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September 2015

 
September 2, 2015

* There's a new version of the Nest, our favorite smart thermostat. The Nest 3.0 isn't much different from our current pick, but adds a larger, brighter display, and a slightly thinner profile. The price remains $249. We'll bring it in for testing, but we're fairly certain the Nest 3.0 will be our new pick. [Best Smart Thermostat]

* Best Deals: Our pick for best smart thermostat, the Nest 2.0, is down to $199 (from $249). [Amazon]

September 1, 2015

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September 1, 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 >

August 2015

 
August 28, 2015

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for best slow cooker, the Crock-Pot SCV400B 4-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, is down to $16 (from $22). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of August 28, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, getting the best deal when shopping for a mattress, making your own wine salt, and The Burning House: a blog where people share the things they’d grab first in a fire.

August 27, 2015
The Best Pregnancy Test You’ll Want to Take First Response manual test
After conducting more than 50 hours of research and having three of our female editors pee on a total of 60 pregnancy tests, we found the First Response manual test is the best option for most people. It gives the most accurate results (and the fastest results) because it’s the most sensitive over-the-counter test you can buy. Plus, it’s just as easy to read as a digital test and much less likely to give you an error message.   Read More >
August 25, 2015

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer, the Lavatools High-Performing Digital Food/Meat Thermometer, is down to $19 with code UWPHWK8N (from $25). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best robot vacuum, the iRobot Roomba 650, is down to $280 refurbished (from $400). [Newegg]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best stand mixer, the KitchenAid Artisan, is down to $235 (from $290). [Woot!]

* Best Deals: Our pick for best blender, Oster Versa Blender, is down to $181 (from $195). [Amazon]

August 25, 2015
Should I Get a Blender, a Food Processor, or a Mixer?
Whether you put dinner on the table every night or only put on your chef’s hat during the holidays, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. To help you decide which you’ll get the most use from, we’ve explained which tasks each type of blender is great at, what they’re not great at, and what to avoid.   Read More >
August 24, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best sewing machine for beginners, the Janome Magnolia 7318, is down to $223 (from $250). [Amazon]

August 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for best outdoor Christmas lights, the 5mm Wide Angle Conical LED Christmas Lights, are down to $33 (from $40). [Christmas Designers]

Inner Vision for the weekend of August 21, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, which way to lace your dress shoes, why life without boredom would be a bad thing, and how to thwart spam using 10 Minute Mail.

August 21, 2015
The Best Garden Trowel Wilcox 14" Garden Trowel
After spending more than 10 hours digging, cutting, and scooping dirt with 24 models, we found that the Wilcox 14” Garden Trowel is the best garden trowel for most gardeners. The single-piece, stainless steel Wilcox’s edge and shape penetrates the soil better than any other trowel, its wide blade scoops more soil than any soil knife, and it’s nearly indestructible.   Read More >
August 20, 2015

* We have a new runner-up pick for best screwdriver, the Crafstman Ratcheting Ready-Bit. We also updated our guide with a short list of models we plan on testing soon. [Best Multi-Bit Screwdriver]

August 20, 2015
The Best Tools and Toolbox
After more than 300 hours of research and testing more than 180 tools, we’ve put together the best tool kit for your home. To come up with these 22 recommendations, we consulted three carpenters, six leading tool experts, and many, many tool manufacturers. Plus, after narrowing the tools down to our top picks, our writer used our 22 picks exclusively for eight months in a major home renovation.   Read More >
August 19, 2015

* After 30 hours of research and testing against five other magnetic stud finders, we found that the reliable and accurate Biary Innovation Company’s Magic Stud Finder Plus is the best option for home use. [Best Stud Finder]

* Best Deals: Our pick for best ice cream maker, the Whynter ICM-15LS Ice Cream Maker, is down to $236 (from $260). [Amazon]

* We tested more than 25 different tools with three veteran carpenters to find the best hex wrenches, the best non-contact voltage tester, the best pry bar, and the best precision screwdriver.

August 19, 2015
The Best Stud Finder for Home Use Magic Stud Finder Plus
If you’re hanging heavy pictures, mirrors, or shelves, you need to know where your wall studs are—and the best tool we found for the job is Biary Innovation Company’s Magic Stud Finder Plus (about $15). After 30 hours of research and testing against five other magnetic stud finders, we found the Magic Stud Finder Plus to be reliable and accurate, and because it’s magnet-based, it doesn’t need batteries or any kind of calibration. It’s also relatively inexpensive. Unlike other stud finders, the Magic Stud Finder Plus allows you to mark multiple points along a wall without having to use a pencil—its three removable magnets pop out and stick to the screws that anchor the drywall to a stud. Locating studs isn’t an exact science, and to do it accurately, you need to double-check your work, so this feature adds to the tool and elevates it above the rest.    Read More >
August 19, 2015
The Best Hex Wrenches TEKTON 25282 26-piece Long Arm Ball Hex Key Wrench Set
For installing towel bars, tightening door handles, or assembling IKEA furniture, a home toolbox should have a good selection of hex wrenches (commonly known by the trademarked name Allen wrenches). We had three carpenters test 11 top models, and our favorite set is the TEKTON 25282 26-piece Long Arm Ball Hex Key Wrench Set (about $17).    Read More >
August 19, 2015
The Best Non-Contact Voltage Tester Klein NCVT-3
A non-contact voltage tester is a useful tool for any kind of electrical work—there’s no quicker or simpler way to safely check for electrical current in a wire, outlet, switch, or an old lamp that has mysteriously stopped working. Every electrician carries one. And after talking to a 20-year veteran electrician and performing eight months of testing with seven leading models, we found that the Klein NCVT-3 (about $25) is the best one to get.    Read More >
August 19, 2015
The Best Precision Screwdriver Maxcraft 7-in-1
If you need to change a toy’s batteries, swap out a thermostat, or tighten your sunglasses, you need a precision screwdriver, and the best one for most people also happens to be the simplest and least expensive: the Maxcraft 7-in-1 (about $5). Most homeowners won’t use a precision screwdriver all that often, so we think you really just need to cover the essentials. The basic Maxcraft has the most frequently needed bits, and they store right in the body of the tool, so it’s a convenient item for a toolbox or kitchen drawer. A pocket clip helps while a project is going on and the knurled body makes it easy to grip and turn.    Read More >
August 18, 2015

* We found the best drill bit set, the best handsaw, the best needle-nose pliers, the best locking pliers, and the best painters multi-tool, after consulting six leading tool experts and testing 38 different tools.

August 18, 2015
The Best Painter’s Multitool Hyde 17-in-1
If you’re planning on engaging in any painting projects at all, a painter’s multitool can make the process a lot easier. We researched the topic and tested four, ultimately finding that the Hyde 17-in-1 is the most versatile of the bunch.    Read More >
August 18, 2015
The Best Drill Bit Set Ryobi 90-Piece Drilling and Driving Accessory Kit
For around the house drilling and driving needs, the Ryobi 90-Piece Drilling and Driving Accessory Kit gets it just right. Some sets have too much repetition, others lack critical pieces, but the Ryobi provides a wide selection of useful items without all of the unnecessary filler.    Read More >
August 18, 2015
The Best Locking Pliers Grip-On 111-10
If you’re going to own a set of locking pliers1 (and we strongly suggest you do), the best ones to get are the Grip-On 111-10 (about $20).    Read More >
August 18, 2015
The Best Needle-Nose Pliers Klein J203-8 Heavy Duty Journeyman Pliers
After enlisting three veteran carpenters to test 16 different pairs of needle-nose pliers1, we found that the Klein J203-8 Heavy Duty Journeyman Pliers are the best.    Read More >
August 18, 2015
The Best Handsaw Shark 15-inch Carpentry Saw
For replacing a deck board, building a treehouse, or fixing a piece of rotted trim, it’s essential to have a handsaw. We had three carpenters test seven saws, and the one chosen unanimously as the best is the Shark 15-inch Carpentry Saw (about $29).    Read More >
August 17, 2015

* Best Deals: One of our favorite mandolines, the Benriner Wide-Body Large Slicer, is down to a low price, $32 (from $40). [Amazon]

* After consulting three carpenters with a combined experience of 36 years, we tested the build quality and usability of 12 different tools by repairing cracked walls, putting up shelves, and drawing perpendicular lines to bring you the best putty knife, the best toolbox, the best torpedo level and the best combination square for your home.

August 17, 2015
The Best Toolbox Milwaukee 13ʺ Jobsite Work Box
The best toolbox for most people is the Milwaukee 13ʺ Jobsite Work Box (about $30). We came to this conclusion after three carpenters examined seven leading toolboxes, and once we chose the Milwaukee, I used it exclusively during an eight-month period while wrapping up a renovation. Simply put, it is the most efficient, portable, and organized toolbox we could find. The biggest difference with the Milwaukee is the way it stores tools vertically in individual slots, so they stay in place and remain easy to access. This arrangement stands in stark contrast to the “jumbled pile of tools” that you typically have with other boxes. The shape of the Milwaukee makes it easy to carry, and with its lid on, you can use it as a seat, which we found to be very convenient.    Read More >
August 17, 2015
The Best Torpedo Level Sola PH 22 Flooring Level
For hanging pictures, installing shelves, or adjusting the legs on the washer/dryer, we recommend an 8⅝-inch-long torpedo level called the Sola PH 22 Flooring Level (about $19). Even though it’s designed for the specific needs of the flooring installer, we found it to be great for general work. Its magnified center vial was very easy to read, even in low light, and this was the only one with a solid 90-degree corner, making it easy to draw a crisp perpendicular line. Because of this feature, the level can be used for marking a square corner on a board or indicating on a wall where the end of a shelf will fall. Three carpenters tested this tool, and they started off wary of the durability on a plastic level like this one, but everyone came away impressed with the thick I-beam construction of the PH 22. Even using moderate strength to try and torque the level, it won’t twist or bend.    Read More >
August 17, 2015
The Best Putty Knife Craftsman Flex Stainless Putty Knife
After spending months filling nail holes, repairing cracked plaster, and talking to a painting contractor with 30 years of experience, we found the Craftsman 1½-inch Flex Stainless Putty Knife is the best putty knife for most people. Its 1½-inch width is perfect for filling small holes, the stainless steel blade is easy to clean and won’t rust, and its handle is shaped to fit your hand with a rubbery padding that makes it much more comfortable than the competition.   Read More >
August 17, 2015
The Best Combination Square Irwin 1794469 12-inch Combination Square
If you're planning on doing any carpentry–successfully–you'll need a way to mark a straight line. After researching at least 20 combination squares and testing six during the final phase of a whole-house remodeling project, we’re convinced that the best option for most people is the Irwin 1794469 12-inch Combination Square (about $11). You can find pro versions of this all-purpose marking tool that cost hundreds of bucks, but the Irwin model is a solid alternative that works well for a fraction of the price. It surpassed the other combination squares we tested thanks to several details that differentiate an excellent tool from an average one; in particular, we liked the smooth machining of the main body, the evenly chamfered edges, the nice powder-coated finish, and the fact that it’s a touch heavier than the rest, which gives it a truly solid feel. Like some other combination squares we tested, the Irwin has a zinc body and a stainless-steel ruler, so it won’t rust or corrode. Our carpenter test crew kept coming back to the Irwin because it got the job done and it feels like a high-quality tool—much higher quality, in fact, than its price would suggest.    Read More >
August 14, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for best electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush, is down to $32 (from $40). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our favorite soda maker, the SodaStream Jet, is available in a bundle with extra bottles for $48 (from $69). [Buydig via Ebay]

* Best Deals: Our smaller pick for the best food processor, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus, is down to $32 (from $40). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of August 14, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to improve your Instagram photos, make diner-style burgers at home, and properly hang a sweater.

August 12, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best bike lock, the Kryptonite Series 2, is down to $29 with code KRYPTO16 (from $45). [Buydig]

August 12, 2015
The Best Grill Tools
Pre-packaged grill kits usually include tools of substandard quality or poor design (although we found one exception this year). We think the smart money is on buying what you need piece by piece, which is why we’ve spent the past three years researching grill accessories, speaking with grilling experts, and testing 52 different tools to find the best equipment for hassle-free outdoor cooking.   Read More >
August 11, 2015

* Best Deals: Our main pick for the best hand pump, the Lezyne Alloy Drive, is down to $32 (from $39). [Amazon]

August 11, 2015
The Best Gardening Gloves Atlas Touch Gloves
After testing garden gloves for sensitivity, grip, and protection by peeling grapes, picking up oiled marbles, and grabbing raspberry canes, we found the Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves are the best option. They’re cheap (at $4 per pair in a six pack) and aren’t the best at any single task, but they’re better all around than gloves that cost four times as much. Plus, they stood up well in the wash, unlike most inexpensive cotton gloves.   Read More >
August 10, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for best tights, the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights, are down to $27 (from $46). [Wolford]

August 10, 2015
The Best Cheap Vacuum Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
After about 30 hours of extensive research and in-depth testing, cleaning up baby powder, pet hair, and Cheerios, we’ve concluded that the best cheap vacuum to get is the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352. It’s affordable, easy to clean, and in our tests it handily beat the field of more than 160 different vacuums.   Read More >
August 7, 2015

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best pepper mill, the Fletchers’ Mill Border Grill, is down to $32 (from $40). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of August 7, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to tell time by stacking your fingers, why eggs are the best in summer, and what to do to improve your odds of surviving a plane crash.

August 7, 2015
The Best Bug Repellent Coleman High & Dry
After more than 25 hours of research, poring over scientific papers on safety and efficacy, and testing 10 different bug repellents, we found Coleman High & Dry is the best bug repellent for most people. It goes on in a thinner, more even layer than the competition, will give you three to four hours of protection, and has a handy locking cap so you don’t have to worry about spraying it inside your bag or backpack.   Read More >
August 6, 2015

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for best blender, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender, is down to $70 (from $80). [Amazon]

August 5, 2015

* Best Deals: A great robot vacuum choice for larger floors, the iRobot Roomba 790, is down to $400(from $500). [Newegg via Ebay]

August 4, 2015
Back to School: K-12 School Supplies List
Going back to school is a big transition, whether kids are headed for kindergarten or thinking about the SATs. After poring over school supply lists for all levels and from around the country, we spent more than 150 hours finding and testing the best school supplies to help you provide the students in your household with the things they need this semester.   Read More >
August 4, 2015
Back to School: College Checklist
Over the past two years we’ve spent more than 150 hours tracking down and testing the best school supplies, gadgets, and dorm-life gear you’ll need to make this school year as comfortable and successful as it can be—whether you’re going back to campus for a new semester or going away to college for the first time.   Read More >

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]

* 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]