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Home Products. Looking for ways to make your home cleaner, more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home and garden products and these are their favorites.


rocket

Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology
$259; SharkClean.com

The most advanced ultra light upright that automatically transitions from floors to carpets. With two brush rolls working together, it picks up large particles, small particles, and stuck-on particles, on all types of floors and carpets. This ultra light upright vacuum has incredible power and versatility. It can be converted into a handheld, cleaning narrow, hard to reach spaces, while a convenient wand and quick-release foot pedal makes cleaning floor to ceiling simple. Never miss a spot with bright LED lights which illuminate to uncover hidden debris. "Switches from carpet to hard wood floors with ease and is really powerful yet lightweight and easy to maneuver around my house" says Tiffany. "Also cleans blinds and ceiling fans as well as under kitchen appliances. It does it all!"


curtain

Windsor Light Blocking Curtain Panel
$19.99; Target.com

Modern and sophisticated, this panel comes in four neutral colors: charcoal, cream, gray and green. Ideal for those who need it dark to sleep and absolutely perfect for nurseries. Eclipse curtains block over 99% of intrusive light, save up to 25% on home heating costs during the cooler months, reduce unwanted noise, increase quality of sleep and reduce stress levels. Available for both kids and adults in both traditional and contemporary designs, Eclipse offers curtains for every room of the house. "These look great and really keep the sun out when needed," says Anna.

dyson


Dyson’s Pure Hot + Cool Link
$449.99; Dyson.com

Dyson’s Pure Hot + Cool Link is an effective fan that can be used all year round as it can either heat or cool a room depending on preference. The fan is designed to be energy efficient, quiet and safe. There are no fast spinning blades, visible heat elements, and the fan will shut off automatically if tipped over.


pillow

Orion Down Alternative Pillow
$60; Slumbr.com

The Orion Down Alternative Pillow is a luxurious, supple and plush upgrade to many of the less expensive pillows. The Orion is hypoallergenic and has a fantastic balance of softness with resilient supportiveness that works for most sleepers in any position, even those that toss and turn. "Super comfortable pillow!" says Josh.


towel

Liz Claiborne® Micro Cotton® Bath Towels
$14-$98; JCPenney.com

Made with 100% long stable, fine cotton, these bath towels are super-soft and become loftier with each wash. Cozy absorbent construction, 100% cotton, ultra-soft and they become softer after each wash. "Super fluffy, absorbent towels," says Renee.



bags

Urban Market Bags
$40/6 pack; $28/3 pack; UrbanMarketBags.com

Reusable bags have become a necessity, but most available are not washable, bulky, mismatched and forgotten in the trunk. Urban Market Bags is the practical and functional reusable bag system that accommodates everyday life needs for all ages. Stylish, machine washable and made with soft but durable nylon, these bags can carry over 20 lbs, will last forever and go anywhere. The drawstring storage pack comes with six bags inside and is designed to be compact enough to fit in the cupholder of your car and slip into any handbag. "I keep these in my car and use them daily for groceries," says Stacy. "I love that they are washable and all fit into one pouch for compact storage."

ooma

Ooma Telo
$99; Ooma.com/telo

Smart home phone service that supports free nationwide calling (after taxes). Features Ooma’s PureVoice and voice compression technology to reduce bandwidth by 60 percent over standard VoiP technology. Advanced data encryption and privacy features to block robocalls and telemarketers – even those not blocked by the National Do Not Call List, including charity and political calls. Smart integrations with the most popular consumer devices including Amazon Echo, Nest, Apple Watch, Android Wear and more.

grout

GROUT EXPRESS

$24.99; GroutExpress.com

Grout Express is a scrubbing device you can stand and clean tile grout with disposable pads. GROUT EXPRESS revolutionary designed cleaning device uses adjustable cleaning pads that can clean multiple grout lines at once saving you time and energy.  Convenient and easy to use, it can be used as a hand-held tool (great for showers!) or with the extended pole to make grout cleaning easy and simple.  Also included is a small hand held device great for hard to reach areas, counters and tubs.


can cooler

18-Can Cooler
$29.99; PackIt.com

A groundbreaking alternative to bulky hard-sided coolers. It's the first soft-sided can and bottle cooler that actually chills like a fridge up to 10 hours without needing extra ice packs. Its roomy design makes it easy to take the party anywhere, such as sporting events, picnics or tailgates. It can hold 12oz cans, 12 12oz cans and snacks, 12 20oz bottles or food for an entire family.

bissel

BISSELL OnePass Plus Upright Bagless Vacuum
$99.99; Bissell.com

Featuring the powerful suction and innovative brush design of OnePass Technology, this vacuum’s simple design, easy maintenance and low cost makes it a great addition to every household. With the bottom easy empty dirt tank and washable foam filter, clean-up becomes a breeze, and its no fuss, automatic rewind cord saves time.




robitROTO-BIT™ Storage Screwdriver
$29.99; BlackAndDecker.com

ROTO-BIT™ Storage Screwdriver is an inclusive tool that makes DIY projects around the home easy and efficient. Ideal for assembling toys, furniture and hardware


dyson

Dyson Pure Cool Purifier Fan
$399.99; Dyson.com

Helps to capture odors and harmful toxins like paint fumes, cigarette smoke and cooking smells. The Dyson Pure Cool purifier uses a high-efficiency 360 Glass HEPA filter to capture ultra-fine particles. The machine can also be used in the summer as a fan. This means it circulates purified air around the whole room, all year round.


ecloth

Lightweight Flexi-Edge Floor Duster
$24.99; ecloth.com

Removes dust, dirt, pet hair, cobwebs, and allergens from floors, walls and ceilings. Use on all flooring surfaces – vinyl, bamboo, laminate, stone, ceramic, tile, hardwood, linoleum and concrete. Guaranteed for 300 machine washes.


Updated: March 2017