I am always looking for quality products to use that add value to my life, but you can’t always trust reviews online. So I decided to provide my clients with these recommendations of products that I have ACTUALLY used myself! I hope this listing can add as much value to me as these products have added to me! You find additional information on my recommended products from my YouTube channel.
After reading the recommendations you can click the product images to buy them online!
Here are some products I have found useful as a homeowner and hope you will too!
|Cuisinart CMW-100 1-Cubic-Foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven|
This microwave is fantastic! I was originally gifted it as a wedding present over 10 years ago. Our original one recently failed due to user error. Given how well it has worked and for how long we decided to just buy it again for ourselves and have not been disappointed!
|ASAKA 100 LED 600LM Solar Lights Outdoor, Super Bright Waterproof Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights|
These lights are super convenient! They are really bright, easy to install, and were perfect for illuminating our back path!
|Smart plug, Gosund Mini Wifi Outlet|
These smart plugs originally replaced my old bulky outlet timers when we put up our Christmas lights. Since then I’ve enjoyed using them on various light fixtures around the house so my lights automatically turn on and off on a schedule. It is great being able to remotely control them when I’m away too! You can also check out my smart plug video review video here!
|Frigidaire 50-Pint FAD504DWD High Efficiency Dehumidifier|
If you live anywhere in the south, then you probably need one of these in the summer months. We run one year round in our basement and another seasonally upstairs to help keep the humidity levels manageable in our house. This one is quiet, efficient, and really easy to use!
|NestCam Outdoor HD Security Surveillance Camera w/ 2 Way Audio (2 Pack)|
We originally bought these to go on our beach house. However, we eventually went with a smart doorbell there instead. Rather then send them back, we installed them on our house and have been really glad we did. It is so nice to be able to see if a package was left for us and of course it is always fun catching videos of the wildlife in our yard! They also integrate directly with the same App and website we use for our Smart Thermostats!
|Google Nest Learning Thermostat|
Like the NestCam, we originally bought this to go in our beach house. After realizing how much it saved on our energy bills at the beach house, we decided to upgrade our home thermostats as well. It has been so nice being able to adjust the thermostat from our phones at home or away. Its a MUST HAVE for anyone with a vacation home as you can set limits on temperatures that guests can set as well as remotely reset the temperature when guests leave. You can also set it to go into “ECO” mode automatically when no one is home to save even more on your energy bills.
|Cube Cruise Power Strip Desktop Charging Station|
Like several of the products on this list, we originally purchased this for our beach house (I think we get set in our ways and don’t branch out to new products very often, but purchasing a new house that we would occupy forces us to try new things). These charging stations are so convenient. We put one on every nightstand and side table in our beach house. You can plug in your laptop, phone, tablet, and don’t have to search behind tables and chairs to find the wall outlet. We have received many compliments from our guests on these too!
|Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt|
You guessed it, we originally bought this for our beach house! The previous owners had used a “programmable” deadbolt and just given all their guests the EXACT SAME CODE! We thought that was crazy, so we upgraded to the smart deadbolt that allows us to remotely program up to 100 codes at a time! We can now give every guest a unique code that is only enabled for the duration of their stay. We also get notifications when codes are used so we know when the cleaners arrive!
|Sunco Lighting 12 Pack 6 Inch Slim LED Downlight|
We recently did some updates to our house that included removing the old 80’s textured ceilings and installing new recessed lights. These lights were recommended by our contractor and we could not be happier! Of the 12 pack, only one had a problem and the company immediately replaced it for us for free.
|Fire TV Stick 4K|
We have not been “cable” subscribers for over a decade, however our old media setup involved a full desktop computer that we re-purposed into a media center. When we were doing some style updates to our living room we decided the old desktop computer had to go (it was nearly 10 years old and on its last legs). We replaced it with the Fire Stick and have been very pleased. It is easy to view all our different services, including streaming shows directly from websites. It plugs right into the back of our TV so we don’t have any additional floor or desk space taken. We even were able to link it to our other computers on our network to stream saved videos from PC drives! If you already have an older Fire Stick device you can trade it in and 20% off your new Fire Stick with this link.
|TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router|
We live out where until very recently there was no good high-speed Internet service available. In 2019 we found out about a new ISP, BitHaulers, offering high-speed Internet to rural users like us. The owner of the company did a great job getting us set up and as a result of the new high-speed Internet our old WiFi router became obsolete (our Internet speed was greater than that supported by the router). The owner, Jason, recommended we try this new router and it has worked wonderfully for us! Our old satellite ISP at best could provide us with ~20Mbps service with regular outages and very high latency. With BitHaulers we regularly have speeds between 50-80Mbps and have even had tests go up to 90+Mbps and our latency was cut by a factor of 10x!
|Sunbelt Ground Cover Weed Barrier|
For all you gardeners out there… This stuff is amazing! We used to spend all our time in the garden weeding. Then we put this down across the entire garden and now can focus on growing our plants!
|Titan 43″ LW Clamp on Pallet Forks w/Stabilizer Bar|
For those of you on acreage and have a tractor with a front-loader, these are for you! Turn your tractor into a pallet lifting machine! We use them to move pallets of firewood around from our storage area to the porch where we roll them on furniture dollies next to our side door, allowing easy and clean access to our firewood.
|BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop|
If you have kids, dogs, or other creatures that track dirt into your house then you probably need one of these for your tiled floors. Just do a quick vacuum then run the steam mop for sparkly clean floors. This is so much easier to use than traditional mop and no dirty bucket of water to carry around, just throw the mop head in the laundry and its good to go again!
|Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner|
I just love how easy this vacuum is to use. No messy bags to replace, light-weight, and easy to navigate around furniture, and does not take any floor space to store as it hangs on its wall mount charging station.