We can all agree that vacuuming is up there with washing up and ironing in the list of things we would rather not be doing, however any chore can be vastly improved with the right tools, the Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaner from Bosch gives you the possibility of continuous runtime due to the exchangeable battery pack and quick charger. The battery (interchangeable with all Bosch Home and Garden Cordless Systems) provides you with 18v of power and it comes with a range of accessories to allow you to tackle all types of areas including your stairs, ceiling and c
Bikes are great; they are better for the environment, a good source of exercise as well as easier and cheaper to find a place to park than a car, the downside is they do not come with a boot to store all your shopping in. The Wayside Backpack and Pannier from Blackburn has been designed to be suitable for carrying your gear both on and off the bike. It isn’t the lightest of things, at 929g when empty, but chances are you aren’t going to be racing in the Tour de France with all your shopping in tow.
We have played with alarms that wake you up with using sound, light and even vibrations but we have never come across something that wakes you up using your sense of smell (here’s me waiting for an alarm clock that wakes you by putting breakfast in your mouth). The Sensorwake Trio from Bescent uses smell, light and sound (a trio of senses) to wake you up in the morning. The box came with the Sensorwake 2 alarm clock, some capsules to get you started and a mains cable and plug.
The Beeline Moto is a smart navigation device for motorcycles with a compact and clear display, freeing you from the choice of either a bulky and expensive traditional sat nav or risking attaching your fragile mobile to the outside of the bike. The idea of jumping on a motorbike and heading into the sunset is seen as romantic but getting lost is really just a big pain in the butt, especially when you are on a tight schedule.
The Audition Pro headphones from Avantree are low cost headphones with high cost visuals; this stylish headset comes with beautiful minimalist design, the earpads are lovely and soft and can be adjusted for a personalised and comfortable fit. It was the ear cups however that proved to be a bit of an issue, for some reason, no matter how the headset was adjusted the bottom of both the cups didn’t sit flush to the skin, this was the case for both me, with a small head and slightly sticky out ears (sorry folks, I’m already married) and a colleague with a larg
When someone pops round for coffee I don’t just ask if they want milk or sugar; with a collection of gadgets I can do espresso (manually), French press, instant, pod-style lattes and even serve you hot milk on the side. What I am still unable to do is create a decent cappuccino, so I was more than willing to put the Ariete Vintage Espresso Machine through its paces. At just over £100 it isn’t the cheapest machine out there, but it certainly sits in the lower range of the market.
The Draumr, Fjøl and Borg come together to create a camping hammock system that offers a range of sleeping positions. Starting with the hammock, the Draumr comes with a bug net and suspension straps, weighing 1350g (including bug net and suspension kit) it can hold up to 400lb. This one-person hammock is suitable for people with a max height of 6’ 1” / 185 cm (for taller people Draumr XL is available), it packs down into a super compact pack size of 9.5” x 6.3”.
Amazonas was formed in 1995 and creates a wide range of cotton hammocks and hanging chairs as well as frames including its own babies’ and toddlers’ line of baby hammocks, carrying systems, children’s hanging chairs and baby hammock frames as well as an outdoor line of extra-lightweight hammocks and accessories for survival experts and leisure adventurers. Inspired by the original Brazilian hammock tradition, it has its own production site in the northeast of Brazil, the hammock-making centre of the whole of South America.
Spinlock is a UK company that focuses on nautical equipment. More specifically, it produces famously-known rope-holding equipment for sailing boats, from dinghies to superyachts. However, the seafaring company didn’t stop there; as it built up a respected name in boating circles, it expanded into other products - most notably, safety apparel such as life jackets and wetsuits.