The Best Robot Vacuums for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

Photo: Liam McCabe 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 a huge chunk of his time at the company working on algorithms to help robots get unstuck from[…]

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[…]

iRobot Roomba i7+ Review: Reviews by Wirecutter

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 your robot vacuum. Whenever the Roomba i7 returns to the dock, the Clean Base sucks the debris out of the bot’s bin through a[…]

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[…]

Speed Queen: The Internet Commenters’ Favorite Washing Machine: Reviews by Wirecutter

In my six years of reviewing washing machines, I’ve never once seriously considered recommending a Speed Queen top-loader. This shouldn’t be controversial: Every publication that tests appliances has years of controlled test results proving the superiority of front-loading washers. So why are most washer reviews’ comments sections filled with Speed Queen fans claiming otherwise? Thanks for subscribing! You’ll[…]

The Best Bread Machine: Reviews by Wirecutter

The West Bend Hi-Rise Bread Maker. Our pick Note: The West Bend 41410 2.5-pound Hi-Rise Bread Maker has been discontinued and is no longer available at Walmart or Amazon. The company has announced its replacement version, the West Bend 47413, which we plan to test once it’s available. In the meantime, if you need a bread machine soon,[…]

The Best Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner: Reviews by Wirecutter

For our 2018 update, we tested seven models: the Bissell SpotClean Pro (3624), Bissell SpotClean ProHeat (5207F), Bissell Little Green (1400B), Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner (FH11300PC), Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner, Bissell SpotBot Pet (33N8A), and Bissell Pet Stain Eraser (2003A). Photo: Liam McCabe We started by drafting a detailed list of all of the[…]

The Best Upright Carpet Cleaners for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

The best carpet cleaners remove the most dirt and stains but are also easy to use. Photo: Michael Hession Based on what we learned from our experts and owner reviews, here’s what we think is most important in an upright carpet cleaner. Cleaning performance: The best carpet cleaners can completely remove dirt, soil, and other stains, without smearing[…]

The Best Stand Mixer for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter

Photo: Michael Hession Our pick After five years of continuous use and multiple rounds of research and testing, the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is still the only model we’ve found that can handle every one of our mixing challenges without rocking on the counter. It churns through chunky cookie mixes, doesn’t strain when kneading bread[…]