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Green Living
Over the years we’ve uncovered some surprising ways to be friendly to the environment. For example, a dishwasher uses less water than hand-washing. Composting can reduce greenhouse gases produced by food rotting in landfills. And LED bulbs use 13 percent of the energy of incandescents. Here are some of our favorite items for reducing emissions, wasting less energy, and saving water.

The Best LED Light Bulb Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED
After researching dozens of LED light bulbs and testing 10, we found that the Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED is the best. It’s affordable and fully dimmable, and it doesn’t hum.   Read More >
The Best Showerhead Delta In2ition 58480
After taking more than 240 showers over the course of four months to test nearly a dozen showerheads, we think the Delta In2ition 58480 is the best showerhead 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 >
How to Shop for Solar Power: Solar Panels, Inverters, and More Suniva Optimus 335W Monocrystalline Solar Panels
We recommend a grid-tied system made up of Suniva Optimus 335W monocrystalline solar panels paired with SolarEdge P400 power optimizers and a SolarEdge inverter, a combo we decided on after installing two systems firsthand, doing a ton of research, and interviewing industry experts.   Read More >
The Best Food Storage Containers Glasslock 18-Piece Container Set
After three years of long-term testing, we still think the sturdy and leakproof Glasslock 18-Piece containers are the best for storing your leftovers.   Read More >
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 500 Series
After more than 70 hours of research over two years, we still think the quiet, reliable, and spacious Bosch 500 Series is the best dishwasher for most people.   Read More >
The Best Portable Solar Battery Charger Anker PowerPort Solar Lite
The 15W Anker PowerPort Solar Lite is our new pick for the best portable solar charger. Compact and lightweight it is as efficient in most cases as our heavier and bulkier previous recommendation.   Read More >
The Best Plug-in Hybrid 2016 Chevrolet Volt
After three months of research and lots of electrified miles of driving, we’ve found that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the best plug-in hybrid for most people. It offers a total of 53 miles of all-electric range, seating for five, and a better interior than the competition, and it’s very fuel efficient when running on gas. Plus, it’s the least expensive plug-in hybrid available.   Read More >
The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes Soak
Move over, Woolite--after 35 hours washing 40 fabric swatches in 22 different washes, Soak beat out competitors to become the best delicates detergent.   Read More >
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.   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 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 Garden Hose Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose
For folks looking to keep their garden lush, cars clean, and sprinklers sprinkling, the best choice is the Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose because of its great price, durability, build quality, lack of plasticizers, and lifetime warranty.   Read More >
The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps Earth Machine
We spent 20 hours on research, consulted three experts, and tapped into our writer’s 20 years of experience to find the best composting units for most people. The Earth Machine is often available at Public Works departments for a substantial discount. It’s simple to aerate, has a large opening, and keeps rodents out – unlike the competition. We also have recommendations for larger and smaller needs.   Read More >
The Best Water Bottles Klean Kanteen Classic 27-Ounce Stainless Steel Bottle
We’ve tested 54 water bottles over the past two years and concluded that there’s no such thing as one perfect bottle for everyone—but our research has resulted in plastic, metal, insulated, glass, and collapsable bottle picks that will definitely please someone. No matter your preference, we’ve got a bottle you’ll love.   Read More >