The Top 10 Most Expensive Watches In The World

The Top 10 Most Expensive Watches In The World

When it comes to extravagant purchases, luxury watches are typically at the top of the list. And there are plenty to choose from. Luxury watch makers have been around for centuries, and some of the brands are still making high-quality, beautiful watches that could be deemed works of art. Because of the quality and artistry, these watches are in high demand, and in turn, they demand a high price.


Today, we’ll take a look at some of the most expensive watches in the world.

10 of the Most Expensive Watches in the World

Here are just 10 of the most expensive watches you’ll ever find. These are broken into two categories – the priciest watches from designer boutiques and the most expensive on Amazon.

1. Most Expensive in the World: Graff Diamonds Hallucination

Graff Diamond

From what we could find, this is likely the world’s most expensive watch. If you want this gorgeous piece, you’ll have to lay down $55 million. What makes this piece so pricy? It’s the jewels. This watch consists of over 110 carats of colored diamonds, all set in a platinum bracelet.

2. Most Expensive in the World: Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch

Jacob Co Billionaire Watch

Are you in the market for an $18 million watch? If so, this is the piece for you.

The Billionaire watch has 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds that frame the face and cover the bracelet. The watch’s skeleton face gives it a sleek, modern feel as well.

3. Most Expensive in the World: Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

The late, great Paul Newman’s personal Rolex went up for auction in 2017. According to experts, this is the Holy Grail of celebrity watches. Newman’s wife gave this to him as a gift back in 1968. At auction, this everyday watch with a black-and-crème dial and black leather strap went for $17.8 million. That’s the most ever spent on a watch at auction, which is why it sits atop our list of the most expensive watches in the world.

4. Most Expensive in the World: Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel

This watch is beautiful, with streamlined elegance. The stainless steel casing is just one component that brings the price of this watch to $11 million.

5. Most Expensive in the World: Louis Moinet Meteoris

Louis Moinet Meteoris

A lot of the watches on this list of the most expensive watches in the world are priced so high due to the name of the creator or the materials used to make the piece. In this case, the Louis Moinet Meteoris is priced at $4.6 million because of the name, the materials, and the fact that it’s a rare piece of jewelry. Only four of these watches – made with moon rock, no less – were ever created.

 Patek Philippe Nautilus  40th Anniversary Watch

The most expensive watch on Amazon is this Patek Philippe piece, which costs $240,000. It’s made of platinum and, while expensive, still makes a great everyday watch.

7. Most Expensive on Amazon: Patek Philippe Camplication World Time Watch

Patek Philippe Camplication World Time Platinum Watch 5131/1P-001

This watch is definitely an attention getter, which is what you probably want if you’re going to spend over $190,000 on a watch. This Patek Philippe watch is made of platinum and the dial is decorated to look like the Earth with the North Pole at the center. The face is made of beautiful blue, white, and green enamel.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Limited Edition 18K White Gold Watch 5976/1G-001

Are we seeing a trend here? It’s no wonder – Patek Philippe is a Swiss watch design company that has created luxury pieces since the mid-1800s. This beauty is made of 18k white gold and will run you around $181,000.

Audemars Piguet Millenary mechanical-hand-wind womens Watch 79382BC.ZZ.9186BC.01 (Certified Pre-owned)

This watch is a great deal at $108,500, when it normally sells for upwards of $150,000. Why is this Amazon watch such a steal? It’s because it was pre-owned.

Don’t let that deter you, though. The watch is certified in mint condition.


10. Most Expensive on Amazon: Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Watch

Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Watch

At nearly $99,000, this is the cheapest option on our most expensive Amazon watches list. But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to get a good quality watch.

This piece is made of 18k rose gold, has a sapphire crystal back, and 45 hours of power reserve. And with an open face, it looks really cool, too.

Will You Splurge on One of the World’s Priciest Watches?

What would be your number one splurge if you had the funds? After checking out some of the most expensive watches in the world, we’re sure some people will be highly interested in laying down their hard-earned cash for such high-quality pieces. While the prices may seem exorbitant to some, we can assure you that the majority of these watches are truly worth the cost. The quality, craftsmanship, and artistry that go into them are truly exceptional. These watches not only look great – they’ll last for years to come, making them worth the investment.

10 Of The Best 4k Blu ray Movies Currently On The Market

10 Of The Best 4k Blu ray Movies Currently On The Market

Movies are a great way to leave our every day worries behind. They entertain us, move us, make us laugh, and give us a brief respite from the stresses of life. Some of them make such an impression on us that we can watch them repeatedly with as much joy and interest as the first time we saw them.


Movies strike an emotional cord, which is why so many people have truly impressive movie libraries. As time progresses, we have to periodically update our collections because of technological advances. VHS cassettes had to be replaced with DVDs. Those, in turn, are being replaced with Blu-ray discs. Some, too, have decided to have a digital library instead of having physical copies of their favorite films. These days, there’s a new way to watch movies: 4k Blu-ray movies. The best thing about this new way to watch movies is that not only do you get exceptional visual and audio quality, but all of your old favorites are available in this format. In fact, you may find at least one of your favorites on our list of the best 4k Blu-ray movies.

How Did We Compile Our Best of 4k Blu-ray Movies List?

Our list of the best 4k Blu-ray movies consists of some all-time classics, as well as some recent box-office hits. Since watching a film is such a personal experience, it’s sometimes hard to choose based on online reviews alone. Choosing a film is sometimes way more complicated than choosing the best 4k TV or which audio system to invest in. Those are tangible things that are easy to say “they’re great” or “they’re horrible.” Movies are different, though. Even the worst movies ever made have cult followings. 


There was just something about them that struck a chord with particular members of the movie-going audience. Conversely, there are classic films that multitudes of people love that are still detested by a certain percentage of the population. The way we react to a movie is definitely based on the creativity, writing, directing, acting, special effects, lighting, costumes, and music. But it’s also based on emotion, and we all react to things differently. One person’s sense of humor may make some people laugh, but not everyone.


Therefore, when it came to choosing the best 4k Blu-ray movies, we went off of these criteria:


  • Popularity of the film – If it’s a true classic, we’re going to add it to the list because most people will probably enjoy it.
  • The special effects – If a film already has amazing special effects – like all of the Marvel superhero movies – we’re going to recommend making the 4k disc investment. The experience will be even more amazing in 4k.
  • The colors in the film – Films that are very colorful – like animated films or beautifully artistic films like Amélie – should be seen in all their colorful glory.

The Top 10 – Our Picks for the Best 4k Blu-ray Movies on the Market

Based on our criteria, here’s our list of the top 10 best 4k Blu-ray movies to date.

1. Jurassic Park – 25th Anniversary Edition (original release date 1993)

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection best 4k blu ray movies

You can’t go wrong with a classic like this one. Though the special effects are dated, they still look fantastic. And no matter how many times you’ve watched the original film in the Jurassic Park franchise, there are still going to be parts that make you hold your breath in anticipation and jump. And that’s especially the case with the 4k edition. With crisper images, the scene with the raptors in the kitchen will freak you out more than ever before!


Wonder Woman 2017 UHD best 4k blu ray movies

This action packed, female power gem is one of our top picks for the best 4k film of the past year. The storyline is great. The special effects are out of this world. And the colors are beyond amazing. With every scene, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported and like you’re fighting right alongside Princess Diana.

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Wonder Woman (2017) (UHD/BD) [Blu-ray]
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  • WarnerBrothers (09/19/2017)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
PLanet Earth best 4k blu ray movies

Yes, even documentaries are better in high def. This film garnered a lot of attention back in 2016 for its ambition. While watching this film, you’re experiencing the world from the viewpoint of all of the animals. The lush landscapes pop with the 4k colors, making you want to book a vacation to the exotic locations portrayed in the film.

Planet Earth II [4K]
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  • BBC Home Entertainment (03/28/2017)
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
Lego best 4k blu ray movies

It’s rare when you find a movie that will entertain both kids and adults, but this movie is one that accomplishes that feat. Most people have played with a LEGO set at one time or another, so the idea that the characters finally get to come to life is really exciting. Like most animated films, this one is very colorful and action packed. Thanks to the quality of the 4k, the bright, vivid colors and fun storyline will keep your kids attention through the entire movie.

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The Lego Movie (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)
  • WarnerBrothers (03/01/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman
Hacksaw Ridge best 4k blu ray movies

This is one of the poignant films of 2016 about a conscientious objector who served as a medic in WWII. Though he wasn’t willing to kill, he still went out onto the battlefield with his countrymen. In the process, he was able to save 75 of them. The film is a dynamic portrayal of the human spirit and personal/spiritual beliefs. Watching that kind of bravery portrayed on screen is wonderful in high definition. With the crisp quality and amazing sound effects and editing, you feel like you’re right there on the battlefield with Captain Oliver and Doss, the courageous yet brave objector.

Justice League best 4k blu ray movies

Just about every superhero movie ever made has been atop the list of multiple “best of 4k” lists that we found online. And it’s no wonder. These movies are full of action, comedy, and drama. They’re the full package. Though these movies don’t typically take home Academy Awards for best acting, script, or directing, they do often get nominated for best editing, costumes/makeup, and special effects. 


That’s why you need to start watching them in 4k. The effects are so cool – they take these superhero movies to a whole other level. And Justice League is at the top of the list because of the epic characters (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc.), the locations of their battles, and the “how are they going to get out of this” type of scenarios.

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Justice League (2017) (4K UHD) [Blu-ray]
  • Justice League - 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Brand New
  • WarnerBrothers (03/13/2018)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Kingsman best 4k blu ray movies

Apparently, it does because now the world has two Kingsman movies. In this second installment, the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed. Not only that, the world is being held hostage. British and U.S. secret spy organizations have to come together to defeat their enemy. This film is fun, fast-paced, and humorous. We recommend watching the high definition 4k Blu-ray with your surround sound on. You’ll feel like you’re definitely a part of all the spy adventures.

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Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle [Blu-ray]
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  • 20th Century Fox (12/12/2017)
  • Blu-ray, R (Restricted)
Labyrinth best 4k blu ray movies

This is a favorite among many because of the collaboration of the talents of Jim Henson and David Bowie. This Fantasy Adventure also stars a young Jennifer Connelly who has to make her way through a labyrinth with strange creatures – including Bowie’s Goblin King. She wished that her younger brother would be taken by the Goblin King and he is. Now she has to search for him. This was a fun, strange, adventurous childhood movie for many. You’ll love reliving your memories and introducing younger generations to this exciting film – especially in high-quality 4k.

Labyrinth (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + UltraViolet)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (09/20/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Running time: 101 minutes
murder on the orient best 4k blu ray movies

This Agatha Christie classic has been made multiple times, in some cases showcasing the talents of an all-star cast. It’s no different with this 2017 version, starring Kenneth Branagh as Detective Poirot, along with Leslie Odom, Jr., Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, and Williem Dafoe. What makes this version a must-see on a 4k disk? According to MSN, the 4k experience makes the costumes and makeup look absolutely exquisite. You see every line in the character’s faces, every whisker in Poirot’s incredible mustache. The producers of the film used a rich color palette for this film, and you get to see every bold or subtle color clearly and as intended when you watch this movie in 4k.

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Murder On The Orient Express [Blu-ray]
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  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Running time: 114 minutes
The Swallows

If you’re a fan of shark movies, you need to check out The Shallows on 4k Blu-ray disk. This film stars Blake Lively as a woman mourning the death of her mother, who decides to go surfing where her mother used to surf. While surfing alone, Lively’s character is attacked by a great white shark, who is out for blood. Lively is able to make it safely to a rock in the middle of the water, but the shark continues to circle around her. Will she make it safely to shore? You’ll have to see what happens, but we can guarantee you that your viewing experience will be way more intense when you watch The Shallows in 4k. The crystal clear, turquoise waters are gorgeous. You can make out every detail including the glistening ocean waves, the rocks under the sea, even the pores on Lively’s sand-caked face.

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The Shallows [Blu-ray]
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (09/27/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Running time: 86 minutes

Buyers’ Guide: How to Pick Movies to Add to Your Blu-ray Collection

The great thing about 4k Blu-rays is that you don’t have to replace your entire movie library. Some movies are perfectly enjoyable via streaming or on DVD. So, how do you choose which movies are the best 4k Blu-ray movies to invest in? That’s really up to you. You can choose to slowly replace all of your DVDs over time. Or, you can keep all of your old DVDs and simply make all of your future purchases 4k discs.


Another option is to replace only those DVDs that you know will benefit from an upgrade. For instance, all of your Fantasy or Action/Adventure films – they will be so much better seen on a 4k disc with the higher definition and increased depth of color. Normally, when recommending how to choose your entertainment, we would tell you to read the online reviews and pay attention to what your friends and family say. But when it comes to the best 4k Blu-ray movies, the choice really is up to you. What movies do you love? What films are you willing to invest in again? This choice is all about personal preferences!

Will You Get on the 4k Blu-ray Movie Bandwagon?

Should you really invest in 4k Blu-ray movies? Granted, your favorite movies can be seen digitally via platforms like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, and you still have the option to buy them on DVD or Blu-ray. 


What makes 4k Blu-ray better than all the rest? According to CNet.com, 4k Blu-ray discs will “deliver the best home video picture quality you can buy.” How so? It’s because these discs are the ultimate in high definition. While you can stream in 4k from Netflix and Amazon, the actual discs offer an even better experience. The color and resolution are better than anything else out there. Plus, when you buy 4k Blu-ray discs, you can actually save money. That almost seems counterintuitive, seeing that the latest and greatest of nearly everything typically costs more.


However, renting or buying the streaming version of 4k Blu-ray can actually be more expensive than buying the discs. And the quality of the discs is better than what you can get from streaming. Another great thing about these discs is that you don’t have to replace your entire DVD or Blu-ray collection. All formats can be played on a 4k Blu-ray player, which means you can save even more money by keeping your current movie collection. You can be sure that when you buy the best 4k Blu-ray movies you’ll be making one of the best investments toward a thoroughly enjoyable movie-watching experience.


Buyer’s Guide To Picking The Best 4K TV Under 1000

Buyer’s Guide To Picking The Best 4K TV Under 1000

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4k or “Ultra HD” televisions are all the rage these days. Just in case you are not familiar with these televisions, they are televisions with a resolution that is even better than high definition (HD) resolution. What this means, in technical terms, is that 4k TVs have more pixels than other televisions on the market, which translates to higher picture quality.


When these televisions first came out, they were extremely expensive, and really only the very rich tended to own them. Nowadays, however, these televisions are a lot more common and a lot cheaper. This means that you can get a great television for under $1000.


If you’re currently looking for the best 4k TV under 1000, don’t worry. We know all about televisions and can help you to find the perfect one to match both your needs and your budget.

How We Choose Our Ratings

Our opinion on the best 4k TV under 1000 is based on lots of time, effort, and research. We want you to know that we don’t just give out our opinions lightly. We want to be a source you can trust, which is why we put honesty and accuracy above all else and really work hard to make our ratings the most reliable you’ll find anywhere.


We look at all kinds of different factors when coming up with our ratings. To start with, we look at ratings and reviews from real customers just like you. We also look at things like sales data, brand history and reputation, and more. By looking at and comparing all of this information, we feel confident that our ratings are the most trustworthy out there.


Plus, our ratings and opinions are not designed to sway you in any particular way or to get you to buy a particular product. For this reason, you can trust them to be real and honest on ever count.


So, now that you know we work, let’s not wait another minute to reveal our picks for the best 4k TV under 1000 options.

Top 5 Best 4k TVs Under 1000

5. Sony XBR49X800E 49 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

SONY XBR49X800E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Yes, we know that name is quite a mouthful, but the television is worth saying the name a few times fast.


We love that this super affordable television is also a smart TV. Of course, that’s the case with most models on the market today, but this one has access to tons of great media, such as Netflix, already built in. We also really appreciate the awesome picture quality and the Triluminos feature, as well as Sony’s patented Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, which makes the colors onscreen really pop. This TV doesn’t have a lot of fancy features other than the ones mentioned, but the great picture quality makes it a solid choice.


Sony XBR49X800E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 43 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 2 1/4 Inch, TV with stand: 43 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 10 Inch.
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using Sony's Android TV.

4. Sony XBR49X900E 49 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Sony XRVR55x900E

This one is the XBR49X900E. Like our #5 pick, this television has wonderful picture quality. However, it also has a good contrast feature, nice brightness, and good motion handling. In fact, the only thing that kept it from ranking higher on our list is the fact that the viewing angle is a bit limited. The picture really only looks its true best when you’re facing it straight-on.


Sony XBR49X900E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model), Works...
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 43.1" x 24.9" x 2.5", TV with stand: 43.1" x 27" x 9.4"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using Sony's Android TV.

3. Vizio M65-EO

VIZIO

Not only is this television super affordable, but it is also quite a bit larger than most 4ks at this price. With a nice 65” screen, this is one of the best 4k TV under 1000 options you’ll find anywhere. We do think the picture quality could be improved somewhat, but it is definitely worth the price.


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VIZIO M M65-F0 65" 2160p LED-LCD TV - 16:9-4K UHDTV
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2. Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000

Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

This isn’t the largest television on our list at only 49”. However, if a big screen isn’t super important to you, you should appreciate the great color quality and vibrancy this TV offers. We also love the included television stand. This stand allows you to more easily run your cords from the television to the outlet, making it a cinch to use.


Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017...
  • An extreme step up in color with a billion more shades than regular 4K UHD. Inputs and Outputs - HDMI 4,USB 3,Ethernet...
  • See extreme contrast between the darkest darks and the lightest lights, plus expanded color and depth.
  • See what you've been missing, even in dark scenes.

1. Sony KD60X690E

Sony KD60X690E 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

It is the most affordable option on our list, and it’s perfect for the movie buff or gaming enthusiast. If you fall into either of these categories, you’ll love the fact that this television features great response time, no input lag, and killer sound quality. All in all, this is a great television for anyone who truly loves this media.


These are just five out of many great 4k televisions, proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to get an awesome television.


Sony KD60X690E 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 53.5" x 31" x 3.5", TV with stand: 53.5" x 32.9" x 12.2"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content. With YouTube and Netflix buttons built into the...
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike...

How to Always Get a Great Deal on a TV

If you’re reading this article and taking our advice, there is a good chance that you are someone who sees the value in saving money. If that’s the case, don’t worry. There are many ways in which you can save money on your 4k TV and still get the best 4k TV under 1000 possible. To start off with, remember that it’s okay to opt for a smaller size television. More often than not, the size of your TV isn’t going to affect your viewing experience all that much. Plus, you’d be surprised at how quickly you get used to the size of your television, no matter what size that happens to be. Plus, if you find that you really can’t stand having a television that’s small, you can always upgrade later.


Also, make sure you are shopping the sales whenever possible. Big retailers like Wal-Mart are always having deals on televisions and other electronics. It may take a bit more effort and a lot more shopping around, but if you’re willing to put in the time, you can end up saving a lot of money. Remember, too, that some stores offer “price matching,” so you might be able to get a television at a steal even lower than your favorite retailer is offering. 


If you’re really trying to pinch pennies, you should carefully look over television options for any rebates that might be offered. Sometimes, companies will offer a mail-in rebate or even an online rebate as long as you complete some simple step. So, by doing something small like registering your television online or completing a customer survey, you can often get some cash back on your purchase.


Remember, too, that you don’t always have to have the newest model of 4k television to be happy. You can often save a ton of money and still end up with an awesome television by choosing to go with last year’s model. Sure, it may not be the fanciest model out there, and it may be lacking a few special features, but it should still be a great television at a fraction of the cost of the newer model.


You can also save money by choosing to buy used. Yes, there is some risk in this since you probably won’t get a warranty or guarantee with your television, but you’ll save so much money it’s worth it. You can find used televisions online or from independent sellers. Just be careful you’re buying legal (i.e.) not stolen merchandise. Otherwise, your deal could turn out to be more of a “steal” than you bargained for. With all of these things you can do to save money on your television, there are still some things that you should NOT do. For example, try to avoid getting your television from a “rent to own” type of place. These stores will typically offer you a payment plan that allows you to get a great item without any down payment. And, while your monthly payment may be manageable, you’ll ultimately end up paying a lot more than what the television is worth.


The same thing goes for putting televisions on “Layaway.” Big stores will often offer layaway, especially around the holidays. With this option, you can make small payments on your television until you’ve got the whole thing paid off. And, while that may seem nice at first, you’ll still ultimately pay more due to layaway fees and down payments, some of which aren’t refundable if you can’t pay the item off. These convenience programs really aren’t as convenient as they might seem at first, so exercise caution.


As you can see, there are many ways to save money on your TV purchase, as well as a couple of things to avoid. By following these tips, though, you should be able to get a great deal on an even greater television.

Buyer’s Guide for Picking the Perfect Television

We have provided you with a lot of advice that will prove useful when shopping for a television. However, there is still more to know. For starters, make sure that you never go lower than a 4k resolution. We’ve touted the benefits enough that you shouldn’t want to. But, just in case you’re tempted by a great price, know that televisions with less than this resolution are quickly becoming dinosaurs. This means that if you buy a television with less resolution, it’s not likely to be compatible with new technology you may want to use. This could mean you end up with a television that you can’t get much use out of and that you’ll have to upgrade anyway, thereby costing you more money overall.


Also remember that you don’t typically need “extended warranties” or extra protection packages that are often offered by your retailer. These packages may sound great, but the truth is that they don’t really do much. Your purchase is protected by your receipt and by your credit card or debit card if you used it to purchase the item. If something goes wrong, you can get a refund, whether from the company or from your bank. Thus, there is really no reason to spring for the added “protection” at an added cost. You also shouldn’t pay extra for a television that is “curved.” Some sellers try to make curved televisions sound like the best thing since sliced bread. They’ll tell you that the curved design makes for a better viewing experience, but that’s really not true. Curved televisions don’t’ have any impact on viewing or quality. Some people just happen to like the way the design looks. If you’re one of those people, that’s fine. However, if you don’t really care, don’t be tricked into spending more on a curved model because you think it’ll give you a better picture quality .


When you buy a television, you should also think about how many devices you will be hooking up to it. Maybe you’re a gamer with several systems, a DVD player, and other devices that all need to be hooked up. It’s going to be a huge pain if you have to constantly switch items out, which is why it’s always best to find a television with as many HDMI ports as you need. For most people, this is at least four. However, consider your unique needs and then find a television that can match them.


Finally, make sure your television will actually fit your entertainment center, wall setup, and home in general. All too often, people end up with televisions that don’t work with their current setup. Then, they have to change the whole setup to accommodate the television, which results in them spending more money than they bargained for. To keep this from happening to you, carefully measure your wall mount or other system and then find a television with compatible dimensions. Obviously, there is a lot to think about and consider when shopping for the perfect television. However, if you can keep these things in mind, you should have a much easier time picking the perfect, modern TV to meet your needs. So, armed with these tips, happy shopping and, eventually, happy viewing!

Are You Looking For The Best Steam Irons For You And Your Family?

Are You Looking For The Best Steam Irons For You And Your Family?

Ironing may not be the most glamorous pastime, but it is a necessary one. Plus, there’s something deeply satisfying about the whole process of ironing a garment.

 When you start with a crumpled piece of fabric and iron it smooth, there’s a strong feeling of achievement. Of course, this only happens if you’ve found the best steam iron for the job.

If you haven’t already found the perfect iron, you’re going to want to keep reading. We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best steam irons on today’s market.

Regardless of whether you have a small mountain of school uniforms to iron every week, or just the occasional work shirt, you’re going to find our choice of the best steam irons to be a valuable read.

How We Chose Our Ratings of the Best Steam Irons

As with all appliances, either small or large, performance is the most important consideration with safety following as a very close second.

Ironing should not be the heavy chore it used to be, and today’s irons should all have the capability of being used with and without water.

Most of the models on our best steam irons list use a titanium, ceramic or stainless-steel soleplate and all have an automatic shut-off system of some kind. Most can be used vertically so items can be steam pressed while still on the hanger.

Price was a consideration in choosing our best steam irons, but more expensive irons were included if they provided extra features or value for money.

The Top 10 Best Steam Irons

DuraGlide Electronic Iron

Proctor Silex Electronic Ceramic Nonstick Soleplate Steam Iron Blue
  • DuraGlide Ceramic Nonstick Soleplate
  • 7X more durable than traditional nonstick
  • Superior glide & powerful steam

At a very reasonable price of $29.99 the DuraGlide electronic iron is quite impressive. It features a ceramic nonstick surface that means it will easily glide over your garments. It also offers several steam and spray options and you can set the electronic controls to the perfect setting for each different type of fabric.

The DuraGlide electronic iron works well with steam or dry, depending on how wrinkled your fabric is. There’s also a blast function for a quick steam boost.

The DuraGlide also works as a garment steamer so if you’re not sure if a garment should be ironed you can steam it on the hangar without the iron physically touching it. This is perfect for bulky items such as drapes and garments that are hard to iron, for example, pleats and frills or ruffles.

  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 6.5in x 12.6 in
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Proctor Silex
  • Model number:17010
  • Review Rating: 5 stars
  • Price: $29.32

Sunbeam Classic Steam Iron

Sunbeam Greensense Classic Steam Iron, Black and Chrome
  • 30-Second motionless shut-off (when iron is horizontal) 15-minute shut-off (when upright)
  • Non-stick soleplate. Easy-to-operate steam control and steam selector level. Slide selector for fabric/temperature...
  • 10-Foot, 360° Swivel Cord, stores conveniently with heal cord wrap

The Sunbeam classic steam iron is not as heavy as it looks but the manufacturer obviously wanted this model to look like the irons of old. It has an old-fashioned skirt design in chrome and a nonstick soleplate. As a bonus, it’s self-cleaning.

This classic iron features steam control and several steam levels for temperature control. It automatically shuts off when it’s been standing for 15 minutes and after 30-seconds if it’s lying flat.

A feature we particularly like is the safe-storage strip which lets you know when the iron has cooled enough to be safely put away.

The different functions include steam shots and spray mists, as well as drip-free protection.

  • Dimensions: 5.15in x 4.7in x 10.2in
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Sunbeam
  • Model number:3018-200
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $41.99

Smagreho Mini Travel Steam Iron

SMAGREHO Mini Travel Steam Iron with Dual Voltage, Anti Slip Handle...
  • Fast-Heat: 1.4-ounce water tank heats up in 15 seconds,, equipped with 1-touch steam control and 3 temperature settings...
  • 420 watts mini steam iron removes wrinkles from almost any fabric, makes you look more charming.
  • Dual Voltage: Sized and equipped for travel anywhere in the world, just switch between 100 and 240 volts.

We had to include at least one travel iron on our list of best steam irons and this Smagreho model won its place easily. It still has plenty of power at 20 watts and is the perfect size for popping into your suitcase.

This model has a 1.4 oz water tank and 3 temperature settings. It also boasts a nonstick soleplate and 1 touch steam control. It comes with a handy travel bag, a plastic measuring cup and a mesh pressing pad to prevent scorching.  

  • Dimensions: 5.2in x 3in x 3.1in
  • Weight: 1.05 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Smagreho
  • Model number:SYNCHKG089231
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $21.99

Steam Iron

CHI (13101) Steam Iron With Titanium Infused Ceramic Soleplate & Over...
  • MADE WITH CHI FLAT IRON TECHNOLOGY. Designed using the same titanium-infused ceramic soleplate technology that powers...
  • POWERFUL STEAM FOR EFFORTLESS IRONING. With over 300 steam holes, this iron delivers powerful steam that makes the...
  • FABRIC GUIDE. Choose your fabric type and the iron sets the temperature accordingly, eliminating the guesswork.

Although it’s one of the more expensive models on our list it does provide great value for money. It’s made with titanium-infused ceramic, the same technology that’s used to create hair styling tools, so you know it’s going to be gentle.

This iron boasts over 300 steam holes and a 10-foot power cord. It features a modern style with chrome accents and a textured handle so holding it is an easy process.

For safety, it has a three-way auto shut off function installed, and its anti-drip feature means that neither you or your garment will get burned from the hot water or steam.

  • Dimensions: 4.7in x 1.5in x 9in
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Manufacturer: CHI Steam
  • Model number:13101
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $53.99

Rowenta 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron 

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Rowenta 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with...
  • STAINLESS-STEEL SOLEPLATE W/ PRECISION TIP - Easy gliding across different garments, smoothing hard-to-reach areas, and...
  • 400+ STEAM HOLES WITH 35 G/MIN OF STEAM - Provide excellent steam distribution
  • USE TAP WATER TO IRON - Easy fill water hole, anti-drip lid, and translucent water tank window
  

Made in Germany by Groupe SEB this 1700-watt steam iron has a stainless-steel soleplate which ends in a point, making it easier to get into all those tricky areas.

The 400 steam holes ensure a steady steam output of 35g per minute.

The Rowenta has a 10 oz water tank and a three-way auto shut-off function. It’s anti-calcium, self-cleaning and works with tap water, so there’s no need for distilled water.

The steam function can also be used vertically so you can press items while they’re still on the hanger.

  • Dimensions: 11in x 5in x 6in
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Groupe SEB
  • Model number:1110030632
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $64.99

With its XL 300ml water tank, this is the perfect iron for the quilter in the family. It’s also anti-calcium, anti-drip, and self-cleaning. The stainless-steel surface ensures a smooth glide over fabrics and the adjustable thermostat adds extra control.

The iron can be used with steam, spray or dry and is also suitable for vertical steaming. To top it off, it has a 1500W power limit and is ETL-listed, which guarantees its safety and power.

  • Dimensions: 12.5in x 5in x 6.5in
  • Weight: 2.95 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Unity-Frankford
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $64.99

Hamilton Beach Durathon Steam Iron

Hamilton Beach Durathon Steam Iron 3-Way Auto Shutoff Purple
  • 10 times more durable than traditional nonstick
  • Ceramic soleplate with a non-stick coating
  • Scratch-resistant durability

 

If you’re looking for something just that little bit different the vibrant purple color of this iron may suit you well.

The ceramic soleplate is coated with a nonstick substance which makes it 10 times tougher than the traditional nonstick irons.

The Durathon steam iron offers continuous steam settings for tougher wrinkles, is self-cleaning and anti-drip for added safety.

Featuring 1600 watts and a 10-year limited warranty for the scratch-resistant soleplate, we couldn’t leave this one out of our list of best steam irons.

  • Dimensions: 5.3in x 6.9in x 12.1in
  • Weight: 3.49 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
  • Model number: 19100
  • Review Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $29.00

Panasonic NI-W810CS Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron

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Panasonic NI-W810CS Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron with Ceramic...
  • Multi-Directional 360-degree iron capability allows you to iron in any direction with a DOUBLE TIPPED soleplate. Save up...
  • 1500 Watts that also includes Dial Temperature Control and a "Adjustable Steam" feature depending on the fabric that is...
  • Jet-of-Steam / Self Cleaning with powerful burst of steam helps remove stubborn wrinkles and clean iron steam vents....

Panasonic has a reputation for producing high quality products at budget-friendly prices and this iron only enhances that reputation. The soleplate is almost a diamond shape, so you don’t have to twist and turn the iron and there’s less chance of it bunching up your fabric.

Like the others on our list, it’s a self-cleaning and anti-calcium model. It can be used with steam or dry and is also suitable for vertical steaming.

Mercury free sensors ensure this model shuts itself off when it’s been idle for 10 minutes in the standing position and after 60 seconds if it is lying flat or has been knocked over.

  • Dimensions: 10.8in x 4.9in x 5.9in
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Model number: NI-W810CS
  • Review Rating: 4 stars
  • Price: $42.93

Singer Clothes Steamer

SINGER| Expert Finish 1700 Watt Anti-Drip Steam Electronic Flat Iron...
  • SINGER CLOTHES STEAMER: The SINGER Expert Finish Steam Iron is a fully featured 1700-Watt iron that delivers expert...
  • LCD TEMPERATURE CONTROL: An accurate LCD temperature control alerts when your desired setting has been reached with the...
  • 360° SWIVEL CORD: A 360 degree pivoting power cords allows a free range of motion. An open tip simplifies ironing...
 

As you would expect from a brand that’s well-known for producing sewing machinery, Singer’s expert finish steam iron was designed with tailors and craftspeople in mind.

It’s a heavier model than most of the irons on our best steam iron list, but that should cut down on the time you have to spend using it.

It boasts a 360-degree swivel cord which makes it easier to run over your garments and the stainless-steel soleplate provides anti-calcium protection.

The three-way auto shut off kicks in after 8 minutes of the iron standing idle and 30 seconds of it lying flat.

As the name suggests, this is the perfect steam iron for finishing seams, hems and vertical pressing.

  • Dimensions: 11.5in x 4.2in x 6in
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Singer
  • Model number: EF.04
  • Review Rating: 4 stars
  • Price: $73.54

T-FAL FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron

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T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord Steam Iron Ceramic Scratch Resistant...
  • Ultraglide CERAMIC soleplate with lifetime warranty; Scratch resistant and nonstick for better glide, easier ironing and...
  • 1725 Watts of power for a powerful burst of steam (100-gram/min)
  • Easy cord exit system keeps the cord out of the way when ironing and prevents from re-wrinkling already-ironed fabrics

The T-Fal Ultraglide comes with a lifetime warranty for its Ceramic soleplate and it is scratch-resistant and nonstick. It’s 1725 watts produces a steam burst of 100 gm per minute.

The iron utilizes dual self-cleaning technology which means you’ll have no calcium build-up or scaling.

The three-way auto shut off turns the iron off when it has been lying flat for 30 seconds and when it has been standing for 8 minutes.

Its unique cord system keeps it out of the way while ironing and the cord’s 12 feet length gives you extra room to move over those larger items.

  • Dimensions: 11.1in x 5.3in x 5.9in
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Groupe SEB
  • Model number: 2820449510
  • Review Rating: 4 stars
  • Price: $48.99

The Features You Should Look for in a Steam Iron

Steam control and settings

Soleplate material

Comfort, weight and grip

Automatic shut-off

Cord control

Narrowing Your Search for the Best Steam Irons

The best suggestion we can give you on searching for the best steam irons, is to do your research. There are countless department stores and online sites that sell steam irons so there’s no shortage of options.

We found the models on our best steam irons list on amazon.com but most, if not all of these irons, can be purchased from other stores as well. If you see a steam iron online but are still unsure, you can check for it in department stores, handle it so you can see how well it will suit you, and then choose which retailer you want to buy it from.

Smart Speakers: AI Powered, Easy, and Sweet Sounds For You

Smart Speakers: AI Powered, Easy, and Sweet Sounds For You

As the name suggests, smart speakers are Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered devices that can do much more than just play music. These speakers definitely play music through various networking protocols. The wireless speakers play music via Bluetooth and NFC networking capabilities. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of the functionalities they possess.

Smart Speakers are AI-based virtual assistants capable of comprehending voice commands. The speakers not only play music but can be used to save playlists, set alarms, and provide weather and traffic updates. Moreover, the speakers connect seamlessly with smart homes to take home automation to a whole new level.

The Evolution of Smart Speakers

Contrary to popular belief, smart speakers did not originate with Amazon’s Echo. The history traces back the evolution of virtual assistants to 1961. It was the year IBM introduced its proprietary product named Shoebox. The tool was able to comprehend sixteen different words and all of the digits.

The next major breakthrough in the field came in 1990 when a company named Dragon launched Dictate. It was the first speech recognition tool which was sold to consumers.

This opened up gates for multiple virtual assistants and the trend gained popularity with Siri’s introduction.

The iPhone based virtual assistant garnered popularity around the world and other companies followed Apple’s footsteps. The next in line was Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana soon followed.

The next groundbreaking discovery came in the form of Amazon Echo. Amazon’s smart speaker introduced Alexa, the company’s very own AI to the world. The launch of Echo marked the start of an AI-based era.

Smart Speakers on the Market

The smart speaker industry currently stands at a market value of $2.68 Billion. It is estimated that the industry will grow at 34 percent in the coming years to be valued at $11.79 Billion by 2023. These figures are not surprising for both the technological and financial experts. With increasing per capita income and technological advancement the trend seems to be ordinary.

Here are some of the best intelligent speakers available in the market:

Sonos One

Sonos One smart speaker

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Listed at a price of $199, the Sonos One offers the best surround sound to its customer in the category. Powered by Alexa, the Sonos One comes with a range of commands to control your music. The Sonos One also connects with other Sonos speakers to provide an immersive multi-room audio facility. However, the complete set of voice commands are available only for a restricted number of music services. Moreover, the speaker fails to understand the voice commands on occasions making it a big shortcoming for the company in the segment.

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Apple Home Pod

Apple Home Pod range of smart speakers

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Apple launched its very own smart speaker two months ago to give both Amazon and Google a run for their money with Siri powering the Home Pod system. The speakers have a distinct edge over their other competitors when it comes to sound quality. The smart aspect of the Home Pod speakers is not up to the mark compared to the other competitors in the market. Siri struggles to unleash its powers with the device and lacks the edge required to outdo Alexa and Google Assistant. Moreover, to enjoy the experience that the speakers offer, the customers need the Apple Music subscription and to restrict themselves to the Apple environment.

Harman Kardon

Cortana powered Harman Kardon smart speaker

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Microsoft did not want to be left far behind in the new race of smart speakers and launched the Harman Kardon Invoke in 2017. The speaker, powered by Microsoft’s very own Cortana, amazes the users with its sound quality and design. Cortana entertains the users with a random fact when the blue button at the top of the speaker is tapped. Although Cortana has been in the market for far longer then Alexa, it lacks the sophistication that the Amazon virtual assistant possesses. The speaker works seamlessly with Microsoft services but lacks in the overall performance in the segment.

LG ThinQ

LG Thinq range of smart speakers to control different devices

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Like the other smart speakers in the segment, LG joined the party late. The ThinQ line of speakers comes with a potential to mesmerize the user with its immersive sound quality. LG has partnered with Meridian audio to go a step ahead when it comes to sound quality. On the smart aspect of the speakers, LG has partnered with Google. Powered by Google Assistant, you can summon the virtual assistant by saying “Ok Google” to get your things done. The other capability that sets it apart from other speakers in the segment is the presence of LG’s very own AI technology. The in-house AI features help control smart LG devices via voice commands. The company is branding it as a high-resolution speaker for the masses with smart technology being the secondary feature.

Google Home

Google home image showing smart speaker

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The first Google Home speaker was released in November 2016 in the United States of America and was an instant hit. The smart speaker integrates with Google Assistant, putting the trademark search engine at the users’ disposal. The speaker acts a music player along with allowing the users to control multiple smart devices with voice commands. The speaker works seamlessly with Android phones and multiple third-party applications. Moreover, with a range of Google devices such as Chromecast and Google TV, the speaker works perfectly to provide a hands-free experience to the users. Due to all these advantages, Google holds the second largest share in the market when it comes to smart speakers. It is available in a variety of models depending on size and technological advancements.

Related: 6 Best Tabletop Radios of 2018-2019

Amazon’s Echo

Amazon's Echo powered by Alexa was the first of its kind smart speaker

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Amazon released the Echo line of speakers in 2014 and became the first company to introduce AI based smart capabilities to the world. The Echo comes integrated with Alexa, Amazon’s in-house AI. The speaker maintains to-do lists, playlists for the users and provides scheduled updates on weather and traffic. It has in-built integration for applications like Spotify but its biggest strength is the Alexa Skill Kit. The Alexa Skill Kit is a collection of code samples and APIs that help developers add to the already existing database of skills the virtual assistant possesses.

Google Home vs Alexa – the Best Buy

Smart speakers have become a part of the lives of millions of people around the world. These people are finding it hard to imagine a life without the handy device. The giants that control this market are none other than Amazon and Google. Amazon with its Echo line of speakers powered by Alexa and Google with Google Home integrated with Google assistant. The only thing that is confusing is what to choose between the two.

Alexa’s sophisticated skill set

Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant powering Echo smart speaker

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The consumer’s choice may vary depending on the devices they own and their different preferences. The Amazon’s Echo powered by Alexa offers a wide range of smart-home device support, the ability to stream music and superior sound quality to the Google Home speakers. However, what really differentiates it from Google Home is the ever-growing Alexa Skills. The growing list of skills includes reading recipes, unlocking smartphones, booking an Uber, ordering a Pizza and much more than answering general knowledge questions. The Alexa Skillset currently has about 15,000 similar skills to serve the users and entertain them. The company offers a range of models that are the Echo Dot, Echo Tap, Echo Show, Echo Spot and the Echo Look.

Google Home trumps Echo in synchronized playback

The Google Home, on the other hand, comes with the Google search engine at its disposal. The Google home answers questions in depth as compared to the Amazon Echo. The speakers work seamlessly with Android and Google devices. The smart speakers can synchronize the Gmail account and manage google calendar. It comes with an ability to manage six different accounts based on voice recognition system. With the help of the Chromecast, the user can synchronize multiple speakers in different rooms to play the same song. However, the Google assistant lacks in the smart capabilities that Alexa has developed due to its launch two years ahead of the former.

The average price of the Amazon Echo amounts to $100 while Google Home costs $129.

The Future of Smart Speakers

The future of smart speakers seems bright with experts speculating the virtual assistants to take care of the daily chores for the people. From ordering grocery to paying bills the realization of a robot helper from a Sci-Fi movie seems realistic. With multiple brands focusing on AI the scope for development is enormous and we may see innovation at its very best in the foreseeable future.

 

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