Quick Pick: Top Rated HD Television

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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Efficient “Canister” Vacuum: Hoover S3765 WindTunnel

Canisters vacuums normally have stronger suction than upright vacuums. Canisters can fill a dual role of a full-sized upright and a smaller machine (like a stick or handheld vac) for smaller jobs. Also the compact nature of these machines allows cleaning under furniture (usually a problem area for uprights).

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Top Rated Rice Cookers: Zojiriushi

Rice cooker reviews are little hard to find — the bigger consumer magazines don’t seem to cover them, but some other sources on the web do. Reviewers on Cool Tools and Sally’s Kitchen both recommend Zojirushi Rice Cookers. Popular in Japan, Zojirushi cookers are pricey ($150-$200). But they also have no-frills models for about $60.

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Rotary Cheese Grater by Cuisipro

These devices make grating Parmesan and other European hard cheeses a breeze, compared to a plane or box grater. You can use any reasonably sized blocks of cheese (1/2″-2″). Soft cheeses do not work well in this grater — they become stuck in the grate barrel and become glued to the internal structure.

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