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Polti Vaporetto Edition Steam Cleaner
Polti Vaporetto Edition Steam Cleaner
Price: £148.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Polti Vaporetto is a steam cleaner not a mint ice cream, 16 Jan. 2015
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This is a big steam cleaner, rather than just a steam mop-on-a-stick, it reminds me of one of those Henry vacuum cleaners.

One obvious thing to note when setting up, it takes around ten minutes for the 1.3L (here I erred towards caution with slightly less water) capacity to reach working temperature / pressure. Some smaller steam mops have way smaller capacity and are ready to in much less time, but aren't as effective. It also doesn't re-suck up the water vapour so be prepared to wipe up any puddles.

Our kitchen, hallway and downstairs shower room are all slate tiled and while they are resiliant to stains and dirt, probably haven't been cleaned properly for several years. The Vaporetto did a remarkable job of bringing the tiles and grout to a far cleaner look. Also cleaning the fat off the stainless steel hob was remarkably easy and brought the shine back.

You get many attachments for other jobs like carpets and furniture, but I had to keep the box to store them in.

Negatives-ish (more like niggles):
Castors were difficult to fit
Power cable could be longer
Additional / replacement cloths are (as with other steam clean manufacturers) expensive.

A heavy duty cleaner for heavy cleaning job


Philips GC6631/30 SpeedCare Compact Steam Generator Iron - 170 g Steam Boost, 1.2 Litre, 2400 W, Purple
Philips GC6631/30 SpeedCare Compact Steam Generator Iron - 170 g Steam Boost, 1.2 Litre, 2400 W, Purple
Price: £119.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 9 Jan. 2015
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I don't do a lot of ironing, so I've always thought having a good iron, with the separate steam generator, was unnecessary. I was wrong...

This iron is a marvel, and for me moves ironing out of the dark ages to something bearable.

The steam unit is easy to fill, and importantly easy to empty - So there's no issue of the last inch of water staying put and turning to mould. The steam unit heats up as quickly as my old all-in-one iron did, if not a little quicker.

The iron is light and very smooth, and can be used either right or left handed. It has a full range of movement and isn't restricted by the connection cord joint. The cord storage tidy is wonderful and I love that the iron clips into place on the steam unit whilst not in use (you can carry both parts as one item, without fear of the iron falling off).

The only small downside is that cable to the power socket from the steam generator is quite short, wherever I put it I need to use an extension lead.


Myia Passiello Round Swarovski Zirconia Yellow Gold Solitaire Pendant of 18 Inch Necklace of 45.72cm
Myia Passiello Round Swarovski Zirconia Yellow Gold Solitaire Pendant of 18 Inch Necklace of 45.72cm
Price: £55.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and aimed at younger teenagers, 28 Dec. 2014
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I'm really not sure how this can be charged at (currently) £55. I'm guessing it's the Swarovski name. But this looks and feels like the kind of cheapo jewellery the local hardware shops used to flog to school girls for a few quid.

The stone is cubic zirconia cut to look like a diamond. The stone is set in gold-plated silver, but the chain isn't precious metal, it's just non-descript yellow coloured base metal.

The necklace comes in a nice presentation box, but nice not enough to make it look like £55 worth. The necklace has a large 'Made in China' label attached to it.

The catch is quite small, but isn't too stiff.

The leaflet that comes in the presentation box shows teenage girls wearing the brand's necklaces, which would be about right. (Although I suspect any girl aged over 16 would be horrified to be given a necklace of nickel and zirconia.) The stone is very small, and the chain does look cheap, so it's definitely not adult 'event' jewellery.

The fourth photo here on Amazon (woman in a black top wearing the necklace) is a very accurate image of the necklace.


Always Discreet Small Incontinence Pads - Pack of 120
Always Discreet Small Incontinence Pads - Pack of 120
Price: £11.94

4.0 out of 5 stars No wings, require big pants, 21 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've been using these for common cold based leakage (so when I sneeze so hard I wee a bit) and for long stressful journeys where I find that there always seems to be a little leakage on arrival.

These work well. They're a definite improvement on a good panty liner, and they're not too chunky. They're individually wrapped so easy to put in your bag without getting covered in handbag debris. The pads are slightly scented, so if you're sensitive down there that could present a problem.

There are two small downsides. The pads are quite wide, so you need to be wearing sensible knickers - boy shorts rather than bikini style! Also, there are no 'wings' to anchor the pads in place, and I've found they're not immune to twisting up into a thick wedge, like old style sanitary towels.

So good for day to day use, but not reliable enough if you spend your day on your feet.


Aqua Optima EVG201 Evolve Gold 90-day Water Filter, also fits Brita* Maxtra*,2 pack - 6 months' supply
Aqua Optima EVG201 Evolve Gold 90-day Water Filter, also fits Brita* Maxtra*,2 pack - 6 months' supply

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They fit fine into my two different Brita 'Maxtra' size water filter ..., 28 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are 90 day filters, so this is just a holding reviewing until they've been used for the full 90 days!

As an initial observation, they fit fine into my two different Brita 'Maxtra' size water filter units, and they don't seem in any way poor quality compared to the Brita brand (the plastic is chunky enough, no obvious chips or breaks).

UPDATE 1 21st December 2014:

The filter is going strong and filtering as well as it did on day one. There's no sign of scum on the water at all, and no sign of after-taste. The one small issue is that fact the filter doesn't sit flush to the bottom of the filter holder. Pushed into place, it still sits half an inch higher that the bottom of the unit. This means there's always half an inch of water stuck in the holder that can't get through the filter. Not a huge problem if you use the filter constantly (no danger of it going mouldy), but you have to be a little careful when you pour as that small amount of unfiltered water can splash back against and through the lid.


Topstar 8559UG20E Support SY Comfortable Home and Office Intervertebral Discs Swivel Chair - Black
Topstar 8559UG20E Support SY Comfortable Home and Office Intervertebral Discs Swivel Chair - Black
Price: £188.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and Comfortable, 28 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The chair arrived in a box so large the delivery man wondered if it contained a kitchen sink.

There aren’t many parts to put together inside; the hardest part was inserting the castors into the 5 spur chrome steel base. There are three sheets of A4 with basic multilanguage installation instructions, with lots of diagrams and arrows. They were easy enough to follow and 15 minutes later it was assembled (though without arms, I prefer computer chairs without arms). All bolts & washers are included.

Height adjustment is by lifting one of the two levers on the underside right of the seat. It actually goes higher than my current (cheaper Swedish furniture store) chair, enough so my tall partner wasn’t slouching when trying it out. The other lever angles the back of the chair, though this isn’t independent of the seat so there is less adjustment available.

Both the seat and back are cushioned; the back has lumber support, so you’re sat in it comfortably. The back is also height adjustable with a simple ratchet system giving eight levels. The arms have a dial that allows seven height levels. The chrome brackets the arms are attached have multiple drilled holes to also allow different width settings.

The only very slight downside is that the chair mechanisms can be little noisy when you get up from it

Very solid, comfortable chair, German engineering and a three year warranty means five stars.


Ring Automotive RLS1 Bungeeclic Load Strapping Bungee Tie Down Kit Hooks and Clips Stretchy Rope (8 Pieces)
Ring Automotive RLS1 Bungeeclic Load Strapping Bungee Tie Down Kit Hooks and Clips Stretchy Rope (8 Pieces)
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much faff, 30 Oct. 2014
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Three short bungee cords with plastic 'connector' ends, instead of the usual hooks.

The idea being you use the loose plastic connector adaptors to fix the cords together to make a longer one, or click a standard hook or a snap-close fitting at the ends.

Frankly, to me it was just irritating. The cords are useless without the click on ends, and I really begrudged having to fiddle around, find the right components and snap things together - especially as one connector isn't a good fit with the rest and required two people to release it (one to twist it, the other to push it down).

For me, it's far less hassle just to hook standard bungees together.


AnySharp 1-Piece ABS Plastic Suction Cup Hanging Hook, Black
AnySharp 1-Piece ABS Plastic Suction Cup Hanging Hook, Black
Price: £3.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much useless, 30 Oct. 2014
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Doesn't adhere at all to bare walls. Best on glass or wood.

On a wallpapered wall it can hold a few light scarves, but that's about it before it falls off.

The unit is very bulky, so if you were hoping to hang a small picture with it you'll get that triangular effect where the top of the picture is miles out from the wall (and the unit will fall off after two minutes anyway).

Might be useful for supporting tinsel at Christmas, but that's about it.


Moleskine 2015 18 Month Red Hard Pocket Weekly Horizontal Diary
Moleskine 2015 18 Month Red Hard Pocket Weekly Horizontal Diary
Price: £10.11

3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy diary, but a couple of hiccups., 26 Oct. 2014
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The usual Moleskine reliability, but for me there's a couple of downsides to this lovely diary.

The spaces to write weekend activities are tiny. I work weekends so there's not enough room to write down weekend appointments (the space for Sundays is miniscule).

There's an envelope in the back of the diary containing a few pages of removable notebook for addresses, lists etc. I find it difficult to get the notebook back in the holding envelope, the envelope seems a little too small for a smooth slotting. So I tend to end up with the notebook wedged loose in the diary.

Also, the paper needs a moment for any type of pen ink to dry. It is just a moment, but if you turn the page too quickly your last diary entry turns into a smudgy mess.


Bose ® SoundLink On Ear Bluetooth Headphones - Black
Bose ® SoundLink On Ear Bluetooth Headphones - Black
Price: £219.95

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for audiophiles, but fabulous for general use, 26 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These headphones talk to you. Switched on and put them on my head, then,... What's this?! It speaks!

The voice (which can be in different languages) tells you battery level, when it's ready to pair, or what you have already connected to. It remembers the last Bluetooth source you were connected to (no time wasted re-pairing to your iPod). If you have your phone connected it will also name who's calling (from your contact details, I assume). The headphones will remember up to 8 different devices and connect to two at once.

Freedom of cordless headphones means you can walk around without worry of getting the headphone cable caught on something or being tethered to your Bluetooth music player. Lightweight, even with the rechargeable battery installed, but feel well made and there's nothing to suggest they'll fall apart after couple of listens.

Large "L" & "R" printed on the ear pads so you don't have to wonder what way round they should be.

The headphones are foldable for storage and come with a compact zipped storage case.

Very quick to charge and the battery was down to only 70% after four hours of use. In the box is a blue headphone cable so you can keep listening to music after the battery runs out. A USB cable is supplied in the box.

In use, they are light on the head with a good, but not too strong, clamp. The isolation is also very good, considering the relatively small size of the pads.

I live in a small house with thick internal walls, but was still able to move around the house a good distance before there were small breaks in transmission. I was able to get almost down the bottom of the garden before sound quality started to suffer.

If you're a real audiophile, the sound quality from these headphones probably won't be good enough for you. The quality is considerably towards middle and treble in tonality, rather than a more accurate flat spectrum. Comparing it to my older Sennheiser Momentum that has a more airy sound with better bass than the Bose. But, for dancing around the house, or listening to Radio 4 whilst washing up, these are fabulous.


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