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In this video, The Handyguys review the TiVO Roamio. This device helps to eliminate excess cords and cables in your TV. The TiVO Roamio is compatible with devices that are open the box, plug, and play. The main pro of the TiVO Roamio vs. any other plug in antenna that provides HD content, is that the TiVO allows you to DVR content.

TiVO Roamio Review

The TiVO Roamio is a one time purchase. It will DVR your favorite shows, allow for streaming, and has an antenna signal guide. In past episodes, The Handyguys have tested out other streaming services for TV including the Roku, Apple TV, Google’s device, and the Amazon Fire. All of these streaming devices have nice interfaces, but The Handyguys’ favorite is the Roku due to its selection of apps. However, the Roku does not include over the air TV and sometimes you may have 2 devices that need to be plugged in. This is where the TiVO Roamio is helpful.

The TiVO Roamio can handle over the air TV and programming. Unlike the Roku, you are unable to stream news on the Roamio. The Roamio is more expensive than the Roku, but as previously mentioned, does allow for DVR. The Roamio comes with a guide to all of its channels as well as what’s coming up. You can elect to record a how once or continuously. It even has a feature called OnePass where you can record new episodes and gather older seasons that may be housed on a streaming service that you are logged into on the device. You still need to have these streaming subscriptions as they do not come with the TiVO Roamio itself.

The TiVO Roamio is an all-encompassing device if you are looking for 1 option to house your over the air TV, DVR, and streaming needs. Check it out at The Handyguys website.

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Smart Light Bulbs

Have you ever forgotten to turn off a light in your home and been consumed by that thought as you drive to work? Or maybe, you’re napping on the couch and the light switch just feels too far away to get up and turn off. Well, thanks to smart light bulbs, you can turn these lights off with either your smartphone or voice. Watch as home maintenance experts The Handyguys explain how smart bulbs work and how you can install them in your home.

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How to Set Up a Smart Kitchen

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Your kitchen is full of appliances, but they’re dumb. Technology, like smart speakers, lights, ovens, and faucets, can make cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping easier. Creating a smart kitchen isn’t hard, and everyone in the home can benefit. Here’s how.

Why a Smart Kitchen?

Your kitchen is a room of productivity and mess. You cook your meals, clean your dishes, and maybe even eat in your kitchen. Every cabinet, utensil, and tool contributes to your kitchen experience, for better or worse. And adding intelligence to your cooking space can improve your recipes and speed up the work.

Kitchens can host some of the most useful smarthome technology in your home. You can buy smart ovens that take the guesswork out of cooking times and suggest recipes you may not have tried or a smart faucet that you can turn on and off by voice, or ask to pour a set amount of water. But it’s not all big, flashy new appliances.

A smart display like the Nest Hub or Echo Show can convert measurements for you, set timers, or show the next steps of a recipe you’re working on, and smart lights are an inexpensive way to improve the lighting in your kitchen. For example, smart light switches can save you money by turning everything off at scheduled times, and smart LED strips can light the dark spaces under a cabinet.

Every kitchen is unique, but the advantage of creating your smart kitchen is choosing just the technology that you benefit from and skipping everything else.

Start With a Smart Speaker or Display

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This Echo really helped cut down the time to make a grocery list. Josh Hendrickson

Smart ovens and faucets are impressive, but the first thing we recommend for every kitchen is also the cheapest: A smart speaker like an Amazon Echo or Google Home. Or, better yet, a smart display like the Nest Hub or Echo Show.

Echo Dots and Google Home Minis can typically be found in the $30 to $50 range, depending on sales, and the functionality they provide goes well beyond the cost. Google’s Nest Hub (formerly known as the Google Home Hub)and Amazon’s Echo Show cost a bit more at $129.99 and $229.99, respectively, but add a lot over a basic smart speaker.

With a smart speaker, you can set multiple named timers to keep track of your food cook times. If your recipe calls for a measurement you don’t have, you can ask for a conversion, like “how many teaspoons in two tablespoons?” or “how many cups in a liter?” when you need to convert to another measuring system.

Smart speakers also serve as an intercom if you spread them throughout your home, so you can easily announce when dinner is ready. And to keep yourself entertained, you can listen to music while you cook.

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Buying a Tankless Water Heater? What You Need to Know

Are you in the market for a new water heater? If you’re looking to replace your conventional storage water heater with something a little more energy efficient, you might want to learn more about tankless, or demand-type, water heaters.

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According to Energy.gov, if you and your family use less than 41 gallons of hot water per day, switching to a tankless water heater may save 24 to 34 percent more energy than a conventional storage water heater. If you’re looking to learn more about these demand-type water heaters, watch as home maintenance experts The Handyguys explain the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

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