Institute Testing Brings Out The Best in Gifts

For over a century-and-a-half, Hammacher Schlemmer has been a unique retailer offering unique gifts.

One aspect that sets us apart from others is the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, founded in 1983. This non-profit consumer advocacy organization was created to research, test, and rate consumer products objectively, determining the items that are truly superior in each category.

Through rigorous testing, many of our unique gifts are thoroughly vetted until we can confidently declare that one has earned the designation “Best.” The Institute performs this testing without influence from manufacturers, vendors, or merchants.

Some of The Institute’s toughest testing goes to otherwise-ordinary kitchen appliances. 77058_300x300For example, The Best Toaster Oven earned the highest rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it quickly cooked pizza and cookies and maintained a constant cooking temperature. This oven’s internal temperature varied only 2.89° F when measured at different locations within the oven when set to 400° F, far superior to lesser units that varied as much as 65° F and burned different areas of food.

Similarly, The Best Two Slice Toaster earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced perfectly browned toast more consistently than 84279_300x300any model. The Best model toasted bread until it had a crisp exterior and warm chewy interior, perfectly matching all seven browning settings on both sides of the toast. This toaster also has slots longer than any other model tested, accommodating slices of artisanal bread.

What could more ordinary than a can opener? Not The Best Electric Can Opener. This one scored the highest in every testing category. The Best model opened cans faster than any other model, requiring only an average of 10.5 seconds to unseal cans of different sizes and weights and maintained its 78380_300x300tight grip until the lever was disengaged. Two guiding posts consistently aligned the can, blade, and magnet, leading to a perfect score for ease of attachment.

With the holiday season approaching, look to Hammacher Schlemmer for The Best gifts to delight your friends and family.

The Best Unique Gifts for the Holidays

The holiday season is not far away…it’s time to consider ideas for The Best products for unique gifts that will make family and friends remember you with a smile all year long.

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization created in 1983 to research, test, and rate consumer products objectively, determining the items that are truly superior in each category. Each of the products below was vetted through rigorous testing, giving us confidence to designate them The Best of their type.83615_300x300

This emergency radio earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it had the longest playback time and clearest reception. In addition to being the only tested model that allowed users to set multiple weather alert types across multiple counties and states, the Best Emergency Radio ran for five hours after a full charge, far superior to other radios. The Best model also charges an iPhone from zero to 88% of its full capacity. This radio’s superior features include an integrated LED flashlight, water-resistant construction, USB port and a built-in solar panel for supplemental power.84417_300x300

These wireless TV headphones earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because they had unmatched sound quality and superior range. The Best model received clear, crisp stereo sound up to 165′ away from its radio-frequency transmitter. These headphones also automatically adjust the volume of dialogue to ensure words are heard over a film’s score or sound effects.

82643_300x300This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. A wine industry expert lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all.” The expert praised The Best model’s screw insertion as “flawless” on traditional and synthetic corks and its cork removal performance was “exemplary,” while other openers stuck to the lip of the bottle.

In coming days, we’ll tell you about more unique gift ideas identified as The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute.

Peace of Mind, Anywhere in the World.

Traveling for business or pleasure has its rewards but it is often accompanied by a sense of concern for family or belongings at home. Many options exist for home surveillance but they often come with cumbersome contracts, complicated set up, and monthly fees.Wi-Fi-Security-Camera

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recently tested leading wireless security cameras and The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera won for its superior video, excellent features, and ease of use. The camera sets up in 15 minutes and wirelessly transmits real-time, high-definition video to a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer, allowing you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world without complicated hard-wiring or additional cost.

While typical security cameras capture video that’s only accessible from a hard drive located in your home, The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera lets you check-in from the beach or boardroom and even allows you to pan the lens 270° and tilt it 180° using your smartphone.

The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera has a built-in motion sensor and it automatically sends notifications in seconds to a free app on your device whenever the camera detects movement.

Unlike the grainy video footage common to typical security cameras, The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera captures crisp 720 HD video at a rapid 30 frames-per-second and records crystal-clear sound up to 30′ away. After sunset, its night vision captures video from up to 30′ away, ensuring reliable 24-hour surveillance.

By providing instant, real-time video of your home, The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera allows you to confirm all is well and helps you to enjoy a relaxing vacation or focus on business pursuits.

In Heated Competition, The Best Toaster Oven Prevails Again

The Institute was a very popular place last week as the enticing aroma of fresh bakedBest Toaster Oven goods wafted throughout our office. Of course, this was all in the name of science, as they needed to cook a wide variety of foods to accurately assess the performance of different toaster ovens. After much toasting, baking, broiling, and noshing, the Institute determined that The Best Toaster Oven we currently offer still ranks number one in the marketplace. They also observed that it’s far easier to assemble a testing panel for toaster ovens than it is for digital scales.

Researching Digital TV Antennas – Hammacher Institute

Two antennas strike out.  In its continued search for the best, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recently conducted tests on two new indoor amplified digital TV antennas and rejected them as they found the antennas performed poorly and inconsistently in different test areas – – some as close as 1 mile from TV broadcast towers.  Hammacher Schlemmer will continue to not offer an Indoor Antenna until the Institute can find one that meets the high expectations of our customers.

Best Commuter Cup

This is The Best Commuter Cup, so deemed by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it is easy to drink from, and does not leak, even if turned upside down.

Best Commuter CupThe lid on The Best Commuter Cup stays tightly closed until you’re ready for your beverage; then with the touch of a button, it springs open and flips out of your way as you drink. Whether you transport The Cup in a bag or briefcase, or even if you lose track of it and it rolls around the floor of your car, the safety lock prevents spilling. Ideal for use by children when taking long trips.

Best Commuter Cup ClosedDual walls of stainless steel and vacuum insulation provide The Best Commuter Cup with superior temperature retention. In testing, ice cubes remained frozen for 36 hours, while other models allowed ice to melt in six hours. And hot liquids lost only 18 degrees after two hours in The Cup, while hot beverages in other cups tested lost up to 71 degrees.

Spill-proof when out of your hand, and easy to use when you’re thirsty. That’s The Best Commuter Cup from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Commuter Cup

 

 

Best Electric Blender

This is The Best Electric Blender, having earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it crushed ice and blended fruit and vegetables to the smoothest consistency.

Best Electric BlenderThe biggest test for any blender is ice, and The Institute put 20 ice cubes in each model. While others needed almost a minute to fully crush the ice cubes, The Best model needed just 11 seconds to turn them into snow. Of course, the results may seem unfair, considering The Best Electric Blender has six blades, positioned at the bottom, middle, and top of the pitcher, a number none of the other blenders can match. Those same six blades helped The Best model turn bananas and strawberries into smoothies that weren’t lumpy, like drinks produced by lesser machines.

When the pitcher was filled with ice, The Best model blended it without incurring damage, while it withstood repeated cleanings in a dishwasher safely, leading to a perfect score from The Institute for durability. With its three speeds plus a pulse function, and the pour spouts built into the lid of the 72 ounce pitcher, The Best model scores again with its ease-of-use. Make your smoothies and frozen drinks faster with The Best Electric Blender from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Electric Blender

Best Men’s Foil Shaver

This is The Best Men’s Foil Shaver, so named by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provided the closest, most comfortable shave among all those foil shavers tested.

Best Men's Foil ShaverThe Best Men’s Foil Shaver utilizes an industry-leading 5 blades, along with the foils’ subtle vibrations, to lift and cut hair below the skin, all without pulling or nicking the skin. According to one tester, this resulted in “an extraordinary close shave.” And while other models needed extra passes to get to hard-to-reach spots, The Best model reached “every nook and cranny without a problem”, in the words of another panelist.
Being waterproof, The Best Men’s Foil Shaver can be used wet or dry, allowing for shaves in the shower, with or without shaving cream. When connected to its base, The Best Foil is automatically cleaned and dried, so it’s ready to go when you are.

See why testers called this “the most comfortable electric razor I have ever used.” Experience The Best Men’s Foil Shaver.

The Best Men’s Foil Shaver

Best Talking Watch

This is The Best Talking Watch, so chosen because it ranked highest in every category when evaluated by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute.

Best Talking WatchThis is the perfect time piece if you or someone you know has trouble seeing the small hands or digits on a conventional wristwatch. Linda in Charlotte, NC bought it for her father. She says:

“he has macular degeneration. He finds he can see the numbers clearer then any other watch he has. When he is in dimly lit places, the verbal time feature works well.”

Unlike lesser models that were inaudible or malfunctioned completely, this model announces the time distinctly in a male voice, ideal for those who find it difficult or inconvenient (such as when driving) to look at a watch. Further, the Best Talking Watch’s straightforward operation and two-button functionality made it much simpler to use than other models. To ensure accuracy, the watch automatically synchronizes nightly with the atomic clock in Ft. Collins, CO, a timekeeping standard that won’t vary by a second in 80 million years.

If you’re fumbling for your eyeglasses in order to read the time, or know someone who struggles to focus on the numbers of a clock face, The Best Talking Watch will let them hear the time when they can’t see it.

The Best Talking Watch

Best Television Headphones

These are The Best Television Headphones, as chosen by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. In tests to prove performance and comfort, The Institute found this model provided the clearest audio, the greatest transmission range, and were the most comfortable of any other model tested.

Best Television HeadphonesWhen tested indoors, The Best headphones received CD-quality audio from up to 42 feet away from a television, more than doubling the distance of lesser models. And outdoors, these headphones still received quality signals at up to 230 feet. “It was like I was at the movies” said one panelist, after experiencing the best model’s full sound and clear dialogue. No surprise, given their 7.1-channel surround sound that another member described as “outstanding stereo sound.”

Of course, the quality of a set of headphones only matters for the duration they can be worn, and The Best Television Headphones provided superior comfort as well as performance. While other models were too tight, or were “hot and stifling”, the Best model lead one observer to proclaim them “the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn.”

Are you ready to experience the ultimate in television sound, without disturbing roommates or neighbors? Then you’re ready for The Best Television Headphones from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Television Headphones