BEST Travel and Leisure Product Of The Year Award 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Travel and Leisure Product Award 2010 goes to Brookstone for the n-a-p Blankets.

Are you ready to take the best nap you’ll ever have? You can with The Nap Collection by Brookstone. (www.Brookstone.com)  The Nap Collection is bliss in a box! The Nap Collection includes a cuddly blanket, cuddly matching booties, and a comfortable matching pillow.

It comes with the Brookstone “nap blanket” that by itself is a great luxury. The nap blanket is plush and snuggly. It weighs a not-too-lightweight, not-too-heavy weight. If Goldilocks had found The Nap Collection at the three bears’ house, she would not have cared that the bed was too big or small. When you surround yourself in the cuddly bliss, you can nap anywhere. We think this would make a great Christmas gift or anytime gift for you or anyone who is special to you. We also think this is a great set to take with you traveling to use during long layovers.

The n-a-p Travel Blanket is also a great product.  It is the perfect weight for a lightweight yet cozy blanket, comes in its own compact carry case for easy storage, and provides the cozy comfort we look for when we are traveling.  It is a luxurious alternative to the thin, felt-like blankets offered by airlines.  We recommend the navy blue color, since it will hide any “travel streaks” (those random black and brown marks you get on your luggage when you take it across the world).

Brookstone n-a-p 3-piece Comfort Set

Best Travel and Leisure Products 2010:

n-a-p 3-Piece Comfort Set and the n-a-p Travel Blanket by Brookstone.

Competitors we considered:  Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. and Bed Bath & Beyond

Visit Brookstone’s  n-a-p blanket collection here.

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BEST Kitchen Product Of The Year Award 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Kitchen Product Of The Year Award 2010 goes to SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List by SmartShopper.

We review many products here at The Best of The Best. most are good, however, once in a while a product is sent to us that really gets us excited. Smart Shopper is one of those products.

Smart Shopper makes grocery shopping the easiest it could possibly be! Quick and easy! Innovative and fun! Check out this cute video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KpSZLGSACM&feature=player_embedded

This is one of the best inventions we have ever seen! You tell it the grocery item you want to add, like “Milk”, and it records it on the list. When the list prints out, Smart Shopper separates all of your items into categories, such as Meat, Dairy, etc.

Best of all, when it prints out, the grocery list is as compact as a shopping receipt and still very legible, so you can easily slip it into your wallet and take it with you. No more bulky shopping lists!

The commercial made it look so easy and fun that we had to try it for ourselves! It works like a charm. In fact, the Smart Shopper receives Editor’s Pick Award for Most Innovative Product, Spring 2010!

Smart Shopper makes grocery shopping the easiest and most efficient that it could possibly be. The Smart Shopper can either be mounted on the refrigerator, placed on a counter top, or mounted on a wall. Put in the batteries and Smart Shopper is at your service! To use, simply push the record button and tell Smart Shopper each item you need on your list. It gives you a choice to confirm and places it in the correct category for you. When you are ready to go shopping, hit the print button and your list is printed and away you go!

SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List Organizer

We also found the Smart Shopper comes in handy when cooks are planning their recipes for the week. No more tedious list writing! We recently cooked a brisket recipe that required 14 ingredients. The Smart Shopper is a great tool for busy cooks because it saves all the time it takes to write out your list and then figure out where you put it!

BEST Kitchen Product Of The Year Award 2010 goes to SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List by SmartShopper.

This is truly one of the BestOf The Best products on the market today. We highly recomend it!  You can find a Smartshopper at www.smartshopperusa.com

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BEST Elegant Servingware 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Elegant Servingware 2010: Arthur Court

If you want to add a special touch to your hospitality, check out Arthur Court servingware at www.ArthurCourt.com. If you have had the experience of being up close and personal with elephants, you’ll love their elephant servingware. They also have a Tuscanny collection that will transform everyday items into ornate centerpieces. We were delighted to find an ornate paper towel holder in their Fleur-de-lis Tuscan paper towel holder.

Arthur_Court_Servingware

To preserve their long-lasting quality, always remember to wash them with soap and water. Never wash them in the dishwasher, as it will dull their brilliant lustre. We also appreciate that every piece is hand-crafted.

Find Author Court here.

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BEST Travel Luggage Award 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Travel Luggage Award 2010:  International Traveler IT-0-1-3 Piece Luggage Set.  We believe that less is more when it comes to travel luggage.  The lighter-weight your luggage, the more carefree your travels.  Whether you are on a short or long trip, and especially if you are traveling to several destinations, your suitcase feels more and more like a 100-pound gorilla with every day you have to lug it around.  This is why we chose to give the Best Travel Luggage of the year award to the International Traveler

international_traveler_luggage_IT-0-1IT-0-1-3 Piece Luggage Set by Landor & Hawa. Their Sub-0 luggage is the most lightweight on the market. It is also surprisingly durable.

Competitors we considered: Samsonite, High Sierra Sport Company


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BEST Travel Accessories Product Award for World Travel 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Travel Accessories Product Award for World Travel 2010:  World Grounding Adapter Set by Magellans

Traveling overseas? Traveling to Europe or Asia? Traveling around the world? Here’s a tip of the week for you! Most electrical outlets outside of the U.S. are not compatible to ours. Don’t wait to arrive at your destination only to find out that none of your electrical devices will work because you don’t have the correct electrical converter. Carrying a multi-adapter kit provides an easy, efficient solution to this problem. Magellans carries one of the best we have seen. The World Adapter Set is a comprehensive collection of every outlet converter you could possibly need around the world, with a handy guide telling you which converter to use where, in a mesh bag with a drawstring closure.

World Grounding Adapter Set by Magellans

This travel set is made and offered by Magellans.  We have been consistently impressed and satisfied with all products from Magellans Travel Supplies.  They are an excellent company with an excellent selection and reliable quality.

Competitors we considered: Ex Officio, Travelsmith

You can find the World Grounding Adaptor Plug Set here.

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BEST Tea Accessories Product Award 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Tea Accessories Product Award 2010 goes to the H20 Plus Glass Water Kettle by Capresso.

The simple act of boiling water has never been more elegant.  The H20 Plus Glass Water Kettle by Capresso takes tea pots and hot pots to a whole new level.

The H2) Plus is a cordless water kettle made of tempered glass and a heating element covered in stainless steel to add elegance and style to an otherwise ordinary task.  Best of all, it is both efficient and effective, quiet and quick to boil.

Visit the H20 Plus Glass Water Kettle here.

Capresso H20 Plus Water Kettle

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BEST Cooking Preparation Accessories Product Award 2010 Chop N Scoop Cutting Board

BEST Award 2010

BEST Cooking Preparation Accessories Product  Award 2010 goes to 3 outstanding recipients:  Tramontina, Kuhn Rikon, and Dexas.

3. Chop N Scoop Cutting Board

No cutting board rivals the Chop N Scoop by Dexas.  The contour of these magnificent cutting boards guarantees that your vegetables, fruits, and meats will stay put.  They will not roll all over your countertop.  Furthermore, you can transfer them easily from the counter to the pot, pan, or bowl.  Dexas also makes a Jelli Gripboard carried by Crate and Barrel that is sleek, stylish, and ergonomic.  It is the second most preferred choice of cutting boards for our reviewers and readers.

Visit the Jelli Gripboard and Chop N Scoop Cutting board here .

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BEST Cooking Preparation Accessories Product Award 2010 Nonstick Knives Colori

BEST Award 2010

BEST Cooking Preparation Accessories Product  Award 2010 goes to 3 outstanding recipients:  Tramontina, Kuhn Rikon, and Dexas.

Nonstick Knives Colori by Kuhn Rikon

Nonstick Knives Colori by Kuhn Rikon come in a variety of sizes to meet all of your cooking preparation cutting needs.  The Paring Knife Colori scored top ratings across the board.  Its is a cooking prep must-have.  It is one of the most useful knives a consumer could own, due to its size, versatility, and long-lasting sharpness.  The Paring Knife Colori comes in a variety of colors, including pink, which adds a touch of zest to a sometimes menial task.  Kuhn Rikon also makes a Nonstick Small Santoku Knife Colori, a Japanese-style knife which is perfect for chopping and slicing meats.  Kuhn Rikon also makes a Nonstick Bread Knife Colori, which  enables hassle-free slicing when cutting bread loaves into perfect slices.

Visit the Nonstick Knives Colori and assorted knife collection by Kuhn Rikon here.

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BEST Cooking Preparation Accessories Product Award 2010 Mixing Bowls by Tramontina

BEST Award 2010

BEST Cooking Preparation Accessories Product  Award 2010 goes to the following outstanding recipients:

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by Tramontina

As you know by now, we at Best Of The Best love to cook and prepare delicious meals for our families. One of the reasons we love cooking so much is that we have the proper tools to make it easy. Simply put, if you have the proper kitchen tools and utensils, you can prepare any dish from any recipe and enjoy it. We have tried a variety of mixing bowls,

One cooking item we cannot be without is our Stainless Steel Bowls from Tramontina. The stackable sizes make for easy storage, while at the same time, giving us the right size mixing bowl for any kind of preparation. Whether tuna salad, a casserole, or a two-layer cake, we have the right sized mixing bowl to make it easy on us. The high quality of Tramontina products assures us that we will have a good-quality set of mixing bowls for years to come that are easy to wash, easy to use, and easy to store.

Mixing Bowls by Tramontina

They certainly qualify as a Best Of The Best Top-Rated product, so we have awarded them with a “Top Rated Product 2010″ award. You can find these great bowls and more at www.Tramontinausa.com.

Visit the Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by Tramontina here.

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BEST Professional Attire Product Award 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Professional Attire Product Award 2010 goes to Pendleton Womenswear.

Long-standing quality and British style give this company a reputable position among wool clothing manufacturers today. When you put on a piece of Pendleton wool clothing, you feel both sophisticated and prestigiously-dressed at the same time. That is always a great feeling to have!  Pendleton clothing’s best attribute is that it is very season-appropriate, but lightweight, stylish, and not bulky. To buy Pendleton is to invest in quality that will last you a lifetime.

Pendleton is celebrating 100 years. They have posted an inspirational and interesting history of the wool trade on their site at the link “Pendleton Heritage”. You can read all about it at www.pendleton-usa.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=Heritage

Visit http://www.pendleton-usa.com/ for the company’s main site and catalog of wonderful products.

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