The winners of the 2018 Housewares Design Awards were presented Tuesday evening, January 30, during a ceremony at the Las Vegas Market.
Eleven “Best in Category” and three “Best of the Best” winners were presented from 55 finalists.
Best of the Best “Gold” went to Blueair for the Blue Pure 411 air cleaner; “Silver” went to Philips Lighting for the SceneSwitch LED light bulb; and “Bronze” went to Braun for the MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender.
2018 Housewares Design Awards Best in Category winners and finalists in each category are:
Cookware & Bakeware: Emile Henry, Soup Pot
Countertop Cooking & Beverage Appliances: Jura Inc., Jura J6
Countertop Food Prep Appliances: Braun, Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender
Countertop Kitchenware: Botto Design LLC, ½ Smart Storage System
Cutlery & Cutting Tools: Wüsthof, Classic 4.5-inch Asian Utility Knife
Gadgets & Kitchen Tools: Bradshaw International, GoodCook Touch Ice Cube Tray
Home & Outdoor Décor: Philips Lighting, Philips SceneSwitch LED light bulb
Home Environment & Floor Care Appliances: Blueair, Blue Pure 411 air cleaner
Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning: Oxo International Ltd., Aluminum 3 Tier Shower Caddy
Personal, Health & Garment Care: Pretika Corporation, Pretika Shiatsu Foot Massager with Thermal Technology
Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware: Zoku, LLC, Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle
In addition to these awards, iRobot received the inaugural “Smart” Home Award for its Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum. Launched this year, the “Smart” Award spotlights products that control, automate and optimize typical product utility and function using connectivity and integrated programming.
The 2nd annual “Design Influencer of the Year” award was presented to leading e-commerce innovator The Grommet, with Joanne Domeniconi, co-founder and chief discovery officer, accepting.
Winning products were selected by an independent panel of design and merchandising experts who conducted hands-on testing of hundreds of products in 11 categories. Criteria included: appropriate aesthetics; innovative materials and technology; user benefits (i.e., performance, comfort, ease of use, safety); and marketability in making their determination.
The 2018 Housewares Design Awards Celebration was presented by HomeWorld Business, hosted by Las Vegas Market and sponsored by Whitford Corporation.