Archive for Chris Haslam

  • Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machine review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machine review

    By 18 November 2009

    Italian coffee giants Lavazza have thrown their hat in the coffee pod ring to compete with the likes of Tassimo and the current champions Nespresso, but will the A Moda Mio serve up a quality crema or just leave a bitter taste in the mouth? At just 20.5cm...

  • Casa Bugatti Vera Kettle   review
    Online 2.5 out of 5

    Casa Bugatti Vera Kettle review

    By 29 October 2009

    The appliance brand has absolutely nothing to do with super cars, but is the Casa Bugatti kettle the Veyron of the kitchen or just another overpriced worktop ornament? Kettles have been getting technical of late – rapid boiling elements, clever water...

  • Krups Citrus Expert ZX 7000 juicer review
    Online 4.5 out of 5

    Krups Citrus Expert ZX 7000 juicer review

    By 18 August 2009

    Can this top of the line citrus juicer help Pocket-lint squeeze its way to five-a-day, or will it be another waste of worktop? First up, the ZX7000 is a citrus press not a full-on juicer, so it won’t squish your apples, carrots and wheatgrass into a...

  • Timex WS4 adventure watch review
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    Timex WS4 adventure watch review

    By 6 August 2009

    Whether you’re scaling K2 or just negotiating Knightsbridge can Timex’s "wrist-top adventure instrument" keep you safely on track? We strapped ourselves in to find out. The WS4 serves up an altimeter, barometer, compass and thermometer, it's waterproof...

  • Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum review
    Online 4.5 out of 5

    Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum review

    By 24 July 2009

    James Dyson doesn’t do things by half, but does the promise of a vacuum cleaner powered with the fastest motor on earth make doing the housework any less of a chore? The new Dyson DC31 handheld has a switched reluctance motor ten times quicker than...

  • Bosch Tassimo TAS8520GB coffee machine review
    Online 3 out of 5

    Bosch Tassimo TAS8520GB coffee machine review

    By 3 July 2009

    Bosch and Tassimo promise freshly brewed hot drinks - from Twinings green tea and Milka hot chocolate to Starbucks filter and Kenco cappuccinos - but can this table top vending machine deliver designer drinks tastier than the office canteen? At 20cm wide...

  • Cuisinart Ice Cream Duo ice cream maker review
    Online 3 out of 5

    Cuisinart Ice Cream Duo ice cream maker review

    By 26 June 2009

    Brits are being knocked out of SW19 by the hour and by our reckoning that makes it summertime. What better way to celebrate the arrival of intermittent sunny days than by giving the latest ice cream maker from Cuisinart a thorough tasting. Sorry testing....

  • Bosch Rotak 34LI lawnmower review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Bosch Rotak 34LI lawnmower review

    By 19 June 2009

    Can a pumped up laptop battery really tackle the lawn? We’ve put Bosch’s cordless rotary mower to the test to see if it’ll serve up centre court stripes in the Pocket-lint garden. The Rotak 34Li looks the business. The chunky plastic styling and...

  • Bosch TDS2556GB Sensixx B25L steam iron review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Bosch TDS2556GB Sensixx B25L steam iron review

    By 11 June 2009

    It’s time consuming, tedious and at the bottom of Pocket-lint’s list of fun things to do, but can the latest high pressure steam generator from Bosch blast through the ironing before the boredom kicks in? Built for serious bouts of ironing, steam...

  • Tefal Actifry electric fryer review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Tefal Actifry electric fryer review

    By 10 June 2009

    Wedges, French fries, chunky or crinkle cut we love our unhealthy potato dishes, so the promise of a kitchen gadget that’d churn out proper deep-fried style chips using only a drop of oil seemed too good to be true. We put it, and our cholesterol level,...

  • Siemens EQ.7 bean-to-cup coffee machine review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Siemens EQ.7 bean-to-cup coffee machine review

    By 27 May 2009

    It’ll cost you more than a return trip to a coffee plantation in Columbia, but can the all-singing Star Trek inspiring Siemens deliver a truly memorable macchiato? With its blue neon LEDs and piano black finish it would be a cold heart that didn’t...

  • Kingsford O-Grill 3000 portable BBQ review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Kingsford O-Grill 3000 portable BBQ review

    By 21 May 2009

    The Q from Weber has been mauling all-comers in the portable grilling stakes (or should that be steaks?) for years now, but can this fashionable young upstart deliver go-anywhere cooking in time for the great British BBQ season? We got grilling to find...

  • PowerPlus Piranha wind-up electric shaver review
    Online 2.5 out of 5

    PowerPlus Piranha wind-up electric shaver review

    By 13 May 2009

    Hand crankable bike lights, torches, radios and phone chargers are one thing, but a wind-up electric shaver? We have, quite literally, put our neck on the line to see if the Piranha from PowerPlus can really cut it. With two flexible rotary heads, a pop-up...

  • Panasonic ES8249 Pro-Curve shaver review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Panasonic ES8249 Pro-Curve shaver review

    By 8 May 2009

    When we think high-tech shavers we generally imagine a Braun or Philips, but can Panasonic’s top of the range wet and dry, the ES8249, cut it with the big boys? From a design point of view the ES8249 ticks many of the right boxes; it’s silver and...

  • Giles and Posner Stonebake Pizza Grill review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Giles and Posner Stonebake Pizza Grill review

    By 7 May 2009

    We’ll take any excuse to scoff pizza - but would the Stonebake Grill’s promise of authentic pizza in just a few minutes live up to our expectations, or were the results going to be more half than stone baked? Measuring 35cm in diameter, sporting chunky...

  • Magimix M190 CitiZ & Milk Nespresso machine review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Magimix M190 CitiZ & Milk Nespresso machine review

    By 5 May 2009

    The fully automatic Magimix M190 CitiZ & Milk Nespresso machine promises delicious mess-free espresso, but does the addition of a unique milk heater and frother finally mean proper cappuccinos for all? Using the Nespresso coffee pod system the Magimix,...

  • Brewzer 10 pint home brewing system review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Brewzer 10 pint home brewing system review

    By 4 May 2009

    With the price of a pint soaring over £3 and our credit well and truly crunched can this dinky home brew kit really produce cheap drinkable booze in just 14 days? We couldn’t resist finding out. In the Brewzer box you get everything - apart from water...

  • Jura ENA5 coffee machine review
    Online 3 out of 5

    Jura ENA5 coffee machine review

    By 29 April 2009

    It’s the slimmest bean-to-cup machine on the planet and promises unbeatable coffee at the touch of a button, but can the Jura ENA5 justify its price tag? At 23.8cm wide the ENA5 is surprisingly slender for a fully featured bean-to-cup machine, but at...

  • Breville Hot Cup review
    Online 3 out of 5

    Breville Hot Cup review

    By 27 April 2009

    Boil water at the touch of a button - can the new Breville Hot Cup really deliver a proper cuppa in an instant while saving energy and shrinking your carbon footprint? Here’s the deal, if everyone in the UK gave up hot drinks we’d instantly save a...