Best Toys for Toddlers 2, 3, 4 Years Old

Top 10 Educational Toys for Children Ages 2-4 2020

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Toys for tots ages 2 to 4 are not only entertaining but educational, helping them develop fine motor skills, concentration, dexterity, problem solving, creative play, and imagination. As we looked at a number of toys for children in this age range, we looked for a number of important factors, including:

1. Educational value
2. Durability
3. Easy storage and cleaning
4. Long-lasting play
5. No dangerous parts
6. Fun colors, sounds, and textures
7. Suitability for boys and girls
8. Value for the price

Ages 3 to 5 years
Set comes with 7 animals, a fence, and a foldable fence
4 lbs.

With seven textured, detailed farm animals to arrange and play with, the Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Mini Barn is sure to provide hours… read more


Red/yellow easel with dry erase board and chalkboard
74 magnetic letters, numbers, and signs
Ages 3 and up
5” x 23” x 45” – 16 pounds

Bring out your kid’s inner artist with this Easel for Two from Step 2. The red double-sided easel has a magnetic dry erase board on … read more


Golf set includes a cart, 2 clubs, 3 balls, and a hole
Ages 2 to 6
8.9” x 12” x 21.8”
3.8 pounds

Your little kids will love learning to play golf with this golf set from Little Tikes. The rolling pull cart, 3 balls, driver, putter, and “hole” are made of heavy-duty … read more


Includes launch stand and 4 9-inch yellow foam rockets
Ages 3 and up
1” x 1” x 10”
12.8 ounces

A fun toy for the whole family, this Stomp Rocket Jr. kit includes 4 glow-in-the-dark foam rockets that shoot 50 feet when you stomp on the … read more


10 sturdy cardboard nesting blocks and carrying case
Ages 2 and up
5.8” x 5.8” x 5.8”
1.3 pounds

A classic toy comes back to life with Melissa & Doug’s deluxe 10-piece alphabet blocks. Toddlers will delight in stacking the blocks into a tower as … read more


16 wooden pieces with Velcro inserts in a wooden crate
Ages 3 and up
2.7” x 10.1” x 12.1”
1.1 pounds

A company known for its fine craftsmanship when it comes to classic wooden toys, Melissa & Doug made a hit with the wooden sandwich-making set … read more


5 magnetic figures and 3 magnetic balls
Ages 1 and up
9.5” x 9.7” x 5.5”
12 ounces

These whimsical Stacrobats from Kushies immediately grab kids’—and their parents’—attention with their unique colors, shapes, and magnetic … read more


10 colorful blocks with storage box
Ages 6 months to 3 years
8.5” x 5.5” x 5.5”
15.5 ounces

Watch your little ones focus on putting the colorful blocks through the correct hole. With this Fisher-Price block set, they’ll develop dexterity … read more


Accessories include 1 Coffee Pot, 2 Plates, 2 Cups, 2 Forks, 2 Knives, 2 Spoons, 1 Frying Pan, and 1 Phone
Made in the USA
28 x 14 x 40 inches
Ages 3 years and up

This Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen may inspire a lifelong love of cooking in your little ones. Its solid construction promises hours of imaginative play for even the most… read more


Single-piece constructed cardboard playhouse
Includes 8 jumbo color markers
97% pre-assembled
Ages 3 years and up
35” x 21” x 3” – 10.9 pounds

There are so many playhouses available, but not many that kids can color and decorate themselves. My Very Own House Cottage is blessedly … read more


Toys for Children Ages 2-4 Buying Guide

Picking Toys that Help 2- to 4-Year-Old Children Learn and Develop Skills

Toddlerhood is a fun, important stage for your kids. Not only are they walking and talking, but they’re learning new things every day, imitating everything they see, exploring, and developing unique personalities.

Kids of all ages love toys, and toddlers aged two to four are no exception. Not only should toys for tots be safe and entertaining, but they should help kids develop new skills, such as:

• Fine motor skills, like being able to pick up, stack, and balance blocks;
• Dexterity in the hands and fingers;
• Hand-eye coordination as they throw and catch balls;
• Creative play and imagination;
• Recognizing colors, shapes, letters, and numbers;
• Imitating real life as they play make-believe and mimic adult actions;
• Problem solving as they work out puzzles.

There are currently so many toys on the market that it can be overwhelming for parents to know what to buy. Also, you run the risk of overwhelming your kids with too many toys that only get a couple hours of playtime before being forgotten. However, there are some sure-fire toy categories that almost certainly grab and hold toddlers’ attention and allow them to learn as they play.

Toys for the outdoors

As you know, little kids love to run around, and they have seemingly endless energy. Outdoor toys let them work off some of that energy and help them learn balance, coordination, and sports skills. Look for balls they can roll, bounce, and toss. Sports sets made specifically for toddlers will foster a love for popular games like T-ball, soccer, golf, and basketball.

Board games

Toddlers can pick up the basic rules of simple games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. With a little parental help, they’ll learn to love working out puzzles, identifying and matching shapes and colors, and taking turns with siblings. Games also help young children’s brain development.

Imitating real-life and make-believe

Toddlers are always observing the world around them, imitating adult actions and behaviors (with mixed reactions from their parents). Many toys let kids pretend to be grown-ups, such as playhouses, kitchen sets, miniature cars, tools, and musical instruments. Not only do your kids love acting like miniature versions of mom or dad, they also develop their imaginations. Creative play makes toddlers ready for learning about the real world when they enter school.

Building and creating toys

Stackable blocks have remained an age-old classic toy for the simple reason that kids love to create and destroy their own towers. Playing with blocks, be they simple wooden pieces or interlocking LEGO blocks, helps toddlers develop dexterity in their fingers, fine motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination. Plus, when they knock their cities over, it’s no big deal—they can simply start all over again.

Similarly, artistic toys help children grow creatively. Toddlers love to color, paint, and play with clay, and many new art sets are easy for parents to clean up afterward.

Reading

Toddlers aged two to four have a firmer grasp on language and love being read to. At this age, they’re ready for longer, more engaging storybooks. You can share classic books from your own childhood, such as Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, and Dr. Seuss stories. Children will learn to identify the basic components of the story, such as characters and plot, and they’ll begin to understand the lessons imparted from classic fables and fairy tales. Illustrations also help spark their imaginations.

Brittany Rowland Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany

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1. High quality construction
2. Durability
3. Good value
4. Works as advertised
5. Long-lasting performance
6. Enhances the tablet experience

7″ PU Leather Stand Case
Micro USB keyboard with touchscreen stylus pen for 7-inch Android Tablet PC
Micro female to mini male adapter

Working on a tablet becomes a lot easier when you can stand it up and use a physical keyboard. This tablet stand for 7-inch tablets from Kamor solves your problems…
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Fits tablets with 7-12 inch screen, including Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab, and Nexus 7

Anytime you want to view your iPad or tablet in an upright angle while keeping your hands free, this Arkon fold-up stand will do the trick. The stand folds up into a compact…
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Kid-proof case for the all-new Kindle Fire HD
Purple or pink

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Fits Dragon Touch Y88
PU leather
Magnetic flap

This protective case and stand from TabSuit protects the 7-inch Tablet Dragon Touch tablet. The PU leather exterior feels durable and strong…
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Works on iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Motorola, Samsung, BlackBerry and other touchscreen devices
2 black and 1 red pads
Faux suede material

Keeping fingerprint smudges and oily residue off your iPad or tablet can be a frustrating challenge, but with the Targus CleanVu cleaning pads, the task isn’t as hard…
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Black
1.3 oz.
Works on all iPads, iPhones, Nexus 5/7, Galaxy Tab 4/3/2, Galaxy S5/S4, HTC One M8/M7

This stylus from amPen protects your iPad touchscreen from oily fingerprint smudges and improves sensitivity. The rubber tip is soft and ultra-sensitive, leaving no marks or scratches…
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Fits iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
Rotates 360 degrees
Clamshell case with matte finish

Compatible with the iPad 2, 3, and 4, the New Trent iPad Keyboard Case is an ideal accessory for people who want to do a lot of typing with their tablets without relying…
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Black, white, blue, pink, or yellow
Works with Android, iOS, Windows XP, Win7, Vista, Mac, and Windows Mobile

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Bamboo
Expands to 10 ¼ inches wide

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For Apple iPad 4/3/2 and iPad with Retina Display
2 pack
Doesn’t fit iPad Air/iPad 5 series

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1. Mid-Grade Features Set Value Proposition LED Television
2. 2D Picture Quality – Strong Black Levels, contrast, color, clarity,
3. LED TVs without the highest end most expensive features but still the most essential
4. Some Extra Features that make sense and add to value and work well
5. Side Angle- off center viewing quality (a difficult metric for LED TVs)
6. Sound Quality
7. Internet/Smart TV Functionality
8. Appearance and Design Elements

54.6″ diagonal
1920 x 1080 resolution
4 HDMI, 3 USB
2.2 Channel Sound (10W x 2 / Woofer 10W x 2)
48.2″ x 27.8″ x 1.3″

The picture quality of the Samsung UN55H7150 is excellent as far as flat panel 1080p LED TVs go. We were pleased to see the split screen Smart TV feature on this model—a step above the H6450 series—that allows…read more


Sharp LC-60SQ15U  8.5/10

60-3/32″ Diagonal
240Hz Refresh Rate Panel
4 (4K Ready) HDMI inputs
Dual Core Processor
54-19/64″ x 32-17/32″ x 3-3/64″

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55 inches diagonally
4 HDMI and 3 USB
Quad Core Processor
Active 3D playback

The Samsung UN55H6400 certainly won’t disappoint the family looking for a quality 55-inch LED screen to fill the living room, especially since this model has some extra features…read more


1920 x 1080 resolution
54.64″ diagonal
4 HDMI inputs / 1 USB input
(2) 15 Watt Speakers
48.53” W x 30.18” H x 9.76” D

The Vizio M552i is one of the more affordable HDTVs on the market at $899. That low price tag is due in part to the lack of 3D playback, which may be a dealbreaker if you’ve built up a library of 3D titles. However, this Vizio…read more


LG 55LB7200  8/10

55 inch diagonal
1080p
240Hz LED TV
Passive 3D

The LG 55LB7200 is a major improvement over last year’s LA7400 series, especially when it comes to color. The colors on this model come out vibrant and natural-looking. Local dimming also helps improve picture quality…read more


LG 65LB7100  8/10

65 inch diagonal
1080p
240Hz LED TV
Passive 3D

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Vizio E500i-B1  7.5/10

Full HD 1080p
50 inches diagonally
802.11n Wi-Fi built in
4 HDMI, 1 USB inputs
44.10”W x 27.46”H x 8.64”D

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Mid-Value LED TV Buying Guide

Factors to Consider when Purchasing an LED TV (at least a mid-range one)

Resolution

Since almost all mid-range LED Televisions are 1080p resolution this is not really much of a factor any more.

Picture Quality Features to Pass On

In a Mid-Priced LED TV you want good but not over the top picture quality features. You save significant money by not having to have the fanciest most current features. Today those include 960Hz enhanced refresh rate, full array local dimming backlighting rather than edge lit LED, and true 240Hz panels.

Some Picture Quality Features You Want to Keep For Sure

1) Clear Coat Screens
For me, clear coat screens are important. We have in our list here a few TVs that do have a matte screen finish, but we prefer clear coat (otherwise called ultra clear) screen LCD panels due to better light flow in the screen and brightness. Contrast and side angle viewing may also be much better depending on the screen.

2) Video Processing
Processing is important no matter what price level you are choosing from, so we recommend strong processing engines from good manufacturers. This makes a huge difference with 480i or 480p standard definition signals up-converting to the native resolution (1080p) of the panel.

3) 120Hz vs. 240Hz Native Panel
To my eyes 120Hz panel refresh rate speed is probably good enough. Both 120Hz and 240Hz have issues when it comes to some negative unintended consequences. Both are good for fast action programming such as sports. But it’s much more difficult to see the difference between 120Hz to 240hz than the larger step up which is 60Hz to 120Hz. You will see much more judder – jerky motion effects with at 60Hz screen – so we recommend 120Hz for this price category LED TVs.

Other LED TV Features to Take a Pass On (in the Mid-Range Price Category)
Some people could give a hoot about 3D capability and that is why we have included TVs in this list that are not 3D compatible. If 3D is included – active or passive is fine for this category unless you are a 3D connoisseur – in which case you probably want active shutter 3D quality. Super fancy remote controls with QWERTY keyboards or touch pads are nice to have but not extremely necessary. 4K resolution is out of reach in this price range and may not help you that much anyway right now with such limited programming. The highest end appearance packages with the thinnest depths add too much cost and are not included in this categories recommendations (with the exception of the LGs).

Features to Not Take a Pass On

In my mind, the way Internet TV (also called Smart TV) options are expanding you might want that feature more than 3D for now. Built in Wifi is a nice feature to have to access the Internet – not having to purchase a Wifi Dongle or hard wire for the Internet. A full web browser is sometimes reserved for higher end TVs, but it’s a feature I like a lot because you can access and watch programming directly off the Web without having to use only the available Internet TV Apps built in.

Sound Quality

Though much overlooked – sound quality is mucho important if you do not plan on using a home theater system.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve

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The small LED TV category is still very important to the average North American consumer. We’ve included a solid list of the Best LED TVs for 2012 based on the following qualitative and value criteria:

  • 1)Solid Picture Quality based on:
    • A) Not too much motion lag
    • B) Somewhat decent side angle viewing
    • C) Color saturation and realism
  • 2)Features Set (Internet, menu, remote, function)
  • 3)Plenty of HDMI inputs
  • 4)Appearance
  • 5)Price/Value per size and quality
  • 6) Sound Quality
  • 7) Consistent Long Lasting with 1 year warranty

(W x H x D): 29.1″ x 17.5″ x 1.9″ without stand
11 lbs.
1080p Resolution
60Hz Refresh Rate
Clear Motion Rate 120
2 HDMI

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LG 42LN5400  8.5/10

38.11″ x 22.28″ x 3.11″ without stand
$599
120Hz Trumotion (manipulated 60Hz)
1080p Full HD resolution
2 HDMI Inputs/ 1 USB

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Vizio E320i-B2  8.5/10

32″ diagonally
720p
2 HDMI, 1 USB inputs
60Hz Full-Array LED Smart TV
28.58”W x 18.65”H x 6.83”D

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32 inches diagonally
1080p
60Hz LED TV

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Vizio M401i-A3  8.5/10

36.28” W x 21.54” H x 2.02
120Hz refresh rate
$498
3 HDMI/1 USB

The picture on this TV will depend a lot on the picture mode you select. We recommend you use the “Calibrated” Picture Mode if you are not going to professionally calibrate…Read More


40″ diagonally
1080p
Full-Array LED Smart TV

At about $450, the Vizio E400i-B2 is a worthy contender for a budget LED TV. As a perk, it includes a range of upgrades, such as the full-array LED backlighting, which enhances the contrast and uniformity of the picture…Read More


LG 32LB5800  8/10

31.5″ diagonally
Triple XD Picture Processing Engine
8 Picture Modes
3 HDMI and 3 USB Ports
28.82″ x 16.97″ x 2.19″

The LG 32LB5800 is another valid budget TV, typically around $400, that has a 1080p LED backlit display, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a bare-bones Smart TV platform. To account for the lower price, the refresh rate…Read More


40 inches diagonally
1080p
60Hz LED TV

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JVC EM42FTR  7.5/10

42” diagonally
1080p LED TV
Roku Included Smart TV
3 HDMI inputs
60Hz panel

If you’re looking for an inexpensive LED TV to go in a guest bedroom or kitchen, then you’ll likely be happy with the JVC EM42FTR, a 42-inch 1080p TV for $439. The best perk about this TV is that it includes a Roku…Read More



 

LED/LCD TV Buying Guide / Articles

Budget 32” to 42” LCD TV Buying Guide

What features and performance attributes to look for in a discount small LCD or LED TV

Picture Quality
No matter what, you can never overlook the #1 top feature in a TV and that is picture quality. Black levels, off-center viewing angle contrast, picture brightness, clean image edges. These are all attributes to look for in choosing an LCD TV.

Sound Quality
This often overlooked feature is super important if you will not be using an external surround sound system with your TV. Lately, some of the manufacturers have come around to improving sound quality with new systems and speakers.

Inputs
HDMI inputs and USB inputs are increasingly important in todays TVs. Make sure yours has these in abundance.

Menu/Remote Control Function
This should be easy and simple to use. Two clicks should put you on the picture settings controls or wherever you want to be. It should also be intuitive to use without having to look at the manual.

Consistent Long Lasting Performance
This is another often overlooked category with some of the lesser 2nd and 3rd tier brands. The price might seem right until a year down the road when the TV stops working due to a power supply problem or video board issue.

Parts Availability/ Warranty
The top tier manufacturers stand by their products better and they are easier to have repaired. They also come with a 1 year warranty as opposed to the 90 day warranty some of the lesser brands have. All the TVs in this list have a 1 year warranty. For a good solid TV warranty extension see dtvexpress.com.

Price and Features
When it comes to price, you have to know the features you can live without. Is 3D important – you will pay more. Is a high Hz rate important – you will pay more. Smart TV, same situation. Great HD picture, same. Know what features you really do want and what you can live without if you want to save money.

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Blu-Ray players are becoming increasingly more advanced while not surging to ridiculously high prices. Several new models coming out in 2012 offer smart TV viewing options, with the ability to search for movies, apps, and entertainment sites. We selected 10 of the best Blu-Ray players that showed the greatest technological advances and connectivity options. Other features we considered…[more]

Best TV Series

Best TV Series

This simple list shows off some of the best TV shows of the past few years that have a box set available. With the popularity of HBO/Showtime type shows you can get lost in finding the next great TV show (or last great)…. [more]

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Best HDTVs

Top 10 Rated HDTVs 2020

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Our expert TV editors pull together the Top 10 most impressive best quality HDTVs for 2013. Editors noted several factors in helping them decide which HDTVs to include in the list including:

1. Black Level Depth
2. Side Angle Viewing Quality
3. Clarity and Clearness of Images on Screen
4. 3D Viewing Quality
5. Sound Quality from the TV
6. Internet/Smart TV Options
7. Remote Control and Menu Features and Functions
8. Contrast and Brightness ability in high light rooms
9. Cinema style quality in low light rooms
10. Extra Useful Features
11. Quality as first objective regardless of price (for this list)

Sony XBR-65X950B  9.5/10

Screen Size (measured diagonally): 64.5″
3D: Active 3D
TRILUMINOS Display for brilliant color, clarity and detail
HDMI 2.0

The Sony XBR-65X950B 4K TV has perhaps the best black saturation in LED TVs; you’ll definitely be wowed by the highly saturated color and deep blacks that make the vibrant colors pop out even more. This excellent…read more


LG 55EA8800  9/10

54.6″ diagonal
1920 x 1080p
Screen Dimensions: 48.43″ x 28.15″ x 1″
4 pairs of 3D glasses included

The LG 55EA8800 is an OLED TV, and one that resembles a painting in a picture frame: the screen is the painting while the speakers form the frame around it. This elegant appearance makes this gallery OLED TV stand out with style…read more


65” Diagonal
Resolution: (3840 x 2160)
Technology: LED
3D: Passive
$7000

OK so it’s not fair really to include this TV right? It’s got 4 times the resolution of the other TVs in the list. So it’s not HDTV but UHD (Ultra High Def). Prices have come down somewhat…read more


54.6″ diagonal
1920 x 1080 resolution
4 HDMI, 3 USB
48.5″ x 28.1″ x 3.5″

If you’re not ready for a 4K TV, then Samsung has a 1080p LED in mind for you: the Samsung UN55H8000. In Samsung’s 2014 collection of 1080p TVs, its curved screen has the best picture quality, hands down. The colors pop…read more


Sharp LC-60UQ17U  8.5/10

60-1/32″ Diagonal
240Hz Refresh Rate Panel
4 (4K Ready) HDMI inputs
15 watt Subwoofer

The Sharp LC-60UQ17 is the smallest of the UQ series sizes at 60-1/32 inches diagonally, with prices beginning at around $2,500. We were pleased by the bright, colorful picture, thanks to the Quattron+ technology…read more


64.5″ Diagonal
3840 x 2160
4 3D Glasses included
Speakers: 10W x 2 / Woofer 10W x 2
4 HDMI 2.0 inputs, 3 USB ports

The Samsung UN65HU9000 makes the leap into curved 4K LED TVs, and it’s an impressive leap. This model has all the high-quality features you’d expect, including a Smart Touch remote, 4K upscaling, a quad core plus…read more


60.0″ diagonal
1920 x 1080 resolution
4 HDMI, 3 USB
2.2 Channel Sound (10W x 2 / Woofer 10W x 2)
53.6″ x 31.2″ x 1.3″

The Samsung UN60H7150 has the best value when it comes to 60-inch LED TVs with superior picture quality and features. The 240Hz panel enables fast motion images and pans smoothly. We were impressed…read more


54.6″ diagonal
1920 x 1080 resolution
4 HDMI, 3 USB
2.2 Channel Sound (10W x 2 / Woofer 10W x 2)
48.2″ x 27.8″ x 1.3″

The picture quality of the Samsung UN55H7150 is excellent as far as flat panel 1080p LED TVs go. We were pleased to see the split screen Smart TV feature on this model—a step above the H6450 series—that allows…read more


LG 55LB7200  8/10

55 inch diagonal
1080p
240Hz LED TV
Passive 3D

The LG 55LB7200 is a major improvement over last year’s LA7400 series, especially when it comes to color. The colors on this model come out vibrant and natural-looking. Local dimming also helps improve picture quality…read more


Vizio M552i-B2  8.5/10

1920 x 1080 resolution
54.64″ diagonal
4 HDMI inputs / 1 USB input
(2) 15 Watt Speakers
48.53” W x 30.18” H x 9.76” D

The Vizio M552i is one of the more affordable HDTVs on the market at $899. That low price tag is due in part to the lack of 3D playback, which may be a dealbreaker if you’ve built up a library of 3D titles. However, this Vizio…read more


LG UDTV 4K

Top 10 HDTVs

LG has introduced a new macdaddy, spanking hot $22,000 84 inch UDTV (ultra high definition TV) that will be shipped fall of 2012. It will not only be one of the larges TVs on the market but is also the highest definition at 3,820 X 2,160. The abreviation for this resolution is 4K to differentiate it from 1080 or let you know that it is 4 times the…[more]


 

HDTV Buying Guide

How to Choose the Best Quality HDTV

The list of HDTVs we have compiled here is specifically top quality regardless of price. So keep that in mind for this list and check out our other HDTV lists if you are looking for value or price considerations as well. This list is for those that want the very best of what is out there.

What to look for to get the (Very) Best Quality HDTV

1) Black Levels and Contrast Ratio
Black levels and Contrast are widely considered the most important picture quality elements, however the number of gray scales in between must also be considered. Contrast specifications from the manufacturers can be misleading because they list “dynamic” contrast figures, which are basically worthless manipulated contrast numbers. Native contrast is what you want and to go even further, a D6500K calibrated contrast ratio would be the best figure to go by – but good luck getting it. You can however determine how deep black levels are by checking the blacks on the screen next to the thin black inner glass strip that surrounds the screen using the standard picture setting.

2) Room Light Considerations
Think about the room light in which you will be watching the HDTV most of the time. If there is lots of sunlight streaming in through windows then you will want an HDTV with lots of powerful lighting ability – think LED and think local dimming LED to be more specific. Those strong LED lights shining through the panel will help neutralize the in-room light and still make the picture pop. If the in-room lighting is low light or controlled light conditions, you have the best viewing conditions and can think of many options. Plasma HDTVs are still considered the best by many for their smoother more film-like picture quality in this situation.

3) Sound Quality
Most large expensive TVs these days are accompanied in the household by a home theater surround system. However, if you will be using the speakers that are built in the HDTV do not overlook this important consideration. Many manufacturers take for granted sound quality and do not emphasize quality enough so it’s important to check it out.

4) Processing Quality and Speed
Plasma HDTVs have generally never had a problem with processing speed but some LED and LCD HDTVs do and it causes some lag time in fast moving images. This is one reason the LED HDTVs in this list focus on this aspect of the TV. Processing quality refers to the video chip engine used in the HDTV to present the smoothest images possible free of annoying motion artifacts. A very good HDTV video engine will eliminate all kinds of viewing artifacts that will show up on lesser HDTVs picture.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering…. See more about Steve

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Top 10 Blu-ray Players

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Best iPhone and Smartphone Accessories

Top 10 Rated iPhone and Smartphone Accessories 2020

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There are a multitude of smartphone accessories on the market that serve a variety of purposes. Because accessories vary in function, we looked for the following basic qualities when selecting our top 10:

1. Durability
2. Good value
3. Compatibility with various smartphone models
4. Long-lasting quality
5. Doesn’t impede the smartphone’s functions
6. Enhances the smartphone’s functions

iOttie HLCRIO102  9.5/10

Holds iPhone 6 (4.7) /5s/5c/4s, Galaxy S4/S3/S2, HTC One
Black
360-degree rotation

For a secure mounting to your car windshield or dashboard, the iOttie HLCRIO102 doesn’t disappoint. The mount attaches securely with a strong suction cup and allows you to swivel…
read more


Armband for OtterBox iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c Defender Cases
Also fits iPhone 4 / 4S Defender / Commuter Series Cases
Black
Neoprene armband

For the active iPhone user, this Tune Belt sport armband case keeps the iPhone secured snugly to an arm even in its OtterBox case. If you’re a jogger, biker, or gym rat…
read more


6-pieces pack of Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Blue

Keeping fingerprint smudges off your iPhone or smartphone can be a never-ending challenge, but with the Eco-Fused 6V7PW microfiber cloths, the challenge is lessened…
read more


Compatible with Android, iPhone, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Nokia, and other smartphones
Comes with 3 USB cables
3-year warranty

A high-quality wireless FM transmitter, this Gogroove FlexSmart product is compatible with iPhone, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, Nokia, and other smartphones, making it incredibly versatile…
read more


6-foot cable compatible with smartphones and other electronic devices
Type D connector
Pins and grounds connectors are gold-plated – 60” x 1.2” x 1.2”

For a simple HDMI cable for connecting a smartphone to a TV, this Fosmon Technology cable does the trick quite well. The 6-foot HDMI cable is long enough…
read more


Mpow Streambot Y  8.5/10

Wireless Bluetooth FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Car Kit
Hands-Free Calling
Music Control

The Mpow Streambot Y is a hands-free Bluetooth FM transmitter that works with Bluetooth-compatible smartphones. The rotating microphone transmitter fits in the car power socket and has buttons…
read more


Fits iPhone 6 5s 5c 5 4S, Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3, 4, Nexus 4, HTC One M8, Nokia Lumia 520, 1020 and other smartphones

We’ve all faced situations where our iPhone’s low on power and we’re nowhere near a charger. With the Anker 2nd Gen Astro Mini 3200mAh Backup Battery, you won’t have to worry about having your phone go dead…
read more


2 purple and 2 pink styluses
Compatible with iPhone 4G/3G/3GS, iPod, iPad, smartphones, and tablets
4.5” x 0.5” x 0.5”
1.3 oz.

This 4-pack of styluses from Bluecell works with any smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. If you have long fingernails or otherwise can’t operate the touchscreen without having to tap at it…
read more


MPI 6228  7.5/10

White 6-foot USB cable
Compatible with iPod, iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4
1-pound shipping weight

It seems you can never have enough USB sync cables to charge your iPhone or iPod. This 6-foot USB data sync cable has a long enough cord that you can plug it in and keep you phone…
read more


iPhone 5/5c/5s High Defintion (HD) Clear Screen Protectors
3-pack

This 3-pack of screen protectors offers scratch protection and cuts down on the glare on your iPhone 5. Only $6.95, the screens work as advertised…
read more



 

Smartphone Accessories Buying Guide

Top Smartphone Accessories

Once you’ve decked out your smartphone in a protective case that showcases your tastes and personality, consider some of the other popular accessories available for your phone.

Clip-on holster

Perfect for attaching your smartphone to a belt, a holster is a convenient piece and gives you a professional look.

Armband

Love to go running or hiking but don’t want to leave your smartphone behind? An armband straps it safely to your upper arm, keeping it within safe reach should you find yourself needing it.

Car Mount

Phones with GPS are incredibly convenient, but it’s a hassle trying to juggle the phone and the steering wheel without getting in an accident. With a car mount, you can keep the phone in easy view while leaving your hands free to drive safely.

Car Charger

We’ve all been in situations where we’re out and about but our smartphones are unfortunately out of juice. With a car charger that plugs into the power socket, you won’t worry about being left stranded without a working phone.

FM Transmitter

With an FM transmitter, you can listen to your favorite tunes while you drive. You can find wireless and wired devices that connect you to an adjustable radio station.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve

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Applying a Smartphone Screen Protector

If your smartphone case doesn’t come with a screen protector, you can apply your own. Screen protectors are readily available and fairly inexpensive. The trick is applying them without leaving air bubbles … [more]

Personalizing a Smartphone for Your Business

Personalizing a Smartphone for Your Business

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iPhone Screen Protection

iPhone Screen Protection

The screen is of the utmost importance on your iPhone. Because it’s a touchscreen, it’s the primary way you use the phone—dialing numbers, navigating menus, texting, and using apps. Apple has made the iPhone screen as durable as it can be, but even so, it will… [more]

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There are dozens of manufacturers making protective cases for smartphones of every brand and carrier. We selected our top 10 case makers based on several important qualities, including 1. A variety of styles, colors, and materials … [more]

Top 10 Smartphones

Top 10 Smartphones

A smartphone is an incredibly convenient gadget that helps organize your life and keep you entertained. We reviewed 10 smartphones and ranked them based on the following qualities: 1. Responsive touchscreen, 2. Well-designed user interface that’s easy to navigate … [more]

Best Leaf Blowers

Top 10 Rated Leaf Blowers 2020

The best leaf blowers, be they gas, electric, or cordless, must be effective at blasting away leaves, twigs, and other lawn debris. We looked for a number of factors when selecting the top 10 leaf blowers:
1. Easy to start up
2. Powerful engine with high air speeds
3. Durable mulching blades
4. Convenient accessories like vacuum and mulching tools
5. Lightweight to hold by hand or including a strap or harness
6. Low noise and vibrations
6. Great range of mobility and a long battery life if it’s a cordless blower
7. Low emissions if it’s a gas blower
A high-performing leaf blower will certainly speed up your yard work tasks, especially in the fall and spring seasons when leaves, grass clippings, and debris are everywhere.

Tanaka TRB24EAP  9.5/10

23.9 cc 2-cycle motor
1.13 HP
170 MPH
8.6 lbs.
 

A quiet, light weight gas blower, the Tanaka TRB24EAP blower saves you the trouble of dealing with a complicated start-up system. This Tanaka blower starts up immediately and has strong blowing…read more


1.13-HP motor
441 cfm air volume
8 3/5 pounds
 

With 2 stroke technology, this gas-powered leaf blower from Hitachi has reduced emissions, and it’s a powerful performer with air speeds up to 170 mph. Able to handle large quantities of leaves…read more


Husqvarna 150BT   8.5/10

251 MPH
50.2 cc
2-cycle engine
Backpack blower

For the professional landscaper or the average homeowner with very large property, this Husqvarna 150BT leaf blower has incredible power, reaching air speeds up to 251 mph with its 50.2 cc motor…read more


Troy-Bilt TB4BP  8.5/10

32 cc, 4-cycle engine
480 cfm air volume
72 dBA
20-ounce tank
22 pounds
19.5″ x 21.2″ x 15.8″

A powerful backpack leaf blower for the reasonable price of $230.88, this Troy-Bilt model is fairly no-fuss with its 4-cycle engine, which keeps the oil and gas separate for you. The padded harness…read more


Husqvarna 125BVx  8.5/10

1.1-HP motor
16:1 mulch ratio
16.91-ounce tank
107 dBA
9.6 pounds
38.5″ x 9″ x 14″

A handy leaf blower with a vacuum and mulch kit, this Husqvarna gas blower has enough power to clear away a lot of debris. Its 1.1-horsepower motor reaches a maximum power speed of 8,000 rpm while still staying relatively quiet…read more


36 volts
120 MPH
Cordless electric blower
85 CFM
 

A lightweight, easy-to-maneuver device from Black & Decker, this cordless electric leaf blower does efficiently what a push broom would do: sweep hard surfaces of leaves and debris. It’s best used…read more


Toro 51585  8/10

7 amps
4.6 pounds
11.8″ x 7.9″ x 16.5″
 

An efficient tool for clearing sidewalks, driveways, and patios, the Toro 2-speed electric blower has a low speed of 130 mph and a maximum speed of 160 mph. That’s more than sufficient power to…read more


12 amps
69 dBA
8.1 pounds
15.7″ x 9.8″ x 20.9″

A powerful leaf blower, vacuum, and mulcher, this Black & Decker electric blower effectively mulches leaves, twigs, and other yard debris and collects it in a zippered leaf bag. The two speeds provide…read more


Worx WG500  7.5/10

12 amps
350 cfm vacuum capacity
8.4 pounds
 

An effective leaf blower, vacuum, and mulcher, this Worx model is ideal for the average size yard. With blow speeds as high as 210 mph, it can handle even wet leaves and debris pretty well. As with…read more


WORX WG545  7/10

20 volts
80 CFM
120 MPH
Cordless electric blower

A cordless leaf blower with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the WORX WG545 is well suited to light yard tasks like blowing off the patio, pool deck, or sidewalk. The blower’s nozzle has a narrow range…read more



 

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Starting a Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

Starting a Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

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Starting a Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

Starting a Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

Gas blowers generally break down into two-cycle and four-cycle engines. The two-cycle variety require a special mixture of gas and oil to properly start the engine. The general rule is that for every gallon of gas… [more]

Choosing a Leaf Blower: Gas, Electric, or Cordless?

Choosing a Leaf Blower: Gas, Electric, or Cordless?

You have a yard that requires a lot of work throughout the year. Raking, gathering, and bagging leaves is a tough, time-consuming task. A leaf blower can greatly aid you in your landscaping duties. Additionally, it’s useful for sweeping off patios… [more]

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Top 10 Riding Mowers

Top 10 Riding Mowers

With riding lawn mowers, you want the same performance you get from a walk-behind mower but in a much larger package. Riding lawn mowers are the ideal choice if you have a lot of property to cover. Here are some of the most important factors we looked for when we selected the top 10 ride … [more]

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Top 10 Weed Eaters

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Lawn trimmers are invaluable tools for keeping your yard looking tidy and professional. Trimmers can reach tight areas that lawn mowers can’t, such as beneath bushes and around trees. Many trimmers also function as edgers… [more]

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Lawn trimmers are invaluable tools for keeping your yard looking tidy and professional. Trimmers can reach tight areas that lawn mowers can’t, such as beneath bushes and around trees. Many trimmers also function as edgers, allowing you to get a clean, straight line along sidewalk paths and garden beds. As we examined different lawn trimmer and lawn edger models, we kept the following qualities in mind:

1. Durability
2. If cordless, battery life
3. If gas-powered, gas efficiency
4. Ease of start-up
5. Weight and maneuverability
6. Power to cut through tough weeds
7. Guard for safety
8. Head width
9. Accessories
10. Price

Honda HHT35SLTAT  9.7/10

$359
35cc 4-stroke engine
17-inch cutting path
Bump line system
2-year warranty

Honda HHT35SLTAT Weed EaterFor a behemoth gas trimmer that’s definitely a step up from the standard 25cc trimmer, the Honda HHT35SLTAT demonstrates its incredible power from the moment it starts up… read more


ECHO CST-58V4AH  9.5/10

4 Ah battery
$229
14 – 16 inch cutting swath
5-year consumer warranty

ECHO CST-58V4AH Weed EaterAnother cordless string trimmer ideally suited for small to mid-size yards, the ECHO CST-58V4AH runs efficiently by letting you switch between the high and low power setting. We found that the bump feed head… read more


$129
40V battery
13 inches
Cordless
2-year warranty

BLACK+DECKER LST136W Weed EaterIf you’ve had enough of maintaining a gas-powered weed eater and are looking for something user friendly, the Black and Decker LST136W is a great cordless, battery-powered edger that doesn’t sacrifice on power. … read more


EGO ST1501-S  9.0/10

56V battery
15 inches
Cordless
Bump feed head
5-year limited warranty

EGO ST1501-SWe were pleasantly surprised by many of the EGO Power+ 56V string trimmer’s features, which include a fast-charging battery that provides up to an hour of powerful, efficient trimming. As soon as we held it, we were… read more


Ryobi RY40220  8.8/10

40V battery
13 inches
Cordless
13–15 inch cutting width
3-year warranty
$149

Ryobi RY40220The Ryobi RY40220 is a cordless weed eater that, like the Black & Decker LST136W, avoids the hassle of maintaining a gas trimmer and still provides great cutting power in a lightweight body. We were impressed with the strength of the 0.080″ dual line… read more


Toro 51978  8.8/10

$179
Straight shaft
2 cycles
25.4cc
12.5 pounds

Toro 51978For those who swear by the incredible power and durability of gas trimmers, the Toro 51978 definitely won’t disappoint. This model, with its 2-cycle 25.4cc engine, makes mincemeat of weeds and brush in short order… read more


Dewalt DCST920P1  8.5/10

$199
13-inch cutting path
Dual 0.080″ line

Dewalt DCST920P1If you have a 0.25 acre lot or smaller, and you want a durable electric string trimmer with no fuss, no muss, than the Dewalt DCST920P1 is just right. Its design is simple but efficient, with a variable speed trigger that goes between high and low… read more


Choosing a Lawn Trimmer

Gas vs. Electric Lawn Trimmers

As with many other tools, one of the major considerations you’ll face as you select a lawn trimmer is whether to go gas or electric. Each option has its pros and cons, so you’ll have to think about your personal needs and preferences.

Power
Gas lawn trimmers are typically more powerful than electric ones, so keep that in mind if you have a large yard or rough, thick terrain. On the other hand, electric weed eaters are usually quieter and more lightweight.

Cords and Batteries
Gas lawn trimmers are cordless, giving you a wide range of movement. Electric lawn trimmers come in corded or cordless varieties. If you choose corded, make sure you have easy access to an outdoor power outlet. If you choose cordless, research how long a battery charge will last you—you’ll want to be able to finish your yard without having to stop and recharge the lawn trimmer.

Maintenance
Generally, electric lawn trimmers are easier to maintain than gas lawn trimmers. Many gas weed eaters, particularly those with a 2-cycle engine, require you to mix gas and oil together for fuel. However, you can select a lawn trimmer with a 4-cycle engine, which doesn’t require that gas-oil mixture.

In short, if you have a smaller yard, or you trim less frequently, then an electric lawn trimmer may be the better, more economical choice. If you require a more powerful machine to cut through tough brush or heavy grass, you’ll likely prefer a gas lawn trimmer for its extra oomph.

Jon Bannister Jon Bannister has always had an interest in the latest technology and gadgetry. A graduate of the Georgia Tech computer science program, Jon has a very technical and working knowledge on how computers interact with and improve… See more about Jon

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Lawn edgers are designed for getting a sharp edge along the borders of sidewalks and walkways. They cut vertically (along an edge), unlike lawn trimmers, or string trimmers, which are suited for trimming hard-to-reach areas such as under bushes and around trees…[more]

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Top 10 Self-Propelled Mowers

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Top 10 Rated Wet/Dry Vacs 2020

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Sometimes you have big messes that a regular broom, mop, or vacuum cleaner just can’t handle. Shop Vacs, or wet/dry vacuums, are invaluable tools when it comes to cleaning up tough wet or dry spills and messes around the house, garage, workshop, or car. Shop Vacs can handle sawdust and slick puddles because of their great suction power. As we rated our top ten Shop Vacs, we considered the following qualities:

1. Suction/blowing strength
2. Maneuverability and portability
3. Cleaning performance
4. Range and usefulness of accessories
5. Design
6. Value
7. Price

12 gallon
5 Peak HP
Detachable blower function
12 foot cord
7 foot hose

The Vacmaster VBV1210 is not only a powerful wet/dry vacuum, but it’s a incredibly mighty blower. We were pleased…read more


5 gallons
1.68 kW motor
12 lbs.
6-foot cord

Shop-Vac 2030500Because of its relatively small size, you’ll find the Shop-Vac 2030500 an indispensable tool around the house for cleaning up all sorts of messes in no time. This wet/dry vacuum is perfect for households…read more


ArmorAll AA255  8.5/10

2.5 gallon
2 HP motor
6 foot hose
10 foot cord

A lightweight, inexpensive wet/dry vacuum, the ArmorAll AA255 is a versatile cleaning tool, particularly for families with long-haired pets. It runs quietly and picks up so much hair…read more


6 gallon
3 HP motor
7 foot hose
12 foot cord

With a sturdy, durable design, the Vacmaster VQ607SFD rolls smoothly and gleams with its stainless steel drum. We were happy with how the 6-foot hose locks on securely…read more


5 gallon capacity
4.10 kW motor
7’ lock-on hose
16” crevice tool

Shop-Vac 587-24-62A solidly built wet/dry vacuum with a durable plastic drum, the Shop-Vac 587-24-62 has a 5-gallon tank and 4.10 kW motor. This Shop-Vac doesn’t disappoint performance-wise…read more


1 gallon
1.0 HP motor
6 foot cord

If you’re looking for a small, no-fuss wet/dry vacuum, then the Shop-Vac 2021000 is a perfect choice. It does what it advertises: cleans up spills and crumbs easily and efficiently…read more


Bissell 18P03  7.5/10

12 amps
7 tools
32’ hose

Bissell 18P03A versatile, powerful wet/dry vacuum, the Bissell 18P03 can be wall-mounted in your garage, and its thirty-two-foot hose can reach anywhere in the garage—making it ideal for cleaning the inside of your car or picking…read more


12 gallons
6.0 HP motor
Stainless steel
23 lbs.

Shop-Vac 5986200The Shop-Vac 5986200 comes in a durable, handsome stainless steel and has a 6.0 HP motor for extra power. We were pleased with its suction power; it handled wet and dry messes equally well. At nearly 24 pounds…read more


3.5 gallons
6 amps
2” cleaning path
20’ hose

Stanley SL18132If you’re looking for a compact, lightweight shop vac for quick cleanup jobs, then you won’t be disappointed with the Stanley SL18132. It’s only 3.5 gallons, but that’s enough…read more


5 gallon
3 HP motor
6 foot hose
8 foot cord

For a compact, inexpensive wet/dry vacuum, the Vacmaster VJ507 has more than satisfactory suction and blowing capabilities. It can handle small to medium cleaning tasks easily…read more


Shop Vacuum Buying Guide

Buyer’s Guide to Wet/Dry Vacs

As you shop for a wet/dry vacuum, the most important consideration you must look for is cleaning performance. You obviously want a Shop Vac that cleans up dust, debris, and puddles quickly, thoroughly, and efficiently. Here are some other factors to consider.

Size
Generally, the bigger the wet/dry vac, the more powerful the cleaning performance. Also, they have greater fluid capacity. If you plan to use this Shop Vac extensively for big cleaning tasks, then you’ll want a big model. However, if you have limited house space or need a vac for simple, everyday spills and cleaning, then a smaller model will work just as satisfactorily.

Noise
Many wet/dry vacuums, due to their incredible motors, are very loud. You’ll want to wear ear protectors if the vacuum runs at 85 decibels or higher. The Fein 9-20-25 Turbo-II notably runs at only 60 decibels, making it gentler on the ears.

Accessories
Shop Vacs almost always come with a hose, which should be long and flexible for maneuverability. Stiff hoses can make a vacuum tip over if it doesn’t have a stable base. Many Shop Vacs also come with a variety of attachments, such as a crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces in your car, a utility nozzle for large debris, and a brush for carpet. Extension wands can be a lifesaver if you don’t want to crouch or stand on tiptoes to reach areas. If a wet/dry vacuum comes with such tools, see whether it offers onboard storage or some other means of storing these attachments.

Hose Diameter
If the vacuum hose is wide in diameter (say, 2 ½ inches), it can more easily pick up large, bulky debris. Narrower hoses tend to have more clogging issues and take longer to clean.

Dust Bag
Even a standard dust bag can prolong the life of the filter and hold all sorts of heavy debris. The dust bag, which usually costs no more than $8, fits around the filter, improves the suction, and makes it easier to switch between the wet and dry functions.

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Top 10 Rated Pressure Washers 2020

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Pressure washers are an essential tool for keeping the outside of your home clean. Made for blasting through grime on cars, boats, driveways, grills, and house sidings, a pressure washer carries exponentially more power than a regular garden hose. As we compiled our top 10 list for pressure washers, we considered the following qualities:

1. PSI (pounds per square inch)
2. GPM (gallons per minute)
3. Motor strength
4. Durability
5. Design and maneuverability
6. Ease of start up
7. Hose length
8. Loudness
9. Efficiency

Stanley P2750S  9.5/10

2,750 PSI
2.5 GPM
25 ft. hose
4-cycle engine

A compact, lightweight gas-powered pressure washer, the Stanley P2750S makes light work of cutting through grime and dirt. It packs 2,750 PSI and 2.5 GPM…read more


1,900 PSI
1.5 GPM
14 amps
20 ft. hose

With a 30 ft. power cord, you won’t have trouble carrying this lightweight power washer around to clean your decks, driveway, and outdoor tools. The AR Blue Clean AR383 includes…read more


3,100 PSI
Honda GC190 engine
10-in. tires

Simpson Megashot MSH3125The Simpson Megashot MSH3125-S boasts a Honda GC190 engine, a sturdy metal frame with 10-inch tires, and 3,100 PSI of pressure power. It starts easily…read more


Troy-Bilt 020568  8.5/10

2800 PSI
2.3 GPM
Briggs & Stratton OHV engine
CARB compliant

Troy-Bilt 020568One of the special features of the Troy-Bilt 020568 we noticed quickly was the fold-down handle, which enables easy, convenient storage. Additionally, the trigger is easy to pull. With 2800 PSI, this pressure…read more


3100 PSI
2.8 GPM
Briggs & Stratton engine
CARB compliant

Husqvarna 020490One of the best features of the Husqvarna 020490 Gas Pressure Washer is the three-gallon fuel tank, which allows you to run the machine for longer periods without having to stop and refuel. The Briggs…read more


1500 PSI
1.3 GPM
Electric pressure washer

Greenworks 51142For the amazingly low price of $99.98, the Greenworks 51142 handles light-duty outdoor cleaning tasks very well. The motor runs quietly, which is a nice bonus. We were satisfied with the on-board tool…read more


Generac 6549  8/10

2800 PSI
2.5 GPM
196-cc Generac OHV engine
25-foot hose

Generac 6549We were impressed by the well thought out design of the Generac 6549, which with its horizontal engine design takes up very little room. Despite its compact design, this gas pressure washer packs…read more


Stanley P1600S  7.5/10

1,600 PSI
1.4 GPM
20 ft. hose
35 ft. cord

Stanley P1600SIf you’re looking for a lightweight, portable pressure washer for light tasks around the house, then you won’t be disappointed with the Stanley P1600S electric pressure washer…read more


1800 PSI
1.3 GPM
35-foot cord
15-foot hose

Karcher 1.418-050.0With 1800 PSI, the Karcher 1.418-050.0 electric pressure washer has enough power to handle most light-duty cleaning tasks. The motor runs incredibly quietly, so no need for earphones. While as an electric…read more


Pressure Washer Buying Guide

So you want to buy a pressure washer to keep your patio, vehicle, walkways, or house siding looking new and sparkling clean. The next step is choosing a pressure washer that’s right for you and your specific needs. Let’s look at some specific points you should consider.

Gas or Electric

Most people will tell you that gas-powered pressure washers are better for heavy duty cleaning tasks. They have a great deal more power than electric models. They also use much more water, up to 2 or 3 GPM. If you don’t feel like maintaining a gas model, or if you prefer a less expensive, quieter pressure washer, then an electric-powered model might be the better choice. Just be aware that it’s better suited for lighter tasks.

PSI and GPM

You know that by multiplying the PSI (pounds per square inch) and the GPM (gallons per minute), you get the CU (the cleaning unit), or cleaning power of the pressure washer. Here’s a breakdown of the different grades of pressure washers, and which kind you should seek out depending on your needs.

PSI GPM Tasks
Consumer Grade Electric Models 1,300–1,800 Max 1.5 Light, occasional jobs

  • washing car
  • spot cleaning
  • shutters, lawn chairs, etc.
  • Consumer Grade Gas Models 2,000–3,000 Max 2.5 Heavy, frequent jobs

  • cleaning decks/sidewalks
  • house siding (stains)
  • Profession Grade Gas Models 3,000 + Max 4 Professional, hard, frequent jobs

  • tough stains
  • industrial jobs
  • paint stripping
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    Top Rated GPS Devices 2020

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    Portable GPS navigators are useful tools to have in the car whether you’re traveling to unfamiliar cities or just navigating your own hometown. We reviewed several GPS devices and selected our top 10 based on the following factors:

    1. Large, bright touchscreen display that’s visible even in sunlight
    2. User-friendly interface with large icons
    3. Good touchscreen responsiveness
    4. Powers up and finds destinations quickly
    5. Mounts easily to the windshield or dashboard and detaches for safekeeping
    6. Provides free traffic updates and current maps
    7. Gives adequate notice of upcoming turns
    8. Speaks clearly and includes street names in the directions
    9. Shows pertinent information on the screen like speed limit, ETA, and current location
    10.Provides lane assistance in complicated junctions

    Garmin 2557LMT  9.5/10

    2-hour battery life
    Maps of North America for life
    480 x 272
    3.3″ x 0.8″ x 5.4″
    6.6 ounces

    This 5-inch GPS navigator from Garmin has a touchscreen that is very responsive and brighter than a lot of the competition. It’s also got a dual orientation feature…read more


    Garmin 52LM  9/10

    2-hour battery life
    480 x 272p resolution
    Includes maps for 49 lower U.S. states
    3.4″ x 0.8″ x 5.5″
    6.4 ounces

    Garmin is one of the most familiar names of portable GPS device makers. The 52LM model is available for a great low price with excellent performance…read more


    Includes 1 nonstandard battery
    2-hour battery life
    Comes with 3D traffic receiver, suction cup mount, USB cable, and instructions
    0.6” x 5.4” x 3.3” – 8 oz.

    The latest Garmin GPS navigator expands its touchscreen to 5 inches, which is very helpful when you’re driving and you need to glance at the GPS quickly…read more


    Includes maps for U.S., Mexico, and Canada
    5.3” x 1.4” x 3.7”
    8.5 oz.

    The first portable GPS navigator to integrate travel apps into its functions, the TomTom GO Live allows you to connect to Yelp, TripAdvisor…
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    TomTom START 50M  8.5/10

    Includes lifetime maps for the U.S.
    5 inch touchscreen
    5.2″ x 0.1″ x 3.5″
    9 ounces

    TomTom’s START 50M entry-level GPS device is perfect for those who only need one occasionally. These handy devices pay for themselves the first time you get yourself out of a pinch on the road…read more


    7-inch screen
    Lifetime map updates
    Includes maps for U.S. and Canada
    Comes with a charger, USB cord, and car mount cradle
    7.5 x 0.6 x 4.2 inches

    We were impressed with the Magellan RoadMate 1700LM, which gives you audible cues to get off the highway, make a turn, or turn around. This feature comes in handy if you’re traveling through an unfamiliar…
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    TomTom GO 50  8.0/10

    2-hour battery life
    1-year warranty
    Includes maps of U.S. and Puerto Rico
    3 9/16” H x 5 11/16” W x 15/16” D
    7.4 oz.

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    4.3-inch screen
    Lifetime map updates
    Maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
    6 million POIs
    5.3 ounces
    5 x 0.6 x 3.3 inches

    The Magellan RoadMate 2045T-LM has a 4.3-inch screen with 480 x 272 pixels. The GPS device picks up live traffic information without subscription and also shows you points of interest…
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    GPS Device Buying Guide

    A Portable GPS Navigator Buying Guide

    As you shop for a GPS device to mount in your car, consider the following factors that can have an impact on your device’s effectiveness.

    Screen size

    There are GPS screens ranging from 2.5 to 7 inches. While the small screens can be difficult to see at a glance while you’re driving and cumbersome to type on, the large screens can block your view of the road when mounted on the windshield. Look for a GPS device with a screen around 4.5 to 5 inches as a good compromise. The 5-inch screens are especially easy to take in at a glance, especially if you’re driving a truck, RV, or other large vehicle.

    Dynamic search

    Typing on a touchpad screen can be cumbersome, especially if the screen isn’t very responsive. Some GPS devices include dynamic search options that predict the possible locations based on the letters you’ve typed in. If you see the correct destination, you can save yourself the trouble of typing it all in just by pressing it.

    Lane assistance

    As you approach complicated junctions, the lane assistance feature on your GPS navigator will help you figure out exactly which lane you need to be in to make your exit or turn.

    Bluetooth

    In a further effort to keep your hands on the wheel, many GPS navigators include Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to make and receive calls through the loudspeaker without using your hands. You must have a phone that supports Bluetooth for this to work.

    Mounting units

    A GPS device can be attached either to the windshield or the dashboard with a suction cup mount. Look for mounts that hold the GPS navigator steady without vibrating. Also be aware that some states like Minnesota and California have restrictions on mounting any device to the windshield.

    Charging options

    Your GPS device can always be powered by the car adapter, but many also have an internal power supply that lasts a couple hours per charge. With an internal power supply, you can carry the GPS device along with you on bike rides or to navigate subway and bus stops. Often you can charge the GPS device through the USB cord plugged into the computer.

    Street names

    An ideal GPS navigator speaks the names of the streets you turn on so you don’t have to keep glancing at the screen for the directions. While this is a very helpful feature, be aware that some models are better at vocalizing text than others. When a GPS device can’t pronounce simple street names, it kind of defeats the purpose.

    Traffic updates

    Most high-end GPS devices offer real-time traffic updates, alerting you to accidents and traffic jams and rerouting you to a less congested path. Sometimes this traffic service is limited to major roads. Sometimes the traffic information comes through a subscription, and other times it’s free—but you’ll have to put up with pop-up ad banners.

    Other special alerts and features

    Advanced GPS navigators have advanced routing options, such as avoiding toll roads. Some GPS devices alert you to streets with speed cameras or intersections with red light cameras so you can advance with caution. The more versatile and flexible your GPS navigator, the more options you have on the road.

    Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve

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    iGen TabZip  9.5/10

    Waterproof up to 25 feet
    Double-sealed pouch

    The iGen TabZip Water Resistant iPad Case is a popular choice for a waterproof case that also doesn’t cost much. With double seals and welded seams, it works quite well at keeping water, sand, and other debris….read more


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    Black case
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    Top 10 Rated Chefs Knives 2020

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    The finest quality chefs knives are guaranteed to last you many years and provide versatile function in the kitchen. We looked for a variety of factors as we selected our top 10 knives, including:

    1. Durable, strong forged steel
    2. A full tang for extra strength
    3. Comfortable, non-slip handle for big or small hands
    4. A balanced feel
    5. A sharp, rounded edge that allows a quick rocking motion
    6. Lightweight enough not to tire the arm
    7. Hefty enough to cut through tough foods
    8. A polished, stain-resistant blade
    9. Ease of cleaning and sharpening

    While some knives advertise being dishwasher safe, it’s always advisable with top-quality chefs knives to hand wash them with a special cleanser to lengthen their lifespan.

    8 inches
    Made in Japan
    Forged high carbon stainless steel
    1 pound

    A high-quality chefs knife from Japan, this Global 8-inch knife features a razor-sharp blade that comes to a thin point instead of beveling.Lightweight….
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    8 inches
    High carbon stainless steel
    Made in Germany
    8.6 ounces

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    Global GF-34  9.5/10

    10 ½ inches
    Forged high carbon stainless steel
    Made in Japan

    A long, razor-sharp blade makes this Global 10 ½-inch chefs knife a boon to any kitchen. Perfectly suited to cutting large pieces of meat and fish, the blade stays sharp….
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    OXO 1064648  9/10

    8-inch chef knife
    Stainless steel
    0.3 lbs.

    We were very impressed that the OXO Good Grips Professional 8-inch chef knife is as sharp and well balanced as it is, given the knife’s low price…
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    8 inches
    Non-porous ceramic material
    Black blade

    The Finesseur Ceramic Knife asserts that its ultra-strong ceramic material holds its razor sharp edge longer than traditional stainless steel. We can certainly…
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    Shun DM0706  8.5/10

    8 inches
    High carbon VG-10 stainless steel
    Made in Japan

    A stunningly attractive Japanese chefs knife from Shun, this 8-inch knife has a double-beveled blade and a black laminated…
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    8 inches
    Forged high carbon stainless steel
    11.8 ounches

    The Chicago Cutlery Centurion 8-inch chefs knife features a sharp blade edge from the start, and it stays sharp for long periods of time with proper…
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    Victorinox 40520  7.5/10

    8 inches
    Made in Switzerland
    High carbon stainless steel
    8 ounces

    A fine-quality chefs knife for only $24.98, this Victorinox 8-inch knife has a textured grip and a lightweight, balanced feel. Perfect for chopping, slicing, and mincing…
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    8 inches
    Made in Germany
    Forged high carbon stainless steel
    11.2 ounches

    Designed to have a sturdy balance, this J. A. Henckels 8-inch chefs knife is perfectly suited to repetitive chopping, mincing, and slicing. The rounded blade allows you to work…
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    8 inches
    Forged high carbon German stainless steel
    Full tang

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    Nothing says comfort food like a rich, hot casserole. We looked at a number of casserole containers, both glass and stoneware, and found 10 that we believe do a superior job of baking casseroles, lasagna, bread, and other meals. We looked for the following qualities:

    1. Safe to go in the oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher
    2. Easy-grip handles
    3. A secure fitting lid to seal in heat and moisture
    4. Durable surface that doesn’t stain, chip, or crack
    5. Nonporous material that doesn’t absorb odors or flavors
    6. Pre-seasoned
    7. Non-sticking
    8. Even heat distribution

    3 quart capacity
    1 lb.
    1 x 9.8 x 3.5 inches

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    Pyrex 1085801  9/10

    2 quart capacity
    8 x 3.1 x 12.4 inches
    Non-porous glass

    An all-purpose casserole container with a convenient glass lid, the Pyrex 1085801 is a handsome, affordable option. With a two-quart capacity, it can handle delicious meat…
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    5-quart capacity
    15 pounds
    10 ¼” x 13” x 5 ½”

    You’ll be amazed at how well this Lodge Double Dutch oven and casserole cooks and heats food. The 1.5-inch-deep lid doubles as a skillet…
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    3-quart capacity
    16 pounds
    11 ¾” diameter, 2 1/8” deep

    With the lid sealing tight over this cast-iron casserole, the heat is effectively trapped within, warming everything inside. That’s one of the benefits…
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    9 pounds
    9” x 13”

    This rectangular stoneware bake pan from Rachael Ray features a fun, contemporary style: curved sides and wide handles that extend from the ends…
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    2 ½ quart capacity
    12.5 x 8.5 x 3.5 inches
    Ceramic material with glass lid

    Functional and attractive, the CorningWare 1092037 is a welcome addition to any kitchen and a thoughtful housewarming gift. With a fresh green color, rounded…
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    2 ¾-quart capacity
    9 pounds
    13” x 8” x 13”

    Rachael Ray’s line of stoneware features whimsical, modern designs and funky colors. This 2 ¾-quart covered casserole stoneware is deep blue…
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    3 quart capacity
    15.2 x 8.2 x 3.2 inches
    Stoneware material

    With a unique wavy design, the BIA Cordon Bleu 400585+727 will add some flair and vibrancy to your kitchen table. It’s attractive enough to go from the oven to the kitchen…
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    2-quart capacity
    2 pounds
    9” x 10” x 3.5”

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    Cast iron construction with porcelain exterior
    18 x 10.3 x 3 inches

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    Stoneware Buying Guide

    The Benefits of Cooking with Stoneware

    Stoneware dishes made of fire clay harken back to the (very) old days before people started using metal pans for baking foods. Today, stoneware is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, due in part to its durability and effectiveness at heating food.

    With proper care, stoneware dishes last for years and can be passed down to your children. Today’s pieces especially are built to last, with tough enamel finishes that don’t chip, crack, or break easily. Stoneware can put up with a light amount of abuse. They’re generally safe to go in the oven, microwave, freezer, and refrigerator. You can even wash them in the dishwasher.

    Tough and nonporous…

    Unlike earthenware, stoneware is clay fired at extremely high temperatures, about 2,185 degrees F, making them incredibly strong. Stoneware dishes also feature nonporous surfaces, which is good because they don’t stain or absorb odors and flavors. Also, unlike earthenware, stoneware is essentially waterproof. It can stand up to regular, day-to-day use.

    A seasoned, non-stick surface…

    Some stoneware dishes come pre-seasoned with oil, but even if they don’t you can season them yourself periodically. Over time and multiple uses, the stoneware interior will turn a rich brown and the surface will absorb the oils and fats found in food and cooking spray. Your stoneware will naturally develop a non-stick surface, so you don’t have to worry about stuck-on foods.

    If you choose to clean by hand…

    If a stoneware dish isn’t specified as dishwasher friendly, you can easily clean it by hand with a nylon scraper. Some people don’t recommend soaking them in water or using soap for fear of the detergent being absorbed into the surface. A scraper can work off baked-on food before you clean it with running water and thoroughly dry it with a towel.

    While most stoneware dishes sold these days are dishwasher safe, some people are set in their ways and prefer to clean them by hand. There is something to say for preserving the enamel finish.

    The aesthetic appeal…

    Let’s not forget that stoneware is essentially pottery. You can find pieces in decorative shapes and colors, some with painted patterns that add charm and beauty to your kitchen. Because they’re so attractive, you can take stoneware dishes right out of the oven and place them right on the dinner table.

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    1. Number and types of knives
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    4. Strong, sharp blades that retain their edges
    5. Bolsters that provide excellent weight and balance
    6. Ease of sharpening and cleaning
    7. Attractiveness of design
    8. Comfortable, non-slip grips

    You can find some decent quality knives for relatively low prices. If you’re looking for top-notch quality, however, the sky’s the limit as far as pricing goes.

    Shun DM2002B  9.5/10

    6 pieces
    Forged with layers of VG-10 and high carbon Japanese stainless steel
    Full Tang
    Ebony Pakkawood handles

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    Ginsu 7112  9/10

    12 Pieces
    High carbon Japanese stainless steel
    Full tang
    Resin handles

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    7 pieces
    Made in Japan

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    18 pieces
    Forged high carbon stainless steel blades
    Full tang
    Black poly handles with stainless steel plates at the end

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    Ginsu 04817   8.5/10

    12 Knives
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    Full tang
    Stainless steel
    Triple-riveted bakelite handles

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    Wusthof 9312  8.5/10

    12 pieces
    Full Tang
    Laser-cut from high carbon German stainless steel
    Riveted synthetic polypropylene handles

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    18 pieces
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    Stainless steel handles

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    8 inches
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    17 pieces
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    12 pieces
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    5. A sharp, triangular glade for quick up-and-down chopping
    6. Lightweight enough not to tire the arm
    7. Hefty enough to cut through tough foods
    8. A polished, stain-resistant blade
    9. Ease of cleaning and sharpening
    10. Less friction while cutting and food not sticking to the blade

    While some knives advertise being dishwasher safe, it’s always advisable with top-quality santoku knives to hand wash them to lengthen their lifespan.

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    16 layers of stainless steel
    Made in Japan
    Pakka wood handle

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    Wusthof 4175   9/10

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    Forged high carbon stainless steel
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    Plastic handle

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    7 inches
    Forged high carbon stainless steel
    Made in Japan
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    OXO 1064650  8.5/10

    6 ½ inches
    Stainless steel
    Black handle

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    7 inches
    Forged high carbon stainless steel
    Made in Germany
    Plastic handle

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    7 inches
    Stamped high carbon stainless steel
    Made in Switzerland
    4.8 ounces
    NSF-approved Fibrox handle

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    Enclume MPB-06  7.5/10

    5.5 inches
    High carbon German stainless steel
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