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Jacob Hollenbeck

A software engineer who does far too much research for every decision he makes.
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AmazonBasics Shredder
Shredder
It feels a bit odd to recommend a generic brand shredder, but this thing has incredible value for the price! Gone are the days of ever-growing mail pile that has to be ripped up and recycled. It's so easy to just take care of all those unwanted documents that inevitably build up over time. Haven't had it jam once, and it takes care of old credit cards without issue. I recommend keeping it unplugged if you aren't using it, out of an abundance of safety.
Coway Air Purifier
Air Purifier
Where to even begin? These are so amazing I own 4 of them! We have one in every room! We use to suffer from unrelenting allergy problems (we lived in Texas) and these made a world of difference in an apartment that didn't have central air or high quality air filtration. Now that we live in the PNW these are still valuable for the seasonal smoke! We barely noticed the smoke having these in our apartment. You have to regularly clean the filters of dust/hair (especially if you own pets) but if you do that you'll have no issues with reliability. We've been running these for nearly 5 years and have had zero problems. Convenient filter replacement packs may seem expensive but given how much they improve personal health.. is a very small price to pay. Unless you have central air with good quality filters... you should be using air purifiers! Get these!
Global Knives
Knife
I've been using Global Knives for years! They are beautiful in their bamboo block on the counter and they grip quite well. I have sharpened them a few times (using my own sharpening block) and they become razor sharp once more. Great longevity! I have cooked well over a thousand meals with these and am still pleased.
Herman Miller Embody
Office Chair
How often do you sit in a chair? For any office worker it's as much as you sleeping in a bed. Not having an ergonomic chair can do serious damage to your body over the long term. I was having problems with circulation in my legs and hunching. I was using a standard office chair (few hundred bucks). I learned about Herman Miller and decided to go all-in for the sake of my health. I am so glad I made the choice to upgrade! The price may be steep for the Embody, but it is unlike any office chair you'll encounter. The active support matrix back contours to your body and moves with you. The bottom cushion is gentle on my legs and doesn't restrict circulation. The recline is perfect (and adjustable) and gets me past the dreaded 90 degree hip angle. With a 10 year warranty and the massive upside to your personal health... this is such a critical investment in personal wellness and you'll reap the benefits every day.
Lodge Cast Iron Grill Press
Cookware
Love mine! Wonderful for sausage and bacon.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones
Headphones
I've owned a ton of headphones in my years, and these are by far the best I've ever had. It's rare to find the right mix of comfort, performance, and reliability in a headphone. The noise cancellation is excellent on these, so much so that my wife often gets angry that I can't hear her. I've owned them for nearly 2 years now and their wireless charge is still phenomenal and there is minimal wear and tear despite significant usage. A real testament to the build quality! If you're in the market I can't recommend these enough!
Shark ION Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuum Cleaner
Previously we used to own a Dyson... but they are so crazy expensive and not exceptionally better than the competition based on price. After some exhaustive research we decided to pick one of these up... man we had been missing out! The super high suction coupled with an excellent battery life has made it... enjoyable... to vacuum! We had started to loathe it! Included are all the normal attachments you might need and the hybrid suction head makes it work very well on both hardwood and carpet. We've even used the handheld mode to vacuum the car!
Zojirushi Rice Cooker
Rice Cooker
For years I cooked my rice in a pot (or worse, got microwaveable rice) and it never came out right (was never sticky, or often overcooked). I eventually heard about Zojirushi and the infamous 1-button perfect rice. I decided to take the plunge. I can tell you after many years of delicious rice that no kitchen should be without one of these. You put the rice in (after washing it of course), fill water to the corresponding line, set the rice type, and press the button. Some time in the future you have delicious perfectly-cooked rice. Very easy to clean, and even after 6 years my Zojirushi is still going strong.

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Ajay Waghray
about 1 year ago • Crestview
Does anyone have a great accountant that they use in Austin? Want one that I pay on a rate basis, NOT one that makes a commission from products or ...
Jacob Hollenbeck
about 1 month ago • Delridge
Does anyone know of a good chiropractor in the Renton area? Preferably old-fashioned (don't need x-rays) and not trying to up-sell me on a "treatme...
Zaris Shen
4 months ago • Woodinville
Hi Everyone 👋, Today is my first day at FreshChalk! So excited 😁 . I just graduated from UW in Summer 2020🎓 and just (August 2020) bought my first...
Jacob Hollenbeck
6 months ago • Delridge
Wondering what everyone thinks of adding air filtration to their central air, and if the allergens in Seattle are worth the investment? Curious to ...
Lawrence Lerner
7 months ago • Queen Anne
Hopefully not off-topic. I've just upgraded to the Galaxy S20 (thank you T-Mobile!). There's no 3.5mm jack for a wired headset. It requires a dongl...
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