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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 >

December 2015

 
December 31, 2015

* Best Deals: Our heavy-duty runner-up pick for the best pull-up bar, the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Pro, is down to $28 (from $40). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best pencil eyeliner, the Stila Smudge Stick, is down to $11 for Prime members (from $16). [Amazon]

December 22, 2015

* Best Deals: An alternate to one of the picks in our guide on the best air purifier, the Winix PlasmaWave 5500, is down to $129 (from $160). [Amazon]

December 22, 2015
The Best Can Opener OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch
Over the past two years, we’ve opened 85 cans with 22 can openers to find that the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch is the best option for most people. It locks onto cans, cuts them with ease, and costs half the price of the better safety openers we tested.   Read More >
December 21, 2015
The Best Steak Knife Set Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood
After 40 hours of research, interviews, and testing, we found the Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood are the best steak knives for most people. Not only are they beautiful to look at and comfortable in the hand, but they’re as high-performing as knives six times their price. No other knives came close to their combination of performance, price, and quality.   Read More >
December 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best mattress pad in our back to school guide, the Pinzon Basics Mattress Pad, is down to $32 (from $38). [Amazon]

December 20, 2015

* Best Deals: Our upgrade pick for the best garden pruners, the ARS HP-VS8Z Heavy Duty Pruner, is down to $36 (from $50). [Amazon]

December 18, 2015
The Best Electric Razor Braun Series 7 Model 760cc
After eight months of testing a dozen shavers on a variety of beard types, we found the Braun Series 7 760cc to be the best electric shaver for most people.   Read More >
December 18, 2015
Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 18, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, natural remedies to help battle insomnia, a map of cookies from around the world, and a guide to wrapping presents properly.

December 17, 2015
The Best Kitchen Trash Can Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can
After spending more than 60 hours researching 70 trash cans, then testing 15 of them, we've found that the Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can is the best for most kitchens. It's better than any other can we’ve seen at keeping trash bags in place, and its lid opens more smoothly, too. Plus, it's easier to clean, and it's truly airtight, unlike most of the competition.   Read More >
December 17, 2015
The Best Cookbook Stands
After testing dozens of device and book stands for the kitchen, we found the Stump Stand is the best option for your electronics. It sits more solidly on the counter than the competition, and it’s one of the easiest stands to store. For books, we recommend the sturdy Clear Solutions Deluxe Large Cookbook Holder with Cherry Base, which has a better splatter shield than any other stand we’ve found.   Read More >
December 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our heirloom quality pick for the best dutch oven, the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5.5 Quart Round French Oven, is available in palm green for $204. [Amazon]

December 16, 2015
The Best Products for Maintaining and Shining Leather Shoes
With proper care, a high-quality pair of leather shoes can last many years with multiple sole replacements. After spending 30 hours researching shoe-care products and methods, and enlisting the founder of Washington, DC’s top-rated shoe-shine shop to help us test, we found recommendations for the essentials of calfskin leather shoe maintenance—all for under $100.   Read More >
December 14, 2015
The Best Champagne Glass Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
After considering more than 80 glasses and drinking from 10 different styles, we found that the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige is still the best Champagne glass for most people. Its tulip shape, formed of elegant leaded crystal, preserved carbonation better than any other glass we tested. Plus, it’s comfortable to hold.   Read More >
December 14, 2015

* Best Deals: The strainer pick in our guide on the best barware for making cocktails at home, the OXO Steel Cocktail Strainer, is down to $4 (from $7). [Amazon]

December 14, 2015
The Best Coffee Grinder Baratza Virtuoso
After more than 40 hours researching and testing nine top-rated coffee grinders, we found the Baratza Virtuoso was the best for making coffee at home. It produced the most uniform grind consistency of any model we tested, comparable with a $2,500 commercial-grade grinder. Our science editor couldn’t even tell the samples apart under a microscope.   Read More >
December 14, 2015

* Best Deals: The runner-up in our guide on the best electric toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare 2 Series, is down to $30 (from $40). [Amazon]

December 11, 2015

* After a new round of research and testing, our best soda maker pick is now the Sodastream Source. We’ve updated the top picks section of our guide, but stay tuned for the full update in the new year. [Best Soda Maker]

* After a new round of research and testing, our rice cooker pick is now the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker. We’ve updated the top picks section of our guide, but stay tuned for the full update in the new year. [Best Rice Cooker]

* We've seen promising reviews of new hand blenders from All Clad, OXO, and Vremi, and have added these new models to our testing list for next year. [Best Immersion Blender]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best handheld vacuum, the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum is down to $90. [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up for the best can opener, the Zyliss Lock-n-Lift, is down to $11 (from $15). [Amazon]

Special Gifts for Your Favorite People

* All of our traditional picks are worthy of gifting, but great gifts are something else—a thoughtful gift to a beloved family member or friend can be whimsical, aspirational, entertaining, or anything in between. We recently updated this guide with even more items after the hundreds of hours we’ve spent so far assembling a list of humble, strange, and quirky items that we'd want to give or receive.

The Hoverboard You Should Get

* We’ve spent 40 hours researching and testing hoverboards, and the reasonably priced, UL-certified SwagTron T1 is the best option.

* Best Deals: The KitchenAid KSB1570SL 5-Speed Blender is down to $40 (from $75). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 11, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, everything you ever wanted to know about injection molding, using coaching cues to improve your exercise routine, and sharing with your neighbors using five apps and websites.

December 10, 2015

* Best Deals: Our ornate pick for the best flatware, Oneida Louisiana, is down to $84 (from $160) for a 20-piece set with code FF30. [Oneida]

December 9, 2015

* Best Deals: The SlimStyle 40W A19 LED Light Bulb 4-pack is down to $16 (from $22). [Home Depot]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best slippers, the Glerups Model B, is down to $71 with code SNUGGLEUP (from $95). [Planet Shoes]

December 8, 2015

* Best Deals:The Gaiam Athletic 2gripMat is down to $56 (from $75). [Amazon]

December 7, 2015
The Best Holiday Cookie Baking Equipment and Gear
We spent 200 hours researching and tested 20 types of essential cookie-related items to find the best gear to make holiday baking fun and stress-free.   Read More >
December 7, 2015
The Best Personal Breathalyzer

* After researching 96 models and testing 15 against official devices used by police officers, we found the BACtrack S80 Pro is the most accurate and reliable personal breathalyzer. For three years, this device has come closer to matching the results produced by police equipment than anything else we’ve tested. Plus, it’s easier to use than the competition and relatively affordable.

December 4, 2015
The Best Flatware
Over the course of six months, we spent more than 80 hours researching flatware and testing 23 sets based on visual appeal, how they felt, and their materials. We also gave people of varying ages, income, and design savvy a chance to weigh in. We’d usually suss out the best choice for most, but because choosing flatware is personal, we've instead narrowed it down to 10 sets of varying styles that ranked highest in our tests.   Read More >
December 4, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Bicycle U-Lock, is down to $28 with code L17. [Buydig]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best juicer, the Tribest Slowstar, is down to $309 (from $380). [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of December 4, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly tie a constrictor knot, when to book your plane ticket, and what you can cook with coffee.

December 3, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best yoga mat, the Gaiam Athletic 2gripMat, is down to $60 (from $75). [Amazon]

December 2, 2015

* After using our cordless vacuum pick for eight months, we've updated the guide with our long-term testing observations. [Best Cordless Stick Vacuum]

* We have added the OXO On (formerly the OXO Barista) to our coffee maker guide. It's a new model out this year, available with 9 or 12 cups of capacity, that we are about to begin testing. [Best Coffee Maker]

December 1, 2015
The Best Bathroom Scales EatSmart Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom
After stepping on a dozen scales a total of 464 times, we found the EatSmart Precision CalPal is the best basic scale. It detected weight changes up to four-tenths of a pound when other basic scales couldn’t. If you want a smart scale, the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer is the most accurate scale we tested and wirelessly syncs your weight, fat composition, and heart rate with an online interface to reveal helpful weight trends.   Read More >
December 1, 2015

* Cuisinart updated the FP-14DC Elite Collection Food Processor, our runner-up pick. The 2.0 model has a more powerful motor than its predecessor, increasing from 1,000 watts to 1,300 watts, and a slightly streamlined bowl. We'll test it early next year. [Best Food Processor]

* Best Deals: Our gel pick for the best eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear, is down to $20 (from $25). [Nordstrom]

* Best Deals: Our pencil pick for the best eyeliner, the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof, is down to $16 (from $28). [Stila Cosmetics]

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for the best small saucepan, the Farberware Classic 2-Quart, is down to $16 (from $23). [Amazon]

November 2015

 
November 28, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best kitchen trash can, the simplehuman Rectangular Step, is down to $80 (from $100). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best wine glass, the Riedel Ouverture Magnum, is down to $49 (from $65) for a set of eight. [Target]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up for the best multitool, the Leatherman Skeletool 7-in-1, is down to $30 (from 45) with in-store pickup. [Home Depot]

November 27, 2015
Inner Vision for Black Friday Weekend 2015

* In this week’s special edition of Inner Vision, we've gathered some alternatives to Black Friday: local events across the country that don’t revolve around spending. From The Big Parade Black Friday Walk in Los Angeles to 1,234 miles of trails in Minnesota, these cultural and community experiences will prove to be the best deals around.

November 26, 2015

* Best Deals: A great gift from our DIYers guide, the Rockwell JawHorse, is down to $100 (from $150). [Amazon]

November 25, 2015

* Best Deals: Our serious upgrade pick in our article on instant-read thermometers, the ThermoWorks Thermapen MK4, is down to $83 (from $100). [ThermoWorks]

* Best Deals: The eco-friendly pick in our guide on the best yoga mat, the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber, is down to $57 (from $70). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our stylish pick for the best commuter bike lights, the Light & Motion Urban 350 Bike Headlights, are down to $48 (from $60). [Amazon]

* Soon after we recommended the Dash 320 bike light, Cygolite released the Dash 350, which is now more widely available than the 320. The only difference is it’s a little bit brighter, but looking at it with the naked eye you can’t really tell the difference. Otherwise, they’re the same light, so we’ve updated again to recommend the 350 as our favorite. [Best Commuter Bike Lights]

* Best Deals: The step-up pick in our guide on the best paring knife, the Wüsthof Classic 3 1/2 Inch Paring Knife, is down to $30 (from $40). [Nordstrom]

November 24, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite classic panniers, the Ortlieb Back-Rollers, are down to $140 for a pair (from $180). [Modern Bike]

* We like the look of the small size and magnetic attachment system of Chefsteps' announced Joule immersion circulator, but the lack of physical controls and presumed inability to clean it are concerning. We will take a closer look when it ships in May 2016. [Best Sous Vide Gear]

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for the best ice cream maker, the Nostalgia Electrics 4-Quart, is down to $30 (from $40). [Walmart]

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for best blender, the KitchenAid KSB1570SL 5-Speed Blender, is down to $50 (from $80). [Amazon]

November 23, 2015

* Best Deals: Our runner-up pick for the best bike helmet, the Giro Savant, is down to $65 (from $80). [Nashbar]

* Best Deals: Our workhorse pick for the best stand mixer, the KitchenAid Professional 5 Qt. Stand Mixer, is down to $200 with code KITCHEN (from $250). [Target]

* Best Deals: Our splurge pick in our upcoming flatware guide, the David Mellor Chelsea Flatware 5-piece Set, is down to $82 with code (from $96). [Heath Ceramics]

November 22, 2015

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best handheld vacuum, the Dyson V6 Trigger Handheld Vacuum, is down to $150 (from $200). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our more powerful upgrade pick for the best cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum, is down to $225 (from $300). [Amazon]

November 20, 2015

* Best Deals: The runner-up pick in our guide on the best smart thermostat, the Ecobee3, is down to $229 (from $250). [Amazon]

November 20, 2015
The Best Gear for Travel
We put in another year and tens of thousands more miles of travel to test the best travel gear—and we stand by last year's choices alongside a few new picks.   Read More >
November 20, 2015
Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 20, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, a beginner's guide to lucid dreaming22 camping tips from REI experts, and the mental benefits of napping.

November 19, 2015

* Best Deals: The top pick in our guide on the best coffee maker, the Bonavita 1900TS, is down to $135 (from $150). [Amazon]

November 18, 2015

* Best Deals: Our more powerful pick for the best food processor, the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor, is down to $326 (from $400). [Amazon]

November 18, 2015
The Best Roasting Pan Cuisinart MCP117-16BR MultiClad 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster
After roasting more than 190 pounds of turkey, 200 pounds of chicken, and 30 pounds of veggies in 11 pans over the past three years, the Cuisinart MCP117-16BR continues to be our favorite roasting pan. It cooks more evenly than similarly priced roasters, and it’s better at searing and sauce making than most competitors. Plus, it roasted nearly as well as one pan that cost twice as much.   Read More >
November 17, 2015
The Best Drinking Glass Duralex Picardie
After year of long-term testing and flinging dozens of glasses off a roof to see which could survive the drop, we've decided that the Duralex Picardie Tumbler is the best drinking glass you can buy. It's durable, stackable, dishwasher-safe, and more pleasurable to drink from than anything else we found. It isn't the cheapest glass we looked at, but it’s the glass we reached for the most.   Read More >
November 16, 2015
The Best Potato Masher, Ricer, and Food Mill OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher
After performing 21 hours of research and looking at 39 mashers, potato ricers, and food mills, plus interviewing two pro chefs and mashing 51 pounds of potatoes, apples, and tomatoes, we found the OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher to be the best tool for mashing. It’s easy to use, clean, and store, it’s the least messy masher we tried, and it’s one of most inexpensive tools we looked at.   Read More >
November 16, 2015

* Best Deals: An electric razor with slightly more features and identical hardware to our best electric razor pick, the Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Razor, is down to $125 (from $170). [Amazon]

November 15, 2015
Easy Gifts for $30, $50, $100, and $200
Skip the gift card—we’ve made choosing a real gift just as easy. This list, taken from our favorite guides, has great gifts for almost any price.   Read More >
November 13, 2015

* Best Deals: Our sateen pick for the best sheets, the Royal Velvet 400-thread-count WrinkleGuard Sheet Set, are down to $55 (from $140). [JC Penny]

November 13, 2015
Special Gifts for Your Favorite People
While we believe all of our traditional picks are worthy of gifting, great gifts are something else—a thoughtful gift to a beloved family member or friend can be whimsical, aspirational, entertaining, or anything in between. After the hundreds of hours of effort our staff has put in over the past year, we’ve assembled a list of all the humble, strange, and quirky items that we either want to give or wish we would receive.   Read More >
November 13, 2015
Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 13, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly care for down-filled gear, butter your toast, and get the most out of your Wi-Fi according to a former Apple engineer.

November 12, 2015
The Best Touchscreen Winter Gloves Moshi Digits
For the second year, the warm, comfortable, accurate Moshi Digits are our favorite touchscreen gloves for most people.    Read More >
November 12, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best juicer, the Tribest Slowstar Juicer, is down to $310 (from $330). [Amazon]

November 12, 2015
The Best 13-by-9 Casserole Dish HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan
After considering 39 models and spending 41 hours on research and testing over the past three years, we've found that the Mrs. Anderson's Baking Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan is the best 13-by-9 casserole dish for most kitchens. It's broiler safe and easy to clean, it has big handles for carrying, it serves a family of four, and it performs as well as dishes that cost three times as much.   Read More >
November 12, 2015

* Best Deals: The pick for serving company in our guide on the best tea steeper, the Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru, is down to $16 (from $24). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best shower head, the Delta In2ition, is down to $108 (from $156). [Amazon]

November 11, 2015

* Best Deals: Our sateen pick for the best sheets, the Royal Velvet 400-thread-count WrinkleGuard Sheet Set, are down to $68 with code ERLYSHOP (from $140). [JC Penny]

November 11, 2015
The Best Cookie Sheet Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet
After baking 23 batches of cookies, six pizzas, and several pounds of sweet potato fries with 13 different pans over the past two years, we found that the Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet is the best option. The Nordic Ware excelled at every task—performing better than sheets twice the price—without warping at high heat, unlike most of the competition. It’s a great all-purpose pan for everything from roasting vegetables to preparing bones for stock.   Read More >
November 10, 2015
The Best Lockbox Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe
After scouting newer options this year, and cracking lockboxes with a locksmith two years prior, we found that the Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe is still the best lockbox. It's the only wall-mounted box with a sturdy, zinc alloy exterior, a combination dial, and unique sloping sides that deflect prying and striking; no other lockbox offers a better mix of security features and value.   Read More >
November 9, 2015

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best cordless stick vacuum, the Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum, is down to $130 (from $150). [Amazon]

November 6, 2015

* We've updated our broom guide with observations from extended testing of our picks. [Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop]

November 6, 2015
The Best Compact Crossover SUV 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring
After driving 15 compact crossover SUVs and consulting with other auto experts, we found the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring is the best choice for most people. Equipped with a great-looking exterior and a luxury-car-like interior, the CX-5 is by far the best compact crossover SUV to drive. Its fuel economy is among the best we found, too. And although it’s the second-least-expensive vehicle we considered, it comes with more premium features than the competition.   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Large Crossover SUV 2016 Honda Pilot EX with Honda Sensing
After months of detailed research, driving all the competition, and crawling around in every third-row seat, we found the 2016 Honda Pilot EX with Honda Sensing is the best large crossover SUV. The Pilot EX offers an overwhelming value that other vehicles we considered can’t match, charging one to two thousand dollars less than the competition for more features. It’s also perfectly sized; there’s plenty of room inside but not too much on the outside.   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Sleeping Bags for Enjoying The Outdoors Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 600 for Men
After testing 12 sleeping bags, we’ve been converted: the odd-looking, highly innovative Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 600 (available for men and women) is the best sleeping bag for a wide range of outdoor pursuits and sleeping styles.    Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Cheap Rain Jacket
If you want to stay dry, slip on Patagonia’s Torrentshell, which with its deep hood, lined pockets, and generous cut kept rain off our hands, hair, and clothing better than anything we tested.   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Umbrella Repel Easy Touch
After doing 50 hours of research and four rounds of testing involving 33 different umbrellas, we think the Repel Easy Touch is the best umbrella for most people.   Read More >
November 6, 2015

* Best Deals: The runner-up pick in our guide on the best cheap vacuum, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E, is down to $118 with code 36042833 (from $170). [Office Depot]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best picnic blanket, the NEMO Victory Blanket, is down to $56 (from $80). [Backcountry]

Inner Vision for the Weekend of November 6, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly hang your artwork, move through customs faster with the help of an app, and compare the cost of living in other cities around the world.

November 6, 2015
The Best Gifts for People Who Love Throwing Parties
Some people are just great at throwing parties. They sweat all the details before people arrive, and everything is always on point. Over the past year, we’ve spent hundreds of hours choosing party gear that we think would make great gifts for the party-throwers in your life (and maybe even score you an invite to the next celebration).   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Gifts for DIYers
Really good tools, as opposed to good-enough tools, are unglamorous and often hard to box attractively, but they’ll improve your life over time. Every knife is sharp on the first cut; a truly great knife is sharp on the thousandth. Whether the gift is for a furniture builder or a budding clothing designer, we spent hundreds of hours testing top-notch tools to make tackling big projects a pleasure.   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Gifts for Empty Nesters
Your parents waited at least 18 years to go back to living how they did before you came along. Now it’s time for them to pare down and enjoy themselves, so why not help them get ready by treating them to all of the stuff they didn’t get while paying for your upbringing? After doing hundreds of hours of research and testing over the past year, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts to give the people who gave you everything.   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Gifts for Neat Freaks
You know who we’re talking about. On one end of the spectrum, they’re clutter haters, fans of clean lines and empty space—on the other, they’re obsessed with avoiding germs and grime at all costs. Over the past year, we’ve spent hundreds of hours finding great gifts for the people in your life who find joy in tidiness.   Read More >
November 6, 2015
The Best Gifts for Home Chefs
Almost all passionate home cooks, whether they aspire to gastronomic wizardry or to simply make daily meals for their family, will appreciate quality kitchen equipment. After hundreds of hours of research and testing, we have made a list of our favorite small appliances and gadgets, as well as a few personal staff recommendations, for the people in your life who love to cook (and who may even cook for you!).    Read More >
November 5, 2015

* After many months of use, we've updated our coffee maker guide with long-term testing notes for our top pick, the Bonavita 1900TS, and our runner-up choice, the Bonavita 1800TH. [Best Coffee Maker]

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for best comforter, the Pacific Coast Platinum European Comforter, is down to $110 (from $130). [Costco]

* Best Deals: The newest model of our smart thermostat pick, the Nest 3.0, is down to $212 (from $250). [Target]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best grater, the Cuisipro Surface Glide, is down to $22 (from $35). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best slow cooker, the Hamilton Beach Programmable Set ’n Forget (6-Quart) Slow Cooker, is down to $35 (from $50). [Amazon]

November 3, 2015

* Help us update our guide to irons by taking this short survey about how you use them and what you look for in a good iron.

* Best Deals: Our budget pick for best blender, the KitchenAid KSB1570SL 5-Speed Blender, is down to $60 (from $80). [Amazon]

November 3, 2015
Which Vacuum Should I Get?
The complete set of questions to ask, factors to consider, and options available to find the best vacuum to suit your needs.    Read More >
November 2, 2015

* We've updated our waffle maker guide with the Chef's Choice WafflePro Express as our runner-up pick.  [Best Waffle Maker]

* Best Deals: Our heirloom quality pick for best dutch oven, the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5.5 Quart Round French Oven, is down to $240. [Amazon]