2017 Award Ceremonies

50 Campfires – The Camping Authority Awards

Join the team from 50 Campfires - The Camping Authority as they announce the National Hardware Shows' Essential Gear and Editors Choice awards.

Presented by:

50 Campfires

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners:

  • Top Editors Choice
    Barrel House Cooker Company: The Man Can
  • Essentials Awards
    Tailgater Tile Table: Domestic CFX Series
    FireDisc® Cookers: Rovr Cooler

American Manufacturing Awards

Sponsored by:

Made in USA | GBQ

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

Winners reflect American manufacturing excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories:

  • Best Packaging
    Age Old Nutrients: Organic based plant fertilizer
  • Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing
    Imperial Blades: Blades and cutting tools
  • Best New Product
    Maglite: Flashlight with wand adapter

View the American Manufacturing Awards Press Release >>

Participants include:

Game Ball Awards

Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ

Join us out in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Area as we identify the category's best in class. Award categories include Best New Product Overall, Best New Product Outdoor Grilling or Concept, Best Tailgate Themed Booth Set Up & Enthusiasm, Best Outdoor Furniture Product and Most Unique Product.

Presented by:

Tailgater Magazine

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

  • Best Marketing Concept
    FIREDISC Grills
  • Best New Product
    TV Toc Box
  • Best Innovative Product
    OXX Box
  • Best Tailgate Concept
  • Best Overall Tailgate Product
    Goal Zero

Homewares Awards

The Homewares Awards highlight the "Best in Class" in the Housewares/Homewares product category. Browse the display area and view the winning products that are voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

  • Homewares Awards
  • Presented by:


Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

  • Gold
    Lasko Products: Ceramic Bathroom Heater
  • Silver
    smanos Inc.: smanos Smart Video Doorbell
  • Bronze
    VOXX Accessories Corp.: MyGuard Automatic Laundry Water Shut Off System
  • Honorable Mention
    IIVUS Marketing Inc.: Bring It On Cleaner

Participants include:


Lawn, Garden and Outdoor Living Awards

The Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards focus on innovative, new products within this product category. Browse the display area and view the winning products that are voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

  • Lawn Garden & Outdoor Living Awards
  • Presented by:

    Lawn & Garden

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

  • Gold
    Greenerways, LLC: Mosquito FreeZone
  • Silver
    Flame King: 1 lb Refillable Propane Cylinder & Kit
  • Bronze
    Swan Products, LLC: Swan® Swivel
  • Honorable Mention
    Dr. Earth: Final Stop

Participants include:

New Product Launch Awards

Find new products that have not hit the 2017 market and have no pre-negotiations or pre-sales. Plus, no exclusives – truly new! Browse the display area and view the winning products voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

Presented by:


Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

  • Gold
    Snow Joe: 40 Volt Max 1160 PSI Cordless Pressure Washer
  • Silver
    PLOTT: Miletus
  • Bronze
    PLOTT: Cubit
  • Honorable Mention
    Kregg Tool Company: Accu-Cut Circular Saw Guide Track System

Participants include:

New Product World Awards New Product World

The New Product World products that are just breaking into the industry will be identified by which ones are best in class based in the following categories: Aesthetics, Differentiation/Uniqueness, Fills Consumer Need, Overall Value and Packaging/Merchandising Support.

Products and awards will be reviewed and chosen by Scott Brun, VP of Programming, DIY Network.

Presented by:

DIY Network

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

  • Aesthetics
    Inventor Lady: Plant Stamps
  • Differentiation/Uniqueness
    Pivot Point Inc.: Lockless Monster
  • Overall Value
    MYCHANIC: Pod Light
  • Packaging/Merchandising Support
    Fireside Industries: Campfire Defender
  • Fills Consumer Need
    AP&G Co., Inc.: The Luma Mosquito Trap by Catchmaster

NRHA Retailers' Choice Awards NRHA Retailers' Choice Awards

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, NRHA Stage

For more than 30 years Hardware Retailing magazine has been singling out the best of the best products at the National Hardware Show® with its Retailers' Choice Awards. Unlike other award programs, products selected to receive a Retailers' Choice Award aren't chosen by editors; they are selected by a panel of distinguished retailers who buy and sell products for a living. This program not only honors manufacturers for their innovation but also helps retailers single out new and innovative products to check out at the show.

Presented by:

  • NRHA
  • Hardware Retailing

NRHA Spirit of Independents Awards

The NRHA Spirit of Independents Awards will honor retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers who have joined with NRHA to support the work of the Fuller Center for Housing. By working together with the Fuller Center, our industry is helping to provide a decent place to live for families in need. These awards will recognize these generous companies and encourage others in our industry to join the cause.

Presented by:

  • NRHA
  • Hardware Retailing

NRHA Top Gun Awards Top Gun Awards

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm, NRHA Stage

This program is the industry's chance to hear what today's top independent retailers are thinking. NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine will once again assemble a panel of the industry's most successful and innovative independent retailers to share their stories and thoughts on the industry.

Presented by:

  • NRHA
  • Hardware Retailing

Packaging and Merchandising Awards

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, NRHA Stage

NRHA will introduce the winners of the 2016 Packaging and Merchandising Awards and share a summary of judge commentary and emerging packaging trends. Attendees will get to see the best of the best in home improvement packaging and merchandising.

UIA Inventor Spotlight Awards

Most Innovative Concept:

Walabot: Walabot-DIY

This award recognizes a product (in development or finalized) that is truly unique in a product category. From a sketch through a fully developed product, this category looks at the overall innovation of the concept and how it fits into the category.

Best Marketing Effort:

Natus Inc.: BBQool

Marketing an idea effectively can be a daunting and challenging task. This award recognizes inventors who develop and deliver an irresistible sales pitch that makes potential prospects acutely aware of the value they will derive from their product or service, in a clear and quantifiable way.

The Pinnacle Award (Best in Show):

ikeGPS Inc.: Spike

The successful development of a product takes talent, knowledge, and tenacity. This award recognizes the broadest range of efforts by the inventor. From design, market research, sales, fulfillment, manufacturing and quality. This category is judged on everything and based on the attention paid by the inventor to all phases of ideation, invention, and commercialization.

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