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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 14, 2016
The Best Ironing Board Laundry Solutions by Westex
We tested 12 ironing boards and mats and found the affordable, compact Laundry Solutions by Westex to be the best for pressing most clothes and home goods. We’d pair it with our favorite affordable iron, the Black+Decker D3030 Allure, or even the top-of-the-line Rowenta DW 9280 SteamForce.   Read More >
March 14, 2016
The Best Clothing Iron Black+Decker D3030 Allure
After more than 20 hours of research and testing, our new pick is the Black+Decker D3030 Allure. It's the most usable and reliable iron we tested, and it put out almost as much steam as an iron that costs three times as much. We’d either pair it with the compact and inexpensive Laundry Solutions by Westex ironing board or the bulkier-but-smartly-designed Homz Durabilt.   Read More >
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 25, 2016
The Best Dish Rack Polder 4-Piece Advantage
After putting in 70 hours of research, looking at 28 new dish racks, and doing the equivalent of 39 loads of dishes, we think the Polder 4-Piece Advantage Dish Rack System is the best option for most kitchens. It isn’t perfect—no dish rack is—but it holds a heavy load within a relatively small footprint, drains well, and is easier to keep clean than other models.   Read More >
February 23, 2016
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17
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]

January 2016

 
January 29, 2016
The Best Anal Toys Njoy’s Pure Plug
After more than 50 hours of research and testing with a six-person, mixed-gender panel, we found that Njoy’s Pure Plug is the best anal toy for most people. This stainless steel butt plug is beautiful, offers feelings of fullness with prostate stimulation, and stays firmly in place once inserted. Plus, it comes in three sizes and it’s easier to clean than the competition.   Read More >
January 29, 2016

* We've decided to stop recommending the Crate and Barrel Dune flatware set as we look into the alloy used to make it. [Best Flatware]

January 29, 2016
The Best Tights Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66
After doing in-depth research and testing 16 pairs of tights for at least eight hours at a time, we found the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 are still the top opaque tights for most people. They are attractive under a range of outfits, have a comfortable but secure waistband, feel silky to the touch, and easily best their competition in terms of quality and longevity.   Read More >
January 29, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 29, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, cut down on unwanted subscription fees with Trim, properly adjust your office chair, and stock up on every item a person should have in their car.

January 28, 2016
The Best Rolling Pin Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin
After nearly 20 hours of research and testing 12 carefully selected rolling pins on three types of dough, we found the timeless maple Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin is the best option for most people. It’s more agile than a handled pin, it doesn’t stick to the dough as much as cheaper models, and it has just enough heft to do some of the work for you without smashing fragile dough. Plus, it’s one of the easiest to clean.   Read More >
January 28, 2016

* The heater we liked for larger rooms has been discontinued, so we’ve updated our guide with a new pick, the De’Longhi EW7507EB. It’s our former runner-up pick, and it’s a near-identical product, except it has a digital timer. [Best Space Heater]

January 27, 2016
The Best Personal Lubricant Good Clean Love Almost Naked
After putting in more than 40 hours of research, and testing with a panel of seven couples of various gender mixes, we found that Good Clean Love’s Almost Naked is the best personal lubricant for most people. It has a smooth texture that’s not gummy or sticky, its slickness lasted longer than competition, and it was the best smelling and tasting lube in the water-based category.   Read More >
January 26, 2016
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.   Read More >
January 26, 2016
The Best Running Gear
You can run while wearing just about anything, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have a good time doing it. After 90 hours of research and testing with the most passionate runners on our staff, this is the running gear we’d recommend.   Read More >
January 25, 2016
Great Gear for Parties
Whether you’re arranging a small get-together or throwing a call-the-cops dance party, you’ll need some supplies. After putting hundreds of hours into research and testing, we found the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party possible. A party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company—prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun.   Read More >
January 22, 2016

* After a year of long term testing, our previous runner-up—the OXO Good Grips Tray—is now our top pick. While other ice cube trays we previously recommended used smell-retaining silicone, the Good Grips tray has a rigid, sliding plastic lid that allows clean stacking in the freezer. [Best Ice Cube Tray]

January 22, 2016
The Best Mandoline KitchenAid V-Slicer
After putting in more than 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the KitchenAid V-Slicer is the best mandoline for most people. This razor-sharp tool has a decent hand guard and can fit in most kitchen drawers. In our tests, it made the thinnest, most even shavings and performed better than much more expensive models.   Read More >
January 22, 2016

* Best Deals: Our upgrade pick for the best garden pruners, the ARS HP-VS8Z Heavy Duty Pruners, are down to $35 (from $50). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 22, 2016

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly email potential clients, what you’ll look like in 20 years, and when to avoid flying in 2016.

January 21, 2016
The Best Vegetable Peeler Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler
After 20 hours of research and testing peelers over two years, we found that the lightweight, Y-shaped Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler and the heavier straight swivel OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler are the best options. In testing, both tackled vegetables and fruits better than the competition, and they were the easiest and most comfortable to hold during prolonged peeling.   Read More >
January 19, 2016

* The Husky 8-in-1 Precision Slotted and Phillips Screwdriver Set is now our precision screwdriver runner-up pick. It’s ergonomically better than our main pick, but the design of the storage system increases the chances of losing a bit. [Best Precision Screwdriver]

January 19, 2016
The Best Precision Screwdriver MAXCRAFT 7-in-1
If you need to change a toy’s batteries or tighten your sunglasses, you need a precision screwdriver, and the best one for most people is the MAXCRAFT 7-in-1. It offers convenient onboard bit storage, a knurled shaft for easy gripping, several of the most commonly used bits, and a little pocket clip. It’s also the least expensive model we tested.   Read More >
January 15, 2016

* The C.H. Hanson 03040 is the best stud finder for home use. It was the most reliable and durable in our test group, and its two magnets reduce the time to find a stud. We're no longer recommending the Magic Stud Finder Plus, as it has been out of stock for months and our repeated attempts to contact the company have gone unanswered. [Best Stud Finder]

January 15, 2016
The Best Stud Finder for Home Use C.H. Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
If you’re hanging heavy pictures, mirrors, or shelves, you need to know where your wall studs are—and the best tool we found for the job is the C.H. Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder. After 30 hours of research and testing against five other magnetic stud finders, we found the C.H. Hanson to be reliable, durable, and accurate, and because it’s magnet-based, it doesn’t need batteries or any kind of calibration.   Read More >
January 15, 2016

* Best Deals: The pick for killing mosquitoes at the source in our guide on the best bug-killing gear, Mosquito Bits, is down to $12 (from $18). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 15, 2016
January 13, 2016

* Because of a New York Times report that a small number of Nest Thermostats were experiencing power issues, we've added some troubleshooting suggestions to our guide. [Best Smart Thermostat]

January 13, 2016
The Best Label Maker Brother P-Touch PT-D210
After 40 hours of researching—including talking to small business owners and home users—and testing eight popular models, we’ve determined that the Brother PT-D210 is the best label maker. It was the easiest to use and printed consistently high-quality labels, despite being one of the cheapest models we tested.   Read More >
January 13, 2016

* Our current emergency radio pick is slowly being phased out in favor of the Midland ER310, a nearly identical piece of hardware with a higher capacity battery. While we have called the ER310 in for testing, we consider this to be a minor update. Either model of the radio should serve you well. [Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies]

January 12, 2016

* Best Deals: A refurbished version of our workhorse pick for the best stand mixer, the KitchenAid Professional 6 Qt. Stand Mixer, is available for $205 [Woot]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best instant-read kitchen thermometer, the ThermoWorks ThermoPop, is down to $25 (from $32). [ThermoWorks]

January 11, 2016

* Best Deals: Our new pick for the best soda maker, the Sodastream Source, is down to $80 (from $100) [Williams-Sonoma]

January 11, 2016
The Best Soda Maker SodaStream Source
After more than 42 hours of research, 150 hours of testing over the past three years, and even our own DIY version, we think the SodaStream Source is the best home soda maker. It makes the fizziest, best-tasting seltzer; its cartridge refills are among the most affordable; and it's easier to use and clean than the competition.   Read More >
January 10, 2016

* We've added the newly unveiled LG CordZero, which follows you around as you work like an enthusiastic puppy, and the Simplicity Freedom, a new battery powered vacuum from Simplicity Vacuum, to our guide. We should be testing both models later this year. [Best Cordless Stick Vacuum]

 

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best juicer, the Tribest SW-2000-B Slowstar Juicer, is down to $274 (from $310) [Amazon]

January 8, 2016
Inner Vision for the Weekend of January 8, 2016
January 7, 2016
The Best Chocolate Bar Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72%
After taste testing 13 chocolate bars, we found that the Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72 is our favorite. It's smooth with a great ratio of sweet and bitter flavors, and it melts effortlessly on the tongue, delivering a rounded sensory experience. This is the third year we’ve tasted this chocolate, and it’s reliably excellent year after year. It even beat a boutique chocolate bar that costs twice as much.   Read More >
January 7, 2016
The Best Juicer Tribest Slowstar
After pushing almost 40 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we still think the Tribest Slowstar is the best and most versatile juicer for the home. It’s one of the slowest juicers available—key for getting maximum nutrients and enzymes from produce—and it still yielded more juice than nearly every other model we tested.   Read More >
January 7, 2016

* Best Deals: The runner-up pick in our guide on the best sprinkler, the Irrigator Pro 525054 Whisper Quiet, is down to $17 (from $22). [Amazon]

January 4, 2016
The Best Bike Pump (Floor Standing) Bontrager Turbo Charger HP
After testing 25 floor-standing bike pumps with a 10-person panel, we found that the Bontrager Turbo Charger HP is the best option. Its head is the only non-screw-on design that seals reliably and completely the first time on both Presta and Schrader valves. Plus, the Bontrager’s hose is longer than most we tested, and it has a comfortable handle and easy-to-read gauge.   Read More >