We’ve already compared two great Philips Sonicare toothbrushes, the Flexcare vs. Flexcare Platinum. Today, we’ll be looking at the Flexcare Platinum and how it compares to the Sonicare DiamonClean electric toothbrush. First, let’s look at the features of each toothbrush individually:
Philips Sonicare HX9352/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush:
- DiamondClean provides the best plaque removal of all Sonicare toothbrushes. Removes 100% more plaque than manual brushing.
- Provides 5 cleaning modes: clean, white, polish, gum care and sensitive.
- Includes two innovative charging units: a glass induction charger and a USB travel case charger. The glass sits on a detachable charging base, it automatically charges the toothbrush as soon as you place it in it. The travel case features a USB port that you can connect via an outlet or any USB charging unit.
- Uses illuminated display to show modes.
- Includes two DiamondClean brush heads.
- Available in Black, White and Pink.
Philips Sonicare HX9110/02 Flexcare Platinum Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush:
- Removes up to 7x times more plaque than manual brushing.
- Provides 3 cleaning modes: Clean, White and Gum Care.
- Features a pressure sensor that lets you know when you’re brushing too hard.
- Includes 2 brush heads, a travel case and a charger.
What Is The Difference Between Sonicare DiamondClean and Flexcare Platinum?
The Sonicare DiamondClean includes more advanced features than the Flexcare Platinum:
- It has more cleaning modes, 5 vs. 3 for the Flexcare Platinum.
- It has more plaque removal power. In fact, it is the best so far.
- The innovative Glass charging unit and USB traveling case are definitely something worth considering.
Of course, for more features you’re expected to pay a higher price. The price difference between the DiamondClean and FlexcarePlatinum is around $30, which we truly believe is worth it.
Why Choose a Low Voltage Heated Mattress Pad?
Electric heated mattress pads can use up a lot of energy to keep your bed heated. But choosing a pad that is labelled Low Voltage ensures that the pad consumes very little energy while providing maximum results. It also makes sure that the pad is very safe to use by converting voltage into non-hazardous voltage, so you can sleep soundly on it without any worries.
Soft Heat Micro-Plush Top Low-Voltage Electric Heated Mattress Pad – Why It’s the Best:
We have chosen SoftHeat’s low-voltage heated mattress pad as our favorite for many reasons:
- Made of utra-soft Micro-Velour fabric top that not only warms your bed, but rejuvenates it as well.
- Patented low-voltage technology, uses very little energy to work, very safe to use.
- Machine-washable and dryable without any change in its look or feel afterwards. It does not pile or shrink.
- Ultra thin wires almost impossible to feel provide even heating through out the pad.
- Pad is dual-zone, separated into two different zones with dual controls for separate adjustments.
- Shuts off automatically after 10 hours of use for added safety and power-saving.
- Available in many sizes from Twin to California King size.
So far, the famous Fitbit Flex has been limited to monitoring activity like steps and calories, sleep quality and active minutes. But Fitbit has now expanded the capability of their bracelets with their new release, the Fitbit Charge. In this post, we’ll talk about the difference between these two bracelets.
Fitbit Flex vs Charge, What Is The Difference?
Image Title Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black Feature Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
Monitor how long and well you sleep
Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
Slim, comfortable and easy to wear (sold with both large and small wristbands included)
Includes small and large wristbands
Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info Image Title Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, Black, Large Feature Accurately track all-day stats like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes
See daily stats, time of day, and exercise mode with a bright OLED display
Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm
Get call notifications right on your wrist
Access real-time run stats like time, distance, and pace to stay on track
Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 120 leading smartphones
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- You’ll notice that the Fitbit Charge has a slightly larger LED display that displays a clock as well as other notifications. On the Flex, you only see lights that notify you of your goal and how far you are from it.
Activity tracking and notifications:
- The Charge tracks: steps, calories, distance, active minutes, sleep activity and stairs climbed. It displays: Clock and Caller ID.
- The Flex tracks: Steps, calories, distance, active minutes and sleep activity. It has NO clock or called ID.
- Both bracelets transfer info wirelessly using Bluetooth.They can also sync via NFC with enabled devices.
- iOS and Android apps available for free.
Which Should I Buy? The Charge or Flex?
When it comes to the main purpose of the two wristbands, both of them offer the same main activity tracking. The Charge offers one extra (stair steps counting) and it gives you a clock and caller ID, which means you want wear it as a watch to. We think these two features can come quite handy:
- Whether you’re working out or simply going about your day, having a clock on your Fitbit Charge means you can let go of your watch and use the much-lighter wristband instead.
- Caller ID is perfect for those times when you’ve got both your hands full and your phone is ringing somewhere in your pocket, backpack or in another room.
Are these two features worth the upgrade? We certainly think so.
What Is a Body Composition Monitor?
a body composition monitor is like a body scale but gives you more detailed information about your weight so you can accurately measure the progress of your weight loss. It works just like a body scale, you stand on it and it starts to analyze your weight in details: body fat measurement, water weight, muscle mass and BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). Keeping an eye on these measurements gives you a true insight on your weight and what you should do next in your body loss or fitness journey.
How Does a Body Composition Monitor Work?
a body composition monitor has different sensors than a normal body scale. It uses Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, a safe electric signal that is passed through your footpads that can analyze the details of your weight like body mass vs water weight and fat. The reading is then reflected on your body composition monitor.
Which Are The Best Composition Body Monitors To Buy?
We’ve chosen two highly rated body composition monitors for you to choose from…
Omron HBF-514C Full Body Composition Sensing Monitor and Scale:
- Uses 6 advance monitors to analyze your body weight and composition.
- 90 days memory function stores all your fitness readings.
- Measures 7 fitness indicators: Body weight, BMI, Body fat percentage, Muscle, Metabolism, Body age and Visceral fat level (far around internal organs).
- Up to 4 person profiles.
Tanita BC-548 Ironman Body Composition Monitor:
- 6 fitness readings: Weight – Body Fat % – Body Water % – Muscle Mass – Physique Rating – Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
- Up to 4 profiles.
- Memory recall function.
- 2 modes: standard and athlete.
What Is The Difference Between Omron HBF-514C and Tanita BC-548 Ironman Body Composition Monitors?
Image Title Omron HBF-514C Full Body Composition Sensing Monitor and Scale Tanita BC-548 Ironman Body Composition Monitor, Glass Feature Breakthrough device to measure your body composition at home
Uses 6 advanced sensors to accurately read your whole body
Clinically proven to be as accurate as the medical devices professionals use
90-day memory stores your readings on all fitness indicators
Measures 7 fitness indicators including body fat percentage, BMI, resting metabolism and weight
Ironman features: Weight, Body Fat, Body Water, Muscle Mass, Physique Rating, and BMR
8mm tempered glass platform
Memory keys on top of unit
Recall function (Weight & Body Fat)
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- The Omron HBF-514C has one extra reading, which is the Visceral fat level.
- The way these body composition monitors operate are different. With the Tanita, you simply stand on it and it does the rest. As for the Omron, it uses hands sensors as well as foot sensors to get accurate reading.
- The Omron is suited for most people, but not for athletes or bodybuilders. The Tanita on the other hand has two modes, standard and athlete.
Which Should You Buy?
The Omron HBF-514C seems to be a more popular choice for its advanced monitoring capability and extra fitness reading. So we’d highly recommend it for those reasons.
We’ve talked about balance ball chairs as a great healthy alternative for the average office chairs. But there’s yet another alternative that is just as interesting and that is the Kneeling Chair.
Balance Ball Chair vs. Kneeling Chair: Which Has More Benefits?
- The balance ball chair promotes, well, balance. It keeps your body moving in order for you to be perfectly balanced on it. The result is a better posture and tighter muscles.
- With the kneeling chair, the back of the chair is completely removed to put you in a special kneeling position that removes all the pressure from your lower back. This is a great choice for anyone suffering from constant lower back pain caused by sitting for too long. It is trickier to sit on, but you’ll get the hang of it after a few tries.
How To Use a Kneeling Chair:
Best Kneeling Chairs For Office or Home Use:
Flash Furniture WL-SB-210-GG Mobile Wooden Ergonomic Kneeling Chair:
- Wooden kneeling chair – made of real wood.
- Padded seat and knee rest.
- Adjustable height.
- Wood finish frame keeps the chair sturdy and durable.
Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair with Casters:
- Padded seat cushion with memory foam.
- 2 separated padded knee rests.
- Height adjustable.
- Metal frame.
Flash Furniture WL-3425-GG Mobile Ergonomic Kneeling Task Chair:
- Combines a standard office chair with kneeling chair.
- Curved mesh back rest, padded seating and knee rest.
- Metal frame.
- Height adjustable.
Balance ball chairs are a great way to keep your body balance and active without interruption of your work day. Sitting on a balance ball instead of a traditional chair helps boost your productivity, keep your from being in one position for too long and it helps tighten your muscles, all while sitting and doing what you already do everyday! Here are our top picks for the best balance ball chairs:
- Adjustable legs, cushioned back for the ultimate comfortable seating.
- 55cm anti-burst balance ball – recommended for users 5′ to 5′ 11″ tall.
- Includes desktop stretching and strengthening guide, and DVD with three 20-minute workouts and three ten-minute “express routines”
- Air pump included.
- Features wide 60mm wheels that provide smooth rolling experience (most other brands use 50mm wheels).
- 52cm balance ball – recommended for 5′ to 5′ 11″ users.
- Base features 4 wheels, 2 lockable.
- Includes air pump and measuring tape for measuring the correct ball size.
- Back of the chair is not cushioned.
- Available in many colors.
- Includes ball and air pump.
- 4 wheel base with 2 lockable wheels.
- Adjustable height and back rest.
Which Of These Ball Chairs Is Best To Buy?
The Gaiam has the largest ball and the only chair with cushions back support. The included DVD with exercise is also quite helpful for extending the benefits of the chair. So we’d highly recommend it as your first choice.
Best Balance Ball Chair with Armrest:
If you prefer the traditional look and feel of an office chair with the added benefit of a balance ball, we highly recommend the Aeromat Low-Back Deluxe Ball Chair:
- Height adjustable, with back rest and arm rests.
- Includes ball, which is recommended to be fitted at 45cm to 50cm.
- Hand air pump also included.
Using a heart rate monitor during workout, although ignored by many people, is quite a necessary thing. Not only do you keep track of your heart rate and calories burned, but these nifty gadgets also track how your body is working at that heart rate: are you burning fat, working on aerobic fitness? Keeping track of these things help you accomplish your fitness goals much easier.
Polar has been a leader when it comes to heart rate monitors. At great performance and affordable prices – usually under $100, it’s been a favorite among athletes worldwide. Two of the most popular models by Polar are the FT4 and FT7 Heart Rate Monitors. The two nearly identical monitors can confuse many people when it comes to their buying decision, so we’ll be comparing them in this post. But before we do that, let’s look at the main features of the heart rate monitors, which are shared by the two models:
- Continuous heart rate monitoring with average and maximum heart rate during the workout.
- Heart rate chest strap – which is required for the monitoring process. Made of fabric and adapts to body shape.
- Smart Calorie features analyzes your data to provide an accurate number of calories burned.
- Water resistant up to 30M
- Connects to compatible gym equipments using GymLink.
- Doubles as a watch with time, alarm and snooze features.
- Both monitors are available in many designs and colors suitable for men and women
The Polar FT4 vs. FT7, What Is The Difference?
Image Title Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor, Blue/Lilac Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor, Unisex (Blue/Blue) Feature Continuous, accurate heart rate provides clear workout guidance
Energy Pointer feature tells you if the main effect of your training is fitness improvement or fat burning
Smart Calorie feature uses your personal data to provide accurate calories burned
Includes heart rate chest strap made of soft fabric material that adapts to your body shape; Requires and includes chest strap for accurate heart rate
User replaceable battery, water resistant (30m), plus connects with compatible gym equipment using GymLink
Provides continuous, accurate heart rate to keep your fitness training simple
Smart Calorie feature uses your personal data to provide accurate calories burned
Includes heart rate chest strap made of soft fabric material that adapts to your body shape. Requires and includes chest strap for accurate heart rate
User replaceable battery and water resistant (30m)
Connects with compatible gym equipment using GymLink
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The FT4 will give you everything you need a heart rate monitor: continuous monitoring, high and low hear rate targets with alarm, calories burned counter and it can add up to 10 training files. That’s in addition to the watch feature with alarm and snooze. This is a great monitor for anyone looking for a basic and functional heart rate monitor. But if you’re looking for a bit more advanced features.. you’ll find them in the FT7.
The FT7 has everything mentioned above, plus these features:
- EnergyPointer feature: a visual guide that shows you what is the main effect of the workout you’re doing – if you’re burning fat at that certain heart rate or simply improving your fitness. This helps you achieve your fitness goals way better.
- Calculates fat burn percentage
- Save up to 99 training files (as opposed to 10 only for the FT4).
- Includes a PC/Mac training program.
- Includes Polar WearLink+ transmitter which transfers your data to Nike + system.
- Connect and upload data to PolarPersonalTrainer.com which analyzes your data, shows you your training diary, allows you to fix a training schedule and gives you tips on how to improve your workout based on the data.
Which Should I Buy? The FT4 or FT7?
Of course, since the FT7 offers a lot more features than the FT4, it does cost a little bit more. But the price difference is almost unmentionable (around $20 to $30) in comparison to the advances features you’d be getting. We highly recommend that you buy the FT7 over the FT4 as it provides a lot more value for your money.
As a follow up to our previous post on Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes, today we’ll be comparing two popular models from another high rated bran, Oral-B. We’ll be comparing the Oral-B 5000 Precision Clean + Floss electric toothbrush to the Oral-B Precision 7000.
Before we compare them, let’s have a look at the features of each toothbrush….
Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Floss Action Precision 5000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush:
- Offers 40,000 pulsating movements per minute.
- 3 brush movements: pulsates, oscillates and rotates for superior plaque removal.
- 5 brushing modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Massage, and Polish.
- Wireless smart guide helps you brush the way dentists recommend: it lights up when the recommended two minutes are up (3 minutes for deep cleaning).
- FlossAction brush head to loosen plaque between teeth.
What’s In The Box:
- 1 handle
- 1 charger
- 1 Floss Action refill brush head
- 1 refill stand,
- 1 travel case
- 1 Smartguide
Oral-B Precision Black 7000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush:
- 3D cleaning action with 3 brush movements: pulsates, oscillates and rotates.
- 6 cleaning modes: daily clean, sensitive, whitening, deep clean, massage and tongue cleaner.
- Pressure sensor alerts you if you’re pressing to hard on your teeth.
- Timer with 2-minute indicator.
- Wireless smart guide to help you with dentist recommended brushing.
What’s In The Box:
- Rechargeable Toothbrush Handle
- Charging station with brush head storage
- Wireless SmartGuide
- Handle Travel Case
- 3 Refill Heads – 1 Sensitive, 1 ProWhite, 1 Floss Action
What Is The Difference Between Oral-B 5000 and Oral-B 7000 Electric Toothbrushes?
- The Oral-B 7000 has 6 modes, whitening mode being the difference between it and the 5000.
- Oral-B 7000 also has a pressure sensor and a timer that the Oral-B 5000 does not have.
- Oral-B 7000 includes more refill heads, including a sensitive, ProWhite and a Floss Action brushes. Where the Oral-B 5000 only includes the Floss Action brush as an extra.
- Both toothbrushes hold the battery up to 10 days of regular use before having to recharge.
Which One Should I Buy?
Budget wise, there’s about $40 difference between the Oral-B 7000 and 5000, so your budget might limit your decision. But if you’re not on a strict budget then the extra features on the 7000 model will be worth the extra dollars.
What You Need To Know About Oral-B Head Brushes:
One of the great things about available head brushes for Oral-B is that is offers customized cleaning for every dental need, here are a few of them:
- Dual Clean gives you twice the cleaning with its two moving brushes.
- Deep Sweep gives you three moving tips on the brush.
- Sensitive brush is great for people with sensitive teeth or gums.
- Braces Care is made specially to keep your teeth and braces clean.
In this post, we’ll compare two popular Philips Sonicare FlexCare toothbrushes, the HX6921/30 Flexcare Plus vs. HX9110/02 Flexcare Platinum.
the Sonicare FlexCare electric toothbrush line offers a wide range of dental health products that are by far the highest rated on the market. These toothbrushes offer superior features and qualities that neither a traditional nor an electric toothbrush from another brand can offer. But before we get into the difference between these two toothbrushes, let’s have a look at the basic feature that both have:
- Patented Sonic technology that offers 31,000 brush strokes per minute.
- Reduces gum problems (bleeding and inflammation) in two weeks.
- Helps prevent gum recession.
- Removes plaque from on and between teeth.
- 2-minute timer – the suggested brushing time.
- 3 weeks of use before having to recharge again.
The Difference Between the FlexCare Plus vs. FlexCare Platinum:
Image Title Philips Sonicare HX6921/30 Flexcare Plus Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Philips Sonicare HX9110/02 Flexcare Platinum Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Feature Patented sonic technology delivers 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Offers 5 modes; Including gum care mode to gum healthy in only 2 weeks
Reduces gum inflammation and bleeding in only 2 weeks, and helps prevent gum recession
Includes proresults standard contoured brush head to remove plaque along the gum line
Removes up to 2X more plaque than a manual toothbrush
Patented sonic technology delivers 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Includes Sonicare intercare brush heads to remove up to 7x more plaque between teeth than a manual toothbrush
Helps prevent gingivitis and gum recession
3 modes combine with 3 personalized intensity levels to adapt to your brushing needs
Built-in pressure sensor alerts you when brushing to hard
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Basically, the difference lies in these features:
- Number of available modes.: the FlexCare PLUS features 5 modes: Clean, Gum Care, Refresh Sensitive and Massage. the FlexCare PLATINUM features 3 modes: Clean, White and Gum Care and these modes can each be further personalized with 3 intensity levels.
- Power to remove plaque: FlexCare PLUS removes up to 2x plaque than regular toothbrush, while the FlexCare PLATINUM removes up to 7x plaque.
- Pressure sensor: the FlexCare PLATINUM includes a built-in pressure sensor that lets you know if you’re brushing too hard.
- What’s Included in the box:
1 flexcare plus handle, 1 standard proresults standard brush head, 1 hygienic travel cap, 1 deluxe charger with cord wrap and brush head storage, and 1 travel case.
1 Sonicare toothbrush handle , 2 Intercase brush heads (Standard) , 1 Deluxe charger with cord wrap and brush head storage, 2 hygienic travel caps and 1 travel case .
Which Should You Buy?
There’s a slight price difference between these two brushes, so choosing which to buy will have to rely on features. The Sonicare FlexCare PLATINUM will certainly give you more bang for your buck. However, if you’re on a strict budget and $10 t0 $2o will make a difference to you, the FlexCare PLUS would be a great choice as well.
Need another suggestion? See our review and comparison of the new Sonicare DiamondClean vs. the Flexcare Platinum here.
A sleek and stylish way to brighten up any household and provide an aroma that will fill the room, ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers are the perfect companion to essential oils. An alternative to the chemical spray dispersers available in the local supermarket, diffusers release the scent of any chosen oil to reflect the season, your mood or help you relax.
Here are our top picks for best ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers:
H2EO Ultrasonic Diffuser Blue Lights Model:
- Emits a calming blue light and has the ability to turn off all lights including red power button for operation while sleeping
- Remains in the background with quiet diffusion of essential oils
- Volume settings allow you to choose low, medium or high levels of output
- Maximum control with the choice of continuous or four intermittent settings
- Water fill line guides you to the optimal amount of water to add
- Energy efficient switch mode power adapter
- Ensure you use distilled water for maximum performance
- Comes with 12 month warranty and after sale parts and service
Classic Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser:
- Award winning design made to compliment most rooms
- Umbrella cap allows better diffusion of essential oils
- Advanced and safe ultrasonic vapour diffusing technology with energy saving features
- Low level LED lights create relaxing environment and are easily switch on and off
- Five different timer settings and three different mist dispersion levels with auto shut off feature for peace of mind
- 360 degrees multi directional nozzle provides wide dispersion area
ZAQ Noor Air Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser:
- LiteMist Aromatherapy Technology with auto shut off for peace of mind
- Compact and modern design fits in any surrounding
- No condensation produced from mist
- Soft mood lighting, favourite colour setting or no light mode to suit your mood
- Mist not only relaxes but moisturises your skin at the same time
- Choose any aroma you like from your essential oils collection
- Includes A/C adapter, essential oils sold separately