"VERTUO NEXT, the latest VERTUO Nespresso coffee maker with an all-new design and colors for the ultimate brewing experience."


-- Manufacturer's Description --



The Nespresso Vertuo Next uses pod style capsules to make espresso and coffee

The Nespresso Vertuo Next is a handsome, compact Nespresso machine at an accessible price point. It’s simple ease-of-use and good looks make it a great entry into the Nespresso family, meaning it’s perfect to try out a Nespresso without spending a lot and see whether or not you like it.


Like other Nespressos it comes with a taster sample of 14 coffee pods to help you learn what you like, but after that you’ll need to supply your own!



Because this is a relatively simple Coffee and Espresso Machine, this Nespresso only has the basic settings. That’s because the Vertuo Next is designed to be as simple as possible to use. There’s a single button, yes only one; almost everything is automated. The coffee pods come with barcodes and the machine scans this and performs accordingly, so you only need to press the ‘GO’ button.


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It does have some more advanced features that can be found on all Nespresso machines. To use some of the more complex settings, you are going to need to crack the manual as they require things like holding the button and doing certain things to activate that mode in the machine. To its credit, the manual is painstakingly clear on these things and just follow it step by step to change the amount of water that goes into each ‘size’ of coffee. It’s a great feature because you can customise it to your own coffee cups and espresso glasses, or just make your coffee more watered down if you prefer it that way.



Nespresso Vertuo Next has recently redesigned their box and packaging to be more environmentally friendly

There’s also a power-saving setting and a few others, but mostly it’s pretty bare-bones.


Cleaning the Nespresso Vertuo Next is also simple and while the manual is, again, very descriptive it does neglect to mention adding the side elements (capsule bin and drip tray) back in after removing them to empty or clean. Make sure you don’t empty the machine or run the clean cycle without those in or water will pool out. I learned that the hard way!


It comes with an app, but I didn’t feel the need to use it as the machine itself is so simple.


This machine works only with the pods and cannot be used with your own coffee or to grind your coffee. It’s a basic, beginner machine.



This is a beautiful machine, especially given the compact size and lower price point. While the white section is hard plastic, it looks like enamel and the ridged pattern makes it look even more so. I really loved the contrast of the glossy white and matte black and the raised Nespresso lettering.


The white portion of the Vertuo Next comes with light ridges that give an enamelled look

The Nespresso Vertuo Next does NOT have an adjustable water reservoir at the back, so you can’t change the position. It comes with the capsule bin that the pods automatically discard into when you unlock the machine to add a new one, but like other Nespressos it lacks a pod storage for unused pods. You’ll need to get one of those (official or not) or use a box for your pods.



The Vertuo Next uses the flatter ‘pod’ capsule size that’s common to the Nespresso Vertuo machines.


The environmental impact of these kind of things can be concerning. However, the aluminum they're made of is endlessly recyclable, which makes it more environmentally friendly than many similar machines and also avoids plastic. You can buy a third party reusable pod, but I found it in the US and the reviews aren't great, plus you miss out on the special flavoured drinks.



Nespresso Vertuo Next capsules are more pod-like and it comes with a sampler box of these

Nespresso does offer a recycling program. The recycling program is pretty good. Either request a bag from a Nespresso store (or it will be included in your next online order of pods), fill it up with empty pods and pop it in your usual recycling bin. It will be sent back to Nespresso. Pretty simple and easy. Check on their website as it might vary from province to province (I'm in QC), but where I am, it works great.


It is worth mentioning that the Nespresso pods are definitely on the expensive side for these types of machines, especially if you plan to drink a cup or two every single day. However, when compared to buying fresh espresso daily, it is a saving. So it’s probably worth it if you drink a lot of espresso or flavoured type coffee.


The sound produced by the ‘whirling’ of the pod is not overly loud, but it’s certainly not quiet, so don’t expect a silent machine at this lower price point.


Included with some Vertuo Next machines is an Aeroccino milk frother. Having used traditional milk frothers, this electronic one is way easier. It has one button, and two functions. Press it once to froth milk for hot drinks, and hold the button for three seconds if you want to froth milk for cold drinks. You can remove the 'whisk' and repeat these steps for steamed milk. It’s easy and works quickly, though it can only froth enough milk for one or two cups of coffee at a time. It's also pretty cool to watch. It's similarly easy to clean, don't submerge, but you can wash the inside out. I think it's fantastic and it makes a mean hot chocolate too!



A perfect Nespresso for beginners, the Nespresso Vertuo Next is the simplest Nespresso machine I’ve ever seen. It comes with all the basic features, but is mainly automated and thus as simple as pressing a button. It’s perfect for those who want to try a cheaper Nespresso and see if they like it, but it doesn’t offer a ton of extras beyond the included capsule gift pack.


Pros

+ Easy to clean.

+ Easy to setup.

+ Compact Size.

+ Coffee sizes are fully adjustable.

+ Optional app.

+ White design looks like enamel and has nice contrast.

+ Taster sample included.

+ Capsules can be recycled.

+ Super easy to use and understand the manual instructions for more advanced features.


Cons

- Can’t grind coffee or use anything other than the capsules.

- Capsules can be expensive.


Recommended: For beginners. Nespresso veterans will find it too simple. Could also make a good second machine for a different room.

You can buy the Nespresso Vertuo Next Espresso Machine at Amazon.ca for CDN$199.98 (at time of review). Here are some colour options with and without Aeroccinos.




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"Senville adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan is great for your home, business or bedroom. Enjoy the ultimate comfort with remote control, led display, and timer. "


-- Manufacturer's Description --


The Senville Oscillating Tower Fan delivers on everything except for looks. While it doesn’t look bad, the glossy black design isn’t really to my taste and the remote looks pretty cheap. I do like the tower-style design though and everything else about the Senville fan is brilliant so I’m willing to forgive the looks.


The Senville Oscillating Tower Fan is not much in the looks department

If I could use two words to describe this fan it would be simple and effective (sing along to the tune of Kingdom Heart’s Simple and Clean if you must). It’s super easy to operate. While the remote is ugly, it works well and has the same functionality as the tower itself. All the buttons are clearly and individually labelled and only a quick read through the manual is needed to understand them. The button icons make sense so after learning it once, it sticks for good.


I didn’t find a need to have so many different fan modes, though I guess it’s nice if you have a particular type of air you like. I’ve always enjoyed a fan blowing straight at me on full, so I’ve never needed those settings. I did like the three ‘speeds’ or strengths, because sometimes it’s hot and sometimes it’s slightly less hot (I have a way with words, I know!). I often take photos and videos (can you tell) so it’s nice to have the option to set the fan lower as well since I don't want it blowing stuff around when snapping pics!



The Tower fan oscillates and has a range of three speed settings as well

My partner enjoys an oscillating fan and the Senville Tower Fan has that as well. The Oscillation goes over a wide area and works perfectly. The fan is also reasonably quiet, even on the highest setting, more than that, the sound is steady, not annoying, rattly, or irritating.


The timer feature is a brilliant addition, as you can set it to turn off after anywhere from 1-7 hours. A small negative here is that the timer is a little complex. If you want 7 hours, for example, you must press the button until 1hr, 2hr and 4hr are all lit up. It allows them to offer more hours for less LED work on the fan, but it’s an annoyance for consumers.


Assembly is very simple. Snap two pieces together on the base, unscrew a ring, put pole on fan (or not if you want it shorter) and then put through base and screw ring back on. Voila, your fan is ready to go.




The Senville Oscillating Tower Fan is an old-fashioned looking fan in traditional glossy black, that won’t win any awards for it’s looks, but it’s performance is actually really good. If you’re looking for an oscillating fan that has a few bonus settings and works well, this is the one for you.


Pros:

+ Canadian company. (Or at least based in Canada)

+ Fan comes with many features (Timer, flow type and speed)

+ Oscillates on a wide area.

+ Performs well.

+ Relatively quiet, even on strongest setting.

+ Easy to setup.

+ Pretty easy to learn to use.

+ Adjustable height.


Cons:

- Ugly design. Glossy black unit and remote are a little cheap looking.

- Timer setting can be a little confusing.


Recommended: Yes, I use this fan daily to stay cool while taking photos and it’s working great!

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Meihejia 3D Greeting Cards are really a show-stopping design! Despite being described as birthday cards, the insides are blank, so really you can use them for any occasion. My motto is ‘There’s always room for improvement’ and while that’s true for these cards, I can’t downplay how wonderfully fun they are either. When I put myself in the shoes of a recipient of one of these cards, I can imagine they get a lovely surprise. These cards are 3D in an extremely bold manner. Like opening a pop-up book except you don’t expect it, the designs explode out at you.


In terms of improvement, it would be nice if there was more design on the front. The front has a simple papercut design that matches the interior theme (Flowers, peacock and pirate). I’m ok with it being simple, but it looks a little unfinished there and on the inside. It would be wonderful to have some text, or a slightly bigger design that fills up that space.


The Pirate Pop-up card is a real stand out design!

The Pirate card is my favourite of these Pop-up Greeting Cards. That’s because the interior of the Pirate Card does have a little bit extra to it, with cut-out waves and birds on the flat section of the card. The Peacock is lovely too, due to the different colours. The bouquet card is gorgeous, but I find it’s not as visually obvious as the other two and feels a little flimsier.


The quality of these cards is lovely. While I do think the colour could be improved (blue for the Peacock and pink for the flowers maybe), the card is thick and good quality. It’s a quality feeling crimson paper with a fine glitter throughout it. The envelope provided is also fancy with the same shimmer, but this time a pearlescent white colour.




The cards are a fair value, since I find cards in Canada are very expensive. For a pack of three, $16.99 (current price at time of review) means you’re paying $5.66 a card. This is cheaper than I’ve paid for much uglier cards, so I’m happy with that.


Meihejia 3D Pop up Greeting Cards are a lovely way to say happy birthday, I love you, or thank you. The pop-up designs will surprise your recipient and make them feel special. I recently sent one of these out and got great feedback on it, so they are fantastic to send to those you want to make smile!


Pros:

+ Interesting designs that are unexpected due to the Pop-up style.

+ Colourful designs (peacock and bouquet).

+ Good quality card with glitter/shimmer throughout.

+ Lovely Pearlescent envelope.

+ Sure to delight the recipient!


Cons:

- Envelopes don't stick very well.

- Cards are a bit bare bones in terms of design, could use some text.


Recommended: Yes, the value is good and the surprise factor is worth it.

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