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Appliances

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 Ice Cream Maker Whynter ICM-15LS
After 95 hours of research, and tests of 16 models, we think the Whynter ICM-15LS is the best ice cream maker for most homes.   Read More >
The Best Compact Washer and Dryer Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC
After 25 hours of research into 22 compact washers and 24 dryers, we think the best bet is probably the Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC washer and WTG86400UC dryer.   Read More >
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 50 hours researching food processors, we think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is still the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
The Best Air Fryer (But We Don’t Recommend It)
After more than 35 hours researching and testing air fryers, we don’t recommend them for most people. If you’re determined to get one, the Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer was the best of those we tested.   Read More >
The Best Sous Vide Machine and Gear Anova Precision Cooker Wi-Fi
After testing sous vide circulators and water baths over the course of five years, we’ve chosen the Anova Precision Cooker Wi-Fi as our top pick for its versatility, temperature control, and reasonable price.    Read More >
The Best Fan Seville Classics UltraSlimline 40″ Tower Fan
After nearly 60 hours of fan research that included air flow tests in a customized duct, we found the $60 Seville Classics UltraSlimline 40″ Tower Fan is the best room fan for most people.   Read More >
The Best Portable Air Conditioner Whynter Elite ARC-122DHP
After 45 hours researching more than 100 portable air conditioners and testing seven models, we recommend the Whynter Elite ARC-122DS.   Read More >
The Best Air Conditioner LG LW8016ER
After 115 hours of research and 40 hours of testing over six summers, we think the feature-rich, relatively quiet LG LW8016ER is the best window AC for most rooms, for the second year in a row.   Read More >
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle
After dozens of hours researching and long-term testing electric kettles, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 is the best electric kettle for most people.   Read More >
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 300 Series M
Now that Bosch has updated most of its dishwasher line, our new pick for most people is the quiet, capacious, and reasonably priced Bosch 300 Series M.    Read More >
The Best Robot Vacuums Eufy RoboVac 11
After testing eight models on more than 70 cleaning cycles over 10 weeks, we think the affordable, nimble Eufy RoboVac 11 is the best robot vacuum for most people.   Read More >
The Best High-End Ranges Wolf 36″ Dual Fuel Range (DF366)
Our 40 hours of research found that the 36-inch Wolf Dual Fuel and 48-inch Thermador Pro Grand Dual Fuel are the best ranges for high-end kitchens, with powerful cooktops and ovens, solid service records, and versatile and attractive designs.   Read More >
The Best Handheld Vacuum Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL
More than 100 hours of research over the past five years proves the Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL has power and versatility that no other handheld vac can match.   Read More >
The Best Dehumidifier Frigidaire FFAD7033R1
After 40 hours of research and testing in 100-year-old stone cellars, we think the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is the best dehumidifier for most people.   Read More >
The Best Vacuums Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
After our look at more than 330 vacuums over hundreds of hours, our favorite vacuum for most people is still the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352.   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 Toaster Oven Panasonic FlashXpress
After more than 50 hours of research and testing—making stacks and stacks of toasted white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies—we think the Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven is the best for most people.   Read More >
The Best Humidifier Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
After four years, three lab tests, and more than 60 models considered, the easy-to-clean Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier is still our favorite humidifier.   Read More >
The Best Toaster Oster Jelly Bean Toaster
After dozens of hours of research and testing, we found that the two-slot Oster TSSTTRJBBG1 Jelly Bean Toaster is the best toaster for most people.   Read More >
The Best Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
After 86 hours of research and testing, we think the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is the best slow cooker for most people. It has been our favorite for four years running, thanks to its intuitive interface, locking lid, and modest price.   Read More >
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 Cheap 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 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 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 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 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 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 >
Which Vacuum Should I Get?
The complete set of questions to ask, factors to consider, and options available to find the best vacuum to suit your needs.    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 >