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June 2015

 
June 30, 2015

* Just added to our sous vide gear and wine preserver guides: new long-term testing notes for our main picks.

* Best Deals: Our favorite clothes iron, the T-fal FV4495 Ultraglide Easycord, is down to its lowest price, $35 (from $45). [Amazon]

June 30, 2015
The Best Citrus Juicer Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer
After juicing more than 53 pounds of citrus with 13 different juicers, we found the Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer is the best OJ-producing machine for most homes. It produced as much (or more) juice as models 10 times its price. It’s also built better than the competition, and it has one of the best self-contained pitchers we’ve tested, with a pulp-control design that actually works.   Read More >
June 29, 2015

* Frigidaire has announced a new smart AC, and we're 95 percent confident that it's our current pick, plus Wi-Fi and a companion app. We'll be testing the new unit to make sure and will update the guide with our results. [Best Air Conditioner]

* Best Deals: Our Also Great pick for best fan, the Dyson AM06, is available for $140 refurbished (from $240). [Ebay]

* Best Deals: The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer, our top pick in the category, is down to a low price, $240 (from $280). [Meh]

* Best Deals: A great piece of sous vide gear we like, the Classic Nomiku, is down to its lowest price, $180 with code SOUSVIDELY20 (from $200). [Nomiku]

June 26, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of June 26, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, factors to consider when choosing a cell phone to travel with, helpful tips to keep your bike clean, and the fastest way to paint a room (and still get professional results).

June 25, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top picks for best Washer/Dryer, the LG WM3570HWA Front-Load Washer and DLEX3570HWA Front-Load Dryer are down to $700 each (from $900). [Washer/Dryer]

June 25, 2015
The Best Salad Spinner OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
After 25 hours of research and testing eight salad spinners, we found that the OXO Good Grips is the best salad spinner for most people. Its simple design is sturdier and easier to use than any other model we tested, and its unique pump spinner is the easiest to operate. It’s also one of the most compact, though its plastic bowl is big enough for a large head of lettuce.   Read More >
June 24, 2015

* Our pruners guide could have been more clear on which model to get for gardeners with small hands, so we've updated the piece with a link to the Felco 6, an option that is a nearly identical (but smaller) version of our main pick. [Best Garden Pruners]

* Best Deals: Our Also Great choice for best outdoor broom, the Garrett Wade Heavy Duty Broom, is down to $33 shipped (from $41). [Garrett Wade]

June 23, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best robot vacuum, the Roomba 650, is down to $320 with a bundled accessory pack and $50 gift card after using the code SUMMERSAVE20 (from $400). [Best Buy]

June 23, 2015
The Best Basic Home Toolkit HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set
After 70 hours spent researching and testing home toolkits, we found that Home Depot’s HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set is the best for most homeowners. The compact HDX set features all the essentials at a lower price than competitors charge, and it omits the useless filler tools found in other kits.   Read More >
June 22, 2015

* Best Deals: The 5,000 BTU model of our best air conditioner, the Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 is down to a new low, $160 (from $180). [Amazon]

June 21, 2015
The Best Bike Helmet for Commuters Specialized Echelon II
The Echelon II, a near-unanimous favorite among testers, is more comfortable than the competition. It's also the most thoroughly certified helmet we tested.   Read More >
June 19, 2015

* Check out our travel gear collection on Twitter, and follow us to see more and get information about our guides.

* Best Deals: Our Also Great step down pick for best skillet, the Tramontina 12-Inch, is down to $38 (from $50) with store pickup. [Walmart]

Inner Vision for the weekend of June 19, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, make your own DIY speaker cables, use acupressure to reduce nausea and vomiting symptoms, and listen to the best soundtrack for increased productivity.

June 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000, is down to $30 after coupon (from $40). [Amazon]

* Searching for a great scale to add to your bathroom? Tell us what features you want most in our short survey.

June 16, 2015

* Looking to buy the perfect toaster oven? Take our short survey and tell us what features are the most important for you.

* Best Deals: Our top pick for best robot vacuum, the Roomba 650, is down to $320 with a bundled accessory pack and $50 gift card after using the coupon SUMMERSAVE20 (from $400). [Best Buy]

June 12, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite standing bike pump, the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive, and favorite tire lever, Pedro's Tire Lever, are down to $52 (from $65) when bought together with code STOCKUP20. [Bike Pump/Tire Lever]

* School’s out, but we want to know what gear and supplies you and your kids need to make next year better. Tell us your thoughts in our quick survey.

Inner Vision for the weekend of June 12, 2015
June 11, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, is down to its lowest price, $29 (from $44). [BuyDig via eBay]

June 5, 2015

* Follow us on Twitter for updates on our newest guides and the best deals we find.

June 5, 2015
The Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks Mac MTH-80 8-Inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples
After 75 hours of research and testing 13 chef’s knives in our own kitchen, we found the best chef’s knife for most home cooks. The MAC MTH-80 8-inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples is the sharpest, most durable, and comfortable model we tested. Not only was the MAC much sharper than its competition, but its high-carbon blade will keep it sharp for longer than any other knife in its price range.   Read More >
June 5, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of June 5, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision: choosing the fastest checkout line, a beginner’s guide to turntables, and The Cinder Cone Build Book, a photo journal documenting the creation of two fantastic treehouses from start to finish.

June 3, 2015

* We've seen some reports of the head of our favorite Casabella indoor broom spinning forever when people try to screw it on. We tracked down a broom with this problem and initiated a return through customer service, and had a great experience. Casabella shipped us a whole new broom--that works perfectly--free of charge. If you're experiencing this problem, please reach out to Casabella at 800-841-4140 or info@casabella.com. [Best Broom, Mop, and Dustpan]

June 2, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite blender, the Oster Versa 1400-watt, is down to its second lowest price, $160 (from $195). [Costco]

June 1, 2015
The Best Garden Pruners Felco 2
After testing 39 pruners on a variety of both delicate and woody stems, we found that the Felco 2 Classic Manual is the best garden pruner for most people. The Felco 2 made cleaner, straighter cuts than almost every pruner we tested because its blades are sharper and its cutting action is smoother. Plus, it’s more durable and easier to maneuver than the competition.   Read More >
June 1, 2015
The Best Summer Gear for Sand, Surf, and Sun

* There’s nothing quite like a day in the sun, and with summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of all the ways you can enjoy some time by the water. This year, we’ve put in another 200 hours of research and testing to bring you the best and most reliable gear for a fine summer day.

May 2015

 
May 29, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite grill, the Weber Spirit E-210 Gas Grill, now comes with $50 Amazon credit. [Amazon]

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 29, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision: an interactive guide to the fastest airlines and busiest airports, how to find the perfect sleeping position, and why life is too short for a full-time job.

May 28, 2015

* Best Deals: Our future picks for best laundry machines, the LG Front-Load Washer and Dryer, are down to their lowest prices, $743 each (from $900). [Washer/Dryer]

May 28, 2015
​The Best Ice Pack Paradice P500
After 35 hours of researching, interviewing experts, and testing temperature reduction on the body parts of two different people, we found the Paradice P500 Ice Pack is the best cold pack for treating minor injuries. It was the only cold pack we tested that consistently cooled skin to the ideal range for effective, painless therapy, and superior comfort.   Read More >
May 28, 2015

* Planning a road trip this summer? Take our survey and tell us what you need when you're behind the wheel.

May 27, 2015

* Setting up your home office? Take our survey and tell us what gear and furniture is important to the way you work.

* Best Deals: Our favorite piece of sous vide gear, the Anova Precision Cooker, is down to its lowest price, $129 with code LUVDAD (from $179). [Anova]

May 26, 2015

* After using our favorite bike patch and flat kit for six months, we've updated it with our long-term testing results. [Best Bike Patch Kit]

May 26, 2015
The Best Shovel Bully Tools 82515
After spending 21 hours researching shovels, interviewing landscapers, and digging through mulch, compost, and rock-filled wasteland, we found the Bully Tools 82515 is the best all-purpose shovel.   Read More >
May 22, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015

* Best Deals: Get 10% off at L.L. Bean, including our favorite comforter, sheets, and sheepskin moccasins with the code SUMMER. [L.L. Bean]

May 17, 2015
The Best Bike Lock

* We interviewed bike thieves, cyclists, and experts to find the best bike lock. The Kryptonite Series 2 package is strong enough to foil thieves who can be deterred by locks (although ultimately, very determined thieves will be able to steal any bike). The Kryptonite is very light and comes with a cable and an easy-to-mount carrying bracket.

May 15, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite bike lock, the Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock, is back down to $30 with code FUNRIDE (from $44). [BuyDig]

The Best Bike Patch Kit

* If you own a bike, you need a patch kit. Luckily, you can put together a great one in less time than it takes to read our guide. After 96 hours of combined testing, we’ve put together a list of the best levers, patches, portable tire pumps, seat bags, and wrenches to include in your own kit.

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 15, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, 10 techniques for learning anything, a DIY fire pit, and 13 hard-to-kill houseplants for even the blackest thumb.

May 14, 2015
The Best Bike Pump

* We tested 15 bike pumps on five bikes and spoke to a former bike pump designer, a Tour de France mechanic, and the world's preeminent bike repair manual author to find the best. The Lezyne Steel Floor Drive is our favorite: Its wooden handle, steel barrel, and heavy aluminum base are sturdy and much more durable than cheaper pumps’ fittings. Plus, its screw-on pump head makes it incredibly simple to use.

May 13, 2015
The Best Bike Lights

* We spent 45 hours examining 31 brands and 150 bike lights to find best bicycle lights for commuters. Our favorite headlight and taillight, the Cygolite Metro 360 and Hotshot 2W respectively, are sold in a combo pack, which is the better deal. The Metro 360 is unmatched in quality and runs for 2 hours on the highest setting. The Hotshot 2W is bright, USB-rechargeable, and longer-lasting than any other rechargeable taillight by several hours.

May 12, 2015
The Best Hybrid Bike

* After testing hybrid bikes over the past two years, we found that the most versatile bike for riding around town is the $490 Trek 7.2 FX (for the second year in a row). It rides well on short road rides and moderate commuting distances. It’s also nimble, lightweight, and—most importantly—better-equipped than any other brand-name bike in its price range.

May 11, 2015

* We updated our travel mug guide with new models from CamelBak, Thermos, Stanley, and a few others we plan on testing soon. [Best Travel Mug]

* Best Deals: One of our favorite fans, the Vornado 660, is down to a low price of $80 with code SAVE20SPRING (from $100). [Best Buy]

* Help us out with a new guide to electric razors? We want your input on the ideal price, longevity, and more.

May 9, 2015
The Best Outdoor Brooms

* We tested 14 outdoor brooms with a troop of Boy Scouts to find that the O’Cedar 24” Multi-Surface Push Broom is the best option for your driveway, decking, patio, or garage floor. Its blend of stiff and soft bristles can handle fine particles and heavier debris, wet or dry. A unique fastener you won’t find on any of the competition means the head won’t detach from the handle while you’re sweeping.

May 8, 2015

* Follow us on Twitter for updates on our newest guides and the best deals we find.

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 8, 2015
May 6, 2015

* We updated our eyelash curler guide with notes from extended testing of our main pick, the Shiseido. [Best Eyelash Curlers]

May 5, 2015
The Best Yoga Mat Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm
After testing almost a dozen new mats, Lululemon’s The Reversible Mat 5mm was everyone’s top choice due to its excellent traction, even during hot yoga.   Read More >
May 5, 2015
The Best Electric Toothbrush Oral-B Pro 1000
To find the best electric toothbrush, we put in almost 100 total hours of research, evaluated every model on the market, and tested 10 toothbrushes in hundreds of trials. The Oral-B Pro 1000 has all of the most important things experts recommend—a built-in two-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads—for the lowest price.   Read More >
May 4, 2015

* Best Deals: Our favorite skillet, the All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-inch Fry Pan, has matched its lowest price, $90 (from $120). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: Our favorite piece of sous vide gear, the Anova Precision Cooker, has matched its lowest price, $154 with code LUVMOM (from $180). [Anova]

May 1, 2015

* Best Deals: Get 15% off everything at ThermoWorks, including two of our favorite instant-read thermometers, like the Super-Fast Thermapen for $86 with code MOVINGSAVE15 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

* Follow us on Twitter for updates on our newest guides and the best deals we find.

Inner Vision for the weekend of May 1, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, choose the right hiking staff, discover the best way to store your fresh herbs, and learn how to save money buying lumber direct.

April 2015

 
April 30, 2015

* We've made our former runner-up pick for best nail clippers, the Muji Silver, our new main pick. For $11, you get nicely designed, compact, and sharp clippers that cut nails cleanly. Our previous top choice, the Mehaz 660, are great clippers that have held up well in long-term testing, but they've become nearly impossible to find. [The Best Nail Clippers for Home Grooming]

* Best Deals: Our pick for the best blender, the Oster Versa 1400-watt, is down to a low price, $176 (from $200). [Amazon]

* Best Deals: One of our favorite pieces of sous vide gear, the Classic Nomiku, has matched a low price, $200 with the code MOMNOMS (down from $300). [Nomiku]

April 30, 2015
The Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom
Over the past six months, we spent 125 hours researching 215 brooms, dustpans, and dust mops before testing 36 of them firsthand. The $10 Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom is the best and least expensive broom we tested. The $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan outperformed every other dustpan when paired with the Casabella broom. The $19 O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop held more dirt than any other dust mop we tested.   Read More >
April 29, 2015

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best comforter, the Bavarian Medium 700, is down to a great low price, $351 for a queen size (from $440). [Feathered Friends]

April 28, 2015

* Best Deals: A previous step-up pick for best portable vacuum, the Dyson DC34, is down to a great low price, $130 (from $150). [Amazon]

April 27, 2015

* We updated our slippers guide with more long-term testing data. [Best Slippers]

* Best Deals: Our favorite small saucepan, the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 2-Quart, is down to a low price, $40 (from $50). [Amazon]

April 26, 2015
The Best Gear for Travel

* What does it mean to travel well? Over the past two years, we’ve spent more than 200 hours researching and testing dozens of products, and we consulted one of the top experts in travel efficiency, to find the most dependable items to help you travel well.

April 24, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of April 24, 2015
In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, how to properly peel a potato, a greatmoving planner for renters, and why multitasking is bad for you.
April 22, 2015

* Best Deals: A version of our favorite robot vacuum for people with larger houses, the iRobot Roomba 790, has matched its lowest price, $420 (from $520). [Meh]

The Best Composter

* We conducted 20 hours of research and consulted three experts to find that the Earth Machine is the best composter for most people’s yards. It’s one of the cheaper composters you can buy, yet it’s easier to assemble than other brands. It’s secure against pests and ecologically friendly (making it a timely pick for Earth Day, which is today).

April 21, 2015
The Best Laundry Detergent

* After 150 hours of research and testing 20 different detergents with a chemist on 252 stain swatches and 136 pounds of laundry, our new favorite is Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid. In our tests, it was the absolute best at removing a wide variety of stains in both cold and warm water. It’s particularly great at removing chocolate, grass, lipstick, oil, tomato, and red wine. At $0.36 per load, it’s also fairly affordable, falling about mid-range among the detergents we tested.

 

April 21, 2015
The Best Toilet Brush Lysol Bowl Brush
We spent more than 30 hours on research, scrubbed three toilets 48 different times, and compared notes with professional housekeepers to find the $6 Lysol Bowl Brush is the best toilet brush for most bathrooms. The caddy is the simplest to use, clean, and disinfect of any we tested, as well as the only caddy that allowed the brush bristles to dry out completely. Of course, it can also clean a toilet well.    Read More >
April 20, 2015
The Best Portable Vaporizer (so far)

* After testing ten different vaporizers, we found the Crafty produced the freshest-tasting, best quality vapor when compared to the competition. It’s intuitive to use, and was also the easiest to maintain and clean of any model we tested. Plus, it packs some useful design features like vibration and LED alerts to signal when its ready to go.

April 17, 2015

* Best Deals: Our step-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer, the ThermoWorks ThermaPen, has matched its lowest price, $82 (from $99). [ThermoWorks]

Inner Vision for the weekend of April 17, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, a delicious maple-candied bacon recipe, keys to minimizing data loss on SD cards, and 10 short drills to help fight back pain.

April 13, 2015

* There's a new adjustable wrench from Channellock that looks like strong competition for our main pick. We're going to test it and see how it compares to our current pick, also made by Channellock. [Best Adjustable Wrench]

* Best Deals: Our runner-up for best dutch oven, the Cuisinart 7-Quart Cast Iron Casserole, is down to a low price, $75 (from $82). [Woot!]

April 10, 2015

* Follow us on Twitter for updates on our newest guides and the best deals we find.

Inner Vision for the weekend of April 10, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, life at the intersection of should and must, ways to remodel your home on the cheap, and the reason in-flight Wi-Fi can be so slow.

April 9, 2015

* Best Deals: This 4-piece Ryobi kit, which includes our runner-up for best drill, a reciprocating saw, circular saw, flashlight, two batteries, and charger, is at $129 (from $179). [Home Depot]

April 8, 2015

* Best Deals: A step-up alternative to our favorite storage container, the 74-Quart Watertight Tote, is down to $17 in-store (from $21). [The Container Store]

April 8, 2015
The Best Storage Containers (for Most People) Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box
After more than 40 hours of testing plastic storage containers by stuffing them, dropping them, soaking them, and hauling them around, we found that the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box has the best balance of durability, security, and affordability ($40 for a six pack). It didn’t crack in our drop tests or leak in our water tests designed to re-create a flooded basement. And if you need a larger or super-rugged bin, we have picks for those, too.   Read More >
April 6, 2015

* We're hiring an Office Assistant based in New York City to maintain an efficient and enjoyable live/work space for our staff working in NYC on a daily basis, as well as visiting staffers from out of town.

* Attention LA Sweethome fans: We’re redesigning our site and need your help. Join an upcoming research panel to talk about what you love and (more importantly) what you hate about our sites and earn some quick cash.

April 3, 2015
Inner Vision for the weekend of April 3, 2015

* In this weekend’s edition of Inner Vision, using a Mac to digitally sign PDF documents, how to identify common mushrooms, and a variety of homemade fruit fly traps to try this Spring.

April 1, 2015

* We’re hiring a Photo Editor based in NYC to help reshape how we visually document our product tests.

* Dyson is adding a HEPA filter to its bladeless fan, the Pure Cool. Once it's available in the U.S., we'll check it out to see how it compares as a room fan and as an air purifier.

The Best Dutch Oven

* We spent an additional 50 hours investigating and testing six top-rated dutch ovens to find the best for most home kitchens. The $75 6-quart Lodge Color Enamel Dutch Oven has the best balance of design and features, and it even kept pace with ovens four times its price. It is great for braises, stews, and even no-knead bread.

April 1, 2015
The Best Grater Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
After 40 hours of research, expert interviews, and testing 28 graters, we found the $30 Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Box Grater is the best for most home kitchens. It shreds hard and soft cheeses, as well as carrots and potatoes, more efficiently than almost any other model we tested. Plus, it shaves off wisps of citrus zests without tearing into the bitter pith—unlike the competition—making it the most versatile grater we found.    Read More >