Mr. Clean


The best way to get a guy to pitch in with the housework is to give him the tools to do it. "Men like tasks involving cool gadgets or gear," says Glenn Haege, a radio host and syndicated columnist known as America's Master Handyman. Here are three household chores that you're most likely to get your man to take on — and the products that will help him actually enjoy them.

Cooking Especially if it involves a grill. "Grilling is a laid-back, social activity," Haege says. "You throw on some meat, then chat with your wife and enjoy a beer while the food cooks."
Our pick: Char Broil's Patio Bistro, a porcelain-steel model that's tricked out with a 1,750-watt heating element, a built-in cooler, and a dishwasher-safe cutting board ($345, Char-Broil).

Cleaning the car "If it's about wheels or anywhere near the garage — the 'room' men say they most enjoy spending time in — then he's going to want to do it," Haege says.
Our pick: The AC Delco 120 V Power Buffer waxes and polishes cars, and with 120 volts it's quicker at the task than average models with less power. Which means he'll still have the energy to give you a massage when he's done ($40, Auto Barn).

Vacuuming Think of your vacuum as a mini-car: The bigger the engine, the happier he'll be to ride — er, use — it, Haege says.
Our pick: The Dyson DC 15, which looks less like a cleaning device and more like a mini-Hummer. It doesn't need vacuum bags, it picks up larger pieces of debris than the average Hoover, and it has a swivel feature that makes it easy to turn and fit into hard-to-reach places ($600, Dyson).
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