Appliances

The Best Blender Vitamix 5200
The $480 Vitamix5200 is a serious blender investment, but worth it for its versatility in making smoothies, nut butters, and emulsifications. It’s the only model we tested that could handle it all, though if almost $500 is too rich for your blood, we also have two decently powerful—but cheaper—alternatives.   Read More >
The Best Soda Maker Mastrad Purefizz
After disappearing for a while, our favorite soda maker has returned. The Mastrad PureFizz is simple to use, easy to clean, and makes the best-tasting fizzy water of anything we tested. If it's unavailable again, the Sodastream Jet is a good alternative, though it's not as tasty.    Read More >
The Best Cheap Vacuum Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
If “clean enough” is good enough, the vacuum to get is the $160 Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 (also at Best Buy). This bagless upright vacuum is a capable cleaner on carpets, bare floors, furniture, stairs, and ceilings alike, and should run well for a few years without too much maintenance. While this Shark won’t clean as deeply or last as long as a high-end vacuum, you get about 85% of the performance for 40% of the price.    Read More >
The Best Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 650
The best robot vacuum for most people is the $400 iRobot Roomba 650. It’s easy to use, works on bare floors and carpets alike, and leaves out the unnecessary features that drive up the price on most bots. And when something goes wrong (an inevitability over time) a fully modular and easy-to-service design means you can repair rather than replace.    Read More >
The Best Home Vacuum Cleaners Miele S7210 Twist
If you’re serious about keeping your home clear of dust, dirt and other debris, the $450 Miele S7210 Twist bagged upright is the best vacuum for the job. Cleaning is excellent on any surface, steering is smooth and light and you’ll barely have to think about upkeep. If you live in cozier quarters (or just prefer canister vacuums) we like a few kits in the Miele S2 series—the Capri is a good pick for an apartment with mostly bare floors and an area rug or two, while the Delphi is better for digs with more carpeting and hairy pets.    Read More >
The Best Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart
A stand mixer is a great way to take your baking game to the next level, and we believe that the KitchenAid Artisan is the best mixer for the home baker looking for an equipment upgrade. Not only did it expertly cream butter and sugar for cookies and whip up a genoise cake batter to perfection, it also effortlessly kneaded whole wheat bread dough without straining or walking around on the countertop. For the money, the KitchenAid can’t be beat in performance and versatility.    Read More >
The Best Budget Sous Vide Gear Anova Sous Vide Circulator
If you're looking to get into sous vide, the way to go is the Anova sous vide circulator. It’s made by a lab equipment manufacturer with a reputation for making accurate water baths and costs only $200.    Read More >
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200 and Delonghi TRD0715T Safeheat
If you wind up needing a portable heater this winter, we recommend picking up the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater for smaller spaces or a Delonghi TRD0715T Safeheat 1500 W (here at Home Depot if Amazon is out of stock) for larger ones. Priced at $25 and $81 respectively, they proved to be the most efficient and safest portable heaters we could find after conducting more than 20 hours of research and having a PhD physicist design and perform our hardware tests.    Read More >
The Best Immersion Blender Breville Control Grip
If you’re a fan of puréed soups and smoothies or like making small batches of things like mayonnaise, pesto, baby food and even the occasional slushy cocktail, you should invest in the Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender ($100). Not only did it purée better than everything else we looked at, it was able to do tasks that none of the others were even capable of doing like crushing ice and making peanut butter.    Read More >
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom (14-Cup)
If you’re looking for a food processor that’ll save you hours in the kitchen, our pick for most people is the classic Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor for $179. It's a basic-but-efficient model that excels at most tasks. However, if you will use it several times a week or place a premium on thoughtful design, spring for the much more powerful 16-cup Breville Sous Chef for $400.    Read More >
The Best Rice Cookers Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer
After testing multiple rice cookers with friends and a panel of Japanese chefs, we recommend the $40 Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer for people who cook rice once in a while. But if you enjoy brown rice, cook rice multiple times a week, or like less-common rice-cooking methods like sticky rice or rice porridge, it’s probably worth investing in a high-end rice cooker—namely the $150 Zojirushi NS-TSC10.    Read More >
The Best Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is one of the most important gadgets in your home. You need to find one that runs efficiently and consistently when tasked with keeping your beer cold, your fruits & veggies fresh and your pizza frozen for as long as possible. Our pick for most people is the $900 Kenmore 79009, a basic but well-performing refrigerator for smaller 33-inch cutouts. For those with bigger 36-inch cutouts, the $1300 Frigidaire FGUS2642LF is our pick.    Read More >
The Best Home Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17
If you’re looking for a high-end, temperature-variable kettle for brewing myriad teas, you’ll want to grab the Cuisinart CPK-17 for just over $90. It has a winning combination of speed, accuracy and ease of use.   Read More >
The Best Air Conditioners (2013) Frigidaire FRA086AT7
If I still lived in a part of the country where the heat and humidity were unbearable during the summertime, I’d buy a $239 Frigidaire FRA086AT7. It proved to be the best window air conditioner for cooling a smallish room out of everything we tested, thanks to its excellent balance of price, cooling power, features and relatively quiet operation. If you’ve got a medium- to large-sized space in which you want to drive the temperature down, you should think about stepping up to a 12,000 BTU unit like the Frigidaire FRA126CT1. It’ll keep a space up to 550 square feet cool for $365.   Read More >
The Best Toaster Oven is Expensive, but Great Breville Smart Oven
If you're going to make space on your kitchen counter for a toaster oven, we recommend the full-size Breville Smart Oven. At $250, it's very expensive, but experts and people who own it say its impressive versatility, consistent cooking, and thoughtful design make it worth the extra dough.   Read More >
The Best Dishwasher Kenmore Elite 12763
The best dishwasher is the one that gets your plates, pots and spoons cleaned as quickly and quietly as possible, using the least amount of water and electricity. Because it provides the best balance of price, performance and features, our pick is the Kenmore Elite 12763.   Read More >
The Best Washer and Dryer Kenmore Elite 41472
Running out of clean socks? Our pick for the best washer and dryer for the home is the $969 Kenmore Elite 41472 washer and the $1069 Kenmore 81472 dryer. This combination offers the ability to wash a big pile of socks in 38 minutes, then dry it in 25: just over an hour from dirty to clean and dry.   Read More >
The Best Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach Programmable Set ’n Forget (6-Quart)
When it comes to a reliable, easy-to-use slow cooker, I'd invest in the $58 Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Set 'n Forget. We first picked the Set ‘n Forget last year, and the updated model won again in our recent tests. It’s not fancy, but the intuitive interface, locking lid, and modest price make it the best deal for your money. It’s also the only slow cooker that comes with a heat probe to monitor the doneness of roasts and check the temperature of any other dishes you make, which we think makes it especially practical.    Read More >
The Best Humidifier Air-O-Swiss 7135
After several weeks of studying the best editorial sources, conducting our own research and testing, I’ve decided that if you need a humidifier, I’d recommend picking up the $180 Air-O-Swiss 7135--or the budget pick we have   Read More >
The Best Portable Vacuum Black & Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex Vac
If you're looking for a portable vacuum to do some spot cleaning around the house without having to plug in, we like Black & Decker’s $150 20V MAX Lithium Flex Vac BDH2000FL. Its powerful suction, decent battery life, reasonable recharging time and versatile accessory set make it a great choice for jobs that don't require a full-size vac.   Read More >
Best Fan Vornado 660
If I wanted a fan to help keep my office or any other full-sized room cool this summer, I'd grab the $90 Vornado 660.   Read More >
The Best Juicer Omega 8004
It's not a cure-all by any means and we still have to eat right and exercise, but juicing is probably the best thing to happen to my health, in a long time. And I'm far from alone in that opinion. Because I attach such importance to it, I've done weeks of research on juicers and I'll go with the Omega 8004.   Read More >