Closet & Laundry

The Best Clothes Iron
Our new best iron produces 35% more steam per minute than our previous pick. The T-fal Ultraglide Easycord FV4495 can flatten a silk blouse or a pair of jeans with just one pass. The cord is long and the reservoir is large and easy to fill, both surprisingly uncommon for irons.    Read More >
The Best Tights
If we were to recommend the best tights money can buy, they would be the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66. We came to this conclusion after considering more than 50 pairs of tights and testing 16, with our top four choices worn by three different-sized women in three different cities during winter of 2014. Yes, they do cost some money ($45)—more than the $15 tights many of us are used to buying. But they’re worth every penny: They’re durable and comfortable, come in a wide range of sizes and colors, don’t sag or have an awkward waistband, and fit all of our testers well.    Read More >
The Best Sewing Kit
Even if you’re all thumbs, it’s nice to know how to sew on a button or fix a ripped hemline as a general life skill. For this, you need a basic (but good!) sewing kit, and we highly recommend the Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit ($25).    Read More >
The Best Label Maker
After talking label maker pros and cons with three professional organizers, conducting nearly 50 hours of research and playing with six different models of label makers, we picked the $40 Epson LW-300 because it allowed us to kick out clean labels with the least amount of fuss. It was comfortable to hold, featured easy-to-type-on QWERTY keys, and was always intuitive to use, even when typing really complicated labels involving symbols, punctuation, and multiple font styles.    Read More >
The Best Slippers
We recommend the $89 Haflinger AT slippers for keeping your feet warm and sweat-free when it’s cold out. We spent more than 30 hours researching and tested 12 slippers hands-on (or rather, feet-on), and we found the Haflingers had the best combination of comfort, warmth, and moisture wicking compared to top competitors. And they get better and better the more you wear them in. Made of boiled wool, they’re soft but not stifling, super comfy, easy to keep clean, and, thanks to their latex hardsole, you can wear them for a quick jaunt outside to the corner store or the mailbox.    Read More >
The Best Hangers
The best hanger you can buy is The Container Store’s Basic Natural Wood Hangers. They’re available in three styles that will cover almost every piece of clothing you own. Each one is wide and thick enough to be durable and versatile, and the build prevents unsightly creases and tears. At $1.25 a piece, they’re not too expensive to stock your whole closet.    Read More >
The Best Laundry Basket (and Hampers)
The best laundry basket out there is the Sterilite Stacking Laundry Basket. It holds a full week's worth of laundry, is easy to carry with the attached handles and can stack to make sorting easier. The plastic is strong and the handle design is comfortable even when loaded with 40 pounds of weight.    Read More >
The Best Laundry Detergent
Everyone needs laundry detergent. Which detergent is the best? Tide powders with bleach alternatives like Tide's HE Plus Bleach Alternative lift stains better than anything else, as product testing from trusted sources like Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping have confirmed.    Read More >
The Best Washer and Dryer
Running out of clean socks? Our pick for the best washer and dryer for the home is the $969 Kenmore Elite 41472 washer and the $1069 Kenmore 81472 dryer. This combination offers the ability to wash a big pile of socks in 38 minutes, then dry it in 25: just over an hour from dirty to clean and dry.   Read More >