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September 2014

 
September 18, 2014

* Best Deals: Our favorite chef's knife and favorite pairing knife from Victorinox are in a 3-piece set for just $35 (from $55). [Woot!]

September 17, 2014
The Best Dish Rack Polder 4-Piece Advantage
After 60 hours of research, interviews with two industrial designers, and washing the equivalent of 35 loads of dishes, we found the Polder 4-Piece Advantage is the best dish rack for a four-person household that cooks 5+ meals a week. We have additional picks too, if you'd rather spend less money or need a rack that's more compact.    Read More >
September 16, 2014

* Ecobee unveiled a new smart thermostat that we want to test called the Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. It's available for $250 with the option of adding remote sensors in multiple rooms. [Best Smart Thermostat]

September 12, 2014

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best tea maker, the Breville One-Touch, is down to a low price, $150 refurbished (from $250 new). [Woot!]

September 12, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of September 12, 2014
In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, we bring you the definitive guide to folding fitted sheets, tips on how to grow citrus trees indoors, and the best places to sell your old iPhone (especially helpful if you plan to upgrade to the iPhone 6/6 Plus).
September 11, 2014
The Best Step Stool Gorilla EasyReach Aluminum 2-step
We took a hard look at new competition in the world of step stools, but it was the new version of last year's favorite Gorilla EasyReach 2-step that came out on top. It's a great size for most use cases, is surprisingly light, and gives you a bigger lift than other stools we tested. Plus, this newer version features a built-in tool shelf.    Read More >
September 11, 2014
The Best Kitchen Scale Jennings CJ4000
After 30 hours weighing everything from bread dough to coffee beans, the $26 Jennings CJ4000 is the best digital kitchen scale for most people. It’s the only model we tested that measures in half grams—something our prior pick can’t do—for better precision. For accuracy down to .1 g for coffee and spices, we also have a great pocket scale.   Read More >
September 8, 2014

* At readers' request, we had five women test hammers for us and four of them preferred the lighter Estwing EC-12C over our main pick. [Best Hammer]

* After several more hours of research, we couldn't turn up anything better for tea steeping than the Finum Brewing Basket, which we still love. We did find an intriguing new (very expensive) tea pot design coming later this year and included the Zojirushi Travel Mug with Tea Leaf Filter in the guide as our favorite portable option. [Best Tea Steeper]

September 7, 2014
The Best Soft Cooler Polar Bear 24-Pack
After more than 30 hours of research and ice-melt testing on eight models, the Polar Bear 24-Pack is the best soft cooler we found. Ice stayed solid for 44 hours in the Polar Bear, outperforming all but one (now-discontinued) cooler. We like the origami-like structure because of its light weight, open-cell insulation, and sturdy, waterproof liner.    Read More >
September 5, 2014

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer, the ThermoWorks Thermapen, is down to a temporary low price, $88 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

September 5, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of September 5, 2014
In this weekends edition of Inner Vision, we introduce you to a beginners guide to drills and bits, tips on how to take the best macro photographs ever, and make sure you never pick a bad Netflix movie again with A Better Queue.
September 4, 2014

* The Dyson 360 Eye, with a 360-degree camera navigation system, is a robot vac we're looking forward to testing when it's released some time next year. [Best Robot Vacuum]

September 3, 2014

* Because the FDA does not regulate the use of the words “natural” or “organic” on cosmetics labels it's difficult to make a definitive organic lotion recommendation, but we do have an alternative suggestion. [The Body Lotions We'd Get]

September 3, 2014
The Grow Lights We Like Hydrofarm FLT24
If you're ready to get seedlings started indoors for the winter, we spent 50 hours on research and interviewed six experts (one of whom designed plant lighting for Antarctica and the moon) to find the best grow lights. The $91 Hydrofarm FLT24 is low-maintenance, runs cool in small spaces, and provides bright light for stout plants.   Read More >
September 2, 2014

* We took a look at the Trudeau Graviti pepper mill now that it has been released. If you prefer electric, it’s the one to get (though we don’t recommend it over manual mills).

August 2014

 
August 29, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 29, 2014
In this edition of Inner Vision, we share helpful info on how to be prepared for an unexpected disaster, delve into the reasoning behind why we’re so nostalgic about music we loved as teenagers, and include tips on crime prevention through environmental design.
August 28, 2014

* We spent another four hours researching citrus juicers and testing two additional models against our main pick. The Black & Decker CJ625 is still the most efficient juicer we’ve found, but we do have a new runner-up choice.

August 28, 2014
The Best Hose Nozzle Gilmour Nozzle Full Size Zinc Nozzle 573TF
After testing several of the top-rated models, the Gilmour Full Size Zinc Pistol is the one I’d get because it’s made well, easy-to-use, darn cheap, and it has a great spray pattern.   Read More >
August 28, 2014
The Body Lotions We’d Get CeraVe Renewing SA
We teamed up with a chemist, interviewed five top dermatologists, and tested with a 50-person panel to find that CeraVe SA lotion is what we'd recommend for most people. Compared against the others we tested, our panel liked it the most thanks to its thick texture (without being greasy) and absorption rate. It's also fragrance-free, so it won't irritate sensitive skin.   Read More >
August 27, 2014

* We've continued to test our favorite steak knife set from Victorinox, breaking them out once or twice a month since February. The blades remain in great condition, and we've had no need to sharpen them.

* After further research, the inside of the Zojirushi Stainless Mug, our favorite travel mug, is in fact covered by a non-stick coating, despite multiple claims by the company's public relations rep to the contrary. If you'd rather not have any kind of coating on the inside of your mug, our runner up is a good choice.

August 27, 2014
The Best Garden Hose Craftsman All Rubber Garden Hose, 5/8" x 50 ft
For folks looking to keep their garden lush, cars clean, and sprinklers sprinkling, the best choice is the Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose because of its great price, durability, build quality, lack of plasticizers, and lifetime warranty.    Read More >
August 26, 2014
The Best Soda Maker Sodastream Jet
If you drink a lot of seltzer and are tired of wasting plastic bottle after plastic bottle from the grocery store, you should get the Sodastream Jet. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and made the second-best-tasting soda water.    Read More >
August 22, 2014

* We have a new alternate bike taillight pick for those who care a lot about being able to swap it out quickly and easily between different bikes.

* Both our Best Slippers and Best Comforter picks are holding up exceptionally well--even in summer.

* Best Deals: Our favorite soda maker set, the Mastrad Purefizz, is down to its lowest price, $45 (from $66). [Woot!]

August 22, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 22, 2014
In this weekend edition of Inner Vision, we show you where all lost & unclaimed airline baggage ends up, share an introduction to Hyperlapse photography, and discover the most optimal time to have a cup of coffee is based on your body’s circadian rhythms & cortisol production.
August 18, 2014

* Best Deals: Our second best pick for electric razor, the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D, has matched its lowest price, $120 (from $180). [Amazon]

August 15, 2014

* We updated our dish soap guide with one of our editors' observations from switching to Seventh Generation Dish Liquid for the past six months.

August 15, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 15, 2014
There’s a plenitude of sites (including our own) recommending and rating just about everything made by mankind. But as important as “what to buy” is knowing what’s possible using the products you’ve purchased. In this weekend edition of Inner Vision, we show you why cooking a frozen steak is better than thawing it first, one BIG reason to use a backpack or tote instead […]
August 14, 2014

* Vornado has  announced a recall of its VH110 Whole Room Vortex electric space heaters due to more than two dozen reports of them overheating, melting, smoking, and in one case, catching fire. If you have the Vornado VH110, be sure to unplug it right away and contact the company for a free replacement at (844) 205-7978 or www.vornado.com and click on the recall graphic in the lower right corner of the page.

August 13, 2014

* Nomiku has announced a new version of our alternate pick for Best Budget Sous Vide Gear, and Mastrad has responded to our concerns regarding the Purefizz soda maker rusting and the company's subpar customer service.

August 11, 2014

* After six months we've learned to love our favorite champagne glass for more than just sparkling wine. Meanwhile, our pick for best wine glass continues to stand up to any kind of chipping or cracking despite daily use and cleaning.

August 8, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 8, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we introduce you to The Inbox Checkup, an email habit analyzer for the last 100 days, Sea Australia shows you how to identify and possibly survive a rip tide, and the […]
August 8, 2014
The Best Pie Plate Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish
The sturdy, well-crafted Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish ($40) is our favorite plate for pies of all kinds. Made of durable stoneware that conducts heat slowly and uniformly, this plate creates perfectly browned, crisp crusts and evenly-cooked fillings. It’s also the preferred plate of many enthusiastic pie makers we spoke with—pros and home bakers alike. For this update, we built on the initial 12 hours of research (and many more of testing) in our original guide with an additional 7 hours of baking in top-rated pie plates. The Emile Henry was the clear winner.    Read More >
August 7, 2014

* GE's new Energy Smart LED 60W equivalent bulb sells for about the same as our favorite LED light bulb, but it has a shorter lifespan and warranty than our pick and is not as efficient.

August 6, 2014
The Best Portable Vacuum Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac
Over 75 hours of research and testing led us to the Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac as best for most people. It has powerful suction and the battery can last longer than the competition. Plus, its 4-foot flexible hose can access hard-to-reach places where others cannot, including our previous pick.   Read More >
August 5, 2014

* What do you want in a bath mat? Fill out our quick survey to help us find the best candidates for testing.

August 4, 2014
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi Stainless Mug
The new Zojirushi Stainless Mug is an evolutionary improvement over its predecessor (our previous pick for best travel mug) and doesn't compromise on design or insulating abilities. After 8 hours, coffee was 20 degrees hotter in the Zojirushi than the next mug down in our test group.   Read More >
August 1, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 1, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we show you why using weaker passwords in some cases can improve security, tips on how to whiten those yellowing pillows, and a guide on switching to LED light bulbs via NPR.

July 2014

 
July 31, 2014
The Best Kitchen Trash Can simplehuman Wide Step Rectangular Step Trash Can (Fingerprint-Proof)
After 30 hours of research, arguing the merits of 50+ trash cans, talking to six food professionals, and testing 12 finalists with 12 average users, we found the best trash can. The simplehuman Wide Step has a removable liner for easy cleaning and a stay-open switch keeps it from closing while you bustle around the kitchen.    Read More >
July 28, 2014

* We added long-term testing notes to our citrus juicer guide and put our washer and dryer guide on wait status while we research replacements for our current picks that were just discontinued.

July 25, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 25, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we share tips for squeezing a few more sheets out of an “empty” ink jet cartridge, shaving with olive oil instead of chemical-based foams or creams, and how […]
July 23, 2014

* We took a look another look at the field of watering cans and found that our current pick, the Haws Bosmere V115, is still the best. But since it's out of stock until the end of July, we've named the OXO Outdoor Pour and Store as a runner-up in case you need one right now. We also included our long-term test notes from using the Haws for the past year, and updated the competition section.

July 22, 2014
The Best Pepper Mill Peugeot Paris U'Select
After 45 hours of research and testing, we found the best pepper mill for most people. The Peugeot Paris U’Select was the first pepper mill over a century ago, and it’s still the best. Its sharp, steel mechanism ground 1/2 tsp. of pepper faster and more evenly than the competition.   Read More >
July 18, 2014

* We put the Quirky + GE Aros "smart" AC through its paces. See the air conditioner guide for why we can't recommend it just yet.

July 18, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 18, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we share tips for capturing the next “Supermoon,” why size matters when picking the right grill for summer picnic season, and how to improve your smartphone snapshots in two swipes and a tap.
July 17, 2014

* We beefed up our bug-killing gear guide with more tips on fighting mosquitoes, and in the LED bulb guide we explain why we don't recommend Ikea's inexpensive Ledare bulbs.

* Best Deals: Our favorite juicer, the Omega 8004, is back down to its lowest price, $200 (from $230). [Amazon]

July 16, 2014

* We're hiring a Product Manager to help us make our sites better. Know any people who might be interested?

July 15, 2014

* Since it's been six months since we published our Best Step Stool guide, we updated it with long-term usage notes for our pick.

July 15, 2014
The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps Earth Machine
We spent 20 hours on research, consulted three experts, and tapped into our writer’s 20 years of experience to find the best composting units for most people. The Earth Machine is often available at Public Works departments for a substantial discount. It’s simple to aerate, has a large opening, and keeps rodents out – unlike the competition. We also have recommendations for larger and smaller needs.   Read More >
July 11, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 11, 2014
There’s a plentitude of sites (including our own) recommending and rating just about everything made by mankind. But as important as “what to buy” is knowing what’s possible using the products you’ve purchased. Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them.
July 11, 2014
The Best Drinking Glass Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar (Set of 6)
We spent 28 hours researching and testing drinking glasses to find the best, subjecting the top eight contenders to punishing drops and temperature tests. The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar drinking glasses were one of only four glasses to survive a 42-inch drop onto concrete. Plus, they stack easily without ever sticking.   Read More >
July 10, 2014

* We updated our wine preserver guide with Serious Eats' findings on how best to store vermouth in a refrigerator.

July 7, 2014

* The first hands-on review of Honeywell's potential Nest competitor is out, so we've updated our Smart Thermostat guide. We also updated our Home Vacuum guide with the latest user reviews for our main pick.

* After a new round of testing we've named the Panasonic Flash Xpress as our runner-up choice for Best Toaster Oven.

* Best Deals: Our second best pick for electric razor, the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D, has matched its lowest price, $120 (from $180). [Amazon]

July 7, 2014
The Best Commuter Bike Lights Cygolite Metro 360/Hotshot
We spent 45 hours examining 31 brands and 150 bike lights, testing for features like brightness and battery life. The Cygolite Metro 360 remains our favorite headlight, while the Hotshot 2W is our new tail light pick, which is USB rechargeable and long lasting. Our favorite is the combo pack containing both these picks.   Read More >
July 4, 2014
The Best Popsicle Molds
If you’re spending the weekend outdoors, enjoying a few homemade popsicles from the Zoku Round Slow Pop Molds is a pretty great way to stay cool. They’re a good size for adults and kids alike, don’t take up much space in your freezer, and work with most ingredients without risking breakage.
July 3, 2014

* To round out our guide to Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling, we added our top picks for charcoal and popsicle molds.

* Best Deals: Our favorite washer and dryer, the Kenmore Elite Steam Washer and Electric Steam Dryer, are down to a low price of $700 each (from $900 each). [Washer/Dryer]

July 2, 2014
The Best Way To Keep Open Wine Fresh Private Preserve
After interviewing award-winning sommeliers and holding a taste test with certified wine experts, we found the best way to preserve an open bottle of wine. Private Preserve uses an inert mixture of common gases to prevent oxidation, and performed the best in our head-to-head tests in maintaining flavor and aroma of the wine.   Read More >
July 1, 2014

* To our waffle maker guide we added a model that cooks four at a time as a pick for families (or parties), and in reel lawn mowers we updated the competition section.

* Best Deals: Get our favorite comforter, bed sheets or slippers for 10% off during L.L. Bean's Fourth of July sale with code SUMMER10.