Erika Rawes

Erika Rawes

Erika became a professional writer in 2010, and her work is published all over the web. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of MD, a certification in Communications, and oddly enough, a mixology certification. Erika's love affair with home tech began when she first received “The Clapper” as a gift about two decades ago. Now, after several years of writing columns about the home and saving money, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the latest technology and she has tested and written about dozens of smart home gadgets. Erika still hums the “Clap on, Clap off” jingle every once in a while too. You can follow Erika on Twitter.

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Whip it, blend it, and mix it up with the best hand mixers of 2019

A stand mixer takes up a lot of room on the counter, and it can also be quite expensive. Need an option that's not only affordable but also takes up very little real estate in your kitchen cabinets? Check out these hand mixers.
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Get better back support at work in one of the best office chairs

Sitting at the office all day can be tough on more than just your back. Check out our picks for the best office chairs, whether you're in the market for something basic or a bit more luxurious.
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It does everything you can imagine, but the Instant Pot Max has one major flaw

Instant Pot Max has more cooking functions and features than the Duo and most other IP models. Is the Max worth the higher price tag? We tested it out to find out. Here's what we like and don't like about it.
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How to stop Amazon from listening to your Alexa recordings

All of your interactions with Alexa are recorded and saved, and Amazon can listen to your Alexa conversations. Here’s how to stop Amazon from listening to those recordings, but still enjoy your Echo device.
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Which is better, the original Echo or the Echo Dot? We compare them

Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get, Amazon's Echo or Echo Dot? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
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The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

An air fryer, when used correctly, can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center. Here are the best models.