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July 2015

 
July 31, 2015

* There's a new version of our runner-up dishwasher pick, so we updated the guide with the 2015 model of the Bosch Ascenta. The only change is that this new model is quieter than before. [Best Dishwasher]

* Best Deals: Our pick for best soft cooler, the AO Coolers Canvas Series 24 Pack in Charcoal, is down to $54 (from $67). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of July 31, 2015
July 31, 2015
The Best Cutting Board Prepworks
After spending more than 120 hours on research and chopping 23 pounds of produce with 22 cutting boards, we found the Prepworks cutting board is the best for most kitchens. The Prepworks doesn’t require any maintenance and resists warping, staining, and strong odors better than other plastic boards we tested. Its textured plastic makes slicing easier, and it has a better juice groove and handle than any other board we tested.   Read More >
July 30, 2015

* Several readers asked about new LG washers (and dryers) that are similar to our main pick, so we updated our guide with the new info. [Best Washer and Dryer]

July 29, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite coffee maker, the Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Coffee Brewer, is down to $160 (from $180). [Whole Latte Love]

* Best Deals: Our upgrade pick for the best cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson V6, is down to one of its lowest prices, $255 (from $300). [Amazon]

July 28, 2015

* We've updated our air conditioners guide with some observations from long-term testing our pick and details on Frigidaire's new, smart AC. [Best Air Conditioner]

* We updated some of our picks for emergency gear based on American Red Cross and FEMA standards, and early hands-on testing, but stay tuned for our full update to this guide in this fall. [Helpful Gear for Any Emergency]

July 28, 2015
The Best Deals We Can Find
Because we think we can make a small difference by being picky, here are some great deals on solid pieces of gear.    Read More >
July 28, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite air conditioner, the Frigidaire FFRE08B3Q1, is down to $210 (from $216). [Best Buy]

July 27, 2015

* Best Deals: Our runner-up choice for best LED lightbulbs, the Phillips Slimstyle, are available in a 4-pack for $17 (from $22). [Home Depot]

July 27, 2015
The Best Measuring Cups KitchenMade Stainless Steel and Pyrex 2-Cup
After testing 33 measuring cups over the past two years, we found KitchenMade’s Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are best for dry ingredients, and Pyrex’s 2-Cup Measuring Cup is the best for liquids. They’re more durable than the competition, easier to clean, and the most compact models we tested. They’re also quite accurate (for cups).   Read More >
July 24, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best bicycle headlight, the Cygolite Metro 360, is down to $40 (from $50). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of July 24, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, ways to take care of your sneakers, earth-friendly alternatives to dry cleaning, and tips to get the most out of your summer vacation.

July 24, 2015
The Best Sprinkler Gardena ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler on Weighted Sled Base
After testing nine new sprinklers and comparing notes with our 25-sprinkler test in 2013, the Gardena ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler is the best sprinkler for most people. It’s durable, adjustable, and no other sprinkler we tested has its uniquely versatile spray patterns and even coverage over a wide range of spaces.   Read More >
July 23, 2015

* Bosch updated their Ascenta dishwasher line, which means there's a new version of our budget dishwasher pick. The company says the new model will run a few decibels quieter than the previous model, and we plan to test it ourselves when we can. [Best Dishwasher]

* Best Deals: Our no-pets, no-carpet pick for the best robot vacuum, the iRobot Braava 320, is down to $105 (from $140). [Newegg via Ebay]

* Best Deals: A great robot vacuum choice for larger floors, the iRobot Roomba 790, is down to $390 (from $500). [Newegg via Ebay]

* Best Deals: Our upgrade pick for the best cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson V6, is down to $270 (from $300). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for best air conditioner, the LG LW8015ER, is down to $196 with code 14948 (from $240). [Staples]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best wood cutting board, the Proteak Rectangular, is down to $60 (from $68). [Amazon]

July 22, 2015

* Best Deals: Our affordable pick for the best drinking glass, the Libbey Gibraltar, is down to $24 (from $30). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up choice for best LED lightbulbs, the Phillips Slimstyle, are available as an Add-on item for $3 (from $8). [Amazon]

July 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for best cordless stick vacuum, the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, is down to $100 (from $130). [Amazon]

July 21, 2015
The Best Small Trash Cans
After a year spent researching 769 small trash cans (and no, that’s not a typo), and running a dozen standouts through a battery of tests, we found the best small trash cans are the simplehuman 10-Liter Profile Step Can for bathrooms, the Brighton Professional for offices, and the simplehuman in-cabinet for kitchens. These bins can fit tight spaces, resist denting and tipping, accept several types of bags, and look better than plastic buckets.   Read More >
July 20, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite ice cream scoop, the Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop, is available in a set of 2 for $23 (from $40). [QVC]

* Best Deals: A wi-fi enabled air conditioner similar to our best air conditioner, the Frigidaire FFRC0833R1 8,000 BTU air conditioner, is down to $250 (from $290). [Amazon]

July 20, 2015
The Best Gas Grill Weber Spirit E-210 Gas Grill
The Weber Spirit E-210 is the best gas grill for most people. Better-built and more durable than cheaper grills, the Spirit E-210 features a pair of convenient fold-out tables that expand your workspace, and it comes with arguably the best warranty on any grill under $500.   Read More >
July 19, 2015
The Best Soft Cooler AO Canvas Series 24-Pack
After more than 60 hours of research and a 24-hour ice-melt test with 15 coolers in the brutal California sunshine, we found the AO Canvas Series 24-Pack Soft Cooler is the best soft-sided cooler. With enough ice, its insulation keeps food and drinks cold for more than 24 hours, and it is as lightweight, sturdy, and easy to pack as coolers twice its price.   Read More >
July 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for best slow cooker, the Crock-Pot SCV400B, is down to $16 (from $20). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best stand mixer, the KitchenAid Artisan, is down to $245 (from $280). [Woot]

Inner Vision for the weekend of July 17, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly store paint cans, make your own trail mix for backpacking, and use selfies to help you stay in shape.

July 17, 2015
The Best Hand Weeder Nejiri Gama Hoe
After spending more than 50 hours comparing and testing weeders on dandelions, garlic bulbs, and more, we found the Nejiri Gama Hoe is the best tool for most gardens. Sharp and compact, this tool digs into a much wider variety of plants than the competition. It's also the only model we tested that could handle weeds growing in pavement cracks.   Read More >
July 16, 2015

* Best Deals: One of our favorite tea makers, the Breville BTM800XL, is down to $225 (from $250). [Amazon]

July 15, 2015
The Best Ice Cream Scoop Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop
We spent more than 25 hours researching and testing five scoops (after considering 40), to find the classic Zeroll scoop is the best ice cream scoop. Thanks to its heat-conducting core, it cuts into hard ice cream more cleanly than other scoops, and its shape produces gorgeous scoops from the densest of desserts. It’s also easy to clean and durable, and its simple design has remained virtually unchanged since it debuted 75 years ago.   Read More >
July 14, 2015
Our Favorite Deals on Amazon’s Prime Day

* On Wednesday, July 15, Amazon plans to launch a one-day shopping event that it’s calling Prime Day. We’re expecting Amazon to announce a high volume of deals that day, but we’re applying the same maniacal level of deal scanning we do year round. We'll be covering the deals that are actually good over at Wirecutter in our Deals page.

July 14, 2015
The Best Pull-up Bars Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym
After three months of researching doorway pull-up bars and eight hours of testing six top-rated models on nine different door frames, we found the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym is the best for most people. It offers the best combination of price, ease of setup, and range of pull-up variations. Plus, it has the smallest footprint and accommodates the widest range of door frames.   Read More >
July 13, 2015

* Best Deals: The Vornado 660, our runner-up for best fan, is down to $80 with a $20 gift card using code SUMMERSAVE20 (from $100). [Best Buy]

July 12, 2015
The Best Sunscreen NO-AD Sport SPF 50
After 25 hours of research and many more hours spent slathering sunscreen on our own bodies, we’ve determined the NO-AD Sport SPF 50 is the best sunscreen for most people. The NO-AD has all the features you need at a lower price than the competition: This water-resistant lotion offers broad-spectrum protection and has no added fragrance, and out of the 13 different products we tested, it was among the easiest sunscreens to apply.   Read More >
July 10, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 10, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly patch a hole in drywall, grill delicious steaks using a charcoal chimney, and make the most of your photographs with these basic tips.

July 9, 2015

* Best Deals: A more compact pick for best toaster oven, the Panasonic FlashXpress, is down to $90 (from $103). [Panasonic]

July 9, 2015
The Best Ice Cream Maker Whynter ICM-15LS
After 85 hours of research, talking to professional ice cream makers and a food scientist, and testing 14 models, we found the $260 Whynter ICM-15LS is the best ice cream maker for most homes. The Whynter made smoother ice cream in a shorter amount of time than any other model we tested, was quieter than the rest, and the easiest to clean.   Read More >
July 8, 2015

* After some reader feedback, we've updated our room fans guide to better explain our testing process. [Best Fan]

July 6, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite teapot for making multiple cups, the Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot, is down to $17 (from $25). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best shovel, the BullyTools 12-Gauge Round Point Shovel, is down to its lowest price, $31 (from $38). [Amazon]

July 6, 2015
The Best Popsicle Molds Zoku Round Pop Molds
After researching dozens of popsicle molds, testing 26, and making 140 ice pops over the past 2 years, we’ve found Zoku Round Pop Molds are the best molds for most households. They make the most consistent pops of all the molds we tried, are more durable, and easier to use than the competition. Plus, they are the least messy to eat, thanks to unobtrusive drip guards on the sticks.   Read More >
July 3, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 3, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, a book on growing food in your apartment, eight steps for identifying your true overall fitness level, and swords you can cook with.

* Buzzfeed asked The Sweethome to help find 21 Items Worth Putting on Your Registry so you don’t wind up with stuff you’ll chuck into the garage after the wedding’s over.

July 2, 2015

* We just kicked off two new Twitter collections for coffee gear and blenders. If you want to stay up to date on our guides, follow us on @homesweethome.

* Best Deals: Our favorite skillet, the 12-Inch All-Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan, is down to $100 (from $120). [Amazon]

June 2015

 
June 30, 2015

* Just added to our sous vide gear and wine preserver guides: new long-term testing notes for our main picks.

* Best Deals: Our favorite clothes iron, the T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord, is down to its lowest price, $35 (from $45). [Amazon]

June 30, 2015
The Best Citrus Juicer Proctor Silex Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer
After juicing more than 53 pounds of citrus with 13 different juicers, we found the Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer is the best OJ-producing machine for most homes. It produced as much (or more) juice as models 10 times its price. It’s also built better than the competition, and it has one of the best self-contained pitchers we’ve tested, with a pulp-control design that actually works.   Read More >
June 29, 2015

* Frigidaire has announced a new smart AC, and we're 95 percent confident that it's our current pick, plus Wi-Fi and a companion app. We'll be testing the new unit to make sure and will update the guide with our results. [Best Air Conditioner]

* Best Deals: Our Also Great pick for best fan, the Dyson AM06, is available for $140 refurbished (from $240). [Ebay]

* Best Deals: The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer, our top pick in the category, is down to a low price, $240 (from $280). [Meh]

* Best Deals: A great piece of sous vide gear we like, the Classic Nomiku, is down to its lowest price, $180 with code SOUSVIDELY20 (from $200). [Nomiku]

June 28, 2015
The Best Sheets L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets
After more than 100 hours of research and testing, we found that L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets are the best sheets for the third year in a row. The Pima Cotton Sheets are easy to maintain, durable, and better-constructed than the competition. Plus, they’re both soft and cool against the skin.   Read More >
June 26, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of June 26, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, factors to consider when choosing a cell phone to travel with, helpful tips to keep your bike clean, and the fastest way to paint a room (and still get professional results).

June 25, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top picks for best Washer/Dryer, the LG WM3570HWA Front-Load Washer and DLEX3570HWA Front-Load Dryer are down to $700 each (from $900). [Washer/Dryer]

June 25, 2015
The Best Salad Spinner OXO Good Grips
After 25 hours of research and testing eight salad spinners, we found that the OXO Good Grips is the best salad spinner for most people. Its simple design is sturdier and easier to use than any other model we tested, and its unique pump spinner is the easiest to operate. It’s also one of the most compact, though its plastic bowl is big enough for a large head of lettuce.   Read More >
June 24, 2015

* Our pruners guide could have been more clear on which model to get for gardeners with small hands, so we've updated the piece with a link to the Felco 6, an option that is a nearly identical (but smaller) version of our main pick. [Best Garden Pruners]

* Best Deals: Our Also Great choice for best outdoor broom, the Garrett Wade Heavy Duty Broom, is down to $33 shipped (from $41). [Garrett Wade]

June 23, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best robot vacuum, the Roomba 650, is down to $320 with a bundled accessory pack and $50 gift card after using the code SUMMERSAVE20 (from $400). [Best Buy]

June 23, 2015
The Best Basic Home Toolkit HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set
After 70 hours spent researching and testing home toolkits, we found that Home Depot’s $20 HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set is the best for most homeowners. The compact HDX set features all the essentials at a lower price than competitors charge, and it omits the useless filler tools found in other kits. Plus, it has the best adjustable wrench out of all the kits we tested.   Read More >
June 22, 2015

* Best Deals: The 5,000 BTU model of our best air conditioner, the Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 is down to a new low, $160 (from $180). [Amazon]

June 21, 2015
The Best Bike Helmet for Commuters Specialized Echelon
After spending over 20 hours of research and testing with a 10-person panel, we determined the $70 Specialized Echelon, available for men and women, is the best bike helmet for commuters. The Echelon was a near-unanimous favorite among testers, is more comfortable than the competition and is the most thoroughly-certified helmet we tested.   Read More >
June 19, 2015

* Check out our travel gear collection on Twitter, and follow us to see more and get information about our guides.

* Best Deals: Our Also Great step down pick for best skillet, the Tramontina 12-Inch, is down to $38 (from $50) with store pickup. [Walmart]

Inner Vision for the weekend of June 19, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, make your own DIY speaker cables, use acupressure to reduce nausea and vomiting symptoms, and listen to the best soundtrack for increased productivity.

June 19, 2015
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1
We spent 55 hours of research and testing, plus more than 100 hours using various vacuums in the past year, and we found the Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 BH52120 is the best cordless vacuum for most people. The $180 BH52130 is easy to maneuver, more powerful than any cordless vacuum under $200, and converts into an equally powerful handheld vacuum.   Read More >
June 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000, is down to $30 after coupon (from $40). [Amazon]

* Searching for a great scale to add to your bathroom? Tell us what features you want most in our short survey.

June 17, 2015
The Best Fan Seville Classics UltraSlimLine Tower Fan
After close to 60 hours of research and nearly a week spent testing fans in an overheated house, we found the $60 Seville Classics UltraSlimLine 40” Tower Fan is the best fan for most people. The Seville is the most powerful fan we tested and the hardest to tip over, with a better remote control than the competition.   Read More >
June 16, 2015

* Looking to buy the perfect toaster oven? Take our short survey and tell us what features are the most important for you.

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best robot vacuum, the Roomba 650, is down to $320 with a bundled accessory pack and $50 gift card after using the coupon SUMMERSAVE20 (from $400). [Best Buy]

June 15, 2015
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 25 hours researching food processors and conducting nearly two years of long-term testing, we found the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is the best food processor for most home cooks. The Cuisinart Custom is easy to use and clean, it’s more solidly built than the competition, and consistently chops, slices, and kneads better than any model we’ve found under $300.   Read More >
June 12, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite standing bike pump, the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive, and favorite tire lever, Pedro's Tire Lever, are down to $52 (from $65) when bought together with code STOCKUP20. [Bike Pump/Tire Lever]

* School’s out, but we want to know what gear and supplies you and your kids need to make next year better. Tell us your thoughts in our quick survey.

Inner Vision for the weekend of June 12, 2015
June 11, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, is down to its lowest price, $29 (from $44). [BuyDig via eBay]

June 11, 2015
The Best Washer and Dryer LG WM3570HWA and LG DLEX3570W
After 100 hours of researching laundry appliances and interviewing a half-dozen industry experts, we found the LG WM3570HWA washer and DLEX3570W dryer are the best for most people. This LG washer is very close to being the most water-efficient washer available, and the dryer is significantly quieter and easier to unload than other models we looked at. Plus, they’re stackable if you need them to be.   Read More >
June 5, 2015

* Follow us on Twitter for updates on our newest guides and the best deals we find.

June 5, 2015
The Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks MAC MTH-80
After 75 hours of research and testing 13 chef’s knives in our own kitchen, we found the best chef’s knife for most home cooks. The MAC MTH-80 8-inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples is the sharpest, most durable, and comfortable model we tested. Not only was the MAC much sharper than its competition, but its high-carbon blade will keep it sharp for longer than any other knife in its price range.   Read More >
June 5, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of June 5, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision: choosing the fastest checkout line, a beginner’s guide to turntables, and The Cinder Cone Build Book, a photo journal documenting the creation of two fantastic treehouses from start to finish.

June 3, 2015

* We've seen some reports of the head of our favorite Casabella indoor broom spinning forever when people try to screw it on. We tracked down a broom with this problem and initiated a return through customer service, and had a great experience. Casabella shipped us a whole new broom--that works perfectly--free of charge. If you're experiencing this problem, please reach out to Casabella at 800-841-4140 or info@casabella.com. [Best Broom, Mop, and Dustpan]

June 3, 2015
The Best Charcoal Grill 22” Weber Original Kettle Premium
We’ve considered at least 200 grills since we first published this guide, and after evaluating the 46 new products released this year, we recommend the $150 22ʺ Weber Original Kettle Premium. This grill is technically new for 2015, but it will feel familiar to anyone who has ever used (and loved) a model based on Weber’s decades-old kettle grill design. Weber recently updated its branding, and this grill is a nearly identical replacement for our previous pick, the 22.5ʺ Weber One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, which we’ve enjoyed testing over the two years since we first published this guide. This version isn’t expensive, complex, or even a top-of-the-line product, but it is built to last.    Read More >
June 2, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite blender, the Oster Versa 1400-watt, is down to its second lowest price, $160 (from $195). [Costco]

June 1, 2015
The Best Garden Pruners Felco 2
After testing 39 pruners on a variety of both delicate and woody stems, we found that the Felco 2 Classic Manual is the best garden pruner for most people. The Felco 2 made cleaner, straighter cuts than almost every pruner we tested because its blades are sharper and its cutting action is smoother. Plus, it’s more durable and easier to maneuver than the competition.   Read More >
June 1, 2015
The Best Summer Gear for Sand, Surf, and Sun

* There’s nothing quite like a day in the sun, and with summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of all the ways you can enjoy some time by the water. This year, we’ve put in another 200 hours of research and testing to bring you the best and most reliable gear for a fine summer day.