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Name a brand or product that exceeded your expectations


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3 years ago



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    #51 3 years ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    Dyson... I hated that smug british guy (It took me 700 prototypes to get it right). Got tired of crappy vacuums, ended up with a $1200 Kirby. Built like a tank, but then brushes started getting noisy. Then a few strands of hair got caught up in the entry and because it spins so fast the hairs acted like a weed wacker and tore a hole in the hose. Fed up, I saw a Dyson canister vaccuum on woot.com for $299. Figured I'd give it a try, it works flawlessly, cleans well, easy to clean, built tough. So then I started seeing those fans on woot, the ones with the cooler / heater. Bought one for $199, again loved it so much bought a second (one for bedroom, one for living room). It's efficient, quiet, easy to clean (wipe the blade, blow out the intake holes of dust).

    I'm a believer! I bought a refurbed DC41 Animal for $200. First thing I did was vacuumed the living room and hallway with the existing vacuum. Then went over it again with the Dyson. I'm a weirdo. I was so impressed I texted a picture of the results to my girlfriend at the time.

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    #52 3 years ago

    NIKE footwear.

    #53 3 years ago

    Saxx Quest boxers. 80% nylon and 20% spandex. They are made with anti-microbial technology and are ideal for traveling when a washing machine isn't available, such as fishing trips. You can clean them in the shower with soap and water and they dry overnight. Super comfortable and extremely long lasting. Not cheap at $30 a pair but worth every penny.

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    #54 3 years ago
    Quoted from hardware:

    I'm a believer! I bought a refurbed DC41 Animal for $200. First thing I did was vacuumed the living room and hallway with the existing vacuum. Then went over it again with the Dyson. I'm a weirdo. I was so impressed I texted a picture of the results to my girlfriend at the time.

    Did you vacuum someone's hair off their head?

    #55 3 years ago
    Quoted from schwarz:

    My favorite axe of all time, take it easy eh I'm Canadian.

    I like your Ginger Ale.

    #56 3 years ago
    Quoted from Jasontaps:

    You will laugh at this one.
    I needed some laundry detergent just to get by until payday.
    I went to a dollar store and bought something called "LA's totally awesome laundry detergent" for $1
    I didn't have high expectations.
    Gotta be honest, this stuff cleaned just as good as the expensive stuff!
    Hey, try it for $1 at most dollar stores. The most you stand to loose is $1!

    Hmm. The most you can lose is a dollar. I won't argue that and will check out my local Dollar Tree. In the meantime, if you can't shop locally, you can get this stuff on Amazon for the bargain rate of $13.99 with free shipping. That is quite a price spread.

    #57 3 years ago

    Bally (Gaming, amusement machines & parts)
    Bosch (automotive components, power tools, appliances)
    Sony (all electronics up until seven or eight years ago)
    Audi
    Volkswagen
    In-N-Out Burger
    Chick-fil-A
    Bally (Casino-Resorts)
    Bally (Shoes & leather goods)
    Swiss Army brand
    Tag Heuer
    Blaupunkt ( see Bosch above)
    VDO
    Snap-on
    Griots Garage

    #58 3 years ago

    Toyota, Subaru, Lexus, Northface, Ralph Lauren, New Balance, Gillette Mach 3, Honda Lawnmower, Weber Grill, Sonicare toothbrush, Sleep Number Bed

    Pinball Machine: AC/DC Luci Premium

    Brownie- Miles of Chocolate out of Austin Texas-They ship and also available at certain Whole Foods

    #59 3 years ago

    Grey Poupon

    #60 3 years ago

    Proraso shaving cream. Having to shave my head and sensitive face, good shaving cream is a must. I've tried most of the high end products, but this simple $10 product from Italy is simply the best a man can get.

    #61 3 years ago

    As others have stated, Dyson. I've got a DC28 Animal and that thing is a beast. It is amazing the shi* it will pull up. I won't pay full price, but there are deals to be had. About 2 years into ownership the beater brush seized. Probably just as much our fault for not cleaning it when it was full of hair as anything because it picks it up so quickly. I had to drop it off at a repair shop ~30 miles away and wait about a week, but they replaced the entire head free of charge. I'll buy another Dyson when this one dies.

    #62 3 years ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    As others have stated, Dyson. I've got a DC28 Animal and that thing is a beast.

    If it's got a hepa filtration system, a friend of mine thanks you for buying it. Could you imagine the royalties on that patent?

    #63 3 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    If it's got a hepa filtration system, a friend of mine thanks you for buying it. Could you imagine the royalties on that patent?

    It does and I can't. I hope your friend always picks up the tab....

    #64 3 years ago

    He picked up his tab and split. It's his lady's grandad's invention. I haven't seen either in a while. World travelers you know....

    #65 3 years ago

    The Squatty Potty
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    #66 3 years ago
    Quoted from RTR:

    The Squatty Potty

    Name a Bran Fiber that exceeded your expectations

    #67 3 years ago

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    #68 3 years ago
    Quoted from RTR:

    The Squatty Potty

    I googled this video after seeing your post. Best marketing video ever!

    #69 3 years ago

    Red Wing Irish Setter work shoes. I used to wear Wal-Mart shoes to work. They would last 6 months and I would buy another pair. 20 bucks a pair. Then I bought these shoes. They last me 3-4 years. I'll use them in the cabinet shop. I use them mowing grass. I even use them to haul manure and spray them down with a hose after I'm done. I'm on my second pair, about ready for a third. Cost under $100. Best work shoes I've ever had.

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    #70 3 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    Red Wing Irish Setter work shoes.

    Red Wings are the best!

    They used to come around the shop and sell us Knapp shoes, but once I went Red Wing I never went back.

    #71 3 years ago
    Quoted from TheBrewhouse:

    I googled this video after seeing your post. Best marketing video ever!

    We bought one. Loved it, then bought 3 more!

    #72 3 years ago
    Quoted from Mr68:

    Name a Bran Fiber that exceeded your expectations

    Uncle Sam - I like to call it Uncle Slam or Grand Slam.

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    #73 3 years ago

    I second Dyson and saxx. Great products.

    #74 3 years ago
    Quoted from Mike_J:

    Did you vacuum someone's hair off their head?

    I couldn't believe that stuff came out of the carpet after I just vacuumed it.

    #75 3 years ago

    These Yeti containers for your drinks worked so well walking the beach every morning after breakfast with Jack Daniels and lemonade or a beer on ice when on vacation.

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    #76 3 years ago

    Pinball restore product: Flitz

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    Pinball cleaning product: Novus
    Pinball wax manufacturer: Mothers
    Pinball manufacturer: AGC (Second place goes to Capcom)
    Pinball parts manufacturer: IPB
    Pinball parts supplier: PBR
    Pinball playfield supplier: CPR
    Pinball backglass supplier: Mayfair
    Pinball ramp reproductions: Pinball Inc

    There is a reason all these people, businesses, or products are important 20+ years later, even though some are now gone.

    Personally?
    Gym equipment: Kettler Kadett (Germany)
    Best outrigger (sculling) private rowing machine I have ever used that did not have to cost a fortune. Durable and about the same price as a solid used EM pinball machine. Parts easily replaceable and expandable as needed. I dumped the stock cylinders for something more professional. Last nearly 10 years of hard use.

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    Shoes: Keen
    Own 6 different sandal pairs all for different purposes, including hike boots.

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    Bikes: TREK
    Still own three different mountain bike models since 1994, each with different purposes.
    It all started with my original downhill racing model, the Y5.
    Everybody should use clipless pedals, not straps, as those should go in the trash.

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    #77 3 years ago

    Tefal Actifry. Real chips (fries to you guys) made with a tablespoon of olive oil.

    #78 3 years ago

    Primera CD/DVD duplicators. Probably not a big market for them on Pinside, but they are a top notch company. Their customer service can't be beat.

    I've owned the Primera Bravo and the 4100. Still blown away by the support they provide for their products.

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    #79 3 years ago

    my Hakko 808.

    #80 3 years ago

    My pillow. Life changer.

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    #81 3 years ago
    Quoted from DarkTruth:

    My pillow. Life changer

    yea? I've been seeing ads for this. Never been happy with my pillow, I think it would alleviate some neck pain.

    #82 3 years ago
    Quoted from mrclean:

    Snapple... It helps that it's made from the best stuff on Earth.

    You should try this Snapple, it's really made from the best stuff on earth.....vodka.
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    #83 3 years ago
    Quoted from High_End_Pins:

    Concept 2.
    Both the rower and skier are sub $1000 completely maintenence free,take up little room and are extremely versatile.
    I have crushed the same rower almost daily for 5 years and have never had to do a single thing to it.
    Same goes for the skier but only 2 years in

    Quoted from bladerunner:

    I have had mine since 2011. Only had to grease the chain once. I use it 3 to 4 times a week. The Model D is under 1k to your door (no use to get the E). Best cardio. You use your whole core and very low impact on knees and hips.

    I am seriously eyeballing this purchase now. I wish it didn't take up so much room. Already have an elliptical and another large piece of equipment.

    Hoping there is some cool software too. Maybe a rowing app for my HTC Vive. Now that would be awesome!

    #84 3 years ago
    Quoted from Jackontherocks:

    These Yeti containers for your drinks worked so well walking the beach every morning after breakfast with Jack Daniels and lemonade or a beer on ice when on vacation.

    This 100%. Pour a cold beer in there and sit by the pool under direct sun all day and it stays cold. Amazing.

    #85 3 years ago

    Schlange keyless lock for exterior doors. My husband was like "blah, blah, blah, no need to carry a key, blah, blah, blah". I thought it was completely unnecessary and useless. Turned out to be life-changing. LOVE IT.

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    #86 3 years ago

    http://lemishine.com/products/detergent_booster/

    Lemi Shine, this stuff is amazing for dishwashers especially if you have hard water like I do. Can't brag about it enough.

    #87 3 years ago

    My iPhone 4S back in 2011. I finally made my first Apple purchase after suffering through all the problems with my Samsung Galaxy. It was a breath of fresh air. Now fast forward 5 years later I'm thinking I should replace my iPhone 6 but I don't know what to get. I feel like Apple has gone downhill since Jobs left the planet. First world problems. What would you do?

    #88 3 years ago
    Quoted from Jgaltr56:

    My iPhone 4S back in 2011. I finally made my first Apple purchase after suffering through all the problems with my Samsung Galaxy. It was a breath of fresh air. Now fast forward 5 years later I'm thinking I should replace my iPhone 6 but I don't know what to get. I feel like Apple has gone downhill since Jobs left the planet. First world problems. What would you do?

    I had the first, 4 and now 5S. Each lasted at least 3 years. In my opinion we are past the point of being blown away with cell phones. When I bought the 5S there was zero excitement for me. Even though the fingerprint scanner was high tech.

    I'd like a 7 plus so I can get rid of my 5s and iPad. One device is enough for me.

    #89 3 years ago

    Not wanting to start a rower vs rower thread, but the quality and service of the Waterrower company is crazy good. Purchased this over a Concept because of the sound difference.

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    #90 3 years ago

    Escalera with Pinlift attachment. AWESOME

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    #91 3 years ago
    Quoted from scylla:

    Schlange keyless lock for exterior doors. My husband was like "blah, blah, blah, no need to carry a key, blah, blah, blah". I thought it was completely unnecessary and useless. Turned out to be life-changing. LOVE IT.

    Schlage. Sorry for being the spelling police.

    #92 3 years ago

    Pinball related product? Bent Plastic.

    I could not BELIEVE the improved playfield visibility gained for a mere seven bucks.

    Non Pinball related product? Snap On...

    and Hellmans Mayo

    #93 3 years ago

    Just mentioned this in another thread but I'll mention it here too: BlackBerry.

    Their phones exceed my expectations and I wish the company saw the success they deserve.

    #94 3 years ago
    Quoted from Tsskinne:

    http://lemishine.com/products/detergent_booster/
    Lemi Shine, this stuff is amazing for dishwashers especially if you have hard water like I do. Can't brag about it enough.

    Strips off any art from dishes like a madman!

    I still love the stuff though

    #95 3 years ago
    Quoted from Toasterdog:

    I am seriously eyeballing this purchase now. I wish it didn't take up so much room. Already have an elliptical and another large piece of equipment.
    Hoping there is some cool software too. Maybe a rowing app for my HTC Vive. Now that would be awesome!

    The rower stands up when not in use..
    This is cool too.

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    #96 3 years ago
    Quoted from Toasterdog:

    Primera CD/DVD duplicators. Probably not a big market for them on Pinside, but they are a top notch company. Their customer service can't be beat.
    I've owned the Primera Bravo and the 4100. Still blown away by the support they provide for their products.

    That reminds me. I purchased their disc destroyer called DS 360 over 10 years ago. They stopped making it shortly after I bought it and honestly I figured they went out of business. This thing destroyed thousands of discs and keeps going strong. I've used other products before that didn't last 12 months. This is now used a a paper shredder for the most part as I haven't burned a disc in a long time. This product was a winner and it makes me wonder why they didn't stick with it.

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    #97 3 years ago

    -Dyson vacuum cleaner. About 5 years old and works like new, no service or parts needed.

    -2005 Mustang GT ordered right when the late 60's body style re-design was announced, no recalls except the Japanese airbag fiasco which just about every brand of car had. No service needed except tires, 57,000 miles.

    #98 3 years ago

    Smith & Wesson 617 10 shot .22LR revolver.

    Simply beautiful and a joy to shoot.

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    #99 3 years ago

    Tito's Pizza panzerotti. For $14 CAD you get two with 3 items each & 2 pops. They're basically 8-slice pizzas folded in half & baked. The first time I ordered they asked if I wanted them fried or baked so I got them fried. Now they do them baked, but you could probably get them fried if you ask. I get pepperoni, bacon & extra cheese. Frakkin' delicious! One will last me 3 days unless I have the munchies.

    #100 3 years ago

    This was worth every single penny!
    We started with a standard Beautyrest years ago, and it seemed nice-cured my hip problem.
    Then we recently got a Black and it is incredible.
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