Spring Cleaning: Helpful Appliances and Cleaners

Spring Cleaning starts with fresh linens. Tell us about your washing machines and earn a bonus this week from Viewpoints Rewards.

Spring Cleaning starts with fresh linens. Tell us about your washing machines and earn a bonus this week from Viewpoints Rewards.

Spring is a time for renewal and fresh starts, and spring cleaning is a vital part of the process. Cleaning out your home after months of hibernation from the cold can be stressful, but Viewpoints reviewers come to the rescue and recommend washing machines, vacuums, dishwashers, and other general household cleaners that can help make this year’s spring cleaning the easiest yet.

Editor’s note: Earn double Viewpoints Rewards points this week (through April 18) for dishwashers, washing machines, vacuums and household cleaners. Write a review here

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George Foreman Grills and the Best Alternatives

George Foreman grills

Having fresh-grilled food in winter isn’t hard with an indoor grill. Viewpoints reviewers weigh in on George Foreman grills and the best alternatives.

One of the biggest struggles for a Midwesterner like myself is surviving the harsh winters without outdoor grilling. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor grills that bring freshly grilled food to your table all year-round. While George Foreman grills are the most recognizable in the indoor grill market, there are a number of alternative indoor grills available that can provide the same delicious grilled food with less cost and more versatility. Viewpoints reviewers weigh in on the topic and give their opinions on which indoor grill is better than the rest.

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Grilling Do’s and Don’ts


Viewpoints fills you in on some grilling do’s and don’ts to make your summer grilling experience fun, exciting, and mistake-free.

Warmer weather and baseball home openers mean one thing: grilling season is upon us. To get grilling sooner this season, Viewpoints has put together a list of grilling do’s, a major grilling don’t, and recommended grill purchases, as suggested by Viewpoints reviewers. Let the cookouts begin. Read the rest of this entry »

Grilling at Your Best: Finding the Right Grill


Grilling season is upon us, and picking a grill can be tricky. Viewpoints reviewers weigh in on the different grill types and help you choose the best one.

There are three types of grills: charcoal, propane, and natural gas installation grills. The right grill for you depends on your price range, grilling experience, and grilling frequency. Viewpoints reviewers weighed in on the pros and cons of each, and we’ve gathered their feedback here to help you have the best grilling experience this season with the grill best fit for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Blendtec or Vitamix: A Difficult Choice

Blendtec or Vitamix

Viewpoints analyzes two powerful blenders from two popular brands, and asks the question: Blendtec or Vitamix, which is the better blender?

If you’re in the market for a quality blender, you are probably looking to purchase a Blendtec or Vitamix blender. At the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show in March, Viewpoints staff interviewed both Blendtec and Vitamix representatives to try and answer the question: Blendtec or Vitamix, which is the better blender? We compare the details of the Vitamix Professional Series 750 blender to the Blendtec Designer 725 and find a number of similarities, but a few key differences between the brands that may ultimately sway your decision.

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How To Grill Your Favorite Foods


Are you supposed to salt your steak before putting it on the grill? How do you know chicken is done? What’s the secret to keeping fish from sticking? Don’t make the mistakes many amateur grillers do!

There are some grilling techniques that work for whatever you’re making. Always remember to marinate – it adds flavor and also reduces the risk of cancer that is caused from charring food. Remember to use a meat thermometer and other basic grilling tools. But there are also some techniques that are specific to the type of meat you’re working with. You can use this easy guide on how to grill and prepare the perfect burger, chicken, fish or steak.

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How To Pick a Riding Lawn Mower


Is your yard a bit too big for a push lawn mower? Riding lawn mowers certainly are more convenient and fun to use, but as with all big buys, you need to find the right one for you.

If you have a lawn bigger than half an acre, chances are you’re thinking about, shopping for or already using a riding lawn mower. They require less effort than push lawn mowers and can get the job done in a fraction of the time. They’re also significantly more expensive, so let us help you spend wisely. Our riding mower buying guide will show you how to pick a riding lawn mower.

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Five Most Common Grilling Mistakes

Close-up of a trimed smoked beef brisket.

Check out this advice from Viewpoints to make sure your prime rib, crusted in garlic, rosemary and horseradish, tastes as great as it looks.

What if some of your go-to grilling techniques were actually compromising the flavor of your food? Not a fun thing to think about is it? To make that steak, or whatever you’re cooking, absolutely perfect take a look at five common grilling mistakes to make sure you’re grilling like a pro.

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Sunscreen: What a Lifeguard Knows

Lifeguards with banner

Perhaps no one spends more time in the direct sun than a lifeguard. So who better to give advice on protecting skin from sunburn? This is must-read advice whether you swim or not! While growing up in Faribault, Minnesota, Megan Trout, pictured second from right, spent summers as a lifeguard.

by Megan Trout, Viewpoints Guest Contributor

Have you ever been burned so badly you’ve questioned your life choices? I have. I was sunbathing with some friends near a river wearing SPF 8. After an afternoon in the sun, the backs of my knees were burned so badly I could barely bend my knees without screaming! Sitting, standing, walking, even laying down hurt so much I cried. I was 15 years old, and I had learned my lesson! As a lifeguard, sun protection is now an essential part of my well-being. While I used to be able to accommodate the healing of a sunburn, with a next day 8-hour guard shift, I now cannot.

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Mythic Paint Review

Mythic Paint

Mythic Paint might be an up and coming eco friendly paint. But does it stand up to this reviewer’s test?

As my eco home remodeling adventure continues, I have moved on to painting various rooms in my house. Paint is one of the main culprits of releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polluting indoor air with health adverse chemicals. After hearing mixed reviews about the performance of low VOC paint, I was a bit hesitant to test Mythic Paint in a large room. I started with the guest bathroom and tested the eggshell enamel paint in celestial blue, and ended up being pleasantly surprised.

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