2007 Finalists & Winners
Zarafina Tea Maker
The tea-making technology is contained within a simple enclosure and is controlled by 3 discrete sliders that are easily manipulated to brew an endless number of blends. The tea maker offers tailored, pre-programmed settings, which allow it to brew any variety, bagged or loose. The set includes an elegant ceramic teapot, two cups, and a serving tray.
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Egg & Muffin Toaster
The Egg & Muffin Toaster combines a full-function, wide-slot toaster with an attached egg poacher to help consumers recreate their favorite breakfast sandwiches. The touchpad-controlled unit also features a meat-warming tray. The unit can be used to toast bread and cook eggs simultaneously or individually.
Capresso CoffeeTEAM Therm
Capresso describes the CoffeeTEAM Therm as the first and only coffee maker/conical burr grinder combination to feature a stainless steel vacuum carafe to keep coffee hot and fresh for hours after brewing. The 10-cup coffeemaker offers a striking contemporary design in stainless steel and black. The conical burr grinder grinds slowly to impart minimal heat, preserving coffee aroma.
ZUTTO Micom Electric Dispensing Pot
Part of Zojirushi’s ZUTTO Japanese-designed Collection, the 2.2-liter Micom Electric Dispensing Pot conveniently maintains hot water temperatures of 140 degrees F, 195 degrees F or 208 degrees F. Features include micro-computerized temperature control system, a safety auto shut-off function, and dechlorinate and descaling modes.
ZUTTO Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer
Part part of Zojirushi’s Japanese-designed ZUTTO Collection, the 5.5-cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer features advanced Neuro Fuzzy logic technology, which allows the rice cooker to “think” for itself and make fine adjustments to temperature and heating time to cook perfect rice every time. The spherical inner cooking pan and heating system allows the heat to distribute evenly and cook rice perfectly.
Chambord Double-wall Coffee Press
Bodum’s classic French press, now in double-wall glass technology, keeps the brewed coffee hot and aromatic for nearly two hours. The inner beaker is machine-blown, whereas the outer beaker is mouth-blown, perfecting the balance between insulation and product stability.
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Chantal has partnered designer Eva Zeisel in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Chantal Classic Teakettle. The limited-edition 1.8-quart Eva Kettle, in brushed stainless steel with black accents, offers uniquely curved handle with a silicone stay-cool grip for an appealing, romantic look with ergonomic benefits.
New Wave Bundform Pan
New Wave is the first silicone bakeware to address the rigidity issue in silicone bakeware using a 360-degree 100% silicone design. Also the first to incorporate 2 tone design, the proprietary process and formula adds 360-degree rigidity to the top of each piece and is not just limited to the handles.
The stoneware Tuscan Baker features subtle curves and simple handles. The rim allows users to grasp the baker with their fingertips, which is useful when placing or removing from the oven. The Tuscan Baker, with a hand-painted edge, also can be as a stylish serving dish.
Double Burner Griddle
Swiss Diamond’s new 17”x11” double burner griddle model features a patented, advanced non-stick cooking surface. Swiss Diamond uses diamond crystals to reinforce a premium non-stick composite that is fused to each pan in a unique bonding process. This results in lifetime non-stick performance and improved heat conductivity.
Füri FX East/West Coppertail 8" Knife
Füri’s ‘Forged eXoskeleton’ FX East/West 8” knife blade is a hybrid that combines an Eastern scalloped-edge fine-chopper and a Western cook’s knife. The East/West knife has more “roll” in the nose, so it can be rocked like a chef’s knife. A patented “reverse wedge” handle with micro-groove details offers improved grip. The handle and blade is forged from the top-grade German steel alloy.
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Calphalon Contemporary 4-Piece Cheese Set
An extension of the Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery assortment, the cheese set features full-forged construction. This set includes knives for cutting hard & soft cheeses, as well as a spreader. The block is made of durable maple wood.
Calphalon Contemporary Mezzaluna and Board
Often used in place of a chef's knife, the mezzaluna is a compact, all-purpose chopper designed to be used in a rocking motion. The knife features contoured handle for efficient, comfortable use, and the companion cutting board in maple is concave to keep chopped foods neatly contained.
Offered in a variety of collections, CulinHome’s Decor Knives feature etched patterns on the blades to give the high-quality cutlery a unique, dramitic decorative element. Etched patterns include overlapping circles, flowers and latticework motifs. The CulinHome cutlery features surgical steel blades and contoured handles.
KitchenAid 14-Piece Micarta Knife Block
The Micarta handles on the KitchenAid set are produced by layering patterned linen fabric and then combining the linen with resin under high pressure to create the multi-layered final visual effect. This results in a stylish, durable handle. The block features a special pull-away front section for steak knives.
goClean Household Wet/Dry Vac
Designed a crossover product between larger industrial-style wet/dry vacs and low-capacity quick-clean models, the goClean Household Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner, at 2 gallons, is small enough to store under the sink, yet offers sufficient capacity for bigger cleanup chores. Accessory storage is molded into the back of the unit. The ease of use and distinctive aesthetic styling are designed to invite 25-50-year-old females into the wet/dry segment.
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Healthy Home Vacuum
The Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum features multi-cyclonic cleaning technology. The Airetight HEPA Filtration traps allergens to prevent them from being spread and actually purifies the air while vacuuming. It has Microban antimicrobial product protection to fight odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew in the vacuum. The vac has features for everyday convenience, such as fingertip power controls, long-reach anti-clog hose and long power cord.
PowerPan by ReadiVac
ReadiVac’s new Power Pan is a cordless dust pan with a built-in vacuum. An opening under the front of the dust pan allows the thin line of dust left behind by brooms to be vacuumed directly into the pan while the larger debris is swept on top of the pan. The vac runs on “AA” batteries.
Dirt Devil Reaction
The Reaction, a vacuum that uses a patented new technology called D2, or Dual Cyclonic Action, to deliver superior cleaning performance at an affordable price. With two chambers, the air moves through the vacuum at much higher velocities, resulting in better dirt separation and stronger, longer-lasting suction at the floor nozzle. The Reaction is said to be the first vacuum to combine such power with the convenience of bagless technology and a filterless dirt cup.
KONE by Dirt Devil
Designed Karim Rashid for Royal, the cordless KONE is positioned as a hand-held vacuum disguised as a contemporary work of art. Equipped with a 7.2-volt rechargeable battery, the KONE features an easy-empty dirt cup and a soft tip that protects delicate surfaces. KONE is shaped like a minimalist cone sculpture and comes in appealing fashion-forward colors. A version is available white with an illuminated base.
The Aero Garden
The AeroGarden is a countertop garden appliance that uses Aeroponics, a NASA-proven growing technology, to automatically deliver just the right amount of light, water and nutrients to plants. With Aeroponics, roots are suspended in air instead of soil or water and are able to take up oxygen out of the air, dramatically increasing growth rates, up to 3 times faster than plants grown in soil.
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Private Reserve Wine Cellar
Cuisinart's Private Reserve Wine Cellar provides an attractive wine storage option that incorporates high-tech features that ensure temperature stability for a superior wine drinking experience. The unit's thermoelectric cooling technology keeps all varietals at the perfect temperature for storing and serving. The sleek, brushed stainless unit horizontally holds 6 bottles (750 ml or 1500 ml).
KitchenAid's new blender features patented stainless steel blades positioned on four different planes for fast, thorough and consistent blending. Advanced airflow design keeps the blender cool during continued use; and a heavy, die-cast metal base ensures stable, quiet operation. The 56-ounce one-piece pitcher is made of commercial-grade polycarbonate that is scratch, stain and shatter-resistant. Intelli-Speed controls adjust power to compensate for thicker mixtures.
Salter Aquatronic Stainless Hanging Scale w/Clock
Salter developed a functioning scale that can be hung on most utensil racks, or hung from a wall with included bracket attachment. There is no need for measuring cups: dry and liquid ingredients are placed into a bowl, and a switch converts from pounds to liquid ounces. The readout automatically switches to a clock mode when hung on the wall, and converts to scale mode when placed flat on the counter.
Soyabella Automatic Soymilk Maker
The Soyabella Automatic Soymilk Maker and Coffee Grinder touts the versatility to make fresh soymilk, raw nut milks (and a variety of other recipes), and it is a convenient way to grind coffee. The unit makes soymilk from beans and water in about 15 minutes. The unit features a concealed heating element that’s safe and won’t scorch milk, causing a burnt taste.
This Dark Alder contemporary entertainment group is made up of a pier, credenza and bedroom-height universal stand. Thick, profiled moldings create a framed front, which interacts with inset black molding to create depth and interest. The group is accented by nickel-plated hardware and a silk-screen glass door on the pier, this group is sophisticated and stylish.
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X Rocker II
The X Rocker II employs a rocking-chair design and features sound output of 8 watts. The rocker can connect to almost any home entertainment system, iPod, handheld gaming system and home computer. Lighted, full-range speakers are positioned on either side of the headrest, and a ported subwoofer pounds bass from the back. The chair features storage for a remote or an iPod/MP3 player and cables.
Totally Tables are a patented system that gives the consumer four furniture- quality, solid wood tables that can interlock into multiple configurations. The tables stand about 30” tall with a table surface of 18” x 18”. The tables are made of solid rubber wood with solid brass locking mechanisms and hinges. They come in four finishes: black, cherry, natural and white.
Zen Flat Panel Stand with Integrated Mount
The Zen Mount Stand, part of Z-Line’s Lexington RTA furniture collection, is targeted to consumers who want complete height and swivel control over their flat screen experience without compromising their walls. The base is made from solid wood and wood veneers in a black oak finish, and includes a full extension glide drawer for storage. The unit’s articulating swivel arm can hold up to a 240-pound plasma or flat panel television ranging in sizes from 36 inches to 50 inches.
Designer Series Oscillating Ceramic Heater
The Lasko Designer Series heaters are offered in warm tones with either a speckled or crackle finish, mimicking the faux painting finishes so popular today in home decor. The metal scrollwork base gives the look of a decorative accessory, adds solidity to the look and feel, and disguises the split in the unit for the oscillation movement. A subtle, electronic control panel is integrated smoothly into the top of the unit.
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Ionic Pro Turbo
The Turbo purifies the air by applying a very strong positive electrical charge to dust and all other airborne particles and attracting them to easy-to-clean collection blades. There are no filters to replace. The silent Turbo cleans and purifies the air in an average size room in 30 minutes, according to independent lab tests. Triple Action Technology also protects the consumer from dangerous germs and helps turn hazardous smog and ozone into pure clean oxygen.
Therapure UV Germicidal Light
The Therapure 100 is a new germicidal air sanitizer that uses UV technology to safely and quickly destroy infectious airborne germs. The unit requires no filters to replace. The Therapure 100 has a quiet, three-speed fan that allows users to select how fast to sanitize the air depending on personal need and room size.
Lotus Sanitizing System
The lotus Sanitizing System offers a way to clean a home without potentially toxic cleaning chemicals by infusing water in the spray bottle attachment with superoxygen (ozone) to deliver an all-natural sanitizer 50% stronger than bleach. Ozone-activated water kills germs on all sorts of household surfaces, and it is widely accepted as a safe and effective way to decontaminate all kinds of food.
Winix PlasmaWave 9000 Air Cleaner
The PlasmaWave 9000 air cleaner offers 5 stages of filtration: anti-bacterial pre-filter for capturing large particles such as dust and pet hair; a true-HEPA filter – 99.99% effective against pollen, dust and smoke particles as small as 0.3 microns in size; nano-silver mesh to neutralize airborne bacteria; washable activated carbon to absorb VOCs and odors; and a PlasmaWave plasma generator that attacks airborne pollutants and allergens, microbials, chemicals and odors and changes them at the molecular level.
Rectangular Sensor Can
The simplehuman rectangular sensor can features a foot-activated sensor designed to prevent false triggers associated with hand-activated sensors that open the can accidentally when people walk by the can. The extra-wide zone at the base of the can allows the user to place a foot in the sensor zone at almost any angle. The drive system keeps the lid open for about 4-5 seconds before closing automatically. A lid-hold button keep the lid open for extended chores.
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Designed especially for coats, jackets and knits. The contoured shape prevents stretching and puckering of fine garments. Grip strips prevent clothes from slipping. The hangers are sold in sets of three.
Onda Broom & Dustpan Set
Designed by Karim Rashid, the Onda Broom is sculptural as well as functional. The broom stores in the integrated dustpan. The set is available in three colors: periwinkle, lime and fuchsia.
Cabinet Mount Trash System
The cabinet mount system was designed to store and reuse plastic grocery bags as trash bags in one space-efficient solution. The convenient wall-mount design keeps the trash system accessible on a cabinet door. A sturdy, built-in plastic lid keeps the bag covered. At the bottom of the frame, a built-in grocery bag holder stores and dispenses up to 50 plastic bags.
STORViNO Wine Storage Modules
The STORViNO modular and transportable wine storage system is a flexible and durable solution for anyone who stores wine in closets, under stairwells, pantries, under cabinets or in basements. The system configures to almost any storage space without any tools or complicated assembly, using 100% recyclable material. The six-bottle modules easily lock together using traditional corks, a patented feature.
The PalmPeeler is a new twist to a vegetable peeler puts the blade in the palm of the hand for more comfortable, use. The designs lets slip the peeler onto a finger, and the soft Santoprene grip and contoured shape allow the PalmPeeler to accommodate a range of finger sizes, while providing a secure platform for the work at hand.
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Cuisipro Snap Fit Cookie Cutters
The Snap Fit Cookie Cutters snap together for neat compact storage. The cutters are made of a safe-edge, durable plastic for cuts, and the non-stick properties allow the dough to release easily and cleanly. The cookie cutters are offered in six sets: geometric combo, round, stars, fluted, hearts and holiday tree set.
The Garlic Twist
Unlike traditional two-armed garlic presses, the Garlic Twist is a cross-cutting tool that can mince garlic to an exact desired texture from coarse to fine without wasting garlic. The two sides of the Garlic Twist are made of polycarbonate to allow the user to view the garlic clove while mincing. By swiveling the device, the minced garlic gathers neatly into the two piles easily scooped for use.
Graviti Pepper Mill
The battery operated Graviti Pepper Mill features a grinding mechanism located at the top of the mill so it automatically begins to grind as it is flipped upside down. Gravity sensors initiate and terminate grinding based on the movement and position of the mill. The mill is equipped with a strong, durable ceramic grinder. An adjustable knob on the top of the Graviti Mill allows users to set their desired grind level.
Mix N Measure Measuring Cup Set
The Zyliss Mix N- Measure cups serve as both measurer and mixing bowl! The stackable set includes 1-, 2- and 4-cup sized. A lid is included with the 3-piece set. The cups are made from durable polycarbonate that is dishwasher safe. Red measurement markings can be read from the inside of the cup, eliminating the need for eye-level measuring.
Champagne Cork Catcher
With safety in mind, the catcher provides 100% control of cork movement. With a few simple twists, the cork rockets from the champagne bottle safely into the cork catcher with the traditional “pop.” The cork catcher is made of durable, impact-resistant polycarbonate plastic.
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Built NY Three Bottle Tote
Constructed of wetsuit-grade neoprene, Built NY’s Three Bottle Tote carries three wine bottles (750ml to 1L). Lay it on its side and becomes a mini wine rack. The durable wine bottle tote is easy to store and wash.
Stixx Paper Towel Holder
Part of the Stixx Suctionware line, the Stixx Paper Towel Holder features a suction base to keep the product secure to the counter. A small ridge around the base prevents the towels from unraveling, and a press-down knob lets the user tear off just the amount of towels required.
Days Ago - Digital Day Counter
By "counting up days," the Days Ago counter can track food products that spoil quickly such as baby food, salsa, pasta sauce, leftovers, etc. With a digital screen and one-button operation, it easily affixes to containers via magnet for metal surfaces or suction for others. It can also be used to track repeated actions such as plant care, health regimens, pet medication, water filter replacements, etc.
Zero Gravity Magnetic Spice Rack
The space-efficient Zero Gravity Magnetic Spice Rack features spice canisters can that be placed on or hung below the included stainless steel accented shelf or any other metallic surface. A patent-pending pour control system adjusts between closed, sprinkle and pour, allowing for easy, one-handed use of the canisters.
The blomus indoor fireplace solves the problem for consumers who want an indoor fireplace but lack a chimney or gas line. This fireplace utilizes Fanola Biofuel, a renewable resource that is made from an environmentall friendly plant derivative. The wall-mounted design has an adjustable reservoir plate to set the flame size.
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Cobb Premier Grill
The Cobb outdoor charcoal cooking system barbecues, grills, bakes, smokes, boils and warms. The Cobb grill's domed, enclosed design features a non-stick grill plate over a charcoal basket. Fat and grease drain into a flavor well for healthy, virtually smokeless cooking. A stainless steel mesh base creates a heat shield with air pockets, so it stays cool to the touch, and can be used safely on any surface. It offers three hours of cooking with eight charcoal briquettes.
Oasis Patio Fan
The Hunter Oasis Patio Fan is touted as the first portable ceiling fan designed for backyard use. The fan features an ornamental base with wrought metal trim with a ceiling fan mounted on a vertical pole. The outdoor-rated fan has a bronze finish and five reversible dark, antique wicker/palm leaf blades with a 54" blade span. The pole and optional table are also in the bronze finish.
Nectaire Reed Diffusers
Nectaire Reed Diffusers are designed to provide several month’s worth of pleasant fragrance to any living or office space. Offered in pyramidal bottles, the Nectraire fragrances come in mood-themed essential oil (no alcohol) blends: Honeysuckle; Lemon Lime; and Vanilla Bean. A natural wicking system utilizing porous reeds placed in the bottles delivers the scent into the air.
Safe Serve Barbecue Thermometer
Polder’s Safe Serve grilling thermometer offers a 10-inch probe and lengthy handle for safety. The thermometer features meat and taste presets for beef, chicken, fish, lamb, and veal with settings for rare, medium and well done. An alert beep occurs when the desired temperature has been reached. A backlight button and a large LCD screen allow users to see the status easily in any light. The probe folds for storage.
Soehnle Comfort F5 Body Balance Scale
Soehnle’s Comfort F5 is a five-function “body balance” scale that provides weight, body fat, water, muscle and kcal analysis scale. The unit offers a personal recognition features that allows users to track progress over 30 months while indicating deviation from standard body composition values. The system advises individual action programs such as drinking more fluids, toning muscles or changing diet.
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Infiniti Advanced Haircut System
The Conair’s Infiniti haircutting system is designed for easy use. A microchip-based Smart Motor system automatically regulates power for thin to thick hair, and an automatic comb guide adjusts to 28 different settings in 1mm increments. A backlit LCD displays all essential haircutting information including guide comb settings, battery life and power settings. The lightweight clipper offers cord/cordless recharageable operation.
Epilady Esthetic Facial Epilator
The Epilady Esthetic Facial Epilator is coil-style epilator specifically designed to remove the fine facial hairs found on a woman’s upper lip and cheeks with a rapid tweezing action that lasts up to four weeks. The compact, battery-operated unit features an epilating head about the size of the tip of the index finger for easy control.
Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer
The Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer is proven to kill germs that cause certain ailments– including influenza, colds, staph infections and pneumonia— in infants and toddlers. It uses dry heat instead of wet steam or chemicals that can cause damage to baby items or leave unhealthy residue on toys. The unit is used by placing soft and hard toys in the clear-view sanitizing chamber, which, when activated, reaches temperatures that can kill 99.9% of germs in 30 minutes.
The Litebook Elite represents a new generation of light therapy product by employing white light emitting diode (LED) technology to deliver a safe yet effective beam of light in the optimum wavelengths identical to the peak wavelengths of sunlight. The white LED’s profile, low power requirements and long-life enable the sleek product to be highly compact, completely portable.
Stainless Steel Salad Set
The Magpie stainless steel salad set combines of form and function. The cover is made from plastic and is available in 6 colors. The cover acts as a gripper to keep the bowl in a tilted position for easier serving. The stainless steel bowl keeps the salad cold and crisp, and the stainless steel servers are stored on the lid when not in use.
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Bambu Snapstix Chopsticks
Made from a single clum of 100% organically grown bamboo, Bambu’s ‘Snapstix’ feature reusable chopsticks and chopsticks rest integrated into one item: users snap the rest from the chopsticks before eating. Showcasing its environmental sensitivity and commitment to renewable resources such as bamboo, bambu joined the 1% For the Planet alliance and pledges 1% of net sales to the preservation and restoration of the environment.
Barrique Wine Decanter
Bodum’s Barrique Wine Decanter with cork lid caters to people's strong association of cork with the traditional enjoyment of wine. The bosilicate glass Barrique wine decanter with hemispherical body provides a large surface area to allow the wine to interact with the air, softening it and encouraging the development of the more complex aromas that normally develop over years in a bottle. The cork lid fits perfectly into the decanter neck, allowing air circulation.
Alfi Cool Bottle
The frosted finish of the Alfi Cool Bottle connotes that the drink is cold. Offered in several colors, the translucent body and transparent, non-reflecting double-walled vacuum glass inside gives the bottle unique inside-out look. Also featured is an extra-large, 360-degree opening in a funnel shape for easy filling and pouring.
Conical Double Wall Insulated Serving Bowls
Vollrath’s serving bowls feature double-wall construction for insulation to maintain proper food temperature— hot or cold. The bowls require no preheating or chilling, and the heavy-gauge 18/8 stainless steel will not affect taste or color of food. The top edge and exterior are mirror finish for an upscale look, and the satin-finish interior hides scratches and wear.