Don’t you just hate when a gadget has been touted as the best thing to come along since the invention of the wheel but when you get it home and try it you are ready to string up the seller and inventor? The As Seen On TV gadgets have got to be the worst! When the novelty wears off you just know these gadgets will be the dream pieces of future collectors. The “What Were They Thinking?” Museum displaying these items will offer a glimpse into the gullibility of early 21st century TV viewers and the hallucinogenic minds of the inventors.
The ingenious unique Dyson vacuums may become some of the few worthwhile inventions of the century.
The promises of these modern-day gadgets almost fall as short of their mark as their durability.
Take the life-changing automatic drip coffee maker. The gadget heats the water tube that pours the hot water over the coffee grounds that drips into a carafe that sits on a hotplate. What an invention!
For the most part it works great until a part fails and water or coffee find their way into nooks and crannies you never knew you had. New gadgets have built-in obsolescence. They are only good for a short duration. Coffee makers fit this bill. It doesn’t matter how much you pay or what make you purchase, you will be replacing it within a year or two. My Walmart brand for around $8.00 lasts just as long as the $30.00 Mr. Coffee. Yet that stovetop perk pot from your grandmother still works like the day she bought it. Hmm, have we really progressed?
Now that we’ve spent a small fortune on water filters and replacement cartridges, it turns out that our tax dollars have managed to increase the purity and safety of our tap water. Homes with young children, seniors or those with chronic illness will have more peace of mind adding an additional filter or purification system to the drinking water supply. All filters are not alike. You really need to do your homework before choosing a model, making sure it will handle your specific filter concerns.
When it comes to cooking gadgets, the induction cooktop is promising. Cool to the touch before and immediately after cooking should do wonders for preventing accidental burns and kitchen fires. Let’s face it, the extra flat surface space is always in demand.
This gadget works with electromagnetic energy that runs cheaper than gas or electric models. You will need pots and pans that are magnetic such as stainless steel, cast iron and copper. The aluminum set just won’t work. The heat is created by heating the cooking utensil itself, not the burner. Users say heat settings are more precise. Boiling is faster and delicate sauces do not get scorched. Unless better technology comes along, prices on induction cooktops will come down. It’s bad enough that the required cookware costs more even though it lasts longer.
Just when you thought you had seen it all in floor care, along comes this James Dyson with his claim that his vacuum cleaners are specially and innovative designed to not lose suction. Other vacuum cleaners lose suction as the disposable bags fill with dirt. This alone is revolutionary.
The best features of all the Dyson vacuum cleaners include:
• bagless, easy clean dust cap
• 5- year warranty
• easy maneuverability due to ball swivel base
• easy clean hepa filter
• easy to use accessories
Comparing cost to other floor cleaning gadgets, Dyson vacuum cleaners will outlast the others and come with a warranty. There are several models in each of the categories so a bit of research as to which model best suits your physical abilities as well as cleaning requirements is worthwhile.
Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands she uses. Although fancy kitchen technology is fun and innovative, The Salad Spinner is still her favorite kitchen gadget. Read her work at cooksandtravelbooks.com.