Getting CoolToys Approved isn’t an easy task. Everything you see below passed the test, Three, Four or Five CoolToys Stars. One or two and we wouldn’t buy it ourselves, and if we did for the show, we might have returned it.
Bug-a-Salt. Let’s face it, in California finding a wife that approves of a nerf gun is tough, and this one is no exception. We had a blast using it and the entire crew bought one. Well done Lorenzo! This one is so dangerous Amazon won’t ship to California! The irony is that the company is based in California. If you want a quick way to salt your chips or eliminate bugs, this is the first CruToys Five Star Winner! CoolToys Approved for sure!
LED Halo Lights
LED Halo Headlights – Almost a CruToy, our wives think they are silly and we dig em. If you have any car with round boring headlights. Or a motorcycle for that matter with a round headlight, look at LED Halo’s. They look great and put out a nicer cleaner light in all driving conditions. If you live in cold weather there are heated options too. We used Sui-Tech and Xprite and liked them but talking with other Jeepers there are a lot of great brands. After the headlights got the nod, the foglight kit, smoked marker lights and tail lights were popped on the JKU. It looked great. The first thing CoolToys Approved after the Jeeps arrived was the new lights!
When our director showed up with the first 2015 Wrangler Sahara, the rest of the crew looked like the Grinch they were so green with envy. Eventually Scott picked up a 2016 Wrangler Sahara. That one is the reason we have the show to begin with. We were just working on web commercials for law firms, yoga studios and other corporate clients. The wives all agreed the Jeeps were “Ridiculous boy toys”. Of course that means CoolToys Approved.
At first this one was close. Jeep over civilized this one for die hard jeepers, it is very different from the JK. It is quieter, more powerful and you can even order it with All Wheel Drive instead of full time Four Wheel Drive.
Isn’t four wheel drive and all wheel drive the same thing? Nope. All wheel drive or AWD means your wife can drive it and you won’t look silly pulling into an icy parking lot as the front end hops across the ice. That is only if you leave the AWD on. The 4WD still acts like a frog on a hot plate during tight turns on ice. Day one we had it up in the Lake Tahoe area in record snow and ice packs.
The problem with the JL being so nice is that the wives started liking it until our friends at Jaguar delivered the F-pace. The wives quickly lost interest in the Jeep JL so it kept the fourth CoolToys Approved star.
Surfboard Traction aka Wax Replacement
Surfboard Traction – Now there are lots of options, and we liked two of them so far. There is a third contender waiting for a test and we will let you know. For now we also really like nose guards from Hawaii. They get three stars since the wives approved once they realized no more wax dripping on or in the cars and garage. Only three stars because it can get pricey for long boarders
Il Fornio Wood Fired Oven
Wood Fired Pizza Oven. While we normally are looking for ways to make the world a better place, pollute less and save the environment, you just can’t beat a wood fired pizza. This one is Italian made and we bought one. You can see it in the background of the Bug-A-Salt Video. It is wife approved and quite expensive so in accordance with the rules it earned three stars and is still a CoolToy®. The pizza oven may or may not appear in future episodes. It has been used on Beach Street News for the Gluten Free Pizza Test.
Like many good things, the Cellular Watch early tests were a failure. The day after the CoolToys Approved stamp was put on our first contender it failed. Our wives laughed at us for even trying so we knew we were on to something. When Apple allowed the Apple Watch to work without being near a phone, it got our attention. As it shot to four stars, our wives decided that Apple had made the Cellular watch cool enough for them so it makes it as a CoolToy, but instead of hiding it from our wives, we bought them for our wives. If it had the sleep management of the old Jawbone Up!, it would be a CruToy®.
The Stuff We Liked… And So Did Our Wives
The kinda 2.5 stars, almost CoolToys Approved stuff
Jaguar F-Pace R Sport
If you read anything above, you already know this. The Jaguar F-Pace is a great SUV. We got ours from Newport Beach Jaguar. This is by far the best looking SUV when you get the R Sport upgrade, which we did. The supercharged V-8 hot rod version holds it’s own with a 911 at zero to sixty. Who wouldn’t want to borrow that from their wife once in a while? We picked up the diesel since we put a lot of miles on the road and the Volt’s have made us lazy when it comes to pumping gas.
The F-pace is so popular around the studio, and it is so nice to drive that even though we won’t test it on the show, it is a very tough call to list it here or give it the big bump to the CruToys list.
The Mopar – Jeep Back Door Table
This one was close too. The wives kind of like it for picnicking. Sadly, the reality is that the little wires that hold the table came in unequal lengths to the table sits a tad lopsided. The dealer said they would get us new wires instead of returning the whole thing. That was three months ago otherwise we might have approved it.
It really does come in handy when you have a lot of stuff in the back that you don’t want to set on the ground. And sadly as the wives say, bring two chairs and a picnic basket and let’s go. There are a couple of others that are lower quality we looked at. The Mopar brand was the best even with the unequal length support wires.
The only other one we liked was Tuffy Products Tailgate Lock Box that was just a hair too thick for use to carry our pelican camera cases in the back otherwise it was a contender too. One good door slam with the pelican back there and it had a nice dent. Oops. Pelican makes a great case for sure. For anyone else we highly recommend the Tuffy as well.
The only reason we didn’t rate it or star it was the price. The cheaper ones were under $75 but they did rattle like crazy on the road so we returned them. This would get approval if the wives didn’t remove a star.
The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
Overall we like the Echo and dot, and so do our wives. Most of the CoolToys team has them. The studio has an Echo and two dots hooked up to an a-bus system so we can pipe music everywhere. Since we don’t have speakers out front or back we grabbed a couple of Big-Blue-Live speakers and connected them via bluetooth.
This is where Amazon falls on its face. The newest Echo Dot plays music from it’s speaker and the connected bluetooth speaker. The Echo will play music from no speaker when the Big Blue Live is connected. Say What? Online help is a big zero for this one. Tons of people in the “community” who don’t know anything just type to be read I guess. But some echos somehow can play music and send to a bluetooth speaker others can’t.
We really have to give the writers @lastmanstanding a shout out too, we loved the line referring to echo, siri and google “we pay to bug our own house”.
Editors note – the bluetooth streaming feature appears to have been removed by Amazon for some dumb reason.