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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).

October 2016

 
October 31, 2016
The Best Waffle Maker Krups GQ502D
After spending 63 hours on research, talking with four experts, and testing 21 models, we now recommend the Krups GQ502D as the best waffle maker for most people.   Read More >
October 31, 2016
The Best LED Light Bulb Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED
After researching dozens of LED light bulbs and testing 10, we found that the Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED is the best. It’s affordable and fully dimmable, and it doesn’t hum.   Read More >
October 28, 2016
The Best Bike Repair Stand Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Work Stand
You don’t absolutely have to have one, but if you want to repair your bike at home, a sturdy, easy-to-use stand definitely makes it easier. After testing eight of them, we think the Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Work Stand is the best for most people.   Read More >
October 28, 2016
The Best Bike Chain Tool Park Tool CT-5 Mini Chain Tool
If you want to repair or replace a broken bike chain, you’ll need a chain tool. We tested eight and think the Park Tool CT-5 Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool is the best for most people.    Read More >
October 28, 2016
The Best Toaster Oster Jelly Bean Toaster
After dozens of hours of research and testing, we found that the two-slot Oster TSSTTRJBBG1 Jelly Bean Toaster is the best toaster for most people.   Read More >
October 28, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 28, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we explore the masochistic pleasures of bitter flavors, explain why late-night Wikipedia sessions go in unexpected directions, and share a free online tool to test the security of any of your smart-home devices.

October 27, 2016
The Best Showerhead Delta In2ition 58480
After taking more than 240 showers over the course of four months to test nearly a dozen showerheads, we think the Delta In2ition 58480 is the best showerhead for most people.   Read More >
October 27, 2016
The Best Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
After 86 hours of research and testing, we think the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is the best slow cooker for most people. It has been our favorite for four years running, thanks to its intuitive interface, locking lid, and modest price.   Read More >
October 25, 2016
Should You Get a Front-Load or Top-Load Washing Machine?
Front-loaders have the edge on cleaning performance and efficiency, but there are times when a top-loader could be best for you. Here are the facts you need to make a decision.
October 25, 2016
How to Take Care of Your Washer and Dryer
Avoid common problems with these tips on detergent use, load size, machine maintenance, and more.
October 25, 2016
The Best Washer and Dryer LG WM3770HWA
After more than 100 hours of research, we think the LG WM3770HWA and DLEX3370W are the best matching washer and dryer pair for most people.   Read More >
October 24, 2016

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October 24, 2016
The Best Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools and Tableware
After spending several hundred hours researching and testing supplies for a Thanksgiving feast, we found the best tools and tableware to make this holiday season a success for you and your guests.   Read More >
October 21, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 21, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to turn roots, barks, and leaves into botanical bitters for a well-balanced cocktail, discover an old timey trick for separating stuck drinking glasses, and watch how to make one of our favorite one-pot meals.

October 20, 2016
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
The Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat is the best space heater for quickly heating small rooms, and the De’Longhi EW7507EB is our pick for larger rooms you want to heat for hours.   Read More >
October 19, 2016
The Best Extension Cords for Your Home and Garage Voltec Industries 50-ft Yellow Outdoor Extension Cord
After reviewing National Electrical Code guidelines, talking with safety-testing experts, and cutting apart nine cords to inspect their quality, we recommend the 50-ft Voltec Yellow Outdoor Extension Cord. It’s the most durable cord we found and makes the strongest and smoothest connection to your gear.   Read More >
October 19, 2016
The Best Flannel Sheets L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set
For maximum coziness this winter, we recommend curling up in L.L.Bean’s Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set. After 120 hours of research and testing, we found they’re softer and more comfortable than sheets almost twice the price.    Read More >
October 18, 2016
The Best Air Mattress SoundAsleep Air Mattress (Queen)
After sleeping on four air mattresses (and considering dozens of guest-bed options), we recommend the SoundAsleep Air Mattress. It’s easier to inflate and it offers excellent customer service in case the mattress leaks or the pump breaks.   Read More >
October 17, 2016
The Best All-Around Comforter (Reasonably Priced, Too) Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter
October 17, 2016
Should I Get a Pressure Cooker, a Slow Cooker, or a Rice Cooker?
The answer depends on what you cook and when you want it ready. We’ve tested dozens over the past few years. Here’s how to choose the right one(s) for you.   Read More >
October 14, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 14, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn about the remarkable history of the lead pencil, take a closer – a much closer – look at the world through the wondrous lens of macrophotography, and get cued into a hospitality secret known as the triple sheeting technique.

October 11, 2016
The Best Drill Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver Kit
The Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver is the lightest, most compact drill we tested, and it blew away its rivals on battery life and power, drilling twice as many holes as the second-place drill and driving almost 50 percent more screws.    Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Best Leaf Blower Worx WG520 Turbine Leaf Blower
The Worx WG520 Turbine Leaf Blower is a corded electric handheld blower with a great blend of cost, weight, noise, and leaf-moving power.    Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Best Gear for a Roadside Emergency
A breakdown or a flat tire can happen at any time, and what you have in your car can help you get back onto the road quickly. To help you avoid a long, trying ordeal by the side of the road, we spent more than 60 hours researching emergency gear and common roadside problems to find the best items to keep in your vehicle for a roadside emergency.   Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Best Under-Sink Water Filter Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet
The Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet removes more contaminants for less money than hundreds of other under-sink filters we compared it with.   Read More >
October 10, 2016
The Truth About DIY Cleaners
Homemade cleaning products can work—or they can be wasteful, ineffective, and dangerous. Here are 4 things you should know before you go mixing chemicals together.
October 7, 2016
Should I Get a Blender, a Food Processor, or a Mixer?
Whether you put dinner on the table every night or only put on your chef’s hat during the holidays, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. To help you decide which you’ll get the most use from, we’ve explained which tasks each type of blender is great at, what they’re not great at, and what to avoid.   Read More >
October 7, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of October 7, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision get into hiking shape, learn how to make your own batch of wine-infused gummy bears, celebrate the joys of keeping a notebook, and watch how to refresh your tried and true bedroom companion, your pillow.

October 6, 2016
The Best Fire Extinguisher First Alert PRO5
The First Alert PRO5 is available, affordable, and UL-certified—and it’s one of many similar extinguishers that can also get the job done.   Read More >
October 6, 2016
Should You Get a GPS Running Watch, Fitness Tracker, or Smartwatch?
All these wearables can get notifications, track runs, and monitor fitness level, but each type is best suited to only one task.
October 6, 2016
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi New Stainless Mug
After doing nearly 50 hours of research over the past three years and considering more than 60 different models, we think the Zojirushi New Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for most people. It offers the best balance of heat retention and versatility of any model we tested. It costs more than its competitors, but its thoughtful design and foolproof locking mechanism make it worth the price.   Read More >
October 3, 2016
The Best Thermometer for Kids and Adults Vicks Comfort Flex Digital
After doing more than 10 hours of research, including taking body temperature nearly 100 times, we recommend the Vicks Comfort Flex Digital oral thermometer and the iProven forehead and ear DMT-489 forehead/ear thermometer for their accuracy and color-coded clarity.   Read More >
October 3, 2016
Blue Shift: Why Parabens Shouldn’t Scare You
An increasing number of products are “paraben-free,” but science says there was never a reason to eliminate them in the first place.
October 3, 2016
The Best Drugstore Makeup, Hair, and Skincare Products
From mascara to razors, we tested over 50 affordable makeup, skincare, and haircare products to find the eight best beauty buys you can pick up from the drugstore.   Read More >

September 2016

 
September 30, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 30, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to watch movies and read books like a professional critic, discover the slow-sipping satisfaction of Armenian coffee, and watch as an office chair converts into an efficient piece of exercise equipment.

September 29, 2016
The Best Dutch Oven Lodge Color 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The Lodge Color 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven braises recipes well— on par with pots that cost six times the price. It’s our favorite Dutch oven for the fourth year running.    Read More >
September 27, 2016
The Best Coffee Maker for Camping REI Table Top French Coffee Press
After brewing 3 pounds of beans on tabletop camp stoves, we think the REI Table Top French Coffee Press is the easiest way to prepare a tasty, fresh pot for a group of campers.   Read More >
September 23, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 23, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we explore the benefits of setting aside 5 minutes of your day to practice mindful failure, we share what distinguishes seltzer from sparkling water or club soda, and—in a parting thought—demonstrate how to perfectly comb your hair.

September 20, 2016
The Best Blender Oster Versa
The Oster Versa is our favorite blender for the second year running (and after our tests of 20 during the past four years). It blends almost as well as machines more than twice the price.   Read More >
September 19, 2016
How to Pack Away and Protect Your Summer Clothing
Four experts share their advice for storing seasonal stuff so it stays clean, organized, and free of bugs.
September 16, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 16, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision discover what we learned during our first time experiencing shinrin-yoku (aka forest bathing), learn how to properly hold a chef’s knife for optimal control, and find out just how far you can continue driving once the low-fuel warning light turns on.

September 15, 2016
The Best Fire Escape Ladder X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder
The X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder is simpler to set up, easier to climb, and more convenient for storage and practice use than any other ladder we tested.   Read More >
September 15, 2016
Ask Sweethome: What Kind of Comforter Is Best for a Mild Climate?
All-season comforters are best for mild climates, but if your home tends to feel warm, you might be more comfortable with a lighter comforter. Here’s what we recommend.
September 13, 2016
The Best Knife Set Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set
After more than 60 hours of researching knife sets and testing 11—chopping, slicing, and peeling over 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables—we’re confident that you won’t beat the Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set.   Read More >
September 13, 2016
How to Create Your Own No-Filler Knife Set
Buy these excellent knives one by one and you can put together a kitchen cutlery dream team that’s better than any prepackaged set.
September 9, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 9, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision we stop to recognize one of the most dependable technologies of all time, extol the virtues of using plenty of salt while cooking a steak, and explain why buying second hand suits might be superior to purchasing new.

September 8, 2016
How to Set Up Off-the-Grid Solar Power
Here’s a guide to the equipment necessary to generate and store minimal power for a remote property, from the solar panels to the breaker panel.
September 8, 2016
Ask Sweethome: What Is the Best Reusable Grocery Bag?
There is no perfect reusable grocery bag, but the one you choose should at least be easy to clean. Here’s what we recommend.
September 7, 2016
The Best Bidet Toilet Seat or Washlet Toto Washlet C200
Out of the dozens of models we looked at and the five we installed and tested, the Toto Washlet C200 stands out as the best bidet seat for most people.   Read More >
September 7, 2016
Are Bidets Better for You Than Toilet Paper?
Bidets are often marketed for their so-called medical benefits. They’ll clean your butt, sure. Can they—and should they—really do any more than that?
September 7, 2016
How to Shop for a Diamond Engagement Ring
Here’s everything a fiancee-to-be should know about choosing and buying a diamond: What determines price and value, where to buy, and what to ask a jeweler.
September 2, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of September 2, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision learn how to safely clean your camera lens, watch and learn how to wrap cords like a concert stagehand, and take in the splendor of Lego creations as planned and executed by a group of professional architects.

September 1, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Will an Air Purifier Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke?
Air purifiers can substantially reduce cigarette smoke particles, but they won’t eliminate everything—and what you’re removing from the air depends on the type of filter you have.