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I purchased this steam cleaner with the hope that as shown on the adverts it would solve all my problems and make cleaning effortless. It didn't! I found it a complete waste of time and here's why:
First of all I purchased the cleaner from Argos, it had some very positive reviews and was on special offer from £130 to £99, bargain I thought - how wrong I was. It came in a typical vax box with all its various parts that needed assembling. Having never owned a steam cleaner before I was a bit apprehensive and had to read the not very clear instructions on how it all fitted together. The instructions weren't all that brilliant and I had to work it out myself.
You have several interlocking parts of the long hose which then connect to the handle the other end of which goes into the vax. One of the main reasons why a steam cleaner appealed to me was because I have tiled floors and thought this would be easier and more hygienic than a basic mop. You are provided with a jug and a funnel to measure out the required amount of water for the machine and once it's on takes a whole 20 minutes to heat up. When it was finally ready to use more water than steam came out, and the microfiber pad that attaches to the floor attachment kept falling off. I couldn't get the pad into the corners and found the hose really wobbly. I felt that I couldn't apply any pressure or it would snap. When I went over the floor with a tissue they were still filthy.
After waiting ages for the floors to dry, I thought I would try the windows. The tiddly window attachment really makes a meal out of washing the windows, to the point where I felt a steam stripper would have been more helpful. The window attachment was so small it was a waste of time, just made dirty water run down my windows and you couldn't use it to clean them in any real sense. Half of it didn't emit any steam anyway so out of the 3" strip only the middle 1" actually did anything so doing the edges was more than difficult.
The steam cleaner also came with a brush attachment, but the bristles were so hard they scratched the plastic fascia bit of the window and was completely inadequate to clean with as it just moved the dirt around.
To remove the water from the unit, you have to wait for it to cool, so in other words have it in the way whilst it does so, then lift it up and empty it upside down into the sink. Completely awkward
All in all it was a complete an utter waste of time and was returned to Argos Pronto.
I owned this product for a few weeks, under 28 days to be precise. I gave it every best shot, and then I returned it to Tesco Direct.
In theory the product is the bees knees, but it wasn't up to the job I needed it to do.
Kenwood is a very reputable brand name, and is associated as being a reliable sturdy product. This processor was no different. It's not very flimsy and is feel quite robust. I liked the size of the unit which is quite compact and fits nicely on the work top. I also liked that no space on the unit was wasted for having the blender in a separate place to the processor.
It is a 750w which is quite powerful, the lowest I have encountered myself being 400w. The extra 350w just gives the product an extra boost.
It comes with three different accessories, one of which being a grater which I did use and found to be very good. I used it for carrot and cheese and it made a tedious job effortless in a matter of seconds.
The blender has a 1.2 litre liquidizer which I found was enough in which to make a portion of soup (before heating). What I dislike about the unit is that there are only 2 speed settings and nothing in between. There is also a pulse option but this does not vary much from the second speed. I personaly liked my old Breville blender that had 10 settings all of varying degrees as sometimes you don't really want the unit on at anywhere near the speed that the first setting offers. This was just one of the flaws I found with the product.
The second flaw was with the processor part. It was sold to me as a fairly large bowl, it being 2.1L. I use my processor to make biscuits for dogs which I sell for charity. My Breville one having just given up the ghost after 10 years forced me into a quick replacement. The blade I found was tiny and was no bigger than the blade on my mini chopper, so whilst it chopped, when it came to "process" anything it just wasn't up to the job. The mixture got stuck and in the end I had to try and spoon it out, but as it was dough this wouldn't work. Forced to use my hands, i then sliced my finger on the blade. For a small blade it did a bit of damage. I then did some research and found out that although the bowl is 2.1l it only has a working capacity of 1L. What is the point in that? What annoyed me was that it didn't state that on the box.
In terms of cleaning the unit, it was fairly average. For those that have one, it is dishwasher safe but was no hardship to wash.
I was completely and thoroughly disappointed with the unit and was returned for a refund
When I moved house I had a bedroom spare that I decided to use as an office, so having purchased a computer desk to fit the space I had I set about looking for a suitable chair. Knowing how long I generally sit at the computer it had to something decent. In the past I've just used dining chairs or kitchen stools, whatever had been available but they always left my back aching from sitting in an uncomfortable position. So, out came the Argos catalog, which was swiftly discarded for the online version which allows you to check out the reviews and up to date pricing.
This chair came out pretty tops in the reviews and was fairly cheap at just under £40. I reserved it to collect in store, whizzed in with minimal fuss and they even loaded it in my car for me.
As with most things the chair was flat packed which meant some assembly was involved, but it wasn't too complex, almost to the stage of not needing the instructions. The seat itself is leather effect with the stand and legs black plastic. I was pretty impressed with the leather effect seat as unlike most items described as such, they look "effect" rather than "leather" and ooze cheapness and plastic. The casters are really handy as this enables the chair to be moved quite easily and even on carpet they move quite fluidly. The seat is really comfy to sit on, and the gas lift means I can alter the height quite easily too.
I've had this chair now 3 years and it is still as good as new, I use it several hours a day and you would never know from looking at it. All in all I can thoroughly recommend it!
I bought these for no other reason than they were cheap, could fold up, and were handy.
I run a small drama school and at the offices I rent there is a waiting room for parents, but I had no chairs, unable to fund extravagant padded chairs that may or not get used by parents during their child's half hour session I opted for these.
The chair itself is very light even though the frame is metal and weighs just over 3KG which makes it ideal for moving around. This is further facilitated by the fact that the seat folds up so the chair can be stored in a cupboard flat which consequently then doesn't take up any room. The folding up of the chair is very easy, simply lift up the seat and the rest kind of folds in on itself.
The seat itself id described as being "leather effect" but I think that sales pitch is a bit extravagant. It's a cheap chair - and it looks it. The seat is basically padded black plastic, but hey it's comfy enough to sit on, and sure beats standing up. As it is a plastic material the seats are also very easy to wipe, which is always a good thing when dealing with young children prone to sticky fingers.
I purchased 6 from Argos and as they were under a special promotion when I spent over £50 I got a £5 voucher so that pleased me no end. I was surprised that they didn't come boxed but at £9 I wasn't that surprised and it worked better for me as it was less packaging to dispose of. However that being said, one chair had to be swapped there and then as it had already been damaged through the lack of packaging - none have been damaged since though.
Overall I can thoroughly recommend these chairs, lightweight, portable, the fact that they fold make them more portable and easy to store away. They are also comfy to sit on.
I love nothing more in winter than curling up with the fire and a nice bowl of hot soup - and like the advert says - it has to be Heinz - to me it truly is the best Tomato soup on the market that I have tried,
The soup comes in a tin, which can vary from 300g to 400g. I find 400g is perfect and fits just lovely in a bowl - or a large mug, as there isn't much difference between the two sizes I always go for the bigger one. The packaging is very obvious, with a red wrap and the Heinz logo on the front with the flavour underneath in big letters. The cost varies between 60p-89p but there are always offers on in different supermarkets - I know Tesco have it on offer as a three for two at the moment. It is not the cheapest soup available but for me it is well worth paying the difference.
The soup itself is smooth, which I really like as I don't like bits in my soups, and this is better for me for when I use a mug rather than a bowl. (Depending if I'm roughing it). It pours well out of the can and can be cooked either on a hob in a pan or in the microwave. I'm impatient so as the hob takes longer I use the microwave. I usually put it on for a minute and then stir it - this is for two reasons. Otherwise it explodes and my microwave looks like a crime scene and also it can develop a film on the top.
I know alot of people add things to the soup but I find it perfect as it is, although I do eat it with some buttered bread ready to dunk. The taste is rich and a little sweeter than most others but I like this. You can also taste the tomatoes and it is seasoned well. Some of the other soups I have tried may have well just been mushed tinned tomatoes for I found no difference in taste - the Heinz by comparison has lots of flavour.
I know the Heinz Tomato soups also have different varieties, such as with a hint of basil but for me you just cannot beat the original. When it's cold I find that there truly is nothing nicer than a lovely bowl of tomato soup - and of course its nice and healthy with one tin being classed as one of your five a day. At only 115 calories a bowl of filling soup is less calories than your average snack bag of crisps.
These collars were highly recommended to me by a friend. I often take my dogs up to my friends house in the lakes whereupon she has a huge expanse of open land for the dogs to run and run. This is all very well of a day - but at night when I let them out it becomes rather difficult and I end up having to use one torch to find two dogs.
I have resisted buying one of these light up collars before now, simply due to expense, at over £10 from Amazon they are not a cheap collar, then there's the thought of replacement batteries etc however my wits end needed them so I decided to take the plunge.
They were ordered from Amazon and delivered within three days which I thought was brilliant - what let the delivery aspect down however was the fact that it came in a huge huge huge box, with lots of crumpled paper as fillers for these tiny collars. What a waste!
However - on to the collars. I must say I was impressed. They are not as heavy as I expected and are no bigger or heavier than a standard material collar. They have a little button on the front that is large enough for you to find and press but not big enough to be obtrusive to the dog. By pressing this button it powers up the light up effect on the collar which has three variations. The first is a solid light, the second is a steady flashing light and the third is a faster flashing light - all selected by simply pressing the one button either once, twice or three times. So it's really easy to use.
I personally use the solid light I like this the best as I can constantly see where my dogs are. The light itself also impressed me. I was expecting a dim almost reflective light, but no it is a really bright light. I tested the collar out on my dogs before we went to get them used to them and they were not bothered by them at all. They are no different to an ordinary collar.
They work wonderfully and I can see where both my dogs are, even if they are hiding amongst the trees. They are easy to use, and well worth every penny! I am so glad I bought them and wished I'd bought them sooner instead of struggling. Thoroughly recommended
I used to love these as a kid, and still do. I hadn't had one for years until I saw them the other day on special offer for £1 and had to get some.
What is a Babybel? Well its basically cheese, or at least it is supposed to me. It's not the strongest cheese which is partly why I like it as I am not a huge strong cheese lover, and so to some it may even be bland. It also has a slight rubbery texture but I think that's just as a result of getting the cheese into a little round package.
The cheese itself comes in a little red wax outer packaging which is opened by pulling a tab accross the middle which opens around the middle splitting the wax packaging in half. I suppose this is good for kids as they can hold the of the wax covered half whilst eating the uncovered half - although obviously the wax can melt and I have found it stains! I personally just like to "pop it out" and nibble. Over the wax packaging is the plastic packaging which is really just there for branding purposes as the wax packaging is sufficient. These come in 6 or 12 packs which are tied together in a little net punnet. Size wise they are about 2" in diameter so not overly big, but they are ideal as a little snack or for lunch boxes etc and are really nice if your just that little bit peckish.
As I have said the cheese is not the strongest and I believe is supposed to be similar to Dutch Edam cheese, the packaging also mirroring the Dutch cheese, however I find genuine Edam has more taste to it and this by comparison is a lot milder and to compare a lot blander - however on their own very yummy.
I use hairspray like it's going out of fashion. You would assume from that statement I have long hair - but I don't. I have quite short hair in a bob and much prefer hair spray than gel to spike my hair up.
Tesco's Hairspray is brilliant, it does not cost the earth at 99p and is every bit as good as the branded products available from £2 onwards.
I use straighteners on my fringe and use a good generous spray of hairspray to hold it in place, and then use the straighteners to flick the back out, and then spray to hold this in place. One sprayed I then use my fingers to style. I find that this spray sometimes is sufficient to use without straighteners if my hair is that little bit shorter. I simply spray and then use my fingers to back comb.
I find that the Tesco spray lasts for a really good period of time but doesn't leave your hair looking completely solid as some do, nor does it feel really stiff and tacky so it has a brilliant invisible hold. I also find that unlike other brands I have used it brushes out really easily at the end of the day. The can offers a great spray and doesn't smell too strong
I cannot recommend this hairspray enough its cheap and really does the job.
I am, with my mum, my nans main carer. My nan has dementia and is disabled and so often wakes up at night or early hours in the morning and shouts- however sometimes it is impossible to hear her, even if we are only in the next room let alone downstairs so we thought it would be a great idea to get these baby monitors.
This in theory works well. One unit plus into the wall socket and stays in the room and the other is battery operated and so this portable component is what you carry round, and it will work throughout the house. The unit which is mains connected also omits a soft glow like a night light which is quite comforting.
The portable unit is not at all heavy or cumbersome to carry round and also has a belt clip for ease, this unit is also the main control from which you can adjust the various settings including, volume, language, sound alert, nightlight. It also has a function to enable you to communicate through this unit to the in the room which is very handy especially in my case as its is for an adult, so I am able to reassure that I have heard her and am on my way. Similarly it could be used to reassure baby.
Overall the unit itself serves its purpose well, however there are a few drawbacks. The first is that the main unit has to be mains connected which then restricts the position of the unit - we had to use an extension cable from the socket to enable us to put this on the bedside cabinet. The second drawback is the battery life on the portable one barely lasts a night. And the main problem is that it does have power and battery saving mode, which means that when there is no sound the unit essentially switches off. If you want to hear babies breathing with this - it won't work. It also means that we occasionally miss the first bits of what my nan is saying - and sometimes doesn't come on for ages.
We purchased the monitor from Argos for £35 so for the price, it does the job and we can't really complain about it.
When we went through that heat spell a few weeks ago, (Which I do believe is being classed as our summer) I started with a tingling on my lips. Funnily enough we were in Tesco. My immediate thought was "uh oh cold sore" and so rushed to get the zovirax and slather it on. Within 20 minutes I had a full size blister on my top lip and one on my bottom lip....these were not cold sores. By the time I got home, they were full size, and raring to go, and the pain was unbelievable. I also looked like I had been in a fight.
My Dad suggested I use Germolene, and it was the best thing I ever used. It completely numbed the two blisters and started to bring them down. I used it every couple of hours and they had almost gone within a few days with just some skin scarring.
So what is Germolene? It's an antiseptic cream with local anesthetic which helps prevent infection, numbs pain, and helps healing- which is exactly what you want. YOu can use Germolene on minor cuts, grazes, minor burns, scalds, blisters, stings, insect bites, spots, chapped and rough skin - so its a pretty diverse treatment range.
The directions are very simplistic and easy to follow and comply with common sense -simply clean the affected area and apply the cream. You can also apply a piece of gauze or lint in some cases.
I washed my hands to ensure they were bacteria free and applied using my finger, its a pleasantly pink colour with a distinct smell, but the smell isn't offensive. Its a cream not dissimilar to Savlon. I think if it had been I wouldn't have put it on my lips.
I've used this cream on the blisters I had with absolutely amazing effects. I also tried them on some large insect bites, but whilst the cream soothed them for a short period of time, it didn't seem to help with the itching.
The product can be located in supermarkets down the medicine isle or in a pharmacy. Depending obviously on how much you use I think it is very reasonably priced, and the tubes come in different sizes. The one I purchased was 55g and is still half full, and cost less than £2.
I've been using this foundation for about 10 years now and would not swap it for anything.
Although it is available in Boots, Superdrug etc, I generally get mine from Tesco as at £6.50 its not the cheapest foundation out there, (then again it is by no means the dearest) and Tesco often have Maybelline products at 3 for £10, plus I can double my vouchers to get them for nothing. They do a good range of colours and I go for no 30 Sand.
The foundation comes in a little glass jar, which at first I thought was really cute, but it does make it alot heavier than other packaging possibilities such as plastic would be, and so as a result it is a bit awkward to carry around as it is a little on the heavy side. It's also awkward to carry around as a result of it being a little pot, rather than a squeezy type bottle, this is much bulkier.
The foundation is a mousse texture so its a lot stodgier than other liquid foundations and applies a little creamier. This I find makes it easier to enable an even application onto the face, much better than the liquid foundations. As it is so nice I merely use a finger rather than any sponge which means that nothing is lost in being absorbed into a sponge on the way to the face. As it provides such a good coverage I also find I don't need any concealer with it nor do I need any powder as the matte mousse means I don't have a shiny face. In not using concealer or powder I actually save money.
Overall I am very impressed and having used it with great results for 10 years I will continue to do so.
I tend to nibble more than eat proper meals - which yes I know - isn't a good way to live, but I tend to nibble most when I read. Generally I can't read without nibbling nor can I explain why. So these Peperamis are ideal as a little yummy snack.
They are not very cheap - generally around £2-3 depending on where you do your shop - but I got some this week from Tesco for only £1.25 for a pack of 5 and it had been such a long time since I had had any I thought - why not?
I prefer the hot and spicy ones then the normal ones, as I find they just have that little bit more flavour - they are hot though so someone who doesn't like any hot food won't like these.
They two different flavours come in two different coloured packaging, the normal mild ones come in green packaging and the spicy ones come in a red packaging which to me is brilliant as not only is it self explanatory but it's very blatant so saves a lot of time looking on the packet to determine which one's which. The packet also just says the name "Peperami"in block black font so again it can't be missed, with the nutritional information underneath in smaller font. The peperamis themselves come in a sleeve and then a plastic wrapper. All five are joined together and perforated so it's just a case of ripping one off and opening it.
The ingredients say that the content is 100% Salami ingredients are as follows: "Pork (145%),Salt ,Glucose ,Spices ,Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate) ,White Pepper ,Flavourings ,Chilli Extract (Contains Wheat) ,Garlic Powder ,Preservative (Sodium Nitrite)" which apart from "flavour enhancer" all looks pretty normal to me.
They are to be kept refrigerated which is also how they are best served - I think they are yummy fresh out of the fridge.
I think these are a brilliant snack, bit not cheap unless they are on offer
I normally buy Nescafe gold and use plenty of milk as I don't like a strong coffee but at nearly £4 for a small jar I started to look a cheaper alternative and this coffee brand was recommended. I must admit I was skeptical and so was pleasantly surprised to find it was actually very nice.
The jar comes in 100g and although has a yellow RRP of £2.29 it was much cheaper from the likes of Home & Bargains and cost £1.99. The jar wrap is blue with a picture of a blue mug on it with what must be coffee inside it. This shows what the product is, which is often helpful when you are quickly scanning the shelves. I have no idea about the brand name itself though: "Mellow Birds". Clearly the "mellow" refers to the coffee having a milder taste...but the "birds"? I have no idea. I must admit it's a bit random.
The only wording on the coffee itself is the description "your Mellow Bird's coffee beans have been carefully selected and mellow roasted for a delicious mild taste", and the use by date being "Oct 2014" giving the product an over the year life.
To use I either make my coffee by putting a tea spoon of coffee in the cup, and some milk (I always add milk first otherwise the water burns the coffee) and then add the boiling water. Or, I put a cup of milk in the microwave for a minute then add coffee to it.
I like this coffee as it's not too strong like most other brands, and therefore not too bitter. It's also very competitively priced.
I cannot recommend this product enough and is, as far as I am concerned, a lifesaver, and a miracle worker.
I am a full time carer for my nan who has mixed Alzheimer's and Dementia and requires twenty four hour a day care, assistance feeding, toileting everything - and well there are a lot of stains. Tea gets poured on white table cloths, down clothes, soup, coffee, and not to mention the bottom half (we won't discuss that) and this stuff gets it looking like new!
The product comes in a wonderfully useful plastic tub (which I find brilliant to store bits and bobs in afterwards). The tub is white plastic with the Vanish information on a wrap round it. The actual logo is right in the middle of the label which is a pink background and the brand new "Vanish" in blue, and the description "Oxi Action Crystal White" in white to reflect this. The directions are brilliant as they are illustrated, what I generally do is use a large bucket add some boiling water add a scoop of vanish and leave the stained products soaking, before then washing in a normal wash in the washing machine, as I only use it for a pre soak it also lasts ages and isn't very expensive at £4.70 a tub.
I cannot recommend this product enough as it really does get rid of all kinds of nasty stains
I love crisps, especially ready salted. I also shop on a budget, and don't like paying more for brand name products if the supermarkets own are just as good, and I can certainly say that is the case with Tesco Crisps.
I find them extremely tasty - and although i have noticed that the bags are a little smaller than most others, it simply means I have to have two if I wanted more. But the smaller portion sometimes is better as sometimes you just want a few to satisfy a nibble craving, which these do perfectly. They are salty without being overly so, and crunchy without being hard.
Although the Dooyoo Catalog shows the traditional blue style packaging - the new packaging has changed somewhat as it appears they have had a brand re-design. The main colours are now red and cream and in my opinion not as good as the old style as there is some kind of doodle pattern that runs round the bowl of crisps pictured on the front. The rest is pretty clear though the brand TESCO clearly across the top middle, beneath which is the product name "Everyday Value, Ready Salted Crisps 12 pack. It also now in line with new rules has the calorie content of each bag on the front along with sugar, fat, saturates and salt content. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised that there are only 100 calories per bag - which seems quite low to me, I know some Walkers contain at least 130g which is way more.
The ingredients themselves quite surprised me as they contain merely: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, and Salt. Phrased in that way the actually sound very healthy. I mean...potatoes are one of your five a day....aren't they.I must admit I expected to find some additives or preservatives in the ingredients list.
The packaging of the individual crisp bags mirror that of the big multi pack bag but they only contain the allergy advice on the back. There is other information which is odd....I suppose it is on the main bag but I do feel it should be on the smaller bags too - I mean the brand name isn't on the little bags. Are they ashamed or something? I mean come on Tesco - I love these bags of crisps - and you should too - and you should show that by putting your name on the packets!!
Overall - In think these crisps are actually better than most branded, they are not overly salty, they are not stale, and I find them crunchier and slightly fresher than some of the Walkers ones I've had recently. The best bit? 68p for a bag of 12! That's about 5p a bag! So much cheaper than most other store brands.