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Health & Wellness

The Best Lotions for Most People Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
After 20 hours of research and testing 10 popular drugstore brands, our new pick is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Simple ingredients like dimethicone, petrolatum, and glycerin help seal in moisture. Our test panel found it the easiest to smooth on, with a neutral scent.    Read More >
The Best Tampons U By Kotex Click
After 25 hours of research and soaking 60 tampons to test for leaks, we found that the U by Kotex Click absorbed the best and leaked the least.   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 Humidifier Honeywell 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 Bug Repellent Coleman High & Dry
After more than 25 hours of research, poring over scientific papers on safety and efficacy, and testing 10 different bug repellents, we found Coleman High & Dry is the best bug repellent for most people. It goes on in a thinner, more even layer than the competition, will give you three to four hours of protection, and has a handy locking cap so you don’t have to worry about spraying it inside your bag or backpack.   Read More >
The Best Sunscreen NO-AD Sport SPF 50
After 25 hours of research and many more hours spent slathering sunscreen on our own bodies, we’ve determined the NO-AD Sport SPF 50 is the best sunscreen for most people. The NO-AD has all the features you need at a lower price than the competition: This water-resistant lotion offers broad-spectrum protection and has no added fragrance, and out of the 13 different products we tested, it was among the easiest sunscreens to apply.   Read More >
​The Best Ice Pack Paradice P500
After 35 hours of researching, interviewing experts, and testing temperature reduction on the body parts of two different people, we found the Paradice P500 Ice Pack is the best cold pack for treating minor injuries. It was the only cold pack we tested that consistently cooled skin to the ideal range for effective, painless therapy, and superior comfort.   Read More >
The Best Electric Toothbrush Oral-B Pro 1000
To find the best electric toothbrush, we put in almost 100 total hours of research, evaluated every model on the market, and tested 10 toothbrushes in hundreds of trials. The Oral-B Pro 1000 has all of the most important things experts recommend—a built-in two-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads—for the lowest price.   Read More >
The Best Facial Tissue Puffs Basic Facial Tissues
We spent nearly 40 hours researching and testing more than a dozen well-liked facial tissues to find the best for most people. Puffs Basic facial tissue aced all our tests, first with a panel of sniffly humans and then with $40,000 worth equipment in an engineering lab. They're the most absorbent and softest non-lotion tissues we tested. Plus, Puffs cost the least per tissue. But if you’re looking for a lotion tissue or one made from recycled materials (shudder…), we have other recommendations as well.   Read More >
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
After more than 100 hours of research and testing—conducted by an airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist using $100,000+ of equipment—we found the best air purifier. Our tests showed the $200 Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is as effective at removing common allergens like pollen, mold, and dander as other air purifiers twice its size and twice as expensive.   Read More >