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Smackdown: All-in-One Printers

all-in-one printers

I don’t think I ask too much of my all-in-one printer. I want it to print, scan and copy when I tell it to. I want it to do all that wirelessly, so I don’t have to connect to it. I want it to be easy to set up, easy to maintain, and easy to refill with ink. Oh, and I want it to be so inexpensive, it feels almost criminal to remove it from the store.  Today’s All-in-One printers promise to…

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Smackdown: Instant Cameras

Best Instant Cameras

Trigger-happy with my smartphone camera? Guilty. I’m always ready to grab an action shot of my dog, my kids, my lunch… but I can’t help but feel that there’s something lost with all these pictures that only exist in digital space. As much as physical pictures were a bear to store, keep organized (and safe from basement floods), I do miss the the visceral nature of flipping through photos.  Naturally, the resurgence of instant cameras really appeals to me. Not only do they offer…

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Smackdown! The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Best portable bluetooth speaker: Smackdown!

With the boom box era firmly behind us and the smartphone era in full swing, wireless speakers have become nearly ubiquitous. Even if you’re not constantly streaming music, having a wireless speaker makes it easier to listen to podcasts and other audio wherever you want without being tied to anything but your smartphone. Some models even let you take calls, working as a supped-up speakerphone. More recently, Bluetooth speakers have really come into their own in terms of style, sound…

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Saving + Shopping Wellness

Smackdown: Best Fitness Trackers Under $100

Fitness Trackers Under $100

If you’ve been curious about fitness trackers but haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, there are plenty of reasons to do it. First, they’re a data lover’s dream come true, allowing you keep tabs on your daily wellness habits, from meals to movement to sleep. Even if you’re not that into the “quantified self,” you can’t help but motivated by all the gentle nudges to stand up, get your steps in, keep moving, and get to bed. They’re also insanely easy to…

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Single Serve Coffee Makers Smackdown! Keurig, Nespresso, Bunn, Mr. Coffee and Hamilton Beach

single cup coffee makers

It’s National Coffee Day in case you didn’t know! So we’re taking another look at one of our most popular topics on the blog— the single serve coffee makers. It turns out that nearly one in three of us get our engines running with a drink from a single serve brewer. But if you’re thinking of investing in a machine, you might be jolted by the number of choices you’ve got. There are a lot of brewers out there vying for your coffee money,…

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Stand Mixer Smackdown! KitchenAid vs. The Competition

kitchenaid stand mixer smackdown

Whether I’m in the mood for chocolate chip cookies, brownies or a birthday cake, I never make a move without my stand mixer. The KitchenAid is the gold standard among many home chefs, and every baker seems to want one (I bought mine in my 20s when I worshiped at the altar of Martha Stewart). But at about $300 (more for special editions), they are pricey for the infrequent baker. Major brands including Hamilton Beach, Breville, Bosch, Cuisinart and Sunbeam offer similar-looking competitors. How…

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