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Tefal FV1533M0 Access Steam Iron, 2100 W, Red
Tefal FV1533M0 Access Steam Iron, 2100 W, Red
Offered by TCB DIRECT
Price: £22.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Tefal steam iron makes light work of ironing, 20 Oct. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have to say that I have a steam generator iron that I love to use for bulk ironing. But I wanted a smaller iron just for the occasional item, like a shirt or pair of jeans. I didn't want to wait four minutes for the steam generator to heat up. So this iron is absolutely perfect for that.

I love the fact it has a very wide water fill spout, so you don't run the risk of pouring water all over the place. It is also easy enough to empty the water out at the end of the ironing. The ceramic soleplate also means that it is less prone to stick to clothes. I am sure you have had irons in the past where bits of black crud would get stuck on your clothes and you would have to wash them again. There are also enough steam vents on the base of the iron for a decent steam.

The iron is lightweight so it shouldn't tire your arm out too much. All in all it is a good value iron.


Tefal Temperature Control Kettle, 3000 W
Tefal Temperature Control Kettle, 3000 W
Price: £48.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How do you like your tea?, 17 Oct. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Temperature control kettles are becoming more common now, and this one is at a bargain price.

The Tefal kettle is very compact and has seven pre-set temperatures: 60oC, 70oC, 80oC, 85oC, 90oC, 95oC and 100oC. I have had a temperature controlled kettle before and I always boil it to 95oC when making coffee and 100oC when making normal tea, for any herbal or different blends of teas it's recommended you change the setting. One of the benefits of being able to control the temperature is when you are in a hurry to leave the house in the morning, but you still want that cup of coffee, so set it at a lower temperature.

Now this is only a 1.5l capacity kettle, so if you are making drinks for a few people you may need to boil it a few times, or if you have a large tea pot you might not be able to fill it completely.

It's easy enough to lift the lid on the kettle by pressing the large black button in the middle of the lid. It also has a removable limescale filter, concealed element and dual water windows. THis means you can easily see how much water is in the kettle.

The kettle also has a keep warm feature, but I personally think these should be removed. After all, you should only be boiling enough water for what you need at the time, and water does tend to taste different if it has been boiled a few times.


Instant Memory Training For Success - Practical Techniques for a sharper mind
Instant Memory Training For Success - Practical Techniques for a sharper mind
by Chester Santos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Now, what did I come in here for again!?, 26 Sept. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have to say as a sort of self help book, this is one of the better ones I have read. It is split into ten 'units', and written in a decent sized font which makes reading it very easy. The ten units are: Overview, your most valuable business asset; the building blocks; build better business relationships; impress in the boardroom; dealing with numbers; from the boardroom back to the classroom; speak your clients language; all work and no play?; final considerations; this is a test.

Although the book is written with business people in mind, it also works perfectly well in every day life. Let's face it, there is nothing worse than forgetting someone's name - especially if you have known them for a few years, or standing and going to another room to instantly forget what you have gone there for.

I'm going to read the book a couple of times and see if I can put some of the tasks into practice.


Gillette Fusion Power Men's Razor Blades - 8 Blades
Gillette Fusion Power Men's Razor Blades - 8 Blades
Price: £20.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good close shave, 15 Sept. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have been using Gillette razors for absolutely years now and never fail to be impressed with them.

I don't shave that often, so a pack of 8 will last me for quite a few months. Each razor head has a lubricating strip and has five blades along with a precision trimmer on the tip of the back of the razor head. The precision trimmer is ideal for tidying up sideburns, or beard/moustache edging. Although these are branded for the Fusion Power handle, as they are Gillette blades, you can use them on a wide range of handles.

It goes without saying that when you are shaving you should rinse the blades regularly to prevent the build up of hair in between the blades. They do provide a close shave and razor burn is minimised.

When the blades arrive they are sent in a plain cardboard box, so you may think they aren't genuine. But they are, they just haven't been sealed in a Gillette plastic box.


STABILO Woody 3-in-1 Multi-Talented Pencils with Sharpener, assorted colours wallet 10
STABILO Woody 3-in-1 Multi-Talented Pencils with Sharpener, assorted colours wallet 10
Price: £13.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Multi purpose colour pencils, 15 Sept. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My little niece loves these pencils. They are chunky and very easy to hold. There are ten pencils in the pack and they come with their own sharpener.

The pencils can also be used as a wax crayon and a watercolour. They work fine on paper and can also be used on glass. They are water soluble so are easy to clean up. All in all a brilliant colour pencil.


George Foreman Family 5-Portion(510 sq cm plate) Grill 23420 - Black
George Foreman Family 5-Portion(510 sq cm plate) Grill 23420 - Black
Price: £31.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for toasting sandwiches, 27 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is quite a neat little grill. It heats up quickly and comes with a fat collector tray. Whilst the plates are angled so the fat drips away, you could make the argument that you could probably do the same sort of thing in a grill pan.

The other problem is there is no temperature control, so, if you have a thicker piece of meat it can burn before it is cooked through. I think what I will do is just stick with it to use it as a sandwich/panini toaster, a shame really because it could be so much better.


Salter 9000 WH3R White Electronic Scale
Salter 9000 WH3R White Electronic Scale
Offered by home_essentials
Price: £17.65

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent set of digital scales, 16 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Well, there isn't too much you can say really. Does what it is supposed to do. Do have a bit of trouble turning it on though, I find that you really have to tap it with your foot to wake it up. But the display is quite clear. I was a bit concerned that it was broke when I first used it as the zeros kept on flashing, it was only when I read the instructions that I found this was normal, you just have to wait a few seconds for it to settle and display your weight.

The scales are quite light too, so they are very easy to move around, unlike some of the older mechanical ones.


Vivid Imaginations Oodlebrites Light-Up Dog Plush Toy (Multi-Colour)
Vivid Imaginations Oodlebrites Light-Up Dog Plush Toy (Multi-Colour)
Offered by Asr Shopping - ( Fast Dispatch )
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes a very good night light, 6 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I really didn't know what to expect from this but watching the videos gave a rough guide as to the size. It is about the size of a football, covered in a thin layer of fur - has to be thing enough to let the light through.

The packaging states that it is not suitable for anyone under 18 months. It takes three LR44 batteries, and these are fitted to the base of the toy. You have to unscrew the battery cover, and then of course screw the battery cover back on when you have put the batteries in. There is also an on/off switch on the base so it sits upright.

Now, the argument as to whether it is a toy or not. You can play with it, the lights do change colour, but I certainly don't think you could have hours of endless play with it. I think it actually makes a very good night light for any young children who don't like the dark.


Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Cool-Touch Bowls, Orange, Set of 2
Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Cool-Touch Bowls, Orange, Set of 2
Price: £14.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool touch bowls, 6 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These bowls are a really good idea. Before I got these bowls, whenever I was heating things in the microwave I would have to either find my oven gloves to remove it or use a tea towel, and risk getting splashed with molten hot soup.

These bowls come with a splatter guard each, so when that piece of potato in your vegetable soup decides to explode, you don't have to chip it off the top of the microwave. The bowls can hold nearly a pint of liquid, but of course, we all know that you can put a tiny amount of liquid in a cup and put it into a microwave and no matter what, it boils over, so of course I wouldn't fill it to the brim. The inner bowl looks really small when you compare it to the outer bowl, but there has to be enough space between the two for the heat to be dispersed.

The bowls are dishwasher safe and they can also be placed into the freezer up to -20oC. But remember, as the lid is just a splatter guard, it doesn't clip on, you will need to cover the bowl with something. However, you could use the bowl and lid to store things in the fridge (bearing in mind there is a hole in the lid though, would have preferred to have perhaps had a cap that you can remove and put back on like the microwave bowls and cups you can get at any good pound shop, and a few dodgy ones too).

So I suppose the main selling point of these bowls is you can take them straight from the microwave without burning your hands. If that's what you want and you are prepared to pay £15 for two, then go for it.


Igenix IG9903 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner with Heating Function, 11500 BTU, 1300 W - White
Igenix IG9903 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner with Heating Function, 11500 BTU, 1300 W - White

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool as a cucumber and snug as a bug, 22 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Just received this air conditioning unit and unpacked it, haven’t tried it yet as I thought I would write this as I go. And as the instructions tell you not to use the unit for at least 12 hours after being transported, I won’t be using it until tomorrow.

The unit itself is quite heavy, weighing in at 30kg, so if you can’t move heavy items, you might need a hand taking it to the room you are going to use it in. That is until you have unpacked it, the unit does have wheels, so it is easy to move around out of the box.

The first thing you have to do is read the instructions, that tells you not to use the unit for 12 hours, and also tells you where the vent hose is stored, and where the drain pipe is stored, you will also find the remote control there too. There is a screwdriver included in the box, and you have to use that to remove the screw right next to the sticker that says ‘open here’. It was quite fiddly as the screw is quite set back and you can’t see if you are actually unscrewing it or not. But once out, you slide the top cover off. You find the vent hose, remote control and drain pipe in the little housing.

I was expecting the hose to be similar to the ones you find on tumble dryers, you know the pliable, soft kind. But the hose is very rigid, but can easily be bent into shape. You simply put the hose into the back of the unit and screw it in clockwise until you feel it tightening. You can either use the unit as a portable unit and put the hose out of a window or door, or you can use it as a fixed unit, but this involves putting a hole in the wall or plumbing it in. As I live in a rented house in a Grade II listed building, there is no way I would be able to take chunks out of the wall. So I am opting to just put the hose out of the window. I will see how I go on with just dangling it out, but I may invest in some wood and feed it through and place it in the window opening. If you do put it through the wall, there is a cap included that helps you fix it to the wall.

The unit does have a timer on it which will goes from 1 to 24 hours. There are three fan speeds, and the cooling goes from 18-32oC and heating goes from 7-25oC. There is also a dehumidify function which will extract moisture from the air and store it in the internal tank. When the internal tank is full, an alarm will sound and you will have to drain the tank using the drain pipe included.

When you are using the unit as an air cooler, you can add water (no more than 1.2l). The idea being as the condenser gets hot, the water will keep it cool, thus reducing the amount of energy the unit requires. *this will work after the unit has been in operation for an hour*

The mains plug is also stored in a housing at the back of the unit and easily tucks away when not in use.

The unit comes with a 2 year warranty which covers the unit against electrical or mechanical defects. Just remember to register the unit.

Once I have had the chance to use the unit, I will be back and add to the review.

**UPDATE**

So it's been 12 hours and finally had a chance to use the unit. I have downgraded the stars to three. The reasons being:

You have to manually open the louvres on the unit yourself, this really should be automatic
It's a noisy little thing, you certainly can't watch TV and have it on unless you have the TV blasting. The label states it is 65db, equivalent to conversation at 3ft,
When it turns on, it goes into auto mode, so if the room temperature is above 24oC it works as a cooler, between 20oC and 24oC it works as a fan (a very expensive fan), below 20oC it works in heating mode.
Although It does come with a remote control, I haven't used it. For one, I can't even get the back off to put the batteries in, and two, if I am paying over £100 for anything with a remote control, I want batteries included as standard.
The length of the power lead is quite small, it does need to be near a power source and an open window/the hole in the wall.
The unit has been on for a while now, and it just doesn't seem to be getting any cooler. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong as the instructions aren't that good. Or I have unrealistic expectations. I was hoping it going to make the room feel like I had walked into a fridge.

**Further Update** I have added a bit of water to the tank, and after a while, the air has got a lot cooler, so it's down to perseverance. But it is noisy. I have it in the living room, so will only put it on when it gets hot to cool the air down when I need it.


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