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July 2015

 
July 3, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of July 3, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, a book on growing food in your apartment, eight steps for identifying your true overall fitness level, and swords you can cook with.

* Buzzfeed asked The Sweethome to help find 21 Items Worth Putting on Your Registry so you don’t wind up with stuff you’ll chuck into the garage after the wedding’s over.

July 2, 2015

* We just kicked off two new Twitter collections for coffee gear and blenders. If you want to stay up to date on our guides, follow us on @homesweethome.

* Best Deals: Our favorite skillet, the 12-Inch All-Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan, is down to $100 (from $120). [Amazon]

June 2015

 
June 30, 2015

* Just added to our sous vide gear and wine preserver guides: new long-term testing notes for our main picks.

* Best Deals: Our favorite clothes iron, the T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord, is down to its lowest price, $35 (from $45). [Amazon]

June 30, 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 >
June 30, 2015
The Best Citrus Juicer Proctor Silex Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer
After juicing more than 53 pounds of citrus with 13 different juicers, we found the Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer is the best OJ-producing machine for most homes. It produced as much (or more) juice as models 10 times its price. It’s also built better than the competition, and it has one of the best self-contained pitchers we’ve tested, with a pulp-control design that actually works.   Read More >
June 29, 2015

* Frigidaire has announced a new smart AC, and we're 95 percent confident that it's our current pick, plus Wi-Fi and a companion app. We'll be testing the new unit to make sure and will update the guide with our results. [Best Air Conditioner]

* Best Deals: Our Also Great pick for best fan, the Dyson AM06, is available for $140 refurbished (from $240). [Ebay]

* Best Deals: The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer, our top pick in the category, is down to a low price, $240 (from $280). [Meh]

* Best Deals: A great piece of sous vide gear we like, the Classic Nomiku, is down to its lowest price, $180 with code SOUSVIDELY20 (from $200). [Nomiku]

June 28, 2015
The Best Sheets L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets
After more than 100 hours of research and testing, we found that L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets are the best sheets for the third year in a row. The Pima Cotton Sheets are easy to maintain, durable, and better-constructed than the competition. Plus, they’re both soft and cool against the skin.   Read More >
June 26, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of June 26, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, factors to consider when choosing a cell phone to travel with, helpful tips to keep your bike clean, and the fastest way to paint a room (and still get professional results).

June 25, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top picks for best Washer/Dryer, the LG WM3570HWA Front-Load Washer and DLEX3570HWA Front-Load Dryer are down to $700 each (from $900). [Washer/Dryer]

June 25, 2015
The Best Salad Spinner OXO Good Grips
After 25 hours of research and testing eight salad spinners, we found that the OXO Good Grips is the best salad spinner for most people. Its simple design is sturdier and easier to use than any other model we tested, and its unique pump spinner is the easiest to operate. It’s also one of the most compact, though its plastic bowl is big enough for a large head of lettuce.   Read More >
June 24, 2015

* Our pruners guide could have been more clear on which model to get for gardeners with small hands, so we've updated the piece with a link to the Felco 6, an option that is a nearly identical (but smaller) version of our main pick. [Best Garden Pruners]

* Best Deals: Our Also Great choice for best outdoor broom, the Garrett Wade Heavy Duty Broom, is down to $33 shipped (from $41). [Garrett Wade]

June 23, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best robot vacuum, the Roomba 650, is down to $320 with a bundled accessory pack and $50 gift card after using the code SUMMERSAVE20 (from $400). [Best Buy]

June 23, 2015
The Best Basic Home Toolkit HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set
After 70 hours spent researching and testing home toolkits, we found that Home Depot’s $20 HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set is the best for most homeowners. The compact HDX set features all the essentials at a lower price than competitors charge, and it omits the useless filler tools found in other kits. Plus, it has the best adjustable wrench out of all the kits we tested.   Read More >
June 22, 2015

* Best Deals: The 5,000 BTU model of our best air conditioner, the Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 is down to a new low, $160 (from $180). [Amazon]

June 21, 2015
The Best Bike Helmet for Commuters Specialized Echelon
After spending over 20 hours of research and testing with a 10-person panel, we determined the $70 Specialized Echelon, available for men and women, is the best bike helmet for commuters. The Echelon was a near-unanimous favorite among testers, is more comfortable than the competition and is the most thoroughly-certified helmet we tested.   Read More >
June 19, 2015

* Check out our travel gear collection on Twitter, and follow us to see more and get information about our guides.

* Best Deals: Our Also Great step down pick for best skillet, the Tramontina 12-Inch, is down to $38 (from $50) with store pickup. [Walmart]

Inner Vision for the weekend of June 19, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, make your own DIY speaker cables, use acupressure to reduce nausea and vomiting symptoms, and listen to the best soundtrack for increased productivity.

June 19, 2015
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1
We spent 55 hours of research and testing, plus more than 100 hours using various vacuums in the past year, and we found the Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 BH52120 is the best cordless vacuum for most people. The $180 BH52130 is easy to maneuver, more powerful than any cordless vacuum under $200, and converts into an equally powerful handheld vacuum.   Read More >
June 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000, is down to $30 after coupon (from $40). [Amazon]

* Searching for a great scale to add to your bathroom? Tell us what features you want most in our short survey.

June 17, 2015
The Best Fan Seville Classics UltraSlimLine Tower Fan
After close to 60 hours of research and nearly a week spent testing fans in an overheated house, we found the $60 Seville Classics UltraSlimLine 40” Tower Fan is the best fan for most people. The Seville is the most powerful fan we tested and the hardest to tip over, with a better remote control than the competition.   Read More >
June 16, 2015

* Looking to buy the perfect toaster oven? Take our short survey and tell us what features are the most important for you.

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best robot vacuum, the Roomba 650, is down to $320 with a bundled accessory pack and $50 gift card after using the coupon SUMMERSAVE20 (from $400). [Best Buy]

June 15, 2015
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 25 hours researching food processors and conducting nearly two years of long-term testing, we found the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is the best food processor for most home cooks. The Cuisinart Custom is easy to use and clean, it’s more solidly built than the competition, and consistently chops, slices, and kneads better than any model we’ve found under $300.   Read More >
June 12, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite standing bike pump, the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive, and favorite tire lever, Pedro's Tire Lever, are down to $52 (from $65) when bought together with code STOCKUP20. [Bike Pump/Tire Lever]

* School’s out, but we want to know what gear and supplies you and your kids need to make next year better. Tell us your thoughts in our quick survey.

Inner Vision for the weekend of June 12, 2015
June 11, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, is down to its lowest price, $29 (from $44). [BuyDig via eBay]

June 11, 2015
The Best Washer and Dryer LG WM3570HWA and LG DLEX3570W
After 100 hours of researching laundry appliances and interviewing a half-dozen industry experts, we found the LG WM3570HWA washer and DLEX3570W dryer are the best for most people. This LG washer is very close to being the most water-efficient washer available, and the dryer is significantly quieter and easier to unload than other models we looked at. Plus, they’re stackable if you need them to be.   Read More >
June 5, 2015

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

June 5, 2015
The Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks MAC MTH-80
After 75 hours of research and testing 13 chef’s knives in our own kitchen, we found the best chef’s knife for most home cooks. The MAC MTH-80 8-inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples is the sharpest, most durable, and comfortable model we tested. Not only was the MAC much sharper than its competition, but its high-carbon blade will keep it sharp for longer than any other knife in its price range.   Read More >
June 5, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of June 5, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision: choosing the fastest checkout line, a beginner’s guide to turntables, and The Cinder Cone Build Book, a photo journal documenting the creation of two fantastic treehouses from start to finish.

June 3, 2015

* We've seen some reports of the head of our favorite Casabella indoor broom spinning forever when people try to screw it on. We tracked down a broom with this problem and initiated a return through customer service, and had a great experience. Casabella shipped us a whole new broom--that works perfectly--free of charge. If you're experiencing this problem, please reach out to Casabella at 800-841-4140 or info@casabella.com. [Best Broom, Mop, and Dustpan]

June 3, 2015
The Best Charcoal Grill 22” Weber Original Kettle Premium
We’ve considered at least 200 grills since we first published this guide, and after evaluating the 46 new products released this year, we recommend the $150 22ʺ Weber Original Kettle Premium. This grill is technically new for 2015, but it will feel familiar to anyone who has ever used (and loved) a model based on Weber’s decades-old kettle grill design. Weber recently updated its branding, and this grill is a nearly identical replacement for our previous pick, the 22.5ʺ Weber One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, which we’ve enjoyed testing over the two years since we first published this guide. This version isn’t expensive, complex, or even a top-of-the-line product, but it is built to last.    Read More >
June 2, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite blender, the Oster Versa 1400-watt, is down to its second lowest price, $160 (from $195). [Costco]

June 1, 2015
The Best Garden Pruners Felco 2
After testing 39 pruners on a variety of both delicate and woody stems, we found that the Felco 2 Classic Manual is the best garden pruner for most people. The Felco 2 made cleaner, straighter cuts than almost every pruner we tested because its blades are sharper and its cutting action is smoother. Plus, it’s more durable and easier to maneuver than the competition.   Read More >
June 1, 2015
The Best Summer Gear for Sand, Surf, and Sun

* There’s nothing quite like a day in the sun, and with summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of all the ways you can enjoy some time by the water. This year, we’ve put in another 200 hours of research and testing to bring you the best and most reliable gear for a fine summer day.

May 2015

 
May 29, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite grill, the Weber Spirit E-210 Gas Grill, now comes with $50 Amazon credit. [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 29, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision: an interactive guide to the fastest airlines and busiest airports, how to find the perfect sleeping position, and why life is too short for a full-time job.

May 28, 2015

* Best Deals: Our future picks for best laundry machines, the LG Front-Load Washer and Dryer, are down to their lowest prices, $743 each (from $900). [Washer/Dryer]

May 28, 2015
​The Best Cold Pack Paradice P500
After 35 hours of researching, interviewing experts, and testing temperature reduction on the body parts of two different people, we found the Paradice P500 Ice Pack is the best cold pack for treating minor injuries. It was the only cold pack we tested that consistently cooled skin to the ideal range for effective, painless therapy, and superior comfort.   Read More >
May 28, 2015

* Planning a road trip this summer? Take our survey and tell us what you need when you're behind the wheel.

May 27, 2015

* Setting up your home office? Take our survey and tell us what gear and furniture is important to the way you work.

* Best Deals: Our favorite piece of sous vide gear, the Anova Precision Cooker, is down to its lowest price, $129 with code LUVDAD (from $179). [Anova]

May 26, 2015

* After using our favorite bike patch and flat kit for six months, we've updated it with our long-term testing results. [Best Bike Patch Kit]

May 26, 2015
The Best Shovel Bully Tools 82515
After 21 hours spent researching shovels, interviewing landscapers, and digging through mulch, compost, and rock-filled wasteland, we found the Bully Tools 82515 is the best all-purpose shovel. Nearly every detail is done exactly right, it’s built tough, and it’s inexpensive. Unlike the competition, it has a full-blade-width step that makes it easy to plunge the shovel into soil, and a shock-absorbing, rot-proof wood-and-fiberglass handle.   Read More >
May 22, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Get 10% off at L.L. Bean, including our favorite comforter, sheets, and sheepskin moccasins with the code SUMMER. [L.L. Bean]

May 21, 2015
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 >
May 17, 2015
The Best Bike Lock

* We interviewed bike thieves, cyclists, and experts to find the best bike lock. The Kryptonite Series 2 package is strong enough to foil thieves who can be deterred by locks (although ultimately, very determined thieves will be able to steal any bike). The Kryptonite is very light and comes with a cable and an easy-to-mount carrying bracket.

May 17, 2015
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
Over the past two years we’ve spent more than 85 hours researching and testing new products, as well as collecting our favorite tools, equipment, and purely fun gadgets from past guides, to help you create great picnics or cookouts of your own this summer.   Read More >
May 15, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, is back down to $30 with code FUNRIDE (from $44). [BuyDig]

The Best Bike Patch Kit

* If you own a bike, you need a patch kit. Luckily, you can put together a great one in less time than it takes to read our guide. After 96 hours of combined testing, we’ve put together a list of the best levers, patches, portable tire pumps, seat bags, and wrenches to include in your own kit.

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 15, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, 10 techniques for learning anything, a DIY fire pit, and 13 hard-to-kill houseplants for even the blackest thumb.

May 14, 2015
The Best Bike Pump

* We tested 15 bike pumps on five bikes and spoke to a former bike pump designer, a Tour de France mechanic, and the world's preeminent bike repair manual author to find the best. The Lezyne Steel Floor Drive is our favorite: Its wooden handle, steel barrel, and heavy aluminum base are sturdy and much more durable than cheaper pumps’ fittings. Plus, its screw-on pump head makes it incredibly simple to use.

May 13, 2015
The Best Bike Lights

* We spent 45 hours examining 31 brands and 150 bike lights to find best bicycle lights for commuters. Our favorite headlight and taillight, the Cygolite Metro 360 and Hotshot 2W respectively, are sold in a combo pack, which is the better deal. The Metro 360 is unmatched in quality and runs for 2 hours on the highest setting. The Hotshot 2W is bright, USB-rechargeable, and longer-lasting than any other rechargeable taillight by several hours.

May 12, 2015
The Best Hybrid Bike

* 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.

May 11, 2015

* We updated our travel mug guide with new models from CamelBak, Thermos, Stanley, and a few others we plan on testing soon. [Best Travel Mug]

* Best Deals: One of our favorite fans, the Vornado 660, is down to a low price of $80 with code SAVE20SPRING (from $100). [Best Buy]

* Help us out with a new guide to electric razors? We want your input on the ideal price, longevity, and more.

May 9, 2015
The Best Outdoor Brooms

* 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.

May 8, 2015

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

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 8, 2015
May 6, 2015

* We updated our eyelash curler guide with notes from extended testing of our main pick, the Shiseido. [Best Eyelash Curlers]

May 5, 2015
The Best Yoga Mat Athletic 2gripMat
We had three yoga instructors test 16 yoga mats in more than 50 yoga classes, and Gaiam’s Athletic 2gripMat is the best mat we found. In sweaty classes, hands and feet stuck like they were glued to its top layer, and its soft PVC foam backing feels more cushy and comfortable than other mats we tried. Plus, it’s three square feet larger than the average mat, so you’ll have plenty of room to practice.    Read More >
May 5, 2015
The Best Electric Toothbrush Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep 1000
To find the best electric toothbrush, we put in almost 100 total hours of research, evaluated every model on the market, and tested 10 toothbrushes in hundreds of trials. The Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep 1000 has all of the most important things experts recommend—a built-in 2-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads—for the lowest price.   Read More >
May 4, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite skillet, the All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-inch Fry Pan, has matched its lowest price, $90 (from $120). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our favorite piece of sous vide gear, the Anova Precision Cooker, has matched its lowest price, $154 with code LUVMOM (from $180). [Anova]

May 3, 2015
The Elements of Brunch
We handpicked items from our own guides and tested new ones during three brunches to find the best and most important elements of a successful brunch. The right tools and a little pre-planning can help you spend more time sipping mimosas than tending to your stove.    Read More >
May 1, 2015

* Best Deals: Get 15% off everything at ThermoWorks, including two of our favorite instant-read thermometers, like the Super-Fast Thermapen for $86 with code MOVINGSAVE15 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

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

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 1, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, choose the right hiking staff, discover the best way to store your fresh herbs, and learn how to save money buying lumber direct.