Zyppah Review: The Most Revolutionary Snoring Mouthpiece Ever

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Zyppah is one of the best snoring mouthpieces that money can buy. It is right there in the league of the other best snoring mouthpieces we have reviewed on this website.

But there’s something else about Zyppah that makes it our favorite anti snoring mouthpiece.

Maybe it is Zyppah's unique design. Or it is probably because it combines both tongue restraining and jaw positioning to make it work.

But the fact is, Zyppah stands out a mile away from all other anti snoring mouthpieces in the market today.​

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Zyppah’s unique design

Zyppah’s design will intrigue you. There is no debate about that. Unlike most of the other MAD’s in the market, Zyppah has a cool and sleek design. The unique design is complimented by the warm colours. The device features an attractive black and neon-green colour combo.

But that’s not all that is unique to this anti snoring mouthpiece. No. I wouldn’t be this excited if the design and eye-candy was all there was.

To say Zyppah is revolutionary would be an understatement. It is the only mandibular adjustment anti-snoring mouthpiece that tackles snoring by using a knockout double action.

Here is how Zyppah Works

The Zyppah snoring mouthpiece comes with a special feature that the manufacturers call “Revolutionary z-flex Technology.” In our simple understanding this technology is a tongue stabilizing strap that is located at the back of the mouthpiece.

In essence, Zyppah RX stops snoring by combining jaw adjustment and tongue stabilization, an approach that no other stop snoring device has so far adopted.

But do you really need tongue stabilization in order to stop snoring?

Most of us are used to Mandibular Advancement Devices, and the thought of a device that combines MAD with tongue stabilizing strikes us as a little strange. But technology is evolving fast, and tongue stabilizing devices (TSDs) are becoming quite popular.

AveoTSD is an example of a tongue stabilizing device that has received quite some positive reviews in the market.

But does the combination of the two make the anti-snoring device more effective?

Stop Snoring with ZyppahI don’t have any conclusive data to show that combining TSD with MAD makes an snoring mouthpiece more effective. I can only offer my experience with the device, and what struck me (after the excitement of buying a strikingly beautiful mouthpiece had waned off) was that I had acquired a torture contraption.

Every anti-snoring device takes time to get used to, and I was willing to continue test-driving Zyppah Rx even after I woke up with a very tender jaw after the first night of use. In addition, my tongue felt like it was in a strait jacket throughout the night. I didn’t wake up feeling rested like I had done when I used the Pure Sleep device.

But I refused to give up. You don’t give up when your wife is threatening to throw you out of bed if you do not find a permanent solution to your snoring.

So, I tested Zyppah over the next two weeks. And guess what? My tongue didn’t feel uncomfortable anymore and the tenderness on the jaws greatly reduced.  And I didn’t snore during the 14 days when I used Zyppah. But I drooled a lot! Most of the other Zyppah reviews that I have come across seem to make the same observations.

Would I recommend Zyppah? I definitely would. It is chic and functional, but you’ll have to bear with your tongue feeling like it’s in a straitjacket and a sore jaw until you get accustomed to the device.

Will Zyppah end my snoring?

Now, now, before you whip out your wallet for a quick purchase, I’d like to offer a disclaimer. Zyppah, like any other snoring mouthpiece, is not for everyone.

  • If you have full dentures, forget about using Zyppah or any other stop snoring devices
  • One missing tooth should be okay… but for a snug fit, Zyppah’s special band requires that all teeth be present
  • If you just had dental implants, consider waiting for at least 12 months before using Zyppah

If you do not have any of the following conditions but still find that Zyppah does not work as it should, you need to make sure that you followed the standard procedure for preparing boil-and-bite devices for use.

Custom fitting Zyppah Anti Snoring Mouthpiece

Although Zyppah looks different than many other MADs the process of preparing it for a custom fit does not differ. In order to set it, you will need: a mirror, two small bowls or mugs, tongs, a pot, and a stop watch.

  1. Before you start preparing Zyppah, it is advisable that you first rinse it with warm water and place it into your mouth to get its feel before you bite into its pliable material during preparation.
  2. Heat a pot of water, and bring it to boiling temperature.
  3. As you wait for the water to boil, pour ice into one of the bowls/mugs
  4. Transfer the boiled water into the other bowl/mug. It is important that you transfer water into a bowl as the device might be spoiled by coming into contact with the hot surface of the pot
  5. Using tongs, submerge Zyppah into the boiled water for 60 seconds. Use the tongs to hold the device into the water as it tends to float.
  6. Remove the device from the boiling water and let it cool for a few seconds. 20 seconds should be enough. Handle the device with caution at this step. The thermoplastic material tends to get very hot and sticky after it’s been submerged in boiled water.
  7. Before you proceed, understand which side should be up. The lower portion, the one that reads, ‘Zyppah’ should be the lower tray.
  8. While facing the mirror, place Zyppah into your mouth, starting with the lower tray/teeth. Ensure that your lower teeth align with the lower teeth line against the harder black plastic. Once your lower teeth are well aligned, push your jaw forward until the edge of your upper teeth are place against where the harder plastic meets the softer plastic in the upper tray.
  9. Once aligned bite down on the device and hold for at least one minute. You should feel your teeth deep into the soft thermoplastic.
  10. After one minute, carefully remove the Zyppah anti-snore device from your mouth and dip it into the bowl of ice for a minute.
  11. Once cooled, check to see that the device fits you. If it doesn’t, consider reheating it in boiled water and repeating the process.

Zyppah and Sleep Apnea

I can’t stress this strongly enough. The online version of Zyppah is not, and cannot, be used as an alternative treatment for sleep apnea. The device only use involves eliminating the sound of snoring. It does not treat any underlying issues that might be the cause of snoring.

Like with all stop snoring devices, it is wise if you consult your physician to determine whether you are simply a snorer or whether you suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

What Else Do I need to Know?

Nothing much. Seriously, at this point you can order Zyppah online, and you’ll all the information you need to work with it.

However, if you are a facts-oriented person, here are a few fascinating ones:

  1. Zyppah is a brainchild of a long-serving dentist, Dr. Jonathan Greenburg. Greenburg has served as dentist for over 3 decades, and spent the last ten years studying sleep apnea and snoring. He currently runs 5 “Snore No More” centres in California.
  2. Zyppah is “Happy Z” spelled backwards! That is Happy Sleeping.
  3. There are two types of Zyppah anti-snoring mouthpieces available: The one that you can buy online (OTC), and others that you need to have a doctor’s prescription to purchase. These latter ones are custom fitted by a doctor in one of the 5 “Snore No More’ centres, and are used to treat sleep apnea.
  4. Zyppah is the only double action snoring mouth guard. It uses the tongue-stabilizing technology as well as the Mandibular Advancement technology to prevent snoring.
  5. And last but not least, Zyppah is FDA-cleared!

How Much Does Zyppah Cost?

Compared to the cost of snoring surgery, Zyppah’s $80-89 price tag almost feels like a drop in the ocean.

The cost is also flexible, allowing you to pay the whole amount at once or to first get a trial without paying the whole amount upfront.

If you go with the trial, you’ll be required to pay the shipping fee and you’ll have 30 days to test Zyppah. If you like it, and you’d like to keep it, your card will be charged $40 twice to bring the total cost of Zyppah at $90.

If you don’t like it, you can send it back to the manufacturer and no charges will be made on your card.

Other Zyppah RX Reviews

It is important that you read other Zyppah reviews before you make up your mind whether this is something you want. However, based from my experience, Zyppah is not only a revolutionary mouthpiece for snoring, but also a very effective one for that matter.

The fact that the manufacturers are willing to let you try it for $10 only also makes it among our very favourite anti snoring devices, right in the league of Pure Sleep and ZQuite.

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Zyppah is a revolutionary snoring mouthpiece that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to my snoring friends. It has a sleek design and knockout anti-snoring functionality. I also like the fact that the manufacturers allow you to try Zyppah for 90 days risk-free.
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Best Nursing Bras 2017

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If you are planning on breastfeeding your baby, then congratulations. You are doing something that is going to be of great benefit to both you and the child, thus cementing the mother-child relationship.

If this is your first child, or the first time that you are considering prolonged breastfeeding, then you’ll need to consider a few things when purchasing the most important nursing underwear garment: the nursing bras.

Finding a bra under normal circumstances for most women is a challenge. It is reported that many women actually wear the wrong size bras resulting in strap slippages, saggy breasts, fat rolls of the back, etc. While this is somewhat unsightly, it is of no consequence.

However, finding a good nursing bra is a must. The right nursing bra will come handy in preventing things like blocked milk ducts, which could cause mastitis.

When buying a nursing bra, you have to examine the ease with which the cup will be able to slip off the breast.

Types of nursing bras

Familiar to most women is the type of bra that unfastens in the front. However, with a nursing bra, this type of front fastening bra offers much more support in the breast and has thicker straps and band.

cheap nursing brasAnother type of bra designed for nursing is the zipper bra. A zipper is sewn right underneath the cups for easy release. Just unzip and fold the cup over the breast at feeding time.

The third type of nursing bra that mothers wear is the button bra. A button fastens the cup to the strap which can be unbuttoned when the baby is hungry.

Finally, you can also consider a stretchy nursing bra. Be reminded, however, that this is a nursing bra and not a regular bra in which you pull the cup over your breast. This type of bra is made of material designed to stretch and will not lose their shape from numerous feedings.

Which are the best nursing bras in the market?

1. Anita Nursing Bras

Anita underwire nursing bras provide great support for those women with heavy breasts that really need that extra support.

Some of the more popular models are the Anita Maternity Women’s Underwire Nursing Bra #5035 and the Anita Maternity Women’s Underwire Nursing Bra #5041.

Not much separates the two models but the Anita Nursing Bra #5041 does have pretty lace cups and a memo feeding memorizer to remind you which was the last side that was nursed on. This is very helpful so you don’t make mistakes and break your routine and deplete your supply.

Features of the Anita Nursing Bras

  1. The Anita nursing underwire bras are made of 80% Microfiber Nylon, 20% Elastane and have the patented Kwik Klip for easy opening and closing.  This makes things extremely easy for one handed opening and closing.  You don’t have to fumble or move the bra out of the way when the baby is trying to latch on.  So, the nursing functionality also works as well as providing support and shape.
  2. The bands and straps of the Anita nursing bras are wide and don’t dig into the flesh.  Large breasted mothers can actually wear it to the gym or while exercising with the kids running with the jogging stroller.  You can also wear these nursing bras with tank tops, V necks and scoop neck shirts.
  3. The band size of Anita nursing bras tend to run larger than most manufacturers so you’ll probably want to going a size smaller.  For example, if you’re normally a 36, you’ll want to order a 34.
  4. For a nursing bra, both the #5035 and the #5041 styles are quite pretty and feminine which is a boost of the morale of breastfeeding mothers.  They do not give off the utilitarian look of other nursing bras.
  5. The Anita nursing bras also  give your breasts a nice shape and an incredible lift and you fit your clothes better as well.
  6. Even though it is an underwire bra, you don’t feel it at all.  in fact, most women report they don’t even remember having it on and this even when the milk is coming in.
Our Verdict

Nursing bra or not, these really are very comfortable bras period.

The quality of the Anita underwire nursing bras is top notch and so are the materials being used.  The shape and support keep well even after multiple washings.

The Anita underwire nursing bras are generally designed for women who have larger busts who need the extra support.  However, because of their comfort, it’s a good bra period for any nursing mothers who want something extra pretty and well made.

2. Bravado nursing bras

There are a lot of nursing bras in the market and you might be wondering what is so special about the Bravado nursing bra that we had to feature it here.

Well, for one thing, the comfort!  There’s no underwire or polyester as it is 100% cotton.  It also has easy and convenient snaps and the cups pull down quickly for emergency feedings.

For most women, these two factors are the high on the list of priorities when getting a nursing bra: comfort and ease.  There is no question about it, the Bravado nursing bra fits these criteria.

What’s also great about the Bravado nursing bra is that multiple sizes like small, medium, large, large plus, large plus plus plus, extra large, etc.  Each of these sizes represent a range in cup sizes.  Therefore, you’re not limited to standard cup sizes like in conventional pre-pregnancy bras.  This is great because you won’t know what size you’re going to be until your milk comes in, which is going to be a few days after your baby is born.

You should only get fitted or measured for a nursing bra in your last trimester as that will give you a better indication of how big you’re really going to be.  Even then, your breasts will get bigger (it might surprise some moms on how big!) when the milk comes in.

However, you will need a nursing bra for when you go to the hospital for the first few days so the Bravado bra is great  because they have a lot of give and flexibility.  Don’t worry about the money spent on these as they will probably fit just fine even after the first few weeks of stretching.

Our Verdict

Bravado bras are the kind of nursing bras that you’ll want to wear when you’re around the house resting, at night if you’re staying indoors and you’re not expecting visitors because they are so comfortable.

There are no underwires for extra support but you’re lounging around the house anyways so this is not a huge issue.   A lot of doctors discourage underwire bras as it can hamper milk flow for some mothers and block milk ducts causing mastitis.  This will not be an issue with the Bravado bra.

The Bravado nursing bra comes in a variety of colors and you’ll want to get a few just for convenience issues between washings.

Important points to remember when buying a nursing bra

  • Nursing your baby should not be a hassle. You don’t want to be fighting to get your breast out of the bra. You want to find a nursing bra that is comfortable.
  • You should also think of convenience, practicality and support.
  • The best nursing bra should be made of cotton to absorb any breast leakages.
  • Buy a few nursing bras to rotate between washings.
  • You should buy your nursing bra in the last month of your pregnancy as your breasts will be close to reaching their full size.

Nursing your baby is one of the best starts in life you can give to your baby. Make sure you do it in comfort with the best nursing bra that money can buy!

Better Review: The Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Bed for Travel

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My previous two air mattress beds for kids reviews covered the Dr. Watters Child’s Portable Overnight Bed by Gentle Air and the 40010 AeroBed for Kids.

Both are superb products by reputable companies with a good history in the air mattress beds industry. But, since variety is the spice of life, I’m going to cover at least one more mattress in the air mattress for kids category before moving on.

Along with the two air mattresses already reviewed, I’d like to introduce the Tuckaire Toddler air mattress for kids by The Shrunks. On the surface, this mattress is comparable to the previous two offerings but it does have some features that distinguish it (both for better and for worse depending on your perspective). We’ll get any potential negatives out of the way first.

What you might not like

One of the first things I want to clear up is a bit of confusing information. The Amazon advertisements for this product (and a few other sources I’ve found) list the product dimensions as 19 x 9 x 6 inches.

A little common sense will tell you those are hardly adequate dimensions for a human of any age. Don’t worry… the Tuckaire Toddler air bed isn’t for your daughter’s Barbie. Those are just the dimensions of the air mattress in shipping. The actual dimensions when inflated are 60″ x 36″ x 5″ inches.

How Does the Tuckaire Toddler Bed Compare to the AeroBed for Kids or Dr Watters Child’s Overnight Bed?

Compared to the Aero Bed for Kids, the Tuckair Toddler Travel Bed is actually larger by as much as 10″ per side and one inch in depth. While not too big a difference, nearly a foot of additional space per side can, in some circumstances, be too much.

best inflatable air beds for kidsI’m picturing cramped hotel rooms and guest rooms in which walking space is at a premium. Of the three air mattress beds for children I’ve reviewed, the Tuckair Toddler air mattress bed is the largest.

Ease of inflation

If you review other air beds for kids, particularly the two others I’ve already reviewed, you’ll see they proudly proclaim how quickly their beds inflate.

The Tuckaire does the same but, unlike some of its competitors, does not quantify that with a number. For instance, the Aerobed for Kids proclaims under a minute inflation times and 15 seconds to deflate. While this may just be an oversight on the part of the company, I’m inclined to guess that the Tuckaire doesn’t beat its competitors in this regard so they’ve simply left off their stats.

However, keep in mind, we’re only talking about a maximum of 1 minute difference here so it really isn’t that big a deal in the context of all the other features you might want to consider.

Smaller company

Another item some might consider a negative but which I think will mostly be offset by something I’ll get to later is that The Shrunks doesn’t operate a business on the same level of Gentle Air or AeroBed; both of which are relative giants in comparison.

Larger inflatable air bed companies tend to have more established manufacturing processes in place, better R&D and, sometimes, more polished customer care and support operations in place.

I’m not saying The Shrunks falls down in any of these regards, just that their more venerable and larger competitors have had more time to iron out the wrinkles.

Why am I concerned about larger companies?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a small business myself so I always pull for the little guy, but I’ve read a few reviews from owners advising that the Tuckaire Toddler bed needed to be inflated again several times during a few days of use. That’s a sign of a manufacturing defect.

To be sure, very few people lodged this complaint and the included electric pump makes this a quick fix and negligible inconvenience, but it needs to be noted in the interest of full disclosure.

Positive Tuckaire Inflatable Toddler Bed Reviews

Now, having said the last, I’m going to get to the positives.

Though the Tuckaire Toddler air bed may not be manufactured by as large a company as AeroBed, The Shrunks shines in one simple regard; they focus exclusively on air beds for kids and related products. That makes them specialists.

With their mission laser focused, they can take the time to really do inflatable kids beds right and that largely negates some of the downsides to their not being as large as their competitors.

UPDATE

A slightly defensive response from The Shrunks representatives actually provided me some wonderful material to add here that you really should know about. First, don’t EVER suggest they can’t roll with the big dogs. They might get a bit snippy (just a joke if you’re reading, guys). They get snippy for good reason, though.

Why?

I’ll provide some direct quotes from their comment.

Did you know that...

“The development team goes to Asia and Europe once every 2 months or even every month to design and quality control existing and new products…”

I think that shows superb devotion to their product and goes to my point (which The Shrunks customer service folks apparently didn’t read) that being specialized means a level of dedication and devotion beyond what larger companies are generally capable of (or interested in).

It’s why I love new and smaller companies, guys. They really do care about what they’re doing. They haven’t been around long enough to become apathetic or cumbersome.

Did you know that...

“The Shurnks’ is headed by a, 20 years experience, sales managers and products are designed by award winning designers who have worked for major fortune 500 USA companies.”

I won’t say that makes me ‘totally wrong‘ in my statements on experience but it certainly makes them better than one might otherwise think.

There are many elements beyond sales and design that go into working out the bugs of a business but their dedication to producing the best possible product for so young a company is clear.

  1. Did you know that “The Shurnks’ is headed by a, 20 years experience, sales managers and products are designed by award winning designers who have worked for major fortune 500 USA companies“. I won’t say that makes me “totally wrong” in my statements on experience but it certainly makes them better than one might otherwise think. There are many elements beyond sales and design that go into working out the bugs of a business but their dedication to producing the best possible product for so young a company is clear.
  2. Did you know “We are the only ones on the Planet using the safest materials and the best manufacturing facilites…Guaranteed….” While I can’t certify that claim, I suspect it is at least mostly true. As you continue to read this review you’ll note I mention the manufacturing of the Tuckaire Inflatable Toddler Bed promises no lead, no BpA and no phathales. That’s huge, gang, and just one more reason to love this bed.

A final note to the good folks at The Shrunks… just because I start with the negatives doesn’t mean your product isn’t great. Read the whole post, next time. You’ll see that I ended this with “Snorezing definitely recommends this product.”

I meant it then and I mean it now because, unlike any other product I’ve endorsed or condemned, you are the first to actually care enough about your product to try and set the record straight. Good for you!

End of Update

Going back to the size of the bed, while it may be larger (and that may sometimes be an inconvenience) the bed’s generous dimensions also mean your child won’t outgrow his or her inflatable bed as quickly as he/she would if you were to opt for the Gentle Air or the AeroBed for kids. You’ll have to determine for yourself if the added years of use will make up for the extra space required on every trip.

A Great Air Mattress Bed without the Chemical Smell!

Of particular interest to parents is the fact that Tuckaire Toddler inflatable travel bed promises no lead, no BpA and no phathales in their product. I’ll save details on what these things are for a future, more technical post but for now parents should view this as the very positive absence of metals and chemical emissions that are harmful.

Best of all, the Tuckaire promises you won’t have to contend with that unpleasant “new plastic” smell!

Another feature I really love with this kid’s air bed involves sheets. The design of the Tuckaire for Toddlers allows for sheets to be tucked in between the bumpers and the actual mattress portion the child sleeps on. Not only does this help create the illusion for the child of this being a real bed instead of an air mattress, but it also keeps bedding off the floor so it stays clean longer.

And, in case you’re wondering, yes… the Tuckaire Toddler air mattress bed accepts standard size crib sheets.

And speaking of the bumpers, the Tuckaire has the Dr Watters air bed and the AeroBed for Kids beat in this regard.

While all three offer a “well” design with raise edges all around the bed, this air bed for Toddlers takes things a step further with raised bumpers. These further ensure your child won’t roll out of his bed and, in my opinion, add an aesthetic element that makes this the better looking of the three beds; great win in both form and function.

An Inexpensive Air Mattress Bed for Kids – Yay!

Finally, the Tuckaire Toddler bed beats both the Dr Watters and AeroBed for Kids in terms of price. You can pick yours up (along with some related products) for around $59.50 (as of this writing. Price will vary slightly from time to time).

Buy air mattress beds for kids online – it’s almost always cheaper.

Of course, you can shop around or pick up your Tuckaire in a store but you might be challenged to find them. As with most products, I always recommend the internet.

You can buy the Tuckaire Inflatable Toddler bed online and save money over in-store prices. In my experience, that’s almost always the case even after factoring in shipping.

So to wrap up, the Tuckaire Toddler travel inflatable bed is a great option for the traveling family.

  • It offers safe construction and generous dimensions and is a great replacement bed or upgrade for a child who has outgrown his or her Pack-n-Play.
  • This air mattress is sold by a company specifically devoted to delivering products for children.
  • The price for the bed is very reasonable.

On the downside, the kid’s air bed requires a bit more space than some of the other offerings on my site and may not inflate quite as quickly (though you’d still have a bed ready from inflation to sheeting in around 5 minutes).

Finally, sheets and blankets can be tucked to keep them off the floor and the bed accepts standard size crib sheets.

Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed Review

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The Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, is also a lot larger than your standard air mattress, ultimately allowing it offer a more true sleep in your own bed, gone are the days of your feet hanging over the edge of the bed.

The size of this airbed also makes it more convenient when it comes time to find covers and sheets to match the bed, as you will no longer be worrying about if it will fit your best air mattress for everyday use or not with it’s true to regular mattresses queen size fitting.

So you can throw away your old set of covers and sheets you had to buy just to fit your previous airbeds. This is what keeps the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, far and above a notch over the competition.

Built-in pillows

Another of the nice features found in the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, not common among others, is the built in pillows made of the same durable material as the rest of the airbed.

Since your built in pillows are made out of the same material as the rest of the bed you will notice that they are just as comfortable.

So no longer are you required to drag along the extra pillows when on a camping trip, or traveling to stay at a family member’s house, now you can save all that extra room for other stuff.

This feature alone enables the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, to be of unmatched portability when compared with traditional airbeds.

Ease of inflation

Now one of the most common problems among traditional airbeds happens to be the way you have to almost fight the pumps to get them inflated and the amount of time and energy that it drains from a person.

Well that is just not so with the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed. You will find the pre-equipped electric pump to be of the easiest and utmost simplest design.

While you may have to fight the traditional pumps to get them to fully inflate your air bed, that is very far from the truth with the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, electric pump.

Rather you are going from place to place in a few days, just need to change rooms or are setting up a guest bedroom. You will find the electric pump can do the job in just three to four minutes almost effortlessly, eliminating the hassle involved with setting up your inflatable bed.

Firmness control

One of the best features by far, that was introduced into the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, is the one touch softness or firmness control. This allowing for the ultimate comfort while traveling or camping, allowing for a full night’s sleep and getting that well rested feeling when you wake up can be all too priceless especially with everybody’s busy schedule where we could always use more alertness and energy.

While you may find these features all very incredible for them all too already incorporated into the design of your airbed.

However, while normally this would entail a higher price tag at the checkout with other airbeds and still not match all of the features that this one’s offers, but, with the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed, you are offered the premium features for a lower price than the competition, edging out the rest in the same price range.

Wenzel Insta Bed Raised Airbed Review

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Packing up is always a troublesome task especially when it comes to keeping your inflatable bed. With the Wenzel Insta-Bed deflation, and even storing, your air mattress can be a very convenient task. You don’t have to literally push the air out.

With this Wenzel bed you can deflate it by simply turning the dial and within minutes, the air can be totally removed making your bed ready for storage.

Moreover, it pumps air quickly that you won’t even notice an irritating sound coming from the pumps motor. This means that with the Wenzel instant bed’s great features, you can spend more time doing something else and relax.

What else makes this air mattress great?

Apart from inflation and deflation features, there are many other features that prove its excellence. It comes with two chambers (top and bottom) offering great support to every sleeper. It is just like a traditional foam mattress with two layers and box springs.

The Wenzel Insta-Bed offers additional comfort by letting you remove or add air from the air bed’s outer frame or inner portion. Once you correctly adjust the bed you won’t slide in the middle just like what you can typically experience from other air beds.

Another thing that makes this Wenzel bed extra special is its state of the art underside design that grasps the floor keeping it from moving around. If you have tried using an air mattress before, you can surely appreciate its design.

The bed also comes with a soft sleeping surface keeping your bed sheet in place. However, its flocked surface may be comfortable but it does not really offer good insulation this is why you still need to buy a mattress pad for additional warmth and comfort.

The height of the bed is an important thing to consider when it comes to choosing a good air bed. Common problems that you will most likely experience from other air beds is that you will have to be sink in the middle and bend over because it is very near ground level.  The good news is that you won’t have to worry about these things with the Wenzel Insta-Bed.

The bed’s dimensions are (L x W x H) 80 X 60 X 22 inches.

It is definitely a real queen sized bed and large enough to comfortably accommodate 2 adults with a combined maximum weight of four hundred fifty pounds.

In summary, its convenient features include built-in air pump with dual air chambers, anti-slide bottom, plug storage, repair kit, tall mattress, storage bag with straps, and of course a warranty. With its entire top of the line features, you can sleep in a cloud of comfort with the Wenzel Insta-Bed.

Aerobed Guest Choice Airbed Mattress Review

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aerobed guest choice air mattress

A high quality inflatable bed will always come in handy when you are going out in the woods or camp ground for camping. And that’s what the Aero Guest Choice Airbed offers you.

The inflatable bed fits in most tents easily and is much better than putting your sleeping bag on the hard ground. Even worse is when it starts getting cold or when winter is setting in, how comfortable is the frozen ground really.

With this blow up mattress, you are lifted off the ground and are laying on something that is air soft and enjoyable for sleeping on.

I like the way it is easy and quick to set up air mattress and I am certain that you would like this one too.

Since this is a review I think it is necessary to check into the different specifications and the different features concerning this airbed mattress of the Aerobed Guest Choice airbed.

Here they are.

Aerobed Guest Choice Features and Specifications:

  • Twin and Queen sizes for the Aeroned inflatable bed.
  • Made for travel, guests and sleepovers too
  • Constructed and made of heavy gauge puncture resistant vinyl
  • Also has a non-allergenic pvc vinyl so it’s safe for all people and uses
  • Comes with a powerful A/C pump that inflates bed in only 60 quick seconds
  • The Release valve easily deflates the air mattress in 15 seconds only
  • A Velvety sleeping surface with an added Interior coil construction for superior comfort and support
  • Measures 78x60x8 inches (WTL)-inflated
  • Aerobed also Includes a storage bag that holds 750 pounds!
  • Queen airbed mattress has a 13% discount
  • Comes with free super savers shipping
  • 4 1/2 star rating through over 200 personal reviews of this air mattress
  • Shipping weight is only 13 pounds

The Aerobed Guest Choice has an interior coil construction for support and comfort, and it surely works. I am sure you have found as well too many of the air mattresses are too flimsy.

This makes for an awful night sleep and generally sore bodies. You don’t have this here it’s almost like sleeping in your own bed. This is nice to know when having guests use it.

You can get the Aerobed Guest Choice Airbed that’s on sale here at Amazon.com for 13% Off. Click the link here

This best inflatable bed is also a great size (74 by 39 by inches) so will accommodate most of your guests. If you wanted to get a larger one it does come in queen size as well. There is a one year warranty with this air mattress.

It also comes with a handy storage bag, so when not in use it can be put away.  That handy bag can actually hold a lot of weight too, over 700 pounds. The airbed mattress comes with a 13% discount for the Queen sized airbed but unfortunately not that Twin size one.

Does not have a built in pump but does come with one. It can quickly inflate in a little as 60 seconds and deflates in an even quicker rate of about 15 seconds.

Whether you are out camping with the family or friends or you are using for a bed for visitors in your house. This airbed mattress called the Aerobed Guest Choice will come in dire value when you need it most.


Body Clock Missing a Stroke? Top 5 Signs Your Clock’s Going Cuckoo

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How to reset your body clock

All ye who work on night shifts pay heed. And all those who have been binging on high-calorie food on weekends, here’s a word of caution: when your body clock is out of whack, expect some serious trouble.

About time

The biological marvel that is the circadian rhythm regulates the body’s temperature and pressure according to the time of day – this means we feel alert after a good rest and feel tired and sleepy towards the end of the day or after a huge meal.

The 24-hour circadian cycle is deeply ingrained in our body and is in charge of switching on and off various biological functions, such as oxygen requirements, waking up, being active, feeling hungry, hormone production and even feeling sleepy.

Alarm bells

Those who consistently defy this rhythm and set their own pace of waking, sleeping, eating at irregular intervals or drinking a lot of alcohol, eventually experience problems with their body’s functions.

Studies show that a faulty body clock stops correctly regulating your hunger and metabolic rate, which increases your chances of obesity and diabetes.

Other studies prove that alcoholics tend to suffer from poor sleep, depression, low immunity and disrupted neuroendocrine functions, because the alcohol interferes with those physiologic functions that depend on the circadian rhythm.

On time

One of the latest branches of medicine is called chronotherapy, which uses cues from the body’s own clock to treat illnesses and get into shape. So there are best times for taking medicines, exercising, studying, trying for a baby (sperm production is highest in the morning), eating, cleaning the house and even taking a bath.

One study has found that the clock can be shifted an hour back or forward after exposure to bright pulses of light.

Top 5 Signs Your Clock’s Going Cuckoo

  1. Sleeping all the time or not sleeping at all
  2. Depression that is related to the weather; such as feeling low during winter
  3. Hallucinations, exhaustion or paranoia due to lack of sleep
  4. Putting on weight despite eating healthy foods and exercising regularly
  5. Waking up feeling tired with stiff joints and muscles

Winding up

One way of getting your clock right is to get plenty of sunlight. This will aid the production of melatonin, a powerful anti-aging hormone that is manufactured by the pineal gland and helps set the body’s internal clock.

The biorhythms are set by light cues – therefore melatonin is produced each evening after sunset and before dawn.

Melatonin also affects the body’s reproductive functions, metabolic rate, hunger and other bodily processes. Little wonder then that it is prescribed as a supplement to those suffering from sleep disorders due to long night shifts.

How to reset your body clock

  1. Set a fixed time for waking, sleeping, and eating. Start with a good breakfast followed by a light lunch and dinner to regulate your weight. The body converts food into heat and energy in the morning, but in the evening, food is stored as fat.
  2. Don’t binge on high calorie foods for two or more days in a row. This disrupts the clock by slowing down the stomach and in turn affects your metabolism, leading to obesity or diabetes.
  3. Get at least half an hour of early daylight to give your body clock the necessary light cues to regulate your body temperature, energy levels, etc
  4. Your threshold of pain is higher in the afternoon, so if you need to do some really heavy work or visit the doctor for a shot – after your lunch break is a good time.
  5. Your heart, blood vessels, lungs, ovaries, muscles, liver, and kidneys have their own clock and achieve their peak performance at certain times in the day. So if you have problems staying alert when you should, or a tendency to put on weight, eat when your stomach will function at its best.
  6. Those who have to cope with jet lag or shift work should gradually shift the time of eating and resting to their normal routine

Have a restful night.

6 Tips For Fighting Bad Posture: How To Make Sure You Don’t Slump Down And Lose Inches From Your Height As You Grow Older

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bad posture

If you are sitting on a chair and reading this, you have to read this right through. A slumped back, hunched shoulders and waistlines that jut out and keep spreading are the bane of office workers across the globe. Bad posture is not just ugly its implications on your health are just plain dangerous.

Why Is Bad Posture Terrible For You

  • With bad posture, your rib cage starts pressing down on the major organs – giving them less space to function.
  • Your waistline gains a few inches because of that
  • And you lose a few inches from your height
  • Your stomach will jut out and dieting won’t help
  • You’ll suffer from back aches which won’t go away easily
  • Flexibility is reduced and one shoulder tends to be higher than the other
  • You’ll become injury prone because of poor posture.
  • According to some science, bad posture also leads to having more negative thoughts.
  • Worst of all, you’ll never feel fresh and rested even after you wake up from a good nights sleep

Poor posture diagram

But, and here is the big BUT, you can’t correct bad posture by just sitting up straight. You just can’t. All you will achieve is an unnatural looking posture, a stiff(er) back, tense neck and shoulder muscles and that’s as bad as a slumped spine.

Six Tips To Rectify Your Bad Posture

The answer to bad posture is stronger muscles. A regular dose of flexibility and strengthening exercises are all you need to start with. Here are 6 tips that will help you cultivate better posture habits and build muscle strength and flexibility:

1.Audit Your Posture Everyday: Start each day by paying attention to you spine and your posture. Stand in front of a mirror, distribute your weight evenly on both feet and check to see if your shoulders are too hunched or drawn up. Is your head tilting to one side? Note that the stomach gets pulled in and the neck doesn’t droop forward.

2. Posture Tips While Standing: When at ease, you should feel no tension or pull along your shoulders, neck, pelvis or knees. Keep this in mind as you go through your day. When you get up for a break, stretch a bit and take a few deep breaths. Let your shoulders loosen up. If most of your work is done standing up, try not to rest your weight on just one foot. Keep your feet slightly apart and distribute your weight equally. Or place a box in front of you, slightly larger than a shoe box, and rest one foot on it at regular intervals. This takes the stress of your back for a while.

3. Posture Tips While Sitting: In the office, get yourself a proper chair that gives your back enough support. Uncross your legs, or you would be tilting to one side for hours without realizing it.

4. Quick 3 Second Posture Hack: Every few minutes roll up your shoulders till they almost touch your ears. Combine this quick exercise with a short routine in which you bring your elbows to touch each other.

5. Fix Your Posture And Build Strength With Yoga Focus on strengthening your abdomen, lower back, hips and buttocks. Yoga is good for flexibility and strength. Especially the posture called, “The Plank Pose”. It’s easy to do and there are many variations.

6. Lift Weight To Build Strength Go to the gym and start lifting weights to build your strength and fix your posture.

Expensive Antidepressants: What Your Doctor May Not Know About Big Pharma’s “Slight of Hand”

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Longevity secrets

A few weeks ago, my wife told me about a family member who appears to be suffering from depression. She asked me to do some research to see what might be done. I told her I would look into it. Here’s what I found.

According to a comprehensive review by U.S. and Canadian researchers, at least 4 commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs simply do not work as advertised.

After examining all data available for the drugs — including unpublished clinical trials by the manufacturers – it was found that patients taking the drugs improved no more than those taking placebo pills. The only exception was among severely depressed patients, who improved slightly more on the drugs than the placebos.

This study is unique in that it is the first time a study has been done using a full set of data from the FDA for the antidepressants Prozac (fluoxetine), Seroxat (paroxetine – also marketed under the brand name Paxil), Effexor (venlafaxine), and Serzone (nefazodone).

Note: After Serzone was linked to liver damage in a small percentage of people, the manufacturer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, discontinued its sale in the United States and Canada in 2004. (It had already been banned in some other countries.) However, the generic form – nefazodone, is still available in the US and Canada.

The authors of the study wrote,

“Using complete datasets (including unpublished data) and a substantially larger dataset of this type than has been previously reported, we find that the overall effect of new-generation antidepressant medications is below recommended criteria for clinical significance.

We also find that efficacy reaches clinical significance only in trials involving the most extremely depressed patients, and that this pattern is due to a decrease in the response to placebo rather than an increase in the response to medication.” Source: PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine February 26, 2008

What does this mean?

I know for a fact that some doctors are still prescribing these drugs for elderly patients. So, if you have friends or family who are on these drugs, please show them this article.

I’ve never placed much trust in prescription drugs, although in some cases they can be lifesavers. But if they are no better than jelly beans…

So what alternatives are available to fight depression?

Why Diet Matters

foods antidepressantsA recent study showed that diets with high Omega 6: Omega 3 fatty acid ratios enhanced risk for depression Source: Psychosomatic Med 2007 69: 217-224.

In fact, the study showed those with the highest level of depression had diets high in Omega 6 fatty acids. But, there’s more.

Depression and stress promote something called “proinflammatory cytokine production” and diets high in Omega 6 fatty acids enhance it.

The importance of proinflammatory cytokines is they are related to the onset and course of a spectrum of conditions associated with aging: coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, approximately 15% of cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, and periodontal disease.

The good news is that Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. Good sources of Omega 3s include:

  • Fish
  • Wild game
  • Seeds
  • Nuts, and
  • Green Leafy Vegetables

Doctors suggest we have a 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Olive, coconut, & hemp oils have a much better ratio than corn, soy, and canola oils.

A diet high in Omega 3 EFA plus B vitamins such as is found in liver will help reduce depression. If you don’t particularly care for liver, a more palatable substitute is Brewer’s yeast, available in tablets or as a powder that can be added to soups.

Note: (If buying Brewer’s yeast powder, be sure you get the “de-bittered” variety).

Another dietary approach to depression is simply to eat foods naturally high in tryptophan, the precursor for serotonin in the body.

Trytophan is particularly plentiful in chocolate, oats, bananas, mangoes, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, and peanuts. One of the highest sources is Parmesan cheese!

Make Laughing a Daily Habit

Natural ways to enhance your serotonin levels: L-tryptophan supplementation, exercise, sunlight, and laughter!

Mark Twain said, “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

Rent comedy movies. Learn and tell jokes. Go out of your way to be kind – People who regularly volunteer to help others have measurably higher levels of serotonin.

Treat Your Brain to Healing Scents

burning incense as antidepressants

Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too.

An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. SOURCE: Science Daily.

Lavender essential oil has been shown to be effective in treating depression. Although essential oils evaporate rapidly, the effects are more lasting.

The aromatic molecules permeate the air. When we inhale the aroma, these molecules travel into the nose and to the olfactory receptors, which transmit this information directly to the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system controls our emotions, influences the production of hormones, the immune system, and the nervous system.

Lavender essential oil has many known uses. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime. On the other hand, its balancing properties can also boost stamina and energy. Lavender is a great aromatherapy essential oil for reducing stress, alleviating fears, and soothing frustrations and irritability… especially in times of crises.

It’s important to find quality essential oils as some companies cut them with “carrier” oils. Since essential “oils” are not really oils at all, a good test is to put a few drops on a cloth. The essential oil should evaporate rapidly leaving no oily residue.

Consider Natural Supplements

natural tablets“A February 2005 study in the British Medical Journal finally put to rest the effectiveness of St. John’s Wort as an antidepressant for people with moderate to severe depression.

Half the study’s participants took the antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine); the other half took a minimum 900 mg daily of St. John’s Wort.

After six weeks on these regimens, one third of those taking the Paxil felt less depressed; but one half of those taking St. John’s Wort were less depressed. The well-designed study also showed that St. John’s Wort caused fewer side effects than Paxil.”

When using this herb, it’s best to find a source made from the flowers and leaves with at least 3-5% hyperforin. One such brand is AMORYN. For potential side effects and drug interactions, please go to amoryn.com.

Caution: If you are currently on an antidepressant, do not take St. John’s Wort. And never stop taking your prescription without talking with your doctor, because most antidepressant medications need to be slowing tapered before discontinuing.

Free for the Picking: 8 neglected backyard antioxidants that are making an incredible comeback

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Best antioxidant foods

Nearly every day, I see a new advertisement for some overpriced exotic antioxidant food that’s supposed to be the latest thing you just must have to live to a ripe old age.

From native drupes from South America (Acai) to organic coffee berries (yes berries), to an exotic fruit from the Himalayas; we’re told by some celebrity (like Oprah), that we’ve just got to have it. Now, I’m not suggesting these foods aren’t good, but by the time they’ve reached our home, the price is way too steep.

Yet, we tend to ignore what’s available for free in our own backyards.

Here are 8 local wild foods, loaded with vitamins, minerals & antioxidants you might want to consider instead. All of these have various medical properties ascribed to them, but it would take far more space than I have here to differentiate claims from scientific validation.

Eight Neglected Backyard Antioxidant foods

Stinging Nettle

best antioxidant fppdsThe young tender shoots are good in stir-fry or soups, and the fresh or dried leaves make an interesting & healthy tea.

Just add some hot water, steep for 5 minutes, strain, and sip. The Romans collected and consumed nettle seeds.

In Ovidius ‘Ars Amatoria’ there’s even a recipe using nettle seeds in an aphrodisiac drink.

Caution: There’s a strong reason why it’s called Stinging Nettle. The leaves are covered with fine hollow “hairs” which contain formic acid that sting when you touch them.

Once cooked, they are fine, but even the dried leaves can still sting you. I strongly suggest using heavy-duty leather or rubber gloves to handle them.

Note

If you do happen to get stung, juice from the stem will reduce the stinging, and a companion plant frequently found growing near nettle is the common Touch-Me-Not or Jewelweed (Impatiens noli-tangere).

The Touch-Me-Not flower is yellowish orange and often spotted purple to reddish brown. There is another species (I. glandulifera), which has pink or white flowers resembling an orchid. Both species readily self-seed, and do well in moist shady areas. Because the juice immediately quiets the sting of nettle, you may want to grow some in your wild garden.

Dandelion

best food for antioxidantsThe young leaves (before flowering) can be used for salad-greens or added to soups or stir fry. The flowers can be made into wine & even non-alcoholic drinks. The pollen laden flowers can also be added to pancake batter or fritters.

You’ll first want to remove all green portions from the flowers, because they are quite bitter. Of course, you’ll want to avoid dandelions, which have been sprayed with herbicides.

I find the best leaves appear in areas where the surrounding plants force them to grow long and wide to get the sunlight they need. It’s not unusual to find leaves 6”- 8” long.

You can also add some plants to your garden. By feeding them nitrogen rich compost, you’ll be able to encourage leaf growth and extend the harvesting season. The roots of dandelions can be gathered and dried in the fall and make a healthy drink either alone or as an addition to your coffee.

Dandelion has been considered a culinary favorite in Europe for centuries and was actually imported by the early colonists to America where it has spread even into the mountains. A little known fact is the U.S. is a net importer of dandelion parts, which are used in herbal supplements.

Chicory

The best antioxidant foodsTo most people today, chicory is just a little noticed roadside herb with pretty blue summer flowers, but the plants have been cultivated for thousands of years.

It is said that Queen Elizabeth I of England drank chicory broth, and the Egyptians cultivated it around 5000 years ago. Today, it’s seeds & greens are sold as radicchio, which is nothing more than the forced leaves of a variety of chicory.

If you want to grow your own, the plant thrives in rich sandy soil, and responds well to compost.

You can even “force” the roots during the winter months for the specialty green Belgian endive, which make a welcome addition to salads. The ground roots can be added to coffee or drank alone.

Wild blackberries & black raspberries

best antioxidant foods for agingVirtually all berries & especially those with blue-black coloration have antioxidants that apparently protect the body from many ill effects of aging.

If you live in an area where they grow abundantly, consider yourself lucky. Specialty culinary preparers pay as much as $40 a gallon for these sweet berries and make them into jams which sell for premium prices in the market.

Huckleberries

In most parts of the U.S., these berries grow wild and are sold for $30 a gallon or more at roadside stands. Most are blue or black with a flavor similar to blueberries.

Huckleberries grow well in sun or shade and can frequently be found alongside mountain trails. In the Pacific Northwest there is also a red variety that grows well on old cedar stumps. The flavor is tart but quite good.

Huckleberries can be easily frozen or prepared into jams, tarts, and pies. I like to add a few to my summer salads. My chickens love them so much I’ve seen them fly up into the bush and gobble them down.

Alpine bilberry

Bilberry is native to North America, Europe, and Asia from 38o to 78o north latitudes and from sea level to 9,000 + feet elevation. This species grows on wet or dry, acidic, organic or mineral soils and is often found at the edges of lakes and streams.

The plants grow from several inches to about 36 inches tall, bearing single berries or clusters of two or three glaucous, blue berries one-fourth inch in diameter. Flavor is good, but yields are often low.

One of my favorite Labor Day hikes takes me to a couple alpine lakes in the wilderness where these berries grow in such abundance you can literally fill your hand with berries without moving your feet.

These fresh juicy flavorful berries taste similar to blueberries, but are much sweeter. Typically along the trail I’ll also find blue huckleberries and wild blueberries.

Elderberries

Elder flower tea or fritters in the spring and elderberry wine in the summer. The flowers can also be dried and used for tea later. And the berries can be made into jams, jellies, & chutneys. If you’ve never had elderberry wine, you’re missing a rare treat, especially if you make it yourself.

Although the elderberry tree can get up to 30’ tall, it responds well to pruning. My chickens think the berries are a real delicacy.

Fireweed

High in potassium & phosphorus and a good source of Vitamin C. American natives ate the young shoots just like asparagus – lightly steam & eat or use them in stir-fry.

Fireweed tend to grow in open areas, along ditches, and burned over ground (hence the name). The summer flowers of this member of the Evening Primrose family are delicate and rose to purple.

I’m sure if you ask knowledgeable elders in your community, they can tell you about other local plants you can harvest. In the process, you’ll get some healthy exercise & sunshine. And you’ll also know you aren’t nearly so dependent on your grocer for your food.

Just a final note

Although Mugwort is mentioned in the rhyme above, Artemisia vulgaris is now not considered to be safe to take internally. It is a fine aromatic and can be used in herbal baths to relieve aching muscles and joints. It makes a fine ornamental addition to the wild garden, & the sage-like smell of the dried herb is said to repel moths.

91 Year Old Businesswoman Reveals Simple Formula for Healthy Longevity

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Longevity secrets

Recently I interviewed a lady in her home in the Pacific Northwest. For reasons of confidentiality, I’ll call her Elizabeth.

The first thing that I noticed about Elizabeth is she is warm and engaging. Before I even got to the dining room table, she offered me a cup of coffee.

Born in 1918 of pure Norwegian ancestry, her formula for longevity is interesting more for what she doesn’t do than what she does.

She doesn’t take a handful of the latest anti-aging dietary supplements or eat organic food. She’s not a vegetarian or any other kind of food purist. She doesn’t engage in yoga, tai chi, aerobics or any other formal exercise program. Yet, she doesn’t have any significant health problems. In fact, when I looked over her medications, I saw three, which she probably doesn’t need at all.

Of course, she could just have good genes (and probably does).

I asked Elizabeth if she would tell me her secret for longevity. She smiled and said, “Well, I have several…”

Faith

“I trust in God and don’t worry about anything. I thank the Lord for my blessings daily.”

Could something this simple contribute to longevity? Studies agree it does…

A 1999 interview survey followed 21,204 people over 8 years and showed an increase in life expectancy of 8 years for people who regularly attended some kind of religious service vs. those who never or rarely attended.

A study of 5286 Californians over 28 years found that, after controlling for age, gender, ethnicity, and education; frequent religious attendees were 36% less likely to have died in any year.

Several other studies have also shown a positive relationship between faith and longevity.

Even doctors agree (99% of general practitioners in one survey): Personal prayer or other forms of religious practice can improve the outcomes of medical treatment.

Eat a Well Balanced Diet

“I eat good food.”

Elizabeth has owned and operated three restaurants and still loves to cook and entertain guests. Naturally, she became quite adept at choosing quality food and creating balanced meals.

Avoid Tobacco & Alcohol

“I never had alcohol in my house, and I never smoked. If my guests want to smoke, they do it outdoors.”

Stay Involved With Family, Friends, and the Community

“Staying involved gives me a reason for living. If I didn’t contribute something to others, what would be the point of living?”

Elizabeth socializes with her family and church group (which comes to her house for weekly Bible study).

According to her daughter, she is also a tough opponent when it comes to playing dominoes.

Set Positive Goals

At age 89, Elizabeth located a piece of property with a fabulous view. “I decided this is where I want to live the rest of my life.”

She designed her house to create a continuing passive income. The house is created on three levels and has an attached apartment. It also has three upstairs bedroom suites. She rents the apartment to one of her 3 daughters and the bedroom suites to boarders.

Best Rowing Machine Reviews and Buying Guide 2017

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Decided you’re going to exercise seriously but bored of treadmills or bicycles or elliptical? Get the best rowing machine and start rowing now!

I’m a personal trainer at the gym, and many of my clients would ask me to recommend the best home rowing machines for them. So I decided to write this blog and I hope that it will help you find the best and right rowing machine for your home.

Types of Rowing Machines

To an untrained eye, rowing machines may look the same. But there are different types of rowing machines which will suit you depending on their intensity.

  • Air Resistance Rowing Machines
  • Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machines
  • Air/Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machines
  • Piston Resistance Rowing Machines
  • Water Resistance Rowing Machines

These different types of rowing machines have different intensity and feel; you might like the magnetic resistance for a quieter workout, or you might prefer water resistance for realistic action. We shall look into the details of each type in my later post.

Rowing is not like other types of exercise equipment such as the treadmill, which might have impact on the knees or ankles, but it still has its safety risks. Rowing’s common injury is the lower back. So, I always tell my trainees to keep the proper techniques in mind while rowing. I will write about these safety tips as well.

Indoor rowing is a good sport for our cardiovascular system, and it’s working more towards strength endurance. You can try interval training with rowing, which will definitely get those calories burning and soon you’ll get toned muscles and a healthier body. Many people row to lose weight too.

Do you know what the fun thing about indoor rowing is which is different with other exercises? There are competitions around the world (even online) for indoor rowing!

Can’t wait to get your rowing machine already?

So how you do choose the best type of rowing machine for yourself?

How to Choose the Best Rowing Machine

Decided on 1 of the 5 types of rowing machine? Yes? Now, you’re ready to look for the best indoor rowing machine for you. There are a few questions to ask yourself before you can decide which is the right rowing machine for home.

  • 1) Have you tried rowing machines before?
  • 2) How often will you use the rowing machine? Casual or serious rowing?
  • 3) Do you have constrained space?
  • 4) Don’t forget to check the weight limit for the rowing machines!
  • 5) Where to put the rowing machine?

Best Rowing Machine Reviews

With so many rowing machines reviews out there, it might be difficult to believe that the best rowing machine exists. It honestly does exist but you must first know what you are specifically looking for!

Different rowing machines and different brands cater for various needs. So, I’ve picked 6 different rowing machines which I believe are best in their respective categories and have created the rowing machine review for each of my recommendations.

Below are my top picks:

Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine – Best for Hardcore Rowers

What makes Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine the best rowing machine compared to other rowing machines in the market?

Check out the sliding seat.

With every row you take, your legs will be compressed and extended together with the muscles in your back and arms. What you’ll gain – strength, flexibility and a toned body!

What I like best about Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

That I know that it is the right rowing machine. Just take a look at any of the rowing machines which are used by those who train in rowing club and this is bound to be there. Sweep rowing or sculling – take your pick!

Go around to the regulars and you’ll understand why these users have been faithful to this particular brand after years of usage. If you’re in it for the long-term investment, this should be essentially the only one to consider seriously.

High Quality and Durable

Extremely durable, you can clock up the miles on this Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine without worrying whether the machine will break down on you the next second. As it is one of the regular machines which rowers train on this, it is pretty much left unsaid that it is there for you for the long-term.

Seemingly indestructible, this piece of equipment has had very little complaint since it was first released on the market – trustworthy, isn’t it?

As this rowing machine does not require high maintenance, the long-term costs shouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket. Couple of swipes of oil on the chain should do the trick.

ProRower H20 RX-750 Home Series Rowing Machine – Best Home Rowing Machine

Calling all home workout enthusiasts, the high-quality ProRower H20 RX-750 Home Series Rowing Machine is your answer for the best home rowing machine.

Offering smooth and natural resistance, it feels just like you’re rowing in the water, but at the comforts of your home!

Suitable for Anyone Except Hardcore Athletes

Compared to treadmill or elliptical or the bike, it suits me regardless of how fit you are. Whether you are physically disabled, or a person who craves a good workout, the resistance can be specifically adjusted based on your own capability.

Why? It is almost child’s play to attain the correct form and rhythm, so all you have to remember is to keep a straight back and row in fluid rhythms. Hearing the ‘wooshing’ sound of the water is heavenly!

Good Bargain

Priced relatively lower than the original water rower, this ProRower H20 RX-750 Home Series Rowing Machine is a great catch. In fact, K. Rogers, a reviewer, gushed over this rowing machine which worked better than most rowers for people who weighed over 250 pounds.

This machine is almost like an addictive drug. Being unconsciously drawn to use it every time they see it is a motivating way to beat laziness. Perhaps it has to do with the excitement of the swishing sound and trying out different styles of rowing!

However, serious hardcore athletes might want to re-think twice before getting this. Due to the inaccurate monitor, it is difficult to track your progress. Having said that, it will not be a major issue for casual rowers who just want to have a nice workout.

Kettler HKS Ergo Coach LS Rowing Machine-Best for those who want to row at home but want the realistic outdoor feeling

Looking for the answer to train your rowing indoors? Look no further than Kettler HKS Ergo Coach LS Rowing Machine.

With an impressive 500 watts maximum resistance, it would be an exciting challenge even for the fittest of you.

Great for the Hardcore Athletes

By gauging your ability precisely through the built-in programs, the resistance system helps hardcore athletes to find out your true level. With that, you can improve as you train without worrying about heartburn as you can monitor it with the heart-rate-control program.

If you are serious about rowing, the smooth magnetic resistance allows you to up the tempo level by level. Better yet, the 16 various strength training exercises can come in handy to boost your level even further.

Easy to Use

Putting this solid machine together can be done in a blink of an eye. The other ease of use is found in the screen. The 6 different types of pre-set programs can help jump-start your exercise if you’re dilly-dallying.

No more excuses that your body condition is not suitable as the manual setting allows flexible adjustments! The quiet nature of this Kettler HKS Ergo Coach LS Rowing Machine can help you kill two birds with one stone by watching TV or listening to music.

However, it has been commented that since the wheels are too small, you have to decide once and for all where to put your rowing machine. Also, the poor positioning of the power supply for the computer makes it fail at times but Kettler seems reliable in sending technicians.

Stamina 35-1400 ATS Air Rower – Best Rowing Machine for Beginners

Super sturdy Stamina 25-1400 ATS Air Rower makes rowing more enjoyable by being surprisingly comfortable. With the oversized chrome seat rail and molded seat, you can work out for long hours and won’t stand up having as sore a butt as you would on other rowers!

For Occasional Home Use

Just as Stamina warns, it is for home use. Perfect for those who just want to have a little work-out after work now and again, but certainly not for the hardcores!

Instead of hitting the gym, you can save on time and travel costs by zooming right home and work-off the stress from work! At the comforts of your home, you can listen to music or news or whatever you like.

They say good things come in pairs – A rowing machine for physical exercise and as a stress reliever. Need I say more?

Great for Beginners

If you’re about 5 foot 5, the length should be just about right for you. This Stamina 25-1400 ATS Air Rower is actually best for an introduction to rowing (not too hard on resistance). If you’ve never tried rowing before, why not check it out. The price is not too steep and you can see if rowing is up to your taste.

The main complaints about this machine are the noise and the lack of durability for hardcore rowing training.

Nevertheless, these complaints tend to come from people who are very serious in exercising or competitive athletes. So, if you’re not in that category, many of the issues raised by them shouldn’t be a major concern for you.

Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine – Best Value Rowing Machine

Need a best value rowing machine? This hydraulic resistance system in Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine helps you to use all the main muscle groups in just one type of exercise!

What I like best about Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine

The super high quality, really! Don’t believe me? Close your eyes and start rowing: focus on your other senses apart from your sight and it will feel just like you are rowing in a boat on the water!

This feature has been particularly hyped up but surprisingly, this hype can actually be taken at its worth! The fluid action and the sturdy seat – it’s all true!

Best for Tall People

If you’re taller than most, this Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine saves you the ache of hunting for one that will fit you. No more worries about squeezing your legs and having cramps afterwards. In fact, you will be able to have a full complete extension when rowing without hearing the dreaded ‘clang’ when the seat hits the end of the track.

If your legs need a breather, feel free to make use of this machine’s versatility. It is unique in allowing you to choose to work out your upper body solely. If you’re feeling bored, just fiddle with the level of resistance.

While some first-timers have mentioned the difficulty in setting up the equipment, don’t be daunted! The manual comes in multiple languages and English is one of them.

BodyCraft VR100 Rowing Machine – Best All-Rounder Rowing Machine

Need cardiovascular exercise but bored of walking or running on the treadmill? BodyCraft VR100 Rowing Machine is one to check out.

With a level of air resistance and other levels of a combination of air and magnetic resistance, you will be able to adjust the intensity according to your likings.

Gives Value for Money

Mostly praised for its value for money, it’s not exorbitantly cheap but it certainly gives you much more worth than most from the same price range.

As a relatively mid-priced rowing machine, you’ll be surprised as how easy it is to assemble it and the quality of the parts. This is certainly one that can withstand constant usage if you’re up for a fair bit of rowing everyday!

If age is catching up on you, this BodyCraft VR100 Rowing Machine is softer on the joints which should not lead to any major injuries.

It’s pretty easy to work up a sweat using this if you want a quick jump-start to your day before you head to work. Most use this as an aerobic workout which will not wear down your shoes too quickly as you don’t even need to step out of your home!

A Few Small Drawbacks

There are some drawbacks which you might want to take note of though. The computer is not entirely accurate but if you’re not a competitive rower, this might not concern you too much.

If you’re planning on listening to music or watch the TV while rowing, you might have to turn the volume a notch higher as the fan is relatively noisy. So, it might restrict your rowing hours if you have plenty of sensitive neighbors.

Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent / Rower: For everyone looking for a full body workout.

The 15-9003 Deluxe can either be a rower, or fold up to become a recumbent bike. It also has a resistance cord so you can do exercises such as, triceps push downs, curls, and many more.

With the Recumbent/ Rower you can choose to gain muscle and lose fat, all with the same machine. The machine is one of the few that can accommodate all of your workout needs and be stored away so easily.

Key Stamina 15-9003 Info

Prior to purchasing any expensive weight loss equipment you should first spend time researching the products features.  Learning about the features will increase your chances of getting a rower that meets all of your needs.

A few key features of the Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent/ Rower are:

  • Ability to Switch Between Rower and Recumbent Bike
  • Additional Resistance Cord
  • Electronic Monitor

Researching these features prior to making a purchase will help you avoid making an expensive mistake.

Switch Between Rower and Recumbent Bike

While rowers are known for helping users drastically increase their upper body strength, bikes are perfect for those who want to improve their lower body strength.  However, few people can afford to invest in two large pieces of exercise equipment.

The Stamina 15-9003 gives buyers a chance to own two types of exercise equipment without requiring them to figuring out how to purchase and store two different pieces of equipment.

Additional Resistance Cord

Certain types of exercises are easier to complete when they are performed using more resistance.  Kick backs, leg presses, and other workouts build strength and improve muscle when they are completed strong resistance.

The Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent/ Rower comes with an additional resistance cord that anyone who desires a more challenging workout can use and then remove when desired.

Electronic Monitor

The ability to monitor the results of a workout helps individuals who are tracking calories consumed and burned during the day.

Though it is possible to monitor calories burned, heart rate, and pulse manually it can be difficult to track these details while attempting to finish a workout.

The Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent/ Rower has electronic monitoring that tracks not only calories, but the time you have worked out and the distance you have rowed or biked.

Also, the hand grip has electronic sensors that monitor heart rate and pulse.

What Do Others Think?

When it comes to reviews on the Stamina 15-9003, the overall feedback is positive. You can check out what people had to say here, as well as a few negative messages.

Where to Buy?

After looking around the Web and researching buying local, we have determined that your best deal is buying from Amazon, which includes free shipping, making this the best bargain around.

Verdict~Should you buy this?

With so many great features, the Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II, is the best choice when you want a full body workout on one machine.

The conversion machine gives you the option to either burn fat or build lean muscle as you exercise. You can do all upper body exercises or you can work on the lower body. It’s all up to you and your routine.

Owners of the Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent/ Rower are able to benefit from two different types of workout equipment that are easy to use and store.

Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine

The Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine offers consumers a quiet, sturdy exercise machine for building upper body strength through rowing.

Tension is created by both air and magnetic resistance, offering settings that are reasonable for both the weakest to strongest users.

The sturdy frame supports up to 600 pounds; while utilizing the quieter than air technology that allows the machine to switch to magnetic resistance, which automatically occurs in times of high effort.

Full, consistent resistance is maintained by the magnetic system built in the rowing machines design making the Lifecore R100 a machine that serious rowers should consider.

Lifecore R100 Key Features

Since it is a commercial rowing machine, the Lifecore R100 has features that the average home user might not be aware of.

Spending time learning about these features will help a user understand why they can benefit from exercising using the rower.  Key features of the Lifecore R100 rower are:

  • Sixteen Levels of Resistance
  • Multiple Power Source Options
  • Advanced Monitoring Features
  • Several Accessories

Learning about these four features will help a user fully benefit from the well-reviewed rowing machine.

Sixteen Levels of Resistance

When working out using a rowing machine a person benefits from increasing and decreasing resistance in intervals.

The LIfecore R100 has sixteen different resistance levels allowing those who are new to rowing a chance to slowly work their way up to a higher level, and letting someone who is an experienced rower challenge themselves daily.

There are multiple resistance programs stored into the machine for user convenience.

Multiple Power Source Options

Designed to be as convenient as possible, the Lifecore R100 has two different power source options.  In addition to the traditional power supply cord that most rowers have, the R100 can be powered using batteries.

The multiple power source options allow owners of the machine to store the rower in any part of the house even if there is no power outlet nearby for convenient use.

Advanced Monitoring Features

The ability to monitor heart rate, pulse, and calories burned is something that most users look for when considering any new workout equipment.

The Lifecore R100 has an added feature of storing and monitoring user data over periods of time.

Up to four different users can create their own unique user profiles on the machine.  Once their profile is set up, users can store the results of their routine; create their own customized routines, and more.

Several Accessories

Owners of the Lifecore R100 commercial rowing machine also benefit by receiving free accessories that are provided by the machines manufacturer.

Each machine comes with an extra-long rowing machine mat that keeps the machine stable during use helping to prevent damage to the equipment while it is in use.

The machine also comes with wireless heart monitor straps to increase the accuracy of the heart rate readings during exercise.

Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine Reviews

When deciding whether or not to buy this rowing machine, it is helpful to look at actual consumer reviews. We found mostly positive reviews on this machine with a few exceptions. To check out actual customer reviews go here now.

~Final Thoughts~

While choosing a commercial quality rowing machine is not something that should be done without careful thought, there are certain things that you can research that will help you speed up the decision making process.

Learning about the multiple features of the Lifecore R100 will help you decide whether or not it is the right rowing machine for you.

Though it is intended for commercial use, the advanced monitoring options, several resistance levels, free accessories, and different power supply options combined makes the rower one model that all serious shoppers should consider.

Types of Rowing Machines Explained

Below are five different types of rowing machines, where you can find the difference in terms of the level of resistance:

1) Air Resistance Rowing Machines

Favored over many other rowing machines, this type of rower gives you a smoother row, allowing you to feel as though you were rowing outdoors in the open water. Resistance is generated by a fan or a propeller. This means, the harder you pull, the greater the resistance. So, you can get a better work out through the combination of both aerobic and a total body strength/ tone training.

If you have less space in your home, find models that can be folded as air these machines are typically long. Oh and if you’re environmentally conscious, it’s a machine that fits the bill and which won’t burn a hole in your pocket as it does not use much electricity!

2) Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machines

The advantage over the air resistance rowing machine is it is quieter and offers an easy level for beginners. The magnetic resistance rowing machines tend to be chosen by casual or first-time rowers while the air resistance rowing machine is usually chosen by professional and competitive rowers. Beginners also like the silent rowing action as they can watch the TV or listen to music at the same time.

The downside is the higher the tension, the higher the amount of electrical energy consumed by the electromagnets. So if you’re not looking towards high electric bills in the long run, this may not be the rowing machine for you.

3) Air and Magnetic Resistance Rowing Machines

As the name itself says, this rowing machine is a combination of air resistance and magnetic resistance. This means, you have the freedom to choose any of these options when you want to work out.

Present features are different weight capacities, programmable settings and tension adjustment, the air/magnetic resistance rowing machine is basically the combination of the features mentioned above in the air resistance rowing machines and the magnetic resistance rowing machines.

4) Piston Resistance Rowing Machines

Whoever said rowing is only a luxury item should check out Piston resistance rowing machine. It serves another purpose for those who live in small flats/ apartments as the smaller size take less space.

The downside is that as it is small and might not suit tall people. Serious rowers usually do not buy this as they do not give you the satisfaction of a full elongation.

5) Water Resistance Rowing Machines

Water resistance rowing machine can mimic the real-like rowing function, just like the air resistance rowing machine. Even though they are foldable (ideal for storage purposes), they are better in terms of letting you enjoy a full rowing motion. It is also quieter and good for building high levels of stamina.

A common issue noted by serious rowers is that it is not as efficient as the air rowing machines. A final point is that it is more expensive to buy although the different frames make them look attractive.

Safety Tips when Using a Rowing Machine

Like all exercise, do be careful not to over-exert or to exercise in the wrong technique.

Before you row, tick off from this checklist:

  • Check with your doctor if it is safe for you to undertake rowing
  • If possible, look at the manual for rowing and get a trainer for proper techniques
  • Start off with easy rowing to warm-up your muscles
  • Slowly build intensity and add time into your program. Start with a few minutes and add to it each day
  • A good target will be between 24 and 30 strokes per minute
  • There are a few positions/ techniques in general when it comes to rowing

1. Catch Position/ Starting position

  • Take a seat and strap your feet firmly onto the foot pads
  • Grab the handles, extend your arms straight while keeping your wrists flat
  • Slide forward on the seat but stop when your shins are vertical
  • Bend forward slightly at the hips Follow the starting position: extend your arms straight and keep your wrists flat

2. Drive Position

  • Extend your legs and push off from the foot pads
  • Keep your core tight, straighten your arms and keep a firm back to transfer the power to the handles
  • Bend your arms and lean your upper body back as you straighten your knee
  • The motion ends with a slightly backward lean

3. Finishing Position

  • To pull the handle into your abdomen, bend your elbows and extend your legs
  • Just lean ever so slightly to the back from your hips

4. Recovery Position

  • Straighten your elbows and your arms will extend automatically
  • Follow that by leaning forward from your upper body
  • Slowly bend your knees to slide forward, coming to the starting position

Now that you have learned the techniques, watch out for common mistakes:

  • Leaning too far back or leaning too far forward can cause back pain
  • If you keep your arms loose, that will jerk the handle back and will not let you strengthen your arms fully

So what’s the secret to rowing beautifully?

  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Don’t rush, take your time to improve. Geniuses aren’t made in a day
  • Don’t let your legs laze around. Get them rowing, not just with the arms!

As you can see from the above, it’s not about achieving the perfect technique in a minute or in a day. Start slowly, focusing on technique instead of brute strength. Don’t work-out intensely in your first session as your muscles may not have time to adapt. That might result in a backlash, with too sore muscles or strained muscles, which will be worse as you might have to put practicing rowing on hold for an even longer period of time.

All sports take time to learn but rowing is easy to progress once you have picked it up!

Best coffee grinder for home use reviews-2017

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So you want to know how to grind coffee beans. Well let me tell you it ain’t rocket science. This is one of the easiest and most overlooked steps in making that great espresso.

Don’t forget ground coffee should not be exposed to air any longer than necessary. The beans covering has been removed as part of the roasting process.

It has been ground exposing more of the surface. These factors combined with air exposure cause oxidation. That means the taste of the ground is altered…for the worse.

So, how to grind coffee beans? Grind them at home. This will result in the least exposure to air and the freshest grounds. And you can grind only what you immediately need.

To grind coffee beans you will need a coffee grinder. One word of advice: Pick the best coffee grinder you can afford. Not all grinders are equal.

Learning how to grind coffee beans is as easy as filling the hopper, setting an adjustment knob for the coarseness of bean you want and pushing a button.


There are generally two types of Grinders: Blade Grinders and Burr Grinders.

Let me tell you about both. In the end you will see only one type should be considered as your grinder for espresso.

Blade Grinders

These grinders don’t actually grind at all. They chop and slice at the beans. A whirling blade slices the beans smaller and smaller. What is left is beans of different sizes. They are also too large for espresso.

Remember for espresso you need an extra fine ground of consistent size. This allows water to flow through the grounds at an even rate and extract the same flavor oils.

Another downfall to the blade grinder is the production of heat often generated. In an attempt to get an extra fine grind, the machine would need to run longer. This can warm the coffee ground and release some of its oils and aromas. It can also burn the ground. Leaving an unpleasant bitter taste.

So in the jouney of how to grind coffee beans for your espresso, leave this type of grinder on the shelf.

Burr Grinders

The best grinder for espresso!

This type of grinder actually grinds the coffee beans. It has a pair of motor driven plates, one spinning and one stationary. As the beans pass through, a uniform grind is produced. Better models allow you to adjust the size of the grain and the speed of the grinding.

Adjusting the size is important. It allows you to “fine tune” the grounds for espresso. Controlling the speed is also important. We don’t want the beans to become over heated.

Others terms you might come across are doser/doserless. The doserless unit will have a bin which catches the coffee grinds. You then remove the bin and scoop out the coffee.

A doser unit will have a special feature on the machine which will catch the grinds. It can then dispense a predetermined amount of grinds and hold a portion of grounds. Convenient for commercial use.

Stepless/stepped are yet more terms. A stepless grinder means you can fine tune the grind. The adjustment knob is worm gear driven. This lets you grind at precise increments in between the knob settings.

For a stepped grinder, you use only the increments given on the knob. Either is fine and will come down to personal preference.

Let me mention burr grinders also fall into 2 classes: Flat plate and conical. Depending on the model, both types do the job very well. I will give recommendations for each type and let you decide.

Top Picks Conical Espresso Coffee Grinder

A conical espresso coffee grinder with burr blades is a great choice for a grinder.

Well, there aren’t too many conical burr grinders I can recommend. Sure, there are other conical espresso coffee grinders on the market but the reviews are not glowing. Some grinders don’t last long and others don’t do a good job at grinding for espresso.

Best Conical Grinder for Espresso

Ascaso With Coffee Bean Hopper

This conical grinder has heavy duty conical burrs. The hopper holds 1.32 lbs of coffee beans. The grinder has a heavy duty grinding group with up to 6.6 lbs of production per hour. Best when used for one grind type, such as espresso.

Capresso 560 Burr Grinder

This conical grinder has commercial grade burr blades made of solid steel. There are 16 different settings for grinding the beans. The unit grinds the beans slowly reducing heat buildup and static on the grinds.

Flat Plate Burrs

We know the espresso beans coffee grinders will use burrs to grind. This section gives recommendations for flat plate burr grinders.

Some units listed below indicate semi-commercial, commercial grade, etc. Since the units are high quality and reasonably priced, these grinders are routinely used for home use too.

Gaggia MDF Burr Coffee Grinder

A semi-commercial grinder. 50 mm tempered steel grinding burrs. Flat plate burrs. This unit adjust to 34 different settings. 10 ounces bean hopper. Dosing grinder comes in black or white finish. This is a very nice espresso grinder for the beginner.

Rancilio Rocky

One of the best espresso beans coffee grinders over the past few years. This is a semi-commercial unit which has found its way into the kitchens of many home baristas. The recommended doserless model allows the coffee grinds to be delivered right to your portafilter. 50mm flat plate burrs. This unit has a commercial grade motor.

Pasquini ‘K2’ Moka Doserless

Another semi-commercial grinder which has found its place in the home market. Home, office & small commercial use. Doserless grinder. 25 Grind Settings. 48mm flat burrs.

Mazzer Mini

This is a light commercial grinder seen in lower volume coffee bars as well as home kitchens. Flat plate burrs are 58mm and made of Swedish hardened steel. Top quality and top rated grinder. This unit has a doser.

Macap 4

This is a comparable unit to the Mazzer Mini. Another light commercial grinder with a fan base of home users. 58mm burrs. Steel body with chrome covering.

Are Commercial Burr Coffee Grinders Right for You?

How do you know if commercial burr coffee grinders are right for you? Do you grind a high volume of beans daily? Own a coffee shop or espresso cart business? Then you most likely need a commercial unit.

Commercial coffee grinders are a step up from the home and light commercial units in the above links. But if your business uses more volume it may mean you need a commercial grinder. Also, keep in mind most commercial grade espresso machines come with a grinder built in. So you may not need a separate unit after all.

Characteristics of Commercial Grinders:

  • Heavy duty
  • Large burrs
  • Flat plate burrs, almost always
  • Large Bean Hopper
  • Frame/body of the unit is usually metal (instead of plastic)
  • Weight of grinder is heavier and may be less portable

Recommendations for Commercial Burr Coffee Grinders

La Pavoni Zip Grinder

Semi-automatic dosing grinder. Body made of die-cast anodized aluminum. Flat plate burrs, 65.5mm. Hopper Capacity 2.2 lbs. Output per hour 13 lbs. Weight 29 lbs.

Anfim Super Caimano Professional

75mm Titanium Flat Grinding Burrs produce less heat than smaller steel burrs common among lesser grinders. 90 step adjustments. Hopper Capacity: 4.4 lbs.

Brew and Grind Coffee Makers Combo

I know you’re here for the espresso. But I want to mention brew and grind coffee makers.

Some days you need an automatic drip coffee maker instead of an espresso machine. Like most days in my house or when I am having a large party. Consider this maker since it has a built-in grinder that uses conical burrs.

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder: you add the beans, pour in the water, program the number of cups of coffee you want and the strength.

The machine does the rest! You can even program the machine to brew coffee at a certain time. This is a great feature that lets you have coffee ready when you wake up.

The magic that you are missing at home is fresh ground coffee.  You can buy the best coffee maker in the world, but without fresh grinding your coffee, it’s never going to have that aroma and taste.  Not all coffee grinders are created equal either.  Some are far better than others, but you don’t need to break the bank for a great home grinder.   For the price of a few weeks worth of big coffee chain mornings, you can have your very own high end grinder.

What Makes Fresh Ground Coffee Beans That Great?

You wouldn’t think about it when looking into your cup, but the flavor of coffee is very much about oils.  A properly roasted coffee bean has a large number of different flavorful oils contained within the bean.  Coffee beans are a vegetable after all and we are all familiar with the myriad forms of vegetable oil available on the market.  These oils are transformed during the roasting process, similar to the reaction that turns a boring old raw potato stick into a french fry.

Once a coffee bean is crushed, those oils begin to evaporate almost immediately.  After 30 minutes, the majority of flavor oils have completely evaporated.  You can freeze dry your ground coffee, vacuum seal it, pack it in a can right after grinding and slow down this loss, but nothing you will do will stop this process once the beans have been ground.  Other than immediate brewing of course.

Don’t believe it?  Try it for yourself.  Go to your favorite coffee shop and ask them to grind you some coffee to take home.  Take a good whiff of it as you walk out the door.  What you smell is your coffee flavor rising into the air, never to see the inside of your cup.  Put that coffee in the freezer for a few days.  Take it back to the coffee shop and ask them to do another grind.  Smell your old coffee vs the one just ground and you will be amazed at the difference.

Even Single Cup Brewers Can Enjoy Fresh Ground

Even if you use a single cup brewer like those made by Keureg, you can enjoy fresh ground coffee too.  There are a number of products on the market that match the K-cup size and shape that take fresh ground coffee.  Keep those prepackaged cups for when you are in a rush, but grind and fill your own reusable K-cup whenever you have the time for a better single cup of coffee.

How To Choose a Great Coffee Grinder?  Know The Types!

There are three main types of coffee grinders available to the home grinder today. If you can’t afford the very best coffee grinders, or even a good grinder, you will still get an amazing taste difference with ANY grinder.

The Burr Grinder – Until recently, a standard burr grinder was the biggest bang for your buck.  They are typically priced under $100 and there are a few models available for around $50.  The burr grinder uses two similar sized and shaped grinding wheels to crush the beans between them.  The grind can be adjusted by changing the distance between the metal wheels.  While it is possible to get a good espresso grind from a burr grinder, a conical burr grinder will do a much better job.  It will be very difficult to get a decent turkish coffee grind from a regular burr grinder.  The largest drawback to a burr grinder is that it needs to be disassembled and cleaned of excess grounds on a regular basis.

The Conical Burr Grinder – The sweet spot for home coffee grinding has recently become the conical burr grinder.  Until recently it was hard to find a decent conical burr grinder for less than $150, but recent price breaks have hit the $80 mark for a high end adjustable conical burr grinder.  Similar to a regular burr grinder, the conical version has two metal cones of different sizes, one inside the other that grinds the coffee beans.  The greater surface area allows for much finer grind precision and the shape of the cones allows for more of the coffee grinds to fall all the way through, requiring much less frequent cleaning.  If you want to make your own espresso or lattes at home, this is the grinder for you.

The Blade Grinder – The economy model of the coffee grinding world, the blade grinder is basically a motor that spins a metal chopping blade.  More aptly named a coffee chopper, the blade grinder has a number of drawbacks and really only one benefit.  The price on a blade grinder can’t be beat, with the most popular models clocking in at under $20.  However, it’s impossible to even come close to a good espresso grind with a blade grinder, and it’s extremely difficult to achieve a consistent grind.  The speed of the blade and the friction created tend to heat up the grinds, which can affect the flavor.  However, all that being said, if you are on a budget the price of a blade grinder simply cannot be beat.

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Best coffee roasters for home use

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Roasting coffee at home can be an incredibly rewarding experience! Coffee roasters for home use will allow you to cut out the middle man.

You will be able to buy your own fresh green coffee and roast it to exactly how you like it. And you won’t have to worry about the flavor that is lost from the time it is roasted to the time you drink it.

For those truly interested by the idea of roasting coffee at home, a good coffee roaster is ideal. This new trend of roasting at home is thought of as part of the “hobby” of making that perfect espresso. A roaster will allow you to experiment to get your coffee just right.

The main draws of a coffee roaster are the stability and consistency they offer. While, home roasting with a frying pan or the oven might be classic, fun ways to approach coffee roasting, commercial roasters can be set, timed, and calibrated to do what you want.

Please keep in mind these units need proper ventilation when in use. They will produce varying degrees of smoke when roasting. Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions on proper venting (usually placing roaster near stove top vent which is turned on). And never leave the roaster unattended.

Things to Consider When Buying a Home Roaster

How much will I roast?

The first thing to consider when choosing a home roaster is just how much coffee you’ll be drinking. The range of batch size is between 3 and 9 ounces. That means no one roaster will provide you with more than three or four days worth of coffee. For that reason, you’ll want to choose based on how often you plan on roasting and when you’ll have time to roast your coffee.

Note: While most coffee roasters are fairly solid pieces of equipment, it’s not advised to crank out multiple batches of coffee every day. Definitely follow the manufacturers instructions for frequency of use.

What flavor do I like?

Also, consider the flavor and style of your beans when deciding to buy a home coffee roaster. There are two types of roasters: Fluid Bed Roasters and Drum Roasters. Each of these roast in a different way and will result in a different taste.

Fluid Bed Roasters (Hot Air)

Do you want to roast quickly and sharper, more acidic beans are to your liking? The smaller machines, often fluid bed roasters, will roast your beans quicker than most, in about 10 minutes or so. While the batches are smaller, they are much quicker. And the resulting bean is more acidic.

Drum Roasters

On the other hand, drum roasting machines offer similar results to the classic methods of pan frying or oven roasting. With a slow, steady roast that relies on moving the bean around at a lower temperature, drum roasting machines produce a fuller bodied tasting bean.

Freshroast SR-300 Roasts small batches of a quarter pound but do2017 best coffee roasters for home usees a great job! This deal from Amazon comes with 1 lb. Green Coffee. This is the new model of an old favorite.

Swissmar A8200 Bravi Roasts 2 to 8 ounces of beans.


Behmor Home Coffee Roaster Roasts from one quarter to a full pound of coffee. Minimum noise and smoke, making it well suited to home use. 8 pounds coffee + free shipping too!

Gene Cafe Roasts 1/2 lb. of coffee beans! Very consistent roast and probably the best home roaster around.Actually, is a drum roaster that also utilizes hot air.

How big is the roaster?

Size of the roaster seems directly proportionate to the quality of the roaster. The smallest and simplest of the coffee roasters are not only cheaper, but much simpler to use. For people that don’t drink coffee quite so much or plan on spending vast amounts of time roasting their own, these machines are ideal.

However, they don’t offer the control that a larger machine might. For example, a larger drum roaster has a few more options and the ability to stop the roasting at a specific time to get the exact roast you are looking for without burning your beans.

Can the roaster be programmed?

The more elaborate of a coffee roaster you get, the more programmable features are often offered with your machine. More expensive, higher end models will often offer profile programming, allowing you set exactly how you like a certain roast.

Generally, when choosing a coffee roaster for your home, the most important thing to consider is exactly how you’ll be using it. If you merely want the chance to tinker and roast your own beans for an occasional cup of coffee, a small machine might be perfect for you.

If you plan on roasting different styles, drinking your roasted coffee on a daily basis, or experimenting with different methods, a larger drum roasting machine might be better suited for your needs.

What about commercial coffee roasters?

hinking about commercial coffee roasters? If you have a cafe, restaurant or other coffee/espresso business, roasting your own beans may give you that extra edge. Or maybe you want to become a roaster yourself? And sell your own special roast?

Commercial coffee roasters offer stability and consistency. Batch after batch of coffee delivers the same results. Commercial roasters can be set, timed, and calibrated to do what you want. Of course, roasting your own beans means the absolutely freshest coffee available.

Another plus will be the huge savings you’ll see. After all, you are cutting out the middle man, buying green beans in bulk and roasting your own.

If you are considering a commercial roaster, please call the company and speak to someone. This will be a larger purchase for your business and you want to make the right choice.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • How many pounds of coffee will I roast?
  • How often do I plan on roasting?
  • How fast do I want the roasting done?
  • What feature do I want/need?
  • What size and weight roaster can my shop/restaurant handle?
  • Do I need a counter top unit?
  • Do I need a special room for a larger roaster?

Questions to Ask the Manufacturer

  • What are the electrical aspects of roaster-UL, ETL or MET?
  • Do I need any special permits?
  • How do I check local codes in my area?
  • How do I clean the roaster and how often?
  • Does your company provide training?
  • Is training part of the purchase price?
  • Do I need special ventilation for the roaster?
  • How to choose between propane or natural gas?
  • Are replacement parts available?
  • What is your warranty?
  • Does the warranty include labor, parts, shipping costs?

Freshly roasted beans will certainly take your coffee or espresso to the next level. Not everyone roasts their own beans. Actually, very few businesses do. So become the pioneer and have the edge over everyone else!

Best espresso machine buying guide for the complete novice

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Espresso machines for the home and office have gained in popularity over the last 20 years. Like the toaster oven replacing the toaster, espresso machines are quickly replacing coffee makers.

Maybe you are in the mood for a Mocha Cappuccino? Hot, smooth espresso combined with rich chocolate and steamed milk, topped with luscious froth and chocolate drizzles?

Sounds delicious, right?

Or you are probably like me? Tired of dragging yourself out of bed and to the local coffee franchise to buy your morning fix.

And what about the price?

If you are like me, it has probably hit you. You could make your morning cappuccino and after dinner espresso at home. All you need are our own espresso machines!

Espresso makers have come a long way since the ’80s. Gone are the days of big hair and single function steam Espresso makers. Today’s units can be automatic or super automatic. They can handle everything from grinding to built-in milk frothing.

But don’t worry if you know nothing about Espresso machines or making fancy espresso drinks. This guide will be all that you need.

Or maybe you have bigger dreams. Like being a barista (an expert at making espresso based coffee drinks) for your own trendy coffee shop. Check out the info on commercial espresso machines. Or maybe an Espresso kiosk.

Have fun touring the guide! The information here is easy reading. Unlike other sites which tend to be too technical.

Automatic Espresso Machines

Looking for Automatic Espresso reviews and recommendations? Don’t understand the lingo? Before you buy an Automatic espresso machine, let’s first understand the terminology.

The “Automatic” machines are so named because some or all of the espresso making process is done automatically by the machine. Also, all of the “Automatic” espresso makers are electric and use a pump to drive water through the portafilter.

Fully automatic espresso makers are perfect if you want to be able to enjoy a great cup of espresso in your own home. Choosing a fully automatic is a great way to get the espresso you love on a daily basis.

But before you go out and buy one, you need to learn all you can and decide which type of espresso machine is right for you. So what exactly are fully automatics and how do they work?

Note: Fully automatic is sometimes referred to as automatic. This can confuse things as all the pump driven machines are automatics.

The fully automatic maker is similar to the semi automatic except the water is automatically turned off. The volume of water brewed is programmed by the user. In fully automatic espresso makers, water is still delivered by a pump and a valve is used for remaining brew pressure.

When using a fully automatic espresso maker, you will set a programmed amount of water to flow through the flow-meter and then the pump is automatically turned off and the brew pressure released through a three-way valve. This helps you produce the perfect cup of espresso every time.

How Do They Work?

Like all espresso machines, hot water is delivered via a pump and forced through coffee grounds under pressure to create your espresso.

Since temperature and pressure are very important in creating the perfect espresso, the machines are built to get these steps just right for the perfect drink every time. If not, the wrong pressure or variation in temperature can lead to a sub par espresso.

Evaluating Your Needs

When shopping for your own fully automatic espresso machine, what sort of things should you look for?

Here are some questions to ask yourself. Keep in mind some fully automatics can also act like semi automatics by turning off the programmable feature.

  • Do I want to program the amount of water for the shot? If yes, a fully automatic meets this requirement.
  • What is my experience with espresso machines and how much am I willing to learn? Am I willing to learn how to grind/dose/tamp? If not, a super automatic machine may be in order.
  • Do I have a brand preference?
  • What is my budget?

Top Picks for Fully Automatics

 Best espresso machine reviews 2017Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic

The Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic is a fully automatic machine which can also act like a semi automatic (you can control the volume brewed manually). This machine also brews and steams at the same time using a powerful commercial pump. Great reviews for this home/light commercial unit.

KRUPS Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine

Krups espresso machineThe KRUPS Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine is a fully automatic espresso machine with a compact Thermo-block System, 15 bar pump, stainless steel conical burr grinder, bean hopper, removable 70-ounce water tank, frother included.

Semi Automatic Espresso Machine

The semi automatic espresso machine might be the right choice for you. After all, it is the most popular choice when buying an espresso machine.

The features on this type of espresso machine are not automatic. This will allow you more control over how the espresso is made. And more room for experimenting to find what suits your taste.

Like other automatics, a semi automatic espresso machine uses a pump to carry the water to the portafilter. With a semi, you will need to turn on and off the water used for making the espresso. Also, you will have to grind the coffee beans, add the grinds to the portafilter and tamp.

Many home espresso aficionados and baristas use a semi automatic just for these reasons. They have control over these steps when making the perfect espresso. They are the “purists” of espresso making.

This type of machine also does a great job of maintaining brew temperature and pump pressure, two vital components of making a great shot.

Top Picks for Semi Automatics

Rancillio Espresso Machine for HomeRancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

Probably the most popular choice for a semi automatic is the Rancilio Silvia.

If you know what is the meaning of Mercedes with cars and Microsoft with computer software, then you know what the meaning of Rancilio Silvia is with espresso machine.

Gee, I didn’t know I could also be a great barista, until I bought this lovely machine!

I had some great fun polishing up my coffee-making skills, and it didn’t take me long to produce the best espresso I’ve ever made!

It has been around for a long time and gets great reviews from owners.

It is made for home use and has a single boiler.

The Rancilio Silva machines pair nicely with the Rancilio Rocky Burr Grinder.

Breville BES860XL Barista Express

This is a very popular semi automatic that gets excellent reviews. This machine has a built in grinder. Be your own barista!

The Gaggia Classic is another solid machine with great reviews. This espresso machine has been around for some time and has a single boiler. An excellent machine for those new to espresso.

The Ascaso Steel Uno Professional Espresso Machine boasts a brass boiler and group. Dual system temperature control for coffee brewing and steam/frothing. Reviews are also very good for this semi automatic.

Super Automatic Coffee Espresso Machines

For a quick, consistently great espresso. All at the touch of a button! More and more the super automatic coffee espresso machine is turning up in the espresso lovers home kitchen. And at the workplace.

It doesn’t matter if you are a home barista or own a coffee shop or restaurant, you may want to consider a super automatic.

Purchasing A Super Automatic Coffee Espresso Machine

A super automatic coffee espresso machine is a type of pump espresso machine. These units work with a powered pump that produces just the right amount of water pressure. One touch will turn on the machine, pull the shot and automatically turn off. This convenience frees up the barista for other tasks.

While more expensive than other types of espresso machines, they produce a consistent, excellent espresso. Most commercial espresso machines are super automatic but they can also be purchased for home use.

How Super Automatic Coffee Espresso Machines Work

So how exactly do these super automatic espresso coffee machines work? Fill the hopper with beans, add water (if not plumbed) and push a button! They don’t call them super automatics for nothing!

These machines have built in conical burr grinders. Other types of espresso machines, like semi and fully automatics require manual grinding.

After the coffee is ground and the portafilter is filled, the super automatic machine tamps the grounds. Mind you, all automatically.

A preset amount of water is then extracted by force and pressure through the ground coffee to produce your perfect espresso! The used espresso puck is ejected into a discard bin inside the machine.

Most super automatic coffee espresso machines use 2 thermoblock heating elements. One for brewing and one for steaming. If a cappuccino or latte is needed, the steam wand is ready to go.

Another great feature is the machine needs very little time to produce the next espresso. This is necessary for the busy coffee shop.

Also keep in mind most super automatics are programmable and will let you tweak your settings, such as dose, temperature, etc.

You don’t ever have to worry about being an expert at making espresso because the machine does the hard work for you!

What to Look For

What should you look for when buying a super automatic coffee espresso machine? Well, your budget is going to play a part in what type of machine you can afford. Other things to consider are a matter of taste and what works for you.

Sme other things you might want to look for are:

  • Warranty
  • Extras/accessories
  • Cup Warmer
  • Frothing Wand
  • Hot Water Dispenser
  • Water Filter
  • Programmable Option
  • Volume of Water Dispensed
  • Dosage Control
  • Removable Brew Group (convenient for cleaning)
  • Bypass Doser (Great for decaf. Don’t need to empty hopper for one decaf)

These are just some of many features that may come with your super automatic coffee espresso machine. The more “extras” your espresso maker has, the more you can probably expect to pay for it. Usually it is well worth it to get the extra features and a great espresso maker that you will use for many years to come.

Recommendations for Super Automatics

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Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus

The Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus 15-Bar-Pump super automatic espresso machine. Tamps, brews, and dispenses puck all in one cycle. Forget the coffee shop, make your own!

Gaggia 90951 Platinum Vision Automatic Espresso Machine with Milk Island, Platinum

Gaggia produces quality machines and this one is no exception. Brew cafe-quality espressos, cappuccinos and lattes easily at home!

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The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

This machine does it all!

Capable of preparing espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte drinks, and more, this super-automatic machine features a unique beans-to-brew system that grinds coffee beans right before brewing for exceptionally aromatic espresso. Two stainless-steel boilers provide excellent heat distribution.

Made in Italy.

Commercial Espresso Machines

Commercial espresso makers are not just for the local coffee shop anymore. Own a restaurant? Or how about at work? The office is nearly as important a place to have ample sources of coffee every morning as anywhere else.

Along with dozens of other workplaces, it’s not realistic to expect a simple at home espresso maker to stand up to the rigors of the massive daily demand of dozens of coffee hungry workers or customers.

For that reason commercial espresso makers are designed to be bigger, more durable, and ultimately more efficient than those smaller, quicker machines you might find in someone’s kitchen. But for the serious espresso lovers, the commercial units are turning up in the home too.

Things to Consider Before You Purchase a Commercial Espresso Machine

Desired Features

Prices for commercial espresso machines usually start in the four figure range. So it’s important to know exactly what you need.

Think about which features are most important for your commercial espresso maker. A coffee shop with a hundred customers a day is clearly going to be in need of different features than a third floor office serving a dozen or so employees five days a week.

Speed

Speed should be a top consideration when buying a commercial machine.

With most commercial espresso machines, heat up time should be negligible. They are in fact designed for quick ease of use, but how fast do you actually need it?

If you have customers waiting in line for that latte, you’ll want a fully or super automatic machine capable of resetting and loading your drinks as quickly as possible. Your milk should not take longer than a few seconds to steam.

However, if your office or workplace is merely looking for a good, fancier way to drink their morning coffee, coworkers can wait the extra few minutes. The machine will need time to reset before the next shot.

It’s a matter of necessity when speaking of speed and often the price will reflect this. The higher end machines will manage upwards of 175 cups an hour in output, well beyond what any office could expect to need.

Size

Size may matter!

Besides speed, you’ll want your commercial espresso machine to be of a fairly decent size. Large enough to accommodate as many patrons as possible. It should have a decent sized water reservoir and a large hopper for your coffee beans.

Cleaning
And for those office place settings, the subject of cleaning might arise.

Some machines are simpler than others to take apart for a quick and easy clean after initial use. While café machines will be cleaned in the course of the day, at work or home it might not get readily done.

You’ll want a simple, easy to clean machine.

Pressure

For most commercial uses, you’ll want a machine fully capable of making all drinks, including crema.

The pressure points are important, often between 11 and 18 bars of pressure is considered best.

Casual settings with a set amount of drinks produced daily will not need quite the durability or pressure requirements of a machine used in a commercial, restaurant or café setting.

When choosing a commercial espresso maker, consider a variety of machines that fit your budget. Make sure you know exactly what you’ll be using the machine for. And if it fits your budget, go for it! A commercial machine in the home is the be all and end all!

Buying Refurbished Espresso Machines

Refurbished. That word means big savings! A refurbished super automatic espresso machine needs to be considered. Generally a refurb will be a return, open box sample or factory reconditioned unit.

A super automatic machine is a perfect choice for someone looking for a machine that offers bean grinding, filtering, and brewing along with a full range of automatic features.

And a refurbished super automatic espresso machine is one of the best choices out there. It offers a quality machine with all of those features for a reduced price.

When looking for a refurbished super automatic espresso machine, it’s important to know the range of features these machines offer. First off, the super automatic is a complicated machine. It does quite literally everything.

The following checklist is helpful if you can actually test the machine. If you are buying a refurbished unit online, all the testing has been done for you. It is still best to buy a refurbished super automatic espresso machine which comes with a warranty.

Easiest way to find Refurbished Espresso Machines? Check out Amazon.com! Choose an espresso machine of interest from Amazon and click. Under pricing and delivery information, a REFURBISHED link may be present for the item. Amazon lists 3rd party vendors from top name espresso sites on the internet. Save time by locating refurbished units through Amazon!

Checklist for Refurbished Machines

Programmable Features

Most of the time, you’ll want and thus expecting the fully programmable aspects of an automatic machine. Test the input and make sure all digital displays and timers are properly calibrated.
There’s no need to purchase an expensive refurbished machine to find that the most important part, the ability to set how much coffee you want and how you want it, is broken.

Burr Grinders

Check the grinding mechanisms. If the machine has a pre-grinding or pre-brewing feature, make sure they work properly and don’t catch.

Because most refurbished super automatic espresso machines carry out the entire coffee brewing operation, you should make sure each step in that process works properly, without problems. Meaning, if you can, run the machine through a quick cycle and see how it operates.

Heating Elements

The heating elements should only take about 45 seconds or so to switch between brewing and steaming cycles, and if you have a dual element machine, almost no time at all.

If you find yourself waiting for a couple of minutes for the steaming apparatus to warm up, your refurbished super automatic espresso machine might need more refurbishing.

Most of all, be sure you know exactly which features you are most interested in. Because you are buying a used machine, you might not have the luxury of being too picky, but there are certain features you might be more interested in than others.

If you absolutely must have control over things like taste, make sure the machine has adjustable grinder and dosage settings, and that they work properly. If your coffee is ground too finely, it might turn out bitter and could ruin your espresso. On the other hand, not fine enough and you’re not getting the flavor you want.

Likewise, you can adjust the amount of coffee that is ground by changing the dosage, weakening or strengthening the taste the more traditional way.

You also might want the ability to change and adjust the actual temperature of the water and output of your machine. While drip coffee brews between 190 and 205 degrees, espresso will often end in your cup at no more than 170 degrees. If you are a fan of blisteringly hot morning brew, you might want the option to adjust these settings.

A refurbished super automatic espresso machine is a perfect choice for someone on a budget. With so many features built into a good machine though, it’s important to make sure each and every one is working properly and that the features you most care about are present. Why purchase a machine if it does not offer everything you want in a good espresso?

How to Make espresso like a pro

So you want to be a barista (expert maker of coffee drinks) and learn how to make espresso like a pro?

Well, don’t quit your day job! I’ll show you the 5 easy steps essential to great espresso.

Water

It all starts with water! Don’t ruin good espresso coffee grounds with bad water. Start by making sure the water is fresh.

How to make espresso quality water?

Use your own water if you are lucky enough to have great tasting tap. I was not that fortunate. Pink rings in my sink convinced me I needed a water filter.

I bought an inexpensive hook on water filter that I absolutely love. It feels good knowing my body is not longer doing the filtering of subpar water. Plus, I no longer buy bottled water. So the savings were huge.

Coffee

How could we make espresso without coffee?

We can’t.

The definition of espresso is coffee brewed by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans.

There are generally 2 types of beans:

    • Arabica
    Be sure to select arabica for your beans or ground coffee. It doesn’t matter so much what country the beans come from. As long as they are arabica.
    • Robusta
    The other choice would be robusta beans. These beans are easier to grow than arabica. They have twice as much caffeine but definitely less flavor. Of course you could use robusta for a quick jolt but use arabica as a rule.

Roasting

How to make espresso better? Roasting your own beans, of course! All sorts of methods are used for home roasting. From frying pans to ovens to hot air popcorn poppers.

I’m too chicken to use anything other than a coffee roaster so I can’t vouch for other methods. Whatever you choose, NEVER leave your roasting coffee beans unattended.

Grinding

If you can use a blender, you have the skills required to use a coffee grinder! This is an important step in how to make espresso great.

For the best espresso, the ground coffee should not be exposed to air any longer than necessary. A grinder will allow you to grind immediately before use.

Some espresso machines now come with built in grinders. If yours does not, invest in a stand alone grinder. I actually prefer the grinder separate from the espresso unit. For more information on grinders, see our page: How to grind coffee beans.

Maybe grinding your own beans is not for you…not yet. That’s ok. For now, pre-ground beans will suffice and can be found locally or on the internet. Just keep in mind grinding your own beans is probably the most important part of making the perfect espresso!

Espresso Machines

Last but not least, the best tip on “how to make a great espresso” comes down to the espresso machine. A clean machine of good quality. Avoid cheapo machines that rely on steam to create pressure. The best machines heat by boiler or a thermoblock.

Now you have the 5 basic steps on how to make an espresso…and a great espresso at that! But what about actually using the machine?

Making Cappuccino and Espresso Using a Machine

Making cappuccino takes espresso making one step further – by adding steamed and frothed milk. You do know how to make an espresso using a machine, don’t you? If you don’t know how to use an espresso machine, read on.

Keep in mind all espresso machines will vary according to the model. However, the process for making cappuccino and espresso pretty much remains the same. Below is an overview of using an espresso machine.

Step 1: Prewarm the Machine

Make sure your machine is clean. Run fresh cold water through the machine. Turn on the machine and let the water heat. Without adding coffee, let the machine cycle into an empty cup. Discard the cycled water. This action warms the surfaces of the machine and flushes the system. Add desired amount of fresh water for brewing to machine.

Step 2: Add your Ground Coffee

Making cappuccino and espresso requires the right amount of coffee. Add your preweighed (ideally 7g per oz.) or measured ground roasted coffee to the filter basket in the portafilter (removable device with handle). Pack (tamp) it down but leave slightly concave. You should feel some springiness but the coffee shouldn’t scatter. The compressing of the coffee results in what is called a “puck”.

Step 3: Load and Start Espresso Machine

Insert and lock the portafilter onto the brew-head (also called “group”, holds portafilter on machine and directs water from boiler to poratfilter). Place a warmed espresso cup (2-3 oz. size) or cappuccino cup (6-8 oz. size) at the outlet. Start the espresso machine.

Step 4: Pull your Shot

For a general guideline, the “ideal” extraction time should be between 25 and 30 seconds for 1 1/2 oz. espresso. Under 25 seconds will produce weak espresso. Over 30 seconds will result in a bitter espresso.

Here is where you will have to experiment and tweak your technique. Maybe adjust the grind size…too big and water flows too fast leaving a weak espresso. Too fine and water does not flow quickly enough causing a longer pull time and hence, a bitter espresso.

Step 5: Espresso

Enjoy! The golden-reddish brown dense froth layer formed on top is called the “crema”. It is made of oils, protein and sugars and is a delicious part of the espresso. If your shot doesn’t have a crema layer or the layer is thin, pale, etc. you need to adjust your technique and try again! Practice makes perfect!

 

 

 

Best Dog Bark Collar Reviews For Dog Bark Collar Seekers

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Does your dog bark so excessively that you cannot stand it? Do you get a lot of complaints from your neighbors about your dog’s barking? Do you want to stop your dog’s excessive barking as fast as and as effectively as possible? If so, a dog bark collar is a perfect choice for you.

This article focuses on reviewing the best dog bark collars offered today on the market. This will give you more information on dog barking collars so you can make your informed decision before purchasing the best one for your lovely pet.

barking collars for dogs reviewsCitronella Dog Bark Collars

The first dog barking behavior control supplier is Citronella Bark Collar. This device is indeed one of the best forms when it comes to controlling excessive barking created by your four-legged friend.

It works by releasing a spray of citronella whenever the dog barks. Your dog can hear it, see it and most importantly, can smell it. So, the dog will quickly find out that whenever he or she barks, the Citronella bark collar will spray.

Citronella bark collar is one of the most common dog barking training aids on the market nowadays. The reason is that this kind of device uses a harmless citronella spray to stop your dog’s excessive barking behavior.

The Citronella dog bark collar is scientifically proven to be twice as effective compared to electric shock collars.

Whether your dog is the largest breed or only small dog, this collar still works very well for the dog. Because it is adjustable up to 24 inches and weighs only 2.5 ounces.

The premier citronella bark collar kit comes with a bark sensing unit, one citronella refill can, an adjustable strap, two 6 volt alkaline batteries and instructions manual.

By purchasing the premier citronella bark collar, you are good on your way to achieving control over your dog’s barking problem.

Tips on using the Citronella Bark Collar

There are some tips you should know before buying this citronella bark control collar. Here they are:

  • In the process of attaching the spray device to the strap, if you fail to pass the loose strap through the keeper, you will increase the likelihood that the strap will slop causing a need to constantly adjust the fit. So, try not to fail to do so.
  • The device cannot be overfilled, so do not try to do that. There are normally 25 sprays in the reservoir once completely filled.
  • In order to extend battery life, you must turn the spray device of the premier citronella bark collar off when it’s not in use.
  • Because the reservoir only holds 25 sprays when completely filled, you must take the collar off and then refill the reservoir with citronella before it becomes dry. If you do not do so, you accidentally teach your dog that if he (she) is persistent, he (she) will be able to get rid of the spray.
  • The spray comes in the type of organic and non-toxic to humans, animals and the environment, so you can use the collar indoors or outdoors anytime your dog keeps barking continuously, and do not stop no matter you yell at him “shut up”, “quiet”, etc,…
  • If you love your dog and care about him so much (I know you do), you might realize that the dog needs to play and relax. So, do not leave the premier citronella bark collar on the dog 24 hours a day. It’s recommended that the collar should be put on the dog no more than eight hours per day.
  • While your dog is swimming, you must take the Premier citronella bark collar out of the dog’s neck. The reason is the spray device, though, is water resistant, but not waterproof, so it may stop working if it is put in water.
  • If you put the spray device away for more than a week, do not forget to take the battery out and then empty the reservoir.
  • If you want to prolong the spray device and the Premier citronella bark collar, simply fill the spray device only (and only) with recommended spray products. And off course, you must always store the spray device away from kids reach.
  • If your dog has problems related to health, you should consult a veterinarian before trying to use this successful training system.

The Premier citronella bark collar has been proven to be 90% effective at stopping or curbing dog barking. This citronella bark collar trains the dog quickly and painlessly that barking will trigger the bark collar to spray citronella onto his face, and there is only one way to get rid of being emitted a spray is to stop barking.

Last but not least, there are two things to bear in mind if you want to use a citronella bark collar to modify bad barking behavior of your dog. Those are:

  1. You must make sure the microphone’s sensitivity is properly adjusted. Because if you do not, the device will pick up sounds of other dogs barking and make a correction by spraying citronella into your dog’s nose. It’s not fair for the dog, right?
  2. The cost it takes to refill batteries and citronella is expensive. The monthly cost is about $40.  However, the result this collar brings you worth its price.

Lentek Super Bark Free

Lentek Super Bark FreeThe Lentek Super Bark Free emits either ultrasonic or audible sound to discourage dogs from barking.

This outdoor device will train most dogs that barking results in an unpleasant ultrasonic response.

This “training” is most effective against boredom barking, and is less effective against territorial behavior or trained behavior.

The unit is effective up to 25 feet away, which also makes it a great option for the NEIGHBOR’S dog(s) that never seem to stop barking. If you have a large yard, or the neighbor’s animals congregate at a certain spot further than 25 feet, consider purchasing and installing multiple units.

Many homeowners report that this finally restores a bit of peace of quiet!

For about 2 out of 3 dogs, the Lentek Bark Free unit will cause results within 24 hours of being installed.

Other dogs may be more difficult, for various reasons, and may require several days or weeks to train. A small percentage of dogs just will not respond at all; for example, some older dogs or breeds with congenital hearing problems are unable to hear the ultrasonic sounds and will just ignore the Bark Free device.

In a few situations where there are a lot of other noises, the ultrasonic sound may be masked or reduced to such a degree that it is not effective.

Most pet stores and online retailers offer a money back satisfaction guarantee on their products. In the case of the Lentek Super Bark Free most dog owners DO get a positive result, so it is certainly worth trying for your unique situation.

Why do dogs bark?

Barking is how dogs communicate, either with each other or with their owner/pack leader.

People talk. Dogs bark. That part is simple.

How do persuade a dog NOT to bark?  Well, that can be more tricky.

Domesticated dogs (as opposed to wolves, a close cousin) may bark for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The dog perceives a threat to his territory.  A bark, then, is a warning.  “This is mine…back off!”
  • The dog is excited, energetic and wants attention. “Play with me…play with me NOW!”
  • The dog is left alone and is bored.  This is a huge problem for apartment dwellers, and those with neighbors in close proximity. You’re away at work and the dog is barking his head off…
  • The dog is fearful.
  • The dog is sounding an alarm.  For example, a car is pulling up into your driveway.  He wants to let you know.  Someone rings the doorbell, he wants to make sure that you heard it!
  • The dog is just being friendly.
  • The dog is exhibiting aggression.
  • Dogs who have poor eyesight may bark out of fear or confusion.
  • The dog wants YOUR attention.  (After all, he IS the center of the universe, right?!)  Attention-seeking barkers will do this when the owner is on the telephone, watching television, or otherwise not paying attention.
  • The dog is lonely.
  • The dog is communicating with other dogs in the neighborhood.
  • The dog is anxious or under stress.
  • The dog needs to go out. “I have to potty….please take me out!”
  • And the list goes on…

So now you know some of the reasons why dogs bark.  Expecting a dog to never, ever bark again would be like telling a person to never, ever talk again!

It’s communication that sometimes just gets out of control. However, there are methods and tools to teach the dog when it’s permissible and when it’s not.

The most important step you can take in getting your dog to stop barking?  Spend time with your dog, build a relationship and trust.  He/she needs to see and respect you as the pack leader.

Why should you use a dog bark collar?

Normally, a bark control collar works when there are your dog’s barking noises. Besides, there are some bark control collars sense the vibrations from your pet’s vocal cords as it starts barking and make correction.

Basically, the bark control collars use a spray, or a light electronic signal, or a sound to send corrective signals to your dog when it barks. The dog will learn very fast the fact that anytime he or she barks, the correction signals of a collar will shoot on him or her. The dog will quickly find out the association between his barking and correction signals from the collar, and stop barking continuously.

The good thing about bark control collars is that they can be used with almost all kinds of dogs and breeds no matter your dog is “hard” or “soft”. However, it’s better for the dog if he or she weighs at least 7 pounds and is at least 6 months old.

Another benefit of a bark control collar is that it does not harm the dog in any way. It will not make the best friend of your family get hurt.

You should have a veterinarian to examine thoroughly for your dog to rule out any medical problems. This examination is an important aspect of any behavioral work-up, and it also helps you to determine if a bark control collar is right for the dog.

One mistake that many dog owners make is that after the dog is trained not to bark abnormally, they stop wearing the bark control collar for their dog. In fact, the dog may need to be “reminded” in order to control his barking from time to time. So, you have to occasionally wear the bark control collar for your dog. It’s good for you as well as the dog.

One another thing to keep in mind is not keeping the collar on the dog for more than 8 hours.

One last thing about the bark control collar you should know is about battery using in the collar. The battery should be charged for 12-24 hours, if it is the first time you charge it. Thereafter, you can charge as long as you want. There is a led light on the collar which helps you find out if the battery is low. When the light blinks rapidly, approximately 2 per second, it is the signal of low battery.

 

Welbit Bread Machine Review

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There is nothing as interesting as having your bread made when you need it. Fresh and hot with the aroma filling the air; I am sure your belly will thank you every time you make something like that for breakfast.

Unfortunately, many people have not yet discovered this and they spend the better part of their money purchasing stale bread. If you are the type that appreciates nothing but the best, then it is better you go for your own bread machine.

Apart from the fact that it will help you get fresh bread always, it will also ensure that you save some cost on the purchase of bread.

Which is the best bread  machine

Not all bread machines are worth your investment.

There are bread machines and there are bread machines. In the market, you can get bread machines that are no more than 50 bucks and there are machines that could be as expensive as 200 bucks.

While I am not making propaganda for expensive things, I am of the opinion that you go for a quality bread machine. This will help you avoid the issues of over baked or half baked bread, burnt break and all sorts of things that will make your bread less interesting to eat.

One of the best bread machines in the market is the Welbilt bread machine.

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The Welbit Bread Machine Review

The Welbilt bread machine is made by the Welbilt Company, a name that sends shrills through competitors. This company is a trail blazer when it comes to quality, durable and highly functional products.

The Welbilt bread machine spells it all out for those who do not know the company. It comes with excellent features that make the whole baking process as easy as breeze. The whole of the mixing and kneading process is fully automated. Just provide the ingredients and initiate action, the machine will present to you in a few minutes, full baked bread that is full of aroma.

The Welbilt bread machine is also one that has a whole lot of recipes online. You can be sure you will never run out of adventure with your bread machine.

The parts are available everywhere in the country and this makes it easy for you to replace the parts anywhere you are. There are some bread machines that you will not find their parts easily; not the one from Welbilt.

It comes with easy to clean parts and can be purchased across the nation from countless number of stores.

Best Dog Stroller Reviews and Buying Guide-2017

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In this modern day and age, dog strollers are becoming more and more popular with pet owners. From a trip to the vets, a walk in the park or even a spot of shopping, these dog carriers are a great way of getting your much loved pet around.

Dog / pet strollers are especially popular with those who have disabled or older dogs with limited mobility and are less able to get around on foot. In hot weather, dogs run the risk of overheating when out on walks and in cold weather, ice and grit on paths and roads can be harsh on your dog’s paws. Taking your pet out in one of these stylish strollers can protect them in all different climates.

They are available in many different shapes, sizes and colours to suit you and your pet. Now see the table below that we have compiled detailing a list of the top 10 best selling strollers for dogs.

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10 of the Best Dog Strollers Reviewed

Best Pet Stroller Reviews 2017Kyjen Outward Hound Dog Stroller Review

The Kyjen Outward Hound dog stroller is the number 1 best selling pet stroller online.

This stylish stroller is lightweight making it easy to maneuver and folds flat instantly making it easy to store at home or in the car.

With the ability to carry pets up to 20 lbs, the Kyjen Outward Hound dog stroller also has many unique features including wheels with lockable brakes, ventilated cabin and removable padded bottom inside the cabin as well as zip down front shade and wind cover.

It also includes a cup holder and storage pocket for water, food and toys to be kept.

I bought this stroller for my toy poodle and I am so pleased with it as is my dog. I tend to walk a lot but with my pup being so small, he gets tired so this is great as it means I can walk as far as I like without worrying he will get exhausted.

It is quick and easy to fold which is great because I can get it in the car easily and  the wheels have brakes so it doesn’t roll away when you are stationary.

It also has a bottle holder and tray which is great for holding his water bottles and bowls. The stroller is lightweight but still feels sturdy and there is a zip open top, which I tend to keep open so my pup can rest his paws on the top and poke his head out. There is a padded bottom which my little one has no problem getting comfy on and having a snooze while we’re out.

I really would recommend this pet stroller as it really is a great deal for the price. I have had mine for nearly 6 months, I use it daily and I have had absolutely no problems with it. A truly great product!

best strollers for dogsPet Gear Special Edition Dog Stroller

The second best selling stroller online is the Pet Gear Special Edition Dog Stroller. It has many great features including ventilation panels, storage pockets, single-handed folding mechanism and simssimszip closure.

This dog stroller comes in three different colors, blueberry, raspberry and sage and includes an extra thick fleece pad to  make sure your pet is in the most comfort. The front wheels of this stroller swivel for easy movement and is suitable for dogs up to 45 lbs.

Dog Strollers for Large DogsLeopard Skin Posh Stroller For Dogs

The Leopard Print Posh Dog Stroller is third in our list of the top 10 best dog strollers available at the moment.

As well as being a best seller, the people who bought it have been extremely happy with their purchase.

On Amazon.com this stroller has achieved an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars which I am sure you would agree is a pretty impressive rating. So before we get in to the main review we should probably take a look at some of the stats and features:

  • Handle to Floor = 33″
  • Side to side (wheel to wheel) = 19 1/2″
  • Carrier interior Front to Back = 21 1/2″
  • Carrier interior Side to Side = 15 1/2″
  • Carrier interior Height = 20″

Classic Leopard Skin 4 Wheel Dog Stroller

The Classic Leopard Skin 4 Wheel Dog Stroller is the fourth best pet stroller online.

As well as looking great, it contains a large storage basket and cup holders to keep toys, treats, and water bottles handy. Front and rear entry makes it easy to get your pet in and out of the stroller and the various ventilation windows make it easy for your pet to see out as well as for you to see them.

It has easy fold enabling you to open and fold easily in just 5 seconds and holds pets up to 30 pounds.

Classic Gray 3 Wheel Dog Stroller

his Classic 3 Wheel Dog Stroller in gray is fifth on our list of the best selling dog strollers online.  It is easy to fold (opens and folds in just 5 seconds) and it contains a large storage basket great for carrying dog toys, food etc. as well as a cup holder for water bottles.

The three large wheels make it easy to maneuver and glide over all types of surfaces. The stroller has front, top and rear ventilation as well as front and rear entry.

The durable mesh windows provides airflow, visibility, and keeps any bugs out too. It also comes with a rain cover which makes this stroller great to use in all weather types. Holds pets up to 30 pounds.

This is a really practical pet stroller. I found it easy to assemble and it folds up making it easy to store and get into the car.

This was my first dog stroller and I bought it for my elderly dog who struggles to walk long distances and she loves it.

She lays down and looks out as we walk through the park. The zip openings make it easy to get her in and out and the storage basket is a good size too.

I can even fit my purse in it. Its really easy to move and feels very sturdy when out walking. I would recommend this product to anyone with a smaller dog wishing to purchase a stroller. Really good value for money.

Dog and pet strollers comparison guideBest Pet Swanky Dog Stroller, Red

Number six on our list of the best selling dog strollers online is the Best Pet Swanky Dog Stroller in red. It’s lightweight and easily folds for storage.

The carrier is detachable making it great for carrying your pet while travelling in the car. It has a retractable bonnet, which can be stretched tight and stand upright to keep your pet cool and protect them from the sun.

The bonnet can also be pulled back if you wish. This stroller is suitable for pets up to 25 pounds.

 

What sort of pet strollers are available?

There are many different types of dog strollers available to you, including large or small, depending on the size of your dog, 3 wheels or 4 wheels, and a large variety of colours and styles. Some are available with detachable carriers suitable for car travel and there are even multiple strollers available for pet owners who have more than one pet.

The majority of these strollers are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and fold flat within seconds. Some contain storage baskets and cup holders to hold toys, treats, and water bottles and have mesh windows to keep any bugs out.

Front and rear entry makes it easier to get your pet in and out of the stroller and padded fleece interior makes it comfortable for them. Rain covers are available for your dog stroller as well as shades so that your pet is protected in all weather conditions.

Strollers for small dogs

Small dogs tend to tire out much quicker than larger dogs. Taking your small dog out in a stroller means you can walk as far as you like without the risk of your little fluffy companion getting exhausted.

Do you have large and small dogs? Or are your dogs different breeds? Dogs that come from the working group and gundog group need far more exercise than dogs that belong to the toy group. This is a great reason to purchase a stroller. Some larger dogs need more exercise than smaller dogs however, in some cases your larger dogs will have to miss out on getting the right amount of exercise as your smaller dogs may become tired and need to rest. If you have a stroller, it will mean that both dogs can go out for a walk suitable for their size and breed, and as soon as your smaller dog gets tired, they can ride the rest of the way in their stroller, meaning your larger dog will not miss out.

Strollers for large dogs

These doggy strollers are not only available for small dogs, they can also accommodate for larger and heavier dogs. There are strollers available to carry pets that weight up to 150 pounds.

Larger dogs often suffer from arthritis in their back legs which makes it very difficult for them to walk any distance. Having a stroller means they can still go out on trips to their favorite park without being in pain and having to stop regularly for breaks.

Why should I buy a stroller for my dog?

There are many reasons why people buy strollers to carry their dogs in. Some small dogs are not able to walk long distances and may get tired much quicker than larger dogs. These strollers mean that you can take your dog with you, even on long distance walks without having to worry about them tiring out quickly and becoming exhausted.

Older dogs also tire more quickly than younger dogs, therefore a stroller is a great way of still being able to take them out and about, rather than them being left at home. When they get tired, they can simply hop in to the stroller and spend the rest of the time being chauffeured around.

Puppy owners would benefit from a dog stroller too as you should be very careful about taking puppies outside before they have had all their vaccinations. In a stroller they are safe from picking things up from the ground and other dogs out and about. As with old dogs, puppies get tired easy too and may need to take a quick nap every now and again, a few hours for you can be a long day for a little puppy.

If your dog is recovering from surgery or an injury, dog strollers will allow them to still go out and get fresh air without the risk of them harming themselves more. Healing wounds can easily be infected by bacteria found outside the home, so having somewhere for your dog to retreat to is definitely not a bad idea.

Best countertop microwave reviews and buying guide

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a staggering 94.63% of all American homes have countertop microwaves and 8.5% have two or more.

With so many busy households these days, it is no surprise at all that families on the go rely so heavily on microwaves to prepare meals quickly and efficiently in order to keep going.

As microwaves have advanced in technology since their introduction for home use in 1967, many options have become available. Settings, sizes and types can make choosing the best one confusing. This guide is created to help take the guesswork out of choosing the best countertop microwave.

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Buying The Microwave Oven: Things to Know Before You Go Shopping

First of all, to make sure your microwave oven shopping experience is the most fruitful it can be, there are few items of information you’ll need to know

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Best Microwave Oven

before you start shopping.  Whether you are going to a retail store or buying online, have the following information handy as you browse through microwave ovens:

  • Know how many people you cook for on an average night.  Also, if you entertain frequently and plan to use the microwave a lot, know the number of guests you will be cooking for. This will affect the size and power of microwave oven you will need.
  • Decide if the microwave will be your primary source of cooking.  Some microwaves are meant for strictly reheating or smaller, shorter jobs; other microwaves are better designed for cooking a large meal or for longer periods of heating (e.g. one hour, etc.).
  • Know the dimensions of your microwave safe cookware.  Will they fit inside the unit you are buying or would you have to buy new cookware / Tupperware?  This could nullify any savings you may find on a particular model if you have to buy new items in addition.
  • Know the features you want to use.  Will you really be using defrost options, cooking options and keep-warm options?
  • Finally, know how much kitchen space you have available.  Whether you are planning on buying a countertop microwave oven or one that can fit in a pre-determined space such as a cabinet or drawer, buying the right sized microwave is essential.

Figuring Out The Best Microwave Oven Options and Styles

There are more styles of microwave ovens available now than in the past so even if you think you know which style you want, you might want to reconsider when you see some of the newer options available to you:

  • Traditional: The most prevalent style of microwave oven, traditional microwaves open with a side-swing door, most commonly opening to the left (handle on the left when facing it).  It can be built into a wall or in a cabinet space. Trim kits are available.
  • Built-in: This microwave is surrounded by cabinets and has a drop-down door like a conventional oven.  These can be installed over your range or above wall ovens.
  • Drawer-style: A recent addition to many microwave lines, this is the latest option for slide-out microwave drawers.  It is typically built-in below a countertop or under an oven for added room, safer unloading options and more convenience of height.
  • Over the Range: Combined with an exhaust hood, this microwave goes over the range helping to keep your kitchen cooler when using your conventional oven (and/or your microwave in tandem).
  • Countertop: Although convenient for those who don’t want permanence in the kitchen thanks to its portability, countertop microwaves take up space on the countertop and have no ventilation systems.  Many models have options for future build-ins and trim kits.

This guide reviews the 5 of the best countertop microwaves available in the market today.

Kenmore Elite 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave w Convection Stainless Steel 74153 Review

Nothing defines convenient cooking like a microwave oven. Anyone looking for easy cooking in the shortest time possible, should have at least one equipment of that kind in the kitchen. It may mean the difference between going to work full or hungry.

While there are so many microwave ovens available in the market today, the Kenmore Elite 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave w/ Convection Stainless Steel 74153 is worth checking out.

So, what does the Kenmore 74153 microwave oven offer?

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Specifications

    • 1.5 cu. Ft Space

The Kenmore 74153 microwave oven has 1.5 Cu. ft. of space. That kind of interior volume is quite good yet does not take up too much counter space. It offers the average user the chance to warm or heat sizable amounts of food at once. Most heat-resistant plates of at least a medium size can fit in that kind of space conveniently.

    • 1000-watt power capacity

The 1000-watt capacity of the Kenmore microwave oven is worth considering. It allows for high temperatures that will enable users to cook foods easily and quickly. Fast cooking times are always a good thing, especially if time is of the essence.

    • Multiple heat settings

The Kenmore microwave oven has 10 power levels whose settings can can be automated. Such settings allow for gradual defrosting, to complete cooking, depending on how fresh or frozen the food is. The multiple power levels allow the user to increase or decrease cooking time in predetermined periods. In addition, the automation mechanisms make it easy for the user to set the power level and then do other things in the meantime. That is convenient for people who have to multitask in the kitchen.

    • Microwave/convention cooking

For those that prefer convention cooking, then the Kenmore 74153 is a good choice. The microwave oven allows for the use of both microwave and convention cooking of food. The user can utilize either, or both cooking options depending on preference.

    • Stainless steel material

The interior of the Kenmore microwave oven is made of stainless steel. This makes it durable and much easier to clean.

    • Kitchen timer

The Kenmore microwave oven has a kitchen timer. The user can therefore set the required time and then do other tasks while waiting for the food to cook. There is no need to worry about the food overcooking.

    • LED Display

The Kenmore 74153 oven has an LED display, which is blue in color. The display enhances visibility for users who want to set the timer and power level even under minimal lighting conditions.

    • Child lockout function

The child lockout function on the Kenmore microwave oven ensures that children will have a hard time opening it especially when it is in use. This helps to enhance the safety of children when they are in the kitchen.

What’s So Great About The Kenmore Elite 74153?

  1. The microwave oven is sizable yet compact. It can be used even where there is limited kitchen space.
  2. One of the best kitchen brand manufacturers in the USA produces the microwave oven. Users can be assured of good quality and reliability of the product.

What’s Not So Great About The Kenmore Elite 74153?

  1. There is no warranty that comes with the oven.
  2. The oven does not come cheap.

Is This A Great Purchase?

The convention and microwave cooking alone, make the Kenmore product well worth the purchase in spite of its price tag. It will last long and provide great value for the money.

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LG LCSP1110ST Review

The LG LCSP1110ST 1.1 Cu Ft Counter Top Combo Microwave and Baking Oven, Stainless Steel allows you to microwave as well as bake using one appliance. You can cook small items like biscuits, frozen foods and cookies without the need of heating in a big oven. This oven is ideal for college students and for any kitchen.

 

Top 10 Commercial Roofing Installation Mistakes

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I am not saying there are only 10 commercial roofing installation mistakes that can be made. These are just the most common.

And be aware that there are no requirements to be a roofer in Texas. Now that you understand the field of participants, here we go:

1. Steep slope roofers who install water shedding systems try to do low slope water proofing systems. These fail miserably. Use a roofer who is at least certified with the roofing manufacturer to install their product. Even then BEWARE. Do I have your attention? The number one reason commercial roofing installation fails is due to improper installation.

2. Roofing over wet material. This can cause dry rot, mold, rust and other material failure. It will also cause asphalt roof systems to blister and fail.

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3. Installing a new roof system over two or more existing roof systems. Two layers of roof systems are all that is allowed so as not to overload the deck with too much weight.

4. Wall termination consisting of a termination bar with sealant and no counter flashing. Even though some manufacturers approve this detail, it does not work. The termination bar will deflect during its life and cause a separation between itself and the wall material allowing water to enter.

5. Scupper flashing that is not properly flashed into the collector head or sealed to the exterior wall material. Any gap between these materials will be susceptible to water entry as the water running through the scupper will swirl inside the collector head and find the gap.

6. Roof drains that do not have proper sealant under clamping ring. Same as above. All the water from the roof area is running to these drains and swirling around. Any pin hole opening is like having a hole in the bottom of your pool.

7. Metal drip edge not “sandwiched” into roofing system. If this metal edge is not properly secured or covered the water trying to leaving the roof at this edge will migrate under the edge and be wicked up under the roof membrane via the insulation.

8. Pipe or other penetration flashing not clamped 8” above the roof surface and not properly targeted at the base. With no clamp, water can run down the outside surface of the pipe and into the building. The target is covering a large pipe hole. If it is not done well it has a big hole through which to enter the building. Most targets are installed by hand, not machine, and are more susceptible to human error.

9. End laps of rolled goods not properly lapped or secured allowing seam failure. Again, this work is done mostly by hand, not machine, and is sporadic, contributing to the human error factor.

10. Penetration pockets not filled and mounded on the top. If not filled properly the pockets will hold water, causing material degradation and failure.

Bedwetting Is More Common Than You May Think, But There Are Answers

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Bedwetting is a problem faced by many families. It can be distressing and embarrassing, and can be the cause of much family stress. Bedwetting is not easy to deal with.

Bedwetting amongst small children is very common, extremely so. But usually children grow out of the bedwetting and it is a passing phase for the family. But occasionally it is not a passing phase and becomes more permanent. This is the time where families start to look more seriously for good bedwetting solutions.

And whilst there are many products commercially offered as a good solution to bedwetting, the reality is that often many of them are not permanent solutions.

For example there are diapers and alarms. Both extremely useful in the right situation, but neither necessarily a long term answer. They can be, but often not.

You need to find the cause of the bedwetting

The first step is to try and find the cause.

Finding the cause will take you a long way to finding the answer. Often the cause is medical and treatment of the medical condition can also treat the bed wetting as well. Sometimes there is no obvious medical cause for bedwetting.

So the process of finding an answer to bed wetting can often be a long one. But there is a process, and you usually need to go through it. There is rarely a simple immediate answer.

That’s what our website is all about, explaining bedwetting to you, and offering some solutions. Unfortunately we can’t tell you all there is here, there’s a bit too much. But for those who are seriously concerned about a bedwetter in their family there is an excellent book available to help with the problem, and we’ll show you where to find it.

So browse around our site and read a little, or a lot, about bedwetting. Read our articles, there’s information there as well, and we will be adding to them from time to time.

And don’t despair, there are bedwetting solutions available.

Best electronic drum set reviews and buying guide-2016

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As a musician, you may want to try things that go beyond the norm to find a sound that’s uniquely yours. Whether it’s a new riff or a new tone in the right place, guitarists and vocalists have a lot of tools at their disposal to make unique music.

As a drummer, however, you’re going to be a bit more limited on a standard acoustic drum kit.

Sure, you’ve got your standard bag of tricks, but at the end of the day, there’s only so much you can do for any given style of music.

What you really need is a way to mix in more percussion sounds to your music; maybe a steel drum sound or a timpani, or even something as simple as a regular snare with a warmer sound.

Fortunately, there’s now a way you can have your choice of hundreds of percussion instruments all in one kit, all completely adjustable and all affordable. What you really need is an electronic drum kit.

What is an electronic drum set?

For all that they do, electronic drum kits aren’t terribly complicated to use.

At its most basic level, they are a set of electronically sensitive drum pads that, when struck, send a small electric signal to a control box that produces a set sound.

This control box is actually where most of your magic is going to happen; inside your control box (or your drum kit’s “brain”).

You’ve got a library of sounds that you can associate with each drum pad’s strike. With just a few changes on the interface, you can set your electronic drum kit’s sound to either a factory preset standard, or simply mix and match your own.

Even though the idea is fairly simple and the basic concept of an electronic drum has been around since the 80‘s, the technology has improved by leaps and bounds since.

One of the biggest innovations that’s now a hallmark of good electronic drum kits is the ability to not only detect when a particular drum pad is struck, but exactly where.

Using mathematical models and a wider array of sensors, the brains of these electronic drums can alter your sound to act just like a real drum, giving you the ability to play rim-shots, let your cymbals ring and dampen as you choose, and even to slightly distort the sound of your snare depending on exactly where on the pad you make contact.

Far from being like a button pressed on a computer, today’s electronic drum sets are really brains that think and act just like the real thing.

Another feature that is perfect for the studio and the stage is the ability to assign different outputs to different soundboard channels, letting you balance your drums in a way that would be much more difficult on an acoustic set.

Because all the inputs are running through your electronic drum kit’s brain, balancing them is as easy as adjusting volume channels.

Like most good electronics, the electronic drum kit has evolved to do some clearly incredible things and, in the right hands, can make your music sound even better than before.

Why Choose Electronic Drums?

While there still isn’t a perfect substitute for the real thing, an electronic drum set does have its own perks that you just can’t get on an acoustic set. There are also some minor disadvantages that an acoustic set has over an electronic version.

Advantages of Electronic Kits:

Noise Control

For starters, an electronic drum can be played at a much quieter level than traditional drum kits, which already alleviates a few drum-related problems.

With a headphone jack, you can practice inside your home or even your apartment at any time without disturbing your neighbors.

Without headphones, the volume can be controlled with the turn of a knob, making it an ideal fit for churches or a small stage.

While doing shows, this is a huge help as well, especially in tight quarters.

Not only are electronic drums smaller and easier to transport, but on an electronic setup, you (and the other members of your band), won’t have to fight to be heard while playing next to the drum kit. Not only does this make hearing everyone else easier, but it’s a great remedy to the age-old problem of tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears that’s an unfortunately common problem in long-time drummers.

Sound Variations

Whatever your style of music may be, the right electronic drum can give you a percussion sound that works with it.

Since all of your sounds are programmable, it’s possible to pick out and refine a wide variety of sounds that will all work on the same setup, turning your one drum kit into an entire closet full of percussion instruments.

It’s entirely doable on most drum models to adjust the sound profile, so you get exactly the sound you and your band are looking for. If you’re using one of the higher end models, it’s also possible to adjust individual sounds; you could have a kick drum with a warm, full sound paired with an incredibly sharp snare, if that’s your preference.

They don’t warrant extremely high end microphone for recording like acoustic drums do. The sound can be received through line-out or MIDI connections. It makes electric drums a practical buy for education, practice, studio recording, or real performance uses.

Space and Maintenance

In general, electronic drum kit versions are slightly more compact than their acoustic drum competition, making it a good fit for tight quarters.

Electronic drum sticks, brushes and mallets are likely to retain their use longer than the instruments used on acoustic drum kits because of the use of rubberized rims that don’t allow metal contact.

Fine tuning an electric drum set will never occur as well.

Disadvantages of Electronic Kits

One of the gripes you’ll hear is that even the best electronic drum sets can’t duplicate the sound you’ll receive with an acoustic drum set.

While in some cases this is true based on the repeated exposure to the drums (and sniff test), the technology behind electric drums is improving. The general consensus is to stay away from the extremely cheap electronic drum sets (unless purchasing for a baby or toddler) because the inexpensive ones use very cheap rubber and single triggered rubberized hard pads (or not real drum pedals).

In a large setting, these kits need some sort of amplification to be heard well, which is the opposite reason why they are ideal in smaller settings.

Who Are the Big Names Behind the Drum Sets?

With drum kits, you’ve got a big advantage in knowing who the best names are. Because the technology is relatively new, a lot of your best models are going to come from well-established instrument companies, many of which you’re probably already used to using.

Yamaha, for example, was one of the first companies to produce electronic drum kits back in the 80‘s, and they’re still going strong today with a line of kits for every budget. The DTX400-K is a popular, affordable Yamaha version.

In the same vein, you’ve got Roland, one of the pioneers in electronic instruments, offering a serious list of electronic drum kits that continue to push the envelope and blur the lines between acoustic and digital sound.

Finally, you’ve got the original innovators who made the first affordable electronic drum set, Alesis. Not surprisingly, they’re still making some of the top electronic drum kits on the market today, such as the Alesis DM10.

Whatever your style, whatever your budget, and whatever your skill level, we’ve collected some of the best electronic drum kits on the market here for you to check out. Take a look through some of our high-quality selections. Do a little research, and let us help you find the perfect kit for you.

The Top Rated Electronic Kits

With the heap of electronic drum sets available in the market today, it’s hard to weed through what is worthy of your investment and what can be ignored. These choices will certainly leave you satisfied.

#1 Alesis DM6 USB 5 Piece Set

What you’re getting with the Alesis DM6 isn’t just a great affordable electronic drum set, but a great affordable platform for your electronic drumming.

What’s the difference?

Well, to start off, you’re getting all your basic pieces done up in a soft rubber that’s both velocity sensitive and delivers a realistic response, as well as a two-zoned setup for your snare pad. This way, you can do all the standard tricks that you could do on an acoustic snare, or even a few new ones exclusive to electronic drumming.

The brain on the DM6 gives you a wide library of sounds, all fully interchangeable for your own preset kits, as well as the option to play MIDI sounds through a simple USB to grow your library even further.

But what truly makes this module a great platform is the fact that most of your upgraded Alesis pieces will work through the DM6 setup. You can build your next Alesis drum kit one pad at a time, a real plus for the musician on a budget.

Get started the right way with a DM6, and you’ll have a solid framework you can use for your entire drumming career.

#2 Yamaha DTX400K Drum Package

Starting off in electronic drumming without any gear at all can be a real pain.

Fortunately, the Yamaha DTX400K kit has everything you’ll need to get started right out of the box.

Not only do you get a drum throne, a set of Vic Ferth 5A wood sticks, and a set of full size JVC headphones, but also the DTX400K electronic drum kit (duh) that’s got every feature a new drummer would need and nothing they wouldn’t.

You’re getting a five pad setup that covers all your basics, all done in velocity sensitive hard rubber, as well as pedals for your kick drum and your hi-hat, all fixed into place for easy assembly and breakdown.

The brain on this Yamaha electronic drum set gives you just enough options to be useful without so many as to be overwhelming; with ten preset kits ranging from rock to R&B and even to miscellaneous percussion, all with the options to set volume, panning, and reverb (all of which are easily explained in the manual). This means you can balance well with other players without a control box.

It’s your basic all-in-one setup with a sound that sounds anything but, and it’s a perfect buy for any new drummer.

#3 Alesis DM10 Studio Kit 8 Piece Drum Set

Whether you want to get more functionality out of your existing electronic drum kit, or you’re an acoustic professional looking to branch out, the DM10 has you covered and then some.

Fans of the DM6 will find that all the pieces are there, but they’re also the best possible versions of themselves.

You’re getting Alesis’ dual-zone Realheads for all your drum pads, done in real mylar with a triple flanged hoop that can be tuned with a drum key, giving you an incredibly realistic feel with every strike.

You also get Alesis’ signature Dynamic articulation. Now, not only will your volume change with harder strikes, but the actual timbre of the sound changes as well, just like a real acoustic set.

The brain that you’re getting on the DM10 is equally impressive, giving you over a hundred preset kits, a hundred spaces for you to design your own kit, the option to load new sounds via USB into the brain, and the ability to change each and every characteristic about each and every one.

For a truly jaw-dropping amount of control, clarity, and absolute professional quality from an industry leading company, the DM10 is the first, last, and only word.

#4 DDrum DD1 Complete Kit

For the new drummer, having a comprehensive kit right from the get-go is important This way, you can learn on an electronic drum kit without losing anything you could do on an acoustic. That being said, the DD1 Complete kit from Ddrum has absolutely got a new player covered.

Not only do you have a standard four pad setup set on a super sturdy aluminum frame, as well as your crash, ride, and hi-hat complete with pedals, but each of these pieces really goes above and beyond to give you a realistic drum experience.

Instead of just a pedal on the floor for your bass drum, you’re getting a real bass pedal and a striking pad, just like an acoustic setup.

For your cymbals, you’re getting a choke feature that stops your cymbal sound cold when you press it; once again, just like an acoustic setup.

However, the DD1 doesn’t just emulate an acoustic model drum kit, but improves on it with the DD1 brain. You get over 215 unique sounds spread out over twenty presets and ten user created kits, all entirely customizable.

On top of that, you also get MIDI inputs to give you a completely unique sound. Once you start playing the DD1, you’ll know that the only thing about it that feels cheap is the price.

#5 Roland TD1-1KV-S Compact Series

If you’ve already got a bit of drumming under your belt, or you just want to buy one kit that will last for most of your drumming career, you’ll easily find a friend in the Roland TD11 KV-S Compact Electronic Drum Kit.

It is a mid range workhorse that gives you some incredible features.

For starters, your pads are all as realistic as possible, thanks to mesh-head dual-trigger pads; this way, even players used to the rebound of acoustic kits don’t lose anything switching over to the KV-S.

In the same vein, your cymbals have a natural swing to them, unlike your standard fixed pads. Not even your timing suffers when switching over to this wonderful mid range kit.

But, by far and away, the big star on this model is the TD11 brain. Built from the ground up with Roland’s SuperNATURAL setup, including a huge library of presets and custom kit options, as well as a USB option to expand even further, the TD11 brain gives you pretty much complete control over your sound.

It feels real, it acts real, and it plays to whatever real is real to you.

#6 Pyle Pro PED04 Electronic Drum Kit

If you’re looking for the best beginner drum set that’s a little more versatile, the Pyle Pro PED04 is a fairly solid choice.

You’ve got your basic drum pad setup with pads that have a much more familiar response than other similarly priced models. This way, even acoustic players can play electronic drums without needing to change their style.

To help out beginner drummers and acoustic veterans even more, all of your pads are force sensitive. Every hit of the snares, toms, and cymbals will be just as loud as your strike.

No matter how loud you play, though, you can always plug in your headphones and practice without disturbing your neighbors, a great point for anybody who lives in apartments or other close-quarters areas.

With all the basic responsive pieces on board, the Pyle Pro PED04 proves itself to be a fairly solid electronic drum set for beginners.

In addition to your drum pads, the brain on the PED04 gives you plenty of options to mix up your sound. With eleven presets and four variations apiece, you can easily find the right kit for your music’s signature sound.

If you find that’s not enough, this kit is also MIDI ready, so you can easily plug it up to your computer and access a much larger library of tones to suit your needs.

Even with all the features, the PED04‘s control module is easy to access, easy to understand, and robust enough to do everything a new drummer would need for it to do, making it one of the best electronic drum set for beginners.

#7 Alesis DM Lite

From Alesis, the company that essentially designed affordable electronic mixers and kits, comes a scaled down version of one of their most popular lines that’s perfect for new drummers. We’re talking, of course, about the DM series for the former and the DM Lite for the latter.

Right out of the box, almost everything should already be in place, including your four drum pads, three cymbals, a hi-hat pedal, and a velocity sensitive kick drum pedal that gets louder the harder you press the pedal down.

All you need to do is open the arms up, move the pads where you want them, plug up the single cord (not a rats-nest of confusing cables like on other models), and you’re ready to go.

The brain of this unit is simple enough to understand, but comprehensive enough that you still have some features to play with. On the DM Lite, you’ve got ten presets that cover all your classic drum styles, as well as a few eclectic ones to add a little twist to your music. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also connect the DM Lite to your computer via USB and use it just like a MIDI keyboard, giving you a much larger sound library to work from.

But the real draw, especially for new players, is the host of on-board coaching programs that come with this electronic beginners drum set.

These little trainers range from simply keeping on a steady tempo to the more intricate tasks, like playing changing rhythms at increasingly faster tempos, and they’re all accessible right on the DM Lite module.

While they’re not a substitute for a real teacher, they do offer a lot of opportunities for new drummers to keep their skills sharp and avoid any bad habits. 

Ready for a minor step up? Try the Alesis DM Lite electronic drum set to up the ante.

Best hair straightener reviews- 2016

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Remington S2044 Damage Therapy Ceramic Hair Straightener Review

The Remington S2044 Damage Therapy Ceramic Hair Straightener with Teflon fiber plates might have you believing it is an inferior, low-end product due to its price. At less than $45, you may be inclined to look a little further up the retail price food chain before you do your flattening iron shopping.

But doing so would provide a costly mistake, and the style of your hair will almost certainly suffer. A powerful little dynamo at a great price, the Damage Therapy 1-inch Flat Iron uses non-stick Teflon plates to provide a damage-free, even heating, “one pass” straightener that can flatten, straighten and curl the kinkiest and curliest, and yes even the most damaged hair.

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If you have damaged your hair with other straighteners that required several passes, you know the dangers of high heat when applied to your hair multiple times.

The S2044 alleviates the need for several passes by using the same non-stick technology top chefs use in the kitchen. If your hair can’t stick to the Teflon warming plates, it can’t burn and kink. Add the fact that Teflon is a great heat transfer medium, and the total package gets even better.

And because of this premium heating transfer system, your hair needs only one pass, since all your hair evenly lays against the Teflon plates. But be warned; set the temp lower on the Damage Therapy 1-inch Flat Iron than you are used to with your current iron. Teflon throws off heat much more effectively than inferior plates. Since this is the case, your hair is exposed to less heat fro the same result, which means no cuticle damage, and healthier, shinier hair.

Even those of you with more difficult hair will be amazed. One African American customer said she wanted to experiment with it straight out of the box, even though her hair needed washing and conditioning. Her usually kinky hair was straight after one pass on medium heat, and she was sick that she had spent three times as much for other lesser flatteners in the past. She is one of many ladies who reviewed this product on trusted online retailer Amazon, where it received an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars from previous customers. It is hard to believe that such a low-priced product can deliver such awesome results.

This Teflon plating is exclusive to Remington, and couples with Tourmaline ion emission for zero-frizz results, and improved shine. If you are like me, you don’t care about big words and scientific mumbo-jumbo, you just want results. You want damage-free straightening and shine from your flattening iron without spending a fortune. The Remington S2044 Damage Therapy Ceramic Hair Straightener definitely fits the bill, costs less than $45, Amazon will ship it for free, and it is currently on sale at over 20% off.

Add auto-shut-off and the trusted Remington name, and the Remington S2044 Damage Therapy 1-inch Flat Iron deserves consideration as your next Flattening Iron. As long as you don’t want to overpay for underperformance, pick up the S2044 today, and save enough money to pick up that hot little dress you’ve had your eye on to complement your gorgeous new hairstyle.

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Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron Review

With an average customer review of 4.67 out of a possible 5 stars on Amazon, the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron has one of the highest customer satisfaction scores I have ever seen for a product that has over 100 reviews. I have reviewed hundreds of products in every imaginable niche, and when you realize that most beauty products have much more demanding customers than most other markets, that figure is even more impressive.

The exceptional and fast heat storage transfer offered by the Babyliss Pro Nano has an unsurpassed ability to stabilize high heats and deliver consistent heat with no ups and downs. You know what happens to your hair when you have your heat flaring and dropping. And unlike some flat irons that transfer their heat through poorly insulated rods, your hair does not look dry. It has a moist looking sheen that looks healthy, not burnt. That is never the case with this Amazon best buy that is rated the #2 Flattening Iron in all of Amazon, and is currently more than 50% off, saving you over $90. (That is more than enough to pay for a night out, showing off your beautiful new style.)

This is a professional grade Flat Iron at a discount store price, but don’t think that there is something missing here performance wise. When more than one hundred previous customers chime in to let you know what they think, it is as easy as reading their reviews, looking at the price, and hitting the buy button! Backed with a 4 year “no questions asked” warranty, this flat iron provides all upside. Babyliss has created an absolutely “as close to perfect” flattening iron.

The LED temp settings range up to 450 degrees for faster curling or straightening, and the special process that emits negative ions while using the max high infrared heat delivers results without damaging your hair. The super thin, lightweight design and Babyliss proprietary material used in the manufacture of the rod and cover will never grab or bind your hair.

One happy customer whose story was typical of most of the reviews found on Amazon says her hairdresser “called her Mufasa” because of the massive, thick, abundant and unruly hair on her head. She tried several other flattening irons, most of them much more expensive than the Babyliss Pro, and was never happy until she purchased the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron. She points out that the extra long titanium plates and high, even heat flatten her “wavy, stubborn hair in one stroke” and she has never received more compliments about her hair before.

We are not all blessed with straight, beautiful, “easy to tame” hair, but the Babyliss Pro Nano Platinum gives anyone beautiful, quick results in minutes, will never damage your hair, and is priced at half of the other Flattening Irons which don’t even perform as well. If performance is what you want, this is the iron for you.

Want to save enough money to go out on the town and show off your gorgeous “new” hair”? In that case, the Babyliss Pro Nano is the correct choice again. So, if you want to have that perfect, straight, silky smooth hair that Pop and Hollywood Stars spend hundreds to achieve, get the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron, save over 50% (about $85) off the regular retail and get free shipping when you order from trusted retailer Amazon. Kinky, unmanageable hair today, silky-smooth, gorgeous flat hair tomorrow.

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Turboion Rbb Croc Classic Straightener Review

Review of the TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic Straightener

The TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic Straightener with 1.5 inch black titanium plates is a quick-heat, high-heat straightening tool / flat iron / curler that handles any hair care task you need. With a high max temperature of 450 degrees, and a super fast heating element, you will not have long to wait for “one pass” straightening. The longer than average 1.5 inch plates ensure better coverage and stability, and the silver coated cover is plated twice. This keeps the handle from getting too hot, and helps you focus on your hair, not your hand.

The ceramic “nano fine” heating element is the best in the industry, and not only heats up quickly, but “learns” temperatures very well. Whatever heat setting you use this time will return the same amount of heat when you use that setting again. One really cool feature that helps cut down on mistakes from forgotten settings is the memory temp feature. Every time you turn the TurboIon Rbb Croc on, it returns to the previous settings you used last.

Priced right at about half what you pay for underperforming similar models, the standard 9 ft. power cord has an ingenious 360 degree swivel housing that allows you to use the iron in any position without bothersome cord tangle.

The swivel cord feature ensures that your concern is on styling your hair, not worrying about cord whip and pulling the plug out of the wall. And the 9 foot length allows you to stand up while styling in a full length mirror. Too many flat irons have a 6 foot cord which doesn’t allow you to see the whole picture you are creating when you style your “do”.

I checked with several customers via their Amazon review, and a resounding number had spent much more money on big brand names that were hotter in the handle, took forever to heat up, and didn’t heat evenly. Across the board, customers with varying types of hairstyles and thickness raved about the TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic Straightener’s ability to heat up fast, deliver even heat, and cool down rapidly.

And ladies with African American and Native American ancestry noted that, as one happy purchaser said, “NOW, with the TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic Straightener my style time and amount of product usage is cut in half with even better results. I have had so many friends, including my own hair dresser, comment on how healthy and shiny my hair looks.” That says it all right there.

The fast cool down time frame is great, especially if there are kids in your house, and the TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic performs admirably as a curler as well, thanks to the large 1.5 inch plates and constant heat. And the iron’s plate temperature is readily available right on the handle in digital readout. It is no wonder that professionals love the TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic Straightener and depend on it to make a living.

All that performance excellence is great, and you may be prepared to pay over $150 for a straightener that is so versatile. Fortunately, this customer favorite will not cost anywhere near that.

Currently more than 50% off (yes, you read that right) at a savings of more than $75, you can pick this product up at the guaranteed lowest price on Amazon.com, and they will even throw in free shipping. With $75 back in your pocketbook, free shipping, and outstanding reviews from professionals and home stylists alike, your online shopping trip is now over! Pick up the TurboIon Rbb Croc Classic Straightener and spend your savings on that dress you’ve had your eyes on, and look awesome from head to toe.

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Remington S9950 Shine Therapy Straightener Review

The Remington S9950 Shine Therapy Moisturizing and Conditioning Digital ceramic hair straightener is more than just your run of the mill flattening iron. Remington knows flattening and straightening your hair is just one step in your hairstyling process.

The Shine Therapy 1-Inch Flat Iron delivers up to 86% more shine than conventional flatteners and straighteners, using the special Remington Style Therapy system of hardware design and ceramic plate infusion. The ceramic plates are infused with vitamin E conditioning products and avocado that help retain a moist look, and healthy hair that does not get cuticle damage from over-heating. The way hair is overheated and damaged by poorly made flatteners is avoided with the ceramic floating plate design. More of you hair contacts more of the plates, thereby ensuring minimal time exposed to heat. And the S9950 heats up to a sizzling 430 degrees in 30 seconds, so straightening stubborn, thick hair is no challenge.

The heat display can be digitally monitored with a glance at the conveniently located readout on the handle, and don’t worry about having to replace the avocado and vitamin E that treats your hair to a healthy, shiny appearance as well as flattening. The patented ceramic plate moisturizing process is guaranteed to last at least 4 years. The release of hair-healthy avocado and E vitamins through microscopic pores in the ceramic heating plates goes unnoticed, but the result does not. You have shinier, healthier, glossy hair than ever before without adding expensive creams and heat conditioners.

Now getting salon quality hair in the comfort of your own home is simple and affordable. Ceramic is the secret here, because it is so versatile: it holds heat longer, disperses heat evenly and lasts forever. But adding the conditioning and moisturizing effects to the ceramic is what sets the Shine Therapy 1-Inch Flat Iron apart from standard ceramic heating plates. This minimizes damage and is warrantied for 4 years, ensuring beautiful hair for years to come.

This incredible hair styling tool also works on dual voltage, so traveling is a snap. You will never be without power, wherever you go. Remington knows that you respect style, so the Shine Therapy 1-Inch Flat Iron is wrapped by an attractive sky-blue and silver housing, and the controls are located where they make sense, allowing for quick access. Afraid of accidentally changing the temp with your hand while you work? The controls have a lock setting that ensures error-free styling and lets you keep your eyes on your hair. The swivel housing keeps the cord tangle-free as well as your hair, and a neat plus is the accompanying styling tips guide that teach you exactly how best to utilize the Shine Therapy 1-Inch Flat Iron to get the desired result.

For less than $60 you may think this product is low end, but the only thing low end is the price. Backed by the Remington name and carrying rave reviews from previous customers, your next Flat Iron purchase is a no-brainer. Pick up the Shine Therapy 1-Inch Flat Iron online today and show off healthy, shiny hair tomorrow.

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Farouk CHI 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Hairstyling Iron Review

Chi 1 Ceramic Flat Iron Review

The Farouk CHI 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Hairstyling Iron is truly in a class by itself, and not only in the beauty industry. How many products do you know that are among the top 2 or 3 in their class … for 6 years?! Technology usually kicks devices to the curb every couple of years, but this amazing professional beautician’s and hairstylist’s tool has remained the #1 most popular and best selling flattening iron on Amazon.com out of over 2,000 flatteners even though it was released 6 years ago.

More than 1,500 ladies stopped into Amazon after purchasing and left reviews that show an overall 4.55 stars out of 5. To say that this flattener / curler provides show-stopping, runway model looks is an understatement. It functions as an excellent curler as well, holds and delivers constant, even heat, feels good in your hand, and the results are stunning. Users with even “really thick, frizzy, wavy, curly hair” said their prep time before straightening was more than cut in half, and the end result was more than they had ever enjoyed.

If you usually have to go through the rituals so many ladies perform just to get ready to style your hair, you can now skip many of those timely steps. In the past, with inferior flattening irons, many women had to wash their hair, blow dry by sections with a rounded brush, then go by small sections of hair with a flattening iron. Several passes were needed to get the desired result, and if it was humid or muggy outside, the effect died almost instantly.

Not so with the internet’s best-selling Farouk CHI 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Hairstyling Iron. Shower, towel dry, and “CHI” your hair, a single pass, and you have straight, glossy hair that looks like you were born with it. 15 minutes tops, and regardless of the outside weather conditions, it stays ALL DAY! Most users remarked they did not need any frizz control product or serum, and it works equally well on gray hair, which is sometimes too brittle for conventional flatteners.

Straightening, flattening, curling and flipping are all easy with the swivel cord design. You can worry about your styling rather than a tangled, bothersome cord. And if money is tight, don’t worry. You will pay less for the Farouk CHI 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Hairstyling Iron than you will for an inferior product at your local discount warehouse. Not having to spend money over the years in improvements, since it was dead perfect the very first time, the manufacturer can pass those savings on to you.

You will spend around $90, which is over 50% off. With all that extra paper in your purse, why not pick up some CHI Straight Guard Smoothing Styling Cream or CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray that was specifically designed to work hand in hand with the Farouk Chi flattener? You will still have enough to enjoy a night on the town showing off your new style, and more importantly, you can count on the Farouk CHI 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Hairstyling Iron to provide years of eye-catching, beautiful hairstyles.

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Snorezip Spray Review: Does it really work?

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Snore zip snoring spray
Product Details
TypeOral Spray
Clinical StudiesNo
FDA ClearedYes
Price$$
Money BackVia Amazon
BBB AccreditedNo
Scam ComplaintsNo

Snoring has been linked with many different problems, like sleepiness, daytime fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia and others.

Aside from that, it is very annoying. It makes it hard for those around you to get to sleep. Sometimes, you can even wake yourself up with the sound of your snoring.

There are so many anti-snoring products currently available on the market, most of which do not actually work. Some can even do more harm than good. Others are expensive and may even make the snoring worse.

How SnoreZip Works

SnoreZip is a homeopathic spray made with natural ingredients. It has no artificial substances that can cause side effects. The spray is easy to use, and promises instant results.

To understand how SnoreZiP works, you’ll first need to understand how snoring occurs.

Snoring is caused by restrictions in the airway. Since you have difficulty breathing, it reduces the quality of sleep and creates vibrations, what we hear as snores.

The SnoreZip spray works to enlarge the air passage, by reducing mucus build up in the throat. This mucus can be caused by smoking, lifestyle, or simple build up through the years.

SnoreZip can be sprayed directly on the back of the throat to clear up the mucus.

SnoreZip Pros & Cons

There are several benefits to using SnoreZip, as evidenced by people who have used it. However, like most products, the SnoreZip isn’t perfect. Let’s take a look at the pros and the cons of the Snorezip Snore Spray.

Snorezip Pros
  • The product has a pleasant taste. It doesn’t have the artificial medicine taste that other snore sprays have. This product leaves a minty taste, as if you’ve just brushed your teeth.
  • Since the tissue at the back of your throat can be sensitive, it uses all natural ingredients that will not irritate your airway further.
  • SnoreZip can enhance the oxygen you take in, increasing your quality of sleep and making you feel refreshed and energized when you wake up.
  • This product has low risk. It is affordable, with several promos available from the manufacturer. You can get a free bottle or even a 50% discount if you buy 6 bottles. One bottle can last you 30 days.
Snorezip Cons
  • It may not work on people whose snoring is caused by something other than mucus. If you have physical problems in your airway, or if the snoring is caused by central sleep apnea, you should discuss it with a doctor before you try any treatments.
  • The SnoreZip spray may take some time to work. User feedback has been that it reduces snoring significantly the first two days you use it, but that it permanently goes away after the third use. If you prefer the snoring to be cured instantly, you may become impatient.
  • Some people may have problems remembering to use this, as it needs to be done regularly and integrated into a person’s nighttime routine. The bottle is relatively small and can be carried along on vacations, but others can have difficulty remembering.

User Reviews

Snore Zip breaks up mucus in the upper portion with the throat and permit easy breathing via the airway. All this with an all organic combination of herbs, and organic remedies

Why not try Snore Zip’s effective homeopathic treatment so that you can finally stop snoring and your partner can finally look forward to the best sleep they have had in years. Try it for yourself. There is always a refund policy you can turn to if you do not like it.

SnoreZip Works

Unlike other treatments for snoring, Snore Zip is a no-fuss homeopathic oral spray. You do not have to take in any pills or wear any uncomfortable masks to prevent you from snoring.

You simply have to spray the solution under your tongue for twice a day everyday. Not such a difficult thing to do, is it?

I also like the fact that Snore Zip is made of 100% natural ingredients, unlike other snoring treatments available in the market today. This makes Snore Zip much better at treating snoring and its side effects because it is free from harmful chemicals that may cause unpleasant side effects.

SnoreZip cures most cases of snoring. But if it does not, a doctor should be consulted for a sleep test schedule to check if there is an underlying cause of your problem.

If you’re looking to treat a mild to moderate case of snoring and sleep apnea, this natural spray would be a great place to start. It is affordable and has no risk at all.

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Company Behind The Product

Snore Zip is a USA-based health and beauty products manufacturer, It has began establishing its own remarkable reputation in the international industry since 2002. Snore Zip is a member of the Natural Products Association.

What you will get when you buy Snore Zip?

One bottle of Snore Zip is adequate for 1 month. The company till now is introducing a promotional offer as you can order a free trial Snore Zip oral spray to try {limited time offer}

Also and for limited time if you bought 6 bottles you will get 50% discount!!

And don’t worry If you and/or partner think that Snore Zip is not the right product for you, you can use the company’s refund policy, which allows its customers to return unopened bottles of the product to the company headquarters and get their money back.

Best solar pool cover reviews- 2016

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My wife and I bought an Intex Easy Set inflatable above-ground solar pool cover this summer and it’s been a blast!

It’s only 15′ round by 42″ deep, but it’s still fun to play in and we love it.

In addition, I’ve made some modifications to the pool that I thought some others might enjoy seeing (or doing themselves) so I put up this page. But first a few helpful tips on setting up this pool:

Setting up an Intex East Set Solar Pool Cover

  • Make sure the ground is level. At least around the perimeter of the pool. If it’s not, you risk a seam popping due to uneven loading. Take the time to level the ground, it’s much harder to do later if you don’t.
  • Very carefully go over the ground looking for any nails, rocks, sticks, etc. Take the extra time to do it now, you’ll be very glad you did later. We even took off our shoes and walked around barefoot trying to feel for any rocks.
  • Really… that’s about it. Everything else was easy and the pool filled in about 4 hours without any trouble at all.

Okay, our modifications:

First thing I did was buy a solar blanket for the pool. The cover that comes from Intex is fine enough, but it doesn’t really hold in the heat like a solar blanket does. The solar blanket raised the temperature of the pool by over 15 degrees F!

Next, I bought a KD floating pool skimmer. The Intex does not have one, and so you have to constantly use the hand skimmer to get the junk off the top of the water. If you don’t have any trees around, it’s not a big deal, but we have a huge pine tree with all those little needles and so it was important for us to get them out.

The Intex filter and pump are very nice and quiet, but being the man I am, I wanted more. So I bought a 25 square foot cartridge filter and 1/2hp pump to “really clean it.” Works great!

Bought a floating hammock and mesh lounge. Really nice!

Bought a Hayward AquaBug automatic pool cleaner. This works great, except for the fact that the 1/2hp pump just didn’t have the power to keep it going consistently.

So I upgraded to a 3/4hp pump.

After doing that, the Aquabug runs like a champ! Boy does it go! I can’t believe such an inexpensive automatic pool cleaner works so well, but it does. In just an hour, the whole bottom of the pool is perfectly clean.

However, when I went to the bigger pump for the pool cleaner, it now had too much suction for the skimmer and so it was constantly overskimming, which allowed all the caught stuff to get free.

So what I did was tap in to the drain fitting on the opposite side of the pool and piped it over to the new 3/4hp pump via a T and valve. This way, when the AquaBug is running, I close the valve and the AquaBug gets full suction.

When I’m not using the AquaBug, I open the valve so that some of the suction force of the 3/4hp pump is now diverted to the drain and the skimmer works perfect again. 😉

Well that’s about it. This was our first above ground pool and the Intex is a blast. In fact, we had so much fun this year that next year we are going to get a bigger one and build a deck around it!

Why Get a Solar Pool Cover

If you own your own pool, you know it can be a joy to use but a nightmare to maintain. That’s why backyard pool maintenance is such a hot industry and explains why there are so many vendors hawking pool solar covers on the Internet.

How do you decide if you need one and if so, what to consider before you purchase?

Hopefully this guide will be helpful in your research.

First of all, what are pool solar covers exactly?

These are pool covers that protect your swimming pool from the elements–be it leaves, bugs, dust, or even curious toddlers.

What is so special about a pool cover that is solar?

A solar pool cover adds an extra element of heating to your pool. With special construction materials, these covers act as passive pool solar heaters, harnessing the energy and heat from the sun to increase the temperature of the water in your pool.

Why would you want to do this?

If you’re like most people, you probably work during the day when the hours are light and the pool water is warm. By the time you get home, however, the sun has disappeared and your pool will be much cooler.

So, what happens if you want to go for a relaxing swim after a hard day’s work?

You could, but you would have to endure the cold water.

With pool solar covers, however, your pool will still be nearly as warm as it was during the day during prime usage hours and you will be able to enjoy the water much more so.

An added bonus of solar covers for inground pools is the energy efficiency. The best solar pool covers use absolutely no energy to heat the pool, unlike an electric or gas heater.

While there are several pool solar heating systems available, these fancy gadgets actually use solar panels to collect and store energy and are thus much more expensive. Pool solar covers, on the other hand, are much cheaper to make and therefore to afford. And you won’t have to add on any extra maintenance on the very thing that you were using to maintain your pool!

For cold climate users who still enjoy swimming in their backyards, pool solar covers are an absolute must.

Even with the sun out it can be quite cool temperature-wise, and a solar pool blanket will prevent the wind from chilling the water, and trap in any heat that attempts to escape. On of your best investments you could make for your pool are in solar covers.

Most of the best rated solar pool covers are much cheaper than traditional and fancy heating systems that require energy, and instead work passively to harness energy from the sun.

They can keep your pool warm throughout the day so you can enjoy it even when the sun has set. At the same time, you will be able to lower your pool maintenance costs with a protective pool cover and also extend the usage period of your pool.

Pool solar covers are easily one of the better investments you can make.

Should you buy solar pool covers?

You can often find discount deals on good quality pool solar covers near the end of the swimming pool season, which usually coincides with the end of summer or fall depending on your location.

Swimming pool solar covers are an excellent addition to any pool as they provide an environmentally friendly solution to retain and possibly even increase water temperature for comfortable swimming.

Though you may hear stories of how solar covers may be as much hassle themselves as maintaining a swimming pool, the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

A common complaint, especially for larger inground pools, is the tedious process of covering and uncovering. Larger swimming pools will require at least two people to do the job and can become quite tedious when performed every day before and after pool use.

Solar Cover Reels

Solar Cover ReelsHowever, a great solution to this problem is to buy swimming pool reels.

Swimming pool reels are designed to augment pool covers by providing a hassle free flip-of-a-switch automation to cover and uncover your pool.

Reels can automatically retract in minutes and save you from being overburdened so you can quickly enjoy your heated pool. There are reel solutions for above ground pools as well.

Depending on your swimming pool configuration, you need to choose the proper pool cover reel to match.

Inground Pools
A traditional inground pool must be matched to a cover reel that sits low to the ground. Such reels are widely available and usually sit on wheels or coasters so you can easily move them around.
Above-Ground Pools
If you have an above-ground pool, you will need a swimming pool reel system that attaches to the edges of your pool. These will not have wheels on them, instead they will come with a latching system so you can secure them on the pool rails.

Another variation in solar reels that makes them quite handy are electric powered ones.

An electric pool cover reel system is usually costlier and requires more work to set up due to electrical safety requirements. However, these pool cover reels provide the most painless solution to solar blanket folding and unfolding

A manual reel is great for smaller pools since it won’t take much time at all to unreel and you will be doing your part to reduce your energy consumption and Carbon footprint.

Factors to consider when buying the best solar pool covers

Quality
When shopping for solar pool covers, be sure to pay attention to the quality of construction. The difference between a good and bad material can affect the life of the cover as well as a large difference in heat retention. This would possibly mean the difference of a few degrees heat in your pool.
Color

The color is a big indicator of whether the manufacturer has designed the solar cover to trap heat well.

Darker colors tend to protect against heat better than light or even opaque, but get it too dark and it may have the opposite effect and actually keep your pool cooler. This is why the most popular solution by far are semi-transparent covers.

The best semi-transparent solar pool covers allow the sun’s rays to pass through the cover into the water. The blanket then prevents any evaporation of heat off the surface of the pool.

Preventing evaporation not only keeps the water temperature warm, it also acts as a water retainer so you will be saving water as well as energy at the same time.

Thickness
The thickness of the best pool solar covers is another point to check for when you shop among discount quality manufacturers.

Leaders like Intex have designed solar covers that are thicker and as a result are better at what they do. They also last much longer.

However, the trade off is usually an increase in price as it uses more material and therefore costs more to produce.

Design
If you closely inspect the design, you will notice varying shapes and patterns in the solar blanket.

Common designs include standard bubble wrap-like bubbles, hexagons, and even diamonds.

Though the sizes vary and manufacturers may claim higher effectiveness with their design, there is usually no attributable difference to shape so be sure not to get sold on this “premium” when you shop.

 

Best Decking Material Reviews- 2017

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Beautiful decking is one of the best things you can do for your home. Installing decking around your home can add natural beauty, warmth and desirability, and has to be one of the best decisions you can make when it comes to deciding on the style of your home.

Decking is durable, hard wearing and good looking. And stunning decking will add value to your home as well.

But there are a lot of decisions to make before you can finally settle on the perfect decking for you. Do you want wood decking or would you prefer composite decking? What’s the difference between wood decking and composite decking?

What look do you want to go for on your deck?

Do you prefer the warm, natural beauty of wood decking or would you prefer the more modern look of composite decking? Or perhaps the durability and strength of vinyl decking combined with it’s other advantages?

What style and color will work best with the furnishings you have in mind for your home? What will match the curtains? What color or look do you feel most comfortable with?

There are a lot of decisions to be made before you get started on your deck.

  • What grade of wood decking will you select?
  • If it’s vinyl what look will you go for?
  • Have you considered Trex decking and do you know what their decking is?
  • What are the maintenance requirements of the different types of decking?
  • What are the comparative costs?
  • What differences in look are there?
  • Are you going to install your decking yourself? It’s perfectly possible to do and will save you money.
  • What do you need to know? What skills do you need? What tools?

There are all these factors to consider – and then some more. You’ll need to find out all about it and to have all the information at your fingertips before you make any decisions about the perfect decking for you.

IPE Decking – Rated The Best Decking Material In The World

IPE decking is pronounced ee-pay and is the finest wood decking that you can buy. It is made from extremely dense wood with tight grains.

  • IPE decking is usually a deep rich brown color although some pieces of the wood can display red and amber hues.
  • It has the hardness of 3600 pounds and is the highest rating decking material against insect infestation.
  • IPE decking is resistant to decay and carries a 100-year lifespan.

decking materialsYou can get IPE wood decking in either air-dried or kiln dried varieties. If you want to use IPE decking material outdoors, then it is best to buy the air-dried IPE decking.

If you use it inside, it will shrink, so it is intended only for outside use.

It is also possible to use this kind of wood decking indoors.

Kiln dried IPE is suitable for inside uses because it will expand in this environment.

When you are planning to install this wood decking, IPE decking experts advise that you allow it to sit for a few days first so that it can get acclimatized to the temperature of the surroundings.

You should also allow room for ventilation on the deck so that the wood decking will remain stable in the ground.

IPE Wood Decking is seriously hard stuff, and that’s good.

IPE decking is extremely hard so you will need a premium carbide tipped saw blade for cutting the planks of wood.

When you have to drill holes in the IPE wood decking, it is better to use brad point bits or fastner bits because these will give you cleaner holes.

How to install IPE decking

When you receive IPE wood decking, IPE ships it with a clear wax seal on the endgrains so that there won’t be any end checking. When you have to cut the ends of the decking, you need to seal the fresh cuts that are exposed within 24 hours.

You can buy this sealant when you buy the decking and one quart will be enough to seal 500 sq. feet of wood decking. You simply use a paintbrush to apply it.

There are three methods you can use for fastening the IPE decking to other structures.

  • There are plastic clips that you can buy that fit into slots on the edge of the wood decking.
  • IPE allows for a stainless steel screw to be then screwed into the joist. This method of fastening IPE wood decking is the recommended method because the other two require installation from the bottom of the deck.
  • The other method of fastening IPE decking is by using face screws. With this method you countersink the screws into the face of the wood decking and the finish screw method, which also affects the face of your IPE deck.

When you are installing IPE decking, you should allow 1/16-inch gaps between the boards. This is so the water can drain off and that the wood decking will have room to expand.

In addition, the gaps in the decking allow the air to circulate properly. Before you apply a finish to the IPE wood decking, you should test it out on a small piece of scrap material first.

Some oil and water based finishes will not dry properly on this wood decking. Ask your retailer about the recommended finishes before you go to all the work of installing IPE decking and then not be able to enjoy it.

Vinyl Decking- Most Durable Decking Material

Vinyl decking is one of the best and most durable decking materials you can ever buy when. It is much like the US Postal Service – neither wind nor rain nor snow will damage it 🙂 .

In addition to these characteristics, vinyl decking material won’t crack, warp or blister from the heat of the sun. It is therefore the best decking material for outdoor use.

The durable PVC construction will keep it looking like new and you won’t ever have to paint or stain it. Vinyl decking doesn’t rot so you will never have to replace one of the planks.

Although vinyl decking material is more expensive than wood, it will last a lifetime. You have no danger of small children getting splinters in their hands or feet or of hurting themselves with nails that may have worked loose.

Vinyl decking also provides you with a permanent worry free deck. The only work you have with vinyl deck material is installing it. Then you can sit back and enjoy it for the rest of your days.

An occasional washing will keep it clean and when you use the best cleaners for vinyl you will also prevent any buildup of mildew on the decking. You can easily sweep it with a broom and your garden hose will do fine for washing.

And it doesn’t look like a vinyl deck

The vinyl deck material comes in the same color of wood so it looks just like you have a wood deck. It is also available in white, beige and grey, if you prefer another color.

  • Even in the hottest days of summer, the vinyl will remain cool to the touch.
  • Vinyl decking is environmentally friendly. It is not harmful to children or pets
  • if you ever decide to take the deck off your house, vinyl decking material is 100% recyclable.
  • The raised rubber traction makes the vinyl slip resistant, which is why many people prefer to use this as the decking material of choice around their pools.
  • Unlike wood and concrete, you won’t hurt yourself as badly if you should fall on a deck made from vinyl material.
  • It increases the aesthetics of your home and because the vinyl deck material is expensive, it also increases the value of your home.

With vinyl decking, you can get the railings to match so your have perfectly coordinated deck.  You will need to have a wood deck frame and the starter boards for the vinyl deck need to be long enough to cover this wood frame. You can also allow for a 3 -inch overhang.

Installing vinyl decking

When you start to install vinyl decking, always start at the edge closest to the house.

Use the stainless steel deck screws and center them in the plastic slots that come with your installation kit.

The decking boards are tongue and groove so you won’t have any problem fitting them together. If you have ever installed vinyl siding on your home, you won’t have any problem building a deck with vinyl decking.

Wood Decks – A Traditional Way To Add Spice To Your Home

Wood decks are the best additions to any home. You can locate wood decks anywhere you wish. You can have the wood deck separate from or attached to your house.

There are many different designs of wood decks and many different kinds of wood that are well suited as deck material. When you look at the many different plans available for wood decks, you may decide to become creative and create your own design.

You can build wood decks any size that you want. You can also get wood deck plans that include areas for barbeques and planters as well as a fire pit or a heater.

If wood decks are properly built they are easy to maintain.

Redwood is a popular wood for decks because it is rot resistant and ages to a beautiful color. You can also paint or stain the deck to match the color of your home so that they become part of the architectural design.

Wood deck plans offer you all sorts of options

Some of the wood deck designs include raised decks, patios, balconies and roof decks.

Patios are usually wood decks that are low to the ground, while balconies are similar to roof decks in that they are cantilevered designs for the upper rooms of the house.

When you are looking for wood deck plans, lumberyards carry all kinds of plans. They also carry kits that include everything you need to build the deck from start to finish.

The Internet is also a good source of wood deck plans and designs. You can purchase plans for wood decks, but there are many sites where you can download all the wood deck plans you want for free.

You can even view pictures of wood decks to get an idea of the different wood deck designs and based on these photos you can design your own by incorporating features of several decks into one.

The plans help you to have the deck that you want and still stay within your budget. By completing the deck yourself, you save money because you don’t have to hire a contractor. It is also a good weekend project for you and your buddies.

The use of wood in building a deck has become increasingly popular because of the availability of lumber that is resistant to all kinds of weather.

Cedar and redwood are the two main types of wood used in wood decks because they are resistant to some types of insect infestation and they last a long time.

They are also soft woods, which makes them easy to work with when using wood deck plans and designs. Treated lumber is not recommended for wood decks in areas where there are small children and pets because the chemicals used in the treatment could be harmful.

Consider The Advantages Of Plastic Decking To Beautify Your Home

Plastic decking is a composite material for decking of which plastic is one of the components.

Other components of this decking material include reclaimed wood. Several different types of plastic can be used in plastic decking, depending on the manufacturer. Some use recycled plastic, while others use virgin plastic.

Plastic decking not only makes best use of recycled materials, but is one of the longest lasting and best decking materials you can buy.

Plastic decking has significant advantages to some other types of decking materials.

The wood used in plastic decking varies more than the type of plastic. Quite often, this is how your recycled plastic pop bottles are used.

The wood used in making plastic decking material is usually in the form of fiber or sawdust.

Manufacturers of decking plastic that use polypropylene mix it with oak.

Others prefer to use waste wood, while others prefer using cedar when making plastic deck material. There are also decking materials made from vinyl and this is often lumped under the title of composite decking.

A plastic deck is a safe deck, and a low maintenance deck too.

best decking material Even though there are additives in plastic decking they are not dangerous like those in pressure treated lumber. This makes this decking material quite safe to use where there are small children or pets.

The additives are included under high pressure and heat. The surface of the plastic decking material is then brushed with a coating to give it the natural color of wood.

Note: Vinyl decking is 100% plastic. But most of the decking plastic does contain some wood.

All plastic deck material that contains wood will weather over time and change color, but only slightly.

Best Low Maintenance Decking Material

When you use plastic deck material for your patio, you will have very low maintenance with it.

You don’t need to stain or paint it, although you can if your wish.

You won’t ever have a problem with rot or insect infestation because this material is resistant to both.

The only problem that you may encounter with using plastic decking is that if you don’t wash it regularly, it is susceptible to mold and mildew.

If you do decide to paint or stain your plastic decking material you should use a high quality oil-based paint or stain. However, once you start doing this, you will have to continue because the color of the decking plastic will fade.

Our Verdict

Although plastic decking can be somewhat more expensive than wood, you should look beyond the initial investment.

This decking material will outlast you and your house, which is something you can’t say for wood decking.

The only investment you will have to make is the purchase of the decking plastic and the only time you will have to spend on it is a regular washing. With plastic decking you have more time to enjoy your great deck and your family.

Composite Decking Material

Composite decking not only adds to the appearance of your home, but it is also low maintenance.

When you use composit material for your decking, you have a deck that won’t fade from the light or heat of the sun, one that is safe for children because it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals and best of all, you have durable composite decking.

Because of these valuable qualities, composite decking can maintain its beauty and color for years. Composite decking is an extremely wise choice in decking.

You will never have to paint, stain or seal the deck when you use composite decking material. Composite decking is resistant to rot, so you will never have to replace any rotten planks or worry that after a while someone may fall through.

It is easy to care for composite decking material to keep it looking new year after year. You do need to periodic cleaning when you use composite material for decking.

Power washing works really well as does any cleaner intended for general use. You may have to use rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow and ice off the decking if you live in a northern climate.

Composite Decking Looks And Feels Good

It doesn’t matter what color of composite decking you choose. The color will stay vibrant and even during the hottest part of the day, it will stay cool to the touch. This is because composite decking material is composed of highly reflective color pigments to help it resist fading in the bright sunlight.

Composite decking is made using recycled wood and pure polymers and this creates a strong material that is well able to withstand the elements of the weather.

In contrast to traditional wooden decking, composit decking is splinter free. It is also slip resistant so you there is no danger of someone slipping and falling because of a slippery deck.

In the winter months, you will have to keep it free of ice and snow if you don’t want any slippery patches, but salt will do the trick without harming the composite decking material.

Composite decking is not only suitable for patios, but is one of the widely used materials for pool decking and boat docks. The patented process of making this composite material ensure that your deck will not show the signs of wear and tear that are normal in the spring.

If you are worried that your composite decking material may become mildewed, you should wash it down on a regular basis with a cleaner containing sodium hydrochlorite. If your deck is near trees, you should clean with this type of cleaner even if the composite decking looks clean after each wash.

Mold and mildew can build up in small cracks where pollen, dirt, grass and leaves are present. The old adage applies when it comes to cleaning composit decking – It’s better to be safe than sorry. With very little work composite decking can actually outlast you and your home.

Trex Decking – Get The Best Of Wood And Plastic

Trex decking is made from a combination of reclaimed wood and plastic. The use of plastic helps to protect the wood from moisture and makes the decking resistant to insect infestation.

The wood in Trex decking keeps the plastic from being damaged by the UV rays of the sun and provides a natural look and feel to the composite decking.

With Trex decking, you have low maintenance because you won’t have to do any painting, staining or repairing.

Trex composite decking is different from traditional wood decking, even though it is made from wood.

Some of the fantastic features of Trex decking that will allow you to use your deck for a lifetime include the fact that it will not rot and is splinter free.

You can get this decking in three different finishes

  • Smooth
  • Hardwood
  • Wood grain

There are also seven different colors for you to choose from. When you look at the Trex decking prices, you may be inclined to choose a cheaper decking material, but you do need to think of the long-term use you will enjoy when you have it installed.

Why has the color of my Trex Composite Decking changed?

When you install Trex decking, you may notice that it will change color a bit after 10-12 weeks. This is because of the exposure to water and sunlight. This is the amount of time that it takes the Trex composite decking to adjust to your environment.

Some people do not realize that it will change color slightly and complain that for the high Trex decking prices, they did not expect this to happen.

However, this is a natural process and does not weaken the composite decking in any way.

Trex retailers usually do inform their customers that this will happen to avoid any problems after a few months.

Most decking retailers carry Trex composite decking. If you cannot find it in your local area, you can order it online of even call the company’s toll free telephone number.

Why we like Trex Decking

Best Bang for your Buck
Trex decking prices are competitive with other brands of composite decking on the market and this decking is better than traditional lumber because of the impressive features that it brings to your deck.
Easy Installation
You don’t need to have any special tools to install Trex decking. It is just as easy to work with as wood and you don’t need to have a special saw blade as you would with IPE. This is one of the reasons many homeowners like the Trex brand of composite decking.
Incredible Durability
Trex decking will not shrink or swell due to moisture, but changes in temperature may cause slight swelling.

However, if you allow gaps between the boards from side-to-side and at the end joints this will allow for thermal expansion and contraction.

You can paint or stain Trex composite decking, but you don’t need to do it for protection. If you do want to change the color of the Trex decking, the Trex experts recommend that you use quality latex paint and solid colors.

9 common sleep disorders in children & what you can do about them

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One of the most pressing problems that most families face nowadays is sleeping problems in children. Often children face problems like bedwetting, insomnia, snoring, waking up often during the night and even faking the sleep.

These disorders in sleep habits for children can be frustrating for the family. But we also need to understand that the child is also going through a terrible stage.

So, here are some common sleep issues and behavior problems in children as well as the treatment methods that you can try to cure the condition.

Understanding infant parasomnias

Parasomnias are sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, sleep eating, teeth grinding, night terrors, nightmares, rhythmic movement disorder, REM behaviour disorder, restless legs syndrome, and somniloquy or sleep-talking.

These sleep disorders are characterized by partial arousal during sleep or transitions between wakefulness and sleep. When they affect children they are known as pediatric parasomnias.

Parasomnias activate physiological systems at inappropriate times. This occurs during the sleep-wake cycle. In particular, these sleep disorders activates autonomic nervous system, motor system, or cognitive processes during sleep or sleep-wake transitions.

Symptoms of pediatric parasomnias

The signs of parasomnia differ from one disorder to the other. For instance, night terrors comprise fearful waking along with rapid heartbeat. Sometimes it also includes screaming.

But sleepwalking symptoms include wandering around while in a deep sleep.

However, nearly all pediatric parasomnia disorders have one thing in common; that is, an individual is asleep during the occurrence.

Parasomnias start to appear as a young child’s brain and body develop. In the majority of children sleep-related behaviors gradually go away without treatment as the child enters teenage years.

These behaviors are considered as a disorder when they occur frequently and disturb the lives of the child and/or the family.

sleeping positionChildren affected with parasomnia may sleep in unusual positions, or with their eyes open.

Some of the common symptoms in children are arched backs, heads thrown back or sleeping upside down are all common symptoms.

Parasomnias-affected child appears to be confused or afraid.

Usually the child never becomes completely awake. The child has no memory of the event in the next morning.

In almost all cases a parasomnia is not related to any sort of mental problem in children.

Sleep-talking is often reported in 50 per cent of young children; with most of them outgrowing it by puberty, although it may continue into adulthood.

Causes of sleep disorders in children

Just like symptoms the causes also vary depending on different conditions. External reasons include stress, depression or anxiety, whereas other parasomnias are genetic in nature.

To properly cure a parasomnia one must view the treatment based upon the actual present condition. If your child is over-tired or is taking some medication then it may worsen the condition.

In some cases, these disorders are due to other conditions, such as sleep apnea, heartburn, or periodic limb movement during sleep.

Although parasomnias are quite common and harmless, they can be an acute problem for some children.

Parents should consult a sleep specialist if a sleep problem disturbs their child to a great extent. It is important to keep in mind that parasomnias do not generally last for long, its presence is short. This reason makes its treatment conventional with regard to medicines and the like. Thus, the most frequently used treatment for this is improving sleeping habits.

1Night terrors

The first common sleeping problem is pavor nocturnus or night terrors. This condition is very different from nightmares and the two should not be confused as the same thing.

In this condition which occurs approximately around 90 minutes after the child sleeps, the child suddenly gets up from his sleep and begins screaming. The child often becomes inconsolable for at least 30 minutes before you can make him relaxed, back to sleep.

What causes night terrors?

Many doctors believe that night terrors are accused by some kind of fatigue or stress. It can be also because of the pressure of studies that children nowadays get in their schools.

The best way to deal with this situation for parents is to device some kind of relaxing techniques. The child should have appropriate amount of rest as also some recreation time.

Also as a parent you need to keep your child in a good environment.

2Baby Nightmares

Does your child suffer from feelings of insecurity and sadness? Does he or she often cry in the middle of the night? Does your child tell you about bad dream stories?

If answer to all these questions is in affirmative, then be very careful. Your child may be suffering due to toddler nightmares.

For young babies, nightmares are enough to keep them from going back to sleep. They become too terrified of sleeping. This is a great trouble not only for children but also for parents.

Nightmares could be distressing for young minds too. They contain very important information about critical emotional challenges in the child’s life.

What causes baby nightmares

For children, nightmares could occur as a result of events like joining a new school, moving to a new neighborhood or living through a separation or remarriage.

Nightmares or night terrors bring on anxiety, depression and apprehension for hours or even days afterward

They also disturb children’s ability to get sound sleep. It may trigger insomnia, or fears and phobias regarding sleeping and dreaming.

There lies a difference between nightmares and night terrors. A nightmare is an unpleasant or terrifying dream.

Everyone dreams whether children or adults. But nightmares occur more commonly in children than adults.

Where as night terror is not a dream. It is an altered state of sleep known as parasomnia. Adults usually do not experience night terrors.

The difference between nightmares and night terrors

A child generally wakes up after a nightmare and feels distressed afterwards. Parents find it hard to comfort a child after a nightmare.

However, a child will not wake up by night terrors. Though child may keep his or her eyes open but will not be conscious enough to recognize or communicate. Waking up children afterward will confuse them.

After a night terror, children settle down easily. But this doesn’t happen after a nightmare.

Going back to sleep

Children who experience a nightmare become reluctant to go back to sleep. Often nightmares occur later in night, that is, during the light stages of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Children undergo night terrors generally earlier in night during deep non-REM or delta sleep.

What can parents do?

Both nightmares and night terrors are alarming for parents. You should be cautious in handling your child. You must to talk to your child about his or her fears.

Help your child to get away with any insecurity. When parents give their children reassurance and encouragement to look at imaginative solutions to dream dilemmas, their ability is restored to play with images in their nightmares. Then they may not feel threatened afterward.

Parents can do a lot in helping their child recover from sleeping disorder. For example, avoid watching aggressive or frightening television shows or movies, especially at night when children are around. Try not to quarrel in front of children, if possible. Parental fighting and abuse disturb children a lot.

Toddler nightmares are the cause of concern if the dreams persist and are recurring. In such a case it is advisable to consult a doctor.

3Somnabulism

Another common problem that children often face is Somnabulism and Somniloquy.

Somnabulism refers to walking during sleep and is a more serious condition. While,

Somniloquy refers to talking while being asleep. This disorder may vary from a kind of restlessness while sleeping to even walking the whole house while sleeping.

This condition is more common in school boys than school girls. Sleepwalking is very dangerous in the sense that the child can fall from the balcony or from the stairs. So if your child suffers from this condition then the first thing that you should do is shift the room of your child to a safer place.

All windows and doors of the house should be firmly locked.

Parents should never intervene sleepwalking by shaking, shouting or slapping the child. In many cases the condition of sleepwalking is solved as the child becomes matured.

Also another effective method is to keep a diary of the time when the child does sleepwalking. Here the parent should study the patterns of sleepwalking and recognize the time at which the child gets up for walking unconsciously everyday.

Then everyday just 15 minutes before sleepwalking takes place you need to wake up the child and keep him busy with some thing for at least 5 minutes. This method to deal with children sleeping problems has proved effective in at least 80 percent of the cases.

4Baby snoring

Do you know that about 3% to 12% of preschool kids snore?

A majority of these children are normal and don’t show any signs or symptoms of ill health or other health complications.

While 2% of the total children found snoring may have serious problems and their snoring may contribute to other problems. So, it is important to pay proper attention to children snoring as it may affect them.

Snoring is a sleeping disorder which may be prevalent due to many factors. A child may normally snore due to bad position of sleeping. But this would certainly be an occasional occurrence.

If baby snoring is consistent and chronic then its time you take extra care and consult a doctor. Your child may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) which is a condition where the child never gets sound sleep. Disturbed sleep would then affect the over all health of the child.

 A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics has shown that if a child is a normal snorer and doesn’t suffer from OSAS then he or she would show no other symptoms of this disorder.

On the other hand, if a child snores due to OSAS he would show certain symptoms such a more daytime sleepiness, disruption in sleep, waking up at irregular intervals and then again going to sleep. 

A child with sleep apnea will also show behavioral problems, lack of attentiveness, and other problems like poor weight gain or more weight gain, large tonsils with mouth breathing, fast heart rate and much more.

Parents must be very careful to observe such syndromes in child who snore. Even if they do not find such symptoms they must visit a pediatric clinic to confirm whether the child is suffering from any related disorder.

If your baby is newborn and shows snoring syndrome you must immediately consult a doctor for treatment.

What are the causes of snoring in children?

Baby snoring can be the result of 3 things:

  • The first reason may be enlarged adenoids or tonsils.
  • The second reason may be defective anatomical structure like small airway passage or jaw that blocks air.
  • The third may be the nerves or muscles which control the movement of jaws and air passage are not integrated enough for smoother air passage.

Parents must take immediate steps to cure sleeping disorders in children because in the long run snoring can lead to other problems like mood swings, less attention, weakness, to name a few.

A doctor should be able to administer effective snoring remedies for snoring disorders. If the doctor finds the snoring disorder is due to large adenoids or tonsils then they would remove the enlarged portion by a process called adenotonsillectomy.

If snoring is due to anatomical problems they may use medical devices or other treatment options to correct the disorder.

Consult pediatric otolaryngologists for finding a solution to the problem of baby snoring.

5Child insomnia

A child who suffers from insomnia needs special care and treatment to overcome the miserable condition which may ultimately affect its physical and psychological well being.

Children with insomnia have trouble going to sleep and often wake up in the middle of their sleep with loud cries or weeping. If a child doesn’t get a goodnight sleep, it may affect the behavior and mood of the child during the day.

Ultimately, the child would start showing symptoms of sleep deprivation. Pediatricians thus advise parents to take care for their children’s sleep a lot.

The common symptoms of disordered sleep pattern resulting from child insomnia are:

  • Mood swings
  •  Irritability
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggressiveness
  • Lack of attention
  • Memory weakness

If these symptoms persist in your child its time you pay a little attention to their sleeping habits.

There are many reasons of insomnia in a child. But the good news is it can be corrected. The prime causes are-their bad habit of going to bed late due to television programs or other factors.

Night terror (as children have imaginative mind and they may perceive ghosts or devils while they try to sleep in dark rooms alone) may also occasion insomnia in children.

The other reasons may include stress, caffeine if they drink beverages, snoring, anxiety, autism, pain, upset tummy, mental retardation and more.

Treatment options for child insomnia may include medications by doctors and other psychological therapies if the child is upset with terror or any disorder like autism.

It is often seen that parents try to stick to medicines for treating child insomnia. But giving medication at such tender age may not be a good factor. You must also try out some other options too. Remember the child may also be deprived of parent’s love especially if you tend to be too busy.

  • A child who suffers from insomnia needs psychological treatments like love, and care. Your child may be willing to sleep with you. So lay beside him/her.
  • Watch out if the child snores at night, if she does consult a doctor to find out the immediate cause.
  • Ask your child how comfortable he or she finds her bed. What colors they want in their room, which pillow they find more comfort sleeping on, and if they are afraid of sleeping alone.

If after diagnosis, the doctor finds that your child is suffering from unrest, stress or other problems, he may refer sleeping pills made that are specially for children.

A child with insomnia may be given melatonin, sedating antidepressants which may include amitriptyline, and clonidine.

6Sleep apnea in children

Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder in which people temporarily stop breathing during their sleep. The condition can be seen in both adults and children. Sleep apnea in children is increasingly being recognized as a cause of behavioral problems.

If you notice your child with symptoms like continual loud snoring, weight loss or poor weight gain, mouth breathing, enlarged tonsils, and restless sleep then your child could be suffering from sleep apnea.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include: bedwetting, arousal during sleep, daytime sleepiness, problem in paying attention, aggressive behavior and hyperactivity. All these problems would together lead to severe problems at school for child.

In some cases children affected with sleep apnea develop short and heavy necks.

If you suspect that your child is suffering from sleep apnea, then a pediatric ENT specialist should be consulted for further examination.

In many cases the major cause of sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids. For this the preferred method of treatment is surgery.

Although removal of tonsils and/or adenoids in children was a common practice but in recent times doctors seek help of alternative treatments for childhood throat infections.

Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy have especially become the preferred treatment for this condition.

Treatment for sleep apnea in children

Sleep apnea is a disease for which effective treatment strategy is needed. There are alternative therapies for sleep apnea which focus on natural ways to provide relief from sleep apnea.

Alternative Sleep Apnea Therapies
Alternative sleep apnea therapies make use of behavioral interventions, changes in lifestyle and use of herbal remedies as the potential cure for sleep apnea.

These alternative sleep apnea therapies try to lessen the apnea attacks and also help to impart good quality of sleep.

Holistic practitioners use a flower medication called Vervain as a home treatment of sleep apnea. Vervain has a soothing essence which helps people with their sleeping problems. Some other natural remedies include aromatherapy, herbal remedies, homeopathy and yoga.

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Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques clear out air passages so that one can breathe with ease during sleep. By making your child learn these techniques and frequently practice them, would provide relief him some relief from sleep apnea.

Combining natural remedies with lifestyle improvements like making your child sleep early, regular exercise and more can improve his or her night’s sleep.

7Child Bruxism and Teething

Teething patterns vary significantly greatly from baby to baby. But usually, baby teething begins from four to seven months.

After the sprouting of first four front teeth, an infant may show up a lot of symptoms causing you to worry. The common symptoms include fever, swollen gums, less sleep due to pain, diarrhea and others. But many a times the symptoms of bruxism could be confused with normal toddler teething.

What is bruxism?

After they cross their first birthday and have already two pairs of teeth, your baby may show signs of teeth grinding. Teeth grinding during sleep disturbs the sleep and the baby may suffer from sleeping disorders.

Baby grinding teeth may have adverse affects. It may hurt the gums and cause pain which may travel to other organs like ears. If pain traverses to the ear, the baby could try to pull their ears or rub against in pain as they cry in anguish.

Parents must take care of such symptoms and try out the remedies advised by doctors.

Besides the prescribed gels, medicines or methods advised by pediatrics you can apply some effective traditional methods to relieve the baby from teething pain.

You can, for instance, use multi colored amber necklace for teething babies which is believed to reduce the pain and reduce the swollen gums.

Cuddle the baby more during this time because s/he needs more care and comfort.

You can gently massage the gum with your fingers which the baby may enjoy during toddler teething. Make sure your hands are clean enough.

You can even try teething toys available in the market for teething babies to relieve pain and keep the baby busy. Shop for the Best Teething Toys on Amazon

8Wetting the bed

Kids all over the world wet their bed. In fact child bedwetting is a very common phenomenon.

The medical term for bed wetting is nocturnal enuresis. This can be a very embarrassing problem for the child. This condition may make him feel very lonely. In fact, they may also remain secluded and away from social gatherings as a result of this disease.

 Wetting the bed is more common in boys than girls. 

One thing that you should remember is that bed wetting cannot be stopped by the child. Bed wetting also do not signify that the child is a lazy or disobedient fellow. In fact the medical fraternity regards it as more of a developmental disorder.

The problem of bedwetting can be divided into two types, namely primary bedwetting and secondary bedwetting.

Primary Bedwettting
Primary bedwetting is the one where child has this problem of making the bed wet since he was a toddler. In fact, kids who have at least two instances of bed wetting continuously from their birth falls in this category.
Secondary bedwetting
Secondary bedwetting is the one where the problem occurs after regular gaps, say of about 6 months.

Causes of primary bedwetting in children

Both primary and secondary bedwetting have different causes.

Primary bedwetting can occur due to one of combinations of causes like:

  • Holding the urine for a long time during the night
  • Inability to wake up during sleep when the bladder is full
  • Production large amount of urine during evening and night time
  • And finally poor toiletry habits.

Poor toiletry habit is one of the most common causes of primary bedwetting. Most children try to suppress their urge to toilet. This is why parents may notice that a lot of young kids do leg crossing, face straining, groin holding, squirming, and squatting during sleep.

Causes of secondary bedwetting

Causes of secondary bedwetting can be quite different

In fact, they are more or less result of some emotional or medical problems.

The first cause of secondary bedwetting is infection in the urinary tract. Any infection in the bladder also causes an infection in the urinary tract. This in turn increases the urgency of a person to urinate frequently.

People who have high levels of sugar in their body or are suffering from diabetes can suffer from such problems. Their body always tries to get rid of the excess sugar through urination.

One of the common symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination.

Some kind of anatomical or structural abnormality can also cause bedwetting. Any abnormality in the muscles, nerves and organs thus can also be the cause of frequent urination.

Emotional problems like frequent conflicts in the house or a change in the environment like changing school can disturb the child mentally and cause the child to urinate in his pants or in bed.

Child bedwetting can also occur in children who are sexually or physically abused at some point of their life.

9Baby won’t sleep

A good night’s sleep is a must for everyone. If your child has sleep disorders you should take it very seriously.

Sleep deprivation can result in very harmful effects on your child. The symptoms of child sleep deprivation could be indicators of several other disorders in your child such as weakened immune system, diabetes mellitus, anxiety, stress, depression, obesity, hindered mental as well as physical development and many more!

Children between the age of three to five years should sleep for anywhere around 11 to13 hours each day.

Young children going to school should sleep for 10 to11 hours each day. If your child sleeps for less than his requirement, it could affect him in a number of ways.

Studies show that lack of sleeping can even result in learning problems. That is, the child would perform badly in the school due to not having enough sleep.

What causes sleep deprivation

There could be various causes of sleep deprivation in the child. It could be due to some stimulants in his bedroom or due to his eating habits. Say, for instance if the child consumes too much caffeine (coffee, chocolates) during the day it would reduce his sleep.

If the child faces disturbed sleep, it would also result in no sleep. So make sure the child is not disturbed when he is sleeping.

Also a number of other factors such as environment in the school and home, behavior of friends and parents affect the child’s sleep.

Children suffering from sleep deprivation either experience too many difficulties while going to sleep, or stay asleep or simply have an incomplete sleep through out the night.

As regards the symptoms there are many and can differ according to cases. Some of the more common ones are irritability, frequent changes in moods like depression and hyperactivity, difficulties in concentration, decrease in memory, aggressiveness and many more.

Lack of appropriate sleep or sleep disorders need to be dealt immediately as they can also cause physical and cognitive problems in the child. So, treatment for sleep deprivation is really a matter of concern.

But before going for any kind of medication, the parents should realize that a proper diagnosis to ascertain the cause of the sleep disorder is very essential. Find out if child is suffering from too much of stress at school. Watch his dietary habits and notice changes if any.

Sleep Deprivation Cure

Some of medications for sleep deprivation are benzodiazepines, hypnotic sedatives, benzodiazepine receptor agonists and sedating antidepressants.

These medications however should always be used as a short term solution. When used for a longer time, they can become hard-to-break habits.

You can also make use of behavioral therapy, acupuncture, and yoga as well to improve your child’s sleep.

Some lifestyle changes on the part of the parents can also help to cure child sleep deprivation. This includes setting up a daily routine before sleep, avoiding waking up too late in the night and also if possible sleeping with the child occasionally.

 

Gutter brush reviews- The best gutter cleaning tools in the market

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There’s no question about it. One of the worst parts of home maintenance is cleaning out the rain gutter. I am yet to meet anyone who says that gutter cleaning is adorable

Not only is it physically exhausting by having to climb up and down the ladder all around the house, but digging out wet leaves and other debris that have accumulated over the months just plain… stinks.

I can remember one time last year I made the mistake of using my bare hands to grab all the gunk out of the gutters on our home. The next thing I knew my hands smelled like rotten sewage for the next 2 days!

Sure, you can call out the gutter cleaning companies to do it for you, but at what cost?

Fortunately, there is an easier solution that will put a stop to having to constantly clean gutters.

Best Gutter Cleaning Tools

When it comes to gutter cleaning tools, the last several years has seen more of these gadgets than ever before. Some are pretty good designs and work as advertised, while others don’t fair so well.

In this article we’ll take a look at a few of the best gutter cleaning tools to help make the task of buying one a little easier on you.


#1 Gutter Brush Review

The Gutter Brush not only reduces the time spent on gutter cleaning, but it saves you money and is so simple and easy to install and maintain.

gutter brush reviewsOut of the many types of gutter protection systems available today, the gutter brush is hard to beat. The ease of installation, which requires no tools or skills, makes it possible for anyone to set up.

The costs are low when compared to other systems, and the brushes will fit any size and type of rain gutter.

Reviews on Amazon have been very positive. The gutter brush carries a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, and users have commented on how well the brush works, as well as how durable it is and how good the performance is.

Built to Last
One of the biggest advantages of the gutter brush over other types of gutter protection or gutter guards is in how flexible it is to use.

Similar to the old fashioned pipe cleaners, the material bends to fit all types of gutter channels and around corners. The polypropylene material of the brush is built into a galvanized steel wire and also UV coated.

It’s designed to last for many years to come. You won’t find yourself having to replace it 5 years from now. That’s nice peace of mind for sure.

Fits all sizes of rain gutters
The gutter brush is also designed to fit every type and size of gutter used on homes today.

They have a standard size that fits 5″ channels and can be used in vinyl, aluminum, copper, PVC, galvanized or stainless steel gutters. If you have the larger 6″ gutters, that’s no problem as well, because they make gutter brushes to fit those also.

Fits all length of rain gutters
The length of your rain gutters is not an issue as well. Gutter brushes come in multiple lengths to fit all sizes, regardless of whether you have need for just 30 feet or 3,000 feet and more.

You simply order enough to fit the total combined length of your gutters.

The GutterBrush comes in various sizes of 30 feet, 45 feet, 60 feet, 120 or 135 feet. So it’s very easy to simply order the lengths you specifically need.

Quick and Easy Installation
The single biggest issue with most all gutter covers or gutter protection systems is installing them.

Many have to be installed by drilling holes or inserting screws. Others have to have precision cuts to fit perfectly. You’ll need all kinds of tools and expertise in order to install them properly. Well, there’s something to be said for “simple”. And that is what the gutter brush installation is.

You do not need any tools, nor do you need to have carpentry experience or be roofer in order to install it.

You do not have to modify the roof or mess with the gutters at all.

Finally, you do not need to spend an entire weekend getting it put in place. In fact, for the average sized home, it will only take only an hour or two at most. This is not like trying to install the gutter helmet, gutter guard or other type of gutter screen that requires an enormous amount of time and installation skills

Easy Maintenance
Maintaining gutter brushes is quick and easy.

You simply lift them out of the gutter channel and shake off any leaves, twigs or other debris. Set them back down when finished and that’s it.

What you will most likely find in many cases is that the sun, wind and other weather elements will actually blow the leaves away, or they will naturally decompose, to where you do not even need to clean them at all.

Cost effective
It’s hard to argue the cost effectiveness of this type of system. When you sit down to look at it and compare it with the various options you have in gutter leaf protection systems, you’ll see the value in a gutter brush.

There’s no more having to pay for gutter cleaning or shelling out thousands of dollars for a gutter leaf guard system, not to mention the added costs for installation.

GutterBrush Q&A

Q. What is the GutterBrush and what is it made out of?

A. The Gutter Brush reminds me of a sort of oversized pipe cleaner so to speak. It has stiff bristles made of polypropylene that are attached to flexible a 12 gauge galvanized steel core. The bristles feature double UV protection and are designed to provide many years of affordable and effective use in preventing clogged gutters.

Q. How does this type of gutter guard system work?

A. Each 3 foot section of Gutter Brush has stiff bristles that provide you with 24/7 year round protection by keeping leaves, twigs, animals and debris out of the gutter channels, and allowing rain water to flow freely through your downspouts.

Q. Will it fit all sizes of rain gutters?

A. Yes, the standard size fits all 12″ gutters and you can also get the Gutter Brush for oversized 15″ gutters as well.

It works for aluminum gutters, vinyl, steel, galvanized, copper, PVC and any other types. Gutter Brush

Q. How easy is it to install?

A. One of the nicer aspects of using this type of gutter protection is in how easy the installation is. Keeping clean rain gutters has literally never been easier.

You simply place each 3 foot section down inside your gutter or eaves. Continue to place them along the entire gutter path.

There are NO special tools required and NO skills needed to complete the installation. When you get to the end of the gutter and have extra length of Gutter Brush you only need to fold over the excess brush into itself to get the perfect fit.

It easily bends to go around corners or angles.

Q. Can I order the length I need for my home?

A. Yes, you can measure the lengths of your gutters that you want to protect and order the Gutter Brush in amounts of 30 ft. – 45 ft. – 60 ft. – and 120 feet increments.

Be sure to order an extra 5-10 feet more than your dimensions so that you have enough on hand for bends and curves, as well as any other issues that may come up.

Q. Why should I use the Gutter Brush?

A. This is a common question that many people have. The dangers of gutter cleaning and using the many different gutter cleaning tools can not be overstated.

Slipping or falling off the ladder is one of the leading causes of home accidents, injuries and even deaths.

In addition, hiring a relative or someone else to clean your gutters opens yourself up to liability issues in the event they have an accident, not to mention the added costs of having them cleaned out twice a year.

Left unchecked, clogged gutters can cause roof problems with rotting fascia, soffits, siding, as well as damaging your landscape, foundation and basement.

With the GutterBrush there’s NO cutting necessary. There’s NO screws or holes to have to drill. NO drilling or cutting into the roof. There’s no extra weight placed onto your gutters to have to be concerned with support. Not to mention… there’s no maintenance as well.

Finally, the Gutter Brush is much more affordable and easy to use than other leaf guards, gutter helmets, screens, filters and other systems.

Q. What happens with all the leaves and debris that gets caught in the bristles?

A. Don’t be surprised to see leaves or other debris on top of the Gutter Brush, but the wind will blow most all of it away.

The leaves and other debris that might be caught in the gutter guard bristles will eventually either blow away due to the airflow of the bristles, or the sun, wind and rain causes it to self-compost and wash away down the downspout.

The important thing is that the gutters will not become clogged.

Q. I get a lot of pine needles and maple seeds where I live. Won’t they create a problem later on?

A. If you live in an area that sees a lot of pine needles, seeds or even acorns, they will not clog your home’s gutter system with the Gutter Brush. The bristles hold them in place where the wind either blows them away, or the sun and rain cause them to decompose.

Rain water will continue to flow through your gutter channel or eaves troughs as usual. Again, they simply will not clog.

Q. What about costs?

Prices on other rain gutter protection systems such as the Gutter Helmet, Leaf Guard and other gutter guards can cost thousands of dollars and are simply unaffordable.

That’s another big advantage to the Gutter Brush, not only does it work well in keeping your gutters flowing freely, but it is very affordable as well. You can find the prices on the various lengths by clicking here:

Q. Will the Gutter Brush be seen from the ground? I don’t want anything to detract from the looks of my home?

A. Unlike gutter covers that hang over the gutter and are often unsightly, gutter brushes are designed to fit inside the gutter channel.

For a very low level home, you may see just the tips of the bristles. But in homes with gutters that are 10-12 feet above the ground, you should not see them at all. It’s designed to be a very low profile system, which is something I like.

Q. Will installing the GutterBrush mean I’ll never have to clean rain gutters again?

A. Your gutters will remain clear and free flowing after installing the Gutter Brush, but in the unlikely event you get a piece of debris stuck in the bristles, all you need to do is remove the section and shake it out with your hand.

It’s very quick and simple to do.

Q. How do I know what size of Gutter Brush I need?

A. If you do not know the size of rain gutters are on your home you can quickly find out by taking a tape measure and measuring from the back of the gutter to the front lip of the gutter.

In most cases it will be 5-15 inches, but you may have longer inch gutters.

Once you know your size you can easily order what you need. Q. Where can I get the Gutter Brush? A. You can order it directly from Amazon and have it shipped right to your door. There’s no having to go to the home improvement center or trying to load it into your car. It’s completely “hassle free”.

Our Verdict~ Highly Recommended

Cleaning rain gutters will be one less headache with the GutterBrush. It’s easy to install and more importantly, it does what it says it will do.

We highly recommend it as a way to reduce gutter cleaning costs and increase the overall performance and efficiency of your gutter system.

gutter cleaning brush #2 Gutter Scoop

You can find this available in various brand names and models, but they all work pretty much the same. It’s made of plastic and features a handle attached to a scoop.

The scoop itself is as wide as your rain gutter channel and you simply work your way down the length of the gutter and scoop out all of the debris clogging up your gutter.

This type of gutter cleaning tool is actually pretty good. It eliminates getting your hands all wet and filthy by having to scoop everything out by hand, and it holds up pretty well to many uses.

gutter guard brush#3 Gutter Getter

This is another unique gutter cleaning tool that features a long handle with a pointed blade to pull the leaves and other debris towards you.

The handle adjusts outward to around 8 feet.

The big advantage here is that you can clean out large areas of your gutters at one time without having to go up and down the ladder as often to move it down the side of your house.

gutter brush reviews #4 Gutter Sense

This is yet another handy gadget that attaches to any kind of pole. For example, a broom handle or leaf rake handle. The Gutter Sense is used from standing on the ground, which is much safer, and placing the “tongs” on the handle. Then, you lower it into the gutter and grasp the debris.

I’ve not used this device, but it does look interesting. I plan on giving it a try this fall and I’ll update this page to let you know how well it worked.

Other types of gutter cleaning tools can range from something as simple as a garden spade to scoop up debris, to using a leaf blower while standing on your roof. I don’t recommend that due to the increased safety risk, but many homeowners do this.

Best Electronic Deadbolt Door Locks- 2016 Reviews and Buying Guide

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Why electronic deadbolt locks?

Have you ever considered changing you locks with electronic door locks? Perhaps not. It is not common to see an electronic deadbolt door lock. The average home owner is not even aware that these smart door locks even exist.

You may not know what the benefits are of having a keyless door lock are (yet), but as soon as you start thinking about it, you’ll regret that you had not discovered this door lock system earlier.

Imagine, not needing a key to get into your locked house. Just the input of a code, and presto, welcome home.

How neat would it be not to have to fiddle with keys, especially if you have been out shopping and your hands are full? It’s great.

And besides the convenience, it is also safer. An electronic door lock is harder to force open then a regular mechanical door lock.

Typically the cases are much larger and stronger then old locks. And without keys on most versions, several methods of tricking a lock, such as Key Bumping, flat out do not work.

Why wait? Act now. There are several different types of electronic deadbolt door locks available but our very best is the Schlage Camelot.

Different types of electronic deadbolt locks


Keypad Door LocksKeypad Door Lock

A keypad door lock is a digital door lock with a keypad interface, allowing for easy entry into your home or office.

Typically, most digital door locks have a keypad. One benefit of this is allowing for multiple people access. Keys get lost, and are often expensive to replace, especially from a locksmith.

With a keypad door lock, you can program a code for anybody that needs one. Even temporary codes for service people and such. And the best part, no keys! See the Yale Real Living Keyless Deadbolt.


Biometric electronic deadbolt door lockBiometric Door Lock

While I am not a large fan of biometric door locks myself, I decided to review one anyway.

A biometric door lock is basically a fingerprint door lock. This type of lock simplifies the entry process even more so than a keypad door lock.

Just the swipe of a thumb, or even any other programmed finger, is all that’s needed to open the smart lock.

A biometric door lock is one of the most futuristic looking deadbolt door locks, if you are into that sort of thing. The reason I don’t like them, is that the fingerprint readers can often times wear out. But, as with every bit of technology, they are improving and getting to become very reliable. See iTouchless BioMatic Review


Best electronic deadbolt lock reviews

Schalage deadbolt door lock review#1 Schlage Camelot Review

The Schlage Camelot Keypad Deadbolt is a small, sturdy, and versatile deadbolt. Installation is a breeze, requiring just a small amount of time and a couple household tools.

Designed for convenience, the keys on the Schlage Camelot keypad deadbolt light up at the push of a button, and if the batteries die (after a 3 year estimated lifespan), the key still works.

Keyless Entry

Hands full and getting in your pocket would be too much of a hassle? Lose your keys and need to get inside? Worry not, the keypad on the Schlage Camelot allows you to enter with just the input of a 4 digit combination.

Have a large family? Just give each family member their own code. No need to go to the hardware store and pay for new key copies.

Have people that are working on your home, say a maid or plumber? You can program temporary codes to allow them access only when you need them.

Ease of Use

Installation of the Schlage keypad lock is a breeze. You will only need a little bit of time, around a half hour, and a Phillips head screwdriver. Very, very rarely will you need to modify anything.

Just line up the bolt with strike plate in the pre-existing holes in your door, attach one wire from the front to the back with the battery, and screw everything in.

Programming the unit is very simple as well, requiring only a few button presses. Options include:

  1. Add New User Code
  2. Delete Unwanted Codes
  3. Change Master Program Code
  4. Enable / Disable All User Codes
  5. Turn Beeper On / Off
  6. Delete All User Codes
  7. Enable / Disable Turn Lock feature (enables or disables the use of the key lock)
  8. And Restore All Factory Settings.
Entry and exit is a breeze. Too enter without a key, simply enter your code, and twist the knob. To lock, shut the door and twist the knob. On the inside, all you have is a simply lever to lock / unlock.

The schlage keypad lock is ANSI Grade 2 certified. Which means it has met standards put in place to ensure quality and effectiveness. ANSI Grade 2 is given to a product which meets heavy residential, and moderate commercial use standards.

The heavy-duty, all metal casing provides a very high level of abuse and tamper resistance. This is an electronic deadbolt that will leave you feeling safe, and not having to worry about wear and tear or intruders.

Who Should Buy This

The Schlage Deadbolt Keypad door lock does exactly as it says. It keeps your home safe, while providing an added level of convenience and luxury.

On Amazon.com, it receives 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 121 customer reviews. While most of them are very positive, it should be noted that there are a few nit picking reviews.

For example, one commenter said “Buyer beware. Weak link is the standard key and pin/tumbler setup. It seems to me that this would allow the possibility of using a “bump key” to open it.”

While this could be a valid concern, it is more a “sky is falling” complaint, and the reviewer still gave the lock 3 out of 5 stars.

Another reviewer said “I received deadbolt with a huge dent.” Of course, this is the only instance of this type of complaint I could find, and with Schlage’s Warranty program, the lock could returned for another.

On the other hand, there are a wealth of positive reviews, with one reviews saying

I wish I’d purchased this 1st. We have been using this lock for over a month now & LOVE it!

And another reviewer saying “

I purchased the Schlage electronic deadbolt to allow entry into our house in case I didn’t have a key with me. It works very well.

My Verdict~ Buy Recommended

As a final word, I strongly recommend the Schlage Camelot Keypad Deadbolt for anybody. The added convenience of the keypad, the ease of use, and the high quality build will reward with years and years of great use.

keyless deadbolt #2 Kwikset Smartcode Deadbolt

Do you want an electronic deadbolt lock with all the features of the top models, and a price anybody can afford?

Look no further than the Kwikset Smartcode Deadbolt!

This electronic door lock is a perfect fit for anybody that wants the ease and convenience of keyless entry without spending a large amount of money.

For a third of the price of some of the other electronic deadbolt door locks, it comes packed with all the features you would ever need.

This keyless entry door lock is very simple to use. It only requires a few pushes of the buttons to unlock your door. Great for times when keys are a hassle. A simple push of the lock button engages the deadbolt, and you are set to leave your home locked and feeling safe.

Of course, the Kwikset SmartCode deadbolt also has a traditional key feature. With a slight twist: the Kwikset Smartkey feature. This is a more advanced keylock mechanism that is very resistant to key bumping. It also allows for easy re-keying with an easy-to-use re-key tool. In fact, the lock can be re-keyed in under a minute. All you need is the tool, the old key, and a new key.

For added convenience at night, the digital buttons on the lock light up when pressed, making it much easier to see what you are doing. Not that that is really an issue. After using it for awhile, you will hit all the right buttons ( 🙂 ) without thinking about it.

This electronic deadbolt door lock also has some neat customization features.

  • You can enable or disable an LED light that blinks green or red, depending on the right or wrong code entered.
  • You can make the lock beep when the buttons are pressed.
  • And there is an auto-locking feature. This is great for even more convenience, allowing you to leave your home, and never worry about whether or not you locked the door.

Installation

Installing this electronic deadbolt is also a breeze. With just a simple screwdriver, you can install the lock yourself in under 20 minutes. No wiring. No cutting. No drilling, and no stuff that demands for the YellowPages guys.

Anyone can install this lock. But don’t think that that means the lock is not secure; tampering with the lock from the outside is very difficult.

#3 iTouchless Bio-Matic Review

keypad lock The iTouchless Bio-Matic Fingerprint Door Lock is a perfect addition to your home.

With just the press of a thumb or other finger, you can have instant access to your home, without fiddling with clunky keys.

And with the Auto-lock feature, you’ll never worry about forgetting to lock the door again. This electronic deadbolt door lock also comes with 2 metal back-up keys to ensure you will always have access to your home.

An electronic deadbolt for the whole family
No matter how large your family, you can guarantee that each of them have access. Have workers coming to the home? Supply them with a temporary PIN.

Worried about a fingerprint not working? Program all of your fingers into the lock. With up to 150 fingerprint records, and 78 PIN codes, you can be assured that everybody that needs access to your home will have it.

Simple Installation
Installation is a snap for the iTouchless Bio-Matic. Fits in most pre-existing door holes. Insert the bolt, place each piece on the appropriate side of the door, and screw together. After that, you are ready to go! Easy programming of PIN codes and fingerprints.
Built to Last
This biometric door lock is made of corrosion resistant high quality steel. A steel sliding cover encompasses the optical sensor, protecting it from the environment. 4 AA batteries provide power, and the unit also has an audible alert when the batteries are running low. Each set of batteries should last for approximately 15,000 entries.

Keyless entry

#4 Samsung SHS-3120 Review

This very high tech looking deadbolt door lock can be used for the home, and for the office.

Besides looking very modern, the Samsung SHS-3120 it is also very low profile, with no protruding keyhole. And since it uses RF Keys instead of traditional tumbler keys, it is immune from key bumping!

Electronic Door Lock

The Samsung SHS-3120 is an electronic door lock that provides an increased level of home protection. Electronic door locks offer more security than traditional key locks, and also have many more features.

The convenience of keyless entry for home and digital keys that protect the lock from key bumping are just a couple of the many you will find with the Samsung SHS-3120.

Another really neat feature is the Auto-Locking mechanism. If the option is turned on, every time you shut the door, after a short amount of time the deadbolt will engage. This takes away the worry of whether or not you locked you home when you left, allowing you to feel safer and more relaxed.

Keypad Door Lock

The most convenient feature of the Samsung SHS-3120 is the keypad. This keypad door lock allows for keyless entry when you want to enter your own home. The easy to read buttons light up when one is pressed, adding even more convenience for operating the unit at night.

With up to 12 easily programmable security codes, everyone in your household is sure to have their own way in.

For even more security, this keypad door lock has a random code feature, which lights up a random button for you to press after you enter you code, preventing prying eyes from seeing your code.

Verdict~ Should you buy the Samsung SHS-3120

This is a wonderful addition to any home, with an abundance of features to ensure easy use, and higher home security. If those appeal to you, then this is definitely an electronic deadbolt door lock for you. It has 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com.

In summary, the Samsung SHS-3120 is a lock that offers many convenient features, while also offering a high amount of home security.

Well made, easy to use, and easy to install, the majority of buyers of this product are very happy with it, and would recommend it to anybody looking for a new deadbolt door lock.


keyless door locks #5 Sunnect AP501 Review

One of the best electronic door locks I have seen is the Sunnect AP501.

Packed with features, and built like a tank, this digital Sunnect AP501 door lock provides the security every home needs, and also the convenience and ease of use to make getting into your home that much easier.

Whether it is the keyless entry for home, or the auto-locking feature, or one of the many others, I am sure the Sunnect AP501 fits your needs.

Keyless Entry for Home

One of the joys of having a new car is the keyless entry system. It’s very easy and convenient to just push a button and unlock the doors, getting in without fiddling with the keys or the lock.

Wouldn’t that be great for you home too?

Of course it is, And the good news is that the Sunnect AP501 offers you exactly that,

Instead of a button on a key-chain, though, you have a keypad on the deadbolt door lock itself. Just enter in a key code that you program yourself, and your door unlocks, without the need to find the right key, and line it up right with the keyhole.

One of the benefits of the keypad lock are the large amount of codes you can program. With around 70 slots for codes, and 20 “digital” keys, you can guarantee access for everybody that needs to enter you home.

And I must mention the Auto-Locking feature. After the door has been shut for 3 seconds, the electronic deadbolt automatically engages. This means you never have to worry about locking your door again!

Tough Construction

The Sunnect AP501 is built with security in mind.

The control board and other important mechanisms are on the inside of the door, preventing tampering from the outside. The metals used in the lock are of high quality and strength.

In fact, one test put the Sunnect AP501 up against a .22 caliber and .40 caliber handgun, fired directly on the keypad and digital key tag reader areas. Amazingly, the lock still functioned, continuing to provide the safety and security after extreme abuse.

Who Should Buy This

The Sunnect AP501 could possibly be on the of the best products you get for you home; increasing safety and security, while also adding more convenience.

On Amazon.com, it attains 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 63 customer reviews.

While many of the user the reviews are generally positive, there are a couple nit-picking comments, such as “Too many issues”, where the owner raises some concerns about the lock, but also goes on to say he is overall pleased with it.

Another nit-picking review is “Bad Sensor: Your problem”, where the owner complains about a bad sensor, but doesn’t say what sensor or what the problem actually caused.

Both of these situations seem isolated, and there are no other mentions of these in any other reviews.

On the positive side, there are lots and lots of positive reviews, with the majority being 5 stars. Some examples are “Awesome product, no better digital keypad on the market”, and “The Rolls Royce of deadbolts”, and even “Best electronic deadbolt Lock Money Can Buy, Seriously!”

In summary, the Sunnect Ap501 is a digital deadbolt door lock, that comes packed with features of convenience and home safety.

I would highly recommend this lock to anybody that is interested in replacing their old deadbolts, or to anybody that wants to replace their current electronic door lock with something better. Overall, the Sunnect AP501 will provide you with increased home safety and security, increase ease of use and convenience, and most importantly, peace of mind.

How to install an electronic lock in your home

Installing a deadbolt door lock is often viewed as a difficult task. Many homeowners decide to use a carpenter or locksmith to attach the new electronic door lock that they just bought. While there is nothing wrong with this, in actuality the average Joe can do this job himself.

Handiwork is very easy, and with a little bit of knowledge, a small set of common tools, and a little bit of time, you can install a deadbolt yourself.

  • Attaching the template to the door

The first thing you want to do to install an electronic door lock is to take a look at your door.

Is there a preexisting hole? If not, no problem. Most deadbolt door locks come with a template that shows you where to drill and screw. Start by figuring out where you want the lock to go.

Keep in mind, some digital door locks have handles that are a little bit below the lock itself; if so figure out where you want the handle, and line the lock hole up accordingly.

When attaching the template to the door, use a combo square if you can. This is to ensure proper alignment. Also use tape that won’t tear paint off a door.

  • Drilling a hole for the lock

After you have chosen the location and taped the template to the door, it is time to start drilling the hole for the locking mechanism.

You will need a hole saw, which is a large drill bit with saw teeth on the edge of a cylinder, that attaches to pretty much every common drill.

Use a hole saw that matches the size of the hole on the template. Start drilling slowly, applying even and firm pressure to prevent it from moving.

After you have drilled through to the other side, it is time to drill the hole for the bolt. Using a spade bit, drill the hole for the bolt where the template shows. It should line up with the hole you drilled for the mechanism.

Check you template, as some electronic locks require a bolt hole to be extended on the far side of the mechanism hole.

One important tip when drilling

Always stop when the pilot bit comes out the other side of the door, then pull the drill out and finish drilling from the other side; this will prevent the drill from cracking the wood.

After drilling the holes, look on the template for the screw-holes, and drill pilot holes in each spot with a twist bit that is smaller then the screws themselves.

  • Installing the latch plate

Now that the holes are drilled on the door, it is time to install the latch plate.

Line the bolt hole up with the latch plate, trace the edge onto the door with a pencil or utility knife. Chisel out this area so that the latch plate sits flush on the door.

  • Note, you will have to insert the bolt before you screw in the latch plate.

Start by using light taps of the hammer onto the chisel handle, to ensure you don’t go too deep. Now attach the latch plate onto the door by screwing it into the holes you already should have drilled pilots for.

  • Installing the strike plate

Strike Plates for electronic deadboltsThe next step is to install the strike plate.

The strike plate usually has 3 pieces, a strike frame reinforcer, a box for the bolt, and the strike plate itself.

Lining up the bolt correctly with the hole you need to drill for the strike plate is very important.

After you have done this, mark with a pencil where the screws will go for the reinforcer plate.

Next, mark where the screws will go for the strike plate; the screws for the strike plate usually also screw into the bolt box.

Now, using a spade drill bit large enough for the bolt box, drill a hole deep enough to ensure it goes in, with about a 1/4 inch extra.

The next step is to trace the outline of the reinforcer or strike plate, and chisel a hole onto the frame to insert the 3 pieces, ensuring that they fit flush.

After this, screw in the reinforcer plate, then screw in the bolt box and the strike plate.

The final step

Now it is time to attach the lock mechanism itself. This part is rather simple. Many electronic door locks have wires to connect the front of the lock to the back. Feed the wires from the front through the hole, and connect.

Attach the axle that activates the bolt. Now, holding the front piece up, attach the rear piece, and screw them both together, making sure the screws are in tight. This should be it.

One final thing to do, is to check the door over. Make sure the bolt on the door lines up with the frame. Make sure the lock works before while the door is open; the last thing you want is to lock the door while it is shut, and then find out it doesn’t unlock. When everything is good and works properly, it is time to start enjoying your new door lock.

Best Mosquito Magnet Reviews- 2016

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I’m sure you want to enjoy a great outdoor picnic with your family but those mosquitoes are ruining the perfect day. Or you’re probably in a situation where you invited some friends from work for a barbecue only to find out that there are lots of ‘uninvited’ guests already in the backyard!

I know how you feel, and you have found the solution to your mosquito problem! Yes, Mosquito Magnet is the revolutionary product that is guaranteed to trap and get rid of those pesky mosquitoes in you home, backyard and other places.

If you’re looking for the best deal on Mosquito Magnet or just want to read reviews from people who already purchased and are using it, then you have come to the right site. I also had mosquito problem here in my home so I did a lot of research online on the best product to help me get rid of these pesky pests.

Below I’ve provided all the details you need to know in order for you to make an educated decision if the Mosquito Magnet is for your or not.

If you’re in a hurry and want to know which the best mosquito magnet is, click here to see our recommendation on Amazon.

In fact it’s not easy to find these local stores. Not all of them put stock in their inventory and online shopping usually is the best way to do it. Internet has no limitation.. isn’t that just convenient?

Mosquito Magnet Reviews

If you are like me, the main reason you are probably looking for someway to eradicate all those mosquitoes is that you just want to spend a good afternoon outside your home sipping lemonade without worrying about those insects ruining that day.

Or it could be that your neighbor has one and you are amazed on how great those things work and you want to have one yourself.

Features, Functionality and How To Use Mosquito Magnets

best mosquito magnet reviewsThe most well known model of Mosquito Magnets are the Defender and the Liberty Model.

The features and functionality of both models are basically the same except for the area of coverage each one can accommodate.

The Mosquito Magnet Liberty Model is the ‘big brother’ of the two. It can cover up to one (1) acre of space. This model is suitable for farms and places that have large area.

If you plan of using Mosquito Magnet in your own backyard or lawn or if you have a much smaller property, then you can get away with the Mosquito Magnet Defender Model. It has all the features and functionality that the Liberty model has except that it can cover half an acre.

Both of these models comes with a cord that you need to bury underground for safety reason. We don’t want the kids to trip on it or us adults 🙂 . The great thing is, the Liberty Plus models do not have an electrical cord thus more portable but it does costs a little more.

All of these model are portable and should fit in the back seat of your car.

Detailed Mosquito Magnet MM4000 Defender Review

There’s only one word to say about the Defender’s assembly – Easy.

Yes, the whole setup is very easy and pretty much hassle free – unless you have never seen or use a propane tank before – which I don’t want to believe you haven’t.

There are some things that you have to know about the unit though but pretty much the whole setup and assembly of the MM4000 Defender is straightforward (but please consult the manual.. more on that later).

Ok, here are some of the things that you may want to know or be aware of.

First a bonus from the guys at Mosquito Magnet – the unit will come with a set of traps and attractants for you to get started right away and catch those biting insects.

The second thing you need to know concerns the CO2 cylinder issue (CO2 stands for Carbon Dioxide by the way, the air that we exhale and that mosquitoes are attracted to). Yes, the unit does come with it but it is not needed until after you change out the first tank of propane (so don’t pull your hair out figuring out where to use it).

The third important thing is the assembly itself. You only need to follow these steps

  1. Slide the post and “U” shaped foot into the stand
  2. Put the top of the unit on top of the post
  3. Hook up the propane tank
  4. Slide the attractant in the holder underneath and put the net catcher inside and that’s it.

Pretty simple, pretty issue. Oh and by the way, there are no other tools required to do those.

Once everything is assembled and setup, it’s not time to turn on the device and start catching mosquitoes. After flicking the ‘on’ switch here are the things that you will expect (and what’s going on behind the scene).

Just like a car upon start up, the Mosquito Magnet Defender needs to warm up. You will hear a brief humming sound that tells you that the device is doing its warming up thing. During this time, the status light on the power switch blinks red.

Once everything is ok and the device is ready and fully operational, it turns to a solid red and stays that way until the unit runs out of propane. You can hear a quiet hum from the fan(s). This is perfectly normal so do not worry.

It is so quiet that you will soon forget about it or even forgot that you have a mosquito magnet setup and placed in that location. If you will read the manual it will say that in order to start catching the biting insects immediately, the unit must run 24/7 for best result. But in my experience, we only have mosquitoes during the late afternoons and night time.

So, to double the life of the propane tank I would recommend to shut it down during the day while you are out, like at work or somewhere and only let it run during the evening. For me, doing this will save money and the overall upkeep costs. But if you really want to stick with the manual, after all the recommendations there are for ‘best results’.

Also, I bet that some users (that gave this a negative, below zero review), those who stated that the unit did not work.

I am willing to bet that they did not read this part (the part where the unit must be on 24/7) and this is why they are upset that the unit did not immediately clear their backyard. These units are not a vacuums and take time to do what they do. The unit blows a downward plume of warm carbon dioxide and simultaneously vacuums up the air near the source of the plume.

The warm CO2 and an Octenal cartridge (included) attract the biting insects. The insects hover around the mouth of the machine and make a number of passes at it until they get caught in a mild vacuum and sucked into a metal-screened net assembly.

The air stream is strong enough to prevent them from flying out and they struggle to stand up in the net until they dry up and die. The open net is visible from the exterior of the machine through a clear plastic access door.

You can check the contents of the trap without touching the machine. The net assembly is easy to empty and is sturdy enough to rinse clean and reuse many times. You’re supposed to leave the MMD run 24/7 to maximize its impact on the mosquito population.

Here is how you usually set up a unit of Mosquito Magnet regardless of model:

The first thing to know is where to put your trap.

Placement is the most important thing to consider. You should also take into consideration the flow or air. This is critical to your trap’s performance. Determine the direction of the wind so that you know where to place your mosquito magnet, that is, upwind. The breeze helps to distribute carbon dioxide into the mosquito breeding grounds.

Breeding areas are usually where there is standing water and lots of bushes and trees. The Magnet should also be 30-40 feet away from people areas, and upwind of the breeding areas.

Customer Support

In every product that you intend to buy, you should always check if they offer after sale support. In the case of the manufacturer of Mosquito Magnets, there are recorded reports that their customer supports are so friendly.

Here is an example of one service request that was filed. A customer reviewed that their unit was pulled out for repair and within 2 days, the unit was ready.

The unit looked brand new or it could be brand new. But they said that the unit was cleaned and put in in new bags and boxes but they did not charge anything extra. They only charged to the parts that they really need to replaced.

This is the best place where you can read the great features of the Mosquito Magnet product. We are currently contacting the management of the company and will update this site once we get a review copy of the product.

We decided to create this review website for you because we have a strong feeling, based on the reviews that actual users of the product, this stuff works.

Tips on Mosquito Magnet Repair

A mosquito magnet repair can be done at home. But of course, you still need somebody else to help you with the process. You may call on the customer service numbers or you may go at forums on the internet to help you resolve the problems with your mosquito magnet.

First of all, you need to know the issues about the device. Knowing them is necessary for a speedy repair service. Reduced performance and not starting are some of the common issues that need to be addressed.

You may also check some items if they are working well or not. Some of the items that should be checked are the spray nozzle, quick clear valve, ignitor, as well as the burner. In cleaning the spray nozzle, you need to remove first the nozzle using the wrench and clean it with acetone. With the help of the compressor, blow air through the nozzle. It is also necessary to not stick anything into the holes of the nozzles as this may cause a further damage on the device.

Again, if you want to seek help for the mosquito magnet repair, you may contact their customer service representatives or visit some forums for some useful guidance.

Why choose Mosquito Magnets over repellents

If you want a safer mosquito killer, you better choose the mosquito killer machine. Yes, there might have been a lot of people who opt for mosquito repellents to solve their problems when it comes to mosquitoes. However, the problem here is that, not all repellents are effective. In fact, most of them will still allow mosquitoes to bite you.

There are also some mosquito repellants with side effects on your skin. They produce rashes and red spots, or even skin allergies.

The good thing about the best mosquito magnets is that, it is very easy to use. It is very effective and will kill these mosquitoes in no time. This machine can easily be maintained. Also, it is easy to deal with should there be any problems that would arise.

It should be clear when you read a mosquito repellent review that mosquito repellent does not really have the capacity to kill mosquitoes. What it does is to prevent or control them from biting you. The efficacy of the repellent depends on the chemical ingredients as well as humidity and body types.

It should be noted that, the mosquito repellent works well when used indoors, for instance at home or office. You should not use them on babies as they may be harmful to their skin. It is necessary to read a review as you will know the specification of a genuine product. This will help you to prevent from buying fake products which can only cause redness and inflammation on your skin.

It is highly recommended that you should check first the internet and read mosquito repellent reviews before buying one. It is as well a necessity to look at a mosquito repellent review to know if the product that you are plan can really deliver its job that it promises to the public.

Given these two choices, you better go for the best mosquito magnets. This mosquito killer machine will definitely give you a better protection and a more convenient life—life away from the irritating and maddening mosquitoes.

Negatives and Down Sides

It does not come with a propane tank or CO2 cartridge.

Benefits of Cordless Hedge Trimmers

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There are three different options when it comes to hedgers: cordless hedge trimmers, electric trimmers, and gas trimmers.

When you need to be able to have great maneuverability then you can’t do much better than a trimmers that are gas powered or cordless hedge trimmers.

However unlike the gas trimmers, the best cordless hedge trimmers are actually pollution-free and quiet. They are also a free from the cord that can be so annoying.

You will also find that these trimmers can be started up with no effort at all. This is good for those of us who are mechanically challenged.

Advantages of getting a cordless hedge trimmer

Let’s talk about some of the pros to cordless hedge trimmers. One is that it provides more mobility than the corded models. There is no pollution or noise with these trimmers either. You will also find that they are relatively light in weight. Many of these trimmers weigh little more than six pounds.

The negative to these types of trimmers is that you need to recharge the batteries occasionally. This however can be solved with keeping an extra battery around.

These trimmers give you all the great benefits of have an electric trimmer with the convenience of not having a cord. The batter doesn’t drain too quickly.

The trimmers can cut wood that is around 3/8 inch thick. They start up easily. You don’t have to mix gas or tug on a cord that is hard to pull to get it started. The blades will offer good reach as well as cutting surface. This is important if you have large hedges.

It is light weight which will help to minimize any fatigue. There is a safety trigger for you to pull if needed and also a hand guard to help with little worry while trimming.

Hedgers that use gas are great for maneuverability and they don’t have to be recharged. However, they are messy, noisy, and at times difficult to start. Now the electric hedger, is quiet, starts easy, and is clean. If you have a corded model however you will be restricted.

If you get a cordless trimmer however you will get the better of the two worlds. No cord to worry with tripping over or to worry with not reaching where you need to trim. So if you are looking for a trimmer that can take care of all your needs and make trimming as simple as possible then you should check out the cordless trimmers.

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