Gourmia GTA1500 Digital Electric Air Fryer, Griller, and Roaster

I was honestly surprised that I hadn’t heard of Gourmia before, but I have to say that this company has a definite mission to bring cooking technology that helps people cook meals easier, faster, and healthier. I was more than pleased to try out the Gourmia GTA1500 Digital Electric Air Fryer, Griller, and Roaster as evidence of their vision.

At first I thought that the GTA1500 was some kind of deep fryer, but I quickly discovered that no cooking oil or fat is required. That alone is going to make my arteries happy, and it works by circulating hot air around the food, which is more than enough to make food crisp and juicy.

In addition to being an air fryer, the GTA1500 also functions as a grill, steamer, convection oven, air saute and rotisserie. Yes, that is a lot, and the list of foods that it can prepare is just as numerous with pizza, grilled fish, beef kabobs, steamed rice, and a whole lot more, including brownies, for crying out loud.

The GTA1500 comes with accessories for cooking such as a classic rotisserie spit and spit forks. As you might have guessed, they are made for spinning the food so you can have that fresh rotisserie chicken from the get-go. There is also a frying tumbler that is good for stir-fry foods and French fries, without all the yucky grease. Then there is also a high/low rack for grilling, barbecuing, and frying.

Much of the recipes can be done in 15-25 minutes, which makes cooking rather quick. It is also pretty easy with a programmable lid, and you can see inside. Just to let you know, there is a vent for the steam. As for cleanup, it has a removable cooking pot that can be removed very easily.

All and all, I’m pretty pleased with this, and I’m wondering if I can review more of them. In the meantime, if you want to get on the Gourmia train, this GTA1500 is available for $199.99. It is available for a cheaper price on Amazon.

Leviton Part 3: Decora Digital

Leviton 3I suppose that this is a good time to end our discussion of the Leviton Decora Digital. I have to admit that this illustration looks like the product I reviewed last time.

The Decora Digital Controls has Bluetooth technology so you can use your Decora Digital Timer app to control, adjust, as well as time lighting for daily activities. Yeah, this does sound like the product that I reviewed.

So, the Decora Digital Dimmer and 24 hour timer with Bluetooth Technology, and it has Universal 450W 120VAC Dimmable LED and CFL, 1000W-120VAC Incandescent, and 1000 VA mark 10, along with 60 Hz Single Pole and 3-Way/Multi-location control.

Other features include an LED locator light which can be turned off via app, an automatic daylight saving time adjustment, as well as an astronomical clock that can automatically adjust to local sunrise/sunset times.

Anyway, you should be able to purchase this on the Leviton site for about $58.00.

Leviton Part 2: Decora Smart Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology (and Bluetooth)

Leviton 2Well, this is another Leviton product today, and it is similar to the one that we reviewed the other one that we reviewed. It is the Decora Smart Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology.

The new Decora Digital Controls with Bluetooth technology allows for smartphone or tablet control with the Decora Digital Dimmer and Timer app. The app is easy to use, and helps to really set the mood in a room. It is what you need to adjust for timed lighting as well as daily activities for a “lived-in” look while you are away.

Since this is Bluetooth, that means that it has the usual range of 30 feet, and you don’t need any hub, gateway, or even an internet connection. Installation requires a neutral connection, but the dimmer switch allows for setting the brightness level. By the way, it supports Z-Wave Plus capabilities, and I still don’t know what Z-Wave is. It also has a built-in radio/TV interference filter.

If you would like to get with this, the Decora Digital Dimmer and Timer can be purchased on the Leviton site for about $58.00.

Leviton Part 1: Decora Smart Plug-In Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology

Leviton 1It has been a while since I have done trilogies of product reviews, but I have received some products post-CES 2017, and I need to review them accordingly. I’ll go ahead and start with the Decora Smart Plug-In Dimmer with Z-Wave Technology.

In case you don’t realize it, this is a universal lamp module. What you do is plug it into your wall and plug your hopefully two-prong lamp into it. From there, you have some dimming control for plug-in lamps. Because you never know when you want to have some dimming control, and it is good for 100 W dimmable LED/CFL, and 300W Incandescent, Halogen.

If you have the Wink Hub, Samsung SmartThings, and other Z-Wave controllers. If you aren’t familiar with Z-Wave technology, then this is the time where I am supposed to explain it. Yeah, I’m not certain what it is either. The good thing is that it supports Amazon Echo, Fire TV, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap for even greater control, like vocal control.

So if this is something that you want, the Leviton Z-Wave can be purchased on the Leviton site for about $44.99.

Sengled Pulse Solo, a Light Bulb/Speaker

sengled-1Here’s a really interesting product from Sengled known as the Pulse Solo, which has a function as cool as it’s name. It is essentially a light bulb that acts as a Bluetooth speaker.

Not just any type of Bluetooth speaker, but an integrated JBL speaker. It has 3-watt speakers, on two sides of the bulb. All you need to do is just screw it in, and you can hear the tones as you pair it.

From there, it is as simple as playing your tunes, and now what makes light also makes sound as well. Whoa, that sentence actually came out better than I thought. In case you are wondering why it is called the Pulse Solo, it is because it can only work on itself.

By the way, there is an Android/iOS app that can control the light, not to mention the sound. Now that is one useful feature!

Yes, this is something really great, but I will have to say that I wish the light was more spread-out, as it is only on top. Yeah, this is hard to explain, but I suppose if you have a product that is a stereo speaker, where else are you going to have the speaker.

You should be able to purchase the Pulse Solo on the Sengled website for about $49.99, which might be a mark down from the usual $59.99 price.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 1: Vanity Speaker or iHome iCVBT5

ihome-1Ah, yes, there is nothing like iHome for the Holidays. I have reviewed many iHome products many a time. So many times, that I just don’t feel like putting in hyperlinks. I’m going to close out this week with three different iHome products, and I’m going to start with the most unusual: the iHome Vanity Speaker or iCVBT5.

The iCVBT5 is essentially made to be that one vanity mirror that we all have to take a good look at ourselves. It has the 1x and 5x magnification settings, and it also has some bright LED action going on. The issue is that this vanity mirror is a speaker.

You can join it with a mobile device via Bluetooth or just a wired connection. The iHome Vanity Speaker is something that should be wireless, but it does require plugging it into the wall. I’m not certain if you should use it by your bathroom sink if you are worried that the cord could get wet. What is interesting is how the iHome iCVBT5 has a USB port, so you can charge something while you’re looking at yourself.

The one drawback for the iCVBT5 is that the box says full spectrum color, and I thought that meant you could make the LED light on it any color. That might be a great feature for the next version of this product, but sadly, the only color of the light is white.

Still, the iHome Vanity Speaker is a very, very useful item for any home in any room. It is available on the iHome website for $99.99.

Netatmo, Part 2: Healthy Home Coach

netatmo-home-coachIn addition to the Presence Security Light/Camera that we had a chance to try out the other day, Netatmo also sent us a Healthy Home Coach. That is this copper can that you see here.

The Healthy Home Coach bills itself as a “Smart Indoor Climate Monitor”, and it appears to be targeted to families. The Healthy Home Monitor is like a thermometer for your home, as it measures its health in four ways. If you want any updates on the four of these areas, just tap it on top.

1) Humidity: If you are concerned about the humidity of your house affecting your skin or creating mold, this will tell you if you need a humidifier or not.

2) Air Quality: This is for the one who is concerned with indoor air pollution, as well as just poor ventilation in general.

3) Noise: This is for monitoring the sound level in your house, which will literally help you sleep better at night.

4) Temperature: Just like it reads, this will allow you make certain that your house is at the optimal setting of warm or cool, whichever you like.

Netatmo seems to imply that this is good for a baby’s room, and you definitely want to be concerned about that if you have a child in the house. However, the Healthy Home Coach is made for all rooms, and you can even connect them together with the help of the application. Best of all, there is an easy set up via Wi-Fi, and there are no subscription fees.

You should be able purchase the Healthy Home Coach on the Netatmo site for $99.99. Don’t be surprised if you see other devices like it in the future.

D-Link AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router Review

D-Link AC3150Okay, I have reviewed a lot of routers in the past, and I’m starting to get used to setting them up. It is something that I never look forward to, because it is never fun to set up stuff when it can screw up that which you know works. Still, if you can make something work better, it is worth the time to do it.

Such is the case for the AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router, and it resembles a crab or an upside-down dead spider. In case you are wondering, those antennas are made for delivering maximum range around the home. You should be able to get faster Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3165 Mpbs (1000 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 2165 Mbps on 5 GHz).

Now, I have had a chance to test this out, and I have noticed that my websites come up very, very fast. The issue is that I don’t get a cure for blackouts. Yeah, I am going to have to blame my provider for that (I’m talking to you, Time Warner!).

It is apparently set up for gaming with this kind of set-up, and I suppose that is good! You should be able to get this on the D-Link site for $279.99.

Black and Decker Electric 3-in-1 Compact Mower

Black and Decker MTE912Okay, so all of you probably have lawns, and all of you have to mow them, and if you are like me, then you have some edge that is impossible to mow. This is why I was so glad that Black and Decker sent me that toolkit as well as this 6.5 Amp 12-inch Electric 3-in-1 Compact Mower.

I will have to say that I never had any luck with the weed whackers that I have had in the past. I don’t know they just break down. I’ve since just adopted a pair of hedgeclippers and mow my lawn with the mower. I don’t have to with this, as it is an edger that can turn into a mower.

Basically, it is a set of wheels that you can use like a mower to cut your grass, provided you to can snap it in. I thought it was going to be a pretty complicated procedure, but it works really well and snaps in easily.

Now, this thing is essentially an edger at heart, so if you use it as a mower, your grass will be cut by twine and not a blade. I’ll let you decide if that is good, as there is an Automatic Feed Spool to do the cutting. Since I hate replacing those spools and they are costly, I might have to rewrite this article a few months later.

I’m going to recommend this for now, as the 6.5 Amp motor will do your yard right. Now, you might want to think about that when you purchase it. The issue is on the specs for the product site, it says there is a “charge time”, but this wouldn’t work without a cord.

Okay, I guess there is a corded version for about $77.04 and a cordless $133.69 version. At least that’s what shows up on Amazon.

ISSA (More Than an Electric Toothbrush) from FOREO

ISSA ForeoIt has been a while since our first foray into FOREO, and the company is known for making some high quality electric Health and Beauty Aid products. Today, it is the ISSA, which is “more than just an electric toothbrush”.

After getting a chance to review it, I can agree with that. You know how most toothbrushes are a plastic handle, and then some bristles attached to it? The ISSA bristles and its handle are one rubbery thing that vibrates to be strong on plaque and gentle on gums.

The end result is some whiter teeth, particularly for those with sensitive teeth and gums. Apparently, this Sonic Pulse Technology is made to break up and remove plaque, to prevent buildup and cavities. It is all about massaging the gums to prevent recession and damage to tooth enamel.

You can purchase the ISSA from the FOREO site for about $199.00. Yes, I know that costs $200.00 for a toothbrush, but it might be a good investment if it can save you trips to the dentist. Still, it has a 2-year limited warranty and 10-year Quality Guarantee. So, if there is a problem, yeah, I’ll solve it, get the refund before the company dissolves it…ISSA baby (ding ding ding da da ding ding).