Everything You Need to Know About Hand & Power Tools

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or beginner do-it-yourselfer looking to save on the cost of hiring a professional, using power and hand tools to do small (and large) jobs around the house is something the majority of Americans have done and will continue to do. Power tools make lighter work of difficult jobs and are essential to those in the skilled trades.

It’s important to keep in mind that many tools can be quite dangerous when used incorrectly or without the right amount of knowledge or skill. Even with proper training, even the most expert tradesmen can still have an accident.

Possible injuries that can be caused by tools include cuts, crush injuries, bruises, pinches, electrical injuries including electrocution and fires, and even death in extreme cases.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were more than 12,000 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by power tools such as sanders, joiners, drills, etc. that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2013.

The number of actual injuries caused by power tools is bound to be quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at a participating hospital, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 400,000 injuries or hospitalizations occur every year as a result of power tools.

When purchasing

  • For the most part, safety standards for tools have been created by a mix of consumer groups, government agencies, producers, retailers, and suppliers and they’re completely voluntary on the part of manufacturers. Look for a sticker on your item that tells you it’s been approved by CSA, NSC, ANSI, IEC, UL, CPSC or some other such safety association. Be cautious of purchasing products that are made in China, as regulatory standards are much different there than in the United States.
  • Look for safety features such as automatic lockout, enclosed or covered blades, and/or a dust collection kit. Another key safety feature to look for in a power tool is whether or not it is double insulated, which will help protect the user from the risk of electrical shock.
  • If your tool came with a warranty or registration card, be sure to complete the form and mail it in to the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be notified of any recalls or other safety information in the event of a problem with your model. Surveys done by Consumer Reports National Research Center show that most people seldom or never take this essential safety step.

When operating

  • Do not operate tools when over tired or if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol as the risk of injury will increase.
  • Tie back any long hair and remove loose clothing or jewelry. If a tool calls for specific safety equipment, such as glasses or a hard hat to be worn when operating, do so. If you’re going to be using a loud tool for an extended period of time, consider using earplugs or noise muffling headphones in order t-o protect your hearing. You might also need a dust mask, depending on the tool you’re using.
  • Ensure the power is turned off to any tool before plugging it in or installing a battery pack.
  • Be aware of any safety symbols or warning icons on your tool and follow the recommendations for safe operation. Only use a tool for its intended job.
  • When using a saw, ensure you do not use your hands to push material through to the blade, but rather use another piece of ‘junk’ wood to push an item through.
  • If necessary, use clamps to hold material in place. Always wait for all moving components of a power tool to stop before removing clamps or changing any parts.
  • Keep all tools out of reach of children, and do not operate near wet or otherwise dangerous surfaces. A safe work area is essential.
  • If using an extension cord, ensure it is out of the way and not a trip hazard. Outdoor use of power tools calls for an outdoor-rated cord. And, don’t forget that 3-pronged (grounded) tools must be plugged into the proper outlet – never under any circumstances should you remove the third prong or modify a plug in any way.

When cleaning

  • Unplug your power tools before cleaning in order to prevent any nasty surprises. Take them to a professional if you are nervous or unsure about cleaning them yourself. Maintaining your tools properly can help prolong their life and keep them safe for many years to come.
  • Take extra care when cleaning or changing out the blades of cutting tools such as saws. They will be especially sharp and can easily cut you.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and cleaning of your tools, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn’t covered in your user manual.

In case of accident

  • In all cases of injury or accident, stop using the tool immediately and when possible, disable the power source.
  • In case of a cut, pinch or other mild injury, immediately remove yourself from the area and seek first aid treatment when necessary.
  • If a more serious accident should occur, do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 25 of the power tools we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

Saws

1. SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 52-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table

This complete home cutting solution is a great choice for those new to DIY wood cutting as it features a number of top-of-the-line safety features, as well as a large work surface. SawStop saws are considered to be some of the safest on the market.

Key features:

  • Sure lockdown minimizes deflection
  • Saw Stop systems detects when someone touches running blade and stops operation
  • Left tilting blade
  • Optional dust collection kit

Cost: *Est. $3249

Ideal for a number of home use applications, this jig saw is able to cut both straight and curved lines on multiple materials including metal, wood and plastic. Plus, thanks to its Smart Select technology, you can adjust settings in a matter of seconds.

Key features:

  • Automatically set to multiple cut settings
  • Choose from 7 speed settings
  • Tool-free blade changes
  • Built-in dust blower

Cost: *Est. $38.99

3. Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw with 36-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System including Rails and Extension Table

This contractor saw is tough enough to stand up to the demands of a professional construction job site and also safe enough and easy to use for the weekend warrior looking to tackle jobs around the house.

Key features:

  • Saw Stop systems detects when someone touches running blade and stops operation
  • Ideal for areas with limited space
  • Left tilting blade
  • Professional T-Glide fence system for increased precision cuts

Cost: *Est. $1949

4. Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw

With a large table that’s perfect for supporting a wide variety of materials and a powerful, 15-amp motor, this compound miter saw can handle even the toughest job you throw at it. Thanks to flexible miter angles, you can make the precision cuts you need with ease.

Key features:

  • Laser marking system ensures precise alignment
  • Built-in dust collecting system
  • Vibration-reducing grip system
  • Built-in clamps keep saw stabilized

Cost: *Est. $119

5. SawStop PCS175-TGP236 1.75-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 36-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table

With unmatched attention to detail, this professional grade cabinet saw features the brand’s T-Glide fence system for increased precision cuts and smoother operation, making it an ideal choice for DIY-ers.

Key features:

  • Saw Stop systems detects when someone touches running blade and stops operation
  • Left tilting blade
  • Riving knife minimizes kickback
  • Optional mobility base
  • 110 or 220 volt compatible

Cost: *Est. $2719

6. DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity

This compact table saw is ideal for both job sites and at-home construction work as well. Plus, thanks to its metal roll cage base, it boasts a more durable construction for longer life with less maintenance.

Key features:

  • Modular guarding system
  • Built-in dust collection system
  • Blade guard
  • Telescopic fence rails for quick adjustments

Cost: *Est. $299.99

7. SawStop PCS31230-TGP236 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 36-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table

This professional grade cabinet saw boasts 3 horsepowers of power to handle even the toughest of jobs. Ideal for professionals and avid hobbyists, this unit comes with rails and an extension table to handle nearly any task you can throw at it.

Key features:

  • Saw Stop systems detects when someone touches running blade and stops operation
  • Left tilting blade
  • Cabinet is fully enclosed
  • 99 per cent dust collection
  • 220 volt requirement

Cost: *Est. $3149

8. Rockwell RK3441K Compact Circular Saw Kit

This lightweight compact circular saw kit is ideal for tackling jobs in those hard-to-reach places without sacrificing on performance. Quickly and easily adjust cutting depth up to 2 inches with a quick adjust lever.

Key features:

  • Comfortable slim grip handle
  • 120 volt compatible
  • 10 foot long power cord
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $90.63

9. Sawstop CNS175-SFA30 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw with 30-Inch Aluminum Extrusion Fence and Rail Kit

Boasting 1.75 horsepower, this professional grade contractor saw is ideal for small spaces such as home workshops and garages but packs enough power to handle even the most demanding job. Thanks to more than 100 configurations, you can customize this model to fit any job you need done.

Key features:

  • Saw Stop systems detects when someone touches running blade and stops operation
  • Left tilting blade
  • Optional mobility solutions
  • System to reduce tear-out and chip-out
  • Shrouded blade for improved dust collection

Cost: *Est. $1749

Drills

Thanks to its lithium ion battery, this cordless power drill and driver is lighter than other models and offers longer use life. Compatible for drilling into wood, metal and plastic, this model can handle nearly all your home renovation tasks.

Key features:

  • 11 position clutch provides precise control
  • Variable speed settings
  • Built-in LED work light
  • Anti-slip grip

Cost: *Est. $54.88

11. DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit

Thanks to its compact size and its lightweight design, this cordless drill and driver can fit into even the tightest of places, making it an ideal choice for the weekend warrior looking to tackle some chores around the house.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Choose from two speeds
  • A speedy, one-hour charger
  • Ideal for wood, metal or plastic
  • One year of free service included

Cost: *Est. $106.99

12. 

This is the ultimate all-in-one set for any at-home handyman looking to build their tool collection. With 66 hand tools and accessories included – not to mention the powerful cordless drill and driver – this kit contains everything necessary for the weekend warrior to tackle a variety of home maintenance tasks.

Key features:

  • Long-lasting lithium ion battery holds a charge up to 18 months
  • 11 position clutch
  • Carrying bag included
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $79.88

13. Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 inch Compact Drill Driver Kit

Now you can tackle jobs in the tightest of areas with ease thanks to the compact and lightweight design of this cordless drill and driver. With two speeds to choose from and an included carry case, it’s up for any job you need it for.

Key features:

  • Ergonomically-designed handle
  • Made in the USA
  • High performance motor is ideal for long use
  • Built-in LED light

Cost: *Est. $133.99

With an affordable price tag, this corded drill and driver boasts a quick connect system that allows for speedy tool-free bit and attachment changes to help you tackle even more jobs in less time.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Choose from 11 clutch positions
  • 120 volt compatible
  • Ideal for use in tight spaces

Cost: *Est. $35.99

15. Genesis GCD18BK 18v Cordless Drill/Driver Kit, Grey

This cordless drill and driver system comes complete with a wide variety of bits and tips to help you tackle a variety of jobs and a handy carry case that makes it conveniently portable as well. Choose from various speeds in order to get the job done.

Key features:

  • Built-in LED work light
  • Non-slip rubberized handle
  • Choose from 16 clutch positions
  • Made in the USA
  • Magnetic bit holder tray

Cost: *Est. $39.99

Other

16. IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper, 8-Inch

A wire stripping hand tool is a must for any DIY electrical work you want to tackle around the house. Install lights, fans and more with ease thanks to this handy, lightweight wire stripper.

Key features:

  • Comfort grips ideal for extended use
  • Durable nickel, chromium and steel design
  • Stripper, crimper and cutter in one tool
  • Quickly and easily adjust to any gauge wire

Cost: *Est. $19.98

17. WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft

This powerful rotary tool kit boasts speeds from 8,000 to 30,000 RPMs and can handle home reno tasks such as cutting, sanding, polishing, drilling, burr removal and more. Thanks to a flexible shaft, it can also handle precision detailed tasks.

Key features:

  • 80 pieces of accessories and carry case included
  • Double insulated
  • Compatible with Dremel bits
  • Lightweight, no batteries required

Cost: *Est. $23.99

18. Hakko CHP-170 Micro Soft Wire Cutter

This heavy duty wire cutter is ideal for tackling any number of jobs around your home and can easily cut through copper and other soft wires up to 18 gauge in thickness.

Key features:

  • Carbon steel design for maximum durability
  • Built-in spring return reduces hand fatigue
  • Anti-glare surface
  • Comfort designed handles

Cost: *Est. $4.37

19. Shop-Vac 5986000 5-Gallon 4.5 Peak HP Stainless Steel Wet Dry Vacuum

This heavy duty shop vac is able to clean up both wet and dry messes, making it an ideal solution for cleaning up DIY jobs. Thanks to its stainless steel tank, it’s built to last and can handle even the toughest of messes with ease.

Key features:

  • Built-in cord and tool storage
  • Made in the USA
  • 3 year warranty
  • HEPA filter for fine dust collection

Cost: *Est. $58.99

This cordless screwdriver is ideal for a number of home applications and can easily be switched from power to manual mode and back again, for precision control when necessary. Adjust from forward to reverse with the flick of a switch.

Key features:

  • Built-in peg hole for easy storage
  • Batteries included
  • Double-ended bit included
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $9.73

21. Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver

This 4-in-1 pocket screwdriver is a must-have for any home DIY-er and comes at a price that can’t be beat. It allows users to work on precision tasks such as changing batteries and installing electronics but with pocket-sized convenience.

Key features:

  • Comes with 2 double-ended bits
  • Comfort designed handle
  • Magnetic bits ideal for holding onto even the smallest of screws
  • Conveniently store bits in the handle

Cost: *Est. $2.79

This easily portable inflation unit can inflate a number of home items including lawnmower, bike, and vehicle tires, as well as sports balls and other items with ease. Plus, thanks to its space-saving design, it won’t take up valuable storage space in your garage or shed.

Key features:

  • Auto-off feature for when ideal pressure is met
  • Up to 160 PSI
  • Illuminated, easy-to-read gauge
  • Plugs into any standard outlet or even your car’s lighter socket

Cost: *Est. $49.98

23. AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener

Keep all the blades around your home at their sharpest quickly and easily with this handy little knife sharpening tool. In just seconds you can give new life to your knives, scissors and even utility knives.

Key features:

  • Safety grip handle
  • Will not rust
  • Cleans up easily in your dishwasher
  • Built-in full length finger guard

Cost: *Est. $8.85

24. PORTER-CABLE PCFP02003 3.5-Gallon 135 PSI Pancake Compressor

Weighing in at just 26 pounds, this compressor is a portable solution that’s ideal for tackling a number of household jobs with ease including air-powered nail guns for roofing jobs and insulation blowing for topping up attic insulation.

Key features:

  • Oil-free pump means less upkeep
  • Up to 135 PSI of power
  • Made in the USA
  • Easily starts even in cold weather

Cost: *Est. $99.88

Thanks to its compact design, this power sheet sander can reach into even the tightest of spaces without compromising on performance and features a built-in dust collection system to help keep your workspace and lungs clean.

Key features:

  • Comfortable soft grip body
  • Powerful 2 amp motor
  • 120 volt compatible
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $28.47

Lorex LH014501C4WF 4-Channel 500 Gb Digital Video Recorder Kit Review

Home security is a priority for many. And with a vast range of products to choose from, you’re probably wondering what’s considered high quality, what brands to consider and, most importantly, what will be friendly on your budget.

Both budget-friendly and advanced in technology, the Lorex 4-Channel 500 GB Digital Video Recorder gives you the freedom to security cameras anywhere you want. This is a home security device you can depend on, designed with convenience and efficiency in mind.

The Features and their Benefits

You probably want to know exactly what this home security system has to offer. Choosing one is based on what features will suit you best. Here are some key benefits you can expect the minute its installed:

Remote Connectivity

When monitoring your home security system feeds, you probably want the ability to access it regardless of where you are. Perhaps you want to keep an eye on that new pet of yours to make sure he’s staying out of trouble.

Easily control your device right from the comfort of your computer. The connection is reliable and can save you a lot of time with reliable alert email notifications, which are accompanied with a screenshot.

Compatible with Smartphones and Tablets

The Lorex is compatible with all major mobile platforms, including Androids, iPhones, BlackBerry phones and tablets. It can even support some iPhone models. This means that you have the ability to access your system’s live feed remotely, regardless of where you are. You can do this by downloading the free applications Lorex has to offer in both the Apple and Windows mobile store. No more worrying about your home while away on vacation.

Indoor and Outdoor Capable

The Lorex is built for indoor and outdoor surveillance. If you’re planning on setting up your cameras outside, you won’t have to worry about water or heat damage. The Lorex is capable of withstanding the elements and will remain function and intact while outside.

Hassle-Free Wireless Capabilities

You know the frustration: trying to install something and struggling to strategically place all the wires so that they’re hidden and out of the way. You won’t have to when installing the Lorex 4-Channel Digital Recorder.

Because the cameras are wireless, you can easily set up your home security system clutter-free. It also keeps the area of installation safe, as there won’t be any exposed or hanging wires that your kids and pets can get to. This also provides you with a very flexible device, able to move it to a different location depending on your needs.

Additionally, its Signal Guard technology guarantees a stable connection that’s reliable and isn’t conflicted by other signals.

Multiple Monitors

With the Lorex Digital Recorder Kit, you’ll be provided with 3 video outputs, which can be viewed on multiple monitors at the same time. This is especially ideal for business applications, as you’ll most likely have the DVR placed in a back office or in an area that can be viewed publicly. And it’s all recorded with zero interruptions.

Adjustable Resolution

The Lorex is capable of resolution adjustment, with a 640×480 resolution at 12 frames per second for high quality video or a 320×240 resolution at 30 frames per second, suitable for live streaming.

Built-in SignalGuard Technology

With the addition of SafeGuard technology, you won’t have to worry if the connection to your camera will be lost. SafeGuard is capable of monitoring your wireless signal, automatically reconnecting if a low signal is detected. No more dropped connections interfering with your camera’s recording schedule.

Exceptional Recording Time

With a pre-installed 500 GB hard drive, you’ll be able to continuously record for weeks, which is done by using motion-activated recording. This means that you’ll have a home security solution that’s reliable all day and all week. And the addition of time stamps to your live feed will make all of your recordings easy to find.

Provides Its Own Internet Setup

The security system comes with its own exclusive Internet setup. This ensures that the connection is secure and consistently capable of delivering your email notifications, which are sent to either your computer or mobile device.

The Lorex 4-Channel Digital Recorder Overall

The Lorex 4-Channel Digital Recorder has an average consumer rating of 4 stars. You can purchase this home security system for around $500 to $700, depending on where you purchase it from.

Alternative Products To Choose From

If price is still an issue with this model of the Lorex, others are available as well. Some even smaller, taking up less space and more moveable if you decide to place it in a different room later on. Here are some alternative products that are very similar to the Lorex 4-Channel System that are a bit more affordable but still provide great security capabilities:

Lorex LW2734B LIVE Wireless Video Monitoring System

This home security system allows you live feed access via Skype so you can check in from anywhere in the world. It’s capable of dual-motion (heat sensors and video motion) detection and pre-event recording. The price for this model is around $399.

Lorex LW2731 Live LCD SD Recording Monitor with Wireless Camera

The Lorex LCD Recording Monitor has up to 3 recording modes, night viewing, and an integrated video recorder which can hold up to 32 GB of recorded storage. You can find it at the link below starting at $205.

This Lorex home security system provides multiple recording options (manual, motion and scheduled) and features a clear, 9″ monitor with touch-screen capabilities. A good alternative that has a list price of under $400.

Lorex LW2110 Wireless Digital Security Camera

A much smaller alternative, this wireless digital security camera can connect to multiple receivers with a high-gain antennae and a 640×480 pixel resolution. This would be more ideal for a small apartment, or a studio. It doesn’t take up a lot of space unlike other models. This can be purchased for under $90.

Best Juicers – Comparisons & Reviews of Top Rated Juicers

Juicing has become a popular source of nutrition for Americans over the last few years, after several health gurus including Doctor Oz started touting its many health benefits. It’s also an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet – something that the majority of Americans are lacking in. Fresh juice is full of vitamins and is easily portable.

While you might not consider a juicer to be a particularly dangerous item, it is still important to keep in mind that they can and do cause injury – especially when used improperly.

Possible injuries that can be caused by a juicer include cuts, pinches, electrical injuries including electrocution and fires, and even the severing of fingers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were only 4 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by juicers that were treated in hospital in the United Stated in 2013. Statistically-speaking, juicers are much safer than other kitchen appliances such as ovens and refrigerators.

The number of actual injuries caused by juicers might be quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at a hospital, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

Besides physical injuries caused by falls, pinches and more, it is worth noting that food-borne illnesses can also be directly attributed to improper food handling practices. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each and every year, which makes ensuring proper food handling measures essential. Young children, pregnant women and the elderly are all at increased risk of contracting a foodborne illness.

When purchasing

  • For the most part, safety standards for juicers have been created by a mix of consumer groups, government agencies, producers, retailers, and suppliers and are completely voluntary on the part of manufacturers. Look for a sticker on your juicer that tells you it’s been approved by CSA, ASTM, ANSI, UL, CPSC or some other such safety association. Be cautious of purchasing a juicer made in China, as regulatory standards are much different there than in the United States.
  • If your juicer came with a warranty or registration card, be sure to complete the form and mail it in to the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be notified of any recalls or other safety information in the event of a problem with your model. Surveys done by Consumer Reports National Research Center show that most people seldom or never take this essential safety step.

When operating

  • Always always always use the food pusher to push fruits and vegetables through the chute of your juicer. Sticking your fingers in the chute runs the risk of cuts or other serious injuries.
  • Ensure all components are installed and in place before powering on the unit. Ensure it’s on a flat, dry surface.
  • Do not try to force hard fruits of vegetables through the juicer, slow and steady is ideal. Also ensure that fruits and vegetables are cut to an appropriate size before putting into the chute.
  • Keep the juicer out of reach of children, and do not operate near hot or wet surfaces.

When cleaning

  • Unplug your juicer before cleaning in order to prevent any nasty surprises.
  • Take extra care when cleaning the blades of your juicer. They will be especially sharp and can easily cut you.
  • Clean up any spills immediately to prevent the growth of bacteria and risk of foodborne illness.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and cleaning of your juicer, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn’t covered in your user manual.

In case of accident

  • In case of a cut, pinch or other mild injury, immediately remove yourself from the area and seek first aid treatment when necessary.
  • If a more serious accident should occur, do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 25 of the juicers we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

1. Breville BJE200XL Bundle 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain with DVD

This compact juicer comes in several power options and can extract up to 8 ounces of juice in just 5 seconds. With an extra large juice jug and froth separator, you can provide delicious liquid nutrition for your entire family. Plus, it includes a bonus DVD copy of “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”

Key features:

  • Safety lock to prevent unsafe use
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Extra wide feed chute perfect for whole fruits and vegetables
  • Dishwasher safe components

Cost: *Est. $99

2. Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000-Watt 5-Speed Juice Extractor

With 1000 watts of power, this centrifugal juicer lets you choose from 5 different speeds to handle a variety of hard and soft produce. Thanks to its quiet operation and included recipe booklet, you’ll want to get started juicing right away.

Key features:

  • Extra wide feed chute perfect for whole fruits and vegetables
  • Built to North American electrical standards
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • Exclusive anti-drip spout

Cost: *Est. $138.39

3. Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Thanks to its die-cast stainless steel housing and incredibly powerful 1000 watt motor, this juicer is one tough machine. It features a dual power switch that’s ideal for both hard and soft produce and the titanium cutting blade is built to last.

Key features:

  • Snug fit locking arm bolts
  • Safety lock to prevent unsafe use
  • Overload protection will turn the machine off
  • Extra wide feed chute perfect for whole fruits and vegetables
  • Dishwasher safe components

Cost: *Est. $299.95

4. Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro Stainless-Steel Electric Juicer

One of the best-known names in the world of juicing, the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer features a 3600rpm motor that’s whisper quiet so it won’t disturb the rest of the family even early in the morning.

Key features:

  • Built to North American electrical standards
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Extra-large round feed chute
  • Easy to clean

Cost: *Est. $113.74

5. Kuissential 2-Speed 700 Watt Juice Extractor, Centrifugal Juicer

With a powerful 700 watt motor and tough, stainless steel design, this juicer features an extra-wide feed chute so you can spend less time prepping and more time enjoying your fresh juice. With two speeds to choose from, this unit is ideal for juicing both hard and soft fruits and vegetables.

Key features:

  • Locking safety arm for peace of mind
  • Overload protection
  • ETL certified
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • Cleaning brush included

Cost: *Est. $63.99

6. Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

This masticating slow juicer is the perfect choice for those who like a slightly thicker juice thanks to its 240 watt and 80rpm motor. It’s super-quiet, so you won’t have to worry about waking the family up in the morning while still being able to get your healthy juice in.

Key features:

  • Two-step safety start
  • Auto-purifying filter basket
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Directional control easily dislodges stuck produce

Cost: *Est. $270.99

7. Omega J8003 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer

This commercial-grade masticating juicer features a ⅓ horsepower motor that’s tough enough to handle hard fruits and vegetables, but thanks to its 80rpm motor it can also extract maximum juice from even delicate leafy greens. It also works as a food processor, pasta extruder, homogenizer, and grinder – making it an ideal kitchen solution for busy families.

Key features:

  • Auto pulp ejection, reverse mode
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Easy clean up in under a minute
  • 10 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $183.99

8. Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Juice Extractor

This heavy-duty unit features four different screens and a variety of attachments to easily juice any produce you desire or create a variety of healthy, homemade foods quickly and easily for your family. It doubles as a juicer and food processor – taking up less kitchen storage.

Key features:

  • Nylon safety buffer
  • Easy to use pressure adjustment mechanism
  • Sure grip handle easily balances
  • 12 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $549.95

9. Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor

With 850 watts of power, this centrifugal juicer can serve up an 8 ounce glass of juice in a mere 5 seconds. Plus, the extra-wide chute is ideal for juicing whole fruits and vegetables such as apples, beets and more.

Key features:

  • Built-in cord storage
  • Safety lock to prevent unsafe use
  • Overload protection will turn the machine off
  • Extra wide feed chute perfect for whole fruits and vegetables
  • Dishwasher safe components

Cost: *Est. $149.95

10. VonShef 150W Slow Masticating Single Auger Juicer Extractor

Thanks to its slow juicing masticating system, this unit gives you higher nutrient drinks that will keep in the fridge for up to 72 hours without losing their nutrition. Plus, its quiet operation means you won’t wake the whole house up in the morning.

Key features:

  • Two step safety start
  • Ideal for homemade nut milks
  • Easy to clean
  • Use for up to 30 minutes without overheating

Cost: *Est. $84.99

11. Hurom Elite Slow Juicer Model HH-SBB11 Noble Silver with Cookbook

Thanks to a twin winged auger and slow juice extracting system, this unit provides up to 35% more juice than high speed units, which means less pulp and more juice for you. Plus, a built-in self-cleaning system makes this model perfect for busy families.

Key features:

  • Advanced safety lock system
  • 10 year motor warranty
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • BPA-free plastics
  • Recipe book included

Cost: *Est. $399.95

12. Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer

If you’re looking for a juicer than can do it all, this unit is just the ticket. With 5 variable speed settings, it can handle soft produce like tomatoes, as well as hard items like apples and carrots, plus everything in between with ease.

Key features:

  • Extra wide feed chute perfect for whole fruits and vegetables
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Titanium reinforced cutting blades last longer
  • Safety lock to prevent unsafe use
  • Overload protection will turn the machine off

Cost: *Est. $199.95

13. Champion Juicer Black Commercial Juicer

Thanks to its heavy duty ⅓ horsepower GE motor, this unit is tough enough to handle even the hardest fruits and vegetables. Plus, it doubles as a food processor to make healthy homemade baby food and nut butters and it can even make breadsticks and frozen desserts.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • All parts are FDA approved
  • Tempered stainless steel blades
  • 10 year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $295

14. West Bend 75500 West Bend Juice Extractor, Gray

This vertical juicer features a space saving design that makes it ideal for use in smaller kitchens at a more economical price than many other juicers. It has two speeds (plus a pulse function) for juicing both hard and soft fruits and vegetables and a wide feed chute that helps to cut down on prep time.

Key features:

  • BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Quick and easy clean up

Cost: *Est. $42.74

15. Breville BJE820XL Juice Fountain Duo Dual Disc Juicer

Thanks to 1200 watts of power and 5 speeds to choose from, this heavy duty juicer can handle everything from leafy greens like kale and spinach to hard items like beets and apples with ease.

Key features:

  • BPA-free plastics
  • Extra wide feed chute perfect for whole fruits and vegetables
  • Safety lock to prevent unsafe use
  • Overload protection will turn the machine off
  • Noise and vibration control

Cost: *Est. $381.03

16. Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer

This masticating juicer features a slow and steady 80rpm motor to squeeze every ounce of nutrition from your fruits and vegetables. Thanks to its two-stage juicing system, you’re left with dryer pulp and more nutritious juice.

Key features:

  • Three settings, including reverse
  • Oversized spout prevents spills
  • Pusher included
  • Self-cleaning screen holder and cleaning brush included
  • 10 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $259.99

17. Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer

Thanks to a powerful motor that’s equivalent to 2 horsepower, this masticating juicer extracts every bit of juice from your fruits and vegetables. With a dual-stage system, you’re able to get more juice even from items like wheatgrass. Plus, it’s super quiet and built to last, making it a real investment piece.

Key features:

  • Additional nozzles let you make pasta, breadsticks and more
  • Grind your own coffee beans
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Clean up in minutes
  • 15 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $199.99

18. Hamilton Beach 67650A Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor

This unit is very reasonably priced for those looking to get into juicing. Plus, thanks to its 1.1 horsepower motor, it can handle even the toughest fruits and vegetables. With an extra wide feed chute, you’ll spend less time chopping and prepping and more time enjoying your fresh juice.

Key features:

  • Available frustration-free packaging
  • Metal locking clips for safe operation
  • Extra large pulp bin
  • Easy to assemble, clean and store
  • Stainless steel cutting blades designed to last

Cost: *Est. $59.85

This economically-priced unit packs 400 watts of extraction power at a very user-friendly price point. Its space-saving design takes up less space on your counter and the custom-designed cup is perfect for measuring and serving up delicious recipes.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Dual safety lock mechanism
  • Easy to use on/off switch
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $29.99

20. VonShef Professional Powerful Wide Mouth Whole Fruit Juicer

With 700 watts of power and two speeds to choose from, this centrifugal juicer can handle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables with ease. Plus, this model was voted one of the best in Great British Food Magazine – earning a spot in their top 5 juicers.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • Large capacity pulp container
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $74.99

One of the best-known names in the world of juicing, the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Express features a high performance induction motor that comes with a lifetime warranty – so you can juice for as long as you want! Plus, with whisper-quiet operation, you won’t have to worry about waking the whole house up in the morning.

Key features:

  • Built to North American electrical standards
  • Stainless steel blades are surgical grade quality
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Extra-large round feed chute
  • Easy to clean

Cost: *Est. $77.99

22. Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Thanks to its powerful 800 watt motor, this wide-mouthed juicer can handle even the toughest of fruits and vegetables with ease. Plus, it’s tough enough that it can even make homemade nut milks quickly and easily.

Key features:

  • Large capacity pulp bin
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Effortless clean up

Cost: *Est. $72.21

23. Omega NC900HDC 6th Generation Nutrition Center Electric Juicer

This 5 speed masticating juicer boasts an 80rpm slow speed to help extract the most nutrition out of your fruits and vegetables. Plus, thanks to its dual-stage extraction system, you’re sure to get the most juice possible, even from leafy greens.

Key features:

  • Automatic pulp ejection
  • Choose from 6 nozzles
  • Create other foods such as baby food and nut butters
  • Clean up in just minutes

Cost: *Est. $287.99

24. Tribest SW-2000-B Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer and Mincer

Thanks to its low-speed 47rpm motor and duoblade auger system, this unit is ideal for extracting and preserving the maximum nutrition possible from your fruits and vegetables. It’s even tough enough to make homemade baby food, nut butters and nut milks.

Key features:

  • BPA-free plastics
  • 3 stage speed reduction gears
  • Unique space-saving design
  • 10 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $372.27

25. Hamilton Beach 67608A Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Thanks to its wide feed chute, this unit is able to handle whole fruits and vegetables with ease, meaning less prep time for you. Plus, its powerful 800 watt motor can even create healthy homemade nut milks with ease.

Key features:

  • Available frustration-free packaging
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Easy to use on/off dial

Cost: *Est. $59

Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera Review

Finding the right camera gives you the peace of mind you need when you’re away from your property. As an added bonus, many of the surveillance cameras on the market today allow you to view the video feed remotely via any Internet connected device, including smartphones.

Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera is a great example of one of the newer security camera options available today. Priced under $100, an appealing feature of this particular camera is the fact that it’s completely waterproof, including the cord, which is a plus if your camera is continuously exposed to the elements.

Key Features
• Remote viewing
• Friendly GUI
• Waterproof
• Night vision (up to 30 meters)
• Motion detection alerts via email
• Access management with password protection
• WiFi compliant with wireless standards
• Supports WEP and WPA WPA2 encryption
• Access via smartphones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry)
• Video resolution is 640 x 480 at 300k pixels

The camera uses MJPEG hardware compression technology to transmit high-quality images that can be viewed through a local network or via any Internet-connected device. You also get the benefit of password protection when you need to access the cameras remotely. You can also allow multiple users access to the control panel and video footage.

Night Vision Capabilities, Email Notification

A standout feature of this camera is the ability to manage and control the settings through your browser, including making any adjustments to the angles you’re viewing and adjusting the image quality. Infrared LED lights allow for night viewing of up to 30 meters, even in complete darkness.

If you live in an area with street lights or some other type of artificial lighting at night, not to mention any incidental lighting from the moon, your nighttime visibility will be greater. The software that comes with the camera is fairly standard, but works well. The email notification feature, however, doesn’t work with some newer email servers. The only way around this is to set up an email account with a compatible email service, many of which are free, so this really isn’t a major inconvenience.

Camera Setup and Tech Support

It’s not unusual to have some issues while initially setting up any camera of this nature, especially when it comes to the accompanying software. Fortunately, Foscam does actually does make setup pretty easy on all of its cameras with step-by-step instructions, video tutorials and phone and email tech support. Once you have it set it up, you can easily access your email notifications via any device you use to check your email.

Another positive feature of the camera is that it can be used wireless or wired. This is especially helpful if you’re in an area where your neighbors are also using surveillance cameras and you want to avoid interference with your signal.

Final Thoughts

It should be noted that installing additional lighting around the cameras can increase its performance when it gets dark. Again, night performance is also dependent on what lighting you have available, both natural and artificial, so this shouldn’t be considered a universal issue. Video footage can always be enhanced with other software programs you would need to purchase separately. For general surveillance, however, this camera comes with everything you need to get started after you set up the camera and install the software. Finally, up to 9 cameras (provided they are the same model) can be viewed at once. This is especially helpful if you have a larger area you want to monitor simultaneously.

Note: A DSP issue (evidenced by rebooting, black video or neon colors) in some models, repeatedly referenced in customer reviews as being an issue spanning several models, has reportedly been identified and corrected on all current models available for purchase, according to the manufacturer.

Alternative Camera Options

Here are a few comparable options to the Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless/Wired IP Camera that offer similar security options at different price points:

VideoSecu CCTV Home Surveillance Outdoor IR Bullet Security Camera Color CCD Day Night 24 Infrared LEDs

Amazon Price: $29.99 (new)

Key Features

• Built-in 24 infrared LEDs (for night vision)
• Horizontal resolution: 420TVL
• Weatherproof camera housing
• Bonus 12V DC power supply and mounting bracket
• 1/3-inch CCD image sensor

For the price, this camera with an attractive sleek design is generally effective for routine surveillance. You only get the camera, but it can easily be hooked up to your TV’s DVR. The bright infrared lights boost the quality of night vision footage.

D-Link Wireless Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera

Amazon Price: $49.99 (new)

Key Features

• Compact design (including night vision)
• Lightweight
• Mobile viewing capabilities
• Wireless connectivity

This camera comes with software to provide the option to record directly from the camera to a local hard drive. Another plus with this camera is the easy setup, involving only three steps. It also has a convenient motion detection feature.

Amazon Price: $84.99

Key Features

• Weather proof
• 500 ft.video transmission range
• Easy setup
• Infrared cut filter switch (for sharper color images)

While you don’t get HD video, the clarity is still decent, even at night. You may have to adjust the placement of the unit to improve reception, but it’s generally effective for basic surveillance needs or using as a backup to an existing system.

LaView LV-KDV0804B6S 8 Channel DVR Security System


Amazon Price: $179.99 (new)

Key Features

• 24 infrared LED lights (extends vision to approx. 50 ft. at night)
• Extended viewing angle with 3.6mm fixed lens (for indoor and outdoor use)
• Free LA View apps (for playback on smartphones)
• Clear image quality (real-time recording)
• High resolution 600TVL cameras

You have the option to view up to four cameras at once with this surveillance camera. It’s also easy to connect to the Internet and the smartphone apps are equally convenient for remote viewing. Since the footage is compressed, you also get more recording time, ideal for when you take vacations or plan to be away from home for a long period of time.

Logitech Alert 750E Outdoor Master Security Camera System With Night Vision Review

Logitech has been a leading brand of home electronics and entertainment for years. Their quality products have proven to be complimented and appreciate by customers throughout the country since their existence. And with the making of home security systems, they’ve definitely been able to show their capabilities in the safety of you and your home.

With the Logitech Alert 750E Outdoor Master Security Camera System With Night Vision, Logitech has taken the time to create a device that can provide you with everything you need, helping you protect what means most. And with its simple yet advanced design, it’s a great option for someone looking for an easy to use home security system.

This home security system is designed for easy use with its plug and play installation and the ability to expand your system based on your needs is something that you should be looking for in a product such as this. But you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Take a look at the Logitech Alert 750E Outdoor Master Security Camera System‘s features and the benefits which accompany them.

Customize Your Surveillance

You can either choose from an outdoor master system or an indoor one. And if choose one, but decide later you’d like a different option, you have the option to use the add-on indoor or outdoor cameras. This helps you set up the perfect home security system which can be tailored to your needs and how you want it set up. Watch your live video feeds straight from your computer, tablet, smartphone or iPad.

Less Wire and Networking Hassle

If you’ve never enjoyed the hassles of additional wiring and clutter, why should you have to now?

The HomePlug network adapter, which is included in the package, uses the outlets and and electrical wiring in your home to transmit the video feed from your camera straight to the computer. It’s as easy as installing the software, hooking up the adapter to your router and power outlet, and simply plugging your camera into your wall outlet. There’s no need for a professional installation, excessive wires, or a specific IP address or router setting. So there’s no interference with what you already have set up in your home.

Quality Resolution and Durability

With a weatherproof camera and an HD 720p resolution, this security camera provides a high-powered night vision illumination. This means you’ll be able to recognize important details, regardless if it’s day, night, raining or sunny. You won’t have to worry about visibility if the weather’s horrible. You’ll be able to see up to 100 feet even if it’s pitch black with its 130-degree wide-angle lens.

Built-in DVR

The built-in DVR includes a 2 GB storage card which can hold up to a week of recorded video, which can even continue recording when your computer is off. All recordings are automatically backed up to the computer when connected to your network. The built-in DVR only records trigger-motioned events, which allows you to store months of recorded audio and video with only 20 GB of memory. And if you need more space, you can easily swap that out for a card that holds up to 32 GB of storage.

Commander Software Putting You in Total Control

With the commander software included, you have the ability to set up and configure your home security system and watch, record, and back up video to your computer. Easily set and reconfigure the alerts and motion zones to your liking. You can even tilt, zoom, or pan around to see what’s happening on your camera; see live feeds and review everything that’s been recorded.

Indoor and Outdoor Capable

The flexibility of this home security system allows you to install up to 6 cameras either for outdoor or indoor use. You can combine them however you choose. Installation is simple with mounts and hardware included in the package.

Monitor While Working

Pop-out windows (which is only available on Mac computers) helps you easily monitor one or more of your camera feeds while you work or surf the web. So there’s no need to constantly close and open tabs. Just view it as you go about your business.

Free to Watch from Anywhere

The master system includes free remote viewing, allowing you to watch live video from any of the cameras you choose. By logging in to Logitech’s secure site, you can view your feeds by using the free Logitech applications for your iPhone, Smartphone and BlackBerry mobile devices.

Overall Thoughts

This system is one of the more comprehensive security camera packages you can find under the Logitech brand and among security camera options in general on the market today. It has above average ratings from customers who have bought it, and it seems that its main benefits are its sleek and straightforward design coupled with current technology features.

Alternative Logitech Security Products

For smaller, yet still capable, alternatives to the Logitech Alert 750E Outdoor Master Security Camera System, here are a few home security systems by Logitech that you might also like. They’re all still very easy to set up and are user friendly. The only difference you’ll notice is the price.


A complete indoor security system, this device provides high quality coverage that’s motion-triggered and can be viewed from mobile devices. You can find it at the below link for under $300.

Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System with Wide-Angle Night Vision

Quality indoor security system that’s great for a small apartment or single bedroom home. Motion-triggered recording provides clear vision even when dark. This device can be found for $345.

Logitech WiLife Digital Video Security Outdoor Master System Camera

Supports up to six different cameras with motion-activated recording and multiple mounting options. This outdoor security system can be purchased for under $120.

Refrigerator Safety Guide

While you might not consider a refrigerator to be a particularly dangerous item, it is still important to keep in mind that refrigerators can and do cause injury.

Possible injuries that can be caused by a refrigerator include bumps and bruises, cuts, pinches, electrical injuries including electrocution and fires, burns from coolant chemicals and coils, poisoning from inhaling coolant chemicals, and even crush injuries.

While statistically-speaking, more injuries are caused each year by ovens and stoves than refrigerators, The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were more than 7,000 injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by refrigerators that were treated in hospital in the United Stated in 2013.

The number of actual injuries caused by refrigerators is likely quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at a hospital, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

Besides physical injuries caused by falls, pinches and more, it is worth noting that food-borne illnesses can also be directly attributed to improper refrigerator use or function. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each and every year, which makes ensuring your refrigerator is working properly of the utmost importance. Young children, pregnant women and the elderly are all at increased risk of contracting a food borne illness.

With research from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), finding that only 40% of Americans know eating food stored in a refrigerator with a temperature higher than 40°F increases the risk of food borne illness, more education is also clearly needed.

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing and using your refrigerator.

When purchasing

  • For the most part, safety standards for refrigerators have been created by a mix of consumer groups, government agencies, producers, retailers, and suppliers and are completely voluntary on the part of manufacturers. Look for a sticker on your refrigerator that tells you it’s been approved by CSA, ASTM, ANSI, UL, CPSC or some other such safety association. Be cautious of purchasing a refrigerator made in China, as regulatory standards are much different there than in the United States. The Refrigerator Safety Act provides a requirement that all refrigerators sold in the USA have the ability to open a door from inside the unit.
  • Other safety features to look for include anti-tip technology, sealed cooling and electrical components, safety glass or shatter-proof glass shelves and shelves that adjust without removing – which can reduce the risk of cuts.
  • If your refrigerator came with a warranty or registration card, be sure to complete the form and mail it in to the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be notified of any recalls or other safety information in the event of a problem with your model. Surveys done by Consumer Reports National Research Center show that most people seldom or never take this essential safety step.
  • Have a trained professional install your refrigerator and ensure you’ve made allowances for any space or other clearance requirements necessary for safe installation. Your refrigerator should also have its own dedicated spot on your electrical circuit in order to prevent power overloads and other electrical problems.
  • If you have young children in your home, installing aftermarket refrigerator safety products such as an appliance latch or lock can help to keep them safe.

When operating

  • Experts recommend storing food in cold temperatures (40°F or below) in order to prevent harmful bacteria from growing. Know that refrigerator temperature can fluctuate depending on the season, so you will want to adjust the controls as necessary to ensure the interior temperature stays at 40°F or below.
  • If your refrigerator does not come with one already installed, look at purchasing an aftermarket refrigerator thermometer in order to ensure your refrigerator is keeping food at a safe temperature. Leave it on the middle shelf and check regularly.
  • Clean up any spills immediately to prevent the growth of bacteria and risk of food borne illness.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, use and cleaning of your refrigerator, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn’t covered in your user manual.

When cleaning

  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation before you begin cleaning your refrigerator. The fumes from many household cleaners can be toxic and make you ill.
  • Ensure any residue from cleaning products is thoroughly removed before you use your refrigerator to store food again.
  • Ensure the refrigerator is turned off before you clean any electrical components or disassemble the ice or water dispenser unit to clean it. You’ll also want to turn off the refrigerator before cleaning the condenser coils (use a brush or vacuum).
  • Make a habit of vacuuming the front grill free to keep it free of dust in order to allow proper airflow to the condenser which will give you the best cooling and efficiency from your unit.

In case of accident

  • In case of a cut, pinch or mild bump, immediately remove yourself from the area and seek first aid treatment when necessary.
  • If a more serious accident should occur, do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 25 of the refrigerators we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

1. Bosch B22CS30SNS 300 22.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator

This Energy Star rated side-by-side fridge is counter depth, offering the ultimate in styling giving you a built-in look without sacrificing on storage capacity. And with a built-in wine rank, even the grownups will approve.

Key features:

  • Multi-flow cooling system
  • AntiBacterial wall linings
  • Super cool and freeze options
  • Door open alarm and control lockout
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $2099

2. Samsung RS22HDHPNSR Energy Star 22.3 Cu. Ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer

This side-by-side refrigerator and freezer combo features a sleek, counter-depth design that seamlessly blends in with any kitchen layout. Thanks to its Twin Cooling Plus system, your fruits and vegetables stay fresher longer and frozen foods are less likely to experience freezer burn.

Key features:

  • Bright LED tower interior lighting
  • External digital display for temperature control
  • Spill-proof shelves
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $2007

3. Maytag MBF1958DEM 18.5 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

This bottom-freezer refrigerator is tough enough to stand up to nearly any kitchen use and boasts strong stainless steel handles and is Energy Star rated to help save you money. Plus, it’s engineered and assembled in the USA, so you can trust the quality that goes into it.

Key features:

  • Bright LED interior lighting
  • Spill-proof adjustable glass shelves easily slide out
  • Reversible flat door
  • Wire freezer baskets

Cost: *Est. $1794.01

4. Danby DCR031B1BSLDD 2 Door Compact Refrigerator, Spotless Steel, 3.1 Cubic Feet

This compact refrigerator is an ideal cooling solution for basements, apartments and even garages thanks to its small size. It’s Energy Star rated so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to run either and its high-tech mechanical thermostat ensures your food is always kept at the right temperature.

Key features:

  • Tempered glass shelf
  • Tall bottle storage
  • Environmentally-friendly R600a refrigerant coolant
  • Bright interior light

Cost: *Est. $199

5. Danby Designer DAR044A1BDD Compact All Refrigerator, 4.4 Cubic Feet

This Energy Star compliant compact refrigerator is an ideal solution for offices, garages, dens and more. With a reversible door, you can get the opening on the side you want and wire shelving gives the ultimate in storage options.

Key features:

  • Bright interior light
  • Beverage dispenser
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $249

6. midea WHD-113FW1 Full-Size Double Reversible Door Refrigerator and Freezer, 3.1 Cubic Feet

Available in three color choices to suit your kitchen decor, this full-size refrigerator boasts a bright interior light and reversible door to suit your kitchen layout. Thanks to a separate produce door, your fruits and vegetables will stay fresher, longer.

Key features:

  • Adjustable legs
  • Energy Star rated
  • CFC-free
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $176.14

This French door refrigerator comes complete with spill-proof glass shelves and a filtered water and ice dispenser. Food stays fresher longer thanks to the brand’s VitaFresh food preservation system. With 26 cubic feet of storage, it can handle nearly anything your family puts in it.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Bright LED lighting on every level
  • Super cool and freeze options
  • Door open alarm and control lockout features
  • CSA, UL certified

Cost: *Est. $2599

8. Samsung RS25H5000SR Energy Star 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer

This large-capacity side-by-side refrigerator and freezer combo boasts an external filtered water and ice dispenser, and two produce doors that keep your fruits and vegetables fresher longer.

Key features:

  • High-efficiency LED lighting
  • Digital LED control panels display temperature
  • Uses eco-friendly R134a refrigerant
  • Spill-proof tempered glass shelves
  • Power freeze and cool settings

Cost: *Est. $1220.95

9. Maytag MFF2558DEM 24.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator

This French door refrigerator boasts a whopping 25 cubic feet of storage space and features strong stainless steel handles and is Energy Star rated to help save on your electric bills. Plus, it’s engineered and assembled in the USA, so you can trust the quality that goes into it.

Key features:

  • Superior Strongbox hinge design
  • Bright LED interior lighting
  • CEE Tier 1 rated
  • Four adjustable frameless glass shelves

Cost: *Est. $1694

10. Avanti RA7316PST 2-Door Apartment Size Refrigerator, Black with Platinum Finish

This Energy Star rated two-door refrigerator is perfect for small spaces like basements and apartments, and boasts fully adjustable and removable glass shelves and door bins.

Key features:

  • See-through crisper
  • CFC-free R600A refrigerant
  • Energy Star rated
  • Full range temperature control
  • Levelling legs

Cost: *Est. $426.36

11. Samsung 18 cu. ft. Capacity Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

This French-door refrigerator with bottom freezer features spacious storage with a sleek design. Thanks to its Twin-Cooling System, your fruits and vegetables will stay fresher longer and an automatic ice maker filters water to give you fresh ice when you want it.

Key features:

  • Winner of a J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
  • Easy open handle
  • Bright interior LED lights
  • Power freeze and cool chills items faster

Cost: *Est. $13.59

12. midea WHS-65L Compact Single Reversible Door Refrigerator with Freezer, 1.7 Cubic Feet

The ideal single-serve refrigerator, this compact unit features a single, reversible door and operates with low noise so you won’t even know it’s there. A separate chiller compartment ensures your favorite foods stay nice and cold.

Key features:

  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Adjustable legs
  • Energy efficient
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $80

13. EcoSolarCool Solar Refrigerator 6.2 Cu Ft New

This highly energy efficient refrigerator can be run on solar power, with no adaptor or convertor necessary. It has a fridge unit on top and freezer compartments on the bottom that are large enough for all your cooling needs.

Key features:

  • Internal temperature adjustment
  • Uses eco-friendly R134a refrigerant
  • Long service life
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $950

14. LG LFX28968ST 27.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator

With French doors and an ultra-large capacity, this refrigerator is a perfect choice for larger families and even boasts an in-door automatic ice and water dispenser with built-in filtration system.

Key features:

  • Open door alarm
  • Child lockout feature
  • Auto-closing door
  • Energy Star rated
  • Built-in temperature sensors

Cost: $2039

15. Summit FFBF285SSIM 27 1/2 13.8 cu. ft. Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

This refrigerator with bottom unit boasts a number of smart features that make it incredibly energy efficient. With a built-in icemaker and interior freezer fan, you can rest easy knowing your frozen foods are kept at an ideal and safe temperature.

Key features:

  • Timer defrost heater
  • Bright interior light
  • Fully adjustable glass shelves
  • Reversible doors to suit your kitchen layout

Cost: *Est. $1649

16. Samsung RF31FMESBSR 31 cu. ft. 4-Door Refrigerator with Automatic Sparkling Water Dispenser

This ultra high-capacity French door refrigerator offers so much space for storing and cooling your family’s groceries. A built-in automatic sparkling water dispenser offers the ultimate in luxury and the digital temperature controls are easy to read and use.

Key features:

  • Twin Cooling system keeps produce fresher, longer
  • Spill-proof tempered glass shelves
  • Easy open handles
  • Bright, LED interior lights
  • Door open alarm

Cost: *Est. $2729

This mid-size refrigerator is an ideal choice for tight spaces while still offering a decent amount of storage space in both the fridge and freezer sections of the unit. With its spotless steel door finish, you get the look of stainless steel without the smudges and for less cost.

Key features:

  • Fully adjustable glass shelves
  • Uses environmentally-friendly R600a refrigerant
  • Energy Star rates
  • Automatic cycle defrost
  • No exposed cooling coils

Cost: *Est. 499

18. Bosch B22CT80SNS 800 21.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

With more than 21 cubic feet of storage space, this French door refrigerator features bright LED interior lights for easier viewing and energy savings. Electronic controls allow for precise temperature control and a door open alarm lets you know when you’re letting all that cold air out.

Key features:

  • Full length cantilever racks are easy to adjust
  • Spill-proof full-length glass shelves
  • Reversible door hinge
  • Super cool and freeze options
  • CSA, UL certified

Cost: *Est. $2794.95

This side-by-side fridge and freezer combo offers the ultimate in modern styling and features a door-in-door design that gives you easy access to the items you use most. Plus, with 22 cubic feet of capacity, it can hold nearly anything your family can put in it.

Key features:

  • Spill-proof tempered glass shelves
  • Self cleaning feature
  • Hidden hinges keep fingers safe
  • Child lock and door open alarm
  • 10 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $2624

20. Samsung RH22H9010SR 21.5 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Side-by-Side Refrigerator

This side-by-side refrigerator and freezer combo features a door-in-door that allows you to reach your most favorite items faster and easier. Thanks to its stainless steel panelling, it helps to keep food colder better, reducing energy costs in the process.

Key features:

  • Counter depth gives a streamlined look
  • Bright LED interior lights
  • Uses eco-friendly R134a refrigerant
  • Door open alarm
  • Fully adjustable tempered glass shelves

Cost: *Est. $2119

This ultra quiet refrigerator boast nearly 20 cubic feet of storage capacity and is Energy Star rated to help save your family money. With bright interior lights and hidden hinges, safety is at your fingertips. Electronic temperature controls allow you to ensure foods are kept at ideal temperatures.

Key features:

  • Four temperature sensors
  • Door open alarm
  • Tempered glass cantilevered shelves
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. 1699.99

22. Bosch B22CS50SNS 500 21.7 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator

This Energy Star rated side-by-side refrigerator boasts more than 21 cubic feet of storage space, while still only being counter depth – providing the ultimate in streamlined styling that’s perfect for a modern kitchen.

Key features:

  • Economy and vacation modes save you energy
  • Adjust the shelves without having to empty them
  • Extra bright interior lighting
  • External LCD controls
  • NOM, UL certified

Cost: *Est. $2379

23. Samsung RF26HFENDSR RF26HFENDSR 26 Cu. Ft. Stainless French Door Refrigerator

This Energy Star rated French door refrigerator features a generous 26 cubic foot capacity that can handle nearly anything your family can put in it and thanks to the brand’s Twin Cooling Plus system, it works to keep food fresher for longer.

Key features:

  • Bright LED interior lighting
  • Winner of the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
  • Power freeze and cool settings
  • Tempered glass shelves
  • Filtered ice maker built-in

Cost: *Est. $1498

24. Maytag MFT2574DEM Ice2O 24.7 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator

With 25 cubic feet of storage and a better-built compressor, this French door refrigerator will provide your family with many years of use. And thanks to the fact that it’s engineered and assembled in the USA, so you can trust the quality that goes into the workmanship.

Key features:

  • Bright LED interior lighting
  • Tough stainless steel handles
  • Superior Strongbox hinge design
  • ADA height and side reach compliant
  • Filtered water and ice dispenser

Cost: *Est. $2098.55

25. GE Profile PFE28RSHSS Bottom Mount Refrigerator with 27.7 cu. ft. Capacity in Stainless Steel

This bottom mount refrigerator boasts a load of smart features to help make your life easier including hands-free auto and precision fill from the water dispenser and an electronic temperature-controlled full-width drawer with colored LED lights.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Energy Star rated
  • ADA compliant
  • Door alarm
  • Front levelling legs

Cost: *Est. $2369

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7″ E Ink Display (3G Works Globally) Review

The e-Reader seemed to become a household fixture long before today’s tablets became so popular. Prized for their ability to hold up to a couple thousand books at one time, these tablets, used mainly for reading, are perfect for bibliophiles. They can also be used to download digital books from public libraries and for reading magazines and newspapers; some can be used for other simple tasks, such as playing pre-loaded games or browsing the internet.

All e-Readers lack some of the sophisticated features that tablets, such as the iPad, boast. However, many people appreciate the simplicity of these devices, realizing that they do not need a full tablet because they already have a laptop and a smartphone. Most e-Readers are only black-and-white and feature screens that reduce glare from indoor lighting and sunlight. One of the most popular and well liked e-Readers today is the .

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7″ E Ink Display Features

Price: starting at $245
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

  • This black-and-white e-Reader has high contrast e-Ink, making it perfect for reading even in the brightest of lights.
  • The thin design measures less than a half inch in profile.
  • The screen automatically rotates to turn books seamlessly from vertical to horizontal.
    It holds up to 3,500 books for one of the largest e-Reader libraries.
  • Users can choose from eight fonts in a variety of sizes. Extra large fonts are perfect for people with poor eyesight.
  • The 9.7-inch screen is larger than those on most other e-Readers and even some tablets are, making the DX an excellent choice for magazine and newspaper reading.
  • A larger screen also translates into fewer page turns.
  • The Read-to-Me feature works with some select books, turning them into audio books.
  • The Kindle DX also reads a variety of documents and pictures, including PDF, DOC, GIF, JPEG and more.
  • It is simple to set up and does not need to be connected to a computer.
  • Battery lasts up to three weeks when wireless is turned off. If wireless is on, the device still lasts for up to a week on a single charge. It charges through a micro-USB cable.
  • Wireless service is included in the price of the device and does not require any monthly service charge. Users appreciate the ability to purchase books and magazines from anywhere in the world where there is a 3G network.
  • The built-in dictionary helps users understand more about what they are reading.
  • A simple web browser allows readers to look up basic information on the 3G network.

One of the first e-Readers to catch the interest of the masses, the Kindle DX has since been joined by a variety of other brand names. However, the DX remains a favorite of many users because of its simplicity and easy operation. A few features stand out, including the thin design and the extremely large screen size. However, it does not have a built-in light, meaning that it must be read in the daylight or with the aid of an indoor light. Many like this feature because they feel that it reduces glare on the screen. In addition, while the DX holds a moderately good charge, it simply cannot compare to the 8-week battery life of some of its newer competitors.

Pros and Cons

With a majority of 4 and 5-star reviews, the Kindle DX manages to please most people. Users appreciate the darkness of the e-Ink as well as the superb screen size. Rotating the screen is easy, and the storage capacity of the device simply cannot be beat.

However, for the price, some people feel that they should be getting more. The web browser is basic at best, the weight of the device is heavier than some other basic e-Readers and the separate keyboard can cause some frustration. Overall, the Kindle DX makes a great reader for commuters, beach-goers and casual nighttime readers as well as for those who enjoy reading daily newspapers or weekly magazines on it. It is a perfect fit for those looking for a classic e-Reader with excellent size, readability and storage capacity.

Alternatives to the Kindle DX

Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $119
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is the newer version of the Kindle DX, prized for its onscreen keyboard and its lower price. With many improvements, including a better processor and anti-glare screen, the Paperwhite is prized for its 2GB of storage space and a battery life of up to eight weeks.

Nook Glowlight eBook Reader

Price: $119.95
Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

This eReader is designed for use with Barnes and Noble’s digital library and can hold up to 2,000 books on its 4GB internal memory.

Kobo Aura HD Digital Text Reader

Price: $183.70
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A somewhat unknown brand, Kobo actually makes wonderful eReaders that are particularly popular outside the United States. The 6-inch screen makes it easy to hold while the screen excellent responsiveness is making it increasingly popular among American readers.

Sony PRS-T2 Ultra Slim e-Reader

Price: $189.95
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Although it is missing the built-in light that makes some other eReaders quite popular, this Sony attracts readers with its weight of less than 6 ounces and its 2-month battery life.

Nook HD

Price: $199
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This full-color eReader can function in many of the same ways as a tablet. Users appreciate the brilliant, large screen for playing games and watching movies as well as for reading full-color magazines.

Conclusion

The best eReader for an individual depends entirely on the needs of the person and how the device will be used. For example, those who plan on only using their devices in the daylight, such as at the beach, will do well with an e-Ink reader while those who like to do reading in the dark or before bed will want a backlit option. Individuals looking for a basic e-Reader will prize the Kindle DX for its simplicity as well as for its free 3G connectivity.

Ultimate Guide to Oven Safety: Buying Tips, Reviews and Our List of the 25 Safest Ovens

When it comes to oven safety, two of the most important things you need to keep top of mind are preventing accidental burns and fires.

Burns can happen to grownups and children alike when they touch a heated element, inside of the oven or an open flame in the case of gas-powered ranges. Fires can happen when food is left unattended, or an article of clothing, hair or even a kitchen towel comes into contact with an element or open flame as well. Another consideration for gas- or propane- operated stoves is leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Besides being incredibly painful, burns from an oven can result in minor problems such as scarring and blisters all the way to major incidents such as amputation and even death if severe enough. Depending on the severity of your burn, you may need to seek professional medical treatment.

It’s also worth noting that cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires in the United States, and since they are almost always preventable, it’s important to practice certain safety measures each and every time you use your oven.

While they are generally considered safe when used with care and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, injuries can and do still occur.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were nearly 12,000 injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by ovens that were treated in hospital in the United Stated in 2013. They also found that 40% of household fires are caused by cooking appliances, including ovens.

The number of actual injuries caused by ovens is likely quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at a hospital, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

When Purchasing

  • For the most part, safety standards for ovens have been created by a mix of consumer groups, government agencies, producers, retailers, and suppliers and are completely voluntary on the part of manufacturers. Look for a sticker on your oven that tells you it’s been approved by CSA, ASTM, ANSI, UL, CPSC or some other such safety association. Be cautious of purchasing an oven made in China, as regulatory standards are much different there than in the United States.
  • Look for safety features such as auto-lock, auto-shut off or time-controlled shut off to help keep your family safe. Other features such as cool-touch glass on the oven door and hot burner indicator lights for elements on the cooktop can also help to prevent accidental burns and fires.
  • If your oven came with a warranty or registration card, be sure to complete the form and mail it in to the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be notified of any recalls or other safety information in the event of a problem with your model. Surveys done by Consumer Reports National Research Center show that most people seldom or never take this essential safety step.
  • Have a trained professional install your oven and ensure you’ve made allowances for any space or other clearance requirements necessary for safe installation. Your oven should also have its own dedicated spot on your electrical circuit in order to prevent power overloads and other electrical problems.
  • If you have young children in your home, installing aftermarket oven safety products such as knob stops, locking straps and other safety guards can help to keep them safe.

When Operating

  • Do not operate your oven if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or certain prescription medications. Generally speaking, if it’s not safe for you to drive while using, you shouldn’t be operating your oven under the influence of either.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, use and cleaning of your oven, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn’t covered in your user manual.
  • Do not leave your cooking unattended, and make sure any spills are promptly cleaned as food particles and grease residue can cause fires. Position your oven racks before preheating the oven in order to avoid burns.
  • Ensure long hair, loose clothes and jewelry is tied back or removed. Institute a “no-kids zone” around the oven in order to keep little ones safe.
  • When cooking, make sure that you use a pot that’s the right size for the burner – you don’t want flames or the element to overshoot any pot or pan. Whenever possible, use the back burners.

When Cleaning

  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation before you begin cleaning your oven. The fumes from many commercial oven cleaners can be toxic and make you ill.
  • Ensure the oven and stove top burners are turned off.
  • If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, make sure the door is locked if at all possible to help prevent any accidental burns.
  • Ensure any residue from cleaning products is thoroughly removed before you use your oven to cook again.

In Case of Fire

  • A fire needs three things in order to burn: heat, oxygen and fuel. If you remove one of these elements, the fire will extinguish. Whenever possible, turn off the burner or oven in the event of a fire. Leave the oven door closed if the fire is in the oven.
  • If possible, you should keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case a fire breaks out. Be sure to test it each year and recharge or replace when necessary.
  • Do not put water on a grease fire. In case of a grease fire, you’ll want to either cover the pot or pan with a lid to suffocate the flames, or cover it with baking soda. DO NOT fan the flames with a kitchen towel and do not use flour to cover the flames.
  • Do not remove a pot or pan until you are certain the fire is completely extinguished and the item is completely cooled.
  • If you do not feel that you can safely get control of or fight a kitchen fire, evacuate your home and call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 25 of the ovens we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

Electric

With 5 heating elements and a 4.6 cubic foot oven, this stainless steel electric slide-in range can tackle nearly any job your family can throw at it. Its smudge-proof surface is perfect for those with small children, and it is designed, engineered and assembled in the USA for quality you can trust.

Key features:

  • Flexible elements that expand to suit your cooking needs
  • ADA compliant
  • UL approved
  • Oven lockout feature
  • Self-clean with optional steam

Cost: *Est. $1399.99

This electric oven offers 5 heating elements and GE’s PreciseAir convection bake oven so you can prepare your family’s favorite recipes to a tee. With a warming zone and baking drawer, you can get more done in less time and ensure everything’s ready to eat all at once.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Smooth surface cooktop
  • 1-UL listed and ANSI certified

Cost: *Est. $2299

Available in a choice of three colors to suit your home’s decor, this slide-in electric oven features an incredibly quick 6 minute preheat option and effortless convection bake features that take the guesswork out of baking.

Key features:

  • Smooth ceramic glass cooktop
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • ADA compliant
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1299.99

Featuring the brand’s True-Temp baking system, this electric slide-in oven from GE is a simple, straightforward and easy-to-use option for the home cook and boasts 4 coil elements on the cooktop.

Key features:

  • Automatic oven shut off
  • Made in the USA
  • Heating element on indicator
  • Mis-wire detection
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $1259.10

5. LG LDE3037ST 30 In. Freestanding Electric Double Oven with Infrared Grill Broiler

This stainless steel freestanding range from LG offers a combined massive cooking space thanks to its 2.3 cu. ft. upper infrared grill oven and a 4.4 cu. ft. lower true convection oven, both with self-cleaning options to cook and clean up nearly anything your family can throw at it. With a 12-hour automatic shut off, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to turn the stove off again.

Key features:

  • Smooth, radiant cooktop
  • Fast boiling element
  • Hidden baking element
  • Delay bake

Cost: *Est. $1499.99

This electric range features a dual oven and 5 burners large enough to tackle even the biggest meal for your family. Self-cleaning features make cleanup a breeze and easy-to-use electronic controls operate at the touch of a button.

Key features:

  • Smooth top
  • Dual choice burner matches to appropriate pot size
  • Delay bake
  • Control lockout
  • 1-UL listed, ANSI certified

Cost: *Est. $1057

Your everyday cooking tasks will seem easier thanks to this dual oven that boasts an impressive 6.7 cu. ft. of cooking space to help get even the biggest family meals on the table faster. Plus, it preheats in less than 5 minutes! With the brand’s AccuBake system, it adjusts seamlessly to your cooking needs.

Key features:

  • Dual-size element for small or large pots
  • Control lockout
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Designed, engineered and assembled in the USA
  • 1-UL listed, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1249

This slide-in electric range bakes and cooks your family’s favorite foods in less time thanks to its TimeSavor convection cooking technology and it even has an option for baking frozen foods. Any spills or messes wipe away easily thanks to the brand’s AquaLift self-cleaning technology.

Key features:

  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Smooth top
  • ADA compliant
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1578

9. Samsung NE58F9710WS Slide-in Electric Range with FlexDuo Oven

This sleek, slide-in electric range from Samsung features Guiding Light Controls to help make selecting your cooking options a breeze by illuminating any and all available options step by step. You can even program settings for your family’s favorite recipes, helping to save you time in the kitchen.

Key features:

  • Smart Divider splits large-capacity single oven into two
  • Built-in temperature probe
  • Easy-glide oven rack perfect for supporting heavy items
  • Safety lock
  • 4-UL certified

Cost: *Est. $1696.50

Gas

This high-quality unit from Electrolux features a luxury hold door, luxury glide oven racks and dual fuel options with a certified Sabbath mode. IQ-Touch control panel displays all available cooking options at all times and preheats 25% faster than other ovens.

Key features:

  • Continuous gas grates, perfect for the heaviest of pots and pans
  • Hidden bake element
  • Control lockout
  • ADA compliant
  • UL approved

Cost: *Est. $2300

Part of Frigidaire’s Gallery collection, this sleek slide-in oven features quick preheat and convection modes, so you can prepare meals for your family in less time. One-touch controls let you get back to doing what you love most – spending time with your family.

Key features:

  • Continuous grates
  • Low-simmer burner
  • ADA compliant
  • CSA approved

Cost: *Est. $1499

This dual-fuel slide-in range from KitchenAid boasts an even-heat convection bake system that provides top-of-the-line cooking to ensure even cooking on all three racks, so you never have to rotate when cooking multiple items.

Key features:

  • Sealed burners
  • Continuous grates
  • Hidden bake element
  • Power outage compatible
  • ADA compliant and UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1814

This dual oven range from GE features a gas cooktop with sealed burners for added safety and easy cleanup. Edge to edge grates and a deep recessed cooking surface will appeal to selective home cooks.

Key features:

  • Precise simmer means even delicate foods won’t burn
  • Control lockout
  • Delay bake feature
  • Self-clean heavy-duty roller rack
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $2425

With sealed burners, this stainless steel gas double oven from Whirlpool is as easy to clean as it is easy to use. A deep, recessed cooktop contains any spills and dual self-cleaning ovens can handle nearly any meal you can dream of making for your family.

Key features:

  • Continuous, dishwasher-safe grates
  • Delay bake
  • Control lockout
  • CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $1349

This freestanding gas range boasts 5 sealed burners that are hard-working enough to address any of your family’s cooking needs. The convection bake lets you preheat your oven and cook all of your favorite foods in less time.

Key features:

  • Delay bake
  • Recessed broiler for more space, less chance of burns
  • Control lockout
  • Dishwasher-safe grates
  • CSA Listed

Cost: *Est. $1380

Boil water quicker and bake items faster with this gas range that boasts sealed burners and a true convection system that more evenly distributes heat. A low-simmer burner ensures even the most delicate of foods don’t burn and a built-in thermometer lets you ensure your foods are cooked to safe temperatures.

Key features

  • Automatic shut off
  • Effortlessly adjustable oven rack
  • Deep recessed cooktop
  • Control lockout
  • ANSI certified, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $869

This oven offers everything you need in a range at a very affordable price. Thanks to built-in storage, you can keep all your items within arm’s reach and with its self-cleaning technology you won’t spend endless hours scrubbing off any spills.

Key features:

  • Control lockout
  • Big view oven window
  • One-piece recessed porcelain-enamel cooktop surface
  • Sealed burners
  • ANSI certified, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $732.49

This gas range features two large ovens and 5 cooktop burners to handle even the biggest of family meals with ease.

Key Features:

  • Reinforced oven racks, hidden bake element
  • Continuous grates
  • One-piece recessed cooktop surface contains spills
  • Control lockout
  • ANSI certified, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1825

Induction

19. Samsung Chef Collection 30 in. 5.8 cu. ft. Slide-In Flex Duo Electric Induction Range with Convection Oven in Stainless Steel

This slide-in oven boasts a cool-touch induction cooking surface on top with a convection oven in a modern stainless steel styling. Dual ovens let you prepare complete meals at once and feature self-cleaning programs to keep things spic and span. LED controls are easy to see and use.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Safety locks
  • 1-UL and ETL listed

Cost: *Est. $3332

This freestanding range features touch controls that make it easy to use and is part of GE’s Profile line. With built-in self-cleaning and convection features, it’s tough enough to handle anything your family throws at it. With upper and lower oven options, you can cook more in less time.

Key features:

  • Control lockout
  • Smooth surface cooktop
  • Delay bake and delay start
  • Hidden bake element
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1829

Part of the GE Profile line, this slide-in range features a cool-touch induction cooktop and self-cleaning oven with an available steam cleaning option. Delay start, keep warm and certified Sabbath mode make it an ideal choice for families.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Touch controls
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $2419

This stainless steel electric induction range features a smudge-proof surface to offer a clean, modern look even with little hands all over. With multiple oven settings including delay bake, speed and sensor cook, it’s up to nearly any task you can throw at it whether using regular mode or convection.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Hidden bake element
  • 4-UL certified, CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $1499

23. Samsung NE597N0PB 5.9 Cu. Ft. Electric Free Standing FlexCook Zone Induction Cooktop Range

This stainless steel freestanding induction cooktop range features a 5.9 cu. ft. oven and FlexCook zone to easily accommodate even the largest of family meals. Self-cleaning features with available steam clean ensure messes wipe away easily. A detachable door prevents the unit from tipping forward should it accidentally be stepped on.

Key features:

  • Boil Alert technology reduces temperature to prevent spill overs
  • Boiling beep alerts sense multiple liquid types
  • Hidden bake element
  • Control lockout
  • 1-UL listed, ETL listed

Cost: *Est. $1749

Boil water in just 90 seconds with this state-of-the-art stainless steel induction range. Thanks to its smart convection features, it moves heat up to 30% faster, eliminating the need to rotate your items while cooking.

Key features:

  • IQ-Touch control panel displays all available cooking options at all times
  • Luxury Glide oven rack system ideal for heavy items
  • Automatic shut off
  • Control lockout
  • 4-UL certified, CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $1743.27

This large capacity oven lets you create delicious family meals in less time thanks to its optional convection bake and smart technology that even boils water faster than ever before. Thanks to an energy-efficient self-cleaning feature, you won’t notice a single odor during the self-clean cycle.

Key features:

  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Hidden bake element
  • Precise heat adjustment
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1776

La Crosse Alerts D111.101.E1.WGB Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe Review

Temperature and humidity does more than just make you uncomfortable. Sometimes, it’s important to be aware of changes in such conditions.

The La Crosse Alerts D111.101.E1.WGB Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe is designed to track changes in temperature and humidity in and around your home. The possibilities range from remotely checking conditions in your garden or greenhouse to tracking the temperature in areas where your children are playing or where pets are sheltered for the day. Below is an overview of La Crosse Alerts D111.101.E1.WGB Wireless Monitor System‘s various features.

Amazon Price: $79.95 (new)
Average Amazon Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars

Key Features

• 24/7 remote monitoring sensors
• Measures temperature and humidity (including ambient humidity and air temperature)
• Accessible throughout website on any Internet-connected device
• No software needed for operation
• Sends texts and email alerts when temperature and humidity levels exceed preferences
• Temperature range: -40 F to 140 F
• Transmission: Approx. 200 ft. (to gateway)
• Humidity level: 3 percent to 99 percent (RH)

First Impressions

The La Crosse Alerts D111.101.E1.WGB Wireless Monitor System has a variety of uses. It can be used by businesses to measure the humidity in warehouses and storage areas sensitive to temperature changes or by homeowners in attics and basements. It can also measure the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer, ideal for preventing food spoilage. Based on consumer reviews, it appears to be fairly easy to set up this particular system. However, some user report some difficulty receiving a timely response with technical issues when contacting the manufacturer.

Early Warning Alerts

In addition to providing email and text alerts when temperature and humidity settings dip below or above your preset levels, users also get alerts when the batteries for the system are running low, which also helps prevent unexpected surprises. You also get a notice when the connection between your senors and the system has been lost. Keep in mind that you have to log in to the website to check your stats. This does, however, eliminate the need for software.

Mobile Access

The Point of having a device like this is to have a certain degree of remote accessibility. Aside from viewing your predetermined temperature and humidity readings, you can also view readings for the last 7 days, view history logs and adjust your system settings.

Final Thoughts

Setup is fairly easy. You start with registered your product online via the manufacturer’s website and continue through setting up the sensors and making your final adjustments. Just make sure where the probe is placed to ensure the accuracy of the readings. For instance, placing the probe by a freezer door with a poor seal will cause a faulty reading. Despite the reported issues with technical assistance, most reviews are generally favorable for this device when it comes to the accuracy of the readings, which is the main reason for purchasing this type of device in the first place.

Note: You’ll need 2 AAA alkaline batteries (not included).

Alternative Products

If you like the La Crosse Alerts D111.101.E1.WGB Wireless Monitor System Set but would like to see similar products at various price points, these are great options to consider:

Oregon Scientific THGR122NX Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Amazon Price: $32.49 (new)
Average Amazon Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Key Features

• 3-channel display
• Approx. 100 ft. range with sensors
• Compatible with more than 50 OSI units
• Displays temperature and humidity readings

While this unit isn’t as diverse as a more expensive model, as detailed above, it does a fairly good job of monitoring indoor temperature and humidity levels remotely. According to reviews, there are some accuracy issues with outdoor use in areas where humidity is high. It does, however, come with batteries and is backwards compatible with older models.

Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 8-Channel Thermo-Hygrometer with Three Remote Sensors

Amazon Price: $60.00 (new)
Average Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Key Features

• Easy to read and use
• Includes three remote thermometer-hygrometer sensors
• Up to eight remote sensors can be displayed remotely
• Console includes audio and visual alarms to alert of temp./humidity changes

This system can be used to continuously display the current temperature and humidity in up to four locations in and around your home. Additionally, you can calibrate each sensor against any official readings you get from other sources to further hone the accuracy of your readings via the console.

Note: If you use lithium batteries, the range expands from -40 degrees F to 140 degrees F and from -4 degrees F to 140 degrees F with alkaline batteries.

Meade TS33F-M Temperature and Humidity Sensor with Probe, White

Amazon Price: $19.21 (new)
Average Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Key Features

• Transmission range of approx. 100 ft.
• Indoor and outdoor humidity range: 25-90-percent
• Removable temperature probe with 3 ft. of cable
• LCD display of temperature and humidity

While this is less expensive device, meaning less bells and whistles, it’s still good for monitoring key places inside and outside of your home or business. Most customers report using this particular system to monitor places around the home such as the doghouse, pool area, baby’s room or other spaces where it helps to keep track of the temperature and humidity without the hassle of going to manually check every location periodically.

AcuRite 00611A3 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer and Humidity Sensor

Amazon Price: $26.21 (new)
Average Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

Key Features

• Bold, easy-to-read LCD screen
• Strong signal penetration
• Displays current indoor/outdoor temperature
• Low battery indicator light

Customers tend to appreciate the large display and have reported that this system usually provides accurate readings. Alternate systems like this tend to be best for use around the home or a place of business where you’ll be in the same general location, whether it be in another part of your home or your office. It should be noted that some customers report issues with the accuracy if an outdoor sensor is placed against siding or other areas where reflected heat can be an issue. However, this is generally true of all such devices using remote sensors.

Swann Swpro-780Cam-Us Pro-780 Ultimate Optical Zoom Camera (White) Review

Today, there are so many security camera options you can buy to protect your home. Fortunately, there is a way to narrow down the best one for you and that is by simply prioritizing what is important to your home and family. For homeowners who want a lightweight, attractive and unique design with high resolution and easy to use functionality, the

Price: $152.98
Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars

The SWPRO-780 CAM camera features an ultimate optical zoom that makes it possible to record what’s going on inside and outside. It has been used residentially and commercially as a crime deterrent. The quality of video is high with Sony Effio CCD video as well as high resolution. Further, there is infrared night vision to ensure that the camera can provide quality footage during all hours of the day and night. It is easy to install, which saves money from professional security installation.

Crime Deterrent

Research has shown that many criminals are deterred from committing acts of vandalism the moment that they see a video camera. The SWPRO-780 CAM camera can be quickly installed indoors or out as a way of deterring intruders and protecting your property.

When the camera is mounted, there are lights to show that it is on and recording. You can then decide whether you are going to keep the monitoring in real-time or record the video in the event that there is a break-in or disturbance so that you can view footage at a later time.

Easy to Mount

You will be able to easily mount the camera to the walls and thread the cable through the bracket for additional protection. Four screws is all it takes to mount to the wall. This means that you can have the camera mounted within minutes so that you can begin monitoring your home or business with ease. Because you can avoid professional set-up fees, it is an affordable form of adding security.

Multiple Surveillance Options

There are multiple surveillance options with the Swann optical zoom camera. The first option that you have is to plug it into the DVR with cables so that you can record the data. 60 feet of cable comes with the unit, so it is unlikely that you will need to purchase any additional cables. This allows you to maintain the footage in the event that there is a disturbance. The footage can then be handed over to the authorities when requested.

The second option that you have is to plug the camera into the TV using the yellow video-in socket. This will allow you to have immediate surveillance of what the camera sees.

There is a support line with Swann that can also help with the overall setup if there are problems or questions on how to achieve something in particular.

Additional Features

The SWPRO-780 CAM has a total weight of 4.1 pounds, which means that a lot of hardware will not be required to keep the camera mounted in place. Further, the total dimensions are 4.3 by 8.5 by 10.8 inches, so it is small enough to be kept in corners and still visible enough to work as a deterrent. There is a DC in jack as well for being able to connect the camera to a DVR or television.

The high resolution is as a result of 700 TV lines in color with 1/3” Sony Effio CCD video. There are vari-focal controls and infrared night vision to ensure quality video is captured in all levels of light, both near and far.

An OSD or on-screen display controller is in place along with built-in software so that you have the ability to customize the camera settings. When you are looking to achieve professional video surveillance, it is these settings that will help you to achieve it.

Reviews

The reviews on the SWPRO-780 CAM have been very high. The majority of people reviewing the camera on Amazon have provided 4 and 5 stars and no one has given it lower than those ratings. Many people talk about the affordability of the camera while others go into details about how well the wide-angle works in order to capture more of what’s going on.

The only negative things that people have to say about the camera is that the mounting options are limited. If you have a wall with a 45 degree angle, it may be difficult to get the angle. However, there are some mounting options that you can consider to ensure that you get the desired level of coverage.

Overall, people are pleased with their purchase of the optical zoom security camera and have been able to save a lot of money by handling the installation on their own.

Overview

The SWPRO-780 CAM with the optical zoom has a considerable amount of features. It’s an affordable camera that’s easy to install. The 700 TV line high resolution camera ensures that people will be able to capture the movement needed and there is powerful infrared night vision, allowing the camera to be used day and night.

The wide-angle on the camera provides a significant view of what’s going on inside of a room, entranceway or in the yard. With such an angle, you will be able to see more without having to install a second camera, which can lead to a more affordable system.

Alternative Products

Before you spend the money on the Swann SWPRO-780 CAM, you should familiarize yourself with some of the other cameras on the market. Some considerations include the below models.

Uniden Video Surveillance Camera

Price: $84.99

Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars

This camera is weatherproof and is capable of night video with a video transmission range of up to 500 feet.

Foscam Wireless IP Camera

Price: $104.99

Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars

The Foscam Wireless IP camera is completely wireless and provides 720p HD video compression with night vision capabilities.

VideoSecu CCTV Bullet Security Camera

Price: 29.99

Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars

This bullet security camera uses concealed wiring, is weatherproof, and features 24 infrared lights for night vision.

Dahua Waterproof Security Camera

Price: $159.99

Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars

The Dahua camera is weatherproof with a 3.6mm lens. It features HD video with day and night functionality.