Housewares Design Awards

Founded in 2003, The Housewares Design Awards were created to celebrate housewares design innovation, and honor those within the industry that we’re creating new products and improving the lives of people. Many brands and designers have become high-profile since the start of this award, as well as a growing desire to innovate and improve houseware design.

The first ceremony was conducted in 2004 at New York’s Gotham Hall, and since then, the program has seen 762 finalists and handed out 154 Best of Category awards.

The 2019 ceremony was held at the Las Vegas Market and selected five finalists and Best in Category winners in 11 categories.

A new award was added for 2019 – The Gourmet Speciality Food Award which recognized the best shelf-stable and giftable gourmet food.


When the panel is deciding on who should be awarded, they look at a number of criteria, these include:

  • Unique Appearance
  • Functionality
  • Innovative technology
  • Safety
  • Environmental benefits
  • Emotional Appeal
  • Ability to meet consumer needs


For 2019, there were 11 Best in Category award winners, which are awarded at gold, silver and bronze levels. These categories include:

  • Cookware & Bakeware/Design Innovation of the Year
  • Countertop Beverage Appliances
  • Countertop Food Prep Appliances
  • Countertop Kitchenware
  • Cutlery
  • Floor Care and Cleaning Appliances
  • Gadgets, Kitchen Tools & Countertop Accessories
  • Home Environment Appliances
  • Home Decor & Outdoor Accessories
  • Storage, Non-Electric Cleaning & Laundry Care
  • Personal Health and Garment Care
  • Tableware, Serveware and Beverageware

There is also a Green House Design Awards, that honor eco-friendly homeware designs which are also awarded in the ceremony.

Mark of Excellence

The idea of the award ceremony is more than just recognizing the best innovations of the previous year, it is also a way that consumers can see what is happening in the world of houseware design and choose the best products.

The winners and finalists of these awards gain the honor of being included in this ceremony and having their designs recognized.

For those winning the award, is also offers the opportunity to add the Housewares Design Award logo on their product packaging. This will show consumers that this product has been seen as an innovative and inspiring design that will improve their daily lives.

These awards also benefit the retailers, because they offer high-profile media exposure that spreads from the manufacturer to the retailer. Retailers are always looking for new and innovative products to help drive growth and maintain interest in the housewares market.

Big Brand Winners

The Houseware Design Awards have had some big brand names winning awards in past years. This shows how important it is even too large companies that they have this award as part of their marketing and social media profile so that their customers will want to own them.

Some of these big brands in the past have included De’Longhi, OXO, and LeCresuet.

As technology grows and improves, there will be a continuing drive for designers and manufacturers to show their customers that they can design houseware that can make life easier and be environmentally friendly.

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