Press release
April 9, 2018

MODEL 3 Water Heater by Heatworks receives Red Dot Award for High Quality Design

Designing an Innovative Water - Heatworks Model 3

Designed by frog, the MODEL 3 Water Heater by Heatworks receives the distinguished “Red Dot” award.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Red Dot jury has made its decision: After all of the products submitted were tested and assessed individually in the course of an evaluation process spanning several days, MODEL 3 Water Heater by Heatworks received the distinction “Red Dot”. The panel of experts awards the internationally recognized seal of quality only to products that win them over with their high design quality.

Bringing a connected water heater to market
Through frogVentures™, frog partnered with Heatworks to launch a new internet-connected, tankless, electric water heater and mobile application. With the MODEL 3, Heatworks and frog reimagined the relationship between the consumer and their water heater. No longer is it a loud, over-sized metal hot water storage tank that takes up space in their garage. With its sleek, compact design and mobile app, the MODEL 3 offers consumers a completely different way to interact with this household appliance while saving precious resources: energy and water.

Evaluation platform for good design
The Red Dot Award: Product Design has roots dating back as far as 1955 and determines the best products created each year. In 2018, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries submitted more than 6,300 objects to the competition. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, a jury comprising roughly 40 members assessed the products individually based on the original. The strict judging criteria, which include level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics and durability, provide a frame of reference which the jurors then complement with their own expertise.

A choice of three different distinctions are awarded: The Red Dot: Best of the Best is reserved for the best products in a category, while the Red Dot is the distinction for high design quality. An Honourable Mention is awarded for a particularly well-executed aspect of design work.

“I want to congratulate the award winners sincerely on their wonderful success in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018. Success in the competition is proof of the good design quality of the products and once again shows that companies are on the right path. When I speak about good design, I am referring to more than just an attractive product. All of the products are characterized by outstanding functionality. This demonstrates that the designers have understood their clients and their needs”, said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.

Celebration to honor the laureates
The winners will be celebrated at the Red Dot Gala on 9 July 2018. The Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates will receive their well-deserved trophies on stage at Essen’s opera house, the Aalto-Theater, during the award ceremony. At the subsequent Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, the Red Dot laureates receive their certificates and can all celebrate their success together in the midst of the award-winning products, as the aftershow party is simultaneously the exhibition launch: For a four-week period, the special exhibition “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018” will feature the award-winning innovations as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.

The day of the Red Dot Gala coincides with the publication of the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2018/2019, which showcases all of the year’s winning products. In addition, they can be found in the Online Exhibition, the Red Dot App and on Red Dot 21 from that date.

Heatworks MODEL 3 Smart Water Heater and Ohmic Array Technology
Coming off a milestone tip-of-the-hat as one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2018, the flagship MODEL 3 tankless electric water heater is once again taking center stage as the ultimate showcase of Heatworks’ proprietary and revolutionary Ohmic Array Technology. The CES 2019 Climate Change Innovator Award-winning MODEL 3 will be on display throughout the event, demonstrating its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize our global footprint, while also save consumers money. Heatworks is also officially beginning to license its OA technology to other companies and products, as it looks to make it the standard for water-based appliances everywhere. MODEL 3 is currently shipping to customers, and is available for purchase on

Heatworks Duo Smart Untethered Carafe
Heatworks continues to see success from its hybrid formula of breakthrough technology and world-class product design, and is innovating along those lines with Duo, a first-of-its-kind, on the go carafe, designed by frog. Powered and inspired by Heatworks’ Ohmic Array Technology, Duo is battery operated and can heat water instantaneously to plus/minus one degree as you pour. Simply add cool water to the reservoir and instantly see filtered and precisely heated water fill up your cup.

“Duo is another demonstration of the ability of Heatworks’ Ohmic Array Technology to power disruptive new product segments,” said Ethan Imboden, Vice President and Head of Venture Design of frog, the global design and strategy firm. “Following on the heels of MODEL 3 and Tetra, Duo is the third in a series of award-winning collaborations between frog and Heatworks. Alongside each new undertaking, we’ve increased our investment from frogVentures – we’re still just scratching the surface of how design can wield this technology to fundamentally reimagine everyday experiences.”

Heatworks CES Announcement Summary:

  • Visit Heatworks and strategic design partner, frog @ Eureka Park – Booth #50322 or CES Unveiled.
  • Tetra wins CES 2019 Best Of Innovation Award; MODEL 3 wins CES 2019 Climate Change Innovator Award.
  • Heatworks announces new Duo Untethered Carafe that uses Ohmic Array Technology to filter and precisely heat filtered water on demand.
  • Heatworks begins licensing Ohmic Array Technology to other appliance companies and products.
  • Tetra pre-orders slated to begin in Q1 2019.
  • Heatworks Founder and CEO, Jerry Callahan, selected to demonstrate Heatworks products and technology at the YPO Innovation at CES 2019 event on January 7, 2019.

To learn more about Heatworks, its technology and award-winning products, visit, CES Unveiled or Eureka Park – Booth #50322. To learn more about frogVentures, visit:

Contact Details
About Heatworks
Media Contact
Heatworks Media Contact Dan Turk, Max Borges Agency for Heatworks (516) 445-5261
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the Heatworks team came together to not only create the best tankless electric water heater on the market but also to change the way the world heats and uses water.
Through its patented Ohmic Array Technology, Heatworks leverages the natural conductivity of water and electricity to generate heat in the simplest, purest and most efficient way. People save money and help to preserve Earth’s most precious resources: water and energy.
About the Red Dot Award
Media Contact
Julia Hesse, Junior PR Manager Red Dot GmbH & Co. KG Gelsenkirchener Str. 181 45309 Essen, Germany
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day.
In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.
About frog
Media Contact
Lauren Hiznay 5W PR 212 584-4291
frog is a leading global design and innovation firm. We transform businesses at scale by creating systems of brand, product and service that deliver distinctly better experiences for consumers, customers, citizens and employees. We partner with clients to anticipate the future, evolve organizations and advance the human experience.
frog has been a pioneering force in design and innovation for the last 50 years. With a client roster spanning from Porsche to BNY Mellon to the United Nations, frog is known for tackling complex, multi-disciplinary challenges, and driving innovation and growth for both some of the largest global organizations and highest-performing startups.
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