We’ve done a lot of car camping in Southern California so are relatively well-versed in normal camping gear and setup but we’ve never actually slept in a car for camping. We went into it with a few new unknowns and did our best to plan for them knowing we’d sleep in a Tesla – Model […]
Brewing coffee is an art form. But, understanding your taste is the first step to making a quality cup. Determine if you like your coffee strong, medium or light, and then use our calculator to customize a cup with the perfect coffee-to-water ratio. To use our calculator, fill out how many cups of coffee you […]
Many new owners of portable air conditioners are surprised to see the large exhaust vent hose included in the box, since they’re often missing from photos of the air conditioner unit in advertising. Whether you’re shopping for a portable air conditioner or setting one up for the fifth summer in a row like we are, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Table of contents What causes residential fires? How can fires threaten my home? How can I reduce the threat of fires? Should I prepare in case of a fire? What to do if a fire ignites in my area? What to do if I’ve been evacuated? Should I invest in home fire insurance? Whether you […]
Table of contents Legality Funding Planning Modifications Checklist According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 40 million Americans living with a disability, which represents 12.7 percent of the total civilian non-institutionalized population. There are several resources available to help individuals living with a disability to not only have a comfortable home, but the […]
Whether you’re preparing to expand your family, or are expecting a little visitor, you’ll want your home to be equipped with the correct safety measures before their arrival. You never want to underestimate the importance of baby proofing your home, as little fingers have the potential to get into some unexpected areas. Follow our guide […]
Do you recycle at home? According to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, 94 percent of the U.S. population has a recycling program available to them. Therefore, if you make recycling a routine for your entire family, it’s easy to create a more sustainable household. Learn more about the dos and don’ts of recycling, how to decode […]
For months we tested six products, tripping alarms and checking countless notifications, to find the best outdoor security camera system to be the Nest - Cam Outdoor.
We spent weeks testing the top car vacuums in the grimiest cars to figure out which cleans the best. Ultimately, the Black and Decker - Pivot did the best job of getting our vehicles clean.
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.
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.
We cooked over 100 bacon strips to find the best microwave bacon cooker. Presto's Power Crisp made perfect crispy and chewy slices.
We tested five top food processors by chopping and slicing 30 lb of veggies and grinding 10 lb of nuts and cheese, to find the best food processor overall.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We spent 60 hours testing the top vacuum sealers, sealing hundreds of bags with a variety of wet and dry foods, and determined that the Mueller - MFFS-01 was the most efficient and reliable. Our runner-up, the Geryon - E2800-C, is a less expensive model and is also a good alternate choice.
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.
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.
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.
We spent 35+ hours researching and testing 16 products at our local beach in sunny San Diego to find the best beach umbrellas, chairs, and tents.
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.
We spent over 50 hours timing every batch of ice, production at different ice sizes, build quality and more, to find the Hamilton Beach - 86150 was the best portable ice maker overall.
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.
After 200 hours of amassed data, studies and surveys, we found Cottonelle – Ultra ComfortCare to be the best toilet paper in both lab tests and user satisfaction.
We spent four weeks brewing 50+ pots and 400+ cups of coffee to find the biggest crowd pleasing coffee. A Verena Street roast took first place across the board as the best cheap coffee.
After two weeks testing six top coolers with 50+ wine bottles, we found a freestanding dual-zone model by EdgeStar that stood out as the best wine cooler.
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.
We spent months driving around with our six-year-old to find the best booster car seat to be Britax's Grow With You booster, even if it comes at a premium.
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.
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.