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April 2017

 
April 28, 2017
April 27, 2017
The Best Lawn Mower Honda HRX217K5VKA
After 60 hours of research, we’re sure the Honda HRX217K5VKA is the best self-propelled mower for people mowing less than half an acre of lawn.   Read More >
April 27, 2017
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 15 pressure cookers.   Read More >
April 25, 2017
The Best Dish Rack Polder 4-Piece Advantage
After putting in 74 hours of research and doing the equivalent of 41 loads of dishes, we think the Polder 4-Piece Advantage Dish Rack System is the best option for most kitchens.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries Energizer Recharge Universal
After 1,000 hours on our analyzer, the Energizer Recharge is our pick for the best rechargeable AA battery. AmazonBasics usually has the best deal on AAAs.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
The Best Rechargeable Battery Charger (for AA and AAA Batteries) Panasonic Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger with Four Eneloop batteries
After six hours of research, we have found the best battery chargers for most people's needs, whether they need one that's simple and reliable or one with performance monitoring and extra slots. All of our picks are designed to prevent overcharging, and unlike some competitors and older chargers, each has independent charging slots so you won't have to charge your batteries in pairs.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
April 18, 2017
The Best Kitchen Scale Escali Primo Digital Scale
After nearly 45 hours of research, three years of testing, and interviews with experts, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best for most people.   Read More >
April 18, 2017
The Best Ironing Board Brabantia Ironing Board B
After 25 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Brabantia Ironing Board B. It’s both stable and compact—a tough combo to find—and should last many years of use.   Read More >
April 18, 2017
The Best Clothing Iron Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer
After more than 60 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer. It’s affordable and easy to use—the best choice for occasional ironing.   Read More >
April 14, 2017
The Best Wet Mop O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop
We considered hundreds of mops and tested eight, and the O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop (along with the O-Cedar Quick Wring Bucket) was the best at soaking and scrubbing every spill we tested it against.   Read More >
April 14, 2017
April 13, 2017
The Best Fireproof Document Safe First Alert 2017F
Our new top pick is First Alert’s 2017F. It’s a smaller version of our previous pick, with the same materials, locking mechanism, and certifications.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Hybrid Car 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
We spent dozens of hours considering every hybrid car currently on sale and driving and living with the best of the bunch. The 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco achieves the best fuel efficiency rating of any car that doesn’t plug in. And it doesn’t cost much more than a non-hybrid compact car, meaning you’ll save from day one.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Smart Thermostat Nest Learning Thermostat
We tested the top five smart thermostats for over a month, and our pick is the simple-to-use, easy-to-integrate third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It outperforms the competition thanks to its automatic scheduling features, elegant design, and continually improving software, and integration with other smart home devices.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Smart LED Light Bulbs Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3
After testing 10 new smart LED light bulbs for eight weeks, we think the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3 is the best smart bulb for most people.   Read More >
April 11, 2017
The Best Electric Vehicle 2016 Kia Soul EV
After driving every electric vehicle currently available for sale in the United States, we found the Kia Soul EV is the best option for drivers who want to go completely gas-free. The Soul has great range, an affordable price, and the best set of high-tech features we’ve seen. Plus, it drives better than most other EVs, and Kia has the best warranty among its competition.   Read More >
April 7, 2017
April 5, 2017
The Best Shower Curtain Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain White
For an affordable, durable, and easy-to-wash shower curtain, we recommend the Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain White. It looks better than other curtains under $30 and will complement nearly any bathroom.   Read More >
April 4, 2017
The Best Bath Towel Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Towel
After more than 42 hours of research and testing, we think the affordable Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Towels are best for most people. They’re almost as soft and absorbent as others twice the price.   Read More >

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 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 #79602
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 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 Rusk CTC Lite
After over 25 hours of research and tests of seven hair dryers, we've found that many perform similarly, and the Rusk CTC Lite is one of the best.    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 >