I recommend visiting the Sweethome before you make your next household purchase. It’s a product review site focused on household goods that removes guesswork and comparison shopping so you can get the best thing for the right price.
It’s kind of like a simpler, nerdier version of Consumer Reports or Good Housekeeping.
Sweethome spends weeks and even months researching, comparing, and testing home goods so you don’t have to. They also aggregate reviews from expert and user sites, including Amazon.com and Consumer Reports.
They cover a wide range of household categories, including kitchen, pantry, bathroom, garage, bedroom, etc.
Most of their recommendations aren't for the most expensive or the manufacturer's top-of-the-line products. Value is a key part of their criteria. As they say, “great enough” is where needs and prices smash into each other.
Need a new waffle maker? Get the $50 Proctor Silex Belgian Style Waffle Maker.
Best duct tape? Get Duck Max Strength.
Best scissors for all-around household use? Get the Kai 5210 8-inch Dressmaking Shears.
Best washing machine and dryer? The LG WM3570HWA washer and LG DLEX3570W dryer.
Best sheets? L.L.Bean’s 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets for about $150.
Best pregnancy test? It’s the First Response manual test (after “drinking too many cups of tea” and a total of 60 pregnancy tests!)
Need the best gear for picnics and grilling? Got it.
They also post deals, like a refurb Vitamax for $256 (usually $550).
There are hundreds more reviews on their site.
Sweethome doesn’t review every single product on the internet. You’re not going to find many boutique items there. Likewise, you’re certain to disagree with some of their reviews. (I prefer the less expensive razors from Harry’s vs their pick of the Gillette’s Mach3 Sensitive Power Razor for shaving, for example.)
But when need a new home appliance, gadget or tool, the Sweethome is a great place to begin your quest. You can also follow them on Twitter.