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Mariette Mifflin has been covering housewares and appliances for About.com since 2005.


With a background in energy distribution and decades of practical experience with housewares and appliances, Mariette has answers to your questions and tips to help you buy suitable products for your home. She knows product functionality and has a keen interest in innovative designs and new product development. She has been featured in HomeLife and House & Garden magazines, as well as in the Chicago Sun Times online edition.

By Mariette Mifflin:

My goal is not only to give you sound, practical buying advice, but also provide tips on how to use and maintain your housewares and appliances, so your home can operate more efficiently - even after the purchase.

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Product Reviews:

I want to know if home products are worth the money, will work as advertised or will offer consumers good value, so I do test housewares and appliances. Since I test under normal home use over several days, I cannot test everything that I might mention on Housewares & Appliances, but I do try to provide a good variety of product reviews.

If you have a new product you'd like me to test, contact me to see if I can schedule a review process. I can then provide my shipping address to you. About.com cannot forward parcels to me, so please contact me for the correct shipping details.

Note that all shipping costs for product samples including cross-border fees must be paid by the shipper. Samples that arrive with a delivery charge will be refused and returned.

Also note that I strive to provide honest non-biased product reviews - I'm concerned about what my readers buy. Completed reviews are published before the link is provided to the shipper. My goal with product reviews is to help readers make informed buying decisions.

Feel free to contact me about possible product testing at housewares@aboutguide.com

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