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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 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 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 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
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 >

November 2016

 
November 25, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 25, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we share travel packing tips from a couple who’ve lived out of carry-on luggage for six years straight, show how anyone can make sushi the easy way, and spotlight how our cognitive biases shape almost every decision we make.

November 25, 2016
The Best Christmas Tree Stand Krinner Tree Genie XXL
After considering nearly three dozen Christmas tree stands and testing five in the past four years, the Krinner Tree Genie XXL is the best due to its stability, simplicity, and ease of use.    Read More >
November 25, 2016
The Best Christmas Lights GE Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights Multi (50 lights)
After 60 hours of researching lights and testing 20 strands, we’ve decided that our pick is the GE Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights set (available in 50-bulb or 100-bulb strands).   Read More >
November 23, 2016
The Best Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan
After more than two years of making cookies, cakes, and even grinding meat, we still think the 5-quart KitchenAid Artisan is the best stand mixer. It creams butter and whips cake batter more effectively than nearly every other model we tried, and it effortlessly kneads dough without knocking around on the counter. For its performance, versatility, and price, the Artisan is still the absolute best.   Read More >
November 23, 2016
Great Boozy Holiday Gifts
Holiday gifts for the beer geeks, the wine connoisseurs, and the cocktail enthusiasts in your life.   Read More >
November 21, 2016
The Best Artificial Christmas Tree National Tree Feel-Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-312LD-75X)
After 30 hours spent researching artificial Christmas trees and seeing dozens in person, we think National Tree Company’s 7½-foot Feel-Real Downswept Douglas Fir with dual-color LED lights is the best choice.   Read More >
November 18, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 18, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we pull back the curtain hiding the invisible costs of free shipping, give you tips to help encrypt your entire life in less than an hour, and share a simple organizing trick that should rid your closet of clutter.

November 16, 2016
The Best Instant-Read Meat Thermometer for Your Kitchen ThermoWorks ThermoPop
After sticking more than 24 instant-read digital thermometers into pork chops, ice water, sous vide water baths, and frying oil, we still think the ThermoWorks ThermoPop provides the best speed and accuracy value for its price.   Read More >
November 15, 2016
The Best Toaster Oven Panasonic FlashXpress
After more than 50 hours of research and testing—making stacks and stacks of toasted white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies—we think the Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven is the best for most people.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
Special Gifts for Your Favorite People, 2016
Our picks make great gifts, but for the holidays we seek out the weird and wonderful for the people we love. We hope you’ll find inspiration in this list.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
The Best Basic Smoke Alarm First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Smoke Alarm with Voice Location
After more than 65 hours researching fire safety and interviewing experts, we recommend the First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Smoke Alarm with Voice Location as the primary alarm in a comprehensive whole-home fire-protection system.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
Our Favorite Custom Photo Card Service
Simply to Impress is the best photo greeting card service for the holidays, with many paper and trim options, easy-to-use templates, and elegant packaging.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love
After testing dozens of learning toys and STEM toys, and visiting a school lab that specializes in their benefits, we’ve found more than a dozen we recommend for a range of ages.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
The Best Gear for Holiday Hosting
Having overnight guests for the holidays? Help them feel welcome with these affordable bed, bath, and kitchen essentials.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
Great Gifts and Stocking Stuffers to Buy in Bulk
Save time, money, and stress this holiday season by purchasing bulk gifts and stocking stuffers for family and friends. These 10 gifts will each set you back $25 per person (or much less).   Read More >
November 14, 2016
The Best Cold Weather Gear
We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching, testing, and choosing the best winter gear to help you face the sometimes-harsh conditions of the coming winter season. To help you manage the blowing snow and frigid temperatures, we’ve rounded up the best of our cold weather gear guides—from travel mugs to space heaters, and snow shovels to sleeping bags.   Read More >
November 14, 2016
The Trick to Better Gifts: Thanksgiving Snooping
Good gifting starts with a little Thanksgiving snooping at the houses of your family and friends. If you want to get them gifts they’ll use and love, here are six places to start looking first.   Read More >
November 11, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 11, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we propose an alternate route to long-term happiness, share the magic number for keeping refrigerated foods freshest, explain why you want to renew your passport today, and share a trick for painting dark rooms.

November 7, 2016
The Best Light Therapy Lamp Day-Light Classic Plus
After 25 hours of research and a chat with one of the doctors who discovered seasonal affective disorder (SAD), we recommend the 10,000-lux Carex Day-Light Classic Plus. But talk to your doc before you buy one.   Read More >
November 4, 2016
The Best Steam Mop Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940
Steam mops can ruin your floors, so read this before buying: After putting in 38 hours of research and testing, we know the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 is the best tool to clean (only) glazed tile or sealed stone floors.   Read More >
November 4, 2016
The Best Humidifier Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
After four years, three lab tests, and more than 60 models considered, the easy-to-clean Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier is still our favorite humidifier.   Read More >
November 4, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 4, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we explain why slouching affects productivity and can produce negative thoughts, discover why you should wait rather than sneak that first cup from a carafe of drip coffee, and sing the praises of our favorite condiment (and share the recipe).