It seems like there's way too much marketing hype out in the marketplace, extolling the "virtues" of every piece-of-crap dinky product that they want us to buy.
I buy a lot of things, and quite often end up disappointed. It's not because I shop indiscriminately, but mostly because a lot of products are designed more for the purpose of selling than using.
For instance, take your average new house: I have a house that was built by Fox and Jacobs. The longer I own this house, the more I realize that they cut every corner possible in order to keep the purchase price low. In the long run, it's made the maintenance and energy costs higher. They used the cheapest air conditioning unit and the cheapest ductwork they could find. As a result I've had to replace both, at substantial cost and only after spending a fortune on electric bills. When I recently went to replace a carpeted floor with laminated wood, I discovered that the idiots hadn't even swept or cleaned up the floor from the initial construction before laying the carpet! There was drywall mud splatters everywhere!
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Marketers care more about your initial impression of the product than your long term satisfaction.
Sure, there are consumer magazines and services, such as Consumer Reports (which I highly recommend), but even these services only evaluate the product over a short period. They don't have to LIVE with the product.
Every day, I pour (and spill) coffee from my KitchenAid coffeemaker that has a stupidly designed carafe with a flat plastic spout that is impossible to pour from without spilling. The designers were so concerned about the look of the product, that they failed to consider that simpler is better. A simple glass "beak" spout like the old coffeepots had would have been easier to manufacture, and better. Yet, it's not just KitchenAid. Look at coffee pots next time you're at the store: They all look fabulous, but nearly every one from all brands neglects to make the carafe pourable.
So, welcome to my No-BS product reviews, where I promise to tell it like it is, about the products that I've purchased and live with.
Feel free to post your own reviews, but only subject to these criteria:
1. You must not be affiliated with the company that makes the product or service.
2. No marketing-speak or other vapid BS talk.
3. You must actually OWN or USE the product, and have had sufficient experience with it to be able to give the straight scoop.
Keyword: No BS