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Surprise! People don't want Facebook cameras in their homes.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:29:36 +0000

Not many people, it turns out, want a Facebook-manufactured camera in their home. 

This extremely intuitive revelation comes to us today via Fast Company, which reported that, according to sources at companies which supply parts for Portal cameras, only a "very low" number of the devices are shipping. Who would have thought?

Sure, Facebook is repeatedly embroiled in privacy scandal after privacy scandal, but surely that wouldn't stop anyone from shelling out their hard-earned cash to purchase a Facebook camera that also listens in on their conversations. Oh, wait. 

For the blissfully unaware, Facebook initially launched two versions of the Portal — a dedicated device for video calls — back in in 2018 for $199 and $349. Updated versions of the device, along with a TV-mounted camera, are now on sale,  ranging from $129 to $179.  Read more...

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The Neiman Marcus 2019 'Fantasy Gifts' are here to make you feel poor

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:27:31 +0000

Wealth disparity has been a big topic of conversation during the recent presidential debates — there is a reason Sen. Bernie Sanders regularly says that “billionaires should not exist.”

But, billionaires do exist and they’re living as lavishly as ever. Case in point: Neiman Marcus recently released its 2019 list of "Fantasy Gifts," a curated collection of items and experiences available for purchase via the retailer, each more exorbitant than the last. 

And unless you’re a part of the nation’s top 2 percent (the company’s target market), you might think this is a joke. But it's not. 

The gift list reads like an Onion article of what lower/middle class people think the rich buy one another for Christmas. Fancy cars. Luxury trips. A $70,000 house for your dog. Read more...

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Unboxing the Asus ROG Gaming Phone II, the most powerful smartphone on the planet

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:03:10 +0000

Not only does this phone tout 12GB of ram and the world's fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus but it also comes... in a suitcase! Watch as Mashable's Kellen Beck and IGN's Kevin Lee unbox and review it. Read more...

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13 gifts for the aspiring dogfluencer in your life

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:15:10 +0000

Have a friend who thinks their dog is a star? 

Well, your friend is right. All dogs were born to be celebrities. (If they don't want to be one, don't make them, though.) And this holiday season, you can get in on the ground floor of the fabled dog influencer journey by giving them a gift they'll actually use.

Operating a pet account that's actually successful (never mind profitable) requires a lot of work, quite a bit of luck, and maybe an agent, but aspiring stars will also need some supplies to get started. Want to help them with the basics? Consider a pretty backdrop or a pet selfie tool to set up their first few shots. More interested in something sort of unhinged but extremely memorable? Have we got the bright fuchsia dog bed for you. Read more...

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Lyft launches 'trending destinations' feature for aimless (and adventurous) riders

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:58:56 +0000

It's Friday night, you're ready to hit the town, but you don't know where to go. Lyft wants to help with that, in a fun, albeit "joiner-y" kind of way.

On Friday, Lyft rolled out a new feature to Android users in Los Angeles and San Francisco called Trending Destinations. The point of the new feature is to help users "explore" their city.

When Lyft riders open the app to begin a ride, Lyft asks where they are going. Now, under the bar where you input your destination, there will be an option to click to see "Trending Destinations," or popular drop-off spots for other riders nearby. Lyft calls these places "points of interest" and they include bars, restaurants, music venues, and street fairs. Read more...

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'Dolemite is My Name' writers talk about making the greatest Eddie Murphy movie of all-time.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:43:27 +0000

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been writing biographical movies about unlikely heroes for decades, but this one may be their masterpiece.  Read more...

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Elton John says 'Lion King' remake's soundtrack lost 'magic and joy'

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:36:45 +0000

The co-writer of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" expressed his disappointment with the movie in a recent interview. Read more...

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Paul Rudd says he advised Leonardo DiCaprio to star in 'Titanic'

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:35:47 +0000

The Clueless and Ant-Man actor says he pushed DiCaprio to be Jack Dawson in the hit movie. Read more...

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Paul Dano cast as the Riddler in 'The Batman'

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:35:07 +0000

The 12 Years a Slave actor will star opposite Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. Read more...

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This bakery makes Halloween cakes that’ll haunt your dreams

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:34:30 +0000

With two locations in Chicago. Alliance Bakery specializes in customized cakes and pastries for any occasion. This includes Halloween. Read more...

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Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in November

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:33:35 +0000

With Thanksgiving and other family get-togethers coming soon, here are a few series and films on Hulu you can all watch. Read more...

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This bike helmet could change the game in bike safety — Future Blink

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:32:09 +0000

Park & Diamond’s collapsible helmet is breathable, stylish, ultra-portable, safe, and only weighs 8 ounces while complying with US, EU, and Canadian safety standards. Read more...

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A proposed tax on WhatsApp calls leads to massive protests in Lebanon

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:40:12 +0000

After word got around in Lebanon that the government was planning to tax WhatsApp calls, thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Beirut. 

The plan was to impose a 20-cent fee for a person's first call of the day. 

As Fortune reports, the Lebanese government is deeply in debt, and passed austerity measures in July to help remedy the situation. That began affecting the lives of Lebanon's citizens by, for example, threatening the pensions of retired soldiers. Additionally, some reportedly believe corruption is preventing the country from getting the aid it needs. 

The proposed WhatsApp tax, as well as proposals to increase VAT and gasoline taxes, inflamed anti-government sentiments. That led to the demonstrations, in which protesters called for regime change and revolution. Read more...

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Best headphones for running or hitting the gym

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:58:57 +0000

BEST DEALS ON HEADPHONES THIS WEEK:


The only thing more important to runners than their sneakers is a quality pair of headphones and a killer playlist. Running without music is like some form of medieval torture: it sucks. And cheap, crappy headphones just aren't going to cut it.

When shopping for a quality pair of headphones to wear while running, you'll want to look at a few key factors: Are they sweatproof/waterproof? Will they stay in your ears? Are the volume controls easily accessible? If you answer no to any of these questions, then you know the headphones aren't going to work. Read more...

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BEST FOR WORKOUT TRACKERS

Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless

While sound quality and flexibility are always good features, a great pair of headphones will do more than that.

$199 from Amazon

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BEST MID-PRICED WIRELESS OPTION

Jabra Elite 45e

The Elite 45e headphones are an example of quality at an affordable price.

$99.99 from Amazon

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BEST TRULY WIRELESS EARBUDS

Bose SoundSport Free Wireless

These truly wireless ear buds can charge while you're using them, and the app can help you locate them in the event that they fall out.

$199 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET WIRED HEADPHONES

JBL Endurance RUN

These are the kind of headphones you buy in multiples so you don't have to fret once you've inevitably lost a pair.

$19.95 from Amazon

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BEST NO-FRILLS OPTION

ROVKING Sport Headphones

These super-cheap headphones have an earhook design that keeps them on your ears, and are also sweatproof.

$14.99 from Amazon

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MOST FIT OPTIONS FOR WIRED HEADPHONES

Sony MDRXB510AS/B

These Sony earbuds offer multiple sets of covers and hooks to hold the earbuds securely in place.

$59.99 from Amazon

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BEST AUDIO QUALITY FOR WIRED HEADPHONES

Bose SoundSport

Bose SoundSport are a great set of headphones to buy when the clarity of audio really matters to you.

$99 from Amazon

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BEST OVER-EAR OPTION

Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Headphones

The Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Headphones deliver an affordable and reliable option for anyone who prefers over-ear headphones.

$29.99 from Amazon

10 of the best fitness trackers for monitoring heart rate

Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0000

BEST FITNESS TRACKER DEALS THIS WEEK:


Wellness is a buzzy word lately. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in all things health, wellness, and spirituality. Juice bars are popping up, boutique studios are becoming more accessible, and essential oils are chilling us out. Self-care is becoming more of the norm too, but amidst all this hype, it can be challenging to find the right routine that promotes good exercise, sleep, vitals, and mindset.  Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Apple Watch Series 4

Take heart monitoring to the next level with the Apple Watch Series 4's amazing EKG feature and FDA-cleared precision.

  • Warranty: 90 days with Apple Care+
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 22 hours
  • Weight: 1.06 oz
  • What you'll get: A case, band, 1m magnetic charging cable, and 5W USB Power Adapter
$384.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Polar A370 Fitness Tracker

Smartphone compatibility and a variety of wellness features makes Polar’s A370 Fitness Tracker our top choice for health management.

  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 4 days
  • Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Polar A370 Fitness Tracker, a band, a charging cable, and a manual
$114.99 from Amazon

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EASIEST TO USE

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker

The new Charge 3 provides no-fuss wellness features to take your daily sleep, workouts, and vitals to the next level.

  • Warranty: 45-day guarantee and 1 year warranty
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Fitbit Charge 3, classic wristbands (both small & large), and a charging cable
$148.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ATHLETES

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch

With sport-specific settings, advanced training feedback, and a connected app, Garmin’s Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch is the perfect fitness companion for athletes.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 1 day
  • Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Garmin Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch, a charging/data clip, and a manual
$349.99 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR TECH ENTHUSIASTS

Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Add some tech to your exercise regimen with the Nokia’s Steel HR Hybrid with Alexa integration and three different heart monitor modes.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 25 days
  • Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch and a CR2 battery
$199.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR WATER SPORTS

Garmin vívoactive 3

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 10 days
  • Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • What you'll get: A vívoactive 3 Fitness Tracker, a charging/data cable, and manuals
$319.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR STYLE

Motiv Ring

  • Warranty: 45-day guarantee and 1-year warranty
  • Smartphone compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 3 days
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • What you'll get: A Motiv Ring, sizing set, and two slim charging docks
$199.99 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

Microtella Fitness Tracker

Microtella’s Fitness Tracker is affordable, monitors your heart rate, and comes with 14 different fitness settings for personalized workout stats.

  • Warranty: None
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • What you’ll get: A Microtella Fitness Tracker, a band, and a USB charger
$42.99 from Amazon

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Samsung Galaxy Fit

The perfect midpoint between the Fitbit and Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Fit is great for tracking your high-intensity activities and for managing your daily life.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery Life: 7 days
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • What you'll get: Samsung Galaxy Fit, charging cable, manuals
$99 from Amazon

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BEST ON-SCREEN WORKOUTS

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa is best for those who need some extra guidance in the gym, and thanks to its comprehensive array of on-screen workouts, you'll get exactly that.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery Life: 4 days
  • Weight: 5.12 ounces
  • What you'll get: Fitbit Versa, charging cable, manuals
$199.95 from Amazon

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BEST BATTERY LIFE

Wahoo TICKR

Won't take up precious real estate on your wrists and will provide personalized heart rate training, as well as an unbeatable 12-month battery life.

  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Yes
  • Battery Life: 1 year
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • What you'll get: Wahoo TICKR, battery, manuals
$49.99 from Amazon

Best sex toys for women: Take pleasure into your own hands

Fri, 17 May 2019 16:53:13 +0000

BEST DEALS ON SEX TOYS THIS WEEK:


If Instagram is to be believed, then self care for women basically amounts to face masks and daily affirmation apps.

Hot take: Sex toys are the ultimate self-care purchase.

Orgasms release oxytocin, the anti-stress hormone that gets you warm and fuzzy when cuddling, while dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, also makes an appearance. It stands to reason, then, that "I need to get laid" is a thing that actually makes sense to say when you're having a rough week. Read more...

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BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Squish by Unbound

This adorable, button-free toy has risen to stardom due to simplicity: Harder squeezes equal stronger vibrations.

  • Stimulation: Clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 5
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$99 from Unbound Babes

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BEST RABBIT VIBRATOR

Fifty Shades of Grey G-Spot Vibrator

Rabbit vibrators are the go-to for simultaneous internal and G-spot stimulation and this one packs 36 total vibration modes.

  • Stimulation: G-spot, clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 36
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$99.99 from Adam & Eve

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BEST CLASSIC VIBRATOR

Crave Vesper Vibrator Necklace

You can take that tingly feeling wherever you go with this quiet vibrator that's also a statement necklace.

  • Stimulation: Clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 4
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$69 from Love Crave

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BEST COCK RING FOR FEMALE PLEASURE

Je Joue Mio

One of the best cock rings to help you achieve dual pleasure, the Je Joue Mio offers a comfy fit and impressive rumbles.

  • Stimulation: Clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 12
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$109 from Babeland

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BEST ORAL SEX SIMULATOR

Womanizer Premium Clitoral Massager

Get the sensation of oral sex with this erotic combo of air, suction, and pattern randomization.

  • Stimulation: Clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 12
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$219 from Ella Paradis

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BEST FOR THE SHOWER

Lelo Sona Cruise

This ergonomic toy sucks (in a good way) and uses sonic waves to hit interior parts of the clitoris.

  • Stimulation: Clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 8
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB-rechargeable: Yes
$169 from Lelo

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BEST BUTT PLUG

Butt Tingler by Lovehoney

Though not the prettiest one out there, it exceeds expectations as a beginner-friendly option.

  • Stimulation: Anal
  • Vibration modes: 10
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: No
$24.99 from Lovehoney

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BEST WAND

Lelo Smart Wand Medium

A curved handle and naturally-increasing intensity prove that wands made for masturbation are better than your generic "personal massager."

  • Stimulation: Clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 8
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$159 from Lelo

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BEST FOR USE WITH A PARTNER

We-Vibe Sync

Couples can use the app with this remote-controlled vibrator to up the intimacy, even if you're states apart.

  • Stimulation: G-spot, clitoral
  • Vibration modes: 12
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: Yes
$219 from Ella Paradis

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BEST FOR HBO AND CHILL

Game of Moans Longclaw Dildo

The eighth season may not be moan-worthy, but this girthy dildo version of Jon Snow's sword is.

  • Stimulation: G-spot, anal
  • Vibration modes: None
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • USB rechargeable: N/A
$150 from Geeky Sex Toys

7 of the best robot vacuums to tackle pet hair

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:15:00 +0000

BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEALS THIS WEEK:


Pets are mediocre roommates. 

Sure, they’re adorable and have a preternatural ability to cuddle. But pets are also messy — and unlike in a passive-aggressive roommate group chat, you can't tell a pet to clean up after itself. 

They pay no mind as to where they shed or track dirt. You’re forced to constantly clean up after them which, frankly, we find pretty rude. Fortunately, robot vacuums are here to save the day. Or, at the very least, help cut down on your housework. These devices live for picking up stray bits of food, litter and hair, ensuring your home doesn’t turn into a den of debris. Of course, before you rush over to Amazon or (gasp!) an actual store, you’ll want find out which vacuum might be best for you.   Read more...

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BEST FOR CAT OWNERS

iRobot Roomba 980

  • Cleaning Time: 120 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: Yes
$868 from Amazon

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BEST AFFORDABLE ROBOT

Eufy Robovac 11

Provides a solid clean without breaking the bank.

  • Cleaning Time: 100 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: No
$179.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

ECOVACS DEEBOT 900/901

Offers a lot of the bells and whistles found in more expensive models.

  • Cleaning Time: 120 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: Yes
$499.99 from Best Buy

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BEST OVERALL

Neato Botvac D7

Armed with a number of exciting features, it’s a powerful vacuum that delivers.

  • Cleaning Time: 120 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: Yes
$814.66 from Amazon

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BEST FOR MULTI-ROOM HOMES

iRobot Roomba 890

  • Cleaning Time: 60 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: Yes
$449 from Amazon

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BEST-SELLING ROBOT

iRobot Roomba 690

$374.99 from Amazon

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MOST VERSATILE

iLife V3

  • Cleaning Time: 120 minutes
  • WiFi-Enabled: No
$159.99 from Amazon

Think your Mac doesn't need antivirus software? Actually, it does.

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:21:13 +0000

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS FOR MAC THIS WEEK:


There's a common misconception that Macs don't need antivirus software. Unfortunately, that's far from accurate these days. 

Macs are generally more secure than PCs, thanks to a more secure operating system where certain aspects of its software are more locked down and harder to infiltrate by rogue software. Also, fewer people own Macs meaning fewer targets for criminals. However, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to get a virus on your Mac, or receive a suspicious piece of malware either.  Read more...

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BEST HANDS-OFF ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

Norton Security for Mac

Norton runs in the background, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity or threats to your system, without any need for interaction from you.

  • One Mac: $39.99/year
  • Up to five Macs: $49.99/year

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BEST FOR SECURITY SOFTWARE

McAfee Total Protection

McAfee offers extra tools like digital document shredding and anti-spam protection that help it rise above the rest.

  • One device: $24.99 (first year)
  • Five devices: $39.99 (first year)
  • Ten devices: $29.99/month (first year)

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FASTEST ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

Bitdefender Total Security 2019 for Mac

A little cheaper than its competitors, it's a strong opening gambit for a company that's more well known among tech savvy folks than the average consumer.

  • Up to 5 devices: $49.99.(first year)

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BEST FOR OLDER COMPUTERS

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus for Mac

Webroot Antivirus for Mac stores all its anti-malware protection information on the cloud, meaning it's speedy and has a small footprint on your Mac.

  • One device: $29.99 (first year)
  • Three devices: $44.99/month (first year)
  • Five devices: $59.99/month (first year)

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BEST FOR MAC-ONLY SOFTWARE

Intego Mac Internet Security

Intego does a fantastic job of detecting anything thrown at it, albeit a little slower than with some antivirus protection.

  • One device: $39.99 (first year)
  • Three devices: $54.99 (first year)

7 of the best antivirus software for Android smartphones and tablets

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:32:43 +0000

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS FOR ANDROID THIS WEEK:


We hate to kick off this in such a negative fashion, but we feel obligated to alert all you Android users that your smart phones are vulnerable. While Android’s customization is great, the fact that they have an open platform makes them easier to hack and attack. And this can result in anything from lost photos and contacts to stolen credit card numbers and malware that bricks your phone, rendering it unusable and unrepairable. Fortunately, you can protect your Android by downloading an antivirus app. (Exhale deep sigh of relief now.) Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Bitdefender Mobile Security

Amazing protection with minimal effect on performance.

  • Size: 20M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($14.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $44.99

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BEST FOR EASE OF USE

Norton Mobile Security

  • Size: 26M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($22/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $39.99

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BEST FEATURES

Avast Mobile Security

A popular app that provides unparalleled protection.

  • Size: 28M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($2.99/month or $11.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $79.99

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BEST ANTI-PHISHING FEATURES

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

  • Size: Varies with device
  • Free Version : Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($14.95/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $19.99

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BEST FOR PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION

McAfee Mobile Security

  • Size: 21M
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($29.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $19.95

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BEST FREE APP

Sophos Antivirus and Security

An easy and affordable way to ensure security.

  • Size: Varies with device
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: No

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BEST MINIMALIST INTERFACE

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  • Size: Varies with device
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Premium Version: Yes ($1.49/month or $11.99/year)
  • In-app Products: Up to $11.99

7 of the best antivirus software options

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:25:30 +0000

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Antivirus software is an essential part of any PC owner's arsenal. Staying safe from viruses, malware, ransomware, and phishing threats is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what a good antivirus software package can protect you from. Many manufacturers now take a holistic approach to keeping your data safe, tackling more than just the odd suspicious file that might end up on your system.  Read more...

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BEST VALUE

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a great reputation for detecting viruses, malware, and pretty much all other nasties you might need to spot. It's inexpensive too.

  • One year (up to three devices): $34.99
  • Two years (up to three devices): $67.49
  • Three years (up to three devices): $89.99

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BEST FOR FAMILIARITY

Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic

A familiar name, Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic will make the majority of its users feel safe and protected, even if the options are a double edged sword.

  • Norton AntiVirus Plus: $19.99 (annual)
  • Norton 360 Standard: $39.99 (annual)
  • Norton 360 Deluxe: $49.99 (annual)
  • Norton 360 with LifeLock Select: $99.99 (annual)

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BEST FOR MULTIPLE PCS

McAfee AntiVirus Plus

McAfee AntiVirus Plus isn't perfect at eliminating all threats, but it's a bargain for those with multiple systems to protect.

  • One year (up to 10 devices): $44.99

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BEST FOR AGING SYSTEMS

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

If your PC is rapidly ageing, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is an ideal solution that won't slow it down any further. Even if it is a somewhat unknown quantity at times.

  • One year (up to three devices): $37.49

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BEST FOR ADVANCED USERS

Avast Pro Antivirus 2019

Avast Pro Antivirus 2017 is a great antivirus tool that doubles as a security suite, but many of its best features are available in the free version.

  • One year (up to three PCs): $59.99
  • Features: Plenty of options, URL blocking, network checker, secure browser

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BEST FOR REMOTE MANAGEMENT

Sophos Home Premium

If you're the tech support for all the family, Sophos Home Premium is a convenient way of controlling their security, wherever you are. Its features are too advanced for some, though.

  • One year (up to 10 devices): $45

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BEST FOR GAMERS

Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security

If you need to be able to pause your security protection, such as when gaming, this is a great option.

  • One year (for one PC: $29.95

Best antivirus software for Windows 10

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS 10 THIS WEEK:


Like it or not, your Windows 10 is highly vulnerable to all kinds of pernicious attacks — and hackers are just getting more and more creative with creeping into your personal computer. Denial of service, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and password attacks are just a few of the threats you’ll have to contend with.  Read more...

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BEST OVERALL PROTECTION

Norton Security Deluxe

Considered the gold standard in antivirus software, this option tops award-winning and best-seller lists.

$49.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Webroot Internet Security Complete with Antivirus Protection

Get your typical antivirus and malware prevention for Windows 10, plus a password manager, encrypted account information, and cloud storage.

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BEST FOR PARENTS

Bitdefender Total Security

Of all the products listed, Bitdefender specializes in software to protect and monitor your children’s usage.

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BEST FOR VALUE

McAfee Total Protection (5 devices)

For its near rock-bottom pricing, McAfee Total Protection provides a solid array of antivirus offerings — though with somewhat moderate reviews.

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BEST FOR FEATURES

Kaspersky Total Security 2018

The secure connection features allows you to encrypt your data, and receive wifi alerts when you’re at risk.

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BEST FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES AND USERS

AVG Ultimate 2019

Boasting everything and the kitchen sink, AVG Ultimate not only has antivirus software with a host of performance enhancing features, but is one of few options with unlimited users.

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BEST FOR BONUS FEATURE OF CYBER SECURITY TRAINING

PC Pitstop PC Matic (download)

Their ad and popup-blocking tools help keep you from clicking on malicious ads that could steal your sensitive information.

$49.99 from Amazon

6 of the best gaming laptops that cost less than $1,000

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000

BEST DEALS ON GAMING LAPTOPS UNDER $1,000 THIS WEEK:


My first gaming laptop cost $1,500 10 years ago, and that was considered affordable. It wasn't a top-of-the-line model, but it wasn't a slouch either, sporting one of the better mid-tier graphics cards and a reliable processor/RAM combination.   Read more...

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OUR TOP PICK

Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo balances price and power to deliver a well-rounded gaming laptop that can handle most of what the average gamer can throw at it.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) LED-lit
$999.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR A BUDGET

Asus TUF Gaming FX504

The Asus TUF Gaming FX504 offers reliable performance without breaking the bank for gamers on a budget.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB
  • Storage: 1TB FireCuda SSHD
  • Screen: 15.6” Full HD
$799 from Amazon

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BEST POWER FOR THE PRICE

Dell G5 Gaming Laptop

With plenty of graphical power for an affordable price, the Dell G5 gaming laptop is proof that price doesn't have to lock out performance.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H
  • RAM: 8GB(up to 32GB)
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Storage: 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD
  • Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
$999.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR NEW GAMERS

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming Edition 5577

If you're new to the gaming scene and looking for a good place to start, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is a great pick.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Storage: 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD
  • Screen: 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) anti-glare LED-backlit
$759.99 from Amazon

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BEST MULTI-PURPOSE LAPTOP

Acer Aspire 7

With the Acer Aspire 7, you'll be ready for anything life or gaming has to throw at you.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Storage: 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD
  • Screen: 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
$949.99 from Amazon

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BEST NAME BRAND LAPTOP

OMEN by HP 15.6" Gaming Laptop

HP integrates its trusted brand design with plenty of power in the Omen 15.6" gaming laptop.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with dedicated 4 GB GDDR5
  • Storage: 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD
  • Screen: 15.6" diagonal FHD IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit
$979.99 from Amazon

Level up: 9 of the best laptops to boost your gaming experience

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:58:28 +0000

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It's time to level up.

If you didn't already know, PC gamers take great pride in the way they play. These are the folks who delight in the fact that PC gaming is just so much better than playing on a console, and if this Reddit thread is any indication — this way of thinking isn't going away any time soon. Read more...

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BEST CHOICE OVERALL

MSI GP63 Leopard

A dependable graphics card, excellent speeds, and a lightweight build make this the complete package.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
$1,699 from Walmart

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BEST FOR VR AND VIDEO QUALITY

MSI GT75 Titan 4K-071

While it carries a hefty price tag, the MSI GT75 Titan is everything you could want out of a gaming laptop, down to VR and 4K.

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 1TB SDD
  • Weight: 10.05 lbs
$4,499 from Walmart

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BEST FOR GAMERS ON A BUDGET

Dell Gaming Laptop G5587

While you may not have $2000 to drop on some higher performance gaming laptop, you can still get reliable gaming performance with the Dell Gaming Laptop G5587.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8300
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 6.28 lbs
$1,100 from Amazon

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BEST FOR POWER IN A SLIM DESIGN

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M

ASUS offers the best of both worlds with a slim and light gaming laptop that doesn't skimp on the power under the hood.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
$2,199 from Amazon

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BEST FOR NEW GAMERS

Acer Nitro 5

If you're new to PC gaming, the Acer Nitro 5 delivers a reliable laptop at a reasonable price.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs
$719 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TRADITIONAL/HARDCORE GAMERS

Acer Predator Triton 700

Hardcore gamers expect power out of their platform of choice, and Acer delivers on that power with the Predator Triton 700 laptop.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
$2,700 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BUDGET VR

Alienware 15

Alienware is one of the most recognized names in PC gaming, and the Alienware 15 lives up to that namesake, even delivering a reliable VR laptop.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 8 lbs
$1,888 from Amazon

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BEST FOR PERFORMANCE

MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051

This is one of the thinnest laptops built for intense gaming on-the-go.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Weight: 4.14 lbs
$1,799 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SLEEK DESIGN

Razer Blade 15

Think of this as the Apple MacBook Pro of gaming laptops.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Weight: 4.56 lbs
$2,200 from Amazon

10 of the best gaming PCs: Why we love Corsair, Lenovo, Dell, and more

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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The popularity of gaming PCs has exploded in recent years. Sure, there are plenty of people who won’t abandoned their beloved consoles. But a large number of gaming enthusiasts have been shifting their attention. And with good reason. 

For starters, the games are cheaper and the breadth available is truly astounding. After all, console exclusives are (mostly) a thing of the past. You can use your PC to play the latest strategy and simulation games as well as the top offerings in eSports and first person shooters. Additionally, thanks to the PC’s open platform, you also have access to a wide array of wildly inventive independent games. No matter your penchant and preferences, you’re always guaranteed to find something that matches your mood, skill and desires. Read more...

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BEST QUIET PERFORMANCE

Corsair One Pro

If you’re tight on space but crave the HD and 4K power of a larger machine, consider the Corsair.

  • Processor Speed: 4.2 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 960 GB
$2,300 from Best Buy

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BEST DESIGN

iBuyPower Snowblind

  • Processor: 3.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
$2,399 from iBuyPower

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BEST VALUE

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

Runs great right out of the gate but can also be upgraded at a future date.

  • Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
$779 from Amazon

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BEST PORTABILITY

Lenovo Legion C530 Cube

  • Processor Speed: Up to 4.60 GHz
  • RAM : Up to 16GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
$819.99 from Lenovo

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BEST FOR THE NEW GAMER

Acer Aspire Gaming Desktop GX-281

Great brand with even greater support.

  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1000 GB
$820.33 from Walmart

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BEST BUDGET PICK

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680

  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1.25 TB
$649.99 from Dell

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BEST GRAPHICS

CyberPowerPC Gamer Panzer

  • Processor Speed:: 3.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 2048 GB
$3,177 from Amazon

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BEST UPGRADABILITY

Alienware Aurora R7

If you're in the market for a gaming PC with impressive accessibility and function, the Alienware Aurora R7 is a solid choice. Its tool-less design allows for upgrades to ensure a future-proof system.

  • Processor Speed: 4.6 GHz
  • RAM: 64 GB
  • Storage: 2 TB
$0 from Amazon

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BEST PERSONALIZATION

OMEN Obelisk by HP

The OMEN Obelisk by HP provides a smooth gaming experience, customizable features, and an impressive amount of storage.

  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
$1,280 from Best Buy

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BEST STYLISH BUDGET-FRIENDLY PC

SkyTech Blaze II

Coming through with a light-up LED design and an impressive amount of RAM, the SkyTech Blaze II is a solid pre-built option.

  • Processor speed : 3.9 GHz
  • Processor Speed: 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB
$833.48 from Amazon

14 of the best blenders for smoothies, soups, and everything in between

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0000

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Today's lesson in Cooking as a Grown-Ass adult: Blenders are used for more than frozen margs in summer and collecting dust in winter.

Hot soup without a stove, coffee without a coffee maker, and whipped cream without a hand mixer are just a few of the tasks these multitasking appliances can tackle. Similar to the way the mystical Instant Pot replaces a sauté pan or slow cooker, blenders can expand your meal possibilites tenfold without the clutter of multiple machines. Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Vitamix Professional Series 750

This classic Vitamix annihilates fruits and nuts and has presets to make just about anything.

  • Power: 1,560 watts
  • Container size: 64-ounce
  • Automated settings: smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts, purées, self-cleaning
  • App-connected: No
$599.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR MIXING DOUGH

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

Expand to pizza or cookie dough with this food processing bowl — just ignore the noise.

  • Power: 1,500 watts
  • Pitcher size: 72-ounce
  • Automated settings: dough, blend, crush, single serve
  • App-connected: No
$139.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Calphalon Auto-Speed Blender

Novices and experts alike will appreciate the auto-adjusting speeds, screen, and long warranty.

  • Power: 1,100 watts
  • Container size: 67.6-ounce
  • Automated settings: smoothie, dip, milkshake, frozen drink
  • App-connected: No
$109.99 from Amazon

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BEST PERSONAL BLENDER

NutriBullet Balance

Track fitness goals and nutrition facts with the Bluetooth smart scale and Balance app.

  • Power: 1,200 Watts
  • Container size: 32-ounce
  • Automated settings: None
  • App-connected: Yes
$109.99 from Walmart

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BEST SMART BLENDER

Vitamix A3500

Walk-away convenience and the touchscreen are life-changing, but iPads can be bought for cheaper.

  • Power: 1,500 watts
  • Container size: 64-ounce
  • Automated settings: smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, frozen desserts, self-cleaning
  • App-connected: Yes
$619.95 from Amazon

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BEST HAND BLENDER

Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender

Dressing, soup, merengue, and whipped cream can achieve the perfect texture with 15 trigger speeds and an ergonomic handle.

  • Power: 280 watts
  • Pitcher size: 42-ounce
  • Automated settings: None
  • App-connected: No
$84.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR WORKOUTS

Oster Blend-N-Go

A pre-gym smoothie always feels rushed, but this blending pitcher doubles as a sport bottle.

  • Power: 400 watts
  • Pitcher size: 20-ounce
  • Automated settings: None
  • App-connected: No
$24.99 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher (58163)

This classic blender is great for newbies and triples as a personal blender and food processor — but you get what you pay for.

  • Power: 700 watts
  • Container size: 40-ounce
  • Automated settings: milkshake/easy clean, purée/smoothie, dice/salsa, crush ice/grate
  • App-connected: No
$59.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TRAVELING

PopBabies Personal Blender

USB charging makes this great for going off the grid or for work.

  • Power: 175 watts
  • Container size: 14-ounce
  • Automated settings: None
  • App-connected: No
$31.44 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SWITCHING UP RECIPES

NutriBullet

Though it only has one speed, you'll get two different blade options included with the set.

  • Power: 600 watts
  • Cup size(s): Two 18-ounce, one 24-ounce
$59.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR EXTRACTING NUTRIENTS

Nutri Ninja with FreshVac Technology

Get the most nutrients and best flavors from your produce with this blender's FreshVac pump.

  • Power: 1,100 watts
  • Cup size(s): Two 24-ounce
$129.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Magic Bullet

A cheap, reliable blender that isn't too feature-heavy.

  • Power: 250 watts
  • Cup size(s): One 12-ounce, two 18-ounce
$39.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TAKING IN THE CAR

Homgeek Personal Mini Blender

With two slim sports bottles, this compact blender is a solid choice.

  • Power: 300 watts
  • Cup size(s): Two 20-ounce
$23.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CAMPING

Cozibot Travel Blender

Just because you're far from an outlet doesn't mean you need to skip your smoothie.

  • Power: 65 watts
  • Cup size(s): One 13-ounce
$35.98 from Amazon

Best 4K TVs: From OLED to QLED, Samsung to TCL and more

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 02:00:00 -0800

BEST DEALS ON 4K TVS THIS WEEK:


TVs with 4K displays are becoming the norm, with more streaming content available, game consoles running games in 4K, and 4K Blu-rays available for collectors. 

With all the ways to get 4K content today, you'll need a TV that's up to the task. And there's no shortage of choice. But how do you know which one is the best for you? Read more...

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BEST OVERALL CHOICE

Sony A9F

OLEDs offer some of the best pictures available, and the Sony A9F might be the best of them all.

  • Available sizes: 55-inches, 65-inches
  • Processor: X1 Ultimate
  • Smart U.I.: Android TV
  • Display: Triluminos color with HDR 10
$3,498 from Amazon

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BEST SAMSUNG TV

Samsung Q9F

For fans of a truly colorful look, the Samsung Q9F will deliver that and then some.

  • Available sizes: 65-inches, 75-inches
  • Processor: Q Engine
  • Smart U.I.: SmartHub with Bixby
  • Display: Q Color with Q HDR EliteMax and Q Contrast
$3,800 from Amazon

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BEST LG TV

LG E8

For anyone who wants to go to the source, the LG E8 is the best OLED available from the primary maker of OLED.

  • Available sizes: 55-inches, 65-inches
  • Processor: α9 Intelligent Processor
  • Smart U.I.: AI ThinQ
  • Display: Pixel level dimming with 4K Cinema HDR
$2,497 from Amazon

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BEST LED TV

Sony X900F

You don't need OLED for near-OLED quality, and the Sony X900F proves that.

  • Available sizes: 49-inches, 55-inches, 65-inches, 75-inches, 85-inches
  • Processor: X1 Extreme
  • Smart U.I.: Android TV
  • Display: Triluminos color with X-Motion Clarity
$1,100 from Amazon

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BEST HIGH-END "STARTER" TV

Samsung Q6F

If you're nervous about diving into the deep end of TVs, the Samsung Q6F is easily the best place to start.

  • Available sizes: 49-inches, 55-inches, 65-inches, 75-inches, 82-inches
  • Processor: Q Engine
  • Smart U.I.: SmartHub with Bixby
  • Display: Q Color with Q Contrast and Q HDR
$897.99 from Amazon

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BEST BALANCE OF POWER AND PRICE

Samsung NU8000

Eight series TVs are where performance TVs start, and the Samsung NU8000 best embodies that quality.

  • Available sizes: 49-inches, 55-inches, 65-inches, 75-inches, 82-inches
  • Processor: UHD Engine
  • Smart U.I.: SmartHub with Bixby
  • Display: Dynamic crystal color with HDR Plus
$999.99 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET 4K TV

TCL R6

For the more budget-minded shoppers, TCL offers just that with quality performance in the R6 line.

  • Available sizes: 55-inches, 65-inches
  • Processor: Dual-Core GPU processor
  • Smart U.I.: Roku TV
  • Display: Dolby Vision HDR with wide color and contrast control zones
$999.99 from Amazon

Why Instant Pots are the best: We explore the Lux, Duo, Ultra, Max, and more

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:45:00 +0000

BEST DEALS ON INSTANT POTS:


Instant Pot (noun): The insanely fast, intelligent pressure cooker that can replace numerous kitchen appliances, and is quite possibly the most important technological advancement in recent historySpaceX is a close second. (Sorry pal, maybe if you cooked rice at the speed of light.) Read more...

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BUDGET PICK

Instant Pot LUX

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing
  • Sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart
$59.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CLASSIC RECIPES

Instant Pot DUO

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing, yogurt making
  • Sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart
$79.95 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Instant Pot DUO Plus

An upscaled version of the classic that offers the best balance of recipe versatility and price.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing, yogurt making, egg cooking, sterilizing, cake making
  • Sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart
$99.95 from Amazon

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BEST HIGH-END MODEL

Instant Pot Ultra

Your best option for a higher-end Instant Pot, the Ultra offers new personalized programming and an LCD screen.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, steaming, warming, yogurt making, sterilizing, egg cooking, personalized programming
  • Sizes: 6 quart, 8 quart
$119.95 from Amazon

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NEWEST TO THE MARKET

Instant Pot Max

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, steaming, warming, yogurt making, sterilizing, egg cooking, sous vide, pressure canning
  • Sizes: 6 quart
$199.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BUSY SCHEDULES

Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi Series

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, steaming, warming, yogurt making
  • Sizes: 6 quart

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BEST FOR ROASTS AND SOUS VIDE

Instant Pot Aura Pro

For meals or roasts that need to be flat, the rectangular Aura fits what cylindrical models can't.

  • Functions: Slow cooking, steaming, stewing, sautéing, warming, baking, roasting, yogurt making, multigrain, and sous vide
  • Sizes: 6 quart and 8 quart
$149.95 from Amazon

Which DNA test kit should you get? This guide can help.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:17:28 +0000

BEST DEALS ON DNA KITS THIS WEEK:


DNA test kits like AncestryDNA and 23andMe have become increasingly popular over the past few years — some 26 million people have taken them — and were a big gift item during the holiday season. The possibilities are quite literally endless — from finding your birth mother after 47 years to discovering that you're related to a president.

Though DNA tests are being added to more and more people's bucket lists, the sheer number of kits you can choose from is overwhelming. The result? A lot of interested folks opt out simply because they're not sure which kit to buy. (Even DNA tests for your dog exist. Yeah.) Read more...

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BEST FOR LITERALLY EVERYONE

23andMe

Health screenings plus a recent addition of over 1,000 regions makes it the most all-encompassing test out there.

  • Price: $99-$199
  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA, health, traits
  • Wait time: 2-4 weeks
$99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CONNECTING WITH RELATIVES

AncestryDNA

Get a seamless process from start to finish with a massive genealogical pool and the ability to connect with found relatives.

  • Price: $99-$119
  • Tests: Autosomal, traits
  • Wait time: 6-8 weeks
$99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR HEALTH

tellmeGen

Take charge of your health with this detailed test that analyzes medical predispositions and inherited risks. (But don't stop going to the doctor.)

  • Price: $199
  • Tests: Autosomal, health, traits
  • Wait time: 4-6 weeks
$199 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

MyHeritage

If you don't care about contacting relatives or maternal/paternal tracing, MyHeritage offers the coveted pie chart and quick results for cheap.

  • Price: $75
  • Tests: Autosomal
  • Wait time: 3-4 weeks
$75 from Amazon

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BEST FOR UNIQUE GENEALOGY FINDINGS

National Geographic Geno 2.0

Instead of the traditional family tree, Nat Geo's whole exome sequencing will tell you how much you have in common with a Neanderthal.

  • Price: $99.99
  • Tests: Homonin ancestry, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Wait time: 6-12 weeks

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Living DNA

Coining itself as a 3-in-1 DNA test, this is easily your cheapest option to trace both parents' lines as well as the family finder.

  • Price: $79
  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Wait time: 8-10 weeks
$79 from LivingDNA

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BEST FOR SERIOUS GENEALOGY

FamilyTreeDNA

Prices are weirdly steep, but FamilyTreeDNA offers detailed maternal and paternal line tracing you can't find anywhere else.

  • Price: $79.99-$199.99
  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Wait time: 6-8 weeks
$79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOCUS ON AFRICAN HERITAGE

AfricanAncestry

While not as advanced as other kits, AfricanAncestry is the extensive reporting on African tribes that we've been waiting for.

  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Price: $299
  • Wait time: 6-8 weeks
$299 from AfricanAncestry

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OUR TOP PICK FOR DOGS

Embark

Spending as much as 23andMe's test costs gets you a full look at your dog's familial and medical history.

  • Breed tests: 200+
  • Wait time: 3-7 weeks
  • Health screening: Yes
  • Wolf and coyote test: Yes
$199 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SUPER MIXED MUTTS

Wisdom Panel 3.0

A massive pool of breeds to test for makes it possible to discover the makeup of even the most confusingly mixed mutts.

  • Breed tests: 350
  • Wait time: 2-3 weeks
  • Health screening: Optional
  • Wolf and coyote test: Yes
$84.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR NEW DOG PARENTS

HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Test and Life Plan

The life plan gives your dog a customized diet, exercise, and play routine to maximize lifespan and happiness.

  • Breed tests: 220
  • Wait time: 3 weeks
  • Health screening: Yes
  • Wolf and coyote test: No
$125 from HomeDNA

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BUDGET PICK

Find My Pet

This budget-friendly test does a breed breakdown and health screening for less than a bag of fancy dog food.

  • Breed tests: 200
  • Wait time: 3-4 weeks
  • Health screening: Yes
  • Wolf and coyote test: No

The best mattresses you can buy online: Casper, Nectar, Leesa, and more

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0000

BEST DEALS ON MATTRESSES THIS WEEK: 


Sleep can make or break your day. If you wake up feeling energized and refreshed, concentrating and functioning will be a breeze. On the other hand, if you spend most of your nights tossing and turning, the whole day can feel like a challenge. You’ll be fatigued, irritable, and reaching for the nearest caffeine source. 

According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, sleep deprivation might lead to serious health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. So it’s something to take seriously. If you need to improve your quality of sleep, it might be time for you to buy a new mattress.  Read more...

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BEST FOR BODY SUPPORT

Leesa Mattress

Say goodbye to waking up with a sore back thanks to Leesa's three-layer construction and recovery memory foam.

  • Dimensions: Twin (39 x 75 x 10 inches), Twin XL (39 x 80 x 10 inches), Full (53 x 75 x 10 inches), Queen (60 x 80 x 10 inches), King (76 x 80 x 10 inches), and California King (72 x 84 x 10 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$595 from Leesa

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BEST OVERALL

The Essential Mattress by Casper

Comfort, durability, and stress-free setup make The Essential Mattress by Casper a top pick for all of your sleeping needs.

  • Dimensions: Twin (39 x 75 x 8.5 inches), Twin XL (39 x 80 x 8.5 inches), Full (54 x 75 x 8.5 inches), Queen ( 60 x 80 x 8.5 inches), King ( 76 x 80 x 8.5 inches), and California King (72 x 84 x 8.5 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$395 from Casper

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

T&N Mattress by Tuft & Needle

Online mattresses don’t come cheap, but the T&N Mattress by Tuft & Needle offers all the comfort and breathability perks at a fraction of the price.

  • Dimensions: Twin (75 x 39 x 10 inches), Twin XL (80 x 39 x 10 inches), Full (75 x 54 x 10 inches), Queen (80 x 60 x 10 inches), King (80 x 76 x 10 inches), and California King (84 x 72 x 10 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$350 from Tuft & Needle

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BEST FOR TEMPERATURE REGULATION

The Pod by Eight Sleep

This mattress tracks and learns your sleeping habits, then adjusts the bed’s temperature for optimal comfort.

  • Dimensions: Full (54 x 75 x 11 inches), Queen (60 x 80 x 11 inches), King (76 x 80 x 11 inches), and Cali fornix King (72 x 84 x 11 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for people who get either too hot or too cold while they sleep
$1,995 from Eight Sleep

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BEST FOR COMFORT

The Nectar Mattress

  • Dimensions: Twin (39 x 75 x 11 inches), Twin XL (39 x 80 x 11 inches), Full (54 x 75 x 11 inches), Queen (60 x 80 x 11 inches), King (76 x 80 x 11 inches), and California King (72 x 84 x 11 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$594 from Nectar

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BEST FOR DIFFERENT SLEEP POSITIONS

Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress

  • Dimensions: Twin (38 x 75 inches), Twin XL (38 x 80 inches), Full (54 x 75 inches), Queen (60 x 80 inches), King (76 x 80 inches) and California King (72 x 84 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for back, side, and stomach sleepers
$599 from Saatva

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BEST FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Avocado Green Mattress

  • Dimensions: Twin (74 x 38 x 11 inches), Twin XL (80 x 38 x 11 inches) Full (74 x 54 x 11 inches), Queen (80 x 60 x 11 inches), King (80 x 76 x 11 inches), and California King (84 x 72 x 11 inches)
  • Sleep Factor: Great for back and stomach sleepers
$959 from Avocado Green Mattress

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BEST FOR ADAPTIVITY

The Purple Mattress

Extremely comfortable and can adapt to almost any body shape, plus the customer support team will always have your back.

  • Dimensions: Twin XL (38 x 80 x 12 inches), Full (54 x 76 x 12 inches), Queen (60 x 80 x 12 inches), King (76 x 80 x 12 inches), and California King (72 x 84 x 12 inches)
  • Sleep factor: Good for every kind of sleeper
$1,299 from Purple

Best robot vacuums for every budget

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000

BEST DEALS ON ROBOT VACUUMS THIS WEEK:


The obsession with robot vacuums is obviously the fact that they make your life 100 times easier, but there's a hard part to the process: picking one.

"Roomba" and "robot vacuum" are essentially interchangeable terms at this point, but the robot vacuum market ain't what it was in 2005. Though we totally back nearly ever Roomba model, there's a whole new world of brands that you should be considering. Read more...

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BUDGET OPTION

ILIFE V3s

Hardwood floors will get two hours of powerful suction, but don't expect much for mopping or carpets.

  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • App connected: No
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: No
$159.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TIGHT SPACES

Eufy RoboVac 11s

Quiet, low-clearance cleaning and suction on all floor types make this ideal for apartment dwellers.

  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • App connectivity: No
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: No
$269.99 from Amazon

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MOST AFFORDABLE CONNECTED VACUUM

Shark ION RV750

Shark makes an impressive transition from upright to robot with this affordable WiFi-connected vac.

  • Run time: 70 minutes
  • App connected: Yes
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes
$222.99 from Walmart

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BEST FOR ALLERGIES

ECOVACS Deebot N79S

This internet favorite offers powerful suction, great battery life, and a HEPA filter for cheap.

  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • App connected: Yes
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes
$299.99 from Amazon

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BEST MID-RANGE ROOMBA

Roomba 960

This is not your basic Roomba — a camera for navigation and Aeroforce lifting cleaning make it the bot to beat.

  • Price: $699
  • App connected: Yes
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes
$699.99 from Walmart

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BEST FOR PET HAIR

Neato BotVac

Shedding overload? This ultra-connected vacuum deep cleans and keeps track of what it does — for a price.

  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • App connected: Yes
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes
$829.99 from Amazon

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BEST IF YOU CAN SPLURGE

iRobot Roomba i7

It remembers floor plans, is totally self-sufficient, and can even empty its own dust bin without your help.

  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • App connected: Yes
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes
$1,099 from Walmart

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BEST FOR LARGE SPACES

Roborock S5 robot vacuum and mop

Get a vacuum and a mop in one and leave the cleaning to your robot friend.

  • Run time: 150 minutes
  • App connectivity: Yes
  • Alexa & Google Assistant: Yes
$599.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CLEANING UNDER FURNITURE

Eufy Boost IQ 11S

At less than 3 inches tall, this super slim robot vacuum beats out bulkier models and can easily slip under furniture.

  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • App Connectivity: No
  • Alexa & Google Assistant: No
$229.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR HOMES WITH CHILDREN

Eufy Boost 1Q Robo Vac 30C

Equipped with a larger dustbin than other models, this vacuum will easily suck up any mess your child may have left behind.

  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • App connectivity: Yes
  • Alexa & Google Assistant: Yes
$299.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CAT OWNERS

iRobot Roomba 980

  • Cleaning Time: 120 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: Yes
$868 from Amazon

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BEST AFFORDABLE ROBOT

Eufy Robovac 11

Provides a solid clean without breaking the bank.

  • Cleaning Time: 100 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: No
$179.99 from Amazon

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

ECOVACS DEEBOT 900/901

Offers a lot of the bells and whistles found in more expensive models.

  • Cleaning Time: 120 minutes
  • WiFi Enabled: Yes
$499.99 from Best Buy





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