More than 2,200 exhibitors displayed their latest innovations at this year's in Chicago, Illinois. And of course the GolfHr Institute got an inside look at the latest home and kitchen trends. Here, read about our top picks from the show and why we think they're such game-changers.
Finally, the answer to never over- or under-cooking your eggs has arrived. This genius gadget from OXO lets you select from seven doneness settings and four size settings (from medium to jumbo), then times your egg’s cooking progress for you. The timer dings when they’re finished, and that’s when the real fun starts: Use the built-in piercer to make a perfect cut in the shell so peeling is no problem.
This collection from Le Creuset features four new soothing shades — Fig, Sea Salt, Coastal Blue, and Meringue — that are “inspired by clarity and intentionality” with the unmistakable heritage quality that only Le Creuset can provide. Each of the cast-iron enamel pieces offers excellent performance and should last a lifetime (plus they’re backed by a limited lifetime warranty).
These self-adhesive, peel and stick tile appliques can update any space in an instant. They come in amazing colors and patterns and adhere to any flooring surface, like vinyl, wood, concrete or tile. They resist slipping and scratching, can be washed like any other floor and, unlike old peel-and-stick tiles of the past, are soft and pliable so they can be moved and repositioned easily without damaging the existing flooring. Available now with new colors and patterns coming soon.
Soup fans, look no further. Instant Pot's first foray into the blender category doesn't just pulverize fruit for smoothies: It's able to heat food inside the blender jar to temps upwards of 200°F, making it the ideal tool for processing foods like homemade soup, soy milk, or rice milk. In our Kitchen Appliance and Technology Lab’s testing, it was able to get super hot when cooking and comes with pre-programmed settings for making ice cream, nut milk, purees, and more.
$20 for 24 wipes
Say goodbye to packets of pre-moistened cleaning wipes that dry out before you have a chance to use them. Pop + Go Wipes stay dry until you need them. Simply press the center of the round, plastic pod container, wait several seconds as the wipe absorbs the fluid and they are ready to use. Available in boxes of 24, each wipe stays clean and protected in its own case without fear of leakage in your purse or luggage. The current wipes are for hands and face. Coming soon are wipes for electronics, make-up removal, surfaces and more.
Note: The wipes are currently sold out, but will be restocked.
Gone are the days of clouds of flour and splatters of dough covering your kitchen countertops! Hamilton Beach makes excellent hand mixers — they whip up delicate egg whites just as well as they can plow through dense cookie dough — but what really sets this model apart is the slow-start feature. The lowest setting is slow enough to prevent the major mess that many hand mixers make, and speed increases gently as you continue to mix. Final note: You can’t beat the price.
With the Philips Soup Maker, you simply add your ingredients into the machine, select from one of the six pre-set programs (puree, chunky, cold, compote, smoothie, or creamy) and let the machine do the work for you. Read: No more stirring! The unique blade design plus the built-in heating element allows you to create your favorite soups with the perfect texture in as little as 18 minutes – and with a 1.2 liter capacity, you can make a meal for two with almost zero work.
Beautifully designed, the Bo Touch Bin is stylish enough to be placed in any room of the house. Simply pop the top open and to reveal one, two or three inner buckets for trash, recyclables or a combination of both. Because it’s on legs, it looks like a piece of furniture and in April 2019 a bin covered with vegan leather is launching, perfect for home offices and family rooms. Now, it’s easy to stash trash anywhere in the home.
Storing food and household items just got a whole lot easier with these colorful silicone containers that stand up, stay open and zip shut. Strong and flexible, they are shaped with a wide opening and flat base, so filling them, especially with liquids, is super easy. They come in an array of colors, sizes and shapes that nest for storage, are dishwasher, oven, and freezer safe and perfect for on-to-go use. The cup-size container even fits in a car’s cup holder.
Available at starting March 31
One major pain point consumers have when making coffee is not knowing the right amount of grounds to use – this coffee maker solves that problem. The Easy Measure comes with a color-coated measuring scoop system that measures your ideal amount of coffee based on the number of cups you want to prepare. It also has an extra-large brew basket so you’ll be able to fit the sufficient amount of grounds even when making a full pot (this is a rarity for many drip coffee makers). Need more to love? The freshness indicator in the machine’s base will read you exactly how long ago the pot was brewed so you’ll never have to unknowingly drink hours-old coffee again.
Available Spring/Summer 2019
This new room fan from Objecto is sleek, slim, and folds completely flat for storage. The fan portion itself disassembles for easy cleaning and sits in a vertical frame attached to a base. The base contains all the controls and even a remote. Angle it wherever you need to direct the air flow or stash it under the bed when it’s not in use. It comes in wood tone and white.
Available in April
This all-in-one iron and steaming station is the garment care solution for cramped spaces and those who hate setting up and storing bulky ironing boards. The steam tank sits on the base but is removable for easy filling and use all around the house and the attached iron can be used for everything from steaming delicate silks or pressing out wrinkles in cotton and linen. Most innovative is the attached Smart Board ironing table that can be used horizontally, vertically, or at an incline and raised and lowered to whatever height is most comfortable. The entire system is on wheels for easy movement.
Braun Multiquick Spiralizer: This motorized, multipurpose appliance will slice zucchini, carrots, potatoes, and more without any of the intense elbow grease that so many crank-style spiralizers require. And with 21 (!) different speeds and three varying thickness levels, you’ll have endless options for low-carb, veggie-based pastas (or better yet, get crazy and make some curly fries). The Multiquick Spiralizer also includes a five-cup chopping attachment, blender, ice crusher, and immersion blender. Available in April for $99.
All-Clad Hard Anodized Essentials Collection: If you’ve always lusted after All-Clad cookware but never felt like you could make the splurge, you’re in luck. The luxe, top-performing cookware brand just announced they’ll be releasing a set of hard anodized aluminum nonstick cookware for just $399 this fall. Better yet, the pieces nest so they won’t hog your precious cabinet space and won’t scratch the piece below it (the handles even stack – genius). To make them even more user-friendly, these pots and pans are oven safe to 500 degrees and can be washed in the dishwasher.
Honey Can Do 5-Tier Drying Rack: Air drying sweaters and other hand washables usually means laying clothes on any surface you can find. The new Honey Can Do Drying Rack puts an end to wet sweaters on the bed and lingerie over the shower rod. The foldable rack has five large, stacked mesh shelves to accommodate multiple garments at once. It’s on wheels for easy movement and collapses flat to stash in the space between a washer and dryer when not in use. Available in June 2019.