Grundfos Booster Pump

Grundfos Booster Pump
– A Review

Whole House Hot Water Recirculating System

grundfos booster pumpA booster pump or whole house hot water recirculating system is a nonsubmersible pump designed to bring hot water to your kitchen and bathroom faucets without having to run and waste water for several seconds waiting for it to get warm. How well a water circulation pump depends on many factors of your household; size of hot water heater, pipe length, distance of pipes from hot-water heater, and last but not least, temperature and climate. Before I had a Grundfos circulation pump, it required over a minute for the water coming out of my kitchen faucet to get warm first thing in the morning. I was constantly filling pots as the water ran, as to not waste so much water. I had heard about hot water recirculating systems before, so when I had a new hot water heater installed last summer I decided to finally give one a try.

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Costco Simpson Pressure Washer

Costco Simpson Pressure Washer
Updated: April 1, 2017

It could just be my experience with the very poor quality, Task Force Pressure Washer, but my impression remains that gas-powered pressure washers are made of a much more durable quality than the electric ones.  I have now owned the Costco Simpson Gas Powered Pressure Washer for exactly four years and it is still running fine. I did have to place a couple of o-rings, but unlike the Task Force, the structure is modular and non proprietary and parts replacement is cheap. I’ve found this pressure washer to be a little finicky when it comes to getting it started after long periods of not being used. Other than that, this unit is 10-times better than the ridiculously poor-quality Task Force.

Original Review from April 2013

Costco Simpson Pressure Washer

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In three years, I went from the failed Task Force Electric Pressure Washer to the Costco Simpson Pressure Washer with a Honda Engine. I’ve been without a pressure washer for two years thanks to the extremely poor quality of the Task Force. The Task Force worked good enough the first couple of times to make me realize how valuable it is to own a pressure washer. Just make sure you get one that lasts. The negative reviews on the Task Force speak for themselves. Don’t get a Task Force Pressure Washer. So far, the difference is like night and day. It’s important to note a couple of things: For one, the Honda Gas-Powered pressure washer you see at Costco has a Honda engine, but is not entirely made by Honda. While Honda has a great reputation for building quality products, we need to keep in mind that they cannot control everything that has their name on it.They build the engines for lawn mowers, power washers and other kinds of equipment. Before we get to the review, I need to answer the all important question that comes up with Electric Pressure Washers vs. Gas Powered Pressure Washers.

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Oster Digital Toaster Oven

oster digital toaster ovenThe Oster Digital Toaster Oven pictured to the left is the third Toaster Oven appliance that I’ve owned in the past four years. My previous two toaster  (The Europro and Black & Decker) are in the trash because they were both lousy for mostly the same reasons: They burned toast, they were difficult to use and they were messy. In fact, the Black & Decker went out with the garbage simply because some butter got inside the burners on the bottom, causing it to wreak of smoke and horrible fumes every time it was used. It was truly a horrible design. The worst part of both of the above toasters is that their analog dials made it nearly impossible to consistently toast bread without burning it. The only way to truly toast bread at the same consistency every time would be to have a digital timer. So, if you want to toast bread exactly 3:00 to get it medium brown, that’s exactly what you’ll get every time.  From the appearance of the Oster Digital Toaster oven, it would at least solve two problems of the previous two losers: One, there is a digital timer. Two, there are no slotted holes places for butter, cheese and crumbs to fall into and burn. By appearance, the Oster Toaster oven seems to have solved my two main problems. But appearance can be deceiving – how well does it actually work? 

Oster Digital Toaster Oven Functions and Operation

Extremely Simple Design and Operation

Oster Digital Toaster MenuOster digital toaster is made from a very clean, well thought-out design. With it’s brushed stainless steal appearance it actually looks great. In fact, it appears to be an Oster Toaster Control Knobsappliance that costs much more than the $79.00 I paid at Walmart. Other digital toasters had some rather intimidating, complicated switches and dials for adjusting heat, time and temp. Too many features and not enough simplicity. While there is something to be said about the simplicity of the good old-fashioned, analog dial, it just doesn’t have the precision of digital electronics. The Oster oven has combined the best of both worlds.  The smart folks at Oster have combined digital precision with analog dials that you turn to the right or left.  There are only three dials to control. From Top to Bottom, they are Function, Time and Temp. Turning the top function button gives you 10 choices: Toast, Bagel, Pizza, Bake, Broil, Cookies, Roast, Warm, Defrost and ReHeat. Choose your function, then simply turn time and temp either to the left or right to decrease or increase. Could anything possibly more simple. There are a couple of additional buttons: Start/Cancel and Turbo for convection heating. When using the toast setting, you can only control the time, not the temp which actually seems logical. Unlike previous toaster ovens I’ve tried, the Oster digital, does not have any nooks and crannies where crumbs, grease, butter, oil and other things can get trapped, burn, smoke and stink up your house. The heating elements are thin, solid metal rods which wipe completely clean in seconds. The Oster digital oven comes with three wire racks of various sizes and a shallow-dish, steel tray for baking or broiling.

Oster Digital Oven Performance

There is one really annoying grip I have with this oven: It beeps very loudly when you first press the start button. When your bread or whatever it is that you are toasting or baking is finished, you get three more, obnoxious loud beeps. There is no way to turn them off. I suppose if you want your toaster to serve the dual purpose of an alarm clock for unwanted guests in your house than the beeps are okay. Honestly, why do appliance manufacturers do this? Aside from that gripe, I was extremely impressed with the performance of the toaster. The oven heats up extremely quickly and efficiently. The heating is very evenly spread throughout all areas of the oven. I was able to get toast the way I like it by selecting 3:25 seconds. I heated up a couple of brats in a very short time period using the roast setting. Things get hot quickly and evenly.  I thought the Oster Digital Oven was worth every penny of the $79.00 I paid for it.

Oster Digital Toaster Impressions


  • Easy-to-operate Controls
  • Fast, Even Distribution of Heat
  • Precise Temperature Control
  • Mess-Free, Easy-to-Clean Design
  • Versatile: Functions as both Toaster and Full Oven
  • Turbo / Convection Heating
  • Retail Box makes a Great Cat Toy


  • Loud, Annoying Beeps
  • Could be a Little Larger
  • Has yet to Prove it Will Actually Make Unwanted Guests Leave
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Kenmore Refrigerator

Kenmore Side-by-Side RefrigeratorI absolutely love the new Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator I bought from Sears. Maybe I’m just so badly, mentally-scarred from my prior Kitchen-Aid refrigerator that I don’t fully recognize the difference between good and bad, but this new Kenmore exceeds my expectations in every way. Well, okay I do expect a freezer to keep frozen foods below 30 degrees or so – and I also expect eggs, cheese, lunch meats, etc., in the refrigerator side to be cold enough that they don’t grow mold and feel warm when I take them out of the drawers and shelves. The truth of the matter is – the Kenmore had every bad quality known to a poor refrigerator. We kept it for years after we bought the house that it came with because it looked so tall and majestic and fit flush with our counters. Our Kitchen-Aid was considered a cabinet-depth refrigerator and apparently rich people pay a premium for these. See how the new, Kenmore refrigerator protrudes a couple of inches out from the counter tops? Okay, it’s more like 6-inches, but who cares? It works and it works well. A good cabinet-depth refrigerator can cost $4,000 – $7,000. The advantage to these beasts is strictly cosmetic – a counter-depth refrigerator looks like it was commercially and custom manufactured to fit and match your kitchen carpentry. Our Kitchen Aid not only looked very expensive, but it acted like a very expensive refrigerator as well. We paid over $2,000 in repair bills to keep this monstrosity running over the 5-year period we moved into the house where it was inherited. I think I was brainwashed into thinking that we had to keep this monstrosity because it matched our kitchen. After so many thousand dollars of repair bills, common-sense finally prevailed and we let go of the Kitchen-Aid. I chose a middle-of-the-road Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator for a few reasons:

Kenmore Refrigerator Review

Side-By-Side Features

Kenmore Refrigerator Digital Temperature ControlFirst and foremost, this new refrigerator keeps foods cold and I know exactly how cold things are. Both the freezer and ice-box have a digital temperature on the outside of the door. Though the temperature can be adjusted, the default, recommended settings are 0-F for the Freezer side and 36-F for the Refrigerator side. How nice to be able to set it for exactly what you want. I adjusted the freezer a couple of degrees lower to keep the ice cubes a little drier. And speaking of ice-cubes, the ice maker in the Kenmore is the best I’ve ever had. I paid a couple-hundred more to get a freezer where the Ice Maker is built into the door which provides extra room in the freezer – and it is also the fastest and quietest ice-maker I’ve ever seen. Within a couple of hours, the Kenmore already began quietly dumping ice into the in-door ice-bin. How sweet is that? Now, how about the size? The Kitchen Aid was huge on the outside, but I always felt like I was looking for places to jam things. Counter-Depth refrigerators are not deep enough, no matter how tall they are. The Kenmore Side-By-Side seems to have infinitely more room. The shelves are nice and deep; very well-made and easy to take-out and replace. Cool-looking, well-placed, LED lights make it easy to find things on the inside of the Kenmore refrigerator side-by-side model. The digital display on the freezer door lets you switch from ice to crushed-ice or water with graphic icons. This took some getting used to as I accidentally sprayed water into my martini shaker a couple of times when I wanted ice. The good news is that the water comes out fast and strong – the bad news, is that you better make sure you really wanted water or you’ll dilute some expensive scotch, gin or vodka. Minor complaints aside, there is very little not to like about the Kenmore side-by-side. You’re probably wondering which model this is so you can get one for yourself.

Kenmore Refrigerator Ice Maker In Door

Kenmore Ice In DoorHaving the ice made inside the freezer door is a nice feature of the Kenmore side-by-side.

Kenmore Model 795

As good as this refrigerator is, you’d think Kenmore would be a little more proud of their products and publish the model number a little more prominently on the door, manual or box. The front of the manual suggests that I have a Kenmore 795.5103..Go to Sears or shop online at a Sears e-commerce site and look for the Kenmore 795. You won’t get cold feet – just cold food with your new Kenmore refrigerator

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Hunter Sprinklers

Getting Familiar with Hunter Sprinklers

Hunter Sprinklers
XCore Controller

I became familiar with Hunter Sprinklers and heads when they became easier to find then Rainbird products. Years ago, it was hard to find anything other than Rainbird sprinklers at my local Home Depot stores. I was reluctant to replace my old sprinkler heads with another brand, not because I loved Rainbird, but because I was not familiar with any other brands. Other brands of Lawn Sprinkler Systems. Replacement heads have their own settings and it can be confusing learning a new way of setting them up every time you need to replace heads. I am no longer intimidated by non-Rain Bird brands. IN fact, Hunter replacement heads are easy to use and last just as long if not longer than the other 3 or 4 brands I’ve tried, including Rainbird. Besides my own favorable experience, there is another good reason to trust the Hunter brand.

History of Hunter Sprinklers

Hunter is not just another sprinkler company spin-off. The company was founded in 1981, making sprinkler systems and products for commercial, irrigation, landscaping and sporting events industries and its own irrigation system. The original owner, Edwin Hunter was a pioneer, inventor and innovator of Hunter irrigation and lawn sprinkler systems since the 1950s. You can see from Hunter Industries website, that their line of innovative products, including Hunter Lawn sprinklers is equal if not superior to any other name in sprinklers. If name and reputation are concerns for choosing an entire sprinkler system, Hunter has you covered. While I am not personally in the market for an entire sprinkler system, I’ve been replacing parts of my old rain bird system with Hunter. Now, that I am about ready to make the next major investment in a new controller, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this brand name once again.

Time for a New Sprinkler Controller?

My old Rain Bird sprinkler system controller came with the house about 22 years ago. Needles to say, the unit is rather antiquated, if not a complete dinosaur. Don’t get me wrong, it still works as good as it did when it was new, but residential sprinklers controllers have improved quite a bit in the last 22 years. For one thing, my sprinkler controller has no back up system, so after a power outage the entire settings need to be re-set. For a yard with multiple zones and drip systems this can be a rather daunting task. The other problem with my old Rain Bird controller is that it’s analog settings is unnecessarily complicated, confusing and time consuming. There are numerous dials to learn and separate switches for each time settings. Also, the old beast is not very flexible. For example, there are only 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 60 minute increments of watering times, with no way to choose anything in between. What if I want to water for 11, 15 or 17 minutes? Also, there is no way to choose watering programs by day. It is only possible to choose every day, every other day or every 3 days for watering. This doesn’t work too well for most of us, which is why I began considering a new sprinkler systems controller.
Well, that and the fact that I can get a far superior sprinklers controller to my old one for under $100.00.

Hunter Sprinklers X Core 8-Way Controller

Hunter Sprinklers XCore
XCore 8-Way

While I was at Home Depot looking for some accessories, the X Core 8-Way Controller by Hunter Sprinklers caught my eye. By merely looking at the X Core display model, I had already figured out how to program it. What could be simpler? There is one dial with 8 settings, Plus 1 To run the entire program:
Hunter  X Core 8-Way Settings

  1. System Off
  2. Manual One Station
  3. Solar Sync Settings
  4. Seasonal Adjustment Percentage
  5. Current Time Day
  6. Start Times
  7. Run Times
  8. Water Times

Don’t get overly excited hunter sprinklers fans: There is one more dial to learn: a mere cursor, with side-to-side and up-down arrows for changing the values. Now, I ask: What could be simpler than that? Personally, I probably wouldn’t use the Solar Sync which requires an additional accessory. The Seasonal adjustment percentage sounds interesting and I could see that being very useful. Best of all, the entire system is backed up in volatile memory. Even after a power outage, you’ll never have to worry about losing any of your program settings. As it’s name implies, the XCore 800 Controller controls up to 8 stations – that’s more than enough for my big yard with multiple areas, including gardens, shrubs, front and back lawn. If you’re still not completely sold on the Hunters sprinklers brand, it comes with a full, 2 year warranty which is better than the standard 1-year that comes with most consumer products. I’ve had enough experience with Hunter Sprinklers products to know that this is the controller for me. If the X Core 800 is not quite right for you, I bet they have one that is. Hunter Sprinklers makes around 20 different controllers, though the majority of them probably go beyond the typical needs of a residential sprinkler system. The X Core 8 Way controller is perfect for most homes. For under $100, I’ve got another reason to buy from Hunter Sprinklers.

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Mr Coffee Keurig

Mr Coffee Keurig
Single Cup Coffee Brewer

This brand new Mr Coffee Keurig machine I just bought at a Costco is a Single Cup Brewer game changer. Why? Well, for starters, the Mr Coffee from Costco is about half the price of other single-cup Keurig brewers and it comes with 20 K-Cups for 20 cups of coffee. This is one of those products that I love outside of the box so quickly and unreservedly that I almost hate to continue using it, lest I find some faults with it. The Keurig machine is an impressive single-cup coffee maker and and an affordable one – at least in the short term. I recently reviewed the Tassimo in my Tassimo vs Keurig article two weeks prior to buying this little, inexpensive single cup brewer. I went to Costco to look for Tassimo Coffee when unexpectedly, I found a demonstrator brewing single cup coffee samples with this Mr Coffee Keurig single cup brewer. The cheap price tag quickly caught my eye and I wondered if a coffee maker so cheap could be any good. As I looked at the display, I noticed the words on the box said, “Keurig Brewer”. Having been very impressed with the Keurig Brewer at the Loews Hotel I stayed at in Philadelphia, I decided the Keurig Mr Coffee maker was worth a closer look!

Review on the Mr. Coffee Keurig Single Cup Brewer


Upon closer inspection, the Mr Coffee appeared to be everything the Keurig Single Cup Brewer was in my Loews Hotel: Pour 8 ounces of coffee into the back of the unit. Place a K-Cup into the basket. Close and you get a piping hot cup of coffee in about 90 seconds.. That’s about 30 seconds longer than the Tassimo, but there is something to be said about the simplicity of the Keurig. Unlike the Tassimo, there is no water reservoir for storing more than one, 8 ounce cup of coffee at a time. Pour in 8 ounces of water, and you will get exactly 8 ounces of coffee. It’s that simple. The Keurig not only takes just 90 seconds to brew a cup of coffee, but it took me all of about 90 seconds to unbox it and figure out how to use it. It is definitely more simplistic, if not as versatile as the Tassimo. But, there are a few more reasons to get excited about a single cup brewer than just simplicity, alone:


Aside from a very affordable purchase price, there is a tremendous selection of affordable coffee you can buy for your Mr Coffee Keurig. The Mr Coffee version of the Keurig uses the very same K-Cups as do all Keurig single cup coffee brewers. By discovering this gem at Costco, I also discovered a large selection of K-Cup coffee variety packs for a very affordable price of less than 50 cents per cup. When I told the demonstrator that I liked a dark, bold cup of coffee like Starbucks, she made me a cup using the Newman’s Organic Extra Bold K-Cup that comes with it. The Costco product came with an additional 15 K-Cups for a total of 20 cups of coffee. The Newman’s extra bold was delicious and satisfied my craving for a cup of Starbucks coffee despite their advertised special of free coffee on ‘earth day’. I was sold.



The Mr Coffee single cup brewer would be a perfect way to eliminate carrying a coffee thermos to work every day. From now on, I will make coffee at the office with the Mr Coffee Keurig brewer.

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Tassimo vs Keurig

Tassimo vs Keurig
Single Cup Brewer

This Tassimo vs Keurig Single Cup Coffee maker showdown is a result of my life-long desire to enjoy the best tasting coffee at home without the muss, fuss, mess and expenses of a fancy Starbucks Type Heavy Duty coffee brewer or without having to drive to a Starbucks and wait in line behind phony coffee drinkers. Haven’t you ever wished you could just make just one 8 ounce cup of really hot, strong coffee at home without having to wait in line behind those sweet-drink fake-o coffee foo-foo snobs ordering their latte with half-and-half and just a splash of this and that with nutmeg and whipped cream, etc, etc? You only want a good, strong hot cup of coffee and you’re willing to pay $1.68 – $2.50 for it, depending on whether or not it’s sized as a Tall, Grande or Vente. Well, would if you could make a cup of coffee just as hot, fresh and strong for 1/3rd the price. Well, this is what Tassimo and Keurig fans claim they can do.

To be honest, I’ve never thought much of single-cup brewers. I used to think, “So, they brew one cup of coffee at a time? What’s the big deal with that? “Well, my recent visit at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel last week changed my mind completely. In our room was a Keurig single cup brewer, with an assortment of Coffees, Teas and Hot Chocolate K-Cups. I’ve heard the constant bickering of the Tassimo vs Keurig debates, but what I didn’t understand was how convenient these single cup brewers are and perfect for a hotel stay.

I’ve never cared for the weak coffee in the hotel Lobbies and I hesitate to use the small, little coffee pots in the rooms which accumulate dirt, dust and coffee ground debris from the other guests. Yet, I need something quick, smooth and strong to get me going in the morning. Upon first inspection of the Keurig, I was impressed with how clean it was. I grabbed one of the K-Cup pods and in a couple of minutes I had a hot cup of reasonably good coffee with absolutely no mess. When my wife used it to make tea, I was concerned that it would taint the flavor of the next cup of coffee I made. Not so! The ingredients inside these single cup brewer pods (known as K-Cups for the Keurig and T-Pads for the Tassimo), are completely self-contained. None of the ingredients come in contact with the actual coffee maker. A tiny hole is punctured through the K-Cup or T-Pad and the beverage goes directly into your cup. It is fast, convenient, tasty and absolutely mess free. I was sold on a Keurig, but what about the Tassimo that I often heard about in these debates?

With thousands of personal reviews and opinions on both Tassimo and Keurig, I thought it would be useful to do an overview – or an ‘over-review- so to speak of all the reviews. While my impression of the Keurig was good, I thought the coffee could be slightly stronger. Having looked up two of the latest models, I narrowed my choice down between to two of the best valued, most reviewed models: The Tassimo Bosch TAS4511UC and the Keurig B60 Special edition. Both machines range in price from $139 – $199. So, which of these Single Cup Brewers provides the most satisfaction? Here are the basic conclusions of Tassimo vs Keurig comparisons among hundreds of users.

Brewer Comparisons

For starters, the Tassimo vs Keurig is a close call and both are excellent single cup brewers with very high marks from users. The Tassimo ranks 4.75 stars among 209 users and the Keurig rates 4 stars among 1,000 users.

Tassimo vs Keurig Opinion Reviews:

    • Flavor: Tassimo
      Both machines make piping hot coffee, but the Tassimo gets a unanimous edge for flavor.
    • Versatility: Tassimo
      The Tassimo is also more versatile in that you can make different types of coffee drinks; Cappuccino, Lattés, etc.
    • Coffee variety: Keurig
      Users of the Keurig seem to have more choices for regular coffee.
    • Technology: Tassimo
      The Tassimo TAS4512 wins the cool-factor due to its barcode technology.
    • Build and Apperance: Tassimo
      Though only a slight edge and matter of opinion, more users seemed impressed with the quality build and appearance of the Tassimo Bosch model.

It’s a close call, but more users preferred the latest Bosch Tassimo vs Keurig B60. I’ll give you my detailed review on the Tassimo T45111UC after I’ve had a chance to use the one I just ordered.

Coffee Selection Between Both Brewers

For regular coffee, Keurig gets the edge here. Since I found such a cheap price on the Keurig Mr Coffee, I couldn’t resist getting one for the office and so now I own both a Tassimo and a Keurig. Being that I’m not so interested in making other things such as Latte’s and Cappuccino’s I’ll have to admit that the Tassimo falls short of the Keurig when it comes to their selection of Cheap K-Cups.

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Intermatic Timer

Timers for Lights by Intermatic

I became a light-timer fanatic a few years ago when looking for a convenient way to turn the the Christmas Lights on and off a few seasons ago. I got out one of those old mechanical timers that I used many years ago for turning a living room

intermatic timer
Digital Plug In Timer

lamp on and off from 5:00 to 10:00 PM During the winter hours. mechanical light timers have always been a pain for me to use. You have to line up those little stops in the time slot holes for the on and off positions. For me, this procedure has always been a confusing and tedious task. The numbers on the timer are difficult to see and you’re never sure exactly how close it is to the actual time. Surprisingly, three other programmable timers that came with my house are also mechanic timers: Timers for Lights, Sprinkler System Timer and Water Heater Timer. Actually, the water heater is for my pool but it is made to be used on Water Heater appliances as well. After getting my outdoor lights setup with the mechanical timer, I began considering how programmable timers for lights make a great security device. Why not buy a handful of them for turning on and off lights in the house? Or, even for turning a radio on and off when you’re not home during the day or evening, electric timers are great, little security devices, whether used for indoor lighting, lamps, aquarium, poop pump, outdoor lighting or music, TV and other natural sound in the home? Now, if only I could find a decent digital plug-in timer for lights switch that is quick, easy and less confusing to program.  Here’s what I found for an easier, better Timers For Lights Solution and keeping track of our amps and watts.

Digital Plug-In Timers for Lights

Timers for Lights make Home Security Devices. While Solar Security Lights outdoors are also great deterrent’s, Timers For Lights Indoors can make your home always look occupied. When shopping for programmable electric timers, it is important to understand that a Electric Timer can be either Digital Timer or a Mechanical Timer. When shopping for a Digital Timer my first time at the local Home Depot store, I asked for an electric timer and he gave me one of those mechanical timers which looked exactly like the old relic I already was using for the Christmas Lights. I asked him, “Is this the Best you can Do?”.. He quickly pointed to another display of fully programmable digital timers for lights ~ only about $13.95.

I actually found these digital timers on sale online for $12.00 and bought four of them: One for the den lamp in back of house; one for the living room lamp in front of house; one for the bedroom upstairs and one for the boombox stereo to keep the cats occupied with music during the day. The Westinghouse Digital Timer is actually quite versatile. You can set the time and day, then program it for any day of the week, in multiple increments of time. Say, I want the radio to turn on and off every two hours, Monday through Friday at 10:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM, this Digital Timer will do that and it is very easy to program: Just set your appropriate day and time, press program, choose your days, on/off times for each of the days and your set! It’s that simple. There is a button to override the program mode, so you can leave the programmable timer permanently plugged in and either turned on or off. If you want to use it, simply set it for AUTO. The Westinghouse makes a great light radio timer and it is certainly easier to use than the mechanical timers. I have only one complaint. Well, two really: For one thing, it is rather cheaply made. One of the five that I now own, has already broken. Two, the digital display is difficult to read unless it’s plugged into the wall outlet. When the unit is not receiving power from the wall outlet, there are two, little camera-type batteries backing it up which do not yield a very bright contrast on the digital display. It’s difficult to crouch down on the floor by a low, wall outlet and program the thing with your head turned sideways. It would be nice if these digital timers had a more powerful battery for programming the device while it is in your hand where you can read it. The little batteries seem to burn out relatively quickly, too, which I guess is a third drawback. I like the concept enough that I’m willing to pay a little more for an upgraded programmable digital timer.

Intermatic Timer

Digital Operation

The other day I was online trouble-shooting Water Heater problems and came across an impressive array of Water Heater Timers. (See Below if you need a water or pool heater timer) I clicked the home page link and learned about the Intermatic Digital Timer. Actually, Intermatic makes a whole slew of timers: Outdoor Timers, Appliance and Lamp Timers, Water Heater Timers, Air Conditioning Timers, In-Wall Timers for your light switches. I thought, “surely they must also make something as simple as a Digital Plug-in Timer to replace the somewhat limited Westinghouse product, I’ve been using.” Lo and behold, they do! The Intermatic DT620CL 15 Amp Indoor Astronomic Digital Timer is an extremely Versatile Digital Plug-in Timer with capabilities and features that far exceed what I ever imagined possible. The DT620CL has built in astronomy technology to synch with the sunup and sundown times for your particular location. This means, you never have to program a timer switch or any other darn thing to allow it to function with your outdoor lights. Additionally, this Intermatic Light Timer is equipped with 28 Programmable events as a regular timer, or you can randomly time these settings in up to 30-minute intervals to mimic the way you might really operate the lighting in your house when you are not home. There is one mechanical feature on this digital timer which I absolutely love. It has a round turning knob sort of like on a home stereo receiver or radio for moving forward and backwards through the time and every adjustable setting. This makes it a breeze to program. The Intermatic Timer uses much stronger batteries than the Westinghouse, making the display much easier to read while you program it. The batteries should last you about three months and will also serve as a power backup if and when your electricity fails. Expect to pay as much as double for the DT620CL over the Westinghouse, but it is well worth it according to the many satisfied, Intermatic Timer users. The DT620CL Timer averaged 4 stars out of 5 among nearly 100 users and the price is right!

      • Digital Appliance Timer DT620CL
      • Air Conditioner & Appliance Timer HB112C
      • Air Conditioner & Appliance Timer HB113C
      • Air Conditioner & Appliance Timer HB114C
      • Programmable 24-Hour Security Timer EJ351C
      • Digital Wall Switch Timer – Self-Adjusting Feature EJ500C
      • Digital In-Wall Timer ST01C
      • Water Heater Timers

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Oil Filled Electric Heaters

Oil Filled Electric Heaters
Electric Heaters for Home

Oil Filled Electric Heaters are an efficient way to heat up a room. This winter, I decided to do some research on energy efficient space heaters for my drafty home. Unless, I turn my furnace thermostat up to 71 degrees, there are 4 rooms in the house which are just a tad too cool to stay comfortable sitting in for long periods of time. The Den, Office, Upstairs Vacant Bed Room and the finished Basement could all use some extra heat. The basement is the biggest problem area of the house because this is where we like to watch the big screen television. While the basement has low ceilings, it is a very large, open room, so I knew it would be a challenge finding a space heater to keep the area around the television warm without zapping our energy bill. The review I did on Amish Heaters and Edenpure Heaters revealed that what is bigger and more expensive is certainly not always better. These are Quarts Infrared heaters and they do have several advantages. At $195.00, the Dr Heater seemed like a bargain in comparison of the Amish and EdenPure products. After reading about the larger-sized, 1500 Quartz Infrared Heaters, I learned that many of the smaller, energy efficient space heaters were more affordable and did just as good of a job warming rooms of the house. Oil Filled Electric Heaters and Ceramic Space Heaters are rated very highly by hundreds of different users. Both of these portable home heaters are rated highly for quiet, heat output, low price and energy efficiency. I was really torn over which of them to buy; both have their pros and cons, so I decided to try a few of the different types of oil filled electric heaters for home.

Oil Filled Electric Heaters Reviewed

Review on the Delonghi EW7707CBC

Oil Filled Heater

Also known as Radiator Heaters, Oil-Filled Heaters are priced as low as $40.00. When I first read the term Oil-Filled, I thought it sounded messy and troublesome. Not so, at all. The oil inside the radiator is safely and permanently inside the heater unit. These Electric Space Heaters work on the same principle as convection heating. The oil inside the radiator heats up; warm air rises through the vents on top and continuously warms the cool air as it drops back down. The typical Delonghi Oil Filled Heaters on Amazon rated 3.5 to 4 stars by hundreds of different users. Most users reported that the Delonghi did a good job heating up small rooms, so-so on larger rooms and not so good for large rooms with vaulted ceilings. I bought the Delonghi EW7707CBC at Costco for only $39.95. Unfortunately, the EW7707CBC was slightly lower rated than the rest of the Delonghi oil filled electric heaters for home. The EW7707CBC received a 3.5 Star Rating as opposed to the average 4-Stars of other models. The lower rating of this model had to do with the lack of a real, temperature-thermostat feature which I didn’t care about. The heating elements and power are basically the same. It’s energy-efficient, warmth I was after. The biggest drawback of oil filled electric heaters is the amount of time the heater takes to get hot. And getting the heater hot, is only the first step. Once the heater is hot, it needs time to start warming the cool area. Expect to have the EW7707CBC on for a good 40-60 minutes before you start feeling any warmth from it in a small room. In a large, open room like my basement forget about it! The EW7707CBC might be good for a foot or hand warmer if it wasn’t just a touch too hot to touch with your feet or hands, but it’s not going to warm the surrounding air up in a large room. This leads me to another drawback of the Delonghi design. While it has rolling wheels, there is only one place to grip and roll it from room to room. You have to wait for it to cool off before you can move from room to room. The wheels don’t roll real well on carpet. Not a huge deal, if the unit actually could warm up a room of the house. To be fair, I decided to be a bit more scientific about the effectiveness of this Oill Filled Heater and placed a digital room thermometer in the vacant bedroom upstairs that sits above the garage. This bedroom faces north, and is at a chilly 63F degrees, even with our furnace thermostat set at 69F. Besides the basement, it is the coldest room in the house. With the thermometer in the bedroom stabilized at 63F degrees, I put the EW7707CBC in the bedroom and turned it on MAX. I checked the temperature of the room every 15-30 minutes for 2 hours.  This is how the DeLonghi Radiator performed:

  • Starting Temperature: 58.9F
  • 15 Minutes Later: 59.1F
  • 30 Minutes Later: 60.1F
  • 60 Minutes Later: 64.0F
  • 90 Minutes Later: 64.5F
  • 120 Minutes Later: 64.9F

Main Advantage of Oil Filled Electric Heaters

As you can see, the Oil Filled Heater took a while to get things warm. The biggest heat improvement came between 30 minutes to one hour. The last hour, the heat raised at a much slower rate; going from 64.5F to just 64.9F. My conclusion is that Radiator heaters are good for leaving in cold rooms of the house for long periods of time, where you don’t want the noise of a forced fan heater, but want to maintain a slow steady temperature. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this heater for maintaining quiet, heat in a cool or drafty room of your house.


Energy Efficient Space Heaters

Ceramic Tower Heaters

Ceramic Tower Heater

Ceramic Space Heaters use a Ceramic Core rather than heating coils. Since the Ceramic element is larger in size than copper heating coils, they require less energy to efficiently heat the surrounding area. I don’t know for sure that Ceramic Space Heaters are any more efficient than oil filled heaters, but they are most often categorized as energy efficient space heaters. Bionaire and Lasco are popular Ceramic Heaters name. They also call them, Ceramic Tower Heaters. Tower Heaters look the sleekest and most high-tech of them all. The Bionaire Tower Heater from Costco for $47.99 caught my eye. This unit received an average 4-star rating from 27 users. Users loved the large, thermostat temperature display and built in safety features. In addition to having an adjustable thermostat from 40 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the Bionaire Tower Heater has a program 1 or 2-hour shut-off feature. I like this! Unlike the oil-filled heater, the Bionaire does make some noise, but most people reported that it was quietly acceptable for a fan blower. I have not had the chance to buy this item yet, but I will. I will put the Bionaire Ceramic Tower Heater through the same scientific test as the Oil-Filled Heater. As the chart below indicates, Ceramic Tower Heaters are excellent for giving you quick, directional heat. If the Radiant Heater just isn’t fast enough give one of these a try.

Electric Heaters For Homes

Bionaire Micathermic

Bionaire Micathermic Heater

There are other types of electric heaters for homes, and the Bionaire Micathermic is one of the three I decided to try. The Bionaire Micathermic is a convection based space heater that looks somewhat similar in shape to an oil filled heater, but without the radiator grooves. As the picture shows, it is somewhat reminiscent of solar panels. As of the time this article was written, I’ve been unable to acquire this particular product for testing. The Bionaire Micarthermic heater is only available through online purchase through Costco and other online retailers. From what I can see, this particular heater has all of the characteristics of Oil Filled Heaters, but is lighter and heats up quicker. Out of 27 online reviews, the Micathermic Convection Heater was rated 4.5 stars. Users are very satisfied with the how easy this radiant heater is to use and carry around the house. There seemed to be a higher level of satisfaction of how well the Micathermic heats up small and large rooms over the DeLonghi Oil Filled Heater for $39.95 at Costco. My heater is on order from Costco and when it arrives I will perform the same scientific, bedroom test with temperature gauge and see how it compares to the DeLonghi EW7707CBC. Check back soon for the Results.

Below, is a handy guide which compares the different heating benefits of the three types of electric heaters for home discussed in this article.

Three Different Types of Electric Heaters For Home

Electric Heaters for Home

As the chart shows, if you want slow, steady and lasting heat, use oil filled electric heaters.

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EdenPure or Amish Heaters

EdenPure Heaters vs Amish Heaters vs Dr Heater

EdenPure or Amish Heaters?

We’ve all heard about EdenPure Heaters, but there is some strong competition out there. In the colder climates, the Space Heater market is a busy one as we all try to stay warm in these cold fall and winter months. The new, Infrared Quartz technology has made portable room heaters a serious option as a way for lowering your heating bill, in addition to providing zones of warmth, even the most heat-efficient furnaces are not very good at keeping warmth in the rooms of your house where and when you need it. When I bought my 65”, Rear Projection Mitsubishi Television this past summer, the cool basement seemed like the perfect place for it. It was easy looking forward to going downstairs to Watch movies and play video games in the cool, big, rec room. Unfortunately, summers don’t last very long in Colorado and the basement is no longer the preferred room in the house to watch television. Even the upstairs Den, where my much smaller television is located, seems drafty and cold all of the time. When guests come into town, I’ll often turn my thermostat up to 71 to make the den more comfortable. Unfortunately, the rest of the home becomes too warm, especially the smaller bedrooms; and the vacant 65” Rear Projection Television in the basement sits in cold, isolation. In the past couple of years, my Sunday morning newspaper has been inundated with advertises and claims about EdenPure Heaters, Amish Heaters and the new, inexpensive Dr Heater. If these Portable Room Heaters are so great, should we all be using them? Recently, the infamous BobVilla was promoting EdenPure Heaters on an infomercial. While I realize there is an obvious bias behind the products being sold, the information on this particular TV segment got me to thinking about the problems behind heating our homes. I’ve heard so much about EdenPure Heaters, so…

Problems with Conventional Furnace Home Heating

A Case for EdenPure Heaters?

The way we heat our homes seems a little outdated. The efficiency and technology behind the furnace has certainly improved, but consider the outdated and inefficient way in which the heat is dispersed throughout the house. While the furnace is located in one room, it must send heat through an entire house of duct work several feet long, in many different directions. Energy gets used up simply heating up the cold duct pipes. Much of the heat is lost through seems, joints and cracks in the ductwork. In large homes, the heated air must travel very long distances and much of it is lost by the time it gets to the farthest rooms of the house. While a central furnace and thermostat offers convenience, it simply doesn’t provide evenly heated rooms throughout the entire house. Some rooms are colder than others. The only way around this is zone heating; that is, the addition of efficient, space heaters where you need them. New, infrared, quartz technology has made Portable Room Heaters quieter, safe and environmentally friendly. You’ve probably read the advertisements for Amish Heaters and EdenPure Heaters and have seen photos of their impressive, natural-looking, fire-place like, wooden cabinetry. Both the EdenPure and Amish Heaters make claims that you can warm your entire house with them and at the same time, save on your energy bill. These claims are based on the idea that you can turn your thermostat down and strategically place these portable heater brands in the zones of your house where heat is most often needed. Because of the energy efficient infrared, quartz technology, you will not only save on your energy bill, but be warmer and more comfortable in your home. I don’t doubt the claims of zone heating, but which product does the best job and offers the most bang (heat) for the buck? It’s the Amish Heaters vs. EdenPure Heaters showdown. I’ve broken down the pros and cons of each, then compared them with a third, surprise challenger, Dr Heater.

Amish Heater

We’ve all seen the ads in the inserts of our Sunday Newspaper: Dedicated, honest Amish people in a factory, working their fingers to the bone, day and night making these handsome, hand-crafted, portable Fireplaces all in the name of keeping Americans warmer, while saving us from the dreaded, increasing costs of energy bills. We are led to believe that these beautiful, Amish Heaters are free. All we have to do is pay for the shipping and handling. Apparently, this is the Amish way. So, what’s the catch? Well, really, the mantle is the only part that is Amish made. The claim is that the mantle is free, but we still pay for the heater. The heater is made by Heat Surge. Like EdenPure, these Amish Fireplace Heaters by Heat Surge use infra-red quartz technology and a small blower-fan to disperse the heat to the room. They are made to look like a fireplace and their custom wood mantel is a nice decorative addition to the room you are heating. Don’t believe the claims in some of these ads about reducing your energy bill in half. I’ve read through dozens of user reviews and not one of them has made the claim that an Amish Heater has substantially reduced their energy bill. In fact, some users reported that they experienced a surge in their energy bills after using these Amish-made Heat Surge Heaters in their home. Lost Energy savings aside, how well do these Amish Heater Fireplaces do at heating up smaller rooms of your home? Unfortunately, not very well according to the 40-some odd reviews I’ve read. The Heat Surge is based on a 1500 Watt, Infrared Quartz heating unit. Most Amish Heaters users wised up to the fact and complained that they can buy this same technology at Target or Walmart for under $100.00 as opposed to the $300-$400 you’ll pay for the Amish-Mantel Heat Surge units. Many people complained that they couldn’t even feel heat unless they were a foot away from the Fireplace! If the lack of heat isn’t enough to get you heated up about wasting lots of money on one of these, a few users complained that the so-called Amish Craftsmanship didn’t look so Amish, after all. One guy complained the wood was nailed together crookedly, making the claim of being Amish-Made rather questionable, too. My guess is there are quite a few proud Amish people who would rather not have their names associated with this product. According to many people, these look as though they are made in China. The reviews weren’t all bad. The Cherry Wood model seemed to get more favorable reviews than the Oak one above. A few people even gave it five stars. Unfortunately, the average rating is not very good. Overall, both models of these Amish Heaters scored an average rating of just 2 stars out of five. Don’t blame the Amish. Blame Heat Surge.

EdenPure Heaters

While EdenPure Heaters aren’t made to look like an Amish Fireplace, they do come in a quality-looking, well made cabinet. The EdenPure Heaters come in a few different finishes, types and outputs. If the Amish Heater is built to look like an old-fashioned, wooden fireplace, EdenPure Heaters are made to look like a high-tech, attractive heating appliance. EdenPure Heaters are pretty attractive with their wood and/or variety of colors and finish. The EdenPURE GEN3 Model 1000 Quartz Infrared was the most popular Room Heater unit reviewed on Amazon. The GEN3 comes in an attractive, black, cast-iron finish with digital controls on the front. There is also a remote control for controlling temperature and turning the unit off and on. Some of the EdenPURE heaters have extra features such as built in air purifier. All of them provide roughly the same level of heat. One of the claims of the EdenPURE technology is that does not dry out a room like conventional heater. I would assume this is true of just about all of the quartz technology heaters. You can expect to pay anywhere from $225 to $400 for an EdenPURE Heater depending on the power which ranges from 500 to 1000 Quartz. The GEN3 Model is a 1000 Quartz heater that sells for around $289.00. I’m sorry to say that out of 73 User Reviews, the EdenPURE GEN3 received a rating of just 2.5 Stars. What is the main complaint bringing down the rating? These EdenPURE units do no better of a job heating up a small to mid-sized room than heaters which are a fraction of the price.
If its looks and size are worth the extra cost to you, then by all means start shopping for EdenPURE heaters today. If you’d like to see a low-cost alternative that does a better job, read on:

Dr. Heater vs EdenPure

There are plenty of EdenPURE Heater look alikes on the market that range in price from $200 – $500. Judging by the user ratings, paying more money doesn’t bring more heat and comfort to the rooms in your home. For just $195.00 you can get the attractive Dr Heater 1500 Quartz Infrared Heater.

Dr Heater

claims to be able to heat up rooms to 1000 square feet. Out of 34 user ratings, the Dr Heater averages 4 out of 5 stars. The claim about being able to heat up a 1,000 square feet doesn’t seem too far off the mark based on the favorable user comments. Many users commented that they were amazed how quickly and efficiently this unit heated up a large room, allowing them to turn down their thermostat and actually save a few bucks on the energy bill. Dr Heater is assembled in a very attractive, mahogany wooden chassis with digital display and handy, caster wheels for moving it around, to and from any room. There is a at least one explanation for the lower price. Unlike EdenPURE and Amish Heaters, DR Heater uses PTC instead of copper for its heating elements. One of the other favorable comments was how quietly Dr Heater performs with its 39db “super-quiet” blower fan. There were a couple of users disappointed in the heat output, but overall, Dr Heater outperforms Amish Heaters and EdenPURE heaters by a wide margin. There are cheaper, Infrared Heaters on the market, but if you want an attractive, safe 1500 Quartz heater in an attractive simulated wood cabinet, Dr Heater tops them all.

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Best Coffee Bean Grinders

Best Coffee Grinder

What is the Best Coffee Grinder?

If the best coffee bean grinders are supposed to last forever, there might be a few on the market now from very cheap to very expensive that fit the criteria. On the other hand, which is a coffee bean grinder that you want to last forever? The very first coffee been grinder I ever owned was a Christmas gift from my father-in-law 25 years ago. This small, electric Krups Coffee Bean Grinder still works as good as it did since the first day we used it. It is the best coffee grinder based on reliability. This is amazing considering the number of times I overfilled the small storage bin and had to use a thin knife to pry it open. Once coffee is ground in an overfilled grinder, they tend to become very hard to open. This problem lends itself to analyzing the second part of my opening statement. Is my highly durable coffee bean grinder one of those appliances I wish would last forever? I can’t say that it is for one reason: It is too small. Don’t get me wrong; our Krups Coffee Bean Grinders are plenty big enough to grind enough beans for one, 12-Cup Pot of Coffee. The problem is that over the years, the novelty of grinding beans prior to brewing a pot of coffee has worn a little thin with me. Even the best coffee bean grinders need to do a little more for me. I’m a little bit tired of having to scoop beans into the coffee grinder, plug it into the kitchen wall outlet then make a tremendous amount of noise grinding them for the next 30 seconds while people are trying to watch television in the adjoining den. My favorite coffee is still the “Roasted by Starbucks” brand at Costco which comes only in the whole bean variety. I would prefer it if were pre ground and I could simply use my air-tight canisters to keep it fresh. Once the bag of coffee beans is already open, I don’t see how it can be kept any fresher. I’d prefer to grind larger batches of coffee beans at a time. I also get a little bit sick of having to plug the coffee grinder into the wall, then deal with wrapping up the messy cord. As I’ve mentioned before, I loathe electric cords and cables. Unfortunately, the Braun is a well made indestructible coffee maker which has never given me enough reason to replace it. While I’ve tolerated all of these years, I started wondering if there was a bigger, larger Industrial or Commercial Coffee Grinder that would grind an entire bag of coffee at one time? Or, perhaps there is a battery or hand crank coffee grinder that could make the job at least more convenient, if not easier. Sounds like it’s time for a review on Coffee Bean Grinders. Best Coffee Grinder? Here are a few of the popular brands and models. I’ve also included some of the other types; hand crank coffee grinder, battery coffee grinder, etc.. If you’re looking for cheap coffee grinders, they will be covered at the very end of this review and the results may surprise you. The Best Coffee Grinder is not the most expensive.

Pavoni Coffee Grinder

When I looked into larger capacity Coffee Grinder, I ran into the La Povoni La Moka Burr Grinder brand which can grind up to nearly 9 ounces at a time. Unfortunately, the user reviews on the Pavoni Coffee Grinder quickly turned me off. Users complained that the grind was often too course, despite the adjustable settings. The fit on the housing was not tight which often resulted in a mess. The overall impression of over 16 users seemed to be that the Pavoni Coffee Grinder is cheaply made. They ranked it only 2.5 stars out of 5. The most common Pavoni Model is the PA-8801B. There are others, but none with very impressive reviews.

Macap Grinder

While looking up Industrial or Commercial Coffee Grinder brands, the Macap Grinder was the first one I found. This is definitely a commercial quality, high grade Expresso grinder that will quickly make your typical home coffee drinker kick the habit when they see the price tag. The Macap Grinder goes for $600 – $700. This was not cup of tea – and way too expensive as a coffee grinder! Don’t get me wrong, the Macap Grinder is a beautiful machine, but it’s too expensive to be gracing the presence of my kitchen.

Rancilio Coffee Grinder

Another one of those Industrial Coffee Grinders – the Rancilio is beautiful, large and worthy of strong consideration if not so expensive. A Rancilio Coffee Grinder ranges in price from $350 – $1,400. Again, not exactly your typical kitchen appliance. It is interesting to read some of the comments on the Rancilio Rocky brand which sells for around $350.00. For a real espresso connoisseur, the purpose of a coffee grinder goes well beyond convenience and reliability. It’s about how precision and how fine the grind. I’m not trying to knock these expensive commercial coffee grinders. They have their place; but what I am after is an inexpensive, high capacity coffee grinder.

Ascaso Coffee Grinder?

When I stumbled upon the Ascaso Grinder, I began to wonder if it was possible to find an affordable high capacity product for under $100.00
The Ascaso Grinder sells from $299.00 to $349.00. Like the Rancilio and Macap, It is a high capacity grinder geared towards satisfying the need for precision ground coffee. The Ascaso Grinder comes in 4 different colors and 3 or 4 models. I was unable to find any reviews on this product. If you’ve tried or own an Ascaso, please leave feedback.

Solis Coffee Grinder

A good Solis Coffee Grinder will only set you back about $149.00. The Solis Crema Maestro Plus G385 Conical Burr Grinder has a decent 3.5 Star rating by over 42 users. The 40 levels of grinder settings should please most espresso and coffee drinkers. A Solis Coffee Grinder is still not quite what I had in mind. I’m looking for a high capacity, simple-to-use coffee grinder. It doesn’t need to have 40 different settings for precision grind varieties.

Virtuoso Grinder

Another $200 Coffee Grinder, The Virtuos Grinder is a well made, Italian crafted product with over 40 grind settings; French Roast to Espresso. The 8 OZ bean capacity is just what I want, but again…It’s $200.. Doesn’t quite fit my budget for a down & dirty home coffee grinder.

Breville Coffee Grinder

The Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder is very close to what I’m looking for. For $69.00, here is a coffee grinder that will hold and grind 6oz of coffee at a time. What I like about the Breville Coffee Grinder is that it is a very well tested and used product. Over 250 users rated the Breville Coffee Grinder 4 stars. Users seemed very satisfied with the quality stainless steel base of the Breville. They also liked the adjustable settings, ease of use and preparation, use and clean-up. I’m thinking the 6 ounce capacity to be a little small, but better than what I’m used to. We’re getting closer. Maybe I can’t grind an entire bag at once, but 5 or 6 times should be enough to grind an entire 2lb bag of Starbucks Costco Whole Bean Coffee.

Baratza Maestro Coffee Grinder

The Baratza G 285 Maestro Conical Burr Grinder is one of the most popular Coffee Grinders on the market. It really looks nice in your kitchen and has a wide variety of grind levels from Turkish, Espresso to French Roast or regular Home Brew. Baratza Maestro Coffee Grinder Users seem very happy with the quiet operation of this unit and are generally pleased with it’s quality control, operation and durability. The G 285 didn’t suit everyone’s taste. Some users complained that they were unable to come up with a grind which produced tasteful coffee or espresso. Other’s complained that the machine would occasionally become clogged with coffee grinds. Still, out of 45 users, its 3.5 star rating proves that it’s worth your consideration for just $99.00.

Hand Crank Coffee Grinder
Hand Crank Coffee Grinder

Hand Crank Coffee Grinder

Sometimes it’s fun and convenient to do things the old fashioned way. A Hand Crank Coffee Grinder has no cords, batteries or preparation to deal with. Shove in the beans and do a little elbow work. If you’re a coffee snob, don’t expect to get the perfect French, Turkish, Italian or Espresso grind with one of these hand crank grinder units. What you can expect to get is a very affordable, decorative addition to your kitchen. Hand Crank Coffee Grinders are one of the best kitchen conversation pieces you’ll find anywhere. Another cool thing about Hand Crank Coffee Grinders is they can be very old, antiques.

Hand Coffee Mill

A Hand Coffee Mill is simply another name for a hand crank coffee grinder. It is important to use both terms when shopping for these types of grinders. You will often not find what you are looking for by only searching for one or the other.

Dual It Coffee Grinder


Gaggia MDF Grinder

There are a few different varieties of Gaggia Grinders on the market. The most popular one happens to be the more expensive one; The Gaggia 8002 MDF which sells for about $250.00. Over 250 users rated the Gaggia 8002 4 Stars. Certainly, one of the highest rated coffee bean grinders on the market, if its in your budget.  Over 34 grind settings and a built-in Doser which dispenses the coffee grinds directly into your filter holder. The hopper will hold up to 10oz of coffee beans, making it one of the largest capacity coffee grinders on the market.

General Electric Coffee Grinder

A common household name for cheap coffee grinders, but do they hold up as well as the Krups.. Read on.

Battery Coffee Grinder

A Battery Coffee Grinder would be nice, but I’ve not been able to find one or get any information on them. Stay tuned.

Best Small Coffee Grinder
Best Small Coffee Grinder

Cheap Coffee Grinders

Small Coffee Grinders

It so happens the Best Small Coffee Grinders are also the cheapest coffee grinders. No surprise here. The very highest rated coffee grinder in this entire review is the very same one we started with; the Krups 203-42 Coffee grinder. The cheap, Krups Coffee Grinder pictured to the right is identical in looks and performance to the white Krups Coffee Grinder my wife and I received as a Christmas present 25 years ago. There is a reason this cheap coffee grinder has lasted for 25 years – it simply continues to work forever. Scanning over some of the 480 some-odd reviews on this popular, Krups Coffee grinder, it’s obvious that users have very little to complain about. If there is one common complaint that’s shared among users, it is that the bean hopper is too small. Funny, that was the very reason for this review. Even if ou buy a larger, more expensive, 10 ounce coffee grinder with 40 different grind settings, you’ll still want to have one of these cheap coffee grinders in your kitchen. It’s bullet proof and it just happens to be the best coffee grinder.

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Kindred Sinks Review

Kindred Sinks
Kindred Sinks Review


I’ve gotta be honest, Kindred Sinks are quality through and through. Quality doesn’t come cheap, however. A double-sided, stainless steel Kindred sink will set you back $400 – $500. Fortunately, if you’re in the market for one, you can find them much cheaper. Check out the auction sales below on Kindred Sink Products. If you’re still undecided, you can scroll down below the auction sales and read about my own personal experience with my Kindred at home.

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