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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.

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.
I've been "juicing" - supplementing my diet with home made pure fruit and vegetable juices - for nearly a year now. I believe it's helped to keep me healthy; I know for a fact that it's been responsible for my losing about 2 stone of excess weight. When intrigued friends and relatives who would like to try the same thing discover how much my imported Korean juicing machine cost - they back off. But now French kitchen appliance manufacturer Tefal is stepping into the ring with a very s
Vax has introduced a battery-powered upright vacuum cleaner, the Vax Air Cordless, targeted at those who want the power of a full-size cordless cleaner without the inconvenience of having a trailing mains cable to plug in or even trip over.

835501 Chefn Pulln Slice Extra Safe Mandoline Vegetable Slicer Shreddepull’n slice Mandolin

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Sep 3, 2014
Mandolins are great for giving very thin slices of vegetables, they have one nasty problem they are very sharp, most are sold with a guard but these often produce a lot of waste, all other Mandolins are push action this is a pull action.

835131 Hoover UnPlugged UNP300R Turbo Stick Vacuum CleaneCordless Hoovering

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Aug 21, 2014
While not everybody’s favourite household task, a vacuum cleaner, especially a cordless one, can help.
Sorry not a coffee machine – ones in the pipeline – but something almost as vital for every home an iron. Certainly nothing like any iron I have used before it looks almost professional as are the claims made for what it does.

834654 KRUPS XP5620 15 Bar Pump Espresso MachinEspresso Coffee Maker

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Aug 5, 2014
While the presence of coffee shops on the High Street continues to grow, we still need a means of providing our favourite beverage in the home.

820188 Samsung UE48H6500 48  inch LCD 1080 pixels 400 Hz 3D TA New Samsung Television

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on June 17, 2014
Clearing a suitable space in my living room and, at times, putting a strain on my back, it was time to check out one of the new models in Samsung’s television line up.
Having recently told you about a JML Halogen Cooker this is rather different. Most people will know of a Microware and those – like me – or a certain age know about a Slow Cooker but what does this 8 in 1 have to offer.

780781 JML Halowave Halogen OveCook by Halogen

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 13, 2014
With first living spaces getting smaller one solution is to cut the kitchen. With people of working age and no children eating out for time saving or pleasure is often more important than preparing a meal from scratch so oven.

756501 samsung oven MC32F606TCT Cello Microwave Grill CombinatioSamsung Smart Oven

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jan 31, 2014
During the time I had this unit my own oven and grill remained unused. Often today with small flats/bedsits there is no real kitchen, people make do with a microwave but for little more than that size you can have the Samsung MC32F606TCT.
I have looked at several devices that record onto SD and Micro SD cards. This is the first such device supplied with a recorder unit. This should therefore give better quality results and therefore provide you with better evidence.

725852 humax HB 1000S smart freesat receiver stA Freesat HD Box

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Nov 7, 2013
Freesat HD is a subscription free service giving access to a range of television and radio channels with some addition features. To gain access to this service you do require to have an installed satellite dish and a set-top box such as the Humax HB-1000S which is the subject of this review.
Moving files to and from a portable Apple device has always been a faff, now there is a halfway device you copy them to, and then, transfer by drag and drop to the PC and by downloading an App, from the iFlash Drive to your ‘i’ device.

721673 sandstrom s47s13 soundbaSandstrom Sound Bar

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 11, 2013
Is a soundbar a good investment? A simple question but as often the answer has several ‘ifs and buts’ mainly around how you use it and what for, this is not a cop out as a decent soundbar now need not be tied only to your TV.

712543 samsung ue40f6400 40 inch smart 3d led freeview T40-inch SmartTV

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Oct 5, 2013
I am old enough to remember sitting with the rest of the family around a small box in the corner of the room and watching a potter’s wheel in operation. I may have forgotten many of the light entertainment programs being broadcast by the BBC’s sole channel during that period but that potter’s wheel is firmly entrenched in my memory of early television. Nowadays the screen of that box in the corner has expanded in size while the box’s depth has reduced considerably as it grants the viewer acces
At one of the recent ‘Xmas In July’ events by HoMedics and Salter. Other items will follow as they arrive. Here some items suitable as gifts without costing a fortune. Spatulas, Measuring Spoons, Adjustable Rolling Pin and an excellent Professional Whisk.

716139 Samsung UE40F650Samsung 40inch Smart TV

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Sep 30, 2013
Samsung are perhaps one of the top two manufacturers of ‘affordable’ lounge sized TV’s that do far more than offer Freeview HD. In fact this one complete with its two remote controls could for a lot be everything that they need.
This is a rather good multi-function device from Bosch, not as ‘multi-function’ normally means with a printer scanner etc. but a device to chop, mix, blend and most other things you want to do to food in preparation to cook or eat.
Though it may not be clear from the title this is a vacuum. In fact when I first used it the lack of noise – even on maximum suction – made me think I had not assembled it correctly, so ‘Power Silence’ does seem to be a good name.
Although I own a Bosch fridge/freezer I tend to think of Bosch as a power tool company. So when I was invited to a recent event that featured vacuums, food processors, coffee machines and kettle and toaster combos it was a little bit of a surprise.
Until now all the personal weather stations I have reviewed display the results. Here you have two cylinders with no apparent displays, press the top of the larger one and a line of colour appears down its side nothing else is shown.

699263 bosch animal bagless cleaneCleaning Animal

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Aug 6, 2013
I first came across the Animal during a visit to Berlin last year. This encounter happened while walking around the city’s massive IFA exhibition. There it was, this Animal, trying to look inconspicuous among the various displays and visitors. My second encounter was earlier this year in London, close to the spot where G8 protestors were making their feelings felt despite being outnumbered by the presence of the police. On this occasion, the Animal preferred to st

699561 Magic Bullet Party PacMagic Bullet

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Aug 2, 2013
It is only when I test a TV or PVR that I tend to see the various product advertising channels while I flick through to test reception, here I found a product that has been given regular use in my kitchen over the past weeks.

698242 bosch sensixx DA50 steam iroA Bosch Steam Iron

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Aug 1, 2013
Every so often, and it does seem to roll around far too frequently for my liking, I have to venture into the cupboard under the stairs and remove the various house-keeping paraphernalia that can only mean one thing. It is time to face up to the pile of freshly laundered clothing and bedding by making use of the ironing board.

698241 Samsung UE46UF7000 big screen TV televisioA 46-inch Smart TV

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 30, 2013
For those looking for a large widescreen television, but lack enough space to accommodate the 55-inch UE55F8000 model I reported on recently, the Samsung UE46UF7000 product may be a viable option.

697207 LINDY 28 Super Bright LED TorcVacuum and Torch

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Jul 12, 2013
First a handheld vacuum to get where the normal cleaner cannot like behind central heating pipes and into those congested corners. Second a very bright LED torch to see into those corners that always manage to hide the dirt from sight.

694258 philips laptop docking monitor displaA Philips 23-inch Monitor

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Jul 11, 2013
Monitors are increasingly becoming multifunction devices as can be seen with a Philips model with a built-in USB 3.0 Hub.