The International Housewares Association Inspired Home Show preview offered a view on what’s new for the market and for the upcoming main show as well as lifestyle trends that will help drive business this year.
Wellness was a major theme. Hamilton-Beach, among other products, featured the AquaFusion Water Filtration system in a slim profile to suit narrow spaces. The Blix Smart Food Maker is a machine that pairs with single-serve cups of partially prepared smoothies, soups, spreads and related foods. And the DKB Household USA SpiralSlice cranks out veggie and fruit pasta easily.
Wellness-oriented products that take it on the road include the Crane USA cordless warm and cool mist inhaler, and the sure-grip Grosche International Chicago Travel Infuser Bottle with removable tea and fruit strainer. The GoodCook Touch Digital Folding Thermometer allows consumers to read internal food temperatures. The Revive Vacuum Insulated Tumbler by Host, from True Brands, has flattened sides to make it more secure to hold.
Technology enhanced products at the preview. New smart home-related items included the Micom Toaster Oven ET-ZLC30, the first smart oven for the market in the U.S. from Zojirushi, and an entry incorporating 12 cooking functions as well as an interior that can accommodate a 12 inch pizza or four toast slices. The Bluetooth and WiFi connected Chef iQ Smart Cooker gets operational updates from producer Chefman. The audio-oriented Roq Innovations Drip water bottle features an enclosed compartment that contains earbuds and a powerbank station.
Bamboozle’s Astrik Dry Food Storage Set offers microwavable, dishwasher-safe dry storage products that are biodegradable. Also on the ecological theme, HotSips SingleSips from Brilli Baby arrived as an 8-ounce pre-washed 8-inch hot and cold recyclable straw. The GoSili SiliStraw Reusable Silicone Straw+Tin comes packaged in a container that doubles as a carrying case.
Products that help consumers tackle tasks more easily include the Dbest products Stair Climber Laundry Dolly and the travel-oriented, lightweight Chi Handheld Steamer.
Zavor’s Black LUX LCD MultiCooker functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker, among other things and has 10 cooking functions. The Mealthy CrispLid allows users to convert their 6- or 8-quart pressure cookers into air fryer/dehydrators.
The Robinson Home Products CraftKitchen ExactEdge Knife Block incorporates a sharpening system, and The Cookware Co. designed the GreenPan Levels ceramic non-stick stacking set to be smaller than competitive products. Dexas Composite Cutting Boards combine styling, sharp prices and rubber grips to make them easy to employ, while the Piknik debuts as a stainless steel bowl-shaped hot and cold food container with an available tote bag.