Microwave cookware and bakeware
  • Non-electric grills
  • Ovenware (all materials)
  • Stovetop cookware
  • Stovetop kettles

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Countertop Beverage Appliances

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Electric cocktail makers
  • Electric beer makers
  • Electric coffeemakers
  • Electric espresso makers
  • Electric kettles
  • Electric tea makers
  • Soda makers/carbonated water wakers

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Countertop Cooking & Food Prep Appliances

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Convection ovens
  • Electric baby food makers
  • Electric blenders
  • Electric breadmakers
  • Electric buffet servers
  • Electric can/jar openers
  • Electric coffee/grain mills
  • Electric deep fryers/air fryers
  • Electric food processors/choppers
  • Electric ice cream makers
  • Electric indoor grills/griddles
  • Electric knife sharpeners
  • Electric knives
  • Electric mixers
  • Electric multicookers
  • Electric popcorn makers
  • Electric pressure cookers
  • Electric rice cookers/food steamers
  • Electric slow cookers
  • Electric smoothie/frozen drink makers
  • Electric treat makers (cupcakes, donut, whoopee pies, etc)
  • Electric waffle makers
  • Electric woks
  • Food and kitchen scales
  • Microwave ovens
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Cutlery & Cutting Tools

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Household utility knives(freestanding cutlery blocks and boards may be entered in 'Countertop Kitchenware)
  • Kitchen knives (all materials): open stock and block sets
  • Lettuce knife
  • Scissors

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Dining & Entertaining

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Bar accessories (coasters, stoppers, charms, stirrers, etc)
  • Cocktail serveware (shakers, etc)
  • Dinnerware
  • Flatware
  • Glass beverageware
  • On-the-go dining (picnicware, lunch sets)
  • Placemats
  • Serveware
  • Wine aerators
  • Wine decanters

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Gadgets, Kitchen Tools & Countertop Accessories

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Baking decorating tools
  • Barbecue tongs
  • Barbecue tools
  • Canisters
  • Corkscrews and openers
  • Cutting boards
  • Cutlery blocks (no knives)
  • Food and barbecue thermometers
  • Food containers (all materials)
  • Food prep gadgets (pitters, hullers, citrus squeezers)
  • Food prep/serving utensils
  • Garlic presses
  • Graters
  • Hot pads
  • Mandoline slicers
  • Manual knife sharpeners
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Oil dispensers
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper towel holders
  • Peelers
  • Salad dryers
  • Salt/pepper shakers/mills
  • Sifters
  • Spatter screen
  • Spice grinders and mills
  • Spoon rests
  • Tongs
  • Trivets
  • Zesters

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Home Décor & Outdoor Accessories

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Accent furniture
  • Anti-fatigue mats
  • Functional decorative accessories (candles, picture frames, clocks, etc.)
  • Functional outdoor accessories (fire pits, barbeques, etc.)
  • Casual and outdoor furniture
  • Portable Lighting
  • RTA furniture
  • Seating (office, casual)
  • Wall décor (mirrors, wall art)

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Home Environment & Cleaning Appliances

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Electric composters
  • Electric insect control
  • Electric steam cleaners
  • Electric vacuum cleaners (upright, canister, handheld, stick, sweepers, etc)
  • Portable air coolers
  • Portable air purifiers
  • Portable and room air conditioners
  • Portable dehumidifiers
  • Portable fans
  • Portable heaters
  • Portable humidifiers
  • Portable outdoor heaters
  • Portable outdoor fans
  • Water filters

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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On-The-Go Beverageware

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Hydration bottles/cups
  • Insulated bottles/cups
  • Thermal carafes

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Personal Care, Wellness & Garment Care Appliances

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Bath and health monitoring scales
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Facial/skin care
  • Fitness monitors
  • Garment steamers
  • Hair dryers
  • Men's grooming appliances
  • Pet care and grooming
  • Sewing machines
  • Shavers
  • Steam irons
  • Styling irons
  • UV Sanitizers
  • Women's hair removers

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Storage, Non-Electric Cleaning & Laundry Care

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Bath accessories
  • Brooms
  • Ironing boards and accessories
  • Laundry accessories (hampers, sorters, drying racks)
  • Liquid soap dispensers
  • Mops
  • Non-electric composters
  • Recycling organizers
  • Sinkware
  • Small cleaning tools (brushes, sponges, etc)
  • Storage and organization containers (indoor and outdoor)
  • Trash cans (indoor and outdoor)
  • Waste bags (indoor and outdoor)

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Smart Home

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • The new “Smart Home Award” category, which recognizes the growing importance of computer-connectivity in today’s society. Smart products are those that control, automate and optimize typical product utility and function utilizing connectivity and integrated programming to make functions faster, cheaper and more energy-efficient, without compromising security.

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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Gourmet Specialty Foods

  • CATEGORY INCLUDES:
  • Canned/Jarred Pickles/Relish/Olives
  • Cereal Bars
  • Cereal
  • Cheese-Dip
  • Chocolate
  • Condiments
  • Couscous
  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruits
  • Drink Flavorings
  • Dry Herbs/Seasonings
  • Granola Bars
  • Granola
  • Hard Candies
  • Jerky
  • Non-Refrigerated Pepperoni
  • Nut Butters
  • Nuts
  • Oils
  • Pretzels
  • Protein Bars
  • Salad Dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Vinegars

Lists are for entry guidance. If you don't see your product type or have other questions, Contact Us!

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**Housewares Design Awards organizers reserve the right to recategorize entries to insure like products are properly grouped.