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April 2016

 
April 30, 2016
Ask Sweethome: Dutch-Oven Fears and Gear for the Zombiepocalypse
Each month our editors will answer your most pressing questions. Although we try to cover as much as we can in our reviews and guides, if you’re looking for further advice please write to us at notes@thesweethome.com, and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. Dutch oven fears Q: I just bought […]
April 29, 2016
Our Guide to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE iPhone 7 128 GB
We compared Apple’s latest with the iPhone 6 and 6s and SE, and the iPhone 7 with 128 GB of storage is the best device for those who want a great iOS phone.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Wireless Home Theater Headphones Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT
After testing 14 pairs of wireless home theater headphones over the past two years, we found that the Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT set is the best option for most people. The HP-902 RFT headphones sound decent, offer useful features such as a mute switch and the ability to switch between sources, and give you the best value for your money of any headphones we tested.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Photo Scanning Service Memories Renewed
After 80 hours of research and testing, we found that Memories Renewed, an online scanning service based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the best place for most people to get their photos and film scanned. They consistently delivered great-looking digital files, offering the best combination of price, quality, and turnaround time of any service we tested.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Ebook Reader Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
We tested every currently available ebook reader, and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our pick thanks to a great screen and Amazon’s huge library.    Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Bluetooth Tracker Tile Mate
The Tile Mate is the best Bluetooth tracker for finding your stuff thanks to solid range, a loud alarm, a big crowd-finding service, and an easy-to-use app.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Android Phones Google Pixel
The Google Pixel is the best Android phone for most people right now thanks to its excellent camera, fast and useful software, and great build quality.   Read More >
April 29, 2016
The Best Bed Pillows Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
After putting in hundreds of hours of testing, we think the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow offers the best balance of comfort and price for most sleepers.   Read More >
April 29, 2016

* Best Deals: Our fat separator pick in our Thanksgiving guide, the OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Fat Separator, is down to $11 (from $15) [Amazon]

* Best Deals: The nicer serving bowl pick in the best salad spinner guide, the OXO Steel Salad Spinner, is down to $37 (from $50) [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 29, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, discover an easy technique for propagating succulents at home, watch the pleasing process of ink manufacturing, admire a postcard-perfect surf shack constructed in just 5 weeks, and learn how to throw together an Instagram-friendly summer citrus salad.

April 28, 2016

* Best Deals: Our larger homes pick for the best smart thermostat, the ecobee3, is down to $162 (from $250) [Amazon]

April 26, 2016
The Best Toilet Paper Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care
We tested 40 varieties of toilet paper over four months, and our test panel liked the feel, strength, and cleaning power of Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care the best.   Read More >
April 25, 2016
The Best Lotions for Most People Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
After 20 hours of research and testing 10 popular drugstore brands, our new pick is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Simple ingredients like dimethicone, petrolatum, and glycerin help seal in moisture. Our test panel found it the easiest to smooth on, with a neutral scent.    Read More >
April 22, 2016
The Best Dinnerware Set The Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection
After studying over 60 dinnerware sets and testing seven, we recommend the Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection. These dishes can handle everyday breakfasts and are still beautiful enough for fancy dinners.   Read More >
April 22, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 22, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how traveling alone can challenge us to be more courageous and present in the moment, how to awaken yourself from sensory-motor amnesia, and where to peruse 67,000 maps and cartographic images online.

April 21, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best pie plate, the Baker's Advantage Ceramic Deep Pie Dish, is down to $12 (from $17) [Amazon]

April 20, 2016
The Best Picnic Basket Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket with Cutlery Set
It’s picnic time! We tried seven baskets and the Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket was the sturdiest, most attractive, and easiest to store.   Read More >
April 20, 2016
The Best Picnic Blanket Nemo Victory Blanket
After lounging on seven top-rated picnic blankets, we found the Nemo Victory Blanket offers the best combination of comfort, durability, and easy cleaning.   Read More >
April 20, 2016
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
We spent over 85 hours researching and testing—and selected our favorite tools and gadgets from past guides—to bring you the best gear for picnics and cookouts.   Read More >
April 20, 2016
Blue Shift: Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Foam Mattress Off-Gassing
Mmmmm, foam. It’s so tasty on the top of a latte. And so comfy in a mattress. All these new ordered-online, shipped-to-your-house mattresses are made of some kind of foam. They have to be, so they fit into that smallish box they’re shipped in. Just like almost every other substance on the planet, polyurethane foam […]
April 15, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best space heater, the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater, is down to $20 (from $25) [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 15, 2016
April 14, 2016
The Best Portable Solar Battery Charger Anker PowerPort Solar Lite
The 15W Anker PowerPort Solar Lite is our new pick for the best portable solar charger. Compact and lightweight it is as efficient in most cases as our heavier and bulkier previous recommendation.   Read More >
April 14, 2016
The Best Plug-in Hybrid 2016 Chevrolet Volt
After three months of research and lots of electrified miles of driving, we’ve found that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the best plug-in hybrid for most people. It offers a total of 53 miles of all-electric range, seating for five, and a better interior than the competition, and it’s very fuel efficient when running on gas. Plus, it’s the least expensive plug-in hybrid available.   Read More >
April 14, 2016
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 14, 2016
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 14, 2016

* Best Deals: The smaller hands pick in our guide on the best garden pruners, the Felco F-6, is down to $40 (from $46). [Amazon]

April 14, 2016
The Best Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online Leesa
We researched 15 of the top online mattress companies, interviewed experts on sleeping and mattress design, spent over 40 hours researching foam mattresses, and slept on six models. We recommend the Leesa as a mattress that will work well for most people who sleep on their side or stomach.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Multi-Tool for Most Cyclists Topeak Mini 9
Whatever you ride—a road or mountain bike, fixie, or commuter—don’t walk home if you break down: Get the Topeak Mini 9, the best multi-tool for most cyclists. We tested 13 mini tools, and the light, durable, inexpensive Topeak has the best range of tools in a usable package. But we have more picks for those with specific riding needs, from hard-core singletrack to fixed-gear street riding.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Interior Paint Benjamin Moore Regal Select
After more than 30 hours of research, interrogating eight professional house painters, and painting two rooms ourselves, we enthusiastically recommend Benjamin Moore Regal Select.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Home Security System LiveWatch Total Home + Video
We tested six DIY home security systems for a month, and our pick is the simple to install, easy to use LiveWatch Plug&Protect IQ with Total Home + Video plan. It’s the most practical solution for protecting your home, and combines smart security features with basic home-automation tools most people will like.   Read More >
April 13, 2016
The Best Slippers for Women and Men Haflinger AS
We put 14 new pairs of men’s and women’s slippers through their paces and found the Haflinger AS and AT the coziest for winter and summer use.   Read More >
April 12, 2016
The Best Hangers Proman Kascade Hanger
Treat your clothes right. After seven months of testing dozens of hangers, we found that the Proman Kascade Hanger beat out the competition thanks to its smooth, solid construction and versatility.   Read More >
April 11, 2016
The Best Cake Pans USA Pan Aluminized Steel 9x2 Inch Round Layer Cake Pan
We spent more than 30 hours researching and testing cake pans, and the essential shapes from USA Pan—in round, rectangle/square, and loaf varieties—came out on top time and time again.   Read More >
April 11, 2016
The Best Bundt Pan Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan
After testing four different bundt pans, we think the Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan is the best for most people. It’s thick and sturdy but not too heavy, and it has a nonstick coating that allows cakes to come out cleanly even from tight crevices.    Read More >
April 11, 2016
The Best Springform Pan Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan
After researching and testing six springform pans over 12 hours and baking cheesecakes head to head, we’re recommending the sturdy Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan, which beat out a pan that cost three times as much.   Read More >
April 11, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best spatula, the Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish Spatula, is down to $12 (from $17) [Amazon]

April 8, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 8, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, learn how to make a cup of coffee like a world champion (or three), improve your interior air quality without plugging anything in, and peek inside the homes of the “world’s most interesting people."

April 7, 2016
The Best Water Filter Pitcher Pur Classic 11-Cup
We tested seven models for water taste and filtration performance, and Pur’s Classic 11-Cup pitcher is head and shoulders above the rest—even the ubiquitous Brita.   Read More >
April 6, 2016
The Best Refrigerator Whirlpool WRF535SMBM
After 65 hours of research, we think the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM is probably the best fridge for you. It’s one of the most affordable and reliable 36-inch French door models, which is the most popular size and style today.   Read More >
April 6, 2016
The Best Pepper Mill Peugeot Paris u’Select Pepper Mill
After spending more than 60 hours of research over the past three years and testing 18 different pepper mills, we’re confident that the Peugeot Paris U’Select is the best for most people. While the Peugeot is more expensive than its competition, a great pepper mill is a buy-it-for-life kind of item.   Read More >
April 6, 2016
Blue Shift: Will My Microwave Popcorn Bag Kill Me?
When a source of light moves toward you, its waves are compressed and pushed to a higher energy. We can’t always see this blue shift, but it’s there. In the space of Internet science, there’s a lot of bad information floating around. In this biweekly column, Leigh Krietsch Boerner, chemistry PhD and science editor of […]
April 4, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best food processor, the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup, is down to $179 (from $200). [Amazon]

April 1, 2016
The Best Wire Cutter Channellock E337CB Diagonal Cutting Plier
It took hundreds of cuts and years of reader requests for us to finally post the best wire cutter: The Channellock E337CB is a truly superior snipper.   Read More >
April 1, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of April 1, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, the best time to purchase a laptop, how to navigate challenging conversations mindfully, and a look inside a trio of secret forest cabins that exemplify small-space living.

March 2016

 
March 30, 2016

* After further testing, we’ve added a new large pick to our dish rack guide: the simplehuman Steel Frame. Its deep walled capacity and drip-free drainage make it perfect for anyone with extra pots, pans, and plates to dry. [Best Dish Rack]

March 30, 2016
The Best Tampons U By Kotex Click
After 25 hours of research and soaking 60 tampons to test for leaks, we found that the U by Kotex Click absorbed the best and leaked the least.   Read More >
March 30, 2016
The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes Soak
Move over, Woolite--after 35 hours washing 40 fabric swatches in 22 different washes, Soak beat out competitors to become the best delicates detergent.   Read More >
March 25, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 25, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, why you’re not getting from point A to point B any faster even with GPS (hint: you’re not following directions), how to roll an Overnighter "Burrito", and why a man decided to eat like The Rock for 30 days.

March 24, 2016

* Best Deals: The top pick in our guide on the best skillet, the All-Clad 12-inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan, is down to $82 (from $110). [Amazon]

March 22, 2016
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 40 hours researching food processors, interviewing experts, and conducting nearly three years of longterm testing, we think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is still the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
March 22, 2016

* It’s tax season again, and after 40 hours of filing and number crunching we’ve again decided that TurboTax is our choice for the best online tax software. [Best Tax Software]

March 21, 2016
The Elements of Brunch
We spent 25 hours of research, consulted entertaining experts for brunch ideas, and threw three meals to find the best kitchen, bar, and serving tools for brunch.    Read More >
March 18, 2016
8 Things We Want to Try (and One Thing We Probably Won’t) From the Housewares Show
Like The Wirecutter, The Sweethome isn’t really interested in pushing newsworthy gadgets that don’t deserve a permanent place in your home. Still, we go to the International Home + Housewares Show every year hoping to find a few innovations that will be worth testing out. The housewares show is a lot less glitzy than the […]
March 18, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 18, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to pick the most delicious produce, the best used cars for teen drivers, and why six hours of sleep can be as bad as no sleep at all.

March 16, 2016
The Best Shower Caddy OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel 3-Tier Shower Caddy 2.0
After further testing, our top pick for best shower caddy is still the OXO, but we’re adding a new runner-up pick with adjustable shelves and a pick for those with high shower spigots and wand showers.   Read More >
March 16, 2016

* Best Deal: One of our picks for the best desk lamp, the Anker Lumos LED, is down to $34 with code (from $40) [Amazon]

March 14, 2016

* We’ve decided to split our test results on Irons and Ironing Boards into two guides. [The Best Iron]

March 11, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 11, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, tips for organizing your home library, the minimalist's guide to packing a backpack, and how to tell if your food has gone rancid.

March 10, 2016

* Best Deal: The potholder pick in our guide on the best Thanksgiving kitchen tools and tableware, the San Jamar 7” x 7” Ultigrip Hot Pad, is down to $8 (from $16). [Amazon]

March 9, 2016
Great Wedding Registry Gift Ideas
We spent 30 hours researching the best way to construct a wedding registry to help you decide which big-ticket investment items—and less expensive gifts—will really contribute to shaping the space you share with your partner.   Read More >
March 7, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best smart thermostat, the Nest 3.0, is down to $200 (from $240). [eBay]

March 4, 2016
The Best Paring Knife Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife
After putting in more than 45 hours of research, testing 20 blades by carving many fruits and veggies, we think the Victorinox 3¼-Inch paring knife is the best. It’s comfortable, sharp, and only $8.   Read More >
March 4, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of March 4, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, gain more space in your airline seat with the secret armrest-lever trick, use two checking accounts to track expenses, and see a beginner's guide to fragrances.

March 2, 2016
The Best Circular Saw SKILSAW SPT67WM-22
After researching 35 circular saws and testing four, we found the SKILSAW SPT67WM-22 is the best for most people. It has noticeably better power than the competition and simply feels the best while in use. It also has great features that other saws don’t, including a magnesium footplate and motor housing that make it durable and lightweight.   Read More >
March 1, 2016
The Best Home-Office Furniture and Supplies Fully Jarvis Bamboo
Your home office should be a place where you feel comfortable doing your best work day after day. After spending more than 150 hours researching and testing equipment that fits best in a variety of workspaces, and after drawing from our own experience as work-from-home veterans, we've picked out a selection of great furniture and supplies for your home office, including items that many of us use daily ourselves.   Read More >
March 1, 2016
The Best Immersion Blender Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender
We’re confident that the best immersion blender is the Breville Control Grip. After testing immersion blenders over two years — we pureed gallons of soup, smoothies, salsa, and mayonnaise — the Breville proved itself over and over. It excelled at tougher tasks that other immersion blenders just couldn’t handle.   Read More >

February 2016

 
February 26, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best coffee maker, the Oxo On 9-Cup, is down to $160 with code BYEWINTER (from $200). [Sur La Table]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of February 26, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to stay healthy while traveling abroad, tips to improve autocorrect on your iOS device, and the importance of making your bed every morning.

February 23, 2016
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle
After spending dozens of hours researching and testing electric kettles over the past three years, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 is the best electric kettle for most people. It quickly brings water to the temperature needed for optimum flavor from teas and coffee, and it offers the best combination of speed, accuracy, and ease of use of all the electric kettles we tested.   Read More >
February 22, 2016
The Best Rice Cooker Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer
After more than 100 hours of research and cooking more than 200 pounds of rice, we found the Hamilton Beach 37549 2-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity is the best rice cooker for most people. It’s well-designed and makes delicious Japanese rice better than models that cost 10 times more. It also has an insulated lid and other features you won’t see on models at this price.   Read More >
February 19, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of February 19, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to taste chocolate like a pro and properly care for your vinyl records, plus an introduction to the Cloud Appreciation Society.

February 17, 2016

* Best Deals: The standalone dryer pick in our guide on the best washer and dryer, the Samsung DV42H5000EW, is down to $599 (from $800). [Home Depot]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best handheld vacuum, the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum, is down to $69 (from $115) [Amazon]

February 16, 2016
The Best Drill Bit Set Ryobi 90-Piece Drill and Drive Kit
After eight months of testing for our original guide, plus an additional three months of testing for this update, we think the Ryobi 90-Piece Drill and Drive Kit is the best drill bit set for most people. It offers the widest variety of useful accessories for drilling holes and driving screws. Some sets have too much repetition, and others are lacking critical pieces, but the Ryobi kit gets it just right.   Read More >
February 16, 2016
The Best Tools and Toolbox
After more than 300 hours of research and testing more than 180 tools, we’ve put together the best tool kit for your home. To come up with these 22 recommendations, we consulted three carpenters, six leading tool experts, and many, many tool manufacturers. Plus, after narrowing the tools down to our top picks, our writer used our 22 picks exclusively for eight months in a major home renovation.   Read More >
February 15, 2016

* Best Deals: The runner-up in our guide on the best bike helmet for commuters, the Giro Savant, is down to $50 (from $81). [Price Point]

February 12, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of February 12, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, a guide to buying refurbished Apple products, how to prevent running injuries, and why pretentiousness matters.

February 11, 2016

* We don’t have a lot of concrete information on the Zika virus yet, but we still stand by our recommendation of DEET as the best repellent for preventing mosquito-borne illnesses. It’s safe even for infants over 2 months and pregnant women past their first trimester. [Best Bug Repellent]

February 9, 2016
The Best Way to Keep Open Wine Fresh Private Preserve
After 20 hours of research and testing, we think using Private Preserve is the best way to keep opened wine fresh. In our tests it beat out seven other wine-preserving methods and proved to be the best at maintaining the wine’s flavor after five days. It was also the only tool we tried that was better than recorking and refrigerating a half-full bottle of wine, and it doesn't cost hundreds of dollars.   Read More >
February 8, 2016
The Best Coffee Maker OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
After putting in 41 hours of research over the past two years and brewing hundreds of cups of coffee in 12 machines, we found that the OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is the best for most people. The OXO makes better-tasting coffee than other drip coffee makers, and it’s much easier to use than other high-end coffee makers we’ve tested.   Read More >
February 8, 2016
The Best Kettlebell for Home Fitness Metrixx Elite Precision E-Coat Cast Iron Bell
After testing five top-rated kettlebells for seven weeks, we found that the best kettlebell for home fitness is the Metrixx Elite Precision E-Coat Cast Iron Bell. It’s the most comfortable kettlebell we’ve tested, with a wider handle that makes it easier to grip with two hands, and a super-smooth finish that’s less likely to injure your skin over time.   Read More >
February 8, 2016

* Best Deals: The gentle watering pick in our guide on the best hose nozzle, the Dramm 14804 One Touch 30-Inch Rain Wand, is down to $19 (from $26). [Amazon]

February 5, 2016

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best boxed chocolates, the Recchiuti Black Box, is down to $51 with code BEMINE (from $60). [Recchiuti]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of February 5, 2016
February 2, 2016
The Best Gifts and Ideas for a Romantic Anniversary or Valentine’s Day
The right gift for your beloved is a choice that should come from the heart—but a little research can help. After having testers perform more than 100 hours of research, we found the best items to help you plan your next romantic occasion.   Read More >
February 2, 2016
The Best G-Spot Toys Njoy Pure Wand
After more than 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the Njoy Pure Wand is the most effective G-spot toy. It's easy to clean, virtually indestructible, and designed to be chilled or warmed for additional stimulation. It elicited the most intense sensations of all the toys we tested, and its heavy stainless-steel body is capable of producing a deeply stimulating pressure that other toys cannot.   Read More >
February 1, 2016

* Best Deals: The portable pick in our guide on the best leaf blower, the DeWalt DCBL790H140V MAX Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower, is down to $295 (from $332). [Amazon]