* We spent 30 hours on research, talked to six food professionals, and tested a dozen trash cans. The $115 simplehuman Wide Step is the best for most kitchens, because it has best balance of size, durability, and cost out of any cans we tested. It also has a sturdy step, easily removed liner, and a stay-open switch — all features the competition lacks.
* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how late night emails make for poor productivity, what you'd pay to get all your TV online, and why settling for good enough can be more satisfying than aiming for the best.
* We’ve tested 13 standing desks for hundreds of hours over the course of the last three years. The $700 Ergo Depot Jarvis is the best for most people. It’s as sturdy and reliable as a high-end desk, but sells for half the price and comes with a seven-year warranty — compared to the typical one-to-three years from competitors. Plus, it ships faster too.
* We spent more than 35 hours on research and tested five top-rated, expert-recommended casserole dishes to find that the $35 HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan is best for most home kitchens. In our tests, it performed as well as dishes that cost three times as much, and it worked great for making gratin, lasagna, or even roasted vegetables or small cuts of meat.
* After 40 hours of research, surveying more than 550 Wirecutter readers, and spending a week testing beard trimmers with two professional barbers, we'd recommend the $40 Wahl Lithium Ion All-in-One Trimmer to most people. It has the sharpest blade, most reliable guides, longest runtime, and strongest stubble-cutting power of any cordless tool we tested.
* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, tips for discovering new music, reviving a stale loaf of bread in three easy steps, and taking a closer look at optical illusions.
* After a full 8 hours, coffee in the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug was 20 degrees hotter than it was in the next-best-performing travel mug in our tests. It’s also lightweight, able to be opened and closed with one hand, and designed with a secondary locking mechanism to add extra security to the seals when you need it—a feature we found on only one other mug we tested.
* We've been testing Milwaukee's 25-foot General Contractor Tape Measure, which so far looks like a strong challenger to our step-up pick, the Stanley FatMax. We'll update our guide once we've had more time to compare the two. [Best Tape Measure]
* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, the importance of the lunch break, tips for getting through the work day on no sleep, and decluttering your home with a little help from Sugru.
* At the Wirecutter, we interviewed a man who made his living stealing discarded personal data and then tested paper shredders with a physicist. We recommend the $50 AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut for your paper-document, credit-card, or data-DVD-shredding needs. It was our pick last year, and we still couldn't find a shredder with comparable shredding capacity for the same low price.
* We've researched reports of small, black flecks appearing in our Vitamix blender pick for some owners. In short, we find the the problem annoying, but not harmful. See our guide for info on how to get a replacement jar. [Best Blender]
* Over at the Wirecutter, after almost three months of research and more than six weeks of personal and panel testing, we think the $300 Bowflex SelectTech 552s are the best dumbbells for most people. The Bowflex are great for building muscle, but they stood out from the others because they are versatile enough to use in cardio workouts and circuit training.
* We updated our robot vacuums guide with two new models coming to the US this year from Samsung and Ecovacs Robotics, and our thermostat guide with news of more appliance makers that plan to integrate their smart locks, washing machines, and dishwashers with Nest. [Best Robot Vac, Best Smart Thermostat]