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Mill Heater— International Housewares Show

Whoo! I’m back from Chicago, where I spent one whirlwind day at the International Home + Housewares Show, and man, I saw a lot of stuff. Thousands of exhibitors, sprawled across three halls, showing off the latest and greatest for your home. Stuff for entertaining. Stuff for organizing. One hall was dedicated entirely to things with plugs and buttons, so you know where I hung out most of the day. And while some of the electronics were “smart” (connected or automated in some way), there were plenty of things without plugs that were just as “smart” (cleverly designed with the homeowner in mind).

I was invited to attend the show because I’m going to be writing for the IHA blog, The Inspired Home, which I’m really excited about. There’s so much developing in the world of small appliances— ones that connect to the internet, ones that connect to each other— that it’s an exciting space to explore. I can’t wait to start creating content for them, and to bring you great stories from the world of housewares. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite finds— both high and low tech— from the International Home + Housewares Show. Have a look and let me know what you’re excited about!

High Tech

Keurig Kold International Housewares Show
Keurig Kold

More than a carbonator, the Keurig Kold chills your water, carbonates it, and adds flavors, so it’s as easy to make a single 8 oz. serving of your favorite soda as it is to brew a cup of coffee. Use it to make everything from a flavored water to a Sprite to a cocktail mix.

 

Nespresso Prodigio International Housewares Show
Nespresso Prodigio

Speaking of Coffee, Nespresso levels up with a connected maker. The Prodigio will keep track of your pods and send you an alert when it’s time to order more, and let you start a cup brewing from anywhere, using Nespresso’s app.

 

Bruno Smart Can International Housewares Show
Bruno Smart Can

In the words of SNL’s Stefan, the Bruno Smart Can has everything: A touch-free lid that you open with a wave of your hand, and a vacuum that sucks dirt into the bag inside. You can use regular kitchen bags, but if you use Bruno’s, you’ll be able to order more. It even reminds you to take out the trash on garbage day.

 

Mill Heater— International Housewares Show
Mill Heaters

Tight to the wall and fashioned out of milk glass, Mill’s space heaters are a serious upgrade from a portable radiator or other hot messes (see what I did there?). Love this in a minimalist environment but could see it blending in pretty much anywhere.

 

International Housewares Show Oxo On Digital Immersion Blender
OXO On Digital Mixers

Oxo’s thoughtful design now extends to small appliances. The hand mixer has a light for you to mix by (because most kitchen outlets are under cabinets, where it’s dark), and the immersion blender has a silicone bottom and shaft, so you can move it around and tap it off without scratching or denting your pot.

 

Breo Eye Massager International Housewares Show
Breo Eye Massager

iSee4 Eye Massager adopts intelligent air pressure, vibration, point massage and hot compress massaging technology. Controlled by a micro-computer chip, this wireless digital eye massager rubs, presses, hot compresses, and massages the ocular region to relieve tired eyes.  It comes with a built-in music player with pre-recorded nature sounds to further relax you.

Low Tech

Brabantia Flat Back + International Housewares Show
Brabantia Flat Back+

Um, finally. A garbage can that sits flush against your wall and doesn’t scuff it when you open the lid. Plus it doesn’t close with a thunk and stays open without you having to hold down the pedal.

 

Flint Lint Roller International Housewares Show
Flint

These just stole my heart: Retractable lint rollers in fun colors, that don’t rely on a piece of paper to keep the sticky roll from attaching itself to everything in my laundry room.

 

Joseph Joseph Dial International Housewares Show
Joseph Joseph Dial

Now you won’t have to guess when those leftovers hit the fridge: Set the month and day on the lid of this storage container, and you’ll know when to feast and when to toss.

Dimple Glassware International Housewares Show
Dimple self-chilling glassware

What if the ice wasn’t in your glass, but it was IN your glass? Confused? Dimple’s glasses have chillable inserts that chill your drink from the bottom without diluting it. Simply freeze and insert via a magnet that doubles as a silicone coaster. Things will stay nice and cool for 30 minutes. Cheers.

Thank you to the International Housewares Show for inviting me to Chicago! Stay tuned for more posts about all-things-house!

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Elaine
    March 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Love Love Love your report! Looking forward to more. As for the items mentioned, I really like the trashcan but those are usually quite pricey. Do you anticipate these getting any cheaper? Another favorite of mine is the drink chiller! I tried something like that once but it was a dismal failure. Were you able to check this out and verify it works? Other “gadgets” I liked are the retractable lint rollers and food storage dating (great ideas!)

    • Reply
      Carley Knobloch
      March 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks elaine! the lint roller was fab in person, as was the food storage. Saw the glasses and they look well made but I wasn’t able to test them with a drink inside. And the Bruno smart trash can isn’t quite ready for market, so I was looking at a prototype. Soon, I hope to see the real deal!

  • Reply
    Christine Bastian
    March 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I can shine a little light on the Brabantia trash can. Brabantia is a very old (1919) and established Dutch brand. My mother used it and even my grandmother used it when I started a household Brabantia had become a kind of cult product in the Netherlands, old classic style with a modern touch and a price to go with it. It must be said that a Brabantia was such a high quality it sometimes went from one generation to the next.
    Next to trash cans they make storage for your pantry, kitchen utensils, water cookers, etc.
    Because they are already so expensive in the Netherlands I don’t see them becoming cheaper anytime soon as an export product.

    • Reply
      Carley Knobloch
      March 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Christine, thanks for the history on this!

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      Carley Knobloch
      March 24, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Thanks for all the history, Christine!

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    sky
    March 16, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I love all that you do but I cringe at and can’t support the Keurig Kold. Keurig developed an environmental nightmare with their K-cups. And it looks as if these single serving containers are no less environmentally friendly. Also, did you know that any type,of carbonation in your drink will leach the calcium from your bones? And any amount of flavour will be artificial. Many things to consider for someone looking to hop on the latest and greatest bandwagon. Sounds like a really bad idea all around.

    • Reply
      Carley Knobloch
      March 24, 2016 at 5:28 am

      I appreciate your thoughts on this, Sky.

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