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Are you tired of doing product research? Are you against Consumer Reports membership fees? Did other great websites like The Wirecutter or The Sweethome miss something you need? Eciov’s product experts offer well-researched recommendations for the products you want. We spend an unreasonable amount of time researching every item we recommend. We’ll never recommend anything we don’t love, own, and use on a regular basis.

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30 04, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Healthier, Tastier than Fast Food

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

When it comes to breakfast at fast food restaurants, the options are pretty much all the same (as Taco Bell has recently pointed out). After spending countless dollars on these sandwiches, I grew tired of wasting money. I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches at home for cheaper than fast food restaurants; even cheaper than the frozen sandwiches at the grocery store. Who wants frozen sausage? Yuck. It turns out, there’s an appliance for that. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker The Hamilto [...]

24 04, 2015

Best Baby Monitor for Audio and Video Connections

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

When I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy with checklists. By the third trimester, we had almost everything on our lists. The one thing we couldn't decide, however, was the best baby monitor. Do we spend $30 on a cheap audio-only monitor with poor quality? Is it worth spending $200 or more on a single-function video monitor that we’ll only need for a year or so? In this modern world, we expected a better option. After extensive research, we found the best baby monitor was actually an iOS app [...]

11 04, 2015

Sony MDR-7506 iPhone Mod for Detachable Cables – Updated 2018

By |April 11th, 2015|Categories: Audio, Do it Yourself, Do it Yourself, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

**2018 Update - Since we produced this article in 2015, there have been many technology shifts. Including the removal of the headphones jack on many smartphones. To account for this, we've added a new headphones recommendation to the site. Check it out here.** After a lot of research, screw turning, and soldering, I'm excited to share the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod with you. Let's back up a little bit to explain why I made these headphones iPhone-compatible. To me, "Beats" is a bad word. Dr. Dre w [...]

9 03, 2015

Best Water Bottle for Leach-Free Drinking – Updated 2017

By |March 9th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Health and Fitness, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't necessarily look like the kind of guy who would review water bottles, but I have a very good reason for my obsession: I live in Colorado. I'll explain why my location plays an important role in this best water bottle recommendation shortly. I just want to stress why it's important I make the best recommendation possible. That's why I'm taking a few paragraphs to explain the ridiculously long process and requirements we created for this review. If you don't care about the background, just [...]

7 03, 2015

Best Casserole Carrier for Potlucks

By |March 7th, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , |

When I was growing up, we’d attend potlucks at least once a month. I loved it! It was like eating at a free buffet. Of course, the best part was the dessert table. My mouth waters just thinking of it! It was always fun to decide what to bring to the potluck and to see what deliciousness was waiting on those long tables. We knew some amazing cooks, so taking a small portion of each dish was the key to success. My best friend and I even brought divided plates so our foods didn't cross-contaminate. [...]

1 03, 2015

Reimagining Dragons with Smoke and Mirrors

By |March 1st, 2015|Categories: Album Review, Music, Music, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , |

For those who know me, this first review might come as a bit of a surprise. Do not be alarmed; I did it willingly. As mentioned previously, I will be alternating between American mainstream, international, and local acts. When it comes to American mainstream, it’s hard to find a band that is larger than Imagine Dragons. Their debut studio album, Night Visions, saw incredible success at 1.4 million albums sold. If you haven’t heard the single “Radioactive,” there’s a great chance you either live [...]

25 02, 2015

Best Desktop Headphone Amplifier

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Audio, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I recently purchased some nice headphones for riding the bus. I really like them, but this review isn’t about headphones. The amount of ink people spill covering headphones should cause you pause. In reality, most of it comes down to preference. As much as I love my headphones, I discovered their fatal flaw when I tried to use them at work. For just about any pair of good headphones, if your connection isn’t a high quality source, you’ll notice it. When I connected my headphones to the generic w [...]

23 02, 2015

Best Cast Iron Skillet

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

I am a man who loves to cook. I particularly love to cook beef. Burgers, steaks, and roasts -- if it was once happily chewing cud on a farm somewhere, I want it in my belly. If you’re reading this review, I suspect you’re familiar with several well-known aspects of cooking or ordering meat. For instance, we are all used to specifying temperature (rare, medium, or —gasp— well done), as well as the cut (rib eye, filet, strip, etc.). However, most people miss one crucial element to cooking. It is s [...]

20 02, 2015

Best iPhone 6 Sports Armband

By |February 20th, 2015|Categories: Health and Fitness, Recommendations, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

It is every runner’s dilemma: what essentials should I have with me when I run without impeding my stride? In case of an emergency, you’ll probably want your phone, identification, and maybe a credit card or a little cash. I haven’t had to worry about this since my last half marathon in January of 2013. Yet, as I set my goals for the 2016 Houston half-marathon, I'll have this dilemma again soon. To fix this problem, I set out to find the best iPhone 6 sports armband to help me accomplish my goal [...]

19 02, 2015

Best Baby Swaddler

By |February 19th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To swaddle or not to swaddle… that's always a debate for new parents. I decided to swaddle my newborn based on my ridiculous amount of research and conversations I had with other parents. However, I had no idea that wrapping your kid in a burrito would be this complicated. My friends gave me five different swaddlers before my son was born—not just five blankets; they were all completely different swaddler styles! How was I supposed to know which would work best for my child? I spent hours watchi [...]

16 02, 2015

Best Moldable Rubber for Fixers

By |February 16th, 2015|Categories: Do it Yourself, Do it Yourself, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

Without making this a manifesto for the "fixer movement," I wanted to share one of my favorite materials with you: moldable rubber. More so, I wanted to show you the best moldable rubber for fixing stuff. Why would anyone want moldable rubber, and how does it help me fix anything? Personally, I've found endless uses for this putty-like material including reinforcing charger cables, mounting USB ports in a truck console, custom-fitting a screwdriver, repairing headphones, etc. I keep a bunch of t [...]

10 02, 2015

Best Baby Nail Clippers as of February 2015

By |February 10th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , |

After bringing our first baby home from the hospital, I was in constant awe of how tiny and perfect his body was. He had the softest skin and hair, adorable toes and fingers, and perfectly shaped nails on each digit. However, it didn’t take much time before these adorable nails started growing out of control. Sometimes his nails would naturally peel off nicely, but he had a few of those vicious ones that just rip your chest to pieces. After my son scratched me (and his poor little face) a few ti [...]

7 02, 2015

Best Leather Interior for Your Vehicle

By |February 7th, 2015|Categories: Auto, Automotive, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

I bought a 2011 Toyota Tacoma this summer. Some of you may have a very real emotional reaction to that statement (good or bad), but I've dreamt of off-roading in a Toyota since I first saw Marty McFly's truck in Back to the Future. Unfortunately, Toyota doesn't sell the Hilux in the states any more. So, I settled for the Tacoma. The very nature of Toyota's vehicles is function before fashion, but I still like nice things. I bought this Tacoma with the intention to do several modifications: leath [...]

6 02, 2015

Jamie Cullum’s Interlude is a Jazz History Lesson

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Album Review, Music, Music, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

When I first heard about Jamie Cullum's new album Interlude, I only knew its title and knew nothing about its content. That said -- the first listen felt a bit odd. The arrangements didn't sound like the Jamie Cullum I loved from his previous albums. Sure, Jamie's confident vocals made it seem musically perfect and well produced, but something still felt strange. I wasn't disappointed, just perplexed. I began looking at the record sleeves for more information (yes I bought the vinyl). As it turn [...]

3 02, 2015

Best Crossbody Handbag or Purse

By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Fashion, Recommendations|

In June of 2013, my husband and I were downtown Denver making our way to Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies home game. We parked in one of the nearby garages, put the tickets in my purse, and began walking the six blocks to the field. Between the car and the front gate, the tickets were gone. We think someone saw the tickets sticking out and snagged them as we walked. It almost ruined our day. I say almost, because some random person outside the gate gave us a free pair of tickets. Truly amazi [...]