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May 2016

 
May 27, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of May 27

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, track the forecast for the season’s best sunsets wherever you live, discover why you may be able to make ice cubes more quickly using hot water, and learn how a dollar bill can help you find the best fit for a wristwatch.

May 26, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Disturbing Refrigerator Reviews and a Lighter Hybrid Bike
This month’s questions: Terrible Amazon reviews for one of our picks, and a search for a lighter hybrid bike.
May 25, 2016
Blue Shift: DEET Is Actually Quite Safe—Really
If you’re worried about the Zika virus (and the CDC says there’s reason to be), you should use DEET. Experts say the danger of Zika to an unborn baby is higher than any potential danger from DEET.
May 25, 2016
The Best Bug Repellent Cutter Backwoods Dry
After putting in more than 25 hours of research, reading ginormous stacks of scientific papers on safety and efficacy, and coating ourselves with 10 bug repellents, we think that Cutter Backwoods Dry with 25 percent DEET is the one you should get.   Read More >
May 24, 2016
The Best Eyelash Curler Shiseido Eyelash Curler
We tested nine eyelash curlers, and the Shiseido Eyelash Curler remains the best one for most people. Our diverse test panel found that it created smooth curls without crimping lashes or pinching skin.   Read More >
May 24, 2016
The Best Serrated Knife Victorinox Fibrox Pro 10.25-inch Serrated Curved Bread Knife
We spent over 15 hours researching and testing serrated knives, and the well-made, versatile Victorinox Fibrox Pro 10.25-Inch Serrated Curved Bread Knife beat knives that cost three times as much.   Read More >
May 24, 2016
The Best Knife-Sharpening Tool Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643
After 15 hours of research and testing, and several adult lifetimes of kitchen experience, we recommend the manual Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643 knife sharpener. Tomatoes (and everything else) don’t stand a chance.   Read More >
May 23, 2016

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best reel mower, the Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower, 18-Inch, is down to $143 (from $185) [Amazon]

May 20, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best hex wrenches, the TEKTON 25282 26-piece Long Arm Ball Hex Key Wrench Set, are down to $11 (from $16) [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of May 20, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how to make a healthier and lower-calorie version of table sugar imparted with the taste of caramel, organize your tab collection by site and time visited with a browser extension, and be amazed at how easy it is to determine if a gas grill’s propane tank is in need of replacement.

May 19, 2016
The Best Air Conditioner LG LW8016ER
After five summers of research and 35 hours of new testing, we think the feature-rich, relatively quiet LG LW8016ER is the best window AC for most rooms.   Read More >
May 18, 2016

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick in our best bathroom scale guide, the Taylor Glass Digital CalMax Electronic Scale, is down to $18 (from $28) [Amazon]

May 18, 2016
Blue Shift: Why Dishwasher Rinse Aid Makes Dishes Cleaner and Drier
Take a look in your dishwasher. You should see a little compartment for the detergent—and next to that, another little compartment. The second one is for the rinse aid, liquid stuff made up of surfactants and salts and acids. It’s designed to help your dishwasher work better, to give you cleaner and drier dishes that are all sparkly […]
May 17, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best combo desk and room fan in our best fan article, the Dyson AM06, is down to $200 (from $270) [Dyson through Ebay]

May 17, 2016
The Best Portable Induction Cooktop Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop
After putting in more than 40 hours on research and testing, we’re confident that the Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop is the best for most people. It’s a reasonably priced induction burner that offers up a solid performance and an easy-to-use interface.   Read More >
May 13, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of May 13, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how to erase scratches marring furniture or floors using a heart-healthy snack, watch how the best in hospitality make a 4-stars bed, and rediscover your inner child’s fearlessness to adapt new skills more effectively.

May 12, 2016
The Best Food Storage Containers Glasslock 18-Piece Container Set
After three years of long-term testing, we still think the sturdy and leakproof Glasslock 18-Piece containers are the best for storing your leftovers.   Read More >
May 12, 2016
The Best Comforter Alberta Baffled Down Comforter
We’ve spent over 120 combined hours sleeping under and researching comforters, including eight models in this year’s update. The Alberta Baffled Down Comforter is our new pick and comes with an unbeatable guarantee.   Read More >
May 10, 2016
The Best Skillet All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Covered Fry Pan
After over 50 collective hours on research and testing, and three years of long-term testing, we still think the All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Covered Fry Pan is the best skillet for the money.   Read More >
May 10, 2016
The Best Portable Dishwasher Danby DDW1899WP-1
The best portable dishwasher is the Danby DDW1899WP-1. It costs less and cleans more reliably than other wheeled stowable dishwashers that hook up to a faucet.   Read More >
May 6, 2016
The Best Espresso Machine, Grinder, and Accessories for Beginners Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine
After spending more than 60 hours to research and test five top-rated espresso machines, four grinders, and a dozen accessories, we’ve put together the best espresso setup under $1,000.   Read More >
May 6, 2016
The Best Spiralizer OXO Good Grips Spiralizer
We spent over 20 hours spiralizing several pounds of vegetables after consulting with multiple culinary professionals and chefs; we think the OXO Good Grips Spiralizer is best for most people.   Read More >
May 6, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of May 6, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how to pronounce “hugelkultur” and discover what it means, elevate your avocado-cutting skills to another level, and find out which international airlines offer the best economy-class experience when traveling abroad.

May 5, 2016

* Best Deals: The runner-up pick in our guide on the best ice cream maker, the Breville Smart Scoop, is down to $339 (from $400). [Amazon]

May 4, 2016
Why Startup Mattresses Cost Less
The mattress industry is dominated by four brands that control 77 percent of what’s sold. Here’s how Big Mattress tries to confuse buyers, and how companies such as Casper, Leesa, and Tuft & Needle may be changing the game.
May 2, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best garden hose, the Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose, is down to $18 w/ in-store pickup (from $30) [Sears]

May 2, 2016
The Best Hard Cooler Coleman 70-Quart Xtreme Cooler
After two rounds of testing and 30 hours of research, the Coleman 70-Quart Xtreme remains our pick for best hard cooler—it can keep food and drinks ice-cold for over a week.   Read More >

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March 2016

 
April 30, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Dutch-Oven Fears and Gear for the Zombiepocalypse
​ Each month our editors will answer your most pressing questions. Although we try to cover as much as we can in our reviews and guides, if you’re looking for further advice please write to us at notes@thesweethome.com, and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. Dutch oven fears Q: I just […]
April 29, 2016
Our Guide to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus
After using the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for more than six weeks, we think the iPhone 6s 64 GB is the best smartphone for most people. It's powerful and easy to use, with a fantastic camera and new unique features that make it more useful and fun to use than previous iPhones; it’s also easier to use one-handed than its larger sibling. But we recommend the iPhone 6s Plus for heavy users thanks to its larger screen and much better battery life.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Wireless Home Theater Headphones
After testing 14 pairs of wireless home theater headphones over the past two years, we found that the Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT set is the best option for most people. The HP-902 RFT headphones sound decent, offer useful features such as a mute switch and the ability to switch between sources, and give you the best value for your money of any headphones we tested.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Fitness Trackers
After 60 hours of research, surveys, expert interviews, user-experience analysis, sleep, and exercise, we've determined that the Garmin vívosmart HR is the best fitness tracker for most people. It effectively collects the same data as top competitors but offers a larger, more legible touchscreen and more useful smartphone-notification options. It's also fully waterproof to 50 meters, whereas other models are merely splash-resistant.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Photo Scanning Service
After 80 hours of research and testing, we found that Memories Renewed, an online scanning service based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the best place for most people to get their photos and film scanned. They consistently delivered great-looking digital files, offering the best combination of price, quality, and turnaround time of any service we tested.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Ebook Reader
We tested every currently available ebook reader, and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our pick thanks to a great screen and Amazon’s huge library.    Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Bluetooth Tracker
After putting in 20 hours of research and hands-on testing, we found that the second-generation Tile is the only Bluetooth tracker worth buying. Tile maintained its connection to a smartphone at the longest range and reconnected from the farthest distance. Plus, it’s the least expensive option and offers some truly useful features for its companion smartphone app.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Android Phones
If you're buying a smartphone from your carrier, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the top choice. Its camera and display are best in class, it has a microSD slot, and it's water-resistant.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Bed Pillows Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow in Standard
After putting in hundreds of hours of testing, we think the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow offers the best balance of comfort and price for most sleepers.   Read More >
April 29, 2016

* Best Deals: Our fat separator pick in our Thanksgiving guide, the OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Fat Separator, is down to $11 (from $15) [Amazon]

* Best Deals: The nicer serving bowl pick in the best salad spinner guide, the OXO Steel Salad Spinner, is down to $37 (from $50) [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 29, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, discover an easy technique for propagating succulents at home, watch the pleasing process of ink manufacturing, admire a postcard-perfect surf shack constructed in just 5 weeks, and learn how to throw together an Instagram-friendly summer citrus salad.

April 28, 2016
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 500 Series
After more than 70 hours of research over two years, we still think the quiet, reliable, and spacious Bosch 500 Series is the best dishwasher for most people.   Read More >
April 28, 2016

* Best Deals: Our larger homes pick for the best smart thermostat, the ecobee3, is down to $162 (from $250) [Amazon]

April 26, 2016
The Best Toilet Paper Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care
We tested 40 varieties of toilet paper over four months, and our test panel liked the feel, strength, and cleaning power of Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care the best.   Read More >
April 25, 2016
The Best Lotions for Most People Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
After 20 hours of research and testing 10 popular drugstore brands, our new pick is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Simple ingredients like dimethicone, petrolatum, and glycerin help seal in moisture. Our test panel found it the easiest to smooth on, with a neutral scent.    Read More >
April 22, 2016
The Best Dinnerware Set The Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection
After studying over 60 dinnerware sets and testing seven, we recommend the Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection. These dishes can handle everyday breakfasts and are still beautiful enough for fancy dinners.   Read More >
April 22, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 22, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how traveling alone can challenge us to be more courageous and present in the moment, how to awaken yourself from sensory-motor amnesia, and where to peruse 67,000 maps and cartographic images online.

April 21, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best pie plate, the Baker's Advantage Ceramic Deep Pie Dish, is down to $12 (from $17) [Amazon]

April 20, 2016
The Best Picnic Basket Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket with Cutlery Set
It’s picnic time! We tried seven baskets and the Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket was the sturdiest, most attractive, and easiest to store.   Read More >
April 20, 2016
The Best Picnic Blanket Nemo Victory Blanket
After lounging on seven top-rated picnic blankets, we found the Nemo Victory Blanket offers the best combination of comfort, durability, and easy cleaning.   Read More >
April 20, 2016
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
We spent over 85 hours researching and testing—and selected our favorite tools and gadgets from past guides—to bring you the best gear for picnics and cookouts.   Read More >
April 20, 2016
Blue Shift: Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Foam Mattress Off-Gassing
Mmmmm, foam. It’s so tasty on the top of a latte. And so comfy in a mattress. All these new ordered-online, shipped-to-your-house mattresses are made of some kind of foam. They have to be, so they fit into that smallish box they’re shipped in. Just like almost every other substance on the planet, polyurethane foam […]
April 18, 2016
The Best Electric and Gas Ranges Samsung NE59J7630SS
After 35 hours of research, we think the Samsung NE59J7630SS (electric) and Frigidaire FGGF3058RF (gas) have the features, versatility, and durability most people need.   Read More >
April 15, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best space heater, the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater, is down to $20 (from $25) [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 15, 2016
April 14, 2016
The Best Portable Solar Battery Charger
The 15W Anker PowerPort Solar Lite is our new pick for the best portable solar charger. Compact and lightweight it is as efficient in most cases as our heavier and bulkier previous recommendation.   Read More >
April 14, 2016
The Best Plug-in Hybrid
After three months of research and lots of electrified miles of driving, we’ve found that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the best plug-in hybrid for most people. It offers a total of 53 miles of all-electric range, seating for five, and a better interior than the competition, and it’s very fuel efficient when running on gas. Plus, it’s the least expensive plug-in hybrid available.   Read More >
April 14, 2016
The Best Hybrid Car
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 14, 2016
The Best Electric Vehicle
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 14, 2016

* Best Deals: The smaller hands pick in our guide on the best garden pruners, the Felco F-6, is down to $40 (from $46). [Amazon]

April 14, 2016
The Best Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online Leesa
We researched 15 of the top online mattress companies, interviewed experts on sleeping and mattress design, spent over 40 hours researching foam mattresses, and slept on six models. We recommend the Leesa as a mattress that will work well for most people who sleep on their side or stomach.    Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Multi-Tool for Most Cyclists Topeak Mini 9
Whatever you ride—a road or mountain bike, fixie, or commuter—don’t walk home if you break down: Get the Topeak Mini 9, the best multi-tool for most cyclists. We tested 13 mini tools, and the light, durable, inexpensive Topeak has the best range of tools in a usable package. But we have more picks for those with specific riding needs, from hard-core singletrack to fixed-gear street riding.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Lawn Mower Honda HRX217K5VKA
After 50 hours of research, the self-propelled, gas-powered Honda HRX217K5VKA is our best lawn mower pick for the third year running, thanks to unmatched reliability and performance that makes yard work easier.    Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Interior Paint Benjamin Moore Regal Select
After more than 30 hours of research, interrogating eight professional house painters, and painting two rooms ourselves, we enthusiastically recommend Benjamin Moore Regal Select.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Home Security System LiveWatch Plug&Protect IQ with Total Home + Video Plan
We tested six DIY home security systems for a month, and our pick is the simple to install, easy to use LiveWatch Plug&Protect IQ with Total Home + Video plan. It’s the most practical solution for protecting your home, and combines smart security features with basic home-automation tools most people will like.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Slippers for Women and Men Haflinger AS
We put 14 new pairs of men’s and women’s slippers through their paces and found the Haflinger AS and AT the coziest for winter and summer use.   Read More >
April 12, 2016
The Best Hangers Proman Kascade Hanger
Treat your clothes right. After seven months of testing dozens of hangers, we found that the Proman Kascade Hanger beat out the competition thanks to its smooth, solid construction and versatility.   Read More >
April 11, 2016
The Best Cake Pans USA Pan Aluminized Steel 9x2 Inch Round Layer Cake Pan
We spent more than 30 hours researching and testing cake pans, and the essential shapes from USA Pan—in round, rectangle/square, and loaf varieties—came out on top time and time again.   Read More >
April 11, 2016
The Best Bundt Pan Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan
After testing four different bundt pans, we think the Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan is the best for most people. It’s thick and sturdy but not too heavy, and it has a nonstick coating that allows cakes to come out cleanly even from tight crevices.    Read More >
April 11, 2016
The Best Springform Pan Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan
After researching and testing six springform pans over 12 hours and baking cheesecakes head to head, we’re recommending the sturdy Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan, which beat out a pan that cost three times as much.   Read More >
April 11, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best spatula, the Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish Spatula, is down to $12 (from $17) [Amazon]

April 8, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 8, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how to make a cup of coffee like a world champion (or three), improve your interior air quality without plugging anything in, and peek inside the homes of the “world’s most interesting people."

April 7, 2016
The Best Water Filter Pitcher PUR Classic 11-Cup
We tested seven models for water taste and filtration performance, and PUR’s Classic 11-Cup pitcher is head and shoulders above the rest—even the ubiquitous Brita.   Read More >
April 6, 2016
The Best Refrigerator Whirlpool WRF535SMBM
After 65 hours of research, we think the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM is probably the best fridge for you. It’s one of the most affordable and reliable 36-inch French door models, which is the most popular size and style today.   Read More >
April 6, 2016
The Best Pepper Mill Peugeot Paris u’Select Pepper Mill
After spending more than 60 hours of research over the past three years and testing 18 different pepper mills, we’re confident that the Peugeot Paris U’Select is the best for most people. While the Peugeot is more expensive than its competition, a great pepper mill is a buy-it-for-life kind of item.   Read More >
April 6, 2016
Blue Shift: Will My Microwave Popcorn Bag Kill Me?
When a source of light moves toward you, its waves are compressed and pushed to a higher energy. We can’t always see this blue shift, but it’s there. In the space of Internet science, there’s a lot of bad information floating around. In this biweekly column, Leigh Krietsch Boerner, chemistry PhD and science editor of […]
April 4, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best food processor, the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup, is down to $179 (from $200). [Amazon]

April 1, 2016
The Best Wire Cutter Channellock E337CB Diagonal Cutting Plier
It took hundreds of cuts and years of reader requests for us to finally post the best wire cutter: The Channellock E337CB is a truly superior snipper.   Read More >
April 1, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 1, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, the best time to purchase a laptop, how to navigate challenging conversations mindfully, and a look inside a trio of secret forest cabins that exemplify small-space living.

March 30, 2016

* After further testing, we’ve added a new large pick to our dish rack guide: the simplehuman Steel Frame. Its deep walled capacity and drip-free drainage make it perfect for anyone with extra pots, pans, and plates to dry. [Best Dish Rack]

March 30, 2016
The Best Tampons U By Kotex Click
After 25 hours of research and soaking 60 tampons to test for leaks, we found that the U by Kotex Click absorbed the best and leaked the least.   Read More >
March 30, 2016
The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes Soak
Move over, Woolite--after 35 hours washing 40 fabric swatches in 22 different washes, Soak beat out competitors to become the best delicates detergent.   Read More >
March 25, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 25, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, why you’re not getting from point A to point B any faster even with GPS (hint: you’re not following directions), how to roll an Overnighter "Burrito", and why a man decided to eat like The Rock for 30 days.

March 24, 2016

* Best Deals: The top pick in our guide on the best skillet, the All-Clad 12-inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan, is down to $82 (from $110). [Amazon]

March 22, 2016
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 40 hours researching food processors, interviewing experts, and conducting nearly three years of longterm testing, we think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is still the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
March 22, 2016

* It’s tax season again, and after 40 hours of filing and number crunching we’ve again decided that TurboTax is our choice for the best online tax software. [Best Tax Software]

March 22, 2016
The Best Condoms Lifestyles SKYN Condoms - 50 condoms
After spending 30 hours evaluating 54 different types of condoms and having 32 volunteers test 30 of the best, we’ve chosen the LifeStyles SKYN as the best condom. We also have picks in larger and smaller sizes.   Read More >
March 21, 2016
The Elements of Brunch
We spent 25 hours of research, consulted entertaining experts for brunch ideas, and threw three meals to find the best kitchen, bar, and serving tools for brunch.    Read More >
March 18, 2016
8 Things We Want to Try (and One Thing We Probably Won’t) From the Housewares Show
Like The Wirecutter, The Sweethome isn’t really interested in pushing newsworthy gadgets that don’t deserve a permanent place in your home. Still, we go to the International Home + Housewares Show every year hoping to find a few innovations that will be worth testing out. The housewares show is a lot less glitzy than the […]
March 18, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 18, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to pick the most delicious produce, the best used cars for teen drivers, and why six hours of sleep can be as bad as no sleep at all.

March 16, 2016
The Best Shower Caddy OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel 3-Tier Shower Caddy 2.0
After further testing, our top pick for best shower caddy is still the OXO, but we’re adding a new runner-up pick with adjustable shelves and a pick for those with high shower spigots and wand showers.   Read More >
March 16, 2016

* Best Deal: One of our picks for the best desk lamp, the Anker Lumos LED, is down to $34 with code (from $40) [Amazon]

March 14, 2016

* We’ve decided to split our test results on Irons and Ironing Boards into two guides. [The Best Iron]

March 14, 2016
The Best Ironing Board Laundry Solutions by Westex
We tested 12 ironing boards and mats and found the affordable, compact Laundry Solutions by Westex to be the best for pressing most clothes and home goods. We’d pair it with our favorite affordable iron, the Black+Decker D3030 Allure, or even the top-of-the-line Rowenta DW 9280 SteamForce.   Read More >
March 14, 2016
The Best Clothing Iron Black+Decker D3030 Allure
After more than 20 hours of research and testing, our new pick is the Black+Decker D3030 Allure. It's the most usable and reliable iron we tested, and it put out almost as much steam as an iron that costs three times as much. We’d either pair it with the compact and inexpensive Laundry Solutions by Westex ironing board or the bulkier-but-smartly-designed Homz Durabilt.   Read More >
March 11, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 11, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, tips for organizing your home library, the minimalist's guide to packing a backpack, and how to tell if your food has gone rancid.

March 10, 2016

* Best Deal: The potholder pick in our guide on the best Thanksgiving kitchen tools and tableware, the San Jamar 7” x 7” Ultigrip Hot Pad, is down to $8 (from $16). [Amazon]

March 9, 2016
Great Wedding Registry Gift Ideas
We spent 30 hours researching the best way to construct a wedding registry to help you decide which big-ticket investment items—and less expensive gifts—will really contribute to shaping the space you share with your partner.   Read More >
March 7, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best smart thermostat, the Nest 3.0, is down to $200 (from $240). [eBay]

March 4, 2016
The Best Paring Knife Victorinox 3¼-Inch
After putting in more than 45 hours of research, testing 20 blades by carving many fruits and veggies, we think the Victorinox 3¼-Inch paring knife is the best. It’s comfortable, sharp, and only $8.   Read More >
March 4, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 4, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, gain more space in your airline seat with the secret armrest-lever trick, use two checking accounts to track expenses, and see a beginner's guide to fragrances.

March 3, 2016
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi Stainless Mug
After doing nearly 50 hours of research over the past three years and considering more than 60 different models, we think the Zojirushi New Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for most people. It offers the best balance of heat retention and versatility of any model we tested. It costs more than its competitors, but its thoughtful design and foolproof locking mechanism make it worth the price.   Read More >
March 2, 2016
The Best Circular Saw SKILSAW SPT67WM-22
After researching 35 circular saws and testing four, we found the SKILSAW SPT67WM-22 is the best for most people. It has noticeably better power than the competition and simply feels the best while in use. It also has great features that other saws don’t, including a magnesium footplate and motor housing that make it durable and lightweight.   Read More >
March 1, 2016
The Best Home-Office Furniture and Supplies
Your home office should be a place where you feel comfortable doing your best work day after day. After spending more than 150 hours researching and testing equipment that fits best in a variety of workspaces, and after drawing from our own experience as work-from-home veterans, we've picked out a selection of great furniture and supplies for your home office, including items that many of us use daily ourselves.   Read More >
March 1, 2016
The Best Sous Vide Gear Anova Precision Cooker WI-FI
Get your steak on. We tested four new sous vide devices this year and our new pick is the Anova Precision Cooker WI-FI. It’s an updated version of our previous pick with best-in-class temperature precision and Wi-Fi for reliable remote control cooking.   Read More >
March 1, 2016
The Best Immersion Blender Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender
We’re confident that the best immersion blender is the Breville Control Grip. After testing immersion blenders over two years — we pureed gallons of soup, smoothies, salsa, and mayonnaise — the Breville proved itself over and over. It excelled at tougher tasks that other immersion blenders just couldn’t handle.   Read More >