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Product of The Year 2016
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Here we feature the products selected by the Get Connected panel for nomination in the GC Product Design Awards 2016.

The selections include both new and established products that were available in the UK market during the 12 months from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. So there are fresh, innovative products and technologies alongside those which have already proved their worth in the industry.

Each nomination represents, in the Panel’s judgment, “best in class” qualities, and it is an outstanding achievement to have been chosen from among the many entries received.

The votes cast by retailers and distributors will now help decide which of these products receive the final accolades.

Voting has now closed.

The Nominations...

COOKING

Blomberg MIN54306 60cm touch-control induction hob

Blomberg MIN54306 60cm touch-control induction hob

The competitive price point of this frameless induction hob with touch-control digital display makes it an attractive option for retailers and consumers, as it benefits from Blomberg branding and an extended 5-year warranty. The appliance has adjustable power levels, 1–9 per zone, Timer and Booster functions, and safety features such as a Child Lock and anti-overflow system.

Caple C950i multi-zone induction hob

Caple C950i multi-zone induction hob

Caple has moved away from the standard hob layout with this striking induction model with each zone configured around the control panel, wherever the user chooses, and all can be inset or fitted flush to the work surface. The appliance has 11 power levels with Keep Warm and Power Booster functions and, when the hob is switched off, a memory recall option allows the user to reinstate the last settings used.

Gorenje BOP799S51X built-in pyrolytic oven

Gorenje BOP799S51X built-in pyrolytic oven

This A+ rated pyrolytic oven features Gorenje’s ‘HomeMade’ shaped cavity which, inspired by traditional wood-burning ovens, enables hot air to move around the interior freely. The MultiFlow 360˚ ventilation system guarantees optimum circulation on all 5 levels, with no mingling of odours and flavours during cooking. The TFT display lets users flip through colour photos of dishes and recipes.

Hotpoint Openspace OSD89EDE oven

Hotpoint Openspace OSD89EDE oven

Part of the brand’s eye-catching Luce collection, this Openspace model offers 77 litres of capacity – 20% more capacity than a traditional single oven. The appliance can be used as one ‘Extra Large Space’ with Hotpoint’s Intelligent Cooking System, which automatically sets the time and temperature, or split into two sections, allowing users to cook at two different temperatures with independent programme timers.

Leisure Cookmaster CK100D210K

Leisure Cookmaster CK100D210K

This range cooker boasts plenty of cooking space, with its energy-efficient five-zone induction hob, 63L fan oven with programmable timer, 65L conventional oven and dedicated grill cavity. It incorporates convenient features such as a separate storage drawer, telescopic shelves and grills, and cook-clean catalytic liners treated with a special coating that absorbs grease and burns it off when the oven is used at high temperatures.

 

MDA COLLECTIONS

Gorenje+ cooking collection

Gorenje+ cooking collection

This collection of stylish products created exclusively for UK high street retailers incorporates ovens, microwaves, coffee machines, warming drawers, dishwashers, hobs, hoods and fridge freezers. Hero products include the GS 778 B steam oven, which has received four European Plus X awards, and the GIS78XC induction hob with Gorenje’s with IQcook sensors built into the cooking zones and mounted on the lid of cookware to automatically control the appliance.

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi-enabled MDA range

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi-enabled MDA range

The Hoover Wizard collection – oven, hob, hoods, fridge freezer, washing machines and dishwashers – offers remote control via an app which lets users monitor energy consumption, access programmes, receive alert messages and view the status of their appliances while on the go. The collection is also notable for its large capacities throughout, a characteristic that Hoover has demonstrated competence in creating within its product ranges.

Smeg Victoria appliance collection

Smeg Victoria appliance collection

Smeg’s Victoria collection offers a co-ordinated, classic country-style design for the kitchen. The range includes the Red Dot award-winning TR4110 range cooker, built-in double and single ovens, compact ovens, induction and gas hobs, slim-line 60cm range cookers, chimney hoods and warming drawers. The Victoria side-by-side refrigeration range completes the collection.

Whirlpool Fusion iXelium™ collection

Whirlpool Fusion iXelium™ collection

The Whirlpool Fusion iXelium™ collection (ovens, microwaves, a built-in coffee machine and warming drawer) offers a consistently striking design across the entire range, with intuitive touch-control user interfaces and neat integrated handles. It benefits from Whirlpool’s intelligent 6th Sense® technology, a number of convenient cooking functions, and Whirlpool’s iXelium™ coating, which protects the appliances from abrasions, heat and stains.

 

REFRIGERATION

CDA FWC860BL 126-bottle wine cooler

CDA FWC860BL 126-bottle wine cooler

This full height compressor-driven wine cooler offers generous storage and the option of combining it with CDA’s FF820 fridge and FF880 freezer to provide a high-capacity cooling centre. It has dual temperature storage zones with electronic control (5-22°C) and a temperature memory function, a humidifier in the upper zone, professional-style wooden slide-out shelves and UV protected toughened smoked-glass door.

AEG Custom Flex fridge freezer

AEG Custom Flex fridge freezer

This A++ appliance incorporates AEG’s unique CustomFlex™ storage system, which allows users to arrange shelves, clips and bins in a variety of different ways to suit their needs. ProFresh Plus ensures the ideal climate is maintained for optimal fresh-food preservation and DynamicAir maintains an even temperature in the fridge.

Blomberg KFD4952XD Two Door + Two Drawer fridge freezer

Blomberg KFD4952XD Two Door + Two Drawer fridge freezer

This A+ fridge freezer with water dispenser incorporates Blue Light Technology, which helps fruit and vegetables stay fresh for longer. Its dual cooling system maintains ideal humidity in the fridge and freezer and ensures no transfer of odours. Multiple air vents in both compartments maintain even temperatures throughout.

 

GARMENT CARE

Whirlpool Supreme Care Premium washing machine

Whirlpool Supreme Care Premium washing machine

This energy saving A+++ (-50%), 10kg appliance claims the quietest spin cycle on the market due to the incorporation of Whirlpool’s ZENTechnology™ with induction motor. The machine is quieter than a kettle, even during a full-tilt spin, and has gained Quiet Mark accreditation. Whirlpool’s intelligent 6th Sense® technology and the addition of technologies such as PrecisionClean™ , SoftMove™ and FreshCare™ promise optimum performance and garment care.

Indesit MyTime EWD 81482 W UK washing machine

Indesit MyTime EWD 81482 W UK washing machine

Indesit’s A++ energy-rated, 8kg MyTime washing machine can complete six commonly used cycles in less than an hour. Mixed Colours, Cotton and Synthetic cycles take 59 minutes, a second cotton option completes in just 45 minutes, a Mixed wash in 30 minutes and the Express option takes only 20 minutes. Water-balanced technology ensures the machine uses the right amount of water needed for each wash load, saving water, energy and money.

Beko 12KG WY124854M washing machine

Beko 12KG WY124854M washing machine

The hero product in Beko’s new washing machine line-up is this 12kg model which offers a setting that can complete a full load in just 28 minutes. The A+++ energy-rated appliance has an Automatic Water Reduction function, Aquafusion Technology which reduces the amount of detergent wasted and significantly enhances the wash performance, and a Steam Therapy Programme that reduces creases and ironing time.

AEG AbsoluteCare™ T86581IH1 tumble dryer

AEG AbsoluteCare™ T86581IH1 tumble dryer

This Heat Pump dryer from AEG promises to take excellent care of garments, including hand-wash only woollens and silk items. The model offers a tailored drying cycle for fabric types, minimising the agitation of fibres to avoid shrinkage. OptiSense technology uses humidity sensors to adjust the drying time and energy to suit the load size and prevent items from over drying.

V-ZUG Refresh Butler

V-ZUG Refresh Butler

V-ZUG claims a “world first” with this garment care appliance which is aimed at the more affluent side of the market. The unit uses a combination of steam and UV light to neutralise everyday pollutants, cooking and cigarette odours to refresh and dry garments in a safe and controlled manor. It can be built into wardrobe furniture or left freestanding in a utility area. The Refresh Butler is fully accredited and tested by independent test labs.

 

DISHWASHERS

AEG ProClean F88709M0P dishwasher

AEG ProClean F88709M0P dishwasher

This 15 place setting dishwasher incorporates a Glasscare package, an Extra Hygiene function and 5 spray levels to provide a superior level of dish care. AEG Sensorlogic measures the size of the load and the level of soiling and adjusts the cycle accordingly while keeping water, electricity and detergent use to a minimum. The ProZone programme lets users set a lower water temperature and pressure for the upper basket for mixed loads, and the Extra hygiene function ensures the dishwasher is 99.99% bacteria free.

Whirlpool ADP 900 IX 6TH Sense PowerClean™ dishwasher

Whirlpool ADP 900 IX 6TH Sense PowerClean™ dishwasher

This appliance is equipped with 28 PowerClean jets at the rear of the cavity which provide the power to remove burnt-on food without prewashing. The PowerDry option delivers a complete wash and dry programme in just an hour – free from clouds of steam when the door is opened after the cycle – and leaves even plastic items completely dry. The A+++ energy-rated appliance saves up to 50% on water, energy and time with the use of Whirlpool’s 6th Sense® technology.

Beko DFN28320 6-litre dishwasher

Beko DFN28320 6-litre dishwasher

A standout feature of this dishwasher is its ability to wash 13 place settings using just 6 litres of water. It offers the flexibility of washing a full load in 30 or 58 minutes, depending on the level of soiling. An additional spray arm and high water pressure at the bottom of the compartment produces an intensive wash zone for heavily soiled dishes. Steam Gloss technology provides effective drying, resulting in glasses and dishes which are up to 30% shinier.

 

FLOORCARE

AEG SilentPerformer™ cylinder cleaner range

AEG SilentPerformer™ cylinder cleaner range

This AAA-rated cylinder cleaner range from AEG has been built with two key characteristics in mind: noise reduction and cleaning effectiveness. Both models have a noise level of just 72dB. The ASP7120 features a DustPro™ Silent dual purpose floor nozzle, which can quickly switch between hard floors and carpets, and a specialist hardwood floor parketto nozzle. The cyclonic ASPC7160 has an Easy Empty™ system and also does away with allergens and other pollutants in the air.

Sebo Airbelt E3 Premium

Sebo Airbelt E3 Premium

The Sebo Airbelt E3 Premium is a compact, lightweight cleaner with an energy-saving 700W motor boosted by a high-tech tapered hose and the 175W SEBO ET-1 power head, which lifts carpet pile and removes even the most difficult of pet hairs effortlessly. It has S-Class filtration, a 3.5 litre dust bag and an Intelligent Motor Protection system which turns the motor power down if there is a problem such as a blockage. The AIRBELT soft bumper system protects walls and furniture.

iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980

This appliance connects to the cloud and is controllable from iRobot's new ‘Home’ app, which enables users to manage the cleaner’s schedule and clean the home remotely. Visual Localization technology intelligently maps floors and avoids obstacles and a Carpet Boost function provides up to 10 times the air power by automatically increasing the performance of the motor on carpets and rugs.

Jaleno Light ‘n’ Easy 9318S Cordless Carpet Sweeper

Jaleno Light ‘n’ Easy 9318S Cordless Carpet Sweeper

The Light ‘n’ Easy 9318S cordless floor sweeper is a dual motorized, rechargeable sweeper designed for quick and efficient pickup of dirt, dust and hair on hard floors and carpets. It has a patented handle locking system for easy storage and a patented magnetic dustpan release system. The appliance is easy to manoeuvre and incorporates a long-life lithium-ion battery system.

 

SMALL DOMESTIC APPLIANCES

Smeg SDA Range

Smeg SDA Range

A relative newcomer to the SDA sector, Smeg’s first collection of retro-style kettles, toasters, stand mixers and blenders brought initial success. The SMF01 stand mixer received five stars from titles including T3, the Daily Mail and Metro newspapers, an iF Design Award and a Good Design Award, and the BLF01 blender received a Red Dot Design Award. Retailers can expect the collection to be expanded with slow juicers, citrus juicers, stick blenders, espresso machines and drip-filter coffee machines.

KitchenAid Artisan Magnetic Drive Blender

KitchenAid Artisan Magnetic Drive Blender

KitchenAid claims to have revolutionised the blender with this appliance, which uses an interlocking magnetic drive system to control the blades and safely secure the jug. A 2HP peak motor, stainless steel blades and a 1.75L lightweight jug create a powerful vortex for thorough and efficient blending. Four preset recipe programmes automatically judge the speed and blending time required.

Tefal Cook4me

Tefal Cook4me

Tefal’s Cook4me is an intelligent multi-cooker with 50 pre-programmed recipes ranging from vegetables, soups and rice, to meat, seafood and desserts. It has an intuitive interactive LED display that guides users through each step of the recipes. Tefal says the appliance is “similar to having your very own personal assistant in the kitchen.” It cooks a broad range of dishes with no need for supervision and keeps food warm for up to 90 minutes after cooking. It can also be pre-programmed up to 15 hours in advance.

AEG Ultramix KM4100

AEG Ultramix KM4100

The KM4100 Ultramix offers 1,000W of power so is capable of handling even the toughest culinary tasks. The machine is built to deal with large quantities, with the two bowls providing a combined volume of 7.7 litres. It is easily controlled, with ten varying speed settings, and comes with a balloon whisk, flat beater and dough hook and a range of optional extras such as an express slicer and grater, pasta accessories and a meat grinder.

InSinkErator® 3N1 steaming hot water taps

InSinkErator® 3N1 steaming hot water taps

These appliances dispense water at a full range of temperatures, up to 98°C from a single fixture, eliminating the time and energy wasted boiling water in a kettle. The versatility of switching straight to hot and cold water contributes to tasks ranging from cleaning to cooking, including the preparation of rice, the blanching of vegetables or rapid thawing of frozen food.

 

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Sony KD-65X93C BRAVIA TV

Sony KD-65X93C BRAVIA TV

Sony’s HDR-compatible KD-65X93C combines lifelike picture quality and High-Resolution Audio, with Android TV offering plenty of content for users. Sony’s 4K Processor X1 brings stunning clarity to the screen, analysing each source and up-scaling it to the best 4K resolution. Clarity is enhanced by 4K X-Reality PRO technology, which refines and sharpens images. X-tended Dynamic Range PRO enhances contrast, delivering “brilliant brights and detailed darks.”

Panasonic CX802 Series TV

Panasonic CX802 Series TV

With its 4K resolution, ‘Studio Master Drive’ to boost contrast and detail, and smart features such as mic-free voice control and wireless content sharing, Panasonic’s CX802 TV is a worthy award contender. The display panel offers improved brightness and a broader colour gamut and a wider colour reproduction range achieves richer colours. Panasonic’s customisable TV home screen powered by Firefox OS lets users quickly access favourite TV channels, apps, videos, websites and content.

Humax FVP-4000T Freeview Play recorder

Humax FVP-4000T Freeview Play recorder

The Humax FVP-4000T, which comes in two versions, incorporates built-in Wi-Fi for instant access to Freeview Play’s catch-up services, a selection of other apps and Netflix. The set-top boxes have three built-in tuners for advanced recording functionality, with a choice of 500GB or 1TB hard drives for up to 300 hours or 600 hours of programme storage space respectively. The units have a compact design with a leather-look top available in two different colours.

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Bluetooth speaker

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Bluetooth speaker

This tiny speaker provides “CD-like quality” Bluetooth audio playback from compatible mobile devices. It offers advanced digital processing and powerful amplification in a compact design, yet it is acknowledged for generating a big stereo sound from various audio sources. The driver array includes a 1-inch gold C-CAM dome tweeter, two 3-inch C-CAM bass drivers and a rear-mounted auxiliary bass radiator. The drivers are powered by dedicated Class D amplifiers, giving 40W of total amplification.

Ruark Audio R1 MkIII tabletop radio

Ruark Audio R1 MkIII tabletop radio

The R1 MkIII DAB/FM claims “class leading” sound quality in an easy to operate one-box solution “packed with cutting-edge technology and functionality.” The Bluetooth receiver accommodates wireless music streaming, and this model also has a comprehensive dual alarm and a USB charge port which will recharge most smartphones. An optional CarryPack and BackPack allow music to be enjoyed where mains power is not available.

Philips Fidelio B5 soundbar

Philips Fidelio B5 soundbar

The Philips Fidelio B5 soundbar creates surround sound using wireless detachable rear speakers and subwoofer. Audiophile drivers and spatial calibration provide dynamic balanced sound and Philips' Crystal Clear Sound reproduces the sound source precisely, without distortion. Bluetooth devices pair easily with one-touch NFC technology and the B5 also hosts Bluetooth (aptX and AAC) for wireless music steaming. 2 HDMI hubs allow the easy connection of additional terminals.

 

AV FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES

NorStone Khalm modular TV stand

NorStone Khalm modular TV stand

Complementing the slender lines of today’s TVs, the Khlam modular TV stand, available from Peerless-AV, can be formed to suit any home interior. The rear section is designed to allow wiring to pass through both the back and the bottom of the unit to keep cables out of sight. Removable tempered safety glass on the surface of the stand protects against scratching. Other features include an IR-compatible front door, wall-mount kit, Cooling Door System and one-touch gentle automatic opening.

Vogel’s DesignMount NEXT 7345

Vogel’s DesignMount NEXT 7345

This wall-mount is designed to make the TV appear to float in the air with no cables in sight. Cables are neatly concealed and connected to a media player or speaker system at any height required. The tempered black glass of the AV Multi Support offers room for other equipment, and several supports can be stacked on the column to create a media centre. Vogel’s patented SMM lets users move the screen with their fingertip; patented SPS protects it from bumping into the wall when turning.

GC Product Design Awards : Product of The Year 2016


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