The home product arena is a market sector that never seems to stand still. Not even for a second.
Here at the Tribune, we are reminded of that each day as we’re bombarded with news of new designers entering the fray and as we receive glimpses of products designed to make homeowners’ lives easier.
This month’s new products round-up may be a bit on the pricey side, but if you are longing for technology to give you more free time or looking for stylish statement-makers, they may be worth the splurge.
PERSONAL HELPER: The LawnBott, a battery-operated robot, does exactly what its name implies: It mows your lawn so you don’t have to. Moving freely, aided by its internal computer, it follows the signal from its perimeter cable, which transmits which areas need to be mowed. The LawnBott comes in four models, offering a variety of features ranging from rain sensors (basic to all models) to Bluetooth capability (in the high-end LB3500 version), allowing it to be programmed and controlled from any Bluetooth-compatible device. Prices are $1,749 for the LB2000 Professional model, $2,299 for the LB300 Deluxe LT, $2,499 for the LB3200 Evolution and $2,899 for the LB3500. www.lawnbott.com.
OUTDOOR PRIVACY: Eon has expanded its line of outdoor accessories with lattice and privacy screens. The products, which resemble real wood lattice, are designed to provide added seclusion in the yard and add pizazz to your garden. Available in cedar or redwood colors, prices for the lattice sheets range from $39.99 to $58. Privacy screens range from $239 to $329. Available at Home Depot. For a list of additional dealers, visit www.eonoutdoor.com.
ELEGANT ACCENTS: Liz Claiborne Home has added area and accent rugs to its collection. The new line features handtufted and machine-made designs in a mixture of fibers, including pure wool. The Radiant Impressions collection (pictured here) comes in whimsical prints in vibrant fashion colors. The line also features Landscape Stripes in natural and earth tones and Modern Elegance with soft floral and classic geometric patterns. Offered in various sizes, prices range from $300 to $1,500. Available at Macy’s, Expo Design Center, Baker Brothers and World of Rugs.
SMART DISHWASHER: Looking for a stylish dishwasher, power-packed with the latest advanced technology? General Electric’s GE Profile Dishwasher with SmartDispense Technology is designed with performance in mind. Its QuietPower 7 sound package brings the noise level down to 47 decibels. Other features include an ability to hold an 45-ounce bottle of liquid or gel dishwasher detergent and dispense the right amount for each wash, and an optimized hydraulic system that uses less water. The stainless steel model ranges in price from $1,399 to $1,429. The plastic tub version, due in April, is estimated to range from $799 to $899. www.geconsumerproducts.com.