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- Business Insider 00:31October 23, 2019The best comforters you can buyComforters keep you extra warm and cozy at night and they can also add a fun splash of color or pattern to your bedroom. Of all the comforters we researched, our top pick is the cozy, comfy, and well-made Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter. When you're shopping for a bed, salespeople will tell you not to skimp on the quality of the bed. After all, you spend eight hours per day in bed – maybe more if you're lucky. That's equal to one-third of your life.
With so much of your time spent in bed, you might as well be warm while you're there. For those times when your significant other won't let you steal body heat, you'll want to make sure you have the best comforter on hand.
A wide variety of comforters are available for a wide range of prices, depending on the type of fill they use, the colors available, the insulation level, the size, and the construction quality. Understanding terms for comforters
When shopping for a comforter, you will encounter a few different pieces of terminology, according to The Wirecutter. Understanding the purpose of each of these terms will help you find a comforter to meet your needs. Baffle box vs. sewn-through: A baffle box comforter is sewn with flexible boxes into the comforter that create pockets. The fill inside the comforter cannot shift out of its box, ensuring the fill remains properly spread throughout the entire area of the comforter. The fill sometimes does shift within its box, though. Meanwhile, a sewn-through comforter has sewing through both the top and bottom layers of the comforter, creating patterns such as diamonds, channels or curved rectangles. The fill does not shift at all with a sewn-through comforter, performing slightly better than a baffle box comforter in terms of keeping the fill spread throughout the comforter.
Duvet vs. comforter: For most comforters and duvets sold in North America, the terms are used interchangeably, as the bedding company Crane & Canopy explains. Technically, a duvet is very similar to a comforter but doesn't have an outer shell, meaning it's usually placed inside a duvet cover. Duvets often are not used with other types of bed linen, such as sheets or blankets, while a comforter is used with those types of bed linen. Some of our picks can also be used with duvet covers.
Fill power: This measures the amount of volume that one ounce of down occupies. A larger fill power number equals a comforter that provides a greater level of insulation. In other words, the comforter with the higher fill power number offers greater warmth without being heavier. Fill powers of around 600 provide average warmth and durability, according to Good Housekeeping. Higher numbers for fill power have greater durability and insulation; lower numbers won't provide as much warmth, which may be desirable in warmer climates or in the summer.
Thread count: Similar to a bed sheet, the thread count in a comforter indicates the number of yarns within an inch of the fabric. Higher thread counts equal finer yarns, which are more comfortable and softer than larger yarns. Because a comforter probably won't be touching your skin, thread count for softness isn't quite as important as with a bed sheet. More importantly for a comforter though, a higher thread count ensures the fill will remain inside the comforter, rather than leaking out through bigger gaps between yarns. Types of fills for comforters The fill used inside the comforter plays a key role in your enjoyment of it, as explained in Sleepedia, Good Housekeeping, and The Wirecutter. Down alternative: If the comforter doesn't use goose down or duck down as a filler, you may see down alternative listed in the specifications. This can include cotton fibers, cotton-polyester blend fibers, and gel fibers. Gel fiber is the most expensive type of down alternative, as it provides the most softness.
Down cluster: The down cluster is the fluffiest portion of a duck feather or goose feather, existing under the main part of the feather. When used in a comforter, it provides greater warmth than the main part of the feather. A comforter manufacturer may list the percentage of down cluster used in the fill in the blanket's specifications. A higher percentage of down cluster equals a higher quality comforter and a higher fill power number.
Duck down: Duck down is a more common fill material used in comforters made in North America than goose down. As a general rule, duck down is not as fluffy as goose down, so it's not found in the highest end comforters as often as goose down.
Goose down: For comforters made in Europe, goose down is the most common fill material. It provides a little more fluff versus duck down on average, although exceptions do occur. Look at the specification list for a particular comforter, and you should see the percentages of the types of fill it contains. Now on to our top picks for the best comforters.
Here are the best comforters you can buy: Best comforter overall: Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter
Best from new bedding brand: Brooklinen Real Goose Down Comforter
Best colorful comforter: The Company Store LaCrosse Down Comforter
Best affordable comforter: LinenSpa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter
Best luxury comforter: Highland Feather Carmel Hutterite Goose Down Comforter
Best hypoallergenic alternative down comforter: Superior Solid White Down Alternative Comforter
Best goose down comforter: Puredown Real Goose Down Comforter
Best 1,200 thread count comforter: Egyptian Bedding 1200 Thread Count Goose Down Comforter Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. The best comforter overall
The Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter provides just the right level of warmth at a great price point.
The Topsleepy Luxurious All Size Goose Down Comforter will keep you warm and cozy all year round with its 50% goose down filling and baffle stitching. It's not too heavy or too warm, so you can use it most of the year.
Since it's a plain white comforter and it doesn't have the highest thread count at 300, you may want to put it inside a duvet cover. A duvet cover will protect the comforter from staining and losing feathers and it'll also add some color or a fun pattern to your bed. You can check out the best duvet covers on Insider Picks for some ideas.
Additionally, the Topsleepy Luxurious Goose Down Comforter is very easy to clean. Just use lukewarm water to spot clean the comforter and air dry it. A duvet cover will keep it even cleaner and ensure it lasts longer, though.
Should you have any problems with it, Topsleepy says it's guaranteed for 15 years. You can check the instruction book it comes with for information on how to send the comforter back for a refund or exchange. The price is also much more reasonable than most other comforters, making it a good pick for most people.
Pros: Low price point, good construction quality for the money, provides comfort in all types of weather, easy to clean, goose down fill, baffle design keeps down from shifting
Cons: Low thread count allows some fill to escape, only 50% goose down fill
The best from a new bedding brand
The Brooklinen Down Comforter is super luxurious and well made with a 700 fill power and 400 thread count.
If you don't like buying from big-name companies and you'd much prefer checking out a startup, Brooklinen is our favorite new bedding brand. Its down comforter is a great buy. It's hand-made in the Hutterite communities of Northwest Canada, so you know it's high quality. The comforter is filled with a 700 fill power of real white down, making it extra cozy and warm. The fill is covered by a 400 thread count cotton sateen shell that's soft to the touch, just like Brooklinen's sheets, which are among our favorites.
Brooklinen has a lifetime warranty, too, so if you don't like it for whatever reason, the company offers free exchanges or replacements. If the buyer reviews are anything to go by, you will love this comforter. Expert reviewers at Wirecutter love it and name it the best comforter for most people.
Pros: Made in Canada, 700 fill power, real goose down, 400 thread count cover, lifetime warranty, affordable for the quality
The best colorful comforter
The Company Store
The LaCrosse Down Comforter from The Company Store works great in all seasons and it comes in fun color choices.
If you're tired of boring white comforters, The Company Store LaCrosse Down Comforter is a smart choice. It carries a slightly above average price point, but you'll be able to find just the right shade to go with your bedroom's décor.
You can get the comforter in colors like ivory, russet, bubblegum, walnut, navy, chino, coal, guava, and silver. It has a 250-thread-count combed cotton shell that's Oeko-Tex certified, so you know it's chemical free. It's made with a sewn-through 12-inch box construction that ensures the 100% duck down filling never spills out. If you do want to pop it in a duvet cover, the comforter has corner loops to attach duvets with ties. You can check out the best duvet covers on Insider Picks for some ideas. Additionally, the LaCrosse comforter is machine washable for easy cleaning.
In the Home Construction Improvement review of the LaCrosse comforter, the reviewer appreciated the high-quality sewn through design, as well as its warmth in cold weather. Even though this comforter provides a good deal of warmth with its fill power of 500 to 550, one Amazon customer reviewer found it worked great in summer, too.
Pros: Large number of color options, good option in all kinds of weather, includes loops to keep comforter in place on the bed, high-quality sewn-through design
Cons: Price is a little higher than average
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- Business Insider 00:03October 23, 2019The best bath towelsThere's nothing quite like a soft, fluffy towel when stepping out of the shower. You'll look forward to drying off with our top pick, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. This soft, super-absorbent towel is also a great bargain. Nobody is ever happy to step out of the shower, only to reach for a scratchy, thin, nonabsorbent, and too-small bath towel — what a waste of a clean routine to end on an unhappy note like that. Instead, it's a pleasure to dry off with a thick, thirsty, soft, and big-enough-to-cover-everywhere-that-counts bath towel. That's why we've researched the best bath towels for your drying pleasure. Whether you like them overly large, made of organic cotton, in a waffle-weave, or just thick, soft, and luxurious, we've got your new favorite bath towel in our guide. Here are the best bath towels you can buy: Best towel overall: Fieldcrest Spa Towel
Best big towel: Utopia Bath Sheet
Best lightweight towel: Crane & Canopy Fouta Towel
Best waffle weave towel: Waffle Towel from Parachute
Best organic cotton towel: Organic Bath Towel from Boll & Branch
Best colorful towels: Wamsutta's Hygro Duet Bath Towels
Best textured towel with a fun pattern: West Elm's Dashed Lines Sculpted Towels Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best towel overall
So soft, absorbent, and wallet-friendly, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel makes stepping out of the shower a pleasure.
If you're looking for a 100% cotton towel that absorbs water without feeling heavy or "soaked" against your skin, has a plush texture, comes in lots of great colors, and holds up well after years of use, you've met your match with the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. You get all of that quality at a budget price.
You'll find three sizes of towel available at Target: bath sheet (measures 65 x 33 inches), bath towel (measures 56 x 30 inches), and hand towel (30 x 16 inches). All sizes are available in a choice of 15 lovely neutral shades, including a dark gray, cream, mint green, and several soft blue shades. The Fieldcrest towel is a Target exclusive, and more than 800 shoppers have rated it 4.5 stars (out of 5). They like the towel's luxurious feel, plushness, and excellent absorbing capabilities. However, a few buyers complained that the towel didn't absorb water as well as they'd hoped.
Pros: Great price, nice selection of colors, plush and soft, 100% cotton terrycloth
Cons: A few complaints of reduced quality and fading
The best large bath sheet towel
If you like your towels to be extra-large, you'll love the soft and absorbent Utopia Bath Sheet, which measures 35 by 70 inches.
If you like wrapping your bath towel around your entire body, you'll be able to do so and have towel to spare with the Utopia Bath Sheet. This towel is huge at 35 inches wide by 70 inches long. But the size isn't the only great thing about it. It's also made from 100% ring-spun cotton for super-softness along with excellent durability. The hems are double-stitched, so they won't unravel or fray, even after many trips through the wash.
While some Amazon reviewers do comment that the towels are not as thick as they expected, most enjoy the large size and fluffiness. "They shed in the dryer a good bit the first 5 or 6 times you dry them, but after that, they tend to slack off," one buyer wrote.
There are plenty of colors to choose from, including pure black, plum, and dark brown, so you can add comfort and style to your bathroom.
Pros: Huge size, good quality, soft cotton
Cons: Not super-thick
The best lightweight towel
Crane & Canopy
Crane & Canopy's Fouta Towel is lightweight, highly absorbent, dries quickly, and feels wonderful on your skin.
During those hot, humid months when nothing seems to dry, having a lightweight towel is a must. We tried Crane & Canopy's Striped Fouta Towel during the stickiest summer months, and we loved it.
Not only does the 100% Turkish cotton towel dry quickly, but it also feels lightweight and soft on your skin. The light terry cloth interior is highly absorbent and picks up any water or moisture so you dry off quickly. You can machine wash these towels on the gentle cycle, but you should avoid using liquid fabric softener.
There's a cute light fringe along the towel's edges that adds some flair to the design. You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of colors, including coral, yellow, and blue. Crane & Canopy has polka-dotted patterns for you to choose from, too.
You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of sizes, including a washcloth, hand towel, bath towel, and bath sheet. We found the bath towel to be just the right size, but if you like larger towels, the bath sheet is the one for you. Crane & Canopy also sells sets so your entire bathroom can match.
The only real downside to these towels is the price tag of $22 for a bath towel and $34 for a bath sheet. Also, if you want a plush, fluffy towel, these lightweight Turkish cotton ones aren't it, but Crane & Canopy has fluffy towels that are also great. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Absorbent, dries quickly, lightweight, soft, 100% Turkish cotton, cute colors and patterns
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- Business Insider 23:42October 22, 2019The best bean bag chairs The bean bag chair has been a mainstay of the college dorm, the kids' bedroom, and the family den for years. These anatomic seats conform to your body to give a unique blend of support and comfort.
The Big Joe Aloha Chair is our top pick because it has the softness of a bean bag chair with some of the structure of a standard chair. If you went to college any time in the last few decades, chances are you spent a good portion of your time nestled in a friend's bean bag chair while hanging out in his or her dorm room. And if that's not accurate, then you were the bean bag chair owner and it was to your room that friends flocked for the chance to flop in comfort. The first recognizable bean bag chair was created by a group of Italian designers in the late 1960s, and people have been enjoying them ever since.
Although comfort is the primary reason for the popularity of the bean bag chair, there is also something to be said for the low price. Many bean bag chairs cost a fraction of the price of that textbook you need for a history seminar, so for college students or anyone else watching the budget, a cheap seat that's actually comfortable is a great find. They are also a great choice for the dorm room as one usually doesn't buy forever furniture for a space they will occupy for a couple of semesters at most.
Our guide features several bean bag chairs that are perfect for the dorm or apartment, as well as an option that could, in fact, be forever furniture. We also included a bean bag chair just for the kids as well as one perfect for the couple that wants to sit and snuggle or for the friends who want to lounge together while watching a show or playing a game. You'll surely find the perfect chair to settle yourself into. Just remember that getting up is a lot harder than sitting down.
Here are the best bean bag chairs you can buy: Best bean bag chair overall: Big Joe Aloha Chair
Best affordable bean bag chair: Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair
Best high-end bean bag chair: Tuft & Needle Pouch
Best large bean bag chair: Great Deal Furniture David Bean Bag Lounger
Best bean bag chair for kids: GoMoji Emoji Kids Bean Bag Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices, formatting, and links.The best bean bag chair overall
The Big Joe Aloha Chair lets you sink in and snuggle, yet it maintains a chair's shape, helping you sit upright without effort.
Bean bag chairs are incredibly comfortable as long as you're OK with adopting an effectively recumbent position. If you want to sit upright on a bean bag chair, whether for typing or eating, to name two examples, you have to support yourself with your core as there is no appreciable backrest. That is, unless you got the chair-shaped Big Joe Aloha Chair. It's a soft, stuffed seat that maintains its chair configuration even while cradling your carriage with tens of thousands of beads of proprietary Ultimax filling.
This is a great bean bag chair for the college kid who needs a place to relax when it's time to chill but can sit upright to use a laptop, read a book, or take part in a study session when it's time to get some work done. And thanks to that carrying handle built into the seatback, it's easy to move the Aloha bean bag chair around the room or down the hall to a buddy's room. If the chair ever loses some of its fluff, you can unzip it and add more filling. And the filling is made from 80% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable itself. As a former Big Joe bean bag chair owner, I never had any issue with the fill packing down too much.
The Big Joe Aloha Chair currently enjoys a 4.1-star average rating on Amazon, with one owner calling it "perfect for me" and loving how well it "holds its shape" during use. Another said she was "so impressed with this chair," as were her kids. And a writer from Ezvid.com noted how Big Joe bean bag chairs offer "structured back and arm support."
Pros: Offers support and holds its shape, eco-friendly materials, built-in carrying handle
Cons: Too small for larger adults
The best low-cost bean bag chair
Bed bath & Beyond
The Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair is soft and fluffy and large enough for an adult, yet its price tag is small enough to where you can let the kids treat it roughly.
When you picture a bean bag chair, it probably looks just like the Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair. In other words, it's a big amorphous blob, a blob that in this case comes in five different colors and has a soft faux-suede exterior and is filled with little polystyrene beads. When you sit down on (or in, really) this bean bag chair, you'll be pleased to find that it feels just like you expect, too.
And that's almost all there is to say about the Bed Bath & Beyond Microsuede Bean Bag Chair, really. It's soft and comfortable, it's big enough for an adult, and it comes in a few colors. Oh, right. The price. At less than $40, this is far and away the lowest cost adult-sized bean bag chair in our guide. In fact, it costs half as much as the next cheapest option. And that sits well with lots of shoppers, if you'll pardon my amazing pun.
Many of those customers sounded off on Bed Bath & Beyond's website, with one owner calling the bean bag chair a "great size and quality," while another said it was "fantastic" and appreciated that the chair was "comfortable and adjustable" simply by pouring out some of the beans and/or adding more back in. You can buy more filler "beans" separately.
Pros: Great low price, comes in several colors, tear-resistant material
Cons: Too small for some larger adults
The best high-end bean bag chair
Tuft & Needle
The Tuft & Needle Pouch bean bag chair is made using materials that will last for years and with design elements that will complement almost any living space.
The average bean bag chair is only a part of our lives for a few years at most. Maybe it was a prized part of the playroom in childhood or a constant companion in the corner of the dorm room in college, but more often than not, it's the bean bag chair that gets the boot during a move, a room redecoration, or when its seam splits open and spills little bits of polystyrene all over the place.
With the Tuft & Needle Pouch bean bag chair, none of that is going to happen. First, this meticulously well-made quilted cover and durable interior sack are not going to tear unless you stab the thing with a knife, which you really should avoid doing. And second, you're not going to toss this bean bag chair whether you're refreshing a room or moving across the country. This is high-quality commitment furniture, and it comes with a commensurate price tag.
The Pouch has a soft, textured quilting on much of the exterior, making it a comfortable and eye-catching seat. It's large enough for a couple to share if they're fine with intimacy or for a parent to use with child on lap, but this bean bag chair is at its best when a single adult sinks in for a good long sit. And to give you an idea of its quality, the chair is backed by a three-year warranty!
Connie Chen on our Insider Picks team tested it out and was pleasantly surprised by how much she liked it.
"I live in a fourth floor walk-up, so when I stumble up the narrow stairways carrying heavy packages — like giant, 73-pound bean bag chairs — the only thought going through my head is, 'This better be worth it,'" Connie wrote. "After many days of the most comfortable lounging, relaxing, and napping in Tuft & Needle's new Pouch, the giant bean bag chair in question, I'm now certain the effort was worth it."
A product tester from WanderWithWonder called the Pouch " big enough to fit a grown adult or several kids," while a writer from GoodbyeNormal loved that its "cover is completely removable and machine washable."
Pros: Stylish and comfortable, superior construction, machine washable cover
Cons: Very expensive
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- Business Insider 22:51October 22, 2019The best dinnerware sets you can buyHigh-quality dinnerware sets are resistant to scratching and chipping, can go in the dishwasher and microwave, and are appealing to the eye.
The Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set is our top pick because it's cost-effective, durable, and there are several attractive styles and designs to choose from. The right dinnerware set has a profound impact on how you enjoy a meal. If the plates are mixed and matched across place settings, the food may seem similarly disjointed. However, a sophisticated, uniform table setting suggests an attention to detail that diners will also recognize in the dishes you serve. Consequently, a top-quality dinnerware set is a must for any home chef who takes pride in entertaining guests or preparing delicious meals for their family.
The main considerations when shopping for dinnerware are durability and aesthetic appeal. Bone china, porcelain, and china are the most popular materials. Named after the country where porcelain making originated, china is an all-encompassing term for vitreous ceramic dinnerware. China is brittle, glassy, and does not absorb water well. Porcelain is a subset of china made from quartz, feldspar, and clay and heated in a kiln. Bone china gets its name from the calcified bone included in its composition. This makes it lightweight and surprisingly strong. It's also usually more expensive.
As far as appearances go, beautiful designs may seem like an attractive alternative. But, you should remember that you will likely use your dinnerware for decades to come. Designs that seem hip today may appear dated in 10 years. Therefore, consider all-white dinnerware or styles that have been popular for generations.
While researching the best dinnerware, we poured through hundreds of expert and buyer reviews and ratings of countless sets. Our guide features sets that have a history of durability, are excellent for everyday use, and have a timeless look.
Here are the best dinnerware sets you can buy: Best dinnerware set overall: Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set
Best all-white dinnerware set: Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware
Best vitrified ceramic dinnerware set: Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting
Best heavy-duty dinnerware set: Brasserie All-White Dinnerware Place Settings
Best affordable dinnerware set: AmazonBasics Dinnerware Set Updated on 10/22/2019 by Connie Chen: Updated prices and links.The best dinnerware set overall
If you are looking for a cost-effective and durable dinnerware set with colorful designs, the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set is your best bet.
What makes the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set special is that it's made of durable stoneware and comes in a variety of colors and designs. The stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe, though the plate can get quite hot when microwaved so handle with care. The set comes with four 4-piece place settings. Each setting includes a dinner plate, dessert plate, mug, and bowl. You can choose from 10 different styles, including Red, Casa Estebana, Lewisville Teal, and Madame Floral. Red is the most affordable and popular style, and each piece actually features several different colors in addition to red. The shapes of the pieces vary drastically between styles. For example, the Madame Floral plates and bowls are square shaped, which can add a contemporary look to your dining room.
Best Products, God of Smile, and No Place Called Home all recommend the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set. The reviewer at Best Products found the colors to be particularly vibrant and mentioned that this casual set worked best for quick weeknight family meals.
About 83% of the Amazon buyers who reviewed the Gibson Home Casa Stella Dinnerware Set gave it four or five stars. One of the most common comments from buyers is that the plates are heavy duty and can stand up to the clumsiest of families without chipping. Others note that all of the pieces seem to have a functional size: not too small, not too big. People also found the colors to be pretty and vibrant. However, there were a couple of complaints about the pieces having slightly different coloration within the same set. Pros: Durable, affordable, colorful designs
Cons: Reports of inconsistent coloration
The best all-white dinnerware set
Fitz & Floyd
The Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware Collection is ideal for buyers looking for a bone china set that is elegant for formal use but not too fancy for daily use.
The Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Rim Dinnerware Collection is the only set in our guide made of high-quality bone china. Why does this matter? The 50% bone ash makeup of this set makes it more pliable, lighter, and thinner. It's also less likely to chip than standard porcelain. The bright white hue of the pieces evokes cleanliness. The four-piece set comes with a 16-ounce coffee mug, 6-inch cereal/soup bowl, 8.25-inch salad plate, and a 10.25-inch dinner plate. All of the pieces are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also purchase all of the pieces individually in a variety of styles. If you want to round out your table setting with matching serving pieces, the Nevaeh White collection offers platters, serving bowls, salt and pepper shakers, and more.
The Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection is the top pick in The Wirecutter's look at the best dinnerware sets. The reviewer appreciated that this versatile set worked for everyday use as well as formal dinner parties. In his scratch tests, the reviewer was not able to scratch the pieces with knives and forks. He also noted that the cereal bowls were the right depth and width, and the teacups didn't wobble in the saucers. However, he did note that the plates exhibited some minor pitting on the surface of the glaze.
More than 250 buyers have left five-star reviews of the Nevaeh White Rim Dinnerware Collection on the Bed Bath & Beyond website. Karen801 purchased this set to replace stoneware dishes that tended to chip easily. She found this dinnerware to be much lighter, more durable, and it took up less space in her cupboard. Others echo these sentiments. One buyer commented on how easy it is to clean the pieces. The most helpful critical complaint was from someone who had their coffee mug crack along the bottom and leak coffee. This does not appear to be a common problem.
Pros: Durable, scratch-resistant, lightweight
Cons: Experienced minor pitting in some tests
The best vitrified ceramic dinnerware set
If you are looking for durable, visually-appealing dinnerware and have a little extra money to spend, consider purchasing the Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting.
The Fiesta Dinnerware Place Setting, more commonly known as "Fiestaware," has an almost cult following. I know this because I grew up in the cult. I remember when my mother first brought the colorful dish sets into our home. I didn't know what the big deal was. But, she was happy, and I had something to eat on. Decades later as I visit my mom's house, the dinnerware is still going strong with nary a chip. Fiesta is so confident in the chip resistance of its vitrified ceramic pieces that it offers a five-year chip resistance warranty. Vitrified ceramic has very low porosity, which makes for a stronger material.
Fiestaware is best known for its Art Deco styling and concentric circles in a range of colors. Though there may only be a couple dozen colors available at a time, Fiesta has produced countless colors since the dinnerware was first introduced in 1936. Some of the most popular colors currently are Ivory, Tangerine, Daffodil, and Turquoise. Fiesta even offers an online app called Colorama for seeing if the colors you are interested in go well together.
House Tipster has been obsessed with Fiestaware for decades. The reviewer appreciates the vivid, fade-resistant colors. She displays them on open cabinets and exposed shelves. She found that the different colors tended to mix-and-match quite well, but if you find a particular color that you especially like, she recommends buying up all the pieces you want because Fiesta is known to discontinue certain colors.
The Spruce Eats put Fiestaware as their top overall dinnerware set. The reviewer noted that the pieces are incredibly crack and chip resistant. The Wirecutter was much more critical of the dinnerware. The reviewer did not like how flat the bowl bottoms are and found the pieces to be too casual and heavy for formal use.
Approximately 78% of the buyers who rated the Fiestaware on Amazon gave it five stars. Kim Davies, the most helpful reviewer, gave the set four stars because the ivory dinnerware she ordered ended up looking more like a pale yellow. Though, other than that, she was happy. Many of the other buyers appreciated that all of the pieces are made in the United States and are lead- and cadmium-free. Lead and cadmium have been shown to have negative health consequences.
Pros: Lead- and cadmium-free, chip-resistant, available in countless colors
Cons: Expensive, heavy
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- Business Insider 22:51October 22, 2019The best shower headsShower time should be relaxing, and your choice of shower head plays a huge role in making your shower more soothing. Some people love a rain-style shower, while others want a strong, pulsing jet to massage sore muscles.
That's why the Moen S6320 Two-Function Rain Shower Head is the best you can buy. It can switch between both types of shower styles, depending on your mood. The rush of prepping for work or school can almost make you feel relieved to jump in a car and sit in rush-hour traffic, listening to two DJs tell bad jokes and play weird sound effects. But before fighting through the commute, it's time for rushing around, looking for the right outfit, figuring out which overnight emails you were expected to answer before 4 a.m., and wrestling with which flavor packet to plug into the coffee maker. There is one time when you can actually relax – in the shower.
Sure, you might have to shorten your shower after you hit the snooze alarm three times, but the shower stall is still your sanctuary where no one can bother you, even if it's only for a few minutes.
To ensure that your shower is as relaxing as it can be, you will need to make some choices about the kind of shower head you want to use. You might be surprised at how many shower head options are available. Modern shower heads work differently than older shower heads, so there are quite a few advantages to purchasing a new shower head. An older shower head's interior often was a cavity that filled with water, forcing the water through the tiny nozzles, meaning the individual nozzles had very little water pressure. A newer shower head has individual channels that feel the nozzles, increasing the ability to deliver water pressure. With all of the different options and features in shower heads, you can pick exactly the type of shower you'd like to have, including rain-style, pulsing jets, or steady spray. Full body: Full body shower installations include nozzles throughout the vertical length of the shower stall, rather than just one nozzle at the top of the stall. Although these are really nice designs for a shower, they're a bit beyond the scope of this list because of the special installation and high expense required.
Handheld: Some shower heads fit inside a clamp near the upper pipe, but then disconnect so they can be held in your hand at the end of a flexible hose, allowing you to direct the water spray for more efficient cleaning, as Kitchen Bath Guides explains.
High pressure: Some shower heads include high-pressure jets. By turning a ring, these shower heads often provide different spray patterns as well as massage settings.
Rainfall: Some showers offer big shower heads that release a lot of water, almost like rainfall. They usually don't offer the water pressure or pulsing options of other shower head designs.
Specialty: Newer shower heads have some interesting specialty features. Some include a built-in wireless speaker inside the shower head, allowing you to sync your smartphone to the speaker to play music or audio. Some include LED lighting that makes it fun to shower. Finally, Consumer Reports says you must pay attention to the type of installation required for the shower head you pick. Some shower heads will simply screw onto the water pipe that sticks out of the bathroom wall, which most people can handle themselves. Other shower heads require you to tear up drywall to install some components. Understand that you may need to hire a plumber to complete the job, so think about this added cost when purchasing a shower head.
Here are the best shower heads you can buy in 2019: Best overall: Moen Two-Function Rain Shower Head
Best rain shower head: WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head
Best high-pressure shower head: Speakman Signature High Pressure Shower Head
Best low-flow shower head: High Sierra Low Flow Shower Head
Best handheld showerhead: ShowerMaxx Detachable Handheld Shower Head
Best budget shower head: Delta Single Function Shower Head
Best LED shower head: DreamSpa Color Changing LED Shower Head
Best combination shower head: Hydroluxe 24 Function 3-way 2 in 1 Combo Shower Head Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best shower head overall
Unlike most rain-style shower heads, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rain 8-inch Shower Head also offers a surprisingly powerful jet spray.
Most rain-style shower heads don't offer any other type of water delivery. However, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rain 8-inch Shower Head is able to deliver both rain and jet spray styles in one shower head.
The shower head is a great size, and the Moen S6320 also offers immersion technology, which allows for a concentrated jet spray.
A Great Shower says the rain-style shower is amazing and highlights how the shower head uses 100 nozzles to create its signature effect. However, the advantage of this shower head is that it can also act as a high-pressure jet spray when you want to switch things up.
Of course, it is an expensive shower head, costing more than $100 on Amazon. However, when you take into account that it originally cost $252.90 when Moen introduced this model, it's a substantial discount. It also has a lifetime warranty.
Pros: Versatile shower head, 100 nozzles for rain-style shower, jet-style setting provides surprising water pressure level, four finishes available
Cons: Longevity is questionable, price is high
The best budget shower head
The Delta 75152 Single Function Shower Head's extremely low price point and good water flow make it a good choice for those on a tight budget.
There's nothing that particularly stands out about the Delta 75152 Single Function Shower Head, but it does provide a good all-around performance level at a really low price point. According to the Green Energy Helps review, the Delta 75152 can deliver water flow of between 1.85 GPM and 2.5 GPM, which is a good level for most people.
The Beyond Shower review says the 75152 shower head is easy to install. One Amazon customer was disappointed in the all-plastic design of the Delta shower head, which ended up causing some leaks immediately after installation, but it seems to be a rare occurrence.
Pros: Extremely low price, good water flow level, extremely easy to install, two jet spray settings, two water flow settings, includes H2Okinetic water droplet technology
Cons: All-plastic construction materials affect longevity, some customers reported immediate leaks
The best rain-style shower head
The low-priced WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head delivers an impressive amount of water pressure and water volume for a rain shower.
If you've hesitated to purchase a rain-style shower head in the past because of concerns over high water usage, the WaterPoint 8-inch Rain Shower Head contains a flow restrictor that limits the shower head to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. You can remove the restrictor if you'd like more water flow. Depending on how you use the shower, removing the flow restrictor may actually help you spend less time in the shower.
Of the customers who left reviews on Amazon, 90% are largely satisfied by their purchase (4 and 5 stars), giving the shower head a 4.5-star rating. Perhaps the best thing about the WaterPoint Shower Head is its low price, which makes it another great budget option.
Pros: Delivers a large volume of water, very low price, good water pressure for rain-style shower head, large 8-inch diameter, restrictor inside cuts water usage to 2.5 gallons per minute
Cons: Air intake yields noisy shower head, some plastic in construction
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- Business Insider 22:26October 22, 2019The best bed framesYour bed is not only the highlight of your bedroom, it's also the only furniture you spend 33% of your life on.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is our top pick because it's well-crafted with impressive strength and an attractive design. Your bed frame can make or break the overall look and feel of your bedroom. Certain bed frames make the room feel more cozy, while others add a bold and modern style that complements your taste. Your mattress certainly matters in terms of comfort, but from a design aspect, your bed frame is the foundation of your bedroom.
Beyond design, bed frames serve additional purposes. Most elevate, or at least dictate, your sleeping position, ideally making it easier to get in and out of bed. Sometimes they make room for additional storage below your sleeping area or in the headboard. Bed frames also extend the life of your mattress by providing support and preventing weak, sagging spots.
The mattress-on-floor look instantly diminishes any style in your sleeping space and it's not ideal for you or your mattress. Mattresses need support to stay firm and stable, and, just like humans, mattresses, no matter what their make or model, need space to breathe.
Buying a bed frame may seem simple — just match frame size with mattress size — but there are more buying options than you might realize, which can make the shopping process seem overwhelming. That's why we've compiled this guide to the best bed frames.
Here are the best bed frames you can buy: Best overall: Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame
Best cheap frame: Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame
Best faux leather frame: DHP Dakota Faux Leather Platform Bed
Best canopy frame: DHP Rosedale Metal Canopy Bed Frame
Best platform frame: Murray Platform Bed with Wooden Box Frame
Best sturdy frame: Zinus Sonoma Metal & Wood Platform Bed
Best high-tech frame: Reverie 9T Adjustable Bed Base
Best simple frame: Casper foundation and frame Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best bed frame overall
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is completely squeakless and it has a classic, timeless look.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is naturally simple with a classic design that we can't see going out of style anytime soon. The soft square-stitched dark gray upholstery adds a soft-to-the-touch design aesthetic to the already handsome piece. It's an all-around high quality, timelessly designed bed frame. As a cost saver, the headboard, frame, and ten wood slats that support the mattress are included in the price. You also have the option to purchase a matching footboard for less than $20 extra. The footboard is more of a personal preference that may help your bed look more neat and tidy by allowing you to tuck in all your bedding. All purchased parts, including the frame, legs, and wooden slats conveniently fit into the headframe and are shipped that way as well. Check it out in this reviewer's handy unboxing video review.
It's available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes, and as an added perk, the king size frame stands 14 inches off the ground, providing extra storage space. In other sizes, the frame is 8 inches off the ground.
The Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is featured on MattressPicks in the article 5 Best Zinus Bed Frame Reviews 2017, where it boasts a 5 out of 5-star rating. On Amazon, the bed frame holds a 4.6-star rating based on more than 3,000 reviews. Reviewers often comment that the bed frame is worth the money. This reviewer writes, "You can't find a bed like this for under $200 dollars at your local furniture store." Other reviewers like that it's sturdy, easy to set up, and noticeably quiet. Another reviewer remarks, "I actually had a 5.0 earthquake after the first week and rode it out on the bed."
Overall, the Zinus is a bed frame that can blend quietly into the background of a loud bedroom or hold its own as the centerpiece of an otherwise neutral room. The sturdiness and easy setup are two major plusses for this category of products in particular, and the strong mattress support and soft upholstery complement each other, creating an overall high-quality bed frame we can't help but recommend.
Pros: Very sturdy, helps your mattress last longer, easy assembly, reasonable price, footboard option, adaptable style
Cons: Middle of the bed support may not be the best, shipping issues result in damaged parts a bit too often
The best cheap bed frame
Space is valuable, especially in small apartments, and this Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame lets you make the most of it at an affordable price.
If you don't have bedroom space to waste, then a bed frame that provides plenty of under bed storage is the way to go. This Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame does just that, as it is raised 14 inches off the ground with 13 inches of clearance, so you can easily store medium to large plastic bins filled with the items you don't need access to daily right under the bed. It's available in all regular mattress sizes and can be purchased in your choice of a standard bed frame, a bed frame with a skirt, or in a deluxe edition, which has an upgraded design for reinforced stability with t-shape leg construction and a locking system. The most popular choice is the standard bed frame, which features a strong, durable steel frame and a unique folding design that makes it easy to move around as needed. Unlike some other models, it's easy to assemble. As this reviewer explains, "It comes in 2 separate pieces that are very light once you get them out of the box." The steel bed frame eliminates the need for a box spring and can support spring, memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses. We like that it's a rather standard 14-inch height, but if you want even more under bed storage, Zinus also has this very similar but not as popular 18-inch bed frame model.
There are no bells and whistles to this bed frame, so you can achieve a super minimalist style, or add a headboard of your choice to jazz it up a bit. It's even pretty basic compared to other bed frames designed to provide under bed storage, and we think that's actually a good thing. While other so-called storage bed frames often have drawers that can be pulled out from the sides or have a compartment under the bed that you can only access by lifting up your mattress, the Zinus 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame simply provides free space, so you are not as limited by the size of drawers or under bed compartments. Amazon reviewers mainly applaud the bed frame for its great value, the fact that it's easy to assemble and disassemble as needed, and how quiet it is.
Some reviewers do mention that certain mattresses, especially memory foam models, slide off of it easily. One reviewer said she wishes "it came with something to stop the bed from moving off of it." Many reviewers such as this one, don't complain but do recommend buying a bed skirt to hide the under bed storage.
Pros: Tons of under bed storage, easy to assemble and disassemble, frame keeps things quiet, super affordable price point
Cons: Some mattresses may slip, no clear indication of how much weight it can hold
The best sturdy bed frame
The Zinus Sonoma Metal & Wood Platform Bed looks cool with its real wood headboard and sturdy dark metal frame, plus, it's really affordable.
When I moved into my new apartment a year ago, I decided it was time for a new bed frame. Luckily, as the person who edited this guide when it first published, I knew where to look — Amazon. I went to Zinus first because the company makes our top pick in this guide. I looked through the company's many bed frames to find one that suits my style, and I came across the Sonoma.
It combines a dark steel frame with a slatted real wood headboard to create a cool modern look. I love the light, natural wood finish of the three planks that make up the headboard. The wooden boards look great and feel silky smooth to the touch. I was impressed with the quality of the frame's construction.
The dark metal frame is sturdy and inconspicuous. It has supports in the middle, too, so you don't have to worry about a lack of support in the middle of the frame. We have a king-size mattress from Ikea and it fits perfectly on the frame. The wood slats underneath the mattress give great support and amazingly, they don't squeak.
The only downside is that it's hard to put together because the instructions aren't super clear.
Zinus offers a five-year warranty on this bed frame, too, so if I do have trouble with it down the road, I can contact Zinus. I'm not the only one who loves this bed frame, either. Around 82% of reviewers on Amazon gave it a 5-star rating.
The only complaints center around defective parts and receiving the wrong headboard style. If you do get defective parts, contact Zinus or Amazon immediately for a replacement. Several buyers had a tough time reaching Zinus, but the company has responded to them directly on Amazon. Several buyers had their complaints resolved after contacting Zinus or Amazon. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Cool design, real wood headboard, strong metal frame, affordable
Cons: Occasional shipping issues reported
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- Business Insider 22:22October 22, 2019The most expensive house for sale in America is a $225 million Bel-Air estate built by a rejected socialite and once owned by the founder of the Hilton empire. Take a closer look at the sprawling property.Courtesy of Hilton Hyland A 40,000-square-foot Bel-Air estate, known as Casa Encantada, has hit the market with an asking price of $225 million, making it the most expensive property currently listed for sale in America, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The estate traces its roots back to the 1930s and was once owned by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.
The property was later sold to Dole Food CEO and Chairman David Murdock for $12.5 million; Murdock then sold the home to financier David Winnick in 2000 for $94 million.
At each of the last two times it was on the market, Casa Encantada was the highest-priced residential property in the US, reports the Times — and if bought for its current asking price, the home will bypass the Spelling Manor to become the most expensive home ever sold in California.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bel-Air estate Casa Encantada might soon become the most expensive home ever sold in California, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The 40,000-square-foot property has hit the market with an asking price of $225 million – making it the highest-priced home currently on the market anywhere in the country, per the Times.
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Currently owned by financier Gary Winnick, the estate traces its roots back to the 1930s, when it was built for the widow of a glass bottle manufacturer. Since then, it has had many owners. In 1950, it was purchased by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton for $250,000 (or about $2.4 million today), then sold in 1979 to billionaire David Murdock, the chairman and CEO of Dole Foods, for $12.4 million, the Times reports.
In 2000, Winnick bought the home from Murdock for a reported $94 million and soon led a project to restore the property to its former glory.
While a PR representative for the estate told Business Insider that interior photos of the property in its current state aren't being released, you can keep reading for a look back at the home's original 1930s glory and to learn more about its history.Located in Bel-Air, the estate (called Casa Encantada or "House of Enchantment") is nearly 40,000 square feet. According to Los Angeles Magazine, the land was initially bought in 1934 for $100,000 by Hilda Boldt Weber, the widow of a glass manufacturer. Weber then commissioned architect James Dolena to build her the massive estate.
Courtesy of Hilton Hyland
Dolena was considered a "master" of Georgian architecture, taking influence and inspiration from the Art Deco movement as well as Moderne styles, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Source: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine
The interior was designed by Peterson Studios and TH Robsjon-Gibbions, who created custom furniture and fabrics for the home, the Los Angeles Times reports. It was finished in 1937, costing over $2 million – or about $35 million today.
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Source: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine
Weber was a nurse who married a Midwestern glass bottle manufacturer after nursing him back to health. The death of her husband left her very wealthy, and she spared no expense in building this massive estate.
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Source: Washington Post, Curbed LA
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- Business Insider 21:56October 22, 2019This compact tiny home on wheels was designed to look like a spaceshipPolydrop Polydrop has designed a personal on-the-go living space that was inspired by a spaceship.
The interior includes a bed, outlets, storage units, a thermostat, and LED lights.
Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Polydrop has designed a trailer meant to serve as a personal on-the-go private space.
The spaceship-esque trailer has a one-room cabin with storage units, outlets, and an outdoor kitchenette, and a 48-inch by 75-inch bed that's 5.5 inches thick. There are also LED lights in the shelves above the legroom, and a thermostat, USB charging port, cigarette inlet, and voltage meter underneath it.
The aluminum-skinned trailer also has an 8.7-inch thick wall that protects it from harsh weather, including snow.
Read more: This luxurious tiny home was built out of a trailer for traveling, but looks like an upscale apartment
While building the previous 2019 model, an insulation test was done in Big Bear, California with a wall that was five inches thinner. The outside temperature hit 35.2 degrees Fahrenheit, but the room temperature inside the trailer without the heater on was 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
"What I've designed was not meant to be a camping trailer, but more as a private space that you can travel with," Polydrop founder and CEO Kyunghyun Lew said in a prepared statement.
Take a look at the trailer, which now has four 2020 models:There are four models for 2020 with different features and specs: K-17, K-19, K-20 Camper, and K-20 Fully Loaded.
The K-17 is $14.495, the K-19 is $15,495, the K-20 Camper is $17,995, and the K-20 Fully Loaded is $19,995.
Polydrop was created when its founder and CEO Kyunghyun Lew and his wife and co-founder Jien Cha’s dreamed of having a comfortable and compact private space while traveling, according to a blog post on its website.
The gull-winged trailer was inspired by a space capsule.
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- Business Insider 21:19October 22, 2019The best sound machines When you've got a sound machine, noisy nights don't have to equal a lack of sleep.
Many sound machines incorporate several white noise variations in the form of nature sounds, such as wind, waves, rain, or burbling streams.
Of all the sound machines we researched, the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine is our favorite because it eases your way into a refreshing night of deep sleep with many different customizable sounds. The dog next door is barking, someone nearby is beeping their horn, your significant other is snoring like a chainsaw, and you're staring at the ceiling in frustration rather than sleeping soundly. Or maybe it's not you having trouble sleeping. Instead, your baby or young child wakes up at every sound, which means that in turn, they wake you up with their unhappiness.
Noise — it's hard to escape, especially at those times you'd most like a little peace and quiet. And that's exactly why sound machines, also called white noise machines or sound therapy machines, were invented.
These handy devices aren't intended to play so loudly that they overwhelm outside disruptions. Instead, they work with your brain's natural tendency to mostly notice new or variable sounds while tuning out steady, repetitious noise. That's why people who live near freeways or in big cities tend to "get used to" steady traffic sounds, yet awaken when a taxi blares its horn, a helicopter flies overhead, or a dog suddenly barks.
White noise machines, with their soft, steady, repeating loops of sound, help mask sudden or unusual noise, thus lulling your brain into relaxation, and eventually, sweet sweet sleep. Of course, really loud or irregular noise, such as your baby's crying, is still going to break through, but in general, you'll sleep far more soundly with white noise playing in the background than without.
What is white noise?
If you're old enough, you probably remember the sound of static after a television station went off the air for the night or the hissing sound between radio stations. That's the sound of true white noise. It's made up of all the frequencies audible to the human ear playing all at once and at the same intensity. With no variation entering your ears, your brain interprets the sound as a steady hiss.
But white isn't the only "color" of sound. There's also pink noise, which is white noise, but with the higher frequencies somewhat muted. This makes it more soothing than white noise. If you've ever peacefully fallen asleep to the sound of steady rain, you've enjoyed pink noise.
Brown noise is another popular variation of multi-frequency sound. It's basically pink noise with even more muting of the highest frequencies. It's also found in the natural world. Think of waves crashing on the shoreline or the sound of high winds.
Many sound machines incorporate several white noise variations in the form of nature sounds, such as wind, waves, rain, or burbling streams.
Here at Insider Picks, we take our sleep seriously. That's why we've analyzed information on the many sound machines available and whittled the choices down to the ones we feel are best.
Here are the best sound machines you can buy: Best sound machine overall: Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine
Best white noise sound machine: LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine
Best budget sound machine: Big Red Rooster Sound Machine
Best sound machine for travel: Homedics Portable White Noise Sound Machine
Best sound machine for babies: WavHello SoundBub White Noise Machine and Speaker
Best sound machine for kids: Bubzi Co Sleep Soother Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best sound machine overall
Sound + Sleep
The Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine offers up just about every feature you could ask for in a sound machine.
Want to drift off to the peaceful sound of crickets and wind in a meadow? How about adding some birdsong and buzzing bees? Or maybe you prefer to fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves. If that's not enough, go ahead and add in some crying seagulls. Still need more? You can add in barking seals and a foghorn. That's just the start of the versatility offered by the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine. There are ten basic sounds to choose from: fireplace, waterfall, white noise, meditation, brook, rainfall, train, city, meadow, and ocean. You can add two additional levels of sound to each of those basics. For example, train starts with the clackety-clack of wheels on track. Two additional levels add in bells, train whistles, and the sound of train couplers tapping against each other. You also get white noise, pink noise, and brown noise options.
And these aren't short, annoying loops, or synthesized sound. You get naturally recorded high fidelity sounds carefully mastered to relax you into sleep. Plus, the machine "listens" to the ambient noise in your bedroom, and then adjusts its volume as necessary to help protect your sleep. Amazon buyers love the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine. It has more than 4,200 reviews and a 4.1-star average rating. Customers especially appreciate the adaptive technology that adjusts to room noise and the wide variety of sounds. A typical comment: "So far this sound machine has been completely effective in masking the sounds of a snoring spouse and a barking neighbor's dog." If your bed partner doesn't want any sound at all, there's a headphone jack so you can enjoy the peaceful tones on your own. Let the machine run all night, or set the timer to shut off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. The AC power cord is included. Pros: Amazingly versatile, high-quality sound, many options to choose from, timer
Buy the Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sound Machine on Amazon for $64.99
The best white noise sound machine
If you're just looking for white noise, and plenty of it, you've found your match with the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine.
The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine is just that: a white noise machine. There are no nature sounds to choose from, but that doesn't mean your sound selection is limited. This high fidelity device has ten levels of fan sounds, including everything from industrial fan to oscillating fan. It's also got 10 levels of white noise ranging from pure white to pink to brown. The large top speaker produces excellent sound and does a great job of masking outside noise, including tough-to-sleep-through disrupters like snoring or barking dogs. Wirecutter chose the LectroFan as the best white noise machine, praising its excellent performance, small size, and easy-to-use controls. Amazon buyers back that up. The LectroFan has more than 6,000 reviews and an average of 4.4-star rating. Buyers rave about its ability to block out all manner of annoying sounds, including barking dogs, traffic, crying babies, and snoring spouses.
You can run the device all night long, or set the timer in hour-increments. The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine comes with a USB power cable and AC adapter, so you can power it up just about anywhere. It's available in black or white.
Pros: Excellent sound quality and a large range of fan sounds and white noise, including pink and brown noise.
Cons: None to speak of, unless you're looking for a machine with nature sounds as well as white noise.
Buy the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine on Amazon for $49.95
The best budget sound machine
Big Red Rooster
The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine will set your mind at ease with its quality nature sounds and low price.
You don't have to pay a lot of money for a good sound machine — The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine is proof of that. This straightforward device offers six sounds: summer night, white noise, rain, brook, ocean, and thunder. The sound quality is excellent, and the loop is unobtrusive, so you won't feel like you're listening to a broken record.
With more than 10,000 reviews and an average of 4.1-star rating, this is one of the most popular sound machines on Amazon. Buyers like the quality of the sound, the lack of bright or annoying light on the machine's control panel, and the high level of volume control. Says one pleased owner, "I cannot begin to say how much I've enjoyed my little sleep enhancer. I've had it for almost a year now and use it every night and daytime naps. I think my cats are becoming addicted to it, too."
The Big Red Rooster Sound Machine includes an AC adapter, or you can run it off batteries for use while traveling. Let it run all night long, or set the timer to turn the device off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Pros: Great price, good sound quality, doesn't take up much room on your nightstand.
Cons: Not many sounds to choose from.
Buy the Big Red Rooster Sound Machine on Amazon for $19.99
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- Business Insider 19:48October 22, 2019The best coffee grinders Freshly ground coffee is addictive and delicious. If you want to make the perfect brew each morning, you need a coffee grinder.
After much research and some testing, we found that the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder is the best option for most people with its affordable $139 price tag and consistently great grinds.
You can also check out our guides to the best espresso machine, the best stovetop espresso machine, the best milk frothers, and more. There's nothing better than a perfect cup of coffee. If you're a coffee snob, you probably know that freshly ground coffee makes for a better cup of Joe. Coffee goes stale relatively quickly, so when you buy pre-ground beans, you may be losing some of your coffee's flavor. A good grinder will grind your beans to a uniform size so that you get the most out of your beans. Grinding beans every day before you make coffee may sound like a hassle, but a grinder can quickly pulverize your beans to maximize their flavor.
Coffee grinders range from the incredibly affordable to the absurdly expensive. You can get grinders at any point in between as well. We've tested a few coffee grinders and researched dozens more to find the best ones you can buy. Before we get into our picks, these are the key terms and features you need to know.
Blade versus Burr grinders
There are two main types of coffee grinders: blade and burr grinders. Purists say that you shouldn't even consider blade grinders because they don't grind the coffee beans to a nice uniform particle size, which results in an uneven and unpredictable brew. Blade grinders are much cheaper than burr grinders, though, and not everyone will be able to afford the pricier burr grinders. As such, we've included one blade grinder and the rest are burr grinders at varying price points.
When you start looking at burr grinder machines, there's a lot more to know. As The Wirecutter explains, "burrs work by using two serrated pieces of metal or ceramic that are positioned a specific distance apart from each other (depending on the grind) and rotate to crush the beans to the exact size you want." Here are the different types of burrs used on most machines: Flat versus Conical burrs: There's much debate over which type of burr is better, but they perform pretty similarly, so you shouldn't worry too much about this point. Flat burrs are two parallel rings with a space between them where the beans enter to be sheared into coffee grounds, while conical burrs involve a cone in a ring that grinds your beans down to the right size.
Steel versus Ceramic burrs: Steel burrs are more affordable and more common in coffee grinders, but they don't last as long as ceramic ones do. Ceramic burrs are typically used in manual hand grinders and for grinding espresso beans perfectly. Having a powerful, consistent, and well-made grinder is essential to making the most out of your beans. These are the best grinders you can buy, ranging from less than $20 to $230.
Here are the best coffee grinders you can buy: Best coffee grinder overall: Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Best mid-range coffee grinder: OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder
Best handheld coffee grinder: Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder
Best expensive coffee grinder: Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Best blade coffee grinder: KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
Best manual coffee grinder: Hario Mini Mill Slim Hand Coffee Grinder Updated on 10/22/2019 by Owen Burke: Updated prices and formatting. We're currently testing Breville's Smart Grinder Pro as a best espresso grinder.The best coffee grinder overall
The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder produces consistently uniform coffee grounds for all grind settings, and it costs far less than other high-end models.
Every coffee expert will tell you that the least amount of money you should spend on a coffee grinder is $100 because you get what you pay for in the coffee world. Although there are fancier high-end models that cost hundreds more than the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, this really is the best grinder for most people.
The Encore is considered the ultimate entry-level burr grinder for coffee enthusiasts at home. You really don't need more than what the Encore offers. It has 40 individual grind settings, ranging from fine to coarse and everything in between. Once you find the perfect setting for your tastes, you're all set.
It runs on a DC motor with electric and gear speed reducers that slow the burr to 450 RPM to reduce noise, static, and unwanted variations in particle size. The Encore is a great all-around grinder that performs nearly as well and consistently as the pricier competition.
Baratza also has a great repair program, so if your machine needs a repair or a full cleaning, they'll take care of it for you for a fee.
User reviews on Amazon are mostly positive, and many say there's no need to pay more for a high-end grinder. The Wirecutter named the Encore its best coffee grinder. Home Grounds highly recommends it, as does Lifehacker and Foodal.
Pros: Conical burr grinder, 40 grind settings, easy to use, reliable, consistent, relatively affordable, a good repair program
Cons: One-year warranty is a bit short, it's entry-level — not high-end
The best mid-range burr grinder
The OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder grinds slowly, but that in turn reduces static, noise, and inconsistencies in your grounds.
A burr grinder is a great tool to have if you can afford it, but lower-end grinders can be something of a let-down. Uneven grounds, static mess, and overheating are some of the regular issues with burr grinders in the sub-$100 category, but OXO nearly eliminates them all with a thriftiness you can't help but appreciate — and respect.
OXO includes a grounding prong in the power plug, which grounds the stainless steel grounds bin and keeps static down. Other grinders with plastic bins produce just as much static, which, with plastic, there's no eliminating.
This device also employs a much lower motor RPM, which comes with its own pros and cons. While you'll have to wait for what feels like twice as long as you would with most burr grinders, this allows for a kind of precision most others in the price range won't match. It also makes much less sound, which the rest of the household will surely appreciate. One Amazon reviewer recorded 74 decibels, reporting it to be less than a blender.
PC Verge is a big fan of the OXO Brew grinder, suggesting that at this price, you won't find a better grinder. They do note that the machine doesn't come with a scale, which might be upsetting for certain coffee drinkers, scales that come along at this price tend to be fraught with difficulties anyhow.
Amazon reviews are encouraging with a 4.3-star rating based on a list of nearly 200, many of which are from amateur testers who received the unit for free, but there are enough positive reviews verified buyers to suggest they're not wrong.
Basically, if you want a burr grinder and don't want to spend over $100 on it, this is your best bet for now. — Owen Burke
Pros: Thoroughly well-designed, consistent grounds, low noise level, minimal static
Cons: Slower than other burr grinders, no built-in scale
The best handheld burr grinder
The Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder is slim, sleek, tidy, and affordable.
If the Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder looks like an electric pepper mill, that's because, in essence, it is. Wire-free, this tall, lean, battery-powered gizmo will alleviate clutter from your kitchen counter, but just keep in mind that it is small.
Grinding coffee for the whole household could be quite the chore with the small, 30-gram capacity, but for a couple of people each morning, it's the perfect size. It's also portable.
A motor on top of steel burrs with a hopper and grinds container in the bottom keep this thing compact, but nine grinding settings keep it fully functional.
Like the OXO Brew, this grinder is slow — though it's even slower because it's battery-powered. This has its advantages. It's also quiet, and it also produces unburned grounds, which can be a common problem with high-velocity grinders whose blades get hot and can burn the grounds.
There aren't many reviews out yet for the Brim Electric Handheld Burr Grinder, but the handful on BestBuy are all enthusiastic, and Insider Picks' Buying Guides editor Malarie Gokey is a big fan, too.
In effect, this is the reliable but no-frills choice for small households. You'll keep very busy running this machine if you're trying to keep up with any more than a few people's coffee habits, but other than that, we're pretty confident it won't let you down. Stay tuned for longevity notes. — Owen Burke
Pros: Quiet, efficient, battery-powered, compact, portable
Cons: Only grinds about 30 grams at a time
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- Business Insider 19:32October 22, 2019Spotify is giving away free Google Home speakers to all subscribers — here's how to get yoursGoogle If you subscribe to Spotify, or are about to, you should know that you can get a free Google Home Mini speaker right now.
There's no additional cost — the smart speaker is included with your individual or family plan pricing on Spotify.
The offer lasts until November 15, or until supplies of the Home Mini run out.
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That's the question at the heart of Spotify's new promotion: The music streaming company is offering free Google Home Mini smart speakers to anyone paying for a Spotify subscription, which starts at $10 per month.
But the free offer is limited — you've gotta act fast! So, how do you get one? Follow these simple steps:First things first, there are two caveats: This is a Google Home Mini, not the newly announced Nest Mini ...
Google's Home Mini smart speaker was unveiled in 2017, and this is the speaker you'll get as part of the free promotion with Spotify — not the newly announced update to the Google Home Mini, which is named the Nest Mini.
It's a subtle difference, but one that might matter to you if you were in the market for the newer smart speaker from Google. That said, the Nest Mini costs $50 and the Google Home Mini through this promotion costs zero dollars.
... and if you got a free Google Home Mini last year through a similar promotion, you can't get another this year.
I learned as much when I tried snagging a second Home Mini this morning through the promotion — unfortunately, if you got one last year through a similar promotion, you can't get another this year. Oh well!
Got it? OK, let's get to the directions!
1. Log into your Spotify account on the Spotify website.
Head over to the Spotify website and click on either "Get Individual" or "Get Family," depending on the type of paid Spotify account you have.
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- Business Insider 19:07October 22, 2019The best dishwashersHigh-quality dishwashers leave your dishes sparkling clean and dry while efficiently using water and electricity.
The Bosch 500 Series 24-inch Pocket Handle Dishwasher is our top pick because it features a third rack allowing it to hold more items, runs quietly, and uses less than three gallons of water per cycle. When my family and I moved cross-country into a house that was still in the process of being remodeled, the kitchen was in a barebones state. And, as I spend half an hour or so each day at the sink scrubbing the dishes, there is no appliance I miss more than a trusty dishwasher.
When it comes to time savings, a dishwasher is well worth the investment. Our top pick is slightly over $800 and worth the price, but you can find decent models for much less, like our budget pick. When shopping for a dishwasher, there are a number of features that tend to lend themselves to better performance and durability. You should look for nylon-coated racks since they tend to have a longer lifespan. A soil sensor is also helpful because it will let your washer know when to end the cycle or if it should keep going.
Perhaps one of the most important features to look for is a stainless-steel tub. If you can afford the heftier price tag, stainless-steel tubs will speed up the drying process, dampen noise, and last longer than plastic counterparts.
Many of the newer dishwasher models feature top controls, as opposed to the classic front controls. The top controls give the machine a sleeker, more attractive look. Another feature manufacturers celebrate is the food grinder, or masticator, which uses a blade to pulverize food debris. However, this is just another part that could potentially break. You may prefer filters, which collect food mid-cycle, are durable, and only need to be cleaned a couple of times annually.
While researching the best dishwashers, we poured through thousands of buyer and expert reviews and ratings of dozens of models. Our guide features appliances with a track record of performance, durability, and eco-friendliness while balancing affordability.
Here are our picks for the best dishwashers: Best overall: Bosch 500 Series 24-inch Pocket Handle Dishwasher (SHPM65W55N)
Best budget: Maytag 24-inch Front Control Built-in Tall Tub Dishwasher (MDB4949SHZ)
Best drying dishwasher: KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher (KDTM354DSS)
Best for décor: Frigidaire Gallery 24-inch Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher (FGID2466QF) Updated on 10/22/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best dishwasher overall
If you want your cookware and dinnerware squeaky clean without a lot of noise, the Bosch 500 Series 24-inch Pocket Handle Dishwasher is your best bet.
What sets the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher apart from the competition is its quiet operation and useful third rack. This model has a 44-dBA noise level rating. It's so quiet that it has a special light on the exterior to let you know it's on. The third rack basically works as a utensil holder. It's located on the top level of the washer and can hold other oddly-shaped items, such as ramekins and ladles. Each of the racks has ball bearings in its wheels for a seamless glide. And, "FlexSpace" tines fold down on every other row to allow for larger dishes and cookware, like frying pans or pasta bowls. This Energy Star certified appliance consumes about 2.9 gallons per cycle. Bosch backs the parts and labor with a one-year warranty. Consumer Reports gave the Bosch dishwasher "excellent" ratings for energy use and washing abilities. The reviewer's lowest rating was for the dishwasher's ability to dry for which it was graded as "good." As a brand, Bosch exhibited the best reliability in Consumer Reports' tests with a repair or serious problem rate of about 10% after two years of use. Lastly, the reviewer found that based on listener judgments and sound-level measurements, this model is quite quiet. Angie's List and Reviewed both recommend this unit.
Approximately 92% of the people who reviewed the Bosch Dishwasher on the Best Buy website would recommend it to a friend. The most helpful reviewer especially liked the third rack and recommends using the auto cleaning mode with the extra-dry option to thoroughly dry items. Others have found that they don't need to soak or prewash their dishes. They just put them in the washer, and items come out clean.
Pros: Runs quietly, cleans dishes well, features an innovative third rack
Cons: Expensive, drying cycle could be better
The best budget dishwasher
The Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher is one of the more affordable washers on the market, leaves dishes sparkly clean, and is backed by a 10-year limited parts warranty.
The Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher has many of the specs that you would expect from a more expensive dishwasher. The four-blade food grinder disintegrates food particles so they don't end up sticking to your glassware or dishes. It is Energy Star qualified so you use less energy and water. Maytag offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor and a ten-year warranty on the tub, chopper blade, and racks. The main negatives of this model are that the front controls are not as attractive as the top controls found on other washers, and this model doesn't have a third rack.
This Maytag model was also Best Product's budget buy. The reviewer appreciated that there was a light that displayed the status of the cycle and that there was a quick-heated drying function. The Maytag Dishwasher has more than 1,400 5-star reviews on the Home Depot website, with 94% recommending the product. Buyers like that this model is affordable, has a stainless-steel tub, and features a food grinder instead of a filter. People note that large pots and pans can fit in the large tub and come out clean. However, you may want to stick to basic dinnerware when using the one-hour clean cycle. Buyers also caution that plastics, including hard plastics, may melt due to the high temperatures of the washer.
Pros: 10-year limited parts warranty, fast-drying, features a food grinder
Cons: Relatively loud, has trouble with leafy debris
The best drying dishwasher
The KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher cleans even the toughest debris off your dishes before drying them thoroughly.
The KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher is unique in that it has a "ProDry" function. This setting does an excellent job of ensuring your dishes are dry when you first open the washer drawer. At 44 decibels, the KitchenAid is only slightly louder than our virtually silent top pick. The top controls keep unsightly lights and buttons out of view. And, the racks have enough space for 15 place settings. As this appliance washes, it removes food particles from the water to ensure shorter cycles and less energy consumption. This Energy Star-qualified washer uses about 2.6 gallons of water on the Normal cycle.
The KitchenAid Dishwasher has the highest rating of the models tested by Consumer Reports. Testers gave it an "excellent" score for energy use, drying, and washing. And, it received a "very good" for noise. The tester was unable to find any discernible flaws in its performance.
Reviewed tested this KitchenAid model and found in the Normal cycle, it removed 99.99% of oatmeal debris and 99.88% of meat stains. On the Tough cycle, it removed all egg, burnt sugar, oatmeal, and dried milk but had difficulties with burnt cheese, only removing 93% of this stubborn food. Lastly, the reviewer fit 11 place settings and a serving set in the racks.
The majority of the buyers (92%) of the KitchenAid Dishwasher on the Home Depot website recommended it. One buyer was impressed with how there were no signs of food or moisture on dishes after using the Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, and ProDry selections, as well as a rinse aid to achieve superior results. However, for some buyers, the pump motor broke within months of buying the washer.
Pros: Can dry dishes completely, removes tough debris, energy efficient
Cons: Expensive, concerns about the pump motor's durability
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- Business Insider 15:00October 22, 2019Future demand for elderly care services like assisted living & in-home care are rife for digital disruptionAs the Baby Boomer population ages, society is on the cusp of dealing with an unprecedented number of senior citizens who will need elder care.
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The United States home care market is expected to grow from $100 billion in 2016 to $225 billion by 2024, driven by an expanding elderly population. An intensifying shortage of US home health aides and physicians, a booming senior population, and the prevalence of chronic illnesses all point to a need for transformative solutions when it comes to senior care services.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A top executive at UnitedHealth revealed how the company's work in 4 states is key to building its next $100 billion businessInvestors just bet $2.4 billion that your gut is the next frontier for the hottest part of healthcareAncestry just came out with 2 new DNA tests focused on health. Here’s what you can learn from them.
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- Observer 14:00October 22, 2019Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber Checked Out a $13.75 Million New York ApartmentBella Hadid recently toured a unit in the very same building.
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- The Guardian(UK) 09:01October 22, 2019Home Office reverses visa decision for second Oxford academicUS professor’s daughters can now join her – but Leicester offers no help to its researcher fighting deportation to DRCThe Home Office has made a sudden U-turn on its decision to ban the young children of an Oxford University professor, Amber Murrey, from living with her in the UK – the second time in a week it has reversed a visa refusal for the child of an Oxford academic following reports in the Guardian.Now the university and the elite Russell Group of universities, of which Oxford is a member, are calling on the Home Office to change its rules on child visas. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 02:12October 22, 2019The best toothpaste for kids It can be hard to get your kids to brush their teeth, but once you find the right toothpaste, things get a little easier.
To find the best kids' toothpaste, we consulted a pediatric dentist, reviewed American Dental Association recommendations, and tested products.
Our top pick for the best kids' toothpaste is Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry Toothpaste because it's all-natural, effective, and appealing to kids. Going under the dental drill is no one's idea of a good time. I wouldn't wish a cavity on the most annoying telemarketer, let alone my kid. We know that maintaining good dental hygiene is paramount in preventing tooth decay and other yucky oral conditions, but convincing a child to commit to a twice-a-day brushing habit can be even harder than forcing yourself to cleanse and floss before you fall facedown into bed at night. That's why choosing a kids' toothpaste that checks all the necessary boxes is key to managing your family's oral health. The perfect kids' toothpaste for your family should taste pleasant enough that your mini-me wants to brush while using safe and healthy ingredients to offer stellar cleaning power. We did the research, interviewed a pediatric dentist, reviewed the current pediatric dentistry recommendations, and even tested top brands on both my daughter and myself. Here are our top picks for the best kids' toothpaste you can buy.
Here is the best toothpaste for kids: Best toothpaste for kids overall: Tom's of Maine Natural Children's Toothpaste in Silly Strawberry
Best toothpaste for kids with braces: The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids
Best toothpaste for cavity-prone kids: Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste, Bubble Mint
Best non-fluoride kids' toothpaste: Kiss My Face Kids Toothpaste in Berry Smart Updated 10/21/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides.The best toothpaste for kids overall
Tom's of Maine
With a sweet but mild fruity flavor, natural ingredients, and powerful cleaning capacity, your kid will be happy with Tom's Natural Toothpaste in Silly Strawberry.
Is it possible to strike a workable balance between health, great taste, and killer cleaning power in a toothpaste made for kids? Tom's of Maine says yes, and so does my daughter (not to mention hundreds of reviewers on Amazon). Tom's Silly Strawberry toothpaste was the very first dental hygiene product my daughter ever used, and though we've tested tons more, we keep coming back to it. The tingly feeling you get from most minty toothpaste can be too strong or "spicy" for kids, and my daughter is no exception. Instead, she loves the little hint of strawberry in Tom's toothpaste. It's gently sweetened with natural flavor but isn't so candy-like that it would make her want to swallow too much, which is a no-no. Many moms have said that this is the only toothpaste their kids will use. However, some reviewers noted that their kids didn't like the subtle strawberry taste and needed something a bit bolder and sweeter to seduce them to brush. Personally, I love the lack of harsh dyes and nasty chemicals. Although the ingredients are certified 100% all-natural, the toothpaste does list hydrated silica (a mild abrasive) as an ingredient, which some people find controversial. Tom's of Maine explains why it thinks hydrated silica is safe on its website.
The current guidelines from the American Dental Association recommend using a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste for kids over two, and just a little smidge on the toothbrush for infants under 24-months, since they typically can't spit it out at that age. So, although the Tom's of Maine brand offers an option sans fluoride, our pick is the kind that does contain the classic cavity-fighting ingredient and is therefore approved by the ADA. Our family's pediatric dentist recommended we go for it starting at my tiny one's very first tooth, especially since we live in Portland, Oregon, where our public water is non-fluoridated. And finally, Tom's of Maine partnered up with acclaimed children's musician, Laurie Berkner, to create a catchy two-minute song designed to help kids brush for the right amount of time. You can play the song here on YouTube. Pros: All natural, subtly sweet taste with proven cleaning power, ADA approved
Cons: The flavor is too subtle for some
Buy a 2-pack of Tom's of Maine Natural Silly Strawberry Toothpaste on Amazon for $9.93
The best toothpaste for kids with braces
The Natural Dentist
The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids is tough on yucky stuff, but gentle on teeth, gums, and orthodontics.
Kids, tweens, and teens with braces may not absolutely need a specialized toothpaste, but if you're a mom or dad who loves to do the most, here's one that helps address some of the common woes of a kid with orthodontics. While formulated to work well on any kid's teeth, The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids will especially appeal to those with problems caused by their hardware.
Depending on the type of braces or retainer your kid wears, they might have concerns like extra sensitivity, canker sores, painful gums from rubbing or poking, and of course, lots of food getting stuck in hard to reach places. Soothing ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil calm painful spots, while plant-based flavoring and polishing agents taste great and clean nooks and crannies gently.
The toothpaste also contains .24% sodium fluoride, which is a powerhouse tool to prevent cavities that might be caused by bacteria getting stuck in between tight spots. With 70% of Amazon reviewers giving this toothpaste a full five stars, there's lots to like about the grape and berry flavors, though not everyone was a fan of the taste. A major plus is the lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, which is commonly found in personal care products, but potentially harmful. Pros: Contains gentle, soothing ingredients that work, fluoride
Cons: Hard to find
Buy the Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper for Kids on Walmart for $5.36
The best toothpaste for cavity-prone kids
Aquafresh Kids Cavity Protection toothpaste in Bubble Mint comes in a no-mess pump bottle and has a foamy texture that coats every surface of your kid's teeth.
You might expect that bubble gum and mint wouldn't go together well as a flavor, but in actuality, it's weirdly appealing. The taste of Aquafresh's kids' toothpaste reminded me of those powdery soft after-dinner mints that used to be popular decades ago. My daughter liked it, too, but still prefers her strawberry Tom's of Maine. Everyone has their preferences, though, and if you have a precocious child who just can't wait to be a grown-up doing everything themselves, this crossover flavor between childish bubble gum and all-adult mint will appeal to them, as will the easy-to-use pump that parents say is wonderful for DIY brushing without a mess. The pump is fun to squeeze and doesn't force little fingers to fiddle with a screw-on cap in order to stay fresh. That also means extra paste won't leak out onto your bathroom counter if someone leaves the cap off. Plus, maybe it's just me, but there's something so nostalgic about Aquafresh's signature red, white, and blue tri-color pattern. Of course, that comes from artificial dyes, which not everyone loves. Still, it reminds me of the eighties just looking at it. The combination of a healthy dose of fluoride and natural calcium mixed with its gel-to-foam texture that gets in nooks and crannies, makes this toothpaste a great choice for kids who struggle with frequent cavities. The flip side of the foaming action is that it's caused by the addition of sodium lauryl sulfate in the recipe, which is cause for concern if you want to use totally green products with no chemical irritants. This is the most affordable kids' toothpaste in the bunch, however, as all natural cleaners tend to cost more.
Pros: Inexpensive, great cavity-fighter, less mess
Cons: Contains a controversial ingredient or two, so you'll have to make a personal choice
Buy Aquafresh Kids Cavity Protection in Bubble Mint on Amazon for $2.08
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- Business Insider 00:37October 22, 2019The best desk lamps you can buyIt's important to have good lighting at your desk so you don't strain your eyes while typing away on your computer or going over documents.
There are dozens of different desk lamps to choose from in all kinds of styles, but the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp is the best one you can buy to light up your workspace in style. Society may be moving away from paper toward digital records, but desk lamps continue to have a role in the workplace or in the home even if you're rarely hunched over your desk, staring at a pile of paper these days. The best desk lamps take full advantage of LED lighting technology, creating lamps that are both stylish and energy efficient. The great quality of light you receive from LED makes these lamps enjoyable to use anytime you need a bit of extra light.
Some people may even prefer a desk style lamp on a nightstand near the bed because they work great as a reading lamp for those times when you prefer a printed book over an iPad. We've researched dozens of desk lamps to find the best ones for different people's needs. After all, it takes the right type of desk light to help inspire the brightest of ideas! (Feel free to groan aloud; we did as we wrote it.)
Here are our top picks for the best desk lamps: Best overall: Lumiy Lightblade 1500S Lamp
Best desk lamp for techies: TaoTronics wireless charging lamp
Best traditional design: Torchstar Traditional Banker's Lamp
Best cordless desk lamp: Luxe Cordless LED Lamp
Best affordable desk lamp: TaoTronics LED Lamp
Best high-end desk lamp: BenQ e-Reading LED Lamp
Best colorful desk lamp: Tomons Nature Wood Swing Arm Desk Lamp
Best antique finish desk lamp: Malvern 20-inch Desk Lamp Updated on 10/21/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best desk lamp overall
The Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp offers a host of useful features, making it a versatile choice for those who need a lamp that serves many purposes.
We love the versatility in the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp, as you can adjust it to meet whatever lighting needs you may have. The Lightblade 1500S has a USB charging port in the base of the lamp, which is an extremely convenient feature you're sure to use regularly, according to the Cosy Offices review.
The 1500S has a pivoting head that lets you swing the light bar into the perfect position over the desk. Additionally, the Lumiy 1500S lamp offers easily adjustable color brightness and color temperature through a touch switch on the lamp's base. You can bring the brightness down from 1,100 lux to 500 lux or adjust the color temperature from 6,600k to 1,800k.
In its review, the Reactual blog says the Lumiy Lightblade desk lamp's LED light bar provides a light quality that's very similar to natural sunlight. That makes it easier on the eyes and better for artists who need neutral lighting that won't skew color hues.
Many Amazon customers love this desk lamp and give it great reviews. One buyer says that the lamp has an excellent build quality and offers a host of desirable features. Most agree that it's a great lamp, but there are some quibbles. Another Amazon customer said the lamp emitted a low noise when it was plugged in and turned off. It seems to be a rare problem, though.
If you need an energy-efficient LED desk lamp that looks a bit modern, provides natural light, and works in a variety of situations, the Lumiy Lightblade 1500S desk lamp is a good choice.
Pros: Great set of helpful features, excellent light quality, USB charging port in the base, head will pivot to fit different sized desks, offers variable brightness and color temperature settings
Cons: Black desk lamp seems to collect fingerprints, price is a little high, modern look isn't for everyone
The best desk lamp for techies
TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp has a fast wireless charger and a USB port built in so it can charge your phone and another device besides.
If you like products that serve multiple purposes, you'll love the TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with its built-in wireless charger, USB charging port, and many adjustable settings. Since this is a guide for desk lamps, we'll talk about that aspect first.
You turn the lamp on and off with the tap of a finger on the touch-sensitive power button. There's also a ring that regulates the brightness of the lamp and a button that you can tap multiple times to get five different color temperatures for your light. That way, you can decide how bright and how blue you want your light.
Because I have the TaoTronics lamp next to my bed, I typically have it on the lowest brightness setting and the highest color temperature setting. But when I really need light, I can amp up the brightness with a swipe of my finger. And this lamp gets bright — very bright.
You can also adjust the direction of the light, thanks to the nifty blade-like design of the lamp head. The lamp's head tilts up to 135 degrees and rotates up to 180 degrees, and the arm can be tilted up to 150 degrees and it swivels 90 degrees. It's a very modern design, and it does take up space, but this lamp is incredibly functional.
The wireless charging pad built into the lamp's base can charge your iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus with the optimal 7.5 Watts of power. If you have an Android phone, you get 10 Watts of power for quick wireless charging. There's a small rubbery ring on the wireless charger, so your phone won't slide off. I use it to charge my phone every night on my bedside table, and it works like a charm.
TaoTronics also added a USB port in the back of the lamp so you can charge your phone with a cable instead. You could also charge your phone wirelessly and charge another device via a cable at the same time, which is great for multi-device households and tech nerds like me. — Malarie Gokey
Pros: Wireless charging, USB-A charging port for another device, varying light color/temperature and brightness, lamp's head is adjustable
Cons: Modern design may not appeal to all, takes up space
The best traditional desk lamp
Desk lamp designs don't get much more traditional than the Torchstar Traditional Banker's Lamp with its emerald green shade and brass-toned base.
If the contemporary style of most modern desk lamps does nothing to inspire you, we have the answer. The Torchstar Traditional Banker's Lamp has the classic style that you see in old-timey movies. It's such a classic look that when you look in the dictionary under the term traditional desk lamp, a picture of this lamp should be included.
The satin brass finish on the base, classic pull chain, and antique-style emerald green lampshade are very retro and old school. You can rotate the lampshade to direct the light where you need it. In its review, The Fab Healthy Life blog points out that the metal base and post are well made and sturdy, too.
The Torchstar desk lamp uses an E26 style light bulb, so you can use replaceable incandescent, fluorescent, or LED light bulbs with it. It's nice to have a choice in which type of bulb you use, though we do recommend you go with a LED bulb for energy efficiency. However, one Amazon customer reported the bulb generated too much heat
Pros: Excellent traditional look, all-metal structure, reasonable price point, can accept any type of E26 bulb, easy to set up and use, 6-foot power cord
Cons: No flexibility in position of bulb, some bulbs could cause excessive heat
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- Business Insider 00:36October 22, 2019The best sheets you can buy for your bedFew would deny that at the end of a long, hard day, sliding into a comfortable bed outfitted with soft, smooth sheets that pamper your skin is one of life's greatest pleasures.
After reviewing dozens of contenders for the best sheets, our top pick is the 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L. Bean. Crisp, cool, and comfortable against your skin, these sheets make bedtime a treat. To get the best sleep possible, we invest in the best mattresses and pillows that our budgets allow. But the journey to dreamland doesn't just stop there: You need quality bed linens too. Because why buy an expensive mattress only to ruin the experience with inferior bedding?
Besides, we spend nearly a third of our lifespan sleeping on our beds, so why wouldn't you want the best sheets possible? Not only do you want something soft and comfortable, but you also want something that's durable and can hold up to washes. So we've made it easy for you: We checked out all the top buying websites, listened to opinions from bed sheet buyers, and tried sheets ourselves to compile our list of the best bed sheet sets you can buy.
Here are the best sheets for your bed in 2019: Best sheets overall: L.L. Bean 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets
Best sateen cotton sheets: Brooklinen Luxe Sheets
Best linen sheets: MagicLinen
Best Supima sheets: Casper Cool Supima
Best sheets with patterns and colors: Crane & Canopy Sheet Sets
Best flannel sheets: Pinzon Velvet Flannel Sheets
Best organic cotton sheets: Boll & Branch Signature Soft Hemmed Sheet Set
Best modal sheets: Pure Beech Modal Sateen Sheets
Best microfiber sheets: Brooklyn Bedding Microfiber Sheets
Best budget sheets: Room Essentials Jersey Sheet Set Updated on 10/21/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. A note on thread count and weave
Thread count: Higher isn't always better
When it's time to buy sheets, many people simply assume that the higher the thread count, the better, and make their choice based on this feature alone. While it's true that thread count (a measurement of how many threads run vertically and horizontally in one square inch of fabric) is important, it turns out that there's another factor that plays a bigger part in sheet comfort: type of fabric.
In fact, according to Consumer Reports, there's no reason to pay extra for sheets with a thread count over 400, but it is worth your while to spend a little more on sheets made from the best kinds of cotton: Pima, Egyptian, or Supima. These long-fiber cotton weave into the softest, most comfortable sheets.
What about weave?
Weave is also important when it comes to choosing sheets you'll love. There are two basic weaves: percale and sateen. Percale sheets have the same number of combed, tightly woven threads running horizontally and vertically. If you prefer sheets with a slightly crisp, cool feel, this is the weave to choose. Percale sheets are durable and strong, standing up to repeated washing even in hot water. Look for a thread count between 200 and 400 for lightweight sheets, 400 to 600 if you prefer more weight.
Sateen sheets (not the same as satin, which is a fabric, not a weave) have more threads running vertically than horizontally, creating fabric with a slight sheen and a very soft, silky feel. Sateen sheets are generally more delicate than percale bedding, and more likely to pill or come apart in the wash. Still, if you crave the silkiest feel against your skin, this is the weave for you. Thread counts between 300 and 600 are the sweet spot for softness and strength. The best sheets overall
L.L. Bean's wonderfully smooth 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets are durable, comfortable, and just the right weight to give you sweet dreams all year round.
Woven from 100% Pima cotton for the smoothest, softest, make-you-want-to-wiggle feel, L.L. Bean struck gold with its highly rated percale sheet set. As with all percale sheets, these have just a bit of a "crisp" finish, which feels nice and cool against your skin. They are the perfect weight for summer, and unless you live in a very cold climate or prefer to switch to heavier winter sheets, they are cozy enough for the colder months with the addition of a heavier blanket or comforter. When you toss them in your washing machine and dryer, the sheets come out fresh, unwrinkled, and ready to coax you into the land of Nod. Sized to fit over mattresses up to 15 inches thick, these cotton sheets won't slip or slide as you sleep, and they hold firm to the mattress. They are available in seven basic colors, although alas, no brights. There are a few prints, as well. L.L. Bean shoppers praise these sheets for their refusal to pill, long life, and wrinkle resistance. Quite a few customers commented that they have purchased several sets of the L.L Bean sheets, and a common remark was, "These are the only sheets I'll buy."
Professional reviewers agree. We chose these sheets as our top pick in our guide to the best cotton sheets. In our testing, these sheets had a soft feel right out of the packaging and they were cool and soft to sleep on.
We're not the only ones who think the sheets are great. The Wirecutter has chosen the L.L. Bean 280-thread-count Percale Sheets as its number one choice six years running, saying these sheets offer a "superior cool feel at a great price." The Wirecutter added that its experts love L.L. Bean's lifetime guarantee, meaning you can return the sheets at any time for any reason. Consumer Search is another review website that picked the L.L. Bean sheets as its top pick, saying the sheets are "ideal for lovers of crisp, 'old-school' cotton sheets." The reviewer did comment that some buyers felt the sheets were a bit too rough, however, although they do get softer the more they are washed. Pros: Smooth, crisp feel, durability, reasonable price
Cons: Only fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick, no bright colors, few prints
The best luxury sheets
If you take your sleep comfort seriously, the pampering touch and good looks of Brooklinen's Luxe Sheets will have you sleeping like a baby.
Started as a Kickstarter project in 2014, Brooklinen has quickly soared to the heights of success, due to its reasonable prices for high-quality bedding. Luxe Sheets start with the best long-fiber cotton, which is woven into single-ply yarn for the finest, yet softest threads. This also means that the finished thread count of 480 is the true number; many other manufacturers weave lower quality, three-ply yarn into their sheets, then use this trick to inflate their thread count. Brooklinen's Luxe Collection is a sateen weave, with a soft-as-the-clouds feel. Because sateen is woven more tightly than percale, you'll find these sheets cozy and warm, with a soothingly "heavy" feel that many sleepers love. In fact, Ellen Hoffman, the director of content strategy for the Insider Picks team, has been sleeping on these sheets for more than three years, and reports that they are "hands down the best sheets I've ever put on my bed." She washes her Brooklinen sheets every two weeks and hasn't experienced a degradation in quality; in fact, she says they've softened with time and, thankfully, don't hold on to stains. Her white sheet set has not yellowed after frequent washings either. Overall, Ellen's sheets are in great condition (no rips or tears, no stains, etc.) after years of use, which is comforting to hear given their higher price.
Brooklinen customers echo our teammate's words, with most saying they loved the softness of the sheets, which increases every time they are washed. As a bonus, the sheets' wrinkle-resistance improves with each wash, as well. And, by the way, you can do that washing in your machine, then either line-dry your bedding or use your dryer on low heat. The buzz doesn't stop there. Brooklinen has received positive press all over the web, with InStyle saying, "In order to design beautiful, affordable, and ridiculously comfortable sheets, Brooklinen co-founders Rich and Vicki simply focus on quality and manufacturing responsibly." Vogue writes, "the allure of this brand is certainly its technique and use of long-staple Egyptian cotton, which produces sheets and comforters that are softer than most."
Brooklinen currently offers the Luxe Sheets in seven solid colors, along with patterns like stripes and grids. It also frequently releases limited-editor colors and patterns. You can even mix and match colors or patterns within a sheet set, which is definitely a unique perk. The sheets fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick, so be sure to measure before ordering. Pros: Super soft, high quality, mix-and-match sheet sets
Cons: Expensive, best if line-dried
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- Business Insider 23:48October 21, 2019The best cookware sets you can buy to get all your pots and pans at onceWhether you avoid cooking whenever possible or love nothing better than preparing something tasty in your kitchen, you need a sturdy set of cookware.
After all, you can't scramble an egg, flip a burger, or whip up a healthy stir-fry without something to cook on. The Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Clad Cookware Set is the perfect choice to cook just about anything. Whether you're just moving out on your own for the first time and looking to set up your new home or want to upgrade your current cookware set to something better, a kitchen isn't a kitchen without at least a few pots and pans. Having a selection of appropriate cookware to choose from might even inspire you to spend more time preparing healthy, homemade meals.
Before setting out to buy a cookware set, it helps to know the basic types of pots and pans, and which are the most essential. It also helps to know that companies that make cookware sets count lids as a separate piece, meaning a set of two saucepans with lids would sell as a four-piece cookware set. There are a lot of different types of cookware out there, and making a buying decision can be overwhelming. That's where we step in. We did the research and made your decision easier by gathering up the best six cookware sets for a variety of needs. So whether you're a whiz in the kitchen or just learning the basics, we've got you covered.
Here are our top picks for the best cookware sets you can buy: Best overall set: Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Clad Cookware Set
Best stainless steel set under $100: Cuisinart Chef's Classic 7-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Best nonstick set: T-Fal Ultimate Nonstick 17-Piece Cookware Set
Best affordable starter set: Vremi 15-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
Best cast iron set: Lodge Logic 5-Piece Cast Iron Set
Best splurge set: All-Clad d5 Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set Updated on 10/21/19 by Connie Chen: Updated prices, links, and formatting. The best cookware set overall
The 12-piece stainless steel Tramontina Tri-Clad Cookware Setincludes all the basics you need and is made from high-quality stainless steel that will last through decades of use.
Fully clad with an aluminum core for even heat and excellent conductivity? Check. Riveted, cast stainless steel handles that won't come loose? Check. Both a 10-inch and a 12-inch skillet? Check. A 12-quart stockpot, which is a rarity in a cookware set? Check. Safe for induction cooktops? Check. But the Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Clad Cookware Set doesn't stop there. This excellent stainless steel set also includes 1.5- and 3-quart covered saucepans, a 5-quart covered saucepan, and a 5-quart covered Dutch oven. With a full range of the most-recommended sizes, there's just about nothing this set can't handle, even if you cook for a family of four or more. The set is also safe for gas or electric stove tops and oven-safe up to 500 degrees.
The Wirecutter praises the set's durability, excellent heat conductivity, large sizes (most cookware sets include smaller skillets and stockpots), and performance in the kitchen. Pleased owners rave that the Tramontina set has the quality of a much more expensive brand at a fraction of the price. Pros: Excellent heat conductivity and performance, great selection of sizes, sturdy handles and precisely fitted lids, reasonable price for quality cookware
Cons: Like all stainless steel cookware, you might need to scrub a bit to remove tough foods like eggs, and the cookware can discolor slightly after repeated use
The best stainless steel cookware set under $100
If you just want the bare basics at a reasonable price, you'll get them with the Cuisinart Chef's Classic 7-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set.
With a 10-inch skillet, 8-quart covered stockpot, and 1-1/2-quart plus 3-quart covered saucepans, the Cuisinart Chef's Classic 7-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set includes the basics needed to cook for one to three people. Made of stainless steel with an aluminum-disk base, the set has stay-cool stainless handles that are riveted in place for sturdy, no-wiggle performance. The lids are glass. While you aren't going to get top-of-the-line performance from the set, you can still expect dependable, solid results. Experts at the Wirecutter consider this an excellent budget buy for people who love to cook. Amazon buyers are enthusiastic about the set, too. It has more than 11,300 reviews and an average of 4.3 stars. Reviewers regularly mention the set's quality, the size of the components, and the ease of cleanup. On the downside, some owners mention that the glass lids break easily and that the metal discolors after use at high heat. This is a common issue with most stainless steel that is not fully clad with aluminum, however.
Pros: Great price, conducts heat well, sturdy construction, some people prefer glass lids to metal for easy visibility while cooking
Cons: Not induction-cooktop compatible, not fully clad with aluminum, some buyers complained that the glass lids shatter too easily
The best nonstick cookware set
The T-Fal Ultimate Nonstick 17-Piece Cookware Set is nonstick for easy cleanup, hard-anodized for strength and durability, and affordable.
You get a whole lot with the T-Fal Ultimate Nonstick 17-Piece Cookware Set, including 8- and 10-inch open frying pans, a 12-inch frying pan with lid, a 10-inch square griddle pan, 1-, 2-, and 3-quart saucepans with lids a 3.5-quart deep sauté pan with lid, 5-quart Dutch oven with lid, a 3-quart steamer insert with handles, a "One-egg wonder" mini skillet, and a no-scratch spatula and spoon
Made from hard-anodized aluminum, the T-Fal Ultimate Nonstick 17-Piece Cookware Set conducts heat beautifully while resisting stains, scratches, warps, and dents. The inside of the cookware is lined with a hard titanium nonstick coating, so you won't need much elbow grease to get your pots and pans clean after dinner is done. A unique feature of the T-Fal pans is the ThermoSpot Temperature Indicator, which changes to let you know when your skillet or griddle has reached the perfect preheated temperature. Silicone handles won't burn your hand and are riveted for stability, and the glass lids make it easy to see how your food is cooking.
Pros: Nonstick yet scratch-resistant, includes a griddle, reasonably priced, dependable performance and excellent heat conduction
Cons: Not suitable for induction cooktops, like all nonstick cookware, it's best limited to low-to-medium heat Read our full guide to the best hard anodized aluminum cookware sets.
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- Business Insider 23:24October 21, 2019The best mattress protectors you can buyYou probably spent hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars on your mattress, so you should protect it from damage.
The Bear mattress protector is our top pick because it is effective, relatively affordable, and well made. You've searched heaven and Earth for the perfect mattress. Scoured websites, made trips to mattress store after mattress store (seriously, why is there one on every block?), and of course, you checked out our guide to the best mattresses for a good night's rest. Now that you've finally found the perfect bed upon which to rest your pretty head, you're going to want to keep it for as long as humanly possible. A great mattress protector can help protect your investment from spills, bed wetting, sweat stains, and other hazards.
Mattress protectors are often written off as more of a thing that's nice to have than an absolute necessity. However, using a mattress protector is a good way to keep your mattress in prime condition. Whether you're a hot sleeper capable of sweating right through the sheets, have a little one who is prone to bedtime accidents, or are simply safeguarding your mattress from the possibility of creepy, crawly visitors, a mattress protector is key.
You'll want to be sure to buy a cover that doesn't allow liquid to seep through and keeps dust mites, bacteria, and other allergens away. It's also a good idea to get a mattress protector that's breathable. After all, if you end up with a stuffy cover, it won't matter how high-tech and well-ventilated your actual mattress is. A mattress protector should be protective, but also allow air to come in and out for a more comfortable night's sleep.
You'll certainly want a mattress protector that is easily cleaned, too. If accidents do happen, a mattress protector that you can't wash (or is a pain to wash) effectively defeats its own purpose. You want to ensure that you're always sleeping on something clean, so unless you plan on replacing your mattress protector every year or so, be sure that you get one that is easy to maintain.
Finally, be sure to find a mattress protector that isn't difficult to sleep on. There are plenty of bad mattress protectors that tend to move around as you toss and turn, or worse yet, are noisy and frequently sound crinkly. We've researched and tested several mattress protectors to bring you our top picks.
Here are the best mattress protectors: Best mattress protector overall: Bear Mattress Protector Best mattress protector with padding: Casper Mattress Protector
Best mattress protector for the budget-conscious: Tuft and Needle Mattress Protector
Best low-maintenance mattress protector: Helix Mattress Protector
Best thin mattress protector: Purple Mattress Protector Updated on 10/21/19 by Caitlin Petreycik. Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best mattress protector overall
The Bear mattress protector not only protects your mattress but also ensures that you have a restful night's sleep with its temperature adjusting capabilities.
The Bear mattress is designed for athletes in need of restful recovery, so it comes as little surprise that the company's mattress protector was made to the same standards. Not only does this protector keep your mattress safe from bacteria, dust, allergens, and liquids, but it also features eiQ Adaptive Technology, which claims to transport moisture and heat away from your body, resulting in a cooler sleep. While I'm always a touch skeptical of claims involving any heat-wicking properties, I'm happy to report that the Bear protector actually lived up to its claims. The protector itself is quite cool to the touch, and while I often wake up uncomfortably warm in the middle of the night, that was not the case when I slept with the Bear mattress protector. The mattress protector is also made of a so-called dynamic fabric, which can respond to changes in the room's temperature, thereby helping to maintain a cool and dry climate that is ideal for sleep. Most importantly, the protector features a waterproof layer that will guard against spills and other accidents. When I poured about half a cup of water atop the Bear protector, I found that none of the liquid was able to seep through to the underlying mattress and that the protector itself dried quite quickly. The folks at Sleepopolis saw the same thing in their tests: "No matter the spill, I am confident that this protector would prevent any 'accidents' from ever reaching the surface of your mattress."
While the Bear protector is capable of fitting mattresses up to 20 inches thick, it works just as well with thinner mattresses, according to a review from Mattress Clarity.
Pros: Sleeps very cool, waterproof layer works well, fits most mattresses
Cons: You may be able to feel the hexagonal pattern of the protector under your sheets
The best mattress protector with padding
The Casper mattress protector offers a snug fit that won't rustle and it has extra padding so it's comfortable to sleep on.
The Casper Mattress Protector does more than just protect your mattress — It provides some additional padding and comfort as well. The quilted material of the protector allows it to double as a mattress pad, so if you're looking for a two-for-one solution, this is it. The protector itself is made from waterproof materials that might otherwise be found in premium outdoor gear, and as such, protects against dirt and spills, as well as your normal wear and tear. The Casper protector has a series of small pores that are tiny enough to keep out any leakage or spills but are still large enough to let in air. While these little pores may not seem like enough to keep your mattress safe and sound, they're surprisingly effective.
The folks over at Mattress Clarity put the protector to the test by pouring 10 ounces of water onto a Casper protected mattress, and let it sit for "a couple of hours." True to its word, the Casper mattress protector did not allow any moisture or dampness through to the mattress itself, passing the test with flying colors
While I didn't pour any water onto my mattress protector, I can say that I'm very taken by the luxurious feel of the quilted protector, and also had a very easy time taking the protector on and off my queen-sized mattress. Moreover, the protector fit snugly, which meant I wasn't faced with the challenge of constant readjustments, and it didn't make tons of noise every time I laid down to go to sleep. The mattress protector also comes with a 1-year warranty, so should anything go horribly wrong, you can rest easy knowing that you (and your mattress) are covered.
Pros: Lovely plush feel, great fit, passes the water test
Cons: Casper does not offer a full encasement protector
The best mattress protector for the budget-conscious
Tuft & Needle
The Tuft and Needle mattress protector offers an essentially unbeatable price point and good protection.
The mattress protector from Tuft and Needle is actually made of the same material as the brand's mattress cover. Not only is it comfortable to sleep on, the Tuft and Needle protector also gets the job done. The protector boasts a polyurethane film that is liquid-proof, and it also protects against dust, bacteria, and other allergens. The rest of the protector is made from a smooth, quiet, and luxurious-feeling fabric.
Then, that protective film is covered with the polyester blend Tuft and Needle uses in its mattress pad. Basically, it'll feel like you're sleeping on nothing but a naked mattress, but with all the added benefit of a protector.
Tuft and Needle demonstrate the waterproofing abilities of the protector on its website, and I can vouch for the validity of the demonstration. While I certainly don't plan on spilling anything on my bed anytime soon, it's certainly a relief to know that even if I did, this protector would prevent any leakage.
Thanks to the protector's soft lining, it doesn't make any noise when you move around on your bed. It's also surprisingly breathable. Best of all, the protector is extremely easy to care for and take on and off. It's designed as a fitted sheet, so putting the protector on is as easy as making your bed. In case an accident does happen, washing and drying the protector is a breeze, too.
Honest Mattress Reviews notes that the protector effectively eliminates bed bugs with its five-side protective film, and if you find that you're not particularly taken with the product, the Tuft and Needle protector comes with a two-year warranty and 100-night sleep trial.
Pros: Extremely soft and comfortable, totally quiet, very easy to care for and put on your mattress
Cons: If you have a particularly tall mattress (more than 14 inches), the protector may not fit
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- Business Insider 22:29October 21, 2019The best air purifiers you can buyFresh, clean air. You need it, but the environment doesn't always provide it. If you've suffered long enough with sinus problems, allergies, or headaches due to pollutants in the air, it's time for an air purifier. Our top pick is the Coway Airmega 200M. You can go up to three weeks without eating. You'll survive three to four days, on average, without fluids. But it only takes six minutes without air to damage your delicate brain, and survival beyond that is unlikely. The air you breathe is the most pressing life necessity, so why not take as many breaths as possible of pure, clean air? To accomplish that, you'll likely need an air purifier. Far too many of us live in areas with polluted outdoor air, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can be even dirtier. Common pollutants inside your home can include molds and fungi spores, bacteria and viruses, pollen, cigarette smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs emitted from carpeting, paint, and other construction materials), dust and pet dander, and fumes from air fresheners and other cleaning supplies.
Air purifiers remove some or most of those pollutants from your indoor air. They work by drawing room air in and through a filter or combination of filters, then blowing out fresh, clean air. A good air purifier removes allergens, dust, gases, and other pollutants from the room air, leaving behind clean air for your lung's benefit. There are a lot of air purifiers on the market, though, and that's why we did the hard work for you. We've done our research, and gathered up the eight air purifiers we think do the best job of cleaning your air.
Here are the best air purifiers you can buy in 2019: Best air purifier overall: Coway Airmega 200M
Best air purifier for allergies: Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier Fan
Best air purifier for larger rooms: Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
Best non-electric air purifier: Morihata International Chikuno Cube
Best advanced air purifer: Molekule Air Purfier
Best heating air purifier: Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Updated on 10/21/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best air purifier overall
Highly effective against indoor air pollution and reasonably attractive to boot, the Coway Airmega 200M knows when your air is in serious need of cleaning.
We thought it couldn't get any better than the original Coway Mighty Air Purifier (AP1512HH), but as it turns out, the best can still be beat — and by its younger sibling, no less. The new air purifier is smaller and more powerful than the earlier version. The Coway Airmega 200M has a four-stage filtration system that's capable of capturing 99.97% of particles in the air.
The purifier has a pre-filter, an odor filter, a true HEPA filter, and a bipolar ionizer inside that work in tandem to rid your surroundings of allergens and reduce odors. The air purifier comes with an air quality indicator that does more than tell you how your machine is doing. Rather, this feature continually monitors the air quality of your home, and automatically adjusts the fan speed and operation as necessary to help you make the most out of your purifier.
When no indoor air pollution has been detected for 30 minutes, the Coway Airmega 200M will just turn itself off to save energy. Of course, if you'd rather control the fans manually, that's fine as well. The purifier includes three fan speeds to help you adjust air output based on your own needs and preferences. You can also set a timer to schedule one, four, or eight hours of continuous operation.
To ensure that you're always getting the most out of this system, the 200 has a filter indicator that alerts you when you need filter changes. The Coway Airmega 200M is well-suited for pet owners, who have to contend with pet dander and odors in their homes, but it's also great for smokers looking to reduce the amount of second-hand smoke in their indoor environments.
Whereas the original Coway Mighty Air Purifier was good for rooms up to 350 square feet, this new version is a bit more powerful and is capable of cleaning spaces up to 361 square feet. While that's not a huge difference in and of itself, the new Coway Airmega 200M has the added benefit of being smaller than older options, which means it's less intrusive and even better suited for compact spaces. — Lulu Chang
The Wirecutter named the previous version as the best air purifier, praising not only its superior performance but also its reasonable price both at initial purchase and over the years as filters need replacement. It is also a model we also like, but we think the new Airmega 200M is even better, despite the higher price.
Pros: Compact, highly effective, automatic detection and power saving, four types of filtration
Cons: Slightly more expensive than the last version
The best air purifier for allergies
With the smarts to analyze your air before it gets to work, the Dyson Pure Cool can significantly improve your indoor allergies.
If allergy season has you living your worst life, then fear not: Dyson's Pure Cool Air Purifier is here to save the day. It's capable of actually calculating the amount of pollutants in your home, and then automatically adjusting itself to filter them out. Because let's be honest — you literally can't do that yourself. While other air purifiers try to capture most allergens and pollutants, the Dyson Pure Cool ups the ante by removing up to 99.97% of the stuff that's making you sneeze and your eyes water. As a result, you'll likely notice considerably fewer symptoms after letting this purifier do its job for awhile — I certainly did, and so did my colleague Mara Leighton.
Thanks to the 350-degree oscillation of the Pure Cool, purified air won't be relegated to a single corner of your room. Rather, you'll get practically comprehensive filtration, which likely contributes to its 99.97% cleansing rate. For easier control, the purifier connects to both the Dyson Link app as well as Amazon Alexa, so you can tell the machine what to do either with the tap of an app or with the sound of your voice. When it's time for you to go to sleep, the night-time mode ensures that the purifier is quieter, and its LCD screen is dimmed. Not only is the Pure Cool particularly effective, but it's also extremely well-designed. This is certainly one air purifier that you won't be inclined to hide from your guests. — Lulu Chang
Pros: Automatically adjusts to the level of pollutants in your home, great design, 10 fan speeds for variable volume Cons: At $450, it's quite expensive
The best air purifier for large rooms
If you need an air purifier for a large room (up to 540 square feet), the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier can't be beat.
Suitable for rooms up to 540 square feet, the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier is all about performance. It draws air in from every side for quick and efficient turnover of room air. The process happens five times per hour. It's super energy-efficient, as well, using no more electricity than a lightbulb. An activated carbon filter removes dust, odors, VOCs, gases, and other lung irritants, while the particle filter captures just about anything likely to cause allergy or asthma symptoms. Plus, you get two washable pre-filters that slip over the entire outside of the device while adding a bit of style. You can choose from a blue or dark gray color; both are in the box. The pre-filter captures larger particles, such as pet hair and larger airborne particles. Consumer Reports gives the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier its highest rating, citing its excellent performance at removing dust, smoke, and pollen from room air. Owners of the device mostly praise its effective and quiet performance, although a few outliers say it's noisy. Pros: Particularly suited for allergy or asthma sufferers, good for large rooms, just one button to control the three speeds
Cons: A few owners complained it is noisy even on the low setting
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- Business Insider 22:15October 21, 2019The best rechargeable battery chargerAmazon/Business Insider High-quality rechargeable battery chargers don't overcharge your batteries, extend the life of the cells, and are easy to use.
The Nitecore D4 Charger is our top pick because it has all of the above features as well as a large display and it can auto-detect and charge a wide array of batteries.
You can also check out our guide to the best rechargeable batteries you can buy. Americans throw away more than 180,000 tons of batteries every year. Rechargeable batteries can be reused 1,000 times or, in some cases, even more. This is not only good for the environment, but it also saves you plenty of cash in the long run. But, rechargeable batteries can be a real pain if you don't have a good charger. To help you figure out which ones are worth your money, we will explore what to look for in a household battery charger and which models are the best.
You want a charger that will juice up your batteries as quickly as possible, right? Think again. High-speed charging severely shortens the lifespan of your batteries. Instead, look for a charger that offers "gentle" or "slow" charging. If you are concerned about having to wait for the charging to complete before using your device again, consider buying a couple sets of batteries for the device. Some chargers also have a "conditioning" function. This cycles your batteries through discharging and recharging in order to help them reach their full capacity and lengthen their life.
Some chargers are known as "smart chargers." This means they stop charging your batteries once they are full. This is opposed to "dumb chargers," which tend to charge for a certain amount of time. Dumb chargers are less effective and, in some cases, dangerous.
While researching the best battery chargers, we examined thousands of expert and buyer reviews and ratings of several models. Our guide features chargers with a track record of versatility, durability, and performance.
Here are the best rechargeable battery chargers you can buy: Best battery charger overall: Nitecore D4 Charger
Best 8-cell battery charger: Powerex 8-Cell Smart Charger
Best battery charger for vaping: XTAR VC4 Charger
Best charger for AA and AAA batteries: Panasonic Cell Battery Charger Pack
Best affordable battery charger: AmazonBasics Ni-MH AA & AAA Battery Charger Updated on 10/21/2019 by Monica Chin: Updated prices and links.The best rechargeable battery charger overall
The Nitecore D4 Charger can charge an array of battery types, while displaying the charge progress on an easy-to-read LCD panel.
The Nitecore D4 Charger is great because it can automatically detect and charge Li-ion, LiFePO4, Ni-MH, and Ni-Cd (AA, AAA, AAAA, and C) batteries. This device can charge up to four batteries at a time, and the large LCD screen displays the progress of the charge for each of the batteries using a five-bar indicator. For specific batteries, you can press the Mode button on the side to get more detailed charging progress and parameter information, such as charging time, current, and voltage. When the charge is complete, the "Chg. Finish" indicator comes on and the D4 automatically stops charging, an important safety feature. The bundle comes with the charger, a wall plug, a car adapter, and a box that fits two 18650 batteries.
The reviewer at Vaping Cheap already owned the Nitecore i2 and i4 Intellichargers and was happy with them. But, she found the features of the D4 blew the other two out of the water.
More than 1,250 Amazon buyers posted five-star reviews of the Nitecore D4 Charger. Many of the reviewers use the D4 for charging 18650 batteries for vaporizers. One buyer notes that it took him about 4.5 hours to charge three 18650s at the same time. He liked that when the charging cycle is complete, the charger stops applying power. This reduces the potential for a fire. Other buyers appreciated that the display tracked how long batteries have been charging. The most common complaint was that recharging slowed when there were four batteries charging.
Pros: Large display, charges a broad range of battery types, automatic battery detection
Cons: Only displays the progress of one battery at a time, charge time increases when charging four batteries
Buy the Nitecore D4 Charger on Amazon for $37.99
The best 8-cell rechargeable battery charger
If you frequently use AAs and AAAs in your electronics, the Powerex MH-C800S 8-Cell Smart Charger will keep your batteries juiced and extend their life.
The Powerex MH-C800S 8-Cell Smart Charger is manufactured by Maha Energy, an organization that focuses solely on charging and battery technology for both consumer and industrial sectors. The MH-C800S can charge between one and eight NiMH or NiCd AA or AAA batteries. The LCD screen uses three bars to show the charging status of each battery. There are three charge modes: rapid charge (one to two hours), soft charge (three to four hours), and conditioning, which can take a full day. 1Kind Photography recommends the Powerex MH-C800S to photographers. The reviewer was impressed with how the conditioning mode was able to bring batteries that he hadn't used in over a year back to life. The Wirecutter recommends the Powerex charger for people who need eight charging slots on one outlet. The reviewer appreciated the accurate charging, that you can monitor the progress, and it's easy to use. However, he didn't like that the default mode was the faster 1-A charging, which isn't as conducive to extending your battery's lifespan as the Soft charge.
About 81% of the reviews of the Powerex MH-C800S Smart Charger on Amazon are positive. Michael S, the most helpful reviewer, bought this device for the batteries in his professional flash units and other camera equipment. He typically chooses the soft charge and conditions the batteries every 10-15 cycles. He recommends this schedule for continual drain items, such as flameless candles. Another buyer was annoyed that the unit didn't recharge fully discharged batteries but was able to get it to work after a short charge on a different device.
Pros: 8 charging slots, features conditioning cycle
Cons: Expensive, only charges AA and AAA batteries
Buy the Powerex MH-C800S 8-Cell Smart Charger on Amazon for $39.95
The best rechargeable battery charger for vaping
At a relatively low price point, the XTAR VC4 Charger is able to charge a wide range of battery sizes and types.
There are a couple features that set the XTAR VC4 Charger apart from other devices in our guide. First, it doesn't plug directly into the wall. The charger features a USB charge cable, which you can plug into just about anything with a USB port. I use a multiple-port USB wall adapter. Another unique feature is that the slots are large enough to fit D-cell batteries. It's fairly rare to find a unit that can handle NiMH cells ranging from AAA to D. About six months ago, XTAR sent me the VC4 for free to test out. For the most part, my family is happy with it. I use it for charging NiMH batteries for a variety of devices, including my sons' toys, and my wife uses it for her vaporizer's 18650s. I've found that it's a real pain trying to get the AAA batteries in there just right to get them to charge. Other sizes seem to work fine, though. The display is easy to read and gives helpful information that even a layperson can understand, but it can be finicky when you first insert the batteries.
The Danish site lygte-info.dk closely examined the technical aspects of the XTAR VC4 Charger. The testers recommend it as a good family charger since it can handle many different battery types. The reviewer was impressed with how low the cell temperature stayed during the charge, a good safety measure. But, they found that the full-current charge was very demanding on the USB power supply and didn't work as well when using a weak USB power supply. Several vaping websites also recommend the VC4, including Vaping Insider and Guide to Vaping.
Approximately 81% of the Amazon buyers who reviewed the XTAR VC4 Charger gave it four or five stars. NLee the Engineer, a top reviewer of several battery chargers on Amazon, tested NiMH cells ranging from AAA to D size and Li-ion cells from 14500 to 26650. He found all charged well, but the 22650 was a tight fit. However, he questioned the accuracy of the current meter and would have liked a discharge mode. For the most part, buyers found the USB power input to be a positive because it reduced the weight of the device and allowed for flexibility in power sources.
Pros: Charges several different battery types, cost-effective, USB power input
Cons: Doesn't come with a USB wall adapter, it takes some work to fit AAA batteries in
Buy the XTAR VC4 Charger on Amazon for $16.65
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- Business Insider 21:39October 21, 2019Look inside an award-winning tiny home in the Netherlands that takes minimalism to a whole other levelEwout Huibers/Dezeen Architecture website Dezeen hosts annual awards to celebrate the world's most impressive buildings.
The website just announced the 2019 winners. "Tiny Holiday Home," created by Dutch design firm i29 in collaboration with Chris Collaris, took the top prize in the House Interior of the Year category.
The Dezeen judges awarded it first place for its "clever use of space" and sustainable materials.
The house is made of four separate concrete blocks that each serve a function for the resident, including dining, living, and sleeping. The designers told Insider it's "the model example of a tiny house."
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Architecture website Dezeen hosts annual awards to celebrate the world's most impressive buildings. The 2019 winners were announced in October.
The contest contains three larger categories — architecture, interiors, and design — with subcategories underneath. There's a total of 37 award winners.
Leading architects and designers judge the nominated buildings based on beauty, how beneficial the space is for users, and sustainability. The 2019 awards are the second annual contest hosted by Dezeen.
"Tiny Holiday Home," designed by the Netherlands firm i29 in collaboration with Chris Collaris, won House Interior of the Year for the 2019 awards. The home was made to look like a minimalist sculpture.
The house sits just outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the judges awarded it the top prize because of its "clever use of space" and sustainable materials. The home is just under 600 square feet, according to Dezeen.
Four separate concrete blocks of different sizes connect through a porch, creating the cohesive space.
The founding designers of i29 Jeroen Dellensen & Jaspar Jansen told Insider that the blocks are separated by function. There is a block for an entrance space, one for kitchen and dining, one for general living, and another for sleeping.
The bedroom block is the largest and spans two stories according to Dezeen.
"The smart arrangement of functions make use of every square centimeter," Dellensen and Jansen told Insider.
The kitchen and living room are in the middle of the house, made of two blocks that each feature sliding doors with access to a patio and garden. The doors highlight the contrast between the structure and the surroundings.
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- Business Insider 20:39October 21, 2019The 15 US cities where it's hardest to get a mortgage, rankedGetty Images LendingTree has released an analysis ranking the US cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage.
Of the top 15 cities where borrowers are most likely to be denied, four are in Florida.
The hardest city to get approved for a mortgage is Miami, where 11.6% of applicants are rejected.
The most common reason for an applicant to be denied is their debt-to-income ratio, followed by credit history.
Despite this, mortgage denials across the board are at their lowest rate since at least 2004.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. LendingTree released an analysis ranking the US cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage.
Of the top 15 cities where it's hardest to get a mortgage, four are in Florida. Cities in California, Texas, and Michigan also made the list.
LendingTree analyzed data from more than 10 million mortgage applications using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2018, the most recent available year.
The most common reason for an applicant to be denied was their debt-to-income ratio, followed by credit history, the study found. The analysis also found evidence of racial discrepancies: African-American borrowers had the highest mortgage denial rates at 17.4%, while non-Hispanic whites had the lowest at 7.9%.
Overall, mortgage denials are at their lowest rate since at least 2004, according to LendingTree. At the national level, 9.8% of loan applications were denied in 2018 — nearly 1 in 10 would-be borrowers.
Here are the 15 American cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage, ranked.15. Louisville, Kentucky
Overall denial rate: 7.7%
Top denial reason: Credit history
14. New Orleans, Louisiana
Overall denial rate: 7.8%
Top denial reason: Debt-to-income ratio
13. Riverside, California
Overall denial rate: 8.0%
Top denial reason: Debt-to-income ratio
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- Business Insider 20:26October 21, 2019How to connect a Google Home to your TV and stream anything with just your voiceHollis Johnson/Business Insider To connect a Google Home to your TV, you'll need a Google Chromecast device, or a TV with Chromecast built in.
Connecting a Chromecast to your Google Home allows you to stream audio and video on your TV with just the sound of your voice.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Google Home is a great device for linking up all of the smart devices in your home to one system. One such smart device you can connect to is a Chromecast, or Chromecast-capable TV.
The ability to do so is enormously convenient, as Chromecast devices allow you to stream dozens of video and audio apps, such as YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify, directly from your mobile device or tablet to your TV.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: All the ways Amazon is taking over your houseSee Also:How to turn off auto renewal on your Xbox One, to cancel subscriptions after your current pay periodHow to remove the SIM card from your Samsung Galaxy S10 to replace it or perform troubleshootingHow to make your iPhone headphones louder in 3 different waysSEE ALSO: The 6 best tech gadgets with Google's impressive Chromecast technology built into them
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- Business Insider 20:22October 21, 2019The best laundry detergent you can buyGood laundry detergent is effective at removing stains and odors from clothing with minimal effort on your part.
Tide's Free & Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent is the best choice for most people because it's unscented, effective at cleaning, and not as hazardous to children as pods. Laundry day probably won't ever be the highlight of your week, but the alternative — an empty underwear drawer and re-wearing your socks from yesterday — is far less appealing. And happily for us, today's technology provides far easier methods for cleaning our clothes than our great-great-grandparents used. Instead of pounding our dirty unmentionables on a rock, or submerging them in a mixture of skin-burning lye, we have shelves full of laundry detergents to choose from.
A good laundry detergent removes dirt, oil, and sweat from your clothing, leaves behind a fresh scent, doesn't fade or alter fabric color, doesn't break you out in an itchy rash, and doesn't empty your wallet. The problem is, store shelves are full of laundry detergents that meet all of these requirements, so how are you to choose the best product? We've assembled this guide to the best laundry detergents that not only meet the basic requirements but also go the extra mile. So whatever type of laundry detergent you prefer — natural, unscented, sensitive formula — we have a pick for you.
Here are our top picks for the best laundry detergent: Best laundry detergent overall: Tide Free & Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent
Best laundry detergent pods: Tide Pods 3 in 1 Turbo
Best natural laundry liquid: Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent
Best natural laundry powder: Charlie's Soap Laundry Powder
Best laundry pods for sensitive skin: All Free & Clear Mighty Pacs
Best laundry detergent for babies: Molly's Suds Laundry Powder
Best laundry detergent for the laundromat: Lucky Fiji Power Sheets
Best laundry detergent soap bar for handwashing: Zote White Laundry Bar Soap Updated by Caitlin Petreycik on 10/21/19. Updated prices, links, and formatting. Best laundry detergent overall
Tide's Free & Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent is unscented, cleans effectively, and doesn't cost a crazy price.
Tide Free & Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent is hypoallergenic, with no dyes or perfumes that might irritate sensitive skin, but it still pulls no punches when it comes to getting dirt, stains, and odors out of your laundry. Just use the measuring cup inside the cap to pour the right amount of liquid detergent into your washing machine, and let the cleaning begin. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh but without any strong fragrance. That's a good thing for people with allergies or skin sensitivity.
Amazon customer TMam sums up the comments of many pleased buyers in a review, writing, "I have some pretty severe allergies, and at times, contact dermatitis. I had to avoid Tide for decades because it was one of the primary allergens that triggered this reaction in my skin. Thankfully, they developed this formula that works well for me. I can't promise you won't have a reaction, but I use this on towels, sheets, and undergarments, and so far, I have been issue-free."
Pros: Fragrance and dye-free, easy-pour bottle, very effective in any temperature of water
Cons: Some complaints that the liquid runs down the side of the bottle after using the measuring cap
Best laundry detergent pods
Tide Pods 3 in 1 Turbo leave your clothes super-clean and smelling fresh, plus they help remove stains without fading fabric.
Toss one of these pods into your washing machine, turn on the water, pile your dirty laundry on top, and let the spin cycle work its magic. Tide Pods 3 in 1 Turbo combine detergent, stain remover, and color protectant in one small pod. Pods make laundry day a snap. No need to measure, pour, or deal with a soapy, slippery bottle.
The formula is safe for HE washers, and won't leave soap residue or require extra rinse cycles. There are several pleasant fragrances to choose from, but they are all fairly strong, so keep that in mind.
Amazon customers who wrote reviews on the Tide Pods 3 in 1 Turbo mostly praise its effective cleaning action, ease of use, and reasonable price. A few complained that they had pods fail to dissolve in the wash, however, and some other customers said the fragrance irritated their skin.
Another key thing to note is that any household with young children or elderly people with dementia shouldn't buy pods due to the poison hazard. We only recommend pods to households with grown adults who are not likely to pop a pod in their mouths. These things are toxic, and many people have died or become seriously ill from ingesting these pods. Take care, use common sense, and keep pods away from those who might mistake them for food or a toy, and you'll be fine.
Pros: Powerful formula really gets clothes clean and stain-free, childproof container
Cons: Fragrance is quite strong, so not suitable for those with sensitive skin, dangerous if ingested, not for homes with kids
Best natural laundry liquid
Some natural laundry detergents don't really get your clothes very clean, but Puracy's Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent gets your laundry clean and fresh.
No phosphates, sulfates, petrochemicals, animal by-products, chlorine, perfumes, gluten, tree nut-based ingredients, dyes, or allergens are in Puracy's Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent.
Instead, the company uses plant-derived enzymes to remove sweat, oil, dirt, and other grunge from your laundry, leaving behind fresh, clean fabric that won't irritate sensitive skin — even the delicate skin of newborns.
You don't need to use a lot of this highly concentrated formula — Just two pumps are enough for the average load, making this an economical as well as effective detergent. It's safe for HE machines, and works equally well in cold or hot water and on all washable fabrics. Amazon shopper Kat sums up the sentiments of many, saying, "I have all boys — stains come with the territory. For regular everyday stains, I don't even bother pretreating and they come right out with this detergent." Pros: No potentially irritating or environmentally unfriendly ingredients
Cons: Some customers complain that the pump leaks
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- Business Insider 19:50October 21, 2019The best pre-lit artificial Christmas trees you can buyPre-lit artificial Christmas trees come in an array of sizes, colors, themes, and levels of quality. When choosing which tree is best for your home, it's important to consider your budget, space, and other holiday decor.
The best overall pre-lit artificial tree we've found is the Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Pre-Lit LED Artificial Tree, which is full and lush, easy to assemble, and made to last for more than one season.
For more Christmas decorations, check out our guides for the best ornaments for your tree and the best tree skirts you can buy. Growing up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our Christmas tree came straight from our woods, or if there wasn't a good candidate that year, we bought from a Christmas tree farm.
That magical experience waned when I moved farther south where the weather could be 80 degrees as I picked out a semi-live tree from a lot and tried to secure it to the top of a compact car. The final death knell rang the year I could not get the tree into the stand and ended up trying to whittle the trunk with a screwdriver and a hammer. It was time to move to an artificial tree I could manage.
My first artificial tree rang true to its name. It looked fake from even 3 miles away. Fortunately, tree designers and manufacturers have gotten better at producing more realistic branches and needles. I've gotten savvier at selecting trees and have settled on the proper height and circumference for my living space.
After a few years of attempting to wrangle lights onto my artificial tree, I opted for a pre-lit tree. With the selections offered today, you can have lights of any color, special effects ranging from flashing to dimming to changing colors. It is important to look for a pre-lit tree that is labeled "with burn-out protection" or "continuous on." This means that if one bulb goes out, the rest of the strand will stay lit.
After going through a series of trees, I've gained a bit of knowledge that allows me to help others make a good decision when buying a pre-lit artificial tree: Measure the space where you plan to put the tree so you can purchase the height and diameter that works for you. Since artificial trees are so lightweight, you may be able to lift a shorter tree by placing it on a sturdy base (more room for gifts under the tree!).
Look for trees with branches and needles that are molded as one, not attached by wires, to more closely resemble a real tree.
Choose a tree with the highest tip count you can afford. More tips make an artificial tree look fuller and provide more spots to place ornaments.
A higher light count means a brighter tree. A good rule is 100 light bulbs per every 1.5 feet of the tree.
Most artificial trees have a life expectancy of around 10 years. Invest in a tree bag to help protect the tree from dust and insects while it's in storage.
If you crave the scent of a real tree, skip the artificial sprays and buy a fresh pine wreath or garland to bring the outdoors into your home. I have seen and researched many pre-lit artificial trees over the years. I'm always looking for the most beautiful, easiest to assemble, and the best value in products for myself and others.
Here are the best pre-lit artificial trees you can buy: Best pre-lit Christmas tree overall: Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Pre-Lit LED Artificial Tree (7 Feet)
Best narrow silhouette pre-lit Christmas tree: Puleo International Slim Fraser Fir Pre-Lit Artificial Tree (7.5 Feet)
Best snow-covered pre-lit Christmas tree: Home Accents Holiday Flocked Pine Pre-Lit LED Artificial Tree (7.5 Feet)
Best silver pre-lit Christmas tree: The Holiday Aisle Silver Tinsel Fir Pre-Lit LED Artificial Tree (7.5 Feet)
Best budget-friendly pre-lit Christmas tree: Gymax Pre-Lit LED Artificial Tree (8 Feet)
The best pre-lit Christmas tree overall
The lush and full 7-foot Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce features 850 LED clear lights and 2,366 branch tips with realistic needles.
Even if you've never been to Colorado, you'll love their state tree, the blue spruce, with its blue-green, light grey, and moss green needles. Balsam Hill captured the majesty in their Classic Blue Spruce Pre-lit LED Artificial Christmas Tree. The 7-foot height (without a tree topper) and 53-inch width are perfect for a statement tree in your home.
Balsam Hill trees are exceptionally realistic because they have so many branch tips that can be fluffed and spread to create fullness. The PVC needles are soft, pliable, and flat just like real spruce needles. The sturdy branches are hinged for quick and easy setup.
My favorite feature is the lights. While many LED clear lights are dazzlingly bright, Balsam Hill uses Candlelight LED bulbs that cast a soft glow more like an incandescent bulb. There are 850 hand-strung lights attached to the branches. The tree comes with extra bulbs and fuses, and the lights are designed to be continuously on if one bulb on a strand goes out.
The tree comes with a tree stand with rubber, scratch-proof feet, storage bags, and my favorite, an on/off foot pedal so you don't have to crawl under the tree every night to unplug it.
With the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, more than 700 reviews on Amazon, and a 4.5-star overall rating, clearly, this tree is more than worthy of our top pick.
Pros: Easy assembly, 2,366 branch tips, 850 LED lights, realistic color and needles, 3-year limited warranty
Cons: Time must be spent to spread and fluff the branches to achieve fullness
The best narrow silhouette pre-lit Christmas tree
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The Puleo International Slim Fraser Fir Pre-Lit Artificial Tree provides all of the fullness of a perfectly shaped Christmas tree within a slim silhouette.
There are spaces like entryways, tight corners, and small apartments where a wide Christmas tree just won't work. Most artificial trees come in full, slim, or pencil widths. The Puleo International Slim Fraser Fir Pre-Lit Artificial Tree stands at 7.5 feet tall and gives the illusion of a wide, full tree but in a slender 42-inch diameter.
When a friend moved from a large home into a patio home, her previous tree just wouldn't work in the living room unless everyone wanted to stand around the tree for the entire season because there was no room for chairs. So we went shopping for a more slender tree. Pencil trees just didn't offer enough branches to accommodate her favorite ornaments, but this slim Puleo International Fraser Fir Artificial Tree was perfect.
The 7.5-foot tree is pre-strung with 500 lights and has 1,453 branch tips to create the illusion of a wider, full tree. The tree is simple to assemble with just three sections to put together. The included tree stand is sturdy and the lights are soft white, UL-listed. The lights are "continuous on" so that if one bulb goes out, the others stay on.
Pros: 500 lights, 1,453 branch tips, 5-year warranty for tree, 2-year warranty for lights
Cons: Lights are not LED, no storage bag included
The best snow-covered pre-lit Christmas tree
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If you enjoy a white Christmas, the Flocked Pine Pre-Lit LED Tree will make you feel like you're in Vermont.
This charming tree looks like you just brought it in from the snowy woods. But the benefit of a flocked artificial tree dusted with snow is that it won't melt and leave puddles on your floor. When I was growing up, we added a wintry-touch to live trees with a can of spray-on snow. I can tell you it was quite messy, and cleaning the floor was not simple. So when I discovered this Lexington Pine snow-flocked pre-lit tree, I love that I could have the look without the extra effort and mess.
Standing 7.5 feet tall, this pine is pre-strung with 500 LED lights in a warm white. The 1,254 branch tips are accented with flocked pine cones to add to the natural, woodsy look. There's still plenty of room for your ornaments and maybe a red bird or two peeping out of the branches. The medium width of 48 inches is perfect for most spaces
The tree sets up quickly because the plugs for each section of lighted branches are located inside the tree pole, or trunk. As you add each section, the lights illuminate automatically as you connect the plugs. The tree features an on/off foot pedal for convenience, and extra lights and fuses are included.
With nearly 250 reviews on The Home Depot, the tree has a rating of 4.6 stars. Many reviewers said they loved the natural look so much that they didn't even add decorations.
Pros: 7.5 feet tall, 1,254 branch tips, 500 LED pre-strung lights, sprinkled with pine cones, foot pedal for light control
Cons: Flocking can shed during setup
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- Business Insider 18:42October 21, 2019Interior designers reveal the 12 biggest mistakes people make when decorating a bedroomShutterstock Insider spoke to a group of interior designers to learn about common design mistakes people make when decorating a bedroom.
Some of the most common faux pas include using too much furniture, too many or too few pillows, and rugs that are too small for the room.
Another common mistake is getting a headboard that is too big or too small for your mattress, which can make your space look a bit strange.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It's not always easy to create a bedroom that's calming, practical, and beautiful.
Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their bedrooms, according to interior designers.
Using bedside tables that are too tall or too short can make your space feel awkward.
Sara Ray, owner of Sara Ray Interior Design in Nashville, Tennessee, said that having a bedside table that is the right size and height is an absolute necessity.
"If the tables are too tall or short, it can be awkward to reach things on the tables or turn lamps on and off from the bed," Ray told Insider.
She also said that it's important to select a night table with a "generous width," explaining that it's handy to have enough space for a small lamp and a few essential items.
Having too many pillows on your bed can give your room a cluttered feel.
Ray also told Insider that putting tons of pillows on your bed is not a functional way to set up your sleeping space.
"It results in no one ever making the bed because it's so time-consuming to get everything positioned just right," she explained. "The pillows end up on the floor the majority of the time because there typically isn't much storage for lots of pillows to be tossed in a bedroom."
That said, not having enough pillows can make your bedroom seem incomplete.
On the other hand, if you don't have enough pillows on your bed your space might look somewhat neglected.
"Too few pillows can make a bed look unfinished and forgotten. Getting the perfect balance of pillows for aesthetic and function is key," Ray told Insider.
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- Observer 17:00October 21, 2019Zayn Malik Finally Accepted a Loss on His Bel Air CompoundHe isn't having the best luck with the real estate market right now.
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- Observer 17:00October 21, 2019Zayn Malik Finally Accepted a Loss on His Bel Air CompoundHe isn't having the best luck with the real estate market right now.
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- Observer 14:00October 21, 2019Justin Bieber’s Instagram Spree Already Brought in Offers to Buy His Beverly Hills MansionHe's been showing the house off on social media.
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- Huffington Post UK 02:01October 21, 2019How A Single Lost Letter Can Cost The Homeless A House
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- Business Insider 00:02October 21, 2019Why Hometown Bar-B-Que is the most legendary barbecue restaurant in NYCInsider's Herrine Ro and Sydney Kramer visited Hometown Bar-B-Que, a popular barbecue restaurant in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The owner, Billy Durney, is considered one of the best pitmasters in the country.
The two hosts learn how Durney fell in love with barbecue and what makes his food different from other barbecue spots in the US.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: This is the best barbecue in New York City.
Herrine Ro: Oh, it's so good! These are one of the moments when you know that your job is so great.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:An NYC restaurant serves burrata with baby burratas insidePortugal's most iconic sandwich was named after a French traveler in the 1950sThis is how Dippin' Dots are made
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- Business Insider 22:29October 20, 201914 things an interior designer would buy from the Disney Store right nowShop Disney Disney's online store has a special home-decor line that features bed frames, appliances, tables, and more.
To narrow down the options, Insider spoke to Philadelphia-based interior designer Lauren White.
White told Insider she loved a variety of products, from Jack Skellington canisters and Mickey Mouse-shaped cheese boards to Minnie Mouse-print sheets and special bed frames.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney may be known for its magical amusement parks, but the brand also has a few collections of home decor, many of which are available online.
To help narrow down the options, Insider asked Lauren White, owner and principal designer at Ellen W. Interiors, which items she would purchase from Disney's online store.
From waffle makers to storage cubbies, here are 14 things an interior designer would buy from the Disney Store right now.This bold red bed frame features Mickey's famous silhouette made from nail heads.
White told Insider she loves this bed frame "because of the bright brilliant color and the tall backboard."
"It's the perfect balance for a child to transition into their tween years," she added.
The set is available in twin, full, and queen sizes. It also comes in white.
Mickey Mouse Holmby Bed by Ethan Allen, $1,109.00
This Mickey Mouse-inspired cubby system can help keep your home organized.
If you're struggling to organize your entryway or another busy area of your home, White suggests using a cubby system like this one to keep your things in order.
"With mudrooms becoming more and more popular, these cubbies are a no-brainer to keep your home organized," she told Insider.
Mickey Mouse Colorblocked Cubbies by Ethan Allen, $899.00
You can get a functional, wooden table that looks like Mickey Mouse
This nesting-table set fits in well with any mid-century-modern decor, which is still having a moment right now, according to White.
"Not only is this table set a classic because of the wood finish and color, but it's functional and can be passed down," the Philadelphia-based interior designer told Insider.
When pushed together, the table looks like an outline of Mickey Mouse, with the small tables as the ears and the larger table as the face. It comes in a light-wood and dark-wood finish.
Mickey Mouse It All Started With a Mouse Table by Ethan Allen, $999.00
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- Business Insider 15:00October 20, 2019THE US HOME HEALTHCARE REPORT: How US providers are using telehealth to tap into the booming home healthcare market (CVS)This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here.
US home healthcare is evolving into a massive market for US health systems and hospitals. The US home healthcare market is projected to grow about 7% annually from $103 billion in 2018 to $173 billion by 2026 — outpacing growth in all other care types, including hospital care (+5.3% annually) and physician services (+5.6% annually) — and providers must figure out how to tap into the burgeoning space.
Business Insider IntelligenceSee the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:America’s largest health insurer is going toe-to-toe with a growing number of venture-backed companies with billions in their war chests. Here’s how UnitedHealthcare plans to beat the disruptors.Facebook just expanded its blood-donation tool to the entire USAncestry's DNA test has traced the family histories of more than 15 million people. Now the genealogy giant wants to map out your health history.
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- Observer 14:00October 20, 2019Queen Elizabeth Could Make an Extra $1.28 Million Next Year From Sandringham Parking FeesThe money will go towards maintaining and updating the estate.
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- Business Insider 17:24October 19, 2019Millennials are dropping up to $150,000 to decorate their homes like their grandma's house, and it says a lot about what the generation loves and hatesBrandon Colbert Photography/Getty Images The "grandmillennial" aesthetic is in: Millennials are decorating their homes with everything your grandma loves, from antiques to ruffles, reported Emma Bazilian for House Beautiful.
Grandmillennials who spoke to Shayne Benoqitz of The New York Post spend anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000 on the style.
The trend shows what millennials like and dislike: It's a reaction to the generation's affinity for minimalism, but also related to their love for "ugly fashion."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Porcelain figurines, English antiques, chintz wallpaper, brocade curtains.
No, this isn't your grandma's house — it's the home of "grandmillennials."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:There are 618,000 millennial millionaires in the US, and they're on track to inherit even more wealth from the richest generation everYou now need to make more than $500,000 a year to be in the 1% in America, new study shows — and that's the highest it's ever beenThe $200 million superyacht once owned by a fugitive businessman and later rented by Kylie Jenner for her 22nd birthday is now for sale — take a look insideSEE ALSO: 9 unlikely items that have become luxury status symbols among the elite
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- Business Insider 01:22October 19, 2019What it takes to stage and sell a $16.5 million NYC penthouseCheryl Eisen is the CEO of Interior Marketing Group and the go-to luxury-apartment stager in the New York area. The homes she stages start at $5 million and go as high as $230 million.
She works with her team to stage a $16.5 million penthouse in NoHo.
In order to attract buyers, she plans to make the space feel warmer, add sophistication to fit an upscale buyer, and include unique art pieces.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: This penthouse is listed for $16.5 million. And even though it's in a prime location in New York City, it's been on the market for a long time. The home was previously staged by a different company, but now, the building owners are bringing in the top gun, Cheryl Eisen, with the hopes that her staging expertise will get the place sold a lot faster. She's the go-to luxury apartment stager in the New York area.
Cheryl: So, some ways staging can miss the mark is really if you're telling the wrong story, and we'll have to come in and restage it, and that's what we're doing now.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Can this $500 "vampire" facial give you younger skin?Mosaic artists turn stained glass into decor for homes.How sounds are made for fight scenes in movies and TV shows
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- Business Insider 01:15October 19, 2019The best Christmas tree toppersThe finishing touch on a Christmas tree is the topper placed on the tip-top branch.
When purchasing a new Christmas tree topper, there are several things to keep in mind, which we detail below. I've always enjoyed looking for the most unique, easiest to position, and best value tree toppers for myself and others.
Whether you love an angel, traditional star, or something unique, we have the best Christmas tree topper for you.
For more Christmas decorations, check out our guides for the best ornaments for your tree and the best tree skirts you can buy. A Christmas tree topper holds a special place in holiday decorating. It is the crowning touch to the centerpiece of the season, the Christmas tree.
You may love a star like the Bailey family in "It's a Wonderful Life" or use a cherished family heirloom. I tend to change my tree topper every year or so depending on my mood. While I use many of the same ornaments that I have collected every year because they bring back such strong memories, I like switch out different tree toppers.
When purchasing a new topper, there are several things to keep in mind:
Style: Choose a topper that complements the style and profile of your tree. A star or angel looks good on a conical, full tree. A spire or elongated topper is perfect for a slim, pencil tree.
Height: Know the height of your tree and your ceiling. As a rule, the tree topper should have at least 5 inches of space between it and the ceiling. For example: Height of tree: 4 to 5.5 feet Recommended topper height: 5 inches
Recommended topper width: 3 inches Height of tree: 6 to 6.5 feet Recommended topper height: 7 inches
Recommended topper width: 5 inches Height of tree: 7 to 7.5 feet Recommended topper height: 4 inches
Recommended topper width: 4 inches Support: Determine if your tree can support the weight of your chosen tree topper. Glass toppers are usually the heaviest with paper, plastic, and ribbon toppers the lightest.
Installation: Once you get your topper home, it's time to make sure it is going to stay in place and not tumble to the floor or topple your entire tree. I've had many a tilted topper and even a horizontal tree a couple of times. Both artificial and natural treetops can be reinforced with dowels to make them more sturdy. With artificial trees, several branches can be tied together to support heavier toppers. Use green floral tape to cover any wires or ties to give the tree a more natural look.
Safety: Always think safety first when placing the topper. Use a good stepladder and have someone hold the trunk of the tree in place as you add the topper. If the topper is lighted, use a UL-tested extension cord and weave it through the branches to prevent accidents. Consider using a nonbreakable topper if small children and climbing pets have access to the tree.
I've always enjoyed looking for the most unique, easiest to position, and best value tree toppers for myself and others. Read on in the slides below to discover our top picks in Christmas tree toppers for every decorating style.
Here are the best Christmas tree toppers you can buy: Best angel tree topper: Etsy Silk Waldorf Angel
Best star tree topper: Lenox Glass Star
Best illuminated tree topper: Mr. Christmas Revolving Santa Biplane
Best traditional glass tree topper: Pier 1 Mercury Glass Finial
Best unique tree topper: Etsy Family Name Custom Tree Topper
The best angel tree topper
Hand-crafted in silk and wool, this Silk Waldorf Angel Tree Topper from Etsy can be custom-made according to the size and hair color you desire.
I am always in awe of the talented people who sell their wares on Etsy, and it is there that I found my Custom Silk Waldorf Angel Tree Topper by artist Holly Shabtai.
Each angel is made with a wool body handcrafted from the fleece of New Mexico sheep and then topped with woolen and silk needle-felted fibers. There are poseable wire arms and wings, and the height can be customized from 10 inches to 22 inches. (For a tree topper, a 10-inch angel works best for the majority of tree heights.) You can work with Holly to select the hair color and accessories that make each angel unique.
While the angel has an opening that fits beautifully over the top branch of a tree, it can also be used as a centerpiece or part of a display. Angels are one of the two most popular tree toppers in the United States.
Nearly every one of Shabtai's reviews on Etsy gives her five stars, many citing her excellent craftsmanship. My angel brings me joy each time I see her ethereal beauty.
Pros: Handmade with natural fibers, available in a range of sizes, customizable, free shipping
Cons: Shipping is one to two weeks after the order is placed
The best star tree topper
The Lenox Glass Star is a classic tree topper that can become an heirloom Christmas piece.
Along with the angel, the star is one of the most popular tree toppers. Stars come in every iteration from simple five-points to intricate designs. The star can be flat or three-dimensional and made from paper, plastic, glass, metal, or wood. The Lenox Glass Star, which is brand new this year, combines frosted glass and metal to create a contemporary but classic star that will be gracing my tree this year
Like many star toppers, the Lenox Star is mounted on a spiral metal base. A spiral or conical base is easily adjusted to accommodate different-size tree branches. The star is 12.5-inches high from base to top tip and created from pieces of frosted glass fitted into a three-dimensional gold wire frame. Behind the glass star is a more contemporary star-burst sculpture made of gold metal. I love the juxtaposition of the two styles.
The star is translucent enough that I can place lights from the tree behind it to provide a glow without the need for a separate cord or outlet.
While I don't plan to return my star, Lenox offers a Breakage Replacement Program that guarantees that an item can be returned within 120 days for a replacement piece or refund.
Pros: Combines contemporary and traditional design, easy to attach to treetop, excellent return policy
Cons: Glass is breakable
The best illuminated tree topper
The Mr. Christmas Revolving Santa Biplane navigates by the bright North Star to help Santa deliver presents for under the tree.
Who couldn't "Believe" after seeing Santa guided by the North Star circling the top of your tree in his biplane as he tows a holiday banner? This Mr. Christmas animated tree topper is one of the newest and cutest illuminated toppers on the market.
I had to get one for my 2-year-old grandson's tree. He loves the movement, the lights, the plane, and of course, Santa. The star is around 8-inches wide and is lit by LED lights. Santa circles in his biplane as he tows a glittery message of "Believe".
The topper easily attaches to the tree with a unique two-band Velcro system. Simply insert Santa's guidewire between the pole and plane, and he is ready to fly. The topper is powered with an AC adapter that is plugged into an outlet and comes with an on/off switch. The topper is 20-inches tall from the base to the point of the star but can be positioned to nestle down in the tree or soar a bit higher.
Santa's biplane is brand new this year, but if you prefer his traditional sleigh, Mr. Christmas has you covered.
Pros: Animated and illuminated, quiet motor, easy to assemble, adjustable to the height of the treetop, 90-day warranty
Cons: Star will not illuminate separately
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- Business Insider 23:51October 18, 2019The best mattressesA high-quality mattress will last for more than a decade, provides the right balance of comfort and support for your body type and sleeping style, and offers superb motion transfer isolation.
Our guide features beds that performed well in our tests, have long trial periods, and are designed to suit a broad range of sleepers.
The Leesa Hybrid Mattress is our top pick because it sleeps cool, has impressive edge support, and features motion isolation so good that you won't notice when your partner gets up in the morning. After your home and vehicle, one of the most important purchases you will make is your bed. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping. It's a tired, old cliché, but it's true. And, if you don't put enough research and money into finding the best mattress for your needs, that third of your life you spend sleeping could end up having a negative impact on the two thirds you're awake.
One of the biggest mistakes mattress shoppers make is putting too much emphasis on the price tag. Most mattresses have warranties of at least 10 years. Even if you splurge on a $2,000 bed, that works out to about 50 cents per day over the life of the warranty. I think most of us would agree that your comfort is worth that. If money is tight, check out the financing options offered by most online mattress sellers.
Instead of focusing on the price, you should pay attention to the most powerful tool for finding the right mattress for you: the risk-free trial period. We can tell you all about what to look for when mattress shopping, but the best way to tell if a bed is right for you is to sleep on it for several nights. Fortunately, the best brands offer trial periods of 100 nights or more. Most will give you a full refund if you decide the mattress isn't right for you.
How we test mattresses
I've personally tested more than a dozen brands, and with the help of my Insider Picks colleagues, we've tested all of the top online mattresses. Each bed I receive goes through a battery of tests, and for the mattresses I haven't tested, I've extrapolated the key performance indicators based on our team's reviews along with expert testing from sites like Sleepopolis and Consumer Reports.
Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:
Firmness: For many buyers, this is a key consideration. Yet, there isn't really a standard way to measure firmness. A mattress maker's firmness claims are often hit or miss. I prefer an average firmness, and the main bed that I sleep on has an average rating based on my experience and expert ratings. Any new mattress that comes in is compared to my main baseline mattress to determine its firmness level.
Sleeper type: Back, stomach, and side sleepers will all have different preferences. I'm a side sleeper, but I often sleep on my stomach on firmer mattresses. My wife is a back sleeper. Our subjective sleeping experiences on a particular bed will determine the type of sleeper that will benefit most from the mattress.
Sleep temperature: Most beds-in-a-box feature some type of memory foam, which tends to trap heat. This can lead to a night of tossing and turning. So, to determine heat dissipation, I first lay on the bed for at least an hour. Next, I get up for about five minutes leaving the bed uncovered. I then return to assess how warm it feels. I combine these results with my comfort temperature-wise while sleeping on the mattress to form an overall opinion of the heat dissipation properties.
Edge support: Edge support is important if you like sitting on the side of your bed when putting on shoes or if you sleep with someone who tends to take up a lot of bed space. To test edge support, I sit on the edge of the bed and gauge how much it sinks. I also lie on the side of the bed and slowly rotate closer to the edge until I fall off. I note how secure I feel on the edge and how far I can go without falling.
Motion transfer: If you share a bed with someone or have pets, you don't want their nocturnal movements to disturb your sleep. This is where motion transfer isolation is important. To assess this, I place a 12-ounce can of pop in the middle of the mattress. Next, I drop a 20-pound weight from approximately four feet above the bed so that it lands 12 inches from the pop can. I do this a few times. If the can falls over consistently, the motion isolation isn't very good. If it stays upright, we have a good motion dissipating mattress.
Moving the mattress: If you move often or want to rotate your mattress regularly to improve its longevity, it needs to be easily movable. I test movability by rotating the mattress a few times and taking it from one room to another. I pay close attention to how much effort it requires.
In addition to these tests, we look closely at a mattress's trial period, warranty, in-home delivery/white-glove service, and the type of foundation needed for best performance.
Along with testing out dozens of mattresses, we looked at countless expert and buyer ratings and reviews of the top brands while researching this guide. Our guide features mattresses that performed well in our tests, have long trial periods, and are designed to suit a broad range of sleepers. Also, all of the prices listed in our guide are for the queen. You can follow our links to find the prices for other mattress sizes.
Here the best mattresses you can buy: Best mattress overall: Leesa Hybrid Mattress
Best high-end mattress: Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze Mattress
Best all-foam mattress: The Casper Mattress
Best mattress for people with back pain: Saatva Classic Mattress
Best natural mattress: Birch Mattress by Helix
Best ultra-firm mattress: Plank Mattress by Brooklyn Bedding Updated on 10/18/2019 by James Brains: Revamped guide to include all our current recommended products.The best mattress overall
With its perfect balance of comfort and support for a broad range of sleeping styles and body types, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress is the best mattress I've slept on providing exceptional motion transfer isolation and edge support.
For about a year, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress, formerly known as the "Sapira," was the bed my wife and I slept on when I wasn't testing other models. My wife is tall and weight-proportional. She sleeps on her back. I'm six feet tall and weigh 250 pounds and sleep on my stomach and side. This mattress is the most comfortable of the countless varieties I've tested.
I usually overheat in bed, but the Leesa Hybrid keeps me cool at night by dissipating the heat. It's ideal for couples thanks to its outstanding edge support and superb performance in the motion transfer tests I put it through.
The firmness level of the Leesa Hybrid is right around average. The company recommends using a "firm, flat, and sturdy" foundation. I used the Leesa Foundation, which did the job but had several minor annoyances you can read about in my full review of the Leesa Hybrid.
The mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty, and Leesa offers a 100-night risk-free trial. You can also choose the white glove service for $150, which covers setting up your mattress and foundation and removing your old bed. Though the mattress is bulky and hard to move around, most individuals in good health should be able to set it up with the help of a friend.
Slumber Yard recommends the Leesa Hybrid for stomach and back sleepers who want a great combination of springs and soft memory foam feel. The reviewer was impressed with how well-made, comfortable, and supportive the bed is.
The Wirecutter also recommends this model because of the pressure relief afforded by the memory foam and the subtle bounce of the coils. The reviewer found the bed had excellent cooling abilities and worked for side, stomach, and back sleepers along with heavier people.
Pros: Works for a broad range of sleepers, excellent heat dissipation properties, extraordinary motion isolation, impressive edge support
Cons: Petite side sleepers may find the mattress is too firm
Read our Leesa Hybrid Mattress review on Insider Picks
The best mattress for hot sleepers
If heat-trapping mattresses have kept you tossing and turning through the night, the Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze Mattress will help you rest easy.
The Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze Mattress is what my wife and I sleep on when we're not testing other brands. It's passed all of my motion transfer tests, and I don't even notice when my wife gets up before me in the morning. Though I've found it holds my body heat when I come back from using the bathroom at night, overall, the PRObreeze sleeps cooler than most mattresses.
The PRObreeze is 12 inches thick and features a cooling cover, Purecool+ phase change material, a Tempur CM+ comfort layer, and the original Tempur material support layer. It's also available as a hybrid, which is what I have. Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-night risk-free trial and 10-year warranty. Plus, you can try it out in hundreds of stores across the country.
Tempur-Pedic supplies free white glove delivery, which was incredibly helpful since our king mattress is a bit much for even two people to carry. We use the Tempur-Ergo Extend with Sleeptracker as the foundation, which is worth the investment if you like to watch TV or read in bed. And, if you are looking for an even cooler sleeping solution, consider the PRObreeze's sibling the LUXEbreeze, which is designed to be up to 5 degrees cooler.
Since it's so new, there are few expert reviews of the Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze Mattress. Slumber Yard recommends it for hot sleepers. The reviewer pointed out that it's essentially the same as the popular Tempur-ProAdapt. Yet, he does note that he likes the cooling upgrades that set it apart from the ProAdapt, especially the new cooling cover. The main downside the reviewer points out is that the mattress is only available in Medium and Medium Hybrid.
On Tempur-Pedic's website, one shopper who previously owned the Tempur Flex Supreme for five years decided to upgrade to this mattress because of its cooling abilities. He found the mattress lives up to the hype; he no longer has sweaty nights of tossing and turning. Other buyers are similarly zealous in their love of the PRObreeze, including several reviewers who claim it helped alleviate their chronic back pain.
Pros: Good cooling, impressive motion isolation, great for side sleepers and petite individuals, free white glove delivery
Cons: Expensive, questionable edge support, only available in medium firmness
The best all-foam mattress
The Casper mattress has a firm feel that provides excellent support right to the edge, and it will keep your body cool through the night.
Earlier this year, Casper updated its best-selling all-foam mattress with a zoned-support layer, which provides specialized pressure relief to targeted body parts. The slightly firmer than average support is ideal for back and stomach sleepers, but it was significantly less comfortable when I moved to my side. The firmness also rendered the bed less bouncy but made rotating the mattress and moving around on it easier.
The Casper passed my motion transfer test with flying colors. And, I found the edge support was also impressive. Plus, on hot summer nights, the breathable design kept my usually overheating body nice and cool. You can check out my full review here. I've also tested and recommended the Casper Hybrid mattress, which you can read about here.
Consumer Reports recommends the Casper Mattress as the "best buy" and best overall memory foam mattress. In the review site's tests, the mattress was excellent for petite side and back sleepers and very good for average and large individuals. After eight years of simulated use, the mattress only showed minor changes in performance. The only negative noted was the lack of grips, which could make moving the mattress difficult.
Sleepopolis and Sleep Advisor also recommend the Casper Mattress. And, The Wirecutter does as well but only if you are looking for a medium-firm foam mattress and "don't mind possibly overpaying for it.
Pros: Includes 100-day risk-free trial, has great edge support, has excellent motion transfer dampening, offers firm support, breathable open-cell foam top layer helps keep you cool
Cons: Has very little bounce, might be too firm for side sleepers
Read our Casper Wave Mattress review on Insider Picks
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- Business Insider 23:46October 18, 2019The best LED string lights you can buyLED string lights aren't just for holiday decorations anymore. They can liven up your decor any time of the year.
When deciding on which LED string lights to buy, it's important to consider longevity, cost, durability, and design appeal, among other factors. The LED string lights from GE are our top pick because they are long-lasting, energy-safe, and stylish. They're also available in a variety of lengths and colors.
For more of the best string lights, see our guide to the best holiday lights you can buy. A strand of classic white string lights can upgrade just about any space, be it your dorm room or backyard gazebo. All you need is a working outlet or pack of batteries in order to light up the dark corners of your home.
In addition to giving off that good old nostalgic glow, LED string lights are longer-lasting, safer, and more eco-friendly than classic incandescent string lights. It's true LED string lights are usually a bit more expensive upfront, but since they last for thousands of hours and use very little energy, they are a more cost-effective option overall.
Whether you're looking for classic white, holiday colors, indoor, outdoor, solar, or vintage bistro lights, we have a pick for you. We took longevity, cost, sturdiness, design appeal, and other features into consideration to come up with a guide to the best LED string lights on the market.
Here are the best LED string lights you can buy: Best LED string lights overall: GE Energy Smart Colorite 100-Light LED Multicolor Miniature Lights
Best outdoor LED string lights: Fule LED Outdoor String Lights with Edison Bulbs
Best indoor LED string lights: Koopower Indoor LED String Lights
Best outlet-free LED string lights: Amir Solar Powered String Copper Wire LED Lights
Best budget LED string lights: Autolizer 100 LED Fairy String Lights Updated on 10/18/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated formatting and prices. The best LED string lights overall
These LED string lights from GE produce an old-fashioned glow without consuming a ton of energy. General Electric has been around for more than 125 years, and the company is still leading the electric lighting game in many ways. These LED string lights are energy efficient and should last up to 10 years. They also produce less heat than traditional bulbs, so there's far less of a fire concern.
GE's Colorite LED string lights come in strands with 50 or 100 bulbs, in colors, and in classic white. Reviewers have plenty to say about their warm glow. Some LED lights can look too white or even a bit blue, instead of that warm, almost golden glow you get with traditional incandescents. However, that's not the case here. As one reviewer wrote on Amazon, "They aren't stark white, and they aren't weirdly yellow."
Expert reviewers also love these lights. The GE LED string lights have made it onto Wirecutter's best-of list for five years in a row, making them a tried and true choice for string lights.
The bulbs come only in a mini-size, but don't let that deter you from trying them, even if you want to replicate the traditional string light look, because less is more in the world of LED lights. This version of string lights only comes on a green wire, which might be undesirable if you want to use them on a white wall. However, the green wire is obviously great for using with trees. These lights are labeled for both indoor and outdoor use, but a few reviewers on Amazon mentioned that the lights died sooner than expected when used outside.
Pros: Long-lasting, energy-smart lights with an old-fashioned glow
Cons: Better for inside rather than outside, comes on green string
The best outdoor LED string lights
These Edison LED Outdoor String Lights provide vintage ambiance while being energy-efficient and sturdy. These classy Edison bulbs may look like they're from the 19th century, but their efficiency is very modern indeed. You can bask under the glow of these stylish bistro lights for up to 10 years, all while saving on your power bill. Reviewers on Amazon mention that these lights really have that antique warm-white light that you want from bistro lights, and not the harsh light some people associate with older LED lights.
These Fule string lights are meant for use outside, so you don't need to worry about exposure to the elements since they're waterproof. Plus, the bulbs are made out of plastic, not glass, so they look vintage, but won't shatter if something happens to them. If for some reason, they do stop working, the lights come with a 24-month warranty.
While more than 80% of reviewers on Amazon gave these Fule string lights five-out-of-five stars, some did mention that not all lights worked immediately out of the box. A few buyers had to unplug the string and tighten the socket-to-bulb connection by hand, which fixed the issue. However, the vast majority of reviewers still love the results and rate these lovely ambiance boosting lights highly.
Pros: Vintage glow with long-lasting, energy-smart quality
Cons: Pricey, but will help you save on energy costs over time
The best indoor LED string lights
Koopower's LED lights turn on and off with the press of a button and they can be programmed, so you never have to unplug your lights again.
I love these delicate, warm lights from Koopower, because they're so adjustable and come with tons of features that you won't always see with traditional incandescent lights. A programmable timer means you don't have to worry about turning your lights off before you go to bed or plugging them back in the next day. If you want the lights to turn on right when it gets dark, all you have to do is set it and forget it. Because the lights come with a remote control, you don't need to crouch down and crawl behind your tree or climb on a ladder up to your rafters when you want to change the lights' settings.
Around 87% of Amazon reviewers give these Koopower lights a four or five-star rating. Buyers love that these lights are dimmable, so you can adjust for a bright white or gentle yellow glow. The lights also use a low-voltage plug for safety and have eight different settings: The lights can stay steadily on, blink, fade, wave, flash, twinkle, and more. One of the only drawbacks to this set is that you need the remote control to turn them on and off. If you lose it, the only way to turn them off is to unplug them. Pros: Adjustable, remote-control, and low-voltage lights give users tons of energy-smart options
Cons: They're only operable via the remote control
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- Business Insider 22:50October 18, 2019The best tree skirts you can buyTree skirts add a dash of color and style to your holiday decor while hiding that unsightly tree stand. To help you find the best tree skirt, we rounded up the best options for small and large trees and more.
The Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt is our top pick because it features classic Christmas colors and motifs, plus it's durable enough to last a lifetime.
For more holiday decorating ideas, check out the best artificial Christmas trees you can buy. The winter holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. When else can you justify eating dozens of cookies, opening second and third bottles of wine, stringing lights around the roof of your house, and putting an 8-foot tree in the center of your living room? And in any home where a Christmas tree will be set up during the holidays, it's as essential to have a great tree skirt underneath the tree as it is to have a shining star up on the top.
Tree skirts are important for three primary reasons, which will be of differing levels of value to different people and which I'll discuss in no particular order. A tree skirt can help keep your home clean by catching the needles that fall from a genuine pine tree, and which will invariably end up spread all around the house if not properly caught and collected. A tree skirt's ability to keep the room/home cleaner is its primary purpose for many households. (Note that even artificial trees shed some, so from a cleanliness perspective, a tree skirt is a good idea even with a fake tree.)
Tree skirts also help to keep pets and kids away from the tree stand. This is all the more important with a real tree that has a water-filled stand. Skirts help prevent messes or damage to wood flooring or carpets caused by spilled water and also help reduce the risk of electric shock. Finally, as noted above, tree skirts are a lovely addition to any holiday room, anchoring the decorative tableau (and, ideally, laden with presents).
Choosing the right tree skirt should be a pretty simple affair. First, measure the space the skirt will occupy to determine the maximum size the area can accommodate. Next, think about how large a tree you are going to get (or already have) and then look for skirts with a diameter of approximately the same size as the tree's widest span. When in doubt, opt for a skirt that's slightly smaller than the tree's width, not larger.
Finally, just pick a tree skirt you love based on how it looks and how it will look in the room. If you decorate lavishly, go ahead and choose an intricately patterned and colorful skirt. If your home holiday decor is more reserved, consider a solid-colored skirt or one with minimal flourishes.
Here are the best tree skirts you can buy: Best tree skirt overall: Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt
Best traditional tree skirt: Valery Madelyn 48-Inch Tree Skirt
Best mini tree skirt: VHC Brands Burlap Mini Tree Skirt
Best affordable tree skirt: Ivenf Christmas Tree Skirt
Best large tree skirt: Kurt Adler Embroidered and Pleated 60-Inch Tree Skirt Updated on 11/02/2018 by Steven John: Added a light-up tree skirt and updated pricing and formatting.
Updated on 10/18/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links, prices, and formatting. Replaced the best affordable tree skirt with new pick and removed out-of-stock light-up tree skirt.The best tree skirt overall
The Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt is big enough for trees up to 8 or 9 feet tall, and its red, green, and white wintry motifs make it look festive.
When my wife and I got our first Christmas tree a dozen or so years back, we also got just about the cheapest tree skirt known to history. It bunched up easily, it shed more fibers than the tree dropped needles, and it really just looked ... cheap. Still, we kept the damn thing for five or six years because it just seemed like such a hassle to replace it. Don't make that same mistake.
Instead, consider getting the Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt. With it, your home may well be set for life — as far as Christmas tree skirts go, anyway.
At 50 inches across, this skirt is large enough for most trees yet it will still fit in most rooms. You can always fold a portion of your tree skirt to make it fit closer to a wall or into a corner. Its bright red background is warm and merry, while the green trees and white snowflakes stitched into the skirt add colorful cheer. The skirt features a 5-inch center opening that should accommodate almost any trunk while still concealing the stand entirely. A pair of ties keep the skirt closed, and its weight and the quality of the fabric help it to lie flat without bunching or wrinkling.
This Primode tree skirt scores a four out of five stars when you average all of its ratings together. One customer says the skirt is "the perfect shade of red" for holiday decor, while another gushes: "The tree skirt is beautiful! I'm in love!"
An editor with BoomsBeat gave Primode tree skirts an impressive 9.1 out of 10 rating based on their quality. Primode skirts are also highly popular on Pinterest boards.
Pros: Lovely Christmas colors and designs, durable cotton/polyester blend, ideal size for most homes
Cons: Chemical odor when new requires time/and or washing to dispel
The best traditional tree skirt
The Valery Madelyn 48-inch Tree Skirt will look right at home in homes with a traditional style.
Some of the online product copy written about the Valery Madelyn 48-inch Tree Skirt refers to its look as a "classic baroque style." At first, I thought that description was a bit overwrought, but on closer consideration, I think they're spot on. The skirt looks rather demure from a distance, with a deep burgundy background and gray-gold ruffle that rather blend in with the greater tableau of a space, but seen up close, the surface is adorned with intricate swirling golden stitching and punctuated by silver sequins.
This tree skirt manages to be both regal and refined while still having just a touch of playful flash. In fact, the darker the room, the more the skirt will stand out, as Christmas light and/or a crackling fire make its gold and silver highlights sparkle.
At 48 inches in diameter, the Valery Madelyn Luxury Collection Gold and Burgundy Tree Skirt is large enough for most trees you're likely to install in the home or at a business. And with its quality fabrication and a set of Velcro straps holding it securely closed along the slit, the skirt is suitable for use in high traffic areas.
The Valery Madelyn Luxury Collection Gold and Burgundy Tree Skirt has a shining 4.7-star average rating on Amazon. A customer named Jessica T. said that it's the "most beautiful tree skirt [she has] ever seen," adding that it's "even more beautiful in person."
This skirt is a top seller from retailers all over the internet as well as with brick-and-mortar stores thanks to the confluence of elegant looks and a fair price.
Pros: Lovely subtle styling, plush velvet material, durable Velcro tabs
Cons: Will not match some interior design schemes
The best mini tree skirt
The charming VHC Brands Red Burlap Mini Tree Skirt is perfect for a tiny tree kept in the corner of an apartment or in a Christmas-obsessed kid's bedroom.
The VHC Brands Burlap Mini Tree Skirt is big on charm and small on dimensions. The cloth skirt measures just 21 inches across, making it a perfect fit for a diminutive tree standing 3 or 4 feet tall. The company makes these mini skirts in a number of colors and patterns if you don't like the basic beige pictured above.
Whether you place a tiny artificial tree in the center of your holiday dinner table or you simply have a rather small tree as your primary Christmas tree, this skirt will be the perfect grace note to that pint-sized holiday pine.
The skirt is made from 100% cotton and can be machine-washed if needed (use cold water and a gentle cycle) and is durable enough to last for many years. It has four concentric rings gathered into handsome pleats and edged with fringe and adds depth to any space in which the skirt is displayed. Even used without an actual tree, this skirt makes a handsome decoration placed beneath a vase filled with flowers or under a platter laden with fine foods.
Also, as befitting a tree skirt that's less than half the size of most other options, its price tag is quite small.
The VHC Brands Burlap Mini Tree Skirt has a 4.1-star average rating as of the time of this writing. One customer calls it a "darling little tree skirt" that looks perfect atop her "hand-scraped hardwood floors," while another said it was the "perfect fit for a small table tree."
Pros: Bright color and handsome ruffles, perfect for small trees, affordable price point
Cons: Too small for most trees
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- Business Insider 18:43October 18, 2019The best artificial Christmas trees you can buyArtificial Christmas trees have come a long way. Now they offer a much more realistic and festive look during the holiday season than their predecessors.
Even better, quality artificial Christmas trees are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, from smaller trees that are ideal for apartment living to nontraditional trees like the ombre one in this guide.
The 7-foot Classic Blue Spruce from Balsam Hill is the best artificial Christmas tree you can buy with a convincingly realistic look, full body, and durability that ensures this tree will last for years to come. The artificial Christmas trees of today aren't the aluminum monsters of the Charlie Brown Christmas age. Today, many are made of high-quality combinations of PVC, polyethylene, and sometimes vinyl, that you have to get right up against and take a big whiff of before you realize they're not from a Christmas tree farm outside of town.
Can grabbing the artificial tree box from the basement ever equal the nostalgic thrill of chopping your own from a snowy field and strapping it to the roof of the family car? Don't even try to convince me. However, can a natural tree rival the convenient, no-mess, lower-cost, Amazon-deliverable, symmetrical perfection that a high-quality artificial one can lend your holiday decor? Not likely.
After researching scores of artificial trees that are available and assessing them for issues like cost, convenience, beauty, and realism, we've whittled it down to the five best artificial Christmas trees you can buy this holiday season.
Here are the best artificial Christmas trees you can buy: Best artificial Christmas tree overall: Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce
Best artificial Christmas tree for big rooms: Pre-lit 12-foot Dunhill Fir Tree by National Tree
Best artificial Christmas tree for small spaces: Home Heritage 7-foot Pre-Lit Artificial Half Christmas Tree
Best budget artificial Christmas tree: Best Choice Products 6-foot Artificial Christmas Tree
Best nontraditional artificial Christmas tree: Treetopia Silver Shadow Ombre Artificial Christmas Tree Updated on 10/18/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated formatting, links, and prices.The best artificial Christmas tree overall
The Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Tree looks so real you'll have to look twice (or thrice) to realize it's manufactured.
The realistic color of the Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce is a major selling point. The shade is a very natural-looking deep green that will remind you of an authentic winter wonderland. The set-up is quick and easy so that anyone should be able to do it themselves in less than an hour. In addition to the tree itself, the box from Amazon also comes complete with a storage bag, and two pairs of white gloves to aid in your "branch-fluffing" efforts. This highly rated tree is available in multiple sizes, ranging from 4.5 to 9 feet tall, and can be purchased with or without built-in clear LED lights. The only remaining problem is the lack of that beloved pine scent. But you know what? Christmas tree-scented candles and aromatherapy oils are getting more realistic, too. Problem solved.
Experts and buyers alike recommend this artificial tree. According to the famed Good Housekeeping test lab, the natural shape and spread of the branches on this Balsam Hill tree earned particularly "high marks."
Pros: Realistic color and detail that's easy to store and assemble
Cons: A few reviewers wanted fuller shape for the cost
The best artificial Christmas tree for big rooms
National Tree Company
The 12-foot Pre-lit Dunhill Fir Tree by National Tree is the perfect artificial tree for people with high ceilings who want to impress guests.
When nothing but the biggest and best will do, National Tree's 12-foot pre-lit Dunhill Fir Tree is just what you need. It's more expensive than the other options in our guide, though it's far from the most expensive artificial tree we looked at. And if you want your living room to look like the grand ballroom in The Nutcracker Ballet, then this is your pick.
This particular tree comes pre-lit with 1,500 perfectly spaced clear lights, so there's no fiddling with tangled strands or burnt-out bulbs since if one burns out, the others will stay lit. The metal stand is also included, so just add a tree skirt, your family's own traditional ornaments, a topper, and you're set for Santa!
Some Amazon reviewers said that the tree is rather difficult to put up, but looks amazing once it's done. So that's something to consider if you're planning to set it up by yourself. But two people should be able to set it up perfectly well with a bit of time and patience. Besides, at 12-feet tall, you can expect a little assembly time for any tree.
Pros: Wow-factor is easy with a tree this giant and full
Cons: Its size means a little more planning and storage space required than with a smaller tree
The best artificial Christmas tree for small spaces
The 7-foot Home Heritage Pre-Lit Half Christmas Tree is perfect for smaller spaces that still want a good-sized tree.
Trying to jam a taller-than-you majestic Christmas tree into your studio apartment or even a dorm room just got easier. With the half Christmas tree from Home Heritage, you don't have to limit yourself to a tiny tabletop tree. What blew me away about this artificial tree is that you can get the imposing grandeur of a seven-foot tree without sacrificing your precious floor space, thanks to the fact that it's basically a faux tree that's been cut in half.
The Home Heritage 7-foot Pre-Lit Artificial Half Christmas Tree comes with all the trappings of a full-size pre-lit artificial tree but only takes up half the space. It's made with only 180 degrees of branches and needles so you can set it up against a wall or in a corner. At 19-inches wide, you'll use up what will seem like a tiny amount of floor space for a tree this tall. If you're worried that the lack of width might make this tall tree tippy, multiple Amazon customers have said the stand it comes with works perfectly to keep it upright, with no need to anchor it to the wall. Other reviewers were pleased with this half tree's easy assembly and attractive light arrangement. The only negative reviews mentioned that it can be a bit "wobbly" if you use very heavy decorations and that the branches can take a while to settle out of the container so that they're ready to decorate. Pros: An absolute must-have for Christmas lovers without a lot of space
Cons: Probably not good for households with cats or small kids, as it might be wobbly
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- Business Insider 16:46October 18, 2019Here's exactly what it costs to own my 3-bedroom, 2,700-square foot home on 2.3 acres in rural New HampshireCourtesy Kelly Burch We moved to a New Hampshire town of 1,300 this year, where we bought a three-bedroom, 2,700-square foot home on 2.3 acres.
I bought my house at a bargain because it was a foreclosure, so I only owe $161,000, but my mortgage and taxes are still my biggest expense.
I've also been surprised by some unexpected expenses of rural life, like having to treat and test our well water, and needing to pay for snow removal and lawn care.
Read more personal finance coverage. When I give people directions to my home, I do it the old fashioned way: Pass the house with a white picket fence, count two more mailboxes, then a long stretch of woods, then it's our driveway. If you reach the dirt road, you've gone too far. No, really, I warn friends, take the directions, because there's no chance you'll have cell service here. Even if they had service, GPS can never find my house.
That's because, frankly, I live in the middle of nowhere. When I first moved from a Boston suburb to New Hampshire four years ago I thought we were in the middle of nowhere, but our town had 13,000 people, a Walmart, and exactly three restaurants. That was the big city compared with where we moved this year. Our new town has 1,300 residents, no school, no restaurants, and, as mentioned, no cell service.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: What El Chapo is really like, according to the wife of one his closest henchmanSee Also:15 US cities where wealthy families pay the least in taxesWho has the best cheap car insurance in Idaho?I live in rural Costa Rica and spend $1,000 a month on travel. Here's exactly where my money goes in a typical week.
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- Observer 14:00October 18, 2019Prince William and Kate Made Sure George, Charlotte and Louis Had the Ultimate BabysittersThe Duchess of Cambridge's parents helped out at Kensington Palace while Prince William and Kate were in Pakistan.
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- Observer 14:00October 18, 2019Prince William and Kate Made Sure George, Charlotte and Louis Had the Ultimate BabysittersThe Duchess of Cambridge's parents helped out at Kensington Palace while Prince William and Kate were in Pakistan.
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- Business Insider 01:10October 18, 2019The best sewing machinesHigh-quality sewing machines are pleasant to use for long periods of time, have stitches for whatever projects you want to work on, and can handle a broad range of fabrics.
The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine is our top pick because it's ideal for beginners, it's inexpensive and can reach speeds of up to 1,100 stitches per minute. With the easy accessibility of cheap clothing, linens, and other fabric products just a click away, the sewing machine has lost its once prominent place in American homes. However, for people who like completing projects on their own and reducing their consumption, sewing machines are an indispensable part of the household. Plus, these units serve as an excellent way to bond with youngsters and nurture their self-sufficiency.
For the most part, the sewing machine industry is dominated by Singer, Janome, and Brother, though there are some notable exceptions. Kenmore used to be a major player in the market, but its business has eroded under former parent company Sears.
Singer is the top brand with almost half of sewing machine sales. The company offers features and styles that are designed for all skill levels. Brother holds a quarter of the market share and focuses on balancing easy usability with advanced technology and functions for a variety of experience levels and budgets. Lastly, Janome is known for more expensive and advanced computerized machines.
The two main factors you should consider when purchasing a new sewing machine is your skill level and your budget. In our guide, we note which experience levels will benefit most from each machine, including which ones will continue to serve you well as you develop your abilities.
If you have a limited budget, you need to pay closer attention to the features and extras that you really need. For the most part, added functionality comes with a price, but there are deals to be found if you are willing to live without some accessories. For example, some of the more affordable units don't come with carrying cases and have limited stitch options. This might be fine if you have a dedicated space for your machine and are not interested in monogramming or embroidery.
While researching the best sewing machines, we read through hundreds of buyer and expert ratings and reviews of dozens of models. Our guide features machines that have a track record or performance, durability, and versatility.
Here are the best sewing machines you can buy: Best sewing machine overall: Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine
Best computerized sewing machine: Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine
Best quilting sewing machine: Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine
Best luxury sewing machine: Janome DC5100 Computerized Sewing Machine
Best portable sewing machine: Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine Updated on 10/17/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting.The best sewing machine overall
The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine is designed with the beginner in mind with its intuitive interface, ability to handle all types of fabrics, and one-step buttonholes.
The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine only has 23 stitches — 6 basic, 12 decorative, 4 stretch, and a 1-step buttonhole — but it's a workhorse with its heavy-duty mechanical design. It has the ability to make 1,100 stitches per minute so you can complete your projects faster. The top drop-in bobbin is easy to insert, and the clear cover allows you to monitor how much thread is left. The built-in needle threader is also convenient for effortless threading with minimal frustration. The kit comes with a soft-sided dust cover, auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt, screwdriver, bobbins, needles, quilting guide, seam ripper/lint brush, and all-purpose, zipper, buttonhole, and button sewing feet.
Wirecutter recommends the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine for beginners and casual sewers because it's affordable, can handle an array of fabrics, and is easy to use. It found that a beginner could sit down and use this machine without spending much time reading the manual. It also makes excellent buttonholes perfectly sized for your button. However, the reviewer points out that there only appear to be two speeds, fast and slow. And, the machine gets quite noisy. Sew Orbit and Best Sewing Machine for Beginners Today blogs also recommend this machine.
More than 2,700 Amazon buyers posted positive reviews of the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine. One customer, at first, initiated a return because he had trouble getting the thread tension right and experienced countless bobbin jams, even though he watched several video tutorials. After some more research, he learned that it works well when he uses the felt bobbin spacer, only uses plastic bobbins, and threads it correctly. Other buyers were impressed with how durable this machine feels and how it can handle heavy-duty fabrics, such as leather and vinyl.
Pros: Achieves up to 1,100 stitches per minutes, handles heavy-duty fabrics, easy to use, makes great buttonholes, affordable
Cons: Only two speeds and 23 stitches
The best computerized sewing machine
If you are looking for a sewing machine that will keep pace with your improving abilities, the Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine is a smart choice with its computerized stitch selection and durable design.
The Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine features a small backlit LCD screen that lets you choose from 30 stitches, including 6 one-step buttonholes. Using the touch buttons, you can also see what stitch length and width you've selected. There are convenient buttons for tying off the end of the thread, reversing direction, and starting/stopping. This machine comes as part of six different kits, and the price is currently the same for all of them. So, before buying, take a moment to find the kit that is best for your needs. For instance, I would recommend going with one of the bundles that has a tote case if you plan on moving your 7330 around regularly.
The Janome 7330 is one of the most highly rated machines on the comprehensive expert site Erin Says Sew. The reviewer appreciates that the bobbin is jam-proof and top-loading. Also, she was impressed with how one can start and stop sewing with the push of a button, rather than relying exclusively on the foot pedal. However, she would have preferred more decorative stitches, a dust cover, and adjustable presser foot pressure. Grandma Likes to Sew found that this is a terrific unit for sewers of all levels. The reviewer liked the superior stitch-work and how durable and reliable the 7330 is.
About 87% of the people who reviewed the Janome 7330 on Amazon gave it a positive rating (4 or 5 stars). One user said the machine runs quietly, can handle several layers of heavy fabric, and has automatic button sewing. Yet, after five years of use, she was only able to figure out how to use the buttonholer attachment after stumbling upon a YouTube tutorial. Another buyer commented that she uses the machine on a daily basis, and the 7330 was instrumental in her starting a sewing blog and hobby business.
Pros: Useful for sewers of any skill level, runs quietly, durable, automatic button sewing
Cons: Only 30 stitches
The best quilting sewing machine
The Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine comes with a variety of extras that make quilting convenient, including an oversized table attachment.
What makes the Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine special is the extras and the number of stitches it can handle. First of all, the oversized table attachment is designed for quilting and other larger projects. There are also eight quilting feet to choose from. You can store your CS6000i in the included hard protective case. There are 60 stitches to choose from on the LCD screen, including 7 buttonholes. Brother backs the quality of this unit with a 25-year limited warranty.
On the sewing blogs, Grandma Likes to Sew recommends this unit as one of the best values for your money. The reviewer noted that the auto-threading, pedal-free sewing, and speed control were easy enough for beginners to use. Sewing from Home suggests buying the CS6000i for quilting projects because the foot holder quilt guide, wide table, and the spring-action quilting foot all lent themselves well to quilting projects.
There are more than 5,900 5-star reviews of the Brother CS6000i on Amazon. Numerous of them use this model for making apparel, handbags, accessories, and other projects as part of their sewing business. Many buyers were impressed with the number of stitch options they get with such an affordable machine. Another popular feature is the effortless threading of the bobbin and needle. The only common complaint was that the highest speed is not particularly fast.
Pros: 60 stitches, comes with a wide table attachment, easy threading of the needle and bobbin, 25-year limited warranty
Cons: Some complaints about the tension
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