Best of Show: National Hardware Show Part IV

The National Hardware Show, which annually features more than 150 product categories, took the breath out of Las Vegas last month with an amazing overview of products. While there was no shortage of remarkable items, the ECPR team discovered a few stand-outs to share with our readers for the 2011 “Best of Show” series. Learn about two of the products that topped our list this year below and if you missed the show, scroll down the page to find our show recap entitled “National Hardware Show Yields Attention-grabbing New Products and Revealing Industry Trends”, as well as Part II and Part III of the National Hardware “Best of Show” series, where you can learn about several other show-stoppers.

WeedBlaster Pro garnered a lot of attention at last month’s National Hardware Show from retailers, trade professionals and media members’ eager to learn about a safer and easier way to tackle weed problems. The product, from Concept2Reality, Inc., offers an innovative solution to the age-old lawn care problem: How to effectively spray weeds without harming nearby flowers and plants. The WeedBlaster Pro encloses both the weed and spray inside a protective shield. Inside the eco-shield, herbicide is applied directly onto the offending weed and can’t blow back on the user or drift onto nearby plants, even on windy days. The lightweight product also features a comfortable “stand tall” design to eliminate bending and stooping—a great feature for gardeners with hand, knee or back problems. To learn more about how WeedBlaster Pro works, visit


The Amalfi Outdoor Deluxe Hanging Umbrella is a contender for “Best of Show” for good reason. From Everite, an international outdoor furniture brand of Hangzhou China Arts Industrial Corp., Ltd., this contemporary umbrella is a great device to help consumers’ stay cool as life moves outdoors this summer. The position lock system provides shade from all angles of the sun’s glare, and the durable crank glides the umbrella open and closed. Amalfi umbrellas also feature a waterproof and anti-ultraviolet 240G polyester canopy. To keep the umbrella stable in strong wind, users can fill the base with water and sand, as well as use the metal reinforcement bars with an adjusting leveler, to fit uneven ground. An innovative auto-lock system functions when the umbrella is fully opened. Launched in 2007, Everite boasts a skilled working staff, young design team and products that are modern, innovative and high quality to meet the increasing demands for stylish outdoor living. For more information about the Amalfi Outdoor Deluxe Hanging Umbrella, visit

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