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A Comparison Of Latex And Memory Foam

A Comparison Of Latex And Memory Foam

There are essentially two types of foam mattress; the latex foam mattress and the memory foam mattress. The latex foam mattress is made using latex foam and can be either natural or synthetic in its origin. Latex is comfortable and durable when used in a mattress, in fact, it is able to retain its shape and characteristic even after many years of use.

Memory foam is, of course, a viscoelastic product that becomes more liquid when it comes into contact with a warm body giving it the tendency to mold itself around a body providing both significant comfort and support.

You can purchase a memory foam mattress and you can purchase a latex foam mattress but as yet you cannot purchase a latex memory foam mattress because of course latex foam and memory foam are essentially two different products.

However, both types of mattress are very popular so it is worth spending a little time comparing both products in order to give a sensible view of which perhaps is the best product to buy.

Consumer Choices

There appears to be something of a geographical split when it comes to the popularity of the different types of mattress. In the US the memory foam mattress is clearly in the ascendency and has become a very popular product for use in household products with perhaps the memory foam mattress at the top of the list in that regard.

Latex foam mattresses and indeed latex foam products generally have much more traction in Europe. There does not seem to be any particular cause of this difference; perhaps it is just historical but latex foam products are strong in European countries and likely to remain so.

The Feel Of The Mattresses In Use

Generally speaking, the feel of memory foam mattresses is well known. Users describe a sort of “sinking”€ or “melting”€ feeling when they first lie on the mattress and because the mattress molds itself around them supporting at all points they tend to describe the sensation as “cocooned”€ and of course exceptionally comfortable.

Not everyone likes the sensation experienced when lying on memory foam however and for those who do not the latex foam mattress which is springier and generally firmer to sleep on is an ideal alternative.

Price Comparison

Good quality memory foam products are quite expensive. A good quality memory foam mattress, such as a Temper-Pedic mattress will set you back up to $3000 and even cost around $800 at the starter end of the market.

On the other hand, the latex foam mattresses are a little less expensive, starting at around $300 and moving up to perhaps $1500 at the top end.

Other Similarities And Differences

Both latex and memory foam mattresses tend to give off a strange almost clinical smell when they are first bought. This usually wears off pretty quickly but in the case of memory foam especially the weird smell can last for several weeks.

Latex foam mattresses tend to last longer than memory foam, perhaps being twice as durable. Memory foam mattresses are better for those suffering from backache or chronic fatigue due to the way it molds to the body, reducing movement generally.

However molding effect can also be a drawback for memory foam as it tends to be slow to re-mould when you do change your position and can make sitting up a little awkward. Latex foam mattresses, on the other hand, are firmer, do not mold but over time can get a little out of shape.

Memory foam mattresses can absorb moisture and can get very hot, whereas there are fewer issues with latex foam mattresses in this regard. Memory foam is heavier and therefore harder to maneuver around, especially when initially installing. Although having said that, what mattress is easy to maneuver. None that I have ever come across.

In summary, latex foam mattresses are generally popular in European countries, are springy and durable but perhaps less therapeutic in benefiting sleep. They are however less expensive than their memory foam equivalents.

Memory foam mattresses are on the other hand popular in the US, fantastic for therapeutic sleep and generally more expensive than their latex counterparts. They both have a weird smell. Perhaps, in conclusion in order to get the best of both worlds a latex memory foam mattress should be manufactured. It would clean up in both Europe and the US 😉 .

Electric Garden Lights Are Just One Of Many Types Available

Electric Garden Lights Are Just One Of Many Types Available

As you plan out your garden you will want to be sure to add in garden lighting to enhance your yard’s appearance. Lighting is a very important finish to a landscaping project that done right. Nowadays you will find that there are more than just electrical garden lights to choose from when you visits your local hardware store.

Of course, heating your patio and garden space in the evening is an important step to take too. Without heating the areas, no matter how good they look you will not be able to use them as you would wish. We recommend taking a look at patio heating options at a good quality space heater review site.

Let’s take a look at a few of the different outdoor lighting choices to help you with your decision making process:

Landscaping Lights

Available in a variety of types, landscaping lights can be a hanging lantern or a dramatic spotlight. Lights that are suspended, like lanterns, are the best type of lighting for pathways that will be used on a regular basis. Ornamental or embellished lanterns delicately designed bring beauty to your garden area.

A spotlight is perfect for when you want lighting to shine on a specific area. Be careful where you position the spotlight so that it does not shine directly into the pathway or into ones eyes. Remember as you place your lighting that too much light can hamper someone’s visibility considerably.

Outdoor Post Lights

Outdoor post lights can be a traditional type lamp post or an ornate multi-light arrangement. Most often this type of garden light is intended to provide general lighting that covers a large area.

Outdoor Deck Lighting

outdoordecklightingIn the area where you have just built your beautiful redwood deck, placing deck lighting will help to brighten the deck area and it offers your guests the ability to see clearly as you are entertaining or relaxing outdoors. Other types of outdoor deck lighting include wall sconces as well as railing lights. These types of lights are commonly used on decks as well as indirect lighting coming from spotlights that have been mounted underneath the railings.

Solar Garden Lights

For those instances when you do not want to run electricity for your lighting, the solar garden light option is easy to install and they are cost effective. These lights have become more popular over the past few years as more consumers are become more aware of environmental issues. You are able to purchase a solar light set in just about any style imaginable.

Outdoor Rope Lighting

rope-lightingUsed for many different purposes, outdoor rope lights have become a popular item for outside use. These lights can be used to outline a path way or to add flair to a deck railing. Although the rope lighting does not provide a much light, they look really great and they do provide some lighting as well.

When you have your general plan for your garden lighting project, you will then need to choose the type of garden lights you will want install. Here are the three basic types of categories when it comes to garden lights, sorted according to their source of power that they use:

Electric Garden Lights

Most commonly installed in a garden, electric garden lights provide adequate lighting and are made to last. The electrical type typically requires pre-planning before they are installed because they need to be wired into your home’s electrical supply with the use of a switch on the outside or sometimes inside of your home. The switch provides the user an easy way to turn the lighting on and off without having to exit their home.

Solar Powered Lights

If your garden is a green garden, then you will probably want to choose solar powered lights to illuminate your area. The solar type of lighting operates with a rechargeable battery that derives its power from the sunlight throughout the day. This type of lighting is the least expensive lights to operate, and in some cases they may be slightly higher to purchase.

Outdoor Gas Lights

Outdoor Gas Lights powered by fuel usually include a small reservoir or canister that holds the fuel in place safely. The reservoir must be refilled and lit by hand and they require more effort to operate than any other type of garden lights. But the fuel lighting provides a lovely flickering effect that cannot be duplicated with any other type of lighting and is always worth the effort.

Garden lights are really important if you desire to create that peaceful retreat in your secluded paradise. Whether you choose electrical garden lighting, solar garden lights or traditional outdoor gas lights, you and your guests will enjoy the entertaining possibilities that garden lighting will provide.

Loft Bunk Beds With Stairs

Loft Bunk Beds With Stairs

To enhance any child’s bedroom, adding bunk beds with stairs is a wonderful way to accomplish that goal. A variety of bunk beds are available today. There are ones that are shaped in an L pattern, there are lofts that are accessed by stairs, there are ones with a bed on top and a futon on the bottom, and many more styles as well.


But, a bunk bed that includes stairs is even more special since the stairs provide more practicality to the bed. Rather than a conventional ladder or steps, the stairs provide a way for the kids to get to the top. Moreover, the stairs also offer an extra storage space in the room. The child can put all kinds of things in this space, making the bed more practical.

Safety Factors

In addition, the stairs offer quite a bit more safety since they are easier to climb and descend than is a traditional ladder, which requires more advanced skills than it takes to go up or down a set of stairs. Bunk beds are attractive to kids because they feel like they have a club house of their very one right in their bedroom. Such a bed will provide a lot of fun for kids because they can turn it into anything they can imagine.

Other  Factors

How much these beds cost is largely based on how big it is and what style has been chosen. A bunk bed that includes stairs and is made out of wood is going to be more expensive since the raw materials are more expensive. Another drawback is that a bunk bed made of wood is not easy to put up and can be hard to rearrange if you need it in another room. Bunk beds that include stairs are going to cost any where from $1,000 to $3,000 based on the brand.

As you think about purchasing a bunk bed, which can include many complicated components such as stairs or storage space, you should begin your search on the Internet. After you complete your research, you can visit a high-end furniture shop where you live and purchase your bed from it. In many cases, stores will ship the bed and put it together at a reduced cost, or maybe even for free.

Washing Machine Troubleshooting

Washing Machine Troubleshooting

Just a little aside as we had some problems with our washing machine this week and I wanted to run through some of the thought process we went through in order to fix ours. My focus here is to give you some tools and solutions to get yourself out of trouble when your washing machine stops working for no apparent reason. First, lets start by saying that there are several reasons why a washing machine will stop working. Some of them are, broken parts, overheating, electric problems, electronic problems, electricity shortage, etc.

While the causes are numerous, there are some easy ways to determine why your appliance did stop working and we are going to explain those methods further on this page. So, here are the most frequent washing machine problems:

Washing Machine Troubleshooting: Establishing your diagnostic

First and foremost, you have to check if your washing machine is still under tension. Often times, your machine will stop working simply because of a flipped off breaker circuit. So please, make sure that the machine washer breaker circuit is on the “ON” position before further investigation.

If your machine washer is indeed under tension and that it is correctly plugged, then you need to verify a few things: Water valves (make sure they are turned on), lid switch (what makes your washer work when you close the lid), overheating (your machine is probably overheating, let it rest for a bit).

If none of those work, further testing is required and calling a technician is advised.

If your machine washer does fill and spin, but does not pump the water out, then you have to check the drain. A small piece of clothing like a sock might be obstructing the drain line. Contacting a technician is advised for anyone with a low level of knowledge on machine washers.

An other washing machine troubleshooting problem is when you hear the motor running, but there is no tank filling or spinning. One of the main reasons for this is a broken pulley or blocked inlet screens. If it is the case, you will need to call a technician to replace the defective pulley or clean the inlet screens.

If your machine Washer is shaking and dancing when spinning, you probably need to adjust the feet underneath the machine washer. Use a level to make so. An other reason for this is when the clothes are unbalanced in the tub. Watch out for this, as it can be very harmful on your machine!

If your washing machine is leaking or you find that there is water flowing from under or behind the appliance, you need to make sure that the hoses behind the machine are in good shape and properly plugged. If the hoses are ok, then one of the internal parts of your washer like the tub or draining device may need to be replaced and contacting a technician is advised.

Cheap Washer and Dryer Sets

If you are searching for cheap washer and Dryer sets, your best bet is to look for deals under 600$ during sales events like after holiday sales. Many retailers like Walmart and Bestbuy will offer advantageous prices on washer and dryer sets like LG, GE, Whirlpool, Kenmore , Huebsch, Amana or Haier. Huebsch and LG are your best bets as they offer the best bang for your buck.

Cheapest Washing Machine

The cheapest washing machine brands are often LG and whirlpool. Both are often very good quality appliances and you should not pay over 600$ for one of those appliances if you are searching for a low price deal. Both will offer a good quality/price score and you should take a look at BestBuy and Walmart every week to find such deals.

Second Hand Washing Machines

To find the best deals on second hand washing machines, I suggest you search the web for local deals or for retailers offering low priced shipping. There are dozens of deals online and you will often find cheaper machines on the internet. Your best bet is yo find machines that are no more than 3 years old and never pay above 300$ for a second hand washing machine. To find good deals, you simply need to follow links to second hand retailers online.