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It's the one room in the home everybody has to use, so it should be pleasant. But why settle for pleasant when you can have paradise? From bidets to toilet paper to showerheads to bath towels, we've researched, reviewed, and tested hundreds of things to find the best appliances, accessories, and toiletries for your bathroom.

The Best Shower Curtain Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain White
For an affordable, durable, and easy-to-wash shower curtain, we recommend the Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain White. It looks better than other curtains under $30 and will complement nearly any bathroom.   Read More >
The Best Bath Towel Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Towel
After more than 42 hours of research and testing, we think the affordable Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Towels are best for most people. They’re almost as soft and absorbent as others twice the price.   Read More >
The Best Hair Dryer Xtava Peony
After over 25 hours of research, we’ve found that all hair dryers do the same thing. The Xtava Peony is the best because it’s the most comfortable to hold.   Read More >
The Best Toilet Plunger Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger
After considering 40 plungers and testing eight, we think the Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger is the best. It is by far the most powerful plunger we found.   Read More >
The Best Hair Straightener GVP Digital Ceramic 1″ Styling Iron
We did 10 hours of research and tested 11 hair straighteners on four different heads to find the most maneuverable straightener is the GVP Digital. It has clear, simple controls and won’t snag or pinch your hair.   Read More >
The Best Beard Trimmer Wahl Lithium Ion
After 51 hours of testing 40 beard trimmers over four years, the Wahl Lithium Ion Trimmer is our pick for the third year in a row.   Read More >
The Best Showerhead Delta In2ition 58480
After taking more than 240 showers over the course of four months to test nearly a dozen showerheads, we think the Delta In2ition 58480 is the best showerhead for most people.   Read More >
The Best Thermometer for Kids and Adults Vicks Comfort Flex Digital
After doing more than 10 hours of research, including taking body temperature nearly 100 times, we recommend the Vicks Comfort Flex Digital oral thermometer and the iProven forehead and ear DMT-489 forehead/ear thermometer for their accuracy and color-coded clarity.   Read More >
The Best Bidet Toilet Seat or Washlet Toto Washlet C200
Out of the dozens of models we looked at and the five we installed and tested, the Toto Washlet C200 stands out as the best bidet seat for most people.   Read More >
The Best Bug Repellent Cutter Backwoods Dry
After putting in more than 25 hours of research, reading ginormous stacks of scientific papers on safety and efficacy, and coating ourselves with 10 bug repellents, we think that Cutter Backwoods Dry with 25 percent DEET is the one you should get.   Read More >
The Best Eyelash Curler Shiseido Eyelash Curler
We tested nine eyelash curlers, and the Shiseido Eyelash Curler remains the best one for most people. Our diverse test panel found that it created smooth curls without crimping lashes or pinching skin.   Read More >
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 Electric Razor Braun Series 7 Model 760cc
After eight months of testing a dozen shavers on a variety of beard types, we found the Braun Series 7 760cc to be the best electric shaver for most people.   Read More >
The Best Bathroom Scales EatSmart Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom
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 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 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 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 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 >