Best Inexpensive™ Electric Toothbrush, Folding Knife, Smart Speaker and Extreme Hand Lotion

One of the best things I’ve done in a long time is to invite my readers to send in their requests for my Best Inexpensive picks. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I think it may have something to do with satisfying my inner shopper without actually shopping.

At any rate, today I’m excited to reveal my Best Inexpensive picks for four completely unrelated, but frequently requested items.

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH. I’ve gone to the same dentist for so many years, I’m sure he’d be embarrassed if I told you here. Know how much I trust and depend on Richard Oliver, DDS., La Palma, Calif.? I now live 1,100 miles away, but he’s still my dentist and I still show up for regular cleaning and check-ups. Dr. Oliver believes so strongly in the effectiveness of a good electric toothbrush, he gives his patients a new brush head for their particular model, every visit. However, my pick for the Best Inexpensive electric toothbrush is the Oral-B Pro 1000.

Here’s why: It’s a great tool, works like a champ and gets awesome reveiws. Oral-B Pro 1000 has a built-in timer so I know I have to keep going at it until it gives me an alert that I’m done—but also a pulse every 30 seconds so I know when to switch areas. The replacement toothbrush heads for this brush are inexpensive, which is a big deal. This brush holds a charge for many days, making it  ideal for travel. The manufacturer claims this Pro 100 removes 300% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush. And here’s the best part: About $40.

FOLDING KNIFE. Having all sons and one husband, I’m know how much many men enjoy and depend on a decent pocket knife. In my family, I’ve joined those ranks. I love having a good, dependable cutting tool in my handbag. And I know the heartache of losing my favorite, well-used and always sharp knife. That’s when it’s good to know I carry the best that is also inexpensive. My pick for Best Inexpensive pocket knife: Columbia River Knife and Tool with Plain Edge.

Here’s why: It is the perfect size and shape. Once folded, it locks in place for safety. The blade is high-quality stainless steel and razor-sharp . For the money, this is a super bargain. About $23. 

SMART SPEAKER. It started with Apple’s Siri—a voice activated intelligent cellphone feature willing and able to answer just about any question. Then about two years ago Amazon introduced its version for the home featuring the intelligence of Alexa. Don’t know what I’m even talking about? Ask any 10-year old (or in my case any 2-year old grandson who has fallen in love with Alexa). My pick for Best Inexpensive smart speaker: Eufy Genie Smart Speaker With Amazon Alexa.

Here’s why: I’ve been testing Eufy Genie for weeks now and find it to be on par with Amazon’s Echo Dot, in every way. And so much less expensive. About $30 with 3 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited* (regular price $35, discount and Music Unlimited offer valid through 9/10/17).  *New subscribers only.

EXTREME HAND AND BODY CREAM. If you suffer with what one reader describes as “alligator skin,” you’ve likely spent a fortune trying every possible moisturizing hand and body cream out there. So have I, especially now that I live in a very dry climate. And all of my tests and trials have paid off because that led me to my Best Inexpensive pick—Atrac-Tain Superior Moisturizing Cream.

Here’s why: This cream is the undisputed best option for every skin type, even extremely dry, cracked skin. Atrac-Tain is fragrance-free, thick and creamy and goes on nearly dry leaving no greasy, sticky feeling. Atrac-Tain Superior Moisturizing Cream is a miracle in a tube and worth every penny. About $11.

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  • Ronald Jones

    A million thanks for writing about the Mr. Scrappy disposal brush. I’ve been searching for such a product for years. I’ve learned so much from reading your website. I think you give the most valuable advise of any site I’ve come across. Keep up the good work.

    • maxhalberg

      Ronald, thank you so much for the kind words. I’ve passed them along to Mary, who was very grateful!

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