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 bunk beds with Stairs: Here are the 10 Top Rated Bunk Beds

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Stair Step Bunk Bed with 3-Drawer Bunk Pedestal

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider buying bunk beds with stairs in 2017.

Lets start with the most obvious… Kids love bunk beds with stairs. Simple as that!

Children love to play and climb around, wherever they are, so why not provide them with something to do when they’re in their own room.

There are certainly some rules you will want to lay down when it comes to your kids using the beds safely, but once they understand the ground rules they’re ready to start having fun. Soon they’ll be building forts and castles and playing cowboys and Indians or prince’s and fair maidens!

So with this in mind it also stands to reason that a bunk bed will help, to some extent, in building bonds between your kids.

We’re always delighted when our children learn to play together, if for no other reason than it keeps them out of our hair some of the time! Seriously though, if your children have a room where they feel secure and entertained, in their own private space, then that can only be a good thing.​

But which are the best bunk beds to buy?​

A year ago, I was pregnant with our third baby. In as much as I was excited, I was also wondering where my baby would be sleeping. It was a boy while the first two were girls.

My apartment is small and so I wanted the best option to allow me to use my space sparingly. My two girls used to sleep in their baby cribs and so adding a baby crib was an option. Or I would dispose one baby crib and buy a king sized bed for them to share.

Then a friend of mine gave me an idea that hadn’t crossed my mind before; to buy a bunk bed- preferably one with stairs.

I would dispose one crib bed and then have a staircase bunk bed for my babies. They would not have to share their bed space.

I learned a handful of lessons as I was shopping for a safe bunk bed for my kids. I also came across several beds that were quite tempting. Too bad I couldn't buy them all. I ended up buying the Bedz King Twin Over Bunk Bed.

It is the best decision I have ever made.

In this article, I am going to be sharing not only the other best stairway bunk beds that I thought would have made the mark, but also some incredible tips you should consider before buying staircase bunk beds.

But before I give you the list of the best bunk beds, here are some things to consider before buying a bunk bed:

  • Can the beds be separated into two? You may need to divide the bed in future as the kids grow up and your living standards change.
  • Is there enough space between the bunks? I hate the idea of having to hunch my head in order to sit on my baby’s bed. You also don’t want your kids to outgrow the bed soon. You spent money on it right?
  • How high is the top bunk? You do realize that the top bunk might be too close to the ceiling. Some houses have low ceilings which make it impossible for bunks too high. Or, you may have a fan in the room.
  • Does the bed have a trundle? Of late, beds with trundles have become fairly popular. If you have enough space you may have a trundle. It comes in handy when there are guests.
  • Storage space. Who doesn’t want more storage space? Cost. It goes without saying that you should only buy what you can afford.

Here is a selection of the best bunk beds with stairs that I recommend you to buy:

Bedz King Stairway Bunk Twin over Twin Bed with 3 Drawers in the Steps, Honey

Bedz King Stairway Bunk Twin over Twin Bed with 3 Drawers in the Steps, Honey

This bed is approximately 62 inches high, 102 inches wide x 42 inches deep.

The bed is eleven inches off the floor while the distance between the top bunk and the bottom bunk is 31 inches (bedding excluded).

Are you worried that you might get scratched by the roughness of the wood? Don’t worry because it has been coated with finish that is smooth. The finish allows for no cracks and scratches in future.

What does the set come with? It is usually packed in three cartons which have the following things inside of them

  • 2 headboards

  • 4 side rails

  • 28 wood slats

  • 4 guard rails

  • 2 foot boards

  • 3 drawers

  • A 3 step stairway

  • A manual for fixing the bed

What We Loved

  • A lot of storage space in the drawers
  • Doesn’t require expertise to put together
  • Made of strong wood
  • Manual is easy to follow

What We Didn't Like

  • Takes too long to assemble it
  • It is very heavy
  • Bed slats not strong enough

Mission Twin over Twin Staircase Bunk Bed

Mission Twin Over Bunk Bed

If you are looking for a bed with a lot of storage space, this Mission Twin Over Bunk Bed will not disappoint you.

Mission Twin Over Bunk Bed Drawers

This stairway bunk bed is not only beautiful to look at but also very strong. Made of solid wood, the Mission Twin Over Twin Staircase Bunk Bed will accommodate an 8-inches mattress.

It comes with a complete slat kit, which means that it is mattress-ready the moment it arrives at your doorstep.

Bunk beds with stairs are better than beds that make use of the conventional ladder. 

What does the set contain? Mission Twin Over Bunk Bed package contains some of the following features:

  • 6 drawers

  • 2 footboards

  • 2 headboards

  • Two step stairway

  • 2 rails

  • 2 rail guards

  • 32 wood slats

What We Loved

  • The staircase can be used on either sides of the bed
  • It comes with a magazine rack for your children's best bedtime storybooks
  • It is very sturdy
  • Drawers are easy to open and close
  • There is a lot of storage space on this bunk bed
  • Takes a short time to put together
  • The bed can easily be converted into twin beds

What We Didn't Like

  • Instructions manual is not very clear

Twin over Full Stair Stepper Bed with 3 Drawers

Twin Over Full Stair Stepper Bed

Girls love white, right?

So, why not spoil your little princess with the Twin Over Full Stair Stepper Bed?

The beds are mattress-ready, and the mattress size is just what you wanted- 8 inches.

Apart from the striking beauty of the Twin Over Full Stair Stepper bunk bed, you'll also be massively impressed by how durable it can be. It is made in such a way that it will last for years and years to come.

Being white doesn’t mean that it stains and looks bad with time. I am also not saying that it doesn’t stain, all am saying that removal of stains is easy and does not affect the quality of the beds.

The beds also come with other colors in case you don’t fancy white. Espresso and black finish are good examples.

PS: The drawer unit next to the stairs moves but if you enjoy DIY projects you can fix it.

What We Loved

  • Strong and sturdy
  • A lot of storage space
  • Very easy to put together
  • It looks very beautiful

What We Didn't Like

  • Not enough screws to put the beds together
  • The top bunk has some sharp exposed corners
  • The drawers have low quality hardware

Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed

Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed with Trundle Bed, Full Over Full

This bunk bed measures 103 x 58.4 x 68.1 inches and weighs 479 pounds. It’s our all-time favorite full over full bed made of wood. The bed is also convertible to two separate beds.

This staircase bunk bed can take up a 9 ½ mattress and has a one year warranty.

The staircase which is fairly strong can be set up at either side of the bed. The single trundle slides out well on carpet and even better on hard wood.

What We Loved

  • Its finish is excellent
  • Fairly easy to assemble
  • Takes a short time to assemble 3 hrs for one person
  • Very sturdy and strong

What We Didn't Like

  • TThe stairs are slippery especially to a child in socks

Stair Step Bunk Bed with 3-Drawer Bunk Pedestal

Stair Step Bunk Bed with 3-Drawer Bunk Pedestal

Do you fancy acacia beds with merlot finish? The Stair Step Bunk Bed might just be your dream bed. And it looks adoringly beautiful for both boys and girls!

The bottom of the lower bunk is bade is such a way that you can either use it as drawers or a trundle.

The under mattress support slats are metals that make it fairly strong. The space between the top and bottom bunk is also enough so you don’t have to worry that your baby will bump his head.

What We Loved

  • The guard rails are very strong (in case you are afraid of babies falling)
  • The Merlot finish looks chic and is of high quality
  • The user manual is easy to follow
  • It is one of the strongest bunk beds with stairs available in the market today

What We Didn't Like

  • The dresser part of the bed is weak
  • The drawers consistently fall off and don’t store many clothes

Twin Doll House Stair Step Loft

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The Twin Doll Bunk bed is very chic and is ideal for your baby girls. It measures 99 inches in length 41 in width and 93 in height.

The bed does not come with the bottom bunk therefore the bed can be converted into a loft.

It is also mattress ready with the bed slats kit also ready. The bed comes with 4 drawers and a magazine rack. So the storage space is enough.

The loft accommodates an 8-inch mattress.

What We Loved

  • It is very beautiful and attractive. The finish is chic and modern
  • The Twin Doll House Stair Step loft is one of the easiest bunk beds to assemble
  • Can make a good playhouse for kids

What We Didn't Like

  • It is hard to change the sheets
  • The frame is a little weak
  • It does NOT come with manual

Bedz King Twin over Full Stairway Bunk Bed

Bedz King Twin over Full Stairway Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle

The Bedz King Twin Over Full Bunk bed comes with twin trundles, and has a very well in built stair case with is wide and non slippery. 4 drawers have been built into the stairway which allow for a lot of storage space.

The Brazilian wood it’s made of is fully protected and sanded to ensure that it does not crack or break easily. Space between the top and bottom bunk is 38 inches without the mattress. With that much space, you are sure to never bump your head.

The trundles can accommodate approximately 8 ½ inches mattress. The beds can also be separated to stand on their own, and the stairs can be fixed on either sides of the bed.

  • The drawers open so smoothly!
  • This is probably one of the best bunk beds with a very stable staircase
  • It is available in several colors, all of which look very chic for kids
  • There is a lot of storage space on the bed

Twin over Full Loft Bed in Merlot Finish

Twin over Full Loft Bed in Merlot Finish

The Twin Over Full Loft bed is ranked as one of the best bunk beds with stairs for kids. Just like the other models on this list, the bed is worth its price.

Many customers loved it and in fact they would buy it over and over again if they had a chance to. It is made of plain wood which is a great factor when it comes to strength and durability.

The dresser drawers come fully assembled, which is a relief to many of us who were born with two right-side brains.

  • The bed is incredibly easy to assemble- takes the shortest time
  • The shelving and drawers on the bed provide ample storage space for your kids paraphernalia
  • The user manual is well-written and easy to follow
  • The staircase is sturdy and non-slippery

Merlot Twin Twin Staircase Bunk with Trundle

This bed is definitely worth its price. It measures 70 inches in height by 104 inches length and 44.5 inches on the width.

The distance between the top bunk and the bottom bunk is enough to ensure your baby does not outgrow it soon.

The top bunk is designed in a way that you do not need to use it with a spring box or even a Bunkie board.

You can fix the bed at either the right or left side of the bed. It’s a good thing if you decide to change the arrangement of your house.

Advantages

  1. The finish is safe as it is lead free
  2. Strong and sturdy (can hold grownups)
  3. Instructions are clear and precise though picture based
  4. A lot of storage space

Disadvantages

  1. Only comes in one color (honey)
  2. The stairs are very slippery especially if one is wearing socks
  3. It is very tall in case you have a low ceiling
  4. The futon is hard to assemble

Merlot Twin over Full Mission Staircase Bunk Bed with 3 Drawers

Many customers who bought this bed were very pleased and they totally loved it. They said that they quality was way far above the price.

The bed is made of excellent solid wood and as if that is not enough, the bed meets all the specifications of ASTM and CPSC.

Apart from four chest drawers, the beds also come with a magazine rack. You can use it to store your kid’s books and maybe toys.

You are also allowed to choose if you want a bed with a trundle or you prefer them to drawers. It all depends on your preference.

Advantages

  1. Very easy to assemble
  2. Great quality especially since it’s lowly priced (the quality belongs to $1000 +)
  3. Very strong and sturdy
  4. The finish is high quality and does not scratch easily
  5. Instructions manual very detailed
  6. A lot of storage space

Disadvantages

  1. The drawers at the bottom are not well fastened
  2. Comes in only one color

Twin over Full Stair Stepper Bed with Trundle in White Finish

The beautiful and elegant set is made in such a way that it will last for years and years to come. Why am I saying this?

It is made if pine wood which we all know how good it can be. Other than that, the finish is perfectly done to hide all blemishes that come with pine.

The bed has a trundle that can fit an 8 inch mattress and wood slats for both the top and bottom bunk. The slats are very strong and can hold an adult.

Advantages

  1. Available in many colors including honey, espresso, white and merlot
  2. Strong and sturdy
  3. Smooth and high quality finish
  4. It was easy to assemble
  5. Took a little time putting together
  6. There is enough space between the top and bottom bunk

Disadvantages

  1. Instruction manual was not clear enough but it’s manageable
  2. Some screws are too big

Bedz King Stairway Bunk Bed with 2 under Bed Drawers, Twin Over Full

If you don’t like a bed with particle boards then this is the bed for you. The Bedz King Stairway Bunk Bed with 2 under Bed Drawers, Twin over Full, Honey is made of pure Brazilian wood.

When separated, you get a full size bed and a twin bed. The staircase has 4 in built drawers for additional storage space.

The finish is not only smooth and shiny but also safe for your babies.

With the mattress excluded, the space between the top and bottom bunk is approximately 38 inches.

The bed can take regular twin mattresses with a thickness of about 8 to 8 ½ inches.

Advantages

  1. Very easy to assemble and takes a short time
  2. Made of wood only
  3. A lot of storage space
  4. It’s strong and sturdy

Disadvantages

  1. Instructions could have been better
  2. The steps are too steep for young children

Discovery World Furniture Twin over Full Staircase Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle

If you are looking for something a little deluxe, then this bed by the discovery world furniture is up your alley.

The models stairways are designed in a way that makes them steady and non slippery. A chill can comfortably go up and down the top bunk with socks on.

Like some beds I mentioned earlier, you can choose to have either a trundle or drawers below the bottom bunk.

The top bunk can accommodate an 8 ½ thick mattress without making the railing useless. The same case applies to the bottom bunk.

Advantages

  1. The lower bunk can be converted to either twin bed or a full bed. (it comes with extensions to make it full size)
  2. Comes with an extra treat of a book nook
  3. Sturdy and strong
  4. Easy to set up
  5. The stairway is very stable

Disadvantages

  1. The stairs may be too steep for young babies

Bedz King Twin Over Twin Stairway Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle

This beautiful white bed is made of solid Brazilian pine. On the stairs, just like some other models I mentioned earlier, are 3 drawers with a lot of storage space.

It is kind of unique since both the top and bottom bunk can accommodate a mattress 9 inches thick.

The bed has been tested to ensure that its lead free and safe for the use of children. It is also smooth meaning it cannot scratch.

The space between the bunks is 29 inches which is not too bad considering the other good qualities of the bed. You will not also require a Bunkie or board mattress as the bed accommodated twin size mattresses.

Advantages

  1. Holds up very strong and sturdy
  2. Stairs have nonslip strips to prevent falls
  3. Easy to set up
  4. Instruction manual is easy to follow
  5. Ideal for sleep over
  6. It is possible to separate the beds

Disadvantages

  1. The space between the top and bottom bunk is not big enough
  2. Takes long to set up

Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed with 2 Flat Panel Bed Drawers, Full Over Full, Antique Walnut

We are now moving on to an antique walnut bed that is designed using eco-friendly hardwood that also goes through a protective five step finish.

This bed is very safe and also lead free. Unlike some other beds which can only take in an 8 inch mattress, this one accommodates a nine inch mattress.

The bunks can also be separated into two beds which will give you two full beds. Like almost all the other beds, the staircase can be fixed on either sides of the bed.

The staircase drawers are fully set up with English dovetail construction. And as if that is not enough, they also have ball bearing drawer guides.

Advantages

  1. Very strong and sturdy like the others
  2. Manual very clear
  3. Doesn’t take a lot of time to assemble
  4. Many customers said the drawers were deep and well built
  5. The stairs are non slip

Disadvantages

  1. Some customers complained that the bed dented easily if not well taken care of

 

Columbia Staircase Bunk Bed with 2 Raised Panel Bed Drawers, Full Over Full, Antique Walnut

Every bed that begins its name with Columbia is simply the best! Just like the previous Columbia bed with drawers, this bed is made of eco friendly hard wood. It also goes through a five step protective finish before it brought to the market.

I loved the rails of this bed. A baby can comfortably hold onto them when going down the stairs. The stairs are also guarded with a nonslip strip and you don’t have to worry that your baby is going to fall.

The beds can be separated into two. The bottom bed however has two beds because of the trundle. The trundle comes in very handy when there is a guest or guests.

Advantages

  1. Assembly takes a short time
  2. The wood used is quality and durable
  3. The drawers are well built
  4. Enough storage space
  5. Manual very detailed
  6. Enough space between banks (around 31 inches)
  7. Very beautiful

Disadvantages

  1. The small wheels on the trundle make rolling out somehow cheesy

Discovery World Furniture Twin over Full Staircase Bunk Bed

Are you looking for a strong bed that is constructed using solid wood? If yes, then you are at the right place. The bed consists of two bunks, 4 drawers in the stairway and 3 drawers below the bottom bunk.

Normally, the stair case unit comes assembles and can be fixed on either sides of the bed. It also comes with a slat kit that makes the bed mattress ready therefore rendering the use of a Bunkie bed useless.

Advantages

  1. Very strong and sturdy
  2. Easy to assemble and takes a short time especially for handy people
  3. The wood is quality
  4. A lot of storage space
  5. Saves on space in a room
  6. Staircase is not slippery

Disadvantages

  1. Can’t be separated into two beds
  2. The drawers are rather weak

On a Roll with a trundle bed

The phrase “at the foot of the bed” may have pertained to a time when a servant was required to be at the beck and call of the master of the house at any time of the day, including in the middle of the night.

Thus, servants slept by the foot of their employers’ beds on smaller sleeping apparatuses that were on trundles, which are small wheels attached to the underside, could be pulled out from underneath and pushed back in when not being used.

From there, the trundle bed was born and the name has stuck over the centuries.

For homeowners who may not have a great deal of space to spare for a guest bedroom, this is the kind of bed that would be ideal since it can be used by the primary room occupant and then the extra bed can simply be pulled out when guests arrive.

Because the main bed is usually fit for a twin-sized mattress, the bed underneath has to be a tad smaller, taking into consideration the allowance given for the pull-out frame.  However, there are bed frame designs that are not overly complicated and do not require any sort of allowance adjustment.

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Over the years, the design for the trundle bed has evolved to incorporate the aesthetic needs and wants of the consumer.

There are beds that are made of some metallic material, such is iron or steel, but the most common material used is still wood.

The frame of the pullout bed itself can either be minimalistic or ornate and is often made to fit in with the overall look of the main bed frame.  This has enabled the bed to transform into more than just a bed with a spare and can actually become the focal point of any room.

Amazon ImageThis is also a good bed to consider for a family with more than one child but does not have enough rooms for each one.

While a bunk bed is often the option most families go with, this kind of bed suits a room that does not have the ceiling space required for a bed stacked above another one, i.e. a bunk bed.

Even for kids who stay in a room alone, this bed would be nice to have in case there are any sleepovers with friends or when relatives come to visit and spend a few days and nights.

The trundle bed has truly come far since it was first used all those centuries ago.  There are now larger sized versions that can fit more people both on the main bed and the pullout bed.

Because of the improvements made in terms of design, these beds are no longer relegated to being pushed against a wall and can now be placed in the center of a room.  With more selections for a homeowner to choose from, one is able to not just have a beautiful looking bed but one that has an extra bed or extra storage whenever necessary.

Most Popular Trundle Bed

I have listed below the most rated trundle bed so that you can read the reviews what the end-users said. These are the most popular trundle beds that it offers a big discount and you can compare the price and its specifications which cater your needs:

1. Day Bed with Trundle Mission Style in White Finish

2. Santa Cruz Twin Bed with Trundle (Rustic Walnut)

3. 39”/ Twin Size Steel HiRise Bed Frame & Pop Up Trundle

4. 39” / Twin Size Black Metal Roll Out Trundle Bed for Day Beds

5. Twin Mission Captains Honey Trundle Bed

6. Canwood Trundle Bed – White

7. Duralink Trundle Bed & Sealy Mattress Value Pack

8. Argington Ayres Trundle Drawer – Ebony

9. Deco Trundle Combo Upholstered Bed Package

Trundle Beds between $300 – $500

Below are trundle beds which cost over 300 and the quality are good. Actually, it offers with discount on the list price and it may meet your budget. Check it out :

1. Coaster Fine Furniture Day Bed with Trundle Mission Style in White Finish

2. Twin Size Bed with Trundle White Finish

3.  Metal Daybed W Roll In Trundle

4. Twin Size Bed with Trundle in Cream Finish

6. Hillsdale Jason Pine Wood Daybed

7. Dixie Sleigh Bed in White Size: Full

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Best White Noise Machine: 2017 Review and Consumer Buying Guide

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best white noise machine

White noise is used for many different functions ranging from eliminating office noise, settling infants to sleep, enhancing meditative states, among other things.

However, the best white noise machines are mostly used as a sleeping aid.

When used as a sleeping aid, white noise machines can serve a variety of functions such block the snoring of a partner or other individual in the same household. This can be a major problem for people who sleep next to a snorer or indeed have mutual issues in that area.

How Do White Noise Machines Work?​

White noise machines have frequencies that depends on the source from where it is initiated, in a similar manner, a sound is used and brought into effect by various individuals for different purposes.

For instance, music is created by artists and is used for several purposes, depending on its genre and very nature, such as high fidelity music stimulates body to dance, soothing instrumental music promotes meditation and peace of mind, vocal and country music instigates imagination and good mood, and so on.

These noise machines have their own measurement and color coding technique, which enables specialized users to identify noise and sound according to respective needs and utilization.

This review presents certain facts about the best white noise machines available in the market.

Best White Noise Machines 2017

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Adaptive Sound Technologies Sleep Therapy system is one of the illustrious products in this industry.

It has many functional features that makes it a unique and important machine.

This White noise machine comes with a variety of sounds and effects designed to protect you from different kind of noises such as wind, echoes, a snoring partner, rainfall and many others. This gives you a logical reason to why you should consider buying it.

Another benefit of this product is that it has an immaculate function of sound mixing and sound length, which allows it to perfectly mix and produce non-repetitive sounds.

Repetition in sounds invoke a negative response among users, and they are demotivated from using such a white noise machine.

​Key Features of this White Noise Machine

  • The Adapative Technologies White Noise Machine contains of various sounds that range from forest, rain, waterfall, fireplace crackle, and even a train and city
  • Volume on this white noise machine can be maneuvered easily using a single touch functionality, which we find highly user friendly
  • It has noise cancellation function which is pivotal for sleep inducing process. This intelligent feature takes into account various noises in the surrounding and cancels those noises by producing higher frequency soothing sounds.
  • 10 top notch regular sound demos make the most sensible and characteristic slumber location conceivable
  • Versatile Sound Technology listens and responds to the ambience
  • Three extravagance settings control an expansive scope of extra sounds for ideal sleep environment
  • Discretionary slumber clock and showcase controls give ideal evening time the earth
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The LectroFan White Noise Machine is among the top selling and one of the best white noise machines.

It is easy to operate and it’s compact in size which makes its usage in delicate areas such as baby nursery, where it can be used to reduce notices and help to generate sleep in a better way.

The Lectrofan White Noise Machine produces simple noises which are either in category of fan noises that create soothing noises or white sounds that are non-repetitive and relaxing.

Another key feature of the Lectrofan Machine is that it has USB-enabled charging and power port, that allows it to intake power from almost any PC or Laptop.

Key Features of the Lectrofan White Noise Machine


  • 10 non-rehashing extraordinary fan sounds
  • 10 non-rehashing extraordinary background noise, and customizable volume
  • Can be powered utilizing a USB. Could be connected to machine or AC Adapter, which is included in the packaging
  • Little portable size and extraordinary for travel. AC voltage connector turns on 100 to 240 VAC
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The pre-eminent claim of this white noise machine is that it's conservative in size, and this makes it ideal for use even in delicate places such as child nurseries, lofts, quarters and so on.

Key Features of the Lectrofan White Noise Machine


  • 10 non-rehashing extraordinary fan sounds
  • 10 non-rehashing extraordinary background noise, and customizable volume
  • Can be powered utilizing a USB. Could be connected to machine or AC Adapter, which is included in the packaging
  • Little portable size and extraordinary for travel. AC voltage connector turns on 100 to 240 VAC
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Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans Review: The ultimate buyers guide 2017

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If you are looking for high quality ceiling fans in affordable prices, buy Harbor Breeze ceiling fan for your home.

Harbor Breeze is one of the most reputed names in the ceiling fans industry.

Ceiling fans from Harbor Breeze are sold in many online stores, and are known for their selection of DIY home improvement products. These fans come in ready to install kit. All you need to do is buy Harbor Breeze ceiling fan parts, put it together and install.

Should you buy a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan?

best habor breeze ceiling fans

Deciding to buy a Harbor Breeze fan is definitely a good and sensible decision.

With a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles available, you can surely get one that fits your needs and budget.

The wide selection of Harbor Breeze ceiling fans allows you to choose the features that matter most.

No matter what model you choose, you can expect at the very least the most basic features. This includes 3 speed control, reversible blades and energy efficiency that helps you lower your energy bills substantially.

The size ranges that you can choose from vary from 42 inches to about 72 inches, which allows you to customize each room with a ceiling fan that fits effortlessly.

If your ceiling fan doesn’t have a remote, you can get a universal ceiling fan remote kit very easily.

Consumers Pro Tip
Read the Harbor Breeze Manuals if you need more help to install the ceiling fan or find a local electrician who can install it for you.

Best selection of lower priced Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans

Cheap harbor breeze ceiling fanThe selection of lower priced Harbor Breeze ceiling fans still allows for you to choose exactly what you are looking for.

One of the most popular affordable is Harbor Breeze ceiling fans is the Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Centreville 42-in Antique Brass Flush Mount with Light Kit. This ceiling fan is priced just over $70.00 and has a traditional design that is compatible with many different décor designs.

It is a practical option for just about any room in your home and features 5 reversible blades, a globe styled light and 3 speed controls.

It might be priced very affordable, but it is still high in quality and style. This is a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan that has received rave customer reviews making it one of the most popular models.

Best selection of higher priced Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans

higher priced harbor breeze fansIf you are looking for a more durable and exclusive design, you may want to consider one of the higher priced models of Harbor Breeze ceiling fans.

All of the higher priced Harbor Breeze ceiling fans offer more artistic and exclusive designs that would fit perfect in your home.

Higher prices often allow for a more unique design and higher levels of style. At the very height of the high end price spectrum of Harbor Breeze ceiling fans is the Harbor Breeze Platinum Kingsbury 70-in Oil Rubbed Bronze Indoor Fan.

This ceiling fan has a bit of a more contemporary design and is energy efficient. It can be controlled with a remote that allows you to effortlessly change speeds.

The Harbor Breeze Platinum Kingsbury 70-in Oil Rubbed Bronze Indoor also comes in a classic wood that is more exclusive than traditional white.


More options For Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans

#1 Harbor Breeze 52-in Classic Style Matte Black Ceiling Fan

best harbor breeze ceiling fansToday’s ceiling fans are pretty inexpensive. They’re also easier for people to install and, not to mention, easier to find online.

Imagine finding a good-looking ceiling fan that measures well over 40 inches wide at under $50 at any store.

Impossible, right?

Not for this Harbor Breeze ceiling fan.

This fan is pretty incredible for the price. It’s got a sleek, modern look and it won’t be too distracting when set up in any room. Not to mention, the construction is pretty marvel—it’s built in a way that makes it very energy efficient.

When we mean that this Classic Style Harbor Breeze fan is inexpensive, we weren’t kidding. Most retailers, both online and offline, stock this fan at prices below $50. You’ll see how much of a deal that is when we get to the customer impressions, too.

Features

Being a whopping 52 inches in blade span, the Harbor Breeze 52-in Classic Style Matte Black Ceiling Fan is most suitable for rooms measuring well over 400 square feet. In other words, it’s big enough to circulate a lot of air in a room that big.

If 52-inches blade span is too big for you, check out the 44-inches Mayfield ceiling fan.

This fan might not immediately provide lighting. This fan doesn’t include a light kit, but it’s light kit adaptable, so you can install one later if you want.

3-Speed Reversible Motor: The 3-speed reversible motor, as with other Harbor Breeze ceiling fans at this price point, lets users set how they want their fan to control its air flow. This one, in particular, lets users set their fan to billow air with an upward flow or downward flow.

Reversible Blades: We can’t forget about the reversible blades, either. This fan comes with beautiful black and auburn double-sided blades that can be switched at will. The sleek matte black finish, too, just adds on to this fan’s good looks.

Energy Efficiency: The Energy Star rating for this fan just adds on to its benefits. Lots of people are looking for ways to save on energy, and knowing that their ceiling fan won’t cost too much to run just makes it better.

Consumer impressions

It is foolhardy to buy buy anything online without reading reviews. And it’s pretty much the same for this Harbor Breeze 52″ Classic Style Matte Black Ceiling Fan. So, let’s see what other people think of this ceiling fan.

What They Like
  • That the ceiling fan is excellent quality for the price. Many customers adore this ceiling fan—for its quality at its price point.
  • That the ceiling fan has great aeration and runs quietly. This fan, at any of its speeds, runs exceptionally quiet. Not only that, it moves a lot of air in any room where it may reside.
  • That the ceiling fan is energy efficient and installs well. Many customers had no issues installing this ceiling fan. They also like the fact that it’s Energy Star rated.
Concerns
  • That the ceiling fan doesn’t include lighting. This ceiling fan doesn’t include a light kit. However, a Harbor Breeze light kit can be purchased to add on to this fan.
  • That the ceiling fan may have ‘cheaply made’ blades. Some customers might not like that the blades aren’t ‘made from a stronger material.’ However, it wasn’t a concern of many other customers.
  • That the look is too modern. Well, that’s of course personal opinion but if that’s the case, you might want to look to the Beladora ceiling fan.

Verdict ~ Should You Buy?

Customers agree: the Harbor Breeze 52″ Classic Style Matte Black Ceiling Fan, Reversible Blades Black (Energy Star) is an excellent ceiling fan at its price point. In fact, it might be too good—many customers have given this ceiling fan nothing but glowing reviews. If you ever face a problem, make sure you read our faq – common problems.

So, if you’re looking for a ceiling fan for your home, office or other important building, you can’t go wrong with the price or quality of the Harbor Breeze 52″ Classic Style Matte Black Ceiling Fan.


#2 Harbor Breeze 44″ Mayfield Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan

Is the Harbor Breeze 44″ Mayfield Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan worth buying? In this review, we’re going to see if it really is.

If you’re searching for a ceiling fan, price is obviously the first thing on your mind. And, that’s a good thing. After all, you don’t want to spend too much on something that doesn’t even work.

Features

This Mayfield ceiling fan has enough features that, well, work for those who choose to purchase it. Let’s take a look at the first thing about this ceiling fan.

The first thing you should know is that it’s pretty inexpensive. In fact, it’s so inexpensive that it costs much less than similar ceiling fans in its price category.

Most online and offline stores sell this ceiling fan at prices between $160 to $200. This price range is pretty much a bargain, so don’t let this ceiling fan get out of your sight. We’ve found it actually for just over $100 on Amazon. Soooo…. worth a look if you’re interested!

Much like its other Harbor Breeze counterparts, this ceiling fan is pretty big. Thanks to its side, it helps push more air around a room when it’s operating.

The blade span of this ceiling fan is 44 inches—and, that isn’t so bad when you look at it. Big enough for large rooms, small enough for small rooms. Sounds good, right?

It also has reversible blades, meaning you can switch over the blades to get a different look: one side with mahogany, the other side with maple.

Mayfield also includes lighting, as in a single light kit with frosted glass light bulbs with three in total. That way, it doubles as a room light while it helps aerate an entire room.

It also includes a 3-speed reversible AC motor, allowing users more control over how to work with the fan. Whether you want a slower or faster rotate, this fan will let you adjust the settings to do so.

Customer Impressions

Before you buy, read the reviews. That’s the case for a lot of products nowadays, and it’s no different with ceiling fans. The case in point: the Harbor Breeze 44″ Mayfield Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan. So, let’s see what other people think of this Mayfield ceiling fan.

What They Like
  • That the ceiling fan is good quality for the price. Many customers consider this fan ‘a bargain,’ especially at its price point.
  • That the ceiling fan provides enough lighting for most rooms. The lighting included with this ceiling fan pours enough light into small or larger rooms.
  • That the ceiling fan runs quietly. Customers described this ceiling fan as ‘nice and quiet.’
Concerns
  • That installation is too complicated. A few customers didn’t like the haphazard installation of this ceiling fan.
  • That the ceiling fan has poor construction. A few customers wrote about the poor construction of this ceiling fan, citing that many parts weren’t working as they should.
  • That the ceiling fan isn’t durable enough. Also a fault of its construction, a few thought this fan wasn’t worth its already inexpensive price tag due to its build.

Verdict ~ Should You Buy?

Any home can benefit from having a ceiling fan added to any of its bigger rooms. But, does that mean you should buy the Harbor Breeze 44″ Mayfield Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan?

This ceiling fan features a lot of perks that significantly improve its quality of life. But, at the same time, its construction and overall build makes it a hassle to install and upkeep. If you are looking for a slightly bigger fan, with blades of 52 inch, check out the Harbor Breeze Sail Stream or the Classic ceiling fan.

However, if you really want a Brushed Nickel ceiling fan, you could still give this one ago. It won’t bring up the Armageddon.


#3 Harbor Breeze 52-in Beladora Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit

The thing about this Beladora ceiling fan is you might have better luck finding it on the aftermarket. Many retailers carry similar and newer models under different Harbor Breeze brand names. However, this fan is still around on the online aftermarket, if you’re particularly interested in it

Most online retailers sell this fan at prices between $100 to $200, depending on its condition. So, it’s not the most inexpensive ceiling fan, but it will have better quality than lower end Harbor Breeze fans

The construction is traditional and pretty suitable for various contemporary-style looks. It’s also pretty big, too, which is a trait of many similarly sized Harbor Breeze ceiling fans. It measures 52 inches in blade span. So it’s suitable for rooms measuring well over 400 square feet and big enough to efficiently cycle air throughout a room.

This ceiling fan also includes a light kit, with decorative Beladora-style light shades made from Frosted glass. It also comes with 4 LED bulbs that can be easily installed into the light fixtures as soon as you’re done with the general installation.

Like other Harbor Breeze ceiling fans, the Beladora ceiling fan has a 3-speed reversible motor. This allows users to control how they want air to cycle throughout their room. Users can also set their Beladora ceiling fan to move air at an upward flow or downward flow.

The reversible blades have a gorgeous maple and cherry finish that work well in any contemporary style room. The brushed nicked finish also helps in that regard, too. that are perfect for practically any room look.

Customer Impressions

Much like other Harbor Breeze fans, customer impressions give us a pretty good impression about how they may work. The Harbor Breeze 52-in Beladora Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit actually has pretty great reviews. So, let’s see what customers think about this Beladora ceiling fan.

What They Like
  • That the ceiling fan is great for its the price. Many customers like how this fan runs well and is durable for its price point.
  • That the ceiling fan runs quietly and aerates rooms well. Like similar Harbor Breeze fans, this one does its job well. It runs quietly and billows a lot of air around a single room.
  • That the ceiling fan has great lighting. Many customers like how this fan’s lighting efficiently ‘lights very dark rooms’ and ‘fills rooms with lots of light.’
Concerns
  • That the ceiling fan is tough to assemble. Many customers mentioned that this fan is ‘difficult to assemble,’ mainly due to its difficult to understand instruction manual.
  • That the ceiling fan doesn’t come with its own wall controller. Given the price range, some customers didn’t like that this fan doesn’t come with its own controller to control its speed and light intensity.

Verdict ~ Should You Buy?

While the Harbor Breeze 52-in Beladora Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit is better found on the aftermarket, it’s still a great ceiling fan to look out for.

Other Harbor Breeze ceiling fans might present a better value in terms of their construction and price. However, this Beladora fan is great for people who want a contemporary and stylish looking ceiling fan for their home that’s guaranteed to last a long time.

If the 52-inches blade span is too big for your room, you might want to check out the 44-inches blade span of the Mayfield ceiling fan.


#4 Harbor Breeze 52″ Springfield II White Ceiling Fan

The Harbor Breeze 52″ Springfield II White Ceiling Fan is a simple, nearly white ceiling fan that looks great in any modern or contemporary room.

So, why not buy a ceiling fan that matches most rooms? In this review, let’s take a look at some good reasons why you should consider just that.

Features

Yes, it’s very much possible to find a ceiling fan with a blade span of over 40 inches for under $100 dollars. Just look at the many ceiling fans already on the market today.

You won’t go wrong with this Harbor Breeze ceiling fan—it has a simple, classic white look that’s perfect for any casually decorated room. The construction is classic all around and it operates very energy efficiently.

Although this Springfield II ceiling fan is inexpensive, it’s actually little more expensive than other Harbor Breeze fans.

Of course, that doesn’t make it not worth buying. Most retailers, both online and offline, stock this fan at prices between $150 to $200. We have found this ceiling fan for just under $150 on Amazon! It’s a great heavily discounted price!

Springfield II ceiling fan is a whopping 52 inches in blade span. And that means it’s most suitable for rooms measuring well over 400 square feet. In other words, it’s big enough to circulate a lot of air in rooms measuring that big.

This fan also comes with a light kit, which features 4 arms with candelabra base light cups made from Alabaster glass. The 4 light bulbs that fill the glass cups are also included, too.

The 3-speed reversible motor, as with other Harbor Breeze ceiling fans, lets users set how they want their fan to control its air flow. This one, like others, lets users set their fan to move air at an upward flow or downward flow.

Let’s not forget about the reversible blades, either. This Springfield II fan comes with beautiful white and blonde double-sided blades that are perfect for practically any room look. The white finish is a big reason why this fan will go great with any room.

Customer Impressions

Customer impressions help give us a better, well, impression about the things we might want to buy. That’s no different with the Harbor Breeze 52″ Springfield II White Ceiling Fan. So, let’s see what other people think about this particular ceiling fan.

What They Like
  • That the ceiling fan is well worth the price. Many customers love this ceiling fan—whether its the simple white look or easy installation.
  • That the ceiling fan runs quietly and aerates rooms great. This fan, as per customer impressions, runs pretty quietly. It also billows lots of air around any room.
  • That the ceiling fan installs well. Many customers commented about how easy this ceiling fan is to install. Most people had no issues doing a self installation, as well.
Concerns
  • That the ceiling fan’s lighting has a low wattage. The light bulbs included with the lighting kit has a ‘low wattage,’ as mentioned by some customers.
  • That the ceiling fan may have ‘cheaply made’ blades. Much like other Harbor Breeze fans at this price point, the blades may be a little ‘cheap’ in comparison to other expensive brands.

Verdict ~ Should You Buy?

Lots of customers adore the Harbor Breeze 52″ Springfield II White Ceiling Fan—and, we can pretty much see why. After all, you’re not going to get a more robust white ceiling fan at this price point.

Customers like this Springfield II fan for its easy installation, its good looks and its efficiency in moving air around a room. Of course, it’s not perfect, but it’s a gorgeous white ceiling fan that you can buy well under $150.

If you’re interested in a 52″ ceiling fan but you don’t like the look of this one, check out the Beladora or the Classic! Do you want a smaller ceiling fan  then the Mayfield may be a good option for you!

Discontinued Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans

The fans below have been discontinued. Your best option of finding them will be in the aftermarket.

Harbor Breeze 52 inch Traditional Aged Bronze Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 54 inch Easy Breeze Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 52 inch Galileo Brushed Chrome Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 52 inch Tilghman Aged Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 52 inch Elevation Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 72 inch Slinger Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 36 inch Southlake Light Bronze Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 54 inch Rustic Bronze Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 52 inch Calera Aged Bronze Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Harbor Breeze 52 inch Ellison Aged Bronze Ceiling Fan

Best Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan accessories

Some Harbor Breeze ceiling fans come with more accessories than others, so you have the ability to make your choice based on the features that matter most to you.

Turning Your Fan on or Off

Many of the Harbor Breeze accessories for your ceiling fan are designed to make it easier for you to turn your fan on or off.

There are a variety of ways that you can turn your ceiling fan on or off, which means that you can customize your ceiling fan based on your preference.

Since you want your ceiling fan to be functional, it is not feasible to expect to use a step ladder to turn your ceiling fan on or off. Your ceiling fan may be attached to a high ceiling, but there are accessories that are specifically designed to help you turn your fan on and off with ease.

Pull Chains and Downrods

ceiling fan pull chainsIf you are looking to create a more classic style in your home, you may think about purchasing an accessory for your Harbor Breeze ceiling fan.

Pull chains are a Harbor Breeze accessory that are not only stylish, but also functional. You can use a pull chain to turn your ceiling fan on or off.

These fan pull chains hang down from the fan and are easy to use.

If you have a ceiling fan that is too high on the ceiling for a pull chain, it is possible to use a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan downrods. These rods have the ability to lower your ceiling fan to just the right height.

These downrod accessories for your Harbor Breeze ceiling fans can be purchased separately. By lowering the fan to the desirable height, you will make it more functional within your home. A ceiling fan that is too high on your ceiling is not only out of reach, but also fails to cool any room properly.

Ceiling Fan Remote Controls

The most popular Harbor Breeze accessory for your ceiling fan is likely a remote control. Not only do you not want to get up from the couch to change the TV station, but you also don’t want to get up to adjust the speed of your ceiling fan.

With the help of a remote accessory for your ceiling fan, you have the ability to not only turn your fan on or off with ease, but you can also adjust the speed.

A Harbor Breeze fan remote allows you to control your fan from anywhere within the room. You also have the ability to turn your light fixture off using the remote in addition to just adjusting the speed of the fan. A remote control for your ceiling fan makes it so much simpler to use.

Harbor Breeze Light Kits
A ceiling fan is not really fully functional until a light fixture is attached. Some ceiling fans come equipped with light fixtures, but you can also buy light fixture kits separately as an accessory for any Harbor Breeze ceiling fan model. You can choose from a wide variety of sizes for your light fixture and can even choose the exact style. If the light fixture on your ceiling fan happens to break, you can purchase this accessory separate. With a wide variety of Harbor Breeze accessories to choose from, you can make your ceiling fan more functional and stylish in your home. Adding to your ceiling fan is easier than ever before.
Buying a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan- What you need to know

Harbor breeze ceiling fans have become increasingly common all over the world. This is due to their numerous virtues that exert a significant impact on many important matters of our daily life.

  • They support us with optimizing temperature inside our apartment.
  • We can successfully use them in summer, when they cool our room down, as well as during winter months, as they can be useful with circulating warm air.
  • They also help reduce energy used, by creating a cool breeze and by the virtue of being energy efficient
  • And the circulation is so efficient, that it is widely used instead of automatic air condition, especially in so called warm countries.

Nevertheless if we want to purchase a fan, it is good to know several essential matters earlier. These tips intend to supply you with more comprehensive information about the subject, as well as to help you to select the one (or a few) that will be perfect to your needs and taste.

Wall Regulator or Remote Controll
You should distinguish the basic types of harbor breeze ceiling fans.

Different Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans can be powered and controlled in many ways, and this is the first criterion you should use to make your purchasing decision.

Some are equipped with wall regulators, just as traditional chandeliers. The regulators enable the user not only to switch the fan on or off, but likewise to control the intensity of its operation.

Other harbor breeze fans are steered by remotes that have all the functions that standard a wall regulator possesses. This is definitely more comfortable solution for many reasons.

Connection with Decor

There are some fans designed to be adjustable for luster (flashing ones) or assembled with it fabric and others are not. This is essential difference in selection the harbor breeze fan fitting to our inside decor.

Home or office use

We can distinguish fans likewise with the overall design – some of them are manufactured to be office ventilation and others are typical for private apartments. They vary with the level of modern appearance. Moreover those design for houses are also more and less modern, so that the selection is really wide.

The number of Blades

Different Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans have varying types and amounts of blades. We can observe the section from three to eight and more blades mounted to the core of fan. This is another greatly important issue, because on the number of blades depends strongly the intensity of operation of the subject. And certainly the appearance of the entire fan depends on that as well. The more that blades have different width and thickness.

Important questions to ask yourself when shopping for a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan

  1. Do I really need this fan?

To answer this reasonably, there is an importance to know some other piece of information.

Fans are ventilation with rather low level of efficiency, and they are not able to successfully refresh the air in larger rooms or spaces.

Of course the efficiency grows if there are more blades or if their motor is more powerful. However, it is still not as high as in some automatic devices.

Nonetheless, ceiling fans are perfect as a supplement to the ventilation system in existence in your place. For instance, if your apartment is equipped with concrete sort of ventilation, such as wall-mounted, roof and so on, the harbor breeze fans can be ideal for intensifying air flow and circulating the air.

And the fans can be wonderfully serviceable in smaller rooms.

How high strength of ventilation do I (and my family) need?

It doesn’t mean that without any other ventilation in your house, fans are useless.

They are really useful all the time, independently of other ventilating devices. But the intensity of air flow is simply lower.

It is important to remember of other virtues of harbor breeze ceiling fans, which were mentioned above. Taking them all into account, we will find out that the fans are useful anyway, and it is definitely worth to purchase one.

If they won’t be necessary to ventilate our house, they can become perfect as brilliant ornamentation.

Will the fan match my existing decor?

To select a fan properly, it is reasonable to adjust it to our overall interior appearance.

Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans differ on many details.

So, if you would like to buy the harbor breeze fan for the living room (and the place is most esoteric for ceiling fans), you’d first need to consider what decor style dominates your living room.

The same situation is in the case of bedrooms or any other that we want to put our new fan in.

Is the target room is modern or rather classically furnished? It is vital, because styles have to be the same.

Ok, so how do you attune your ceiling fan to your decor?

Modern ceiling fans possess simpler construction with smaller amount of blades. The shapes of the blades and other components are straight, sharply edged, and non-fancy.

Colors for modern ceiling fans are reduced mostly to black and white. They are designed mostly for bedrooms, modernly-furnished living rooms, as well as offices.

On the other hand, classic harbor breeze fans are much more sophisticated. Blades and other construction elements are wavy, curved and so on. And of course they are colored in much more varied way.

Such fans suit the most to living rooms, especially if their design is concentrated on classic and old-fashioned bases.

More complicated situation is in the case if our living room (or other) is furnished in a combination of styles.

There are such instances and the choice of appropriate harbor breeze fan is much wider then.

We need to detect carefully what kind of style is dominating and look for a suited ceiling fan. If there is no such style, then we should decide by our own, what particular appearance features we want the fan to possess. It is essentially important, because, as it was demonstrated earlier, harbor breeze fans are relevant supplement of overall decor and can change the style of your place completely.

Certainly someone can have the room decorated not in one concrete style, but in one particular color. In such cases it is obvious that harbor breeze fans have to be chosen by color criterion.

Do we want to have the subject mounted into the chandelier or separated?

If you cannot decide, which ceiling fan to choose, another vital question can be really helpful.

Do you want to have the subject mounted into the chandelier or separated?

Both options are decorative; nonetheless they are suitable for different kinds of interiors.

Separated ceiling fans are suitable for rooms where the lamp or other source of light is placed on the wall or in other place, but definitely not on the ceiling.

Additionally, if you already possess a chandelier manufactured in classic style, then the fan should be independent as well, unless the overall style can be somewhat change.

However, you have to be aware that separated light and fan will take much more space from your ceiling. For that reason ceiling fans that are connected into one construction are much commoner.

If mounted together with chandelier, the Harbor breeze fan has to be much stronger. This is because the light emitted by bulbs creates its own heat, and the blades of the fan need to make spin moves significantly faster, to provide equivalent amount of cool breeze.

If we are already decided on concrete style of fan, it is time for another vital decision. How we would like to control the subject. As it was previously highlighted, there are two main possibilities: remote control and the regulator mounted on the wall. Certainly first solution is much more comfortable. On the other hand wall regulator can fantastically pass the exam as well, especially if the fan is hanged in small room. And if it is additionally connected with the chandelier, the regulator is mounted on the wall anyway, so it is literally simple to add to its function the control over the harbor breeze fan. And thinking about the remote-controlled subject we should know that they statistically break more often than those with wall regulator. This is due to more complex construction of electrical in this particular case. So the choice between two types of control is not as clear as it could seem to be.

Purchasing the new subject, such as harbor breeze fan, we would like it to serve us for a long time. This is why the selection of good quality of manufacturer is likewise important. If the product has to be reliable, and we would like it to be so, its producer needs to be trustworthy. Mainstream manufacturers are mostly better than those unknown or recondite. The same argument refers to the price – better harbor breeze fans are more expensive, however more reliable as well and it is doubtlessly worth to spend more money once and have durable fan for a long time.

And the last thing, but undisputedly not least. We need to decide if we are able to mount the chosen harbor breeze fan by ourselves. If so, the matter is simple, however if we have doubts, it is better to ask specialist to do it instead of us. This is due to safety issues, but to the time and professional work as well.

Purchasing appropriate, suitable and professional harbor breeze fan is a complex process. If we want to choose the best, we need to approach to the topic in calm and responsible way. Above pieces of advice are only abbreviations of the entireness. However it is good to think about everything before making decisions. And if all of those advices will be met at least partially then the process should succeed. Enjoy your new harbor breeze fan then!

Recap: Reasons to buy the Harbor Breeze Ceiling fans

There are a few reasons why I am a strong advocate of the Harbor Breeze ceiling fans. Here are a few of them

  • Available in various Sizes – The fans come in various sizes, so it’s easy to select the right one for you according to your room’s size. The standard size of Harbor Breeze ceiling fan is 52 inches, but other smaller or larger sizes are also available, which vary from 42 inch diameter to 72 inch diameter.
  • Versatile Trendy StylesHarbor Breeze ceiling fans are available in many styles, from traditional, to antique to ultra-modern. You will certainly find one of which finish, coloration, and shape match with the style of your room.
  • Energy Star Ceiling Fans – Harbor Breeze also offers some great energy star fans, which are energy efficient and cost effective as well. They save on your energy bills while giving you the advantages of both heating and cooling options.
  • Other Features – These fans offer an extensive range of Outdoor and indoor Ceiling Fans, which come with – lights, light kits, remote controls , and other trendy accessories ; and you can get all these at very affordable prices from your local Lowe’s store.

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Best electric baseboard heaters: June 2017 Reviews and Buying

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Are you trying to stay warm in your house, but your heating system can’t keep up? Hydronic baseboard heaters could be your solution. We’ve highlighted several electronic hydronic baseboard heaters on this page; have a look!

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Best Electric Hydronic Baseboard Heaters – Examples

One of the most fascinating developments of technology is in the working of heating and cooling systems.

An electronic hydronic baseboard heater can really help you supplement your existing heating system in your house.

 

Several varieties and ranges of hydronic baseboard heaters products are available for you to purchase and use.

One such product is the “Q-Mark HBB750” – this device is simple to handle and safe to use.

A grill / barrier keeps objects from accidentally coming in contact with the heater, and a cooling instrument is placed on the baseboard to reduce the exposure of a greater cross-sectional area.

 hydronic baseboard heaters

This electronic hydronic baseboard heater is protective and useful because it has a protective covering within which the heating elements are immersed in a liquid to transfer heat through a copper tube. Most hydronic baseboard heaters are made of high resistant, stainless steel that makes them durable with a power carrying capacity of 120 volts and 750 Watts.

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How do Hydronic Electric Baseboard Heaters Work?

The main purpose of traditional electric baseboard heaters is to heat the room by simple mode of convection.

However, hydronic baseboard heaters are liquid-filled, and use water to regulate the temperature of the room. The water is first transformed into steam and then allowed to rotate in the room.

Hydronic systems can be classified into three categories namely cold water, steam and warm water. The system of hydronic baseboard heaters involves the water moving under gravity and maintaining a steady temperature all over in the room, thereby creating a high, low or a medium pressure.

Four types of Electric Heaters are available, they are:

  • Hydronic Convection Heater
  • Residential Convection Baseboard Heaters
  • Commercial Convection Heaters
  • Portable Electric Baseboard Heaters

Each type of heater is available in the marketplace, and your shopping can begin at the links near the top of this page.

“Air King-8605” and “Dayton 2YV13” are example of portable heaters; “tpi-2905028A”, “Dayton 3UG30” are a few varieties of products of residential and hydronic types of baseboard heaters.

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Electronic Hydronic Baseboard Heaters – Buying Considerations

Before you proceed to purchase any product, you must make a proper plan. Here are certain tips to help you in purchasing hydronic baseboard heaters.

  • Plan your budget and try to spend money in accordance with your planning. Hydronic baseboard heaters are priced starting at around $150, and go up to over $400. Know what requirement you have in a heater.
  • Learn about the technical configuration of the electric hydronic baseboard heaters, and consider how it will fit into your home. Read the comments placed by various customers to remain well informed about the features and flaws of the hydronic baseboard heaters that you’re considering.
  • These types of goods are always provided with warranty; ensure your heater comes with a warranty of a sufficient timeframe.

We provided links to several popular hydronic heaters above, in assocation with Amazon. Happy shopping!

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Electric Baseboard Heaters

Electric baseboard heaters are heaters that attach to the bottom of the walls, along the floor. They are electric, and work very well for heating small rooms with very pleasant, warm electric heat. A lot of people use baseboard heaters because they are a lot easier to install than other heating systems.

For example, you can install baseboard heaters very simply… basically plug in and go portable, whereas, to install a gas heater or something like that, you need to run gas lines, etc. So, electric baseboard heaters are great for simplicity… but why else would you want to use them? Well, here are a few reasons. If these sound like good ideas to you, then this just might be the type of heat that you have been looking for in your home!

 

First, you can use these heaters as supplemental heat. A lot of people use electric baseboard heaters for backup or supplemental heat. For example, if you heat with a wood-stove, you could use electric baseboard heaters in the morning to get your house warm until you start a fire.

Or, if you use gas to heat your home, you can use electric baseboard heaters in the event that your propane tank runs out before you can order more. So, as backup heat, electric baseboard heaters work very well because as long as you have electricity, you will have heat.

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portable electric baseboard heaters

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Electric baseboard heat is also perfect for small apartments or studios, because in a more confined living space, there is really not the need for a huge heating source.

Another reason as to why these heaters are popular is because they are pretty inexpensive. They are perhaps more expensive to run than other types of electric because in some areas, electric is bit more expensive, but they are much easier to install and much cheaper to buy up front than many other types of heat. So, for this reason, baseboard electric heaters are a good thing to start out with if you cannot afford something else.

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If you are shopping for some electric baseboard heaters for your home, then you should definitely try searching online. Searching online offers you a lot of good deals, and it also gives you the opportunity to compare prices easier than you could by driving around to different locations. Besides, all of the notable dealers should have websites anyway, so why drive around looking and getting prices when you can access it all right from the comfort of your own home?

Ordering online also gives you access to customer reviews of different baseboard heaters, so that you can find out how they hold up under real use. You can also find facts about how efficient they are. A lot of baseboard electric heaters now are infrared, and they use a very minimal amount of power as you run them. Some of them will run for a very small amount of money per day in electric, and that is always a good thing… after all, money saved is money earned, right?

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Best Wheatgrass Juicer: 2017 Expert Reviews and Buying Guide

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So, you’ve decided to begin juicing wheatgrass at home and have realized a wheatgrass juicer is really an essential device for your healthier lifestyle. The problem begins now; trying to decide which juicer is the best for juicing wheatgrass.

There is an incredible number of wheatgrass juicers available on Amazon and other stores today. Selecting the right juicer can be confusing. Should you choose a centrifugal juicer or masticating juicer? Manual juicer or electric wheatgrass juicer? Which juicer will extract juice from wheatgrass the best?

And, the list of questions goes on. So, here I’ve put in information that might be useful for you to choose the best cheap wheatgrass juicer.

Top rated wheatgrass juicers

Product NameWeightLinks 
Chef’s Star Manual Hand Crank Single Auger Juicer14 grams
Lexen Wheatgrass Juicer40 grams
Athletic Greens360grams
Hurricane Wheatgrass Juicer210 grams
Nutriteam HD-7700 Low Speed Juicer1.8 pounds
The Green Queen Wheatgrass Juicer2.4 pounds
Tribest Green Star Elite13.3 ounces
The Original Healthy Juicer1.1 Kg
Samson 9005 Advanced Wheatgrass Juicer1.1 Kg
Tribest Z Star Manual1.1 Kg

Why do you need a wheatgrass juicer?

If you are more of a vegetarian than a fruitarian, I’d strongly recommend you buy a wheatgrass juicer. Its specialized razor munches any fibre and leaves of vegetables and wheatgrass into a nutritious cup of vegetable juice.

Besides, the best wheatgrass juicers are such versatile kitchen helpers. They can be used to prepare ingredient from celery juice to herb extracts.

There are two kind of juicer that does wheatgrass juicing:

  1. Manual Wheatgrass Juicers, which specialize in wheatgrass only, and
  2. Electric wheatgrass juicers which juice a huge variety of fruits and green leafy vegetables.


Manual wheatgrass juicers

A manual Wheatgrass juicer is a hand-operated juicer that you ‘crank’ to extract juice out of wheatgrass.

One benefit of using a manual wheatgrass juicer is that the juicers are easier to clean, more cheaper than their electric counterparts, and easy to store due to their compactness.

The downside is that the variety of produce you can juice is a little narrower because most manual wheatgrass juicers specialize in wheatgrass only.

Manual wheatgrass juicers are the best choice if you are considering juicing wheatgrass only.

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Electric wheatgrass juicers

Most manual wheatgrass juicers specialize in wheatgrass only. So if you want to juice fruits as well, you’ll have to find a masticating juicer that does a huge variety of fruits and vegetables, such as wheatgrass, spinach, parsley, cilantro, Kale, Swiss Chard, etc.

These juicers are electric and tend to cost double what you’d spend on a great wheatgrass machine, but they are much more versatile and allow you to juice a wide variety of produce, as well as do other things like make nut butters, pasta, and even baby food.


Which are the best wheatgrass juicers?

Here is a list of the best wheatgrass juicers:

  1. Hurricane stainless steel manual wheatgrass juicer
  2. The Z-Star Manual Juicer
  3. Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer
  4. The Original Healthy Juicer (Lexen GP27)
  5. Nutriteam HD-7700 Low Speed Juicer
  6. Tribest Z-Star Z-510 Manual Juicer
  7. Manual Wheatgrass Juicer – MJ445
  8. Paderno World Cuisine Manual Juicer
  9. Handy Pantry HJ Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Wheatgrass Juicer
  10. Omega NC900HDC 6th Generation Nutrition Center Electric Juicer, Chrome

The best manual wheatgrass juicers

There are two manual juicers that come highly recommended:

  • The Hurrican Stainless Manual Wheat grass juicer, and
  • The Z-Star Manual Juicer

You can read their reviews below:


 

Hurricane Stainless Manual Wheatgrass Juicer

wheatgrass juicerThis small wheatgrass juicer is made of stainless steel parts, which is great value for the money.

The compact size and manual operation makes it really portable. You only have to find a table top to clamp it on.

The best part of this wheatgrass machine is that it only takes one minute to wash. So for your daily wheatgrass juice, just clamp on the juicer, place a bowl under the spout, then run the wheatgrass through by cranking the lever.

Catch the pulp with your hand and run it through again for good measure! Then just undo the cap, handle and gear, and rinse them clean. How easy is that?

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Tribest Z-Star Z-510 Manual Juicer

electric wheatgrass juicerThe Z-star manual is one of the most unique wheatgrass juice machines available in the market. It is a single augur masticating juicer, but without the motor.

This means that it will have the thoroughness of a masticating juicer but without the accompanying heat that characterizes electric wheatgrass juicers. Without the heat, the enzymes and other nutrients in your wheatgrass are better preserved.

I find the The Z-star manual juicer easier to use than most other manual wheatgrass juicers. This is because its hopper (the opening that receives the hopped product) is bigger. But that’s as far as the advantage goes. The cranking is about the same with that of other masticating juicers.

With this juicer, you can juice a variety of other producing including tomatoes, vegetables and other harder produce such as apples, carrots, and ginger.

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The Best Electric Wheatgrass Juicer

If you have more bucks to spend on a juicer – and you think you might eventually like to try juicing a wider variety of produce – we’d recommend saving up for a single gear masticating juicer which does an excellent job juicing wheatgrass as well as other produce.

You can not simply use any old juicer to try to extract juice from wheatgrass—or leafy vegetables such as kale—and expect to get good results. The best type of electric juicer for wheatgrass is a a low speed, masticating style one. These juicers operate at around 80 rpm instead of over 1,000 rpm for a centrifugal type juicer that is better suited for handling fleshy fruit.

These machines operate by crushing rather than tearing apart the leaves, and this leads to the highest amount of juice extraction possible—leaving a remarkably dry pulp. The lower speed also has the benefit of preventing oxidization and helps keep greater amounts of vitamins. In addition, electric juicers can be used for a wide range of fruits and vegetables. They are also great at crushing nuts to make fresh nut butters.

The top of the line electric juicer suitable for wheatgrass is the Super Angel 5500. The best-selling and highest-rated model is the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center. For those who prefer a vertical juicer design, the highest recommended one is the Omega VRT350 Vertical Juicer.

And here is our recomendation on single gear masticating juicer for juicing wheatgrass.


Champion G5 PG720 Juicer Review

When I first got hold of this juicer, I was practically stunned for a moment or two; flabbergasted by the unique design and appearance of this very product.champion juicer

Initially I was rather reluctant to purchase it because of how it looks and the enormous size would most probably occupy half of my kitchen top space. Yet somehow I ended up getting it from the display shelf unit as the lady there recommended me this for heavy duty usage purpose.

After a considerable duration of using the juicer at home, to my amazement, I find it to be one of the best juicers that I have ever stumbled upon.

Horsepower

The heavy duty motor of 1/3 horsepower operates continuously with the help of the floating cutter is an added advantage. This is because no intermittent cleaning is required as the juice is directly separated from the pulp when the juicing takes place. By having this feature, I could practically save up almost half the time on the preparation process which is the main reason why I fancy this juicer a lot!

Unlike any other wheatgrass juicers, the Champion Juicer also has a large feeding chamber which enable easy application even if the wheat grass, fruits and vegetables are not diced into smaller pieces. This is definitely something I look upon deeply as I am a very lazy person. By having this feature, I don’t have to waste time cutting up my fruits and vegetables into smaller portions to be put in the juicer. Basically a whole fruit or a whole vegetable could be place into the funnel at ease!

Furthermore, to be frankly honest, after a few times of usage I find the sturdy built of this Champion juicer somewhat assuring as the strong stainless steel body seem to be able to thwart off any daily wears and tears. My parents who fell in love with frozen banana and pineapple said that the Champion Juicer is all they need to make this scrumptious and delightful concoction.

With a whopping 10 years warranty, this juicer certainly captures the heart of many users nationwide even though the price of it is a little more expensive compared to others in the market.

After trying out on the Champion G5-PG710/ G5-PG720, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone out there who plans on getting a new juicer. It produces amazing results and best of all, it is healthy and rich with nutrients.

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greenGreen Power Twin Gear Juicer KPE 1304

The Green Power Twin Gear Juicer KPE 1304 rocks when it comes to squeezing out fresh juice that lasts! The new bio-ceramic and magnetic technology it uses ionizes the juice as it comes out, so the juice can be kept fresh for as long as 72 hours.

Do you know what that means? No more going into all the trouble of preparing fruits and veggies for juicing when you crave that refreshing drink right now. I’ve found that preparing extra juice when I’m free is so much easier.

There are other things I like about this Green Power Twin Gear Juicer as well. Its horizontal twin gears can juice many kinds of greens, herbs, plants, veggies and grass, besides fruits of course.

Surprisingly, they don’t clog up even when there is a lot of pulp, because this juicer totally crushes the fruits and veggies and the remains are pretty much dried up. However one user pointed out that the juice is pulpy, which is what I like, but if you don’t, a strainer will help.

The motor is good and strong, and if anything too hard meets with the gears, it will automatically stop to protect the juicer. In any case, the Green Power Twin Gear Juicer KPE 1304 comes with 10-year warranty. Other users will tell you that the customer service is pretty good too.

One little trouble to go over the Green Power Twin Gear Juicer KPE 1304 though, is that screens have to be changed when juicing veggies after juicing fruits, or vice versa. If you juice both kinds, then washing up both screens will be required afterwards.

If you’re willing to go to that trouble in exchange for a time-saving, all-versatile juicer, the Green Power Twin Gear Juicer KPE 1304 is just great!


Best-Wheatgrass-Juicer-Omega-8005Omega J8005 Single Gear Masticating Juicer

We also recommend this Omega J8005 Juicer due to its versatile functions and the relatively cheap price. This powerful masticating juicer ensures high yield by thoroughly chews up every bit of fiber and extract all the nutrients into juice with its 1/3 horsepower single phase induction motor.

The unit’s dual-stage juicing system ensures maximum efficiency, while keeping its low rotation speed around 80 RPMs means no foaming, no clogging, no heat build-up and no nutrient oxidized. Other than being a fruit juicer, this product can also functions as food processor, pasta extruder, homogenizer, and grinder. Yes, that means you can make your own peanut butter and apple sauce with it.

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Pros of a wheatgrass juicer

  1. It can be use to juice vegetables and herbs. Most generic juicers will experience jerks and ((lag)) when juicing leaves due to the strong fiber. Wheatgrass juicers on the other hand will perform seamlessly even with fibrous leaves.
  2. It is a cheaper solution for leaf juicing. Why pay more if you are only using a juicer for vegetables and not for fruits? Wheatgrass juicers are available in a long range of prices where you can choose the most ideal one for yourself with highest performance/price ratio.
  3. High yield. Wheatgrass machines utilize the single gear masticating technology to chew and dry up the pulp.
  4. Low motor speed. This ensures that the operation is silent and the maximum nutrient in juice is preserved.

The cons

  • Most wheatgrass machines are Specialized as ‘Non-fruit friendly’. Most models of wheatgrass juicer cannot be used to juice fruits.
  • Intricate assemblh. You certainly want to read the manual before assembling and cleaning it.
  • Bulky and heavy. Typical units weigh from 6kg to 13kg.

Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Wheatgrass Juicer

How to Choose the Best Wheatgrass Juicer

electric wheatgrass juicer A wheatgrass juicer is somewhat different from the usual juicer. Most wheatgrass juicers specialize in wheat grass only. So if you want to juice fruits as well, you’ll have to find a single gear masticating juicer that does fruits, vegetables and wheatgrass.

But hurray for the wheatgrass juice fans, a good wheatgrass juicer can be found at a much cheaper price if you don’t need it to do anything else except juice wheatgrass.

 

 

Manual or electric wheatgrass juicer?

Wheatgrass juicers can be manual or electric, but from what I’ve observed, the best juicer for wheatgrass in the market are manual ones. Not to say that the electric ones won’t work well, but they are so expensive that you might as well spend the money on a single gear masticating juicer that is versatile. The manual ones are also more portable and easy to store away due to their compactness.

Metal or Plastic?

You’re paying a lot for your wheatgrass machine, so you’ll want to know whether it will last. The general idea is that the more metal parts, and the less electronic parts it has, the longer it will last. There are wheatgrass juicers that consists fully of stainless steel or cast iron parts, while some are plastic with a stainless steel auger. But I don’t advise getting a cast iron juicer because they need a lot of maintenance to keep them from rusting over time.

Ease of Use

Read the reviews to see whether users find it easy to use. You don’t want a juicer that needs a lot of effort on your part to set it up, make it juice, and then take it all apart to clean it. Remember that the easier it is to use, the more you will use it, and that means getting your money’s worth.

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With a ceiling fan, you can lower your energy bill and chill Out

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The 1942 film classic Casablanca made ceiling fans famous. Now, almost 60 years later, they’re in the limelight again because they are an energy-efficient way to keep cool in the heat of summer. And these days there’s a modern fan and fan control for every taste.

Ceiling fans can dramatically reduce air-conditioning costs by increasing the speed with which your body loses heat: The greater the air movement, the cooler you’ll feel. A ceiling fan will increase the effect of any air conditioner–even one on a moderate setting–keeping you much cooler.

Summer breeze

Industry experts’ advice: Set your air conditioner to 780, then turn on ceiling fans to increase the chill.

For every degree you raise your thermostat, you’ll reduce your air-conditioning bill by 3 to 5 percent. Thus, if you set your thermostat 6[degrees] higher than usual, you can anticipate a reduction of up to 30 percent in air-conditioning costs.

Add a fan, and although your home won’t be any cooler, you’ll feel cooler due to the air movement.

A ceiling fan running at full speed costs the same as lighting a 100-watt incandescent bulb for the same period.

Central air-conditioning consumes from 50 to 60 times as much electrical energy. Use of ceiling fans alone can produce welcome savings.

Later in the year

Ceiling fans needn’t stop spinning at the end of summer.

Wintertime energy savings are possible by reversing the direction of the fan blades–from counterclockwise to clockwise, when seen from below–to force the air upward.

Moving in this direction and set at low speed, a fan will gently push hot, trapped ceiling air to the walls and down toward the floor, a process called heat reclamation.

Since the air isn’t blown forcefully downward, you won’t feel draftiness or chill. Manufacturers such as Harbor Breeze report savings of up to 10 percent on winter heating bills through heat reclamation.

Size and speed

Choosing a fan that suits the size of the room is important for energy savings and comfort. Fans are measured by blade span, with the 52-inch five-bladed fan being the most common: It is appropriate for rooms up to 400 square feet.

The 44-inch fan will adequately serve rooms up to 225 square feet; the 42-inch works for rooms up to 144 square feet; the 36-inch fan is for rooms of 100 square feet or less.

Fan motors can be set at low, medium, or high speed. The goal is to choose a ceiling fan that will spin at the slowest possible speed to effectively cool or reclaim heat; it should also be quiet. A properly sized fan will be almost noiseless as it slowly churns the room air.

Installation

Put ceiling fans in the rooms where your family spends the most time, such as the living rooms and bedrooms. Ceiling fans are often installed in place of conventional light fixtures. This usually places the fan in the center of the room, and the switch wiring that once controlled the ceiling light can now be used for the fan. Some fans include a light unit.

You can choose from a large array of fan/light fixtures, including low-profile rosettes (for low ceilings), bullet spotlights, leaded crystal, and five-arm cluster fixtures that can highlight room features. A fan/light control can be installed in the wall switch box that used to house the light switch. Such controls range from two simple rotary knobs to elegant push-button panels.

Remote controls

Remote controls allow you to manage the fan and light from the comfort of your bed or chair–up to 40 feet away.

Some full-featured remotes automatically increase fan speed as room temperature rises and turn off the fan when the room has cooled. Some high-tech remotes also include programmable timers.

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Best bedwetting alarm reviews-2017

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At first nocturnal enuresis (best known as bedwetting) sounds like a disease, but it’s not. Even so, it can cause serious embarrassment and poor self-esteem in those who suffer from it.

What is it?

Nocturnal enuresis is, in layman’s terms, bedwetting. If you have a child past the age of six or an adult relative struggling with bedwetting, you may be wondering if there is any help. There is, and it’s called a bedwetting alarm.

Best Bedwetting Alarm Reviews

What is the best bedwetting alarm to buy?
PictureProductAlarm TypeRating (Out of Five)Click below for latest prices
Malem bedwetting alarmMalem Ultimate
Light, Sound & Vibration
4.7Amazon Link
best bedwetting alarms reviewsAnzacare DRI EclipseSound & Vibration4.5Amazon Link
bedwetting alarms walmartChummie Premium AlarmLight, Sound & Vibration4Amazon Link
best bedwetting alarm for deep sleepersNew DryEasySound & Vibration4Amazon Link
what is the best bedwetting alarm Wet-Stop3 Enuresis AlarmSound & Vibration3.8Amazon Link
best bedwetting alarm for girlsBest Bed Alarm For Bedwetting TrainingSound & Vibration3.5Amazon Link

What is a bedwetting alarm?

One of the main causes of bed wetting in children is a combination of deep sleeping patterns and over production of urine.

Making use of the best bedwetting alarms can help teach the child’s body to better respond to a full bladder, as well as help break the deep sleep cycles that are typical of this behaviour.

In the case of underdeveloped bladder muscles and urine leakage, bedwetting alarms help to limit the frequency and extent of accidents until the child’s bladder has developed the strength needed to last the entire night.

An electronic bedwetting alarm sounds an alert as soon as a sleeper begins to urinate. Bedwetting alarms are designed to assist bedwetters in training their brains to react to their full bladders by awakening and using the toilet.

A bedwetting alarm “senses” moisture as the first drops of urine are released, and sounds a shrill alarm, awakening the sleeper.

A feeling of bladder fullness will eventually replace the sound of the bedwetting alarm as the signal to the sleeper’s brain that it’s time to get up and visit the bathroom. Bedwetting alarm therapy is actually a type of behavioral conditioning.

There are three types of best bedwetting alarms:

Best bedwetting alarm reviews#1 Wearable bedwetting alarms

With a wearable alarm, the sleeper places the moisture sensing device in his or her nightclothes or underwear.

A wearable bedwetting alarm reacts to the urine almost instantaneously.

This type of bedwetting alarm is a design in which the child wears the moisture sensor, which is connected to the alarm device by means of a cord, in or on their underwear or pajamas.

This type of sensor will detect moisture almost immediately.

WetStop3 is with little doubt the best wearable bedwetting alarm available in the market today.

best bed wetting alarms reviews#2 Bed-and-pad bedwetting alarm

In a bell-and-pad bedwetting alarm, the moisture sensor is in the form of a pad placed beneath the sleeper.

This pad does not sense moisture until it actually soaks up the urine, so it does not react as quickly as the wearable bedwetting alarm.

Another possible drawback is that, if the sleeper rolls off the pad, it will not detect moisture. The bell-and-pad bedwetting alarm is also attached to the alarm unit with a cord.

Therapee is one of the most recommended bed mat alarms and is suitable for children of all ages, both boys and girls.

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malem bedwetting alarm#3 Wireless bedwetting alarm

The third type of bedwetting alarm, the wireless alarm, has a moisture sensor which communicates to the alarm unit with a transmitter.

Like the wearable alarm, the wireless bedwetting alarm requires that the moisture sensor be attached to the sleeper’s nightclothes or underwear.

But because it transmits its signal without a cord, the bedwetting alarm unit can be located anywhere in the sleeper’s room. It does not have to be close to the bed.

Important to Note

Wearable and wireless bedwetting alarms will be effective only if they stay attached.

If the material to which a sensor is attached is too thick, or if the sleeper tosses, it may loosen.

Some bed wetting alarms, to remedy this, have their moisture sensors embedded in briefs, onto which the transmitter snaps.

Bed wetting therapy experts have estimated that, with consistent use, the best bedwetting alarms will retrain sleepers to self-awaken in between four and six weeks, and are successful for sixty to eighty percent of young and adult bedwetters.


What every parent needs to know about the best bedwetting alarms

Bed Wetting Alarms are part of the ‘team’

Before you purchase a bed wetting alarm, it is important that you do your part as a parent to help resolve the problem.

Oftentimes, children are as embarrassed about their problems, as you are frustrated by their occurrence and the mess it makes. Because of this, a child’s esteem can be quickly deteriorated, which can cause them problems in their social lives.

While you may be frustrated, never take your frustration out on the child. It helps no one, and can actually make the problem worse. Stress can significantly hamper any behavioral training that you might be attempting. So, we suggest working as a close ‘team’ with your child while you and the bedwetting alarm help them through the problems.

Bedwetting alarms best practices

As you read the best bedwetting alarm reviews, it is important to keep in mind that these devices are most effective when the parent is also able to respond to the alarm.

As bed wetting alarms have undergone development, it is possible for a parent to enjoy sleeping in their own beds and still be notified when the child urinates in bed.

Wireless bed wetting alarms like the Anzacare DRI Eclipse, that attach to your child’s clothing can relay a signal to a receptor in the parent’s room, which lets the adults get up as needed to assist their child in going to the bathroom and getting them back into bed again.

Get the Most Out Of Bed Wetting Alarms

Only making use of bed wetting alarms is not enough to totally resolve PNE problems (note: Primary Nocturnal Enuresis – PNE for short – is the main cause behind bed wetting in children).

You will also need to partner the alarms with other tools specifically created to deal with PNE, like disposable bed wetting diapers and plastic sheets to limit how much laundry needs to be done and to ensure your child’s comfort.

As you gradually teach your child to sleep less deeply and form the habit of getting up in the middle of the night to use the washroom, the number of dry nights will begin to outnumber the wet ones. However, during the training process, expect the occasional accident to occur. This is normal as your child’s body develops.

If your child is over the age of five and continues to have PNE problems, the best bedwetting alarms might be the first part of the team that beats the bedwetting.

You should take your child to the doctors should the bed wetting continue, as there may be an underlying medical issue causing this, rather than a developmental or behavioral issue.

As mentioned above, bed wetting alarms do help to a great extent to handle PNE easier, but they might only be a single element in the overall solution.

Bedwetting problems

There are of course many problems, both large and small, facing parents and children these days. One of the most persistent problems associated with childhood, however, is also perhaps one of the oldest, and that of course is the problem of bed wetting.

Many children will go through this embarrassing problem, and in some cases bed wetting can become a serious impediment to normal development and a healthy social life.

From sleepovers to camping trips, bedwetting can cause serious problems for children, and it is important for parents in these situations to know how to deal with this problem most effectively.

For many parents one of the most effective ways to deal with bed wetting is to install a bed wetting alarm.

In fact, a bed wetting alarm can be one of the safest and most effective of all treatments for this embarrassing and at times debilitating condition. The concept behind the alarm is simple, with each alarm equipped with a moisture sensor that snaps on to the pajamas. A small speaker is attached to the child’s body, generally near the shoulder.

The alarm goes off when it senses moisture, resulting in a piercing sound that helps train the child to cease urination and head to the bathroom. This treatment can be quite effective for all but the deepest sleeper.

Of course, bed wetting alarms are not the only effective treatment for a bed wetting problem, nor are they the right choice for every child. It is important for any child who continues to wet the bed to be carefully evaluated by his or her pediatrician in order to rule out a urinary tract infection or other medical condition.

For those children whose bed wetting is the result of deep sleep or laziness, however, the installation of a bed wetting alarm can be remarkably effective.

Teenage Bedwetting

Health professionals who treat bed wetting will sometimes have a patient who is  a teenager,  and it has been hoped by the family that one day they will just grow out of it.  But it has not happened.  While only around 2% of teenagers still wet the bed, that is no comfort to the teenager.

It is comforting to know is that it can be treated, but it is important not to delay treatment. This is especially if the time is approaching to leave home to go to college. There must be plenty of time to carry out the diagnosis and to allow treatment to work.

Damaging Issue

Teenage Bed WettingThe first major obstacle with bed wetting teens is that the teenagers may be more ashamed and embarrassed than children are.

Bed wetting as a teenager can significantly damage self-esteem and disrupt their social lives. It can make matters worse if a teenager, quite understandably,  may try to hide the fact that they are wetting the bed, this can make treatment even more difficult.

As a parent, broaching the subject with a distressed adolescent may be difficult, but most likely this has been an issue for a long time and so trying to address the issue will not be new. What is important is to help the teenager to understand that they do not have to deal with this alone, and that there is effective help.

Teenage Bed Wetting Needs Caring Attention

 

No AngerWhen dealing with teenage bed wetting, while it may be natural to become frustrated or angry, a parent must try to see it from a young person’s perspective.  This may take the form of:

“if I ignore it, then it will go away”

And so when a parent tries to talk about the matter the teenager may become angry,  because they then have to think about it.

In that case, leave the teenager with the message, “when you are ready to talk about it I really want to work on this with you. ” 

Solutions To Teenage Bed Wetting

If bed wetting has been mostly constant over the years,  then it is almost certainly the primary nocturnal enuresis type which responds well to using a bedwetting alarm.

This may have been tried before,  but research shows that part of the problem is the maturity of certain areas of brain function (not those involved with learning or intelligence – almost all bedwetters are described as well-functioning and above average).  The maturing of those parts continues and so treatment with an alarm can become more effective.

Therefore the first tool that should be used and which is essential to bed wetters,  is a bed wetting alarm.

Some doctors will also suggest adding in bed wetting medication , and that can be useful in very resistent cases, but usually only for a few weeks or a month or two at the same time as using the bedwetting alarm.

Need for Medical Examination

If bed wetting is a problem that has started more recently, then other causes need to be investigated by a doctor, in fact there should always be a medical examination of the teenager before starting treatment.

Also in the category of helpful devices are the bed wetting diapers. They may make it easier for the teenager to be self managing as the bed wetting is being dealt with.

No Drinking

These are all small things that any teen can do to lower the number of uncontrolled urination episodes. One of these is to remove caffeine from the diet because this has a diuretic (urine producing) effect.

Quitting drinking alcohol is also recommended, because alcohol can cause bed wetting as well, especially if drinking excessively.

Teenage bed wetting can be cured, and for that that there needs to be a good understanding of the cause, and then a consistent and supportive process that everyone understands, agrees with,  and is committed to.


Adult Bed Wetting

Adult bedwetting that happens rarely is not something to worry about.

But if you are an adult and Nocturnal Enuresis (commonly known as “bed wetting“) begins to happen more often, it’s time to do some more research and perhaps to pay the doctor a visit.

Repeated incidents of adult bedwetting can sometimes be the sign of a more serious underlying problem.

Adults who wet the bed also suffer social costs – all too often, adult bedwetting is very embarrassing and can lead to dissolution of relationships, self esteem issues, depression and fustration.

In addition, it is very important that busy adults get a good nights sleep, which can be adversly impacted by nocturnal enuresis in adults.

Adult Incontinence can be treated

Adult bedwetting, or incontinence, is a problem that a small percentage of adults suffer repeated symptoms from.

Often, one of the best management tools for treating incontinence is to use a personal bedwetting alarm that discreetly alerts the user when they need to awaken and empty their bladder.

The most popular and successful model on the market is the DRI Excel personal bedwetting alarm that is comfortable to wear, and alerts to the first drops of urine that pass.

When Not To Worry About Adult Bed Wetting?

There is an instance when grown-up Enuresis is not the sign of a serious problem, and that is in the case of extreme consumption of alcohol.

Alcohol causes high rates of urination, and if you drink a high quantity of alcohol right before you sleep, you are at moderate risk of wetting the bed.

While this can be extremely embarrassing the next morning, as long as the alcohol consumption is not repeated daily, you don’t need to worry about it.

Other Causes Of Adult Bed Wetting

Adult Bed WettingThere are many causes of adult bed wetting, and almost all of them can be quite severe.

Liver, kidney and bladder failure can cause bed wetting, as can diseases such as Lupus.

A doctor is the only person who can do the necessary blood tests to determine what the cause is, so you should make an appointment as quickly as possible.

Adult Bed Wetting Lupus

What is adult bed wetting Lupus? Well, it’s simply wetting the bed as a result of the autoimmune disease, Lupus Nephritis. However, because of the nature of bed wetting (scientifically called Nocturnal Enuresis), and even the nature of Lupus Nephritis, it is important to evaluate all possible causes of bed wetting in adults before jumping to any conclusions.

Is It Really Adult Bed Wetting Lupus?

Adult bed wetting is not a normal behavior under any circumstance, and is an indicator that there is a problem. To see if Lupus Nephritis indeed is what causes your bed wetting or if it’s something else, a lot of diagnosis will have to be done.

Any condition that affects the kidney or bladder can cause bed wetting, so having this symptom does not necessarily mean you are affected by Lupus.

Adult Bed Wetting Is Biological!

If you or your loved ones are experiencing adult Enuresis, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor immediately.

Since wetting the bed at this age is not normal (it’s not uncommon, but is not normal either), it means that something is physically wrong, and this type of bed wetting can not be cured through behavioral treatments.

Such methods are great for making Enuresis go away in children. Adult bed wetting however, is typically biological in nature and must be dealt with accordingly.

Solutions For Adult Bed Wetting Lupus

If you know for a fact that your adult bed wetting instances are caused by Lupus, one of the long term solutions to the problem is to use bed wetting medication to control urination. However, there are some products that you can use to help make your life more comfortable through the bed wetting moments.

Diapers And Alarms – Always Popular

Adult diapers designed for bed wetting can prevent the need to do a lot of extra laundry, while there are also bed wetting alarms that can wake you up as urination begins.

Bed wetting alarms can be used to wake you up should you begin to urinate in bed. This cannot stop the process from occurring, but it can allow you to clean up the mess immediately.

The bedwetting alarm process works by mimicing the natural reaction of the brain to a full bladder – to wake you up. The bed wetting alarm can be a great tool for adults to use while they are in the process of working through bedwetting issues.

Ideally, the bedwetting alarm you use should be comfy, discreet and should be loud enough to wake you during the deepest of sleeps.

Quality adult bedwetting alarms should be reusable and cleaned easily, should be pree from metal parts that corrode in urine, and should be comfortable to wear. There are wireless models on the market, such as the DRI-Sleeper Eclipse, that use a very small urine sensor and a separate alarm unit that can go into a caregivers room or on a bedside cabinet. These models are highly recommended.

In addition to alarms, using bed wetting diapers for adults can limit how much mess you make in your bed. Also, plastic sheets can protect the mattress from urine, as the mattress can be very difficult to clean and to deodorize. Often, its just not possible to clean a urinated mattress properly and dry it fully for use the next night. In this situation, hygene suffers and odors can result – very embarrassing for any adult.

While these bed wetting devices and NE supplies cannot remove the embarrassment of bed wetting, they can go a long way towards limiting the most uncomfortable aspects of bed wetting.

Do NOT Be Ashamed!

It is important to keep your esteem high if you suffer from bed wetting as an adult. Low esteem problems can bleed out into other aspects of your life, ranging from work to family. As Lupus is a difficult disease to deal with to begin with, being able to keep yourself from depression can help lower the consequences of bed wetting in your life.

Do NOT Despair!

For those who are just developing the starting symptoms of Lupus, it is typically only a matter of time before adult bed wetting episodes begin to occur, and consulting with your doctor is only the first step in helping rectify the problem.

However, there are solutions to bed wetting caused by Lupus Nephritis. Modern medicine keeps evolving and new solutions to such diseases are always discovered. Also, alternative medicine and bedwetting hypnosis can help to limit the frequency of episodes of adult bed wetting Lupus and make your life easier.

Bedwetting Diapers

Control Your Self Esteem

Being sick is not a reason to feel poorly about yourself.

Bed wetting as an adult is not something that is your fault, but rather a medical condition that needs to be treated or managed properly so you can resume a normal life and normal sleeping patterns.

If you take care not to drink any liquids before going to sleep and cease drinking diuretics like caffeine, this can help lead a perfectly normal lifestyle. Even bedwetting adult individuals who travel alot can enjoy their time away from home with little worries and little social impact.

However, if you’re having severe adult bedwetting issues, don’t forget to see a health specialist or Doctor first, before undergoing any treatment that may or may not be adequate or appropriate for your particular case.

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Best Window Fan Reviews and Expert Buying Guide: 2017

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Best window fan review

What do you do when your quest to cool down eats away at your energy bills? Simple, you do away with those energy guzzling fans and replace them with cheaper, powerful, more energy efficient window fans.

As you may have guessed, the best window fans fit on your window(s).

A majority of other fans cool you by blowing air directly towards you. Window fans work differently. They cool a room by bringing in cool air from the outside. They also keep the room fresh by sucking out the stale air.

They can either be manually reversible or electrically reversible. The former needs to be shifted so as to change the direction of airflow while the latter automatically changes airflow by the flip of a switch.

There are those that have multiple independent blades that work simultaneously to exhaust stale air and/or draw in cool air while others just have a single set of blades.

Choosing a good window fan can be a hectic process and a lot needs to be put into consideration. By reading my reviews you will be sure to choose the very best and most powerful window fan available in the market today.

The 10 Top Rated Window Fans of 2017

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TOP TEN WINDOW FANS IN THE MARKET TODAY

1. Bionaire twin reversible airflow window fan with remote control

2. Bionaire compact window fan

3. Holmes dual blade twin window fan with one touch thermostat

4. Lasko 2138-8” electrically reversible window fan

5. Air King 9166 20” whole house window fan

6. Comfort zone CZ310R twin window fan

7. Optimus 8” reversible twin window

8. Pelonis 9” twin window fan

9. Homebasix twin fan window

PRODUCT

DESCRIPTION

RATING

BIONAIRE TWIN REVERSIBLE AIRFLOW WINDOW FAN WITH REMOTE CONTROL

This is one of the most powerful window fans available in the market. Its two fans can work together or independently to bring air in or draw stale air out. In so doing, it keeps the house cool and fresh.

The Bionaire Twin Window fan has 3 distinct airflow settings all of which are quiet making ideal even for the bedroom.

It has a LED screen which allows you to see the selected settings. In addition, it also has a remote control so you can switch from setting to setting while in the comfort of your bed or couch.

You don’t have to worry about it fitting since it comes with extenders which makes it possible to fit in different sized windows.

The fan is made of durable material and you don’t have to worry about replacing it every summer.

BIONAIRE COMPACT WINDOW FAN

This fan is as sleek as it is attractive and comes in black. It features 3 fans which work together to either cool and/or freshen your home. It is efficient and quiet enough to sleep through while it’s on.

It has extenders which make it possible to be installed in windows of different sizes. In addition, it can fit in windows that open vertically or horizontally.

The only down side is that it doesn’t come with a remote and as such you have to set it manually. It however has 3 airflow settings.

HOLMES DUAL BLADE TWIN WINDOW FAN WITH ONE TOUCH THERMOSTAT

This window fan has 2 airflow settings. Its strong blades ensure a steady and strong flow which results to a high cooling effect. The Holmes Dual Blade Twin Window Fan sucks stale air out and blows in cool air. It especially comes in handy if you live with a smoker as it gets rid of the stuffiness.

Another plus for the Holmes Window fan is the fact that it has a programmable thermostat which allows you to set the time for the switch between high and low speeds. This saves you the trouble of having to wake up every so often.

The fan measures 12-1/4” and is available on Amazon.

LASKO 2138-8” ELECTRICALLY REVERSIBLE WINDOW FAN

This Lasko Window Fan comes with 2 speed settings which can be adjusted by a thermostat. It also features extended panels making it ideal for different sized windows (25-35” W and 12+” H).

It is whisper quiet and also comes with snap-On feet for table or floor use.

Air King 9166 20” whole house window fan

This fan is powerful and extremely durable. It is rust proof, shatter proof and corrosion resistant which extends its life span a great deal.

Fits windows 27-38” W and 26.5” H. It features 3 speed settings and could be yours for $154.93.

Is my house ideal for a window fan(s)?

Before I let you know what to look for in the best window fans, let’s first determine whether your house is ideal for them.

As stated earlier, window fans work differently from other fans. They draw the cool air from outside to reduce the room temperatures. As such, if your house happens to be near a polluted area, avoid using a window fan as it will only draw in the pungent smells.

In addition, if you happen to live in a congested area, chances are the outside temperatures are always higher than those inside. Using window fans in such a house will do the exact opposite of what you expect; it will heat up your house instead of cooling it.

If your house is ideal for a window fan, let’s help you pick the best fan. If it isn’t you can thank me for saving you the money and trouble of installing it.

Factors to consider when choosing a window fan


The fan’s size


Window fans are fitted on the windows. Therefore, it is important to get one that will fit best if not perfectly.

Having a fan that doesn’t fit could make it topple over and force you to buy another one. An ill-fitting fan could also lead to local circulation where the same air is drawn back and forth.

To avoid this, seal the gaps between it and the window using a masking tape, paper or cardboard.

This is important especially for Bionaire window fans that draw air from outside. If the gaps are open, a pressure difference occurs and the air will go back outside hence you won’t get all of that cool air you desire so much.


Safety


Buy a window fan that has a screen. This will prevent intruders such as insects and rodents from gaining entry into your home. In addition, the screen will also prevent criminals from using that window as an entry point.


The fan’s features


Consider buying a window fan that has features such as;

· Remote control- this will save you the trouble of having to wake up every time you want to change a setting.

· Speed settings- a fan with a wide range of speed settings is always better as it gives you the power to control how much air you want draw in or sucked out.

· Multiple blades- fans that come with twin or triple blades increase the rate of airflow in or out of your house. Furthermore, such fans can both draw in and suck air out at the same time as opposed to single blade fans which can only do one at a time.

· Quiet- while at work your fan should be quite enough to enable you sleep, have a conversation or watch TV.

· Extenders- most people don’t carry around tape measures so you are forgiven for not knowing your exact window measurements.
For that reason, get a fan with extenders as they are sure to fit your window.

· Duo direction fitting- a window fan that can fit horizontally or vertically is best. If it doesn’t fit vertically, you simply rotate it and fit it horizontally.
Water resistant- this is for those who live in areas that experience rainfall. We all know that water and electricity is a recipe for fire.


The fans power


The best window fans should be powerful enough to draw in large amounts of air and/or suck out all the stale air from your house to leave it cool and fresh. Goes without saying that the more powerful the fan, the cooler and fresher the room.


How much does the fan window cost


Some fans are more expensive than others though not necessarily more effective. Besides, you need to keep in mind that a fan is not an investment that will gain you money. Buy a fan that is reasonably priced and one you can comfortably afford.


Consumer reviews


How do you know whether that fan you want actually works as the manufacturer’s claim? You simply look up what existing consumers have to say about it. It is not uncommon for products not to live up to consumers’ expectations.
In doing so, you may save yourself money or end up getting the best value for your money.

Conclusion

Part of the reason why window fans are popular is their ability to save energy which translates to reduced power bills.
With the ever-increasing bills to pay, a relief is most welcome. In addition, they are very effective in cooling and freshening your home.

As if they were not awesome enough, they can supplement or replace your air conditioner which saves you more money.

A good product should always give you value for your money and that is exactly what window fans do. Get yours today and drop a few degrees the economical way!

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How to choose a ceiling fan that will compliment your home decor

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Residential ceiling fans are just as much decorative pieces as they are ventilation appliances, which is why they are fashioned from a wide variety of materials and come in different designs.

The best ceiling fan decor will be comprised of two elements – the style and the finish.

The design

Basically, ceiling fan styles can be divided into three categories, which are:

Traditional or Classic

These are reproductions of the early designs, and are often very basic, without light kits included. Examples include the Hunter Royal Oak and the Casablanca Capistrano.

Contemporary or modern ceiling fans

contemporary-ceiling-fansContemporary ceiling fan style closely resembles industrial fans since they characteristically have round motors, three blades and metallic finishes instead of wood.

Examples of the best modern fans include the Fanimation Zonix, the Minka Aire Downtown Loft and the Altuz fan from the Modern Fan Company.

Transitional ceiling fans

Emerson Carrera Grande
Emerson Carrera Grande is an example of a transitional ceiling fan

As the name implies, transitional ceiling fans have elements of both traditional and contemporary styles.

They are basic just like traditional fans but appear more modern, though not as state-of-the-art as contemporary fans.

Examples include the Emerson Carrera Grande and the Monte Carlo Cyclone.

Other design considerations

Aside from these three basic styles, ceiling fans can also be specific to a certain design movement or period, or can have their own unique niche. These include:

  • Victorian fans
  • Art Deco fans
  • Art Noveau fans
  • Mission fans
  • Oriental fans
  • Tropical ceiling fans
  • Nature-inspired fans
  • Nautical fans
  • Rustic fans
  • Kids ceiling fans
  • Vintage ceiling fans
  • Tiffany ceiling fans

The Finish

Once you have decided on the style, you will need to decide on the blade finish, which will determine the final, overall look of the ceiling fan. Basically, finishes can be either wood or metal.

The most commonly used wood finishes include:

  1. Light Cherry
  2. Dark Cherry
  3. Walnut
  4. Birch
  5. Mahogany
  6. Oak
  7. Pine

On the other hand, the most commonly used metallic finishes are:

  • Bronze
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Brushed Steel
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Chrome

In addition, metal finishes can be matte, satin, brushed or polished. Some are also available in antique, rustic, textured and oil-rubbed variations.

There are black and white wood and metal finishes, too, for those who want a clean and classic look.

The right ceiling fan decor

In order to pick the right ceiling fan style and finish, the first thing you have to do is to consider the style of the room where you will be installing it.

Take a look around and see what is the predominant style or color scheme of the room, as well as its furnishings. Some rooms have a distinct sense of style, but if you are not sure, you can choose a traditional or transitional ceiling fan, both of which are very versatile.

Next, you have to decide if you want the ceiling fan to be the centerpiece or the focal point of room design, or if you just want it to blend in nicely. Victorian style ceiling fans, Tiffany ceiling fans and Art Noveau ceiling fans often attract a lot of attention, while traditional, rustic and Mission fans can be right at home in any ceiling.

You might also want to consider, too, if you will be installing a light kit on the ceiling fan, and what type of lighting you will use, since this will also affect the overall ceiling fan decor.

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What type of harbor breeze ceiling fan should you buy

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Ceiling fans are one of the most decorative aspects of our interior. It doesn’t matter where we want to install them, because they go with every type of interior design and are the perfect choice for every room of our home

Aside from their aesthetic properties, the best ceiling fans also offer high levels of practicality and functionality.

Of course, the main purpose of ceiling fans is to cool down the temperature of our rooms. They do this by by moving large amounts of air using long blades, which are the major parts of their structure.

Among all the different makes of ceiling fans available in the market, my persona favorite is the Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans. You can read my detailed review of the fans here.

Why I Love the Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans

Before you decide to choose the right type of ceiling fan fitting for our specific interior, you need to closely analyze their practical factors.

This is an important step, which will determine your future use of purchased ceiling fan. The key factors that you have to keep in mind when buying a ceiling fan are:

  1. Room space
  2. Silence
  3. Cost
  4. Durability
  5. And energy efficiency

Lets look at these factors in more detail

Room size

To begin with, you’ll have to choose the fan in relation to the size of our room. Bigger space will need longer blades and strong rotation system to generate proper and effective ventilation.

If the room you intend to cool is larger than 400 sq feet, you’ll need a ceiling fan with blades that are at least 52 inches long.

Noise

Another important aspect is a noise-level. If the fan produces too much noise as it rotates, you won’t be able to relax or get some peace and quiet after long, hard day’s work.

You should buy a ceiling fan that is as quiet as it gets. It is only then that you will manage sit comfortably in your chair, put up some gentle music, and take delight in nostalgic atmosphere flowing down from your silent cooling system.

Durability

Durability has also much to say in here.

While choosing the right ceiling fan, you should go with types that have long warranty terms assured by manufacturer. This way you will have the reassurance your fan will last you for many long years.

And even in case of some kind of malfunction develops on the fan all you have to do is to replace the busted part or whole fan using the service department, of course, free of charge.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is probably the most important thing while purchasing a ceiling fan. Some of them can save you up to 40% on your high energy bills during the summer season, which is a very impressive amount for small device like that.

However, before you start counting your saved money, you should first match your fan to the space of your room, mount it correctly on your ceiling, and check if the blades don’t wobble.

If you your ceiling fan is installed improperly, it starts wasting large amounts of energy instead of saving it. And you mustn’t forget about proper and systematical maintenance of your fan.


Types of harbor breeze fans and their applications

There are several types of harbor breeze fans, which can help you during your decision in regard of choosing the proper type to your specific interior.

Every type differs from another in terms of size, noise-level, and of course, appearance.

There are five types of harbor breeze fans, such as: traditional, transitional, contemporary, outdoor, and custom made; which you may find suitable for you room’s interior.

Traditional ceiling fan

This type of fan is very common, and you can find it in almost every store that offers this kind of cooling equipment.

Their universal properties along with many different styles and designs are simply perfect for any kind of interior décor. You can easily apply them in whatever room you like, because space size is of no consequence in here.

Traditional fans have 5 long blades that are very easy and quick to install with additional mounting options.

Regulated circling system, often with 3-speed reversible motor, which will give you the possibility not only to regulate speed for moving suitable amounts of air, but also determine level of energy use.

Every model has pull-chain control, which allows you to adapt fan’s work to your expectations just as the remote control, which you can often purchase for additional costs. Your life will be so much easier, when you have the option to regulate the work of your fan without moving from your favorite chair.

Some of traditional fans are available with Light Kit equipped with different numbers of light fixtures. Everything depends on your taste and interior of your room. If your room is big and dark you can always choose a fan with four light fixtures, but very often one bulb, which goes inside the light globe, is quite sufficient.

Versatility of traditional fans allows you to use them for all-year-round, benefiting from the professional cooling system.

Transitional ceiling fans

This type of ceiling fan is more complex and sophisticated than the common one. It is also suitable for every kind of interior but its unique styles and amazing designs will add class and feeling of luxury inside your own place.

Extravagant décor and fancy aspects of your room will be definitely emphasized after mounting one of these transitional fans.

On top of that, installing this type of ceiling fan will sufficiently raise value of your home. They come in different kinds of forms and shapes, and some are very unique and unusual in their designs.

You can browse between designs, such as damp location dual mount or down-rod with 3-speed reversible motor.

Every type has its individually created set of blades, which are diversified not only in terms of appearance but also in air circulation. Longer and wider blades are perfect for moving large amounts of air. They move slower, so even the efficiency of electrical energy is better.

Installation is also relatively simple with couple of options suitable for every kind of mounting.

Every single fan has amazing design with countless numbers of colors and shades, conforming to any interior décor, which is applied in our room. Light Kit is a prerequisite element in almost every fan and it surely adds to its esthetics.

We’ve got here varieties of the light fixtures, like: light globes, different numbers of light fixtures (from 1 to 4), and in case of Hive Series, place for one 75-watt Halogen E11 bulb, which will properly illuminate even the darkest room or corridor.

Contemporary/Modern ceiling fans

Contemporary fans go with every type of interior design, but especially with modern style, which nowadays is very popular and commonly used in our homes.

If you decide on this kind of fan, you should do very thorough browsing, because you never know what you may find. Contemporary, or also called modern, ceiling fans have very often 3 very long and thin blades, which are cutting the air very well, averring the perfect air circulation with relatively silent humming.

Most of them have down-rod design with 3-speed reversible motor and 3-speed pull chain control. Some guarantee saving considerable amounts of energy, thanks to revolutionary quiet DC motor.

Most modern ceiling fans can be easily applied in larger spaces, but there are also some, like for example fans from Hive Series, which are just perfect for small interiors and children’s rooms.

If you feel like it, you can purchase Light Kit, which goes along with your contemporary fan.

Every store offers many types of kits, from light globes to multiple light fixtures that will effectively cast a light on your beloved resting place.

There are many modern harbor breeze ceiling fans, but there is one in particular, which definitely stands out from the rest.

It’s a Harbor Breeze 72-in Slinger Helicopter Fan with Light Kit and Remote Control.

This Fan has up to 9 blades with super energy-efficient DC motor, which consumes less than 30 watts of energy during the highest circulation of air.

It’s a perfect fit for really large room with high ceiling. Its 72 inches diameter is able to move enormous quantities of air, and that’s why this is one of the best cooling systems harbor breeze has to offer. Besides, acting on its size is very quiet and exquisitely efficient.

Outdoor ceiling fans

Harbor breeze ceiling fans are perfect fit for every interior of our home.

But what about outdoor locations, like patio, garden arbor or deck?

Well, harbor breeze has answer for that, too. Its offer includes many models of outdoor fans, with every possible type, which were mentioned above.

Just like the indoor fans, those mounted on patios and decks also can be efficient, aesthetic, practical and durable.

However, the structure of outdoor ceiling fans is a little bit different.

Blades are often wider and made mainly from materials, which last longer, like bronze and galvanized components.

Styles and designs are much diversified, and anyone who is looking for outdoor fan will have the possibility to choose the type, which suits them the most. But while browsing for perfect outdoor fan, you can’t forget about one very important thing – types of weather conditions.

Weather has a significant impact on endurance of the outdoor ceiling fans. So, make sure to buy a fan with weathered proof blades. Such a ceiling fan can handle even the most extreme conditions without rotting afterwards.

Look for blades with high waterproof level.

Just like in any other types, here you can also purchase Light Kit, which will illuminate your patio during long and warm summer evenings. And don’t forget about energy savings, either.

Outdoor ceiling fans are a real treat, mostly during very hot days, where there’s no wind whatsoever, and scorching heat reaches every part of your body. Having an amazing cooling system outside your home will save you from merciless sun, every time.

Custom made ceiling fans

When after long and exhaustive searches, you still can’t find the perfect ceiling fan, which will grant you all that you are looking for, you will still have one option left.

You can always decide on custom made fan.

This way you will be able to put all your required elements inside one device.

Combinations are endless here. First you need to determine if it will be indoor or outdoor fan.

If outdoor, don’t forget about weather proof aspects. Interior fans, which go to your Zen-room, should have minimal noise-level, which allows you to benefit from heavenly silence combined with circulation of cool air.

You can choose larger, more efficient blades that will save your expensive energy. Style and design depends here only on your individual taste. You can even match sophisticated accessories, such as light fixtures, pull-chain control, reversible motors and remote controls. Another possibility is to merge fans together making double- or triple-header device, and changing your fan into state-of-the-art masterpiece.

With custom Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans, only two things can hold you down. One of them is your imagination; the second would be the capacity of your pocket.

Harbor breeze has very broad offer of ceiling fans that will definitely change interior of your room for better. Their products are perfect not only for your home, but also for offices and restaurants.

The Harbor breeze fans have unique features and properties that can do all the things, which are expected from a ceiling fan. They can lower your energy bills, put you in relaxed mood, cool down or heat up the interior, bring some luxury straight to your living space, and even cool you down while you’re fighting with a summer heat on your patio.

Installation process is very easy, and in case of malfunction Harbor Breeze Shop offers you enormous amount of spare parts, for every type of their fan. Some parts even have a lifetime-warranty, which are significantly rising the duration of using them in your home. You can buy them in almost every store that offers heating and cooling systems, or you can simply order them online.

And from now on, you don’t have to open your windows, just to feel pleasant breeze during hot days. So, you can finally throw away your ceiling lamps and cumbersome air-conditioners, and marvel at your new, economical purchase, which will last you for very long time. And all thanks to harbor freeze ceiling fans, which are one of the best products on today’s market.

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Best rollaway bed Reviews: The best folding bed for the money

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What is a Roll-away Bed?

Also known as a folding bed, a rollaway bed is a type of bed that is most commonly found in hotels. They are wheeled into a guests room when there are more sleepers than beds. Ex. 5 people in a room 2 queen beds.

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The most common type of foldable bed is a metal frame hinged in the middle for easy folding, storage, and maneuvering through hallways and into elevators.

The best rollaway beds are designed with a folding mattress that stays on the bed frame while in the folded position, making it all the more convenient.

As I stated previously, roll-away beds are very common in hotels. They are also a very popular option for people who may have house guests or visiting family members from time to time and don’t want to dedicate the space in their homes permanently for visitors.

Best Rollaway Beds Comparison Table

PictureRollaway BedSizeWeightMattress TypeRating
cheap rollaway beds 39 inch Wide Hospitality Roll Away Bed79" x 39"75 lbsTufted Premium Innerspring Mattress4.4
best folding bed and rollaway mattressSleep Master Memory Foam Resort Folding Guest Bed75" x 38"68 lbs5" Mattress with 1" Memory Foam4.6
best rollaway bed reviewsRoll Away Bed, Folding Bed Box Spring Mattress79" x 36"83 lbsBox Spring Mattress4.1
best rollaway bed reviewsiBed in a Box: Hideaway Guest Bed75" x 32"26 lbs2" Foam Mattress4.5
Queen size rollaway bed with mattressLUCID Roll Away Guest Bed - Rolling Cot with 4-Inch Mattress74" x 31"45 lbs4" Memory Foam4.4
twin folding bed with mattressMilliard Premium TWIN 75" X 38" Folding Bed with Luxurious Memory Foam Mattress 75" x 38"57 lbsMemory Foam Mattress4.7
Best queen size rollaway bed reviewsJAY-BE Smart Folding Bed with Airflow Mattress, Black, Single79" x 30"36 lbsAirflow Fiber Mattress4.5
best rollaway bed mattressSimmons Foldaway Folding Bed Cot with Memory Foam Mattress75" x 25"22 lbsMemory Foam Mattress4.2
Best twin rollaway bed with mattressSleep Master Traveler Premier Folding Twin Guest Bed, Plus Bonus Storage Bag75" x 38"43 lbs4" Foam Mattress4.6
cheap rollaway bed reviews 2016Best Price Mattress Space Saver Rollaway Guest Bed, Deluxe75" x 31"26 lbs4" Fiber Padded Foam4.2

Are there cheap rollaway beds?

Price ranges on the best roll-away beds will vary greatly depending on the comfort level and convenience you are looking for.

Models can vary greatly from a simple camping cot all the way up to a super-luxurious model complete with wooden headboard and foot board.

As with most things, you get what you pay for with a rollaway bed. A decent middle of the road model could conceivably set you back $200 to $300 dollars.

The most comfortable rollaway beds have a price tag of about $495.

Here are a few models of the best rollaway beds compared side by side to give you an idea of the differences in the prices. Click on the images to learn more about these models or to see more options


Cheap Rollaway Beds (under $100)

The best folding beds are a great way to add sleeping space if you have guests stay over. Unfortunately some of them can be quite expensive. Especially when you probably will not be using it that often.

But that does not mean that cheap rollaway beds do not exist. We have put together a quick list of options to help you find a rollaway bed under $100

Best fold away bed for the money

Sleep Master Folding Guest Bed

Your overnight guests will enjoy the luxury of this cheap folding guest bed.

The Sleep Master Folding Guest bed comes with 0.5 inches of fiber padding and 2.5 inches of base of Pressure Relieving Comfort Foam.

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If compactness and lightweight influences your choice of a fold up bed, the Sleep Master Folding Guest Bed has them both. The bed weights a meagre 26 pounds. When folded, the width is 32 inches while the length is only 39 inches, which makes it portable in the back of a minivan.

Is it comfortable? It is better than having your guests sleep on the couch. However, this fold away bed lacks enough support towards the center. The base is made of canvas, and it kind of feels like you are sleeping on a tight hammock.

At its cheap price, I’d say the Sleep Master Folding Guest Bed is a worthy purchase. The price justifies the few drawbacks the fold away bed might have.


Coleman ComfortSmart Folding Cot

The Coleman ComfortSmart folding cot is another incredinly cheap rollaway bed. The bed retails for less than $100 on Amazon.

 For the price you pay for this folding bed, we'd say it is a complete steal, although it is a bit smaller than the King’s Guest bed.

The overall dimensions are 69” long by 25” wide, so a larger guest may not be as comfortable sleeping on this bed.

However, this guest bed would be a nice convenience for camping or for a short term guest stay.

At 16 pounds the roll-away bed is very easy to move and store even in the smallest places.

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Best folding bed

JAY-BE Saver Folding Bed with Airflow Mattress (Regular)

Jay-be, the company, is synonymous with quality innovative folding bed, and that’s what the Jay-Be Saver Folding Bed with Airflow Mattress brings.

At less than a hundred dollars for the regular folding bed, this one is a steal! For a rollaway bed under $100 the Jay-Be Saver Folding Bed is a nice middle of the road option.

The mattress is what sets the bed apart. The mattress uses open cell structure technology, which allows it to breath. A mattress that breaths will stay fresher for longer. The comfort you get from the freshness is worth every penny you pay for this foldaway bed.

Talking of compactness, this folding bed is 100% portable and can be stored almost anywhere. It will fit in your closet, in your car’s trunk. And you can even squeeze it under your bed. The bed folds up so flat that storage and space will never be an issue.

The bed’s support is something else of a marvel. The frame not only offers full body support, but also guarantees durability.

At its price, this is a comfortable bed for the guests. It is way better than an inflatable air mattress that would leak out all the air at night.

A guest bed on stereoids!

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This is quite possibly the coolest guest bed I have ever seen.

It is the SimplySleeper Hideaway Guest Air Bed with Integrated Travel Case.

The bed sets itself up and takes itself down at the push of a button. No more fighting with a heavy bulky roll away guest bed. Simply hit the button and let the bed do the work.

​The frame is engineered for durability and powder coated for long life.

The bed is rated to support a full 300 pounds and is long enough at 77.5″ to allow your adult guests to stretch out comfortably for a great night sleep. The SimplySleeper Hideaway Guest Bed comes in a twin size option and a queen size option.

When closed this Roll away guest bed is a mere 23.5″ x 14.5 x 20″. That’s less than 6 cubic feet! The compact size makes this a great choice for any size house or apartment. It weighs about 42 pounds, so the wheels come in very handy to move it from place to place.

As I stated before, not only does the bed self inflate, but it also deflates and retracts ready to be packed away into it’s own durable wheeled storage case.

The entire inflation process takes only 2 minutes.

This could come in hand for guests that arrive late at night.

The SimplySleeper Roll away guest bed won’t break the bank either. Both The Twin Size Bed and the Queen size are under $200. This prices the SuperSleeper less than some of the traditional, bulkier roll away guest beds.

If you are in the market for a roll away guest bed, you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at this innovative solution. Comparing overall size, cost, and storage options, this bed is on my “Best Bet” list for guest bed solutions.

Things to consider when looking for the right Rollaway bed:

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How will the Mattress hold out in the long run?

Three things to keep in mind about mattresses:

  • Mattresses are not meant to be folded.
  • Mattresses are not meant to be folded and re folded.
  • Mattresses are not meant to be folded for extended periods of time.

Rollaway beds do all three of these things to a mattress on a regular basis. So when you are buying your rollaway bed, Keep the mattress in mind.

You may want to go with a softer more flexible mattress to allow it to move. The firmer the mattress, the harder it will be to fold and store. Some rollaways come with an air mattress to allow the user to adjust the firmness and give it a smaller footprint.

Do I have a place to store it?

Some rollaway bed frames can be bulky and unsightly.

Make sure you have a spare closet or maybe a designated storage space for it in the basement when you aren’t using it. Sure, the bed folds up and out of the way when you are not using it, but that does not make it invisible.

Leaving it along the wall in a room is an OK short term plan for when the guests are there, but, Make sure you have a long term storage option before you make the purchase.


How difficult is it to operate?

Getting a rollaway bed into position for use should not cut into the operator’s sleeping time.

The better the bed, The simpler it will be to use. It should be as easy as unfolding and locking a few pieces into place. This is another feature that will be dictated by the price you pay.

The easier the setup, the more you will pay.

That is not to say that once you get the hang of cheap roll away bed, it won’t be quick to set up, but by the very nature of the thing, they are not used often and it is easy to forget how to operate if you don’t do it all the time.

How often will I be using it?

This point kind of goes with all of the previous sections. If you are going to be using the roll-away bed quite often and want the user to get a semi decent night sleep, the mattress on the bed will need to be of a better quality.

The more you put the bed up and take it down, the easier you will want it be to set up. If it is going to be used on a regular basis, storing it along the wall or leaving it set up for a while would not be as big of an issue for you.

Who will be using the bed the most?

Not to sound mean, but do you like the people that will be staying with you? How much? Enough to care about their comfort and the way they sleep?

Or are you afraid that if they get too comfortable they may just decide to stay?

Take into consideration the age of the user. Younger people can generally sleap on and through anything. They will be less likely to be affected by a lower quality mattress.

Older visitors may tend to be more affected by the quality of the rollaway bed. If they are already tough to get along with, you may want to splurge.

For the Ultimate in Luxury Check out this Extra Long 79″ Rollaway Bed with Super Comfortable Coil Spring Mattress for Your Overnight Guests!

The best rollaway beds are a very nice option for sleeping space when the need arises. Make sure you consider these factors before making your final decision. By doing your homework and researching your options, you will be happier with your rollaway bed purchase in the long run.


Do they make Queen size folding beds?

Most of the time when you look for or think about the best rollaway beds the majority of the selection are twin beds. So the question arises…Do they make queen rollaway beds? The answer is, yes. Although not as popular as a regular twin rollaway bed, due to their size and storage issues, queen rollaway beds do exist and are very much available for sale.

What is the Difference Between Twin and Queen Rollaway Beds?

To answer that question, we really first need to start with what is the difference between a normal twin and queen bed?

Obviously the main difference is going to be the size. Here is a bed size chart that will give you a comparison of all bed sizes. The chart lists general sizes. These are not hard and fast measurements.

  • California King 72″ x 84″
    Queen Rollaway beds
  • King 76″ x 80″
  • Queen 60″ x 80″
  • Full or double 53″ x 75″
  • Twin or single 38″ x 75″

Why would I want a Queen Rollaway Bed?

Queen beds are larger for a reason. They are made for two people. So, if your newly married son brings his wife home, it might be nice to show your support for their marriage by having a rollaway queen bed ready for them.

Or, if your parents come to visit, a queen rollaway bed is a much nicer option than stacking them in the twins bunk beds.

Drawbacks of Queen Rollaway Beds

The big one. Size. Moving one of these monsters would be an issue in itself not to mention the setup and take down.

Storage also plays a big factor.

Are you going to have enough room for a rollaway queen bed folded in half. There are available options out there that work around this issue.

Recommeded Queen Rollaway Bed

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Buying

This too goes along with size.

In most cases, you have to buy the queen rollaway  bed frame and the mattress separately. Together, it would just be too large to ship to the store and to your home.

Although queen folding beds with mattresses are still available, the purchase will just require some additional planning.


Choosing a rollaway mattress that goes with your bed

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Choosing the correct rollaway bed mattress is very tricky because most of the time the person buying the rollaway bed is not going to be the person sleeping in the rollaway bed unless it is for a cabin or a vacation home.

Most of the time the people sleeping on the rollaway bed mattress are going to be guests and visitors.

Not knowing the firmness that a person prefers makes it as a difficult process to choose the perfect mattress for every situation.

The most common choices for a rollaway bed mattress are: innerspring, memory foam, and air mattresses. Here are the differences in the three.

Memory Foam Mattress

Most memory foam rollaway bed mattresses are a visco-elastic material surrounding a standard, firmer foam core.

Memory foam mattresses are very good at relieving pressure on painful joints, and they are usually more expensive than a standard sprung rollaway bed mattress.

The firmness of a memory foam mattress is determined by the temperature. In a cooler bedroom, the memory foam mattress will be firmer. The bed then conforms to the sleeper’s body gradually based on body heat.

Look at the Amazing price on this Memory Foam Mattress!


Innerspring Mattresses

An inner spring rollaway bed mattress consists of three components: the core, the foundation and the upholstery layers.

The core supports the sleeper’s body. The core is made up of steel springs called coils. The firmness of the mattress is factored by the number of coils in the mattress and the gauge of the steel used in making the coils. The firmer a rollaway bed mattress, the more difficult it will be to fold and store.

The foundation, much like it sounds, is what the mattress rests upon. A boxspring is the most common foundation in a traditional mattress, but a rollaway bed mattress will typically have a grid-top foundation made from either steel and wood or all steel.

The upholstery layers are what covers the spring core and gives the rollaway bed mattress it’s cushioning and comfort. This layer can contain fiber batting, traditional foam, memory foam, felt, cotton fiber, egg crate foam and a number of other materials to form the comfort layer.

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Air Mattress

Air Mattresses are mattresses that contain one or more “bladders filled with air to provide support as opposed to coil springs.

The firmness of an air mattress can be adjusted by controlling the amount of air in the chamber. The more air, the firmer the mattress.

Care should be used when using an air mattress as a rollaway bed mattress as the foundation could puncture and deflate the mattress. Make sure when buying a rollaway bed frame that it is air mattress friendly.


Pimping Your Rollaway Bed- The Must Have Accessories

When most people think about a rollaway bed they don’t really think about the accessories to go along with them.

A rollaway bed isn’t like a car or a house or something that you really want to accessorize to show it off. It’s not a luxury item to be envied. It’s there for sleeping on. The right Rollaway bed accessories can enhance your ownership and protect your investment for the life of ownership.

Sheets

Do you have the right size sheets for your rollaway bed? Maybe all of the beds in the house are queens. Most rollaway beds are twins.

Having the right size sheet on the bed will make you look like a better host and give your guests better night sleep.

If you have ever tried to sleep in a twin bed with queen sheets, you know that in the morning you will most likely not have any sheets on the mattress at all.

Sheets are most definitely one of the rollaway bed accessories on your must have list.

Blankets

Like sheets, blankets are rollaway bed accessories that you should have on hand.

Build up asmall stockpile of blankets for your guests. Make sure you buy them like clothes, in layers.

A couple lightweight, a couple medium weight and a heavy weight blanket. You wouldn’t want to give your summer visitors a heavy winter blanket or your winter visitors a skimpy lightweight blanket.

Layers will make your guests more comfortable.

Dust Covers

Dust covers are very handy rollaway bed accessories.

If you’re going to be storing the rollaway bed for any period of time, it’s a must-have to keep your mattress clean and free of dust mites, excessive moisture and other allergens that might get into a mattress as it is in storage.

You want to be able to pull your rollaway bed out of storage and set it up without being embarrassed by the smell or having a guest hit it and have dust come flying out of it.

These rollaway bed accessories will prolong the life of your purchase and make ownership an easier and more enjoyable experience.


​I don't want a roll-away bed. What are my alternatives?

Due to size or cost or other factors, it may not be possible to obtain a rollaway bed for your guests. But much like Christams, Your guests are coming and there is nothing you can do to stop them.

So, What rollaway bed alternatives are out there to help you get your visitors a place to sleep? (short of giving up your own comfy bed)

3 Rollaway Bed Alternatives

Camping Cots

Camping cots are usually a bit smaller than a standard twin bed, but can still be a great rollaway bed alternative. Cots usually don’t come with a mattress and the foundations are made of cloth.

The Frames can be made out of any material from wood to steel to fiberglass or aluminum. One nice advantage of a cot over a rollaway bed is the storage factor. A Cot folds up much smaller than a rollaway bed and can be placed almost anywhere.

See for yourself! the TETON Sports Camp Cot is not your Father’s Army Cot!


Air Mattresses

Air mattresses used to be a big air bag that deflated as you slept. By morning you were sleeping most uncomfortably on a vinyl mat on the floor.

But the best air mattresses of today are much better.

There are self Inflatable mattresses, bed height mattresses, Mattresses on frames and air mattresses with individual pockets.

Have you heard of the sleep number bed? Guess what? It’s an air mattress.

Like a cot, They are very easy to store once deflated and can be put back up in a matter of minutes. As rollaway bed alternatives go, the air mattress is probably the most economical option as well.

Take a Peek at some of the latest Air Beds on the Market


The Couch

Of the three rollaway bed alternatives in this article, this is probably my favorite option.

The hide-a-way bed. Couches with fold out beds have come a long way since I first slept on one back in the early eighties. Advances in mattress materials such as memory foam and more versatile framing materials have made the fold out couch a rollaway bed alternative that is almost as good as sleeping in a real bed…almost.

And it’s not just couches that that have fold away beds in them either. I slept on a fold away chair bed the night my oldest son was born, so if you are looking for space saving rollaway bed alternatives, look at couches and chairs.

Hey, you need those anyway why not get something that does double duty?

I’ll bet you’ve never seen a sleeper sofa like this before!


Buying vs renting roll-away beds

Rollaway beds are a convenient way to add extra sleeping space should you have unexpected company. You may want to purchase a new bed or you may want to look into renting rollaway beds.

Renting rollaway beds is an affordable option. You do not need to shell out a ton of cash for the use of the bed. I have seen companies that will rent a rollaway bed for as little as $10 per night. That is a huge savings over purchasing. Here are a few options to consider before renting rollaway beds.

Points to ponder before Renting Rollaway Beds

How Many Beds Do I Need?

The number of beds you will need will greatly influence this decision. If Jimmy is coming home from college and you have turned his bedroom into an office, buying may be a better option. If you are hosting a fraternity or sorority reunion and you find you are in need of 20 extra beds for the weekend, renting rollaway beds is the way to go

Click Here to See Some of the Many Options Available in Rollaway Beds

Is This a One Time Thing?

In the aforementioned example of Jimmy coming home from college, chances are it will not be a one and done situation. He may be coming home every weekend for four years. If you want to keep your new office, you will probably want to buy your rollaway. If it is a one time deal like the reunion, you are not going to want to shell out the cash, or have the room to store the beds when done. Renting would be the better option.

Do I have the Storage Space?

As I said previously rollaway beds are convenient and fold up when not in use but that doesn’t mean they become invisible. If you have the space to store a rollaway bed the means by one but if space is a limitation you probably want to consider renting or borrowing a rollaway bed from a friend neighbor or a company this specializes in renting rollaway beds.

Check out the Affordable Sleep Master Folding Guest Bed at Amazon.com

Keep these factors in mind when you’re looking at making a decision between purchasing and renting rollaway beds. They can help you make the right decision.

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DeLonghi espresso machine reviews

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DeLonghi espresso machines are fairly popular in the market. The manufacturer has a centuries-old experience and good reputation.

The espresso machines from DeLonghi are stylish and graceful. In addition, they provide you magnificent beverage to create an exquisite mood.

Moreover manuals of DeLonghi espresso machines contain clear and accurate information about operation with these machines to receive the best result. If you choose any of DeLonghi espresso machines you will get high-quality appliance for your kitchen.

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DELONGHI EC5 STEAM-DRIVEN 4-CUP ESPRESSO AND CAPPUCCINO MAKER

DeLonghi EC5 is the best espresso machine for people who love espresso but don’t like complicated gadgets or can’t afford espresso machine of superior quality and extremely high price. Moreover DeLonghi EC5 is super easy to use and it works great especially for the price. You will get very good espresso for comparatively very low price. Design of DeLonghi EC5 is very simple. That’s mean that there are relatively little details that can break down.

The milk steamer wand is very effective. However I have to admit that it is maybe too close to the body of the machine and fairly short. To improve this imperfection you can put your machine on the little stand to make more easy milk frothing. To receive better frothed milk you would better rotate pitcher around the wand instead of moving up and down. It could take several times of trying but it is worth to try to improve this skill. But if you don’t like the quality of frothed milk you can buy additionally frothing wand for about $10 and receive the exact result as you want.

DeLonghi EC5 has 1-year limited warranty.

I can definitely affirm that DeLonghi EC5 does what it should for the price.

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DELONGHI EC155 ESPRESSO MAKER

For the money DeLonghi EC155 espresso maker is very good gadget. It is easy to operate and it works great. Instructions are very clear and easy to follow step by step. It is important at the very beginning always follow instructions. So you can avoid from unpleasant surprises.

Size of water reservoir is appropriate. Before refilling reservoir you can make about 8 shots of espresso. Moreover, water reservoir in the front of the machine on the left side behind the steam wand has water level window. So you always can control water level in your machine. Water reservoir is very easy to remove and put back after filling with water.

DeLonghi EC155 has built-in plastic tamper. However when you tamp with it you have to hold your machine to avoid overturning. I still suggest buying separate temper.

If you think that your steam wand is too close to the body and you can hardly operate to froth your milk than you could consider buying a counter top space-saving shelf. Then you can put your espresso machine on the top of it and ease operating with steam wand.

DeLonghi EC155 doesn’t have automatic control of the amount of coffee in the cup. So you have to decide when your shot is done.

DeLonghi EC155 has espresso pod adapter therefore you can use not only ground coffee but almost E.S.E. pods (easy serving espresso pods).

DeLonghi EC155 has one year limited warranty. However there are some reviews where people claim that performance of this machine after one year of intensive use worsens.

However, even if it is so and you would have to replace this machine after a year of exploitation it is worth if you will count amount of money you spend during one year even if you buy just one espresso a day in Starbucks.

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DELONGHI BAR32 RETRO PUMP-DRIVEN 35 OUNCE ESPRESSO MAKER

DeLonghi BAR32 is very great machine for the price and it is extremely easy to use. DeLonghi BAR32 is relatively small, heats quickly and has round shape which looks very homely.

Size of water reservoir is 35 ounce that allows you make about 8 espressos or 4 cappuccinos before refilling. Water tank is completely transparent and it is placed behind espresso machine. Removing and putting back water tank is very easy. As water tank is completely transparent you always will be sure that it is full or empty.

DeLonghi BAR32 has espresso pod adapter. So you can use not only ground coffee but almost E.S.E. pods (easy serving espresso pods).

Delonghi BAR32 has built-in plastic tamper. I have to admit that it isn’t very convenient and it would be better to buy separate temper. However, if you decide to use built-in temper than you have to remember every time push down on the top of the machine so that it won’t fall over.

Steam wand works very well. But if you decide that it isn’t fairly convenient you can put your machine on the counter top space-saving shelf. That helps you easier operate with steam wand.

If you don’t have such shelf or you can’t afford to buy one you can place your machine near the side of the shelf or table.

Cleaning of DeLonghi BAR32 is pretty easy and the same is descaling.

DeLonghi BAR32 has 1-year limited warranty what is pretty reasonable.

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DELONGHI ESAM3500.N. MAGNIFICA DIGITAL SUPER-AUTOMATIC ESPRESSO/COFFEE MACHINE

Super-automatic means exactly that operating with it is super easy and all works fully automatically.

Moreover the super automatic machine tells you everything that it needs. There is digital control panel with programmable menu settings in the front of DeLonghi ESAM3500.N. You just have to be careful to take notice what it needs and you will know when you need to add water, coffee beans, descale it, etc.

Magnifica super-automatic espresso machine ESAM3500.N prepares espresso, cappuccino or latte in very easy way – you just have to push button. Everything is so easy! As the result you get very tasty beverage.

There are five coffee strength settings – extra mild, mild, regular, strong an extra strong. You just have to experiment which strength level you prefer. Additionally there are three settings of cup size – small or ristretto, medium or espresso and large or Americano.

You only have to select strength and size of cup you prefer. As you see DeLonghi ESAM3500.N. is really very easy to operate. Besides, machine rinses itself after you turn it on and before turning off.

Water tank is removable and you can fill in 60 ounce of water.
This machine is a bit noisy but first of all that is because of built-in grinder. However coffee grinders usually are noisy. As it was mentioned above this machine tells you when you have to refill coffee beans. Grinder grinds coffee beans instantly before brewing espresso. If you would like, you can use already grounded coffee. Then you just have to fill in as much ground coffee as you are going to brew. Brewing system is quite compact and easy removable for cleaning.

Milk frothing system is convenient. Frothed milk run out directly into your cup and then DeLonghi ESAM 3500.N. makes espresso and puts it in the same cup. However there are many complains in reviews about very low temperature of produced steamed and frothed milk. That is about 120 degrees F. In case if you like very hot cappuccino or late this doesn’t satisfy you.

There is an additional important thing you have to take to account before buying DeLonghi ESAM3500.N. The coffee bean lid opens upward. In such a way total height of the espresso machine is about 18 inches. Its matter if you have small kitchen or limited place to put your appliance.
As more complicated espresso machine is as larger is probability it could break. The good news is that DeLonghi has more repair shops for warranty service than any other manufacturer. This is expensive espresso machine but well worth the price.

Cleaning of DeLonghi ESAM3500.N. Magnifica is not very complicated. Automatic decalcification indicator lights let you know when it’s time to clean the machine. Still I really recommend you following manual suggestions of cleaning order at least the first several times.

Super automatic espresso machines have sophisticated mechanisms to allow you enjoy heavenly espressos every time almost without any effort but they require much responsible attitude in everyday exploitation.

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Top 5 Best infant car seats in 2017: Expert Reviews and Buying Guide

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Buying the perfect infant car seat can be a daunting process especially if you consider the fact that your child’s safety is at stake. There are a lot of choices to make and a lot of features to consider.

Even though safety is on top of the list of things that matter, other additional elements should be analyzed.

New parents will surely have trouble finding the proper product without some help. We’ve decided to provide that necessary information after reading several of our readers’ questions. After thorough research, we’ve put together a buying guide which will hopefully help you pick the best infant car seat in 2016.

WHAT TYPES OF BABY CAR SEATS CAN YOU CHOOSE FROM?

There are two basic types of car seats currently available on the market. Newborns who need transportation will be able to sit in either a convertible seat or a rear facing seat.

The first one goes both ways depending on your needs. The first option is the one which offers the best value for money. The fact that it is able to adapt to the age of your baby will save you a lot of money.

There is absolutely no safety hazard with the design of a convertible infant seat which. The biggest downside with the convertible is that it is fixed inside the car.

A normal rear facing infant seat can be take out without even waking the baby which is really a feature to consider. We recommend getting the Britax B-Safe. For more information check out the reviews below.

Your child’s safety should be the most important thing on your mind when driving him to the doctor or simply driving him to the park. In order to be certain he is as safe as possible, you should invest in a properly built car seat created with the sole purpose of keeping your loved one away from harm. If this is the first time you make such a purchase, it will be hard to decide which way to go. Our experts have gone through dozens of infant car seat reviews of 2015 and made a list of five products which fit the highest standards in safety and comfort.

DETAILED REVIEWS

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CHICCO KEYFIT 30 INFANT CAR SEAT AND BASE

Don’t be alarmed by the high price tag.

Despite being the most expensive on the list, it is still one of the most affordable products of its kind considering the features it incorporates. It us effortless to install which spares you a lot of time. According to our experts this was voted as the best baby car seat in 2016 in the US.

It uses a five point harness to keep the little one safely and comfortably strapped to the seat.

It can be adjusted with just one hand. It is incredibly easy not only to fit inside the car but also to adjust depending on the different weight necessities.

It can be used for newborns and has a maximum weight recommendation of 30 pounds.

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SAFETY 1ST ONBOARD 35 INFANT CAR SEAT

This is one of the most affordable baby car seat, which is still capable of exceeding basic Federal Safety Standards. It is easy to fit inside any car and it can easily be cleaned without damaging its design.

It is made out of durable materials which means you will have it around for a long time.

It has a weight limit of 35 pounds and provides almost 20% more legroom than the ordinary infant car seat. It offers side impact protection and it is easily adjusted for different height and weight requirements.

The OnBoard also has a very smart thought out five point safety harness which not only keeps the child comfortably snugged into the seat but also distributes shock in case of impact.

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BRITAX B-SAFE INFANT CAR SEAT

Britax are known for making some of the top infant car seats for 2016.

Their B-Safe comes with a unique design which makes you trust it with your baby. It provides side impact protection and it focuses on all important body areas so noting is left out in case of impact.

It comes with a five-point harness which will distribute the shock in an even way across the strongest parts of the body. It is compatible with Britax’s strollers and it can be used even after children hit their growth spurts.

It is effortless to secure and fit inside the car which is an added benefit for parents.

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GRACO SNUGRIDE CLASSIC CONNECT 30 CAR SEAT

The SnugRide Classic by Graco is one of the best infant car seats 2016.

It comes with patented technology and it is characterized as one of the safest products to invest in. It exceeds US safety standards mostly because of its energy absorbing materials and the extra protection used for the head area.

It has a weight limit of up to 30 pounds and it is fitted with a 5-point harness. It is LATCH equipped and can adapt depending on your needs.

The design will allow you to figure out things on your own. It is so easy to use you won’t even need the user manual.

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GRACO SNUGRIDE CLICK CONNECT 35 CAR SEAT

This is one nice-looking rear-facing infant car seat. Just as all the others on this list, it is above standards when it comes to safety tests.

It will absorb shock through its energy absorbing foam and it will protect your child from every direction. It is easy to fit inside the car and it is also very easy to handle with just one hand.

It uses the Click Connect design feature patented by Graco which allows you to secure the seat within three seconds.

It comes with a five point harness and has a maximum weight recommendation of 35 pounds.

HOW CAN YOU KNOW YOUR INFANT CAR SEAT IS COMPLETELY SAFE?

Safety features are the most important things to consider in an infant car seat.

Fortunately, you don’t have to decide what is safer for your child. The JPMA is already doing that for you. Just look and see if your favorite infant car seat has the JPMA stamp.

Also, remember not to settle for second-hand products. We recommend getting the Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base. For more information check out the reviews below.

WHAT FEATURES ARE INDISPENSABLE FOR A BABY CAR SEAT?

If you don’t have a massive budget for your purchase, you should at least make sure you get the most important things your child needs to be safe. The best infant car seats 2015 should all have a 5-point harness, side-impact protection and a design compatible with the LATCH system.

WHAT FEATURES ARE CONSIDERED EXTRA?

There are a lot of things an infant car seat can provide for over $200. Top end models use special fabrics and have extra design features such as extra feet protection. Comfort wise, the more expensive products are also better for your baby. Some models have anti-rebound bars to keep the baby as still as possible. We strongly recommend spending more on an infant’s car seat if you can afford it.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS IN TERMS OF PORTABILITY?

Rear-facing infant car seats can be removed from the car without too much of a fuss. They can also be attached to a stroller system which will always come in handy. Remember though that unlike convertibles, these seats are good for about a year or two.

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Best stop snoring mouthpiece reviews and expert recommendations: [2017 Update]

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A stop snoring mouthpiece is one of the best devices that can help you stop snoring.

The advantages of a snoring mouthpiece is that it is cheap, easy to use, convenient, provides instant snoring relief, and it won’t cause any serious health complications and problems later on.

So, which are the best stop snoring mouthpiece devices in the market today.

Here are some of the best and most popular mouthpieces for snoring that you can buy. We’ve reviewed each product so that you can choose what’s best for you.

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PureSleep Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece

The PureSleep Company has developed a device that comes highly recommended.

While the PureSleep mouthpiece is a Class II medical device and does require a prescription from a licensed dentist or physician it is easier to order than many other similar devices.

Pure Sleep Instructions

Many madibular repositioning devices call for fitting by a dentist, but the PureSleep is much simpler.

You design a custom fit by immersing the mouthpiece into boiling water and molding the device in to the shape of your own mouth following a step by step instruction guide that is part of the kit. And you save and time on money on having a perfectly fitted device that reduces snoring.


SnoreMeds Mouthpiece

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Like other anti snoring mouthpieces, SnoreMeds is designed to combat snoring by pushing gently and holding your jaw bone forward.

This opens the respiratory tract in the throat so the airway to the lungs is unobstructed and no vibrations are created while you breathe.

Compared with other anti snoring mouthpieces, the reviews for SnoreMeds ™ are so far positive. More than 85% of the users who have reviewed this device agree that it works as advertised.

​There is a chance of gum and jaw pain while using the device as your mouth needs to get used to it and maintain for one position for eight hours of sleeping and you need to have several nights to get used to it. But it shouldn’t pose a problem as SnoreMeds ™ can be molded according to your mouth.

To mold the mouthpiece you simple immerse it in hot water to soften it (as it’s made from hypo – allergenic thermoplastic) and mold it with your mouth and the spatula included in the packaging. Remove it and immerse in cold water to set the shape. The result; cured snoring with a mouthpiece that is custom molded for your jaw!


Zquiet

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Zquiet is one of the best anti snoring mouthpieces available in the market today.

The device has passed rigorous consumer safety tests, and I can confidently vouch for it.

Unlike other cheap snoring mouthpieces, Zquiet is soft and flexible. It allows your mouth to move naturally and allows you to breathe easily through your mouth.

It also uses the popular boil-and-bite molding, which means it can be easily fitted into your mouth.


Snore Ex Snoring Mouthpiece

Snore-Ex is an anti snoring mouthpiece and sleep apnea cessation aid that many have found helps them without the expensive of a dental visit to have a mandibular advancement device custom made.

Since snore ex holds the jaw in place at night, it also brings relief to those suffering from TMJ, or a pain in the temporomandibular joint. This affects the muscles at the point where the lower jawbone meets the skull. Snorers who suffer from both conditions have found relief using this appliance.​

The pluses for snore ex over other anti-snoring mouthpieces is the pliable material it is made of instead of a harder plastic, and the opening at the front which makes airflow possible.

As with any device it can take an adjustment period to get used to wearing Snore Ex, and since the device is small, and easy to fit this is less of a problem. Most users report better sleep a few nights after they begin use.


Good Morning Snore Solutions

Good Morning Snore Solution is created to stop snoring, and it works quite effectively if you ask me or my wife.

Not only is the mouthpiece easy to slip into your mouth, but it is also relatively comfortable compared to other cheap snoring mouthpieces.

It is the easiest way to help you get rid of the snoring noise that you are hearing every day. It can also give you a comfortable feeling than any of the snoring mouthpiece devices that can find in the market today.

Clinical Studies

A research was done to gauge the effectiveness of the Good Morning Snoring Solution. This research was conducted by researcher of Calgary Dental Dr. Leslie Dort (MSC, DDS, DIP ABDSM) and has been published on Journal of Sleep and Breathing, May 2008. The results are summarized below

proven research on snoring mouthpiece

How to Use the Snoring Mouthpiece

  • Place the mouthpiece on your mouth and between your lips and your front teeth.
  • Squeeze the tip of the mouthpiece with your first finger and thumb while you are sucking the air out.
  • Push your tongue to the end of the product then release your finger and thumb.
  • After that, relax your tongue and go to sleep.

Sleeping (both for you and for those who love will) will be more comfortable if you have this snoring mouthpiece. I might have failed to mention that it is a one-size-fits-all solution. So, whether it is your mom who snores, or your baby, or your grandpa, this is the perfect solution for them.

Where else you can find Anti Snoring Mouthpiece whose effectiveness has been clinically proven, FDA cleared, one-size-fits-all, and It also gives a 60 days money back warranty for your assurance?

How to choose the best snoring mouthpiece

  1. A good snoring mouth guard should be made of quality materials and they should be BPA and latex free.
  2. It should fit perfectly so as to prevent any long term soreness or discomfort.
  3. It should not cause any problems with teeth deterioration, bite misalignment, jaw discomfort and gum problems.
  4. It should last at least 6-9 months even with regular use.
  5. It should be safe to use with dentures if you are wearing them.
  6. It should be easy to clean and maintain.

As for who you will buy from, they should be able to provide a money back guarantee because not everyone will have the same experience with these devices.

We have narrowed down some of the most effective and quality made mouth guards or mouthpiece for you above. All of these mouthpieces are proven to work and if by chance that they don’t work for you, getting a refund from them is very easy.

Snoring can cause a lot of problems with your health and with your relationships. It can cause sleep deprivation, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and more.

For your relationships, it can result in your partner hating you because of sleep deprivation. Worse, it’s not really your fault because if you can help it, you won’t be snoring. Fortunately, there are quick solutions for snoring so that you and your partner won’t have to suffer.

A snoring mouthpiece is the quickest solution for eliminating snoring. It gives quick results but instead of relying on them completely, you should look for a permanent way to get rid of your snoring problem.

The best approach to eliminate snoring completely is to use a mouthpiece while you are working on the permanent solutions for snoring such as losing weight, changing your eating habits or changing your sleeping position. This way, you get to stop snoring as soon as possible while your body is naturally adjusting in order to stop snoring.

Benefits of using a mouthpiece for snoring

Below are some of the benefits of using these devices as the solution for your snoring.

  • Fast Results

A stop snoring mouthpiece will give you the fastest results because once you wear them, snoring is stopped immediately. There’s nothing better than getting results as quickly as possible and a mouthpiece will give you that. We all know that losing weight and strengthening the muscles in the throat area is the best way to stop snoring permanently but it will take a lot of time to see results. The best approach is to lose weight but while doing so, wear a device such as a mouthpiece so that you still get relief from snoring.

  • Non Invasive and Affordability

Surgery is one option for stopping snoring but they are very expensive and invasive. In this economy, spending less is essential and if your snoring problem has come to a point that it affects your quality of life but you don’t have the money to spare, a mouthpiece is a great alternative. They work and are affordable. In the slight chance that a mouthpiece is not effective for you, the companies that sell them usually have money back guarantee so you can just return it.

  • Improved Health

Getting enough sleep will do wonders to your health. By wearing a mouthpiece, snoring is eliminated and you will be able to sleep better. You will have more energy during the day, your brain functions such as memory and focus will be improved, you will be in a good mood and many more, basically, your entire day will be better.

Eliminating snoring can greatly improve the quality of your life. The use of a mouthpiece, or any other snoring aids, is highly recommended if you or someone who sleeps next to you is snoring.


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Best air mattress for everyday use | Unbiased inflatable bed reviews

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I have already reviewed some of my favorite rollaway beds as well as the best stairway bunk beds. In today’s review, I’d like to shed light onto the best air mattresses for everyday use.

1. Aerobed Guest Choice Airbed Review

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We all have those unexpected guests that arrive and we cringe at the thought of having to give up our own bed. With the Aerobed Guest Choice, you don’t have to.

The Aerobed Guest Choice Air Bed is as close to a real bed that you will get.

The air mattress is awesome for those unexpected guests and even the ones that are expected. It’s also great for sleepovers and slumber parties that your kids may have as well. It’s the perfect thing for when those people come to visit.

 

What we like most about the Aero Guest Choice Air Bed

  • It saves them the price of an expensive hotel or motel.
  • It’s more comfortable: It puts your guests in a near home environment. This is also a great blow up mattress to take camping with you. It’s almost as comfortable as any bed at home, and I am sure better than a hotel bed.
  • It is compact: It will fit in most tents or in the back of a pickup. Take it with you when traveling and see just how much money you can save in motel bills.
  • It is durable: The Aerobed Guest Choice is made out of a puncture resistant heavy gauge material and a PVC vinyl. There is no doubt it is strong and durable and can withstand a lot of stuff. The velvety material on top of it makes for a wonderful sleep as well.

The AC pump that comes with this Aerobed Guest Choice will have the bed inflated in less than 60 seconds. This is great as there is no standing around for hours waiting for the bed to inflate. It’s a pleasure to have it so quick and easy to set up.

All too often way too much time is spent trying to set up a blow up mattress. Not the case with this one. It s also just as easy to deflate and takes about 30 seconds. The AC pump is easy to use and is airtight.

 

 

2. Coleman SUV Quickbed– Best Air mattress for camping

coleman queen air mattressColeman makes the best camping air mattresses and again I found a great one from Coleman for car camping, the Coleman SUV Quickbed!

With so many ‘best’ air mattress options available in the market, you really have to be careful in choosing what will be best for you.

Adjustable length
The length of this air mattress is just right to fit most SUVs like Tahoe, Suburban, Xterra, Explorer, Trailblazer, Honda Element, 4Runner, and Dodge Durango. But if you have a shorter space, this air mattress can also be filled up partially because it has separate chambers – one long and one short one.

As for the width, it’s more or less like a twin sized bed so it won’t fill up the whole back of the SUV, but it’s wide enough for one adult, and about as comfortable as any air mattress.

This air mattress is also great for tent camping because the bottom plastic surface keeps away moisture and dirt while you sleep, and is very easy to wipe clean!

Need a Pump

You’ll have to buy a manual pump for this air mattress if you haven’t got one already. But that’s not a big deal because you can get one for as little as $10 – $15. Add that to the price of this Coleman Quickbed and it is not even the price of an Aerobed.

After I told my friend about this, he bought it, and he has been camping in it ever since. In a summary, this is an affordable, easy to use and clean air mattress that is great for sleeping in an SUV.

 

 

3. Wenzel Insta Air Bed– Most convenient air mattress

best air mattress bed reviews wenzel insta airWenzel Insta-Bed signifies quality when it comes to inflatable beds and air mattresses.

Have you tried using a hand held air pump for over twenty minutes just to inflate your air mattress? If you have, then you are not probably using the Wenzel inflatable bed.

The Wenzel is among the most well known queen sized inflatable beds available in the market today. What sets it apart from other brands is that it can be adjusted with ease through its comfort system.

Its height, convenience, and comfort are the very features that everybody needs from a portable bed.

Why this air bed is the best

The Wenzel Insta-Bed is very flexible. You can use it as your temporary sleeping mattress, guest bed for holidays, or for camping trips. Another wonderful quality about the Queen Raised Sure grip is that you can save so much time while using it.

Inflating and deflating can transpire in just a few minutes thanks to its built-in pump system. It can inflate the bed to its right size in two to four minutes.

Unlike other inflatable mattresses wherein you still have to attach the pump, the Wenzel’s controls can be easily accessed at the bed’s head and are slightly buried in the bed. It also comes with an easy slot for storing the 120V AC plug when you are done inflating it.

An apparent benefit of the Wenzel Insta-Bed and its amazing built-in pump is that manual inflation is no longer necessary.

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You do not need to buy a separate air pump and vehemently use your energy just to inflate the mattress. With the Wenzel bed, all you need to access are two boldly marked controls (Inner chamber and Outer Chamber) for adjusting the dual air chambers.

Its inflation and deflation controls make it so easy and fast to fill up the mattress, remove all air and store it thereafter, or add and remove air for adjustments.

If it is convenience you are looking for, I recommend you get this everyday use air matrress now.

 


4. Intex Pillow Rest inflatable bed– Best air mattress for home use

If you have tried other air mattresses only to discover that they are often times overpriced for the type of quality that you receive while using them. Not to mention that they are often uncomfortable while sleeping and leak air very easily, then give the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed a chance.

best air mattress for everyday useAll of these things coupled with the fact that most inflatable air mattresses are not known for being that durable, so if you are going on a lot of camping trips or maybe you are just a bit rougher with your beds when you are sleeping in the middle of the night.

What you need in a good air mattress first and foremost is dependability, durability and comfortableness, a comfortableness that would make you feel like you are sleeping on your bed at home. This way you can get that restful night’s sleep that can be so ever precious in maintaining your everyday life style.

If you are looking for all of the above features in an inflatable bed, you should really look no further than the Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed.

This air mattress bed is one of the most durable airbeds you have ever had the pleasure of sleeping on. Perfect for those with small children who will be climbing and jumping on it or who are a little rougher with their beds.

Not to mention that it has a weight limit of six-hundred pounds, making this airbed perfect for couples or letting the kids all sleep on it when they invite their friends for a sleep over.

 


5. Intex Raised Downy Airbed With Built-in Electric Pump

The Intex Raised Downy Airbed is the finest blow up mattress on the market, at least in the opinion of this sleeper. We all need to sleep, right? So, why am I so hyped about this Airbed? Let me share with you my experience.

best inflatable bed reviewsI was an avid camper and had enjoyed camping since my youth. About three years ago I was involved in an accident that had affected my back and neck.

The days of camping and sleeping in a backpacking sleeping bag were over. I would never consider the use of a Recreational Vehicle and every camping cot I had tried out left me stiff and sore.

For this reason I haven’t been able to enjoy the outdoors. When my friend mentioned the Intex Raised Downy Airbed as an option, I immediately told him, “No thanks.”

I had tried several air mattresses early on in my attempts to remain camping. Although I slept better and my back felt relatively fine the exercise in preparing the airbed and then breaking it down for storage was a hassle and cumbersome.

My friend was very persistent.

He went as far as to purchase the Intex Raised Downy Airbed as a gift. I accepted the gift but not with the intent to use it for camping. My friend wasn’t having any of it. After constant reminding and badgering on his behalf, I reluctantly agreed to hit the mountains for a weekend camping trip.

My Experience with the Intex Raised Downy Air Bed Review

Stocking up on pain relievers, I packed my normal camping gear and tossed the still boxed inflatable air mattress in the back of my truck.

Frankly, this was the first camping trip I set out on feeling agitated and ready for a horrible weekend.

I even rehearsed how I was politely going to tell my friend, “I told you all inflatable air mattresses are a hassle and not worth the effort.”

I was prepared to spend more time setting up and taking down the airbed then enjoying the outdoors.

That evening I was ready to break out the Airbed and begin the arduous task of getting ready to turn-in. To my surprise the Intex Raised Downy Airbed (with Built-in Electric Pump) was compact and easy to fill. The entire process took minutes and left me amazed at the ease and speed in which I was able to set up.

That night, I slept almost as well as I do on my best mattress at home. I woke up relatively pain free, in good spirits and ready to start the day. One thing stood in my way and that was putting the Airbed away.

I entered this leg of the try-out with a better attitude after the set-up turned out to be such a breeze. I was not disappointed. The Airbed deflated quickly, folded simply and stored easily.

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I have used the Intex Raised Downy Airbed for the past year and have been camping three times during this stretch. It is so great o be back in the wilderness either under the stars or in a tent.

I highly recommend this Airbed for anyone looking for an Airbed no matter your need. This versatile and multi-use Airbed is sure to fit all needs. Great Airbed, I have never been more pleased with a product before.

How to Choose the Best Air Mattress

1. Purpose
Are you using it for camping or as a guest bed?

2. Size
Select the size for the air mattress. Just like standard mattresses, air mattress sizes come in twin, queen and king. Most people don’t go for king size because they would be heavier and less portable.

There are also air mattresses which are made up of two twin beds that can be connected together or separated as you like. This kind is more versatile to accommodate the number of guests, and is cheaper to get than two separate twin beds. Check out the Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed.

3. Raised or On the floor
Raised air mattresses give the comfort of being higher from the ground and easier to get into. Raised air mattresses are also called air beds, because they are more like beds when inflated. But they are a bit heavier than the simple air mattress.

4. Manual pump or Built-in pump
Would you like a built-in pump? Self-inflatable air mattresses are very convenient because you just have to press a switch or button to inflate the air mattress.

If the air mattress doesn’t have a built-in pump, you will either have to blow it up (lung power!) or use an electric pump powered by battery or power outlet. If you’re going to blow it up, get one with a one-way valve.

5. Time of inflation and deflation
You might want to check how long it takes for the air mattress to inflate and deflate. Deflation time might be important if you use the air mattress somewhere you might have to leave in a hurry.

6. Other features
Remember that the more features an air mattress has, the higher its price, so pick only the features you need. Here are some air mattress features:

Memory foam – Adds to comfort because it reacts to body heat and molds to the shape of the body.

Dual chambers – Some queen and king size air mattresses have dual air chambers so that each person can adjust the firmness on his/her side.

Remote control – Adjust the firmness of the air mattress with a remote control. I’d say this is not a necessary feature at all, because you can reach for the switch just as well.

Repair kit – Some air mattresses come with a repair kit, for you to repair leaks.

Warranty – Check whether your air mattress comes with a warranty. Don’t buy one without a warranty.

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Top rated 3-wheel baby strollers 2017: Reviews and Buying Guide

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Three wheel baby strollers are becoming more and more common, and not just the jogging variety. What is known in the stroller industry as all-terrain models are being produced by just about every major manufacturer.

The advantages of this design are many. They are often bigger, with a larger distance between the back wheels that creates a really stable base. But their single front wheel makes maneuvering much easier.

The overall design of the top rated 3-wheel baby strollers makes them well suited for off-road excursions as well as uneven sidewalks.

Most 3-wheel baby strollers have soft, air-filled tires that provide a comfortable ride for your passenger on a variety of surfaces and also make stroller much easier to push.

The stability, ease of steering, and comfort is appreciated even by those parents who don’t need a serious jogging stroller. These all-terrainers may look like joggers but you should check the user’s manual to see if it is advisable to actually use it for running with your baby.

You should also check on the age requirements because most are not recommended for babies under six months old.

Generally, pediatricians recommend that a baby can support its neck and sit up independently before using this type of stroller. There are exceptions to this guideline: the Maclaren MX3 is one of them.

On the plus side, some all-terrain strollers can accommodate heavier children than standard strollers, allowing you to use them for a longer duration.

Some disadvantages of all-terrain models is that they are often large and heavy, making them an impractical choice for traveling. Another downer is that the air-filled tires can go flat so you’ll need a bicycle pump. But if you’re the rugged outdoorsy type that is drawn to this type of stroller, your probably have a bike pump already.

Most of the best 3-wheel baby strollers range in price from $80 to more than $700.

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Best Earplugs for Sleeping With a Snorer: Sleep through all the snoring and other noise

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My roommate snores.

But she happens to be my significant other. So, there is no way I am going to kick her out.

Sleeping next to her is unbearable, unless I am wearing the best noise cancelling headphones that money can buy.

It is not easy to sleep with someone who snores. I have been there, done that, and I didn’t like it.

Get yourself the best ear plugs for sleeping with a snorer. Honestly, using these earplugs for sleeping will save you from so much agony and many sleepless nights.

But how do you know what to look for when shopping for snore ear plugs?

Many of the snoring earplugs available in the market are blatantly overrated. They won’t block out the sound of mice laughing in the attic, leave alone the snoring sounds of a 160 pounds man sleeping next to your ears.

But don’t despair. There are a few best sleeping earplugs that do what they promise. Here is a list of my very best. You can pick any from this list and rest assured that you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Hearos Ultimate Softness
  2. Moldex 6800 Pura Fit
  3. Howard Leight Max 1
  4. Super sleep comfort foam earplugs
  5. Ohropax wax earplugs

Top 7 Best Earplugs for Snoring- 2017 Comparison Table

Product ImageNameMaterialNRR RatingPrice
Hearos Ultimate softness snoring earplugsHearos Ultimate Softness
Where to Buy
Foam33$$
Moldex 6800 Pura Fit snoring ear plugsMoldex 6800 Pura Fit
Where to Buy
Foam33$$$
Howard leight max1Howard Leight Max 1
Where to Buy
Foam33$$$
Flents super sleep ear plugs
Super Sleep Comfort Earplugs
Where to Buy
Foam33$$$
best earplugs for sleeping with a snorerOhropax Wax Earplugs
Where to Buy
Wax27$$
Best earplugs for snoringLiberty Duraplug
Where to Buy
Foam33$$$

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN BUYING EAR PLUGS FOR SLEEPING?

If you are wondering here are the basic things to look for in sleeping earplugs

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THE EARPLUGS?

The best earplugs for snoring should block out most, if not all, noise.

That’s why you are buying them in the first place. They should have a rating of ideally 30NRR and above (the highest has a rating of 34NRR).

Snoring earplugs made from foam and wax have so far proven to be the most effective. When inserted into the ear properly (regardless of how small your ear is) the foam expands forming an airtight seal blocking out most if not all noise.

Those made from wax work in a similar way. They are also very soft and do not make your warm and oily

COMFORT- CAN YOU SLEEP WITH THE EARPLUGS IN YOUR EARS?

It is not bad to sleep with earplugs every night, if you are doing it to save your marriage or your eardrums from damage by snoring.

But if you thought sleeping near a snoring person is bad, try putting on uncomfortable earplugs.

They are intolerable.

They apply pressure on the eardrum. The pain from such pressure is excruciating, and they may even cause a condition known as ear barotrauma.

Good earplugs should fit into your ear canal perfectly. They should neither stick out like antennas nor go too deep. They should also not leave a space between them and the ear. Ideally they should form an airtight seal. If they don’t, they will let in the snoring noise.

When buying earplugs, make sure they are the right size for your ears. Some of us have smaller ear canals than others, it is therefore important to choose those that are your size.

In short the best earplugs for snoring should offer you the maximum comfort regardless of your sleeping style while at the same time blocking out the irritating snoring noise.

DURABILITY

This goes without saying. You don’t want to log into Amazon, Ebay or Walmart looking for replacement earplugs after every few months.

Although most earplug brands are quite affordable, what you settle for should give you value for your money.

It should be reusable, withstand cleaning and maintain its shape and size after a few uses.

The top rated sleeping earplugs

3M EAR Classic EarPlugs

3m ear classic sleeping earplugs

The EAR Classic earplug is probably the most popular earplug on the market today. It has been available to the consumer for more than 30 years, and was the first foam earplugs to ever be manufactured.

  Almost everyone who reviews sleeping earplugs knows about 3M Classic earplugs. They have a signature yellowish cylindrical shape and specialed texture surface.

According to the Aearo website, these earplugs remain the most popular sleeping earplug in the world today because of their outstanding advantage that include:

  • NNR 29db protection
  • Easy to use cylindrical shape
  • Soft, low pressure foam for all day comfort
  • Non-Allergenic
  • Moisture resistant
  • Non-Flamable
  • Yellow color for high visibility

Also, according to Aearo, the small yellow plug went thru a number of test making them the proven choice for ear protection:

  • The Size: They have been tested to be the right size to fit the widest range of ear canals (Mil P37407)
  • The Shape: The cylindrical-shape has shown to protect better than tapered plugs (British Steel Technical, 1994)
  • The Foam: Aeros is the only manufacturer to make its own PVC foam, so it can regularly be tested for optimum and consistent performance (Human Factors, 1990)

The Review

I’ll go thru all the characteristics advertised by Aearo so that we can see if it is actually what they are supposed to be.

The Material

The material used with the 3M EAR Classic earplugs is definitely different from other plugs I have used in the past.

At first touch, the main body of the plug is kind of rough but the two endfaces are very soft. This roughness is due to the plug special proprietary cell surface texture. The soft endfaces helps make the seal.

The earplug is more stiff to compress than other types of foam earplugs and it has a slower recovery time which makes them actually easier to insert inside the ear because the plug takes more time to regain its original size.

One of the downside to this PVC formulation is that since the recovery time is longer than other plugs, you have to keep your finger on the plug while it regain its size in the ear. If you don't keep a finger on it, it has a tendency to get out of the ear, not providing with an optimal noise reduction fitting. This effect is probably due to it’s cylindrical shape. Sometimes, It even needs to have it taken out, re-rolled, and re-inserted in the ear canal again.

The special PVC and cell surface texture do actually help keep the pressure inside the ear very low when inserted. This is due to the fact that the cell surface let air thru the earplug as is expand in the ear, creating a pressure balance, compared with push-in type of reusable and disposable earplugs that prevent air inside the ear from coming out, though, creating an air pressure inside the ear when inserted.

I could not test the plug for the humidity factor because I don't use them in sweaty conditions. Although I have noticed that the plug tend to be easier to remove from my ear when I pull on it. I guess that because of the special cell surface, the plug does not tend to become humid and stick to the inner canal like other disposable foam plugs.

The Shape

Aearo state on their brochure that the cylindrical shape as been tested to be the best shape for protection.

Although it does actually make a prefect fit when properly inserted, and that there are studies backing their claim, I don't particularly believe that tapered earplugs provide less fit and protection than the cylinder type.

On the contrary, I find the cylinder type more difficult to insert in the ear that the tapered ones for one reason: when it is rolled, the flat end face of the earplug tend to get deformed and turn into a ball that is sometime hard to insert in the ear canal, compared with a Taper type where the tip stays tapered even when compressed.

So, it makes them difficult to insert correctly on the first roll, compared to the tapered plugs which provide a perfect entry on the first try due to it’s form.

But when it is inserted properly, it does fit nicely in the ear canal and provide an excellent noise seal. If you want to use this type of plugs and have trouble putting them in or figuring out if they are properly positioned in the ear, the Classic Superfit model provide you with a visual indicator on the plug to confirm a proper fit.

Ear Classic Cylindrical Shape Earplug

The Cylindrical shape of the earplug

The flat end face of the earplug tend to get deformed when rolled.

The Usability

Although I don’t use earplugs in a high noise environment, they have been very helpful for me against my partner snoring and my noisy neighbors high volume music.

They are very comfortable to wear all day long. I do use them at night because, compared with the regular tapered earplug type, they don’t create moisture in the ear which makes them very comfortable to wear all night.

All manufacturers of earplugs advise that these should be used only once. I tend to agree if you are wearing them for high noise protection. But if you use them like me, then they can be reused a few times before throwing them out.

I have found that they can be used from 1 to 2 days before they lose their property of slow recovery. Which makes them harder to insert after a while because they recover too fast to insert them properly in the ear canal.

The Pros:

  • Cylinder Shape provides a perfect fit when properly inserted
  • Slow recovery give more time to insert properly the earplug
  • Cell textured surface makes the plug very soft and comfortable in the ear canal
  • Cell surface protect against pressure and humidity inside the ear

The Cons:

  • When compressed, end face tend to get into a ball and make inserting more difficult
  • Need to hold while it recover in the canal because it tends to get out when recovering
  • If not inserted properly in the ear, the cell textured body makes them easy to lose at night when sleeping with them
  • Disposable. Not environmentally friendly. Although manufacturer state it can be recycled, there are no recycling code printed on them

The Conclusion

The Ear Classic earplugs are easy to insert, provide a perfect seal when properly inserted, are very soft and comfortable when worn a long time.

At first, these were not my prefered choice when I needed disposable plugs. I was going more with Hearos Ultimate softness and Howard Leight Max.

But I found by using them a few times for this review that I had been underestimating these earplugs. I actually find them way more comfortable than other sleeping earplugs when I need to wear them for a long time. They are now my prefered all-day earplugs.

Me wearing a properly inserted earplug

Me wearing a properly inserted earplug

Me wearing a properly inserted earplug

Me wearing a properly inserted earplug

Ohropax wax earplugs

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OHROPAX Classic has been a well-established noise protection product since 1907. According to the manufacturer’s website, its unique composition of cotton wool soaked in a mixture of petroleum jelly and a variety of paraffin waxes was so well conceived from the outset that it has barely changed right up to the present day.

According to Ohropax website, the best advantages of using the Ohropax earplugs are:

  • They are extremely comfortable to wear.
  • Ideally used for sleep, relaxation, a sense of well-being and meditation.
  • They are also recommended for use during work requiring concentration, DIY activities and loud music.
  • They are particularly suitable for use in so-called ‘non-classic noise areas’ such as large offices and computer centres (noise level: <75 dB(A)).
  • Once they have been inserted into the ear, they are immediately ready for use, in contrast to foam earplugs, you do not have to wait for these plugs to expand.
  • They do not cause sweating and pressure inside the ears.
  • They are considered to be extremely tolerable. They contains no ingredients that are known to cause allergies.

Although Ohropax earplugs have a lot of advantages, there are a few downside and things to consider about using them:

  • Because OHROPAX Classic cannot be cleaned, they recommend that you only use these earplugs once.
  • This product may be affected by certain chemical substances.
  • Sudden or fast removal of the earplug out of the external ear canal may damage the ear drum.
  • Due to the materials used, OHROPAX Classic is not suitable for use in warm workplaces or those containing large amounts of dirt and/or dust.

OHROPAX Classic exhibits high sound insulation values over the entire frequency range. The level of protection goes from 22.3db to 37.7db according to the frequencies that the user is exposed to. A chart displaying the entire chart is available on Ohropax official website.

The Review

I’ll go thru all the characteristics advertised by Ohropax so that we can see if it is actually what they are supposed to be.

The Material

When you open the cardboard box, the first thing that you encounter is a couple of soft little balls of pink cotton wool. The actual earplugs are hidden inside those little balls. The cotton is used to protect the plugs in the box and to prevent them from sticking to each other.

Once you have removed the cotton from the plugs, wich is very easy by-the-way, you will be left with a hard pink cylinder made of a sticky material.

It’s the petroleum jelly and paraffin waxes that gives it this sticky feeling. Don't worry if you can’t remove the cotton wool completely. As long as you remove most of it, the rest will meld with the plugs material.

Ohropax Classic in cardboard box

Ohropax Classic ear plugs in their cardboard box.

Ohropax Classic without cotton protection

Ohropax Classic with its cotton protection removed.

The Shape

The shape of the Ohropax wax earplugs is very simple. When you remove the cotton wool from the earplug, you will find a cylinder shaped piece that is in fact pretty hard before it is kneaded. Unlike other earplugs of different shapes, there isn’t much more to be said about the shape of these plugs.

The Usability

The Ohropax wax earplugs are pretty easy to carry almost anywhere. Depending of the quantity that you buy, they come either in a small cardboard box or in a metal container.

The cotton wool that serve as a protection is very easy to remove from the plugs. I put it back in the box after removing it so that I can use it to put the plugs back in the box after using them.

Although Ohropax says that it is better to use them only once, I have used them a few times before throwing them out. Of course, this always depend on your usage of the plugs. When they get dirty and do not stick anymore, just get rid of them.

The wax cylinder, as hard as it can be at first, is actually pretty easy to knead once you start heating it a little bit with your finger. It becomes very soft after a few seconds to a minute of kneading.

As I have stated before above, these earplugs are actually pretty easy to knead and to form into a ball shape. I had some difficulties at first to make them stay into my ears, which prevent them from completely sealing my ear canal.

When I pushed them in the ear, they were also sticking to my finger, which made the plug a little bit difficult to make it stay inside the ear. When they are kneaded, they tend to become very soft. Because of this, it takes a few minutes before they become a little bit harder again when inserted in the ear, which gives the impression that the ear canal is not completely sealed from noise.

One of the big downside of using this kind of material is that, after kneading the earplug, your fingers become very sticky with the wax material.

I would have actually thought that after scrubbing my fingers together it would actually come off… but no. Your fingers will remain very greasy. And it won't go away as long as you don’t wash them with soap and water, which is not very interesting for me because I have them in a bedside drawer to put them at night when my partner is snoring.

So, I’m not really interested in getting up and washing my hands after putting on the plugs. It would be hard to fall back asleep after getting up. It can also be a problem in other situations where you have to put on the plugs but cannot wash your hands afterwards.

Ohropax Earplugs rolled into a ball.

Ohropax Earplugs rolled into a ball.

Ohropax Earplugs inserted in the ear.

Ohropax Earplugs inserted in the ear.

Ohropax Earplugs inserted in the ear.

Ohropax Earplugs inserted in the ear.

The Pros:

  • They are actually very comfortable to wear.
  • They do not cause any pressure inside the ear.
  • They can be used for noise and also to block water.
  • They are easy to knead, to put on and to remove.
  • Although not recommended, they can be reused a few times.
  • They comes in the color of your skin and thus they are almost invisible.

The Cons:

  • They leave a sticky film on the fingers after being kneaded.
  • Can be difficult to keep them sealing the ear canal before they cool down and get harder.
  • Keep sticking to the fingers when putting them in the ear, which make ear canal sealing a problem.
  • When sleeping with them they tend to leave grease on the pillow or fall during the night.

The Conclusion:

Ohropax wax earplugs can be a perfect choice for some people who dislikes disposable earplugs, or if they have skin reactions to non-natural products.

One of my favourite advantage is that they are made from natural material, which makes them biodegradable. So these plugs are actually very environmentally friendly. The other advantage is that they are made from non allergic material. So, this gives the chance to everyone, even if you have skin problems, to use earplugs.

If you experience pain when you use foam earplugs, you might want to try these earplugs.

Ohropax wax Earplugs are painless to insert and do not fall of at night. Unlike the foam earplugs, you do not have to hold and wait for them to expand like. They take the shape of your ears the moment you insert them.

They have a rating of 27NRR which is a bit lower but still quite effective in reducing the snoring noise. They might not totally block it out but still allow you to sleep comfortably next to your partner.

These babies are made of wax covered in cotton. They are comfortable easy to insert and ideal for all ear sizes and shapes.

What We Loved

  • Seal the ear canals better than foam earplugs
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Do a good job in blocking out the noise
  • Ideal for all ear sizes, shapes and sleeping positions

What We Didn't Like

  • They have a rating of 27 NRR. They might not block out all the snoring noise
  • Can be a bit messy and sticky

Hearos Ultimate softness

Hearos Ultimate softness snoring earplugs

These were some the best earplugs for snoring that I came across on Amazon. I particularly liked them because they are made of polyurethane foam.

The Hearos Ultimate Softness as the name suggests are very soft and comfortable. These earplugs did not stick out when I wore them. They are perfect for side sleepers like me.

They have a rating of 32NRR the highest you will get is around 33NRR. This means that they will block out most of the unwanted snoring noise allowing you to have a peaceful sleep besides you snoring partner.

The earplugs are very easy to use. I just rolled out the plug in between the thumb, and the index finger to form a thin cylinder. I then gently lifted my ear robe with the hand and inserted the cylinder. I used the index finger to hold till they expanded to fit. This happened quite fast.

They expand to the size of your ear canal forming an airtight seal. Not too loose to fall out and not too tight. Click the button below for the best price on Amazon.

What I Liked

  • They have a rating of 32 NRR
  • They are easy to use and clean
  • Fit well in the ear. You don’t have to worry that they will keep falling off
  • They do not stick out and are comfortable for all sleeping positions
  • They block out snoring noise but will allow you to hear your alarm ring in the morning.
  • Perfect for those with small ear canals

What I didn't like

  • These earplugs might not work that well for those with longer ear canals

Moldex 6800 Pura Fit

Moldex 6800 Pura Fit snoring ear plugs

These earplugs have the highest rating of 33 NRR. They totally block out all the noise. With a pair of these, you might not even hear your alarm ring if you are a heavy sleeper. They are made of soft foam which makes then comfy to wear and sleep in. They have a soft finishing that does not irritate the ear.

Moldex 6800 Pura Fit earplugs are longer in length which makes them easy to put and remove them.

They work best with those with longer ear canals and back sleepers. However if you have longer canals they will work perfectly regardless of your sleeping position.

They are easy to insert and have a firm grip in the ear. They expand to fit the ear in seconds after inserting them. They do not keep falling off. If you are worried they will go too deep, there is a corded mode.

What We Loved

  • Have the highest rating of 33NRR. They block out most of the noise
  • Easy to insert and remove due to their longer size
  • Soft and comfortable to sleep in
  • They are affordable and durable and easy to clean.

What We Didn't Like

  • They are long making them uncomfortable for those with shorter ear canals.

Howard Leight Max 1

Howard leight max1

The Howard Leight Max I are the other of the most effective snoring earplugs that I came across. They have the highest rating of 33NRR. They almost totally isolate you from the irritating snoring noise and other noise out there.

They are made from soft polyurethane foam and have a smooth finish making them soft and comfortable to sleep in.

When I started off, I was worried that the earplugs might go too deep. If you have the same worry, what you need is the Howard Leigh Max1 earplugs. They are shaped like a bell. This kind of design makes it harder for them to go deeper into the ear than you inserted them.

They are also contoured making it difficult to fall. It also makes it easier to insert and remove compared to the conventional earplugs.

What We Loved

  • Contoured which makes them easy to insert and remove
  • Have a rating of 33NRR making them very effective in blocking out snoring noise
  • Outer smooth finish that prevents dirt buildup
  • The bell shape offers more security that they will not slip too deep into the ear

What We Didn't Like

  • You might sleep through your  fire alarm


Flents super sleep comfort foam ear plugs

Flents super sleep ear plugs

What I loved most about Flents super sleep earplugs is their length. They are a bit shorter than most earplugs making them ideal for side sleepers. I could comfortably sleep on my side without any extra pressure on my eardrums.

They are made of soft foam. They are soft and comfy to sleep on. Super Sleep Comfort ear plugs are equally easy to insert and remove.

Like other ear plugs made of foam, they expand to the size of your ear canal. You don’t have to worry that you will have to wake up at night to put them back. They fit in properly without falling off or leaving space.

What We Loved

  • Extremely comfortable to sleep in
  • Effortless to insert and offer little resistance when removing
  • Comfortable to sleep in all positions
  • Blocks out most of the noise
  • They come in a special carrying case
  • Affordable and also reusable

What We Didn't Like

  • Might not be ideal for those with long ear canals
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Earplugs tech talk

There are two kinds of best earplugs for sleeping that exist today on the market. There are the active and the passive ones.

Passive devices  are classified as earplugs, auditory canal caps, earmuffs, and helmets. The classification is done according to the way they seal the ear.

Active earplugs

Sleeping earplugs that are  inserted into the auditory canal are usually “one-size-fits-all” earplugs and demand to be squeezed before or upon insertion. They are are constructed with materials such as as slow-recovery polyurethane or polyvinyl foams,  whirled fibreglass, paraffin and beeswax-based products. After manufacture, these earplugs are then putty inserted inside a soft plastic case.

A user have to compress the foam earplugs and insert them into the ear canal before they regain their original shape and fit the size of the ear canal . Because their original size is bigger than that of the ear canal itself, the fact that the earplug get back its original size creates an acoustic seal.

Examples of foam earplugs are the SparkPlug by Moldex and the E-A-R Classic PVC foam. These are slow-recovery devices that are compressed before inserted in the ear canal.

Examples of the best earplugs for sleeping that do not need to be compressed before insertion are the Ultrafit by AEARO-3M and HOWARD LEIGHT Fusion. With these earplugs, you only require to push them into your ear canal without compressing them first.

Note: Paraffin and beeswax earplugs require to be pre-molded first by the user and then inserted in the ear in a way to deform them to fit the ear canal.

Custom molded sleeping earplugs

One of the advantages of custom-molded sleeping earplugs is that they are found as either passive or active devices.

The custom-molded earplug is produced according to the specific dimensions of your ear canal. This allows it to be used as a passive device. It provides a relatively good attenuation since the impression is made with a dam deeply inserted into the ear.

Many companies now create earplugs with a small hole in it that can be fitted with various sound filters which give the earplug different levels of attenuation. The hole can also be fitted with electronics that can provide better protection such as noise cancellation, electronic filtering, etc.


 

Silicone vs Wax vs Foam: Which are the most effective earplugs for sleeping?


Wax Earplugs

Best earplugs for sleeping with a snorerThe first wax ear plugs is believed to have been created in ancient times. Since then, little has actually changed. Wax is still used, along with other materials such as cotton, to produce high quality earplugs.

The Body Heat… Part of the solution.

The best thing about using wax in the making of earplugs is that once inside the ear, the wax is heated up by the body’s heat. This rise in temperature of the wax, caused by the temperature of the body of the wearer, makes the wax into a protective seal with the inside of the ear canal.

The created seal prevents noise, water, or anything else from getting in the ear.

More than just for snoring noise!

Wax earplugs are also used quite a lot by flyer’s. The seal formed by the wax in the ear gives the air pressure in the inner ear  some time to equalize with the outside air pressure. The discomfort in your ears that is felt during takeoff is actually the results from the inner ear not keeping with the rapidly changing air pressure in the cabin. With a wax seal correctly in place, air is prevented from moving too fast inside your ear and causing that unpleasant discomfort.

Natural ingredients and a soft formulation

The unique formulation of wax earplugs: cotton wool soaked in a mixture of Vaseline and paraffin wax,  is so perfectly right from the outset that it has remained practically unchanged up until the present day.

The ingredients in wax earplugs are all gentle to the skin and hypoallergenic. The wax earplugs can also be perfectly adjusted to fit every auditory canal and reduce the effects of noise on the ear.

The comfort of the earplug is excellent as no sensation of pressure occurs in the ear. The used material in the making adheres well to the ear and enables a secure positioning. The flesh-colored earplugs also looks very discreet when worn!

Wax earplugs are very simple to use!

1. First, completely remove the protective cotton wool with clean fingers. If needed, you can reduce the size of the ear plug by tearing-off a small amount of its material.
2. Discard the protective cotton! Mould plug to soften and shape into a coherent ball. Place the ball over the auditory canal and flatten firmly. Do not insert deeply or use too small a piece.
3. To remove the ear plug, press up­ward behind the ear to loosen. Then remove plug with fingers. Never use hard or pointed objects to aid removal.

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Silicone Earplugs

Best earplugs for sleeping with a snorerSilicone sleeping earplugs are flat soft disks, with a rubber-like feeling. They are used in a lot of various ways including for blocking snoring noise from your roommate.

Silicone earplugs are a little bit more expensive than other regular disposable earplugs, but because some people believe that they offer more bang for the buck, it makes the extra spending acceptable.

The attributes of silicone earplugs for sleeping

The first reason to use silicone earplugs for sleeping is because of their memory factor. This trait helps it to fill the inside of the external ear canal, making a complete and comfortable  fit. Being soft and easy to mold makes it  also very easy to insert and remove without danger for the ear. Silicon is also an inert and nontoxic component.

Silicone earplugs are said to be reusable a couple of times until they are either dirty or that they don’t stick to the ear anymore. It has been said on the web that since they are resistant to heat, they can be put in a dishwasher or boiled in a sterile solution for cleaning.

Silicone earplugs comes in a variety of shapes an colors. Most of them are semi-transparent and comes flat in small plastic box.

Silicone and noise blocking

Silicone earplugs blocks out noises very effectively.

They can and are used by people who works in high noise environments primarily to limit the ear to exposition to loud noise to prevent hearing loss.

Being soft and not going inside the ear canal, they are very comfortable for people who wish to use them at night for snoring release and street noises.

More than just for sleeping!

A second use for silicone earplugs is their ability to  prevent water from going inside the ear by completely sealing the ear.  They are used by swimmers, divers, and people doing aquatic sports.

Silicone ear plugs must be inserted and removed with care to prevent damage to the ear. It is especially true for silicone earplugs as if they get inside the ear canal, you might need the help of an ear professional to remove it as it cannot be dissolved like wax earplugs.

Silicone earplugs are easy to use!

1. First, roll and mould the earplug between fingers to soften and shape into a coherent ball.
2. Place the ball over the auditory canal, flatten firmly and hold it there for a moment for the silicone to molds to the area. DO NOT FORCE THE PLUG INSIDE THE EAR AND DO NOT INSERT DEEPLY!
3. To remove the ear plug, press up­ward behind the ear to loosen. Then remove plug with fingers. Never use hard or pointed objects to aid removal. Removing the plug too hard or too fast can provoke damage to hearing.

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Foam earplugs

Best earplugs for sleeping with a snorerDifferent types of foam earplugs are available on the market today. The most common is the foam earplugs that is made of memory foam, which is rolled between fingers to a smaller size so that it can be inserted into the ear canal where it regain it’s original size though creating a perfect seal.

The foam makes the fit

Memory foam is made of polyurethane mixed with other chemicals to increase its viscosity and density. Most earplugs memory foam become soft when heated by the body heat, making it possible to perfectly mold to a warm ear canal in a few minutes.  It provides the best combination of comfort and protection for most users.

Advantages of the pods

The second type is the push in type, or, as they are called sometimes, the Pod Earplugs.

These earplugs are the easiest to install since there is no roll needed. You just have to use the soft flexible grip to push the earplug into position to obtain a perfect seal.

The unique design of these sleeping earplugs allows the foam to compress easily so that the plug slides gently into the ear and expands slowly. Since you don’t have to touch and roll the plug between you fingers, it makes them the most hygienic plugs on the market.

Where did those plugs go…

For people working with earplugs in environments where it is important that the plugs doesn’t fall into the produced goods (especially with food products) or that needs to put on and remove the plugs often, most all of the foam earplugs comes in a corded version. The cord is long enough to go all around the back of the neck.

For people working specially in the food industries, there are metal detectable earplugs that are made with a small metal ball inside so they are detectable in an industrial metal detection unit for easy compliance with food industry regulations.

Metal detectable earplugs generally feature blue ear plugs and/or blue cords: blue is the only color classified as a non-food color in the food industry.

Roll’em, push’em, but wear them!

1. With clean hands, roll(don’t squeeze) the earplug between your thumb and first 2 fingers until the diameter of the plug is as small as possible.
2. Reach over your head with the opposite hand and pull the top of your ear to open the ear canal.
3. While you are holding the ear open, quickly push the rolled end of the plug into your ear, leaving enough of the ear plug outside the ear to allow removal.
4. The disposable earplug should now be properly positioned in the ear canal. For best fit, at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the ear plug should be inside your ear canal.

Removing ear plugs

For greater comfort, twist the plug gently to break the seal before removing the plug.


Pre-molded earplugs

Best earplugs for sleeping snoringOne of the greener and economical earplugs for sleep are the Pre-molded earplugs.

These earplugs are  are usually made of silicone rubber, vinyl and other hypoallergenic synthetic rubbers.

Some of them are even made of a special type of foam with a special film cover protecting the inside foam. They come in different size, shapes, colors and some are corded and others not.

Some come with a handy carrying case that lowers the chances of losing them and helps to keep them clean.

There are many type of pre-molded earplugs available on the market.

One of the major differences between pre-molded earplugs and regular foam earplugs is because for the pre-molded earplugs, size does matter. Since you don’t actually roll them between your finger to insert them in your ear but simply push them inside, you have to actually find the perfect size for you.

Many pre-molded sleep earplugs come in trial packs of 2 to 3 different sizes so that you can find the perfect fit and perfect seal for your ear canal. Some people even need one size in one ear and a different size in the other, which makes the trial packs very handy.

Although the size, seal and comfort is one of the factors to consider when choosing the best earplugs for snoring, you have to keep in mind that one of the most important element of the earplug is the NNR rating. It is that rating that defines the quantity of noise the earplug will stop from going into your ear.

Most of them comes with different numbers of flanges, but there are some that do not have any.

Pre-molded earplugs can be re-used over and over again as long as they are properly cared for.

They should be cleaned in soap water after every uses. They can also be cleaned using rubbing alcohol.

Of course, when they begin to show signs of wear and tear and are beginning to lose their original form, then it is the time to throw them out and get a new pair.

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Now that we have reviewed the best earplugs for sleeping, let’s get into the mundane details about earplugs in general. This is information that you absolutely don’t need, but it doesn’t hurt to know.

A little bit of history about the best earplugs for sleeping

Do you know when the best earplugs for snoring were first mentioned in history?

Well, the first recorded use of wax earplugs is in the Odyssey! Odysseus’s crew used wax earplugs to avoid being distracted by the Sirens’ songs!

It was an inventor named Max Negwer, in 1907,  that started the German company named Ohropax which still produce the famous original wax earplugs they used to produce. Since then, they have added a few other products to their catalog.

About 45 years ago, in 1967, the company National Research founded by a scientist named Ross Gardner Jr. created the first earplug out of an accident. Gardener and his team discovered earplugs as a byproduct of a project called “joint sealants.” Gardener was developing a resin that had unusual properties of energy absorption.

But what about today??

Today, sleeping earplugs are currently manufactured by around 25 different companies and can be bought nearly everywhere on earth. The principal manufacturer, Howard Leight, reports annual sales of around $130 million.

So, where shall we go now?

I sometime wear my best earplugs for sleeping even when there is not so much noise around or even when I am not actually sleeping. They still gives the pleasure of calming the world around you to the point where you can hear your own thoughts. I am actually wearing a pair as I write those words!

 

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How to Stop Mouth Breathing with 7 Easy Everyday Tips

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You’ve probably heard the joke about mouth breathers but if you are one of them, you know there is nothing funny about it. In fact, it could be a matter of life and death.

Mouth breathers are those who breathe through their mouths instead of their noses. Breathing through the mouth has negative health implications. There are those who breathe with their mouths only when they are asleep and those who do even when they are awake

How do you know if you breathe through your mouth at night?

You can easily check this by checking for dryness in the mouth immediately you wake up. If your mouth is dry, then you breathe through it in your sleep.

What causes mouth breathing?

Mouth breathing can be is as a result of either one of these:

  1. Nasal obstruction: There is resistance to the smooth flow of air
  2. It can also be habitual where you formed a habit of breathing through the mouth since you were a child
  3. In the third trimester of pregnancy, mouth breathing is common. However if you are not a mouth breather this will stop.

Why is it important that you breathe through your nose?

The normal anatomical function is to breathe through your nose. And there are good reasons why you should maintain this natural provision.

  1. Breathing through the mouth reduces the oxygen absorption capacity of the lungs. As you breathe through the nose, nitric oxide gas is produced by mucus in small levels. This gas increases the lung’s oxygen absorption capacity. Prolonged oxygen inadequacy has detrimental long term effects to your overall health.
  2. Air breathed through the nose is cleansed of harmful microbes and other impurities. As the air travels through the hose, they are filtered in the mucus lining of nose. This mucus lining also moisturizes and warms the air.
  3. Breathing through the mouth is detrimental to your oral health. It dries out gums and promotes acidity increasing the risk of cavities and plague. It also increases the risk of gum disease.
  4. Research has proven that mouth breathing at night worsens snoring.
  5. As absurd as this may sound, breathing through the mouth can lead to facial deformation. This mostly happens in children.

How to stop mouth breathing

Have you been wondering how to sleep with your mouth closed? Here are some options you can try

#1 Train yourself how to breathe with your mouth closed

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Learn how to breathe through your nose at all times

The brain is a powerful tool. Utilize its full potential to help to deal with this problem. During the day, if you subconsciously find yourself breathing through the mouth, try and break this habit. You can even stick notes and set a reminder in your phone.

Try as much as you can to breathe through your nose and maintain a consistent breathing pattern if you can. Try to keep your mouth closed at all times and maintain a good posture.

Most mouth breathers tend to have a head-forward kind of position. Try to stay with your head pressed back a little and breathe though your nose.

Over time, you will condition your brain to breath in that particular pattern and maintain a straight position. This may not happen overnight. It may take some time before you see any significant change.

#2 Practice nose clearing exercise

Buteyko for mouth breathers
Buteyko for mouth breathers

The reason you have trouble breathing through nose at night is possibly because you have nose congestion. Whenever you feel like your nose is too blocked to take a proper breath, do this simple nose clearing exercise.

The exercise is also called the “Buteyko.”

It is named after its Russian inventor and recommended by an Australian breathing therapist known as Dr. Rosalba Courtney.

This method is used to correct many breathing problems.

It helps you reestablish your breathing volume to normal. It might be your most effective and free mouth breathing treatment.

How is it done?

With your mouth closed preferably in a sitting position, breathe normally through your nose for 2 to 3 minutes. Then breath in and press closed you nose with your fingers.

Hold your breath for as long as you can. When you feel that you can’t hold it any longer, slowly let out the air through your nostrils. Remember to keep your mouth closed during this exercise. Repeat this several times.

You can take it a notch higher and do it as you pace or as you do other things.

#3 Elevating your head while you sleep

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Try sleeping with your head elevated

If you are a mouth breather and you do not elevate your head when you sleep, doing just that might be the solution you are looking for.

A poor sleeping position can worsen your snoring especially if it forces your mouth to open. Always sleep with your head elevated above the rest of your body. Using a pillow or an adjustable mattress might be a good place to start. Your pillow should ensure that your back is tilted a little to the back.

Why is elevating your head important

  1. If you suffer from acid influx, an elevated head helps deal with that problem. It prevents acids and other intestinal fluids from going up your throat.
  2. It creates a clear passage for air allowing for maximum nasal breathing and unrestricted flow of air.
  3. It reduces stress on the heart.

#4 Adopt a proper sleeping position

How to stop mouth breathing while sleepingSome sleeping positions lead to or worsen mouth breathing. Sleeping on the back is particularly not good for mouth breathers.

When you sleep on your back, you are forced to take heavier breaths. It becomes impossible to channel out the air through the nose. This forces you to breathe through the mouth.

The base of your tongue and soft plates are forced to collapse at the back of your mouth. This makes them produce vibrating sounds when you breathe. Try to either sleep on your side or stomach. Sleeping on your side is also good for your back.

#5 Exercise

Exercising is one of the ways of stopping mouth breathing. Believe it or not, exercises like yoga and cardio exercises improve your breathing. They involve breathing work and will help you improve breathing through the nostrils.

Research has also found overweight people to have problem mouth breathing. Exercising to lose the extra weight might help you stop breathing your mouth as you sleep. Exercising is also important for your general well being.

#6 Remove all known allergens

If you are allergic to anything, remove it from your bedroom. If you sleep with your pet, you might want to stop it.

It is also advisable to remove any plants that might be in your sleeping area. During the night plants use up oxygen and emit carbon dioxide. It leads to completion for oxygen between you and the plant.

Remove carpets and rugs from the bedroom. They worsen the quality of air in your room by harbor dust and bacterial. You should also change your bed sheets regularly and wash them in clean warm water often.

Consider the blankets that you use. If they are too warm, they make breathing through the nose uncomfortable. Old and dusty pillows do not make nasal breathing any easier. Lose them all.

#7 Mouth taping

This sounds ridiculous right? However mouth taping has proven to be one of the most effective techniques on how to sleep with your mouth closed.

How does it work?

As the name suggests this method involves taping your mouth to keep it closed during sleep.

All you need is surgical tape and some cream. The cream makes removing the tape painless. First apply the cream then put a small tape at the center. You can either vertically (across) or horizontally (along). The tape keeps the lips closed at all times forcing you to breathe through your nose. It is as easy as that.

However, this method might be a bit uncomfortable at first. It’s just a small price to pay compared to its benefit.

#8 Using nasal saline spray

Nasal saline sprays are very helpful in adding moisture to your nose. When you feel like your nose is too congested to take adequate breaths, it’s easy to find yourself breathing through the mouth.

Saline nasal sprays are very effective at decongesting your nose making nasal breathing easier.

#9 Using mouth guards

If you have been wondering how to keep your mouth closed while sleeping, using mouth guards is one of the best options to explore.

Sleeping mouthguards are designed to keep your mouth shut as you sleep when installed.

There are numerous brands of mouth guards in the market today. When you purchase one, make sure it is comfortable enough for you to want to wear it. You should also consider the material it is made from to avoid harming your gum.

You might also want to try using chin strips. These are horse shoe shaped and support the chin while you sleep. They help stop mouth breathing and promote nasal breathing. By doing this they also offer relief for snoring caused by mouth breathing. They are effective when used alone or in combination with other methods.

Now to you

There you have it, if you have been wondering how to stop mouth breathing, try one or two of these options might be the solution you are looking for. Feel free to drop us a comment on what you think or what works best for you.

 

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Best Pet Stroller Reviews- March 2017: How to pick the best stroller for your dog

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Pet strollers are becoming more and more popular among pet owners. From a trip to the vets, a walk in the park or even a spot of shopping, the best pet strollers 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 Pet 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.

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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!

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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.

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“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!

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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.

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Intex Pillow Rest Queen Airbed Review

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Intex air mattress review

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.

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Wenzel Insta Bed Raised Airbed Review

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wenzel insta-bed raised airbed with built-in pump

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.

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Aerobed Guest Choice Airbed Mattress Review

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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.


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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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