The Best Water Filters For 2013

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In A Nutshell: Best Budget Water Filters Faucet-mounted and pitcher-style filters do not filter water particularly well. Based on our research, we recommend a countertop water filter like the New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System, or if your budget can afford it, there the Multi-Pure Countertop Filter, which was rated by Consumer Reports as the best countertop filter. If you prefer a filter that doesn't require installation, you can get a countertop drip filter, and we recommend … [Read more...]

The Best Low-Flow Shower Head: Oxygenics SkinCare

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Low-flow shower heads can significantly reduce your household water consumption without a noticeable difference to your shower experience. The term “low flow” is generally defined as a shower head with a water consumption rate of 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm). I've tested about seven different low-flow shower heads, and the Oxygenics SkinCare Showerhead is my favorite, due to its invigorating spray. The technology behind Oxygenics is based on the Venturi Principle. As water enters the … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Grooming Tools For Men

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.   Groom Mate Nose Hair Trimmer The Groom Mate Nose Hair Trimmer is made with brushed stainless steel. The trimmer doesn't require any batteries -- instead you twist the bottom with a gentle motion, and the rotary blades cut ear or nose hair without the risk of injury. The trimmer received … [Read more...]

Lands’ End Canvas 1963 Travel Kit

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This dopp kit from Lands' End Canvas Store is constructed with waxed cotton canvas, leather trim, and a metal zipper. Waxed canvas is a good choice for a dopp kit because it is water resistant, quite durable and ages well. Selling for $30, this is most inexpensive waxed canvas dopp kit we could find. Land's End also has a good return policy, they say "you can return anything at anytime for any reason for a full refund of its purchase price". Archival Clothing also makes a $60 waxed canvas … [Read more...]

Professional M77 Manicure Kit By Suvorna Ador

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This Professional M77 Manicure Kit by Suvorna Ador, is constructed with high carbon Japanese stainless steel (Hitachi 440C to be exact). The kit contains a toenail cutter with precision aligned full jaws, a pair of general purpose nail and cuticle scissors with oversized finger rings, a cuticle nipper, a double ended nail pusher, a full metal nail file, a standard nail clipper, and a slanted wide tip precision tweezer. Suvorna's Manicure Kit is available on Amazon for about … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Bialetti Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker

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The Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker, has a polished-aluminum octagonal design has been available in Italy since 1933. In the 30s, Italy was in an economically difficult time, which made making coffee at home appealing. This simple little device crafted from aluminum was extremely popular and is still crafted by Bialetti, the same firm that produced it in the 1930s. Moka Pot stovetop brewers produce a dense concentrated cup that's something between espresso and Turkish coffee. Coffee is placed … [Read more...]

Stainless Steel Beer Growler: The Bräuler

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Based in Portland, Oregon, the Zythos Project makes a very durable growler out of food-grade stainless steel. It's called "The Bräuler", and it features a wide, 1.75-inch mouth, a deep-thread cap to hold carbonation inside, and a machined exterior collar that's compatible with multiple accessories. It comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available for pre-order at the Zythos Project website, the price is to be announced. … [Read more...]

Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses by Bodum

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These Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses are handmade by Bodum. The glass is mouth-blown, so each glass has a slightly unique shape. The double wall insulates the liquid inside, which means your beverage retain its temperature longer. The double wall also prevents condensation and excess heat from reaching your hands. The glasses get good rating from buyers -- over 700 Amazon buyer rated these glasses 4 out of 5 stars. However, the glasses are somewhat delicate, so if you are rough with your … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Knuckle Meat Pounder by DCI

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Made by DCI in Rhode Island, this durable Knuckle Meat Pounder is molded from an aluminum alloy. The device allows you to pound meat with your fist, which is actually quite an effective way to tenderize meat! The Knuckle Meat Pounder is available from Amazon for around $14.   … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Electric Kettles

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Below is our list of the top rated electric kettles, based on the reviews found in Cook's Illustrated Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Amazon and Chow.Com. Reviewers like stainless steel electric kettles, because plastic kettles can contain bisphenol A (BPA) and the plastic tends to crack over a number of years. Plus, according to Chow.com, plastic pots can imbue your favorite brew with a plasticky taste and aroma. The best electric kettles boil water quickly, last a long time, require little … [Read more...]