Gene Gerrard


Gene has written about a wide variety of topics for too many years to count. He's been a professional chef, cooking-appliance demonstrator, playwright, director, editor of accountancy and bank-rating books, Houdini expert and dog lover (still is). When he's not writing for Your Best Digs, he's performing as a magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Gene has written about a wide variety of topics for too many years to count. He's been a professional chef, cooking-appliance demonstrator, playwright, director, editor of accountancy and bank-rating books, Houdini expert and dog lover (still is). When he's not writing for Your Best Digs, he's performing as a magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Gene's articles

  • clock next to a vacuum
    How Often Should You Vacuum?


    Cleaning and health experts recommend that frequent vacuuming is good for both body and mind, and these simple guidelines to you how often you should vacuum.

  • putting a hand through the Dyson TP01
    How Do Bladeless Fans Work?


    Bladeless fans have a futuristic design that might make you think it has complex technology. But how a bladeless fan works is actually simple.

  • Dyson – TP01 Fan & Air Purifier Review

    Dyson - TP01

    We tested the new Dyson - TP01 air multiplier to see how it compared with our top pick for tower fans. The Dyson - TP01 is an amazing feat of engineering, but we still prefer the much cheaper Seville Classics - UltraSlimline tower fan.

  • testing the best massage tools
    The Best Massage Tools

    PureWave - CM7

    We’ve tested dozens of devices for massaging virtually every part of the body at home, and here are our recommendations for the best massage tools.

  • Bike Size Chart: What Size Bike Do I Need?


    Before researching which bike to buy, you need to know what’s the right size bike for you. It’s always better to try out a bike in person at a bike shop, where you can also have it fit precisely to your body type and how you like to ride. If you don’t have access to […]

  • pumping up a bike tire
    How to Pump Bike Tires


    All bike tires slowly leak air every day. Even if you’re an occasional rider, and you only take your bike down from the bike rack once a week, the tire pressure will still decrease. Before you ride, you should always check your tires’ PSI and, if needed, inflate them with a floor bike pump or […]

  • How to Clean Bike Chains


    Cleaning your bike's chain is an essential part of bike maintenance. It's easy to do, and our step-by-step guide shows you how.

  • The Best Infrared Thermometer

    ennoLogic - eT650D

    We tested seven of the most popular infrared thermometers and selected the ennoLogic - eT650D as the most accurate for home and professional use. We also chose the equally accurate Etekcity - Lasergrip 630 as our budget pick.

  • The Best Bike Rack

    Delta Cycle - Michelangelo

    We installed and tested seven popular bike racks and chose the Delta Cycle - Michelangelo as the best bike rack for an apartment, the Ibera as the best horizontal bike rack and the Racor - B-R1 as the best vertical bike rack.

  • group of the best massage guns
    The Best Percussive Massage Gun

    No Cry Cordless

    We tested the five best percussive massage guns to determine which one gives the most relief to muscle strain and minor injury. We selected the No Cry - Cordless because of its ergonomic design and the Exerscribe - VYBE as a much less expensive Theragun alternative.

  • The best bike helmets
    The Best Bike Helmet

    Specialized - Echelon II

    We rode for miles to test the highest-rated bike helmets and selected the Specialized - Echelon II as the best road helmet and the Thousand - Anti-Theft as the best commuter helmet.

  • The Best Handheld Massager

    Pado - PureWave - CM-07

    We tested eight highly rated handheld massagers to determine which one was the best for relieving localized muscle strain and selected the Pado - PureWave - CM07 as the most versatile. For our budget pick, we chose the Renpho - EM2016C.

  • The Best Leg Massager

    Renpho - RF-ALM070

    We tested leg massagers to find out which one is the best for relieving muscle pain, restless leg syndrome and edema. We chose the Renpho - RF-ALM070 as the best full-leg massager and the KonliKing as the best calf-foot massager.

  • The Best Back Massager

    NURSAL - Massage Seat Cushion

    We consulted with a massage therapist and then tested nine back massagers. We chose the NURSAL - Massage Seat Cushion as the best back massager overall, the Mynt - Shiatsu Massage Pillow as the most portable back massager and the Pado - PureWave as the best handheld back massager.

  • The Best Laptop Messenger Bag

    Timbuk2 - Classic Messenger Bag

    We tested the highest-rated laptop messenger bags to find out which one is the most durable, has the roomiest interior and is the most comfortable to haul on your shoulders all day. We’ve chosen the Timbuk2 - Classic Messenger Bag as the best laptop messenger bag because of its smart, utilitarian design and spacious interior. Our runner-up, the CoolBELL - Convertible Messenger Bag, has a cushioned laptop pocket and hidden straps that convert it into a backpack.

  • The Best Men’s Boxer Briefs

    David Archy

    We tested name brands and lesser-known brands for comfort and durability and have chosen David Archy as the best men’s boxer briefs. For our premium pick, we've selected Mack Weldon - 18 Hour Jersey boxer briefs.

  • The Best Men’s Dress Socks

    Easton Marlowe

    We’ve selected some of the best men’s dress socks that will upgrade your wardrobe. Easton Marlowe appeals to both conservative and wild tastes, and the best dress socks for the value are Alpine Swiss.

  • The Best Men’s Hair Gel

    Johnny B - Mode

    We tested the most popular men’s hair gel to determine which one has the most holding power and flexibility on all hair types. We selected Johnny B - Mode as the best men's hair gel for versatility in styling and Gentlemen Republic - Refined as the best value for men's hair gel.

  • The Best Men’s Hair Product

    American Crew - Defining Paste

    There’s a dizzying array of men’s hair products on the market, but finding the one that works best for you can be a frustrating and expensive trial-and-error experience. We experimented with a wide range of men’s hair products and determined that American Crew – Defining Paste is the best product overall for grooming all hair […]

  • The Best Flip Chair

    Your Zone Bed

    We tested the highest rated and most popular flip chairs and selected Your Zone Bed as the best flip chair. It's the most comfortable and easiest to convert from a living room chair to a bed for overnight guests.

  • The Best Sit-Up Pillow


    We tested sit-up pillows and selected Linenspa as the best sit-up pillow for providing full-back support and cushy comfort in bed or on a sofa.

  • The Best Cat Food

    Orijen - Cat & Kitten

    We analyzed 50 brands of dry cat food and wet cat food and found that Orijen - Cat & Kitten is the best dry food and Kiwi Peak is the best canned cat food.

  • best treats dog training
    The Best Dog Treats

    Stewart - Pro-Treat

    Our nine dog judges tested nine dog treats, and they selected Stewart - Pro-Treats as the best for training, and Blue Buffalo - Wilderness Trail Treats as the best dog biscuit.

  • The Best Pet Hair Vacuum

    Shark - NV350

    After testing six of the best pet hair vacuums on the market, we found that the Shark - NV will keep your pet-filled home the cleanest.

  • bike pumps
    The Best Bike Pump

    Topeak - Joe Blow Sport III

    We've updated our review for 2020 and selected two new winners as the best bike pump - the Topeak - Joe Blow III floor pump and the Lezyne - Micro Floor Drive mini pump.