Buzz: Product News Roundup, No More Burnt Popcorn Edition

Kernel-caressing microwaves, awesome lighting tricks, paper houses, and other product news from around the web this week.

Whirlpool microwave• Office workers rejoice! A new microwave from Whirlpool has sound sensors that will adjust popcorn-cooking time for optimal results.

• When a simple sconce or spotlight just won’t do, try one of these 18 cool lighting tricks.

• 4 steps to squeak-free floors.*

Top 10 truck trends for 2014.

• From spiral stairs to fiberglass doors to insulating housewrap, here’s a look at 38 more products from the Builders’ Show.

7 tools made right here in the U.S. of A.

• Walk-in closets and low-E windows—expected. Laminate countertops? Not so much. See “what’s most likely to show up in single-family homes in 2014,” according to an NAHB survey.

• We’re feeling a distinct urge to doodle. Check out these 10 houses made with paper.

• Have a gorgeous project featuring Marvin Windows? The manufacturer has opened its sixth annual Architects Challenge design contest.

*Disclosure: The author of this article is a client of this blog’s parent company.

Buzz: Product News Roundup, Approach the Bench Edition

Product news from the past week, including stylish shower benches, finds from the Remodeling Show, smokin’ chimney caps, skyrocketing solar, and more.

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New: Products of the Week, 10.21.13

5 new products, including contemporary interior doors, gel knee pads, and innovative surfacing.

Masonite Hamel interior door

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New: Products of the Week, 10.14.13

5 new products, including eye-catching copper shower pans, an ultra-modern cube-like fireplace, and handy in-wall USB chargers.

Diamond Spas copper shower pan

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Products of the Week, 10.7.13

5 new product options, including classic-style faucets, modern entry doors, and high-performance recip saw blades.

Summit Appliance_Refrigerator
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Products of the Week, 9.23.13

Etched tiles, high-efficiency toilets, heated work jackets, and two other products that crossed our desks this week.

Bosch jacket

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Innovation: Panasonic Introduces Dual-Voltage Tools

The Dual Voltage-ready EY74A1LS2G 1/2" Drill/Driver Kit

The Dual Voltage-ready EY74A1LS2G 1/2″ Drill/Driver Kit

Panasonic’s Power Tool division is increasing the flexibility of its cordless tools with Dual Voltage Technology, an industry-first offering that allows users to switch between 18- and 14.4.-volt lithium-ion batteries on the same tool.

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Products of the Week, 12.14.12

Retro appliances, jobsite-ready fleece, a magnetic chalkboard door, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

Elmira Stove Works

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New: Products of the Week, 10.11.12

Winter work gear, reclaimed spruce, deck screws, and two other products that caught our eye.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Sink or Swim Edition

Vessel sinks, 101 top products, colored solar panels, open-room acoustics, and other product news from the past week.

Kallista’s Fei Tian Wen vessel sink.

• 10 unique and beautiful vessel sinks, from basic brushed nickel to pricey solid bronze.

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New: Kolbe Multi-Panel Folding Window

As America homeowners clamor to blur the line between interior and exterior spaces, window and door manufacturers have obliged with expansive multi-panel doors that slide or accordion out of the way to reveal wide, unobstructed views. Glass wall pioneer Nana Wall has been joined in recent years by a number of other manufacturers.

Kolbe currently offers two door models—Folding Doors and the TerraSpan Lift and Slide, which accommodates up to 10 panels. Now the company is expanding with Ultra Series Folding Windows, offered with up to eight panels on each side for a span of more than 50 feet. Read the rest of this entry »

New: Products of the Week, 7.10.12

A heated work jacket, Native American-inspired tiles, smoke-control sealant, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

The M12 High Visibility Heated Jacket features sewn-in carbon fiber heating zones on the chest and upper back to warm the body and stimulate blood flow. Read the rest of this entry »