The Best Outdoor Brooms O'Cedar 24" Multi-Surface
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 Snow Blower
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 Snow Shovel True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover
After a fresh look at the competition and testing four new shovels (on top of the 14 we tested last year), we still recommend the Ames True Temper Ergonomic Mountain Mover with the added Stout Backsaver handle for most people because it has the best mix of size and features. It allows your back to stay straighter while shovelling and thus reduces strain. Plus, it’s durable — ours has lasted 6 years — and lightweight.    Read More >
The Best Ice Scraper Hopkins 14039 Sub Zero Extendable 50" Crossover Snow Broom
We spent 24 hours on research and clearing ice-covered vehicles in single-digit temperatures to find the $20 Hopkins Crossover Snow Broom is still the best ice scraper. In our tests, it was the fastest at clearing frozen windows because of its tough scraping surface and deep ice-scoring teeth.    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 Commuter Bike Lights Cygolite Metro 360/Hotshot
We spent 45 hours examining 31 brands and 150 bike lights, testing for features like brightness and battery life. The Cygolite Metro 360 remains our favorite headlight, while the Hotshot 2W is our new tail light pick, which is USB rechargeable and long lasting. Our favorite is the combo pack containing both these picks.   Read More >
The Best Hybrid Bike Trek 7.2 FX
A hybrid bike is great for commuting around a city or even dabbling in triathlons. The Trek 7.2 FX isn't a shocking pick because it's very popular, but it's well-known for a reason. It feels premium without the price tag to match, sporting flat-resistant tires, metal pedals, and solid design.    Read More >
The Best Bike Pump (Floor Standing) Lezyne Steel Floor Drive
If you ride a bike more than a couple times a year, the $44 Lezyne Steel Floor Drive is the floor pump to buy. We reached this conclusion talking to a former bike pump designer, a mechanic who supports riders in the Tour de France, and the world’s preeminent bike repair manual author. We also ran tests on 15 different pumps. Paying just a couple bucks more than the absolute minimum gets you a pump that is extremely easy to use, thanks to what is far and away the simplest and most secure pump head. And because the Lezyne’s wooden handle, steel barrel, and heavy aluminum base are much more durable than bargain-basement pumps, odds are that it’ll last a lot longer.    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 package
If I lived anywhere in the U.S. and rode a bike that cost less than about $1,000, I’d pick up the ~$42 Kryptonite Series 2 package, which comes with a U-lock and four-foot-long cable.    Read More >
The Best Bug-Killing Gear
The Fly Web fly light, BugZooka bug vacuum and Executioner bug zapper are your best bets in the war on household bugs. The Fly Web will passively catch flies while you sleep, while the Executioner lets you stun or kill flying bugs. For removing spiders, the BugZooka is your weapon. These three devices should cover most of your casual bug-removal needs.   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 >
The Best Drill for Common Household Projects Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 12-Volt
If someone were to ask me to recommend a solid cordless drill for general use around the house, I would tell them to get the 12-volt Porter-Cable Drill/Driver. After about 30 hours of research and testing, I found it to be ideal choice due to its nice combination of power, weight and size, all for a fair price.   Read More >
The Best Windshield Wipers for Your Car Rain-X Latitude 5079277
The best windshield wipers to buy are Rain-X Latitude wipers. At roughly $18 per wiper, they’ll do the job of keeping your windshield clear of rain and snow, and they’ll perform well throughout their life cycle.   Read More >
Best basic tool kit (for the home) 76-piece HDX homeowner's toolkit
If someone were to ask me to recommend a basic home tool kit, I would tell them that Home Depot's 76-Piece HDX Homeowners Tool Set is the way to go. It provides a solid combination of tool selection and tool quality, and at a bargain basement $20, the price is right. We've got a more premium kit, too, but keep in mind the tools in these kits won't approach the quality of higher end tools you would buy separately.   Read More >
The Best Motor Oil for the Average Car Mobil 1 Synthetic
When buying motor oil, I typically choose whichever synthetic is currently on sale, taking care to use the correct viscosity for my particular car, and I stick with a familiar brand. If nothing is on sale, I'd go with Mobil 1 because it's a reliable brand with a solid track record for providing excellent engine protection.   Read More >