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July 2014

July 31, 2014
The Best Kitchen Trash Can simplehuman Wide Step Rectangular Step Trash Can (Fingerprint-Proof)
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 Peugeot Paris U'Select
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 Earth Machine
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 Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar (Set of 6)
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 Cygolite Metro 360/Hotshot
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 Private Preserve
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.

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May 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 Honda HRX217VKA
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 Scotts 2000-20S Classic Reel Mower
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 OXO Good Grips
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 Channellock 8WCB WideAzz
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 Whynter SNO
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 Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express
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 Stubb's 100% All-Natural Briquettes
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 Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1
After about 50 hours of total research and 13 additional hours of testing this spring, the Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1 is our new favorite window air conditioner. It’s 12% more energy efficient than our runner up (both of which meet the latest Energy Star requirements) and has convenient features that keep you cooler and more comfortable than the competition.   Read More >
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]

May 30, 2014

* We added a bunch of new research to our Best Blender guide, as well as a new step-up pick, the Vitamix 300.

* After six months we've learned a few things about our favorite Nordic Ware cookie sheet: mostly that it's still great at baking cookies, roasting vegetables, and much more. We've also figured out the best way to clean baked-on oils and food splatters. Check out the guide for the update.

May 30, 2014
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
What better way to enjoy the summer weather than to cook and eat outdoors? Here, we've rounded up some of the best items for grilling, picnicking, and everything in between.   Read More >
May 28, 2014
The Best Sewing Machine for Beginners Janome Magnolia 7318
A 20-year seamstress tested 12 sewing machines with other sewing writers, interviewed sewing teachers, and talked to a repairman in order to find the best for beginners or casual sewists. The Janome Magnolia 7318 was the most versatile and easy-to-use, with a comfortable $250 price tag.   Read More >
May 27, 2014

* You should not be using dish soap made with triclosan. Our Best Dish Soap guide now has even more reasons why.

May 23, 2014

* See the Best Room Fan guide for results from our year-long testing of our favorite desktop and tower fans.

May 22, 2014

* Best DealsLL Bean, which sells our favorite comforter, sheet set, and fluffy slippers, is offering 10% off site-wide for Memorial Day with code MAY10.

May 20, 2014

* We added a brief update on how our favorite rake has held up since we started using it last fall.

* Best Deals: Our favorite thermostat, the Nest 2.0, is down to a great low price, $224 with code (from $250). [Casa]

May 19, 2014
The Best Microwave GE JES2051SN
There's no such thing as a perfect microwave. But after 60 hours of research and testing, we found the GE JES2051SN to be the best for most people thanks to its extremely accurate sensor that works well with a number of useful presets.   Read More >
May 16, 2014

* Our robot vacuum guide has some fresh info, including our five-month testing data and dismissals of new bots from Neato and Moneual.

May 15, 2014

* The Porter-Cable continues to be our favorite household drill, but in case it's ever out of stock or unavailable, we have a new runner-up choice.

* Best Deals: Get 20% off everything from men's razors to spray-on sunscreen with a promo code. [Kiehl's]

May 15, 2014
Updated: Best Food-Storage Containers
After more than a year of long-term testing, we’ve changed our food-storage containers recommendation to Snapware Total Solution. They’re cheaper than most glass containers, nestable, and oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe.
May 12, 2014
The Best Bath Towel for Your Wet, Naked Body 1888 Mills
We re-visited our bath towel guide by researching over 30 towels and testing seven new ones. Our previous pick, the 1888 Mills’ Luxury Cotton Made in Africa towels, are still best intersection of soft, absorbent, durable, and affordable.   Read More >
May 9, 2014

* Our slow cooker guide has new details on our pick's warranty claims and a new alternate recommendation for cooks who need a timer longer than 14 hours.

* Need a handheld-only showerhead that works well in a small shower? Check out our new recommendation of the Delta 9-Spray Shower Mount. Also great for bathing dogs or small children.

* Best Deals: The dry blade container for our favorite blender, the Vitamix 5200, is down to a great low price, $58 (from $130). [QVC]

May 8, 2014

* Having spent a few more months with our home security system pick, we added further testing notes and a suggestion for those who plan to use FrontPoint's smoke detectors and have textured walls or ceilings.

* We tested the endurance of our top duct tape brands by leaving them in use outdoors from September to May. The results are now in, and Sticky Ass Tape, our original choice for best exterior duct tape, performed the best.

* Best Deals: Our second favorite electric kettle, the Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Gooseneck, has dropped to a good low price, $70 (from $85). [Amazon]

May 7, 2014

* We clarified testing criteria in our LED bulb guide, updated Best Dish Soap with Cook's Illustrated's latest rankings, and replaced our out-of-stock heart-shaped boxed chocolate pick with the same chocolate in a standard box.

* Summer is coming. If you're into making ice cream, please take our ice cream maker survey to help with the research on our guide. Thanks!

May 7, 2014
The Best LED Lantern UST 30-Day
We spent 20 hours researching and testing LED lanterns before settling on the UST 30-Day as the most versatile. It's bright enough to read text 38 feet away but dim enough to feel cozy inside a tent, and its 30-day battery means it rarely needs to be changed.   Read More >
May 6, 2014

* A more affordable, smartphone-controlled sous vide cooker has just been put up on Kickstarter by Anova. We won’t know for sure until it ships in October, but it looks to be a serious contender for our top pick—and pre-orders start at just $99.

May 5, 2014

* In testing our top windshield wiper picks for a year, both held up remarkably well.

* You may have noticed us running a few pieces from our friends at The Nightlight recently. Their full site just launched, so if you're looking for recommendations on baby items, check it out.

May 5, 2014
The Best Adjustable Pliers Irwin GV10 10-inch GrooveLock Pliers
A great home toolbox needs a solid pair of adjustable pliers. After considering over 50 models, the $14 Irwin GV10 10-inch Groovelock Pliers came out on top due to easy jaw-size adjustment and comfortable handles.   Read More >
May 1, 2014

* We added new info about Cree's warranty policy to our LED bulb guide and dismissed the newest Gillette razor  in our best razors guide.

* Best Deals: SmartWool is offering $10 off everything on its site, including some socks we really like.

May 1, 2014
The Best Mandoline Swissmar Börner V-Power
After considering more than 40 mandolines, we settled on the Swissmar Börner V-Power as our favorite for its razor-sharpness, a secure hand guard, and durability. For $38, the you can slice, dice, and julienne. But for under $20, we also think the KitchenAid V-Slicer is the best compact mandoline.   Read More >