2006 Finalists & Winners
800ESXL - Espresso Machine
This die-cast espresso machine offers a thermoblock heating system, a 15 bar Italian made pump and a dual wall crema system for ideal, rich coffee flavor and texture. The unit also offers a pre-brew function, an auto-purge (anti burn) function, 2.2L removable water tank and a commercial swivel steam wand with stainless steel frothing attachment.
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Bosch Benvenuto B30 Gourmet Coffee Machine
The Benvenuto Gourmet Coffee Machine features the Aromaswirl System: Each freshly ground coffee granule is engulfed with water in a pressurized chamber, extracting all the flavor from each bean. The machine also features a stainless steel brewing chamber that protects water from acquiring a metal taste by using precise temperature control for optimum flavor release and a built-in water filter.
800GRXL - BBQ Grill
This heavy-duty die cast stainless steel with brushed stainless design offers 184 square inches of contact grilling surface and 368 square inches of open surface. The grill features a Quantanium scratch-resistant, non-stick coating on the flat and ribbed cooking plates, adjustable grilling height control, variable temperature control (350-450 degrees F) and a 15- minute timer.
Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA Z5
The new Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA Z5 creates authentic, fresh cappuccino or latte with one push of a button. The machine features a 32-ounce, triple-insulated, thermal milk container to keep milk fresh, cold and ready for frothing or steaming. The unit automatically grinds the beans, steams and froths the milk, tamps and brews the coffee, delivering it through a unique dual-nozzle system right into the cup.
Nespresso E 350 Romeo
The Nespresso Romeo brewer features an extraction system equipped with a CD-like drawer to load the unique Nespresso coffee capsules. Users place the cup under the dispenser, place the capsule on the “balcony” and press one of the two start buttons (depending on the desired cup size). Other features: automatic capsule insertion and ejection, digital display, and programmable coffee volume control.
Bialetti Mukka Express
The Bialetti Mukka Express brews barista-quality cappuccino and café latte on the stovetop. The top portion of the pot is filled with milk: As espresso enters the top chamber, it mixes with the steamed milk to make two cups of rich, aromatic cappuccino. Available in a black-and-white cow print design or in polished aluminum.
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Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel
Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel comes with glass covers to monitor cooking and sculpted, long, stay-cool handles for comfort. Dishwasher-safe cooking vessels feature tri-ply construction: an aluminum core wrapped by stainless steel interior and exterior— for fast and even heating. The unique vessel shapes offer generous bottom radiuses for easy stirring.
Anolon Outdoor BBQ Pan
Designed to prevent dangerous flare-ups, the non-stick coated pan features alternating solid and vented grooves that come to a peak at the center of the pan and channel fats away to the edge, rather than allowing them to drip onto hot coals or grates where they might cause flames. The open vents in the alternating ribs allow smoke and dry heat to come through for authentic grilled flavor.
Castle Bundt Pan
The latest in Nordic Ware’s long line of Bundt pans, the Castle Bundt pan is crafted from heavyweight cast aluminum and features a premium non-stick coating. The castle-shaped form offers finely detailed design.
CorningWare Creation 2Qt. Covered Oval Dish
The oven-to-table bakeware showcases dramatic contours and sleek lines. The line is offered in such colors as amethyst, emerald and onyx. Large open handles allow for easy and safe handling. The durable stoneware material is designed for use in oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer. The non-porous surface does not absorb food odors, flavors or stains, and the material resists chipping and cracking.
Calphalon Katana Series Cutlery 8 pc set
The cutlery is made from “VG Japanese Steel, said to be considerably harder than commonly used German steel for longer edge retention and capable of being honed finer for optimum sharpness. The patented bolster area is pulled forward of the back edge of the blade, creating substance/mass for the consumer to hold onto while gripping the knife in the proper manner for multiple hand positions.
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V-lo knife line— 8”, 7”, Paring
Handles on the V-Lo knives are designed to be comfortable while being held in a number of different grips. Non-slip Monoprene offers a soft rubbery feel, but with low tackiness to prevent food particles from sticking. The proprietary wave texture on the handle helps improve grip and prevents twisting and slipping.
Chicago Cutlery’s Partoku combines the versatility of a santoku knife (featuring a multi-task blade shape and hollow ovals along the edge for easy food release) with the convenience and ease-of-use of a paring knife The company fine-tuned the size and aspect ratio of the blade, adapted the patented contour handle to fit a smaller hand, and crafted a bolster to create balance and increase safety.
Landmark Edition 3-pc Asian Knife Set
The Landmark Edition Asian Set consists of a santoku knife, a Partoku knife, and a collector’s keepsake gift box. Both knives feature the company’s Taper Grind edge for extreme sharpness and ease of resharpening; and ergonomic dual-material handles.
7” Santoku Knife Twin Cermax M66
Crafted in Japan, the cutting edge of the M66 steel is even with refined carbides for a razor-sharpness, and special molten MC Steel (MicroCarbide) is atomized into micro powder and compacted under high pressure for the optimum hardness. The Micrata handle material is made from linen and synthetic resin for a smooth, wood-like appearance.
Electrolux Oxygen3 Upright
The Oxygen3 Upright has a patented, Microseal air-filtration system.The unit also features a lighted Optimum sensor system that indicates when the dust bag or filter needs changing and displays when the system is operating optimally. Other exclusive cleaning features include fingertip controls; fully integrated tools and accessories; surface indicators that display the vacuum’s setting at a glance; and automatic cord rewind.
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Set the SpotBot automatic spot cleaner on the spot or stain, select one of the preprogrammed cycles (one for Surface Stains and one for Set-In stains) and walk away. The SpotBot takes the guesswork out of spot and stain cleaning by distributing the correct amount of water and formula, brushing and suctioning up the stain with the right amount of dwell time programmed in the Automatic Smart System.
The Optima offers the 12-amp power and on-board tools of a full-size upright at half the weight (11 pounds). The bagless upright features an “O”-shaped handle for easy gripping and better control. The handle adjusts and locks vertically into one of eight height positions. A motorized brush roll converts from carpets to hard floors with a flick of a switch.
Panasonic MC-V7720 Bagless Vacuum with Power-On-Demand
The MC-V7720 bagless upright vac is lightweight at 18 pounds and equipped with an infrared dirt sensor and automatic, patented Power-On-Demand technology. The vacuum senses how much dust and dirt is being picked up and automatically elevates and decreases suction power accordingly. A telescoping wand reaches to 17 feet.
Dirt Devil Classic Hand Vac
The Dirt Devil Classic Hand Vac features a retro design to promote Royal Appliances’ 100th anniversary and heritage in the hand vac category. The unit delivers twice the power of the original hand vac. Features include a motorized brush, a bagless dirt cup, a 5-piece tool set, an ergonomic rubber hand grip and a 20-foot cord.
Electronic Kitchen Scale
The Electronic Kitchen Scale was designed for Alessi by Stefano Giovannoni, known for his whimsical and colorful designs. The scale, made almost completely of stainless steel, weighs in grams and pounds and with one touch of a button adjusts to tare weight. The flat surface is designed to comfortably hold a range of items for weighing.
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Rechargeable Primo Latte
This automatic, hand-held milk frother eliminates the need for batteries because of its sleek charging base. The powerful frother is activated by a push of a button, and it features a special thumb imprint for a sure grip.
Soehnle Model Scale
The kitchen scale features a silvery-finished slim base that curves upwards to hold an extra wide, perfectly round, clear tempered glass platform that accommodates various size bowls, pots and dishes, and cleans easily for convenience. Other key features: Soehnle’s “additive weight” function, which automatically calculates the addition of ingredients using any type of container.
FoodSaver Advanced Design V2860
The vacuum packaging system showcases an interface design that is simple and consistent to the user. New features include a CrushFree Instant Seal mode for breads and chips; a user-controllable VacPulse Control mode; multiple pump speeds for different sized bags; and a distinct canister mode.
Waring Pro Professional Knife Sharpener
The pro-grade knife sharpener features three stations (Coarse, Fine & Strop/Polish) and sharpens at recommended angles of between 18 degrees and 22 degrees depending on the station. Reverse-direction stropping wheel removes metal burrs and polishes blades to a commercial-quality shine and sharpness. A magnetized drawer under the grinding wheels captures metal shavings.
The form of this product integrates the functionality of a magazine rack and a stool. The Magino stool is a new collaboration of the Umbra design team and designer Karim Rashid.
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TR46X3 Samsung Expandable DLP TV Stand
Ameriwood designed a line of width-expanding stands to be shipped with Samsung’s latest DLP TV sets. The expandable design allows Samsung to use a small number of stands to accommodate a broad number of actual TV sets. The stand includes a wire management system. Special glide designs make the stand easy to move, and adjustable legs accommodate uneven floors.
Drake TV Stand
The specific combination of modern and traditional materials and finishes allows this design to fit in a wide range of home interior styles. It can blend very modern TV equipment into a more traditional home, or help showcase new technology in a more modern interior.
Gen X Executive Desk
The sleek desk design is enhanced by a black-satin, stain-resistant finish and chrome cylinders that elevate the clear glass top with a frosted border. The elevated top provides another surface for organizing layers of papers or files. The Executive desk features a pullout keyboard tray, a pencil drawer and file drawer that accommodates letter and legal size files, and a storage door that can be used for a computer CPU or other storage needs.
Z38 TV Stand
The Z38 TV stand places the TV on a pedestal, and frames and highlights the components. The various finishes in this stand complement the variety of finishes prevalent in TVs and video components on the market today.
Ultra Sonic Personal Humidifier
Lightweight and portable, the Ultra Sonic Personal Humidifier works by releasing a cool eucalyptus mist that refreshes and moistens the air in a space up to 1,000 cubic feet in approximately two hours. The unit can run up to nine hours on one filling, and it features automatic shutoff when dry. Other features include a blue night light and vapor flow control.
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Blueair 201 Air Purification System
The Swedish-designed Blueair 201 combines advanced filter media with an encapsulated ion particle-charging chamber, resulting in more clean air (effective at capturing 99.97% of the particles down to 0.1 micron in size) at a faster rate with near silent, energy-efficient operation. Blueair’s filters are made of waterproof, bacteria-resistant polypropylene.
The air sanitizer uses powerful UV-C light to kill 99.9% of targeted airborne germs including: influenza-A, staphylococcus and streptococcus. Germs are drawn into the unit by a fan and into a polished aluminum light chamber that enhances the power of the UV-C light. The fan and construction keep the unit cool to the touch.
Holmes Outdoor Patio Fan
The Outdoor Patio Fan offers oscillation for wide area coverage, adjustable-tilt fan head for precise positioning and three breeze settings. The ToughGuard finish resists the elements, and the heavy-gauge, grounded power cord is safe for outdoor use. An optional clip-on misting kit that connects to any standard gardenhose is offered.
This tribute to the classic and rugged original Vornadofan introduced some 60 years ago showcases streamlined, solid-metal construction and whole-room air circulation power. Deep-pitch blades reduce noise, while speed control and tilt adjustment offer precision air control.
The Galaxy Plus ironing board features a built-in outlet that extends the length of the iron’s cord. The outlet and cord are attached to the board’s built-in iron resting plate, allowing freedom to operate the iron further away from the wall outlet. The “thermolight” plastic ironing surface offers effective thermal reflection properties and allows the iron to glide smoothly over the board.
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Aluminum Outdoor Broom
The anodized aluminum broom will not rust and features a wide, 18-inch head that stays in place. Light and strong, the broom has a foam rubber grip for comfort, and is designed for sweeping driveways, sidewalks, patios, decks, basements and garages.
The Clever Hook
The Clever Hook’s patented dual-hook mechanism works with gravity. To use, place any item- clothes, towels, etc.— on the lower arm of the hook, and gravity pulls the hook arm down, activating the top arm to close onto the item. To remove an item, lift and the hook releases it.
Expandable Silverware Tray
The drawer organizer for silverware and utensil storage has expandable wings on either side of the product that enlarge to take up the entire space of a larger drawer or contract to fit a smaller drawer. Pegs on the underside of the tray keep the wings from closing in on themselves. A rubber-like bump pad inside the tray keeps items from shifting.
Over Sink Organizer
The 18/10 stainless steel wire shelf is designed to fit neatly over the sink and around a faucet. The unit is fitted with several ABS plastic storage components: a soap dish/sponge holder, three deep compartments to hold cleaning brushes upright; a small tray to hold a ring or other small items; and a channel shaped like a vase for taller items such as a flower or a bottle brush.
Cuisipro Roast & Serve Rack
Cuisipro’s two-part, steel-rod roasting rack with durable non-stick coating boasts two large handles and a removable pin. The Roast & Serve is like a cradle: when the bird or roast is cooked, lift it to a cutting board using the sturdy handles, then pull the pin to release the two sides. The central pin also acts as a hinge, allowing the rack to fold for compact storage.
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Cuisipro Paddle Whisk
The whisk’s elliptical silicone-wrapped wires are designed to cut through mixtures and fold more efficiently. The stain-resistant silicone is scratch-resistant to ceramic, metal and non-stick surfaces and it will not harbor odor and germs. Equipped with stainless steel handles, the whisks are available in five colors; gray, blue, yellow, frosted and red.
Simply Mash is a new way to mash potatoes by rotating your hand in a circular motion. This rotating action requires less effort and time compared to a conventional masher and gives you the ability to control the desired texture of the potatoes. The masher features a comfortable, non-slip handle.
Digital Egg Timer
Made of food-safe ABS, the egg-shaped timer cradles comfortably in the palm of your hand while setting. Simply turn the base forward or backward until the digital readout reaches the desired time. With a range of 100 minutes, the Digital Egg Timer offers the user the option to count up or down in minutes or seconds. Last count recall is helpful when baking multiple batches to help ensure consistency.
Pop Open Strainer
The Pop Open strainer collapses down to one inch thick, taking up to 80% less space in a dishwasher than a comparable-sized standard strainer. The “ripple and ring” feature allows for multiple drainage holes to be placed from top to bottom of the expanded basket. When flattened, the surfaces and holes remain exposed in a dishwasher for optimum cleansing. Stiffening rings on the bottom of each ripple allow the basket to flex open and closed while retaining a uniform shape.
Easy Spin Salad Spinner
The Easy Spin salad spinner delivers high spinning speeds (1,800 rpm) with minimal effort (one pull of a retractable cord) in a container that doubles as a salad serving bowl. A brake button stops the basket from spinning. A no-ridge interior basket prevents food from sticking to the sides of the basket, and a rubber bottom panel keep the spinner securely on the counter while spinning.
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OXO Good Grips Plastic Mixing Bowls
OXO Good Grips Plastic Mixing Bowls— available in 1 1/2 -, 3- and 5-quart sizes— feature a soft, comfortable, non-slip handle that accommodates a wide variety of grips. The non-slip bottoms stabilize the bowls, allowing them to be tipped at an angle for easier mixing. Wide lips and pouring spouts facilitate transfer of ingredients from the bowls to bakeware or cookware.
OXO Stainless Steel Utensil Holder
The countertop container for holding/storing cooking utensils features a narrow, elliptical form that fits into tight spaces or neatly against a wall. The large-capacity compartments organize tools by function; and a contoured grid on bottom keeps tools upright and helps lessen friction between utensils when storing/removing.
Trouvé Enterprise Food Storage Containers
Designed to solve the problems of lost lids and taking up too much space in the kitchen, the Trouvé containers have a patented rim on the bottoms to which the lids attach. The containers graduate in size, allowing them to nest. The containers are made from high-grade polypropylene and polyethylene.
The WMF Cromargan bin provides the ideal storage climate for breads. The modern design showcases an attractive matte finish and satin glass lid. The unit measures 17 2/3" in length 10 7/8" deep and 7" high to provide enough room for all sizes of bread.
Illuminator Radio Flashlight
This next generation of the Illuminator flashlight requires no batteries or bulbs. Designed for travel and emergency use, the Radio Illuminator combines the flashlight and radio into one compact unit that has a renewable source of energy to charge the device. Thirty seconds of winding provides 30 minutes of light and sounds.
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Photo Clock ‘N’ Collage
The Photo Clock ‘n’ Collage was designed to hold 4-inch-by-6-inch photos exclusively (the most popular size)— two in a vertical format and two in a horizontal format. The unit showcases an attractive brushed pewter tone finish.
Timberlite Torchiere with Reading Lamp
From Holmes’ new Manhattan Collection, The Timberlite Torchiere showcases a cradled frosted glass shade and sleek swing-arm reading lamp with chrome satin finishes. The lamp also offers the safety of the MasterGlow Automatic Light Detecting System, a patented technology that allows you to set your lamp to turn on at dusk and off at dawn.
Heritage Natural Spectrum Deluxe Floor Lamp
This task lamp uses Trucolite Phosphor Technology to create balanced light that closely simulates daylight. Under this natural light, black and white contrast is improved and glare is significantly reduced. Verilux’s Optix Glare Control Filter fits over the Verilux bulb and is specially designed for Heritage fixtures to virtually eliminate reflective glare. The lamp features a head that swivels 360 degrees and three-way brightness control.
The SpeakerMan Stereo Speaker Amplifier was designed as a fun, desktop speaker system for personal audio devices— such as iPods, MP3players and CD players. The SpeakerMan plugs into the headphone jacks of the personal music players. Positioned primarily for a younger consumer base, the Speaker Man is offered in four colors: white, pink, blue and green.
Touch & Glide Iron
Oliso’s iron features the Smart Touch Handle— it senses your touch and lowers the iron onto the ironing board. When you release the handle, the AutoLift system lifts the iron up onto small legs, protecting garments from accidental burn, and eliminating the need to set an iron on its heel during breaks in use. The electronic-controlled iron also features Steam Burst, which can release up to 30 blasts of steam per minute and can be used either horizontally or vertically.
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Denco EasyGrip Personal Grooming Tools
Denco Easy Grip grooming tools are designed specifically for users with reduced manual dexterity. The line includes pointed- and slant-tip tweezers, nail and toenail clippers and a foot smoother. The design of each tool showcases larger handles and task-specific enhancements. Incorporated grips cue the user on how and where to hold each tool for maximum leverage and comfort with minimal effort.
Duet Hair Remover/Shaver
The new Epilady Duet is an epilator and shaver in one— eliminating the need to interchange the epilator head with the shaving head as on previous models. The new, patented epilating head, which removes hair from the root, is on one end of the unit, and the single-foil shaving head (with dual trimmers) is on the other end.
Vicks Baby Thermometer
The Vicks Baby Thermometer is designed specifically for measuring rectal temperatures of children ages 0-3. The unit is part of a line of Vicks children’s thermometers designed specifically to the anatomical properties of each “hot-zone” — the oral cavity, the underarm and the rectum. The rectal unit records temperature in 10 seconds, guards against over-inserting, and features a large LCD display.
VIOlight TRAVEL Deluxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer
This extension to the VIOlight countertop sanitizer features a sleek oval cylinder that stores and sanitizes a toothbrush. 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. Battery operation and small size make the new unit a perfect item for anyone on-the-go.
Pavina Double Wall Thermo Glasses
Bodum’s insulated glassware is made from durable Borosilicate glass. The rounded tumbler shape of Pavina features an outer contour that is strongly under-cut, giving the glass its unique character. Such a design in a single-wall glass would make it difficult to drink from, but the double-wall design enhances this shape’s functionality.
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BergHOFF's ‘Arcum’ Egg cups
Ilse Raymaekers, a Belgian housewares designer, created the Arcum egg cups for BergHOFF. The unit contains 6 soft boiled egg cups, 6 soft boiled egg spoons, a saltshaker and wood display tray.
Canteen Double Wall Thermo Glasses
Bodum’s insulated glassware is made from Borosilicate glass, a strong, heat-resistant glass that weighs less than traditional glassware. Dishwasher and microwave safe, the Canteen tumblers are a reinvention of the paper beaker— one of the most used shapes of all drinking vessels— and here it is re-interpreted as a double-wall glass. These double-walled drinking glasses take an alternative approach to wine stems, while still allowing the drink to appear to “float.”
Nissen Acrylic Grinders
The new Nissen grinders combine acrylic and metal teak for a contemporary look. The shape of the grinder allows for a secure fit in the hands while offering an internal chamber that can hold large quantities of salt and pepper. The large base diameter provides stability. The grinder mechanisms are made of durable ceramic or carbonic steel.
Compleat Cheese Service
The Compleat Cheese Service combines a bamboo cheeseboard with a set of three cheese tools stored in an acrylic storage case that fits securely on the underside of the board. The tools include a cheese knife, a planer and a spreader forged of stainless steel in sculpted designs. The cheese tools in the case are held firmly in place in magnetized slots. The bamboo board is durable and environmentally responsive as a renewable, plantation-grown resource.