After 150 hours of research and testing 20 different detergents on
252 stain swatches and 136 pounds of laundry with a chemist, our new
favorite is Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid. In our tests, it
was the best at removing a wide variety of stains in both cold and
warm water. It's particularly great at removing chocolate, grass,
lipstick, oil, tomato, and red wine. At $0.36 per load, it’s fairly
affordable, falling about mid-range among the detergents we tested.
We spent more than two dozen hours researching and testing instant-read thermometers (both this year and last) to find the ThermoWorks ThermoPop is the best option for most home kitchens. It works in temperatures ranges that are higher than our pick from last year, and its battery is easier to replace than most other thermometers. It’s the fastest, most versatile, and convenient instant-read thermometer you can get for less than $95.