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Top Of The Best Floor & Grandfather Clocks Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Le’raze 22 x 15 x 3-Inch Grandfather Wall Clock with Swinging Pendulum, Mahogany/Gold
№2 – Coaster Home Furnishings 900723 Transitional Grandfather Clock, Brown
№3 – Deco 79 92245 Metal Floor Clock, 13″ x 57″
Before you begin shopping for tile, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the lingo you’ll find on the packaging labels. Make sure any tile you’re considering for flooring is available in grade or 2, the most durable. (Grade 3, which tends to be thinner, is suitable only for walls.) Water absorption is another important spec—the lower the number, the less water can seep through. For flooring you want tile with a rating of less than percent, and percent or less for shower floors.
Next, note the coefficient of friction rating, which conveys slip resistance; you’ll need a COF of 0.60 or higher for floor tile. “If you want wood floors, prefinished options hold up to water well in our tests, but save it for a half bath,” says CR flooring test engineer Joan Muratore. “For full bathrooms, where flooring can become soaked by water from the shower, tile is still preferable.” Wood-look porcelain options provide the look and wear better, too.
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A custom-fit mat for less money
A compromise in price and protection, Hexomat custom-fit mats provide more complete coverage than a less-expensive universal mat without the higher cost of floor liners.
If you want a custom-fit floor mat but don’t want to spend the money on a premium liner, we recommend the Intro-Tech Hexomat, which splits the difference in cost and coverage between a universal mat and a model-specific liner. The Hexomat lacks the higher side walls of liners like our top pick, but it does provide wall-to-wall footwell coverage and a design that helps contain spills. Our Hexomats had a less cushy feel than a similar but thicker WeatherTech product we tested—the similarly priced All-Weather Floor Mat—but we found they were a better fit for the 200Toyota RAVwe used for testing. They completely covered the footwells without any trimming, and their thinner design helped them better conform to bumps in the floor. They were also easier to clean than the grippy surface of the WeatherTech mats. (It’s important to note that the WeatherTech All-Weather Mats are made of an entirely different material than our top pick, the WeatherTech FloorLiners, and the mats are thicker and more difficult to clean.)
Why you should trust me
Before joining The Wirecutter, I spent the better part of three decades as an automotive writer, reporter, and editor for various automotive publications, most recently at Consumer Reports. A lifelong gearhead, one of my primary beats at CR and an area of personal interest has always been the automotive aftermarket and car accessories. That ranges from sophisticated audio and electronics products to things that are less likely to make for interesting party conversation, like tires, car batteries, wipers, and, yes, floor mats. So while you might want to steer clear if you see me at a social event, I’m your go-to guy if you want to protect your carpets.
Floor mats versus liners
You’ll find two types of products to protect the carpets in your car: floor mats and liners. But there’s a big difference in how well they work and how much they cost. Floor mats are just that: flat pieces of rubber (or a rubber-like material), carpet, or some combination of the two. They cost far less than liners but also provide less protection. Floor liners are custom fit to the shape and contours of the footwells for a specific make and model of vehicle, and they have a lip or walls around the sides to help trap big spills. Whether you choose basic mats or custom liners will depend on your priorities, needs, and budget.
Compared with a basic flat universal floor mat (right), liners have a raised edge around the perimeter that helps contain spills and better protect a car’s carpet.
A premium liner (left) is custom fit to a specific car model, so it protects more of the car’s carpet. A basic floor mat (right) can leave some of the carpet exposed to dirt, mud, and, ugh, dropped juice boxes.
Any universal mat is going to be a compromise.
But any universal mat is going to be a compromise. They are rarely a perfect fit for any vehicle right out of the box, although most rubber mats can be trimmed using scissors. Even some of the least expensive, including the Custom Auto Crews Heavy Duty 4pc mats and OxGord 4pc Heavy Duty Rubber Floor Mats, include cut lines for this purpose.
Whether you choose carpeted or rubber mats, measure your floors thoroughly front and rear, and be especially careful with the driver’s floor mat. Draw a diagram of your car’s footwells, take width and length measurements at several places along the length and width of the footwell, and note any unusual features or irregularities. Then take those measurements with you to the store (or your computer if you’re shopping online) because we found a lot of packaging doesn’t include dimensions, though some shopping websites do.
If you tend to spend time slogging through muddy areas, like to treat your kids to trips to the beach, find yourself frequently cleaning up spilled sodas and fries, or need to frequently drive in wet or snowy areas, floor liners may be a better bet than mats. And that’s true whether you change vehicles every couple of years (and want to maximize their resale value) or if you plan to keep yours for a long time.
Liners like these are a bigger investment, but shopping for them is less complicated than it is with mats. There are far fewer liners to choose from, and you can skip the measuring. Once you’ve chosen a brand, the rest is easy. The manufacturers of all our tested liners have websites where you can enter the make, year, and model of your car. The site will tell you if a fit is available and its cost. Some also include links to or names of other retailers that carry their brand, and we found it pays to shop around.
Regardless of whether you select a universal mat or model-specific mat or liner, fit is critical. The idea is to protect the carpet beneath, so the larger the area covered, the better—with the important caveat that mats are not so large, poorly fitted, or loose that they can interfere with pedal operation and cause a crash.
Bottom nibs (left) can help keep a mat from sliding around. Look for ones that are big enough to have some grip. Even better is a mat like the Hexomat (right), which uses the car’s factory mounting point to keep it secure. “Look for a mat with teeth or rubber nibs that grip the carpet.” said Ken Savie t, a professional car detailer with more than 20 years of experience that’s based in Mendham, New Jersey. “You don’t want something that’s going to move, otherwise the mats can get under your pedals and create a safety issue.”
The most secure fit comes from products that have holes that correspond with factory-mat mounting points.
We found that the number and size of those nibs, along with the shape, weight and stickiness of the material used to make the mats, can make a big difference in how well they stay put. But the most secure fit comes from products that have holes that correspond with factory-mat mounting points for the driver’s mat or include their own. “Having an anchor is important,” said Scott Trager of Northeast Off-Road Adventures, an off-road driving school in Ellenville, New York. “When you’re getting in and out, you’re pushing the mat with your feet. Having it secured is critical for safety.”
All the liners we tested attach to factory mounts. Only our tested Hexomat and WeatherTech mats had that feature.
The other essential part of a good, safe fit is never to install a set of mats or liners over another set that’s already in your car. That only increases the likelihood of your new mats sliding around and getting hung up on the brake or accelerator pedals.
How we tested
We spent several more weeks testing and living with the two dozen products chosen for this report. We conducted in-vehicle tests in a total of six sedans, SUVs, and a pickup truck. Tests for cleaning and stain removal were conducted outside, where we applied mud, food products, and beverages to sections of each mat. All were then allowed to sit for two days before cleaning.
First, we checked each set of mats and liners in an appropriate vehicle, both front and rear, looking at how well they fit, how easy they were to install and remove, how comfortable they were underfoot, and how well they stayed put. Universal mats were tried in several vehicles, including three crossovers/SUVs—a 201Chevrolet Tahoe, 201Honda CR-V, and 200Toyota RAV4—and two sedans: a 200Acura TL and 201Honda Civic. Custom fit mats and liners were ordered for and tried in some of the same vehicles and a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
Before installing the new mats and liners, we removed any old mats in the vehicles per installation instructions and thoroughly vacuumed the vehicle floors to ensure as good a fit as possible. We used vehicle factory mounting holes with mats and liners that were designed for them, noting how compatible those fits were. While installing, we noted any difficulties due to poor fit, overly stiff products that made them harder to install, or anything else that caused a problem. Once installed, we noted how well the products fit lengthwise and from side-to side and how flexible they were to conform with uneven floors and obstructions like floor-mounted fuel-door releases. We also evaluated universal mats to find out how easy they were to trim for a customized fit.
When it came time for the dirty business of testing for stain resistance and cleaning, we turned to the internet and to Consumer Reports cleaning expert Pat Slaven for advice. Pat has been making messes and cleaning them up in a lab environment for decades. First, we asked about rubber mats and liners.
Wrapping it up
For the best combination of a snug fit and protection from spills for the widest assortment of vehicles, there’s no beating WeatherTech FloorLiners. Their high sides, ease of installation and removal, and ability to channel fluids, as well as the wide range of vehicles they cover, gives them the edge over any other liners we compared. Another good choice is our runner-up Husky WeatherBeater All-Weather Floor Liners. They lack WeatherTech’s separate fluid reservoir and channeling system to keep your feet drier, but Husky’s lifetime warranty is better than WeatherTech’s three-year warranty. If you don’t want or need the higher sidewalls of a full floor liner to contain spills but still want a custom fit, try Hexomat floor mats from Intro-Tech. But if all you’re looking for is an inexpensive mat to dress up an older car with stained and worn carpets, we’d go with the Motor Trend Clean Rubber Series Odorless Floor Mats.
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PropGuide lists some factors to assist you in your home-buying experience:
Obviously, higher floors offer a better view, especially if the tower is located close to a scenic place. If this is important for you, go for higher floors.
Top floor view from Keerthi Gardenia, Bengaluru. (Wikimedia)
In congested areas, however, living on the lower floors might not offer much privacy. If you love solitude and wish to avoid any kind of unwanted intrusion, a higher floor might be better for you.
Many home buyers prefer higher floors to minimise street noise or to avoid the noise coming from other occupants walking through the common passage. However, if the ground floor flat is not located in the common hallway and is also far from the elevators, staircase or clubhouse, then the noise would not be an issue for you at all.
Higher floors can keep away the street noise. (Wikimedia)
With children and elderly parents around, it is always good if your home is on a lower floor. Apart from the safety point, it also adds to the convenience factor. In addition to this, if you or someone in your family suffers from mobility impairment or has the fear of height, you should prefer living closer to the ground.
Just a dustpan and a brush
The Up & Up Dustpan Set isn’t as good as the OXO, but it’s the best dustpan-and-brush combo out there.
If you want a dustpan-and-brush set—to clean small messes, or if you don’t like using a big broom to sweep into a dustpan—we recommend the Target Up & Up Dustpan Set. Going by the set’s dustpan alone, none of our panel members liked it better than the OXO dustpan because it’s narrower, its lip leaves more dust behind, and it isn’t as comfortable to hold. It was, however, part of the best of eight brush-and-dustpan sets we tested, and its brush was the only one with flagged bristles, which really help capture dust.
How we picked
We tested 1brooms, seven of which come with dustpans.
We learned that synthetic bristles are best for brooms because they’re immune to rot and can be cleaned with warm, soapy water. This means corn or horsehair bristles are out. The bristles must have flagged ends—intentionally frayed tips designed to capture dust, dirt, and hair at the broom’s sweeping surface. (In our survey and perusal of user reviews, we learned that many people think this fraying is a sign their broom is wearing out—not so!)
Then came the fun part: test-driving brooms that met our requirements. The easiest way to get a first impression of a broom is by sweeping with it, so we did a preliminary sweep with many brooms in store aisles. Cleaning expert Leslie Reichert told us to pay attention to how the bristles are connected to the head of the broom: “Don’t be afraid to give them a tug. If they pull out in the store, the broom won’t last long in your home.” We pulled and tugged, and if any broom failed this test, we put it back.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
There are lots of decent brooms out there, but in our hunt for the best one we discovered that there’s no such thing as a perfect broom. Naturally, our pick has a couple of flaws.
Our pick doesn’t come with a dustpan, but it pairs well with the OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan.
We broke it.
The OXO starts out a little staticky. We witnessed tiny pieces of cat litter jump straight out of the dustpan’s body and cling onto the slope above the red lip. It wasn’t the worst we tested, and by the third use most of the static had dissipated and debris was no longer hurling itself out of the dustpan. (We tried wiping down the most staticky dustpans with a dryer sheet, but didn’t see any improvement. The best solution we found is to keep using the dustpan until the static dissipates.)
The OXO dustpan has rubber fingers to attach to most broom poles. Here, it’s attached to the Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom.
The Libman Large Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan is the best choice if our pick is sold out or you want a bundled dustpan.
Three of our panel members observed that the Libman Large Precision Angle Broom isn’t as effective at sweeping flour dust as the Casabella, but it’s a close second. (The fourth panel member preferred the Libman over our pick.) In a side-by-side comparison, we found that the Libman left more flour residue behind than the Casabella. It was equally effective as our first pick at sweeping up cat litter and rice.
The Libman Large Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan isn’t as good as our pick when it comes to sweeping, but it was the second best we tested.
Compared with the Casabella, the Libman has a steeper angle and longer, 4.25- to 6-inch flagged bristles. (Our pick’s bristles range from to inches long.) The longer, angled bristles make it easier to get into awkward corners, but the Libman’s too-stiff bristles hamper the broom’s ability to reach under furniture and into corners. As a result, the Libman is about as good as our main pick at sweeping in hard-to-reach areas.
The Libman’s bristles are too stiff, and don’t have much give for reaching under furniture.
The Libman’s head (right) is about 1.inches wider than our pick’s (left).
Our runner-up has a 45.5-inch green pole and an 8.5-inch head, which adds up to a 54-inch-tall broom. As mentioned in the section above, the Libman is only an inch taller than the Casabella, but it’s effectively inches taller because the Casabella’s 2-inch storage loop extends off the broom’s end rather than being built into the handle. It’s not a huge difference, but if our pick is a little short for you, the Libman may be a better option. Like the Casabella, the Libman is well-made and doesn’t rattle or flex during ordinary use (or vigorous shaking).
If our pick is too short for you, the Libman may be a better option.
Care and maintenance
Brooms are easy to maintain properly, but most people don’t know the basic rules for doing so. Rule one: Don’t store your broom with its weight on the bristles. Hang it up using the storage loop, or prop it against a wall with the handle facing down. Leaving a broom sitting on its bristles causes them to bend, weaken, and even break, which shortens your trusty broom’s lifespan.
Rule two: Wash your broom once in a while! It seems like common sense that you should wash a tool used to clean up all manner of gross things, but many people never think about it. Once every few months—or whenever your broom gets gunky—take it outside and give it a good shake. Then wash the broom’s head with soap and warm water in a bucket, sink, or even your bathtub, making sure to get deep in all the bristles for a thorough clean. Shake off as much water as you can, then leave the broom to air dry (bristles up!) overnight. Voilà! A clean broom.
Dustpan care is similar. Don’t store one sitting on the rubber, because you can permanently warp that lip and ruin your dustpan. Hang it up. Clean your dustpan (and brush, if it comes with one) with some warm soapy water, then shake each out and air-dry.
Some dustpans are staticky, and this static can make particles jump straight out of your dustpan back onto the floor. Super frustrating! Our advice is to keep using your dustpan—the static will lessen over time the more you use it. We tried wiping down some of the most staticky dustpans we tested with a dryer sheet, but it didn’t make a significant difference.
When it’s time to wash your dust mop head, make sure you follow these directions. If you don’t, you risk melting, neutralizing, or otherwise destroying your microfiber cloth.
The only exception to the above rules is if you live in a location where you have to pay per load to do your laundry. It’s not cost effective to pay more than 50 cents each time you wash your dust mop, so we recommend hand washing it instead in a bucket (or your sink, or bathtub) with warm water and our recommended detergent. Rinse very thoroughly, then hang to dry.
Now that you know how to take care of your cleaning tools, how do you know when it’s time to replace them with new ones? Both cleaning experts told us that a broom’s condition is visual: “If it looks bad, it is bad.” When the bristles are broken, bent, or falling out and the broom is more of a hindrance than a help, it’s time to get a new one. However, if the ends of the bristles are frayed somewhat uniformly, don’t panic. Those are called flagged bristles, and are frayed intentionally to make the broom better at trapping dust. A great, well-cared for broom should last several years of weekly use.
The Black+Decker Angle Broom (261019) is not as good at picking up dust as our top pick or runner-up. According to two of our testers, its bristles aren’t as plentiful or dense, which limits its usefulness. Since it’s more expensive than both of our picks and is prone to flinging rather than picking up dust particles, we don’t recommend it. The sharp angle is great for digging out dirt stuck in corners, however.
MAGIC CARPET RIDE
But the high level of maintenance involved can often turn people off choosing carpet for high-traffic areas of their home such as the living room or hallways.
Before selecting carpet, Anthony says you should think about the type of carpet and fibre best suited to your space. media_camera
Update timber flooring with a lime finish from Feast Watson.
WOODEN YOU KNOW IT
David Hayward, technical manager at the Australasian Timber Flooring Association, says timber flooring is an investment that will stretch your dollar further over time.
Environmentally, timber flooring can also prove to be a safe choice, says Josh Marques, general manager at Marques Flooring. media_camera
Laminate floors from Carpet Court can be used where timber flooring can’t.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Floor & Grandfather Clocks wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Floor & Grandfather Clocks
- №1 — Le’raze 22 x 15 x 3-Inch Grandfather Wall Clock with Swinging Pendulum, Mahogany/Gold
- №2 — Coaster Home Furnishings 900723 Transitional Grandfather Clock, Brown
- №3 — Deco 79 92245 Metal Floor Clock, 13″ x 57″