Our Picks for Hot Air Brushes

Give yourself a salon-style look at home with a hot air brush.

Give yourself a salon-style look at home with a hot air brush. (Hot Tools/)

As an excellent accessory to add to any hair styling collections, hot air brushes make it easy to dry your hair with the look you want. Countless people find that they help to add volume and shine to their locks as well. With the diverse range of products and brands on the market, however, it can be a challenge to know which one will work well for you. We have identified our favorite hot air brushes, so see if one of these options may fit your needs and help you look and feel your very best.

Create a smooth, styled look with this accessory.

Create a smooth, styled look with this accessory. (BEAUTIKEN/)

The multi-functionality of this brush makes it very appealing. It comes with three heat settings and two air speeds to help each user attain their desired look. The tourmaline technology helps to reduce the frizz and static in your hair. We found that this brush works quickly, as the ceramic coating helps to distribute the heat and quickly dry the hair. Meanwhile, the tufted bristles are comfortable and offer considerable control while styling. The brush also comes with a 360-degree rotating power cord that makes it simple to use.

Ionic technology helps frizz control while providing a consistent styling experience.

Ionic technology helps frizz control while providing a consistent styling experience. (Conair/)

This John Frieda was modeled on the blowouts and styles that people love when they leave the salon. The bristles themselves, designed with nylon and ball-tipped, help to detangle while using the brush gently. The vents around the tool provide for well-controlled airflow that allows the hair to dry quickly and stylishly. The brush also boasts up to 50 percent more ions than other types of hairbrushes, which provide even greater frizz control. When using this brush, we also appreciated three different temperature settings, allowing us to select the one that best matched how we wanted to style our hair. The gentle bristles also provided a pleasing experience.

This brush offers 3-speed controls, rotating temperature controls and charcoal-infused bristles.

This brush offers 3-speed controls, rotating temperature controls and charcoal-infused bristles. (Hot Tools/)

We noticed immediately that this brush has the design to mimic professional tools found in hair salons. The activated charcoal on the bristles makes this such a powerful tool that it can refresh and style even second-day hair. The rotational temperature options made it easy to control and use to its full potential, regardless of hair types. The manufacturers of this tool have worked to create a thorough product, with even the oval design and the high-powered airflow of the brush helping to optimize the curls and volume it offers users.

A ceramic coating delivers shiny, dependable results.

A ceramic coating delivers shiny, dependable results. (Hair Sensation Pro/)

This brush generates 1100 watts of power to provide a hairdryer, styler, and volumizer in one product. The manufacturers have focused on delivering enough heat to give the volumizing and styling needed without worrying about damaging hair. The ion generator works to break down water molecules while the product is in use, helping the hair to dry to a shiny, healthy finish. We found that this product can work well, even getting close to the scalp, without discomfort.  You can also adjust the heat settings to one of three levels for greater control over how the product works. The bristles themselves have been modeled after European designs and can help to detangle hair while also drying and styling it. The product is also lightweight, making it easy to manage and use throughout the styling process.

Nylon pin and tufted bristles deliver a salon-worthy blowout.

Nylon pin and tufted bristles deliver a salon-worthy blowout. (Revlon/)

This hot air dryer brush uses an oval style to help with hairstyling along with gentle bristles that style and detangle hair with minimal discomfort. You will notice immediately that this brush delivers plenty of heat while still allowing you to place it comfortably near your scalp while styling. This product has been designed to provide excellent volume and shine to hair to help it look beautiful and healthy. The ceramic coating works to control the heat flow and promote an even distribution so that you do not have to worry about damaging the hair.

Try These Ball Chairs

Take a load off and improve your focus and posture with a ball chair.

Take a load off and improve your focus and posture with a ball chair. (Gaiam/)

Adults and children alike can enjoy and appreciate the advantages of the ball chair. These simple creations offer a host of benefits, from helping to correct posture to serving well for exercise. Many users even profess that they help to boost concentration. As people have increasingly realized the benefits of ball chairs, however, the number of types available has grown. If you are looking for a ball chair that will fit your needs, here are some of our favorite options to help you decide.

It can help athletes of all ages and abilities, from beginners to seasoned pros.

It can help athletes of all ages and abilities, from beginners to seasoned pros. (SpoxFit/)

This ball chair contains a durable shell to be extra tough and ready to help you on your quest to better health. The sturdy base and anti-slip surface enhance the experience as you use it for yoga, Pilates, or other forms of exercise. We enjoyed getting in a diverse workout with this ball thanks to the resistance bands and exercise poster that helped guide us through highly effective moves. The ball also works well for people who want to sit on it while working at their desks or even while watching television. The design encourages people to naturally improve their posture, which in turn reduces discomfort such as neck pain.

Made from non-toxic PVC, this model doesn’t have that annoying odor.

Made from non-toxic PVC, this model doesn’t have that annoying odor. (RGGD&RGGL/)

We set this ball chair up in the place of a desk chair and immediately saw how much it forced us to improve our posture and balance. Pregnant women also will enjoy how the ball can help to reduce any hip or back pain they might experience. From an exercise perspective, this ball does a great job of catering to new and established athletes. The ball itself works well for yoga and comes with a stability ring to help those new to the core building and balance enhancing features. The resistance bands are similarly adjustable, allowing you to scale their usage according to your needs and fitness level.

This number had wiggly sitters in mind during its creation.

This number had wiggly sitters in mind during its creation. (Gaiam/)

Thanks to the ability to make small movements that get energy out and reduce fidgeting, these chairs make an excellent alternative for children who have trouble sitting still during class. We also liked how the ball encourages children to develop good posture from a young age. Many children find that as their body position improves, they experience better focus and concentration. Better posture also engages their core muscles and helps them nurture healthier bodies.

Boost mental energy and focus by increasing your micro-movements.

Boost mental energy and focus by increasing your micro-movements. (Gaiam /)

Those who experience back pain and discomfort after regularly sitting in their desk chair will find this a welcomed relief. The careful design encourages proper alignment to build core muscles and reduce back pain. As you improve your posture sitting in this chair, you could also discover that the ability to make micro-movements regularly throughout the day will increase your focus and work performance. To further enhance the potential for this chair, it comes with a desktop exercise guide.

Strengthen your core muscles with this model.

Strengthen your core muscles with this model. (PharMeDoc/)

This option comes with a chair base, back support, and an exercise ball that sits inside. As we sat on the ball within the chair, we could feel it activate the core muscles and improve our posture. This will particularly benefit anyone with an office job who finds themselves sitting for hours at a time. The chair base has lockable wheels, which allow people to get their desk tasks done without having to worry about rolling away from their space. Those who want an additional challenge also have the option of removing the ball from the chair and just sitting directly on the ball.

Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized

If your house is bursting at the seams, or simply short on storage options, the solution may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos.

This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex.

Divide and conquer

First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After you’ve winnowed down the contents of your garage, sort everything into groups. Keep garden tools with garden tools, and sports equipment with sports equipment. Items used together ought to be stored together.

Where possible, place like items into clear plastic containers with lids. It’s fine to use opaque bins, just be sure to label each one. Stackable containers are especially handy. They keep your belongings clean, protect against insects and rodents, increase the amount of usable floor space, and cut down on visual clutter.

What goes where?

The efficient use of space partly depends on positioning stored items in a thoughtful, strategic way. Are there certain items you’re likely to need on a regular basis, such as cleaning supplies? If so, store them near the door so you can access them quickly and easily. Stash rarely used or seasonal items, like sleds and skis, in harder-to-reach spots.

Off the wall

The key to garage storage and organization is getting things off the floor. Capitalizing on wall space enables you to fit the most into your garage, while keeping it all visible and easy to access. The type of wall storage you choose depends on your storage needs, project budget and personal preferences. Many homeowners opt for one or a combination of the following storage standbys:

  • Pegboard. A favorite for generations, pegboard is inexpensive and easy to install. Because it can be outfitted with an array of compatible hooks, clamps, bins and shelves, pegboard can be used to store and organize just about anything, as long as the item to be stored isn’t especially heavy.
  • Open shelving. Whether a wall-mounted track system or a set of stand-alone units, open shelves are affordable, versatile and user-friendly, and they keep everything in plain sight. Plus, depending on their construction, 12- or 16-inch-deep shelves are typically capable of holding heavier items.
  • Closed cabinetry. If you plan to park your car in the garage, cabinets with doors may be the most desirable option, because closed storage means not having to come face-to-face with paint cans and garbage bags every time you leave or arrive home. Cabinets are available in countless materials and styles, but generally speaking, they are more expensive than other solutions. And because they are unable to accommodate very large items, cabinets are most effective when used in conjunction with another storage system.
  • Panelized systems. Here, entire walls are covered with specially designed panels that hold any number of companion add-ons, such as hooks and shelves. Unlike pegboard, panelized systems can handle heavier items. But that strength and utility comes at a cost, especially since some proprietary products must be installed by licensed professionals.

Look up

For certain infrequently used belongings, the ceiling provides ideal, out-of-the-way storage space. Ladders and seasonal gear can be kept here, hung by clips or straps fastened to the ceiling joists. Or you can take advantage of hoist pulley systems, which cleverly operate like the cords on window blinds. Bear in mind, however, that ceiling storage must be oriented so that it doesn’t interfere with the operation of the garage door.

Safety steps

As you’re organizing your garage, it’s important to keep safety in mind. It’s unsafe to store gasoline and propane in the garage; a single spark could lead to tragedy.

Likewise, if you have children or pets, you should store hazardous materials like fertilizer and pesticides far out of reach. Locked cabinets are a good solution for these toxic materials, and they’re also a smart place to store power tools and sharp implements.

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Originally published January 2015.

Toss Your Old Pans for these Great Pizza Stones

If you want a superior pizza at home, you need a pizza stone.

If you want a superior pizza at home, you need a pizza stone. (Pizzacraft/)

Is homemade pizza your favorite food? (Of course it is!) So why aren’t you using a pizza stone to make your own pies even better? A stone helps the pizza cook evenly and with just the right crust. We have drawn up a list of our favorite pizza stones to see if one of these might help you begin to create a delicious, homemade dish for your next pizza night.

Works well even in super-hot ovens and grills.

Works well even in super-hot ovens and grills. (PentaBeauty/)

The natural Cordierite stone used in this pizza stone has numerous micro-pores throughout it. We liked how these stones helped to absorb extra moisture from the dough as the pizza cooked to create a delightful taste. This stone can withstand temperatures up to 2100 degrees, which means that it can safely make pizza in a range of cooking environments. Because we also like cooking items that have a variety of uses, we appreciate that this stone can help with baking bread, cookies, and other foods that help to fill your menu at your next pizza party.

This model is thick, sturdy and strong.

This model is thick, sturdy and strong. (Hans Grill/)

This pizza stone comes with a wood pizza peel board that is equipped with a long handle to create a set that simplifies your pizza making. The paring with the pizza peel board is easy to use as well. This particular stone has been designed to offer the even cooking and excellent quality of a standard baking stone, while still minimizing any bulky size to make storage and usage simple.

No pre-seasoning is required for this accessory.

No pre-seasoning is required for this accessory. (Pizzacraft/)

This baking stone makes the process of cooking fresh pizza straightforward, even the cleanup only requires water to get the cooking tool ready for its next use. The Thermabond material used to prepare the pizza or baked goods evenly is 100% all-natural and FDA-safe, so customers can trust that they will use a quality product. The material used to create this baking stone will also make it easy to start cooking with it immediately. We found it appealing that this stone did not require any pre-seasoning or soaking before we could use it, meaning that whenever we decided we wanted pizza, we only needed to pull it out of the cabinet.

Absorbs extra moisture while the dough cooks.

Absorbs extra moisture while the dough cooks. (CastElegance/)

The stone that this tool has been created with noticeably enhances the flavor and cooking abilities it offers. The Thermarite helps to absorb extra moisture while the dough cooks, which prevents the pizza from cooking with a soggy dough. The stone comes with a free recipe book as well.

Works great on a grill using propane, charcoal or pellets.

Works great on a grill using propane, charcoal or pellets. (Cuisinart/)

When we received this set, we immediately appreciated the convenience of having all the essential pizza-making tools arrive at once. This grilling set brings together the main supplies you need, including a 13-inch stone, cutter, and folding pizza peel. The cordierite stone works well to distribute the heat and ensure that the entire pizza cooks evenly throughout the baking time. It helps to mimic the conditions of a pizza oven right in your yard.

Our Favorite Reusable Straws

The beverages taste just as sweet, but with reusable straws, you'll also be helping the planet.

The beverages taste just as sweet, but with reusable straws, you’ll also be helping the planet. (Hiware/)

Reusable straws have become immensely popular in recent years. These creative tools allow you all of the convenience and pleasure of drinking through a straw, without having to worry about regularly buying more or contributing to excessive amounts of pollution. If you are looking for some reusable straws to add to your collection, we have compiled a list of our favorite varieties. See if these straws might be the drink accessory that you were looking for.

Both straight and bent straws are included and are easy to clean.

Both straight and bent straws are included and are easy to clean. (Hiware/)

You can select the color you want with these straws and match your personal taste. The set of 12 then includes 4 different varieties. You will receive both straight and bent straws of two different lengths, enhancing your ability to use the straws with different size cups and containers. The straws themselves are made of stainless steel, and we immediately noticed that they are BPA and lead-free, for a safer drinking experience. Cleaning them is easy, as they are dishwasher safe. The set also came with small brushes that allowed you to give them a quality hand wash in between uses. When the straws are not in use, you can store them in a bag, keeping them clean until you need them again.

There’s a rainbow of colored tips to brighten your day and a convenient carrying case to keep them clean.

There’s a rainbow of colored tips to brighten your day and a convenient carrying case to keep them clean. (StrawExpert/)

These straws have been designed for tumbler cups and come in different sizes to enhance your drinking experience. With some that are bent and others that remain straight, each drinker can select the ones that work best for them. The straws consist of a thick material to provide a level of sturdiness and durability not seen in some other varieties. They work well with both hot and cold drinks and have silicone caps that can help to differentiate between users. You can also remove the caps and drink from the straws without them. The scrub brushes that accompany the straws make them easy to clean while the case will keep them ready for the next time you need them.

These have a design that makes them easy on the teeth and excellent for children.

These have a design that makes them easy on the teeth and excellent for children. (Flathead/)

These extra-long straws fit large cups and containers, making them great for on-the-go drinks, while the high-quality silicone ensures they will continue to last through numerous uses and washes. Their ability to fit a variety of different popular cup sizes adds a level of compatibility that enhances the selection. People can transport them and add them to beverages they enjoy throughout the day. When it came to cleaning, the brush that came with the set worked well, while the dishwasher-safe material also helped to ensure that the straws were ready for their next use. Multiple colors come within a set, meaning that everyone can pick one that they like.

A natural cotton bag is included for storage.

A natural cotton bag is included for storage. (Hiware/)

These straws offer a host of environmentally-friendly benefits that we appreciate. In addition to their reusability, they are free of plastic, are colorfast, have no metal aftertaste, and come with a natural cotton bag that stores the clean straws until their next use. These straws are compatible with nearly any drink, including both hot and cold options. When it comes time to clean them, they can also be placed directly in the dishwasher or you can use the small brush that comes with the straws.

They’re made from hard Tritan plastic, which is BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

They’re made from hard Tritan plastic, which is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. (DAKOUFISH/)

These straws come in a variety of lengths and a few different color options, which means that each buyer can choose the one that works best for them. Although they do work for both hot and cold drinks, they should not be placed in boiling water. The straws are made with a thicker material than many competitors, which helps the straw continue to last through many uses and washes. The straw can also bend, but will not break, making them child-friendly and reliable. These straws come with a cleaning brush and can go in the dishwasher, so you can easily keep them ready for use. We also liked that when the product has begun to wear out, the plastic itself can be recycled and continue working toward the sustainability goal of many reusable straw buyers.

Spring into these Outdoor Water Fountains

Take your backyard design up a notch with a water fountain.

Take your backyard design up a notch with a water fountain. (Chillscreamni/)

An outdoor fountain can be the perfect addition to your garden, patio, or other outdoor space. The decorative structures with water gently cascading down can be rejuvenating and beautiful, helping you relax as you sit and take in the beauty of your flowers and plants. Finding just the right fountain, however, can be a challenge. There are a variety of shapes, colors, and styles available. To help those interested in decorating their outside space with a beautiful water fountain, here are a few models we recommend.

Enjoy the sounds of a trickling stream with this vintage looking sculpture.

Enjoy the sounds of a trickling stream with this vintage looking sculpture. (Alpine/)

This 32-inch tall fountain comes in a few different colors and has water trickling down the side of the sculpture, calling to mind the peaceful sound of a stream.  It has an interior pump that keeps water moving through the sculpture, requiring little maintenance from you. The side of the jar has a cracked design that creates a more vintage look that will look beautiful in a variety of spaces, whether indoor or out. The jar is made of fiberglass and concrete to ensure that it will stand up to the weather and look lovely for years to come. The white LED lights add allow you to enjoy the fountain day or night.

Featuring four bowls with cascading water in a soothing feature piece.

Featuring four bowls with cascading water in a soothing feature piece. (Chillscreamni/)

This fountain will make a perfect addition to your outdoor living space but it can also safely light up an indoor area. The structure consists of durable resin and fiberglass materials which help it  withstand the weather, but it’s still lightweight enough to move without much trouble. The built-in LED lights help illuminate the bowls and create a beautiful scene at night, and the pump allows you to adjust the speed of the water flow.  As the water moves, just sit back and relax after a busy day.  .

With an old world look, this picturesque feature adds a refreshing look and peaceful sound to your favorite space.

With an old world look, this picturesque feature adds a refreshing look and peaceful sound to your favorite space. (Peaktop/)

This water fountain stands at 33 inches high and sends water gently falling from one ceramic bowl to the next, creating a mesmerizing place to listen to trickling water and watch the flickering lights.  The fountain was built from a polyresin material and is resistant to rust and weather. The design of the fountain mimics a natural stone look, with the base of the statue resembling a stone wall, but it’s lightweight to move.  The ceramic bowls contain LED lights that contribute to the ambiance it creates. Enjoy the ambiance from this fountain – you’ll be taking a nap before you know it.

You’ll think you’re by a mountain stream with this natural-looking grey stone 40” waterfall.

You’ll think you’re by a mountain stream with this natural-looking grey stone 40” waterfall. (Alpine/)

With a polystone and fiberglass construction, this water fountain boasts being rust and weather resistant making it easy to add to your garden or deck. The natural-looking grey stones resemble a 40″ waterfall and will fit perfectly in a garden or anywhere in your yard, Once the sun begins to fade, the three LED lights gently highlight the water as it cascades down the fountain, creating a sound and light show to enjoy year round.  Grab a glass of wine and find your Zen! 

Throw in the Towel and Try These Dish Drying Racks

A quality drying rack can save you money and better project your dishes.

A quality drying rack can save you money and better project your dishes. (Royal Craft Wood/)

Even if you have a dishwasher, a dish drying rack is a helpful accessory in any kitchen. Not only is a dish drying rack more convenient than hand-drying dishes, but it’s also more sanitary. Did you know that dish towels can easily grow bacteria including E. coli? Drying racks eliminate contaminated surfaces coming in contact with your dishes. These make an excellent housewarming or wedding present. Here are our favorite dish drying racks. 

This accessory is made with satin-coated wires which are rust- and corrosion resistant.

This accessory is made with satin-coated wires which are rust- and corrosion resistant. (KitchenAid/)

KitchenAid’s dish rack can fit the largest of your pans. We love the extra storage for silverware in the removable flatware caddy. The gray finish lends itself to a sophisticated look that’s also rust- and corrosion resistant. With a design that can be used over the sink to dry or leave standing on a countertop without worry due to the drain board, this drying rack is truly multi use. You won’t be embarrassed to have this sitting on your kitchen countertop. 

This X design dries items fast and efficiently.

This X design dries items fast and efficiently. (Royal Craft Wood/)

Welcome to the modern age of drying dishes with this bamboo rack. Royal Craft Wood’s dish drying rack is made from renewable bamboo so it’s eco-friendly. This rack is two-tiered for extra storage and can also be collapsed for more counter space. To keep the bamboo in top shape, we recommend refreshing the wood with vegetable oil monthly.

Store up to 110 pounds on this model.

Store up to 110 pounds on this model. (iSPECLE/)

If you have a large family with lots of dishes, then this dish rack is for you. iSPECLE’s stainless steel rack is two-tiered for maximum storage and can hold up to 110 pounds. There’s even storage for unusual utensils, including grilling accessories, that often get overlooked with smaller racks. The rack features an upper and lower water tray to prevent water from dripping on other dishes or the counter. 

This accessory is made of silicone-wrapped steel rods.

This accessory is made of silicone-wrapped steel rods. (Surpahs/)

Surpahs’ dish drying rack is a smart pick for apartments and small spaces. Because the mat lays directly over your sink, you don’t have to worry about water collection trays. It can easily accommodate all dishes, pans and even fine china. This roll-up rack can also be used as a heat resistant trivet and is dishwasher safe. 

This number can also be used as a storage rack for dinnerware.

This number can also be used as a storage rack for dinnerware. (Tsmine/)

Not only does this rack dry dishes, but it also stores them. Tsmine’s drying rack can hold up to 60 pounds of dishes, cups and utensils. We love that the accessory is very easily moved and adjustable to fit over most sinks. This rack boasts seven utility hooks, anti-slip suction cups and a stainless steel design. The snap on structure lends itself to easy cleaning. 

Break a Sweat with these Home Gym Systems

You can have a ball working out at home with these fitness systems.

You can have a ball working out at home with these fitness systems. (Pixabay/)

While you can invest in a home gym packed with machines, you’ll find plenty of home gym systems that give you everything you’ll require for a workout in one product. As home workout equipment has become more popular, over the past couple of decades the prices have become more affordable. This means you don’t have to empty your bank account to have your own gym system at home. If you’re ready to take your fitness to the next level, we’ve put together a look at some great home gym systems to consider, so get ready to get pumped.

The system features more than 200 pounds of resistance and 25-plus exercises to work out your entire body.

The system features more than 200 pounds of resistance and 25-plus exercises to work out your entire body. (Bowflex/)

With the well-known fitness brand Bowflex behind this home gym system, you know you’re going to have the power to improve your fitness in a single system. The PR1000 gives you more than 200 pounds of Power Rod resistance for optimal resistance training that builds muscle and cuts away fat. The all-in-one system features a bench that turns into a rolling seat so you can add aerobic rowing to your list of exercises, and it has a four-position squat or lower pulley system and built-in media rack. With various pulley positions, you can change up the angle of resistance, improving the effectiveness of your exercises based on your needs.

Exercise guides come with the set-up instructions to get you started.

Exercise guides come with the set-up instructions to get you started. (BodyBoss/)

In a single system, the BodyBoss 2.0 combines multiple pieces of gym equipment and turns them into a revolutionary workout concept that will work your entire body. This portable gym lets you do lower body workouts, upper body workouts, and cardio resistance workouts without ever stepping foot into a gym. It’s compact, lightweight, but versatile enough for you to simulate the exercises you’d do at a gym no matter where you are. It makes it possible to reach your workout goals from home, and the resistance bands, workout bar, ankle and wrist straps, and handles all can make exercises harder or easier to meet your unique fitness needs. 

The complete set lets you get a full body workout.

The complete set lets you get a full body workout. (Fitness Insanity/)

This resistance band set simulates the gym experience by allowing you to perform multiple exercises and train various muscle groups from home. With the bands you can perform pulls, fly workout, raises, and row sets to work on the chest, arms, hips, abdominal muscles, legs, and back. They replace weights or dumbbells that can take up so much space and give you an exercise system that’s easy to use and portable. Bands include heavy-duty carabiners, reinforced links, and durable latex tubs, ensuring they hold up to daily, intense exercise sessions. Along with the five fitness resistance bands, you’ll get two cushioned straps, ankle straps, a carrying bag, workout guide, workout poster, and a door anchor.

This versatile home gym system adjusts to fit individuals of every size, age and fitness level.

This versatile home gym system adjusts to fit individuals of every size, age and fitness level. (XMark/)

You’ll get one of the more versatile home gym systems available when you go with the XMark system, which easily adjusts to fit tall, short, old, young, and individuals of every fitness level. The dual 200-pound weight stacks along with 19 settings and fast-adjust pulleys give you nearly unlimited training possibilities. Interchangeable accessories, such as triceps rope, hand straps, long strap handles, leg extension curl strap, ankle strap, short bar, and long bar all increase the versatility of the machine. The solid, heavy-duty steel mainframe ensures the machine will last and hold up to heavy use, and the commercial grade pulley system and pull up rig provide smooth function.

This durable machine withstands your hardest workouts and offers plenty of exercise options.

This durable machine withstands your hardest workouts and offers plenty of exercise options. (Marcy/)

When you want to toughen up and strengthen your body, you want a machine that’s just as tough. The 14-gauge steel construction of this heavy-duty home gym offers extra durability that’ll stand up to the hardest workouts. It features two separate lateral bars so you have multiple options for strengthening your target muscle groups, and the bicep pad can be adjusted whether you’re using it with the lower pulley or pumping iron. The dual function press arm comes with chest press and vertical butterfly settings so you can choose your exercise without a problem. 

Our Favorite Waterproof Flashlights

Can your flashlight hold up to a dunk in the water?

Can your flashlight hold up to a dunk in the water? (GearLight/)

You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to understand that being prepared is always a good idea. A waterproof flashlight is something you can never have too many of. You need one for every vehicle, one (or more) for your camping supplies, one for your bedside table, and one in the area where you store all your storm supplies. You definitely need one on your boat if you own one. Plus, if you live in hurricane-prone areas, you’ll want to include one in your hurricane supplies as well. In other words, waterproof flashlights are essential tools for every family. These happen to be five of our favorite waterproof flashlights.

Ultra-bright light burns 10 times brighter than traditional incandescent lights, and the adjustable focus allows you to zero in on objects up to 1,000 feet away.

Ultra-bright light burns 10 times brighter than traditional incandescent lights, and the adjustable focus allows you to zero in on objects up to 1,000 feet away. (GearLight/)

Sold in a two-pack this tactical flashlight operates with your choice of 3 AAA batteries or a single rechargeable battery. Batteries are not included. Each of the flashlights comes with a bonus holster so you can easily carry and store your flashlight in a variety of situations. It can operate in any weather condition and offers easy, push-button on and off and allows you to adjust the focus while also featuring five modes, including strobe and SOS. The flashlight is compact and comes with a wrist strap making it easy to carry while hiking, camping, walking dogs, and more.

Compact and portable, this unit has super-bright lights and allows you to focus on objects up to 1,000 feet away.

Compact and portable, this unit has super-bright lights and allows you to focus on objects up to 1,000 feet away. (Anker/)

The rechargeable flashlight can be recharged via USB and lasts up to six hours of medium-beam use when fully charged. The flashlight features an IP65 rating for water resistance and is designed for use in heavy rain. It will fit in your pocket and features an anti-slip finish and wrist strap to make it easier to handle even when your hands are wet. Whether you are walking your dog or trying to change a tire on a rainy night, this flashlight can help you light your way.

It’s extremely weatherproof and offers a variety of other services.

It’s extremely weatherproof and offers a variety of other services. (LE /)

If you want extreme functionality from your waterproof flashlight, this camping lantern should do the trick. You can place it on the ground to light up a work area in wind, rain, or snow. It is essentially weatherproof thanks to its IP44 rating and though it is larger than the average flashlight, it weighs only 29.98 ounces. Even a child can pick it up and carry it if needed. It is rechargeable and can be used as a 3600mAh power bank to charge mobile phones on-the-go. This lantern may be designed for camping but will become an essential tool to have in your car trunk, garage, home, boat, RV, and more. Also features five lighting modes including a flashing mode.

The bright beam can reach a distance of 656 feet.

The bright beam can reach a distance of 656 feet. (WUBEN/)

Measuring only 5.46 inches long by 1.02 inches in diameter, this pocket-sized flashlight offers quite a bit of shine. Whether you’re out walking the dog, going for a brisk run in the dark of morning, or hiking in the woods this flashlight can do the trick. It is rechargeable via the included USB charging cord and has a red charging indicator and green indicator for when fully charged. It takes approximately four hours to fully charge and can operate up to 143 hours in Eco mode. The flashlight features five lighting modes (four general modes and one emergency mode). It even offers a low power warning to notify you when battery power is sufficient for less than 30 minutes in its current mode.

This model lasts up to eight hours of run time and is water and impact resistant.

This model lasts up to eight hours of run time and is water and impact resistant. (Dorcy/)

The floating flashlight is perfect to have in any boat emergency kits and so much more. It comes with a carabiner clip so you can easily clip one to every life jacket as well. Of course, boating isn’t the only use for this flashlight that is easy to carry, use, and operate. It is perfect for children to handle as well as adults and comes with three AA batteries required to operate. 

Hit the Road with these Luggage Sets

Luggage should provide security and superior storage, but it can also reflect your personal style.

Luggage should provide security and superior storage, but it can also reflect your personal style. (Unsplash/)

When it comes to traveling, finding the right luggage can make all the difference. With the optimal suitcases, you will have an easier time fitting everything you need for the trip and avoid lugging cumbersome bags through the airport. If you are interested in finding some great luggage sets that will enhance your next trip, take a look at some of our favorite options and see if one of these might fit your needs.

These bags have scratch-resistant covering and TSA locks.

These bags have scratch-resistant covering and TSA locks. (Samsonite/)

These bags demonstrate a clear commitment to security. The TSA locks helped us feel comfortable, even when traveling with items we did not want to be stolen. The micro-diamond polycarbonate texture created a very scratch resistant surface that continues to look wonderful after many trips. Items stored in the bags also stay nicely organized. The dividers and mesh compartments make it easy to hold things, while the compression helps to prevent wrinkling in the clothing. If more space ends up required, we enjoy the expandable capacity of the bag.

One piece is specifically designed to meet carry-on requirements.

One piece is specifically designed to meet carry-on requirements. (Samsonite/)

The designers of this bag set wanted to ensure that their luggage would provide users with security. Each bag comes with side-mounted locks that can be opened only by a TSA agent and the owner. These locks empower you to protect your luggage throughout your travels. The hard outer shell also provides additional security for everything contained within the bag throughout your journey. As you transport your bags, the exterior design also helps to resist scratches and scuffs, keeping your bags in prime working contention for countless trips to come. Those who find that they often pick up souvenirs on their trips will appreciate the expandable capacity. At the same time, the dividers and interior features keep everything organized.

This collection comes in multiple colors and offers excellent storage capacity.

This collection comes in multiple colors and offers excellent storage capacity. (AmazonBasics/)

The dividers in these bags make it easy to organize your belongings as you pack for your next trip. When you find that you need a bit of extra space, the suitcases can also expand for an additional 15 percent of storage room, a feature that makes any work or pleasure trip easier. The strong zippers then secure the items inside without concern. We also found that while we navigated through the airport, the double spinner wheels on each along with the telescoping handle made crowds easily navigable. As a bonus, the scratch-resistant finish ensures that the bags continue to look almost new, even after multiple trips. 

Multi-directional wheels and a durable handle are the big features here.

Multi-directional wheels and a durable handle are the big features here. (Rockland/)

When it comes to making your way through a busy airport, luggage that can easily spin with you and navigate around crowds is extremely valuable. The multidirectional spinners on these bags easily speak to this need. The hard frame of the bag also provides additional protection for anything you store inside, reducing the threat of having your bag tossed under a large pile of other luggage. At the same time, the designers of this set worked to make the bags as lightweight as possible. We appreciated this feature when it came time to weigh the luggage to be sure we did not surpass the airline limits. The durable handle, sturdy design, and the convenient interior compartments for organization make this luggage an asset for any trip.

Great maneuverability and lightweight construction set this collection apart.

Great maneuverability and lightweight construction set this collection apart. (American Tourister/)

This luggage set offers four different sized bags for any need. The push-button locking handle allows you to select the handle height that fits you best. To protect your suitcases and the items they contain, we also appreciated that the bags came with reinforced corners. Finally, the multiple pockets and pouches throughout the bag make it simple to stay organized when packing.