Red Dot Award: Product Design


From robot technology to vehicles and household aids – all kinds of products can be entered in the Red Dot Award: Product Design. In a second entry, you can also register your ground-breaking product in the metacategories “Smart Products” or “Innovative Products”.


There are 51 traditional categories for you to choose from when entering products in the competition. These cover the entire product range.

1. Home and Seating Furniture

Armchairs, carpets and runners, chairs, chest of drawers, coffee and side tables, cupboards, decorations and accessories, dining tables, home furniture accessories, home textiles, multimedia furniture,  room dividers, seating, shelves, sideboards, stools, storage, stoves, wardrobes, other

2. Bedroom Furniture and Beds

Bedcovers, bedroom textiles, beds, bed side tables, frames, mattresses, pillows, storages, wardrobes, other

3. Lamps and Luminaires

Ambient lights, ceiling lights, chandeliers, decorative lighting, desk lamps, floor lamps, guidance systems, hanging lamps, lighting ranges, pendant luminaires, reading lamps, table lamps, wall lamps, other

4. Lighting Systems

Built-in lighting, downlights, emergency lighting, exterior lighting, floodlighting, guidance systems, lighting ranges, lighting systems, retail lighting, solar-powered lamps, special purpose lighting, spotlights, other

5. Household Appliances and Household Accessories

Aroma diffuser, cleaning accessories, cleaning equipment, fans, fire extinguishers, ironing systems, multiple sockets, sewing machines, storages, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, waste systems, other

6. Kitchens and Kitchen Furniture

Eat-in kitchens, fitted kitchens, industrial kitchens, kitchen elements, kitchen islands and blocks, kitchen units, kitchenettes, luxury kitchens, mobile kitchens, pantry kitchens, professional kitchens, other

7. Kitchen Taps and Sinks

Built-in sinks, electronic fittings, filter taps, flush mounted sinks, inset sinks, multifunctional sink cabinets, single lever mixers, sink and tap combinations, sinks, twin-lever taps, undermounted bowls, other

8. Kitchen Appliances and Kitchen Accessories

Blenders and mixers, catering appliances, coffee grinders, coffee machines, dishwashers, electric kettles, extractor systems, fondues, fryers, grills, hobs, juicers, kitchen machines, microwaves, milk frothers, multifunction devices, ovens, pressure cookers, refrigerators and freezers, rice cookers, smoothie makers, soda makers, steam cookers, sterilizers, storage, stoves, tea makers, thermometers, toasters, water filtration systems, other

9. Cookware and Cooking Utensils

Baking utensils, bowls, frying pans, kitchen scales, kitchen textiles, kitchen utensils, knife blocks, knives, saucepans, special cookware, woks, storage, other

10. Tableware

Bowls, carafes, ceramics, chopsticks, coffee pots, cutlery sets, dishes, drinking bottles, glasses, mugs, oil and vinegar dispensers, porcelain, salt and spice shakers, special cutlery, table decorations, table textiles, teapots and tea sets, thermo mugs, thermos flasks, vases, wine openers, lunch boxes, other

11. Bathroom and Sanitary Equipment

Bathroom accessories, bathroom drainage systems, bathroom furniture, bathroom mirrors, bathroom ranges, bathroom textiles, bathtubs, bidets, showers, toilets and accessories, wash basins, whirlpools, other

12. Bathroom Taps and Shower Heads

Basin mixers, electronic fittings, shower systems, showerheads, single lever mixers, twin-lever taps, other

13. Garden Furniture

Awnings, chairs, conservatories, garden and outdoor furniture, garden tables, lounge furniture, pergolas, patio and balcony furniture, seating furniture, other

14. Garden Appliances and Garden Equipment

Barbecues, barbecue equipment, fences, fire pits and fire baskets, garden appliances, garden decorations, garden equipment, garden sheds, outdoor heaters, irrigation systems, parasols and sun sails, plant pots, pool accessories, pools, smokers and smoke ovens, other

15. Outdoor and Camping Equipment

Binoculars, camping furniture, camping tableware, headlamps, hiking clothing, hiking equipment, hiking shoes, mattresses, mobile power supply, outdoor clothing, outdoor equipment, outdoor lighting, outdoor shoes, penknives and hunting knives, sleeping bags, tent accessories, tents, torches, vacuum flasks, other

16. Sports Equipment

Equestrian sports and equipment, fitness accessories, fitness equipment, functional clothing, golf and golf accessories, sporting goods, sports clothing, sports shoes, sports underwear, water sports and equipment, winter sports and equipment, other

17. Hobby and Leisure

Electric scooters, games, gaming machines, music equipment, musical instruments, pedal scooter, pet supplies, play equipment, skateboards, toys, other

18. Bicycles and Bicycle Accessories

Bicycle pumps, bike bags and baskets, bike components, bike computers, bikepacking, cargo bikes, city bikes, clothing, cross and trekking bikes, e-bikes, gravel bikes, helmets, lighting, locks, mountain bikes, protectors, racing bikes, racks, transmission and gear systems, other

19. Babies and Children

Baby bottles, baby carriers, baby phones and cameras, baby scales, breast pumps, child seats, children’s bicycles, children’s cutlery sets, children’s furniture, children’s tableware sets, clothing, cradles, games, hygiene products, pacifiers, play equipment, playpens, pregnancy and parenting products, strollers, sliding vehicle, toys, travel cots, tricycles, other

20. Personal Care, Wellness and Beauty

Bathroom scales, brushes, combs, cosmetic mirrors, cosmetic tools, hair curlers, hair straighteners, hairdryers, heated pillows and covers, hygiene products, infrared cabins, manicure and pedicure equipment, massage chairs, massage equipment, oral hygiene, saunas, sex toys, shaving and hair removal, sunbeds, ultrasound devices, other

21. Fashion and Lifestyle Accessories

Belts, bridal fashion, children’s clothing, e-cigarettes, exclusive collections, gloves, hair accessories, hats and caps, menswear, mobile and tablet accessories, parasols and umbrellas, scarfs, shoes, smart accessories, swimwear and accessories, underwear and lingerie, wallets, womenswear, other

22. Luggage and Bags

Backpacks, belt bags, briefcases, dry bags, handbags, luggage scales, school bags, shoulder bags, suitcases, tote bags, travel bags, trolleys, other

23. Eyewear

Prescription glasses, reading glasses, sports glasses, sunglasses, other

24. Watches

Alarm clocks, analogue watches, chronographs, clockworks, digital watches, diving watches, longcase clocks, luxury watches, pocket watches, skeleton watches, sports watches, stopwatches, three-hand watches, time zone watches, wall clocks, wristwatches, other

25. Jewellery

Anklets, bracelets, brooches, cufflinks, earrings, hair accessories, jewellery collections, luxury jewellery, necklaces and pendants, piercing and body art, pins, rings, wedding rings, other

26. Interior Architecture and Interior Design

Bars, cafés, kindergartens, cinemas, clubs, concert halls, cultural and public institutions, hotels, libraries, lounges, museums, office buildings, surgeries, real estate, residential buildings, restaurants, shopfitting, shopping malls, shops, stadiums, theatres, tiny houses, trade fair constructions, waiting areas, wellness areas, other

27. Interior Design Elements

Access control systems, bar counters and fittings, bar furniture, carpets, ceiling fans, contract furniture, décors, display solutions, doors and door systems, door locks, elevators, fire detectors, fittings, floor coverings, handles and handle systems, mirrors, partition systems, photo frames, postboxes, room acoustics, screens, security systems, smart home systems and automation, smoke alarms, sockets, soft furnishings, stairs, sun protection, switches and systems, tiles, wallpapers and wall panelling, window blinds and accessories, windows, other

28. Urban Design

Advertising columns, bollards, building elements, bus stops, car parks and multi-storey car parks, charging stations, city parks, enclosures, garden and park architecture, microarchitecture, park benches, playgrounds, public design, public play equipment, shops, street furniture, street information systems, street lights, street signs, temporary architecture, restrooms/ public toilets, urban and landscape planning, urban planning, other

29. Materials and Surfaces

Composite woods, decorative paper, decorative surfaces, edges, floor coverings, flooring accessories, glass, laminates, leather, mineral composite materials, natural materials, paper and cardboard, sheet metal, synthetic materials, tiles, upholstery materials, veneers, wallpaper, wood, others

30. Office Furniture and Office Chairs

Acoustic panels, boards, cloakrooms, conference and meeting room furniture, desks, lecterns and writing desks, home office solution, lounge furniture, office chairs, office furniture, office furniture systems, quiet zones, reception and waiting area furniture, room dividers, seating furniture systems, shelves and closets, storage space, other

31. Office Supplies and Stationery

Ballpoint pens, calculators, folders, fountain pens, notebooks, office organisation, pencils, pens, planners and calendars, presentation equipment, stamps, staplers and hole punches, other

32. Tools

Construction equipment, construction lighting, electronic tools, garden tools, hand tools, industrial tools, ladders, measurement, safety clothing, tool boxes, tool cabinets, work benches, work lighting, work protection, other

33. Heating and Air Conditioning Technology

Air conditioning systems, air distribution systems, air inlets and air outlets, air purifiers, building technology, control systems, dehumidifiers, fans, fan heater, heating pumps, humidifiers, instant water heaters, radiators, radiators and energy systems, room controllers, solar technology, thermostats, ventilation systems, water heaters, other

34. Industrial Equipment, Machinery and Automation

3D printers, 3D scanners, automations, cash dispensers, cleaning equipment, components, control systems, detectors, equipment, event technology, gate and door systems, industrial products, light bulbs and tubes, machines, measuring technology, operating technology, POS systems, printers, safety technology, scanners, suction devices, switches, terminals, testing technology, timers, workstation systems, other

35. Robotics

Autonomous mobile robots, cleaning robots, exoskeletons, exploration robots, humanoid robots, industrial robots, medical robots, robot vacuum cleaners, robotic lawnmowers, robotic parts, service robots, toy robots, other

36. Medical Devices and Technology

Dental equipment, emergency equipment, general practice equipment, hospital equipment, laboratory furniture, laboratory technology, medical devices, medical equipment, medical furniture, medical imaging, medical instruments, medical measuring devices, medical sanitary fittings, operating equipment, operating technology, other

37. Healthcare

Care aids, communication aids, daily living aids, electronic aids, furnishings, hearing aids, measuring devices, mobility aids, orthopaedic aids, orthoses, prostheses, rehabilitation, sleep and respiratory care, veterinary care, other

38. Cars and Motorcycles

ATV, compact cars, convertibles, electric vehicles, electric motorbikes, electric scooters, estate cars, hybrid vehicles, limousines, mopeds, motorbikes, quads, small cars, snowmobiles, sports cars, SUV / off-road vehicles, tricycles, vans / minibuses, other

39. Motorhomes and Caravans

Alcove motorhomes, base vehicles, campervans, caravan equipment, caravan interior fittings, caravans, components, fully integrated motorhomes, luxury liner, mobile homes, mobile tiny houses, off-road vehicles, partially integrated motorhomes, pick-up caravans, pop-up trailer, porch and cartop tents, teardrop trailers, other

40. Watercraft 

Boat interiors, cargo ships, catamarans, electric boats, motorboats, motorships, passenger ships, racing boats, rowing boats, sailing boats, sailing ships, steamboats, water scooters, yachts, other

41. Trains and Planes

Aeroplane interiors, aeroplanes, flying devices, freight trains, gondola cable cars, passenger trains, traininteriors, trams, other

42. Commercial Vehicles

Agricultural machines, ambulances, buses, construction vehicles, fire engines, forklift trucks, tractors, transport vehicles, other

43. Vehicle Accessories

Accessories, automotive engineering, car entertainment, car styling, components, charging stations, dashcams, luggage racks, navigation systems, vehicle interior, vehicle lighting, sound systems, wheel rims, other

44. TV and Home Entertainment

3D glasses, antennae, docking stations, e-readers, game consoles, home cinema, playback devices, projectors, receivers, remote controls, streaming clients, TVs, TV wall mounts, VR-glasses, other

45. Audio

Amplifiers, audio accessories, bluetooth speakers, dj equipment, docking stations, earbuds, gaming headsets, headphones, Hi-fi systems, microphones, MP3 / MP4 players, radios, record players, speakers, soundbars, sound systems, other

46. Cameras and Camera Equipment

Analogue cameras, camcorders, camera accessories, camera lenses, camera bags, cine cameras, compact cameras, digital cameras, instant cameras, SLR cameras, surveillance cameras, system cameras, studio lighting, telescopes, tripods and stands, video cameras, VR cameras, other

47. Drones and Action Cameras

Action cameras, DIY drones, drone accessories, FPV drones, fun drones, multicopters, professional drones, other

48. Mobile Phones, Tablets and Wearables

Accessories, activity trackers, chargers, mobile phones, powerbanks, smartwatches, tablets, wearables, other

49. Communication Technology

2-way radio sets, accessories, base station, batteries, conference technology, headsets, routers, telephones and telephone systems, translation devices, voice recorders, other

50. Computer and Information Technology

Accessories, all-in-one computers, casings, computer components, computers, keyboards, laptops, laptop stands, mobile hard drives, monitors, mouse devices, network technology, peripheral devices, photocopiers, presentation technology, presenters, printers, scanners, servers, Stylus pens, USB sticks, other

51. Packaging

Babies and children, beverage, CDs & LPs, fashion, food, healthcare, household, industry, luxury, packaging machines and devices, packing materials and packaging means, personal care and beauty, perfume flacons, retail, sports, technology, transportation, other

Take the opportunity to win two awards

Are you planning to register an innovative or smart product in the competition? Then you can even be in with a chance of winning two awards! After completing your registration in one of the traditional categories, you can register a second time in the areas “Smart Products” or “Innovative Products”. Your product will then be evaluated twice by the Red Dot Jury. During the first evaluation, the experts will take a holistic look at your entry. By contrast, the second walkthrough involves focusing on the entry’s new features and/or interaction system. 

Smart Products

You can register connected and digital products from all industries in “Smart Products”. As part of a comprehensive system, their purpose and use is determined by collecting and processing data. If your product wins an award, this is proof that it successfully achieves the complex interaction between humans and technology in the age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.  

Innovative Products

You can enter key new designs in “Innovative Products”. From technical optimisations and the rethinking of form to the use of innovative materials and products with a revolutionary approach to use, the jury is looking forward to all kinds of new creations. Products that win an award in this metacategory set new standards and lay the foundations for fundamental industry change.