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May 2015

 
May 22, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Get 10% off at L.L. Bean, including our favorite comforter, sheets, and sheepskin moccasins with the code SUMMER. [L.L. Bean]

May 21, 2015
The Best Air Conditioner Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1
After about 50 hours of total research and 13 additional hours of testing this spring, the Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1 is our new favorite window air conditioner. It’s 12% more energy efficient than our runner-up (both of which meet the latest Energy Star requirements) and has convenient features that keep you cooler and more comfortable than the competition.   Read More >
May 19, 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 >
May 17, 2015
The Best Bike Lock

* We interviewed bike thieves, cyclists, and experts to find the best bike lock. The Kryptonite Series 2 package is strong enough to foil thieves who can be deterred by locks (although ultimately, very determined thieves will be able to steal any bike). The Kryptonite is very light and comes with a cable and an easy-to-mount carrying bracket.

May 17, 2015
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
Over the past two years we’ve spent more than 85 hours researching and testing new products, as well as collecting our favorite tools, equipment, and purely fun gadgets from past guides, to help you create great picnics or cookouts of your own this summer.   Read More >
May 15, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, is back down to $30 with code FUNRIDE (from $44). [BuyDig]

The Best Bike Patch Kit

* If you own a bike, you need a patch kit. Luckily, you can put together a great one in less time than it takes to read our guide. After 96 hours of combined testing, we’ve put together a list of the best levers, patches, portable tire pumps, seat bags, and wrenches to include in your own kit.

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 15, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, 10 techniques for learning anything, a DIY fire pit, and 13 hard-to-kill houseplants for even the blackest thumb.

May 14, 2015
The Best Bike Pump

* We tested 15 bike pumps on five bikes and spoke to a former bike pump designer, a Tour de France mechanic, and the world's preeminent bike repair manual author to find the best. The Lezyne Steel Floor Drive is our favorite: Its wooden handle, steel barrel, and heavy aluminum base are sturdy and much more durable than cheaper pumps’ fittings. Plus, its screw-on pump head makes it incredibly simple to use.

May 13, 2015
The Best Bike Lights

* We spent 45 hours examining 31 brands and 150 bike lights to find best bicycle lights for commuters. Our favorite headlight and taillight, the Cygolite Metro 360 and Hotshot 2W respectively, are sold in a combo pack, which is the better deal. The Metro 360 is unmatched in quality and runs for 2 hours on the highest setting. The Hotshot 2W is bright, USB-rechargeable, and longer-lasting than any other rechargeable taillight by several hours.

May 12, 2015
The Best Hybrid Bike

* After testing hybrid bikes over the past two years, we found that the most versatile bike for riding around town is the $490 Trek 7.2 FX (for the second year in a row). It rides well on short road rides and moderate commuting distances. It’s also nimble, lightweight, and—most importantly—better-equipped than any other brand-name bike in its price range.

May 11, 2015

* We updated our travel mug guide with new models from CamelBak, Thermos, Stanley, and a few others we plan on testing soon. [Best Travel Mug]

* Best Deals: One of our favorite fans, the Vornado 660, is down to a low price of $80 with code SAVE20SPRING (from $100). [Best Buy]

* Help us out with a new guide to electric razors? We want your input on the ideal price, longevity, and more.

May 9, 2015
The Best Outdoor Brooms

* We tested 14 outdoor brooms with a troop of Boy Scouts to find that the O’Cedar 24” Multi-Surface Push Broom is the best option for your driveway, decking, patio, or garage floor. Its blend of stiff and soft bristles can handle fine particles and heavier debris, wet or dry. A unique fastener you won’t find on any of the competition means the head won’t detach from the handle while you’re sweeping.

May 8, 2015

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

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 8, 2015
May 6, 2015

* We updated our eyelash curler guide with notes from extended testing of our main pick, the Shiseido. [Best Eyelash Curlers]

May 5, 2015
The Best Yoga Mat Athletic 2gripMat
We had three yoga instructors test 16 yoga mats in more than 50 yoga classes, and Gaiam’s Athletic 2gripMat is the best mat we found. In sweaty classes, hands and feet stuck like they were glued to its top layer, and its soft PVC foam backing feels more cushy and comfortable than other mats we tried. Plus, it’s three square feet larger than the average mat, so you’ll have plenty of room to practice.    Read More >
May 5, 2015
The Best Electric Toothbrush Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep 1000
To find the best electric toothbrush, we put in almost 100 total hours of research, evaluated every model on the market, and tested 10 toothbrushes in hundreds of trials. The Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep 1000 has all of the most important things experts recommend—a built-in 2-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads—for the lowest price.   Read More >
May 4, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite skillet, the All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-inch Fry Pan, has matched its lowest price, $90 (from $120). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our favorite piece of sous vide gear, the Anova Precision Cooker, has matched its lowest price, $154 with code LUVMOM (from $180). [Anova]

May 3, 2015
The Elements of Brunch
We handpicked items from our own guides and tested new ones during three brunches to find the best and most important elements of a successful brunch. The right tools and a little pre-planning can help you spend more time sipping mimosas than tending to your stove.    Read More >
May 1, 2015

* Best Deals: Get 15% off everything at ThermoWorks, including two of our favorite instant-read thermometers, like the Super-Fast Thermapen for $86 with code MOVINGSAVE15 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

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

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 1, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, choose the right hiking staff, discover the best way to store your fresh herbs, and learn how to save money buying lumber direct.

April 2015

 
April 30, 2015

* We've made our former runner-up pick for best nail clippers, the Muji Silver, our new main pick. For $11, you get nicely designed, compact, and sharp clippers that cut nails cleanly. Our previous top choice, the Mehaz 660, are great clippers that have held up well in long-term testing, but they've become nearly impossible to find. [The Best Nail Clippers for Home Grooming]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best blender, the Oster Versa 1400-watt, is down to a low price, $176 (from $200). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: One of our favorite pieces of sous vide gear, the Classic Nomiku, has matched a low price, $200 with the code MOMNOMS (down from $300). [Nomiku]

April 30, 2015
The Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom
Over the past six months, we spent 125 hours researching 215 brooms, dustpans, and dust mops before testing 36 of them firsthand. The $10 Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom is the best and least expensive broom we tested. The $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan outperformed every other dustpan when paired with the Casabella broom. The $19 O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop held more dirt than any other dust mop we tested.   Read More >
April 29, 2015

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best comforter, the Bavarian Medium 700, is down to a great low price, $351 for a queen size (from $440). [Feathered Friends]

April 28, 2015

* Best Deals: A previous step-up pick for best portable vacuum, the Dyson DC34, is down to a great low price, $130 (from $150). [Amazon]

April 28, 2015
The Best Coffeemaker Bonavita 1900TS
After two months surveying readers, interviewing experts, researching coffeemakers, and testing with a 10-person tasting panel, the $190 Bonavita 1900TS is still the best. Its brew is about 90 percent as good as pour-over every single time you use it, but the process takes much less time and patience. Plus, it has a dead-simple one-button interface.    Read More >
April 27, 2015

* We updated our slippers guide with more long-term testing data. [Best Slippers]

* Best Deals: Our favorite small saucepan, the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 2-Quart, is down to a low price, $40 (from $50). [Amazon]

April 26, 2015
The Best Gear for Travel

* What does it mean to travel well? Over the past two years, we’ve spent more than 200 hours researching and testing dozens of products, and we consulted one of the top experts in travel efficiency, to find the most dependable items to help you travel well.

April 24, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of April 24, 2015
In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly peel a potato, a greatmoving planner for renters, and why multitasking is bad for you.
April 23, 2015
The Best Blender Oster Versa
After three years of researching and testing blenders, we’ve found the $200 Oster Versa is the best blender for most people. It performs as well as blenders that are twice the price and blows cheaper blenders out of the water. Its speeds are more nuanced than the competition’s, it runs more quietly, and it’s one of the only models that comes with a tamper for bursting air pockets in thicker mixtures.   Read More >
April 22, 2015

* Best Deals: A version of our favorite robot vacuum for people with larger houses, the iRobot Roomba 790, has matched its lowest price, $420 (from $520). [Meh]

The Best Composter

* We conducted 20 hours of research and consulted three experts to find that the Earth Machine is the best composter for most people’s yards. It’s one of the cheaper composters you can buy, yet it’s easier to assemble than other brands. It’s secure against pests and ecologically friendly (making it a timely pick for Earth Day, which is today).

April 21, 2015
The Best Laundry Detergent

* After 150 hours of research and testing 20 different detergents with a chemist on 252 stain swatches and 136 pounds of laundry, our new favorite is Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid. In our tests, it was the absolute best at removing a wide variety of stains in both cold and warm water. It’s particularly great at removing chocolate, grass, lipstick, oil, tomato, and red wine. At $0.36 per load, it’s also fairly affordable, falling about mid-range among the detergents we tested.

 

April 21, 2015
The Best Toilet Brush Lysol Bowl Brush
We spent more than 30 hours on research, scrubbed three toilets 48 different times, and compared notes with professional housekeepers to find the $6 Lysol Bowl Brush is the best toilet brush for most bathrooms. The caddy is the simplest to use, clean, and disinfect of any we tested, as well as the only caddy that allowed the brush bristles to dry out completely. Of course, it can also clean a toilet well.    Read More >
April 20, 2015
The Best Portable Vaporizer (so far)

* After testing ten different vaporizers, we found the Crafty produced the freshest-tasting, best quality vapor when compared to the competition. It’s intuitive to use, and was also the easiest to maintain and clean of any model we tested. Plus, it packs some useful design features like vibration and LED alerts to signal when its ready to go.

April 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer, the ThermoWorks ThermaPen, has matched its lowest price, $82 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

Inner Vision for the weekend of April 17, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, a delicious maple-candied bacon recipe, keys to minimizing data loss on SD cards, and 10 short drills to help fight back pain.

April 13, 2015

* There's a new adjustable wrench from Channellock that looks like strong competition for our main pick. We're going to test it and see how it compares to our current pick, also made by Channellock. [Best Adjustable Wrench]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up for best dutch oven, the Cuisinart 7-Quart Cast Iron Casserole, is down to a low price, $75 (from $82). [Woot!]

April 10, 2015

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

Inner Vision for the weekend of April 10, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, life at the intersection of should and must, ways to remodel your home on the cheap, and the reason in-flight Wi-Fi can be so slow.

April 10, 2015
The Best Lawnmower Honda HRX217K5VKA
If you’re mowing less than half an acre of lawn, the best lawn mower is the self-propelled, gas-powered Honda HRX217K5VKA ($600). After 40 hours of research and conversations with two landscapers, two service outlets, and Roy Berendsohn of Popular Mechanics (who has been testing and evaluating lawn mowers for more than 20 years), we found that the quality, reliability, and features of the Honda—as well as its unique ability to balance how much grass is mulched and bagged—justify its steep price tag.   Read More >
April 9, 2015

* Best Deals: This 4-piece Ryobi kit, which includes our runner-up for best drill, a reciprocating saw, circular saw, flashlight, two batteries, and charger, is at $129 (from $179). [Home Depot]

April 8, 2015

* Best Deals: A step-up alternative to our favorite storage container, the 74-Quart Watertight Tote, is down to $17 in-store (from $21). [The Container Store]

April 8, 2015
The Best Storage Containers (for Most People) Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box
After more than 40 hours of testing plastic storage containers by stuffing them, dropping them, soaking them, and hauling them around, we found that the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box has the best balance of durability, security, and affordability ($40 for a six pack). It didn’t crack in our drop tests or leak in our water tests designed to re-create a flooded basement. And if you need a larger or super-rugged bin, we have picks for those, too.   Read More >
April 6, 2015

* We're hiring an Office Assistant based in New York City to maintain an efficient and enjoyable live/work space for our staff working in NYC on a daily basis, as well as visiting staffers from out of town.

* Attention LA Sweethome fans: We’re redesigning our site and need your help. Join an upcoming research panel to talk about what you love and (more importantly) what you hate about our sites and earn some quick cash.

April 6, 2015
The Best Waffle Maker Proctor Silex Belgian Style Waffle Maker
After 40 hours of research and testing 15 models, we recommend the $50 Proctor Silex Belgian Style Waffle Maker for most people. It consistently produced crisp-tender, evenly browned waffles, and its nonstick grid was the most effective among the models we tested, releasing waffles without extra oiling. It’s a great size for serving groups since it makes four waffles at a time, unlike some of our other picks, which make two.   Read More >
April 3, 2015
The Best Hybrid Bike Trek 7.2 FX
After testing hybrid bikes over the past two years, we found that the most versatile bike for riding around town is the $490 Trek 7.2 FX (for the second year in a row). It rides well on short road rides and moderate commuting distances. It’s also nimble, lightweight, and—most importantly—better-equipped than any other brand-name bike in its price range.   Read More >
April 3, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of April 3, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, using a Mac to digitally sign PDF documents, how to identify common mushrooms, and a variety of homemade fruit fly traps to try this Spring.

April 1, 2015

* We’re hiring a Photo Editor based in NYC to help reshape how we visually document our product tests.

* Dyson is adding a HEPA filter to its bladeless fan, the Pure Cool. Once it's available in the U.S., we'll check it out to see how it compares as a room fan and as an air purifier.

The Best Dutch Oven

* We spent an additional 50 hours investigating and testing six top-rated dutch ovens to find the best for most home kitchens. The $75 6-quart Lodge Color Enamel Dutch Oven has the best balance of design and features, and it even kept pace with ovens four times its price. It is great for braises, stews, and even no-knead bread.

April 1, 2015
The Best Grater Cuisipro 4-Sided Box Grater
After 40 hours of research, expert interviews, and testing 28 graters, we found the $30 Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Box Grater is the best for most home kitchens. It shreds hard and soft cheeses, as well as carrots and potatoes, more efficiently than almost any other model we tested. Plus, it shaves off wisps of citrus zests without tearing into the bitter pith—unlike the competition—making it the most versatile grater we found.    Read More >

March 2015

 
March 30, 2015
The Best Trash Can

* We spent 30 hours on research, talked to six food professionals, and tested a dozen trash cans. The $115 simplehuman Wide Step is the best for most kitchens, because it has best balance of size, durability, and cost out of any cans we tested. It also has a sturdy step, easily removed liner, and a stay-open switch — all features the competition lacks.

March 27, 2015

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer, the ThermoWorks ThermaPen, is back down to its lowest price, $82 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

Inner Vision for the weekend of March 27, 2015
March 26, 2015
The Best Standing Desk

* We’ve tested 13 standing desks for hundreds of hours over the course of the last three years. The $700 Ergo Depot Jarvis is the best for most people. It’s as sturdy and reliable as a high-end desk, but sells for half the price and comes with a seven-year warranty — compared to the typical one-to-three years from competitors. Plus, it ships faster too.

March 25, 2015
The Best 13×9 Casserole Dish

* We spent more than 35 hours on research and tested five top-rated, expert-recommended casserole dishes to find that the $35 HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan is best for most home kitchens. In our tests, it performed as well as dishes that cost three times as much, and it worked great for making gratin, lasagna, or even roasted vegetables or small cuts of meat.

March 25, 2015
The Best Bird Feeders Droll Yankees 18-Inch Onyx Sunflower Tube
We spent 20 hours researching and browsing through hundreds of different bird feeders, consulted five experts, and found that the $40 Droll Yankees 18-Inch Onyx Sunflower Tube is the sturdiest and best-built bird feeder. It’s versatile enough to handle several different feed types, and it has a lifetime guarantee against squirrel damage. Plus, it has a removable base for easy cleaning.   Read More >
March 23, 2015

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The Best Beard Trimmer

* After 40 hours of research, surveying more than 550 Wirecutter readers, and spending a week testing beard trimmers with two professional barbers, we'd recommend the $40 Wahl Lithium Ion All-in-One Trimmer to most people. It has the sharpest blade, most reliable guides, longest runtime, and strongest stubble-cutting power of any cordless tool we tested.

March 20, 2015

* See how our favorite hammer, the Estwing E3-16C, has held up after a year of use for a major home renovation project. [Best Hammer]

Inner Vision for the weekend of March 20, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, tips for discovering new music, reviving a stale loaf of bread in three easy steps, and taking a closer look at optical illusions.

March 17, 2015

* Best Deals: If you need something green today, our step-up pick for best instant-read thermometer, the ThermoWorks ThermaPen, is down to $82 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

The Best Travel Mug

* After a full 8 hours, coffee in the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug was 20 degrees hotter than it was in the next-best-performing travel mug in our tests. It’s also lightweight, able to be opened and closed with one hand, and designed with a secondary locking mechanism to add extra security to the seals when you need it—a feature we found on only one other mug we tested.

March 17, 2015
The Best Pregnancy Test You’ll Want to Take First Response manual test
After more than 50 hours of research and talking to both a pregnancy-hormone expert and an OB/GYN, three of our female editors peed on a total of 60 pregnancy tests to find the best pregnancy test you’ll want to take. The First Response manual test is the most sensitive test you can buy. It detects pregnancies earlier than the competition and was among the fastest to provide results. As for digital tests, we discovered “digital” just means a sensor is reading the lines for you.   Read More >
March 16, 2015

* We've been testing Milwaukee's 25-foot General Contractor Tape Measure, which so far looks like a strong challenger to our step-up pick, the Stanley FatMax. We'll update our guide once we've had more time to compare the two. [Best Tape Measure]

* Best Deals: A simple, budget, alternative for the best electric kettle, the Chef's Choice Electric Kettle, has matched its lowest price, $40 (from $50). [Amazon]

March 15, 2015
The Best Citrus Juicer

* The $17 Black & Decker CJ625 extracted the most juice from the 16 pounds of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits we tested. It also is quieter than the next best option, offers superior pulp control, and splits apart for easy cleaning. Plus, it’s the cheapest juicer we found.

March 13, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of March 13, 2015
March 11, 2015

* Best Deals: Our future pick for best laundry machines, the LG Front-Load Washer and Dryer, is down to a low price, $778 each (from $900). [Washer/Dryer]

* Tax season is here. To make the process a little more enjoyable, here are some guides to help you get through all those numbers.

March 11, 2015
The Best Outdoor Brooms O'Cedar 24" Multi-Surface
We tested 14 outdoor brooms with a troop of Boy Scouts to find that the O’Cedar 24” Multi-Surface Push Broom is the best option for your driveway, decking, patio, or garage floor. Its blend of stiff and soft bristles can handle fine particles and heavier debris, wet or dry. A unique fastener you won’t find on any of the competition means the head won’t detach from the handle while you’re sweeping.    Read More >
March 10, 2015

* Best Deals: A more compact pick for best toaster oven, the Panasonic FlashXpress White, is down to $90 with code TOASTER (from $105). [Panasonic]

March 9, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite piece of sous vide gear, the Anova Precision Cooker, is down to its lowest price, $154 with code SPRING25 (from $180). [Anova]

* We're hiring a Growth Editor to join our editorial team and manage our social and partner channels, as well as build an expand our audience.

March 6, 2015

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

March 6, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of March 6, 2015
In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, which airlines have the best leg room, how to sleep in any situation, and what it’s like to need almost no sleep.
March 5, 2015

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Best Deals: Our favorite commuter bike light, the Cygolite Metro 360, is down to its lowest price, $40 (from $50). [Amazon]

March 4, 2015
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 >
March 2, 2015
The Best Scissors & Kitchen Shears
The Kai 5210 8-Inch Dressmaking Shears are the best all-around household scissors because they’re light and they cut with the smoothest snip of any scissors we tested. They handled cardboard, blue jeans, and even picture-hanging wire without issue. For the kitchen, the OXO Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors are the best for most people because their micro-serrated blade grips meat while the other blade cleanly cuts through—something the competition doesn’t do.    Read More >