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  • Best 4 Pancake Compressors

    Pancake compressors are great tools for use at home and in the workplace. These tools are often lightweight, portable, and affordable making it a great investment for household and small workshop applications. The pressure they offer is ideal to power stuff like brad nailers, conduct small carpentry tasks, handle auto repairs, and handle a variety of other tasks. The good thing is that a typical pancake compressor uses common home circuitry to operate.Why are they called pancake compressors? The flat and oval-shaped air tank is where it derives its name - pancake compressor. Even though these devices look complicated, their features are straightforward to use. And given that there is a wide variety of compressors, you can choose what you prefer according to your needs and the brand you love.Not just that. When it comes to choosing the best air compressor for your use, there are a lot of things to consider. From the size, design, weight, among other issues. With a market packed with a variety of these products, and every producer heavily marketing their product, it can be hard to select the best pancake compressor for your needs (particularly if you've never owned one before). But we've tried and tested a plethora of pancake compressors to settle on the four below.

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  • The 7 Best Lawn Mower

    We took 20 different lawn mowers out on the garden, testing to find out which were the most efficient. Out of the 7 lawn mowers we shortlisted, the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower tops our list. It’s got a powerful 1500 W motor and a wide 36 cm cutting width that’s perfect for medium to large gardens.The Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower is also worth a special mention as well due to its hardened steel blade that’s powered by a 1200 W motor and a 32 cm cutting width.There are plenty of other worthy options in this review so check out our comparison table below to select the best lawn mower for your gardening needs.

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  • The 10 Best Smart Garage Door Controller

    We spent over 72 hours testing 40 different smart garage door controllers that we readily found on the market. Simple installation, ability to send alerts and the ability to open and close the garage door from any location were among the most important factors that we considered when compiling you a shortlist of our favourites.The LiftMaster MyQ Universal Smart Garage Opener is the best smart garage door controller. It has a high-quality construction, is simple to install and allows the user to open and close the garage door through a mobile app. The Digital Ant Wireless Smart Garage Opener on the other hand is the most affordable product on our list. It was very simple to install and is Bluetooth compatible. Below are the rest of our top picks.

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  • The Best Automatic Cigarette Roller (In the UK)

    We tested over 20 products to find the best automatic cigarette roller. We considered both electric and non-electric rollers, as they all have their advantages. During our research, we tested their speed, power, and the cigarette size they are able to roll. After days of testing, we believe that the Powermatic 2 Electric Cigarette Injector Machine is the best automatic cigarette roller. It’s very well built, it can produce both king size and 100mm cigarettes, and hardly ever jams. It’s also very light, considering its power.We've also thrown in a much cheaper option with the generic rolling device in case that's what you're looking for!

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  • The Best Paint Brushes and Paint Pads (available in the UK)

    We interviewed 8 professional painters, tested 20 paint pads and paint brushes and read innumerable online reviews to create a list of the top 7 paint brushes and paint pads in the UK. Our research and the tests that followed produced two clear winners: one set of paint pads and one paint brush. For the paint brush, we recommend going for the Purdy Monarch Elite and for paint pads, it has to be the Luigi's Paint Pad set gets our nod.While testing our 20 purchased products we considered a range of important factors, including: overall performance, size of pad/brush, bristle quality, handle size and durability, and, of course, the all-important price.

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  • The Best Mini Lathes for Metal and Wood (available in the UK)

    After testing more than 20 mini-sized metal and wood lathes over the past three months, comparing their speed, checking their precision, and gauging their power, we’ve ended up with the six best mini lathes for metal and wood. Of the six, we can say with certainty that the Steel Metal Working Mini Lathe and Jet JWL-1015 are the best mini lathes on the market. Both these lathes provide great power for their size, have a brilliant build, and contain a myriad of useful features to meet your requirements. Check out our comparison table and reviews below.

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  • The Best Smoke Alarm Spy Camera (in the UK)

    We examined a range of 20 different popular smoke detector hidden spy cameras currently on the market and bought 8 for an in depth review, which involved installing and testing them. We looked at a range of important features, including the picture quality, power source and battery life, memory capacity, ease of use and special recording features. The FiveSky 1080p HD P2P Wifi Hidden Camera Smoke Detector was our top pick, with its 1080p HD resolution, sensitive motion detector, remote real-time monitoring function and the useful option to use the device via either battery or direct current. You can check out how this device and others did during our review in the chart below, and you can also read in depth reviews of each device a bit further below the table.

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  • The Best Drain Cleaning Machines (available in the UK)

    Our friendly team of clean freaks spent a lovely 25 hours testing out 15 of the most popular drain cleaning machines to find which is the current best in the cleaning business. Our testers have considered the quality and performance of each machine, as well as their special features, portability and power, to come up with our list of the best. In our humble opinion, the Steel Dragon Tools K60 Sectional Drain Pipe Cleaning Machine is the best drain unclogger machine due to its power, ease of use and its versatility in cleaning various drain systems, but our comparison table below highlights the key features of each product, and further down you’ll find our more detailed reviews on each.

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  • The Best Portable Motion Detector Alarms (In the UK)

    We spoke to 10 Home Security Experts, interviewed 3 former police officers with experience in solving home burglary cases, and tested the resulting 20 motion detector alarms against variant, sensitivity, detection range and zone, battery life, and of course the price tag. The result? We could now say with confidence that the Chamberlain CWA2000 is the best for home protection. Weather resistant and waterproof, it is compatible with nest Cameras, send the information directly to your smartphone via its app, and has a mammoth working range of 1,000 feet.

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  • The Best Magnetic Screen Doors (available in the UK)

    We interviewed 10 homeowners, used 14 different models, read innumerable online reviews, and tested the final 7 products to find the best magnetic screen door in the UK today. Our research produced two clear winners: YRH Magnetic Fly Screen Door for medium-sized openings and The Premium Choice for large-sized doors. Both these doors keep the bugs out, let fresh air in, and are durable enough to handle moist and humid environments. The Premium Choice, in particular, justifies its selection with a 12-month money- back guarantee.

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  • The Best Magnetic Sweepers (available in the UK)

    After interviewing 10 professional sweepers, noting down their advice, and buying the 20 products that they recommended, we tested each magnetic sweeper for their maximum lifting height, pull force, sweeping width, portability, ease of handling, and garbage disposal mechanism. With so much effort in the background, we were able to draw a list of 6 best magnetic sweepers on the market. Of the six, Master Magnetics Mini Push-Type Sweeper is the best not only because it is light weight, but it has a maximum pull time of 1.6 seconds, has a quick release button and an easy-to-use handle.

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  • The Best Electric Snow Shovel (available in the UK)

    We visited the coldest cities in America, interviewed dozens of homeowners, and drew up a list of over 50 electric snow shovels. Back in our lab, we compared these models for their ejectable range, working height, overload protection, and electric consumption. Then, after we had read innumerable reviews of each product on the internet, we were able draw a list of 7 best electric snow shovels. Of the 9 models, we found the Grizzly to be the best electric shovel. Not only does it offer the unique LED lighting feature, but it also has an impeccable ejection range, provides automatic overload protection, and has a foldable frame for easy storage.

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DIY & Tools Reviews

DIY Essentials

A basic DIYers toolbox contains everything you might need to tackle more than half of the tasks in your home. You want your toolbox, however small, to contain all you might need whenever you want to make home improvements or repair broken stuff. And if you are going to properly complete your work, you'll need to choose the right tools. It takes time and money to have a complete set of DIY tools. However, if you are going to use something just once, it is better if you rent it. The one to buy should be those you can use at least once every year.

As usual, Only Reviews will help you get the best of everything for your DIY toolbox. Read on to see what you must include in your toolbox.

Utility Knife

A utility knife will come in handy in most of your projects at home. You can use it to sharpen pencils, cut carpets, open boxes, cut ropes, scratch off stubborn stains from things and many others. You are better off if you purchase one with a rubber handle. This feature will make it comfortable using this knife, even with hard tasks. Also, find one that has an in-built blade made of stainless steel.

A Tape Measure

When you want to make repairs on your furniture or you are working on how to fix things in your room, you'll probably need a tape measure for accurate measurements. If you want to buy blinds for your windows, you'll need one too. Tape measures come in varying lengths and widths. The best ones would be long and with a wider width. A wide tape measure will be easy to handle. The suggested 3/4 inch wide and 16 foot long tapes. These recommendations fit most tasks at home.

Claw Hammer

A hammer is a must-have in all toolboxes. Without it, your DIY set would be incomplete. You need a complete one with two ends; one for driving nails and the other to pull nails. There are many claw hammers out there, but a useful one will weigh one pound and have a 16-inch handle. The handle can come in vinyl, rubber, or plastic. You need one that offers a firm grip with capabilities to absorb shock when you hit.

Screwdriver Set

Screwdrivers are another important part of a DIYers toolbox. They are useful in repairing electronics, opening lids, opening sealed doors to compartments, among other uses. Most vendors sell them in kits where you'll find varied head types including Phillips head and flat head. Because you'll be using your hands to work with them, ensure the handles are comfortable to hold to make the screwing and unscrewing process easier. If you can get screwdrivers with magnetic tips, the better.

A Flashlight or Torch

Flashlights are very useful in emergencies particularly during blackouts or when you are out camping. However, your toolbox should contain a dedicated torch for your tasks. The right one will help you perform your duties when the room is poorly lit or there is no light at all. You can buy a headlamp, work lamp, or an LED flashlight. You can choose those that are rechargeable or requiring disposable batteries.


If you need to cut anything from metals, wood, or plastic, a hacksaw must be in your toolbox. They are useful in plumbing and furniture repair. There are various hacksaw sizes, but the secret is to choose for one that allows replacing of the blades.


Pliers are very versatile and very useful for DIY tasks. You can use them as clamps due to their locking abilities. They can replace wire cutters. They can also stand in for wrenches. If you get a plier between 5-10W sizes, you'll be set.


When you go out to purchase a wrench, invest in an adjustable wrench which will be the same as owning several of them. It will help you in plumbing, tightening and loosening bolts and nuts.

Electric Drill

An electric drill is an indispensable tool in your toolbox. However, most people would borrow or rent drills. But if you are handy, getting yours will be a fulfilling exercise. You can buy cordless alternatives or choose those you connect to a cord. Corded ones come cheaper but will limit you to work solely in places where you can connect to electric sockets. They are also easier to maintain. The cordless drills come at a higher price tag but offer you convenience. Their battery replacements are also an added cost you should consider. When you get one, it will be easier to drive screws, drill holes, stir the paint, among other activities. Buy a twelve-volt electric drill.


A level will go a long way in helping you install stuff in straight horizontal lines. They also come in varied sizes, but a 4-foot level will be good for most people.

Also, Include:

There are other supplementary items you need in your toolbox. These items can make a big difference and so, are equally important. A pencil will help in marking surfaces for accurate cuts. Gloves protect your hands when handling tough tasks. Rags clean. Safety goggles protect your eyes. Superglue hold things together. Duct tape is key in most of the work you'll do. Include them in your toolkit for better performance and avoidance of frustrations during work.

Final Thought

Buying DIY tools is not a one time experience. Instead, you need a list of what to buy and then invest in one tool after the other depending on the demand and the money at hand. As you purchase them, ensure you have a place to store them. You can set aside space in your garage, buy an actual toolbox, or have a dedicated drawer for them. Some people have a workshop where they keep all their tools. It is important to have them in one place to avoid losing them. Also, arrange tools in order to make sure you quickly find a tool when you need it.