• Forest Hill Homeowner Aluminum Scoop Shovel

  • Ames True Temper 1613400 Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel

  • PIAA 95055 Super Silicone

  • Emerson Sensi Touch WiFi Thermostat

  • ecobee4 Thermostat

  • DeLonghi HMP1500

  • Lasko 754200

  • Berkshire Heated Blanket with Intellisense

  • Biddeford Blankets Microplush with Sherpa Electric Blanket

  • Vicks V745A

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Best Overall
Credit: Reviewed / Dan Roth

The Forest Hill not only works as a snow shovel, but can serve in the summer as a garden shovel as well.

Best Snow Shovel
Forest Hill Homeowner Aluminum Scoop Shovel

While technically Forest Hill came in second in our scientific scoring, we like this shovel the best. Yes, it’s the most expensive among the shovels we tested (at the time of publication it was priced at $59.99 at Amazon), but it’s also the best looking with its beautiful wood handle and shiny blade made of thick aluminum. Aesthetics are not why it won, though, but they didn't hurt.

In practice, the Forest Hill shovel isn’t just for snow. It’s more versatile and useful for garden or farm tasks. Its shorter handle makes it slightly more compact than most of the other shovels, and it’s well-balanced. This is a shovel that just feels good in your hands and is easy to use.

Objectively, there are a few hits against the Forest Hill shovel. It’s price, of course, but also the lack of a steel or composite wear edge for the blade, and a non-ergonomic design are both areas where other shovels, especially the True Temper 20-inch aluminum shovel, can claim an advantage. The thick aluminum of the blade didn’t show much wear after use, so even without a steel edge, you should still expect the Forest Hill to last a long time.

The design of the blade is best-suited for scooping, and it can pick up a lot of snow (or dirt, or other materials) at once. There’s a limited amount of plowing action, though. We were concerned that snow would stick to the aluminum blade, so we chilled it for a while in a snowbank, but we were unable to produce that result. It’s possible that our snow was just too wet and ambient temperature too high to produce the sticking that we’ve seen complaints about online. In any event, a shot of cooking spray or silicone lubricant will make snow slide off smoothly no matter what the temperature. At 5 ½ pounds, you’ll get a good upper body workout with the Forest Hill, but it’s a joy to use.

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The True Temper has a lower price, but is more difficult to use than the Forest Hill.

Best Value Snow Shovel
Ames True Temper 1613400 Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel

Our other favorite snow shovel is the True Temper Aluminum Blade Shovel. It has all the things the Forest Hill lacks, from an ergonomic shaft to a lower price tag, to a wear strip (True Temper says it’s the industry’s only steel wear strip for an aluminum blade—putting those two metals together usually means corrosion). It’s heavy like the Forest Hill shovel, too—both shovels weigh almost exactly the same. But the True Temper feels heavier, maybe because it’s got a longer shaft or it balances differently. Either way, this is a good shovel that’s got it all on paper, but was less pleasant to use in practice. It wasn’t _un_pleasant, mind you, and its big scoop size and thick metal blade mean it should give you robust performance for many years. It’s also about half the price of the Forest Hill, so you can get two and enlist a helper to get the job done faster.

Both Forest Hill and True Temper are metal bladed which makes for a very sturdy shovel. The trade-off is weight, though the ease of use and features such as ergonomic design should help keep fatigue at bay.

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Credit: Reviewed / Dan Roth
Best Windshield Wipers
PIAA 95055 Super Silicone

These are a sturdy, structured set of metal wiper blades that work just as they should. During testing, it seemed like the more they wiped, the clearer our view through the windshield became. The blades come with a glass cleaner/windshield treatment that promotes water beading, which we applied to a good result.

The PIAA blades use an older-style open-frame design we found a bit tough to install, requiring several attempts to select the correct plastic adaptor so that the blades would mount to the J-hook wiper arms on our test car. That said, the performance was the real deciding factor, and the PIAA blades impressed us with their ability to clear our windshield of any visual obstructions. This is a wiper we expect will perform for a long time and cope with the weather, no matter the season.

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Best Smart Thermostat
Emerson Sensi Touch WiFi Thermostat

The bottom line: While Nest and Honeywell may be better known smart thermostat brands, with the least stressful installation process, a helpful app, and functionality across multiple “smart” assistants, we would recommend the Emerson Sensi Touch to anyone with a common wire ("C-wire").
Compatibility:

Amazon Alexa: Yes, with the “Sensi” Skill enabled

Google Home: Yes, through the Wink (Android/iOS) app

Apple HomeKit/Siri: Yes

Setup/Installation: The installation directions in the Sensi app were fantastic and foolproof: the Sensi app actually checks which wires are connected (which tells you if a wire isn’t touching its contact properly), and then checks the viability of that wiring configuration. If you're new at playing around with thermostat wires, this will be hugely reassuring, as will the easy-to-access contact push tabs. A little light around the edge also makes the wires more visible during the installation process.

Setting up Apple HomeKit is part of the installation process, but Google Home integration requires you to download the free Wink app as an intermediary. Still, once up and running, the Google Home the functionality works perfectly. Setting up to use with an Amazon Echo is also straightforward, once the “Sensi” skill is enabled.

Usability: A streamlined app makes it easy to change the temperature or toggle the AC, heating, or fan with the tap of a finger. The Sensi Touch also has an “Auto” mode, where it can switch from heating to cooling as necessary to maintain a temperature.

The scheduling functionality is especially impressive; different people can design and deploy multiple heating/cooling schedules very easily. Geofencing (when the app uses your phone's GPS locator to determine whether you are “home” or “away”, and sets the temperature accordingly) is available, although it states that it is in beta testing.

It is also possible to adjust the temperature settings using your smartphone, even when you’re outside the range of your home WiFi network. Alerts that ping your phone once the temperature or humidity goes outside user-defined boundaries are also available. The keypad lockout feature prevents kids or neutral parties in the thermostat wars from changing the temperature. We had no problems using any of the features, although we didn't try geofencing, due to its beta testing status.

We tested the Sensi Touch with Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, and each one instantly updated both the app and the thermostat itself.

Looks: The Sensi Touch has a black faceplate with a square profile. It is about the same size as a standard thermostat, except for the fact that it juts out the wall a bit more.

What users are saying: While not as well known as the Nest or Honeywell, owners were very happy with the sleek look, quick installation, and the easy integration with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa. The keypad lockout is also a big selling point. One complaint is that the Sensi Touch thermostat’s screen goes to sleep within 10-15 seconds of inactivity, and doesn’t “wake up” until the screen is touched; even with a small backlight that can be turned on manually, the screen is difficult to see in the dark.

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Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google

  • Clear directions and easy setup

  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Nothing we could find

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Best Smart Thermostat (no C-wire required)
ecobee4 Thermostat

The bottom line: With so many extra goodies, like a built-in Amazon Alexa, a power extender, and a room sensor to monitor the ambient temperature, it’s hard not to be tempted by the ecobee4 thermostat, especially if your thermostat doesn't have a C-wire.

Compatibility:

Amazon Alexa: Yes, with the “ecobee” or “SmartThings” skill enabled

Google Home: Yes, through the Wink (Android/iOS) app

Apple HomeKit/Siri: Yes

Setup/Installation: One of the biggest selling points about the ecobee4 is that it comes with a power extender, which eliminates the need for a C-wire. If you do not already have a C-wire and you don’t want to shell out for a professional to add one, this is your best bet for upgrading to a smart thermostat. The power extender acts as a middleman between the HVAC system and the thermostat, so to use it, you’ll still need to be able to pull wires from your heating/cooling system, plug them into the power extender, and run those wires behind the wall to the back of the thermostat.

The setup instructions are extremely thorough. They are accompanied by videos and diagrams, including a really useful part about verifying that the HVAC system has been shut down safely. For the ecobee4 to work, your R wire (whether it’s an R, Rc, or Rh wire) must be placed in the Rc terminal.

We also like that a separate temperature sensor is included with the Ecobee smart thermostat; it can be mounted anywhere, so your ecobee4 can tell how cold the bedroom is, even if it's installed in the hallway.

Amazon Alexa has also been physically integrated with the ecobee4. This means that you can control the Ecobee smart thermostat vocally without purchasing or using an Echo smart speaker. On the other hand, it only worked when we were in shouting distance of the thermostat itself. It is Apple Homekit compatible, and like the Sensi thermostats, the ecobee4 works with Google Home via the third-party Wink app.

Usability: With a full touchscreen, it’s easy to make temperature changes at the thermostat. However, we found that the ecobee app is a bit too streamlined. It’s a little bit tougher to navigate because the minimal labeling makes it hard to find exactly what you want. In order to change the temperature in the app, you have to drag the temperature down like a scroll bar, and with no number labels, it is easy to over- or undershoot the desired temperature.

Geofencing works beautifully. It’s easy to adjust the size of the “home” zone, and you are pinged with notifications when you enter or leave the home zone. On the other hand, the scheduling function is not as precise as some other apps, and only lets you schedule different "home", "away", and "sleep" events, where any two events of the same kind (i.e. two "home" events) cannot have different temperature settings.

One thing we did really like about the app is its easy-to-read status screen, which tells you whether the geofencing home/away state, the schedule, or a manual override is currently running; to change to a new command, we were able to click the x in the corner of the status window and it reverted to the previous command.

In our experience, vocal commands routed through Amazon Alexa (be sure to stand close if you’re using the built-in Alexa), Google Home, and Siri were executed quickly and correctly. The same was true for remote commands done over a 4G network.

Looks: The ecobee4 is very noticeable, and looks like it belongs on a spaceship. Between its black faceplate, curved edges, and Amazon Alexa speaker, we kept wanting to order it around like it was our own personal AI: “Hey ecobee4, do my laundry.” The ecobee4 also comes with an optional large white backplate in case the profile of the ecobee4 is smaller than your previous thermostat, and unsightly paint lines would be visible otherwise.

What users are saying: The ecobee4 has many happy customers, with the highlights including the external Alexa speaker, easy to follow installation instructions and the power extender that replaces a C-wire. The biggest complaint is that the Alexa integration has limited functionality compared to a separate Alexa unit.

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Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google

  • Doesn't require C-wire

Cons

  • Difficult to navigate

  • Limited Alexa integration

Delonghi HMP1500
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The Delonghi HMP1500 is the best spot and room heater

Best Space Heater
DeLonghi HMP1500

If you want a space heater that does it all, this space heater is the one for you. The De’Longhi HMP1500 aced our spot-heating and room-heating tests. Our thermal sensors recorded the HMP1500 outputting a maximum temperature of almost 95°F. It also raised the temperature of a 1350-cubic-foot room six degrees in an hour, more than enough to warm a chilly room.

Performance aside, the HMP1500 also has design elements that can fit any lifestyle. Users that want their heater to follow them from room to room can install the included wheels. Where stairs are a concern, a handle on the back lets you easily lift the eight pound frame anywhere. If you have one room in your home that needs supplementary heating, the HMP1500 can be mounted to a wall as a permanent fixture.

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Pros

  • Can be wall mounted

  • Easy to move

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Expensive

Lasko Space Heater
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Best Value Space Heater
Lasko 754200

When you think personal space heater, the Lasko 75420 is what most people imagine. It's compact, light, and relatively powerful. However, its power is highly directional. When it's on, you can only heat part of your body. While this Lasko does not have the versatility of our top pick, it's still a good value.

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Pros

  • Affordable

  • Easy to move

Cons

  • Only works as spot heater

Berkshire
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Berkshire Electric Blanket won us over with its unbeatable performance and construction.

Best Electric Blanket
Berkshire Heated Blanket with Intellisense

For an electric blanket that’s extremely cozy, comfortable, and toasty warm, we’d definitely recommend the Berkshire Electric Blanket with Intellisense. This blanket was by far the most enjoyable to use of all the products we tested.

This heated blanket from Berkshire is made from two different fabrics. On top is a super soft, touchable material velvet, and on the bottom, there’s an equally soft ribbed material that’s supposed to serve as a barrier to trap heat underneath the blanket. There’s also a layer of insulation between the two. Both of these materials feel delightfully luxurious, and they’re thick enough to prevent you from feeling the inner wires, which are sewn into narrow channels to keep them in place. Unless you make a point to look for the wires, you might not even know this was an electric blanket!

When you purchase a full, queen, or king-size model of this blanket, you get two controllers that allow you to set each side of the bed independently. The controllers themselves are a bit confusing—they have a power switch on the back, and you have to press the timer button before you can adjust the temperature. However, after reading the instructions, we found it easy enough to adjust them to our liking.

Each controller has heat settings one through five, as well as a preheat option, and you can choose to have the blanket on for one, three, six, or nine hours at a time. When testing this blanket, we were impressed at the range of heat it provided, even with just a few settings. The lowest setting was just enough to banish the chill from the bed, while the higher settings provided noticeable warmth. There were never any hot or cold spots, and as an added bonus, this blanket can be cleaned in the washer on a delicate cycle, unlike many other products.

While its overall performance was great, there are a few small things we didn’t love about the Berkshire Electric Blanket. For one, its white cords are unusually thick, making them immediately noticeable under your bed. Additionally, the ports sewn into the blanket are about a foot in from the hem, instead of just a few inches. We found that this prevented us from being able to pull the blanket all the up on the bed, as the cords weren’t long enough.

Despite its minor quirks, the Berkshire Electric Blanket won us over with its unbeatable performance and construction, and we think it’s every bit worth the price on those chilly winter nights.

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Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Toasty warm

Cons

  • Thick cords

  • Difficult to wash

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Credit: Reviewed / Camryn Rabideau
Best Value Electric Blanket
Biddeford Blankets Microplush with Sherpa Electric Blanket

If you don’t plan on using your electric blanket as frequently, the Biddeford Microplush with Sherpa Electric Blanket is a bit friendlier on your wallet, and we think you’ll be pleased with its performance. The top of the blanket is a nice polyester fleece material, and the bottom is a cozy faux shearling. The wires in this product are pretty hefty, but the shearling is thick enough that you don’t notice them too much. Overall, the blanket is midweight, and it seems well-made, even if the edges aren’t finished as nicely as they could be.

In terms of features, this blanket has 10 temperature settings and an automatic 10-hour shut off. We really liked the range of temperatures available—the lowest setting was subtle enough to use all night, and the highest setting was impressively warm. Queen and King sizes come with dual heating zones, and the controllers themselves are quite sturdy and stay put on your bedside table, unlike others we tested. There’s also a pre heat option, which will warm up your bed on the maximum heat for 90 minutes before dropping down to your last-used setting.

One thing we didn’t like is that Biddeford markets this blanket as “machine-washable,” but that’s not completely accurate. Technically, yes, you can put the blanket in the washing machine, but the instructions are so specific that you’ll probably only be able to follow them with a more advanced top-load washer. You’re supposed to fill the washer with warm water, then dissolve the detergent in it. Only then do you add the blanket, letting it soak for a few minutes before spinning, rinsing, agitating ever so slightly, and rinsing again.

My front-load washer isn’t nearly advanced enough to handle these instructions, and if you’re in the same boat, you’ll have to hand-wash the blanket. It can go in the dryer, but only for five minutes, which doesn’t seem like enough time to dry it. However, if you don’t plan to use the blanket all winter, it probably won’t get too dirty and this complicated washing situation may not be a big deal.

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Pros

  • Polyester fleece material

  • 10 heat settings

Cons

  • Not exactly machine washable

Cool Mister
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan
Best Humidifier
Vicks V745A

The Vicks V745A is the poster child of the humidifier world. With its one-gallon tank, we estimate you can run the V745A for about 10 hours on the medium setting, and about six hours on full tilt. So, if you're getting a humidifier to tackle a snoring problem, this humidifier has the capacity to run all night.

In our five-hour test run, the V745A brought the humidity of our testing chamber up 34 percent, to a staggering 80 percent relative humidity. To put that in perspective, that's the same as a hot shower that fogs up your mirrors but using half as much water and energy.

Also of note, a medicine cup sits right over the exhaust. The manual says to place Vicks Vaposteam, but we're sure you can get away with other types of medicinal inhalants as well.

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Pros

  • Designed to work with medicinal oils

  • Powerful

  • Three-year warranty

Cons

  • Can steam up rooms

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Best Cool Mister Humidifier
TaoTronics TT-AH001

When we first tested the older Taotronics TT-AH0001, its performance landed it in the middle of the pack. Now there’s a new and improved model and it passed all our tests with flying colors. The AH0001 uses ultrasonic technology to created millions of tiny water droplets that form its cough-soothing mist. While in operation, it’s virtually silent. Over the course of five hours, it raised the humidity of our testing chamber over 23 percent, more than any other cool mister.

Aside from bringing the humidity, the Taotronics had a pleasant user experience. You can control the exact level humidity in 5 percent increments, perfect for room preservation needs. It also has a nightlight and dark running modes so you can find it in the middle of the night or make it go dark when you want to sleep. If you want a humidifier that won’t heat up your room, this is the one to get. However, if you want a more streamlined user interface, check out the Crane.

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Pros

  • You can set exact humidity levels

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive

  • Complicated controls

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