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The Best Chest Freezers for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter

Manual-defrost machines (obviously) need periodic defrosting. Frost buildup consumes space inside the freezer and compromises the machine’s overall performance and efficiency, as frost hinders the freezer’s ability to pump heat out of the interior. The general rule of thumb is to defrost whenever the buildup reaches one-quarter of an inch, but you can put off this task by[…]

The Best Slow Cooker for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

Photo: Sarah Kobos Our pick The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker cooked the best meals in our tests. It made the most succulent pot roast, and unlike other cookers, which got too hot, it didn’t overcook beans. The Set & Forget also has some of the best features of any cooker we’ve tested,[…]

The Best Robot Vacuums for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

Photo: Liam McCabe ContentsNavigation is the hardest and most important thingDon’t get stuckDon’t get lostSuck up the obvious junkWhat else matters Navigation is the hardest and most important thing It’s tricky to make a robot vacuum navigate through your home without getting stuck or lost. Bruno Hexsel, a former software engineer for Neato, told us that he spent[…]

The Best Upright Freezers for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

We weren’t able to do any hands-on testing, so we devoted our time to researching, spreadsheeting, and reading about all of the top available freezers—a process that took dozens of hours over the course of several weeks. Once we were done with the research we sifted through all of the data to find the freezers that struck the[…]

The Best Mixing Bowls for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

Tossing veggies, pre-roast, in the Thunder Group bowl. Photo: Michael Hession In deciding which mixing bowls to test, we immediately dismissed those made from plastic, silicone, or ceramic. Plastic bowls can’t function as a double boiler, while bendable silicone lacks sturdiness and can harbor off smells that may transfer to food. Ceramic bowls are pretty but also very[…]

iRobot Roomba i7+ Review: Reviews by Wirecutter

ContentsIt can empty its own dustbinThe navigation system is wicked smartIt’s still really good in a lot of un-flashy but meaningful waysOther notable specs: It can empty its own dustbin The Roomba i7+ is the only robot vacuum system that can empty its own dustbin. The 19-inch-tall Clean Base is both a charging dock and a vacuum for[…]

Dyson AM10 Humidifier Review: It Works, but Isn’t Worth It: Reviews by Wirecutter

Despite what the Dyson AM10 Humidifier does well, it fails to justify its extraordinarily high price. That’s a fundamental dealbreaker. It humidifies effectively, as Dyson claims—but no better than the Levoit LV600HH, which costs hundreds of dollars less. It humidifies a room evenly, as Dyson claims—but no more evenly than the Levoit. And the Dyson has a litany[…]