Are you like me? Do you read countless Amazon reviews before making a purchase? Maybe not all the little ones but what about appliances, large or small? Printers, vacuums, food processors, cooking ware... you know, stuff like that?
But then you get stuck on one bad review out of many good reviews. Probably it was just some freak thing and it won't happen to you. Or maybe it will. Maybe they won't return it....
When we had to get a new dishwasher I bought a Consumer Reports membership just so I could look at all their reviews on dishwashers. As soon as I decided on a dishwasher we dropped the membership. I wasn't happy about having to pay for it in the first place but really wanted a reliable dishwasher that would last more than two years. In the end I really wasn't that impressed with what the membership had to offer. The reviews seemed almost vague.
I know, what does this have to do with gardening and homesteading? EVERYTHING! Look we are busy people. It takes a lot of work to run this farm/ homestead and take care of the family. Heck it takes a lot of work just to prepare homecooked meals for your family everyday. Anything that can make that easier is very important to the farm and homestead! More time for the family and farm, less time spent on work.
There are many tools/devices/appliances and machines that make life on the homestead easier. It takes a lot of research to find which one is going to do the best job for you. That equals lots of time spent researching. Ugh. But what if there was a trusted source that did all that for you?
Take our food processor for example. The bowl of my Kitchen Aid processor broke. Because it is an older model the cost of the bowl is almost as much as a whole new processor. Like only $50 dollars less and they no longer even offer the same color as mine. What if it breaks again, will it even be available next time? So now I need a new food processor. It is an essential tool for bringing in the harvest and preparing nutritious meals from whole foods for my family.
I don't like wasting money on products that don't last. Not only does it waste money but its wasteful of materials. Have you ever been to a landfill an seen the mountains of appliances? I'd rather buy something of quality, spending a little more and having it last for years to come.
So what am I getting at? Reviews.com. It's wonderful people! They test , research, consult experts, sample, and use all the products they review. AND IT'S FREE!. We can go to their website and checkout any of their reviews in their entirety for free! Yes, if you make a purchase through one of their links they may get a commision. Great! This is a perfect balance. We aren't paying any extra and they get something for all their hard work just because we used their link.
These reviews are thorough. They go through every feature and include the highs and lows if any. Reading through their reviews I felt much more comfortable with the info I was given than I did when I was on consumer reports. The reviews are so straight forward that it gives me greater confidance in their trustworthiness.
I first looked at their review for air fryers. Then I noticed their review on the Insta Pot. That reminded me that I still need to replace our food proccesor. The Cousinart out performed the Kitchen Aid in their tests and trails. The Kitchen Aid didn't even make they're list! So glad I read their review! Sounds like the new Kitchen Aids are not as good as the old models.
But that's not all. They have reviews for most everything you can think of, internet providers, moving companies, cell phone plans. The list goes on and on.
Having the right peice of equipment, or the right tool can really make all the difference in completing the task. It can go from stressful to quick and easy. Just eliminating the stress and worry about an unreliable "tool" is wonderful. Making a purchase with confidence is very refreshing.
Next time you are in the market for say, mmm, well, just about anything, head over to reviews.com and see what they have to say. You will not be disappointed!
Have a blessed day and I'll see you next time!
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Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!