The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2014

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In A Nutshell These days, there are some mighty bright LED flashlights over there -- ones that can rival car headlights in their shine. My personal favorite is the 860 lumen Fenix TK-41 U2, which is currently the brightest flashlight powered by AA batteries. However, the brightest reliable LED Flashlight is the Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster which can output 2450 lumens. Here's the details: Nitecore Tiny Monster 15: 2450 Lumens The Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster LED Flashlight shines with an … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Glassware and Dinnerware

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This is one of our “Buy It For Life” posts were we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. Duralex Picardie Tumblers Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929. Their Picardie Tumblers are known for lasting decades -- they will bounce several times when dropped on the floor and survive without a crack. The tumblers can also withstand a sudden thermal shock -- the temperate glass can go from -4° F to 212° F without breaking. This means they can be … [Read more...]

The Best Shower Filter Of 2014

The Best Shower Filters Of 2013

In A Nutshell Overall, the best option is to get a whole house filter, if your budget allows it. A whole house filter costs $600-$1200 plus installation. If you want to remove both chloramines and chlorine from your shower, I recommend getting a handheld version of the Sonaki showerhead. If you don't want a handheld showerhead, your best option is to get a Vitashower SF-1. The quality of this filter isn't great, but it is currently the only in-line chloramine-removing filter … [Read more...]

A List Of Goods Still Made In The USA

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Here's a list of well-designed products still made in the United States. I focus mostly on mainstream goods, rather than specialized products. If only certain products are US-made, you'll see a "(only selected products)" note. Jeans AG Jeans — Los Angeles, California — jeans (only selected products) American Gusset - Bon Aqua, Tennessee Baldwin Denim — Kansas City, Missouri —  jeans Crate — Los Angeles, California — denim, outerwear Earnest Sewn — New York, New York —  jeans (on … [Read more...]

The Best Battery Chargers Of 2012

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The chargers featured below are some of the "smartest" out there -- they have built-in protection to prevent overcharging or undercharging, and they also perform battery testing and recovery. You can also check out our review of the best AA Rechargeable batteries.   LaCrosse Technology BC-1000 Alpha Battery Charger The LaCrosse Alpha BC-1000 Charger has sophisticated monitoring circuitry that controls the charging process, and it is also capable of "reconditioning" batteries by … [Read more...]

10 Titanium Pocket Tools

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Ah titanium! It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal -- approximately 40% stronger and 40% lighter than stainless steel. It's also highly corrosion-resistant -- even when exposed to sea water and chlorine. Oceanographers report that titanium immersed for 30 years in saltwater produces no measurable corrosion. This is because titanium forms a protective oxide film instantly, when it's exposed to a trace of air or water. All of these attributes make titanium an ideal metal for … [Read more...]

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...]

Buy It For Life: Classic Backpacks By Duluth Pack

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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. Based in Minnesota, Duluth Pack makes high durable work clothes (for both men and women), and classic bags. This is their Paul Bunyan Canoe Pack, made with 18 oz canvas in the U.S. It sells for $230. This is their classic Child's Backpack, constructed with 15-ounce canvas. It sells for … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Mulholland Waxed Canvas Negotiator Bag

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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. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Mulholland is a small company run by a father and his two sons. They specialize in handcrafting bags and accessories using raw materials sourced in the U.S. Their Negotiator Bag, featured here, is made with waxed canvas, a heavy-duty fabric which is dipped in paraffin … [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...]