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C. M. Cotton "Chris Cotton" (Europe and USA)
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Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 200 g Steam Boost and Safety Auto Off, 300 ml, 2600 Watt, Black
Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 200 g Steam Boost and Safety Auto Off, 300 ml, 2600 Watt, Black
Price: 76.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Good With A Design Flaw, 20 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Our current iron is a very large steam generator iron, which sits on the water tank base and takes up a lot of space. The main advantage of this older iron comes in the superlative way it produces steam, that cuts through my pinpoint and sea island cotton shirts. When this smaller but powerful iron was offered on the Vine programme, I thought it would be good to see if we could ditch the larger iron for this rather smaller model.

Firstly, the iron itself looks as if it is made from very high quality materials. As other reviewers have indicated, it is not the usual white or pink colours, but silver and black. The water goes in through quite a wide spout at the front and so there is very little water that gets spilled when its being filled. The ironing plate, which very often is cheaply made and so stops gliding over the clothes or becomes black with age, appears to be quite thick and made from heavy gauge metal. This is backed up in use, as the surface is super smooth and glides through my 100% cotton shirts with absolute ease. The biggest and quite frankly stupidest design flaw is the 2 meter cord, which is far too short to be of use. Why on earth the designers would give the buyer such a short cable, on such a premium product is beyond me. I often find some small flaw, with most products I have either bought or tested that have been made by Phillips. To use the iron, we have to use an extension cable so as to reach the wall plug and still be able to iron. The steam that is generated is very powerful, although not as powerful as the our current iron, but there again it is not designed to be. This is a compact iron and as such it generates an amazing amount of steam.

Whilst this is not as good as our existing steam generating iron, which is very bulky and large, it is nonetheless a superb iron, which glides through my cotton shirts. It generates an amazing amount of steam and is ready in just under 2 minutes. The build quality appears to be fantastic, but it is let down by a basic design flaw, a 2m electric cable.

Overall this is a great product and I am happy to highly recommend it. I gave it 4 starts because of the length of cable issue.


Vax Air Mini Pet Eco Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Vax Air Mini Pet Eco Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Price: 178.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Product if Buying at the Right Price, 20 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We have used Dyson vacuum cleaners for over 10 years. Every now and then they break down, need repairing and can be a bit temperamental, but Dyson customer service is second to none and the cleaner always comes back either fixed or they give you a brand new product. If I was buying another vacuum cleaner, then I would probably put my money into a Dyson because of the customer service, although they do break down quite often. When this cleaner was offered to me via the Vine programme, I jumped at the chance to try a new brand, without risking my own money.

My first impression on receiving the cleaner, was that it looked well made and even better it said in big letters on the outer box 6 year guarantee, Dyson has a 5 year guarantee. So first impressions were very good, but then the story goes a bit downhill. When it came to using and testing this Vax product it becomes obvious that there have been some corners cut in terms of manufacturing/design quality. Firstly, as the another reviewer found, the attachments push on but do not click in place. The Dyson attachments click in place, a small but functional difference. Whilst I have had no issues with the attachments falling off or them being insecure, I could see how they would fall off whilst cleaning. The quality of the attachments are cheaply made and there is no soft brush included, which is quite bizarre. Overall it is obvious there has been some cost cutting compared with the Dyson products we already own. Before I trash this product we must put it in context, the similar Dyson retails at around 229.99 and this can be had for as little as 109.99 on the net, a difference of 120, so there are bound to be differences between the two.

So how does this vacuum actually clean? It uses "Multi-cyclonic technology" which generates 280 air Watts so it is quite powerful. This is not on the same level as lets say an upright Vax vacuum that can generate 320 air watts, but there again this is a small compact lightweight vacuum that weighs 5.5Kg as opposed to 6.5kg for an upright one. Simply put, this is a small compact vacuum that cannot be compared to a fully functioning upright hoover and as such it does a pretty good job. It cleaned virtually everything we used it for, without too much effort. With this Pet model there is an Antibacterial HEPA Media Filter included, which filters out and reduces bacteria, allergens and pet-related odours. This is something that our aforementioned Dyson hoovers did not have and the filter does work very well.

So overall, this is a small, lightweight cleaner which is designed for people with pets. It has a pretty good suction capability, but lacks some of the refinements of Dyson quality. It is about 120 cheaper than the Dyson equivalent cleaner, so I can understand why the tools look a bit on the cheap. To compare this to an upright hoover is a bit unfair, as it is small, lightweight and compact. It is my first compact hoover and it is my first Vax product. At the price of 109.99, I think this product offers outstanding suction and with a 6 year guarantee it is hard to beat. If you are paying anywhere near Dyson prices for this product, then I would buy a Dyson, but at 120 less than the Dyson, it is a lightweight bargain.

At the price of 109.99 I am happy to recommend this product.


Braun Oral-B TriZone 6000 6-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide and Bluetooth Connectivity
Braun Oral-B TriZone 6000 6-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide and Bluetooth Connectivity
Price: 100.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Brush, 20 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have been using Oral B toothbrushes for the last 15 years. I have had two Triumph models and my current toothbrush is a TriZone Triumph 5000, I bought for 35 on a Amazon Lightening Deal in December. I have also tested 2 Colgate Omron toothbrushes for the Vine programme, the C600 and the clever C1500. Both Colgate brushes don't really stand up to the quality of an Oral B or Phillips Sonicare electric toothbrush. An Oral B brush is rather a mechanical type of brush action, compared to the drill like sensation of a sonic type brush. I have tested both types for the Vine and had started to come down on the side of sonic brushes for their superior cleaning ability and less "mechanical" type action. So that's why I decided to test the newest top end brush from Oral B.

The quality of an Oral B is very high and they seem to last about 4 years. There are big changes between the modern Oral B brushes and old Triumph models, but if you have recently bought a similar brush then the new range offers very little real difference. The Trizone brush I bought in December, offers virtually the same clean, with 5 cleaning actions and no Bluetooth as opposed to this brush which offers the same 5 cleaning actions but it now has Bluetooth connectivity. So the only real difference between this model and the previous version is the Bluetooth. So what does this feature actually do? Once the App is downloaded, the display on the phone will do 3 things; Coach you with a timer and a brushing guide displayed on the screen of the phone, Track on a weekly and monthly basis your brushing habits and third Personalise and customise brushing modes according to your preferences. Having tried the App and tested what it does, I feel that the idea is simply more marketing hype, than anything that offers a real difference over the older brush. It also comes with a SmartGuide that monitors your brushing action and tells you which setting you have selected. The Bluetooth technology is mostly superfluous to the actual cleaning action of the brush. The only real change over the brush I bought in December, is in the size of the charger, they have replaced the big charger base with the smaller one, they used a few years ago.

The electronic LCD guide is another gimmick, but as this brush no longer has the LCD indicator panel on the actual brush, you need the separate LCD guide to know which cleaning action, the brush is set to.

So how does the brush do in cleaning teeth? As already indicated I have been an Oral B fan for years. There is no doubt that an electric brush cleans better than a hand held one. As already stated the action of this brush is a bit "Industrial" but less so than the non Trizone round head, although don't forget any Oral B brush head is interchangeable between ranges. Whilst both types, sonic and oral B clean well, I am beginning to prefer the sonic brushes, as overall my mouth does feel cleaner and less sore after brushing. This brush is very good, but it is merely a growing personal preference for the softer sonic action.

Oral B offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so if you do not like it for any reason, your money will be refunded. The box also contains a carry case, 3 additional brush heads and a charging station.

Overall this is a very good, well made brush. It does what it says on the box and I am happy to recommend this product.


Durex Extra Safe Condoms - Pack of 24
Durex Extra Safe Condoms - Pack of 24
Price: 12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, 16 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is very little to say about these condoms that have not already been said. They are made by Durex so the quality is there. They are thicker than the fetherlite or ultra thin variety, so that you do loose some sensation, but these are designed for safety and are unlikely to break easily . Overall this is a great product and safe to use.


Disney Minnie Mouse Premier Bounce and Bloom
Disney Minnie Mouse Premier Bounce and Bloom
Price: 59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 13 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have reviewed another baby bouncer for the Vine programme a few months ago, which was quite inferior to this product. As you would expect from a Disney branded product, this is made from very high quality materials and exudes quality and functionality. It comes flat packed and takes about 30 minutes to construct. You require a flat headed screwdriver and 2 AA batteries for the buttons/lights to work. Once assembled it looks and is a fantastic seat for any toddler to use.

The seat is very solid but can rotate 360 degrees, so that the baby can see everything that is going on in the room. The actual unit is not on wheels so the baby cannot move the bouncer. The seat itself can gently bounce up and down, giving even more comfort to the baby. Surrounding the seat are a myriad of toys and buttons, which again keeps the baby entertained, as each button/toy has a different sound and function. The buttons at the front play different tunes when depressed. The one downside to this item, is that it does not pack flat and so cannot be folded up when not in use. If you have a small house, then this may be an issue for you. The whole unit can be easily cleaned after any mishaps or spills. Overall this is an entertaining, time absorbing seat, that has so much going on for your baby, it will keep them entertained for quite a lot of time.

Once assembled, you can see this is a solid and well made product. Added to this it is clear that any baby will love the toys and sounds it makes. I am very happy to highly recommend the product.


Pixnor Wireless Bluetooth Colorful LED Fountain Dancing Water Mini Speakers for iPhone / iPad / Cellphone / PC (Black)
Pixnor Wireless Bluetooth Colorful LED Fountain Dancing Water Mini Speakers for iPhone / iPad / Cellphone / PC (Black)
Offered by Uoogifts
Price: 23.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Sound and Novel Water Feature, 12 Aug 2014
This item was sent to me to test, review and keep by the manufacturer in return for an honest review.

I have tested many different Bluetooth speakers. Some have been excellent/very good category but most have been poor. The poor speakers distort the sound, lack bass or treble and just sound underwhelming. This set of speakers sits in the good to very good category. They are quite unique from the fact that they have water in the top chamber and LED lights in the base, so as the music plays the lights change colours and the water effect dances to the music. The sound they produce, is not excellent, but then again they are not 100 plus. At the listed price, they offer reasonable bass and good treble, but they can be bettered by more expensive speakers. They give off 6 W of combined sound. This is enough to fill a bedroom/office with sound. For the price, they offer good reproduction and are quite novel. The speakers need to be connected together via the supplied cable and can be separated by about 24 inches.

Overall these are nice quality, good sounding, novelty type of Bluetooth speakers. The sound whilst not excellent is still very good given the price. I am happy to recommend them to any buyer.


Philips 1.5 Watt LED Dusk Wall Lantern, Anthracite
Philips 1.5 Watt LED Dusk Wall Lantern, Anthracite
Price: 49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, 12 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This LED lantern looked like the perfect quality alternative, to a cheap garden light we have been using for illuminating the area where we store our wheelie bins. Whilst the light is bright and the unit uses a quality lithium battery, the whole unit is let down by mundane minor issues.

At first looks the lantern appears to be well made and almost worth the high asking price. It appears to be made out of quality materials and indeed it uses a rather more expensive lithium battery rather than the cheaper NiMH batteries that deplete with use. The beam given off is soft but bright and the unit does look as if it would take lashings of rain and snow and still work. So why did I give this product 3 stars? Firstly the bracket to screw the unit to the wall has to be drilled out by the buyer. There are no holes in the piece of plastic. If you don't have a way of drilling them, you are completely stuck. Secondly, the piece of plastic where you put the screws through to attach to the wall, slides onto the back of the light. This means that the unit can be lifted off the wall in a few seconds. It is not thief proof and leaves you asking who on earth would design it that way? As other reviewers have said, once attached to the wall, it leans at a strange angle and looks as if it is going to fall off. This is "designed" to be like this, so the solar plate can obtain maximum exposure to the sun. Thirdly and the most confusing, is why has this unit has not got a motion sensor, as once it falls dark, the unit switches on and then stays on until the battery runs down. At 50 it should have a motion sensor.

Overall this looks a well made product, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Simply put, in application it is not good enough to warrant the 50 price tag. I cannot recommend this product, as there are better lighting units out there, which cost a lot less.

Not impressed.


(High CRI LED Lamp Beads)Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-HC100 CRI 95+ LED Macro Ring Flash Light for Nikon DSLR
(High CRI LED Lamp Beads)Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-HC100 CRI 95+ LED Macro Ring Flash Light for Nikon DSLR

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible for the Price, 12 Aug 2014
I was given this product by the manufacturer to test, review and keep in return for an honest review.

I was given a Canon DSLR bridge camera via the Vine programme to test and keep. Whilst it is one of the best camera's I have ever tested, it was sometimes let down by the included flash. Whilst the Canon had an amazing flash for most situations, it was very poor when taking Macro shots, as the inbuilt flash spread too much light and many of the photo's appeared washed out. This ring flash resolved this issue.

This is a VERY well made product, as the other reviewer states, this flash has an amazing 100 LED beads as opposed to its competitors at anywhere between 32 and 48 LED beads per unit. The 100 LED beads are complemented by inbuilt function modes that allow for the alteration of the intensity of the flash, this allows for a wonderfully balanced lighting effect which reduces/eliminates any issues of over compensation and wash out. This product delivers exactly what it should a nicely balanced result when taking Macro shots. The light is also useful when taking video, as you can keep the light on throughout the shoot. The LED's can be controlled and you can choose how much illumination you want from a quarter, to a half to all fully lit. The ring can be mounted on the camera, on a tripod or around the lens. It takes 4 AA batteries which seem to last a great deal of time. I have taken 30 minutes of video and over 200 shots and they are still powering the flash.

Overall this is an exceptional flash ring, given the price, sub 40.00. The functionality is exception and the results, outstanding. I cannot recommend this product enough. Highly recommended.


Aukey Bluetooth Speaker Portable Wireless Speaker for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, Kindle, Smartphones, Tablet, PC, Computer, Laptop, MP3 Player, TV, Car and Any Bluetooth Enabled Device, Dual-Driver, 3.5mm AUX Port, Enhanced Bass Boost, Built in Mic Speaker System, 8 Hours Playtime, Rechargeable Battery (BT013, Black)
Aukey Bluetooth Speaker Portable Wireless Speaker for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, Kindle, Smartphones, Tablet, PC, Computer, Laptop, MP3 Player, TV, Car and Any Bluetooth Enabled Device, Dual-Driver, 3.5mm AUX Port, Enhanced Bass Boost, Built in Mic Speaker System, 8 Hours Playtime, Rechargeable Battery (BT013, Black)
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: 49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but....., 11 Aug 2014
I was sent this product by Aukey to test, give an honest review and keep.

This speaker comes in a quality box, which contains the speaker, USB cable, 3.5 twin jack lead, carry case and brief instructions. The speaker itself is small and a kind of oval shape. it is about 6 inches in width and stands maybe 4 inches in height. It is a very simple design, with an on/off button, 3.5 jack hole and a USB connection port at the back and volume & pause/play buttons on the side. The front houses a series of small speakers behind a grey facade. For the size of unit it feels quite heavy, which on test probably added to some of the bass this unit pushed out. Overall the speaker looks very impressive and is sleek in design and made from quality materials.

I have tested an number of these small Bluetooth speakers for various manufacturers and I must say apart from the Klipsch speaker at 349.00, and an Easyacc speaker at the same price as this item, all have been mediocre to poor with their sound reproduction. I easily connected this speaker with my Ultrabook and I was not expecting to hear what I actually heard. This small speaker beats most of its competition. There is no distortion, it has good bass and treble for its size. I have tried the speaker with Pop, Classical and vocal pieces of music and there was no distortion and the sound reproduction was very good but not quite excellent. The downside to this speaker is depth of sound. The reproduction is super, but depth is lacking....what I mean by this is that it sounds as if its just one speaker, it does not have the same spacial sound as a twin speaker. The Easyacc I tested had four speaker built in and the sound spread out, sounding like a true hifi, whereas this speaker does not quite do this. Listening to the music coming from this, it is obvious it is coming from just one speaker. Whilst the music is not bad, its not on a par with the Easyacc.

At the price of 25 and given its size, I think this is very good, but its not the best bluetooth speaker I have tested. The sound it produces for its cost and size is good but not the best. It is easy to set up and I am very happy to recommend this product if you want a small speaker with very good battery life.

Recommended.


Aukey Desk Stand Holder Desktop Bed Clamp Mount for iPad 4, 3, 2 - Flexible Arm, Fully Adjustable, Hover Gooseneck (AK-3D)
Aukey Desk Stand Holder Desktop Bed Clamp Mount for iPad 4, 3, 2 - Flexible Arm, Fully Adjustable, Hover Gooseneck (AK-3D)
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: 59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Quality, 11 Aug 2014
I was given this product by Aukey to try, test, review and keep in return for an honest review.

This is a very well made, Bed Clamp Mount Holder for Ipad 2, 3, 4, Mini and Air. The item comes well packaged, Aukey have obviously learned about the new brand packaging ideas and how it can increase Amazon sales, as the box/packaging does look very professional. I have never tried a gooseneck holder before, but this item is simply fantastic. It is made from what appears to be very high quality materials. The gooseneck is very flexible and so the Ipad can be positioned at any angle you require. The clamp itself is very sturdy and you never feel that it is going to fall from the item you have clamped it to.

Overall this is a super product, that is very well made and it does what its supposed to do, clamp an Ipad at any angle you require, attaching it to virtually anything with the adjustable clamp. I am happy to highly recommend this superb item.

Highly recommended.


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