This Handy $13 Amazon Find Makes Carrying My Groceries a Thousand Times Easier

This Handy $13 Amazon Find Makes Carrying My Groceries a Thousand Times Easier

Britt Franklin

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Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.) An all-around creative, Britt has worked in various facets with Scene Louisiana, The Nerd Machine, and The Daebak Company, Inc.

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Amazon Reviewers Swear By This Tough, Industrial-Strength Dustpan

Amazon Reviewers Swear By This Tough, Industrial-Strength Dustpan

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As much as we love vacuums, some messes — like coffee grounds, wood ash, broken glass, and dust — can be made worse by spinning brushes and blowing air. Luckily, we found a dustpan that addresses both of these issues, plus it has an extra-long handle that will save your back from hunching over. The Yangbaga Long Handled Dustpan is made from heavy-duty stainless steel that’s lightweight and durable, with a non-hinging design that stands up on its own. That way, you can use both hands to sweep every bit of your mess into the pan.

According to nearly 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon, the industrial-strength item is helpful in cleaning up both inside and outside the home, with users loving it for everything from yard work to keeping a barber shop clean!

“Dustpans don’t last very long in our house,” says one reviewer. “This is an industrial-strength dustpan you would see in a janitor’s closet. Good weight, sturdy, and I can see this lasting a lifetime.” Another fan of the Yangbaba bought it for her husband to use outdoors. “He would always take my kitchen broom and dustpan for outdoor cleanup. He always ruined them. I saw this metal dustpan with the long handle and it was perfect! He loves it and no longer takes my kitchen broom and dustpan.” 

The basin of the pan measures roughly 10 by 10 inches. It has a solid build that won’t bend under heavy loads and a thin edge that makes it easy to sweep extra-fine particles into the pan. “I have five dogs and a wood stove, so sweeping at least twice a day is a must,” one customer shares. “The large capacity pan easily holds however much debris I sweep up, and it sits so snug to the floor it all goes right into the pan, not underneath like my other dustpans.” The surface of the pan has a nonstick coating that, in the words of one reviewer, is great at keeping “dirt, hair, crumbs, broken glass, and any debris you can think of from escaping.”

When comparing the Yangbaga to a traditional plastic dustpan, one happy customer reports that “it’s much easier on my back. Very sturdy and easy to assemble.” The Yangbaga’s 39-inch handle breaks down into three removable sections, so you can customize it to your desired length or take it off completely for cleaning up low-clearance areas like fireplace hearths, tables, or desks. The detachable design also makes it easy to store between uses. “The height works well for me at 5′ 0″ and is just as good for my husband who is a bit over 6′ tall. I’ve been keeping it next to the trash can so it is close at hand when I need it,” another reviewer says.

If you’re looking for a trusty, sturdy dustpan for your kitchen, front halfway, workshop, or garage, chances are the Yangbaga will stand up to whatever you sweep into it and be ready for the next job. As one reviewer says, “It’s the best dustpan I’ve ever owned!”

Buy: Yangbaga Long Handled Dustpan, $23.99

Vanessa Spilios

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Vanessa received her culinary training at Boston U. and has a background in housewares product development & marketing. When not testing appliances or developing recipes, she spends her time drawing and tending to her small but mighty porch garden.

One of Our Favorite Small Cookware Brands Just Launched a Must-Have for Fall Baking — and It’s Definitely Going to Sell Out

One of Our Favorite Small Cookware Brands Just Launched a Must-Have for Fall Baking — and It’s Definitely Going to Sell Out

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With summer in the rearview mirror and fall officially here, it’s only natural that we’ve got baking on our brains. And, as luck (or clever planning) would have it, Made In just launched a new piece of bakeware that will seriously upgrade our fall tables with flaky pies, tarts, and buttery, patisserie-worthy creations. Designed in collaboration with chef Nancy Silverton, the Baking Slab is something of a hybrid between a traditional pie plate, baking dish, and sheet pan, and totally unique in its design.

Like many great innovations, the idea for the Baking Slab started with a sketch. As one of the most acclaimed bakers in the world, and the face behind famed restaurants Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and others, Nancy knows a thing or two about bakeware. But in her many years in the kitchen, she could never find a piece of equipment that let her achieve the perfect crust-to-filling ratio on her favorite slab pies. It needed to have high walls and a large surface area to ensure everyone would get a decent slice, something that traditional pie plates and sheet pans just don’t offer. So, longtime fans and collaborators, Made In, stepped in to design something to her exact specifications. 

The resulting Baking Slab is constructed from the same French-made porcelain that Made In uses for their line of classic baking dishes, and has a pure white glaze with a hand-painted rim. The porcelain’s proprietary recipe has been around for over 200 years and is naturally nonstick, super durable, and thermal-shock resistant, a feature that allows it to move seamlessly from the fridge to the oven (up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit), and makes it safe to use in the dishwasher.

Aside from its beautiful aesthetic, the Baking Slab’s dimensions are what sets it apart from any other baking or pie dish you’ve likely ever used. Per Nancy’s guidance, it’s wider than a baking dish and longer than a 1/4 sheet pan, so you can achieve crusts that are crisp and flaky, and enough perfectly filled slices to feed a crowd. And while the Baking Slab is ideal for making pies, there’s no limit to what you can use it for, including brownies, focaccia, sheet cakes, pan pizzas, and dessert tarts. Plus, the Slab’s two handles are cleverly positioned below the lip of the Baking Slab, so you can move your creations in and out of the oven and carry them to the table without disturbing the crust with an oven mitt or towel.

It’s not every day that a cookware brand develops a truly one-of-a-kind piece of equipment, but with the Baking Slab, Made In has done just that. A warning to anyone who’s never shopped a Made In chef collaboration: These items notoriously sell out quickly, and while they do a good job of restocking, there’s never a guarantee of when that will happen. To ensure you have a Baking Slab in your hands in time for your first apple picking adventure, head to Made In now to claim yours!

Vanessa Spilios

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Vanessa received her culinary training at Boston U. and has a background in housewares product development & marketing. When not testing appliances or developing recipes, she spends her time drawing and tending to her small but mighty porch garden.

This 115-Year-Old Brand’s Retro Sweeper Is Getting Glowing Reviews from Amazon Customers

This 115-Year-Old Brand’s Retro Sweeper Is Getting Glowing Reviews from Amazon Customers

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As we head into a new season of apple picking and roasted butternut squash, it’s time to do a little fall cleaning. It might not be your favorite chore, but someone’s gotta do it! Luckily, we’ve found an easy — and affordable — cleaning solution for you. Enter: the Fuller Brush Electrostatic Carpet & Floor Sweeper. This compact sweeper is your answer to picking up crunchy leaves that have been tracked inside, cleaning up flour spills while baking pies, and pretty much any usual mess. And with a 4.4-star rating on Amazon, you know it’s worth it. Plus, this retro-inspired cute sweeper retails for just $79.99. 

A sweeper is a must-have household item, especially for those who don’t want to lug out a clunky vacuum cleaner every day. It’s perfect for touch-ups between deep cleans, picking up after pets, and quickly cleaning up spills. One busy mom of toddlers reports that the Fuller Brush “gets all the little crumbs and crud and if a tiny toy gets in [the carpet] it’s easy to retrieve. Play doh. Eggs. Chips. You name it.” 

If you’re not familiar with Fuller, it’s a super-old home appliance brand that’s been making stylish products for 115 years. The retro brand has amassed a devoted following over the decades, and love for its products has even been passed down over generations; as one Amazon reviewer writes, “my mother and grandmother swore by” the Fuller Brush. We love this family tradition!

The sweeper is incredibly versatile. It can clean nearly any surface, including hardwood, tile, wood, low pile carpet, and laminate flooring. It’s handy for getting rid of dust, picking up glass, extracting hair from carpets, and, according to one Amazon reviewer, cleaning up tinsel and pine needles from under the Christmas tree. The sweeper is especially useful for pet owners: One animal lover wrote that it “Does an amazingly good job of picking up both smaller particles and hair, as well as ‘chunkier’ stuff like kibble or tracked cat litter.” Others agreed, saying, “We love it! Picks up our yellow lab’s hair easily.”

Plus, the Fuller Brush is also super easy to use. As one happy customer wrote, “Because it is not electric there is NO noise, NO batteries to charge, NO cords, NO risk or injury!!!” It’s also easy to empty—simply press on both ends of the dust bin and empty the contents into the trash. As an added bonus, the sweeper comes with a special cleaning comb for removing any hair that gets stuck on the bristles.

The sweeper’s compact size — it measures 9.4 by 6.5 by 47 inches and weighs just 3.14 pounds — makes it easy to get into small spaces, clean under furniture, and tote between rooms. One reviewer who bought the sweeper for her elderly aunt said, “my Aunt loves this because it is light and easy to use and she is familiar with the reliable Fuller Brush brand from many years ago.” Other reviewers agreed, reporting that the Fuller Brush’s small size and easy steering are helpful for those with disabilities.

You’ll also be cleaning in style with this cute sweeper. Since Fuller has been around for over 100 years, its products have an adorable retro look. The sweeper comes in a variety of bright colors — our favorites are pink and fresh mint — that will bring a fun pop of color to your kitchen. 

Take it from this glowing review: “You will love this brushuum! (JUST made that up). It will never not amaze you when you are done with it. You’ll be humming away zip-zippin that little guy around like a champ.” An easy clean for just $80? Yes, please!

Phoebe Sklansky

Editorial Intern, Kitchn Commerce Team

Phoebe is the Editorial Intern for the Kitchn Commerce team. You can usually find her crafting a charcuterie board or making the most out of her tiny apartment kitchen. She is a student at Vanderbilt and is based out of Nashville and New York.

This Laptop Stand Is the Work-From-Home Solution I’ve Needed For More Than a Decade

This Laptop Stand Is the Work-From-Home Solution I’ve Needed For More Than a Decade

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I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’ve been taking cues about how to spend my money from MTV for as long as I can remember. Was I that kid walking around in lace fingerless gloves like Madonna in the “Like a Virgin” video? You bet I was! Did I donate to the college fund for Tyler from “Teen Mom”? Proudly! And my latest MTV-inspired expenditure happened just a few short months ago.

When “The Real World: Homecoming,” debuted last year, bringing the original cast of “The Real World” back together 30 years later, I was in pop-culture-nostalgia heaven. And that’s where I spied the A/Stand, a game-changing portable computer and tablet stand that one of the cast members invented! It looked sleek, sturdy, and definitely worth a try. Intrigued and semi-star struck, I had to have one for myself. Read on for my honest review. (Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed.)

I’ve been working from home for more than a decade, and while I do have a dedicated room with a desk and some shelves, my “office” tends to be wherever in the apartment I feel like sitting. And — as the rest of the world is now wise to — lots of times that means working from the couch. From using a styrofoam-filled lap desk (weird) to stacking the computer on top of pillows (precarious) to setting it on the cushion next to me and hunching over to type (ridiculous), I’ve tried all sorts of ways to find a comfortable, stable setup where I can feel as productive as I do in my actual office. The A/Stand is the answer I’ve been waiting for for years. Why? Well, how much time do you have?

For starters, at less than two pounds, the A/Stand is extremely lightweight yet doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy. (Trust me, I wouldn’t rest my laptop on anything that felt the least bit wobbly!) It folds down flat, which makes it easy to throw into your backpack to use on the go, and it includes cool features like a removable mousepad, a slot to prop up your tablet when you’re using it and space to store it when you’re not, a sliding drink tray, easy-to-use buttons, and more.

But the coolest thing about the A/Stand? You can configure it in 20 different ways! Whether you want it even and level, angled toward you, or lifted up, it is incredibly versatile and quick to transform into a new shape to accommodate your needs. If I’m craving a break from sitting at my desk, I flip a few buttons to give the A/Stand some height, and voila, instant standing desk. If I want to relax on the couch and put my feet up, I pop the surface down to a slight angle and set it on my lap; it feels ergonomically comfortable to both type on and look at, and since it’s so light, it doesn’t put undue pressure on my legs. (Plus, it provides a welcome buffer between my hot, overworked laptop and me.) Another bonus: I can hang out (virtually) with my friends and family on non-work-related Zooms in the living room without that unflattering, looking-up-from-the-coffee-table camera angle. Yesssss.

Lately, working extra-long hours has been my norm, and when the sun goes down I need a change of scenery from the office to the living room. That’s why I’ve been using my A/Stand every.single.night. I can be comfortable, productive, and kind to my body all at once! Tonight I’m bingeing a backlog of “Jersey Shore” episodes from my DVR … something tells me I should keep my credit card handy …