Housewares Design Awards

2008 Finalists & Winners


2019 2018 2017 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Cooking Electrics
Zojirushi America Corp.  Best In Category   Bronze Medal Recipient 
RIZO Micom Rice Cooker & WarmerRIZO Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer
From designer Toshiyuki Kita and Zojirushi comes the Rizo Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer, a high-quality unit with minimalist design and one-touch functionality, making Rizo easy to use, according to the company. With a detachable inner lid and non-stick inner cooking pan, Rizo is easy to clean. It comes with a non-stick rice spatula, measuring cup and steaming plate.
View Winner Profile
Gourmet Single Cup BrewerGourmet Single Cup Brewer
Created with Keurig’s proprietary K-Cup brewing technology, the Breville BKC600XL touts a 60-ounce backlit water tank with in-tank filter, a programmable LCD screen and stainless steel body. The Breville brewer also features “My K-Cup” for individual roast options.
Capresso, Inc.
Impressa J5Impressa J5
The first J-Series machine in its automatic coffee center line, the Jura-Capresso Impressa J5 is also the most advanced compact model in the line. The Impressa J5’s features include a stainless steel Thermoblock heating system, rotary dial that allows for overriding cup size and coffee strength, two frothing options, a butterfly design spout that accommodates a larger range of cup sizes and an attached conical burr grinder with six fineness settings.
Capresso, Inc.
Burr Grinder in BlackBurr Grinder in Black
The Capresso Burr Grinder in Black offers a vertical design that minimizes static, prevents clogging and ensures that no ground coffee remains inside the grinder after use. The lowest-noise grinder in its class, according to the company, as a result of the insulated grinder lid, the Capresso grinder has 17 grind settings from espresso fine to coarse French press.
Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic CoffeemakerCuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew thermal 12-cup automatic coffeemaker is a 24-hour fully programmable unit with a burr grinder. The strength selector and grind control functions enhance the intensity and volume of the coffee, and the thermal carafe seals in heat and freshness. Other benefits include a Brew Pause feature, a gold-tone commercial style permanent filter, and a charcoal water filter.
Cookware & Bakeware
Lodge Mfg. Co.  Best In Category   Gold Medal Recipient 
12-inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Stainless Steel Handles12-inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Stainless Steel Handles
For its Signature Series, Lodge Manufacturing Co. has combined cast iron cookware with ergonomic stainless steel handles, an engineering first for which Lodge holds a utility patent. A marriage of Lodge’s proprietary pre-seasoned cast iron and highly durable marine-grade stainless steel, the Lodge Signature Series has been designed to offer superior heat retention, even heat distribution and lifetime durability.
View Winner Profile
Baker’s Edge
Edge Brownie PanEdge Brownie Pan
The Edge Brownie Pan from Baker’s Edge has patented sidewalls that deliver two chewy edges to every brownie and provide even heat circulation for improved performance. The cast aluminum pan has a premium non-stick coating and round corners for easy cleaning.
Emile Henry
Emile Henry Flame RoasterEmile Henry Flame Roaster
Intended for everyday use, Emile Henry’s Flame-Top Roaster, made of a flame-proof ceramic material, can go from a stovetop or grill directly into the oven. Emile Henry claims that the Flame-Top Roaster, available in two sizes, cooks evenly and won’t crack or discolor. It doubles as a serving dish.
Swiss Diamond/Global Marketing
Swiss Diamond Wok/Sauce PanSwiss Diamond Wok/Sauce Pan
Swiss Diamond’s combination of pressure cast aluminum with a traditional rounded wok shape bottom makes its Wok/Sauce Pan suitable for electric, ceramic or gas stovetop. The Swiss Diamond Wok/Saucepan has a stable one-inch base and is manufactured with the company’s patented diamond-reinforced, non-stick nanotechnology.
WMF Stepped WokWMF Stepped Wok
The step in WMF’s Stepped Wok keeps foods warm at 140 degrees Fahrenheit without overcooking, while additional ingredients continue to cook. This optimum temperature preserves flavor and nutrients, according to the company. Complete with a steaming rack, the WMF Stepped Wok provides a vessel for cooking multi-ingredient meals in one place.
Douglas Quikut/Ginsu  Best In Category 
12-piece Chikara Cutlery Set12-piece Chikara Cutlery Set
Under its Ginsu brand, Douglas Quikut has introduced the 12-piece Chikara cutlery set. Each Chikara blade is forged from a solid piece of high-carbon Japanese steel, known for its stain and rust resistance, strength and ability to hold a sharp edge. The handles are made from heat- and water-resistant resin and are designed to fit smoothly in the hand.
View Winner Profile
Douglas Quikut/Ginsu
Chikara Santoku Knife with Bamboo Cutting BoardChikara Santoku Knife with Bamboo Cutting Board
The compact Santoku Knife with Cutting Board from Ginsu’s Chikara collection comes with a 7-inch Santoku knife and a high-quality bamboo cutting board with a built-in magnetic slot to hold the knife in place. The Santoku knife is forged from Japanese steel. The traditional Japanese-style handle is made of heat- and water-resistant resin.
ICI USA, LLC – Tovolo
Dreamfarm ScizzaDreamfarm Scizza
Scizza (scissors for pizza) combines two precision-ground blades with a spatula on the bottom blade that slides under the pizza, protecting cooking surfaces and non-stick cookware during slicing. The spring-action Scizza features ergonomic soft-grip handles; a large 10-cm cutting capacity; high rear clearance on the lower handle; and a safety lock.
Solicut America, Inc.
First Class Limited with Olivewood HandleFirst Class Limited with Olivewood Handle
Solicut’s First Class Limited Knife Set includes a magnetic Beechwood knife stand with five knives, all drop-forged from single pieces of German steel. Triple-riveted handles are made from Olivewood. Creation of the First Class Limited knives requires 40 steps, almost all done by hand, according to the company.
Zibra, LLC
Open It! Universal Package OpenerOpen It! Universal Package Opener
The multi-functional Open It! Universal Package Opener’s patented angular jaws cut through hard plastic clamshell packaging while keeping hands free from sharp edges. Engineered to provide maximum leverage while cutting, the Open It! also has a box cutter blade with a safety locking feature and a mini screwdriver hidden in the handles.
Floor Care Electrics
Robert Thomas L. P.  Best In Category 
Rotho Twin ttRotho Twin tt
The Rotho Twin tt features a water-filtration system that enables vacuuming and cleaning with one appliance. The electro-brush vacuums, and the spray-extraction system penetrates deep into carpet and fabrics with cleaning solution, then suctions away embedded dirt. HEPA, micro and AquaFilter filters keep exhaust air 99.999% free from allergens and odors, according to the company.
View Winner Profile
Bissell Homecare, Inc.
Steam MopSteam Mop
A natural solution for cleaning hard floors, Bissell’s Steam Mop is chemical-free and has MicroFiber mop pads that can be washed and re-used. The Steam Mop is ready to use in 30 seconds, and the Steam on Demand feature allows control of steam use. The mop head swivels 360 degrees.
Bissell Homecare, Inc.
ProHeat 2X CleanShotProHeat 2X CleanShot
Bissell’s ProHeat 2X Cleanshot carpet deep cleaner has dual rotating brushes, a built-in hot water heating system and Cleanshot, which allows for spot cleaning at the push of a button. Microban antimicrobial protection helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew; the Dry Aire system helps dry carpets; and Custom Clean lets you choose your setting.
Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
Eureka Capture +Eureka Capture +
The Capture+ features an exclusive sealed HEPA filtration system, EZ Roll rollerblade wheels and on-board tools, including the Telescopic Self-Cleaning Duster and the Power Paw with Riser Visor, which is designed to brush vertically and horizontally. Capture+ is designed to clean hard-to-reach places and multiple surfaces.
TTI Floor Care North America
Dirt Devil KruzDirt Devil Kruz
Designed by Karim Rashid for Dirt Devil, the Kruz cordless vacuum sweeper was created with SoftGlide technology, allowing maneuverability without damaging hardwood floors or furniture. Kruz features a bagless design, charging stand and 12-volt rechargeable battery.
Food Preparation Electrics
Breville  Best In Category   Silver Medal Recipient 
Die Cast Hemisphere BlenderDie Cast Hemisphere Blender
Housed on a die-cast metal base with a heavy-duty, 1.17 HP motor, the Breville Die Cast Hemisphere Blender 800BLXL has Hemisphere blades that work with food-processing efficiency to chop, puree and mince. The 800BLXL also features a 2-liter polymer jug, and Breville Assist lid and plug.
View Winner Profile
Jarden Consumer Solutions
Margaritaville Premium Frozen Concoction MakerMargaritaville Premium Frozen Concoction Maker
The Margaritaville Premium Frozen Concoction Maker sports a larger ice reservoir, die-cast base for added stability and four blending options. The countertop unit features two powerful mechanisms: one for shaving the ice, the other for blending the right proportion of ingredients. A rear reservoir collects water from the melting ice to prevent watered-down drinks.
Oliso, Inc.
Frisper FreshkeeperFrisper Freshkeeper
The first countertop vacuum sealer to combine professional-grade bags with recloseable tops, the Frisper Freshkeeper’s patent-pending technology removes air and locks in freshness in one step. Vac-Snap bags can go from the refrigerator or freezer to the stovetop or microwave.
Salter Housewares
Salter Aquatronic Wall Mount Electronic Kitchen ScaleSalter Aquatronic Wall Mount Electronic Kitchen Scale
The Aquatronic Wall Mount Electronic Kitchen Scale easily mounts to the wall for storage. Time and room temperature displays when the scale is not in use as a scale. To use as a scale, lift the base off the platform and the weight of the food is transmitted to the blue backlit display wirelessly via infrared technology.
Terraillon Corp.
Duo ScaleDuo Scale
A space-saving solution, the Terraillon Duo wall-mount scale, with its brushed aluminum finish, boasts an 11-pound weighing capacity, as well as dry/liquid measure functions. Duo weighs in 1/8-ounce increments and features a detachable magnetic timer and clock.
Avenue Six  Best In Category 
Curves Button Back ChairCurves Button Back Chair
Avenue Six’s Curves Button Back Chair features unique, ready-to-assemble construction, piping and tufted button details along with solid wood legs and back supports in an espresso finish.
View Winner Profile
Avenue Six
68-inch Curves Sofa68-inch Curves Sofa
Available in Chocolate or Purple microfiber, the 68-inch Curves Sofa by Avenue Six features contemporary retro styling with a classic curved back, rolled arms, solid wood legs and contrasting piping. The sofa also features innovative ready-to-assemble construction, a kiln-dried hardwood frame and high-density foam.
Bell’O International
TV Wall Mounting Kits For DummiesTV Wall Mounting Kits For Dummies
Bell’O’s TV Wall Mounting Kits For Dummies comes equipped with a worldwide patent-pending mounting bracket, step-by-step installation DVD with instruction manual, an installation template and a complete hardware kit. Designed with solid, heavy-gauge steel construction and tilting capabilities, the powder-coated mount can accommodate a multitude of flat-panel TVs.
Human Touch
HT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage ChairHT-7450 Zero-Gravity Massage Chair
The world’s first massage chair to incorporate the latest advances in both massage and back care technology, the Human Touch HT-7450 virtually defies gravity’s adverse effects, according to the company. As the HT-7450 reclines, its back, seat and footrest synchronously position the body in a virtually weightless condition. From there, the patented Human Touch massage system provides a massage of the neck, back, calves and feet.
Slam Brands, Inc.
Wii Tower Gaming StationWii Tower Gaming Station
Using the color palette and overall design language of the Nintendo Wii Gaming Console, the Wii Tower Gaming station is a complete gaming organization solution. The Wii Tower provides secure, dedicated areas for the Wii console and games, as well as a remote and nunchuck dock at waist height for easy access.
Home Environment Electrics
Swizz Style, Inc.  Best In Category 
Max Heater FanMax Heater Fan
Swizz Style’s Max Heater Fan continues heating during the transition period, even when the main heat is not running. With a whisper-quiet fan, Max blows cold or hot air with a 750- or 1,500-watt power output. In addition, temperature is adjustable, and Max has thermal overload protection.
View Winner Profile
Lasko Products, Inc.
Model 5572 Ceramic Tower Heater w/ Logic Center Remote ControlModel 5572 Ceramic Tower Heater w/ Logic Center Remote Control
With its patented, self-regulating ceramic element, the Lasko 5572 Ceramic Tower Heater provides uniform heat distribution with minimum temperature drop across the heating element. The unit also has automatic overheat protection, an elongated vertical design, strong two-speed motor, programmable thermostat and wide-area oscillation.
Ultrasonic HumidifierUltrasonic Humidifier
What differentiates the Simpro Ultrasonic Humidifier is its unique, patent-pending design that enhances functionality by automatically turning the humidifier’s spray head 360 degrees.
Swizz Style, Inc.
Fred HumidifierFred Humidifier
To counteract the dryness created by indoor winter heating, the Fred Humidifier works with steam— creating a comfortable, clean environment because steam is free of minerals and bacteria. With a two-gallon per day output, Fred has metal plated feet and shuts off automatically.
Swizz Style, Inc.
Henry Air PurifierHenry Air Purifier
At only 8.7 inches wide and deep, the Swizz Style Henry Air Purifier uses a modern five-stage filter to purify the air. Slim and unobtrusive in design, Henry operates silently and has an automatic shut-off function.
Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning Products
Casabella Holdings, LLC  Best In Category 
Bamboo BroomBamboo Broom
Sustainable bamboo and natural palmyra bristles that are water-resistant and durable make up the head of Casabella’s Bamboo Broom. The lightweight aluminum pole will not rust. The 54-inch broom with 12-inch wide head comes with a leather loop for storage.
View Winner Profile
Casabella Holdings, LLC
Clip-On Silicone SqueegeeClip-On Silicone Squeegee
Casabella’s patent-pending Clip-On Silicone Squeegee clips to the showerhead neck to keep it handy, and the soft silicone skin makes it efficient for removing water from tiles, glass shower doors, mirrors and car windows, according to the company.
HOMZ/Home Products International, Inc.
On-the-Go Laundry Accessory BagOn-the-Go Laundry Accessory Bag
Designed for urban dwellers, the On-the-Go Laundry Accessory Bag was developed to serve those without home laundry facilities. The multi-pocketed, two-compartment bag is made of a durable moisture-proof material, has comfortable padded carry straps and is convenient for shopping as well as laundry.
Sensor Soap PumpSensor Soap Pump
Designed for use in the bathroom or kitchen, simplehuman’s Sensor Soap Pump is the first of its kind available for the general market, according to the company. Building on state-of-the-art touch-free technology, simplehuman’s Senor Soap Pump has an infrared sensor that points upward, preventing false triggers; four volume settings and a manual soap stream option; and stainless steel construction with a minimalist aesthetic.
Slim Toilet BrushSlim Toilet Brush
The space-efficient simplehuman Slim Toilet Brush has a flat, wheel-shaped and removable brush head with two types of bristles for heavy-duty and regular cleaning. A unique pivot-open door on the weighted base and narrow shape make it easy to remove and replace the brush from the holder.
Kitchen Hand Tools
Trudeau Corporation  Best In Category 
Flipper 4-in-1 Measuring SpoonFlipper 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon
Made from flexible thermal plastic rubber, Trudeau Corp.’s Flipper 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon “flips over” into various standard measurements, allowing for efficient and space-saving meal preparation. The 4-in-1 spoon features two working ends with four measurements.
View Winner Profile
Silicone Stretch Hot Cooking BandsSilicone Stretch Hot Cooking Bands
After three years in development, Architec has developed a silicone that resists tearing. The Silicone Stretch Hot Cooking Bands stretch to fit all cooking tasks. The bands are reusable up to 100 times and come 25 bands to a package.
Bambu, LLC
Made from organically grown bamboo and combining the style and function of a cooking spoon with a spatula, bambu has created its patented Spoontula, the first utensil of its kind, according to the company.
Trio PeelerTrio Peeler
Prepara’s space-saving Trio Peeler is three peelers in one: hard vegetable, soft vegetable and julienne cut. With three blades constructed of Japanese surgical steel, the Trio features a rotating blade selector at the bottom of the unit. The exterior balances polished white plastic with an ergonomic chocolate rubber grip.
Locking TongsLocking Tongs
Rosle’s Locking Tongs, available in 9, 12 or 16 inches, have curved scalloped heads that grip foods and a simple locking mechanism, making them easy to use. The 18/10 stainless steel handles have a soft matte finish, with a high-polish finish on the tong blades.
Kitchenware & Barware
Metrokane, Inc.  Best In Category 
Flip-Top Cocktail ShakerFlip-Top Cocktail Shaker
With a lid that locks closed and a built-in, one-touch strainer, Metrokane’s Flip-Top Cocktail Shaker allows the consumer to shake and pour cocktails with one hand. Created with high-tech sealing materials and double-wall stainless steel, the Flip-Top Cocktail Shaker is dishwasher safe.
View Winner Profile
Metrokane, Inc.
V-Gauge Wine PreserverV-Gauge Wine Preserver
Metrokane’s V-Gauge Wine Preserver goes one step further in the arena of wine preservation with a gauge on the stopper that indicates when the wine being resealed has reached the optimum vacuum state. When the needle moves into the red zone on V-Gauge, the necessary vacuum has been reached.
OXO – Helen of Troy
OXO Food MillOXO Food Mill
Helen of Troy has introduced the OXO Food Mill, which features a stainless steel interior that accommodates hot foods and prevents staining; three stainless steel grinding discs that grind in fine, medium and coarse textures; and three non-slip legs that secure placement over pots and bowls and then fold for easy storage.
Tazo Tea InfuserTazo Tea Infuser
Compact and easy to use, according to the company, the Tazo Tea Infuser was designed for “tea on the run.” The tea basket holds bagged or loose tea and the clear, high-impact plastic allows the consumer to see the tea color and control flavor strength. The lid was designed to seal the drink-through opening and flip out of the way for drinking.
Chef’s Center Cookbook HolderChef’s Center Cookbook Holder
The Chef’s Center Cookbook Holder from Prepara comes complete with a splashguard screen to protect from spills and splatters, as well as a fully rotatable base with sure-footed pads for stability that accommodates all size cookbooks. A pull-out drawer with a weights and measurements chart is also included.
Lighting & Home Décor and Outdoor Living
Outset, Inc.  Best In Category 
Magnetic Light for BBQ ToolsMagnetic Light for BBQ Tools
The patent-pending Magnetic Light for BBQ Tools from Outset attaches to most BBQ tools with a strong stay-put magnet to illuminate nighttime grilling. The light contains three LED bulbs and can swivel in any direction for full range of motion.
View Winner Profile
Anji Mountain Bamboo RUG CO.
Bamboo Shag Area RugBamboo Shag Area Rug
Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co.’s Bamboo Shag Rugs feature a dense woven yarn made from 80% renewable bamboo and 20% cotton, with a 100% cotton backing. While the bamboo rug looks, feels and wears like a traditional shag rug, bamboo fiber is naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and odor-resistant. The rugs come in five colors and two sizes.
Knoend, LLC
Designed with no need for packaging, the multi-functional Lite2go can be used as a hanging or table lamp. A CFL bulb is included, protected in the coils of the electric cord. No adhesives are used, and minimal assembly is required. Instructions and label are printed with soy inks on post-consumer recycled paper.
Polder, Inc.
Indoor/Outdoor Waste CanIndoor/Outdoor Waste Can
The WB-1717 Indoor/Outdoor Waste Can from Polder, Inc. offers the high-end grill cook a rust-resistant stainless steel, 16-gallon trash can with inner and outer locking lids for double security, an 11-inch opening for scraping large plates into the trash and a convenient lid hanger.
The Frank Group
WaveBox Portable MicrowaveWaveBox Portable Microwave
Powered by AC, DC or through the power outlet in the car, at only 14 pounds, the WaveBox portable microwave oven is compact, rugged and easy to tote. Three power options and an integrated cooler make the WaveBox ideal for cooking on the go.
Personal Care/Health Care and Garment Care Electrics
Revlon Inc.  Best In Category 
Expert Effect All-Around Pumice StoneExpert Effect All-Around Pumice Stone
Revlon’s Expert Effect All-Around Pumice Stone is shaped to mirror the contours of the body. With a non-slip grip designed to be held in a power grip rather than a precision grip, the All-Around Pumice Stone creates less strain in the user’s hand, according to the company.
View Winner Profile
Helen Of Troy, L.P.
Bed Head Light Me Up! 1875W Pulsating DryerBed Head Light Me Up! 1875W Pulsating Dryer
Developed with a patented ion air delivery system designed to reduce drying and styling time, Helen of Troy’s Bed Head-branded Light Me Up! 1875-Watt Pulsating Hair Dryer utilizes a tourmaline ionic technology that, according to the company, helps condition hair and reduces frizz. The hair dryer also includes a pulsating button that releases fast bursts of air that lift hair at its root to add volume.
Human Touch
HT-1470 Advanced Back Massage PadHT-1470 Advanced Back Massage Pad
The Human Touch HT-1470 Advanced Back Massage Pad provides targeted massage from the lower back through the shoulders with its extended quad-point rolling and kneading massage. The portable massage pad, which turns any seat into a massage chair, includes a built-in heat function and memory foam for maximum comfort.
Revlon Inc.
Platinum TweezersPlatinum Tweezers
Ergonomic design and engineering provide accuracy and control for Revlon’s Platinum Tweezers. Non-slip grips support the fingers, and specially engineered tips with a 45-degree angle reach elusive hairs. A wider, textured grip accommodates long fingernails and different hand sizes, and the contoured slope at the back-end of the tweezers stabilizes the device.
Revlon Inc.
Polish Prep Nail SmootherPolish Prep Nail Smoother
The Polish Prep Nail Smoother from Revlon prepares nails before polish application. With a double-sided design— one side smoothes and evens nail beds while the other refines and primes nails for polish— and a grip that fits a wide range of hand sizes, the unit’s flat and concave smoothing surfaces are effective for all nail shapes.
Bambu, LLC  Best In Category 
Bambu KIDS Baby UtensilsBambu KIDS Baby Utensils
Sized and shaped for small hands and mouths, bambu’s KIDS baby utensils offer an alternative to plastic. Made from certified organically grown bamboo, KIDS utensils are food-safe, durable, lightweight and dishwasher-safe.
View Winner Profile
Bodum USA Inc.
Bistro Double Wall Glass LineBistro Double Wall Glass Line
Bodum’s Bistro double-wall glass collection was created to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Available in seven sizes— four with handles, three without— and manufactured with borosilicate glass, which is known for its insulating qualities, the line is designed for everyday use and a range of drinks, with a special double wall glass thermal effect.
Kuhn Rikon Corp.
Vase Oil & Vinegar CruetVase Oil & Vinegar Cruet
The oil and vinegar in Kuhn Rikon’s Vase Oil & Vinegar Cruet are separated by an acrylic wall. A single spout at the top can be turned to either the oil or vinegar side for pouring, and a plastic perforated cover beneath the spout ensures the oil and vinegar are dispensed slowly. When not in use, the spout can be placed in the middle to prevent spilling.
Lifetime Brands Inc.
Barren 20-Piece Flatware SetBarren 20-Piece Flatware Set
With the diner’s comfort as design motivation, Barren flatware, created by Lifetime Brands for Towle, is crafted from 18/10 stainless steel. Utensils in the Barren collection have handles that are broad at the top and delicate at the neck. On the fork, the portion above the tines is wide and curves inward; the spoons boast deep, ladle-like bowls; and the knife rests on a tripod so the blade doesn’t touch the table. The classic, contemporary styling blends with any décor.
Prodyne Enterprises Inc.
Cold Bowl On IceCold Bowl On Ice
The Cold Bowl On Ice from Prodyne keeps salads, fruit and appetizers chilled and fresh. This large acrylic bowl has an open base that can be filled with ice and a removable vented grate that allows the coldness of the ice to pass through to food without food becoming soggy. A divider that can create four sections and a built-in dip cup round out the bowl’s versatility, and a clear acrylic dome protects food and keeps it cold.