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October 2016

October 24, 2016

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October 24, 2016
The Best Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools and Tableware
After spending several hundred hours researching and testing supplies for a Thanksgiving feast, we found the best tools and tableware to make this holiday season a success for you and your guests.   Read More >
October 21, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 21, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to turn roots, barks, and leaves into botanical bitters for a well-balanced cocktail, discover an old timey trick for separating stuck drinking glasses, and watch how to make one of our favorite one-pot meals.

October 20, 2016
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
The Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat is the best space heater for quickly heating small rooms, and the De’Longhi EW7507EB is our pick for larger rooms you want to heat for hours.   Read More >
October 19, 2016
The Best Extension Cords for Your Home and Garage Voltec Industries 50-ft Yellow Outdoor Extension Cord
After reviewing National Electrical Code guidelines, talking with safety-testing experts, and cutting apart nine cords to inspect their quality, we recommend the 50-ft Voltec Yellow Outdoor Extension Cord. It’s the most durable cord we found and makes the strongest and smoothest connection to your gear.   Read More >
October 19, 2016
The Best Flannel Sheets L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set
For maximum coziness this winter, we recommend curling up in L.L.Bean’s Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set. After 120 hours of research and testing, we found they’re softer and more comfortable than sheets almost twice the price.    Read More >
October 18, 2016
The Best Air Mattress SoundAsleep Air Mattress (Queen)
After sleeping on four air mattresses (and considering dozens of guest-bed options), we recommend the SoundAsleep Air Mattress. It’s easier to inflate and it offers excellent customer service in case the mattress leaks or the pump breaks.   Read More >
October 17, 2016
The Best All-Around Comforter (Reasonably Priced, Too) Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter
October 17, 2016
Should I Get a Pressure Cooker, a Slow Cooker, or a Rice Cooker?
The answer depends on what you cook and when you want it ready. We’ve tested dozens over the past few years. Here’s how to choose the right one(s) for you.   Read More >
October 14, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 14, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn about the remarkable history of the lead pencil, take a closer – a much closer – look at the world through the wondrous lens of macrophotography, and get cued into a hospitality secret known as the triple sheeting technique.

October 11, 2016
The Best Drill Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver
The Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver is the lightest, most compact drill we tested, and it blew away its rivals on battery life and power, drilling twice as many holes as the second-place drill and driving almost 50 percent more screws.    Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Best Leaf Blower Worx WG520 Turbine Leaf Blower
The Worx WG520 Turbine Leaf Blower is a corded electric handheld blower with a great blend of cost, weight, noise, and leaf-moving power.    Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Best Gear for a Roadside Emergency
A breakdown or a flat tire can happen at any time, and what you have in your car can help you get back onto the road quickly. To help you avoid a long, trying ordeal by the side of the road, we spent more than 60 hours researching emergency gear and common roadside problems to find the best items to keep in your vehicle for a roadside emergency.   Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Best Under-Sink Water Filter Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet
The Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet removes more contaminants for less money than hundreds of other under-sink filters we compared it with.   Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Truth About DIY Cleaners
Homemade cleaning products can work—or they can be wasteful, ineffective, and dangerous. Here are 4 things you should know before you go mixing chemicals together.
October 7, 2016
Should I Get a Blender, a Food Processor, or a Mixer?
Whether you put dinner on the table every night or only put on your chef’s hat during the holidays, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. To help you decide which you’ll get the most use from, we’ve explained which tasks each type of blender is great at, what they’re not great at, and what to avoid.   Read More >
October 7, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 7, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision get into hiking shape, learn how to make your own batch of wine-infused gummy bears, celebrate the joys of keeping a notebook, and watch how to refresh your tried and true bedroom companion, your pillow.

October 6, 2016
The Best Fire Extinguisher First Alert PRO5
The First Alert PRO5 is available, affordable, and UL-certified—and it’s one of many similar extinguishers that can also get the job done.   Read More >
October 6, 2016
Should You Get a GPS Running Watch, Fitness Tracker, or Smartwatch?
All these wearables can get notifications, track runs, and monitor fitness level, but each type is best suited to only one task.
October 6, 2016
The Best Fitness Trackers Garmin Vívosmart HR+
We researched more than 35 fitness trackers and tested seven new models, and the GPS-equipped Garmin Vívosmart HR+ is the most accurate and capable of the bunch.   Read More >
October 6, 2016
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi New 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 >
October 3, 2016
The Best Thermometer for Kids and Adults Vicks Comfort Flex Digital
After doing more than 10 hours of research, including taking body temperature nearly 100 times, we recommend the Vicks Comfort Flex Digital oral thermometer and the iProven forehead and ear DMT-489 forehead/ear thermometer for their accuracy and color-coded clarity.   Read More >
October 3, 2016
Blue Shift: Why Parabens Shouldn’t Scare You
An increasing number of products are “paraben-free,” but science says there was never a reason to eliminate them in the first place.
October 3, 2016
The Best Drugstore Makeup, Hair, and Skincare Products
From mascara to razors, we tested over 50 affordable makeup, skincare, and haircare products to find the eight best beauty buys you can pick up from the drugstore.   Read More >

September 2016

September 30, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 30, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to watch movies and read books like a professional critic, discover the slow-sipping satisfaction of Armenian coffee, and watch as an office chair converts into an efficient piece of exercise equipment.

September 29, 2016
The Best Dutch Oven Lodge Color 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The Lodge Color 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven braises recipes well— on par with pots that cost six times the price. It’s our favorite Dutch oven for the fourth year running.    Read More >
September 27, 2016
The Best Coffee Maker for Camping REI Table Top French Coffee Press
After brewing 3 pounds of beans on tabletop camp stoves, we think the REI Table Top French Coffee Press is the easiest way to prepare a tasty, fresh pot for a group of campers.   Read More >
September 26, 2016
The Best Fireproof Document Safe First Alert 2030F
We burned safes at up to 1,300°F in a professionally built burn room and found that the easy-to-lock-and-open First Alert 2030F kept valuables dry and cool.   Read More >
September 23, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 23, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we explore the benefits of setting aside 5 minutes of your day to practice mindful failure, we share what distinguishes seltzer from sparkling water or club soda, and—in a parting thought—demonstrate how to perfectly comb your hair.

September 22, 2016
The Best Washer and Dryer LG WM3570HWA
After more than 100 hours of research, we think the LG WM3570 is the best washing machine for most people, but have tons of other recommendations in this guide.   Read More >
September 20, 2016
The Best Blender Oster Versa
The Oster Versa is our favorite blender for the second year running (and after testing 20 during the past four years). It blends almost as well as machines more than twice the price.   Read More >
September 19, 2016
How to Pack Away and Protect Your Summer Clothing
Four experts share their advice for storing seasonal stuff so it stays clean, organized, and free of bugs.
September 16, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 16, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision discover what we learned during our first time experiencing shinrin-yoku (aka forest bathing), learn how to properly hold a chef’s knife for optimal control, and find out just how far you can continue driving once the low-fuel warning light turns on.

September 15, 2016
The Best Fire Escape Ladder X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder
The X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder is simpler to set up, easier to climb, and more convenient for storage and practice use than any other ladder we tested.   Read More >
September 15, 2016
Ask Sweethome: What Kind of Comforter Is Best for a Mild Climate?
All-season comforters are best for mild climates, but if your home tends to feel warm, you might be more comfortable with a lighter comforter. Here’s what we recommend.
September 13, 2016
The Best Knife Set Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set
After more than 60 hours of researching knife sets and testing 11—chopping, slicing, and peeling over 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables—we’re confident that you won’t beat the Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set.   Read More >
September 13, 2016
How to Create Your Own No-Filler Knife Set
Buy these excellent knives one by one and you can put together a kitchen cutlery dream team that’s better than any prepackaged set.
September 9, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 9, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we stop to recognize one of the most dependable technologies of all time, extol the virtues of using plenty of salt while cooking a steak, and explain why buying second hand suits might be superior to purchasing new.

September 8, 2016
How to Set Up Off-the-Grid Solar Power
Here’s a guide to the equipment necessary to generate and store minimal power for a remote property, from the solar panels to the breaker panel.
September 8, 2016
Ask Sweethome: What Is the Best Reusable Grocery Bag?
There is no perfect reusable grocery bag, but the one you choose should at least be easy to clean. Here’s what we recommend.
September 7, 2016
The Best Bidet Toilet Seat or Washlet Toto Washlet C200
Out of the dozens of models we looked at and the five we installed and tested, the Toto Washlet C200 stands out as the best bidet seat for most people.   Read More >
September 7, 2016
Are Bidets Better for You Than Toilet Paper?
Bidets are often marketed for their so-called medical benefits. They’ll clean your butt, sure. Can they—and should they—really do any more than that?
September 7, 2016
How to Shop for a Diamond Engagement Ring
Here’s everything a fiancee-to-be should know about choosing and buying a diamond: What determines price and value, where to buy, and what to ask a jeweler.
September 2, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 2, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to safely clean your camera lens, watch and learn how to wrap cords like a concert stagehand, and take in the splendor of Lego creations as planned and executed by a group of professional architects.

September 1, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Will an Air Purifier Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke?
Air purifiers can substantially reduce cigarette smoke particles, but they won’t eliminate everything—and what you’re removing from the air depends on the type of filter you have.

August 2016

August 30, 2016
The Best Bike Chain Tool Birzman Damselfly Universal
If you want to repair or replace a broken bike chain, you’ll need a chain tool. We tested eight and think the Birzman Damselfly Universal is the best for most people.   Read More >
August 29, 2016
The Best Intermediate Sewing Machines Janome DC5100
After researching dozens of computerized sewing machines, we think the Janome DC5100 is the most versatile for intermediate sewers or beginners who want to invest in more advanced features. We also have picks for quilters, small apartment dwellers, and people who want to buy from a dealer.   Read More >
August 26, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of August 26, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we show you how to use your flatbed scanner as a gigantic still-life camera, direct you to a browser extension designed to help reduce wasting time online, and celebrate living life in a nonlinear fashion.

August 25, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Should I Switch to Aluminum-Free Deodorant?
The suspicion of health risks caused by aluminum in antiperspirant is generally not backed up by scientific studies. If antiperspirant helps your pits stay pleasant, use it (and don’t sweat it).
August 24, 2016
The Best Chainsaw Ego Power+ 16″ Chainsaw
The cordless Ego Power+ 16″ Chainsaw has plenty of power and run time for routine property maintenance, and it’s simpler to start, easier to maintain, and quieter than a gas tool.   Read More >
August 24, 2016
The Best Clothing Steamers Joy Mangano My Little Steamer
After seven hours testing 18 models, our favorite clothes steamer is the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer. Compact, fast, and reliable, it’s great for a morning smarten-up.   Read More >
August 24, 2016
Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken and Vegetables Recipe
This crowd-pleasing, fork-tender shallot-lemon chicken and vegetables is a great way to explore a pressure cooker’s versatility (and make a quick weeknight dinner).
August 19, 2016
The Best White Noise Machine LectroFan
The LectroFan is the best white noise machine we’ve found after 20 hours of research and testing, including interviews with a sleep researcher, audiologists, and a sound engineer.   Read More >
August 19, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of August 19, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to pick the sweetest watermelon by looking out for five indicators, discover how to (re)awaken posture awareness by crawling like a toddler, and witness how much light pollution has robbed us of the night sky.

August 18, 2016
Ask Sweethome: How Do I Keep Homemade Bread From Going Stale?
Homemade bread has a short shelf life because it lacks the preservatives found in commercially produced loaves. Here’s how you can get the most out of it.
August 17, 2016
How to Dispose of a Window AC Unit
Tossing out an old window AC unit is complicated—but with major potential consequences for improper disposal, it’s worth doing it right.
August 16, 2016
How to Keep Food From Sticking to a (Not-Nonstick) Pan
Tri-ply metal pots and pans are far more capable than nonstick skillets—and they can be just as easy to clean. Here’s how to unlock their full potential.
August 15, 2016
The Best Mini Fridge Danby Designer DCR044A2
The Danby Designer DCR044A2 is the best mini fridge for most people, with the best shelves and storage layout of any model at its price.    Read More >
August 12, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of August 12, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision follow one man’s journey to turn a good cut of beef into a great bite of steak, become more fluent in the iOS language of Siri, and discover how to use your blender to make, frosé, the official “it” drink of summer 2016.

August 11, 2016
The Best Paper Towel Bounty Select-A-Size
Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels have more scrubbing ability and wet strength than anything else available, as we’ve confirmed over years of use and in interviews, research, and tests.    Read More >
August 11, 2016
16 Disgusting Home Items You’re Not Cleaning Enough
Bacteria, mold, and more can hide in unpredictable places—here’s where to find it and what to do about it.
August 11, 2016
Ask Sweethome: What Kind of Nail Gun Should I Get?
The type of nail gun you need depends on what type of project you’re working on, and for some projects, you may not need one at all. Here’s what we recommend.
August 10, 2016
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the best air purifier we found in 180 hours of research, due to its excellent performance, affordable price, and low maintenance.   Read More >
August 9, 2016
The Best Pressure Cooker Instant Pot IP-DUO60
The electric Instant Pot IP-DUO60 and stovetop Fagor Duo 8-Quart are the best options we found after 40 hours researching and testing 12 pressure cookers.   Read More >
August 8, 2016
The Best Measuring Spoons Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons
After about five hours and many hundreds of spoonfuls testing nine different sets of measuring spoons, we think the Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons are the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
August 8, 2016
Blue Shift: Green Cleaning—Are Eco-Friendly Products Really Better for the Planet?
Green products’ labels make big claims—sustainably sourced, fewer emissions, safe for your favorite ecosystems—but it’s a bit more complicated than that.
August 8, 2016
What to Do If You Have Bedbugs
Think you’ve got a bedbug infestation? Don’t panic. We talked to two entomologists and an exterminator to figure out the smartest way to identify and treat this creepiest of crawly problems.
August 8, 2016
The Best Mattress and Pillow Protectors Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors
After 17 hours of research and testing 17 protectors, we think the Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasement and Pillow Protectors are the best for protecting your bed from bedbugs and dust mites. These encasements are comfortable to sleep on, have very secure seams and zippers, and come with a great warranty.   Read More >
August 5, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of August 5, 2016
August 4, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Do High-Efficiency Washers Leave More Detergent Residue Behind Than Non-HE Washers?
Q: I purchased the LG washer/dryer combo suggested last year. I’ve been really unhappy with it, and here’s why: I have sensitive skin. If I used the average washer detergent I would break out in a rash, or get itchy or even get swelling. My solution in the past has just been to use one […]
August 3, 2016
The Best School Supplies for Back to School
We’ve spent over 160 hours evaluating school supplies over the past three summers to find the best pens, pencils, markers, notebooks, and other school supplies.   Read More >
August 1, 2016
Four Times I Went Cheap and Regretted It
Sometimes I look at a Sweethome pick and just think: Really? Almost twenty bucks for a can opener? I am both cheap and stubborn, and if I have it in my head that an item oughta cost a certain (usually unrealistically low) amount, this prejudice clouds my thinking about the entire purchase. I have made […]