Gift Guide – House and Home

  • Mathletes appreciate the Pi shower curtain

    Mathletes appreciate the Pi shower curtain

    You’ve been adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing all day long. The sweat gathers in the arm pit region of your short-sleeve button-down work shirt. Your pocket protector feels like it weighs a thousand pounds. Only 15 minutes to go and you can hop in your Subaru, drive home, and take a nice, long shower. If only there was a shower curtain to reflect your status as one of the world’s… Read More

  • Review: Panasonic 360 Degree Quick Iron

    Review: Panasonic 360 Degree Quick Iron

    This is an iron that promises to increase your ironing speed by up to 25% thanks to a symmetrical titanium soleplate, which allows you to iron forwards, backwards, left, and right with ease. It doesn’t make ironing any more exciting but with a street price of around $40, it’s a solidly-built and attractive iron if you’re in the market for one. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Gadgets for the Home

    Gift Guide: Gadgets for the Home

    Gadgets need not be relegated to the darkest corners of your home office or rumpus room. There are plenty of options that can easily blend in to the less techno-centric areas of your humble abode. In that spirit, here's a list of relatively inconspicuous gadgets for the home. Read More

  • Review and giveaway: Thirsty Light Snowflake

    Review and giveaway: Thirsty Light Snowflake

    Short Version: Much like the original Thirsty Light, the Thirsty Light Snowflake is a single purpose gadget designed to tell you when your Christmas tree is thirsty. Drop the dongle into your tree’s water, and hang the ornament somewhere on the tree. It blends in nicely with your other ornaments, and blinks when there’s no more water. It runs on two AA batteries, and has an on/off… Read More

  • Animated musical Star Trek lamp

    Animated musical Star Trek lamp

    Ah, perfect. Use your Star Trek cologne to woo the ladies and then wow the ones you bring home with this $100 Star Trek bedside lamp from Hammacher Schlemmer. Read More

  • Doormat alerts thieves that your house is filled with Apple products

    Doormat alerts thieves that your house is filled with Apple products

    Get it? It's like the "slide to unlock" feature on your iPhone except it's on a doormat and you can't really slide it and it doesn't really unlock your door. But anyone who owns an iPhone that comes over to your house may or may not chuckle while thinking, "Hey, I know what that's from. It's from my iPhone. Except this time it's a doormat. I get it." Read More

  • Review: Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac

    Review: Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac

    Short Version: The Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac is a powerful, cordless, rechargeable vacuum cleaner that really, really sucks. It’s priced quite nicely at $65.99, too. Read More

  • Review: Jack Zatorski's Push Up Pro

    Review: Jack Zatorski's Push Up Pro

    Head over to your local drug store and, next to the other crap marked “As Seen on TV,” you’ll find these Push Up Pros – not to be confused with the Perfect Push-up which is essentially exactly the same device but with a padded hand-rest. But does it really work? Read More

  • Review: SmartParts SPX8WF Wi-Fi digital frame

    Review: SmartParts SPX8WF Wi-Fi digital frame

    NOTE: SmartParts is closing shop. Do not buy this product unless it is on sale. Short Version: A built-in e-mail address for sending photos directly to the frame and a gorgeous 8-inch screen barely even out the shortcomings of the SmartParts SPX8WF digital photo frame. Read More

  • Review: Pod coffee makers and you

    Review: Pod coffee makers and you

    In lieu of a stand-alone review of all of the pod coffee makers I’ve been reviewing this year I’m going to offer a quick head to head of the two major competing systems in the U.S., Tassimo and Nespresso, and allow you, the reader, to make up your own mind. Coffee, in the end, is very subjective. Read More

 
  • Review: Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender

    Review: Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender

    Like my review of the Juiceman, Jr., the Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone Blender caused me to move beyond my staple meals of ramen noodles, chicken wings, and beer.  I spent time in parts of the grocery store that I didn’t know existed.  As a bachelor, blending isn’t high on my list of food preparation activities, but for you, dear reader, I tied on my apron and blended a variety… Read More

  • Review: Juiceman, Jr.

    Review: Juiceman, Jr.

    Many of the gadgets mentioned on CrunchGear are geared for the living room or office.  There does exist, however, an entire range of under-represented gadgets designed for the kitchen.  For you, dear reader, I have explored all that the Juiceman, Jr. has to offer. (Note: that link will resize your browser window.  Bad Juiceman, Jr!) The Juiceman, Jr. is an entry-level juicer, costing about… Read More

  • Review: FURminator Pet De-Shedding Tool

    Review: FURminator Pet De-Shedding Tool

    Sometimes, the simplest tools are the best: the wheel, the hammer, the chopstick. Today, we can add to that list the FURminator, the pet de-shedding tool. You might say “Oh, it’s just a pet brush.” Yes, it’s just a pet brush. It might be the best pet brush you’ll ever buy. Read More

  • Review: Black & Decker Power Monitor

    Review: Black & Decker Power Monitor

    If you’re anything like me, you have a slew of gadgets and a large electric bill. So when Black and Decker came out with their Power Monitor, I knew that this device was going to help raise awareness on how electricity was being used in my house. In order to use this, you will need access to your electric meter and a copy of your electric bill. You first mount the sensor around your electric… Read More

  • Review: Black & Decker Smart Driver

    Review: Black & Decker Smart Driver

    Since we started our Gift Guide I’ve been leaning towards ever more esoteric yet thoughtful gifts for the nerd in your life. That said, I present to you the Black & Decker Smart Driver, one of the coolest little drills you’ll ever own. Read More

  • Review: Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime for iPhone/iPod

    Review: Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime for iPhone/iPod

    Quick Version: The $99.99 Pure-Fi Anytime is a good choice as an alarm clock and single-room speaker system. If you’ve got your life on your iPhone, you’ll appreciate this gadget as it pulls double duty as a bedside phone charger and music player. Read More

  • Review: Tanita BC-573 InnerScan Scale

    Review: Tanita BC-573 InnerScan Scale

    While I often blame food on my morbid obesity, I can actually only blame myself. Food doesn’t jump into my mouth unbidden, correct? And sitting on the couch all night when I used to actually run at night when I felt I had too much energy is probably not helping? Right? Well, now I can confirm that I’m an amorphous blob of flab thanks to the BC-573 InnerScan Scale. This thing tells you… Read More

  • Review: G.E. Goog-411 Cordless Phone

    Review: G.E. Goog-411 Cordless Phone

    The G.E. Digital Speakerphone System offers two nifty features over your standard cordless phone package. First, it has a dedicated speakerphone unit. Second, it has a dedicated Goog-411 button. But wait! There’s more! Read More

  • Review: 3 Digital Picture Frames from Digital Foci

    Review: 3 Digital Picture Frames from Digital Foci

    This review might be cheating the CrunchGear 300 a little bit, since it’s covering three products in one post, but they’re all from the same manufacturer and all do pretty much the same thing, so it makes sense to review them together.  Read on for information about an LCD and two OLED digital picture frames from Digital Foci. Read More

  • Review: Heineken Draught Keg

    Review: Heineken Draught Keg

    Think back on the last party you attended. Perhaps you enjoy sitting around an impeccably decorated living room and sipping glasses of cold, frosty beer poured by a nattily attired waitress named Nicole hired for the night so the hostess could mingle with the glitterati in attendance. Or perhaps it was at your friend Terry’s house where you ended up puking all over his couch after trying… Read More