Ah, appliances. Where would we be without them? Well, we’d probably be hunched over our dirty laundry and greasy spills for that much longer, if you want to come right down to it. From cooking to cleaning, these devices have made our domestic chores much easier to handle. Before you go running down the aisles of every department store in town, though, you need to ask yourself: “Which are best for my needs?” Otherwise, you’re just going to wind up with a lot of junk stuffed under your sinks (or acting as expensive towel holders). Here are five of the best home products and appliances (each easy-to-find and relatively inexpensive) that should be a big help in making life easier for yourself and your loved ones.
Crock-Pot – Folks usually resolve only to eat restaurant food as a special once-in-a-while treat, but be honest with yourself: how often do you order out for dinner, or pick up some take-out on the way home from work? Probably far more often than the once a month you promised yourself when you were young and idealistic. Truth is, it’s rough to slog home after a hard day at work, start preparations for dinner, and wait for it to cook while your stomach grumbles away. A crock-pot, or any kind of slow cooker, is a great way to make a stew or a pot roast that simmers to perfection while you’re at work, and then greets you with a fragrant waft of air when you walk in the door at six o’clock. You save money in the end, and you eat healthier, making it one of the best home products or appliances available. Win-win.
Dustbuster – Uh oh. A kid-sized dry spill. Looking forward to lugging out the vacuum cleaner? Didn’t think so. How about a broom and dustpan? That should leave behind some choice particles for you to step on later. Grab a Dustbuster. The little hand-sized vacuum is still a popular and handy appliance. It’s great for little messes, and it’s a champion at handling dusty corners.
Powermat – When an entire family needs to charge its phones all at once (and/or its gaming devices, and/or its mp3 players, etc, etc), the mad scramble for the household’s limited sockets and USB ports resembles a mall parking lot on December 23. With a Powermat, you can charge many of your electronic devices on a single plug, and your electronics won’t wind up scattered to the four corners of your house.
Air Purifiers – Some people, particularly kids, are sensitive to pollutants and allergens in the household. Air purifiers can be a great way to help the entire family breathe easier, but it’s a pretty serious purchase. What should you look for? Good Housekeeping has a handy air purifier shopping guide.
Water Purifiers – Clean air is nice, but you know what’s totally awesome? Clean water. Water filters are a cheap and easy way to take some of the undesirable contents out of your tap water. What’s left behind is the cool, fresh stuff that tastes great. Purifiers are also better for the environment, as you know exactly where your water is coming from and there’s no plastic bottle to discard.
Need more tips on the best appliances money can buy? Visit:
Best Appliances at Good Housekeeping
The 50 Best Kitchen Appliances at Gadgets and Tech @ The Independent