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  • The 10 Best Sit Up Pillows

    We interviewed 25 orthopaedic doctors, spoke to 10 office interior designers, and purchased the recommended 27 pillows for testing them on various indicators including: their material type, whether they provided head and back support, their portability, their ability to retain their shape, and finally their prices. Consequently, of the 25 pillows that we bought, only 10 made the cut, and the Avana Kind Bed Orthopaedic System is the best among them. It offers a four-piece bed backrest system, offers orthopaedic, neck and head support, and has the ability to retain its shape for quite some time. Check our detailed reviews along with the comparison table of the best sit up pillows below.

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  • The Best Air Compression Leg Massager (In the UK)

    Our team of testers analysed 34 air compression massagers in total to narrow it down to our top 6 to test and review in detail. We looked at portability and battery life, price and warranty length as critical factors when making the purchase, and highly recommend our favourite two: the Air Relax and the AmzDeal. On the technical side, the Air Relax, with 4 pressure intensities and 4 massage modes, is the most feature-packed on the list. However, if you're looking for a more budget friendly alternative, the AmzDeal air compression unit has many of the same features, albeit without the strong brand to give you piece of mind with your purchase, but for a lower price. Feel free to check out the comparison table below, and the in depth reviews of our top 6 air compression massagers a little further down the page.

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  • The Best Overbed Tables (available in the UK)

    We spent over 80 hours testing more than 30 different models of overbed tables. Needless to say, we found a lot of differences in their performance. In the end our top pick is the Elite Care overbed table. It features a sturdy frame, is stable and easy to maneuver. We also handpicked 7 more top performing overbed tables. This was based on reliability, convenience and comfort. The Coavas adjustable overhead table is the most lightweight overbed table on our list and features twin table tops. Read on for our product comparison table and in depth look at the top performers.

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  • The 7 Best Paraffin Baths

    We purchased 8 of the most popular paraffin wax heaters to test and evaluate their good and bad points to bring you the best available, considering factors such as: temperature control, ease of use, wax capacity and the speed it can heat it. We found that the Beurer MP70 Paraffin Wax Bath stood out within the group, and not just because of its famous brand. It features a variable temperature control and comes with two bags of 450g paraffin wax and plastic sheets so you can get started right away. It also offers a 3 year warranty, which testifies to Beurer’s own belief in the quality of their product. We’ve compared all the products in the table below and you can also find a more in depth review of each product further below.

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  • The 9 Best Sinus Rinse Kits

    We researched, purchased and tested 17 popular sinus rinse kits currently to find what we believe to be the best sinus rinse kits in the UK, creating our top 7 that we’ve reviewed in detail further down the page. Our testing team took many important factors into consideration, including: how effective the kit is in clearing sinuses, how easy each kit is to use, the special ingredients included and the materials used in the kit, to create our top 7. The rinse kit that stood out most for us is the ChitoRhino Nasal & Sinus Rinse Kit. This CleanWash bottle included in this kit ensures there isn’t any backflow, and nor will you need to remove the bottle from your nostril in order to let the air in. The salt in this kit also includes chitosan (which has many health benefits) that no other kit has to offer. We’ve created a table below that compares all the best sinus rinse kits that we reviewed.

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  • The 6 Best Hair Laser Combs

    After interviewing 5 well-known hair treatment gurus, noting down their advice and buying the 10 recommended hair laser combs, we compared the treatment time, user reviews, ease of use, battery timing, and warranty of each of them. Consequently, we were able to draw up a list of 6 best hair laser combs on the market. Among them, the HairMax LaserComb Professional 12 is the best because it has a negligible treatment time, comes with an impressive warranty, and has a multitude of useful features. In case you’re looking for another recommendation, the HairMax LaserBand 41 because of its fast treatment time, flexible design, and rechargeable battery gets our nod.

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  • The 5 Best Handheld Massagers

    Our team of experts tested 15 handheld massagers, took into consideration their weight, heat function, number of massage nodes, number of speed settings, power, and warranty, and was able to reach on a consensus that the Reviber Zen Physio Deep Tissue Massager is currently the best in the market That is, because, the Reviber provides a deep tissue massage to aid blood circulation. Also, it features 2-speed settings, 2 massage nodes, a long power cord, and comes with a mammoth 5-year warranty. However, if you think it won’t suit you, our review contains 4 other massagers which are also high-quality. To know more about them, check the below mentioned comparison table and the detailed product reviews.

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  • The 7 Best Wedge Pillows

    Our team spent a combined 33 nights sleeping and testing 15 wedge pillows to help you sleep better. Our research revolved around many indicators including: the filling material of the pillow, the height of its wedge, whether the cover of the pillow was removable and washable, and the warranty provided on each product.As a result, whether we started with 15 pillows, we finished with 7 and with a consensus that the Supportiback Comfort Therapy Bed Wedge Pillow is undoubtedly the best in the market. It is the only product in this review which offers cooling channels, a feature which improves air circulation through the pillow and allows you to sleep better.

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  • The 10 Best Behind the Ear Amplifier

    Whether you like to listen to the sound of the television more loudly or hear the person you’re conversing with more clearly, one of these hearing amplifiers might suit your needs. We tested 20 hearing amplifiers that are popular on the market and discovered ten models that impress our team. We compared each product according to their type of battery used, special features, and accessories included. The winner is the MEDca Rechargeable Ear Hearing Amplifier  because it’s affordable, yet very effective. It’s biggest advantage is its rechargeable capacity which saves you the cost of buying battery replacements frequently.  Find out which other hearing amplifiers made it to our top 10 list below. .

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  • The 10 Best Blood Pressure Monitors

    We interviewed 10 heart specialists on what makes a good and reliable blood pressure monitor. accuracy, simple to use and a good sized cuff was highly important to them. With this information we then tested 40 different blood pressure monitors that we found available in the market. The Omron M3 Comfort Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is our choice for the best blood pressure monitor. It features a large screen and is simple to use. The BROADCARE Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor had the best memory capacity. Continue reading and find out more on what we discovered.

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  • The 11 Best CPAP Cleaners

    We spent more than 40 hours looking through the available methods for cleaning CPAP machines on the market. Cleansers, CPAP cleaning machines as well as mask and tube cleaning brushes were the most common ways to clean the CPAP. After conducting tests on the different types of CPAP cleaners, we found the VirtuCLEAN CPAP and Mask Automatic Cleaner to be the best. It uses ozone gas which gets into the tight nooks and crannies where bacteria like to hide, is small and portable and very simple to use. We also found 9 more CPAP cleaners that did a good job at disinfecting the CPAP machine. They were also very simple to use. We only required 2ml of the WILAsil Special Cleanser for CPAP Masks per liter of water to effectively disinfect the CPAP tube and mask. It also gives off a pleasant lemon smell. Continue reading to find out more! 

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  • The 7 Best Folding Cane Seats

    After reviewing around 14 walking cane seats and shooting sticks, here are 6 of the best balancing aid equipment that stood on top of the list. If we narrow down the list, Switch Sticks Three-Legged Seat Stick with Bubbles Design and G&M Adjustable Folding Walking Cane Chair Stool Massage Walking Stick are the best choice. The Switch Sticks Walking Seat Stick is the best choice for bird watchers, golfers, and parents looking over the children while they’re playing. It can also be used in terms of a balancing aid for elderly. Its unique design and comfortable seat provide great support.  On the other hand, G&M Walking Cane Chair is best for overweight individuals, people recovering from hip replacement and massage therapy. It can handle weight up t0 212 kg which is way out of the league for other walking cane seats. In case of further questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

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Health and Personal Care Reviews

Health and personal care is a big part of our everyday lives. From how we look to what we eat and the technology we buy, health is at the forefront of many daily decisions. 
However, health can also be a minefield with conflicting advice and many companies and products in the market. 
Only Reviews is the perfect place for all of your health and personal care reviews. From the best, the electric toothbrushes to the best blood pressure machines at home; Only Reviews provides the best reviews and advice to help make your life easier. 

Supplement Reviews

One of the most confusing areas of health or personal care is supplements. From vitamin supplements to food supplements and gym supplements, there could be many reasons why you’d consider taking supplements. 
Vitamin supplements can really help to give your body all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function to its best ability, ward off any illness, and keep you healthy. For example, if you’re anaemic, taking iron tablets can help to boost your iron levels and if you have poor bone health, you may find taking calcium supplements helps. 
Vitamin supplements are good for those who miss out on certain food groups because of their diet, usually those who are vegetarian or vegan, or those who have an intolerance such as fish or dairy. If this is the case then supplements can provide you with those nutrients. 
Athletes and those who regularly go to the gym will take protein powder or protein supplements to help them to maximise muscle gain and weight loss. There are many different types of protein powders on offer; some contain additional vitamins and minerals and you can often buy various flavours. Choosing the right protein powder for you can be tricky so make sure you always speak to a professional for advice who will be able to advise the best powder for your needs. 

Healthy Eating Tips 

Staying healthy is very important but there is a lot of conflicting advice. Many products claim to be ‘healthy alternatives’ but if you look at their packaging you’ll often find that things with 0% sugar or ‘reduced fat’ are actually much higher in additives or are even more processed. 
The best way to have a healthy diet and know exactly what you’re putting into your body is to make as much as you can for yourself. Home cooking is a great way to live healthily as you have full control over what goes into your food, and it always tastes so much better! 
Foods like soups, sauces and curries are easy to make fresh but the ones you buy from a shop are full of fat, sugar and additives to make them taste better. 
Once you make the change to healthy eating, you’ll notice a difference in your moods, appetite, skin, and overall quality of life. 

Dieting Mistakes

When you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health, turning to diets is only natural. Controlling what you eat is key to losing weight but are you making these common mistakes when you’re dieting? 

-    Only focusing on the scales – there is so much more to weight loss than the numbers and becoming transfixed on the sales can be detrimental to your weight loss and mindset. 
-    Not burning enough calories – a common dieting mistake is reducing your calories but still not burning enough. You need to burn more calories than you intake in order to lose weight so increase your activity. 
-    Choosing ‘diet’ foods – many diet foods are highly processed which means they’re typically loaded with sugar to improve the taste. Make sure you’re choosing food that’s are rich in nutrients. 
-    Not eating enough protein – Protein has been proven to help with weight loss, mainly because it reduces appetite, fills you up which stops you snacking and decreases calorie intake. 

Health Gadgets & Technology

Health gadgets are the perfect way to keep track of your health, fitness and well-being. But with so many options on the market, how do you know what will work, what’s worth the money and what is a scam. 

The best health gadgets are those which aid in your health and personal care. From monitoring your heart rate respiration, mood, stress, hours slept and even the number of coughs or sneezes during a day, we have the ability to track all of our health issues via apps and wearable devices. 

But which are the best, and most useful health gadgets currently on the market? 

1.    Smartphone Breathalyzer
If you enjoy a drink, then this is the perfect health accessory for you. Using police grade technology, this device attached to your smartphone and measures your alcohol levels just like a traditional breathalyser. 

2.    FitBit 
We’ve all heard of the FitBit, the handy little watch that doubles up as a health device to track your health and fitness. Set goals, monitor your health, play music and tell the time; what more do you need?

3.    WiFi thermometer 
Perfect for mums, the WiFi thermometer is the perfect health gadget to keep an eye on poorly children and family members. It's external and is super easy to use, just place it on the forehead and it reads the temperature safely – perfect for when you need to monitor someone who's ill. 

4.    Wireless Blood Pressure Machine 
This nifty device connects to your smartphone to read your blood pressure with ease. You can keep track of your results so that you know when something is not right which saves frequent trips to the doctor. 

Health Myths

1.    Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day 
It's true that you do need to drink water to stay hydrated but the amount is different for everyone. You get water from your food so this will help to achieve your goal. 

2.    Being Cold Gives You a Cold 
Being outside in the cold does not increase your chances of getting sick. In fact, germs are a lot let common outside than they are inside where they can harbour. 

3.    Sugar Makes Kids Hyper 
Sugar does not have an effect on how children act its just because we’re so used to hearing it that we notice if a child is hyper after eating sugary foods. 

4.    Cracking Bones Causes Arthritis