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Tech-Savvy Gifts Under $50 For Anyone On Your Holiday List

November 29th, 2016 by Christen

The holidays are in full swing, that means it’s time to stock up on the latest gadgets for everyone on your gift list.  Leave the expensive gifts to the pros and grab up these stocking stuffers, tech accessories and more all for less than $50!

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Axess Mini Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99)

The AXESS Mini Bluetooth speaker is the perfect travel speaker. It is small and compact but boasts two 5 watt speakers that produce well balanced sound. The Mini Bluetooth speaker allows you to connect to your smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth and supports hands free calling with the built in mic. Calls can be answered, rejected, or ended all from remotely giving you convenience. There is also a 3.5 mm aux input that will allow for compatibility with other media devices.

 

 

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Cyber Monday Steals And Deals (Many $50 or LESS!)

 

 

 

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Uber Gift Card ($25)

Give the gift of a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app gift card.  This card is redeemable via the Uber app within the U.S. in cities where Uber is available.

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Mophie Powerstation ($49.95)

The perfect gift for anyone who wishes their phone batter would last longer.  The Mophie Powerstation is the ultimate dual USB Quick Charge External Battery for smartphones, tablets and more (6,000 mAh).

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Amazon Fire Tablet ($49.99)

An affordable, tried and tested tablet? Yes, Please.   Amazon engineered Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire is almost 2x more durable than iPad Mini 4. Give the gift of durable tech with the Amazon Fire Tablet.

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Amazon Echo Dot ($49.99)

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.

 

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Apple Watch Band ($13.99)

The Apple Watch has been around for a while now and it’s still one of this season’s hottest tech accessories! Gift the special person on your list with a few time piece options and buy a new Apple Watch band (or two).  While you’re at it you might want to gift a new Apple watch charging stand like this sleek champagne piece too.

 

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Honorable Mention:

Nintendo NES Classic Edition ($59.99)

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition has the original look and feel, only smaller, sleeker, and pre-loaded with 30 games.

Take Your Favorite Shows With You And Level Up With AT&T

November 29th, 2016 by Christen

Disclosure:  The following content has been sponsored by AT&T, however all images and experiences shared are my own.

 

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AT&T is changing the game with it’s new DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service!  Get ready to watch your favorite shows on your terms.   Monday night in NYC, executives, media, influencers and celebs including Reece Witherspoon and Terry Crews filled Venue 57 to get a taste of what the future of streaming entertainment looks and sounds like, powered by AT&T.

 

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Look out Hulu and Sling TV, bringing the heat to the competition, DirecTV Now streaming launches Wednesday, November 30th on iPhone, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Mac/PC and the best part – with AT&T you can stream your favorite shows on any of your mobile devices DATA FREE!

 

DirecTV Now Devices

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Android mobile devices and tablets

iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017)

Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays

Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers

(Roku devices, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TV support in 2017.)

DirecTV Now

 

DirecTV Now powered by AT&T lets customers stream live programming without using up data on smartphones, tablets and PCs – no cable box, contracts or commitments required.  With subscription options to suit anyone’s needs, you can sign up for the “Live a Little” package, where you can watch over 60 channels for just $35 a month, or opt for the top of the line “Gotta Have It” streaming options with over 120 channels including MTV, E!, BET, Bravo and more! Want HBO or Cinemax? For just $5 more/month you can add each to any package for a more robust entertainment experience.

 

Available Packages

Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)

Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)

Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)

Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

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Want to get a jump on what’s new in entertainment?  AT&T offers a free 7-day trial for new customers and new customers are eligible  for more freebies than ever before.  Score an entire year of DirecTV Now with the purchase of select 2016 LeEco tvs.  If you’re ready to Level Up your entertainment, you can order one month of prepaid access to DirecTV Now and receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and customers who pay for three months up front will get an Apple TV FOR FREE!

 

Watching my favorite shows while on the go, just got a whole lot easier.  Want to learn more? Discover the endless possibilities of #MoreTVFreedom on the go, powered by AT&T at DirecTV.com.

 

Discover What’s New For The Holidays And Your Wallet With Consumer Reports!

November 23rd, 2016 by Christen

 

DISCLOSURE:  I’ve teamed up with Consumer Reports and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors; my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Consumer Reports.

 

Things have changed at Consumer Reports and as their new social brand ambassador, I got the chance to discover firsthand how they’re setting a new standard for creating a fairer, safer and healthier marketplace for you and me.

 

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Last month, I had the special opportunity to get an inside look at Consumer Reports Headquarters and attend their Annual Meeting in NYC.  Consumer Reports is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent of corporate and advertising influence.  Which means when they’re testing all the smartphones, vacuum cleaners and food that your family enjoy, it is with standards uncompromised by advertising dollars or product influence.  Sure you know that Consumer Reports works for and with consumers to hold businesses and the government accountable, but did you know the great lengths they go through to get you prepared and informed just in time for the holidays?

 

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Every year Consumer Reports reveals a holiday gift guide helping consumers like you and me find deals on electronics, appliances, home-related products and automotive gear. Their analysts, engineers and researchers comb through thousands of products to ensure consumers are educated, informed and saving money this holiday season!

 

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Thinking about splurging this holiday season?  Consumer Reports has a great guide of gadgets and accessories to make anyone on your gift list feel loved and appreciated this year.  From Apple gifts to Windows products and everything in between – Consumer Reports has you covered this gift-giving season!  Want more?  For more gift ideas, check out “CR’s Daily Gift Guide”, a calendar like no other—each pick is chosen from thousands of products tried, tested to ensure you’re giving the very best.

 

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Click here to learn more about Consumer Reports’ mission as a nonprofit organization. To help support their work, consider making a tax-deductible donation. (Giving Tuesday is November 29. If you donate to Consumer Reports, your tax-deductible gift will be doubled!) You can also show support by liking Consumer Reports on Facebook and staying connected on Twitter (@ConsumerReports).

 

Share In The Festive Holiday Fun With The Macy’s Time Traveler App!

November 19th, 2016 by Christen

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  But first, it’s time to gather your friends and family to honor the great tradition of good meals and gratitude!  Thanksgiving is here and you know what that means, the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is on the way! This year, America’s favorite holiday tradition will mark a milestone anniversary, on Thursday, November 24th, the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will march down the streets of New York City as millions celebrate with family and friends.

 

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In celebration, Macy’s has launched the Macy’s Time Traveler App and emojis to help everyone get a head start on the fun. The Macy’s Time Traveler app allows you to interact with the parade in the comfort of your own home or in your local Macy’s store. It’s a fun and interactive way to find and capture balloons in your local Macy’s store through virtual reality and make a customized parade of your own.  You can also learn about the history of the Macy’s Parade and take a vintage selfie. If you’re a serious NY history buff and in New York, you can get a 3D virtual view what the parade looked like in years past while in Herald Square.

 

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On top of that, Macy’s has provided a fun way to communicate with your friends and family whether they’re near or far. Their new free emojis are a fun way to continue your already festive conversations.  Excited for some turkey? There’s an emoji for that. Ready to see your favorite characters as floats? Express it with emojis!  Get all the holiday emojis you need, FREE on Google Play and iOS today!

The holidays are all about friends, food and family and the Macy’s Time Traveler app is a great way to take the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with you wherever you go! Download the app and get started on the fun for free on Google Play and iOS.    

 

Samsung Note 7 Users LISTEN UP! This Is What You NEED Know…

October 11th, 2016 by Tech Staff

Got a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? You could be putting yourself and everyone around you in danger. Don’t fret! Discover what steps you need to take immediately below!

There are plenty of suggestions on what to do about the Samsung Note 7 device debacle. Samsung’s Note 7 devices, after being released to much acclaim, started exploding. Then the replacement Note 7 devices exploded. And finally, after a long, dangerous and failed journey toward rectifying the battery problem, Samsung is shutting down production.

 

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Do you have a Samsung Note 7?  Here’s what you need to do…

Turn Off The Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Turn your Galaxy Note7 device off, now. Don’t wait. Do it now. Don’t continue using it, don’t charge it, don’t plug it into your computer. Turn it off.

 

Return Your Galaxy Note 7

Following reports of explosions, Samsung allowed Galaxy Note7 owners to exchange the devices for replacement Note7 phones. Since the situation has escalated, and reports of replacements exploding occurred, that exchange program is no longer an option.

You can now return your Galaxy Note7 and exchange it for another Samsung phone if you so choose.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all halted replacement sales of the device over the weekend, so they should be expecting requests for different phones upon Note 7 return.

 

Buy A New Phone

The Galaxy Note7 was expected to be main competition for the iPhone 7 Plus this fall. Now that production of the Note7 has been halted, Samsung’s unfortunate setback could wind up being Apple’s gain.

But, if you prefer Android phones, here’s a few suggestions for what phone to get next.

 

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Motorola Moto Z
The Moto Z boasts a sleek, modular design. A couple of the phone’s best features are its water resistance, responsive fingerprint scanner and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s no headphone jack though — just like the iPhone 7.

 

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OnePlus 3
The OnePlus 3 is a great alternative to the Note7, and at $400, it’s much cheaper, too. The specs are at a comparable level to Nexus, Galaxy and iPhones, but without the premium price tag.

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LG V20
The LG V20 is the first smartphone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. This phone is great for photos with improved electronic image stabilization both front and rear cameras have dual lenses, and its sound quality is great boasting superior audio quality from B&O.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
If you still trust Samsung, go for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s a bit smaller than the Note7, but it has the same curved screen design without the explosions.

 

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Pixel Phone by Google
The Pixel and Pixel XL have not yet been released — October 13 is the pre-order date. What’s so cool about it? Google Assistant is more advanced and capable than the Google Now voice assistant on other Android phones; it’s more contextually aware to what’s happening on your devices and can tap into popular third-party apps like WhatsApp and OpenTable. To go along with the Pixel’s 12-megapixel camera — touted as the best camera in any smartphone, ever — Google has unveiled Pixel Camera. Pixel buyers get worry-free backup with Google Photos. All photos and videos (even 4K recordings) can be backed up — for free — with Google’s cloud service.

 

Got a Galaxy Note 7? Which device are you looking forward to getting next? Share your thoughts below!

Taking Relaxation To The Next Level With A Little Spa DIY And The Venta Airwasher

September 27th, 2016 by Christen
Disclaimer:  The following post is in partnership with Venta Airwasher and  I have received the following product for editorial review.  While the Venta Airwasher was provided for review, all opinions shared below are my own.

 

 

I’m not sure if it’s the countless hours on the road or the million miles I’ve racked up in the skies – all I know is that when I come home, I’m ready to relax, relate and release into a catatonic state of sweet, sweet rest.  Skip the aromatherapy candles, I’ve found the ultimate routine to take relaxation to the next level and it all starts with the Venta Airwasher!

 

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Earlier this summer, I was fortunate enough to find and install the Venta Airwasher in my home and the benefits have been amazing!  The Venta Airwasher is the only humidifier and air purifier in one that uses the power of water to gently and powerfully rid my home of dust, dirt, odors and allergens.  Even with the numerous health benefits of cleaner and fresher air, the Venta Airwasher has aromatic accessories that literally transform my home bedroom into a relaxing spa-like experience.

 

Using a combination of aromatherapy, the Venta Airwasher infuses calming scents throughout my home that helps me relax and accomplish much needed rest.  With several fragrances to choose from, I find myself using my Venta Airwasher throughout the day and night.  After long and grueling trips on the road, the moment I walk inside my home, I activate my Venta Airwasher aromatherapy session by adding a few drops of relaxing or vanilla fragrance oil, start a warm bath and my favorite relaxation soundtrack.  (Sometimes you just need to create a soothing experience that stimulates your senses.)

 

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Must Read: Fight Allergies, Hydrate Your Skin And Live Your Best Life With The Venta Airwasher

 

Need a pick me up? Simply use included scents like Eucalyptus, Cinnamon or Citrus to invigorate sluggish mornings and get you in place for an amazing day.  With the Venta Airwasher, and a few DIY spa ideas, you can transform your home into a spa sanctuary and create spa-like experiences for less money that you think!

 

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Personally, I use the Venta Airwasher to supercharge my sleep therapy routine.  Add a moisturizing night mask, some aromatherapy and get ready for the most amazing sleep ever!  The Venta Airwasher has become Europe’s number one humidifier and purifier in one and it’s trusted by thousands of doctors who have bought them for their homes and practices.  If you’re serious about fighting allergens and reclaiming cleaner and healthier air for you and your family, consider adding the Venta Airwasher to your home for a fresh air, fresh start today.

 

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Discover more details on how a Venta Airwashwer can help you live your best life with cleaner, fresher air at venta-airwasher.com.

New Apple iPhone 7 Means New Colors, Features And More (Spoiler Alert!) #iPhone7

September 7th, 2016 by Tech Staff

Interested in what’s new for the Apple 7 Launch event in Cupertino today?  The internet has been buzzing…Is the head jack gone for good?  What about the camera?  Are there new colors available or not?  Lucky for you, the internet has broken the code and we’ve got the list of the new iPhone 7 features that will have people talking.  Want to know the details behind what’s new before anyone else?  Keep reading below!

The new features were first noted by AppleInsider, and Forbes helpfully broke them down into the following list:

 

Two new colors: dark black and piano black (latter in limited quantities for 256GB model); So long space grey! That color option is long gone.

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

 

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Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots

Camera flash LEDs doubled from two to four with warm and cool colors

3.5mm headphone jack removed

Lightning EarPods and a 3.5mm to Lightning headphone adaptor included in the box

Second external speaker and integrated amplifier for louder, richer output

Basic IPX7 water resistance – both phones can withstand splashes and full submersion for up to 30 minutes. Not quite Galaxy S7 level (one hour+), but close.

2GB RAM for iPhone 7, 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 Plus

Next generation A10 chipset sees CPUs hit 2.45GHz clock speeds and 20-30% performance gains

3D Touch 2.0 sensor with more distinct haptic feedback

Home button replaced with non-clicking touch sensor with haptic feedback

Antenna bands removed from the back of both models for cleaner look

 

Now that you’ve got the details about today’s launch, be a good pal and share the news with a friend!

Best Apps, Practices And Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe Online Using Your Smartphone

September 6th, 2016 by Christen

It’s official!  Summer has unofficially come to a close, the kids are back in school and plenty of parents are sharing growing concerns of how to keep their ever-connected children safe online!  This week is an important one!  With kids returning to school and ready to learn new and exciting things, there’s no better time than the present to re-educate yourself on the best apps, practices and tips to keep your kids safe online.

Discover just a few tips, teachings and apps that will educate you and your family on the latest tech advancements to keep everyone safe — and even a few tips on how to keep your kids safe using your smartphone below!

 

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Now that kids are recharged and reset to absorb as much education as possible, take the time to teach your kids the ABCs about proper online use and etiquette this week.  Take the time to advise kids to never share passwords, log out of computers and have “the talk” about the importance of “online reputation”.  Open the dialogue about online safety and then take actionable steps by utilizing parental control settings for your phones, gaming devices, tablets, and all computers.

If you’re interested in taking extra precaution, utilize additional security measures and tools available online.  A great tool is the Free Norton Family tool and ios/Android apps.  Stay in the know about which websites kids visit and help avoid unsuitable content. Get emails when kids attempt to visit a blocked site, so you can start a conversation about appropriate and innapropriate content.
Stay in the loop about your kids’ online activities from your Android or iOS mobile device and adjust settings when appropriate no matter where you are.

 

Must Read:  7 Dangerous Smartphone Mistakes You’re Making Right Now (And how to fix them!)

 

Additional features available with the Free Norton Family tool include the ability to see which apps your kids have downloaded and choose which ones they can use, including YouTube and Facebook. Keep an eye on your kids’ text conversations and control who they can text. Even keep yourself in the loop about where your kids are by mapping the location of their Android or iOS mobile device.  Get a 30-day history of what your kids do on their mobile devices, so that you can clearly spot trends and emerging habits.

 

Must Read: Protect Ya Neck! Social Media Security Tips For Teens (And Adults!)

 

In addition to the Free Norton Family Tool, parents can also utilize parental monitoring apps like Teen Safe, (ios/Android) where a parent can press a simple button on their phone’s screen and can pause their child’s access to their phone for as long as they want. It’s like a mobile kill switch for your kid’s smartphone.  No matter where the kids are, the phone won’t work. It will only make calls to parents or for emergencies, ie, the cops. Millions of parents use TeenSafe to keep tabs on their kids, texts, calls, social media usage and phone location.

 

 

 

No matter which parental monitoring tool you use, it’s important to start your online safety measure by talking to your kids this week.  Get an understanding, even sign a mobile conduct agreement illustrating your expectations with your children.  It’s important that they learn the importance of proper mobile and online conduct and it’s up to you, the parent to teach them.

Have additional thoughts or apps that you may want to add to this list?  Sound off on Twitter and tag us @DivasandDorks to keep the conversation going!

Break Away From Huge Carrier Fees With The Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked Smartphone From Best Buy

August 30th, 2016 by Christen

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

Whether you’ve wanted to break away from huge carrier fees or want flexibility in the way you use your smartphone, the Huawei Honor 8 is the unlocked smartphone to give you the freedom you want and need!  The Huawei Honor 8 unlocked smartphone is Huawei’s newest addition to the Honor smartphone line and Best Buy is the only retailer that has the Honor in sapphire blue online and in-store!

 

The Honor 8: Beautiful design, game-changing camera technology, and maximum power.  You have the power to push culture forward. That’s why Honor created a phone for you — the new Honor 8. It’s the smartphone that opens your eyes to a world of possibilities.  The innovative bionic 12MP dual lenses of the Honor 8 enable you to capture crisper, more detailed photos day and night.  The premium, slick body of the Honor 8 is made with heavy dual glass—front and back. Smart Power 4.0 guarantees a long-lasting battery life and fast-charging technology charges 47% power in just 30 minutes.

So how could you unleash the power of an unlocked smartphone for you? Unlocked phones aren’t locked into a contract meaning they can help you save money on your monthly bill, they allow flexibility with carriers, and are great for international travel. Want to learn more? Checkout Best Buy’s quick educational video on unlocked phones HERE!

 

To make unlocking easier than ever, Best Buy has a sweet offer for DivasAndDorks readers today!  Earn a free $50 Best Buy Gift Card when you purchase the Huawei Honor 8 unlocked smartphone at Best Buy!  Now that’s a deal that you want to tell your friends and family about.  Walk don’t run to your local Best Buy cause I’m sure this deal won’t last long!

 

Fight Allergies, Hydrate Your Skin And Live Your Best Life With The Venta Airwasher

August 15th, 2016 by Christen

 

Disclaimer:  The following post is in partnership with Venta Airwasher and  I have received the following product for editorial review.  While the Venta Airwasher was provided for review, all opinions shared below are my own.

 

The summer heat wave is ON and the sweltering heat has no plans to chill out anytime soon.  It’s moments like this that make me appreciate my Venta Airwasher more and more each day.

 

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While there’s a host of humidifiers or air purifiers on the market, very few can wash and purify the air around you creating a healthier and livelier life that you deserve.  With the Venta Airwasher, you’ll feel more alert, you’ll sleep better and it practically eliminates pet odors, dandruff and allergens that could make you sick.  So what’s the technology behind how the Venta Airwasher works?  Keep reading, because the Venta Airwasher just could be the single household gadget with health and beauty benefits that’ll change your life.

 

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The Airwasher comes out of the box and is up-and-running in less than five minutes.  The Airwasher is also easy to use, fill and clean.  Like most humidifiers, just add water in order for the technology to activate and begin the process of air purification.  With the Venta Airwasher, the air in your home takes only the moisture it needs and no more.  The humidification stops but the purification continues.  This makes the Airwasher ideal to run 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.

 

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Using the science of cold evaporation, the Venta Airwasher gently rotates the water inside pulling dust and dirt from the air inside. Once the airborne particles are drawn in and passed over the rotating disk stack to the bottom, they’re trapped inside and replaced with clean, hydrated fresh air.  (For best results, the dust and dirt trapped in the bottom of the Airwasher requires cleaning every 10-14 days)

 

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I’ll admit, at first I was a bit skeptical about adding a new humidifier into my home.  I’ve had my share of humidifiers that came along with vapors, mists and plenty of white residue to match.  The Venta Airwasher using the process of cold evaporation, eliminates any white residue or vapors and leaves the room feeling so fresh and so clean.

 

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Personally, I use the Venta Airwasher to supercharge my sleep therapy routine.  Add a moisturizing night mask, some aromatherapy and get ready for the most amazing sleep ever!  The Venta Airwasher has become Europe’s number one humidifier and purifier in one and it’s trusted by thousands of doctors who have bought them for their homes and practices.  If you’re serious about fighting allergens and reclaiming cleaner and healthier air for you and your family, consider adding the Venta Airwasher to your home for a fresh air, fresh start today.

 

Discover more details on how a Venta Airwashwer can help you live your best life with cleaner, fresher air at venta-airwasher.com.

 

 

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