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The Best Fire Pit Kits For All Four Seasons and Everything You Need to Know

Looking for a beautiful fire pit kit to transform your backyard into the perfect hang out spot? A fire pit is a great way to enjoy your yard throughout all four seasons.

Shopping for a high-quality fire pit kit can be intimidating. Fire pit kits are an investment and you have to assemble them yourself, so you need to be sure you’re getting what you want.

Fortunately, once you understand what you’re doing the process is really quite simple.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we’ve got answers.

Why use a fire pit kit?

While it’s true you can purchase parts separately and save a few bucks, most people will find that the time and energy you save by getting a kit is worth the money.

All blocks within a fire pit kit will fit together perfectly without the need to cut any of them yourself. Not only that, but they will look great because they were professionally cut.

What comes in a fire pit kit?

The exact tools and materials included in a kit will vary from kit to kit, especially when comparing kits from two different companies. However, every fire pit kit should contain the stones needed to construct the pit, and many will include the adhesive to glue them together.

Some kits will also come with a steel ring insert for placing inside the pit itself. The insert is not 100 percent necessary but it can help keep the inside wall of the pit from scorch marks.

Finally, the tools included in a kit vary; For example, fire pit kits with the steel ring insert will have the nuts and bolts or screws needed to assemble the ring, but might not come with a screwdriver or wrench.

Gravel or sand for the bed of your fire pit is rarely included.

What do I need to assemble a fire pit kit?

Depending on the kit, you may need some basic tools like a screwdriver or a monkey wrench. You probably have these somewhere in your house or garage.

You’ll definitely want gloves to grip the heavy blocks and protect your hands from scrapes.

Most kits will require you to purchase concrete block adhesive separately, but some include it.

Location

Where you plan on putting your fire pit may present its own challenges.

If the ground you are building the fire pit on is concrete or asphalt then you should be fine (although the fire will leave burn marks on the ground inside the pit, so keep that in mind).

But if you decide on placing your fire pit in the grass, for instance, extra steps must be taken.

For grass, you need to measure out the size of the fire pit and convert the area into compact dirt and then cover it in gravel. Alternatively, you could use a paver kit to make it look really nice.

Is assembling a fire pit kit difficult?

Once the space is set up for your fire pit, it shouldn’t take longer than a couple of hours to put it together. The stones are heavy, but the process is simple. Moreover, you can always look up a video on youtube to guide you if needed.

What should I look for in a fire pit kit?

Every fire pit on this list is high-quality and guaranteed to get the job done. Therefore, which fire pit kit you choose really comes down to personal preference.

Kits generally range in size from 40 to 60 inches in diameter. The size of your space will determine how large of a kit you need or want.

Can I convert my fire pit into a gas one?

Absolutely. You can convert any fire pit into gas one with a burner, hose and propane tanks.

However, the size of your pit will determine exactly which parts you buy, so we suggest doing research on that after picking out a kit.

What kind of accessories should I get with my fire pit kit?

Here are a few ideas of items you may want to buy with your fire pit kit:

  • A lid for keeping the inside of your fire pit dry and in good condition (make sure to buy the right size)
  • Chairs for sitting around the fire
  • Tables for setting drinks and snacks on
  • A firewood rack for storing firewood
  • A grill for using your fire pit to cook
  • String lights (learn how to hang them here)

The Best Fire Pit Kits

Without further ado, here are our top 10 picks for best fire pit kits.

Oldcastle Hudson Stone 40-inch

This Oldcastle Hudson fire pit is a compact fire pit kit that works well in smaller spaces.

One benefit of smaller pits is that they put less distance between people sitting in a circle. And with just 42 blocks, this kit is quick and easy to install.

The blocks are made of concrete and designed to look like stone. Because of this, the blocks are both durable and pleasing to the eye.

This kit also includes an insert to protect the inside of the pit from scorch marks.

Customers who buy this fire pit frequently purchase this lid to go with it. You will also need to buy adhesive.

Anchor Weston Northwoods 52-inch

This Anchor Weston Northwoods is much larger than the Old Castle, although the inner ring is only 35 inches.

The blocks on this kit are quite large, which is great for keeping kids and pets safe around the fire. You can also safely use the blocks to set things on provided the fire is low enough.

This kit comes with an insert that protects the top half of the inner ring from scorch marks, which is the part that is most visible.

If you prefer a smooth stone aesthetic over a rough cut, then this might be the fire pit kit for you.  Customers who buy this fire pit frequently purchase this lid to go with it. You will also need to buy adhesive.

Grand 48-inch Fire Pit Kit

The Grand 48-inch Fire Pit Kit is another kit with a large outer ring and wide stone blocks.

This kit is a nice value because it comes with everything you need to assemble it, including adhesive and gloves. It also comes in three color varieties; They are, Bluestone, Desert, and Santa Fe.

On the other hand, the inner ring is four inches smaller in diameter than the Northwoods kit.

Otherwise, the Grand 48-inch and Northwoods 52-inch are very similar in style. Like the Northwoods, the Grand 48-inch comes with an insert that protects the top half of the inner ring.

Customers who buy this fire pit frequently purchase this lid to go with it.

Pavestone RumbleStone 46-Inch

The Pavestone RumbleStone is an average-sized kit that comes in three varieties; They are, Cafe, Greystone, and Sierra Blend.

Some customers say this pit is a little pricey. However, percentage-wise it is not that much more expensive than most other pits on this list. So if you like aesthetic then we say go for it.

The RumbleStone has a weathered cut stone appearance with two different sizes of blocks that give this fire pit kit its own personality.

With a reflective metal octagonal insert, your fire will shine brighter and hotter than it would otherwise.

This fire pit kit does not include adhesive, so be sure to buy some.

Nantucket Pavers Ledgestone 47-inch

This Ledgestone 47-inch fire pit kit is under 500 dollars and a good option for people looking for easy setup and a little extra customization. It is also available in four different varieties; Brown, dark gray, light gray, and tan.

The interlocking concrete pieces are very durable and do not require adhesive to stay put. Plus, each block only weighs 40 pounds, making assembly less laborious.

You can also purchase extra layers for the kit if you would like it to be taller than 14-inches.

Not only does this fire pit kit include a steel ring insert, but it also contains sand for pouring in the bottom of the pit.

Concrete Romanstack High Back 58-inch

At 58 inches, the Romanstack High Back is quite large. With an inner ring of 42 inches, it has more room for building a fire than almost any of the other fire pit kits on this list.

As the name suggests, the asymmetrical design of this kit recalls Roman architecture (such as a Roman theatre) and looks very nice.

This fire pit kit is a great pick if you only want people to sit on one side. It also provides plenty of protection for kids if you seat them on the tall side.

The concrete blocks are as durable as ever and the variation in their size and shape enhances the pit’s appearance.

This fire pit kit does not include adhesive, so be sure to buy some. It also does not come with a steel ring insert.

Random Stone 44-inch

This Random Stone fire pit kit has an inner ring of 44 inches and an outer ring of 66. It is available in gray or brown.

Although it’s the most expensive kit on this list, it is also the largest. Customers report being very satisfied with the value, size, look, and ease of assembly that this fire pit kit offers.

The randomness of the variously sized blocks gives it a natural appearance that is more interesting to look at than uniform blocks. This sort of design is hard to replicate on your own without a fire pit kit.

And, of course, the Random Stone fire pit kit contains a steel ring insert for protecting the inside of your pit from scorch marks.

This fire pit kit does not include adhesive, so be sure to buy some. Natural Concrete Products also sells a grill for this kit, allowing you to cook food with your fire pit.

Stonehenge 58-inch

The Stonehenge fire pit kit is a large and visually unique kit that is reminscent of the ancient wonder Stonehenge, located in England. With an inner ring of 43 inches, this kit is offers plenty of space for building a large fire.

Gaps in the ring allow more heat and light to escape the pit, making this pit very nice during colder times of the year. Just be sure that nothing flammable is nearby and that kids know not to stick their hands in there.

This fire pit kit does not include adhesive, so be sure to buy some. It also does not come with a steel ring insert, as that would ruin the aesthetic.

The Best Kit For You

Now that you have seen so many excellent options for fire pit kits, the choice comes down which one calls to you.

Which fire pit kit did you pick? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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PS5 vs Xbox Series: Your All in One Guide to Everything We Know

The PS5 vs. Xbox Series matchup is part of a two-decade struggle between Sony and Microsoft that will likely continue for many more decades to come.

With the holidays quickly approaching, so too are the release dates for these next-generation consoles. On November 10th Microsoft will release its Xbox Series consoles, followed shortly by Sony releasing the PS5 on November 12th.

Unlike most other forms of electronics, newer and better gaming consoles do not come out every single year. This makes the PS5 vs. Xbox Series battle that much more crucial.

Since most of us cannot justify buying both of them at launch, the question becomes which console is most worth our hard-earned cash?

Both Sony and Microsoft have worked tirelessly to win your affection, and choosing between them is not an easy task. Doing so requires careful consideration from a number of different angles.

The Consoles

The first thing we’ll examine in our PS5 vs. Xbox comparison is the various models these consoles come in.

PlayStation 5

For the PS5, it’s pretty straightforward. You can purchase the standard PS5, or you can opt for the Digital Edition, which costs more but comes without a blue-ray player.

It’s worth noting here that on the PlayStation 4, digital games take up the exact same amount of hard drive space as physical copies.

Assuming the same is true for PlayStation 5, there are only a few reasons to want the blue-ray player; For example, if you enjoy collecting the physical copies, you used your PlayStation 4 for playing blue-ray movies, or you have a poor internet connection.

Xbox Series

Microsoft takes a different approach with the Xbox Series. Like the PS5, there is a blue ray version (the Xbox Series X), and a digital version (the Xbox Series S).

Note that unlike on the PS4, physical copies actually do take up less space than digital copies on the Xbox One. However, Microsoft has stated that digital copies on the Series S can take up 30 percent less space.

The main difference here is that unlike the PS5 Digital Edition, the Xbox Series S has completely different hardware from the Series X. In fact, it’s a much less powerful console.

It’s likely that the biggest differences you’ll notice with the Series S compared to the Series X are slightly slower load time and less impressive graphics. But, it’s still a next-gen console!

Financing Xbox Series

You can finance either of the Xbox Series consoles at 0 percent APR for a monthly payment that also includes two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

This will make the Xbox Series much more accessible to the general public.

Additionally, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate comes with over 100 hundred high-quality games available to play on both PC and Xbox Series consoles.

Design

When it comes to PS5 vs. Xbox Series design, we have to say that Sony has Microsoft beat.

The PlayStation 5 looks like a next-gen console with its white and black color scheme and elegant curves. In our opinion, the Digital Edition looks slightly nicer since the blue-ray player on the standard PS5 looks out of place.

In contrast, the Xbox Series X just looks like a big black box, similar to a computer tower, although slightly smaller than the PS5.

This is where the Xbox Series S shines, however. It is the smallest Xbox console ever and only takes up about a third of the space of the Series X.

Tech Specs

When it comes to hardware, the PS5 vs. Xbox competition is fierce. Both have advantages and disadvantages.  In fact, it’s the subject of much debate, and for us to conclusively say that one is better than the other would be misleading.

The reality is that there are so many variables at play that we won’t know for sure until the console’s release in November. Until then, we can speculate on what we do know.

CPU

CPU is responsible for running through huge strings of code multiple times a second. It handles simulations, AI, physics engines, and more. The processor is what determines how fast your CPU is.

Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X use an 8-core AMD Zen 2 Processor. However, the Series X processor clocks at 3.8 GHz while the PS5’s comes in at 3.5 GHz.

Will gamers notice the difference? Probably not, especially because games made for the Series X also need to be playable on a PC.

Because the PS5 has more exclusive titles, developers may actually push the limits of its CPU further than those designing games for both PC and Xbox.

GPU

The graphics card determines the GPU, which in turn, affects draw distance and how quickly your console can update complicated graphics on your television screen.

Again, both the PS5 and Series X use the same card, which is an ADM RDNA 2. But again, the Series X comes out on top with 12.0 teraflops vs. the 10.3 of the PS5.

There are many other factors that come into play here, but teraflops are meant to give a general idea of which is faster.

This certainly suggests that the Xbox Series X has the advantage, but we can’t know for sure.

Storage and load times

Where Sony shines in the PS5 vs. Xbox Series mashup is in its hard drive.

The Xbox Series does have a full terabyte of space, whereas the PS5 only has 825 gigabytes. That is a 20 percent difference, so it’s nothing to turn your nose up at.

However, both consoles allow you to upgrade your storage space anyway.

What really matters is the speed of the hard drives. HDD speed determines how quickly games can update with new patches, and most importantly, how long loading screens take.

The PS5’s hard drive speed is two to four times faster than that of the Series X. It’s been shown that PS5 load times will be virtually instantaneous.

Keep in mind, though, that the Series X is still much faster than the Xbox One.

Everything else

When it comes to every other spec, the PS5 vs. Xbox Series X comparison is moot.

Both consoles have 16 gigabytes of RAM and can handle 8k resolution (whenever that happens) and up to 120 frames per second.

Xbox Series S

Of course, the Series S just does not match up to the other consoles when it comes to tech specs.

But, if you’re a casual gamer who doesn’t feel like dropping more than $300 for a new console, the Series S might be for you. It also takes up way less space, which is certainly a plus.

Xbox Series Remote Play

One advantage Microsoft has in the PS5 vs. Xbox Series showdown is the ability to play games remotely from phones and tablets.

That’s right; you can stream Xbox games directly to your touchscreen devices without the need for a television.

Do this using an Xbox controller, or purchase the Razer Kishi, which is a controller that attaches to your phone. Microsoft also sells a mobile gaming clip for clipping your phone to a standard controller.

It gets better. You can also download Xbox Series games on your Windows 10 PC at no additional cost. Your save files will be seamlessly synced between PC and console.

Controllers

Next up in the PS5 vs. Xbox Series arena is a detailed look at each consoles controllers.

Xbox

In terms of design, the new Xbox controller is basically a slightly smaller version of the old one, albeit with the enhanced D-Pad found on the Elite wireless controller from Xbox One. ‘

Like its predecessor, it uses AA batteries instead of having a built-in rechargeable battery. If you want to charge your controllers, Microsoft offers a battery pack and USB-C cable or $25.

Fortunately, the Xbox Series controllers are still only $60 a piece. You can also use Xbox One controllers on your Series console, which is an excellent cost saver.

However, the new controllers have incredibly low latency, meaning there’s virtually no time between when you press a button and when the game reacts. So, you may just want to upgrade.

The low latency is a difference of milliseconds, but can certainly give you an edge against opponents. You can also use your new controllers to play older games.

Finally, it’s worth noting that traditionally Xbox controllers have been more comfortable than PlayStation’s.

PlayStation 5

In contrast to the Series controller, the PS5 DualSense controller looks significantly different from its predecessor.

It’s a little bulkier, which most people agree is a step in the right direction. The black and white color scheme matches the futuristic aesthetic of the console.

It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery pack and a USB-C cable but is $70 instead of $60. Also, when the battery dies, you pretty much just have to buy a new controller.

The DualSense uses enhanced haptic feedback vibration technology for more immersion. This means that different actions have a distinct vibration; For example, shooting an assault rifle is a different sensation from shooting a pistol.

The dynamic adaption triggers offer different levels of tension, depending on the action. Drawing a bowstring feels very different from swing a sword, for instance.

This controller also has motion technology. It probably won’t be utilized as much as on the Nintendo Switch, but it is nice to have.

Finally, a built-in microphone and speaker on the controller lets you voice chat without a headset. Of course, a quality headset is still preferred.

Virtual Reality

When it comes to PS5 vs. Xbox Series VR, it’s no contest. That’s because the Xbox Series consoles will not include any kind of VR capabilities at launch.

According to Microsoft, not enough people are asking for VR for them to implement it.

On the other hand, the PlayStation 5 will definitely have VR.  However, we don’t know much about it at this point. What we can say is that existing PSVR games from the PS4 will likely look much better on the PS5 as a direct result of the improved hardware.

Our research tells us that virtual reality is a quickly expanding market, so we expect to see exciting things coming with it in the future.

Games

Who wins the PS5 vs. Xbox Series battle for supremacy may very well depend on which games are available and when.

It’s no secret that PlayStation has more exclusive titles than the Xbox. For many people, wanting to play games from franchises like Spiderman, God of War, and Devil May Cry will be more than enough reason to buy a PS5.

One huge PS5 exclusive title that is sure to attract a lot of customers is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world Harry Potter game that we’re all very excited about.

But Microsoft has leaned into this fact brilliantly by making it so that games you buy digitally on Xbox are also available on your PC at no extra charge.

That, combined with the ability to play games remotely from touchscreen devices, means you can comfortably play games anywhere in your house (assuming you have a good internet connection).

PS5 Launch Titles

Here is a list of every new game that available on the PS5 from day one:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Destruction All Stars
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • Fortnite
  • Godfall
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Xbox Series S and X Launch Titles

And now for Xbox’s turn:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Bright Memory
  • Dirt 5
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Gears Tactics
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Falconeer
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Older Games

While these lists are rather short, they don’t tell the whole story of PS5 vs. Xbox Series day one games.

Games you purchased for the Xbox One and PlayStation 5 are playable on their next-gen counterparts and will likely look significantly better.

The Xbox Game Pass comes with over 100 games, and the PlayStation Plus bundle will also include a long list of older titles.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series: The Battle Rages On

Sony and Microsoft have developed very different ideologies for their next-gen consoles. While Sony continues to leverage its PlayStation- exclusive titles advantage, Microsoft has gone after flexibility and accessibility.

The PS5 looks and feels more futuristic with its fancy new controller, sleek design, and ability to play virtual reality. However, the Xbox Series consoles are much more affordable with the ability to finance and integrate seamlessly with your Windows 10 PC.

Which console do you think wins the PS5 vs. Xbox Series grudge match? Let us know in the comments below!

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Best Bio Bidet For You: Finding the Perfect Machine to Get You Clean

Before toilet paper, there were leaves, moss, and ferns, but now there is Bio Bidet. The steady march of progress leaves no stone unturned, and the fear of another toilet paper shortage has many people looking into bidets.

For a modern and efficient way to accomplish an age-old task, look no further than Bio Bidet.

What is A Bio Bidet?

Bidets come in a few different forms, but most often you’ll find them as relatively unobtrusive toilet seat attachments. By connecting to your toilets water supply, bidets wash your hiney to get you squeaky clean after using the bathroom.

Bio Bidet is a brand that creates quality bidets in a wide variety of price ranges. They are very highly rated in comfort, sanitation, ease of use, cost-saving, and environmental factors.

Bio Bidet Benefits

Bidets have actually been around for much longer than most people think. So why are so many people still using toilet paper? Is it because it’s the superior option?

The answer is no. Bidets have many benefits that far exceed those of toilet paper.

While toilet paper may cost less upfront, the amount of money you save with a Bio Bidet pays for itself within a matter of months. This is especially true for households with many people.

Additionally, using a Bio Bidet will get the area in question much cleaner than simply using toilet paper.

If you stepped in dog poop, would you wipe it clean and call it good? You would probably run water over it because you know it will be more effective at reaching crevices and removing poop.

Bio Bidets are also more sanitary than toilet paper because they keep your hands away from the zone, making it less likely you’ll spread germs.

Finally, Bio Bidets are a wonderful way of cutting back on your ecological footprint. Toilet paper is a single-use product that is extremely wasteful.

So not only will a Bio Bidet clean your nether regions, but it will also clean your conscience!

Bio Bidet Versus Other Brands

Bio Bidet is the industry leader in bidet toilet seat attachments. They are a highly trusted company that offers well-built bidets at a fantastic value.

Their bidets last a very long time and also come with warranties that last longer than any other brand on the marketplace.

What to Look For

Bio Bidets come in a huge variety of price ranges. While all of them are effective at the main goal, the more expensive ones come with perks that you, your family, and your guests are sure to appreciate.

These perks provide you with extra comfort and additional settings for the various needs you may have as a man, woman, etc.

They also serve to cut back on electricity and water usage for additional monthly savings.

Finally, many higher-end Bio Bidets come with an air-dry feature.

The Best Bio Bidets

Now that we know what we’re looking for, let’s crack on, shall we? Without further ado, here are the best Bio Bidets on the marketplace!

Bio Bidet SlimEdge

The Bio Bidet SlimEdge is a highly affordable bidet that gets the job done.

This ultra-thin bidet installs in minutes and will save you from having to buy toilet paper ever again. The dual nozzle provides spray options for both men and women.

It also contains several pressure settings ranging from gentle to more than enough power.

With no heat control, the SlimEdge may not be a good option for households in colder climates. That’s because those regions may be uncomfortably cold at times, especially during the winter.

However, if you live in a warm area that rarely drops below 40 – 50 degrees then this should not be an issue.

Another thing to consider when purchasing this Bio Bidet is that the spray options on this one are limited. For that reason, you may have to adjust the way you sit on your toilet seat in order to make full use of it.

The SlimEdge is an electricity-free Bio Bidet, making it that much more affordable. All-in-all this bidet is an incredible bargain.

Bio Bidet BB600

The Bio Bidet BB600 is the perfect example of what you can get if you’re willing to spend the cash.

This bidet has nearly all the features you could want. That includes multiple heat and pressure settings, air drying, his and her modes, and a special mode for kids. It even has a massage setting.

Unlike the SlimEdge, the Bio Bidet BB600 has a wide spray feature that will reach anywhere without extra effort from you.

As if all that were not enough, the BB600 also has heated seats. You may not ever want to leave your toilet.

All these nifty add-ons do take electricity, but luckily there is an energy-saving feature. It’s still more economical than toilet paper.

Bio Bidet ELITE3

The Bio Bidet ELITE3 is another affordable bidet that is very similar to the SlimEdge. Like the SlimEdge, the ELITE3 is a non-electric bidet that lacks the heat control and other perks of the higher end Bio Bidets.

This bidet also has the dual nozzle to benefit both men and women, and a wider array of pressure setting.

What sets the ELITE3 apart from the SlimEdge is design. The ELITE3 is thicker and sturdier, which could be good or bad depending on your personal preference.

Since everyone is different, you might find the ELITE3 is better for your size and weight.

That being said, the ELITE3 is slightly more durable and higher rated, but slightly more expensive. Both are excellent options if you’re shopping on a budget.

Bio Bidet BB70

We won’t talk much about the Bio Bidet BB70 as it is essentially the same thing as the ELITE3, with one slight difference; The BB70 only has one nozzle and no his and her settings.

If you are a bachelor or the female setting simply doesn’t interest you, then you may opt for this bidet because the single nozzle is retractable so it’s guaranteed to stay out of the way when not in use. It is also removable, making it very easy to clean.

Pricewise, the BB70 is very close to the ELITE3, so it really is a matter of personal preference.

Bio Bidet Slim Zero

If you are looking for a slightly higher-end Bio Bidet with a compact design, look no further than the Slim Zero.

This bidet takes up very little space and has all the features of the ELITE3, including the dual nozzle with his and her settings.

The dual nozzle automatically retracts when not in use, keeping out of the way and therefore cleaner.

Although this Slim Zero is a non-electric bidet, it comes with a battery pack to power the included night-light. This is great for when you wake up in the middle of the night and your eyes are sensitive.

Despite being so compact, this Bio Bidet still has a sturdy and comfortable toilet seat that works well for larger body sizes.

Bio Bidet Prestige BB800

The Bio Bidet Prestige BB800 is a high-end bidet similar to the BB800, though more expensive and with some additional features.

Unlike most other bidets on this list, the Prestige uses a single nozzle without sacrificing the feminine setting.

Not only does the single nozzle move as you change between feminine and posterior wash, but you can further adjust the stream in order to find the perfect angle.

This bidet also has a pulse mode that turns the water on and off in short intervals for a more effective clean.

Plus, the oscillating mode moves the nozzle rapidly back and forth. It’s like a car wash!

The enema mode emits a high pressure, narrow stream of water in order to stimulate the rectum. This can help relieve constipation.

In addition to all of this, the Prestige BB800 has every other feature you can expect from a bidet in this price range. That includes the energy-saving mode, heated seats, water temperature control, air drying with temperature control, and a massage setting.

Finally, the Prestige BB800 is sturdily built and is slow closing to reduce bangs and stress.

Bio Bidet A7 Aura

The Bio Bidet A7 Aura is a fantastic option for those looking for a mid-range bidet closer to 300 dollars. Although this bidet is missing some of the features of previous models, it makes up for it in a few ways.

First, this bidet has a nightlight, so there’s no need to assault your eyes with bright lights at three in the morning.

Next, it comes with two programmable buttons that let you save customized settings for two different people. This is perfect for couples.

Ultimately, it’s the features the A7 Aura doesn’t have that might make you want to spring for a more expensive model.

It does not have an energy-saving setting, meaning that this bidet may end up costing you more on your electricity bill. It also lacks the pulse and wide spraying modes of other models, and the spray angle of the single nozzle is far less adjustable than on the Prestige BB800.

However, it does have the feminine and posterior settings, oscillating mode, heated seats, temperature controls, and slow-closing seat and lid.

Overall Bio Bidet A7 Aura is a big step up from the lower-end models, and much more affordable than high-end.

Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000

The Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000 is Bio Bidet’s most expensive model, and as such contains every feature of the other models and more. These features include:

  • Energy-saving modes to reduce electricity use
  • Heated seats that you’ll never want to leave
  • Water temperature control with unlimited hot water
  • An air dryer with temperature control
  • A retractable nozzle that rinses and cleans itself after use
  • His and her feminine and posterior settings
  • Pulse and oscillating modes for better cleaning
  • A bubble-infused aerated wash
  • An enema mode for stimulating the rectum to relieve constipation
  • A massage mode just because you can
  • A powerful deodorizer that will make the next person using the bathroom grateful
  • A nightlight for when you’d rather keep the main lights off
  • LED-backlit buttons that are fully visible in the dark
  • Slow-closing seat and lid to protect against slams and reduce stress

Unlike other models that have a control panel attached to the side of the bidet, the Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000 uses a remote with easy to access buttons.

If you’re looking for the best bidet that money can buy, this is it. The Bliss BB2000 by far the most comfortable, well built, and feature-packed Bio Bidet on the marketplace.

The Right Machine

No matter which Bio Bidet you choose, you can feel confident knowing that all of them are highly rated. Not only are they more effective and more satisfying than toilet paper, but they’re also better for the environment and your wallet.

Which Bio Bidet will you be buying? Let us know in the comments below!

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The 10 Most Comfortable Work Shoes and Boots On The Market

Are you look for the most comfortable work shoes or boots on the market for those long hours on your feet?

Comfortable work shoes are vital, not only for your feet, but also for your body as a whole. Uncomfortable shoes can lead to issues with your posture that can grow serious over time. They are also very distracting.

What to Look For

When shopping for comfortable work shoes, there are a lot of factors to consider. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the type of footwear your work requires, so you can choose the right pair for the job.

While some activities call for heavy duty protection, others need a comfortable lightweight shoe with plenty of breathability. Still others may require waterproof shoes, or shoes that clean easily.

The goal is to find the most comfortable work shoes or boots for the job. Since simplicity often means more comfortable work shoes, we only want what features we absolutely need.

Durability

No matter what you choose, durability is key. You want a pair of work shoes or boots that are capable of offering you comfort while on your feet day in and day out for months – if not years – to come.

Why is a long life span so important?

Cheap shoes may look like a bargain, but they’re more expensive in the long run because you have to replace them far more often.

Not only that, if you’re stuck wearing a broken down pair of cheap shoes while waiting for a new pair to arrive then you are going to feel miserable.

Do yourself a favor and opt for a more expensive pair of shoes now. Your feet, body, and wallet will thank you for it.

Sneakers vs. Boots

Sneakers have the benefit of being more comfortable than practically any other kind of shoe. Generally they are lightweight with plenty of arch support and superior traction.

They are also usually quite breathable, although this depends on the material. The advantage to less breathability is extra durability and more protection.

On the other hand, sneakers will almost certainly wear down faster than boots, and there is a limit to the amount of protection they offer.

Boots are more durable, more waterproof, and easier to clean the sneakers made of fabric. They also offer extra ankle support and feel sturdier in general.

The downside to boots are that they are heavy, and therefore more tiresome to lug around all day. You also won’t be able move around as fast in them, we recommend sneakers if speed is more of a factor for you than protection.

Some boots may have flat soles that offer far less traction, but this not a given and you won’t find them on our list.

Finally, boots can be hot and sweaty since they are thicker and extend further up the ankle.

Safety toe shoes

Certain careers, such as construction, may require you to wear safety toe shoes. Or, you may decide that you prefer them on your own.

Safety toe shoes are just what they sound like: shoes with reinforcement around the toes for extra protection.

Because toes are much smaller than the main part of the foot and contain joints, they are extra vulnerable to injury.

There are many reasons you might consider buying a pair of safety work shoes. Fractures from falling objects, cuts, burns, punctures, and more are preventable with these types of shoes.

The two types of safety work shoes are steel-toed and composite-toed. While steel-toed are slightly cheaper, more durable, and offer more protection, they are also significantly heavier than composite.

Soles

Sole are another important factor to consider when shopping for comfortable work shoes and boots.

Most soles you come across will be made of rubber and offer a fair degree of traction. If you work in a job that might require extra traction because of slippery terrain, then keep your eye out for lugged soles.

High-quality comfortable work shoes and boots should have soles that are thick enough for you to stand on concrete and other rigid surfaces without feeling pain in your feet, ankles, legs, or knees.

Insoles and Footbeds

Footbeds are the inside part of your shoe that you stand on. They are an extremely important part of what makes comfortable work shoes and boots.

The best way of determining whether footbeds are comfortable when shopping online is by reading customer reviews.

Many work boots and shoes use removable insoles as the footbed, allowing you to replace them with better ones if you wish.

The Most Comfortable Work Shoes and Boots

Without further ado, here are 10 of the most comfortable work shoes and boots on the market.

Timberland PRO Titan Safety Toe Oxford

These Timberland Pro Oxfords offer the perfect combination of durability, functionality, and comfort, making them one of the best comfortable work boots available.

The leather Oxford design resists wear and tear and conforms nicely to the shape of your foot. The footbed is molded to cup the heel and ball of your foot while supporting the arch, making these boots extra stable and comfortable.

Furthermore, the padded collar ensures there is no uncomfortable friction against your angle.

These comfortable safety work boots have steel toes and the tough leather will not tear or puncture easily. Finally, the thick soles are also very high-quality. Customers report still having tread after over a year of use.

The Timberland Pro Oxfords are waterproof.

KEEN Utility Atlanta Cool II

The KEEN Utility Atlanta Cool II is a fantastic pair of comfortable work shoes more in the sneaker style. Their strength is in their combination of medium durability, protection, and breathability.

These comfortable work shoes are lighter weight and more breathable than the Oxfords, although they are not waterproof. They also may not be suited for construction sounds where maximum protection is paramount.

However, these work shoes do have steel toes. They are ideal for a fast-paced environment that requires a lot of maneuverability and a low to medium amount of protection.

The incredible traction and thick sole combined with breathability make them perfect for hot and potentially slippery environments, such as a kitchen.

 

Keen Utility Women’s Canby AT

These Keen Canby ATs are a pair of comfortable work boots for women.

The leather and textile upper is extremely durable and conforms nicely to your feet. Aluminum alloy safety toes cut back on weight while still offering a high level of protection.

As you would expect from a pair of comfortable work boots, the Canby ATs are waterproof. Customers report that the treads work well and are fairly slip-resistant.

We recommend this pair of comfortable work boots for women who work in construction or similarly demanding jobs.

They are also great for walking through mud.

Birkenstock Professional Unisex Profi Birki Slip Resistant Work Shoe

The Birkenstock is a pair of comfortable work shoes perfect for environments that don’t require safety toes or an extreme level of durability.

They have no laces and slip easily onto your feet.

The Alpro-foam footbed and sole make these shoes a bit different from others on our list. However, many customers describe these shoes as being very comfortable work shoes.

As they are slip-resistant and very easy to clean, we recommend these shoes for certain restaurant work; for example, a chef or baker. They won’t offer quite the same level of speed, maneuverability, or protection as the KEENs though, so take that into consideration.

These shoes are vegan.

KEEN Utility Men’s Sparta Industrial Shoe

These KEEN Sparta make for very comfortable work shoes. They sacrifice some of the protection and durability of the other KEENs for a lighter weight construction.

The shoes’ upper is made entirely of breathable mesh material. This means that your feet will stay cool and dry all day long.

However, this material can be very frustrating to clean, so don’t buy them if you think they will get dirty often. Additionally, these shoes are far from waterproof.

Although they probably aren’t suitable for construction work or similarly dangerous jobs, they do have steel safety toes. The thick rubber sole and leather heal are also very durable.

We recommend these shoes if you spend a lot of time on your feet but just need a comfortable work shoe that’s lightweight.

Rockport Men’s Eberdon Loafer

These Rockport Loafers are similar to the Brickenstocks in many ways and we recommend them for the same kinds of jobs.

Like the Brickenstocks, these comfortable work shoes are slip-on. Their simple design also makes them a bit easier to clean than other shoes and boots.

However, the Rockport Loafers are made of leather with thick rubber soles. These will be more durable, but be a little less comfortable than the Brickenstocks.

Additionally, these shoes are not vegan.

The thick rubber sole puts more distance between you and the ground. Ultimately it will come down to your personal preference.

Men’s Georgia Giant High Romeo GR500

These GR500 work boots are slip-on and therefore perfect for anyone who feels laces are a nuisance.

The majority of the boots are 100 percent leather, but unlike most other work boots, have waterproof side insets for a little extra breathability.

With just one layer of leather and no safety toe, we don’t recommend these boots for jobs where protection is your number one priority. However, they are lighter weight than other boots on this list and still quite durable.

The synthetic soles are high-quality and although the treads are somewhat simple, this makes them easier to clean.

These work boots are ideal for jobs that require something more than work shoes, but less than heavy-duty work boots.

Thorogood Men’s Infinity FD  Composite Work Boot

The Thorogood Infinity FD work boots are a little on the expensive side. However, they have nearly every feature you’ll ever need.

The multilayer soles provide plenty of flexibility for walking on uneven terrain. The leather upper conforms nicely to the foot for stability, and the leather cuff collar feels wonderful against the skin.

Additionally, the insoles are removable so you can easily replace them whatever you wish.

With a multi-traction, anti-slip, self-cleaning outsole, they offer more than enough traction while preventing you from tracking mud and dirt inside.

In addition to a composite safety toe, these work boots also have heel and toe caps for extra protection.

Highly durable and waterproof, we recommend these boots for any job where boots are needed, assuming it doesn’t require steel toe.

New Balance Men’s 412 V1 Alloy Toe Industrial Shoe

Despite being steel toe, these New Balance make for such comfortable work shoes that you will feel like you’re wearing normal sneakers.

The synthetic upper is durable and waterproof but doesn’t breathe as well as work shoes with mesh fabric.

The treads are average but will last for a long time.

Finally, the insoles are comfortable but also removable so you can replace them if you choose.

Overall, we recommend these as a cheaper option for people who simply want a high-quality and durable pair of comfortable work shoes. They are not necessarily for construction but are excellent for other workplaces such as a warehouse.

Reebok Men’s Athletic Oxford 

The Reebok Athletic Oxfords breathe well and are light-weight, flexible, and extremely comfortable work shoes. The upper shoe and footbed conform to the foot for added stability and comfort.

These shoes are advertised as construction shoes on Amazon, but we don’t recommend them for that. Although they do have steel safety toes, there are other comfortable work shoes that offer more protection.

Instead, we recommend these shoes for jobs that involve a lot of mobility and only minor protection.

Finally, these shoes are affordable and will last longer than most other light-weight mesh shoes.

May The Best Shoes Win

Only you know which shoes will fit best. Are you looking for heavy-duty protection, flexibility, or light-weight mobility? Which shoe appeals to you the most?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

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The Ultimate SUP App Guide: 12 Must Have SUP Apps for Paddle boarders

Only one thing is better than stand up paddle boarding: stand up paddle boarding with the best SUP apps on the digital marketplace.

Did you think paddle boarding is as simple as standing on your board and paddling with proper technique? Well, you’re kind of right. However, the experienced paddle boarder knows that there’s more to it than that.

Why Use Apps?

Paddle boarding can be dangerous, and after all, it is not the 1960s anymore. So why not use apps to ensure you know what you’re getting into when you take to the water?

Not only can the best SUP apps help you find fun and exciting new areas to explore on the water, but they can also inform you when conditions are optimal.

Come wind or high water, you’ll always know exactly what to expect. This also helps you plan out your excursions in advance without having to cancel your plans last minute.

Additionally, SUP apps are a great way of connecting with other people who also enjoy stand up paddle boarding. Entire communities of people sharing their experiences and knowledge can be accessed with the right SUP app.

Finally, some SUP apps let you track your path across the water and record your journey in other ways.

The 12 Best SUP Apps

Here are seven diverse SUP apps to take your paddle boarding experience to the next level.

Windy

Windy is a SUP app that allows you to track weather conditions both in real-time and future projections

Have you ever been amped up for a fun day of paddle boarding only to discover that the water is too choppy, the wind is too strong, or the temperature is too hot? That ends now with the Windy SUP app.

Windy is a professional and highly-rated app that is also extremely customizable with various color palettes and weather layers. Use it to track weather up to five days in advance, including waves.

Not only that, Windy has access to webcams all over the world, letting you see with your own eyes what conditions are like in popular paddle boarding spots right this moment.

Runtastic

Runtastic is a fitness app by Adidas that also serves as a useful SUP app. Just add paddle boarding as your activity and easily track fitness statistics such as duration, calories burned, and distance traveled.

This app uses GPS to map your routes so that you can easily see where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re heading.

If paddle boarding only makes up one slice of your fitness pie then you’ll love this app for the ability to track and record your other activities as well.

Lastly, you can easily share details about your paddle boarding ventures straight from the app to your social media.

This app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Go Paddling

For a SUP app with a massive amount of paddle boarding locations, it’s hard to beat Go Paddling. This SUP app boasts detailed information about over 25,000 paddle boarding areas, including fees and safety guidelines.

It also uses Google Maps to provide quick and easy directions and traffic information in seconds.

Motionize SUP

Motionize SUP is a SUP app that works with the Motionize SUPerior sensor to give you feedback about your paddle strokes.

Not only does this SUP app give you real-time, hands-free audio feedback, but it also tracks your performance so you can see how you are improving over time.

Motionize SUP can help you get the most with every stroke by measuring entry angle and distance per stroke.

This app is available on both iPhone and Android devices.

Be Ready

Be Ready is a fantastic SUP app that every paddle boarder should have in case of an emergency. It provides detailed and easily understood information on how to deal with all kinds of situations.

This app is sponsored by Red Cross, so you know it is trustworthy. You may not need it for a long time, but you will be happy you have it when you do.

This app is only available on iPhone.

Paddle Ready

Paddle Ready is a SUP app designed by the Affordable Care act for paddlers. Use it for a variety of niche tasks that you may not be able to find as easily anywhere else.

For example, you can use Paddle Ready to predict when to track the tides and see when river levels will be low or high. Since these variables can be dangerous and may lead to damaging your paddle board, it’s extremely useful information to have.

Another great feature of Paddle Ready is the ability to an ACA certified paddle board instructor in your vicinity. You can also download gear checklists and other documents to ensure that you are always prepared.

Paddle Monster

Paddle Monster is a useful SUP app designed by Larry Cain, an Olympic Canoeist from Canada. His app is perfect for paddle-based watersports such as canoeing and paddle boarding.

Think of Paddle Monster as a social media app for watersports. You can join SUP communities and find other people who love to paddle board. Share your progress and adventures with likeminded individuals.

The app costs $10 a month, and you can also find personal training and paddle boarding apparel for a cost.

Paddle Monster is only available on iPhone.

RiverApp

Like Paddling Maps, RiverApp is a SUP app that provides information about hazards and water levels along the courses of rivers. In fact, River APP has detailed information on over 8,900 rivers through North America.

What’s more, users including yourself can report dangerous conditions and other issues in a location to share with others, so the database is constantly growing.

Another great Riverapp feature is the ability to get automated notifications when the water level of a river becomes too high or low.

Maps.me

Maps.me is a must-have SUP app if you plan on paddle boarding in an area where there is the slightest chance of losing reception.

This useful SUP app updates daily and contains offline maps of the entire world. It even functions as a navigational system.

That means even when your signal is at no bars, you’ll still know where you’re heading.

You won’t find as much information on here as you would on google maps; However, what you will find are trails, campsites, grocery stores, and any services useful for travelers.

GeoSUP

GeoSUP is a useful SUP app for tracking and comparing your performance to other paddle boarders.

This app records your time spent on the water and provides you with detailed statistics, including top speed and total distance traveled.

You can also take photos and share your trips to the user database, and log hazards such as rocks, reefs, boats, and more.

Best of all, GeoSUP is a fantastic app for finding popular routes and planning trips because you can see what other users have shared.

This app is only available on the iPhone app store.

Paddler Logger

Paddle Logger is a SUP app that is very similar to GeoSUP, though without the same nifty social networking features. However, Paddle Logger has its own strengths which make it worth checking out.

Like GeoSUP, Paddle Logger records your trips and lets you view detailed information about your performance. Paddle Logger is a bit more detailed in this regard, with stats like average speed and pace.

Those who paddle board very frequently will enjoy the fact that you can organize your trips into different folders. You can also easily add photos to each trip, and view the path you took.

Paddle Logger is an app that many will like for its simple and easy interface.

This app is only available on the iPhone app store.

Paddling Magazine

Stay up to date on paddle boarding news with the Paddling Magazine SUP app. Paddling Magazine has everything you need to know about new gear and the most popular paddle boarding locations.

Plus, Paddling Magazine is filled with breathtaking photos and articles about stand up paddle boarding and other paddle-based watersports.

Paddle Out

Now that you have all the paddle boarding apps you could ever possibly want, you’re ready to take to the water.

What are your favorite SUP apps on the iPhone and Android app stores? Let us know in the comments below!

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17 Halloween Costume Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

With all the spooky outfits you see, it’s ironic that the scariest part of Halloween is often choosing a Halloween costume of your own. However, with a little inspiration, you too can have a Halloween costume that is sure to impress.

What Makes a Good Halloween Costume?

When choosing a Halloween costume, everyone has their own goals.

For example, some people may desire a truly frightening costume. After all, Halloween is at its core a way to celebrate the spooky and supernatural.

For kids, Halloween can give them the chance to dress up as a superhero, or perhaps something they aspire to be when they grow up.

More and more, Halloween costumes are also a way for people to show off their favorite characters from pop culture. A good Halloween costume reflects something about the person wearing it, even if it is just a desire to scare people.

It’s the little things

Of course, there is more to it than that. One thing that exceptional Halloween costumes usually have in common is attention to detail.

Whether it is intricate clothes, intense face paint, fake blood, or an epic wig, the best costumes are fine-tuned down to the tiniest features. Fortunately, there are plenty of detailed premade costumes for people seeking easy Halloween costumes.

8 Scary Halloween Costumes

If you’re looking to frighten the bejeebers out of people, you can’t go wrong with traditional costumes drawing from ancient folklore. There are also options from horror movies and pop culture to choose from.

1. A wicked witch

The witch is a classic Halloween costume with a lot of room for customization. Only the hat and broomstick are truly necessary,  leaving you with the freedom to decide the rest of the outfit.

For example, long black dresses make particularly haunting Halloween costumes when paired with black capes. You can use face paint to make yourself pale and ghostly, and paint Wiccan symbols on your forehead. Earings are also a nice touch.

This Halloween costume is only as scary as you choose to make it.

2. The Joker

Let’s be honest, clowns are already frightening enough. However, a good Joker costume takes it to a whole new level. If you’re looking for easy Halloween costumes that are still heavily disturbing, this one may be for you.

Use white face paint for the face, red for the mouth, and dark green or black for the eyes. Beyond that, all you need is the wig and his iconic purple suit.

3. Billy the Puppet from Saw

Keeping with the creepy clown-like theme, Billy the Puppet is another great choice for easy Halloween costumes. This one is sure to bring back traumatic memories for anyone who has seen the Saw movies.

All it requires is some face paint and a black suit with a white shirt and red bow tie. Alternatively, you could just buy the costume with a mask from Amazon.

4. A wailing banshee

A banshee is a female spirit that either warns of impending death or calls attention to a death that has already happened.

Malevolent banshees, as seen in the show Supernatural, emit a high-pitched scream so excruciating it causes victims to commit suicide.

Pale skin and a tattered dress are the main trademarks of banshees. However, many banshee costumes also feature white hair and tears of blood.

5. A decaying zombie

Zombies are another classic Halloween costume and provide even more freedom. Since zombies are typically undead citizens, have fun thinking about your backstory.

You could be a construction worker turned zombie, for instance, or someone famous like Elon Musk. The amount of decaying flesh you have is also completely up to you.

Use clothes you don’t care about ruining and cut holes where ever you see fit. Use face paint and fake blood to make it look like you’ve been through some stuff. Don’t forget to make your eyes look dark and gaunt.

Of course, you can always simply go for a premade zombie costume.

6. A soulless demon

Nothing says “demon” like a great set of horns and pointy teeth. It’s part of how demons choose their mates.

Depending on your interpretation, demons can be horrifying monstrosities or reserved and decadent beings.

The latter would generally be drawn to jewelry and fancy clothes such as a robe or dress. If you prefer scary then a mask and fake claws might be in order.

7. A White Walker

Despite the disappointing series finale, Game of Thrones remains one of the most beloved pop culture series of all time. The White Walkers’ single-minded goal of adding humans to their undead army makes them an excellent choice for Halloween costumes.

If you’re looking for easy Halloween costumes, then you can’t go wrong with a Night King mask and outfit.

For women or those looking for cheap Halloween costumes, all you really need is some face paint, a white wig, and some black clothes. You can use black leather straps for extra detail without adding too much to the cost.

8. Coraline’s mom

Mrs. Jones from the movie Coraline may be one of the creepiest characters in existence, making her a perfect Halloween costume.

A polka dot dress, black and white face paint, two large buttons, some wire, and perhaps a wig are all that you need for this one.

Use white paint as the base for your face and add black eyebrows, lips, and any other details you wish. For the neck and below the collar bone, use black as the base and add the skeleton features.

Glue a large button to each end of wire long enough to go around the back of your head, and paint the wire white so that it blends in. You can cut a hole in the center of the buttons to make it easier to see, or just hide them behind your hair until it’s time to take pictures.

5. Fun Halloween Costumes

Not everyone is looking to induce nightmares with their Halloween costume, and that’s okay. Your goal with your costume might just be to look cute or awesome.

Fortunately, the possibilities are nearly limitless.

9. A mystical fairy

Although not frightening, fairies are technically spirits. So even in the traditional sense, Halloween is their holiday too.

There are many types of fairies, most of which are the embodiment of a specific element. For example, an earth fairy would likely have an outfit with shades of green. In contrast, a fire fairy would wear orange and red.

Regardless of the colors you choose, nearly all fairies have pointy ears, beautiful wings, and wear pretty dresses or skirts.

Feel free to put on colorful makeup and embrace your love of glitter with this Halloween costume.

10. An adorable avocado

When it comes to eating avocados, people tend to have a love/hate relationship with them. However, most everyone agrees on the universal cuteness of an avocado with a face.

If you’re looking for easy Halloween costumes, this one requires very little effort. Simply find a costume that works for you and wait for it to arrive.

This is also a great choice for couples looking for matching Halloween costumes.

11. A Hogwarts student

If you’re one of Harry Potter’s many faithful fans, then dressing up as a Hogwarts student makes for a perfect Halloween costume.

Just order yourself a wand and the robes for your house of choice, and your job is done. All that is left is for you to convince people that you’re brave enough to be in Gryffindor, or that Slytherins are not all bad.

If you prefer to go as a specific character from the Harry Potter universe such as Harry or Ron, it’s as easy as buying a wig. You could even dress up as Professor McGonnogal if you think you can match her shrewd face and piercing gaze.

12. Your favorite character from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender is extremely popular, and is frequently among the most streamed shows on Netflix.

Any fan of the series will agree that the characters are what makes it so fantastic. In fact, we defy you to name a character that isn’t memorable. There are Ang, Saka, Katara, and Zuko to name a few.

These are also easy Halloween costumes that require very little effort. Simply buy the matching outfit and a few extra trinkets to go along with it. For example, Ang’s costume needs a bald cap and blue paint for his tattoos, and Saka never goes anywhere without his trusty boomerang.

13. A Pandora native

Speaking of Avatar, there’s also the completely unrelated 2009 film directed by James Cameron. You know, the one with the blue aliens.

Going as a Pandora native only requires a wig and blue paint for your face and any exposed skin. The clothes are really up to you since you could technically be wearing anything. But for women, there is a premade jumpsuit available on Amazon.

4 Heros and Villians

Below you will find some of the best ideas for hero and villain Halloween costumes.

Your favorite Disney villain

With Disney Plus and the wide array of Disney Villain’s merchandise now available, nostalgia for these characters is at an all-time high. Like Avatar, Disney is filled with memorable characters that people are sure to appreciate.

If you’re looking for a fun yet evil Halloween costume, there are plenty of options available from Disney.

14. Gaston

Gaston from Beauty and the Beast is the epitome of toxic masculinity, and many a Disney fan’s favorite villain. This easy Halloween costume only requires you to order the outfit and shave your beloved facial hair.

15. Ursula

Disney’s sassiest villain is also many peoples’ favorite. Ursula from Beauty and the Beast makes for an instantly recognizable and memorable Halloween costume.

You’ll want to go heavy on the makeup for this one.

Your favorite superhero (or villain)

Many of us wish we could dress up as a superhero every day of the year, but unfortunately, society does not deem it acceptable. When it gets down to it, there are only two times a year when people will understand: Comicon and Halloween.

Opening this can of worms gives access to all kinds of possibilities for both men and women.

16. Gamora

Since Guardians of the Galaxy and her appearance in Avengers, Gamora has become a beloved character within the Marvel universe. This easy Halloween costume only requires you to buy the outfit and paint your face and hands green.

17. Thor

Marvel’s Thor makes dressing up like a Viking and speaking in fanciful old English cool, and for that we should honor him. You only need to buy the costume, but you may also want a wig in order to really sell it.

You Do You!

Ultimately, what you choose to be for Halloween is entirely up to you. We have confidence that you are a wonderful, intelligent human being with endless amounts of creativity. Everyone has their own preferences, so feel free to go crazy with whatever makes you happy.

What do you plan on being for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Make a Convincing Nerd Costume in 5 Simple Steps

A well-made nerd costume is a fun alternative to scary costumes and is sure to stand out from the crowd.

Do you have an inner nerd that you have been repressing? Now is the time to let it shine.

What Is a Nerd?

Generally speaking, a nerd is extremely intelligent but lacks social skills and physical fitness. They tend to know a lot about everything and spend most of their time alone or with other nerds.

Nerds are similar to geeks, except that geeks have a more narrow focus and don’t necessarily have the same level of intelligence.

For example, a geek might be very into computers or just really like comic books.

Nowadays, people may identify as a nerd just because they think of themselves as being intelligent and for no other reason. For a nerd costume though, the entire definition is key.

What Do Nerds Wear?

It should go without saying that there is no universal nerd outfit that all nerds wear on a daily basis.

However, for the purpose of creating a nerd costume that is immediately recognizable, there are certain stereotypes that we can play into.

For example, glasses are a universal symbol of nerdiness that television shows and movies exploit over and over again. Apparently something about not being able to see properly forces a person’s brain to exercise.

Of course, nerdiness and glasses are not necessarily mutually inclusive. The one nerd stereotype portrayed most often is that nerds do not have a strong fashion sense.

Attention to detail

Beyond their lack of understanding of what looks attractive, nerds are often obsessively neat and organized. This can visually separate nerds from geeks.

Wrinkly clothes are a sign of lazy and laid-back personalities. Nerds are neither of those things (stereotypically speaking), so your nerd costume should be pristine.

Your nerd costume may include horribly out of date clothing and color schemes that shouldn’t exist, but it should not appear sloppy.

Drawing Inspiration

Nerdy characters show up a lot in pop culture. These characters perpetuate stereotypes, but also often make nerds more relatable to the average person.

Using your favorite nerds as inspiration, you can quickly come up with ideas for your nerd costume.

The Big Bang Theory

Even now, The Big Bang Theory is still one of the most heavily watched shows on TV and streaming services. The show contains a wide array of nerdy characters.

Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon, a literal genius with an eidetic memory, is also nearly incapable of reading social cues. He’s a nerd if ever there was one.

Sheldon’s childlike personality shines through in the clothes he wears, which include a brightly colored t-shirt over a long-sleeved shirt. He often wears comic book t-shirts, but we suggest choosing a t-shirt with some kind of science or physics reference.

Howard Wolowitz

Howard Wolowitz wears tight, brightly colored pants with a matching tucked-in flannel. His belt is clearly visible, and he likes to collect special belt buckles. He also has a bowl haircut.

Amy Fowler

Amy Fowler is a nerdy biologist with intelligence that rivals Sheldon. In contrast to Penny’s character, Amy likes to keep herself covered and usually wears a sweater vest over a patterned blouse.

She also wears a long skirt with leggings and glasses. Penny likes to joke that she dresses like her grandmother.

The Good Place: Chidi Anagonye

The Good Place is a show with a different take on what being a nerd looks like.

In the show, Chidi Anagonye is a former professor of moral philosophy who has difficulty making decisions about anything. This is reflected in his clothes, which are extremely mundane.

Chidi wears a sweater vest over a long-sleeve shirt, tucked into his beige or similarly colored dress pants. He also has very thick-rimmed glasses.

Family Matters: Steve Urkel

Steve Urkel from Family Matters has perhaps the most stereotypical appearance of any character we’ve mentioned.

His disproportionately large tortoise glasses are even more noticeable for the cord that wraps around the back of his head. He wears brightly colored long-sleeve shirts and jeans held up way too high by suspenders.

Sometimes he even wears a bowtie.

Designing Your Nerd Costume

Now that you’ve gathered some inspiration, you can start to design your nerd costume.

Creating a high-quality nerd costume works best if you consider each detail separately.

The hair

Nerds do not typically use a lot of product in their hair, but their hair isn’t messy either.

Men might have a bowl haircut like Howard Wolowitz, or very short hair that requires no maintenance, like Chidi Anagonye. They might also have medium-length hair that is neatly parted and very flat.

For women, your nerd costume could have your hair down, or in a bun or ponytail. We suggest wearing your hair up if you have particularly shiny hair.

Another option is to simply go with a wig.

The face

Nerds do not wear a lot of makeup. This is one of the main differences between the so-called nerdy girl and the hot girl in movies.

Nerds are clean but they just don’t care or don’t have enough time to pour into their appearance. So keep your makeup to a minimum.

You will notice that almost every nerd in every show and movie ever is clean-shaven. This isn’t because they shave their face every day. It’s because their testosterone levels are so low they don’t grow facial hair.

Poky things terrify nerds, so they also stay away from piercings. A necklace maybe, but nothing too pretty or cool.

Next, you’ll have to decide whether or not your nerd costume will have glasses. Personally, we think they are a must if you want people to guess what you are.

You can also wrap tape around the bridge end pieces to make it look like they break a lot.

Finally, if you feel like your nerd costume needs an extra boost of nerdiness, consider fake braces.

The body

The stereotypical nerd costume has become a white shirt with suspenders and a red bow-tie. This works equally well for both men and women.

However, nerds come in many forms, so feel free to break out of this box.

Whatever you choose, we do suggest that you stick to long-sleeve shirts, as nerds seem to have an aversion to showing skin. Stay away from colors that normal people tend to wear, like black and dark blues. Instead, wear white or bright colors.

Be sure to tuck in your shirt if you wear nothing over it, as nerds are supposed to be meticulously organized. If you have an exposed pocket then think about adding a visible pocket protector and pens.

Another idea is to wear a messenger bag, which could actually come in handy.

Below the belt

Where you choose to place your belt can say a lot about your level of nerdiness. Place it at the top of your hips or higher, but definitely not lower. Choose a belt that is going to stand out from your pants.

We don’t suggest black pants or blue jeans, as they are too ordinary. Instead, try tan dress pants, red jeans, or something in that ballpark.

Avoid relaxed fit pants since relaxed isn’t in the nerd’s nature. Tight jeans or straight fit pants are the way to go.

Pick a pair of shoes that goes well with the rest of your outfit. If your outfit is colorful, you might want to choose colorful shoes as well. Otherwise, a nice pair of black dress shoes might do the trick.

Finally, consider wearing a cellphone holster for a little extra nerdy spice.

Beyond The Outfit

If you really want to sell your outfit to your friends, family, and random strangers, it helps to go beyond appearances and really embrace the character.

This is where you get to imagine who your nerd is, and how he or she interacts with the rest of the world.

It may take some practice, but switching seamlessly in an out of character will add an extra dimension to your nerd costume.

Body language

Nerds often have very different body language than someone who is more neurotypical. This is because their social awkwardness or lack of social awareness manifests itself in the way they move.

For instance, a nerd who spends a lot of time in front of the computer is likely to have shoulders that roll forward instead of staying back. They may also slouch.

A socially awkward nerd will likely avoid eye contact, turn their body away from the person they are talking to, and assume defensive body language.

Nerds may also have ticks, such as twiddling their fingers, biting their nails, or scratching the back of their heads.

On the other hand, prim and proper nerds may have excessively good posture and use elaborate hand gestures.

Voice

Voice is an equally important part of your nerd costume. If your nerd is nervous, your voice should reflect that.

Leonard Hofstadter from Big Bang Theory often trails off at the end of his sentences when talking to Penny in the earlier seasons.

Stuart Bloom, the comic book owner from that show does the same thing, except much more often. He has a shaky voice that reveals his anxiety and lack of self-confidence.

In contrast, Sheldon Cooper has an enormous amount of self-confidence because he lacks self-awareness. His pompous attitude is enhanced by his higher-pitched tone of voice.

Dialogue

Nerds are always saying things that other people either don’t understand or don’t care about. You can use this stereotype to your advantage to make people laugh.

For example, Sheldon is constantly boring his friends with the etymology of words or random history facts. If someone offers you candy corn you could say, “did you know that candy corn was invented in the 1880s by a Wunderlee Candy Company employee named George Renninger?”

Researching a few Halloween related facts and reciting them to your friends in character is a great way to enhance your nerd costume.

Sheldon is also reasserting the fact that he is smarter than everyone else. He frequently refers to the people around him as average.

Nerd jokes

Having a few cheesy nerd jokes up your sleeve is another way to establish your presence as a nerd. Here are a few to get you started:

“I’m reading a book about anti-gravity… I can’t put it down!”

“I have a new theory on inertia… But it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere!”

“Did you know there’s a band called 1023MB? They’re pretty good, but they haven’t had a gig yet!”

“Why is beer never served at a math party? Because you can’t drink and derive!”

Of course, you may want to save these jokes for people you know will get them.

 Live Long and Prosper

You are now ready to embrace your inner nerd with a nerd costume. Choose your nerd gear wisely and go out into the world.

What kind of nerd will you be? Let us know in the comments below!