The best electric kettles of 2020

The best electric kettles of 2020

Electric kettles are underrated kitchen gadgets. I use mine regularly to brew French press coffee, hot water for tea, and to add boiling water to a simmering stockpot. While many basic kettles have minimal options, there are also many models that have specialty features such as dedicated tea-steeping baskets and hold temperature buttons. They all have the same goal, which is to boil … Read more

Best gas grills of 2020: Weber, Char-Broil and more

Best gas grills of 2020: Weber, Char-Broil and more

If you’re new to grilling or looking for a new grill, the abundance of options on the market can make picking the best one feel overwhelming. It’s hard to know whether to go for a gas grill (fueled by propane or natural gas), kamado grill, charcoal grill, pellet grill or perhaps even a portable model.  Gas grills are a great place to … Read more

Best air purifiers for 2020: Coway, Dyson, Blueair and more

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Wildfires are ravaging the west coast of the United States right now, and even for those who live outside their direct path, smoke is a huge concern. Smoke particulate filtration is one of many features offered by air purifiers — along with the ability to capture particulates ranging from pollen and dust to airborne bacteria … Read more

Do air purifiers work for COVID-19? What about wildfire smoke?

Do air purifiers work for COVID-19? What about wildfire smoke?

Ry Crist/HDOT COVID-19 continues to worry people all over the world — and especially in the United States, where the death toll is approaching 200,000. At the same time, wildfires ravage the west coast of the United States, displacing hundreds of thousands. As we adapt to new realities, new questions constantly arise. What kinds of masks … Read more

Asus took the best gaming router and added Wi-Fi 6 speeds

Asus took the best gaming router and added Wi-Fi 6 speeds

The Asus RT-AX86U, available now for $250. Ry Crist/HDOT A year ago, the Asus RT-AC86U clobbered fancier, more expensive competitors in the gaming router category. The speeds were fast and consistent, the lag was nice and low, the features were deep — and the price tag wasn’t too painful. I liked it so much that … Read more

The Best Gaming Routers of 2020

The Best Gaming Routers of 2020

If you keep getting shot dead when you try your hand at Fortnite or outmaneuvered when you play Fall Guys, well… maybe you just aren’t all that good at competitive online gaming. Then again, if you’re plagued by persistent lag during those critical split-second decisions that make the difference between victory and defeat, perhaps your internet connection … Read more

Reviews raise red flags about safety of Amazon’s line of electronics, appliances, report says

Reviews raise red flags about safety of Amazon's line of electronics, appliances, report says

A CNN investigation has raised safety concerns about some AmazonBasics products. Angela Lang/HDOT A report from CNN on Thursday has raised concerns about the safety of Amazon’s line of Basics products. Speaking with customers after seeing hundreds of reviews online, CNN reported that items from the AmazonBasics line, including toasters, microwaves and charging cables, have … Read more

The best DIY home security system to buy in 2020

The best DIY home security system to buy in 2020

Do-it-yourself home security companies aren’t like the ADTs and Vivints of the world. Instead of signing you up for a multiyear contract with a broad coverage-based monthly fee, most DIY security systems give you the flexibility to chose how and when you monitor your home.  That usually means you can sign up for a professional … Read more