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February 2016

 
February 5, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best boxed chocolates, the Recchiuti Black Box, is down to $51 with code BEMINE (from $60). [Recchiuti]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of February 5, 2016
February 2, 2016
The Best Gifts and Ideas for a Romantic Anniversary or Valentine’s Day
The right gift for your beloved is a choice that should come from the heart—but a little research can help. After having testers perform more than 100 hours of research, we found the best items to help you plan your next romantic occasion.   Read More >
February 2, 2016
The Best G-Spot Toys Njoy Pure Wand
After more than 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the Njoy Pure Wand is the most effective G-spot toy. It's easy to clean, virtually indestructible, and designed to be chilled or warmed for additional stimulation. It elicited the most intense sensations of all the toys we tested, and its heavy stainless-steel body is capable of producing a deeply stimulating pressure that other toys cannot.   Read More >
February 1, 2016
The Best Vibrators Magic Wand Rechargeable
After 50 hours of research and testing, plus six months of follow-up testing, we think the Magic Wand Rechargeable is the best vibrator for most people. It's twice as expensive as our previous pick, the Magic Wand Original, but its easy-to-clean silicone head, rechargeable battery, quieter motor, and greater variation in intensity and vibration patterns makes this updated version worth every penny.   Read More >
February 1, 2016

* Best Deals: The portable pick in our guide on the best leaf blower, the DeWalt DCBL790H140V MAX Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower, is down to $295 (from $332). [Amazon]

January 2016

 
January 29, 2016
The Best Anal Toys Njoy’s Pure Plug
After more than 50 hours of research and testing with a six-person, mixed-gender panel, we found that Njoy’s Pure Plug is the best anal toy for most people. This stainless steel butt plug is beautiful, offers feelings of fullness with prostate stimulation, and stays firmly in place once inserted. Plus, it comes in three sizes and it’s easier to clean than the competition.   Read More >
January 29, 2016

* We've decided to stop recommending the Crate and Barrel Dune flatware set as we look into the alloy used to make it. [Best Flatware]

January 29, 2016
The Best Tights Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66
After doing in-depth research and testing 16 pairs of tights for at least eight hours at a time, we found the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 are still the top opaque tights for most people. They are attractive under a range of outfits, have a comfortable but secure waistband, feel silky to the touch, and easily best their competition in terms of quality and longevity.   Read More >
January 29, 2016
The Best Drill Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt
After using 16 drills to drive 1,669 3-inch screws and bore 345 1-inch holes, we found that the Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max is the best for around the house. It’s the lightest, most compact model we tested, and it completely blew away its rivals in terms of battery life. It drilled twice as many holes as the second-place drill and drove almost 50 percent more screws.   Read More >
January 29, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 29, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, cut down on unwanted subscription fees with Trim, properly adjust your office chair, and stock up on every item a person should have in their car.

January 28, 2016
The Best Rolling Pin Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin
After nearly 20 hours of research and testing 12 carefully selected rolling pins on three types of dough, we found the timeless maple Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin is the best option for most people. It’s more agile than a handled pin, it doesn’t stick to the dough as much as cheaper models, and it has just enough heft to do some of the work for you without smashing fragile dough. Plus, it’s one of the easiest to clean.   Read More >
January 28, 2016

* The heater we liked for larger rooms has been discontinued, so we’ve updated our guide with a new pick, the De’Longhi EW7507EB. It’s our former runner-up pick, and it’s a near-identical product, except it has a digital timer. [Best Space Heater]

January 28, 2016
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater
After 87 hours of research and testing, we found the Lasko 754200 is the best space heater for smaller rooms, and the DeLonghi EW7507EB best serves larger rooms. The Lasko heated our test spaces faster and cheaper than the competition, and the De’Longhi was near-silent as it provided slow and steady heat, even an hour after turning it off.   Read More >
January 27, 2016
The Best Beard Trimmer Wahl Lithium Ion
After 46 hours spent researching and testing tools with a pair of professional barbers, we found that the Wahl Lithium Ion all-in-one trimmer is the best beard trimmer for most people. It has the sharpest blades, the longest run time, and the strongest overall stubble-cutting power of any cordless tool we tested.   Read More >
January 27, 2016
The Best Personal Lubricant Good Clean Love’s Almost Naked
After putting in more than 40 hours of research, and testing with a panel of seven couples of various gender mixes, we found that Good Clean Love’s Almost Naked is the best personal lubricant for most people. It has a smooth texture that’s not gummy or sticky, its slickness lasted longer than competition, and it was the best smelling and tasting lube in the water-based category.   Read More >
January 26, 2016
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.   Read More >
January 26, 2016
The Best Running Gear
It’s finally feeling like winter. We just updated our running-gear guide with some additional picks, and we still have plenty of cold-weather recommendations to keep you going until the sun returns.   Read More >
January 25, 2016
Great Gear for Parties
Whether you’re arranging a small get-together or throwing a call-the-cops dance party, you’ll need some supplies. After putting hundreds of hours into research and testing, we found the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party possible. A party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company—prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun.   Read More >
January 22, 2016

* After a year of long term testing, our previous runner-up—the OXO Good Grips Tray—is now our top pick. While other ice cube trays we previously recommended used smell-retaining silicone, the Good Grips tray has a rigid, sliding plastic lid that allows clean stacking in the freezer. [Best Ice Cube Tray]

January 22, 2016
The Best Mandoline KitchenAid V-Slicer
After putting in more than 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the KitchenAid V-Slicer is the best mandoline for most people. This razor-sharp tool has a decent hand guard and can fit in most kitchen drawers. In our tests, it made the thinnest, most even shavings and performed better than much more expensive models.   Read More >
January 22, 2016

* Best Deals: Our upgrade pick for the best garden pruners, the ARS HP-VS8Z Heavy Duty Pruners, are down to $35 (from $50). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 22, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly email potential clients, what you’ll look like in 20 years, and when to avoid flying in 2016.

January 21, 2016
The Best Vegetable Peeler OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler
After 20 hours of research and testing peelers over two years, we found that the lightweight, Y-shaped Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler and the heavier straight swivel OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler are the best options. In testing, both tackled vegetables and fruits better than the competition, and they were the easiest and most comfortable to hold during prolonged peeling.   Read More >
January 19, 2016

* The Husky 8-in-1 Precision Slotted and Phillips Screwdriver Set is now our precision screwdriver runner-up pick. It’s ergonomically better than our main pick, but the design of the storage system increases the chances of losing a bit. [Best Precision Screwdriver]

January 19, 2016
The Best Precision Screwdriver MAXCRAFT 7-in-1
If you need to change a toy’s batteries or tighten your sunglasses, you need a precision screwdriver, and the best one for most people is the MAXCRAFT 7-in-1. It offers convenient onboard bit storage, a knurled shaft for easy gripping, several of the most commonly used bits, and a little pocket clip. It’s also the least expensive model we tested.   Read More >
January 15, 2016

* The C.H. Hanson 03040 is the best stud finder for home use. It was the most reliable and durable in our test group, and its two magnets reduce the time to find a stud. We're no longer recommending the Magic Stud Finder Plus, as it has been out of stock for months and our repeated attempts to contact the company have gone unanswered. [Best Stud Finder]

January 15, 2016
The Best Stud Finder for Home Use C.H. Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
If you’re hanging heavy pictures, mirrors, or shelves, you need to know where your wall studs are—and the best tool we found for the job is the C.H. Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder. After 30 hours of research and testing against five other magnetic stud finders, we found the C.H. Hanson to be reliable, durable, and accurate, and because it’s magnet-based, it doesn’t need batteries or any kind of calibration.   Read More >
January 15, 2016

* Best Deals: The pick for killing mosquitoes at the source in our guide on the best bug-killing gear, Mosquito Bits, is down to $12 (from $18). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 15, 2016
January 13, 2016

* Because of a New York Times report that a small number of Nest Thermostats were experiencing power issues, we've added some troubleshooting suggestions to our guide. [Best Smart Thermostat]

January 13, 2016
The Best Label Maker Brother PT-D210
After 40 hours of researching—including talking to small business owners and home users—and testing eight popular models, we’ve determined that the Brother PT-D210 is the best label maker. It was the easiest to use and printed consistently high-quality labels, despite being one of the cheapest models we tested.   Read More >
January 13, 2016

* Our current emergency radio pick is slowly being phased out in favor of the Midland ER310, a nearly identical piece of hardware with a higher capacity battery. While we have called the ER310 in for testing, we consider this to be a minor update. Either model of the radio should serve you well. [Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies]

January 12, 2016

* Best Deals: A refurbished version of our workhorse pick for the best stand mixer, the KitchenAid Professional 6 Qt. Stand Mixer, is available for $205 [Woot]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best instant-read kitchen thermometer, the ThermoWorks ThermoPop, is down to $25 (from $32). [ThermoWorks]

January 11, 2016

* Best Deals: Our new pick for the best soda maker, the Sodastream Source, is down to $80 (from $100) [Williams-Sonoma]

January 11, 2016
The Best Soda Maker Sodastream Source
After more than 42 hours of research, 150 hours of testing over the past three years, and even our own DIY version, we think the SodaStream Source is the best home soda maker. It makes the fizziest, best-tasting seltzer; its cartridge refills are among the most affordable; and it's easier to use and clean than the competition.   Read More >
January 10, 2016

* We've added the newly unveiled LG CordZero, which follows you around as you work like an enthusiastic puppy, and the Simplicity Freedom, a new battery powered vacuum from Simplicity Vacuum, to our guide. We should be testing both models later this year. [Best Cordless Stick Vacuum]

 

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best juicer, the Tribest SW-2000-B Slowstar Juicer, is down to $274 (from $310) [Amazon]

January 8, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 8, 2016
January 7, 2016
The Best Chocolate Bar Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72%
After taste testing 13 chocolate bars, we found that the Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72% is our favorite. It's smooth with a great ratio of sweet and bitter flavors, and it melts effortlessly on the tongue, delivering a rounded sensory experience. This is the third year we’ve tasted this chocolate, and it’s reliably excellent year after year. It even beat a boutique chocolate bar that costs twice as much.   Read More >
January 7, 2016
The Best Juicer Tribest Slowstar
After pushing almost 40 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we still think the Tribest Slowstar is the best and most versatile juicer for the home. It’s one of the slowest juicers available—key for getting maximum nutrients and enzymes from produce—and it still yielded more juice than nearly every other model we tested.   Read More >
January 7, 2016

* Best Deals: The runner-up pick in our guide on the best sprinkler, the Irrigator Pro 525054 Whisper Quiet, is down to $17 (from $22). [Amazon]

January 4, 2016
The Best Bike Pump (Floor Standing) Bontrager Turbo Charger HP
After testing 25 floor-standing bike pumps with a 10-person panel, we found that the Bontrager Turbo Charger HP is the best option. Its head is the only non-screw-on design that seals reliably and completely the first time on both Presta and Schrader valves. Plus, the Bontrager’s hose is longer than most we tested, and it has a comfortable handle and easy-to-read gauge.   Read More >

December 2015

 
December 31, 2015

* Best Deals: Our heavy-duty runner-up pick for the best pull-up bar, the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Pro, is down to $28 (from $40). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best pencil eyeliner, the Stila Smudge Stick, is down to $11 for Prime members (from $16). [Amazon]

December 24, 2015
Thank You for a Great 2015
December 22, 2015

* Best Deals: An alternate to one of the picks in our guide on the best air purifier, the Winix PlasmaWave 5500, is down to $129 (from $160). [Amazon]

December 22, 2015
The Best Can Opener OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch
Over the past two years, we’ve opened 85 cans with 22 can openers to find that the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch is the best option for most people. It locks onto cans, cuts them with ease, and costs half the price of the better safety openers we tested.   Read More >
December 22, 2015
The Best Utility Knife Milwaukee Fastback II
After doing 26 hours of research and testing 22 different knives, we found that the Milwaukee Fastback II is the best utility knife for around-the-house use. It can be opened and closed with one hand and has room to store an additional blade, which is really simple to change out. It's not the cheapest option, but no other knife has such a complete set of features.   Read More >
December 21, 2015
The Best Steak Knife Set Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood
After 40 hours of research, interviews, and testing, we found the Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood are the best steak knives for most people. Not only are they beautiful to look at and comfortable in the hand, but they’re as high-performing as knives six times their price. No other knives came close to their combination of performance, price, and quality.   Read More >
December 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best mattress pad in our back to school guide, the Pinzon Basics Mattress Pad, is down to $32 (from $38). [Amazon]

December 20, 2015

* Best Deals: Our upgrade pick for the best garden pruners, the ARS HP-VS8Z Heavy Duty Pruner, is down to $36 (from $50). [Amazon]

December 18, 2015
The Best Electric Razor Braun Series 7 Model 760cc
After eight months of testing a dozen shavers with a dozen men and a variety of beard types, we’ve determined that the Braun Series 7 760cc is the best electric shaver for most men. It shaves closely and without irritation (as smoothly as more expensive models), and it offers a just-right combination of upgrades and affordability compared to other shavers.   Read More >
December 18, 2015
Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 18, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, natural remedies to help battle insomnia, a map of cookies from around the world, and a guide to wrapping presents properly.

December 17, 2015
The Best Kitchen Trash Can simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can
After spending more than 60 hours researching 70 trash cans, then testing 15 of them, we've found that the simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can is the best for most kitchens. It's better than any other can we’ve seen at keeping trash bags in place, and its lid opens more smoothly, too. Plus, it's easier to clean, and it's truly airtight, unlike most of the competition.   Read More >
December 17, 2015
The Best Cookbook Stands
After testing dozens of device and book stands for the kitchen, we found the Stump Stand is the best option for your electronics. It sits more solidly on the counter than the competition, and it’s one of the easiest stands to store. For books, we recommend the sturdy Clear Solutions Deluxe Large Cookbook Holder with Cherry Base, which has a better splatter shield than any other stand we’ve found.   Read More >
December 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our heirloom quality pick for the best dutch oven, the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5.5 Quart Round French Oven, is available in palm green for $204. [Amazon]

December 16, 2015
The Best Products for Maintaining and Shining Leather Shoes
With proper care, a high-quality pair of leather shoes can last many years with multiple sole replacements. After spending 30 hours researching shoe-care products and methods, and enlisting the founder of Washington, DC’s top-rated shoe-shine shop to help us test, we found recommendations for the essentials of calfskin leather shoe maintenance—all for under $100.   Read More >
December 14, 2015
The Best Champagne Glass Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
After considering more than 80 glasses and drinking from 10 different styles, we found that the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige is still the best Champagne glass for most people. Its tulip shape, formed of elegant leaded crystal, preserved carbonation better than any other glass we tested. Plus, it’s comfortable to hold.   Read More >
December 14, 2015

* Best Deals: The strainer pick in our guide on the best barware for making cocktails at home, the OXO Steel Cocktail Strainer, is down to $4 (from $7). [Amazon]

December 14, 2015
The Best Coffee Grinder Baratza Virtuoso
After more than 40 hours researching and testing nine top-rated coffee grinders, we found the Baratza Virtuoso was the best for making coffee at home. It produced the most uniform grind consistency of any model we tested, comparable with a $2,500 commercial-grade grinder. Our science editor couldn’t even tell the samples apart under a microscope.   Read More >
December 14, 2015

* Best Deals: The runner-up in our guide on the best electric toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare 2 Series, is down to $30 (from $40). [Amazon]

December 11, 2015

* After a new round of research and testing, our best soda maker pick is now the Sodastream Source. We’ve updated the top picks section of our guide, but stay tuned for the full update in the new year. [Best Soda Maker]

* After a new round of research and testing, our rice cooker pick is now the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker. We’ve updated the top picks section of our guide, but stay tuned for the full update in the new year. [Best Rice Cooker]

December 11, 2015
The Best Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan
After more than two years of making cookies, cakes, and even grinding meat, we still think the 5-quart KitchenAid Artisan is the best stand mixer. It creams butter and whips cake batter more effectively than nearly every other model we tried, and it effortlessly kneads dough without knocking around on the counter. For its performance, versatility, and price, the Artisan is still the absolute best.   Read More >
December 11, 2015

* We've seen promising reviews of new hand blenders from All Clad, OXO, and Vremi, and have added these new models to our testing list for next year. [Best Immersion Blender]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best handheld vacuum, the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum is down to $90. [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up for the best can opener, the Zyliss Lock-n-Lift, is down to $11 (from $15). [Amazon]

Special Gifts for Your Favorite People

* All of our traditional picks are worthy of gifting, but great gifts are something else—a thoughtful gift to a beloved family member or friend can be whimsical, aspirational, entertaining, or anything in between. We recently updated this guide with even more items after the hundreds of hours we’ve spent so far assembling a list of humble, strange, and quirky items that we'd want to give or receive.

The Hoverboard You Should Get (So Far)

* After spending more than 30 hours on research and testing, we still don’t have a firm recommendation for the best hoverboard. The Swagway X1 is a safe buy, thanks to responsive customer service and a UL-certified charger, but all hoverboards work similarly—and many use the same technology. Our advice is to choose an inexpensive model with a good warranty and accessible customer support.

* Best Deals: The KitchenAid KSB1570SL 5-Speed Blender is down to $40 (from $75). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 11, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, everything you ever wanted to know about injection molding, using coaching cues to improve your exercise routine, and sharing with your neighbors using five apps and websites.

December 10, 2015

* Best Deals: Our ornate pick for the best flatware, Oneida Louisiana, is down to $84 (from $160) for a 20-piece set with code FF30. [Oneida]

December 9, 2015

* Best Deals: The SlimStyle 40W A19 LED Light Bulb 4-pack is down to $16 (from $22). [Home Depot]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best slippers, the Glerups Model B, is down to $71 with code SNUGGLEUP (from $95). [Planet Shoes]

December 8, 2015

* Best Deals:The Gaiam Athletic 2gripMat is down to $56 (from $75). [Amazon]

December 7, 2015
The Best Humidifier Honeywell HCM-350
We tested eight new humidifiers this year to find the Honeywell HCM-350 is the best option for most people. It humidifies the air reliably and efficiently—but most importantly, it’s the easiest model to fill and clean, and that’s what you do most with any humidifier. Unlike the competition, all of the Honeywell’s parts that touch water are electronics-free and dishwasher-safe.   Read More >
December 7, 2015
The Best Holiday Cookie Baking Equipment and Gear
Whether you’re making Grandma’s tried-and-true gingerbread or attempting cut-out cookies with your child for the first time, high-quality equipment can make holiday baking so much easier. After spending 200 hours researching and testing 20 essential types of cookie-related items, we’ve found the best recommendations for making your activities as fun and stress-free as possible.    Read More >
December 7, 2015
The Best Personal Breathalyzer

* After researching 96 models and testing 15 against official devices used by police officers, we found the BACtrack S80 Pro is the most accurate and reliable personal breathalyzer. For three years, this device has come closer to matching the results produced by police equipment than anything else we’ve tested. Plus, it’s easier to use than the competition and relatively affordable.

December 4, 2015
The Best Flatware
Over the course of six months, we spent more than 80 hours researching flatware and testing 23 sets based on visual appeal, how they felt, and their materials. We also gave people of varying ages, income, and design savvy a chance to weigh in. We’d usually suss out the best choice for most, but because choosing flatware is personal, we've instead narrowed it down to 10 sets of varying styles that ranked highest in our tests.   Read More >
December 4, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Bicycle U-Lock, is down to $28 with code L17. [Buydig]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best juicer, the Tribest Slowstar, is down to $309 (from $380). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 4, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly tie a constrictor knot, when to book your plane ticket, and what you can cook with coffee.

December 3, 2015
The Best Handheld Vacuum Black+Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FLFH
After 65 hours of research and 22 hours testing handheld vacuums over the past few years, we found the Black+Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FLFH is the best option for most people. It’s the most versatile vacuum we tested and, thanks to its flexible 4-foot hose and clip-on attachments, it can reach and clean surfaces others can’t. Its battery also lasts 16 minutes per charge—longer than most of the competition.   Read More >
December 3, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best yoga mat, the Gaiam Athletic 2gripMat, is down to $60 (from $75). [Amazon]

December 2, 2015

* After using our cordless vacuum pick for eight months, we've updated the guide with our long-term testing observations. [Best Cordless Stick Vacuum]

* We have added the OXO On (formerly the OXO Barista) to our coffee maker guide. It's a new model out this year, available with 9 or 12 cups of capacity, that we are about to begin testing. [Best Coffee Maker]

December 2, 2015
The Best Christmas Lights GE Colorite LED
We spent 55 hours on research and testing to find the best Christmas lights for indoor and outdoor use. For indoor use, the color quality of the GE Energy Smart Colorite LED mini lights is closest to that of an incandescent, but safer, more durable, and longer lasting. For outdoor use, the 5-mm wide-angle conical LEDs from Christmas Designers are bright, durable, and waterproof, and require very little electricity.   Read More >
December 1, 2015
The Best Bathroom Scales EatSmart Precision CalPal
After stepping on a dozen scales a total of 464 times, we found the EatSmart Precision CalPal is the best basic scale. It detected weight changes up to four-tenths of a pound when other basic scales couldn’t. If you want a smart scale, the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer is the most accurate scale we tested and wirelessly syncs your weight, fat composition, and heart rate with an online interface to reveal helpful weight trends.   Read More >
December 1, 2015

* Cuisinart updated the FP-14DC Elite Collection Food Processor, our runner-up pick. The 2.0 model has a more powerful motor than its predecessor, increasing from 1,000 watts to 1,300 watts, and a slightly streamlined bowl. We'll test it early next year. [Best Food Processor]

* Best Deals: Our gel pick for the best eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear, is down to $20 (from $25). [Nordstrom]

* Best Deals: Our pencil pick for the best eyeliner, the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof, is down to $16 (from $28). [Stila Cosmetics]

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for the best small saucepan, the Farberware Classic 2-Quart, is down to $16 (from $23). [Amazon]