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TempurPeDic vs DynastyMattress. Which is a better one?

The more modern technology is, the higher quality customers require. A good bed with soft mattress is not enough. I want to introduce to you both of types are Tempur-PeDic vs DynastyMattress. You should buy products from famous brand instead unpopular brand. If you need a mattress for your cosy room, definitely, we are your choice. The Detail features will be provided below and photos are illustratable. Real products are taken without photograph editing, so you completely secure about that.

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How to Choose the Best Down Pillow for Your Sleep Pattern

Since there are many types of pillows available, it can be confusing when searching for just the perfect pillow to help you sleep better. Here are some sleep tips that can help you select the best down pillows for yourself or your family.

How to Choose the Best Down Pillow for Your Sleep Pattern

How to Choose the Best Down Pillow for Your Sleep Pattern

Know Your Fill

Not all down pillows are filled with the same material or the same fill quality or density. In order to begin the process of choosing the best pillow to sleep on, be aware of the differences. Two of the main fill materials that are used in down bedding are combination feathers and down and simply fine goose down. There is a distinct difference in the two materials.

Feathers and down fill

Many pillows are filled with a combination of mature feathers and some fine down that is wrapped around the feather fill interior of a pillow. Have you ever slept on a feather pillow that made crackling sounds when you turned your head at night? Did you ever notice a quill or two poking through the pillow’s cover? That’s what can happen when you sleep on a feather and down pillow, because there are always more feathers than down in this fill mix.

Often, feathers comprise about 75% of the fill, and goose down comprises the other 25%. When you first sleep on one of these pillows, it may seem rather comfortable, but as the fill material compresses over time, the down is shifted away from the exterior walls and the prickly feathers make their way to the walls of the pillow cover. These pillows are generally not the best quality, nor the most comfortable in the long run, although generally a bit cheaper.

Fine goose down fill

The best luxury bedding is filled exclusively with fine goose down clusters that are softer and more durable than feathers. These goose down pillows have no feathers mixed in with the fine down material, thereby providing quality, comfortable fill for the best pillows. The quality levels of down pillows are determined by the fill power or density of the amount of down clusters stuffed into each pillow. The common fill power among quality pillows are 600, 700 and 800 and pillows can be found in soft, medium, firm and extra firm.

Know Your Sleep Pattern

Believe it or not, knowing how you sleep should help determine the firmness level for yourself. Are you a side, back or a stomach sleeper?

  • Side sleepers – This type of sleeper has perhaps the most complicated sleep pattern for which to find the right pillow. Everything affects your sleep, such as how firm or soft is your bed, how broad are your shoulders and how soft or firm is your pillow. You want to find the right pillow that fits in with your particular bedding situation. A pillow should help keep your spine straight while you sleep and support your neck. Side sleepers should be careful to match their pillow to their bed firmness or softness. If your bed is firm, choose a firm pillow, if it is soft choose a softer pillow. Be sure to select enough support to keep your neck and head straight as well as supported at night. Typically, side sleepers should choose firm to medium pillows.
  • Back sleepers –  Back sleepers need to be sure to keep their spine angle at a comfortable level when resting on a pillow. Don’t let a pillow push your head into your chest while sleeping. If you tend to keep a pillow nearer the top of your head when sleeping, a soft pillow is best to keep your head from being pushed toward your chest. If you rest the pillow behind your neck for support, a firmer pillow may be best. Remember to consider the firmness level of your bed when determining your pillow as well. Besides, you should choose a mattress that will help cure back pain as well side sleepers and stomach. You can click here
  • Stomach sleepers – A stomach sleeper almost always should use a soft pillow in order to allow the spine to rest straight while sleeping. Especially if you have a soft bed, be sure to choose a soft pillow for correct spinal support. A too firm pillow can result in neck problems and spinal misalignment because of poor sleep habits.

Additional Tips

Keep in mind that the best pillows are those that are constructed with fine quality goose down fill that is covered with a pure, 100% Egyptian cotton cover. You can find covers that are made from the finest cotton that is chemical-free and unbleached for the safest and best pillow covering. Expect to pay more for the best down pillows, but also expect them to last for years, since they are some of the highest quality and durable sleep accessories available today.

Kitchen

Makita MAC700 Air Compressor Review

The Makita MAC700 big bore 2.0 hp air compressor is probably best suited for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers. But due to its durability and versatility, this Makita air compressor has also become the go-to compressor for many professionals.

In fact, Makita has a strong all-around reputation for making quality tools, but in particular, their line of air compressors has developed a very solid reputation for quality, durability and reliability. And this is a quiet air compressor (Makita makes some of the quietest compressors on the market).

Makita MAC700 Air Compressor Review

Makita MAC700 Air Compressor: A Quiet and Dependable Workhorse

This Makita compressor is capable of delivering 3.3 cubic feet per minute at 90 PSI. If that capacity will meet your needs, this just might be the best compressor for you. If you need a bit more oomph, I’d recommend that you consider the MAC700’s big brother, the MAC2400.

Features of the Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 hp Air Compressor

2.0 HP with Big Bore Engineered Pump

The 2.0 horse motor of the MAC700 drives a piston/cylinder combo engineered with a large bore and stroke. With every cycle of the piston within the cylinder, a larger volume of air is compressed. The result is an increased compression capacity and faster pressure recovery for the energy input.

And the Big Bore design also means that the Makita MAC700 just isn’t working as hard as competing models to produce each pound of pressure. The increased displacement capacity allows the MAC700 to run at about half the RPM of most competing models. As a result, the MAC700 produces less noise, and offers greater durability and reliability.

The low AMP draw of the motor (12.4 AMPS) reduces the headaches and potential motor damage of frequently tripped breakers.

Oil Lubricated for Cool, Smooth Operation

The MAC700 – like most air compressors – uses a piston that reciprocates up and down within its cylinder to pressurize air. This setup is very similar to your car engine, except in reverse. The pressure created by the rapidly expanding, burning fuel drives the pistons in your car. But the pistons in air compressors are driven by an electric motor (or other power source) to compress the air.

But just like in your car, air compressor pistons cycle up and down thousands of times per minute within their cylinders. This process creates heat and friction. And again, just like in your car, lubricating oil can be used to reduce the friction and carry away the heat.

Some air compressors simply rely on anti-friction linings (such as Teflon) to reduce the friction of the pistons within their cylinders. While this works, it’s not the best solution. The best air compressors use an oil lubricating system – again, just like in your car – to minimize friction and carry heat away from the cylinders.

The oil lubrication system of the Makita MAC700 minimizes cylinder/piston wear-and-tear and makes for a cooler running pump. The payoff for you is greater reliability, reduced maintenance and a longer service life.

Durable Cast Iron Cylinders

For the most part, the cylinders of air compressor pumps are made of either aluminum or cast-iron.

Aluminum cylinders offer the advantages of being cheaper and lighter.

But cast-iron cylinders offer several advantages of their own. They’re far more durable than aluminum cylinders. Cast-iron cylinders are also much easier to repair (as in cheaper) than aluminum cylinders when there is a problem.

And cast-iron cylinders offer one additional advantage: they tend to be quieter. In fact, a compressor with cast-iron cylinders can be as much as 35% quieter than a comparable model with aluminum cylinders. So if it’s more important to you to have a quiet, more durable air compressor than a lightweight compressor, you’ll probably want to avoid compressors with aluminum cylinders.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

Thermal overload can occur when an electric motor begins to incur an excessive load. When that happens, the motor may begin to draw more electrical current than it’s designed for. As a result the motor can be damaged or destroyed, and there’s even a risk of fire.

The MAC700 eliminates that concern with its built-in thermal overload protection. If the motor begins to overheat, the overload protection will automatically shut down the motor. It won’t start again until it’s cooled down sufficiently and you’ve pressed the reset button.

This feature could prevent a disaster!

Large Automotive Style Industrial Air Filter

Air being drawn into an air compressor must be filtered to keep dust and debris out of the pressurizing cylinders. The Makita MAC700 air compressor uses a large, automotive style filter.

The large surface area of the Makita’s filter allows for easier, smoother air intake. This means the compressor doesn’t work quite as hard to maintain a given pressure, which in turn helps to increase the energy efficiency of the compressor.

2.6 Gallon ‘Hot Dog’ Air Tank

The ‘hot dog’ single air tank design of the MAC700 provides a 2.6 gallon capacity in a compact, easy-to-store, easy-to-work-around design.

Additional Features:

  1. Easy operating tank drain valve. Uses a ball valve with lever handle to replace standard petcock design.
  2. Finned discharge tubing. Cools the tubing so it won’t burn you if you touch it.
  3. Convenient sight glass for checking oil level

What’s Included:
The Makita MAC700 comes with air compressor oil and a 1/4 inch universal quick coupler.

Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual for the MAC700 is available online. Click here if you’d like to take a look.

Warranty
Makita air compressors come with a full 1-year warranty. They also come with a no-risk 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with your Makita air compressor, just return it within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund or replacement.

If you’d like to read the terms of the warranty/satisfaction guarantee on the Makita website, click here.

What Consumers are Saying About the Makita MAC700 Air Compressor:

This air compressor is very popular with customers at Amazon.com. With more than 500 customer reviews (as of this writing), the average rating is an excellent 4.5 stars out of 5.

Click here if you’d like to read through the customer reviews yourself. Here’s a summarization of what customers are reporting that they like and don’t like about the Makita MAC700:

Pros:

  • This is a quiet air compressor. The majority of customers who have reviewed this product commented on how much they enjoyed the low noise output of the MAC700. At 80 decibels, it’s one of the quietest air compressors on the market. One reviewer stated that while remodeling a bedroom, he ran the MAC700 in the next-door bedroom, and could hardly hear it.
  • In addition to the low noise output, many reviewers mentioned that the Makita 700 produces very little vibration when running.
  • The low amp draw (12.4 amps) of this Makita compressor was one of the features customers really appreciated.
  • A number of reviewers commented on the versatility of this compressor. While the size and output of the MAC700 probably makes it most suitable for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, many reviewers stated that it performed well and held up just fine under very heavy workloads. One full-time professional carpenter who wrote a review stated that this is his only compressor. Several professionals mentioned that the MAC700 is their go-to compressor for finish work. One reviewer who’s been a painting and sandblasting contractor for 40 years was surprised to find that the Makita would handle all of his nail guns – including roofing and framing guns.
  • Durability. Many reviewers anticipated a long service life due to the reputation of the MAC700, along with their own initial opinion of the solid construction of the compressor. And a number of reviewers reported back and added an addendum to their review after using the compressor for a while. Some waited to post their review until they’d been using the compressor for some time. Praise for the MAC700’s durability was nearly universal among those who had been using it for a while. One professional stated that he’d been using the Makita full time for over 2 years with a 2 to 3 man trim crew. He said that they work the Makita so hard that it runs almost nonstop day after day, but continues to perform flawlessly.
  • A number of reviewers found the easy-operating drain valve to be a nice touch.

Cons:
No product is absolutely perfect, and the Makita MAC700 is no exception. Here are some of the things that customer reviewers have most complained about:

  • Some customers noted that the MAC700 was a bit heavier than they expected (the MAC700 weighs 52 pounds). But several of the same reviewers also stated that the compressor is easy to move around due to the roll bar handle design.
  • There are several complaints about the manual. Some complained about the lack of information, and others complained that the information that the manual does include is poorly written and difficult to understand. (There’s a link to the online manual above if you’d like to take a look at it.)
  • A few reviewers complained about the design of the compressor being top-heavy. One reviewer mentioned that because of this, he has to be careful to secure the compressor so that it won’t tip when transporting it in his pick-up truck (a good idea even if it’s not top-heavy!).
  • This has nothing do to with the compressor itself, of course, but there are several complaints about shipping damage. Something to consider if you order the compressor online (though Amazon’s price is by far the best I’ve found).

The Makita MAC700 is currently available for a little under $200 with free shipping from Amazon.com. Click here for current price.

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Do You Know How To Choose A Memory Foam Topper?

Memory foam was developed at the peak of the Space Age, when America was racing the Soviet Union to send the first man to the moon. Officially, its development was to make safer aircraft seats and had nothing to do with the Apollo project. However, if you look at the specifications, its ability to absorb pressure was clearly very useful in reducing the acceleration felt by astronauts leaving the Earth. This ability of visco elastic polyurethane foam also makes it very useful in making the memory foam topper, which has helped many people to sleep better at an affordable price.

Choose A Memory Foam Topper

For lazy people, the best sleep aid are memory foam adjustable beds just like the ones used in top-end hospitals for patients with burns over their whole bodies and patients who have to remain immobile for long periods of time. The ability of memory foam to reduce the pressure felt by these patients helps them to rest better and heal faster. Only the water bed can compare to memory foam bedding in comfort, but it is more expensive to operate.

The biggest problem for many people who want to buy visco elastic memory foam mattresses is the high price tag. Not many people can justify spending $5,000 to $10,000 for a good memory foam bed. Even just buying the memory foam mattress at $500 to $2000 is difficult for many people to consider. So it is fortunate that manufacturers also make memory foam toppers for those of us who are more budget-conscious.

What thickness is best for a memory foam mattress pad?

Where a memory foam mattress would typically range from 8 inches to 12 inches in thickness, a memory foam topper can be as thin as 1 inch or as thick as 5 inches. So which thickness should you choose for your memory foam pad? This partially depends on your budget. Obviously, the thicker memory foam mattress topper pad would cost more. That said, many people find the 3-inch memory foam mattress topper a good compromise between price and comfort. However, thickness is not the only important consideration.

What density is best for a visco elastic mattress topper?

Some manufacturers and salesmen throw around numbers like 5.3 pounds per cubic inch being optimum, while less would not provide enough support and too much (like 5.9 lbs/cubic inch) would be too firm. Unfortunately, how well you will sleep on a particular memory foam topper pad cannot be captured in a convenient number. The best way to know if a memory foam topper is the right density (and thickness) for you is to test it yourself. You need to lie down on the actual memory foam mattress pad (use your usual sleeping posture). Listen to what your body and your spine tell you. It’s too soft if your muscles sink into the memory foam pad comfortably but your spine feels some strain. On the other hand, it’s too dense if your spine feels well-supported but your muscles feel too much pressure on them.

What size of memory foam topper pad is the best?

Because you have to put the memory foam topper pad on top of regular mattresses, you usually do not have much choice. On the other hand, if you are like me and sleep on a mattress placed directly on top of the floor without a bed, then you have more options. While there are people who say size isn’t everything, I feel that in this case bigger is better. For a single person, a cheap, firm, queen-sized regular mattress on the floor with a queen-sized memory foam topper on top of it gives plenty of room to stretch. On the other hand, a couple might want to go for the king-size.

Does the memory foam topper pad have the right temperature sensitivity?

“What’s temperature sensitivity?”, you ask. Basically, memory foam feels softer when it is warm, and firmer when it is cold. So what temperature is your bedroom? At what temperature do you set your thermostat? 70F? 75F? 80F? When you test the memory foam mattress topper pad in the furniture shop’s showroom, remember to check and compare the temperature of your bedroom. A visco elastic mattress topper that is just right at the 75 degrees Fahrenheit of the showroom may be too firm at the 70 F that you like to sleep in. A memory foam topper that gives just the right amount of back support at 75 F may be too soft at the 84F of your bedroom in summer.

Is your mattress and/or bed firm enough to support a memory foam mattress topper?

Keep in mind that memory foam toppers are not designed to act alone. They are meant to be placed on top of your mattress, so how well they work is also dependent on your mattress. A mattress that is too soft will never provide you with sufficient back support no matter how good your memory foam topper is. You may just need to harden your heart and toss out your faithful soft comfortable mattress to gain maximum benefit from using a memory foam mattress pad.

On the other hand, if you pick a thicker memory foam topper and have the right bed, it is quite possible to make do without the intermediate mattress. Taking an extreme example, a poor college student who is used to sleeping on the floor of his rented room in a sleeping bag would find even a 1-1/2-inch memory foam mattress pad laid on top of the floor to be quite a luxury. Of course, most people are not so badly off. If you have a rattan or wicker bed, or a metal bed-frame with a springy metal lattice, you could lay two or three old blankets over that for protection, then lay your 4-inch or 5-inch memory foam pad on top.

Those of you with wooden beds, like a pine cabin bed or one of those heavy Victorian-style beds made of solid wood, should at least budget for a thin firm mattress below your new memory foam topper pad. Of course, in this case, your memory foam mattress pad should be as thick as you can afford, probably at least 3 inches thick.

Are there any recommended brands of memory foam topper?

Tempurpedic memory foam toppers are one of the first brands on the market, made by one of the first companies to work commercially with memory foam. For many people, they need no introduction. Even among those who do not sleep on memory foam bedding, many still use the Tempur memory foam pillow. In the past decade, the Serta memory foam topper is a brand that is fast catching up with Tempur Pedic. The Serta memory foam 3-inch mattress topper sells as well as the equivalent Tempurpedic memory foam mattress pad. In the coming years, you can expect to see more companies making their own versions of the Tempur and Serta memory foam mattress pad as they slowly master the technology of making reliable memory foam products.

Shopping guide in brief

When choosing a memory foam topper, you need to ask yourself these two questions before you start shopping:

  • What is my bedroom temperature?
  • What is my budget?

Once you are at the furniture/mattress shop:

  1. Ignore all memory foam toppers that are not within your budget.
  2. Check the temperature of the furniture showroom.
  3. Lie down on the mattress topper.
  4. Relax your body and listen to what it tells you.
  5. Make adjustments for any difference between your room temperature and the temperature of the showroom.
  6. Make adjustments for the fact that you are not wearing your usual clothes to sleep.
  7. If you feel that everything checks out, but it. If not, continue looking.

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Natural Green Ultimate Sleep Guaranty

Having spent nearly 10 years of my life working within a retail showroom, helping thousands of people find the ideal mattress for themselves and their families, one important feature is the simple idea of a sleep trial period. No one can lie on a bed in a bright showroom for two minutes and determine whether it will be ideal for them long-term or not. Depending on how tired you are when you’re trying mattresses out, lying down on a cement floor could actually feel good! And what about these sleep stores in the midst of busy shopping malls? How comfortable will you be lying down with hundreds of people wandering by every minute?

Natural Green Ultimate Sleep Guaranty

Most mattress retailers realize that the only way to know for certain is to actually sleep on a new mattress and that it will take the average person between two and three weeks just to get accustomed to a new sleep surface. Some people will adapt in a few days and some might actually take a month or two, but usually three weeks is about average to determine if you have an ideal match. Frequently I would encounter people who didn’t know how bad their own mattress was until they went somewhere on a vacation and slept on a good (different) mattress for a week or two. Then they came home and couldn’t sleep well at all.

For these reasons, I’ve crafted what I believe to be the Ultimate Sleep Guaranty for ALL of the Natural Green Memory Foam Mattresses. There is zero fine print here and I’ve tried to make it as logical as possible:

  1. ONE YEAR Sleep Trial Period: The last thing we want to is to pressure our customers to figure out quickly whether our Natural Green Memory Foam Mattress is ideal for them. Regardless of whether it takes you three days or three months, or even 11 months and 29 days, you have the full year from the day you receive our bed to make up your own mind.
  2. Your Mattress Must Remain Protected: The bottom line is that we do not want to receive the mattress back. We expect that 99% of all of our customers will be happy. But for the 1% who are not happy, we want to be able to pass their mattress along to a charity of some sort and in order to do so, the mattress must be clean and look brand new. We encourage you to keep the mattress well protected with a mattress pad (we also sell high quality pads just for this purpose).
  3. Mattress must be packaged and protected for Return Shipping: If you need to return the mattress, you should take the same care with packing it for the return trip as we did when it arrived at your door. Please use a reputable shipping company to ensure timely and professional delivery.
  4. A $95 Return Credit Fee: Once we receive the clean, protected and well-packaged mattress from you, we will credit your entire purchase price of the mattress minus a $95 return credit fee that covers some initial costs to ship the mattress as well as accounting expenses involved with crediting your Natural Green Mattress purchase.

Many people within the mattress industry believe that this is a crazy trial period and that it will cost us thousands, but I would really rather have people happy to recommend our mattress products than someone who wakes up cranky and says negative things about us or our products.

If you decide to return your Natural Green Memory Foam Mattress, there is nothing to fill-out, no calls that need to be made, no questions that have to be answered. Simply follow the steps above and then ship it back to our address below. It really is that simple and straightforward!

Natural Green Mattress Returns
1403 Monroe St
Lake in the Hills, IL 60102

-Patrick