Once again the?International Home and Housewares Show proved to be THE destination for those looking for the latest and greatest in?consumer lifestyle and product trends. We hit the ground running, pouring over 13 miles of aisles of 21,000 exhibitors over the event’s four days. From 3D printer?pancake makers, to the Guinness world record for largest measuring cup, the 2015 Home and Housewares show certainly did not disappoint.
Here’s our pick of different trends we saw across several categories:
Smartphone or Bluetooth Enabled Kitchen Appliances
As your home, car and mobile devices get progressively smarter, why shouldn’t your kitchen? Several companies debuted impressive app and bluetooth-enabled appliances at this year’s Home and Housewares show, promising to make?life in the kitchen a little easier.
Black and Decker announced it will be rolling out several Wi-Fi-enabled appliances including a coffeepot that can be synced to your alarm, snooze button included.?Another is an indoor electric grill including a temperature probe and smartphone allowing you to customize the doneness of your meat and alert you when it’s ready. They hope to have it available in retail by Christmas.
Blendtec made quite a splash with the introduction of the new?Blendtec Connect Food Prep System, a Bluetooth-connected collection of appliances promising?to simplify the process of mixing and blending a variety of foods and drinks. The app takes the user through?each step of a recipe and sends custom instructions from the selected recipe to each appliance.?The assortment includes the Connect App, Connect Blender, Connect Scale and Connect Mixer, the latter three of which are equipped with Bluetooth technology. This allows the units to communicate with the company?s app when downloaded to a smartphone or tablet.
Attractive Home Organization
A home can never be too organized. This statement was certainly validated at this year’s Home and Housewares show with an abundance of supremely functional and attractive organization products.
Known for their clever silicone holsters for hair styling tools, crafting and kitchen and bath accessories, Holster brands debuted their?new brand, the Lil’ Holster, at this years Home and Housewares show. Similar in style and function to its parent brands, the new silicone holder is intended for smaller household objects, such as kitchen sponges, hair brushes, bath soaps, razors, glasses, keys, and even TV remotes.
Another notable product, and winner of the Innovation Award in storage and organization, was YouCopia’s StoraStack,?a simple adjustable device that holds plastic food containers and lids in kitchen drawers.
Farm-to-Table and DIY?Kitchen Appliances
As the farm-to-table, DIY and ingredients with integrity trend continues to pervade the restaurant industry, it’s making its way into home kitchens as well. From pressed olive oil to veggie spaghetti, this year’s housewares show was no stranger to kitchen appliances promising?to expedite and simplify from-scratch recipes staples.
Progressive International showcased their fresh butter maker, a nifty contraption that churns heavy whipping cream for about 10 minutes to produce fresh, creamy butter. The device also allows you to adds herbs and other ingredients during churning for a naturally flavored alternative.
KitchenAid announced a new Spiralizer attachment for their line of popular Stand Mixers which originally debuted at the Home and Housewares Show in 1955. Sixty years later, the new attachment includes five blades to make?spiraling, slicing, peeling and coring fruits and vegetables a breeze.
Lastly, Stratus Investments, a private equity firm and business incubator debuted Olive X-Press, the world’s first and only kitchen olive oil press. The sleek countertop gadget makes 500ml of olive oil from whole olives in just 5 minutes and promises to produce high quality, all natural, pure cold-pressed olive oil for consumer use all year round.
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