Cleaning

The Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom
Over the past six months, we spent 125 hours researching 215 brooms, dustpans, and dust mops before testing 36 of them firsthand. The $10 Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom is the best and least expensive broom we tested. The $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan outperformed every other dustpan when paired with the Casabella broom. The $19 O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop held more dirt than any other dust mop we tested.   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 Outdoor Brooms O'Cedar 24" Multi-Surface
We tested 14 outdoor brooms with a troop of Boy Scouts to find that the O’Cedar 24” Multi-Surface Push Broom is the best option for your driveway, decking, patio, or garage floor. Its blend of stiff and soft bristles can handle fine particles and heavier debris, wet or dry. A unique fastener you won’t find on any of the competition means the head won’t detach from the handle while you’re sweeping.    Read More >
The Best Laundry Detergent Tide Plus Bleach Alternative
After 150 hours of research and testing 20 different detergents on 252 stain swatches and 136 pounds of laundry with a chemist, our new favorite is Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid. In our tests, it was the best at removing a wide variety of stains in both cold and warm water. It's particularly great at removing chocolate, grass, lipstick, oil, tomato, and red wine. At $0.36 per load, it’s fairly affordable, falling about mid-range among the detergents we tested.   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 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 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 Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
Dishwashing liquid, the kind you squirt into your sink to do dishes by hand, is something that most of us have in our kitchens. After over 60 hours of research we think Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the one you want. Out of the 20 different hand dishwashing detergents we lab tested, it has the best combination of cleaning power, safety, price, and social responsibility. It also smells good if that’s your thing and comes unscented if it isn’t.    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 Kitchen Trash Bag Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bag Stronger with Less Plastic
The best trash bag for hauling garbage that is heavy or sharp or simply kitchen detritus is the Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag (labeled “Stronger with Less Plastic”). It’s the favorite of Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping and consistently stood up to our testing, holding vastly more weight and demonstrating more resistance to rips and tears than other trash bags.   Read More >