Hot Housewares

Electric wine coolers, smart bulbs and other bright ideas for the home

Having packed up after the International Housewares Show in Chicago last week, Salton product manager John Howell is still bursting with pride for what he claims is a first: the $300 Westinghouse Unplugged Cord-Free Vacuum, a full-size vacuum cleaner that runs on rechargeable batteries and is due out in June. "This," he says in dead earnest, as if showgoers had never seen a Dustbuster, "is completely revolutionary."

Hyperbole is nothing new at this annual showcase of just about every gizmo ever featured on, or destined for, an infomercial. The $6 Pizza Fork combines a pizza cutter and fork in one...

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