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See the Instant Pot Max, new KitchenAid colors and other gadgets from IHHS 2018

At this year's International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, we saw products that will make cooking, cleaning and other chores easier -- or at least make your house look a little better.

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Instant Pot Max

The newest Instant Pot, called the Instant Pot Max, promises to cook food faster and give you more options than other models of the popular electric pressure cooker.

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Instant Pot Max

The Instant Pot Max can crank up its pressure to a full 15 pounds per square inch (psi), an ability once reserved to stovetop pressure cookers. (Other Instant Pot models have a 12 psi maximum.) The higher pressure means that the Instant Pot Max should cook ingredients up to 15 percent faster than the company's quickest appliances do today.

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Instant Pot Max

The Instant Pot Max has a new automatic pressure-venting function. With current Instant Pots, you either wait for a natural release or manually open the steam valve. With the Max, you can program it to release its pressure quickly, slowly or pulse for moderate speed. 

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Instant Pot Max

The Instant Pot Max's other enhancements include a slick touchscreen display, updated controls with backlit LED labels and a central control dial you can use to navigate through the Max's menu options.

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KitchenAid's Color of the Year

"Bird of Paradise" is KitchenAid's first-ever Color of the Year, which is similar to Pantone's annual campaign. It will be available later this year for the company's popular stand mixers and select small appliances.

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Blue Velvet

Blue velvet is another new addition to KitchenAid's color lineup. It's a matte, light blue shade.

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Dried Rose

This is KitchenAid's new pink color, which is also matte.

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Shaded Palm

This matte emerald color will also be available this year.

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Crimson Red

This dark shade of merlot is another new color for KitchenAid.

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KitchenAid Sifter and Scale Attachment

KitchenAid also introduced some new attachments for its stand mixers that will come out later this year. Those include this $170 sifter that includes a scale so you can measure ingredients by weight. 

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FoodCycler

This $349 kitchen appliance converts leftover food waste into fertilizer. It's similar to the Zera Food Recycler from WLabs by Whirlpool Corporation.

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Gourmia 11-in-1 Cool-Cooker

This multicooker handles Instant Pot staples such as steaming, roasting, baking, plus cooking slowly or quickly with pressure. What makes the Cool-Cooker stand out is that it can keep food cold, too. It can store items at food-safe temps, then kick into cook mode without you having to lift a finger, Gourmia says.

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iCuisine Tools

The iCuisine system is designed to connect kitchen tools like a whisk or spatula to an app so you can track the weight or temperature of your food. This works thanks to a small, Bluetooth-enabled device called the Wi-Key that you insert in the company's tools.

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iCuisine Tools

The system works thanks to a small, Bluetooth-enabled device called the Wi-Key that you insert in the company's tools.

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iCuisine Tools

Once you put the Wi-Key into a product, it will connect via Bluetooth to the company's app so you can see info about what you're cooking. 

The system is available in Europe, and the company is looking for US distributors.

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Sobro Side Table

This $900 side table can charge your devices, play music and chill drinks.

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Sobro Side Table

The cooler drawer is designed to store beverages. According to Storebound, the refrigeration system is thermoelectric (it doesn't have a compressor) so should function silently.

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Sobro Side Table

Its top surface has areas to charge phones and smartwatches wirelessly. It's also festooned with ports for USB, USB-C and standard 120V power outlets.

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Sobro Side Table

Color-changing LED lights sit on the table's front and back as well. Commanded by a motion sensor, the front lights operate primarily as a night light. LEDs on the back of the table can either set the mood or simulate sunrise for a gentle morning awakening.

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BoxLock

The $129 BoxLock is an internet-connected padlock designed to protect your packages.

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BoxLock

You put the BoxLock on a container big enough to hold delivery boxes and connect the lock to the internet via Wi-Fi. Once you've set up the lock and the app (available for iOS and Android), a delivery person is supposed to use the lock's built-in scanner to read your package label.

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Galanz Smart Refrigerator

A Galanz rep said the company is still developing its smart refrigerator.

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Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker

The $170 Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker joined the the company's lineup of kitchen appliances. It boasts a slim, sleek design that takes up less space than Oxo's previous electric coffee makers. Similar to machines made by Technivorm and Bonavita, the 8 Cup is designed to hit the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) strict guidelines for "golden cup" brewing.

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Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker

The Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker is designed to accept larger cups such as travel mugs.

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Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker

You can brew directly into single cups too with the Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker.

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Oxo Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Oxo updated its cold brew coffee gadget that it debuted three years ago. The new model, the $30 Oxo Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker is now smaller. It will also automatically strain cold brew once you place it on top of its carafe.

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Oxo Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The Oxo Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker packs away inside itself for tidy storage.

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Coravin Model Eleven

This is a $1,000 wine opener that also preserves your bottle so you don't have to remove the cork. It also connects to an app that helps you pick wine for various dishes.

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Coravin Model Eleven

The opener pushes a thin needle through the cork and fills the space inside the bottle with argon gas to keep the wine fresh. You can then pour yourself a glass.

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iFavine

This company has a line of decanters that aerates your wine with purified oxygen and connects to an app via Wi-Fi.

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TapDraft

You insert the beer of your choice into this countertop device, and it's supposed to enhance the flavor, similar to that of a tap.

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Chi touchscreen iron

Chi, a company best known for its flat irons, will make an iron with touchscreen controls. The iron will cost $149, and be available this summer in North America.

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Chi EasySteam

You put your clothes in this $129 device, zip it up and turn on the steam to remove wrinkles.

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