Appliances

The Best Blender Oster Versa
After three years of researching and testing blenders, we’ve found the $200 Oster Versa is the best blender for most people. It performs as well as blenders that are twice the price and blows cheaper blenders out of the water. Its speeds are more nuanced than the competition’s, it runs more quietly, and it’s one of the only models that comes with a tamper for bursting air pockets in thicker mixtures.   Read More >
The Best Waffle Maker Proctor Silex Belgian Style Waffle Maker
After 40 hours of research and testing 15 models, we recommend the $50 Proctor Silex Belgian Style Waffle Maker for most people. It consistently produced crisp-tender, evenly browned waffles, and its nonstick grid was the most effective among the models we tested, releasing waffles without extra oiling. It’s a great size for serving groups since it makes four waffles at a time, unlike some of our other picks, which make two.   Read More >
The Grow Lights We Like Hydrofarm FLT24
If you're ready to get seedlings started indoors for the winter, we spent 50 hours on research and interviewed six experts (one of whom designed plant lighting for Antarctica and the moon) to find the best grow lights. The $91 Hydrofarm FLT24 is low-maintenance, runs cool in small spaces, and provides bright light for stout plants.   Read More >
The Best Juicer Tribest Slowstar
The Tribest Slowstar is the best and most versatile home juicer. It’s also the slowest, which is actually a good thing because it extracts the maximum amount of nutrients from produce and yields more juice than nearly every other model we tested. Plus, there’s a 10-year warranty on parts and the motor.   Read More >
The Best Humidifier Honeywell HCM-350
A former NOAA scientist tested eight top-ranked humidifiers and found that the Honeywell HCM-350 is the best humidifier for most people. It’s the easiest to fill and clean (the two things you'll do most with it), and unlike almost every other humidifier, any part that touches water is free from electronic components, so it’s dishwasher safe. Plus, it’s the only humidifier made from a single piece of plastic, meaning leaks are much less likely.    Read More >
The Best Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach Programmable Set ’n Forget (6-Quart)
The Hamilton Beach Set ’n Forget is not the fanciest of the slow cookers, but we think it is the best because it offers a great combination of intuitive interface, locking lid, and solid performance for $60. It’s also the only slow cooker that comes with a built-in heat probe to monitor temperature. We’ve been using ours for a year and we still think it’s great.   Read More >
The Best Sous Vide Gear Anova Precision
After some additional testing for 2014, the Anova Precision Cooker is our new favorite. It’s made by a lab equipment manufacturer with a great reputation and only costs $180, though it provides temperature precision on par with machines way above it’s price bracket. A unique attaching mechanism allows it to work with almost any size and shape of container too.    Read More >
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200
After an additional 60 hours of research, comparisons to 100 other heaters, and a battle against 37 competitors in hardware tests by a Ph.D. physicist, our favorite space heaters from last year are still the best. For smaller spaces like a bedroom or home office, the $25 Lasko 754200 heated our test area faster than any of the competition, and at a fraction of the price. For larger spaces like living rooms or master bedrooms, the oil-filled $95 Delonghi TRD0715T Safeheat provides slow, steady heat that continues for an hour after turning it off.   Read More >
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
After more than 100 hours of research and testing—conducted by an airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist using $100,000+ of equipment—we found the best air purifier. Our tests showed the $200 Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is as effective at removing common allergens like pollen, mold, and dander as other air purifiers twice its size and twice as expensive.   Read More >
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Hoover Linx BH50010
After 35 hours of research and testing with cordless stick vacuums, we found the Hoover Linx BH50010 is the best for small homes with short carpets and bare floors. The Linx's 15-minute running time can handle homes up to 1,000 square feet, is powerful enough to suck up a plethora of small items that its peers struggled with in our tests, and it's cheaper than any other worthwhile competition.   Read More >
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17
We spoke to three tea experts, considered 12 electric kettles, and performed in-depth testing on five in order to conclude the Cuisinart CPK-17 is still the best for most people. It's temperature-variable so you can match water temperature to tea type, and it's made of metal, meaning it will last longer in everyday use. We also have a step-up pick if you need to boil larger volumes of water.   Read More >
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 500 Series
After 50 hours of research and interviews with experts, we’ve decided the Bosch 500 series is the best dishwasher for most people. It has as much rack space and loading flexibilities as dishwashers that cost $1,000+, plus it's quieter than any other models in its price range.   Read More >
The Best Soda Maker Sodastream Jet
If you drink a lot of seltzer and are tired of wasting plastic bottle after plastic bottle from the grocery store, you should get the Sodastream Jet. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and made the second-best-tasting soda water.    Read More >
The Best Portable Vacuum Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac
Over 75 hours of research and testing led us to the Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac as best for most people. It has powerful suction and the battery can last longer than the competition. Plus, its 4-foot flexible hose can access hard-to-reach places where others cannot, including our previous pick.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cream Maker Whynter SNO
We talked to Brooklyn ice cream experts, asked our readers for advice, and ate over 25 quarts of ice cream before settling on the Whynter SNO. It makes the creamiest ice cream of any machine we tested and uses a compressor, so it can churn out batch after batch with almost no time in between.   Read More >
The Best Air Conditioner Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1
After about 50 hours of total research and 13 additional hours of testing this spring, the Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1 is our new favorite window air conditioner. It’s 12% more energy efficient than our runner up (both of which meet the latest Energy Star requirements) and has convenient features that keep you cooler and more comfortable than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Sewing Machine for Beginners Janome Magnolia 7318
We tested 11 top-rated machines with Ginger Makes and Oonaballoona, and the Janome Magnolia 7318 is the best sewing machine.   Read More >
The Best Microwave GE JES2051SN
There's no such thing as a perfect microwave. But after 60 hours of research and testing, we found the GE JES2051SN to be the best for most people thanks to its extremely accurate sensor that works well with a number of useful presets.   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 . 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 Dynamic U1 Twist
If you’re serious about keeping your home clear of dust, dirt and other debris, the $450 Miele Dynamic U1 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 Classic series—the C1 Capri is a good pick for an apartment with mostly bare floors and an area rug or two, while the C1 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 ($280) 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 Artisan can’t be beat in performance and versatility.    Read More >
The Best Immersion Blender Breville Control Grip
After 19 hours of research, looking at 40 models and testing the top 7, the best immersion blender is the Breville Control Grip.    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 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 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 >
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 >