5 Best Juicer Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Claims for juicers in infomercials and celebrity endorsements range from the ability of juice to ease muscle aches, alleviate high blood pressure, and even increase sexual potency. And ubiquitous juice cleanses are touted as a way to flush out toxins, make your skin glow, and slim you down for that big reunion or red carpet walk. Don’t believe the pulp fiction. The evidence says otherwise. Juice cannot be any better than the produce from which it’s made. It can even be less nutritious if much of the dietary fiber is removed in the process.

That said, a juicer can certainly add vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to your daily diet. But only if you use it regularly and that’s not always easy. Some models we tested were so complicated to operate and so hard to clean that they’d probably end up collecting dust in a dark corner of your kitchen cabinet.

Top 5 Juicer

Bestseller No. 1
Mueller Austria Juicer Ultra 1100W Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3' Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, High Quality, BPA-Free, Large, Silver
5,446 Reviews
Mueller Austria Juicer Ultra 1100W Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3" Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, High Quality, BPA-Free, Large, Silver
  • WHY THE MUELLER ULTRA JUICER – Under it's sleek modern stainless-steel design and low counter-top...
  • DUAL-SPEED VERSATILITY - "1" low speed runs from 12000 to 15000 RPM for softer fruits like oranges,...
Bestseller No. 2
Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth 3” Feed Chute, Centrifugal, Easy to Clean, BPA Free, 800W, (67601A), Black
4,601 Reviews
Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth 3” Feed Chute, Centrifugal, Easy to Clean, BPA Free, 800W, (67601A), Black
  • Healthy, homemade juice in seconds- juice a variety of fruits and vegetables. Juicer is easy to...
  • Extra-large 3 inch feed chute fits whole fruits and vegetables- fit a whole apple, a peeled orange...
Bestseller No. 3
Juicer Machines, Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor Easy to Clean, Quiet Motor & Reverse Function, BPA-Free, Cold Press Juicer with Brush, Juice Recipes for Vegetables and Fruits
1,784 Reviews
Juicer Machines, Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor Easy to Clean, Quiet Motor & Reverse Function, BPA-Free, Cold Press Juicer with Brush, Juice Recipes for Vegetables and Fruits
  • UPGRADE THE SPIRAL SYSTEM - 7 segment spiral opening up each cell for maximum juice yield, minimal...
  • 80 RPM SLOW MASTICATING AND GRINDING - 90% More Nutrition Growth, without creating too much heat...
$3.00Bestseller No. 4
Juicer Wide Mouth Juice Extractor, Aicook Juicer Machines BPA Free Compact Fruits & Vegetables Juicer, Dual Speed Centrifugal Juicer with Anti-drip Function, Stainless Steel Juicers Easy to Clean
831 Reviews
Juicer Wide Mouth Juice Extractor, Aicook Juicer Machines BPA Free Compact Fruits & Vegetables Juicer, Dual Speed Centrifugal Juicer with Anti-drip Function, Stainless Steel Juicers Easy to Clean
  • WHY THE AICOOK JUICER –With a corrosion-resistant food grade 304 stainless steel sharp blades and...
  • DUAL SPEED VERSATILITY JUICER - Upgrade the motor for faster juicing but lower noise, under 60dB. It...
Bestseller No. 5
Juicer, Juice Extractor, Aicook Juicer Machine with 3'' Wide Mouth, 3 Speed Centrifugal Juicer for Fruits and Vegs, with Non-Slip Feet, BPA-Free
  • Health gurus - extracts up to 26% more juice and 36% more vitamins and minerals than other juicers....
  • Big timesaver - 3'' Wide Feed fit whole fruits & vegetables, without slicing and chopping,...

How We Chose the Best Juicers

Centrifugal vs. cold-press

We limited our focus to the two most common types — centrifugal and cold-press — excluding blenders, manual juicers, and citrus juicers. Centrifugal juicers shred produce and spin it rapidly to extract the juice.
Cold-press juicers (also called masticating juicers) crush the juice out by twisting the produce against a screen. Cold-press juicers take longer and tend to be more expensive, but extract slightly more juice.

Usability

Dietitian and nutrition writer Sharon Palmer told us that a juicer “should be easy to use, take apart, clean, and store.” Most of the juicers took about 10 minutes to assemble. The $300 Breville and the $400 Hurom both came mostly assembled, but the Tribes ($250) didn’t — and we found its instructions confusing and difficult to follow. KitchenAid’s $300 juicer attachment was hands-down the worst, requiring a full 20 minutes to assemble and almost causing injury thanks to its exposed blade.

Efficiency

Chef Liana Green told us that a good juicer can “juice green leafy vegetables and produce a high yield from ingredients.” The most efficient juicers will squeeze your fruits and veggies dry. The centrifugal juicers averaged a speedy two minutes per glass of juice, but they also tended to be quite messy, splattering juice everywhere if we placed our own glasses beneath the juice spouts. The cold-press juicers were generally quieter and neater during juicing, leaving us with a much cleaner countertop — but they required about seven minutes to fill one glass.

Ease of cleaning

While all juicers require scrubbing, we wanted to find the models that were as simple to clean as possible, free of nooks and crannies where pulp could collect. Despite a reputation that cold-press models will have you digging pulp out of their components for hours, our testing found that they were only slightly more difficult to clean than the centrifugal juicers.

Guide to Juicers

Assess your own health

Juicing isn’t for everyone. Registered dietitian Sylvia North warned us that “if you have a clinically diagnosed inflammatory bowel or kidney disease, some nutrients found in high concentrations in green juices may not be appropriate.” If you’re navigating any health challenges, it’s best to talk to your registered dietitian or doctor before you shop for a juicer.

Research recipes

Are you looking for a quick daily juice to take on your commute or something packed with all kinds of unusual ingredients to enjoy on a luxurious weekend morning? To make the most out of your juicer, get a head start by researching recipes involving your favorite ingredients. There are lots of online guides for beginners. The last thing you want to do is purchase a juicer and have it gather dust because you got sick of straight carrot juice.

Anticipate cleaning time

Be prepared to clean your juicer after every use. Bacteria love to feast on unpasteurized juices, so it’s important to clean your juicer every time you use it. And the sooner the better — the drier it gets, the harder pulp is to remove. During testing, we found that the strainer baskets and pulp spout tended to need the most attention. So think about how often you’ll use your machine, what kind of fruits and vegetables you’ll be juicing (some leave more behind in your juicer than others), and how much time you’ll have to clean your machine.

5 Best Suitcases Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

If you travel frequently for work or for leisure, you probably understand the importance of having quality luggage. When traveling by plane, especially in the situation where you have to check your baggage, the luggage is not handled delicately. If you use luggage that is not made of durable materials it will often be damaged and can lead to a loss of your personal items. Sturdy luggage doesn’t have to be heavy. There are many lightweight luggage pieces that are made of durable materials and are designed to last, even through airport travel.

Top 5 Suitcases

Bestseller No. 1
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner, Carry-On, Expandable Suitcase Luggage with Wheels, 21 Inch, Black
  • Black, Small 21-inch hardside spinner luggage for weekend getaways or as international carry-on
  • Interior capacity: 39 Liters
Bestseller No. 2
Travelers Club 4 Piece Set, Rose Gold
  • 26" Spinner suitcase: 26" H x 17. 5" L x 11" W, 8. 4 lbs.
  • 20" Carry-on spinner luggage: 20" H x 13" L x 9. 5" W, 7. 2 lbs.
$60.00Bestseller No. 3
$70.99Bestseller No. 4
Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Black, Checked-Large 28-Inch
  • 28" Spinner luggage maximizes your packing power and is the ideal checked bag for longer trips
  • packing dimensions: 28.5" X 20.5" X 13.5", overall dimensions: 30.5" X 21.5" X 13.5", weight: 10.35...
$119.29Bestseller No. 5
Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Brushed Anthracite, Checked-Medium 24-Inch
  • 24" SPINNER LUGGAGE maximizes your packing power and is the ideal checked bag for longer trips
  • PACKING Dimensions: 24.0" x 16.5" x 11", OVERALL Dimensions: 27.0" x 17.5" x 11.75", Weight: 9.3...

Solving the Case: Luggage Basics

Decide How You’ll Use It
Is it for flying, driving, cruising, or some other purpose? For airplane travel, familiarize yourself with the luggage rules of the airlines you plan to patronize. If it’s for road trips, look for bags that are pliable enough to maximize your trunk space. For cruise ships—which stack baggage in the boat’s belly before departure—flat, rigid luggage is optimal.

Consider How You’ll Store It
Once the luggage gets home, where will you put it? Hard-sided bags are the most unforgiving; you can’t squeeze them into a storage space. Soft-sided, structured bags have a little forgiveness on the front and back, but the footprint is fixed. If you have no place to store a stand-up suitcase, you may have to limit yourself to unstructured duffels or new collapsible bags.

Know Which Size You Need
This will depend mainly on the length of your trip and, if you are flying, airline luggage restrictions. It also depends on your own habits. Some people can pack for two weeks in their carry-on and an under seat personal item.

Soft-Sided or Ironsides?

Soft-sided luggage continues to dominate the market, but hard-sided is quickly gaining popularity because of newer lightweight materials.

Soft-Sided Luggage
Soft-sided luggage is made of fabrics that move and yield, usually a woven nylon fabric, such as Cordura or ballistic nylon. Ballistic is the shinier of the two and over time can abrade, but abrasions will not compromise the strength of the fabric. Cordura is a little softer and abrasion-resistant, preferable for an over-the-shoulder bag. If you consider a suitcase made of ripstop nylon, or “parachute material,” make sure that it is a high-denier (pronounced duh-NEER) fabric. Fabric denier is a measurement of weight, not quality.

Hard-Sided Luggage
Today’s hard-shell or hard-sided luggage is made with high-tech plastics such as ABS and polycarbonate, which are both lightweight and durable. ABS is the lightest, but polycarbonate is more durable. The most durable, but also the heaviest, is aluminum. Hard-sided luggage sometimes features a 50/50-split opening, allowing you to pack two sides equally and stabilize the contents with an X-strap or middle divider. Note: Because they close like a clamshell, you need double the surface space to open these. Most hard-sides are built this way, but some on the market have a top-lid opening.

Time to Upgrade? Some Shopping Tips.

Take a Tape Measure
Don’t pay attention to tags, labels, or promotions that proclaim “official carry-on luggage.” There’s no regulation that dictates carry-on size—airlines impose their own restrictions, and the limits can vary among airlines and even among aircraft. Know the rules of the airlines you plan to fly. Measure the dimensions yourself and make sure the measurements account for all parts, including outer pouches, wheels, and handles.

Hold That Handle
Check the wrist angle and the feel of the grip. For maximum durability, the handle should have little to no wiggling or rattling as you pull the bag. Also, check for smooth movement as you pull it up and retract it.

Wheel It Around
The wheels should roll smoothly and stay in place. Gently jiggle the wheels with your hands to make sure they are firmly attached.

Check the Interior Capacity
The outside measurements are important but don’t forget to consider how roomy the inside is. This can be difficult to do because many manufacturers do not disclose the interior volume. Look for the features that maximize interior space. These include:

• Squared edges: Interior volume is sacrificed with curved corners.
• Integrated outer compartments: Outside zip compartments should be on the same geometric plane as the main part of the bag—protrusions waste space.
• No wheels or handles: If you really need to make the most of every interior inch, forgo wheels and handles. They impinge on total packable space.

Check the Warranty
If you want your bag for the long haul, get the one with the best manufacturer’s warranty. A lifetime warranty to repair or replace the bag is, of course, the best option.

5 Best Inflatable Air Mattress Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

You may be looking for one because you are going out into the great outdoors, having guests over to the house, or you want to have something to pack away in your car for a long road trip. Whatever the case, you want to be sure that you wind up purchasing the right blow up bed for your needs.

With that in mind, this buying guide has come to the rescue. We have put together the following information to help you make a smart decision on your inflatable mattress purchase. You will find information about ratings, along with some specific product recommendations. In the end, we hope that this page includes all of the information you will need to buy the right model for a fair price.

Top 5 Inflatable Air Mattress

$18.00Bestseller No. 1
King Koil Queen Air Mattress with Built-in Pump - Best Inflatable Airbed Queen Size - Elevated Raised Air Mattress Quilt Top 1-Year Manufacturer Guarantee Included
7,433 Reviews
King Koil Queen Air Mattress with Built-in Pump - Best Inflatable Airbed Queen Size - Elevated Raised Air Mattress Quilt Top 1-Year Manufacturer Guarantee Included
  • 1-YEAR WARRANTY PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER INCLUDED IN YOUR PURCHASE! - KING KOIL ENHANCED QUEEN...
  • EXTRA THICK DURABLE WATERPROOF COMFORT QUILT TOP with Extra Spinal Support - Firm Mattress Provides...
$30.00Bestseller No. 2
SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump - Queen Size
20,576 Reviews
SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump - Queen Size
  • CUSTOMER FRIENDLY 1-YEAR WARRANTY comes standard on all SoundAsleep mattresses. Rest assured on your...
  • INDUSTRY LEADING DESIGN exclusively using ComfortCoil Technology and a SureGrip bottom to ensure...
$9.14Bestseller No. 3
Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed with Internal Electric Pump, Bed Height 22', Queen
7,609 Reviews
Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed with Internal Electric Pump, Bed Height 22", Queen
  • Approximate inflation time 4 3/4 minutes
  • The sleeping surface is covered in soft flocking for extra comfort, and the indented sides keep your...
$8.25Bestseller No. 4
Intex Dura-Beam Series Essential Rest Airbed with Internal Electric Pump, Bed Height 18", Queen
  • Fibre-tech interior construction and a velvety sleeping surface
  • Mattress is raised 18in from the floor for convenience
$12.00Bestseller No. 5
Air Mattress Full Size XL with Built-in Electric Pump, [2020 Upgraded] Inflatable Bed Blow-up Airbed with Storage Bag, Height 18''
  • Redesigned Internal Structure: Adopts an upgraded internal ring-like 3rd generation structure, for a...
  • Extended Lifespan: Thicker 0. 45mm PVC helps resist punctures & abrasions; greater tensile strength...

How to Choose An Inflatable Mattress

  • Types

One of the first things to consider related to this purchase is what type you are going to buy. Blow up mattresses have come a long way since they were all just a thin layer of air which kept your body (barely) off of the ground. Today, there are numerous models on the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Deciding which type to purchase comes down to the intended use of the product, and the budget you have available for the purchase.

Many people are going to be looking for a raised mattress, as these are easier to get in and out of that one which sits low to the ground. Raised ones look quite similar to traditional mattresses once they are inflated, and they tend to be rather comfortable as well. Another option is a convertible air bed, which is one that can serve as a piece of furniture as well. This is great if you want somewhere comfortable to sit when you aren’t laying down to sleep. Self-inflatable ones have the pump built right into the product, which is a distinct advantage from a convenience standpoint. Finally, we have one with the frame and rails included that will act more like a permanent solution to your sleeping needs.

  • Comfort Level / Thickness

Generally speaking, the comfort level offered by a good air mattress is going to be directly related to the thickness. A thicker one will usually be more comfortable than a thinner option, as you are going to have more air underneath you throughout the night. It is common to lose some of their inflation overnight – especially if the night is cool – so starting out with a thick pad of air beneath your body is the best bet. With a thin mattress, it is possible to start the night somewhat comfortable, only to wake up with your body at least partially on the ground as it has deflated.

  • Size

Just like regular ones, inflatable beds are available in different sizes, generally ranging from Twin to King. Choosing the right size is an important consideration and one that largely depends on your needs. Twin and Full sized beds tend to be an excellent choice for outdoor users. Unless you have a family, there’s no reason you’re going to want a big bed when it’s going under in a tent.

The most common is the Queen size. It’s big enough to sleep two full adults but smaller than a King; it won’t take up your entire living room, or spare bedroom. Manufacturers make Queen sized more than any other, which gives the consumer many options to choose from. Don’t worry as our top picks are listed in this buyer’s guide.

  • Pump / Ease of Use

Inflating can be a difficult chore – or it can be quick and easy. A pump is incredibly convenient to have for these situations. Surprisingly, some models still require the use of a hand or foot pump, which demands that you put in some sweat and effort before you can lay down for the night.

On the other hand, other mattresses come with inflating units that run electrically. Either through the use of batteries or by plugging the unit in, these make inflating your bed no problem at all.

  • Air Holding Ability

Naturally, this is a critical point (read more about the study). You don’t have to think about how well your spring mattress is going to hold up over the night, but you do need to concern yourself with this feature when it is only air between you and the ground.

While there isn’t much that you can do about cool temperatures, you can pick out one that is going to hold on to as much air as possible. If it has a leak or two, and you combine that problem with weather conditions, you will suddenly find yourself laying on the ground. Shop for quality products which have been well-built and designed to prevent leaks whenever possible.

  • Warranty / Customer Service

It is a nice bonus to buy one that comes with warranty protection of some kind. Or, at least, you should consider buying from a company which has a good reputation for reliable customer services. If something goes wrong, you don’t want to be all on your own to get it fixed and back to working order.

  • Price

It should go without saying that you are going to want to consider price along with all of the other points carefully. You are going to have to pay around a couple of hundred dollars to purchase one of the more quality options. Or, you can opt for the inexpensive route, which will keep your cost way down but will also limit the comfort and features that you enjoy.

5 Best Hot Dogs Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

The Department of Agriculture requires that they are made from real meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or some combination of those), and they can’t contain more than 3.5 percent of nonmeat binders or fillers (which include nonfat dry milk, cereal, or dried whole milk).

But even the hot dogs marketed as “healthy” can still be nutritional landmines—high in sodium, fat, and nitrates. “Summer cookouts, picnics, and trips to the ballpark often mean hot dogs are on the menu, and indulging once in a while is okay,” says Ellen Klosz, a Consumer Reports nutritionist. “But make sure they’re only an occasional treat, and limit your consumption to just one.”

Top 5 Hot Dogs

Bestseller No. 1
Printed Foil Hot Dog Bags - 50 Pack - Silver Red by Outside the Box Papers
  • Durable foil bags are grease resistant, retain heat, keep your guest's hands clean while they enjoy...
  • Perfect for your next cookout , picnic or carnival themed party
$3.03Bestseller No. 2
Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spray for Dogs and Cats – Medicated Topical Treatment for Skin Irritations and Hot Spots - Fast Acting, Heals and Soothes (8oz)
  • HEAL AND SOOTHE – Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spray provides dogs...
  • FAST ACTING – Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spray works fast to help relieve your pet’s itching,...
Bestseller No. 3
Curaseb Antifungal & Antibacterial Chlorhexidine Spray for Dogs & Cats - Treats Yeast Infections, Hot Spots, Ringworm & Pyoderma – Anti Itch with Soothing Aloe - Broad Spectrum Veterinary Formula
  • Eliminates Skin Infections caused by Fungus, Yeast, Bacteria, Pyoderma and Ringworm in Dogs,...
  • Relieves Itching and Hot Spots; Aloe & Vitamin E soothes and nourishes Rashes, Redness and Dry Skin...
Bestseller No. 4
Berks Grill Hot Dog, 8 Hot Dogs (Pack of 3)
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Berks Grill Hot Dog, 8 Hot Dogs (Pack of 3)
  • 24 HOT DOGS: Berks Beef & Pork Grill hotdogs are made from a proprietary blend of spices, seasonings...
  • FAMILY FAVORITE: Fully cooked & hickory smoked, our hot dogs are perfect for barbecues, cookouts,...
Bestseller No. 5
Nostalgia HDR8RR Hot Dog Warmer 8 Regular Sized, 4 Foot Long and 6 Bun Capacity, Stainless Steel Rollers, Perfect For Breakfast Sausages, Brats, Taquitos, Egg Rolls, Retro Red
900 Reviews
Nostalgia HDR8RR Hot Dog Warmer 8 Regular Sized, 4 Foot Long and 6 Bun Capacity, Stainless Steel Rollers, Perfect For Breakfast Sausages, Brats, Taquitos, Egg Rolls, Retro Red
  • Great style & great taste: retro-looking hot dog Roller cooks up to 8 regular-size or 4 foot-long...
  • Stainless steel rollers: five continuously rotating stainless steel rollers rotate 360-degrees for...

Consider What’s Inside

When it comes to the quality of the meat they contain, not all hot dogs are created equal. Some, such as Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners and Ball Park Classic Franks, include what’s called “mechanically separated meat” (pork or poultry), which the USDA defines as “a paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible meat, under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue.”

The USDA says that mechanically separated meat is safe (however, mechanically separated beef is not allowed because of concerns about mad cow disease). But the European Food Safety Authority notes that the way this meat is processed increases the chance of microbial growth. “If hot dogs are properly cooked, I wouldn’t be concerned about bacterial growth,” says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety at CR. See below for cooking safety tips.

If you prefer to avoid mechanically separated meat, check the ingredients list on your hot dog package—if it contains mechanically separated meat, the manufacturers are required to say so.   You may also want to opt for brands that are made with grass-fed beef (such as Applegate Naturals Beef Hot Dog) or organic hot dogs, which are made with meat from animals that have been raised without antibiotics.

Factor In What Else You Eat

No matter how healthy your hot dog may sound, it is still a processed meat product. The World Health Organization defines processed meat as “meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation.” In addition to hot dogs, processed meats include bacon, beef jerky, deli meats, ham, salami, and sausage.

Processed meat has been shown to cause a number of negative health effects. A review of 20 studies including more than a million people, published in the journal Circulation in 2010, found a consistent link between processed meat intake and an increased risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, the researchers concluded that each daily serving of processed meat (a hot dog counts as one serving) was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease.

Don’t Be Swayed by ‘No Nitrite’ Claims

By USDA regulations, if a hot dog label says “cured,” it was made using synthetic nitrites or nitrates (such as sodium nitrite)—preservatives found in many processed types of meat. Curing is a process used to preserve meat, add flavor, and maintain color. However, nitrites and nitrates may form cancer-causing compounds called nitrosamines in the body. The same regulations require that hot dogs that don’t contain synthetic nitrites be labeled “uncured.” (Those labeled “organic” are also required to be free of synthetic nitrates or nitrites.)

If a product makes a “no nitrite or nitrate added” claim, check the fine print. The USDA requires that products making this claim include a line that says “except for those occurring naturally in” whatever naturally-occurring source the company used.

Keep an Eye on the Extras

Few people choose to eat their hot dogs naked, and how you dress them can either improve or worsen their nutrition profile. “Typical hot dog buns are made from refined white flour that has very little fiber or nutritional value,” says Kate Patton, R.D., a dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. “Plus, they often contain added sodium and sugar.” Whenever possible, opt for a 100 percent whole-grain bun instead.

As for toppings, a little ketchup or mustard won’t hurt. But be sure to read the ingredients list and check the Nutrition Facts label for sodium and sugars content. Both can have around 160 mg per tablespoon. And ketchup and some mustards, such as honey mustard, can also contain added sugars. For example, a tablespoon of Heinz Tomato Ketchup has 4 grams of sugars, while a tablespoon of Gulden’s Honey Mustard has 6 grams—a hefty amount, considering that the American Heart Association recommends that women have just 24 grams of added sugars a day; men, 36.

Cook and Serve Safely

Be extra careful when serving hot dogs to children. Whole dogs or ones cut into circular slices, are a major choking hazard for children younger than 4 years old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The safest ways to serve hot dogs to young children is to cut them lengthwise and then into small pieces. If the hot dog has a casing, be sure to remove it before cutting into pieces; the casing can also cause choking.

5 Best Wine Refrigerators Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Wine coolers aren’t for storing wine forever. They’re forgetting it ready to drink. We talked to four wine experts, tested fridge temperatures, and drank our fair share of chilled rosés, all to find a good looking wine cooler with buttons that worked, could accommodate temperatures from 45–65 degrees and didn’t develop freezer burn.

Top 5 Wine Refrigerators

Bestseller No. 1
Ivation 28 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler Refrigerator w/Lock | Large Freestanding Wine Cellar For Red, White, Champagne or Sparkling Wine | 41f-64f Digital Temperature Control Fridge Glass Door Black
  • TEMPERATURE STABILITY - Ivation wine coolers’ compressor technology ensures temperature is not...
  • PRESERVE WINE’S FULLEST FLAVOR & AROMA - Set the temperature and let the wine cooler do the rest....
Bestseller No. 2
Ivation 12 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler Refrigerator w/Lock | Large Freestanding Wine Cellar For Red, White, Champagne or Sparkling Wine | 41f-64f Digital Temperature Control Fridge Glass Door Black
  • TEMPERATURE STABILITY - Ivation wine coolers’ compressor technology ensures temperature is not...
  • PRESERVE WINE’S FULLEST FLAVOR & AROMA - Set the temperature and let the wine cooler do the rest....
$67.36Bestseller No. 3
Kalamera 4.2 Cu.ft 50 Bottle Compressor Wine Refrigerator Single Zone with Touch Control, Stainless Steel Door and Handle (KRC-52SZF)
109 Reviews
Kalamera 4.2 Cu.ft 50 Bottle Compressor Wine Refrigerator Single Zone with Touch Control, Stainless Steel Door and Handle (KRC-52SZF)
  • FREESTANDING DESIGN: Built from premium black and silver stainless steel with tempered dual pane...
  • QUIET COMPRESSOR: Advanced cooling technology keeps compressor quiet without disturbing wine...
Bestseller No. 4
Antarctic Star 1.6cu.ft Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refrigerator Small Mini Red & White Wine Cellar Beer Soda Clear Front Glass Door Counter Top Bar Fridge Quiet Operation Compressor Adjust Temperature Freestanding Black
  • KEEP WINE COOL: Heat is enemy number one for wine. The Wine Cooler enables you to store your wine in...
  • IDEAL LIGHT and HUMIDITY: With its reinforced glass door with air tight seal and help to maintain an...
Bestseller No. 5
Antarctic Star 24 Bottle Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refigerator Mini Fridge Small Wine Cellar Soda Beer Counter Top Bar Quiet Operation Compressor Digital Freestanding Clear Glass Door for Office/Dorm
13 Reviews
Antarctic Star 24 Bottle Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refigerator Mini Fridge Small Wine Cellar Soda Beer Counter Top Bar Quiet Operation Compressor Digital Freestanding Clear Glass Door for Office/Dorm
  • KEEP WINE COOL: Heat is enemy number one for wine. The Wine Cooler enables you to store your wine in...
  • IDEAL LIGHT and HUMIDITY: With its reinforced glass door with air tight seal and help to maintain an...

How We Found the Best Wine Cooler

Good temperature range

First, we made sure our fridges could keep both whites and reds at the optimum temperatures for serving, based on recommendations from Wine Spectator:

  • Light dry whites, rosés, and sparkling wines: 40 to 50 degrees
  • Full-bodied whites and fruity reds: 50 to 60 degrees
  • Full-bodied reds and ports: 60 to 65 degrees

We cut any cooler without that full range of 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Adjustable shelves

If shelves can’t be adjusted, you are limited in the number, size, and shapes of the bottles you can store — not ideal for anyone with a varied collection, let alone an upcoming dinner party. With removable shelves, you can fit more bottles by stacking them like firewood, plus have the option of storing opened bottles standing up.

Energy efficiency

The amount of energy a wine cooler uses depends on how many hours per day the fan or motor is running, plus variables such as how often you open the door and the ambient temperature of the room. It’s measured in kilowatt hours per year (kWh/year). In general, manufacturers are not actually required to list energy consumption for wine coolers as they are considered luxury items. However, some manufacturers do estimate the energy consumption of their coolers; 15 of our contenders used 400 kWh/year or less.

Hands-on usability

As we whittled down the contenders, we got our hands on six wine coolers. From there, we tested things like the controls, shelving, door mechanism, etc. We played around with them all, pushing buttons and pulling out drawers, then tested each unit to find the accuracy of their temperature settings at 49 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit and how easily they could accommodate wine bottles of different sizes.

How to Find the Right Wine Cooler for You

Ask yourself what kind of wine you prefer

If you lean heavily to just reds or just whites, a single-zone cooler will work great. If you prefer to mix it up, choose a dual-zone model. But don’t forget: all wines can be kept at 55 degrees until a few hours before being served when you can pop them in the fridge to cool down or leave them out at room temperature to warm up. If you’re looking more for a short-term storage option (as opposed to a ready-and-waiting-to-be-consumed solution) a single-zone cooler with a limited temperature range could still be a great choice.

Assess room temperature

Thermoelectric models, while more efficient, struggle in anything but ideal temperatures. If you live in Florida and plan on keeping your wine cooler in an un-air-conditioned garage, a compressor model will definitely be the way to go.

Determine where you want the wine cooler

Most freestanding coolers don’t have a front vent, so they need several inches of breathing room around the back, top, and sides so they don’t overheat. For a more streamlined look, go with a built-in model that matches your appliances or cabinetry. Also, consider your space: Do you want a tall-skinny guy? A cube? Something else?

Are wine coolers reliable?

Experts warn that smaller free-standing units can be fickle. Matthew Goldfarb says that many smaller, off-the-shelf units only work well for a few years, and that larger, built-in models have more structural integrity. “I’ve had mixed success with the smaller freestanding coolers,” agrees Erik Liedholm, wine director for several of chef John Howie’s restaurants. The wine coolers we tested all had one-year warranties (except the Jenn-Air, which had a two-year warranty), but Goldfarb emphasizes that if you have invested in a quality wine collection, it’s worth it to invest in a quality cooler or cellar.

Will a wine cooler match my decor?

Wine coolers come in all finishes: wood, stainless steel, sleek black. They come in all sorts of shapes too: tall and skinny, small like a microwave, as giant as a dishwasher, and even the size of a full room. This is an appliance that’s going to be sitting on your countertop or taking up some floor space in your kitchen. Luckily, there are a variety of aesthetics to choose from.

5 Best Car Scratch Remover Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Having car scratches often seems inevitable. This is especially if you drive in the city where there are endless possibilities of getting scratched. There is the need to make sure that you get the best car scratch remover if you are serious about improving the look of your car. Depending on the product, some can really deliver on some good scratch removal performance.

Once you are able to remove the scratches and other blemishes, the car will look better. It should be more motivated to make more people go for it right now. Below, we get to look at some of the top options for removing the scratches

Top 5 Car Scratch Remover

$10.04Bestseller No. 1
Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover - Ultimate Car Scratch Remover - Polish & Paint Restorer - Easily Repair Paint Scratches, Scratches, Water Spots! Car Buffer Kit
6,770 Reviews
Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover - Ultimate Car Scratch Remover - Polish & Paint Restorer - Easily Repair Paint Scratches, Scratches, Water Spots! Car Buffer Kit
  • EASY SCRATCH & SWIRL REPAIR - If your car has light scratches, swirls, or other marks - you can...
  • ULTIMATE PAINT RESTORER - Not only will this remove swirls and scratches, it will restore the gloss...
$10.04Bestseller No. 2
Carfidant Black Car Scratch Remover - Ultimate Scratch and Swirl Remover for Black and Dark Paints- Solvent & Paint Restorer - Repair Paint Scratches, Scratches, Water Spots! Car Polish Buffer Kit
1,433 Reviews
Carfidant Black Car Scratch Remover - Ultimate Scratch and Swirl Remover for Black and Dark Paints- Solvent & Paint Restorer - Repair Paint Scratches, Scratches, Water Spots! Car Polish Buffer Kit
  • BLACK AND DARK COLOR PAINT SCRATCH REPAIR - Our Ultimate Black Edition Car Paint Scratch Repair Kit...
  • EASY SCRATCH & SWIRL REPAIR - If your car has light scratches, swirls, or other marks - you can...
Bestseller No. 3
Tenflyer Car Scratch Repair Nano Spray, Car Scratch Remover, 120ml Scratch Removal for Cars Ceramic Coating Car Paint Sealant Removes Any Scratch and Mark - Car Repair Nano Spray
1 Reviews
Tenflyer Car Scratch Repair Nano Spray, Car Scratch Remover, 120ml Scratch Removal for Cars Ceramic Coating Car Paint Sealant Removes Any Scratch and Mark - Car Repair Nano Spray
  • Car Repair Nano Spray - Removes Any Scratch/Mark: Instantly removes any scratches, birds drops,...
  • Car Scratch Nano Spray - Shine Restore: Leaves a stunning shiny glossy without waxing or damaging...
Bestseller No. 4
3pcs Car Scratch Repair Agent, Car Scuff Innovative Remover Set, Suitable for Any Color Polish Restorer Wax, Easily Repair Paint Scratches, Swirl, Marks, Water Spots, Blemish
  • Premium Ingredients: Car Scuff Innovative Remover is Specially Formulated with Premium Ingredients...
  • Easy to Use: For light scratches, just drop an appropriate amount of scratched wax on the soft...
Bestseller No. 5
GLISTON Scratch Remover, Car Scratch Remover, Magic Scratch Remover for Cars, Easily Repair Paint Scratches, Swirl, Marks, Scuff, Blemish, Water Spots, Hairline Polish, 10.2oz
  • WIDELY USE: GLISTON car scratch remover kit is designed for most types of car scratch. The scratch...
  • PERFECT TOOL: Professional quality Do-It-Yourself car scratches repairs and no need to mix, car...

Best Car Scratch Remover Buying Guide

Effectiveness

The first thing you have to look at should be the effectiveness of the scratch remover. There is no doubt you will be happy to know that the product you are using is going to deliver on the best performance in terms of removing the scratches. Some products can claim to do so but end up disappointing the user. As a result, you might want to get the best products from top brands. The top brands always assure the user of ending up with a good performance product.

Price

The price can often drive someone to pick a certain model over the others. As a result, there is the need to see what you will be getting for the price. No need to spend a lot of money on a product that will not work great at all. Take the time to compare the overall performances of the different products before making up your mind that a certain model is what you want.

Safety

The safety is definitely important when it comes to dealing with such type of products. Removing the scratches is only good if you know that the product is also there. The safety is all in terms of the compounds used to the product. Some chemicals might be too strong and thus not the best to use them in plenty. Look for disclaimers on the product bottle to understand more what you are dealing with.

Reviews

The reviews are definitely important for any product you might want to use. Having the reviews helps you to understand more what the model is all about. In the end, you will always find that you have more confidence in buying a product with many positive reviews. As a result, from the reviews above, you will have a great time choosing the best one for you.

Ease of use

You will definitely have to look at the ease of use of a product before buying it. Depending on the manufacturer, sometimes you have to buy additional accessories just to use it. Others will be supplied with the essential accessories for cleaning. As you can see, it is possible to pick the best product just as you would want.

How to Remove a Scratch from Car

Now that you have bought yourself the best car scratch remover, here is a simple guide on how to remove a scratch from the car.

  • Assessing the problem

The first thing you have to do is assess the problem. There is the need to know what kind of scratches you are working with. Some scratches are going to be deeper than others. With the light scratches, it is possible to use a few simple steps and you will be done with the removal of scratches.

  • Cleaning the surface

The next step for you is to clean the surface so that you can start working on it. You simply have to clean by using soap and water. As a result, you will be able to see the various scratches that are on the surface.

  • Light scratches

For the light scratches, you will not have to do a lot. You will just need to apply the scratch remover by using a pad or even a hand towel. After rubbing, you will get that there is even an improvement than how it was before.

Most car scratches are often light, so you can expect to get most of the scratches out in no time. Another thing is that the scratch removers have abrasives that help with removing the scratches and then polish the surface to look even better.

  • Sanding

When it comes to dealing with deeper scratches, you will find that sanding is required. This means that you will need to use a sanding block, sandpaper, or even a rubbing compound. Make sure that you sand the area with light pressure until the scratch disappears or the area looks dull.

  • Application of repair compound

Now that the surface is ready, you can apply the repair compound. You will have to use a microfiber pad or any other application material. Use a moderate force while applying the compound to the affected area. You might also want to refer to the instructions to learn more about using the scratch remover on overall.

  • Polishing

Another thing you have to keep in mind should be polishing now. With polishing, it helps with making sure that the paint is also back to its glossy look and not dull anymore. There is a need to make sure that the polishing is done as directed by the manufacturer. This will help you have a great looking car in the end.

  • Waxing

This step is only necessary for those products that lack wax in them. A bit of waxing is needed to make sure that the hard job you have done remains to look good on overall. This will always be better as compared to a fixed scratch without waxing. It even makes the paint look glossier for a long time.

5 Best Shower Head Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Tired of a shower that produces a weak sprinkle instead of an invigorating stream? Get a new showerhead. The best models we tested provide a strong flow and steady temperature, and some have adjustable settings for spray patterns ranging from a gentle mist to a forceful message.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that showers account for nearly 1.2 trillion gallons each year—about one-sixth of all the water used in U.S. residences for bathing. Before 1994, showerheads typically had a flow rate of 5½ gallons per minute. Since then, the Department of Energy has limited showerheads to 2½ gpm to conserve not only water but fuel for the water heater. Models that display a WaterSense label use no more than 2 ppm.

Top 5 Shower Head

$13.57Bestseller No. 1
AquaDance High Pressure 6-Setting 3.5' Chrome Face Handheld Shower with Hose for the Ultimate Shower Experience! Officially Independently Tested to Meet Strict US Quality & Performance Standards!
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AquaDance High Pressure 6-Setting 3.5" Chrome Face Handheld Shower with Hose for the Ultimate Shower Experience! Officially Independently Tested to Meet Strict US Quality & Performance Standards!
  • OUR BEST 10 PICK: This product has been vigorously tested by our professional team of US showerhead...
  • DELUXE HAND SHOWER: Can be used as Overhead or Handheld shower, High-power 3. 5" Click Lever Dial,...
$6.00Bestseller No. 2
AquaDance 7' Premium High Pressure 3-Way Rainfall Combo for The Best of Both Worlds - Enjoy Luxurious Rain Showerhead and 6-Setting Hand Held Shower Separately or Together - Chrome Finish - 3328
4,998 Reviews
AquaDance 7" Premium High Pressure 3-Way Rainfall Combo for The Best of Both Worlds - Enjoy Luxurious Rain Showerhead and 6-Setting Hand Held Shower Separately or Together - Chrome Finish - 3328
  • OUR BEST 3 PICK: Vigorously tested by our professional team of US showerhead experts to highest US...
  • PREMIUM MATCHING-STYLE HAND SHOWER: Can be used as Overhead or Handheld shower Large 4-inch Face...
Bestseller No. 3
WASSA High Pressure Shower Head - 3 Inch Anti-leak Fixed Showerhead - Angle-adjustable Metal Swivel Ball Joint (Chrome Finish)
7,157 Reviews
WASSA High Pressure Shower Head - 3 Inch Anti-leak Fixed Showerhead - Angle-adjustable Metal Swivel Ball Joint (Chrome Finish)
  • HIGH PRESSURE SHOWER HEAD - 3" Compact, Powerful, Superior rain spray even at low water flow and...
  • EASY TO CLEAN NOZZLES - 45 Silicon Jets prevent lime and hard water deposits.
$10.00Bestseller No. 4
SparkPod Shower Head - High Pressure Rain - Luxury Modern Chrome Look - Easy Tool Free Installation - The Perfect Adjustable Replacement For Your Bathroom Shower Heads
4,558 Reviews
SparkPod Shower Head - High Pressure Rain - Luxury Modern Chrome Look - Easy Tool Free Installation - The Perfect Adjustable Replacement For Your Bathroom Shower Heads
  • HIGH PRESSURE RAINFALL SHOWER HEAD: Our luxury bathroom rainhead is the perfect replacement that...
  • EASY TOOL-FREE INSTALLATION: Our universal shower head quickly connects to any standard shower arm...
Bestseller No. 5
High Pressure Fixed Shower Head HOPOPRO 5-Setting Upgraded Bathroom Showerhead 4 Inch High Flow Shower Head with Adjustable Metal Swivel Ball Joint for Luxury Shower Experience Even at Low Water Flow
1,220 Reviews
High Pressure Fixed Shower Head HOPOPRO 5-Setting Upgraded Bathroom Showerhead 4 Inch High Flow Shower Head with Adjustable Metal Swivel Ball Joint for Luxury Shower Experience Even at Low Water Flow
  • 【Upgraded 5 Settings Fixed Shower Head】 This is an upgraded high pressure fixed showerhead with...
  • 【Self-cleaning Silicone Jet Nozzles】 The adjustable shower head has 4.1 inch panel with 47...

What We Found

The good news is that the best showerheads we tested provided a pleasing flow while meeting the federal flow-rate standard. But the challenge for manufacturers is to meet the standard and even the voluntary WaterSense requirements without affecting the feel of the shower since an anemic flow can result in longer showers and even greater water use.

Water-Efficient Models can Satisfy
Our male and female test panelists evaluated the force of each model’s stream, the various settings, ease of adjustment, and other factors. Supplementing those subjective judgments were lab measurements of changes in flow rate and water temperature at various settings.

Not surprisingly, how well our panelists liked a showerhead often coincided with how much water is delivered. Most water-saving models achieved only middling scores. But our testers described one inexpensive water-saving model as “refreshing” and “stimulating,” despite its modest 2-GPM flow rate.

Don’t Go by Price
If you think you have to spend top dollar to get a strong performer, think again. Our top-rated multi-setting showerhead costs a quarter of the price of the model that finished second. And among single-setting showerheads, the least-expensive model we tested was the clear winner.

Are You Using Too Much Water?
If you‘re wondering whether a new showerhead can reduce your water consumption, here’s a quick way to measure your old model’s flow rate: Place a bucket marked in gallon increments under the showerhead, turn on the shower at the water pressure you normally use, and time how long it takes to fill the bucket to the 1-gallon mark. If it’s less than 24 seconds, you could save water with a low-flow showerhead.

Consider Installation
Replacing most showerheads is a simple do-it-yourself project. Unscrew the old head with an adjustable wrench and remove the old plumber’s tape from the threaded part of the shower arm. Then apply fresh plumber’s tape over the threads for a good seal, and screw the new showerhead tightly in place. But some multijet “shower towers” require expensive plumbing alterations.

Types

Even the simplest and least-expensive showerheads can provide a satisfying shower, but more money may provide more options. Here are the types of showerheads to consider.

Multi-setting Models
These showerheads let you adjust the flow pattern to as many as 12 settings such as mist, massage, pulsing, wide and narrow stream, and a water-saving trickle while you soap up. Some offer a continuously variable setting. Multiple settings generally met with our panelists’ favor, but the mist setting on some models didn’t impress.

Single-Setting Models
These simple showerheads provide only one set, as their name implies. They tend to cost much less than multi-setting models.

Shower Towers
Three multi-head models we tested promised a spa-like experience and comprised a fixed or handheld showerhead (or both), and several additional body jets, all mounted on a vertical strip. But more recent action by the Department of Energy has changed how these products work. Initially, shower towers got around the federal 2½-gpm standard by limiting each head or spray to 2½ gpm. Thus, if the unit had four outlets, it could legally use as much as 10 gpm.

Features

The individual taste should determine which features you choose. Here are the showerhead features to consider.

Aerating Showerheads
By mixing air with water, these showerheads form a misty spray to make the flow feel more substantial. Laminar-flow showerheads form individual streams of water instead. On the models we tested, aeration cooled the water from 5 to 15 degrees F on its way from the showerhead to where it would hit your back. Laminar-flow showerheads may cost a little more, but they save energy by maintaining the water temperature better. And they don’t create as much steam and moisture, a plus especially if you live in a humid region.

Handheld Showerheads
You can leave a handheld model in its holder or remove it to focus the spray on any part of your body. A rubber hose provides mobility.

Rain Showers
With their large head and wide spray pattern to reduce pressure, they promise a soft, soothing flow, like raindrops falling on your head.

5 Best Inkjet Printer Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

These days, many documents and photos live on laptop drives or on cloud services. But you still need a great printer to make your vacation snaps or quarterly reports into physical realities you can hang on a wall or hand out at a meeting. Printers have become less expensive and increasingly tricked-out over time. You can pick up a basic inkjet for well under $100, or spend $400 on a model that comes packed with additional features. Here’s how to find the best printer for your needs.

Top 5 Inkjet Printer

Bestseller No. 1
HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (K7V40A)
9,368 Reviews
HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (K7V40A)
  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, AirPrint,...
  • The power of your printer in the palm of your hand: The HP Smart app allows you to easily set up...
Bestseller No. 2
HP ENVY 5055 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (M2U85A)
4,339 Reviews
HP ENVY 5055 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (M2U85A)
  • Replaces the HP ENVY 4520, HP ENVY 5055 comes with Bluetooth, Smart, improved Wi-Fi connectivity,...
  • Step up and create projects at home – Print, scan, and copy borderless, high-quality photos and...
$19.90Bestseller No. 3
HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer, Smart Home Office Productivity, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (1KR57A)
1,274 Reviews
HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer, Smart Home Office Productivity, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (1KR57A)
  • Upgrade your office– Replacing the HP OfficeJet Pro 6968, this home office printer offers faster...
  • Organize documents 50% faster – Eliminate steps in repetitive tasks and sync to QuickBooks, Google...
Bestseller No. 4
Canon TS202 Inkjet Photo Printer, Black
  • Fine hybrid ink system for detailed documents and photos
  • Quickly refill paper with the dedicated rear paper tray
Bestseller No. 5
HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Wireless Printer, with Smart Home Office Productivity, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (1KR42A)
1,375 Reviews
HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Wireless Printer, with Smart Home Office Productivity, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (1KR42A)
  • Upgrade your office – Replacing the OfficeJet Pro 8710, this small office printer offers faster...
  • Organize documents 50% faster – Eliminate steps in repetitive tasks and sync to QuickBooks, Google...

Know Your Inkjets

Is an inkjet in your future? You can find the technology in a huge variety of single-function printers and all-in-ones designed to fill a wide variety of roles at home or at the office. Here, we’ll explore the different types of inkjets, and highlight some key features to look for when shopping for one.

The so-called near-dedicated photo printers are widely used by professional photographers, artists looking to output high-end work, and amateur photo enthusiasts alike. There are even inkjets designed for mobile printing, complete with batteries. Most home inkjets are meant for personal printing or, at most, shared models for outputting a few pages per day. They tend to be compact, and the vast majority of them are small enough to share a desk with.

Graphics and Text Quality

You can count on almost any inkjet to print graphics good enough for both internal business use (like printing PowerPoint handouts) and home tasks (like producing party invitations). If you choose carefully, you can have output quality that would please a graphic artist.

The Achilles’ heel for inkjets is text quality. Ink tends to bleed into plain paper, which makes it difficult to print text with the fully professional look you’d want for documents like a résumé or a business proposal. Not surprisingly, inkjets meant for the office generally do better on this score than home-oriented models, but we have yet to see an inkjet that prints text with the crisp, clean edges and smear-proof ink you’d get from any laser printer. Worse, most inks will smear if you spill something on them or try using a highlighter.

Photo Printing

Nearly any current inkjet can print photos that at least match the quality you’d expect from your local drugstore. The few exceptions are primarily among printers aimed at offices, but most office inkjets do a decent job. You can even find a few all-purpose inkjets whose output rivals photo printers meant for professional photographers.

If you’re looking for a home printer to output mainly photos, but also be capable of printing a range of other document types, you will definitely want an inkjet. Printers meant for home use fall into two categories: inexpensive models that typically cost far less than $100 for single-function printers and $150 or less for MFPs; and highly photo-centric printers, with prices of $150 or more for single-function models and $300 or more for MFPs.

Connectivity

Inkjets offer a wide range of connection choices. A few budget models offer only USB, often coupled with a low paper capacity, and are a good choice if you’re in the market for a light-duty personal printer, either in an office or at home. Many inkjets for both home and businesses add Ethernet ports.

If you’re interested in printing wirelessly, the good news is that nearly all inkjets today come with 802.11 Wi-Fi standard. The ability to support wireless printing from mobile devices is of growing importance to both businesses and consumers. Many manufacturers offer free printing apps that are compatible with their wireless printers.

Duty Cycles and Paper Capacity

While the majority of inkjet printers can be found mainly in a home or a home office, inkjet technology is showing up in more and more business-oriented models meant for heavier-duty printing, including high-end ones that can rival laser printers in speed. They tend to do this by using print heads that run the full width of a page. Although their maximum monthly duty cycles still fall short of heavy-duty lasers, higher-end inkjets are still capable of handling the printing needs (and, in the case of MFPs, copying, scanning, and faxing as well) of many workgroups and small offices.

Inkjets for the Office

Office-oriented inkjets include the few single-function printers and MFPs designed for relatively heavy-duty printing, as well as those that have office-centric features. For instance, they can work as standalone fax machines; fax directly from your PC’s hard drive; and scan to email easily, using your PC’s email program and automatically adding the scan as an attachment.

Office MFPs add an automatic document feeder (ADF) for easy scanning, faxing, and copying of multipage documents. Some ADFs can scan both sides of a page. Of those, duplexing scanners, which scan both sides of a page at once, are much faster than models with duplexing or reversing ADFs (two names for the same thing), which scan one side, flip the page over, and then scan the other.

Specialty Inkjet Printers

Inkjets are the only kind of printer with models for mobile use (other than a few thermal-dye printers that need special thermal paper) and with all-in-one models meant specifically for the dual role of home and home office. If you’re looking to print documents while on the road, you’ll definitely want a mobile inkjet. Mobile printers typically have low paper capacities, but make few other compromises. They tend to cost more than comparable non-mobile inkjets, however, with prices averaging about $250.

Dual-purpose MFPs combine office-centric and photo-centric features. To help keep prices down despite all the features, some, but not all, cut corners on paper handling and speed. These are a good fit if you need a single printer for your home and home office, with extra functions like faxing, but don’t usually print many pages.

5 Best Vacuum For Dog Hair Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Cleaning up pet hair can be a never-ending job if you have pets that shed often or those with long hair. It’s important to have the right cleaning equipment so the pet hair in your home is kept under control. A good vacuum that is specially designed to deal with pet hair is an essential item for most pet owners.

Top 5 Vacuum For Dog Hair

Bestseller No. 1
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
5,294 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
  • Buy Bissell, save pets; Bissell donates up to 10 dollars to the Bissell pet foundation for every pet...
  • Powerful pet hair pick up with triple action brush roll + scatter free technology
Bestseller No. 2
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1
7,577 Reviews
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1
  • Surface type: Upholstery, auto, stairs; Power rating: 4 amperes
  • Filtration: multi layer filtration, the Bissell hand vac uses the cyclonic cleaning system
$60.00Bestseller No. 3
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 24613
280 Reviews
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 24613
  • Every BISSELL purchase helps save pets. BISSELL proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation and its...
  • Powerful pet hair pick up in a lightweight and agile design
$20.00Bestseller No. 4
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Teal
2,795 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Teal
  • Buy Bissell, save pets Bissell donates up to 10 dollars to the Bissell pet foundation for every pet...
  • Triple action brush roll + scatter free technology maximize pet hair pickup – even if it’s...
Bestseller No. 5
Eureka PowerSpeed Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Pet Turbo, Black
1,399 Reviews
Eureka PowerSpeed Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Pet Turbo, Black
  • Lightweight & Portable This 10 poundsEureka PowerSpeed upright vacuum cleaner is easy to use and...
  • Powerful Multi-surface Vacuum With 5 height adjustment settings this versatile vacuum can easily...

Best Vacuum Specifically Designed for Pets

Shedding is natural for our furry companions and getting rid of all that hair is a lot tougher than a novice pet owner would think – the first line of defense is a vacuum specifically designed to clean pet hair. As a backup for those with tiled or wooden floors, you could then follow up your cleaning process by using a high-quality steam mop.

Different Types of Vacuums for Pet Hair

There are several options you will want to consider – these can include upright vacuums, canister vacuums, and all-around vacuums. Canister vacuums usually offer greater maneuverability over close edges compared to the upright vacuums.  There are also some great cordless stick vacuums such as the Bissell Bolt XRT Pet 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum which do a great job on pet hair.

Buying Guide – Things to Consider When Deciding on What Vacuum to Buy

With so many vacuum cleaners and vacuum cleaner brands available, choosing the right product for your needs can be confusing. There are specific factors that you need to evaluate before settling on the right vacuum cleaner, such as:

1. Bag Versus Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

This is another confusing element when it comes to the choice of vacuum cleaners. A vacuum “with a bag” will store the collected dirt and dust and you will have to purchase a package of bags when buying the vacuum – as they typically have a limited lifespan and will need to be replaced. Bagged vacuums generally have a cheaper upfront cost, but higher ongoing costs.

The bagless vacuum, on the other hand, will save you the inconvenience of having to purchase bags for your cleaner. Emptying a bagless vacuum is much nicer as you do not have to touch a dirty bag, and retrieving those accidentally vacuumed earrings is also easier. The tradeoff is a much lower ongoing cost (no need to buy replacement bags) vs. the higher initial outlay.

2. The HEPA Air Quality Feature

The HEPA feature (which stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air) is a very important function, which many modern vacuum cleaners now have, and is responsible for filtering out particles (pet fur and dander, for example) in the air leaving your home free of allergens. The HEPA is usually replaced on a regular basis based on the manufacturer’s recommendation – although some vacuums like the #1 Dyson have Non-washable lifetime HEPA filter, and the Shark and Hoover vacuums on our list have washable filters.

3. The Power and the Performance of the Vacuum Cleaner

It goes without saying that you’re going to use your vacuum to pick stuff up – so the suction power of a pet hair vacuum is important. A model with low suction will only remove surface dust, without collecting the dirt and hair that’s stuck in carpet or upholstery or picking up heavier material like cat litter.

It can be difficult to compare models in this regard since the suction is measured by several different metrics and the ones that manufacturers are likely to boast about don’t really tell you much about the actual suction. For example, watts, amps, and horsepower tell you about the amount of power the motor uses or puts out. They usually not use measurements when it comes to suction, because they don’t measure how efficiently the vacuum uses the power it consumes.

4. Consider the Areas That You Will Be Vacuuming

It’s a much easier task to remove a short-haired pet’s loose fur from a hardwood floor than it is to suck out what seems like “half a cat” from a carpeted cat tree or the deep folds of an upholstered couch. That’s why it’s important to consider where (and what) you’ll be vacuuming before choosing a machine. A vacuum with incredible suction – and a price tag to match – could be overkill for routine jobs.

5. Pet Hair Vacuum Accessories

While we’re on the subject, here a few of the accessories you might want to look for when choosing a pet hair vacuum. Some models include them with your purchase; other manufacturers make them available as options. Depending on your situation, all can be helpful.

  • Turbo Eraser: This powered tool adds extra suction power for those really difficult areas where pet hair has wedged deep into carpets or upholstery.
  • Telescoping Extension Wand: Your pet loves to climb and explore? That means there’s probably pet hair in hard-to-reach spots, and an extension wand helps you clean them up easily.
  • Lighted Crevice Tool: Many vacuums come with LED lights on their crevice tool, but it can be invaluable when searching for hidden hair.
  • Disinfection Tool: It does what the name implies, and it’s particularly helpful in homes with sensitive occupants (or smelly pets).
  • Grooming Kits or Tools: These allow you to use your pet hair vacuum to suck the loose hair right off of your pet – assuming he or she will stay still long enough to be groomed.

 

5 Best Under Eye Cream For Dark Circles Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

The best eye cream smooths fine lines and lessens wrinkles, reversing the appearance of aging. We found six formulas with the peptides, retinoids, antioxidants, and moisturizers necessary to get the job done. You’ll need to wear any cream daily for months to see effects on eye wrinkles and elasticity, but, in the meantime, their silky skin-feel and pleasant scent make them a joy to apply.

Top 5 Under Eye Cream For Dark Circles

$2.50Bestseller No. 1
Eye Cream to Reduce Puffiness, Lines and Dark Circles, L'Oreal Paris Skincare Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense Eye Cream with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid For All Skin Types, 0.5 oz.
598 Reviews
Eye Cream to Reduce Puffiness, Lines and Dark Circles, L'Oreal Paris Skincare Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense Eye Cream with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid For All Skin Types, 0.5 oz.
  • L'OREAL PARIS DERMO-EXPERTISE EYE CREAM: this light, non-greasy gel eye cream for under-eye circles...
  • UNDER EYE CREAM: With Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid is formulated to defend against signs of...
$2.90Bestseller No. 2
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, 0.5 Oz
709 Reviews
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, 0.5 Oz
  • Deeply Hydrates;Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream with Hyaluronic Acid instantly & intensely hydrates...
  • Brightens & Smooths: Features Hyaluronic Acid, Licorice Extract and a Vitamin Complex; Specifically...
$3.20Bestseller No. 3
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream | 0.5 oz | Eye Cream for Dark Circles & Puffiness | Fragrance Free
  • [ RESTORE & REPAIR ] Reduces the look of dark circles and puffiness while restoring and rapairing...
  • [ ESSENTIAL CERAMIDES ] Formulated with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) that help restore and...
$2.70Bestseller No. 4
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Under Eye Cream for Dark Circles & Under Eye Bags - Wrinkle Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin & Retinol Cream, 0.5 fl. oz
1,451 Reviews
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Under Eye Cream for Dark Circles & Under Eye Bags - Wrinkle Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin & Retinol Cream, 0.5 fl. oz
  • 0 5-fluid ounce tube of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Eye Cream to visibly...
  • Specially formulated for the eye area, this fast-acting retinol eye cream is clinically proven to...
Bestseller No. 5
Collagen Eye Gel, Under Eye Gel Treatment for Reducing Dark Circles, Moisturizing, Targets Wrinkles Anti-Aging, Fine Lines, Eye Bags, Puffiness for Women Men 2oz
  • COLLAGEN EYE TREATMENT: GENIUS Eye Gel is a multi-corrective under eye treatment that moisturizes...
  • SKINCARE THAT PERFORMS: Helps to improve the appearance of dullness and loss of firmness and gives...