Home Products and Appliances
NSF, the organization that has been ensuring safe design of commercial kitchen appliances and tools since the 1950s, now offers the same assurance for users of home products and appliances.
If you have ever worked in a restaurant, you have probably heard of NSF International, as we have been ensuring safe design and cleaning of appliances and tools used in commercial kitchens for almost 70 years. In response to consumer concerns about product quality and safety, in 2012 NSF created a new program which is based on, but separate from, NSF’s Commercial Food Equipment Program and includes testing of residential kitchen items and other home products.
NSF International has been ensuring safe design and cleaning of appliances and tools used in commercial kitchens for almost 70 years. In response to consumer concerns about product quality and safety, in 2012 NSF created a new program which is based on, but separate from, NSF’s Commercial Food Equipment Program and includes testing of residential kitchen items and other home products.
Through an independent research survey, NSF discovered that:
- 53 percent of safety-minded consumers indicated that they are concerned about the quality and safety of kitchen appliances.
- 58 percent indicated concern about the safety of cookware materials and their coatings.
To help consumers who are concerned about these issues, we developed the NSF Home Product Certification Program. This testing and certification program helps give consumers peace of mind as our experts test the quality, durability and cleanability of many home products. Click the NSF Home Use mark to the right to see our testing criteria for various home products.
Types of Products Covered
The program covers kitchen products such as food storage containers, cookware and bakeware as well as small appliances like coffee makers, slow cookers and blenders. The program also includes kitchen gadgets and utensils, flatware and cutlery, personal beverage containers, corded home textiles (heated blankets, pads and mattress pads), fans, space heaters and many other products.
How Products Become Certified
NSF conducts extensive product assessments to verify the durability, design and safety of everyday products used by consumers against established criteria for each specific product type. The certification process includes a packaging label review, verification that use and care instructions explain proper assembly, usage and cleaning of the product, and testing to substantiate any performance and marketing claims. Finally, to ensure annual surveillance of certified products, we also conduct an annual audit of the manufacturing facility to make sure the manufacturing process produces compliant products over time.
Products certified under this program can show the NSF Certified for Home Use mark on the product or the packaging and are included in NSF’s online listings database so you can easily find certified products. In addition, NSF offers tips for selecting and using these and other home products and appliances, including laundry equipment (clothes washers and dryers) for sanitizing and allergen reduction as well as sanitizing residential dishwashers certified under separate criteria.
Select one of the links above to learn more about NSF’s certification program for home appliances and products.