Lifestyle novelties: We test the coolest products in February
Every month, new products vie for our attention in the highly competitive lifestyle market. To make your purchase decision easier, we test exciting new products in advance and report on our experiences.
Food favourites, technology goodies or new fitness methods: the lifestyle world has new, exciting attractions in store every month. So that you can find your way through the product jungle, we test exciting new releases for you and tell you openly and honestly whether the purchase is worthwhile.
Dip, dip, dip!
product: “evergrate” ceramic grater
Price: small plate grater 14.90 euros, dip bowl 24.90 euros
To use: The evergrate bowls are made of ceramic with an integrated grater. They can be used in many ways – garlic, onions, cucumbers and much more can be easily grated in them to prepare delicious dips. The bowls come in a variety of designs to match any table setting. During production, the stone ceramic was fired twice, which is why it is also dishwasher-safe.
Application: Pick your favorite ingredients and go! In the stylish ceramic bowls, delicious dips can be prepared in no time at all. For this you can take ingredients such as garlic and olives, rub them on the rough surface of the bowl in a circular motion or from top to bottom and a fine mass is created. Add a bit of olive oil, pepper and salt and voilà! The grated can also be simply wiped off with the enclosed brush.
You can find more recipes for tsatsiki, tomato spread or guacamole online or in the booklet that comes with your order.
Conclusion: I’m excited! The bowls are an absolute eye-catcher. It’s easy to make great dips or just use them as a simple fine grater. In addition, they are dishwasher safe, but can also be easily washed by hand. I use both the plate grater and the dip bowl all the time. I use them regularly, especially for a simple garlic and olive dip, guacamole or as a grater for ginger and lemon tea. There seems to be a lot of love behind the bowls, each bowl is unique because it was formed and painted by hand. A really great product!
Beautiful memories in book form
product: CEWE photo book square, 21 x 21 cm
Price: from 16.95 euros
To use: Rejoice in past moments or give joy to others.
Conclusion: Creating the photo book with the tool is very easy, but you have to download the software first. The memories are dragged onto the respective page as a single image, but multiple images can also be combined. In addition to many tips, there is also a video guide for newcomers on the site. This creates a nice overview of your favorite moments: certain trips, time with loved ones – or other pictures that simply deserve to be viewed more often. The photo book looks great on the shelf and is a wonderful pastime for the next visit or just to enjoy it yourself.
product: Electric toothbrush “Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige”
Price: 299.99 euros
To use: Thoroughly clean teeth and gums.
Application: As complex as the inner workings of the current toothbrushes may be, the application remains very simple: switch on, set the degree of hardness, get started! Just please don’t scrub like you’re used to with an analogue toothbrush.
Conclusion: An electric toothbrush that even has an app on top of it – welcome to the 21st century. The toothbrush is very chic and elegant. That’s something you like to put in the bathroom! The brush then does its job more than satisfactorily. If the sound is too “rough” for you, the:die has the choice between three “degrees of hardness” – very practical. The app is also innovative. After cleaning, it provides tips on where you should be a little more precise next time. The price is anything but affordable, but there is something on offer in return.
Fresh cooking made easy
product: “Silvercrest Monsieur Cuisine Smart” food processor
Price: from 449 euros
To use: Smart food processor designed to make cooking easier.
Application: With the Monsieur Cuisine you can cook whole menus or simply mix the batter for waffles in the afternoon. Either you use one of the numerous recipes that are already stored in the food processor and let yourself be guided step by step to your goal, or you use the machine for your own recipes – which you can even save. In addition, it is simply an all-rounder for the kitchen: it stirs, cooks, steams, mixes, whips – everything in one device.
Conclusion: It took a bit to get used to everything. Not necessarily because it’s complicated, but because it takes some getting used to cooking an entire meal with a single machine. But now I don’t want to be without Monsieur Cuisine anymore. I’m trying more and more and can only recommend it. It is often referred to as the little brother of the Thermomix. Although it does not have exactly the same recipes, it can definitely keep up with the professional device. Absolute recommendation.
A sharp relaxation
product: “Shakti Mat” acupressure mat
Price: 66 euros
To use: The Shakti mat is designed to reduce muscle pain and improve athletic recovery. It is said that daily use should help with headaches, neck and back pain, reduce stress and anxiety, promote blood circulation and promote good and restful sleep.
Application: Unpack, lay on it, take a deep breath and relax for 20 minutes!
Conclusion: The first time I lay down on the acupressure mat, 20 minutes felt like 40. I’ll be honest: it takes effort to stay lying down. But it’s worth it. I almost fell into a trance-like state, I was so relaxed. I have been lying on the Shakti mat every day for three weeks. And she actually convinced me! My neck pain is less and I’ve been sleeping much better since I’ve been using it – and I actually dream more intensely. I have a feeling it’s the mat. A great product that I definitely recommend!