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HDTV has arrived, and it’s more affordable than ever. Whether you’re playing video games, watching movies on DVD, or tuning in to the local news, there is HDTV programming available, and if you don’t have an HDTV set, you’re literally missing half the picture. With prices falling and technology improving, this is an excellent time to buy. But before you rush out, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the basics of how it all works, so that you’ll find the best HDTV for your needs (see also Plasma TV Buying Guide, HDTV Front Projector Buying Guide, LCD TV Buying Guide, Rear Projection TV Buying Guide).
Plasma TV is the starting point for a superior home-theater experience, and it’s more affordable than ever. Pacific Media Associates, a California-based price-tracking firm, reports that the average in-store price of plasma TVs has dropped 22% over the past year. That makes plasma TVs competitive with higher-end LCDTVs, and it has also brought larger plasma screen sizes into the reach of consumers. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy a plasma TV, then it’s time to start shopping (see also HDTV Buying Guide, HDTV Front Projector Buying Guide, LCD TV Buying Guide, Rear Projection TV Buying Guide).
LCDTV is the hot new technology for the home, and thanks to huge price drops during the last two years, it’s more affordable than ever. If you’ve been sitting out the HDTV revolution and waiting for the right time to buy, the time is now. You’ll find a surprising variety of choices at any price range and solid performance in some budget models. Ready to kick that clunky old tube set to the curb? There are a few things you’ll need to consider—buying an LCDTV is a little trickier, but once you know how they work, you’ll be ready to make the best choice for your lifestyle and budget (see also HDTV Buying Guide, HDTV Front Projector Buying Guide, Plasma TV Buying Guide, Rear Projection TV Buying Guide).
Headphones have evolved to fit every need, niche and price range imaginable. The new generation of aftermarket headphones offer much more functionality than the headphones included with almost all device purchases. Some aftermarket headphones utilize noise-canceling properties to help tune out ambient noises, allowing the listener to truly enjoy their audio experience, while others use soft gell inserts to maximize your listening comfort. Whether your aim is luxurious theatre sound at home or hip-hop on the treadmill, there are many headphones on the market to fit your needs without breaking the bank. Pronto’s Headphone Buying Guide will help you make an informed decision on which headphones are right for you by giving you an overview of the different styles and technologies available.
DVD recorders have officially replaced video cassette recorders as the permanent-storage media for home entertainment. If you’re still clinging to VHS, it’s time to let go and upgrade to a DVD recorder. Most of us are familiar with digital versatile discs thanks to movie rentals, but when it comes to DVD recorders, there are a lot of features to consider before you make a choice.
With so many households boasting high-definition televisions, the challenge is now on manufacturers to provide high-definition DVD viewing options. A few years ago, Sony stepped up to the plate with its Blu-ray technology, followed shortly thereafter by Toshiba’s HD DVD format. If you’re like most consumers, you’re completely in the dark as to what those terms mean and how to shop for a high-definition video player. Why would there be two video formats, and which one is better? Pronto’s High-Definition DVD Buying Guide will give you those answers so you can choose the best HD DVD player for you.
Since its introduction in the 1990s, DVD has been the most popular format for Hollywood movies and has become the de facto choice for video gamers, software installation and now music and audio too. Even at its most basic, the DVD player is a technical wonder. The DVD is a high-density optical disk that can hold up to 4.7GB of data and supports multiple and often incompatible technical formats, including audio CDs, and is available with a wide array of features in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price ranges ($50-$1,000). How do you know which one to take on that flight to China or keep the kids occupied on the drive to grandma’s? Pronto's DVD Buying Guide can help you determine which one's for you (see also DVD Player Buying Guide, DVD Recorder Buying Guide, Combination TV Buying Guide).
Portable digital projectors have replaced the overhead and slide projectors once used for conferences and meetings. By hooking up a portable digital projector to your PC, you let your presentations come alive with graphics, movement, even full-motion video. Portable digital projectors are an investment, and matching your budget to the best portable digital projector means knowing how you’ll be using it. Once you know that, Pronto’s Digital Projector Buying Guide takes the rest of the guesswork out of making your purchase.
One day, your children will look at you with pity and awe as you reveal that DVRs didn't exist when you were a kid. Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) are a common fixture in most homes now, but they were only a gleam in TiVo's eye just ten years ago. Whether you have cable or satellite TV, a DVR will change the way we watch television.
Are you looking at home theater systems? With high definition video and surround sound, today's home theater experience truly rivals anything you can see or hear at the multiplex. The good news is that buying a home theater system is simply a matter of getting the most features for your money. Once you understand what features are important, your buying decision will quickly fall into place.
If you’ve been looking to live out your rock star fantasy or just pick up a new hobby, a bass guitar is a great place to start, but before you form that garage band you need to know a few things. Whether you love rock, jazz, blues or funk, Pronto’s Bass Guitar Buying Guide will help you choose the bass guitar that is best for you. When buying online, make sure you’re familiar with the retailer’s return policy so you can make a return if a bass guitar doesn’t make your heart sing.
Gone are the days of choosing which CD to bring to the gym, or deciding how many CDs to bring on a trip. Today's MP3 players allow us to carry our entire CD collection in the palm of our hand. We can even take along our favorite photos and video. But this convenience comes with a dizzying array of options. Apple seems to have cornered the market in this industry. The iPod player is known for its innovation, reliability, and ease of use. And the iTunes Store offers a comprehensive selection of video and audio content. But before jumping on the Apple bandwagon, be sure to check out some of its worthy competitors whose performance, features, and download options that might better fit your needs. Pronto's MP3 Player Buying Guide can help you sort it all out.
Long gone are the days when speakers were called “stereo speakers” and came packaged with your stereo. Also gone are the days when consumers were happy to listen to their television programming through the TV’s built-in speakers. Today, speakers are often referred to as “loud speakers” and they are available for viewers who want a cinema-quality soundscape at home. If you’ve recently spent a small fortune on an HDTV setup or top of the line home entertainment system, you won’t get the full experience if you don’t also invest in good speakers. Prices vary greatly, from a couple of hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. With such a wide range of price and feature, Pronto’s Buying Guide can help you determine which speakers are right for you.
Want to become a real life guitar hero? Of course you do. Playing the guitar is probably one of the coolest things you can do (unless it’s an air guitar). Whether you want to shred like Eddie Van Halen, lick them blues like Eric Clapton or rock out like Jimi Hendrix, Pronto’s Electric Guitar Buying Guide will help you find the guitar that is just right for you.
Until very recently, the ability to create poster-sized photographs with near-perfect clarity was solely in the hands of professional photographers. The amateur photographer was left with fuzzy 4x6 snapshots developed at the local drugstore. Since the advent of digital point and shoot cameras, the professional and amateur worlds have radically collided. Now, spending a few hundred dollars gives the armchair photographer the power to create the same images as the pros. With new technology, however, comes new terminology. Megapixels? Optical lens? Red-eye reduction? Pronto’s Point and Shoot Digital Camera Buying Guide breaks down these confusing terms and facts so you choose the camera that could make you the next Ansel Adams or Robert Doisneau (see also Digital SLR Camera Buying Guide).
Ready to make the plunge into the next level of photography? Do you want more manual control of your camera? Want the benefits and results only specialty lenses can lend to your photography? If you are ready to own a more serious digital camera, you should be shopping for a digital single lens reflex (DLSR) camera. Don’t get lost in a sea of camera bodies, lenses and flashes—let Pronto’s Digital SLR Camera Buying Guide provide you with the basics so you can begin to build out a well-planned inventory of digital photography equipment (see also Point and Shoot Digital Camera Buying Guide).
A digital camcorder can put the power to create broadcast-quality video in your pocket. Whether you’re capturing important family events or you’re aspiring to be the next Steven Spielberg, there’s a compact and affordable digital camcorder for you. Understanding what you need and how digital camcorders work will help you get the most for your budget and Pronto’s Digital Camcorder Buying Guide explains it all.
Binoculars bring us closer to the world around us. Whether you’re a bird lover, sports fan, star gazer, opera lover, or sightseer, a set of binoculars is an essential tool to see the world the way you want to see it—up close and personal. Pronto’s Bincoulars Buying Guide can help you choose the pair that maximizes your viewing pleasure.
Today's portable devices have an insatiable appetite for flash memory. From cell phones to music players to digital cameras, flash memory provides the storage to hold your music, pictures and vital information. Created by Toshiba researchers in the early 1980s, flash memory has all but replaced micro hard drives and other forms of disk-based storage in portable devices.
Webcams are the cutting-edge communication tool for technophiles. By sending video, and possibly voice, a webcam turns your PC into a futuristic video phone: you can stay in touch with loved ones across the miles, share your life with the world, or even keep an eye on what’s happening at home while you’re away. Although webcams seem simple, there are some key factors to consider to find the webcam that’s right for you and Pronto’s Webcam Buying Guide lays them all out for you.
Socrates said, “To find yourself, think for yourself.” We know he wasn’t speaking literally, but thanks to the increasing affordability of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, they can do the thinking for you whether you’re in Athens, Greece or Athens, Georgia. Developed by the US Department of Defense for military tactics, GPS technology is a 24/7 radio navigation system that identifies and tracks the location of the GPS device virtually anytime, anywhere. GPS devices get their data from 24 satellites orbiting Earth. Locking into a minimum of three satellites determines your location in longitude and latitude. Some devices routinely lock into four satellites to provide altitude. Use of the satellite network is free—all you need is an unobstructed view of the sky, but while GPS devices will work under cloud cover and inside cars, they may falter under heavy tree canopies, inside tall buildings or tunnels, or dense urban areas with lots of skyscrapers. Not sure which brand or model to look at? Let Pronto’s GPS Buying Guide help you choose (see also Auto GPS Buying Guide).
If you’ve ever been caught in a speed trap, you’ve probably thought about buying a radar detector. With the cost of speeding tickets rising and the possible impact on your car insurance premiums, a radar detector can pay for itself in less than a year. Radar detectors are not a license to drive recklessly, but they can keep you from getting caught in hidden speed traps, if you’ve got reliable, effective technology. Pronto’s Radar Detector Buying Guide will help you choose the radar detector that will let you know when your speed is being checked.
More and more we hear this is the Digital Age, but the reality is that more often than not, almost everything we create digitally finds its way into print. For most offices and some homes, laser printers are the most cost-effective way to manage your printing needs. Inkjet printers may carry low upfront price tags, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best printer for your needs over the long term. How do you know if a laser or color laser printer is the right choice for you? Pronto’s Laser Printer Buying Guide explains it all so you can make an informed purchase (see also Inkjet Standard Printer Buying Guide, Inkjet Photo Printer Buying Guide, Multifunction Printer Buying Guide).
Monitors tend to be the most ignored part of a PC. Hard drives get upgraded every few years, and mice and keyboards are replaced as soon as they show signs of trouble. So why overlook that monitor which is staring you in the face? If your monitor is more than three years old, it’s time for an upgrade, and lower prices coupled with advances in LCD monitors mean there are more affordable choices than ever. Not sure what to buy? Let Pronto’s Computer Monitor Buying Guide show you what to look for.
An external hard drive is a must for every computer owner. Sooner or later, you’re going to have more files than available space, and it’s far less expensive to get an external hard drive than it is to buy a computer with a larger internal drive. And in case you haven’t noticed, small external hard drives have replaced ZIP drives, and even rewritable CDs, as the best way to move data from place to place. Pronto’s External Hard Drive Buying Guide outlines your options so you can find the best way to store your files.
As computer keyboards evolve to cater to every need, be it a sleek design or a slew of multimedia functions, shopping for them has grown increasingly complicated. Do you need a wired computer keyboard or a wireless model? What’s Dvorak, and is it for you? Computer keyboards are subjective tools, and what feels good for one person may be uncomfortable for another. Pronto’s Computer Keyboard Buying Guide will outline what keyboards are available and help you choose the one that’s best for your needs.
With the increasing number of devices that require Internet access, a wireless router is a must for those who can no longer survive with the single connection offered by cable or DSL modems. Wireless routers also eliminate the cable clutter that surrounds most computers and let you use Internet-enabled devices throughout your home. Even if you’re already familiar with the world of wireless routers, new changes have made the certain knowledge of a few years ago a thing of the past. Pronto’s Wireless Router Buying Guide will get you up to speed on the latest wireless routers.
The advent of digital photography has changed how we take photographs, but what about those boxes and albums filled with all the photographs taken years or even centuries ago? Scanning them and other large-volume collections (e.g., documents, art work, etc.) into digital format is the best way to preserve these visual histories for generations to come. As multifunction printers with scanning capabilities rise in popularity, it may seem that purchasing a dedicated scanner is no longer necessary, but that depends on your scanning needs. If those needs are more than the occasional document or collection of business cards, a dedicated scanner will produce greater quality digital images. Pronto’s Scanner Buying Guide explains the options so that when you go to buy, you already know what you’re looking for (see also Multifunction Printer Buying Guide).
Choosing a desktop computer is a tough home electronics decision for most. While it’s easy to compare the picture quality on HDTVs or the features on a DVD player, desktop PCs are hard to understand until you get them out of the box and start using them. Knowing a little about how a desktop PC works will help you find one that can meet your needs for years to come, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much your desktop PC dollar can buy.
DVD burners were a costly component for desktop PCs just a couple of years ago. Today, you can get a DVD burner for about what you’d pay for a movie on DVD, and as prices have dropped, consumers have discovered that there’s more to DVD burners than just movies. If your desktop PC is still limited by a rewritable CD drive, it’s time to think about adding the extra storage and versatility a DVD burner delivers.
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Everywhere it seems, people are talking about “clearing the clutter.” Will purchasing a multifunction printer simplify your life? We can’t be sure, but at least your home office will gain space so you can work more efficiently. Before you haul out your old stand-alone equipment to the curb, or list it on eBay as a collector’s item, there are a few things you’ll want to know before you purchase a multifunction printer. Not all multifunction printers share the same functions or perform those functions using the same technology. Pronto’s Multifunction Printer Buying Guide will take you through the key pieces of information you need to select the multifunction printer that does what you most need it to do. (see also Inkjet Standard Printer Buying Guide, Inkjet Photo Printer Buying Guide, Laser Printer Buying Guide).
Fax machines almost seem quaint in this era of graphical e-mails and multimedia Web sites. As an underappreciated office essential, the fax machine tends to get ignored until it breaks, so there are plenty of fax machines from the 1990s still in use today. If you’re ready to replace that aging fax machine, or if you need a new one for the office, there are a lot of features and operating costs to keep in mind. Pronto’s Fax Machine Buying Guide can help you make the best choice for your home or office.
Laptop computers were once reserved for businesspeople and students, but the days of expensive, underpowered laptops are over. The advent of wireless Internet and a desire to save desk space has lured many consumers to abandon desktop PCs in favor of the slim, go-anywhere power that a laptop provides. While some tasks, such as graphics and video editing, are still best left to powerful desktop machines, you might find that a laptop is the best choice for a new computer (see also Desktop PC Buying Guide).
The humble computer mouse has grown up and become a multifunctional tool designed to optimize your PC experience. Scroll wheels, navigation buttons and optical sensors have complicated the computer mouse buying process, but these innovations allow you to choose a computer mouse that is tailored to the way you use your computer. Pronto’s Computer Mouse Buying Guide will help you find a computer mouse with features you never knew you needed (and that you soon won’t be able to live without).
With so many of today’s electronics operating on frequencies that were once used only by cordless phones, manufacturers have developed new technology to reduce interference so your calls are crisp, clear and uninterrupted. As result, there’s more you need to know before you choose a cordless phone. Pronto’s Cordless Phone Buying Guide will introduce you to the new technology and outline what you need to know before you buy.
If your cell phone contract is up, or if you’ve waited as long as you can to join the ranks of cell phone users, there’s good news: Today’s cell phones pack more features at a lower price than ever before. Need a music player, digital camera, or the Internet to go? There’s a cell phone for you. And while Apple’s pricey iPhone may be stealing the headlines, there’s a cell phone with the features you need available for less than you might realize. (see also Smart Phone Buying Guide, PDA Buying Guide).
In this digital phone age, most people regard the answering machine as a technology on its way out. But answering machines have a distinct advantage over the built-in voicemail programs on your cell phone or landline—they let us screen our messages AS they’re being left. This is crucial when you’re unsure if Aunt Sally is just phoning for a marathon chat or has important news to share. Whether you’re buying an answering machine for your home or small business, there are a few things you should know before buying. Pronto’s Answering Machine Buying Guide takes the guesswork out of choosing for you so that you wind up with the answering machine that meets your needs.
Two-way radios, a common sight in the hands of police and firefighters, are becoming a popular way for families to communicate and a backpack essential for hikers and climbers. In situations where cell phones are too costly or impractical, two-way radios offer the ability to stay in touch at the push of a button, and new designs have made two-way radios easier than ever to use. Pronto’s Two-Way Radio Buying Guide will match you to the two-way radio best suited to your needs.
Video game consoles used to be a moderately priced form of entertainment, but the new generation of consoles has upped the cost of ownership to the point where you need to carefully consider your gaming investment. Today’s video game console delivers features once reserved for DVD players and home PCs, so it’s as much a multimedia hub as a system for playing the latest version of Madden NFL Football. Which video game console is right for you and your family? It all depends on how you’ll use it.
There is an old Spanish saying that “good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.” Storing wine improperly may lead to a host of problems, all of which result in ruining a good (and expensive) bottle. If you want your good wine to stay that way, avoid the perils of poor storage and invest in a wine chiller. Pronto’s Wine Chiller Buying Guide will help you find the wine chiller that fits your needs and your budget.
Electric air purifiers have become a common sight in many homes over the last 10 years. People who own air purifiers swear by their efficiency and the benefits they reap from their use. If you have certain kinds of allergies and live in a newer home, an air purifier may be a smart investment for your comfort and health. Pronto’s Buying Guide takes the guesswork out of choosing one so everyone’s breathing easier.
Space heaters are the tool of choice for consumers looking to fight rising energy costs and lower their carbon footprints. Many consumers choose a space heater that is inadequate for their needs or expect more from a space heater than it can deliver. Understanding the types of space heaters—and what a space heater can and cannot do—will help you find the space heater that’s right for you and Pronto’s Space Heater Buying Guide make that process even easier.
A good clothes washer is an essential member of your household, whether you’re a busy professional who needs to show up for work looking presentable or a frazzled parent buried in a landslide of juice-stained onesies. While the basic functions of clothes washers are the same, new technology has made washers more energy efficient than ever, making this the perfect time to upgrade older washers. Pronto’s Clothes Washer Buying Guide will help you identify the best clothes washer for your needs and budget.
Refrigerators have evolved considerably from the tin-lined iceboxes used by our grandparents. Most refrigerators on the market do an admirable job of keeping your perishables from perishing, so the best way to start shopping for your new refrigerator is to consider how many—or how few—high-tech “extras” you need. Pronto’s Refrigerator Buying Guide will take you through the innovations available so you can find the refrigerator that’s right for you.
The traditional kitchen range with a 4-burner cooktop above that sits atop a standard oven is still the most common choice for homeowners looking to save money and space in the kitchen. If you think kitchen range technology hasn’t advanced in the last few years, it’s time to kick your avocado-colored appliance idea to the curb and upgrade to the modern cooking experience. Pronto’s Kitchen Range Buying Guide will help you get the best range for your buck (see also Cooktop Buying Guide and Wall Oven Buying Guide).
Whether you’re a college student moving into a dorm, a city-dweller moving into a small apartment or an office administrator looking for new break room supplies, you should consider the benefits of a compact refrigerator. Far from being the basic “beer fridges” with tiny freezers of years past, compact refrigerators offer numerous features, including energy efficiency, reversible hinges, thermostats and crispers. Pronto’s Compact Refrigerator Buying Guide will walk you through the confusing maze of features and specifications to help you find a compact refrigerator to fit your needs.
You may be at home on your range, but if it’s time to update your kitchen, a cooktop gives you ultimate design flexibility. A cooktop can be installed anywhere you like, including on a kitchen island, thanks to models that offer downdraft ventilation. Whether you want a sleek electric smooth-top or a professional-style, gas-powered cooktop, there are as many features to choose from as recipes to make. Pronto’s Cooktop Buying Guide will help you find the cooktop of your culinary dreams.
Roseanne Barr once said, “I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one I can ride on.” While riding vacuum cleaners at home may still be a thing of the future, buying one can be surprisingly overwhelming. With so many factors to consider, it’s easy to get lost in the terminology: upright, canister, self-propelled, HEPA filter, suction, amps—it’s enough to make you want to install hardwood everywhere. The good news is that by answering a few simple questions about how you intend to use your vacuum, you’re well on your way to knowing which one to purchase. Let Pronto’s Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide help you narrow your options and be confident in your selection.
If you live in an area prone to high humidity or if you just have too much dampness in your basement, a dehumidifier can help reduce the risk of mold and mildew and even protect the structure of your home when moisture threatens to damage the foundation. Any owner of a newer home should consider purchasing a dehumidifier—as homes become more energy efficient and airtight, they’re getting too good at keeping moisture in and can develop mold quickly if humidity levels aren’t controlled. What should you look for when you buy yours? Pronto’s Dehumidifier Buying Guide takes you through everything you need to consider before making your purchase.
Electric grills have joined the ranks of microwaves, ovens, and stovetops as a popular method of cooking in millions of American homes. Electric grills promise easy cleanup and health benefits, but the best reason to add an electric grill to your kitchen is to whip up quick and easy meals. Thinking of taking the plunge into indoor grilling? Pronto’s Electric Grill Buying Guide can help make sure you don’t get burned by a bad purchase decision.
Grilling meat, fish and vegetables is a great way to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor. It’s no surprise then that gas grills have become one of the most popular grownup toys in recent years. Head to any hardware store or home improvement center, and you’ll see big, gleaming gas grills lined up like new cars in a showroom, some with price tags that rival good used cars. If you’re ready to make the investment, you’ll find that a gas grill is excellent for outdoor entertaining and a great way to vary your cooking. Not sure much grill you need? Pronto’s Gas Grill Buying Guide can help (see also Electric Grill Buying Guide).
Dry skin, itchy eyes and throat, and static-electric shocks every time you touch a door handle are all sure signs it’s time to invest in a humidifier. Useful in warm, dry climates and during winter in colder climates, humidifiers put moisture back in the air, creating a balanced, more comfortable living environment. Humidifiers can be small enough to carry from room to room or large enough to combat dryness throughout your entire house. No matter what size you need, all humidifiers function in the same basic ways however, they’re not created equal. Pronto’s Humidifier Buying Guide takes you through the essentials you need to know to select the best humidifier for your needs and home.
Microwaves are not just for reheating and popcorn anymore—they have become an essential appliance in every kitchen. Some new features like convection technology have made the ovens more versatile while others like SpeedCook have made it possible to reduce cooking times dramatically. Aside from the cooking technology, there are a lot of features to consider when buying your next Microwave oven. Pronto’s Microwave Oven Buying Guide simplifies shopping so that when you make your decision, you know you’re getting what you need.
A smoker is the tool of choice for those who are serious about barbecue. A smoker provides a primal connection with our past, while infusing your food with true barbecue flavor. Smokers aren’t grills, though some can do double duty. Pronto’s Smoker Buying Guide will help you choose the smoker that’s right for you (see also Gas Grill Buying Guide).
Oven choices were once limited to fuel type, exterior color and whether to splurge for self-cleaning. Today, there are more oven options than you can poke a fork at. It’s likely you have lived with the basic freestanding range, a stove-oven combination with coil heaters, simple control dials and a trendy enamel finish. Modern kitchens often separate a wall oven from the cooktop, which expands the cooking area in your kitchen and can add considerably to the resale value of your home. For those who want to go in-depth on oven options or just need a wall oven, Pronto’s Wall Oven Buying Guide will help you get the most wall oven for your budget.
Since refrigerator freezers are not intended for long-term storage, a separate freezer can help you save money by buying on sale, in season and in bulk. When correctly prepared and packaged, many fresh vegetables, fruits and meats are as good frozen as they are fresh. There are several key factors to consider, including the type of freezer and energy efficiency, new or used, frost-free versus defrosting and, most important, size and access. Whether you can’t resist a sale or just need some extra freezer space, Pronto’s Freezer Buying Guide will help you choose the best freezer for your lifestyle and budget.
Whether you want to clean greener or clean deeper, a steam cleaner gets the job done. Sometimes called vapor cleaners, steam cleaners are gaining popularity for their ability to clean deeply without detergents by using pressurized steam. Unlike carpet cleaners, sometimes called steam vacs, steam cleaners don’t provide suction. Best used for bathrooms, upholstery, draperies and appliance surfaces, steam cleaners are lauded by allergy sufferers for their ability not only to clean, but help rid your home of dust mites and mold. Ready to start steaming? Let Pronto’s Steam Cleaner Buying Guide lead the way.
For some, a portable air conditioner may be the only way to get relief from summer heat and humidity. A portable air conditioner can also cut your energy use, reduce your carbon footprint and solve cooling problems in your home. Portable air conditioners aren’t quite as effective as wall or window units, so you need to choose carefully. Keep your expectations reasonable and let Pronto’s Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide steer you to the portable that’s best for your needs.
Even the most passionate fans of summer will concede that an air conditioner is a great addition to a home. When heat and humidity make it impossible to function, an air conditioner provides cool comfort in the bedroom, office, or family room. Air conditioners have come a long way in energy efficiency, but it’s still important to choose the right size for the job. Pronto’s Air Conditioner Buying Guide will give you the technical and feature information you need to get the best cooling with the least energy use. (Also see Pronto’s Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide).
You’ve either heard satellite radio or you’ve heard about it. Sick of the same 10 songs playing over and over again on local radio? Miss Howard Stern? Want to hear your local team’s games anywhere in the country? These are all good reasons to bring a satellite radio receiver home. Pronto’s Satellite Radio Receiver Buying Guide will take you through the choices available so you can make satellite radio a part of your daily life.
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