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[New Generation] Gulife® Unique slip-resistant shower mat with 8 super suction cups perfect for your shower or bathroom - Mildew and stain resistant & Non-slip, Great for the elderly and children -- White
[New Generation] Gulife® Unique slip-resistant shower mat with 8 super suction cups perfect for your shower or bathroom - Mildew and stain resistant & Non-slip, Great for the elderly and children -- White
Offered by gulife
Price: $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding comfort and non-slip performance; needs regular cleaning, August 27, 2014
This is without a doubt the most comfortable bath mat I’ve ever used. It’s like standing on a soft loofa sponge – it’s cushy, but still very grippy so that you feel very stable standing in the shower. I’m using mine in a tub, and the fit is perfect – the width covers the full width of the tub and the length is more than ample to allow me to move around under the shower stream.

The material is very porous, and allows water to drain through quickly without any puddling. It has suction cups on the back that do a decent, but not outstanding, job of keeping the mat adhered to the tub. It’s best to position the mat when the tub it wet so the suction cups make a good seal, and press each one individually to make sure they are properly affixed. Even so, a couple of the suction cups broke loose when using the mat. It didn’t cause a problem at all with the mat staying put, but a larger number of smaller-sized suction cups probably would work better than the large ones that were used.

The color is an off-white that blends in very well with my almond color tub.

The main downside of the mat is maintenance. While the loofa-like mesh is wonderfully comfortable, it will collect soap scum and hair, and needs to be cleaned regularly. The mat is machine washable (but not dryer-safe – needs to be air dried) but it is also pretty easy to rinse it under a strong stream of water to clean out much of the accumulated “gunk.” Still, it will need more maintenance than the typical silicon or plastic mat.

For me, the comfort makes the extra maintenance worth the effort. It is so nice underfoot that there’s no contest between this and the plastic mat I was using before I got this. If you’re looking for a zero-maintenance type of mat this may not be the best choice, but if you’re looking for comfort and solid non-slip performance, this is one I would highly recommend.
[Sample provided for review]


iHomeSet(TM) Ice Ball Maker Mold - 60% OFF Limited Time Sale / Value 8*2'' Ice Balls in Two Classic Professional BPA Free Mold Trays / for Your Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch and Any Beverage / Drinks Stay Colder and Undiluted / Good Round Silicone Mold Design for Easy Removal of Ice Balls / Large Ice Balls Melt Slower / Free Cocktail Recipes / Lifetime Guarantee! (Blue)
iHomeSet(TM) Ice Ball Maker Mold - 60% OFF Limited Time Sale / Value 8*2'' Ice Balls in Two Classic Professional BPA Free Mold Trays / for Your Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch and Any Beverage / Drinks Stay Colder and Undiluted / Good Round Silicone Mold Design for Easy Removal of Ice Balls / Large Ice Balls Melt Slower / Free Cocktail Recipes / Lifetime Guarantee! (Blue)
Offered by Vision Store
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality; works well; ice balls fit regular glasses, August 27, 2014
No complaints at all about this set of ice ball molds. The build quality is very solid, with the molds made of thick silicon that should last pretty much forever. Using them is straightforward – just fill the bottom portion, put the top on, and squeeze shut. Any excess water comes out of the top hole and is trapped in the tray portion of the mold for easy pour out, so there’s no mess even if you overfill them.

The base has flat ridges so the mold stands up without any wobbling when its in the freezer.

I didn't have any problems getting the ice out of the molds. I let the frozen mold sit outside of the freezer for a couple of minutes, and the ice balls pop out easily. The molds themselves can be washed in the dishwasher, but I find it’s easier to just rinse them under the faucet and they are ready to use again.

Ice balls are great – once you start using them, you won’t want to use regular cubes again. They melt slower, look great, and are especially handy for putting in a pitcher to keep ice tea cold. These are 2 inch diameter ice balls which are a little smaller than other molds I’ve used, but the size is more practical for using them in normal size glasses. You can also put small pieces of fruit or mint leaves in the mold to make the ice balls more decorative and have them add flavor to the drink.

Ice balls are also great to use in pet water dishes to keep the water cold and (in the case of my cats) get them to drink more since they like to play with the ice.

These are nicely made and offer good performance, and I would certainly recommend them.
[Sample provided for review]


Camco 43573 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pack of 24
Camco 43573 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pack of 24
Price: $14.77

3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser quality than other brands, but they get the job done, August 26, 2014
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I usually get my microfiber cloths from a warehouse club, or get the Zwipes or Amazon Basic brands . These are a notch below those in terms of quality. While they are certainly usable, the fabric is thinner than other brands, which means they don’t survive as many trips through the washing machine.

The size is also a bit smaller – the warehouse club ones are about an inch larger in length and width.

On the plus side, these do perform at a decent level. The fabric is soft, absorbs fairly well, and holds onto dirt. They made it through their first washing without incident. I never put these in the dryer – air drying seems to work far better than machine drying in keeping them in working order (e.g., highly absorbent and able to pick up dirt).

The overall value and price keeps these at a 3-star rating (average). Decent, but there are better ones out there for the same or less cost.


Cat's Pride Complete Multi-Cat Scoopable Litter Jug, 20-Pound
Cat's Pride Complete Multi-Cat Scoopable Litter Jug, 20-Pound
Price: $6.92
13 used & new from $5.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Good performance; enough (but not too much) scent; good value, August 26, 2014
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This is a good value in cat litter. The scent is strong enough that you notice it, but not so strong that it stinks up the whole house. Clumping performance is good, and there's relatively little tracking/powder. I like that it comes in a jug since that makes it easy to store and dispense without any mess.

It's not the best-performing litter I've ever used, but for the price, it's a solid value.


iBucks 8800mah Mobile Charger (White) w/Digital Backlit LCD Display, Faux Leather housing - for iPhone 4/4S/5/5C/5S, Samsung S3/S4/S5, Note 2/3, and other smartphones and digital devices
iBucks 8800mah Mobile Charger (White) w/Digital Backlit LCD Display, Faux Leather housing - for iPhone 4/4S/5/5C/5S, Samsung S3/S4/S5, Note 2/3, and other smartphones and digital devices

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive design; good build quality and performance, August 26, 2014
Powerbanks are starting to look less utilitarian and more upscale. This is a prime example – it’s one of the nicer-looking powerbanks I’ve come across. Plus, the design also has practical benefits.

The overall look is great, with a faux “leather” front and back. It feels more like plastic than leather, but it has a soft feel to it with a small amount of texture. It offers more than just looks – I usually carry a powerbank next to my phone or tablet, and the soft cover keeps this from scratching my phone/tablet. It also has a shiny silver edge that contrasts nicely with the white front and back. The white is easy to keep clean -- I unintentionally got to test that out when I picked it up with toner on my hands. It cleaned up just fine with a damp cloth.

Instead of the usual LED “gas gauge” it has a digital readout of the power level. That’s far more useful than a series of lights. The display has a blue back light making the numbers very easy to read. The on/off switch is on the side, is easy to find by touch, and has a good click to it. There is also a flashlight that is pretty bright and easy to use (2 clicks to turn it on).

The USB output ports are on the top (1 is 1A; the other is 2.1A) along with the micro USB input for recharging the powerbank. The ports are labeled, but the labeling is silver-on-silver making it hard to read in some lighting conditions (dim or very bright). A contrasting color would have been a better design choice.

Although it has a decent capacity (8800 mAh) it’s fairly compact, measuring 3 inches wide, 5 inches long and only about 3/8 inch thick. The size makes it easy to carry along since it’s about the size of the phone. The weight is not bad at all at 8 ounces.

No complaints at all regarding operation. Works great, and the ports are well-anchored with zero wobbling even when stressing the attached cord.

If you’re looking for a powerbank that looks better than the typical plastic box, this is well worth considering. Although the port output markings could be better, everything else warrants a solid 5 stars.
[Sample provided for review]


Orb-3 Lake and Pond Enzymes Pail, 5-Gallon
Orb-3 Lake and Pond Enzymes Pail, 5-Gallon
Price: $152.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Generally effective; easy to use/dispense, August 26, 2014
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I’ve used other Orb products and have been satisfied with their performance. This product continues the trend – decent results in terms of improving pond clarity with the added benefit of ease of use.

This is a liquid product which, at first glance, seemed like it was going to be more difficult to deal with versus the pellet version I’ve used in the past. However, the container is nicely made and easy to handle. I didn’t have any difficulty dispensing this without any appreciable spills or messes. The container is pretty heavy when full – about 40 pounds – so keep that in mind if you get the 5 gallon size.

It does make a difference with water clarity but seemed to work a bit slower than the pellet version. Then again, the difference could be due to the fact that the weather is a lot cooler this year, which may be slowing the reaction time for the enzymes.

The only notable negative was a little sheen to the water after application. It did dissipate after a couple of days, but it was concerning at first. Other than that, however, I’ve not encountered any detrimental side effects of use on plant or animal life, nor any type of odor.


Ipow the Latest Premium 3 in 1 Mulitifunctional Ultra Sharp Vegetable Julienne Peeler Cutter Slicer with Soft Rubber Grips Handle for Potatoes,carrots, Zucchini,parsnip, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Noodle 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Ipow the Latest Premium 3 in 1 Mulitifunctional Ultra Sharp Vegetable Julienne Peeler Cutter Slicer with Soft Rubber Grips Handle for Potatoes,carrots, Zucchini,parsnip, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Noodle 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Offered by NORTHERN LIGHTS USA INC
Price: $9.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent tool for shredding; not the best for conventional peeling, August 25, 2014
This is an interesting twist on the peeler model in that it has a rotating wheel that allows you to select from three different blades. However, there are some limitations to what it can do.

On the plus side, the handle is well-shaped for comfort, with an indent for your thumb and non-slip grip points. While the handle could be a bit longer, it offers decent ergonomics. The rotating wheel is plastic but feels pretty sturdy.

The blades are sharp! We’re talking cut your finger sharp if you’re not careful. It has conventional metal blades (not ceramic) but the cutting ability of all three blade options is impressive.

The large Julienne blade is the most useful of the three. It makes quick work of vegetables where you can do a long, smooth cut (such as a large carrot, zucchini, etc.) producing long strings. The fine Julienne blade is not as good, and often clogs on softer veggies. It’s best for shredding firm veggies such as carrots.

The conventional peeling blade is not all that useful since the depth of cut is too deep. Trying to peel a apple was frustrating since it cut way too far into the fruit. Yes, it got rid of the skin, but it was more of a slicing (and sometime gouging) operation than a peeling. A conventional peeler is a far better tool for that task.

The fine julienne blade is a real bear to clean. It’s so sharp that you can’t use your finger to dislodge pieces, and it’s hard to clean it well under running water. The other blades were easier to clean. The rotating wheel was also an area that trapped scraps and was a bit difficult to clean.

While the idea is interesting, the execution, especially for conventional peeling, is not as good. For me, it won’t replace my regular peeler. I’ll give it 3 stars since it’s only average in performance and ease of cleaning.
[Sample provided for review]


Now Designs Set of 4 Hemstitch Napkins, White
Now Designs Set of 4 Hemstitch Napkins, White
Price: $21.00
2 used & new from $15.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic white napkins that are well-made, August 25, 2014
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While everyday dinners usually make do with paper napkins, I won’t use anything but cloth napkins when guests are dining. I’m also rather particular about napkins, with a strong preference for cotton versus any type of synthetic. I just love the feel of a good cotton napkin.

These don't disappoint -- they are very well-made cotton napkins. Sturdy material with an every so slight rough texture that a good cotton napkin should have. Excellent stitching throughout and the hem detail is very attractive. A classic design that will go with anything.

On the downside, cotton is not as easy to deal with versus synthetics. Stains can be a problem (pre-treating with Shout usually comes to the rescue) and wrinkles are unavoidable. I minimize the wrinkling by pulling them taut when they come out of the washer to smooth out the winkles, and then letting them air dry flat. When dry, pull them taut again when folding. Ironing might still be needed, but it’s just a touch-up rather than a big deal.


BassOne Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 headphone Stereo headset Flexible with Mic answer calling handfree Music Stream white
BassOne Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 headphone Stereo headset Flexible with Mic answer calling handfree Music Stream white
Offered by IRVINE MOBILITY INC
Price: $59.00
2 used & new from $59.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive bass; nice styling; allows for direct connect and Bluetooth, August 23, 2014
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with these headphones. While not perfect, they offer solid performance and a feature rarely seen at this price point – the ability to use them via Bluetooth or as direct-connect.

The appearance is attractive to my eye. I have it in white, and the glossy white makes for a great contrast against the black ear pads and upper band padding. While the gloss appearance does collect fingerprints they are hard to see since it’s a bright white.

The build quality is decent for the price. The arm is pretty sturdy and the ear pads feel like leather (not sure if it is real leather, but it does feel as if it is). It can be folded to minimize space in storage or when toting them along.

The control buttons are on the right ear cup and are a bit cheap feeling. They work, but they are small and don’t give as much tactile feedback as I would like. The on/off button is on the outside of the ear cup and easy to find. It has voice prompts to tell you status issues, such as power on, off, pairing, and pairing complete. Normally I don’t care for voice prompts but these are done right – a soft voice rather than the shout-it-out approach other voice prompts tend to use. Nicely done.

The sound quality is very bass heavy. Impressively bass heavy considering the size of these and the fact that they are an on-ear design. The dialed-up bass comes at the expense of a muted upper range and decreased clarity, but not so much that I found it to be a problem or tiring to my ear. If you like a strong bass response, you’re going to love the sound that comes out of these.

Comfort is mixed. While the ear pads are cushiony soft, the headband is on the tight side. Despite trying all sorts of adjustments, I always felt these were too tight on my ears. Fortunately they are very light so the tightness didn’t get to the point of true discomfort. On the other hand, they are certainly not the most comfortable set I’ve used.

Pairing with my tablets was simple and quick. The bluetooth range is excellent, with zero drop outs at 20+ feet.

In a unusual move for a set at this price point, the headphones can also be hard wired to the source. A 3.5mm cable is included (and a good quality one at that) so you can use these with non bluetooth devoices or when bluetooth is not practical. The sound quality via the direct connect option was just as good as the bluetooth connection, but did seem to have the ability to raise the volume limit a bit. (As an aside, the max volume via bluetooth is excellent – you can dial these way loud!).

It has a number of other features that are useful, such as a sleep mode (turns off after 10 minutes of non-use to conserve battery power), track select buttons, mic for phone calls, and a well-written user guide (with the latter being so rare these days).

All in all, it’s a very impressive set for the price. The comfort issues drop my rating to 4.5 stars, but I’ll round up to 5 since everything else is done so well, and the ability to use these with both a wired and a wireless connection is a big plus.
[Sample provided for review]


Third Alarm El Salvador Organic Whole Bean Coffee, 32 Ounce
Third Alarm El Salvador Organic Whole Bean Coffee, 32 Ounce

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice for the price; decent body; can be sharp depending on brew method, August 22, 2014
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Overall, this is a very decent El Salvador coffee. It’s a medium dark roast that works very well in a French Press or Aeropress. I expect it would also work quite well in a drip pot. The flavor is a little on the sharp side, with some wine-like undertones. I didn’t get any of the toasted almond or cinnamon notes listed in the product description, but even so, I found it pretty enjoyable.

I drink it black, but it has enough body that it would easily stand up should you want to drink it with milk.

The sharpness and wine-notes do not make it suitable for more intense brewing methods, such as a Moka pot, since that really dials up the sharpness (at least to my palette). I got this on the Amazon Warehouse for a very discounted price but, even at the regular price, it’s a decent value.


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