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The 6 best places to buy area rugs in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Rugs USA Whether you have hardwood floors to protect from kids, dogs, or high heels; you have an unsightly scuff or stain you want to hide; or you simply need to add a bit of pizzazz to an otherwise bland space, area rugs serve a ton of purposes.Because personal taste factors so heavily into the area rug you ultimately pick, we've focused on our favorite area rug retailers rather than individual rugs we like. Members of the Insider Reviews te...
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The 5 best mattresses for back pain we tested in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Leesa According to the Health Policy Institute, eight percent of all adult Americans suffer from chronic back pain, and four times as many have experienced a recent back pain episode. If you suffer from back pain, keeping your spine properly aligned and supported while sleeping is a must.While our guide to the best mattresses offers suggestions for all types of sleepers, back-pain sufferers are such a significant proportion of the population that...
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The 5 best cordless drills in 2021 for all your home projects

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.There aren't many tools that give you more bang for your buck than a cordless drill. Packing a ton of functionality into a relatively small package, these power tools allow you to easily create holes in wood, metal, or masonry, as well as drive threaded fasteners, like screws, nuts, and bolts.You might think that drills are strictly for professional-style, heavy-duty home improvement projects, but they're much more versatile. They're con...
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These 9 brands make the best couches and sofas you can buy online in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Article; Benchmade Modern; Burrow; Crate and Barrel; West Elm; Alyssa Powell/Insider A new couch can be a big investment. Whether you're planning to relax, work, or even sleep on your couch, you'll need a sofa that's built for comfort. You'll also want to purchase a couch that is durable enough to survive spills, accidents, and everyday wear and t...
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The 6 best mattress toppers we tested in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. James Brains/Insider Buying a new mattress is an expensive undertaking. If your mattress is less supportive than it once was or you inherited a bed that isn't right for your sleeping style, a topper can improve your comfort. They're also great for college dorm rooms. Though most toppers are designed to make your bed softer, we found some models can potentially add firmness. These thin slabs of padding can also help with body-temperature r...
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The 15 best winter gloves for every cold-weather activity, from skiing to snow shoveling

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Rafael Elias/Getty Images Whether you're hiking, skiing, or just shoveling your walk, you need a good pair of winter gloves. You might need different pairs of gloves made of different materials for multiple situations. Winter gloves come in a variety of materials each with its own benefits and downsides. When the temperatures drop and the chill gets into your bones, it's time to slip on some winter gloves. Like with other cold-weather e...
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The 5 best Android tablets of 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Lenovo; Samsung; Amazon; Rachel Mendelson/Insider With Apple's dominating the tablet market, there aren't many Android variants to choose from, but you can still find a few great options. We tested a bunch of Android tablets to find the best, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 is the cream of the crop with its stunning screen, fast processor, and ability to serve as a laptop in a pinch. Android tablets never really caught on in the same w...
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The 5 best kids' mattresses in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Nest Because children are lighter than adults, buying a kid's mattress is a bit different. Mattresses for kids don't need to be expensive, but some can be safer and more comfortable. The Nest Bedding Puffin is our top pick because of its support and ventilation. Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and reviews home products. Choosing a kid's...
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The 5 best standing desks for home offices in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Jada Wong/Insider A standing desk can contribute to a healthy and ergonomic working environment. The best standing desks adjust to a range of heights while remaining stable. The best standing desk for most people is the Fully Jarvis Standing Desk. Read more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches home products. Studies show that standing has many benefits...
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The 5 best electric toothbrushes in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Electric toothbrushes can make your dental hygiene routine easier and more thorough. We spoke to 3 dentists and tested several models to find the best electric toothbrush on the market. Our top pick, Hum by Colgate, cleans well, has 3 settings, and is rechargeable, all for under $65. While the debate over an electric toothbrush vs manual really just comes down to personal preference, a few unbiased studies suggest the electric kind might help clean...
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The 5 best wine openers and corkscrews we tested in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. We tested wine keys, winged and lever corkscrews, and electric openers on dozens of wine bottles. Le Creuset's Waiter's Corkscrew gives the best leverage to remove corks smoothly and comfortably. See also: The best wine glasses There's only one thing between you and a delicious glass of wine, and that's the cork. If you've ever spent too much time wrangling a bottle with a flimsy wine opener, now's your chance to get a stron...
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The 4 best copper cookware sets in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Copper cookware is known for its efficient and uniform heating, as well as its striking appearance. The cookware can be expensive, but if properly cared for, it lasts longer than other materials. Our top pick is by Williams Sonoma; it has a useful variety of pieces and durable construction. Copper cookware is beautiful and offers superior heating than other types of cookware, but it has a reputation for being costly and finicky to maintain. Fortuna...
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The best hair straighteners for all hair types, according to the experts

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Shutterstock The best hair straighteners are ones that offer temperature control and consistent results. Three stylists and hair experts weigh in on the hair straighteners they always use on their clients. Ahead, explore the seven best hair straighteners for a range of hair types. For all the '00s trends making their present-day return into the zeitgeist, on...
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The 5 best jump ropes of 2021 for an effective cardio workout

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Jumping rope is one of the best cardio exercises you can do at home, practically for free. The best jump ropes are durable and adjustable in length and may also come with extra ropes or handles. Our top pick is Crossrope's Get Lean; it comes with multiple weighted ropes, swappable handles, and its own workout app. Most of us associate jumping rope with days on the playground but for the everyday athlete, it's one of the best cardiovascular ...
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The 8 best cookie cutter sets to buy in 2021 for Christmas, Hanukkah, and all occasions

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Easily transform a basic sugar cookie or gingerbread dough into exciting shapes with cookie cutters. You can get any shape from precisely measured biscuit cutters to jumping reindeer and Christmas trees.  We found the 8 best cookie cutter sets for home bakers to use during the holiday season and beyond. Cookie cutters can make the most basic dough exciting. They provide a clean-cut canvas for decorating or building festive scenes, and if you're...
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The 8 best laptops in 2021 for work, entertainment, and gaming

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Lenovo; Apple; Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Dell's XPS 13 still balances performance, power, and portability better than any other laptop. But the MacBook Air is the best choice for Apple loyalists.  Check out our guide to the best cheap laptops of 2021 for more buying advice. A great laptop is essential for studying, working, and gaming. We've checked and double-checked our picks for the holiday shopping season to ensure they're up...
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The 4 best down pillows in 2021 for side and back sleepers

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Connie Chen/Insider Down is a great material for pillows because it's soft and conforms well to your head. Brooklinen's Down Pillow is best for most people. It's comfortable and supportive, however you sleep. We also tested down pillows for specific positions like side and back sleepers. Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and reviews home ...
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The 4 best comforters we tested in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Connie Chen/Insider A comforter should be soft and breathable, making you feel like you're wrapped in a warm cloud. Brooklinen's All-Season Down Comforter is best for most people and seasons. With a 700 fill power, it's very airy, fluffy, and compressible. The sateen shell is soft and quiet. Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and reviews h...
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The 5 best pre-lit artificial Christmas trees in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Balsam Hill Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees come in an array of sizes, colors, themes, and levels of quality. We found pre-lit artificial Christmas trees that are realistic and can be shipped to your door. Our top choice is the Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Pre-Lit LED Artificial Tree. Growing up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our Christmas tree ca...
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The best home gym machines and equipment for your garage or living room in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. ProForm; Amazon; Everlast; Alyssa Powell/Insider Working out at home can be just as effective as going to the gym — but you need the right equipment to do it. When outfitting a home gym, consider how much space you have and the kinds of workouts you plan on doing. Below are 10 of our favorite pieces of home gym equipment including dumbbells, exercise machines, and resistance bands. Working out at home is more popular now than ever, and it's ...
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The 4 best Apple MacBook laptops in 2021 for work, general use, and students

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The MacBook Air is still the best MacBook overall, thanks to its power and portability. The 13-inch MacBook Pro now has 14- and- 16-inch versions in 2021, but we have yet to test them. Apple's MacBooks no longer use Intel processor, now with its M1 line including Pro and Max variants. The best MacBook should offer the right level of performance, long battery life, and a comfortable keyboard and trackpad at a r...
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The best toasters we tested in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Caitlin Petreycik/Insider A good toaster should toast bread evenly and consistently, and each slot should perform equally well. Ideally, it should also accommodate bagels, and English muffins should be easy to retrieve. Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and reviews kitchen products. Above all, a good toaster should be able to handle one task and handle it well: brown bread evenly and consistently across every slot. Beyond that, the b...
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The 5 best snow shovels in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Amazon With the right snow shovel, you can clear your porch, walkways, driveways, and more easily.  The Dmos Alpha Expedition Shovel is our top pick. It has a serrated blade that cuts into snow piles. If you need to move a ton of snow with minimal effort, read our guide to the best snow blowers. Read more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches home products. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn ...
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The 5 best cookware sets in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. All-Clad; Tramontina; Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Cookware sets are an efficient way to equip your kitchen with all the basics. We evaluated the pros and cons of each set so you can find one that suits your needs and budget. The best cookware set overall is the Tramontina Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Set because its pieces are practical and durable. Purchasing a cookware set can be overwhelming, no matter how confident you are in the kitchen. The v...
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The 5 best snowblowers in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Toro A good snowblower should efficiently clear snow, be easy to operate, and last through many winters. Our top choice is Toro's 37798 because of its quality construction and 24-inch clearing width. If you're not quite ready to buy a snowblower, check out our guide to the best snow shovels. Learn more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches home products. When winter is in full swing and snowstorms are frequent, it's time to ...
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The best home security systems of 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Smart-home gadgets are affordable and easy to use, making DIY home security an option. Simplisafe is the best home security system you can set up on your own. You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras. Home security systems were once pricey, requiring professional installation and monitoring. In 2021, they are relatively accessible. You can install and monitor many of them yourself and boost their usefulness by incorporatin...
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The 5 best stand mixers you can buy in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. The best stand mixers make baking bread, cakes, cookies, pies, and more an enjoyable endeavor. The best stand mixer is the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield. The iconic KitchenAid has a powerful motor and available attachments like a spiralizer and pasta press. Homemade baked goods bring families together. The smell of bread, cake, or cookies baking often punctuates our fondest childhood memories. And, the companion of a...
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The 3 best waffle makers we tested in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Waffles make breakfast feel special, whether they're thin, crispy American-style ones or fluffy Belgian ones. We tested six waffle makers and made over 40 waffles to find the best waffle maker out there. The best waffle maker is the Cuisinart Classic Round Waffle Maker for its even browning and intuitive controls. As Daniel Shumski, the author of "Will it Waffle," said, "There is something inherently whimsical and fun about waffles." They'r...
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The 6 best BBQ smokers in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Owen Burke/Insider A smoker is a great way to preserve food and spend some quality time outdoors. Traeger's Pro 575 Pellet Grill is best for thanks to its temperature retention and ease of use. Read about how we test kitchen products at Insider Reviews. Smoking food is a great way to impart flavor, but also preserve food for longer, extending the refrigerator life of smoked seafood and meat anywhere from a few days to a few weeks (and months...
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The 5 best over-ear headphones in 2021 for detailed, spacious sound

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Mark Knapp/Insider The best over-ear headphones emphasize audio performance and match it with comfort. A quality pair should be well built and provide a detailed listening experience. The Monoprice Monolith M570 headphones do just that while delivering fantastic value for the money. Earbuds are a good fit when you need compact headphones for listening on the go,...
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