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We've spent hundreds of hours researching appliances, interviewing experts, poring over customer reviews, and testing appliances both large and small—many over the course of several years—to find the best appliances for your kitchen and home. From dishwashers and refrigerators to vacuums and steam cleaners, our experts pick out the right appliances for all kinds of living situations, to keep your chores short and sweet.

The Best Washer and Dryer LG WM3770HWA
After more than 100 hours of research, we think the LG WM3770HWA and DLEX3370W are the best matching washer and dryer pair for most people.   Read More >
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
The Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat is the best space heater for quickly heating small rooms, and the De’Longhi EW7507EB is our pick for larger rooms you want to heat for hours.   Read More >
Should I Get a Blender, a Food Processor, or a Mixer?
Whether you put dinner on the table every night or only put on your chef’s hat during the holidays, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. To help you decide which you’ll get the most use from, we’ve explained which tasks each type of blender is great at, what they’re not great at, and what to avoid.   Read More >
The Best Blender Oster Versa
The Oster Versa is our favorite blender for the second year running (and after testing 20 during the past four years). It blends almost as well as machines more than twice the price.   Read More >
The Best Intermediate Sewing Machines Janome DC5100
After researching dozens of computerized sewing machines, we think the Janome DC5100 is the most versatile for intermediate sewers or beginners who want to invest in more advanced features. We also have picks for quilters, small apartment dwellers, and people who want to buy from a dealer.   Read More >
The Best Mini Fridge Danby Designer DCR044A2
The Danby Designer DCR044A2 is the best mini fridge for most people, with the best shelves and storage layout of any model at its price.    Read More >
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the best air purifier we found in 180 hours of research, due to its excellent performance, affordable price, and low maintenance.   Read More >
The Best Window Fans Pelonis 9-Inch Twin Window Fan
We researched 16 window fans and tested the five most promising contenders. The Pelonis 9” Twin Window Fan from Home Depot is our pick because it offers the best combination of value, power, and features.   Read More >
The Best Microwave GE JES1656SRSS
After 75 hours of research, two hands-on trials, and years of ownership, we’ve come to a conclusion: We love GE microwaves—like our new pick, the small, sub-$200, high-performing JES1656SRSS.   Read More >
The Ceiling Fan I Always Get Westinghouse Comet 52-Inch Five-Blade
Senior editor Harry Sawyers says there’s no one Best Ceiling Fan out there, but in four different installations, Westinghouse Comet 52-Inch Five-Blade has always worked perfectly for him—a silent, inexpensive, subtle model that blows plenty of air.   Read More >
The Best Portable Air Conditioner Haier HPN12XCM
All portable ACs are a compromise, but after 20 hours of research and testing, we found that the Haier HPN12XCM is the best bet for people who need one.   Read More >
The Best Air Conditioner LG LW8016ER
After five summers of research and 35 hours of new testing, we think the feature-rich, relatively quiet LG LW8016ER is the best window AC for most rooms.   Read More >
The Best Portable Induction Cooktop Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop
After putting in more than 40 hours on research and testing, we’re confident that the Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop is the best for most people. It’s a reasonably priced induction burner that offers up a solid performance and an easy-to-use interface.   Read More >
The Best Portable Dishwasher Danby DDW1801MWP
The best portable dishwasher is the Danby DDW1899WP-1. It costs less and cleans more reliably than other wheeled stowable dishwashers that hook up to a faucet.   Read More >
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 500 Series
After more than 70 hours of research over two years, we still think the quiet, reliable, and spacious Bosch 500 Series is the best dishwasher for most people.   Read More >
The Best Refrigerator Whirlpool WRF535SMBM
After 65 hours of research, we think the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM is probably the best fridge for you. It’s one of the most affordable and reliable 36-inch French door models, which is the most popular size and style today.   Read More >
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 40 hours researching food processors, interviewing experts, and conducting nearly three years of longterm testing, we think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is still the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
The Best Sous Vide Gear Anova Precision Cooker WI-FI
Get your steak on. We tested four new sous vide devices this year and our new pick is the Anova Precision Cooker WI-FI. It’s an updated version of our previous pick with best-in-class temperature precision and Wi-Fi for reliable remote control cooking.   Read More >
The Best Immersion Blender Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender
We’re confident that the best immersion blender is the Breville Control Grip. After testing immersion blenders over two years — we pureed gallons of soup, smoothies, salsa, and mayonnaise — the Breville proved itself over and over. It excelled at tougher tasks that other immersion blenders just couldn’t handle.   Read More >
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17
After spending dozens of hours researching and testing electric kettles over the past three years, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 is the best electric kettle for most people. It quickly brings water to the temperature needed for optimum flavor from teas and coffee, and it offers the best combination of speed, accuracy, and ease of use of all the electric kettles we tested.   Read More >
The Best Rice Cooker Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer
After more than 100 hours of research and cooking more than 200 pounds of rice, we found the Hamilton Beach 37549 2-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity is the best rice cooker for most people. It’s well-designed and makes delicious Japanese rice better than models that cost 10 times more. It also has an insulated lid and other features you won’t see on models at this price.   Read More >
The Best Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 650
After running more than 30 cleaning cycles over two months with four top-rated robot vacuums, we've determined that the iRobot Roomba 650 is the best bot for most people. It cleans up more debris than other bots because it gets stuck less and covers more ground. It's also quieter and more affordable than the competition, and it has the best user reviews of any robot vacuum.   Read More >
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 >
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 >
The Best Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan
After more than two years of making cookies, cakes, and even grinding meat, we still think the 5-quart KitchenAid Artisan is the best stand mixer. It creams butter and whips cake batter more effectively than nearly every other model we tried, and it effortlessly kneads dough without knocking around on the counter. For its performance, versatility, and price, the Artisan is still the absolute best.   Read More >
The Best Humidifier Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350
We tested eight new humidifiers this year to find the Honeywell HCM-350 is the best option for most people. It humidifies the air reliably and efficiently—but most importantly, it’s the easiest model to fill and clean, and that’s what you do most with any humidifier. Unlike the competition, all of the Honeywell’s parts that touch water are electronics-free and dishwasher-safe.   Read More >
The Best Handheld Vacuum Black+Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FLFH
After 65 hours of research and 22 hours testing handheld vacuums over the past few years, we found the Black+Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FLFH is the best option for most people. It’s the most versatile vacuum we tested and, thanks to its flexible 4-foot hose and clip-on attachments, it can reach and clean surfaces others can’t. Its battery also lasts 16 minutes per charge—longer than most of the competition.   Read More >
The Best Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach 6-quart Programmable Set & Forget
After putting in 78 hours of research and testing, plus three years of long-term use, we still think the Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Set & Forget is the best slow cooker. It performs about as well as many other cookers, but its 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, which we think makes it especially practical.   Read More >
Which Vacuum Should I Get?
If you’re trying to buy a vacuum these days, you potentially have more than 450 models to consider. But we can focus your search by helping you find which kind of vacuum will suit your home. Drawing from the 300 hours of research and testing we’ve done over the past four years, we’re laying out the best options for all kinds of lifestyles and living spaces, whether it’s a small apartment or a big Victorian, covered with shag carpets or left with bare wood floors.   Read More >
The Best Vacuum Cleaners Miele Dynamic U1 Twist
After spending 280 hours researching vacuums over the past three years, as well as performing several rounds of tests that had us sucking up cat hair and navigating furniture slaloms, we have determined that the Miele Dynamic U1 series is the best line of high-end vacuums for a typical single-family house in the US or Canada. We also have top-performing and long-lasting vacuums to recommend for all sorts of other living situations.   Read More >
The Best Toaster Oster Jelly Bean Toaster
After 18 hours of research and 12 hours of testing, we found the two-slot Oster TSSTTRJBBG1 Jelly Bean Toaster is the best toaster for most people. The simple, inexpensive Oster made toast, bagels, and frozen waffles better than similarly priced options and even outperformed premium models in some tests. Plus, its plastic controls stayed cool to the touch even during multiple rounds of testing, and it was the smallest of any toaster we tested.   Read More >
The Best Toaster Oven Panasonic FlashXpress
After more than 51 hours of research and toasting stacks and stacks of white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies, we found the Panasonic FlashXpress is the best toaster oven for most people. The Panasonic performed as well as ovens that cost twice as much, cooking toast and other foods to an even, lovely golden-brown better than the competition, and its toast-shade settings were among the most accurate we tested.   Read More >
The Best Cheap Vacuum Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
After about 30 hours of extensive research and in-depth testing, cleaning up baby powder, pet hair, and Cheerios, we’ve concluded that the best cheap vacuum to get is the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352. It’s affordable, easy to clean, and in our tests it handily beat the field of more than 160 different vacuums.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cream Maker Whynter ICM-15LS
After 85 hours of research, talking to professional ice cream makers and a food scientist, and testing 14 models, we found the $260 Whynter ICM-15LS is the best ice cream maker for most homes. The Whynter made smoother ice cream in a shorter amount of time than any other model we tested, was quieter than the rest, and the easiest to clean.   Read More >
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1
We spent 55 hours of research and testing, plus more than 100 hours using various vacuums in the past year, and we found the Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 BH52120 is the best cordless vacuum for most people. The $180 BH52120 is easy to maneuver, more powerful than any cordless vacuum under $200, and converts into an equally powerful handheld vacuum.   Read More >
The Best Fan Seville Classics UltraSlimLine 40-Inch Tower Fan
After close to 60 hours of research and nearly a week spent testing fans in an overheated house, we found the $60 Seville Classics UltraSlimLine 40” Tower Fan is the best fan for most people. The Seville is the most powerful fan we tested and the hardest to tip over, with a better remote control than the competition.   Read More >
The Grow Lights We Like EnviroGro FLT24 2-Ft, 4-Tube Fixture, T5 Bulbs Included
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 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 >