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Closet & Laundry

We think a lot about laundry and closet organizing so you don’t have to. Our team of experts has spent hundreds of hours talking to industry professionals, sifting through customer reviews and ratings, researching countless organization and cleaning products, and testing the most promising contenders to find the best items for keeping your clothes and home goods clean, organized, and looking their absolute best.

The Best Ironing Board Brabantia Ironing Board B
After 25 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Brabantia Ironing Board B. It’s both stable and compact—a tough combo to find—and should last many years of use.   Read More >
The Best Clothing Iron Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer
After more than 60 hours of research and testing, we recommend the Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer. It’s affordable and easy to use—the best choice for occasional ironing.   Read More >
The Best LED Light Bulb Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED
After researching dozens of LED light bulbs and testing 10, we found that the Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED is the best. It’s affordable and fully dimmable, and it doesn’t hum.   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 Clothing Steamers Joy Mangano My Little Steamer
After seven hours testing 18 models, our favorite clothes steamer is the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer. Compact, fast, and reliable, it’s great for a morning smarten-up.   Read More >
The Best Slippers for Women and Men Haflinger AS
We put 14 new pairs of men’s and women’s slippers through their paces and found the Haflinger AS and AT the coziest for winter and summer use.   Read More >
The Best Hangers Proman Kascade Hanger
Treat your clothes right. After seven months of testing dozens of hangers, we found that the Proman Kascade Hanger beat out the competition thanks to its smooth, solid construction and versatility.   Read More >
The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes Soak
Move over, Woolite--after 35 hours washing 40 fabric swatches in 22 different washes, Soak beat out competitors to become the best delicates detergent.   Read More >
The Best Tights Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66
After doing in-depth research and testing 16 pairs of tights for at least eight hours at a time, we found the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 are still the top opaque tights for most people. They are attractive under a range of outfits, have a comfortable but secure waistband, feel silky to the touch, and easily best their competition in terms of quality and longevity.   Read More >
The Best Label Maker Brother P-Touch PT-D210
After 40 hours of researching—including talking to small business owners and home users—and testing eight popular models, we’ve determined that the Brother PT-D210 is the best label maker. It was the easiest to use and printed consistently high-quality labels, despite being one of the cheapest models we tested.   Read More >
The Best Products for Maintaining and Shining Leather Shoes
With proper care, a high-quality pair of leather shoes can last many years with multiple sole replacements. After spending 30 hours researching shoe-care products and methods, and enlisting the founder of Washington, DC’s top-rated shoe-shine shop to help us test, we found recommendations for the essentials of calfskin leather shoe maintenance—all for under $100.   Read More >
The Best Sewing Kit Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit
After spending 25 hours on research and testing nine travel-size and full-size kits, we found the Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit is still the best sewing kit for most people. The Merchant & Mills kit had the best tools of any of the sewing kits we tested, by far, and it was the easiest kit to keep organized. Plus, it’s handsome to look at.   Read More >
The Best Laundry Detergent Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid
After performing 65 hours of research, examining 390 stain swatches, doing 208 pounds of laundry, testing 29 different detergents, consulting with a surfactant specialist, and analyzing laundered fabric with a UV/Vis spectrometer, our top pick is Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid. In our tests, it was simply the best at getting out nine different stains in both cold and warm water. Its price, roughly 36 cents per load, is in the middle among the detergents we tested, but if clean is queen for you, that’s not too much to pay.   Read More >
The Best Storage Containers (for Most People) Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box
After more than 40 hours of testing plastic storage containers by stuffing them, dropping them, soaking them, and hauling them around, we found that the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box has the best balance of durability, security, and affordability ($40 for a six pack). It didn’t crack in our drop tests or leak in our water tests designed to re-create a flooded basement. And if you need a larger or super-rugged bin, we have picks for those, too.   Read More >
The Best Laundry Basket (and Hampers) Stacking Laundry Basket
Two months and 20 hours of testing proved the Sterilite Stacking Laundry Basket is best. It holds a full week of laundry, is easy to carry around, and 40 pounds of weight couldn’t break it.    Read More >