FilterBuy vs Filtrete Air Filters: Which Furnace/HVAC Filter to Pick?

It’d be great if furnace and AC filters never needed to be replaced.

Like with any air filter, they get dirty and clogged. When filters get plugged up, air doesn’t flow like it needs to. So, we’re stuck replacing filters on the regular.

Your filter makes a big difference in how clean the air is in your home.

Not just that, but your filter determines how much dust accumulates on all your surfaces. Less dusting is good, right?

I gladly spend a bit more on good filters so I don’t need to dust as much.

Filtering your HVAC unit is a pretty simple concept, but certain brands and materials should be avoided.

FilterBuy and 3M Filtrete have some of the best filters. Which one you choose depends on what you’re looking to get out of your home’s air quality.

Give this a read and I’ll make sense of it all.

MERV vs MPR Ratings

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APC vs CyberPower: The Best Battery Backup/UPS

The power cuts out for only a second, but it’s going to take you minutes – if not hours – to get back what you were working on.

A UPS ensures this won’t happen to you.

Over my years of working in IT, I’ve set up more battery backups than I can count.

In this guide, I’ll break down what to look for in a UPS and if you should go with APC or CyberPower.

Watts vs VA – Picking the Right Capacity

There are a lot of features separating different Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS’s). None is as important as the capacity.

You’ll see two ratings listed – Watts and VA (volt amperage). They both measure electrical power. Bigger numbers mean more powerful batteries.

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SafeRest vs SureGuard: Mattress Protection Compared

Looking for mattress protection? I’m going to compare two of the top brands – SafeRest and SureGuard.

Quick Pick: Go with SafeRest as the price is lower and it offers a bit more comfortable surface.

Read on for a detailed review of these mattress protectors and encasements.


Before buying a cover for your mattress, it’s important to decide on the level of protection you need.

I highly recommend steering clear of cheap mattress pads with no waterproofing properties.

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Melissa & Doug and Hape Wooden Toys

Melissa & Doug vs Hape: Wooden Toys Compared

Who didn’t love playing with wooden toys as a kid?

They hold up better than plastic and have smooth, solid feel.

Melissa & Doug both went all-in on wooden toys and have a great selection.

Before I compare the two brands, I’d like to go over some of the advantages of wood toys over plastic.

Durability – We’ve all owned something made of plastic that cracked or snapped and was rendered useless. Wooden toys can hold up to many years of use and rarely break.

Safety – When plastic toys break, then can leave sharp edges. They’re often made with small parts which can be a choking hazard for young children.

Better for the Environment – Wood is naturally biodegradable, while plastic can take hundreds of years to decompose once discarded.

Classic Look and Feel – Wooden toys are solid and feel more substantial to play with. Toy versions of everyday objects look and feel more like the real thing.

Now, let’s figure out what brand is the better one to buy.

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iPhone XS Max vs iPhone 7 Plus

With two years separating the iPhone XS Max and the 7 Plus, there are a lot of differences in Apple’s top models. Are the changes worth an upgrade? Let’s dig in.


I won’t dance around it – the iPhone XS models are expensive – and the XS Max even more so. We’re looking at a $330 launch price increase for the lowest storage model in just two years.

The 7 Plus originally started at $769 for 32GB while the XS Max begins at $1099. Upon announcement of the XS Max, the price of the 7 Plus dropped to $569, for a whopping $520 difference.

Maybe you’re on an older phone and trying to decide between the best available and the two-years-ago best. Or perhaps you already have the 7 Plus and are choosing between paying up for the newest flagship phone or sitting it out til next year. Read on. We’ll see just what has changed over two years.

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