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Lew Investigates: How Much Difference Does A Toaster Make?

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Are expensive toasters worth it? This is the question raised by Lew of Unbox Therapy after coming across the most expensive toaster on Amazon, a near-$400 model made by Mitsubishi (yes, that Mitsubishi — “Wake up and Toast”).

Can anyone justify paying that much for an appliance that, at the end of the day, does nothing more than make your bread a little browner? Lew and Willy Du conduct the ultimate test, comparing the Mitsubishi toaster with the cheapest version they could find, a $15 toaster made by Proctor Silex.

To make their experiment a little more robust, they tried both toasters out on two types of bread: a generic store brand bread as well as an expensive bakery-fresh bread.

Watch the video below to find out the results. Spoiler: The expensive toaster made superior bread. But for those not looking to splurge, you can increase the quality of your breakfast even with a cheap-o toaster just by buying better bread.

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A Gravity Blanket (Or Cheaper Alternative) Can Dispel Anxiety

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In looking over the products we have covered at We Know Products in the past year, it came as a surprise when we realized we had not yet written about Gravity Blankets. Given the year we all just had in 2020, everyone could have used a Gravity Blanket. Luckily, it is never too late to get yourself one of these anxiolytic comforters—it is not as if 2021 is not going to be stress-inducing too.

Gravity is actually a brand name of a particular weighted blanket that became a minor internet hit about half a decade ago. Nowadays, there are many weighted blankets to choose from, with varying weights, sizes and prices. Still, there is a reason why the term Gravity Blanket is well on its way to becoming genericized: the level of comfort offered is all-encompassing.

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Gravity Blanket: The Weighted Blanket for Sleep — $189

The Gravity Blanket now comes in four weights: 15, 20, 25, and 35 lbs. The company says it recommends getting one closest to 10% of your body weight, though I am not sure if that is still the case now that there is a 35 lb. offering. But if this is your first experience with weighted blankets, that is a good heuristic to start with. It is very possible to get one that is too big for you; instead of feeling relaxed you just end up feeling squished.

You also don’t want to be squished by the price. Now that there are competing weighted blankets on the market, there may be value in products that don’t cost nearly $200. That is the idea behind the Luna, who sells a 12 lb. weighted blanket for just $60. (They also have a 5 lb. one for kids that is just $40).

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Luna Adult Weighted Blanket -12 Lbs – 48×72 – Twin / Full Size Bed — $59.99

Luna Kids Weighted Blanket – 5 Lbs – 36×48 – Child Size Bed – 100% Oeko-Tex Cooling Cotton & Glass Beads — $39.99

Gravity Blankets were originally marketed especially toward people with autism, but anyone stands to benefit from their ingenious design, including normal kids. Who among us couldn’t benefit from a little anxiety relief?

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Can Vitamin D Prevent COVID?

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Since the start of the pandemic, people have been trying to figure out why COVID-19 can be deadly to some while manifesting as nothing worse than a common cold in others. One variable that has been isolated is Vitamin D.

Vitamin D has long been known to be an important factor in immune health, so it makes sense that it could help combat a virus that preys on weak immune systems. Several studies have shown that those hospitalized with severe COVID symptoms are much likelier to have Vitamin D deficiencies than their asymptomatic counterparts. Unfortunately, about 40% of Americans do not get enough Vitamin D on a daily basis. To make matters worse, it is harder to get the necessary amount of Vitamin D while being locked up indoors and removed from natural sunlight.

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Vitamin D3 by Nature’s Bounty for Immune Support. Vitamin D Provides Immune Support and Promotes Healthy Bones. 125 mcg (5000iu), 240 Softgels — $17.42

Right now, your best option is probably to take Vitamin D supplements. As former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona recently put it:

“Identifying and eradicating vitamin D deficiency with early and aggressive supplementation in COVID-19 has the potential to save thousands of lives and should be one of our highest public health priorities.”

After a year of research, the body of evidence supporting the claim the supplementation of Vitamin D can ward off COVID continues to grow. Luckily, with a prophylactic measure like this, you do not need to wait for a doctor’s prescription. You can go out right now and get your own Vitamin D supplements to take each morning. At the very least, you know it will improve your immune health.

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Easy-To-Sanitize Clear Backpacks Are Here To Stay

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It has been over a year since the novel coronavirus was discovered, and yet there is still a lot of uncertainty over how society is going to move forward. The vaccines have been largely undelivered, and news reports indicate a more contagious COVID strain is on its way. The question no one wants to answer is: “How long are we supposed to live like this?”

At this point, your guess is as good as mine. The only thing we can do as a society is adapt. Be extra careful to sanitize everything you touch. Invest in a UV-light mobile phone sanitizer if you don’t already have one.

For those going back to school this spring, whether kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school or even college, you really should get a clear backpack. For one, its transparency means you can go through security checkpoints without having some grubby School Resource Officer touching everything you own. And perhaps most importantly, its vinyl material makes it super easy to clean by just going over it with a Clorox disinfectant wipe.

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Patriotic Clear Backpack with American Flag Patch — $25

For our nation’s patriotic students, I’d recommend these clear backpacks from Expersion, complete with an American flag patch. They are available in several colors: black, blue, gray, and pink.

COVID-19 ensures that clear backpacks are here to stay. It is up to us to figure out how to rock them in style.

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