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      30.08.2012 23:21
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      Perfect product, shame about the price though.

      The maxi cosi car seat adapters are not an optional extra of you want to use your car seat with the oyster chasis. To be honest I found it really strange that babystyle have designed the pram in this way. You even need adapters to use the Oyster car seat!

      Design - the adapters fit perfectly on to my maxi cosi car seat. I didn't find it very easy to work out which one fitted which side. If you out them on incorrectly, as I worked out, they are very tough to get off. Due to the size of them, they cause the car seat to raise slightly when you detach it from the chasis. You can remove the car seat either with the adapters attached to the car seat or left on the chassis. I found they stuck out too much when I collapsed the chasis if I left them on there. Because of this we always detach the car seat with the adapters connected. The adapters are made from a smooth black plastic with metal clips to keep the car seat safely attached to the frame.

      Usage - once they are on you don't really have to do anything with them. They are easy the detach whether you choose to detach from the car seat or alternatively, the frame.

      Value - I find it difficult to judge the value of this product. It is not a choice buy, it's a must have. Whilst babystyle advertise the oysters compatibility with the cabrio fix car seat, it's simply not available without the adapters. So in short, I was forced to buy them. I would have rather spent the £19 price tag on something else however they do perform perfectly and I am unable to find any flaws with the product.

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      30.08.2012 23:11
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      A perfect snack keeper

      We got this add on tray for our oyster stroller. The tray clips on in the same place that bar would normally sit. It goes on and off with ease and seems pretty robust.

      Design - fits perfectly onto all three of the oyster chasis varieties available. It comes in black, smooth plastic. It has two separate compartments - one for food or toys and one for a drinks bottle. The drink holder is quite small and so far I've been unable to fit any of my sons bottles into it which is slightly annoying. The food section on the other hand takes up the remainder of the tray and is therefore perfect for throwing a couple of rice cakes into. My son is seven and a half months and enjoys feeding himself. He can't always keep a grasp on food items so it's nice to have somewhere to place them for him rather than continually bending down. My one flaw in the design is the oyster badge on the front. It's just a little emblem stuck on and my one keeps falling off. Ew've managed to hold onto it so far but I doubt it'll be long before it falls off completely whilst we are walking.

      Usage - it is perfect for my requirements. Big enough to hold the small amounts of food my son currently needs and still fits in with the sleek design of the pram.

      Value - I think I paid about £10. Nt a bad price I suppose if I can manage to find a bottle to fit in it then I will think of it as much better value for money.

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      30.08.2012 00:24
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      Great gift for newborns.

      We bought these Lamaze bug wrist rattle and feet finders for my son when he was about 5 weeks old. We wanted something fun and educational that would help encourage him to move around.

      Design - the prouct consists of 4 items. 2 feet finders and two wrist rattles. The bugs come in pairs, one of each in foot and wrist. The bracelets and socks are all individually designed. The wrist rattles are great. They have a secure Velcro strap for wrapping round the wrist and once they are on they stay on very well. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the socks. My little boy is very long and lean so this may have something to do with it but they were huge on him. I took to putting them on over socks and trouser to try and fill them up enough so they wouldn't fall off. Unfortunately I failed :(

      Usage - the product worked exactly as it should. Before long my son was waving his hands and arms about, realising that as he did, the bugs moved and made noise. This amused him greatly. The most fun came from the feet finders though. He could obviously catch sight them when he moved. Before long he had his legs pulled up to his mouth and had managed to pull the sock off with his gums! Tis then allowed him to have a good old chew.

      Value -we paid £15 in mothercare and were massively ripped off to be honest. They are currently £6.25 in boots. Although we paid alot we got alot from them so it was still good value. I think if you can find them for under a tender they are well worth the money.

      Note: the same product is available in a mainly black and white pattern. I think the black and white is the better choice but was unable to find it in my local shops.

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    • Lamaze Octotunes / Baby Toy / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      29.08.2012 23:58
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      A great product with years of fun ahead.

      This was bought as a gift for my newborn son at the start of this year. Here's the lowdown....

      Design - large main body/head with eight legs coming off of it. The face has large clear eyes and a smile which my son loves. They come in different colours but our main head section is yellow. Each leg is then covered in its owns fabric. The legs ar wall differently covered. Different, colour, texture, pattern. Each foot then has its assigned colour and the colour dictates a note. Insides and tops of the legs have an attractive black and white pattern-good for babies to see. At the point where the legs join the base there are small knots and pieces of fabric for baby to grab onto. Again, all different colours and feels. In the top of the head is a fabric handle. It's makes a rustling noise which baby loves.

      Usage - it would be fair to say I have played with this more than my son has. Whilst he loves it dearly he doesn't know how to get the sound out. You need to grasp each floor fairly tightly for it to make a noise and at 7 months old he just can't do it. If he could, he would still not be able to play the songs written on the tag. The tag Mary had a little lamb and twinkle twinkle. I mastered both pretty quickly and was very proud of myself. Imagine my excitement when I read on the tag that more song guides could be downloaded from the Lamaze website. If I could manage to find them online I'd be very pleased but I can't. I also had to remove the tag before letting my son play on his own with it so I now have no music to play and just squeeze random note.

      Value - as this was a gift we didn't fork out the cash. I'm likely to buy this for future babies that come into my life. Whilst my son cannot take full advantage of its features right now I have no doubt that he has many months or even years of fun to come with this toy. Right now he is able to enjoy the bright colours and the way it moves when he picks it up. As time passes he will be able to make his own sweet music and continue to amuse himself. Who knows, one day we might even get to counting the legs!

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    • Dyson DC31 / Vacuum Cleaner / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      29.08.2012 12:05
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      A well designed, impressive gadget.

      Just like its big brother, my other dyson, the DC31 is a truly wonderful product. It contains almost all the features of the larger models but with a small price tag and size. Please note:this cannot serve as your main vacuum.

      Design : the silver and blue design is of the standard dyson style. Simple and functional. The vacuum is easy to take apart to clean. The filter needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure good suction and pick up and this is a simple job. Emptying the 'bag' is also very easy. One push of a button and the bottom opens and the contents fall out. Like other dyson proucts you can see what it is picking up and when it is full.

      Usage: the dc31 has a total output time of between 5 and 10 minutes depending on what setting you have it on. The attachments provided mean you can tackle different types of job and pick the one most suitable to your needs. The vacuum is easy to hold and control and ergonomically designed. The suction power is good. It's not on par with the larger dyson models but for its size, is pretty impressive. It really can only be used for crumbs, dust and other extremely small particle clear ups. Anything bigger than about pea size will get stuck if you are using the hose add on which is the one we use the most.

      Cleaning the car: we live in a flat so can get our large Hoover down to the car. Cleaning the car was a big decider in us getting this prouct. Unfortunately it doesn't perform as well as we would have liked on cleaning the floor of the car or the car mats. As the battery has a limited life, it has, in the past, died on me before I've finished the job.

      Battery life : as previously mentioned it last between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the setting. The major drawback I have found is that there is now warning the battery is approaching the end of its life. We often get half way through a task when it dies. I think this is one of the main flaws, paired with the fact that you cannot use the vacuum whilst it is charging.

      Value: there is no doubt that the DC31 is a great product. It cost us £149. To me, this is a huge amount of money for such a small product. I rarely see them on offer and even when I do, there isn't much off. I hope this lasts me forever as I would not go out and buy another one. The price is just too high to justify for an occasional vacuum. You still need an additional vacuum for proper household cleaning so I would say its not fantastic value for money despite it being an excellent product.

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      28.08.2012 09:34

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      Just ok

      This product does exactly the job it's designed for. It warms a bottle. It comes with instructions that make no sense what so ever. Apparently the number settings will warm to a desired temperature and then auto turn off. This feature certainly didn't work for me. The low setting took too long to arm the bottle and the higher settings warm the bottle too much or too quickly so by the time I came back to it the bottle was too hot to serve.

      I found that if I didn't watch it like a hawk then the bottle became too hot and had to be cooled before given to my baby. Not much good when you have crying baby on your hands. I also noticed that if you fill it by more than an inch or so when the water boils it all bubbles over cause the surface to become soaked with water.

      I must say my biggest warning about this product is how easily can you burn yourself when using it. Besides the boiling hot water that it spits everywhere (ouch!) it produces a lot of steam. This means that when you attempt to remove the bottle from it you get your fingers burnt. The taller bottles aren't so difficult to retrieve but the smaller size can be very tricky.

      The product is easy and quick to clean and descale meaning you can very easily restore to its original condition to obtain the best results possible.

      For me it wasn't a great buy and you could achieve the same result by using a bowl of boiled water to be honest It does what it's supposed to but it makes a mess in the process.

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      28.08.2012 09:21
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      Not worth the money

      I got this as part of a starter kit. I had done much research into bottle feeding but didn't really think there could be much to worry about when buying a steriliser. How wrong I was. I'm currently on my second version of this model but not expecting it to last much longer than the first one did - 6 months.

      It's starts of great. Looks nice, sterilises quickly. That soon changes. No matter how frequently I descale it I ant get it perfectly clean looking. The sterilise time starts to increase from 5 mins to somewhere between 25 and 30. Not ideal when you need to make to bottles. This was an annoying feature but I could have lived with it if it weren't for the out of shape lid. The lid has bowed and changed shape so much that there were gaps so large not only could air get in but so could flies, spiders, ants and all sorts. This meant I could not sterilise and leave over night.

      We live in a hard water area. I only ever used pre boiled water in it and would descale at least one a fortnight but this made no difference at all. It was never clean and my bottle would often be stained with dirty water.

      Please don't waste your money on a less than average product.

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      • Tesco JKRBP11 / Kettle / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        28.08.2012 09:14

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        Top of the boil!

        I bought this kettle after our last one has become rather scaled up. We had just had a baby so I was in the market for something simple and super easy to clean. My only must was that it had to light up when switched on to boil.

        Design - the black colour makes this kettle look more expensive than it was. I think I paid under £10 but to look at it you would never know. It illuminates blue when boiled. It's comfy to hold when filling up or pouring the water and sits nicely on the kitchen side.

        Usage - very easy to use. One click operation. Boils very quickly just about two minutes. Only draw back is if you open the lid as soon as its boiled the steam can burn your fingers due to the way it opens. It's very easy to clean and descale.

        Value - great value for money. Looks nice, boils quickly and was a bargain price.

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      • Breville VHB061 / Hand Blender / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        28.08.2012 00:06

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        Died on me :(

        I had had this product for a while and was getting on ok with it. The mixing bowl is tiny so could never make anything of significance but it did the job. I went to use it one day after having had it for about a year and it was dead. Changed the fuse nothing. Changed it again, still nothing. It had just died on me. Now, I have may have been unlucky so I'll review the other features


        Design - small, compact, easy store, easy to use, looks good. Fits in the hand nicely and the interchangeable heads are bery easy to swap about. The unit sits comfortably in your hand and is easy to control. The main unit is actually quite heavy so you do need to have a good grip on it.

        Value - I expected more for my money. The product has not lasted well and I therefore consider it to be very poor value. The fully ice when I purchased it was £50. For that amount I really did expect a lot more.

        Usage - good while it lasted but the mixing bowl is small. You can only complete very small tasks in this and would stand no chance of mixing a cake or anything similar. The whisk attachment worked very well and you can obviously use at in a larger bowl if needed.

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      • Tesco Value HM06 / Mixer / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        27.08.2012 23:59

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        Well worth the investment.

        I am a very keen baker and this has to be one of my best baking purchases. I paid a fiver for it about 2 years ago and it's still going strong.

        Design - small, lightweight, stands on its side, decent length cable. Actual metal mixers eject from the mechanism for easy cleaning and storage. White, compact, simple, perfect.

        Usage - various speed settings from a basic mix to a very fast zapping speed. Can be used with one or two arms depending on need. Arms not very long so you cannot use too deep a bowl for mixing. Copes well with thicker fruit cake type mixtures and doesn't stumble as other mixers often do. This Procter has served me well whether baking a cake of mixing mash. Although the arms aren't too long this is often my tool of choice when making a large cake mix. You can position it where ever you like in the bowl making an even mixture.

        Value - exceptional value for money. You could pay two or three times the price and not get as good a product. I cannot think of any major draw backs (i can get over te short arms) and would not hesitate to recommend this product to friends. A bargain piece that does a great job.

        Cleaning- both arms pop off for cleaning and can be hand washed or put in the dishwasher. The electric unit it easily wiped clean. Smooth edges mean there are no creases for food to get trapped in.

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      • Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump / Gadget / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        27.08.2012 23:51
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        You don't need it but you'll probably want it.

        ...but I guess I'm glad we did.

        It looks cool. It squirts soap. What more can I say!?

        Design - sleek and very stylish. We've just had our bathroom done and it looks so lovely on the side of the sink. It didn't really look right in our old 1940s beige bathroom so it's definitely not suitable for everyone. It's easy to keep clean from the outside and has been well thought out.

        Usage - once set up(see below) its very easy to use. Not sure how well visitors get on to be honest. I think unless you own it and know how it works you'd be looking for a button. I like that you can put whatever smell and colour gel in that you like and that the storage section holds a good amount.

        Practicability - I like the product, it works well but will only work on your sink if you have a large flat edge. I can't understand why something so simple requires so many batteries though-4xAA. And I find it odd they are in the place most likely to come into contact with water.

        Set up - not the easiest product to set up unfortunately. It was a bit fidly in setting up the pump time (the amount of soap you want it to dispense in one hit) and if you leave it full for some time, as we did, the cap to refill it is extremely difficult to get off.

        We paid £30 when we had first bought our house. Today, I wouldn't dream of paying that much for a soap dispenser. It's definitely an added extra rather than an essential item and to be honest, you might want to save your cash!

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      • Dyson DC14 Origin / Vacuum Cleaner / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        27.08.2012 23:41
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        The best household appliance EVER

        I love my dyson. I don't understand why anybody would ever buy anything other than a dyson. We had another branded hoover that we thought was doing the job until we got our dyson. The dirt that came out of the carpet nearly made me sick. The other Hoover really didn't work like the dyson did.

        The suction power is amazing. It is not too noisy when on and glides very easily over the various surface in my house. The design is well thought out and the product is easy use, store and clean. Please do follow the cleaning instructions as it will keep the Hoover working to the best possible standard.

        The additional instruments you get are very handy too. Dusty corners, edges of sofas and any other tight spots do not stand a chance against the dyson

        We have now had our for almost three years and our lead had split. I rang dyson and then sent an engineer out swiftly to fix it for me free of charge. Be sure to register your five year garuntee and you're covered!

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      • Kenwood BM250 / Bread Maker / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        27.08.2012 23:19

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        Looks good, tastes ok.

        I would consider my self and moderately experienced bread baked and very experienced general baker. We were given this as a wedding gift and were very excited.

        The look and style - very modern, sleek lines. Looks stylish on the kitchen worktop and the full white design allows it to blend in and match.

        Usability - once you get used to the programmes it's really very easy to use. Nice handle with a very easy to open lid. Controls are simple and everything is in a logical place. The blade and tin both come out easily and are simple to clean.

        Baking - unfortunately not the best bread I've ever made. It can sometimes seem quite dense and no matter which recipe I follow I cannot avoid this. I havent tried the sweet breads yet so they may turn out a little better.

        In all, it does the job but doesn't provide the best results in the world. No bread maker I've found makes the perfect loaf but other keyword models ive had in the past have come closer than this one does.

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        27.08.2012 23:04

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        Best out there.

        I have used lots of different deodorants as I can often get quite sweaty and none of them work as well as Mitchum does. This is a great deodorant and I have not found anything on the market to better it. It goes on very nicely in a cream consistancy and don't mark clothes at all. The product works very well at preventing smelly armpits and even at the end of the day you smell fresh and clean.

        It has a very neutral smell, just like clean soap. The product goes on white but dries clear within a few minutes. The container is easy and comfortable to hold and the turning mechanism to push up the bar work easily and efficiently.


        Negative points would be that a stick does not last too long and I have found it can often snap off if you have it rolled up too far. This doesn't stop you from using it bit can be a little annoying as it moves around. Other negative was the paste can sometimes take a while to soak in before going clear. The downsides are not enough to stop me using the product though.

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