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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 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 Gear for a Roadside Emergency
A breakdown or a flat tire can happen at any time, and what you have in your car can help you get back onto the road quickly. To help you avoid a long, trying ordeal by the side of the road, we spent more than 60 hours researching emergency gear and common roadside problems to find the best items to keep in your vehicle for a roadside emergency.   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 Light Therapy Lamp Day-Light Classic Plus
After 15 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 Snow Shovel True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover
After spending 60 hours on research and testing 18 shovels during three winters, we think the True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover with the added Trentco ProHandle is the best option. It has the best mix of size, ergonomics, and durability, and it’s the only shovel in our test group that allows your back stay to straight while shoveling, thus reducing back strain.   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 Humidifier Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350
We tested eight new humidifiers this year to find the Honeywell HCM-350 is the best option for most people. It humidifies the air reliably and efficiently—but most importantly, it’s the easiest model to fill and clean, and that’s what you do most with any humidifier. Unlike the competition, all of the Honeywell’s parts that touch water are electronics-free and dishwasher-safe.   Read More >
The Best Touchscreen Winter Gloves Moshi Digits
After testing more than 30 pairs of touchscreen gloves over the past four winters, we found that Moshi’s Digits gloves are the best option for most people, offering the right combination of warmth, dexterity, and grip. They’re warmer than anything that’s better at handling touchscreens, and better at handling touchscreens than anything that’s warmer.   Read More >
The Best Compact Crossover SUV 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring
After driving 15 compact crossover SUVs and consulting with other auto experts, we found the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring is the best choice for most people. Equipped with a great-looking exterior and a luxury-car-like interior, the CX-5 is by far the best compact crossover SUV to drive. Its fuel economy is among the best we found, too. And although it’s the second-least-expensive vehicle we considered, it comes with more premium features than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Large Crossover SUV 2016 Honda Pilot EX with Honda Sensing
After months of detailed research, driving all the competition, and crawling around in every third-row seat, we found the 2016 Honda Pilot EX with Honda Sensing is the best large crossover SUV. The Pilot EX offers an overwhelming value that other vehicles we considered can’t match, charging one to two thousand dollars less than the competition for more features. It’s also perfectly sized; there’s plenty of room inside but not too much on the outside.   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 Cheap Rain Jacket Patagonia Torrentshell
The Best Umbrella Lewis N. Clark Umbrella
To find the best umbrella, we forced 12 umbrellas to flip inside out 20 times in a row in gusting, 30-mph winds. Afterward, they had to open and close 20 times in a row without faltering. Many didn’t make it, but the Lewis N. Clark Umbrella earned our pick by shrugging it all off, despite being the most affordable model we tested.   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 for Men and Women Columbia Women's Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat
After 72 hours of research and hands-on testing with 64 pairs of winter boots, we found Columbia’s Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat are the best option, available in separate styles for women and men. They’re warm, waterproof, easy to clean, and offer excellent traction while walking on hard-packed snow, through drifts, or over ice.   Read More >
​The Best Snow Blowers Craftsman Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Zero Turn Snowblower
A snow blower is a long-term investment that can last for years while pulling you out of the shovel rut. The $900 Craftsman Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower has a uniquely quiet engine and power steering (a rarity at this price), making driveway navigation easier than with the competition. We also found models appropriate for light and heavy snowfall.    Read More >
The Best Hand Warmer Human Creations EnergyFlux 4,400-mAh Hand Warmer
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 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 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 >