Every year I get the opportunity to try out an assortment of new products with our family. Some start out wonderful and then quickly find their way to the garbage while others become part of our daily lives. Out of the dozens of products I tested, these are some of the best and worst products of 2012.
The BEST Products of 2012
Safety 1st ProGrade VersaScan TALKING Thermometer – Our family has been through all lot of thermometers this year, mostly because they end up missing when we need them most. But this has been the one thermometer I go back to time and time again because it’s so easy to use and always the most accurate. The kids also like the red/green color aspect so they can understand why they have to take yucky tasting medicine.
Neosporin Essentials for Eczema – Living with mild eczema has been irritating at the least. One of the few products that actually helped and healed my winter breakouts has been this product line. We’ve even found it helps our daughter’s eczema which is a bit more severe than mine.
Method Home Cleaners – I’ve been using Method for over a year now and it has almost completely replaced all of the cleaning products in my home. We use Method for the floors, counter tops, stainless steel, dish washing. laundry and most recently in our dishwasher. Plus they come out of with new and refreshing scents all the time, I couldn’t stay away if I wanted to.
The WORST Products of 2012
Meaningful Beauty – It’s not a bad product, I’m just a bad user. At first it was great, but really, a product system that requires several steps to apply day and night gets old fast. I found myself going right back to my single wash and lotion routine, for a quarter of the price.
Clearasil PerfectWash No Touch Dispenser – Another product that started out wonderful but didn’t hold up to daily use. After a couple of months the whole dispenser shorted out (probably water damage). This could be a great product but for something meant to be used near a bathroom sink, it should be 100% waterproof.
Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner – The big bummer of the year. Not a month after daily use and we found ourselves shoving this vacuum into the garage. The motor was overheating and the canister wouldn’t connect flush to the unit.
Products I BOUGHT and LOVE or HATE
Rack It Up Oval Pot Rack – I can’t believe it took me so long to finally buy one of these. The kitchen rack was fairly easy to install and it has held up very well to the weight of my heavy Calphalon pots and skillets. Several months later it is still my life saver when it comes to keeping my kitchen organized.
Sears Craftsman 22” Rear Drive Self-Propelled Electric Start EZ Lawn Mower – I’m highly disappointed with this product. We spend a pretty penny for a shiny new lawn mower and within a month it started having problems. The side shoot would fall off easily, it wouldn’t start half the time and despite regular maintenance it was spitting out obnoxious fumes from the motor.
Intex 16 ft x 48 in Ultra Frame Above Ground Pool Set – For one summer this pool was fantastic! Then winter came and it was time to store it. We found that getting the liner clean was absolutely impossible. I’m not sure we’ll bother putting it up for the next summer seeing as the liner is too heavy for two adults to lift and get remotely clean.