7 best steam cleaners

7 best steam cleaners

If you have young children or pets, it’s likely that your hard floors will be in constant need of cleaning. If this is the case, consider investing in a steam cleaner. These machines do all the hard work for you – and very fast. They heat up water to produce steam at high pressure which tackles germs and dirt on home surfaces without the need for harsh detergents, which is better for you, the environment and the surfaces themselves. With so many options on the market – Karcher, Shark and Vax are some of the brands to look out for – it’s worth doing your research before splashing out. One of the most popular models is the steam mop: an upright machine, with a water tank attached to the handle, designed to clean hard floors. Then there’s the handheld steam cleaner, which cleans everything in the home including windows, grouting, clothing, mirrors, curtains, ovens and showers. Some particularly versatile models […]

8 best two-slice toasters

We find the machines that will leave you with evenly browned bread in the morning Deborah Cicurel @DebsCic Thursday 31 January 2019 15:00    Click to followThe Independent From dedicated gluten-free to crumpet settings, we’ve found plenty of toasters to suit all requirements ( Crux ) No kitchen would be complete without a toaster, but how does one choose when there are so many on the market? From affordable plastic options to all-singing, all-dancing stainless steel models, there are countless toasters to pick from depending on your needs. We’ve tracked down the best toasters available, testing them each out and rating them on their features, toasting speed and evenness of browning. We also considered how the toasters looked and whether they would suit a small or big kitchen. For each of them, we toasted a range of bread, from frozen bagels to fresh sourdough, to assess how each one coped with different slices. Read more   11 best desktop picture frames   […]

10 best kids’ beds

There’s room for a little fantasy when it comes to choosing a bed for kids. Race cars, tipi tents and romantic princess-style beds are all popular, but it pays to think about practicality too. In small spaces, elevated beds are a trusted way to keep things tidy and functional. Those that have a trundle bed stowed away can prove a lifesaver when it comes to sleepovers. Extending beds are fairly new, and can be valuable to have as your child transitions from toddler to single bed. If you are thinking of buying a standard single bed, make sure the finishes are non-toxic and suitable for children. Solid wood is better than MDF or particle board, and water-based paints are healthy too. Usually mattresses aren’t included so you’ll have to factor that cost in, as well as choosing the right size. Most on this list are sized for a UK single mattress (90 x 190cm) or Euro single (90 x 200cm), […]