Bryan Vu

Editor

Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. When outside of the kitchen, he enjoys woodworking, photography, videography and figuring out how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He thoroughly enjoys discovering the best, whether it’s ingredients or equipment, and finding products that can stand the rigors of daily use.

Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. When outside of the kitchen, he enjoys woodworking, photography, videography and figuring out how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He thoroughly enjoys discovering the best, whether it’s ingredients or equipment, and finding products that can stand the rigors of daily use.

Bryan's articles

  • the best reading lamps group photo
    The Best Reading Lamp

    Ominilight

    We bought and tested lamps to find the best reading lamp for desks, reading in bed, and larger floor lamps for use with larger chairs too.

  • The Best Car Phone Mount

    iOttie - HLCRIO125

    We tested eight of the most highly rated car phone mounts in five different styles to determine which was the best car phone mount for holding a phone securely and was also the safest to use while driving.

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    Tea Consumption & Industry Statistics in 2020

     

    It’s almost unfair how much tea dominates the market in terms of popularity, revenue, growth, and emerging new specialty categories. But given it’s been around since 2700BC, it’s not surprising how much tea’s popularity has spread around the globe, and how much it has become part of people’s daily lives and spending. We dove deep […]

  • the best kitchen trash cans
    The Best Kitchen Trash Can

    simplehuman - CW2024

    We spent over 30 hours researching, testing and cleaning 11 trash cans and testing with 150+ trash bags to discover the simplehuman – CW2024 to be the best kitchen trash can overall.

  • The Best Coolers

    Orca - 40 Quart Classic

    We spent an entire summer prepping lunches and transporting nine coolers to parks, beaches and other destinations. The Orca kept ice the longest, and it's our top pick.

  • The Best Bread Machine

    Zojirushi - BB-PAC20

    We gathered a wealth of knowledge, science and technique into our 36 hours of research and testing six machines to determine a Zojirushi product was the best bread machine.

  • the best slow cookers - group photo
    The Best Slow Cooker

    Cuisinart - MSC-600

    We rigorously tested six popular slow cookers, and after cooking 20 pounds of beef chuck roast and pots full of pinto beans, we found the best slow cooker to be one from Cuisinart. It handily out-performed the others, and its browning function made a substantial difference!

  • group of best immersion blenders
    The Best Immersion Blender

    Bamix - Pro-1 M150

    To flag a winner for best immersion blender, we logged over 50 hours researching products and conducting puréed soup and smoothie tests. Featuring a unique open-cage design, the Bamix - Pro-1 M150 powered to the front.

  • the best manual coffee grinders
    The Best Manual Coffee Grinder

    JavaPresse

    With the help of a coffee expert, we tested four of the top manual coffee grinders for performance, consistency, ease-of-use, and blind taste-testing to find the JavaPresse to be the best manual coffee grinder overall.

  • The Best Automatic Litter Box

    Pet Zone - SmartScoop

    After 10 weeks of research and extensive in-home testing with the top five products and our two cats Kit Kat and Jelly Bean, we found the best automatic litter box to be the Pet Zone - SmartScoop.

  • the best vacuum sealers
    The Best Vacuum Sealer

    Tinvoo - VS100S

    We spent 50+ hours with six of the top vacuum sealers, sealing 100+ bags with myriad food ranging from dry beans to moisture-rich foods and we stress tested the seals to find the best vacuum sealer to be the Crenova - VS100.

  • the best coffee grinders - group shot
    The Best Coffee Grinder

    Bodum - Bistro

    We spent weeks researching and working with a coffee expert, working with a hydrodynamicist, and performed blind taste testing to discover that Bodum makes the best coffee grinder for home use.

  • the best water flossers in a group
    The Best Water Flosser

    h2ofloss - hf-8

    Through over 20 hours of use, talking with a dentist with 22 years experience and water flossing after over 80 meals, we found the best water flosser overall to be the h20floss - hf-8 for cleaning your teeth and gums.

  • The Best White Noise Machine

    ASTI - 'LectroFan

    We spent 60+ hours testing seven of the top-rated white noise machines. After weeks of sleep tests, sound-masking bootcamps and thorough one-on-one inspections, we found the 'LectroFan to be the best white noise machine.

  • group shot of diaper pails
    The Best Diaper Pail

    Munchkin - STEP

    After many hours of real life testing with two babies: dropping diapers, lid flipping, bag changing and room sniffing, we found the Munchkin - STEP to be the best diaper pail overall.

  • group of metal detectors on the beach
    The Best Metal Detector

    Garrett - Ace 250

    We put seven metal detectors through tests for a month with 30+ hours of hands-on time to find the Garrett - Ace 250 was the best metal detector overall.

  • soap group photo
    The Best Dish Soap

    Dr. Bronner's - Sal Suds

    With 60 hours of researching and testing, we pitted 14 soaps against each other to find that Dr. Bronner's - Sal Suds was the best dish soap for doing dishes by hand.

  • group shot of six induction burners
    The Best Portable Induction Cooktop

    Duxtop - 9600LS

    We spent over 40 hours of researching and putting products through a series of cooking tests to determine that the recently released Duxtop - 9600LS is the best induction cooktop currently on the market.

  • The Best Bathroom Scale

    Weight Gurus - 0375

    We spent 27+ hours researching and testing standard & smart bathroom scales to name the Weight Gurus scale as the best smart bathroom scale and one by Etekcity for standard scales.

  • Brother P-touch PT-D600
    The Best Label Maker

    Brother - PT-D600

    We spent 25+ hours researching and testing each aspect of the seven best label makers to find the Brother P-Touch PT-D600 was the clear winner due to its ease of use and computer compatibility.

  • lineup of six tested machines
    The Best Food Dehydrator

    LEM Products - 1152

    After slicing dozens of apples, puréeing pints of strawberries to dry and trying a gamut of dried treats, we found the LEM 1152 to be the best food dehydrator.

  • Vornado Vortex
    The Best Space Heater

    Vornado - Vortex AVH10

    We spent almost forty hours testing nine of the most effective and affordable options to determine the Vornado - Vortex to be the best space heater for most needs and types of rooms.

  • The Best Clothes Steamer

    Jiffy - J-2000

    We spent many hours over a few weeks steaming shirts, drapes and dresses with 10 units to find two Jiffy models to be the best handheld and standing steamers for clothes.

  • The Best Deep Fryer

    Cuisinart - CDF-200

    We worked with a professional chef with 10 years experience in the kitchen to test seven of the top deep fryers, frying 30+ lbs. of chicken and French fries to find the best deep fryer for most home cooks.

  • The Best Essential Oils

    Stillpoint Aromatics

    After over a month of research and testing, we found Stillpoint Aromatics to be the best essential oils based on factors such as scent, farming and production, and storage practices.