Get ready for a spring spruce-up with tools that make the job a breeze. shark bait Many of us can’t live without our furry friends, but we could sure do without the fur they shed. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum, with its mini motorhead brush, feeds on left-behind fur like jaws. $280. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com… Continue reading.
By Becky Billingsley Feel like the king or queen of your castle while luxuriating in technology that turns your bathroom into a royal spa. LAP OF LUXURY SERENITY NOW Immerse yourself in relaxation in a sleek Ariel Platinum Whirlpool Bathtub. You’ll be treated to 15 massage jets, six massage modes, four intensity settings, a touchscreen… Continue reading.
Resolved to live a healthier lifestyle in 2016? There’s plenty of technology available to help you meet your activity and wellness goals. PERSONAL CARE KNOW BY HEART Wear your heart under your sleeve with a Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker. The slim wristband monitors heart rate and tracks your steps and calories to help you… Continue reading.
REAL ROBOTS Prehistoric Future WowWee’s Miposaur may be from the Mesozoic Era, but he’s very 21st century when he plays fetch, reacts to gestures and “feels” curious, excited or annoyed. Control the dino-robot with your gestures, its TrackBall or a phone app. He can also do battle with compatible robotic toys. $110. 800-591-3869; target.com Build… Continue reading.
COUNTER CULTURE BREAKFAST CLUB Hamilton Beach calls it a Breakfast Burrito Maker, but this handy two-layer tool can also keep houseguests happy with a ready supply of omelets, stuffed pancakes or crepes. $45. 800-851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com Hot off the grill Host a tabletop grilling party where guests cook up meat and veggie morsels and drizzle them… Continue reading.
As the seasons turn this month and the kids are back in school, you’ll want to keep track of the weather so you’ll know what to have them wear and how to prepare each day. ON ALERT CRANK IT UP When the power’s out, you can recharge a Sangean AM/FM WX Emergency Radio MMR-88 by… Continue reading.
Whether feathering a first nest or tackling fix-it tasks around the apartment, these basic tools can help beginners take projects from DIY to done. FULL CIRCLE FIVE EASY PIECES Equip a powerful DIY toolbox, ready to build, install or repair, with the five-piece, cordless Ridgid Gen5x Combo Kit. It comes with five basic pieces: circular… Continue reading.
Keep your greenery in bounds with edgers, trimmers and other tools that turn lush growth into tidy landscapes. POLE POSITION SAFETY FIRST For safe aerial or ground trimming, WORX developed the corded JawSaw electric chainsaw with a fully enclosed 6-inch bar and chain. The 10-pound tool chomps branches up to 4 inches in diameter and… Continue reading.
BACK TO THE BASICS HOT OPTIONS Choose from a dozen nozzles and scrapers and adjustable temperature settings to tailor the DeWalt D26960K Heat Gun Kit to suit your task. It features an easy-to-read LCD display and can quickly strip away old finishes, soften adhesives to remove stubborn stickers, or melt plastics. $126. 877-783-8899; acetoolonline.com STRIPPED… Continue reading.
THE MIGHTY MINI No room for a full-size cardio machine? The Marcy Deluxe Mini Cardio Cycle will fit into your life. Set the 12-pound machine on the floor in your home or office and pedal like a bike. Or, place it on a tabletop and give your arms a workout. The LCD display has a… Continue reading.
Goin’ Mobile Smart Pal Anyone who loved the animated 1980s toy, Teddy Ruxpin, will marvel at the modern version called Ubooly. Slip a smart phone or tablet in the stuffed toy, and the screen becomes an animated face that, through an app, tells stories and jokes and takes children on imaginative adventures. $30–$60. 800-658-2030; ubooly.com… Continue reading.