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June 2017

 
June 23, 2017
The Best All-in-One Computer HP Envy 27 All-in-One b135t
The HP Envy 27 All-in-One is the best AIO computer for most people thanks to its picture-perfect display, tasteful styling, and reasonable price.   Read More >
June 23, 2017
June 22, 2017
The Best Colored Pencils Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils (24-count)
We tested 13 colored-pencil sets with 60 kids and parents, and found the affordable, vibrant Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils best for most beginners.   Read More >
June 22, 2017
Amazon Prime Day 2017: What to Expect and How to Find the Best Deals
Amazon’s 2017 Prime Day sale is coming soon and with it, you’ll find thousands of deals. Here’s what to expect and how we can help you find the best deals.
June 22, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: Should I Upgrade My Grinder or Coffee Maker First?
The key to a good cup of coffee is even extraction, which means a grinder is the most important piece of gear to splurge on.
June 21, 2017
The Best Toiletry Bags Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small
After trying 20-plus toiletry bags, we think the ultralight, packable, hangable Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small is the best for most travelers.   Read More >
June 20, 2017
The Best Canopy Tent for Camping and Picnics REI Co-op Screen House Shelter
The easy-to-set-up REI Co-op Screen House Shelter is our canopy tent pick, with good sun and insect protection and a bright, roomy feel. We researched 14 canopy tents and tested eight top contenders before deciding.    Read More >
June 19, 2017
The Best Flying Disc (Surprise! It Isn’t a Frisbee!) Discraft UltraStar
We spent 30 hours testing flying discs and decided that the Discraft UltraStar is the best recreational flying disc (generic for “Frisbee”) for most adult players.   Read More >
June 19, 2017
The Best USB-C MacBook and Laptop Chargers Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter
Apple’s 61W USB-C Power Adapter is the best USB-C laptop charger if you need a new or extra one. It’s small and safe, and it can charge any 13-inch USB-C laptop.   Read More >
June 16, 2017
The Best Cat Litter Dr. Elsey’s Ultra
We tested 10 litters with fake cat waste and a panel of cats, and we think the affordable, effective Dr. Elsey’s Ultra is the best for most cats.   Read More >
June 16, 2017
The Best Beer Brewing Kit Northern Brewer Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit
The Northern Brewer Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit is the best we’ve found. It includes more essential tools than other kits, and it costs less.   Read More >
June 16, 2017
The Best Smart Sprinkler Controller Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (Generation 2)
After using six smart irrigation controllers for two months, we’re confident the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (Generation 2) is the best choice for most people.   Read More >
June 16, 2017
June 15, 2017
The Best Ukulele for Beginners Donner Concert Ukulele Mahogany DUC-1
We considered more than 50 ukuleles and had experts and students test 16, and we found the Donner DUC-1 to be the best all-around buy in a beginner’s ukulele.   Read More >
June 15, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: Should I Buy a Rooftop Tent?
You’ve seen those pictures of rugged nomads living in rooftop car tents on social media. Should you buy one? After 10 hours of research, we say no.
June 14, 2017
The Best iPhone Armbands and Waist Belts for Running Grantwood Technology TuneBand for iPhone 7
After 40 hours of research and testing more than 40 armbands, we think Grantwood Technology’s TuneBand is the best for running with an iPhone.   Read More >
June 9, 2017
The Best Hydration Packs for Day Hikers Osprey Skarab 18
After spending more than 50 hours researching and testing a dozen hydration-system daypacks, we think that the Osprey Skarab 18 and Osprey Skimmer 16 are best for most men and women planning a half-day hike.   Read More >
June 9, 2017
The Best Pens and Tools to Learn Calligraphy Speedball Calligraphy Collector's Set
Our favorite kit, the Speedball Calligraphy Collector’s Set, gives beginners good tools at a great price. We also recommend nibs, holders, ink, and paper.   Read More >
June 9, 2017
June 8, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: What’s the Best Radio for Retirees?
We’d recommend the Google Home if you’re looking for an easy-to-use speaker that can stream radio stations and your favorite music.
June 7, 2017
The Best On-Ear Headphones KEF M500
If you can’t stand earbuds but you need great-sounding headphones (and don’t mind spending $300), the KEF M500 is the standout in a very large field.   Read More >
June 7, 2017
The Best Dog Poop Bags AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip
After 30 hours of research and testing, we found that AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags are the best dog poop bags for most people. They’re sturdy, easy to open, and cheap.   Read More >
June 5, 2017
The Things That Matter From Apple’s 2017 WWDC Keynote
The HomePod speaker is the big news from Apple’s 2017 WWDC, along with some small updates to the MacBook, iMac, and iPad lines.
June 5, 2017
The Best Rotary Tool Kit for Beginners Dremel 3000 2/28
The Dremel 3000 is the best rotary tool for beginners. Versatile enough to handle detail work and taxing jobs, it’s expandable with bits for most any task.   Read More >
June 5, 2017
The Best Cheap iPad Cases
After testing nine promising budget cases for the latest iPad, we think the Moko Ultra Slim offers the best combination of protection, looks, and price.   Read More >
June 2, 2017
The Best Inflatable Couch Live Infinitely Inflatable Air Lounger
Though most inflatable loungers are very similar, after our tests of five models, Live Infinitely’s Inflatable Air Lounger stands out as a great choice. It’s a foot longer than the next best thing, and it stayed inflated longer than the competition.   Read More >
June 2, 2017
The Best Fire Starter Instafire Fire Starter
After testing five fire starters, we found that the best for getting a fire going is Instafire’s Fire Starter. Each pouch can easily start up to four fires.   Read More >
June 2, 2017
June 1, 2017
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
We spent over 85 hours researching and testing—and selected our favorite tools and gadgets from past guides—to bring you the best gear for picnics and cookouts.   Read More >
June 1, 2017
The Best Hybrid Bike Marin Fairfax SC1
We tested 14 new bikes in 2017, and the Marin Fairfax SC1 is our favorite hybrid bike for commuters. It comes with quality components and commuter-friendly features, without succumbing to the price creep we’ve seen on similar bikes.   Read More >
June 1, 2017
The Best Insoles for Running and Walking Superfeet Green
Runners with aching feet often seek aftermarket insoles for added comfort and support. We tested 32 of them to find the best ones for your particular style and activity.   Read More >
June 1, 2017
The Best Condoms LifeStyles Skyn
After spending 30 hours evaluating 54 different types of condoms and having 32 volunteers test 30 of the best, we’ve chosen the LifeStyles Skyn as the best condom. We also have picks in larger and smaller sizes.   Read More >
June 1, 2017
The Best Telepresence Robot Suitable Technologies Beam Enhanced
After 20 hours of research and days of testing, we think the Suitable Technologies Beam Enhanced is the only telepresence robot worth considering.   Read More >
June 1, 2017
The Best Packable Daypack for Travel L.L.Bean Stowaway Day Pack
We tested 10 packable daypacks, and our pick is the L.L.Bean Stowaway Day Pack, which offers the best combination of features and portability.   Read More >
June 1, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: What’s a Good Wireless Surround-Sound System with HDMI?
There are two available options: pairing a Denon HEOS Receiver with wireless speakers or buying a soundbar bundled with a wireless subwoofer.

May 2017

 
May 31, 2017
The Best Cheap Compact Camera Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
The simple, pocketable Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is our new pick for an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. It's easy to use, and it takes crisp, colorful photos.   Read More >
May 30, 2017
The Best Carry-On Travel Bags Tortuga Outbreaker
We researched 30 carry-on travel bags and tested seven, and the Tortuga Outbreaker, which packs like a suitcase and carries like a backpack, is our pick.   Read More >
May 26, 2017
May 25, 2017
The Best Android Phones Google Pixel and Pixel XL
After testing the latest models, we think the Google Pixel is the best Android phone for most people, though the Samsung Galaxy S8 is great too.   Read More >
May 25, 2017
The Best Wi-Fi Hotspot Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L
If you’re often on the road with multiple devices that need a data connection, we recommend the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L.   Read More >
May 25, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: Will a Budget Android Phone Provide Adequate Security Updates?
You can expect at least one major OTA update from a reputable company like Motorola, but a pricier Google-made device will stay up-to-date much longer.
May 24, 2017
The Best Tent for Family and Car Camping Eureka Copper Canyon 6
After sleeping in a total of 13 large car-camping tents on four group camping trips, we’re certain the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is the best tent for most car-camping families. We like the REI Base Camp for more serious campers who often encounter harsh weather; the Coleman Instant Cabin for people who want a tent that sets up in two minutes or less; and the Coleman Sundome 6 for those who don’t want to spend more than $100.    Read More >
May 24, 2017
The Best Cheap Laptop Acer Aspire E5-575-53EJ
The Acer Aspire E5-575-53EJ is the best cheap laptop of the hundreds we’ve researched in 2017 alone, with a fast CPU, 1080p screen, enough RAM, and even an SSD.   Read More >
May 22, 2017
The Best Kids Craft Subscription Boxes Koala Crate
After testing 14 craft subscription boxes with nine kids, we recommend the Koala Crate for preschoolers and the Kiwi Crate for early elementary students. Both include the most original projects, and we like that child development experts vet the ideas.   Read More >
May 22, 2017
The Best microSD Cards 64 GB Samsung Evo Select
After 9 hours of research and testing, we found that the 64 GB Samsung Evo Select is the fastest, most cost-effective microSD card for phones and tablets.   Read More >
May 22, 2017
The Best Midrange Mirrorless Camera Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm EZ Lens
The Fuji X-T20 is our new upgrade pick. It costs a lot more than the Olympus E-M10 II with 14-42mm EZ Lens but delivers features and performance usually found in high-end cameras.   Read More >
May 19, 2017
May 18, 2017
Our Favorite Camera Bags
Here are our favorite backpacks and messenger bags for photography enthusiasts who want to carry both camera and non-camera gear.   Read More >
May 18, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: What Are the Best Nintendo Switch Accessories So Far?
We tested our top accessory picks with Nintendo’s latest hardware, alongside a few new extras, to find the best accessories for the Switch.
May 12, 2017
May 11, 2017
The Best SD Cards 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro
After performing 10 hours of research and testing, we found the 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro to be the best SD card for most people because it’s fast and reasonably priced.   Read More >
May 11, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: Can I Add a CD Player to a Car Stereo?
A CD player no longer comes standard on many cars, but adding one after the fact can be as simple as plugging in a cheap portable CD player.
May 10, 2017
The Best In-Wall Wireless Light Switch and Dimmer Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer
For anyone who wants to control their home lights remotely and wirelessly, we recommend Lutron’s Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer and Smart Bridge.   Read More >
May 9, 2017
The Best Gaming Headsets Kingston HyperX Cloud
After testing a total of 60 gaming headsets, we still think the affordable Kingston HyperX Cloud is the best for most gamers.   Read More >
May 9, 2017
The Best Budget Android Phones Motorola Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 Plus is the best cheap Android phone for most people because of its fast performance, clean software, acceptable camera, and good build quality.   Read More >
May 8, 2017
The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker UE Roll 2
We tested 17 new models this year, and we found the rugged, packable, waterproof UE Roll 2 is still the best all-around Bluetooth speaker for most people.   Read More >
May 5, 2017
May 4, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: What’s a Good Burner Phone for International Travel?
For international travel, you have a couple of phone options. Either buy a local SIM and forward calls with Google Voice, or pack a cheap, dual-SIM phone.
May 3, 2017
The Best Portable Jump Starter PowerAll Deluxe PBJS12000-R
After researching 40 portable jump starters and testing 10 models, we recommend the PowerAll Deluxe PBJS12000-R as the best for most drivers.   Read More >

April 2017

 
April 28, 2017
April 27, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: What Are Computer Glasses (and Do They Work)?
It’s still unclear if computer glasses are more beneficial than other eye-strain reduction techniques, like apps that reduce blue-light exposure.
April 26, 2017
The Best Chromebook Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is the best Chromebook for most people. It's powerful and slim, and has a great screen, keyboard, and battery life.   Read More >
April 26, 2017
The Best Superzoom Camera Nikon Coolpix B700
After 55 hours of research and testing, the Nikon Coolpix B700 is our top superzoom pick, with a flip-out rear screen, an eye sensor, and a 60x zoom lens.   Read More >
April 25, 2017
The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People Netgear Orbi RBK50
We tested nine mesh-networking kits in a 3,500 sq. ft. house, and we found the powerful, easy-to-use, feature-packed Netgear Orbi is the best for most people.   Read More >
April 21, 2017
April 20, 2017
The Best Earbuds Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3
After 35 hours researching and testing 16 high-end earbuds head-to-head with an expert listening panel, we’ve picked the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3 for being fun to listen to, comfortable to wear for long periods, and beautiful to look at.   Read More >
April 20, 2017
The Best Multiroom Wireless Speaker System Sonos Play:1
Sonos offers the best selection of hardware and software integration for wirelessly playing music in any room in your home.   Read More >
April 20, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: Which Earbuds Have the Best Mics?
Thanks to their collar style, our favorite wireless Bluetooth earbuds have a mic that sounds significantly better than many headphones we’ve tested.
April 14, 2017
Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Which Voice Controlled Speaker Is Best for You? Amazon Echo
After living with both Amazon Echo and Google Home for several months, we think Echo has the edge because it does more. Home is also great for many households.   Read More >
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
The Best Rain Boots Women’s Xtratuf 15″ Legacy Boot
We tested 14 pairs of rain boots through 60 miles of city streets, wooded paths, rocky shores, and ankle-deep mud, and we think the Women’s Xtratuf Legacy 15″ Boot and the Men’s Xtratuf Legacy 15″ Boot make the best wet-weather boots for women and men.   Read More >
April 13, 2017
The Best USB 3.0 Flash Drive SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive 64 GB
The SanDisk Extreme CZ80 is still our favorite USB 3.0 flash drive, but it's being discontinued. After it goes away, the Extreme Go is the next-best choice.   Read More >
April 13, 2017
The Best Apple Watch Chargers and Stands Spigen S350 Apple Watch Stand
We tested about a dozen models and think the compact, stable, easy-to-use Spigen S350 is the best basic Apple Watch stand.   Read More >
April 13, 2017
The Best Umbrella Repel Easy Touch
After doing 50 hours of research and four rounds of testing involving 33 different umbrellas, we think the Repel Easy Touch is the best umbrella for most people.   Read More >
April 13, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: How Can I Wipe and Restore Tablets and Phones for Travel?
This is how to wipe and restore your tablet or phone before you travel, with steps for iOS and Android users.
April 11, 2017
The Best Baseball and Softball Gloves Wilson A360 14″ Slowpitch Glove
After dozens of hours researching and testing, we think the Wilson A360 14″ Slowpitch Glove is the best entry-level baseball/softball glove for most people.   Read More >
April 7, 2017
The Best Portable Vaporizer Grenco Science G Pen Elite
After considering 35 vaporizers and testing 13, we’ve chosen the Grenco Science G Pen Elite as our pick for the best portable vaporizer for most people—it delivers the best vapor quality for the money, it’s intuitive and easy to use, and it’s so satisfying you might never choose smoking instead.   Read More >
April 7, 2017
April 6, 2017
The iPad Is the Best Tablet iPad
The 5th-generation iPad is our new pick for most people, thanks to its compelling combination of performance, features, screen size, and price.   Read More >
April 6, 2017
The Best Sport Sunglasses Ryders Seventh
After performing 120 hours of testing, we think the versatile, high-value Ryders Seventh yellow photochromic glasses are the best outdoor eyewear for most people.   Read More >
April 6, 2017
Dear Wirecutter: What Should I Look For When Buying a Used Car?
When buying a used car, check it out for yourself, get an inspection, and compare its price to what local sellers and dealers are asking.
April 5, 2017
The Best Gaming Laptop Acer Predator 17 G9-793-78CM
Acer’s Predator 17 G9-793-78CM is the best gaming laptop for most people. It has a great screen and powerful guts, it stays cool, and it can power a VR headset.   Read More >
April 5, 2017
The Best Plug-In Smart Outlet Belkin WeMo Mini
We tested eight smart plug-in switches using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and found the Belkin WeMo Mini is the best way for most people to add smart control to the outlets in their homes.   Read More >
April 4, 2017
The Best Smartwatch for Android Phones Asus ZenWatch 3
The Asus ZenWatch 3 is the best smartwatch for an Android phone right now, as it’s relatively stylish, reasonably future-proof, and has good battery life.   Read More >
April 3, 2017
The Best Wireless Earbuds Phiaton BT 100 NC
We tested 25 Bluetooth in-ear headphones for use when commuting or at work, and we think the Phiaton BT 100 NC gives you the best experience for the money.   Read More >
April 3, 2017
The Best Smart LED Light Bulbs Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3
After testing 10 new smart LED light bulbs for eight weeks, we think the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3 is the best smart bulb for most people.   Read More >