Review of Neato Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Neato first introduced its Botvac robot vacuum series in year r2014 and expanded the product lineup through introducing some new products and adding functionalities to the existing product lines under Botvac names.

One of the products of Neato is the Neato Botvac D80, which comes with a new feature. It’s an ingenious brush system that’s much quieter on the hardwood floors. This is good news because D80’s previous version might get very loud once in use. In spite of the new brush design, the rest of the product mostly unchanged and comes with a combination of side-spinning brush and brush roll and high-tech navigation system that’s laser-guided to get around the room.

When compared to D80 competitors including Roomba 880 and PowerBot VR9000 by Samsung, Neato Botvac D80 doesn’t include a remote control unit. While several consumers might see this a drawback, an effective navigational system and ability to return to its own charging dock automatically.

Navigation System

At the heart of this unit’s navigation system is the company’s QNX Neutrino OS. Once combined with laser technology, this OS is completely responsive to the environment and can map a room or avoid obstacles in its path with efficiency and ease that one would expect from high quality robot vacuums. It’s made possible by the patented Botvision technology of Neato, combining room mapping, laser scanning, and real-time detection of obstacle to clean rooms quicker than majority of robot vacuums in the price range.


Neato Botvac D80 is run by nickel metal hydride batteries that can be recharged quickly and give vacuuming hours on one charge. Weighing in at nine pounds, this product comes with D shape, enabling it to clean the corners and edges more efficiently than the robot vacuums of various sizes and shapes.

Display or Controls 

Its touch sensitive LCD panel offers an intuitive menu, which makes changing settings easy. The routine cleanings may be modified and setup with the use of the touch controls and spot cleans in particular areas. When it requires to be recharged, it’ll return automatically to the charging station and would pick up where this left off cleaning when charging is complete.

The Good

  • Efficient navigation
  • Outperformed BotVac when it comes to picking up pet hair.
  • Side brushes work great when picking up dirt on the edges.
  • Big dirt capacity.
  • Its navigation system is laser guided and enables you to use it on low light situations.
  • It comes with two brushes for carpet and hair.

The Not So Good

  • Won’t go on dark floors and rugs because of its cliff sensors.
  • In spite of its upgrades, it didn’t outperform BotVac 80.
  • Slightly pricey than some better performing BotVac models.

The Bottom Line

Neato Botvac D80 is an amazing high performing model, which ties for the top overall score. This excels particularly at cleaning hard surface floor, navigating into the tight corners, and sweeping up close to the edges and collect pet hair. This robot vacuum was not a runner-up in terms of cleaning carpets as well as navigating around the obstacles more than enough for most households.

About Shiatsu Massagers

The art of shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage that literally means finger pressure in Japanese. This type of massage was first discovered in the early 1900s by a Japanese man by the name of Tokujiro Namikoshi. While the original art was supposed to be done manually, its widespread popularity has introduced shiatsu massagers into the market. These massagers use the same techniques in a mechanical form to simulate the use of the fingers and other parts of the hand to massage specific pressure points on the back and other parts of the body. These mechanical massagers can provide the same types of relaxation and healing benefits that the art of manual shiatsu can provide.

Shiatsu massagers come in a variety of styles that can meet different needs. Some of these massagers focus on the neck, while others focus on the entire back. The type of shiatsu massager a person chooses will depend greatly upon their budget as well as the purpose for which they need the massager. For instance, if a person has a lot of pain in his back, a shiatsu back massager may be the best option. However, if the neck is the problem area, he or she may want one that focuses on that area instead.

Types of Shiatsu Massagers

Shiatsu massagers come in different types and focus on different areas of the body. The HoMedics shiatsu massager provides a localized massage that will give the recipient all the same benefits of getting a shiatsu massage in person. However, it is important to find the type of massager that will serve each person the best and fits into their lifestyle. For instance, the shiatsu back massager will focus on different areas of the back that are most likely to cause problems. If a person wants a shiatsu massage cushion, he can choose one that will fit the entire back of the chair to give massage pressure all over the back, or he can choose one that offers a more localized massage if a person has specific areas that are a problem. A person may even prefer a HoMedics shiatsu massage that includes heat to help relax the muscles.

HoMedics shiatsu massagers can help more than just the back. These massagers also come in variations that will provide localized massages to other areas of the body. The neck and shoulders are other common locations of tension and muscle aches. A shiatsu massager can easily help relieve the tension and tight muscles of the neck and shoulders with a specially designed u-shaped massager that will massage all the tension away. Shiatsu massagers that focus on the feet are also available. This is especially useful if a person spends a lot of time on their feet on a daily basis for work or has foot problems that cause pain. Regardless of what the muscle problem is a person can find a HoMedics shiatsu massager that is right for them.

Review of Bissell PowerLifter Powerbrush carpet cleaner

Dirt on carpets can reach deep down and damage the carpet if not for the Bissell PowerLifter Powerbrush carpet cleaner. It is portable and easily removes deeply embedded dirt and grime from carpets using hot tap water, detergent and its four-row rotating DirtLifter PowerBrushes.

The carpet cleaner comes with a comfortable handle, lint screen, easily-maneuverable wheels, built-in measuring cup, removable nozzle for easy cleaning and quick-release cord hooks. There are two water tanks; one for clean and another for dirty water while it’s 20 ft power cord reduces the need of constantly plugging and unplugging the unit while cleaning large rooms.

Upright deep carpet cleaner

Bissell’s Carpet cleaning formula and rotating brushes penetrate deep into the carpet to remove all dirt and stains. Its powerful suction then sucks and lifts dirt and dirty water away.

Scotchgard formula

The carpet cleaner works best with specifically designed formulas to give fresh smelling carpets which look professionally cleaned. Carpets look newer for a longer period with its exclusive Scotchgard formula which places a protective barrier on the fiber surfaces. This protects from potential future stains, which is why you needn’t wait for stains. Just treat your carpet with Bissell deep cleaning formula to protect the carpet and keep it looking newer for longer periods.

Deep cleaning with PowerLifter PowerBrush

The Bissell PowerLifter PowerBrush first forces warm cleaning mixture into the carpet to blast out all the dirt and grime. Then its 4 cleaning rows of brushes with stiff bristles set in a wavy formation which effectively scrubs and lifts dirt and stains which your vacuum doesn’t reach. Its powerful suction then lifts and pulls out all the dirt and dirty liquid.


  • 4 rows of powerful rotating brushes lifts deeply embedded dirt from carpet
  • Sprays and scrubs carpet with hot tap water and carpet formula and then sucks dirt and water
  • Easily filled and emptied 2-in-1 water tank
  • Comes with removable nozzle, built-in measuring cup, lint screen and 8 oz. Sample formula
  • Has a 1 year warranty
  • Long cord helps reach hard-to-reach areas
  • Easy to use and clean after use


  • Suction is not so strong after subsequent use
  • Motor gives crazy, loud sounds
  • Too small water tank which requires constant refilling while cleaning large rooms
  • Needs multiple passes to clean the carpet
  • Drips water in front of the unit after cleaning carpet.

Best Programmable Thermostat Reviews

The special device for heating boilers called “best programmable thermostat” was developed and introduced in order to provide even heating and rational electric energy consumption. The working principle of different models is very similar, but there are some important differences. Thus, the heating signal can come to the heat carrier from the sensors measuring the temperature indoors or outdoors. In this article, we’ll discuss the characteristics of the popular thermostats for heating boilers and find out how to choose them.

Usually, the work modes of heating boilers are regulated by the sensors measuring temperature of the heat carrying agent. Actually, it’s not always convenient, as the regulator with the specified temperature of the fluid, signals the boiler to turn on if the heat carrying agent has got cold. However, the indoor temperature, changing at different times of the year, is not taken into account. That is, in spring the batteries will work just like in winter, while the thermostat, measuring the temperature in a heated room, will allow you to turn the boiler on and off with the dependent data.

The thermostat has an in-built heat monitor, located in the room, where you want to measure the average temperature. You must do it so that the battery heat doesn’t impact the sensor. After getting an information about the room temperature, the regulator gives signals to the heating boiler.

The device measures the temperature and, as necessary, turns off the heating system. When the temperature decreases to the fixed thermostat readings, the boiler turns on again.

You should define the place of installation and characteristics of the heating boiler sensors already in the system design stage, and pre-estimate the parameters of heat supply. Then, based on this data, choose the separate parts of the system.

The thermostat for radiator is not an exception. But apart from the technical characteristics, you should consider its performance:

  1. precise handling. This quality allows you to understand what changes in the temperature of heat carrying agent will activate the device;
  2. automation of thermostat. It allows you to understand how often you’ll have to manually adjust the settings to normalize the functioning of the system;
  3. additional mode. Almost every model can be configured to the cyclical work (daily or weekly) – advanced settings allow working in strict compliance with the specified settings;
  4. features of mounting. You should check if it’s possible to mount the thermostat in any position, as some models are installed strictly in one position.