The latest houseware gadgets

March 17, 2009 3:52:28 PM PDT
Make your house chores a cinch!?The latest house wares to simplify your to-do list.

Products featured in this segment:

  1. Sodastream Description: Americans drink an average of 55 billion liters of soda and sparkling water every year - nearly 2,400 cans and bottles for a family of four. But bubbly drinks take a toll on planet Earth. Sodastream, the world leader in make-your-own soda, has introduced four models of soda makers and more than 25 flavors to suit every taste - while eliminating individual soda bottles and cans and helping consumers reduce their environmental impact.
    Where to Buy: Available at www.sodastreamusa.com and select retailers, including Sam's Club, Boater's World, Camping World and Williams-Sonoma.
    MSRP: Four models range in price from around $80 to $200.

  2. Panasonic Prestige Top/Built-in Microwave Oven Description: A leader in microwave technology, the Panasonic Inverter technology distributes microwave energy consistently so that food cooks evenly. It helps delicate foods to simmer without over-cooking the edges and surface, a common problem with microwaves. The Inverter "Turbo Defrost" thaws frozen foods faster. Other cool features include a Menu Action Screen with step-by-step cooking instructions in English, Spanish, or French, a one-touch "Genius" sensor that adjusts power levels and a "Keep Warm" feature that delivers very low power to keep food at a constant temperature without overcooking.
    Where to Buy: Available from Amazon, Abt Electronics, American TV, HH Gregg, and PC Richard and Son.
    Website: http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/learn/Home-Appliances/Microwave-Ovens/whats-hot-inverter-technology.jsp
    MSRP: $239.95

  3. Pyrex metal bakeware, tools/gadgets & cookware
    Description: Can you believe this is Pyrex? It's not just your favorite glass prep, bakeware and storage any more. It's now spanning multiple housewares categories - big news to the housewares industry. There is new Pyrex Metal Bakeware with handles on four sides, portion guides, nesting design and more. The Pyrex Kitchenware is an all-new Pyrex-branded line of 30+ "smart" tools and gadgets. Samples: (1) box grater, (2) measuring cups, and (3) whisk. You'll also be seeing Pyrex Cookware, line of non-stick and stainless cookware. And, Pyrex Ice Cube, all-new line of glass bake, serve and storage dish.
    Where to Buy: http://www.pyrexware.com
    MSRP: New products range from $23 to $50. Sets retail between $180 and $200.

  4. ClearSounds Communications CS1000 Ultra Clear Talking Photo Dial Telephone with Digital Answering Machine
    Description: This new phone from ClearSounds is for home or office, and especially for those with hearing and/or vision loss. Listen up, boomers and seniors! The caller ID tells you not only who is on the phone, but will also vocally announce the name or numbers in a clear voice. The information also appears on a large screen with LCD back light and contrast control. The talking keypad ensures no more misdialing and allows people with low vision to make calls with ease.

    The simple digital answering machine is amplified, so you can finally hear those messages clearly.

    The photo dial buttons are perfect for anyone in making dialing a breeze, and, specifically, ideal for those "senior moments" when we tend to forget numbers and names.
    Where to Buy: http://www.clearsounds.com
    MSRP: $180.00

  5. O-Cedar Microfiber Flip Mop
    Description: Nothing speaks housewares more than a mop, but this isn't just any mop! The O-Cedar Microfiber Flip Mop helps you save green while "going green." The Microfiber Flip Mop can pick up dirt and debris across a larger surface area, thanks to a convenient double-sided pad. Super-fine microscopic fibers attract and hold dirt and dust to provide an optimum level of cleanliness. It also features an innovative "flip" mechanism that enables you to use both sides of the pad, and reach hard-to-clean places, such as under cabinets and small corners. The double-sided pad is machine washable, so you can use it over-and-over - saving money on refills, while keeping disposable sheets out of landfills.
    Where to Buy: Select food, drug and mass merchandise stores nationwide
    Website: www.o-cedar.com
    MSRP: Around $15.00

  6. Shark Navigator with Infinity Technology
    Description: The Shark Navigator with Infinity Technology is the newest upright vacuum from Shark and is one of the easiest vacuums on the market to maneuver. The Navigator uses cyclonic technology to trap dust and dirt and never loses suction. It also has two power settings so it can be easily used on either carpet or bare floors. The Navigator comes with multiple accessories including a Pet Hair Power Brush which easily pulls hair from upholstery.
    Where to Buy: Bed Bath & Beyond, www.sharvac.com
    MSRP: $199.00
About the 2009 International Home & Housewares Show
Website: www.housewares.org

The 2009 International Home & Housewares Show is the world's largest homegoods & housewares marketplace, showcasing thousands of new products and designs in four related product expos. Annual Show Attendance Info:

  • 60,000 professional attendees
  • Over 2,000 exhibitors - from over 30 countries
  • More than 16,000 U.S. buyers
  • More than 7,000 international buyers from 100 countries on 6 continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa

    The Show is open to the trade only. It is held annually in Chicago, IL. This year, the Show will be held from Sunday, March 22 - Tuesday, March 24.

    About Steve Filmer
    Steve Filmer is a consumer shopping expert and award-winning television reporter with more than two decades of experience. His on-air credits include consumer reporting for "Good Morning, America!," as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX television affiliates. An accomplished consumer editor, Steve has been shot with non-lethal weapons, taken the full sting of high-tech law enforcement tools, and tested coolers in the 115-degree heat of Death Valley, California. Now that he is a family man, he is happy to be trying out and demonstrating more domesticated products.


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