The Eat-Clean Diet: “Best Overall” Diet In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Eat-Clean Diet

The Eat-Clean Diet is a rare weight loss program that actually works, say Viewpoints reviewers, and wins “Best Overall” diet in the Reviewers’ Choice awards.

Dieting? Who isn’t? There are few businesses bigger than the diet industry. At any given time, it’s estimated that one in five people is on a diet to lose weight and feel better.

But here’s something we found surprising. The market research company, the NPD Group, reports that the number of dieters is actually down from its peak in 1991 – when fully a third of the U.S. was following a weight loss plan. One theory is that the emphasis now is on eating healthier — not restricting portions or entire food groups — which explains the popularity of The Eat-Clean Diet. It’s the highest-rated diet on Viewpoints and wins  ”Best Overall” diet honors in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards of 2014. Its secret is its simplicity.  Read the rest of this entry »

Buy Viewpoints Best Overall Small Kitchen Appliances During Amazon Sales

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If you’re looking to buy the best kitchen appliances as Christmas gifts this year, Amazon sales are slashing prices of a few.

I love kitchen appliances. If I had the space, my entire Christmas list would be filled with them: a stand mixer, stainless steel cookware, a toaster oven, an espresso maker, etc. But these things take up space, and they cost money, especially if you want to buy the best of the best. Viewpoints’ Best Overall winners in the small kitchen appliance category are no exception. The most expensive one costs well over $500 full price, so getting these products while on sale can be a great money saver. Amazon sales slash the prices of four of these winners, including blenders, juicers, food processors and coffee makers.

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Kohls Sale Lowers Prices On Two Viewpoints Best Value Award Winners

Coffee Milkshake

Two of Viewpoints’ Best Value award winners are on sale at Kohls in the days leading up to Christmas. Used together, these two products, a coffee maker and a blender, can be used to make this coffee milkshake, amongst other things.

If you’ve been keeping up with Viewpoints lately, you know that we’ve recently started rolling out our Reviewers’ Choice Awards. So far we have handed out awards for small kitchen appliances based on consumer reviews and ratings. The top two awards a product can receive are Best Overall and Best Value. Best Value winners are both highly rated and affordable. But a holiday Kohls Sale has lowered the prices even more on two Best Value winners: the Mr. Coffee Programmable Coffee Maker and the Bella Rocket Blender.

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Gifts Under $50: Best Kitchen Appliances

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Scoring a gift under $50 feels great. When that product has also won accolades from reviewers, now that’s really something!

For about six months now, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes at Viewpoints to highlight the products that are truly terrific. We feel fortunate to have partners as awesome as the people like you who come to our site every day to write reviews — real world experiences on everything from vacuums to dishwashers to shampoo. We all benefit from the generosity. Those insights have also given us the ability to come up with a very useful list for those of you watching your budget this Christmas.

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Hamilton Beach Food Processor 70610: “Best Value” in Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Reviewers' Choice Award Winner

The Reviewers’ Choice Award for the “Best Value” food processor goes to the Hamilton Beach ChefPrep 10-Cup Food Processor 70610. Reviewers love how durable and versatile this food processor is.

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Experienced cooks know the value of a good food processor and the Hamilton Beach ChefPrep 10-Cup Food Processor 70610  has become the best “kitchen hand” around by helping people save money and time. Our reviewers have spoken and deem the Hamilton Beach 70610 to be the best food processor on the market at the best price. With a powerful motor and great safety features, this Hamilton Beach food processor is the perfect kitchen accessory to help cut down prep time for meals.

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Breville Juicer BJE510XL: “Best Overall” in Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Breville juicer

The Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed BJE510XL is called “the dream machine” by one Kentucky reviewer who has used other juicers that didn’t hold up.

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A juicer is a sign that someone in the kitchen really cares about eating healthy.  Although the true health benefits of juice (vs. eating the fruit whole) is a matter of debate, reviewers agree on their love of the Breville Juicer BJE510XL ($200), otherwise known as the Juice Fountain Multi-Speed. Of the 73 juicers reviewed on Viewpoints, it wins “Best Overall” juicer in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer: “Best Overall” In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

KitchenAid stand mixer

The KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer K45SS easily wins “Best Overall” stand mixer in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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Few products in the kitchen – or the home, for that matter –  are as enduring as the KitchenAid stand mixer. Based on well over a thousand reviews, we can say with confidence that the cooks of America have lifted their spatulas and been counted. The KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer K45SS ($330) is the “Best Overall” stand mixer you can buy, winning the top spot in the 2013 Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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Aerobie: “Best Overall and Best Value” In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards


Many reviewers recall the day they stumbled upon the Aerobie online or heard about it during a podcast. Fans of the Aerobie are evangelists, hoping to convince others to buy it too.

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The Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker 80R08 ($30) is a rare product that combines both stellar performance and low price. It wins both “Best Overall” and “Best Value” of the French press coffee makers in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.  A New York reviewer calls it a “brilliant little gadget.”

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Cuisinart Coffee Maker: “Best Overall” Drip In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Cuisinart coffee maker

For a coffee maker that “has it all,” reviewers on Viewpoints strongly recommend the Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hot Water System CHW-12.

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The Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hot Water System CHW-12 ($100) is really two products in one. Reviewers enthusiastically recommend this Cuisinart because it makes great coffee AND provides hot water on demand for tea, cocoa, instant oatmeal and soup. Compared to the average coffee maker rating of 87/100, this Cuisinart coffee maker easily wins “Best Overall” drip coffee maker of 360 coffee makers reviewed on Viewpoints.

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Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL: “Best Overall” Convection Toaster Oven

Breville Toaster Oven BOV800XL

The Breville Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven BOV800XL: “I don’t think I’ve ever loved an appliance so much,” writes a reviewer in Iowa

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The Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL ($250) is one of those rare products that everyone — yes, everyone — strongly recommends. It has the distinction of being the highest-rated winner to date in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards. With its nearly perfect rating, the consumer love for this convection toaster oven is as strong as it gets.

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