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14 Cool Pocket Knives in 2019

14 Cool Pocket Knives in 2019

Pocket knives have been used by man since the early Iron Age. Folding blade knives were already being forged in the Iberian peninsula even before the pre-Roman era. Pocket knives have become one of the most indispensable tools of man. True enough, these small marvels of cutting technology have evolved to become one of the most versatile gadgets any man could ever have. It is this utility that has given the device the status of a popular icon. Hence, we’re bringing you 14 cool pocket knives that you surely don’t want to miss this 2019.

Swiss Army Pocket Knife by Victorinox

Although it was initially intended as a multi-purpose tool that served the men of the Swiss military in 1891, the Swiss Army Pocket Knife has achieved worldwide recognition after it was popularized by Angus MacGyver in the popular 80’s TV series. Today, the term Swiss Army knife is often used as a metaphor for describing a person’s or an object’s adaptability and usefulness. Made by the same company that has been producing these fine quality and highly useful devices since the middle of the 19th century, Victorinox, today’s incarnation of the fabled multipurpose bladed tool never fails to draw admiration for its sleek lines and the technology that’s been put into its creation. Available in various combinations to cater to the active lifestyles of different personalities, the quintessential Swiss Army knife is great for campers, climbers, hunters, sportsmen, handymen, and extreme adventurers as well as other professions. Depending on the variant that you’ll get, you’ll be treated to a variety of tools that have been the signature of Victorinox products. This is, of course, in addition to the 2.45 inch blade. For example, getting the Camper II variant wil give you a corkscrew, screwdriver, bottle opener, and even a wood saw which makes it ideal for camping, hiking, or even fishing. The Champion Plus, on the other hand, will give you a whopping 30 pieces of high grade stainless steel tools. The Climber II has 14 tools while the Huntsman II gives you 15 different functionalities. The Spartan II and Sportsman II variants both give you 12 different stainless tools. The nice thing about this bladed tool is that you get lifetime warranty for any defects observed in its craftsmanship as well as the materials used in its production. Exclusively handmade, you’ll never go wrong with a Victorinox. That’s why our favorite improviser MacGyver uses it all the time even in life-and-death situations. You don’t need life threatening situations to enjoy the full benefits of this knife, though.

What We Like about It – With more than a century of perfecting the art of multifunctional and high quality bladed tools, it would simply be foolish not to think about the Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife. There’s only one of its kind. And if there are other blades in the world, they’d just be competing for the number 2 spot.

US Navy SEAL Team Punisher Tanto Blade Rescue Pocket Knife by The X Bay

Everybody knows what the US Navy SEAL stands for and what its men are truly capable of. Often given assignments nobody else would dare take, these tough military specialists are known for improvisations as well as for their toughness. These qualities are well integrated into the design of the US Navy SEAL Team Punisher TANTO Blade rescue Pocket Knife. With an all-steel construction, the Punisher is built to cut almost anything. With partial serrations on the 3.5 inch tanto blade made of stainless steel, the Punisher can rip through leather as well as other materials. The sleek blade is emblazoned with the iconic skull logo of the Punisher to warn others of how unforgiving the blade can be. The SEAL Team logo adorns the metallic handle. While it’s no Swiss Army knife, the Punisher is able to integrate two useful rescue tools on its backside. One enables you to break glass perfect for rescuing trapped individuals in their locked vehicles as well as buildings and structures. There’s even a seatbelt cutter to help free trapped motorists so rescue can be initiated. Of course, you’re not going to go around parading the Punisher in public as you’ll be using its integrated belt clip. With the Punisher and the SEAL Team logos in one single tool, you’re bound to be the talk of the town.

What We Like about It – The use of Tanto blade, known for combat blades, on the Punisher is quite exceptional. We guess this is designed specifically for those in the defense industry, although, anybody can just as easily use it.

TF-469 Gentleman’s Assisted Opening Folding Knife by TAC Force

If you love your kitchen knife, we guarantee you’ll love the TF-469 Gentleman’s Assisted Opening Folding Knife. From afar you’d think that it’s the paring knife that you lost a week ago in your kitchen. However, when the blade is folded into the cavity of the TF-469, then you’d realize that it’s actually one of the most elegant pocket knives you’ll ever see. Sure, it doesn’t have all the tools that will make you a MacGyver nor does it have all that fancy curves and attachments seen in other brands. The TF-469 is nonetheless, a beautiful blade you can put in your pocket or even your purse. Deploying the 3 inch straight edge black stainless steel blade is accomplished with just one hand as the TF-469 comes with a spring assisted mechanism. Locking it into place is also made super convenient as the liner comes with an ingenious lock solution. Personally, what we really love about the TF-469 is its 4 inch pakkawood handle. You can see the beautiful lines of the wood grain, giving it an elegance that you can never get from all-steel or even rubberized handles. Carrying it is made easy as a clip is already attached to the handle.

What We Like about It – Sexy and elegant. That’s how we can describe the TF-469. Its spring mechanism is also amazing.

Kershaw Cryo Knife by Kershaw

Small but terrible. This phrase is often taken to mean the tenacity of someone despite his or her small stature. The blade of the Kershaw Cryo Knife may be small but it cuts like a newly opened surgical scalpel. This is thanks in part to the premium 8Cr13MoV steel construction of its 2.75 inch blade that has been coated with titanium carbo-nitride. As we all know, titanium is one of the hardest metals on earth with a very high melting point. It’s used in various applications that require extreme temperatures. With such material coating the Cryo, there’s no doubt that this beautiful and curvaceous blade is going to be a magnet for fine blade enthusiasts. The Cryo can be carried in 4 different ways giving you absolute control over how you wish to keep the Cryo’s 3.75 inch titanium carbo-nitride coated handle. Deploying the miniscule yet mighty blade is assisted by a patented SpeedSafe mechanism which is activated by a purposeful push on the thumb stud. It’s also possible to deploy the blade by pulling back on the Cryo’s flipper. However you wish to deploy it, you can be sure your fingers stay connected to the rest of your hands. There’s also a frame lock which helps secure the blade while in use so it won’t accidentally fold into the chamber.

What We Like about It – With a super sleek design, a host of safety features, and titanium coated blade, the Kershaw Cryo is one magnificent tool that puts into perspective the belief that the best things in life come in small packages.

Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife by Victorinox

We have already shared with you the favorite tool of MacGyver. Obviously, if you are not really into a lot of action, you’ll definitely find no use for the impressive array of tools that the Victorinox Swiss Army knife has to offer. So, let’s try to tone the functionalities down a bit so you’ll be able to find use for them on a daily basis whether it’s for your home or in the office. The Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD provides the same guarantees that the brand is known for. The only difference is that you’ll get a shorter blade, about 1.25 inches to be exact. But don’t laugh at this really short and small blade as it is still very functional. Together with the blade is a nail file, tweezers, a screwdriver, scissors, and a key ring. They’ve even managed to squeeze in a toothpick so you’ll have no problems cleaning the spaces in between teeth when the resto you just dined in happens to run out of toothpicks. The Classic SD is also available in 35 different colors and designs so you’ll have plenty of options to include in your set of keys. With its very small size and very lightweight design at only three-quarters of an ounce, you won’t even know it’s in your pocket.

What We Like about It – With a lifetime guarantee provided by a name that’s synonymous with perfection, it’s no wonder close to 5,000 customers happily left their positive views about this Swiss product of perfection.

Key Shaped Folding Pocket Knife by Zjskin

If you’re looking for a truly inconspicuous knife, one that nobody else will think that you have a weapon in you, then the Zjskin Key Shaped Folding Pocket Knife is the answer. Just imagine the size of your average key at about 9.2 centimeters or roughly 3.6 inches from the key head to the key tip and you’ve got one of the smallest knives you’ll ever have. This is, of course, with the blade fully folded into the chamber. The stainless steel blade itself is only 3.7 centimeters long or roughly 1.45 inches, a hair shorter than the blade of the Victorinox Classic SD. While it may look so tiny, it nevertheless, can cut like any other blade tool. What’s amazing about the Zjskin is that the handle or chamber of the blade is actually designed like a real key. You can include this in your set of keys and no one will ever know you’ve got a beautiful Zjskin in there. Talk about cool.

What We Like about It – It’s cute and it’s lightweight. The best thing is that everyone will think it’s a key but you know very well that it’s not.

Squid Folding Pocket Knife by Columbia River Knife and Tool

With its blade fully deployed, you’d really think the CRKT Squid Folding Pocket Knife is like a squid that’s colored in shimmering steely silver. This is how most people look at this Columbia River Knife and Tool creation. It may be shaped like a squid but its functionalities are never fishy. Designed by well-known blades designer, Burnley Lucas, the CRKT Squid comes in a very compact frame but is oozing with features that put to shame even the features of more expensive brands have to offer. Friction grooves have been meticulously integrated on the drop point blade to give you a firm and secure grip on its 2Cr13 steel handle. Adding safety to its handling is a frame lock which secures the 2.25 inch 8Cr13MoV steel blade in place during use. Speaking of the blade, its drop point design allows for an excellent balance between point geometry and tip strength. You’d have to be careful where you’re pointing the Squid. Deploying the drop point blade is accomplished with the thumb stud. Burnley designed the Squid as a very serious tool for the serious blade-handler. Its design inspiration came from a compact pistol that may be diminutive in size but can deliver a killer blow. This is the perfect gadget for serious handymen: small yet packs a punch.

What We Like about It – The drop point blade designs is a perfect example of how balanced the Squid is from tip to tip. Too bad, it doesn’t have other tools otherwise, it could very well be great heir to the Victorinox.

Kershaw Leek Knife by Kershaw

We’ve presented the Kershaw Cryo and its sexy design. Now, if you want a pointier tip much more like a dagger, then the Kershaw Leek Knife is the answer. Aside from its super sharp needle-point, the Kershaw Leek is also different in the choice of its blade construction. Instead of the 8Cr13MoV steel seen in the Cryo, the Leek boasts of a 14C28N Sandvik steel that has been finished blasted with microbeads giving it a certain texture that is part of its allure. The handle is also different. Instead of a handle that’s coated in titanium carbo-nitride, the Leek’s handle comes as a 410 bead-blasted stainless steel. While the Leek’s blade is shorter by three quarters of an inch at only 3 inches it is the sharp pointed tip that is its primary weapon. At 3 ounces, it is heavy enough to provide excellent handling while lightweight enough to be carried conveniently whether you’re going to simply slip it inside your pocket or clip it in your belt or even pocket. And speaking of clips, the Leek has a reversible pocket clip which allows you to reposition it either at the tip or the side. Like the Squid, the Leek also features a drop point blade which gives it superb balance. However, the drop point style has been modified a bit to allow for accurate detailing work. For chefs and food designers, the Leek is a valuable asset. For the handyman, its pointed tip can really provide the versatility to work across a variety of projects.

What We Like about It – The Leek is excellent for everyday use. The modified drop point blade is also superb for more detailed cutting and slicing. Its clean and sleek look is well loved by more than 1,600 very satisfied knivesmen.

MTA882 Series Spring Assist Folding Knife by MTech USA

Looking more like a menacing shark when viewed from the side, the MTech USA MTA882 Series Spring Assist Folding Knife is one mean-looking pocket knife with wavy features that resemble the fins of a shark. The 2.75 inch stainless steel blade has an unusual hole in the upper portion, perfect for slotting lengthy items to be broken. Large serrations are also integrated on the top of the blade with an inward curved right next to the blade guard. This should be perfect for freeing people strapped onto their seatbelts. The handle is wrapped in black nylon fiber and completed with a Lanyard hole as well as a bottle opener. Never again will you have to use your teeth in opening your bottle of beer. Opening the MTech is achieved by activating the spring assisted mechanism which should take only one hand. A liner lock mechanism is also integrated in the chamber to help secure the stainless steel blade in place. With six different blade colors to choose from, you will certainly pick something out that best represents your personality.

What We Like about It – The MTech looks very rugged, very sporty. But with a few tools well-integrated into its design, the MTech should appeal more to yuppies.

Imperial IMP16S Stockman Folding Pocket Knife by Schrade

We already said that the Victorinox Swiss Army knife remain the undisputed king of pocket utility knives. But this doesn’t mean that others are light-years behind. Take for example Schrade that has managed to create a really stunning masterpiece in its Imperial IMP16S Stockman Folding Pocket Knife. The Schrade Imperial doesn’t only have a beautiful and razor sharp stainless steel blade from the 400 series, it has three of them. There’s the clip point blade made of 3Cr13MoV stainless steel as well as the spay blade and the sheepsfoot blade. The combination of 3 different steely edges provides excellent options whether you’re a master craftsman or an ordinary homeowner. On the spay blade are nail pulls giving you an additional functionality. The handle is finished in amazing grey swirl POM complete with bolsters that are also made from premium grade stainless steel. The back springs are ingeniously heat treated to give durability and strength while the brass pins help secure all the different components together. At just 1.9 ounces, the Schrade Imperial is super convenient to hold. The blades are perfectly positioned to give it a balanced feel on the hands. Unfortunately, while the 3 blades are a rarity, potential users are quite baffled as to what to do with three knives in one.

What We Like about It – The Schrade Imperial is lightweight making it easy on the hands. The inclusion of three blades is also noteworthy although, you’d have to find use for each edge.

Tac-Force Red Cross Folding Blade Pocket Knife by Get

For individuals who are fans of Arthurian legends or the Crusades, maybe you’d like to have the Tac-Force Red Cross Folding Blade Pocket Knife. Designed to be like the broadswords used in the medieval period (we were actually reminded of the Excalibur sword), the Tac-Force Red Cross is a stunning piece of metal work that consists of a spring assisted mechanism that launches its 4 inch long stainless steel blade straight out and fully adorned with a blood groove running along its center. While the TacForce Red Cross is not double-edged, it is highly possible to sharpen the blunt edge to give it a more stunning, albeit deadlier, look. Doing so will give the Tac-Force a more realistic representation of medieval swords, nonetheless. The handle is made of silver aluminum and adorned with a red cross overlay made of stainless steel. Looking at all the red crosses that embellish the handle and the crossguard of the Tac-Force, we’re reminded of the Crusades with the cross as a major symbol of Christian armies. Now, you’re not only getting a cutting tool, you’ve got a piece of history as well.

What We Like about It – The unique design of the Tac-Force Red Cross is truly amazing. It’s like a miniature medieval sword.

0371BRS Stockman 3 Blade Pocket Knife with Woodgrain Handle by Buck Knives

If you think the Schrade Imperial looks stunning, you’d agree with us that the Buck Knives 0371BRS Stockman 3 Blade Pocket Knife is more elegant simply because of its woodgrain handle. Technically, the Buck Knives is similar to the Schrade except for its wooden handle and completed with bolsters made of nickel silver. It also has the same 3-blade system as the Schrade Imperial making it a good multipurpose knife for daily carry.

What We Like about It – The woodgrain handle is something worth having in a pocket knife. There’s just a different feel to wood compared to other materials.

Old Timer 8OT Senior Pocket Knife by Schrade

Just like the Schrade Imperial, the Schrade Old Timer 8OT Senior Pocket Knife comes with the same 3-blade design complete with heat-treated back springs. The only difference is the use of an old timer sawcut for its handle. It’s got the same spey, clip point, and sheepsfoot 3 inch long blades.

What We Like about It – The 3 blade design remains noteworthy as it gives versatility in its use.

The Original Rifle Shaped AK47 Style Steel Pocket Knife by EverydayGear 

Designed like the rifle stock of the most famous and most versatile assault rifle of all time, the AK-47, the EverydayGear Original Rifle Shaped AK47 Style Steel Pocket Knife may look like a novelty item but it is a very useful tool. Instead of the usual hardware tools seen in other pocket knives, however, the EverydayGear comes with a LED flashlight that has already been integrated into the rifle stock. The 2.5 inch long solid steel blade easily folds under the stock that is, just like the AK47, made of quality wood. There’s a safety lock mechanism to prevent accidental deployments of the folded edge. It even managed to incorporate a trigger guard which can also double as a superb anchor point for your finger while holding the pocket knife.

What We Like about It – With a design that is patterned after the AK-47, this one’s sure to appeal to rifle enthusiasts.

How We Chose the Pocket Knives in Our List

Like the utensil that we use in our kitchen, pocket knives must be able to perform its primary purpose exceptionally well. This means, it must be able to cut or slice; otherwise, it wouldn’t be called as such. This is also the main focus of our search. While we agree that pocket knives can come in various shapes, forms, and built-in features, they must be able to cut or slice through things with ease. Part of the cutting ability of these bladed tools is the material upon which the blade is made of. It is imperative that it is of the highest possible quality so that it can withstand the rigors of outdoor utilization. We believe that these gadgets are designed specifically for cutting or slicing through objects other than those we find in our kitchens. Be it in the great outdoors or your workhouse, these should provide you with the strength and durability of the blade to cut through non-food items.

All sharp objects can be considered safety risks. And this includes knives. As such, we had to carefully consider the safety features that have been built into these tools to make sure you’re not going to accidentally cut or injure yourself while using it. The way in which the handle is designed can also play an important factor in knife safety. So, we considered this, too.

Obviously, since the most famous of all pocket knives is the venerable Swiss Army knife, it was important for us to look at the different features that can be utilized for a variety of purposes. If a feature doesn’t serve a particular useful purpose, then the item was scrapped from our list.

Other factors that we considered included the reputation of the knife-maker as reflected in the number of positive feedbacks and a minimum of 4 star rating in product reviews. We believed this will give you the peace of mind that you need in ascertaining the quality and “coolness” of these pocket knives.

Tips to Choosing the Right Pocket Knife

While we just shared with you how we chose the pocket knives in this list, you may want to perform your very own search. Here are some tips to choosing the right pocket knife for you.

  • Consider what you really need.It is very important to understand that knives are toolsthat you use for a specific purpose. This is also dependent on where  you’re going to use it. Will it be for everyday carry or just on special activities like camping or hiking? These questions may look so easy to answer to you but they provide the most crucial information on the kind of tool you need to choose.
  • Learn the different shapes of knife blades.Understand that the shape of the edge of your knife will determine how it is supposed to be used. For example, drop point blades are excellent for general knife work as well as heavy tasks while a tanto blade is great for piercing, prying, and scraping.
  • Determine the material you want for the handle. The handle should never be taken too lightly as this is where your hand is in contact with your pocket knife. You can choose wood for its elegance, plastic for affordability, rubber for excellent grip, or aluminum or stainless steel for durability. Obviously, each one has its downsides as well, so, you’ll need to study your options carefully.
  • Look at features you really need. Some of the more common features that pocket knives have include frame locks, one-handed opening mechanisms, and assisted opening systems. Also, you may need to decide if you want a multi-tool, a camp tool, or none.

The Bottom Line

Every man deserves to have the right kind of tool in his possession at all times. These 14 cool pocket knives in 2019 are guaranteed to elevate your creativity and resourcefulness.

15 Cool Keyboards in 2019

15 Cool Keyboards in 2019

Many computers today already have their built-in keyboards which can truly elevate the whole typing experience as one punches or swipes across the screen. But the tactile experience as well as the visual and auditory sensations provided by a good keyboard can never be replaced by digital versions. As such, if you’re looking for really cool keyboards, you’ve come to the right place as we’re here to share with you 15 cool keyboards in 2019.

15 Seriously Cool Keyboards

MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech

For the modern-day office worker or even road warrior, wireless connectivity is a must. That’s why one of the best input devices that you can ever get, especially if you’re the type of person who makes his or her home an extension of the office, is the MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. What’s really amazing about this combination is that you don’t need two separate 2.4 GHz wireless nano receivers for both input devices. Both of these can already be connected to your computer using a single receiver slotted into a single USB port. This means you’ll still have plenty of USB ports to use for your other peripherals. You won’t be bored while working either, as the MK270 has already integrated a variety of hot keys into its slim chassis. There are buttons to instantly access the internet as well as your emails. You don’t need to fumble through the different menus in your desktop as everything is already made accessible with a touch of a button. Even your music and video files can be opened and managed with the hot keys of the MK270. It comes as an easy plug-and-play device so it can run even on legacy operating systems like Windows XP as well as the newer versions of Windows 10. While it is wireless, it is not Bluetooth compatible however.

What We Like about It – The MK270 has the right combination of slim profile, wireless connectivity, ease of operation, and multifunctionality that everyone can truly appreciate. It’s no surprise that it gains more than 8,500 strongly positive comments.

Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard by Emarth

Video gamers need to have the best experience whenever they sit in front of their computers and play their favorite games. If you can get all the different controls of a gaming joystick or controller pad into the computer peripheral, then it would really be a fantastic gadget. Such is what the Emarth Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard promises. This computer peripheral has integrated quite a few gaming controls into its ergonomically designed chassis. For example, the 4 directional joystick buttons in control pads are now conveniently integrated into the Earth. It allows for the simultaneous pressing of up to 19 keys without conflict. The Emarth also has a fully changeable LED color backlighting. And get this, the Emarth also comes with a variety of brightness and breathing modes to complement the colorful backlighting, giving any gamer a superb gaming experience. The keys are built on suspension mechanisms with a concave cap and clear tones to provide a superb tactile and auditory experience. The spacebar has been duly strengthened since this is one of the keys that are often abused by serious PC gamers. It’s also plug-and-play but, unlike the MK270, its backward compatibility extends well into Windows ME. We are not really sure if it can be used on legacy devices running on older systems, though.

What We Like about It – The backlighting and sound effects plus the ergonomic design of the Emarth are amazing. With the strengthening of the keys, this is great for avid gamers.

SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard with Adjustable Backlight by AULA

Futuristic and space age are what can be said about the AULA SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard. The ergonomic and stylish board design reminds you of the sleek curves of a Lamborghini or even the ROG series of gaming laptops like those from Asus and Dell. The characters in each of the keys have been laser carved to make sure it won’t wear off or peal so you’ll get the same quality of characters every time. The laser carved characters also provide a wonderful backlighting effect which is made possible by its intelligent controls. The backlight of the SI-859 can be changed in 3 different colors, each of which has 4 different modes to provide a really cool gaming experience. While the SI-859 does not have the joystick control keys such as those found on the Emarth, it does makes up for this with its super strengthened spacebar to give you superb durability over long hours of gaming abuse. The Windows key can be easily toggled into either the locked or unlocked position so you’ll have greater freedom over your game. With a superbly futuristic profile and an excellent backlighting effect, the SI-859 is a great bargain especially if you’re on the lookout for excellent keyboards for sale.

What We Like about It – The SI-859’s sleek design is what we really fell in love with the first time. The cool colors of its backlight are also remarkable.

STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by Corsair

One major drawback of using keyboards for gaming is the incidence of ghosting which typically occurs if you need to press several keys all at once to effect a particular action in the game. For instance, you may need to press A, W, S, and D all at once to produce an effect. Unfortunately, many keyboards won’t be able to read all of these keys at once so some of these keys may be missing in the resulting process. As such, the effect might be different from the one desired. This is effectively addressed by the Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with its anti-ghosting technology. This helps ensure that all of your keystrokes will be registered in the board to give you one seamless and truly immersive gaming experience. The STRAFE also comes with a unique USB pass-through port so all of your USB-enabled peripherals such as mouse and headset adapter, among others, will not be in the way to an immersive playtime. One amazing thing about the STRAFE is that you can program the keys to fit your personal preferences. If you don’t like using the usual AWSD format, then you can easily assign a different set of keys that works best for you. Each key is contoured and textured to provide an amazing grip as well as enhanced tactile sensations. The dynamic backlighting is also remarkable, although you’re stuck with a red color. There are also a row of multimedia controls for ease of access.

What We Like about It – The STRAFE may not have a very futuristic design but its functionality more than makes up for it.

K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard by Logitech

Don’t you just wish your computer had a larger screen, say a 50+ inch vivid LED? Well, if you have a Smart TV or if you can connect your TV to your computer, then it is at all possible. But how do you control it, you ask? With Logitech’s K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard, of course. Capable of wirelessly connecting to your device up to 10 meters away, the K400 wireless keyboard offers seamless and highly responsive connection enabling you to watch your favorite videos on YouTube or Netflix, stay in touch with your friends on social media networks, browse through the gazillions of web pages, stream music, and many others. Technically, what you can do on your computer you can now do it while sitting conveniently in your couch 33 feet away. Built with a 3.5 inch touchpad that is a hallmark of all laptops, navigating through the various menu interfaces on your computer-connected TV is now super easy. The touchpad also comes with the signature two buttons which effectively takes the place of the mouse. Control buttons and hot keys are laid out in the K400’s chassis for effortless access. Hot keys no longer require any configuration as they function right from the box. Worried about the longevity of its battery? Fear not; the next time you’ll be replacing it will be 18 months from the first time you’ve used it.

What We Like about It – The superb wireless connectivity of the K400 is amazing. The addition of a touchpad is an awesome feature that laptop and netbook users will find very useful.

Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo by HAVIT

Need a more colorful backlight for your gaming keyboard? How about HAVIT’s Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo? Unlike the other computer peripherals we featured in this list, the HAVIT Rainbow comes with a variety of colors that illuminate the keys of this input device. It should be noted that only the base of the keys are illuminated so if you’re expecting the characters to light up as well, then you’re in for a surprise. Nevertheless, controlling the rainbow effects is also possible as you can choose from three different modes: breath, medium, and high. The HAVIT Rainbow also boasts of 19 non-conflict keys. The usual WASD layout can also be changed depending on your preference. Even the Windows hotkey can be disabled so that you’re not going to accidentally activate it during gameplay. The accompanying mouse also has a well-integrated backlight mechanism that you can change its breathing light. The mouse itself can be used to control the DPI settings of your computer from a low 800 DPI to a high 2400 DPI. With backwards compatibility up to Windows XP as well as the Mac OS, the HAVIT Rainbow is a great gear to include in any computer gameplay.

What We Like about It – The backlit keyboard and mouse combo is great as one amazingly complements the other. We just wished it were wireless, though.

BlueFinger Adjustable Crack Backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad by BlueFinger

If you’re the kind of gamer who likes sparks in every keystroke, then the BlueFinger Adjustable Crack backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad is an excellent choice. The description says the backlighting effects are a lot similar to a cracked surface. However, a closer inspection reveals that it actually depends on the color of the backlight. If it’s blue or purple, the pattern actually resembles more of a multi-forked lightning while the red backlight reminds you more of the cracks in a lava rock with the bright red molten lava being revealed in the spaces. Regardless, the BlueFinger is one fashionable keyboard that you can easily change the color of its backlight. A press of the Function key in combination with other keys can help you toggle between the different backlight colors as well as adjust the brightness of the light. Additionally, pressing on the Fn key plus the keys P and S will activate the 3-color breath mode. If you prefer a single color breath, then the key to press is Fn + PB. The point is the BlueFinger is not just a cool-looking device. It’s also highly functional giving you 19 non-conflict keys for more aggressive gaming.

What We Like about It – The fashionable patterns are amazing. The material used in its construction allows for a softer tactile experience.

Amazon Basics Wired Keyboard by Amazon Basics

There’s no denying that not everyone needs really fancy and cool keyboards. As long as you can do what you’re supposed to do and perform it well, then you’re good. But if you can add other functionalities without impacting the price, then we’d say go for it. The Wired Keyboard of AmazonBasics is a good keyboard that is made even more appealing by its low price. The keys are almost flushed into the board to achieve a very low profile giving you comfortable and quiet typing experience. Hotkeys are also well-thought of as there are keys specifically for opening or accessing some of the more common tasks that we perform everyday such as managing our media files, accessing files and folders on My Computer, as well as many others. AmazonBasics says the product works well as a plug and play device for Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. Unfortunately, there are no indications whether it will work with a Windows 8 or even a Windows 10 computer.

What We Like about It – For its price, it’s amazing to see Amazon packing some of the features that you’ll only see in more expensive brands. What’s really superb is its super quiet operation.

Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard by TeckNet

Serious gamers often spend countless hours in front of their computers without getting a break. They’d eat, drink, and even eliminate right there and then. You’ll never know when you’ll be slipping your glass of juice or can of soda on your peripherals. That’s why it’s best to get the fully water-resistant Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard. Not only will it protect your gear against spills, the Gryphon also has a very futuristic and awesome design that it makes for a great companion of other game gears. It features 3 fully adjustable LED backlighting complete with adjustable brightness to customize your gaming experience. What’s amazing about the Gryphon is that you can program up to 10 different keys that will simplify all of your redundant keystrokes which is a lot similar to the creation of macros in your computer. So, instead of striking several keys to perform a particular action, you only need to press a single dedicated key that you can program. This works well with its anti-ghosting feature. There are also multimedia controls; 12 of them, actually, so you’ll have absolute control of your gameplay all within Gryphon.

What We Like about It – The water-resistant and programmable properties of the Gryphon make it a great gaming keyboard. Add the stylish design and you’ve got for yourself a winner.

4000 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard for Business by Microsoft

If you’re typing 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, chances are you’ll have a variety of painful syndromes not only in your fingers but also in your wrist. To help avoid this problem, you can use the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business. This USB keyboard has a very unique ergonomic design that lets your forearm, wrist, and hands to rest comfortably while you’re doing your job. Its palm rest is well cushioned to add to the comfort and relieve pressure off bony prominences. The 4000 also comes with all of your favorite buttons on a Windows 7 taskbar so there’s no need to navigate to your computer screen to activate these features.

What We Like about It – The ergonomic design is outstanding. Obviously, close to 6,000 positively happy customers agree.

K360 Wireless USB Keyboard by Logitech

Designed for the employee with no space to spare in his or her work desk, the K360 Wireless USB keyboard is a fantastic solution. With a very slim and small profile, the K360 is perfect for work areas that don’t have the luxury of space. There are also 12 hotkeys that give you instant access to the most commonly used programs in your desktop including the internet and emails. There are no complicated installations; it’s a simple plug and play. The battery on the wireless receiver should last up to 3 years, giving it superb longevity.

What We Like about It – It’s a space-saver. The features of the K360 don’t disappoint as well.

4 Professional Soft Tactile MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard by Das Keyboard

Whether for work or for play, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is simply amazing. It has gold contact-Cherry MX mechanical key switches which give you a superb tactile sensation. What makes it superb for both gaming and work applications is its N-Key Rollover which is a significant step against ghosting. This simply means that you’ll have seamless control of the keyboard regardless of how many keys you press at the same time. The top panel is made of anodized aluminum giving you excellent durability. Hotkeys also adorn the face of the Das complete with an instant sleep function. It also has an oversized volume control knob which makes it a lot easier to manage your audio.

What We Like about It – The use of NKRO is astounding. The minimalist design is also remarkable.

VM01 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Brown Switches by Velocifire

It’s a cross between an excellent gaming keyboard and a multifunctional office input device. That’s how the Velocifire VM01 is aptly described. It’s got wonderful backlighting that can be managed in various modes. It has mechanism brown switches that are designed to give an entirely different tactile experience. What the Velocifire is particularly famous for is its 104-key anti-ghosting functionality. There are also 12 hotkeys for various multimedia applications.

What We Like about It – The Velocifire is excellent for people who would like to add a little spice to their work. The anti-ghosting functionality is simply astounding.

MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech

With an ergonomic wave design that aims to put all the keys within easy reach, the MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard is perfect for the office worker of today. All the essential functions are neatly arranged on the wide body of the Wave. The cushioned palm rests also help prevent soreness in the hands while providing optimum comfort. The laser mouse is dutifully contoured to fit well in your hands.

What We Like about It – It’s a combo from Logitech. Quality is never a question as shown by its close to 5,000 satisfied keyboardists.

MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo by Logitech 

Almost similar to the MK550 but with a slightly smaller palm rest and more streamlined chassis, the MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo is nonetheless a cool input device to have. It has all the features that all Logitech products are known for including easy-to-access hotkeys. It also features hyper-fast scrolling as well as an LCD dashboard to keep you heads up with the status of your device.

What We Like about It – The comfortable positioning of the keys is noteworthy. Plus, it’s from Logitech, too.

How We Chose the Fabulous Keyboards in Our List

As there are literally thousands of input devices in the market we had to streamline the list first. We only included those with at least 4 star ratings in their customer reviews. However, even after doing this, we still ended with a few hundreds. It was a tough task going through each one of these, so we focused on what other consumers think about the keyboards that they have already bought. Since these products already have no less than 4 stars, we considered the negatives and determined if these are legitimate concerns. If it’s a design flaw, then we scrapped it. If not, we still gave it the benefit of the doubt.

Depending on the type of keyboard, we examined the features that will make the experience of using the input device truly worthwhile. For instance, keyboards for gamers usually come with backlights. There are also multimedia input devices. We had to examine these features carefully and try to analyze the benefits that they will bring to anyone who uses these computer input devices.

We also considered the company that made the device. There are well-established companies that provide excellent feature-packed keyboards at a reasonable price. There are also certain brands that really command a high price. We had to factor all of these in our evaluation.

Features to Look for in a Gaming Keyboard

If you’re wondering how to buy a gaming keyboard, we’ve prepared this short list of the features that you may want to look for. For some, these may not look essential but they can definitely improve your gaming experience. Before we proceed with the list, understand that it’s a lot better to buy a mechanical keyboard for gaming purposes rather than other types of keys. So here are the features you can look for:

  • Macro functions – Some computer game actions require a combination of keys. Rather than pressing all of these, you can program one particular key as the trigger for the action.
  • Digital displays – Some devices come with touchscreens and LCD trackpads that can elevate the whole gameplay experience.
  • Backlighting – You don’t play a game in a bright room. You play in a darkened environment. However, doing so will make hitting the correct keys particularly difficult. As such, keyboard illumination is very important.
  • Multimedia function – Volume and zoom controls are just two of the most common multimedia functions you’ll see in these computer peripherals. If it has a dedicated key to connect you instantly to your social media account, then that’s good.
  • Gaming mode – While playing, you don’t need the context menus or even Windows to keep on popping up, disturbing your concentration.
  • Extra keys – If there are additional keys you can program, then buy the keyboard.

The Bottom Line

These amazing input devices are meant to provide you with a totally different experience. This 2019 don’t be content on what you have for work or play; get any of these 15 cool keyboards and lead a much more productive life.

15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets in 2019

15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets in 2019

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of any modern home. Conversations are a lot more meaningful while concocting your signature dish. Laughter is best shared over a cup of coffee, a plate of warm toast with jelly, and a heaping teaspoon of jest. The point is you can actually do a lot of things in the kitchen. That’s why it’s also important to look for gadgets that can make life a lot easier in this part of your home. Our 15 cool kitchen gadgets in 2019 should take care of that.

15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets

The Original SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer by Lifestyle Dynamics

They say we eat with our eyes. We don’t know about you but a meal that really looks delicious should pave the way for your gastric juices to start flowing. And like what Andrew Zimmern always tells his audience, if it looks good, then eat it. So, why not fascinate your guests with your very own specially cut vegetables? Forget the usual round and flower cuts of veggies. Why not create something like a noodle of pizza or even like a very thin and long band of ribbon? Well, now you can. The Original SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer is the one kitchen gadget that you will need to make really wonderful spaghetti-like strands of zucchinis and other veggies. Create a more interesting carrot ribbon or even long strips of aubergine. The SpiraLife is a beautiful, portable vegetable spiralizer that fits comfortably in your hands. It comes with two heavily engineered blades, one designed for creating spaghetti strands and another for slicing wider ribbons. Lifestyle Dynamics also throws in away a hand slicer as well as a cleaning brush in the set, although we found it to be not really needed as the whole system itself has been designed to be clog- and jam- free. Just rinse it in water and put it in the dishwasher. The sturdy construction is matched by its revolutionary space age design.

What We Like about It – It’s a great tool for those fantastic looking dishes. We also love the guarantees that the company provides.

MBR-1101 Magic Bullet Blender by Magic Bullet

Blenders, choppers, and mixers are some of the most versatile kitchen appliances we can ever have in our homes. These devices help us chop veggies, create salsas, and even make our very own smoothies. Unfortunately, many of these appliances are way too bulky that we no longer have space in our kitchen countertop for other things. Additionally, many of these come with complicated controls that you have to find the right combination of settings to get the desired outcome. The time we spend fumbling with these settings significantly reduces the time we spend cooking and enjoying our food. A much better solution is to use the MBR-1101 Magic Bullet Blender. It should not come as a surprise that it’s called Magic Bullet because it is shaped like a bullet. We all associate bullets with speed and that’s just what the Magic Bullet does. It did away with complicated controls so all you’ll ever need is to put your ingredients into its container, pop it right into the Magic Bullet’s high torque power base, and press the cup to get the outcome you need. Want it roughly chopped? Then press it briefly. Want it really fine like a smoothie? Then you’ll have to press longer. It’s up to you how you want your ingredients to be blended and mixed. It’s all in the length of time you’ll be pressing on the canister. No buttons or settings to fumble with. What’s best is that the Magic Bullet doesn’t take too much of your countertop space as it is as wide as your regular cup. So, if you need a really quick salsa or smoothie, the Magic Bullet is the answer.

What We Like about It – It’s super sleek and very easy to use. No complicated setups. Plus, the design is really space-saving.

ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer by Aroma Housewares

One of the easiest to cook is rice. Just wash it, rinse it, add water, and you’re done. Unfortunately, not everyone can cook perfect rice all the time. It’s not really their fault because it all depends on the variety of rice that you cook. If you’re after the perfect steamed white or brown rice every time, then you simply must have the ARC-914SBD Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. Here’s the thing, the ARC has an intelligent computer board that allows you to program the different controls depending on what you’re cooking. There’s even a delay timer for a maximum of 15 hours so you can effectively set it to start cooking at a given time. Want white rice? How about brown rice? Do you have salmon or red snapper you want to steam? Or even beef and veggie stew? Whatever you want to serve your family, the ARC has you covered. It comes with all the utensils and accessories you will ever need to cook up some beautiful and fragrant rice every time. Now, a word of caution. While the ARC says that it has an 8-cup capacity, this is the cooked version, not the uncooked variety. So, if you have a rice variety that cooks 1:2, then you know that you have at most 4 cups of uncooked rice to cook.

What We Like about It – The programmable features are exceptional. What’s amazing is that close to 8,000 customers find the ARC simply fabulous. Now, beat that!

Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws by Bear Paw Products, Inc.

Everyone loves barbecued pulled pork especially one with its rich and savory juices oozing out of each strand of tender pork meat. It can be a great sandwich filling or enjoyed as is complete with slaw and mashed potatoes or any other classic side dishes. Of course, making your very own pulled pork can be quite tedious. You can shred the meat with your hands. However, the meat is often hot from the oven so you’d be hurting yourself. A better way is to use the Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws. Just imagine you’re Wolverine or perhaps a grizzly tearing at a nice slab of barbecued pork to pieces. The Bear Paws is made of FDA-approved nylon that has been specially designed to withstand the heat of just-cooked meat. It can withstand up to temperatures of 475oF. The Bear Paws is not only great for shredding meats, of course. Because of the fork-like parts, you can use it to lift your Thanksgiving turkey right from the pan and onto your serving plate. You can also use it to toss your vegetable greens and other salads. It’s so versatile that more than 2,000 customers happily include it in their own kitchens.

What We Like about It – The Bear Paws has a very simple design. Yet, basing on the countless happy and satisfied customers, we’d say it’s one truly effective handheld meat shredder.

Amco Rub Away Bar by Amco

One of the tradeoffs of working in the kitchen is that some of the ingredients you will be preparing have a nasty reputation of leaving telltaleodors on your hands. Sometimes, no amount of washing with soap and water can really remove the smell of onions, garlic, or even fish from your hands. While wearing gloves should do the trick, it just isn’t practical since you’d also want to have a very firm grip on the ingredient you’re preparing. A better solution is to get the Amco Rub Away Bar. It’s a very simple stainless steel bar that is beautifully shaped like soap. Here’s the thing: if it’s stainless steel, isn’t it that we already have plenty of stainless steel utensils in our kitchen? We tried looking for answers but couldn’t really find something that makes the Amco Rub Away so effective in removing odors off our skin. Our thinking is that, if the Amco is purely stainless steel, then all stainless steel devices and gadgets have the capability to remove these unwanted odors, right? Suprisingly, close to a thousand consumers have left their positive comments about the product so who are we to argue? We’ve read that the Amco Rub Away bar has been used in almost every conceivable manner from deodorizing the toilet to absorbing the smell inside the fridge. Some have even used it to remove the odors on their intimate body parts. Again, if so many people are saying a lot of good things, then it must be that good.

What We Like about It – It’s a surprisingly effective way of removing kitchen odors from our hands. Its soap shape reminds us that it’s no ordinary stainless steel bar.

25490A Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach

Sandwiches remain a favorite tummy filler especially for those on the go. However, instead of queuing for your breakfast sandwich, why not just make it yourself? At any rate you get to choose the freshest and healthiest ingredients. If you’re on a mission to shave off some pounds off your belly or on the underside of your upper arms, then the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is the way to go. Unlike your typical sandwich maker, the Hamilton Beach comes with beautifully designed pans that are perfect for accommodating your type of bun. Each of the sandwich makers are composed of two layers of pans that are separated by a thin opening mechanism. Here’s the trick: preheat the Hamilton Beach, put the lower half of your chosen bun on the lower pan, add your favorite ingredients like tuna, cheese, ham, and veggies, close the lower pan with the middle ring lid, then add your other ingredients like eggs and cheese, and close the top lid. Now, sit back and just wait for the timer to end. Once you hear the tune, simply twist the middle ring all the way around the assembly, open the top cover, and enjoy your hearty sandwich. Making sandwiches has never been this easy. And now, you can make two at a time.

What We Like about It – The ingenious design of the Hamilton Beach is perfect for diet watchers as they get to create their own healthier, low calorie sandwiches. Everything is super-easy to clean, too.

Herb Saver Best Keeper for Freshest Produce by Prepara

Some prefer using dried herbs in their dishes because they only need little amounts to give a really aromatic flavor. However, nothing can still beat fresh herbs. Unfortunately, these easily wilt if not well hydrated. And even if you’re going to place them in a cool place like your ref, they will still not be as fresh as when you first picked them or bought them. There’s a simple answer to this dilemma: the Herb Saver Best Keeper for Freshest Produce. Imagine a large capsule with a clear window to give you an idea of what herbs are inside. There’s a tethered filler right at the back of the canister where you’ll be pouring water. The point is for you to place your fresh herbs on the pod and then fill the compartment with water. Put inside your ref and you’ve got the freshest herbs for up to 3 weeks, so long as you replace the water every 3 to 5 days. Since the Herb Saver has a built-in clear cover, you can bet that your herbs won’t be squished by other items in your ref. This helps prevent bruising of the leaves which can significantly hasten the degradation process. At the very least, you don’t have to buy your cilantro, parsley, mint, basil, rosemary, dill, thyme, chives, or even oregano as well as other herbs, every now and then. You can keep them fresh up to 3 times longer than normal.

What We Like about It – The way in which the Herb Saver is able to keep the freshness of herbs even after 3 weeks is amazing. Add to this its ability to hydrate these ingredients and you have one cool kitchen gadget.

The Original SNAP’N STRAIN by Kitchen Gizmo

What’s the most inconvenient part of cooking pasta aside from the fact that you have to cook it al dente? It’s the draining process, of course. You don’t want your pasta dish to be so watery than it is saucy, right? Now, instead of pouring your pasta on a dedicated sieve or pasta strainer, why not drain the pasta water straight from the pot itself? To do this, you’d need the Original SNAP’N STRAIN gizmo. You can look at it as a plastic strainer that you clip onto the lip of any pot, bowl, or pan. All you need now is to tip the bowl or pot and drain away. The SNAP’N STRAIN is made of high grade silicone that’s been duly approved by the FDA and has been tested to be resistant to heat. The best part of it is that it works on any type of dish or cooking utensil. Just clip it onto the lip and drain away. You don’t need a separate bowl, pot, or pan to contain the pasta. This reduces the number of utensils or cooking wares that you’ll be cleaning afterwards. At least, you’ll also be eliminating wastes.

What We Like about It – It’s versatile, portable, and very convenient. It makes the process of transferring pastas a breeze.

Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack by Deco Brothers

While some homeowners prefer organizing their pans hanging on the wall or inside their cabinets, for those who don’t actually have the luxury of wall space, maybe a small portion of the countertop will suffice to organize 5 pans. That’s the idea behind the design of the Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack. Made of superior quality stainless steel, the Deco Brothers can be oriented either horizontally or vertically, often depending on your space requirements. If you have ample space in your countertop, then a horizontal orientation, with the pans stacked side by side should suffice. However, if space is not a luxury, you can let the Deco Brothers stand to allow you to stack your pans one on top of the other. And with a very elegant contemporary design, this should be an excellent addition to any modern kitchen.

What We Like about It – The versatility of the Deco Brothers is exceptional. It organizes your pans based on your space requirements.

Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper by Müeller 

In the kitchen, mastery of the knife is a must. This is especially in the preparation of a variety of ingredients. From dicing to chopping to slicing to julienning to fileting and a whole lot more, the value of a dish is inherently tied to how well the ingredients have been prepared. Regrettably, not everyone likes chopping onions, garlic, and other spices as well as vegetables. An easier solution is to get a bulky food processor to do the chopping for you. Sadly, it’s not a space saver. So, a better answer is the Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper. Simply slip your vegetable into the slicing area, push the handle down, and watch your veggies be cut into uniform pieces as they fall into a sealed chamber. You no longer have to cry every time you need to chop onions as the spacious chamber can hold up to 4 cups of veggies. You can even process your cheese with the Vidalia Pro.

What We Like about It – It’s compact and super-lightweight. Best of all, it does chop your veggies, fruits, and cheeses like a pro.

Premium Herb Scissors Set by Chefast 

If you like cooking with fresh herbs, then you know that one of the most tedious task of preparing these types of ingredients is in chopping them into finer bits. While a chopping knife or a cleaver will often do the trick, there are instances when you miss certain segments of the herb that they are naturally longer than the others. What you get is not finely chopped herbs but rather uneven ones. The Chefast Premium Herb Scissors should help you chop your herbs in a more uniform manner. Using the Chefast is very easy as it is designed to be used like any other scissor. The only difference is that, instead of having just a pair of blades, the Chefast has 5 pairs of stainless steel blades. What this essentially means is that with each cut, you are effectively cutting 5 uniform segments of the herb. It even comes with 2 pieces of drawstring bags so you can place your newly-cut herbs inside these bags and use in your stock.

What We Like about It – The 5-blade design of the Chefast is amazing. The addition of a chopper, safety cover, and a cleaning comb makes the Chefast an ideal companion for any kitchen warrior, beginning or otherwise.

LifeJoy Onion Holder Vegetable Cutter Slicer by LifeJoy 

Onions are one of the toughest vegetables to work with; not really because of their hardness but because of the substances that they emit during preparation. Now, you don’t have to shed a tear every time you work with onions. Just pierce the LifeJoy Onion Holder vegetable Cutter Slicer into the onion, work your knife in between the teeth of the LifeJoy, and you’ve got evenly-sliced onion rings. At any rate, you don’t need to hold the onion anymore. And since the teeth of the LifeJoy are uniformly spaced, you can bet that you’ll also get uniform thickness with each slice. Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, and even cucumbers or anything at all that needs slicing, the LifeJoy can give you a more “hands-off” approach. Worried about the odor of onion sticking in your hands? Just rub your hands against the attached odor remover and you’re done.

What We Like about It – It’s a very convenient way to get uniform slices of veggies especially onions, tomatoes, and others.

Savvy Infusion Water Bottle by Savvy Infusion 

Nothing beats natural. Instead of buying ready-to-drink juices, it’s a lot healthier to make your own. With the savvy Infusion Water Bottle, all you need are slices of your favorite fruits and/or veggies into the infusion chamber, some cool refreshing water, and you’ve got the healthiest drink you’ll ever have. The Savvy Infusion is perfect for diet watchers as well as fitness buffs who would like to stay hydrated using only vitamin-rich liquids that they mixed themselves.

What We Like about It – The design of the infusion chamber of the Savvy Infusion is exceptional. Now, you can enjoy nutritious and healthier drinks whenever you need to.

Tour de Pizza Dual Stainless Steel Bicycle Pizza Cutter by SoHo Kitchen 

Need a gift idea for your pizza-loving friend? How about the Tour de Pizza Dual Stainless Steel Bicycle Pizza Cutter? The two wheels of the Tour de Pizza serve as pizza slicers. However, instead of the usual handle that rolls the slicer, you’ll get a racing bike frame to hold onto. The bike itself comes with the signature racing handlebar, a seat, and a bike stand. Now, all you need is to zoom the wheels of the Tour de Pizza across your pie and you’ve got slices for everyone to enjoy.

What We Like about It – It has a very fun and ingenious design. What more is there to say?

Glide Signs Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty Sign by Glide Signs 

Modern kitchens have dishwashers. Unfortunately, we won’t really know if the dish we have popped in have already been washed or not yet? Of course, we can just open the drawer to find out. However, a better solution is to put the Glide Signs Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty Sign. Just like your “Doctor is In/Out” glide signs, this should help you determine at first look if the dishes need some cleaning or are already done. At least, there’s no need to open the dishwasher anymore just to see if the dishes are still dirty or are already clean. The Glide Signs works on all types of dishwashers as well as surfaces as you have the option to use either a magnet or an adhesive tape.

What We Like about It – It’s an entirely different way of informing you of the current status of your dishes without having to open the dishwasher. It’s a cool gift, to say the least.

How We Chose the Coolest Kitchen Gadgets in Our List

We understand that different kitchens can be designed or styled differently, yet the fundamental components that make up any modern kitchen are essentially the same. From kitchen utensils to cooking implements as well as other technologies, simple or otherwise, choosing a cool gadget to use in your kitchen is pretty straightforward. Well, that’s what we hoped for. But, after the initial stages in our search, we knew it would take us a considerable length of time to make a shortlist. So, we had to narrow the field first down to just a few tens upon which we can eventually deliberate and choose our final 15.

To achieve this, the kitchen gadget’s consumer rating was taken into consideration in our initial screening process. We thought that the product should have at least 4 stars in its consumer ratings. Any product that had fewer than 4 stars was automatically dropped from the list. Eventually, we ended up with several tens of cool kitchen gadgets. This is where the actual work began.

Since we are talking about gizmos that will make our lives easier as we go about our business in our kitchen, we looked at the overall utility of the products. These must provide a certain benefit that cannot be obtained from other types of tools or devices in the kitchen. Additionally, if it can substantially reduce the amount of time it would normally take to complete a particular task, then we included this, too.

Gadgets don’t need to be very complicated. It must be ready to use straight from the packaging. This extends well into its maintenance. We all know how tedious it can be to wash off food debris from blades and small parts of our kitchen appliances and devices. So, if this can be made very simple as popping them right in our dishwasher, we’re confident you’d love that, too.

Tips to Choosing the Right Gadget for Your Kitchen

As we move towards the 22nd century, more and more homes are integrating smart technologies in every aspect of their homes. Many of today’s modern homes already have an array of high tech kitchen gadgets and gizmos that make their kitchens truly cutting  edge. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need all of these gadgets for your kitchen. That’s why it is important to consider our tips to choosing the right kitchen gadget for your home.

  • Know your strengths. 

Before you start splurging on kitchen gadgets, it’s important to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you have excellent knife skills, do you still need a chopper, dicer, or slicer? Perhaps. But isn’t the joy of cooking is partly found in the hands-on preparation of the ingredients? The point is for you to understand your limitations. Gadgets are supposed to help you execute a particular task a lot more efficiently. If you’re already doing great, what’s the gadget for?

  • Consider your workspace. 

Not all of us have the luxury of a restaurant-sized kitchen. As such, we need to consider gadgets that will not take too much of our precious space. We may have all the technologies we need. But, if these will take most of our workspace, then everything will be for naught.

  • Start with the basics. 

To pick out the best kitchen gadget for your home, it is essential to stick with the basics like those you’ll need for preparing and serving your food. You’ll never go wrong if you keep this in mind.

The Bottom Line

Gadgets are designed to make our lives easier. However, it should not take the joys of food preparation or cooking away from us. With our 15 cool kitchen gadgets, you’re now in full control of what’s going on in your kitchen.

15 Cool Shower Curtains in 2019

15 Cool Shower Curtains in 2019

Shower curtains are very important accessories for any bathroom. Just imagine the water damage that would occur to your bathroom tiles and other surfaces if excess water from the shower is not channeled towards the drain. Flooding can occur if shower water is not properly blocked and channeled. However, since shower curtains are mostly considered as decorative pieces, we’re sharing with you 15 cool shower curtains in 2019 to add both decorative and functional purpose to your bathroom.

15 Really Cool Shower Curtains

Thistle Fabric Shower Curtain by InterDesign

Floral themes are some of the most common designs of these bathroom accessories. These provide a very natural and lovely look on any restroom. Such is the case of the Thistle Fabric by InterDesign. With close to 2,000 positive reviews on Amazon, it currently holds the record of being a bestseller in this particular category. However, it should be noted that the InterDesign Thistle Fabric is mainly for decorative purposes only and should be used with a liner; although we found some reviewers who said that it can actually serve as a standalone bath screen. If you are not a heavy splasher, then a liner may not actually be needed at all. Available in 10 different color combinations, the Thistle is a great option for homeowners who have floral themes in the rest of their house or at least in their bathrooms. Cleaning and maintenance are also not a problem since the whole fabric can be tossed right into your washing machine. You need not worry about its metal grommets as these are designed to be highly resistant to rust. The top header is also adequately reinforced to provide optimum durability of the entire unit. Taking a splash is also comfortable as the fabric itself is soft to the touch. It surely won’t be irritating your skin should you come into contact with it.

What We Like about It – The soft fabric is a welcome feature while its ease of care is superb. And with that many people saying good things about the Thistle, we’re bound to agree.

Lucia Shower Curtain by Lush Décor

Looking at the Lush Décor Lucia, we’re reminded of wedding gowns and other sophisticated dresses primarily for the presence of the ribbons that give it a luxurious ruffled appearance. The Lucia is available in white, ivory, purple, and blue, all colors that speak of elegance and style while also commanding admiration from those who view them. Because of its rather intricate design and very elaborate ribbon work, the Lucia should never be popped into a washing machine. The only way you can clean it is by having it dry cleaned. Nevertheless, the Lucia should clearly elevate the aesthetics of your bathroom. However, it does tend to limit your interior design flexibility because of its ruffled appearance and single color design. The ribbons provide a certain texture that works best with plain-finished walls, not tiles. Otherwise, the lines made by the tiles will create chaos in the random and irregular lines created by the ribbons. It may be tricky, but using the Lucia is a very elegant and stylish option.

What We Like about It – The elegant look is amazing. The ribbons and its unicolor styling should prove invaluable for people who prefer simple yet elegant designs.

Chevron Shower Curtain by InterDesign

There are people who just love geometric shapes. From pieces of furniture to home decors and even wall art, geometric shapes provide a different kind of element to a house or any building to help draw the eye to where the owner wants to highlight. InterDesign’s Chevron, while not as popular as the Thistle variant, is a smartly designed, fun, and trendy screen for the bath intended primarily for homeowners who already have a variety of geometric shapes-inspired home interior design. Its sharp zigzag lines drawn horizontally can make for an interesting contrast to a plain wall or those adorned with circular patterns; although one line comes in a different color to serve as an accent and provide a break from the monotony of the zigzag patterns. Unfortunately, like the Thistle, this InterDesign creation is not really recommended as a standalone screen for your daily bath. While its polyester construction can offer a certain degree of protection against splashes, a liner is highly recommended. Perhaps it’s more of a marketing ploy so customers will be buying two products instead of just one. Who knows? Nevertheless, the soft feel of the Chevron makes it quite lovely to touch. It’s very easy to clean, too. Unlike the Lucia that needs some professional dry cleaning, the Chevron, like all InterDesign products, can be thrown into your washing machine and it will be clean in no time.

What We Like about It – It’s fun and trendy. The button holes have been reinforced as well giving it great sturdiness.

Sinatra Silver Shower Curtain by Popular Bath

Everyone knows Frank Sinatra, the golden boy of the Rat Pack. Everyone knows that he made Las Vegas his empire and whenever Las Vegas is brought to the fore, the image that we picture in our minds is one of glitter, fame, and glamor. Of course, there’s always a darker side to this oasis in the Nevada desert. But the whole point is that whenever you’re talking about glittering, shiny things, opulence, wealth, and fame are almost always likely to follow. Such is the impact of the Sinatra Silver Shower Curtain by Popular Bath. It’s one of the unique shower curtains that we have in the shortlist primarily because of the bands of glittering silver sequins that adorn the metallic silver fabric made of 100 percent premium quality polyester. The sequins make for an excellent ornament to an otherwise drab and dull bathroom. The choice of silver color for its polyester fabric foundation is exceptionally remarkable as the sheen from the individual sequins reflect the light from the room itself. It’s like having a sea of stars right inside your bath. Because of the presence of sequins, care should be observed when washing it. However, unlike the Lucia, you don’t need to have the Sinatra dry cleaned. It can still be machine washed except that it should be run on cold and cycled on gentle. You are also not supposed to toss it in your dryer as it is better to hang dry. Additionally, like InterDesign products, it is recommended that a separate liner be used in conjunction with the Sinatra. Now, you can bring the limelight of Las Vegas right in your bathroom.

What We Like about It – The Sinatra is like having the great performer in your home. With glitter and glam, your bath will surely be an elegant part of any house.

Ombre Waffle Weave Shower Curtain by Creative Home Ideas

If you’re a fan of gradients or shadow-like effects, the Ombre Waffle Weave should provide you with a wonderful opportunity to bring an entirely different vibe to your bathroom. With heavier tones at the base or bottom, gradually decreasing in hue as you go up the entire height of the Ombre Waffle Weave, this Creative Home Ideas creation might very well be one of the cute shower curtains you’ll see. Available in a variety of colors, 8 to be exact, you can color coordinate your bath screen with the principal color or theme of your bathroom. You can go complementary or even contrasting. Everything depends on your preferences. And because the Ombre Waffle Weave is technically plain fabric made of only the finest imported polyester, this should offer you impressive versatility in your restroom interior designing. The 12 ring holes have also been duly reinforced to help secure the whole system. Understand that the Ombre Waffle Weave, while chic and fashionable, will still require a PEVA or even vinyl liner to help prevent the splash of water onto your floor.

What We Like about It – The Ombre Waffle Weave has a very unique name for an otherwise simple yet effective design.

Fabric Waterproof Shower Curtain Liner by InterDesign

The best shower curtains should really have a waterproof membrane or layer so that it will keep the water off your floor and the rest of the bathroom. Unfortunately, for aesthetic reasons, many companies prefer not to go this route of integrating a liner and a curtain into one cohesive unit. That’s why, in most instances, what you’ll most likely get is a set of both the curtain and the liner. Some would require you to purchase independently but almost always within the same line of brand. This should offer you an excellent opportunity to try out as many possible combinations you can that will bring out the best in your restroom or bath. In this list we’ve already covered a number of InterDesign products. And as you may have already noticed, most of them require getting a separate liner. The InterDesign Fabric Waterproof Shower Curtain Liner is the answer. This product is also made of 100 percent polyester but has been dutifully treated to render it as water repellant and mold and mildew free as possible. The fantastic news about the InterDesign Fabric Waterproof is that it has a certain degree of elegance to it that it can actually serve as a standalone bath screen. And, here’s the proof: more than 1,500 very happy, very satisfied customers actually give it no less than 4 stars on average. Available in 8 different colors, you can now have the option to use it as is or in combination with a standard bath screen.

What We Like about It – It’s really waterproof. Best part of it all is that the InterDesign Fabric Waterproof is free from mold and mildew development so you can feel safer for the health of everyone who’s ever going to go under the shower head.

Leaves Soft Fabric Shower Curtain by InterDesign

For nature lovers, having beautifully printed leaves on stems would provide a great and remarkable addition to the aesthetic beauty of your bathroom. The InterDesign Leaves Soft Fabric, just like the other InterDesign products, features a very soft fabric material that is really gentle to the touch. But get this. The InterDesign Leaves actually has a feature that others don’t have. The fabric has been designed to be quick-drying so it helps prevent the growth and proliferation of harmful microorganisms particularly mold and mildew. At any rate, this gives you the peace of mind that your health as well as that of every member of your family is adequately protected. Because of its rather softer quality material, there’s also a very specific requirement when it comes to its maintenance. You cannot simply toss it in your washing machine expecting it to come out clean. Well, technically, you can. However, it should always be washed cold and then tumble dried in the lowest possible setting. This helps protect its integrity so you’ll be using it for many more years.

What We Like about It – The design of the Leaves may be overly simplistic but it’s the unusual softness of the fabric material that has drawn rave reviews from almost 1,400 customers. It is almost similar in status to the InterDesign Thistle except that this one’s softer and has quick drying properties. This actually indicates that it can be used as a standalone shower curtain.

Shower Curtain Collection by Ambesonne

Need bathroom shower curtains that are more like oversized wall art than they are screens to protect splashes from flooding your restroom or bath? Well, the Ambesonne Shower Curtain Collection is a superb assemblage of 38 different colorful, unique, classy, artsy, and truly marvelous works of art that have been boldly and graphically printed onto a premium grade polyester fabric material without the use of any dye. There are no borders or any other embellishments. It’s more like having a wonderful picture or image blown into one huge size and then used as a screen in your bath. This is one of the best shower curtains you’ll ever get especially if you’re the kind of person who likes visual art, paintings, pictures, images, and other forms of visual masterpieces. One additional advantage of the Ambesonne is that it can serve as a standalone shutter from water. You don’t even need a separate liner for this as the Ambesonne has been designed to be 100 percent waterproof while also offering superb resistance against soap and chemical stains and the development or growth or mold and mildew. It is so amazing that the health and safety implications are simply remarkable. Cleaning is never a problem as well as the Ambesonne can be easily managed with a simple turn at the washing machine. But, here’s the catch. Because of its large bold prints, it may not be ideal for bathrooms that are already filled with a lot of stuff; unless you can coordinate the choice of the design to the existing theme in your bathroom.

What We Like about It – The prints are humongous. It’s like having a very beautiful mural in your shower.

Cobblestone Waterproof and No More Mildew Shower Curtain Liner by Eforcurtain

If you’re looking for a more subtle design than the one provided by Ambesonne, maybe you would like to consider the Eforcurtain Cobblestone Waterproof and No More Mildew Shower Curtain Liner.  The design is not as bold and loud as the ones provided by Ambesonne, basically consisting only of soft pebble prints in different shades and hues. What you get is an appearance of rough texture. Here’s where it gets more interesting. Depending on your choice of the background fabric whether it is clear, transparent, or frosted, you will get different effects although the design is pretty much the same. Like the Ambesonne, the Eforcurtain Cobblestone can also serve as either a standalone shower curtain or as a wonderful liner for other models as it has a very unique PVC construction, giving it excellent waterproofing. And since water simply glides off the surface of the Eforcurtain Cobblestone, it dries up quickly such that mold and mildew will not have time to clump and proliferate. The use of PVC as a material, while there may be concerns about its safety, makes cleaning a breeze. You don’t need to wash it or even dry clean it anymore. Just get a damp cloth and wipe its surface and you’re basically done. It’s a no-fuss way of keeping the Eforcurtain Cobblestone clean.

What We Like about It – It can be used either as a shower curtain or a liner for other brands or designs. It’s super easy to clean, too.

Cascade Shabby Chic Ruffled Sheer Shower Curtain by Home Bargains Plus

If you think the Lucia looks very luxurious because of its ribbon trimmings, wait until you see the Cascade shabby Chic Ruffled Sheer Shower Curtain. From afar, it’s more like the dress of a fairy princess. Technically, its design is a blast from the past as the shower curtain sets of the last century were designed with dutifully positioned ruffles on a choice fabric. The visual texture the Cascade creates should be stunning to look at especially if you have a bathroom that is designed to be more of the classic style rather than the minimalist modern styling. The Cascade is also available in white, sea, moss, spice, and ivory colors to match the prevailing theme of your bathroom. The Cascade is made from imported 100 percent polyester voile giving it softness and smoothness that is more like lace. This gives the Cascade a very exotic, very sensual look, which is typically what you would expect from a Victorian Era-inspired bath accessory.

What We Like about It – The ruffled appearance of the Cascade is simply amazing. It’s like bringing you back to a time where lavish interiors were defined by the wavy features of these fabric items.

Paisley Shower Curtain by Welwo

One of the most unique shower curtain sets we’ve seen is the Welwo Paisley which already comes with storage bag and shower curtain rings and hooks. Of course, Welwo did not include a rod with which to hang the whole piece. But if they did, we’re pretty sure it will be selling more than hotcakes. The Welwo Paisley has a beautifully intricate Batik artwork that is quite famous in Indonesia as well as other Southeast Asian countries. Come to think of it, certain cultures in Africa are also known to favor such art. Regardless of its origins, the intricate art patterns should be a great aesthetic addition to any bathroom. Not only is the Welwo Paisley aesthetically beautiful, it is also functionally wonderful. The fabric is designed to be fully waterproof and water repellent so it naturally drives away water splashes so these drips down the floor surface of the bathtub or shower room. Because water particles glide off the surface, the Paisley easily dries up preventing the formation of mold and mildew colonies. Welwo says that the Paisley also has antibacterial properties, although we are doubtful as to the credibility of this claim. Nevertheless, the metal grommets are fully protected from corrosion so you’ll get longer life for your Paisley.

What We Like about It – The Paisley can stand alone as a shower curtain or it can also be used as a liner for other models or brands. While we doubt its antibacterial properties, we have no doubt about its mold and mildew resistance.

New Upgrade 3D Vivid Waterfall Pattern Shower Curtain by Beddinginn

Since water is the main element in any bathroom, don’t you think your bathroom shower curtains should be watery, too? Well, at least in print, of course. This is why we think the New Upgrade 3D Vivid Waterfall Pattern Shower Curtain is a very unique way to provide you with the privacy you need while taking a shower while also adding a very refreshing, more natural feel to your restroom. With a stunning and super-realistic image of a mini waterfall cascading between rows upon rows of primal virgin forest trees, shaded from the glaring and scorching heat of the sun, you’ll have the most primeval beauty right in your bathroom. The print is done in 3D to give you stunning realism. The Beddinginn 3D Vivid Waterfall is not only stunning, it’s also waterproof and highly durable. The Dacron polyester material is known for its use in the sails of sailboats so you can be sure of its durability and excellent waterproofing. However, don’t make the mistake of popping it in your washing machine. It should always be handwashed.

What We Like about It – A stunning 3D design and superb durable construction are what makes the Beddinginn an exceptional product to have.

MP70-1483 Spa Waffle Shower Curtain by Madison Park

For homeowners who don’t require fancy accessories, the Madison Park MP70-1483 Spa Waffle is a great option. Made with high grade polyester, the Spa Waffle comes in taupe, grey, and aqua thick and thin bands on an off-white background. The horizontal bands can be an excellent complement to any bathroom that may have bricks or tiles for its walls. What’s fantastic about the Spa Waffle is its 3M water repellent treatment which guarantees longer lifespan for your shower curtain while also giving it a brand new look every time you go for a bath. It’s also machine washable so cleaning is not an issue.

What We Like about It – A simple design can sometimes work a lot better than elaborate ones. The Madison Park Spa Waffle clearly illustrates that.

Colorful Tree of Life Shower Curtain by Comroll

Designed like one fantastic mural, the ComrollColorful Tree of Life looks more like the crayon art of a grade schooler that has been enlarged to drape your bathroom’s shower area. Made of a wrinkle-free polyester material, the colors on the Comroll will never fade and will never affect the environment. It’s one of the most popular shower curtains among new releases. It’s also exceptionally smooth so taking a shower should be delightfully pleasant. The metal rings have been plated in nickel to give it excellent corrosion resistance while affording it durability that you won’t be able to see anywhere else. Perhaps what is really amazing about the Tree of Life is that it can really be a fantastic wall décor, except that the space behind it is actually your shower area.

What We Like about It – The mural-like artwork is exceptional. We think it’s excellent for homes with more fun motifs.

Anzu Shower Curtain by InterDesign 

There’s something about bamboo that make it a very significant design element in any home. Whether as a potted ornament or as a printed design or wall art, the sleek and slender lines of the trunk and its needlelike leaves are always very interesting to look at. The Anzu is InterDesign’s answer to the need for a bamboo décor in your bathroom. Just like the other InterDesign products in this list, the Anzu is machine washable but should always be used with a separate liner. The rust-proof metal grommets are already a standard with all InterDesign products.

What We Like about It – It may not have the numbers of rave reviews of the Thistle yet but the Anzu is surely on its way there.

How We Chose the Cool Shower Curtains in Our List

Choosing a cool shower curtain is not really easy. It’s like trying to pick a dress from a warehouse full of your favorite dresses. You may think you have chosen the right one and then you see something else. We knew we needed help. This is where product ratings come in. We’re pretty sure this is what you do as well especially if you cannot decide on a product to take simply because there’s a lot of really good ones to choose from. The “opinions” of others, how they look at the product, and their experiences with the product that you are also interested in, are things you would want to know. That’s the same thing with us. So, to be included in our list, a product had to have at least a 4 star product rating. The more positive the reviews are, the better.

The best shower curtains have to be easy to clean and maintain as these come in contact with water all the time which can potentially leave stains on the fabric material depending on the hardness of the water. The different components of these bathroom accessories were also considered and each one was evaluated for its design integrity, quality, and craftsmanship.

Tips to Choosing a Shower Curtain

It’s not really difficult to pick a shower curtain that’s right for your bathroom. Unfortunately, there are some folks who may be too frazzled by the sheer number of design and style options that, in the end, they eventually get something that is definitely not suitable for their shower. Here are a few tips on how to choose shower curtains for your home.

  • Understand the design or theme of your bathroom. 

Any endeavor starts with an understanding of the background of the issue at hand. The same is true in choosing a curtain for your shower. It is imperative to look at the overall design of your bathroom and determine the most outstanding feature or theme. Use this as your guide in the selection of an appropriate material for your shower curtain.

  • Know what different fabrics provide you.

Different fabric materials have different pros and cons. For instance, cotton is very easy to wash although it tends to absorb moisture very easily. Vinyl is essentially for the busy person who doesn’t have the time for curtain maintenance. The same is true with polyester and nylon. Other notable fabrics used in shower curtains include organic and microfiber materials.

  • Determine whether you need aesthetics or functionality.

Obviously, your choice of a shower curtain will reflect your primary preference, whether you’re after the form or the function. If aesthetics is more important, then choose a decorative curtain. If functionality is more important, then waterproofing and mildew resistance are a must. If you want both, then choose one that provides both qualities.

The Bottom Line

Shower curtains are important accessories to any modestly-sized bathroom as it helps prevent flooding and help channel water towards the drain. It can serve as a decorative piece as well. With the 15 cool shower curtains, you can do both.

Gifts For Kids

Gifts For Kids

Choosing gifts for kids can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re buying for relatives or the children of friends or colleagues, there’s a huge variety of things on offer, ranging from toys and accessories to gadgets and gizmos. There’s nothing quite like seeing the look on a kid’s face and knowing that you’ve made the right choice – if they think something’s awesome, they’re going to tell you about it.

Indeed, truly great gifts for kids are things that will never be forgotten – they’re the stuff that nostalgia is made of. Childhood, meanwhile, can be a time of challenges, so some gifts will skew younger and some older – scaling up to things that will be ideal for teens and tweens. Because of that, it’s important to think about the age that you’re buying for as well as what will be a fit for the parents. To make the process of finding the perfect gift for a kid more manageable we’ve organized some of the best gifts on offer in one place here. Have fun!

Little Tikes Spiralin Seas Water Table

Little Tikes Spiralin Seas Water Table

The Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table is an exceptionally well-built and ingeniously designed play set for young children to help develop their cognitive skills while offering them the opportunity to develop and enhance their emotional and social wellbeing. There are elements that allow for optimum physical development, too.

Nerf Strongarm Blaster

Nerf Strongarm Blaster

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster is a fantastic toy gun that provides kids with an exceptional experience aiming, shooting, and flexing their muscles to dodge incoming Elite darts. Its toy features help ensure that kids don’t mistake it for a real gun and that it is primarily intended for imaginative fun.

Cheeseburger Backpack

Just don’t start biting into it if you do feel hungry because the Steven Universe Cheeseburger Backpack is anything but edible. It may not fill your stomach, but it sure can fill your heart with its spacious storage compartments and its really amazing, delicious-looking cheeseburger design. Kids will love taking their humongous cheeseburger to wherever they go.

Cool Board Games for Hours of Fun

Cool Board Games for Hours of Fun

No matter how much we want to deny it, nothing beats a board game night with family and friends. It is a solid fact that board games bring everyone together, providing hours of fun and entertainment. Of course, the little disputes over certain team players cheating just adds to the experience, right?! With such a diverse range of fun and wacky board games on the market, it can be tough picking one that’ll actually be worth purchasing. We have tried and tested a variety of board games and selected only the absolute best to include. No matter what you are looking for, you will be certain to find it right here! From silly sets to tricky mind challenges, be prepared for endless amounts of entertainment with these cool board games.

The Coolest Board Games

Classic Chutes and Ladders Board Game

Classic Chutes and Ladders Board Game

Teach kids basic math skills with this classic game called Chutes and Ladders where the use of words are a big no-no and basic counting skills are an absolute joy to have. Kids always go up ladders and down with chutes. Landing on good deeds allows kids to climb up a ladder and closer to the 100th spot on the bi-fold game board. Landing on bad deeds, however, gets kids chuting back down.

Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror

Who among the 16 Arkham Horror investigators do you think has the capability to bring down Hastur, Ithaqua, or even Cthulhu? There’s only one way to find out: you’d have to play Arkham Horror. It’s a game that puts you squaring against the diabolical acolytes of the Ancient Ones who are now slowly stirring up trouble in the small sleepy town of Arkham. New artwork and new graphics make this game an invaluable collectible.

Agricola Farmers of The Moor

Agricola Farmers of The Moor

If you already have the Agricola base game, then you’d definitely have to have the Farmers of the Moor. It’s Agricola’s first expansion game that further adds complexity and amazing depth to the already-splendid gameplay of the base game. The expansion set features a lot of special actions including major improvements in the way you play the game. The set comes with new cards, tiles, horse-shaped wooden pieces, and scorepad.

King of Tokyo Board Game

King of Tokyo Board Game

Need something unique to spice up your game nights? How about playing the King of Tokyo? In this game you can play the role of any gigantic robots, mutant monsters, and other hideously monstrous beings. Your only objective is to create as much destruction on the city to gain the title of The King of Tokyo. Gather energy, beat other monsters, and heal your monster so you’re a lot closer to your goal.

Puerto Rico Game

Puerto Rico Game

Do you prefer playing the role of a city mayor, a ship captain, an enterprising trader, a modest settler, a skilled craftsman, an awesome builder, or a cunning prospector? Whatever role you choose to play in the Puerto Rico Game, you’d still have to be concerned about one thing: gain as many victory points as you possibly can. It is a game that requires excellent knowledge of what these roles entail.

Lords of Waterdeep

Lords of Waterdeep

If you’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for quite some time now, then you’d definitely appreciate the Lords of Waterdeep. As one of the lords of Waterdeep, you will be hiring adventurers who will complete your tasks for you. Natural resources and treasures abound in the City of Splendors and each one is up for grabs. What you cannot take through negotiations or trickery, you should be able to take by force.

15 Cool Lamps for Your Home in 2019

15 Cool Lamps for Your Home in 2019

The beauty of our homes is actually the result of a variety of factors. For the most part, the overall design can be enhanced by the correct choice of furniture as well as trimmings and fixtures. Unfortunately, if people just won’t see these simply because of the wrong choice of lighting, then even the most expensive and most luxurious piece of furniture will look like a piece of junk. That’s why you really have to look at our 15 cool lamps for your home in 2019. Whether it is for your living room, your bedroom, your kitchen, or any other part of your home, your property’s natural beauty will shine.

15 Seriously Cool Lamps For Your Home

Himalayan Glow Hand Carved Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp by WBM LLC

There’s one really good reason why the Himalayan Glow is such a huge hit among homeowners and interior decorators as well as office executives alike, garnering a whopping 11,000 rave reviews in the process. These cool table lamps combine the health-giving properties of an ionizer with the cool lighting effects of lava glow. It’s like having a piece of bright orange lava rock right in your bedroom or even in your office. The large Himalayan rock salt, mined and hand carved from Pakistan, provides a healthier, breathable air as it is known to deodorize and cleanse the air around us by attracting moisture in the air which, unfortunately, is often filled with dust particles and other airborne substances that can wreak havoc in our lungs if not removed. That’s why a Himalayan salt lamp is one of the really healthier lamps we can ever buy today. It can also help reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies, helps alleviate coughing, boosts our energy levels, provides for a more restful sleep, and neutralizes electromagnetic radiation which can cause chronic fatigue syndrome and decreased immune responses. Studies have also revealed that Himalayan salt lamps may help in improving overall mood, focus, and concentration. Some also claim it’s able to manage seasonal affective disorders while also reducing the amount or level of static electricity in the ambient air. The neem wood base also provides an eco-friendly aspect to the Himalayan Glow Lamp, giving it superb termite-resistance as well as unparalleled durability. Once lit, the Himalayan Glow emits an amber color that can really soothe and calm the senses. You’ll have the relaxing effects of being in a spa. All you need now is an aromatherapy diffuser and you’re all set to have a really relaxing atmosphere right in your room. You can also fine-tune the brightness levels of the Himalayan Glow with its built-in dimmer controls. With all these benefits, it’s hard to imagine passing up on this opportunity to get one for your own home or even your office.

What We Like about It – With the health-giving benefits of the Himalayan Glow Lamp together with is excellent sturdy design and styling and thousands of rave reviews, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

Table and Bedside Touch Sensor Lamp with Dimmable Warm Light and Color Changing RGB by AUKEY

Today’s contemporary lamps make full use of LED technology to provide a dazzling spectacle. The AUKEY Table and Bedside Touch Sensor Lamp is one such lamp. Each of these cool table lamps is built with 256 LED bulbs that changes in colors with each touch. Tapping on it to emit a brighter white light can provide you with enough illumination to read your favorite pocket book before going to bed. Touching it to produce a dimmer or cooler hue is perfect for setting the toned-down mood for going to sleep. Tapping the base also allows you to adjust the brightness levels of the LED lights from a bright daytime white light to soft and cool illumination. If you don’t like constantly touching the AUKEY’s light controls, you can simply set it on auto-cycle and it will give you the best light show ever. The power to control the AUKEY is literally in your hands.

What We Like about It – The elegant look of the AUKEY complements the functionality of its design. The range of colors of light it emits should give you fantastic options for any situation.

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp by LAMPAT

Office tables as well as work desks need to have the correct lighting so that your eyes will not get strained in the process especially when working at night. However, using the light in your room can somehow disturb the sleep of others. As such, you’ll need cool table lamps such as the LAMPAT Dimmable LED Desk Lamp. You’ll be surprised at the warm reception of this particular lighting device as more than 3,000 very satisfied customers have provided testimonies to its effectiveness and usefulness. Perhaps what really sold the LAMPAT to these people is the fact that the LED light fixtures inside the slim design of the LAMPAT is guaranteed to last 25 years. However, this is only under normal use. If you’re going to use it 24/7, then it may be shorter than 25. The LAMPAT’s brightness can be adjusted in 5 levels and comes with 4 different modes of lighting. At any rate, you’ll be glad you’ve got plenty of options to make your work a lot easier.

What We Like about It – The minimalist design of the LAMPAT should make for a very elegant space-saving lighting fixture for your desk.

NOT Floor Uplight Lamp by Ikea

If you need unusual floor lamps, maybe you’d like to consider the NOT Floor Uplight Lamp from Ikea? Unlike the usual lamps that are oriented downwards from their recessed fixtures on the ceiling, the NOT is pointing upwards, beaming its light towards the ceiling and effectively diffusing the even distribution of light. Standing close to 6 feet tall at 69 inches, the NOT is an excellent addition to your ordinary living room lighting by also providing an aesthetic look because of its minimalist design. Cleaning the lamp is made easy using dust cloth.

What We Like about It – The NOT won’t take much of your floor space. And since it’s highly mobile, you can provide the kind of illumination that you require in any part of your home.

LT1025-BLK Modern Genuine Leather Table Lamp by Elegant Designs

If you’ve got a home that designed or styled with geometric shapes, you’ll find the boxy appearance of the Elegant Designs modern lamps particularly pleasing, especially its LT1025 Modern Genuine Leather Table Lamp. These cool table lamps have a boxy lamp shade made of high quality fabrics that is able to diffuse the light coming from the bulb in the center fixture. Supporting the fabric shade is a wooden base frame that has been elegantly covered in genuine leader. The combination of wood, leather, and fabric gives the Elegant Designs a really posh appearance that can add pizzazz and style to any room. Use these as bedroom lamps or as light fixtures in any of your rooms.

What We Like about It – It’s fashionable, looks sophisticated, and oozing with elegance. There clearly is no way you’re not going to draw admiration from your friends when they do visit your home.

LED Gooseneck Table and Desk Lamp with Touch Control by TaoTronics

Don’t strain your eyes whenever you have to work at night. Flickering lights can severely affect your eyesight as the constant changing intensity of light can damage the photosensitive receptor cells in the eyes. What you’ll need is a non-flickering light that will help rest your eyes while allowing you to work during the night. The TaoTronnics Gooseneck cool table lamps provide non-flickering and ghost-free illumination to help prevent eye fatigue. You can even control the level of brightness in 7 different settings. This gives you optimum control on how you would like to illuminate your work area. Since it has a gooseneck design, you can be sure that you can reposition the fixture any which way you like. The LED bulbs also help you save at least 75 percent from your existing energy consumption, making it the ideal work light during nighttimeendeavors.

What We Like about It – The ghost-free and flicker-free design of the TaoTronics is one of the reasons why these modern lamps are favored by close to 2,000 consumers. It’s simple yet very elegant and highly functional, too. Best of all, it’s gentle on the eyes.

Color Changing Aurora Projection LED Night Light Lamp with Speaker by SOAIY

The Aurora Borealis and Australis are two natural spectral light phenomenon that has fascinated the world since ancient times. While there have been legends, stories, and myths as to why these phenomenon occur, no one is questioning their implications. For many, it’s a very spectacular show that can be both mesmerizing and magical. Now, kids will have their very own Aurora right in the comfort of their own bedrooms with the Color Changing Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp. These colorful bedroom lamps provide a dazzling display of soft colors being projected into the bedroom ceiling, providing a calming and soothing effect which gives children the feeling of sleeping under the stars. The SOAIY creation also comes with an integrated speaker which you can use to connect to your music player or even mobile device to add your kid’s favorite lullabies, soothing songs, and relaxing melodies to help him or her fall asleep much faster. If you’re worried you’ll be incurring hefty energy bills afterwards, the SOAIY comes with an automatic shut-off feature, allowing it to turn itself off after an hour. What more can you ask for?

What We Like about It – The combination of lights and sounds make the SOAIY a great sleep companion for kids as well as for adults who may have difficulty falling asleep.

Natural Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp with Salt Chunks, Bulb, and Dimmer Control by WBM LLC

If you loved the Himalayan Glow Lamp but would prefer having several chunks of Himalayan rock salt rather than one solid block, then the Natural Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp is for you. Made with several pieces of Pakistan-mined and hand-carved Himalayan rock salt chunks, this WBM product is one of the best contemporary lamps you can ever find, especially if you are concerned about the air quality in your home. Himalayan rock salt is well-regarded for its hygroscopic properties which effectively draws moisture from the air. What we don’t know is that this air is often filled with particulate matter – allergens, dust, mites, spores, smoke, and other airborne substances – that we inhale through our lungs. These can lead to health problems such as the exacerbation of asthma symptoms and the lowering of the immune system functioning, among others. With the ionizing and air purifying effects of the Himalayan Salt Lamp, you can now lead a much healthier life. Actually, not only you, but everyone else in your household. The Himalayan Salt Lamp is contained in a round basket with a choice of bamboo, wood, or metal as its primary material. Whatever basket type you choose, once the 25-watt bulb is powered on, you can now enjoy the warm, calming glow of these wonderful natural rocks. You can also adjust the level of illumination to achieve the desired effect.

What We Like about It – It’s healthy. It’s stylish. And it’s energy efficient. With these qualities, the Himalayan Salt Lamp truly deserves a place in our list of cool lamps.

PacMan Ghost Light USB Powered Multi-colored Lamp by Paladone Products

Can you remember our favorite video game, PacMan? Can you recall the PacMan Ghost that drains the energy off PacMan itself? Well, now imagine a 10.5 inches tall PacMan Ghost made of high quality materials giving you 16 different colors of illumination. When you plug it into your computer using a micro USB cable, it will flash and change its colors in response to the rhythm of the music. Just look at the PacMan Ghost as a cool dancing, party light.

What We Like about It – It’s got a design that is as iconic as PacMan itself. The party mode is also superb. Now, you can have your own dance lights in your bedroom.

Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp with Dimmer, Auto-Timer, and Touch-Sensitive Controls by TaoTronics

With close to 5,000 very satisfied and super happy customers, there’s no doubt the TaoTronicsElune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp is one of the best modern lamps we have. For one, each segment of the Elune can be rotated and adjusted to give you absolute control of the area of illumination. This is in addition to its 5-level dimmer settings. The Elune also has 4 different modes to allow for instant access to the correct illumination. There are modes for sleeping, studying, reading, and even relaxation, each with a different level of brightness and color temperature to provide you with the best effects. The base of the Elune also features a USB port which can double as a charging port for your USB enabled devices. It also has a 60-minute timer so it automatically shuts itself off. All of these features are marvelously integrated into a sleek and ultra-slim design that is never going to waste any of your precious desktop space.

What We Like about It – It’s got a minimalist design with an easy user interface. The addition of 4 lighting modes in an easy access panel is also commendable. Plus, we’re not going to argue with almost 5,000 customers raving about it.

Wright Real Wood Tall Floor Lamp by Adesso

Made of handsomely-crafted black walnut wood giving it an elegance you’ll never see elsewhere, the Wright Real Wood Tall Floor Lamp is ideal for families who are looking for a wonderful addition to their living room that can also double as a display furniture. The Wright is one of the modern floor lamps that never fails to elicit oohs and ahhs from people who see it. The lamp shade of the Wright is made of a combination of polyester and cotton allowing for softer illumination. If you’ve got a living room with wood accents, then this one’s for you.

What We Like about It – The open box design of the Wright allows for superb versatility in terms of its use. The wooden frame is an elegant masterpiece in itself.

Plug-in LED Night Light Lamp with Dusk to Dawn Sensor by SYCEES

If you’re looking for really cool lights for any room, be it your bathroom, your living room, your kitchen, or even your hallway, then the SYCEES Plug-in LED Night Light is the one to get. As long as you have an electrical outlet, you can simply plug this device in. There’s no need to worry about switching it on because it has a fully automated dusk to dawn sensor. Once dusk sets, it automatically illuminates giving you just the right levels of brightness. By dawn, it shuts itself off. It’s so compact that it won’t even block the other outlet on your wall. It’s the perfect solution for illuminating certain areas of your home without much of a thought and with superb energy efficiency.

What We Like about It – The SYCEES is one unique solution for modern homes. It’s as simple as plug and forget and you don’t even have to worry about electric bills later on.

1362 LED Solar Powered Motion Sensor Décor Lamp by Perfectday

If you need a really intelligent lighting system for certain areas of your home, then you need the Perfectday Solar Powered Motion Sensor Décor Lamp. These contemporary lamps are built with passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors that automatically activate the Perfectday if it detects movement within 10 to 26 feet. If there are no additional movements within 10 seconds after the initial detection, the system will turn off the light. This is perfect for illuminating the backyard as it can be charged using its photovoltaic sensors. Charging time usually takes around 7 hours. It is built with excellent heat-proofing and weather-resistance so you can be confident it will be able to withstand the harsh elements. The Perfectday can be set in three different modes such as strong and long light, dim light, and strong light modes.

What We Like about It – Built to intuitively turn itself on whenever it detects movement, the Perfectday is the perfect illuminating tool for modern homes that are tech-savvy and who demand energy efficiency.

TL-TREE 134-WH Three Light Tree Lamp by Boston Harbor

Looking for unusual floor lamps? The Boston Harbor TL-TREE is one unique floor lamp that features three completely movable spotlights. Pivot each of the spotlight up to 45 degrees to illuminate a certain part of your room. Rotate the spotlights up to 350 degrees in relation to one another to achieve a more dramatic effect in your lighting. You’ll only have to buy three bulbs for the set and you’re done.

What We Like about It – It only takes a very small amount of space in your room. The mobility of the spotlights can give you the kind of lighting effects you’re after.

Holmo 46-inch Floor Lamp by Ikea 

When it comes to contemporary lamps, we believe the Holmo can rightfully be called one of the best. Its design is just like the sky lanterns that the Chinese are known for. The 46-inch tall Holmo provides a soft glow to any room, thanks to the grainy surface of the rice paper that wraps its tubular lamp shade. The circular ribs provide a beautiful contrast to the soft glow from the inside. This makes for a wonderful artwork while also providing the aesthetics and gentle illumination to any room.

What We Like about It – The use of rice paper is exceptional as it provides a certain glow that is unlike any other. There’s also a certain elegance to the overall design of the Holmo that is perfect for homes that require such character in their rooms.

How We Chose the Cool Lamps in Our List

Picking the coolest and most amazing light fixtures to brighten up our homes and emphasize those areas that we are most proud of requires, first and foremost, an understanding of aesthetics as applied in lighting. While we deemed these lighting fixtures to be really cool, we know that you may not entirely agree with us. It is for this reason that we had to get the support of consumers who were kind enough to leave rave reviews about these products. At least, we’re not the only ones saying that our selection is indeed beautiful and cool.

Next, since we’re talking about lighting fixtures, it’s important that these will not significantly increase your power consumption. Energy efficiency should always be a quality of good modern lamps. Electrical safety was also considered. You don’t want your home to be illuminated beautifully only to risk residential fires. All of the electrical components of these contemporary lamps must be tested and have been certified to be safe by appropriate government regulatory agencies and third party international organizations.

Any built-in controls like dimmers and other features such as music players and wireless connectivity, if any, were carefully evaluated for their ease of operation, the quality of their function, and the overall impact on the lives of members of the household. Surely, these features are not here just for the sake of having something to be printed on the box itself.

Tips to Choosing the Correct Lighting for Your Home

We already shared with you how we chose the cool lamps in this list. But, we’re not actually saying you should do the same. Here are some tips to choosing the right lighting for your home.

  • Always plan your lighting needs, at least 8 weeks before installing them. This gives you plenty of time to study your options as well as control your budget. For instance, you can take this time to really master the art of how to choose the perfect lamp shade for your bedroom or even understand your energy expenditures and how your chosen lighting can impact this.
  • Consider consulting a home lighting specialist to get an idea of the right kinds of lighting that are appropriate for the existing design of your home. They can provide you with the kind of insight that will bring optimum form and function for the type of light fixture that you’ll choose.
  • Understand the characteristics of your ceiling as these are often neglected in the choice of lighting. You’ll have to consider the height, the materials, and the insulation of your ceiling. Additionally, you’ll also take into consideration the height of the surface which will directly receive the light from the ceiling.
  • Go functional. Different lamps and lights have different functions. It’s important to know what you want to illuminate so you’ll have a fair idea of what lighting you’ll need. For instance, if you want reading lights, then go for brighter ones. If you need relaxing lighting, then go for dimmer fixtures.
  • Check the energy efficiency ratings of lighting fixtures, unless, of course, electric bills are not an issue.

The Bottom Line

Our selection of cool contemporary lamps will surely liven up your home as well as safeguard your wellbeing and state of health. Buying any one of these will surely provide an atmosphere that is closer to your liking.

Cool Car Accessories in 2019

Cool Car Accessories in 2019

There was a time in the history of man when people who own cars were looked up to by society as being the world’s elite. Having an automobile then was already a huge boost to one’s socioeconomic status. Today, while some auto brands are still looked up to with much reverence and as a symbol of one’s wealth and social importance, the car is already a basic necessity for any modern family. For some, they treat their cars as their second home. As such, you can actually understand the level of care and attention they put into their automobiles. Our 15 cool car accessories in 2019 was intended primarily for those who care for their cars as well as those who may simply want to have the best automotive driving experience of their lives.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver / Car Kit

Most of our favorite songs and tunes are stored in our mobile devices like tablets and smartphones and many others. Unfortunately, you’d have to connect these devices to your car’s audio system to enjoy all of your favorite music right inside your car. The best way to do this is to use the TaoTronics Portable Wireless Audio Adapter that works exceptionally well with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled devices. The TaoTronics enables you to wirelessly connect your devices to your car’s audio system eliminating the need for wires and cables. It’s as simple as plugging the TaoTronics into your car audio head unit’s 3.5 mm audio jack and you now have superb access to the music files stored in your device. You can even control the volume, play or pause music, or even skip tracks with a single press of a button. The TaoTronics features a Double Link technology that allows you to connect two devices at the same time so you can answer your phone and enjoy music at once. With such technologies, it’s not surprising the TaoTronics is well-received both by car enthusiasts and music lovers everywhere.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The TaoTronics is a very small device that’s packed with space age features that can turn your car’s audio system into an extension of your mobile devices.

BarksBar Original Pet Seat Cover For Cars

For those of us who have pets, one of the greatest issues is how we can take our pets to the park or wherever without them destroying our car’s upholstery. One solution is to put them in a crate or pet transporter. If we have a truck, we can place the crate at the back in the flat bed. Unfortunately, not everyone owns a truck. So, we can either use a crate to transport our pet dogs or we can buy the Barks Bar Pet Seat Cover instead. The Barks Bar is a convertible pet seat cover that can function as a standard seat cover or as a hammock. Either way, you can be assured your car upholstery as well as other surfaces in your car will be adequately protected from scratches, dirt, spills, fur, hair, and other pet mess. It also comes with storage pockets for keeping your pet’s essential items. The Barks Bar is made of heavy duty and premium quality polyester that gives your pet superb comfort. Now, traveling with your pet is absolutely worry-free.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Barks Bar is an ingenious solution to the perennial problem of car upholstery damage and car cabin chaos brought about by pets that are not placed inside their respective crates.

Honey-Can-Do Top Quality Car Trunk Storage Chest Organizer

One of the most often neglected parts of the modern automobile is the trunk. For most of us, this is where most of our junk is placed. We have all the tools we need to change a tire or even to perform a quick fix-it on our ride. When we go shopping, it’s the part of the car that takes the most abuse. Since the trunk is essentially a functional space, there must be a way we can optimize or maximize this valuable attribute. With the Honey-Can-Do Trunk Organizer this is now more than possible. The Honey-Can-Do efficiently organizes your stuff right in your trunk. Thanks to its super durable construction, you can now organize your large and heavy items as well as smaller gadgets, tools, and trinkets. It’s got two main storage compartments and 3 mesh side pockets that can hold your small tools, accessories, maps, and others. The main compartments can effectively hold your toolbox, jumper cables, gas can, flare kit, tire pump, and a whole lot more. Reclaim the full functionality of your car’s trunk with the Honey-Can-Do.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Honey-Can-Do is a very simple solution that can actually be done with a simple organization of used boxes. However, it makes for a more efficient storage and organizer solution than ordinary boxes.

Wiz Gear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder

One very important car accessory today is the mobile device mount or holder. These are small gadgets that serve as holders or cradles for our devices like MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, and others. Typically, we are given a product that can be placed onto the dashboard with strips of adhesive tape or on the windshield with suction cups. There are also mesh mats that are non-slip and provide excellent grip. However, the WizGear is a much better solution. Don’t underestimate the size of this gadget as it features a reinforced magnetic technology inside its miniscule body. It is this magnetic force that will keep your devices from falling. The WizGear snaps onto the slots of your car aircon vents. There is no need for separate adhesion or any other system to keep it mounted. It comes with a complementary magnetic mount to be attached to your mobile device. When this is aligned with the magnetic head of the WizGear, your device is going nowhere.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The WizGear’s universal design means you can use it on any automobile that has an air con vent as well as on any mobile device.

Navdy – Augmented Reality GPS Navigation System With Heads Up Display

Modern cars are fully equipped with GPS technology. Some automobile models even come with an advanced navigation system already built into their console. Sadly, not all modern cars have this feature. Not to fret though because the Navdy Augmented Reality GPS Navigation System is now here. The wonderful thing is that the Navdy easily connects to your mobile device so that the full functionality of your smart devices is fully synchronized with the Navdy’s unique technology. Place the Navdy on your dashboard right in front of the steering wheel so you will still have your eyes on the road. There’s no danger of the device obstructing your full view of the road as it is designed like a state of the art Heads Up Display. This enables you to stay connected with all the maps, messages, calls, and even music on your device. Everything can be accessed with a gesture of your hand. You can even make it read your messages for you. You can also reply to these messages using the Google Assistant or Siri. It is also possible to customize the HUD with key driver information so your eyes are on the road and not on your dashboard. The Navdy truly revolutionizes the way we drive.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Navdy features an excellent array of wireless connectivity with mobile devices projected in an HUD interface.

Custom Accessories 91116 Coin Holder

Having coins strewn on your car’s center console or even under the dashboard can really be annoying especially during less-than ideal drives. The constant jingling and clanging of the coins can really disrupt the peace and quiet of the car’s interior. Sometimes, too, we tend to scavenge for coins all over the cabin just to have the exact change. There must be a more organized way to keep all of our coins together. The Custom Accessories Coin Holder can be easily installed on your center console with a loop tape and hook or even a magnetic device to keep it secure. We can then place all of our quarters, dimes, and nickels in the Coin Holder for easy access at parking meters and tollways. Now, you don’t need to scour the vehicle for loose change.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Custom Accessories Coin Holder will not get in the way to the other controls on your car making it the perfect storage solution for very small trinkets like coins.

Autoark AK-002 Standard Car Seat Back Organizer

If you have kids then you know that you need to have the Autoark AK-002 Standard Car Seat Back Organizer. This is perfect for keeping all of your passengers’ essentials such as drinks, tissue boxes, magazines, and other items organized and within easy access of your passengers at the back. Simply attach the Autoark to the back of the driver’s or the front passenger’s seat and you now have an excellent storage solution for the rest of your vehicle occupants. Made of high quality materials, the Autoark is designed for maximum strength and durability. It also provides ample insulation to keep your drinks cold so they will be a lot more refreshing to guzzle down. The Autoark comes with a built-in tissue dispenser located at the bottom of the organizer so you’ll never have to worry about rummaging through the different compartments and pockets of the Autoark for that piece of tissue you need to wipe your ketchup smudge on your lips.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Autoark has an excellent workmanship that helps guarantee durability and functionality in terms of keeping your things organized.

Drop Stop – The Original Patented Car Seat Gap Filler

Every time we clean the interior of our automobile, the most difficult part to clean is the spaces or gaps in between surfaces such as the area around the seat belt catch and the area between the center console and the front seats. In most cases these are filled with dirt, dust, coins, candy wrappers, and other small objects that invariably find their way into these crevices. You can manually remove these, of course, but a more effective solution is to prevent things from ever getting into these spaces or gaps again. For this you will need the Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler. The Drop Stop is made of premium quality neoprene which allows it to either expand or contract depending on the size of the gap to make sure you effectively cover the space so that nothing will ever get inside the gap again. The set comes in 2 for both the driver and the front passenger.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Drop Stop comes as a pleasant surprise in our list of cool car accessories as there are literally thousands of Amazon customers raving about it.

Car Vacuum Cleaner,Onshowy 12 Volt 75W

The Drop Stop may be good for preventing dirt and debris from getting into those gaps between your seat and center console but, it surely cannot keep the rest of your vehicle clean. You can get a full sized vacuum cleaner for this purpose or you can buy the Onshowy Portable Handheld Auto Vacuum Cleaner instead. The Onshowy comes with a powerful motor that can remove dirt, debris, hair, and other items strewn on the surface of your car’s interior. It boasts of a cyclone mechanism which effectively ensures constant suction power and superbly clean filters. The nozzle can be easily adjusted and is slim enough to fit into gaps, crevices, and spaces, as well as any other hard to reach area in your car. The Onshowy features a one-step empty mechanism which effectively eliminates the need to manually remove the waste from its canister. The power cord of the Onshowy easily plugs into the 12 volt cigarette lighter in your automobile. It should also be no problem cleaning the rest of the car as the power cord extends up to 4.5 meters long.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Onshowy provides an easy and very convenient way to clean your car and keep it smelling fresh all day, every day.

Armor All 78840 4-Piece Black All Season Rubber Floor Mat

Protect your automobile carpet from dirt, sticks, rocks, gums, and other objects that you inadvertently carry with you as you climb on to your vehicle. Get the Armor All 78840 All Season Rubber Floor Mat and have it custom-fitted to the exact measurements of your vehicle’s flooring. This gives you a more precise cut for your car’s carpet. The Armor All 78840 also comes with Carpet Claw technology which is what helps secure it on your vehicle’s carpet. This helps prevent slipping or traveling of the floor mat. The Armor ALL 78840 has been dutifully designed and engineered for superb carpet protection while also guaranteeing optimum resistance against curling, cracking, or even hardening in extremely cold weather conditions. Being an All-Season design, the Armor All 78840 is the only car floor mat you will ever need to protect the surface where you rest your feet.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Armor All’s unique all-season design makes it a superb vehicle carpet protection system.

How We Chose the Really Cool Car Accessories in Our List

Accessories are traditionally defined as something that is really not essential but can otherwise add effectiveness, convenience, or even aesthetics to an existing object or item. That being said, you can still drive your car even without these accessories. However, the whole driving experience will simply be elevated to a whole new level when you add any of these gadgets to your automobile. This is the basic premise of our search for the cool car accessories to shortlist. These must first be functional or that they serve a very specific purpose of making us enjoy our ride a lot better. Likewise, if it can make riding an automobile much more convenient and comfortable, then we included these, too. Aesthetics was the last of the parameters that we had to consider in terms of the inherent purpose of the automobile accessory. This is because aesthetics is mostly subjective. It may look cute for us but not for you, then there’s really no point arguing.

We also factored the satisfaction derived by customers from using the product. This means we had to read their experiences and tried to determine whether it was mostly positive or a mix of positives and negatives. Either way, this gave us an idea of how such products actually performed in the real world.

Tips to Choosing the Right Car Accessories

First-time car owners often find difficulty deciding on the essential car accessories they need to buy for their car. While there are really no standards or blueprints on how to choose car accessories, experts always recommend considering some tips that have been proven to provide the best results for any endeavor especially in the search of products for cars. Here are some of them.

  • Buy only car accessories that are designed specifically for your brand and model of car. While universal products may be enticing, they may not necessarily fit into your car’s overall design. You might as well end up reducing the functional or aesthetic value of your vehicle.
  • Always consider the safety of the vehicle occupants including you and your passengers. If these accessories will jeopardize the safety of your passengers, is it really worth it buying these gadgets?
  • Choose car accessories that provide absolute value to your riding experience. These must not only give you a very enjoyable ride, these should also help increase the resale value of your car in case you want to sell it.
  • Seeking inspiration from fellow motorists is always a good idea on how you can choose the right accessory for your car. This is especially true if you look for gadgets for the same brand and model of car that you have.

The Bottom Line

When we accessorize our cars, we are essentially improving the way we experience our ride by making it safer, more convenient, more functional, and hopefully, more aesthetically pleasing. With these 15 cool car accessories improving our riding and driving experience has just become easier.

Cool Desk Toys To Help You Relax In 2019

Cool Desk Toys To Help You Relax In 2019

If you have the type of work that glues you to your seat the whole 8 hours of the day, chances are there are moments when you simply feel so restless as if you wanted to bolt right out of your seat and scream. We all have experienced those moments when our buckets of sanity simply overflows that we would like these to just come out in the open. Here are some tools you can use to while away the time, keep you preoccupied, and direct that pent-up psychological and emotional energy into more constructive uses. With these 12 cool desk toys you have to see in 2019, you’ll be better equipped to manage your everyday stresses especially at work.

12 Cool Desk Toys

Rubik’s Cube Game by Hasbro

Rubik’s Cube Game

While we don’t necessarily expect you to solve the Rubik’s Cube in just 6.54 seconds, you really have to admit that playing this cube takes absolute concentration and focus. You can have more than a billion different configurations or combinations but there’s only one solution to the magic afforded by the Rubik’s Cube. Master this trick and you can solve any configuration people can throw at you. Of course, it does take time. But that’s exactly the point in desk toys. These are meant to divert your attention into something that’s more mentally stimulating so that you won’t waste your psychological and emotional energies worrying about things you don’t have control of. At first, you’ll strive to match the colors on one side of the cube. This alone already takes tremendous amount of effort on your part, mentally. You will no longer have time to think about what’s worrying you. That’s why it’s so effective as a stress-buster. And since it’s small enough, you can take it anywhere with you. At the first sign of anxiety, just bring it out of your pocket, and try to beat your previous record.

What We Like about It – It’s a classic game. It’s great for keeping idle hands busy as well as flying thoughts firmly on the ground.

Fidget Cube by VHEM

Fidget Cube

While it’s not a Rubik’s Cube, the Fidget Cube is nonetheless, an excellent tool for keeping idle hands very busy. It doesn’t really matter whether your hands are a clicker, a spinner, a roller, or even a flicker. The 6 sides of the Fidget Cube have something that will keep those hands busy. Actually, there’s an even more interesting story behind these Fidget Cube surfaces. Because fidgety hands are a manifestation of a turbulent mind, experts agree that by providing a different sensory input to the brain will help cognitive processes to correct itself by focusing on the transmission of sensory signals. Similar to distraction, providing a different sensory input will keep the mind off the thing or event that is causing the anxiety and instead focuses on the sensations or sensory inputs provided by another object. In this case, this is provided by the different features of the Fidget Cube. This makes it quite effective in terms of alleviating anxieties we experience while in the office or anywhere else. At any rate, you’ll be able to focus on these sensations and not on the problems that are fueling your anxieties.

What We Like about It – We’ve read quite several negatives about the Fidget Cube only to learn that these were from knock-offs. If you want the real Fidget Cube, it’s best to buy from reputable sources.

Euler’s Disk by Toysmith

Euler’s Disk

Some of us play with coins when we get bored. We spin these coins on our desk and truly immerse ourselves in the beauty of the spin as well as the sound it creates especially as it slowly winds down to a halt. A much better alternative is to get the Euler’s Disk. It’s got its own steel disk that’s beautifully plated in chrome to give your Euler’s Disk a surface area designed specifically for its spinning. Watch the disk spin faster with each tick of your second hand. The longer it keeps on spinning, the louder it gets. The strips of kaleidoscopic stickers on the surface of the Euler’s also allow it to give you a dazzling show. This combination of sights and sounds will surely keep your mind busy and off of whatever is bothering you. Anytime you feel like getting bugged by something you don’t know, just whisk the Euler’s Disk out of your drawer, lay it on your desk, and spin the disk. Get ready to be mesmerized by a spectacular display of sounds and lights, flooding your mind with fantastic sensations that you’ll soon forget your problems.

What We Like about It – It’s an excellent combination of art and science in one neat packaging. At least, your coins will be safe in your pocket or even in your purse.

Beach Break Executive Mini Sandbox by Be Good Company

Beach Break Executive Mini Sandbox

Many psychoanalysts and other health care professionals use guided imagery to help their patients relax and feel less anxious. In many cases, they will ask you to imagine yourself in a fantastic beach, fully lined with palm trees, and you lying in your very own hammock tied between those trees and with several pieces of ripe and nutritious coconuts by your side. There are no annoying telephones or technologies that are bothering you. The only thing you’ll hear are the chirps of seagulls and other beach birds, the breaking of the waves, and the rustling of the surf as it rolls towards the beach. Then you’ll feel the fresh gust of air with its characteristic saltiness of the sea. Ah, that’s the life. Unfortunately, if you’re in the office, it may be quite difficult to imagine yourself in this scenario. You need help. You need the Beach Break Executive Mini Sandbox. If you’re stressed out and you want to be reminded of that wonderful feeling of laying down, of relaxing by the beach, all you need to do is to look at this miniature sandbox complete with a lounger, an umbrella, seashells, bucket, and rake adorning the white sands on the box. Now, all you need to add is the sound effect of the beach and you’re on your way to a more relaxing office work.

What We Like about It – The realism of the Beach Break scene is fascinating. Too bad, Be Good Company hasn’t included the beach sound effects yet.

Tangle Relax Therapy by Tangle

Tangle Relax Therapy

Stress can be manifested in a variety of ways. Some can have their heartbeat racing like a galloping horse. Some will be perspiring like a Boston marathoner. Some will be going to the restroom every 5 minutes or so. Whatever the manifestation, it all reflects a lot of psychological energy that needs to be redirected into more constructive ways. Such is the idea of the Tangle Relax Therapy. Looking at it, it’s nothing more than an over-sized rubber tube that has different colors in different segments. But the idea is to let your mind focus on untangling the twists and turns of the Tangle Relax so you will get your mind off whatever is causing the anxiety or stress. Sure, you’ll be using the muscles in your hands to twist and reposition these interconnecting rubbery tubes but it’s actually your mind that will be hard at work trying to figure out how to untangle the whole thing. Your mind will be using a lot of psychic energy so you will feel much more relaxed afterwards. The rubbery feel of the Tangle Relax is also excellent in providing additional tactile stimulation to keep your mind focused on what it’s doing.

What We Like about It – The Tangle Relax has been proven to be effective in helping individuals find relaxation amidst a stressful environment. This alone is proof of its effectiveness as a desk toy.

Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy for Intelligence Development and Stress Relief by Glantop

Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy for Intelligence Development and Stress Relief

We already discussed something about stress and how it uses a lot of psychic energy, sometimes draining us to the point that we are no longer able to perform our tasks. The Glantop Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy helps in this regard by giving our minds something to think about. The point is to get the mind into thinking about one particular thing so that it effectively blocks off all other possible stimuli that may serve as the source of our stresses. The principle works just like narcotic analgesics where they block the pain transmission pathways so our brain doesn’t receive the signals for pain and instead receive pleasurable sensations. While it’s not a narcotic or an addicting device, the Glantop provides a point of focus for our minds. With 160 stainless steel balls in different sizes atop a magnetic base, the Glantop allows us to use our mind’s creative potential by arranging and rearranging the steel balls in different configuration or combinations. It’s like being a child again – worry-free, care-free, and full of fun.

What We Like about It – The design philosophy put into the Glantop is astounding. With so many possibilities, our minds can focus on completing one particular task at a time.

Magnetic Decision Maker by Kikkerland

Magnetic Decision Maker

One of the most stressful activities of humans is having to decide on something. Whether it is choosing what to wear or picking up on an opening statement or even deciding on which property to invest in, it takes an unusually large amount of psychic energy that most of us will often have headaches afterwards. That’s why some enterprising dudes decided to come up with portable decision makers. While there are clearly no scientific bases for how these devices work, the psychological relief these provide is often enough to make us feel more relaxed. The Kikkerland Magnetic Decision Maker is one fantastic-looking device that can pretty well serve as a desktop ornament or décor. Imagine a stainless steel base with a sleek and slender arm jutting upwards with a stainless ball dangling from the top of the steel arm. Just pick the ball, move it to the side a bit, and then release. Once the ball stops moving, just look at the area of the base where it stopped and you’ll have your answer to your decision-making activity. It’s a more sophisticated method of deciding than flipping a coin and deciding heads or tails.

What We Like about It – The sleek design makes it a great table or desk décor. It’s up to you if you’ll believe in the answers provided by the Kikkerland. For your anxiety’s sake, you’d better believe.

Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball by Tech Tools

Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball

We’re pretty certain there’s a point in time when you wanted to just punch someone in the face or perhaps even vent your ire on an object. Scientists say that one of the best ways to manage stress is to convert the psychic energy into physical energy so that you’ll feel much better. And if you believe in such things, then the Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball is just for you. The Stress Buster is actually like the speedball that boxers use to train except that it’s not mounted in a downward alignment. Instead, the Stress Buster is marvelously supported by a heavy duty spring mechanism that allows it to bounce with each punch that you give it. The only thing missing is the drawing of the face of your favorite nemesis and you’re set for life.

What We Like about It – It’s the perfect solution to vent your frustrations on something that won’t fight back.

30188 Magic 8 Ball by Mattel

30188 Magic 8 Ball

If you’re having problems arriving at a decision, maybe the Magic 8 Ball can help. Simply ask a question that needs deciding on, flip the Magic 8, and the answer will be revealed. You now have your own personal crystal ball where the answers to some of the decisions you’ll make are already brought to you at a flip of a ball. While we cannot guarantee that it will work, at least, you don’t have to fret anymore about deciding.

What We Like about It – Patterned after the famed 8-ball of billiards, the Magic 8 is one fun way to seek advice. If you’re going to ask us whether it’s a good buy or not, our own Magic 8 Ball says it is.

DoxieBall basketball Trash Can Game by Doxie

DoxieBall basketball Trash Can Game

Who says you cannot have fun with your scrap paper and all the trash in your office? Remember how much more relieved you felt when you tried making that rainbow 3-point shot into your trash can, perhaps even making that all-pumped-up sign? With the DoxieBall, you now have a full basketball backboard complete with a ring and a net that you can attach to any trash can. Now, you can shoot those trash from anywhere in your office and you’d still make the perfect buzzer-beating shot of a lifetime.

What We Like about It – The DoxieBall provides an ingenious solution to the mundane task of throwing trash into the trash can.

6-Inch Handheld Brass Telescope with Wooden Box for Pirate Navigation by ITDC

6-Inch Handheld Brass Telescope with Wooden Box for Pirate Navigation

Eyeing your beautiful officemate from across the room? Have you been bitten by the Pirates of the Caribbean curse? Whatever the case, you’ll find the ITDC Handheld Brass Telescope to be a worthwhile investment to make your office break times or even lull times to be as productive as ever. Now, you can focus on something, or someone, more beautiful to spice up your day even for very brief moments. At least, you’ll never have to be very anxious anymore; unless, that person is the one making your heartbeat race like a thoroughbred.

What We Like about It – The unique and classic design of the ITDC makes it a great addition to one’s pirate collection. Now, you’ve got something that even Capt. Jack Sparrow will surely envy.

The Official BS Button by Gemmy 

The Official BS Button

If you work in an office where saying the b***s**t word gets you penalized or something, then the Official BS Button is the one to get. You’ll never be accused of using profane language ever again because it’s this gigantic red button that will be doing it for you. If you feel like blurting out the BS word in response to a statement from a colleague, just hit the red button and it speaks the word out loud and clear. It can even shout other funny statements that are BS-ty to that effect.

What We Like about It – We’re not sure how your office will respond but the close to 1,200 happy and satisfied customers is proof of its usefulness.

How We Chose the Cool Desk Toys in Our List

Otherwise known as stress-busters, desk toys are some of the most practical ways in which we can minimize our anxieties and help us stay in complete control of the tasks before us. As such, in picking the desk toys to include in this shortlist, we had to make sure that these products are really renowned for their stress-busting effectiveness. We had to be sure that whatever product we include in this top 12 will be able to help relieve your anxieties and help you stay focused.

But, we did not do it alone. We took the liberty of looking at the comments, reviews, feedbacks, and concerns or issues of consumers regarding these products. We had to make sure that our initial evaluation closely resembles the assessments of others like us who simply want a product that is really effective. While it was quite impossible to achieve a 5-star rating in all products, we nevertheless, provided a cutoff score for the consumer product rating. If you have already noticed we even included a 3.5-star product. We’d like to justify that the great majority of the negative reviews were the result of obtaining a similar, albeit fake product. Having said that, we then focused on those who were able to purchase the original and evaluated their experiences. You see, gaining a 3-star rating doesn’t necessarily translate to a bad product. It all depends on the validity of the concerns raised.

Related to this, company reputation was deemed important. While not all Chinese companies have a very bad reputation just as not all US companies are good, we had to be very careful about including any non-US, especially Chinese, manufacturers in our list. We had to dig deeper into the credibility and trustworthiness of these companies as a reflection of the quality of products that they churn out of their design rooms.

Simple Tips to Manage Your Stress at Work

Since desk toys are inherently tied to helping you relieve stress in any situation, particularly at work, we decided to include a few tips to manage stress at work. While we are not psychologists, we do know the impact of stress at work as it can affect our productivity and become a major source of strains in relationships. That’s why it’s important for us to know how to manage stress in the workplace.

  • Focus on one task at any given time. While we may be able to multi-task, there’s a certain limit to what our minds and bodies can do. So, take your time and focus on the more important things.
  • Document everything. If we have a lot of things in mind, chances are, we’ll miss something. You have to write everything down so you won’t forget. When you forget things, they can become sources of stress once you remember them.
  • Keep your to-do-list as short as possible. Cramming 20 different tasks within 24 hours is next to impossible. Be realistic about the amount of tasks that you can complete in one day.
  • Keep it light. And by this we mean not making a mountain out of a simple molehill. Some of us have this uncanny ability to blow everything out of proportion. If the problem seems larger than it actually is, we will definitely get stressed out.
  • Focus on the solution, not the problem. Patch Adams put it so well when he said we need to look beyond the problem so we’ll see the solution. If we’re too preoccupied with looking at the problem, we’ll be stressed out, and we’ll never see the solution.

The Bottom Line

To work is a must for everyone, regardless of how stressful it can be. Good thing, you now have an antidote for this work-related stress. you have our 12 cool desk toys you have to see in 2019.

10 Super Cool Fish Tanks in 2019

10 Super Cool Fish Tanks in 2019

One of the most attractive décor we could ever put anywhere in our homes, be it in the living room, the kitchen, or the bedroom, or even in the office, is an aquarium or a fish tank. However, compared to other types of pets, aquarium fishes are quite challenging to care for as they require a highly controlled aquatic environment to thrive. Any change in the water’s properties is enough to wreak havoc in the whole aquarium ecosystem. Nonetheless, with these 10 super cool fish tanks we’re pretty certain owning and maintaining these beautiful aquariums will be a breeze.

Our 10 Amazing Fish Tanks

5-Gal ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit by MarineLand

5-Gal ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit

One of the really cool aquariums that we’ve seen which is perfect for beginners is the 5-gallon MarineLand Portrait Aquarium Kit. This one already comes complete with everything that you’ll ever need to start on your journey to home or office fishkeeping. It’s got a complete filtration system with a fully adjustable water pump to keep the water healthy and livable for your fishes. The MarineLand also comes with two LED light modes to simulate both daylight and nighttime under-the-sea conditions making it the perfect décor for your office or even in your kitchen and bedroom. The canopy is made of sliding glass giving you instant access especially during cleanup and water changes. Now all you will ever need are the fishes, marine plants, and other aquarium accessories and you’ve got a really beautiful starter set.

What We Like about It – The MarineLand’s unique 3-stage filtration system helps keep the water fresh and healthy for your fishes. The lighting setup is also phenomenal which can help add to the overall aesthetics of your room.

50-Gal Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set by SeaClear

50-Gal Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set

If you prefer large fish tanks over the smaller ones, then the 50 gallon SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set is the one to get. The acrylic construction of the SeaClear gives it superb lightweight, chip-resistant, and impact-resistant properties enabling you a near-sea world-like environment right in your own home. The lightweight nature of acrylic also allows the SeaClear to be installed on any type of floor surface as its weight will be lighter than if the aquarium was made of pure glass. The SeaClear comes with a 2-foot long electric lighting fixture to give you superb viewing of your aquarium from any angles. It also comes with a reflector to provide the massive aquatic environment with lighting reflected off natural sources like the sun. You will have to provide your own decorations as well as aquatic life forms, however. The good thing is that the SeaClear is perfect for saltwater or even freshwater fishes.

What We Like about It – The size of the SeaClear is perfect for homes that require a massive aquatic decoration. However, because of its sheer size, it is not really for beginners as it requires a certain degree of maintenance.

5-Gal 29045 Aquarium Kit with Blue LED Light by GloFish 

5-Gal 29045 Aquarium Kit with Blue LED Light

Boasting of a seamless construction which eliminates any risk of leaks and breakage and allowing for superb viewing angles, the GloFish Aquarium Kit with Blue LED Light is one of the cool aquariums that you will ever have, especially if you are just beginning in the world of aquariuming. While the GloFish is only a tenth the size and capacity of the SeaClear, it more than makes up for it with its stylish and elegant look made even classier by its sleek lines. The GloFish already includes a patented BioBag to help you cycle the water in the initial stages of setting up the tank. The microfilter as well as other accessories are already included to make setting up a breeze. But what is really amazing about the GloFish is its blue LED lights that give it a spectacular feel of watching a scene straight out from the depths of the blue ocean. And since it’s made of acrylic, you can be sure it’s tough, durable, and highly impact-resistant.

What We Like about It – The lovely and sleek styling of the GloFish make it the ideal décor for many offices as well as small to medium sized living rooms. Or, you can set it up it in your kitchen to keep you company while preparing and enjoying a meal.

EcoQubeC Desktop Betta Fish Tank by EcoQube

If you don’t really like the idea of having to clean your aquarium every time the water gets down right dirty or murky, then you’d need the EcoQubeC Desktop Betta. These really cool aquariums are very easy to setup as it already comes complete with its very own proprietary integrated aquaponics filter and a remote controlled LED lighting system. What makes the Eco Qube C so special is that it doesn’t require any complicated changing or manipulation of its filtration system. You’ll be placing a live plant in its dedicated holder on top of the aquarium. When your betta fish eliminates, the waste products are converted into fertilizer by the integrated aquaponics filter. The live plant then cleans your water by using the newly-converted fertilizer. The Eco Qube C also has a very small footprint making it an excellent table or desktop décor whether in your office or right in your study desk at home. Or, you can even place it right on top of your dining table for an entirely different dining experience.

What We Like about It – Simple. Efficient. And, totally green. The low maintenance nature of the Eco Qube C makes it, by far, the best aquarium for greenhorns.

1.1-Gal Half Moon Betta Aquarium by Tetra

5.1.1-Gal Half Moon Betta Aquarium

If you’re looking for cheap fish tanks but with a name that is synonymous to quality products you can trust, then the Tetra 1.1 gallon Half Moon Betta is the one for you. At only a gallon in capacity, this should make for a very interesting desktop décor or even an office table ornament. It’s perfect for keeping a Betta fish complete with LED lights that can be easily repositioned to give you the best lighting effects. You can run the lights on 3 pieces of AA batteries or you can charge it using the USB cable from your smartphone or any other mobile device. The lid itself has an easy access port for feeing your Betta. The half-moon shape is great for small spaces but still allowing you superb view of your fish from any angle.

What We Like about It – Tetra’s been known for producing high quality aquarium products. And the Half Moon Betta is no exception.

20-Gal Tetra Kit by Tetra

20-Gal Tetra Kit

If you’re a fan of Tetra products but don’t like the small Half Moon Betta of the company, maybe its 20 gallon Tetra Kit large fish tanks would appeal to you. Complete with Tetra’s patented Color Fusion LED, this kit is guaranteed to be bursting with life as the lighting system actually changes in color every so often. Watch your anemones and other aquatic plant life sway to the current created by its water pump and filtration system. Your fishes will thrive in the correct water temperature made warm by the Tetra heater. The kit already comes with all you need to have a 20 gallon aquarium right in your own living room including a Whisper 20 type of filter, 2 pieces of Wonderland Plants, and a truly magnificent blooming white anemone. Now, go get your fishes and start a life with your own aquarium.

What We Like about It – The complete Tetra system is just what beginning fishkeepers will need to enjoy their new hobby.

56028 My Fun Fish Tank by As Seen on TV

56028 My Fun Fish Tank

If you’re interested in getting started with an aquarium but don’t actually know if you’ll love it or not, then maybe you need to start with cheap fish tanks that are super low maintenance until you get the hang of it. You wouldn’t actually think of the My Fun Fish Tank as an aquarium since the design is more like a boxy water pitcher sans the handle. The point is for you to put a live plant inside the fish tank, put some ornaments, fill it with water, cycle it, and then put your fish. There are no complicated filtration system nor water pumps. The aquatic plant serves as your filter which effectively moves dirty water out from the aquarium through its disposal tube which looks like the spout on your water pitcher. It does provide white LED lighting on top, though.

What We Like about It – This is the perfect gift for those who aren’t sure if an aquarium is for them. The low maintenance requirements are simply superb.

Water Garden Fish Tank by Back to the Roots

Water Garden Fish Tank

Cool aquariums now integrate the eco-friendliness of hydroponics and the technology of aquaculture in a new system called aquaponics. The Water Garden Fish Tank is one supern looking aquaponics system that effectively capitalizes on the symbiotic relationship between fishes and plants. Fishes excrete wastes into the water which are absorbed by the roots of the plants supplying them with the much-needed nutrients to grow. In turn, the waste-absorbing power of plants help keep the water clean making it healthier for the fish. Such symbiotic relationship is now fully displayed in the Water Garden also giving you superb low maintenance fish tanks and a super elegant look to your office or living room.

What We Like about It – The Water Garden is one truly beautiful piece of aquarium that is made even more astounding by the plants that you put on it.

Fluval View Oval Plastic Aquarium by Fluval

Fluval View Oval Plastic Aquarium

For a really superb view of your fishes and plant life in your aquarium, you’d better get the Fluval View. This comes in an oval shaped design to give you unobstructed view of your fish tank’s contents. It already has a fully integrated flow pump and filtration system as well as a two-mode LED lighting system for both daytime and nighttime viewing. The Fluval is perfect for any type of aquarium environments be it tropical, cold, or even temperate. It’s basically up to you how you would like your Fluval to look like in your office or in your home. What matters is that it’s so easy to set up and maintain.

What We Like about It – The oval shape of the Fluval gives a fantastic view of your fishes from different angles. The completeness of the kit is also a welcome bonus.

Biocube by Coralife 

Biocube

One of the coolest fish tanks we’ve ever seen is the Biocube. Its elegant lines and well-polished look give it an aesthetic appeal that naturally blends with the design theme of your living room, bedroom, or even office. Its acrylic construction allowed for the shaping of the panel as a single unit eliminating joints that can be a source of weakness for the entire system, not to mention leaks. The full lid cover houses both the power unit and the LED lighting mechanism of the Biocube. Setting it up is also very easy as the filter, pump, and lighting are already well integrated into the tank’s compartment. All that is needed now are the accessories as well as the fish that will make your Biocube come to life.

What We Like about It – The elegance of the Biocube is unmatched. The ease of setting up as well as its operation and maintenance make it a great aquarium for beginners.

How We Chose the Top Aquariums in our List

The very first parameter that we considered was the ease of its set up as well as operation and maintenance. We knew that you need to build your confidence first in setting up and maintaining a fish tank before you can move to more complicated aquariums. These must be very easy to install or set up and even easier to maintain.

Second, the design must be super tough and durable. Especially for novices, they are still pretty much groping their way around the ins and outs of aquarium maintenance. It is thus, important that these fish tanks are made of only the most durable materials and that their construction is done in a way that it won’t cause leaks.

Third, and perhaps one of the most important for many beginning aquariumists, is the aesthetic design of the fish tank. These need to bring out the best qualities in any room by adding to its overall aesthetics. As such, lighting and even background decorations and the inclusion of aquarium accessories are a must.

Tips for Beginning Fishkeepers

Now that you have our 10 super amazing aquariums to start with your fishkeeping hobby, it’s about time you try to learn the intricate art of keeping the aquatic life forms in your aquarium fully viable and healthy. While there are no clear-cut rules nor blueprints to guarantee you success in your first venture as a fishkeeper, there are quite several invaluable tips you can observe to serve as guide to successful fishkeeping. It is very important to remember that fishes are unlike any other pets that we have. They cannot be touched, caressed, or even cuddled the way we do these with our pet dogs, cats, rabbits, and even hamsters. Fishes and other aquatic pets require an absolutely different kind of tender loving care; albeit, without the need for touch.

Here are some tips to help you find fulfilment in your new hobby of keeping an aquarium.

  • Strive to learn the basics of aquariums.

While you may have bought for yourself a beautiful fish tank starter kit, it should never stop there. You should do everything you can to learn more about the basics of aquariums so that you’ll be able to readily expand your horizons when the right time comes. You’ll have to learn the fundamentals of an aquarium set up including its filtration system, the air pump, heaters, lighting, and other materials. You’ll also need to learn about the correct sizing and the proper location of your aquarium. More importantly, it is crucial that you learn how to make the water livable, healthy, and breathable for your fishes. Of course, you’d have to learn what species of aquatic animals is perfect for the different kinds of aquarium setups.

  • Cycle your fish tank before you add your fish. 

One of the most common mistakes by newbie aquariumists or fishkeepers is not cycling their fish tanks long enough to produce the correct water conditions for the optimum health of fishes. The water where fishes thrive in their natural environments is a result of centuries of cycling involving the growth of numerous healthy and beneficial microorganisms that provide the necessary conditions for optimum water health. If you’re going to look at natural bodies of water, these are actually not clear. They have a mixture of dissolved particles that enable aquatic life forms to thrive.

If you buy a fish tank today and put your aquatic pets in the tank on the very same day, they will never last long. Why? The water doesn’t have all the correct ingredients including the correct conditions necessary to support aquatic life. That is why you need to cycle your fish tank first before you can start adding fish.

In cycling, you assemble your fish tank, put all of your accessories in, fill it with water, and then run all the different mechanisms. Technically, it’s like having a fully operating aquarium sans the fish. The reason for this is for you to monitor the progress of the water’s chemistry including its temperature. Over time, you will be harboring health microorganisms that serve to break down waste as well as to keep the water healthy and safe for your fish. While there are no clear-cut rules as to how long should cycling be, experts agree that it should be a minimum of a week. Some serious fishkeepers recommend 30 days.

While there are now starter kits that provide solutions to be added into the water to help hasten the speed of cycling, it is still imperative not to put your fish inside the tank on the very same day you bought the aquarium. Additionally, don’t ever cycle your tank with your aquatic pet already inside.

  • Learn the correct parameters of healthy and safe aquarium water. 

The life of your aquatic pet is very dependent on the quality of the water you have in your aquarium. It is important to keep the levels of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates at the minimum as these can affect the health of your fish. Additionally, the pH of the water must be maintained in the correct levels at all times. While you may be tempted to just pour in over-the-counter products to help balance these substances, a much better approach is to change the water. However, you’re not supposed to remove all of it as doing so will require you to cycle it over again. You’ll lose all of the materials that are important for supporting aquatic life if you’re going to remove all of the water. As such, remove only a third and replace this with clean water. It is also imperative to remove any debris which can accumulate at the bottom of the fish tank.

  • Don’t overfeed your fish. 

Feeds that have not been consumed can affect the overall health of your fish tank water and undermine the wellness of your fish. It’s simple physiology. Give your fish more food and they defecate more. Their wastes are filled with ammonia and nitrates which can alter the delicate chemical balance of the water. Not feeding them can be detrimental to their growth as well.

  • Learn to use appropriate lighting. 

Never ever put your aquarium in an area where it receives direct sunlight as this can hasten the growth of algae. Technically, ambient light is sufficient for fishes to thrive. If you do have live plants in your aquarium, then lighting is a major consideration. These live plants can also help keep the growth and proliferation of algae in check.

The Bottom Line

Getting your own aquarium is a very fulfilling experience. However, there’s more to it than simply buying one of our 10 super cool fish tanks and setting it up. You’d have to learn to maintain it as well. Once you’ve mastered this intricate art of fishkeeping, you can try more advanced aquarium systems.