The Best Water Filters For 2013


In A Nutshell: Best Budget Water Filters Faucet-mounted and pitcher-style filters do not filter water particularly well. Based on our research, we recommend a countertop water filter like the New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System, or if your budget can afford it, there the Multi-Pure Countertop Filter, which was rated by Consumer Reports as the best countertop filter. If you prefer a filter that doesn't require installation, you can get a countertop drip filter, and we recommend … [Read more...]

Wushtof Classic Chef Knife


In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Wushtof company, based in Germany, makes carbon-steel kitchen knives that get high ratings from most credible reviewers (including Cook's Illustrated and Consumer Reports). Reviewers are impressed by the durability of Wushtof knives -- they are made of heavy forged steel. The Wushtof Classic, … [Read more...]

The Top Rated AA Batteries


After studying ratings on sites such as Consumer Reports, Amazon, PC Magazine, and CandlePowerForums, we’ve come up with a list of the top rated AA batteries. Today, the top rated batteries are hybrid Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) cells, such as the Eneloops featured below. These hybrid batteries have a lot going for them: they come fully charged (like alkaline batteries), and they can hold their charge over six months (unlike regular Ni-MH rechargeables). Because they can hold their charge … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Point-And-Shoot Cameras Of 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera ($338) Top Review Sources: CNET: 4 out of 5 stars, Excellent; highest marks for features and image quality Digital Camera Review: Editor's Choice; 4.5 out of 5 stars Amazon: Top Rated, average 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 259 customer reviews Consumer Reports: Their highest rated point and shoot camera The Canon Powershot S95 tops the list of best point and shoot digital cameras on most camera review sites. With a full set of features and … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable Noise Canceling Headphones of 2011

The Best Portable Noise Canceling Headphones

The noise canceling headphones are different from "noise isolating" or "passive noise reduction" headphones. Noise canceling headphones feature tiny microphones to pick up outside frequencies and then counter those frequencies to cancel them out. The following list of top rated portable noise canceling headphones was chosen based on reviews from Consumer Reports, CNET,, iLounge, PCMag, and Amazon customers. Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones ($300) Top … [Read more...]