Monthly Archives: October 2012

Leather iPad Satchel

This Leather iPad Satchel from Hammacher Schlemmer organizes your tablet and accessories stylishly and securely. Its padded compartment fits all iPad models, as well as e-readers and other tablets, holding them firmly in place with a hook-and-loop fastener. The spacious main pocket accommodates 8-1/2 X 11-inch manila folders for all your paperwork. There’s a zippered pocket inside for snug storage of cables or other accoutrements, while a fold-out external pocket has four slots for business cards and a pouch for a cell phone.Leather iPad Satchel

“LEM” in South Africa uses the leather iPad satchel when flying, saying:

“This a very useful carry bag for my iPad when I am travelling; I also put in other articles like airticket, passport, documents etc, as they are easy to reach and the bag is with me all the time.”

The luxurious Colombian leather is appointed with an adjustable shoulder strap, which Steve in Mississippi says:

“… comes in handy when you are trying to go from car to hotel room in just one trip with luggage and various other ‘stuff’.”

With its chrome-tanned, distressed look and zippers finished in antique brass, this leather satchel is both functional and fancy. If you’re looking for padded protection for your iPad, with the added convenience of a small business case, then The Leather iPad Satchel is just bag for you.

The Leather iPad Satchel



Is Tailgating a dying tradition?

If you’ve ever been on campus of any college or university with a football program, you know there are two very distinct atmospheric differences between game and non-game days. On Sunday through Friday, you’re free to go anywhere on the quad. Leave the car where you see fit, as parking spaces are likely easy to find. But Saturday? If it’s fall, then the campus, and maybe even the school’s entire town, are focused on football, and that means Tailgating.

It’s time-honored tradition. Put the grill in the back of the pickup. Load up the cooler, or any water-tight vessel willing to spend its weekend on chilling duty, with ice, beer, meat, and sodas. Grab every portable, foldable,  piece of seating you can find, and head to the stadium parking lot for this biggest meal you’ll have all week. You’re going tailgating. Of course, it’s not just football games either. Be it soccer, baseball, even your recreational league softball outings, if there’s a parking lot, there’s a party.

Or is there? Some teams, schools, and venues are putting limits on just how much fun can be available to these barbecuing revelers. One NFL team, the Houston Texans, changed their policies and began prohibiting fans without game-tickets from being in stadium parking lots, though for $10, season ticket holders could buy up to 4 passes so friends could meet them to tailgate before game time. This blogger had a former co-worker profiled in the local newspaper because of his football tailgating prowess, even though he stayed in the parking lot for the entire game. Had this rule been in effect, he would have been at the mercy of a gracious ticket holder willing to put his name on the list of non-ticketed visitors. And if he were partying at the home of the Chicago Bears, his mini-fest would be over at kick-off, as the Bears do not allow tailgating while the game is in progress.

Many colleges and universities have chosen to limit the scope of football tailgating festivities as well, though many feel these are attempts to control underage consumption of alcohol more than curtailing the party atmosphere at the stadium. And while many disagree with an institution’s attempts to police any group’s behavior, it can be difficult to fault an organization that reacts when they feel safety is a concern.

Have your tailgating rituals been affected by rule and policy changes? We would love to hear about. Let us know in the comments section!


Backpack Vacuum

With The Backpack Vacuum from Hammacher Schlemmer, your machine always moves with you. Imagine the convenience when cleaning your stairways.

Backpack VacuumWeighing only 7-and-a-half pounds, the Backpack Vacuum fits snugly against your body to give you optimal mobility and maneuverability anywhere in your home. No longer do you need to lift your traditional vacuum cleaner in the air to clean the drapes and remove the cobwebs on the ceiling. Just walk over to the spot, raise the handle, and those arachnid stalactites disappear into the canister. The 21-foot electrical cord gives you enough reach for almost any room, while the 800-watt motor provides plenty of power for household chores.

The included HEPA filter removes allergens, so you aren’t just cleaning your rugs and floors. You’re cleaning your entire home environment. The Backpack Vacuum comes with two extension wands, both fabric and paper bags, and a mesh storage bag for the accessories. And when not in use, the children can use it to pretend they’re Ghostbusters!

Stop stooping and dragging your sweeper with you, and make your biggest household task less of a chore, with The Backpack Vacuum.

The Backpack Vacuum

The Best Heated Throw

The Best Heated Throw was so chosen by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it proved to be the softest of the models tested, and generated the most consistent heat. In fact, this heated throw was more than four times more consistent than its closest competitor, with the temperature fluctuating by only .22 degrees across its entire surface over an 8 hour period.

Best Heated ThrowThe Best Heated Throw’s 195-gram weight polyester gives it a thick, luxurious feel, while rendering the heating elements within virtually undetectable. Even after repeated wash cycles, this throw showed no signs of pilling or fraying. And with 6 different temperature settings, both the fabric and its heat are sure to provide all the warmth and comfort needed through the cold winter months.

Don’t settle for the uneven heating and thin, itchy fabrics of lesser models. True comfort calls for The Best Heated Throw, from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Heated Throw

Healthiest Deep Fryer

The Healthiest Deep Fryer, from Hammacher Schlemmer, allows you to make delicious fried foods at home while cutting the fat content from 14% down to 3%.

Healthiest Deep FryerBy using just one tablespoon of oil, this deep fryer utilizes its internal convection oven to cook chicken wings, shrimp, and more with 338-degree air that circulates evenly to create crunchy exteriors like you would expect from conventional deep fryers. The integrated paddle automatically turns your food as it mixes with the seasonings you’ve included as your meal moves around the nonstick basin. The little bit of oil used will be mostly absorbed into your food, eliminating the need to dispose of large amounts of cooking oil. The cover, paddle, and cooking basin are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a snap.

If you’ve made the decision to eat healthier, but just can’t give up your love of fried foods, here’s your answer. Try The Healthiest Deep Fryer from Hammacher Schlemmer and enjoy the flavors you love.

The Healthiest Deep Fryer

Largest Water Filtering Dog Fountain

The Largest Water Filtering Dog Fountain is the solution to the constant refilling of the standard water dish. Because big dogs, or multiple dogs, drink a lot of water, just like they consume lots of food. And with its 3-and-a-half gallon capacity, this fountain means fewer refills for you, and more clean water for your pets.

Largest Water Filtering Dog FountainDogs, like humans, need clean fresh water. And the more they drink, the healthier they are, as water consumption can reduce their risk of kidney disease and urinary tract infection. This canine fountain has a double filter system to keep fresh water flowing. A pre-filter gets rid of large debris, such as dog hair and food crumbs, while the 3-stage charcoal filter removes impurities, leaving the water tasting and smelling fresh. The AC-connected pump not only keeps water circulating, but the sound of trickling water from the filtering dog fountain attracts pets to drink more. And more water means healthier animals.

Dishwasher-safe basins and reservoirs are made of UV-resistant plastic, so the fountains can be used both indoors and out. Be sure your dogs are always well-watered, without you having to continuously fill water bowls, with The Largest Water Filtering Dog Fountain.

The Largest Water Filtering Dog Fountain

Power Assist Pedaler

The Power Assist Pedaler from Hammacher Schlemmer helps users with mobility issues prevent muscle atrophy by providing gentle, adjustable assistance in the form of this compact stationary exerciser.

Power Assist PedalerWhen time or weather conditions prevent going outside for a walk, leg muscles stay active and toned with just 15 minutes a day on this quiet, space-saving device. From your most comfortable chair, while watching television or reading a book, adjust the speed from the 18-watt motor from 25 to 65 rpm as the Power Assist Pedaler eases you through a full range of motion, improving muscular strength and coordination.

A handy remote control makes it easy to increase or decrease speed, while the unit’s Liquid Crystal Display shows distance, time, calories burned, and rpm. And the Power Assist Pedaler isn’t just for lower body fitness. Mr. Jones in Winnipeg  says the Power Assist is:

“Also GREAT for upper body workout. I put it on a table and use it for my arms.”

Don’t allow loss of circulation or muscle tone affect you, just because you haven’t the mobility to go for walks or get to an exercise facility. Use The Power Assist Pedaler from the comfort of your living room, and keep those legs moving!

The Power Assist Pedaler

Teak Shower Stool

This is The Better Teak Shower Stool, from Hammacher Schlemmer, made to safely assist those who may be unable to stand in a wet tub for the duration of a warm, soothing shower.

Teak Shower StoolDesigned to last, this shower stool is made form the world’s most water-resistant wood: Brazilian teak. Open slots in the stool’s seat allow water to flow through for optimal drainage. While the wood itself can be treated to maintain its original color, it will naturally age with use to a soft, gray hue without being damaged. Sturdy stainless steel legs support users up to 300 lbs, while its rubberized feet provide non-slip protection on wet shower floors.

A fixed shelf at the bottom of the teak shower stool holds showering supplies, while just above it, a small swing-out tray holds smaller items like shaving goods, intended for easy reach without losing your balance while leaning over.

Shower falls are dangerous, and when standing in the tub or shower stall becomes a risk, The Teak Shower Stool provides safety and convenience for you or a loved one.

The Better Teak Shower Stool

Press Release: New Interactive Timeline Highlights Hammacher Schlemmer’s Rich 164 Year History

New York, NY, [Month] [Date], 2012 – Hammacher Schlemmer is renowned today for offering the latest gadgets and gizmos, yet most people are unaware of the company’s long and fascinating history. Founded when John Tyler was our nation’s president, the retailer has been in existence longer than 99% of companies in the United States, including such established brands as IBM, Coca-Cola, and General Electric. To share its remarkable journey with customers and fans, Hammacher Schlemmer recently launched a new Interactive History Timeline on its website that traces the company from its beginnings to the present.

Interactive History Timeline reinforces Hammacher Schlemmer’s reputation for Innovation

Accessible from the Hammacher Schlemmer website, at, the timeline chronicles important dates throughout the company’s history starting with the birth of company namesake William Schlemmer in 1841.

“Hammacher Schlemmer has a one-of-a-kind history and our new timeline allows users to explore our company’s evolution in an innovative, educational, and fun way”, said Fred Berns, General Manager of Hammacher Schlemmer.

The timeline functions similarly to the touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet, using a computer mouse rather than a finger for navigation. As users move the slider along the horizontal axis, each year is displayed in a single column with information on up to five topics (Hammacher History, U.S. History, Extraordinary Items, Media, and Catalogs) making for easy exploration. With just a few clicks, the curious can discover that in 1931, the year the Empire State Building opened in New York, Hammacher Schlemmer introduced the first pop-up toaster, specially designed for the culinary innovation of the day—sliced bread, and offered a carving set featuring genuine stag handles.  

Embracing quality and innovation throughout its history 

The company that would one day become synonymous with innovation began in a much more mundane industry as a hardware store at 221 the Bowery in New York City. At a time when high-quality hardware was hard to come by, Hammacher Schlemmer’s focus on top-notch tools and equipment quickly gained it a reputation for offering some of the best tools sold in the city.

As the company grew, it became well known for embracing new technologies. In 1878, the store was listed among the initial 271 original subscribers to the New York City Bell Telephone directory and it was one of the first retailers to install electric lights and offer home-delivery parcel service by truck. By 1912, Hammacher Schlemmer’s illustrated catalog, the first of its kind, spanned 1,112 pages, confirming the company as the most complete hardware source on the East Coast.

Over the years, as customer needs evolved, so too has Hammacher Schlemmer. In the early 1900s, when pianos were becoming the favored parlor instrument, Hammacher began selling piano parts. In 1902, when there were only 600 “horseless” carriages in New York City, the company opened the first auto parts department. In 1926, Hammacher Schlemmer relocated to its present location on East 57th Street, occupying all 12 floors and offering household essentials, personal necessities, and the first electrical appliances.

By the 1930s, Hammacher Schlemmer had cemented its position as an innovator. Since then, Hammacher Schlemmer has led the way in introducing the public to new items for the home, including the first pop-up toaster (1930), the first microwave oven (1968), and the first integrated caller ID and answering machine (1994). Viewed by many as intriguing gadgets, Hammacher Schlemmer saw them as functional problem solvers. “At Hammacher Schlemmer, we have always believed that the unusual should be exceptional, and the exceptional should be the norm,” said Mr. Berns. “That is why we continue to provide the most innovative, highest-quality products available.”

Another secret to longevity—Customer Service

Hammacher Schlemmer continues to serve customers’ needs in ways that no one else does or can. Even the most unusual products share the common goal of meeting the special needs of customers, from The Elliptical Machine Office Desk to The Professional Microbrewery, just as a one-of-a-kind plumb bob did over a hundred years ago.

Hammacher Schlemmer’s dedication to offering The Best products available is evident in the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that researches, tests, and rates consumer products to determine which models are superior. Started in 1983, the Institute has completed more than 1,500 product evaluations, putting conducting rigorous tests in laboratory and home-use settings, in consultation with technicians, experts, and consumer panels.

From the beginning, Hammacher Schlemmer’s standard was functional quality plus exemplary service. This standard is still reflected today in Hammacher Schlemmer’s Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction. Unless you’re completely satisfied with your purchase, Hammacher will gladly take it back — unconditionally. “Striving to preserve the beliefs founded in 1848, we at Hammacher Schlemmer remain committed to the same level of service that, for 164 years, has led customers to return year after year,” said Mr. Berns.

About Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog, online at, and at its landmark store on East 57th Street in New York City.

Best Heated Gloves

These are The Best HeatedBest Heated Gloves Gloves, based on testing conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. Why? Most importantly, they generated the most heat. When considering heated gloves, isn’t that the most important criteria?

But The Institute doesn’t stop there. Because aside from being 22% warmer than their closest competitor, The Best Heated Gloves also provided heat to the fingers and palms. Plus, The Best Heated Gloves’ rechargeable batteries provided up to 21 hours of power, far superior to other models’ batteries that lasted a mere 2 1/2 hours! Of course, that’s all well and good, but gloves still have to feel good on your hands. And thanks to Thinsulate lining that was “comfortable and soft”, with even heat distribution  Panelists said  “did not feel too hot on my fingers like with other gloves” The Best Heated Gloves won the comfort category as well.

With their leather shell, a water-resistant membrane and cuff cinches that keep hands dry, and zippered compartments allowing easy removal and insertion of  batteries, The Best Heated Gloves came away unanimous winners. Try them for yourself and see why.

The Best Heated Gloves