Home and Kitchen

News, reviews and articles about home and kitchen products.

Easily crack the top off soft- or hard-boiled eggs

I only eat hard-boiled eggs, but I’ve always loved the dishes and the style of eating soft-cooked eggs still in the shell while they are cradled in an egg cup.  I periodically think about getting some nice egg cups and setting my peeled hard-boiled egg in one while I eat breakfast.  But I’m going off …

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Aicook Blender, 15-Piece Smoothie Blender Mixer review

What is it? The Aicook 15-Piece Blender is a portable blender that is designed to blend fruits, and vegetables, and many other ingredients that are used to create smoothies or health drinks, etc. What’s in the box Package contents: 1 x High torque power (Base unit) 1 x Stainless steel flat blade 1 x Stainless …

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Send your fresh fruits and veggies to VeggiDome!

I don’t know how often I get some fresh scallions or broccoli, stick them in the fridge under all the other produce I have in there, and find them again after they are limp and inedible.  With the VeggiDome, I could store them on display in the kitchen, so I don’t forget them, in a …

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Aicok SV-8001 Sous Vide Cooker review

Living all my life in the southern United States, I grew up eating my mother’s fried chicken, which is so often considered a staple of southern cooking.  My mother’s chicken was great – juicy, tender, well-done, and tasty.  I didn’t quite inherit my mother’s skills, and I was never able to produce fried chicken as …

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Simplify holiday decorating with these lighted window sheers

I know, Christmas is over, but it’s never too early to think about simplifying your life when it’s time to decorate again.  These Holiday Illuminated Sheers will make decorating your windows as easy as hanging a curtain.  Each 78.75″ long x 47″ wide white panel has 200 LEDs that turn your window into a festive display. …

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Stir up some tasty popcorn with the Whirley popcorn maker

I used to have a popcorn maker similar to the Whirley Stainless-Steel Induction Popcorn Maker, but it wouldn’t work on our induction cooktop when we upgraded.  We had to resort to microwave popcorn because I wouldn’t allow my husband to shake one of our cast iron pans on the new cooktop.  With the old popper, shaking …

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Keep your feet toasty warm with this heated pouch

I suffer from cold feet.  They get so cold that sometimes a night sleeping under a couple of blankets isn’t enough to warm them up.  I need the Ultra-Plush Foot Warmer for those days when my feet are so cold that nothing seems to warm them. The Ultra-Plus warmer plugs into an AC outlet, and …

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Enjoy spreadable butter with the Butterie dish

Over the years, there’s been a lot of discussion of how to get spreadable butter here on The Gadgeteer.  We’ve examined heated knives, water-immersion chambers, and even electric butter dishes.  This Butterie dish keeps it simple by just keeping the butter covered and sitting on the kitchen counter. Butterie is made of 95% BPA-free plastic and …

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Ecobee recruits Amazon’s Alexa for their new Switch+ smart switch

The ecobee Switch + is the smarter light switch with built-in Amazon Alexa. Unlike other smart switches that just work with Alexa, the ecobee Switch + has the voice assistant built right in. Use the built-in mic to ask Alexa for lights, news, music, and more. Or control other voice-enabled devices in your home. Depending …

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iLife A8 robotic vacuum cleaner review

Everyone likes a clean house, but most people I know don’t enjoy doing the work to keep their house clean and tidy. With keeping the laundry clean and put up, the dishes cleaned and put up, the furniture dusted, and the floors vacuumed, there’s no time to binge watch your favorite TV shows! So let’s …

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Keep your tablet close at hand but out of the mix with this cutting board

If you use your tablet as your cookbook or for watching cooking videos while you work in the kitchen, have you found a safe place for it while you work?  If you need a new cutting board, you should check out this bamboo board that has a built-in stand for most tablets 10″ and smaller. …

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Airfree Onix 3000 Air Purifier review

It’s me again, your resident asthmatic living in sunny and pollen-infused Florida. In 2016, I reviewed the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier, a machine I affectionately called Aunt Beast for its gray utilitarian form. (If you don’t know the reference, go read A Wrinkle in Time.) Though the machine performs as promised, its size and …

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IQAir AirVisual Pro Air Quality Monitor review

I live in Florida, the land of perpetual pollen, in an older home in the woods. And I have asthma. Those three strikes mean it can be difficult to enjoy the outdoors. But what about the indoors? My husband, Bill “Mr. Headphones” Henderson, recommended I try the AirVisual Pro by IQAir to help me monitor …

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