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I, like many, was debating on purchasing the Dyson DC44 vs the Hoover Linx. There are multiple reviews going both ways on both products. So I decided to purchase both and do my own reviews and testing. The Dyson DC44 won HANDS DOWN!!!! I crumbled crackers and spread them out on my rug that I have under our kitchen table. It is a berber type rug with a design so it has various levels. The Hoover, with multiple passes, left quite a few crumbs on the rug that it simply would not pick up. The Dyson sucked all the crumbs up in 2 passes on the lowest setting! I do believe this is due to the bristles located on the brush of the vacuum. The dyson bristles are very rigid and hard while the Hoover bristles are a lot softer. This probably allows the Dyson to pick up the crumbs easier and faster. Now I do have to admit, both vacuums performed equal on my hard floors. They both picked up crumbs with ease and were able to get close to the edge as well. I do like the maneuverability of the Dyson due to its ball technology. The hoover does swivel a little but not near as much as the Dyson does. I did the cracker crumb test on regular carpet as well and they seemed to perform pretty equal on that. However, with the tougher bristles I have to believe that the Dyson will be able to pick up deeper imbedded dust and debris, not just surface level cracker crumbs. So, if you are looking solely for hard floor pickups, I would have probably kept the Hoover for its cheaper price point. However- the swivel action of the Dyson is nice for that too. For my purposes using it on hard floors, rugs and carpets- I can justify the price difference on the Dyson because of the way it performed, not to mention the various attachments and its use as a handvac as well!
For the price, this is an awesome sketching tool. You definitely need a tablet to use this. If you have a tablet, buying this software is a no-brainer.
Start the thing up, and you are sketching immediately. The unique user interface tools take a short time to get used to, but they are well thought-out. There are tons of configurable drawing tools to keep things interesting.
If you do any kind of drawing or sketching and want to try out computer art - this is a great first buy. The tools may also be well suited for professionals. I am not a pro, but some of the sample artwork I've seen with this software is really good.
I wanted to give this book an honest review based on my personal experience. I am a 30yr old female, with hypothyroidism, cystic acne and a plethora of hormonal problems. I can honestly say I have been on every diet plan imaginable(Blood type diet, Atkins, 4 hour body,schwarzbein principle you name it) on a quest to feel better, get my issues under control as naturally as possible,(I refuse to take chemical western medicines at my age) and to battle the weight that has concreted itself to my body no matter how hard I work out (and trust me I do, running, walking, Insanity, Pilates etc!) and how strictly I control my diet.
I decided to try The Plan because the science behind it really made sense to me. Why not! I had tried everything else anyway! The first three days were rough I will tell you that for sure. I'm used to waking up every morning and having my coffee, mostly so others around me can survive so waking up and drinking 16 ounces of lemon water was not fun. Not to mention having to pee every 30 minutes from the water intake you are supposed to have every day. The meals themselves were really not too bad. If you are a meat eater and salt lover like me, you will have a rough 3 day cleanse like I did. It takes a lot of time to prepare the meals and it is expensive to have to buy all that produce and supplements and this is coming from a woman who cooks every meal from scratch for 4 people everyday and takes supplements on a regular basis. It was especially challenging to have to make one meal for myself and another for my husband and 2 kids and then sit and watch them eat what I wanted to eat. If there is anyone that would be willing to complete the cleanse with you like a spouse, partner or friend get them to do it too. It will be much easier! I will say I was not hungry because you are not limited in portions other than when you start to introduce meat back into your life and it was actually a challenge to eat so much food at once.
After losing 5 lbs. in 3 days it was completely worth it. Dropping any weight is a miracle to me after all I've tried and the issues I have with my thyroid and hormones. I will also say that I feel much better. I have issues with my energy levels throughout the day and once I got past the initial 3 day caffeine withdrawal, I have had an abundance of energy. On day 4 you are allowed to have coffee again and to be honest I didn't even want it. I didn't even finish the cup. Also my skin has cleared up amazingly well. Hallelujah! I also did 7 days of Probiotics before I started the cleanse because I failed the yeast test so Im sure that helped a lot.
I will be glad to update anyone who is interested in my continuation of this journey. I plan to complete the whole 20 days and see what happens! I'm excited. It's really more like a science experiment to help truly understand how your body works and reacts to things than a diet. I think that makes the process more enjoyable and worthwhile.
**Updated January 5th, 2013** - See the latest update at the bottom of the review.
Before I bought my SodaStream I read all the reviews here and was kind of leery about buying it, but, since most of the bad reviews were simply about the available flavors and how bad they are, I bought the SodaStream any way. (Read the review by doogie_esq. His was the most helpful to me in making my decision.)
After 5 months of use, I can tell you I did not waste my money. Here is why:
1. Cost savings. Many of the other reviews state that the cost savings are really not that spectacular. Before I bought the SodaStream I calculated the yearly price based on my former cola consumption patterns and what I thought my SodaStream consumption patterns would be. Unlike many of the reviewers I don't buy 2-liter bottles of Coke, I'm a family of one...they simply go flat before I can drink them. Instead, I buy 24oz bottles at the store or, if I'm at work, the 20oz bottles from the cafe or the vending machine. Bottles are more portable for me and I usually go through 2 of them a day at work.
Based on my consumption patterns for weekdays alone (not including nights and weekends!), over the course of the first year - including the purchase price of the unit, the exchange costs of the carbonator, and the cost of supplies for the unit (an extra set of bottles and cola syrup) - I will save over $100 vs. the purchase price of the 24oz bottles. The second year, when I have already effectively paid for the unit, that cost savings is over $200. For some this may not seem like a lot of money, but for me this can be the difference between dinner out once a month and always eating in.
The single best piece of advice I can give you in making your decision whether or not to buy the SodaStream is to simply look at your consumption patterns and how much money your current consumption will cost you in a year. With the SodaStream, a liter will average about $0.88 (based on my calculations, with my local prices) not including the one time purchase prices of the SodaStream unit and any accessories (bottles, etc.).***
2. Convenience. Many of the reviews here discuss how you no longer have to lug around big boxes of soda, 2-liter bottles, etc. While this is true, it really didn't pertain to me. In my mind, the soda SodaStream is convenient because I can have soda available whenever I want and I no longer have to wait for a sale to buy soda (yes, I am a penny pincher. I only buy soda on sale). Being able to make a liter of cola before I head out the door to work in the morning is fantastic; I won't run out of the soda bottles again.
One thing I have found out about my habits with the SodaStream is I tend to drink it faster out of the one liter bottle than I did in the 20/24oz bottles. Originally, my solution was to pour the finished 1-liter soda into 2-500mL bottles from a sparkling water that I had in my recycling bin. While this works, it also left the soda a little flat. So I bought the 2-pack of 500mL SodaStream bottles and they work perfectly.
3. Flavors. No, the SodaStream flavors don't taste like Coke or Pepsi. Why would they? Those are proprietary recipes that are guarded like Fort Knox. Instead, these are (mostly) decent syrup flavourings that are similar, but not exact. I have tried quite a few of the SodaStream flavors and here are my thoughts:
EXCELLENT: Cola Free, Lemon-Lime
GOOD: Energy Drink, Diet Cola, Dr. Pete, Diet Pink Grapefruit (This tastes excellent, but smells too grapefruit-y for me)
OK: Cola (too sweet for me)
BAD: Diet Dr. Pete, Root Beer, Diet Lemon-Lime
I also use Torani or Monin syrups with my SodaStream! The Torani root beer flavor is good and I make italian sodas all the time (in a cup, not the SodaStream bottle, and for much less than the $4 cafe price). I also make my own ginger ale. There are plenty of books here on amazon about making home brewed soda flavours that are chock-full of recipes for you to make, often for cheaper than buying the SodaStream syrups! I also make "orangina": pour defrosted/melted orange juice concentrate into the SodaStream bottle after carbonation (never pour the water over the concentrate! It foams like crazy!). About 1/3 of a regular size can of OJ will make a 1-liter bottle.
4. Taxes. Where I live, there are absolutely outrageous beverage taxes. Soda, juice, tea, water, etc. are all subject to beverage taxes when they are bottled. So much so, that a 12-pack of soda is subject to taxes that can raise the price more than $2.00. A single 20oz bottle of cola, priced at $1.49, with taxes is $1.74. The SodaStream and other flavourings are taxed at the usual 9.5% tax rate, not the beverage rate of 17%. I am saving a considerable amount of money by making my own soda.
After owning the SodaStream for a month, I am very glad that I bought it. During the second week of owning it, I found it a little hard to make the soda before I left for work, but I made a conscious decision to make it a part of my morning routine. In fact, I have left for work without my SodaStream cola only once in the last month and that was because I slept through me alarm. With time, I have also found the best level of carbonation for my tastes and the appropriate level of syrup (slightly less than the line in the cap). And I have also found that really cold water carbonates best. I now keep a pitcher of filter water in my fridge at all times so I can have soda or regular/carbonated water whenever I want. Overall, this was one of the best purchases I have made all year.
With a New Year came new prices. The cost of soda at work was raised by $0.25 over the holiday break. Unfortunately, my carbonator ran out just before I left on vacation for the holidays so I had to pay the new prices for a day when I got back to work, but I quickly got a new carbonator and am back to my saving ways. I have saved so much money over the last five months because of the SodaStream that I have already paid for the cost of the unit from my soda savings. All future savings is just icing on the cake. In fact, my whole family has gotten in on the SodaStream action. My mom and grandma both loved it when they came to visit in November and both went home and bought units. My brother, seeing my mom's unit, asked for (and got) one for Christmas. We all love our SodaStreams.
If you drink a lot of soda products then this machine is a must! I love mine and have purchased several 1 liter bottles so I have a choice of flavors. I also use it at several clubs I am a member of when we have our monthly meetings. Instead of spending lots of money on cans or bottles of soda I make it fresh right at the meeting! My favorite flavor is the Ginger Ale but they are all pretty good. Plus you can control how much carbonation you want in your drink!