Home And Garden
Home And Garden
08 August 2016
Garden jobs were never far from our thoughts in July, so it’s not surprising to see two Lidl pressure washers and two Florabest garden tools in the top ten most viewed products on which.co.uk in the last month.
Tough gardening tasks mean dirty clothes too and Bosch and Samsung washing machines have also made our top ten. But a good night’s sleep wins the day and it’s hard to resist a good mattress, especially when there are seeming bargains to be had, including the newly launched Ikea Morgedal costing just 165. Over 15,000 of your checked this mattress review in July. Check the gallery below to see what else made it into the top 10 product reviews, scroll down to find out more about each product, and follow the links to see whether these top 10 products are worth buying, or whether you should proceed with caution.
Top 10 popular products in July 2016
Most popular home and garden product. Ikea Morgedal mattress – 165
Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer – 49.99
Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe mattress – 400
Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress – 750
Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 pressure washer – 40
Oral B Genius 9000 Black electric toothbrush – 140
Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine – 369
Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D3 pressure washer – 80
Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool – 129
Samsung WW80J6410CW washing machine – 469.99
1. Ikea Morgedal mattress
Just tested at the end of June 2016, the cheap and cheerful Morgedal mattress is a tempting 165, compared with other mattresses which can cost over 1,000. It had a massive 15,590 of you checking its review. But can Ikea promise you a good night s sleep for years to come, or would it pay to pay more? Read our full Ikea Morgedal mattress review1 to see the results when we tested it using people with different body types.
2. Florabest 18V Li-Ion cordless hedge trimmer
Newly available, this cordless hedge trimmer comes at a bargain price of 49.99. But cheap hedge trimmers haven t impressed in the past, and our high-scorers typically cost over 150. Read our Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer review2 to find out if it cuts the mustard when cutting through all types of branches.
3. Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe mattress
Near the top of the chart for the fourth month in a row, it s not as cheap as the Ikea Morgedal, but it s still reasonably priced at 400. We’ve also found that this pocket-sprung mattress is available under slightly different names. These include: ‘Silentnight Walton 1200 Luxury Double’, ‘Silentnight Sofia Mirapocket 1200’ and ‘Mirapocket 1200 Pocket Spring Penny Deluxe’. Check out our full Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe review3 to see what support and durability it offered in our rigorous tests.
4. Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress
It s in the top four most-viewed products for the fourth month running but, at 750, it s much pricier than the Silentnight Classic and the Ikea Morgedal mattresses. Some Sealy mattresses have been rated Best Buys in the past so find out if the Teramo also known as the Nostromo 1400 matches up by going to our full Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress review4.
5. Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 pressure washer
The Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 is only on sale for a few days at Lidl each year but that doesn t stop you flocking to the review. So is it worth watching the Lidl website to get your hands on this very cheap ( 40) pressure washer? Our pressure washer expert tried this power cleaner on her paving. Read the Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 first look review5 to see her first impressions.
6. Oral B Genius 9000 Black electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes don t usually make the most-viewed top ten, but this premium-priced electric toothbrush ( 140) was visited 3,773 times in July. It has fancy features such as four oscillating-rotating brush heads and even connects to the Oral-B app on your smartphone, but see our full Oral B Genius 9000 Black review6 to find out if it s worth the investment.
7. Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine
This recently-tested Bosch washing machine is an affordable 369, and Bosch machines do well on reliability. But how did it do when we challenged it to three cycles of the toughest stains, including tricky-to-shift grass, blood, chocolate, wine and coffee? Read our full Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine review7 to find out.
8. Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D3 pressure washer
The second pressure washer in our top ten most-viewed, this Lidl pressure washer is twice the price of the PHD 100 E2 at 80, but it s surprisingly high-spec and a very reasonable price compared to other pressure washers costing up to 300. Find out what our pressure-washer expert found when she gave the Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D38 a test-run on her paving and decking.
9. Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool
This Multi-Tool is a petrol engine with strimmer, long-reach hedge trimmer and pole pruner attachments. Costing 129, it’s one of the cheapest on the market. If you re looking for all the attachments to do your summer and autumn garden jobs, go to our full Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool review9.
10. Samsung WW80J6410CW washing machine
It s not the cheapest washing machine on the market at 469.99, but it comes with lots of useful features such as a time-delay function and child lock. But does it stand out at those key washing machine basics such as cleaning and spinning?
- ^ full Ikea Morgedal mattress review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Silentnight Classic 1200 Pocket Deluxe review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Sealy Teramo 1400 mattress review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Lidl Parkside PHD 100 E2 first look review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Oral B Genius 9000 Black review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Bosch WAN28100GB washing machine review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Lidl Parkside PHD 150 D3 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ full Florabest 4-in-1 Petrol Multi-Tool review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Samsung WW80J6410CW washing machine (www.which.co.uk)
- Using mobile phones is wreaking havoc with our faces
- Causes all sorts of ailments from sagging jaws to tech neck
- Experts share the ways you can beat the effects
Whilst we know that overuse of phones can damage our vision and health, have you ever stopped to consider that your daily session on Snapchat could be making you look older and uglier? According to skincare experts, using mobile phones is wreaking havoc with our faces, causing all sorts of ailments from sagging jaws and forehead creases to tired eyes and tech neck. Whether scrolling through Instagram or texting friends, the average user checks their phone 85 times a day, spending a total of five hours looking at their device; that’s around a third of the time that the person is awake. So is your face a victim of your phone addiction?
We’ve called on the best dermatologists to share the tell-tale signs that you’re overusing your phone and the clever ways you can fix it.
From squinty lines to dark spots, there’s plenty of weird ways your mobile phone is rapidly ageing your face. We’ve called on a host of experts to explain how and reveal the ways you can prevent it
Tired eyes and squint lines
Whether it s glare from the screen, reading font that is too small or straining to read a phone in bright sunlight, repetitive squinting can cause pronounced lines and wrinkles around the eyes, as well as frown lines between eyes. As Glenn Carp, Ophthalmic Surgeon at the London Vision Clinic explains, spending long bouts of time staring at your phone can wreak havoc with your eyesight. He explains: ‘Most of us are already aware that sitting at your computer screen all day can be detrimental to your vision. You are encouraged to take regular breaks from working at your desk.
‘However, with the prevalence of smart phones having saturated the mobile industry, most of these breaks tend to be concentrated on our phone- checking personal emails or the latest tweet and not allowing us to truly break the cycle.
‘When we use our near vision in this way for long periods of time, we only blink for around four to seven times per minute. Our usual rate of blinking is more like 18 to 20 times per minute, so this is a significant reduction- it can cause symptoms such as dry eyes and blurred vision.’
‘Taking regular breaks away from any screen, drinking plenty of water and making sure you blink regularly should help to avoid these symptoms.’
As Glenn Carp, Ophthalmic Surgeon at the London Vision Clinic explains, spending long bouts of time staring at your phone can wreak havoc with your eyesight
Speaking on your phone for long periods of time can lead to bad acne, warns dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall of The Harley Medical Group. She said: ‘Your phone can accumulate a lot of bacteria. When you place the phone on your skin to make a call, your skin is not only in direct contact with the bacteria, but it also starts to perspire and even trap oil in the pores.
‘Worse yet, the pressure of the phone on your skin creates blemishes so wipe your phone daily with antibacterial wipes to remove the majority of the bacteria that is building up.
‘Also ensure that you’re using acne-fighting products if this is a condition you re prone to. The Avene Cleanance Expert regulates the production of sebum (oil) to mattify the skin, limits the spread of acne causing bacteria and reduces redness and inflammation.’
Sarah Chapman, a top London facialist, suggests thoroughly wiping down your mobile device with alcohol wipes on a daily basis. Emma, from Dr Frances Prenna Jones, has shared her foolproof guide to clearing your skin for good – and it’s a lot more straightforward than you think.
Your phone can accumulate a lot of bacteria. When you place the phone on your skin to make a call, your skin is not only in direct contact with the bacteria, but it also starts to perspire and even trap oil in the pores
When people try new skincare routines, few would consider acid as an addition to their everyday regime.
But Emma maintains that you shouldn’t be intimidated by acids because they’re one of the most popular and effective treatments for the skin. She favours salicylic, which she advises washing your skin with twice a week.
‘Use Dr Frances Prenna Jones Super Clean daily; it is packed with super-effective antibacterial salicylic acid and enzymes which boost cell turnover for brighter, younger looking skin.
‘Then use an Agera salicylic wash about twice a week,’ she advises. ‘It’s 20 per cent salicylic, which is the only acid that penetrates at a pore depth so will dissolve what’s in the pores and is anti-inflammatory.
‘Acne is not just one thing – it’s dehydration, it’s excessive oiliness, inflammation, swelling and bacteria. Salicylic wash targets lots of those things; it’s fantastic for taking down inflammation and clearing out the bacteria and congestion.’
Tech neck and tense jaw
Tech Neck is another common concern for those who overuse their phone. When you re constantly looking down at your phone or tablet, you re causing horizontal wrinkles on your neck and d colletage. The neck and d colletage are highly visible parts of our body, and one of the most biggest indicators of aging skin. Most of us take special care of the skin on the face but often forget the neck and below. The skin structure of the neck and d colletage is much thinner and more fragile than the face.
Considering that this skin is more delicate and vulnerable, it s important to apply a product that is specially formulated with tightening and smoothing benefits, in addition to the richer hydration that a traditional moisturiser doesn t provide. Inge Theron, founder of FaceGym and FT Spa Junkie, says it’s important to start at the root cause of the problem so try and implement a ‘digital downtime’ for a few hours every day. Dinner is a great place to start; turn your phone off so you are not tempted by the blings and spend time doing what you love – read a book, take a walk, prepare dinner or meditate and get back into yourself.
Eat plenty of vitamin C, found in leafy greens and berries, which is crucial for building collagen – the most important thing for keeping your skin looking firmer and younger when phone face strikes
If you are suffering from ‘tech neck’, very simple head stretches can work wonders. Place your right hand on your left side of the head and left hand on the base of the neck and shoulder and gentle pull the head to the right – you should feel a lovely and tender neck stretch. Repeat on the other side and do five of these a day, in the morning and evening. Working the platysma (the big muscle that runs from your jawline to your shoulder) is also very useful. Sit with an erect spine, pull your lips back against your teeth, and turn the corners of your mouth downward, open your mouth slightly, and activate the muscles of your jaw. Keep your lips pressed firmly against your teeth and the corners of your mouth turned down. The tendons on your neck should stand out. Wiggle your lower jaw up and down start with just five and work up to ten exercises.
For those who are already experiencing the saggy jowls from smart phone face, it’s important you use targeted products for lifting and shaping and not just moisturising. Apply along the jowls rubbing in the direction towards the heart and not the other way around. ‘I’d also invest in the new FaceGym Face Ball; it works wonders to release tension between the eyes, the jaw and can be used to lift saggy skin,’ she said. Vitamin C, found in leafy greens and berries, is crucial for building collagen – the most important thing for keeping your skin looking firmer and younger.
Our tablets emit blue light, which travel on a wavelength similar to that of UV rays. Because of this, many experts have raised concern that blue light can have similar effects as UV rays on the skin, including dark spots.
There isn’t extensive research on the topic yet but it’s advisable to use a factor 50 suncream every single day and replenish skin with a cream rich in antioxidants.
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A model poses for photographs with LG Electronics’ new smartphone G5 during its launch event in Taipei. Reuters
South Korean Electronics giant LG has confirmed that it is going to launch a new premium smartphone in its ‘V series’ in September, expecting that the device will help its struggling mobile business recover from disappointing sales. LG said its upcoming device V20 will be the first product to run on Google’s latest version of its Android mobile operating system called Nougat. However, it did not disclose any other details about the model. The last smartphone in the ‘V series’ was named V10, which was launched in October last year. The smartphone’s big highlights were the secondary Always On display and the dual front camera setup.
LG has two main premium phone series and its G5 phone which was launched in March. However the G5 phone performed below expectations following some initial production difficulties resulting into the company’s fifth straight quarter of operating loss for April-June. The company is hoping that the launch of new products will help to improve its performance in the third quarter.
Apple Inc which is one of the biggest competitors of the firm is expected to launch new iPhones in September, while Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will unveil its next Galaxy Note smartphone soon.