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  • redditrecommend 11:35 pm on August 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Reddit Recommend Best Smart Lights 2018   

    Reddit Recommend Best Smart Lights 2018 

    Option #1: $92.95 – Philips Hue Lights Starter Kit

    Smart lighting has become a big interest in homes across America ever since Philips released the affordable Hue Lights in 2012, making installing smart lights easy: just replace the light bulbs, get the app, and press a button on the bridge to connect them all together. According to Reddit, Hue Lights are the easiest to set up, but are among the higher-end at $20-30 a bulb.

    The Starter Kit is the best value, with 4 bulbs and a bridge for less than $100. According to u/bigJRuss who’s used smart bulbs from 5 other brands, “The Phillips Hue smart lights respond every single time to commands via Google home. The Phillips Hue showed up for pairing super easy. The Phillips Hue respond reliably to commands from Hue app and quickly to remote control.”

    While the Hue is a solid smart light choice, we do want to explore our options here.

    Option #2: $195.99 for a 4-pack of LIFX Standard (for large lamps)

    $159.99 for a 4-pack of LIFX Mini (for office lamps), or $39.99 for a one pack

    User u/baldthumbtack, who has both a Mini a Standard, has this to say, “I absolutely love them. They are quick to respond to Home/Assistant commands and once you get the hang of the different color commands it’s a lot of fun.”

    User u/ITcamefromIT says, “I like LIFX. They work really well and don’t require a hub. They connect directly to any 2.4 Ghz Wifi.”

    However, without a hub, things can get rocky when you live in a crowded urban space. As u/WelcomeToBoshwitz puts it, “note that if you have live in a big city like NYC, they are reaaaaaallly hard to pair on a 2.4 GHz network.”

    It’s also quite pricey!

    Option #3: $54.34 – TP-Link Wifi Bulbs 3-Pack

    For those on a budget looking for a no-frills smart light, the TP-Link Wifi Bulbs is a great choice.

    u/DPAmes1 says, “I have some TP-Link WiFi bulbs, wall switches, and sockets. They’re great – really well designed, easy to set up, and they work smoothly with Google Home, IFTTT, Stringify etc.. They don’t need any hub/bridge hardware since they interface directly to your WiFi network, which makes them very cost-effective in small numbers”

    u/Lexams says, “I have 3 tp links that I use in my lamps. Not had any problems with them. And I like not needing a hub for them.”

    I personally use Hue Lights in my home. The Philip’s Hub ensures a solid connection throughout the day. With the user-friendly app, I can turn my living room into a high-class candle lit restaurant, cafe-level bright, or caveman red with a single tap. Whichever smart lights you choose will surely give you a sense of how automation can bright up our lives.

    References:

    Reddit Thread #1: Best and cheapest place to get smart light bulbs?

    Reddit Thread #2: Best smart bulbs

    Reddit Thread #3: Which smart lighting is the best with home?

     

     
  • redditrecommend 5:02 am on August 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Reddit Recommend Best Pillows for Back Pain   

    Reddit Recommend Best Pillows for Back or Shoulder Pain 2018 

    It’s undeniable that the evolution of the workplace has brought back and shoulder pain into the lives of countless Americans. Whether or not you work in a white collar job, you definitely do not want to wake up sore. A night’s rest is supposed to heal you. But in order to do so, you must have the right bedding equipment, and pillows are an essential piece to the puzzle to solving your back problems.

    Today, we researched four threads:
    Thread #1: I’m a back and side sleeper. Looking for a quality pillow under $60.

    Thread #2: Requesting the Best Pillow Available Recommendations

    Thread #3: What is the best pillow in the planet?

    Thread #4: You Should Know how to choose the best pillow.

    This enables me to compile a guide on the best pillows, as well as how to choose them.

    What is in a Pillow?

    When you look at pillows, you will typically find the following:

    Soft Down / Synthetic Down – Made from duck and goose feathers. Light, fluffy and traps heat effectively, this type of pillow is widely used throughout the world. Great for back sleepers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any recommended feathered down pillows by Reddit. The consensus is that it’s nearly impossible to find good down feather pillows that aren’t overpriced these days and alternatives are simply better.

    Latex Foam – Has the support of memory foam without the heat. Made of resilient material that conforms to your head and shoulders for comfort. They are allergen-free, anti dust mite, anti microbial, and mildew cannot grow on it. Great for back and side sleepers. Not a lot of recommendations for latex foam pillows on Reddit. The only highly upvoted one is by u/traai who loves his Organic Natural Latex Pillow. It is firm, which is great for someone who needs more neck support.

    Reddit Recommended High-tech Gel x Memory Foam – Great for warm sleepers who like a cool pillow through the night. User u/mewithoutMaverick commented, “I have the version of that pillow that has some gel mixed in with the memory foam and it’s by far the best pillow I’ve ever had. It was expensive but absolutely worth. I waited 6 months before buying it, if not more, because I couldn’t stomach spending $80 on a pillow… It was so amazing I bought one for my wife and both of my parents.”2

    Reddit Recommended Memory Foam – Offers very good neck support due to the dense foam. Reduces pressure points by adjusting to your body shape as you move throughout the night. The recommended memory foam pillow works for back, stomach, and side sleepers. As u/_bartleby says, “I swear by this pillow. It works for me, a stomach and side sleeper, as well as my partner, who is a back sleeper.”

    Memory foams are quite popular amongst Reddit Pillow Recommendation threads. Another highly recommended one is the Shredded Memory Foam Pillow from Coop Home Goods. User u/kurokitten says, “It’s an especially good pillow for side-sleepers, as the best side-sleeping position is to tuck your arm under the pillow, and this one accommodates that really well – that’s the main reason I purchased it.”

    Reddit Recommended Buckwheat Pillow – Buckwheat pillows are supportive, molds to your body, and does not trap heat. It’s also fully adjustable by removing or adding the buckwheat hulls. They’re usually under $30 on Amazon and will last years with a stock pillow protector. u/lordnequam recommends getting buckwheat hulls so you can adjust the pillow’s firmness to your liking.

    Reddit Recommended Water Pillow – A water-based polyester pillow that you fill yourself to any firmness you desire. From soft to extra-firm, from flat to extra plush. The easily fillable water reservoir provides maximum customization. The water base also enables the pillow to conform to your body, unlike any other material.

    u/wheelchaircowboy says it’s like sleeping on a cloud. Reddit user u/xenazeus says: “I have bought numerous pillows over the years including ‘MyPillow’. None helped neck pain.” He tried one final pillow, the highly recommended Mediflow water pillow. “What a relief. Best pillow for my needs. Has a water reservoir in the center you fill to the desired level for support. Tweak the water levels until you find your ideal comfort level.”

     
  • redditrecommend 6:33 pm on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reddit recommend best bar soap 2018   

    Reddit Recommend Best Bar Soap in 2018 

    In my search to find the best soap for my sensitive skin, I’ve tried:

    Pure Castile Liquid

    Dove Men’s Soap

    Shokubutsu Liquid Soap

    Just water

    Honestly, not using soap was a terrible idea because I started to stink. And since I have limited experience and I have a finite amount of time and money to test soaps, I decided to see what Reddit recommends as the best soaps and stumbled onto many threads discussing the benefits of Sappo oatmeal bar soap with real oatmeal bits.

    Reddit Thread 1: Good body washes that smell great and don’t bother your skin

    Reddit Thread 2: Is body wash really necessary?

    Reddit Thread 3: Is homemade soap actually more frugal?

    Reddit Thread 4: Do you still use bar soap?

    Sappo Hill Bar Soap – Oatmeal Natural 3.5 oz – 1 Pack (12 bars)

    The consensus is that Sappo Hill Bar Soap is the best basic bar soap that provides gentle exfoliation and hydration to your skin. According to u/flying_squid, it’s the most delicious smelling soap he’s ever used. It’s also gotten rid of the itching and other sensitivity issues he’s experienced using synthetic soaps. With a good scrub in the armpit area, this soap can both exfoliate dead, dry skin and kill bacteria and fungus. One bar lasts about a month and is about $2. A pack of 12 bars will conveniently last you more than a year of twice-daily use.

    My personal experience with this soap has been great. It’s honestly the best soap I’ve ever used. I am naturally lazy and prone to exfoliating too little for the sake of my skin. Who has time to soap, scrub, dry off, and moisturize twice a day every day? Fortunately by combining soaping and exfoliating, my routine has become easier to maintain. Also, the oatmeal makes my skin feel smooth and gentle to the touch. I highly recommend getting the 12 pack.

     
  • redditrecommend 5:21 pm on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reddit recommend best dog puzzle toys 2018   

    Reddit Recommend Best Dog Puzzle Toys in 2018 

    I searched religiously for mentally stimulating toys for my terrier-poodle rescue, Kenny. Once again, Reddit proved to be the best place for dog puzzle toy recommendations. I browsed the following threads:

    Reddit Thread 1: Favorite puzzle / IQ toys for your dog

    Reddit Thread 2: List of doggy brain toy links

    My personal favorite puzzle toy so far is the original Kong. However, after several months with it, I think Kenny has graduated and would appreciate a harder puzzle. Through my Reddit research, I’m happy to report the following puzzle toys that are a step up from the original Kong:

    The Kong Wobbler is a step up in difficulty from the original Kong toy. It has a hole in the middle rather than the bottom. The hole is also smaller. This toy will take your dog anywhere from 5-20 minutes to get everything out. It can last for over an hour if the treats inside are frozen!

    $14.99 – Kong Wobbler Small for dogs up to 25 lbs

    $19.99 – Kong Wobbler Large for dogs 25 lbs and up

    The Westpaw Toppl Toy is a hardy toy, similar to the Kong Wobbler, but made of tougher material. It’s also easier to fill, as you simply remove the top, fill it with treats or kibble, and connect it with the bottom. A wonderful step up from the Kong Wobbler.

    $20.95 – Westpaw Toppl Interactive Treat Dispensing Toy

    Some dogs get too smart for the Kong toys. Redditors and Amazon reviewers claim it is harder than the Kong due to its size and deep pockets. It’s basically a pocket toy that you can stuff treats deep inside. It takes dogs up to 30 minutes to empty one pickle out. The good thing about it is that you can put peanut butter deep inside and freeze it, stretching play time out up to an hour!

    $12.99 – StarMark Pickle Pocket

    According to Reddit, Nina Ottosson makes some amazing IQ dog puzzles. If you’ve never had one, this Reddit Recommended Level 1 Outward Hound toy is the perfect introduction.  You put treats inside the little bones and align them on the puzzle toy. Your dog then has to figure out that the treats are inside and also how to flip the little bones over to get the treats. Once your dog learns how to solve this puzzle toy, it’s time to graduate to level 2.

    $12.99 – Outward Hound by Nina Ottosson

     
  • redditrecommend 4:31 pm on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reddit recommend best skin moisturizer: coconut oil   

    Reddit Recommend Best Skin Moisturizer: Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil 

    Working as a researcher in the cosmetics industry, I had to sift through hundreds of moisturizer products, each claiming to be better than the other. But surprisingly, the best source of unbiased recommendations all came from Reddit recommendations. That is how I found out about using coconut oil as an all-day skin moisturizer. I tried it, fell in love with it, and have been using it for the past year. My skin smells amazing and feels amazing.

    After stepping out of a warm shower and drying off, I immediately lather coconut oil all over my body and hair. I don’t use it on my face since it clogs my pores (YMMV). The best thing about using coconut oil is not having to purchase those $20 bottles of moisturizers that contain parabens, fragrances, and other synthetic compounds. It’s also surprisingly cost-effect. A large $14 tub can last you months. You can also use it as a healthy oil to cook with. It’s absolutely amazing. Be sure to use organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil for maximum benefits. Thank you Reddit.

    Coconut oil Reddit Thread #1 link

    Coconut oil Reddit Thread #2 link

    Coconut oil Reddit Thread #3 link

    Coconut oil Reddit Thread #4 link

    $14.38 – 29 Oz Organic Cold-pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil Tub (Reddit Recommended)

     
  • redditrecommend 7:20 pm on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reddit recommend best aveeno alternative   

    Reddit Recommends Aveeno Alternative Daily Moisturizer 

    To find out what Reddit Recommends for an Aveeno Alternative, we took a look at these threads:

    Thread 1

    Thread 2

    Aveeno’s pretty great. It’s thick, emollient, and very nourishing. Its also great for sensitive skin.

    Pros:

    Dye-free

    Fragrance-free

    Hypoallergenic

    Paraben-free

    Sulfate-free

    Cons:

    Cetyl alcohol can irritate sensitive skin

    Benzyl alcohol can gradually cause sensitization

    But if Aveeno doesn’t work for you or if you are avoiding alcohol in your moisturizers, Reddit is here to help yet again. The Holy Grail recommendation page in r/SkinCareAddictions reveal the following products to soothe and nourish your skin:

    $35 – Eau Thermale Avène Skin Recovery

    Pros:

    Special tube that prevents contamination, allowing them to use less preservatives

    Simple formula that is fantastically simple

    Feels light

    Matte look

    Cons:

    Price is on the high side as it is imported from France

    $14.99 – La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

    Pros:

    Paraben-free

    Fragrance-free

    Lanolin-free

    Contains madecassoside from centella asiatica, which is amazing for redness by improving skin barrier function

    Contains B5, a great humectant

    Cons:

    Contains titanium dioxide

    $30 – Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

    Pros:

    Great for extremely dry skin

    Lots of Oatmeal in the formulation, which makes skin gentle to touch and prevents inflammation

    Very light and clean smell

    Comes in a convenient tub

    Cons:

    Contains sodium hydroxide, an irritant (varies based on concentration).

    There you have it. Three solid recommendations backed by hundreds of Redditors from the r/skincareaddiction Holy Grail product recs thread. Now go make your skin smooth like a baby’s bottom.

     

     

     
  • redditrecommend 4:29 am on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reddit recommend best headphones under $100   

    Reddit Recommend Best Headphones under $100 – 2018 

    The solid go-to for headphone recommendations is this reddit r/headphones community guide. It provides an up-to-date list of community approved headphone recommendations. We’ve made it easy by compiling the best reddit recommended headphones list for you here:

    $57 – AKG K240 Semi Open

    If you have never tried an open format headphone before, a transition to semi open might be a great learning experience. What you experience is a significantly larger soundscape.

    $79.99 – Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

    Pros:
    Been in production for 21 years. Known by professionals around the world for its frequency response, portability, and durability.

    Cons:
    Little breathability offered by the rubber-style padding. Fortunately the material doesn’t absorb water, so it’s easy to wipe off.

    Pads press against ears, but different pads are available as well.

    Audio Technica ATH-MX40x Professional Monitor Headphones

    This baby powered me through my college years where I got to experience a lot of new music fully.

    Pros:
    Well balanced frequency
    Sound quality closely matches studio quality. What you listen is truly what the musician records.

    Cons:
    Shallow ear pads
    Uncomfortable when compared to higher end brands like the DT 770.

    $100 – Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Audiophile Headphones

    Pros:
    Amazing sound quality
    Good price
    Comfy over the ears

    Cons:
    Can pinch against the ears and require readjusting
    Sometimes too big for people and need rubber bands

     
  • redditrecommend 4:24 am on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Reddit Recommend Best 4K TV Under $500   

    Reddit Recommend Best 4K TV Under $500 

    In my Reddit research I found that frugal TV enthusiasts echo the enthusiastic recommendation of the TCL 4k HDTV. Knowledgeable Redditor u/SpyCake1 commented that TCL is the fastest growing TV brand in America, after Samsung and LG. In fact, it is THE TV brand in China. With great quality, Roku built-in, and a whopping size of 55″, it’s hard to beat the price of $379.99 and the convenience of 2-day shipping.

    Reddit thread link
    55″ TCL 55 Series 4k HD TV link

     
  • redditrecommend 4:02 am on August 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Reddit Recommend a Knife for Beginner Chefs   

    Reddit Recommend a Knife for Beginner Chefs 

    u/nastylittleman shares that good knife skills can only be learnt by practice. Make sure to choose the right tool for the job. A sharp knife lets you apply little force and go slower. Dull knives are dangerous because they may slip from the extra force. Keep your knife closer to your hand for an easier cut. Of course, using the right knife makes the whole process smoother. And this is where Reddit comes to the rescue.

    $41.99 – Victorinox 8 Inch

    There’s a well known circlejerk going on in Reddit about the Victorinox knife. But there’s a reason why. It’s a knife that cuts well and is relatively cheap. Will a $100 kiwi knife cut better? Absolutely. Will it cut 3x better? No way. If this is your first starter knife, then the Victorinox is the proper recommendation. Make sure you get the Reddit Recommended honing steel to go along with it and sharpen your knife after every use. Not honing your knife decreases its lifespan and quality.

     
  • redditrecommend 2:29 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Reddit Recommend best value gaming laptops   

    Reddit Recommend best value gaming laptops in 2018 

    In a large laptop megathread, u/Michiganders recommends best gaming laptops of 2018 with a price range of $200-2000:

    $214 – HP Elitebook 8470P – Refurbished
    The HP Elitebook 8470P is a budget friendly laptop with acceptable specs for gaming. It’s capable of Minecraft, LoL, and your typical browser games.

    Specs:

    Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Processor
    8GB RAM – 320GB SATA Hard Drive.

    $379.99 – Acer Inspire E15

    The Acer Inspire E15 is an entry level laptop with a long-lasting battery and a decent monitor. It can run more complicated games like Overwatch, Counterstrike Go, World of Warcraft, and Dota 2.

    Specs:
    8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U Processor
    15.6″ Full HD widescreen LED Display
    6GB Dual Channel Memory, 1TB HDD
    Up to 13.5-hours of battery life

    $599 – Acer Inspire 5

    With the Nvidia graphics card and quad core processors, this is a great bang for your buck laptop for most moderate gaming.

    Specs:
    8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor
    15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED IPS Display
    8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
    Up to 15-hours of battery life

    $698 – Acer Nitro 5

    Known as the amazing, all-around, inexpensive laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 sports a 7th generation i5 processor and an Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card. Can play pretty much all games on the market.

    Specs:
    15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
    7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (Up to 2.5 GHz)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
    8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD

    $788.85 – Dell G3 Gaming Laptop

    A big step up from the Acer Inspire 5, the Dell G3 Gaming Laptop holds a 6-core processor and 10-Series GPU. It can play most games.

    Specs:
    8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H Processor
    8GB 2666MHz DDR4 up to [32GB
    15.6-inch FHD IPS Anti-Glare, LED-Backlit Display

    $889 – ASUS FX503VM 15

    The ASUS FX503VM 15 is a more powerful option compared to the Dell G3. With a more advanced GTX 1060 graphics card, it can play pretty much any game on the market. However, it has a mediocre build quality and display.

    Specs:
    120Hz Full HD Matte Display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    7th-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core 2.5GHz
    128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
    8GB DDR4 DRAM
    Red-backlit gaming keyboard with anti-ghosting technology

    $949 – Dell G5 Gaming Laptop

    This is a better laptop build than the ASUS series, with slightly better specs.

    Specs:
    8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/Turbo Boost)
    16GB 2666MHz DDR4 up to [32GB]
    128 GB (SSD) Boot + 1 TB 5400 RPM [SATA] HDD Storage
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory

    $1199.95 – Eluktronics N870

    This laptop boasts a larger 17.3″ display, a great build quality, and amazing display. Can tackle higher graphics.

    Specs:
    7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz/3.8GHz) Quad Core Processor
    6GB GDDR5 VRAM Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics
    16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
    17.3″ Full HD IPS LED Anti-Glare Display
    256GB Ultra Performance PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Full Size RGB Color Backlit Keyboard, Sound Blaster Cinema 3 Audio

    $1399 – Alienware AW15

    Can’t go wrong with upgrading to the GTX 1070, one of the more powerful graphics displays on the market. With the i7 core, this baby can run any game out there. It also has an amazing cooling system.

    Specs:
    Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/Turbo Boost)
    16GB DDR4 at 2400MHz (2x8GB)
    128GB M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)
    15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display W/G-Sync

    $1583.60 – ASUS ZenBook UX550

    Turn it up with the sleek design and touchscreen capabilities on this high-end laptop with high-end specs and dedicated graphics card that can get you to moderate gaming intensity.

    Specs:
    15.6-Inch 178 degree wide angle view Full-HD Nano Edge touch display
    Latest 7th generation Intel i7-7700HQ Quad Core 2.8 GHz Processor

    $1749.99 – ASUS ROG GL702

    A very high-end gaming laptop with a GTX 1080 graphics card and i7-7700HQ processor that can run the most intensive games.

    Specs:
    Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.8 GHz, GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
    17.3” Full HD Gaming wideview display with 60Hz refresh rate, G-SYNC, for smooth gameplay and fast response time
    Powerful thermal design: cooled by dual-copper cooling system with heat pipes and dual 12V fans for CPU and GPU

    $1999 – Gigabyte Aero 15W

    The most powerful gaming laptop option that reddit user, u/Michganders recommends. Sleek and thin, the Gigabyte Aero 15W laptop boasts exception specs and a long lasting battery.

    Specs:
    15.6″ Thin Bezel FHD 144Hz Pantone X-Rite 1920×1080 IPS anti-glare display LCD
    Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GDDR5
    16 GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory 512GB M.2 SSD
    94.24Wh 10hrs Long Battery Life

     
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