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Vax P86-P2-P Pressure Washer
Vax P86-P2-P Pressure Washer
Price: 120.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot more powerful than expected, 21 Aug 2014
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The last time I used a pressure washer was a cheap one back in around 2003, which is probably what put me off pressure washers until now. The old model I had was apparently a bit weak and the heads didn't work that well. All this didn't become apparent until I tried this model today. This one is seriously powerful and in less than an hour I've managed to strip our entire (small) rear patio of the grime that's been there since we moved in. I never realised the patio wasn't black, actually. I also cleaned the PVC window frames and sills while I was at it, again with the power head, and it managed to get them back to white again.

So, the machine comes about 90% assembled and all you have to do is put the black handle on, two screws go in (phillips head #2 - screwdriver not provided - make sure you have a long handled one) and you're ready to go. Connect hose to back (standard garden hose click fitting), pressure hose goes in the front, trigger handle on the hose, extension piece if wanted (you do want it!) and nozzle. Good to go!
There's a range of heads, but the one I liked best was the power head, the one that says "do not use on car". It's the best one for the patio I found, I didnt really like the brush one that much but I can see why it might be good, especially in minimising splashback. Perhaps if the patio hadn't been so black it would have worked better. But for me, it was the power head.

You don't get any sample soap with it so pick some up if you plan to use it. You also would benefit from the car wash brush accessory which is not in this set if you plan to do a car.
The hose is REALLY long. I did the whole patio without moving the unit much at all.

In summary - this is a great easy to use pressure washer that does its job well and is quite powerful, and I really like the long hose and the long spray extension head! Definitely recommend!


Delicious. Love to Cook: 140 Irresistible Recipes to Revitalise Your Cooking
Delicious. Love to Cook: 140 Irresistible Recipes to Revitalise Your Cooking
by Valli Little
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Presented, Eclectic Variety, Some Ingredients Hard to Obtain, 21 Aug 2014
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This is an eclectic collection of delicious looking dishes with beautiful photographs to try inspire an adventurous cook to try something a little bit different. The book is split into different sections: Eggs, Soups and Starters, Seafood, Poultry, Meat, Pasta Noodles & Rice, Vegetables, Salads, Desserts, Cakes and Bakes, Fruit and Festive. There is also some menu suggestions in the back if you are planning on doing some entertaining. Interspersed between the chapters are some recipes for basic recipes such as mayonnaise, custard etc.. Most of the recipes are for 4 rather generous servings, though some of the desserts and cakes serve more. If you are only cooking for 2, just halve the ingredients. There is no nutritional information for each of the dishes as I suspect if there was, some may be put off making some of the dishes as some of the recipes are quite decadent! There is a real mixture of different dishes inspired from all around the world.

Most of the recipes in this book you are going to have to plan ahead to make and some of the ingredients are quite costly or hard to get even if you live in a big city, however, in the case of some of the spices, they are used several times within the book, so it is less likely to be something you only use once before it languishes in your larder, never to be used again.

Some of the ingredients in the recipes are a very specialist and will take some time to track down - and some I had to look up on the internet to find out what they were! Not everyone is going to find shichimi togarashi, panch phoran, black turtle beans, fresh kaffir lime leaves, yuzu, shiso leaves, pomegranate molasses and sumac etc in their local supermarket. Some you will either end up going online to purchase or go on a hunt in specialist grocers and delicatessens. I sent my other half on a quest to look for panch phoran spice mix at our local very large supermarkets (Tesco and Asda) after seeing the recipe for Indian Spiced Prawns with Fresh Coconut and wanting to try it as we had most of the ingredients at home. Neither supermarket stocked this so I had to improvise with what the supermarkets had on offer. The cookbook does not often suggest alternatives ingredients, which would have been useful. The recipe I tried was very tasty and the instructions easy to follow, though it looked nothing like the photograph of the dish and it required seasoning to taste (as that was not mentioned in this recipe).

This is a book to inspire you with interesting twists on dishes, and has lots of pretty pictures that even had my other half who is more reserved with food wanting to try the recipes out. There are quite a few recipes I would like to try including Three Milks Cake, Egg and Meatball Shaskshouka and Wasabi Crumbed Chicken which I intend to try, just as soon as I have tracked down all the required ingredients, which is also part of the fun of this book. A lovely book to dip into if you love cooking and want to try something new or just to get new ideas.


Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Blastin Dusty Toy
Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Blastin Dusty Toy
Price: 44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great robust toy for plane fans!, 20 Aug 2014
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A great toy for our little one, we weren't sure if he'd "get it" but he's currently shooting blue balls across the carpet shouting "missed!!"

Basically it's a plane that picks up balls by being pushed forwards (a very clever design that doesnt use motors) and shoots them out. It can hold all five balls and shoot them in rapid succession. It can be fired either on the floor (easier for younger children) or from the air which does a sort of "bombing" action which is great. The "fires" are plastic targets that can be knocked over by either method.

The plane also makes sound effects when you pick up balls via a sensor, and when you fire. Also, it has an accelerometer so it can tell when you tilt the plane, although that only seems to work when it's "active" eg within a minute of pulling the trigger.

The wings are slightly rubberised so it's going to be hard to snap them, this is definitely a plus point.

The only criticism I have is that the sound effects include "oh no, I missed" and such, which seems to confuse a bit as it has no idea whether it's true or not. Would have been better with more generic words I suppose.


Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series With Bluetooth Technology Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series With Bluetooth Technology Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 108.78

3.0 out of 5 stars A good brush, but the Bluetooth is not much use for actual teeth.., 17 Aug 2014
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This review seems to fall into two parts:

1) The quality of the clean. This is outstanding. The array of brushes you get is great (4 heads) so you don't have that usual dilemma of "which brush is best for me", you can try them all out. I found the standard round one to be best for me.
The clean, as I said, is amazing. I've had a lot of electric toothbrushes in the past, most of them oral-b, and this one is the best by far. It's very powerful compared to models I've used in the past.

2) The features.

- I like the charge indicator. In the past I've had issues with not being bothered to charge the brush and not realising the battery is low and the brush isn't operating 100%. This one, once it gets to one "bar", just charge it. Easy.

- I like the timer on the brush. Yes most brushes have these, but the lights flashing are also pretty useful, I didn't think they would be.

- I do not see the point in the Bluetooth features. It's, frankly, of no use to me whatsoever. It seems to store length of time brushing and number of times brushing, and nothing else. What use is this exactly? The timer will tell you to brush for 2 minutes anyway, and for an adult this seems a bit patronising to be honest.

- I do not like the android app. It doesn't seem to work properly, although it's new so I imagine they'll fix it. It's also supposed to sync past brushings but doesn't seem to.

- I like the mode selector although I really only use two modes - normal and sensitive. Most of the other modes seem a bit faffy and there for the sake of saying "6 modes".

So in summary - great brush, shame they couldn't find a good way to implement Bluetooth. Yet.


Linksys WRT1900AC Smart Wi-Fi Router - (1.2 Ghz Processor, 128mb Flash Memory, 256 DDR3 RAM)
Linksys WRT1900AC Smart Wi-Fi Router - (1.2 Ghz Processor, 128mb Flash Memory, 256 DDR3 RAM)
Price: 219.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding range; Slick User Interface. A good all rounder., 7 Aug 2014
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- Setup very simple. No rubbish, no silly URLs or reconfiguring the LAN port, just plug it in, optionally plug the router in, connect to "linksysxxxxx" by wifi, and go to 192.168.1.1 in the browser. Job done.

- Install CD is provided. I don't know why they still give these out, don't use it. It's not needed, and many computers don't come with CD drives anymore anyway. Just keep it in the box.

- Web admin interface pretty easy to use and very slick. Nothing I wouldn't expect, but to me it's faster than the Asus one I had on the N66U which tended to stall randomly, and "fresher" than the dlink one. There's some app thing going on here too, but it seems a little...sparse right now with a total of...4 apps. Hopefully that will increase.

- 'net speed was slow on wifi, only achieving 39mbps of total 54mbps - this was because of a naff channel selection by the router. Usually you can trust them to select a "quiet" channel range for optimum speed, apparently not here. Simple fix though - changed to channel 9 at random, problem solved, speed up to 54mbps.

- LAN speeds: on gigabit, sustaining a pretty decent 60-70MB/s transfer rate to/from my network storage drives. This can be limited by the network storage drives themselves but here, no bottlenecks. It means you can transfer a ~1GB file in about 17 seconds! Nice.

- Range: Compared to a dlink DIR868L, another router I had on hand, well, I found it a LOT better. The dlink was good, covered the whole house, but this linksys is placed in the front of the house, and the signal is still acceptable out the back of the house, down the garden, to the greenhouse at the back of the garden. That's something like 20 metres of garden and 10 metres of house, a floor and two solid brick walls. Never seen anything like it. So if it's range you want, this is your router.

- Power: this thing has a fan inside. Never had that in a router before. I'm guessing it uses a lot of power. The power adaptor is rated at a "nominal" 12V 4.0A, which elementary electronics (haha) will tell you is 48 WATTS! I doubt it's using this much, especially on idle, probably more like 10-12 watts. But still. A fan? Hmm..

- Advanced users only : I can't seem to (or haven't yet figured out how to) filter a port forward to a "from" IP range, to restrict incoming traffic by IP. This is a feature I'd expect on a top of the line modem, the DLINK has it. I would ask linksys to implement this if they want to sell this as a nerd's dream router, it's probably there in the OS but not in the front end.

Overall - A no brainer. If you're looking at routers in this price range, then this is the one to get, as far as I'm concerned.


Philips SC2006/11 Lumea Precision Plus IPL Hair Removal System for Face and Body
Philips SC2006/11 Lumea Precision Plus IPL Hair Removal System for Face and Body
Price: 350.00

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, 24 July 2014
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This device is designed to 'permanently' remove / eliminate hair without the pain that comes with waxes and epillators and the constant need to shave if that is your method of removing body hair. The unit is not suitable for everyone. The instruction manual for this device is available on the Philips website for the Lumea range. In the manual there is more information regarding the suitably using of this equipment dependant on the various criteria such as hair, skin colour, medical conditions etc and its worth reading this information before purchasing this device.

The device uses light to remove hairs, and can remove not long hair from larger parts of the body and torso, but also female facial hair. It is a cordless device and comes with a range of filter attachments, a quick user guide and a more in-depth instruction manual, which should be read before getting started, especially if you have not tried this type of hair removal before.

The price of this type of unit is about ten times that of an epillator and yes it does appear to be painless as long as the instructions are very carefully followed - and there is quite a bit of preparation before using the device for each treatment including - and you will need to razor shave before each treatment, and it does take a while to work, as there is cycle of hair growth. So far so good and hopefully after several more sessions, most of the unwanted hair will be eliminated. However, there might be need for top up treatments depending on your hair type Though the device is stated as being quick, easy and painless, and a fraction of the cost of similar treatments in salon or clinic (though it is not as intense as professional systems), and would it be recommended? Well, initial sessions take much longer than other removal methods such as shaving or depillating. How useful this device is would depend on how much you want to invest in hair removal and how convenient it is and how much pain you are willing to tolerate and the final result.
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Russell Hobbs 18965 Aura 3-in-1 Hand Mixer, White
Russell Hobbs 18965 Aura 3-in-1 Hand Mixer, White
Price: 19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good, simple to use and easy to clean hand mixer., 23 July 2014
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This is a good, simple to use and easy to clean hand mixer. The mixer is 300 Watts, so reasonably powerful. There are three types of beaters provided with the mixer, and they come in a nice cotton bag for storage. The balloon whisk is used for light mixtures like egg whites and cream (there on only one beater for this function). The next beater is your standard cake batter beater, which is the one that is used most often. The last beater are dough hooks for heavy batters and doughs e.g. for bread making - though the manual does say that the mixer is not designed for kneading the dough (just combining doughs together). You would still need to knead any dough by hand.

The manual is short, describing the function of the different types of whisks and has one recipe for basic biscuits. The manual advises that the mixer is used for not more than 5 minutes of beating at a time, so its not designed for very heavy duty mixing. This is a good for occasional use. It is very easy to clean and the beaters can be put into the dishwasher.


TCP LED E14 Small Edison Screw 5 Watt LED Candle, White
TCP LED E14 Small Edison Screw 5 Watt LED Candle, White
Price: 10.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Dimmable LED light bulb!, 17 July 2014
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This is a good replacement bulb for a lamp that required a candle shaped light bulb and illuminated with a nice, not too blue coloured white light. Unlike some of our older energy saving light bulbs, this bulb can be used with a dimmer switch and so far there have been no issues to report. Hopefully it will last the 25,000 hours (or 1041 days of it being constantly on).


Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 1.5kg Low Fat Fryer - Black,
Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 1.5kg Low Fat Fryer - Black,
Price: 246.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just for making chips and wedges., 17 July 2014
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The Actifry 2 in 1 is an air fryer with a rotating paddle on the base, and the added enhancement of a top try which allows you to cook two different things at the same time. The top tray cooks rather like an oven with hot air blasting. The unit (which is the largest capacity is rather a large piece of kitchen equipment that does have a large footprint. It is about 30cm across, 40cm (front to back) and 23cm high (with the lid closed). It comes with a short 90cm approx detachable power cord, so you will need to have the unit located close to a power supply to use it. You will also need space around the unit when it is in operation as it does get quite warm and needs space for the air to vent.

The unit arrives with very little assembly required and its good to go once the packaging has been removed and the washable parts washed. The Actifry comes with a glossy looking cook book with some information about healthy eating and a few recipes as well as the a thin paper user manual (which you need to read to understand how to operate the unit and to make chips - I am not sure why they didn't include this in the cookbook). The first thing I tried to make was some chips. Following the instructions in the manual, I sucessfully made chips with 500g of potatoes and 1 teaspoon of oil. They looked like oven chips, when they were cooked in about half an hour (as I wanted thicker cut chips) and did taste very nice. I subsequently tried making potato wedges, plain and experimenting with adding flavourings like fresh chilli and garlic. I did realise if you want to add flavourings, they seem to work better if you add them closer to the end of the cooking time, as the spices had a tendency to burn if you add them too early and stick to the paddle.

So far, the Actifry is good for cooking some potato products. It also worked extremely well with cooking shop bought frozen chips and potato wedges and mini spring rolls and mini samsoas that that have already been fried (I found there was no need to add any more oil to the pan before cooking). Note, the rotating paddle is not very friendly to fish fingers which disintegrated when cooking as do potato products like croquettes and waffles and you end up with a bowl of crumbed food. This is where the top tray comes in handy and cooks more delicate foods.

I tried some of the recipes in the cook book, I found that the top tray has a very limited height that you can cook things with, and though there are recipes for cooking steak, burgers and chicken, you will need to check they will fit under the heating element with a clearance space, but it does seem to make food rather crispy. I also tried other recipes such as paella, ratatouille, fried chicken, vegetable stir frys and vegetable crisps with varying degrees of success. Risottos and paella and ratatouille work quite well. I have yet to perfect the fried chicken recipe even after extensive testing (but it does seem to work better with smaller pieces of meat as the paddle tends to destroy the coating as you cook it in the pan). Vegetable stir frys - to he honest is far easier to cook in a wok or large frying pan and the recipe used far too much oil compare to my wok version. I tried making carrot crisps - which failed abysmally.

Cleaning the Actifry removable parts is quite easy and dishwashable, though the food does tend to stick quite stubbornly to the paddle (depending on what you are cooking) and it sometimes needed a good soak overnight. However, if you are cooking with the top tray, there can be a LOT of oil splatter especially with cooking meats, which can take a bit longer to clean.

Overall, the Actifry is going to primarily be used as a chip and potato wedges machine and when just making chips is very mess free. The top tray has some uses - I guess to try and increase the versatility of the unit compared to base models, however. A nice gadget if you have the space, but you have really got to like chips and they are slightly lower in fat (3%) compare to a main brand of oven chips (5%). Overall, yes the Actifry can cook other things, but I found it was usually easier to use normal cooking pots and pans and the oven.


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 Seems good enough but not as much of a technological leap as is suggested, 26 Jun 2014
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Iron is nice, big and heavy when filled as it has a giant reservoir. I maintain that you need a heavy iron to iron clothes well as it's a combination of weight and tonnes of steam that works best for me anyway.

Plate temperatures are held constant at between 138 and 148 celsius depending where on the plate you measure. This I believe is around a low two star setting so this is a standard iron temperature. Even when having laid it down on a towel for five minutes, the hotplate is still this temperature so I am somewhat confused about the claims.

One gripe I have is that you fill it with the iron face down since the fill hole is on the top. Yet, the max fill level mark is on the side meaning you can only see whether you're full by standing the iron up. Why do iron manufacturers do these kind of things? It's just annoying.

So - where does that leave me? Well It does work and it does work well but having always chosen irons in the past that create a massive amount of steam and always "ironed with steam" (constantly pushing the steam button!) I've never burned a single garment anyway so the burning garments thing and this new technology they speak of, well, maybe a bit of a myth.

Overall though - this IS a good iron and it DOES iron well and it IS probably one of the best irons I've had, I'd thoroughly recommend it. But this is purely based on the fact that I've always ironed things on max temp/max steam anyway so I don't feel any loss of control. If you ever used that dial thing on your iron you might miss it here!


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