Rating of the best primers for nails


The Best Acid Nail Primers

Acid nail primer Runail Professional

Our rating of the best primers for nails opens with a primer of a domestic brand — an example of an inexpensive and high-quality product that performs its functions completely and flawlessly. The primer is liquid, dries quickly in air (less than 1 minute), effectively removes moisture and provides strong adhesion of the material to the plate. Perfectly protects against chips during wear, with it the coatings are worn longer, even if the nails are wet. At the same time, the primer is relatively delicate to the nails, although it is acidic. Recommended for acrylic systems, but some masters take advantage of the versatility of the Runail primer and use it, including for gel polish.

Main advantages:

  • dries quickly;
  • inexpensive;
  • comfortable brush;
  • the smell is acceptable in comparison with others;
  • economical.

ten
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have been working on it for 9 years, I use it under the acrylic system and I am very satisfied. It degreases the nail plate well, due to which girls walk with nails for one and a half to two months.

Rio Profi acid nail primer

Another popular primer in our rating. Masters love it for the combination of low price and efficiency. Suitable for a strong connection of a natural nail with gel polish, gel, acrylic. It contains methacrylic acid, butyl methacrylate, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, propanol, which means that we have a real acid primer. It has a degreasing and drying effect, recommended for oily and wet nails. The manufacturer advises applying this product 1 time, since its effect is quite strong, and subsequent layers can smooth the scales and worsen the adhesion. The primer dries in the air for 20 minutes.

Main advantages:

  • quick-drying;
  • minimum consumption;
  • affordable price;
  • large volume (15 ml).
Minuses:
  • pungent odor (but this is generally characteristic of primers of this type).

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A very good primer. I struggled with acid-free ones until I tried this one. Ideal for oily nails.

The Best Acid-Free Nail Primers

In’Garden nail bonder

The In’Garden Sticky Bonder is similar in composition to most ethyl acetate-based acid-free primers, with one exception: it contains some methacrylates, which are derivatives of methacrylic acid. Perhaps this is what adds to the effectiveness of the agent, which is often lacking in acid-free primers based only on acetates. The liquid is applied with a semi-dry brush with rubbing movements on the entire surface of the nail. Masters claim that a high-quality applied bonder guarantees the absence of detachments and chips on the nails for a record time.

Main advantages:

  • high efficiency;
  • good price;
  • does not spoil the nails;
  • mega economical;
  • protection against detachments along the edge of the nail and at the cuticle.

ten
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Good working primer, good quality, works as advertised. I use 4 years. I use it on wet nail platinum, there are no chips, and the material keeps perfectly. There are no complaints.

Acid-free nail primer Kodi Ultrabond

Primer liquid Kodi Ultrabond without methacrylic acid is gentle on the surface of the nail and the periungual zone. This is an effective tool for increasing the wear of coatings, which shows its effectiveness in gel, gel polish and acrylic systems. The tool is easily distributed over the nail and dries quickly, leaving a thin glossy film. It is recommended to apply liquid to the entire surface of the nail, then there will be no detachments. There is a slight smell of acetone, which quickly disappears. Kodi Ultrabond is widely used both in professional cabinets and among beginners, as it is universal, easy to use and can be combined with bases of any brands.

Main advantages:

  • dries instantly;
  • super stickiness;
  • does not spoil the nails;
  • meager expense;
  • comfortable elastic brush;
  • Available in two volumes: 12 and 15 ml.
Minuses:
  • not suitable for all nails, there may be detachments;
  • the brush is thin, for an amateur.

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Primer Kodi gives an excellent base coupling with a nail! Much better with it than without it. Nails do not deteriorate, remain their usual shade, do not turn yellow and do not exfoliate.

UNO Lux Primer

Our review of the best nail primers continues with the acid-free UNO Lux primer. Adhesive coating Uno Lux belongs to the professional segment of materials and improves adhesion in all multi-stage systems: biogel, gel polish, acrylic and regular varnish. Suitable for weakened, exfoliating nails, as well as excessively wet. Coating or building up can be started within seconds of applying the primer. The tool has a not quite familiar brush — thin and short, but this only adds convenience, because. apply the liquid in small portions, lightly rubbing into the nail. The primer provides long-term adhesion of the nail to any coating, including gel polish, single-phase extension gel, acrylates. Friendly with all materials, does not cause allergies and irritation.

Main advantages:

  • instantly evaporates;
  • excellent adhesion;
  • delicate to the nail plate and skin;
  • large volume (15 ml).
Minuses:
  • twice as expensive as most analogues;
  • there are fakes.

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Excellent primer. Bought on the advice of a manicurist. Gel polish with it keeps tightly for 3-4 weeks with absolutely no chips even on my wet and flexible nails.

Acid-free nail primer Grattol

Not quite the usual primer with good characteristics, which many masters preferred to the more hyped Cody and Ingarden. It is a light brown liquid (does not leave a tint on the nails) with a moderately sticky layer. We praise the comfortable flat brush of medium length and the black bottle, on which no prints are visible. The masters noticed that the Grattol primer facilitates the subsequent application of the base or gel polish, the coating is applied faster and more evenly. In addition, it is this primer that has a useful feature — the removal of gel polish is done almost without soaking (the coating comes off in a layer). We recommend Grattol primer for beginners — it is a convenient and safe tool for preparing the nail plate for all types of artificial coatings.

Main advantages:

  • chic brush;
  • tolerable smell;
  • high-quality preparation of the nail;
  • gentle effect on the nails.
Minuses:
  • stickiness is slightly lower than that of competitors;
  • You can’t see the rest of the product in the vial.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have been using Grattol primer for several months now. I managed to test it on different nails — short, long, brittle and hard. It suits me more than, I did not regret the purchase.

Rating of the best brands of yarn for knitting — Top 12


The best yarn from the inexpensive segment (100-400 rubles per 100 gr.)

Yarn

The first line of the rating in the inexpensive segment is occupied by Alize yarn. Alize is a Turkish brand that is sold in all needlework stores and marketplaces. In social networks, you can find craftswomen who organize bulk purchases. The brand’s assortment includes mixed wool and acrylic yarn, acrylic, cotton, sock compositions, fantasy yarn — «grass», with sequins, eyelets (for knitting blankets without knitting needles).

One of the most popular lines of the brand is Lanagold wool mixture. This is a good all-purpose yarn for knitting sweaters, hats, scarves, cardigans. It is quite soft, not scratchy.

Among the good lines from Alize, we can mention the Baby Wool children’s series made from a mixture of bamboo, wool and acrylic, SuperWash for socks. They have high-quality compositions: children’s clothes are soft, and socks are wear-resistant.

Main advantages:

  • in numerous reviews, buyers say that the yarn is wear-resistant, does not stretch after washing, if washed delicately;
  • an extensive range of colors, but there are few “complex”, noble colors.
Minuses:
  • compositions — a lot of synthetic component (50-70%), simple raw materials are used;
  • knots come across in skeins, sometimes there are more than three;
  • from batch to batch, the quality and shade of threads can vary greatly;

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Beautiful, warm yarn. I like to knit from it, things are washed and worn well. For such money, the products look decent.

YarnArt yarn

Second place in the ranking is occupied by another Turkish brand of yarn — YarnArt. The assortment is similar to Alize — many articles of sectional colors, fantasy options, compositions — mixed with the addition of acrylic to wool and cotton.

Similar to the previous brand and cons — synthetic compositions, rich, but ordinary shades. However, the yarn is inexpensive, suitable for clothes, hats, scarves, interior items (plaids, pillows). Clothes for children are also knitted from it (they grow quickly, long service life is not so important for children’s clothes). If the presence of synthetics in the composition does not bother you, then Alize and YarnArt yarn is a good choice for little money.

For those who have not tried yarn from this brand, we can recommend the YarnArt Jeans line, which includes cotton and acrylic. This yarn is popular with craftswomen who knit toys. The composition is demi-season, suitable for clothes for spring, cool summer. There are more than 60 shades in the palette, there is a color for both children’s and adult clothes, the colors blend well with each other. The price in different stores is about 100 rubles. per skein 50 gr.

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I knit toys for her, no complaints. The only negative is that I ordered 2 identical skeins of blue, but they came in different shades.

Yarn Gazzal

Third place again goes to yarn from Turkey. This time it is the Gazzal brand. It already has more interesting compositions — superwash merino wool (it can be washed in a machine at 40 degrees), Peruvian alpaca, mohair on polyamide. The assortment also includes almost complete analogues of YarnArt Jeans yarn — Gazzal Baby Cotton and Jeans GZ. This is a solid demi-season option for knitting clothes for children and adults. Prices per skein — 80-100 rubles, depending on the store.

Main advantages:

  • good quality raw materials are used, knitted clothes do not shed, do not deform;
  • there are articles with the addition of elite fibers;
  • the factory follows the development of the market — develops new collections with interesting compositions and colors.
Minuses:
  • not as common in stores as Alize and YarnArt;
  • options with an interesting composition are already more expensive — 400-500 rubles per 100 gr.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Very good threads. Not a single knot came across in 6 skeins. Fits evenly, looks good, even when not yet washed.

Yarn Pekhorka

Finally, a representative of the Russian yarn industry is on the list. Yarn for hand knitting began to be produced at the Pehorsky factory in 1995. The brand maintains affordable prices — most skeins cost no more than 200 rubles. Factory designers are guided by European manufacturers and try to develop interesting colors and textures.

Pekhorka’s assortment includes yarn from sheep, camel, alpaca wool, acrylic, cotton. The brand has an extensive children’s series made of acrylic, merino wool and microfiber. Such compounds will not cause allergies, will not inject the child. But acrylic «does not breathe», unlike wool, so it is more suitable for children’s blankets, clothes for the second layer. Popular children’s series with good reviews — Children’s novelty. Pleasant to the touch and have a lot of good reviews of the Australian Merino, Peruvian Alpaca line. They can be safely recommended to those who have not tried Pekhorka.

Main advantages:

  • affordable price;
  • a variety of series — summer, winter, children’s lines;
  • there are both acrylic blends and 100% sheep wool.
Minuses:
  • woolen rulers are quite prickly;
  • simple compositions.

8.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Yarn of decent quality, no knots in the skein. Washed and wrung out in the machine, after washing did not change in size. It pricks a little, but if worn on a naked body.

The best yarn for knitting in the middle price category (500–1100 rubles per 100 gr.)

Yarn Sandnes Garn

In the middle price segment, we meet the Scandinavian brand Sandnes Garn in the first place. The Sandnes Garn factory was founded in Norway over 100 years ago. The brand owns the Marius sweater, a traditional Norwegian ski sweater made in jacquard technique.

In the production of yarn, local Norwegian wool and raw materials from Uruguay and Peru are used. The range of the brand includes 100% alpaca, baby llama, merino, cotton, as well as mixed compositions with a large percentage of natural fibers.

The yarn will appeal to connoisseurs of the natural texture of wool, sometimes a little rough, but this makes it more “tactile” and “lively”. As an introduction to the brand, you can first try inexpensive articles — Sisu or Duo (composition of wool with superwash treatment, it can be washed in a machine), Alpakka (100% alpaca wool). For allergy sufferers, people with hypersensitivity and children, there are items from pure merino in the assortment. The yarn is specially processed, «sealing» the woolen scales so that they do not cause allergies.

Main advantages:

  • predominantly natural compositions, you can choose an article with a suitable type of wool;
  • there are «laced» types of yarn. Fluffy natural wool of alpaca, merino is stuffed into a “stocking” made of nylon or polyamide. The yarn is lighter and more voluminous, it can be used to knit very warm, but light sweaters. The addition of artificial fiber makes the yarn stable and resilient;
  • Large selection of both bright and pastel shades.
Minuses:

There are not many cons to yarn. It is less common on marketplaces, it is better to look for it in specialized yarn stores. Also, the price tag is noticeably higher than that of Turkish brands, but more natural raw materials are used in the production, the compositions contain more elite fibers.

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I knitted a jacquard hat from Sandnes Garn Smart. This is pure wool, a little rough, but not prickly. After washing, it did not shed, the forehead does not itch from it. It is warm outside in this hat, but indoors it is not hot.

Yarn

Katia is a Spanish brand that produces yarn, knitting needles, and magazines. The brand has 2 yarn lines: the basic Katia line of the same name and the Concept line. Features of the Concept line are natural compositions, the use of recycled fibers. The yarn is GOTS certified — the raw materials used are organic, it is grown without the use of pesticides, the dyes are also used safe and biodegradable.

Organic yarn contains recycled cotton, mohair, merino wool, lyocell, cashmere, angora, alpaca. For summer bags and hats, there is cellulose yarn — usually this type of fiber is made in Japan. The yarn is suitable for knitting for allergy sufferers, children.

An excellent option for demi-season clothing and accessories for spring-autumn is Cotton Merino lace yarn made of cotton and wool. Woolen fluff is stuffed into a light «stocking» made of cotton. The yarn is very delicate, all colors with a melange effect.

The minus of Katia threads is the price of some articles (over 1400 rubles per 100 gr.), which, due to the cost, is already in the elite segment. The price depends on the collection and composition — the more expensive fiber, the higher the cost.

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I knitted a hat from Cotton Merino for the spring, keeps its shape perfectly, warm. Sometimes the lace is filled unevenly, but the appearance does not suffer from this. After washing, the fabric is smooth.

Seam yarn

The third place is given to the yarn of the Russian brand Seam. It is quite popular, sold on marketplaces, in needlework stores. The price of Seam articles varies greatly depending on the composition — there are options at a price of about 250–400 rubles. for 100 gr. (cotton, wool), and very expensive articles made of 100% royal alpaca, 100% silk (1600–2000 rubles per 100 gr.).

Seam Anna yarn is one of the brand’s most popular summer items, 100% mercerized cotton. Processing gives a pleasant, light sheen to the fiber. Crochet summer clothes, napkins, tablecloths from it. Among the winter articles, we recommend trying Rondo, an unusual mix of wool and viscose. It is warm, viscose gives a slight sheen and a “grayish coating” to the threads. A similar effect is found in Soffstar Melange yarn. It is composed of wool woven into a «stocking» of nylon. It shows itself perfectly in operation, thanks to the structure it is very light, but warm.

Main advantages:

  • good quality raw materials (both wool and cotton);
  • interesting mixed compositions — silk, viscose, camel and angora rabbit wool are added to wool;
  • there are inexpensive articles with which you can start acquaintance with yarn.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

My transition from Turkish threads to more expensive brands began with Rondo yarn. It looks great in the product — noble shades, very easy to knit and after washing the wool «opens». A little tart when worn over a naked body sweater with a tight fit.

Yarn Drops

Another good yarn from Scandinavia in the ranking is Drops. The Norwegian company Drops Design produces yarn, knitting needles, knitting patterns. The range of yarn from wool, alpaca, silk, linen.

The yarn is presented in both pure wool and mixed articles with acrylic, alpaca and polyamide. Some series have solid colors (Uni color) and melange colors (Mix). Yarn is more common in specialized stores, but some articles are on marketplaces.

Drops yarn reviews vary. Many people like to knit from it, but there are also bad experiences with the purchase of certain articles. For those who have not yet knitted from this yarn, we advise you to start by buying a couple of skeins for a small product. Before knitting, be sure to knit a sample and wash it. This will show how the clothes behave after washing. Since there is a lot of wool in the composition, the fabric may shrink.

Good reviews about the Air, Sky, Alpaca Uni Color and Mix, Nord lines. Socks are often knitted from Nord, although the yarn does not belong to socks.

Main advantages:

  • a large selection of thread types: winter, summer, socks, boucle, roving;
  • for beginners it will be convenient to knit according to the manufacturer’s descriptions, which they make up for their articles;
  • natural compositions (polyamide is added only in sock and lace types).

8.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I knitted a scarf from Drops Sky with a garter stitch — after washing, the fabric did not stretch, it is very soft.

Yarn Lana Gatto

Italian yarn Lana Gatto has been produced for more than a hundred years, production is located in southern Italy. Like most European factories, Lana Gatto adheres to the principles of sustainable development, cares about the environment, selects suppliers who treat animals ethically.

Lana Gatto’s assortment includes winter and summer yarn lines. The textures are quite classic, but this is also a plus — this is a great basic option for everyday clothes and accessories.

The most famous yarn lines are Super Soft and Maxi Soft merino wool (differ in thickness). They are smooth, soft and non-prickly. There are more than 60 shades in the palette. The yarn does not shed, so you can easily knit sweaters from it with intarsia, jacquard. Like most merinos, it stretches after washing. If dried horizontally, it returns to its original size. Just in case, before knitting a large thing, it is better to knit a sample.

8.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I knitted mittens and a sweater from this yarn. There are no spools, the yarn does not fall off. Hasn’t changed after many washes. Merino is comfortable to wear indoors, it is not hot in it.

The best premium yarn (from 1200 rubles per 100 gr.)

Yarn

We give the first place in the premium segment to the Scandinavian brand CaMaRose. The brand is owned by Danish designer Trine Bertelsen, and the yarn itself comes from Peru. High quality yarn — CaMaRose certifies its yarn according to the OEKO-TEX system. The certificate confirms that all stages of production, from the procurement of raw materials to spinning, have been carried out in accordance with environmental standards.

In the compositions — free-range merino wool, Peruvian llama, alpaca. Yarn production volumes are relatively small. Not all colors are in stock even in the brand’s warehouse. You can buy it in online stores.

The Yaku line is fine merino with a superwash finish. This yarn is very elastic, it makes excellent hats and turtlenecks on the figure. Knitted on thin knitting needles, the fabric resembles machine knitting in appearance and properties.

The «laced» article Snefnug is interesting. Unlike most threads of this type, the cord is not made of nylon or polyamide, but of cotton. The yarn has a completely natural composition. The manufacturer allows washing in the machine, but the fabric may shrink.

Part of the yarn is suitable for the price in the middle segment (the price is about 1000 rubles per 100 g) — you can start getting to know the brand from it.

Main advantages:

  • high quality raw materials;
  • interesting compositions;
  • the color map for different rulers is repeated, you can pick up a companion yarn.
Minuses:
  • a small ruler of yarn;
  • high price for some items.

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

My hat from Yaku is already 3 years old. It looks great, no pilling, although sometimes I carry it in my pocket and bag. It is tied with an elastic band and sits tightly on the head, as if purchased.

Yarn

The second place is occupied by Lamana yarn. The Lamana brand was founded relatively recently — in 2010 in Germany. The brand owners supply raw materials from Peru, Shetland Islands, New Zealand. They focused on product quality: they impose strict requirements on the conditions for keeping, feeding and combing animals. The result is incredibly soft threads and an OEKO-TEX certificate.

There are only 15 articles in the assortment, but the yarn compositions are all the best: alpaca fluff, cashmere, silk, pima cotton. The Peruvian alpaca, whose wool is used for Lamana yarn, is kept in its natural habitat. Sheep wool is purchased from sheep farms in New Zealand. The manufacturer can track each batch to a specific sheep farm and check the conditions of the animals.

This yarn is for the most sensitive. It is absolutely not prickly, suitable for children and allergy sufferers. Products made from such fibers need delicate care — hand washing, wringing without twisting, special products for wool.

The Como, Piura and Modena lines in merino wool and cashmere are suitable for weightless items and accessories and for those who are in pain with everything else. The disadvantage of Lamana threads is the high price.

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I knitted a hat from Lamana Modena and kid-mohair for spring-autumn with an elastic band. It turned out weightless as fluff. It took 2 skeins of 25 g each for a hat with a lapel, knitted in 3 threads.

Yarn Lang Yarns

The Swiss company Lang Yarns has been producing hand knitting yarn for over 100 years. In the world, it is one of the most popular in the European, Japanese and American markets. The company publishes a magazine with descriptions of models for their threads. The original of the magazine is in English, but in needlework stores you can buy it with a translation into Russian.

The Lang assortment includes good winter yarns with camel hair, merino, suri alpaca, mohair, cashmere and summer lines with cotton, silk and linen. This is a quality yarn for a wide variety of projects. The natural composition will be pleasant to the body, with proper care, clothes will last a long time.

Good reviews about the Mohair Luxe line, this is Angora goat down on silk. She is praised for her softness, silkiness, fluffiness. The article Alpaca Superlight has the same qualities.

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The yarn with alpaca is very delicate, the blouses are weightless. I’ve already knitted a few things, I can’t stop. Palette of colors from very gentle shades.

Rating of the best window cleaning robots


The best square robot window cleaners

Bist Win A100

Our rating of the best window cleaning robots opens with an expensive, but effective and technically advanced window, tile, and mirror cleaner. Dimensions — 25x25x10 cm, weight — 2 kg. The main design color is white. Reliable fastening on the surface is provided by a powerful vacuum pump, and the conditionally square shape of the body contributes to high-quality cleaning around the perimeter.

The robot is designed for dry, wet cleaning. Operating noise — 70 dB. A moisture autosprayer is not provided, so you will have to moisten the glass with a manual sprayer or moisten regular “cloths” with it. They are mounted on two platforms, one of which is movable — it imitates the movements of the hands of a zealous hostess (who can already have a rest).

4 modes of operation: N — for vertical tall windows, Z — for horizontal wide windows, local, right side only. The device is powered by the mains, and if the «electricity is over», up to half an hour it draws energy from the built-in UPS — Li-Ion (650 mAh) battery.

Main advantages:

  • Electric power — 75 W, washing speed — up to 5 (+/- 0.5) m / min., sound signal when stuck, battery low;
  • Thorough removal of contaminants through the use of a vibrating upper block;
  • Front bumper, built-in obstacle sensors, intelligent navigation system;
  • Support for cleaning structures with frameless glazing;
  • The set includes a power adapter with a network extension cord (about 4 m), a safety cable with a protective block (large suction cup), and a remote control.
Minuses:
  • No smartphone control
  • Only 2 napkins are included (you can, even need to buy, for example, on Aliexpress).
Models in the line:
  • Cecotec WinDroid 970
    — OEM equivalent of the same manufacturer GuangDong BONA Robot Co., Ltd, black case
  • GARLYN MaxClean

    — another analogue in a different color and under a different (Russian) brand based on the Chinese BONA Robot

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A good robot, helped to put the loggia in order from the outside. In case of significant contamination, 2-3 stages should be applied with intermediate cleaning of the wipes. Somewhat noisy, the corners are not completely washed out, but I don’t see a particular problem in that. Quite satisfied.

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iBoto Win 289

A window cleaning robot with good cleaning abilities and an affordable price tag. What is not an argument in favor of choice?! Made in a white design with a silver handle and a black stripe on the side. The body shape is square, the dimensions are average — 25x25x8.5 cm. In fact, this is the Mamibot W120, but under a different name.

The weight is small — 1.35 kg — and the vacuum pump confidently holds the wiper on the surface. And if suddenly it still can’t cope (due to a too wet surface), it will secure the rope with a carabiner. Cleaning platform passive, Velcro cloth. There are edge detection sensors in the corners. Supported window sizes: minimum — 35×35 cm, maximum — 6×5 mm.

There are 3 automatic modes of operation: with the trajectory of movement Z, N, from Z to N. Or the movements can be controlled manually with a remote control for processing areas with local pollution. Set of wipes: 2 gray for lightly soiled glass, wet cleaning + 2 yellow for removing heavy dirt, dry cleaning.

Main advantages:

  • Remote control from a smartphone via Bluetooth through iGlassbot applications;
  • Ribbed track surface for better traction on smooth surfaces
  • Built-in Li-Polymer emergency battery 650 mA/h (up to 20 min. autonomy);
  • Includes remote control, safety rope, power supply with power extension cord, detergent bottle, 4 wipes, instructions in Russian;
  • Relatively low operating noise — 58 dB is declared.
Minuses:
  • Does not completely wash the corners (the problem of every single automatic windshield wiper);
  • No ultrasonic water spray function.

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It turned out to be very effective. It is possible to clean windows almost completely clean in only a few passes with a change of napkins. It is important to choose the optimal algorithm for yourself. The delivery set is good, but still ordered extra. napkins (worse will not).

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Kitfort KT-564

Quite a worthy window cleaner from a Russian brand, whose main range is steadily replenished by Chinese OEM manufacturers. Kitfort does not particularly hide this fact, unlike, for example, other owners of «American», «international» brands.

Appearance: white-gray square 24x24x9.5 cm with the On button. on the handle. Power: mains adapter (cord length with extension cord 5.5 m), UPS — Li-Ion battery 700 mA / h (autonomy 15 min.). Power consumption — 72 watts. The model is sucked to the vertical by means of a vacuum pump that creates a pressure of 2.2 kPa.

Automatic modes of operation: N — vertical, Z — horizontal windows, processing only the right, left parts of the window, cleaning the wheels. Manual navigation is available using the buttons on the remote control for easy movement of the device to the desired location, local cleaning.

Main advantages:

  • Possibility of Smart control over Wi-Fi (only 2.4 GHz) from a smartphone with the Robokit application;
  • Efficient gyroscopic navigation;
  • Ball sensors in the corners to recognize the edge of the surface;
  • Sound and light indication of an emergency situation;
  • Includes safety cable, power cord, 2 wipes, remote control, spray bottle with cleaning agent.
Minuses:
  • The device is optimal for eliminating small or medium pollution, it cannot fully cope with strong ones;
  • Slightly overpriced (for Wi-Fi?!).

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Pretty tolerable machine for keeping the outer surface of windows relatively clean. If heavily soiled, you will have to pre-wash by hand. In general, it is normal, it performs its functions.

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Best oval wiper robots (2 washing platforms)

Xiaomi Hutt DDC55/DDC5

What can Xiaomi do? There is a lot in the production of cleaning robots. The range of the company is not limited to vacuum cleaner tablets. There are also very serious devices for washing windows and other hard surfaces. What can you say? Oh my Hutt!

The DDC55/DDC5 automatic wiper from one of the Xiaomi sub-brands is compact – 29×13.5×8.5 cm, light – 1140 g. Rubs the surface with microfiber, dressed on 2 movable platforms.

The device is equipped with an ARM module, i.e. not devoid of intellectual functions. It itself recognizes the degree of pollution in certain areas, on the basis of which it automatically adjusts the power — 2600/2800/3000/3200/3400 Pa, optimizes the route, sees edges and obstacles.

Main advantages:

  • High-quality assembly, the body is made of durable high-quality ABS plastic;
  • Simple control of the buttons on the “body” + advanced from the remote control (3 automatic modes, manual direction indication, choice of one or 2-stage cleaning algorithm);
  • Mains powered, Li-Ion 650 mA/h UPS with 20-minute autonomy support;
  • Relatively low noise — 65 dB;
  • Included in delivery is an 8-meter safety line, 6 pairs of wipes, a bottle for spraying water.
Minuses:
  • Communication with smartphones is not supported;
  • Manual moistening of wipes or surfaces.
Models in the line:
  • Xiaomi Hutt DDC55
    — version in white case
  • Xiaomi Hutt DDC5
    — black version
  • Xiaomi Hutt C6

    — white model with automatic moisture sprayer, suction power (suction) 2400-3800 Pa

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

And he’s not bad, this washing robot. The first 2 passes through the rather dusty windows left streaks, but after the third pass the glass was completely polished. It is necessary to use more often, not to bring to strong pollution.

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HOBOT 368

The HOBOT robot is not a teaser, but a statement of the fact that the device in question from a well-known Taiwanese manufacturer is an automatic cleaner. Not a vacuum cleaner, but an oval-shaped cleaner for windows, mirrors, tiles, horizontal surfaces.

The dimensions of the device are 295x148x95 mm, the weight is small — 0.945 kg. The design is stylish, the body color is white. Maneuverability is high, AI Technology 3.0 system navigation is accurate and efficient. Noise — 65 dB. Washes, cleans the robot using 2 active round platforms with soft microfiber covers. Movement algorithms in auto modes: up, then down/left, down/right, down. You can remotely control the direction manually, select a double cleaning cycle.

A powerful brushless vacuum motor from the Japanese company Nidec allows the robot to parody the «spider-man». It also contributes to the suction of dry dust, dirt on napkins. Power type — mains, UPS — Li-Ion battery (provides up to 20 minutes of autonomy).

Main advantages:

  • Support for smart control from Android or IOS smartphones through a proprietary application;
  • Extended delivery set — remote control, safety line (4.5 m), power adapter + extension cord (1 + 4 m), 12 replaceable wipes and 2 rings for attaching them;
  • The minimum size of the serviced surface is 35×35 cm, the maximum is 5×6 m;
  • Horizontal table cleaning mode with automatic edge detection;
  • Sound notification and light indication of power failure.
Minuses:
  • No water tank and no automatic sprayer;
  • Not a very democratic price tag.
Models in the line:
  • HOBOT 198

    — black model with a round handle from the earlier 100th series, less cleaning speed (3.6 min. per 1 m² versus 4 for HOBOT 368)

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Washes moderately dirty windows well. The instructions have an operating algorithm for optimal results. The robot is made soundly, not too noisy. Lots of wipes included. I liked that you can control the device from the application.

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REDMOND RV-RW001S

The owners of the REDMOND brand decided to become famous not only by multicookers. They position their brand as international, which in some way corresponds to reality: they themselves are based in the Russian Federation (St. Petersburg), and the products are ordered in China.

Robot SkyWiper RW001S is ready to clean windows, mirrors, tiled walls and floors. With dimensions of 30x15x12 cm, it weighs only about 1 kg. Oval shape, black body, round handle. The cleaning platform is based on a pair of movable platforms with microfiber cloths mounted on them. Power supply — mains, power consumption — 80 W, built-in Li-Ion battery 600 mA / h is used as a backup UPS (up to 15 minutes of autonomy).

The robot is nimble (for its format) — the speed of surface treatment is 1 m² in 2 minutes, the vacuum motor makes it “sticky”. 3 automatic operating modes are supported, there is a possibility of manual manipulations.

Main advantages:

  • Button control on the case, from the remote control or via Bluetooth from the Ready for Sky mobile application;
  • Auto-detection of the cleaning zone, obstacle sensor;
  • Sound and LED indication;
  • The kit includes 6 pairs of nozzle covers, a safety cable, a 4 m network extension cable (the total length of cables is 5);
  • 1 year company warranty + 12 months upon registration in the bonus program.
Minuses:
  • Noisy — 72 dB;
  • No atomizer.

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Classic Chinese window cleaner in an interesting design. It cleans windows quite well if the process consists of 2-3 stages. It is important not to overdo it with moisture — it can break. The cable will hold, but the robot can say hello to the neighbors below.

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Dajet W100

Continues our top best robots for cleaning windows Dadzhet W100. The advantage of this oval windshield wiper is an affordable price tag. The robot can act under the names «Dajet», dBot, or with the mention of both at once. Or meet under some other brand, which is quite understandable — this is an OEM product from HONGKONG MESTAR ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

White-black-orange design with comfortable handle. Purpose — dry / wet cleaning of window panes, tiled walls or floors, mirrors and much more that is smooth, flat and even. Washes the surface with rotating disk platforms, dressed in soft nozzles. It requires an electrical outlet to operate, and the kit comes with an appropriate adapter and extension cord.

If the network is «left», the robot will stay on the glass for 20 minutes, powered by a built-in Li-Po battery, calling the owner for help with sounds, signal «bulbs». If it doesn’t do it, it may fall, but it will hang on a safety cable.

Main advantages:

  • Democratic price;
  • Management from the case or a complete remote control;
  • AI technology V2.0, traditional 3 automatic operation modes (zigzag route starting from the top, right side or left side), manual direction selection;
  • 2 types of movements on the surface — rotation + zigzags;
  • 10 (5 pairs) microfiber cloths, 4 fixing rings.
Minuses:
  • Decent noise — 72 dB (normal collector motor);
  • No water sprayer, mobile control is not supported.
Models in the line:
  • Dajet W120

    — wide handle, more efficient and quieter (64 dB) brushless motor

  • Dajet W200

    — version with ultrasonic moisture atomizer, brushless motor.

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For an inexpensive, this robot is quite good. I like it as a whole, although it is pointless to expect absolute cleanliness in the corners. We start it at least at 2 stages with the replacement / cleaning of napkins. Noise, of course, an infection. But it is clear that it works. In general, it’s okay.

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The best robotic window cleaners with automatic water spray function

HOBOT 388 Ultrasonic

Next on our list of the best window cleaners is Hobot’s efficient robot in a cute black and gray design. Oval, which means with two active platforms, therefore able to rub the surface, and not just crawl on the glass in zigzags, as most of the “squares” do with a cloth frame on the “belly”.

Dimensions of the device — 295x148x95 mm, weight — 945 g. It moves along the surface with the help of the same round wheels with microfiber covers. An important element is the Ultrasonic cleaning fluid ultrasonic spray module. Optimizes consumption, ensures the correct degree of wetting of the treated surface.

Power is supplied from the mains using an adapter and a 5-meter extension cord. Power consumption — 90 watts. Backup energy source — Li-Ion battery (up to 20 minutes autonomy). In the arsenal of 3 auto modes of operation with the beginning of cleaning from the top, right or left. There is a possibility of point manipulations.

Main advantages:

  • Control on the body with the «Start / Stop» button, remote control or smartphone with a proprietary Hobot application installed;
  • Brushless vacuum motor Nidec (Japan) with increased resource, soft start;
  • Efficient glass cleaning algorithm with rotational and zigzag movements;
  • Automatic and dosed spraying of the liquid, which allows not to overmoisten the surface;
  • Safety cord 4.5 m, 12 replacement wipes, detergent included.
Minuses:
  • The model is not adapted to work on frameless structures;
  • High price tag.

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Cleaned the outside windows. Not professionally ideal, as expected there were small “dead zones” in the corners, but for a machine gun it’s very good. It is possible to achieve the best results without pronounced stains in 2-3 or even 4 stages.

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iBoto Win 390

An affordable alternative to Hobot from the iBoto brand, positioning itself as the next «international company». True, the direct production of Win 390 is the Chinese HONGKONG MESTAR ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. And okay, since she “ate the dog” on that (the main thing is to exclude bats from the diet).

The design of the model is already familiar: the case is in the form of an oval or even a “figure of eight”. Dimensions — 30x15x9 cm. Body color — white. A pair of round rotating platforms with soft microfiber nozzles are responsible for washing and zigzag “creeps”. The vertical suspension is provided by a vacuum motor, in case of slipping there is a cable-insurance (4 m).

Basic operating modes: 3 automatic + manual motion control. iBoto Win 390 works from the mains (cable length — 1 + 4 m). If with that failure, power holding the model on the surface for 20 minutes. there will be a UPS «in the face» of Li-Pol batteries 650 mA / h.

Main advantages:

  • Relatively affordable price tag;
  • Advanced control from the remote control, via Bluetooth from the WoBot application;
  • Built-in detergent tank with spray nozzle;
  • Functions of automatic or manual wetting of the surface;
  • Intelligent sensors building the optimal route, obstacle recognition.
Minuses:
  • The model is not designed to work with frameless windows;
  • Noise is stronger than the declared 65 dB.
Models in the line:
  • iBoto Win 490

    — square model with sprayer, passive cleaning platform (rubs the glass due to the movement of the robot itself), noise 58 dB

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I like how it works. I run it dry first, then with moisture — a normal result. Creeps, tied on a rope, tries. Never broke down. Noise, of course, noticeable. But is this any problem?

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Hobot 298

Square cleaner with the function of automatic ultrasonic spraying of the cleaning solution onto the surface. In general, it is normal for Hobot to splash water. The case is blue, dimensions — 240x240x100 mm, weight — 1.48 kg, there is a reservoir for liquid (50 ml, consumption 1 ml per 1 m²).

The robot moves along vertical planes by no means heavy, even though it is set in motion by caterpillars. Doesn’t fall off thanks to brushless motor vacuum pump. Wash nozzle — yellow microfiber cloth. The device is characterized by a highly efficient navigation system, laser sensors allow servicing frameless structures.

Control methods: buttons on the case, remote control, Hobot mobile application for Android, IOS. 3 auto modes are available (with Z and N-shaped movements with start from above, right or left), manual direction selection. Power supply — network, UPS — Li-ion 4×3.7 V (enough for 20 minutes).

Main advantages:

  • Efficient washing and cleaning technology AI-Technology S2.1;
  • Sufficiently fast window cleaning process — 2.4 min. / 1 ​​m²;
  • Relatively low operating noise — 64 dB;
  • The kit includes a high-strength safety cord (4.5 m, can withstand a load of up to 150 kg), 3 napkins, a 4-meter power cord, branded washing liquid, remote control;
  • Maintenance of medium and large windows — from 0.4×0.4 to 5×6 m.
Minuses:
  • The price tag is high;
  • In windy weather outside, the fine water spray simply does not reach the glass surface.
Models in the line:
  • HOBOT-2S

    — new white model with two ultrasonic liquid spray modules with 26 ml containers (given the noticeably higher price tag, a controversial advantage)

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Works. It can’t cope with the window in one pass, you need to drive it 2 or 3 times. Well, this is a common thing for such robots. The automatic sprinkler does not always cope with its tasks, sometimes you have to moisten the napkin yourself or spray it on the glass.

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Rating of the best crochet hooks


Hooks Tulip

We give 1st place in the ranking of the best to Japanese Tulip hooks. The manufacturer’s assortment includes series made of plastic, aluminum, bamboo, steel, with a rubberized handle. In addition to classic hooks, Tunisian knitting tools and kits are also produced. All the tools of this brand are distinguished by excellent coating quality, a sharp hook head and a comfortable handle.

The hallmark of the brand is hooks with Soft Touch handles. They are sold both individually and in sets. Needlewomen who have not tried tools with silicone handles before can first purchase one running number to try. In addition to hooks, some kits include Italian scissors and a pair of sewing needles.

The Tulip Etimo series is available in black, pink, red, blue. The handles of the Tulip Etimo Rose collection are made in shades of pink, the color saturation differs from the number of the hook (from pastel pink to fuchsia). The handle is made of special rubber, the design reduces the load on the fingers. The shape of the handle is designed so that it is convenient to knit with different hook grips (like a pen, knitting needle or knife)

The Tulip Etimo Red series, in addition to the red handle, has a red matte finish on the metal itself. It looks very unusual and stylish, and the manufacturer has specially provided a matte finish for the coating so that the metal does not glare.

Main advantages:

  • smooth, polished tip;
  • ergonomic handle that fits comfortably in the hand;
  • quality material;
  • stylish design.

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

There is a feeling that the hook «knits itself.» These are premium quality tools. The hook is light, not felt in the hand. The head easily enters the canvas, but it does not prick the finger. Before that, cheap hooks rubbed my hand.

Clover Hooks

2nd place in the ranking of the best hooks was taken by another Japanese brand. Under the Clover brand, 3 series of instruments are produced: Soft Touch with an orange handle, Amur with multi-colored handles and Tunisian double-sided models made of bamboo.

The Soft Touch series is the brand’s most popular, designed in such a way that the hands do not get tired even after long knitting sessions. The plastic handle with soft finger pad is designed for comfortable gripping the hook in any way.

Clover Amur is a series of instruments with colorful handles. Each size has its own color. The shape of the handle conforms to the natural curves of the hand. The hooks of this series are slightly longer than Soft Touch. The collection has all the advantages of Clover tools: a comfortable ergonomic handle, a smooth coating of the hook itself and a sharp tip.

A feature of Clover hooks is that the tool numbers differ from domestic ones by 0.25 mm; when buying, you should look not at the number on the blister, but at the size in millimeters.

Clover tools are very popular among knitters, with almost no negative reviews.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Excellent hooks, very reliable and strong. I’ve been using orange handle hooks for many years. But beware of fakes: real hooks come in a branded blister, and “CLOVER JAPAN” should be engraved on the handle.

Hooks KnitPro

3rd place in the ranking goes to Indian KnitPro hooks. All thanks to the quality of the materials used and the variety of series. Among 10 collections of aluminum, wooden, bamboo, acrylic hooks, every knitter will find the right tool for herself. The KnitPro hook collections follow their basic knitting collections.

The KnitPro range of hooks includes classic, double ended and detachable Tunisian hooks. Metal one-piece hooks and options with rubberized handles are suitable for any type of knitting. For interior knitting of rugs and baskets from knitted yarn, wooden and acrylic hooks will be convenient. They are durable, while large numbers weigh little. Fingers and hand do not get tired. KnitPro have developed a special Jumbo series for thick yarns. The tools are made of birch, the size range is from 20 mm to 35 mm.

An analogue of Tulip and Clover hooks is a series with ergonomic KnitPro Waves handles. The handles are made of brightly colored soft rubber and are designed for a comfortable hook position while crocheting. The cost of these hooks is lower than that of Japanese ones, so they are suitable for beginners and for craftswomen who knit mainly with knitting needles.

For those who are just starting to crochet, we can recommend the “basic” inexpensive rulers — Basix made of beech and metal hooks without Aluminum handle.

8.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Very comfortable hook, the handle is pleasant to the touch. The finger does not get tired.

Rating of the best means for strengthening nails


The best varnishes for strengthening and growing nails

Librederm Ultraresuscitator Hyaluron

An excellent tool for «surviving» the periods between applying gel polish, as well as for those who have chronically dry, brittle nails. Ultraresuscitator contains panthenol, vitamins A, E, F and hyaluronic acid. The tool gives a thin transparent coating, in one layer it is practically absorbed into the nail. Two coats are required to hide unevenness and add shine. Makes nails smooth for a long time, dries quickly. Ideal as a base for decorative varnish, and for solo use. According to reviews, with constant use for 1-1.5 months, it allows you to grow healthy, strong, elastic nails that are not prone to brittleness.

Main advantages:

  • sealing + moisturizing nails;
  • dries quickly;
  • durability is above average;
  • suitable for restoring nails after gel polish;
  • great brush.
Minuses:
  • will not hide serious problems, although it is stated on the package.

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I often use a resuscitator when my nails require extra care. I can advise as a worthy transparent coating, which makes the nails more well-groomed and does not peel off after several days of wear.

Eveline Cosmetics 8 in 1 Healthy Nails

A good tool for the care and strengthening of natural nails. If you have a naturally thin nail plate that bends and breaks easily, Eveline nail polish will be an inexpensive and effective find. According to the instructions, the varnish is applied two days in a row, on the third day the coating is removed and renewed. The course lasts 10 days, after which you need to take a month break. However, girls do not always follow the instructions and still get an excellent result.

The tool gives the nails a nude shade and a glossy shine. With a two-layer application, it completely covers the unevenness and detachment of nails, looks like a translucent decorative varnish and does not even require an additional color coating. Note! The tool is not recommended to be applied to damaged nails (for example, after gel polish or extensions), because. possibly burning. This is indicated on the packaging.

Main advantages:

  • high-quality, durable glossy finish;
  • natural milky shade;
  • durability 3-4 days;
  • can be used without colored varnish or as a base for it.
Minuses:
  • It is undesirable to apply on damaged nails.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have been using this product intermittently for about a year, I am very satisfied with the result. I’ve tried other firmers, but I still go back to Evelyn. Only with it, the nails quickly cease to exfoliate and begin to grow.

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Dance Legend Nail Vitalizer

A multifunctional tool that strengthens, corrects the nail, gives a light shade and a beautiful shine. It is allowed to apply on damaged nails, so the varnish is suitable as a “shift” between gel manicures. Creates a high-quality tinted coating with the effect of «wet silk», when applied twice, evens out the relief and helps to correct defects. The tool is quite liquid, but it is conveniently applied and spreads over the nail, does not strip. Drying time is average, a thin layer dries quickly, but a thicker one — up to 20 minutes. The Vitalizer line includes 11 products with different shades and effects.

Main advantages:

  • a large selection of natural shades;
  • translucent glossy finish;
  • durability up to 5 days;
  • easy to apply.
Minuses:
  • more expensive than other strengtheners;
  • does not dry quickly.

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A good tool, and as an independent product, and as a base for decorative varnish. The color is neutral, light, evenly distributed on the nail, without streaks. Perfect, just what I was looking for.

Relouis Iron Fortifier

A popular inexpensive remedy from the Belarusian brand, which can be used as a base or an independent strengthening coating for nails without any problems. The composition includes mineral salts (the same iron) and algae extract. Two layers hide irregularities and defects of the nail, give a moderate shine and a light natural shade. It is noteworthy that the coating remains elastic and protects the nails from breaking off. The varnish has a peculiarity: it dries for a relatively long time, and if you do not dry it enough, it quickly loses its gloss and is easily scratched. But after it dries completely, the product really stays on and can withstand at least 3 days of standard load, including washing dishes and housework.

Main advantages:

  • nude shade;
  • excellent protective properties, protects against breakage;
  • evens out unevenness;
  • can be used between extensions and gel polish;
  • comparatively durable.
Minuses:
  • the brush is thin;
  • the shade can go into lilac, which is not suitable for everyone;
  • dries for a long time.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A suitable lacquer for restoring nails after gel polishes and all other manipulations, as well as just for covering with a nude shade. Handles always look well-groomed, and no trouble in the form of a suddenly cracked nail.

The best remedies for brittle and exfoliating nails

CLAVIO Nail lotion Revitalizing Pharmtek

The therapeutic composition of this domestic remedy is based on chitosan, calcium succinate, an impressive list of vitamins and minerals and is aimed at restoring nails that are weakened for any reason. The lotion is recommended for the treatment of thin, brittle, exfoliating nails, including after shellac and with onycholysis. It is more liquid than varnish, it is absorbed in just a few seconds, leaving a very thin film that visually smoothes and glues dry areas. The manufacturer recommends using the lotion for 2 weeks without a break, applying 2 times a day. Then it is allowed to alternate it with ordinary varnish, applying immediately after removing the decorative coating. Used daily, it really strengthens nails, reduces flaking, and generally helps keep them healthy, well-groomed, and hydrated.

Main advantages:

  • cumulative therapeutic effect;
  • moisturizes, gives smoothness and light natural shine;
  • simple application;
  • without smell;
  • economical consumption.
Minuses:
  • weak corrective effect (the lotion does not hide defects, it only slightly smoothes rough areas);
  • can not be used as a base for varnish.

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For 3 weeks of daily use of the lotion, the nails became even, dense, elastic and very smooth, almost like after polishing. I recommend it to everyone who, like me, decided to take a break from resistant coatings and treat their nails!

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Frenchi Smart Enamel Treatment complex for nails Complex 7

«Smart enamel» — a line of legendary healing and strengthening varnishes from the Frenchi brand. «Complex 7» combines the properties of hardening, moisturizing, nourishing the nail plate and can be used as a base, top and drying for decorative varnish. The rich composition with vitamins B and E, protein, calcium, aloe, ginseng extract, with constant use, quickly makes nails supple and strong. You can use it in two ways: for treatment, you need to apply varnish for two days in a row, then wash and renew the coating, and to maintain the achieved effect, you can apply it like a regular varnish. The tool has no shade, gives nails shine, dries quickly, lasts at least 4 days.

Main advantages:

  • multifunctional;
  • quick-drying;
  • resistant, does not exfoliate, does not chip;
  • gives a glossy lasting shine.
Minuses:
  • There is no cumulative effect, you need to use constantly.

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Evenly and easily applied, stable, in 2 layers visually levels the nails, gives a nice shine to the plate. During the month of use, not a single nail broke and, in general, they began to exfoliate less.

Rating of the best cordless screwdrivers


The best compact cordless screwdrivers

BOSCH GO 2

The Bosch GO 2 cordless screwdriver is similar in size to a conventional screwdriver handle. Lightweight and compact, the screwdriver still delivers up to five Newton meters of torque. In addition to the side selector, which allows you to turn on the rotation in the desired direction, Bosch GO 2 also has a torque regulator, the wheel of which is recessed near the rear end. Please note that this is precisely the torque regulator, and not the speed, as people often say who do not fundamentally read the instructions. The location of the regulator is generally logical (where else to put it on such a case?), but it must be taken into account when choosing a grip so as not to accidentally knock it down. Next to the wheel is a rubber plug covering the mini-USB charging port.

It should also be taken into account that the inclusion here does not occur in the same way as on the “trigger” pistol-shaped cordless screwdrivers — not immediately, but after the spindle is pressed inward under load. Moreover, the E-Clutch electronic clutch allows you to use a cordless screwdriver as a regular one if the battery is dead or you need to hand-tighten the screw. The rotation also stops only after the pressure on the end stops. Actually, a lot of negative reviews on the Internet and immediately shows how rarely we like to read instructions in order to understand how the purchased tool works. But when used correctly, the Bosch GO 2 electric screwdriver is really both convenient and practical.

Main advantages:

  • Compactness and «all-permeability» with good torque
  • USB fast charging
  • Convenience of «manual» work, which is not the case with cordless pistol screwdrivers
Minuses:
  • No backlight
  • Not the best quality complete bits

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A thing that you can safely carry with you in your pocket, and which will always help out. The controls are easy to get used to.

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Bosch IXO6

The previous generation of «green» hobby screwdrivers IXO 5 managed to get almost a cult status: it was a reliable, convenient and multifunctional tool. But time does not stand still, and the old screwdriver was replaced by a new model, which radically (though controversially) changed in appearance — IXO 6. The performance of IXO 6 Color Edition looks especially controversial — with this pink color and such shapes, the screwdriver looks more like … so to speak, product «for adults», albeit received an iF Design Award.

What are the differences? In addition to design, there are few of them, in fact. The battery retained the same capacity of 1.5 Ah, but its charging speed was increased by one and a half times. In addition, if for IXO 5 charging via microUSB was uncontested, which caused some criticism (because this connector does not differ in longevity), now it can only be used as a “road” option to quickly recharge the instrument – ​​and this is enough for it buy a special docking station (catalog number for ordering — 1.600.A01.PW2). Well, here Bosch retains its role — for IXO 5, for IXO 6 there is simply a huge number of accessories, up to a blower for igniting barbecues, a wine corkscrew and so on. And the «six» is fully compatible with accessories for the «five».

There are two ready-made configurations: Classic, where there is only a hard case, charging and a set of bits, and Set, where the case is replaced by a soft case, and an eccentric and angled nozzle are added. Bits are traditionally weak: even the manufacturer himself calls them an “entry-level” product. So they need to be changed immediately. In general, from the personal point of view of the author, the old IXO 5 was much more successful.

Main advantages:

  • Now you can charge from the docking station
  • Reduced battery charging time
Minuses:
  • Controversial ergonomics and design
  • This also applies to the updated case — in IXO 5 it was not so “designer”, but more practical.
Models in the line:
  • Bosch IXO6

    — classic for Bosch green color

  • Bosch IXO 6 color

    — color — bright pink

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Personally, it fell into my hands. I did not feel a serious difference with the fifth model in terms of capabilities, the motor and the battery seem to be the same.

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Makita DF001DW

A transformer screwdriver with a folding handle is light, easy to use and at the same time develops a decent 4 Newton meters of torque. The built-in battery for one and a half ampere-hours is a classic solution for this type of cordless screwdrivers, a USB connector is used for charging.

The controls are a bit atypical — there is no “trigger” or a button for the index finger, instead of them there are two buttons that appear behind the handle in the “pistol” mode. One includes right turns, the second — left. It does not look very good, but in practice you get used to the controls quickly.

An electric screwdriver is supplied in a good case, and richly equipped — 81 nozzles are included. The quality of the bits is not bad, you can work with them (well, at least, taking into account the limited torque of the screwdriver — a powerful screwdriver can “lick” them). In general, for such a price, the purchase option is good.

Main advantages:

  • Folding handle
  • Good ergonomics
  • Rich equipment
Minuses:
  • No ratchet

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Convenient and reliable cordless screwdriver, only a ratchet is not enough when working with small fasteners.

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Xiaomi Tonfon Wireless Electric Screwdriver 3.6V

That’s what the already well-known Chinese brand can do, so it’s «get into the right place.» In fact, if an inexpensive cordless screwdriver is bought for episodic work (and at the same time, as is always the case with Xiaomi, it is understood that the owner has both his head and hands in place), then we immediately get an inexpensive and convenient screwdriver with a pistol grip, having rubber pads, and the classic intuitive «screwdriver» control, and the possibility of a simple upgrade. In what? The screwdriver uses a built-in lithium-ion cell of a standard size 18650 for the declared 1500 mAh for power, and with minimal skills (which people who buy Xiaomi equipment are the cheapest on you know which Chinese site is not critical at all due to the lack of a guarantee in fact) it can be replaced at least with the same famous «chocolate» from LG with twice the capacity — and even according to the author’s personal experience, such an inexpensive upgrade justifies itself by several hundred percent.

The screwdriver develops quite honest 5 N * m on its spindle on a freshly charged battery, but with charging it came out with understandable seams: on the one hand, the use of the microUSB port allows you to recharge it literally even at bus stops already through a telephone cable, but this connector itself is not reliable. In fact, the optimum between the concepts of “reliability” and “versatility” is now the type-C port (for which budget smartphones are already being made), more durable and symmetrical. And, moreover, type-C is also used by much more “amateur” Xiaomi screwdrivers (of course, it is clear that many Chinese factories work under this brand, but …).

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Good torque
  • The ability to easily increase autonomy with a soldering iron and a screwdriver
Minuses:
  • There are only four non-hardened bits in the set
  • Charging through a structurally weak connector

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

There is room for improvement — with a good battery and branded bits (fortunately, the spindle is under the standard), the screwdriver justifies its money from and to!

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Hyundai A3600Li

This cordless screwdriver, although weighty (0.7 kg), is inferior to the Bosch ones in terms of characteristics — both the battery capacity is only 1300 mAh and the torque is only 4 N*m. On the other hand, it is already at a level where it is easy to let it be bought simply on the principle of “whatever it is”.

The torque regulator here is of a screwdriver type — a ring in the spindle area, which allows you to set the moment the ratchet is triggered or block it in drilling mode. A useful feature is the ability to rotate the handle relative to the body, and the axis of rotation is shifted relative to the spindle by 45 degrees, that is, after turning the handle from a pistol turns into a straight one.

Unfortunately, the screwdriver is charged not via USB, but from an adapter with a coaxial plug, so it will not work to “feed pasture” from a power bank or charging a mobile phone. Yes, and it comes in an extremely Spartan form — not just a case, but also a cardboard package, the manufacturer regretted it by sealing it in a plastic blister.

Main advantages:

  • Comfortable rotary handle
  • Torque limiter
  • Good backlight
Minuses:
  • Poor equipment (it would be better if the flimsy bits were replaced with a normal box)
  • Lack of USB charging, although when using a 3.6-volt lithium-ion battery, it asks for it

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Cheap, but not the worst screwdriver, besides with a rotary handle, which is often not the case with more expensive ones.

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Interskol OA-3,6F Home master

“The plastic world has won,” Yegor Letov involuntarily starts up in his head when this screwdriver falls into his hands. Extremely cheap, packed in a simple blister, it nevertheless promises us up to 5 Newton meters of torque on the spindle. You can also find a case version with a set of attachments, including both bits and heads, and even a “festive” blister of army-camouflage design “for February 23”.

However, we are more interested in the “stuffing”. So, let’s go point by point: a built-in 1300 mAh lithium-ion battery in the handle, next to it is a lens LED flashlight at the end and a simple electronics board. The screwdriver is charged from a power supply unit with a coaxial DC connector, no USB. The handle is swivel, but its locking mechanism is frankly weak. And the gearbox with a torque limiter ratchet, even according to the spare parts catalog, comes as a separate unit, so you can’t buy the “ended” gears separately, and the repair will cost comparable to the screwdriver itself in the blister package. The battery here is also not the best, but since it is a standard 18650 size, it is not difficult to replace it with a better and more capacious one.

In general, this tool is from the series “gift for a holiday” or “occasionally use”. As an option, sometimes turning the screws-screws «Interskol» is quite suitable, but for frequent use, especially under relatively large loads, it is worth choosing a more serious screwdriver.

Main advantages:

  • Low price
  • Good torque
  • rotary handle
Minuses:
  • Weak body and gearbox
  • There is a flashlight in the handle, but there is no illumination of the working area

8.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Given for a holiday. In general, a simple model without any special claims, you can score a guarantee at such a price — you immediately put the battery at 2600, and it lasts longer, and it pulls better.

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Denzel CSL-3.6-02

One of the traditional reasons for rating downgrades in Price Expert is attempts at mimicry. This is where Denzel failed: from afar, it seems that the CSL-3.6-02 cordless screwdriver has an aluminum gearbox, but when you look closely, you can see that it is just silver-colored plastic, and not very precise casting. Although it is strange to expect otherwise from a cheap Chinese screwdriver, sold in a blister almost “without anything”.

The grip here is traditionally a pistol grip, the screwdriver itself weighs 500 grams. The single cell lithium-ion battery has a nominal capacity of 1300 mAh, providing the motor with up to 4 Nm of torque on a full charge. Landing bits — standard, a quarter of an inch.

The package bundle is not rich: a charger with a DC jack, six bits (two flat, 3 and 4 mm, Philips PH1 and PH2, Pozidriv PZ1 and PZ2). The LED backlight is of little use — one diode at the bottom of the «false gear», which is interfered with by the spindle itself with bits. But the ability to turn the handle 180 degrees can be useful: for this you need to press just one button at the top of the case, next to the LED battery level indicator. Spindle lock — automatic, when the power button is released.

Main advantages:

  • rotary handle
  • Good autonomy
  • Ergonomics
Minuses:
  • Minimal practical packaging
  • poor equipment
  • Long charge

8.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For a cheap screwdriver used from time to time, I think the quality is normal. Naturally, this is not a blue Bosch. But the prices are also very different.

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Xiaomi HOTO Straight Handle Electric Screwdriver QWLSD001

In their desire to embrace the immensity, the Chinese decided to get into the segment of «quite a screwdriver» — that is, with a straight handle and a compact motor, almost under the «hour» bits. Although in the kit “Philips” cross bits go up to PH3, “torxes” — up to T25, hexagons — up to 6 mm, and here, in general, more serious screwdrivers are needed, and, as it were, no longer a screwdriver. The declared maximum torque is up to 4 N * m, the capacity of the built-in battery is 1500 mAh (we will definitely leave this behind the scenes, “Chinese” milliamp-hours are like “Chinese” watts on speakers from the radio market).

In fact, this compact and well-fitting mini-screwdriver will be convenient, oddly enough, not when working with the very “clock” bits when disassembling and assembling laptops and smartphones, but rather when repairing personal computers: its torque for small self-tapping screws that are screwed into plastic, it is already too big, while with a standard PH2 for unscrewing and screwing in case screws, it is just right. Just computer wizards will also appreciate the fact that the screwdriver is charged through the “must-have” type-C connector, which has already become the standard for more or less modern motherboards and cases on the remote panel.

A screwdriver is supplied in a metal case-tube, which also serves as a socket for complete bits surrounding the screwdriver inserted into it — quite a convenient «exit» option. The design provides ring LED lighting around the spindle.

So, the author’s verdict: he would be happy to sort out a computer for her, especially in a midi-Tower case and higher, with an ATX standard «mother» and an abundance of drives and interface cards. But other applications are not particularly seen by her, to be honest.

Main advantages:

  • Good autonomy
  • Ease of use in confined spaces
  • Charging speed via type-C port
Minuses:
  • The absence of a “careful” mode for small-sized screws in plastic, while working with the same furniture lacks neither the moment nor the pistol grip
  • In view of the foregoing, a controversial set of bits — the same PH3, sorry, are designed for serious screwdrivers already
  • No charger included

8.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Convenient rocker «back and forth». It takes a little getting used to, but for my tasks it fit perfectly.

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The best medium power cordless screwdrivers

Makita DF012DSE

An expensive, but ergonomic electric screwdriver with a folding handle is equally convenient in both the “pistol” and “screwdriver” versions. The removable 1.5Ah battery in the handle is made up of two Lithium-Ion «cans» and requires the use of an external device to charge it, which luckily comes with a screwdriver, as does the second battery. In general, this is normal — a tool for more popular batteries often has “bare” configurations that attract low prices, but are designed for those who already have a tool from the same company for this type of battery.

The reducer has two speeds of rotation, 650 and 200 rpm. Accordingly, if desired, it is possible to drill quite successfully with a Makita screwdriver, when ordinary low-speed models with one speed clearly do not have enough speed. Torque limiter ratchet — traditional, «screwdriver» type. With the ratchet locked at low gear speed, the screwdriver delivers up to 8 Newton meters of torque, and it is not that much larger than most compact models, which often have half the torque. And her weight is quite acceptable — 400 grams.

The only pity is that the hands of «effective managers» got here too — the gearbox is no longer all-metal, a plastic gear is hidden in the speed switch. It was she who became his weak point, but the previous model of this line was famous for its reliability. But, if the breakdown did not happen during the warranty period, it is not so expensive that you can use parts just from the old DF010DSE to repair.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • good torque
  • The presence of «increased» speed for drilling
  • Switchable backlight doesn’t waste battery when not needed
Minuses:
  • Not all gearbox gears are metal, alas

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The screwdriver pulls well, sits in the hand like a glove. I heard about a cheap gearbox, but everything works fine for me.

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AEG SE 3.6Li

The AEG cordless screwdriver outperforms the Makita in terms of price, but loses in ergonomics: the rotary round handle, to be honest, is not particularly impressive in terms of comfort in both positions. In addition, the battery here, with the same declared capacity, sits down faster, although the maximum torque of the AEG is less than one and a half newton meters. True, it’s not a big problem with batteries — an ordinary high-current 18650 is hidden inside the plastic case, so it’s not difficult to repair a failed battery and “tuning” an original battery to an increased capacity if you have elementary skills.

The most unpleasant thing about this screwdriver, which immediately caused concern, is its handle, it creaks under load and has a noticeable backlash. This spoils the overall impression very much, and it’s scary to make a big effort on it. The result is a paradox: it seems that we have a two-speed screwdriver with a heavy gear and not the smallest torque, but it is better to use it for easier work — why not take the same Bosch IXO 5 then?

Main advantages:

  • Relatively small diameter makes it easier to work in tight spaces
  • Two speed reducer
Minuses:
  • Not the best build quality

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Average in principle — both in terms of money and quality. But in direct hands it is brought to mind, with a Chinese instrument this is normal.

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ZUBR OSH-7.2 N

Our review of the best cordless screwdrivers ZUBR OSH-7.2 N continues. Here, as always, the Chinese have done their best: the screwdriver looks literally like a small screwdriver, having a torque adjustment ratchet with a locked position “for drilling” (15 + 1), and very grippy ergonomic handle. However, a two-cell 7.2-volt lithium-ion battery is built in here, so when it is discharged, you will have to set the screwdriver aside — and for a sufficiently powerful model that provides up to 10 N * m in «hard» mode and up to 5 N * m in “soft” (because the primary gearbox is two-speed), this is not good. Ideally, there should have already been a quick-change cartridge with batteries and a corresponding charger.

Chuck — for standard bits «quarter of an inch», with a mechanical lock. It is surrounded by a diffuser of LED backlighting at the back: it is not a full-fledged “ring”, but for this money, in principle, it is better than a regular dot. There are ten bits in the set: flat, Philips and Pozidriv “crosses”, 4 and 5 mm hexagons. Considering that a screwdriver is supplied in a good plastic case, it is not difficult to supplement the kit “for yourself”.

Main advantages:

  • Ergonomics
  • Two-speed gearbox with torque control and spindle lock
  • Good equipment
Minuses:
  • Built-in battery
  • Busting with torque at the minimum position «1» — not suitable for thin self-tapping screws in plastic

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Over-screwdriver-under-screwdriver by sensations. But not bad if equipped with normal bits.

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The best powerful cordless screwdrivers

Makita TD022DSE

This screwdriver is both externally and priced very similar to the DF012DSE, and the markings are easy to confuse. But in terms of design, they differ dramatically — if it “pulls the engine” through a planetary gearbox at low speeds, then an impact clutch is used here, like those used in wrenches, there is no traction reduction gear. Thanks to this, the peak tightening torque of the TD022DSE reaches 25 N * m.

Therefore, of course, this cordless screwdriver is quite specific, like other models with an impact mechanism. Her task is to power broach or loosen tightly tightened fasteners; she will no longer be able to drill or bait small screws. Is it necessary if a cordless wrench can perform the same functions? Yes, it also has its use: not everywhere where the TD022DSE passes, it will be possible to crawl with a full-size wrench.

Main advantages:

  • High torque
  • Folding handle
  • Fast battery charging
Minuses:
  • Narrow specialization

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The tool is not very often needed, but regularly helps out. The service is not in vain bought, justifies itself.

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Rating of the best nail polishes


The best premium nail polishes

Lacquer OPI

What separates the best professional nail polish from the regular one? Not only a more “biting” price, but also the highest quality and maximum convenience for the master. OPI polishes have a large, resilient brush and an optimal self-levelling texture, making application a breeze. Varnishes dry quickly, and are worn for 4-5 days.

Main advantages:

  • premium quality;
  • outstanding palette of shades;
  • convenient application;
  • acceptable durability.
Minuses:
  • you can only buy in the salon or online;
  • price.

ten
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Lacquer one of the best — worth the money! It lays down in an even layer, the coloring is dense, there is no need to paint the nails with a second layer. It dries quickly, and most importantly, lasts up to a week. Excellent quality, varied palette, the gloss is not overwritten, the brush is good, the nails do not turn yellow!

Bandi Ultra Polish Gel Fit Color

Polish with ultra-gloss and gel polish effect from the South Korean brand is included in the three-step base-lacquer-top system and allows you to create a classic salon manicure without any extra effort. The varnish is relatively liquid, but does not spread, lays down in a thin uniform layer, two layers are required for a dense coating. Nail masters note that the coating turns out to be slightly “rubber”, this is unusual, but it only affects the quality of the coating for the better. Varnishes «Bundy» are worn for a very long time, come off neatly without chips and do not become cloudy. They are applied with a base and a top — this is the only way to ensure the declared period of wear.

Main advantages:

  • more than 100 shades;
  • applied in a thin layer;
  • quick-drying;
  • persistent (from 7 to 10 days);
  • mirror gloss;
  • large volume 14 ml.
Minuses:
  • the price is higher than that of analogues;
  • not everyone likes non-standard «rubberness».

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Beautiful, rich red hue. Convenient brush, easy application. Fortitude on 5+; the pigment does not eat into the nail plate. The quality is excellent. I noticed that my nails became much stronger, they stopped exfoliating.

KINETICS Solar Gel

Professional nail polish with a perfect gel-like finish. The varnish is designed for use in salons, but if you can afford the pleasure of working with a great product at home — why not? The consistency of the product deserves special praise: the varnish does not streak, does not drain, and evens out the nail plate. The semi-circular brush allows you to apply the product accurately and accurately. The varnish dries relatively quickly, and is worn for up to a week without chipping.

Main advantages:

  • persistent;
  • comfortable brush;
  • ideal consistency;
  • beautiful classic palette;
  • does not spoil the nails;
  • large volume.
Minuses:
  • price;
  • the choice of colors is small.

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Kinetics are very beautiful varnishes with a gel coating effect. Everyone asks in which salon I did my manicure, and this is just the right varnish! I recommend it to everyone.

Limoni MegaShine Prizm 3D

The popular holographic from the Russian brand continues our rating of the best nail polishes. Lacquer Lemony gives a gorgeous «rainbow» 3D glow thanks to the finely dispersed shimmer in the composition. Perfectly looks in two thin coats, dries quickly, gives a smooth glossy finish. The brush is small but comfortable. Wear for 4-5 days, then wear off at the tips, while not chipping.

Main advantages:

  • volumetric radiance;
  • trendy shades;
  • even coverage.
Minuses:
  • expensive for 7 ml.

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Lacquer with incredible tints of color! Looks great in both shade and sun. No problems with application — lie flat, dry quickly, worn up to 5 days.

The best mid-range nail polishes

Tint Berry

Good polish for home use. The texture is jelly, the varnish is applied evenly and dries very quickly, it self-levels, no base is required. In two layers creates the effect of a dense, even gel coating. The manufacturer promises that the product is enriched with natural oils and has a safe 7Free formula without harmful substances: camphor, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, etc. The palette contains 60 luxurious shades, including those with delicate holographic glitter. It is recommended to apply a top, with it the varnish lasts about a week.

Main advantages:

  • comfortable brush;
  • simple application;
  • dense color;
  • dries quickly;
  • unbeatable shades.
Minuses:
  • unstable without fixer.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Varnish fire, on his feet even lasted the entire vacation at sea. It applies well, without streaks and bald spots, dries quickly. I will definitely buy more.

Masura

The Russian brand has been surprising for many years with the excellent quality of varnishes at an affordable price. The product concept is based on Japanese medical manicure. The lacquers are liquid, but they are perfectly distributed and are highly pigmented. This makes it possible to fully use them in one layer, as well as apply for stamping. The coating is dense, in two layers it looks like vinyl. Shimmery shades are characterized by a very gentle glow. The durability of the varnish, subject to the use of the top, is 4-5 days without chipping. The composition of the product is interesting — in the first place in the list of ingredients is tea tree oil.

Main advantages:

  • dense coating in one layer;
  • saturated colors;
  • acceptable durability;
  • gentle composition.
Minuses:
  • thin brush;
  • does not straighten the nail.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Single layer! Very bright, saturated colors, with a slightly «rubber» finish. Does not bubble, does not leave bald spots, does not stain the nail plate after removal. Just a great polish.

Lacquer Essie

A popular mid-range lacquer. It is praised for its stable quality, dense color (can be applied in one layer), comfortable brush, quick drying … But Essy’s main advantage is its outstanding durability: up to 2 weeks when using base and top.

Main advantages:

  • persistent;
  • convenient application;
  • beautiful, delicate colors;
  • the smell is not strong.
Minuses:
  • relatively high price.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The best, high-quality, durable and non-capricious nail polish and all that I have met. It applies very well, no streaks or bubbles, dries quickly and the staying power is phenomenal.

The best inexpensive nail polishes

Brigitte Bottier Gel Formula

Brand — Russia. Lucky Brigitte Beautier offer good quality at a reasonable price. The product lays down well, does not strip, evens out the nail a little. A large amount of pigment provides an even color without bald spots from the first application. The brush is short and semi-circular, which is typical for varnishes of a higher price category. The finish of the product is really glossy. But the manufacturer does not fulfill the promise of a two-week durability — varnishes are chipped off, like most others, for 3-4 days.

Main advantages:

  • salon varnish quality;
  • affordable price;
  • comfortable brush;
  • can be applied in one layer;
  • easy to take off.
Minuses:
  • resistance is low;
  • dries for a long time (up to 30 minutes);
  • some shades give bubbles.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For those who do not expect weekly durability from the varnish. Non-capricious in application, there are many interesting beautiful shades. Gloss and true like gel polish.

Dance legend Binary

Binary lacquer-cream from a Russian brand, which is recommended to be applied together with the top of the same line. Very durable, when using the original top, it is worn for 5-7 days without chipping, then it gradually wears off at the edge. Thick, creamy texture and with a convenient large brush, this nail polish can be a worthy alternative to gel polishes. It can be applied in one layer without stripes, and in two layers it creates the effect of a salon manicure. The coating is bright, glossy, dense, «expensive». However, the density of the product requires a special approach, otherwise irregularities cannot be avoided.

Main advantages:

  • durability up to 7 days;
  • stylish shades;
  • aligns the nail;
  • dries quickly;
  • affordable price for this quality.
Minuses:
  • not very convenient application;
  • small palette.

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

In terms of durability, the coating is in no way inferior to Vinylux, but much cheaper. The color palette is just amazing (especially after the release of new products with shimmer)!

Lacquer EL CORAZON

EL CORAZON nail polish is available in a huge variety of colors and effects, at a very affordable price. The unusual creamy-gel texture allows it to be easily distributed over the nail and gives a rich, even, glossy finish. Despite the pungent smell, there are no harmful ingredients in the composition. Longevity is average: 3-4 days.

Main advantages:

  • comfortable brush;
  • a wide palette of tones;
  • ultra gloss;
  • does not harm the nails, does not eat into the nail plate.
Minuses:
  • very strong smell.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The best inexpensive varnish, it is distributed over the nail very well, without bald spots, does not streak, does not form bubbles. The color is saturated from the first layer, amazing native gloss! You don’t need to apply any top coat.

Nailook Real Sugar

Naillook Real Sugar is especially popular in a wide variety of Naillook polishes. The «sugar» effect appears when the coating dries, while the coating is delicate, does not cling or scratch. The varnish does not differ in durability, but conquers with an unusual effect and a diverse palette. It is removed more difficult than usual, but this is a feature of all such tools.

Main advantages:

  • convenient application;
  • affordable price;
  • original color scheme.
Minuses:
  • unstable;
  • unstable vial.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Great polish for a reasonable price. I apply it in two layers, it looks very impressive, like sugar, and the glitter options are like snow! Without chips, I personally keep it for 3 days, taking into account homework.

Golden Rose Extreme Gel Shine Nail Color

Turkish varnishes Golden Rose keep the love of more than one generation of women with decent quality at a fairly low price. The Extreme Gel Shine series are hybrid polishes with a gel effect. The liquid yet manageable texture helps to apply the polish in one stroke. The texture is opaque, dense, in two layers the varnish is no different from the gel coating. There is a rich palette (70 shades!) And very successful clones of popular colors of professional varnishes (OPI, etc.). Subject to the manufacturer’s recommendations (obligatory application of the base and top), the coating lasts up to 1 week.

Main advantages:

  • of course, the price;
  • a wide palette of colors;
  • good gloss;
  • fast drying.
Minuses:
  • the brush is long and narrow, not everyone likes it;
  • the quality of different shades is unstable;
  • you definitely need a top, otherwise the varnish will last no more than 2 days.

8.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

This is the best inexpensive varnish with many advantages and a chic palette of trendy shades. Buying this polish is a lottery, as different shades behave differently. But for the price, I definitely recommend it!

Rating of the best gel polishes


The best gel polishes for beginners

Oniq Panthone Gel Polish

A godsend for a professional master who will find a lot of options for using these high-quality and original gel polishes. Experts praise Oniq for excellent application and color density, as well as for problem-free wear by clients for 3 weeks without chipping. Modern micropigments give a dense color without weighing down the nail. It is recommended to apply 2 layers, but with proper skill, the varnish lays down without stripes and bald spots and in one layer. The brush is oval, panoramic, moderately elastic. The product is suitable for design and work with sliders, stamping and extensions. Dries in 30 seconds with LED lamp. Panthone has over 150 elegant and fashionable shades, including pure base tones + updated seasonal collections.

Main advantages:

  • a huge selection of shades;
  • controlled consistency;
  • can be applied in 1 layer;
  • high pigmentation;
  • neutral smell;
  • two volumes: 6 and 10 ml.
Minuses:
  • double lid is not convenient for everyone.

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Good dense colors, stable quality. Magnificent white, without yellowness and stripes. Completely odorless. The consistency is pleasant, there are no complaints about the brush, the texture is self-leveling and dries very quickly. Gel polish is totally worth the money.

FOX Professional Gel Polish

Gel polish of medium density, highly pigmented, fits very well on the nail and is easily leveled. It looks great when applied in two thin layers, but can be applied in one without stripes and bald spots. The product has a pleasant, slightly «candy» aroma. Masters also praise a comfortable soft brush that opens like a fan.

Main advantages:

  • no unpleasant odor;
  • perfect texture;
  • good brush;
  • many non-trivial shades;
  • does not conflict with the base and top of other brands;
  • worn for 4 weeks.
Minuses:
  • the volume is only 6 ml;
  • some colors need to be applied in 3-4 coats.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I strongly recommend FOX as a gel polish with good pigmentation, without any problems during application. The price is quite acceptable not only for masters, but also for home use.

Gel Polish BOHEMIA APEX GEL

Russian-made three-phase gel polish has attracted many masters. The consistency is thick and docile, it is distributed evenly, it does not flow past the cuticle, it is also suitable for drawing. Elastic, short and straight brush reduces application errors to a minimum. Shades are both classic and bright neon. Varnishes are wearable, do not chip, do not become cloudy over time. Economical, one layer is enough for some shades. Recommended for commercial (not home) manicure for those who are just gaining experience.

Main advantages:

  • easy application even for beginners;
  • high pigmentation;
  • volume 11 ml;
  • quality brush;
  • does not conflict with the base and top of other brands;
  • variety of colors.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have been using gel polishes for more than six months, for me they are pleasant to apply and of high quality. Each shade is beautiful in its own way and all fit without problems. Of the minuses, only the cost, but you have to pay for the quality.

Gel Polish Kodi Professional

Kodi gel polishes are distinguished by an innovative rubber formula that does not give an unpleasant odor, is absolutely safe for nails and gives a shiny, durable, elastic coating without chipping. In addition, the use of these varnishes allows you to almost not file the surface of the nail before applying the composition (you only need to lightly walk on it with a buff). Ease of application, good «wear» and a reasonable price allow us to recommend this gel polish as the best for beginners in the nail service.

Main advantages:

  • 2 variants of bottles — 8 and 12 ml;
  • convenient application;
  • high durability;
  • affordable price.
Minuses:
  • liquid, should be applied only in a thin layer;
  • often conflicts with the base and top of other brands;
  • there is a risk of buying a fake;
  • removed by machine/saw.

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

2.5 weeks of flawless manicure — that’s Cody! There are no complaints about the varnish: a brilliant, rich color, it dries quickly … But you can only remove it in the salon with tedious sawing.

The best professional gel polishes

Gel Polish Shellac CND

The legendary gel polish, which is loved by both masters and clients for impeccable quality, glossy shine, a luxurious selection of classic shades and durability. All shellacs have a comfortable flat brush and optimal composition density, and the removal process can be considered the simplest and most gentle on nails. On thin, flexible nails, it is recommended to use Duraforce Top to avoid brittleness of the coating.

Main advantages:

  • premium quality;
  • convenient application;
  • varied palette;
  • does not cause allergies;
  • when removed with an original product, the varnish turns into powder, the nails are not injured.
Minuses:
  • high price with a small volume of 7.3 ml;
  • there is a risk of buying a fake.

ten
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have been working only with shilak for two years and I am very satisfied: the varnishes are thick and pleasant to apply, do not spread, have win-win shades, and are well removed. All other gel polishes for me, sorry, the second grade.

Beautix UV Gel Polish

French gel polish won the love of nail artists not only with a pleasant smell and non-allergenic composition. This gel polish has a very simple and comfortable application thanks to the rubber in the composition. Despite the rather thick consistency, the glazes fit and spread perfectly, form a dense coating, and dry perfectly. Durability 3 weeks. According to the reviews of the masters, gel polishes of this brand have the best pastel shades (which are usually very capricious), and in general a rich, varied palette.

Main advantages:

  • vials 8 and 15 ml;
  • excellent brush;
  • extra light application;
  • durability of 3 weeks or more;
  • rich, highly pigmented colors.
Minuses:
  • Not all shades apply equally well.

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a solid 10! gel polish is very easy to apply, paints over in 1-2 layers, does not strip, very pigmented. Premium material that is comfortable to work with.

Gel polish Akzentz Luxio

Canadian brand gel polishes are distinguished by a win-win palette of elegant shades, a complete lack of smell and a non-allergenic composition. The tool is applied easily, dries in 30 seconds, the gloss is preserved until the next trip to the master. This is a 100% gel, so you need to apply it exactly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and use a powerful LED lamp. Masters note that Luxio is one of the few gel polishes that takes care of the nail plate, does not dry or injure it. Removed only by the device.

Main advantages:

  • production Canada;
  • hypoallergenic, odorless;
  • beautiful, unusual palette;
  • very resistant (4 weeks without chips and loss of gloss);
  • does not dry nails.
Minuses:
  • requires strict adherence to the application scheme;
  • removed only in the cabin;
  • expensive even for the premium segment.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Very beautiful, dense shades that are easy to work with. Ideal coverage in two layers, even light colors fall without stripes and bald spots. I did not find any drawbacks with these gels, the price is not considered.

The best inexpensive gel polishes

Elpaza Reflective Gel Polish

The popular Elpaza brand has several lines of high-quality and inexpensive gel polishes, but the reflective series is especially fond of the girls. Special particles glow softly in natural light, and shine like stars in artificial light. The product has excellent density and rich color, you can apply it in one layer, but if you want a clear shine, you will need two layers. Does not flow past the cuticle, dries quickly, does not streak or bubble. Looks good on a white or black background. Varnishes are worn for at least 2 weeks (according to reviews, it turns out to be worn for 4), they are easily and quickly removed by soaking or filing without damaging the nail plate. Varnish can be called the best for the first experiments with gel products, because. failure with him is simply impossible.

Main advantages:

  • cosmic radiance;
  • quality exceeds price;
  • a large selection of beautiful shades;
  • comfortable flat brush;
  • good durability;
  • simple withdrawal;
  • can be used for applications and drawing.
Minuses:
  • there is a discrepancy between some shades with those stated in the official descriptions;
  • the number of reflective particles in varnishes of different shades may differ.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Reflective varnishes of this company are just a bomb. They shine brilliantly with flash. They fit well, shine beautifully, stain without bald spots and dry well. In the sock resistant, do not break off.

Haruyama Soak-Off Gel Polish

Haruyama gel polishes are highly pigmented and easy to apply. The tool is thick, well distributed over the nail without wicking, but it will not work to create a very thin coating. But many colors can really be used in just one layer. The brush is standard, long and soft, opens well and paints over the nail near the cuticle. The coating is worn for at least 3 weeks, and this is a record for the budget segment.

Main advantages:

  • high quality;
  • rich palette;
  • no pungent odor;
  • excellent drawing;
  • long wear time for a budget polish.

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Gorgeous lacquer for a ridiculous price for such quality! Non-capricious, fits well, smoothes the nail, dries in 36 watts, and the colors are just a bomb. Very high quality white, ideal for French.

Tertio gel polish

Inexpensive gel polishes with a rich palette are what you need for a beginner. Tertio do not have the advantages of more expensive gel polishes, however, in their price range they look very dignified, are not capricious and stay on nails for weeks. The pigment is dense, the density is medium, in two layers the varnish completely covers the nail plate. The brush is standard, but to some it seems thick. Gel polishes of this brand dry quickly, smell weakly, and can be combined with products of other brands without any problems.

Main advantages:

  • no strong chemical odor;
  • volume 10 ml;
  • variety of shades (more than 200);
  • good quality for a budget varnish;
  • The color of the vial matches the color of the contents.
Minuses:
  • neon colors streak;
  • prone to chipping at the ends.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Good gel polish at an affordable price. It is unpretentious in application, pigmentation and durability are good, it is always worn for two weeks, it is easy to remove. I recommend for the first experiments with nails.

Adricoco gel polish

One of the most budget gel polishes in our ranking. Adricoco is an ambiguous product, comments range from enthusiastic to negative, but the majority of customers speak of it as an easy-to-use, stable gel polish with a large palette. The consistency is «yogurt», does not flow or run away, self-levels, does not streak even when applying 1 layer. Allows you to perform fine work, such as jacket and drawings. The varnish is well pigmented, 2 layers completely cover the plate and give a high-quality, even coating. It is worn up to 3 weeks, withstands careless handling, does not break off. The only “but” is the original base and top of low quality and can ruin the whole work, it is better to choose other proven materials, especially since Adricoco does not conflict with other brands.

Main advantages:

  • budgetary;
  • saturated colors;
  • durability 3 weeks;
  • good consistency;
  • comfortable brush.
Minuses:
  • dries longer than analogues;
  • some colors are worse.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I have about 20 AdriCoco gel polishes and I am satisfied with all of them. A huge palette of colors, constant novelties, hits of the season. Easy to use, no complaints about durability. Satisfied and recommend for «myself» and girlfriends.

Bluesky gel polish

The legend of the budget segment, Bluesky gel polish has not lost its position even in the face of fierce competition. The product is really popular and not bad in its own way, as evidenced by the fact that it is widely used in nail salons. Not the best gel polish in terms of ease of use (relatively liquid, stripes are possible), but very affordable and acceptable in terms of wear. Having got used to it, you can get excellent results with this varnish, significantly saving money. We put a plus for non-capriciousness and an incredibly extensive color palette.

Main advantages:

  • very affordable price;
  • combined with the top and base of other brands;
  • fantastic variety of shades;
  • easy to buy.
Minuses:
  • watery in consistency;
  • hard to remove;
  • possible allergy;
  • different shades fall in different ways.

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

If the price is a decisive factor, then take Bluesky, it is easy to adapt to it, and the result cannot be distinguished from more expensive brands.

Rating of the best Wi-Fi routers of 2022


Best Inexpensive Wi-Fi Routers

TP-LINK Archer C80

Opens the rating of the best routers for home TP-LINK Archer C80. Even relatively inexpensive representatives of modern routers are ready to please their owners with decent speed, the question is choosing the optimal MU-MIMO configuration for the existing conditions. In particular, you need to take into account the number of client devices operating exclusively at 2.4 GHz, as well as the «population» of this range.

The considered Archer C80 is interesting in that the emphasis during its development was shifted in favor of the bandwidth of low-frequency Wi-Fi. In other words, such a router will be especially useful both for owners of mainly budget technology and in a “smart home”. Please note that in the reviews of the first buyers of the Archer C80 there are complaints about various problems with the firmware of this router. After several updates, the router works stably, and the lack of a USB port can be considered its main drawback.

Main advantages:

  • three-stream operation in both ranges;
  • speed over Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz up to 600 Mbps;
  • good coverage.
Minuses:
  • modest amounts of memory;
  • no USB port;
  • no built-in VPN.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Through two concrete walls almost 3/4 of the signal level. Wafer 5 GHz does not fall off, the speed does not cut.

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Huawei WS7100

Next in our ranking of the best routers of 2022 is a little-known Chinese company, which is now one of the largest players in the global communications market, including network equipment. And “purely in Chinese” they offer a thing that is really attractive at first glance: a quite budget router on one of its four antennas flaunts the Wi-Fi 6 Plus logo, which means that it supports the most modern 802.11ax protocol. The router provides full-fledged MU-MIMO operation.

Please note that two versions of the router are available, externally identical. The cheaper one has a Gigahome dual-core processor (Hisilicon’s own subsidiary) at 1.2 GHz and does not have an NFC module for quickly connecting smartphones to the network, while the more expensive one already has a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and supports NFC. The amount of RAM also varies by half: 128 and 256 MB, respectively. With a standard “home” load (a couple of smartphones, a laptop), the “junior” option is quite sufficient, but if there is a NAS, a network printer and many other devices in the home network, then you should not save.

Wired interfaces (1 WAN, 3 LAN) — gigabit. It supports the joint operation of several Huawei routers as part of a mesh network, both with a wired and wireless connection. And quite unexpectedly for a budget model, the router has an EAL5 level protection certificate — namely, devices from this class are tested not only formally in their work, but also with an assessment of the development process itself in terms of security.

And yes, let’s add in a whisper: in the «gray» internal Chinese version there are signal amplifiers, with which the «range» of the router increases decently (although in terms of signal strength, the router does not fit into the Russian certification requirements, which is why the «white» version lost them ). Unfortunately, when antennas are directly connected to the SoC on the Russian version, the signal is frankly weak — so this is more an option for small rooms. Or, armed with instructions from w3bsit3-dns.com (otherwise, try to figure it out in the Chinese interface of the “gray” version), we take the “Chinese”.

Main advantages:

  • WiFi 6 Plus support
  • Powerful processor allows you to work stably under high load from multiple clients
  • All ports are gigabit
Minuses:
  • Missing USB port
  • No wall mount
  • Reduced power in the official Russian version

8.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I took it to connect to a gigabit network and for the sake of Wi-Fi 6 Plus. With modern gadgets, the speed is really great.

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ASUS RT-AC51

What can not be taken away from ASUS is its popularity due to affordable prices with good features. After all, last year the company received the «bronze» iXBT Brand 2021, losing only to Keenetic and TP-Link in the vote of readers. Another thing is that there are surprises behind low prices (for example, a banal lack of memory and processor resources in the cheapest models, which physically cannot distribute traffic if some application exceeds 40-50 megabits per second of data transfer speed).

As for the RT-51, its marking unequivocally refers to the old RT-51U, which was released back in 2019. However, the absence of «U» means not just the absence of a USB port and related features: there are many differences between routers.

The router received not only four physical antennas, but also MIMO support (2.4 GHz 2×2, 5 GHz 2×2). Under the new firmware, the amount of flash memory of the device had to be doubled (and the firmware is absolutely incompatible — with any firmware from RT-AC51U we will get a “brick” at the output!), The RAM has not changed. The processor is also different — no longer MediaTek MT7620A, but MT7628. Wired capabilities are standard for inexpensive routers: 4 100-megabit ports.

The configuration is carried out through the shell, which has long been familiar to «asusovods», or through the ASUS Router mobile application. Here there are already some subtleties, since in the option “just drive in the settings specified by the provider”, this does not work out with all providers. Moreover, I must say, the problem here is often more on the provider side (for example, for the author personally, after the provider has brought the network to mind, the uptime of the router is already approaching a three-digit number of days, and then only because of a power outage at the beginning of summer — and before that, I had to reboot regularly, because the external network stubbornly “lost” the router).

Main advantages:

  • 2 bands with MIMO support
  • App setup
Minuses:
  • Typically for Asus, the power of the transmitters is underestimated in the basic settings, which reduces the range (it is corrected either through the web interface in the advanced settings roughly, and finely through the Telnet console, there are a lot of instructions on the Internet)
  • No OpenWRT support

8.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Normal home router. I use only a wireless connection, the speed at 5 GHz is normal.

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Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 4A Gigabit Edition

A useful feature of this inexpensive router is the use of a single network name (SSID), which allows the same smartphone to automatically switch between bands when you leave or return to 5 GHz Wi-Fi coverage. Just keep in mind that this type of roaming is not seamless, i. breaks at the moment of switching are inevitable. In addition, do not forget that after replacing the stock firmware with an alternative from Padavan or OpenWRT, a convenient feature will simply disappear. And there may be a need to upgrade the software because of the desire to watch IPTV from the provider (this functionality is not implemented in Mi Router 4A).

Please note that all the features and advanced settings of this router are available only through a proprietary smartphone application.

The Gigabit Edition of the base model offers faster WAN/LAN ports, more memory, a more powerful processor, and support for more encryption protocols.

Main advantages:

  • Smart Connect function;
  • affordable price.
Minuses:
  • IPTV support is not implemented;
  • access to all settings only through the application;
  • no USB port;
  • there are reviews with complaints about the stability of the connection.

8.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I don’t reload. Turned off the last time in June, when I was on vacation. The power of 5 GHz is rather weak, but I think there is hardly anything with a powerful transmitter for such a price. Stock firmware, Chinese version. From complaints only to the application for control from the phone.

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Keenetic Lite (KN-1310)

The Keenetic brand has several good modern entry-level routers, and the KN-1310 model seemed to us the most interesting. It is not only equipped with a special amplifier that increases the range, but also allows you to conveniently change operating modes using a 4-position switch. The latest Keenetic Lite is capable of performing the functions of a router, Wi-Fi / twisted pair adapter, repeater and classic access point. The computing needs of the device are provided by the MT7628 single-chip system. The chip is low-power, moreover, it does not have a PPE block, therefore diverting resources to perform numerous routine operations. Simply put, the hardware of this router is not designed for high load. At the same time, the KN-1310 wireless module can work according to the 2T2R scheme, and its WAN port is able to remember the features of connecting to different providers.

Main advantages:

  • special amplifier of received signals;
  • 4 operating modes;
  • Wi-Fi antennas with a gain of 5 dBi;
  • there is MultiWAN;
  • mobile application for configuration and management.
Minuses:
  • not designed for intensive work;
  • single-band Wi-Fi;
  • USB modem cannot be connected.

8.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The piece of iron can do everything that is supposed to be a router, plus a bunch of nice goodies, such as managing users, connecting disks, etc. Who needs it, is put out of the box. Wifi is powerful.

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The best mid-range Wi-Fi routers

Keenetic Hopper (KN-3810)

Keenetic Hopper (KN-3810) is one of the best routers for home or small office. This mid-range router, introduced in 2022, is positioned as a “Gigabit Internet Center with Mesh Wi-Fi 6 AX1800”, so it can be considered the “little brother” of the more “fancy” Giga KN-1011 router. The router is built on a MediaTek EN7561DU dual-core processor with 256 MB of RAM, provides up to 1201 Mbps at 5 GHz and up to 574 Mbps at 2.4 GHz. Reading from USB disks (here, we note, the USB 3.0 port is used) — up to 90 MB / s.

The wireless capabilities of the router are more than modern: seamless roaming, MU-MIMO, signal focusing in the direction of the device, OFDMA are supported. There are three wired LAN ports, all with gigabit speed. And, of course, it can be used in mesh networks. If you also include network playback-enabled audio equipment in your home network, you will definitely enjoy the DLNA stability provided by this router.

As for management, there is Keenetic even through the web interface, even through the Keenetic mobile application. For dummies, everything is simple and clear, and an advanced user will appreciate the flexibility of fine-tuning, the ability to configure redundant connections, a well-thought-out policy system, and so on. That’s exactly why you should love these routers, so much for the thoughtfulness of the software.

Main advantages:

  • WiFi 6 support
  • Wireless connection quality
  • Convenience of settings
  • Work stability
Minuses:
  • The limited freedom of fixed antennas is not very convenient for wall mounting

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

After mikrotik — a song. Everything works, flies and does not require dancing with a tambourine.

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TP-LINK Archer AX73

TP-LINK Archer AX73 must be included in the rating of the best home routers. Studded with antennas like a porcupine with quills, this AX5400 router supports 4T4R and HE160 on the 5 GHz band at speeds up to 4.8 Gb / s (of course, if the client is capable of it), has a full implementation of 4×4 MU-MIMO, and due to just six antennas clearly demonstrates the principle of directional radiation, being able to focus on a connected wireless device without “spraying” power in vain in space.

The “scaly” top panel provides the router with effective ventilation of the 3-core 1.5 GHz processor and other fillings. All five wired ports (1 WAN, 4xLAN) are gigabit, with static link aggregation (LAG) available for two ports. The USB 3.0 port allows you to use 4G modems, connect drives, and so on.

But the fact that the security system (TP-HomeShield) is available for free only in a truncated version, and now it’s trite not to pay for it from Russia in full, this is a reason to slap a minus into the rating. Seriously, can you offhand remember at least one manufacturer of routers in this price segment that would require you to pay extra money for the safety of your own customers?

Main advantages:

  • Signal quality
  • Possibilities at the modern level
  • Flexibility of settings
Minuses:
  • Case dimensions
  • Top grate — dust collector
  • TP-HomeShield features in Russia are only available in a stripped-down version

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It looks like you want to put a Sauron figurine on it. But it works flawlessly.

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Keenetic Speedster (KN-3010)

Keenetic brand products are famous for their almost perfect stock software, but they are too conservative in relation to technical innovations. In particular, at the time of writing these lines, the company’s product range does not have a single offer with support for Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax), and its middle-class routers cannot fully integrate into Mesh systems. In this sense, the new Keenetic Speedster (KN-3010) router is unique, since working in seamless wireless repeater mode is one of the main talents of the recommended router. An important factor, we consider, is the very high speed of repeated “capture” of KN-3010 in case of sudden disconnections (the best indicator among direct competitors). When used autonomously, the router is interesting even if only by the possibility of creating a network with a single SSID. In addition, unlike the Xiaomi implementation, the Keenetic router is quite allowed to create subnets with different names.

Main advantages:

  • can serve as a seamless Wi-Fi repeater;
  • it is possible to create subnets under a single SSID;
  • the best software in its class.
Minuses:
  • no USB port.

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A magnificent work of hands and mind of competent programmers. On the one hand — everything is clear and structured, on the other hand — the vast possibilities for customization.

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The best high-end Wi-Fi routers

Keenetic Giga (KN-1011)

Our rating continues with a universal Wi-Fi router that allows you to use an optical channel from a provider without a media converter. The duties of the latter in this case will be performed by a special SFP module, and the benefit of eliminating the intermediate link is to simplify the monitoring functions. Again, an additional outlet to power the converter itself is not required.

Main advantages:

  • the ability to directly connect both active and passive optics;
  • reasonable speed Wi-Fi formula;
  • powerful filling;
  • impressive functionality;
  • two USB ports (2.0 and 3.2).
Minuses:
  • Hardly ever.

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For the money, he’s amazing. On a twisted pair cable from NASA, it honestly shoots through itself at 900 megabits. On Wi-Fi, I watched a connection at 550 with something. It easily sends heavy rips to the media prefix through the «air» without a single gap.

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The best Wi-Fi routers with built-in 4G modules

Keenetic Hero 4G KN-2310

Completes our ranking of the best Wi-Fi routers Keenetic Hero 4G KN-2310. Not always until now, unfortunately, it is possible to connect a home router not only directly to the «optics», but at least to the house LAN from the provider’s switch in the attic. In the «private sector» you have to be content with mobile networks — and here it is reasonable to think about a router that does not need to connect an external USB modem to the connector, but is capable of using an operator’s SIM card on its own.

Keenetic Hero is last year’s novelty just for such cases. The router, equipped with four printed antennas, has two SMA sockets for cellular antennas, so you can even connect a very serious one to it and not have communication problems, unlike the «whistles» that are sold by cellular operators. The modern Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 chip is responsible for working with the cellular network, a separate MT7615DN chip (2.4 + 5 GHz, AC1300) works on W-Fi.

And in the future, the router will also work perfectly: if a normal provider comes to you sooner or later, then if you have a gigabit WAN input, you won’t have to change equipment. The router, we note, also has a USB port for drives and printers, supports DLNA, and is capable of working in mesh networks. A bonus to this is the traditional for the company «licked» software and a friendly user interface. So, whatever one may say, the first place «Hero» earned.

Main advantages:

  • Excellent functionality in addition to connecting to 4G networks — a SIM card can be used, for example, for emergency backup even when connected to a gigabit network
  • WiFi 6 support
  • Two SMA connectors
Minuses:
  • Inconvenient SIM slot
  • Cat 4 modem (which once again confirms our idea that 4G is here «overhand» or for redundancy)

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Although the optics are stretched to us, but dumps are often. I’ve been using a SIM card for backup since I had to go to a remote location, a 4G antenna was taken out into the street — there is no comparison with the operator’s modem.

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Rating of the best knitting needles


Knitting needles ChiaoGoo

ChiaoGoo needles are made in China. The manufacturer has a series of bamboo and surgical steel. The assortment includes circular options with a straight or curved connection, stocking sets, sets, separate removable knitting needles, additional fishing lines. The brand has a special system of detachable kits — only the corresponding cables are suitable for the Small, Complete, Large kits.

Needlewomen, for whom knitting is a favorite hobby or work, often choose ChiaoGoo sets as their main tools. The variety of the assortment is not comparable with KnitPro, but the knitting needles are very comfortable to use and do not have significant disadvantages.

To get acquainted with the brand, you can purchase the ChiaoGoo Lace series — they have a smooth surface, a sharp tip and a soft line-cable covered with nylon.

Main advantages:

  • durable material;
  • excellent polishing, impeccable connection of the knitting needle and fishing line;
  • the cable in a nylon braid is soft, does not twist or break;
  • the size is applied to the surface with a laser and will not be erased over time;
  • ideal for knitting using the magic loop method.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

ChiaoGoo knitting needles are very pleasant to hold in your hands, they fit faster than on other tools — the loops do not cling anywhere, they glide perfectly. The fishing line does not unscrew and does not twist — I knit two sleeves at the same time, the loops do not stretch in places of stretching.

Needles KnitPro

Next in our ranking of the best knitting needles is the KnitPro brand. No manufacturer has such a wide range of knitting needles for any yarn and knitting technique as the Indian company KnitPro — different types of wood, metal, acrylic, even carbon fiber knitting needles. The most popular brand line is KnitPro Symfonie. They are made from multicolor laminated birch. In this series there are classic straight, hosiery, circular detachable and one-piece tools, sets. The KnitPro Symfonie needles feature a smooth surface with a moderately sharp tip. They sit comfortably in the hand, emit a pleasant soothing knock while knitting.

The Cubics line is also made of birch, but has one significant difference — they are square in cross section. Due to the peculiar tension of the thread, the loops of the knitted fabric are more even. They are suitable for beginner knitters who do not yet know how to adjust the thread tension. They will also be appreciated by needlewomen knitting loosely.

In all lines, the Knit Pro brand offers sets of removable knitting needles. It is not difficult to buy a pair of the right size or from another material for them: the cartridges for all the lines are the same, the fishing lines are used the same for all sets.

Pros of Knit Pro tools:

  • it is possible to choose the material of the tool for any yarn, knitting style;
  • high-quality coverage;
  • fishing lines of medium hardness have an even joint with a knitting needle;
  • widely distributed in stores;
  • nice design, suitable as a gift.

8.9
/ ten
Rating

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It seems to me that the Symfonie and Ginger tree series are among the most comfortable to work with. They feel the warmth of natural material, and the surface is suitable for slippery yarn with silk, viscose, and coarse wool.

Spokes Addi

Under the Addi brand, good basic knitting needles are produced for beginners and professionals. The manufacturer offers a wide range of tools from different materials: aluminum, brass, plastic, bamboo, olive wood. For beginners, the Addi super-smooth or Addi Lace lines with an elongated tip are suitable. Super smooth ones have a blunter tip. With the sharp tip of Addi Lace, it is easier to pick up tightly typed loops and, for example, work with thin fluffy yarn — mohair, angora.

For masters who knit often and a lot, a set of removable knitting needles — Addi Click is suitable. The kit consists of knitting needles of different sizes and several fishing lines that are inserted into the cartridge using a special mechanism.

For connoisseurs of unusual knitting needles, we recommend trying the Addi Novel line. The surface has ribbed edges — the loops knit more evenly, and the relief massages the fingertips.

Main advantages:

  • variety of series by material;
  • good grinding;
  • lines with memory effect, but soft enough, do not twist;
  • available in most specialized stores, marketplaces.
Minuses:
  • not always a smooth connection of the knitting needle and fishing line: there are burrs, “steps”;
  • the fishing line is inconvenient for the “magic loop” technique (a method of knitting two circular parts at the same time on the same knitting needles).

8.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Good spokes of the average price category. For many years I have been knitting in a series with a red fishing line, it suits me because of the slipperiness and sharpness of the tip. The cover darkens over time if left unknitted for a long time, but polishes against the yarn and becomes like new again.

Clover spokes

The Japanese brand Clover produces knitting needles, hooks and accessories for knitting. Clover hooks are especially popular with craftswomen who knit clothes, amigurumi toys and accessories — they are loved for their comfortable ergonomic Soft Touch handle. Clover needles are made only from bamboo. Available in straight, stocking and circular needles. They are strong, light and well polished. The ends of the spokes are processed using a special technology, moderately sharp and smooth. Bamboo is suitable for knitting products from slippery yarn. This includes silk, viscose, modal, merino wool, some mixed compositions. It will not be possible to quickly knit coarse sheep’s wool or fluffy mohair on such knitting needles — they are not slippery enough and “slow down” the thread.

The objective disadvantages of Clover knitting needles can only be attributed to the lack of diversity in materials. Bamboo knitting needles are suitable for craftswomen who do not like overly slippery tools. They are also convenient for knitting socks, since hosiery metal knitting needles have a problem of falling out of loops with low tension. Cheap knitting needles made of bamboo do not differ in high-quality connection of the knitting needle and fishing line. The surface can also have poor-quality grinding, there are even specimens with burrs.

8.0
/ ten
Rating

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It is convenient to knit yarn with cotton with bamboo needles. Steel, aluminum tools when knitting from such yarn give uneven loops. Another plus is that Asian aesthetics are felt both in the knitting needles themselves and in the packaging. Very beautiful and pleasant to the touch.

Prym spokes

The German company Prym produces knitting needles made of steel, Teflon-coated aluminum, wood, and plastic. Two lines of tools deserve attention — Natural and Ergonomics.

Prym Natural needles are a collaboration with the KnitPro brand. The series includes wooden knitting needles: circular detachable needles and sets of sharp-edged stocking needles. The needles are made at the KnitPro factory in India and are very reminiscent of their wooden rulers, such as Symfonie. Medium sharp needles have a nice smooth finish. The junction of the cartridge and fishing line is made with high quality, does not catch the loops. The series is very similar in quality to KnitPro knitting needles, but you can buy them at a lower price.

Ergonomics spokes are made of high quality plastic. They have three interesting features:

  • are triangular in cross section. According to the manufacturer’s idea, they are more comfortable in the hand, the fingers do not hurt after a long knitting;
  • the tip is teardrop shaped and works like a «hook», grabbing the loop.
  • smooth and very light, silent in operation.

Knitting needles from this series can be recommended for beginners — with a teardrop tip it is easier to grab the thread. Also, the triangular shape has a positive effect on the tension of the thread: the “row” of the fabric decreases during turning knitting (it appears due to the different pickup of the loop when knitting the front and back loops). Masters with experience have conflicting reviews about this line: for some, they are too plastic and bend during work, and not everyone liked the idea with a tip.

7.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Most often, I use Natural needles in my work. They have the most comfortable tip for me, they are suitable for sliding to most yarn compositions. Ergonomics seemed too light for me.