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    Honeywell Evohome review

    By 13 March 2014

    There are a number of companies vying for your business when it comes to controlling your heating system at home. British Gas has Hive, Google owns Nest in the US (which is expected to eventually come to the UK), and there's the German company Tado also...

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    Hive by British Gas review

    By 10 March 2014

    Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas. Hive by British Gas...

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    Hands-on: Tefal Actifry Mini review

    By 19 February 2014

    Pocket-lint last tested a Tefal Actifry appliance five years ago and while the technology itself has changed little in the meantime, the latest fryer is perhaps better suited to many British homes. The Tefal Actifry Mini is the company's smallest in the...

  • Home 3 out of 5

    Tefal OptiGrill review

    By 19 November 2013

    We like chicken, we like steak, we like bacon. Yep, we like meat. It's no surprise then that we were rather excited to review the Tefal OptiGrill, a new kitchen gadget that promises to cook that meat to perfection. It's a gadget designed to sense automatically...

  • Gadgets

    Sage Dual Boiler: Hands-on the Heston Blumenthal coffee machine

    By 10 October 2013

    While Heston Blumethal's Sage Tea Maker shows all the hallmarks of the chef's extravagance, the Sage Dual Boiler coffee machine is a slightly different story. Eagle-eyed coffee fans might recognise this as a Breville model, as it's branded as such in...

  • Home 4 out of 5

    Dyson DC49 multi floor vacuum cleaner review

    By 26 July 2013

    Dyson has released an even smaller version of its multi-floor model, the Dyson DC49, and we've been cleaning our house for the last couple of weeks to find out whether it is any good. Can a smaller design, smaller bin, and digital motor still cope with...

  • Home 4 out of 5

    Nespresso Pixie by Magimix review

    By 23 July 2013

    You can spend thousands on a coffee machine, or you can buy a pot of instant coffee for a couple of quid, but there must be a middle ground surely? One that lets you have a decent cup of coffee, but at the same time not worry about the ins and outs of...

  • Home 3.5 out of 5

    A Modo Mio Favola Cappuccino coffee machine review

    By 17 July 2013

    If you want fresh coffee, but are on a budget, then AEG and Lavazza believe they have the answer with the A Modo Mio Favola Cappuccino coffee machine. Small and compact, the coffee machine that comes in a range of bright colours is designed to be quick...

  • Home 4 out of 5

    De'Longhi Prima Donna S coffee machine review

    By 16 July 2013

    If you are a coffee fan with an addiction, and you're looking for something more than Starbucks or Costa can offer, then De'Longhi believes it has the answer. But can it's top of the range bean-to-cup offering, the Prima Donna S, really be that good? ...

  • Gadgets 4.5 out of 5

    Sage Tea Maker (by Heston Blumenthal) review

    By 10 July 2013

    How important is a good cup of tea to you? Are you one of those people who boils a kettle, dumps in a teabag, squeezes it a few times with your teaspoon before slashing in some milk and maybe adding some sugar? Or are you a bit more refined than that?...

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    Dyson Airblade Tap pictures and (clean) hands-on

    By 5 February 2013

    Dyson has unveiled its latest invention and it's not what many expected. Using the same form of Airblade technology as its hugely popular bathroom hand-dryers, plus a new supercharged motor, the British company has introduced a bathroom tap, the Dyson...

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    LG smart fridge pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2013

    Everything is getting smarter these days, and the new smart fridge from LG is the cleverest fridge we’ve ever seen, with a screen on the front and a smartphone app to back it up. As you might expect, there are the usual array of fridge features, and...

  • Home 4.5 out of 5

    Simplehuman semi-round sensor bin review

    By 27 December 2012

    "A bin? You're going to review a bin?" they asked, with a mixture of surprise and despair. Our reply came quickly, perhaps so quickly it seemed rehearsed: "Yes, because this isn't just any bin, it's special." It's made by a company called simplehuman,...

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    iRobot Roomba 660 review

    By 7 December 2012

    Cleaning your house is a bore, but sadly one that has to be done from time to time unless you are happy to live in a dirt-invested hovel - we doubt that - so is a robot vacuum cleaner the answer? We set one to work in the Pocket-lint office to find out....

  • Home 3.5 out of 5

    Dyson DC47 Multi Floor review

    By 6 December 2012

    The Dyson DC47 Multi Floor is the company's latest cylinder vacuum cleaner and promises to be more powerful, more efficient, and easier to use than previous models. But with the DC38 being very good, and not much changing in terms of size and weight,...