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Most popular items my listeners bought in 2019 so far

Just about every week on my show I offer recommendations on a variety of items you can buy. Price and quality play a role in the products I recommend, but I also look at how they can fit into and improve your lifestyle.

The products I choose can enhance your work productivity, make your house smarter and increase your entertainment options. You’d be surprised by the kinds of items that now have a smart component.

Now I present the most popular items my listeners have purchased so far this year. Some of my recommendations made the list, while the rest came from the best — you.

1. An affordable, powerful, lightweight laptop

It may weigh 3 pounds, but the ASUS VivoBook Thin and Lightweight comes with a powerful 8th-generation Intel Core i5, 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor. Not only is it light and powerful, but the ASUS is also sleek looking.

But don’t let its good looks fool you. This beauty has brains too with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB DDR4 RAM. It also has a full HD WideView display.

2. Detect hidden cameras

Here at, we provide plenty of information on how to detect spy cameras in Airbnbs and other vacation rentals. You’ve been paying attention as the Eilimy Anti-Spy Wireless RF Signal Detector has been a popular purchase.

Eilimy helps you detect various signal fluctuations in the surrounding environment. It also locks various error signal transmission devices such as hidden cameras and GPS trackers through signal fluctuations.

3. Keep your floors clean with a Roomba

Roombas have always been popular with our listeners, so it’s no surprise that the iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum made the cut. Its cleaning system picks up dirt, dust and even pet hair. It also cleans under furniture and other hard-to-reach areas.

The Roomba works on carpeted and hardwood floors, so it works no matter which floor surface is in your home. Plus, it’s compatible with Alexa so you can control the Roomba with your voice.

4. Staying cool in the summer heat

This may be low tech but the Hunter Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan has a WhisperWind motor that delivers barely audible, ultra-powerful air movement. It’s obvious you like your ceiling fans powerful but without the noise.

The fan has a reversible motor that lets you change the direction of your fan from downdraft mode during the summer to updraft mode during the winter. Use it indoors or in covered porches, patios and sunrooms.

5. Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse TV Antenna

We often talk about cutting the cord: canceling your cable in favor of streaming services. You just need an antenna to get local channels. Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse TV Antenna is a flat HD antenna with a 35-mile range category.

It easily installs indoors with its Sure Grip feature and because it is multi-directional no aiming is necessary. The antenna’s surface can be painted so you can even match it with your decor. No wonder you guys love this.

6. Let smart thermostats do all the thinking

Not only do you love smart thermostats, but you also have good taste. The Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat is considered one of the best on the market.

Like any good smart thermostat, the Ecobee4 can be set on a heating/cooling schedule, as well as a vacation schedule. With Alexa built-in and an intuitive mobile app, you can control your thermostat using your voice, phone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, or whatever works best for you —  it’s that easy.

7. A smarter smartwatch


You like to splurge on smartwatches and good for you. The Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch (46mm) is on the higher end of the Android smartwatch spectrum.

While it has the usual fitness and sleep-tracking features, it also has some more advanced capabilities to make it worth the cost. You can swim with it on, it has a decent battery life and it comes with a convenient wireless charger. It also has a speaker and mic for voice calls, and you can get your text messages when you pair it with a compatible Android phone.

8. Protect your car from being hacked

We’ve told you that as our cars get smarter they’re more vulnerable to being hacked. You’ve taken action to protect your car with this item.

The Upgraded Faraday Bag for Key Fob provides a complete signal blocker for your vehicle key fob. This prevents thieves from picking up and relaying signals from your key, shielding your car against break-ins and keyless ignition theft. It’s also good for storing ID, bank and credit cards.

9. Keep connected with another Echo product

Those of you who still use landlines are making those phones smart, too. Echo Connect uses your existing home phone service (analog landline or VoIP) to make and receive calls.

With Echo Connect you can connect your landline to your compatible Alexa-enabled device and start making calls using just your voice. Plug Echo Connect into your home phone jack, complete setup with the Alexa App or on, and you’re ready to make and receive calls.

10. Smart sprinklers make lawn work easy


We’ve recommended a version of this smart sprinkler system before, but now you’re doing us one better. You’ve moved on up to the Rachio Generation 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller.

Just download the Rachio app and you can control your sprinklers remotely with your mobile devices. You can set your own watering schedule or input details like plant type and sun exposure and Rachio automatically will water your lawn and plants when needed. Best of all, you can install it yourself with no special tools or expertise required.

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