20 Highly Rated Home Goods Made In The U.S.A.

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Very few products are still made in the U.S., but we managed to track down some American-made products that get high ratings from buyers.   KitchenAid Artisan Mixers Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 2037+ reviewers) Since 1919, KitchenAid classic mixer have been assembled by hand in Greenville, Ohio. The KitchenAid mixer is one of a few consumer appliances trademarked specifically for its unique shape! Buy on Amazon for about $267.   Lodge Logic Skillet Average … [Read more...]

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...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Home Theater Equipment Of 2011

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Sometimes you just need the facts -- here is our cheatsheet listing all the top rated home theater equipment of 2011. This list is based on reviews we found on CNET, Amazon and Home Theater Review: A/V Receivers The Top Rated A/V Receiver Under $350: Onkyo TX-NR509 or Yamaha RX-V667 The Top Rated A/V Receiver $350-$400: Onkyo TX-NR609 or Pioneer VSX-1021-K The Top Rated A/V Receiver $400-$500:  Yamaha RX-V671BL The Top Rated A/V Receiver $500-$600: Denon AVR-1912 The Top Rated A/V … [Read more...]

The Best Stereo Receiver Under $250: Harmon Kardon 3390

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Harmon Kardon, founded in 1953, helped create the high-fidelity audio industry, and today the company continues to produce great audio gear. Featured here is Harmon Kardon's 3390 receiver, which has a clean, minimalist design. Selling for about $210, this receiver is really a high-end device at a budget price. Like all Harman Kardon stereo and A/V receivers, it incorporates the company's long-standing high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier designs with discrete output transistors. As a … [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...]

Bulletproof Mac Backup Solutions For 2012

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We store more photographs, videos, music and documents on our computers today than ever before. Many of those files are irreplaceable. It makes sense to have a comprehensive backup strategy in place, so you'll never be surprised by an unfortunate event. In this article, I will present some bulletproof Mac backup techniques which will work quietly in the background without your intervention. While researching this strategy, I gleaned many ideas from Joe Kissell's excellent book, Take Control … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Home Theater Systems Of 2011

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Home theater systems simplify the setup of your entertainment center. Rather than purchasing speakers, a receiver, a Blu-ray player, and other components separately, you can pick one pre-matched package and have everything you need. You’ll often save money, and you’ll know that you aren’t going to run into any compatibility issues. When shopping for an HTIB (home theater in a box), look for the same merits as you would if you were shopping for components individually: sufficient power for you … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Home Theater Projectors Of 2011

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After consulting reviews on sites such as PC Magazine, Projector Central, Projector Reviews, Trusted Reviews, Audioholics, and Amazon, we created this list of the four top rated home theater projectors of 2011. We’ve selected only full HD (1080p) home theater projectors for our recommendations -- lower resolutions are available, but you give up a lot in picture quality without saving significant money. Our choices represent both dominant technologies: DLP and LCD. Epson PowerLite Home … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable Generators Of 2011

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Portable generators are built to suit a range of needs, producing between 1,000 and 20,000 watts and costing several hundred to several thousand dollars. The best small generators are inverter-generators. Compared to traditional generators, inverter-generators typically produce less noise and cleaner power. They are great for recreational use and for powering sensitive electronics. You’ll also find generators for occasional home use—needed, for instance, when the power goes out—and generators … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Home Theater Speakers Of 2011

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Energy Take Classic 5.1 ($400) Top Review Sources: CNET: 4.5/5.0 “Editors’ Choice” Amazon: 5.0/5.0 (125+ reviews) G4TV: 5.0/5.0 “This is one of the best home theatres we've ever reviewed, and the low price is just a bonus” Energy Speaker Systems’ Take Classic 5.1 manages to distinguish itself in the crowded field of affordable 5.1 speaker systems. It’s difficult to find any serious consumer or expert criticism of the Take Classic, which is repeatedly praised for its … [Read more...]