Best Book Deal

by Justin Thomas •

If you want find out where to buy a particular book at the lowest cost, try out Best Book Deal. This service will search 100 bookstores, and show you how the prices compare. A very handy feature of this site is the inclusion of the shipping costs to calculate a total price. So, at a glance, you can see which …

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Top Rated, Energy Efficient Refrigerators

by Justin Thomas •

In terms of quality, cost and energy efficiency, Kenmore refrigerators get high ratings from Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports. They make many “no-frills” refrigerators which are Energy Star compliant. Kenmore fridges have factory-installed ice makers, which are less prone to break down than those built into the door. For example, a reasonably priced, mid-sized Kenmore fridge is available from Sears …

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Eco Decking Tiles That Snap Together

by Justin Thomas •

These decking tiles snap together without the need for screws, nails or glue, to create a deck or walkway. The tiles are made with Bolivian Ipe wood, which is suited to outdoors use, naturally resisting mold and decay. The Ipe wood is harvested according to strict environmental standards, according the manufacturer, Eco Wood International. They say the tiles can be …

Hoky Carpet Sweeper by Oreck

by Justin Thomas •

Carpet Sweepers are a great non-electric way to clean carpets quickly. So a recent review of a Hoky Sweeper on Cool Tools, caught our eye: You’ve probably seen Hoky Sweepers used in restaurants and hotels. They just plain work. No electric, no plugs, no noise & lightweight. So convenient to grab for a few second cleanup. Just push and they …

Quick Pick: Top Rated HD Television

by Justin Thomas •

Reviewers at CNET rate Sony’s model KD-34XBR960 at the top of the current HDTV market. They say: “If you can deal with the bulk and don’t need a huge screen, this is the perfect home-theater TV.” Their user’s reviews give it similar high marks. It is priced at $1900. Available from: Amazon.

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Review: Low Rolling Resistance Tires

by Justin Thomas •

Green Seal has released another of their well-researched reports, this time covering “Low Rolling Resistance Tires“. The reports presents previously unpublished data on leading tires that have low rolling resistance. But what is rolling resistance exactly? It’s a measurement of how easily the tire rolls down the road — minimizing the energy wasted as heat between the tire and the …

Spas for the Home: Reviews and Buying Guides

by Justin Thomas •

There is a veritable multitude of companies making spas today. They are usually manufactured in acrylic for a deck or a specially constructed area inside the house. Often spas are sold a lot like cars — there is lot of upselling and steering buyers towards a particular brand. The Pool and Spa Living Magazine has the most information online about …

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Wooden Hot Tubs

by Justin Thomas •

Wooden hot tubs are an attractive alternative to the plastic tubs that have come to dominate the marketplace today. These traditionally styled tubs are built with wood that contains natural anti-bacterial oils. SeaOtter Woodworks build their tubs by hand with Western Red Cedar. They are one of the few companies in the U.S. making wooden hot tubs. They support sound …

Flip-Top Dishrack by Simplehumans

by Justin Thomas •

If you really appreciate a well-designed dishrack this may be up your alley. It’s designed by simplehumans and is priced at $63. Aaron Ebata explains why he thinks it’s worth the money, on the review site Cool Tools. The manufacturer says: The flip-top dishrack adjusts to hold the different tools you use throughout the day. A compact shelf provides quick …