Top travel gear for kids as rated by the pros

Anna Weaver  |  July 18, 2019

Taking your kids on adventures away from home can be eye-opening for both parents and children. These trips help make memories for your kids and broaden their horizons. But to get there, especially with younger kids, you need to take along a lot of gear. For example, your children need to be in car seats …

We tested this well-reviewed collapsible water bottle from Amazon — here’s our take

Mandy Gambrell  |  July 15, 2019

There’s a water bottle being sold on Amazon that collapses and expands in an accordion-like fashion, and it reminds me of the discontinued Burple drink mix packaging. This lightweight, foldable sports bottle costs $16.99 and has great reviews on Amazon — 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 114 user reviews. So I decided to check …

This Chart From Consumer Reports Shows Who Makes the Most Reliable Appliances

Kate Streit  |  June 24, 2019

Home appliances are generally a big investment. Because of the high price tag, you want to make sure you’re making a good purchase that will function well for years to come. To get a sense of which brands are best in terms of reliability, check out this handy chart from Consumer Reports that breaks down …

4 Present Ideas Even Picky Dads Will Love

Kate Streit  |  June 5, 2019

What do you get for the man with super-discerning taste? If you have the type of dad who won’t be satisfied with a “World’s Best Dad” mug or yet another silly tie, it can be tough to come up with a gift he’ll actually like this Father’s Day. If you’re struggling with gift ideas for …

The 3 best sippy cups

Genevieve Lill  |  May 29, 2019

Best Overall Sippy Cup   Photo by Kristin Forte/Simplemost   Why We Like It: The Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup is truly remarkable. Children (12 months and up) drink out of it like a normal cup, but it has this magic lid that responds to a child’s mouth on the rim but otherwise won’t leak …

Best Protein Powder

The 3 best protein powders

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Photo by Stephanie Faris     Why We Like It: Even when mixed with just water, we were impressed at how thick and frothy this shake was. It even had that delicious foam topping. In our testing, we found that it is prone to clumping, so with this one, you’ll need …

The 3 best countertop blenders

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Blender   Photo by Kristin Forte/Simplemost   Why We Like It: Our testing found that the Vitamix 750 lives up to the hype — it’s the top-of-the-line as far as home blenders go. Though it has an incredibly powerful motor, it was also super quiet, which was a pleasant surprise.     …

The 3 best alarm clocks

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Kristin Forte/Simplemost Why We Like It: If you’ve struggled to see the display on your alarm clock or you just need a little help here and there, the American Lifetime digital alarm clock is the perfect one for you. In our testing, we found the text to be large and incredibly …

The 3 best salt lamps

Abby Stassen  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Kristin Forte/Simplemost Why We Like It: When we first took this salt lamp out of its packaging, the first thing we noticed was how sturdy it is. This salt lamp is massive, weighing in at between eight and 10 pounds, which means it really makes a statement when you add it …

The 3 best soda makers

Lauren Murphy  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Photo by Kristin Forte/Simplemost Why We Like It: In our testing, this soda maker produced reliable carbonation every time — if you drink sparkling water daily, this model is for you. You’ll find that it’s simple, portable and looks sleek and modern on your countertop. Plus, it comes with everything you need …

The 3 best oil diffusers

Abby Stassen  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Photo by Kristin Forte/Simplemost   Why We Like It:  In our testing, this diffuser stood out because of its sturdy construction and the smooth, reliable stream of essential oil mist it produces. We also found it to be quick and easy to set up, especially since one button controls all of …

The best toilet paper

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Toilet Paper   Quilted Northern/Amazon   Why We Like It: For those who value softness more than any other quality in a toilet paper, this version from Quilted Northern is for you. They don’t call it “ultra-plush” for nothing, and we found that this toilet paper lived up to its name! Unlike other …

This Digital Picture Frame Has Tons Of Glowing Reviews

Augusta Statz  |  May 21, 2019

Keeping in touch with loved ones can be easier said than done with all that’s on your plate already, but this digital picture frame makes it easy to share special moments with those who are far away — especially considering that you can email photos straight to the picture frame from your laptop or smartphone. …

Proctor & Gamble Sells Pringles Brand To Diamond Foods For $1.5 Billion

You Can Win $10,000 By Guessing Pringles’ New Mystery Flavor

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 21, 2019

Think you have what it takes to accurately guess the flavor of a “mystery” potato chip? Well, it’s time to find out because, for the first time in the U.S., Pringles is launching a Mystery Flavor, giving fans the chance to not only have fun guessing the correct flavor, but to also win $10,000 in …

Best Weather Station

What’s the point of a smart weather station?

Kate Streit  |  May 20, 2019

These days, our world is populated with smart devices. You can get smartphones, smart home devices, smart TVs — and now, smart weather stations. For the uninitiated, a smart weather station takes your typical weather forecasting app to a whole new level. CNET describes a smart weather station “as a set of new senses for …

6 Things You Need For The Ultimate Beach Day

Bridget Sharkey  |  May 15, 2019

It’s officially time to embrace summer and bask in the gorgeous sun rays. If you have a beach day (or several beach days, lucky you!) on the horizon, it’s time make sure that you have everything you need in your beach bag so that you can relax to the max. Here are the top beach …

This Popular Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Is On Sale On Amazon

Kate Streit  |  May 14, 2019

Vacuuming is one of those chores you should probably do more often than you do. But it can be difficult to find both the time and the energy to pull out the vacuum cleaner so you can rid your floors of all the dirt and debris that seems to cover them so quickly. That’s why …

7 Ways To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Relaxing Retreat

Brittany Anas  |  May 13, 2019

Your bedroom, at a minimum, serves a utilitarian purpose: A place to get a good night’s sleep. But, it has the potential to be so much more, doubling as a relaxing retreat that makes you feel pampered, much like your favorite spa or a presidential suite at a swanky hotel. Here are seven simple (we …

5 Things You Can Make with an Air Fryer

Brittany Anas  |  May 9, 2019

Air fryers seem almost too good to be true. They give your food that delicious crunch we associate with fried foods, but without all those extra fat grams and calories. For the uninitiated, these buzzworthy countertop convection ovens don’t actually fry your food because you’re not dousing anything in oil. Rather, air fryers use extremely …

8 Flat Iron Mistakes You’re Probably Making Without Realizing It

Bridget Sharkey  |  May 8, 2019

Flat irons are one of the most common hot tools in a woman’s beauty arsenal, and there are some tips and tricks to use them correctly. Any of these common flat iron mistakes can be a waste of your time and money and frustrate you while you’re styling your hair! Here are some flat iron …

Best Zero Gravity Chair

This Is How Zero-Gravity Chairs Work

Kate Streit  |  May 8, 2019

If you’re looking to kick back and relax, a zero gravity chair is a great way to get away from it all without going anywhere at all. Despite the name, these chairs do not actually defy the laws of physics. However, what they do is allow you to lay in the same position astronauts take …

This Hoodie Is Basically A Diaper Bag For Dads

Augusta Statz  |  May 6, 2019

The lives of busy dads everywhere are about to get a whole lot easier. May we introduce you to a hoodie made just for diaper bag-carrying dads who prefer not to be weighed down while on the go. This product, appropriately named The Dad Hoodie, functions as both a piece of apparel and as a …

The Best BBQ Grill

9 Things Anyone Who Absolutely Loves Grilling Season Needs ASAP

Kate Streit  |  May 3, 2019

Grilling season is almost here, so it’s time to stock up on all the supplies you need to make the most of your barbecue. Some essentials — like a good grill — are obvious, but there some lesser-known tools out there that will really take your grilled creations to the next level. Whether’s it’s a …

Best Hair Dryer

5 Tips For Blow Drying Your Hair The Right Way

Kate Streit  |  April 24, 2019

You know that feeling you get when you walk out of the salon after a great blowout, knowing your hair looks flawless? Try as we might, many of us struggle with replicating the same look at home. Although it seems easy enough, blow drying your hair correctly is a delicate art. Here are some tips …

Small But Important Products You Might Overlook For Your First Baby

Bridget Sharkey  |  April 24, 2019

It is no secret that babies can be expensive. A newborn baby will cost his or her parents around $12,000 before their first birthday. That doesn’t even take into account the money parents spend before their bundle of joy even arrives, on prenatal vitamins and maternity clothes. That is why it is important to make …

5 pressure-washing videos that are oddly satisfying to watch

Augusta Statz  |  April 24, 2019

If you’ve ever watched a baking video — not because you cared about what they were making, but because there’s something satisfying about watching the process culminate in a perfect product at the end — then you understand just how soothing these types of videos can be. Well, it turns out that videos showing the …

5 Mother’s Day Gifts Mom Actually Wants

Kate Streit  |  April 23, 2019

Mother’s Day is around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about what to give all the special moms in your life. It can be difficult to come up with something that your mom doesn’t already have, and more importantly, something that she actually wants. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these …

7 Recipes You Didn’t Know You Could Make in Your Waffle Maker

Augusta Statz  |  April 23, 2019

If you haven’t already invested in a waffle iron, these recipes may convince you to splurge. Not only can a waffle maker help you create waffles filled with deep pockets for your syrup, but it can also serve similar functions as a panini press, skillet and more, making it an essential item to have in …

The Beginner’s Guide To Cricut, The Awesome Crafting Tool That Everyone’s Talking About

Haley Velasco  |  April 23, 2019

If you’re into crafting, design or working with interesting materials, a Cricut machine might be the right tool to add to your scrapbook room. The brand-name machine from Cricut, Inc. creates die-cuts. Basically, you choose or create an image on your computer, then it gets sent to the machine. The Cricut cuts out your design …

Hate flossing? What you should know about water flossers

Augusta Statz  |  April 22, 2019

Getting that fresh-from-the-dentist clean feeling can seem nearly impossible to achieve at home, but the right oral care regimen can go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums feeling minty fresh. And flossing is a very important part of any such regimen — but that doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable. Thankfully, if you’re someone …

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Is The Ultimate Easy Comfort Food

Bridget Sharkey  |  April 15, 2019

Did you know that it’s super easy to make macaroni and cheese in your Instant Pot? Macaroni and cheese is one of Americans’ most beloved comfort foods, and it’s no wonder. This simple yet satisfying dish can be elevated to please every palate, whether you’re making a basic mac and cheese for the little ones …

These gifts will make Easter baskets for every age more special

Kate Streit  |  April 10, 2019

Easter is just around the corner, so it’s time to start putting together Easter baskets for the kids! Of course, you’ll include the old standbys of plenty of chocolate bunnies, Cadbury Creme eggs, Peeps and other seasonal holiday candies. But it’s nice to put in a little something extra as well. Growing up, my Easter …

Thousands Of People Love These Comfy (And Cheap) Sandals

Augusta Statz  |  April 8, 2019

The search for the perfect sandal may have finally come to an end. Amazon customers swear by these affordable, cute and comfy sandals for spring and summer. So, these might just be the exact shoe you want to slip into once the warm weather is here to stay. The Sanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 sandal …

Consumer Reports Will No Longer Recommend Dyson Stick Vacuums

Augusta Statz  |  March 25, 2019

The reigning champion for the highest ranked cordless vacuum cleaner has fallen from its top spot. Consumer Reports has announced that it will no longer recommend Dyson stick vacuum models to consumers due to the results of a recent survey. The survey was given to customers by Consumer Reports. It proved that the Dyson stick …

This Colorful, Waterproof Rain Jacket Has More Than 2,000 5-Star Reviews

Augusta Statz  |  March 14, 2019

Grown-up raingear isn’t the easiest to find — unless you enjoy wearing a bright yellow rubber-y raincoat. And that’s precisely why this waterproof jacket with more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon is worth bringing to your attention. Not only do thousands of women love the way this coat looks — it comes in 18 …

This Major Ticketmaster Change Is Causing Problems For Some Customers

John Matarese  |  June 26, 2018

A recent change to Ticketmaster has been confusing some concertgoers and causing some to overpay by hundreds of dollars. The No. 1 concert ticket seller, in an attempt to compete with StubHub and other resellers, has now become a reseller itself. But as one woman learned, you could end up paying a lot more than face …

AT&T And DirecTV Agree To $48 Billion Merger

People Say They Are Trapped By Their DirecTV Service

John Matarese  |  May 30, 2018

Satellite TV services like DirecTV are great with lower rates on cable, that is, until you try to cancel them. The Better Business Bureau has more than 20,000 complaints about DirecTV, many from customers having trouble ending their relationship. Among them, Chris Gilligan, who has been trying to cancel DirecTV for five months. Every time she thinks …

Straight Talk phone plans offer unlimited data, with a catch

John Matarese  |  May 29, 2018

How would you like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy with unlimited data for just $35 a month? That’s what Straight Talk promises, and their prepaid plans are a lot cheaper than any plan with Verizon or AT&T. But as one man just found out, it comes with a catch that made the great deal no deal …

How safe are Amazon Echo and Google Home?

John Matarese  |  May 23, 2018

Smart homes are here to stay. Many of us now have an Amazon Echo or Google Home and are adding video doorbells, automatic door locks and other automation features. But how can you make sure you are keeping your family safe and not sharing your most private moments with the world? Digital assistants doing more and more …

This Free Tool Can Help You Spot Fake Amazon And Yelp Reviews

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 4, 2018

Shopping online takes a lot of trust. When it comes to clothing, you’re not sure how it will fit. With appliances or electronics, you want to make sure you’re getting the best product for your money, especially if you’re dropping some serious cash. That’s where reviews can help on sites like Amazon and Yelp, which you …

There’s a chance your measuring spoons aren’t accurate

Jessica Morgan  |  February 28, 2018

“Spoon-gate” began with salty cookies and the strong desire to prove my mom wrong. On the afternoon all of my measuring illusions were shattered, I was making my famous chocolate chip cookies to give to our pet sitter for Christmas. These cookies are renowned among my friends for being perfectly salty and perfectly sweet. Yet …

Bath & Body Works

13 things you didn’t know about Bath & Body Works

Kate Streit  |  February 21, 2018

Ever since it was founded in 1990, Bath & Body Works has been a go-to destination for their fragrant bubble bath, lotions, body sprays and more. Whether you’re looking for a gift or just want to treat yourself, the store is always reliable. Although the retailer has been in business for 28 years now, it …

Teen Driver

These Are The Best Used Cars for Teens, According to Consumer Reports

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 20, 2018

When it’s time for your teenager to start driving, it can be pretty stressful—and sometimes downright scary. It’s a big moment in life for you and your teen, so the more prepared you both are, the less stressed you’ll be. So when it comes time to pick the car they’ll be driving, it’s best to …

Toyota's New Prius Hybrid Cars To Go On Sale In October

The top 15 cars that owners keep for at least 15 years

Clint Davis  |  January 25, 2018

It’s common knowledge that once you drive a new car off the lot, it immediately loses a ton of its value. But some cars hold onto their worth much longer than others. A new study shows which vehicle models have lasted the longest for their original owners over the past 30 years. The automotive research …

Old Navy

Old Navy is launching a kids’ clothing subscription box

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 2, 2017

If it seems like you can pretty much get anything you want via a subscription box delivered right to your door—you’re right. From health and beauty items to toys for your pets, and even more specific boxes like ones for Nickelodeon fans or lovers of all things Harry Potter, there’s not much you can’t subscribe …

We tried the charcoal peel-off face mask and here’s what we thought

Jessica Suss  |  September 13, 2017

By now, you’ve probably seen the multitude of videos around the internet of a magical black face mask that peels off in one fell swoop, taking with it every trace of gunk from your pores. You emerge a clear-skinned vision, albeit one without a bit of eyebrow (those masks are strong!). YouTubers and Instagrammers who spread …

Families Lose Homes As Weak Economy, Housing Crisis Drags On

The best locks for your front door, according to Consumer Reports

Kate Streit  |  September 5, 2017

In the quest to keep your home and family safe, secure door locks should be at the top of your list. Because, while you might be surprised to learn this, one of the most common ways a crook enters your home is the same way you do—right through the front door. Even if you religiously …

Review: Putting LuLaRoe’s athletic Jordan leggings to the test

Kate Desmond  |  July 17, 2017

Read our original story reviewing 6 top leggings brands here. A few weeks back, I gave my two cents about a whole bunch of leggings, including the OS by LuLaRoe. Well, it seems LuLaRoe also has an athletic version of their super soft leggings and thought it was only fair to put them to the …

This Sundress Made From Upside-Down Jeans Is Retailing For $445

Megan Fenno  |  June 1, 2017

We’ve seen some pretty interesting fashion designs this year, from jeans that have ‘clear knees‘ that retail for $95 to straight-up clear jeans which will run you $100 to fake muddy jeans that retail for a whopping $445 a pair at Nordstrom. But it seems as though the fun hasn’t stopped there, as the latest wearable denim item available …

homemade air conditioner

Is a homemade air conditioner worth the time and money to build it?

Haley Otman  |  May 30, 2017

It’s an insanely popular Google search: “Do homemade air conditioners work?” More than 11 million sites talk about the efficacy of going DIY to cool down your home. It makes sense to consider a super-cheap alternative. After all, if you rent in an old apartment building or home, it likely won’t have central air. And …