Homes and Gardens

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.

The Salter Kitchen Gift Set contains the digital tools -- scales, timer and thermometer -- needed to assist a cook to obtain consistent results
The Wilko milk pan will be appreciated by those who like hot milk on their breakfast cereal or a hot milky drink at bedtime.

869061 Breville VBL062 Blend Active Personal BlendeBreville Blend-Active

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jul 24, 2016
Five a day is the mantra for ‘fruit and veg’ but then all the things you like do not count so not your potatoes even when they are steamed. However if you make your items up into a smoothie or drink they do count and this makes it easy.

868269 Hoover Velocity Vacuum Power PetHoover Velocity

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on May 31, 2016
It is time to give my home a good cleaning while checking out a Hoover vacuum cleaner.

868225 Hoover UltraMATT MBC500UV Mattress Vacuum CleaneMattress Cleaning

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on May 19, 2016
How many entities share your bed? The answer might surprise you. Did you know that an average mattress can be home to 10 million dust mites? The reason why dust mites choose this type of habitat is that they thrive in the warm, moist environment engendered by such a location.
A few weeks ago I had a gas problem, when I realised it was going to take a while to fix I started to look around for other ways to keep warm in the mornings, at this time of year the afternoons are not a problem and nor are the evenings.

867928 edifier R2730DB bluetooth speakerMultimedia Speaker System

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Apr 26, 2016
Spreading its audio net wide, Edifier’s latest speaker system can connect to a range of sources.

867630 Arlo Q Smart Home 1080p Night Vision Full HD Security CamerNetgear ArloQ

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 6, 2016
Having launched various cordless cameras Netgear now go the other way and attach a cord but instead of this being an Ethernet one it is a generous length USB one meaning it takes power from the cable – no batteries – and sends the signal it receives to your account.
The Oreck Magnesium RS is a lightweight 2-speed bagged upright vacuum cleaner for both carpets and hard floors. It is a robust design originally developed for hotel use.

867008 Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke Carbon Monoxide AlarNest Protect

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Mar 25, 2016
I was invited to a world-wide launch of several products from Nest early last summer. I asked to review this item and was told two weeks despite numerous reminders nothing happened until I assume a new employee arrived now this is protecting me.
A very striking red colour is the first thing you notice when you take it from the box, the next thing is that there are just three items – that will only connect together one way – and as they click together you do not even require a screwdriver.

867278 Arlo Q Smart Home 1080p Full HD Security CamerArlo Adds a “Q”

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Mar 12, 2016
Following the release of its original Arlo™ home security camera system last year, NETGEAR has now produced the Arlo Q. This is a 1080p HD Security Camera that offers two-way audio features operating as an intercom.

867005 nest indoor web camerThe Nest Cam

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Mar 11, 2016
Protect your home while you are away is something that many companies seem to be producing items for, some insurance companies even offer a reduction in your premium if the item selected meets their criteria. Here is a solution from Nest.

866969 Swann SwannOne Advanced Smart Home Control KiSwannOne Home Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Mar 3, 2016
Well know for its range of home security products, Swann has released its SwannOne kit. This product is meant to provide the user with a range of security features that have been designed to protect your home whether you are present or absent for any reason.

866800 myfox security camerHome Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Feb 23, 2016
I have to admit that I was totally unaware of the company Myfox until I was offered the opportunity to check out a couple of the company’s products.

866720 e sylife KuSmart Home Solution Kit

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Feb 15, 2016
I was sent this from France and to be honest my French is non-existent so I needed to wait for a translation before I could start seeing exactly what it could do to achieve – what we all want – to save some money from household bills.

866573 smanos x300 alarm systePlug & Play Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Feb 6, 2016
Keeping your home protected from outside influences is the task of this next product. Unlike other offerings it takes a different approach to providing you with warnings.

866144 Dyson v6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Dyson Wand V6 Absolute

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jan 25, 2016
This latest Dyson vacuum is both an upright and a handheld cleaner in one. It can perform this seemingly impossible task by having the motor and collection container at the top of the arm remote from the cleaning shoe(s).
This is one of a range of machines by Sage marketed under the Heston Blumenthal name. If you need to ask who he is then you have either being living on a remote island or have no interest in food beyond baked beans and sausages.

865865 Humax FVP 4000T Freeview Play HD TV RecordeFreeview Play

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Dec 26, 2015
As its first foray into the field of Freeview Play, Humax has launched its FVP-4000T set-top box. This product has been developed to combine catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television in high definition resolution with a hard drive of either 500GB or 1TB capacities. This review is based on the 500GB version of the Humax FVR-4000T unit.
The latest PVR from Humax now comes with catch up TV for the times you forgot to set your PVR. It also has the ability to allow up to three channels to be recorded simultaneously. Read on for more details of this coffee themed recorder.

865300 Canary All in One Home Security DevicCanary Style Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Nov 28, 2015
Aldous Huxley may have foreseen the Big Brother scenario but he does seem to have ignored the possibility of Little Brother. I am referring to the current trend of installing security devices within our homes to provide notifications of any unauthorised activity when you are away for any reason. One such device is Canary No this is not the yellow caged bird found in some households although both the company and its flagship product is named after the bird used by miners t
The Workzone Titanium+ drill & driver kit forms part of Aldi’s premium range of tools and accessories. It consists of the two most useful battery-powered power tools -- a hammer drill and an impact driver -- packed into a robust storage case so that everything is together when you want to use it.
Although misnamed as they generally sit below instead of on top of the television, set-top boxes have become a must have feature for the modern living room. With its flag firmly attached to the Good Ship Freesat, Humax has delivered numerous set-top boxes including its HDR-1100S model.
With the Salter Electric Soup Maker one can make a hot nourishing soup in about half an hour. Now that the days are getting colder it will make a useful addition to the kitchen for both the experienced or beginner cook.

864780 lavazza Minu Caffe LattSmall Coffee Machine

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 14, 2015
As you get older you do not function properly in the morning without your first fix of coffee. If it requires little or no effort to make it so much the better. Here a small device that you’re only real input is to switch it on and insert a pod.
While most vacuums have the floor mastered, most people need to get them upstairs and of course also to vacuum the stairs themselves. The problems of the lead are often solved by an extension but the hose still needs a connection.
Nobody wants their Sunday joint burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. The Heston Blumenthal 5-in-1 digital thermometer from Salter is a useful tool in preventing that and similar problems in the kitchen. But that is not all it can do…

864389 Smanos W020 home security systeHome Protection

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Sep 22, 2015
Developed by Smanos (a combination of Chuango Security Technology Corporation, Chuango Europe B.V. and Smanos Holdings), the WiFi Alarm System forms part of the company’s Smart Home System line up. This particular product has been designed to provide protection against unauthorised entry to your home via doors and windows.
With the perfusion of cookery programs on TV the things that comes through is accuracy, both in weight and timing/temperature so these two items can help with those things. First an accurate kitchen scale and second an oven temperature gauge.