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Green Living
Over the years we’ve uncovered some surprising ways to be friendly to the environment. For example, a dishwasher uses less water than hand-washing. Composting can reduce greenhouse gases produced by food rotting in landfills. And LED bulbs use 13 percent of the energy of incandescents. Here are some of our favorite items for reducing emissions, wasting less energy, and saving water.

The Best Fan Seville Classics UltraSlimline 40″ Tower Fan
After nearly 60 hours of fan research that included air flow tests in a customized duct, we found the $60 Seville Classics UltraSlimline 40″ Tower Fan is the best room fan for most people.
The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries Energizer Recharge Universal
After 1,000 hours on our analyzer, the Energizer Recharge is our pick for the best rechargeable AA battery. AmazonBasics usually has the best deal on AAAs.
The Best Rechargeable Battery Charger (for AA and AAA Batteries) Panasonic Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger with Four Eneloop batteries
After six hours of research, we have found the best battery chargers for most people's needs, whether they need one that's simple and reliable or one with performance monitoring and extra slots. All of our picks are designed to prevent overcharging, and unlike some competitors and older chargers, each has independent charging slots so you won't have to charge your batteries in pairs.
The Best Hybrid Car 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
We spent dozens of hours considering every hybrid car currently on sale and driving and living with the best of the bunch. The 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco achieves the best fuel efficiency rating of any car that doesn’t plug in. And it doesn’t cost much more than a non-hybrid compact car, meaning you’ll save from day one.
The Best Smart Thermostat Nest Learning Thermostat
We tested the top five smart thermostats for over a month, and our pick is the simple-to-use, easy-to-integrate third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It outperforms the competition thanks to its automatic scheduling features, elegant design, and continually improving software, and integration with other smart home devices.
The Best Smart LED Light Bulbs Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3
After testing 10 new smart LED light bulbs for eight weeks, we think the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3 is the best smart bulb for most people.
The Best Electric Vehicle 2016 Kia Soul EV
After driving every electric vehicle currently available for sale in the United States, we found the Kia Soul EV is the best option for drivers who want to go completely gas-free. The Soul has great range, an affordable price, and the best set of high-tech features we’ve seen. Plus, it drives better than most other EVs, and Kia has the best warranty among its competition.
The Best Dishwasher Bosch 300 Series M
Now that Bosch has updated most of its dishwasher line, our new pick for most people is the quiet, capacious, and reasonably priced Bosch 300 Series M.
The Best Hybrid Bike Marin Fairfax SC1
We tested 14 new bikes in 2017, and the Marin Fairfax SC1 is our favorite hybrid bike for commuters. It comes with quality components and commuter-friendly features, without succumbing to the price creep we’ve seen on similar bikes.
The Best Dry Food Storage Containers Rubbermaid Modular Canisters
After over 15 hours of research and testing, we think Rubbermaid’s Premium Modular Canisters are the best dry storage containers. The containers are sturdy, the lids are airtight and interchangeable across multiple sizes, and a narrow design allows the containers to stack nicely. You can buy them individually or as a set, and they’re less expensive than some of the far-more-fragile models we tried.
The Best All-Purpose Cleaner Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
After over 60 hours of research, and more than 500 swipes with paper towels on five different stains and four different surfaces, we think Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is the cleaner to get.
The Best Menstrual Cup MeLuna Classic
After trying 18 different cups, constructing multiple model vaginas, and spilling our fair share of water, egg whites, and pig’s blood, we’ve found the best menstrual cup for most people.
The Best LED Light Bulb Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED
After researching dozens of LED light bulbs and testing 10, we found that the Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED is the best. It’s affordable and fully dimmable, and it doesn’t hum.
The Best Showerhead Delta In2ition 58480
After taking more than 240 showers over the course of four months to test nearly a dozen showerheads, we think the Delta In2ition 58480 is the best showerhead for most people.
The Best Washer and Dryer LG WM3770HWA
After more than 100 hours of research, we think the LG WM3770HWA and DLEX3370W are the best matching washer and dryer pair for most people.
The Best Under-Sink Water Filter Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet
The Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet removes more contaminants for less money than hundreds of other under-sink filters we compared it with.
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi New Stainless Mug
After doing nearly 50 hours of research over the past three years and considering more than 60 different models, we think the Zojirushi New Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for most people. It offers the best balance of heat retention and versatility of any model we tested. It costs more than its competitors, but its thoughtful design and foolproof locking mechanism make it worth the price.
How to Shop for Solar Power: Solar Panels, Inverters, and More SolarEdge Inverter and Power Optimizers
We recommend a grid-tied system made up of SolarWorld monocrystalline solar panels paired with SolarEdge P400 power optimizers and a SolarEdge inverter, a combo we decided on after installing two systems firsthand, doing a ton of research, and interviewing industry experts.
The Best Window Fans Pelonis 9-Inch Twin Window Fan
We researched 16 window fans and tested the five most promising contenders. The Pelonis 9” Twin Window Fan from Home Depot is our pick because it offers the best combination of value, power, and features.
The Best Food Storage Containers Glasslock 18-Piece Container Set
After three years of long-term testing, we still think the sturdy and leakproof Glasslock 18-Piece containers are the best for storing your leftovers.
The Best Portable Solar Battery Charger Anker PowerPort Solar Lite
The 15W Anker PowerPort Solar Lite is our new pick for the best portable solar charger. Compact and lightweight it is as efficient in most cases as our heavier and bulkier previous recommendation.
The Best Plug-in Hybrid 2016 Chevrolet Volt
After three months of research and lots of electrified miles of driving, we’ve found that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the best plug-in hybrid for most people. It offers a total of 53 miles of all-electric range, seating for five, and a better interior than the competition, and it’s very fuel efficient when running on gas. Plus, it’s the least expensive plug-in hybrid available.
The Best Water Filter Pitcher Pur Classic 11-Cup
We tested seven models for water taste and filtration performance, and Pur’s Classic 11-Cup pitcher is head and shoulders above the rest—even the ubiquitous Brita.
The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes Soak
Move over, Woolite--after 35 hours washing 40 fabric swatches in 22 different washes, Soak beat out competitors to become the best delicates detergent.
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.
The Best Bike Rack, Basket, and Panniers for Commuting
Commuting by bike with the right rack, basket, and panniers means you can carry your cargo on your bicycle almost as effortlessly as you can in your car. We sorted through 71 panniers, 38 racks, and 16 baskets, and chose 23 top contenders to road-test. After spending nine months transporting everyday objects around on a bicycle, we’ve found the most comfortable and convenient setup for your next commute on two wheels.
The Best Garden Hose Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose
For folks looking to keep their garden lush, cars clean, and sprinklers sprinkling, the best choice is the Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose because of its great price, durability, build quality, lack of plasticizers, and lifetime warranty.
The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps Earth Machine
We spent 20 hours on research, consulted three experts, and tapped into our writer’s 20 years of experience to find the best composting units for most people. The Earth Machine is often available at Public Works departments for a substantial discount. It’s simple to aerate, has a large opening, and keeps rodents out – unlike the competition. We also have recommendations for larger and smaller needs.
The Best Water Bottles
We’ve tested 54 water bottles over the past two years and concluded that there’s no such thing as one perfect bottle for everyone—but our research has resulted in plastic, metal, insulated, glass, and collapsable bottle picks that will definitely please someone. No matter your preference, we’ve got a bottle you’ll love.