So We Went Car Seat Shopping


So we recently had to go out and purchase a new car seat. No we did not have another kid, but we bought one as a present for one of the in-laws. It has been a few years since we went child seat shopping, but we were surprised with just how many options there are out there. They mentioned that they really wanted to get a convertible car seat, so that is where we focused our attention. This narrowed things down a bit, but there are still a number of high quality options to choose from. It took some time, but to make a long story short, we ended up springing for the Chicco NextFit Zip.

This seat seems to have a ton of features that we are sure the parents will find super useful when it comes to installing it and using it every day. It was not cheap, but it does come packed with safety, comfort, and convenient technology that made it seem like a smart buy. When it arrived we unpacked it and were thoroughly impressed. It is built like a tank. When the in-laws finally got a look at it they are extremely happy as well. For any other parents out there looking for suggestions when it comes to getting a new convertible child seat, here is a quick run down of what this Chicco model has to offer.

Car Seat Features

Like I said before, this seat is loaded with tremendous features. Perhaps this is why it has gotten such high ratings from parents. We pulled some of the following information from the review of the NextFit Zip that lead us to finally making the purchase.

  • ReclineSure 9-position leveling system that allows compatibility with a wide spectrum of vehicles.
  • Improved ventilation courtesy of the 3D AirMesh fabric that allows improved air flow.
  • Washable seat pad that zips right off the shell to allow for machine washing.
  • RideRight bubble feature that indicates the correct angle for the seat in either forward or rear-facing orientations. This ensures that you always have the right position for the seat on either orientation.
  • An effortless tight and secure vehicle fit made possible by SuperCinch Latch tightener with force-multiplying capability.
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • 6 positons headrest and auto-widen harness for older children.
  • 5-point harness with 2-positions for a chest clip
  • Incorporated FloThru belt path that makes it easy to transition from rear to forward facing without rethreading.
  • Compatible dimensions of 20.5”L by 19”W by 26”H.
  • LATCH storage compartments for keeping LATCH connectors when you aren’t using them.
  • Built-in lock offs for seat belt installations.

Advantages of the NextFit Zip

  • FAA approved for aircraft use.
  • Has an infant insert which adds support for smaller kids.
  • Allows the baby to rear face for longer, that is from 5lb to 40lb.
  • A futuristic seat pad design that allows for breathability.
  • Easy to clean seat pad that zips out from the seat shell for machine-washing.
  • Adjustable harness and side impact protection to allow for different heights and growing children.
  • A life span of up to 8 years.
  • The smooth bottom base has grip material that will not damage the upholstery on the vehicle or slip on leather seats.
  • Harness straps are made thick enough to prevent twisting.
  • Clear and easy to use instruction manual.
  • Takes up less space on the rear-facing position. This works well for smaller vehicles and taller passengers who push the front seat all the way back.
  • Comfortable premium padding.
  • Allows easy accurate and secure installation.
  • Removable cup holder on either side of the car seat
  • The 3D AirMesh enhances airflow that guarantees much more comfortable rides.

Some Drawbacks

  • It is heavy and bulky.
  • LATCH weight limits require that you change to a seat belt installation when the baby weighs 35 lbs rear-facing or 40lb forward facing.

Overall Great

It is clear that the NextFit car seat has a lot of beneficial features that ensure convenience, comfort, and safety. It is true that the idea of a perfect car seat is far-fetched but Chicco is a near perfect in design and functionality. This puts parents in a much more calm position when traveling with babies.

I would totally recommend using the NextFit car seat. The fact that you can use it on any vehicle, leave alone an airplane is very appealing to me. The car seat has actually been tasted on every vehicle you can imagine. This includes old trucks, pick-ups and luxury vehicle with contours on the seats. The one year warranty goes further to emphasize the manufacturer’s confidence in their product. Most other car seats carry shorter warranties.

If the NextFit Zip is out of your budget then there are plenty of other high quality options out there that won’t break the bank. We found the reviews on Momma Trauma Blog to be useful as they detail all of the top rated convertible car seats across varying price points. If you can afford it, however, this Chicco seat is definitely worth looking into and me and the wife ever have another child then this will be one of the first things we buy for the little tyke.

A KitchenAid Toaster Oven That Is Designed To Impress

kitchenaid2Not long ago toaster ovens were not all that great at doing anything more than cooking frozen pizzas or making toast, but those days are over. Now this small appliances is a must have for many chefs as it can now handle a lot of the jobs that a full sized oven can do. Broil a chicken, bake muffins or cookies, or cook a casserole, counterop ovens offer tremendous flexibility that is suitable for every day use. One such model that has been recently released is engineered to offer up the top cooking experience of any small oven on the market. The KitchenAid KCO273SS is the latest generation toaster oven from a company known for their high end kitchen appliances and it has already been rated as Gouverneur Times best toaster oven 2016. Let’s see what this thing can do.

One of the things that stand out about this oven is the wide variety of cooking functions. The product features 9 functions altogether. These include pizza, bake, cookie, broil, toast, asado roast, bagel, reheat, and keep warm. This excludes the convection features that is also available and can speed up cooking by up to thirty percent (30%). Hot air will circulate more evenly and faster. Therefore, the outer layer of the food will brown better and even taste crispier. Also, in the cookie mode, the convection feature will reduce the temperature by twenty (25) degrees Fahrenheit automatically. This will help an individual to avoid overcooking.

Oven Features

The following are the features of this product.

• The oven features full-scale oven amenities that are in a countertop size

• It comes with a 12-inch nonstick deep dish pan, cooling rack that is removable, a 12-inch grilling rack, and also front drip tray that is removal for easily cleaning

• 60-minute timer

• It has stainless steel exterior

• Nonstick interior

• Auto shut off or cancel button

• 9 pre-programmed functions — bagel, cookie, broil, toast, asado roast, pizza, bake, keep warm, and reheat

• Even-heat technology that offers steady heat throughout the baking cycle. This feature is fantastic for baking cookies in a toaster oven.

• 2-staged cooking cycles that activate the heating components at the right moment they are required to crisp, sear, or brown

• The oven also includes broil rack and bake pan

• 6-slice capacity

• Wipe clean

• 1800 watts

• Stainless steel construction

• The oven weighs 19.7lb

• It measures approximately 18.25 inches W x 15.75 inches D x 11.5 inches H

• The product is accompanied by one-year manufacturer`s warranty


The KCO273SS has several aspects that owners have really responded to positively. They include:

kitchenaid-toasteroven1. Quiet fan

The fan of this Oven is quiet when it is functioning. It doesn’t rattle like some other toaster ovens normally do. This appliance is well constructed, and it weighs approximately 19.7lb.

2. It is the best substitute for regular oven

Many online reviewers have confirmed that when this oven is used, food always comes out well. One can just use this oven instead of a regular oven in case he or she is cooking for his or her small family. Use it and rest assured that the food will not dry out. In addition, toasts are done nicely on both sides, and there is no need of flipping them over for more even shades.

3. Preset temperature and time

This toaster oven has a list of preset temperature and time for various cooking functions. Obviously, it is possible for an individual to change those settings depending on his or her recipes and the oven will store those settings in its memory. The oven will automatically revert to the newest settings the next time it is being used. This will make the cooking process quick and easy.

4. Asado roast mode

Only a few high end models include the roast function as part of their cooking modes and this is one of them. In addition, this toaster oven comes with defrost button. This will take into account melting time for food that is frozen in order to give the user good results. The roast function seems to perform as advertised and it is something that a lot of owners have voiced appreciation for in going through customer reviews.


Unfortunately there is not one oven out there that is perfect for everyone and some of the cons of the KCO273SS include:

1. High price

This toaster oven doesn’t come cheap. It is a high end machine that comes with a high end price tag. This is not going to be a great option for anyone on a budget.

2. There is no interior light

This should be a standard function on every toaster oven on the market, but unfortunately it is something that was overlooked by KitchenAid on this model. Something so simple that can have a huge impact.

You can read more on this KitchenAid toaster oven here and see what other aspects of the KCO273SS that owners like and don’t like.


Even with a high price tag, the KCO273SS is still an excellent value as it can handle a lot of cooking tasks rather impressively. The toaster oven provides maximum functionality and capacity. With two racks, it is possible to cook multiple things at the same time and adjust where they sit in the oven. Also, one can choose from a broad range of cooking methods that include the standard bake, broil, and defrost settings. The toaster oven can cook large portions. Besides, it cooks food evenly and quickly.

How Does The Kuvings B6000 Measure Up Against The Competition?

Kuvings B6000 masticating juicerLooking for the perfect juicer for your kitchen? The Kuvings B6000 is an upright vertical masticating juicer that extracts juice from various produce using a cold press technique. It features a slow-spinning single auger designed for compressing, crushing and squeezing vegetables and fruits. As its name suggests, this auger moves somewhat slowly at speeds of around 50-60 RPM helping prevent heat build up and oxidation. This is essential as oxidation can spoil the juice. Because of this technique juice extracted using the B6000 can be stored for quite a long time without losing its nutrition value. This also explains why this juicer is sometimes called a cold-press, slow juicer. The Veggie Files review of the Kuvings B6000 details both the pros and cons of this juicing machine and shows why this upright juicer has received such high scores from owners. While it is a bit pricey, it does introduce some new features never seen before for this type of machine.

As opposed to centrifugal juicers that operate at high speeds of around 6000rpm to 13000 rpm, and use sharp blades to spin the produce, masticating juicers operate quite differently. For example, after grinding and masticating the produce, the B6000 juicers use strong, tough augers to spin it (the produce) to extract quality juice from the pulp. Such technique does not require a high speed to extract juice, and masticating juicers often work at speeds of about 50 to 60 rpm. The technique also prevents heat from building up and retains 99.9% of the nutrients in the juice.

Features of the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer

Although it is among the most expensive models available in the market, this cold-press juicer has received some outstanding scores from customers and owners. Have a look at what makes this masticating juicer such a special brand:

3-Inch Wide Feed Chute: The Kuvings B6000 feed chute is significantly larger than other similar machines. This feature allows you feed whole veggies and fruits without necessarily cutting them down into smaller pieces. This is currently the only upright masticating juicing machine that has this feature.

Stronger and Longer ULTEM Screw: The juicer’s ULTEM screw is strong and long, thereby, allowing it cut whole vegetables and fruits while juicing, and this helps minimize nutrient loss as well as oxidation from pre-cutting ingredients. Ideally, this screw features a specially designed compression blade for masticating ingredients with force at optimum angles.

Eco-Friendly materials: The Kuvings B6000 Whole-Slow Juicer is developed and designed with eco-friendly materials. For example, the pulp cup, juice cup, and juicing bowl are all designed from Eastman Tritan TM. Additionally, the screw and strainer are developed from ULTEM (a semi-permanent and eco-friendly advanced material).

Low-Speed Masticating Technology: This is yet another incredible technology found in this juicer. This technology works by pressing fruits and vegetables using a slow-rotating screw instead of the fast-rotating blades for grinding ingredients, and this helps the juicer produce 100% pure and natural juice. This technology is effective, particularly when it comes to minimizing nutrient loss.

240-Watt Heavy-Duty Motor: This particular model of masticating juicer features a 240-watt motor designed in such a way that it generates less noise and vibration, as well as offers fresher juice than other leading models.

The Good and the Bad of the B6000


It is Quiet: The Kuvings B6000 is quieter than other types of juicers because it operates at a speed of around 50-60 rpm. Nevertheless, it is the loudest when it comes to other types of vertical juicers since it has a powerful motor that needs to work somewhat harder to extract juice from whole vegetables and fruits.

Kuvings_B600010-year Warranty: This juicer comes with an impressive 10-year warranty, thereby, giving you a little peace of mind knowing that your investment is covered no matter what happens.

Easy to Clean: As opposed to many types of vertical juicers, this particular one is easy to clean. In addition to a good design, this cold-press juicer comes with some special tools, which makes cleaning much easier.

Compact Footprint: B6000 is more suitable for small kitchens than horizontal juicers because it is an upright masticating juicer.

Perfect All-Round Juicer: Although centrifugal juicers are the best when it comes to speed, they always produce less yield and low quality of juice. While there may be some debate on whether masticating juicers deliver a more nutritious juice, horizontal types of juicers are considered the best when it comes to leafy greens. In that regard, the B6000 whole-slow juicer is the most suitable for a mix of leafy and firmer produce. Owners, for the most part, also extremely satisfied with the juice yield this juicer produces.


Slow juicing: As its name suggests, The Kuvings B6000 takes a longer time to juice when compared to other top-leading models.

Clogging issues: If you plan to use a lot of leafy vegetables and you like juicing kale, then it is prudent not to stuff too much into the machine at once as it may jam. Slowly feeding these types of vegetables into the juicer may help alleviate this issue.

Customer Reviews

While this juicer has not been out that long, it has already picked up some impressive feedback from owners. It is not a perfect juicer by any stretch, but it does have a lot of things going for it that users really appreciate. It is one of the more expensive juice extractors available, so if money is a concern then this is not going to be the best option for your kitchen. The innovative new features of the wider feed chute opening and the tap on the juices spout really help set this machine apart from others in its class. With higher than average scores, this might be a nice juicer to consider if you can afford it.