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A list of the best appliances, tech, and gear for the home
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Ask Wirecutter: How Do I Stop People From Throwing Poop Bags in My Garbage Can?
Ask Wirecutter, an advice column written by Annemarie Conte, explores the best approaches to buying, using, and maintaining stuff. Email your biggest product-related problems to [email protected]
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The Best Laptops
Smartphones and tablets may have taken over much of people’s screen time, but there’s still a need for a real computer sometimes—and for most people, that means a laptop. For school and office work and tasks like creating spreadsheets and editing video, there’s no good substitute for a decen
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The Best Tablets
After hundreds of hours of research and testing over the past seven years, we think Apple’s 9th-generation iPad is the best all-around tablet, with all the performance and features most people need for watching video, browsing the Internet, and staying on top of email and social media feeds. But w
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The Best Immersion Blender
An immersion blender (also called a hand blender or a stick blender) isn’t as powerful as a countertop blender, but it can be more convenient. You can use it to puree a soup directly in the pot or make a quick and easy mayonnaise, and throw it in a drawer when you’re done. We’ve blended gallon
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The Best Compact Mechanical Keyboards
If you spend most of your day typing, you shouldn’t be stuck with the mushy keyboard on your laptop or a cheap, uncomfortable desktop keyboard. Mechanical keyboards allow you to customize their looks with different keycaps and get the typing feel you prefer by choosing different switches under the
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The Best Bluetooth Tracker
If you’re lucky, the $30 you spend on a Bluetooth tracker will be wasted money. These tags are helpful only when you need to find your stuff—if you never lose things, they’re just ornamental. But if you’re often scrambling to locate your keys or bag as you’re heading out the door, a Blueto
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The Best USB-C Laptop and Tablet Chargers
There was once a time when buying a new laptop charger was difficult and expensive, but computers with USB-C charging have made replacements easier to get and more affordable than ever. The best choice for almost any modern tablet or laptop is Nekteck’s 60W USB-C GaN Charger. This adapter is just
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The Best Humidifier
A good humidifier creates a comforting indoor condensation level that can soothe your cracked skin and help you breathe more easily. But even the best ones still require more maintenance and attention than you’d expect from such a seemingly simple device. We recommend the Wi-Fi–enabled Levoit Cl
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The Best Fitness Trackers
A wearable fitness tracker can help you monitor your steps, strides, sleep, and more. It can also dole out doses of motivation along the way, which might nudge you toward a specific goal. Since 2015, we’ve spent more than two total months running, walking, swimming, cycling, sleeping, and, in shor
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The Best Drill Bit Set
We’ve been testing drill bit sets for over three years, and after reevaluating the Ryobi 90-Piece Drill and Drive Kit against nine other sets in the fall of 2018, we’re sure it’s still the best available for around-the-house drilling and driving needs. Other kits we looked at may have had more
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Why We Love Toro SnowMaster Snow Blowers
Clearing snow in December is kinda fun—everything is new and magical and beautiful. But by late January, the delight has completely worn off: The snow is dirty, everything is iced over, and I just want to get it done as fast as possible and get that hot toddy warming up on the stove. This is when
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Where to Buy N95s, KN95s, and Surgical-Style Masks in 2021
Although vaccinations are now widely available, recommendations and regulations are continually in flux, and masks will likely remain a part of people’s lives for some time. And even though medical-style masks were all but impossible to find early on in the pandemic (when most were reserved for fr
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The 24 Best Gifts for 4-Year-Olds
Many 4-year-olds are learning to master their environments—and to negotiate boundaries, push limits, and question everything. Some of the best gifts for 4-year-olds engage their endless curiosity, rapidly developing physical skills, and desire to understand everything around them.Dismiss
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The 26 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds
At age 3, the gift-giving game changes. Many kids are more likely to know what they want. Lots of them will have more opinions, interests, and language to express their excitement than they had in the past. But that doesn’t negate the thrill of a good surprise. “Often the idea of receiving a gif
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The Best Password Managers
Almost everyone should use a password manager. It’s the most important thing you can do—alongside two-factor authentication—to keep your online data safe. We’ve evaluated dozens of paid and free password managers, and we think 1Password offers the best combination of features, compatibility,
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The Best Roach Killers
Battling cockroaches can make you feel like you’re on the losing end of a full-scale invasion. After all, these insects didn’t survive for hundreds of millions of years because they’re easy to get rid of. But armed with a little know-how and the right products, you can at least keep them out o
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The 28 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds
Keeping up with the developing skills and interests of a 2-year-old can feel like a sprint—at times literally—or a guessing game. “Play is how they start to understand the world,” said Heather Singh, associate director of school and gallery education at the Thinkery, a children’s museum in
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The 23 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds
When it comes to presents, many 1-year-olds aren’t picky. In fact, they may be as excited by the packaging as they are by what’s inside. (Be sure to save those boxes.) Others have already begun to develop their own unique preferences, personalities, and abilities. By investing in the right toys
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7 Deals on Wirecutter-Recommended Gifts
I dread the holiday season. And it’s not because of the incessant Christmas music or fake holiday cheer, or because my heart is two sizes too small. I dread it because I worry endlessly about what gifts to buy. If you’ve found yourself in the same situation this December, you’re in luck—we
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The Best Keyboards
A great keyboard should be comfortable and satisfying to type on all day long, but which one you should get depends on a number of your preferences. We’ve spent thousands of hours typing on keyboards of all kinds to help you narrow down your search, whether you want a compact keyboard to save desk
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