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The Best Home Security System LiveWatch Plug&Protect IQ with Total Home + Video Plan
We tested six DIY home security systems for a month, and our pick is the simple to install, easy to use LiveWatch Plug&Protect IQ with Total Home + Video plan. It’s the most practical solution for protecting your home, and combines smart security features with basic home-automation tools most people will like.   Read More >
The Best Lockbox Kidde AccessPoint 001014 KeySafe Original 5-Key Permanent, Spin Dial, Titanium Gray
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 Emergency Preparedness Supplies
There’s never a bad time to get prepared for a crisis by stocking up on gear and organizing it so you know exactly where it is when you need it. To help you assemble your own emergency kit, we spent 120 hours researching and testing nearly 100 different products to come up with 30 products that will be indispensable in case of a natural disaster, and useful for your everyday life, too.   Read More >
The Best LED Lightbulb Walmart Great Value LED 60 Watt Equivalent (10 Watts) Dimmable Soft White
After researching more than 70 LED bulbs and testing 18 finalists in an alcove with a light meter and a dimmer switch, we found that Walmart’s Great Value LED 60 Watt Equivalent (10 Watts) Dimmable Soft White is the best LED bulb for most people. It spreads light in all directions, dims evenly, offers more durability than an incandescent or CFL, and emits a warm, bright light spectrum that shows colors accurately. Plus, it costs less than almost every other bulb we found.   Read More >
Best Smart Thermostat Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation
After using the top three smart thermostats for more than a month, we concluded that the second-generation Nest is still the best for the second year in a row. It's more pleasant to use thanks to its seamless smartphone controls and elegant design.  It even learns your house's heating and cooling quirks and can schedule itself based on your usage.   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 >