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Gifts for Moms and Dads

Treat the moms and dads in your life to all the stuff they wouldn’t get for themselves. Whether it’s the newest phone to facilitate a weekly video chat or a great waffle maker for breakfast in bed, we’ve spent hundreds of hours testing and selecting the best gifts to celebrate the people who gave you everything.

The Best Hair Dryer Xtava Peony
After over 25 hours of research, we’ve found that all hair dryers do the same thing. The Xtava Peony is the best because it’s the most comfortable to hold.   Read More >
The Best Toaster Oven Panasonic FlashXpress
After more than 50 hours of research and testing—making stacks and stacks of toasted white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies—we think the Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven is the best for most people.   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 >
Our Guide to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE iPhone 7 128 GB
We compared Apple’s latest with the iPhone 6 and 6s and SE, and the iPhone 7 with 128 GB of storage is the best device for those who want a great iOS phone.   Read More >
The Best Wireless Home Theater Headphones Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT
After testing 14 pairs of wireless home theater headphones over the past two years, we found that the Power Acoustik Farenheit HP-902 RFT set is the best option for most people. The HP-902 RFT headphones sound decent, offer useful features such as a mute switch and the ability to switch between sources, and give you the best value for your money of any headphones we tested.   Read More >
The Best Photo Scanning Service Memories Renewed
After 80 hours of research and testing, we found that Memories Renewed, an online scanning service based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the best place for most people to get their photos and film scanned. They consistently delivered great-looking digital files, offering the best combination of price, quality, and turnaround time of any service we tested.   Read More >
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
We spent over 85 hours researching and testing—and selected our favorite tools and gadgets from past guides—to bring you the best gear for picnics and cookouts.   Read More >
The Elements of Brunch
We spent 25 hours of research, consulted entertaining experts for brunch ideas, and threw three meals to find the best kitchen, bar, and serving tools for brunch.    Read More >
The Best Juicer Tribest Slowstar
After pushing almost 40 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we still think the Tribest Slowstar is the best and most versatile juicer for the home. It’s one of the slowest juicers available—key for getting maximum nutrients and enzymes from produce—and it still yielded more juice than nearly every other model we tested.   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 Yoga Mat Gaiam Athletic 2gripMat
We had three yoga instructors test 16 yoga mats in more than 50 yoga classes, and Gaiam’s Athletic 2gripMat is the best mat we found. In sweaty classes, hands and feet stuck like they were glued to its top layer, and its soft PVC foam backing feels more cushy and comfortable than other mats we tried. Plus, it’s three square feet larger than the average mat, so you’ll have plenty of room to practice.    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 Sewing Machine for Beginners Janome Magnolia 7318
We tested 11 top-rated machines with Ginger Makes and Oonaballoona, and the Janome Magnolia 7318 is the best sewing machine.   Read More >