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August 2014

 
August 18, 2014

* Best Deals: Our second best pick for electric razor, the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D, has matched its lowest price, $120 (from $180). [Amazon]

August 15, 2014

* We updated our dish soap guide with one of our editors' observations from switching to Seventh Generation Dish Liquid for the past six months.

August 15, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 15, 2014
There’s a plenitude of sites (including our own) recommending and rating just about everything made by mankind. But as important as “what to buy” is knowing what’s possible using the products you’ve purchased. In this weekend edition of Inner Vision, we show you why cooking a frozen steak is better than thawing it first, one BIG reason to use a backpack or tote instead […]
August 14, 2014

* Vornado has  announced a recall of its VH110 Whole Room Vortex electric space heaters due to more than two dozen reports of them overheating, melting, smoking, and in one case, catching fire. If you have the Vornado VH110, be sure to unplug it right away and contact the company for a free replacement at (844) 205-7978 or www.vornado.com and click on the recall graphic in the lower right corner of the page.

August 13, 2014

* Nomiku has announced a new version of our alternate pick for Best Budget Sous Vide Gear, and Mastrad has responded to our concerns regarding the Purefizz soda maker rusting and the company's subpar customer service.

August 11, 2014

* After six months we've learned to love our favorite champagne glass for more than just sparkling wine. Meanwhile, our pick for best wine glass continues to stand up to any kind of chipping or cracking despite daily use and cleaning.

August 8, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 8, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we introduce you to The Inbox Checkup, an email habit analyzer for the last 100 days, Sea Australia shows you how to identify and possibly survive a rip tide, and the […]
August 8, 2014
The Best Pie Plate
The sturdy, well-crafted Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish ($40) is our favorite plate for pies of all kinds. Made of durable stoneware that conducts heat slowly and uniformly, this plate creates perfectly browned, crisp crusts and evenly-cooked fillings. It’s also the preferred plate of many enthusiastic pie makers we spoke with—pros and home bakers alike. For this update, we built on the initial 12 hours of research (and many more of testing) in our original guide with an additional 7 hours of baking in top-rated pie plates. The Emile Henry was the clear winner.    Read More >
August 7, 2014

* GE's new Energy Smart LED 60W equivalent bulb sells for about the same as our favorite LED light bulb, but it has a shorter lifespan and warranty than our pick and is not as efficient.

August 6, 2014
The Best Portable Vacuum
Over 75 hours of research and testing led us to the Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac as best for most people. It has powerful suction and the battery can last longer than the competition. Plus, its 4-foot flexible hose can access hard-to-reach places where others cannot, including our previous pick.   Read More >
August 5, 2014

* What do you want in a bath mat? Fill out our quick survey to help us find the best candidates for testing.

August 4, 2014
The Best Travel Mug
The new Zojirushi Stainless Mug is an evolutionary improvement over its predecessor (our previous pick for best travel mug) and doesn't compromise on design or insulating abilities. After 8 hours, coffee was 20 degrees hotter in the Zojirushi than the next mug down in our test group.   Read More >
August 1, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of August 1, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we show you why using weaker passwords in some cases can improve security, tips on how to whiten those yellowing pillows, and a guide on switching to LED light bulbs via NPR.

July 2014

 
July 31, 2014
The Best Kitchen Trash Can
After 30 hours of research, arguing the merits of 50+ trash cans, talking to six food professionals, and testing 12 finalists with 12 average users, we found the best trash can. The simplehuman Wide Step has a removable liner for easy cleaning and a stay-open switch keeps it from closing while you bustle around the kitchen.    Read More >
July 28, 2014

* We added long-term testing notes to our citrus juicer guide and put our washer and dryer guide on wait status while we research replacements for our current picks that were just discontinued.

July 25, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 25, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we share tips for squeezing a few more sheets out of an “empty” ink jet cartridge, shaving with olive oil instead of chemical-based foams or creams, and how […]
July 23, 2014

* We took a look another look at the field of watering cans and found that our current pick, the Haws Bosmere V115, is still the best. But since it's out of stock until the end of July, we've named the OXO Outdoor Pour and Store as a runner-up in case you need one right now. We also included our long-term test notes from using the Haws for the past year, and updated the competition section.

July 22, 2014
The Best Pepper Mill
After 45 hours of research and testing, we found the best pepper mill for most people. The Peugeot Paris U’Select was the first pepper mill over a century ago, and it’s still the best. Its sharp, steel mechanism ground 1/2 tsp. of pepper faster and more evenly than the competition.   Read More >
July 18, 2014

* We put the Quirky + GE Aros "smart" AC through its paces. See the air conditioner guide for why we can't recommend it just yet.

July 18, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 18, 2014
Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them. In this weekend’s edition, we share tips for capturing the next “Supermoon,” why size matters when picking the right grill for summer picnic season, and how to improve your smartphone snapshots in two swipes and a tap.
July 17, 2014

* We beefed up our bug-killing gear guide with more tips on fighting mosquitoes, and in the LED bulb guide we explain why we don't recommend Ikea's inexpensive Ledare bulbs.

* Best Deals: Our favorite juicer, the Omega 8004, is back down to its lowest price, $200 (from $230). [Amazon]

July 16, 2014

* We're hiring a Product Manager to help us make our sites better. Know any people who might be interested?

July 15, 2014

* Since it's been six months since we published our Best Step Stool guide, we updated it with long-term usage notes for our pick.

July 15, 2014
The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps
We spent 20 hours on research, consulted three experts, and tapped into our writer’s 20 years of experience to find the best composting units for most people. The Earth Machine is often available at Public Works departments for a substantial discount. It’s simple to aerate, has a large opening, and keeps rodents out – unlike the competition. We also have recommendations for larger and smaller needs.   Read More >
July 11, 2014
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 11, 2014
There’s a plentitude of sites (including our own) recommending and rating just about everything made by mankind. But as important as “what to buy” is knowing what’s possible using the products you’ve purchased. Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the culture and techniques behind living well with them.
July 11, 2014
The Best Drinking Glass
We spent 28 hours researching and testing drinking glasses to find the best, subjecting the top eight contenders to punishing drops and temperature tests. The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar drinking glasses were one of only four glasses to survive a 42-inch drop onto concrete. Plus, they stack easily without ever sticking.   Read More >
July 10, 2014

* We updated our wine preserver guide with Serious Eats' findings on how best to store vermouth in a refrigerator.

July 7, 2014

* The first hands-on review of Honeywell's potential Nest competitor is out, so we've updated our Smart Thermostat guide. We also updated our Home Vacuum guide with the latest user reviews for our main pick.

* After a new round of testing we've named the Panasonic Flash Xpress as our runner-up choice for Best Toaster Oven.

* Best Deals: Our second best pick for electric razor, the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D, has matched its lowest price, $120 (from $180). [Amazon]

July 7, 2014
The Best Commuter Bike Lights
We spent 45 hours examining 31 brands and 150 bike lights, testing for features like brightness and battery life. The Cygolite Metro 360 remains our favorite headlight, while the Hotshot 2W is our new tail light pick, which is USB rechargeable and long lasting. Our favorite is the combo pack containing both these picks.   Read More >
July 4, 2014
The Best Popsicle Molds
If you’re spending the weekend outdoors, enjoying a few homemade popsicles from the Zoku Round Slow Pop Molds is a pretty great way to stay cool. They’re a good size for adults and kids alike, don’t take up much space in your freezer, and work with most ingredients without risking breakage.
July 3, 2014

* To round out our guide to Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling, we added our top picks for charcoal and popsicle molds.

* Best Deals: Our favorite washer and dryer, the Kenmore Elite Steam Washer and Electric Steam Dryer, are down to a low price of $700 each (from $900 each). [Washer/Dryer]

July 2, 2014
The Best Way To Keep Open Wine Fresh
After interviewing award-winning sommeliers and holding a taste test with certified wine experts, we found the best way to preserve an open bottle of wine. Private Preserve uses an inert mixture of common gases to prevent oxidation, and performed the best in our head-to-head tests in maintaining flavor and aroma of the wine.   Read More >
July 1, 2014

* To our waffle maker guide we added a model that cooks four at a time as a pick for families (or parties), and in reel lawn mowers we updated the competition section.

* Best Deals: Get our favorite comforter, bed sheets or slippers for 10% off during L.L. Bean's Fourth of July sale with code SUMMER10.

June 2014

 
June 30, 2014

* Best Deals: Our favorite juicer, the Omega 8004, is down to a price near its lowest ever, $202 (from $230). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our second favorite electric kettle, the Bonavita 1-Liter Gooseneck, has matched its lowest price, $60 (from $85). [Amazon]

June 30, 2014
The Best Lawnmower
After 15 hours of research and interviews with professional landscapers, lawnmower repairmen, and Popular Mechanics’ lawnmower guru, we found the Honda HRX217VKA is the best mower for most medium-to-large lawns. It's on the expensive side ($600), but has the features and quality you'd want in a mower.   Read More >
June 27, 2014
Helpful Gear for Any Emergency
This list is not an official emergency checklist, although it was informed by Seamus's experience in the military and private security management, my training as an EMT and SF emergency response dork (NERT) and FEMA's prep kit list.   Read More >
June 26, 2014

* We added long-term test notes to our Best Garden Hose guide based on one user's year with our pick in sunny Hawaii.

June 25, 2014
The Best Reel Mower for Your (Small) Lawn
To find the best reel lawnmower, we interviewed a Ph.D. in turfgrass science and did head-to-head testing with the grounds crew at a golf course. The Scotts 2000–20S reel mower is light and easy to maneuver, resulting in the cleanest cut and the healthiest grass. Plus, it’s the only mower that didn’t jam during testing.   Read More >
June 24, 2014

* The Best Laundry Basket (and Hampers) guide has been updated with our long-term test notes after using it multiple times per week for more than six months.

* With its new Works With Nest program, some cars, activity trackers, and garage doors (and other things) will be able to give Nest thermostats more information about when you're home or away or when you're awake or asleep and adjust energy use accordingly. The Nest API is also now open to developers who want to incorporate home, away, and usage data into their apps. More details are in our Smart Thermostat guide.

June 23, 2014
Which Blender Should I Get?
Countertop blenders, immersion blenders, food processors, stand mixers… oh my. There are many appliances that make food prep faster and expand what you’re able to create, but it can be confusing to decide which blending device fits your needs. Here, we discuss the differences between them, each item’s strengths and weaknesses, and what they're best for.   Read More >
June 20, 2014
The Best Salad Spinner
The OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner has the best balance of the features you'd want: it's simple to use, gentle on delicate produce, and easy to clean. We found this after researching 22 models and pitting three head-to-head in order to dry spinach, raspberries, and dill.   Read More >
June 19, 2014

* Have you gone through a fitness tracker phase but no longer use the device? Please contribute to our research over at The Wirecutter by filling out a survey to tell us when and why you stopped using it.

June 16, 2014
The Best Adjustable Wrench
We attached garden hoses and assembled furniture with 13 different adjustable wrenches to find the best for your home tool box. The Channellock 8WCB WideAzz is 8 inches with the jaw capacity of a much larger wrench and a thin, tapered nose for getting into tight spots.    Read More >
June 13, 2014

* We updated air conditioners with news of a "smart" accessory set to arrive in August, and added details on Cree's 3-way bulb to the LED lightbulbs guide.

June 13, 2014
The Best Ice Cream Maker
We talked to Brooklyn ice cream experts, asked our readers for advice, and ate over 25 quarts of ice cream before settling on the Whynter SNO. It makes the creamiest ice cream of any machine we tested and uses a compressor, so it can churn out batch after batch with almost no time in between.   Read More >
June 12, 2014

* Best Deals: Our favorite juicer, the Omega 8004, is down to its lowest price, $200 (from $230). [Amazon]

June 11, 2014

* We have been using our best bed pillow recommendation, the Premier Down-Like Personal Choice Density, every day for nearly a year and are pleased to report  it still hasn't gone flat or lost any of its fluff.

June 11, 2014
The Best Waffle Maker
We made 62 waffles for 10 taste testers to find the best waffle maker. The Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express makes delicious waffles regardless of batter and has settings for both crisp and airy or tender and fluffy waffles. Plus, it stores easily while being simple to use and keep clean.   Read More >
June 10, 2014

* Honeywell has a new smart thermostat contender in the $279 Lyric. It's expected to hit stores in August, and we'll be watching for reviews to see how it compares to our pick, the Nest 2.0.

* Help contribute to our research by filling out a survey on personal lubricants.

June 9, 2014

* Best Deals: The makers of our pick for the best suit hanger, The Hanger Project, are offering 20% off for $200 orders today only. [The Hanger Project]

June 5, 2014

* Due to some retailer stock and pricing changes, we've updated our paper towel guide.

* We just updated the air conditioners guide with our recommendation for a portable unit, the LG LP1214GXR. We also had to make a correction to the piece: we'd said Amazon and Lowe's sold the same version of our main Frigidaire pick. Turns out Lowe's sells the same AC but without the handy built-in thermometer in the remote or an ionizing filter. If you need those things, go with Amazon. If you can live without them, you can save money on our pick at Lowe's.

June 5, 2014
The Best Charcoal for Grilling
Over 100 hours of combined research and testing has left us with Stubb’s 100% All-Natural Briquettes as our best pick for charcoal for the second year in a row. It burns pure and consistently, leaves no negative taste characteristics, and doesn’t generate much ash to fly into your food.   Read More >
June 4, 2014

* After using it almost daily for six months, the Mercer Hell's Handle Fish Spatula is still our favorite. See the Best Spatula guide for our long-term test notes.

June 3, 2014
The Best Air Conditioner
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 >
June 2, 2014

* The Vornado 660 is still our favorite fan, but in case that's ever sold out, we now have an alternate choice. If you want to spend a little less, we've got a new pick for you too.

* Best Deals: Our second favorite electric kettle, the Bonavita 1-Liter, is down to its second lowest price ever, $65 (from $85). [Amazon]