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The Best Toilet Paper Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care
We tested 40 varieties of toilet paper over four months, and our test panel liked the feel, strength, and cleaning power of Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care the best.   Read More >
The Best Lotions for Most People Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
After 20 hours of research and testing 10 popular drugstore brands, our new pick is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Simple ingredients like dimethicone, petrolatum, and glycerin help seal in moisture. Our test panel found it the easiest to smooth on, with a neutral scent.    Read More >
The Best Tampons U By Kotex Click
After 25 hours of research and soaking 60 tampons to test for leaks, we found that the U by Kotex Click absorbed the best and leaked the least.   Read More >
The Best Shower Caddy OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel 3-Tier Shower Caddy 2.0
After further testing, our top pick for best shower caddy is still the OXO, but we’re adding a new runner-up pick with adjustable shelves and a pick for those with high shower spigots and wand showers.   Read More >
The Best Showerhead Toto TS200AL65-CP
After taking more than 240 showers in order to test nearly a dozen showerheads over the past four months, we think the Toto TS200AL65-CP is the best showerhead. It's water-efficient and satisfying in its performance, and it's aesthetically pleasing, too. It outperformed competing models that cost far more money, and it offers the best balance of price, function, and features of any showerhead we tried.   Read More >
The Best Hair Dryer Rusk CTC Lite
After more than 25 hours of research and testing, we’ve found that no hair dryer is going to make your hair look better or dry faster than the leading competition. The Rusk CTC Lite is the best hair dryer because it was one of the lightest we tested, it had one of the most comfortable handles, and a better design than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Beard Trimmer Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All In One Trimmer
After 46 hours spent researching and testing tools with a pair of professional barbers, we found that the Wahl Lithium Ion all-in-one trimmer is the best beard trimmer for most people. It has the sharpest blades, the longest run time, and the strongest overall stubble-cutting power of any cordless tool we tested.   Read More >
The Best Electric Razor Braun Series 7 Model 760cc
After eight months of testing a dozen shavers with a dozen men and a variety of beard types, we’ve determined that the Braun Series 7 760cc is the best electric shaver for most men. It shaves closely and without irritation (as smoothly as more expensive models), and it offers a just-right combination of upgrades and affordability compared to other shavers.   Read More >
The Best Bathroom Scales EatSmart Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale w/ 440 lb. Capacity, BMI and Calorie Intake Analysis
After stepping on a dozen scales a total of 464 times, we found the EatSmart Precision CalPal is the best basic scale. It detected weight changes up to four-tenths of a pound when other basic scales couldn’t. If you want a smart scale, the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer is the most accurate scale we tested and wirelessly syncs your weight, fat composition, and heart rate with an online interface to reveal helpful weight trends.   Read More >
The Best Mascara Buxom Lash Waterproof
After considering more than 50 mascaras, testing 29 options, and giving 13 of the best performers to a panel for a trial run, we found that the Buxom Lash Waterproof is the best mascara for most people. It is easier to apply than the competition, lengthens and separates lashes without clumping, smudging, smearing, or flaking over many hours of wear, and is still simple to remove at the end of the day.   Read More >
The Best Eyeliner Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner
After spending more than 100 hours researching eyeliners; considering more than 100 gels, pencils, and liquids; and testing more than 50, we've found the three best eyeliners in pencil, liquid, and gel form. Whether you need a gel liner to last all day or you’re just looking for a pencil liner to throw on while you’re in a cab, we’ve found the easiest eyeliners to apply and remove, with the longest staying power.   Read More >
The Best Bug Repellent Coleman High & Dry
After more than 25 hours of research, poring over scientific papers on safety and efficacy, and testing 10 different bug repellents, we found Coleman High & Dry is the best bug repellent for most people. It goes on in a thinner, more even layer than the competition, will give you three to four hours of protection, and has a handy locking cap so you don’t have to worry about spraying it inside your bag or backpack.   Read More >
The Best Small Trash Cans simplehuman 10-Liter Profile Step Can
After a year spent researching 769 small trash cans (and no, that’s not a typo), and running a dozen standouts through a battery of tests, we found the best small trash cans are the simplehuman 10-Liter Profile Step Can for bathrooms, the Brighton Professional for offices, and the simplehuman in-cabinet for kitchens. These bins can fit tight spaces, resist denting and tipping, accept several types of bags, and look better than plastic buckets.   Read More >
The Best Sunscreen NO-AD Sport SPF 50
After 25 hours of research and many more hours spent slathering sunscreen on our own bodies, we’ve determined the NO-AD Sport SPF 50 is the best sunscreen for most people. The NO-AD has all the features you need at a lower price than the competition: This water-resistant lotion offers broad-spectrum protection and has no added fragrance, and out of the 13 different products we tested, it was among the easiest sunscreens to apply.   Read More >
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 >
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 >
The Best Scissors & Kitchen Shears Kai 5210 8-inch Dressmaking Shears
The Kai 5210 8-Inch Dressmaking Shears are the best all-around household scissors because they’re light and they cut with the smoothest snip of any scissors we tested. They handled cardboard, blue jeans, and even picture-hanging wire without issue. For the kitchen, the OXO Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors are the best for most people because their micro-serrated blade grips meat while the other blade cleanly cuts through—something the competition doesn’t do.   Read More >
The Best Manual Razor for Most Faces Gillette MACH3 Sensitive Razor
After 200 hours of research and testing, we found that the best razor is the Mach3 Sensitive Power. It shaves just as well as the latest razors but for a fraction of the price. It was also the overall favorite of the 10 men in our testing panel and recommended by half of the 30 professional barbers we asked.   Read More >
The Best Facial Tissue Puffs Basic Facial Tissues
We spent nearly 40 hours researching and testing more than a dozen well-liked facial tissues to find the best for most people. Puffs Basic facial tissue aced all our tests, first with a panel of sniffly humans and then with $40,000 worth equipment in an engineering lab. They're the most absorbent and softest non-lotion tissues we tested. Plus, Puffs cost the least per tissue. But if you’re looking for a lotion tissue or one made from recycled materials (shudder…), we have other recommendations as well.   Read More >
The Best Bath Towel Pottery Barn Hydrocotton Bath Towels
After weighing, soaking, drying, and washing a dozen of the best bath towels, we recommend the $25 Pottery Barn Hydrocotton. It offers a great balance of softness, absorbency, affordability, and durability, and is likely to last over five years with regular use. In our testing it absorbed five times its weight in water and dried almost completely in six hours - just as quickly as the thinnest, cheapest towels we tested.    Read More >
The Best Eyelash Curlers Shiseido Eyelash Curler
We spent 20 hours researching and testing eyelash curlers—both traditional and heated. The $19 Shiseido Eyelash Curler gave us the longest-lasting curls on various eye shapes and, unlike most other traditional curlers, wasn't pinchy. We also have a heated pick, which is twice the price but creates a smooth, swooping curl that lasted four hours — longer than any other curler we tested.   Read More >
The Best Nail Clippers for Home Grooming Muji Silver Nail Clippers
After consulting user reviews and professionals to narrow down the field of competition, we tested eight pairs of clippers and found that the Muji Silver Nail Clippers are the best for trimming both fingernails and toenails. For about $11, you get clippers with great build quality and sharp blades that will clip your nails cleanly without leaving annoying, jagged edges.   Read More >
The Best Fogless Shaving Mirror ToiletTree Fogless Shower Mirror
The $30 ToiletTree Fogless Shower Mirror was the obvious choice for being the only mirror we found that you can buy once, install once and use everyday without any issue.   Read More >
The Best Tweezers Tweezerman Slant Tip
I use the Tweezerman Slant Tip to yank out my unibrow hairs. These tweezers cost about $20, are easy to grip, and have a blade sharp enough for precision work. Tweezerman will also resharpen the blades for as long as you own the tweezers. For special cases, we also have a recommendation for tweezers for removing splinters and ingrown hairs.   Read More >