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SoyaJoy G3 and SoyaPower Plus comparisons

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My friend drew my attention that SoyaJoy released a new model SoyaJoy G3 and asked if he should go for SoyaJoy G3 or SoyaPower Plus. So I spent some time making a comparison table and see which one I would go for it. Actually, it is very hard to decide! These two machines are very similar, but I would probably stick with my original choice: SoyaPower Plus. My wife and I are not big fans of raw milks, and we plan to have kids in the future, so SoyaPower Plus seems to be safer and it is the one we are using right now. I do not see any big benefits that convince me to purchase another soymilk machine.

Here is the SoyaJoy G3 and SoyaPower Plus comparison table. I hope it helps!

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If you want to read my review on SoyaPower Plus, you can check it out here: http://timesavingreview.com/soyapower-plus-soy-milk-maker-review/

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Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker review

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It is no joke to write articles, churning out letters and phrases on demand and oftentimes with strict deadlines. Lots of coffee and an assortment of bread have been my comfort food and keeps me company until the wee hours of the morning when the world around me settles down and I, at last find peace and quiet without being interrupted by the ringing of the phone or by grandchildren who think it is their right to visit Nanna at any hour.

I have always been a gifted cook but without someone to cook for anymore, I have relied mainly on take outs and bread to keep me sustained. When I read about the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 I promised myself I’d get one. It will be a pleasant break to get dirty and forget the computer for brief spells, not to mention the delight to cook and eat with my growing grandchildren.

We are particularly fond of fresh loaves of bread lavishly spread with store-bought mango jam or guava jam. Zojirushi Home Bakery Breadmaker BB-CEC20 has room for baking a large 2 lb. loaf. It is also capable of cooking other types of bread and has menu courses for cake, sourdough starter, dough and even meatloaf. The Sour Dough Starter feature produces a light sourdough starter after 2 hours.

What to look for when Buying a Breadmaker

I am particularly pleased with this Zojirushi Breadmaker because of the following features

  • Capacity for baking a 2 lb loaf of bread
  • Quick bread preparation
  • Length of its delay timer
  • Three memory settings
  • Safety feature like the auto shut-off system
  • Instructions that are easy to follow
  • Manual, video and recipe booklet
  • Wide range of menu settings
  • Compact and will fit into most countertops

These features make the Zojirushi Breadmaker BB-CEC20 a most versatile appliance and in my opinion the best in its class of kitchen equipment.

Capabilities

This small appliance which can be placed on most countertops is so versatile that it can be made to cook not only the 2 lb. traditional rectangular bread but dinner rolls, garlic bread sticks, cinnamon-raisin bread and even savory dishes like homemade meatloaves, strawberry jam for dessert or a chocolate cake and other kinds of cakes and pastries.

Operating the Appliance

Zojirushi Breadmaker will bake a spectacular rectangular-shaped two-pound loaf from a basic bread recipe. The measured ingredients should be simply added in, the lid closed, a selection chosen from the easy-to-understand and operate LCD control panel and your perfect loaf will be ready in about 2 hours. There are three types of crusts to choose from: dark, medium or light. There are also 10 settings that have been pre-programmed for most bread recipes: Quick, Quick Dough, Quick Wheat, Basic, Basic Dough, Basic Wheat, Cake, Sour Dough Starter, Jam and Home Made. The user manual that comes with the machine has a section containing a variety of recipes for cooking with the Breadmaker.

Timer

2One of the most wonderful features of the Home Bakery Supreme is its machine timer that can be set for 13 hours, so that the end of the baking cycle can be delayed until you are ready to wake up and smell the wonderful aroma of homemade, freshly baked bread. Those who go to the office or on errands can set the timer in time to come home to enjoy a home baked warm loaf.

Added Features

Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 features a home made menu function exclusive with Zojirushi Breadmakers with three memory settings and a large window for viewing the cooking bread inside. Its LCD control panel is user friendly and easy to understand and operate with a start/reset button. The “on” indicator light alerts you to check on your cooking progress. The appliance comes with a 2 pound loaf pan for traditional breads, dual kneading blades and an eight ounce measuring cup and measuring tablespoons and teaspoons. The removable bread pan has a non-stick surface for easy cleaning. The dual kneading blades make kneading easy and thorough resulting in a higher rise.

Dimensions, Specifications and Ordering

Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker is a durably built small appliance measuring 9-5/8 inches by 17 by 12-1/5 inches weighing a total of 9 pounds. Its electrical rating is 700-watts / 120 volts and sold in White or Black. It can be ordered from Amazon.com boxed or gift-wrapped. Shipping Weight is 20 pounds.

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Customer Reviews 3

There were 355customer reviews for the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 in Amazon. This small appliance garnered 4.4 out of a possible 5 stars. Those reviews stress the machine’s quietness, ease of cleaning up, great loaf (if follows the directions and the recipe), being verstile to make different types of bread.

 

Here are some comments to date.

  • Always baked perfect. Love the machine.
  • I am an avid bread maker. this is my third machine. I hated to spend the money — seems absurd to pay that much — but it is amazing! No comparison with typical machines.
  • The Zo makes a horizontal, 2 lb loaf and has two mixers. It makes an outstanding loaf of bread, better than we’ve ever had before.
  • The Zojirushi is much, much quieter in operation. Very quiet, in fact, which is much appreciated.
  • We no longer buy hamburger and hotdog buns either. This MAKES a burger as the taste of homemade buns has no equal, even if it’s a portobello burger it takes good!
  • First, read and follow the directions. Anyone reading a bad review of this product should question whether the reviewer read the manual and followed all directions on the use of the machine. Then, whether he/she properly (read more)

Cons

Some reviews said that the bread quality is not great. However, I do not think you should hesitate and change your mind. First, like other positive reviews highlighted: if you follow the direction and the recipe and measure the ingredients properly. Second, if you want a good recipe book with this machine, you can try The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Book by Beth Henperger. It costs you about 13 bucks for Kindle version, and you will never fail to bake a high quality bread!

I highly recommend Zojirushi Breadmaker BB-CEC20 and do not think you should change your mind because of very few negative reviews.

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Conclusion

The positive reviews still outnumber the negative reviews. The loaves with low fat margarine I have made with the Zojirushi Breadmaker turned out great. It is a joy to smell that yeasty aroma of cooking bread every time.

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Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor Review

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I am a big fan of ViewSonic and I have been using their products for about 10 years. I first used their CRT (I think it was 15” CRT monitor) back to 1997. It last for more than five years and I decided to retire this clunky monitor as it used too much space! Then I switched to 17” LCD monitor for another five years and purchased another 19” LCD monitor for my parents. They really LOVE it.

As you may know, my wife and I are graduate students, and one of our main jobs are writing papers. Preparing a manuscript is not very difficult, but you need a lot of “virtual” space. We usually have at least 10 applications opening and running for preparing a manuscript. For example, you need to open multiple Word documents, numerous FireFox tabs (or Chrome) to look up references, Bibliographic software, statistical software, Excel (for preparing tables), PDF reader (to read references), dictionary (the disadvantage of being a non-native speaker), and so on. It takes a lot of our time away maximizing and minimizing windows applications. It would be ideal if we can see most of these windows at the same time.

This is when a widescreen monitor comes in handy. The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED is a widescreen monitor with LED backlight. In addition to our personal needs, we also wanted to follow the road to environmental friendliness, we examined the features of Green LED Monitors to replace our old LCD monitor. The picture on these monitors is illuminated with the use of efficient light-emitting diode or what is known as LED bulbs; they consume less power than the LCD monitors.

These LED monitors will last longer than their CCFL-lighted old LCD counterparts, so in buying them there will be less disposal problem after just only a few years, a nice way to contribute to the mitigation of the landfill problem. So they are power-saving monitors expected to last for decades than the few years an old LCD monitor using CCFL lasts.

What to Look for When Buying a LED Monitor

The Viewsonic features a 24-inch (23.6” Vis) wide screen monitor with LED backlighting. Compared to a regular twenty-four inch monitor, it will save you as much as 50% energy costs. The VX2450wm-LED is mercury free and that’s another plus for the environmentally-conscious folks and all the while it offers Full HD resolution.

Installation

2The Viewsonic’s black finish is ideal for both home and office installation. Its integrated stereo speakers and digital and analog inputs make it a truly helpful and delightful home or office monitor. The unit can be mounted on the wall using a wall mount bracket or on a 100 mm x 100 mm VESA compliant stand and because it is ultra slim you have plenty of options where you want to place your monitor. They are super-light when compared to the old monitor models, so mounting on walls is easy without fearing the mount will give in to the unit’s weight and damage the unit.

Going Green

3Going green means using and promoting products that are more environment friendly and LED-backlit display monitors fall under the “green” classification. When the LED-backlit display is used as compared to CCFL-backlit LCD monitor, the images show a more dynamic contrast. The use of LED lighting in monitor displays results in very slim screens with a wider color gamut. Disposal of LED Monitors results in less environmental pollution. Although they can be a bit more expensive than the LCD Monitors, they lessen power consumption as much as 50% and are more reliable.

The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor uses light emitting diodes which are semiconductor light sources. The result are flat, thinner panel displays, better heat dissipation, lower energy consumption, better contrast levels and brighter displays.

Image

The automatic aspect ratio adjustment of the Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor enables it to position images in the middle of the screen with black side bars when your input gets to be a 4:3 signal. Unlike other monitors that produces stretched images. LED bulbs used to illuminate a monitor’s picture results in whiter whites and darker blacks, with the other screen colors more vividly displayed. The bulbs will not fade or dim over time, so the screen’s picture quality will remain for a long time.

Product Details

The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor measures 8.5 x 22.3 x 17.5 inches and weight 9.9 pounds with wattage of 23 watts. It can be shipped to some countries outside the United States at 16.6 pounds shipping weight. The VX2450wm-LED is covered by a 3-year warranty. In contrast, Samsung 24” LED minitor only offers 1-year warranty and the price is more expensive. With Windows 7 certification and the best pixel performance policy in the industry, The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor is a wise long-term investment.

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The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED Monitor has 302 reviews posted on Amazon.com with 4.3 out of 5 stars. A total of 185 reviews gave the unit a 5 star rating and 74 reviews gave it a 4 star rating, with very few people giving it three, two or one star. That gives the VX2450wm-LED an excellent review results. It ranks #2 in Amazon’s Computers & Accessories and #1 in Monitors under Computers & Add-ons.

Here are some comments to date.

  • I’m very happy with them and even more happy with the excellent sale price I got at Amazon.com.
  • I am so glad I got these LED-backlit monitors, because the picture on them is quite beautiful.
  • My experience so far couldn’t have been better.
  • I use it with my Lenovo notebook for business; no more eyestrain! I can actually (read more)

One reviewer of the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers – Black said that he bought twelve units for his digital arts studio and he is very happy with his monitors. He is also pleased because he got them at an excellent sale price from Amazon.com.

Reviewers find the Viewsonic rock-solid images which are beautifully saturated and bright. They say the controls are easy to use including the accompanying driver disk. They are pleased with its multi-colored indicator light located below the screen. The reviews say the monitors stand attaches easily and the screen’s finish is just right, without the annoying glare of some screens while giving out just the right clarity and brightness.

Another review said he is so glad to get the Viewsonic LED-backlit monitor because of the beautiful picture which is quite different from the CCFL-backlit kind. He is so pleased with the more vivid color and the clearer text. He is impressed with the Viewsonic especially with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 which is a step up from his old monitor of 1680 x 1050. He finds the colors and lighting very good without the heat that one gets from the old monitor. Compare to his old monitor that utilizes 125 watts, he is impressed with the 28-30 wattage of the VX2450wm-LED.

Cons

Because one reviewer was a graphics designer, he is not pleased with all the LCD screens’ shifting of colors with the viewing angle. He recommends buying the more expensive IPS screens if you’re into art or video editing, but said that if one cannot afford an IPS screen, the Viewsonic is the best in its class and reproduces color even better than the cheap IPS screens.

A reviewer who ordered a dozen units received one defective unit, but said that Amazon promptly sent him a refund, so he has no more complaint with that.

Overall the reviews received by the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers are very positive. People attest to it being a terrific deal for its price and quality.

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Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 Review

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House Cleaning is never a happy task. Well, maybe it is for a few who like scrubbing and punish themselves finding specks and tarnishes so that they can go on fighting, and apparently, my wife and I are not this type of person.

Two home appliances we have purchased, Miele S4212 Vacuum cleaner and The Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 make our life easier. I have reviewed Miele S4212 Vacuum cleaner here (2011 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner: Miele S4212) and we are extremely satisfied with this purchase. After vacumming, we still needed to mop our tile flooring, which is a real pain (and may cause my back pain). Everything has changed after we purchased The Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35. We don’t have to mop your hard floor or scrub your bathroom tiles anymore. Carrying a heavy water bucket and changing the water become an old history. From my personal experience and reading tons of reviews on similar products, Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 is the best product in 2011.

The Haan Floor Steamer SI model is sleek and stylish and have the ability reach into nooks and crannies where other steam cleaners cannot access. The handle is made of heavy-gauge aluminum and the steam head is low-profile that can easily reach spaces under appliances and furniture or move about cabinets and other fixtures, ensuring that all corners and crevices of the room are thoroughly cleaned by its fifteen perfectly spaced jets.

Cleaning power and Germ-killing action

si35_mainimg_4_300x400This Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer have a 13.5 ounce removable tank which can be filled with plain tap water. Personally, I would fill distilled water instead because minerals in tap water may shorten the product life.

Each 13.5 ounce tank can steam-clean for up to 20 minutes killing 99.9 percent of the bacteria and germs on the floor. The Vapor Steamer do not need added chemicals to do its job efficiently, leaving floors clean and dry every time; but does not leave the residue and fumes associated with harsh chemical cleaners.

Unit features

The Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamers are ready to use in just 30 seconds to a few minutes after a quick start up. In excess of 212 degrees F, it uses a steam-cleaning action. Storage is easy with its convenient hook and pivoting power-cord holder. This 120 volts; 1200 watts cleaning machine comes is sold in white color with black trim.

 

Inclusions

When you purchase of the unit the Haan Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, you will be given 2 machine-washable cleaning pads made of microfiber, a floor-protector pad, a user’s manual and a gliding tray. The unit comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Specifications

The ultra-sleek steam cleaner has a 19.5-foot power cord and measures 46.5 x 6.9 x 11.75 inches and it is super lightweight weighing just about 5.1 lbs filled with water. It is very durable and consumers are assured that they will get many years of use out of their equipment. I really like its small size as it can fit at the corner and does not take a lot of space.

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Availability

The Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 by Haan is slim and light and can be purchased from Amazon, although because of its long shape it is only shipped in its own packaging and cannot be concealed or gift wrapped. Amazon even offers free shipping within the US with Super Saver Shipping.

 

Customer Reviews

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There are 179 customer reviews currently posted on Amazon with an average 4.5 star rating out of a possible 5 stars. Of the 178 reviews, 126 customer reviews gave the product 5 stars and 34 gave it 4 stars. Only a total of 18 reviews gave it 3 stars and below. Those reviews stress the appliance’s lightweight, cute appearence, ease of use, inclusion of two re-washable pads, and cleaning ability.

In addition, the Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer by Haan is ranked number 83 in Home & Garden and ranked number 2 in Cleaning Tools under Health & Personal Care – House Supplies in the Amazon selling site.

Here are some comments to date.

  • I have porcelain tile and laminated wood flooring and both were cleaned thoroughly and quickly. The steaming sounds were so quiet it didn’t even disturb the cat!
  • This floor steamer is great for easily removing the dried spits and ensuring the floor is safe for my three year old granddaughter to play on.
  • I had a Eureka steam cleaner a while back and thought that was pretty neat, but this Haan Slim & Light blows that one away.
  • It is such a pleasure to mop (if i can even call it mopping) the floors now. My tile floors are clean, and I mean, residue-free clean. I know it’s (read more)

Positive Customer Reviews

One reviewer from Florida for the Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 (Kitchen) who does all the house cleaning herself and very picky about cleaning and disinfecting loved the Haan because it is easy to use and it cleans spectacularly well, leaving no residue on the floor.

Another reviewer says the machine is cute, very light and its long handle makes it easy to use because she didn’t have to bend a lot and the shape of the handle is just right. She also likes the tank because it is easy to refill and get on with the job. The low profile design of the head makes it easy to clean under cabinets, stove, even the refrigerator. She likes the fact that the attached pads are re-washable; she can take them off when she wish and throw them in the wash and dryer. The appliance need no pumping, so the cleaner will not sweat all that much while accomplishing a thorough cleaning job, without those chemical fumes and residue. Stains and stuff stuck on the floor are loosened and removed if the steam-cleaner is held over the stained spot for 10 seconds. The best thing she likes about the steam cleaner is the carpet tray attachment for use on her carpet, bedding, couch, mattresses.

 

A male reviewer from Texas said he likes Model SI-35 Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer because it is easy to assemble just by snapping the handle on and sticking on the cleaning pads. He also recommends using distilled water to avoid mineral build up on the boiler, to prolong its life. His laminated wood flooring and porcelain tile have been cleaned quickly and thoroughly using the cleaner. He also recommends vacuuming the surface first, so that loose debris will not stick to the cleaning pad. After cleaning, he used his white sock test and the cleaner passed with flying colors.

Another review from someone living in New York City said she loves the product and she feels the floor is really clean under her bare feet. She hates to mop because of back pains and other aches but she highly recommends the Haan Steam-cleaner for its efficiency and super-clean results.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • small size that can fit in the corner
  • cute appearence
  • ease of use
  • inclusion of two re-washable pads
  • cleaning ability
  • ease of attaching, dettaching, and cleaning pads

Cons

  • short power cord
  • may need to change or replace pads

 

All the other reviews are positive, glowing reviews except for a few who received factory-reconditioned items and were complaining that they expected a new product for the prize they paid Amazon. My purchase is not recent, but if you are concerned about this buyer, you can try Haan SI-35R from another Amazon seller. I have never used this model SI-35R, but I expect it is similar to my SI-35.

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Conclusion

All in all, The Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 by Haan is a highly recommended product and we say goodbye to the mop and bucket, with all those smelly disinfectants. We go green, we go steam clean!

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What to look for when buying a soymilk machine?

Infant and toddler formulas are usually made from cow’s milk, but many children have lactose intolerance or allergic to cow’s milk. Signs and symptoms that a child’s digestive system in unable to digest milk fat can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and other symptoms.

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Because protein is needed by the body for growth, cow’s milk has to be replaced with a beverage that has similar nutritional values like soy milk. Soy milk will provide the nutritional needs of the human body without the difficulties encountered due to lactose intolerance or allergies. Soy milk is also the preferred beverage of vegetarians who do not consume meat and animal products.

There are many health benefits and outstanding nutrition that come from soy milk and other soy products. They are low in fat, they have no cholesterol and they are very low in saturated fat, in addition to the protein and a greater variety of carbohydrates they provide. People use modern appliance and devices like soy milk makers to make their daily beverage.

There are many soy milk makers to choose from and they have different features and characteristics. The modern devices have integrated technological advances to make their operation easy, convenient and user friendly. The new models are not just soymilk makers; they are almond milk makers, rice milk makers and can make porridges and soups from combinations of ingredients.

When looking for a soy milk maker, consumers should look at its grinding technology and its filter. The new filter-less design makes the machine easy to clean and easy to use, without the hassle of cleaning up every time that makes soy milk making time consuming. That is why I highly recommend Soyapower Plus soy milk maker. Please see my detailed review here. Consumers should also compare features and power against the price. Some machines have integrated new advanced features but have made the unit much more expensive.

A soy milk maker should be fully automatic and should start with one touch of the start button to make the user purr, very much like a driver does when his vehicle starts in one click. The machine should of course be versatile and durable with a long-time warranty, preferably for more than 5 years. Buyers also look at the size and relative capacity of the appliance they buy.

There are soy milk makers with pre-programmed operations that can make milk from soybeans, seeds and grains or make soups and porridges combining various ingredients like beans, grains and seeds. Another manufacturer bonus that a buyer will look for in a soy milk maker is an easy to read user’s manual. A recipe book featuring soy milk as an ingredient is also a useful and consumer friendly bonus.

A machine that is very useful and versatile is priceless for a busy homemaker. Again, that is why I think Soyapower Plus soy milk maker is the best on the market now. Other things a homeowner will look for in an ideal kitchen equipment is its quiet operation and energy consumption to save on electricity costs. It should not also emit too much heat, so the kitchen stays cool and not heated unnecessarily.

One of the most important things to be considered when buying a soymilk machine is safety. There should be no risk of fire from overheating or from burning elements, the undersurface should not be slippery, so it will not slide from the countertop, the pitcher and its small elements should be properly in place when the machine is working with no danger of slipping or flying about the kitchen.

If you are interested, please check my previous article: Soyapower Plus soy milk maker review.