2005 Finalists & Winners
Cuisinart 6.5-Qt. Slow Cooker
The Cuisinart 6.5-Qt. Slow Cooker is finished in brushed stainless steel with chrome plated handles and oversized black and chrome dials. Designed for intuitive operation, controls for the 6.5-qt. ceramic pot feature low, high and warm settings, and there is a timer that can be set for up to 8 hours. The unit automatically switches to the “Warm” setting when the timer expires. A glass lid completes the look with a chrome knob and stainless steel rim.
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GR-4 Cuisinart Griddler
Cuisinart’s Griddler functions as a hinged/contact grill in its closed position, and as a flat grill when opened. Its floating hinge can accommodate thicker, Panini-style sandwiches and larger cuts of meat. The Griddler’s controls include a centered knob for selecting the “Grill/Panini” or “Griddle” cooking modes, and temperature knobs for each mode. Non-stick coated grill and griddle plates are interchangeable. The Griddler’s body is a mixture of Stainless steel and cool-touch plastic.
DTT 980 Four Slice Toaster
The DTT 980 Four Slice Toaster from DeLonghi America features two extra-long, extra-wide slots with self-adjusting grips for precise double sided toasting. Electronic Browning Control adjusts toast color according to preference, and the DTT 980’s carriage automatically lifts or lowers bread at the push of a button. The crumb tray is removable, the cord is retractable, and the removable warming rack and warming function warms croissants, bagels, and other items. The body of the DTT 980 is seamless, brushed aluminum.
Jasper Morrison Single Slot Toaster
Among the features on Rowenta’s Jasper Morrison-designed Single Slot Toaster are a photo sensor for consistently accurate browning, a quiet motor that raises and lowers two slices of toast at the touch of a button, and an LED display. The crumb tray ejects with a single push and is dishwasher-safe. The brushed steel top can be used as a warming tray for all types of rolls and bread. The toaster also features cord storage.
VillaWare Belgian Waffle Sticks Maker, UNO Series
Part of VillaWare’s UNO Series, the Belgian Waffle Sticks Maker produces 1 1/4” Waffle Sticks aimed extending breakfast or snack consumption beyond the kitchen table. The six sticks can be removed as one but are easily separated. Thicker, heavier plates heated at different wattages help to ensure even baking. Audible and visual tones are provided by the patented Waffle-Tone Alert system. A seven-setting browning control gives the user the ability to determine the crispness of the Waffle Sticks.
Copco Torino Brushed Tea Kettle
The Copco Torino Brushed Tea Kettle, from Wilton Industries, features an innovative body style with a 2.5-quart capacity. The kettle’s phenolic, heat-resistant handle is equipped with a push-button mechanism that lifts its lid for pouring. The body style is more carafe than kettle. Copco lists the following color options: pink, robin’s egg blue, crème, fern green, tangerine, midnight blue, brick red, and charcoal.
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Enamel-on-Steel Wave Rectangular 8-Qt. Roasting Pan
Chantal Corp.’s Enamel-on-Steel Wave Rectangular 8-qt. Roasting Pan combines the heat conductivity and distribution of a carbon steel core with the presentation of an enamel finish. The asymmetrical rolled edges of the pan flare into sturdy handles for stable transport of heavy loads to and from the oven. Designed for large cuts of meat, the Wave Rectangular 8-qt. Roasting pan is naturally stick resistant, and its enamel shield is guaranteed not to lose its color. It is oven-, broiler-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe.
Smart Steemer Micro-Mug
The Smart Steemer Micro-Mug from EICS Cookwave courts the single-serve population. The Micro-Mug can steam a variety of foods and can customize the cooking environment with its patented 5-position steam release vent cap. The no-slip grip handles are positioned for the convenience and safety of the cook. The Micro-Mug’s porcelain construction adds heat conductivity and aesthetic character. A mini-porcelain rack gives the Micro-Mug the ability to steam and poach. The provided instructions give vent cap settings for best results.
La Forme Loaf Springform
The Kaiser Loaf Springform is a loaf pan and a springform pan all in one. With an emphasis on the presentation of delicate or layered foods, the loaf springform easily opens, eliminating the need to invert the pan or dig with a spatula around the sides. The sides of the pan separate from the base to facilitate cutting. The base of the pan is “Magnum” coated to resist wear when cutting. The base and springform are both made of commercial-weight steel for heat conduction and browning.
10 Qt. Lock and Drain Multi-Cooker
Tramontina aims at convenience with its 10-quart Lock and Drain Multi-Cooker. The Lock and Drain strainer attaches securely to the stockpot, and the large access hole allows for stirring, testing, and draining of the stockpots contents all without removing the strainer. The stainless steel stockpot features a Tri-Ply bottom for even heat distribution and stainless steel handles. A tempered glass lid that fits the stockpot with or without the strainer attached keeps moisture and flavor inside.
Perfect Sweep Turbo
The Perfect Sweep Turbo is a rechargeable sweeper with high front clearance, allowing it to pick up larger debris. In addition to the powered center brush, Bissell has added two spinning edge brushes to pick up debris along the entire sweeper. The dirt cup handle is located on the top of the unit for easy removal, and the power switch offers easy foot access. The Perfect Sweep Turbo’s low profile reaches under beds, couches and kick boards.
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Lift-Off Bagless Upright Vacuum with Detachable Canister
The Lift-Off by Bissell is a two-in-one vacuum with a portable canister incorporated into its upright structure. The vacuum uses a cyclonic dirt container in place of a bag for convenience. The upright portion features an Extra Wide Power Trak Cleaning Path, wide beam headlight, dual-edge cleaning and an Ultra Soft Bumper to protect contacting surfaces. The canister has pre- and post-motor filters, a telescoping extension wand, stair cleaning tool, stretch hose, crevice tool, and a soft-grip handle.
Flip-It Hard Floor Cleaner
The Flip-It Hard Floor Cleaner by Bissell was designed to combine wet and dry cleaning of hard floors using the same machine by simply inverting the unit. The same grip is used to operate the Flip-It for wet and dry cleaning. On the wet side of the grip is a spray trigger to control the flow of cleaner. The Gentle Clean Brush and Mop Pad are both interchangeable. The Flip-It weighs less than 10 pounds and was designed to be maneuverable in tight spaces.
Hoover SteamVac Agility Deep Cleaner
The Hoover SteamVac Agility Deep Cleaner aims to make hot water extraction a normal and easy part of the home-cleaning routine. Solution and recovery tanks are adjacently mounted for easy removal. Hoover’s SpinScrub Brushes pop out for cleaning, as does the translucent hood that lets customer see the dirt being removed from surfaces. Also provided is a SpinScrub powered hand tool for upholstery and carpeted stairs. Hot air is forced onto the carpet to raise the temperature of the cleaning zone.
Cordless Swivel Sweeper
The Swivel Sweeper from OnTel features cleaning brushes on all four sides of the sweeper for easy cleaning in any direction. The Swivel Sweeper gets its name from its 360-degree swiveling handle. Powered by a 7.2-volt rechargeable battery that snaps in and out for easy charging, the Swivel Sweeper weighs less than two pounds and uses a bagless dirt tray for quick dirt disposal. The Swivel Sweeper has a low profile for maneuverability on a variety of surfaces around and under objects.
Jasper Morrison Electric Kettle
The Jasper Morrison-designed kettle by Rowenta features a visible water level indicator, stainless steel heating element, and an illuminated “On” switch. The 1.5-liter cordless kettle was styled so it can be used as a carafe for everyday poring as well. The base’s element resists scale build-up. The removable lid contains a scale particle filter so only clear water is poured. The base of the kettle also has space for cord storage.
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Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Duet Blender/Food Processor
Cuisinarts SmartPower Duet Blender/FoodProcessor features a 600-watt motor, Count-Up timer with continuous beep, 50-ounce glass jar with easy-to-read measurements, and a 3-cup food processor attachment with feed tube. The housing is cast metal and stainless steel and contains push-button controls with High, Low, Ice Crush, and Pulse functions. A chopping blade and slicing/shredding disc are included. The jar has a push-on cover that features a removable 1-ounce measured pour lid.
Chef’s Choice EdgeSelect Diamond Hone Plus Knife Sharpener Model 120
The Model 120 can sharpen both straight edge and serrated knives using its three-stage process to create the Trizor-Plus edge. Depending on the material being cut, users can customize the edge the Model 120 sharpens based on which stage they use and in what order. A built-in precision angle guide promotes consistent results without guesswork. Diamond-abrasive conical disks combined with a new, patented stropping disc sharpen and polish, respectively.
Omega Model 8005 Nutrition Center
Utilizing a single auger that works in a stone-mill fashion that breaks down the produce as it is forced through the appliance, Omega designed the Nutrition center for multiple tasks. The coupling of lower speed (80 RPM) and tight tolerances allows for efficient juicing of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and wheat grass. By changing the “juicing screen” for a “blank,” the Omega Nutrition Center can grind meat, mince vegetables, process frozen desserts, and grind coffee beans. Pasta attachments enable the unit to extrude five different types of pasta.
The Oster Blend-N-Go personal blender jar is compatible with Oster’s blender line and was designed to simplify the clean-up process involved with making smoothies. The single-serving containers are dishwasher-safe, non-breakable, insulated, and were designed to fit in the standard car cup holder. The lids are spill- and splash-proof, and the body is made from a scratch-resistant polycarbonate. The Blend-N-Go jar is sold with some Oster Blender models, and is also available individually.
Gusdorf Canada’s CORe Concepts units can be assembled together to expand wall systems. Designed to be functional in any room décor, CORe Concepts accessories can be placed into a variety of positions to accent individual styles. Gusdorf manufactures the CORe Concepts line from high-impact aluminum, using ABS injected plastic shelves. Kitchen accessories include fruit basket, goblet stand, tissue rack, kitchenware rack, and towel shelf.
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Ginerva 5 Table and Chairs
The Ginerva 5 Table and Chairs set from Linon Home Décor features an expandable, 34”wide, glass-topped table that stretches in length from 56” to 82.” Incorporating Italian design, the Ginerva 5 Table and Chairs are manufactured from brushed aluminum, beech wood, and glass. The chair backs are made from plywood sheathed in aluminum strips.
Shutter Work Island
The Shutter Work Island from Linon Home Décor was designed to combine the functions of a work island with the utility of a cutting service. The top of the island is 2 5\8” thick eucalyptus wood intended for use as a primary cutting surface. The base of the Shutter Work Island is made from Brazilian pine and has the following features: knife block, storage drawer, wine storage for 8 bottles, hanging glass storage, shelves for extra storage, and stainless towel hooks. The island also has heavy-duty, brake-equipped casters.
Folding Butcher Block Kitchen Island
Oasis Concepts designed the Folding Butcher Block Kitchen Island to be compact, sturdy, and portable. The solid wood frame folds to a 51\2” profile within seconds using a total of 28 hinges. Oasis incorporated wine glass slots, hardwood shelves with a 10-wine bottle capacity, chrome locking casters, and brass hinges into the island’s design. The hardwood top surface contains a European parquet design and was made to match the level of most kitchen countertops (36”).
Smart Furniture.com designed Smart Furniture to be flexible: the size and shape of Smart Furniture is determined by each consumer’s needs. An online SmartDesigner allows for customized orders in minutes. Individual components available in lengths of one, two, or three measure 5/8” thick and 9.5” deep. Smart Furniture.com also offers pre-configured sets. Ten basic components quickly connect and stack without tools. Smart Furniture’s panels are made using scratch and stain-resistant melamine.
Bionaire PERMAtech Ionizing Air Cleaner
Bionaire’s PERMAtech Ionizing Air Cleaner features a PERMAtech filter that works with an independent ionizer to remove airborne particles without the need for replacement. The filter can be cleaned by vacuum at the recommended interval of every three months, or whenever the service indicator light is activated. A pre-filter helps to capture larger particles, extending the cleaning cycle of the PERMAtech filter. Bionaire’s tower design oscillates, and the fan is designed to operate quietly while maximizing air circulation.
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Retro Convector Heater
DeLonghi developed the Retro Convector Heater as a stylized, high-end heater. Each heater features two heat settings, a room thermostat to set and automatically keep the desired temperature, an Anti-Frost function, and a safety thermostat. The HR 715 has a stainless steel finish, chrome accents, a vintage cloth power cord and a pair of stainless steel handles. A power indicator light is included for safe operation.
Vocal Smoke Detector
The Vocal Smoke Detector is aimed at supplementing consumers’ existing smoke detection systems. Designed specifically for children’s rooms, the Vocal Smoke Detector uses a loud, high-quality recording of a “familiar” or parental voice in combination with traditional tone alarms. The soft forms of the device and its neutral colors help it blend into any décor. The Vocal Smoke Detector’s speaker grill is reminiscent of pro-audio equipment, and a full-circle LED light pipe illuminates when the device is activated.
Bionaire QUIETech Dehumidifier
The Holmes Group designed the Bionaire QUIETech Dehumidifier for low noise operation. It utilizes a non-ozone depleting refrigerant and has an auto-defrost feature. The QUIETech is equipped with one button SmartTouch control and Humidity Display, letting the user choose from four different settings ranging from continuous operation to customized settings. SmartTouch also emits audio and visual signals. When the reservoir is full, an automatic shutoff device prevents overflowing. The QUIETech is recommended for rooms up to 1300 square feet in size.7
Heavy Duty Shop Fan
Vornado’s Heavy Duty Shop Fan features a removable and washable Air-Tensity Grill that focuses the air-beam produced by the Heavy Duty Shop Fan for travel up to 80 feet, and the steel powder-coated base allows it to be directed to any angle. The propeller has a deep-pitched design to scoop more air. The fan also has a comfort grip handle and built-in cord storage. A three-speed control gives the user of the Heavy Duty Shop Fan added control over its operation. The ball bearing motor is thermally protected.
Flex Neck TNT Scrubber and Broom
The Flex Neck TNT Scrubber and Broom from Casabella features a flexible neck that changes the angle of the sponge head for cleaning contoured surfaces such as bathtubs. The specially textured sponge head is made from synthetic fibers and is safe for fiberglass tub enclosures. The telescoping aluminum pole reaches from 33” to 55” and was designed to eliminate the need for bending while cleaning. The Flex Neck TNT Scrubber’s sponge head is removable and can be cleaned in the top rack of a dishwasher.
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Fusion Series Padlock
The Fusion Series of locks combines metal and plastic materials to provide versatility of applications over a secure chrome-plated zinc core. MasterLock designed the Fusion Series as highly recognizable, refined products rather than basic hardware items. Key heads are color coded to match their locks. The variety of colors are designed to meet a broad range of tastes and to be differentiated in a locker room setting, where there can be hundreds of locks.
The key feature of the Carrybag by Reisenthel Accessories is its collapsible Aluminum frame, designed to be lightweight and durable while taking up less storage space. The polyester bag attached to the frame has a stiff bottom and is stabilized on all four sides. The bag features a zippered pocket for securing loose items separately. The handle is covered in soft rubber to ease hand fatigue.
Upright Bag Holder
The portable Upright Bag Holder has a 50-bag capacity. About the size of a cereal box, its form was meant to fit countertops and cabinets. The Upright Bag Holder by simplehuman features a non-skid base for stability and to eliminate any worry about scratching delicate surfaces. The stainless steel construction is neutral, so it can blend into most kitchen décor.
Profile Bath Can
Designed by simplehuman for use with reused plastic grocery bags, the Profile Bath Can has tabbed handles on either side that act as hooks to secure bags. Its narrow profile is geared for placement between toilet and wall or toilet and vanity. The stainless steel housing and non-skid base prevents slippage on tiled or wooden floors, wet or dry. simplehiman’s Profile Bath Can and Upright Bag Holder encourage the re-use of plastic grocery bags.
Sili Gourmet Baking and Pastry Brushes
The Sili Gourmet Basting Brush is designed for use in the oven, on the stove, and on the grill. For maximum effectiveness, the non-shedding bristle head releases a deliberate, even flow of oil, butter, sauce or marinade. The stain-resistant silicone brush is dishwasher-safe. The handle is manufactured from brushed stainless steel and has a loop for hanging.
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The Gripper Timer
The Gripper Timer by Architec was designed to evenly distribute downward pressure, enabling one-handed operation of its dial. The Gripper Timer’s hourglass shape gives the user maximum torque with minimum exertion. A bed of gripping feet conspire to keep airflow circulating through the base, so the grip points can sustain hold even on the slickest of surfaces.
Stainless Steel Utensils
Calphalon designed its 18/10 Stainless Steel Utensils with a clean, sophisticated look in mind. The tapered, cylindrical handles are given a universal form, accounting for the many ways people hold their utensils. The sets include a round-shaped ladle with ounce markings, flat edges on spoons, and flexible turners for tight spaces. Embossed branding adds a high-end overall feel.
Sil-Pin Silicone Rolling Pin
Fiesta Products has patents pending for its Sil-Pin Silicone Rolling Pin. The silicone rolling surface allows for easier dough rolling, reducing sticking without the need to add flour to the dough. The silicone surface can be rinsed clean under a faucet, and stainless steel ball bearings are used for smooth rolling. Handles are ergonomically designed for comfort and function. The Sil-Pin Silicone Rolling Pin is offered in a variety of colors.
Rotary Nut Cracker
The Rotary Nut Cracker’s design was meant to tackle the problem of the mess of shells left behind by most conventional nut crackers. The simple-to-operate Rotary Nut Cracker works with a turn of the no-slip dial, keeping the inside of the nut whole while containing shell fragments for easy disposal. The Rotary Nut Cracker is made from die-cast aluminum.
Snap-Saver No Brainer Container
The Snap-Saver No Brainer Container is a system of containers ranging in capacity from 1.3 to 26.8 cups. The No Brainer Containers have several patented features including the ability to snap the lids into their own matching bowls and also into same-sized lids with an audible “snap.” They stack efficiently and once snapped together, stay stacked, ending the need to hunt down the right lid for the right container while saving valuable storage space. The stacking and nesting capabilities are enabled by the Snap-Savers’ unique shape.
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Stainless Steel Dish Rack with Reversible Drainer
Polder’s stainless steel dish rack features an 18/8 stainless steel rack designed to hold 26 plates. There is an extra-long, 17.75” x 1.5” flatware holder with three individually removable compartments for easy cleaning. The brushed stainless steel tray is reversible, serving as a catch tray and draining tray. The dish rack, equipped with four rubber feet, is also flat enough to accommodate cups and glassware. Both rack and tray are dishwasher-safe.
Quick Load Paper Towel Holder
Simplehuman’s Quick Load Paper Towel Holder features a quick-release mechanism that removes and secures its top with a single squeeze. simplehuman has also given the Quickload Paper Towel Holder a heavy base to ensure steady operation during one-handed use, making the unit more difficult to tip when an extra hand is unavailable. The base also features a raised wave pattern design to prevent towel rolls from unraveling.The Quick Load Paper Towel Holder’s is stainless steel with black, red, or white accents.
Chopping Bowl Set
Totally Bamboo’s Chopping Bowl set includes a large, stylish, rubber-footed bowl made of end-grain moso bamboo, a stainless steel curved knife with bamboo handle, and an oversized solid bamboo pestle. Ideal for chopping, the bowl also functions as a preparation bowl for salsa and guacamole. The honey-colored bowl doubles as a serving dish and is assembled using a food-safe, formaldehyde-free adhesive. Totally Bamboo’s all-bamboo construction is 16% harder than wood, and makes use of a cost-effective, sustainable, renewable resource.
Chicago Cutlery Landmark Edition Block Set
For its Landmark Edition 12-Piece Block Set, Chicago Cutlery started with a triple-material slant block featuring traditional wood styling, contemporary stainless steel accents and hi-impact poly slot inserts to protect knife sharpness. Each knife in this set boasts the Taper Grind edge for extreme sharpness and ease of resharpening. The seamless, ergonomic, dual-material handles are designed with discerning hands in mind. The block set includes a peeler, parer, utility, bread, carver, chef, sharpening steel, and four steak knives.
The Level Line series of wall décor products was designed to make the level hanging of wall décor simple, using as few tools as possible. Level Line by Burnes Group features a built-in level housed inside the bracket of the frame or ledge that insures your décor is level and flush to the wall. Frames and Ledges also allow for side-to-side maneuvering for exact placement. Frames are archival quality and are offered with two matting options: “Air Mats,” and “Flex Mats.”
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Faux Leather Disc Album
Allsop created its Faux Leather Disc Album to address the visual concerns of consumers who are interested in keeping their audio and video and general data discs free from incidental damage. Stitching on the case highlights curves, corners and angles. The sturdy wood frame and lip function to keep the album completely closed and customers’ discs safe from dust and damage. The inside of the Faux Leather Disc Album features a fabric lining and flexible disc storage pages.
Valo Pendant Instant Track Lighting
Valo Pendant Instant Track Lighting inherits the Peel and Stick technology from the original Valo instant Track Lighting system, giving the customer freedom during installation. The track sticks to almost any clean, dry surface and is flexible enough to negotiate uneven ceiling heights and corners. Three pendant light fixtures snap anywhere on the Peel and Stick Track and can hang up to 4.5 feet. The system features a dimmer switch to control the mood of the living space. The Valo Pendant Instant Track Lighting system plugs into the wall like an ordinary lamp.
Palm Harbor Lamp
Though the Palm Harbor Table Lamp is traditionally styled, Norman Perry Lighting/Emess Design Group sought to reflect the Asian/Tropical mood present in modern lifestyles. The Lamp is made from cast brass and hand-finished resin, and caters to consumers looking for a high-end stylish answer to their lighting needs.
To make the My Light task/clip light portable, ShowerTek designed a wide-opening clip with articulating rubber feet for compatibility with a wide range of anchors. The ball that houses the LED light can “pop-out” from the yoke clip for handheld use as a flashlight. The LED lights consume batteries slowly and provide wide beams of light, ideal for reading. The My Light is waterproof and its batteries can be replaced by unscrewing the ball portion of the light housing.
Maytag Neptune Drying Center
The Maytag Neptune Drying Center is a multi-purpose dryer that features a full-sized traditional tumble dryer with a new upper drying cabinet that has the flexibility to dry up to 13 items. The Maytag Neptune Drying Center’s drying cabinet has 17.3 cubic feet of drying space to complement the tumbler’s 7 cubic foot capacity. Both can run simultaneously. It was designed to match the aesthetics of the rest of the Maytag line, with smooth curves and flowing lines.
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Siemens Built-In Dishwasher
BSH Home Appliances gave the Siemens Built-In Dishwasher a number of features demonstrating their movement toward performance through technology. HydroSensor automatically checks soil type and level with an optical sensor; hydroSafe detects leaks into the holding tray; and soundCheck, a system of noise-reduced drive units and insulating materials, ensures quiet operation. There is also the hygienic hydroDry system that conserves heat from one load to the next. The stainless steel exterior features concealed controls.
ICON Convection Wall Oven
The ICON Convection Wall Oven features the CoolTouch Oven Door with an expansive glass front panel that, with the aid of halogen bulbs inside the oven, allows the cook to see the food clearly. It also eliminates the need to worry about curious hands touching a hot oven door. The oven’s racks slide out completely on European-style ball bearings, and the WaveTouch control panel senses movement and lights up before you touch it. The interior of the oven has a 4.2 cubic-foot capacity and is finished in cobalt blue ceramic.
Jenn-Air French Door Bottom-Freezer Cabinet-Depth Refrigerator
The Jenn-Air French Door Bottom-Freezer Cabinet-Depth Refrigerator offers a pullout bottom-freezer drawer and side-by-side doors for the fresh food compartment. The French door configuration nearly doubles the width of the freezer space and the refrigerator compartment to accomodate oversized items. Electronic controls for each compartment operate with the touch of a digital button. The Gourmet Storage Drawer can be kept up to 5-degree F cooler than the rest of the fresh food section. The filtered water dispenser is located inside the appliance.
Sharp Insight Range
The Sharp Insight Range offers a 3-in-1 cooking center that combines a glass ceramic cooktop, a conventional/convection oven, and Sharp’s Microwave Drawer, all in one appliance. The Microwave Drawer is located directly below counter level for stirring, turning, and checking food. The lower-level conventional oven can be locked for safety. Freestanding models offer an adjustable-height backsplash. An EZ Pull oven rack is ball-bearing mounted. Sharp offers LCD touch screen navigation on step-up models.
Z’Fogless Lighted Fog Free Shower Mirror with Digital Clock
Zadro gave the Z’Fogless Lighted Fog Free Shower Mirror with Digital Clock an anti-fog coating to maintain visibility in steamy conditions. It also features dual LED lighting with automatic shut-off after five minutes, and an LCD clock. The unit, made from ABS plastic with a polycarbonate mirror, can mount via suction cups, be clipped to the shower enclosure, or hang from the showerhead.
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Kenmore Mini-Ultra Sewing Machine
Aimed at kindling interest among tweens, teens, and young adults, among whom the popularity of sewing as a hobby is dwindling, the Kenmore Mini-Ultra Sewing Machine was designed to be portable for dorm room use. The Mini-Ultra is made from High-Impact ABS and is available in plain, pink, or mint pearl finish, in addition to its original blue. The body of the Mini-Ultra hints at a retro shape with fluid lines.
Eltron S-Blade Rechargeable Wet/Dry Shaver
The Japanese-designed Eltron S-Blade Rechargeable Wet/Dry Shaver features blades with a 10-degree offset cutting angle to ensure optimum performance and greater blade separation for cleaning and durability. The razor also features a Muli-Directional Moving Triple Head that increases contact by adjusting to facial contours. Cord and head frame can be removed for under-faucet cleaning. A pop-up trimmer was added for grooming.
Steam Master Iron
The Steam Master iron has a stable, three-point contact heel rest, an integrated water-tank design for larger volume and translucent water level indicator. Direct-read fabric settings on the control dial ease setting selection, large steam and water-spray buttons can be easily thumb-operated. The water fill opening is sealable to eliminate leaks during ironing. The Steam Master also features an ergonomic grip, made from rubber, and calculated for smaller hands.
VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer and Storage System
Using a germicidal ultraviolet bulb, the same technology used in dental offices and hospitals, the VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer and Storage System was designed to protect customers from pathogens that reside in the bristles of toothbrushes. Available in matte-silver with a translucent cap, the unit also features a removable drip cup, and is intended to fit any bathroom décor. It can accommodate traditional and electronic toothbrushes.
Studio Panepinto manufactured its Mesu Bowls to let consumers control portion size with style. They enable the user to measure and eat from the same vessel. The set of Mesu Bowls easily nests for compact storage. They are made of porcelain and can be used in the microwave, freezer, dishwasher, and oven. Enamel decals serve to accent the porcelain.
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As its name suggests, Knork Flatware combines the utility of the knife and the fork into a single, stylized eating utensil, making cutting and spearing possible with one hand. The two inner tines are similar to a conventional fork. The outer tines are broader and more curved than ordinary forks, and each outer edge is beveled to facilitate cutting. The balanced handle provides leverage when the utensil is used as a knife and stability for fork use. Knork Flatware also features a “finger platform” for extra support.
Stanley Stainless Steel Vacuum Bolt Food Jar
The Stanley Stainless Steel Vacuum Bolt Food Jar was designed with the Stanley vacuum insulated thermal bottle in mind. It too is vacuum-sealed, and the jar features an octagonal shape to prevent it from rolling, and a large, rigid handle making it easier to hold. The 20-ounce Bolt Food Jar also features stainless steel construction and a corrosion-resistant finish.
The absence of decoration from the Mercury Flatware line is meant to suggest functionality. The set’s fork and spoon handles are characterized by their flat tops and softened edges. The backs of the handles are curved for comfort. Balance across the utensil is reached by using 5.5-mm gauge stainless steel for the handles and heavier gauges for the heads. Knife handles are drawn to a thin square waist at the bolster. The set, made from 18/10 stainless steel, is available in a brushed satin or fully polished finish.
Double Wall Insulated Angled Serving Bowls
Made from 18/8 stainless steel, the Double Wall Insulated Angled Serving Bowls from Vollrath are made to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. The bowls require no preheating or chilling. Because the bowls are stainless steel, they will not affect the taste or color of the food. With a mirror-finish exterior, the bowls will not sweat or show condensation for a clean appearance. A satin-finished interior helps hide scratches.