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Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 pressure Side Pool Cleaner

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 pressure Side Pool Cleaner Review

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You no longer have to worry much about cleaning your pool. Thanks to automatic pool cleaners, cleaning your pool is no longer a task you have to perform on your own. One such pool vacuum that will make cleaning your pool a breeze is the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360. We have tested it out and have the scoop for you to help you decide if this pressure side pool cleaner is right for you.

Made by Zodiac, the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is one of the more popular cleaner the company produces. Not only does the cleaner save you time but also money as it doesn’t require much energy to run. Zodiac prides itself in making cleaners that are not only efficient but environment friendly to ensure a better life for all. The Polaris brand by Zodiac was introduced over 40 years ago and has made a name for itself as one of the best in pool cleaners.

Pros

  • Automatic cleaner, allows you to rest while it cleans
  • Comes with a bag that takes pressure off your pool’s filter system
  • Uses the pressure of the pool

Cons

  • The wheels had no ridges so does not seem suitable for all surfaces

Features of the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360

  • Works well in almost any type of pool surface
  • A pressure cleaner that doesn’t require a separate pump
  • Comes with an all-wheel drive
  • ​Triple jet technology that cleans any surface of the pool
  • Comes equipped with a filter bag which collects the trash picked up by the cleaner, this ensures your pool filter doesn’t get clogged in anyway
  • Has an in-line backup valve that allows it to get free when the cleaner gets stuck

How the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Works

Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 pressure Side Pool Cleaner

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is a pressure side cleaner meaning if your pool has a pressure side port then you can easily employ this cleaner for your use. It uses the pressure of the pool water in order to work. The water is returned back to the pool through the vacuum. The dirt and debris that the vacuum picks up is filtered into the bag. The bag plays a vital role in the whole system as it takes a lot of pressure off the pool filter system.

Our experience with the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360

Setting up the Polaris wasn’t that hard. It comes with a user guide that pretty much explains a step by step process that helps you put it together. The pool we have is tiled and the wheels on the cleaner had no issue with it. However, when we closely examined the wheels we felt that it may have issues on other type of pool. Unlike Hayward’s PoolCleaner, these weeks have no ridges so not a lot of traction in anyway for slightly rougher surfaces.

When it came to cleaning the pool, the triple jet system of the cleaner works quite well. It works well at scrubbing, sweeping the walls and floor of the pool. We couldn’t find much dirt or debris after it was done cleaning. The cleaner comes with a 31 foot hose so it works well in small and medium sized pools. If you are still not interested in the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 after reading this review, then you may want to take a look at the Hayward Pool Cleaner.

Conclusion

If you have a smooth surfaced floor and wall then the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 is a great pool cleaner for you. It operates automatically so does not require you to do much. You can turn it on and it will do its job. If it does come across an obstacle, the cleaner eventually works its way around it so you don’t have to monitor it. So if you no longer want to spend hours cleaning your pool then we recommend you consider the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360.

Hayward Pool Cleaner Review

Hayward Pool Cleaner Review

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When it comes to buying equipment for pool, the Hayward Pool Cleaner is a product that you can trust. The company has been in business for over 80 years and has produced cutting-edge technology that helps customer manage their pool. That is precisely the reason why it has become one of the more popular brands when it comes to various different pool products.

Maintaining your pool is very important and Hayward has the technology that allows you to do just that. The Hayward Poolvergnuegen 896584000013 The PoolCleaner Automatic 2-Wheel Suction Cleaner for Concrete Pools allows you to relax as your pool is vacuumed.

Pros

  • Automatic steering, requires no supervision
  • Durable
  • Inexpensive as compared to other automatic cleaners
  • Dodges obstacles
  • Low maintenance
  • Vacuum can adjust suction mouth to ensure it gets bigger items

Cons

  • Not the best around steps

How does the Hayward Pool Cleaner work?

It’s actually quite simple, with the Hayward Pool Cleaner you don’t need electricity to use the PoolCleaner. All you have to do is hook it up to your filter system which powers the device. The device then rolls around the pool vacuuming it as it moves about.

Hayward Pool Cleaner

This solution is far more cost-effective than having a robotic cleaner. It costs about half the price but performs just as well. So why spend so much when for a fraction of the price you get an automatic cleaner that does all the dirty work for you?

The Hayward Pool Cleaner has an innovative design. The wheels of the cleaner allow it to go from one end of the pool to the other without any problem while also go up and down the walls. It will ensure that the pool is clean so you don’t have to go back over it with a manual cleaner. Usually noise is a problem with pool vacuum’s but, you do not need to worry about that with the PoolCleaner.

The Features of the Hayward Pool Cleaner

The PoolCleaner is like other pool cleaners with a few unique features that help set it apart from the others.

Tires: specialized tires on the Hayward Pool Cleaner allow it to easily move around, making it quite versatile. You have the option of different types of tires so you can easily select one that is more suitable for your pool surface. The tires allow it to move around the pool and clean it.

Adjustable turbine vanes: No matter the suction system you have, the PoolCleaner makes sure it has the ideal level of water flow to ensure it works well. This allows it to be compatible with any type of pool.

Adjustable suction throat: You can easily change the suction throat to fit the need of your pool depending on the type of dirt and debris that your pool typically has. If you have a pool near trees then you can adjust it to a larger size so it can easily pick up leaves and so on.

Adjustable roller skirt: Uneven surfaces are no problem for the Pool Cleaner as the roller skirts allow it to move around with ease and vacuum the pool.

Steering sequence: The pool cleaner comes with steering sequences already programmed in to the system which helps it dodge obstacles within the pool.

These features help the cleaner perform its duties with ease around the pool.

Picking between the 2 wheel or 4 wheel Hayward Pool Cleaner

There are two types of Hayward Pool Cleaners you can go with. The 2 wheel and the 4 wheel cleaner. The size of your pool dictates which one would be more suitable for you. The 2 wheeled PoolCleaner is suitable for a pool that is up to 16’x32’. For a pool bigger than that you would need to buy a 4 wheel PoolCleaner.

What sets this Pool Cleaner apart from the others

Well the features that the PoolCleaner comes with sets it apart from its competition. The fact that it is automatic, makes it an amazing tool. You don’t have to supervise or constantly look after it. You can just turn it on and the vacuum will perform its duty. Depending on the size of the pool you have it normally takes anywhere from 2-5 hours to clean a pool, this is for small to medium sized pools.

There are no filters within the vacuum. That means that all the debris and dirt that the vacuum picks up go through the hose and into the pool’s suction filter. So be sure to clean your filter on a regular basis.

Since the Hayward Pool Cleaner has programmed steering in its system, it doesn’t get stuck very often. It gave us no problems in the numerous times we tested it. The wheels has suction breakers so drains are not much of a problem. Whenever it comes across an obstacle, the cleaner automatically changes its direction so you don’t have to supervise it.

The tires on the PoolCleaner are one of the best we have seen on a pool cleaner. The tires it comes with can easily work with pools with tiles or vinyl pool floor. They are however, not suitable for all types of floors. But Hayward has you covered, you can purchase the type of tire that is more suitable for the type of floor you have. Hayward’s offers a few different types of tires so you can pick accordingly.

Our Conclusion on the Hayward Pool Cleaner

Overall, if you are looking for a PoolCleaner to get rid of the debris and dirt no matter what size then the PoolCleaner is a wonderful tool to do that. It takes a little bit of time to clean the pool but the fact that it is automatic and requires, zero supervision makes it a no-brainer. You no longer have to spend hours yourself cleaning your pool, you can just have the PoolCleaner do all the hard work for you. While you sit back and relax.

Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Corded Stick Review

Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Corded Stick Review

In the modern age, the use of broom and dustpan has pretty much gone extinct. Technology has made it far much easier to get daily chores done with little to no effort. The Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik does just that. It makes cleaning your floor a breeze.Vacuums can be traced back to the 1860's, transforming through time to the innovative design and technology we have today. The Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik has a lightweight design that requires no bag, something they could have not even thought about in the 1860's when they had manual vacuums. DesignThe Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik has a sleek and slender design. The fact that it doesn't require a bag allowed Dirt Devil to keep the vacuum as slim as they want. The slim frame is what makes the vacuum lightweight at just under 4 lbs. You can use the vacuum as a normal standing vacuum or even convert it to a hand vacuum. The 16 foot cord provides plenty of mobility, allowing you to move about easily, cleaning your house. The hand vac can also be used to clean your car. Performance The Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik rates quite high on performance. When it comes to vacuums, you want one that is portable with enough suction power to pick up dirt in one go. The Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik comes equipped with a 1.25 amp motor which may not seem like a lot but it packs power. You need to swipe just once over the area with dirt and the vacuum ensures to leave nothing behind. It allows you multi surface cleaning so be it a rug or a hard surface, the vacuum will get the job done.

Our rating:

Cost: $$

Pros

  • Lightweight, portable design at just 3.8 lbs
  • Turns into a hand vacuum
  • ​Reasonably priced
  • Use on multi-surface
  • 16 foot cord

Cons

  • The surface area of the vacuum suction is small
  • Vacuum is 40 inches in height so if you are tall then you may have trouble handling the vacuum, needing to bend when using it

To test the vacuum we tested it on both the carpet and a wooden floor. We threw dirt and some rocks on the wooden floor and it picked it up immediately. On the carpet it took a couple swipes instead of just one to get the dirt out completely but the vacuum left nothing behind.

There was only one issue with the vacuum, the surface area where dirt is sucked up from we felt was a bit small. So it didn't cover a whole lot of area in one swipe. But we sort of expected that with the lightweight, portable design of the vacuum.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a portable vacuum that has enough power to clean your floors on any surface then the Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik is a good option. Don’t expect it to do heavy duty work though. It is easy to store and provides you enough cord for you to easily move around, cleaning your home or apartment. This vacuum is ideal for college students and those living in smaller homes. If you have messy children in the home then we recommend you think about getting something more heavy duty as it may take you slightly longer to clean the floors with the Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik due to its small suction opening. Overall, it is a great buy for its low price point.









3 Best HVAC Vacuum Pumps of 2017

3 Best HVAC Vacuum Pumps of 2017 – Videos & Reviews


Buying an HVAC vacuum pump is not an easy job, especially if you do not know a thing or two about them. There are some technicalities involved like what size you need and which pump would be better suited for your air conditioning unit or refrigerator. Lucky for you, we have some tips for you that will assist you in selecting the proper pump for yourself.

Why would you need a vacuum pump?

HVAC vacuum pumps are used two common household items, the fridge and the heating and air conditioning unit. Since there is excessive use of both of these items and they tend to be running all day and night. The excess load on these eventually causes problems within the unit. Most commonly, moisture is the main cause of problems that result in you needing a vacuum pump.

Two of the most frequent problems due to moisture are: system freeze up and contamination.
  • System freeze up: as moisture builds up, it eventually mixes with the oil and refrigerant lowering their viscosity. This allows the mix to easily move throughout the system. The mixture eventually moves into the expansion valve where it increases the temperature. Eventually causing the valve and area to freeze up.
  • Contamination: In the HVAC unit, the moisture comes in contact with the oil and refrigerant which causes a chemical reaction forming hydrochloric acid and chlorine due to which the oil turns acidic and corrosive. If not treated, the oil eventually turns into sludge which ends up breaking down the compressor windings leading to failure of the compressor.

With the help of a vacuum pump, you can ensure that there is no moisture build up in your fridge or heating and air conditioning unit. Not only that, the vacuum will also ensure to discard all contaminants and non-condensable gases which will increase the efficiency of your system.

Now that you understand why you need a vacuum pump, let’s move on to the factors you need to consider when buying a pump:

  • Capacity of the pump: you should know what capacity of the pump would be suitable for your need. The higher the capacity the faster the pump works for evacuation. For a fridge at home you would need around 1.2 CFM (cubic feet per minute) while for a HVAC system measuring 10-15 tons would require a 2 CFM vacuum pump.
  • Weight: The lighter the better. You want a pump you can easily manage to carry around.
  • Power of the motor: This factor isn’t as important but you want to ensure the motor is powerful enough for the job at hand. For bigger systems, you may want to get a motor that packs a little more horsepower.
  • Warranty: you want a pump that gives you some sort of protection and includes a warranty if a problem occurs with it.

Keeping all these things in mind, you need to purchase a vacuum pump. We have tested numerous different HVAC vacuum pumps and have selected the 3 best. Making your hunt for a vacuum pump a lot more easier.

Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM, 1948121

3 Best HVAC Vacuum Pumps of 2017

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Cost: $$$$$

Pros

  • Fast and powerful with 5 CFM
  • Easy to change the oil
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Slightly heavy, weighs over 20 lbs

Hilmor is known to produce products that not only function well but are well designed. They really put an emphasis on ease of use for their customers so their products are designed in such a way that anyone can use them. The Vacuum Pump 5 CFM fits well into Hilmor’s philosophy of a simple designed vacuum pump that is easy to operate. That is why it top’s our list of vacuum pumps.

Design

The design of the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM is simple yet classy. We understand that is is a vacuum pump and not something you display but this pump has quite a sleek design. It is built well and quite sturdy so you don’t have to worry much about anything breaking or coming off as you carry the pump around. Keeping customer’s ease in mind, this pump comes with a sloped and channeled housing for the oil. This makes changing the oil a fast and easy process.

For ease of carry, you have the option of adding a strap so you can easily carry it around. It is slightly on the heavier side weighing slightly over 20 lbs. However, the strap does provide a nice and easy way for you to carry it.

Performance

The pump works very well and packs quite the power at 5 CFM. It can easily handle the workload of an HVAC of up to 40 tons. The average residential HVAC is around 10-15 tons so you can rest assured that the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CF has you covered from moisture at for both commercial and residential use.

Operating the vacuum pump is a breeze. The instructions provided make it easy for even beginners to use the pump with ease. We tested it out on a 30 ton commercial HVAC and it worked extremely fast to remove all the moisture.

If you are looking for a well built, sturdy, and easy to operate vacuum pump with power then you should seriously consider the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM.

R410A R134A R22 4.8 CFM Vacuum Pump HVAC A/C Refrigerant W/4VALVE MANIFOLD GAUGE

3 Best HVAC Vacuum Pumps of 2017

Our rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Good amount of capacity at 4.8 CFM
  • Handle makes it easy to carry

Cons

  • Design is outdated
  • Heavy at 20 lbs.

If you are a bit old-school and like to have a pump that goes with a classic pump design and packs some power then the IS Import R410A is a great option. It is more reasonably priced than the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM but is far off in design.

Design

The R410A looks like your typical vacuum pump. It lacks a lot in design when you compare it to the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM but remember this is just the design aspect not performance. It comes with a handle on top so it is easier to carry the pump around. Weighing 20 pounds, the pump is a bit on the heavy side but you expect that from pumps that are in the 5 CFM range.

Performance

The R410A comes with everything you need in a vacuum pump. It is fairly easy to use and comes with 60” hoses which makes it easy for you to operate the pump in bigger HVAC. The capacity of the pump is 4.8 CFM so you can use it on larger HAVC units also.

The R410A isn’t as flashy and well designed as the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM. However, when you look at the performance both are almost at par with the Hilmor Vacuum Pump 5 CFM slightly edging it out. If you have a limited budget and want a pump that can get the job done then the R410A is right for you.

Super Deal 3.5CFM/4CFM/5CFM 1/4HP Air Vacuum Pump HVAC Kit AC A/C Manifold Gauge Set

3 Best HVAC Vacuum Pumps of 2017

Our rating:

Cost: $

Pros

  • 3.5 CFM, great for residential use and small commercial use
  • Comes with a handle
  • Easy to carry, just under 13 lbs

Cons

  • Outdated design

Who says you need to spend a massive amount of money to get a good performing vacuum pump? The Super Deal 3.5 CFM vacuum pump is not only low in cost but also packs more than enough power for residential use.

Design

The Super Deal 3.5 CFM vacuum pump takes after the design of the R410A. The classic design is fine if it appeals to you. However, with so many companies making pumps with far more innovative and attractive designs. The classic design is becoming less and less appealing, at least for us.

Like the R410A this pump also comes with a handle on the top that is attached to the body so it makes it easier for you to carry. The pump weighs just under 13 lbs so is very easy to carry. It has a oil drain plug at the bottom, making it easy for you to drain the oil out.

Performance

With a capacity of 3.5 CFM this pump is perfect for residential use. It should be perfect for the average HVAC used in homes. The pump is highly efficient and doesn’t produce a lot of noise so it won’t be too much of a distraction.

The Super Deal 3.5 CFM packs power and performs well. So if you need a pump for mostly residential use then we highly recommend this pump for you. Not only is it low in cost but quite durable and packs the power you need.

Picking an HVAC vacuum pump doesn’t have to be tough. As long as you know what the capacity is of the HVAC you would need it for, you can easily decide the capacity of vacuum pump you need. Once you have that narrowed down, you can set a budget for yourself and decide accordingly. You can find vacuum pumps for almost any budget as the three we shared range from $50 all the way to $350. So it is completely up to you to decide which vacuum pump is more suitable for you overall.

3 Best Salt Chlorine Generators of 2017

3 Best Salt Chlorine Generators of 2017


On a hot summer day, all you can think about is taking a dip in a nice cool pool. Nothing beats taking a dip in a pool to help you cool off when the sun is scorching hot. While pools can help you cool off, when you expose yourself to pool water for too long then you risk the chance of irritation be it skin or the eyes. That is mostly due to the higher content of chlorine in the pool.

If you have a pool then you already know the importance of chlorine. Chlorine helps keep your pool clean and prevents algae and other type of bacteria from forming in your pool. So you can’t even think about not using it in your pool. There is however a solution that can make your pool water softer and less harmful for your eyes and skin. You can install a saltwater pool system that regulates chlorine in your pool. Unlike chlorine tablets, it emits just enough chlorine to ensure that your pool remains clean.

What to Look for When Buying a Salt Chlorine Generator

When you set out to buy a salt chlorine generator for your pool, you need to consider the following factors:

  • Capacity of the salt chlorine generator: the amount of water salt chlorine generator that it can chlorinate varies depending on the system.
  • Design: you should check the display option and overall design of the system before you buy to see the ease of use.
  • ​Installation process: you want a system that you can install with ease.
  • Warranty: how long is the warranty that the system comes with?

3 Best Salt Chlorine Generators

We kept these aspects in mind and selected the 3 best salt chlorine generators you can currently buy.

Circupool SJ-40 Salt Water Pool Chlorine Generator

Best Salt Chlorine Generators

Our rating:

Cost: $$$$$

Pros

  • Great design and display
  • Can work with pools up to 40,000 gallons
  • Leaves your pool clean and odor free

Cons

  • When installing, the wires that come with the system were slightly small

If you are tired of your eyes, hair, and skin drying up or irritating after a swim then it is time you consider getting a saltwater pool system. The Circupool SJ-40 is a saltwater pool chlorine generator that regulates the chlorine in your pool. It converts the salt from the saltwater into chlorine. In doing this, the chlorine generator leaves your pool sparkling-clean.

The Circupool SJ-40 is an American made device that assures customers reliability. The saltwater system is easy to use once installed. The installation process is so easy that the device comes with a 5 year warranty with no penalty if you decide to install it on your own. Speaking of installation, if you are even the slightest bit handy and know how wiring works, then installing the Circupool SJ-40 should be child’s play. It easily installs onto your existing pool system so no need to upgrade or make changes to that.

The Circupool SJ-40 works with pool up to 40,000 gallons of water. The display is easy to read as it displays the content of chlorine in the pool for you. It also monitors the salinity level of the pool ensuring it doesn’t get too salty. You will definitely notice a huge difference in the pool’s cleanliness once you install the Circupool SJ-40. Not only will the water be soft but so clean that you can easily see the bottom of the pool clearly.

The Circupool SJ-40 is slightly more on the expensive side but its exceptional performance makes it worth the money.

Pentair 520555 IntelliChlor IC40 Salt Chlorine Generator Cell

Best Salt Chlorine Generators

Our rating:

Cost: $$$$

Pros

  • Works with pool up to 40,000 gallons
  • Leaves your water crystal clear and irritation free

Cons

  • Design and display isn’t very user friendly

Are you worried that your kids spend quite a lot of time in your pool which leads to skin and eye irritation? Ordinary pool water can be quite irritating. The Pentair 520555 IntelliChlor is a simple chlorine generator that is a convenient way to ensure your pool stays clean. With the help of table salt, which you have at home, you can make sure that your family can swim in a clean pool that doesn’t cause much irritation.

The Pentair 520555 IntelliChlor requires you to put a teaspoon of salt for each gallon of water you have in the pool. The salt then dissolves in the water and flows through the IntelliChlor’s generator cell which electrolytically converts the salt into pure chlorine. The chlorine is then released into the pool ensuring that the pool remains clean. In pools without the Pentair 520555 IntelliChlor chlorine needs to be replenished constantly. However, this system constantly recycles the salt and that is used to produce chlorine. This greatly reduces the cost and maintenance of the pool.

The system is easy to read as it clearly displays the level of salt for you. It also allows you to make adjustments to your liking, which you can do with a press of button. It captures your daily readings of chlorine level, water temperature, salt readings, and so on so you know the exact contents of your pool.

Prices slightly lower than the Circupool SJ-40, the Pentair 520555 IntelliChlor is a decent salt chlorine generator. We preferred the Circupool SJ-40 over it because the design and display were easier for us to work with but as far as performance goes, both of them are on par with one another.

Solaxx CLG10A Saltron Retro Self Cleaning Salt Chlorine Generator

Best Salt Chlorine Generators

Our rating:

Cost: $$

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Uses salt to generate chlorine and leaves the pool clean

Cons

  • Not the best of design

The Solaxx CLG10A Saltron Retro is a middle of the pack salt chlorine generator. The reason why it has become popular is the fact that it requires no plumbing for installation and therefore easy to install. No matter if you have a ground pool or an aboveground one, you can employ the Saltron Retro to generate chlorine from salt.

Compared to the Pentair 520555 IntelliChlor and the Circupool SJ-40, the Saltron Retro isn’t as great as far as performance. It also only has the capacity of working with pools of up to 20,000 gallons as opposed to 40,000 gallons the other two can work with. Like the other two salt chlorine generators, you need to put about one teaspoon of salt for every gallon of water in the pool. The system does it’s work and turns the salt into chlorine which reverts back to salt and then chlorine. The cycle ensures you don’t have to spend a whole lot keeping your pool maintained and clean.

Overall, the Saltron Retro gets the job done, it just isn’t as easy to use and strong as the other two salt chlorine generators on our list.

With that we end our list. All three of the above salt chlorine generators work quite well. They ensure your pool is left sparkling-clean with no algae or bacteria. Not only that, these generators also ensure you save money on maintenance. They turn common table salt into chlorine which then turns back to salt in the water from cleaning the algae and bacteria. Depending on your budget and the size of your pool, you can go with either one of the three salt chlorine generators. One thing you can count on is that all of them will leave your pool clean and your skin and eyes irritation free.

3 Best Electric Log Splitters of 2017

3 Best Electric Log Splitters of 2017 – Buyers Guide and Reviews


Unless you are Paul Bunyan, splitting wood with an axe is quite the task. The amount of physical strength needed and the toll it takes on the body can leave the strongest of men drained after just 15 minutes of work. Thankfully we now live in a time when technology has made the hardest of tasks a lot more simpler. You no longer have to dread splitting wood because you can now use an electric wood splitter to do the hard work for you.

When it comes to buying an electric log splitter, you have numerous options to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? When you set out to buy an electric log splitter you should consider the following:

How much maintenance does it require?

Typically, electric log splitter do not require a lot of maintenance when compared to gas log splitters. However, you want to make sure that the splitter is made with proper materials so it doesn’t rust or you face any problem when you start to use it.

What size and weight should it be?

This completely depends on your use for the splitter. If you plan on moving it around then your obvious choice is to go with a compact and lightweight splitter. If the splitter won’t be moved around and you typically cut larger pieces of wood than a bigger and heavier splitter would be your best choice.

Which is better horizontal or vertical splitter?

Vertical splitters are for wood that you can easily lift onto the splitter for it to be cut, so for small wood that you typically use as firewood. For larger, heavier pieces of wood the horizontal option would be the better option. There are many splitters that offer a combination of the two so if you are not sure then you can opt for that.

Keeping portability, affordability, and performance in mind, we have selected the 3 best electric log splitters that you can buy.

Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter, 7-Ton

Best Electric Log Splitters

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$$$$$

Pros

  • 2 HP electric motor that produces 7 tons of force
  • Easy to operate, you can do it with just one hand
  • Strong build
  • Comes with 2 years warranty

Cons

  • At 106 pounds is quite heavy. Even though the splitter has wheels to assist in moving it around, it felt really heavy

The Boss ES7T20 is a top of the line electric splitter that provides users an ease of use while also allowing them to cut the toughest piece of wood with ease. This vertical splitter employs a 2 horsepower electric motor which doesn’t sound like much but it has the capability to deliver a force of up to 7 tons which is more than enough to cut the thickest of wood. We had no issues using it on wood up to 12 inches in diameter and about 20 inches long. If your main purpose is to cut wood for firewood, then there is a good chance you won’t be cutting wood bigger than that. So this is a wonderful piece of tool that saves you quite a lot of time cutting wood.

Not only does it excel in performance, the ES7T20 is built to last you for years. It comes with a 2 year residential warranty but we don’t really think you would use that much as the material of the splitter is sturdy and durable. The best part about using an electric log splitter as compared to a gas powered is that it has zero harmful emission. The Boss ES7T20 is a well constructed splitter that packs the power to cut the toughest of logs so overall, it is a great buy.

WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter

Best Electric Log Splitters

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$$$

Pros

  • Portable design, great handle and wheels
  • Strong engine, 2 horsepower produces a force of 6 tons
  • 2 year WEN warranty

Cons

  • The build of the splitter is not as great as the Boss ES7T20

If you are looking for portability in your log splitter then don’t look any further than the WEN 56206. The splitter may weigh just 6 pounds less than the Boss ES7T20 but the handle and wheels of this splitter make it a lot easier to move around. Like the ES7T20, the WEN 5620 comes equipped with a motor that can produce 2 horsepower. Being an electric log splitter, you don’t need to worry about it not working in the cold or anything since all it requires is a power supply. The motor of the splitter can produce a force of 6 ton. Which is quite a lot. To give you an idea, the splitter can easily split wood with a diameter of 10 inches and a length of 20 inches.

To help you easily move the splitter out and it comes with a 50 feet extension cord so you can easily plug it to your garage and take it out if you need to. The cord is 12 gauge so you should have no trouble with it lasting for a long period of time. The splitter comes with a 2 year WEN warranty. Overall, if you think you would want a splitter that you would drag outdoors to cut wood than the WEN 5620 is the best option for you. The portability and power are a great combination for those that prefer to cut wood outdoors.

Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter, 7-Ton

Best Electric Log Splitters

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$$$$$$

Pros

  • 3 horsepower engine produces 7 tons of force
  • Portable machine

Cons

  • Expensive

The Powerhouse XM-380 is the most expensive splitter on our list. It is also the most powerful one with a 3 horsepower engine that produces around 7 tons of force. The extra punch in the engine doesn’t really amount to much as it produces the same amount of force as the Boss ES7T20. The XM-380 can cut wood of up to 12 inches in diameter and 20 inches long, which is the same as the ES7T20. It is just as easy to use as the other two splitters on the list and allows, you to cut up to 100 piece of wood in less than an hour. It is both fast and efficient.

The XM-380 was slightly more portable than the Boss ES7T20, the wheels the splitter comes with were easy to manoeuvre. The WEN 56206 is however our pick if you want a portable splitter. Overall, the Powerhouse XM-380 is a reliable electric splitter but we feel that with its high cost it may not be the choice for a lot of splitter users.

So our pick for the best overall electric log splitter is the Boss ES7T20. Not only does it pack enough power to cut the toughest of logs, it also is the easiest to use. However, if you want a splitter that provides portability then the WEN 56206 would be your best bet. It may slightly lag behind on power but when it comes to cutting firewood, you should have no problem with it. So now you don’t need to spend countless hours cutting wood for your fireplace, you can easily do it in just minutes with the help of an electric log splitter.

5 Best Cantilever Umbrellas of 2017

5 Best Cantilever Umbrellas of 2017


Are you tired of the umbrella you bought for your patio constantly flying off? Cheap umbrellas usually don’t cut it when it comes to use in patios. With the slightest bit of extra wind, they end up flying away. If you want something more stable then you should opt for a cantilever umbrella. These not only add glamour to your patio decor but also are very stable and don’t fly off, thanks to the extra support from the base. When it comes to buying a cantilever umbrella, you should consider the following:

  • Size of the umbrella: you should have a rough idea of the area size you want the umbrella to cover and buy one accordingly.
  • Pole diameter: the taller you want the umbrella, the thicker it should be so it can easily hold its ground.
  • Base of the umbrella: You need to make sure the base is heavy enough to hold the umbrella in place. Otherwise with heavy winds, you will have your umbrella flying around.
  • Cost: you should have a rough idea of how much you are willing to spend. Do keep in mind that the bigger umbrella you want, the more it will cost.

To help you out in your search for the perfect umbrella for your patio, we have taken the liberty to test out numerous cantilever umbrellas and have picked the top 5.

COBANA 10 Feet Cantilever Freestanding Patio Umbrella

Best Cantilever Umbrellas

Our Rating:

Cost:$$$

Pros

  • 10 feet umbrella coverage
  • Steel base ensures the umbrella stays grounded
  • 1.8 inch pole diameter which provides exceptional support for the umbrella

Cons

  • The umbrella comes in just 2 colors: brown and red

If you want an umbrella that provides exceptional coverage and is built to last than the Cobana 10 ft. cantilever umbrella is perfect for you. The umbrella provides a shade of up to 10 feet so you can easily situate a table with four chairs under it. Not only that, the polyester material of the umbrella ensures no water seeps through and you get full protection from UV rays from the sun. The pole which has a 1.8 inch diameter is well constructed with powder coated aluminium and the base of the umbrella is made of steel. So you will have no worries of it flying off in case of heavy winds.

The umbrella is easy to operate as it comes with a crank. When not in use, you can easily fold the umbrella with the help of the crank and store it. Overall, if you want a reliable umbrella that will protect you from UV rays on a sunny day which also allows air to freely pass through than the Cobana 10 feet umbrella is perfect for your patio.

Sundale Outdoor 10 Feet Aluminum Offset Patio Umbrella

Best Cantilever Umbrellas

Our Rating:

Cost:$$

Pros

  • 10 feet umbrella coverage
  • Umbrella comes in 11 different colors
  • 100% polyester material which is waterproof

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a base, will have to purchase separately which adds to the price of a fairly low cost umbrella

The Sundale Outdoor 10 feet Aluminum Umbrella will be sure to add a little pizzaz to your patio. The polyester material used in the umbrella protects you from sun rays and is waterproof so you can even sit under it in the rain. It provides shading of up to 10 feet, so you can easily fit a conversational table or even a larger dining table under it. The umbrella will ensure that your patio is not just a patio.

The pole of the umbrella is aluminum with a nice antique bronze finish which adds some elegance to the umbrella. The only bad thing about the umbrella is that it comes with no base. Considering the low cost of the umbrella you can easily purchase a reliable stand base like the Sundale Outdoor Heavy Duty Plastic Water Sand Cantilever Umbrella Base Stand. Overall, the Sundale Outdoor 10 Feet umbrella is a wonderful piece of furniture which will exceed your expectations of a patio umbrella.

Destination Summer Outdoor Patio Cantilever Umbrella

Best Cantilever Umbrellas

Our Rating:

Cost:$$$$$$$

Pros

  • 24 LED solar lights
  • 306 degree umbrella rotation
  • 11 feet umbrella coverage
  • Material of the umbrella is superb

Cons

  • Expensive

This beauty by Destination Summer could have easily been the top cantilever umbrella on our list, but due to its high cost we had to deduct some points. Functionality wise, it offers a lot more than any other umbrella we have on the list. It provides coverage of up to 11 feet in diameter which is 1 foot more than the two umbrellas above it. The one foot actually makes a lot of difference. The two features that have truly impressed us is the 360 degree rotation and the 24 LED solar lights the umbrella comes equipped with. The 360 degree rotation allows you to easily move furniture around and still be covered by the umbrella. While the LED lights provide extra lighting under the umbrella come night time, allowing your patio to be used to have dinner.

The fabric of the umbrella is of better quality also. It is pretty much resistant to fade along with weather so even after years of use, the umbrella will look pretty much new. Overall, if you have the budget then we highly recommend you go with this umbrella. The classic design and the additional functionalities are worth it.

Abba Patio 10-Feet Offset Cantilever Umbrella

Best Cantilever Umbrellas

Our Rating:

Cost:$$

Pros

  • 10 feet coverage
  • Low cost
  • 250 gsm polyester material used in the umbrella

Cons

  • Base was not that strong
  • Comes in just two colors: ivory and red

If you have a limited budget and want to spice up your patio then the Abba Patio 10-feet umbrella is a fantastic choice. It provides coverage of up to 10 feet in diameter which is good. The umbrella is made of 250 gsm polyester fabric which is thick enough to protect you from bad sun rays. The umbrella has an air vented top so you don’t sweat profusely under it. The umbrella should last for about 2 years and give you about 1,000 hours under the sun.

The umbrella comes with a crank lever which we found stuck from time to time when we looked to either open or close the umbrella. With a little extra force, we were able to get the job done. One thing that really put us off though was the fact that it comes with a cross base which doesn’t provide too much support. We don’t really see the base keeping the umbrella grounded in heavy rainstorms. Fortunately, we didn’t encounter any when we tested it out. Overall, for its current price the Abba Patio 10-Feet Offset Umbrella is a good buy, but for just slightly more you can get the Cobana which is a much better option.

Abba Patio 11-Feet Offset Cantilever Umbrella

Best Cantilever Umbrellas

Our Rating:

Cost:$$$$$$

Pros

  • 11 feet of coverage
  • Polyester material provides great UV coverage

Cons

  • Expensive, not enough additional functionality to justify the cost

Like the Destination Summer Outdoor Patio Cantilever Umbrella, the Abba Patio 11-Feet Offset Cantilever Umbrella is on the more higher costing umbrella’s available. However, unlike the Destination Summer Outdoor Patio Cantilever Umbrella, it doesn’t offer any additional functionality that would justify the additional cost. Yes, the Abba Patio 11 - Feet umbrella is a great piece of furniture that provides up to 11 feet of coverage under the sun. Nonetheless, the high cost is not justified by the offering of the umbrella.

Abba Patio uses polyester material for the umbrella which provides exceptional protection under the sun. It claims to provide 98% protection from UV. It employs an aluminum pole which is quite durable. The base however is another issue. You need to attach weights to the base to make sure the stand stays put. The weights do not come with the umbrella which means you need to spend more money. The company recommends you use a paving stone that total a weight of about 120 lbs. Overall, the Abba Patio is a nice and durable umbrella but if you are looking to spend some money on your umbrella than you are better off getting the Destination Summer Outdoor Patio Cantilever Umbrella.

That ends our list of the 5 best cantilever umbrellas of 2017. Hope we helped you select the perfect cantilever umbrella for your patio.

5 Best Electric Can Openers of 2017

5 Best Electric Can Openers of 2017


Opening cans manually can be a tough job. If you do not have the forearms for it, you may spend quite some time at attempting to open a can. Thankfully, you no longer have to give yourself a workout when opening a can. With the help of electric can openers, you can open the most stubborn of cans with a press of a button. Making your cooking process slightly smoother while giving you ease.

With so many different options of electric can openers in the market today. We have handpicked the 5 best electric can openers that would be suited for daily use in any type of kitchen, commercial or residential.

Hamilton Beach 76606ZA Smooth Touch Can Opener

Best Electric Can Openers

Our Rating:

Cost: $$

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Cuts the side of the can, mess-free open
  • Elegant design

Cons

  • The body of the can opener is slightly bulky

The Hamilton Beach 76606ZA Smooth Touch gives user a smooth and easy way to open the toughest of cans. All you have to do is put the can in place and with a touch of a button the opener does all the hard work. The opener cuts on the side of the can unlike most conventional openers which cut the top. This ensures that food does not splash or seep through. Resulting in a mess-free, perfectly safe cut.

The opener comes with a sleek black and chrome design which adds an elegant touch to your kitchen. No matter how stubborn a can is, you can easily open it with just a touch of a button with the Hamilton Beach 76606ZA Smooth Touch.

Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener

Best Electric Can Openers

Our Rating:

Cost: $

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Wide-base is good to prevent sliding
  • Low price

Cons

  • The magnetic holder is great, but the lid that was cut was still sharp and we had to be careful

If you want an opener that brings style, convenience, and precision together than the Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe is perfect for you. The opener comes equipped with a precision Power Cut blade that swiftly but gently cuts the lid of the can. You can easily cut almost any size of can with this opener, making it a wonderful addition to your kitchen.

The Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe comes with a wide base, this is so it doesn’t slip or tip while you are cutting. It has a magnetic lid holder which keeps the lid in place once cut so it doesn’t fall or lead to any cuts. The design of the opener is sleek and it would fit well in the most sophisticated of kitchens. If you want a hassle-free, easy to use opener than the Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe is highly recommended.

Black+Decker CO100B SpaceMaker Under The Cabinet Multi-Purpose Can Opener

Best Electric Can Openers

Our Rating:

Cost: $$

Pros

  • Multi-purpose can opener
  • Door conceals the opener and other functionality
  • Can be attached to a cabinet, save countertop space

Cons

  • The material of the door that conceals the opener was not very sturdy

The Black+Decker CO100B SpaceMaker comes with a Power Pierce Cutter which cuts cans with precision and requires minimal work from the user. It can easily be attached to underside of a cabinet to save space on your countertop, also quite easy to attach. It is multi-purpose so a bargain for the money as it can be used as a bottle opener, knife sharpener, and bag cutter.

The cutter has an all black design and at 6.5” by 7.5” by 5” is a bulky opener. However, the fact that it takes no room on your countertop makes up for the bulky design. It is the only opener that has a cover in form of door that conceals the opener along with other functionalities of the appliance. Overall, this multi-purpose can opener is a wonderful bargain buy for kitchen use.

Oster FPSTCN1300 Electric Can Opener

Best Electric Can Openers

Our Rating:

Cost: $

Pros

  • All-in-one, can and bottle opener and knife sharpener
  • Sophisticate design with stainless steel body

Cons

  • Body is a bit big

The only can opener made out of stainless steel on the list, the Oster FPSTCN1300 is second to only the Hamilton Beach 76606ZA when it comes to design. With a sophisticated look, it will enhance the counters of the most mediocre of kitchens. Hands-free use, the opener automatically turns off once the lid is cut.

Another multi-purpose can opener, it comes with a built-in bottle opener and knife sharpener. It also has a retractable cord for easy storage. Overall, the Oster FPSTCN1300 is a jack of all trade and an opener that can open cans with ease.

Proctor Silex Plus 76370P Extra-Tall Can Opener

Best Electric Can Openers

Our Rating:

Cost: $

Pros

  • Cans are opened in one try
  • Comes with a knife sharpener

Cons

  • The design didn’t appeal to us

Cutting open a can for preparation of a meal should be a quick and easy process, the Proctor Silex Plus 76370P ensures that it is. All you have to do is fit the can in place and hold it down with the lever and the opener does all the hard work for you. The magnetic lid holder which is similar to the one on Cuisinart Deluxe, ensures the lid stays in place after it is cut.

Not the best of design, the Proctor Silex Plus 76370P has a simple white body. It also comes with a manual on board knife sharpener which is an added bonus. For ease of use, the cutting lever is detachable so you can easily wash it after use. Overall, the Proctor Silex Plus 76370P is a low cost, efficient can opener that performs well.

When you select an electric can opener, you should know your purpose for it. There are a few on our list like the Black+Decker SpaceMaker and Oster FPSTCN1300 which are more than just a can opener as they both are equipped with built in knife sharpener and bottle opener. Making them a smart choice for those users that have a need for such additional add-ons. Otherwise, since there isn’t a significant difference in price we highly recommend the Hamilton Beach 76606ZA which is elegantly designed and performs exceptionally well as a can opener as it ensures the edges on the lids are not sharp and cuts the can from the side resulting in a mess-free cutting experience.

5 Best Electric Griddles of 2017

5 Best Electric Griddles of 2017


Selecting an electric griddle for your cooking needs is not an easy task. When deciding on the most suitable electric griddle for your needs, you need to think about the following:

  • The size of the griddle
  • The plate material of the griddle
  • ​Ease of use
  • Does it offer more functionalities

There are numerous different griddles you can find in the market. Doing your homework before going out to purchase one will surely help you with the process. We have tested and selected the 5 best electric griddles for you to consider. Keeping in mind the size, material of plate, ease of use, and functionalities. We also took price into consideration as we understand most users want a griddle at a good price point.

BLACK+DECKER GD2011B Family Sized Electric Griddle

Best Electric Griddle

Our Rating:

Cost:$$

Pros

  • Non-stick surface
  • Easy to use, heats up quickly

Cons

  • You need to ensure the temperature setting is to your liking and not too high, it can easily burn food if you are not careful

The BLACK+DECKER GD2011B Family Sized Electric Griddle, makes cooking swift and easy. You no longer have to worry about your eggs or pancakes sticking to the surface of the pan. This electric griddle comes with a non-stick cooking surface that allows for food to just slide off. With a cooking surface of 20 by 11 inches, you can easily cook for your whole family at once.

Easy to use, it has a knob for temperature control, the griddle makes for a great option for cooking. It is equally easy to clean and dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to spend extra time scrubbing away on it. Overall, for its size and performance the BLACK+DECKER GD2011B Family Sized Electric Griddle is the best electric griddle in the market.

Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

Best Electric Griddle

Our Rating:

Cost:$$

Pros

  • Premium textured surface, non-stick
  • Removable handles for easy storage
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • The automatic temperature regulation works well for the most part but at times made the griddle too hot

The Presto 07061 is a premier electric griddle that allows you to cook for your family with ease. It comes fitted with a heat control which works automatically to maintain the desired cooking temperature. It comes with removable handles and once you remove the heat control it is fully immersible. Removing the handles also allows for easy storage.

The premium textured non-stick surface of the griddle ensures easy cooking and cleaning. The Presto 07061 is an exceptional electric griddle that will make cooking fun again while making cleaning up an easy process. We highly recommend it.

Secura GR-1503XL 1700W Electric Reversible 2 in 1 Grill Griddle w/ Glass Lid

Best Electric Griddle

Our Rating:

Cost:$$$$

Pros

  • 2-in-1 griddle and grill
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Glass lid

Cons

  • Expensive

The Secura GR-1503XL, two-in-one griddle and grill provides a great cooking experience with a reversible plate that allows you to grill or griddle. Both sides of the plate are non-stick so you can cook with ease without your food sticking to the plate. To ensure there is no splatter and the food cooks faster. It comes with a glass lid which you can use to cover the food.

The griddle comes with grease channels so any grease that drips from the food is drained to the drip tray. To let you know when the plate has heated up it has a light indicator. This griddle performs as well the first two griddle on our list but due to its price being almost three times as much as the other two it is ranked lower on our list.

Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Nonstick Griddle

Best Electric Griddle

Our Rating:

Cost:$$$$$

Pros

  • Non-stick ceramic coating surface that is PTOA & PTFE Free
  • Provides heat up to 425 degrees F
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No heat light indicator

The Broil King PCG-10 comes with a new environment friendly, non-stick ceramic coating surface which performs when it comes to cooking. Temperature of the griddle can be adjusted to up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit so you need to be careful. It has cool touch stainless steel handles making it easier for you to move around after use.

Measuring 12.5” by 29” by 5.5” it allows you to easily cook multiple things at once. It has rear legs that support the griddle to facilitate grease run-off. The Broil King PCG-10 is the most expensive griddle on our list but performs well. You can get similar performances from cheaper options on this list specifically the Black+Decker GD2011B and Presto 07061.

Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Grill/Griddle

Best Electric Griddle

Our Rating:

Cost:$$

Pros

  • 3-in-1 cooking
  • 2 separate cooking areas
  • Comes with a grease tray

Cons

  • Took more time to heat up than the other griddles on the list

The only 3-in-1 option on our list, the Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Grill/Griddle enables you to grill, griddle, or both at one time. The non-stick plate can be removed with a snap and it provides an overall surface of 180 square inches for you to cook. It has 2 separate cooking areas which allow you to grill and griddle at the same time.

The two cooking areas are separated by a grease channel in the center while the tray removes excess fat while reducing the mess. Both the tray and the cooking plates are dishwasher friendly, making cleaning hassle free. Overall, if you want a multi-purpose griddle that allows you to easily cook and grill at the same time then we would recommend the Hamilton Beach 3-in-One. It may not give you the best performance as a griddle but its additional functionality make it quite relevant and a great buy.

That concludes our list of the 5 best electric griddle. If you just want a griddle then you can go with the BLACK+DECKER GD2011B Family Sized Electric Griddle or Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles. Both are in similar price range and perform exceptionally well. If you want a grill along with the griddle than we recommend the Secura GR-1503XL 1700W Electric Reversible 2 in 1 Grill Griddle w/ Glass Lid, it is more expensive but both the griddle and grill perform well, better than the others on the list. No matter which griddle you go with, we are sure it will enhance your cooking experience.

6 Best Cat Trees of 2017

6 Best Cat Trees of 2017


Are you tired of your cat constantly scratching at your furniture? Keeping a cat is not easy, they are constantly moving around the house, scratching everything they can manage to get their claw on. If you have a cat that loves to scratch, we recommend you get it a cat tree. Cat trees allow your cat to easily claw away while also have a nice area to play and lounge around.

With so many cat trees out in the market, it is difficult to select one that is cost-efficient and durable. The last thing you want is to spend money on a cat tree and have it break or wear down just weeks into use. We have done the research for you and selected the 6 best cat trees of 2017.

Go Pet Club Cat Tree Furniture Beige

Best Cat Trees

Our Rating:

Cost: $$

Pros

  • Durable, wood design
  • Provides plenty of fun for a cat
  • Good for medium sized cat

Cons

  • Faux fur material wasn’t really durable

If you are looking for a long lasting cat tree for your cat, then the Go Pet Club Cat Tree is a great buy. Made of compressed wood, faux fur, and sisal rope, this cat tree provides hours of entertainment for your cat. It even comes with a ladder so your cat can have a good time.

The overall size of the cat tree is 21” W by 21” L x 52 “ height so it is pretty big. It can accommodate a medium sized cat, it had no problem with our 15 lbs cat. There was only one issue we had with the cat tree. The faux fur started to come off after just a few days of use. However, the wood is pretty durable and saw no wear or tear. Overall, this cat tree is a great for its low price point and durability.

Armarkat Cat tree Furniture Condo

Best Cat Trees

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Durable, great material used both fur and wood
  • Can withstand weight up to 40 lbs
  • Armarkat warranty

Cons

  • Big in size, can be an issue inside houses and apartments

With over 20 years of expertise in manufacturing cat trees, Amarkat is a reliable brand known for both quality and durability. The Armarkat Cat tree Furniture Condo lives up to Amarkat’s name in both quality and durability. The board is made out of pressed wood which is covered with faux fur. We loved the quality of the faux fur slightly more than the Go Pet Club Cat Tree Furniture as there was no wear or tear on it.

The size of the Armarkat Cat tree Furniture Condo was more than the Go Pet Club Cat Tree Furniture also at 28” W by 38” L by 58” H. So it did take up more space but the cat sure did not mind having a little more room to play. This is a great cat tree for heavier cats as it can withhold weight up to 40 lbs. Overall, this is a durable and well crafted cat tree that is perfect for bigger cats.

Go Pet Club 72” High Cat Tree Condo

Best Cat Trees

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Massive cat tree, will keep your cat entertained
  • Can handle a medium to large cat

Cons

  • The two ladders were a bit flimsy

If you are tired of your cat always ruining your furniture, you can get the Go Pet Club 72” High Cat Tree Condo which will keep it more than entertained to keep it off your furniture. With three perches, two condos, and two toy mice this is like a haven for cats. Made of compressed wood which is covered with faux fur, this is an easy to assemble cat tree that will have your cat jumping for joy.

This is a massive cat tree so you need to make sure you have ample room to fit it. As much as our cat loved the cat tree we found some problem with the two ladders that came with it. Nothing major, they just didn’t seem sturdy to us but our cat didn’t mind.

Go Pet Club Cat Tree, Brown, F49

Best Cat Trees

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Great design, aesthetically appealing

Cons

  • Faux fur material tore off within two weeks of use

The Go Pet Club Cat Tree, Brown, F49 is definitely the most aesthetically appealing looking cat tree on our list. The brown and beige combination really gives it a nice, pleasing look. In terms of durability, it did not fair as well as others on the list. However, it is going to last you a few years at least.

It is easy to assemble and our cat took no time to test it out. It enjoyed it for quite some time but then sort of got bored with it. Since it is so nicely crafted and made, you can even use it as a decoration piece in a room if your cat gets bored with it.

Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo

Best Cat Trees

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Armarkat warranty
  • Sturdy design, can withstand up to 50 lbs

Cons

  • Additional add on like the hammock may not appeal to cats

Have you gone through numerous different cat trees due to the fact that they couldn’t accommodate your larger cat for a long period of time? No need to worry any more, the Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo gives the biggest of cats the ability to play around in a cat tree with a maximum capacity to hold up to 50 lbs. Armarkat is known to build durable cat tree so you do not need to worry much about wear and tear as the company uses the best quality of material to ensure it lasts.

The cat tree comes with the Armarkat warranty which allows you to return broken material and have it replaced free of cost for the first six months. The cat tree also comes with a hammock for your cat, not something our cat was too fond of but we can see smaller kittens having a fun time with the hammock.

Trixie Pet Products Cat Altea Cat Tree

Best Cat Trees

Our Rating:

Cost: $

Pros

  • Basic and durable design

Cons

  • Not the best looking cat tree

If you are looking to start your cat off with a tree then you can start off with the basics, Trixie Pet Products Cat Altea Cat Tree. With just posts and sitting platform, this is as basic as a cat tree can get. It is however built well covered with soft plush fabric with natural sisal scratching post. It isn’t the most aesthetically appealing but won’t make your home look tacky either.

At its price point, the Trixie Pet Products Cat Altea Cat Tree is a wonderful starter cat tree for your cat. It will last you some time but once you decide to replace it, you can with one of the more durable cat trees on our list.

With that we end our list of the best cat trees of 2017. We hope we have helped you select the most suitable tree for your cat. We are certain that if you go with any of the cat trees on our list your cat will no longer scratch away at your furniture as it would be too busy scratching away and playing around in these cat tree.

































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