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Wall Hooks We Love: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
In the fight against clutter, the hook is an essential tool. Install a few around your home, and suddenly your jacket, bag, and tangle of necklaces have a place to live. But very few function well and look stylish enough to show off on your walls. We recommend 11 hooks that Wirecutter staffers use to help make their day-to-day hustle a little tidier.
wirecutter  review  comparo  organizing  home_stuff 
yesterday by rgl7194
The Best Duct Tape for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We tested 10 duct tapes on wood, glass, and plastic sheeting, spending seven months monitoring their outdoor performance in a New England field, and we found the best roll of duct tape to have around the house is Duck Max Strength. No other tape we tested has such a good combination of features—strong adhesive, high material strength, and stretchy flexibility—making it the most useful in the widest variety of situations.
Our pick
Duck Max Strength
The best duct tape
Duck Max Strength sticks to most anything, tears off the roll neatly, and stays stiff enough to not flop onto itself yet flexible enough to wrap around corners or an uneven surface.
$7 from Amazon
$6 from Walmart
Duck Max Strength’s strong adhesive sticks well to a variety of materials. It tears off in a straight line, and while it’s flexible enough to wrap around an uneven shape (like the finger of a blown-out glove), it’s also stiff enough that it doesn’t flop over on itself during use.
home_stuff  wirecutter  review  comparo  tools  repair 
yesterday by rgl7194
How Wirecutter Money Makes Recommendations: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Not everyone wants to talk about money, so it can be hard to get solid advice from people you know. That’s where Wirecutter Money can help. The Money team takes the deep-dive Wirecutter approach and applies it to credit cards, software, and services to make recommendations that can set you on the path to a secure financial future. We asked Wirecutter Money senior editor Korrena Bailie to tell us what her team plans to review this year, how the Money team keeps up with changing rates, and what her own terrifying new year’s money resolution is.
"Wirecutter-ing your stuff" means buying things that make life easier and more enjoyable. What does "Wirecutter-ing your finances" mean?
We believe that Wirecutter-ing your finances is primarily about reducing friction or stress in your life—mostly in small ways, but sometimes in big ones.
There's no reason money topics have to cause fear or tension, and our job is to recommend the credit cards, software, and behavioral tricks that will ease those feelings.
Wirecutter-ing your finances can mean paying a little up front for greater benefits later on. For example, we love the Chase Sapphire Reserve, our pick for the best travel credit card. You pay a $450 annual fee up front, but the rewards and travel credits will most likely put more money in your pocket than with any other card. In addition, you get excellent travel insurance, which means your vacation won't crumble beneath you if your flight is late or someone rear-ends your rental car.
It also means picking the right software to do your taxes or the best budgeting app, or even thinking about saving for retirement. How many fights have you had with a significant other over money? For nearly all of these problems, there’s a better solution. And we’re committed to finding them for our readers.
Wirecutter-ing your finances can mean paying a little up front for greater benefits later on.
wirecutter  money  credit_cards  software  review  comparo  finances 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Why We Love the AeroPress Coffee Maker: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
I love my job, but the coffee provided in our offices is terrible. Luckily, I’ve found a great solution: the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, a portable hybrid brewer that combines some of the best qualities of other brewing systems. It is fast like a Nespresso machine and easy to use like a French press, and makes coffee that tastes almost as great as a lovingly prepared pour-over.
Our pick
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
A simple coffee solution
The lightweight, compact AeroPress is the simplest way to make an excellent tasting single cup of coffee, no electricity needed.
$30 from Amazon
The first time I used the AeroPress in our office kitchen its somewhat sterile appearance drew more than a few confused looks, and my lack of confidence resulted in a small mess. But I quickly got the hang of the technique and grew to love my weird-looking beverage syringe. Now, as long as I have access to coffee grounds and hot water, the AeroPress allows me to make a great cup of coffee anywhere in less than two minutes. And in my year of using it, I’ve learned that I’m part of a large community of coffee enthusiasts who love the AeroPress, including many other Wirecutter staffers, as well as pros who conduct annual AeroPress competitions.
coffee  wirecutter  review  comparo 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Newsonomics: With an expanding Wirecutter, The New York Times is doubling down on diversification
An overview of Wirecutter’s new “Money” service, focusing more on service recommendations rather than product recommendations.

The article primarily looks at this through the lens of traditional newspaper companies trying to diversify their product offerings (cooking, crosswords, etc.), to set themselves up for a future in which its customers aren’t as captivated by the day-to-day news as they are in 2018.
finance  news  wirecutter  new-york-times 
12 days ago by irace
The Best iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X Cases for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X are Apple’s most expensive phones ever, and the most expensive to repair. Thanks to a design that uses glass for the entire front and back, they’re also perhaps the most breakable, so we recommend using a case that will help protect your phone against scratches, dents, and broken glass.
Case preferences are subjective, so we can’t tell you what the best case for you is. But we’ve tested more than 120 cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X, taking into account protection, utility, and design, to find the best options in a variety of styles and categories. Read on for our picks for basic cases, leather cases, wallet cases, folio cases, transparent cases, extra-protective cases, cases that work well with accessories, thin cases, and waterproof cases. And as more models are released for Apple’s latest phones, we’ll update this guide with additional options for a wider variety of tastes.
iphoneXS  iphoneX  accessories  wirecutter  review  comparo 
13 days ago by rgl7194
The Best iPhone Cases for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A good case is a wise investment for your iPhone. Even the least expensive iPhone is pricey, and the right case will offer protection against scratches, dings, and cracks—and allow you to personalize your phone—without adding much extra bulk or changing how you use your phone. We’ve tested hundreds of cases for every iPhone back to the iPhone 5, and we think the Silk Base Grip is the best case for the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X, as well as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, offering solid everyday protection at a low price. But we have recommendations for older phones and different needs, too.
The best case for iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR: Silk Base Grip
Who this is for: People who want a slim, protective, and affordable case for any iPhone X model.
Why we like it: After testing almost 70 cases for the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR, we think the best case to protect that huge investment is the Silk Base Grip. This sleek case will help protect phones against damage from everyday life—to get more protection, you’d have to use a much bulkier case. The flexible plastic material offers more grip than a bare phone, and the raised lip around the screen is tall enough to help protect the glass from drops. And the Base Grip is very affordable.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Silk Base Grip is a rather plain case with a relatively limited selection of solid color choices. It’s not the best pick for someone seeking a unique look.
We also have picks for other types of cases, including leather cases, waterproof options, and more in our full review of the best iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X cases.
iphoneX  iphoneXS  iphone8  accessories  wirecutter  comparo  review 
13 days ago by rgl7194
Mattress Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Most people shop for mattresses all wrong, focusing on arbitrary measures of firmness level or sleep position, considering only price point, or simply choosing the materials and technology du jour. But that approach can land you a not-so-comfy mattress you may regret buying. The advice in this guide will show you a better way (hint: focus on comfort and support) and builds on our hundreds of hours of research and sleep testing to help you find a mattress you’ll happily sleep on for years.
Our pick
Leesa
Our favorite foam mattress
This three-layer foam mattress hugs your contours without feeling too soft. It has decent edge support and stays reasonably cool for foam. You have 100 days to decide if it works for you, after which you can return it without an extra charge.
$845 from Leesa
(queen)
Saatva
A good innerspring mattress
Staffers in our recent blind test liked the support provided by this innerspring mattress made with individually wrapped coils and a cushy Euro top. It comes with a generous 120-day trial period (though there’s a $100 fee to return it).
$1,100 from Saatva
(queen)
Leesa Sapira
A crowd-pleasing hybrid
Our staffers loved this hybrid’s just-right sink. Designed with individually wrapped coils and four layers of foam, Leesa’s higher-end model offers more edge support than its all-foam counterpart.
$1,400 from Leesa
(queen)
When shopping, you can choose from three primary mattress types: foam, spring, or hybrid (a mix of foam and springs). We’ll help you figure out which type you’ll like best, but as a starting place, we recommend the foam Leesa, the spring Saatva, and the hybrid Leesa Sapira mattresses for their comfort, price, and generous trial periods. But given that comfort is highly subjective, and no single mattress will work for everyone, we have other recommendations in our guide to the best foam mattresses.
sleep  wirecutter  review  comparo 
14 days ago by rgl7194
What to Know About Mattress Types: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Even with a deluge of new offerings from startups and old-school mattress companies, all touting game-changing tech and the promise of a perfect night’s sleep, most mattresses fall into three simple categories: spring (aka innerspring), foam, and hybrid. We go into more depth about what to look for in our mattress buying guide, but if you’re shopping for a new mattress, you should try out at least a couple of each—you might be surprised by what you find comfortable.
sleep  wirecutter  guide 
14 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Mobile Scanning Apps for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending more than 25 hours researching and using 19 mobile scanning apps, we’re convinced that Scanbot Pro is the best choice for capturing documents on both Android and iOS. It’s easy to use and produces excellent scan quality, with reliable text recognition and useful sharing options. And since it doesn’t transmit any data to its own servers, it doesn’t put your personal info at unnecessary risk.
Our pick
Scanbot Pro
The best scanning app for Android and iOS
Scanbot’s excellent interface, image quality, text recognition, and sharing options put it a step ahead of the competition.
$7 from Apple
$3 from Google Play
Scanbot Pro produces good-looking scans across a variety of document types, including books, business cards, and even photos. The app’s results with optical character recognition (OCR) are very good, if not best in class, and it lets you easily share PDFs, images, and text files directly or automatically store them in the cloud for later use. It’s also more affordable than some of its nearest rivals, requiring only a modest one-time fee rather than an ongoing subscription.
ios  android  scanning  apps  comparo  review  wirecutter 
16 days ago by rgl7194
How to Switch Cell Phone Carriers: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Switching to a new cell service can seem intimidating, but for once in telecom the rules are on your side: Firing your current provider and taking not just your business but also your phone number elsewhere is not merely your privilege but your right. This didn’t happen by accident: It took sustained customer advocacy before the US government mandated wireless number portability. As a result, moving your number should be easy. But taking your phone from one carrier to another can bring up compatibility issues.
Moving numbers
As this FCC checklist spells out, it’s easy to port your number from your current carrier. Here’s how:
1. Don’t cancel your old service before you begin porting your number—the process works only if the number is currently active.
2. Sign in to your current account and get your account number, your account PIN (if it exists), and your billing address. If you can’t find the PIN in whatever password manager you use—even if it’s just Safari or Chrome’s autofill—you may need to reset it.
3. Sign up with your new service, tell the carrier you want to port your number, and provide that sign-in info. Most carrier websites have easy-to-follow steps to walk you through this.
4. Wait for your number to move to the new service—usually it takes just a few hours.
5. Cancel service with your old carrier; porting your number sometimes cancels it automatically.
That last step can require paying off a balance on your phone, but your new service may pay for that.
Although it’s possible for the new service to charge a fee to port over your number, you’re likely to see that only in unusual cases such as moving a number to Google Voice (for which Google charges $20) or porting one to an Internet-calling service ($40 with Ooma).
fcc  wirecutter  howto  cellphones 
17 days ago by rgl7194
How to Save for College: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The estimated cost of putting a newborn through public college 18 years from now is nearly equivalent to buying a median-priced home today for all cash.
Saving that much, especially for more than one child, is impossible for most families. Nobody wants their children to start their adult lives saddled with a crippling amount of student debt. But numbers like those can have a perverse effect, paralyzing parents into doing nothing at all. After all, there’s no class in, ahem, college, to prepare us. We aren’t told how to begin and it’s often hard to find any wiggle room in the budget, particularly when you’re already paying a mortgage (or rent), child care, health insurance — and maybe even a student loan of your own. So where should you begin? Right here.
college  money  finances  howto  wirecutter  review 
20 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Apps for Managing Your Kid's Phone for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Parental controls allow adults to set limits on their kid’s app access and overall phone use and serve as “training wheels” to help kids and teens build healthy tech habits. We spent about 30 hours testing seven parental-control options on both iOS and Android devices, using them to manage our kids’ daily screen time, and concluded that Apple Screen Time is best for iOS households, while Google Family Link is best for Android households with kids under 13. Qustodio is the better choice for Android households with children 13 and older.
Our pick
Apple Screen Time
Best for iOS users
The controls built into iOS 12 let you set a daily time limit on app and/or device use and give you more information about and control over your kid’s screen time than third-party apps can.
Buy from Apple
Apple’s Screen Time is a free set of parental controls built into iOS 12, the iPhone’s latest operating system. It allows parents to manage their child’s iPhone or iPad remotely; set a daily limit on the time they spend on specific apps, on categories of apps, or generally on the phone; and automatically limit access to the phone at bedtime. Setup can be confusing, but no other software gives you as much insight into and control over the use of an iPhone or iPad, in part because Apple has such tight control over its software and hardware.
smartphone  iphone  parental_controls  children  wirecutter  review  comparo  screen_time  ios12 
20 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Travel Plug Adapter for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending more than 30 hours researching and testing 12 travel plug adapters, we found the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter to be the best of the options. It fits four types of outlets, and it has more USB ports than any of its competitors, so it can can charge more devices at higher speeds. If you prefer the small size and weight of a plug adapter, we recommend the Ceptics International Worldwide 5 Piece Set.
Our pick
Epicka Universal Travel Adapter
Best universal travel adapter
With four plugs that will work in most countries, plus faster-charging USB ports (and more of them) than its competitors, this adapter is the best all-around choice.
$22 from Amazon
In a sea of almost-identical travel adapters, the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter stands out, combining the best of the features we were looking for. It contains the three most common international plugs and a US-style plug, which should cover you in the majority of countries around the world. It has the most USB ports—four of the standard USB-A and one USB-C—of any universal adapter we tested, and it could charge more of our devices faster. A replaceable fuse and an included spare should take the brunt of any accidental, unfortunate, or shockingly bad connections. The Epicka is fairly compact and well built, and it even comes with an extra USB cable and a nylon case.
charger  electric  USB  travel  wirecutter  review  comparo 
20 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Kitchen Scale: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After nearly 45 hours of research, three years of testing, and interviews with pro bakers, cookbook authors, a culinary instructor, and a registered dietitian, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best for most people. It’s impressively accurate, and it reads weights quickly in 1-gram increments.
Our pick
Escali Primo Digital Scale
The best kitchen scale
The affordably priced Escali scale is best for most home cooks who want consistent results when baking and cooking. Incredibly accurate, it reads weights quickly in increments of 1 gram and has a long auto-off function of about four minutes.
$22* from Amazon
$25 from Bed Bath & Beyond
May be out of stock
*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.
The Escali Primo Digital Scale is also affordably priced and easy to use and store, and it has a long battery life. Of the models we tested, this scale had the longest auto-off function, so you can take your time measuring. We think this 11-pound-capacity kitchen scale is ideal for all your basic home baking and cooking needs.
kitchen  cooking  food  recipes  wirecutter  review  comparo 
20 days ago by rgl7194

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