The Best Shower Filter Of 2014

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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...]

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...]

The Best Low-Flow Shower Head: Oxygenics SkinCare

Oxygenics Low Flow Shower Head

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...]

The Top Rated Waterproof Headphones

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Today, water lovers can bring their tunes with them and still get quality sound. Not just for swimmers, waterproof headphones are beneficial for all sports enthusiasts since they are also sweatproof and can be rinsed off after use. By reading reviews across the web (iLounge and CrunchGear are good sources), we've come up with a list of the top rated waterproof headphones. H2O Audio Surge 2G Waterproof Headphones H2o Audio, an innovator in developing underwater accessories, has recently … [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...]

Buy It For Life: The Letter Carrier Bag By Moop

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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. Moop is a small company that handcrafts bags in their studio in Pittsburg. Their Letter Carrier bag, featured here, is built from durable waxed canvas and lined in cordura. Waxed canvas is naturally water repellent and ages like leather. In regards to ordering, Moop says: We are just a few … [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...]

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...]

The Highest Rated Humidifiers For 2012

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It’s important to keep indoor humidity at an optimum level (45 to 65 percent). Dry air in the winter is one the main causes of sinus infections and sore throats. Humidifiers require frequent maintenance -- minerals in tap water can cause an accumulation of scale, a breeding ground for bacteria. Parts of the humidifier need to be descaled regularly with vinegar and disinfected with bleach, and filters and wicks require periodic replacement. Listed below are the top rated humidifiers according … [Read more...]