Product Reviews

Posted by kevvyg on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Cheap Way to Sanitize Floors - Soniclean Steam Mop A short while ago, we had to discontinue the popular Gruene steam mop. While people really liked the versatility of this steam cleaner, actually getting the product from the manufacturer was increasingly problematic. Fortunately, we realized we have a partner who has nearly the exact same product. So with a different name and color, the 2-in-1 steam cleaner is back in the Soniclean Steam Mop. How is this steam mop different than the Gruene and how can it help you maintain a healthier home through the upcoming flu season?

Soniclean 2-in-1 Steam CleanerWhen you look at the Soniclean steam mop, you'll notice a starting resemblance to the Gruene. From size and style to weight and performance, they are near identical. Why, you ask? Because it's the same machine! It's the same portable steamer that people have liked but at a lower price point and different color scheme.

Beyond the look, the Soniclean steam cleaner is a handy yet powerful addition to your cleaning tool box. Use the included floor pad to sanitize and deep clean your tile, linoleum, laminate and sealed hardwood floors quickly and efficiently. The low moisture content means the floor completely dries in a matter of minutes. With steam that gets as hot as 212° F. the Soniclean uses the simple and clean power of heat to kill germs and flu viruses while unlocking trapped odors and loosening stuck on grime. When you're finished with your smooth floors, you transition to above-the-floor cleaning in seconds.

Detach the body of the steam cleaner from the upright frame and attach your favorite cleaning brush to steam clean countertops, bathrooms, and even clothing. The Soniclean Two-in-One Steam Cleaner is very lightweight, only about eight lbs. (three lbs. when you're using it as a handheld) and includes a shoulder strap for use as a handheld steam cleaner. While using it, most people get eight to twelve minutes of use before having to refill the tank, and unlike cheaper steam cleaners (Lookin' at you, Shark!), as a steam mop the Soniclean only emits steam when you use the trigger on the handle.

Attachments include a garment hand tool, wire brush, three differently shaped/sized nylon brushes, a jet nozzle and more. Best of all, each of these attachments actually fits onto the back of the Soniclean. And, when it comes to the towel for the mop cleaning head, you're not pigeonholed into purchasing only clothes from the manufacturer. Any cloth that is sized right will work!

Steam cleaning is a convenient way to deep clean and kill germs without leaving behind the residues and odors that accompany traditional chemical cleaners. From the kitchen and bathroom to your basement and garage, the Soniclean steam cleaner is a more versatile way to clean. So, don't needlessly expose your family to an array of chemicals when you can clean just as efficiently with just heat and water.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Miele CallistoOnce again, in the annual ratings of a top product review site, several Miele models placed in the top of the canister and upright vacuum cleaner categories. These annual reports test and rank vacuum cleaners on a variety of factors including, price, performance on carpet and smooth flooring, filtration, suction, durability, features, accessories, product specifications, and consumer feedback.

For bagged canister vacuum cleaners the Miele Callisto ranked in the top three of all models tested. As the best selling Miele canister vacuum cleaner in the over 100 year history of Miele, the Callisto strikes the perfect balance of performance, filtration, features and price that make it one of the most widely sought after vacuums for allergy and asthma sufferers today.

Miele TwistFor bagged uprights, Miele had two models perform well, both garnering a top five place amongst all uprights tested. The Miele Twist ranked best of all Miele uprights. Though a bit heavy, the Twist offers exceptional cleaning ability and great value. The Miele Cat & Dogsecond model that placed well was the Miele Cat and Dog. The inclusion of the turbobrush and filter specifically suited for odor removal made this model an easy choice. Both the Twist and the Cat & Dog have the core features of the more expensive uprights.

In terms of cleaning performance and filtration Miele vacuum cleaners are consistently near or at the top of most categories. When factoring the overall value of a vacuum cleaner, at times a Miele might lose a little luster due to price, but in all, Miele vacuums remain one of the best choices for those who not only want a versatile cleaning machine but those who also want to improve indoor air quality.

Now, you might wonder why there is no specific mention of who rated these vacuums. That's easy! Some people, in an overzealous effort to appear unbiased, refuse to allow manufacturers or resellers to use their name. So while these people test and rank products, we who offer these products and information about them are not allowed to SAY that these people actually tested and ranked these products... because it "might" seem like these people are endorsing the products (when ultimately, they do not endorse any products). Confusing, right? We understand. So please forgive the vague nature of this post.

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Mulberry West BlanketAfter researching and in-home testing Mulberry West bedding, we have decided to add this to our allergy bedding line up. Not only do the products themselves fit the needs of our customers, but they are also quality blankets and comforters with unique features.

The key to Mulberry West comforters and blankets is that they use pure silk as their fill. A specific type of silk worm is fed only Mulberry leaves to produce one of the finest types of silk available today. That silk is then used as the fill with a 300 thread count, natural cotton shell to provide warmth, comfort, and luxury all in a hypoallergenic package.

Mulberry silk is naturally hypoallergenic and wicks away moisture, but most importantly for allergy sufferers, it naturally repels dust mites and bed bugs.

Both the blankets and comforters are available in three sizes, and because it is silk, the filling won't shift or bunch. The Mulberry West blankets also feature a satin trim for an added touch, and each is filled with 75 grams of silk. The comforters are filled with 150 grams of silk and naturally adjust to your body's temperature.

In all, Mulberry West bedding is a great fit in our allergy bedding line.

Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Pet Shampoo

Nearly everyone loves their pets and no one wants to get rid of them after an allergy diagnosis. For this reason, many of our most popular products have to do with allergy relief from pet dander and pet saliva. There are products and solutions for allergy sufferers who want to keep their pets or to add a pet to their families.

Anti-Allergen Pet Shampoo by The Ecology Works is a natural, gentle hypoallergnic pet shampoo for your beloved pets. The gentle formula is designed to eliminate allergens that cause on-going irritation and sensitivity for people and pets. This shampoo helps pets overcome skin problems caused by dust mites while limiting allergens found in pet dander. Also, odor protection keeps your pet smelling fresher for longer stretches of time.

Here are some product features and ingredients:

  • Cleans and conditions for a soft and healthy coat
  • 100% biodegradable plant and mineral based formula
  • Ingredients: Deionized water, plant and mineral based non-ionic surfactants, anti-allergen additive, aloe vera, yucca, neem tree extract.

Posted by Cordelia on Wednesday, January 05, 2011
One of our best selling products in 2010 was the Miele Titan vacuum cleaner. This power packed and easy to use canister vacuum comes with an attractive red shell at a reasonable price. In addition to doing a fabulous job cleaning flooring and carpeting with its included powerhead and parquet floor tool, the Titan cleans the air as you vacuum.

What customers are saying about the Miele Titan:

“I have 2 cats and cleaning can be a challenge when they shed. This vacuum picks up the fur, the dust and is very lightweight. I feel like I'm breathing cleaner air and feeling better now.” (Cindy, MI)

“This is the best vacuum cleaner I have ever owned. It’s very quiet, light and has fantastic suction power. I have four cats and two dogs and did not want to pay extra for another version. Floors have never looked this great.” (Happy, CT)

Cleaning the floor

The Miele Titan comes with both a powerhead and a floor tool for the best cleaning of all different types of surfaces. It includes 3 attachments which store on the hose.

SEB 217-3 Powerhead - This electrically-driven carpet tool with a 10.5" wide brush roll with floating head and swivel neck design is ideal for low-pile and medium-pile carpet and rug care.

Parquet Floor Brush – This brush is designed for wood and tiled floors. It has two soft rollers for an easy gliding action and synthetic bristles that sweep gently over the floor surface and brush dust particles out of cracks.

Additional Accessories - The Miele Titan comes with 3 included tools which are all useful for cleaning upholstery, shelves, baseboards, and more. Included are the versatile and useful: dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and crevice tool.

Cleaning the air

Vacuum cleaners actually pollute the air in your home as a result of normal motor wear and tear and by releasing particles from the floor, air, and carpet into the air. Unfortunately, legislation has yet to be put in place to regulate these indoor polluters. In independent lab tests, Miele captured motor emissions most effectively, emitting 638 times fewer carbon dust particles than the average vacuum cleaner tested and capturing significantly more fine particles.

These components work together to provide you with clean air:

HEPA Filter – All air leaving the Titan passes through the HEPA filter which captures particles that are .3 microns or larger. Dust mite allergens, pollen, pet allergens, bacteria, mold and other irritants are all captured with this powerful filter.

Vacuum Bag - The charged filtering dust bag has an innovative spring-loaded collar that keeps waste in the bag. The bags are constructed with 9-ply material to assure that there are no particle leaks of any size.

The Miele Titan offers exceptional value, safe usage and flexible and effective cleaning ability.

Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friedrich Kuhl Air Conditioner
Yesterday, on their Home and Garden blog, Consumer Reports reviewed a brand new line of window air conditioners from Friedrich. The Friedrich Kuhl line of air conditioners have a sleek, new design with many great features that appeal to anyone who needs help cooling their home this summer. According to the article, five of the Friedrich models currently rated are strong performers. Two of the models are recommended to consumers, and one Kuhl tops the 7,000 to 8,200 BTU category.

We are currently carrying the Friedrich Kuhl SS10M10 which is the 9,500 BTU unit. This air conditioner is an ultra premium, programmable unit that is Energy Star qualified. It is designed with commercial grade durability for home or commercial use. With a host of easy-to-use features and simple installation options, the Kuhl SS10M10 provides comfortable and quick cooling for spaces sized up to 400 square feet.

For more information, check out the Home and Garden blog about the Friedrich Kuhl by Consumer Reports.

Posted by Shifrah on Friday, April 16, 2010
The Dyson DC24 picks up what other vacuum cleaners leave behind.One of the things I like best about writing for is learning about all of the wonderful products they offer. My husband and I have been in the market for a new vacuum cleaner for a while, and decided to get a Dyson DC24. I am in love with it!!! I literally have to stop myself from vacuuming in order to get other household tasks accomplished (and after raving to friends who also have Dysons, I know I'm not the only one).

Our house has all hardwood floors with area rugs, some of them quite large. With a dog and two cats, pet hair is definitely a concern. And with a crawling child, of course it is important to keep the floor as spic and span as possible.

The Dyson was just about ready to roll straight out of the box. All I had to do was snap the handle pole and the brushbar into place - and I even did it without my husband's help! My vacuum's maiden voyage was on a large area rug that has grooves in it; hard to describe, but suffice it to say that I never felt our other vacuum was ever able to really suck up what was lodged in the carpet fibers between the grooves.

The effect of the Dyson's powerful suction was instantly visible. We could hardly believe our eyes. This is what this carpet looks like completely clean. The machine's dust bin boasted not only gobs of pet fur (it had only been a couple days since I'd vacuumed, mind you), but a pile of fine dirt that my other vacuum cleaner, which also had a clear dust bin, never got up.

I was completely hooked, and I proceeded on a vacuuming rampage. The way the Dyson ball almost makes the vacuum cleaner drive itself definitely takes a little getting used to, as does the way you have to assemble the machine's reversible wand. But handling both are almost automatic for me now.

Cleaning our hardwoods with the Dyson was also extremely rewarding. Usually I vacuum them and then go over them again with a Swiffer in order to get up the pet fur and fine dust the vacuum leaves behind. But with the Dyson, the second step wasn't necessary because the vacuum did all the work. I still can't believe what it picked up from my "clean" kitchen floor. Especially during pollen season, it's a great feeling to know that my vacuum cleaner is picking up such tiny particles and getting them out of our breathing zone.

I chose the Dyson DC24 because it is lightweight, has an excellent reputation, and there are no bags to purchase. I've found that is has far, far exceeded my expectations.

Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Hunter Tower Air Purifier

Hunter has long been known for home furnishings and appliances. With the QuietFlo 30085, they now offer an economical air purifier that provides tested HEPA air filtration. The Hunter 30085 is a basic, compact, HEPA air purifier ideal for any room 225 square feet in size. At that room size, this air purifier provides 6 full air exchanges per hour. It keeps the air in your home fresh and free of allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander.

The activated carbon pre-filter not only traps large particles, like pet hair and dust bunnies, but also neutralizes odors and smoke. Overall, the Hunter QuietFlo 30085 is a simple and inexpensive way to help keep your home free of allergens.

The Hunter 30736 HEPA air purifier takes a more modern step forward with design and functionality. This tower style air purifier features true HEPA filtration of 99.7% of all particles 0.3 microns in size and smaller. It reduces smoke and odors with an activated carbon pre-filter. The two stage filter process captures dust, pollen, pet dander and other common allergens. This sleek air purifier is ideal for most rooms and has a very small footprint relative to its purifying capacity.

Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, January 13, 2010
One of the new Miele upright vacuum cleaners, the Miele Twist, recently scored 3rd place in the upright vacuum cleaner reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. The Miele Twist's overall score was a 72 out of a possible 100 which was just one point behind the top ranked vacuum.

The Twist scored an excellent rating in these categories: carpet cleaning ability, emissions, and pet hair clean up. The Twist scored a very good rating for cleaning bare floors, tool airflow, and noise. This is definitely one of the quietest upright vacuum cleaners on the market.

The new Miele Twist S7210 upright is one of the top of the line Miele upright vacuums. The new spring-loaded, self-sealing G/N dust bags are ideal for allergy sufferers who want to limit exposure to dust, pet hair and other allergens.

From the strong, royal blue color to the creative swivel-neck design to the incredible 50 foot cleaning radius, Miele has developed an evolutionary new line of upright vacuums. For those Miele fans that love the convenience of their canister vacuums, the Twist retains the flexibility of the Miele canister line with the powerful wall-to-wall carpet cleaning capability of an upright.

Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, December 23, 2009
SinuPulse EliteDo not miss this short opportunity to save some money on one of our most effective products, the SinuPulse Elite. The SinuPulse is currently on sale and you can take advantage of our 'Tis the Season Holiday sale to grab one of these nasal irrigators at an even lower price!

Nasal irrigation with saline removes bacterial and fungal toxins (the primary causes of sinus infections), as well as the mucus that retains these toxins. The calibrated pulsating action of the SinuPulse not only removes toxins and mucus, but it also stimulates the body's own natural defense systems. Designed and engineered in Switzerland, the SinuPulse Elite nasal irrigation system is just as reliable and accurate as a Swiss watch.

It is the only pulsating nasal irrigation system designed by experts to deliver both a thorough cleansing rinse and a mist spray for doctor recommended rinsing and moisturizing. The SinuPulse helps moisturize dry sinuses, relieve pain and pressure caused by congestion, and prevent sinus infections. This unit is recommended by leading healthcare professionals. It's very easy to use, and it provides natural relief of allergy and sinus symptoms in just minutes.

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