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Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £108.79

5.0 out of 5 stars A good all rounder, 24 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a good mid-priced alternative to my current favourite, the Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White. I'm sure Philips wouldn't mind me encouraging you to take a look at the page for that model before you look at this, but I would suggest it because the extras you get with that model are worth looking into.

This toothbrush uses the now familiar method of induction charging, done by placing it so it stands upright on the charger. It comes with a travel case and a choice of two brushes. These could be used as his and hers, as they are easy to swap over, or you could use one and keep the other for spare.

The brushes are different, not just in the design and the fancy names they have (DiamondClean and ProResults (no, seriously)); one of them is good for cleaning the gumline and the other claims to remove "up to 100% more stains for whiter teeth in only one week*." That's actually *than a manual toothbrush, and as a statement it means next to nothing because even if it was only 1% better, that's accounted for in the "up to" part of that statement. Let's face it, big companies use silly statements to try and sell you stuff, and I'm not in a position to verify their "data on file, 2012", so let's replace that with a simpler statement that Philips and I can both agree on, that "sonic toothbrushes are better at removing stains than manual brushing with a standard toothbrush".

There are features you don't necessarily need on a sonic toothbrush but I find useful if it has them, and those include the quadpacer interval timer that reminds you (should your mind start wandering) to move on to the next section of your mouth, and different selectable modes for whitening and sensitive. The handle is sturdy and well balanced, and the whole thing can be rinsed under the tap and, as such, is easy to keep clean. My limited experience of just a couple of brands is that Philips is the better one, and whilst the choice of which model you get will ultimately reflect what you're willing or able to pay for it, the difference you get in how clean your teeth feel makes getting a sonic toothbrush a worthwhile investment.


Scholl Active Everyday Insoles Gel for Men
Scholl Active Everyday Insoles Gel for Men
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Miles better than the Dunlop equivalent, 24 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This isn't my first experience with gel insoles. I bought a pair of new shoes just over a month ago and the salesman convinced me it was the new latest thing, so I bought some Dunlop ones – same brand as the shoes. Although they absorbed the shock, they did not feel naturally comfortable and they tended to ride up inside my shoes if I walked for any reasonable amount of distance.

I ordered these Scholl gel insoles hoping they'd be better, and I am happy to say that they are miles better than the Dunlop ones. They stay in place and don't ride up or shift position as I walk. They are great shock absorbers for running and comfortable for everyday walking. They don't come out of the shoe when you remove your feet. I'd highly recommend them.


Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Lime and Mint Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Lime and Mint Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well and is trusted, 18 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a 750ml bottle of lime and mint scented surface cleaner. It has the usual stated 99.9% kill ratio on bacteria, and it is suitable for cleaning chopping boards, high chairs, changing mats, fridges, bins, sinks, baths, taps and toilet seats, but not windows, mirrors, fabrics or painted or varnished surfaces. It removes 90% of allergens, according to the label, and is effective against such nasties as E.coli, solmonella, MRSA and listeria.

It is a spray and go product, so you just spray and then wipe the surface with a clean damp cloth. It is bleach free, safe to use where food is prepared, smells nice and does a good job.


Spontex Microfibre Cleaning Cloths (Pack of 8, Total 32 Cloths)
Spontex Microfibre Cleaning Cloths (Pack of 8, Total 32 Cloths)
Price: £19.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Multipurpose well made cloths, 8 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These Spontex cleaning cloths are tough enough for a variety of uses, and are machine washable up to 60 degrees C, as long as you keep them with similar colours. There are red, yellow, blue and green cloths in each 8 cloth pack. We've used them in the last week for a variety of tasks, including washing up, cleaning windows and cleaning brasses.

When opened up, each cloth is 30 square centimetres. They are composed of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide.


Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
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Price: £7.57

5.0 out of 5 stars The real thing, 8 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Rubik's Cube (Toy)
I bought this as a present for my Dad, and he keeps going back to it, even though he's only managed to do one side so far. I saw some reviews here which suggested the cube might be fake or come in different packaging. The cube I received came in the packaging shown in the item's photo and I believe it to be genuine. However if you get it off the Marketplace rather than sold directly by Amazon, you might run the risk of getting a knockoff.

It has coloured tiles set into each cube piece, which is a better idea than the stickers that used to be used on these cubes, however a couple of the tiles had small plastic bits sticking up at the corners which I had to take off very carefully with a penknife. That said, the cube looks and feels sturdy and it has a nice turning action – it feels just as it should do. The triangular stand you can place the cube on when not in use is a nice touch. Despite the delicate operation I had to do on two of the tiles, I can't bring myself to mark it down from a justly deserved 5 stars.


Igenix IG9516 4 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater 1,600 W - Dark Grey
Igenix IG9516 4 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater 1,600 W - Dark Grey
Price: £33.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light portable halogen heater, 8 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The iGENIX 1.6KW Halogen Heater is ideal for anyone who wants a portable heater that can heat up a medium sized room quickly. You can set it in 400W increments using the buttons on the top, and the unit rotates within a short arc to help distribute the heat. You need a good deal of space around the heater for it to work safely, so it's not well suited to smaller rooms that might not have much space to allow a big enough safe zone. You can however switch off the oscillation feature, so as to keep the heater focused in just one direction.

The heater has a handle on the top, and whenever you lift the unit to reposition it the heater immediately shuts off. This is a safety feature that is obviously there in case someone knocks the heater over. The heater is surprisingly light, and I would say that would make it a good choice for anyone who is, for example running an event out of the village hall in the winter, however for such a purpose I would recommend putting one of them at each end rather than rely on one to do the job alone.


AmiGami Giraffe Figure
AmiGami Giraffe Figure

5.0 out of 5 stars Giraffe, or, well, whatever you want it to be, 25 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Giraffe Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Amazingly, this is my sixth AmiGami review. I'm not tired of them yet, and although each of them is similar in overall design and the way you customise them, the central model and the push-out shapes are so varied that each and every one of the models now lined up on the shelf above my computer has its own unique look and "personality". This one is a giraffe, although you might have trouble guessing that from the picture I've posted.

In the pack you get the central model, stickers to customise it, "pins" and "caps" to hold push out glossy card shapes in place, and a curling tool. There are far more stickers and shapes than you need, and the combinations are some ridiculously high number, meaning that each model has the potential to be unique. Could well be the next big craze.

[PS] I had tried to upload a photo, as I had with the other models I've reviewed but it didn't work, and I can't see a way of adding a photo after posting the review.


AmiGami Monkey Figure
AmiGami Monkey Figure
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey magic, 25 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Monkey Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
AmiGami models each come in an eye catching pack that contains a central figure, a set of stickers with alternative eye choices and accessories, "pins" and "caps" that allow you to affix any combination you like of glossy push out card shapes, and a curling tool to make spirals with. This is my fifth review of AmiGami figures. They're something the whole family can enjoy and they bring out everyone's creative side. I keep giving five star reviews because these models continue to be fun, and each set of shapes and stickers allows the models – however you choose to customise them – to look different from the other sets you might have made.
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AmiGami Cat Figure
AmiGami Cat Figure

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival cat, 25 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Cat Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is AmiGami review number 4 for me, following on from "Peacock", "Scottie Dog" and "Fox and Owl". In each pack you get a different animal, in this case a cat, and you are given stickers to customise the body before deciding on how you want to decorate the model. You do this using any combination you like best from the pre-cut push out shapes, which you affix to the model using plastic studs that pass through small pre-punched holes. If you wish, you can use the plastic curling tool to curl some of the shapes. Once put together, you get a model that would not look out of place at the Rio Carnival.

Though you might not realise it from the photos on this page, the model is pretty durable, and that's largely because the shapes are glossy card rather than standard paper. I'm posting photographs of each model I make, so look up the models mentioned above if you're interested, and I'll also post some more of other models soon.
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Igenix IG3020 4 Slice Toaster 1,300 W - White
Igenix IG3020 4 Slice Toaster 1,300 W - White
Price: £19.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes very crisp toast, 22 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We've been using a toaster (I won't even bother mentioning the brand as it's so obscure) that developed a fault, in that it wouldn't pop up automatically and we had to judge the time and use the manual release. I'm happy to have a replacement that finally pops the toast up again, and this being on a dial so you can customise your ideal level of toasting makes it all the better. What matters most though is the crispness of the toast, and the iGENIX model produces VERY CRISP toast, just the way we like it.

This model will toast bread from frozen, and you can also put bread back in for a quick reheat. We don't like doing the former, but can imagine there will be people who do. As for the latter, it's good in theory but we're never going to use it in practice, and that's because by the time it gets cold it'll already have been buttered (and you can't put it back in once it's been buttered).

What's important is that the slots are wide enough to toast 4 slices at once, but will instead take 2 extra large slices if you place them on their sides. The unit is solid and has a long lead on it. It also has a crumb tray.

There is one downside, which is that there is no "one slice" feature to prevent both slots from activating if you only want to put one piece of bread in. Not very energy efficient. Our old toaster had two carriage levers on it, so it's not just the known and expensive brands which have models that can do this. It should really come as standard.


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