How to Remove Icky Sticky Stuff, Home Chef Feedback, and Best Inexpensive™ Steam Iron

I harbor a little-known secret. I only know a lot of the stuff I know because I’ve learned it from

Best Inexpensive™ Dish Drainer, Electric Kettle, Outdoor Grill

You know it’s a good day for me when my “inner shopper” gets to come out and play.

Researching, reviewing

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Some (But Not All) Spray Bottles are Designed to Fail

Many commercial household cleaning products—glass and window cleaner for example—routinely come in a bottle with a handy sprayer. And we

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Best Inexpensive™ Umbrellas

I could not even venture a guess for how many umbrellas I’ve purchased in my life. It’s not so much

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Best Inexpensive™ Toasters and Countertop Oven

I cannot begin to tell you all that I’ve learned over the last few months about kitchen appliances—both major and

Best Inexpensive™ Laptop Computers for Students of 2018

If you or someone you love will be heading off to college soon, a laptop will be absolutely essential. Nowadays, a

Best Inexpensive™ Flannel Bed Sheets Plus How to Prevent Pilling

There are few things as comforting as slipping between super soft, cozy flannel bed sheets on a cold, winter night.

Help! My Apartment Stinks Like a Stale Ashtray

What do vacuum sealers and apartments that smell like a stale ashtray have in common? Absolutely nothing other than these two

Best Inexpensive™ Microfiber, Electronics, Automobiles

There’s nothing like microfiber for cleaning just about any surface in and about the house. If you’ve never used a

Frequently Asked Questions: Groceries Online?! Which AirFryer?

Today I am responding to two very frequently asked questions at two one-fell swoops—a phrase I’ve

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Best Inexpensive™: Mattress, Bed Pillows, Duvet Cover

The idea to buy a mattress online and have it shipped to your home is still rather mind-boggling. It seems so

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Cutting Through the Hype to Find Some Decent Cyber Monday Deals!

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Best Inexpensive™ Water Filters—Pitcher, Under-Sink, Countertop

You need to stay hydrated, that’s for sure, but is the tap water in your home safe? It is considered

Best Inexpensive™ Dinnerware, Drinkware, Stainless Flatware

Recently, when one of my staff turned 30, I quipped that I have dishes older than he. It’s true.

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Best Inexpensive™ Heated Mattress Pad

Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t know something called a heated mattress pad even existed. Makes sense since

Best Inexpensive™ Electric Toothbrush, Folding Knife, Smart Speaker and Extreme Hand Lotion

One of the best things I’ve done in a long time is to invite my readers to send in their

Instant Pot Quick-Start Guide

About 20 years ago there was a pressure cooker renaissance in America. Our grandmothers knew that day would come, that

Best Inexpensive: Towels, Mattress Pad, Down Comforter

In my lifetime, I have spent way too much in an attempt to furnish bedrooms and baths with high quality

Best Inexpensive Bed Sheets

For some time I’ve been toying with whether or not to write this column on bed sheets. You can see

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Ask Me Anything: Rust Stains, Computer Printers, Dark Spot Remover

Got a question? Lots of readers do and chances are pretty good their questions just might be your questions, too.