buying guide http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11655/all en-US What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween-candy-iStock_000046298990Small.jpg" alt="halloween candy" title="halloween candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays are way too close together, aren't they? You barely have time to recover from one before the next festive occasion is on top of you. And that means it's more important than ever to maximize your budget, and your savings, when you go shopping. Once again, we've been looking around to let you in on the deals of the month, and the pitfalls.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>The big, big shopping day of November is Black Friday. So called because it was traditionally a day when stores went from being in the red (or in debt) to being in the black (or profitable), it's now synonymous with large crowds, crazy shopping sprees, early morning doorbusters, and those inevitable fights after standing inline for four hours. But you don't have to wait until Black Friday for great deals. Look out for these starting November 1st.</p> <h3>Halloween Everything</h3> <p>The day after Halloween (and sometimes the evening of Halloween) the stores will start clearing out their stock of spooky merchandise. That's great news for anyone who is celebrating Halloween on Saturday or Sunday night this year, as you can bag a last-minute costume for at least 50% off. Stores like Target and Walmart will start slashing prices after a few weeks, with $50 and $60 costumes going on sale for less than $10. If you have plans for a costume for 2015, see if you can grab a bargain now. You can always store the really cheap ones, and sell them for a profit before next Halloween.</p> <h3>Candy</h3> <p>Hot on the heels of the costumes and accessories, Halloween candy gets slashed early this month. Remember, this is all perfectly safe to eat, with expiration dates months (or even years) off. Of course, the pumpkins and ghouls make it seasonal, and it has to go. So, if you don't mind some out-of-date wrappers (and who does?) grab yourself some sweet treats.</p> <h3>Laptops and Notebooks</h3> <p>The smaller the better, as far as pricing goes. This month, you will see stellar savings on laptops and notebooks. If the sales are anything like last year, you can expect to pick up a decent 13&quot; laptop for around $200 including taxes. Just a few years ago, these laptops would have been double that price. Apple typically sells their stock a little cheaper this month, but don't expect amazing deals. Even with the company floundering compared to its Steve Jobs days, it still doesn't like putting bargain prices out there.</p> <h3>Sneakers and Summer Footwear</h3> <p>If you're a sneaker and sandals fan, November is your month. The winter shoes are coming out, and the summer stock is being cleared fast. But, people are still going on vacations to sunnier places, and it won't be long before the warmer weather is back here again. Do a little online shopping and expect to see the price of great sneakers drop by at least 50%.</p> <h3>Wedding Dresses and Paraphernalia</h3> <p>When it's cold and grey outside, those wedding day photos can look pretty grim. Very few people like getting married in the winter months, and so they're not going shopping for the wedding dress and other accessories. Even if your wedding is in July or August, pick up a dress now. The bridal stores get large stocks of wedding dresses in at this time of year, ready for the rush after the Christmas and New Year engagements. Take advantage of that, and browse the empty stores with a bargain in mind.</p> <h3>Turkeys</h3> <p>Thanksgiving month is turkey month. So you'd think, with turkeys being in high demand, that the prices are high, too. Well, far from it. The turkey breeders have been preparing all year for this month, and it's when a glut of turkeys hits the market. It's cheaper to buy turkey at this time of year than any other, and if you plan wisely, you can even pick up a decent one for free. Yes, some stores will be <a href="http://www.shoprite.com/free-turkey-promotion/">offering free turkeys</a> to people spending a certain amount of money. It varies by store, so check your local papers and online ads.</p> <h3>Toys Are a Strong Bet</h3> <p>As we noted last year, you no longer have to wait for until Black Friday, or early December, for the toy bargains. As Black Friday is now more focused on electronics, computers, appliances, and loss leaders like DVDs and Blu-rays, toys are getting overlooked. So the retailers are dropping the prices earlier. Also, Saturday, November 8th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day. You'll see a lot of promotions around that.</p> <h3>Kitchen Gear</h3> <p>As the season of cooking and eating comes into full effect, you'll notice bargains in the kitchen and appliance aisles of your local retailers. Last year saw a record number of deals in these departments, particularly pots and pans and baking dishes, so now is the perfect time to stock up on essentials, before the holiday rush.</p> <h3>HDTVs</h3> <p>At this point, there won't be a month that goes by without HDTVs being hot items. Yet again, prices are dropping, this time fueled by the Black Friday madness. And it's not madness to tell you that on Black Friday itself, you will be able to pick up 60-inch 1080p sets for just over $400. Actually, I take it back&hellip; that's just nuts. You'll also be able to pick up a 42-inch 1080p set for under $200, which is just as crazy. Remember though, these deals come with long lines, and the inevitable pushing and shoving. Don't get caught up in the insanity.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid</h2> <p>November is actually one of the best months for shopping. There are not a lot of landmines, or shopping traps, to avoid. But based on the last few years, there are a few so-called &quot;deals&quot; that you should stay away from. Here's what to avoid.</p> <h3>Travel Deals</h3> <p>The travel season is just starting to heat up, and so the deals are not yet worth looking at. You'll see modest price reductions on a select number of vacation packages, but as demand for booking vacations is so high, the prices stay high as well. Wait a while. However, you should see some nice deals on hotel rooms around this time, especially if you fancy booking a fancy suite in Vegas on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Hey, some people do it, and they save a bundle.</p> <h3>Winter Clothing and Gear</h3> <p>It's a no-brainer. Avoid the brand new selections of outerwear, including coats and jackets, skiing equipment, boots, winter shoes, gloves, scarves, and the usual rosy-cheeked accessories. This is not the time to go shopping for the upcoming winter season. Wait until January, and the prices will plummet.</p> <h3>The iPad Mini 3</h3> <p>It's slightly new and improved. But not really. For the extra money you'll pay for it, you won't see much of a difference. Save your money, you can bag some huge bargains on Black Friday, and the iPad Mini 2 is just as good. Is Apple going to do anything innovative anytime soon? It doesn't look like it.</p> <p><em>Do you have any purchasing plans this month?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-august">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in August</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-june">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in June</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping buying guide november shopping what to buy Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:00:05 +0000 Paul Michael 1067940 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween-costume-510999729-small.jpg" alt="halloween costume" title="halloween costume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Boo! Yes, it's that time of year again (as I get older, and my kiddos do too, I feel it creeping up on me more quickly every year). Halloween is here. That means Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Diwali, are all approaching. With them come things to buy. However, these tips should help you save your hard-earned cash and stretch it a little further in the last stretch of 2014 and on into 2015.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy</h2> <p>October 16th is Boss's Day; if you have a boss, and want to stay in their good graces before holiday bonuses get handed out, you may want to consider getting him or her a little treat. Of course, the biggest time for treats, and tricks, is October 31st. Are you ready for it? Well, here are some deals to help you keep more of your money in your pockets before the big day.</p> <h3>Lawn Care &amp; Equipment</h3> <p>Many of us are looking around for deals on winterization. That means it's time to shut down the gardening regime for the winter, and retail stores know it. Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Sears and other major chains will be doing their best to clear out what's left of the summer lawn care stock. If you can find them, you'll also find killer deals on everything from hoses and rakes to fertilizer and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H89KFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004H89KFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=OKGCJNVCSRU32MLI">insect repellent</a>.</p> <h3>Cruises and Vacations</h3> <p>If you're looking to save some money on a getaway, you can't beat cruise prices right now. I've seen deals for four nights in the Bahamas for two, with kids, for under $300. You can even get them under $200 if you're going as a couple. Check them out but make sure you include the price of airfare to and from the departure city. That often trips people up. It's also off-season for traditional vacations, and that means great deals on packages including hotel and flight.</p> <h3>Halloween Deals (Be Careful)</h3> <p>Yes, there are Halloween deals coming. November 1st is when the first big sales will hit, and by November 15th the stores are almost giving them away. But that's no use to you if you want a deal for this year's Halloween. So, consider buying just a week or two before the big night. Look for deals at online stores, eBay, and consider costumes that may not be as popular next year (for instance, is anyone going to be talking about Frozen with the same vigor? Well, maybe not).</p> <h3>Cars</h3> <p>Now, it has to be said that buying a new car is not good financial sense. The second you drive it off the lot it loses a significant amount of value. A car that's just a year or two old is a much better deal, and will have low mileage and a lot of the warranty left on it. However, if you must have a new car, this is the month to go shopping. September is when new models are released, so the dealerships don't want old stock littering the tarmac. Find the True Car Value, haggle like crazy, and never be afraid to walk away. You'll get a major deal.</p> <h3>Denim and Jeans</h3> <p>It was the same story last year; for some bizarre reason, there's a glut of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sale-Clothing/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=13851881&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=U7TA4GPPPU6PRUER">denim and jeans</a> on the store shelves right now. Yes, you can blame some of the bargains on back-to-school, but whatever the reason, take advantage of it. Children and adults alike can snag great deals on brand name denim clothing, and even bigger deals on store brand from Target and Walmart.</p> <h3>Grills</h3> <p>Just like lawn care, the grilling season is behind us. That means great deals for outdoor chefs, and the weather is still mild enough to get a few more weeks (or months) of use out of a brand <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Grills-Fryers-Outdoor-Cooking-Living/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=553760&amp;pf_rd_i=2972638011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1568795042&amp;pf_rd_r=19E5K0T53YNTEJ8339CW&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=D4YG254BJHTUCV5W">new grill</a>. Of course, if you're a brave chef you'll be out there in the snow and ice cooking up steaks and corn like a pro.</p> <h3>Patio Furniture and Camping Gear</h3> <p>Another no-brainer, but it has to be said. Patio furniture and camping gear is not on anyone's shopping list right now. Do you want to sit outside in the rain and snow? So, stores are trying to shift it quickly. Sure, you may have to wait several months to take full advantage of new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=3274550011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1380570938&amp;rh=n%3A2972638011%2Cn%3A!3274549011%2Cn%3A3274550011%2Cn%3A553824&amp;rnid=3238155011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=2CC67NXHFELP7IB3">patio furniture</a> and tents, but who cares when the prices are this low?</p> <h3>Air Conditioning</h3> <p>When it's cold outside, it's not necessary to make it cold inside. Most people are not concerned with getting a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003F4TH6G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003F4TH6G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=4IU2OS4T45V7QSXS">new air conditioner</a>, or upgrading, which is why the month is a great time to start looking. Places like Sears will give you some great deals, and many private A/C firms will do deals on installation. Many will even throw in a free furnace, and that 's smart thinking with winter coming.</p> <h3>iPads</h3> <p>Just before Halloween, Apple will launch yet another new version of its iPad. If you want to get a deal on an iPad, expect the price of the current model to drop when this happens. You won't see any significant drop from Apple around Black Friday anyway, so grab a deal when you can.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid</h2> <p>There's more to watch out for in Halloween than ghosts and goblins. Here are a few items you should strike from your list unless you absolutely have to have them.</p> <h3>Winter Clothing and Shoes</h3> <p>It makes sense, but so many people seem to rush out and grab the first items they see. The stores are not going to run out, but they are not going to discount anything significantly right now. Most of us are thinking about buying long sleeved shirts, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=1044646&amp;pf_rd_i=1036592&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1626943442&amp;pf_rd_r=1P5NACC29Q49XQM3Y2W4&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=EPC5GTLINJ3SYXKJ">jackets</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=5609963011&amp;pf_rd_i=672123011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1624163582&amp;pf_rd_r=11JQW4ZGM0CD62NV5K0S&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-6&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=MLSLN5J2ZDQX6KZK">boots</a>, and even umbrellas. That means demand is high. So, unless you spy a genuine bargain, avoid shopping for these items and try the second hand market instead.</p> <h3>Appliances</h3> <p>Following Halloween comes the biggest shopping day of the year &mdash; Black Friday. Appliances will be discounted BIG TIME this year, so wait a month or so. If you need something like a washer or dryer, consider using a Laundromat or asking a friend or relative to help. Of course, if your fridge or freezer is out, waiting will be tough. Just know, the biggest discounts are coming.</p> <h3>HDTVs</h3> <p>Again, Black Friday will serve up the biggest deals of the year for large screen TVs. No one really needs one of these, so bide your time and wait. Expect to see 55&quot; TVs for as low as $350 (it pains me to write this&hellip; I bought a 48&quot; TV for $399 and thought that was a great deal). You will always pay more for the big brand names though, so don't expect to get a high-end TV for that rock-bottom price.</p> <h3>Tools</h3> <p>Black Friday is a good time for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deals-Tools-Hardware/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=760330&amp;pf_rd_i=328182011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1604362562&amp;pf_rd_r=13YSY19PP8VVVH22VSJG&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=BKNFGHM2T3R2PBPX">tools</a>. If you can wait until then you'll save yourself a pretty penny. Of course, if you need something now, avoid the major retailers and try discount stores like Harbor Freight Tools. They have great deals all year round.</p> <h3>Gift Wrap</h3> <p>Just hit up a dollar store for this. The major holidays are coming, and retail stores will push expensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=723463011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1380572495&amp;rh=n%3A1064954%2Cn%3A!1084128%2Cn%3A1069242%2Cn%3A1069664%2Cn%3A1069666%2Cn%3A723463011%2Cp_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A6052768011&amp;rnid=6052761011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=NHNRCCPT2ZMC35GC">cards</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=723452011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1380572771&amp;rh=n%3A3760901%2Cn%3A!3760931%2Cn%3A723418011%2Cn%3A723452011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=OOHS3B2ON7BWU3JN">gift wrap, tissue paper, and boxes</a>. The best bet for saving money is to avoid retail stores and visit the dollar stores instead. They do paper and boxes that are every bit as good and will not break the bank. After all, it all goes in the trash.</p> <p><em>What are you planning to save on this month? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-may">What To Buy (and Avoid Buying) in May</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping bargains buying guide discounts what to buy Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:25:19 +0000 Paul Michael 993571 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electric Drills http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-drills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drill-construction-56970887-small.jpg" alt="drill" title="drill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're constructing a house or working on a DIY project at home, an electric drill is easily one of the most versatile and valuable tools to have in your toolbox. Although we may tend to most commonly think of them as merely more sophisticated screwdrivers or hole makers, a good electric drill with the right accessories can also be used to sand, polish, and grind materials and can ensure that your project gets done right and done fast overall.</p> <p>Wise Bread is here to help you find the perfect electric drill for your needs with our top five list.</p> <h2>What Is an Electric Drill?
</h2> <p>An electric drill is a handheld, motor-powered tool that uses an attached drill bit or driver bit on its chuck to bore holes into various materials or to drive screws to fasten materials together. Electric drills are available in both cordless and corded varieties. Cordless electric drills are powered by a rechargeable battery and give you the portability and freedom to use it wherever you want, which often makes them the more preferred option.</p> <p>Although corded electric drills are limited in how far away they can be from the nearest electrical outlet, you'll never have to worry about running out of power when using them, and they can sometimes be more powerful than the cordless drills. Because electric drills come in many different power levels and speeds, it's important to know what tasks you'll want to accomplish with the electric drill in order to find the one that will best fit your needs.</p> <h2>Best 5 Electric Drills</h2> <h3>DeWalt DCD780C2
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/DeWalt%20DCD780C2.jpg" alt="" /></a>As a Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5">Dewalt DCD780C2</a> is a top-notch cordless electric drill that has impressed both experts and consumers with the powerful, long-lasting performance that it packs within a comfortably compact design. With a &frac12;-inch chuck size, two speed ranges and 15 clutch settings, many users agreed that this 20-volt drill provides enough torque to tackle medium-sized jobs to the satisfaction of both casual homeowners and professional builders.</p> <p>Users were also very happy with the DCD780C2's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which take less than half an hour to charge and can last throughout a day's work. A surprisingly lightweight design and an easy-to-hold grip round out the superb package that this Dewalt drill can deliver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><em>Currently $167.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Makita BHP454</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><img width="190" height="217" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Makita%20BHP4542.jpg" alt="" /></a>For the bigger projects that require even more power and speed, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA">Makita BHP454</a> is the best cordless electric drill for getting those tougher jobs done. Along with a two-speed metal transmission and 16 different clutch settings, this Consumer Reports top pick features a mighty four-pole motor that can deliver up to 560 inch pounds of torque. And yet with all this power, this drill only weighs five pounds and is just under 10 inches in length.</p> <p>In addition, its compact lithium-ion battery pack is remarkably efficient, capable of delivering a day's worth of power with just a 30-minute charge. The BHP454 also comes with a Shift-Lock drive system, which allows it to switch into an effective hammer drill, giving you the nice value of having two tools in one. Two handy LED lights come standard with this drill as well to help illuminate your work area in the dark.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><em>Currently $314.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi DS14DSFL
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><img width="190" height="194" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20DS14DSFL.jpg" alt="" /></a>Named a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ">Hitachi DS14DSFL</a> is an exceptional choice for homeowners and consumers looking for a cordless electric drill that gets the job done without breaking the bank. Users absolutely love the DS14DSFL's sleek design which weighs significantly less than most heavy-duty drills, coming in at just 4.4 pounds. Despite its low weight, this Hitachi drill can still deliver a vigorous performance, one that's capable of outputting up to 300 inch pounds of torque with four different speed ranges and 22 drive settings.</p> <p>Combined with a slim soft grip handle, this light-duty drill is a delight to hold and use. The DS14DSFL&rsquo;s lightweight 14.4-volt lithium-ion batteries provide a long runtime that takes only 40 minutes to recharge. It also comes packaged with a handy flashlight for some extra value and utility.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><em>Currently $78.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Milwaukee 0240-20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Milwaukee%200240-20.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you want a powerful electric drill that doesn't burden you with having to recharge its batteries all the time, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E">Milwaukee 0240-20</a> corded electric drill is the best choice for you. While it lacks the bells and whistles found on other high-end models, this Milwaukee drill more than makes up for it with its mighty 8 amp motor, which provides an optimal blend of speed and torque with a wide speed range of 0-2,800 RPM that's perfect for drilling through most dense materials.</p> <p>An all-metal gear case provides more than adequate protection for the drill's gears during arduous use for the utmost durability. Thanks to a soft grip handle and a two-finger trigger, it also pleases owners with its great handling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><em>Currently $79.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Black and Decker DR260B
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><img width="190" height="203" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20DR260B.jpg" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon Best Seller, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L">Black and Decker DR260B</a> is another excellent choice for a corded electric drill that's low on price and high on features and convenience. Built with the everyday homeowner in mind, the DR260B is one of the most compact electric drills you can buy, and its small size makes it incredibly ideal for working in those cramped, hard-to-reach areas of your home.</p> <p>The DR260B manages to pack a 5.2 amp motor with a variable speed range of 0-1,500 RPM inside its compact design, enabling it to provide enough power for all your home improvement needs. Last but not least, this ultra-convenient drill comes with a slew of handy features, including a built-in level, on-board bit storage, and a keyless chuck that allow for easy bit switching.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric drills. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Electric Drills" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide electric drills product reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 William Tran 1147195 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wireless-keyboard-466559189.jpg" alt="wireless keyboard" title="wireless keyboard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="130" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bluetooth keyboards offer a great solution to one of the biggest problems that many smartphone and tablet owners have; it can be quite difficult and uncomfortable to type on these devices when using their on-screen keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards are also great traveling companions for those who want to be productive on the go.</p> <p>There are a number of key factors to keep in mind when buying a Bluetooth keyboard. Wise Bread is here to help with our top five list of the best Bluetooth keyboards.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Keyboard?
</h2> <p>A Bluetooth keyboard is essentially a computer keyboard that wirelessly connects and communicates to computing devices using the Bluetooth radio frequency. They're most commonly used with portable devices such as smartphones and tablets that don't come with their own physical keyboard, but they can also be used with Bluetooth-enabled desktop computers and laptops if desired.</p> <p>Bluetooth keyboards are usually more compact and have smaller keys compared to regular computer keyboards, but they all use the same QWERTY key layout. They also come in a number of different form factors that cater to specific needs and comfort styles, and it's ultimately up to you to decide which one works best for you.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bluetooth Keyboards</h2> <h3>Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><img width="200" height="116" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20K810%20Bluetooth%20Illuminated%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD">Logitech K810</a> is an outstanding Bluetooth keyboard that has been highly praised for its ability to be used seamlessly and interchangeably with multiple computing devices. Thanks to its Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology, not only can you can use the keyboard with up to three devices simultaneously, you can effortlessly switch between them with the simple press of a button.</p> <p>In addition, the K810 comes with a rechargeable battery pack along with built-in backlighting that can automatically adjust its brightness based on your current environment. Many users also love the keyboard's sleek brushed aluminum look as well as its unique keycap design that provides both a comfortable and noiseless typing experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><img width="200" height="94" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Wedge%20Mobile%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you're looking for a keyboard that can handle the on-the-go lifestyle, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U">Microsoft Wedge</a> is the perfect choice for you. The Wedge's most exclusive feature is its multi-purpose cover that powers down the keyboard when it's attached and protects the keyboard from scratches and damage when in transit. Not only that, the cover can also transform into a convenient stand for your tablet, thus allowing you to set up an optimal workstation wherever you go.</p> <p>Despite its very compact and lightweight design, users say there's enough room provided for them to comfortably type on. While the keyboard is compatible with non-Windows devices, the Wedge does come with special Windows 8 hotkeys that work most effectively when paired with a Windows 8 tablet or smartphone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><em>Currently $43.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech DiNovo Edge Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><img width="200" height="138" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20DiNovo%20Edge%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>Although it is the most expensive option on our list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV">Logitech DiNovo Edge</a> offers a phenomenal full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's loaded with enough innovative features to satisfy any power user. Designed for use with desktop computers, its most notable features include the PerfectStroke key system that enables precise and fluid typing and the TouchDisc touchpad that lets you scroll, select, and control your cursor all in one place.</p> <p>The keyboard also comes with a touch-sensitive volume slider, hidden hotkeys that illuminate when you need them, and a handy charging base to recharge its batteries. These fantastic features are all packed onto an attractively super-thin brushed aluminum frame that's only 11 mm thick.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><em>Currently $366.62 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Apple Wireless Keyboard
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><img width="200" height="102" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Apples%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" /></a>Don't be fooled by its simplistic appearance; the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard">Apple Wireless Keyboard</a> offers an excellent choice for consumers looking for a basic Bluetooth keyboard, and it's one that's both minimalistically stylish and incredibly easy to use. This iconic keyboard's ultra-thin, brushed aluminum body falls right in line with Apple's signature design aesthetic and is easily the lightest option on our list with a total of weight of just eight ounces.</p> <p>Many users say the keys are wonderfully responsive and that it's painless to use this keyboard in any setting given its lightweight design. The Apple Keyboard works with all Bluetooth-enabled computing devices, but it also comes with Mac-specific hotkeys that work best with devices running Apple's operating system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><em>Currently $64.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Anker T300 Ultra-Slim Mini Wireless Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><img width="200" height="149" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Anker%20T300%20Ultra-Slim%20Mini%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>With a 4&frac12;-star Amazon rating from over 2,800 customer reviews, many consumers have come to love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY">Anker T300</a> for providing a superb Bluetooth keyboard at an astoundingly low price. Although this keyboard is light on features, many users have praised the Anker T300 for its wonderfully compact and lightweight design that's similar to the look of higher-end models along with its amazingly long battery life.</p> <p>Users also say that connecting this keyboard to your devices via Bluetooth couldn't be any easier. This keyboard is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled computers, tablets, and smartphones, so you don't have to worry about whether this keyboard will work with your devices or not.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth keyboards. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows">The 5 Best Pillows</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides bluetooth keyboards buying guide product reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 William Tran 1150926 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sleeping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sleeping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping-bags-86542668-small.jpg" alt="sleeping bags" title="sleeping bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="133" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Regardless of whether you're a first-time camper or a master of Mt. Everest, having the right sleeping bag will dramatically improve your outdoors experience. While buying a sleeping bag may seem like a straightforward process, there are a surprising number of factors to consider. When purchasing a new sleeping bag, it's important to note the filling of the bag, the shape as well as the warmth rating, in order to find the perfect bag for you.</p> <h2>What Is a Sleeping Bag?</h2> <p>A sleeping bag is essentially a protective blanket that can be zipped closed for use as a bed when a traditional bed is unavailable. As mentioned above, the three primary factors to look for are the type of filling, the shape and the warmth. When it comes to filling, you have the primary choice between synthetic and down, with down being significantly higher in quality and cost. Sleeping bags also come in two main shapes: mummy and rectangular. Mummy bags are lighter and warmer, thus making them better for backpacking, but less comfortable. Finally, sleeping bags come in three rough categories: summer sleeping bags, three-season bags, and winter sleeping bags.</p> <h2>Best 5 Sleeping Bags</h2> <h3>Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sierra%20Designs%20DriDown%20Zissous.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA">Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou</a> sleeping bag is known for combining the warm and easy-to-pack features of down lining with the water repellant features of synthetic by having the down treated with a polymer. Campers have noted that it performs exceptionally well at dealing with various forms of condensation such as dew and sweat. The mummy shape of the bag also does well at retaining body heat, but the bag is roomy enough at the torso to be comfortable while sleeping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><em>Currently $279.90 for the regular size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20North%20Rim%200%20Degree%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>Users love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L">Coleman North Rim 0 Degree</a> sleeping bag because it provides a 0 degree bag at an extremely reasonable price. Its great warmth rating means that it's well-suited for winter camping and can keep you warm and comfortable even in frigid temperatures. However, it's important to note that many campers have claimed that this sleeping bag is a little too bulky for backpacking purposes; it's best kept at base camp.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><em>Currently $50.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><img width="180" height="156" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Mammoth%20Queen%20Size%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U">Teton Sports Mammoth</a> sleeping bag's large size is perfect for couples or families with a small child that want to stay together when sleeping. This Teton Sports sleeping bag is available in two temperature settings, with the lighter bag appropriate for summer camping, and the heavier one great for winter camping. The all-cotton interior flannel lining makes this sleeping bag extremely comfortable, a feature many users attest to. Unfortunately, its size makes it unwieldy when it comes to portability and re-packing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><em>Currently $143.58 for the winter variant on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Celsius XXL 0 Degree Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Celsius%20XXL%200%20Degree%20Flannel%20Lined%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>For those that are looking for a large sleeping that provides a comfortable sleep, look no further than the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6">Teton Sports Celsius XXL</a>. This sleeping bag can easily fit someone at least six feet tall, or can snugly fit two people. The inner flannel lining makes this sleeping bag exceptionally comfortable, and the bag is rated down to 0 degrees. Campers agree that this is a great sleeping bag to have for winter camping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><em>Currently $79.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20White%20Water%20Large%20Cool-Weather%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN">Coleman White Water</a> sleeping bag is a great affordable, cool-weather sleeping bag for campers that aren't camping in sub-freezing conditions. This sleeping bag is rated for temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees and can fit campers up to 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Users have stated repeatedly that this bag is great for summer camping and doesn't keep you too warm at night. However, its size keeps it from being a particularly good backpacking sleeping bag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><em>Currently $42.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best sleeping bags. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Sleeping Bags" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews sleeping bags Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152742 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee-shop-barista-494342237-small.jpg" alt="coffee shop barista" title="coffee shop barista" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once again, we're heading into the home stretch; the big shopping days are going to be here in no time. Black Friday, Holidays, New Year, it's all just around the corner. But for many of us, there are still a few great months of sunshine. And whatever the weather, there are always great bargains to grab, if you know what you're looking for. Here's the list for September.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>Obviously September kicks off with Labor Day, and you'll find a lot of retails stores taking advantage of that long weekend. This is also the month we kick off Oktoberfest (yes, it starts on September 21st) and cheese pizza day (September 5th). But if those aren't appealing, check out the following deals.</p> <h3>Coffee Deals Are Brewing</h3> <p>September is home to National Coffee Day. On the 29th, you will see a wave of free coffee promotions, as well as heavily discounted products. Look beyond the usual places (Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou) and check out 7-Eleven, McDonald's, and supermarkets.</p> <h3>Patio Goes On Sale</h3> <p>Patio deals have been hot for weeks, but now the stores are really looking to shift the remaining stock quickly. If you can find the goods (many places have already cleared out their patio furniture and accessories), you can expect to see 70% or more off on tables, chairs, outdoor rugs, umbrellas, storage boxes, lighting, and more. You should still have some time this year to enjoy it all.</p> <h3>Lawn and Garden Madness</h3> <p>Along with patio, the other great outdoor pursuit is going on sale &mdash; gardening. A quick stroll through any major retailer will soon show you much they want to dump lawn and garden products. Prices are being slashed across the board, including tools, lawn mowers, hoses, plants, shrubs, and trees. The last few months before your first frost are also a good time to plant certain landscaping bushes and plants, so grab those deals now.</p> <h3>Summer Clothes</h3> <p>They're way out of fashion now. Meaning, most people are wearing them, but not really planning to buy any more. Why bother? Well, summer will be here again next year, and unless you absolutely have to have the latest high-street fashions, this is a good time to stock up. Get them now, seal them in vacuum bags, and they'll be ready for 2014. Also look for swimsuits, summer hats, shorts, flip flops, sandals, and even sunscreen deals.</p> <h3>Get a New &quot;Old&quot; Car</h3> <p>There are four months left in 2014, but the dealerships are already looking to push the 2015 models on you. These are great cars, they're just not the latest models, but the dealership knows it will have a hard time shifting old stock. A lot of people want the latest, greatest cars. Don't be one of them. If you want a new motor, now is the time to start shopping. Expect to see some great 0% financing deals, as well as 10%-20% off incentives, and extra cash back offers.</p> <h3>Small Appliances</h3> <p>Big appliances are to be avoided, but their smaller cousins are on sale this month. Take a look at stores like Target, Sears, WalMart, Kohls, and JCPenney for bargain microwaves, toasters, mixers, handheld vacuums, and countertop gadgets.</p> <h3>Laptops</h3> <p>If you still don't have a laptop, this is another good month to go shopping. The prices continue to drop on laptops, or they remain steady but include greater spec for the same money. Also, there are a few back-to-school laptop deals still hanging around, so shop around and get a laptop bargain.</p> <h3>Baby Stuff</h3> <p>Strollers. Cribs. High chairs. Walkers. Bouncers. You name it, you'll see discounts on them in September. And with Christmas quickly approaching, it could be a good time to grab some bargains as gifts for those people you know with a little one in the house.</p> <h3>Jewelry</h3> <p>The jewelers have good months (February, May, June, October &mdash; December) and they have bad months. This is one of those bad months. Nothing is going on. There is no reason to go out there and buy shiny trinkets for anyone, other than birthdays or anniversaries. You will see bargains everywhere. Get a few now, and avoid the price hikes coming in the next few months.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>There are lots of deals this month, but there are a few things to avoid. You will probably guess that a certain huge holiday is just around the corner, and that kicks off our list.</p> <h3>Halloween Gear</h3> <p>Next month, almost two months from now to be honest, is one of the biggest holidays in the retail calendar. Right now, you will see shelves piled high with Halloween goodies, but the prices are scary too. You need to be very careful here. Shop around, wait for deals to come. The best time to buy is November 1st, for obvious reasons.</p> <h3>Large Appliances</h3> <p>The big fridges, dishwashers, ranges, washers and dryers are all going on sale this month. But they won't be bargains. Unless you really have to have it, wait until that wonderful day in November &mdash; Black Friday. That's when the biggest discounts of the year will happen.</p> <h3>Fall Clothing and Footwear</h3> <p>You know the aisles are full of fall clothing right now. It's what's hot. And when anything is hot, it is not a deal. Stay away from fall clothing until the Halloween gear goes on sale.</p> <h3>Office Supplies</h3> <p>The few remaining back-to-school sales are about to fizzle out. And once that happens, you start paying full retail price on your school and office supplies. If you see a back-to-school sale, take advantage of it now.</p> <h3>2015 Car Models</h3> <p>Everyone wants a big shiny new car. That's why the prices are so high. Leave them alone and go for last year's model. It's almost the same and comes with a ton of discounts.</p> <p><em>What are you planning to buy this month? Any deals you've been looking forward to?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-august">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in August</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-june">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in June</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping buying guide shopping calendar what to buy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 981621 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Universal Remotes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-universal-remotes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/universal-remote-178524918-small.jpg" alt="universal remote" title="universal remote" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who has ever owned a home entertainment system is aware of the plethora of remotes required to control each component and the chaos that can ensue if you were to lose one of them. This is where a universal remote can come in handy, as it gives you the ability to control all your favorite electronic devices on just one convenient remote.</p> <p>There are a number of key factors to look for when searching for the ideal universal remote. We here at Wise Bread have done the homework for you, and we're happy to present our list of the five best universal remotes.</p> <h2>What Is a Universal Remote?</h2> <p>A universal remote is an advanced remote control device that can be programmed to control multiple electronic entertainment systems in your home, including televisions, cable boxes, video players, gaming consoles and sound systems. Setting up a universal remote to control your existing electronic devices generally requires entering in a product code on the remote that's unique to the device that you want to control. Certain universal remotes will even let you download the codes from a computer with Internet access right onto the remote.</p> <p>Most high-end universal remotes also allow you to perform commands that would usually require multiple keystrokes with just the press of a single button instead. It is important that you make sure that the universal remote will be compatible with your electronic devices before you buy it.</p> <h2>Best 5 Universal Remotes
</h2> <h3>Logitech Harmony One
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Advanced-Universal-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005FO43OU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396728842&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=logitech+harmony+one%E2%80%A8"><img width="180" height="208" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%20One.jpg" /></a>Both experts and consumers alike have praised the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Advanced-Universal-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005FO43OU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396728842&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=logitech+harmony+one%E2%80%A8">Logitech Harmony One</a> for being a fantastic universal remote with easy-to-use features and a very ergonomic design. Great for owners of large entertainment systems, this Consumer Search top pick can control up to 15 different electronic devices and comes with a simple Internet-guided setup process.</p> <p>Users love the remote's lightweight, contoured body that's very comfortable to hold as well as the illuminated buttons that are great for nighttime use. Its touch-enabled LED screen lets you perform a wide variety of commands with just a simple touch, and its on-screen options can be customized to your personal preference. You can also easily recharge the remote's batteries with the included charging dock.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Advanced-Universal-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005FO43OU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396728842&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=logitech+harmony+one%E2%80%A8"><em>Currently $449.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Harmony Ultimate
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ5RY1G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XX45LDQ54A3O7EYW"><img width="180" height="195" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%20Ultimate.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ5RY1G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XX45LDQ54A3O7EYW">Logitech Harmony Ultimate</a> universal remote delivers an incredibly advanced and feature-packed controller for the entire home entertainment system that'll certainly satisfy power users. Not only does it include all the great features found on the superb Harmony One remote, it adds even more convenient features on top of that, including dual button mapping, haptic feedback, and a built-in accelerometer that can automatically turn on the touch screen when the remote is picked up.</p> <p>The Harmony Ultimate remote also comes with an exclusive Harmony Hub receiver that lets it access devices that are behind closed cabinet doors and walls. If you download the Harmony smartphone app, the Hub can also transform your smartphone into a remote with its own customizable interface.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ5RY1G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XX45LDQ54A3O7EYW"><em>Currently $349.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Harmony 1100
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Universal-Remote-Screen/dp/B001M5U5AC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396918596&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=harmony+1100"><img width="180" height="147" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%201100.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Universal-Remote-Screen/dp/B001M5U5AC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396918596&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=harmony+1100">Logitech Harmony 1100</a> offers a unique tablet-style universal remote that gives users an innovative and even simpler way of controlling their entertainment devices. This Consumer Search top pick packs a gorgeous 3.5-inch, full-color touch-screen display that gives you complete control of up to 15 devices and comes with a slew of customization options, including personalized commands and the ability to add icons for your favorite channels for instant access.</p> <p>Although it&rsquo;s certainly larger than your traditional universal remote, users say that the tablet remote is still easy and comfortable to hold. The Harmony 1100 also comes with a convenient charging stand and can be easily setup using web-based software.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Universal-Remote-Screen/dp/B001M5U5AC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396918596&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=harmony+1100"><em>Currently $424.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Harmony 650
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OVECU0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004OVECU0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Z7C3FY3BELQ2FOOH"><img width="180" height="185" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%20650.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OVECU0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004OVECU0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Z7C3FY3BELQ2FOOH">Logitech Harmony 650</a> is the perfect choice for those looking for a high quality universal remote that doesn't require a small fortune to afford. Despite its sub-$100 price tag, this Amazon Best Seller comes with many of the features that you'll commonly find on more expensive universal remotes, including a color command screen that lets you jump to your favorite channels and commands, illuminated buttons for nighttime use, and an easy web-based setup process that lets you start using your remote without a fuss.</p> <p>This remote can control up to 8 different devices, and its wonderfully contoured design is lightweight and feels great in your hands. It also comes with one-touch activity buttons that can turn on the appropriate devices for the specified activity you desire with a single press.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OVECU0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004OVECU0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Z7C3FY3BELQ2FOOH"><em>Currently $72.64 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>URC-WR7
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KC08A4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KC08A4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CXGITL7HSNDFZAM4"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/URC-WR7.jpg" alt="" /></a>While it may be the most budget-friendly option on our list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KC08A4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KC08A4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CXGITL7HSNDFZAM4">URC-WR7</a> basic universal remote delivers more bang for your buck when compared to other options in its price range, and its also an excellent choice for users who aren't particularly tech-savvy. The URC-WR7 can control up to 7 different devices and comes with special macro buttons that can turn on multiple devices and execute multiple commands with one easy push.</p> <p>The remote also allows you to save up to five of your favorite channels on each of the four customizable &quot;My Favorites&quot; buttons. The Quick Setup feature on the URC-WR7 automatically finds the devices you want to control so that you can get your remote working right away, no computer needed. If a particular device can't be found, the remote also has a learning mode that lets you easily transfer commands from another remote onto this one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KC08A4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KC08A4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CXGITL7HSNDFZAM4"><em>Currently $23.22 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best universal remotes. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Universal Remotes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows">The 5 Best Pillows</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews universal remotes Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:00:04 +0000 William Tran 1150362 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Teeth Whiteners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/teeth-whitener-78377541-small.jpg" alt="teeth whitener" title="teeth whitener" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="151" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think the only way to get your teeth sparkling again is by taking a very expensive, very time consuming trip to your dentist. Teeth whiteners provide the results of a cumbersome dental visit with more manageable prices and incredible convenience with minimal difficulty. However, there are many important factors to consider when deciding just which brand is right for you. We here at Wise Bread have compiled a list of the top five teeth whiteners to help you find just the one.</p> <h2>What Are Teeth Whiteners?</h2> <p>Teeth whiteners are essentially personal dental bleaching kits that, when applied on your teeth consistently, help dramatically lighten the color of your teeth as well as remove any blemishes and discoloration that they may have. While there's a wide array of options available, many experts say that the most effective teeth whiteners come in the form of dental strips and gels. There are also teeth whiteners for individuals with sensitive teeth.</p> <p>Most teeth whiteners cannot be expected to produce results after an overnight usage, but with consistent application they give you the gleam of a recent dental visit without the huge bill to show for it.</p> <h2>Best 5 Teeth Whiteners</h2> <h3>Ultradent Opalescence PF Teeth Whitening Gel</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00147Z7R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00147Z7R4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJC5J2KUN2FN43FQ"><img width="200" height="188" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Opalescence%20PF.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00147Z7R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00147Z7R4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJC5J2KUN2FN43FQ">Ultradent Opalescence PF Teeth Whitening Gel</a> is a high-quality, professional-grade teeth whitening solution that has not only proven itself to be incredibly effective but also very easy to use. This Consumer Search top pick utilizes a unique potassium nitrate-fluoride formula that delivers fast whitening results along with the added bonus of strengthening your teeth and reducing cavities. Just dispense the gel onto a custom-made mouth tray using the provided syringes</p> <p>The only issue is that you must obtain a tray yourself from a professional dentist. The gel is available in different potencies, and the specific potency you choose will determine how long you need to wear the gel during each use, which ranges from 30 minutes to overnight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00147Z7R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00147Z7R4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJC5J2KUN2FN43FQ"><em>Currently $28.42 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042LKK58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042LKK58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KWZUD2W4NN65EIIB"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/gosmile.jpg" alt="" /></a>A Good Housekeeping top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042LKK58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042LKK58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KWZUD2W4NN65EIIB">GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light System</a> is another terrific choice for an at-home teeth whitening kit that employs a more innovative method for making your teeth shine that's still simple to perform. Users need only to apply the peroxide gel onto their teeth and then hold the provided LED light device in front of their mouth for three 10-minute sessions per use.</p> <p>The GO SMiLE system has proven itself to be capable of making your teeth at least one shade whiter on average, and many users love how the process caused little to no teeth irritation. It also comes with enough peroxide gel for three separate uses which adds some nice value.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042LKK58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042LKK58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KWZUD2W4NN65EIIB"><em>Currently $88.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EUTK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00336EUTK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZWXOWAXLLIO6I6QB"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/crest%203d%20white%20advanced%20vivid.jpg" alt="" /></a>Another Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EUTK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00336EUTK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZWXOWAXLLIO6I6QB">Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid</a> has some customers seeing results after just four days of usage and a very simple application system. The only teeth whitener with an &quot;A&quot; grade from Good Housekeeping, these strips just need to be applied directly to the teeth and they get to work.</p> <p>They can be seen as a little time consuming since they require 30 minute usage sessions for 20 days, but the results are impeccable. While some people did report sensitivity of the teeth and gums with the product, they were very few as the strips bond well to the teeth making spillage of the formula rare.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EUTK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00336EUTK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZWXOWAXLLIO6I6QB"><em>Currently $41.41 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RF1YZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007RF1YZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AUVDCZ6AKGPTPY7E"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rembrandt.jpg" alt="" /></a>A well reviewed option in the teeth whitening market, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RF1YZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007RF1YZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AUVDCZ6AKGPTPY7E">Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips</a> come with the super simple method of use that lets them just dissolve in your mouth. It has an intense minty taste and only requires 5-10 minutes a day for treatment.</p> <p>Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips only need to be applied two times a day for two weeks to show results, which are, on average, to get teeth an entire shade lighter than they were before. While comfort may vary depending on the user, generally most people enjoy the product since it gives them the freedom to apply the strip and forget about having to take it out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RF1YZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007RF1YZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AUVDCZ6AKGPTPY7E"><em>Currently $32.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Supersmile Professional Whitening System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IIHZ6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007IIHZ6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XDIYDQUIZGDLHLZF"><img width="200" height="214" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/supersmile.jpg" alt="" /></a>Along with being the lowest priced item on this list, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IIHZ6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007IIHZ6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XDIYDQUIZGDLHLZF">Supersmile Professional Whitening System</a> is a toothpaste, so it still contains enamel-building, teeth-toughening, and cavity-fighting agents, giving it great value. One of the best reviewed teeth whitening products on Consumer Search, Supersmile Professional Whitening System is a great product for those who aren't looking for an intense whitening.</p> <p>This product has the best record with consumers in terms of sensitivity, as most reviewers have reported no discomfort or sensitivity of the teeth or gums after using this product. It focuses on being the gentle outlet for teeth whiteners while still producing good results. Using this product merely requires you to do what you normally do: brush your teeth twice a day. It doesn't take up any extra time and application is easier than strips or trays.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IIHZ6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007IIHZ6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XDIYDQUIZGDLHLZF"><em>Currently $34.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best teeth whiteners. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Teeth Whiteners" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews teeth whiteners Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Janae Spinato 1154409 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bicycle Helmets http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-biking-178721180-small.jpg" alt="family biking" title="family biking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bicycling is a widely enjoyed activity that carries a multitude of health benefits along with being a very environmentally friendly means of transport. However, riding a bicycle also requires wearing the proper safety equipment to ensure that the rider is well protected when accidents happen. A bicycle helmet is an especially crucial accessory that all bicyclists should have on that'll decrease their risk of severe head injuries.</p> <p>While choosing a good bicycle helmet may seem easy enough, there are actually many important elements to consider. We here at Wise Bread have done the research for you, and we're happy to present our top five list of the best bicycle helmets you can buy.</p> <h2>What Is a Bicycle Helmet?</h2> <p>A bicycle helmet is a safety device worn on the head that's designed to protect the user from severe head injuries in cases when the user falls off of a bicycle as well as to eliminate interference in the user's peripheral vision when riding a bicycle. The most ideal bicycle helmets come with a lightweight design, good ventilation, and a comfortable fit.</p> <p>Bicycle helmets come in a wide variety of different designs, with some models specifically tailored to fit female riders and children. It is very important for bicyclists to wear a bicycle helmet while riding for their own personal safety. Certain U.S. states and international countries have established laws making it illegal to not wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bike.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bicycle Helmets</h2> <h3>Giro Aeon
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QY7Y86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005QY7Y86&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4VMBUOVLPWVE2R6U"><img width="200" height="165" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Giro%20Aeon.jpg" alt="" /></a>An ideal option for devoted bicyclists, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QY7Y86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005QY7Y86&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4VMBUOVLPWVE2R6U">Giro Aeon</a> is a Consumer Search top pick that provides an incredibly comfortable and lightweight bicycle helmet that looks just as good as it feels. One of the Aeon's most popular features is its innovative Roc Loc 5 fit system that comes with a micro-adjusting dial and a three-position bracket. Together, they let you easily adjust the helmet's tightness and vertical position with just one hand while you're riding for the most satisfying fit.</p> <p>Thanks to a one-piece exoskeleton design that merges an impact-absorbing EPS inner lining with a polycarbonate outer shell, the Aeon is capable of providing excellent protection without being a burden to wear. This helmet also incorporates a special WindTunnel ventilation system into its design that optimally channels cool air over the user's head and forces hot air out to prevent overheating.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QY7Y86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005QY7Y86&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4VMBUOVLPWVE2R6U"><em>Currently $186.98 for a medium size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Specialized Echelon II
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/helmets/road-helmets/echelon-ii"><img width="200" height="124" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Specialized%20Echelon%20II.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/helmets/road-helmets/echelon-ii">Specialized Echelon II</a> bicycle helmet delivers a worthy update to the original Echelon, which was a Consumer Reports top pick, that will surely please riders who want an advanced bicycle helmet with a more affordable price tag. Don't let the Echelon II's sleek, lightweight design fool you; this helmet is equipped with a composite matrix internal reinforcement structure that effectively protects your head during accidents along with providing larger air vents for more efficient cooling.</p> <p>The Echelon II also comes with a micro-adjustable dial and four different height options that you can easily adjust while riding. A Tri-Fix web splitter makes adjusting the helmet's side straps wonderfully simple, and reflective decals are incorporated into the helmet's design to ensure optimal visibility during nighttime rides.</p> <p><a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/helmets/road-helmets/echelon-ii"><em>Currently $65.00 on Specialized's official website</em></a></p> <h3>Giro Skyla
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062CSL8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062CSL8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSA64742ECV2M3ME"><img width="200" height="155" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Giro%20Skyla.jpg" /></a>Another Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062CSL8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062CSL8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSA64742ECV2M3ME">Giro Skyla</a> is a bicycle helmet made just for female riders that offers outstanding protection and comfort along with a terrific female-oriented design. Like many of Giro's quality helmets, the Skyla is comprised of an in-molded construction that combines an inner foam liner with an outer polycarbonate shell complete with 20 air vents that allows the helmet to be very protective as well as lightweight and breathable.</p> <p>Not only does it come with an Acu Dial fit system that lets riders adjust the helmet's fit while riding with just a single hand, many female users appreciate how the Skyla's dial system is placed slightly lower on the helmet to provide room for the ponytails of longer-haired riders without obstructing access to the dial itself. Users also praise the Skyla for being especially adept at fitting smaller heads comfortably.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062CSL8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062CSL8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSA64742ECV2M3ME"><em>Currently $35.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bontrager Solstice Youth</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bontrager.com/model/09057"><img width="200" height="148" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Bontrager%20Solstice%20Youth.jpg" /></a>As both a Consumer Reports and a Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.bontrager.com/model/09057">Bontrager Solstice Youth</a> bicycle helmet is an excellent choice for young bicyclists that delivers superb protection along with a number of kid-friendly features. The Solstice Youth has received top scores from both experts and consumers alike in the safety department, thanks to its sturdy in-molded shell design that ensures the child's head is very well protected from any impact.</p> <p>It also manages to be lightweight and well ventilated and can accommodate long haired children as well. With the built-in Micro-Manager fit system, this helmet can fit any head size snugly and comfortably with a simple turn of the dial. To further appeal to child riders, the Solstice Youth comes in a number of fun colors that'll certainly appeal to their tastes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bontrager.com/model/09057"><em>Currently $44.99 on Bontrager's official website</em></a></p> <h3>Giro Indicator
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Z9H1VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Z9H1VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KBZCS5WHZP3UW2XE"><img width="200" height="157" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Giro%20Indicator.jpg" /></a>For casual bicyclists who want a good quality bicycle helmet, the Consumer Search recommended <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Z9H1VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Z9H1VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KBZCS5WHZP3UW2XE">Giro Indicator</a> bicycle helmet is a standout choice that's both fairly low-cost and high in value. Although it comes in only one universal size, the Indicator is effectively constructed with a lightweight in-molded hardbody and a Acu Dial fit system to provide optimal protection while maintaining the most comfortable fit that you can easily adjust.</p> <p>While the helmet's 20 air vents allow for great ventilation for rides on hot days, some users like how the helmet can also accommodate additional headgear underneath it for added insulation on colder days. This durable and versatile helmet is available in a variety of sleek designs and colors that goes well with your sporty lifestyle.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Z9H1VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Z9H1VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KBZCS5WHZP3UW2XE"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best bicycle helmets. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Bicycle Helmets" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides bicycle helmets buying guide product reviews Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:05 +0000 William Tran 1150191 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Heart-Rate Monitors http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-runner-493565555-small_0.jpg" alt="woman runner" title="woman runner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beyond exercise and a good diet, maintaining a healthy active lifestyle also means knowing as much as you can about your body, especially your heart. Having a good heart-rate monitor with you while you perform physical exercises can help you effectively train at the appropriate intensity level while also ensuring that your heart rate stays within a safe range.</p> <p>A wide variety of heart-rate monitor models are available, each with their own unique features that are ideally suited for certain needs. Wise Bread is here to help find the best one for you with our top five list.</p> <h2>What Is a Heart-Rate Monitor?</h2> <p>A heart-rate monitor is an electronic monitoring device that utilizes built-in pulse sensors to let you measure your heart rate in real time as well as to record the data for long-term analysis. A heart-rate monitor is comprised of two parts: a chest strap transmitter that measures your physical heart beat and a wrist receiver that displays the information to the user.</p> <p>Newer models of heart-rate monitors can also transmit their data over to smartphones via downloadable apps. Strapless heart-rate monitors are also available if you find that wearing a chest strap is too uncomfortable.</p> <h2>Best 5 Heart-Rate Monitors</h2> <h3>Timex Ironman Race Trainer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CP9HDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005CP9HDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HFF6L6Z7QDCI5N6O"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Timex%20Ironman%20Race%20Trainer.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CP9HDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005CP9HDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HFF6L6Z7QDCI5N6O">Timex Ironman Race Trainer</a> provides a terrific choice for a heart-rate monitor that comes with a number of helpful functions that can benefit both casual and professional athletes alike. This Consumer Search top pick has been lauded for its accurate and reliable heart-rate tracking along with its five preset heart rate target zones and one customizable one that's effective in letting users know when to pick up or slow down their workout.</p> <p>Users also say that both the chest strap and the water-resistant wristwatch are very comfortable to wear. Other notable features include a 50-lap chronograph function that can average your heart rate per lap, five interval timers, and the ability to save data from the last 10 workouts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CP9HDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005CP9HDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HFF6L6Z7QDCI5N6O"><em>Currently $82.08 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polar FT60
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0PVNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F0PVNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TKBHAWARY26I4XIH"><img width="180" height="167" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Polar%20FT60s.jpg" /></a>Another Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0PVNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F0PVNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TKBHAWARY26I4XIH">Polar FT60</a> heart-rate monitor comes packed with a number of advanced features that make it the ideal choice for serious athletes. Doing more than just simple heart-rate monitoring, its most exclusive feature is its STAR Training program that lets the FT60 create customized workouts personalized to your fitness needs as well as weekly goals for training times and calorie intake.</p> <p>The FT60 comes with a built-in 5-minute fitness test that allows you to keep track of your weekly weight changes, and it can also store up to 100 files in its easily accessible training history. Not only is it comfortable and easy to use, the chest strap transmitter uses a specialized signal code to ensure interference-free communication with the wristwatch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0PVNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F0PVNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TKBHAWARY26I4XIH"><em>Currently $110.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polar H7
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S088F4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007S088F4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76CVUWZSJHF4QW22"><img width="180" height="87" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Polar%20H7.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S088F4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007S088F4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76CVUWZSJHF4QW22">Polar H7</a> heart-rate monitor is a Consumer Reports top pick that utilizes the newest technology to give you a hassle-free way of monitoring your heart rate. Unlike most heart-rate monitors, the H7 is only comprised of a Bluetooth-compatible chest strap. Rather than sending data over to a wristwatch device, the H7 pairs its chest strap transmitter with your smartphone via Bluetooth and then displays your heart rate and workout data through a compatible fitness app.</p> <p>It can even sync with gym equipment that comes with compatible Polar heart rate technology to give you a hands-free method of measurement. Overall, the H7 minimizes on the amount of equipment you have to manage and the time it takes to set everything up, so that you can just focus on having an effective workout.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S088F4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007S088F4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76CVUWZSJHF4QW22"><em>Currently $53.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>MIO Alpha
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ6HLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJ6HLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4372L7VTXYDP4AK4"><img width="180" height="189" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/MIO%20Alpha2.jpg" /></a>If you're not a fan of chest straps, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ6HLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJ6HLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4372L7VTXYDP4AK4">MIO Alpha</a> is definitely the most ideal heart-rate monitor for you. The Alpha sports watch contains two light beams and an electro-optical cell that are used to detect your pulse signal, which is then calculated through advanced algorithms to accurately determine your heart rate without the use of a chest strap. It can even continuously measure your heart rate while running at top speeds of 14 mph with great accuracy.</p> <p>In addition, the Alpha allows you to easily set your target heart rate zones and lets you review your exercise data right after your workout, including total workout time, average heart rate, and how long you were working at peak levels. You can also sync the data with a variety of popular fitness apps on your smartphone using a Bluetooth connection.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ6HLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJ6HLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4372L7VTXYDP4AK4"><em>Currently $198.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polar FT1</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HT88JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003HT88JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5YMIIMBMTVZ4ZBN"><img width="180" height="192" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Polars%20FT1.jpg" /></a>With a top recommendation from Consumer Search, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HT88JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003HT88JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5YMIIMBMTVZ4ZBN">Polar FT1</a> manages to deliver a quality-filled heart-rate monitor that comes at a very affordable price. Many users say that the FT1 more than makes up for its lack of high-end features with its simple one-button operation and accurate heart-rate tracking. It also allows users to set custom heart rate zones and can alert you when you sway from those zones, which is an uncommon feature in low-end heart-rate monitors.</p> <p>Users also approve of the FT1's large wristwatch display that provides easy-to-read stats with great clarity. A common feature in the Polar line of heart-rate monitors that also comes with the FT1 is the specially coded chest strap transmitter which ensures an uninterrupted transmission of data to your specific wristwatch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HT88JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003HT88JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5YMIIMBMTVZ4ZBN"><em>Currently $41.56 on Amazon
</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best heart-rate monitors. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Heart-Rate Monitors" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide heart rate monitors product reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:03 +0000 William Tran 1149089 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Door Locks http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-door-locks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-door-locks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/door-lock-92001779-small.jpg" alt="door lock" title="door lock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most people would agree that one of the things they think is most important is the security of their home. But while it's nearly impossible to stop someone that is determined to break into your home, smart steps can be taken in order reduce the likelihood and possibility that someone will. Deadbolt locks are amongst the most common form of door locks, and a good deadbolt can go a long way to keeping would-be robbers out of your home.</p> <h2>What Is a Door Lock?</h2> <p>Door locks come in many different forms, but most locks covered in this article will be in the form of a deadbolt lock. A deadbolt is defined as a locking mechanism where the bolt is incapable of moving without turning the lock cylinder. There is a lot of jargon to learn when it comes to picking out a new deadbolt lock. Single cylinder deadlocks accept a key at one end and are operated by a thumb turn on the other, typically interior, end. In terms of security, industry rankings, known as ANSI Grades, range from 1-3, with 1 being most secure.</p> <h2>Best 5 Door Locks</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T3KFYA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004T3KFYA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VWCMXW5S3X4NQXN4"><img width="180" height="150" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Baldwin%20380%20Single%20Cylinder%20Round%20Deadbolt.jpg" /></a>Baldwin 380 Single Cylinder Round Deadbolt</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T3KFYA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004T3KFYA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VWCMXW5S3X4NQXN4">Baldwin single cylinder deadbolt lock</a> features a solid brass deadbolt latch whose security rating is rated at ANSI Grade 2. The polished brass finish gives the deadbolt a nice classic look that complements a wide range of doorknob sets. Users appreciate the quality of the deadbolt as well as how easy it is to install.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T3KFYA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004T3KFYA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VWCMXW5S3X4NQXN4"><em>Currently $34.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EF8KFKS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EF8KFKS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2B2RJL3M3GBHCSE5"><img width="180" height="154" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Medeco%20Single%20Cylinder%20Maxum%20Deadbolt%20Lock.jpg" /></a>Medeco Single Cylinder Maxum Deadbolt Lock</h3> <p>Well-recommended by Consumer Reports, this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EF8KFKS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EF8KFKS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2B2RJL3M3GBHCSE5">Medeco single cylinder deadbolt</a> features a top ANSI Grade 1 security rating. When it comes to the security provided by deadbolts, the largest critique is their inability to protect against drilling and prying break-ins. This Medeco deadbolt sets itself apart from the competition by having anti-drilling and anti-prying features.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EF8KFKS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EF8KFKS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2B2RJL3M3GBHCSE5"><em>Currently $149.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NJJ1TY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NJJ1TY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H6WCPHX3LZJI4X46"><img width="180" height="157" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Schlage%20Camelot%20Keypad%20Accent%20Lever%20Door%20Lock.jpg" /></a>Schlage Camelot Keypad Accent Lever Door Lock</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NJJ1TY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NJJ1TY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H6WCPHX3LZJI4X46">Schlage Camelot door lock</a> features an ANSI Grade 2 security rating. Aside from its basic hardware specifications, the keypad system gives it a number of additional electronic features. Firstly, the keypad allows for keyless entry, as well as the ability to program up to 19 unique user codes. Additionally, the flex lock functionality allows the lock to be set automatically after five seconds, or remained unlocked.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NJJ1TY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NJJ1TY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H6WCPHX3LZJI4X46"><em>Currently $129.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00116ZEMG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00116ZEMG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ABNQK6DRTCQEH7YI"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Kwikset%20Double%20Cylinder%20Deadbolt.jpg" /></a>Kwikset 985 Double Cylinder Deadbolt</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00116ZEMG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00116ZEMG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ABNQK6DRTCQEH7YI">Kwikset double cylinder deadbolt</a> features an ANSI Grade 1 security rating and a hand-rubbed bronze finish that looks great on any door. If you're looking for even greater levels of security from your deadbolt lock, then a double cylinder deadbolt does a better job than a single cylinder. Double cylinder deadbolts are operated by a key on both sides of the lock.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00116ZEMG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00116ZEMG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ABNQK6DRTCQEH7YI"><em>Currently $33.74 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030ZWEME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0030ZWEME&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5W4BFIUOHT467YIV"><img width="180" height="159" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Schlage%20B60N619%20Deadbolt.jpg" /></a>Schlage B60N619 Deadbolt</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030ZWEME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0030ZWEME&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5W4BFIUOHT467YIV">single cylinder deadbolt from Schlage</a> is a favorite amongst users. With easy installation, an ANSI Grade 1 security rating and a brushed nickel finish, this Schlage deadbolt is a classic door lock that gets the job done.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030ZWEME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0030ZWEME&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5W4BFIUOHT467YIV"><em>Currently $29.92 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best door locks. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-door-locks" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Door Locks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-door-locks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide door locks product reviews Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:00:26 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1156979 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Fabric Softeners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-fabric-softeners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/doing-laundry-AA006046-small.jpg" alt="doing laundry" title="doing laundry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="145" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Adding fabric softener is a staple part of many people's laundry routine. But with the many different types of fabric softener out there, it's easy to get lost in all of the choices you have. To help you choose which fabric softener is right for your laundry, Wise Bread has compiled a list of the top 5 fabric softeners available right now.</p> <h2>What Is Fabric Softener?</h2> <p>Fabric softener is a conditioner used when cleaning laundry that helps prevent static cling in clothing and make clothing softer. Fabric softener comes in three primary forms: liquid softener, softener (or dryer) sheets, or dryer balls. Each form comes with its own set of pros and cons. Liquid softeners generally leave clothing softer with less static, but are typically more expensive. Softener sheets are easy-to-use and more affordable, but don't do as good of a job as liquid softeners. Finally, dryer balls are also inexpensive as well as eco-friendly because they're reusable.</p> <h2>Best 5 Fabric Softeners</h2> <h3>Bounce Dryer Sheets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FULBQ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003FULBQ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AMLCZ4K5C56GESDB"><img width="180" height="165" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Bounce%20Dryer%20Sheets2.jpg" alt="" /></a>These <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FULBQ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003FULBQ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AMLCZ4K5C56GESDB">Bounce dryer sheets</a> are great because of how easy they are to use. Instead of measuring out an amount of liquid, just pull a sheet from the box and lay it on top of your clothes in the dryer. While dryer sheets generally don't perform as well as liquid softeners when it comes to softening and removing static, users still love the affordability and ease-of-use of dryer sheets, especially with Bounce sheets. Bounce dryer sheets come in a number of different scents, as well as an unscented version for those with sensitive skin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FULBQ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003FULBQ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AMLCZ4K5C56GESDB"><em>Currently $8.99 for a pack of 240 sheets on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Downy Ultra Infusions Liquid Fabric Softener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008UQVEQU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008UQVEQU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=45ASPXMJSC5KXUI5"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Downy%20Ultra%20Infusions%20Liquid%20Fabric%20Softener.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008UQVEQU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008UQVEQU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=45ASPXMJSC5KXUI5">Downy Ultra Infusions liquid fabric softener</a> contains 41 fl. oz. which is enough to soften 48 loads of laundry. Users rave over its pleasant, long-lasting scent as well as its ability to soften and remove static from fresh laundry. The biggest complaint over this fabric softener is its price, since it costs more, but takes care of fewer loads than other fabric softeners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008UQVEQU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008UQVEQU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=45ASPXMJSC5KXUI5"><em>Currently $11.89 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seventh Generation Fabric Softener Sheets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004B88BQW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004B88BQW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AQ76XUIIFYALT3QD"><img width="180" height="123" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Seventh%20Generation%20Fabric%20Softener%20Sheets.jpg" />Seventh Generation fabric softener sheets</a> combine the convenience of dryer sheets with the environmental-friendliness of the Seventh Generation brand. These dryer sheets use a plant-derived formula as opposed to traditional softeners which typically use animal products. Users rate this product highly for its ability to soften and remove static, as well as for its lack of chemicals and animal products.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004B88BQW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004B88BQW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AQ76XUIIFYALT3QD"><em>Currently $9.93 for a 2-pack on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WPMC04/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WPMC04&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FZCVHFY5HN3MGOJG"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Seventh%20Generation%20Fabric%20Softener.jpg" /></a>For those that want better fabric softening and static cling removal, while still being friendly to the Earth, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WPMC04/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WPMC04&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FZCVHFY5HN3MGOJG">Seventh Generation natural fabric softener</a> is the right softener to choose. Similar to their dryer sheets, this fabric softener is made from non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients that make it hypoallergenic. Users also agree that this fabric softener is quite effective at softening clothes and removing static.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WPMC04/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WPMC04&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FZCVHFY5HN3MGOJG"><em>Currently $32.79 for a 6-pack on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Smart Sheep 100% Wool Dryer Balls</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA9P5P0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GA9P5P0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FPIV7DDS4JWO3L4L"><img width="180" height="173" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Smart%20Sheep%20Wool%20Dryer%20Balls.jpg" /></a>Many users agree that these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA9P5P0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GA9P5P0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FPIV7DDS4JWO3L4L">Smart Sheep dryer balls</a> do a great job of making clothes soft and fluffy, as well as reducing static cling between articles of clothing. These dryer balls are also reusable, with the official claim being that they are capable of lasting thousands of loads, making them extremely economical. On top of softening fabric and reducing static, these dryer balls can also greatly reduce the drying time for your clothes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA9P5P0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GA9P5P0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FPIV7DDS4JWO3L4L"><em>Currently $16.95 for a 6-pack on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best fabric softeners. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Fabric Softeners" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide fabric softeners product reviews Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:00:21 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1156980 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Digital Thermometers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-digital-thermometers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-thermometer-466330265-small.jpg" alt="kid thermometer" title="kid thermometer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the dawn of time, we've had a need to measure temperatures for varying reasons. Today, thermometers still serve the very important purpose of detecting fever and illness in people, especially in children. Modern digital thermometers are faster, more accurate and consistent, and often feature a number of additional features than traditional analog thermometers.</p> <h2>What Is a Digital Thermometer?</h2> <p>A digital thermometer is a device that can read temperature, and uses electronics to provide a digital display and manipulate that information in other ways. Thermometer types will differ in where they are placed to test for temperature (most thermometers will use the mouth, ear, rectum, forehead, or underarm) as well as what bells-and-whistles they might include.</p> <h2>Best 5 Digital Thermometers</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NIG65C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NIG65C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AFRYK4DRJJFWWBP7"><img width="180" height="134" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ADC%20ADTEMP%20V%20Digitals%20Thermometers.jpg" alt="" /></a>ADC ADTEMP V Digital Thermometer</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NIG65C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NIG65C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AFRYK4DRJJFWWBP7">ADC ADTEMP V</a> Digital Thermometer from the American Diagnostic Corporation is a quick and easy-to-use thermometer for those that want a basic device that will get the job done. The thermometer is suitable for oral, rectal, or underarm use, and users claim that it's capable of providing a reading within about 10 seconds. Top reviews on Amazon also vouch for this thermometer's accuracy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NIG65C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NIG65C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AFRYK4DRJJFWWBP7"><em>Currently $10.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002AHVZU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002AHVZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RBYLRA5WGK7YILK2"><img width="180" height="130" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Vicks%20Baby%20Thermometer%20V934.jpg" alt="" /></a>Vicks Baby Thermometer V934</h3> <p>Rectal thermometers are best suited for children under the age of 3, but are less appropriate for older children and adults. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002AHVZU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002AHVZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RBYLRA5WGK7YILK2">Vicks Baby Thermometer V934</a> was designed to make taking a child's rectal temperature an easy process for both parents and children.</p> <p>The ComfortFlex probe is short and flexible, minimizing the chance that you can hurt your child. Finally, this thermometer is quick to provide a reading, with most users reporting a return in about 10 seconds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002AHVZU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002AHVZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RBYLRA5WGK7YILK2"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Braun-Thermoscan-Thermometer-Technology-IRT4520USSM/dp/B001FWXKMM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395035924&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Braun+IRT+4520"><img width="180" height="216" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Braun%20Thermoscan%20Ear%20Thermometer%20IRT-4520.jpg" alt="" /></a>Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520</h3> <p>Experts aren't always the most enthusiastic when it comes to ear thermometers. They are typically harder to use, as it's often difficult to get the position correct. This, in turn, influences the accuracy of the devices. But the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Braun-Thermoscan-Thermometer-Technology-IRT4520USSM/dp/B001FWXKMM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395035924&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Braun+IRT+4520">Braun IRT-4520</a> ear thermometer resolves that problem with an indicator light and sound alert that lets you know when it's in the right position.</p> <p>In addition, its accuracy can be vouched for by professional tests. Finally, it also includes features such as the ability to store up to 8 readings in its memory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Braun-Thermoscan-Thermometer-Technology-IRT4520USSM/dp/B001FWXKMM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395035924&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Braun+IRT+4520"><em>Currently $39.88 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T6G550/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004T6G550&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GKG5TSVQKVJISIES"><img width="180" height="237" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Exergen%20TemporalScanner%20TAT-2000C.jpg" alt="" /></a>Exergen TemporalScanner TAT-2000C</h3> <p>While rectal thermometers are, as a group, more accurate than other thermometers, parents often don't like the invasiveness of them. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T6G550/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004T6G550&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GKG5TSVQKVJISIES">Exergen TermporalScanner</a> Temporal Artery Thermometer works by swiping its sensor across the forehead, removing that anxiety from people's concerns.</p> <p>This thermometer is capable of a 0.4 second rating and is safe for people of all ages. Users do say that it takes a while to get a hang of the swiping motion required to get a reading, but after a while, it becomes a breeze to use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T6G550/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004T6G550&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GKG5TSVQKVJISIES"><em>Currently $27.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EP1ZLO0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EP1ZLO0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WM2BYTPCFRQ7CSYM"><img width="180" height="229" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Braun%20Forehead%20Thermometers.jpg" alt="" /></a>Braun Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EP1ZLO0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EP1ZLO0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WM2BYTPCFRQ7CSYM">Braun Forehead Thermometer</a> has all of the features that people would look for in a forehead thermometer. Its non-invasive sensor is still extremely accurate and returns a reading in just seconds. Additionally, it includes a number of extra features, such as a color-coded screen for immediate fever detection, and a backlight for use in dim light.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EP1ZLO0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EP1ZLO0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WM2BYTPCFRQ7CSYM"><em>Currently $29.88 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best digital thermometers. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Digital Thermometers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows">The 5 Best Pillows</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide digital thermometers product reviews Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:21:33 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1149625 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electric Blankets http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-blankets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-blanket-486894193-small.jpg" alt="girl blanket" title="girl blanket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you need a little extra warmth for those cold winter nights, or if it's cold all year-round, an electric blanket is a great thing to have when it's just a little too chilly outside. When buying an electric blanket, there's a few things to keep an eye on, such as being made of machine-washable materials and easy-to-use controls. Additional features to consider include a range of heating settings as well as an automatic shut-off.</p> <h2>What is an Electric Blanket?</h2> <p>An electric blanket is a blanket that has an electric heating element worked into the blanket that can be used to provide additional warmth. An electric blanket goes on top, as opposed to an electric mattress pad which lies below the bottom bed sheet and is designed to be slept on top of. Modern electric blankets have come a long way from their older counterparts in terms of safety and are less likely to be considered fire hazards.</p> <h2>Best 5 Electric Blankets</h2> <h3>Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Electric Blanket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MUB98I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002MUB98I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SIP2BSRJL73XNBFQ"><img width="200" height="129" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Soft%20Heat%20Luxury%20Micro-Fleece%20Electric%20Blanket.jpg" /></a>Recommended by Good Housekeeping, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MUB98I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002MUB98I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SIP2BSRJL73XNBFQ">Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece electric blanket</a> is perfect for snuggling up in on a cold night. The blanket is made with low voltage technology, making it safer than other electric blankets on the market by utilizing less electricity. Heating controls allow you to adjust how warm the blanket gets, and the pre-heating feature gets the blanket to your desired temperature quickly. Finally, an automatic shut-off shuts the blanket off after 10 hours, in case you forget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MUB98I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002MUB98I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SIP2BSRJL73XNBFQ"><em>Currently $183.62 for the King size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VDTZXS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VDTZXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UNXPDKDLEYO3UT74"><img width="200" height="149" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sunbeam%20Microplush%20Heated%20Throw.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VDTZXS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VDTZXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UNXPDKDLEYO3UT74">Sunbeam Microplush heated throw</a> is perfect for keeping warm inside and outside of bed. The Sunbeam throw is easy-to-use with basic high, medium and low temperature settings. Users state that the blanket heats up quickly, and the three hour automatic shutoff ensures that it won't overheat. Despite the three hour shutoff, users also claim that the throw's insulation is good enough to keep the blanket warm after the heating element shuts off.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VDTZXS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VDTZXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UNXPDKDLEYO3UT74"><em>Currently $57.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BF21SK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BF21SK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L5YBVODJDOVALOLQ"><img width="200" height="170" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sunbeam%20Quilted%20Fleece%20Heated%20Blanket.jpg" alt="" /></a>A thick and warm electric blanket, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BF21SK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BF21SK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L5YBVODJDOVALOLQ">Sunbeam Quilted Fleece heated blanket</a> will keep you warm on the coldest nights. This electric blanket includes 10 different temperature settings for you to choose from when you sleep. Additionally, the blanket features a 10 hour automatic shutoff so that it doesn't stay on if you forget to turn it off in the morning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BF21SK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BF21SK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L5YBVODJDOVALOLQ"><em>Currently $90.50 for the Full size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Biddeford Heated Blanket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049S0CFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0049S0CFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AEF2JQKUVZ3QP7OS"><img width="200" height="160" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Biddleford%20Heated%20Blanket.jpg" alt="" /></a>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049S0CFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0049S0CFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AEF2JQKUVZ3QP7OS">king-sized heated blanket from Biddeford</a> is well-reviewed with most users stating that it's exceptionally warm and comfortable. The blanket heats up quickly, and with 10 different temperature settings, put you in control of your warmth. Dual control also allows two people have the blanket heated to different settings, giving you even more temperature control.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049S0CFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0049S0CFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AEF2JQKUVZ3QP7OS"><em>Currently $84.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Electric Heated Blanket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041RQXOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0041RQXOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QS5PIW3JS2457LMT"><img width="200" height="136" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Soft%20Heat%20Ultra%20Micro-Plush%20Electric%20Heated%20Blanket.jpg" alt="" /></a>One of the most soft and plush blankets in the Soft Heat line of electric blankets, many users cite the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041RQXOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0041RQXOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QS5PIW3JS2457LMT">Ultra Micro-Plush electric heated blanket</a> as the best electric blanket they've ever used. The luxurious design is extremely comfortable, as well as completely machine washable. Like the other Soft Heat blanket on this list, this blanket utilizes low voltage technology which makes it safer than other electric blankets. Finally, this blanket also features a 10 hour automatic shutoff</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041RQXOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0041RQXOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QS5PIW3JS2457LMT"><em>Currently $144.99 for the Full size on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric blankets. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Electric Blankets" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows">The 5 Best Pillows</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide electric blankets product reviews Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1154410 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pillows http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pillows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pillow-475998387-small.jpg" alt="pillow" title="pillow" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having the right pillow can mean the difference between waking up in the morning well-rested and ready for the day, or groggy and with a sore neck. When purchasing a pillow to sleep on, there are a number of different factors to consider. The most important of these factors include the pillow's ability to support your head and its ability to conform to the gaps between your head and your neck, both of which ensure that your head stays aligned and comfortable.</p> <h2>What Is a Pillow?</h2> <p>A pillow is a cushioned support, most typically used for the head while sleeping on a bed. Pillows are made up of a fabric envelope and stuffed with down feathers or synthetic foam. Because a pillow's job is to keep your head aligned, a large factor in deciding what pillow you should get is how you like to sleep. Side sleepers need something plump to fill the space between your neck and shoulders. Stomach sleepers are the opposite, they should use something thinner that doesn't push their head too far backward. Finally, back sleepers are best served with something in the middle.</p> <h2>Best 5 Pillows</h2> <h3>Sleep Better Iso-Cool Memory Foam Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZK7MPG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000ZK7MPG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MPWD6BPWNJC37VQZ"><img width="200" height="136" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sleep%20Better%20Iso-Cool%20Memory%20Foam%20Pillow.jpg" alt="" /></a>Well-reviewed by users, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZK7MPG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000ZK7MPG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MPWD6BPWNJC37VQZ">Sleep Better Iso-Cool Memory Foam pillow</a> provides a ton of comfort and support for your head. Most users have noted that the pillow contours well to the shape of their head and neck and the Outlast Adaptive Comfort material does a good job of adjusting to the body's temperature, keeping you cool when you get too warm and warming you up when you get too cool.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZK7MPG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000ZK7MPG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MPWD6BPWNJC37VQZ"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Pacific Coast Double Down-Around Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FTVCP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FTVCP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ON2Y45FDFARDZTLX"><img width="200" height="152" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Pacific%20Coast%20Double%20Down-Around%20Pillow.jpg" alt="" /></a>Recommended by Good Housekeeping, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FTVCP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FTVCP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ON2Y45FDFARDZTLX">Pacific Coast Double Down-Around pillow</a> is a great combination of comfort and value. The Double Down-Around pillow is actually two pillows in one, with a core filled with feathers tucked within a down-stuffed envelope. Users typically find that the firm core provides great support while still being soft and comfortable. The pillow is also durable, holding up to daily use and machine washing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FTVCP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FTVCP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ON2Y45FDFARDZTLX"><em>Currently $54.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Serta iComfort Contour Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FKU9C8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006FKU9C8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AWE5TBNSAWTULYE4"><img width="200" height="109" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Serta%20iComfort%20Contour%20Pillow.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FKU9C8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006FKU9C8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AWE5TBNSAWTULYE4">Serta iComfort Contour pillow</a> is a memory-foam that is specially designed to contour to the shape of your head and support the neck. Its design makes it especially comfortable for back and side sleepers, but is not very suitable for stomach sleepers. This Serta pillow is built well and is able to withstand regular use, and also comes with a five year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FKU9C8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006FKU9C8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AWE5TBNSAWTULYE4"><em>Currently $73.11 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Classic Brands Conforma Memory Foam Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043L17NG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043L17NG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZZRBOMIV7JMRUST4"><img width="200" height="148" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Classic%20Conforma%20Memory%20Foam.JPG" /></a>Another user favorite, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043L17NG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043L17NG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZZRBOMIV7JMRUST4">Conforma Memory Foam pillow</a> is lauded for its great support and comfort. The structure of the foam responds to one's body temperature and pressure in order to mold to the right shape to support your head, neck and shoulders. A few users cite taking about a week to get used to the feeling of the pillow, but then also vouch for its comfort after the initial adjustment period.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043L17NG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043L17NG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZZRBOMIV7JMRUST4"><em>Currently $32.28 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Aller-Ease Washable Allergy Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VQ5HNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005VQ5HNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5GBPQNNIKNXAC3WN"><img width="200" height="169" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Aller-Ease%20Washable%20Allergy%20Pillow.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VQ5HNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005VQ5HNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5GBPQNNIKNXAC3WN">Aller-Ease Washable Allergy pillow</a> offers the best value of all of the pillows on this list, as well as being the most allergy-friendly. The pillow features hypoallergenic filling as well as an allergan-blocking cover. The pillow is capable of keeping out dust mites, pet dander and pollen and is also comfortable as well. Most users find the pillow just firm enough, with a select few considering it a little too soft.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VQ5HNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005VQ5HNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5GBPQNNIKNXAC3WN"><em>Currently $20.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pillows. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Pillows" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pillows">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-thermometers">The 5 Best Digital Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">The 5 Best Universal Remotes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide pillows product reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1156562 at http://www.wisebread.com