November 2021

Budget buy or pricey present? 9 cheaper alternatives to premium gifts

When shopping for holiday presents you don’t have to fork out big bucks to get a good gift.

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Mark H.
13 Nov 2021
example, the Ryobi ONE+ 18V Brushless Stick Vacuum R18SV8-KIT

I bought one of these based on the Consumer recommendation as we also use other Ryobi battery tools.
It has only been a very average performer with several design flaws: bulky and heavy; not enough suck and no light on head in economy mode; more difficult to empty and clean the paper filter which is $19 to replace; no HEPA filter.

Christine M.
11 Nov 2021
JBL Charge 2

Some years ago my Bluetooth speaker (JBL Charge 2) required a new battery. JBL did not support this repair, and gave a paltry excuse for their stance. After watching You Tube videos I purchased a battery and repaired it myself. Since then I have avoided JBL where possible. While their products are good, the environment can't tolerate this waste.