If you have a cramped laundry room or perhaps just have your machines in a closet, you probably don't have room for a utility sink for handwashing delicates or for soaking stains before washing.  The new Samsung activewash™ High-Efficiency Top Loading washer is perfect for these situations because it has a built-in sink.  Of course, the machine has [...]

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Last spring, Julie reviewed the Dyson Cool Desk Fan AM06.  She liked the cool, bladeless design of the fan, and her only "con" was the price.  For the same $299.99 that the desk fan cost, you can now get a large, floor-standing Dyson AM07 Multipler Bladeless Oscillating Fan.  This fan stands 40" tall and has Air [...]

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Miu Aroma Diffuser 9

About a year ago, I hopped on the essential oils bandwagon because several people I know use them for health and wellness purposes. However, I simply enjoyed the aroma and so did my kids. I've since purchased two ultrasonic diffusers, both of which have had drawbacks. One of these, the H2EO Ultrasonic Diffuser, leaves about [...]

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If you cringe every time a new electric bill comes in the mail and you wish there was an easy way to monitor how much power and money your appliances are using, you should check out the ego smart Wi-Fi socket from Efergy. This small module plugs in between a wall socket and the appliance [...]

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If the thoughts of turning your "dumb" home into a smart home sounds appealing but also too expensive and too daunting, consider Neurio. Instead of connecting individual sensors to all of your main appliances, Neurio is one sensor that installs into your home's electrical panel (no cutting or disconnecting wires is required). This one sensor uses [...]

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When I upgraded my old fashioned "dumb" thermostat to a programmable / smartphone controllable thermostat a few years ago, it was a huge leap in convenience because I was able to program it to automatically turn the furnace down while I was at work during the day. It would then automatically turn the heat up [...]

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Winter is here with a vengeance, and you may be plagued with dry skin and static shocks as a result of the dry air the extreme cold brings.  The VapOrb USB Ultrasonic Humidifier can moisten your air and reduce your discomfort.  Best of all, it's only 2" in diameter, so you can take it with [...]

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This little fridge looks like those iconic Craftsman tool boxes from Sears.  It would look great in your workshop or man or woman cave, or just anywhere you want it if you love red as much as I do.  The 2-Drawer Toolbox Fridge stands 17.25" wide x 20" deep x 30.75" tall and weighs 63 pounds.  It [...]

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The Panda Compact Washing Machine is only 14" wide and 19.3" tall, but it can wash 5.5 pounds of laundry.  You just plug it in, load in your clothes, and add water and detergent, and it will handle the washing.  It's good for doing small loads and can handle delicates to towels.  It's great for [...]

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Living in Wisconsin (we lived there years ago) meant aeon long winters, heart stopping heating bills, and desert dry air. We used humidifiers to try to add invaluable moisture to the air to help decrease respiratory illnesses or alleviate the symptoms, but also to keep from shocking each other to a fine char. While cleaning [...]

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If you were interested in the Dyson AM06 Cool Desk Fan that Julie reviewed recently, you need to also check out the big, floor-standing model.  The Dyson AM08 Air Multiplier Bladeless Oscillating Pedestal Fan is 17.75" in diameter; it adjusts from 43-1/2" to 55-1/2" in height.  It has a 20-ft air projection and 70-degree oscillation range. [...]

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On the Gadgeteer scale of 1 to 10, a traditional electric fan probably wouldn't rate much higher than a 1. But the Dyson Cool Desk Fan (model AM06) earns a significantly higher score because of one obvious fact - it doesn't have any blades. At least none that you can see. Note: Images can be clicked to view [...]

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Move over Dyson, there's a new sweeper in town. The AirRam from UK based Gtech is a cordless vacuum that features a light weight bagless design that compresses dirt into two square bales for easy clean up. The AirRam can be used on wood, tile and carpeted floors and can run for up to 40 [...]

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The mypressi TWIST espresso machine puts the hand-held gadgetry in coffee making.  This little 10.5 X 3.5 X 3.5 inch device looks a little like one of those mesh tea infusers on steroids.  It makes a single or double espresso shot, with crema, in about 20-30 seconds.  You don’t need electricity, so you can use [...]

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The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto is a beverage brewing system brought to you by Nescafe and Krups. That's sure a mouth full, isn't it? After unboxing the thing and setting it on the kitchen counter, my spouse took one look at it and named it "The Coffee Duck", but for the review I'll stick with calling [...]

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This has to be the niftiest home appliance that I've seen in a long time. It's the Dyson AM01 Desk Fan. Who cares about desk fans you scoff? Well this one doesn't have any blades! It uses Air Multiplier™ technology to generate smooth, uninterrupted airflow with no unpleasant buffeting. Ummm... whatever... it doesn't have any [...]

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I picked up two of these Dirt Devil Kurv designer hand vacuums on sale for $19.99 (regular list price $49.99).  I had seen them advertised and was enthralled with the concept –a stylish contemporary capsule disguising a vacuum cleaner.  But I thought $50 was kind of pricey even though it was a really good idea.  [...]

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