major trends emerged from the International Home &
Housewares Show, which packed more than 6,000 people
from 100-plus countries into Chicago recently.
water, multitasking and color were reflected in
everything from blenders to filtration systems, from
cookware to spatulas.
understanding that products will do even more — could
be viewed across all areas of the show.
overall theme was a consumer-facing goal of ‘Make my
day or change my life; save me 10 minutes or save me 10
bucks,’" said Patrick Spear, president and CEO of
the Global Market Development Center, based in Colorado
are decidedly innovating products that are skewed toward
being simple yet exceptional when it came to integration
into the consumer’s lifestyle."
item was expected to do more than ever before, including
the microwave, which isn’t just for reheating
Joseph’s M-Cuisine products (starts at $12 at
josephjoseph.com) included a stackable four-piece
cooking set that cooks bacon in the microwave, and it
also has products for microwaving pasta, poaching eggs
and cooking rice in America’s favorite appliance.
started seeing a lot of multifunction products, products
that can do more than one thing," said Lisa Casey
Weiss, lifestyle consultant for the International
Housewares Association, based in Rosemont, Ill.
has the 10-in-1 Multi-Function Robotic Cooker ($149.99
at amazon.com), which can steam, grill, bake, pan fry,
stew, slow cook, roast, make sauces and more using a
"robot" that automatically stirs and moves air
throughout, so the food cooks evenly.
into the clean living, multitasking trend were products
designed to do more while taking up a smaller footprint.
presented a mini stand mixer (expected in June from
national retailers for $399.99) with a smaller
footprint, designed for a customer with a smaller
the Flint, Mich., water crisis not far from many minds,
it was hard not to step more than a few feet without
landing on another water bottle or water filtration
of the biggest trends that we saw at the show this year
is the concept of healthy living — not just healthy
cooking, which is also very important," Weiss said.
"We saw an increase of air purifiers and an
increase in a variety of different water-purification
example, Aquarius Brands created the AquaBoy Pro II
(available at the beginning of June for $1,849 from
national retailers), which draws humidity from the air
and processes it through a seven-step filtration system
and turns it into drinking water.
seen an increase in water bottles, water filtration,
infused water — a whole category of providing safe
drinking water for the family, which ties into whole
healthy living," Weiss said.
safe drinking on the go, the Aquasana Filter Water
Bottle ($29.99 at aquasana.com) has a replaceable $15
filter that removes more than 99 percent of bacteria,
lead, chlorine, cryptosporidium and giardia.
bottles catered to every need in the market, from
filtered water to flavored water.
Eva Solo’s My Flavor Carafe ($56 at evasolo.com)
allows beverage drinkers to customize drinks quickly and
easily with fruits and vegetables, Spear said.
colors were hard to miss at the show — from small
kitchen appliances to garbage cans. Those shopping for
new housewares this spring can expect to be bombarded
with colorful products.
the economy wasn’t doing as well, people were shopping
for neutral colors because they weren’t planning to
replace their appliances anytime soon, Weiss said.
days appear to be over for now.
pink and blue are emerging as the new hot colors, though
deep red and other bolder colors are also very trendy.
brand Sencor (sencor.eu) released an entire line of
small kitchen appliances (starting at $34.95, available
in a few weeks at Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy) ranging
from hand mixers to electric kettles to kitchen scales
and stand mixers — all in pastel colors.
the economy is doing better, (designers are) more apt to
put colors into appliances, because they know that, in a
few years, (consumers) can replace them," Weiss