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1Byone Wireless HDMI WiFi Dongle iShare Videos Images Docs Live Camera Musics from All Smart Devices to TV, Monitor or Projector
1Byone Wireless HDMI WiFi Dongle iShare Videos Images Docs Live Camera Musics from All Smart Devices to TV, Monitor or Projector
Offered by Aiber Technology
Price: £36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy casting..., 28 July 2014
I think the iShare EZCast HDMI dongle is probably best considered a work-in-progress - that's for both them and me. I think they still have some work to do in getting it all feature-perfect and I have some to do figuring out how to operate it all. The manual, mostly written in fluent Chinglish, really isn't much help and you're going to have to be a gadget-headed kind of person to make any progress with it. I don't have Android devices suitable for use with the iShare (my fellow reviewers can help you there) so here's what I've learned so far using it with iPhone and iPad...

Simply connect the main dongle to your TV via the HDMI port, with or without the short extender cable that's included, and then connect the Y-cable to the end of the dongle. The Y-cable has a USB plug which connects to any available USB port to get power for the dongle (or you can connect it to any standard USB mains charger you might have) and there's a mini wi-fi dongle moulded into the other end of the cable which creates a little wi-fi hotspot for the iShare and also connects it to your home wi-fi network.

You should have already downloaded the EZCast app for your smartphone or tablet and have that ready. To connect to the dongle you first have to use its own wi-fi hotspot - the hotspot's name (SSID) and password will now be displayed on your TV (assuming you've switched the TV to the right HDMI input) and you enter these into your iPad/iPhone and log into the wi-fi hotspot. Now you're connected to the dongle you can use the EZCast app to access the settings and then log the iShare into your existing home wi-fi network - this gets it connected to the internet so it can download firmware updates (mine updated itself straight away) and get web content to display. Now you're connected to the iShare via its wi-fi hotspot you can 'cast' suitable content from your iPhone or iPad onto your TV - but this is where things get a bit fickle. Some content is readily available, your Camera Roll photo collection for example is easy to access and to display on your TV, simply flicking through one image to another. However other media is not so easy - the EZCast app does not have direct access to your iTunes music or videos, you have to load music and videos into the EZCast app using iTunes file-sharing on your computer. You can access videos stored in your Camera Roll but they have to be converted (into what?) before the iShare will play them. You can access some other web content via the EZCast app, things like YouTube, but these are really just web-links which display the mobile version of the websites rather than proper onboard services or app's.

While you're connected to the iShare's own hotspot some things are not possible - for example accessing your own content stored on a NAS server or other network device. The iShare doesn't seem to recognise DLNA servers except those running from your iPhone/iPad (I might have missed something here - will get back to you) and so to access your own networked content you have to switch your iPhone or iPad back to your home wi-fi network. Now you can use one of the most useful functions of the iShare -- AirPlay compatibility -- to cast your content onto your TV. The iShare supports both AirPlay mirroring and streaming - with mirroring your iShare will display exactly what you see on your iPad/iPhone screen on your TV, the streaming option allows you to play videos on your TV while your iPad acts as a control device. Both of these options work but they're again quite fickle and you need a good 'clean' wi-fi signal for them to work well. For example I could only get mirroring from an iPad to work when I brought a Powerline wi-fi extender into the same room to boost the wi-fi reception, it was virtually unusable through our standard wi-fi connection. Did I mention fickle? Some videos will stream via AirPlay and others will not and I've yet to figure out why (again I'll get back to you). It could be the DRM in official iTunes Store videos which prevents them playing, but I couldn't get many of my own DVD-ripped movies to work either, that might be because they're anamorphic videos, I don't know yet. Other things worked really well - for example the BBC iPlayer app streamed first time with no problems. Your mileage may vary.

Although getting things set up and running with the iShare can be a challenge, and you'll need either aptitude or perseverance to prevail, once you get the hang of it it's a useful little gizmo. It's fickle in what it will and won't display but there are probably enough cool features here to easily justify the (relatively painless) price - and hopefully future firmware updates might fix the issues it still has. Here's hoping. (Disclosure: item was received for unbiased review)


Beurer IPL 10000 SalonPro System with Lifetime Flashes - Permanent Hair Removal System
Beurer IPL 10000 SalonPro System with Lifetime Flashes - Permanent Hair Removal System
Price: £374.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man-sized issues..., 28 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you hadn't guessed that Beurer were a German company from their name you'd probably get it from their product - this is the most efficient and well-designed IPL unit we've tried yet (and we've been lucky enough to try a few). The unit itself is sleek and simple with just 3 buttons, a pair to increase or decrease the light intensity and one to fire the flash, plus there's an on/off switch at the back. It has cooling fans running whilst in use but they're not as loud as some. The handset is chunky but really well shaped, it fits into your palm nicely and feels very intuitive in use, especially if you're trying to treat an awkward area like your own shoulders or the back of your legs. The light window is the largest I've seen on any IPL unit and that makes a big difference because it means you're treating a larger area with each flash - so it's quicker, much more efficient and causes less wear on the bulb itself. That's less of an issue with this unit because the flash cartridge is reckoned to last for 150,000 flashes before it needs replaced, enough for decades of use with one person. The large light window also makes it particularly suitable for treating larger areas of the body - so for women treating their legs or men treating chest or back hair this is close to the ideal IPL unit letting you get it all done quickly and without fuss. If you're a woman who also wants to treat facial hair (note that IPL treatment is generally not suitable for men's facial hair) then it's also possible to use this unit on the face anywhere below the cheekbones, although the larger light window becomes a slight disadvantage here and it can be awkward to place the handset correctly. Beurer say there is a facial-use attachment available (which reduces the treatment area size) as an optional extra, but it's not included in this pack.

Like any IPL unit there are a list of possible contra-indications and side-effects listed in the manual, which you should make yourself aware of before buying or trying any IPL unit, but one of the main issues with IPL is making sure you get the light intensity correct. If you use too low a setting the results can take longer to happen or be less effective, but if you set the light too high it can cause discomfort or even burns. Some units come with a vague colour chart you have to consult before manually setting the strength, others come with a separate skin-sensor which you have to use before, and then again during, treatments. The other big advantage of the Beurer is that the skin colour sensor is built into the handset, right beside the treatment window itself, so it's constantly checking that the light intensity isn't too high (or that your skin-tone is suitable) before allowing the unit to flash. This is a major safety advantage because you can't avoid doing it and because your skin tone changes from one part of your body to another and so you're always testing the exact area you're about to treat.

It's really difficult to find anything to fault with the SalonPro - maybe the umbilical cord from the base to the handset could be a little longer, but that's probably only an issue for big blokes trying to rid themselves of back and shoulder hair. Speaking of blokes, if ever an IPL unit was designed with men in mind then this must be it, the large treatment area and the efficient well-thought-out safety and design features make it ideal. Of course for women seeking smooth legs it's a gift too, although for facial use it might not be the most convenient. Otherwise it's an excellent unit and highly recommended. "Hair-removal durch Technik" as they say in Germany? :-)


Smart Weigh CSB2KG Cuisine Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl 2000g x 0.1g - Black
Smart Weigh CSB2KG Cuisine Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl 2000g x 0.1g - Black
Offered by Five Star
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy breathing in your kitchen..., 28 July 2014
The Smart Weigh Cuisine Scales have quite a quite utilitarian look and feel, the build quality is nothing special but they do seem reasonably robust. The measuring bowl feels chunky enough to withstand daily wear and tear and although the base is less impressive, with just a bendable plastic film over the display, it should last fine with a little care. In use they are much more impressive and seem highly accurate and they respond to the slightest change in quantities. In fact, if you blow into the bowl even that gets measured - but it's very unhygienic and really not recommended with the bowl already full of flour. There are four weight measurement scales built in -- grams, ounces, Troy ounces and Pennyweight -- note that ounces are shown in a metric style (ie. 17.8oz) and not in lbs/oz, so you might have to do a bit of arithmetic to convert some recipes. The metric scale is displayed in grams only (not kg/g) so is more straightforward. The other two weight systems (ozt and dwt) are mostly used in the jewellery and precious metal trades so probably aren't relevant for most people. You can zero the weight by re-pressing the ON/OFF button at any time so the scales can be used with any receptacle that fits on top or you can add ingredients to the same bowl cumulatively, zeroing the amount between each addition.

One of the biggest bugbears in kitchen scales for me is that they usually switch off the display and zero the weight far too quickly. For example I make bread at home quite regularly and like to try different combinations of flours and because I know the total amount of flour I'll need I just weigh things cumulatively, adding different flours into the weighing bowl until I hit the target total weight. With so many digital scales as soon as you turn your back to fetch the next ingredient the scales switch off and reset the weight, so you lose your place and have to start again. So annoying! This scale is better than most and you get around 2 minutes before the display switches off - it might not sound like much but it's enough to get that next bag of flour out of the cupboard and get it open it and ready to pour. Although they wouldn't win any design awards the Smart Weigh Cuisine Scales are still a good value addition to your kitchen, highly accurate and practical and great for everyday cooking and baking. (Disclosure: item was received for unbiased review)


Philips PerfectCare Azur Iron GC4910/10 - One Perfect Temperature Steam Iron, 180g Steam Boost
Philips PerfectCare Azur Iron GC4910/10 - One Perfect Temperature Steam Iron, 180g Steam Boost
Price: £89.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less huff, more puff..., 27 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Philips PerfectCare Azur feels like one of those refined products that took note of all the annoying little flaws its predecessors had and then went through the list and fixed each one. So, it doesn't leak water everywhere whilst in use or if it's tipped over too far because there's a watertight lid on the fill opening. It doesn't need the temperature to be adjusted constantly or your clothes to be organised by order of heat-sensivity before you begin because it operates at a fixed single heat that's good for everything. It doesn't need distilled water or additional anti-limescale products because that's all built in and should last the lifetime of the iron itself. It shouldn't burn holes in your clothing (or your house) if left unattended because it switches itself off after a couple of minutes if it isn't moved. This all seems to work pretty well too, although I live in a soft-water area and so can't actively test the anti-calc feature, and altogether makes for a really solid performing everyday iron.

I could nit-pick a few things, although none of them seem like fatal flaws to me. The handle itself seems to be set quite far back on the body of the iron which makes it feel a bit top-heavy and therefore you feel like you're using more effort to move it around than you should have to. The steam output is good but if you've been spoiled by a steam generator iron then it feels a bit out of puff sometimes and you find yourself pumping the boost button quite a lot. When you set the iron down on its heel there's often some wheezing and spluttering that happens which seems a bit out of place in an otherwise highly refined iron. The fixed heat does seem to work for everything but on thicker heavier items, like jeans, you do need regular steam boosts to get the job done. Filling up the iron with water is easy because the fill hole is large enough to be held under a tap without splashing everywhere and you also get a handy fill jug with the iron - the only problem is how frequently you'll be using it as the iron empties its (slightly undersized) tank quite quickly.

All the other details of the iron pretty much live up to expectations too - the sole plate is smooth enough to glide around with little effort and survives the occasional scuffle with an unruly zip or button without any obvious damage. There's a LED inside which flashes as the iron heats up (which doesn't take long) and stays lit while it's in use. Altogether it's a top-notch iron for everyday family use, although there's nothing really remarkable about it, except perhaps that Philips have eliminated just about all of the niggles steam irons used to have and that's quite impressive...


DBPOWER® LTL5210A 12 MP Infrared Camera Hunting Camera Trail Camera for Wildlife Surveys, Scenery Shooting, Automatic Detection Field, Home and Office Security Forensics, Supermarket Security Evidence
DBPOWER® LTL5210A 12 MP Infrared Camera Hunting Camera Trail Camera for Wildlife Surveys, Scenery Shooting, Automatic Detection Field, Home and Office Security Forensics, Supermarket Security Evidence
Offered by buyinsummer
Price: £128.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country boffins, not bumpkins..., 22 July 2014
The Ltl Acorn Wildlife Camera is an ingenious mix of technologies all fitted into a quirky but effective end product. The principle is simple enough - use angled InfraRed sensors to see the wildlife coming and switch on the camera, when they pass directly in front of the camera lens take a picture or shoot a short video. Of course getting it all to actually work is probably a lot harder, but it does within some limitations. At first sight the Ltl Acorn doesn't seem that impressive, the build quality is good but nothing special and you have to doubt if it's truly weatherproof, although ours has suffered a few showers without any problems so far. The design is certainly more ingenious than stylish, but that's probably as it should be. There's a trapdoor at the bottom which opens to reveal the SD card slot, the Off/On/Test switch, the USB port, the battery compartment (4 x AA's) and a power port to run it off a mains adaptor (which is not supplied). The trapdoor can be locked shut with a fiddly little latch or there's a small hole on the side which could take a mini padlock or cable-tie for extra security. The trapdoor has a rubber stopper which can be opened to connect a mains adaptor and there's also a tripod mount, but you really will have to secure the trapdoor shut to make use of that without causing damage.

When you switch the camera into 'Test' mode the screen on the back is activated and you can review your images or change the settings of the camera allowing you to configure it to suit your situation. You can set the camera to take still images or short videos or to take both, a still image immediately followed by a video. The camera is listed as being 12 megapixels but be aware that it's actually a 5 megapixel and the extra pixels are achieved through interpolation. Videos are created as avi files using the Motion JPEG codec and will probably need to be converted to other formats to play on some devices, like smartphones (depending on which smartphone app's you have). The quality of the images isn't bad, this is hardly a top-flight digital camera, but as a fun device they're acceptable. Video files aren't great quality but again, given the nature of the device, they're good enough. You can also set the delay between each photo being taken, so you do or don't get lots of images of the same animal passing by. You can also vary the sensitivity of the IR sensors, so they are more or less easily triggered by passing wildlife - I found them surprisingly sensitive and even small birds landing some distance from the camera are enough to trigger a photo. At night the camera switched to InfraRed mode and uses the inbuilt IR-LEDs to take pic's - because the LED flash is InfraRed you (and presumably most wildlife) cannot see it, there isn't any visible flash as photo's are taken. The night-mode pic's are probably my favourite, looking like a cross between NatureWatch and Most Haunted, even if it is only next door's cat that's captured.

At first sight I though the Ltl Acorn was a bit over-priced given the build quality and dubious weather-proofness, but when you realise all the different tech that's in here to make things work it makes more sense. Plus it's a really fun way to engage with the wildlife in your garden, especially if you have kids as they'll love checking the camera every morning to see what was captured overnight. In the end it's a really fun product, not the greatest photographic quality, but really fun. So maybe the countryside is now populated by country boffins and not country bumpkins? (Disclosure: item was received for unbiased review)


Panasonic Silver 5 Blade Wet/ Dry Foil Shaver
Panasonic Silver 5 Blade Wet/ Dry Foil Shaver
Offered by Southern Electric
Price: £192.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pocket lawnmower..., 17 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've been using electric shavers now for about 30 years and apart from a brief affair with a rotary (it didn't work out) I've always stuck with foil-style shavers, but this is my first Panasonic. First impressions were not that great to be honest, the shaver feels lightweight (not necessarily a disadvantage) and there's an awful lot of chrome-effect plastic and shiny-shiny-ness about it - overall the styling is (to my taste) a bit tacky looking. Things did improve when I started shaving with it, it does do a very good job. If you've tried different electric toothbrushes and appreciate the difference between a mechanical version and a sonic version then you'll understand how the Panasonic Silver 5 feels in action - it has that same sonic buzz and speed. The speed of the cutter block seems to give a very quick and tug-free shave too, compared to my other shavers, it glides fairly effortlessly over your face and captures the majority of hairs on the first pass. If you're someone with very sensitive skin this might be a good shaver for you, it shaves close without having to go back and forth across the skin and causing aggravation. However, the head of the shaver is weirdly over-sized, with four foils and a wide flange around them. Only the middle two foils do the heavy lifting, the (small) cutter block inside only operates within those two foils, and the two outer foils catch stray hairs and neaten the finished result. This all works well but the over-sized head just gets awkward in tighter areas of your face, like when trying to catch every last hair on your upper lip.

There are two shave settings, one which automatically speeds/slows the shaver as necessary as you move across different areas of your face and one which keeps a fixed speed - I tend only to use the variable one and didn't really notice it working but that's probably as it should be, it just works. You can also use this shaver for wet shaving, in the shower perhaps, but I should mention I never use it that way so can't comment on its effectiveness. There's a little trimmer on the back side of the shaver for neatening sideburns, although it does seem a bit of an afterthought. You will need to pop it out occasionally though because getting a neat edge with the over-sized head is difficult to judge, you just can't see what you're doing.

The Silver 5 comes with a dedicated cleaning and charging unit and that does a good job too, although it takes its time about it. A full clean cycle takes about 90 minutes which allows for 10 minutes of washing before the unit actually warms up slightly and gently blow-dries your shaver (off and on) - for about another 80 minutes! As with most of these cleaning units you'll have to find a steady spot for it to sit, as they can leak cleaning fluid if they're moved or tipped over. To make the special washing fluid Panasonic have developed small sachets of concentrate which you simply mix with tap-water in the cleaning unit. That sounds like a great eco-friendly idea - unfortunately it's not very wallet-friendly as they're currently around £15 (with shipping) for a pack of three with each one lasting for a month of cleaning. Sorry Panasonic, but paying nearly £5 for a little sachet of (admittedly effective) concentrated detergent is risible.

The only other expense with an electric shaver should be the replacement foils and cutter-blocks and the Silver 5 seems slightly expensive there too at the moment. Panasonic suggest foils will need replacing annually and cutter blocks every 2 years and the shaver will display a warning after one year of use to remind you. In the end my only real issue with the Silver 5 is the price. It does a really good job, it gives a close shave with virtually no discomfort, it's quick and reasonably quiet and the cleaning unit refreshes and recharges it nicely (if slowly). However, there are much cheaper shavers that do the same thing and that have a more expensive style and build-quality than this Panasonic does, so I just don't see how Panasonic justify the extraordinarily high price.


Red Fox Tub-O-Butter Jar 10.5oz
Red Fox Tub-O-Butter Jar 10.5oz
Offered by Sahara Beauty
Price: £4.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grease is the word..., 10 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The other reviewers are right - this feels just like Vaseline® with some Cocoa Butter in it, but it works. It's all wrong, it shouldn't work - it's based on mineral oil, contains a paraben, has the consistency of axle grease and it's cheap - but it does work. You do have to be moderate with the amount you use and take a moment or two to really smooth it into the skin but it does make a big difference. I've been prone to patches of very dry and itchy skin but they've all gone since I started using this regularly and my skin feels in better shape than it has for years. The smell is sweet but not too pronounced and you aren't left smelling like the Milky Bar Kid, as with some cocoa butter products, because it fades quite quickly. Normally I'd avoid a mineral oil product because historically they haven't agreed with my skin or done anything useful - but this must be the exception that proves the rule.


The Gro Company Height Chart Sticker Set Alfred and The Aliens
The Gro Company Height Chart Sticker Set Alfred and The Aliens
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are we nearly tall yet?..., 3 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are a really fun way to cheer up a child's room and so much better than smudged pen marks on the doorpost. You get four good-sized sheets of stickers full of different pre-cut components and your job, as the full-height grown-up, is to assemble the different pieces into the basic wall-chart. It takes a little bit of common sense to get the right pieces in the right order and at the right height (so the pre-printed measurements make sense) but it's not that big of a challenge. Avoiding bubbles caught under the stickers isn't too hard either, certainly easier than getting than getting that screen protector onto your smartphone was! The stickers themselves are really good quality with an almost matte finish, similar to silk-matte emulsion paint, and adhere quite readily to clean paintwork - they're not recommended for use onto wallpaper for some reason. They're printed (including the white areas) onto a translucent film with just a narrow 'halo' around each die-cut piece. The assembled chart goes up to 1.3m marked out in 10cm divisions - but with no smaller increments shown you might want to keep a ruler handy for settling arguments between similar-height siblings or friends. Once the basic chart's in place you can have some fun -- sorry, the kids can have some fun -- placing all the other pieces that come in the set around the chart, adding on the extra details. If you really want to extend the fun there are other matching sticker sets available and even matching bedlinen.

We got two sets, the All Aboard set and the Alfred and The Aliens set. The Amazon page doesn't show pictures of the finished assembled designs so it's worth visiting the Gro Company's own site to see a preview. The All Aboard set has a road which winds its way back and forth up your wall and then you can place the vehicles, traffic signs and trees where you want them. It's printed with muted pastel colours so would be great in a room where you want something fun but not too brightly coloured. The Alfred and The Aliens set is much more brightly coloured with googly-eyed aliens, spaceships and lots of stars to add around the completed chart. The Alfred and The Aliens chart has a straight edge on the right side so it also looks effective placed into a corner of the room or up against a doorpost. Both styles would probably become a favourite part of any child's room and that's just as well, because once the adhesive has taken there's probably no removing them without repainting the wall!


Tefal GV7620 Steam Generators
Tefal GV7620 Steam Generators
Offered by Deals4u Limited
Price: £139.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and steamy..., 30 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Tefal GV7620 is a no-frills no-fuss steam generator iron which pretty much delivers everything you'd want for average family usage. At first I was a bit dubious that a one-heat iron would cope with every type of garment and concerned that it might damage the more delicate items, but it's been fine so far. However, there is an 'eco' setting which reduces the heat and steam output slightly if you're particularly concerned about a garment. For heavier weight items, like pairs of jeans, it's been fine and the high and constant steam output makes most things easy. With no heat setting to worry about there's only one button to switch on and while it's heating up, which only takes a minute or two, an internal LED flashes to let you know it's not quite ready yet. It seems to take another minute or so for the steam generation to reach full strength, but it's not far behind and doesn't hold you back. The weight doesn't hold you back either because the iron itself feels lightweight and nicely balanced - all the heavy parts, the water storage and steam chamber, are kept in the base.

The iron only emits steam when you press the button inside the handle, it doesn't automatically steam when in the horizontal position like conventional irons, so you have great control over it. Tapping on the button on the outside of the handle produces a prolonged burst of steam, three consecutive short blasts actually, though I'm not sure what purpose this really serves. It's also too easy to accidentally tap this button if you set the iron down upright on the ironing board resulting in a cloud of steam you didn't really want - so it's much better to get into the habit of replacing the iron onto the base between uses, placing it down at an angle means your finger doesn't tap the button by mistake. The water tank is a fixed part of the base whereas on a previous Tefal steam generator iron my mother owns it's removable for filling - I prefer the fixed tank because there's less opportunity for spillage or leaking. You will need a jug or bottle for filling, nothing is supplied with the iron, but the tank's opening is large enough to make it easy to fill without spilling - an old cleaned-out milk carton works well and they have about the same capacity as the water tank does. As you work the iron occasionally refills the pressurised steam chamber with water and on my mother's earlier model this sounded like a pneumatic drill going off, however it's very much quieter with this model. There's also a clever device for easily removing limescale but as I live in a soft water area I haven't had to test this out yet. The tank stores enough to keep you going for hours of ironing, which could be as much of a curse as a blessing really...

Although Tefal refer to this model as 'compact' it doesn't seem that much smaller than the average to me and thankfully most of the size reduction seems to come from removing the internal cable storage from the iron, not reducing useful things like the water tank storage. I was a bit concerned by the fixed-heat feature but in practice it's been fine for everyday items, if you're regularly ironing heavier or more varied items maybe it would be worth the extra spend to get a variable heat model. Tefal do seem to have eliminated most of the little niggles from earlier models and the GV7620 seems like a refined and highly effective steam generator iron for everyday use - it just works.


Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Price: £160.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go slow..., 16 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Looks aren't everything, but there's no denying the Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer makes a very impressive addition to your kitchen worktop. It feels exceptionally well made (in France) and stands quite tall when it's fully assembled, it only just slides underneath the wall cabinets in our kitchen and you'd have to pull it clear to actually use it. There are quite a lot of parts to assemble, but they're made from good quality materials and fit together precisely. The topmost piece clicks into position with a little safety latch which stops the juicer from running until it's fully assembled - my heart sank a bit seeing this latch because so often they get broken off and the whole appliance becomes useless until you repair/replace it, but this latch seems strong enough to last, with a little care.

This is a 'slow' style of juicer, meaning it uses a vertical auger which rotates slowly and crushes the fruit through a fine mesh sieve to separate juice from pulp. The 'slow' method of juicing has become quite fashionable in juicing circles (do people really juice in circles?) and is supposed to provide more juice and better juice than the usual centrifugal juicers - but slow juicers are usually very expensive, even double the price of this one. The Infiny Press Revolution has the usual two outlets, one for the juice at the front and one for the squeezed-out pulp at the back-left (you get a set of two collecting jugs with the juicer) but the actual chute for the pulp is moulded into the motor base of the juicer and cannot be removed for washing, you just have to wipe it clean afterwards, which seems less than totally hygienic. For safety reasons the three feed-tubes in the top are quite narrow so you do have to cut your fruit or vegetables into chunks slim enough to drop down them. You also have to go at the pace of the juicer, which isn't that fast, and be aware of not overloading it with too much at once or it starts to protest and the sieve starts to back up slightly. At the base of the sieve is a little rubber trapdoor and the pulp gets squeezed through there on its way to the exit and the more fibrous fruit and vegetables, like celery, pineapple or mango, can block this trapdoor if you aren't careful. I found it was better to feed things through in a random mix to avoid this happening, so the juicy fruits keep the fibrous fruits moving through.

So what about the juice? It's really superb! The more common centrifugal juicers liquidise the fruit and vegetables, like a food processor would, and then spin it to separate out the juice and that means they make a kind of (admittedly often delicious) fruit slurry. This juicer doesn't make slurry, it makes juice. It's much more like the premium juices you pay lots of money for in the supermarket, the really good stuff, except it's fresher and tangier and available in any combination you like. You can also vary flavours as you go, testing the juice as it fills the jug - just add a few grapes to make it sweeter, add an apple or half a lemon to make it tangier. Although the fruit and veg' you'll need can be expensive you shouldn't waste anything because it's hard to make a bad juice, as long as you're tasting it as you squeeze it!

So what about the washing up? It's really not superb! There are about 8 different pieces you have to wash afterwards (including the jugs) and a couple of them, the auger and the sieve, need extra attention to remove the bits of pulp embedded within them. You even get a special toothbrush-shaped tool for this job - thankfully it works too. So even if you're planning to throw them all into the dishwasher you'll still have to hand-wash those two pieces first anyway. I just found myself hand-washing all of them - those crystal-clear plastic jugs and other pieces look so good I don't want a dishwasher spoiling them, so it seemed the best way.

So I guess the big question is - is it worth the expense and the effort of preparing the fruit and/or vegetables and the chore of cleaning up afterwards? Of course it depends on the individual, but if you're the kind of person who enjoys really good coffee and doesn't mind, or even enjoys, the ritual of making it using a good Espresso machine then you'll probably love this juicer. It makes superb juice and it's endless fun trying out new combinations. Personally, I don't think I'd use it very often just to make a single glass of juice for myself - but for making a jugful for the dinner table or to keep chilled in the fridge, it's a treat not a chore.

UPDATE: I discovered a great use for the coulis sieve that's include with the juicer - making real fruit ice lollies! The extra pulp that the coulis sieve allows helps keep the ice lollies softer and avoids the rock-hard ice-cube effect, so they're nicer to eat. You need stronger flavours for lollies, as the cold has an anaesthetic effect on your tongue, and I found mixing berries with a 'base' juice (try watermelon or apple) works really well and you feel you're getting your money's worth from such expensive fruits. I also discovered, by accident, that some combinations of fruit and berries separate out slightly into layers as they're freezing - so you get striped lollies which change flavour as you eat them! I use this Kitchen Craft Deluxe Lolly Maker with these Ice Lolly Sticks and when one batch is frozen they they get stored in a freezer bag while I get the next batch ready. It's a real Summer treat to have pure fruit lollies with no added sugar or colourings and really worth a try!


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