Worth it or worthless?
“The New York Times” tech blog recently ran a list of gadgets you shouldn’t buy. Because they’re not worth the money, or other options are better. Here’s a quick rundown of what they found . . .
1. Stop buying Apple chargers and other name-brand cables. You can find generic cables that are almost as good now, and a lot cheaper.
2. Air fryers. They’re not much better than a regular oven. And if you’re hoping for the same taste as deep-fried, you’ll be disappointed.
3. Keurig coffee makers. Every other brewing method makes better coffee, but if you like the convenience, Nespresso machines are decent.
4. Avoid essential oil insect repellents . . . sticky bug traps . . . and bug zappers. Regular old bug spray is best. The zappers you hang outside do kill a lot of bugs, but the wrong kind. So they’re bad for the environment.
5. For pets, avoid “smart” feeders . . . pet cameras . . . and automatic litter boxes. The feeders aren’t that “smart.” Security cameras are cheaper and better. And automatic litter boxes malfunction a lot, and end up being a bigger hassle than a normal litter box.
6. Here are a few more random things they say to avoid: Wi-Fi toothbrushes are overpriced and dumb . . . tower fans don’t work well . . . most baby bottle warmers suck . . . and adding extra antivirus software to your computer is pointless.