Whether you're hosting a holiday party, shopping for school supplies, or picking out a romantic gift for a special someone, these guides will help you with the events, milestones, and special occasions in your life. Our picks are the result of hundreds of hours of research and testing across many of our guides, and they're great for birthday parties, gatherings of family and friends, New Year celebrations, and more.
The Best Gear to Outfit a Vacation Rental or Airbnb
We spoke with four Airbnb “superhosts” and more than a dozen people who frequently stay in vacation rentals to determine the top 24 items to invest in that will please guests—and attract repeat customers.
The Best Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools and Tableware
After spending several hundred hours researching and testing supplies for a Thanksgiving feast, we found the best tools and tableware to make this holiday season a success for you and your guests.
Should I Get a Pressure Cooker, a Slow Cooker, or a Rice Cooker?
The answer depends on what you cook and when you want it ready. We’ve tested dozens over the past few years. Here’s how to choose the right one(s) for you.
Should I Get a Blender, a Food Processor, or a Mixer?
Whether you put dinner on the table every night or only put on your chef’s hat during the holidays, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. To help you decide which you’ll get the most use from, we’ve explained which tasks each type of blender is great at, what they’re not great at, and what to avoid.
The Best School Supplies for Back to School
We’ve spent over 160 hours evaluating school supplies over the past three summers to find the best pens, pencils, markers, notebooks, and other school supplies.
The Best College Dorm Essentials
We’ve spent more than 150 hours over the past three summers evaluating the best dorm bedding, appliances, and other essentials to ease the transition from childhood home to dorm room.
The Best Gear for Small Apartments
We’ve spent more than 100 hours researching and testing the best small apartment furnishings and accessories to optimize your small home.
The Best Beach Umbrellas, Chairs, and Accessories for Enjoying the Sun and Surf
Our team of ocean-loving gear testers have spent dozens of hours over the past three summers finding the best umbrellas, chairs, and accessories for a comfortable, relaxing day at the beach. Whether it’s sunscreen, sun shades, or flip-flops, we’ve got you covered.
Great Gear for Picnics and Grilling
We spent over 85 hours researching and testing—and selected our favorite tools and gadgets from past guides—to bring you the best gear for picnics and cookouts.
The Elements of Brunch
We spent 25 hours of research, consulted entertaining experts for brunch ideas, and threw three meals to find the best kitchen, bar, and serving tools for brunch.
Great Wedding Registry Gift Ideas
We spent 30 hours researching the best way to construct a wedding registry to help you decide which big-ticket investment items—and less expensive gifts—will really contribute to shaping the space you share with your partner.
The Best Gifts and Ideas for a Romantic Anniversary or Valentine’s Day
The right gift for your beloved is a choice that should come from the heart—but a little research can help. After having testers perform more than 100 hours of research, we found the best items to help you plan your next romantic occasion.
Great Gear for Parties
Whether you’re arranging a small get-together or throwing a call-the-cops dance party, you’ll need some supplies. After putting hundreds of hours into research and testing, we found the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party possible. A party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company—prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun.
The Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies
We’re donating all earnings from this guide from September and October to support emergency relief funds and recovery efforts after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose.
The Best Boxed Chocolates
Recchiuti Confections Black Box
We tasted 11 chocolate brands and took suggestions from our readers to find our new favorite box of chocolates, Recchiuti Confections’s Black Box
. Recchiuti distinguishes itself by combining unusual yet complementary flavors, and ultimately offering a full sensory experience.
The Right Vase for the Right Flowers
As cliché as they might feel, flowers are still a great way to brighten up a room—and you'll likely need a vase to go along with them. There’s a good chance your favorite person doesn’t own a vase that will properly support the flowers you lovingly purchased at the Quickie-Mart, you thoughtful Casanova. Here at The Sweethome, we’d like to help you spend your day in a warm embrace, not in a sad attempt to stuff twelve long-stem roses into an empty two-liter Mountain Dew bottle from the recycling bin. Here’s how to buy the right vase for your flowers.