Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron Review

There’s never been a time with more options on the market for straightening or curling our hair, yet it seems that it’s never been more difficult to make a choice of which to buy. Yes, that product worked well for another person, but how do I know that it will work well with my hair? Well, Solia’s Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron is designed specifically for those of us with thick hair. Sound interesting? Read on!

What’s so special about it?

This flat iron uses ceramic tourmaline technology plates which eliminate static electricity and don’t cause tangling or pulling, unlike some other irons. This technology also heats the plates within seconds so you’ll not waste any time. In fact, you only need one or two glides to straighten your hair, depending on its thickness.

The plates are 1.25 inches in width, which is a nice compromise between the smaller and larger plates on the market. It means that if you have longer hair, you’ll finish straightening earlier than you would with smaller plates, but still be able to add the final element of flair with ease. And if you have shorter hair, you’ll still be able to straighten it without the problems you can have with larger plates.

What other features does it have?

The temperature can be adjusted between 140 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit and, unlike some irons, can be used whether your hair is dry or still damp.

There’s a swivel cord which should reduce the risk of getting tangled while allowing you ample manoeuvrability to get to your roots all around your head.

Why I love it

In my book, the Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron is definitely one of the contenders for best ceramic flat iron of the year. The slightly larger plates give added efficiency while retaining precision. It works quickly and is comfortable to manage. Most of all, it provides a real solution for those of us with thick hair who have struggled for hours in front of the mirror with other irons, only to see the results fall apart after a few hours. Even the thickest hair can be straightened or curled in about half an hour using this iron!

Why I don’t love it

Some customers, while happy with their results, were only able to get real satisfaction by combining use of the Solia with other hair products. More serious (and unfortunately all-too-common with such products) are the reports of users burning their hair or their scalp. Then, there are a number of customers who claim that their iron has stopped working a few months after purchasing it.

The final word

Overall, I really the Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron. I don’t think the negative aspects detract too much from the fact that it actually works for thick hair, whereas so many of its competitors aren’t so successful. Amazon reviewers rate the Solia with 4.3 stars out of a possible 5 at the moment, so it seems I’m not the only one who has a favourable opinion of this iron! I hope this review has been of use to you!

 

Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven Convection Toaster Oven Review

Introduction

Toaster ovens have developed over recent years to become more than just machines which can help you make your morning toast. Many can cook, bake and even broil a wide variety of foods and the Breville BOV800Xl is no exception. This review will be looking at the design, features, pros, and cons of this machine to see whether or not it deserves a place in your kitchen at home! 

Features

This Breville oven has “Element IQ Technology” which allows you smarter control over the heat settings for your cooking. With 1800-watts of power, having more precise controls over the heat setting for this oven should ensure that all of your food is cooked to perfection. The “Element IQ Technology” works by adjusting the power of the five individual quartz heating elements to cook food more quickly, evenly and efficiently, meaning not only will you save time, but you will also save on your electricity bills! There is a backlit LED screen which helps you to see your selections clearly, and easy to use dials for precise cooking.

Design

This oven was designed with the customer in mind. It was constructed from very durable stainless-steel which not only makes it long-lasting, but also a striking yet attractive proposition to any kitchen. It is larger than most toaster ovens, with dimensions of 18.5 x 16.24 x 11.25 inches and this means that you can fit up to 6 slices of toast in it at once. The dials and screen have been made very visible on the front of the machine, so there will be no confusion when you are selecting the cooking settings. To look at other designs of toaster, you can visit Our Toaster Oven Site (OTOS) for more information about them. 

Pro’s

The user friendly interface is the biggest positive on this machine. With a clear LED screen which displays temperatures and times, you are able to precisely cook whatever food item you have placed in the oven. The interface is simple, easy to use and works straight out of the box. Other positive elements to the machine include its aesthetics, the removable crumb tray (for easy cleaning) and the smart cooking technology which all result in less work for you when you are using it to cook a meal. 

Con’s

The main complaint about this toaster oven is that on occasion the build quality may not be the best on the market. Elements of the oven have been known to fall off after heavy use, but these complaints are few and far between. The machine is also heavy at 28.6 pounds, which means that if your intentions were to use it in multiple rooms in the house, it may not be the best oven to choose to do so with.

Summary

The Breville oven is a heavyweight in every sense. It may come in at a whopping 28.6 pounds, but it has the big features to back its big weight up. The technology in the machine should make your life easier as it will automatically adapt cooking temperatures depending on which food stuff you decide to cook in the oven. It’s an attractive piece of machinery, easy to clean, and has many uses, so all in all you should at least consider this Breville oven toaster when making your choice!

Oster BLSTPB-WBL Blender Review

Can you imagine waking up every morning and being able to have some fresh juice, a cold smoothie, or even a tasty milkshake with the minimum of fuss and effort? Well that is exactly what the Oster blender is setting out to help you to be able to do. If it can help you to wake up in the morning then why not take a look! I know I need all the help I can get.

What features does it have?

This blender is designed for people who are on the go without much time to even think about stopping to make their smoothie before setting out on their way for the day. That is why the sports bottle can be removed from the blender once you have created your drink, and you can use it to drink from straight away! No messing around with pouring and changing the bottles with the Oster! It is a simple machine for busy people, so the one touch blending function is a good feature to have.

You’ve said it’s easy to use, but just how big is it?

It is tiny. The measurements of 6.9 x 6.7 x 14.9 inches mean that not only will it easily fit on your breakfast bar for your morning smoothie, but it is also small enough to be portable, so if you need a banana flavoured boost at lunch time you can take it into the office without worrying about its size. The Oster comes in multiple colours, but my personal preference is the blue!

What are the plus points?

This particular blender is small, compact, and easy to use so blending your favourite drinks should be as simple as pie! Its 250 watt motor is not the most powerful one on the market, but it will more than do the job for a morning smoothie or two. The sports bottle is dishwasher safe so that is another job you won’t to worry about, and there is even a built in resettable fuse which will revive the motor within 15 minutes should it ever overheat. A lot squeezed in to a small machine!

What about the negatives?

This is not a blender without fault, but thankfully its faults are very small. The drinking lid is the number one complaint about the Oster. People have stated that it is of a sub-par build quality and that this has affected their user experience. Nobody wants smoothie spilling all down their clothes, but to me this seems like a minor fault, and it is something that can be easily rectified so it shouldn’t put you off. 

Should I buy it?

If you have a busy lifestyle and want a simple smoothie and juice maker then you will struggle to find a better one than this. It does not have the biggest capacity, the most powerful motor, or the greatest number of features when compared to others, but it more than does the job it promises to. This review is just one of our many smoothie maker reviews, so take a look at the website to see the Oster’s competitors!

Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter Review

They may have started out life as a cool new gadget that a only a few people used one the weekends. However, nowadays drones are beginning to have a greater role in our everyday lives. Some companies are even looking in to using them to help deliver your shopping to your door so the possibilities are almost endless! They are very clever pieces of technology but choosing one can be a little overwhelming when looking at the abundance of options there are out there. This is where todays review will help and we are taking a look at the Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter!

Features

This drone comes equipped with a HD camera and a 2GB memory card built in so you will have the chance to capture some high quality footage when you are using the machine. To ensure that you can really get the best out of your drone it has incorporated inside it a 6-axis Gyro stabilization system which should mean you get maximum stability during flights. With this system in place you will be able to perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion. It will take 100 minutes to fully charge the machine, but once it is charged you will have a seven minute flight time. To take a look at other similar drones and their features visit www.rotorcopters.com

Plus Points

The sheer amount of technology that has been crammed into this small drone is impressive. The six axis gyro stabilization tech is a very good thing to have as it should help even the most novice of fliers quickly get to grips with the flying techniques needed. The fact that it has a HD camera built ion and a memory card to record everything it sees is a bonus and this should keep you entertained for hours!

Negative Points

Based on previous customer comments there does appear to be an issue with the battery packs on some of these drone controllers. Customers have complained that after placing batteries in the control packs they have later gone to use it and found that the batteries had gotten very hot and began to melt. This is obviously a health and safety issue and could be dangerous. It has to be said however that this only appears to be the case in a minimal number of the drones, but it is still something you should keep an eye on.

Conclusion

The Syma looks as if it could be one of the best drones on the market. It comes with an abundance of very useful and well thought out features built in to it and as a result you should be able to extract the best experience possible form the machine. By including the stabilising gyro technology and a camera the manufactures have added some small touches that others have missed. It isn’t all good for the machine though, as the malfunctioning battery pack would be enough to ruin anyone’s experience. All in all though, if you avoid getting a faulty machine this is a very nice drone!

The Review – Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Food Processor

Is the Cuisinart processor the best food processor for your kitchen? Well, in this regard there is a lot to think about. Below you’ll find details of the specification, design and both pros and cons, to help you decide for yourself. 

The Spec.

  • 14-cup lexan work bowl, extra-large feed tube, small and large pushers
  • Stainless-steel slicing disc, shredding disc, chopping blade
  • 720-watt large-capacity food processor with intuitive “on” and “off/pulse” buttons
  • Spatula, instruction/recipe booklet, dishwasher-safe parts
  • Product built to North American electrical standards

Design 

It has a neat, minimalistic design and has a reasonably small footprint, considering this machine has a 14 cup capacity. 

The metal chopping/mixing blade works for chopping raw and cooked fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, cheese and nuts. Some of the many foods you can prepare include butter, mayonnaise, sauces, dips and hummus.  You can mix pastry, cake batter, cookie dough, frostings, quick breads, biscuits and muffins.

The plastic dough blade is for mixing and kneading bread dough. If your recipe calls for more than 3 1/2 cups of flour, the plastic blade will work more efficiently than the metal chopper blade, so be sure to use this.

This food processor does not have a specific speed setting for dough, but most people find that the pulsing works very efficiently. No matter what brand or model you decide to purchase, the extra cost of a machine with a dough speed setting probably isn’t worth it, unless that is your main reason for buying the processor.

The slicing disc can be used for slicing whole fruits and vegetables, cooked meat, semi-frozen raw meat, and mini bread loaves.

Finally, the shredding disc will process vegetables, as well as most form or hard cheeses. You could also process chocolate to a grated texture, if you so wish. 

Advantages 

  • The bowl capacity is huge. Ideal for large batches of food.
  • Even though it isn’t the most powerful machine on paper at 720 watts, it is hugely powerful and processes everything with ease.
  • Modern design. It looks great.
  • Most attachments are dishwasher safe. 

Disadvantages

  • The lid does not always latch on properly.
  • Very heavy and hard to lift.
  • The main blade mechanism can often be hard to clean.
  • Every part has to be lined up or click in place before the machine will start.
  • If you press the on button too many times in a row, it automatically shuts off for 5 minutes. 

Summing Up 

In terms of power, this machine is going to be hard to beat. It is large and very powerful, looks beautiful and seems to perform every task with ease. It pretty much has an attachment for every use in the kitchen, so you could replace some of your other gadgets with this processor, and according to Mrs FoodPrep, this is one of the best processing machines available.

A point to note is that replacement parts are expensive, so be sure to buy an extended warranty with parts and labor included.

Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine

Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine Review

In order to make sure that your sewing experience is an enjoyable one, there are a few precautions that I would suggest you follow. First, you should always look at the price before you even consider buying a product. If you fall in love with something, only to figure out that it’s way too much money 30 minutes later, you’re going to be kicking and screaming. I have a few different ways of going through sewing machine reviews, and I’ve learned a few things in my time reading them.

What Have You Learned?

There is a specific page that I visit: http://www.sewingmachine.today/ on almost a daily basis, because I’m a sewing machine fanatic at this point. I visit it to learn more about the many different sewing machines I could use to tame my hobby, but there’s only really one selection for all of us. Mine might be the same as yours, but in many cases, it might not work that way. That’s why I wrote this review, to help you see if this is the right fit or not.

Janome Sewing Machine Features

The loading features of a sewing machine can really impact how you feel about it, which is why I’m a big fan of the top loading jam proof bobbin system they use with this Janome machine. Your sewing experience will be tangle free and without hassle! The 7 piece feeder dog is used to work with fabrics on a very precise level, and the incredibly handy carrying handle is good for those who are moving extensively. 18 stitches come included and there’s also a built-in buttonhole, as many people tend to work with buttons through the use of their sewing machines. Its a machine based off of 110 volts, so anyone outside of Canada or the United States can’t use them.

Is It Expensive?

Yes, and that’s a good question. It’s expensive, but it’s still a reasonable price when you take everything into consideration. Its made out of high quality materials and is pushed to the market through a reputable name, and while it costs $299.99 USD retail, it’s worth the cash.

Pro’s

A lot of sewing machines will snag up and get caught on certain fabrics, but this did the job and cut through that stuff like butter. The 7 piece feed dog means your cuts will hit the mark every time through, and the handle is just down-right nifty. Top loading jam proof bobbin systems are like a blessing from above in the sewing machine world, and Janome is just a great brand all around.

Con’s

It’s expensive! You’ve got to pay for quality, though, so be prepared to cough up at least $250 (the sale price) for this piece of equipment.

Summary

It’s expensive, but I can’t complain about the cuts that this sewing machine helps me make, so it’s all subjective. If you have the money, I would shoot for it – you only live once!

BELLA 13586 12-Piece Rocket Blender Review

Under My BELLA – The Best Blender I’ve Ever Used

Have you ever used a product and just thought “wow, that was easily the best thing I’ve ever used!”. That’s how I felt when I got my hands on this blender for the first time, and I pretty much knew what I was going to get into. There are a lot of reviews on the internet that have to do with the product I’m looking at today, but none of them had been written by me. You might be wondering why i felt the need to actually put this review together, and it might be due to the fact that I’ve been enjoying delicious smoothies for well over a few months now. I owe it all to this product, and I felt like I just needed to share my news with the world.

As a believer, I’ve got to tell you that http://www.smoothymakersparadise.com/ is where I initially found this product. As soon as I saw it, I started to do a little bit of research. I found that it was affordable and manufactured by a legitimate brand, so I took a shot at buying it. Little did I know I was going to get a product that actually changed how I ate and my diet as a whole! I’ve never been out of shape, but I started to notice my 6-pack fading away and such – ever since I started blending my greens and fruits, that hasn’t been a problem.

What Do the Features Look Like?

Well, I noticed right away that I could buy this blender in more than the fair share of colors. I ended up purchasing the stainless steel and black variety, but there are a lot more choices to take into account. There are 2 stainless steel blades that are used for both grinding and blending, and the compact design helps you conserve counter space in your kitchen. All of the contents are BPA free, and there are a lot of amazing BELLA-based recipes added into the entire deal. There’s also a one year warranty!

If there’s a 1-year warranty included, odds are I’m going to be interested (mainly because I don’t have to worry all too much).

Pro’s & Con’s

Con’s

The only con I could find with this product, it would have to be the simplicity factor. You could easily go about making salad dressing and such with something like this, but it isn’t ideal.

Pro’s

2 stainless steel blades ensure that everything is smooth, and you can propel your smoothie making process into space with the powerful motor included. The 1 year warranty saves me having to worry about whether I’ll need to replace the product or not, all I have to worry about is getting a replacement through the use of my warranty.

Everything Summarized

As far as summaries can go, this is a blender that won’t break when you’re trying to grind up a few apples. Even if you have to deal with the problem of it breaking down, the 1 year warranty will make sure that you’re accounted for.

Tribest SW-2000-B Slowstar

Tribest SW-2000-B Slowstar Review

Tribest isn’t a brand I’m very familiar with, and it’s one that I need to learn a little more about for sure. I’ve always been the type of person to strive for greatness, no matter what I happen to be doing. Even if it comes to purchasing a juicer, I still want to have the proper selection. In order to do that, you’ve got to look at some of the best reviews around, as they’ll point you to the right juicer in no time. That’s the main reason why I felt the need to write something of this nature. There will always be reliable juicer reviews online, you just have to search for them most of the time.

What Do You Look For?

When I’m shopping for a juicer, I try and make sure the one that I plan on purchasing isn’t going to let me down one way or another. As a result, I find myself constantly looking at other reviews online, as well as just looking at the product features for myself – only then will I be able to make the right choice.

Features

The duo-blade double-edged Ultem auger is amazing and works like a charm, this is probably the most powerful juicing auger I’ve ever used in my life. There’s a low speed of 47 RPMs being used, but since the auger is so powerful, it isn’t going to negatively affect the process – it’s actually going to preserve the enzymes of fruits and vegetables. The mincing attachment can be used to make your own kinds of butters, as well as pates and sorbets. The 3-stage speed reduction gear process is reliable and potent, while the 200 watt motor isn’t very powerful. It’s 100% BPA-free when it comes to both the housing and casing of this juicer.

The Pro’s

The duo-blade double-edged auger really is a blessing in disguise, as everything else about this juicer is somewhat lacking. There’s a mincing attachment that lets you make your very own butters and such as well, and the 3-stage speed reduction gears are used to ensure that breakdowns are minimized. The enzymes in your juice (that help you digest everything) won’t be broken down as much, and will lead to a healthier gut.

The Con’s

The motor itself is very weak, so it’s a good thing that the auger implemented is a very sturdy one. If it wasn’t, this would probably just be a piece of junk – then again, it’s so slow because it’s meant to preserve the enzymes (and it’s called a slow juicer, duh!). You might want a little more power behind your juicer, but its all subjective.

My Verdict

Since it’s really slow, but still helps you maintain a healthier lifestyle in more ways than one, I would suggest that you do a little more research on this juicer before you buy it. It could be the right fit, and it could be the worst fit, it all depends on what you want to do with it.

Rusk W8less Professional Lightweight

Rusk W8less Hair Dryer Review

Hair dryers with a ceramic tourmaline finish will always provide you a better experience than those that don’t have one. Living life in the salon isn’t always going to pan out as you’d like, and sometimes, you’ll need replacement products. If not replacements, you might even just need a set of hair dryers to get you started, and this specific brand isn’t going to let you down. We always look for more and more when it comes to features, and this is one of those hair dryers that provides “more”. Hairdryersonline.com is one of the leading resources for those who are in need of hair dryers, and I would recommend it for some of the best reviews around. Now, I’m not one to keep people waiting, so lets get into it shall we?

About the Product

There are a lot of things to really work with when you’re using the Rusk W8less hair dryer, and one of them is the 2000 watts of power you’ll be receiving from this product. That’s a lot of power, so much that you’re not going to ever have to worry about your hair looking all crazy. The ceramic grill is infused with tourmaline to provide you with an excellent experience. There are 7 different heat settings to use, which is a very large amount of settings (when you compare that number to most others, it’s really great). There are also 7 speed settings, as well as a cold shot button for a quick blast of cold air. The power cord is 8 feet, which is usually more than enough for any home out there. There’s one concentrator nozzle that comes with the entire kit.

What Did I Like?

I like how they infused the tourmaline into the dryers grill, and I also enjoy how there are 7 different heat and speed settings. You don’t usually see that many settings on a hairy dryer, especially one that’s as reliable as this one. It’s usually you either get quality, or variety, not often do you find both. It’s really lightweight, hence the name “W8less”, and that’s a trait that I like to see in my hair dryers.

What Didn’t I Like?

There isn’t much to not like about this dryer, although the price could be improved upon a little bit. The dryer itself is of the highest quality, so obviously the price is going to reflect that, I just wish they were a little more practical is all!

Summary

It’s hair dryers like this one that I often find the best, because the price is a little too much, but there’s also a lot of variety to the heat and speeds. The more settings, the better, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get with this dryer. You can take my word for it, or you can just experience the awesomeness for yourself.