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The Best Low-Flow Shower Head: Oxygenics SkinCare

Low-flow shower heads can significantly reduce your household water consumption without a noticeable difference to your shower experience. The term “low flow” is generally defined as a shower head with a water consumption rate of 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm). I’ve tested about seven different low-flow shower heads, and the Oxygenics SkinCare Showerhead is my favorite, due to its invigorating …

Buy It For Life: Bialetti Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker

The Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker, has a polished-aluminium octagonal design has been available in Italy since 1933. In the 30s, Italy was in an economically difficult time, which made making coffee at home appealing. This simple little device crafted from aluminium was extremely popular and is still crafted by Bialetti, the same firm that produced it in the 1930s. Moka …

Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses by Bodum

These Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses are handmade by Bodum. The glass is mouth-blown, so each glass has a slightly unique shape. The double wall insulates the liquid inside, which means your beverage retain its temperature longer.

The Top Rated Electric Kettles

Below is our list of the top rated electric kettles, based on the reviews found in Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Amazon and Chow.Com. Reviewers like stainless steel electric kettles, because plastic kettles can contain bisphenol A (BPA) and the plastic tends to crack over a number of years. Plus, according to Chow.com, plastic pots can imbue your favorite brew with …

Buy It For Life: Microplane Professional Grater

The Microplane rasp was invented in 1990 by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace in Russellville, Arkansas. They originally produced the rasp as a woodworking tool, and it took four years before people started using it in the kitchen as a grater

The Top Rated Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers are efficient cooking devices — they are up to 70% more efficient than conventional pots. The lids of pressure cookers are built to completely seal the pot so that the contents can boil easily inside the pot. Food cooks faster because the liquid inside rises to a higher temperature before boiling. Cooking times can be reduced by a …

Buy It For Life: Think Chair By Steelcase

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase has been making office furniture since 1912. Their Think Chair is designed to maximize comfort and ergonomics, and it has received several prestigous design awards since its introduction in 2006.

Stainless Steel French Press by Bodum

Bodum, the Danish kitchenware maker, is world-renowned for their French Presses. Most Bodum presses are made with borosilicate glass, which is tough glass, but it is still prone to breakage (I broke three glass presses in two years). However, Bodum does make a double-walled, Stainless Steel French Press. Because it made with 100% stainless steel, this press can withstand drops …

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Buy It For Life: The Estwing Hammer

Estwing is a company in Rockford, Illinois that has been forging tools since 1923. It was the first company to make an all-steel hammer that is forged in one piece, according to the manufacturing manager Dan Eisman.

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Buy It For Life: The Rada Tomato Slicer

Rada Cutlery is a small company in Iowa that has been making knives since 1948. Their knives are constructed with a high carbon surgical stainless steel, and they feature dual serrations and hollow-ground blades.

Buy It For Life: Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix blenders, manufactured in Cleveland since the 1940s, are truly industrial-strength devices. Built like tanks, they are widely used in restaurant kitchens due their durability and long warranty. It is Consumer Reports’ top scoring blender.

A Durable Kitchen Knife: Wushtof Classic Chef

The Wushtof company, based in Germany, makes carbon-steel kitchen knives that get high ratings from most credible reviewers (including Cook’s Illustrated and Consumer Reports).

Buy It For Life: Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

The Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop was invented by Sherman Kelly in Florida in 1935, and the design has remained virtually unchanged since then. Kelly’s innovation was simple but effective — the scoop contains liquid freon inside, which is warmed by the user’s hand, allowing the scoop to slice through ice cream like butter.