Feb 14

Greenbest Durable, Rust-free Hose Hanger ★★★★★

Greenbest Durable, Rust-free Hose Hanger

Greenbest Durable, Rust-free Hose Hanger

For anyone who thinks this hose hanger is too small, it’s because they are using it to hang a traditional garden hose. This hose hanger has “expandable hose,” “pocket hose,” “shrinking hose” in the description, and the Amazon photo shows it holding an expandable hose. I have a 100 foot expandable hose, and this is plenty large enough to hold that. My only problem is there is an obstruction below the faucet that makes it hard for me to hang as it was designed — not the fault of the hanger. I had to improvise and hang it above the faucet. It works exactly as it should.

The thermometer read over 100 °F, and it’s not that hot here, so I took out my trusty infrared thermometer and double checked. While it’s only in the 70s outside, the sun’s rays were hitting the thermometer directly and heating it up. I aimed the infrared thermometer on the hanger’s thermometer and it was indeed over 100 °F. If you are getting a reading that appears off, this may be the problem. To get a better reading, I would need to hang it in the shade. I don’t think I’ll do that, though. I bought this for the hose hanging, not the temperature gauge.

Feb 10

Fitleader FS1 Exercise Bike ★★★★★

Fitleader FS1 Exercise Bike

Fitleader FS1 Exercise Bike

I knew I would like this bike from the moment I opened the package. It was so well packed. Every bag/part was labeled, right down to every screw and tool. The instructions were in plain English, and there weren’t many steps.

I was afraid the display would be too small, but it’s large enough for me to easily read. It has a timer, so I know how long I’ve been riding. There’s also speed, distance, Calories, RPM, and an odometer (to keep track of the total distance ridden over the life of the bike), not to mention that it takes my pulse when I grab the handlebars. Leave it on one setting or put it on scan mode and it will cycle through. The display automatically lights up when I start peddling, or I can activate it by pressing a button. It turns off after four minutes of inactivity. No outlet required. It is battery powered. (Yay!)

For the men out there, the seat has a groove down the center. I’m not sure how much that helps. The seat adjusts up/down/forward/back, and the handlebars can be raised and lowered. I’m 5’5″ and I’m very comfortable on it. There are eight resistance settings. I set it low, because I’m so out of shape, but I did try higher settings for a little bit. I’m impressed by how smoothly it rides. The resistance doesn’t feel sticky or jerky.

This is a small bike, especially next to my husband’s treadmill. It’s heavy, but it has wheels on the front to help with dragging it wherever I need to move it. These are small wheels. Yep, on carpet, drag is the word, but it’s not all that hard to do. The bike doesn’t fold up, not that I need to.

The only thing I would really want to change is the units. I want to see how many miles I’ve ridden, not kilometers. Other than that, I’ve been using the Fitleader daily. Just put my large Kindle Fire HD on the display, turn on a Prime movie, and ride away the time. I really love it.

This product was provided for review by Zoxou.

Feb 10

Maxell Watch Battery Button Cell SR626SW SR-626SW 377 ★★★★★

Maxell Watch Battery Button Cell SR626SW SR-626SW 377

Maxell Watch Battery Button Cell SR626SW SR-626SW 377

My husband’s watch battery died, so I bought these to replace it. A whole pack is less expensive than buying them individually. Eventually, I’ll use them all. I noticed some reviewers said their batteries were alkaline, not silver oxide, so I did a double take. Mine are silver oxide. I assume some vendors are using trickery and others are confused. Mine came from Photoland, in case you’re wondering. The watch is keeping time again, so it the battery works. Will take time before I know if they last.

Feb 10

CUCOL Women’s Quartz Bamboo Wood Watch

CUCOL Women’s Quartz Bamboo Wood Watch

CUCOL Women's Quartz Bamboo Wood Watch

My husband has two wooden watches. He gets comments on them every day, so it was time for me to get my own. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this watch, but I was. It’s much more attractive in person that online. Like hubby, I got compliments. It must be the contrast between wood and white leather. That sure got my attention.

This watch fits my skinny wrist at the smallest notch (it buckles closed). It’s lightweight and keeps time well enough. I set it to my cell phone and haven’t noticed any time lost or gained over the course of a week. The time is easy to read, if you’re old enough to remember analogue watches. Kids nowadays, I can’t vouch for them. I’d say the only drawback is a lack of day and date, but that would mar the clean look.

This product was provided for review by Mazuno.

Feb 10

Quality Source Products (TM) Expandable Hose ★★★★★

Quality Source Products (TM) Expandable Hose 100 Feet Green

Quality Source Products (TM) Expandable Hose 100 Feet Green

My last expandable hose lasted a little over a year before bursting. I liked the convenience and portability factors enough to go out and buy another one — something longer this time. “Too long,” my daughter says as she’s washing the dog. Not really, I think back. I have to drag that out to use with my pressure washer. Drag? Not quite. It’s light as a feather.

This hose has a little nozzle at the end (they all do, to help increase the pressure to expand the hose), but it lacks a gun nozzle with 7 spray patterns that my old hose came with. No problem, I just switched it over. This is my third expandable hose. All three are different brands. I love, love, love them, even with the relatively short lifespan. Buy them more often, I will. I’ll never go back to a traditional hose ever again.