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Garden Home Heavy Duty 72" XXL Grill Cover Weber (Genesis), Holland, Jenn Air, Brinkmann, Char Broil, More
Garden Home Heavy Duty 72" XXL Grill Cover Weber (Genesis), Holland, Jenn Air, Brinkmann, Char Broil, More
Offered by Bellahome
Price: $52.99
2 used & new from $20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars very nice cover that exceeds expectations, February 6, 2016
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I purchased this Garden Home Heavy Duty 72" XXL Grill Cover for a large, stainless steel Members Mark gas grill. The old grill cover had finally worn out over the years. I was concerned that this one might not fit as the grill is quite large, but it fit like a glove. The grill cover is made of heavier material than I expected, which is nice, and it has a large zippered pocket in the front. I'm not sure what I would store in that pocket, but it is a nice feature that I have not seen on any other grill covers costing much more than this one. The cover feels heavy duty enough that it should last for several years. For its price this Garden Home Heavy Duty Grill Cover cannot be beat.


Menu Winebreather Carafe
Menu Winebreather Carafe
Offered by Design Emporium
Price: $49.95
90 used & new from $38.47

5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use; aerates well; can be used to store wine after usage, January 31, 2016
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This review is from: Menu Winebreather Carafe (Kitchen)
My wife and I enjoy drinking wine. Wine always tastes better when it's aerated, which can take an hour or longer waiting for it to do in an open bottle or poured in a glass. I have used per glass wine aerators that seem to work fairly well, but they are a bit cumbersome to use for each glass of wine you want to pour. I have used wine decanters, also, but wine can still take a while to aerate, and you need to drink the whole bottle or it goes to waste. What sets this Menu Winebreather Carafe apart from these is you can decant wine into a carafe and accelerate aeration at the same time.

This product arrives nicely boxed. The one I ordered was undamaged from shipping. The only parts are the glass carafe, which holds more wine than it appears, a rubber adapter to fit the carafe and a standard wine bottle, and a top to seal the adapter. Instructions provided with this product pertained to an entirely different product (a wine chiller), but it really didn't matter as it is easy to figure out how to use it. The rubber adapter fits into the carafe securely. It has an inner nipple that fits a standard wine bottle. You simply install the adapter, open the wine bottle, and turn the carafe upside down so the adapter nipple can be inserted into the wine bottle. You then turn the entire assembly upside down so the wine can empty into the carafe. It empties slowly, over a minute or two, and wine dribbles along the inner edges of the carafe for aeration. The carafe did not look big enough, but it does hold the entire contents of a standard wine bottle. Once the wine bottle has emptied into the carafe you can remove it and either leave the adapter in the carafe or remove it as well. I find the wine continues to aerate better if you remove the adapter after filling it, but you can pour wine without spilling it easier with the adapter in place. Either way, when you are done drinking wine you can put the adapter in the carafe and seal it with the included top, or you can put the wine bottle back on and empty the contents of the carafe back into the wine bottle. The major advantage to doing this is, if you have a vacuum wine stopper that can pump air out of the wine bottle (manual ones work very well and are inexpensive Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump with 2 x Vacuum Bottle Stoppers - Black), you can essentially recork your wine bottle and remove air to preserve it longer.

Aside from the entertainment of watching wine shower into the carafe, this product does improve the flavor of wine. It seems to aerate well, and the flavor of wine I used with it did seem to improve right away. Compared with other wine decanters I've seen, this Menu Winebreather Carafe is inexpensive and is more functional. If you enjoy drinking wine and want to bring out maximum flavor and smoothness, this product is well worth consideration.


18k Gold  Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Two-Tone Peridot Flower Lever Back Dangle Earrings
18k Gold Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Two-Tone Peridot Flower Lever Back Dangle Earrings
Price: $31.68

4.0 out of 5 stars somewhat smaller than expected but attractive, January 30, 2016
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I ordered these earrings for my wife. Periodot is her birthstone, so I figured she would enjoy them. These earrings arrive nicely packaged in a gift box. They are much smaller than I though they would be. The illustration on Amazon's web page makes them look larger than they are. They are also more silver colored than gold. Nonetheless, they are attractive in appearance. The clasp on the hoop works well, and my wife seems to like them very much. The list price of $69.99 seems way too high, but Amazon's current selling price of under $34 seems reasonable for this earring set.


Med-Master Premium Steel Medicine Case with RFID Lock, 3.75 x 9.5 x 12.25 Inches, Platinum (201906206)
Med-Master Premium Steel Medicine Case with RFID Lock, 3.75 x 9.5 x 12.25 Inches, Platinum (201906206)
Price: $61.40

5.0 out of 5 stars versatile, sturdy, locking medication case that works well, January 28, 2016
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My wife has to take medication that, unfortunately, her daughter has stolen from her in the past while visiting. She also takes trips to visit relatives where there is a risk for having her meds stolen (sad to say, but true). So this Med-Master Premium Steel Medicine case is an idea solution for her.

The case arrives unlocked in a cardboard box. It is sturdy metal, but make no mistake. This is not a theft-proof chest by any means, and anyone with a flat-blade screwdriver could probably break it open if truly motivated to do so. This is not intended to be that sturdy, though. It is really intended to be a casual theft deterrent. No one is going to break open this case and steal your meds without it being obvious they have done so. So if you have kids in your home, or you let visitors use the bathroom where you keep your meds, this type of case will make it far less likely they will be stolen.

The case is designed to be carried or mounted on a wall. You have to remove two plastic plugs to install the optional carry handle (included with the case), but no tools are needed other than a thin flat blade screwdriver to help pry off the plugs. Screws and drywall anchors are provided for wall mounting. There is a plastic pull handle on the front to open the case door. When you first get the case it is unlocked, and you have to install 4 AA batteries (included) in the lock before it will operate. There are two key cards (like ones you get to open your door at a motel) and a plastic bracelet that are designed to open the lock by waving them close to the front of the lock. The bracelet is made of pink plastic and looks more like a child's bracelet than one you would likely want to wear. Whether you use the bracelet or a key card, I found you have to wave them slowly, close, and directly in front of the lock for them to work. Once you figure that out, though, they work well. The front of the lock will sound a tone and flash a blue light to tell you when the lock is either locked or unlocked. You then have only a few seconds to pull the door open before the case locks itself again. When you open the door you will see a tab stick out of the lock, which is the locking mechanism, but it is designed so you can close the door without having to rescan the lock. In essence, this makes sure your case is locked as soon as you close the door (so don't lock your keys and bracelet in it). The only downside to this case is there is no other way to unlock it without a functioning electronic lock mechanism. A plastic battery case is provided that has a corded plug attached to it that enables you to plug it in to the lock for accessory power in the event that your installed batteries are dead. The lock does give you a warning that your batteries are failing by flashing a red light rather than a blue one when you activate it. But there is no way to unlock this case without a functioning electronic lock. The case would have been ideal if it had an alternative manual combination or key lock mechanism.

Inside the case there is plenty of room to store lots of medication bottles of any common size. Provided with the case are a small whiteboard with a dry erase pen so you can write temporary notes or reminders. Both the whiteboard and pen have magnets on them so they can be handily stuck to the case. A lighted magnifier is provided, which is handy to read the small print on medication bottles. The door of the case has a small built-in pocket to store it in. The magnifier is pretty cheaply made, though, so I don't know how well it will hold up over time. It uses two CR-2016 button batteries (included). The manual does not tell you very clearly how to install the batteries. It tells you to put them in the battery compartment with the "+" end up, but it fails to mention that you must slide the bottom battery underneath a slender wire that sticks out in the compartment. If you don't do this, the light on the magnifier will not work. Another nice item included is a plastic pharmacy tray that makes it easy to pour out pills, count them, and pour them back into the bottle. There is even a slot on the case door to store the pharmacy tray.

Overall, for its $79 list price, and Amazon's discounted price, this is a very affordable, well-designed, and useful locking medication case. It is ideal for use while traveling but also makes for a safe way to store medications at home. I highly recommend it.


Detour Simple Bars, Caramel Peanut, 9 Count
Detour Simple Bars, Caramel Peanut, 9 Count
Price: $11.19

5.0 out of 5 stars tasty alternative to granola bars with less fat, carbs, and calories, January 28, 2016
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Often times at work I don't have the option to get lunch, so I usually will eat a granola bar as a substitute. These Detour simple bars are a nice alternative. The have 50 fewer calories than my usual granola bar and fewer carbohydrates and fat calories. They are also reported to be gluten-free. The chocolate/peanut/caramel flavor is actually quite good. There is no cost listed for this item on Amazon yet, so I cannot comment about their overall value, but, nutritionally, they seem very good.


Delsey Luggage Solution 23 Inch Spinner Trolley, Black, One Size
Delsey Luggage Solution 23 Inch Spinner Trolley, Black, One Size
Price: $118.99
9 used & new from $110.66

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent rolling bag for short trips; compacts and stores well, January 25, 2016
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I own other luggage for traveling but really needed a slightly smaller bag for shorter trips. The one I had previously was too small. This Delsey spinner luggage bag is just right for week-long trips. The bag arrives in a carton and is contained in a clear vinyl zippered outer bag that is customized to fit the luggage in its collapsed state. The vinyl outer bag has a handle for easy transport when storing it.

Once removed from the vinyl storage bag the luggage bag is expanded to its full size by rotating two flat bars in the base of the bag and raising up its two firm inner side panels from their folded position. The side panels have Velcro on them to secure them to the inner sides o the bag. Once they are stuck in place the bag feels very solid. Overall construction of this luggage appears to be of high quality. The top flap is zippered to gain access to the interior. The flap is smaller than the overall size of the bag, which is different from most travel luggage where you can unzip a bag and have the entire interior exposed. The interior is accessed easily, though, and has plenty of room for packing clothes, etc. There are two quick release, adjustable straps inside to help secure contents in the bag. The zippered flap also has a zippered pocket for storage of more items. A TSA lock is also provided, although the lock is cheaply made of plastic and not very sturdy. The bag has two handles, one on the side to carry it and an extendable pull handle for rolling the bag on its wheels. The bag rolls easily and smoothly.

My only complaint with this bag is it is easier to get out of its vinyl storage bag that it is to put it back in. But in its collapsed state it does fit the storage bag well, and it is a nice way to keep the bag in good condition between trips. I found the entire bag in its collapsed state and secured in its storage bag fit easily under my bed for convenient storage.

I don't fly anymore, but I do travel for week-long trips by car, and this bag is perfect for that purpose. If you are in need of a good quality, smaller travel bag this Delsey 23 inch spinner luggage bag is well worth consideration.


Cuisinart TOB-260N Chef's Toaster Convection Oven, Silver
Cuisinart TOB-260N Chef's Toaster Convection Oven, Silver
Price: $219.99
13 used & new from $219.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better oven than Breville; similar style but built better with longer warranty, January 19, 2016
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Under my name it is incorrectly stated that this review is for a "free product." This product was NOT provided to me for free. I PURCHASED this Cuisinart TOB-260N convection toaster oven for $259 after our Breville BOV-800XL Smart Oven quit working after 2 years and 9 months (in fact, I'm bummed because I see Amazon is now selling this Cuisinart product for $40 less than what I paid only a week ago). Like many others, we had a bad experience with long term durability of the Breville product. For this reason I decided to replace it with this Cuisinart model. Another Vine reviewer has written an elegant review (a free product was provided to her) comparing the two different toaster ovens, so I will try not to repeat the same information but simply present a different viewpoint.

First off, like many things these days, both the Cuisinart and Breville ovens are made in China. This Cuisinart oven arrives very well-packaged in a double-boxed package. There was no damage to the oven I ordered from shipping, and the oven came with two oven shelves, a broiler pan, and a pizza stone. The product manual is well-written and easy to use to learn how to make best usage of the oven. The styling of both ovens is very similar, and at first glance you would think they were made by the same company. The Cuisinart oven is slightly larger than the Breville Smart Oven, the oven racks are almost identical in size, but the Cuisinart broiler pan is smaller in size since it is rectangular and not square. This is not really an issue for me as I still have the broiler pan from the dead Breville oven but also do not use a broiler pan much at all anyway. The included pizza stone is a plus and will definitely get used over time.

The digital display of the Cuisinart oven is bright and easy to read. It is simple to switch between functions by simply turning a single dial. Each function is selected by pressing the button in the middle of the dial. Unlike the Breville product, the dial and buttons on the Cuisinart oven seem sturdy and not flimsy. It is very quick and easy to program the oven for usage. You can bake with or without convection, and Cuisinart includes a “smart convection” feature that enables you to bake with convection without having to wait for the oven to preheat. There is also a dual bake feature that enables you to program the oven for two different temperature settings and cooking times. This feature is ideal for roasts where one might want to roast at higher temperature initially and then switch to a lower temperature slow-cook right afterward without having to restart the oven. This Cuisinart oven also has a handy oven light that turns on automatically whenever you open the oven door, a feature that is not present in the Breville oven (although Breville apparently sells a newer version of their smart oven with an oven light for $20 more). The oven light will turn itself off after 2 minutes but can be easily turned on or off with the touch of a button.

The Cuisinart oven has vents on both sides of the oven, and there is also a small vent on the right side of its top. Since there is a vent on top you will not want to store a cutting board or anything else on top of this oven. You will also want to make sure there is plenty of room for air to circulate on both sides of the oven.

I find this Cuisinart oven toasts as well as the Breville oven. I cannot really tell any difference between them. Both ovens have a crumb tray that is easily removed and replaced from the front. The speed of preheating and cooking seems to be equivalent between both ovens. The Breville oven is rated at 1800 watts; this Cuisinart model is rated at 1875 watts. Bread toasts very nicely on both top and bottom. I baked cornbread with convection that baked to perfection very quickly. The convection fan is very quiet, much quieter than the one in our Breville oven was before it quit working.

My only complaint about this oven would be the very quiet chime for the timer. It can be adjusted to turn it off completely or make it slightly louder, but even on the loudest setting it is way too quiet to hear if there is any other noise going on in the kitchen. So you have to pay attention to the cooking time. This is a relatively minor annoyance but something one would hope Cuisinart would improve in future production runs.

The price of both the Cuisinart and Breville ovens is pretty comparable. The real difference between them is the length of manufacturer warranty. Breville’s warranty is only one year. Cuisinart’s warranty is for 3 years. If you read many of the Breville reviews you will find that many owners had ovens that quit working in less than 2 years or so. Ours quit working in less than 3 years. So I think the one year warranty is a reflection of how little confidence Breville has in their product. Cuisinart obviously has more confidence in theirs. Don’t be fooled by the extended warranty offered by Square Trade for this oven. Their “extended” warranty begins at time of purchase, which means a 2-year extended warranty will expire a year before your Cuisinart manufacturer warranty expires. You will be paying for nothing.

Overall, I am very pleased with this Cuisinart toaster oven. It is stylish and very well-built. It has more included accessories, is more versatile, slightly larger, and likely more dependable over time than the Breville Smart Oven. It toasts, roasts, heats, and bakes flawlessly. In my opinion, the Cuisinart oven is a better choice for the money spent.


Bru Joy Manual Can Tin Opener Stainless Steel Smooth Edge No Sharp Cuts - Best for Arthritis Seniors
Bru Joy Manual Can Tin Opener Stainless Steel Smooth Edge No Sharp Cuts - Best for Arthritis Seniors
Offered by Bru Joy Products - The Sole Owner & Distributor of Bru Joy Brand
Price: $49.99
2 used & new from $14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars very sturdy; opens even large cans with relative ease, January 9, 2016
I purchased this can opener after trying to use an older manual can opener to open a large can that our automatic can opener was too small to open. The can opener is big and seems to be very sturdy in construction. After reading the stellar reviews I was a little skeptical that this was as good as others, who received the product for free, had claimed. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that this can opener was, indeed, up to the task of opening even a very large can that our automatic opener could not open. It worked well, and opened a very big can with relatively little effort.

The manufacturer of this product sent me an email shortly after I ordered it with a link to a video on how to use the can opener. My comment about the video would be that the person who made the video was using this can opener in a left-handed position. The can opener, however, is designed to be operated in the right-handed position, which means the opener is positioned on the right side of the can, with the turning knob to the right. If you position it like they show on the video, which I suspect was somehow shown reversed, it will not work. If you position the can opener correctly, the gear with be on the bottom, and the cutting blade will be on top.

If you need a heavy duty manual can opener this product seems to be up to the task.


Household Essentials KROSNO Handmade Hudson Short Tumblers (Set of 4), 10 oz, Clear
Household Essentials KROSNO Handmade Hudson Short Tumblers (Set of 4), 10 oz, Clear
Price: $68.69

5.0 out of 5 stars visually attractive, sturdy, larger than expected and very heavy, January 9, 2016
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These Krosno tumblers are handmade glasses intended as barware. The glasses arrive very well individually wrapped with both paper and bubble-wrap and packed in a very solid cardboard box. The product sent to me for review arrived in perfect condition. Each glass has a little tag glued on the side that comes off easily by running it under some hot water. There was no instruction sheet included in the box, so I do not know if any special care is needed in washing, although the glass is so sturdy that I have no doubt it could be safely washed in a dishwasher. So far, I have hand washed them. The tumbler is much larger than I expected from the photo on Amazon. They have a very wide mouth that tapers to a thick base. The tumbler is quite heavy, much heavier than any thick-bottomed glass I have ever used. They are definitely not the ideal choice for anyone who is arthritic or limp-wristed. The rim of the glass is very smooth and feels good on the lips while using it. The glass is quite thick, giving it a very sturdy feel, but it does not feel cheap by any means. Visually, the glass is quite impressive. In bright light it shines like crystal. I measured the volume of liquid they hold, and each glass will hold 10 ounces of liquid to about 1/8 inch under the rim. I use a 2-1/2 inch ice mold to make spherical ice, and the ice spheres fit easily in the glass.

At first glance I was not sure I would like these tumblers due to their large size. But after drinking some scotch with an ice sphere in them I do like them. I like the feel of the rim on my lips. They are very heavy and sturdy, and visually attractive, making them ideal for barware. I think my ideal glass for whiskey on the rocks would be about 3/4 the size of these, but that is more a matter of preference and not a reflection of the quality of these tumblers. I think anyone who enjoys mixed drinks would find these Kronos tumblers to be perfect. At their list price of $69.99 these tumblers are not cheap, but if you are someone who likes high quality barware you will find these glasses to be worth the expense.


Bergan Twinkle Replacement Ball, Colors Vary
Bergan Twinkle Replacement Ball, Colors Vary
Price: $3.39
30 used & new from $2.01

4.0 out of 5 stars cats love to play with them; batteries not replaceable, January 4, 2016
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I purchased these to replace the ball in our cats' Turbo Scratchers. We have several cats, and most of them love to play with their Turbo Scratchers. But they especially love playing with them using these twinkle balls. The twinkling light really gets their attention. The lights only seem to work for a few months with regular pet play usage, though, which requires purchase of a new ball. If the batteries were replaceable they would be much better.


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