Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. will launch a line of premium air purifiers under the Clorox brand name. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed. The companies said the move brings together market leaders in cleaning and disinfection and small appliances. Some products will debut this year. The purifiers promise to remove 99.97% of allergens and particulates from pollen, dust, smoke and mold, according to the companies. Clorox executives said the agreement is just one of several strategies to build a global disinfecting brand.
The products will complement Clorox’s growing portfolio of surface and air disinfecting products as well as Hamilton Beach Brands’ line of air purification products. The companies plan to develop additional appliances for the home health and wellness market. According to NPD, the US air purifiers market in 2020 more than doubled in size to $942 million from $407 million in 2019. These amounts do not include the sale of replacement filters. The demand surge for air purifiers in 2020 was driven by consumer concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of wildfires on air quality, and a stronger and longer allergy season. Consumers are expected to become increasingly concerned with indoor air quality at home and in businesses driving the continued rapid growth of air purifiers to help remove harmful particulates, eliminate odors and protect against myriad diseases.
“We are extremely pleased to have Clorox as our partner as we expand our participation in the multibillion-dollar home health and wellness market,” said Scott Tidey, SVP-consumer sales and marketing, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. “We are confident that our experience as a leading participant in the large and fast-growing air purifier market, combined with the trusted and well-known Clorox brand name that is synonymous with clean, will be a winning combination for providing consumers with superior product offerings. Our company has deep experience developing and sourcing exceptional products that meet high quality standards and offer the latest in technological advances. We have a long history of innovation and product development based on consumer insights. Our goal is to provide consumers with the best available options for reducing allergens, bacteria and viruses.”
Hamilton Beach Brands will source and market the new line and distribute the products through both online and brick-and-mortar channels. Distribution is planned for the US (including all territories and military bases), Canada and Mexico markets. The initial Clorox air purifiers will have true HEPA filters that are designed to capture 99.97% of allergens and particulates from pollen, dust, smoke and mold as well as reduce viruses and bacteria in the air. Product pricing at retail is expected to range from $89.99 to $229.99.
“This licensing agreement with Hamilton Beach Brands will enhance our growing portfolio of surface and air disinfection products,” said Chris Hyder, SVP/GM-cleaning, Clorox. “It is one of many initiatives we’re undertaking to develop new growth runways, whether through strategic partnerships like this or innovation that meets evolving consumer needs, as we build a truly global disinfecting brand.”
According to Rory Wehrlie, director, office of strategic alliances, Clorox, the move is consistent with Clorox’s IGNITE strategy to address evolving consumer needs through strategic partnerships with like-minded companies.”
“We are excited to partner with Hamilton Beach Brands to accelerate innovation and create a superior consumer experience in such an important category,” said Wehrlie.