Best buy scanner printer: Printers, Scanners & Fax Machines

Printers, Scanners & Fax Machines

For everything from printing invoices to digitizing old family photos, there’s a printer that meets your home and office needs. Printers come in various forms and sizes, from office-friendly laser printers to economical all-in-one inket printers that can print, scan, copy, and sometimes fax from one machine. Best Buy carries a wide selection of printers and scanners from brands like HP, Canon, Brother, Epson, Lexmark and Xerox, to meet your needs.

1. Figure out exactly what and how much you need to print.

Are you an occasional casual at-home user printing out a book report or snapshots, or are you a busy daily user with a home office who relies on a high output? Answering this question will help you determine what kind of printer and what functions you require. Maybe you just need a photo printer or maybe you need a multifunction printer that can copy, print, scan, and more.

2. Determine the quality of the printing you need.

If you’re going to be printing presentation-quality text, graphics and photos, you may want to invest in a higher-end model with higher resolutions.

Inkjet vs laser: Laser printers are the shining stars among office users, while inkjets provide high quality colour printing at a reasonable cost. Laser printers are phenomenal for high-speed printing and can tackle large volumes while today’s inkjet printers are far more cutting-edge and make for the perfect home and office essential. Inkjets can offer richer colours, and great features at a lower cost per page.

An inkjet printer sprays tiny drops of ink onto paper to produce vibrant images and crisp text. With the ability to seamlessly blend colours, inkjet printers are great for printing everything from text to banners to professional-quality photos. Features such as built-in WiFi, Apple AirPrint, and HP ePrint make it easy to wirelessly print from a range of devices, including laptops, iPads, iPhone, tablets, and more.

Perfect for the home or office, a laser printer uses laser technology and toner cartridges to deliver high volumes of prints at speeds higher than inkjet printers. With monochrome and colour varieties, laser printers are ideal for printing both text and images. And with added features like wireless capability, laser printers can be easily connected to by multiple computers.

3. Choose the right size printer for your space.

Are you in a small office or apartment and want to make sure your printer doesn’t take up too much valuable space? There are tons of compact and portable printers to choose from, as well as ones equipped with WiFi for keeping them out of sight until you need them.

4. Make the call on colour or black and white.

If you’re only ever printing out basic documents, newsletters, and rarely needing colour print-outs, it may be more economical to opt for a black and white printer. You can always opt to have photos printed at a photo lab or other service. On the other hand, if you prefer to have the flexibility and versatility of getting beautiful colourful printing results at home, whether it’s for a presentation or a snapshot, a colour printer is the way to go.

If you are tired of wasting money on ink that constantly dries up due to your low volume of printing, find and learn about alternatives to purchasing expensive cartridges with HP Instant Ink. Instant Ink is a ink recycling program that allows your printer to automatically request ink from HP when you’re low and they deliver it straight to your door before you run out. To enroll in HP Instant Ink you need to have an HP eligible printer.

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The 4 Best Cheap And Budget Printers – Spring 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best Budget

    1. Best Cheap

      1. Best Budget Monochrome

        1. Best Cheap Monochrome

          1. Notable Mentions
          2. Recent Updates
          3. All Reviews
          4. Discussions

          Updated May 05, 2023 at 01:20 pm

          By Evan Jakab

          These days, printers come in all different price ranges, but it can still be a little challenging to find the best printer when you’re on a budget. However, you don’t need to break the bank to find good-performing printers at a reasonable price. Although printers often go on sale, we’ve chosen printers that have a low Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) rather than a low sale price so that even when there isn’t a discount available, they remain very affordable picks. Also, our picks aren’t always the absolute cheapest options, as those tend to have extremely low page yield, meaning you’ll likely end up paying more over time for replacement ink.

          We’ve tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best value printers you can buy. You can also check out our recommendations for the best printers with cheap ink, the best wireless printers, and the best home printers.

          1. Best Budget Printer

            Brother MFC-J1205W/MFC-J1215W


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            The best budget printer we’ve tested is the Brother MFC-J1205W, also known as the Brother MFC-J1215W at Walmart. It’s an all-in-one color inkjet model designed for general home use. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi or USB, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, so you can easily print from your smartphone without needing a third-party app. Scans are sharp and detailed, making it suitable for digitizing photos, and its lid hinges can extend to accommodate thicker items like books and magazines. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an automatic document feeder, so scanning multi-page documents can take a while.

            Printing-wise, this model produces high-quality documents as well as detailed and reasonably color-accurate photos. Unfortunately, a tradeoff for its budget-friendly price is its slow printing speed. It also lacks automatic duplex printing, meaning you’ll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided. On the bright side, you won’t have to worry too much about long-term maintenance costs, as the ink cartridges yield a large number of prints and are relatively cheap.

            If you can afford to spend a little more, you may want to consider the Canon PIXMA G3260. Its feature set is similar to the Brother, but this printer has a refillable ink tank instead of ink cartridges. This high-capacity ink reservoir gives it a much higher page yield, making it even cheaper to maintain over time. However, its scanner doesn’t capture fine details as well as the Brother’s scanner.

            See our review

          2. Best Cheap Printer

            Canon PIXMA MG3620


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            If you find our budget pick too expensive, check out the Canon PIXMA MG3620, the best cheap printer we’ve tested. It’s a simple all-in-one inkjet printer designed for people who only print occasionally. We say ‘occasionally’ because this model has a black and a tri-color cartridge. It still produces high-quality black and color prints, but it runs out of ink quickly, so you’ll have to replace the cartridges often. Also, you’ll have to replace the tri-color cartridge even if only a single color runs out. It isn’t a cost issue, as the ink cartridges are fairly cheap; it’s just a lot of maintenance, and you might end up with lots of faded or incomplete prints.

            The scanner performs well and produces very detailed scans; however, it lacks features like an automatic feeder and duplex scanning. You get Wi-Fi and USB connectivity as well as support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, allowing you to print from iOS and Android devices without installing drivers or third-party apps. Overall, if you only print once in a blue moon for those one-off projects, this model can get it done. However, if you print more than that, you’ll be better off with a printer with a higher page yield, like our budget pick.

            See our review

          3. Best Budget Monochrome Printer

            Brother HL-L2350DW


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            If you only print black and white documents, a monochrome laser printer might be a better option. We recommend the Brother HL-L2350DW, a variant of the Brother HL-L2325DW we’ve tested. There’s nothing wrong with the HL-L2325DW; it’s just a little hard to find right now, so the HL-L2350DW is your best bet since it performs almost identically, albeit with a slightly faster printing speed. It has the usual Wi-Fi and USB connectivity and is compatible with Brother’s mobile companion app, which you can use to print or perform maintenance tasks right from your smartphone.

            It feels very well-built and produces sharp-looking documents quickly at up to 32 pages per minute. The toner cartridge yields about 1200 prints and is cheap, keeping maintenance costs low. Plus, since it’s a monochrome model, you only ever need to replace a single cartridge. You have to spend extra to replace the drum as it’s a separate unit, but the drum usually lasts about 12,000 prints, so you won’t have to do it all that often. Unfortunately, there’s no scanner, so you’ll need to look elsewhere if you digitize or copy physical documents regularly.

            An alternative would be the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe. It’s usually more expensive, but it’s on sale at the time of writing, bringing it to roughly the same price as the Brother. It has more features, like an ADF-equipped scanner and Ethernet connectivity, and its toner cartridge lasts longer. However, it prints significantly slower at only 11 pages per minute.

            See our review

          4. Best Cheap Monochrome Printer

            Pantum P2502W


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            If you want something cheaper than the Brother HL-L2325DW, get the Pantum P2502W. Like the Brother, this is also a print-only unit with no scanner. That said, its document print quality is outstanding, and its toner cartridge has a very high page yield of a little over 2000 pages. It prints pretty quickly at 23 pages per minute too. However, it takes a while to warm up and doesn’t support automatic double-sided printing.

            Unfortunately, this printer tends to push printed sheets off the output tray, which can be inconvenient as you’ll have to rearrange your prints into the right order. This issue can also cause misaligned prints, wasting more time and paper. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s an inconvenience nonetheless. The Brother is a better choice if you want to save yourself the hassle. This model can get the job done; just be aware that you might occasionally run into problems.

            See our review

          Notable Mentions

          • Brother MFC-J1010DW:
            The Brother MFC-J1010DW is a cheaper alternative to the Brother MFC-J1205W. It has an ADF and faster printing speed than the MFC-J1205W; however, its ink cartridges yield significantly fewer prints, making it more expensive to maintain.
            See our review

          Recent Updates

          1. May 05, 2023:
            Minor in-text adjustments. Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs.

          2. Mar 13, 2023:
            Minor text changes to add the Canon PIXMA G3260 and the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe as alternatives. No change in recommendations.

          3. Jan 12, 2023:
            Minor text changes to improve readability. Replaced the Brother HL-L2325DW with the Brother HL-L2350DW variant due to low availability.

          4. Nov 14, 2022:
            Minor structure change. Replaced the Brother HL-L2370DW with the Pantum P2502W because the Pantum is cheaper. Replaced the Brother HL-L2390DW with the Brother HL-L2325DW because the HL-L2325DW is cheaper.

          5. Sep 15, 2022:
            Restructured article to better match user expectations. Removed the Canon imageCLASS MF242dw, the Canon PIXMA TR4520, the Brother MFC-J4335DW, and the Brother MFC-L2710DW. Added the Canon PIXMA MG3620 as the ‘Best Cheap’ pick, the Brother HL-L2370DW as the ‘Best Cheap monochrome’ pick, and the Brother HL-L2390DW as the ‘Best Budget Monochrome’ pick.

          All Reviews

          Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best affordable printers for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

          If you’d like to do the work of choosing yourself, below is a list of our cheap printer reviews, sorted by price from lowest to highest. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

          How to choose a printer-scanner-copier for home

          If you often scan, print and copy documents, books, tables, drawings, it is more profitable to buy a printer-scanner-copier for home than to constantly use printing services.

          Laser or inkjet?

          First of all, you need to select the type of printer-copier. Matrix models are a thing of the past – in most cases it is a choice between laser and inkjet printing technology.

          There is no universal answer to the question of which is better, laser or inkjet MFP. The choice will depend on what exactly you plan to print, how much and how often.

          The laser copier is suitable if you:

          • Prefer high speed printing. Laser models print an average of 16-20 pages per minute, inkjet – 7-8. In addition, printers of the first type print at the same speed regardless of the load. Inkjet machines start to work more slowly from the second minute. The higher the load, the more often they have to “rest”.
          • Want to prevent text and images from smearing or smearing when exposed to moisture. A laser copier “melts” the letters to the paper instead of just applying them, so the ink sticks better.
          • You print so much that it is important for you to save money on refilling cartridges. The average life of a laser printer-copier cartridge is about 1500-2000 pages, and inkjet – from 100 to 500.
          • You will print graphs, charts, and text more often than complex images.

          Inkjet copier is the best choice if you:

          • You want to print high quality photos, drawings, color images with excellent tone reproduction.
          • Don’t expect to buy an expensive device, but high quality printing is important to you. At an equal level, an inkjet printer-copier costs about 2-3 times cheaper than a laser one.
          • Make sure you use your MFP regularly and don’t let the ink dry out.
          • You will print images, photos, drawings more often than text and graphics.

          If you do not plan to print photos, color images, charts often, it makes sense to choose a black and white printer-scanner-copier rather than a color one. Otherwise, you will overpay for an option that you will not use. What’s more, if you choose a color inkjet printer but print only black and white documents, the ink in unused cartridges will dry out over time.

          An important point: if you prefer an inkjet MFP and want to save on cartridge refilling, choose a model with the CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) option. Such a system contributes to a more economical consumption of paint. This way you can save a lot of money in the long run.

          CISS system

          Choosing a scanner

          When choosing an MFP, you need to pay special attention to the characteristics of the scanner. Let’s see what details should be taken into account first of all.

          Scanner type . In general, these devices come in three types: broaching, flatbed and slide. But in MFPs, as a rule, only two types of scanner are used – flatbed and combined flatbed-broaching. Models of the first type are suitable for scanning anything – documents, photos, magazines, books, etc. The principle is simple: you put a sheet on the device, press the lid on top and turn on the scan. The sensor thus moves, and the sheet lies motionless. In combined models there is an additional broaching mechanism. It works differently: you need to insert a sheet into a special tray, and the device will move it relative to a fixed sensor and scan. The feed mechanism is only suitable for working with single sheets – a book or magazine cannot be scanned with it.

          The advantage of flatbed models over flatbed models is the higher scanning speed. It is much easier and faster to load one sheet at a time into the tray than to open the lid, put the document in, close it and scan. In addition, the mechanism itself in the “stretch mode” works faster. However, models with a combo scanner usually cost more than those with a regular flatbed.

          ADF included. A necessary option for those who scan sheets in tens or even hundreds. The principle is simple: just put the sheets in the tray, and the device will automatically pick them up one by one and scan. Please note: this option is available for both flatbed and flatbed scanners.

          There are a lot of ADF models. Examples are Canon PIXMA MG7540, Epson L350, Kyocera FS-1120MFP, HP LaserJet Pro MFP M125rnw.

          Approval . Usually, models with a resolution of 600 or 1200 DPI are sufficient for home use. But if you plan to work with scanned images in the editor, choose a model with a resolution of 2000 DPI or more.

          Color rendering . This point is related to the previous one. For home use, in most cases, models with 24-bit color reproduction are sufficient. However, if you need professional color images to be processed in an editor and plan to use a high-resolution model, choose a 48-bit color scanner.

          Sheet size . The scanners in most MFPs are designed to work with A4 sheets. If you plan to digitize large books, magazines, posters, posters, choose a model that allows you to scan larger sheets.

          Look at the specifications

          Resolution . To print graphs, tables and texts, a resolution of 600×600 dpi is enough. If you plan to print or copy photos, complex drawings, it is better to choose an MFP with a higher resolution – for example, 9600×2400 dpi.

          Connection interface . If you plan to connect the device to one computer, a USB connection will be sufficient. But if there are several computers in the house and it is important that you can use the MFP while working on any of them, it is better to choose a model with Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity. In this case, you do not have to transfer the printer-scanner-copier every now and then and connect it to one computer, then to another.

          Noise level . The optimal values ​​​​are about 50-53 dB. In some models, the noise level during printing reaches 58-63 dB. Using such devices at home is not always comfortable. When choosing a model, pay special attention to the reviews of other buyers, to the characteristics and reviews. If possible, before buying, ask to test the MFP and evaluate for yourself whether the noise level during printing suits you.

          Paper size . Most buyers who choose a printer-scanner-copier for the home prefer the standard A4 format. However, if you plan to print posters, posters, large tables, give preference to a model that allows you to work with A3 sheets. Examples of such devices are Kyocera TASKalfa 1800, HP Officejet 7500A e-All-in-One, Canon imageRUNNER 2202N.

          Dimensions . When choosing a printer-scanner-copier for the home, buyers often do not pay attention to the dimensions of the device. And in vain. There is a risk that the MFP will be too large and cannot be installed in the planned location. There are many compact models that are ideal if you want to save space in your home.

          Here is an example of comparison. Panasonic KX-MB2000RUB – standard model with dimensions of 43.2 x 42 x 25.5 cm (length, width and height). The dimensions of the compact Ricoh Aficio SP 111SU MFP are 36.8 x 40.2 x 16.3 cm. The difference is significant.

          If you are interested in compact MFPs, also look at the Sharp AL-1035 and Panasonic KX-MB1500 models. There are dozens of other offers especially for those who are looking for a small printer-scanner-copier for the home.

          Best Affordable MFPs 2023

          Digital has reached its peak, but people still need to print and scan important documents. There are many models of MFPs on the market – universal devices that combine the functions of printers, copiers and scanners. Today we will tell you how to choose a multifunctional device for home use.

          Table of Contents

          • 1 Top Rating
            • 1.1 Inkjet MFPs
              • 1.1.1 Canon PIXMA MG2540S
              • 1.1.2 HP DeskJet 2320 9 0018
              • 1.1.3 Canon PIXMA TS3140
            • 1.2 Laser MFPs
              • 1.2 .1 Ricoh SP 230SFNw
              • 1.2.2 Pantum M6550NW
              • 1.2.3 KYOCERA FS-C1020MFP
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          • 3 Types of devices
            • 3.1 Jet
            • 3.2 Laser
            • 3.3 Sublimation
          • 4 How to choose a good printer-scanner-copier
          • 5 To summarize

          Rating of the best models

          On the market There are many models of MFPs, and it is quite difficult to navigate them. We have compiled a ranking of the best models of 2023 based on reviews and ratings from real buyers.

          Inkjet MFPs

          Canon PIXMA MG2540S

          Inexpensive printer-scanner-copier for home use. It has a maximum print resolution of 1200×600 pixels per inch. The material output speed is 1.6 sheets per minute. This is an excellent result for the budget price segment. Information recognition time – 4 sheets per minute. Pairing takes place using a common USB-B interface, which allows you to connect any device based on Windows and MAC OS.

          HP DeskJet 2320

          One of the cheapest MFPs on the office market. It has a high print speed – up to 16 color and up to 20 monochrome sheets per minute. Able to process documents in the format of 216×297 millimeters with an optical resolution of up to 1200 by 1200 pixels per inch.

          Canon PIXMA TS3140

          Affordable all-in-one with print and scan capabilities. The print speed is average – 7.7 black-and-white sheets and up to 4 color images per minute. Compatible with computers and laptops based on Windows and MAC OS.

          Laser MFP

          Ricoh SP 230SFNw

          High performance MFP capable of printing 15,000 sheets per month without compromising its system. Has the bright liquid crystal display with the convenient control panel. The main feature of the model is fast printing up to 22 pages per minute.

          Pantum M6550NW

          A quality MFP with a highly functional scanner. There are options for sending to FTP, scanning to email, and scanning to a computer. The print time of one monochrome sheet is 8 seconds, which is a high figure among the budget segment.

          KYOCERA FS-C1020MFP

          Convenient mid-range printer/scanner/copier. It has high-quality four-color printing with the ability to work without one cartridge. The control is carried out using a liquid crystal display. There is a function of connecting to a computer via wireless communication.

          How the MFP works

          The abbreviation MFP stands for Multifunctional Device. They differ from conventional peripheral printers in the presence of additional features, such as scanning, copying and, in some cases, sending documents. The functions of various devices can be combined in one device or serve as an addition to the basic printer, through a modular system. Some advanced MFP models may have their own processor, memory, display, and offline printing. MFPs, like conventional printers, allow you to reuse liquid ink cartridges by refilling.

          Varieties of devices

          To choose the right inexpensive printer-scanner-copier for the home, let’s look at their types. According to the principle of printing, multifunctional devices are divided into three main types – laser, inkjet and thermal sublimation. They differ from each other in the speed of issuing material, the quality of the output image and the cost of consumables. Let’s discuss each type in more detail.


          Inkjet MFPs work by forming a dot image using a special liquid ink matrix. If the ink is left idle for an extended period of time, the ink will harden on the print head nozzles and require cleaning. However, most modern devices are equipped with an automatic cleaning function for dried paint. This consumes a huge amount of liquid ink. If the paint is very old and cannot be cleaned mechanically, the MFP is handed over to a repair shop.

          Inkjet printers have high image quality compared to conventional dot matrix printers and high material output speed. The saturation and detail of the picture directly depends on the resolution and the number of colors used.


          1. Quiet compared to dot matrix printers.
          2. More affordable than laser and sublimation materials.
          3. Low prices for consumables if you buy regular ink cartridges.
          4. Provides an ideal range of tones in monochrome photographs.


          1. Often does not support third party cartridges.
          2. Low durability.
          3. Nozzles constantly need to be cleaned.


          To print an image, laser MFPs use toner, a special dye that is attracted to the media due to oppositely charged elements. The ink is then heat treated and hardened in the pores of the paper. The image made by the laser method is highly resistant to mechanical and ultraviolet effects. It doesn’t wash out or fade. The print speed is superior to both inkjet and some sublimation models.


          1. High resistance to external damage.
          2. Print speed is superior to other types of printers.
          3. The most economical, considering the cost and consumption of dyes.


          1. Many toxic substances are released during the opening process.
          2. Noticeable power consumption due to high voltage components.
          3. Photo quality is lower than inkjet and sublimation models.
          4. High cost of the MFP itself.


          These MFPs use a solid dye to print the image. Under the influence of high temperatures, the ink evaporates and is fixed in the pores of the paper. Thermal sublimation models have the highest image quality. The picture is homogeneous, without banding or rastering. The ink is not on the surface of the paper, but soldered into the pores. This allows for maximum fade and water resistance. Thermal sublimation MFPs use quite expensive consumables due to the nature of the technology. However, they are quite economical compared to inkjet printers.


          1. Dye-sublimation multifunction printers have high print durability because the ink is under the surface of the paper.
          2. Prints better than inkjet or laser models.
          3. Economical paint consumption.


          1. The high cost of the MFP itself and consumables for it.
          2. Very slow output of photos and other images with many halftones.
          3. High sensitivity of inks to UV radiation.

          How to choose a good printer-scanner-copier

          Before buying an MFP, you need to study the technical characteristics of the devices. These include: print speed, noise level, print format, scanning, PC interfaces, etc. Let’s consider these parameters in more detail:

          1. Print speed. The optimal rate is considered to be from 20 sheets per minute. This is enough for both home and semi-industrial use. If you do not need to print a lot of documents, choose an MFP with speeds up to 20 sheets per minute. It will cost less and will consume less electricity.
          2. Operating volume. For home use, it is better to purchase a device with a low noise level. It will not disturb the household or neighbors.
          3. Print size. The printer must support standard print formats – A3, A4, A5. This will allow you to print not only standard documents and forms, but also photographs, certificates, etc.
          4. Scan. Be sure to pay attention to the resolution of the scanner.

Wolf griddle: Griddles | Wolf Equipment

A Simple Way To Clean Your Wolf Griddle

by Jenny Tredeau, Clarke Showroom Consultant

“How can I clean my Wolf Griddle?” is a question often asked of Clarke’s Showroom Consultants. This conversation typically includes comments like, “My Wolf Griddle has a dark brown patina,” or “It feels like there is a sticky build up,”  and “My food is sticking to the surface.” If you have visited one of our Clarke Showrooms (in Milford, Mass. and South Norwalk, Conn.) when shopping for your griddle, then you probably had this question answered before you even purchased your appliances. If you haven’t visited a Clarke Showroom, then I’d like to share this key information with you.

It’s important to clean your Wolf Griddle so that the wonderful performance continues to deliver the cooking experience you want. This is simple when you use Wolf’s Griddle Cleaning Kit. The kit consists of the same product that restaurants use to clean their commercial griddles.

Here are a few simple steps to get the most of your Wolf Griddle Cleaning Kit every time…

1. Simply heat the griddle to about 250-300 degrees.

2. Drizzle some of the glycerin-based cleaning liquid onto the griddle, just as you would drizzle your cooking oil before using. The liquid should “bubble” on the surface. If it smokes, it’s too hot, if it just sits there, it’s too cold.

3. Attach one of the Scotchbrite pads to the cleaning tool and scrub away for a few moments. If you have just caramelized onions or prepared a Tepanaki dinner, you may need to scrub some stuck-on spots a little harder – never be afraid to scratch or scrub too hard.

4. Then take the squeegee tool and simply scrape the liquid residue into the front of the grease tray. Voila! Your griddle is just like brand new again! You are ready to start your next entrée! French toast, scrambled eggs, crab cakes, quesadillas, veggie and rice stir fry, steak & cheese…with the griddle cleaning kit, you can attempt absolutely anything your tummy desires.

Just recently, one of our long-time Clarke friends, Architect David Andreozzi, thanked us for introducing him to the griddle cleaning kit. His 22-year-old Wolf Griddle (you read that right!) has been a challenge to clean and he reached out in frustration because he felt he still had many good years cooking on it if he could resolve the cleaning issue. Once we shared this information, he used the Wolf Griddle Cleaning Kit once and was able to return his griddle nearly to its original condition and he reported that he feels like he’s cooking on it for the first time!

The Wolf Griddle Cleaning Kit can be purchased from your local Sub Zero/Wolf kitchen or appliance dealer or online here.

If you have any other questions about the use and care of your Sub-Zero or Wolf appliances, know that you can always contact Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with a Clarke Showroom Consultant or the exceptional service team at Clarke Customer Care.

Wolf Gourmet Precision Electric Griddle review

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REVIEW – Step into Bob’s test kitchen! We’re testing the Wolf Precision Electric Griddle, a premium-level appliance that does all the griddly things. Grilling, searing, sauteeing, steaming… pick your method! Read on for more, my friends. Tonight we feast! To the review!

Hardware specs

  • 17″ by 17.63″ by 8″
  • 21 pounds
  • 12″ by 17″ cooking surface (204 square inches)
  • Vented lid (1.85″ depth)
  • Temperature range from 150 to 450 degrees
  • Nonstick surface
  • Integrated chord wrap

Design and features

The Wolf Gourmet Precision Electric Griddle is beautiful piece of gear that’s meant to find a permanent home on your kitchen counter. The stainless steel finish just looks gorgeous (Mmmmmm… shiny!). It’s built for heavy-duty extended use, with a burly build that measures in at 21 pounds.

What does that heavy-build entail? It starts with a thick cast aluminum 12″ by 17″ cooking surface. Wolf Gourmet states that, as opposed to many other electric griddles, the heating elements are cast directly into the surface here for consistent and even heating.

You’ve got one big, friendly temperature dial that’s easy to read and manipulate. The cooking surface can be dialed in to any temp between 150 and 450 degrees, depending on what you’re planning to cook. The “power” light comes on when the heat is engaged. The “preheat” light  remains on until you hit your target temperature.

A solid base with rubber-grip legs keeps the unit where you put it. This beast isn’t going to slide around on you, or accidentally tip/spill.

The lid is nice and thick, designed for a tight fit on the cooking surface. Vent slots are cut into the sides so that you can grab the handle without burning yourself on steam escaping from under the lid.

It’s also got a really nice drip pan that’s more than just an afterthought. Made from thick cast aluminum, the drip pan both wide and deep. A ribbed grip panel allows for maneuvering without risking burning your fingers on hot grease.

You also get an integrated cord wrap that helps with storage.

It feels like commercial grade stuff, and I’m impressed with how Wolf Gourmet has considered all the details to add solid usability to the whole package. Let’s go cook some stuff!


For my testing, I decided to run the Wolf Precision Electric Griddle through several different cooking techniques and ingredients starting with vegetables and fish.

The griddle works great for my favorite green bean cooking method. I start by steaming, followed by a saute with all the extra goodies. Here I’ve spread out the beans on a preheated surface (350 degrees), then I add a generous dose of chicken stock.

I place the cover on the griddle and let those beans steam for 5 minutes. The tight seal and heavy lid are perfect for steaming. I also really like that the steam vents are on the sides of the cover, which means that I can grab that big ol’ handle without searing my precious digits.

I then finish the dish by tossing in garlic, mushrooms, peppers, and some herbs for a saute. The heavy cooking surface and heating mechanism shines here, showing no odd hotspots or inconsistencies.

Now we do fish. First a quick wipe down of the surface with a paper towel. That slot shown towards the back of this pic is where you’ll collect drippings and stuff that flows into the tray below the unit. It makes clean up super easy.

I hit the surface with a bit more oil, crank the heat up to 400 degrees, and drop the fish for a quick sear. Here’s a shot of me flipping the fish. Check out the even searing, and no fishy bits stuck to the surface!  I could do 8-10 fillets on the griddle at once with plenty of room to spare. The temperature control is excellent, so a quick high-heat sear is easy to obtain for crispy fish fillets.

I topped the fish with a mix of grated parm cheese and basil, and dropped the cover on the griddle for a minute to let it melt a bit. My Chef de Cuisine is observing the proceedings, waiting for a sample. She’s VERY patient…

The finished dish put together. Two dishes. One device. No pots and pans to wash.

Want bacon? Here you go! This is a pack of turkey bacon I crisped up on the griddle. Once again, I am super impressed with the even heating on the cooking surface. Every piece is getting consistent browning. I did these at 325 degrees because turkey bacon is pre-cooked. I’m looking for a slower crisp here without burning the product. 7-10 minutes, and we’re ready to serve.

I decided to test eggs next using a trick for making omelets for a crowd. I started by cooking up some peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I whipped up 10 eggs and buttered the cooking surface. I then slowly pour the egg mixture across the cooktop at 375 degrees…

I put the lid back on for a minute to help the eggs set, then I add the omelet fillings. I like mushrooms on mine, but I’m the only one.

I then slice the eggs into three segments using a plastic spatula, folding them over as I go. Eggs just slide off of the no-stick surface. You can also see the nice even browning I’m getting on the back side.

And here’s dinner for three. My kitchen isn’t filled with dirty pans. Everyone wins.

I’m seeing equally excellent results for all kinds of vegetables and proteins (I should note that I haven’t tried searing steaks or making pancakes yet, but I’ve seen positive feedback from other reviews. They’re on my “to do” list.).  Usability is simple and straightforward. It does take a few minutes to get up to temperature, but it stays where you put it once it gets there. The streamlined design is also super easy to clean. The biggest challenge is that it is a big & hefty piece of hardware, so you’ll need to think about where you plan on keeping it when not in use.

There is, however, the issue of the price point. And it’s not a small issue… this unit sells for a whopping $450! If you’re buying an electric griddles for occasional use, you may not see the long term value. And yea, I get the argument that you could buy numerous cheaper griddles for the price of this one and just toss ’em when they get nasty. I do believe that Wolf Gourmet Precision Griddle is priced fairly for the quality you’re getting, however. It just may not be everyone’s thing. We’ll see how it does in long-term testing, but I expect this to be a mainstay in my kitchen for a very long time.

What I like

  • Super-burly construction
  • Excellent heat control with even heating across the entire surface
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple, effective usability

What needs to be improved

  • Big and heavy; you’ll want to think about where you’ll keep this monster when it’s not in use

Final thoughts

I’ve owned many electric griddles over the years and I’m really hard pressed to find any complaints about the Wolf Gourmet Precision Griddle. Just about every cheap electric griddle I’ve bought has some issues: uneven heating, hard to clean, unstable, tiny little drip trays, parts subject to failure, etc. They also tend to have a short lifespan if you use them regularly. The Wolf solves all of those problems, and solves them well. Usability is excellent, it’s easy to clean, and demonstrates consistent heat distribution at all levels. I’ll keep you updated as I put it to some long-term testing.

Price: $549.95
Where to buy: Amazon.
Source: The sample of this product was provided by Wolf Gourmet.

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Hot frying pan recipe

Hot frying pan is often offered in the menu of cafes and restaurants. But this dish is easy to bring to life in the home kitchen and please your loved ones (and your loved ones) with a wonderfully tasty and fragrant hot pan with pork, potatoes and mushrooms.

I want to say right away that there are many recipes for hot pans, and each establishment can have its own. Vegetables in various combinations can be added to such a pan: bell peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, carrots, chicken meat, beef tenderloin or pork can be used. Therefore, at home, we can afford to experiment and choose the option to our taste and budget.

The most popular, in my opinion, is a hot pan with pork. We will prepare it today. But before you cook a hot pan, you need to prepare all the necessary ingredients. You also need to stock up on a large wide pan for frying and cast-iron portioned pans.

This amount of products is designed for 3 frying pans with a diameter of 15-20 cm. But if there are no portioned frying pans, you can get by with one more, but then the cooking time will have to be increased.

Pork and potato hot pan ingredients
Pork 500 grams
Potato 600 grams
Mushrooms 300 grams
Onion 150 grams
Vegetable oil 5 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Parsley several branches

Cut a piece of pork into small slices, as for beef stroganoff. For this recipe, a lean neck, pork tenderloin or kidney part is suitable. The meat should be initially tender.

Put the pieces of pork in a bowl, pepper and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil. You can add your favorite spices for pork. We don’t salt! Mix and leave to soak while we work with other products.

Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into slices or sticks. The thickness of the slices should be no more than one and a half centimeters.

Soak potato slices in cold tap water and rinse thoroughly. This will remove excess starch and the slices will not stick together.

Drain the washed potatoes in a colander, drain and dry.

In the meantime, peel the onion and cut into thin half rings or quarter rings, depending on the size of the onion.

Thoroughly wipe the champignons with a damp towel. We cut off strong pollution. I never wash my mushrooms before cooking because it detracts from their flavor and aroma.

Cut the mushrooms into thin slices. For this dish, it is better to take medium-sized mushrooms.

Now almost everything is ready, you can start cooking a hot frying pan. Heat up a wide frying pan on the stove. Lay out the pork pieces. Since we have already added vegetable oil to the pork, there is no need to additionally grease the pan.

Fry the meat over high heat, stirring constantly so that the juice evaporates faster. Fry for about 5-7 minutes until the pieces are browned.

Transfer the fried meat to a plate, wipe the pan with a paper towel, pour in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and lay out the potato slices. We also fry them with constant stirring until golden brown. Approximately 15 minutes.

Next, remove the potatoes from the pan, wipe the pan and add 2 more tablespoons of vegetable oil. Fry the onion in oil.

When the onion is browned, add the mushrooms and fry until the mushrooms are golden brown. It may seem that frying all the ingredients separately is an extra hassle, but this is the only way to get beautiful, neat pieces, and this is important in this dish.

Bluetooth projector for iphone: The 5 best mini projectors for iPhones

The 5 best mini projectors for iPhones


The 5 best mini projectors for iPhones

Small device, big picture.

by Debbie Lee


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Whether you want to dive into your favorite series from a random location or host an impromptu movie night with friends, a phone projector makes quick work of sharing content on a big screen. Weighing as little as 1 pound, the best mini projectors for iPhones are easy to travel with and offer excellent image quality relative to their price tags.

What to look for when shopping for the best mini projectors for iPhones


The best iPhone projectors effortlessly display content from your device using the screen mirroring function, but some require a Lightning-to-HDMI connector, which you’ll have to supply yourself. If you’re planning to project a work presentation or your own photo or video collection, display setup is quick and easy. However, if you want to project copyrighted material from streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, a separate media device (such as an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku) will be required for viewing.

Light output

The brightness of a projector’s light is commonly measured in either lumens or ANSI lumens. While mini iPhone projectors may not offer the same brightness as some full-size models, most options fall somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000 lumens, which should be sufficient for viewing in a dark room. For outdoor projectors or rooms with ambient light, you’ll want to look for a lumens rating on the higher end of that range, otherwise the picture may be too dim.

Contrast ratio

The contrast ratio measures the intensity of the lightest shades against the intensity of the darkest shades. In a dark room, you can get away with a low contrast ratio of about 1500:1, but if you’re dealing with ambient light, you should aim for a higher contrast ratio — even as high as 3000:1.

Display size

Are you looking to marathon a series on a small space on your bedroom wall, or do you want to display footage on a wide screen for a group? Display sizes (which, like with televisions, are measured diagonally) vary widely, from as small as 30 inches to as large as 200 inches. Be sure that the recommended maximum size is a match for your projection screen or wall.


The projectors on this list weigh roughly 3 pounds or less. Of course, the lighter and more compact they are, the easier it is to move them between rooms or pack them for trips. Some models even have convenient carrying handles to facilitate seamless transport.

Decide which specs are right for your needs, then take a look at the best mini projectors for iPhones — all of which have built-in speakers and are available on Amazon.

Shop the best mini projectors for iPhones

In a hurry? These are the best mini projectors for iPhones:

  1. A popular mini projector with more than 14,000 perfect ratings: AuKing mini projector
  2. A premium mini projector with a rechargeable battery: Kodak Ultra Mini Pocket Pico projector
  3. An iPhone projector with a bright, vivid picture: ELEPHAS mini projector for iPhone
  4. A mini portable projector at a budget-friendly price: ClokoWe mini projector
  5. A mini projector for smaller screens with a carrying handle: GooDee mini portable projector


A popular mini projector with more than 14,000 perfect ratings


AuKing Mini Projector


Highlights: solid mid-range pick, claims to be 35% brighter than similar models, decent contrast ratio

With more than 14,000 five-star ratings, this portable mini projector for iPhones is one of the most popular picks on Amazon. The maker claims that, at 7,500 lumens, it’s 35% brighter than similar projectors. And with a maximum display size of 170 inches, it’s great for doing everything from watching movies to gaming. With a contrast ratio of 2000:1, it should do a decent job of displaying the brights and darks, even if you have some ambient light in your viewing space.

A Lightning-to-HDMI adapter is needed to connect the device to an iPhone, but multiple Apple users wrote that the separate purchase is worth it. Just note that you’ll need access to a wall outlet to power this projector.

One reviewer wrote: “This projector is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. For the price it has excellent picture quality. I have a separate speaker that I use so I highly recommend having an extra speaker for sound. I can play movies off my iPhone and iPad and it’s just so great! I was mainly worried about the picture quality but I think this would work out even for a movie snob!”

Weight: 2. 87 pounds | Light output: 7,500 lumens | Contrast ratio: 2000:1 | Projection display size: 32 inches — 170 inches | Power source: wall outlet


A premium mini projector with a rechargeable battery


KODAK Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projector


Highlights: rechargeable battery means you don’t need access to a wall outlet; name-brand quality

At just over 3 square inches, this Kodak iPhone mini projector is a premium portable option, and it’s the only one on the list with a rechargeable battery — helpful if you plan to use the projector without access to a wall outlet. The battery powers the projector for roughly 2.5 hours on one charge, which is enough to get you through most movies. It emits 60 ANSI lumens, (roughly equivalent to 1,800 standard lumens), but with the contrast ratio makes it best suited to darker rooms. It displays on screens up to 150 inches, and while the minimum display size isn’t listed, one reviewer reported it can go as small as 3 inches. The projector syncs with your iPhone using screen mirroring or a Lightning-to-HDMI cable (not supplied).

One reviewer wrote: “Amazed at how easy this is to use. Just place it on a stable surface hooked up to your iphone and watch anything on almost any light color surface. We’ve watched everything from Netflix, Amazon Video, you tube and home videos on the wall, a flat curtain or sheet, large paper, cutting board (don’t ask) , even the ceiling. Buy it. You could use this instead of having a huge big screen TV and be pretty happy. The image quality is great.”

Weight: 1 pound | Light output: 60 ANSI lumens (or about 1,800 standard lumens) | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Projection display size: up to 150 inches (as small as 3 inches, according to a reviewer) | Power source: rechargeable lithium-ion battery (lasts up to 2.5 hours)


An iPhone projector with a bright, vivid picture


ELEPHAS Mini Wi-Fi Projector for iPhone


Highlights: bright picture with the highest contrast ratio on the list

If you’re after a bright, vibrant picture, you can’t go wrong with the ELEPHAS mini projector for iPhone, which boasts 7,5000 lumens and an impressive 3500:1 contrast ratio — and reviewers were pleased with the resulting image quality. It weighs just 2 pounds and displays on screens from 30 inches to 200 inches (although the brand recommends a display of 100 inches for optimal viewing).

The projector connects to your iPhone via screen mirroring, but you can also use a Lightning-to-USB-C cable, which you may already own for charging your iPhone. To power the projector, you’ll need to plug it into a wall outlet.

One reviewer wrote: “What a picture. Great quality and super bright, movie nights have improved tremendously.”

Weight: 2 pounds | Light output: 7,500 lumens | Contrast ratio: 3500:1 | Projection display size: 30 inches — 200 inches (100 inches recommended) | Power source: wall outlet


A mini

portable projector at a budget-friendly price


CLOKOWE Mini Projector


Highlights: budget buy with decent brightness for the price

One of the best cheap iPhone projectors on Amazon, this minimalist machine weighs only 1. 5 pounds, making it extra convenient for travel. In terms of light output, the lumens rating isn’t specified, but the projector does boast 7,000 lux (a related but distinct measurement that indicates the amount of light the projector throws onto a screen or wall). This makes for an adequately bright picture in dim settings.

It can display images on screens from 30 to 180 inches, but 120 inches is the maximum size recommended by the brand. Note that you’ll need access to a wall outlet for power, and that the projector is not enabled for screen mirroring — a Lightning-to-HDMI cable is required (not included).

One reviewer wrote: “Buy it! You won’t regret it! I’ve been doing some shopping and this one caught my attention more as with the reviews says it! I can connect my iPhone, and my MacBook. Very easily! And my husband can connect his Nintendo switch as well!! Ahhh can’t wait for those hot summer nights where we can go on the front lawn watch a movie with the kids or play some Mario kart! Thumbs up!”

Weight: 1. 58 pounds | Light output: 7,000 lux (lumens not specified) | Contrast ratio: not listed | Projection display size: 30 inches — 120 inches (120 inches recommended) Power source: wall outlet


A mini projector for smaller screens with a carrying handle


GooDee Mini Portable Projector


Highlights: easy to carry; high-contrast picture

This portable projector for iPhone weighs less than a pound and has a handy built-in carrying strap for easy transport. Not to mention, the design is modern and cheeky. The projector is compatible with screens from 35 inches to 200 inches but performs best on a maximum screen size of 110 inches, according to the brand. The 2,500-lumen brightness and 2400:1 aspect ratio offers a quality picture in dimmer environments.

It connects to your iPhone via screen mirroring or with a Lightning-to-HDMI cable (sold separately) and requires a wall outlet for power.

One reviewer wrote: “I wanted something to use outdoors for fun get-togethers and haven’t had that opportunity yet, however using it indoors, day or night, this GooDee BL98 is super bright, colors are great, and the picture is sharper than I expected. […] I grabbed a Lightning to HDMI adapter too and play content from my iPhone which works so well – this will make it much easier to host movie nights outdoors!”

Weight: 1 pound | Light output: 2,500 lumens | Contrast ratio: | 2400:1 | Projection display size: 35 inches — 200 inches (70 inches — 110 inches recommended) | Power source: wall outlet

About The Recommender

Debbie Lee has been a shopping writer for Bustle, Mic, and Inverse since 2021. Prior to this, she wrote about cooking and kitchen gear for various publications including The New York Times and Men’s Journal. As a loyal Apple user, she is always looking out for new gadgets to pair with her iPhone.

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7 Best Mini Projectors For iPhone In 2023

In this buying guide, you will find mini projectors that allow you to connect your iPhone to it useful regardless of whether you are a movie buff, a gamer, or an employer seeking to impress your boss.

You can share audio-visual content on your smartphone with friends, family, and colleagues using the device.

It is true that the size of a mini projector is smaller than that of a traditional projector. Thus, it can be carried wherever you go without slowing you down or weighing you down.

Many mini projectors are also compatible with Android smartphones and other devices running the platform, in addition to iPhones.

Several can also be connected to desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. Choosing a mini projector for iPhone that’s versatile and capable is a must.

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Best Mini Projectors for iPhone

In this article, we’ll look at some of the best mini projectors that work with iPhone. So you can find the one that fits your preference and needs. Read on to find out.

1. PVO Portable Projector

Children love to watch cartoons and videos using mini projectors, which is why these products are so popular with them. 

Unlike larger video projectors, mini video projectors are small and portable. Whether you’re at home or outdoors in the courtyard, traveling, camping, or anywhere else, you can enjoy movies, videos, and games.

A new version of PVO’s YG300Pro was released in 2022, supporting 1080P full HD and with an increased resolution of 800*480.

There are multiple ports on the small projector, including HDMI, USB, audio, and many others. It can easily be connected to numerous media devices, such as TV boxes, laptops, desktop computers, digital cameras, and HDMI-enabled devices for playing video and TV series without wifi or Bluetooth connectivity.

The mini portable projector is powered by a power adapter (it does not have a built-in battery). Alternatively, it can be powered via a battery, car charger, or power pack (needs 5V/2.5A).

Buy PVO Portable Projector for $69.99 here

2. ELEPHAS Portable Projector

This brand of mini projectors for iPhone has been around for quite some time and can be a great option if you’re looking for something small and compact.

If you don’t want to spend a lot, the Elephas mini projector for iPhone is a great option. As for its image quality, this mini projector for iPhone is only rated at 800 x 480 pixels, which is its only downside. On the other hand, its screen size is much larger than others, up to 200 inches.

Not only that, but you can use the given screen size with a throw distance of just 14.5 feet, which is considerably lower than other options. Additionally, this projector produces 4600 lumens of brightness, which is comparable to other similar models. You can also expect this projector to last for a decently long time due to its 1-year warranty and lamp life rating of 50000 hours.

Buy ELEPHAS Portable Projector for $99.99 here

3. MOOKA FAMILY Portable Projector

This phone projector with the latest WiFi connection, compatible with iOS and Android operating systems, has a loading speed that is 35% faster than other small projectors on the market and is more stable and faster than others. 

Built with the latest MStar color engine and German-imported 6-layer LCD lens, this new Wifi movie projector supports 1920x1080P and native 720P resolutions. As compared to a similar projector, this one has a 40% increase in color contrast and brightness. Bringing you sharper details and vivid colors. Depending on the distance, you can get a 45”-200” projection size, which ensures an excellent viewing experience.

With dual SRS stereo speakers built into the mini projector for iPhone, you can enjoy surrounding sound like you would at a cinema with its original sound quality. With its efficient cooling system, the projector can dissipate heat quickly, thus extending its lifespan. As opposed to other brands which are rated at 40,000 hours, this will significantly increase the durability to 70,000 hours.

The portable projector comes with a carrying case that makes storing and transporting the projector convenient. Additionally, the projector can be zoomed in 75%-100% without moving. 

Buy MOOKA FAMILY Portable Projector for $138.88 here

4. Xinteprid WiFi Movie Projector

This Wi-Fi projector comes with the outstanding features of 1920×1080 resolution, 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio, 24-bit true-color output, and 200″ screen. It offers an impressive spectating experience like an IMAX projector with a projection area of 200″ with a distance of 14.5 feet!

You can enjoy your movie with this one of the best pocket projectors for iPhone since it uses upgraded noise reduction technology. This could also be used for home and outdoor theaters, wedding parties, teaching, and artistic creation, casting more ultra-smooth images that are flicker-free.

Input portals on the Xinteprid home projector include HDMI/AV/VGA/USB. The device is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Roku Stick, Fire TV, External Speakers, USB Disks, PS4/XBOX, Laptop/PC, and DVD Player. The built-in speakers provide excellent audio quality, or you can connect an external speaker for better sound quality.

Buy Xinteprid WiFi Movie Projector for $99.99 here

5. KODAK Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projector

A Kodak iPhone mini projector measures just over 3 square inches and comes with a rechargeable battery, making it a great choice if you don’t have access to a wall outlet. A single battery charge can power the projector for roughly 2.5 hours, which should be sufficient for most movies. In spite of its 60 ANSI lumens (roughly equivalent to 1,800 standard lumens), its high contrast ratio makes it best suited for darker settings. 

This versatile device comes with HDMI and micro USB cables to attach cameras, hard drives, PCs, laptops & other compatible devices. With Airplay & Miracast, you can mirror mobile devices to your projector wirelessly.

You can watch and listen on demand, with a built-in speaker and sleek illuminated onboard controls.

Buy KODAK Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projector for $219.99 here

6. AKASO WT50 Mini Pocket Pico Projector

There are several practical and versatile mini projectors from Akaso that are suitable for anyone who does not have any budget restrictions.

Thanks to its built-in battery, Akaso’s mini projector for iPhone is both the smallest and most portable option here. The Akaso mini projector for iPhone also features a native resolution of 800 x 480, similar to other options. In addition, this mini projector can display up to 150 inches, which is quite impressive.

With a throw distance of 12.8 feet, this projector makes sure to offer as much convenience as possible despite its compact size. Unfortunately, its lamp’s brightness output is a bit limited at up to 50 ANSI lumens, which is a bit lower.

Buy AKASO WT50 Mini Pocket Pico Projector for $269. 99 here

7. ELEPHAS 1080P Portable Projector

The ELEPHAS pico projector is just the size of a wallet and can easily be carried in a backpack. When you go on vacation or on a short trip, you can take the travel projector with you. It can be used for ad hoc business presentations or to show photos to a couple of people.

Generally, DLP projectors are the best all-around choice because their advanced algorithms produce remarkably bright images at 160 ANSI-L. It produces sharp, high-contrast images that are relatively high in quality. A DLP projector produces a deeper black than an LED projector.

The mini projector has a built-in 7000mAh rechargeable battery that users loved even more because it has an amazing 2.5-hour battery life. You don’t have to worry about the pocket projector dying halfway through a long movie. When watching movies outdoors with your family, you don’t have to worry about battery life since micro projectors support power bank charging.

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The iPhone is known for having one of the best displays on smartphones, but its size is still quite limited. Because of this, if you want to watch a video or movie with your family and friends, you’ll need a much bigger screen.

An excellent option would be to use one of the top mini projectors for the iPhone included in the above list. Each of these best iPhone mini projectors also has significant specifications and factors detailed. 

So, what movie would you watch on your portable projector? Let us know in the comments section.

Top 5 Mini Projectors for iPhone

Did you know that you can connect your iPhone to a projector to cast content onto the screen? There are small projectors that work with the iPhone and won’t hurt your wallet.


1. Optoma ML1050ST + Portable LED Projector

2. Anchor Nebula Capsule

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5. ELEPHAS WiFi mini projector for iPhone

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So, if you want to recreate the magic of the big screen, these iPhone mini projectors let you do just that.

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1. Optoma ML1050ST + Portable LED projector

An ultra-short throw lens allows you to project an image over a short distance (1.7 m). At the same time, the built-in autofocus function ensures that projected images are clear and not blurry.

Optoma ML1050ST+ comes with a 1000 ANSI lumens lamp. According to the company, this lamp can operate up to 20,000 hours in standard mode.

It also supports Optoma’s own USB wireless adapter. While it also allows you to connect via a USB-to-Lightning cable, you won’t get the same streaming quality.

It has received a lot of feedback from iPhone users so far. People love the easy setup process and the brightness and clarity it gives.

This is not without limitations. For example, it does not come with a wireless dongle. And if you need a wireless connection, you’ll have to buy it separately. Second, there is no battery.

2. Anchor Nebula Capsule

Battery The Nebula Capsule is powered by a 5200 mAh battery. Without recharging, the battery can work up to 4 hours, and you can watch a movie without any interruptions.

Don’t let your small size hold you back. At the moment, the Nebula Capsula can display resolutions up to 854 x 480 pixels and the visible size is about 100 inches. Considering the size and price, this is not a bad feature. The visible distance is also satisfactory and allows beams to be transmitted from a distance of about 6-8 meters.

Connectivity is pretty decent. It comes with Micro-USB, an HDMI port and a speaker. The speaker is only for the namesake, according to the people who used it. Nebula Capsule runs on the Android OS and the user interface resembles a typical Android TV. However, it does not have the Google Play Store.

Image quality is excellent. But 500 ANSI lumen bulbs limit brightness, especially in daylight. However, this shouldn’t be a major issue if you plan to use the projector mostly in the dark (or in a dark room).

3. AKASO WT50 mini projector

It resembles a slightly larger power bank. And best of all, it comes with a mini tripod on the bottom.

The resolution is basically the same and you get around 854 x 480 pixels. Under the hood of this projector, Android 7.1 OS is installed. Luckily, this gives you access to the Google Play Store.

AKASO WT50 has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The former means that you can connect to smartphones and other devices wirelessly. Other than that, you get standard fares like HDMI and USB ports, as well as an SD card slot.

The only downside to this projector is the 50 ANSI lumens lamp. It is not too bright and can only be used in dark rooms.

4. HOMPOW 5500L Cinema Projector

Although the native resolution is the same as above, the screen width can be up to 176 inches. It comes with multiple connection options. Interestingly, it also comes with a VGA port. Plus, you can always connect your iPhone with an HDMI cable. It works as expected and several users have confirmed this claim.

This is a versatile projector that supports other platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and media players such as Fire TV Stick, Roku and Chromecast. The HOMPOW projector is a popular product on Amazon with over 7,000 reviews. There is a small snag – the size. Compared to the above, it is slightly larger.

5. ELEPHAS WiFi Mini Projector for iPhone

Picture quality is decent for such a price. Interestingly, the image with the beam can be enlarged up to 200 inches, making it suitable for large rooms.

It accepts both wireless and wired connections. The built-in Wi-Fi connection makes it easy to connect with iPhone and Android. In addition, it is equipped with VGA, USB and HDMI inputs for connecting to devices such as game consoles or DVD players. More importantly, it also supports Roku Stick, FireTV Stick, and Chromecast.

The ELEPHAS projector is a popular product on Amazon. People like it for its affordable price, brightness and image quality. In addition, the sound quality is also good.

Big picture

TVs make it easy to play your favorite content at the touch of a button. Plus, the big screen and extended displays mean you’ll be able to watch your favorite shows in all their glory.

However, on some special days, such as holidays, projectors like the ones mentioned above give special meaning to regular TV shows. They’re not that expensive, and the small size means you can easily carry them around in your bag.

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Although the Anker Nebula Capsule portable projector has been on the market for several years, it remains one of the benchmark portable projectors. With Android 7.1, AirPlay, built-in battery and more than decent picture quality, is the perfect solution to enjoy multimedia content wherever you are.


  • 1 Design and specifications
  • 2 Software
  • 3 Picture and sound
  • 4 Editor’s Opinion
    • 4.1 Pros
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Design and specifications

This small, portable projector, cylindrical in shape and the size of a soda can, is ideal for to take it with you wherever you go . At 420 grams, it is not excessive to carry it with the rest of your luggage. or place it in any room at home, in return it offers us up to four hours of playback thanks to its built-in battery. The build quality is very high and the metal gives it a solid feel which gives a lot of peace of mind when transporting.

The bottom two thirds are taken up by a grille, giving way to a 5W 360º speaker. Forget about those ridiculous speakers of other portable projectors, you can listen to your movie seamlessly and without the need for anything more than a Nebula Capsule projector, with the good volume and the amazing sound quality of the . Anker relies on this speaker so much that you can even use this capsule as a portable Bluetooth speaker, forgetting about the projector function.

Upstairs is the projector itself. This capsule offers us a resolution of 854 × 480 (16:9) and a screen size of 40 to 100 inches , depending on the distance you place the device (about 3 meters maximum). It has a focus wheel and controls on the top that include volume, Bluetooth speaker function, and device power. The projector also features automatic screen correction to prevent image distortion. Its brightness is 100 ANSI lumens.

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On the bottom of the projector, we find the only two physical connections it has: a microUSB for battery charging and storage accessories, and an HDMI 1.4 (1080p) input. If we add to this that it has AirPlay to send content from our iPhone, iPad or Mac, and that it also has its own installable applications In a device to stream over an available Wi-Fi connection, the end result is that we have almost all connection options that may be of interest to us.


This is one of the strengths of this nebula capsule, albeit with some limitations. It has Android 7.1 as its operating system, but it doesn’t bring Google Play, and instead has a parallel app store: Aptoide TV. From this app store, we can download apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Plex, Youtube. , etc., but there are also disadvantages, like Disney +. Navigating the various menus is done using the included remote control, but my personal preference is to use the Nebula Connect app (link), which allows you to control it from your iPhone (or Android). With this application, it is much easier to write credentials to access streaming services, as well as navigate through the menu.

Using the projector is quite easy and anyone with minimal experience with smartphones will be able to use it without any problems. Content playback via streaming services is very smooth and the Wi-Fi connection is very stable. During the tests, I had no problems with connection drops or skips during playback. Using AirPlay is really handy to be able to view any content that you have stored on your Apple device. without cable.

Picture and sound

We have reached the key point of analysis, and here we can say that the Nebula Capsule behaves quite well, considering its limitations due to the type of projector. Image quality is quite decent when using intermediate screen sizes of , only at 100 inches we can tell that those 480 pixels of resolution are noticeable by . It’s best to stay in the 40 to 100 inch range, and that way we’ll enjoy good image quality. Brightness is the limiting factor for this projector. Its 100 ANSI lumens brightness allows you to enjoy a good picture in a dark room, even better if you’re using a projector screen, but any white wall can do the same. On the street, everything changes, or if the room is bright, there the brightness does not give more by itself, and the impressions are not so good.

What’s really amazing is the sound quality, you really don’t need any other device to enjoy the sound of your movies and series well. Don’t expect the power or quality of your home theater , but it does well, with the quite loud and with acceptable bass. I’ve had the opportunity to try other portable projectors so far and the sound has always been very disappointing, to the point that it was one of the reasons I never considered these units as an option.

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In the beginning it was the iPad, not the iPhone

Even in the late 90s, Steve Jobs wanted to release a portable computer that would cost a couple of hundred dollars. To reduce the canopy, it was necessary to give up the keyboard – which led to the need to make a multi-touch screen. As a result, prototypes of the first iPad appeared, but development was suspended in order to focus on working on a smartphone.

The first iPad came out in 2010 and everyone saw it as an enlarged iPhone. In fact, the iPhone beat the reduced iPad with the ability to make calls.

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The video is set in the future, and the professor asks the AI ​​assistant to find an article written five years ago – in 2006. The calendar on his desk shows the date – September 16th. That is, the action takes place on September 16, 2011 – the video predicted the appearance of Siri in 24 years with an error of less than a month!

Apple has sold more than 2.2 billion iPhones

Apple has sold 2.2 billion iPhones over the entire existence of the line – and this is the statistics for November 2018! But this is probably the last official cipher: after this, the company announced that it would stop disclosing data on the number of devices sold.

iPhone 6 is the best-selling model

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The Click Wheel was a recognizable element of the iPod – and it was thought to be used in a smartphone. In an early iPhone prototype, this wheel was used to navigate contacts and dial numbers, much like the old rotary phones. But it took too long to dial a number in this way, and this input method did not allow using the Internet. Luckily, Steve Jobs figured the team could come up with something better, and they got it.

Apple thought to add a joystick to the iPhone

It is not known how seriously the company considered this idea, but the fact remains: in 2015, Apple received a patent for a small joystick built into the Home button. As we all know, nothing like this has ever appeared in iPhones, and now, in the era of ultra-thin smartphones with screens almost on the entire front panel, the chances of realizing such an idea are close to zero.

The first iPhone, which was shown at the presentation, practically did not work

The presentation of the first iPhon remains one of the most famous in history. But it becomes even more impressive if you know that the demo image barely worked. The phone itself was extremely fragile, and there were also problems with the software. Because of this, Steve Jobs had to strictly follow the plan in order to demonstrate the work of applications: one wrong click, and the presentation could end badly.

One iPhone has been on sale for less than three months

Although Apple updates the line every year, older iPhones usually remain on sale even after the release of new products. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan. For example, the first generation iPhone went on sale on 29July 2007, but already on September 5, Apple stopped selling the base model with 4 GB of storage. At the same time, the company made the 8GB version $200 cheaper.



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Reviews on polk audio soundbar: Polk Signa S4 Review: A Soundbar With Awesome Sound

Polk Signa S4 Review: A Soundbar With Awesome Sound

Everyone needs a dedicated audio system to go with their TV—seriously, most built-in TV speakers are bad. But in a sea of look-alike black boxes, deciding which is right for you can require learning some terminology. That’s why I like Polk’s new Signa S4: It’s the Volvo station wagon of soundbars—simple and boring, and it does exactly what you need. 

It might not leap out as a great option at first, plus it’s a bit spendy at $399, but after a few weeks of listening to this soundbar and subwoofer combo, it’s now the system I recommend for anyone looking for an easy audio upgrade. Don’t want to mess around with satellite speakers, tricky menus, or, quite frankly, any setup? The Signa S4 just might be for you.

Out of the Box

The new Polk soundbar is a black, fabric-wrapped stick that’s about 3 inches high, 4 inches deep, and 41 inches long, easily slim enough to fit below the bezel of every TV I tested it with. It comes with a wireless subwoofer (wireless in that it only needs to be connected to a wall outlet), a small black box that’s easy to hide wherever the power source is most convenient.

Polk Audio Signa S4 subwoofer

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Once you’ve placed the soundbar below your TV, the subwoofer near an outlet, and plugged them both into a power source, all you need to do is plug the included HDMI cable into the HDMI ARC (audio return channel) port on your TV; most modern TVs have an HDMI port labeled as “ARC.” The soundbar should automatically connect and be ready to play—at least that’s how it worked on the various Vizio and LG TVs I tested it with.

If it doesn’t just instantly work, you may have to set it up in your TV’s audio settings menu under “ARC settings,” especially if your set is older. If you don’t have an ARC HDMI port, don’t fret! You can also use the Signa S4’s optical input to grab high-quality digital sound. (It comes with both optical and HDMI cables. ) Universal mounting holes on the back make it easy to put below a wall-mounted TV, but I tested the S4 on a wide TV stand.

This simplicity extends to the remote too. You can pick between Music, Film, and Night mode settings (denoted by clip art on the buttons). Otherwise, you’ve got volume controls and bare-bones EQ adjustment for bass. Night mode limits the bass so you don’t annoy your neighbors watching Keanu Reeves movies at 3 am. My only gripe? I wish the buttons had a backlight—it’s hard to know what you’re pressing in a dark room.

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It might look like a super-basic 2.1 soundbar, but the Signa S4 is plenty powerful under the hood. It can do digital surround sound by bouncing audio off the walls of your room, but it’s also capable of Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound, thanks to two up-firing speakers that bounce audio off the ceiling.

You won’t hear the same level of immersion that you’d get from a system with dedicated surround speakers and more drivers in the bar, like the much pricier Samsung HW-Q950A, but the Signa S4 delivers significantly better sound quality than its peers without Atmos capability. You’ll hear some audio behind you and sound spread out farther to the sides, which really helps pull you into the action when watching sports, playing FIFA 22, or catching up on the latest episode of Halo.

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  • Unable to adjust volume of heights
  • Lacks surround capabilities

Immersive audio standard Dolby Atmos had a fairly inauspicious start when it came to
, with speakers such as the Yamaha YSP-5600 being both crazy expensive ($1.5K or more) and “extraordinarily huge.” But in the following years, with the help of companies like
, the size of the products and the wallets needed to fund them became more manageable. Now, with the Polk Signa S4, you can buy a true, Atmos-capable system for half the price of a compatible AV receiver. And it’s fairly compact, too.

Dolby Atmos soundbars are designed to add the dimension of height, which makes them great for action movies and video gaming. What distinguishes the Atmos-toting Polk Signa S4 from other $400-plus soundbars is its physical upfiring speakers (competitors such as the Sonos Beam Gen 2 use psychoacoustics to mimic height effects). The Polk sounds good with music, too, and Atmos movies are really given a chance to shine. 

The Polk Signa S4 does have some shortfalls, however. It’s not possible to adjust the levels of the channels, or the height of the speakers, and the cheaper Signa S3 offers
connectivity, making it a better fit for music lovers. If you can stretch your budget a little further, the Vizio M512a offers even better sound, as well as dedicated surround channels for true immersion.

But if you want the best possible Dolby Atmos performance for the least amount of money, the Polk Audio Signa S4 is the soundbar to get.

Design and features

The Polk Signa S4 is a Dolby Atmos soundbar, featuring 3. 1.2-channels of playback (left, right, center, front overheads and a wireless subwoofer). It offers a number of connection options and an array of useful sound modes.

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In terms of competition, there are a couple comparable soundbars with either simulated or physical Dolby Atmos — the
Sonos Beam
and the
Eclair, respectively. Though the Eclair was briefly on sale for $400 while writing this review, it has since returned to the more prohibitive $600. For $100 more than the Polk, you can get the Vizio M512a, which comes with surround speakers.

Connections on the Polk run to a single HDMI eARC, digital optical and an analog 3.5mm input. While the Signa S3 comes with Wi-Fi and Google Chromecast built-in, the newer Signa S4 is
only. If you want the option of asking
to play a song on a compatible audio device, the Signa S3 (or even the MagniFi Mini) is the better way to go. Lastly, in the absence of networking, there’s a USB-A port for any future firmware updates.

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One standout feature of previous Polk soundbars has been its sound modes: Movie, Music, Night and, especially, Voice Adjust. The latter mode enables three separate levels of adjustment which brings it up against Zvox — a company that also offers a number of configurable, hearing-enhancing modes. The main downside with this soundbar is that you can’t adjust the levels of any of the channels, bar the sub. If you have tall or vaulted ceilings, for example, you may not be able to hear the overheads at all, which is something other soundbars like the Vizio M512a let you fix.

While some models on the market allow you to add rears later, the Signa S4 does not. If rear channels are something you want, then you should look at the Polk
or MagniFi soundbars instead.

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The Polk’s clicker is just as friendly as previous versions, with large, easy-to-decipher buttons and the ability to tailor the amount of sound enhancement without dealing with menus.

How does it sound?

Polk’s soundbars have consistently been great with music, and the Signa 4 certainly carries the torch for musical replay. And it’s just as talented when it comes to films. Whether you’re watching action movies in Dolby Atmos or enjoying a low-key drama, the Polk will deliver the goods. 

I compared the Polk against three competitors: the LG Eclair, the Vizio M512a and the Sonos Beam Gen 2. There was only one clear loser in this group — and that has as much to do with the price as it does with performance. 

I started my testing with Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the best movies to showcase the capabilities of any Dolby Atmos system. Despite lacking surround channels, the Polk was able to fill CNET’s listening room with the proper amount of post-apocalyptic ambience. The opening scene begins with disembodied voices, which are flung to the corners of the room on a good system. The Polk was definitely able to keep up with the rival LG Eclair (another soundbar which lacks rear speakers).  

While the Sonos Beam may not have physical height drivers, you wouldn’t know it when watching this scene. The sense of width and height with the Sonos was able to match the LG and the Polk. 

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It was only when switching to the Vizio M512a that the benefits of surround were instantly recognizable. Instead of a wall of sound, the Vizio created a true bubble around my listening position. For example, at one key mark, a girl’s voice asks, “Where are you, Max?” On most soundbars, the dialogue comes from above the speakers at the height of the screen. But on any decent surround system, the voice appears directly above the viewer’s head, as it does with the Vizio. 

Next, I tried the non-Atmos movie The Matrix (Chapter 9). There, the LG Eclair did the better job of integrating the pulsing bass soundtrack. At times the bass was a little lost on the Polk, but the trade-off was that it offered more midrange, more zinging bullet effects and more “air” on the shouted command “Freeze” at the start of the scene.

Though the LG Eclair has been tuned for music by folks at the high-end company Meridian, it was eclipsed by the Polk for most of the tunes I listened to. Both devices come with dedicated music modes, but the Polk was able to communicate even the most delicate music, while the LG gave songs a bright, almost hard sheen.

For instance, with the acoustic ballad Naked As We Came by Iron and Wine, the LG mixed the basics up. While it’s a simple song with just a finger-picked guitar and Sam Beam’s breathy voice, the LG rendered the guitar distant, and Beam’s vocals sounded overbearing. I had to turn the volume down. In comparison, the Polk had the balance right, with a well-formed central vocal and a slightly ambient, though present, backing guitar. The Polk fared better than the Vizio here too, as Sam Beam’s voice sounded smeared on the surround-capable bar, even in music mode.

Moving to something a little more astringent, the Polk was able to find the party in the Sunnyboys song Alone With You. This ’60s throwback features swirling guitars and a central tenor vocal, but it’s the stirring guitar solo that appears at 1 minute, 16 seconds, which can throw off some systems. The Vizio offered a better vocal performance but was undone by the solos, as was the LG. 

Soundbars offering more detail are fine, but if you have a music collection that’s a little rough around the edges, some systems can make these songs difficult to listen to. The Polk is able to see the good in everything and comes out on top here.  

Should you buy it?

If you want true Dolby Atmos that’s also affordable, then the Polk Signa S4 is the cheapest I’ve seen so far. A low price doesn’t mean lacking performance, though, because the Polk is as solid as the other speakers in the line, for music and movies alike.

The only “issues” with the Polk come down to how the soundbar fares against its competition. Soundbars with better specs can be had for just a little more. For instance, the Signa S4 lacks the Wi-Fi music capabilities of the Sonos Arc (let alone the Signa S3), and you can’t tailor the levels of each channel as you can with the Vizio M512a.  

What if you’re trying to keep it in the family? If you’re deciding between the Polk React and the Signa S4, for example, be aware that they are quite different. The React trades Atmos for Alexa while also ditching the subwoofer. 

If you want a ready-to-go system that plugs into a TV and sounds great, the Signa S4 is definitely the one to choose. It doesn’t include much in the way of streaming capabilities or expandability, but it’ll give you sterling performance as soon as it’s out of the box. And that’s all you really need.

Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1 Channel Soundbar Review

In this era of ever-shrinking soundbars, thin ones are definitely all the rage. Particularly in the sub-$500 market, the goal of most soundbar manufacturers seems to be to keep the bar as short and flat as possible. See my recent $500 VIZIO SB4551-D5 review for an example. This soundbar measures just two inches high and two inches deep, but you’ll notice that it’s still 45 inches long. When we think of a soundbar, we think of a long, thin box, and this part of the design hasn’t really changed.

Perhaps that’s why the Polk MagniFi Mini Soundbar may grab your attention as you browse through the many soundbar options available for $200 to $300. It doesn’t look like a soundbar at all. The MagniFi Mini looks more like a Bluetooth speaker to me, and it’s technically a Bluetooth speaker. The one that just so happens has a wireless subwoofer and a host of TV-friendly features you won’t find in many Bluetooth speakers.

MagniFi Mini (29$9.95) measures 3.2 inches high by 4.2 inches deep, but is only 13.4 inches long. This is a 2.1-channel soundbar with six speakers – a pair of 0.5″ tweeters and four 2.25″ mid-range drivers. The 14.4″ x 14.4″ x 7.4″ wireless subwoofer is equipped with a 6.5″ woofer. The entire system is powered by a 150W amplifier.

Although Matthew Polk is long gone from the company that bears his name, his technological contributions live on. ..and one of these patented technologies, called SDA, is the driving force behind the MagniFi Mini. SDA uses the principle of interaural crosstalk cancellation to help expand the soundstage. Interaural crosstalk occurs when time-delayed sound from the left speaker is heard in the right ear and vice versa. SDA uses passive circuitry in the crossover network to cancel out these time-delayed sounds by feeding an out-of-phase signal to the opposite speaker.

In previous Polk multi-channel soundbars, this technology helped improve the surround sound experience without the need for dedicated surround speakers. The two-channel MagniFi Mini SDA is used to help this little speaker create a big and wide soundstage. All four Mini midrange speakers work simultaneously, with one pair of L/R speakers emitting a stereo signal and the other pair emitting a return signal to suppress crosstalk.

In addition to built-in Bluetooth, Mini also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi and native Chromecast support, so you can stream audio from any Cast-compatible app on your mobile device or computer. What makes Chromecast different from Bluetooth is that it streams audio to the soundbar, freeing up your mobile device for other tasks.

MagniFi Mini arrived in a secure box inside the box, and all accessories (including a six foot optical digital cable, a 6.5 foot HDMI cable and a six foot auxiliary cable) were neatly packaged. Despite its small stature, the Mini looks like a solid, well-built speaker. The 3.88 lb case is trapezoidal with rounded edges. An acoustically transparent fabric grille envelops everything around, while the top panel has a matte black finish with a rubberized button pad that houses the power, source, Bluetooth, night effect, and volume buttons.

Front and center of the soundbar is a vertical array of five LEDs that light up in different colors and patterns to provide feedback on parameters such as volume, bass/voice, source, Bluetooth/Chromecast usage, and Dolby Digital input ( soundbar). has Dolby Digital but does not decode DTS, which is quite common). All the different LED options are clearly described in the manual. They may seem confusing at first; however, once you use the soundbar a bit, I think you’ll find them quite useful. I know what I did.

The subwoofer also features a rounded cabinet design with the same matte black finish as the top bar. There are no separate settings or audio connections on the subwoofer itself – just a power port and an LED indicator that indicates if it’s paired with the soundbar. When I connected the power cables to both devices and plugged them in, the soundbar and subwoofer paired with each other immediately and no action was required on my part. During the course of the review, I moved the system to several locations and never had any problems pairing between them.

The included IR remote also has a nice design with a rubberized top surface. It includes power, mute, volume, each source, and night effect buttons (which reduce bass and overall dynamics while boosting voice clarity). There are up/down controls for bass and a Polk voice control that isolates and adjusts the level of the vocal channel. Each sound mode also has its own button, so you can easily switch between movie, sports and music modes. The remote control cannot be programmed to control other devices; however, you can easily teach it the codes to your TV or set-top box remote.

MagniFi Mini has a 3.5mm auxiliary input, an optical digital audio input, and an HDMI ARC port on the back of the MagniFi Mini that allows you to receive an audio return channel signal from your ARC-enabled TV’s HDMI output. Please note that this is not a traditional HDMI input and therefore cannot be connected to an HDMI source. It is designed only as an ARC port to receive audio from your TV. A USB port is available, but for factory use only. Finally, there’s an Ethernet port for a wired network connection, as well as a Wi-Fi reset button.

In most of these inexpensive soundbar options, the usual connection scheme is to connect the AV sources to the TV and then send the audio from the TV to the soundbar – usually via optical digital audio. The Mini is the first panel I’ve tried with an HDMI ARC port, which gives you a bit more flexibility to feed your TV’s audio back to the soundbar via HDMI, leaving the optical digital audio input free to connect to another audio source. if desired. And, if you connect via HDMI to a TV with CEC, your TV remote will automatically control Polk volume and mute. Of course, if your TV doesn’t have HDMI ARC, you’ll need to use an optical digital or 3.5mm auxiliary input to receive these signals.

I listened to MagniFi Mini in two different living spaces (home and apartment) connected to three different TVs (Samsung UN65HU8550 LCD TV, LG 65EF9500 OLED TV and older Samsung LN-T4681 LCD TV) with different source components. During my official movie auditions, I streamed optical digital audio directly from my Oppo UDP-205 player to the MagniFi Mini.

I also experimented with music playback via Bluetooth and Chromecast. I had no issues pairing the bar with my iPhone 6 and MacBook Pro via Bluetooth and signal reliability was excellent.

You can set up your Chromecast directly through the Google Home app. When I opened the app on my iPhone, it knew right away that a new device was waiting to be installed, and the process of adding the Mini to my Wi-Fi network was simple and straightforward. What’s nice about the Google Home app is that, at least on the iOS version, it shows you links to all the Cast-compatible apps that are already downloaded on your device – in my case this included Google Play Music. Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Just follow the link to launch the app, then click the “Cast” button to send your music to MagniFi Mini. It was easy and it worked great.

I started my evaluation of the MagniFi Mini in the living room of my apartment, which consists of bare sloping walls, sliding glass doors and wood floors. When I watch movies and TV shows, there are a lot of signals reflected in this room and I often find it hard to hear dialogue clearly, especially when I try to lower the volume in the evenings. Male vocals, in particular, sound muffled and fuzzy, so I often resort to headphones.

To see how the Mini handles this environment, I watched the third season of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, a show that balances dialogue and classical music. The third season also has a lot of operatic singing. I immediately liked what I heard from MagniFi Mini. It presented a well balanced sound. With a couple of clicks on the VoiceAdjust feature, male and female vocals are crisp and clear without sounding thin or too artificial.

As with most small soundbars, the mids were a little lackluster, but the subwoofer/soundbar combination was good. The sub filled the lower registers well, without attracting too much attention to itself, and I did not hear male voices in the sub. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t like hearing a lot of bass during my TV shows, and the Polk subwoofer showed good bass control. I didn’t have to play the volume up/down game to keep the balance between dialogue and bass. When I really felt the need for a little more bass, I could easily get it with a couple of clicks of the bass control on the remote control. And for those moments when I felt the need to crank up the volume to hear the music in all its glory, the Mini showed off its dynamic prowess, with more powerful sound and a more spacious soundstage than you’d expect from such a tiny box.

The living room in a completely different type of house: a large carpeted room leading to the dining room, kitchen and walkways upstairs. However, the Mini had no problem filling that room, whether I was watching movies or streaming music to it.

I’ve done some direct A/B comparisons with the VIZIO SB3821-C6, a 2.1 channel soundbar that uses two 2.75″ drivers with a separate 5″ subwoofer. Brent Butterworth sent me this VIZIO as an example of an inexpensive soundbar that works well, so it’s no big deal. In the “Agents of SHIELD” episode, the VIZIO soundbar had a bit more meat in the mids, but the Polk produced cleaner dialogue and its soundstage was more spacious. Also, the Polk subwoofer had better bass control, while the VIZIO subwoofer was quite boomy.

In two of my favorite demos of the film – The Lobby Shooting in The Matrix and Chapter 11 of Iron Man – both VIZIO and Polk had impressive dynamic abilities. The VIZIO’s panel is three times larger than the Polk’s, but Polk’s SDA technology did a more convincing job of creating a wide soundstage. The bullets seemed to penetrate further and further into the room.

Again, the VIZIO had more mids, but the Polk’s bass was tighter and cleaner, and its treble effects were crisper and more precise. The Mini definitely emphasizes the high frequencies to provide that clarity. If you prefer a quieter sound, the Mini might not be the best choice, but I never felt the treble was bright, harsh, or scratchy. I just appreciated how clear and pure things sounded.

I also compared the MagniFi Mini to the $250 Fluance AB40 sound base, which is a one-stop solution that fits four 3-inch drivers and two tweeters into a flat box designed to mount under a TV. The Fluance cabinet is almost larger than the Polk Mini soundbar and subwoofer combined.

I included the fifth chapter from the San Andreas Blu-ray disc, the scene where the earthquake starts. This was an interesting comparison as it really brought out the differences between the one piece sound base and the two piece sound bar approach. In terms of dynamic performance, the two products were very similar, which speaks to the tiny Polk’s impressive craftsmanship, but their sonic qualities were very different. Obviously, the larger Fluance drivers and cabinet allowed it to reproduce a much fuller and richer mid-range and make room for all the tight, chaotic sound effects of the stage. Treble was more muffled, and dialogue was slightly less clear. With the Polk, the dialogue was easy to hear in all this chaos, and the dedicated subwoofer was better at reproducing the low frequencies of the crashing building and explosions.

As part of my music auditions, I streamed several AIFF files via Bluetooth, including Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage. This is a big-sounding record, and the SDA technology captured that sense of space perfectly, and the combination of two speakers and a subwoofer provided a much fuller and more complete presentation than a typical Bluetooth speaker.

But I also appreciate that the SDA technology didn’t make the music too artificial or processed to sound bigger. More simple entries such as “Semifinalist 19’79” by The Bad Plus and “Long Way Home” by Tom Waits still had a natural quality, albeit with the same treble emphasis I heard in the movies. Bass and VoiceAdjust controls on the remote make it easy to adjust bass and treble on the fly to get the balance you want, and the bass notes on these tracks were tight and well controlled.

One thing I want to point out is that the MagniFi Mini definitely has a sweet spot right in front of it where it sounds best and most natural. Presumably due to the SDA technology and the way the drivers do crosstalk cancellation, if you stand or sit far to the side, you hear some strange effects. For me, this was most evident when using the MagniFi Mini as a Bluetooth music speaker. With music sources, I was more inclined to move around the house while listening, whereas with movies and TV, I was almost always in the most pleasant zone.

Drawbacks The
Mini has a fairly limited number of connectivity options, but it’s on par with and in some cases even better than other similarly priced soundbars. Some competitors may provide two digital audio inputs, while the Mini replaces one with an HDMI ARC port. True HDMI I/O pass-through is usually reserved for more expensive soundbars.

The remote control works great and has many useful buttons, but I wish it had a Bluetooth button. Whenever you want to turn on the Bluetooth source, you need to go to the soundbar and press the Bluetooth button on the top bar. Other products I have tested, such as the VIZIO and Fluance models, have a direct Blueooth button.

Comparison and competition

There are several options for the 2.1 channel soundbar in the $200 to $300 price range. The VIZIO SB3821-D6 is an updated version of the model I used for comparison. Like the Polk, it’s a 2.1-channel system with 2.75″ speakers and a 5.25″ subwoofer. It supports both Bluetooth and Chromecast and has more connectivity options but no HDMI ARC support. Its MSRP is 219.99 dollars.

JBL Cinema SB250 ($299.99) and Klipsch Reference R-10B ($299.99) are 2.1 channel options with Bluetooth. The Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar ($249.99) has a larger cabinet but no subwoofer. Zvox offers a one-piece AccuVoice TV speaker for $249.99 or a one-piece SoundBase.570 for $299.99. Yamaha’s line of soundbars includes solid bars like the YAS-107, which cost less than $200, and two-piece combos like the YAS-203, which are priced higher than the MagniFi Mini.

Polk’s own MagniFi One sells for the same price as the Mini, but has a longer traditional soundbar form factor, with larger three-inch drivers and a seven-inch subwoofer, but no SDA or HDMI ARC connectivity.

I’m totally impressed with Polk’s MagniFi Mini. It delivers exactly what I want from a soundbar—clear dialogue, controlled bass, and great dynamics—in a very small, easy-to-place package. It also has a good feature set for the price. Nearly all competitors in this range offer Bluetooth, but things like Chromecast and HDMI ARC connectivity are harder to find.

Yes, the MagniFi Mini is a great choice for small spaces like an apartment, dorm room, or bedroom, but don’t let its small size fool you into thinking it can only work well in very small spaces. This little guy is way beyond his weight class and deserves some serious attention from anyone shopping in the $300 soundbar category.

Record source: hometheaterreview. com

Polk Audio Signa S3 review 9The 0001

Signa S3 from Polk Audio is a 2.1 soundbar that aims to bring theater-style hum into your home at a very affordable price of $249. That’s a low enough price that it’s fair to wonder how much thunder a wireless subwoofer can create when the entire system is cheaper than the many soundbar-only models we’ve tested. Surprisingly, the Signa S3 delivers some serious power – there’s real bass depth here, as well as balanced mids with crisp, clear highs. Multiple listening modes add flexibility, and while not without some minor flaws, the system is a bargain.

The soundbar measures approximately 2.0 by 35.0 by 3.2 inches (HHD) and can be mounted on a flat surface or on a wall; The kit includes a wall mounting rail as well as spacers for wall mounting. The front panel is completely covered with a gray fabric grille, while the inner panel is equipped with two 1.25″ by 4.40″ front midrange drivers and two 1″ diameter front tweeters. The system provides a frequency range from 45 Hz to 20 kHz.

Along the top panel are power, audio source, Bluetooth and volume controls. The rear panel has angled recessed connectors for HDMI ARC and optical cable, as well as the included power cable. There is also a reset button on the back as well as an LED that glows white when connected to Wi-Fi. There are also several status indicators on the front in the form of an LED that glows green for Dolby Audio decoding, blue for Bluetooth, white for Chromecast audio, and yellow for USB playback. (There is a USB port on the bottom panel for playing audio from flash drives.)

A 40-watt subwoofer measures approximately 13.0 by 6.8 by 12.2 inches, with a vertical rectangular cabinet. Behind the bars, the sound is reproduced by a 5.25-inch speaker. It’s wireless, so once you plug it into a power source, it should connect to the soundbar. If for some reason they don’t pair, there are buttons on the back of each for manual pairing, and the included manual provides simple instructions. Polk recommends placing the subwoofer along the same wall (with a little space between it and the wall) as the soundbar and TV.

Built-in Chromecast audio and Google Assistant support means you can voice commands and cast audio from apps like Amazon Music, YouTube and more over Wi-Fi. The system also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and AAC, AptX and SBC Bluetooth codecs.

The included remote is powered by one AAA battery (included) and offers controls for power, mute, audio sources (including auxiliary, Bluetooth and a TV that is actually an HDMI ARC input), volume and levels low frequencies (only eight basses). levels indicated by the front panel LEDs when they are adjusted), as well as listening modes (including Cinema, Music and Night, which we will discuss in the next section). There are also voice control buttons that isolate the movie dialogue frequency range and allow you to raise or lower the dialogue in relation to the rest of the mix (labeled 1, 2 and 3, where 3 is the highest level).

Switching between sound modes is confusing because Polk assigned one LED to flash for each new mode. They are all the same color – pink – so you will never have a visual confirmation of which mode you are in, only that you have pressed the new mode button. Obviously if you know you hit the movie mode button it doesn’t really matter, but this system could be a lot more obvious and clear. For example, there is no quick way to find out what mode you are currently in.

Signa S3 is compatible with HDMI CEC control devices and also comes preloaded with IR codes and the ability to learn IR codes for compatible devices. This means that you can use most remote controls for connected devices to control the basic functions of the soundbar.

What is missing? Not much at this price, but a few adjustable EQs besides the subwoofer volume buttons would be nice. And while we’re very pleased that the system comes with both an HDMI and an optical cable, the subwoofer and soundbar power cables feel a little short. But we’re nitpicking here – the $250 Signa S3 offers plenty of features and comes with all the cables you’ll need.

We did most of our testing with the subwoofer set to the middle (4 out of 8). In video mode Blade Runner 2049 The crash scene in which Ryan Gosling falls from the sky in what looks like a flying military grade Lamborghini includes several explosions. We hear a lot of thunder from the subwoofer, as well as some deep impulses from the music to the film. The soundbar delivers high mids and highs, perfect for dialogue and effects, even without voice control enabled. For those who really want thunder, the sub doesn’t disappoint when boosted, but there’s plenty of bass in the mid-ranges as well.

When the Death Star Explodes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope The Signa S3 delivers powerful bass sound accompanied by well-defined highs. The dialogue even in these fight scenes is clear and crisp. The voice assistant button also emphasizes the mids to some extent, but we found it sounded best when set to medium (2 on the remote).

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In music mode on tracks with intense sub-bass, such as The Knife’s “Silent Shout”, the system delivers powerful low-frequency depth. At maximum volume and full bass it doesn’t distort, though the subwoofer can cause some rattle in your room at those levels – it’s an impressively loud system for the price. At more moderate levels, the bass sounds maybe a little off, but that’s where the Bass Volume on the remote comes in handy – you can set it to boost the bass when listening at medium volume levels.

Bill Callahan’s “Drover”, a track with much less deep bass in the mix, gives us a better idea of ​​the Signa S3’s overall sonic signature. The drums on this track can sound thunderous in bass-directed systems, but the Signa S3 lets you control the amount of rumble. Callahan’s vocals have a lot of treble and bright acoustic punch, and you can drastically turn up the subwoofer volume, but that seems to amplify Callahan’s baritone vocals much more than the drums. The overall sound seems to be the most balanced and dynamic, with bass levels halfway up or just above.

Recordings with natural-sounding acoustics tend to do well here. The new album Three , jazz trio The Necks and Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul”, sound full, rich and natural, with plenty of room to add bass depth (but it doesn’t need to).

On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild”, the bass drum loop gets extra punch, especially if the bass is boosted, while sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat are played with less intense subwoofer rumble. than you might expect. As with the previous track, the set of bass levels means boosting elements in the low and low mids – in this case a drum loop – and, to a lesser extent, sub-bass elements. This tells us that the subwoofer is actually more of a powerful woofer than a subwoofer capable of reaching really deep low frequencies. The system doesn’t feel thin as a result, but if you want subwoofer thunder on your music tracks, you can spend a little more.

Shark genius steam mop reviews: Shark® Genius Steam Pocket Mop System (S6002)

A Floor Sanitizer for $120?

Ever wondered what it would be like to mop your floors with steam? Well now you can stop wondering and start knowing. Say hello to the Shark Genius steam mop.

Shark is well known for their strong performing vacuum cleaners, but will this steam mop be able to wow us? The Modern Castle tests will reveal the answer!

Continue reading below to discover if the Shark Genius is the right steam mop for you.

Budget Steam Mop

Shark Genius

The Shark Genius is an inexpensive, but surprisingly strong performing steam mop. It handled most of our cleaning tests without issue (only slightly struggled with soda due to the volume of liquid). It’s easy to use, lightweight, maneuverable, and great at getting under furniture. A great choice if sanitizing floors is important.Check Price


  • The Shark Genius has a flippable head for easier steam release.
  • Touch-free technology, meaning you never have to touch a dirty cleaning pad.


  • The Genius pocket mop can be hard to push around when starting a cleaning cycle.
  • This Shark mop uses its water tank fairly quickly.

Table Contents

  1. Accessories
  2. Cleaning
  3. Maintenance
  4. Value
  5. Specs
  6. Summary

Shark Genius Design

The Shark Genius steam mop offers a simple design. Built much like a stick vacuum, this Shark mop is not too tall, but is certainly tall enough to avoid strenuous cleaning from continuously having to bend over.

Shark Genius steam mop

DESIGN | This Shark has a circular handle at the top of the unit that houses the power button, along with a cord wrap hook, where the cord can be stored when the mop is not being used. As you move down the front of this mop, there is a water tank, followed by the plastic cleaning head, which holds the cleaning pad.

CLEANING PADS | On the back of the Shark Genius is a lever that users can pull to remove the dirty cleaning pad from the unit. Therefore, you never have to touch a dirty cleaning pad.

To change the cleaning pad, press down on the latch at the back of the unit and the head of the unit will open up for pad removal

The cleaning pads are held on by the head of the unit, which slides into the underside of the pad and clamps down on it to ensure a secure hold.

AESTHETIC | The color scheme of this Shark steam mop is nothing out of the ordinary, but the gray and red, mixed with hints of chrome give it a nice aesthetic overall.

How Shark Genius Cleans

The Shark Genius steam mop cleans in two different ways:

  1. Steam is pressed out through the cleaning pad while being pushed around
  2. Steam is sprayed in front of the mop

Although these two methods both use steam to clean, they do differ.

STEAM THROUGH PAD | The first method allows users to continuously clean while steam makes its way through the cleaning pad. There is no spraying of steam or any other solution.

STEAM IN FRONT | Method number two gives the user the option to flip the cleaning head, spray steam directly onto the area that needs to be cleaned, and mop it up. This style is to be used on harder to reach / clean areas, such as grout lines, or for messes that are more stuck on.

A large cleaning pad uses steam to agitate and lift debris off of your floor

The cleaning process for the Shark Genius is fairly straightforward:

  1. Fill the clean water reservoir tank
  2. Select the amount of steam you’d like to produce
  3. Place the cleaning head on the floor for the desired cleaning style (steam through pad or steam in front)
  4. Push the steam mop around to clean

Size & Dimensions

The Shark Genius stands at 47.1″ in height, 11.8″ in width, and 11.8″ in depth. Additionally, this unit weighs 5.78 pounds.

  • Length – 47.1″
  • Width – 11. 8″
  • Depth – 11.8″
  • Weight – 5.78 pounds

Accessories & Parts

As a steam mop, it does not take much to operate this unit. Most everything is already included on the unit, such as the water tank and cleaning head.

The only extra accessories included are the cleaning pads (2) and the water filling reservoir.

Cleaning Pad: Two dirt grip pads are included with this Shark Genius steam mop. The cleaning pad is to be attached to the cleaning head and used to mop the floors. This pad can be washed and reused and can also be flipped over for longer cleaning sessions.

Water Reservoir: The water reservoir holds water that is converted into steam for cleaning. You’ll want to fill the tank completely fill, as the water is used fairly quickly.

While there are a few other models in the Shark Genius steam mop line, none of them include more accessories than the model we are testing.

Each of the Shark Genius Steam mops come with at least one cleaning pad. That said, the more expensive models do include nicer cleaning pads and more of them.

RELATED – If you would rather not mop at all and have a robot mop your floors for you, then you may want to check out the Braava 380t robot mop or the Braava Jet 240 robot mop.

Cleaning Tests

The following tests are designed to show how the Shark Genius performs as both a mop and a sweeper.

We tested the Shark Genius as a mop on tile flooring, spreading three different debris types across the floor and attempted to mop the debris up over three separate passes.

Next, we tested the Shark Genius steam mop as a sweeper, making several sweeping passes across a dusty hardwood floor. After doing so, we took a look at the floors and made our assessment of the Shark Genius’s cleaning performance.









For starters, the mop test contains three debris types:

  • Dirt / mud
  • Honey
  • Soda

Each of these debris types offer a different level of stickiness and consistency, allowing us to test the Shark Genius steam mop against a light, heavy, and liquid substance. All three debris types are spread across our testing lane in three separate sections.

Throughout our mopping tests, we try to give real life examples and be as consistent and fair as possible. The mopping test procedure goes as follows:

  1. Measure out 3 oz of soda and spread the soda across the back of the testing lane.
  2. Squirt honey in the middle of the testing lane, covering a majority of the width of the lane.
  3. Create a muddy substance from dirt and water then spread the mud with a shoe.
  4. Make a pass across the testing lane and compare the amount of each debris type mopped up on pass one to the untouched debris.
  5. Make pass number two across the lane and analyze the amount of each debris type mopped up.
  6. Make a third pass, if necessary.

RELATED – For additional cleaning help, see our vacuum reviews and guide to creating a cleaning schedule.

Mopping Tests

The Shark Genius steam pocket mop performed exceptionally well throughout all of our cleaning tests. Although there were times where the unit required a bit of force to lift the debris off of our tile floor cleaning lane, there was virtually zero residue left on the floor after the tests were completed.

Soda Cleaning

The soda cleaning performance was strong, but also the weakest link when it came to overall cleaning performance for the Shark Genius steam mop.

There was almost no soda left on our testing lane after all testing was complete

After passing over the soda once, I noticed that the cleaning pad did a nice job of absorbing almost all of the soda it came in contact with. That said, it did have a tendency to drag some soda behind.

This was not a large amount, and the mop actually did a good job of cleaning it up once I made another pass over it, but there was a little bit of soda that remained on the lane after testing had been completed. I think this is more a problem of absorption, than it is raw cleaning performance.

The cleaning pad was to soak up a vast majority of the soda

Mud & Honey Cleaning

Mud and honey were both 100% successes. After passing through both of these debris types, there was virtually nothing left on the testing lane, that I could see. As I continued to make passes over the mud and honey, the Shark Genius steam mop was able to completely mop up all of the debris we spread.

After one pass over the mud, the Shark Genius was able to remove ~99% of the debris

Cleaning the mud and honey was a bit different. When cleaning the mud I was able to make passes back and forth over the mess without having to spray it directly with steam.

On the other hand, the honey required more direct steam (not surprising), which was a quick transition with the Shark Genius. I lifted the mop up, flipped the head, and the steam spraying port was now open and ready to work.

Once I began pushing the mop the steam sprayed and helped to lift the stickier honey off of the tile floor.

Once again, the Genius was able to lift the honey with a single pass

All things considered, these debris were simply no match for the Shark Genius mop.

Sweeping Tests

The sweeping tests were another success for the Shark Genius. After sweeping over the hardwood floor, on the lowest steam setting, the Genius was able to lift and remove dirt / dust that was not visible.

We made quite a few passes over an average size room and found that the floor looked notably cleaner than the area we did not sweep.

If you would like a floor cleaner that can remove larger debris while sweeping, you may want to see our Review of the Bissell Crosswave, as well as our Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate comparison.

Is the Shark Genius Easy to Use?

Using the Shark Genius is not difficult. Fill up the water tank, plug the mop in, choose the steam setting you’d like to use, and begin cleaning.

SETUP | After removing the parts from the box, you do have to snap on the top portion of the handle into the body of the unit, and then snap the body into the cleaning head. That said, this setup is extremely easy, does not require any tools, and can be completed in two minutes or less.

Snapping the Shark Genius handle into the floor cleaning head

FILL TANK | Once you get to actually using the unit, the first step is to fill the water tank. In order to do so, you must use the included filling flask. Fill this flask up with water until it reaches the line shown on piece itself and pout the water into the tank. It only takes one filling of the flask to completely fill the reservoir on the unit.

Water tank reservoir on the Shark Genius

CLEANING PAD | Next, you have to attach the cleaning pad to the mop. Lay the pad flat (upside down) and insert the plastic edges of the cleaning head into the appropriate slots on the cleaning pad, fold the head over by lifting the unit off of the ground, and you’re good to go.

From there, all that is left to do is plug it in and choose the steam, power mode. This is completed by pressing the power button one, two, or three times, which will then light up the power mode lights to inform the user of the mode you have selected. After this step is complete, you’re ready to start mopping with the Shark Genius steam mop.

Steam Modes

If you decide to mop with direct steam applied to a mess, the head can be flipped underneath the body of the unit, opening up the direct spray port of the Genius. Once you begin pushing, the steam will spray in front of the mop. This hot steam will work to remove more stuck on substances off of your floor during mopping.

Changing the power mode is as easy as pressing the button on the body of the unit

All in all, it is hard to come by another steam mop that is easier and more clean to use than the Shark Genius,


Maneuverability on the Shark Genius steam pocket mop is hard to beat. It is able to turn at 90°, lay almost completely flat, and it is light enough to push around without much force applied.

  • Weight: 5.78 popunds
  • Power: 22′ cord
  • Height: 47.1″
  • Modes: 3


When turning the Shark Genius, users do not have to work too hard. Once the handle of the unit is rotated a bit, the head of the mop turns almost immediately. This is a great benefit when trying to clean around furniture in your home.

Flat Lay

Additionally, the ability to lie almost completely flat without lifting up the cleaning head is impressive. This means you have the option of cleaning under furniture or other obstacles in your home, with ease. Plus, you’ll be able to reach further underneath those areas.

The Shark Genius is able to lie virtually flat while mopping

Movement Ease

The only con I would note about the maneuverability of this unit is trying to push the Shark Genius steam mop when starting a cleaning cycle. While the steam is trying to push its way through the cleaning pad, it can require a strong push to get going. This is not a huge negative, but I would have liked to seen the mop resist movement less when starting off a cleaning cycle.

That said, once the mop is thoroughly damp, it is easy to move around. At less than 6 pounds in total weight, it is not so heavy that you cannot mop the floors for a long period of time.

The Genius is able to make 90° turns with ease

For a broader selection of mops see our primer on the best mops of 2018.

Maintenance Tasks & Costs

The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various parts and components of the mop. However, your individual experiences may vary.

Accessory / Part Replacement Frequency Replacement Cost
Cleaning pad As needed Check Price

Maintaining the Shark Genius is a breeze. Change the cleaning pads and replace the water, that’s really all there is to it.

  • Change the cleaning pad – The cleaning pad can be washed and reused several times, but it will need to be replaced periodically, depending on how often the unit is being used.
  • Fill water tank – Making sure the water tank is always full will help put less stress on the mop and add to its lifespan. It cannot produce steam without water.

Annual maintenance costs for the Shark Genius steam mop should cost around around $19 / year. This includes replacing the cleaning pad twice a year.

The Shark Genius owner’s manual recommends replacing the cleaning pad every 3-4 months. This feels like massive overkill to me. I think most users could replace the cleaning pad once or twice a year and be perfectly happy with the performance.

Is the Shark Genius a Good Value?

The Shark Genius steam pocket mop offers a great value, overall. The cleaning performance, price, design, and ease-of-use are all factors that help create a versatile and well rounded steam mop.

During our cleaning tests, the Genius had no issues with our debris types. We found that with a few extra passes, this steam mop will leave minuscule, if any, amounts of substance on your floor.

Maneuverability was solid as well. There was only one small issue with how much force is required to start a cleaning cycle, but this was not really enough of an issue to hurt the Shark Genius.

Maintenance costs are reasonable, as the only notable part that needs periodic replacing is the cleaning pad.

With regard to warranty and returns, Shark offers a 1-year limited warranty with the Genius steam mop, in addition to a 30-day return period, via Amazon.

Shark Genius Specifications

Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Shark Genius:

Type Steam mop
Manufacturer Shark
Model Genius S5003D
Length 47.1″
Width 11. 8″
Weight 5.78 lbs.
Floor Type All hard floor (indoor)
Water Tank Capacity 0.35 L
Cordless No – 22′ cord
Returns Varies by retailer
Warranty 1-Year limited
Price Check Price

Who Should Buy the Shark Genius Steam Mop?

The Shark Genius is a steam mop designed to make mopping your floors quick and easy. The simple design makes it easy-to-use and the three different levels of cleaning power deliver strong cleaning performance.

I would recommend the Shark Genius if you’re looking for the following features in a steam mop:

  • Want a steam mop versus a generic mop – The Shark Genius is a mop that uses steam to clean. This is not your traditional mop that soaks up water and uses that water to wet the floors while mopping them up. The steam is used to lift the substance off of your floor, clean the floor, and dry them quickly. Additionally, the superheated steam means floors are sanitized of bacteria and other germs.
  • Don’t mind a corded unit – This Shark steam mop does include a 22′ cord, so you will want to be sure you are okay with plugging this unit in before purchasing. Some users prefer not to have to worry about plugging in the mop every time they go to use it.
  • Want a strong performer – This Shark Genius steam mop did quite well throughout all of our cleaning tests. This unit was able to handle the dirt / mud, honey, and soda with ease. Additionally, it did great while dusting / sweeping my floors.

For more information on the Shark Genius visit here.

Great Value, Great Performance

  • Design – 92%
  • Performance – 98%
  • Quality – 93%
  • Usability – 94%
  • Value – 92%



The Shark Genius is a budget steam mop built by one of the most popular cleaning brands in the world, Shark. Its performance during our cleaning tests was solid, removing almost all debris on all tests. If sanitizing your floors is important the Shark Genius is a top contender among the steam mops we’ve tested.

Shark Genius Steam Pocket Review

A high quality but bare-bones mop that has a few nice user friendly features

Credit: Shark

$120 at Amazon

Price:  $140 List

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  • Cleaning Performance – 40%

  • Ease of Use – 25%

  • Maneuverability – 20%

  • Features – 15%

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Our Verdict

The Shark Genius Steam Pocket is a pared-down version of more complicated — and more expensive — steam mops. Leaving behind all the accessories, this mop keeps things simple and focuses on floors only. It has a double-sided mop head with a hands-free way to remove the pad when it’s fully soiled. A fully pivoting neck allows you to easily mop around furniture and into tight spaces. However, it’s a little too mobile for our taste and difficult to control on textured flooring. We also would like to see a few more features — even just a scrub brush — to make this okay mop a truly good cleaner.


Double-sided mop head

Hands-free pad changing



Loose head is hard to steer

No scrubbing brush

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Pros Double-sided mop head, hands-free pad changing, straightforward Built-in scrub brush, stands unsupported, articulating head Powerful, maneuverable, great scrubbing brush, reasonably priced Tons of attachments, great handling, good spot cleaning, versatile for more than just the floor Handy accessories, reasonable price
Cons Loose head is hard to steer, no scrubbing brush Limited accessories, designed for floors only, scrub brush is a bit small No hands-free cleaning pad changing, few accesorries Switching between attachments isn’t convenient, tank fills on side Poor heavy-stain removal, no trigger lock
Bottom Line A high quality but bare-bones mop that has a few nice user friendly features A simple, easy-to-operate, highly effective steam-cleaning device with a motivating price tag The best, most effective model we’ve tested at an impeccably fair price Tons of attachments offer unique, high-quality cleaning options for all throughout your home Helpful accessories and average cleaning performance make this a decent budget option but not our top recommendation
Rating Categories Shark Genius Steam. .. Bissell PowerFresh Bissell PowerFresh… Bissell PowerFresh… Hoover Steam Comple…
Cleaning Performance (40%)
Ease of Use (25%)
Maneuverability (20%)
Features (15%)
Specs Shark Genius Steam… Bissell PowerFresh Bissell PowerFresh… Bissell PowerFresh… Hoover Steam Comple…
Steam Adjustability Low, med, high Low, med, high Low, high Low, high Dial
Water Tank Capacity 350 ml 455 ml 474 ml 399 ml 379 ml
Water Fill Opening Diameter 1. 25″ 1″ 1″ 0.75″ .5″ and 1″
Pad Attachment Hands-free Elastic Elastic Elastic Velcro
Additional Mop Head? No Yes No No Yes
Included Pads 1 2 2 2 2
Cleaning Brush? No No Yes Yes Yes
Hose Attachment? No No No Yes Yes
Cord Length 22′ 23′ 25′ 25′ 26′
Additional Accessories Included None Microfiber soft pad, microfiber scrubby pad, spring breeze fragrance discs and a carpet glider Built-in scrubber Built-in scrubber, squeegee, hose, medium cleaning head, small cleaning head, grout tool, small scraper, precision power nozzle, 3 small scrubbing brushes, microfiber cloth Steam connector and hose, XS & XL plastic brush, steel wire brush, grout brush, hard surface squeegee, upholstery cloth, angled, crevice tool, steam and scraper tool, carpet glider, 2 mop pads, tool storage bag

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Shark Genius Steam Pocket is a simple steam mop with a 350ml capacity accessed by a 1. 25-inch flip-top opening and accompanied by a 22-foot cord. It comes with just a single mop pad that attaches and detaches hands-free. No additional attachments come with this model.

Performance Comparison

A simple mop, but one that does what it does well.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning Performance

The Genius Steam Pocket produces an even amount of steam to help adequately lift messes and clean the floor. However, the mop pad catches a fair bit on deeper grout and particularly textured flooring surfaces. Because of the reversible head, this mop lacks the ability to apply the kind of pressure needed for deep cleaning. It also has no scrubbing mechanism of any kind. You can add an extra blast of steam to remove caked-on gunk, though it’s a bit challenging to aim. Though we’re not always the biggest fan of the overly mobile mop neck, it does allow the mop head to be completely vertical, sliding in very narrow spaces or even cleaning the fronts of stairs.

An extra burst of steam and a reversible pad keep you cleaning for longer.

Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use

The tank of the Genius Steam Pocket may not be removable or particularly large, but it’s very easy to use. It holds 350ml of water (on the low end of average capacity among models we tested) and has a 1.25-inch diameter opening on top. The transparent tank walls let you easily see how much water is left, and the water heats up in under a minute, controlled by clearly labeled buttons. However, the multi-pivoting mop head feels rather squirrely and floppy during handling, making it difficult to mop in a straight line — particularly over more textured flooring. It also cannot stand up on its own when you fill the tank or try to store it in the closet. Those issues aside, the double-sided mop pad can easily be removed by activating a button with your foot when you’re done cleaning, which is a nice attribute.

The Genius is exceptionally easy to fill.

Credit: Laura Casner


The rectangular cleaning head of the Genius swivels deftly and provides even enough steam that we had no trouble getting into tight corners and under cabinets. The cord is also a fairly generous 22 feet, so you won’t have to switch outlets too much. We also found the cleaning head to glide very smoothly on minimally textured floors like high gloss tile. The double-sided mop head can reach into corners and clean right up to edges. Taking full advantage of that reversible mop head, you can actually squeeze it vertically into very narrow spots for some bonus cleaning most steam mops can’t offer.

The Genius slides under cabinets quite easily.

Credit: Laura Casner


When it comes to special features, the extra burst of steam and hands-free pad changing are about all the Genius Steam Pocket offers. It doesn’t come with any additional cleaning accessories like an extra mop pad, scrubbing brush, or any attachments that would allow you to use it on more than just the floors. It does, however, have one of the most adjustable steam outputs of any model we tested, offering a Medium setting where most have just High and Low.

Hands free mop pad changing is a nice little bonus feature.

Credit: Laura Casner


Despite being a rather bare-bones, floor-only steam mop, the Genius Steam Pocket isn’t particularly cheap. But, if you really want a mop that can squeeze into the tightest of spaces and don’t mind that it lacks the ability to handle any attachments, perhaps it’s worth it to you.


The Shark Genius Steam Pocket is a high-quality mop that keeps it simple by only cleaning your floors without any extra attachments. Its overly mobile head allows for unique angles of cleaning but can also be a bit difficult to control on more textured floors. It’s not the most versatile or the best cleaner, but its mobility is notable.

It might not be fancy, but it still does a solid job of cleaning everyday floor messes.

Sony xg500 watts: Sony SRS-XG500 X-Series Wireless Portable Bluetooth Wireless Boombox Party-Speaker

Sony XG500 Watts – Tom’s Tek Stop

The XG500 Sony Bluetooth boombox speaker is a medium power, party stereo  with abundant audio watts to fill a common size room or yard with plenty loud, far reaching tunes.

But what do the watts of a BT speaker tell us about it?  Firstly, the watt is a measure of how much power the speaker consumes or outputs.  Furthermore, this metric is a handy comparison measure. E.g. Generally speaking, the more watts speakers can deliver. the louder can play. Plus, they sound bigger than those with less.  They cost more, have larger, heavier batteries and AC power supplies, along with outsized drivers.  They offer more dynamic range, have a deeper bass response, and stereo models like the SRS XG500 offer typically a bigger soundstage to listeners.

The Sony XG500 boombox speaker on the charge.

Thus in general, the more watts the speaker can drive, the better it sounds, even at lower audio wattages. You get clearer sound due to more accurate reproduction of the bass as well as midrange and treble content of the music. So, the speaker’s watts output is a key indicator of speaker capability and quality, and as such, is of great intrigue to audiophiles and novice music lovers alike.

In this case, the Sony XG500, as a portable indoor / outdoor boombox, is a decidedly hefty model.  Indeed, its tens of watts can fill a medium size room inside or outside with easily heard tunes. See below for details on its power output.

Sony XG500 Watts: Details

    1. Battery Capacity: 50 watt-hours.*
    2. Charger Power: 80 Watts (20 volts at 4 amps).
    3. USB-C Charger Power: Not available on this speaker.
    4. Light Power: Less than 3 watts.
    5. Standby Mode Power: Less than 0.5 watts.
    6. Power Bank Output Power: 10 Watts (5 volts at 2 amp max divided among the two output ports).
    7. Audio Output Power on AC (RMS): 40 watts.*
    8. Peak Audio Power (both channels): 57 watts.
    9. Audio Output Power on Battery: Decreases as battery discharges.
    10. Output Power per Channel: 20 watts RMS.*
    • = Estinated.

Notes on Sony XG500 Watts

    1. The speaker tries to save on battery power as the battery nears total depletion.  The XG500 does this by reducing the audio output power somewhat.

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    1. Official Product Page for the XG500 Boombox at Sony. com

Revision Log

    • 2023-02-17: Tweaked the targeting a bit.
    • 2022-08-23: First published.

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Sony SRS-XG500 specifications

EN – 2 Manual (PDF), EN – 110 (PDF), EN – 3 Datasheet (PDF)
Ports & interfaces
USB 2. 0 ports quantity 2
AUX in
3.5 mm connector
Connectivity technology Wired & Wireless
Microphone in
Bluetooth profiles A2DP, AVRCP, SPP
Equalizer bands quantity 3
Audio formats supported AAC, MP3, WMA
Recommended usage Universal
Card reader integrated
Built-in microphone
FM radio
Audio output channels 2. 0 channels
Number of speakers 4
Illumination LED
Illumination colour Multi
International Protection (IP) code IP66
Carrying handle(s)
Product colour Black
Product type Stereo portable speaker
Product design Tube
Battery type Built-in battery
Packaging content
Cables included AC
Quick start guide
Warranty card
Power adapter included
Weight & dimensions
Width 460 mm
Height 256 mm
Depth 215 mm
Weight 5600 g
Packaging data
Package width 534 mm
Package height 314 mm
Package depth 268 mm
Package weight 8000 g
RMS rated power – W
Logistics data
Harmonized System (HS) code 85182200

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SRS-XG500 Portable Wireless Speaker System

With powerful club sound and an X-Balanced speaker, the XG500 delivers great sound no matter the environment.

Model details

  • Party out! – With an IP66 water and dust resistance rating, this loudspeaker can be used almost anywhere. You can listen to music by the pool, in the park and even on the beach.
  • You can have more fun than usual! – Since the XG500 speaker system has a battery life of up to 30 hours, you can have fun without worrying that the music will suddenly stop playing.
  • Quick Charge – Don’t worry if you don’t have time to fully charge your device. Just 10 minutes of fast charging will provide 3 hours of full system operation.
  • Take care of your battery – The battery care function helps you avoid overcharging and keep your battery in optimal condition for longer.
  • Make some noise outside the house! – Combining an X-Balanced speaker, a high-performance tweeter and a passive radiator, the XG500 delivers powerful sound that’s perfect for outdoor parties.
  • Convenient carry handle – Prefer to listen to music on the go? No problem! Thanks to the convenient handle, the XG500 can be taken with you wherever you go.
  • X-Balanced Speaker Unit – The innovative X-Balanced driver features a large rectangular diaphragm. Thanks to this feature, the reproduced sound will be richer and clearer, no matter what style of music you prefer.
  • Sound you want to share i – The XG500 is a perfect combination of technical solutions for higher sound quality. The X-Balanced speaker delivers deep, punchy bass and clear sound even at high volumes. Thanks to the high-performance tweeter, the sound at high frequencies is clear and spacious. Passive radiators optimize the reproduction of clear bass. Put it all together and you have a great sound that your friends should enjoy too.
  • Pump up the bass! – MEGA BASS allows you to customize the bass sound. So when playing records with a pronounced rhythm, the bass will be deep and assertive.
  • Enjoy live sound – There’s something special about the sound of live music. With LIVE SOUND technology, you can recreate this unique atmosphere and play your favorite concerts over and over again.
  • Let it shine – The all-new backlight creates modern and sophisticated lighting that’s perfect for both parties and everyday use. You’ll find a huge selection of lighting schemes in the Sony Music Center app.
  • Captivate the audience with a bright performance – If you feel like singing in yourself, you can connect a microphone to a speaker and sing from the heart, or connect a guitar and use the speaker as an amplifier.
  • BLUETOOTH connection – Prefer a wireless connection? Simply connect the XG500 to your BLUETOOTH enabled device and stream audio directly to your speaker.
  • Connect and enjoy! – Use the rear USB port to connect USB drives and stream your favorite music from your device.
  • Party Connect – Connect up to 100 compatible speakers, sync music and club lights and turn up the volume.
  • 2 USB charging ports – If your smartphone runs out of power, you can connect it directly to the speaker system and recharge it.
  • Sony Music Center – Optimize audio settings, control playback, select lighting patterns and control devices directly from your phone.
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  • DIMENSIONS (W X H X D): 460 x 256 x 215 mm
  • WEIGHT: 5. 6 kg




  • INPUT AND OUTPUT CONNECTORS: Stereo mini jack (IN), USB A connector, microphone input, guitar input


  • POWER SUPPLY: Built-in rechargeable battery
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    A vacuum cleaner is not the most thrilling purchase. It’s not a new pair of jeans or a lipstick color that gives you a little instant boost the first time you wear it. It’s not even the type of home good you would proudly display, like a stylish coffee table or comfy lounge chair. The best vacuums make themselves invisible. We enjoy the results of their work — spotless hardwood floors and perfectly groomed rugs — only after we’ve used them and they’re once again hidden away in a hall closet. A bad vacuum, though, can’t help but make itself known. Perhaps it’s so heavy and strenuous to maneuver that it turns cleaning into a workout, or it has such poor suction power that, even after multiple passes, your floors are left covered in crumbs and dust.

    The trouble with choosing a vacuum is that they all promise big things. (No company will tell you that every time you try to empty the canister, the filter will fall out.) That’s why the Strategist’s team of writers and editors took it upon ourselves to test vacuums for you.

    Over a period of two months, we tried out more than a dozen vacuums, using them on our hardwood floors, carpets, and rugs, and in our homes full of pets, kids, and adults of varying messiness levels. We selected new and existing top options that were generally well reviewed, so while there aren’t any serious duds in the bunch, some vacuums on our list are better than others for different reasons — so read on if you need a vacuum that’s great for high-pile rugs or shedding dogs. Or if you don’t want to scroll through all the options, you can click any of the links below to jump straight to the vacuum that sounds right for you.

    Best overall | Best less expensive | Best upright | Best for carpet and rugs | Best for hardwood | Best for pet hair | Best less expensive for pet hair | Best for small apartments | Best with detachable handheld option | Best wet-dry

    com/strategist/_components/clay-paragraph/instances/ckr3k5otw000v3h6hhbvj9ulq@published” data-word-count=”136″>Corded versus cordless: Corded vacuums are great if you’ve got a larger space and don’t want to worry about running out of battery halfway through your cleaning session. But of course, they’re limited to areas where you can find an outlet. That’s why we’ve listed the length of the cord; though that number ranges from 15 to 40 feet, most fall around 30 feet. For the cordless vacuums, we’ve listed the maximum run time, according to the manufacturer. (Of course, that run time is variable in real life, and it can change depending on whether the battery is fully charged and which power setting you’re running it on. But it will give you a good sense of whether the vacuum has enough battery life to clean your whole apartment or if it’s better for spot treatments.)

    Type: Over time, bagless vacuums have overtaken bagged ones as the standard because they’re easy to clean and don’t require the additional purchase of extra vacuum bags. (In fact, all of the vacuums we tested are bagless.) But there’s still a fair amount of debate about which type of vacuum is best. There are three main options: upright, stick, and canister. Upright vacuums are the most traditional, with a handle on top and a swiveling brush head. Stick vacuums have become more popular thanks to Dyson, and they’re often cordless (though you can find corded options). Canister vacuums are the most compact full-size option and come with a long hose that makes it easier to get into nooks and crannies.

    Ease of use: The best proxy we’ve been able to find for ease of use is weight: If the vacuum is too heavy to carry around, you probably won’t want to take it out often and clean. In general, stick vacuums are lighter than upright or corded ones.

    Cleaning power: When our writers and editors tested these vacuums, we really wanted to know the following: How well does the vacuum pick up crumbs, pet hair, dust, and other debris? Does it work better on one surface than another? Or does it work equally well on hardwood floors and shaggy carpets? Is it effective at giving thick rugs a deep cleaning?

    Eureka Stylus


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    com/strategist/_components/clay-paragraph/instances/cl3kfjrhd002d3f6m9hvt7knw@published” data-word-count=”10″>Cordless | 45-Minute Run Time | Stick | 6.4 Pounds

    It’s not the most statusy vacuum or even the most popular brand, but this Eureka Stylus became a favorite of former senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson during our testing period. She even found herself reaching for it more often than the Dyson Ball Animal 2. One big reason is its lightweight, cordless design, which is just so easy to maneuver: “While a big upright vacuum requires more effort to pivot around corners or get into tight spots, you can easily change direction with the Stylus — and even do a full 360-degree spin — with just a light flex of the wrist. It feels like switching to a suitcase with spinner wheels when you’re used to one that can move only forward and backward. ” And according to Adelson, it’s still plenty powerful enough to pick up everyday messes on any surface: “From spilled flour and kitchen scraps to cat litter strewn outside the box, it cleaned up nearly every mess with a single pass, even on the lower of two power settings. My apartment is all hardwood floors with two semi-thick rugs that like to shed, and the Stylus handled both surfaces with ease.”


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    Bissell Zing Canister, 2156A Bagless Vacuum, Green


    15-Foot Cord | Canister | 10.3 Pounds

    With over 17,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, Bissell’s Zing Canister vacuum gets top marks from those looking to save money without having to compromise on suction power or ease of use. It’s also the vacuum that Strategist editor Maxine Builder keeps in her Brooklyn apartment to clean up after her (very hairy, part-husky) dog. Because it’s a canister, rather than an upright or stick, it’s compact and “easy to store at the bottom of my coat closet,” says Builder. The design makes it easy to dump dirt from the canister straight into the trash can, and, according to Builder, this can be a lot of dirt: “The Bissell quickly sucks up pet hair and dust off hardwood, but it struggles a bit more on rugs. I usually have to go over the runner two or three times to get all the pet hair out.” It also doesn’t have any fancy anti-hair-wrap technology, so Builder reports having to clean out the brush attachment fairly frequently. But for less than $100, it’s the best deal we’ve found on a vacuum that still has enough cleaning power and ease of use to keep your house clean.


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    Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

    $500 now 25% off


    com/strategist/_components/clay-paragraph/instances/cl3kfmye8003z3f6mb3mb3x9i@published” data-word-count=”7″>35-Foot Cord | Upright | 17.4 Pounds

    Dyson vacuums (like the company’s fans and hair dryers) have a reputation for being engineering marvels — powerful, ergonomically designed products that are worth their higher-than-average price tag. From an effectiveness standpoint, the Ball Animal 2 doesn’t disappoint. This heavy-duty cleaner catches everything from food scraps to tufts of cat fur with a single pass. Adelson says, “Despite what I think is consistent vacuuming in the past, the Dyson unearthed layers of dust and crumbs that had been buried in my thick living-room rug for months — if not longer.” And because the vacuum has a huge (and conveniently clear) dirt container, you can go a while without having to empty it.

    There are two downsides to the Ball Animal 2: the weight and the price. “I struggled more with moving the actual vacuum around since it’s definitely heavier than ones I’ve used in the past and doesn’t swivel or turn around tight corners like a smaller vacuum could,” says Adelson. “As a small-apartment dweller, I wonder if the Ball Animal 2 is too much vacuum for my home.” She also found it got “stuck on the rug and pulled up on it,” though on hardwood, “it glides along smoothly, sucking up every crumb in its path.”

    At $500, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is among the more expensive vacuums on this list, but it’s one of the cheapest Dyson models (and unlike the comparably priced cordless stick vacuums — like the V8 or Omni-Glide — there’s no limit on run time because there’s no battery). So if you can afford it and you need something to get your place seriously clean, this is probably one of your best options.


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    Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Upright Vacuum


    $250 now 29% off


    40-Foot Cord | Upright | 18.1 Pounds

    “If the WindTunnel is any one thing, it is powerful,” says Strategist managing editor Kelsie Schrader. “I have three rugs (one thin, one medium pile, and one high pile) in my apartment, plus hardwood and tile floors, and this vacuum picked up nearly all the debris from all of the surfaces on the first pass. I was thoroughly impressed, if not a little disgusted, at how much dirt the vacuum picked up the first time I used it. The rugs are only two months old, but after vacuuming just two of them, the dirt canister was very full, proving just how well the WindTunnel had gotten all the dust, dirt, and hair strands (my roommate and I shed more than her dog does) out of them.” The bagless design means the dirt is easy to dispose of — simply press a button and open a flap at the bottom of the canister — and the filter is easy to clean with water.

    This is the heaviest vacuum our team tested, which is probably why it’s so strong. But according to Schrader, “its size made it difficult to use, especially in my small New York apartment. The base is too big to fit under most of my furniture or in the corners, so I had to move all my furniture a few inches this way, then that way, to get a good clean, and I had to swap in the crevice tool to reach all the corners.” However, the 40-foot cord is the longest of the corded models we tested, so you won’t have to keep plugging and unplugging to cover the whole room, and the wheels glide easily over all surfaces, including carpet and rugs.


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    Hoover ONEPWR EVOLVE Cordless Upright Vacuum

    $210 now 19% off


    Cordless | 35-Minute Run Time | Upright | 8.6 Pounds

    This Hoover has three settings: one for hardwood, one for carpet, and one hybrid. “The one for hardwood floors disables the brush, and it easily sucked up the Cheerios and desiccated blueberries that are constantly on our kitchen floor,” says former senior editor Peter Martin, but the mode he and his family used most was the hybrid, “rolling from the wood floors directly onto the short-fiber, densely woven rug under the couch.” The carpet mode left something to be desired. Starting it up “felt like starting up a jet engine, both in terms of suction power and volume. It was almost too strong for our living-room rug, actually picking it up off the ground, which made pushing the vacuum a chore,” says Martin, and compared to their ten-year-old Dyson Ball Animal, the Hoover didn’t grab as much dirt and dust:“While we could get by with this as our only vacuum, I think we’d miss the carpet-cleaning effectiveness of the Animal. For us, the Evolve is the perfect closet stash. It’s useful for hardwood floors and capable of making quick cleanups (and because it’s so light, it can even be used on the stairs), but when it’s time for a deep clean, dragging the Animal down from upstairs is still, unfortunately, worth it.”


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    Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


    Cordless | 60-Minute Run Time | Stick | 6. 7 Pounds

    When we did a deep dive on the best vacuums for pet hair, Dyson was the most recommended brand by veterinarians, dog trainers, and regular pet owners. This cordless stick model in particular was recommended four times and is the go-to vacuum at Bond Vet, a start-up veterinary clinic. “When pets come in through the door, they’re bringing New York City in with them,” says Bond Vet’s co-founder and chief veterinary officer, Zay Satchu, and the staff is constantly grabbing this vacuum from the charging station for quick cleanups. The nylon bristles on the brush head make it particularly effective for picking up hair, and the lightweight design with five attachments makes it easy to clean anywhere, from hard floors to rugs to upholstered couches.

    [Editor’s note: Dyson’s V11 Animal cordless vacuum is out of stock, but the V10 Animal cordless vacuum is very similar and available for $550 at Target. ]


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    Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 27909, Blue



    30-foot cord | Upright | 14.2 pounds

    Unlike the Dyson V11, this Bissell is specifically designed for pet owners, with a tangle-free brush roll that claims to efficiently suck up pet hair without slowing down the vacuum. So former writer Chloe Anello took this vacuum to her parents’ house, which is currently home to three dogs, to put it to the ultimate test: They were all shocked by how much hair came up, even from dogs who are no longer with them. “When we took the Bissell to the second floor, which is completely carpeted, we were disgusted by how much dirt and fur came up. (Before you think we’re just dirty people who never vacuum, my dad vacuums the whole house at least once a week.),” says Anello. “Fur from our Westie Fiona, who died in 2019, and Pekingese Ellie, who died last summer, appeared in the canister. Every room filled the canister. The good news, though, is that the canister is very easy to empty and clean, so it wasn’t much of a hassle. It also has a Febreze filter insert, which left a wonderful, fresh-smelling scent that lasted for nearly two days.”

    Since it’s an upright vacuum, however, it’s too bulky to reach into crevices or go underneath furniture. And though it’s great on carpet, “the vacuum is almost too powerful for area rugs. I had to have my dad stand on one end of a rug because it kept pulling it up and getting stuck,” says Anello. But at a fraction of the cost of the Dyson V11, this Bissell is a solid option for those who are most worried about getting that pet hair out of there.


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    Shark Vertex Ultra Lightweight Anti-Allergen Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum


    $430 now 20% off


    Cordless | 60-minute run time | Stick | 9.0 pounds

    One of the best features of this cordless stick vacuum, according to associate editor Jenna Milliner-Waddell, is something called MultiFlex. What that basically means is that, with the touch of a button, the neck of the vacuum bends up to 90 degrees so you can get under furniture without bending yourself over or getting out an attachment. “It’s a game changer,” says Milliner-Waddell. “Moving furniture is typically reserved for deep cleans and isn’t realistic for every regular cleaning, but this vacuum means I never have to move furniture, and every clean is a deep clean.” The MultiFlex feature also allows the vacuum to fold in half for compact storage, “which is great to have in my studio apartment where I don’t have a place to conceal it,” says Milliner-Waddell. For those still-too-tight spaces, the vacuum breaks down into a handheld vacuum with brush tools and an extender; Milliner-Waddell used those to “get into tight corners behind my TV stand and reach up to the ceiling to get the cobweb I had been staring at for weeks.” And best of all for those who share a wall with you, Milliner-Waddell says the Shark Vertex is “quieter than any vacuum cleaner I’ve ever used.”


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    Shark Navigator Lift-Away



    25-foot cord | Upright | 13. 0 pounds

    Although the Shark Navigator is best described as an upright vacuum, it’s designed so you can easily detach the front canister and carry it around as a handheld-canister hybrid. According to writer Dominique Pariso, that detachable handheld functionality “makes cleaning stairs and other nooks and crannies a breeze.” It’s also a very good upright vacuum that “glides smoothly and makes it super-easy to pivot around corners,” albeit adding a little bulk, “so it’s difficult to get under low tables and chairs,” she explains. With two modes — one setting for hardwood and one, more powerful, setting for carpet — this vacuum did a good job of suctioning up dust and hair on both surfaces, though Pariso was most impressed with how it deep-cleaned carpets.

    The 25-foot cord is among the shortest on the vacuums we tested, and Pariso wishes it were longer: “I ended up having to keep plugging it into different outlets to reach different parts of the rooms. I was testing this at my mother’s house, though, and I suspect if you were just trying to clean a smaller apartment, the cord would be fine.” But, she concludes, “if you’re looking for a lightweight, versatile vacuum cleaner that can tackle both hardwood floors and carpet, the Lift-Away is for you.”


    at Target


    Cordless | 120-minute run time | Stick | 5.9 pounds

    This vacuum from LG is the most expensive of the ones we tested, but it’s also the lightest, has the longest run time we’ve seen for a cordless stick vacuum, and functions unlike any other because you can replace the vacuum brush head with a mop. “I was skeptical that the mop function was more of a novelty than anything else,” says senior writer Liza Corsillo, who tested this wet-dry vacuum. “But it works really well for how easy it is to use. The mophead has a small water tank that fits on top and is easy to fill in the sink. The LG mops with very little effort, and it even pulls itself forward so you don’t have to do much more than guide it.”

    It’s also a very good cordless stick vacuum. Although Corsillo has used a Eufy RoboVac 11s for years, she was shocked by how much dust, dirt, and dog hair this LG vacuum picked up from her rug: “Please don’t judge me when I say this, but the dustbin on the LG filled up and needed to be emptied after just 20 minutes of vacuuming. It’s hard to tell how strong the suction is because using this vacuum is pretty effortless and I don’t feel a huge amount of pull or drag when using it. But based on that first collection of dirt, it does a much better job of cleaning than my RoboVac.” Fortunately, “Emptying it is easy, and I haven’t accidentally spilled dirt everywhere, as I have done several times with other bagless vacuums.

    At just under six pounds, this model is light enough to use as a handheld vacuum with the different attachments. “I tried it with the crevice tool under my couch cushions to extremely satisfying results,” says Corsillo. “The whole thing weighs just over five pounds, and it has a telescoping wand so I never have to bend over while cleaning. The handle has a small sort of trigger clip that my pointer finger fits into really comfortably, so it feels more like an extension of my own arm than any appliance I have ever used. And the weight is distributed so well, I barely feel its six pounds.”


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    The 4 Best Multi-Surface Vacuums – Spring 2023: Reviews

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            Updated May 18, 2023 at 02:02 pm

            By Evan Jakab

            The current vacuum cleaner landscape has yielded many models that can deal with clearing debris on linoleum floors and dense shag carpeting, not to mention almost everything in between. That said, cleaning performance isn’t the only factor in being considered a good multi-surface vacuum. To cope with a variety of different surface types, having an adjustable floor and power setting is helpful, not to mention a reconfigurable design for cleaning large areas and tight spaces like the inside of a car.

            We’ve tested over 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuum cleaners for carpet and hardwood to buy. These picks are selected based on not only their performance across a variety of surfaces but also their design and price. For more buying recommendations, look at our list of the best hardwood vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best vacuums for stairs.

            1. Best Multi-Surface Vacuum

              SEBO Airbelt D4 Premium


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              The best vacuum for hardwood and carpet we’ve tested is the SEBO Airbelt D4. This high-end canister vacuum has a powerful 1250W motor, enabling it to easily clear debris on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet, even with a basic straight-suction floorhead. Opting for the pricier Premium variant also gets you SEBO’s ET-1 powerhead, which is one of the most effective attachments for carpet cleaning on the market; it boasts four levels of height adjustment, an automatic brushroll cutoff switch, and an indicator light to let you know when the bristles are worn out or aren’t making contact with the ground.

              The rocker switch on the vacuum handle gives you precise control over suction power, so you can adapt to different surface types on the fly. Recurring costs are low, especially for a bagged vacuum, as it uses high-capacity dirtbags and filters that last for years without needing a replacement. Build quality is also fantastic, and the canister body is surrounded by a cushion to prevent it from marking up your walls.

              While its four caster-mounted wheels make it somewhat maneuverable for a vacuum of this weight and size, you might want to consider the Miele Complete C3 if you need something smaller, lighter, and easier to use in cluttered environments. However, the Miele has a shorter range and incurs higher ownership costs due to its smaller dirtbags and less durable filters. Conversely, if you want to go completely cordless, the Dyson V15 Detect is one of the most powerful cordless vacuums we’ve tested and delivers a correspondingly strong cleaning performance. However, it’s prone to get stuck on thicker rugs and carpets.

              See our review

            2. Best Upper Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum

              Miele Classic C1 Cat&Dog PowerLine


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              If you’re looking for a more inexpensive multi-surface vacuum, the Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog PowerLine is the best vacuum for carpet and hardwood that we’ve tested. This is the top-tier variant of the C1 product lineup and is correspondingly loaded with features. It comes with Miele’s height-adjustable SEB 228 powerhead, suitable for a wide variety of carpet types, and a lightweight straight suction parquet tool that’s easy to maneuver on hard floors. Its 1200W suction motor yields fantastic suction performance, enabling it to clear away debris on a wide range of surface types. There’s also a mini turbo brush attachment to deal with pet hair or other messes on fabric-lined furniture, not to mention a crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery nozzle. This variant of the C1 has a post-motor filter containing active charcoal to trap unpleasant odors as you clean.

              That said, compared to the pricier SEBO Airbelt D4, it doesn’t feel quite as robust. It also doesn’t have handle-mounted power adjustment controls, and you’ll need to bend over to twist its suction control dial. Its overall range is also roughly half that of the SEBO, so you’ll need to swap outlets when cleaning faraway areas. It uses smaller dirtbags and less durable filters, so you’ll be replacing worn components more often, which drives up the cost of ownership.

              See our review

            3. Best Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum

              Shark Stratos Cordless


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              The best vacuum for hardwood and carpet we’ve tested in the mid-range price bracket is the Shark Stratos Cordless. This cordless stick vacuum has a more rudimentary powerhead than the Miele Classic C1 Cat&Dog PowerLine, as it features no height adjustment and no brushroll off switch. However, it’s cheaper and still delivers fantastic performance on bare floors. It also clears away an impressive amount of debris on low and high-pile carpeting, though it can get bogged down on shag-pile carpeting.

              Unlike the Miele, it can automatically increase power on carpeted floors thanks to its Clean Sense IQ system. Its cordless design makes it easier to clean far-away areas than the Miele, especially considering the latter’s short range. That said, its bagless design makes it a less suitable choice for those who suffer from serious allergies, even considering its onboard HEPA filter. It can run for up to an hour in most energy-efficient configurations, but you can expect a much shorter runtime than that if your home has a lot of carpeted floors.

              If you don’t want to worry about running out of charge and want a comparably-priced corded vacuum, the entry-level Pure Suction variant of the Miele is a great choice. It has little in common with the Shark, being a bagged canister vacuum, but performance is strong, and it feels much better built. That said, unlike the Shark, it doesn’t have a power socket allowing it to accept powered floorheads for cleaning thick carpeting.

              See our review

            4. Best Budget Multi-Surface Vacuum

              Eureka Mighty Mite


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              If you want to save money on a multi-surface vacuum, consider the Eureka Mighty Mite. This compact bagged canister vacuum isn’t much to look at, with a utilitarian design that looks more like a workshop vacuum than something designed for home use. Don’t be fooled by its cheap looks, however, as it offers plenty of power for the price. It has a relatively potent 12 amp suction motor that yields strong overall debris pickup performance on bare floors. While it doesn’t come bundled with a powerhead or an air-driven turbo head for cleaning carpeted floors, you can retract the bristles on its straight-suction head to improve suction on low or even medium-pile carpeting.

              Unfortunately, its overall range is considerably shorter than that of more expensive canister vacuums, like the Miele Classic C1. If you don’t want to worry about staying close to a power outlet, the JASHEN V16 is a relatively inexpensive cordless alternative. It can’t compete with the Mighty Mite regarding debris pickup performance. Still, it does come with a wide variety of attachments that make it suitable for use on many surface types, including a pair of interchangeable brushrolls that are intended for use on bare floors or carpeting.

              See our review

            Notable Mentions

            • LG CordZero A9 Ultimate:
              The LG CordZero A9 Ultimate is a cordless stick vacuum that comes bundled with a wide variety of attachments and is fully compatible with a dedicated mopping floorhead. However, it has a smaller dustbin than the Shark Stratos Cordless and doesn’t do quite as well on carpets.
              See our review
            • Miele Triflex HX1:
              The Miele Triflex HX1 is a cordless vacuum that delivers very good performance across all surface types, but it has a shorter battery life and a smaller dustbin than the Shark Stratos Cordless.
              See our review
            • Shark APEX UpLight:
              The Shark APEX UpLight is a corded stick vacuum that does a good job of picking up debris on a wide range of surface types and represents a good alternative to the Shark Stratos Cordless for long cleaning sessions. However, it’s more demanding in maintenance and feels less sturdy.
              See our review
            • Shark Stratos Upright [AZ3000, AZ3002]:
              The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a bagless upright that performs similarly to the Shark Stratos Cordless on most surfaces. However, it’s substantially bulkier and more of a hassle to maneuver. Still, it’s worth a look if you want a corded alternative.
              See our review
            • Samsung Jet 90 Complete:
              The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a cordless stick vacuum that’s compatible with a unique Spinning Sweeper tool that can be used to mop up stains on hard floors. However, compared to a similarly-priced corded alternative like the Miele Classic C1 Cat&Dog PowerLine, it lacks suction power and feels considerably less robust.
              See our review

            Recent Updates

            1. May 18, 2023:
              Swapped Samsung Jet 90 Complete with Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog PowerLine as ‘Best Upper Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum’ pick. Swapped Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away with Shark Stratos Cordless as ‘Best Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum’. Swapped Wyze Cordless Vacuum with Eureka Mighty Mite as the ‘Best Budget Multi-Surface Vacuum’ pick. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks.

            2. Mar 21, 2023:
              Ensured all the main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs. Added Shark Stratos Cordless and LG CordZero A9 to Notable Mentions.

            3. Jan 20, 2023:
              Ensured all main picks represent the best option for user needs. Added Samsung Jet 75 to Notable Mentions and removed less relevant Notable Mentions.

            4. Nov 21, 2022:
              Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best fit for user needs. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks.

            5. Sep 22, 2022:
              Removed irrelevant product category picks. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete as the new ‘Best Upper Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum’ pick and added Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away as the new ‘Best Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum’ pick. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum as ‘Best Budget Multi-Surface Vacuum’. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions and added Shark APEX UpLight and Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV to Notable Mentions.

            All Reviews

            Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for multiple surfaces. We don’t just base our results on overall performance but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

            If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of our vacuum reviews, with considerations made for high performances across different surface types. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there’s no single best vacuum for multiple surfaces, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

            Washing vacuum cleaners Thomas for parquet with Aqua-Box

            • Thomas Pet&Family Parquet Pro

              Product code:


              Professional in removing pet hair and stains. Quickly cleans wet and dry floors, carpets and upholstered furniture. Cord hose and extended range of accessories including parquet/laminate cleaner and pet cleaner

              Country of origin



              2 years

              Filtration type

              Aqua-Box, Dust bag

              Cleaning type

              Dry cleaning, Wet cleaning, Water collection, Air washing

              43 590 ₽ 34 990 ₽

              Thomas Pet&Family Parquet Pro is now in your shopping cart

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              Thomas Nero AQUA STEALTH

              Product code:


              Vacuums, washes and dries in one stroke for a radiant sheen on hard floors and clean carpets down to the base of the pile. Gentle cleaning of wooden floors

              Country of origin



              2 years

              Filtration type


              Cleaning type

              Dry cleaning, Wet cleaning, Water collection, Air washing

              33 990 ₽ 28 990 ₽

              Thomas Nero AQUA STEALTH is now in your shopping cart

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              Thomas Multi Clean x10 Parquet

              Product code:


              The washing vacuum cleaner of a parquet series. Effectively and quickly cleans any floors, carpets, and upholstered furniture in dry and wet mode. Dual control: on the hose handle (radio control) and on the device itself. Solid set of accessories.

              Country of origin



              2 years

              Filtration type

              Aqua-Box, Dust bag

              Cleaning type

              Dry cleaning, Wet cleaning, Water collection, Air washing

              43 990 ₽ 40 290 ₽

              Thomas Multi Clean x10 Parquet is now in your shopping cart

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              Thomas Parkett Master XT

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              A true master of parquet cleaning. Perfectly cleans and washes parquet, laminate, carpets, tiles, PVC floors and upholstered furniture. Equipped with a large number of nozzles.

              Country of origin



              2 years

              Filtration type


              Cleaning type

              Dry cleaning, Wet cleaning, Water collection, Air washing

              43 590 ₽ 34 990 ₽

              Thomas Parkett Master XT is now in your shopping cart

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              Thomas Allergy & Family

              Product code:


              The washing vacuum cleaner from the parquet line thoroughly and thoroughly cleans the house from dust and allergens. Washes even parquet and laminate. Especially for allergy sufferers with washable HEPA grade 13.

              Country of origin



              2 years

              Filtration type

              Aqua-Box, Dust bag

              Cleaning type

              Dry cleaning, Wet cleaning, Water collection, Air washing

            Thomas » Parquet and Laminate Vacuum Cleaner

            Much of the questions we receive on our hotline are about cleaning moisture-sensitive floors.

            So, the task is clear: choose a Thomas washing vacuum cleaner for parquet or laminate floors

            Initial data:

            • The house has parquet or laminate.
            • May also include carpets, tiles, PVC floors.
            • Upholstered furniture.

            Desired result:

            • Clean house
            • Fresh and clean air

            Thomas has taken this task seriously, as parquet and laminate are the most common flooring in interiors. And this is understandable, because most people like their natural appearance, a feeling of warmth and respectability. So, is it possible to clean parquet and laminate flooring with a washing vacuum cleaner? If yes, then how? Sometimes in a home appliance store you can hear from sellers that a washing vacuum cleaner and parquet are incompatible. Don’t believe! Either the seller does not know about Thomas appliances, or is personally interested in selling you something else. In fact, the Thomas factory produces a range of vacuum cleaners for delicate floors. All models of this series are equipped with special nozzles for cleaning parquet and laminate. Vacuum cleaners Parkett Master XT, Multi Clean x10 Parquet, Allergy&Family For dry use, use a natural horsehair bristle brush head. It sweeps dust and debris between the floor planks and immediately sucks them up.

            The Parkett Prestige XT has a parquet nozzle, in addition to horsehair pile, with a felt sole. The pile cleans the debris from the cracks, the vacuum cleaner sucks it in, and the felt polishes it. And all this happens in one movement. It is also very convenient that this nozzle can take a position parallel to the floor, which, of course, you will appreciate when cleaning under low furniture.

            During dry cleaning, the innovative Aqua Box water filtration system is used, which is very effective. You will find such a development only in our vacuum cleaners, as it is patented and truly unique. The level of filtered dust is at least 99.99%, and the pollen is completely retained in the vacuum cleaner. At the same time, the system is simply arranged and easy to clean after cleaning. The air coming out of the vacuum cleaner is not only clean, but also humid. Due to this, the entire volume of air in the room is cleaned.

            With model Thomas Dry Box Amfibia for dry cleaning, you can use one of the two dust collectors included in the kit: Aqua Box or DryBox. The DryBox system works according to the cyclone principle, but unlike conventional cyclones, it has an improved design. Thanks to this, the vacuum cleaner does not require cleaning after each cleaning. This will be especially appreciated by those who do not have the opportunity to devote a lot of time to household chores during the week.

            What is special about wet cleaning with 9 series parquet vacuum cleaners0052? Parquet and laminate flooring manufacturers advise controlling the moisture content with a cloth or mop, as these floors, especially parquet, are sensitive to moisture. However, this does not always work well in manual mode. And then it is also desirable to wipe the surface dry. Thomas engineers and designers carefully studied all these recommendations and automated the process of mopping thanks to the specially designed Aqua Stealth nozzle.

            The most important thing about the Aqua Stealth nozzle is that it not only cleans, but also immediately dries the surface. In the process of wet cleaning, water does not enter the cracks and does not cause deformation of the planks. Cleaning is very hygienic, as only clean water is supplied to the nozzle. All Thomas parquet vacuum cleaners are equipped with this nozzle. They perfectly wash the floors without the use of chemicals – ordinary tap water is enough. This is also very important for parquet.

            In addition to nozzles for dry and wet cleaning of parquet and laminate, Thomas washing vacuum cleaners have nozzles for dry and wet cleaning of carpets, tile and linoleum floors, and upholstered furniture.

    Lg lmv2031st microwave: LG LMV2031ST Stainless Steel 2.0 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave : Home & Kitchen

    User manual LG LMV2031ST (English

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    User manual

    34 pages



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    View the manual for the LG LMV2031ST here, for free. This manual comes under the category microwaves and has been rated by 2 people with an average of a 7.7. This manual is available in the following languages: English. Do you have a question about the LG LMV2031ST or do you need help? Ask your question here

    The LG LMV2031ST is a microwave that features a 2.0 cubic foot capacity and 1000 watts of power. The touchpad controls are easy to navigate and the One-Touch settings make it simple to cook common items like popcorn and beverages. The two-speed fan helps to vent smoke and odors from the kitchen, and the charcoal filter is washable for easy maintenance. The cooking interior is made of EasyClean material, which is simple to clean and resist stains. The turntable is removable, which makes cleaning more convenient. Overall, this microwave is a reliable and efficient appliance for heating and cooking food quickly and easily.

    LMV2031ST | LMV2031ST
    48231319010, 0048231319010
    User manual (PDF), Datasheet (PDF)
    Appliance placement Over the range
    Product colour Stainless steel
    Control type Touch
    Built-in display
    Display type LED
    Number of power levels 10
    Door hinge Left
    Turntable size 360 mm
    Integrated clock
    Timer type Digital
    Interior light
    Interior capacity 56 L
    Child lock
    Turntable deactivation
    Inverter technology
    Microwave power 1000 W
    Product type Solo microwave
    Door colour Stainless steel
    Door open type Pull-out
    Cooking functions & programs
    Defrost function
    Reheat function
    Convection cooking
    Steam cooking
    Keep warm function
    Weight & dimensions
    Interior dimensions (W x D x H) 552. 5 x 371.5 x 269.9 mm
    Width 760.4 mm
    Height 417.5 mm
    Depth 403.2 mm
    Package width 854 mm
    Package height 530 mm
    Package depth 492 mm
    Weight 28600 g
    Package weight 31800 g
    Other features
    Heat source Electric
    Connected load – W
    Cooker hood
    Grease filter type Charcoal
    Fan performance 400 cfm
    Number of fan speeds 3

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