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Garage

From leaf blowers to lawn mowers to storage containers to interior paint, our home-improvement experts have spent many hours researching and testing the best home-improvement equipment and power tools to keep in your garage.

The Best Chainsaw Ego Power+ 16″ Chainsaw
The cordless Ego Power+ 16″ Chainsaw has plenty of power and run time for routine property maintenance, and it’s simpler to start, easier to maintain, and quieter than a gas tool.   Read More >
The Best Bug-Killing Gear
We killed, captured, and repelled a lot of bugs to find the best traps, zappers, swatters, and chemicals to keep you free of flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests.   Read More >
The Best Commuter Bike Lights Light & Motion Urban 350
We’ve tested 54 commuter lights in the last four years and think the Light & Motion Urban 350 is currently the best way to see and be seen in traffic, without spending a fortune. Our favorite taillight is the Cygolite Hotshot 50, due to its long battery life and attention-getting flash.   Read More >
The Best Multi-Tool for Most Cyclists Topeak Mini 9
Whatever you ride—a road or mountain bike, fixie, or commuter—don’t walk home if you break down: Get the Topeak Mini 9, the best multi-tool for most cyclists. We tested 13 mini tools, and the light, durable, inexpensive Topeak has the best range of tools in a usable package. But we have more picks for those with specific riding needs, from hard-core singletrack to fixed-gear street riding.   Read More >
The Best Interior Paint Benjamin Moore Regal Select
After more than 30 hours of research, interrogating eight professional house painters, and painting two rooms ourselves, we enthusiastically recommend Benjamin Moore Regal Select.   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 Drill Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver
After using 16 drills to drive 1,669 3-inch screws and bore 345 1-inch holes, we found that the Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max is the best for around the house. It’s the lightest, most compact model we tested, and it completely blew away its rivals in terms of battery life. It drilled twice as many holes as the second-place drill and drove almost 50 percent more screws.   Read More >
The Best Bike Pump (Floor Standing) Bontrager Turbo Charger HP
After testing 25 floor-standing bike pumps with a 10-person panel, we found that the Bontrager Turbo Charger HP is the best option. Its head is the only non-screw-on design that seals reliably and completely the first time on both Presta and Schrader valves. Plus, the Bontrager’s hose is longer than most we tested, and it has a comfortable handle and easy-to-read gauge.   Read More >
The Best Lockbox Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe
After scouting newer options this year, and cracking lockboxes with a locksmith two years prior, we found that the Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe is still the best lockbox. It's the only wall-mounted box with a sturdy, zinc alloy exterior, a combination dial, and unique sloping sides that deflect prying and striking; no other lockbox offers a better mix of security features and value.   Read More >
The Best Bike Rack, Basket, and Panniers for Commuting
Commuting by bike with the right rack, basket, and panniers means you can carry your cargo on your bicycle almost as effortlessly as you can in your car. We sorted through 71 panniers, 38 racks, and 16 baskets, and chose 23 top contenders to road-test. After spending nine months transporting everyday objects around on a bicycle, we’ve found the most comfortable and convenient setup for your next commute on two wheels.   Read More >
The Best Basic Home Toolkit HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set
After 70 hours spent researching and testing home toolkits, we found that Home Depot’s HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set is the best for most homeowners. The compact HDX set features all the essentials at a lower price than competitors charge, and it omits the useless filler tools found in other kits.   Read More >
The Best Bike Helmet for Commuters Specialized Echelon
After spending over 20 hours of research and testing with a 10-person panel, we determined the $70 Specialized Echelon, available for men and women, is the best bike helmet for commuters. The Echelon was a near-unanimous favorite among testers, is more comfortable than the competition and is the most thoroughly-certified helmet we tested.   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 Hybrid Bike Trek 7.2 FX
After testing hybrid bikes over the past two years, we found that the most versatile bike for riding around town is the $490 Trek 7.2 FX (for the second year in a row). It rides well on short road rides and moderate commuting distances. It’s also nimble, lightweight, and—most importantly—better-equipped than any other brand-name bike in its price range.   Read More >
The Best Outdoor Brooms O-Cedar Professional 24" Multi-Surface Push Broom
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 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 >
Build a Bike Patch & Flat Kit
We talked to a pro racer, a bike messenger turned mechanic, and a touring cyclist with thousands of miles logged through Europe to find the best items to include in a commuter kit for patching tires and fixing flats. After spending 96 hours on testing, including changing and patching tires over 50 times, our recommendations include levers, patches, portable tire pumps, seat bags, and wrenches.   Read More >
The Best LED Lantern UST 30-Day
We spent 20 hours researching and testing LED lanterns before settling on the UST 30-Day as the most versatile. It's bright enough to read text 38 feet away but dim enough to feel cozy inside a tent, and its 30-day battery means it rarely needs to be changed.   Read More >
The Best Duct Tape Duck Max Strength
If you’re looking for the best roll of duct tape to have around the house, we recommend Duck Max Strength. It has a strong adhesive that sticks well to wood, masonry, plastic and glass. It tears in a nice straight line and has good flexibility so it’s easy to wrap around odd shapes and curved surfaces.   Read More >
The Best Bike Lock Kryptonite Series 2
We had bicycle thieves test bicycle locks. They found the best for most moderately priced bicycles is the Kryptonite Series 2 package, as long as you use it correctly.   Read More >
The Best Multi-Bit Screwdriver MegaPro 211R2C36RD 13-In-1 Ratcheting Driver
The MegaPro 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver is the perfect one-stop screwdriver to have at hand around the house. After over 22 hours of research and hands-on testing of 13 different models, I found that the MegaPro has all of the right features: nice ratcheting action; smart, accessible bit storage; excellent bit selection; and a comfortable handle.   Read More >