Small household appliances remain hot as the holiday shopping season continues, according to figures from the NPD Group.
iRobot has rolled out its new Roomba i7+ robotic vacuum with clean base automatic dirt disposal, and the Roomba e5 robotic vacuum.
Neato has launched two new Botvac Connected robotic vacuum models and expanded the functionality of its Botvac D7 robotic vacuum at the recent IFA show in Berlin.
Electrolux has divested its U.S.-based commercial and central vacuum cleaner businesses in North America, including the brands Sanitaire and Beam. The company said the decision is in line with the strategy of its business area Home Care & SDA to focus on global brands and product categories.
iRobot Corp. said it has reached a confidential agreement with Black & Decker regarding a patent infringement suit. In April, the company took legal action against five floor care suppliers, claiming that each of the companies had used its patented technology without permission.
While smart home appliances continue to enter the market, concerns over security and privacy have not waned. The latest example of smart home vulnerabilities within the housewares industry involved LG Electronics’ robotic vacuums and other smart home appliances.