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Work might not always be fun, but it can always be comfortable—as long as you’re sitting in the right office chair. Choosing the office chair that’s right for you depends on a number of factors, starting with your body position when you’re working. Then you’ll need to take into consideration the amount of adjustability you need and at which points on the chair. Sound confusing? It can be, but Pronto’s Office Chair Buying Guide will eliminate the confusion and make clear which office chair is best for you.
Once the staple of the dorm room, the futon has evolved into a mature piece of furniture that has gone far beyond its humble Japanese origins. Today's futon is available in wide range of sizes, style and materials, making it the perfect solution for flexible sitting and sleeping. With the right cover and accessory pillows, a futon can work in most any décor.
No aspect of your office contributes more to your productivity than your office desk. You can have the best computer equipment, the best coffee machine and the best view in town, but if your office desk isn’t good enough then your days are going to be uncomfortable and unproductive. Fortunately, finding a good office desk isn’t hard to do, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Pronto’s Office Desk Buying Guide will help you find the right office desk for your work style so you can get the job done right.
The bathroom vanity: launch pad for your day and centerpiece of your bathroom. Whether it’s a powder room or a master bath, a bathroom vanity can help define the look of your bathroom. The second most important fixture in the bathroom, the vanity allows for an almost limitless expression of your style and design sense. Don’t have any? Bathroom vanities can be simple and functional as well.
The coffee table was born in Victorian England, but had its roots in Turkish and Japanese furniture design. One of the most functional pieces of furniture in many homes, the coffee table serves as stage, serving area, desk and foot stool—sometimes all at once! Finding the right coffee table requires finding the right balance of form, function and style.
Finding the perfect computer desk to fit your home office means matching your needs to your space. Computer desks are required to fill several functions and good desks are designed with the unique storage and connection needs computers require. A quality computer desk will make sitting down to work—or play—a pleasure.
An entertainment center is the perfect way to house, organize and display your home electronics. Many types of furniture fall under the entertainment center banner, from TV stands to full-sized wall units. The wide range of styles and finishes makes it easy to find an entertainment center that is perfect for your home and your family's needs.
Every kitchen could use a place to store things like gadgets, small appliances and seldom-used items. You know, the stuff spilling out of your cabinets and cluttering your counters? Combining storage, utility and food serving needs, kitchen carts are an elegant solution that can hide discreetly in a corner or be displayed as the focal point of a room.
The image of a hammock often invokes ideas or feelings of leisure, relaxation, simplicity in living, and serenity. Hammocks originally come from the native peoples of the West Indies, and were later adopted by South Americans, Navy men across Europe and eventually, The United States. Thus, to date, there are various incarnations in hammock styles and purposes. Which types are best for your needs?
Adding a table to your backyard, patio or outdoor area can open up many possibilities as to how your space will be used. From creating a nice, quiet area for outdoor reading to building a potential barbeque party dining area, Pronto's Outdoor Table Buying Guide can help you bring your outdoor vision to fruition.
Patio chairs are the foundation in populating or decorating your patio, deck, backyard, or outdoor area. Pronto's Patio Furniture Buying Guide covers many of the basics in patio furniture purchasing in general, however, a lot can go into just the purchasing of chairs, particularly because they can help you start out aesthetically in building your ideal outdoor space.
How much thought did you put into your last mattress purchase? Most people spend a third of each day on a mattress and two hours or less in a car, yet comfort tends to be a greater factor when people buy a car than when they choose a mattress. Mattresses today offer a variety of support types and well as support levels, both of which can have a profound impact of the quality of your sleep. Pronto’s Mattress Buying Guide will take you inside the mattress so you can choose the one that’s best for your back and your budget.
They may be small, but bathrooms require careful planning when it comes to lighting. Bathroom lighting must banish shadows but not introduce glare. Lights must be functional and safe from the hazards of splashed and spilled water. Oh, yeah. Bathroom lights need to meet all these requirements and be affordable and stylish at the same time.
When it comes to buying cookware, experts agree on one thing: no one brand of cookware will suit every cook's needs. Today’s cookware selection is vast and offers endless perks at seemingly limitless price ranges. There's plenty to consider: your culinary skills, your cooking surface, compatibility with your favorite recipes, durability, and whether to buy your cookware as a set or piece by piece from open stock. It’s a lot to consider. Pronto's Cookware Buying Guide can help you sift through what you need to know before you buy.
You don’t have to go to Rome to do as the Romans do. It took a while for Americans to catch on to the European taste for espresso, but these days it seems as if there is a coffee shop on every corner to suit the growing demands of our sophisticated palates. Espresso boasts superior taste and tremendous versatility, not to mention a hit of caffeine to start your day with a jolt. Lattes, cappuccinos and other blended espresso drinks are just a short walk away, but getting your fix at the local coffee shop isn’t your only option. Pronto’s Espresso Machine Buying Guide can point you toward the right machine to help you find your inner barista (see also Coffee Maker Buying Guide).
A stand mixer may be the home cook’s best friend. Whether you bake for pleasure, or feel like you need a team of elves to keep up with the endless school bake sales and holiday madness, a stand mixer’s appeal is simple: It does most of the work for you, and does it much faster than you could by hand, or even with a portable mixer. Stand mixers can finish off time-consuming steps like beating egg whites or whipping cream in a flash, or put a family-size batch of mashed potatoes on the dinner table in mere minutes. Also, unlike portable mixers, powerful stand mixers can take on heavy-duty chores like blending flour into stiff cookie dough and kneading bread. Pronto’s Stand Mixer Buying Guide will help you choose the best stand mixer for your needs and budget, whether you’re a novice cupcake-baker or a serious home chef (see also Hand Mixer Buying Guide, Blender Buying Guide, Food Processor Buying Guide).
Chances are that if you do much cooking, the time will come when you’ll need some version of a hand blender. Whether you’re a professional chef with top-of-the line equipment, or a home cook just learning the ropes, there are a few basic things to look for before you buy. Pronto’s Hand Mixer Buying Guide can help you find the perfect solution for all your needs (see also our Blender Buying Guide).
Food processors have been a mandatory kitchen appliance for professional chefs and serious cooks since their introduction in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Originally, their cost and size made them unappealing to most people, but today’s food processors are affordable, relatively compact and available in a host of colors and sizes. Not only that, but modern food processors have evolved from a single-function appliance to a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ kitchen necessity. Whether you want to stop the tears when chopping onions or your carpal tunnel won’t let you knead bread dough, there’s a food processor out there that can get the job done (see also Hand Mixer Buying Guide, Blender Buying Guide).
As kitchen tools go, your knives are your closest friends—the ones you count on to be at your side through thick and thin. No matter what kind of knife you need, purchasing the right one for the job comes down to construction, design and feel. Pronto’s Kitchen Knife Buying Guide helps you focus on the qualities that will make the difference between knives that simply look nice, and knives that serve you well for a lifetime. With some care and consideration, it’s easy to choose a few knives that will do the work of many, and ideally, hold up well enough to be the last kitchen knives you ever need to buy.
A good blender is an essential part of any kitchen whether you’re making smoothies, margaritas or pureeing summer tomatoes from the garden for homemade marinara. Despite the popularity of food processors and hand/immersion mixers, blenders are still the best choice for crushing ice, whipping up a smoothie or other frozen drink and pureeing soups. Pronto's Blender Buying Guide will help you find the best blender for all of your culinary tasks (see also Hand Mixer Buying Guide).
There is “no pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater” than meat cooked in a slow cooker. Rival’s Crock-Pot, the original slow cooker introduced in the 1970s is a household name, but others have entered the slow cooker market spurring innovative cooking options, specialty accessories across a broad range of solid products. No matter which slow cooker you choose, you’ll want yours to have a glass lid to prevent you from doing the one thing you should never do: opening a slow cooker during cooking drastically lowers the temperature, extends cook time and may result in undercooked food. What else should you look for? Let Pronto’s Slow Cooker Buying Guide point the way so you’re cooking in no time.
Whether you’ve tamed your caffeine addiction, or can’t face the morning without a decent buzz, your next cup of coffee is only as good as the coffeemaker that brews it. A tasty cup depends on the right mingling of ingredients, temperature, and timing. Choosing the right coffeemaker doesn’t have to be a grind. Pronto’s Coffeemaker Buying Guide can help you find the best machine to usher you into a new day (see also Espresso Machine Buying Guide).
Beyond waking up your taste buds, juicers can wake up your whole body to a healthier lifestyle. Juicers pack the nutrients of several servings of fruits and vegetables into a single glass, and do it without degrading them the way cooking does. The crushing, chopping, or “chewing” action of juicers breaks down plant fibers, releasing more vital enzymes, minerals and vitamins from your pineapple or spinach than you’d get if you ate them whole. Pronto’s Juicer Buying Guide will help you choose the juicer that’s right for you, whether you’re a raw foods and wheatgrass enthusiast, or you just think a delicious glass of fresh strawberry-cantaloupe juice would be a great addition to your breakfast table (see also Blender Buying Guide).
Everybody knows that a good cup of coffee or shot of espresso owes its flavor to the quality of its beans. But what good are supreme beans if you don’t grind them properly? Finding the right coffee grinder can mean the difference between a bitter blend and a blissful brew, and you don’t have to spend a lot to reap the fresh and flavorful rewards. Whether brewing at home or in a coffee shop, grinding your own beans is a must for coffee drinkers looking for maximum flavor. Pronto’s Coffee Grinder Buying Guide can help you make the right purchase to satisfy your caffeine craving (see also Coffee Maker Buying Guide, Espresso Machine Buying Guide).
Cooking is a joy when you have the right tools, and that extends to choosing the right knife sharpener. Any knife, even the most deluxe, is only as good as its cutting edge, and choosing the right knife sharpener will help you get the most joy from your investment. Pronto’s Knife Sharpener Buying Guide will help you choose a knife sharpener that strikes the perfect balance between convenience and control.
Ceiling fans have been keeping homes and businesses cool for over a century. That kind of track record is the sign of a good idea. Ceiling fans are an energy efficient way to cool a room and a great way to augment air conditioning and heating. Match a fan to the size and décor of your room and you’ll be on your way to comfort and savings.
Indoor lighting has been a priority since man moved into his first cave. From gooseneck to Tiffany, there are as many types and styles of lamps as there are stars in the sky—well, the visible ones, anyway. Match your desk or table lamp to your décor, task and lighting scheme and you’ll be on your way to a brighter future. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Bird-watching is a fun, fascinating and educational hobby the entire family can enjoy from the comfort of home. Bird houses are a great way to attract these awe-inspiring creatures to your corner of the world, providing them a safe place to feed and nest where you can observe them up close. Bird houses come in so many sizes, styles, and types that you may not know where to start. Pronto’s Bird House Buying Guide will help you determine how to bring birds to your backyard and how to keep your avian friends happy in their new home.
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Or is it the floor? Or the counter? Mirrors are extremely useful as tools and decorative accessories. Beyond providing a reflection for personal grooming, mirrors can add light to a room or make it seem bigger. The versatility of the mirror makes it a favorite tool of interior designers. Framed or unframed, mirrors can enhance any décor, bringing style and shimmering grace.
Windchimes can be a relaxing addition to any backyard, patio, deck, porch, or outdoor, or near-outdoor lounging area. According to the principles of Feng Shui, windchimes can be used to activate positive chi to attract friends, money, health, and harmony to your home's occupants. Windchimes come in a variety of materials and sizes, but, which one is best for your home or outdoor area?
Digital picture frames have become increasingly popular as people make the transition from film media to digital formats. If you own a digital camera, a digital picture frame gives you the flexibility of displaying your photos without making prints. As digital picture frames are still fairly new, you may be unfamiliar with their features, options and technical terms as you shop. Pronto’s Digital Frame Buying Guide will help you master this fun new technology and get the best frame for your needs.
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