When my We Know Products editor told me to review kitchen appliances I already own, my first thought was to tell the world about my budget coffee maker. I’m lucky they took the post, but turns out they were more interested in the fact that I own an Instant Pot. (So that is just something you are expected to divulge to potential employers? Noted.)
Anyway, it is true. I joined the masses this past Christmas by adding the Instant Pot to my kitchen. I can’t say I’ve used it as much as my coffee pot Hazel (I haven’t even gotten around to naming my Instant Pot yet. Any suggestions?). I have definitely used it, though, so I can surely write a review!
If you haven’t been living under a rock since Amazon Prime Day 2016, you already know the basics of the Instant Pot. It is a multifunctional kitchen appliances that can act as a pressure cooker, slow cooker and a bunch of other things. You might not know that the Instant Pot comes in three sizes – 3-quart, 6-quart and 8-quart. I generally only cook for myself, so my parents got me the 3-quart model.
There also are various generations of the Instant Pot — including the Max, the Lux, the Duo, the Duo Plus and the Ultra. I have the Ultra. (I want it on the record that I did not ask for the Ultra!) Apparently the Ultra comes with more functions than the early versions, including cake, egg and sterilize. The only one of those I’ve used is egg. You know what? It works great! But I’m going to be honest with you (at risk of being told never to write for We Know Products again), I prefer the hard-boiled eggs at my Saturday brunch spot. They “devil” them (is that a verb?) way better than I do.
As a more positive anecdote (that I assume my editor will move up to earlier in this article), this year I was conscripted to make chili for our not-quite-Super-Bowl-Party (my roommate, her boyfriend and me). Everything I read online beforehand said that you needed a 6 or 8-quart Instant Pot to make chili. Not so! I successfully mixed the chili ingredients my grandmother swears by with those recommended by some woman online for a 6-quart Instant Pot, scaled down as I deemed fit. If you ask me (and my roommate and her boyfriend, I promise), it had a quite delectable result. (The secret? Liberal use of cumin.)
The upshot here is twofold. On one hand, I don’t think the 3-quart Instant Pot Ultra is meant for people like me (sorry Mom!): I don’t cook a lot, and in cases like the chili example, a pressure cooker or Crock-Pot (RIP Jack Pearson) would have done the job. On the other, in cases when I would cook (a real Super Bowl Party, other gatherings), I don’t think I have the adequate size Instant Pot. Unless you cook for yourself (and just yourself) every day, get a 6-quart or 8-quart model.
2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
When it comes to shopping for your best friend, mom, girlfriend, or any other leading lady in your circle, we’ve got you covered. Shop the best gift ideas for women with this holiday gift guide. All products are available on Amazon!
Surprise the makeup enthusiast in your life with this beautiful neutral eyeshadow palette.
Cozy up with these UGG sherpa slippers that will keep you warm all winter long.
Give the gift of glowing skin with this perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Comfortable sleep set that is cozy and cute.
A moisturizing lotion that rejuvenates the skin during the dry winter months.
Give the gift of this Pillow Talk icons set. Includes four favorite lip secrets from the collection.
Like an airy dream, Ariana Grande Cloud is a creamy, soft and luxurious perfume with a high-class scent. Fresh and uplifting bergamot orange, rich lavender and juicy pear create a bright opening.
A hair product any beauty buff would love.
An ideal gift for a girl who’s always on the go!
These must-haves are essential for every step of your hair care routine. Cleanse with normcore signature shampoo, moisturize with the nourishing mask, and refresh your style with perk up dry shampoo.
This lash enhancing liquid eyeliner and serum promote the appearance of longer looking lashes.
A great stocking stuffer and always an everyday must-have.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of earrings, let alone at this price!
At $9, This Silly Plush Turkey Hat Is A Must-Own
In 2022, Santa hats are out. Silly turkey hats are in.
I was on Amazon looking for things to do over Thanksgiving with relatives (eventually landing on the brand new game Christmas Categories) when I came across this:
My first thought was that it creates the perfect opportunity for someone in the family to recreate the classic Monica turkey head scene from Friends:
Then I realized that there are many ways you can have fun with the turkey hat Thanksgiving. When you play games, you can decide in advance that the loser has to wear the turkey hat. Or perhaps you can start a tradition that whoever carves the turkey each year gets to wear the turkey hat. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you are spending the holiday this year (with funny turkey hat, or sans funny turkey hat), the We Know Products team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Keep Comfort Within Arm’s Reach With NAIPO’s New Handheld Massager
If you go on Amazon and search for “handheld massager,” you will find dozens and dozens of clones of the same $100 massage gun. My immediate reaction upon seeing this was that there is no longer any innovation in the massager industry. Instead of actually investing in R&D to come up with more advanced ways to help customers, massager companies seem content to copy one another and compete on price.
One company gives me hope. That company is NAIPO, a well-known massager brand whose stated mission is to help people all over the world “Find Well-being.” NAIPO’s latest handheld massager features a brand new design that provides added value for the user. While it is still a percussion massager, its sleek comfort-grip handle grants access to otherwise inaccessible areas of the body. It also features 5 interchangeable massager heads so that you are able to treat each acupuncture point with the best possible massage.
This attention to detail creates a truly customizable experience. After a workout or just a long day at work, you can choose from 5 different speed levels and 5 different working modes, from gentle relaxation to vigorous, deep-tissue massage. By virtue of the extended front grip, you can give exactly the right type of massage to previously neglected muscles all over your body.
A common complaint about percussion massagers is the noise level that can make it awkward or even impossible to use in public. The new NAIPO handheld massager is different. Unlike its competitors, it provides amazing results with only a single massage head. This has the twin effect of reducing noise levels and making it lighter and therefore less unwieldy, a huge plus especially for older users.
The NAIPO XF-5120 handheld massager will be available for purchase soon, and at $52.99 it is inarguably cheaper than similar products on the market. You get your very own either at NAIPO’s own storefront on naipocare.com or on Walmart.com. Stay tuned for more updates!