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NutriBullet Review: Which NutriBullet Should You Get?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
NutriBullet is the most recognized name in the world of personal blenders. They’re everywhere, from TV infomercials to large displays in big-box stores. And at first glance, all four of NutriBullet’s current models look kind of the same (with the exception of some size variation). So, besides comparing price and wattage (which won’t tell you everything about how a blender performs) how do you know which is right for you?
The short answer, for most people, is the 900-watt NutriBullet Pro. It offers the best price-to-performance ratio of any NutriBullet—or other brand of personal blender for that matter—which is why it’s been our top pick since our personal-blender review first published. But to give you the long answer, we put all four NutriBullet models—including two we hadn’t tested before—through their paces side by side.
food  cooking  gadgets  review  wirecutter  comparo 
20 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Washing Machines (and Their Matching Dryers)
LG (their pick), Electrolux (runner-up), Maytag (budget pick); LG top-loader (also great) updated 2018-Mar-9
2018  Wirecutter  reviews  appliances 
28 days ago by amoore
The Best Garden Hose: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you’re looking for the easiest and cheapest way to keep your garden lush, your car clean, and your sprinkler a-sprinkling—or you just need an elongated water source to let your kids play with on a hot summer day—then the lightweight Flexzilla Garden Hose is your best bet. It’s safe, durable, and far more flexible than any other hose we tested.
Our pick
Flexzilla Garden Hose
The best garden hose
This tough, flexible hose was the most kink-resistant hose we tested, and its lightweight material will coil up, lay flat, and twist and turn easily. It’s durable, but it can show dirt if you don’t store it well.
$13* from Walmart
$33 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
Don’t be fooled by the Flexzilla’s ectoplasmic coloring—its hose and fittings are both made from the same proprietary materials that the company uses for its other industrial-grade offerings. This slinky hose is nearly impossible to kink or break, it lays flat when you unroll it (the material has no “memory” of its coiled state), and its light weight and flexibility make it easy and comfortable to coil up at the end of the day. One drawback is its potential to show dirt or develop moldy patches, but that’s an issue you can control by storing it under shelter.
home_stuff  gardening  wirecutter  water  review  comparo 
29 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Waterproof Mattress Protectors and Pads: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you want to shield a mattress from spills, potty training accidents, or pet messes, we recommend the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector. After 240 hours researching and testing 14 protectors, we found the SafeRest did the best job at keeping our mattress dry, while also feeling comfortable to sleep on. And after multiple washes, it retained its waterproofing better than almost any other protector we tried.
Our pick
SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector
The best waterproof mattress protector
This inexpensive fitted mattress protector is one of the few that stayed fully waterproof through our tests. It’s comfortable to sleep on and inexpensive.
$25 from Amazon
$30 from Walmart
The SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector is one of the few protectors we tested that never failed, staying completely waterproof through 10 cycles of washing and drying and two leak tests. It’s affordable and highly recommended in user reviews (and from our staffers who’ve owned it). We think it’s great for a child’s bed, and we recommend having at least two on hand to swap out if needed. The cotton/polyester terry top is a little noisy and it’s scratchier than pricier quilted protectors, but we don’t think that’s a big deal because it goes underneath the sheets, not against the skin. The SafeRest comes in twin to California king sizes.
sleep  home_stuff  wirecutter  review  comparo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Sunscreen: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending 60 hours on research and interviews, and many more wearing sunscreen on our bodies, we’ve determined that the best sunscreen for everyday use is the one you’ll apply liberally and often, so it should be inexpensive but still feel good. But most people don’t wear nearly enough sunscreen—which means you probably don’t either. That’s why we recommend Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70.
According to all seven experts and dermatologists we interviewed, as well as the many scientific papers and lit reviews we read, if you’re outside, you should be applying a full shot glass’s worth of sunscreen to your near-naked body about once an hour in order to get adequate protection from your sunscreen. That’s a lot, and it means the best sunscreen needs to be affordable. Ideally, it should go on easily and feel good against your skin as well. If you prefer a spray sunscreen, or if you need something that won’t stain white clothes, we have picks for you, too.
Our pick
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70
Great feel, smell, and price
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 has all the features you need in a sunscreen at a reasonable price: It’s water resistant, it offers broad-spectrum protection, and it has no added fragrance.
$10 from Amazon
$10 from Walmart
$10 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 has a thin texture for its SPF rating, making it one of the easiest sunscreens to apply of the 14 we tested. It’s water resistant (not all sunscreens are) for up to 80 minutes, the maximum amount of time a sunscreen can claim to be per FDA guidelines. At just over a dollar per ounce, it works as well as sunscreens that cost seven times as much, but it is still smooth and easy to apply, and it comes in a bottle that’s easy to hold and easy to close. Unlike many sunscreens we considered and some we tried, it won’t make you look like a ghost or smell like a Bath & Body Works shop. In fact, it smells like almost nothing. And it comes in the best format to ensure optimal protection: lotion.
safety  health  wirecutter  review  comparo  water 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Portable Document Scanner: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
“During the wizard-based install process, a setup screen allows you to enable either a USB or Wi-Fi connection. On a Mac, however, unless you have a WPS-enabled router (and there may be valid security reasons not to), you’re forced to make the Wi-Fi connection manually, using the EpsonNet Config utility—which is about as user-friendly as it sounds. During the manual setup, I mistakenly entered an incorrect password when trying to connect the scanner to my home network. Frustratingly, EpsonNet Config never told me the password was wrong, responding instead with a ‘successful connection’ message, which led to 45 minutes of troubleshooting before realizing my error, which I could have corrected immediately had the software given me the appropriate password error message.”
epson  wirecutter  scanners  reviews  2018 
6 weeks ago by handcoding
Blue Shift: How the Panic Over BPA Accomplished Nothing: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
“In January 2015, a huuuuuuuuge (seriously, it’s 1,000 pages long) risk assessment conducted by the European Food Safety Authority found that ‘there is no health concern for any age group from dietary exposure and low health concern from aggregated exposure,’ according to its panel on BPA.”
bpa  wirecutter  plastic  2016 
6 weeks ago by handcoding
Modem vs. Router: What’s the Difference?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Your modem is a box that connects your home network to the wider Internet. A router is a box that lets all of your wired and wireless devices use that Internet connection at once and also allows them to talk to one another without having to do so over the Internet. Often, your Internet service provider will give you one box that serves as both modem and router, but they’re still different technologies; not all modems include routers and not all routers have modems. You need both, integrated or not, in order to provide an Internet connection for all the devices in your home.
We recommend using a separate modem and router, if you can. Since modem technology changes slowly, you can usually use a modem for years, until it breaks, but you might need to replace a router because you want better coverage, because you’ve added more devices to your network and your old router isn’t keeping up, or because you want to take advantage of the latest improvements in Wi-Fi technology. You can often save money on your monthly Internet bill if you buy your own modem and router instead of using the ones your ISP provides, though this is usually true only if you have cable Internet, not DSL or fiber, and the situation is more complicated if you get phone service from your ISP as well.
router  internet  wirecutter  comp  cable_modem  review 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Instant Pot: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We’ve tested the Instant Pot extensively over the past couple of years, and it continues to be our favorite electric pressure cooker. The Instant Pot has become nothing short of a phenomenon because it makes the wonders of pressure cooking (that is, cooking things very fast) seem practical. It’s easy to use, and it also does the job of a slow cooker and rice maker, without taking up too much space.
Despite the hype for the Instant Pot, we still get a lot of questions from curious (and sometimes bemused) family and friends about it. This handy FAQ answers those queries about the popular and—for some people—mystifying cooking appliance. (It’s also a great reference for your next “let me Google that for you” moment.)
cooking  food  gadgets  wirecutter  faq 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
What Is a Smart TV? (And Why Should You Want One?): Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Nearly every TV sold today is a smart TV, which is great for people who don’t want to use cable—these TVs’ built-in media-streaming services mean an Internet connection and some streaming subscriptions are all that’s needed to access a ton of music, TV shows, movies, games, and more. And if you’re looking for the best TV, you’re looking for a smart TV, even if you don’t ever intend to use the integrated apps. The technology that makes a smart TV smart also makes the TV perform better and faster than a non-smart version, for little to no difference in price.

At first, the only Internet-connected TVs with integrated apps were high-end models, and you paid a premium to have additional processors run Netflix and other apps in the menu. That’s not the case anymore. Almost all TVs have a single processing chip inside, called a System on a Chip (SoC), that is responsible for everything the TV does, such as input switching, local dimming and image processing, as well as all of the smart TV features. Because TV manufacturers integrate SoCs in all their models, a TV without smart apps would still use the same SoC hardware as one with apps, so it saves no money to omit the smart TV features.
tv  wirecutter 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Clean Earbuds and Headphones: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Everything we wear on our bodies, from hats to socks, eventually needs cleaning. Just as your clothes get filthy (from the environment) and sweaty (from you), your headphones pick up dirt from all around you and react to your own secretions—and they need cleaning too. And just like your clothes stay looking good longer if you fold them neatly before putting them away, taking a little care when storing your headphones will keep them working like new. We’ve got some tips for both.
As we wear headphones, our skin cells, sebum, ear wax, and facial products stick to the parts that touch our ears and face, and the ever stickier headphones then pick up more dirt from the world around us every time we take them off, put them down, or put them in a bag. The takeaway? Clean your dang headphones, people. And definitely give them a wipe down before borrowing or lending a pair.
Not only will making sure your headphones are clean and comfortable help them to last longer, but can, in the case of earbuds, even keep them sounding better. Here are a few tips on how to clean and care for your headphones.
cleaning  airpods  headphones  wirecutter 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194

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