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Sheets Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We’ve done hundreds of hours of research and slept on dozens of different sheets in order to figure out just what makes a great set stand out from the rest. If you’re lost in the bedding aisle while trying to figure out what to buy, this guide will help you walk away with a winner.
The first step is to figure out what texture of fabric you like and how warm or cool you want to feel when sliding into bed. Most people should have at least one or two sets of cotton percale or sateen sheets for year-round use, but you may want to invest in flannel or linen sets depending on how cold or warm your room gets seasonally (or mix and match different types of sheets for extra comfort).
We recommend buying sheets made from long-staple cotton or linen, since they’re breathable and long-lasting. Sheets made from microfiber or bamboo rayon have environmental costs with no real benefit over natural fibers. In addition to helping you pinpoint the type of sheets to buy, we’ll help you figure out the right size and color of sheets for your bed, whether to buy a set or individual pieces, how to parse thread counts, and when you might want to spring for organic bedding.
home_stuff  sleep  wirecutter  comparo  review 
9 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Gear for Small Apartments: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
"After testing three top-rated racks, we prefer The Container Store’s 2-Tier Mesh-Top Drying Rack for a small apartment (which is the exact same rack as the Polder Two-Tier we tested in the most recent update, if that happens to be cheaper) . Although it holds only one load of laundry, it has a very small footprint—19 by 23 inches and 39½ inches tall. That’s small enough to fit into a bathtub, which we’ve found is often the best place to dry clothes in a small place."
clothes  racks  wirecutter  2018 
9 days ago by handcoding
The Best Gas Grills: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After four days of cooking burgers, barbecue, and chicken on six top-rated grills—and weeks of researching the dozens available—we’ve decided that the Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill is our pick as the best gas grill for most people. No grill out there matches its combination of exceptional performance, usability, durability, and value.
Our top pick, the Weber Spirit E-310, has been replaced by the new Spirit II E-310. With some nice features borrowed from our upgrade pick, the Genesis II line, like an externally mounted propane tank, the Spirit II is our new provisional top pick. We’ll test it fully this spring. In the meantime, the original Spirit E-310 is being sold at a nice discount until inventory runs out.
Our pick
Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
Exceptional performance, exceptional value
Offering an unrivaled combination of performance, usability, versatility, durability, and value, this is the best grill for most people.
$450* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $500.
The Spirit E-310 excelled at every test we ran it through, producing the juiciest, most perfectly cooked hamburgers of any grill we tested, and outdoing or equalling the others on barbecue chicken and whole roasted chickens. Its overall compact size suits almost any patio or deck, but its grilling surface is big enough to cook a complete meal (meat or fish and a couple of veggies) for a family, or a dozen burgers for a party. With a thick, rustproof cast-aluminum firebox, it’ll last for years. And Weber has refined the Spirit’s design for decades; as a result, it’s a particularly easy grill to assemble, maintain, and use. Finally, at $500 currently, it’s a terrific value.
food  cooking  grilling  wirecutter  comparo  review 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Closet Organizing Ideas: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent 41 hours researching and testing closet-organization tools in our own homes. Then we asked five experts for their best tips and tricks for getting closets of any size under control. Whether you need to maximize storage in a tiny space, install a closet system, or store seasonal clothing and bedding, we’ve found the best items to help you find your organizing bliss.
The research
Why you should trust us
How to organize a closet
Small-closet organizers
Closet systems
Seasonal-storage options
storage  organizing  wirecutter  review  comparo 
11 days ago by rgl7194
How to Back Up Your Computer: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
When was the last time you backed up all your important documents and photos? Last month? Last year? Never? Setting up a good backup system can seem time-consuming and intimidating, but it’s neither. Anyone can do it, and everyone should. In less than 15 minutes you can have a system that backs up your files automatically—both to an external drive and to encrypted cloud storage—without any regular action from you.
The research
What makes a good backup?
The tools you need to back up your computer
Back up your computer to the cloud with Backblaze
Create local Windows backups with File History
Create local Mac backups with Time Machine
How to restore your files from backups
backup  cloud  wirecutter  NAS  storage 
14 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Rechargeable batteries are better and cheaper than you remember, and all the name-brand offerings will hold a charge for months and cost less than a nickel per charge over their entire life. Despite running our battery analyzers for over 1,000 hours, doing more than 20 hours of real-world tests, and literally driving three top brands considerably harder than recommended, our tests showed only a few small differences between the top brands. If you’re looking for AA batteries, the Energizer Recharge line of batteries ekes out the best performance for the price, but Eneloop AAs shouldn’t be ignored if you can find them on sale. For AAA batteries, AmazonBasics AAA Rechargeables are generally the best deal, but performance was nearly identical to AAAs from Eneloop, Energizer, and Duracell, so just get whatever’s cheapest when you need them.
We’ve added Ikea’s AA rechargeable batteries (which may or may not be repackaged Eneloops) to our What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Energizer Recharge Universal
The best rechargeable AA battery
The Recharge batteries proved their worth in testing with high capacity and longevity after dozens of recharges. They are widely available at a fair price.
$11* from Walmart
$20 from Amazon
$10 from Target
*At the time of publishing, the price was $15.
The Energizer Recharge Universal AA batteries performed well at each step of testing: initial capacity, capacity after four dozen charges, self-discharge, and high-drain RC car racing. In raw capacity, Energizer had 30 percent more energy storage per dollar than the Panasonic Eneloop AAs, so your devices should run a little longer between recharges. In the first few cycles, that came to average of 1,888 milliamp hours (mAh) or 2.3 watt hours (Wh) of discharged capacity. When we cycled the batteries—discharged and recharged them, again and again—to show how they might handle once-a-week charging for a year (or once-a-month charging for four years); both the Energizers and Eneloops had virtually the same available capacity as when we started. This means that even after four dozen charges, we’d need more precise equipment to quantify any changes in performance and you shouldn’t notice a difference in day-to-day use.
battery  wirecutter  review  comparo 
15 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Bed Pillows: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending a combined 459 nights on 45 pillows, talking with nine sleep and industry experts, and long-term testing our top picks for 15 months, we’ve concluded that the best pillow for most people, including back-sleepers, side-sleepers, and stomach-sleepers who prefer a pillow with generous loft, is the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow in standard size. The best choice for stomach-sleepers who prefer something thinner and less lofty is the Parachute Down Pillow in soft density.
We’ve gone through this guide and are still confident in all our picks.
Our pick
Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (standard)
Best for most sleepers
It’s supportive without being stiff, and it’s moldable, giving excellent support for back-, side-, and some stomach-sleepers. It’s also one of the most affordable pillows we tested.
$50* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.
Because finding the best pillow usually starts with looking at your sleeping position, we thought we’d need to find a variety of pillows for different positions. Our experts agreed that there’s no best pillow for everyone. That’s why we were surprised that the Xtreme Comforts actually pleased so many of our testers. Everyone loved how supportive it was without being too stiff or firm, and its moldability made it more comfortable than you’d imagine for a pillow filled with cut-up foam. We originally featured this pillow as best for back- and side-sleepers, but in additional tests we found that stomach-sleepers who prefer a half-stomach, half-side position, or with their arms under the torso, really liked this pillow.
wirecutter  sleep  comparo  review 
15 days ago by rgl7194
The Best DSLR for Beginner: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The Nikon D3400 is the best entry-level DSLR for those looking to improve their photography and learn the ins and outs of tweaking camera settings. The D3400 has some of the best image quality we’ve ever seen at this price, along with excellent battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, 1080/60p video, silent autofocus for video, easy-to-use controls, and a Guide Mode to help you learn—and it’s widely available for less than $500.
We’ve added the Canon EOS Rebel T7 to the What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Nikon D3400
The best beginner DSLR
The best image quality, longest battery life, and best ease of use at this price. Now with Bluetooth for easier connection with your devices.
$497* from Walmart
$497 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $496.
Nikon continues to put better sensors into its entry-level cameras than main rival Canon, which means you get cleaner images when you shoot in low light and can capture a wider range of darks and lights in a single photo. Add to that a superior kit lens and a mode specifically designed to teach beginners how to shoot and you end up with a camera that makes it easier for beginners to capture better images.
camera  comparo  review  wirecutter 
15 days ago by rgl7194
What Do Return Policies Owe Us?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
L.L.Bean has changed its legendary return policy, and some people are so mad, they’re suing (PDF). But we’re not too worried.
You’re no longer allowed to return anything as long as you live, due to “a small, but growing number of customers” who abused that policy, the retailer’s executive chairman wrote on Facebook last month. Now, you’ll typically have just one year, and you must show proof of purchase. After one year, the company will still consider a return if the item is defective. L.L.Bean is following in the footsteps of REI (which also reduced its lifetime policy to one year to escape its reputation as “Rental Equipment Inc.” ) and Nordstrom (which now excludes special-occasion clothing from its no-time-limit policy).
business  clothing  footwear  gear  wirecutter  comparo 
15 days ago by rgl7194
The Hidden Joy of Great Packing Tape: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Sometimes that moment where you critically reexamine your life choices happens when you least expect it—like when you just spent 90 seconds trying to find the end of a roll of clear packing tape, finally managing to claw up the edge, and then successfully peeling off an entirely useless half-inch strip that means you have to start over again. And you think to yourself, “Why in the world didn’t I buy more of the good stuff?”
I’ve been working for Wirecutter in one form or another for more than five years, and by now much of what I own consists of Wirecutter picks. I know objectively that most of these things are really good, and that they do their job admirably. But there’s a special sort of joy from using an object that comes only from years of struggling with something much, much worse. And the difference between good packing tape—the kind that comes off the roll easily and sticks quickly and firmly—and the other stuff fills me with regret for the countless hours I spent struggling with bad tape.
wirecutter  review  comparo  home_stuff 
15 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Dog Gates: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
It’s not just the best baby gate of the 20 we’ve tested: The Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special is also the best gate for keeping dogs (and less mobile cats) restricted within your home. Building on the research and testing we did for baby gates, plus additional testing at home with a dog and two cats, we found that the SS-30 is easy for humans to open but impossible for pets to unlatch. It’s also quick to install, easy to position, and durable, and it will damage your walls less than a pressure-mounted gate.
Our pick
Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special
The best dog gate
Our top pick for babies is also great for containing pets. This is a sturdy hardware-mounted gate that's easy to install, even where you don't have studs directly across from each other. Easy for humans to open, but impossible for dogs.
$70 from Walmart
$73 from Amazon
The Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special screws directly into your wall studs, so it’s more secure and sturdier than pressure-mounted gates, and it’s easier to install than most other gates of either variety. Not even the craftiest of dogs can barrel through or open it, but it’s easy enough to use that you can open it without breaking your stride. You can place it in almost any doorway or passage up to 42½ inches wide regardless of where your wall studs or stair fixtures align—most gates require them to be directly across from each other. (It can also fit in wider openings, with use of a 10½-inch or 21¾-inch extension, sold separately.) The SS-30 is tough enough that even an overly enthusiastic Great Dane won’t damage it, thanks to its entirely metal construction, and in our tests it was able to handle an adult male sitting on it without deforming or misaligning.
dogs  home_stuff  accessories  wirecutter  comparo  review 
27 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Gear for Your Road Trip: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A road trip should be an adventure, but all adventures require a little planning (and one or two backup plans in case things go sideways). This year, after spending 60 hours researching and testing gear for the open road, we packed all our top contenders into our pick for the best subcompact hatchback and headed out on a four-day jaunt to see what kind of gear is nice to have, what’s great, and what’s absolutely essential for your next road trip.
Last updated: February 5, 2018
We’ve updated the car mount section with our new pick, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4, which comes in a dash/windshield mount, a CD slot mount, and an air vent mount.
Four states, 1,500 miles, and six national parks later, we think we have some answers. In addition to our own research and testing, we consulted with half a dozen engineers, mechanics, and other experts to bring you these picks. Our hope is that the recommendations in this guide will help you see more and explore farther down the road than you thought possible.
However, even if you do have the best gear in the world, catching small problems before they become emergencies is always the best policy. That’s why we asked Christopher Smith, a veteran automotive journalist with a penchant for restoring fixer-uppers, to help us put together some advice on how to prepare your car for a trip. (And he lives in South Dakota, where things are spread out, so he’s always prepared.) We cover everything from checking your tires and dipsticks to knowing what you should do if your car starts smelling like rotten eggs for seemingly no reason.
travel  cars  gear  wirecutter  comparo  review  storage  driving  navigation 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Knife-Sharpening Tool: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After 15 hours of research and testing, and several adult lifetimes of kitchen experience, we recommend the manual Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643 as the best mechanical knife sharpener. It’s impressively simple—almost intuitive—to use: You run the blade back and forth between its diamond-impregnated sharpening wheels to cut and then hone a new edge. The ProntoPro 4643 works on both traditional European and Japanese knives, which use different edge angles, making it universally utilitarian. (Note that we also link to otherwise equivalent but cheaper single-angle sharpeners below.)
Last updated: February 2, 2018
After testing nine honing rods—five traditional steel and four ceramic—we have a pick: the Idahone 12″ fine ceramic sharpening rod. Its hard, smooth surface quickly returns a keen edge to both traditional European knives, made of softer steel, and modern Japanese-style blades made of hard alloys.
Our pick
Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643
Intuitive, inexpensive sharpening
Foolproof, durable, and affordable, this sharpener will give the best performance, for most people, for years to come.
$50 from Jet
$42 from Amazon
In our tests, the Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643 took seriously dull blades—we ran them against a chunk of concrete curbstone until they were all but useless—to tomato-filleting sharpness in less than a minute. And like all our picks here, it’s far easier to master, and far cheaper, than traditional sharpening stones or modern jig systems. Effective, affordable, simple to use, and easy to store, the ProntoPro 4643 is the clear winner for most people.
knife  accessories  comparo  review  wirecutter 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Toiletry Bags: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching dozens of toiletry bags and trying nine top-rated contenders in our most recent round of testing, we think the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small is the best option for most travelers. In addition to being lightweight and leak resistant, it has flexible internal organization and an oversize, swiveling hook that can find a place to hang in almost any bathroom.
Last updated: January 31, 2018
We recently learned that our top pick, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small, has been discontinued. You can still find it in stock for under $40, but once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Once that happens, we plan to recommend the Sea to Summit Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag as our new top pick.
Our pick
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small
Packable, accessible, and lightweight
This bag’s large hook and simple, effective interior organization make it particularly easy to pack, hang, and access a week’s worth of toiletries.
$39 $27* from REI Garage
You save $12 (31%)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small organizes a week’s worth of travel-size toiletries into a compact, carry-on-friendly package that weighs only 4 ounces when empty. Its 4-liter capacity, split across three zippered compartments, makes it the largest carry-on-friendly toiletry bag in our test group, and leaves room to accommodate extra makeup or an electric shaver. And its ripstop, siliconized nylon body gave it great leak resistance in our soap-spill test.
toiletries  accessories  storage  travel  luggage  wirecutter  comparo  review 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cheap, Great HDMI Cables: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If I needed an HDMI cable, I’d get the 6-foot AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable. This decision came after considering more than a dozen reasonably priced HDMI cables and eliminating dozens of overpriced cables (more on this in the competition section).
Last updated: February 1, 2018
Some Ultra HD video sources, such as 4K Blu-ray players and 4K-capable streaming devices, now offer 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR, which requires more bandwidth than our previous pick, the Monoprice 6105, can carry. We’re in the process of testing some new cables, but in the meantime, we recommend our previous runner-up pick, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable, which can pass 18 Gbps.
Our pick
AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable
The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable is affordable and will work with all of your current gear (and Ultra HD 4K TVs). It also has a lifetime warranty.
$5 from Amazon
The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable sells for about $1 per foot if you have Amazon Prime (free shipping), and can handle resolutions up to Ultra HD 4K (with HDR), including 1080p and 3D, plus it has Ethernet and Audio Return Channel capabilities. It has great reviews on Amazon, and also comes with a lifetime warranty.
cable_tv  cables  comparo  wirecutter  review  amazon 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194

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