23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don't spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better handled by supplies you already own. » 2/13/15 3:40pm 2/13/15 3:40pm

How to Keep Your Internet-Connected Home Safe and Secure

From smart thermostats like the Nest to always-on security cameras, every year we add more appliances and gadgets to our homes that connect to the internet. Some offer great features like remote monitoring, others use data to help you optimize your home and save money. Even so, anything connected to the internet is… » 1/05/15 10:30am 1/05/15 10:30am

The Best Tips and Tricks for Your Microwave

You can probably find a microwave in almost every kitchen across the country, but not everyone is using it to its max potential. This collection of microwave tips and tricks will ensure you put those radio waves to good use. » 10/07/14 4:00am 10/07/14 4:00am

The Coffee Gear Worth Your Money

Good coffee tastes amazing, can be a great comfort, and is fun and easy to make well with the right tools. Coffee is also good for you, having been shown to make you smarter, help you lose weight, keep you alive longer and kickstart your exercise routine. Today we're going to knock down coffee's barrier to entry… » 11/02/13 12:14pm 11/02/13 12:14pm

How to Choose, Buy, and Safely Use a Good Surge Protector

Most of us have more devices than we have plugs in the wall, which is why you'll likely find a surge protector behind most people's televisions and under our desks. However, not all surge protectors are alike, and some even put your gadgets at risk. We talked to an electrician to sort out how to tell the good ones… » 9/27/13 4:00am 9/27/13 4:00am

What's the Best Air Freshener?

I went camping last weekend, but now that I'm back in the Great Indoors, the occasional whiff of campfire smoke is getting a bit less fun. Sooner or later, clothes will be washed and time will fix the rest of the problem spots (I'm looking at you, pillow), but until then I need a short-term solution; what's the best… » 8/12/13 2:51pm 8/12/13 2:51pm

These Stacking Bins Make Separating Papers and Plastics a Cinch

Separating the recyclable trash from the rest of your garbage is made slightly easier, and more pleasing to the eye, with these stackable Qualy bins featuring a strategically placed indent for easy access. They can be stacked all the way to the ceiling without their footprint increasing, and each bin features a lid… » 4/03/13 1:20pm 4/03/13 1:20pm

Cover Your Walls With an Adorable Reminder That One Day Robots Will Be…

At one time the notion of a world filled with robots was just science-fiction fodder. But our kids are probably staring down a future where automatons and other artificial intelligences will play a big part in their lives. And with a nursery covered in this whimsical robot wallpaper, that's a life they'll be well… » 3/14/13 2:00pm 3/14/13 2:00pm

Battle the Cold and Smudges With a Screen-Cleaning Blanket

For most people, 'whatever's in reach' usually ends up being the best way to clean their phone or tablet's screen. But to avoid scratches, or just trading fingerprints for a layer of lint, you really should be reaching for a microfiber cloth. And that's made extra easy if you're keeping cozy under this throw. » 3/06/13 1:40pm 3/06/13 1:40pm

Pull This Bathroom Mirror Out of the Wall Instead of Leaning Over the…

Perfectly solving a problem that most of probably didn't realize we had, a Polish company has created the Miior—a full-sized bathroom mirror that extends from the wall so you don't have to lean over the sink to get a closer look. » 2/25/13 2:40pm 2/25/13 2:40pm

Stay Cool But Lost With This Spherical Mapless Globe Fan

Idea International's new Aero Sphere isn't quite poised to shake up the fan industry like Dyson's bladeless offering did. But it still manages to stand out in a boring and crowded market with a spherical teardrop honeycomb design that's as functional as it is eye candy. » 2/21/13 6:40pm 2/21/13 6:40pm

Hanger Brush Keeps Your Blazer Looking Spiffy

When most people look at hangers, all they see is a way to hang clothing, or a means to open a locked vehicle. Not designer Tim Parsons. He looked past their use as a tool for grand theft auto and saw a better way to both hand and maintain your stylish blazer. » 12/17/12 4:00pm 12/17/12 4:00pm

Moebius Hanger Bends Time and Space To De-Wrinkle Your Shirts

Don't even try to wrap your head around this twisted plywood hanger. It's clearly only designed to support the shirts, belts, scarves, and other accessories of the world's greatest mathematicians and physicists. No one else has any chance of understanding the mysteries of the universe that let this hanger exist. » 11/29/12 2:40pm 11/29/12 2:40pm

Hanging Rope Coatrack Doesn't Waste an Inch Of Floor Space

If you live in a small apartment, you probably don't have enough floor space to donate to a coat rack. But if you still need a place to drop your coat, you'll be gobsmacked by this brilliantly simple hanging roberope with five molded hooks along its length. » 10/11/12 1:57pm 10/11/12 1:57pm

An Upside Down Helicopter Makes For One Bad-Ass Ceiling Fan

Wow. We've seen aviation-inspired ceiling fans before, but they're usually just the propeller from an old WWII-era fighter plane. Not a full blown 1:6 scale Hughes/MD 500 helicopter perched upside down on an inverted helipad on your ceiling. » 6/02/12 12:00pm 6/02/12 12:00pm

Did Apple Seriously Forbid a Guy From Selling iPad Cutting Boards?

Well, this is awkward: According to a fellow named Dean Kaplan, Apple told him to stop making and selling cutting boards that look like iPads. Supposedly the reason given was that there are likeness issues. » 2/07/11 10:00pm 2/07/11 10:00pm

When Did Humidifiers Start Looking So Fancy?

The Stadler Form William Ultrasonic Humidifier seems like it might actually be worth its $230 price tag. The oddly gorgeous gadget can quietly fight off the dry winter air in an area of up to 1,000 square feet. » 12/14/10 7:20pm 12/14/10 7:20pm

Every Homeowner Should Install A Pneumatic Sliding Door Like This

I'm not a Trekkie, but even I can appreciate the wonders of a Star Trek style pneumatic sliding door—especially the fact that it's a biometric security system away from being the ultimate geeky home modification. » 12/06/10 9:00pm 12/06/10 9:00pm

Nearly Everything Looks Better at a 45 Degree Angle

Designer Jaren Goh is a very clever man. Instead of spending hours upon hours trying to design an eye-catching lamp, he simply made a fairly normal one and twisted it to a 45 degree angle. Result? A gorgeous desk accessory. » 12/06/10 7:40pm 12/06/10 7:40pm

Embrace The Light

I never thought that a lamp which costs over $500 and has to be inflated before it can be used would be appealing, but then I was informed that it's huggable. Now I just want to snuggle up with one. » 11/18/10 12:40am 11/18/10 12:40am