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Crown of the Day
16/12/2010 - (02:30 PM)
We are seeing lots of great reviews rolling in at the moment, and one that stood out to us yesterday was JJJJ's review of the Sony Playstation 3 Slim. The review, It goes by the name of Slim, is an excellent and thorough appraisal of this Sony video game console. In JJJJ's book, it's definitely worth the extra expenditure and is "the best console that you currently can own" despite a few minor niggles. A worthy recipient of the Crown of the Day.
10 Days of dooyoo Christmas: Day 3 Winners!
16/12/2010 - (01:01 PM)
Another day another two lucky winning dooyooers! The Wednesday winners will receive three super gifts each in their Christmas stockings from dooyoo, among them a deliciously moisturising body care product from Udderly Smooth, some soothing skin care from Burt's Bees, someone is getting some great running gear from Nike, and there's also a funky wall clock (we're not saying which one) from Present Time going out to one of the winners.
And the winners are... first up is ld75454 who has been busily posting some fantastic reviews in very popular categories like Fragrance, Make Up, and Skin Care. The second winner is loopylis, who has been back on the site with a vengeance, giving us some great tips on a child car seat, audio output device for iPod, and some advice on game controllers for Wii. Plus, she just posted a review of her washing machine - and you know how much we love whitegoods reviews!
Enjoy your Christmas pressies you two - and don't forget, all you Christmas competition winners, we want to see your reviews of your prizes too!
10 Days of dooyoo Christmas: Day 2 Winners!
15/12/2010 - (11:10 AM)
Ding, ding, ding... round two! Today we have another two outstanding contributors that we will be rewarding with some great prizes for their Christmas stocking. We won't say who is getting what, as that just ruins the surprise, but today's sack of prizes includes a very handy kitchenware product, a wonderful foodie book full of great flavour tips, a beautifully packaged, luxury soap from Fine Scottish Soaps, and one of the very popular large Picture Pockets. It's day 2 of the competition, so each winner gets two prizes, and the stack just keeps getting bigger everyday so it's definitely worth getting involved folks!
The day's first winner is chrisandmark, who has not only contributed a plethora of fantastic Fragrance reviews, but also helped us out with TWO great new reviews of dooyoo Most Wanted products! These are products that are extremely popular with consumers, but for which we do not currently have any reviews, so helping out by filling in one of these blanks really makes a difference for those visitors to the site searching for reliable, unbiased shopping advice. Thanks!
Our second winner of the day is thehonesttruth, who has been industriously posting reviews in a variety of seasonally appropriate categories including Lego (always a hit at Christmas time), Novelty Toys, Cook Books, and a great review of her Mobile Phone. We're looking forward to lots more!
A tip for those hoping to pick up one of the growing Christmas stockings of goodies - we're really on the lookout for some good printer reviews at the moment!
Popular Products: Christmas Edition
14/12/2010 - (04:11 PM)
This week's popular products list has a double-pronged purpose: 1) it's full of fab Christmas shopping tips if you've still got some people to tick off your shopping list, and 2) it's a great guide for those wondering what type of reviews will gain them the most attention for the 10 Days of dooyoo Christmas competition!
1. Fragrances are absolutely massively popular at the moment and right at the top of the list is Paul Smith: London for Men, with Giorgio Armani: City Glam coming in a distant second - guess there are gonna be a lot of great-smelling men on the streets after Christmas this year! For the ladies it's Ralpf Lauren: Safari that is getting the most interest from consumers, although so far the dooyooCommunity reviews aren't particularly positive. If you want something that the dooyooers swear by, Coco by Chanel is also popular and gets a much higher star rating from our reviewers.
2. Behind the Paul Smith scent, the second most popular product on the whole site last week were the Karrimor Womens Snow Fur Boots. It seems sensible shoes are definitely the way to go this season; the Gumboot Gumbies and Hunter Original Wellington Boots are also popular right now.
3. Of course it wouldn't be a popular products list at Christmas time without a whole host of toys... At the top of the list is still the Turbo Twister with Lights followed by the Fisher Price Big Action Garage. When it comes to entertainment of a more digital nature the Let's Draw game for Nintendo DS is proving very popular.
4. For the home-bodies household appliances are always a safe bet - right now the Cuisinart Soup Maker is master of that domain, followed by the extremely practical Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug.
5. Now, we're putting this one last on the list because it's probably not realistic for most people as a Christmas gift, but the laptop category is, as ever, one of the most popular categories on the whole site (along with Digital Cameras and Mobile Phones in case you were wondering). Right now, the most popular model is the Sony Viao E Series VPC-EC2S0E beating out the HP 620 and Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-18D for category supremacy.
10 Days of dooyoo Christmas: Day 1 Winners!
14/12/2010 - (12:18 PM)
Yesterday was Day #1 of the 10 Days of dooyoo Christmas competition and we are thrilled to be digging into our sack of surprises to send the first Christmas stockings to our first two winners!
Gemma_C caught our attention with an excellent review (and a first review too - we love those!) of the very popular ghd Midnight Mark 4 Styler Straightener and Hair Dryer Deluxe Gift Set. This great review comes just in time for last minute Christmas gift orders, and is another in a long line of top notch Fashion & Beauty reviews from Gemma. Congratulations, we've got a lovely gift for you from Bomb Cosmetics!
Our second winner for the first day is jillycat, who has been posting an array of very useful reviews in the Fragrance, Health, and Lego categories. All topical categories and all great reviews - this is a great account to check out if you need some Christmas shopping tips folks! Congratulations jillycat, we have a recent release book ready for you... it's a surprise which one, but it's been getting rave reviews from the dooyooers!
We're adding each of the Christmas winners to the dooyooTeam Circle of Friends, so pop by to see who we've picked so far. Remember, the prize swag keeps getting bigger each day, so it's worth amping up the effort to win!
-Elise & Hal
Crown of the Day!
13/12/2010 - (04:42 PM)
We know there were a few hiccups on the site over the weekend, but fortunately some of you dooyooers still managed to submit some excellent contributions! Crown of the Day goes to thebigc1690, due to him carving it up with some top write-ups in his native Photography category over the weekend. His review, Got a lense? Get a filter!, offers some great advice on what sounds like a very useful and sensible product. The Hama UV Filter UV-390 (O-Haze) offers value-for-money lense protection and UV filtering, and is an essential piece of kit to accompany your DSLR Camera Lense.
Also don’t forget about this month’s 10 Days of dooyoo Christmas competition! Starting tomorrow, and then every work day leading up to Christmas, we’ll be choosing two dooyooers to receive one of our dooyoo stockings. Each day we’ll add a little bit more to the stocking, so the bounty gets bigger as the big day gets closer! More detailed information about how to maximise your chances can be found on the Competitions page and in the News post below.
Good luck, we’re looking forward to giving away some prizes!
Massive Holiday Giveaway: 10 Days of dooyoo Christmas!
10/12/2010 - (02:37 PM)
It's been another great year of great reviews, comments, suggestions, ideas, and general participation from you wonderful dooyoo members, and to celebrate, we're putting up hundreds of pounds worth of prizes for grabs in our 10 Days of dooyoo Christmas competition! Each weekday starting on Monday (the 13th of December) and going through till Christmas Eve, we will be giving away a growing Christmas stocking of prizes to two particularly fantastic dooyooers. That's right, two winners every day!
We're looking to reward those dooyooers who make a particularly big contribution to the site, by regularly posting reviews, particularly those in categories that are very sought after by consumers, as well as maintaining a high standard in their reviews, and generally being an active and helpful member of the dooyooCommunity.
You're wondering what, specifically, you should do to increase your chances of winning? We're looking at your performance this month: no favourites, no bias, just good participation right now! So here are some tips to get our attention:
- post regular, high quality reviews.
- check the dooyoo Most Wanted list each week and see if you can help out with a review of one of these high-demand products.
- focus on Level 1 and 2 categories (don't forget to keep an eye on the news page and the site map for updates to the dooyooMiles levels).
- Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, and post your best reviews to us there.
- Make Crown nominations and be a fair and accurate rater of other members' reviews.
Of course, it goes without saying that any naughties like speedclicking, sub-par reviews or any other transgressions of the dooyoo Site Rules are the quickest way to get yourself out of the running!
So, let the reviewing begin - we can't wait to read all your great new reviews and start reaching into our big, BIG, sack of Christmas gifts!
P.S. since these are real prizes that we're giving away, winners will need to give us their postal address so that they can receive their prize.
Found: Ace Book Reviewers!
10/12/2010 - (11:48 AM)
Wow, we were thrilled with the response to our call out to all our fabulous book reviewers, thank to everyone who posted their reviews and wrote to us! We have compiled a list of over 20 of you talented reviewers and sent the list off to New Holland Publishing. They will get your books in the mail to you shortly, so keep an eye on the mailbox! In the meantime, if you'd like to have a sneak peak at what lovely surprises might be hitting your post box soon, have a look at the new book titles in the dooyoo catalogue... that should give you some good clues.
We look forward to reading your reviews and opinions of these new book titles soon!
Calling All Book Reviewers!
09/12/2010 - (12:22 PM)
We know that we have some seriously top notch book reviewers on dooyoo, but it's not just us here at dooyoo HQ that recognise that - it seems word is spreading! New Holland Publishers have chosen the dooyooCommunity as their preferred community of reviewers to receive and review a bunch of new fiction, non-fiction, and junior book titles.
If you want to receive a free delivery of books to read and review on dooyoo, all you have to do is:
1. Post a link to your newest and best book review on the dooyoo Facebook or Twitter page.
2. Send dooyooTeam a dooyooMail with your full name and postal address (this cannot be a PO Box).
We will then choose the best reviewers and send their details on to New Holland Publishers for them to get your books in the mail. Easy as that!
If you haven't posted any book reviews for a while, it's not too late - you've still got a whole day to get your new review online!
Crown of the Day
09/12/2010 - (11:00 AM)
Stylish quality wins the Prestige 51048 Dakota toaster a hearty vote of approval from today's Crown of the Day recipient, cazkins. If you're on the look out for a stunner of a toaster for your kitchen bench, without completely breaking the bank, you'll want to have a closer read of the review, The Red Toast King. Excellent work!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
08/12/2010 - (02:45 PM)
We have so many great members that it's hard to choose just five each week to celebrate. Choose we must, however, and this week we're kicking off the list with xjemloux. Her profile is full of tips about Nintendo DS Games, as well as some helpful hints about body care products. Charliewhippet also dabbles in the Fashion & Beauty category, but has the most success in her media reviews, recently winning a Crown for her review of the classic horror flick, Child's Play 2. On the other hand, mogdred is extremely loyal to her category of choice, and has loads of reading suggestions for you in Fiction. Her latest recommendation? People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. One of our very long-standing and highly respected reviewers, topsyturvy recently contributed an extremely useful review of the Avon Eyeshadow Brush, and for the Kindle users, she also heartily recommends the Kindle Leather Cover. Finally, tina_teaspoon very successfully turned her hand to some Telecommunications reviewing - consumers are always on the hunt for good mobile phone reviews, so no doubt her review will garner her lots of consumer thanks!
All You Want for Christmas
07/12/2010 - (01:28 PM)
Visitors to dooyoo are getting busy with their Christmas shopping, and so far the best selling toy on the site is the Turbo Twister with Lights - looks like a pretty cool toy car to us! For something a bit softer, the Disney Special Agent Oso Plush Toy is sure to be a pleaser.
A great stocking stuffer for this bitterly cold season is the Snowfire Ointment Stick. It's extremely popular with consumers at the moment and also scores a full five-star rating from the dooyooCommunity. Same goes for the Mini Hot Heart Hand Warmers.
Another imminently practical Christmas gift for the ladies are the Karrimor Womens Snow Fur Boot. Although the trend is not all about practical presents, there's some good old-fashioned girliness in there too - the Babyliss Pro Rebel Curling Wand and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion with Pump are also very popular choices for those who like to indulge.
For the men, it's all about Paco Rabanne: Black XS right now, although Paul Smith: London for Men is also a popular choice. If fragrances aren't really your man's thing, what about the Guitar Hero: World Tour Band Bundle (PS3), it's fun for the whole family!
It would be a very lucky duck indeed who would receive the Technics SC-DV280 HiFi system in their Christmas stocking this year. Speaking of which, we'd really like to see the stocking that's big enough to hold a Rangemaster 90 stove! Maybe this cooker hit the most popular list as people started to realise that their old oven just won't handle Christmas dinner for the whole family?
As for us here at dooyoo HQ, all we want for Christmas... is your reviews! And we'll be especially thrilled to see reviews of the dooyoo Most Wanted products. This week there's a real mixed bag of items, like the Babyliss 2123U Root Boost Micro Crimper or the Harley Benton HBE 1335 II guitar, as well as plenty of printers, PCs and more. Take a look and see if you can fill in a spot for us!
Top-Notch November Competition Winners!
03/12/2010 - (01:28 PM)
The suspense has been building all week, but we're here to give you the answers you've been eagerly awaiting - the results of November's dooyoo Monthly Competitions.
First off, whether you're looking for entertainment at home or on the road, the Monthly Competition winners in the Video category have the tips you need! We were really pleased with the wide variety of reviews you all contributed, including brand spanking new 3D LCD TVs, Home Cinema Systems, DVD Players and much more. It was a tough choice, as there were some really excellent reviews posted, but we think Hishyeness, sandemp, and kama0529 are very well-deserving winners. Congratulations to them!
Taking the top honours for Review of the Month in November is an excellent review from skin care and beauty expert LittleNat. Her review, An acne clearing gel that does what it promises, is vital reading for anyone suffering from problem skin. Thanks for your excellent and extremely knowledgeable advice Nat - we're sure your review will be a massive help to a lot of people out there!
Of course, there are also 20 new winners in the First Review Draw. They each won 2500 bonus dooyooMiles for writing the first review of a product in one of the month's chosen categories. To have a chance to win in December, write the first review of a product in the Computer, Cosmetics, Household Appliances, or Video categories.
Congratulations to all our November winners, and thanks to everyone who took part!
03/12/2010 - (01:03 PM)
We're back online, and while we are still working out a few kinks, particularly with the non-members (www) server, we do hope to start seeing your new reviews flooding in! A big thanks to you all for your patience. And, in case you still haven't heard - we've all been chatting up a storm on the dooyoo UK Facebook page, so make sure you're one of our friends on Facebook to be kept up to date on the latest dooyoo news!
-Elise & Hal
29/11/2010 - (03:13 PM)
Thanks to all who took part in this week’s competition! There have been some stellar entries and it’s a real pleasure to be able to award vouchers to all of these reviews.
Winner of the dooyoo Most Wanted competition, and walking away with a cool fifty pound voucher in her pocket, is goosey for her review of the Veho VFS 008 Smartfix! This machine was on the Most Wanted list last week, so clearly there are still plenty of people out there that are looking to convert old 35mm slides and negatives into a more accessible digital format. If that’s something that has been on your ‘to do’ list for a while, we recommend a quick read of goosey’s review, My 35mm Slide-projector has fallen victim to the Smartfix Scanner, it does an excellent job of telling you what this product does and how well it does it.
We’ve also enjoyed reading the contributions for the ten x twenty pound vouchers this morning – dooyooTeam has been given some great ideas for the old Christmas wish-list!
davidbrentforPM takes one of the top spots with his review, Buy It, Bake It, Boil It, Freeze It, Splash It, Drop It, Plug It, Play It. TRadford and xx_nic_xx join him with their respective contributions, Perhaps the best value for money lens available? and Amped Up!
JJJJ pulled out all the stops with his piece, It's an Apple - not a Golden Delicious, but a White Wonder, as did wigglylittleworm - we really enjoyed her review of the Creative EP 630 Headphones - though you may want to read the review thoroughly before purchasing, as it's not particularly favourable. thebigc1690 is up there too, using his valuable Photography experience to give us a rundown of the Sony HVL F58AM, a high quality/high price Photographic Flash.
rosebud2001 has added to her collection of nicely written reviews, this time looking at an External Hard Drive, the Buffalo Juststore Desktop 1TB. musicmad2020 makes the list thanks to her review, Good For Mousing Around! and jipp05 joins her for managing to convince us (and herself) that the Kindle Leather Cover is actually a very good purchase! Lucky last is Sarccyslayer, she goes home with a voucher for her review of Sony’s DPF D85, A picture is worth a thousand words; a slide show is both!
Congratulations to all winners and if you haven’t read these reviews yet, be sure to check ‘em out!
-Hal & Elise
Get on a Winning Streak this Weekend!
26/11/2010 - (01:17 PM)
We're looking forward to a big weekend of reviewing this weekend! There are plenty of reasons for you to get tapping away on some new reviews too... we've got loads of great prizes for you to WIN!
The best review of a product in the dooyoo Most Wanted list this week will win a massive fifty pound Amazon voucher! We already have some great entries for the HP Laserjet Pro P1102 printer and the Sony DPF-D85 digital photo frame, but we're looking for more! Don't have these products yourself? Tweet the competition to your Twitter friends, the competition is open to non-members as well.
There are also ten x twenty pound vouchers up for grabs - but don't forget you have to post the review link/URL to us on Twitter or Facebook to be in the running! Your review must be in the Computer, Audio / HiFi, or Photography category to be eligible for the competition. There's something for everyone, whether it's a point-and-click digital camera, trusty laptop, portable radio or one of the other myriad electronics devices we all have at home. We want to hear what you think.
Can't wait to read all your reviews - don't forget to post us a link to your review so we will be sure not to miss it. Winners to be announced on Monday!
Crown of the Day
25/11/2010 - (10:02 AM)
In many cases a review over 2,000 words might seem a bit too long, but when you're considering shelling out over a thousand of your hard-earned clams, you really want a good, thorough review to make sure it's going to be worth it! Well, according to Hishyeness' review of the Samsung LE-46C750, this LCD TV is "worth every penny". To find out exactly why, have a read of 2D, 3D & HD: A Smashing Samsung That Delivers the Lot - it's a very readable, detailed review, full of personal experience. Fantastic work (and of course, a great entry in this month's Monthly Competition)!
Popular Products for the Season
24/11/2010 - (03:37 PM)
This week the popular products list is definitely a mix of winter must haves and Christmas wishlist items. There's a bit of everything in there, take a look...
1. The thing that is drawing the most consumer attention this week: the Samsung LE-40C530 LCD TV. It would be a very lucky duck indeed, who got one of these from Santa this year!
2. Everyone is still loving the pants off the Cuisinart Soup Maker. It's popular with consumers and the dooyooCommunity alike.
3. King of laptop land this week is the HP 620, followed closely by the distinctively Mac-looking Sony Vaio E Series VPC-EC2S0E/WI.
4. In the battle of the mobile phones, the Samsung GT S5230 comes up trumps this week - and there are a LOT of dooyooers who have very nice things to say about this touchscreen phone.
5. In the toy department, the VTech Mobigo Console is currently the most popular product. It's one from the Child Development category so we can't help but wonder - is the toy all the kids are clamouring for, or is this what Mum and Dad think is best? Hopefully it's both!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
24/11/2010 - (11:27 AM)
jeffjen kicks off the Celebrated dooyooers of the Week list today. She’s been on fine form the last couple of weeks and seems to be on a bit of a Crown winning streak! Her Music Album reviews are going down really well, and while the title may be enough to put off some fans, Bon Jovi does Country? is a great review of what seems like a great album. Dryad is another member that’s been producing the goods of late, her St John’s Wort review has a wealth of great information in it, and perhaps worth checking out if your mood could do with a little lift.
We’re also pleased to see greenrexyboy and davidbrentforPM both back after a short hiatus! greenrexyboy has been mixing it up a bit and going for Movie DVD, Sports Equipment and TV Programme categories since being back. davidbrentforPM on the other hand has gone straight for the jugular with an excellent Laptop review of the Acer Aspire TimelineX 5820T-434G50Mn, which has a hideously long name, but has received a very glowing review. Laptops: Aspire To Be This Ace(r) is essential reading for those looking to purchase a Laptop. mummy2harry is the final addition to the list, she’s mostly been sticking to her native Book category, but as always she’s mixing it up with some high quality contributions in plenty of other categories as well. Thanks for all your input guys!
Your Chance to WIN!
23/11/2010 - (12:39 PM)
We were so thrilled with the results of last week's impromptu Amazon Voucher giveaway competition, and had such good feedback from you about it, that we're doing it all again this week - but BIGGER!
This week, we are giving away 1 x £50 Amazon voucher and 10 x £20 Amazon vouchers for a total of eleven lucky winners!
To win the £50 voucher, all you have to do is write the best review of one of the products in the dooyoo Most Wanted list. Now, don't forget, the normal Site Rules apply - you may only write the review if you actually own one of these products, and if you are unbiased and not connected to the manufacturer or seller in any way. Don't have any of these products yourself? Your friends might do, so tweet the competition to let them know. They don't have to be dooyoo members to take part.
There's another way to win too. We are giving away ten £20 Amazon vouchers to the best reviews in the categories Computer, Audio / HiFi, or Photography this week. Member or non-member, post your top notch review in any of these categories and tweet the link to the review to us on Twitter, or post it on the Facebook page, we will announce the winners next Monday!
Happy reviewing everyone!
-Elise & Hal
Crown of the Day
22/11/2010 - (03:37 PM)
For the second time today we’ve had our hands full trying to select the most deserving review! But we’ve come to the consensus that mattygroves10’s recent Portable Radio review should take home today’s Crown of the Day. While mattygroves10 doesn't exactly sing the Pure Digital One’s praises, it has been given a solid 3 star rating - so while it may be lacking in some areas, it still has something to offer consumers. Pure (One) as the Driven Slush, is comprehensive, and definitely worth looking at if you’re still debating whether to jump on the digital radio bandwagon.
22/11/2010 - (02:13 PM)
Wow, we’ve had a fantastic response to the weekend’s competition! With so many great entries it was a very tough decision, and it’s a real shame that there can only be one winner.
We’re sure you’re all dying to know who takes the prize, so without further ado: congratulations to jennikitten! Her review A great buy - at the right price fended off fierce competition to earn her the £50 Amazon voucher. She looked at Samsung’s N210 Plus Netbook, and has done a fantastic job. Her review covers all one would expect from a winning review - she’s painted a clear picture of what you get once you’ve made the purchase, but also goes into plenty of detail, using her own experience for reference. Excellent work jennikitten, one £50 voucher coming your way!
Crown of the Day and More
19/11/2010 - (11:22 AM)
Today's Crown of the Day introduces us to a great new product in the Video category, the Panasonic SC-BT222EB-K home theatre system. In her impressive review, A Complete Home Entertainment System from Panasonic, rosebud2001 awards the product a respectable 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "easy to set up and easy to use". She also praises its compact design, which will get rid of the cable 'spaghetti' at the back of your TV.
This review has got to be one of the front-runners in the November Monthly Competition too. We're searching for your best reviews in the Video category, with the top three reviews earning their authors prizes of 5000, 3000, and 1000 dooyooMiles respectively - not to mention honour and admiration!
That's not your only chance to win on dooyoo this weekend though! We're also running a competition in the Computer category until Monday. Post the best review in this category over the weekend and send the link to your review to us on Twitter or Facebook, and you will win a £50 Amazon UK voucher. We can't wait to announce the winner on Monday!
WIN WIN WIN
18/11/2010 - (12:35 PM)
Need a quick injection into your Christmas presents fund? dooyoo has the answer! Write an outstanding review in the Computer category before Monday, that is between now and Sunday 12 a.m., and you will be in with a chance to win a 50 pound Amazon UK voucher. That's right, you'll have the chance to win 50 pounds for that single review!
The competition is open to members and non-members alike. Once you've perfected and posted your fab review, you need to tweet it to us by posting a new @dooyoo_uk tweet from your Twitter account with the link to the review. If you're not on Twitter you can also post the link on the dooyoo Facebook page.
That's your assignment folks - the best review you can muster of your printer, laptop, keyboard, monitor, or mouse. We can't wait to make someone's day on Monday!
-Elise & Hal
Crown of the Day
18/11/2010 - (10:41 AM)
If someone mentions spending over 200 pounds on a pair of shoes, you might be thinking Manolo Blahnik or Chanel (or is that just me?!), but in this case the highly specialised and elite shoes have very little to do with fashion. Intrepid mountaineer, hiker, and general outdoorsy type greenierexyboy, thoroughly tests the Scarpa Manta hiking boots on his Long Walk to... Chelmsford. Just jesting of course, he took the boots through their paces in the challenging conditions of a wet Irish mountain range as well as 'rock-scrambling' through the Mourne Mountains - this is definitely a review that fellow mountain enthusiasts can relate to and trust. A great addition to our Sports Equipment category, thanks!
dooyooMiles Levels Updates
17/11/2010 - (05:09 PM)
Once again we here at dooyoo have had a close look at our catalogue, the online shopping trends, and your awesome reviews, and made a few adjustments to the dooyooMiles levels to better match the rewards on the site to current consumer demand.
So, which categories have gone rocketing up the ladder? In line with the recent rush on printers, we've bumped up printer consumables from Level 3 to 2 - and yes, we're still extremely keen to see your reviews of laser, inkjet, and all-in-one printers, especially if they happen to be one of the dooyoo Most Wanted products! Jumping up into Level 1 is the suitcase category, so that anyone making a trip over the festive period can be well-informed when it comes to their luggage. Got a great tip or a gripe? Let us know!
Amongst the categories taking a slide down the popularity ranks this time are Portable CD Player - well, no one is using those much anymore are they - and Power Adapter / Batteries.
For the full run-down on how many dooyooMiles you'll get for your review, have a browse through the Site Map - but remember, you have to be logged in, dooyooMiles are only for members!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
17/11/2010 - (11:06 AM)
This week top-reviewer Joker25 joins not only the illustrious Celebrated dooyooers of the Week list, but has also become one of our dooyooCommunity Guides, as the new Guide in the Sports category. We think her combination of friendliness, excellent writing, and humour makes her a perfect choice for the Guides team! Next up on the celebrated list is Rhiana with her Junior Book obsession - whether you're up for some fun, light reading, or just want to know that the book you're planning on giving your niece for Christmas is not full of things that will make Mum and Dad gasp with horror, you should definitely swing by Rhiana's profile for some advice. Meanwhile it seems that FairyG has been busy perfecting her domestic goddess routine, posting a bunch of great reviews lately of things like Jamie's 30-Minute Meals cook book, the Cookworks Breadmaker, and the Breville VTT206 toaster. Praskipark is well known in the dooyooCommunity for her exotic Travel reviews, but she also writes a mean DVD and Music Album review! Last but certainly not least is deesum who has been very successful in the last couple of weeks with some quality reviews in the Health and Kids & Family categories. Nice work you stellar dooyooers you!
A Sad Goodbye
16/11/2010 - (12:46 PM)
Saying goodbye to an old friend is never easy, and when it's a product from your youth there's the added pinch of the passing of time and the dreaded a-g-i-n-g process. Thus, it is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our bopping-along-the-street friend, the classic, reliable, cassette tape playing Sony Walkman. Yes, that's right, the Walkman has finally been retired by the Audio / HiFi giant, and production of these reassuring relics has ceased. The name, at least, lives on with the new Sony Portable MP3 Players, although we can't help but wonder how long even these music players will last, what with the invention of the do-it-all smartphones...
Guess it's time to stock up on CD Players, Video Recorders, and MD Players before they too disappear. Some day we'll be able to sell them for thousands to collectors of "olden days" technology!
Crown of the Day
15/11/2010 - (02:57 PM)
We were so impressed with sweetdaisy’s fab review Obaby, Obaby, Go, that she gets to take the Crown of the Day home today, congratulations!
We’re always hearing that Prams, Puchchairs, and Strollers are big investments, and because there’s so much to consider and so many options out there, it really helps to get other parents’ advice before deciding on which brand and model you’re going to go with. There’s a load of personal experience in this review, and if you team that with a well written breakdown of the Obaby Atlas Plus’ features and accessories that come with, you’ve got yourself a highly recommended review! Certainly well worth checking out before parting with any of your hard earned cash.
Crown of the Day Double Feature!
12/11/2010 - (12:57 PM)
You dooyooers were busy yesterday - there were some super good reviews posted, nice work! In fact, there was such a good selection, that we just couldn't narrow down our pick for the Crown of the Day any further and we're going with a double-barrelled posting this Friday!
First up is RunnyHunnyBee's stand out review of her Hotpoint FF187E fridge. The internet is full of manufacturer's info, sales pitches, and specifications about whitegoods, but it's an honest, informative, and - most importantly - unbiased consumer opinion that really makes all the difference when you're facing the arduous task of purchasing a new refrigerator. The Big Grey Beast is definitely such a review, and will be invaluable for shoppers on the site. Thanks RunnyHunnyBee!
Next up is johnny040676's review, Still a Great Printer with Very Cheap Ink. Timely indeed after our shout out yesterday looking for more inkjet and laser printer reviews! The Canon Pixma iP5200 may not be the hottest of new models on the block anymore, but it still gets Johnny's vote of approval, particularly considering the extremely affordable ink cartridges it takes.
Have you reviewed your printer yet? If not, what are you waiting for? This weekend is the perfect time! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Crown of the Day
11/11/2010 - (12:27 PM)
Take it from kama0529, the Canon Powershot D10 might look like a toy, but it certainly isn't! Actually, the slightly bath-toy-like appearance of this compact digital camera is more of a clue that it is in fact suitable for use underwater. Suppose that means you could indeed give it to your toddler as a bath toy... not that we're recommending that, but you could end up with some interesting snaps! All fooling aside, take a look at today's Crown of the Day, A brilliant point and shoot camera that's NOT a toy! and find out the numerous reasons why this model should definitely make it onto your short list if you're in the market for a new camera.
November Necessities: Must Haves and Most Wanted Products
11/11/2010 - (11:36 AM)
Comforting, warm, nutritious soup is the perfect meal for those cold evenings - and you can take the leftovers for a warm lunch the next day too! That must be why the Cuisinart Soup Maker has rocketed to the top of the popular products list this week.
The JML Dri Buddi continues to be very popular with consumers, despite it's falling dooyooCommunity rating. We say - buy it at your own risk! The Russell Hobbs Mini Kitchen Mini Oven 13824, on the other hand, gets great ratings from the dooyooers and allows you to prepare home-cooked meals without having to heat up the whole oven. Particularly good for small households or when you just want to prepare something small.
The sun may be retreating for the winter, but that doesn't mean your bronzed summer glow has to - Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder is very popular with consumers at the moment, and is highly recommended by the dooyooCommunity.
Lastly, don't get caught in the dark this winter - pick yourself up one of the extremely popular LED Lenser H7 Head Torches. Practical for outdoorsy types or just around the house.
What about the reviews, you might ask. Which are the most sought after reviews at the moment? The most popular categories on the site at the moment are Fragrance (well, everyone likes to smell good, don't they?) and Laptop, so if you've got an opinion to share in one of those categories, we'd love to hear from you! And of course, don't forget to check out the dooyoo Most Wanted list - these are the products that consumers are most often searching for, for which we don't yet have any reviews. We need your help to fill these gaps! If you own any of the Most Wanted products, make sure you let us know what you think. At the moment we're seeing particularly a lot of laser printers and laptops on the list - take a look and see if you can help out. Thanks all you wonderful dooyooers!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
10/11/2010 - (10:43 AM)
Kicking off this week's list of outstanding dooyooers is TRadford, who was awarded his first ever Crown (congrats!) for his cracking review of the Nikon D700 DSLR camera. He claims this digital camera might just be "The best DSLR on the market". A bit of an all-rounder, luxuryliner has recently earned Crowns in a number of different categories, including for her excellent reviews of the Entry Noise Canceling Headphones, Lexmark X4550 all-in-one printer, and even for her positively delicious review of Clipper Organic Nettle Tea. Next up we welcome back two familiar faces who have recently had a bit of a break. Ryandinho jumps back into the reviewing with a splash - he's posted a convincing review of the new Linkin Park album, A Thousand Suns. Meanwhile, we're all enjoying reading the intelligent wit of dj981 again, just check out his reviews Rising Damp - P.S. I Do Love Cats Really, or I Still Say It's Easier to Point and Shout, if you want to see what we mean. The entertainment doesn't end there though, have a browse through linzeelou's reviews for some tips and recommendations on new reading material. She's extremely active (and very successful too!) in the Books category, particularly Junior Books and Fiction. Thanks to all our celebrated dooyooers for their quality contributions to the site and the dooyooCommunity, we appreciate it!
Site Updates: New Design
09/11/2010 - (12:11 PM)
Our site designer has been very busy streamlining and modernising all the product and review pages across the site - we're thrilled with the result (still ironing out a few kinks, but all should be polished and perfect by the end of the day). As with all changes, there are a couple of things that will take some getting used to, but we think you'll soon be loving it, if you're not already!
First off, the 'write review' button is now under the product description, as a tab next to the Price Comparison and Read Reviews options. When you click on the tab to write your review, you'll notice that we've also updated the review writing template. The form is cleaner and easier to fill out now, and we've even added some writing tips in the left hand column to help you out.
When reading reviews, you'll notice that the text column for the review is now much wider, which means less scrolling and a more comfortable reading experience. Comments are now located on the left of the review, but otherwise function just like they always have. And if you come across a Crowned Review you'll see that we've added a big new Crown stamp so it's easy to see immediately that the review has been judged outstanding by the dooyooCommunity and the dooyooTeam.
When browsing for products on the site, you should find it a lot easier to get a quick overview of the product as we've moved the dooyooCommunity's quick ratings to the top of the page. You can see at a glance how the product was rated across a number of relevant criteria. At the left we have a range of new menu options to help you navigate quickly between related categories and products, as well as a flashy new Product Highlights section showing you popular products that are related to the product you're viewing.
We hope you like the new design and of course we're always happy to hear your feedback and comments, or to answer any questions you may have. Contact the dooyooTeam to let us know what you think.
-Elise & Hal
Crown of the Day!
08/11/2010 - (01:31 PM)
The response to EA Sports' FIFA 11 has been very positive since its release a few weeks ago, the subtle tweaks to the game play have impressed a lot of people, and ReviewKing05 is another gamer that’s singing its praises.
It’s always useful to have some inside knowledge before buying a Video Game, especially if you’re not experienced with games yourself, so this title sounds like a good one to keep in mind as a gift if you have gaming friends or family members. To find out more, or to see if it’s going to fit the bill, check out (Still) the king of console football, it’s an exceptionally well written review of FIFA 11 (Xbox 360) and a very deserving Crown of the Day.
Happy Guy Fawkes Day!
05/11/2010 - (10:57 AM)
On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes and his conspirators made an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the House of Lords, which became known as the Gunpowder Plot. Since then the celebration also known as Bonfire Night has been marked with large fires, sometimes with effigies of Fawkes being ritually burnt, and fireworks displays in England and former English colonies. In fact, did you know that the four days leading up to the 5th of November are the only days in the year when consumer fireworks can be bought in New Zealand?
If you're looking for some nighttime illuminations to accompany your bonfire festivities, take a look at the Henbrandt Hand Held Sparklers, or perhaps some Sky Lanterns.
To get into the spirit of things, how about a Guy Fawkes lookalike mask from the film V for Vendetta? The Rubies Costume Co. V for Vendetta Mask fits the part.
If you're interested in finding out more about the real history behind Bonfire Night, there are of course numerous books on the subject. Take a look at Pity for the Guy: A Biography of Guy Fawkes by John Paul Davis.
Enjoy your celebrations tonight all, and be safe!
Out-of-this-World October Winners!
04/11/2010 - (10:17 AM)
There were some ripper reviews last month, but the combination of practicality, knowledge, and easy to follow personal opinion meant that we couldn't go past PaulinSussex's review, Expensive but very dependable and useful, for the Review of the Month award. The title pretty much says it all it a nutshell when it comes to Paul's opinion of the Bosch GSR 10.8 V-LI-2 Professional Cordless Drill Driver - still, if you're into DIY the review is definitely worth checking out.
The Monthly Competition in October focused firmly on the Fragrance category with some very sweet smelling entries indeed being submitted. Taking out first prize with a classy review of a top-shelf men's fragrance was Nar2. His scent of choice? The "chameleon like" Chanel: Allure Homme Edition Blanche, Eau de Toilette - definitely one for the Christmas wishlist by the sounds of things men! Another one for the fellows, Puggers took out second place with his excellent, if not entirely enthusiastic, review of Escada: Sunset Heat Men, Eau de Toilette. Perhaps Escada should just stick to women's fragrances, daniella2202 won third prize for her rave review of Escada: Ocean Lounge, Eau de Toilette.
For the full details, including the 20 winners of the First Review Draw and details of this month's Monthly Competition category, check out the Competitions Page. Congratulations to all the October winners - you deserve it!
-Elise & Hal
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
03/11/2010 - (02:55 PM)
It is that time of the week again, and we’ve got a brand spanking new group of dooyooers that have been making some great contributions to the site recently.
DanielKemp is renowned for his excellent Music Album reviews, so if you are after some musical recommendations his profile is definitely one to peruse. Mildew82 has also been dabbling in the music category, we enjoyed her recent review, Cut down on your porklife - get some exercise!, which is a long but very readable piece on Blur’s most well known album, Parklife.
koshkha and dee778, meanwhile, have been mixing it up lately, writing Travel reviews but also spending time in the Fashion and Beauty, Movie DVD, and Shoe categories, to name just a few. Lastly, we’d like to welcome boscoticino, who is a new addition to the dooyoo Community. She’s certainly getting into the groove of things, judging by the two Crowns she picked up this week - definitely one to watch!
Bag a Banger: Sausage Week
02/11/2010 - (04:21 PM)
Making any puns here is likely to get us into trouble and so will simply state: it's Sausage Week in the UK. It's the week to celebrate all things sausage, and it seems there's a lot to celebrate! In fact, did you know that there are so many different kinds of sausage, sausage recipes, and local variations that you could eat a different British sausage every day for 10 years? Now that does seem a bit of an extreme undertaking to us, but nevertheless we do have a few tips for enjoying a banger or two on a more moderate scale.
One can usually tell the difference between a real British banger and an American hot dog sausage by which is lying next to some mash and which is inside a roll. But there's no reason why you couldn't enjoy a higher quality english sausage in the traditional American style is there? The Prima Hot Dog Roller Grill hasn't got such a good wrap with the dooyooers, despite it's fun fairground appearance, but there's also the Giles and Posner Hot Dog Rotisserie to be tested!
If you tend to be of the opinion that sausages are made of 'mystery meat' you can avoid any unwanted additions to store bought sausages by making your own! A sturdy and easy to use sausage maker, like the Kitchen Craft ICast Iron Meat Mincer No. 8 with Sausage Making Attachment should do the trick.
Making the most of British sausages has never been easier than with Rachel Green's new book, straightforwardly titled Sausages: Making the Most of the Great British Sausage. That's 128 pages of ideas - should be enough to keep you going at least through this week!
Got your own great sausage recipe to share? Tell us all about it in the Recipe category this week!
Crown of the Day
01/11/2010 - (02:06 PM)
When 6 dogs, 7 cats, and an escape artist rabbit are just a few of the members of your household, you really do need a hard working, quality Vacuum Cleaner to keep up with demand. The Dyson DC19 Allergy has consistently received positive feedback from the dooyooCommunity, and Drooled for my Dyson I Did, is another review that gives this product a big thumbs-up.
We were so impressed with boscoticino’s review that we simply couldn’t resist giving it the Crown of the Day. Not only does it supply plenty of relevant detail about the product, there’s loads of personal experience in there and it’s enjoyable to read. Nice work boscoticino!
Website of the Year: dooyoo?
29/10/2010 - (11:25 AM)
We are thrilled that dooyoo has been nominated in the Website of the Year award, in the 'Comparison' category. The winners are decided by public voting, and we would love to have your support!
Head on over to the Website of the Year page to cast your vote - it only takes a minute and you'll have a chance to win an Apple iPad or a Panasonic Lumix TZ10 digital camera when you take part.
Thanks to all the dooyooers, from us here at dooyoo HQ, for making dooyoo one of the best comparison and consumer websites around.
-Elise & Hal
Crown of the Day
28/10/2010 - (02:31 PM)
"Blanket Your Skin From Harsh Winter Weather" is the call to action of today's Crown of the Day from daniella2202. According to this cosmetics shopaholic, the Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream is pure heaven on cracked, dry, or irritated skin and is extremely helpful whether you're suffering from allergies, sunburn, windburn, or just generally dried out skin. Definitely sounds like a product that's handy to have on call when sniffle season arrives - just the thing to soothe a red, irritated nose. Thanks for the thorough review Daniella!
28/10/2010 - (12:01 PM)
Unfortunately, we experienced some mischievious computer gremlin activity overnight, which resulted in several hours worth of new reviews being lost. These reviews are still visible on the site with the title, advantages, disadvantages, and summary, but the body of the text is missing. Our Tech Team are currently doing their best to restore as many of these reviews as possible. If your review was affected, and you have a saved copy of the text, we would encourage you to edit your review and re-post the missing body of the review. This replaced text will then display as normal.
All functionality has been restored to the review writing template, so writing new reviews now is not an issue and you can all continue posting as normal.
Please be assured that dooyooMiles have not been affected by the loss of any reviews that you posted in the last 24 hours.
Sincere apologies for the disruption folks, and of course thank you for your ongoing participation in the dooyooCommunity!
- Your dooyooTeam
27/10/2010 - (03:11 PM)
For all those who are trying to get the most out of their gardens before the winter weather confines us indoors, the Garden Heating and Lighting category has been bumped up into Level 1. Tell us about your successes (and failures) with outdoor heaters and outdoor lighting to earn yourself 600 dooyooMiles per Premium Review. You'll also be rewarded at the highest level for reviews of Fragrances in the Fashion & Beauty category, to make a bit of a change from all the Shoe reviews we've been seeing lately.
With all the cold weather coughs and colds coming on, we've moved Health Therapy and Treatment up into Level 1, while Contact Lenses have gone back down to Level 2.
As usual, for all the details and the current level of all categories on the site, please check the Site Map - make sure you're logged in if you want to see the dooyooMiles details though!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
27/10/2010 - (01:50 PM)
We love our expert consumer reviewers, and this week we have a bumper crop of truly knowledgeable members in a range of different categories. First up is the Vacuum Cleaner king, Nar2, who is always a reliable source of advice and information on the subject of all things Hoover. This week he impressed us by branching out and giving us an excellent recommendation for the handy Moulinex Multifunction Grater. Given her pet-lover status rolletrog more than likely has gone through a few vacuums herself, but it's her Pet reviews that really stand out. If you're a dog owner, take a look at her recent review of the Roof Box Company Dog Bag. Meanwhile, bilbobaginz is all about entertainment, and has accumulated quite a stash of very useful Xbox 360 Games reviews. His latest tips include Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Forza Motorsport 3, according to Billy though, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is better left on the shelf. Mother and great reviewer, benz2922, has some handy suggestions for parents of young children, including a rather special and very personal review about Toilet Training and Potties. Finally, everyone please give a warm welcome to this outstanding new dooyooer - Coolchris330 has already been awarded four Crowns for his top notch reviews in the PC / Video Games and Computer categories. Congratulations!
Get a Head Start on Halloween
26/10/2010 - (03:57 PM)
If you're the sort of person who finds yourself frantically wrapping yourself in loo-paper (instant mummy costume, don't you know!) every year before rushing out to a Halloween party, this year is your chance to turn it around and be the best dressed at the party! The Fancy Dress Costumes category on dooyoo is full of great suggestions and recommendations about costumes for both children and adult - and we're giving you plenty of advance notice this year so there's no excuse! Anyway, it's fun to go all out on a costume... just have a look at some of these ideas.
1. Modernise the well-known cowgirl outfit with some pop culture references with the Disney Toy Story Jessie Costume. It's available in both adults and childrens sizes and is sure to make anyone look absolutely precious!
2. An absolute classic is of course a clown costume. But this year don't just whack a red nose on your face and be done with it, go all out to get the gags really rolling with a complete Adult Fancy Dress Clown Costume. It's perfect for some laughs at a grown-ups party and will also have young kids in raptures at the next small person birthday party.
3. If you want to go down a more gory Halloween path, check out the Pams Deadly Chef Costume, it would particularly suit the host of the party, accompanying some Halloween-themed snacks, and of course loads of fake blood.
4. For the guys out there who wonder what Johnny Depp has that they don't, Halloween is your best chance to prove just how wrong everyone was in picking him for that pirate role over you. Grab yourself an Henbrandt Caribbean Pirate Men's Fancy Dress Costume, put on your best movie-star swagger, and don't forget a liberal application of eyeliner!
5. And finally for the real heavyweight Halloween costume... the Inflatable Sumo Costume. Make an extra-large impression on the party with this fun costume, and it's a great way to hide a few extra kilos too.
Get Halloween shopping today, so you're all ready to go this weekend. Happy (pre-)Halloween doooyooers.
Crown of the Day!
25/10/2010 - (04:22 PM)
It’s difficult to write a review of a computer processor that includes in-depth technical know-how, and still remains interesting and easily understood, but that is exactly what Coolchris330 has managed to do with his review of the Intel Core i7 920 / 2.66 GHz. So even if words like ‘quad-core’, ‘hyper-threading’ and ‘system diagnostics’ make you break out into a cold sweat, we’re sure you’ll still find Vroom! The i7 is faster than light a very useful and well written review!
Crown of the Day
22/10/2010 - (01:41 PM)
Ladies on the quest for ever more flawless make up will no doubt read today's Crown of the Day review from prettypolly40 with great interest. In her comprehensive and entertaining review, she tells us exactly why the Beautyblender, the latest miracle cosmetics product, succeeds where other make up brushes, fingers, and sponges fail. Want dewy, "airbrushed" looking skin? Start with this review - Blending Me Away a Bounce at a Time.
Popular Products: Latest Trends on dooyoo
22/10/2010 - (11:12 AM)
The most popular product of all this week, across the whole site, is the Graco Junior Maxi Car Seat. It must be baby season! The dooyooCommunity has already given this Graco model it's vote of confidence, but if you're a parent with experience with Child Car Seats and haven't yet posted a review of your model, we'd love to hear from you soon.
Of course, as usual laptops aren't far from the top of the list. The most popular model on the site this week is the HP 620, closely followed by the Sony Vaio E Series.
A seasonal product, the JML Dri Buddi is also attracting a lot of attention on dooyoo at the moment, despite some mixed reviews from the dooyooers. Another sign of the cooler weather, the Delonghi Oil Filled Radiator has shot up the ranks of popular products.
Now we don't want to mention the 'C'(hristmas) word too early and set you off into a panic, but if we may throw in a couple of little tips for children's presents, the Fisher Price Big Action Garage is the most popular toy on the site at the moment and comes highly recommended by the dooyooCommunity. The Dyson Toy Vacuum Cleaner is also a good bet, and currently very sought after. Save yourself some stress down the track and get some online orders put in now!
Crown of the Day
21/10/2010 - (02:54 PM)
Looking for some fun Xbox fun with the whole family? Drewster_Rooster heartily recommends the new game in the Lego series Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 in his review I'm Potty about Potter. Great to hear about an entertaining and absorbing Xbox 360 game that doesn't involve the sort of violence or adult content that you wouldn't want your kids seeing, Drewster even mentions a certain 'feel good factor' in the game. If you haven't already, take a closer look - it might be just what you're looking for!