Best Automatic Pet Feeder

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I’m sorry, I need to get going. I still haven’t fed the dog.

Oh no! I forgot I need to go feed the dog.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the freedom to live a full social life and not have the guilt of letting your pet go too long without being fed?

Often times in the fast-paced lives we live remembering to feed your cat or dog can be an inconvenience. This doesn’t mean you love your cat any less. It just means that taking care of them puts time constraints on you.

Your pet’s health

Missing meals or inconsistent timelines for meals can lead animals to eat too quickly or to overeat when they do have access to food. To fix this solution you might decide to leave a large bowl with extra food out. The food in the bowl will become stale over time as it loses or gains too much moisture from the air.

In the same scenario, some animals will overeat simply because there is an abundance of food available. Pet obesity is a problem. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention lays out some facts and figures.

An Estimated 60% of Cats and 56% of Dogs in the United States are Overweight or Obese

Hungry pets and overweight pets are both unfortunate circumstances. In this article we present a number of solutions to help keep your cat or dog fed in healthy amounts and on a consistent schedule. We talk about a number of automatic pet feeders, the different styles they come in and the different options available for each type.

The two main types of pet feeders we talk about are gravity pet feeders and electronic pet feeders. Gravity pet feeders are fairly straightforward and don’t have too many options to consider. On the other hand, electronic pet feeders have subcategories because of the range of options available. This includes timer based electronic feeders and smart electronic feeders. Of course, smart electronic feeders are Wi-Fi capable and can be operated with an app on your smartphone.

What to expect

The main body of this article covers the different types of pet feeders and shows a number of examples for each of them. The review section of this article contains our top picks for the best automatic pet feeder in a specific situation. It would be weird if the best pet feeder for a large dog is also the best for a single cat.

Feel free to use the links below to skip ahead to sections that immediately interest you. Otherwise you can read this article from top to bottom to become an expert on automatic pet feeders. Let’s get to it!

Mounted vs Tray Type Automatic Pet Feeders

Food Storage vs Controlled Feeding

Feeders for Dogs vs Feeders for Cats

Feeding an Overweight Pet

Battery Powered vs Wall Outlet Style Pet Feeders

Automatic Pet Feeders for Wet Food and Medication

Can I feed multiple pets with an automatic feeder?

Best Gravity Based Automatic Pet Feeder List

Gravity pet feeders are by far the simplest automatic pet feeder you can find. They keep adding food to the bowl as your pet eats. The food in the bowl keeps the food still in the hopper from moving downward. These are great if your pet is not prone to overeating and you simply need a budget conscious solution to keep your pet fed. Gravity pet feeders are a super simple way to feed your pet when you are working late or out with friends.

Below is a quick list of pros and cons to this type of feeder. After that we have a lineup of some of our favorite gravity style automatic pet feeders.

Pros

  • quick setup – simply wash the feeder, fill it with food and you are ready to go
  • inexpensive – even the best ones on the market are friendly on your wallet
  • no power needed – this style of feeder will add nothing to your electric bill

Cons

  • no control mechanism – your pet has unrestricted access to food
  • no anti-jam technology – if the food gets stuck in the chute this type of feeder has no way to automatically restore the flow of food

Van Ness Medium Auto Feeder, 6-Pound


With a six pound capacity, this no frills attached gravity pet feeder is great for medium to large sized dogs. It is made from pet safe plastics to avoid adding extra chemicals to your pet food. You can see through the sides of the hopper to see how much food is left before your next refill.

It is almost impossible for food to jam in the shoot between the hopper and the tray. In fact one of the downsides owners have experienced is the food flows to readily. However, when using a gravity pet feeder this is to be expected. This is a great pick if your pet is not prone to overeating.

Apsen Pet Le Bistro Feeder


This specific pet feeder is a five pound model. Aspen also makes 2, 10 and 18 pound gravity pet feeders. They come in off white, blue, pink, black, red and white. One of the best features of this automatic pet feeder is that it can be paired with a gravity water bowl that is the same size and color.

This one has a smaller chute than the Van Ness we wrote about above. There have been a few users that complained about food getting jammed. If you like the Aspen Pet Le Bistro feeder a possible solution for these jams would be using a kibble with a smaller diameter.

Petmate Pet Cafe Feeder

The Petmate Pet Café Feeder is another top loading gravity feeder. It can hold a maximum of six pounds pet food. It is available in grey, blue and clear bases. In all the color options the hopper is clear to give you an easy reminder when to refill. One nice feature of this feeder is that the cover comes completely off the hopper. This makes refills a breeze.

One downside to this feeder is that it does not have the sturdiest construction. While it will do well for your cats, we cannot recommend this feeder to excitable or large dogs.

Bergan Gourmet Feeder


The Bergan Gourmet Feeder Comes in two different options as far as sizes go. They have the elite and the petite. The Elite model holds up to 13 pounds while the petite version can hold six pounds of dry kibble.

Sometimes you can even find them on sale where they combine the feeder and a water bowl. Bergan also likes to sell their pet feeders in sets of two. If you have more than one pet this can simplify your life.

PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Station


The PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Station Is a unique gravity automatic pet feeder because it has a stainless steel bowl. This is great because it will add a lot of durability to the feeder. If this is the first gravity pet feeder you purchase, it might be the last one you need.

It comes in two sizes. The small holds two pounds of food and a medium holds four. The major drawback here is the size when compared to the other gravity pet feeders we talked about so far. However, if you have a small dog or cat a smaller feeder is a great thing to have.

Next up we move into the electronic automatic pet feeders. These come with more options which can make them a little more expensive. The added options can be very beneficial though, especially when it comes to the health of your pet. Read on to learn more!

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Best Electronic Automatic Pet Feeder List

Electronic automatic pet feeders have a huge variety of features and options that are available. These can range from very useful like timers and portion control to fun options like taking pictures and video of your pets eating.

They are generally more expensive than their gravity style counterparts but the added features can be quite valuable. Below is a quick list of pros and cons of electronic automatic cat feeders. After that we show you a lineup of our favorite electronic feeders.

Pros

  • timer and portion control – program how much and when your pet gets fed
  • fun options – speakers and video cameras to make meal time a blast
  • medicine and wet food capabilities – they offer some of the best ways to manage your pets health when you are not around
  • anti-jam technology – some electronic feeders can unjam the connection between the hopper and the food dish

Cons

  • power – they must be plugged in or use batteries
  • price – electronic feeders are more expensive than gravity style feeders
  • complex setup – extra features must be programmed before use
  • programming – if you make a mistake your pet may miss a meal or be overfed

Jempet Automatic Pet Feeder


The Jempet Automatic Pet Feeder is a great five meal automatic feeder. This feeder works pretty much like a Lazy Susan turntable. One meal is always exposed and the tray that holds the meals just keeps rotating based on the programmable timer.

This specific Jempet model we are reviewing is the second version. It has a button on the bottom that you need to press in order to program the feeder. It is a very small button that you would need to press with a paperclip or something similar.

The manufacturer did this because in the first version pets were able to stomp on the buttons on top of the unit. Owners complained this would undo the meal timer programming.

You can use wet food in this feeder. If you need to mix in medicines that your pet is taking you can do that before filling the feeder. It plugs into the wall and has a battery option as well. Additionally there is a voice recording capability that you can set to play whenever a new meal rotates in. Each compartment holds 240 ml, just over 1 cup.

This is our pick for best automatic pet feeder for wet food. It earned this rating because of its long term reliability and multiple power sources.

Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder


The Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder works the same way as the Jempet. It has a rotating tray that only exposes one meal at a time. However, it does have an additional slot so it can serve one more meal than the Jempet. Each compartment is a little bit bigger, coming in at 330 ml which is a little more than 11 ounces.

The major downside that it has is that it can only operate off of battery power. Because of the power source we had to give the best wet food pet feeder to the Jempet model above.

PetSafe Smart Feed


This pet feeder is wifi-enabled and can be operated through an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. You can set the feeder so that it will give you alerts each time it dispenses a meal. You will not need to worry whether or not your pet has been fed.

It can hold up to 24 cups of dry food in the hopper. The programmable timer allows you to set up to 12 different meal times with portions ranging from one eighth of a cup to four cups. The PetSafe Smart Feed Operates off of a plug in the wall and has a battery backup.

The only downside to this automatic feeder is that it is not compatible with wet food. PetSafe does make other pet feeders that are generally less expensive and do not have Wi-Fi capability. Other products that PetSafe makes include 2 and 3 way splitters for their feeders. This makes it one of the best automatic feeders for multiple cats or dogs.

Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder


The Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder has a very unique method of Distributing your pets food. You can program up to 4 meals a day. This is fairly standard. However, at each meal the pet feeder will distribute between 1 and 10 portions. Each portion is 24 ml which makes 10 portions just over 8 ounces.

One cup of dog food is often too little for medium sized breeds and especially for large sized breeds. Because of the very accurate portion control the Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder earns our pick for the best automatic pet feeder for small dogs and cats.

It also features a plug into the wall with a battery backup. you can choose to run it on only batteries if you need to place the feeder in a unique spot. The hopper has a 1.14 gallon capacity. that means it can about 18 cups. the largest meal size this pet feeder will produce is one cup.

If you really do love the Arf pets automatic pet feeder and you have a larger dog we have a solution for you. You could program two meals very close together in order to get an appropriate amount of dog food. Otherwise, check out the Fitiger feeder below with a stunning maximum size of a 12 cup meal.

Fitiger Automatic Pet Feeder


The Fitiger Automatic Feeder is an electronic automatic pet feeder that looks like a gravity based pet feeder. The large clear hopper on top matches something you would normally see on a gravity based pet feeder.

You can program up to three meals a day with the smallest meal being about 1 and 1/2 oz and the largest meal possible at 12 cups. This gives you a lot of flexibility in choosing the portion sizes for your pet. Because of the large meal capability it earns our pick for the best automatic feeder for large dogs.

HoneyGuardian A26 Automatic Pet Feeder


The HoneyGuardian A26 Automatic Pet Feeder has the smallest portion control we have ever seen. It goes all the way down to 1/32 of a cup. On the other end it goes all the way up to 4 cups per meal.

Like the other electronic pet feeders on this page it features a voice recording that you can use to call your pet when it is meal time. It plugs into the wall or runs on battery power. The only downside to this automatic pet feeder is the appearance. It may be a little bit difficult to match this to the décor of your kitchen.

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Things to Consider Before Buying an Automatic Pet Feeder

There are a few important things to consider when making the choice to purchase an automatic pet feeder. In this section we lay out a list of different features that you will want to be aware of.

Capacity

The amount of food that an automatic pet feeder can hold and portion out is one of the most important things to consider when looking at automatic pet feeders. This can be really important if you have a very large dog or if you have multiple cats. If your pet is fed on time but does not have enough to eat then we have not really accomplished much.

In the capacity category there are also two different measurements to be aware of. The first is the capacity of the hopper which holds all the food before it is portioned out for your pet. The other is the portion size for each meal.

The hopper needs to hold enough to last the entire time you expect the feeder to take care of your pet. If you are using a gravity based feeder this is fairly straightforward. You do not need to consider portion size since the food simply comes out as your pet empties the dish at the bottom.

However, if you want a more fine-tuned control over how much your pet is eating to help manage their weight then you need to consider the settings on your electronic feeder. It is important to know both the hopper capacity and the meal size. We going to this more in the section on electronic pet feeders and specifically in the highlights for each electronic pet feeder.

If this section of the article was confusing to you or you had not considered how much your pet should be eating at each meal, do not worry. Most pet food manufacturers will list out an appropriate portion size on the bag. This will account for the age and the weight of your pet. If you are looking for a professional opinion you can contact your veterinarian.

Are automatic pet feeders easy to use?

The short answer here is that they should be. The best automatic pet feeders on the market today all feature removable bowls or dishes. You should be able to remove the bowl for cleaning purposes.

The bowl will need to be cleaned much more often than the hopper. The bowl will collect your pet’s saliva and residue from food which can lead to unsanitary conditions. The hopper on the other hand only collects food residue. Good automatic pet feeders will have airtight hoppers which helps keep your pet food fresh.

Electronic pet feeders add some additional ease of use considerations. Electronic automatic pet feeders are able to be programmed to control the amount of food dispensed and time of feedings. This is fairly standard and should be expected.

However, more complex automatic pet feeders may come with things like apps for your smartphone and the ability to take pictures of your pet whenever they approach the bowl.

For some people, these options will be unnecessary and more than they are looking for. In these cases we recommend against considering pet feeders with these options. If you do not plan to use them they will simply complicate the setup process and make it more difficult to use. There are plenty of electronic pet feeders with programmable timers that do not have the extra options of Wi-Fi capability and picture capture technology.

Different Automatic Pet Feeder Designs

There are a few different things to consider when looking at the design of an automatic pet feeder. One of the main things to consider is what type of anti-jam features your pet feeder has.

For the most part, gravity feeders do not have anything like this. If the kibbles happen to line up in such a way that they get stuck, either you or your pet will need to unclog the chute that goes from the hopper to the dish. This is important to think about because a frustrated pet can knock over the feeder and miss out on their scheduled meals because of it.

Some electronic feeders have anti-jam features that will detect and attempt to remedy any obstruction of food. Not all electronic or smart automatic pet feeders have this feature so be sure to look for it in the product descriptions. We do make an effort to highlight this because we feel that it is a very important thing to have.

Another design feature that is unique to electronic pet feeders is the ability to control the number of meals your pet can have in a day. There are even some feeders that will do slow, ad hoc or timed meals. If your pet has a habit of eating too quickly this can save them from any sort of digestive tract discomfort.

Like we mentioned above, some of the more complex electronic pet feeders have the capability to take pictures or video of your pets while they are eating or as they approach the bowl. The feeders can even share this media online.
The last design consideration is if the feeder is a mounted or tray type feeder. We give this its own section because it needs a little more explanation than the other design features listed above.

Mounted vs Tray Type Automatic Pet Feeders

Mounted automatic pet feeders require a little bit of extra effort to install. They attach to a wall in your home. This prevents the feeder from being knocked over by an impatient pet. You may want to consider this if you have a medium or large sized dog since it would be easy for them to knock over a tray style feeder.

Because of their complexity, our review of wall mounted pet feeders is forthcoming.

Tray style feeders on the other hand are stand-alone items. Good tray style pet feeders have wide bases that will help them from being tipped over by cats or smaller dogs.

The main advantage they have over wall mounted feeders is that there is no installation required. Electronic tray style feeders may need to be plugged into the wall. Others operate off batteries and can be placed anywhere. Gravity style pet feeders do not need a power source.

Different Types of Automatic Pet Feeders

Different types of feeders are better suited for different pets with different needs. Some animals are great at self-regulating and will stop eating when they are full. Others will happily chow down on food whenever it is available.

Older cats and dogs may need medications mixed with their food during the day. Pickier pets that prefer wet food to dry kibble can also present some unique challenges when picking out an automatic pet feeder.

Luckily we were able to find solutions to all of these problems in our reviews of the top automatic feeders on the market today. Check out the paragraphs below for specific advice if your pet falls into any of these categories.

Food Storage vs Controlled Feeding

If you are pet is great at managing their own weight then we recommend gravity style feeders. This type of feeder is generally much more affordable than an electronic feeder and will do a great job at keeping your pets food fresh while it stays in the hopper. Click this link to find our list of gravity style pet feeders.

On the other hand if you need or prefer to manage how much your pet is eating and when you will definitely need to go with an electronic feeder. This can either mean a simple feeder with a timer and portion control setting or you may want to consider a smart feeder that you can monitor with your smartphone. Check out this link to see our top picks for electronic pet feeders.

Feeders for Dogs vs Feeders for Cats

Larger dogs may require wall mounted feeders because they are big and strong enough to tip over a train style feeder. Some feeders are extra tempting and have transparent hoppers. Your dog can see this food and may tip over the entire feeder in an attempt to get at it. Even with an opaque hopper the feeder smells like food.

Another thing to think about when choosing an electric pet feeder for a large dog is how large the portion sizes can be. Some can only dispense about 1 cup of food at a time while others can dole out up to 4 cups. Click here to see the Fitiger Automatic Pet Feeder that earned our recommendation for best electronic per feeder for large dogs.

If you have a smaller dog, a patient dog or cats you may be just fine with a tray style feeder. Like we mentioned above it does not require any complex installation or planning ahead when deciding on the placement. Tray style feeders are also great if you live in an apartment or space is a consideration. Click here to see the Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder that earned our recommendation for best electronic per feeder for small dogs or cats.

Feeding an Overweight Pet

If your pet is overweight or becoming overweight it will be important to manage their food intake to prevent complicated health problems. In this case you will definitely need to consider an electronic feeder. Good ones come with timer settings and portion control settings. This means you can control when and how much food your pet has access to in a reliable and consistent manner. Have an accurate measure of their caloric intake is important to maintaining your pet’s health. Check out this link to see our top picks for electronic pet feeders.

Battery Powered vs Wall Outlet Style Pet Feeders

assuming you have decided on an electronic pet feeder, and extra consideration you have is deciding between one that runs off battery power or plugs into the wall. Battery powered feeders can offer some extra flexibility when deciding where to place the feeder.

However, there are a few drawbacks to battery powered feeders. One obvious one is that you will need to change the batteries which can add to the expense. You will most likely need to change the batteries before they are completely depleted of their charge. If you wait until the batteries are completely depleted your pet may miss a meal because of it. Some automatic feeders run off both types of power. They can plug into the wall and have a battery backup in the unlikely event of a power outage.

Check out this link to see our top picks for electronic pet feeders.

Automatic Pet Feeders for Wet Food and Medication

There are a few select automatic pet feeders that support both wet food and the administration of medication. Most types of medication for your pet can easily be mixed with wet food. We review and recommend feeders with this option in our list.

Click this link to see the Jempet Automatic Pet Feeder which received our top pick for wet food capable pet feeders.

Can I feed multiple pets with an automatic feeder?

Some manufacturers have developed splitters that divert the food to multiple food dishes as it comes out of the feeder. With multiple pets in your home this is a lifesaver. These diverters are much less expensive than using two different feeders. However, if your pets do not get along you may need to consider multiple feeders in multiple locations.

Click this link to see the PetSafe Samrt Feed which received our top pick for best pet feeder for multiple cats.

Wrapping it all up

We hope you found this article enjoyable! If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them in the section below. Also, you can drop an email to us at admin@unhumid.com

We know we left you hanging on the mounted pet feeders. Check back in the next week for updates to this article.

The Best Upright Vacuum with a HEPA Filter

The United States Department of Energy is responsible for setting the standards for both the HEPA filter and handling nuclear material. It’s good to know that cleaning your home is getting this high level of attention.

However, not all HEPA vacuum cleaners are the same. If you are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner you need this guide.

Read on to learn about the best upright vacuum cleaner with a Hepa filter.

What is a HEPA filter?

Anything with holes that can trap some particles and let others through is a filter. By this definition, a sieve is a filter. Some vacuum cleaners use filters that catch larger particles but not very small ones.

These vacuum cleaners are essentially moving fine dust around your home. They can increase their effectiveness by laying one filter on top of another and catching more particles but they then get clogged up quickly. Having to pull air through a clogged filter takes more energy and a more powerful motor.

HEPA filters work in a different way. They use an outer filter to clean larger particles such as hair and dirt. Inside a concertina filter made of glass fibers removes smaller particles.

Some particles are simply trapped by the fibers, other catch onto the fibers as they pass through and yet more float about and stick to the fibers. For this reason, a HEPA vacuum cleaner needs to have the filter changed regularly if it is to keep working. Factor this into your buying decision.

Two of the Best Vacuum Cleaners Head to Head

Dyson Animal 2

This wide vacuum cleaner covers the ground quickly but without the problem of back-breaking weight. It uses a ball rather than wheels to get about. Very maneuverable.

This is not the most adjustable of cleaners but why would you want to change settings when it does such a good job on the standard setting. Use it on carpet or hard floor by turning the brush off or on. No problems.

If you are concerned about allergies, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America certifies the Dyson Animal 2. It uses “whole-machine HEPA filtration. Be aware that when emptying the “bagless” bin you may be exposed to the dust as it is not sealed.

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Miele Maverick U1

The Miele Maverick U1 offers complete HEPA filtration including tiny particles such as pollen. Great if you have allergies or asthma. What’s more, the sealed waste bag means once the particles are trapped they stay trapped, even when emptying the waste.

The roller brush adjusts automatically and is great for pet hair and anything that clings to the carpet. A foot level switch adjusts the vacuum for the transition between carpet and hard floors. You can even turn the brush off for delicate floors.

This vacuum is a little heavier than others but the swivel neck makes maneuvering easy. You might find moving it around it more difficult. The 39-foot cord means you don’t have to keep unplugging and re-plugging.

The Best Upright Vacuum with a HEPA Filter

These are both great vacuum cleaners. It’s difficult to separate them. It depends what is important to you.

For lightweight and maneuverability, go for the Dyson. For an awesome HEPA filter and particle containment, go for the Miele. If you can’t decide when it comes down to price, the Miele is your vacuum cleaner.


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The Best Vacuum Cleaner for People With Allergies

 

A lot of us suffer from allergies to pet dander, dust, dust mites and hidden mold in our homes. In addition, every time we open the front door or walk in from outside, we’re bringing in plant particles and pollen that many of us are allergic to.

Chances are you’ve tried to limit the number of allergens with regular cleaning and by using an air purifier. The type of vacuum cleaner we use can also affect our allergies.

What is the best vacuum for allergies?

Read on to find out.

What Every Allergy-Friendly Vacuum Should Have

Regardless of which vacuum you choose, it’s important that it has an effective filtration system. Without it, your vacuum cleaner can fill the air in your home with almost every imaginable allergy-causing pollutant.

In addition, the best vacuum for allergies will incorporate some type of gasket between the dirt canister or bag and the HEPA filter, to prevent particles from being released into the air after being vacuumed up.

Upright or Canister?

Deciding between an upright or canister vacuum really depends on what kind of flooring you have. If your home is mostly wall-to-wall carpet, then an upright vacuum is best.

Most upright vacuums come equipped with a removable wand and an extension hose for using special attachments. This will allow you to deep clean your carpet and clean smooth floors like tile.

If your home has mostly hardwood floors and area rugs, then a canister vacuum is best.

Best Upright Vacuum for Allergies

Below are the top picks for Upright Vacuums. They’re both bagless but there are plenty of bagged upright allergy-friendly vacuums that are great too.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum

If your home has a variety of flooring, including carpet, vinyl, tile or hardwood, then this vacuum covers it all. The vacuum head adjusts automatically to each kind of flooring to give optimal suction throughout your whole home.

If you have pets, the powerful brush roll is great for removing pet hair from carpets.

The wand and hose assembly release easily, which helps when cleaning nooks and crannies. And it extends 15 feet, so you can reach and clean the highest ceiling fans or under large pieces of furniture.

The feature that makes it the ideal vacuum for allergy sufferers is the Hygienic Dirt Bin Emptying System. You will never have to touch the dirt the vacuum picked up. It also comes with a HEPA filter that traps 99.9% of mold, pollen, dust mites, and other allergens.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E)

The Shark Navigator is one of the best allergy-friendly upright vacuums available. The sealed vacuum system and HEPA Filter ensure you will never come in contact with allergens when vacuuming.

It is powerful and very versatile, but one of the best things about it is the low cost.

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Best Canister Vacuums for Allergies

Below are the top picks for Canister Vacuums. One is bagged and one is bagless, they’re both great, it’s just a matter of preference.

Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum Cleaner with Tangle-free Turbine Tool is one of the best bagless canister vacuums available. It has a phenomenal HEPA filtration system.

The DC39 Dyson model is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If you do have carpeting and pet, its turbine powered brush roll will remove all pet hair from your carpet.

Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner is an excellent choice for homes with mostly hard floors and area rugs. Like the Dyson, it too has an excellent filtration system.

It’s not bagless but instead has AirClean FilterBags with a flap to seal when full, so allergens are never released into the air when changing bags. It also has not one but two filters.

Miele vacuums are somewhat expensive, but it’s worth the expense and can last a lifetime.

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Which is the Best Vacuum for Allergies?

It depends on your flooring, budget, preference to bagged or bagless, and bells and whistles you want. And if you have pets, that should be taken into consideration too.

Once you narrow that down, there are a lot of good choices out there, aside from the ones mentioned. Kenmore, Hoover, Shark, Dyson, and Miele, all have several allergy-friendly vacuums that do the job well.

For more great articles and tips for keeping your home allergen free, visit our blog.

Best Detachable Shower Head

Shower head

What’s the difference between a hand held shower head and a detachable shower head?

Nothing. They are the same thing. Some manufactures use different ways to identify their products, that’s it!

Best Detachable Shower Head

Nothing wakes me up like a hot cup of coffee and shower. Maybe you hit the shower in the evening to wind down or after a good workout. Whatever your preference, why settle for a lack luster experience? If you need to renovate your shower, there are a variety of shower heads, shower systems, and showers are available. Let me walk you through some key points for selecting a new shower head.

There are two kinds of shower heads: overhead and handheld. An overhead shower head is usually a semi permanent fixing on the wall. There are popular rainfall showerheads as well. Some of these will actually come out of the ceiling. Further down we talk about a rainfall shower head that comes out of the wall so it can function with the handheld shower head that comes with it. The wall fixture accommodates the most popular shower head models on the market. Since fixed shower heads can swivel, it is suitable for the needs of all family members. Fixed showers are typically made of a single handle, two handle, or three-handle designs to control temperature and water pressure.

Hand-held showers can be attached to the wall, and they have a long, flexible hose that connects to the shower head. You can attach the hand-held shower to the wall or “set it down” using a fixed vertical bracket. They easily to move them up or down to adjust for height so they easily function as both a fixed and hand-held option. Hand-held showers are perfect for those who are less mobile as well as for bathing kids. Cleaning the bathtub or the shower is also a quick task with the use of hand-held shower heads. Many shower heads offer massaging options.

DreamSpa Ultra-Luxury 9″ Rainfall Shower Head / Handheld Combo

The DreamSpa Ultra-Luxury combines a rainfall shower head with a hand-held shower head. The rainfall shower head is quite exquisite and has a 9-inch head for full water coverage, while its many jets deliver the effect of a rainstorm. It is an enjoyable experience. You can easily adjust the height of the shower head. This feature uses a lot of water.

The DreamSpa Ultra-Luxury shower head was designed with the highest standards. The handheld shower comes with a push-button for controlling the flow. The hand-held feature offers three settings: waterfall flow, flooding flow, and for regular flow. You can easily adjust the settings with the push of a button. With one hand, you can effortlessly switch the water flow settings and position the hand-held shower. The DreamSpa Ultra-Luxury works well as either a hand-held shower or as a overhead shower.

AquaDance High Pressure 6-Setting 3.5″ Chrome Face Handheld Shower

The Aquadance provides six distinct settings: heavy rain, massage, aeration, massaging rain, aeration by rain and water conservation. This shower head can be used as either a handheld or an overhead shower.

It has a comfortable grip handle and a changeable overhead bracket, making it is easy to place the hand shower in the best position and angle for operation. Aquadance uses a 5 ft. flexible, rust-proof, steel hose, making it quite durable. It is quick to connect and excellent for cleaning.

Hydroluxe Full-Chrome 24 Function Ultra-Luxury 3-way 2 in 1 Shower-Head/Handheld-Shower Combo

Today, Hydroluxe is one of the most popular shower heads on the market. It is possible to use each shower head independently. The shower head and hand shower settings provide excellent spray options such as for massage, power rain, a warm mist, water-saving economy rain, and pause.

The shower head face is 4-inches with great cleaning jets, and it has an angle-changeable overhead bracket. It also has a lock-nut to prevent swivel. The 5-foot hose is stainless steel, quite flexible and provides a secure hand grip. Installing Hydroluxe is quite easy as it does not require tools or a plumber. It comes with plumber tape and washers for quick installation and guarantees 100% leak-free operation.

As an early morning pick-me-up or as a reward for a long day, you deserve a nice refreshing shower. This guide should provide a great foundation for your research. The three options above are some of the best options available and provide real value for money.

 

Hopefully we’ve given you enough ideas to help you make a decision on the purchase of your next shower head!

Best Handheld Fans

Handheld Fan

I remember long, sweltering walks through Disneyland as a kid. It might be the happiest place on earth, but when you’re seven years old and used to cooler weather, southern California can be unbearable. My mom was a genius. She bought each of us a handheld misting fan. No fights. Less whining. Whether you’re adventuring through Disney, cheering for your favorite football team in person or tending to your roses out back, it’s important to stay cool. Personal fans can make a big difference on a hot day.

Who needs personal fans?

The short answer is whenever it’s hot, you can use a personal fan.

Traveling: Seasoned travelers know in addition to national treasures and exquisite views, travel brings new climates. Some of those are unbearably hot. You can better enjoy the experience of gazing at Eiffel Tower in summer or the majestic Egyptian pyramids when you’re more comfortable.

Working or Studying: Some office spaces feel arctic, while others leave you questioning whether they pay their utility bill. For warm offices or studying on older college campuses without air conditioning, personal fans can provide relief.

Amusement Parks & Sports Stadiums: I’m sure you can relate to my Disneyland experience, even if your favorite park is Six Flags. I also had the misfortune of sitting in the nosebleed section of a baseball stadium during the hottest part of summer. A personal fan would have been a miracle that day.

Outdoor Activities: People who work outdoors like gardeners, archeologists, spatial scientists, construction works and others will appreciate the added comfort of a personal fan.

Benefits & Drawbacks

Benefits

The benefits of personal fans are obvious: portability and comfort.

Portability: Personal fans are small and lightweight, making them easy to take with you or carry around. Some models are a bit larger and work great for desktops, while others are small enough to fit in your pocket.

Comfort: While they don’t compete with stationary models, portable fans can rescue you on a hot day, as they did for my sisters and me at Disney. They also come in variety of designs with as many options to meet your needs.

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Drawbacks

There are some disadvantages as well.

Capability: Personal fans are typically less powerful than other types of fans. The smaller the blades, the less air they can move. Personal fan don’t have the cooling capacity of larger stationary fans.

Power: Every electronic product needs a power source and fans are no exception. While plug-in models are limited to the length of their cord, cordless models are limited to the length of their battery life. This can be a problem if you’re traveling where they don’t sell batteries or when you don’t have time to recharge them, like when you’re camping or exploring a new city.

Quality: Like anything else, personal fans tend to vary in quality. You’ll want to do some research and make sure you get one worth the money. It’s a safe bet the one they’re selling at the dollar store aren’t very powerful or won’t last very long.

Different Types of Personal Fans

Personal fans are like fish or people, there are tons of options and something for everyone. The type you choose will be based on your needs. Do you need something that fits in the pocket of your skinny jeans or the fan with the greatest cooling capacity? Do you need a fan you can plug into your computer or one that has replaceable batteries?

Table fans: Table fans come in a variety of sizes. The bigger the fan, more powerful it can be but you lose something in portability. Table fans are great when you’re working on a desk or need something stationary at the height of a table. These fans are also great when you’re eating outside on your patio furniture. Unless you get a combination fan, the downside of table fans is that you must have a surface on which to place them.

Handheld fans: This is exactly what it sounds like, they’re fans you hold in your hand. Ideally, you’d use a handheld fan when you’re going to be sitting in one place for long periods, like when you’re at a sporting event. Many handheld fans offer other methods of use as well. The downside of handheld fans is your hands aren’t free to do other things.

Necklace fans: When you’re on the go, necklace fans are a great option. They keep your hands free and still provide cooling where you need it most: your face. You’ll want to pay attention to weight as you select your necklace fan. Most models are well within comfortable limits, but some like the misting versions with larger reservoirs can be a bit on the heavy side. Necklace fans are usually comparable to handheld fans in power, but are less powerful than most table fans.

Multi-use: Get the best of all three! Some personal fans on the market combine many of these different types of fans. The benefits are obvious. The more ways there are to use your fan, the more often you’ll use it. Combination fans are typically small, like handheld and necklace fans.

Power Options

Different fans come with different power options. The type of power you’ll want will depend on what’s available.

AC Corded: Fans that run off ac power have the capacity to be the most powerful. Not all fans that plug into the wall will be more powerful, but they have access to a greater supply. The benefits of corded options are you don’t have to worry about running out of power. The downside is they are less portable than fans with other power sources.

Replaceable Batteries: Fans with replaceable batteries are great options when you’re on the go. Whenever they run out of power, all you need to do is pop in another battery. These types of fans are also the most portable. The only downside is you need to be somewhere you can buy more batteries or carry extra ones with you. They tend to be less powerful than corded models.

Rechargeable Batteries: While batteries in general aren’t particularly environmentally friendly, you can feel good about using rechargeable batteries as they result in less waste. Rechargeable batteries are a great alternative to replaceable batteries and comparable in terms of power. If your fan has a battery life meter, it is typically less accurate with rechargeable batteries than replaceable ones. You also will need time to charge them, so consider battery life and charging times.

USB: You can plug USB fans into computers and wall outlets. They’re great for office workers and students. USB options can outlast battery options, assuming their power source is adequate. The downside of USB fans is similar to that of corded models: you’re on a leash.

iPhone: It seems the iPhone does just about everything these days, including cool you down. Yes, you can buy a fan that runs off your iPhone. iPhone fans have the most compact designs of any personal fan. You can easily fit one in your purse or pocket. Fan designs use minimal power, so they should last a while. The downside is you’re draining your phone’s battery. Should you need to call, text or look something up on Google, you’ll have less battery life to do so. Note: some users have reported problems with their iPhone after using some of these fans, so do your homework!

Other Features Common to Personal Fans

Design

There are so many options when it comes to fan design. Manufacturers have come up with all kinds of unique shapes, styles and colors. Coordinate your fan with your outfit. Get a fan that comes in your favorite color or find one that matches your modern tastes. Split the difference! Get a fan that does it all. Whatever your style, you’ll find a fan that fits you.

Features

Speeds: Some fans have only one speed, while others offer multiple speeds. The hotter it is, the more air you might want blowing at you. Keep in mind, the higher the speed, the louder the fan. However, depending on the size of the fan, the difference in volume might not be a problem. Additionally, the higher the speed of the fan, the shorter your battery life.

Oscillating: Oscillating fans cover a larger area than fans that only point in one direction. This can be an advantage if you’re cooling off in the office. However, it might not make sense for necklace fans. Consider your preferences and needs.

Folding: Folding fans offer additional portability. While most personal fans are already small, ones that fold will take up less space and fit better in your backpack or purse. Folding fans may allow you to change the direction of your fan as well. However, they may only lock in certain positions.

Misting: Nothing beats the heat like a misting fan. These are my personal favorite. The addition of water helps you feel refreshed and can provide the greatest cooling capacity, even in a compact size. The water absorbs heat and evaporates, leaving you feeling cooler. These fans come in automatic and manual misting options. Automatic misters save your fingers and provide a consistent stream of mist. Manual misters can help you save the battery life of your fan and provide more mist when you want it most.

Misting fans are great for outdoors, but not recommended for use around computers and paper, etc. (things you don’t want getting wet). Another drawback of misting fans is it’s like having two power requirements: batteries and water. Misting fans need to be refilled. A larger reservoir will need to be refilled less frequently, but will also make your fan heavier.

The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include all the personal fans we review in this article to help you make quick comparisons.

Personal Fan Buying Guide

With all these different types of fans, power options and features, you might be left wondering how you’ll ever choose. Not to worry! I’ll help you find the personal fan of your dreams. When selecting a fan, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Purpose: The most important thing to consider when selecting a fan is to consider the purpose. Think about what you’ll have available to you while you’re using the fan. Consider the environment and the people around you. Are you going on a long trip? Will you be doing a lot of walking or moving around? Will you be sharing a space where you need to worry about how loud the fan is? Do louder fans bother you?

If you’re doing a lot of walking, the best types of fans are those you can wear around your neck or clip to an umbrella. If you’re going on rides at Disney or hiking through a forest, you’ll want your hands free so you can enjoy the day.

Size: The whole point of personal fans is they’re portable. Size and weight are major considerations. If you won’t be moving your fan around very much, a larger fan will do nicely and provide plenty of cooling power. When your plans include walking around a lot, you’re going to want something small and compact. If you’re going to be holding the fan during a sporting event, you’re going to want something small and lightweight. Think carefully about what size will meet your needs before buying.

Power source: Another important factor is the type of power you’ll have available while using your fan. Will you have access to an electrical outlet? Will you have time to recharge the batteries? If you use the fan while you study for a few hours each day, you can easily recharge the fan while you sleep the way you do with your cell phone. If you’re running around a lot during the day, replaceable batteries might be more your speed. Consider if there places to purchase replacement batteries. It’s easy to find batteries in the city, but the wilderness doesn’t boast many convenience stores.

Features: Consider the kinds of features you prefer. How many speed options do you want? Some fans have only one, while others have two or three. Do you want oscillation so the fan covers a greater area? Maybe you want your fan to include additional things like a flashlight. Do you need your fan to have a misting feature?

Convenient controls: Some fans have sensors, while others have buttons or switches. Maybe you like the latest tech. Or perhaps you prefer something you can turn on and off by feel as you wander through the city. A remote might make controlling your fan easier if it’s sitting on your desk, but might not make sense for handheld or necklace options where the controls are a touch away.

The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include all the personal fans we review in this article to help you make quick comparisons.

Popular Models

Multi-use: USB handheld Fan, VersionTech Upgrade Mini Portable Rechargeable Cooling Foldable Electric Fan with 4000mA Power Bank for Office Outdoor Household Traveling Baby Stroller Car (3 Speeds White)

Amazon users are raving about HandFan by VersionTech. This multi-use fan can be held in your hand, set on a table or clipped to a tent. Its compact design (10.3 cm by 11.6 cm when folded) fits conveniently in your bag or purse. It features a rechargeable battery you can plug into a portable power supply, ac adapter or computer.

Misting: iEGrow’s Misting Fan

A number of sites recommend this misting fan by iEGrow. It has a variety of different modes so you can choose your fan speed and whether you want the mist. You pour water in through the top and the clear reservoir lets you monitor water levels. It features a rechargeable battery. It is seven by three inches. Due to its compact size, it will need to be refilled frequently.

iPhone Fan by Pandawell: Available in a variety of colors, the iPhone fan by Pandawell is one of the most popular fans of its kind. The angle of the fan makes it easy to hold your phone at just the right angle. It uses very little power and can run continuously for up to 100 hours. It’s so small, you can easily fit this fan into your pocket.

Necklace: O2 Cool Deluxe

The O2 Cool Deluxe is one of Amazon’s most popular fans you can hang around your neck. It comes in a variety of colors and aims air toward your face. Measuring 5 x 1” and weighing 3.1 ounces, this compact little square is lightweight and easy to store. It runs off AA batteries so it’s always ready when you are.

The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include all the personal fans we review in this article to help you make quick comparisons.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re trekking along the Nile or working out of your college library, personal fans can make the difference between somewhat comfortable and completely miserable. With their unique range of features and designs, there’s something to fit everyone’s needs. Take cool air where you need it most with your personal fan.