If you're a regular reader of Temporary-House Wifey, I'm guessing you're a fan of reviews. Well, if you are then you need to know about The Sweethome! It's basically a review site for everything except clothes. You can find reviews on all things home related, about travel gear, electronics, and pretty much everything else. And the best part of the reviews, is how thorough they are and their transparency (for example they disclose why the reviewer is an "expert" in that field, ie why they are qualified to do the review).
So why am I bringing this up? Well, as my husband and I adjust to life in an Airstream we are continuing to purge items that we don't use and are really starting to enjoy the relatively few items we are left with. And as we take a look at some of these things we use on a daily basis, we are starting to see how some of these items are not as great as they can be. Take for example, my small saucepan that I used every morning to boil my egg (and pretty much use to cook everything with). I had an old aluminum pot that I've had for 8 years, and my husband had for 10 years before that. It still works as a pot but after all these years it's probably leaching aluminum into the food. So now it's about time to replace it, with something I can use for another 20 years of my life. And so I went to The Sweethome to research their picks for the best saucepan and went with their upgrade pick, the All-Clad Saucepan and I couldn't be happier. I love this saucepan and even though it's heavier than my old one, I can cook anything in it and know that my food isn't reacting with the pot. Since then I've tried a bunch of products off of their "best lists" and find that for the most part what they say is true (though of course I'm not the one comparing all the different items, but at least when I try their top pick it's better than the thing I currently have). Though I'm tempted to buy a ton of things off their lists, I'm currently just replacing things that need replacing (like pillows and towels) or buying things I don't own but need (like steak knives). And just in case you guys were wondering, The Sweethome is not sponsoring this post. I'm just a fan of their thorough and extensive reviews.