Home and Kitchen

News, reviews and articles about home and kitchen products.

X-Sense XS01-WT Wi-Fi Smoke Alarm review – Because choking on smoke is no joke!

REVIEW – The National Fire Protection Association reports that fire-related fatalities decrease by 55% when a working smoke detector is present, so it’s never a bad idea to add another one to your home. I have plenty of security cameras, but it would be ideal to know the difference between optional viewing, and “Dude! You …

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Maestri House Milk Frother review – consistently great foam for your coffee

REVIEW – I’ve dabbled with several espresso/coffee machines and a couple of options for milk frothing, including steam wants on some of our machines or standalone devices. We’ve most recently been using an aging milk frother/heater in our house the last few years, but it often burns the milk a bit and has been inconsistent …

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Aqua Optima Aurora Instant Hot and Cold Filtered Water Dispenser review – taste the goodness!

REVIEW – Every two weeks I go to Costco and buy at least 3 cases of bottled water. I try to keep that schedule to a bi-weekly cadence, but somehow before the 2 weeks are up, my kids say “Daddy!! We are out of water”. While it is great that they drink so much water, …

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FERLORD Non-stick Frying Pan review – It sticks to its purpose but nothing sticks to it

REVIEW – The FERLORD Non-stick Frying Pan is a medium-weight, well-made skillet that has a modern, no-stick coating made by a name-brand company. The silicone-coated handle is secure in the hand and can’t burn you or slip out of your grip. With nothing to charge on this device and having no moving parts, I had …

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ROIDMI EVA robot vacuum / mop review – An all-in-one floor cleaning solution

REVIEW – As a household of two adults, two young kids, a dog and a cat… it is a war of attrition to keep our home clean.  I’ve been intrigued by the idea of a robot vacuum that can also mop, but skeptical of how the mopping feature could be anything more than a gimmick.  The …

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Airthereal Leak Detector review

REVIEW – Fun fact about me:  back in the early 2000’s I had two insurance claims for over $100,000 that left me homeless for over a year.  Both resulted from water damage. One case wasn’t particularly preventable, but the other one was. The water line to the icemaker came undone, and every time my freezer thought …

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Ganiza 6 Quart Air Fryer review – convenient countertop cooking

REVIEW – We got an air fryer as a gift a couple of years ago and we didn’t even take it out of the box for several months because we didn’t think we would use it that much. When we finally did open it up to give it a shot the air fryer became our …

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Toshiba ML2 EC10SA-BS 8-1 Air Fry Microwave oven review

REVIEW – Can the Toshiba ML2 EC10SA-BS 8-1 Countertop Microwave with Air Fryer Microwave Combo, Convection, Broil, you name it, really accomplish all that it is advertised to do?  Read on for a complete breakdown of this full-featured kitchen appliance. What is it? The Toshiba ML2 EC10SA-BS 8-1 is a one cubic foot countertop oven …

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Bonbowl cooktop + bowl review – cooking for one (or two), simplified

REVIEW – Cooking for one can be a challenge.  Dirtying up a bunch of pots and pans as well as making small portions in a big microwave or stove seems like a waste.  Bonbowl wants to change that with its induction cooktop specifically designed to make single-portion meals. What is it? In short, the Bonbowl …

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Sharple is a veggie peeler that sharpens itself automagically!

NEWS – Peeling the skins off potatoes, carrots, and other veggies doesn’t take that long when your handheld peeler is sharp but who the heck keeps their peelers sharp? It’s not there’s even a way to sharpen them right? Right… but wait… You could get the new Sharple from Dreamfarm. This vegetable peeler has a …

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These stick on cord organizers will become your favorite way to keep your kitchen tidy

NEWS – If you’re like me, you probably have several kitchen gadgets that you don’t keep plugged in all the time. I like to store them in a closet or cabinet when they aren’t being used, but one thing that drives me crazy is the cords. I usually try to wrap them around the appliance …

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Luxear fresh food container set review – save your fresh food longer

REVIEW – There is an old joke about buying healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and then throwing them away a week later since they rotted in the refrigerator.  That used to be funny before food prices started climbing faster than Olympic rock climbers. Luxear aims to help protect your precious fresh edibles with its …

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Morus Zero portable clothes dryer review – does it use a vacuum and UV tech? Yes. But…

REVIEW – I recently wrote a news post about the Morus Zero portable clothes dryer which according to the Morus website, uses Vacuum+ technology to dry clothes quickly. The website also states that it uses ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilize clothes. Gadgeteer readers responded to my news post saying that the Morus Zero is a …

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Marbrasse retractable drying rack review – Works for drying water bottles

REVIEW – I’ve had an ongoing dishwashing problem: I can’t seem to get reusable water bottles completely dry, and we use a lot of water bottles in my household. After unloading the dishwasher or even after I wash them by hand, I set them on my drying mat… and no matter how long I leave …

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Slice up your watermelons with this handy watermelon slicer!

NEWS – Summer is the perfect time for watermelon. But, if you’re like me, you hate cutting them up. I recently came across this watermelon slicer which is supposed to make this task easier. The Yueshico Watermelon Slicer is made up of a stainless steel channel with a handle on it and rotating plastic blades …

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