Hatch Rest vs. Rest Plus vs. Rest Mini

Summary Choosing between Hatch products is simple once you understand the features, and compare to your needs. Hatch Rest is the original — a quality sound machine plus nightlight that can be controlled via an app. Hatch Rest+ adds a built-in battery for cord-free use, and includes features like a clock, audio monitor, and voice …

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Dyson V8 VS V7: It’s More About The Rollers Than The Model

dyson v8 vs v7

Summary The V8 is best for homes with multiple floor types because it comes with multiple rollers. The V7 is best for homes primarily with carpet since it has a single roller dedicated to carpets. Carpet The V8 technically has more power than the V7, as you’ll see below, but it’s not noticeable. The Dyson V8 comes with two roller heads. …

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Velop vs. Orbi RBK50: Find the Perfect Configuration

velop vs orbi

After extensive testing I determined Netgear Orbi RBK50 (2-Set) is the superior mesh system with faster speeds and brilliant range. However, Linksys Velop (2-Set) is recommended for those who prefer robust phone software instead of pure performance. I’ll review Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi by comparing them in setup, software, performance, and design. Setup This …

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Best Apartment Security System: Looking at Three Systems

best apartment security

DIY home security systems are great for keeping you safe, but what if you have an apartment? Can you use the same systems? You might be able to, but there is one important factor to consider. Many home security systems have permanent installation, which your landlord may disapprove of. If you want the best apartment …

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Eero 6 vs. Eero Pro 6: Which one do you need?

Eero Pro 6 vs eero 6

If you’re paying for the higher speeds from your ISP (200Mpbs or more), then you need a mesh router that ensures everyone can enjoy those speeds without dips and slow downs. That’s where the Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 come in. These two routers are great, but which is best for your home? We’re …

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Best Vacuum for Allergies: Five Models to Consider

best vacuum for allergies

If you are allergic to dust, pet dander, or other common allergens, then you need a vacuum built to properly capture and contain these particles. The best vacuum for allergies will have at least one HEPA filter. Conventional vacuums tend to allow dust to escape from the exhaust port, which only ensures that you’re left …

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Deebot vs. Roomba: Comparing Two Entry-Level Robot Vacuums

roomba vs deebot

Summary Ecovacs Deebot N79S has a more powerful suction, longer runtime, larger dustbin, and it comes at a better price. Roomba 675 has the recognizable brand name and virtual walls, but budget level Roomba’s aren’t good enough. Navigation This refers to the battery runtime and how well the vacuum navigates your home. Deebot is the winner by a …

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JBL Charge 4 vs. Megaboom 3: One Sounds Better at Low Volumes

charge 4 vs megaboom

These are both fantastic portable speakers, but after a month of testing, I’ve determined that UE Megaboom 3 is better with it’s superior design, wireless charging, and significantly better sound at higher volumes. However, JBL Charge 4 sounds better at lower volumes indoors, and it’s more affordable. In my JBL Charge 4 vs UE Megaboom …

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UE Megablast vs. Megaboom 3: What Are The Differences?

megablast vs megaboom

After testing these portable speakers for weeks, I’ve determined that the Megaboom 3 is the best portable speaker. Comparing the UE Megablast vs UE Megaboom 3 was tough since they are similar in many respects. However, Megaboom 3 was clearly the best with design and battery life, plus its sound quality was on par with …

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Linksys Velop vs. Google WiFi: Does Tri-band Matter?

velop vs google wifi

After a month of testing, I determined Google WiFi (three-set) is the best mesh router for most people because it has excellent app features with similar performance to Velop’s two-pack. Velop is solid but you’d need three nodes to compete while making sacrifices on price and software. I’ll compare and contrast two mesh routers (Linksys …

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Blink Outdoor vs. Arlo Pro: Want Real Surveillance or Casual?

blink outdoor vs arlo pro

After weeks of testing, I determined Blink Outdoor is a solid security camera for those looking for casual monitoring, rather than serious security. Arlo Pro is more reliable and has rechargeable batteries, but it’s not ideal for serious surveillance, yet too expensive for the average shopper. I’ll explain how I reached my conclusion by comparing …

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Ecobee3 Lite vs. Ecobee5: What About Ecobee4?

ecobee3 lite vs ecobee smart

After years of testing four different Ecobee models, I determined the latest Ecobee SmartThermostat (Ecobee5) is the best overall because it comes with a SmartSensor and has an Alexa speaker built-in. However, you can save substantially with Ecobee3 Lite if Alexa isn’t important to you. First, I’ll compare and contrast the two models (Ecobee3 Lite …

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Arlo Pro 2 vs. Nest Cam: Easy Call if Don’t Want a Subscription

Arlo Pro 2 vs nest cam

After months of testing, I determined Arlo Pro 2 is the best outdoor security camera overall because of its rechargeable batteries and subscription-free motion recording service. However, Nest Cam is better for people who need 24/7 recording that’s guaranteed not to miss a beat. I’ll explain how I reached my conclusion by comparing two outdoor …

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Ring 3 Plus VS Nest Hello: Which Video Doorbell is Best for You?

ring vs nest

Summary Ring 3 Plus has a lower subscription charge, better live calling, and the ability to be battery-powered. Nest Hello has a superior build quality and can record 24/7 for $50/month, but it requires doorbell wires. Setup Setup is easy with Ring 3 Plus and gets the win. Nest Hello isn’t hard to set up, but it’s more challenging than …

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