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Cooking Electrics
Jura Capresso, Inc.  Best In Category 
ENA 5 Automatic Coffee Center ENA 5 Automatic Coffee Center
The Jura-Capresso ENA offers single-button operation and energy-saving features— a patent-pending Smart Zero Energy Button ensures the machine draws no energy when turned off but still plugged in. It can also be switched to Energy Save Standby Mode when used infrequently.
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Bosch
Tassimo by Bosch Tassimo by Bosch
Bosch Home Appliances and Kraft offer the single-serve Tassimo hot beverage system, which brews more than 40 premium coffeehouse-quality beverages using T DISC technology, ensuring that brew temperature and water amount are automatically adjusted for the perfect cup.
EdgeCraft Corp.
Chef’sChoice SmartKettle Cordless Electric Kettle 688 Chef’sChoice SmartKettle Cordless Electric Kettle 688
The Chef’sChoice SmartKettle heats water using less than half the energy of a stovetop kettle or electric stove, and in less time, according to EdgeCraft. Designed in stainless steel, the kettle has a “Keep Warm” feature and swivels 360 degrees for left- or right-handed use.
Fagor America Inc.
Portable Induction Cooktop Portable Induction Cooktop
The Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop has been designed with a Eurokera ceramic glass top and stainless steel trim. It features a built-in countdown digital timer up to 180 minutes, digital touch control panel, six power levels, child safety lock and auto shut off.
Meyer Corporation
Fine T Gourmet Tea Machine Fine T Gourmet Tea Machine
The Fine T electric tea maker automatically controls time and temperature, and is designed to brew up to four cups of tea using loose leaves. Among its key features is seven distinct tea settings that match the tea being used to its ideal water temperature and infusion time.
Cookware & Bakeware
World Kitchen LLC  Best In Category 
CorningWare SimplyLite Glass Bakeware CorningWare SimplyLite Glass Bakeware
CorningWare’s SimplyLite is made of Vitrelleglass laminate, a proprietary material with a durability exceeding any single-layer glass composition, the company said. SimplyLite was designed to deliver the performance of ceramic bakeware at half the weight of stoneware.
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Copco, a division of Wilton Industries Inc.
Mario Batali Piastra Italian Grilling Stone Mario Batali Piastra Italian Grilling Stone
Mario Batali Piastra by Copco is crafted from granite that can withstand the heat and flames from outdoor grills, according to Copco. The even-heat flat surface sears flavor into seafood and meats. The stone fits on all grills, with room for main course and side dish preparation.
Fissler USA
Blue Point Pressure Pan Set Blue Point Pressure Pan Set
The UL-listed Blue Point Pressure Pan combines technology and design with multiple safety mechanisms including an automatic pressure valve, large indicator rod and Novogrill interior. This pan set grills, sears, fries, sautés, steams, braises and pressure cooks.
HWI USA
Scanpan Professional 12-inch Sauté Pan with Lid Scanpan Professional 12-inch Sauté Pan with Lid
The Scanpan Professional Sauté Pan features a patented ceramic titanium non-stick surface that can tolerate any utensil, even metal, according to HWI. It’s environmentally friendly and PFOA-free, with a “Green Tek” surface, and recycled squeeze cast aluminum base.
Regal Ware Inc.
American Kitchen Cookware 10-piece Set American Kitchen Cookware 10-piece Set
American Kitchen Cookware is made of high-quality stainless steel with an impact-bonded aluminum core base for superior heat conductivity. Its Eco-Satin non-stick interior is environmentally friendly, and the cookware sports brushed satin exteriors and cast stainless steel handles.
Cutlery
Wusthof-Trident of America Inc.  Best In Category 
Classic 8-inch Panini Knife Classic 8-inch Panini Knife
Wüsthof’s Classic Panini knife features a razor-sharp serrated blade forged from high carbon, stain-resistant steel, which was designed to move effortlessly through hard crusts without compressing delicate fillings, said the company. The contoured, offset handle provides clearance for knuckles while ensuring leverage with each slice.
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Calphalon Corp.
LX Series 15-piece Set LX Series 15-piece Set
Calphalon LX Cutlery features handles styled with a slight contour for comfort and traditional blade shapes with a slight edginess. The block is made from dark-stained Burmese walnut with an inlaid stainless steel fascia and logo plaque.
DKB Household USA Corp.
Zyliss Herb Snippers Zyliss Herb Snippers
The Zyliss Herb Snippers have a stem stripper integrated into the handle for rosemary and thyme. Fitted with soft touch, non-slip grip handles and precision blades, these colorful scissors can be used for delicate jobs around the kitchen, house or garden.
Victorinox Swiss Army
Precise Slice Knife Precise Slice Knife
The Precise Slice Knife by Victorinox has an adjustable slicing size to provide even cuts for breads meats and vegetables. It features right-hand and left-hand orientations.
Wusthof-Trident of America Inc.
Classic 8-inch Hollow Edge Offset Slicing Knife Classic 8-inch Hollow Edge Offset Slicing Knife
Wüsthof’s Classic knives are hand-forged by skilled craftsmen in Germany. The offset slicing knife has a raised handle; high carbon, stain-resistant steel blade; and hollow ground edge to prevent food from sticking to the blade while cutting.
Floor Care Electrics
Dyson Inc.  Best In Category    Silver Medal Recipient 
Dyson DC24 Dyson DC24
The Dyson DC24, at 11.6 pounds, carries its motor inside an ultra lightweight ball, giving the machine a low center of gravity and extended turning radius. The quick-draw Telescope Reach reversible wand instantly releases and extends to clean awkward areas.
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Bissell Homecare Inc.
Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum
The new Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum is designed for the unique cleaning needs of today’s active pet owners. A flexible rubber contour nozzle bends and flexes to pull out dirt and hair in problem areas, while a hard nozzle picks up larger debris.
HAAN Corp.
Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer
The Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer uses steam, emitted through 15 jets, to sanitize sealed hard surface floors. A low profile head gets into small spaces.
HAAN Corp.
Steam Machine II Steam Machine II
The HAAN Steam Machine II Multi-Function Steamer sanitizes surfaces— hard and soft— using only clean water. The lightweight canister has onboard attachments, and a flexible hose features a handle with fingertip controls to lock into any of the included attachments.
Hoover
Platinum Collection Cordless Hand Vacuum Platinum Collection Cordless Hand Vacuum
The Platinum Collection Cordless Hand Vac uses lithium-Ion battery technology to maintain constant power and performance during cleaning. An integrated 2-in-1 dust brush and crevice tool and an ergonomic design round out this vac.
Food Preparation Electrics
Component Design Northwest Inc.  Best In Category 
Dual-Sensing Probe Thermometer/Timer Dual-Sensing Probe Thermometer/Timer
CDN’s Dual-Sensing Probe Thermometer/Timer is the first in the line to measure the temperature of the oven and the temperature of the food being cooked, helping to ensure efficient cooking, flavorful results and food safety.
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Focus Electrics, LLC
Back to Basics Gourmet Treat Dipper Back to Basics Gourmet Treat Dipper
The Gourmet Treat Dipper dessert appliance is sized to make gourmet-dipped desserts using common baking products. The electric warming unit comes with a stoneware insert and glass lid, and can hold a 14-oz. bag of caramels or 12-oz. bag of chocolate chips.
Kitchen Resource
Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine
The Universal Plus Kitchen Machine sports the first complete cosmetic change for a Bosch mixer in over 20 years. It features an innovative dough hook designed to replicate hand kneading with 100% gluten development in minimal time.
Smith Abrasives Inc.
Diamond Edge Gourmet Electric Knife & Scissors Sharpener Diamond Edge Gourmet Electric Knife & Scissors Sharpener
The Diamond Edge Gourmet Electric Knife & Scissors Sharpener offers electric and manual sharpening in one product. The unit features interlocking diamond-coated wheels that sharpen both sides of the blade at the same time and a finishing slot for polishing.
Wusthof-Trident of America Inc.
Precision Edge Electric Knife Sharpener Precision Edge Electric Knife Sharpener
Featuring coarse and fine interlocking diamond sharpening wheels, the Wüsthof Precision Edge Diamond Electric Sharpener sharpens both sides of a knife at the same time. The Precision Edge has a stainless steel housing and an ergonomic design for easy use.
Furniture
Meco Corp.  Best In Category 
Nichola Collection - Folding Table and Chairs Nichola Collection - Folding Table and Chairs
The Nichola Table and Chairs were designed to give the appearance of stationary furniture, not typical folding furniture with which consumers are familiar. The pieces set up quickly with no assembly required and fold flat for easy storage.
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Avenue Six
Main Street Chair Main Street Chair
The Main Street Chair features an innovative ready-to-assemble design, a kiln-dried inner frame, high-density foam and coil springs. It is finished in a fitted easy-care fabric in a choice of Seaweed or Cream with oval-shaped button back detail, and wood accents in espresso.
Avenue Six
Wall Street 56-inch Plasma Stand Wall Street 56-inch Plasma Stand
The Wall Street 56-inch Plasma Stand is contemporary with an espresso-finish wood veneer and polished stainless steel frame accents. It also features cabinets with cord management, an upper shelf to accommodate flat screens up to 50 inches and space for components.
Panasonic
Urban Collection Massage Chair Urban Collection Massage Chair
The Urban Collection Massage Chair features advanced Swedish massage combined with new “Chiropractic” techniques for more muscle relaxation. It is said to offer 267 square inches of massage, with Hawaiian and Chiro massage modes.
Whalen Furniture
Bayside/VI3IN1C Bayside/VI3IN1C
The 3-in-1 patent-pending Bayside system is designed to provide three flat panel TV mounting solutions— on a swinging swivel floater, on the wall above the console, or on the console. Bayside has a powder-coated steel frame, and cherry and smoked glass accents.
Home Environment Electrics
Envion, LLC  Best In Category 
Humidiheat Humidiheat
Humidiheat is a 2-in-1 heater/humidifier that pumps moisture into the air as it heats. A 2.2-gallon-per-24-hour output was designed for less frequent filling. Antimicrobial technology prevents bacteria and germ growth, and the unit rinses for filterless operation.
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Cuisinart
CleanWater Countertop Filtration System CleanWater Countertop Filtration System
The Cuisinart CleanWater Countertop Filtration System has a 2-gallon capacity and dispenses hot, cold or room-temperature filtered water. Each NSF-certified filter has an average life of 80 gallons, which will last three to four months on average, said the company.
Hunter Fan Co.
Illumi-Heat Illumi-Heat
Illumi-Heat is a semi-flush ceiling light with a built-in heater option. The product’s heating element is completely concealed, and heat and light are operated via wall switch or remote control. The light features a two-wire system for easy installation.
Plaston International Corporation
Air-O-Swiss AOS E2441 Evaporator Air-O-Swiss AOS E2441 Evaporator
The Air-O-Swiss humidifier is a self-regulating evaporative humidifier with no need for additional control units. It can be filled from the top and includes patented Ionic Silver Stick to prevent microbial growth in the water. A visible float indicates when water level is full or empty.
Winix Inc.
Kenmore Elite Dehumidifier Kenmore Elite Dehumidifier
The Kenmore Elite Dehumidifier with Wireless Remote Monitoring Station observes the humidity and temperature levels from as far away as 330 feet and offers three options for water removal, including a pump that allows users to drain water up to 15 feet above the unit.
Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning Products
Oxo  Best In Category 
Oxo Good Grips MagTacks Oxo Good Grips MagTacks
The Oxo Good Grips MagTack is a magnet and pushpin in one. Users press the pin of the MagTack into a board and put photos and more between the cap magnets. Both magnet and tack have non-slip grips, and when not in use, the pin stores safely inside the magnetic cap.
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Honey-Can-Do International LLC
Folding Tabletop Ironing Board Folding Tabletop Ironing Board
This folding tabletop ironing board offers functionality combined with a compact design geared for travel, dorm rooms and more. The board features legs to allow sleeves and pants legs to hang freely. An iron rest offers safety and prevents damage to garments and tabletop.
HPI International Sales
Homz Closet Storage Boxes with Easy-Access Door Homz Closet Storage Boxes with Easy-Access Door
Homz clear storage boxes with easy-access doors come in bedding and tall garment size, both with clear plastic drop-down front doors to add or remove contents. The units are sized to fit on shelves and are modular and stackable with Homz traditional closet storage boxes.
Jifram Extrusions, Inc.
Easy-Hang Hanger Mates Easy-Hang Hanger Mates
Jifram’s Hanger Mates snap on to any plastic hangers and feature gently curved bars with textured ribs to hold clothing securely without creases. Sturdy bars add strength to plastic hangers for heavy items such as leather coats, tablecloths and outerwear.
Neatfreak
Double Bar Garment Rack with Shelf Double Bar Garment Rack with Shelf
Featuring a unique X-structure to allow for greater stability and overall rigidity for heavyweight loads, according to NeatFreak, the Xtra-large garment rack frame offers high-load capacity thanks to a double bar configuration and extendable sidebars.
Kitchen Hand Tools
Microplane  Best In Category    Gold Medal Recipient 
Box Grater Box Grater
Microplane’s all-in-one box grater features a soft-grip, ergonomic handle and rubber footing to ensure comfort and stability. Designed to grate in both directions, the box grater is reportedly non-clogging and features a removable cutting blade for easy access and cleaning.
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DKB Household USA Corp.
Zyliss Battery Operated Multipeeler Zyliss Battery Operated Multipeeler
With an electric motor that rotates at 8,000 rpm to power two micro-serrated blades, the Zyliss Multipeeler can be used by those with limited hand mobility and can be used safely by cooks of all ages, according to the company.
Fiesta Products
Head Chefs Head Chefs
Vibrantly colored Head Chefs kids’ cooking tools feature bendable arms and legs, suction-cup feet and soft silicone bodies. The fully functional, professional-quality kitchen tool line includes spoon, pastry brush, spatula, whisk and measuring cup.
Focus Products Group LLC
Amco Dial-A-Slice Amco Dial-A-Slice
The Dial-a-Slice allows users to slice eight thick apple wedges for healthy snacking or 16 thin slices for preparing apple pies, tarts and cobblers. A simple pull and twist of the base reveals eight or 16 stainless steel blades; each unit comes with a plastic cover for safe storage.
Wilton Products Inc.
Baker’s Pastry Blender Baker’s Pastry Blender
This classic pastry blender has alternating thick and thin wires to cut, blend and sift butter and flour into pastry and pie doughs. The blender has an ergonomic non-slip grip and a patent pending cleaning clip that slides along the wires to dislodge butter and dough.
Kitchenware & Barware
Oxo  Best In Category    Bronze Medal Recipient 
Oxo Good Grips POP Container Oxo Good Grips POP Container
Oxo designed its Good Grips POP Containers to keep dry foods fresh, said the company. POP Containers are airtight, stackable and space-efficient, and have a push-button mechanism that creates an airtight seal with just one touch. The button also serves as a handle.
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Filter Chef Inc.
FilterChef-Mini FilterChef-Mini
The FilterChef-Mini is a stainless steel and nylon canister that lets users filter the larger particles out of bacon grease so they can use the filtered grease in other recipes. The FilterChef-Mini comes with a Mini-Recipe book featuring numerous ideas for reusing bacon drippings.
Fusionbrands Inc.
IceOrb IceOrb
The IceOrb vertical ice tray makes, chills, serves and stores ice in one spill-proof device. Users fill the outside chamber with water to the fill line, insert the bucket, put the lid on and freeze. The lid can be used under the orb while serving to catch condensation.
iSi North America Inc.
iSi Basics Flex-it Measuring Cups iSi Basics Flex-it Measuring Cups
The iSi Basics Flex~it Measuring Cups feature a flexible silicone rim, allowing the cup to be formed into a spout when squeezed. The translucent cups are made of flexible, heat-resistant silicone and can be used for wet or dry ingredients.
New Metro Design LLC
BeaterBlade+ BeaterBlade+
BeaterBlade+ beats, scrapes, folds and mixes ingredients in KitchenAid, Cuisinart & Viking stand mixers. New Metro Design said the BeaterBlade+ eliminates hand-scraping and batter build-up and thoroughly incorporates ingredients for more efficient mixing and baking.
Lighting & Home Décor and Outdoor Living
Casabella Holdings, LLC  Best In Category 
Outdoor Grip Lawn Rake Outdoor Grip Lawn Rake
This larger version of Casabella’s Grip Garden Rake also has a built-in grip in the head that allows easy scooping of leaves and debris after raking. The extra-wide head and strong, flexible tines are designed for efficient clean-up, according to Casabella.
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Companion Group
Stainless V-Shaped Smoker Box for Gas Grills Stainless V-Shaped Smoker Box for Gas Grills
Companion Group’s Stainless V-Shaped Smoker is designed to fit between the flame deflection bars on most gas grills, turning a gas barbecue into a smoker for a “true barbecue smoke flavor” usually only attainable on charcoal grills, said the company.
Companion Group
Stainless Steel and Rosewood Dual Handle Monster Stainless Steel and Rosewood Dual Handle Monster
Companion Group said its Dual Handle Monster Grill Brush is for jobs where muscle is needed for barbecue grill cleaning. It comes with a stainless steel head and bristle pad, and rosewood handle. Users can place one hand on each handle to exert additional pressure.
nexxt by Linea
Tate by nexxt Tate by nexxt
Tate by nexxt is a 24-inch-round hanging contemporary mirror with an intersecting display shelf, which can be hung on either side of the mirror to best suit any design space needs. The shelf capacity is 30 pounds. Tate is offered in a wenge color.
Ten Plus Co.
NiteLite Frame NiteLite Frame
The NiteLite Frame is a 5/8-inch-deep shadow box with a battery-operated light feature. It can be hung vertically or horizontally and includes a photo frame, nightlight with motion sensor and memorabilia frame.
Personal Care/Health Care and Garment Care Electrics
VIOlight Inc.  Best In Category 
ZAPI UV Toothbrush Sanitizer ZAPI UV Toothbrush Sanitizer
The egg-shaped ZAPI stores and sanitizes a single toothbrush and is designed to “rock” when touched via a non-slip weighted bottom. Proven germicidal ultraviolet technology destroys 99.9% of germs it comes into contact with on toothbrush heads, said the company.
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Leifheit International USA Inc.
Soehnle Slim FT5 Body Balance Scale Soehnle Slim FT5 Body Balance Scale
The Slim FT5 utilizes advanced Bio-Impedance Analysis to calculate each body value. It also offers a trend analysis for weight, fat, water, muscle mass and calorie consumption. An “Athlete’s Mode” setting can be used to customize readings to personal athletic fitness levels.
Panasonic
Arc 4 Nanotech Shaver Arc 4 Nanotech Shaver
The Arc IV features four nanotech blades on indepent floating heads, which provide a broader cutting surface and follow facial contours, said the company. The Arc IV also has wet/dry capabilities and an LCD display indicating cleaning needs and battery charge level.
Pretika Corporation
SonicDermabrasion Facial Brush SonicDermabrasion Facial Brush
The SonicDermabrasion facial brush has an ergonomic design with non-slip comfort grips and adjustable power levels. According to Pretike, the non-porous, bacteria-resistant microfiber bristle brush heads remove dead skin cells and help to regenerate new cells.
simplehuman
Touch-Free Spout Sensor Soap Pump Touch-Free Spout Sensor Soap Pump
The Spout Sensor soap pump is sensor-activated and dispenses soap touch-free. It has an elongated spout and four volume settings, which allow the pump to dispense preset amounts. An automatic on/off switch ensures the pump won’t accidentally trigger.
Tabletop
Bodum USA Inc.  Best In Category 
Biasca Ice Tea Jug Biasca Ice Tea Jug
The Biasca Iced Tea Jug by Bodum features a filter integrated into the lid to keep tea leaves in the jug when pouring. The lid then sits tightly on the jug to store beverages. The Biasca is made of heat-resistant, ultra-light borosilicate glass.
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Anchor Hocking Glass
Presence 4-in-1 2-pc. Set Presence 4-in-1 2-pc. Set
Anchor Hocking’s handsome 4-in-1 Cake Set comes with two pieces, a footed cake plate and a domed lid. From just two pieces, four unique configurations are possible: the product can serve as a chip & dip set, punch bowl or a footed serving dish.
Bodum USA Inc.
Presso Cafetiere French Press Presso Cafetiere French Press
The Presso French Press features an integrated stainless steel coffee filter and an outer casing protecting the glass beaker within. Its body is made of heat-resistant, ultra-light borosilicate glass and it has a safety lid, which prevents liquids from squirting from the pot.
Bodum USA Inc.
Presso Double Wall Glass Presso Double Wall Glass
The Presso cup from Bodum is made from borosilicate glass and features a silicone band around the glass for a firm grip. The cup’s insulating properties keep hot beverages hot and cold drinks cold, while the double wall design prevents condensation, said the company.
Calphalon Corp.
Reflections Metal Serveware Reflections Metal Serveware
Calphalon Reflections Metal Serveware is made of a food-safe aluminum alloy that can be used in the freezer, refrigerator, oven and under the broiler, according to the company. The material aids in insulating heat or chill to keep foods hot or cold for longer periods.
Green House Awards
Cuisinart  Best In Category    Greenhouse Award Winner 
CleanWater Countertop Filtration System CleanWater Countertop Filtration System
The Cuisinart CleanWater Countertop Filtration System has a 2-gallon capacity and dispenses hot, cold or room-temperature filtered water. Each NSF-certified filter has an average life of 80 gallons, which will last three to four months on average, said the company.
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NatureMill Inc.  Best In Category    Greenhouse Award Winner 
NatureMill PRO NatureMill PRO
NatureMill Inc. has developed what is reportedly the first and only fully automatic indoor home composter. Designed to be used indoors, NatureMill mixes and heats its contents continuously, and includes a powerful carbon filter to remove odor. Compost is ready every two weeks. The product itself is energy-efficient and made from recycled and recyclable materials. Its construction allows for maximum heat insulation and it uses less than five watts of power, costing just .50 cents per month in electrical costs.
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Preserve  Best In Category    Greenhouse Award Winner 
Preserve Kitchen Preserve Kitchen
This line of nature-inspired kitchenware is made from 100% recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable without disassembly, allowing users to toss them into the recycling bin when done. The line, comprised of colanders, cutting boards, mixing bowls and food storage containers, is dishwasher-safe and designed for easy handling, food transfer, performance, stackability and made in the USA to minimize fuel consumption.
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