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Cold Weather Gear
Whether you need a snow shovel to clear your driveway after a heavy winter storm or a space heater to keep your toes toasty when the temperature drops, our team of experts has reviewed hundreds of items to find the best cold-weather gear. We've researched and tested emergency-preparedness supplies, boots, snow blowers, and yes, even cars. Here's the gear we recommend to keep you safe and warm during cold weather and the winter months.

​The Best Snow Blowers Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE
After 100 hours of research and more than 20 hours of testing, we think the best snowblower for most people is the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE 24-inch snow blower.   Read More >
The Best Snow Shovel True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover
After 70 hours of research (and 40 hours of shoveling), the best snow shovel is the True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover, our pick four years in a row.   Read More >
The Best Ice Scraper Hopkins 80037
After more than 40 hours of research and a trip to the negative-three-degree cold-chamber at Ford’s winter-weather test facility in Detroit, we found the Hopkins 80037 is the best ice scraper. Its scraping blade is one of the best we’ve tested, and its plow-like broom is the best, period. Plus, it’s robustly built and more thoughtfully designed than any of the competition.    Read More >
The Best Light Therapy Lamp Day-Light Classic Plus
After 25 hours of research and a chat with one of the doctors who discovered seasonal affective disorder (SAD), we recommend the 10,000-lux Carex Day-Light Classic Plus. But talk to your doc before you buy one.   Read More >
The Best Humidifier Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
After four years, three lab tests, and more than 60 models considered, the easy-to-clean Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier is still our favorite humidifier.   Read More >
The Best Space Heaters Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
The Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat is the best space heater for quickly heating small rooms, and the De’Longhi EW7507EB is our pick for larger rooms you want to heat for hours.   Read More >
The Best Flannel Sheets L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set
For maximum coziness this winter, we recommend curling up in L.L.Bean’s Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set. After 120 hours of research and testing, we found they’re softer and more comfortable than sheets almost twice the price.    Read More >
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi New Stainless Mug
After doing nearly 50 hours of research over the past three years and considering more than 60 different models, we think the Zojirushi New Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for most people. It offers the best balance of heat retention and versatility of any model we tested. It costs more than its competitors, but its thoughtful design and foolproof locking mechanism make it worth the price.   Read More >
The Best Comforter Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter
After 120 hours of researching comforters and testing dozens, we think the Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter offers the best value for most people. It’s lightweight but warm and quiet to sleep under, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.   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 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 Touchscreen Winter Gloves Moshi Digits
For the second year, the warm, comfortable, accurate Moshi Digits are our favorite touchscreen gloves for most people.    Read More >
The Best Sleeping Bags for Enjoying The Outdoors Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 600 for Men
After testing 12 sleeping bags, we’ve been converted: the odd-looking, highly innovative Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 600 (available for men and women) is the best sleeping bag for a wide range of outdoor pursuits and sleeping styles.    Read More >
The Best Umbrella Repel Easy Touch
After doing 50 hours of research and four rounds of testing involving 33 different umbrellas, we think the Repel Easy Touch is the best umbrella for most people.   Read More >
The Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies
There’s never a bad time to get prepared for a crisis by stocking up on gear and organizing it so you know exactly where it is when you need it. To help you assemble your own emergency kit, we spent 120 hours researching and testing nearly 100 different products to come up with 30 products that will be indispensable in case of a natural disaster, and useful for your everyday life, too.   Read More >
The Best Winter Boots Columbia Women's Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat
Our Alaska testers found the Columbia Women's Heavenly Omni-Heat Organza Lace Up and the Sorel Men's Madson Original to balance fashion and function.   Read More >
The Best Hand Warmer Human Creations EnergyFlux Ellipse 5200mAh
After spending more than 65 hours testing hand warmers over the last year, we found the Human Creations EnergyFlux 4,400-mAh Hand Warmer is still the best option for most people. The EnergyFlux is easy to use and offers ample heat and great runtimes at an affordable price. Plus, it doubles as a backup battery to recharge your USB-powered devices.   Read More >
The Best Windshield Wipers for Your Car Bosch Icon
The best windshield wiper is the one that fits your car best. We’ve found that the Bosch Icon is a good choice for most people.   Read More >
The Best Motor Oil for the Average Car Mobil 1 Synthetic (5 qt)
After two weeks spent researching motor oil and interviewing mechanics and techs at oil manufacturers, we found Mobil 1 Synthetic was the best motor oil for the average car. Mobil is a reliable brand with a solid track record for providing excellent engine protection, and it offers the widest range of oils for a range of cars of different ages.   Read More >