December 9, 2011

Whirlpool is launching Affresh Cleaners, a new line of advanced home cleaning products now available at Best Buy stores nationwide.

"Keeping the kitchen clean has historically been a big chore, so we designed the new line of Affresh Cleaners to combat everyday spills and residue while making cleaning simple," said Wendeline Ortiz, brand manager of Affresh Cleaners.

The new line includes:

December 2, 2011

Sure Fit Inc., a New York-based manufacturer of slipcovers, furniture covers and other home accessories, has acquired the assets of the Patio Armor brand of covers for patio furniture, barbecue grills and other outdoor products from Trilink Global. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

August 30, 2011

Luxury appliance maker Thermador and Portfolio Kitchen & Home, the Midwest’s kitchen and home design resource, announced today the launch of the Thermador Culinary Studio with more than eight live professional appliances at Portfolio’s Flagship Store in the heart of Kansas City.

May 6, 2011

InSinkErator, a leading manufacturer of garbage disposals and hot water dispensers, has named Tim Ferry as its new president. Ferry succeeds Jerry Ryder, who is moving into a new role as chairman of InSinkErator before retiring at the end of 2011. 

Headquartered in Racine, Wis., InSinkErator is a division of St. Louis-based Emerson.

April 21, 2011

Blind manufacturers and consumer advocates don't see eye-to-eye when it comes to blinds and child safety, according to an article in Thursday's New York Times.

March 7, 2011

With the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show only weeks away — it runs from April 26 to 28 in Las Vegas — the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) just released the results of its annual members’ poll about upcoming design trends. The Hackettstown, N.J.-based trade group asked 100 of its designers what they’ve been installing in their clients’ kitchens and bathrooms, and then distilled the results into 11 trends. 

March 7, 2011

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe's is adding Dacor to its appliance mix in select Lowe's stores and offering Dacor for special order from the rest.

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Dacor makes luxury kitchen appliances. Two of the standout products offered through Lowe's are the Renaissance 36-in. Gas Cooktop and the Renaissance 30-in. Single Wall Oven. 

February 23, 2011

A study on major home appliances by The NPD Group showed overall growth in the category in 2010, with an 11% increase in dollar sales compared to 2009.

Although sales for most appliances did not reach pre-recession levels, dishwashers were one exception, showing a 22% increase in dollar sales over 2009, putting them on level with 2007. 

Full-sized refrigerators and range hoods both experienced double-digit unit and dollar growth, with laundry appliances coming in just under 10% in dollar growth. 

January 24, 2011

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will construct a home that represents the future of energy-efficient housing. SmartHome Cleveland will be built on Museum grounds and open to the public this summer for viewing in conjunction with an exhibition about climate change.

January 10, 2011

It’s a bad idea to spend too much time thinking about the past. But it’s impossible to know where we are going unless we know where we’ve been. In that spirit, here are the top 12 most-viewed stories of 2010 — one from each month — that appeared on

January: “Home Depot cuts 800 jobs” 

February: “Mixed results for Ace Hardware” 

March: “84 Lumber closes 10 stores in 10 states” 

April: “At Lowe’s, a Sunday-hours lawsuit”

January 5, 2011

Consumers may be falling out of love with their front-load washing machines, according to a survey by The NPD Group, a market research firm based in Port Washington, N.Y. A study of consumer shopping habits in the kitchen appliance category showed that top-load washers are outpacing front loaders in terms of dollar growth, up 8% vs. a slower increase of 5% for front-loaders.  

November 30, 2010

Lowe’s has decided to join the voluntary recall of Roman shades and roll-up blinds, which...

October 27, 2010

Fans of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” may wonder: "How do they build a house so...

September 5, 2010

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Bissell announced it will be entering the rental arena with its first...

September 5, 2010

When Builders Store owner R.W. Wolfram joined Hardware Wholesalers Inc. in 1945, as member No....

June 3, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Maytag, announced a voluntary recall of certain Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic tubs, which have been reported to pose a fire hazard.

The recall affects approximately 1.7 million units sold between February 2006 through April 2010 for $250 to $900.

November 17, 2008

In the third quarter, 56.1 percent of new and existing homes that were sold were...

October 19, 2008

Research firm NPD Group took a look at some of the small kitchen electronics that...

August 21, 2008

Russel Minick will oversee the group’s operation for floor care and small appliances in North...

December 26, 2007

The home builder says the deal with Whirlpool is part of its ongoing drive to...

December 16, 2007

The modern basement, garage or laundry room is home to many innovations in the world...

October 7, 2007

In the mid-1980s, the Robutler made its rounds in the JCPenney catalog—the friendly, two-foot-tall robot...