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Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker with Tote Bag
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker with Tote Bag
Offered by DAWK Shops
Price: $31.95
23 used & new from $31.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great espresso at home, June 29, 2016
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This espresso coffee maker has become a Thing. It has an almost cult-like following. It makes excellent (REALLY excellent!) espresso without any appliances. Just heat water to 175 degrees (a microwave works well for me) and you can make a cup in a few minutes. I prefer to make espresso in a mug and then add hot water to make a genuine Americano. The strong polycarbonate parts are virtually indestructible. You can even pack them in the included drawstring tote bag and take this kit on the road to make great espresso in your hotel room. You must reorder the little paper filters but they are inexpensive and are available in bulk. The price is reasonable so, go ahead, give this a try. You'll be hooked!


Night Therapy Memory Foam 8 Inch Therapeutic Comfort Mattress, King
Night Therapy Memory Foam 8 Inch Therapeutic Comfort Mattress, King
Price: $295.76
3 used & new from $289.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep comfortably, sleep well, June 29, 2016
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Night Therapy Memory Foam 8 inch Mattress
Size: King
Manufacturer: Zinus
Amazon price: $295.78

The compressed mattress arrived in a carton that was smaller than expected—only 19” x 19”x 42”. It weighed a substantial 68 pounds. Once opened and the vacuum-pack plastic was removed, the mattress quickly expanded to a full 8 inch thick king size - 80” x 76”. The instructions told us to leave it for a day or two to let it breathe and fully expand. We left it on the living room floor for a couple of days.

We placed it on our box spring and we tried it out. It’s very comfortable, if bit firmer than the mattress we were replacing. The support is good; there is no odor, and the overall comfort level is excellent. The mattress is comprised of three layers — two inches of memory foam (viscoelastic polyurethane) on top of 2 inches of what Zinus calls pressure relieving foam (polyurethane), and a base layer of high-density support foam. These three layers are enclosed in a soft microfiber removable cover.

The memory foam used in this topper uses fewer petroleum-based foams than normal memory foam. Replacing them is a percentage of natural plant oils, green tea extract, and natural active charcoal. The result keeps the mattress fresh, absorbs moisture, and eliminates odors. Many foam products have a chemical odor after they are opened for the first time. This mattress had virtually none after resting for a few days in our living room before we put it on our bed.

The first few nights’ sleep were a pleasure. Since we already owned a Zinus 4-inch topper for our guestroom bed, I had an inspiration—place that on top of the new mattress. The result is heavenly. If you do the math, this $500 combination is roughly half the cost of some of the currently popular King-size memory foam mattresses from online sellers and retail stores. The luxurious twelve-inch thickness is supportive, pressureless, and luxuriously comfortable. Most fitted sheets will fit this combination easily. We love this mattress and have never slept better.


SwissGear Meyrin 20" Expandable Spinner Suitcase, Dark Blue
SwissGear Meyrin 20" Expandable Spinner Suitcase, Dark Blue
Price: $107.99
2 used & new from $100.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality spinner suitcase, June 15, 2016
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SwissGear Meyrin 20” Spinner Suitcase
Amazon price: $86.53

This is a nice, well-made suitcase at a good price. It’s hard to find fault with goods from a reputable brand like SwissGear. This is not a cheap, no-name suitcase.

Four-wheel suitcases are classified as “spinners” because they have four wheels instead of two for dragging your load. Most airports have hard terrazzo or tile floors and the spinner styles glide along effortlessly even fully loaded.

The overall dimensions are 13 x 19 x 29 inches. Unloaded, it only weighs a bit over seven pounds. I suppose this will fit in the plane’s overhead but it irks me when nearly every passenger has a bag and they fight trying to lift and cram it into the bins. I understand, though, it’s often an economic decision.

The suitcase has handles on three sides so picking it up from the carousel is a breeze. The telescoping aluminum handle pulls up easily and locks down with a click. On the front, there are two zippered pockets. The upper 12” x 7” one is for tickets and small items, below that is a roomier 12” x 11” one for books or paperwork. Inside the cover is a 17” x 10” zippered area for flat goods. The interior of the suitcase measures 13” x 18” x 8”. It has two tie-down straps with buckles. A 10” x 6” zippered wet pack is an included bonus.

All zippers have good, metal pull tabs at each end. There is a expansion zipper with a red tab, for identification, that when opened, gives you an extra inch and a half of packing space. Handy.

As for durability only time will tell, so far, so good. I’m impressed with its construction and attention to detail. I have to compliment SwissGear for a nicely engineered suitcase.


Sleep Master Memory Foam Mattress Topper, King
Sleep Master Memory Foam Mattress Topper, King
Price: $205.15
2 used & new from $199.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly, June 13, 2016
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Sleep Master Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Size: King
Manufacturer: Zinus
Amazon price: $205.15

We had a two-inch slice of raw memory foam on our bed for several years. It made our bed quite comfortable without losing support. Recently, we swapped it for this Sleep Master Memory Foam Topper. The support, the comfort, and the quality of sleep we now enjoy feels like we’ve rejuvenated our eight year-old mattress. My wife says it’s like a new mattress for a fraction of the price of a new mattress.

The topper is comprised of two layers — two inches of memory foam (viscoelastic polyurethane) on top of 1.5 inches of what Zinus calls pressure relieving foam (polyurethane). These are enclosed in a luxuriously soft microfiber quilted Jacquard cover that is removable.

The memory foam used in this topper uses fewer petroleum-based foams. Instead a percentage of natural plant oils, green tea extract, and natural active charcoal are incorporated. The result keeps your mattress fresh, absorbs moisture, and eliminates odors. Many foam products have a chemical odor after they are opened for the first time. This topper had very little. It arrives compressed and vacuum-sealed in a tight roll. Once the plastic is removed, the topper takes a deep breath and expands within a few minutes. We left ours on the living room floor overnight and put it on our bed the following morning.

The topper measures 80” x 76”, the same length and width as a King mattress. It weighs a substantial forty pounds. If you already sleep on a fairly thick mattress, remember that you are adding another four inches to its height. If your fitted sheets are older with shallow pockets, you may need to invest in some new ones. Fortunately, we found that two of our existing sheet sets fit perfectly.

We have nothing but praise for this topper. The comfort is super and the support is just right. New mattresses are very expensive and being able to use this topper to bring renewed life our current mattress represents a significant cost saving.


Belkin ScreenForce InvisiGlass Advanced Flexible Glass Screen Protector for Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Sport (38mm)
Belkin ScreenForce InvisiGlass Advanced Flexible Glass Screen Protector for Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Sport (38mm)
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $13.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good protection for those who need it, June 5, 2016
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Apple Watch Glass Screen Protector (38mm)
Manufacturer: Belkin
Amazon price: $24.99

I’m a bit concerned about scratching the screen on my Apple Watch. Because the watch is fairly thick, it can easily be bumped or scraped against things. Several friends who have had their watches for a year now, have faint scratches on them. Since a watch is worn all day, every day, it’s inevitable, I guess.

Belkin’s Apple Watch Glass Screen Protector offers good protection. It’s real glass with a 9H hardness rating - that’s high. The packaging includes a claver alignment feature so positioning the protector on your watch is precise. This is necessary because the protector itself is the size of a postage stamp.

Glass screen protectors for smart phones have been available for a while and they offer excellent protection. The first time I saw one, I couldn’t quite believe it was glass. It is flexible and microscopically thin. The big deal for me is that they stick down onto the screen without bubbles. If you’ve ever tried installing one of the plastic screen protectors, you know what a pain it is to remove the air pockets and small bubbles trapped underneath. Not so with glass.

Because the glass is so ultra-thin, there is no tactile difference in finger sensitivity or force-touch presses. My only complaint is that you can feel the edge of the glass protector when you run your finger across the screen. The protector is quite a bit smaller than the watch face due to the curved sides of the screen. The touch surface is covered by the glass, but not the roughly 3/16 inch border around the watch face.

These glass screen protectors are available for both the 38mm and the 42mm Apple Watches. If you are a person who doesn’t do hard, dirty work, you may not need this kind of protection. However, if you work with your hands and need protection, this is a good option.


Sunlite PAR38/LED/17.5W/FL40/DIM/ES/30K LED 3000K PAR38 17.5W 85W Replacement 120V Medium Base PAR38 HE Series Reflector with Dimmable Energy Star Light Bulb, Warm White
Sunlite PAR38/LED/17.5W/FL40/DIM/ES/30K LED 3000K PAR38 17.5W 85W Replacement 120V Medium Base PAR38 HE Series Reflector with Dimmable Energy Star Light Bulb, Warm White
Price: $22.50
3 used & new from $22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Light done right, May 28, 2016
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Sunlite LED replacement floodlight
Amazon price: $25.99

We’ve progressed from 65W incandescent floodlights, to Halogens, to CFLs, to LEDs that cast an unflattering bluish light to a bulb that finally gets it right. This Sunlite LED floodlight casts a nice, warm light (3000K), is dimmable, and uses a mere 17.5 watts. Bonus: It’s rated to run for 25,000 hours. That’s a life of almost 23 years based on three hours per day.

This bulb should fit all PAR38 ceiling floodlight fixtures as a replacement for the old 65W floods. It casts a 1050 Lumen brightness that will probably be brighter than the bulb it replaces. It is UL listed and has an Energy Star rating with an estimated annual energy cost of $2.11.

I’m really happy with the natural quality of light. It’s instant-on, no lag. The only caution I should mention is the weight—12.7 ounces. No problem for ceiling fixtures but if you should use this in a lightweight portable lamp of some kind, be aware that it is heavier than a normal bulb.

At $25.00, these bulbs aren’t cheap but considering the low cost to run and the fact that they will probably last longer than you will, they’re a very good value.


GEOTEL® Apple Watch Band 38mm, Milanese Loop Stainless Steel Bracelet Strap Band for Apple Watch 38mm All Models with Unique Magnet Lock(No Buckle Needed) (Black)
GEOTEL® Apple Watch Band 38mm, Milanese Loop Stainless Steel Bracelet Strap Band for Apple Watch 38mm All Models with Unique Magnet Lock(No Buckle Needed) (Black)
Offered by Shenzhen Chang Sheng Tai Electronic Co., Ltd.
Price: $39.99
3 used & new from $11.06

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice for the price, May 27, 2016
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Nice band! I don't know how it compares to Apple's Milanese Loop but this inexpensive version looks good, feels good and if I damage or break it, no harm done.


Mohu Basic 25 Indoor TV Antenna MH-110757
Mohu Basic 25 Indoor TV Antenna MH-110757
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cut the cable and watch TV for free!, May 22, 2016
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Mohu Basic Indoor TV Antenna
Model: MH-110757
Manufacturer: Mohu
Amazon price: $12.99

Cable TV is losing ground fast. It is being replaced by streaming TV via the internet. However, television stations are required by law to broadcast their signal over-the-air from local broadcast towers as well as transmitting it via the Cable Companies. If you have a suitable antenna like this inexpensive Mohu Basic, you can view all of your local TV channels in clear HD. In my area that includes, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and about a dozen others. Picture quality is excellent and so is the sound.

There are a couple of caveats. First, you have to be within about twenty-five miles of a TV broadcast tower. It’s better if you are line-of-sight, but even if you aren’t, the reception is often good anyway. Second, you can only get local TV stations which means no sports unless the game is being broadcast on a local channel.

This little Mohu antenna works like a dream for us. It’s so small that it can hide invisibly behind our TV. We still subscribe to Cable TV, but our two smaller TVs use these over-the-air antennas and we’re happy. Our cable company wants us to begin renting small boxes for each extra TV we have because they will soon be going 100% digital. That means that only the one TV connected to their cable box will work. These Mohu antennas solve that problem and will pay for themselves quickly.

To get slightly geeky for a minute — there are over-the-air DVRs available in both stand-alone and subscription versions. These allow you to record shows that you receive via your antenna. They aren’t cheap but some consumers are going this route and cutting the cable completely. How much would you save per year if you could eliminate your monthly cable bill?

Swapping your cable for an antenna might work well for you. It does for us. This inexpensive Mohu antenna is a great way for you to try it out.


3M Comfort Grip Gloves CGL-GU, General Use, Size L (Pair of Gloves)
3M Comfort Grip Gloves CGL-GU, General Use, Size L (Pair of Gloves)
Price: $8.00
6 used & new from $7.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Flexibility is the key here, May 19, 2016
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Comfort Grip Gloves
Manufacturer: 3M
Amazon Price: $8.00

These knit nylon gloves are dipped in Nitrile to coat the palms and fingers. This makes them grippy and leaves the backs breathable. The knit is breathable and flexible and fits “like a glove”. The Nitrile coating makes delicate work possible but when harder jobs are to be done, it is strong and tough. These gloves are puncture resistant and abrasion isn’t a problem. The elastic cuffs prevent debris from entering down your wrists. Typical rubber gloves are difficult to put on and take off and leave your hands sweaty. These are breathable and easy to use.

At $8.00 per pair these gloves are not exactly disposable, but if you damage them or get them excessively goopy with paint or, say, adhesives, tossing them isn’t a disaster. They’re washable so simple grime can be eliminated and the gloved used again.

I keep these near my workbench and use them for carpentry (no splinters), cleaning, sweeping, lawn mowing, and when winter rolls around in northern climes, I think they might provide just the right amount of grip for shoveling. Due to their flexibility, these gloves also let you do work with small parts and tools. Electrical projects are a perfect example (but with the power off, of course).

I was recently introduced to these “rubber-dipped” gloves and find them indispensable. These Nitrile ones by 3M are good quality. I highly recommend them.


Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra Power Lithium Upright Vacuum, Tungsten - Cordless
Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra Power Lithium Upright Vacuum, Tungsten - Cordless
Price: $224.36
3 used & new from $199.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for cleaning anytime - grab and go convenience., May 17, 2016
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Ultrapower Wireless Vacuum Cleaner
Manufacturer: Electrolux
Amazon price: $249.00

Cordless stick vacuums that utilize battery power have come a long way. This powerful unit from Electrolux is well-made (in Hungary) and has super maneuverability. The head rotates a full 180 degrees. It has a low profile with LED headlights allowing it to clean under furniture and beds easily.

Electrolux is a well-known brand that has seen generations of users. A reputation like this is valuable and it looks like this new machine has been engineered and manufactured to live up to the company’s high standards.

We have a Hoover Cordless Air and the comparisons are enlightening. The prices are similar. First of all, the Electrolux machine is much quieter even though its rotating brush runs constantly. Hoover’s is switched on and off separately on demand. The Electrolux has three power settings. Essentially, low, medium, and high. I sense that the Electrolux is a bit more powerful than the Hoover.

There are some downsides in this comparison — The Electrolux has a single removable 25.2 volt lithium battery that must be charged in the vacuum while it is on its stand (4 hours). The battery is rated to provide up to 60 minutes of run-time. The Hoover includes two batteries and a separate charger. If you run out of power, you just swap in a fresh battery. With the Electrolux, you’re out of luck until you recharge. Electrolux sells extra batteries but each has to be charged individually in the vacuum on its stand. The light-weight charging stand is plastic and putting the vacuum on it is a bit clattery (it can be wall-mounted which will help). There are annoyingly bright orange lights on the front of the vacuum. They blink in rotation when the battery is charging and blink slowly and continuously when fully charged. If the vacuum is stored in a place where it can be seen, the lights can be intrusive. I use a two-inch piece of black tape to cover the lights.

The dust container holds about a pint of debris. The Hoover’s dust capacity is roughly double that.. Dumping it out is fairly easy with both. The Hoover includes two washable dust filters so one is always ready to use. The Electrolux uses a small fabric dust cone in a plastic frame. Cleaning this is fiddly. There is a snap-spring handle that ejects most of the dust but if you really want to clean it thoroughly, you can wash and dry it.

The Electrolux includes a clever cleaning cycle for the roller brush. Hair and pet fur can clog the brush in any vacuum cleaner and the Electrolux has a pedal that actually cuts through much of the collected hair. If hair and thread gets wound in the Hoover, it has to be combed out and cut out by hand. With long-haired pets like ours, we have to do this often.

This is a good, powerful vacuum for small homes or apartments. No stick vacuum is appropriate for whole-house cleaning with heavy rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting. For quick touch-ups, cleaning the kitchen, pet hair, or a quick prep before guests arrive, this vacuum can’t be beat. Because it is cordless, it’s a snap to grab for a quick clean up anytime.


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