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Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £34.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Completely clean feeling, 12 Sep 2014
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I have long-used Oral-B toothbrushes, but every single electric toothbrush I have used has left me disappointed - the speed, the battery life, the size of the brush, there's always been a fatal flaw in the equation for me that has driven me back to a trusted manual version.

I, therefore, approached this with due hesitancy - the brush head seemed closer in size to a regular toothbrush, rather than a ridiculously small round version, but how would this feel and function as a replacement for a normal toothbrush? This toothbrush has clearly been designed specifically for people like me - it allows you to brush as if using a normal toothbrush, but vibrates with power which, according to the blurb, has activated 'three specialised cleaning zones' that give up to 100% more plaque removal. I can say with certainty, having now used the brush for the past two weeks, that it has left my mouth feeling cleaner than I ever remember outside of a visit to the dreaded hygienist.

Whilst this is one of the budget models (I would definitely be interested to see how this functions in comparison to the other, more expensive versions), I can honestly say it seems to offer strong value for money, although only including one head seems a little cheap. It's definitely an investment over regular, manual brushes, but the feeling in my mouth for the past few weeks is definitely one I would recommend and say is worthwhile.


Ultrasport Drafter 550 Pro
Ultrasport Drafter 550 Pro
Price: £186.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, a gym-quality rowing machine in your living room!, 3 Sep 2014
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The Ultrashort Drafter 500 Pro is exactly what it says it is - a professional, gym-quality rowing machine that can be used in the comfort of your own home. It is incredibly heavy, one of the heaviest 'portable' rowing machines I've seen, and feels very robust. It also has a heavier weight limit than most home rowing machines, meaning this is even suitable for the heavier person wanting to tone up and lose weight unlike many others.

The ability to fold up the rowing machine element and use the front section as 'weights' for your arms is a genius addition, you can tone up arms and legs together, or just arms for alternating workouts. I've not seen any others with this functionality.

The computer is great for giving you a calorie breakdown, as well a total number of strokes and time, this is fairly common these days but it's still a great addition. At under £200, this is incredibly competitive in price and I would really recommend it.


VonShef Stand Mixer with Grinder and Blender, 5.5 Litre, 1200 Watt, Red
VonShef Stand Mixer with Grinder and Blender, 5.5 Litre, 1200 Watt, Red
Price: £103.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value for money multi-use mixer, 15 July 2014
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The VonShef stand mixer might be less than £100 on Amazon, but the power and quality is comparable to mixers twice, thrice or even quadruple the price, far outperforming rivals including the Andrew James range. A heavy, industrial-feeling machine, in a gorgeous glossy red, the mixer comes with a detachable blender, on the top right, as well as attachments for grinding meat, whisking, beating and pulverising dough.

At 1200w, the device is very powerful; in fact, it feels and sounds more powerful than some of the 1500w mixers (it isn't the quietest of machines, but is not unreasonably loud, it really does depend on the surface as well; felt feet would probably have reduced the noise significantly!). The recommendation is that you don't use the machine for more than 15minutes in one go, which is a very ample amount of time for making pastry and cake mix. The parts are also almost all dishwasher-safe, which is a great plus for cleaning.

The only criticism I have is that that the attachments don't hit the bottom of the bowl properly; I think this may be a slight design defect, but it is something that can be worked around with little fuss, it just isn't perfect.

Overall, this is an excellent value product, and a great addition to the kitchen of any aspiring baker.


Breville Halo Plus Health Fryer VDF105, White/Green
Breville Halo Plus Health Fryer VDF105, White/Green
Offered by Pricelover Deals
Price: £108.50

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly fast cooking and healthier than alternatives, 15 July 2014
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The Breville Halo Plus Health Fryer is the latest portable health cooker to hit the market, combining 'air fry' technology with a halogen light to cook food quicker and with little added 'fat' or oil - as the description says, 1kg of fresh chipped potatoes can be turned into chips with half a tablespoon of oil.

I tested this, as one of the major selling points for the fryer, and the chips produced are incredibly tasty; golden brown and fluffy but without that over saturated greasy taste. The non-stick bowl inside the device tilts and rotates to cook all round, evenly.

I then tried the 'oven' mode, using it to cook garlic bread (perfectly golden and crisp) and an apple and blackberry crumble (again, perfect results). Cooking time is heavily reduce and seems to be far more economical than turning on a big oven to cook. There is also a grill function, although I have yet to try this as it seems most suited for meats and fish.

The device isn't exactly pretty, looking quite round and chunky, decorated in a lime green and white - the futuristic design may appeal to some, but I find it quite ugly. However, this is definitely a case of substance overruling style - the device is really useful.

I now cook using the Halo Plus on a near-daily basis, whether it be a jacket potato, chips, roasted vegetables or desserts. It's quick, efficient and best of all, healthier!


Mustard Seed Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 5/5S
Mustard Seed Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 5/5S
Price: £10.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter genius screen protector, 29 Jun 2014
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Applying a screen protector can be an utter nightmare, yet you want the knowledge that your device's screen is shielded from random scratches whilst it's in your pocket.

Some screen protectors come with a liquid solution, which you spray onto the protector and apply wet. Putting any kind of liquid on a £500 device doesn't really sit easy with me, so I end up with standard screen protectors, often with the odd random speck of dust causing an air bubble, or slightly misaligned - even 1-2mm can cause an issue with the home button or camera.

Mustard Seed Easy Paste has addressed all of these potential issues in a totally genius way; I've never seen anything like it before. The steps are easy-to-follow; you remove your current screen protector and wipe the device with the included cloth - so far, so usual. Some other manufacturers now recommend you find some sticky tape to remove specks left over; this set includes two small sticky plastic rectangles to pick up and remaining dust specks.

The true innovation now steps in. The screen protector is encased and housed in a plastic 'frame' which is form fitted for your iPhone 5/5S. Removing one side of film, you place the frame over your iPhone. There's no wiggle room as it fits perfectly. You then gently press the frame down and it makes contact with the iPhone. Push down fully and the screen protector is applied removing the top film layer.

Your screen protector is now fully, accurately and perfectly applied. Should there be any dust specks that you missed, you are provided with a tiny 'screen protector peeler sticker' which you apply to a corner to pry up the screen protector with. This means no nasty rough corners from trying to get a fingernail underneath to peel it up. You can then use the second of the two small sticky plastic rectangles to pick up and remaining dust specks before relaying the screen protector down perfectly.

It seems Mustard Seed have only created these for iPhone 5/5S and 5C so far... I am eagerly anticipating the iPad versions! Do not even bother with any alternatives - if you want a screen protector, this is the one you should buy instantly.


Kingston 16GB Micro USB 2.0 DataTraveler Flash Drive
Kingston 16GB Micro USB 2.0 DataTraveler Flash Drive
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, compact and fast, 26 Jun 2014
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The Kingston 16gb Micro USB 2.0 flash drive is a double-ended drive, allowing you to plug the full-size USB end into your PC or Mac, pop on files that you'd like to move, and transfer to devices (usually Android) with the micro USB plug (protected by a rotating cap, as micro USB is very, very tiny and more likely to sustain damage than a full-size USB!) on the other end.

The device is tiny, one of the smallest USB keys on the market to include two sizes of USB, and it's also incredible value for money for 16gb of storage. Whether or not you have cloud storage and move things 'into the air', this USB key is a perfect way to also ensure you have a back-up with you - there's nothing worse than getting ready to give a presentation and not having an internet connection to get it from the cloud, whereas having it on your keyring gives you instant 'peace of mind'.

My only minor criticism would be because it's double-ended, the keyring loop is in an awkward position on the device, but they did as good a job as they could considering both ends need to be visible and in-use. Overall, a recommended purchase!


Panasonic Blue/ Silver Self Hair Clipper
Panasonic Blue/ Silver Self Hair Clipper

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect haircut, easy to use and great value for money, 16 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have previously used Philips, Babyliss and older versions of Panasonic hair clippers, to tidy up hair cuts and maintain them in between visits to the hairdresser. These are, hands down, the best I have experienced, easiest to use and most pleasant in feel.

A single charge will last enough for at least four or five tidy up sessions, so I'm guessing around 3 fuller hair cuts (circa 40minutes-1hour) or so I would say in total, depending on how long you take. You can use them on wet or dry hair, and there are lots of different settings to ensure you get the right length for the right area ranging from 2-10mm (and shorter with a different attachment).

These are really great value for money - and aanother positive to note is the addition of a UK plug for a proper plug socket - so many clippers in the UK only include shaver-socket plugs, and you have to purchase an adaptor! Totally recommend!


Croydex Foster Soft Close Toilet Seat, White
Croydex Foster Soft Close Toilet Seat, White
Price: £32.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, sturdy fitting and definitely soft close, 6 Jun 2014
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One of my pet peeves is when toilet seats move when you're sitting on them; after trying various solutions to remove the annoying wiggling, the most effective being silicon/rubber cones that sit in, I was interested to see what Croydex had to offer.

The seat takes around 40minutes to install at quickest, and, when you're happy, does require gluing. I did have to watch the YouTube videos to see exactly what was going on, but these, alongside the printed instructions, are effective and give you a step-by-step guide to installing it. I haven't glued the seat yet, but already it's more sturdy than most I've experienced, and the soft close is a really nice touch. It's also anti-bacterial, which is reassuring considering where it's going and what it's used for.

This is a great solution to something that many people are irritated by, and great value for money!


XMI X-Mini WE XAM17-B Portable Thumb Size Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Black
XMI X-Mini WE XAM17-B Portable Thumb Size Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Black
Price: £23.34

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and powerful desk speaker, 23 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The XMI by X-mini is the latest generation of their successful range of powerful transportable speakers, and one of the first to be connectable via Bluetooth, with a range of approximately 20feet. The shape is impressive, with smooth curves and a rubber lid to protect the speaker itself, which flips off and clips to the bottom to make a stand, assisting in sound reproduction and preventing transport damage to the sensitive cones.

Battery life is impressive; one single charge of about 1 and a half hours gives you about six hours of playback, with an elegant LED letting you know when the device is charging, charged and on. The device also has one-touch NFC pairing, although I stuck to Bluetooth when using with my iPad and iPhone.

Sound quality is very solid; powerful and punchy, far beyond what can be expected for a device of the size to be quite honest; this is one area in which X-mini have always excelled, but their tech guys have improved on things even further in this department. It's no Beats Pill, don't get me wrong, but it's a fraction of the size and, more importantly, a tiny fraction of the price. Totally recommended!


NOCO G3500UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
NOCO G3500UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
Price: £29.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and great value for money, 15 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The NOCO G3500UK Genius Smart Battery Charger is a small, effective battery charger that is handy to have around the house to reboot your 6-volt and 12-volt batteries, offering a variety of options (small battery or big battery and a choice of battery environments). The charge lasts the usual amount of time, the charger does not get hot and automatically recognises when the battery is charged, with a set of progress LED lights that signal when the charge is complete alongside an orange LED that says if there is an error.

The charger comes with safety instructions, which are also available online, and can basically charge and keep charged batteries for your car, lawn mower, caravan - even snowmobiles (as it can charge in below zero climates!), even allowing overnight charging as it's so smart and doesn't spark. At under £30, this is a snip and great value for money.


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