Chris Haslam

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor
5.0 stars

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor

By Chris Haslam

We had no problems recommending the original Denon Heos multi-room speaker range, but a couple of minor gripes stopped it from true five-star performance. The follow-up, rebooted Heos HS2 range goes all out, offering hi-res streaming support and Bluetooth... Read more

Denon Heos review: Multiroom made easy
4.5 stars

Denon Heos review: Multiroom made easy

By Chris Haslam

Denon has been toying with networked streaming devices for a while – the Airplay-touting Ceol family being the pick of the bunch – but with the Heos system the company has set its sights on the one-box, house-party-loving, multiroom domain currently... Read more

Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machine
4.0 stars

Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machine

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Casa Bugatti Vera Kettle
2.5 stars

Casa Bugatti Vera Kettle

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Krups Citrus Expert ZX 7000 juicer
4.5 stars

Krups Citrus Expert ZX 7000 juicer

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Timex WS4 adventure watch
4.0 stars

Timex WS4 adventure watch

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum
4.5 stars

Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Bosch Tassimo TAS8520GB coffee machine
3.0 stars

Bosch Tassimo TAS8520GB coffee machine

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Cuisinart Ice Cream Duo ice cream maker
3.0 stars

Cuisinart Ice Cream Duo ice cream maker

By Chris Haslam

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.... Read more

Bosch Rotak 34LI lawnmower
4.0 stars

Bosch Rotak 34LI lawnmower

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Bosch TDS2556GB Sensixx B25L steam iron
3.5 stars

Bosch TDS2556GB Sensixx B25L steam iron

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Tefal Actifry electric fryer
4.0 stars

Tefal Actifry electric fryer

By Chris Haslam

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,... Read more

Siemens EQ.7 bean-to-cup coffee machine
4.0 stars

Siemens EQ.7 bean-to-cup coffee machine

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Kingsford O-Grill 3000 portable BBQ
4.0 stars

Kingsford O-Grill 3000 portable BBQ

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

PowerPlus Piranha wind-up electric shaver
2.5 stars

PowerPlus Piranha wind-up electric shaver

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Panasonic ES8249 Pro-Curve shaver
4.0 stars

Panasonic ES8249 Pro-Curve shaver

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Giles and Posner Stonebake Pizza Grill
3.5 stars

Giles and Posner Stonebake Pizza Grill

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Magimix M190 CitiZ & Milk Nespresso machine
3.5 stars

Magimix M190 CitiZ & Milk Nespresso machine

By Chris Haslam

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,... Read more

Brewzer 10 pint home brewing system
3.5 stars

Brewzer 10 pint home brewing system

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Jura ENA5 coffee machine
3.0 stars

Jura ENA5 coffee machine

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more

Breville Hot Cup
3.0 stars

Breville Hot Cup

By Chris Haslam

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... Read more