The Dyson DC40 Origin is the least expensive model in the Dyson line of upright vacuums. It's a sleek-looking vacuum with all of the attributes you expect from a Dyson product such as the ball technology and bright coloring, a yellow-orange in the case of the DC40. The DC40 performed well enough, but we have some concerns about its overall durability, concerns you shouldn't have with a $399 vacuum.
My knowledge of actual ninjas is limited to obscure pop-culture references, but I generally think of them as being two things: quiet and lethal. The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender is hardly quiet, but as far as the other goes, if "lethal" means "ridiculously effective" in blender-speak, the Ninja is aptly named. It was a consistent top performer and kept pace with its more expensive competitors like the Vitamix 7500 and Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender, for half the price.
I own the Ninja Kitchen System 1100, which retails for $159. The 1100 features different accessories than … Read more
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is a reasonably-priced blender, especially when you consider all of the things it's capable of. With a generous, 60-ounce pitcher and elegant, vintage-looking design, the $149 KitchenAid offers high-quality performance with a wallet-friendly sticker-price. For all of its modest pricing and design, the KitchenAid would be a welcome addition to any small appliance lineup.
We reviewed seven blenders in what I've been calling the CNET Blender Bonanza. Some models cost upwards of $400 and feature higher-powered motors. I'd be lying if I told you that I began testing this product with high … Read more
At first it felt a bit unfair to compare the $454 Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender to other models. I mean, have you ever seen Blendtec's "Will it Blend?" videos? If not, I'll give you the short of it -- they attempt and succeed at grinding up things like iPads and laser pointers in their powerful blenders. Not just chunks of plastic and metal, mind you. I'm talking about powdery stuff that you'd never guess was once a living, breathing gadget. If they can do that to a tablet, just imagine what they can … Read more
When you picture a blender, you probably imagine something that looks a lot like this:
That's the $39 Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender -- and it's an excellent option for all of your basic blending needs. More and more often, though, all kinds of fancy-pants blenders that boast ginormous capacities, powerful motors that sound like helicopters in flight, and special features like touch screens and single-serving attachments are popping up in stores.
So we tested this $39 model against the $149 KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, the $199 Cuisinart PowerEdge 1000 Watt Blender, the $199 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, … Read more
I have a Breville coffee grinder at home and in the CNET Appliance's Toaster Oven Extravaganza, the Breville Smart Oven was a top performer. As such, I had very high expectations for the $199 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, expectations which were not ill-placed. It is a fantastic blender and went above and beyond in terms of performance.
We reviewed seven blenders in what I like to call the Great CNET Blender Bonanza. (Admit it. It's catchy.) Each model brought something to the table, some more than others. Even compared with the big guys like Ninja, Blendtec, and VitaMix, … Read more
Bariatric surgery is primarily performed on people who are at least 100 pounds above their ideal weight and haven't been able to lose weight via diet, exercise, or medication. The aim is to restrict the amount of food people can digest by disrupting their digestive process. It's both invasive and irreversible -- essentially a last-ditch effort.
So a new study on rats out of the University of Cincinnati is worth a look considering the upside if it works on people as well as it did on the trial rats. (At this point, that's still a big if, though co-lead author Kirk Habegger said he expects these results to carry over to humans.)… Read more
With plant sensors like the Inolve Fliwer, it seems that the necessity of a green thumb is dying. An advanced sensor with both Wi-Fi connectivity and an app for iOS and Android, the Fliwer could be a real win for challenged gardeners like me.
I confessed my frequent, accidental plant murdering when I covered the Click & Grow Smart Flowerpot. Naturally, I am really excited about gardening technology where I am mostly, if not entirely, removed from the growing equation. I'm the problem, which is why this new gardening tech is so appealing. I'm hopeful that with products … Read more
With today's Smart Farm announcement, gardening startup Click & Grow unveils a plan to revolutionize both the way we view fresh food and how we access it.
At first glance, gardening might not seem high-tech or particularly smart, but we're following it closely anyway. Why? It's simple: while a raised flower bed outside or a potted herb plant on your porch is very nearly the opposite of smart technology, recent developments in sensor technology and the ubiquity of the smartphone for viewing data can take some of the mystery and difficulty out of growing your own plants … Read more
The Moneual Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 is a handheld vacuum with a 600-watt motor that uses UV light to disinfect surfaces and fabrics. Its design looks a little clumsy, with a bulky front and the handle placed on the upper, rear portion of the device. You control the vacuum with two buttons: Start and Mode. An LED icon panel displays the available settings, which you select by pressing Mode until the desired setting is highlighted.
The U60 has three settings: Mode One with vacuum, vibration, and UV; Mode Two with vacuum and UV sanitizing; and Mode Three with UV … Read more