The Guide's Favorite Things: July 2018

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The Guide's Favorite Things: July 2018

Here at The Guide, we dedicate ourselves to recommending great products that improve your life. In doing so, we spend a lot of time surveying Amazon and other online stores and sometimes finding and pining after great products for ourselves!

Each month we talk about the products that members of our team have fallen in love with recently. These are our favorites for July 2018.

01

A very “in” candle alternative

A very “in” candle alternative

"Oil diffusers are trending pretty hard lately, so of course I got one. I purchased this one because it's relatively cheap but still does the job. I use it as an alternative to candles and the scent really fills up a room." 

– Kelly McInerney, Social Media Manager


It makes sense that our social media producer would be all over this trendy oil diffuser. In addition to being a candle replacement, oil diffusers also add moisture to the air. As lo-fi humidifiers, these gadgets also can help you keep your sinuses and skin from drying out while the wooden design keeps them from looking like medical devices.

02

A lil’ dustpan for lil’ messes

A lil’ dustpan for lil’ messes

"I'm a pretty good cook and baker, but I'm a hot mess in the kitchen. I'm constantly spilling coffee grounds, flour, and rogue spices on the counter, so this lil' baby dustpan caught my eye. You could say it swept me (and my messes) away!" 
– J. Fergus, Associate Writer/Editor


Full Circle makes quite a few well-designed kitchen and cleaning tools with a focus on sustainability. From compost bins to this tiny dustpan, you're getting recycled plastic products, in this case mixed with bamboo.

The brush snaps into the pan by its cute, round handle, making it easy to hang somewhere in your kitchen. Plus, it looks nicer than other dustpans, so you won't mind having it on display. 

03

A fun way to have better posture at work

A fun way to have better posture at work

"I am never comfortable on a regular office chair when working. I always want them to go higher than they do. I found this chair and love the height it can go to and that I have to stay balanced." 
– Guillermo Pont, Director of Content


As our lives become increasingly sedentary, especially at work, we constantly find new ways to stay somewhat active and avoid hunching over our desks. This chair goes a little higher than most without you needing to worry about arm rests bumping into the desk.

The round base encourages you to stay balanced, improving your posture while also engaging your core strength! It's essentially a far more practical yoga ball.

04

An affordable, comfy desk chair

An affordable, comfy desk chair

"I needed a better chair for my back while editing at home for extended periods of time, but for under $200 … It was delivered to me in a large box perfectly organized — all nuts and bolts in special letter labeled baggies, and a tool for putting it together … I have been using the chair for a few days now and I'm very happy. The back curves in so that it keeps my lower back upright which is what I needed." 
– Olivia Geyelin, Video Producer


AmazonBasics is known for providing quality, budget-friendly, everyday items and this chair is no exception.This traditional desk chair doesn't break the bank while also providing back support for those who need it. It holds up to 225 lbs and has a mesh back instead of thick upholstery to keep you cool.

05

A way to decorate without messing up your walls

A way to decorate without messing up your walls

"I just moved to a new place where I can't put holes in the wall and these are such a lifesaver. They are incredibly easy to use, too! A little pricey but it beats having to pay for fixing holey walls in the future!" 

– Kelly McInerney, Social Media Manager


With renting becoming more popular and affordable than buying a home, Command Strips are expanding from dorm rooms to renters who want to decorate (and redecorate!) without losing some of their deposit. These velcro strips keep your pictures flush to the wall and can hold up to 16 lbs!

06

The kitchen gadget to get you MasterChef ready

The kitchen gadget to get you MasterChef ready

"... A couple months back a friend had a dinner party and cooked a prime rib with the Anova Sous Vide. He finished it on the grill. The food was amazing, and the whole thing seemed really simple.
I bought one a few weeks ago and, for a maiden voyage, cooked halibut. It turned out better than any fish I had ever cooked before. I'm hooked." 
– Guillermo Pont, Director of Content


Sous vides have been buzzing for a few years now, but it's never too late to get in on cooking tech. This sous vide from Anova Culinary is the most popular one out there and with good reason.

This version includes Bluetooth and WiFi, so you can stay connected away from home. Plan on staying in the kitchen? Unlike the ChefSteps Sous Vide, this precision cooker has a display, so you don't have to deal with an app if you don't want to.

07

A fabulous fan that’s also decor

A fabulous fan that’s also decor

"During the latest L.A. heat wave, I accepted that I'll need to get an ugly air conditioner. In my search, I stumbled across this line of fans that are as stylish as they are functional. These Vornado fans are pricey, but they're perfect for normal summer days and chic enough that I'm saving for this big one!" 
– J. Fergus, Associate Writer/Editor


Even Vornado's plastic fans have a bit more flair than your average air circulator, but these vintage metal fans are statement pieces unto themselves. There are six VFan models of different sizes to help you cool your face or an entire room.

08

A sleek 4K monitor for seeing the little things

A sleek 4K monitor for seeing the little things

"...I love my [15 inch MacBook Pro], but as a video editor when I'm working at home, it's essential to have dual screens for workflow, for my eyes, and for editing detail. I wanted a large monitor that wasn't too expensive but that was 4K. I also don't have a T.V. so I wanted something I could watch movies on — this monitor allows for all those things. I love it." 
– Olivia Geyelin, Video Producer


If you need to see accurate colors and details, a great monitor is a must-have. Compared to industry leading iMacs and Macbooks, this monitor offers a crisp picture for low price. Whether you're editing 4K video or creating high-quality graphics, you can't go wrong with this Dell monitor.

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