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Eight Household Items Worth Checking Out


Personally, there are everyday items that I never skimp on, like toilet paper, kitchen knives, linens, and small appliances. But what about large items for the home? These are often even more important, as the difference between cheap and more expensive products can have a profound impact on your quality of life and even your safety. Looked.

1. Exterior door locks

Be honest: when you read the title of this article, did you immediately think of door locks? Probably not, and neither do I. It wasn’t until veteran handyman Marcus L. Horner mentioned exterior locks that I gave it a second thought. Ironic, because a solid door lock is perhaps the most important thing you should never skimp on.

“Among the most important elements of a home are the front and back doors. You should never skimp on these two elements,” says Horner. “You wouldn’t believe the number of people I see almost daily replacing doors with the cheapest ones they can find – and that’s after they’ve already been broken into!”

It’s your family’s safety and sense of security that we’re dealing with here, folks!

2. Mattress

I don’t think you need the King Midas mattress to enjoy a restful and comfortable night’s sleep. In fact, the comfort factor of mattresses is really quite relative, depending on individual preferences (I can say from experience that IKEA and West Elm sell decent mattresses, the former being very affordable and the latter perfectly mid-range). It goes without saying, however, that the higher the price, the softer and more luxurious the mattress will be. Above all, make sure it comes from a reputable dealer and manufacturer. Because sleep deprivation is a serious thing.

3. Large appliances

You’ll have to really search hard for off-brand devices; even low-cost options come from well-known brands. But make no mistake in this case. Unlike other articles, I stand by my position that the price of electronic items is directly correlated to their quality with a few exceptions (I’m looking at you, Beats headphones), so it’s worth spending the extra money. Also, it’s a long-term investment – many devices last 10 years or more before they need to be repaired or replaced – so if it helps, think about the cost versus the lifetime of the product to mitigate the financial blow.

Funding is usually also available to reduce the immediate burden. If that doesn’t help, think about it this way: do you really want to keep running refrigerators and washing machines in and out of the house every few years because you wanted to save a few bucks? I did not mean it.

4. Fire extinguishers

Unless you have kids, you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about worst-case scenarios. But a house fire is definitely a Code WTF emergency, and it’s important to be as prepared as possible. One of the components of your disaster preparedness kit should be a fire extinguisher. There are several options to choose from, according to Consumer Reports, which begs the question, “When the kitchen is on fire, do you want a $7 spray can or a real fire extinguisher?” Spring for the tried and true traditional red bottles, which are about $25 more.

5. Blu-ray Players

Consumer Reports also weighs in on inexpensive DVD players, especially Blu-ray players under $20. Common sense should warn you that such a cheap Blu-ray is probably too good to be true, with a CR warning that you should expect to have to replace it every year. Heck, even more expensive Blu-ray players don’t last very long. I have a Samsung Blu-ray player that’s about four years old that only plays standard DVDs now, and it’s annoying because they all come out.

6. Vacuum cleaners

According to the Shop Smart section of Consumer Reports magazine, a “$50 vacuum cleaner cleans like a $50 vacuum cleaner.” Considering that well-reviewed vacuums like Dyson and Kirby cost between $400 and $800, you can assume that your $50 won’t get you much. Personally, I have a Shark vacuum that I purchased from Bed Bath & Beyond in the $120 range that works perfectly fine for me. I also have a relatively small house. Your home may need a more powerful vacuum, and in that case you might want to start looking in the premium section. Kind of like buying a new car, actually.

7. Computers

I’m an Apple guy. It’s not cheap, but these premium products are well worth the money I’m shelling out, especially my laptop.

Before switching to Mac, I worked on Windows PCs and laptops. I was just out of college with minimal disposable income, so I jumped at the chance to buy a laptop for $200 from Circuit City. Sure, it worked fine out of the box, but after a few months of slow speeds, I had to wait a good few minutes for everything to boot up and boot up, and it was prone to viruses. This scenario is quite common with PCs, and the cheaper you go, the more often you’ll need to replace it. There’s actually a name for this retail practice – it’s called intentional obsolescence, which means the product is designed to have a limited lifespan, forcing you to replace it more sooner than you would with a quality product. That’s not to say you should switch to Apple, but my Macs last many years longer than any PC I’ve ever owned.

8. Irons

There are $20 irons in the market and $90 irons in the market. While I don’t think you need a professional-grade iron, I recommend irons between $40 and $60 to ensure you get a quality product.

The only problem I constantly seem to find with cheaper irons is that they don’t get hot enough to effectively steam out creases, and often hot water will drip out of the iron itself, causing a mess on your clothes and ironing board. I got quite badly burned from faulty irons, actually. Save yourself the blisters and spend a little more for a decent iron that will do the job it’s supposed to.