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February 2017

 
February 17, 2017
February 14, 2017
The Best Condoms LifeStyles Skyn
After spending 30 hours evaluating 54 different types of condoms and having 32 volunteers test 30 of the best, we’ve chosen the LifeStyles Skyn as the best condom. We also have picks in larger and smaller sizes.   Read More >
February 13, 2017
​The Best Snow Blowers Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE
After 100 hours of research and more than 20 hours of testing, we think the best snowblower for most people is the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE 24-inch snow blower.   Read More >
February 10, 2017
The Best Whey Protein Powder Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey (Extreme Milk Chocolate)
After a grueling sampling of 38 different preparations of protein powder, Optimum passed our criteria for both taste and safety.   Read More >
February 10, 2017
February 7, 2017
The Best Tongs Winco 7-inch Tongs
Who needs serving forks when spring-loaded tongs are so much more practical? Winco’s 7-inch Tongs, while utilitarian and simple, are the most efficient option we’ve found for a true multipurpose serving tool.    Read More >
February 7, 2017
The Best Sieve All-Clad 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Strainer Set
The sturdiest set on the market could be the All-Clad 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Strainer Set, which Baked owner Matt Lewis told us has “stood the test of time,” even in the kitchens of his high-volume bakery.   Read More >
February 7, 2017
The Best Ramekins HIC Ceramic Ramekins
For special brunch dishes, such as shirred or coddled eggs or individual desserts, we recommend this set of 6-ounce HIC ceramic ramekins. They are oven-safe up to 500°F, microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and even freezable. Because they’re made of porcelain, they can also be put under a broiler, an advantage over lower grades of stoneware.   Read More >
February 7, 2017
The Best Parchment Paper Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Parchment Paper
Parchment can work well for all kinds of things, like lining cake pans or baking en papillote, so you’re probably better off buying parchment that comes on a roll rather than in sheets. We haven’t found any significant differences between parchment paper brands, but if you worry about environmental impact, Beyond Gourmet makes a good-quality unbleached parchment paper.    Read More >
February 7, 2017
The Best Metal Mixing Bowl Vollrath Economy Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
For metal bowls, your best bet are the thin, inexpensive bowls found in most professional kitchens and restaurant-supply stores—Cook’s Illustrated recommends Vollrath Economy Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls.   Read More >
February 7, 2017
The Best Online Sofa Joybird Korver Sofa
After spending over 40 hours researching couches from the top online furniture companies and testing seven sofas at our office, we think Joybird makes the best couch for most people.   Read More >
February 6, 2017
The Best Hair Dryer Xtava Peony
After over 25 hours of research, we’ve found that all hair dryers do the same thing. The Xtava Peony is the best because it’s the most comfortable to hold.   Read More >
February 3, 2017
February 2, 2017
The Best Toilet Plunger Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger
After considering 40 plungers and testing eight, we think the Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger is the best. It is by far the most powerful plunger we found.   Read More >

January 2017

 
January 27, 2017
January 25, 2017
The Best Snow Shovel True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover
After 70 hours of research (and 40 hours of shoveling), the best snow shovel is the True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover, our pick four years in a row.   Read More >
January 25, 2017
The Best Blackout Curtains Sebastian Insulated Total Blackout Window Curtains
After 22 hours of research and testing, we think the Sebastian Insulated Total Blackout Window Curtains are the best for creating a cave-dark room. They blocked more light than 12 other sets, and they’re affordable and good looking.   Read More >
January 24, 2017
The Best High-End Ranges Wolf 36″ Dual Fuel Range (DF366)
Our 40 hours of research found that the 36-inch Wolf Dual Fuel and 48-inch Thermador Pro Grand Dual Fuel are the best ranges for high-end kitchens, with powerful cooktops and ovens, solid service records, and versatile and attractive designs.   Read More >
January 20, 2017
January 18, 2017
The Best Gear for Making Pour-Over Coffee Kalita Wave 185 Dripper
We spent over 50 hours testing 10 drippers, used over 10 pounds of quality coffee beans, and drank over 100 cups of coffee before determining that the Kalita Wave is the best pour-over dripper for most coffee drinkers.   Read More >
January 13, 2017
January 10, 2017
The Best Electric Blanket and Heated Mattress Pad Sunbeam Premium Quilted Heated Mattress Pad
After 40 hours of research and testing, we think the Sunbeam Premium Quilted Heated Mattress Pad and Sunbeam Velvet Plush blanket are the best heated bedding for cold winter nights.   Read More >
January 9, 2017
The Best Handheld Vacuum Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL
More than 100 hours of research over the past five years proves the Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL has power and versatility that no other handheld vac can match.   Read More >
January 9, 2017
The Best All-Purpose Cleaner Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
After over 60 hours of research, and more than 500 swipes with paper towels on five different stains and four different surfaces, we think Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is the cleaner to get.    Read More >
January 6, 2017
January 5, 2017
The Best Foam Rollers AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller, 36″
There are hundreds of foam rollers available—many similar, a few different. Our pick is a basic, cheap model that gets the job done.    Read More >
January 3, 2017
The Best Cookware Set Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set
After researching over 50 cookware sets and rigorously testing 12, we found the reasonably priced Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set was the best. It was one of the only sets to include the larger pot and pan sizes our pros recommended.    Read More >

December 2016

 
December 23, 2016
The Best Ice Scraper Hopkins 80037
After more than 40 hours of research and a trip to the negative-three-degree cold-chamber at Ford’s winter-weather test facility in Detroit, we found the Hopkins 80037 is the best ice scraper. Its scraping blade is one of the best we’ve tested, and its plow-like broom is the best, period. Plus, it’s robustly built and more thoughtfully designed than any of the competition.    Read More >
December 23, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 23, 2016

* With our final edition of Inner Vision we share some of the best books of 2016, explore using breath control to counteract the effects of feeling cold, compare JPEG output of several of the most popular digital cameras, and say farewell with a list of gratitude.

December 21, 2016
The Best Personal Blender NutriBullet Pro 900 Series
After spending 20 hours researching two dozen personal blenders and testing ten models with 20+ pounds of ingredients, we think the NutriBullet Pro 900 Series offers the best balance of power, simplicity, and price for most people.    Read More >
December 21, 2016
The Best Hair Straightener GVP Digital Ceramic 1″ Styling Iron
We did 10 hours of research and tested 11 hair straighteners on four different heads to find the most maneuverable straightener is the GVP Digital. It has clear, simple controls and won’t snag or pinch your hair.   Read More >
December 20, 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 >
December 16, 2016
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Dyson V6
After more than 100 hours of research and testing, we’re sure the Dyson V6 is the best cordless vacuum, with cleaning performance no other brand can match.   Read More >
December 16, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 16, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we share an efficient 30-second gift wrapping technique that will save equal amounts of time and tape, spotlight the do’s and don’ts of camera memory card care for optimal performance and longevity, and celebrate discovering how to use all 28,500 RPMs of our blender to concoct hot cocoa bliss.

December 13, 2016
The Best Utility Knife Milwaukee Fastback Flip Utility Knife with Blade Storage
After 40 hours of research over 3 years and testing 23 knives, we’ve found the Milwaukee 48-22-1903 Fastback Flip Utility Knife with Blade Storage stands above the rest.   Read More >
December 12, 2016
The Best Area Rugs Under $300
We spent more than 40 hours researching the best budget area rugs, and found 14 we highly recommend. They come in a range of sizes, patterns, and colors, so there’s something here for almost any decorating style.    Read More >
December 9, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 9, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we investigate the science of sleeping bags (and the efficacy of doing jumping jacks before slipping inside one), ponder whether technology is diminishing us with every upgrade in convenience, and share a list of more than 300 books from 2016 worth reading.

December 7, 2016
The Best Gear to Outfit a Vacation Rental or Airbnb
We spoke with four Airbnb “superhosts” and more than a dozen people who frequently stay in vacation rentals to determine the top 24 items to invest in that will please guests—and attract repeat customers.   Read More >
December 7, 2016
The Best Beard Trimmer Wahl Lithium Ion
After 51 hours of testing 40 beard trimmers over four years, the Wahl Lithium Ion Trimmer is our pick for the third year in a row.   Read More >
December 6, 2016
The Best Bike Repair Kit Birzman Travel Box
We researched 35 and tested six pre-assembled bike tool kits. Our favorite, the Birzman Travel Box, includes all nine necessary tools for basic at-home maintenance, yet costs half as much as the next-best kit.   Read More >
December 6, 2016
The Best Dehumidifier Frigidaire FFAD7033R1
After 40 hours of research and testing in 100-year-old stone cellars, we think the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is the best dehumidifier for most people.   Read More >
December 6, 2016
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits vs. Strips: Here’s What Works
After reading two dozen studies on efficacy and interviewing three dentists, we found that the teeth whitening kits being promoted by celebs on Instagram aren’t worth recommending at all.
December 5, 2016
The Best Menstrual Cup MeLuna Classic
After trying 18 different cups, constructing multiple model vaginas, and spilling our fair share of water, egg whites, and pig’s blood, we’ve found the best menstrual cup for most people.   Read More >
December 2, 2016
The Best Sous Vide Gear Anova Precision Cooker Wi-Fi
After testing sous vide circulators and water baths over the course of four years, we’ve chosen the Anova Precision Cooker Wi-Fi as our top pick because of its versatility, temperature control, and reasonable price.   Read More >
December 2, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 2, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we’ll direct you to repair cafés around the globe where anyone can get their fix on, demonstrate how to properly shake and make an old timey (and boozy) eggnog, and explain what to look for while perusing the Christmas tree lot this month.

December 1, 2016
The Best Vacuums Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
After our look at more than 330 vacuums over hundreds of hours, our favorite vacuum for most people is still the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352.   Read More >