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From the latest lawn mower to hedge trimmer to that great new way to BBQ, or inside that wizzy vacuum, cool fridge. A big topic this one, with new gadgets appearing daily! Come and read other members experiences or opinions, or share your own with the rest of the community.

Think of it as a vacuum cleaner that washes and dries and you are on the right track. If you have empty rooms its brilliant as you work in straight lines, it washes and dries as at goes along so clear everything away for those new looking carpets.

841425 Piper NV Night Vision HD Security CamerAdding Piper Functionality

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on May 21, 2015
It does not seem all that long ago that I was first introduced to the Piper product. Actually it was around two months ago that I came across this home security device which streams live images to your smartphone and sends out warnings regarding events that are taking place within the area it is protecting. Now the next version of the product, originally created by Russell Ure in 2012 and powered by IControl Networks, is available. This latest version goes by the name of
The Vax PowerPlus Steam VPW2S is a versatile cleaning tool for around the garden and patio. Use the pressure washer to blast away all dirt and grime from outdoor surfaces and then hygienically steam clean critical areas.
This is not Samsung’s latest and greatest high end model but it is being sold by AO at a very competitive price so much so that they class it as a best seller, so what exactly do you get for your money and is it a good value purchase.

840989 SMARTER iKettle Silicone SkiRemote Water Boiling

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Apr 25, 2015
A recent visit to a trade show introduced me to a company developing products for the kitchen that were controlled by remote.

840796 Samsung ME711K microwave oveSamsung Microwave ME711K

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 10, 2015
A quality microwave that is available from AO.COM at an amazing price. This is not the latest and greatest that seems to be able to everything but the washing up. However it is a very competent offering at a price only normally found with the entry level models.

840490 philips smartimage 234E5QHAW monitoA Philips Monitor

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Mar 24, 2015
With a choice of connection options and added technology, a new monitor from Philips certainly has eye-appeal.
Edifier has recently added to its range of Bluetooth aware speaker products with another 2:1 system.

839511 Blaupunkt BLA 40 233 budget HD televisioValue TV from AO

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Feb 4, 2015
I have looked at a number of high priced Smart TVs here something for a lot less with of course a lot less features it has Freeview and is an HD TV, but a lot of the extras like optical out are not included in this bargain buy.

839064 Russell Hobbs 20810 Purifry Health FryeRussell Hobbs Purifry

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jan 16, 2015
A lot of homes these days do not have a proper kitchen so a small oven type device can have its place. This small unit can fry – without fat – grill roast and more. The nearest thing I have previously reviewed is the Philips Airfryer.
Having recently looked at two bagless upright cleaners it seems only right to review a similar bag less cylinder option. Here a 700watt option from Hoover that is an immediate winner from me for one small feature that it has.
Over the years I have reviewed a number of coffee machines, all have been very popular with readers, some seem to think that the coffee from ‘Pod’ machines is not hot enough, so this unit that uses fresh milk that it heats could be their answer.

838305 BOSCH Athlet upright lightweight vacuuBosch Cordless Athlet

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Dec 12, 2014
Happily you not need to be an Athlete to use this rather nice cordless vacuum otherwise that would certainly have ruled me out. In fact from setting it up to first use was less than a couple of minutes, no screws it just clips together.

837334 Vax Air Cordless Upright Vacuum CleanerVAX Portable

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Nov 9, 2014
This is the second portable – untethered – unit I have looked at this autumn; my home is looking rather clean by my standards anyway. This unit that is not heavy comes in a very large and heavy box as it comes with not one but two batteries and a charger, these are the weighty bits.

836976 Flare 20cm SaucepaPans, Sauce and Frying

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 26, 2014
Here I am looking at two pans from different sources, the first an exclusive to Lakeland a different shaped saucepan. Second from JML a frying pan that is coated with stone and it then becomes truly non stick even in a dry pan.
Here it is the long awaited coffee machine and what a machine it is. While I have reviewed numerous machines before this is the first that uses fresh roasted beans, not ground coffee, unground beans freshly ground in the machine for each cup.
Here is one of my occasional forays into large kitchen items. This time an offering from Dixons a Grundig Fridge Freezer. This is quite large so should certainly suit a family as far as the fridge is concerned; it’s what is called 60/40.

836238 Samsung UE32H6200 32  inch LCD 1080 pixels 200 Hz 3D T32-inch SMART Television

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Oct 11, 2014
As one of its smallest models, the Samsung 32-inch television is the subject of this next review.

836148 hoover unplugged 300R vacuuHoover Unplugged

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 8, 2014
A lightweight upright cleaner with a narrow cleaning head ideal to get into small spaces. Add to this that it runs on an internal battery and you may just have discovered the ultimate floor and carpet cleaner. So is the Hoover Unplugged nirvana?

836145 AEG Lavazza A Modo MiLavazza LM 3100

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Sep 28, 2014
With such a name you would expect this machine to be made in Italy after all the Italians can make a very good cup of coffee. This machine however is made in Germany a country perhaps more famous for making quality cars, it is made by AEG.

836144 Tefal OptiGrill with Automatic Thickness and Temperature MeasuremenTefal Grill

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Sep 26, 2014
This device can take the guesswork out of grilling food. It has special settings according to how well – or rare – you like your food cooked. It even has a mode to allow you to cook from frozen as well as special programs for certain items and even sausages grilled are healthier than fried.