Beyond White- High-Style Housewares
This year's International Housewares Show in Chicago offered a peek at a host of the newest housewares and small appliances coming to the market in 2002. Through the bustling halls of the McCormick Place Lakeside Center it was apparent that in 2002 both high-end and retro-inspired appliances are the hottest ticket right now. High tech capabilities came in a close second place to the widgets that harkened back to another era. On toasters, blenders, coffee makers and more, stylish streamlined designs were aplenty as were metallic and near metallic finishes. But for nearly every shiny-surfaced gadget on display was a smart chip-enabled equivalent, complete with one-touch controls and commands and an LCD screen to boot.
Hamilton Beach 22559 Classic Chrome Toaster, $39.99 SRP, shipping now. Selling points: Combines contemporary features like auto shut-off, electronic controls and one-step defrost in a stylish, retro streamlined chrome design. Controls offer consistent toasting for a variety of darknesses, as well as a reheat function. Extra wide slots accomodate bagels, buns and home-made bread. Call (804) 527-9777 or visit www.hamiltonbeach.com.
Panasonic NB-G100P FlashXpress Toaster Oven, $119.95, shipping now. Selling points: Using far and near infrared light as its heat source, this space-age 7.2 qt. capacity toaster oven can cook faster and more efficiently. Digital timer and temperature controls are clearly visible and easy to read on the unit's LED readout. Other features include variable temperature settings from 250 to 500 degrees and automatic cooking controls for heating, defrosting and reheating. Call (201) 348-7000 or visit www.panasonic.com/appliances.