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The sparkling small appliances of Home and Housewares Show 2016 (pictures)

This year the halls of the IHHS 2016 in Chicago were packed with shiny new small appliances of every shape, size, color, and function. These are the products though which really caught our eye as we roamed the show floor.


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Modern and innovative housewares and appliances under one roof

Within the long halls and vast show floors of the International Home and Housewares Show 2016 were plenty of smart, innovative, and interesting small appliances and home gadgets.

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Clean household air with smarts

The Coway Airmega is a smart air purifier which also links to smartphones and tablets to provide remote control and monitoring.

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Machine mix your cocktails

Think of the Bartesian as the Keurig for cocktails. The machine will supposedly create alcoholic drinks using special flavoring packs along with spirits you provide.

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Robot vacuum upstart

The makers behind the new $800 Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum plan to push aside the competition using advanced cleaning algorithms and powerful suction.

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Bodum's electric siphon coffee brewer

Bodum displayed a prototype siphon coffee brewer powered by electricity.

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A reblending of Bistro Pour Over

Bodum also showcased a revamped version of its Bistro Pour Over drip coffee maker.

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Bonavita adds glass carafes

To suppliment the standard thermal carafes of its BV1900 and BV1500 coffee brewers, Bonavita will sell an optional glass carafe accessory.

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Put a lid on that glass

Pay no attention to that little Lego coffee man, the new glass carafes from Bonavita will also have lids to keep their contents hot.

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Waffles a la Mickey

There was plenty of graphically branded merchandise, too, including these waffle irons sporting Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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The force is strong with these humidifiers

Star Wars-bedecked appliances were in full force at the show, too, including this gathering of humidifiers.

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One kitchen machine to do it all

Designed to cook pasta or rice, blend, chop, whisk and even walk you through recipes, the $600 Gourmia GKM9000 claims to be quite the smart kitchen multitasker.

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A hub for your grocery bags

Gourmia also had this protoype product on hand at IHHS 2016, a high tech hub that scans grocery items to better track household supplies.

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KitchenAid shrinks its iconic mixer

KitchenAid launched a new, smaller version of its iconic stand mixer. Called the Artisan Mini, the appliance is now designed to occupy 25 percent less space than its larger sibling.

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This blender has lots of chops

In a bold move, KitchenAid also unveiled plans to sell what it describes as the most powerful blender made for home cooks, the KitchenAid 3.5 peak HP Pro Line Series.

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A simpler way to grind and weigh

The KitchenAid Burr Grinder combined with a Digital Scale Jar accessory help home baristas grind then weigh their coffee at the same time.

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Weigh coffee as you grind

The most accurate way to measure coffee is to weigh it, and the most consistent method of grinding beans is to use a burr grinder. The Scale Jar paired with KitchenAid's burr grinder lets you do both.

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An electric kettle made for tea

Built to handle different types of tea leaves at different temperatures, the KitchenAid Glass Tea Kettle has modes for preparing oolong, herbal, black, white or green teas.

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Brew in old school style

The Krups T8 Moka Brew was at the show as well. This design has been around for decades, but it's always a treat to see the machine that uses steam and vapor pressure to make coffee.

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Nespresso now brews with Bluetooth

We caught up with the new Nespresso Prodigio connected coffee maker, which talks to smartphones and tablets over Bluetooth to make espresso on demand.

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Make pizza that a mutant turtle would love

This gadget claims to make pizza good enough for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to enjoy.

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Heat water with elegance

Sculpted in the clean and efficient design Oxo is known for, the company's latest creation is the $120 Cordless Adjustable Temperature Kettle.

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Go beyond the microwave

Microwave ovens are so yesterday, at least compared to the new Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven. This prototype has an induction stove on the bottom and infrared broiler up top.

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The PancakeBot's final form

The final shipping version of the $299 PancakeBot was at IHHS 2016.

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Print your face in pancake form

One of the tasks I gave the PancakeBot was to print my face into a pancake using a digital image.

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Three drink coolers in one

It may seem low-tech, but the Reduce Cold-1 Cooler is actually quite sophisticated. It's essentially a vacuum-walled bottle koozie that accepts cans as well. The steel Cooler can even be uses as a standard cup.

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Use a better growler

Another product from Reduce is the 64-ounce Vacuum growler. It also sports vacuum steel walls to keep the heat at bay plus a tight seal to lock in carbonation.

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Fresh pasta without much effort

Kitchen appliance outfit 3 Squares showcased its latest gadget, the $200 Pasta Machin3. Just put water, flour, eggs and even veggies into its hopper and the machine takes care of the rest.

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