Mattress Recycling: Industry Calls For National Plan

Mattress recycling

A staggering 14 million mattresses wind up in U.S. landfills each year. Just 2 percent of old mattresses are recycled, according to a mattress trade group that’s calling on Congress to do something.

You could just throw your old mattress out, but the last thing we need is more trash — and mattresses are particularly bad to have in landfills. Instead, see if you’re among a small but growing number of consumers with local options for mattress recycling.

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What Are The Different Types Of Vacuums?

What are the different types of vacuums

Unless your needs are unusual, Viewpoints recommends the bagged upright vacuum because of its versatility and durability. We outline the pros and cons of all types.

There are all different types of vacuums: bag-less, upright, canister, handheld, the list goes on and on. So how do you choose between them? Lets take a look at all of the different choices you have, effectively answering the question, what are the different types of vacuums?

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The Eat-Clean Diet: “Best Overall” Diet In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Eat-Clean Diet

The Eat-Clean Diet is a rare weight loss program that actually works, say Viewpoints reviewers, and wins “Best Overall” diet in the Reviewers’ Choice awards.

Dieting? Who isn’t? There are few businesses bigger than the diet industry. At any given time, it’s estimated that one in five people is on a diet to lose weight and feel better.

But here’s something we found surprising. The market research company, the NPD Group, reports that the number of dieters is actually down from its peak in 1991 – when fully a third of the U.S. was following a weight loss plan. One theory is that the emphasis now is on eating healthier — not restricting portions or entire food groups — which explains the popularity of The Eat-Clean Diet. It’s the highest-rated diet on Viewpoints and wins  ”Best Overall” diet honors in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards of 2014. Its secret is its simplicity.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts Under $50: Best Kitchen Appliances

gifts under $50

Scoring a gift under $50 feels great. When that product has also won accolades from reviewers, now that’s really something!

For about six months now, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes at Viewpoints to highlight the products that are truly terrific. We feel fortunate to have partners as awesome as the people like you who come to our site every day to write reviews — real world experiences on everything from vacuums to dishwashers to shampoo. We all benefit from the generosity. Those insights have also given us the ability to come up with a very useful list for those of you watching your budget this Christmas.

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Breville Juicer BJE510XL: “Best Overall” in Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Breville juicer

The Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed BJE510XL is called “the dream machine” by one Kentucky reviewer who has used other juicers that didn’t hold up.

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A juicer is a sign that someone in the kitchen really cares about eating healthy.  Although the true health benefits of juice (vs. eating the fruit whole) is a matter of debate, reviewers agree on their love of the Breville Juicer BJE510XL ($200), otherwise known as the Juice Fountain Multi-Speed. Of the 73 juicers reviewed on Viewpoints, it wins “Best Overall” juicer in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer: “Best Overall” In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

KitchenAid stand mixer

The KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer K45SS easily wins “Best Overall” stand mixer in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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Few products in the kitchen – or the home, for that matter –  are as enduring as the KitchenAid stand mixer. Based on well over a thousand reviews, we can say with confidence that the cooks of America have lifted their spatulas and been counted. The KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer K45SS ($330) is the “Best Overall” stand mixer you can buy, winning the top spot in the 2013 Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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Aerobie: “Best Overall and Best Value” In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards


Many reviewers recall the day they stumbled upon the Aerobie online or heard about it during a podcast. Fans of the Aerobie are evangelists, hoping to convince others to buy it too.

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The Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker 80R08 ($30) is a rare product that combines both stellar performance and low price. It wins both “Best Overall” and “Best Value” of the French press coffee makers in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.  A New York reviewer calls it a “brilliant little gadget.”

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Cuisinart Coffee Maker: “Best Overall” Drip In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Cuisinart coffee maker

For a coffee maker that “has it all,” reviewers on Viewpoints strongly recommend the Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hot Water System CHW-12.

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The Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hot Water System CHW-12 ($100) is really two products in one. Reviewers enthusiastically recommend this Cuisinart because it makes great coffee AND provides hot water on demand for tea, cocoa, instant oatmeal and soup. Compared to the average coffee maker rating of 87/100, this Cuisinart coffee maker easily wins “Best Overall” drip coffee maker of 360 coffee makers reviewed on Viewpoints.

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Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL: “Best Overall” Convection Toaster Oven

Breville Toaster Oven BOV800XL

The Breville Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven BOV800XL: “I don’t think I’ve ever loved an appliance so much,” writes a reviewer in Iowa

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The Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL ($250) is one of those rare products that everyone — yes, everyone — strongly recommends. It has the distinction of being the highest-rated winner to date in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards. With its nearly perfect rating, the consumer love for this convection toaster oven is as strong as it gets.

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Black and Decker Toaster Oven: “Best Value” In Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

Black and Decker

Reviewers call this Black and Decker toaster oven with rotisserie “exceptional” for the price.

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When it comes to kitchen appliances, less is often more. A toaster oven that tries to do too many things may wind up not doing any single thing very well.

That’s not the case with the Black and Decker 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven with Rotisserie CTO7100B ($100). This toaster oven of many talents also comes at a budget price ($100) and easily wins “Best Value” convection toaster oven in the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards.

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