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March 2017

 
March 31, 2017
The Best Insoles for Running and Walking Superfeet Green
Runners with aching feet often seek aftermarket insoles for added comfort and support. We tested 32 of them to find the best ones for your particular style and activity.   Read More >
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017
The Best Gym Bag Everest Gym Bag
The Everest Gym Bag is our top choice for gym goers. It’s inexpensive, modestly styled, and has details we couldn’t find on bags twice the price, such as a water bottle holder and vented laundry pocket.   Read More >
March 28, 2017
Ask Sweethome: Is Bosch a Reliable Brand for Kitchen Appliances?
Can you validate my desire to get all Bosch stuff? Spending under $5K.
March 24, 2017
The Best Flashlight ThruNite Archer 2A V3
After three weeks testing 23 flashlights, we’re sure the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 is the best flashlight for most people. It offers high-end flashlight features at an affordable price, including a wide range of brightness levels and a versatile, easy-to-use design.   Read More >
March 24, 2017
March 22, 2017
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 300 Series M
Now that Bosch has updated most of its dishwasher line, our new pick for most people is the quiet, capacious, and reasonably priced Bosch 300 Series M.    Read More >
March 17, 2017
March 16, 2017
The Best Essential Oil Diffusers Urpower 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser
We spent more than three weeks testing 13 diffusers, and our favorite is the affordable and effective Urpower 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser.   Read More >
March 15, 2017
The Best Cast-Iron Skillet Lodge Pre-Seasoned 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet
After spending 35 hours on research and putting nine cast-iron pans through a battery of tests, we think the iconic Lodge pre-seasoned 12-inch skillet is best for most people.   Read More >
March 15, 2017
The Best Vibrators Magic Wand Rechargeable
After 70 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.   Read More >
March 15, 2017
The Best Hair Clippers for Home Use Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit
We tested 8 clippers in a dozen home haircuts (and took them to a pro barber shop) to find the quiet, easy-to-use Wahl Elite Pro is the best for most people.    Read More >
March 14, 2017
The Best Wine Glasses Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass
After blind tasting wine in more than 50 different glasses with a professional winemaker, a sommelier, and a wine critic, we think the best everyday wine glass is the Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass.   Read More >
March 14, 2017
The Best Memory-Foam Mattress Topper DreamFoam 2-Inch Gel Swirl
After 24 hours of research and nine nights of testing, we think the best memory-foam mattress topper for most people is the DreamFoam 2″ Gel Swirl. It’s supportive, affordable, and won’t make you overheat.    Read More >
March 13, 2017
The Best Area Rugs Under $300
We spent more than 40 hours researching the best budget area rugs and found 15 we highly recommend. They come in a range of sizes, patterns, and colors, so we have something for almost any decorating style.   Read More >
March 10, 2017
The Best Hybrid Bike Marin Fairfax SC1
We tested 14 new bikes in 2017, and the Marin Fairfax SC1 is our favorite hybrid bike for commuters. It comes with quality components and commuter-friendly features, without succumbing to the price creep we’ve seen on similar bikes.   Read More >
March 10, 2017
March 9, 2017
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 >
March 9, 2017
The Best Bike Lock Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7
We picked, chopped, and cut 27 bike locks to pieces, and learned that the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 is the most affordable lock that will most likely need a power tool (accompanied by a lot of noise) to be defeated.   Read More >
March 7, 2017
The Best Robot Vacuums Eufy RoboVac 11
After testing eight models on more than 70 cleaning cycles over 10 weeks, we think the affordable, nimble Eufy RoboVac 11 is the best robot vacuum for most people.   Read More >
March 3, 2017
March 1, 2017
The Best Dry Food Storage Containers Rubbermaid Modular Canisters
After over 15 hours of research and testing, we think Rubbermaid’s Premium Modular Canisters are the best dry storage containers. The containers are sturdy, the lids are airtight and interchangeable across multiple sizes, and a narrow design allows the containers to stack nicely. You can buy them individually or as a set, and they’re less expensive than some of the far-more-fragile models we tried.   Read More >

February 2017

 
February 28, 2017
The Best Winter Running Tights The North Face Men’s Winter Warm Tights
After 40 hours of research, we think The North Face Winter Warm is the best pair of men’s winter running tights and the Sugoi MidZero is the best women’s option. Our testers favored both for their warmth, fit, and comfort.   Read More >
February 24, 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 >