It may look like a cross between a Dyson vacuum and an over sized funnel, but the new Troybilt TB2MB Jet mixed-flow gas leaf blower is all business. Troybilt’s most powerful handheld blower to date has striking similarities to a turbo jet: its mixed-flow fan smoothly pulls in and pressurizes a high volume of air, then expels an industry leading 650cfm at 130mph that make leaves and debris want to give it a hurricane designation. The 27cc 2-cycle engine is easy to start and features jumpstart capability via a small optional accessory that plugs into a standard outlet.
Find it at Troy-Bilt – $150
First there was The Filmography of Cars. Then that of Aircraft. We’re not one bit less excited for The Filmography of Guns. These 24″ by 36″ posters are printed on 100lb archival recycled cover stock with organic archival quality inks and feature 115 intricately hand-drawn guns across decades in cinema. Weaponry includes pieces such as Han Solo’s Heavy Blaster, Dirty Harry’s Smith & Wesson Model 29, the Point-of-view gun, Ghostbusters’ Proton Pack, and many, many more, making for as solid a conversation starter as any wall-hangable art.
Hit up Kickstarter to pledge – $49
Dyson’s aptly named 360 Eye — its first robotic vacuum, by the by — doesn’t simply stumble around your room to discover where lie walls or immovable objects; instead, it relies upon a top-mounted 360° camera that charts out the room around it, calculating an optimal plan of action to cover maximum surface area without cleaning the same place twice. It’s also the highest suction-producing robot vacuum to date thanks to Dyson’s V2 motor and Radial Root Cyclone, generating high centrifugal forces to spin out small, unwanted particles like pollen and mold. Add in continuous tank treads for added floor grip and a full-width brush bar suitable for hard floors and carpets alike, and it’s little wonder why Dyson’s 360 Eye nailed the top spot of our home maintenance wish list.
Snow Peak’s Stacking Shelf Containers are worlds apart from your typical plastic storage cubbies (unfortunately, so is their price tag, but we saw that coming). For one, they’re made of stainless steel and feature rubber stoppers for stacking plus bamboo handle covers for a raw, rugged look and feel that shadows their 44 lbs load capacity. They also unlock to split down the middle, opening wide to enable access to their contents even when stacked, be it firewood, food, gear, or whatever else fits.
Everyone needs a bucket if not just to complete the ice bucket challenge, but the room to store it in our cramped flats is lacking. Fortunately, you won’t need much with Infusion Living Reforms Collapsible Bucket. Made of silicone, this two-gallon bucket folds down to a height under 2 inches – small enough to slip under or between the other junk you’ve been hoarding for too long. It’s also adjustable to 4 distinct height settings, sports a stainless steel handle, and works out great for camping and other road-bound trips for obvious reasons.
Pick one up on Amazon – $30
Swing Bin is the stunning result of tireless effort, thought, and passion poured into a seemingly mundane everyday object like the trash can. A two piece design, Swing Bin consists of a wooden lid and ABS can – white with maple or black with walnut – that come together with no hinge, mechanism, or moving parts of any kind. Instead, the cleverly balanced lid sits on a slight cutout in the tube, swinging down when pressed before closing slowly with a light, satisfying click. And while it won’t hold a trash bag, relegating it to recycling or cleaner waste duties, its crevasse-free design and cover that comes right off greatly simplifies cleaning should the need arise.
Pledge at Kickstarter – $65+
You know those ubiquitously boring white light switches adorning the wall of nigh every home you walk into? There are better options, and that also applies to the junk your local hardware store stocks. Take for instance Buster + Punch’s Electricity range of Light Switches, all made of combinations of solid metal including steel, brass, smoked bronze, and anodized aluminum. Each substantial dimmer or switch is diamond-cut knurled for tactility and is offered in single or double switch units that secure to a wall with matching penny buttons.
Check out the full lineup at Buster + Punch – $30+
Want to build your own furniture but lack the know-how and the willingness to learn? It’s probably for the better, since a set of Floyd Legs plus a slab of something – reclaimed wood, metal, whatever – will look nicer anyhow. These steel legs come in either 16″ or 29″ heights, attach to materials up to 2″ thick using a simple clamp, and are now offered in vermillion red, pastel blue, and saffron yellow in addition to the original’s black and white. Their quick setup also makes for ideal portable tables, mounting and dismounting in just minutes.
Learn more at The Floyd Leg – $179 to $189 for a 4-pack
Add one more to your smartphone’s ever-growing list of capabilities with the Iris Z-Wave. Mount this garage door controller near your opener, connect its two wires to your opener’s input terminals, then plug it in to a socket to begin wirelessly controlling your garage using the Iris smartphone app from anywhere in the world. It works with virtually any opener and an associated tilt sensor detects whether the door is open or closed, relaying this information to you through the app as well for peace of mind. Only one catch: you absolutely need Lowe’s Iris smarthome hub ($100) to actually use it.
Find it at Lowes – $100
Knox on fox in socks in box. The good Doctor can remedy the pains of a poor jacked up fox, but when it comes to home décor… well you remember the cat in the hat. Enter Velo Sock. Velo’s bike sock is the answer when you want to express your personality through functional, livable home accents. This sock fits over the wheels of your bike, not only protecting your floor from road exudation, but doing so in style – 10 styles, in fact. Made of a flexible 90% polyester, 10% spandex material, each sock can fit a bicycle with a length from 1.6 to 2 meters in length. In the happenstance that one of the ten designs doesn’t fit your living space, custom covers are available. And when the inevitable happens and the sock gets dirty, just turn it inside out for a good scrubbing (actually gentle is better).
Learn more at Velo Sock – $69