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The Google Nest Learning Thermostat Provided Energy-Saving Automation In Our Tests
The Google Nest Learning thermostat was one of the first smart-home thermostats on the market, having launched its fi...
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How to Clean a Computer Screen the Right Way
We spend a lot of time looking at our desktop monitors and laptop displays. Unfortunately, computer screens attract a...
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How to Clean a Mousepad the Right Way
Whether you’re working from home or gaming on a computer or laptop, your mouse is likely getting a good workout. What...
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The 6 Best Website Builders for Small Business Owners of 2023
Few moments in a small business’s early days of development and growth are more exciting than staking a claim on a pi...
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What to Do With Old Computers: Environmentally Friendly (and Secure) Solutions
Q: I finally upgraded my old, slow laptop for a newer model. I know throwing old computers in the dumpster is bad for...
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What to Do With Old Cell Phones (Because You Can’t Throw Them Away)
Q: While cleaning out my desk I realized that I have several old cell phones that I’ve been meaning to get rid of. I’...
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17 Things You Can Do with Rice Other Than Eating It
Beyond its culinary use, rice offers an array of surprising yet practical applications. And the best part? Most of us...
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18 Spots in Your Home You Probably Never Clean—But Definitely Should
If you’re like 78 percent of the respondents in a 2022 survey conducted by OnePoll, an untidy home adversely affects ...
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How to Clean TV Screens the Right Way
Learning how to clean TV screens properly is important. Not only will it help keep your home tidy, but it will also e...
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20 Household Items That Must Be Disposed of as Hazardous Waste
It's scary to think about, but some everyday items we all have in our offices, kitchens, garages and cars actually qu...
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9 Brilliant Ways to Put Your Garden on Autopilot
Some people love gardens but hate gardening, and that’s totally OK. There, we said it. We know some plant lovers who ...
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15 Things You Should Never Plug Into a Power Strip
When the two plugs in a wall outlet simply aren’t enough to power the lights and gadgets we need to run our lives, mo...
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11 Retail Stores That Price Match Competitors' Prices
Price matching can be a rewarding and lucrative pursuit, but many retailers require customers to jump through hoops t...
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Don't Hide Your Electronics: 7 Ways to Make Devices Work as Decor
You likely use your TV, tablet, speakers, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices nearly every day. However, th...
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15 Home Electronics You Never Clean but Really Should
Home electronics occupy a prominent place in our daily lives. We touch them repeatedly, share them with other family ...
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How to Clean a Keyboard
A computer keyboard is one of those electronic devices that rarely gets cleaned. However, if you’ve taken a close loo...
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How to Be Your Own Tech Support
High-speed WiFi networks and smart home devices make our lives easier by providing us with entertainment, security, a...
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29 Great Gadgets for a Smarter Home
Everyone loves the charm of a historical home—but oftentimes older houses lack the ease and convenience of technology...
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Deal Alert: Save Up to $800 on These 15 TVs Ahead of the Super Bowl
Super Bowl Sunday is just weeks away! And if your current TV setup isn't cutting it, now's the perfect time to level ...
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How to Restart a Router and Modem
For most folks, slow internet is a nightmare from the past. Needing 15 minutes to load a video or several hours to do...
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Modem vs. Router: What's the Difference, and Do You Need Both Devices
At this point, many folks have had internet in their homes for decades. In that time, they’ve been using modems and r...
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The 12 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make With Your Smart Home Devices
Many of the everyday tasks of life—locking the door, adjusting the thermostat, dimming the lights, and capturing porc...
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8 Ways to Make Money With a 3D Printer
To some, 3D printing may still seem like a thing of the future. Just a few short years ago, 3D printers were expensiv...
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Party Like a Rock Star: How to Host the Best-Ever, At-Home Karaoke Night
Karaoke got its start when a Japanese bar owner invited customers to stand in for a no-show band. Today, a popular pa...
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The 37 Best Cyber Monday Sales to Shop for Your Home
Cyber Monday deals are officially here. Sure, price drops have been rolling out all month long from Amazon, The Home ...
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The 39 Best Amazon Black Friday Deals on Tools, Tech, and More
Even after Black Friday sales officially ended yesterday, Amazon continues to have millions of deals across the site ...
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The 30+ Best Target Black Friday Deals You Can Still Shop
Black Friday is winding down. Of course, many retailers have been announcing sales throughout the month—to the point ...
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The Best Black Friday TV Deals of 2022
TVs and other consumer electronics are some of the most sought-after products of the holiday shopping season and ther...
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The Best Gadgets and Appliances on Sale at The Home Depot
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best days all year to find incredible deals on pricier household items like app...
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Solved! What Size TV Do I Need?
Q: My last TV was so small that I couldn’t clearly make out all of the details of my favorite shows. I don’t have eye...
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25 Deals to Snag on Amazon's Most Viral Products—Before They Sell Out
Amazon is a hub of deals at all times, but we love discovering special sales events that give us access to even more ...
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The Best Outdoor TVs
Whether you have a partially covered outside space like a veranda or poolside cabana or not, there is an outdoor TV t...
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8 Important Things to Know About Home Wind Turbines
Installing a residential wind turbine can help generate clean energy for your home, RV, or even a boat or camper. How...
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15 Black-Friday-in-July Deals You Can Still Get from Best Buy
July has been a month of deals: 4th of July sales, Amazon Prime Day, Target Deal Days, and more. Even after these sal...
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The Best Prime Day Amazon Echo Deals of 2022
As a major player in smart home technology, Amazon is known for its tech products like Echo devices. So naturally, it...
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The Best Solar Panels
As utility costs continue to skyrocket, it’s helpful to find ways to save money on electric bills. One way is using s...
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11 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Grow in an AeroGarden
Horticulturalists and brown thumbs alike love the ease with which their AeroGardens grow tomatoes and salad greens in...
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30 Gaming Room Ideas for the Perfect Streaming Setup
In the age of Twitch streamers and PS5 shortages, traditional game rooms (think foosball tables and pinball machines)...
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13 Ways to Boost Your WiFi at Home
Streaming video lag, dropped video calls, and dead zones in the far reaches of your home are all symptoms of a frustr...
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11 Ways to Keep Your Electronics From Taking Over the Living Room
The living room is the heart of the home. It is the place where we entertain guests, spend time with our loved ones, ...
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Bob Vila Editors Reveal Our Favorite Home Purchases of 2021
It’s probably no surprise to reveal that Bob Vila’s editors are all about home gear and care: Our product reviews sta...
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12 Solar-Powered Products to Get Your Year Off to a Sustainable Start
As more people look to reduce their energy consumption and rely on more sustainable methods of getting the power they...
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The 21 Most Popular Things Bob Vila Readers Bought in 2021
Each year, Bob Vila’s experts conduct thousands of hours of hands-on testing and internet research. We vet a vast arr...
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Cyber Monday 2021 Deals: We Found the Best Deals at The Home Depot, Wayfair, and More
Prices listed here are accurate as of the last update on 11/29/2021. While Black Friday has been an annual sales even...
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15 Things You Need for the Perfect Movie Night at Home
One lesson we learned during the pandemic was the importance of recreating our favorite experiences at home. Many peo...
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15 Kitchen Gadgets With Thousands of Rave Reviews on Amazon
Whether you aspire to be a professional chef or only cook so you can put food on the table, the right kitchen gadgets...
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The Best Home Design Software
Home design novices and professionals can both benefit from using software to help transform their wildest ideas into...
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11 Cable Types Every Homeowner Should Know
Cables are used to connect one device to another, whether the device is a television, router, or computer. However, n...
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Headed Back to the Office? Here’s How to Make Your Cubicle Feel More Like Home
Back to WorkMany employers are in the process of instituting back-to-work plans that require either full-time or part...
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Our Favorite Kitchen Gadgets for Faster Mornings
Making breakfast and prepping lunches are a breeze with the help of these handy kitchen gadgets.
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Retiring? These 20 Essential Products Will Help You Take It Easy at Home
As you enter a new phase of life, make sure you’re equipped with items that will help keep you healthy, active, and ready for the next adventure.
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This $15 Gadget Extends Your Wi-Fi Range Without Stretching Your Budget 
When the pandemic hit and quarantine became a way of life, my family of four began working and going to school under ...
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The 10 Best TV Brands for Your Entertainment Center
Replacing an old TV should be an exciting process because of the wide range of features, sizes, display settings, gra...
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6 Cool Ways To Use Apple AirTags Around Your Property
Apple's AirTags debuted at the end of April, and people are using them in some creative ways. These tiny devices atta...
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This Techie Bird Feeder is the Backyard Addition You Never Knew You Needed
Waking up to the sound of birds chirping is a delightful way to rise. As the day unfolds, watching birds play around ...
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Make Smoothies at Home That are Actually Smooth with This Surprisingly Versatile Blender
When the old blender finally gave up in spectacular fashion, I knew that my attempt to repair the cracked base with s...
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The Best Outdoor Speakers of 2023
Take the fun outdoors on a sunny day—enjoy the warm weather while listening to your favorite tunes or podcast. Music ...
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How to Destroy a Hard Drive
Our computers are treasure troves of personal information, including social security numbers, credit card numbers, ba...
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12 Hidden Gems You Didn’t Know You Could Find at Lowe’s
DIY jewelry and decor, whip up frozen treats, and upgrade your home gym with these fun finds.
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The Best Shower Radio to Jump-Start Your Day
A shower radio adds entertainment to your morning routine, whether that comes in the form of must-hear music or your ...
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The Best Home Thermostats for Efficient Heating and Cooling, Tested
Home thermostats have come a long way from those early models with manual temperature dials that may or may not accur...
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18 Home Office Items for Optimal Ergonomics and Productivity
Here’s what you need to work more efficiently from home without wreaking havoc on your health and sanity.
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The Best Smart Blinds and Shades of 2023
Slowly but surely, more and more of our home operations are becoming automatic—and, with each advancement, life becom...
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The Best Answering Machines for Your Landline Phone
Answering machines were much more prevalent before the advent of smartphones and voicemail technology, yet they still...
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The Best Attic Antennas for Cord-Cutters
Whether you plan on cutting the cord completely or just want access to local channels, a TV antenna is an affordable ...
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The Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers Tested in 2023
Whether you’re switching from gas-powered to green or buying your first cordless electric mower, battery-powered lawn...
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The Best Cordless Phones of 2023
Modern cordless phone technology has allowed for better signal security, sound quality, and extended ranges, with som...
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3-D TVs and 10 Other Home Tech Fads That Didn’t Last Long
Did you own any of these once-trendy gadgets?
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5 New Ways to Use Your Old Smartphone at Home
When smartphones first hit the market, it seemed as though we had reached the peak of technological advancement. Yet ...
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The Best Outdoor TV Antennas to Watch Local TV Channels for Free
Instead of subscribing to streaming services, you could be pulling in free TV channels from the airwaves around your ...
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12 Genius Ways to Hide Every Wire in Your Home
Does your enthusiasm for electronics have you living in a jungle of cords? Given the sheer volume of wires that dwell...
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