What is the Best Inflatable Hot Tub?

The first time you got into an inflatable hot tub, it must have been a life changing moment. This was exactly what happened to me as a kid when I first got into a luxury spa that my parents had booked during a holiday. The feeling was incredible and I briefly remember being amazed at how it was similar to a swimming pool but with the hot relaxing water with the streams of bubbles coming out. Can you imagine how exciting that scene would be for a kid?

Going to a spa was very costly back in those days but nowadays, there are all kinds of inflatable hot tub machines available to the most average of customers. Before these were available, you would have to fork out a large amount of money just to get a hot tub installed into the bathroom.

The creation of inflatable hot tubs has made this luxurious spa experience very affordable for most people in the UK.Despite the affordable price, there are people who still love to find a bargain. As with things these days, we should always look for stuff that is associated with a good value and today, I will be introducing you to two tubs that will tick all the boxes for you in the sense that they will provide all the qualities required from an excellent spa. Buying a fairly cheap spa that you can use in your back garden will just be the best feeling ever and I am sure that you are just as excited as me.

Both products are made from Lay-Z-Spa and this manufacturer has achieved quite a bit in terms of popularity. Their Vegas Series spa is probably the best inflatable hot tub when it comes to providing great quality for a very affordable price. This is a fairly large spa that can fit quite a few people. To be precise, you can easily seat up to 6 adults inside but you might want to adjust this slightly to increase your comfort levels. I would say that this capacity makes the Vegas Series the perfect blow up hot tub for parties and other small get-togethers.

The Lay-Z-SPa Vegas is the best inflatable hot tub for the money.

Lay-Z-Spa products are well known for some of lots of different qualities and the main one includes the massage system. This can imitate a proper spa experience by adding bubbles and jets that can make your tub feel like a proper spa that you relaxed in at that expensive hotel and spa resort. It is extremely easy to assemble because it comes with complete instructions through the DVD and instruction list included. It is easy to inflate and deflate and you can easily move it quite easily too. The massage system combines with the heater very well. The low price adds a lot to the overall quality. You should also note that this was the best-selling blow up hot tub in the UK in 2013 and it still seems to be going pretty strong. This just tells you how good it is.

The Vegas Series costs a little bit over 300 pounds and this can still be beyond the budget of most people who are looking for a bargain. While it is doubtful that you will find a bargain within this category, it might still be worth looking at the Lay-Z-Spa Miami instead. This is the cheapest good quality inflatable spa available in the UK right now and will cost you quite a bit less than £300. Just like the Vegas Series, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs out right now.

The Lay-Z-Spa Miami is also an excellent blow up hot tub.

It contains quite a lot of accessories and the mechanism of assembly and maintenance is similar and easy just like the Vegas Series. The massage system is great too and the heater performs on a similar level too. The main difference between the two tubs is that the Vegas Series is a larger spa while the Miami is just a tiny bit smaller in size. As a result of this, the Miami will only be able to seat a maximum of 4 people with the ideal capacity being 2 to 4 adults. This does not sound great when you compare it to a maximum capacity of 6 people as associated with the Vegas Series. However, a lot of people have smaller families and will prefer a smaller size if it means that they can save some money. In my opinion, you should go and spend a little more because the difference in the price is not too much. By spending a little bit more, it will mean that you will get a high quality best-selling inflatable hot tub that will have a lot more space. Even if you have a small family, getting the Vegas Series spa will provide a lot more space and thus, far higher comfort levels.

When it comes to these types of products, you should always look to save a little bit of money. Looking for a spa that performs brilliantly well but is associated with an affordable price is probably the best thing to do. In order to this, you need to read lots and lots of the best inflatable hot tub reviews. Even after doing this, you might feel that you are getting nowhere but you will find something eventually. The Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Series and Miami tubs are top of the list when it comes to these characteristics but even before buying these, you should read lots of reviews and do more research. This will ensure that you buy a machine that will not disappoint you in the future. This will be the right way of going about it and it will make sure that you get quality without going over your budget by too much.

How to Style your Home like a Pro

Here at W-Lb, we like to help our readers with easy and simple home design and cleaning tips. The most important thing is to ensure our readers have a beautiful and clean home without spending a fortune. So when it comes to redecorating your home, using the following tips can help you make your home stand out from the crowd, without breaking the bank.

We have included some decoration tips for an elegant home.

  1. Take your time.

If you’re anything like me, once you get it into your head that you’re going to redecorate – you end up on a mission. It’s often tempting to rush things and settle for quick fixes, but it really does pay to take your time. Read magazines, surf the web and visit showrooms to get the inspiration you need to help you make the right choices. Try paint samples, then go back in the room the next day to see if you could really live with that colour. There really is no need to rush.

  1. Go for it.

So what if you like green spotted couches with blue stripped wallpaper? It’s your home and you should be able to decorate it to reflect your own individual tastes. Surrounding yourself with beautiful things that make you feel happy is a sure way to make a home that has a good aura. So get out your grandmother’s china if that’s what you like. It may not impress everyone but as long as it makes you happy – who cares?

  1. Refocus the energy in your home.

Houses should be homes. This is definitely a point that many people seem to forget when they are redecorating. You have to be able to live freely, without worry of ruining the ’showhome’ look that many people strive for. Have fun decorating and don’t try to make everything look perfect. It’s the imperfections in life that give us our individuality.

  1. Things that go together.

Bonny and Clyde, Sweet and Sour, Peas in a pod – all things that go together nicely. So when you’re redecorating bear that in mind. You don’t have to send a fortune, just a little time, looking for the right things. The art of creating a great home is get a cohesive look by mixing expensive items with carefully selected cheaper products that look good together. TKMax, Primark and Matalan all offer really fantastic household accessories at prices that everyone can afford.

  1. Small things can make a big difference.

If you’re in a period home, instead of replacing the original lock fittings why not just restore them? It can make all the difference and helps tell the story of the house. Taps, door handles, sockets, light switches are all little ways you can make a big difference. Buy the best that you can afford and make sure they are fitted correctly.

  1. Suit your lifestyle.

Does your home really suit your lifestyle, or are you constantly moaning that one room is too small and the other is hardly used at all? Sit down and workout what rooms you use most and if necessary knock down a wall or two to make sure you’re making the most of your home. What’s the point of having a grand dining room if you never use it? Assessing the space you live in will help you make the most of your home.

How To Buy A Vacuum Cleaner

When looking to purchase a new vacuum cleaner, it is very easy to become confused. There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of different vacuum makes/models to choose from – and not too many honest reviews out there (we try to be the exception to that rule, btw). To help, we have put together this quick guide, with the hope that it makes it easier for you to choose the right vacuum cleaner for your situation.

This buying guide should help you choose a vacuum cleaner wisely.

Step 1 – Determine Your Price Level

Typically speaking, the price of a vacuum is a good indication of how good it is in terms of suction power, durability, filtration, etc. While some lower-end vacuums may have tremendous suction power, there are always some drawbacks/reasons why it is cheaper than the higher end models.

With that being said, no matter your price range you can find a good vacuum cleaner without having to break your bank. Vacuums can be found in a variety of price ranges, but we like to break them down into the following categories:

< £50 Vacuums – Machines in this category may do a good job, may have good suction power, but typically the ‘extras’ are going to be minimal. The extension hoses may be shorter or harder to use, the filtration may not be True HEPA or the filters may need to be replaced frequently (adding costs), and over time these vacuums usually won’t last as long as their more expensive cousins. However, if you rent your apartment/home or will just need to use the vacuum infrequently then you may want to save some money, as their are some decent models in this price range (but only a few).

£50 – £99 Vacuums – These are your ‘value’ or ‘bang for your buck’ cleaners, and we typically recommend at least going with this level of vacuum cleaner. There are some recent entries into this category (Shark is the most notable) that have shook things up quite a bit and have pushed other manufacturers to compete. No, these won’t be top of the line machines, but you can find a handful of them that do an excellent job. Even if you rent a home, we would recommend at least this level, and if you own your home then we wouldn’t go any lower than this. A good option might also be the Hetty hoover, which fits within this limit and offers brilliant performance.

£100 – £249 Vacuums – Believe it or not, but this is your ‘mid-level’ vacuum cleaner. Dyson is the most common manufacturer in this range, but you also find the higher end models from traditional companies (Hoover, Oreck, Bissell, Electrolux, etc.) along with some more base models from high-end manufacturers (Miele, Sebo, etc.). You can find some really good cleaners in this range, with both really good suction power, and great filtration. Where you will lack will be longevity – these won’t be forever vacuums typically (there are some exceptions to this however, mainly with the more commercial type of cleaners).

Miele vacuum cleaners are very expensive but perform brilliantly.

High-End Vacuums (£250+) – These are the Mercedes of vacuum cleaners (and in fact, many are German made). You can expect top of the line care for any situation in this price range (as you should). The best suction, best filtration, and machines tested to last 20+ years are some factors you should look for in this category. If you own your own home and want your carpet and vacuum cleaner to last forever, then this is what you will need to spend.

Step 2  – Determine your Cleaning Environment

Do you have a lot of hard wood floors, expensive rugs and upholstery, or do you mainly just have carpet that needs to be vacuumed?  What type of foot traffic will you have clean up after?

You need to ask questions like this and determine if you need a flexible vacuum (one that can clean everything from hardwood to rugs to thick carpet), or just a strong one for your carpeting. If you have a high traffic home (kids, pets,etc), you will need a powerful cleaner that has the ability to get deep down into your carpets and get out all the dust/debris possible.

Step 3 – Determine What Type Needed / Wanted

Your next step will be to determine if you need/want an upright vacuum or a canister. There really isn’t one that is ‘best’ – it really depends on your needs and situation.

Canister Vacuums – These are the traditional vacuums of Europe (minus the UK). Canisters are great for both hard floor surfaces and carpets, but you need to make sure you have the right accessories. Because a canister utilises a hose and wand attached to the body, you need to make sure you have the correct hose and the correct wand. There are three main types:

Revolving Electric Power head – this nozzle is powered, much like what you find in upright vacuum cleaners, and will be required if you really want to clean carpets well.

Turbo power head – this nozzle is powered, but not by electricity. Instead, it is powered by the airflow created by the vacuum cleaner, and is to only be used on lower-medium pile carpets.

Straight Suction head – this nozzle doesn’t have any type of brush. While not effective on normal carpets, they are great for hard floor surfaces and delicate rugs/carpeting.

Essentially, if you have a lot of hardwood floors, rugs, and carpeting then you may want to consider a canister vacuum, as they are by far the most versatile type of vacuum you can buy.

Upright Vacuums – These are the traditional vacuums of the USA and UK. In the past, uprights were more limited – they didn’t have great accessories, their extension hoses were short, and they could not be used on hardwood floors easily. However, recently they have been ‘upgraded’ and may include functions like:

  • Ability to turn off the roller brush (a must for hardwood floor and delicate rug cleaning).
  • Longer extension hoses with accessories specific for upholstery and stairs.

However, even with these features, an upright vacuum still won’t do as great of a job in versatile situations but will do a great job on carpets. If you mainly just need to vacuum carpets, then an upright is the way to go.

Step 4 – Filtration

No matter if you suffer from allergies or not, a vacuum that has good filtration and that is sealed is always a plus – you get a cleaner home that way. However, if you are someone who suffers from allergies or who is worried about airborne dust/particles, then you need to look for two things:

  • A completely sealed system.
  • True HEPA filtration

Step 5 – Performance

Obviously, you are going to want to purchase the best vacuum possible. We recommend taking into consideration suction power, ease of use, filtration, and durability when making this decision, and as such have based our individual vacuum reviews and rankings around these factors.

Bagless vs Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

One of the first decisions you will have to make before you purchase a vacuum is if you want to go with a bagless or a bagged vacuum cleaner. Recently it seems that most manufacturers are advertising their bagless technology much more, leading many people to believe that they not only have stronger suction power but they also are easier to take care of.

We go through the main differences between bagless and bagged vacuum cleaners.

The question is – how true is this statement?

First of all, let’s look at ease of use, and see if bagless vacuum cleaners really are that much easier to deal with.

Obviously, one of main advantages with this type of cleaner is that you don’t have to replace the bags – potentially saving you both time and money. However, you need to be careful for this statement to actually be true. In many cases it’s actually the opposite.

With bagless vacuum systems you won’t have to replace the bag, but you will have to worry about filters. Overtime these filters clog and you have to either clean them if they are washable or replace them if they are not.

Filters will typically need to be replaced every 3-6 months and can end up costing much more than bags would. If you want to save money, then you will need to find a cleaner that has both washable and lifetime filters.

What about time saved? In reality, you don’t save much time with either type of vacuum. If anything, you may end up spending more time maintaining a bagless vacuum vs a bagged because you have to empty the dust bins every 1-3 times you vacuum and you still have to replace or wash the filters (washing takes more time than emptying a bag).

Second, let’s look at suction power. The suction power is really going to vary according to:

  • How well the vacuum is made by the manufacturer
  • How well the vacuum is maintained over time

Over time both types of vacuums can and will lose suction, but for different reasons. Bagged vacuum cleaners loose suction as their bags become full, and even loose some suction before the bag is full. This means that you will need to replace the bags early if you want to maintain the best suction possible. Bagless vacuums, on the other hand, loose suction as their filters become clogged – meaning you will need to replace and/or wash the filters frequently to maintain suction.

One last area to consider is filtration. Both types of vacuums can come with pure HEPA filters and sealed systems (which are the two things you want if you suffer from allergens). However, because you do have to empty the dust bin of a bagless vacuum cleaner more often you will have more contact with dust / debris than you would with a bagged cleaner. Obviously, changing a bag is not a dust-free experience either, but you can go several months before needing to change a bag, while you will probably need to empty the dust bin every time you vacuum more than one room.

Bottom Line

I wouldn’t necessarily buy into all the hype surrounding ‘bagless’ vacuums. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages, and you can find great vacuums in each category.

Is it Worth Buying a Honeywell Humidifier?

If the air in your home is too dry, you can remedy this by using a good quality humidifier. These units use filters to trap impurities and minerals in the water, and blow out a cooling and invisible mist. They include ultrasonic, impeller and evaporative humidifier types.

You will find that cool mist humidifiers are quite easy to clean, and the mist makes your rooms very comfortable and easier to breathe in. The only slight drawback is that these units tend to be noisier than warm mist humidifiers, and they may feel clammy to the touch at certain temperatures.

Buying a humidifier for your home is definitely a good idea.

In a nursery, a cool mist humidifier can help when your little one gets sick with a cold or upper respiratory infection. Doctors suggest that you use cool mist units for babies, because there is less of a chance that the unit will overheat, and in a young child’s room, you don’t risk the burn dangers associated with a steam humidifier.

Warm air mist units may be a bit more effective than the cool mist models, only because the warm air helps to kill off bacteria. You’ll want to use distilled water in a cool mist unit, and change the filter once or twice a year, so you’ll find positives and negatives to both models.

If you select a Honeywell cool mist humidifier for your house, you might want to use one that has a built-in humidistat, which will keep the area around it at a steady level, and cycle off when that level is achieved. If you are choosing smaller units for single rooms, it’s also a good idea to select a model that shuts off automatically when the water tank runs dry.

A cool mist unit will tend to add a bit of a chill to a closed room if you run it during the wintertime, so you may want to leave the doors open on rooms you are using this type of unit it. Alternately, you can run up the thermostat just a bit in any room you’re humidifying, so that your child is comfortable.

Since cool mist humidifiers are the models most often recommended for your baby’s room, you’ll want to select a unit that runs quietly. The baby’s safety is of the utmost importance. Use only models with a humidistat in your nursery and children’s rooms, so that they can shut off when not needed.

Choosing which type of cool mist humidifier to buy is really based on personal preference. They all work well to keep your office or home more comfortable when the air is dry. If the humidity level drops below thirty percent, it can dry out your mucous membranes and lead to infection and colds. Low humidity also aggravates asthma symptoms.

An evaporation wick cool mist humidifier uses a simple wick to absorb water, which is then expelled into the air. These are handy because they regulate themselves. An impeller humidifier has a spinning disc that creates the cool mist, which is quieter than the fan-driven models. Ultrasonic humidifiers are more modern, and they create the cool mist through the vibration of water via sound waves. They are almost silent, so they are great for bedrooms and nurseries. Be sure to use distilled water in your Honeywell cool mist humidifier, which will help in preventing the buildup of scale or crusty mineral deposits, which can lead to mould development.

Why You Need Radiator Covers

In many parts of the country, radiators are the norm for how to heat your home. They’ve been around for quite some time and are not easily – or cheaply – replaced with more modern central heating. So, if you have one and you’re looking for a way to eliminate it as a focal point, consider radiator covers. These are basically like boxes that you simply place over your radiator, but they have an added benefit as well – more efficient heating. We’ll cover more about these topics here.

You are probably looking to cover your radiator primarily for decorative purposes. Specifically, you don’t like the way yours looks in the room or draws attention. If this is your main concern, you have other options as well. Older cast iron radiators are capable of transforming the look of your space without a cover. Actually, those radiators can look like they are professionally designed. Many of the radiators made during the Victorian era were cast with designs in them. This gives them a very nice appeal. You wouldn’t even want to cover these they are so beautiful. They can also be found with more modern plumbing fixtures used in reproductions of the older styles. This way, you get the benefit of the look and the function of the newer models.

Having radiator covers is always a good idea.

The look of the radiator is still the primary reason why these simple to use and inexpensive covers make such a quick solution to the problem. They come in a variety of baked enamel finishes, as well.  You are sure to find a colour that will work with your home’s decor. Or, if your prefer, you can order one of the faux wood designs to give your cover a more furniture-looking appeal.

There are both basic and higher end covers available. Basic covers would include the same standard things like a lid and vents, but with much less styling. The lids on custom models will often be insulated and hinged for better durability. Also, your custom designed cover can be sized specifically for your space and the vents and other features can be built to your specifications. You’ll end up paying more for these features, but you’ll have a one-of-a-kind cover.

The greatest benefit of the cover for your radiator may not even be in the decor department. You may find that the heating efficiency benefit outweighs the other. What this refers to is how the cover can help direct or project the heat into your room, rather than have it just rise to the ceiling as heat will do anyway. In this regard, the £50 price for a basic cover or £300 price you can spend on custom radiator covers seems like a better investment.