Buying Guides http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/17852/all en-US The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/boy_remote_control_000012606568.jpg" alt="Boy holding a remote control watching TV" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not everyone needs a premium satellite HD package with thousands of channels to get the most out of their TV watching experience. The most popular shows on television tend to be on the basic cable channels and sometimes even that is too much for people. Whether TV is less of a passion and more your background noise of choice, or if it's just not in your budget to constantly pay for 50+ channels that you don't even watch, having a good indoor TV antenna is the best way to get the most out of your TV watching without breaking the bank with a monthly payment.</p> <h2>What is an Indoor TV Antenna?</h2> <p>Unlike their outdoor counterparts, indoor TV antennas don't sit on the roof to get signals. Rather, they sit atop the TV (or any other high area) and do the same work of catching airwaves to bring basic primetime networks to the television screen without a cable subscription.</p> <p>When saying &quot;indoor TV antenna,&quot; many people probably think of the old &quot;rabbit ears&quot; design that looks like two metal sticks coming out of a base to catch signals, but modern day antennas don't necessarily look like that. They come in more compact, convenient options now, looking like flat boxes that can rest on flat surfaces up high to get the best possible signal. Antennas can receive UHF (ultra high frequency) or VHF (very high frequency) signals, and it's usually best to get one that receives both, but depending on your area you might be able to get by with an antenna that only handles one type.</p> <p>One of the most important things to remember when buying an antenna like the ones in this article is that performance of any product will depend on your individual location. Some people are closer to transmitters than others, and some people might have certain things blocking signal coming from a certain direction that others don't have. It's a good idea to do research on antennas that have worked well in your area before finalizing your purchase.</p> <h2>Top 5 Indoor TV Antennas</h2> <h3>Mohu Leaf Antenna</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QK7HI8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004QK7HI8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZHQ647YQECOSJRK"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Mohu%20Leaf.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QK7HI8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004QK7HI8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZHQ647YQECOSJRK">Mohu Leaf</a>, one of the best rated TV antennas on Consumer Search, is a super convenient model capable of picking up both UHF and VHF signals, though specializing in the former. If the signal is not strong enough, there is an amplified version of the product but be sure to check the quality of the regular version before you go upgrading, as the amplified signal could actually make reception worse for those in areas that don't need the extra power. This antenna is incredibly thin which helps it blend into the background easily and is black on one side and white on the other, giving you multiple options to match the style of the room.</p> <p>Moreso than many other indoor antenna options, the Mohu Leaf is not terribly dependent on its position in the room to get good signal because of its omnidirectional capabilities. While there is no question about the quality signal the Mohu Leaf provides, some customers have questioned whether this slightly pricier option is the only way to get such consistent results when other models seem to perform just as well. Still, the extra money is worth the promised effectiveness of this product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QK7HI8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004QK7HI8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZHQ647YQECOSJRK">Currently $39.95 on Amazon</a></p> <h3>Terk HDTVa Antenna</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007MXZB2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007MXZB2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PQR4ABATQFS7QJSU"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/TerkHDTVa.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007MXZB2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007MXZB2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PQR4ABATQFS7QJSU">Terk HDTVa</a> is a great option for anyone that needs an antenna that gets plenty of distance. Another Consumer Search favorite, this antenna can be used from up to 45 miles from transmitters and is recommended for those who live farther away rather than those who live close to them. UHF and VHF signals can be picked up by the Terk HDTVa as long as it is facing in the correct direction.</p> <p>Reviews claim this antenna is very particular about the way it's facing, meaning if your signals come from different directions, you will have to move this product to the direction you need, but the quality displayed is worth the extra effort. This is the amplified version of this product, so if you still need a directional antenna but have strong signal in your area, feel free to get the Terk HDTVi version of this product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007MXZB2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007MXZB2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PQR4ABATQFS7QJSU">Currently $55.76 on Amazon</a></p> <h3>Winegard FlatWave FL-5000 Antenna</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0063705PE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0063705PE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5H5XJP6SG4UA47X4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Winegard%20FlatWave%20FL-5000.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Like the Mohu Leaf, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0063705PE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0063705PE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5H5XJP6SG4UA47X4">Winegard FlateWave FL-5000</a> boasts the convenience of being flat as paper and performing like a gem. Also similar to the Leaf, this antenna is black on one side and white on the other, making it easier to blend it into the aesthetics of the room depending on your needs. Reviews have claimed the best place for this antenna is in the window, and its decal-esque design makes it blend right in as well as fit into whatever place you might need to get the best reception.</p> <p>The Winegard FlatWave FL-5000 overall does not fall short performance-wise according to numerous reviews. In fact, this product has been compared to the Mohu Leaf as though they were twins, but with some minor differences that depending on the person might not be so minor. The biggest one is the power cable.&nbsp;Rather than a short white cable for the Mohu Leaf, which severely limits the placement options of the antenna or the TV, the Winegard FlatWave has a cable more than double the length at 15ft adding a new level of convenience to the experience of anyone trying to find that signal sweet spot.</p> <p>The one complaint people seem to have about this brand is that this extremely useful longer cable is black, making it a little harder on the eyes in a white room unlike the Mofu Leaf, whose cable is white. Depending on your needs and aesthetic pleasures, the Winegard FlatWave FL-5000 might be the perfect iteration of super-thin indoor TV antennas for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0063705PE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0063705PE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5H5XJP6SG4UA47X4">Currently $34.30 on Amazon</a></p> <h3>RCA Basic Indoor Antenna</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HKGK8Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000HKGK8Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IYIKCNW37QCSRAFO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/RCA%20Basic%20Indoor%20Antenna.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The least expensive option on this list is anything but lacking in quality. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HKGK8Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000HKGK8Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IYIKCNW37QCSRAFO">RCA Basic Indoor Antenna</a>&nbsp;comes with VHF and UHF reading capabilities thanks to the dipoles and UHF loop. The dipoles are extendable up to 3 ft, giving you a wider range of space to look for signals. Along with the VHF and UHF signals, the RCA Basic Indoor Antenna also picks up FM signals.</p> <p>Though this model is bulkier than most on this list, it can still comfortably sit atop or behind a tv, or on a small stand nearby depending where the best positioning is without destroying the flow of your room. It has a 4' cord attached to plug into the TV, giving you a little more leeway with distance and placement. With its low price and undeniable reliability in delivering excellent reception, many users have considered the RCA Basic Indoor Antenna the perfect model to satisfy their TV needs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HKGK8Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000HKGK8Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IYIKCNW37QCSRAFO">Currently $7.49 on Amazon</a></p> <h3>Mohu Curve 30 Designer HDTV Antenna</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F3ZO710/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00F3ZO710&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AJ56HG7RUWTQJZ7R"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Mohu%20Curve%2030%20Designer%20HDTV%20antenna.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you are not a fan of sticking something in your window, on your wall, or having something that looks like a traditional antenna, but still want great TV signal, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F3ZO710/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00F3ZO710&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AJ56HG7RUWTQJZ7R">Mohu Curve 30 Designer HDTV Antenna</a> might be the right option for you. True to its name, the curve is a flat surface that can be shaped to stand and blend right into your room. If you decide you don't like it in the standing position, you can also lie it flat or stick it in your window; this is a model with many aesthetic options.</p> <p>The Mohu Curve 30 receives both UHF and DHF channels from up to 30 miles away in full 1080p, just like other members of this list, making it a top contender for performance as well as attractiveness. A 10' coax cord means there is plenty of wiggle room for placement, though it shouldn't have to move to much considering it is another omnidirectional model. Just keep in mind that the Mohu Curve 30 Designer HDTV Antenna will only work with TVs that have a digital tuner (built in or set-top). Still, this model is perfect for those craving excellent service with visual variety.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F3ZO710/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00F3ZO710&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AJ56HG7RUWTQJZ7R">Currently $49.99 on Amazon</a></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; line-height: 22.1000003814697px;">And those are our recommendations for the best indoor TV</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;antennas</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; line-height: 22.1000003814697px;">. 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And what goes better with incredible weather than freshly cooked food straight off the grill? Meats and vegetables take on completely new tastes when cooked over the perfect grill outside, bringing out the best way to enjoy summer weather. To make sure you're enjoying the best quality cook available, it's important that you pick the perfect outdoor grill for you.</p> <h2>What Is an Outdoor Grill?</h2> <p>An outdoor grill is a cooking apparatus used to cook things like meat and veggies on a metal frame over an open fire. There are different varieties of grill like electric, charcoal, and gas, depending on whatever style you prefer to prepare you food and your price range. Some grills can be exceptionally hefty and others can be a more convenient size, so make sure you know how much space you want your grill to occupy before deciding exactly which one you think is best. Be sure to read all safety instructions that come along with your grill so you know how to keep it in optimal condition to continue churning out amazing food with minimal hassle for years to come.</p> <h2>Best 5 Outdoor Grills</h2> <h3>Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4"><img width="240" height="207" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/weberspirite210.jpg" /></a>One of the highest rated models on Consumer Reports as well as a Consumer Search favorite, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4">Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill</a> is a great option for anyone looking for a high-performance gas grill that won't take up too much room outside. It comes with two power-packed burners that keep the grill at even temperatures across, making cooking a much more pleasant experience. This particular model has received high praise for its even distribution of temperature in the grill making indirect cooking (cooking something while it's not directly over a flame) a breeze.</p> <p>The E-210 comes with some fold-down tables on the sides for some extra preparation space, but other than that, this grill is less about looking fancy and more about quality of performance. The only scattered complaint about this model is that because it is not as powerful as others it takes some extra time to preheat the surface. Other than that, the Weber Spirit E 210 has been consistently praised as a great product for anyone who loves to grill outside but is looking to save on space and get bang for their buck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4"><em>Currently $399.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gas Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/charbroiledTRUinfrared.jpg" /></a>With a little more space than the first grill on this list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM">Char-Boil TRU-Infrared Gas Grill</a> is a true contender for purchase with its competitive price and infrared technology. Unlike direct gas grills, infrared grills have a layer between the flame and the grill itself to use radiant heat rather than hot air to cook the food, sometimes making it more juicy than a standard gas grill. With excellent ratings in performance on both high and low temperatures as well as indirect cooking, this grill's three burners and small footprint make it perfect for cooking for a crowd.</p> <p>The high quality performance this grill delivers might take some getting used to from grillers who might not be accustomed to such high temperatures, but it is well worth the effort for the consistent deliciousness the Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Gourmet provides. The only complaints about this grill seem to be it can rust sometimes and that it feels slightly less durable than other models. Still, for the excellent price and amazing results, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gourmet might be the perfect grill to keep your summers ablaze with great food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM"><em>Currently $359.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/weber-one%20touch-charcoal.jpg" /></a>If you aren't committed to buying a gas grill and are looking for something a little more cost-efficient but still exceptional, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ">Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill</a> is worth a look. It is kettle shaped and much smaller than the last two grills on the list, making it a great option if you are tight on space. Rated one of the best charcoal grills on Consumer Search, it provides ease of installation as well as great flavor to everything it cooks. Many customers have praised this particular grill for its durability multiple years after purchase with no complaints of breakage or rust.</p> <p>The &quot;One-Touch&quot; part of the name comes from the ash catcher at the bottom of the grill where sweeping away the coals into the ash pan, but this process can cause ashes to fly up, so tread with caution. Consumers also say the single handle can get really hot when cooking so make sure to take care when trying to move the grill after using it. However, these safety bugs are only mentioned in a few accounts, giving the Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill overwhelmingly positive feedback as a great grill for a great price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ"><em>Currently $99.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX"><img width="240" height="275" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ColemanRoadtripLXE.jpg" /></a>If your goal is to have a grill that you can use anywhere, especially on the go, then the propane-using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX">Coleman Roadtrip LXE Grill</a> has you covered. If you're looking for a grill to fit your patio or take with you on a picnic (or both!) the Coleman RoadTrip LXE is perfectly designed to be simply set up and taken down to fit all your travel-based grilling needs complete with wheels and a handle to help you maneuver it around. It comes with space shelves and tool hooks to keep your extra space needs accounted for and provides exceptional heat for something designed to be a primary or portable grill.</p> <p>When it comes to cooking, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE receives mostly high praise, but there are the occasional complains of hotspots that can result in uneven temperatures and uneven cooking. It is essential to clean this grill after each use because the build-up can be extremely hard to clean if left unattended for too long. But even with its minimal flaws, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE makes a great addition to the porch or camping gear when you want to save some money but get amazing deals on portability and power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX"><em>Currently $129.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weber Performance Platinum Charcoal Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR"><img width="240" height="251" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/WeberPerformerPlatinumGrillGreen.jpg" /></a>Many people look to gas grills when trying to find high-performance cooking, but the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR">Weber Performance Platinum</a> proves that charcoal grills can produce great results, too. Called the top performer in this class of grills, the Weber Performance Platinum is praised for its gas-powered ignition system, making lighter fluid a thing of the past. With this convenient system, lighting the coal briquettes is now a simple action of turning the gas on and then off, meaning you can get to cooking much faster than with a regular charcoal grill.</p> <p>This model also comes with a charcoal bin for storage and plenty of workspace to keep everything you need at hand while grilling. It comes with a digital timer as well, though some customers don't find it necessary. Cleaning is easy and the charcoal will extinguish completely after use before turning into ash thanks to a very sturdy lid that seals exceptionally well. While this model may be a little higher in price, it is absolutely worth the extra money to get such a dependable, high-performing charcoal grill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR"><em>Currently $456.05 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best outdoor grills. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides outdoor grills product reviews Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Janae Spinato 1270663 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Weed Trimmers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-weed-trimmers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026891420_Full.jpg" alt="weed whacker" title="weed whacker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The joy of having a yard is not easily hindered. Freedom to have lawn parties or a safe place for the kids to play is a privilege worth using without a doubt. Still, once your slice of paradise starts to be overrun by weeds, stray patches of grass, or anything else that a lawnmower just can't cover, it might feel more like a burden than a privilege.</p> <p>Thankfully, we here at Wise Bread did some digging and found five blessings to help lighten your burden. With indisputable results and ease of use, you'll be enjoying your space again in no time.</p> <h2>What Is a Weed Trimmer?</h2> <p>A weed trimmer exists to tame grass and weeds in places that the lawn mower can't reach like the edges of a driveway or around a tree. It provides the finishing touches to make sure your lawn is perfectly presentable after every mow. Also known as string trimmers, weed trimmers often use a string instead of a blade, spinning incredibly fast to cut the grass.</p> <p>They can be electric, battery, or gas-powered. They range from super light to heavy and can be use for little jobs or intense gardening depending on the model you purchase. Overall the gas trimmers seem to pack the biggest power, but the electric and battery trimmers have their own niches in which to shine, such as their low noise and environmental pollution.</p> <h2>Best 5 Weed Trimmers</h2> <h3>Black and Decker LST136</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20LST136.jpg" /></a>Named the &quot;Best Cordless Grass Trimmer&quot; by Consumer Search, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X">Black and Decker LST136</a> is a 7.8 pound superhero in the world of lawn trimming. Though the punch it packs can't always take down big weeds or tall grass in one fell swoop, the battery is lithium ion and rechargeable to make sure no cord or gas is needed during the actual trimming.</p> <p>To help control battery power and life, the Black &amp; Decker LST136 also comes with a PowerCommand dial to help you designate the energy towards tackling tougher weeds or extending the runtime. The 13-inch head can be moved 180 degrees to switch from edging to cutting a breeze. This model also comes with automatically feeding line so bumping is not necessary.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X"><em>Currently $149.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Husqvarna 223L</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l"><img width="200" align="right" height="108" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/husqvarna%20223l.jpg" /></a>The 10.5 pound gas-powered <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l">Husqvarna 223L</a> has been highly praised for its easy start-up and good protection from flying debris during trimming. A straight shaft trimmer, its durability and smooth usage with even the toughest patches of grass have made the 223L a favorite pick among many customers.</p> <p>Many people love the ease of handling the machine thanks to its low weight and adjustable handle. The only cons are that some people have desired hearing protection when using 223L and the warranty is only two years. Still, it is one of the best consistently performing products on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l"><em>Currently $249.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Green Works 21142</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BY6ZEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BY6ZEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FBMUG6YGALK5FCUE"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Green%20Works%2021142.jpg" />This electric trimmer</a> is a little on the heavier side at around 10 pounds, but delivers in its ability to cut like a light-duty gas model while being the least costly item on this list. It breezes through tall grass and tough weeds with a 10 amp motor all while being relatively quiet for an electric trimmer. The Green Works 21142 is also very useful in that with the right attachments it can be a variety of things from a blower to a pole slaw (keep in mind these attachments are sold separately).</p> <p>This trimmer also supports attachments from companies other than Green Works, making it the most versatile option on this list, though not the most durable. It comes with a four year warranty, and despite some extra money you might have to use to get an extension cord, it is a good model that gets a lot of work done without the hassle of a gas option.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BY6ZEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BY6ZEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FBMUG6YGALK5FCUE"><em>Currently $79.30 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Stihl FSE 60</h3> <p><a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html"><img width="200" align="right" height="140" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/stihl%20fse%2060.jpeg" /></a>A second corded option, the <a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html">Stihl FSE 60</a> is described as one of the sturdiest corded electric trimmers around. The curved shaft and good handles make it one of the easiest weed trimmers to maneuver at 8.7 pounds. The warranty is only two years, but this model is known not only for its easy usage but for its durability. After a few years, the Stihl FSE 60 still takes down rowdy weeds and tall grass. Though it is a little heavier than most electric trimmers, it still does a heavy-duty job.</p> <p>The only discernible low of this model seems to be that reloading the trim might be a bit of a hassle, though not all customers have had this problem, and the Stihl FSE 60 comes with instructions on what needs to be done. Though there is no link to a direct-buy page, typing in your zip code into the Stihl USA website under this product will show all nearby distributors of this product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html"><em>Currently $119.99 on QC&nbsp;Supply</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi CG22EABSLP</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20CG22EABSLP.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ">Hitachi CG22EABSLP</a> is comfortably light at 9.7 ponds and is a great option for a gas powered model. With its curved shaft and powerful engine, this trimmer is made to last. It comes with a seven year warranty. The engine does not give off many fumes meaning little environmental damage from product usage. Hitachi's S-Start system makes it so having a powerful engine doesn't mean exceptional effort to get it started. The system actually reduces the energy needed to get up and running to keep customers from stressful beginnings.</p> <p>To top off the list of comfort from this model, it comes with anti-vibration system to reduce further discomfort during usage. Though it seems to have trouble on tall grass, the Hitachi CG22EABSLP is a great product for those seeking a more enjoyable trimming experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ"><em>Currently $169.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best weed trimmers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides product reviews weed trimmers Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Janae Spinato 1267700 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child-toy-store-101470124-small.jpg" alt="child toy store" title="child toy store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I write this as another day of truly vulgar behavior is behind us. Yes, deals are great. I love them. But I did not go anywhere <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-crowds-2014-11">near the craziness today</a>, and with so many tools now available to us, we don't need to venture into the insane crowds to get bargains. Remember, Black Friday deals are not always what they appear to be, and you can often find better deals on Cyber Monday (without having to set foot in a store). So, with that said, let's look forward to the last shopping month of 2014.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>So, it's that time; the Christmas and holiday shopping lists are being made, and it's time to start digging out the best deals to keep everyone happy and your wallet in check. Here are the deals you should pounce on this month.</p> <h3>Gift Cards</h3> <p>If you're smart, you can grab yourself some free money by buying select gift cards that come with incentives. You can get $25 to $50 in free gift cards by spending $150 to $200 on them. If you were planning to shop at those stores anyway, you've just bagged free money. Even places like Chipotle will give you a free burrito for buying a certain amount in gift cards. If you eat their food often, you're golden.</p> <h3>Thanksgiving Merchandise</h3> <p>When Thanksgiving ends, the stores are desperate to dump their stock to fill the shelves with Christmas goodies. Make a space in your basement or attic for the killer deals you'll find on decorations, cards, cookware and much more. There are also going to be huge discounts on Thanksgiving themed food and drink. It's still fresh; it's just got a dated theme. Who cares?!</p> <h3>Thrift Store Goodies</h3> <p>If you aren't shopping in thrift stores, you're missing out on some unbelievable bargains. Most people are too busy with the upcoming holidays to bother listing unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist, so they drop them off at the local ARC or Goodwill. Not only will you find some items in like new condition, you'll also get incredible bargains on items you can resell on eBay for a massive profit. One great find could pay for your whole shopping list, if you know what you're looking for.</p> <h3>Christmas Decorations and Goods</h3> <p>Wait a second. Don't go rushing out for these now. You need to wait until after December 25th. But after that, go hog wild! The stores do not want all that merchandise clogging up their shelves. Expect to see 50% to 90% savings on everything from trees and lights to yard decorations, cards, and gift-wrap. Remember, Christmas will be here again next year, so buy now to save later.</p> <h3>Champagne</h3> <p>It's odd, putting champagne on the discount list when this is the peak month to buy it. But, liquor stores are smart. They know that by making champagne a loss leader, they'll make it back on the other booze you'll buy. However, you don't have to buy anything else &mdash; just grab the cheap champagne and celebrate in style.</p> <h3>Cars</h3> <p>As the year comes to a close, and the bad weather comes rushing in, car dealerships are clearing out inventory. They'll drop their prices to do it, and offer huge incentives. If you don't mind braving the weather on those cold, open lots, you could drive into 2014 with a great bargain. However, it's always better to buy used, even if it's just a year old. New cars depreciate quickly.</p> <h3>Homes</h3> <p>Just like car dealerships, sellers of homes have it tough at this time of year. Most just take their homes off the market to ride out the winter months. So if houses are on the market, the sellers are very motivated. Now is the time to do some home hunting, and dare to undercut asking prices by a chunk.</p> <h3>Kitchen Supplies</h3> <p>Manufacturers know this is the season for cooking impulse buys, and they'll do what they can to lure you in. A nicely timed discount will tip people from &quot;maybe next month&quot; to &quot;I'll take it.&quot; So with all the different holidays and events coming, you can stock up on new kitchen gadgets and save more than a few bucks. Also, consider wedding gifts, which may be coming up in the spring.</p> <h3>Toys Go Cheap</h3> <p>Deals on lots of toys pop up in December every year, even though they're in high demand. There is insane competition between all the different toys, and so manufacturers are cutting prices to grab your attention. It's good news for you and the kids, but there is a catch &mdash; you'll have to wait until Mid-December.</p> <h3>Tool Prices Are Cut</h3> <p>It's not a great time to be doing DIY, but it's a great time to stock up on the essentials everyone needs to get the jobs done. You'll see prices cut on all sorts of tools and equipment, from power drills (go for Lithium batteries) and bench saws to screwdrivers, wrench sets, and sanders.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>With the exception of Cyber Monday, there are some deals that are too good to be true in December. With 2015 quickly approaching, you may see some good offers on older equipment, gadgets, and appliances. Make sure you're okay with dated products before you dive in. Here are other things to avoid this month.</p> <h3>Gym Memberships</h3> <p>I said it last year, and I'll say it again. Gym memberships and subscriptions hit a peak in the New Year, and they are starting to see those increase in December. A lot of people like to have the membership in place, so that they can get straight down to the hard work in the first week of January. It's going to be this way for a while, so just find another way to stay fit. Craigslist will have some killer deals thanks to new equipment for Christmas.</p> <h3>Electronics</h3> <p>Aside from Cyber Monday, the best deals for your electronic gadgets have come and gone. What's more, any deals you may find will be on the 2014 stock that retailers are trying to clear out before the 2015 goodies arrive in the New Year. Do yourself a favor, and wait it out.</p> <h3>Jewelry</h3> <p>People love giving jewelry at this time of year. And when people love doing something, retailers love charging them top dollar for it. So unless you really have to drop some of your cash on rings, necklaces, and other sparkling items, wait until next year for that pricey item.</p> <h3>Calendars</h3> <p>Unless you absolutely have to put a brand new calendar up on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, you should steer clear of calendars. They are expensive right now. Full price, everywhere you look. But come a few weeks into 2015, the prices will start to fall like the rain in Seattle. You can expect to save at least 50%, and when February comes around, stores everywhere will be almost giving them away. Really, with the smartphones and tablets, does anyone really need them as reminders anymore?</p> <h3>Winter Gear and Clothing</h3> <p>It's cold out there. Snow shovels, big coats, hats, gloves, boots, and all the other winter gear is marked at full price for the next few months. If you really need them now, consider Craigslist or thrift stores to save some cash.</p> <p>From everyone here at Wise Bread, have a wonderful holiday, and a prosperous 2015!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Buying Guides buying guide discounts gifts product reviews shopping what to buy Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:44:21 +0000 Paul Michael 1098941 at http://www.wisebread.com Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift_guide_image_text.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have your shopping list ready? Are you checking it twice? And are you at a loss for what to get your friends and family? Instead of wandering the busy mall hoping for inspiration, we&rsquo;ve got hundreds of gift ideas for everyone on your list, no matter what your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-stress-free-holiday-gift-giving?ref=seealso">5 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Giving</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></strong></p> <p>Want to go a step beyond gifts that are useful? Every single one of the items on this list can help save money. Now THAT is a gift that keeps on giving.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving">31 Great Gifts that Keep on Giving</a></strong></p> <p>Don't give something that'll end up in the junk drawer. Instead, try one of these creative gifts that will be appreciated for months (or even years!) to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Eliminate the phrase &quot;it's the thought that counts&quot; by giving one of these awesome, useful gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to spend a fortune to show someone you care. Find something cool to give in this collection of affordable personalized gift ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unusual-gift-ideas-for-a-memorable-holiday-season">Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season</a></strong></p> <p>Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of &quot;stuff&quot; they own. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">How to Buy Art as Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Beautiful original art doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you&rsquo;d spend on a sweater at the mall or a gift certificate for a nice restaurant. In other words, entirely within many holiday gift budgets.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts">9 Useful Kitchen Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>There some kitchen items that have become part of my life in the past year that I now can't live without, that would make great gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store">10 Great Gifts From the Thrift Store</a></strong></p> <p>This year, lessen your carbon footprint, support your local economy, save money, and give to charity all at the same time &mdash; buy gifts at the thrift store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Things to Look for at a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15</a></strong></p> <p>Find the perfect gift in the nick of time, with 10 last-minute gift ideas that cost less than $15.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>Need some non-crafty, hardly homemade gift ideas, all for less than $5? Here are 25 with something suitable for nearly everyone on your gift list.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">20 Great, Free Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don't need money to give great gifts &mdash; instead, give the gift of your time with one of these thoughtful ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></strong></p> <p>The holidays are already upon us, and some of us are completely and utterly broke. Here are a few ideas for time and skill-related gifts that you can give to friends and family, and maybe even acquaintances.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spend-almost-nothing-on-gifts-this-year">10 Gift Ideas That Cost Almost Nothing</a></strong></p> <p>We all love to give gifts, but sometimes tight budgets make it difficult. Use these ideas to give thoughtful gifts without spending much &mdash; or any &mdash; money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></strong></p> <p>There's still time to craft an affordable, meaningful homemade gift with one of these 25 awesome ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Infused alcohols, or liqueurs, are easy to make at home and are always welcome gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a></strong></p> <p>Holiday baking is a sweet tradition, and you'll find plenty of traditional holiday baking ideas here, plus a few new ones for some sweet holiday surprises.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts">7 Savory Food Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>I love sweets, but by the time December gift-giving comes around, I can feel my cavities forming. Here are some savory alternatives to traditional sugary gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s always hard to have a person on your list who has everything. Here are some gift ideas for just for them.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gifts-for-the-guy-who-has-everything">20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>What do you get for the guy who seems to have everything (or, at least, wants almost nothing)? Check out this list of practical and experience-based gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-ideas-for-practical-people">Gift Ideas for Practical People</a></strong></p> <p>What do you buy for people who hate to spend? These gift ideas will thrill the cheapskate on your list by saving them money.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></strong></p> <p>Bonus or no bonus, the gifts in this guide to giving to co-workers won't break your holiday budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods?ref=seealso">Frugal Office Party Foods</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unique-holiday-gifts-for-booklovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></strong></p> <p>It's hard to buy a book lover the right book. These bookish gifts, some for reading, some to make reading easier, are bound to please your bibliophiles.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</a></strong></p> <p>Buying a gift for a boss will make them feel appreciated, which they're sure to reciprocate.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></strong></p> <p>The best thing about giving cool, thoughtful kitchen gifts to the avid home cook? The delicious home cooked gifts you'll enjoy for years to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christmas-gifts-for-teachers-10-great-possibilities">10 Great Gifts for Teachers</a></strong></p> <p>No more apples, mugs, or other unwanted gifts. This year, consider one of these 10 winners, all suggested by teachers.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></strong></p> <p>Whether your geek is into comics, Star Wars, Lego, or steampunk, you can make a cool, thoughtful gift they'll love once for being DIY and twice for being nerdcore.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gifts-the-man-in-your-life-really-wants">8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants</a></strong></p> <p>Truthfully, no man wants a cardigan for Christmas. Here are some surefire gifts to make the men in your life smile.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff your favorite techie's stockings with some of these great gadgety gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></strong></p> <p>If strong fences make good neighbors, what do great gifts make? Give a couple of these this holiday season and find out!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fitness-gifts-for-15-or-less">20 Fitness Gifts for $15 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>From cyclists to swimmers, find great (and inexpensive!) gifts for the fitness-lovers in your life.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gift guide gifts holiday gift guide Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Lynn Truong 1098827 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electric Can Openers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-can-openers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-can-openers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/electric can opener.jpg" alt="electric can opener" title="electric can opener" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While an electric can opener is particularly useful for those that have joint pain, they deserve a spot in any well-utilized kitchen. The best electric can openers are simple to operate and can handle a variety of can shapes and sizes with ease. By avoiding contact with the can or lid during the opening process, electric can openers help you avoid cutting your fingers, thus making them the safer option to have at home.</p> <h2>What Is an Electric Can Opener?</h2> <p>An electric can opener is an electronic kitchen appliance that automates the process of opening cans or lids. The best electric can openers include many of the following features: a lid magnet that attracts the lid to keep it from falling into the can, stainless steel blades that are strong and durable, and a height that is tall enough to fit the largest types of cans you plan to open.</p> <h2>Best 5 Can Openers</h2> <h3>Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4J8PC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4J8PC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5XRD3JHUG37JLLQ6"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hamilton%20Beach%20Smooth%20Touch%20Can%20Opener.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4J8PC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4J8PC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5XRD3JHUG37JLLQ6">Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch electric can opener</a> is an extremely well-reviewed can opener that cleanly removes the lid off of a wide variety of cans. Just press down on the lever and turn the can along the cutting edge and before you know it, you have a smoothly opened can. This electric can opener cuts along the side of the can, leaving a clean edge that is safe to hold. Almost 2,000 user reviews on Amazon attest to its ease-of-use and its cutting ability.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4J8PC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4J8PC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5XRD3JHUG37JLLQ6"><em>Currently $29.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>West Bend Electric Can Opener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00030J1U2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00030J1U2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NUJ3WVABRZDDTX7U"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/West%20Bend%20Electric%20Can%20Opener.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00030J1U2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00030J1U2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NUJ3WVABRZDDTX7U">electric can opener from West Bend</a> is another favorite amongst users; many even agree that it is one of the best electric can openers available on the market. It's near completely automatic operation means that you can push down and simply walk away. The sharp cutting edge will open the can and the automatic shutoff turns the device off when it's finished. The design helps to accommodate taller cans, while the back of the unit features both a knife sharpener and bottle opener. Additionally, the cutting tool is removable and dish-washer safe, making clean-up easier.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00030J1U2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00030J1U2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NUJ3WVABRZDDTX7U"><em>Currently $37.12 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Proctor Silex Plus Extra-Tall Can Opener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQ9KTA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQ9KTA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KDTSOXMHLCYARJC5"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Proctor%20Silex%20Plus%20Extra-Tall%20Can%20Opener.jpg" /></a>A well-reviewed electric can opener, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQ9KTA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQ9KTA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KDTSOXMHLCYARJC5">Proctor Silex Plus Extra-Tall Can Opener</a> lauds itself as being able to &quot;open cans on the first try.&quot; Users love its price-to-function ratio and have said repeatedly that it is an easy-to-use, smooth operating electric can opener. Aside from simply being a well-functioning can opener, users also appreciate that fact that it can open tall cans and works quietly, without making a jarring, grinding sound. Finally, this can opener also features a knife sharpener.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQ9KTA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQ9KTA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KDTSOXMHLCYARJC5"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hamilton Beach Ensemble Tall Can Opener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CRV48I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CRV48I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5GDHASY7JI234T2P"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hamilton%20Beach%20Ensemble%20Tall%20Can%20Opener.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CRV48I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CRV48I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5GDHASY7JI234T2P">This electric can opener from Hamilton Beach</a> is well-liked by many users for its simplicity and clean cutting ability. The cutting assembly is composed of die-cast metal that is dishwasher safe which makes it easy to clean. Additionally, this can opener also includes a knife sharpener in the back and features a stylish red color scheme that matches certain other Hamilton Beach products. One of the top reviews applauds the can opener for going strong even after five years of consistent use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CRV48I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CRV48I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5GDHASY7JI234T2P"><em>Currently $39.05 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Oster Tall Can Opener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H78J36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H78J36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JREMBZ7ICBNTZVIO"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Oster%20Tall%20Can%20Opener.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H78J36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H78J36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JREMBZ7ICBNTZVIO">Oster Tall Can Opener</a> takes care of opening your cans quickly, easily and, most importantly, safely. The patented power pierce cutting mechanism opens cans of any size with ease and the automatic shutoff feature means that it functions with minimal input from the user's end. The magnetic lid allows for the safe removal of the lid after the can has been opened. Finally, its additional features include a built-in knife sharpener and cord storage for easy cord organization.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H78J36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H78J36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JREMBZ7ICBNTZVIO"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric can openers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-can-openers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides electric can openers product reviews Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:00:06 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1251658 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Rechargeable Batteries http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-rechargeable-batteries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-rechargeable-batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rechargeable batteries.jpg" alt="rechargeable batteries" title="rechargeable batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Modern electronics are getting ever more powerful and coming with ever more capabilities, but no matter how great your electronic device is, it's powerless when it runs out of batteries. With that in mind, finding batteries that will keep your gadgets going is of the utmost importance.</p> <p>Rechargeable batteries have come a long way and are capable of keeping their charge longer and carry more charge cycles than ever before. Having rechargeables will save you in the long run from constantly buying and disposing of batteries.</p> <h2>What Are Rechargeable Batteries?</h2> <p>A rechargeable battery is a type of electrical battery that can be used over multiple charge cycles. While rechargeables typically have a higher initial cost compared to disposable batteries, their ability to be reused over a long period of time typically means that they cost less in the long-run and also have a smaller environmental impact. When it comes to purchasing rechargeable batteries, the key factors to look for are charging time, shelf life and the number of charge cycles they have.</p> <h2>Best 5 Rechargeable Batteries</h2> <h3>Powerex Imedion Rechargeable Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LWMZ5M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003LWMZ5M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JCDBGWVOWTTI3ORH"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Powerex%20Imedion.jpg" />Powerex Imedion batteries</a> are low self-discharge rechargeable batteries that are capable of retaining a charge for an extended amount of time. According to the manufacturer, after a year, they will still retain 85% of their battery capacity. Additionally, these batteries come pre-charged and contain a thousand charge cycles. Finally, Powerex supplies rechargeable batteries in every standard size, from AAA up to 9 volts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LWMZ5M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003LWMZ5M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JCDBGWVOWTTI3ORH"><em>Currently $11.95 for a 4-pack of AAs on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeables</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RP2VNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004RP2VNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZP3ENFQMJVUR2FI"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sanyo%20Eneloop%20Rechargeables.jpg" /></a>With an average of 4.6 stars and over 6,500 reviews, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RP2VNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004RP2VNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZP3ENFQMJVUR2FI">Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable batteries</a> are amongst the most popular rechargeable batteries available on Amazon. These batteries come pre-charged and ready for use right out of the package and maintain 75% of their charge after even 3 years of storage. Not only that, with 1,500 charge cycles, you can count on using these batteries for quite some time. Finally, while these batteries only come in AA and AAA sizes, spacers are available that can convert your AA or AAA batteries into larger C or D batteries</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RP2VNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004RP2VNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZP3ENFQMJVUR2FI"><em>Currently $24.80 for a 4-pack of AA batteries with the charger on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Energizer Recharge Value Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339NINQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339NINQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6U5ZDV6S6RU6ORIX"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/energizer%20recharge%20value%20battery%202.jpg" /></a>Energizer is among the most well-known brands of batteries, and their reputation continues to precede them with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339NINQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339NINQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6U5ZDV6S6RU6ORIX">their rechargeable batteries</a> as well. The Rechargeable Value batteries come in AA and AAA sizes that are capable of holding 1000 charge cycles. The accompanying charger re-volts two or four batteries at once, is smart enough to stop when the batteries are full to avoid overcharging, and comes with the simplest indicator light that goes from red to green to tell you when your batteries are ready to go</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339NINQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339NINQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6U5ZDV6S6RU6ORIX"><em>Currently $13.97 for the charger and a 4-pack of AA batteries on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Precharged Rechargeable Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B9NXAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007B9NXAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RHZQKNILBYUAJXR4"><img align="right" width="180" height="145" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/AmazonBasics%20Precharged%20Rechargeable%20Batteries.jpg" /></a>With over 1,700 reviews and an average of 4.4 stars, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B9NXAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007B9NXAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RHZQKNILBYUAJXR4">Amazon's own offering of rechargeable batteries</a> is another of the most popular available on the market. The low self-discharge rate of these batteries mean that they maintain 80% of their charge even after a year of storage. Also, with up to 1,000 charge cycles, you can be sure that you'll be using these batteries long after you've purchased them, saving you money in costs in the long-term</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B9NXAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007B9NXAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RHZQKNILBYUAJXR4"><em>Currently $26.69 for a 16-pack of AA batteries on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tenergy Centura Low Self-Discharge Rechargeable Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410B734/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00410B734&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SGR34O6XRUM5EYPI"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Tenergy%20Centura%20Low%20Self-Discharge%20Rechargeable%20Batteries.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410B734/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00410B734&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SGR34O6XRUM5EYPI">rechargeable batteries from Tenergy</a> are advertised to perform as well as the other top contenders on this list, but are available for half the price. But while this may normally lead shoppers to caution, an average of 4.4 stars with almost 300 reviews seem to suggest that these batteries perform just as well as advertised. This battery is capable of maintaining 85% of its charge capacity after one year, and 70% after 2. It also features 1,000 charge cycles to keep your electronic devices going</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410B734/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00410B734&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SGR34O6XRUM5EYPI"><em>Currently $7.92 for a 4-pack of AAs on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And there you have our picks for the best rechargeable batteries. As always, make sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to stay up-to-date on how and when to buy just about everything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-rechargeable-batteries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides alkaline lithium product reviews rechargeable bateries Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1224800 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping-lamp-488999407-small.jpg" alt="sleeping light" title="sleeping light" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Light therapy lamps are very effective at treating a number of disorders, particularly certain sleep disorders and seasonal affective disorder. Light therapy lamps help with these conditions by emulating the brightness of the sun and, in the case of circadian rhythm disorders, shifting people's natural biological clock so they sleep through &quot;normal&quot; nighttime hours, and, in the case of seasonal affective disorder, providing more &quot;sunlight&quot; for those living in places with long and gloomy winters.</p> <h2>What Is a Light Therapy Lamp?</h2> <p>A light therapy lamp is a lamp that emits particular levels of light that can help treat a number of sleep or mood disorders. By providing artificial illumination, one can gain greater control of regulating the production of certain hormones that regulate both sleep and mood. According to the Center for Environmental Therapeutics, the following factors should be taken into consideration when purchasing a light therapy lamp: the lamps should be tested in clinical trials, they should provide 10,000 lux of illumination in a comfortable sitting distance, blue light is superior to red light in treating depressive symptoms, and larger boxes have a greater therapeutic range of light.</p> <h2>Best 5 Light Therapy Lamps</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000W8Y7FY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H3H5LRAGXKFKRJHR"><img width="180" height="247" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/NatureBright%20Sun%20Touch%20Plus%20Light.jpg" /></a>NatureBright Sun Touch Plus Light</h3> <p>Highly reviewed by over 1,000 users, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000W8Y7FY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H3H5LRAGXKFKRJHR">NatureBright Sun Touch Plus Light</a> is one of the favorite light therapy lamps available on Amazon. This NatureBright light lamp emits 10,000 lux of soothing light that can help stabilize your body's internal clock and improve your sleeping pattern, as well as treat depressive or mood symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder or other irregular body patterns. Additionally, this light therapy lamp has been tested for safety at the University of Texas and avoids emitting UV rays that can be harmful to your eyes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000W8Y7FY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H3H5LRAGXKFKRJHR">Currently $69.18 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093162RM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0093162RM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QJIMF3VQHDMRCGX4"><img width="180" height="238" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Philips%20HF3520%20Wake-Up%20Light.jpg" /></a>Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light</h3> <p>For those of you that have trouble waking up in the morning, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093162RM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0093162RM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QJIMF3VQHDMRCGX4">Philips Wake-Up Light</a> might be the perfect tool for you. With 20 different brightness settings and five natural alarm sounds, this light provides a colored sunrise simulation to help you wake up naturally, and with more energy. At night, this light does the reverse and guides you to a restful sleep with a dimming, sunset-simulating light. Additionally, tap anywhere on the light to give yourself an extra nine minutes of sleep. Users state that the light is great for combating consistently dark mornings and gets them out of bed quickly and feeling great.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093162RM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0093162RM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QJIMF3VQHDMRCGX4">Currently $139.99 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X"><img width="180" height="189" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Philips%20goLITE%20BLU%20Light%20Therapy%20Device.jpg" /></a>Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X">goLITE Blue light therapy lamp</a> is clinically proven to improve mood and fight seasonal affective disorder with as little as 15-45 minutes of usage per day. The special blue light produced by the lamp is designed to emulate the light that occurs on naturally sunny days. The goLITE Blue is also compact and portable, making it easy to take with you when you travel, and the LED lights are designed to last for decades without losing their efficiency. The fully programmable touch display lets you change the brightness between four different settings as well as set a timer.<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X">Currently $146.94 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ATEJ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ATEJ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NA3MYNGIN6NDDMUM"><img width="180" height="220" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Verilux%20HappyLight%20Deluxe%20Sunshine%20Simulator.jpg" /></a>Verilux HappyLight Deluxe Sunshine Simulator</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ATEJ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ATEJ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NA3MYNGIN6NDDMUM">HappyLight Deluxe light lamp</a> is capable of treating mood, energy and sleeping problems associated with decreased exposure to sunlight. By providing 10,000 lux, the HappyLight Deluxe Sunshine Simulator helps to trigger the production of natural hormones in your body that will improve mood and fight fatigue. Consistent usage among reviewers confirm the light's ability to improve mood and energy levels, and the concentrated, but UV-free, dosage is perfect for those with busy lifestyles without risking damage to your eyes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ATEJ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ATEJ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NA3MYNGIN6NDDMUM">Currently $149.99 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=23GICANATZSEHFJT"><img width="180" height="219" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Carex%20Health%20Brands%20Day-Light%20Classic.jpg" /></a>Carex Health Brands Day-Light Classic</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=23GICANATZSEHFJT">Day-Light Classic light lamp</a> by Carex Health is a great lamp for dealing with mood swings, winter blues or problems with your sleeping pattern. Three fluorescent light tubes emit a total of 10,000 lux of light that can ease seasonal affective disorder symptoms within a week of regular use. The Day-Light Classic conforms to all the standards set by light therapy experts and has been clinically tested for effectiveness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=23GICANATZSEHFJT">Currently $133.63 on Amazon</a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric drills. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-swiss-army-knives">The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides light therapy lamps product reviews Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1225154 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Mice http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-mice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-mice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wireless-mouse-469567391-small.jpg" alt="wireless mouse" title="wireless mouse" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we've written about wireless mice in the past, a Bluetooth-capable mouse works slightly differently. Most wireless mice operate by having a small receiver constantly plugged into a USB port. On the other hand, a Bluetooth mouse can connect to a computer or tablet directly through the Bluetooth connection, freeing up what can often be valuable USB real estate.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Mouse?</h2> <p>A Bluetooth mouse is a computer mouse that uses wireless Bluetooth to connect to another electronic device, such as a computer. Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that is designed to exchange data over short distances, and is most commonly associated with wireless headsets. By utilizing a device's Bluetooth capabilities, a Bluetooth-enabled mouse can directly connect to the device without the need for a separate wireless receiver or USB port. Newer Bluetooth mice are even capable of connecting to tablets and are optimized for touchscreen devices.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bluetooth Mice</h2> <h3>Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHV6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHV6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XSZLL6ITY5VBCRXR"><img width="200" height="131" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Wedge%20Touch%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHV6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHV6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XSZLL6ITY5VBCRXR">Wedge Touch mouse</a> by Microsoft is an elegant and extremely portable Bluetooth mouse that is optimized for use with Windows 8. The Wedge Touch mouse still functions as a standard mouse, but also features a touch-sensitive surface that enables 4-way touch scrolling. Users note that it is exceptionally easy to use; all you need to do is turn it on and connect it to your device via Bluetooth, and you're good to go. Some mention that its small size might take some getting used to, especially if you have large hands, but most appreciate the compact nature of the mouse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHV6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHV6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XSZLL6ITY5VBCRXR"><em>Currently $36.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZC31WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZC31WQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K5M6FQOCGPS3R7OH"><img width="200" height="157" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Sculpt%20Comfort%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>Another Microsoft mouse that is optimized for Windows 8, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZC31WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZC31WQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K5M6FQOCGPS3R7OH">Sculpt Comfort mouse</a> is designed like a standard computer mouse, but includes additional design features that complement your Windows 8 experience. The dedicated blue Windows Touch Tab allows you to access the Start menu and scroll through your apps. On Windows 7, it allows you to access the Start menu and scroll forward and backward on your web browser.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZC31WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZC31WQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K5M6FQOCGPS3R7OH"><em>Currently $24.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UY3NR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UY3NR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5F3EBFPVBSXVMNJ3"><img width="200" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20V470%20Bluetooth%20Cordless%20Laser%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UY3NR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UY3NR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5F3EBFPVBSXVMNJ3">Logitech V470</a> brings the precision of a laser mouse together with the convenience of a Bluetooth connection. Laser mice outperform optical mice and this mouse by Logitech delivers smooth cursor control on just about any surface. The V470 also features a battery life indicator so that you never get caught off guard when the mouse runs out of juice. Most users agree that the mouse is easy-to-use and incredibly smooth and responsive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UY3NR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UY3NR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5F3EBFPVBSXVMNJ3"><em>Currently $84.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>HP X4000b Bluetooth Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KY58FE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009KY58FE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RUAN66GDR5VIS35Z"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/HP%20X4000b%20Bluetooth%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KY58FE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009KY58FE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RUAN66GDR5VIS35Z">HP X4000b</a> is a great Bluetooth mouse that is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The contoured design is very ergonomic and great for those that need to use a computer for extended amounts of time. The mouse also boasts an impressive nine month battery life as well as a laser sensor for precise use on just about any surface. Users attest to the solid construction of the mouse and its Bluetooth compatibility means it can be used on other devices such as Android tablets or Chromebooks as well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KY58FE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009KY58FE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RUAN66GDR5VIS35Z"><em>Currently $27.21 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LA6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR8LA6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZCDZFES2OKG3NAC4"><img width="200" height="195" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Ultrathin%20Touch%20Mouse%20T630.jpg" /></a>This slick and modern <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LA6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR8LA6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZCDZFES2OKG3NAC4">Ultrathin Touch mouse</a> from Logitech is designed to perfectly complement the slim design of an Ultrabook, but can be paired with any Bluetooth-capable device. The thin design makes it extremely portable; it's small enough to fit inside most jean pockets. The touch surface of the mouse supports a number of Windows 8 touch gestures as well. Finally, this battery doesn't require any batteries since it charges via a USB cable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LA6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR8LA6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZCDZFES2OKG3NAC4"><em>Currently $49.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth mice. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-mice">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides bluetooth mouse product reviews Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1198765 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electric Drills http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-drills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drill-construction-56970887-small.jpg" alt="drill" title="drill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're constructing a house or working on a DIY project at home, an electric drill is easily one of the most versatile and valuable tools to have in your toolbox. Although we may tend to most commonly think of them as merely more sophisticated screwdrivers or hole makers, a good electric drill with the right accessories can also be used to sand, polish, and grind materials and can ensure that your project gets done right and done fast overall.</p> <p>Wise Bread is here to help you find the perfect electric drill for your needs with our top five list.</p> <h2>What Is an Electric Drill?
</h2> <p>An electric drill is a handheld, motor-powered tool that uses an attached drill bit or driver bit on its chuck to bore holes into various materials or to drive screws to fasten materials together. Electric drills are available in both cordless and corded varieties. Cordless electric drills are powered by a rechargeable battery and give you the portability and freedom to use it wherever you want, which often makes them the more preferred option.</p> <p>Although corded electric drills are limited in how far away they can be from the nearest electrical outlet, you'll never have to worry about running out of power when using them, and they can sometimes be more powerful than the cordless drills. Because electric drills come in many different power levels and speeds, it's important to know what tasks you'll want to accomplish with the electric drill in order to find the one that will best fit your needs.</p> <h2>Best 5 Electric Drills</h2> <h3>DeWalt DCD780C2
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/DeWalt%20DCD780C2.jpg" alt="" /></a>As a Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5">Dewalt DCD780C2</a> is a top-notch cordless electric drill that has impressed both experts and consumers with the powerful, long-lasting performance that it packs within a comfortably compact design. With a &frac12;-inch chuck size, two speed ranges and 15 clutch settings, many users agreed that this 20-volt drill provides enough torque to tackle medium-sized jobs to the satisfaction of both casual homeowners and professional builders.</p> <p>Users were also very happy with the DCD780C2's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which take less than half an hour to charge and can last throughout a day's work. A surprisingly lightweight design and an easy-to-hold grip round out the superb package that this Dewalt drill can deliver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><em>Currently $167.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Makita BHP454</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><img width="190" height="217" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Makita%20BHP4542.jpg" alt="" /></a>For the bigger projects that require even more power and speed, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA">Makita BHP454</a> is the best cordless electric drill for getting those tougher jobs done. Along with a two-speed metal transmission and 16 different clutch settings, this Consumer Reports top pick features a mighty four-pole motor that can deliver up to 560 inch pounds of torque. And yet with all this power, this drill only weighs five pounds and is just under 10 inches in length.</p> <p>In addition, its compact lithium-ion battery pack is remarkably efficient, capable of delivering a day's worth of power with just a 30-minute charge. The BHP454 also comes with a Shift-Lock drive system, which allows it to switch into an effective hammer drill, giving you the nice value of having two tools in one. Two handy LED lights come standard with this drill as well to help illuminate your work area in the dark.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><em>Currently $314.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi DS14DSFL
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><img width="190" height="194" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20DS14DSFL.jpg" alt="" /></a>Named a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ">Hitachi DS14DSFL</a> is an exceptional choice for homeowners and consumers looking for a cordless electric drill that gets the job done without breaking the bank. Users absolutely love the DS14DSFL's sleek design which weighs significantly less than most heavy-duty drills, coming in at just 4.4 pounds. Despite its low weight, this Hitachi drill can still deliver a vigorous performance, one that's capable of outputting up to 300 inch pounds of torque with four different speed ranges and 22 drive settings.</p> <p>Combined with a slim soft grip handle, this light-duty drill is a delight to hold and use. The DS14DSFL&rsquo;s lightweight 14.4-volt lithium-ion batteries provide a long runtime that takes only 40 minutes to recharge. It also comes packaged with a handy flashlight for some extra value and utility.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><em>Currently $78.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Milwaukee 0240-20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Milwaukee%200240-20.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you want a powerful electric drill that doesn't burden you with having to recharge its batteries all the time, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E">Milwaukee 0240-20</a> corded electric drill is the best choice for you. While it lacks the bells and whistles found on other high-end models, this Milwaukee drill more than makes up for it with its mighty 8 amp motor, which provides an optimal blend of speed and torque with a wide speed range of 0-2,800 RPM that's perfect for drilling through most dense materials.</p> <p>An all-metal gear case provides more than adequate protection for the drill's gears during arduous use for the utmost durability. Thanks to a soft grip handle and a two-finger trigger, it also pleases owners with its great handling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><em>Currently $79.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Black and Decker DR260B
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><img width="190" height="203" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20DR260B.jpg" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon Best Seller, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L">Black and Decker DR260B</a> is another excellent choice for a corded electric drill that's low on price and high on features and convenience. Built with the everyday homeowner in mind, the DR260B is one of the most compact electric drills you can buy, and its small size makes it incredibly ideal for working in those cramped, hard-to-reach areas of your home.</p> <p>The DR260B manages to pack a 5.2 amp motor with a variable speed range of 0-1,500 RPM inside its compact design, enabling it to provide enough power for all your home improvement needs. Last but not least, this ultra-convenient drill comes with a slew of handy features, including a built-in level, on-board bit storage, and a keyless chuck that allow for easy bit switching.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric drills. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide electric drills product reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 William Tran 1147195 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wireless-keyboard-466559189.jpg" alt="wireless keyboard" title="wireless keyboard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="130" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bluetooth keyboards offer a great solution to one of the biggest problems that many smartphone and tablet owners have; it can be quite difficult and uncomfortable to type on these devices when using their on-screen keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards are also great traveling companions for those who want to be productive on the go.</p> <p>There are a number of key factors to keep in mind when buying a Bluetooth keyboard. Wise Bread is here to help with our top five list of the best Bluetooth keyboards.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Keyboard?
</h2> <p>A Bluetooth keyboard is essentially a computer keyboard that wirelessly connects and communicates to computing devices using the Bluetooth radio frequency. They're most commonly used with portable devices such as smartphones and tablets that don't come with their own physical keyboard, but they can also be used with Bluetooth-enabled desktop computers and laptops if desired.</p> <p>Bluetooth keyboards are usually more compact and have smaller keys compared to regular computer keyboards, but they all use the same QWERTY key layout. They also come in a number of different form factors that cater to specific needs and comfort styles, and it's ultimately up to you to decide which one works best for you.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bluetooth Keyboards</h2> <h3>Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><img width="200" height="116" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20K810%20Bluetooth%20Illuminated%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD">Logitech K810</a> is an outstanding Bluetooth keyboard that has been highly praised for its ability to be used seamlessly and interchangeably with multiple computing devices. Thanks to its Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology, not only can you can use the keyboard with up to three devices simultaneously, you can effortlessly switch between them with the simple press of a button.</p> <p>In addition, the K810 comes with a rechargeable battery pack along with built-in backlighting that can automatically adjust its brightness based on your current environment. Many users also love the keyboard's sleek brushed aluminum look as well as its unique keycap design that provides both a comfortable and noiseless typing experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><img width="200" height="94" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Wedge%20Mobile%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you're looking for a keyboard that can handle the on-the-go lifestyle, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U">Microsoft Wedge</a> is the perfect choice for you. The Wedge's most exclusive feature is its multi-purpose cover that powers down the keyboard when it's attached and protects the keyboard from scratches and damage when in transit. Not only that, the cover can also transform into a convenient stand for your tablet, thus allowing you to set up an optimal workstation wherever you go.</p> <p>Despite its very compact and lightweight design, users say there's enough room provided for them to comfortably type on. While the keyboard is compatible with non-Windows devices, the Wedge does come with special Windows 8 hotkeys that work most effectively when paired with a Windows 8 tablet or smartphone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><em>Currently $43.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech DiNovo Edge Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><img width="200" height="138" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20DiNovo%20Edge%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>Although it is the most expensive option on our list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV">Logitech DiNovo Edge</a> offers a phenomenal full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's loaded with enough innovative features to satisfy any power user. Designed for use with desktop computers, its most notable features include the PerfectStroke key system that enables precise and fluid typing and the TouchDisc touchpad that lets you scroll, select, and control your cursor all in one place.</p> <p>The keyboard also comes with a touch-sensitive volume slider, hidden hotkeys that illuminate when you need them, and a handy charging base to recharge its batteries. These fantastic features are all packed onto an attractively super-thin brushed aluminum frame that's only 11 mm thick.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><em>Currently $366.62 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Apple Wireless Keyboard
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><img width="200" height="102" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Apples%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" /></a>Don't be fooled by its simplistic appearance; the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard">Apple Wireless Keyboard</a> offers an excellent choice for consumers looking for a basic Bluetooth keyboard, and it's one that's both minimalistically stylish and incredibly easy to use. This iconic keyboard's ultra-thin, brushed aluminum body falls right in line with Apple's signature design aesthetic and is easily the lightest option on our list with a total of weight of just eight ounces.</p> <p>Many users say the keys are wonderfully responsive and that it's painless to use this keyboard in any setting given its lightweight design. The Apple Keyboard works with all Bluetooth-enabled computing devices, but it also comes with Mac-specific hotkeys that work best with devices running Apple's operating system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><em>Currently $64.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Anker T300 Ultra-Slim Mini Wireless Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><img width="200" height="149" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Anker%20T300%20Ultra-Slim%20Mini%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>With a 4&frac12;-star Amazon rating from over 2,800 customer reviews, many consumers have come to love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY">Anker T300</a> for providing a superb Bluetooth keyboard at an astoundingly low price. Although this keyboard is light on features, many users have praised the Anker T300 for its wonderfully compact and lightweight design that's similar to the look of higher-end models along with its amazingly long battery life.</p> <p>Users also say that connecting this keyboard to your devices via Bluetooth couldn't be any easier. This keyboard is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled computers, tablets, and smartphones, so you don't have to worry about whether this keyboard will work with your devices or not.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth keyboards. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides bluetooth keyboards buying guide product reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 William Tran 1150926 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Internal Solid State Drives http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-internal-solid-state-drives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-internal-solid-state-drives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/10712284924_c539813cf7_z.jpg" alt="ssd" title="ssd" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="153" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Solid state drives are now all the rage when it comes to data storage and management. SSDs are becoming increasingly more popular than traditional hard drives because they're slimmer and much faster. For most, the biggest barrier to entry is the price, as SSDs are typically much more expensive than regular hard drives for the same amount of storage space. Nonetheless, prices for solid state drives are steadily dropping, and SSDs remain a great investment for data storage that can also improve your computer's performance.</p> <h2>What Is a Solid State Drive?</h2> <p>A solid state drive is a data storage device that serves a similar purpose to traditional hard disk drives. The primary difference between a solid state drive and a hard disk drive is that, unlike an HDD, SSDs contain no moving mechanical parts. Because of this factor, SSDs are less susceptible to physical shock, run more quietly, and transfer data far more quickly. Installing a solid state drive into your computer system will not only provide data storage, but will make your computer and applications run much more quickly.</p> <h2>Best 5 Internal Solid State Drives</h2> <h3>Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009NB8WTI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3PVSZCHXU33OO7MG"><img width="180" height="171" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Samsung%20Electronics%20840%20Pro%20Series%20Solid%20State%20Drive.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009NB8WTI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3PVSZCHXU33OO7MG">Samsung Electronics 840 Pro</a> is a top-notch solid state drive that is extremely high-performing. Increased speed and efficiency through this SSD means that your computer can boot up in a matter of seconds and your battery life can improve by up to 50 minutes. This drive also increases your computer's security through its built-in full-disk encryption. Additionally, users love that this drive is very easy to install.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009NB8WTI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3PVSZCHXU33OO7MG"><em>Currently $383.46 for the 256 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Corsair Neutron Series GTX Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW3O4WU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AW3O4WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GXBXJFP2H44ISY2F"><img width="180" height="166" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Corsair%20Neutron%20Series%20GTX.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW3O4WU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AW3O4WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GXBXJFP2H44ISY2F">Corsair Neutron GTX</a> is a fantastic solid state drive that is compatible with any computer. The high-speed performance of this Corsair puts it ahead of not just regular hard disk drives, but also most SSDs out in the market currently. This SSD also features native TRIM support, which helps mitigate the problem of gradual deterioration of quality that many SSDs face due to the buildup of obsolete files.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW3O4WU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AW3O4WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GXBXJFP2H44ISY2F"><em>Currently $209.99 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Crucial M500 Internal Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ8RM1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L73YYBW32HY7EXBW"><img width="180" height="117" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Crucial%20M500%20Internal%20Solid%20State%20Drive.png" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ8RM1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L73YYBW32HY7EXBW">Crucial M500</a> solid state drive transforms your computer's performance while remaining relatively affordable. Installing this SSD into your computer system will dramatically increase the performance of your box, along with increasing your ability to multitask, your system's reliability, and reducing your transfer speeds and boot times. Users love the speed boost as well as its ease-of-install.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ8RM1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WWS55ZGDMAT5YOOD"><em>Currently $109.99 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seagate 600 Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKAOJA0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CKAOJA0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXZN6L3U2QVRDPFM"><img width="180" height="170" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Seagate%20600s%20Solid%20State%20Drive.jpg" alt="" /></a>For Seagate's first foray into developing solid state drives, it's brought a very serious contender in the form of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKAOJA0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CKAOJA0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXZN6L3U2QVRDPFM">Seagate 600</a>. Compatible with just about any laptop, Seagate promises that its SSD will improve boot time and software speeds by up to 50%. Because of its lack of moving parts, it is also more resistant to shocks and drops, ensuring that there is a smaller chance the physical world will damage your data.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKAOJA0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CKAOJA0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXZN6L3U2QVRDPFM"><em>Currently $139.09 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Intel 530 Series Internal Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTPYT78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DTPYT78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DNNLZWDQPICGDTUT"><img width="180" height="142" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Intel%20530%20Series%20Internal%20Solid%20State%20Drive.jpg" alt="" /></a>Rounding out our list of internal solid state drives is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTPYT78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DTPYT78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DNNLZWDQPICGDTUT">Intel 530 Series</a> of internal SSDs. This drives comes with all the features and performance you've probably come to expect by the end of this list. Users claim that installing this drive makes their computer feel brand new and start-up takes virtually no time at all. Additionally, many people appreciate the 5 year warranty on the product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTPYT78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DTPYT78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DNNLZWDQPICGDTUT"><em>Currently $164.00 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best internal solid state drives. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-internal-solid-state-drives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides internal solid state drives product reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152741 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Underwater Cameras http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-cameras <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-underwater-cameras" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/underwater-camera-465359597-small.jpg" alt="underwater camera" title="underwater camera" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's always a bummer when you have to leave your camera at home when you go on vacation near a beach or a lake because you're worried of getting it wet and damaged. Pictures taken by or underwater can yield some spectacular and memorable photos. Picking up an underwater camera can allow you to finally begin capturing those special moments. If you find yourself frequently regretting the inability to take photos by the beach, then Wise Bread is here for you with our pick of the top five underwater cameras.</p> <h2>What Is an Underwater Camera?</h2> <p>An underwater camera is a camera that is capable of being operated underwater and withstanding tougher physical conditions. Underwater cameras are built with materials that protect the normally delicate electronics from water, frozen temperatures and crushing pressure. Different cameras have different limits as to what they can handle, so be sure to do your homework to pick out the camera that is just right for you.</p> <h2>Best 5 Underwater Cameras</h2> <h3>Olympus Stylus TG-2</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ2BTHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQ2BTHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=A5EFHI2NPZZHHGJX"><img width="200" height="119" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS-4.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ2BTHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQ2BTHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=A5EFHI2NPZZHHGJX">Olympus Stylus TG-2</a> is an extremely well-reviewed underwater camera. According to its specifications, the TG-2 is waterproof down to 50 feet. It's also capable of handling temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, is shockproof as well as crush-proof. In addition, its lens covers a field of view between 25-100mm with a maximum aperture of f/2 at its widest, which means you'll be able to take great photos, even in lower light.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ2BTHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQ2BTHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=A5EFHI2NPZZHHGJX"><em>Currently $459.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5D</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATE7UUK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATE7UUK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RIYMT223RRJUXBB6"><img width="200" height="130" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Panasonic%20Lumix%20DMC-TS5D.jpeg" alt="" /></a>For those that are looking for a tough and rugged camera, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATE7UUK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATE7UUK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RIYMT223RRJUXBB6">Lumix DMC-TS5D</a> is another great choice. This Lumix is waterproof to a depth of 43 feet, is freezeproof down to 14 degrees, can withstand pressure to 220 pounds and is shockproof from a height of 6.6 feet. This camera also boasts a 28-128 mm equivalent lens that can shoot 1080p HD video. In addition, this Wi-Fi enabled camera allows you to save and share your photos easily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATE7UUK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATE7UUK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RIYMT223RRJUXBB6"><em>Currently $289.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sony Cyber-Shot TX30</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEHQKP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BEHQKP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KTGIAHCLF27BG2MF"><img width="200" height="127" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sony%20Cybershot%20TX30.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you don't plan on going scuba diving with your camera, but still want something that is a bit sturdier than a typical point-and-shoot, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEHQKP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BEHQKP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KTGIAHCLF27BG2MF">Sony Cyber-Shot TX30</a> is the right camera for you. This Sony camera has the sleek and slim build of a modern point-and-shoot digital camera but is also waterproof to a depth of 33 feet and shockproof from falls of 5 feet, which means this camera can still take a decent beating.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEHQKP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BEHQKP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KTGIAHCLF27BG2MF"><em>Currently $199.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Canon PowerShot D20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075SUKIC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0075SUKIC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VENGXPVJBXMXYUEC"><img width="200" height="130" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Canon%20PowerShot%20D20.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075SUKIC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0075SUKIC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VENGXPVJBXMXYUEC">Canon PowerShot D20</a> is another underwater camera that is a favorite amongst users. The PowerShot D20 is waterproof to 33 feet, temperature resistant between 14 and 104 degrees and shockproof up to 5 feet. Its 28-140mm lens takes great photos, even in the higher ISO settings as well as high definition, 1080p video. The biggest gripe with this camera is that it's not particularly fast; it takes about 1.4 seconds for it to take a photo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075SUKIC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0075SUKIC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VENGXPVJBXMXYUEC"><em>Currently $249.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Fujifilm FinePix XP60</h3> <p><img width="200" height="137" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Fujifilm%20FinePix%20XP60.jpg" alt="" />Rounding out our list of the best underwater cameras is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B18L7KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B18L7KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=72Q6MWNL53ICQ6AH">Fujifilm FinePix XP60M</a>. The most affordable camera on this list, this Fujifilm is waterproof to a depth of 20 feet, shockproof to drops of up to 5 feet and can withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees. The 16 megapixel lens has a focal length of 28 &mdash; 140mm, can shoot 1080p HD video and has a continuous shooting mode that shoots at up to 10 frames per second.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B18L7KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B18L7KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=72Q6MWNL53ICQ6AH"><em>Currently $179.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best underwater cameras. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-cameras">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps">The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides product reviews underwater cameras Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152547 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sleeping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sleeping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping-bags-86542668-small.jpg" alt="sleeping bags" title="sleeping bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="133" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Regardless of whether you're a first-time camper or a master of Mt. Everest, having the right sleeping bag will dramatically improve your outdoors experience. While buying a sleeping bag may seem like a straightforward process, there are a surprising number of factors to consider. When purchasing a new sleeping bag, it's important to note the filling of the bag, the shape as well as the warmth rating, in order to find the perfect bag for you.</p> <h2>What Is a Sleeping Bag?</h2> <p>A sleeping bag is essentially a protective blanket that can be zipped closed for use as a bed when a traditional bed is unavailable. As mentioned above, the three primary factors to look for are the type of filling, the shape and the warmth. When it comes to filling, you have the primary choice between synthetic and down, with down being significantly higher in quality and cost. Sleeping bags also come in two main shapes: mummy and rectangular. Mummy bags are lighter and warmer, thus making them better for backpacking, but less comfortable. Finally, sleeping bags come in three rough categories: summer sleeping bags, three-season bags, and winter sleeping bags.</p> <h2>Best 5 Sleeping Bags</h2> <h3>Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sierra%20Designs%20DriDown%20Zissous.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA">Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou</a> sleeping bag is known for combining the warm and easy-to-pack features of down lining with the water repellant features of synthetic by having the down treated with a polymer. Campers have noted that it performs exceptionally well at dealing with various forms of condensation such as dew and sweat. The mummy shape of the bag also does well at retaining body heat, but the bag is roomy enough at the torso to be comfortable while sleeping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><em>Currently $279.90 for the regular size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20North%20Rim%200%20Degree%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>Users love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L">Coleman North Rim 0 Degree</a> sleeping bag because it provides a 0 degree bag at an extremely reasonable price. Its great warmth rating means that it's well-suited for winter camping and can keep you warm and comfortable even in frigid temperatures. However, it's important to note that many campers have claimed that this sleeping bag is a little too bulky for backpacking purposes; it's best kept at base camp.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><em>Currently $50.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><img width="180" height="156" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Mammoth%20Queen%20Size%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U">Teton Sports Mammoth</a> sleeping bag's large size is perfect for couples or families with a small child that want to stay together when sleeping. This Teton Sports sleeping bag is available in two temperature settings, with the lighter bag appropriate for summer camping, and the heavier one great for winter camping. The all-cotton interior flannel lining makes this sleeping bag extremely comfortable, a feature many users attest to. Unfortunately, its size makes it unwieldy when it comes to portability and re-packing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><em>Currently $143.58 for the winter variant on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Celsius XXL 0 Degree Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Celsius%20XXL%200%20Degree%20Flannel%20Lined%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>For those that are looking for a large sleeping that provides a comfortable sleep, look no further than the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6">Teton Sports Celsius XXL</a>. This sleeping bag can easily fit someone at least six feet tall, or can snugly fit two people. The inner flannel lining makes this sleeping bag exceptionally comfortable, and the bag is rated down to 0 degrees. Campers agree that this is a great sleeping bag to have for winter camping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><em>Currently $79.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20White%20Water%20Large%20Cool-Weather%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN">Coleman White Water</a> sleeping bag is a great affordable, cool-weather sleeping bag for campers that aren't camping in sub-freezing conditions. This sleeping bag is rated for temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees and can fit campers up to 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Users have stated repeatedly that this bag is great for summer camping and doesn't keep you too warm at night. However, its size keeps it from being a particularly good backpacking sleeping bag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><em>Currently $42.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best sleeping bags. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews sleeping bags Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152742 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hair Clippers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hair-clippers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/haircut-487468447-small.jpg" alt="haircut" title="haircut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Investing in a solid set of hair clippers and cutting your own hair can save you a ton in the long-term on haircut costs. Higher-end hair clippers can be purchased that are practically identical to models that you'll find inside a barbershop or a salon. There are also myriad affordable hair clippers out there that are suitable for the occasional trim. Below is Wise Bread's list of top five hair clippers so that you can start getting your haircut on.</p> <h2>What Are Hair Clippers?</h2> <p>Hair clippers are specialized electronic devices that are used to cut head hair. Clippers are composed of a pair of comb-like blades that oscillate back and forth. They essentially operate like a row of tiny scissors to cut your hair. More expensive clippers typically include stronger, more powerful motors and greater overall longevity. But they can also be bulkier which may not be ideal if you're cutting your own hair and excessively powerful for beginners. Lighter, home-use clippers are typically less costly and many reviewers are perfectly satisfied with their cutting strength.</p> <h2>Best 5 Hair Clippers</h2> <h3>Wahl Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026IBSVE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0026IBSVE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BDC5BHYOSE7GJSTO"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Wahl%20Chrome%20Pro%2024-Piece%20Haircut%20Kit.jpg" /></a>One of the best rated, affordable hair clippers sets, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026IBSVE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0026IBSVE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BDC5BHYOSE7GJSTO">Wahl Chrome Pro</a> is perfect for folks that are just getting into cutting hair at home. Reviewers applaud its cutting quality with one user accidentally shaving their own head because they weren't prepared for how smooth the clipper is. The motor also isn't quite as powerful as those used in professional salons, which means that the clipper itself is less likely to get away from inexperienced users.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026IBSVE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0026IBSVE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BDC5BHYOSE7GJSTO"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Oster Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00070E8LA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00070E8LA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IZ2BJCW752YKH7NK"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Oster%20Classic%2076%20Professional%20Hair%20Clipper.jpg" /></a>If you're looking for a powerful set of hair clippers that will last, then look no further than the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00070E8LA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00070E8LA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IZ2BJCW752YKH7NK">Oster Classic 76</a> hair clipper. This powerful clipper can handle thick, wet hair with ease, and many have claimed that their set has lasted at least a decade, if not two. However, the high price tag may not be palatable to those who are just starting to cut their own hair. Professional stylists also say that these clippers can also get away from beginners quite easily. Nonetheless, many at-home barbers swear by this clipper and say it's worth the investment, especially if you plan on cutting your hair for a long time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00070E8LA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00070E8LA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IZ2BJCW752YKH7NK"><em>Currently $123.60 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wahl Color Pro 20-Piece Complete Haircutting Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JNQSIQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000JNQSIQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V2DMZDGDVU5KSMMC"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Wahl%20Color%20Pro%2020-Piece%20Complete%20Haircutting%20Kit.jpg" /></a>With an average of over four stars after 1,400 reviews, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JNQSIQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000JNQSIQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V2DMZDGDVU5KSMMC">Wahl Color Pro</a> is definitely a favorite amongst users. Despite its low price tag, top reviews applaud its power and the smoothness of its cuts. Many have stated that with a couple of good haircuts, this clipper practically pays itself. Build quality is also something that is praised with this clipper, with its metal casing giving it a sense of heft and sturdiness. Finally, users appreciate its relatively quiet operation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JNQSIQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000JNQSIQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V2DMZDGDVU5KSMMC"><em>Currently $17.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wahl Professional 8110 Balding Clipper</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVT94G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VVT94G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J65WZXQ54JO5Y5FT"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Wahl%20Professional%208110.jpg" /></a>For those looking for a completely clean-shaven head, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVT94G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VVT94G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J65WZXQ54JO5Y5FT">Wahl Professional 8110</a> balding clipper is the way to go. Its powerful motor and durable build makes quick work of hair no matter how much of it is on top of your head. Be warned though, there isn't much finesse when it comes to this clipper and you won't be doing any styling or touch-ups with it. But for a straightforward buzz cut, nothing works better.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVT94G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VVT94G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J65WZXQ54JO5Y5FT"><em>Currently $42.13 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Andis Promoter+ Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BODNYO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001BODNYO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FSNACKOQ7ZFKGUS6"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Andis%20Promoter%2B%20Clipper%20and%20Trimmer%20Combo%20Kit.JPG" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BODNYO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001BODNYO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FSNACKOQ7ZFKGUS6">Andis Promoter+</a> clipper and trimmer combo kit provides you with everything you need to give great haircuts at home. Andis claims that the clipper itself is four times more powerful than you average clipper and many of the reviews confirm that claim. This kit also includes a trimmer for finer cutting work, as well as over 20 additional accessories so that you can cut just about any style you want.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BODNYO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001BODNYO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FSNACKOQ7ZFKGUS6"><em>Currently $48.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hair clippers. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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