A more affordable, smartphone-controlled sous vide cooker has just been put up on Kickstarter by Anova. We won’t know for sure until it ships in October, but it looks to be a serious contender for our top pick—and pre-orders start at just $99.
After 30 hours weighing everything from bread dough to coffee beans, the $26 Jennings CJ4000 is the best digital kitchen scale for most people. It’s the only model we tested that measures in half grams—something our prior pick can’t do—for better precision. For accuracy down to .1 g for coffee and spices, we also have a great pocket scale.
September 8, 2014
* At readers' request, we had five women test hammers for us and four of them preferred the lighter Estwing EC-12C over our main pick. [Best Hammer]
After more than 30 hours of research and ice-melt testing on eight models, the Polar Bear 24-Pack is the best soft cooler we found. Ice stayed solid for 44 hours in the Polar Bear, outperforming all but one (now-discontinued) cooler. We like the origami-like structure because of its light weight, open-cell insulation, and sturdy, waterproof liner.