Review of iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980 is a new flagship robot vacuum cleaner from the company that first invented robotic servants in American homes. When compared to its predecessors, this 980 model has battery life, connectivity, and navigation skills that clean every area in your home without getting lost.

iRobot Roomba 980 comes with a tablet and smartphone app, which provides users more control over this robot. It can find some new ways over the thresholds in your home and this includes a new mode, which forces the robot to use stronger suction as this roll over the carpet. Even if it’s missing several desirable options and features, iRobot Roomba 980 is one of the finest robot vacuum cleaners that will surely amaze you.

Performance

iRobot Roomba 980 is a bit louder compared to some robot vacuum cleaners in the market. But, when it comes to performance, it handled hair and fine dust better unlike others. It did well with bigger pieces including cereal, yet it leaves a bit behind. Since this robot vacuum cleaner performs different passes of the room, it picked up and your room will be cleaned sufficiently.

Convenience

It’s one of the robot vacuum cleaners that is easy to maintain and use. It doesn’t require assembly and you only need to pull some tabs and turn its battery on. Once it is charged, you are good to go when cleaning your home that can be done through pressing the robot vacuum cleaner’s button. This vacuum cleaner is a short machine and could slip under low tables, couches, and beds.

Cleaning iRobot Roomba 980 is easy and quick that made its maintenance less of a headache. The kind of roller it employs is one of the best features it has. Aside from sweeping the hair up easily, it gets pushed down the roller to the ends where this collects tiny rings, which pop off once you clean the rollers. You do not need to do any brushing, digging or banging of brushes to clean them. Like some of the finest robot vacuum cleaners, iRobot Roomba 980 lets you know when it should be charged and when its dust bin is full.

Support and Warranty

iRobot Roomba 980 is backed with 1 yr warranty. If you received a defective unit, the manufacture will repair or replace it for you and for free of charge.

Pros

  • Good mapping capabilities
  • App controlled
  • Ideal for pet hair
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Loud
  • Imperfect cleaning
  • App does not have lots of features.
  • Costly

The Verdict

iRobot Roomba 980 is an improved version of its predecessor. It features better mapping technology, picks up more pet hair, and you may start it in a remote manner. Nevertheless, it is also expensive. It is a fact that you can get this going when you are at work, yet you have no clue about what’s going on while it is cleaning around your house. Since its app does not offer notifications, you might return home to find that it has an error or there’s still dirt left.

Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe VS Bissell Big Green

It is difficult choosing between two carpet cleaners like the Hoover Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe and the Bissell Big Green. They are both highly acclaimed in the market, come from two of the best carpet cleaner brands today and worth each penny they are sold for.

However they also have their individual share of pros and cons which make choosing the better unit between the two even more difficult.  If you need some help in making your choice, here is a comparative analysis between both carpet cleaners.

  1. Water tank

The Bissell Big Green has a single, 1.75 gallon capacity water tank which lets you do a lot more cleaning before refilling it. The disadvantage here is as there’s only one tank, so there’s no sucking of dirty water which in turn means the carpet takes longer to dry. Moreover, a large water tank leads to increased weight which may in turn reduce the machine’s maneuverability while working.

On the contrary, the Hoover Carpet Basics power Scrub has two separate tanks for clean and dirty water. Though they may be smaller in size, you can fill or empty the tank as desired. And as water is suctioned out of the carpet after cleaning, the carpet dries up faster. The convenience of cleaning with separate water tanks makes the Hoover FH50150 a better buy.

  1. Weight

As mentioned above, the Bissell Big Green is much heavier of the two at 42 pounds. It’s attributed mainly to its large capacity water tank and the amount of water it carries when full. The Hoover FH50150 is the much lighter winner at only 18.2 pounds, affording better maneuverability while cleaning!

  1. Power cord

The Bissell Big Green wins here as its power cord is 25 feet long while the Hoover FH50150 has a 20 feet long power cord. The added length of the Bissell Big Green makes it handier at cleaning large spaces, tight corners and various rooms of your house.

  1. Cleaning performance

The Bissell Big Green cleans a spot twice by moving in two directions in a single pass. This helps quickly clean stubborn stains requiring multiple passes as the double-stroke uses less time than a single-direction pass.

While the Hoover FH50150 uses a single-direction pass cleaning method, its SpinScrub technology gives a 360 degree deep, gentle clean. Along with its DualV nozzle, various accessories, automatic detergent mixing, rinse option and forced heated cleaning features it not only removes stubborn stains but also shortens the carpet’s drying time. So the Hoover FH50150 wins here.

  1. Warranty

While the Bissell Big Green offers a 5 year warranty, the Hoover FH50150 has only a 2 year warranty, making Bissell the clear winner!

Comparing between the Hoover FH50150 Power Scrub Deluxe carpet cleaner and the Bissell Big Green is thus rather difficult.  While the Bissell Big Green gives a longer warranty and has a longer power cord and has a larger water tank which lets you clean moor without frequent tank refilling, the Hoover cleans better, is lighter in weight and has two separate water tanks. You need to choose based on your budget, and your cleaning priorities!

Best maternity pillow review

Best maternity pillow

Maternity pillows are a recent phenomenon popular with mothers and fathers all over the world which make sleeping in the later months of pregnancy so much comfortable. While women once had to place a few normal pillows under their heads, in between their legs and around them to sleep, this single pillow is designed to support your hips, belly, back and even legs and knees while sleeping.

Mothers feel the need for maternity pillows when their pregnancy curves grow prominent and after delivery. It properly positions the baby while breastfeeding so that the baby latches and nurses properly.

You can experience maximum benefits from pregnancy pillows only if you choose a comfortable pillow. If you are new to these pillows, here are some pointers which will help you make your choice.

  • Filling

Look for pillows with comfortable memory foam filling which take your body shape and doesn’t lose its shape with time and regular usage.

  • Cloth

You will start profuse sweating in the later months of pregnancy as your body starts generating lots of energy and heat. So choose a pillow made of cotton as synthetic and texture fibers only make you sweat more. Cotton on the other hand regulates your body temperature and doesn’t absorb heat like other materials.

  • Pillow shape and design

There are two main types of pregnancy pillows to choose from- the C and U shaped pillows. You need to choose based on which design supports your sleeping style.

C-shaped pillows are smaller than U-shaped pillows but wrap around you to give better support to your neck, legs, head, hips and stomach. It’s lower end reaches in between your legs to give them assistance while the top end is placed under your head to support your neck and shoulders. The middle part goes around your back to support the vertebrae and thus relieve any pain you have because of the baby’s weight on your belly.

The U-shaped pillows support your body from front, tummy and back. As they are flexible, they let you sleep in various positions while keeping you comfortable for a good night’s sleep. They are the better choice if you turn over often while sleeping, and want a pillow offering total support. You needn’t shift the pillow while turning as it stays put.

You just have to roll over within the pillow and re-tuck it in between your legs and sleep. This pillow is a better choice if you habitually sleep on your back as it helps get you adjusted to sleeping on your side. Sleeping on your back all the time is not suggested during pregnancy. However these pillows are relatively large in size and take up extra bed space but should not be a problem if you have a king sized bed.

The main difference between the two pillows is that the U-shaped pillow fully supports your back through the night, no matter which way you turn, without any shifting of pillows. The C-shaped pillow is better for those who don’t turn over often at night.

Now you know what to look out for in a maternity pillow, you will be able to make a better choice at choosing the right pillow for yourself!

J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head Review

J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt

Looks can be deceiving, which is true with the J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head. The steamer doesn’t create a very influential first impression as it’s not futuristic or modern looking. Though the steamer looks rather retro, it gives the same power and performance a top-model steamer does.

It offers 1300 W of steaming power and its water tank has a 3/4 gallon capacity for easy and continual steaming of garments for an hour and a half instead of spending time and effort ironing clothes. It also needs just two minutes to heat up which means you are provided with instant access to all its steaming capabilities.

Design

The J-2000 has a simple and straightforward design with its tank at the bottom of the unit. It’s connected to a flexible steam hose which may leak but performs well. This extra large tank proves helpful while steaming all your garments at a go.

Functionality

The highlight of this steamer is its 6” steam head as it makes steaming clothes both at home and in business establishments so effortless. It’s possible to steam and remove wrinkles from most fabrics and clothes ranging from shirts and pants to blazers, tablecloths, bedclothes and even delicate materials without any problems. It can also be used to remove wallpaper, if required. Unlike irons, there isn’t any need of setting temperatures while using the J-2000 to steam clothes.

Parts

The J-2000 Jiffy steam cleaner is easy to carry around because of its wheels. Moreover, it heats quickly within 2 minutes’ time and a full water tank gives 90 minutes of steaming power.

The tank also has a no-drip checking valve which helps restricts drips and thus prevents messes. The steamer comes with a 5.5 foot flexible hose with a plastic head and steam handle.

Power

As steamers need lots of power, the J-2000 garment cleaner offers 1300 watts of power through its solid brass heating elements. The machine needs only 2 minutes to start steaming so that you can start steaming in the shortest time possible with sufficient steam to quickly steam garments.

Body

The steamer has high impact plastic outer casings which prove essential at protecting its internal parts from possible destruction. Its automatic shut off feature and pronged safety grounded cords reduce the chances of fire through a convenient off/on switch. With its extended cord and 5.5 ft hose, there’s no need of staying in one place while steaming clothes.

Pros

  • Quickly starts steaming within 2 minutes
  • Water tank with a ¾ gallon capacity
  • A full tank produces 1.5 hours of steam
  • Weighs only 18 pounds when filled with water and is easy to manoeuvre
  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy construction with plastic casings
  • Fit for both residential and commercial use

Cons

  • A bit expensive when compared to other options
  • Not that ‘modern’ looking
  • Hose heats up quickly and gets uncomfortable
  • Though it steams clothes, doesn’t give a pressed look to garments
  • Doesn’t make press or crease lines
  • Only steams and not clean clothes