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April 2015

 
April 27, 2015

* 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 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 >
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 15, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, has matched its lowest price, $30 with code LETSRIDE (from $45). [BuyDig]

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

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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 >

February 2015

 
February 28, 2015
The Best Juicer Tribest Slowstar
The Tribest Slowstar is the best and most versatile home juicer. It’s also the slowest, which is actually a good thing because it extracts the maximum amount of nutrients from produce and yields more juice than nearly every other model we tested. Plus, there’s a 10-year warranty on parts and the motor.   Read More >
February 27, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite blender, the Vitamix 5200, is down to a low price, $247 reconditioned (from $329). [Vitamix]

February 27, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of February 27, 2015
February 26, 2015

* The Lavatool Thermowand is our new runner-up choice for best instant-read thermometer. It's fast, has a fold-out design, and has a temperature range nearly as wide as our top pick. [The Best Instant-Read Thermometer]

February 25, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite stand mixer, the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart, is down to a nice low price, $240 (from $280). [Meh]

February 25, 2015
The Best Humidifier Honeywell HCM-350
A former NOAA scientist tested eight top-ranked humidifiers and found that the Honeywell HCM-350 is the best humidifier for most people. It’s the easiest to fill and clean (the two things you'll do most with it), and unlike almost every other humidifier, any part that touches water is free from electronic components, so it’s dishwasher safe. Plus, it’s the only humidifier made from a single piece of plastic, meaning leaks are much less likely.    Read More >
February 23, 2015
The Best Aluminum Foil Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty
We tested 18 aluminum foil brands for more than 15 hours and found that the Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty foil is best for most kitchens. It's the most malleable, the thickest, and the least likely to puncture out of all the heavy-duty foils we tested, making it the easiest to work with. Plus, it’s widely available in a variety of widths and lengths.   Read More >
February 20, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of February 20, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, dazzle your dinner party guests with water balloon ice spheres, learn why we do our best thinking in the shower, and get tips for booking a great hotel on the cheap.

February 19, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite windshield wiper blades, the Rain-X Latitude, are down to $23 a pair (from $26-32). [Amazon]

February 17, 2015

* The maker of our favorite sous vide cooker has finished fulfilling Kickstarter orders and pre-orders, and is now shipping the Anova Precision Cooker to all customers. [Best Sous Vide Gear]

February 14, 2015
​The Best Snow Blowers Craftsman Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower
A snow blower is a long-term investment that can last for years while pulling you out of the shovel rut. The $900 Craftsman Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower has a uniquely quiet engine and power steering (a rarity at this price), making driveway navigation easier than with the competition. We also found models appropriate for light and heavy snowfall.    Read More >
February 13, 2015

* After 10 additional hours of research and testing, we've expanded our snow shovels guide to include our picks for the best snow pusher and sleigh, and the best roof rake. [Best Snow Shovels]

Inner Vision for the weekend of February 13, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, the best places to donate your unwanted clutter, a crash course in vacuum cooking with a rice cooker, and a sound-matching game that will take you back to the '90s and beyond.

February 12, 2015

* There's a new cordless vacuum from Hoover we're looking forward to testing, and some news about Dyson's 2015 lineup in our Best Cordless Stick Vacuum guide.

* Best Deals: Our favorite slippers for cold feet, the Wicked Good Moccasins, have matched a low price, $62 (from $69). [L.L. Bean]

February 12, 2015
Best Smart Thermostat Nest 2.0
After using the top three smart thermostats for more than a month, we concluded that the second-generation Nest is still the best for the second year in a row. It's more pleasant to use thanks to its seamless smartphone controls and elegant design.  It even learns your house's heating and cooling quirks and can schedule itself based on your usage.   Read More >
February 10, 2015

* Best Deals: Our hybrid alternative for the best space heater, the DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater, is down to a low price, $65 (from $76). [Amazon]

February 6, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bed sheets, the 280 Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale, are currently 20% off in all sizes and colors. [L.L. Bean]

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

February 6, 2015
Valentine’s Day Ideas
We assembled a list of things to help make the most of your Valentine’s Day, with the input of more than two dozen testers.   Read More >
February 6, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of February 6, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, tips on when to skimp (or splurge) on men's attire, the best places to travel in 2015, and how to properly store your MacBook’s power adapter.

February 5, 2015
The Best G-Spot Toys Njoy Pure Wand
The G-spot (an erogenous zone said to be located on the front wall of the vagina) is a complex and controversial sexological phenomenon. After more than 30 hours of research, chatting with six experts  (including sex researcher Dr. Debby Herbenick), and reading hundreds of reviews of 79 different insertable sex toys, our panel of six testers adored Njoy’s stainless-steel Pure Wand ($110) most of all.    Read More >
February 5, 2015
The Best Anal Toys Njoy’s Pure Plug
After over 30 hours of research, including reading hundreds of reviews of 49 bestselling models, interviewing six sexperts (including sex researcher Dr. Debby Herbenick), and crowdsourcing opinions from sex toy enthusiasts, our mixed-gender panel of six testers chose Njoy’s Pure Plug ($60-$85) as their top choice. This stainless steel butt plug is beautiful, has no friction when used with lubricant, offers feelings of fullness with p-spot (prostate) stimulation, and stays firmly in place after insertion. It’s available in three different sizes, is absurdly easy to clean, and doesn’t retain unpleasant smells.    Read More >
February 5, 2015
The Best Vibrators Magic Wand
After 30 hours of research—including reading hundreds of reviews of 48 bestselling models, interviewing six sexperts including sex researcher Dr. Debby Herbenick, and crowdsourcing opinions from enthusiasts—our panel of six testers tried five clitoral vibrators and picked the Magic Wand ($55) as the one to recommend to most people, despite its intimidating size. This massager-style vibrator is huge, noisy, and looks like “something you’d see in a chiropractor’s office” according to one of our testers, but it offered hands-down the most power of any vibrator we tested at a very reasonable price. Many of our testers described the Magic Wand as their “go-to” vibrator for clitoral stimulation, a toy that was almost always guaranteed to give them an orgasm when others could not.    Read More >
February 5, 2015

* Our choice for the best push lawnmower, the Cub Cadet SC100 11A-A92J, sells out quickly every year—but it's in stock right now. [Best Lawnmower]

February 4, 2015
The Best Manual Razor for Most Faces Gillette’s Mach3 Sensitive
After 200 hours of research and testing, we found that the best razor is the Mach3 Sensitive Power. It shaves just as well as the latest razors but for a fraction of the price. It was also the overall favorite of the 10 men in our testing panel and recommended by half of the 30 professional barbers we asked.   Read More >
February 4, 2015

* Best Deals: As part of a sale on Victorinox products, the Victorinox 8-inch wavy-edge bread knife is down to $32 with code PRIMECUT20 (from $40). [BuyDig]

February 3, 2015
The Best Paper Shredders

* At the Wirecutter, we interviewed a man who made his living stealing discarded personal data and then tested paper shredders with a physicist. We recommend the $50 AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut for your paper-document, credit-card, or data-DVD-shredding needs. It was our pick last year, and we still couldn't find a shredder with comparable shredding capacity for the same low price.

February 2, 2015
The Best Boxed Chocolates Recchiuti Confections’s Black Box
We tasted 11 chocolate brands and took suggestions from our readers to find our new favorite box of chocolates, Recchiuti Confections’s Black Box. Recchiuti distinguishes itself by combining unusual yet complementary flavors, and ultimately offering a full sensory experience.   Read More >