Tuscan Style Kitchen Accessories, Decorations, and Decor

LOTS of beautiful decor ideas and accessories for a Tuscan style kitchen. Such pretty plates and bowls and everything else for a Tuscan kitchen.

If you're in a rush, see all Tuscan style kitchen stuff here.

Here's what's currently popular on our Tuscan Kitchen Decor Facebook Page:

The first is an online magazine, just click "view" to see all the Tuscan accessories and ideas all kitchen stuff in there is "clickable". Anything else on the page, just click it to get more details and to see where to get that Tuscan inspired kitchen item.

Best Spiral Vegetable Slicer-Reviews & Ratings

Do you like to spiral slice your veggies?  Me too!  And wow, what a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables.  Just toss some zucchini into a spiral slicer so it looks like pasta noodles and they eat it up.

Based on all that, I decided to take a trip around the internet to find the best spiral vegetable slicer.  I read tons of reviews, checked out the ratings, looked at all the best sellers, and did ALL that before buying my spiral veggie cutter.

Here's what I found out about the best-rated spiral veggie slicers-

This spiral slicer is the best according to reviews and feedback.

It's a hand slicer (ie, not electric) but works really well.  It's easy enough to use and (thankfully) easy to clean as well.


Update June 2015 - I just came across this really awesome review from a woman who tried all 3 of the current top-rated spiral vegetable slicers.

She talked about how each one worked, which one she bought, which one she really loves - and which one cut her hand up really badly.

Read her full review here (it's super helpful)

Do you "spiralize" your vegetables? I do! And I LOVE the spiral vegetable slicer I use! This is the best one...and it works GREAT! http://rbl.ms/1RZ6ibh

Posted by Things Moms Say on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Here's some more info I found about spiral slicers:

Read more spiral vegetable slicer reviews here.

Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Reviews for 2014

cordless-vacuum-cleaner-reviews-2013If you’re in the market for a new cordless vacuum, you’re in the right place.  Whether it’s a cordless stick vacuum or a cordless handheld vacuum, we’ve got a compilation of reviews of all the best on the market for end of 2013 into 2014.

If you’re in a hurry….

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Otherwise, let's talk about the 5 best-rated cordless vacuum cleaners on the market in 2014, hear what real owners have to say, watch some quick video reviews of each vacuum and more.

My Requirements for a Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

I wanted a new cordless vacuum and it needed to meet all four of these criteria:

1. It had to be cordless (obviously)
2. It needed to be BAGLESS (I hate messing with vacuum cleaner bags!)
3. It had to be great for pet hair.
4. It had to have awesome customer reviews and ratings.

Based on those criteria, there were only 5 cordless vacuums that met my needs. One is a handheld and the other 4 cordless vacuums are stick/upright vacuum cleaners.

Here are the Top 5 Cordless, Bagless, Awesome for Pet Hair, Best-Rated Vacuum Cleaners

Quick Links to Each Cordless Vacuum Details and Reviews:

#1 Speedy Sweep Cordless Sweeper

Speedy Sweep Cordless Sweeper
Speedy Sweep Cordless Sweeper
Rated 4.3 Out of 5 Stars
Not as popular but awesome!

See details at Amazon by Read Consumer Reviews

Speedy Sweep Cordless Vacuum Review

stars Better Than Advertised!

Bought the Speedy Sweeper as a housewarming present for my son and his wife's two-bedroom condo and it worked really well right out of the box. According to them, it worked even better than advertised!! What's more, they have a cat and the second brush for pets worked great!

hReview by Sneeg , 2014/01/17

#2 Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim Cordless Vacuum

Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2
Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2
4.2 out of 5 Star Rating
496+ Reviews

See details at Amazon by Read Consumer Reviews

Dyson DC44 Cordless Vacuum Review:

stars Torn Between 4 or 5 Stars

So, I had a hard time trying to decide whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. I have never had any Dyson vacuums before so I can not compare it to other models. Most of our house is wood floors and we have two grown Labs and two older cats, so obviously we really get a lot of use out of a vacuum. It is a great vacuum, but not perfect.... Read the rest here

hReview by Scott , 2014/01/17

#3 - Shark Bagless Navigator Freestyle Cordless Vacuum

Shark Navigator Freestyle Premium Cordless Vac - Model SV1100
Shark Navigator Freestyle Premium Cordless Vac - Model SV1100
4.2 out of 5 Star Rating
GREAT on hardwood/tile/bare floors!

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Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Vacuum Customer Review

stars I LOVE Vacuuming (Did I Just Say That!??!)

Yes, I did just say that. Because this is the best vacuum ever. I don't want to say this vacuum changed my life, because that sounds incredibly pathetic, but it kind of did. I am pretty sure I have vacuumed more in the last month than I have in my entire life. I show it to people when they come to visit and give them demonstrations. Not kidding.

My husband saw his parents using it and when he came home from visiting them, the first thing we did was go out and buy this vacuum.

I was skeptical.

Every other vacuum I've ever encountered was heavy, awkward, inconvenient, tangly, frustrating, hard to store, and broke the minute you looked at it. It didn't matter what you spent on it--a lot or a little--it was still awful. I had given up on ever finding any vacuum that was not awful.

This vacuum is aptly named. I am "free" to pick it up at any time with no janky cord in my way! It doesn't cramp my "style" because it is easy-to-use and maneuver, and super light to carry around, even up and down stairs. It is very "sucky"! I can't believe all the stuff I clean out of the bagless bag (which is effortless to clean out, just unclip it from the vacuum and then open the compartment and dump everything in it into the trash--so easy!!) each time I run it through the house. The charge lasts quite a while. We have a three bedroom home with both carpet and non-carpet floors, and I can do a quick vacuum of the whole house on a single charge. The charging stand is sleek and does not get in the way, whether or not the vacuum is on it. My husband and I both have long hair and we have several cats, but it's easy to cut off any hair that gathers around the roller--no unscrewing things or wrangling with taking things apart--and it gathers cat hair like you wouldn't believe....read the rest of this review here

hReview by Jillian , 2014/01/17

#4 - Shark Pet Perfect Cordless Handheld Vacuum

I've done a big, in-depth review of the Shark Pet Perfect cordless vacuum cleaner here.

#5 - Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra 2-In-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum

Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra 2 In1 Stick Vacuum EL1022A
Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra 2 In1 Stick Vacuum EL1022A
Electrolux 2011-08-10
Excellent - yet oddly under-rated

See details at Amazon

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Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra 2-In-1 Stick Vacuum Customer Review:

stars An Elegant Solution

I wanted a light weight vacuum that I could use in between regular vacuuming so that every time the dog and/or the parental units dragged in dirt, debris and now dried leaves from the garden, I wouldn't have to drag out the canister vacuum. Although the Ultra doesn't come in the fun colors that the other ergorapidos do, it is, as I said, more powerful and the charge lasts longer.

It is slim, lightweight and QUIET.

The other stick vacs that I tried were so loud on the tile floors that you needed ear protection. This little gem does exactly what I wanted it to do, pick up the dirt that is constantly being tracked into the kitchen and hall.

The vac funtions very well on all the floors and rugs in the kitchen and hallway. The charge lasts for about 20 minutes at full power, which is more than enough time for the areas I use it in. It acutally covers the kitchen, breakfast area, utility room, hallway and powder room. It takes @ 14 hours to fully recharge, which is rather long, but OK since I mostly use it in the evening after dinner.

It is very manuverable, the power head swivels almost like a dyson ball vac.

What is really neat about this guy, is that it is a hand vac as well. I can't tell you how many times I've pulled the hand vac part out to vacuum up crumbs, plant debris, dirt, etc on tables and on plant stands.....Read the rest of this review here

hReview by Morrigan , 2014/01/17

So there you have it, the Top 5 Cordless Vacuums in 2014 that are Bagless AND great for pet hair!

Click here look at more cordless vacuums and read their reviews

Top 10 Coffee Makers Under $100

Here it is - the long awaited list of the absolute best coffee makers for the money - drum roll please!

Presenting - The Top Ten Coffee Makers for Under $100

If you've been on the hunt for best coffee maker under $100, you're in for a treat today.

Below is carefully complied list of the best coffee machines that are all under $100 as voted by real consumers.

How To Use The List

The list contains the top 10 affordable and high-quality coffee makers AND some resources that can help you when doing your comparison shopping.

At the top of the list is current featured coffee maker that is most popular with consumers today (ie, current best-rated and best-selling). The coffee makers are numbered from 1 to 10 in order of "best-ness" overall.

To see the details of any coffee maker, check current prices, or read the reviews, just click the links right next to each picture.

That's all there is to it!

SirGo – Free Site To Make Money Online – SirGo.com

sirgo-make moneyMany people aren't even aware of this, but there are lots of ways to make money online for FREE. Yes, FREE money!  Cool, right?  I certainly think so.

Using these free-to-use sites is how I got started and they work really well.  If you want to know exactly how it all works, watch this free video right here - it explains it in complete detail better than I can explain in words.

In a nutshell, you create free little web pages and when people click your links on your pages and buy something, you earn a commission.  For example, say you love your Kindle Fire that you got from Amazon.com.  You can sign up (for free) as an "Amazon Associate" and they give you special code to make your links so that when people click them, YOU get a credited for any sales.

You simply make one of these free web pages, write 400-500 words or so about your Kindle, why you like it, what you wish was different, etc (yep, just like a review you'd write on Amazon when you buy something) put your special code on it - and that's it.  Trust me, it's easy to do.  I don't know why EVERYONE doesn't do it.

Now, don't freak out at the thought of "making a web page" - these free-to-use sites make it really easy.

One such site that is free to use and you can make money from is SirGo (SirGo.com).  I've used a lot of free sites to make money online and SirGo is fun, easy, and the owner is always there to help.  I've reviewed a lot of these types of sites, and I really like using SirGo AND I like the money I make there.  As I said before, free money is always fun, Fun, FUN!

How Much Can You Make From SirGo?

That is totally up to you.  Just making one page most likely won't make you rich, but if you make one of these little pages everyday, you'd have a LOT of them out there working FOR you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week....and they could make sales for you for years to come.

Basically, do the work once, and then that work is out there working FOR you for a long time to come.

If you could use some extra money, go here to SirGo and sign up (it's totally free, no risk, no contract, nothing weird like that), then click to create a page and start writing.


Have fun!




Cheapest ScoopFree Litter Box Refills – 50% Off Here

Yep, you read that right - I get my ScoopFree automatic litter box refill cartridges at a big discount (almost 50% off the regular price) - and I'm gonna tell you how I do it.

I even get free shipping!

I'm gonna tell ya - I was thrilled beyond words to find this place online to find my litter box refills at such a great price - those things are SO expensive.

But in this house, they are a necessity.

We have 2 cats... they're older, finicky, and persnickety. If you have cats, you know what I mean.

If there is anything they are REALLY finicky about it is their litter box situation.

In our old house, things weren't working out so well so when we moved to a new house, I was DETERMINED to end the madness with the cat pee situation with our kitty-kitties.

I'll tell you that whole story below and how I stopped them from peeing in the wrong places for good and saved my new house below.

But first, let me show you where and HOW to save big on the refill cartridges for ScoopFree automatic litter boxes.


Save Big on ScoopFree Litter Refills - the Short Steps:

1. Click to go to this product page - put 6-pack of refills in cart.

2. Enter this code: save20now

3. Click "apply"

4. Check out!

That's it - BIG savings AND no cost for shipping!

ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Automatic Litter Box - LOVE IT!

I LOVE this automatic litter box and now that I've had it for over 2 years, I can't believe I ever hesitated over the price. This litter box has made a world of difference in our house!

I got this ScoopFree Ultra because I wanted the cover/hood for it (I tell you why below) and as far as I can find, this is the best price around right now.

Cleaning it is SO easy... lean the lid back, take the old litter cartridge out - put the new one in.

Done!  Read 800+ Reviews Here

The Problem with ScoopFree Automatic Litter Boxes

The biggest "problem" and the only con I can possibly think of with this automatic litter box is that the refill litter cartridges are SO expensive!

Heck, I've seen them being sold for as much as $20 a PIECE!

Let's do the math - if you have more than one cat (as I do) and need to replace the litter in your ScoopFree auto litter box every other week, thats $40 a month and darn near $500 a YEAR.

BUT - I have figured out how to cut that price in HALF and found a place to get my litter refill cartridges for WAY less.

Go ahead and check current prices on these litter refill trays here:

ScoopFree Replacement Litter Tray Cartridge (Single Pack)
ScoopFree Replacement Litter Tray Single Cartridge
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ScoopFree Litter Tray Refills with Premium Blue Crystals Pack of 6
ScoopFree Litter Tray Refills with Premium Blue Crystals 6-Pack
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ScoopFree LT2-R3 Litter Tray Refills with Free Crystals 6-pack
ScoopFree LT2-R3 Litter Tray Refills with Free Crystals 6-pack
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How To Save BIG On Your ScoopFree Refills

I had my 6 pack of ScoopFree refills set to auto-ship through Amazon every 6 months. I knew I would need them so when I got down to about 3 left, I set up the autoship.

That cost me about $90 when I did this through Amazon - which is about $15 per refill cartridge.

I *thought* I was getting a good deal. Boy, was I wrong!

SO this past month I noticed I was OUT of refills - GASP! I checked on Amazon to figure out why I hadn't gotten my latest auto-ship delivery.

Turns out, Amazon was sold out....

I checked on the prices for 3-packs refills and well, it was really expensive so I set out to poke around the internet to see who else sold them for (hopefully) a great price.

Amazing what a little extra research time can dig up for you =)

I found a site that not only sells the 6-pack refill cartridges for MUCH less, but they also offer free (fast) shipping - AND.... they offer 20% off first time customers.

Their regular price is $79.99 (that right there is at least $10 less than Amazon) - then free shipping - and THEN another $16.00 off!

That brought the price down to just under $64 (or - about $10 per litter refill cartridge)!!!!

I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to discover it.

Now, let me tell you how YOU can get that same deal.

Here's How To Get 50% Off Your ScoopFree Refills

You're gonna go to this page for the 6-pack refills.

Then, when you check out, type this code in when you're in your cart:


(all one word - no spaces or anything)

That code will let you save 20% of your refill cartridges (or your total order - I think it's a $20 max discount on your total purchase).

Once you hit "apply" - you'll see your discount instantly taken off your order total.

With their free shipping, you'll get your cartridges in about 2 business days!


This is a GREAT deal on Scoop-Free refill automatic litter box cartridges - best I've ever found.

Hope that helps YOU save money as well.

In my next post, I'll introduce you to my two cats and tell the story of how I got them both to stop peeing in the house AND protected my new house from them ever starting.

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer Review

With all of the juicing health trends of late it's no wonder so many are turning to reviews to decide which juicer will best suit their needs.

A juicer should protect the nutrients in the juice being made.  Let's talk about one of the best juicers on the market - the Omega Nutrition Center.

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Should You Buy An Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer?

Is It the Best Juicer?  Worth the money?  That's what we're going to cover in this page so you can make an educated decision BEFORE buying a new juicer.

Omega Nutrition Center Juicer Reviews and Rating


The juicer should be easy to store and use. It should be able to sit on the counter as a coffee pot might, or to be simply placed in a cupboard without having to dismantle it. The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is ideal to store either way. Its sleek design make it perfect if one decides to leave it on the counter.

Cleaning Your Juicer

The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is easy to take apart and clean. The four main parts are easy to take apart and put back together. Often people simply drop the parts into a bowl of warm water and enjoy their juice without spending a lot of time on it. When they return a simple rinse and dry is all that is required before putting your machine back together for the next use.

How To Use the Omega J8006 Juicer

Is This Juicer Noisy?

It's important to not wake the entire household when one wants juice at 5:00 am. This juicer is so quiet you'll barely know it's running. Ideal for the late night juicer or the early morning riser.

What About Composting?

If you're into composting (and what juicer isn't?) this juicer will provide your garden with valuable compost material that will virtually mulch itself. Why struggle to chop those peelings and pits up when you can have it done for you? An added bonus is that your compost will come out nearly dry since all of the juice is in the cup holder for you to drink. Nutrients are preserved and your job for clean up is made much more simple with this process.

What Are the Juicer Parts Made Of?

The plastic parts on the out put chute can and will stain from your dark green vegetables or red beets if you don't soak the parts immediately after use. Of course, this is only cosmetic and won't affect how your Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer will work in any way. You'll still have plenty of healthy juice to drink and it won't be tainted by flavors from other foods as long as you completely wash these parts.

Juicer Cup Size

The cup size for this juicer is a bit small if you're making juice for more than one person. I suppose you could simply juice the various components of the juice separately and mix them later but if your juicing for a large number of people you might want to avoid this juicer.

Using Fresh Foods in Your Juicer

It's important to always remember to use fresh and crisp fruits and vegetables when juicing. Don't sacrifice quality just because you're in a hurry and don't want to take the time to gather fresh ingredients. The fresher the food used in the juice, the healthier your juice is going to be.

Using Mushy Foods

Naturally, you're going to find some foods that just naturally mush. Romaine lettuce, cucumbers and softer apples or pears are on this list. If the food is fresh, go ahead and use it even if it mushes a bit. Just make sure to follow up with a crisper food such as carrots or a crisp apple to help keep the pulp moving as it should.

Preparing To Use Your Juicer

Always prepare your food prior to using your juicer. Being prepared will expedite the time you use your juicer and make clean up of your juicer a lot faster and easier.

Omega Nutrition Center Juicer Warranty

This Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer has a great warranty of 15 years. Many only have a short warranty of a year or so. This makes it a great option for someone who is going to give it a lot of use and wear and tear.

Omega Juicer Price

Yes, you get what you pay for. If you're going to buy a flimsy, cheap juicer, that is exactly what you're going to get. The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is priced in the higher end range, but it's solid reviews, quality parts, excellent warranty and its performance are well worth the price.

Quality of This Juicer

Made from quality parts this Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is just what one would expect from Omega. Quality counts and this company has pulled out all of the stops in order to provide you with a high quality juicer that will perform each and every time you use it. Backed by their excellent 15 year warranty you simply can't go wrong with this juicer.

Easy to clean, fun to use and a healthy alternative to store bought juices this is an ideal wedding gift or house warming gift for anyone who is newly on their own and cares about their health. Every home should own an Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer.


1. Hey all- I have been using my omega juice and love it. I have only been using the juicing attachments, I cant find my instructions, they are around here somewhere... I got it awhile ago, and just started juicing, But what else can you do with it? Can you grind nuts? Flax seeds? I want to know that specifically because I dont have a food processor so I was wondering if that was do-able? read more

2. This review is from: Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, Black and Chrome (Kitchen)
I have rated the 8006 at five stars because of its efficiency, ease of use and quality of materials.  Read more

3.  I was planning on not only using the 8006 for vegetables (carrots, celery, kale, wheatgrass, etc), but also for fruits (apples, oranges, watermelon, etc). Is the 8006 best used for softer vegetables or can it basically be used for anything?   read more

4.  I love love love this juicer! Easy to clean, makes delicious, healthful juice , grinds and minces like a champ and even makes pasta!  I mostly use it for juicing every morning. It easily handles everything from wheat grass to celery and everything I've given it. Make sure you chop veggies into small enough chunks for the chute, but that's no big deal. I love how easy it is to... read more

5.  This is a great juicer! I had read a lot of reviews on different types of juicers and wanted to go with a masticating juicer for its potential to produce more juice. It does just that - produces a lot of juice and very dry pulp. I will never look back to the time of not juicing. It is an every day activity for me now.  read more

6. If I was going to do it all over again, I'd definitely buy this juicer. It is efficient, it is durable and easy to clean and use. If I had more money, I'd probably go for a... read more

Curling Iron Reviews – The Best Curling Irons

Let's dig into the best curling iron reviews!  Finding the right curling iron for getting curls or waves in your hair seems to be an on-going battle for most women - especially finding a curling iron where the curls actually STAY and don't just droop and fall out quickly.

In a hurry? See all top-rated curling irons here

Below we have reviews of the best curling irons for various types of curly styles.

Conair Infiniti You Curl Curling Iron

The girl in the picture used that curling iron above to achieve her hair style - beautiful, isn't it?  Just click the picture to read these curling wand reviews - women LOVE it!

My Absolute FAVORITE Curling Iron/Brush

Wow, I picked up one of these Prestige Ionic Stylers late last month, and O.M.G.!!! It is SO awesome!

I know, it just LOOKS like an old-fashioned curling brush, but trust me, it is SO much more and different than that. (go ahead and click the picture if you want all the details now).

I have such weird hair. My individual hair strands are fine, but I have a LOT of them (so my hair appears to be thick, but it's really not).

My hair loves to frizz (it thinks it's curly, but it's SO not... it's POOF, like poodle...lol). It also is hard to curl and/or straighten - and when I do get the curl (or the straight) to take, it doesn't last.

My hair is longer, like the girl in the picture, and I like to wear my hair that way - long "beachy" wavey curls (if that makes sense).

The process to achieve that before this ionic styler was pretty much to straighten my hair first to get the frizzy gone and THEN work a normal curling iron to attempt the wavey curls.

What a nightmare! And worse yet, it never HELD for long (no matter how much hair spray I used).

Then I took a chance on this curling brush doo-dad.

Yep, it's a little pricey, but once I added up how much I have spent on tools trying to find this one magic tool, it was a no-brainer to just get it.

I am SOOOOOO glad I did!

Seriously, all I do is hold the blow dryer and dry my hair - no styling or anything, just let it dry and do it's thing. Then, I take this Prestige Styler and take chunks of hair, run the style thru the chunk hair to calm the frizzy, and then work it to make the curl.

Sound like a lot of work? It's not! I can do my whole hair from wet to curled and gorgeous in about 10 minutes!

No messing around with multiple tools... no need for tons of product. Just blow dry, use the styler...and I'm out the door.

I've used this on friends with thick hair... curly hair...all kinds of hair...and it always works awesome.

TOTALLY and PERSONALLY recommended.

See the Ionic Styler Here.... and read all the other GLOWING reviews from other women here.

Most Popular Curling Iron

You would think that the most popular curling iron would be a big brand name curling iron that is super expensive, right?

Hot Tools Professional 1110 Curling Iron - Consumer Favorite

Good news, that is NOT true!
The best hair curling iron is this curling iron which sells for about $27 thru this link on Amazon (you save over $13!).

Women LOVE this little curling iron and say how easy it is to use and how well it holds curls (which is my biggest issue with curling my hair - it never seems to STAY curled).

Read all the curling iron reviews here

Between this curling iron, some clips, and an amazing hair foam that adds crazy body, you can get the perfect curls that last for as long as you want them to last.

Best Curling Wand

Remington Clipless Curling Iron

If your hair is hard to curl OR the curls simply won't stay, this is most likely the curling iron for you.

This is a clipless curling iron (read all the reviews here) and it is used to create those beautiful flowing hair styles of loose curls like you see the celebrities wearing.

All you really need to do is wrap your hair around the curling iron barrel and hold for a few seconds. No marks from a tradition curling iron clamp - just smooth beautiful curls.

Ceramic Curling Iron Reviews

Hot Tools 2179 Ceramic Deep Waver

Many women are looking for something between straight and curly and just want natural looking waves. If this is what you are wanting to accomplish, don't get a traditional curling iron, get a "Waver" iron.

This thing works great and leaves your hair looking natural and wavy... and well, just plain sexy.

The waves last all day and it's really easy to use.

Chi Curling Iron Reviews

CHI Air Texture Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron

Chi is THE name when it comes to hair styling products.

They are very well known for their flat irons and straighteners - they also make some really great curling irons.

Here is one that women just love. The price is good and the results are great.

More Curling Iron and Curling Wand Reviews

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Bissell ProHeat 2x Deep Cleaner Reviews and Ratings

Bissell ProHeat 2X carpet cleaners sure get a lot of attention and hoopla, but are they really THAT good? You might be a bit shocked to read the review below.

bissell-9400-u-proheat-2x-pet-carpet-cleaner-shampooerAre the Bissell ProHeat 2x line of carpet cleaners worth the money?  That’s what we’re going to talk about right now so you can decide if a Bissell ProHeat deep cleaner is right for you.

In a hurry?

See all the best-rated carpet cleaners here

Carpet shampooers/cleaners can be really expensive so let’s take some time to compare models, read reviews from real Bissell users, and point out the pros and cons of each carpet cleaner.

Note: You might end up surprised to find out that Bissell does NOT make the best carpet cleaner by any means.

The best for your money comparing quality, user satisfaction, and performance is not made by Bissell. I’ll share the best-rated carpet cleaner below. Ready?  Ok, let’s dig in and compare Bissell ProHeat 2X Carpet Cleaners and then take a look at the best overall carpet cleaner!

Bissell ProHeat 2X Carpet Cleaners Info and Reviews on this Page

Top-Rated and Best Bissell ProHeat 2X Deep Cleaners  

Current Top-Rated Bissell ProHeat 2X Carpet Cleaners

BISSELL ProHeat 2X Healthy Home Upright Deep Cleaner 66Q4
BISSELL ProHeat 2X Healthy Home Upright Deep Cleaner 66Q4

Rated 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Read Reviews

BISSELL ProHeat 2X Select Pet Upright Deep Cleaner 94003
BISSELL ProHeat 2X Select Pet Upright Deep Cleaner 94003

Rated 3.2 out of 5 Stars

Read Reviews

Bissell Proheat 2X Cleanshot Professional Deep Cleaner 2X DirtLifter PowerBrushes Built-In Heater.
Bissell Proheat 2X Cleanshot Deep Cleaner 9500

Rated 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Read Reviews

Bissell carpet cleaners are the sort of machines that every home should own. The latest Bissell Proheat 2X range is just the tip of the home cleaning iceberg and if you utilize one of the machines in this range, not only will you have sparkling clean carpets, you’ll also be able to remove the harmful microbes which live in many carpets and cause allergies and irritations.

Why Bissell and why the ProHeat range?  

Well quite simply Bissell have been around for over a century and were the first company to patent a floor cleaner of any kind – so as you can clearly see, they’re a company with history and prestige.

The ProHeat range encompasses all of the latest modern technologies developed by Bissell and is poured into the models to give the easiest most efficient clean of your carpets.

The ProHeat range includes the subsection of carpet cleaners which fall under the model prefix 2X. In this section are the standard model, the Select, CleanShot and Healthy home. Each model has various features from the following systems, some have all and the more budget models have few systems built-in. They all retail within the $200-$300 range and you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Systems in the 2X range:  

Microban Protection – thanks to a revolutionary ventilation system, moist air and damp spots within the inner pipework of the carpet cleaner is removed. This stops mildew and mould from growing in the cleaner and therefore stops these harmful microbes from getting into your carpet fibers during cleaning.

Flow Gauge – quite simply a small clear plastic bubble on the side of the machine which allows you to see the mix of hot clean water and cleaning solution, so that you know the solution levels and can top up when needed.

Custom Clean – this is basically the power setting for the machine and allows you to select light cleaning options or heavy cleaning, depending on the state of your carpets.

CleanShot – a concentrated jet of liquid solution is sprayed onto tough and stubborn stains to get to work fast. This is one of the landmark systems promoted by Bissell.

Edge Sweep & Surround Suction – don’t miss those strips of grubby carpet by the skirting board, with these powerful systems in motion, the carpet cleaner gets right up to edges and corners.

DirtLifter PowerBrushes – depending on the model in the range you’ll receive a machine with 10 or 12 rows of these spinning brushes which push the clean water through the carpet fibres, removing the dirt without damaging the strands.

Extra features  

If you think the Bissell ProHeat 2X range options finish there you’d be wrong. Added to the above systems are built-in heaters, drying air blowers and dual clean/dirty water tanks.

What this means is that the cleaning process is much improved over previous versions and other brand models. The tap water can be heated to a maximum of 190 degrees and the heater also serves to circulate hot air through the carpets, drying them in around 2-3 hours.

Accessories abound for the ProHeat 2X models as well, with all manner of extensions and specialist brushes available for the machines.

The Bissell ProHeat 2X range includes machines for affordable prices. On the website we go into further detail for each model and describe which attachments you receive with the models including the Bissell ProHeat Healthy Home.

Bissell Portable Carpet Cleaners Comparison Chart  

Trying to decide which portable carpet cleaner from Bissell is best?  This chart below will help you compare models to see the difference between each compact unit easily.

Just click the image to see the details up-close.


Bissell Little Green ProHeat Review  

Out of all the portable/compact carpet cleaners that Bissell makes, the Little Green ProHeat (model #14259) is the best according bissell-littlegreen-proheat-reviewto reviews and consumer ratings.

While all of their smaller carpet cleaners are really good, the built-in heater that the Little Green ProHeat has makes this model the best value for the money – and the best overall.

If you have pet stains to deal with and/or want a really great portable carpet cleaner, you will be very happy with the Little Green ProHeat (less than $90 here with free shipping).

Bissell ProHeat 2X Reviews  

Great review video of a mom performing the “white sock test” with a Bissell ProHeat 2x on her carpets.

Bissell Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner for Pets  

If pet stains are an issue in your home, be sure to check out the Bissell Lift-Off Deluxe Deep Cleaner – it’s really great and multifunctional.  It’s like having 2 carpet cleaners in one super powerful machine.

Use it on your carpets, your stairs – even in your car.  Has a built-in water heater to make it clean all that much better.

Also comes with a “Pet Stain Eraser Tool” as well as other attachments.  Over-all a highly rated carpet cleaner that is an exceptional value for the money.

Just click below to read all the reviews and consumer feedback.



Bissell ProHeat 2X TroubleShooting  

There are very few complaints about the Bissell line of carpet cleaners, but there are 2 common troubleshooting issues some folks have with them.

One is when the Bissell won’t “spray” – it’s an easy fix and how to fix it is shown below in the video so you can follow along step-by-step.

The other “issue” is replacing the belt and/or roller on a Bissell carpet cleaner.  This isn’t considered one of Bissell ProHeat 2x problems, but more of a normal maintenance issue.  Another video below shows how to do that easily.

Bissell ProHeat Won’t Spray (fix)

How To Replace Bissell ProHeat 2X Belt and Roller


Absolute Best Carpet Cleaner for your Money  

While the Bissell line of carpet cleaners are really good, they don’t make the consumer favorite cleaner by any means.

The absolute best value for the money when it comes to carpet cleaners is this model from Hoover.

Well over 3300 glowing reviews and a price tag of less than $150 make this the best carpet cleaner for quality and value.

Just click below to read some of the reviews and you’ll see what I mean.


Why spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a carpet cleaner that doesn’t do nearly as good a job as this inexpensive and affordable carpet cleaner?

Most Popular and Best-Selling Carpet Cleaners  

Current Top-Rated Carpet Cleaners

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge F5914-900
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Hoover MaxExtract All-Terrain Carpet Cleaner F7452900PC
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BISSELL Spotbot Pet Handsfree Spot and Stain Cleaner with Deep Reach Technology 33N8
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Meat Thermometer Reviews and Ratings

Let's take a look at wireless meat thermometers, digital meat thermometers, and remote meat thermometers. Which is best? Which have the best reviews and ratings? Which ensure a great turnout from your oven or grill - and which aren't so good?

There's a lot of info about the best meat thermometers on this page that should help whether you're buying one for yourself or as a gift.

Best Meat Thermometers

In a hurry? 

Click here to see the most popular and top-rated meat thermometers

Meat Thermometer Info On This Page

As I said, I cover a lot of info about meat thermometers on this page.  Below are "quick links" of topics covered... you can click any to go  directly to the info you need.

Meat Thermometer Reviews

Below are the 3 most popular and highest rated digital meat thermometers. If you want wireless, you will love the Thermopen! It gives and instant and accurate temperature reading every time. In fact, it's the meat thermometer that cooks and chefs trust most.

Thermopen Insta-Read Meat ThermometerREAD REVIEWS

Oregon Scientific Talking Meat ThermometerREAD REVIEWS

Maverick 2 Probe Wireless Meat ThermometerREAD REVIEWS








You may have in mind a simple metal thermometer with a dial top. However, numerous meat thermometers have become far more sophisticated. A lot of them have wired probes that are attached to a digital display. A number of them will even speak to you and then set the correct temperature according to your response.

For instance, if you say "medium roast beef", the appropriate temperature will be set and the device will notify you when that temperature is attained. Some of them will even record the temperature of two different foods simultaneously.

There are even meat thermometers that are wireless and allow you to check the temperature remotely, from as far away as 300 feet!

Wireless Meat Thermometers

Let's say you want to cook in your oven or on your grill, but you don't want to hang out right there the whole time it's cooking.  A wireless meat thermometer will allow you to take a handheld wireless until with you anywhere you go so you can keep track of the temperature and remaining cooking time without being tied to the kitchen or grill.

There are a lot of options for this type of digital wireless meat thermometer, but this one is our favorite - and the favorite of many, many other consumers.

Best Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer - Our Choice

This amazing meat thermometer from Oregon Scientific is both digital and wireless and is perfect for the oven or the BBQ grill.  The reviews and feedback for this thermometer are fantastic - read all the reviews here or just click the picture above.

Leave-In Meat Thermometers

For the leave-in types of thermometers this model from Polder is great AND a great price considering it's digital and a pretty "hi-tech" meat thermometer. It is very accurate, and its accuracy was verified by an independent testing laboratory where temperature readings were compared with a calibrated thermometer. Its response time, which indicates how fast it reacts to temperature changes was superb. It has a large number of features and a digital read out. It costs less than $30 here.

If you're deep-frying a turkey (YUM) this meat thermometer from MasterBuilt is perfect and very highly-rated.

The best-selling and most popular leave-in meat thermometer is the Taylor Classic. It's an oldie, but timeless goody and it's cheap - less than $6 here.

Instant Read Meat Thermometers

Our top ranked instant read type of meat thermometer as far as value for the money is the Taylor Weekend Warrior 806. It has excellent response time, range, and accuracy and provides a digital read out. It is priced less than $20 here. This model was significantly better than its next closest competitor. Consequently, we highly recommend this model for anyone who wants an accurate instant read type of meat thermometer.  Read all the reviews here.

If you want an instant read digital meat thermometer that is like a fork as opposed to a single probe, this RediFork meat thermometer is the best-selling one available.

It's really great for grilling (Dads LOVE them so keep that in mind for Father's Day or for his birthday) - it reads the temperature of the meat in 3 seconds.  This is the meat thermometer in the picture to the right - click it to read the reviews or get a great price at less than $20.

Similar in quality is this meat thermometer from Polder.  It has relatively good response time and accuracy and is a good deal for less than $15 here.

If price isn't as much of an issue and you want the best instant-read thermometer, get a Thermopen.  Trust me, you'll love it.

Best Remote Meat Thermometer

Hands down, this wireless remote meat thermometer is the very best - especially for grilling and/or smoking meat.  It also comes with a magnetic meat temperature guide that you can attach to your grill so it's always right there for reference.

What's really amazing about the dual remote meat thermometer is that you can not only keep track of the temperature of your meat, but you can also keep an eye on the temperature of your grill and THAT makes for great meat that family and friends will rave about.

There are well over a hundred reviews - click here to read the reviews, check prices, and/or learn more about this awesome thermometer set.

Using Your Meat Thermometer

When using a meat thermometer some prefer to use the leave-in type of meat thermometer. With this type of thermometer you can continually monitor the temperature of your meat and most models will provide a mechanism whereby you can be notified when the core temperature of the meat reaches a level of your choosing.
In this manner, you will be continually monitoring the temperature of your roast, and be instantly notified when it attains this temperature, so you can avoid over cooking your meat and thus potentially destroying a very expensive cut of meat.

Most often, we monitor cuts of pork the closest. It is imperative that pork is thoroughly cooked to avoid trichomonas. However, all cuts of meat can benefit from an accurate meat thermometer.