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May 2017

 
May 24, 2017
The Best Bathroom Scales EatSmart Precision CalPal
After six months of research and testing and hundreds of weigh-ins, we’ve found the EatSmart Precision CalPal is the best digital scale, and the Withings Body is the best smart scale.   Read More >
May 22, 2017
The Best Grill Tools and Accessories
After testing more than 90 tools over four years, we have over a dozen grill-accessory recommendations: spatulas, thermometers, tongs, and everything else you need to have an amazing barbecue.   Read More >
May 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
The Best Cold-Brew Coffee Maker OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
After testing 15 cold-brew makers and brewing enough for over 300 cups of coffee, we think the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers the best way to make delicious iced coffee at home.   Read More >
May 16, 2017
The Best Gas Grills Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
We tested six best-selling gas grills, in rain and shine, on burgers, barbecue chicken, and whole chickens. Our pick is the venerable Weber Spirit E-310.   Read More >
May 16, 2017
The Best Charcoal Grill Weber Original Kettle Premium 22
After weeks of research and two days of testing on burgers, barbecue, and whole chickens, the Weber Original Kettle Premium 22″ is our pick as the best charcoal grill for most people.   Read More >
May 12, 2017
The Best Patio Umbrella and Stand Treasure Garden Market Aluminum Push Button Tilt Umbrella
After considering dozens of umbrellas and bases, we recommend the 9-foot-wide Treasure Garden Market Aluminum Push Button Tilt Umbrella and 50-pound US Weight Umbrella Base for adding optimal shade and a stylish pop of color to your yard, deck, or patio.   Read More >
May 12, 2017
May 9, 2017
The Best Fitness Trackers Garmin Vívosmart HR+
After more than 120 hours testing 19 different fitness trackers, including trying to trick their step counters with shopping carts and jumping jacks, we’ve found the Garmin Vívosmart HR+ is the best tracker.   Read More >
May 5, 2017
May 4, 2017
The Best Bike Racks for Small Homes and Apartments Delta Cycle Michelangelo Gravity Stand
After more than 30 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Delta Cycle Michelangelo Gravity Stand as the best bike rack for people who want to store their bikes in homes with limited space.   Read More >
May 3, 2017
Patio Furniture Sets We Like for Under $600 IKEA Äpplarö Table and 4 Armchairs
After doing 18 hours of research and considering 20 patio dining sets, we recommend the acacia-wood IKEA Äpplarö Table and 4 Armchairs. It looks great, owners say it lasts a long time, and it costs a fraction of most wood sets.   Read More >
May 1, 2017
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle
After dozens of hours researching and long-term testing electric kettles, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 is the best electric kettle for most people.   Read More >

April 2017

 
April 28, 2017
April 27, 2017
The Best Lawn Mower Honda HRX217K5VKA
After 60 hours of research, we’re sure the Honda HRX217K5VKA is the best self-propelled mower for people mowing less than half an acre of lawn.   Read More >
April 27, 2017
The Best Pressure Cooker Instant Pot IP-DUO60
The electric Instant Pot IP-DUO60 and stovetop Fagor Duo 8-Quart are the best options we found after 40 hours researching and testing 15 pressure cookers.   Read More >
April 25, 2017
The Best Dish Rack Polder 4-Piece Advantage
After putting in 74 hours of research and doing the equivalent of 41 loads of dishes, we think the Polder 4-Piece Advantage Dish Rack System is the best option for most kitchens.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries Energizer Recharge Universal
After 1,000 hours on our analyzer, the Energizer Recharge is our pick for the best rechargeable AA battery. AmazonBasics usually has the best deal on AAAs.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
The Best Rechargeable Battery Charger (for AA and AAA Batteries) Panasonic Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger with Four Eneloop batteries
After six hours of research, we have found the best battery chargers for most people's needs, whether they need one that's simple and reliable or one with performance monitoring and extra slots. All of our picks are designed to prevent overcharging, and unlike some competitors and older chargers, each has independent charging slots so you won't have to charge your batteries in pairs.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
April 18, 2017
The Best Kitchen Scale Escali Primo Digital Scale
After nearly 45 hours of research, three years of testing, and interviews with experts, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best for most people.   Read More >
April 18, 2017
The Best Ironing Board Brabantia Ironing Board B
After 25 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Brabantia Ironing Board B. It’s both stable and compact—a tough combo to find—and should last many years of use.   Read More >
April 18, 2017
The Best Clothing Iron Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer
After more than 60 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer. It’s affordable and easy to use—the best choice for occasional ironing.   Read More >
April 14, 2017
The Best Wet Mop O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop
We considered hundreds of mops and tested eight, and the O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop (along with the O-Cedar Quick Wring Bucket) was the best at soaking and scrubbing every spill we tested it against.   Read More >
April 14, 2017
April 13, 2017
The Best Fireproof Document Safe First Alert 2017F
Our new top pick is First Alert’s 2017F. It’s a smaller version of our previous pick, with the same materials, locking mechanism, and certifications.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Hybrid Car 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
We spent dozens of hours considering every hybrid car currently on sale and driving and living with the best of the bunch. The 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco achieves the best fuel efficiency rating of any car that doesn’t plug in. And it doesn’t cost much more than a non-hybrid compact car, meaning you’ll save from day one.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Smart Thermostat Nest Learning Thermostat
We tested the top five smart thermostats for over a month, and our pick is the simple-to-use, easy-to-integrate third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It outperforms the competition thanks to its automatic scheduling features, elegant design, and continually improving software, and integration with other smart home devices.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Smart LED Light Bulbs Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3
After testing 10 new smart LED light bulbs for eight weeks, we think the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3 is the best smart bulb for most people.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Electric Vehicle 2016 Kia Soul EV
After driving every electric vehicle currently available for sale in the United States, we found the Kia Soul EV is the best option for drivers who want to go completely gas-free. The Soul has great range, an affordable price, and the best set of high-tech features we’ve seen. Plus, it drives better than most other EVs, and Kia has the best warranty among its competition.   Read More >
April 7, 2017
April 5, 2017
The Best Shower Curtain Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain White
For an affordable, durable, and easy-to-wash shower curtain, we recommend the Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain White. It looks better than other curtains under $30 and will complement nearly any bathroom.   Read More >
April 4, 2017
The Best Bath Towel Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Towel
After more than 42 hours of research and testing, we think the affordable Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Towels are best for most people. They’re almost as soft and absorbent as others twice the price.   Read More >

March 2017

 
March 31, 2017
The Best Insoles for Running and Walking Superfeet Green
Runners with aching feet often seek aftermarket insoles for added comfort and support. We tested 32 of them to find the best ones for your particular style and activity.   Read More >
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017
The Best Gym Bag Everest Gym Bag
The Everest Gym Bag is our top choice for gym goers. It’s inexpensive, modestly styled, and has details we couldn’t find on bags twice the price, such as a water bottle holder and vented laundry pocket.   Read More >
March 28, 2017
Ask Sweethome: Is Bosch a Reliable Brand for Kitchen Appliances?
Can you validate my desire to get all Bosch stuff? Spending under $5K.
March 24, 2017
The Best Flashlight ThruNite Archer 2A V3
After three weeks testing 23 flashlights, we’re sure the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 is the best flashlight for most people. It offers high-end flashlight features at an affordable price, including a wide range of brightness levels and a versatile, easy-to-use design.   Read More >
March 24, 2017
March 22, 2017
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 300 Series M
Now that Bosch has updated most of its dishwasher line, our new pick for most people is the quiet, capacious, and reasonably priced Bosch 300 Series M.    Read More >
March 17, 2017
March 16, 2017
The Best Essential Oil Diffusers Urpower 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser
We spent more than three weeks testing 13 diffusers, and our favorite is the affordable and effective Urpower 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser.   Read More >
March 15, 2017
The Best Cast-Iron Skillet Lodge Pre-Seasoned 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
After spending 35 hours on research and putting nine cast-iron pans through a battery of tests, we think the iconic Lodge pre-seasoned 12-inch skillet is best for most people.   Read More >
March 15, 2017
The Best Vibrators Magic Wand Rechargeable
After 70 hours of research and testing, plus six months of follow-up testing, we think the Magic Wand Rechargeable is the best vibrator for most people.   Read More >
March 15, 2017
The Best Hair Clippers for Home Use Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit
We tested 8 clippers in a dozen home haircuts (and took them to a pro barber shop) to find the quiet, easy-to-use Wahl Elite Pro is the best for most people.    Read More >
March 14, 2017
The Best Wine Glasses Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass
After blind tasting wine in more than 50 different glasses with a professional winemaker, a sommelier, and a wine critic, we think the best everyday wine glass is the Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass.   Read More >
March 14, 2017
The Best Memory-Foam Mattress Topper DreamFoam 2-Inch Gel Swirl
After 24 hours of research and nine nights of testing, we think the best memory-foam mattress topper for most people is the DreamFoam 2″ Gel Swirl. It’s supportive, affordable, and won’t make you overheat.    Read More >
March 13, 2017
The Best Area Rugs Under $300
We spent more than 40 hours researching the best budget area rugs and found 15 we highly recommend. They come in a range of sizes, patterns, and colors, so we have something for almost any decorating style.   Read More >
March 10, 2017
The Best Hybrid Bike Marin Fairfax SC1
We tested 14 new bikes in 2017, and the Marin Fairfax SC1 is our favorite hybrid bike for commuters. It comes with quality components and commuter-friendly features, without succumbing to the price creep we’ve seen on similar bikes.   Read More >
March 10, 2017
March 9, 2017
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Dyson V6
After more than 100 hours of research and testing, we’re sure the Dyson V6 is the best cordless vacuum, with cleaning performance no other brand can match.   Read More >
March 9, 2017
The Best Bike Lock Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7
We picked, chopped, and cut 27 bike locks to pieces, and learned that the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 is the most affordable lock that will most likely need a power tool (accompanied by a lot of noise) to be defeated.   Read More >
March 7, 2017
The Best Robot Vacuums Eufy RoboVac 11
After testing eight models on more than 70 cleaning cycles over 10 weeks, we think the affordable, nimble Eufy RoboVac 11 is the best robot vacuum for most people.   Read More >
March 3, 2017
March 1, 2017
The Best Dry Food Storage Containers Rubbermaid Modular Canisters
After over 15 hours of research and testing, we think Rubbermaid’s Premium Modular Canisters are the best dry storage containers. The containers are sturdy, the lids are airtight and interchangeable across multiple sizes, and a narrow design allows the containers to stack nicely. You can buy them individually or as a set, and they’re less expensive than some of the far-more-fragile models we tried.   Read More >