I like to shop online for products other than clothing unless I know the exact name brand and size that I need. Some of my favorite online purchases are items such as blenders, juicers, air purifiers, and small appliances. Since I love to review items, I also love to read reviews on items before I purchase them. If I went to the local kitchen store, I could read the information on the box and talk to the store clerk, who more than likely has not personally tried that particular item unless she is the store owner, but if I buy online, I have access to TONS of reviews on almost any item on my wish list!
For example, I love my toaster oven because I can cook small portions quickly without having to heat up the kitchen using my full size oven, but I wish I had a different brand. I received this toaster oven as a gift and am sure no product reviews were used in making this purchase. I’m sure this toaster came at the right price, but it has seen better days and needs to be replaced. I’ve had it long enough to become addicted and now it is trying to leave me!
We also bought an air purifier one afternoon, without doing any research first. My husband thought it might cut down on the dust and help against allergies, so we headed to our local store. We read all the boxes, selected a higher priced air purifier, crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. Now that we have one, I can hear it blow air, and see lights, but I have no idea if it is actually doing its’ job or not!
I will have to say that I did do my homework when it came to choosing a blender, because I wanted a good one for making smoothies. I spent a long time reading reviews and checking different sites and can say that I am very pleased with my purchase, so read the reviews. It may take more time, but in the long run, you’ll save gas money and you’ll be happier with your purchase. After all, you can read reviews for the same amount of time it will take you to run all over town checking out the different products from various stores. Here’s a site that I frequent where you can also pick up some reviews: amorwares.com/
Good luck with your shopping and remember to check out those reviews!