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- Business Insider 00:44August 14, 2020The best sandersSanders help you create smooth, evenly finished surfaces without the drudgery of working with a piece of handheld sandpaper.
Not all sanding jobs call for the same sanders, though. We found the best sanders across multiple tool categories to help you tackle any and all sanding with maximum efficiency.
Whether you need a belt sander, a file sander, a manual sander, a detail sander, or a wall sander, we have a pick for you. One of the best pieces of furniture my wife and I ever bought was a massive table several years ago at an "Everything Must Go" sale when Borders went out of business. There, in the middle of the nearly empty store sat a huge wooden table strewn with random DVDs and books. When we asked the manager if the table itself was for sale, he took a look at it and said sure, naming $200 as the price.
The table was covered in scratches, graffiti, and had gum stuck all over it, but it was also a rock-solid behemoth of a piece of furniture — we have fit 14 people around it for dinner. We loaded it into a friend's truck, drove it home, and I set to work. After an entire afternoon spent working on the table with my trusty sander, all scratches, gouges, pen and pencil, and of course all gum had been removed, as had the honey-colored lacquer covering the wood. Next, I applied two coats of a dark ebony stain and then waited 48 hours for the stain to dry.
In all honesty, the finished table would probably sell for a good $2,000 or more at a place like Pottery Barn. So I'd say the low investment and the hours of elbow grease were well worth it.
Without a sander, I can't even imagine how long the process would have taken. Frankly, I probably wouldn't have even considered the restoration possible. With a good sander, however, you can breathe new life into everything from cabinets to cribs, desks to dressers, fences, flooring, and so much more.
But not all sanders were created for the same projects, and in fact, using the wrong sander for a given application can prove more deleterious than beneficial. Read on for the best sanders for a range of different jobs.
Here are the best sanders: Best belt: Makita 9403 4 inches by 24 inches Belt Sander
Best file: Milwaukee Bandfile with Paddle Switch
Best detail: Black+Decker Mouse 1.2 Amp Detail Sander
Best manual: Aouker HS85180 Hand Sander
Best drywall: PORTER-CABLE 7800 Drywall Sander Updated 8/13/20. We updated prices and links and added a selection of relevant buying guides. We also removed the DeWalt DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander due to availability issues, but will add it back in if comes back in stock.The best belt
With its 4-by-24-inch sanding surface, the Makita Belt Sander makes short work of big jobs.
Got a floor, deck, or other extra-large area in need of some serious sanding? Then you'll need a serious piece of equipment, and the 11-amp Makita 4 inch by 24 inch Belt Sander is just that.
With a belt speed of 1,640 feet per minute and its large surface area, this powerful sander makes short work of large projects, helping you refinish floors or large pieces of furniture or prep wood for later cutting and use.
Just keep in mind that with this potent, 13-pound tool comes plenty of potential to mess up a piece of wood, so use care and avoid scratches and gouges. Despite all that power, you'll be pleased to find the sander relatively quiet, operating at less than 85 decibels. Thanks to the dual grips and smooth operation of the motor and bearings, it's relatively comfortable to use, too.
While the price tag of the Makita Belt Sander surely isn't small, the hours you save thanks to its efficient performance help compensate for the cost.
Pros: Large surface area, quiet operation, built to last for years
Cons: Rather pricey, clogs with dust during use
The best file
The Milwaukee Bandfile with Paddle Switch is tough enough for use on all sorts of materials, including wood, fiberglass, and even iron.
File sanders are superlative tools for sanding in hard-to-reach areas or for making precise adjustments to furniture, a built-in shelf or cabinet, or to smoothing down a piece of pipe, rebar, or other construction material.
The 5.5-amp Milwaukee Bandfile with Paddle Switch has a long, narrow head that can reach into tight spaces and that can be used to grind down small patches of material. Whereas a belt sander might be perfect for sanding off a large surface like a floor, this sander is ideal for touching up wooden molding or staircase balusters.
Thanks to the rugged construction of this Milwaukee Bandfile, its use isn't limited to wood, either. With a belt of the right grit installed, it can grind down the ragged end of a pipe, smooth out fiberglass, and sand and polish various other materials as well. Thanks to the single-handed operation of the paddle switch, the tool can be easily used in cramped areas, overhead, or while you steady the surface you're sanding with your other hand.
The price tag might put this file sander outside the budget of the casual DIY enthusiast, but its power and versatility make it a great choice for the commercial-grade shopper.
Pros: Narrow head for precise sanding, single-handed operation, works on myriad surfaces
Cons: Heavy, large price tag
The best detail
The Black+Decker Mouse 1.2 Amp Detail Sander has enough power and surface area for moderate side jobs, yet its narrow tip makes it perfect for precision work.
Ironically, the Black+Decker Mouse 1.2 Amp Detail Sander is a great tool both for the professional carpenter and for the most decidedly amateur user who seldom sands anything. Detail sanders are great for professionals because they make sanding corners or other harder to reach areas easy, helping finish off large projects like, say, refinishing a floor.
For the more casual user, the lightweight, ease of use, and low cost of this tool makes it equally appealing. Despite the Mouse's relatively small size, its 14,000 oscillations per minute will make most projects go quickly nonetheless.
An efficient dust collection system featuring micro-filtration makes use of the Black+Decker Mouse much cleaner than most sanders, so you can even work on a project inside. There will still be dust to clean, of course, just less of it than with, say, most orbital sanders.
The sander has a three-position grip — it can be held pistol grip style or with the hand atop the tool in two different positions — allowing for ideal pressure, control, and user comfort, while the angular tip allows for precise sanding even in tight quarters and when used on more delicate surfaces.
Pros: Ideal for precision sanding, three-position grip, excellent dust collection
Cons: Many units break with heavy use
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- Business Insider 23:58August 13, 2020The best microwavesPanasonic's NN-SN65KB Microwave is our choice for the best all-around microwave for most kitchens. It's a simple design, a standard size, and it heats evenly enough to accommodate most dishes. Since their inception in the 1940s, microwave ovens have come a long way from the absurdly expensive, six-foot-tall, 750-pound behemoths of WWII-era technology they once were.
When hunting for a microwave, consider what you'll be using it for and where it will live, and then decide on how many functions you'll need. While cheap microwaves sort of work, they usually have less wattage and don't distribute heat in the same way that a high-wattage convection microwave oven does. We've got a guide on what to look for over here.
After hours of research, here are the best microwaves for different types of kitchen set ups and budgets.
Here are the best microwaves: Best microwave overall: Panasonic Countertop Microwave Oven NN-SN65KB
Best over-the-range microwave: Whirlpool 1.9-cubic-foot Over-the-Range Microwave
Best built-in microwave: Panasonic Countertop Microwave NN-SD975S
Best on a budget: Commercial Chef 0.6-cubic-foot Microwave
Best convection microwave on a budget: Toshiba Countertop Microwave EC042A5C-SS Prices and links are current as of 8/13/20. We updated our best built-in pick to a Panasonic microwave similar to our original pick which has cyclonic inverter tech and allows for even better flavor and texture retention when reheating foods. We're currently testing the Panasonic NN-CD87KS Home Chef for a future update.The best overall
The Panasonic NN-SN65KB Microwave is powerful but simple, and it looks sleek enough to suit most kitchens.
The Panasonic NN-SN65KB is a high-powered, full-sized, inverter microwave with almost every capability one could ask for, including different power settings can draw butter, defrost foods, cook low and slow, and more. The inverter technology allows you to adjust the power level of the microwave and have your food cook at a consistent temperature the whole time it's being zapped.
It performs the same functions more expensive microwaves do without the extra bells and whistles, save for internal heat sensors to ensure even cooking throughout. Settings are pretty minimal aside from a popcorn button, a frozen setting, and a coffee setting, so you won't have to experiment with too many features that may or may not actually cook your food the way you want. Simply set your cook time and walk away or add 30-second intervals with one touch.
I've had an earlier version of this microwave for the better part of a decade, at least, and have yet to come across a single issue. While I don't use the microwave all that often, others in the household rely almost exclusively upon it.
Pros: Powerful, well-priced
Cons: The warranty and associated customer service may be lacking
The best over-the-range microwave
Whirlpool's 1.9-cubic-foot Convection Over-the-Range Microwave is easy to install, has a sensor that adjusts cooking time and power based on the weight of your dish, and comes with a powerful blower to whisk steam and smoke from your kitchen.
Over-the-range microwaves are more permanent installations than countertop models, and they're also taking the place of a range hood so we think they're worth spending a little more money. The Whirlpool convection model is an 1100-watt (1600-watt convection) machine that borders on industrial quality. It includes a four-speed, 400-cubic-foot-per-minute (cfm) blower that should handle even the heaviest of steams and smokes.
Whirlpool's Over-the-Range Convection Microwave is equipped for "scan-to-cook" technology so that you can scan a food item's barcode with your phone and send its cooking instructions directly to your microwave. It also offers steam control and sensor cooking to prevent overcooking. The convection rack is a nice, unique touch that lets you heat multiple items at once, and the large 14-inch turntable should accommodate almost any dish you'd use in the microwave.
Because this is a convection oven, you can easily get away with cooking most dishes in the microwave, even if your aim is to brown or crisp your cuisine.
Whirlpool also has a "SteamClean" technology that steams and loosens particles so all you have to do is give a quick wipe with the sponge — a much easier cleaning job than with other microwaves. While you can do this simply enough by microwaving a bowl of water and wiping the microwave clean, it's more convenient to save yourself the step.
Pros: Optional convection rack, steam cleaning, sleek design with backlit controls that only turn on when in use
Cons: Automatic fan can be annoying, may have Wi-Fi connectivity issues
The best built-in microwave
Panasonic's NN-SD975S Microwave is powerful, featuring unique cyclonic inverter technology, but it's still compact enough that it should fit your cabinet or counter space.
With 1250 watts, this Panasonic is the most powerful microwave on our list, and it's among the more powerful microwaves on the market. Panasonic's patented Inverter technology allows you to steam, braise, and poach, but it also performs more traditional microwave functions. That is to say yes, of course, it will still pop your corn.
There are 20 preset options that let you easily cook everything from oatmeal to pasta, and many things in between with the simple touch of a button. Meanwhile, the special cyclonic inverter will circulate heat in waves, resulting in more texture, color, and nutrient retention. Delicate foods can also heat up without being overcooked.
Regardless of the size you require, the Panasonic NN-SD975S has more space on the inside than most microwaves, thanks to the inverter, which kicks out more power than a machine of this size usually would. Its 16.5-inch turntable tray will accommodate large plates, too.
This microwave works as both a countertop unit and as a built-in. And, if you want to deck out your microwave in fancy trim to complete the look of your built-in microwave, Panasonic offers kits on Amazon.
Pros: Exceptionally even cooking, decent price, cyclonic inverter tech, many presets
Cons: Louder than some other microwaves
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- Business Insider 23:22August 13, 2020The best hotels in Philadelphia From Independence Hall to the Rocky steps, Philadelphia is full of iconic landmarks that entice everyone from history buffs to culture lovers and casual tourists.
The city's thriving hotel scene offers a myriad of accommodations from budget-friendly B&Bs in classic townhouses dating back to the 1850s, to sleek luxury enclaves with panoramic views.
Our top hotels range from $115 to $305 to start (plus one worthy splurge) and were selected based on our travels, excellent amenities, location, and ratings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com.
In response to the novel coronavirus, we've also included updated cleaning policies for each property.
Read more: Is it safe to stay in a hotel right now? An infectious disease doctor, a cleaning expert, and hotel reps all share what you should know before you check-in Philadelphia, or Philly as it's affectionately known, is full of iconic landmarks of all types. Surely you'll recognize Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Rocky steps.
For history buffs, in particular, there are few cities that offer more to uncover, with intriguing museums and neoclassical architectural jewels with stately columns that heighten the historical appeal. Add in a booming arts and culinary scene, vibrant markets, and leafy parks and it's easy to see why so many fall for the City of Brotherly Love.
As a result, the hotel scene is thriving, with plenty of choices to suit varied needs ranging from budget-friendly townhouse B&Bs from the mid-1800s to luxury hotels with city views and chic lounges.
We culled through the city's many hotels and chose standout properties based on our own travel experiences, and also incorporated trusted traveler feedback from sites like Trip Advisor and Booking.com. All hotels received at least an 8.5 out of 10 on Booking.com and a 4 out of 5 on Trip Advisor.
Our top hotels in Philadelphia range in price to start between $115 and $305 per night, with the exception of one indulgent, splurge-worthy stay you may want to seriously consider.
However, we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and while hotels have reopened their doors to guests with enhanced cleaning policies in place, there are important factors to consider. Keep in mind that hotels have enclosed common spaces where you're likely to run into other guests such as lobbies and check-in desks. We've noted new cleaning policies where applicable below, but for any hotels you may be considering, it's worth reading up on their specific policies to ensure they are enforcing social distancing, requiring masks, and offering self check-in to minimize contact.
And if you're wondering if it's safe to travel right now, read what experts told us about the risks of travel and the necessary precautions you should take when flying, driving, and staying at a hotel.
Of course, without a vaccine, there's no guarantee of safety even if you take the proper precautions. We always recommend following guidelines from organizations like the CDC and WHO, wearing a mask in public, using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing. Before making any travel plans you should also consider your own health risks, as well as those of others in the location you're traveling to.
All that said, if you are planning a trip to Philly now or in the future, there's no shortage of great hotels to choose from.
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The best hotels in Miami These are the best hotels in Philadelphia, sorted by price from low to high. La Reserve Bed & Breakfast Book La Reserve Bed & Breakfast starting at $115 per night
Staying at this charming B&B is like staying at grandma's for the weekend — if grandma happened to live in a well-preserved, four-story townhouse from the 1850s. Guests are certainly spoiled here with an ideal location in the popular Rittenhouse Square neighborhood and complimentary homemade cookies. During the week there is still a continental breakfast with freshly baked pastries, and on weekends, a free cooked-to-order breakfast is served in the dining area.
The owner, Beverly Ensor, first moved into the house with her family in 1943 as a little girl. Every room is unique, but the home is decorated with the furniture she grew up with, along with pieces from family members and antiques. Rooms have names like the Marquis Room or the Grande Dame Deluxe, and the hotel itself is named after a property in Geneva, Switzerland that Beverly particularly liked. In general, expect wingback chairs, patterned curtains and bed skirts, and original fireplaces. Some of the larger suites even come with kitchens.
The B&B is just steps from many restaurants, coffee shops, and bars and the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 6 of 23 B&Bs/Inns in Philadelphia
Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10
Pros: La Reserve is a charming B&B just off Rittenhouse Square in a well-preserved townhouse with antique furniture and breakfast included.
Cons: Some of the cheapest entry-level rooms have shared bathrooms. If that's unappealing, be sure to book a room that specifically says it has a private bathroom.
COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is open and accepting reservations, however, they have not publicly promoted new protocols. Contact the hotel before booking.
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square Book Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square starting at $139 per night
It's obvious the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square is a sleek, design-forward hotel from its singular lobby with bold, rainbow-hued couches, mod-style wingback chairs, and in-your-face graphic wall text.
But don't let that fool you into thinking the Warwick doesn't have its fair share of history. Built in the 1920s, the hotel's facade features classical and Renaissance architectural elements, and over the years, hosted Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Brooklyn Dodgers, more than one US President, and even the occasional organized crime boss.
Signature rooms have a stylish black and white palette with oversized leather chairs and photographs of signature Philly landmarks, like the LOVE sculpture and Ben Franklin Bridge. Junior and One Bedroom Suites include sofa beds and separate sitting areas.
In-room spa treatments are available, and there's an on-site hair salon and laundry facility, as well as a fitness center and business center. The Prime Rib is an elegant steak and seafood restaurant that draws inspiration from the iconic supper clubs of 1940s Manhattan, giving the space a retro, classic vibe.
On the opposite spectrum, Spice Finch is a modern Mediterranean restaurant and bar serving hand-crafted cocktails and dishes like shakshuka and chili-chicken flatbread. For breakfast and lunch, can stop by Bluestone Lane for coffee and healthy bites.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 36 of 93 hotels in Philadelphia
Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Pros: Old meets new at Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square, built in the 1920s with sleek and modern interiors in a prime location just off Rittenhouse square.
Cons: Staff and service can be hit or miss, and while the lobby was recently renovated, some rooms could also use a refresh.
COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is open and accepting reservations, however, they have not publicly promoted new protocols. Contact the hotel before booking.
Morris House Hotel Book Morris House Hotel starting at $144 per night
Sleep in a National Historic Landmark from 1787 at the Morris House Hotel. Located just a short five-minute walk from top attractions like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this small boutique hotel has the feel of an upscale inn.
All 17 rooms have their own distinct design details, but each features alluring views of the private garden or the city. Colonial-era decor sets the tone in spacious entry-level rooms with four-poster beds, fireplaces, wingback chairs, and bookcases brimming with a wide selection of reads. Mini Suites overlook the garden and are decked out in dramatic red, black, and gold hues, while Extended Suites come with kitchenettes and even larger sitting areas.
The room rate includes a continental breakfast every morning, tea and cookies in the afternoon, and a glass of wine each evening during happy hour. All of these additions make the already budget-friendly price point even more attractive. However, there aren't additional on-site amenities like a gym or spa that you would find at a more conventional hotel.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 10 of 93 hotels in Philadelphia
Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10
Pros: An affordable boutique hotel near some of the city's top attractions set in a National Historic Landmark from 1787. The room rate also includes breakfast, tea and cookies, and a nightly glass of wine for added value.
Cons: Rooms at Morris House are only accessible by stairs, so this is not a good option for those with mobility issues.
COVID-19 procedures: This hotel is open and accepting reservations. They have implemented a number of new safety measures based on guidance from CDC and local government agencies. Pennsylvania requires all guests to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, and it is suggested you review government guidelines to confirm eligibility to travel, before booking. Visit www.travel.state.gov and www.cdc.gov for more information.
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- Business Insider 23:08August 13, 2020Sony's new $350 'Bose killer' headphones vs. Bose's highly rated $400 noise-cancelling headphones The brand-new $350 Sony WH-1000XM4 and the latest $400 Bose 700 offer very similar propositions — a premium set of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones that sound amazing.
At the same time, they're quite different in almost every way. They sound different, they come with different features, and they're priced differently, too.
For people who "just want a pair of good headphones" out of the box and aren't likely to download apps and customize sound, the Bose 700 come highly recommended.
With that said, if you're willing to use the Sony Headphones app and play around with different sound styles, the Sony WH-1000XM4 could let you enjoy your music even more than the Bose.
At the end of the day, you'll be happy with either pair of headphones. They have similarly excellent noise cancellation and ambient noise reduction during phone calls. The Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 both tick off all the basics for a premium headphone experience in 2020 and beyond — they help hush the noise around you with active noise cancelling, they deliver premium sound, they're comfortable, and they're wireless.
At $350 for the Sony WH-1000XM4 and $400 retail for the Bose 700, they offer more than simply the basics. You get important features that let you connect to two devices at a time (great if you switch between your computer and phone), and they also offer among the best phone call quality I've ever heard on headphones. You're getting excellent bang for your buck with these cans.
I've had the luxury and pleasure to try both of these headphones side-by-side, and there are important and major differences between the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 you should know about before making a decision. You can also check out the full review for the Bose 700 here.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 can be preordered now, and will be released and available to buy starting in mid-August. The Bose 700 were released in June 2019.
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The Bose 700 have a more modern and sleek design with stylish organic curves throughout the headband and exterior earcups. On heads and ears, the Bose 700 feel comfortable. The pads are soft yet sturdy enough to keep their form over longer listening periods. They don't clamp down too much on my head and ears, and the headband doesn't hurt the top of my head over time, and I can move my head back and forth with having them slip off.
Meanwhile, the Sony WH-1000XM4 have a more neutral headphone design that few can complain about. Overall, the Sonys are more comfortable than the Bose. The Sonys are lightweight and slightly more plush and softer around the ears than the Bose 700, but still secure enough to prevent the headphones from moving around with head movements. The headband is comfortable and places less strain on the top of the head, too.
The Sonys can become a little more compact and fold up into a sort of ball shape with their folding earcup design, whereas the best the Bose can do is twist their earcups to become flat.
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Bose 700: These have Bose's signature silky smooth sound, with rich, crisp, clear bass, a wide soundstage, clear separation, and superb clarity. Few can fault this audio quality and sound.
Bass-heads won't be satisfied here, however, as Bose tends to be more conservative and "refined" compared to the Sony WH-1000XM series — while listening to a lot of music, from Reggae to electronic music, I find myself wanting more rolling bass that fills my ears for the span of a song.
Sony WH-1000 XM4: The Sony WH-1000 XM4 produce a more powerful and exciting sound than the Bose 700. With that said, clarity, soundstage, and separation aren't as good — the Sonys almost sound muffled compared to the Bose. Out of the box, the Bose 700 are likely to be more appealing, at least for those who value clarity and clearly hearing different instruments as if they were spread out from each other.
But the Sonys really have two types of sound: out-of-the-box, and whatever you want them to be. Indeed, you can customize the sound the XM4s deliver through the Sony Music app, and it makes a big difference, and it's far more comprehensive than what you get with Bose or the built-in equalizers in most phones.
For me, Sony's customization means I can get the best of both worlds — the XM4's signature power and excitement, some extra bass, as well as a clearer sound with a wider soundstage and separation that's almost as good as the Bose.
The Sonys are more versatile than the Bose, and that counts for a lot.
Noise cancelling and battery life
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I tested the noise cancelling abilities of these two headphones in a room that measured 53 decibels, a level produced by an air conditioner vent blowing glorious cold air above me, and two loud Vornado fans (one medium, one personal size) blowing close by that simulated a fairly loud office. I also tested the noise cancelling around a 10KW power generator at sound levels between 65 and 85 decibels.
Both the Bose 700 and Sony XM4 do a remarkable and similar job of cancelling out noise. In my simulated office setting, the fan noises were almost completely eliminated without music. With music, even at lower volumes, ambient noise is all but forgotten.
As for the generator test, I could absolutely still hear the loud engine that creates 10,000 watts at 240 volts with both headphones, but the sound was dramatically reduced to a tolerable level.
If I had to pick one that made things quieter than the other, I'd say the Bose was ever so slightly more effective, but not by much at all. You'll be happy with whichever pair you go for when it comes to noise cancelling.
As for battery life, Sony claims 30 hours and five hours of listening time from a quick 10-minute top-off charge with 1.5A or more adapter. Bose claims a 20-hour battery life and three and a half hours of listening time from a 15-minute charge. Whether they actually last 30 hours in unclean — to be honest, I'm not timing how long I'm using them with every listening session. But I can safely say the Sonys lasted longer than the Bose before needing a charge.
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- Business Insider 23:05August 13, 2020The best wrench setsIf you're like me, and it seems like you never have the right wrench on hand, you need a full wrench set.
The GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set is our top pick because it comes with 20 or 32 high-quality wrenches in both inches and millimeters, so you'll have the right wrench at the right time. There's a saying among those who rely on tools to do their work: If you want to complete a job successfully, you need to use the right tool. Combination wrenches may be the ultimate example of needing the right tool for each job. As a combination wrench has a specific size that is not adjustable, trying to use the wrong wrench on a nut will go poorly.
With wrenches, you also have to deal with both SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers — AKA inches) and metric sizes. Trying to use a combination wrench that's even 1/32 of an inch off won't end well.
So when you want the peace of mind of having the right combination wrench on hand for the job, it's helpful to own a wrench set. These sets will contain several wrenches of varying sizes, giving you a much better chance of having the right wrench on hand.
There's more to consider than your might thing when shopping for wrenches. For a quick primer on what to consider, scroll to the bottom of this guide. In our guide, we've included combination, ratcheting, and stubby wrench sets to suit a variety of needs.
These are the best wrench sets: The best wrench set overall: GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set
The best for staying organized: TEKTON Combination Wrench Set
The best stubby wrench set: TEKTON Stubby Combination Wrench Set
The best on a budget: SYM Tools Combo SAE and Metric Wrench Set Prices and links are current as of 8/13/20. We removed our pick for the best ratcheting set because it was redundant. Our best overall pick is already includes ratcheting capabilities.The best wrench set overall
The GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set comes with SAE and metric measurements, a ratcheting ring end, and both stubby and full-size wrenches.
If you want a versatile wrench set that will cover almost any task, you'll really appreciate the GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set, which is available in a 32- or 20-piece set with a carrying rack.
The 32-piece set includes 20 full-size wrenches and a dozen stubby wrenches, which operate well in tight spaces. These combination wrenches feature a ratchet on the ring end, which is extremely handy, as well as a standard open-end on the other end.
The combination wrenches vary in SAE sizes from 1/4 to 13/16 inches and in metric size from 8 mm to 17 mm. The stubby wrenches also are available in inches and millimeters. Though the ratchet rings are handy, some users have noted that they can slip a bit.
Pros: Versatile collection of wrenches in both metric and SAE measurements, ratchet capability on one end, 32-piece set includes a dozen stubby wrenches for working in tight spaces
Cons: Set doesn't contain large wrenches, the ratcheting end slips a little bit
The best for staying organized
The TEKTON Combination Wrench Set comes with store-and-go racks for easy transportation and organization, so you're ready for any job.
One of the toughest things about maintaining a good set of wrenches is keeping them organized as you take them from job to job. The TEKTON Combination Wrench Set fixes that problem by putting the wrenches on two storage racks that are easy to carry and don't take up a lot of room.
This travel wrench set is available with either 22 or 30 pieces. The 30-piece wrench set has 15 SAE wrenches between 1/4 inches and 1 inch and 15 metric wrenches between 8 mm and 22 mm. The TEKTON wrenches have a durable build quality, thanks to a premium chrome vanadium steel construction.
The wrench racks are color-coded to keep SAE and metric wrenches separate, too, which is a great feature. These wrenches can't stack up to some more expensive sets from other manufacturers, but they are more than durable enough considering the price you'll pay.
These TEKTON wrenches do not have a ratcheting end, so keep that in mind.
Pros: Nice collection of different wrench sizes in both SAE and metric measurements, good build quality for the price, store and go racks make carrying the wrenches wherever they're needed an easy process
Cons: Build quality doesn't stack up to some more expensive sets, no ratcheting feature
The best stubby wrench set
The TEKTON Stubby Combination Wrench Set is made up of small wrenches that work perfectly in tight spaces.
Working in tight spaces can be a challenge with many wrenches. You want a long wrench to give you more torque most of the time, but some jobs just call for a short wrench.
When you must work in tight spaces, the TEKTON Stubby Combination Wrench Set will give you the performance you need. The open-end side on these short combination wrenches has a 15-degree angle to further simplify working in tight spaces.
This TEKTON combination wrench set is available in two configurations. The SAE wrench set contains eight pieces with sizes between 5/16 inches and 3/4 inches. The metric wrench set has 12 pieces, ranging in size from 8 mm to 19 mm.
Pros: Short wrenches that will work great in small spaces, ships with a carrying rack that's perfect for keeping the set organized, available in either an SAE or a metric set, nice finish on the wrenches
Cons: Small wrenches don't offer as much torque as longer wrenches, questionable quality control
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- Business Insider 23:02August 13, 2020The 12 fastest-selling new cars during the pandemic are almost all SUVsKelley Blue Book iSeeCars.com compiled a list of the 12 fastest selling new cars during the coronavirus pandemic from March to June 2020.
The list is topped by the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which spent an average of 19 days on the market.
On average, new vehicles stayed on the market for 96.9 days during the peak of pandemic.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Car search engine and automotive research firm iSeeCars.com has compiled a list of the 12 fastest-selling new cars during the pandemic.
The list is comprised mostly of SUVs that arrived on the market either this or last year, including the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. However, hybrid and electric vehicles are also having a moment, with the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and Chevrolet Bolt EV all making an appearance as well.
The Bolt EV, which sits in seventh place, is also the only non-SUV in the compilation. However, iSeeCar's list is topped by a different Chevy: the $19,000 Trailblazer subcompact SUV, which debuted with its 2021 model.
The Trailblazer sold, on average, within 19 days.
"Many of these fastest-selling vehicles are popular cars that are hard to find for reasons such as the effect of the pandemic on supply chains [or] they were produced in limited quantities," SeeCars CEO Phong Ly said.
To compare, a new car took 96.9 days, on average, to sell amid the start and peak of the pandemic in the US, according to the study. Before the coronavirus started ravaging across the country, cars spent an average of 57.8 days on the market, according to data points taken from November 2019 to February 2020.
iSeeCars analyzed over 4.8 million cars from the 2019 to 2021 model years sold between March and June 2020 for the study, although low-model cars, heavy-duty vehicles, and vehicles that ceased to exist after the 2020 model year were excluded from the study.
Keep scrolling to see the rest of the fastest-selling new cars amid the pandemic, and the number of days it spent on the market:12. Subaru Forester — 47.3 days on average
11. Buick Encore GX — 46.6 days on average
According to iSeeCars, the Encore GX has more cargo and passenger room than the already popular Encore model.
10. Lexus GX 460 — 46.1 days on average
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- Business Insider 22:46August 13, 2020Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts now for Nordstrom cardholders — here's what you need to know and what deals are worth checking out The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is an event we look forward to every year.
Early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has already begun for cardholders.
Everyone else can shop deals starting on August 19.
See more: Here's how to gain early access to Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale now — plus a $60 Bonus Note and Nordstrom will be dropping a selection of daily deals at special prices during its Anniversary Sale — here's where you can find them.
Visit Insider Reviews' deals page for more general sales and Insider Coupons for more savings. Nordstrom cardholders don't need to wait for the official start date to take advantage of all of the discounts from Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. Starting today, all cardholders can save up to 50% on select masculine and feminine styles, plus children's clothing, home goods, and beauty products from brands like Spanx, Madewell, Zella, and more.
Better still, Nordstrom is dropping a deal on a brand-new item every day throughout the duration of the Anniversary sale.
To help you sift through the dozens of sale pages, we've rounded up some of the best deals across all categories to give you an idea of what to expect.
Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale directly here: Women's deals
Home deals Upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates
Cardholders can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale now, but everyone else will have to wait until the official start date of August 19. This gives you plenty of time to stock up on whatever is on your shopping wishlist. Learn how to gain early access to the sale here and browse all of the best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals we're expecting to see.Nano Puff Hooded Jacket
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- Business Insider 22:31August 13, 2020I flew on 6 US airlines during the pandemic from the largest to the cheapest and found paying more doesn't guarantee a better, safer flightThomas Pallini/Business Insider Airlines are adjusting their safety protocols and in-flight offerings during the pandemic but some are taking it too far.
Having flown on the big four US airlines and low-cost airlines JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines, I saw that those are the top of the spectrum were behaving more like those at the bottom.
American Airlines and Spirit Airlines – which couldn't be any more different normally – were mirroring each other with the latter actually doing a better job in some respects.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The pandemic has been the great equalizer for aviation, so much so that there's no longer a noticeable difference between some of the best and worst airlines in the US.
After flying on the big four US airlines – American, Delta, United, and Southwest – I was shocked to find that the largest and arguably most prestigious airline, American, was doing the least for passenger safety. But it wasn't until flying on one of the country's lowest-rated carriers, Spirit Airlines, that I realized just how poorly American was navigating the pandemic.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:US airlines are banning vented masks, which the CDC says don't stop COVID-19The third Boeing 777X just flew for the first time — take a look at the enormous new flagship Boeing hopes will be its redemptionBoeing's 737 Max will soon be taking passengers again as it finishes getting recertified to fly – here's what you need to knowSEE ALSO: I flew on JetBlue for the first time during the pandemic and had a sterling onboard experience that couldn't make up for a chaotic terminal and last-minute flight cancellation
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- Business Insider 22:30August 13, 2020Miami's $300 million 'exoskeleton' skyscraper is complete after 7 years. Look inside the Zaha Hadid-designed tower, which comes with a private rooftop helipad.One Thousand Museum Famed architect Zaha Hadid's "exoskeleton" skyscraper in Miami, One Thousand Museum, was finally finished in January after seven years, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The total construction costs came to just under $300 million, the developer confirmed to Business Insider.
The tower sold more than $100 million worth of condos from the start of 2020 to mid-August, including two high-profile sales to soccer stars David Beckham and Paul Pogba, per the developer.
The 62-story tower reached completion amid a surplus of luxury condos on the market in Miami.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Miami's eye-catching "exoskeleton" skyscraper was finally completed in January after seven years and almost $300 million in construction costs, Candace Taylor reported for The Wall Street Journal.
The 62-story building is one of the last designed by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed "Queen of the Curve" before her death in 2016. It has a distinctive "exoskeleton" exterior that's made up of more than 4,800 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete shipped from Dubai.
The tower, called One Thousand Museum, includes 84 luxury residences, about 64% of which had been sold as of January 2020, according to the developer. The rest are selling for $5 million for a half-floor residence to upwards of $25 million for a full floor. Residents have access to amenities including a private rooftop helipad, a sky lounge, and a double-height aquatic center with an indoor swimming pool.
"We wanted it to function like a five-star hotel," one of the developers, Louis Birdman, told the Journal.
Since the start of 2020, One Thousand Museum has sold more than $100 million worth of condos, including high-profile sales to soccer superstars David Beckham and Paul Pogba, the developer told Business Insider. Sales and marketing are being handled by ONE Sotheby's International Realty.
Take a look inside the 700-foot luxury tower.A Miami skyscraper designed by legendary architect Zaha Hadid was completed in January after seven years and almost $300 million in construction costs, The Wall Street Journal reported.
One Thousand Museum
One Thousand Museum is one of the last designed by famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed "Queen of the Curve" before her death in 2016.
The tower has a distinctive "exoskeleton" exterior that's made up of more than 4,800 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete that were shipped from Dubai.
One Thousand Museum
Source: Business Insider
A sculptural porte cochere entrance offers residents privacy from the street as they enter the building.
One Thousand Museum
Source: One Thousand Museum
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- Business Insider 21:59August 13, 202013 sites where you can learn how to code online for free or close to it Coding can be a valuable hard skill for workers in an increasingly digital economy.
If you've been affected by COVID-19, some e-learning sites like Educative and Codecademy also have programs that offer scholarships and free subscriptions.
See more: 9 online computer science classes that are free until December 31 — and each comes with a free certificate you can add to LinkedIn Whether you're a beginner or an advanced coder, the internet has plenty of options to help you develop and deepen your skillset — often completely for free.
Below, you'll find 13 sites that offer resources for learning how to code from the comfort of your home. They vary in price and offerings, but most have free material or affordable options. You can take advantage of MIT's OpenCourseWare where they publish virtually all MIT course content for the public, or you can earn a Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate for $49/month.
If you're looking to pick up a specific skill set, you can narrow your search down by programming language or coursework. If you're just starting out, it may be worth looking at affordable or free introductory courses to get a sense of what you'd like to pursue before investing money and time into a degree or professional certificate.
Some sites, like Educative and Codecademy, have opportunities for people who have been affected by COVID-19. For instance, Educative is offering free scholarships to its Become a Frontend Developer (typically $115) learning track to people whose life or livelihood has been interrupted, and Codecademy is donating three months of its Pro subscription to five unemployed or furloughed workers for every one purchased. You can apply for one of those free memberships here. Coursera has also made 100 of its courses completely free to enroll in — including computer science classes — through December 31. It's also worth looking into any scholarships or financial aid learning sites like edX or Coursera may offer if you opt for their material.
13 sites that will help you learn how to code online:Coursera Free to audit most courses, paid certificates and advanced degrees
Coursera has courses, MasterTracks, Specializations, professional certificates, and one guided project for coding offered from notable universities like Duke, Stanford, and Princeton, and companies like IBM and Google. There's something for both beginners and advanced learners, and while courses can typically be audited for free, certificates and graded work are usually behind a paywall.
Specializations and professional certificates typically have a free 7-day trial and after that are billed monthly — so the faster you complete it, the cheaper it will be. They can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year to finish and start around $39/month. Its MasterTrack options tend to be more costly — as in a few thousand dollars.
Coursera also has an annual $399 subscription, Coursera Plus, that includes access to 90% of the site and may end up being a cheaper option — just make sure your desired courses are included.
Edx Free to audit most courses, paid certificates and advanced degrees
edX was founded by MIT and Harvard and offers free and affordable online classes, professional certificates, MicroMasters, and Master's degrees from top universities like Harvard and Dartmouth and institutions like Microsoft and IBM.
Most edX courses can be audited for free, with an optional certificate of completion costing anywhere from $39-$99. Professional certificates can run around a few hundred dollars, and MicroMasters and Master's Degrees a few thousand dollars.
Udemy Courses start at $10
Udemy has thousands of affordable courses. You can enroll in coding courses for as little as $10-$12. The site has over 150,000 courses available in over 65 languages and runs frequent sales.
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- Business Insider 21:55August 13, 2020The best affordable hotels in New York City Price is usually always a deciding factor in some regard when it comes to booking hotels, and prices in New York can surge dramatically based on the season. However, traveling on a budget doesn't have to mean compromising on the quality.
As New York eases into Phase 4 of reopening following lockdowns due to COVID-19, many hotels are welcoming guests again, but with updated cleaning policies and procedures, which we've noted below.
We rounded up some of the best affordable hotels in New York City, based on properties we stayed at, toured, and personally vetted. They are all priced between $100 and $200 for standard entry-level rooms in low season. If you don't mind sacrificing on space, you'll save big on costs.
Read more: Is it safe to stay in a hotel right now? An infectious disease doctor, a cleaning expert, and hotel reps all share what you should know before you check-in When I travel, one of my favorite feelings is knowing I got a great deal and managed to stay somewhere special for a cheap price. It almost feels like harboring a secret.
And while I also firmly believe that you get what you pay for in life, some hotels really are just nicely-appointed and well-priced and accessible to the modern traveler — so long as you're savvy in booking, i.e., reading our reviews and booking in advance to secure the best deal.
As hotels in New York City reopen following shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus, most travelers are prioritizing safety and looking for nearby getaways within driving distance. And some New Yorkers who have spent the last few months cooped up in small apartments may be looking for an affordable weekend staycation just for a change of pace.
With safety top of mind, most major hotel brands, and even many boutique hotels, have implemented new cleaning procedures. We've noted new policies for each listing below, but it's always a good idea to read up on new standards for yourself as well before making any bookings.
It's also important to understand the risks associated with travel, and hotels specifically right now. Without a vaccine, there is no guarantee of safety and we always recommend following guidelines from organizations such as the CDC and WHO.
You'll also want to assess your own risk factors and check state and government guidelines before making any travel plans. Keep in mind that New York currently has a 14-day quarantine in place for any travelers coming from a lengthy list of 36 states. That list continues to evolve and change frequently, so check the latest regulations here before traveling.
Need more New York hotel inspiration? Click on a link below to jump directly to all our coverage of the best hotels in New York City. The best overall hotels in New York City
The best boutique hotels in New York City
The best luxury hotels in New York City With all that in mind, if you are planning a stay in New York, hotels in the city can be notoriously expensive, especially in high seasons like fall. Typically, the cheapest hotels are run-of-the-mill, standard chain offerings where a room is just a place to rest your head, rather than a real gem.
Except for those on this list. Our best affordable hotels in New York City are located in central neighborhoods, rated three stars or higher, offer experiential amenities and interesting design, and nice rooms that make good use of a smaller space. They're also priced under $200 to start in low seasons like winter.
And to ensure you don't encounter a case of get-what-you-pay-for-blues, we stayed at, toured, and researched each hotel on this list and carefully selected the final picks. Every hotel on this list is three stars or higher, has a minimum Trip Advisor rating of four or above, and is reasonably priced between $100 and $200 for standard rooms in low season.
These are the best affordable hotels in New York City to book in 2020, sorted by price from low to high:Arlo SoHo
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Book Arlo SoHo starting at $104 per night
Arlo SoHo has made it cool to book tiny hotel rooms, popularizing the trend of micro hotels where quarters barely measure 150 square feet. Sure, the bathroom is nearly reachable from your pillow, but the cozy nook beds are actually places where you'll want to curl up and hit snooze. Cheapest options include bunk bed, queen, or king options, that range in price depending on the view, and the time of year.
Plus, what it lacks in size, Arlo makes up for with fun common spaces including four bars, an on-site restaurant, co-working space, rooftop lounge, and a seasonal courtyard. And, it starts at only $103 in slower months, which a great deal for typically expensive SoHo.
Pros: Cheap prices and cool SoHo location.
Cons: The room sizes can feel shockingly small and bathrooms lack privacy, so, prepare yourself.
COVID-19 policies: All Arlo hotels have a Rest Assured policy that includes: Mobile check-in/check-out via the Arlo app.
Housekeeping services will only be provided upon request in stay-over rooms.
Guest rooms will remain vacant a minimum of 24 hours.
Clorox360 Antimicrobial fogging sanitizing & cleaning system will be used in all guest rooms just prior to releasing the rooms for sale.
Read more here. Read our full hotel review of Arlo SoHo
Ace Hotel New York
Book Ace Hotel New York starting at $113 per night
Ace Hotels have long established themselves as a cool and also affordable boutique offering, with outposts in cities like Portland, Palm Springs, Seattle and more. Rooms are minimal and small (which keeps prices low) with the focus on common spaces that invite guests to linger and mingle.
The New York location is equally hip with industrial-meets-masculine decor. The lobby is bustling with creative types who camp out with laptops, and on-site food, drink, and shopping are all top-notch. Single, small, or bunk-bed rooms offer the cheapest rates. Never mind the smaller quarters, the real scene is happening outside the room anyway.
Pros: The hip Ace brand reputation delivers on cool factor with excellent on-site stores and eateries that may very well keep you on-property your whole stay.
Cons: Rooms are indeed small, especially bunk bed options, and some show wear and tear.
COVID-19 policies: The Ace Hotel has implemented new policies that include: All staff and guests must wear face coverings in public areas and masks are available for guests.
Implementing deep cleaning and sanitation of public spaces on an hourly schedule.
Guest rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and then sealed for your safety for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the next guest arrival to allow for proper deep cleaning.
Limiting the number of reservations and safely distancing occupied rooms.
Read more here. Read our full hotel review of Ace New York
Freehand New York
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Book Freehand New York starting at $149 per night
The Freehand New York is a good pick for budget-conscious travelers who still want serious style, as well as convenience and personality. It also feels more in the know than the similar concept presented at Ace Hotels.
Art-filled accommodations are steeped in character and prices are especially reasonable if you select a bunk bed room or standard offering. Rooms still feel fairly new, too.
Pros: This hotel is hip and cool with excellent on-site food and drink.
Cons: Outside noise bleeds into rooms and may make sleep difficult if you're sensitive to it.
COVID-19 policies: The Freehand hotel brand has implemented new policies across all properties that include: Online check-in options.
All food and beverage offerings will be grab-and-go.
Masks and other hygiene products are available for purchase in travel shops and vending machines.
Deep cleaning increased throughout the hotels.
Read more here. Read our full hotel review of Freehand New York
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- Business Insider 21:26August 13, 2020More than 70 people entered a bidding war to buy an abandoned Cold War-era missile silo complex in North Dakota — take a look at the property A decommissioned Cold War missile silo in North Dakota was up for auction on Tuesday.
The site has 14 launch sites for Sprint missiles, which were designed as the last line of defense against Soviet weapons.
Despite 70 bidders, the price only reached $52,500, which the seller rejected.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A piece of Cold War history went up for auction in North Dakota on Tuesday.
Decommissioned in the 1970s, the Remote Sprint Launcher 4 is a time capsule in need of repair. Other Cold War era missile silos have appeared for sale around the country in the last year, including in Arizona, Kansas, and New Jersey.
The 50 acre property has not officially sold yet, as the seller and bidders negotiate on an acceptable price. In the meantime, see what it looks like now. The sale includes 49 acres of property in northeastern North Dakota.
Pifer’s Auction & Realty – Moorhead, MN
The bunker itself has 11,000 square feet underground, mostly untouched since it was decommissioned in the 1970s.
Pifer’s Auction & Realty – Moorhead, MN
It's located in rural Fairdale, North Dakota, "in the middle of a prairie," the seller told The Bismarck Tribune.
Pifer’s Auction & Realty – Moorhead, MN
Source: The Bismarck Tribune
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- Business Insider 21:08August 13, 2020The best tool kits for DIY home projectsWith a good set of tools, you can repair a crooked cabinet, hang a shelf or picture frame, tune up your bicycle, or fix a leaky pipe under the sink. The Stanley 65-Piece Tool Kit is our top choice because it has only the tools you need and each item is well-made. One of the best gifts I have ever received was something I didn't know I needed: A basic tool kit, gifted when I left for college. Over the subsequent four years, I used the screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, measuring tape, and other kit essentials to do everything from repair a broken bed frame, to hang shelves, assemble furniture, and work on sets and lighting design for student film projects.
After college, that same kit made a cross-country move with me where it remained in service throughout the early years of my working life and marriage. My wife and I used it in our first apartment as we made innumerable repairs and updates. While I've lost quite a few items over the past 16 years, I still have the hammer, level, and needle-nose pliers. The fact that one basic set of tools — a set that probably cost around $30 and fit into one slender carrying case — served as my only tool kit for so long is pretty remarkable and speaks to why you should own one if you don't already.
We selected a range of kits that are well priced, thoughtfully curated, and sure to fit the needs of many people. When considering which tool kit is the best match, make sure to think about which tools you will likely use the most often, as well as those you might never touch.
We only included elementary kits for a reason: The aim is to arm yourself with everything you'll need for basic projects and repairs, not clutter your home with needless extras. You can always add on specialty tools if the occasion arises, but these kits should save you from realizing mid-project that you're missing one of the basics. Read on to see which kit is best for your needs.
Here are the best tool kits: Best overall: Stanley 65-Piece Tool Kit
Best value: WorkPro 100-Piece Kitchen Drawer Home Tool Kit
Best compact size: Cartman General Household 39-Piece Tool Kit
Best for use on the road: AmazonBasics 65-Piece Home Basic Repair Tool Kit Set With Bag Updated on 8/13/2020 to edit titles, prices, and remove third-party ratings and reviews because we've found them to be unreliable in the past.The best overall
The Stanley 65-Piece Tool Kit comes with well-made tools that you will use frequently and it should last for years.
Every Stanley tool I have ever bought is still in good working condition after many years of use, and you can expect the same level of quality from the carefully selected tools you'll find in the Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Tool Kit.
The 65 pieces in this kit include 30 screwdriver bits and 10 Allen wrenches (also called hex keys), and eight ratchet attachments, so you're only getting about a dozen actual individual tools.
Each of the said tools is durable and precision-crafted, and are sure to last for years even if you use them regularly. The screwdrivers have reinforced tips, the 13-ounce hammer is rock solid, and the 16-foot tape measure offers excellent standup ability.
This kit costs a few dollars more than most options, but when it lasts twice as long, you'll agree it was worth the modest investment.
Pros: High-quality tools, durable hard-shell storage case, no superfluous tools
Cons: Tools often slip out of place inside the case
The best value
The WorkPro Kitchen Drawer 100-Piece Tool Kit costs less than $30 but comes with dozens of useful tools and hardware in a lightweight soft-shelled carrying case.
Considering this kit comes with more than twice as many items as the most inexpensive set, the WorkPro Kitchen Drawer 100-Piece Tool Kit represents the strongest value on our list.
This kit has all the basics you'd rightly expect to find, such as a claw hammer, needle-nose and standard pliers, a wrench, and multiple screwdriver bits. It also has four precision screwdrivers, which are great for working with electronics (even if that just means removing the battery casing) or for repairing eyeglasses. The 9-inch magnetic level features three vials, allowing for accurate positioning and easy reading.
All of the many components of the kit tuck away into a lightweight but durable soft-sided storage pouch that, as the name suggests, can fit into a drawer with ease. As for those 40 cable ties (AKA zip ties), you'll be amazed at just how often they prove useful, from cord management to a stopgap plumbing repair, or helping support plants in the garden.
Pros: Great price point, lightweight well-made case, includes precision screwdrivers
Cons: Short tape measure, hammer too light for some uses
The best compact size
The Cartman General Household 39-Piece Tool Kit is small enough to fit in a drawer, but has most of the basic hand tools needed for minor repairs and hobbies.
The Cartman kit is the least expensive tool kit on our list, and its compact size is ideal for storage, but it is admittedly missing a couple of items that you will almost surely have to purchase separately, which will essentially negate its low cost. I certainly wish the brand had included a level and a pair of needle-nose pliers instead of those scissors.
That said, the tools that are included are decent considering its affordable price, and the small size of the kit is a definite advantage. The Cartman General Household 39-Piece Tool Kit is small enough to slip into a kitchen drawer, your car's trunk, under the seats, or even in a large glovebox, ready to assist with roadside repairs.
The tool kit has multiple screwdriver bits that fit in a driver handle but note that the driver does not ratchet. It comes with four precision screwdrivers, a pair of basic pliers, a rather small hammer, and a few other useful tools. With the addition of needle-nose pliers and a level, I would call this a great tool kit for the price. As is, one can still appreciate its small size and small cost.
Pros: Great low price, compact size, heat-treated chrome-plated tools
Cons: Missing level and needle-nose pliers
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- Business Insider 21:02August 13, 2020The best pregnancy pillowsA good pregnancy pillow can help support a growing belly and take the strain off your back and joints so you can get a good night's sleep.
The Queen Rose Pregnancy and Maternity Pillow is our top choice because it's supportive, soft, and affordably priced. Getting a good night's rest can become almost impossible by the middle of the second trimester. Long, large maternity pillows can help take some of the pressure off of the body by supporting a growing belly, providing relief to both the back as well as the core and abdomen.
Maternity pillows also allow for better alignment of the knees and hips, which reduces pressure on the spine and upper body. In other words, they can help an expectant mom get comfortable enough to actually sleep for a few hours now and then.
Even after pregnancy, these pillows can be used for postpartum respite and some even work for nursing. It really is never too late in a pregnancy to get a great pregnancy pillow. We did the research to round up the best pillows for a variety of needs.
Here are the best pregnancy pillows you can buy: Best pillow overall: Queen Rose Pregnancy and Maternity Pillow Best inexpensive pillow: Bluestone Full Body Maternity Pillow
Best strain-reducing pillow: Leachco Back n Belly Chic Contoured Body Pillow
Best pillow for stomach sleepers: Cozy Bump Maternity Pillow
Best maternity pillow wedge: Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge Prices and links are current as of 8/13/20. Added additional buying options and links to related guides. The best pillow overall
The Queen Rose Full-Body Pregnancy Pillow is both soft and supportive thanks to a generous volume of high-density polyethylene filling.
The Queen Rose Pregnancy Pillow can provide support from the early months of pregnancy well into nursing an infant. It's flexible enough to loop around your back while you sit up to nurse yet supportive enough to keep your belly propped up even in the ninth month of pregnancy. It can be used on the couch, in bed, or anywhere else you need some support.
While many pregnancy pillows offer support through firmness of material, this one does so thanks to a generous amount of soft polyethylene fill. That means it's also a genuinely comfortable pillow for the head and neck. The cover of the Queen Rose pillow is made from non-allergenic cotton and is machine washable, so it's easy to keep it fresh and clean.
This pillow is available in three sizes (55, 60, and 65 inches) and seven colors.
Pros: Soft and supportive, washable cotton cover, good price point
Cons: Requires occasional fluffing and reshaping
The best budget pillow
The Bluestone Full-Body Pregnancy Pillow is a generously sized pillow that provides great support for taller people.
The Bluestone Full-Body Pregnancy Pillow is a half-foot longer and more than a half-foot wider than many popular pregnancy pillows. Its generous size offers comfort for people who are taller. You can comfortably balance your belly and align your knees and hips, thus taking the strain off the lower back, spine, and shoulders during sleep.
Wirecutter named this their top pick for the best pregnancy pillow and said, "The horseshoe-like profile hugs and supports the lower back better than other shapes, and it can also be flipped around so you can use your own head pillow, which many pregnancy pillows can't accommodate."
The drawback to its larger size is that the pillow takes up much more than half the width of a standard queen-size bed (usually 60-inches wide). The dimensions and 7.25-pound weight of this polyester-filled, cotton-covered pillow also make it impractical to bring with you during travels.
Some people reported the pillow is too thin to give adequate belly support during late-term pregnancy, though it can be fluffed fuller with a bit of effort. For the price, however, it is a solid option.
Pros: Low price point, good choice for taller people
Cons: Too large for some beds, flattens out with use
The best strain-reducing pillow
The Leachco Back 'N Belly Chic contoured body pillow helps properly align and support the ankles, knees, hips, spine, and belly.
This large, generously stuffed Leachco Back 'N Belly Chic Contoured Body Pillow is a favorite thanks to its adaptability. The open ends of the pillow can be set farther apart when more shallow support is needed and can be layered over one another to create thicker, more supportive padding later in pregnancy.
The soft polyester fiberfill allows your belly to settle in comfortably, while the blended machine-washable cotton/polyester cover helps to wick away moisture and moderate body heat during rest.
After birth, this pillow is great for relaxation and comfortable sleep during postpartum recovery, as it easily shifts into varied positions. The pillow is available in one size but a variety of colors and patterns.
Pros: Generous volume of filling, adjustable positioning, poly-cotton blend cover
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- Business Insider 20:46August 13, 20206 delivery-only restaurants that customers probably don't realize are owned by massive chains such as Chili's, Chuck E. Cheese, Applebee's, and Dog HausHollis Johnson/Business Insider Virtual restaurants are invisible, but their numbers are growing during the pandemic.
They are delivery-only brands that seem to be local restaurants or separate chains, but are owned by and operated out of the kitchens of giant chains.
Some are more transparent about their true identity and origins than others.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. They're invisible, yet they're all around us. And their numbers are growing.
The pandemic has spawned a new species of restaurant: the virtual restaurant. Unfortunately, we're not referring to nifty 3D virtual reality recreations of the dining out experience, although those exist too.
What we're referring to is the kind of restaurant that only truly exists on delivery platforms, the Pasqually's Pizzas of the world that seem to be friendly neighborhood joints but are really operating out of the kitchens of big chain restaurants.
Some, like Just Salad's "Health Tribes by Just Salad," are clearly labeled for what they are: market-specific digital offshoots of bigger brands designed to game the increasingly competitive delivery landscape by targeting a singular menu item. Others, however, may make their true identities it less immediately clear to the hungry consumer.
These restaurants may not be who they seem.Neighborhood Wings
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In May, Applebee's received public backlash after it came to light that a restaurant called "Neighborhood Wings" on Grubhub and other delivery apps was actually run by Applebee's.
Technically, the full name of the venture is "Neighborhood Wings by Applebee's," but in some search results, the "by Applebee's" part doesn't appear. And on some delivery platforms, it's omitted entirely from the restaurant name, making it easy enough to confuse "Neighborhood Wings" for, well, a neighborhood wing joint.
"At Applebee's restaurants, wings are a top selling menu item. We launched Neighborhood Wings by Applebee's on Grubhub to make it even easier for guests to get their wings fix and to give us the opportunity to test out new items made for wing lovers that aren't on our main menu," Applebee's vice president of strategy and development, Scott Gladstone, told TODAY.
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Also in May, a Reddit user sparked a wave of outrage after she discovered the pizza she thought she'd ordered from a local pizzeria had actually come from Chuck E. Cheese.
Now, unlike Applebee's, which at least puts the big brand name in the small brand's name, Pasqually's Pizza & Wings makes no mention of Chuck E. Cheese. On delivery platforms like Seamless, there is no sign of Chuck E. Cheese's name or branding. Only the most die-hard Chuck E. Cheese would instantly pick up on the fact that Pasqually is the name of the chef in the Chuck E. Cheese universe.
A Chuck E. Cheese spokesperson previously told Business Insider that Pasqually's pizza is slightly different from Chuck E. Cheese's pizza.
"Pasqually's Pizza & Wings' recipes use fresh, homemade pizza dough, just like Chuck E. Cheese, but it is a different pizza that features a thicker crust, extra sauce and new blends of cheeses and seasonings, giving consumers a more flavorful, more premium pizza experience," the spokesperson said.
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The newest addition to the virtual brand family is It's Just Wings, a wings-oriented delivery brand that operates out of the kitchens of — you guessed it — Chili's restaurants. The virtual brand also operates out of some Maggiano's, which is also owned by Chili's parent company, Brinker International.
Brinker did announce the launch of It's Just Wings back in June, but otherwise, the wing brand's only visible affiliation with Chili's and Maggiano's is tucked quietly in the website's "About" section. The restaurant's Doordash page does not mention the affiliation.
And according to Brinker's recent earnings call, fans have been eating It's Just Wings up. Brinker CEO Wyman Roberts said in the earnings call that the brand-new brand was already generating over $3 million in weekly sales.
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- Business Insider 20:46August 13, 2020The richest people in America, rankedClodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters The 16 richest Americans in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are collectively worth more than $1 trillion.
While tech moguls continue to dominate the top ranks, inherited wealth, like in the Walton family, also makes a strong appearance in the list.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett maintain their lead in the top five despite being the two most generous people on earth
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. All net worths below are sourced from Bloomberg unless otherwise noted.
Emmie Martin and Tanza Loudenback contributed to a previous version of this story.16. Michael Bloomberg
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Net worth: $54.9 billion (per Forbes estimates)
Industry: Finance, Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Bloomberg LP
Net worth year-over-year change: Not readily available
Michael Bloomberg, former Democratic presidential candidate and long-time New York City mayor, derives a majority of his wealth from his financial services company, Bloomberg LP. In the 1990s, he expanded the company to form Bloomberg News and TV.
His eponymous company currently makes about $10 billion in annual revenue and Bloomberg maintains control over 88% of the company.
Bloomberg is fairly generous with his wealth and is known to donate to social issues like gun control and climate change. He donated over $3 billion of his fortune in 2019 alone.
T15. Charles Koch
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Net worth: $57.5 billion
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; Koch Industries
Net worth year-over-year change: Down $4.57 billion in the past year
Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of multifaceted conglomerate Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in America. His younger brother David is the executive vice president. The company employs 130,000 people and generates an estimated $110 billion in annual revenue from its diverse holdings, which make everything from petrochemicals and Dixie Cups to raw clothing materials.
Koch is outspoken in the world of conservative politics and public policy. Koch and late younger brother, David, have long been known as advocates for smaller government and routinely fund political campaigns, although they took a step back during the 2016 election cycle.
The book "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" revealed that Charles Koch's plans to reshape American politics date back 40 years, when he began strategizing and developing a libertarian movement.
T15. Julia Flesher Koch
Net worth: $57.5 billion
Source of wealth: Inheritance; Koch Industries
Net worth year-over-year change: Down $4.57 billion in the last year
Flesher Koch was married to David Koch, one of the richest men in America, for 23 years until his death in 2019. They met after being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend.
According to Forbes estimates, her net worth is closer to $45 billion. Business Insider's Katie Warren previously reported that this discrepancy might be due to the difference in estimates of how much Koch left to his children as well as differences in the net worth of Koch Industries.
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- Business Insider 20:40August 13, 2020The best wood stainsWood stain adds rich color to all sorts of wood, bringing out natural grain, and refreshing the appearance of older materials that have faded with time and exposure to the elements
Use care when deciding whether to use an oil-based wood stain or a water-based stain. Both have their pros and cons, and one will usually be more suitable for a given project.
Varathane Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain is our choice for the best wood stain because dries in just one hour and usually requires just one coat. Wood stain is the quickest and easiest way to dramatically change the appearance of a piece of furniture, a deck, flooring, or any other wooden surface that needs some restoration or a whole new look. When you choose the right wood stain, it's easy and satisfying to work with, and you get results that last for years, if not indefinitely.
It's important to choose the right stain formula for your project. For a quick primer on oil-based wood stains vs. water-based wood stains, scroll to the bottom of this guide. As for a few great stains to consider, here are brands I and thousands of other satisfied stainers have long trusted.
Final notes before we get into our picks: Remember to sand well, wipe away all the dust you create, and spot test the wood stain on a scrap of wood or somewhere that won't show, because staining wood is permanent.
Here are the best wood stains: Best overall: Varathane Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain
Best solid wood stain: BEHR Premium Solid Color Waterproofing Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer
Best gel wood stain: Minwax Gel Stain
Best water-based wood stain: SamaN Interior Water Based Stain
Best eco-friendly wood stain: PureColor Eco-Friendly EvenGrain Stain Prices and links are current as of 8/13/20. We also added a selection of related buying guides.The best overall
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Varathane Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain is an oil-based wood stain but it gives off minimal odor and dries quickly, so it's suitable for indoor use.
Most oil-based wood stains take hours to dry and give off a terrible odor in a confined space. Said odor is an indicator of compounds you really don't want in your lungs. Thus, many oil stains have been relegated to exterior use or to projects like flooring when the home is going to be clear of people for some time anyway.
But Varathane's quick-drying stains give off much fewer fumes than I've noticed with other oil-based stains, so you don't have to worry about using it indoors. But please, still ensure your space is well-ventilated and you're using a respirator if you plan to be exposed for an extended time period.
Varathane Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain goes on smoothly, spreading with ease and offering great coverage. One quart can cover up to 275 square feet of surface if you're only doing a single coat, and for most applications, one proper coat of this stuff is enough. Being oil-based, it penetrates deep into the wood, ensuring a rich, even color. Thanks to its semi-transparency, it creates that rich new color but still shows off the grain of the wood.
This is a perfect stain for projects ranging from furniture restoration to trim enhancement, but it's even durable enough for use on flooring, and make a great choice for smaller flooring projects where you don't want to have to vacate the home during then drying and off-gassing.
I've used Varathane stains on shelves and an end table and found it remarkably easy to work with, both using a rag and a paintbrush.
Pros: Extra fast drying for oil-based stain, smooth and even coverage, low odor
Cons: Lighter woods will require multiple coats contrary to the brand claim
The best solid stain
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BEHR Premium Solid Color Waterproofing Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer solves two problems at once, bringing rich, lasting color to exterior wood and sealing it against water and weather for years to come.
Solid wood stain is so called because it creates a solid, opaque finish. Rather than complementing the color of and the grain of the wood you're staining, it completely changes the color and hides the grain, but as it sinks into the surface, some of the texture of the wood will still be visible. So the wood on your deck, shingles, door, or trim will still look like wood.
My patio was stained with a solid stain on the wood, all but completely concealing the grain and changing the color to a much darker brown. As much as I missed the lovely grain, the remaining three years that we lived in that home, that outdoor wood flooring stayed in perfect condition — not a hint of fading, cracking, or discoloration anywhere despite hours of sun, occasional lashing rain, and loads of windblown debris.
BEHR Premium Solid Color Waterproofing Wood Stain and Sealer is made using an acrylic solution, so once applied and dried, it seals in wood, protecting it from rain, snow, moisture in general, and preventing rot. This stain is a perfect choice for decks or porches made from a wood such as pine that, left untreated, will eventually fall apart with exposure to the elements.
It's a decent price, though hardly a steal, but a good, thick coat of the stuff should last at least four or five years in most conditions. If you use a sprayer, it's super easy to apply, but even with brushes or rollers, it's still a user-friendly stain.
Pros: Seals and protects wood, resists fading and cracking, multiple application options
Cons: Slight orange hue comes out on certain woods, hides wood grain
The best gel stain
Minwax Gel Stain resists drips and is easy to control, making it perfect for detailed applications, such as to antique furniture or for use on doors or trim you can't remove prior to staining.
To avoid drips that can ruin a perfectly good floor, shelf, or any other wooden whatnot that's not on the slate to be stained, use Minwax Gel Stain. This thick non-drip stain adheres well to your rag, sponge, or brush, letting you complete careful, detailed staining projects with minimal risk of the stain getting where it shouldn't.
This is the perfect stain for use on doors you don't want to pop off the hinges and take outside or for built-in features like door trim, shelving, window benches, and so forth.
Now, you will have to pay for that ease of use and lack of mess. A quart of Minwax Gel Stain is almost triple the price of many other stains. But beyond its lack of mess, it's also highly versatile. This stain can be applied to materials like metal or fiberglass, adhering much like paint and creating a faux wood finish. Yet when applied to real wood, it sinks in fast and lets the natural grain show.
Pros: Non-drip minimal mess formula, can be used on fiberglass and metal, easy to use and clean
Cons: Not suitable for larger projects like flooring or walls, expensive
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- Business Insider 20:30August 13, 202022 useful home and kitchen products that got their start on Kickstarter Products like Blink security cameras and Gravity weighted blankets may be everywhere now, but once upon a time, they were just a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
They're among many other cool home and kitchen products that drew widespread attention and funding on Kickstarter.
Read more: Handy cooking tools we rely on in our own kitchens If not for Kickstarter, we wouldn't be able to effortlessly grow our own herbs at home and use said herbs with a sous vide stick, nor would we be able enjoy better showers while saving water and stay cool as we sleep. Though the homes of the future increasingly harness the power of tech, sometimes simple products — like a supportive pillow or a cast iron pan — can improve our lives just as well.
All of the home and kitchen products below have found great success on Kickstarter, raising hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. They're listed in ascending order by funding amount. Impressively, a recently funded project, the Terraplanter, raised more than $6 million in its campaign.
22 successful home and kitchen startups on Kickstarter:Gravity Blanket — $4.73 million pledged by 23,805 backers
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In 2017, Gravity arguably set off the weighted blanket craze with its premium, therapeutic blanket. Today, it's our favorite weighted blanket and it comes in four weights and three colors, along with new iterations like a travel blanket and a cooling blanket.
Casper Duvet — $352,000 pledged by 1,034 backers
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Casper's team learned that humidity, not heat, is the main culprit of many sleepers' woes, which is why they included a layer of moisture-wicking merino wool in this down duvet.
Click & Grow — $626,000 pledged by 10,477 backers
Click and Grow
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Thanks to a special soil that accelerates plant growth, an LED lighting system that automatically turns on and off, and a sizable water tank, Click & Grow is the easiest way to grow your own herbs at home.
Read our full review here.
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- Business Insider 20:03August 13, 2020THEN AND NOW: How Chick-fil-A has changed through the yearsChick-fil-A In 1946, Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy opened the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia.
Years later, in 1967, Cathy invented the restaurant's original chicken sandwich, a menu item that would catapult his restaurant business to fame and success.
Today, Chick-fil-A has been voted America's favorite fast-food chain, despite a history of controversy over same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ issues.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's the third-largest fast food chain in America, it was named America's favorite fast-food chain, and it's home of the original chicken sandwich — that's right, we're talking about Chick-fil-A.
In the course of nearly three-quarters of a century, Chick-fil-A grew from a small roadside diner to one of the biggest and most influential chains in the US. During that time, the chain introduced a number of new menu items, experienced leadership changes, and responded to criticism over the brand's "Christian values" and donation practices.
However, one thing is for certain — the rise of America's biggest chicken chain isn't slowing anytime soon.
Here's how Chick-fil-A has changed through the years, from its roots as a suburban diner to America's favorite fast-food chain.Chick-fil-A's origin story began when S. Truett Cathy opened the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia, in 1946.
The small roadside diner was later renamed when it became one of the chain's "Dwarf Houses." The original location is now one of 12 Chick-fil-A locations serving modern favorites and items from the original restaurant's "blue menu."
The first official Chick-fil-A locations were located in shopping malls.
The first restaurant to bear the name Chick-fil-A opened in the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1967.
According to The Chicken Wire, the restaurant occupied just 384 square feet and some have credited the chain with being an "early pioneer" of what would become the modern mall food court.
Chick-fil-A opened its first stand-alone restaurant in 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Free-standing locations are now the norm for Chick-fil-A, and mall locations are much less common.
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- Business Insider 19:59August 13, 2020I went inside the eerily empty skyscraper in Times Square that's home to the New Year's Eve ballfoto-select / Shutterstock One Times Square is one of the most iconic buildings in America and among the most expensive real estate in the world.
On New Year's Eve, about one million people gather around it while another billion watch it on TV as the New Year's Eve ball drops on its metal roof deck.
But for the other 364 days of the year, One Times Square is a relatively quiet place. The 23-story building sits almost completely empty, save for the Walgreens downstairs and the only other occupant, the New Year's Eve Headquarters on the 22nd floor.
Perhaps one of the most unique features about One Times Square, apart from the New Year's Eve ball, is that it doesn't really need tenants. The building's billboards have generated more than $23 million a year and are among the most lucrative public advertisements in the world.
I visited the landmark in October 2019, and it felt slightly eerie, filled with little more than remnants of past tenants, while Times Square, New York City's busiest neighborhood, was still bustling outside.
Take a look inside.
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This is the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square, New York — there's a good chance you're one of the billion people who watch it drop on New Year's Eve.
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Source: Times Square
It sits on top of One Times Square patiently waiting 364 days each year for its moment of late December glory.
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In addition to the billion people who watch it on TV each year, about a million people gather around One Times Square to watch this crystal ball drop each year.
Source: USA Today
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- Business Insider 19:40August 13, 2020WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players from LeBron James' Miami Heat championship teamsLynne Sladky/AP Images The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh "Big 3" with the Miami Heat made the Finals four straight years and won two championships.
Much of the team broke up after LeBron James left in 2014.
Here's a look at where key members of those teams are today.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Miami Heat Big Three dominated for four years and then they were gone.
When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh teamed up, they formed one of the first super-teams, made four Finals, won two championships, and then broke up.
James and Wade left Miami, Bosh left the NBA, and the core of those Heat teams fell apart.
See where the major players are from those teams today.LeBron James shocked the sports world when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Heat in 2010.
James went back to Cleveland in 2014 for four years, and is now a member of the Lakers.
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Dwyane Wade was the founding member of the Heat Big Three, having already won a championship in his first seven years with the team.
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- Business Insider 19:19August 13, 20206 Bon Appétit Test Kitchen stars have left amid a reckoning over how the company treats employees of color — here's the full listRoy Rochlin/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Six of the 13 members of Bon Appétit's famed Test Kitchen have announced that they will no longer appear in videos for the food magazine.
The staffers include Rick Martinez, Sohla El-Waylly, Priya Krishna, Gaby Melian, Molly Baz, and Carla Lalli Music.
Former and current employees of Bon Appétit told Business Insider in June that the company compensates employees of color differently for video appearances than white employees. A representative from Condé Nast denied this.
The Test Kitchen channel has not released new videos since June 5, as employees of color negotiate new contracts. White employees have not appeared in videos out of solidarity.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bon Appétit has not released a video on its beloved Test Kitchen channel since June 5, amid a reckoning of how the food brand treats and compensates its employees of color.
And once the video brand returns, it will look much different than what its six million YouTube subscribers were accustomed to.
Six members of Bon Appétit's 13 on-camera talent have announced that they will no longer appear in videos with the food magazine's Test Kitchen brand: Rick Martinez, Sohla El-Waylly, Priya Krishna, Gaby Melian, Molly Baz, and Carla Lalli Music.
Martinez, El-Waylly, Krishna, and Melian said in statements that Condé Nast's lack of commitment to diversity and inclusion led to their departure. Baz and Music said they will leave out of solidarity with their peers.
"The contract I received was nowhere near equitable, and actually would potentially allow for me to make even less than I do currently," Krishna said on Twitter.
Former and current employees of Bon Appétit told Business Insider in June that the company compensates employees of color differently than their white colleagues.
Condé Nast has repeatedly denied this. "We pay all our employees fairly, and in accordance with their role and experience," a representative for the publisher told Business Insider in August.
Here's who has left, why they're stepping back from the Test Kitchen, and who still remains:Priya Krishna
Krishna announced on August 6 that she would no longer appear in Test Kitchen videos. She will continue to write and develop recipes for the magazine.
Despite Condé Nast's pledge for increased diversity and an equal pay study, Krishna said the ultimate lack of action on these points convinced her to not sign a new contract.
"I was hopeful at the beginning and then that hope diminished with every week and every meeting and every email that I got," Krishna previously told Business Insider. "It was a lot of lofty promises for change and then seeing very little in action."
Krishna contributes to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other food publications. She recently published the cookbook, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family.
Martinez said on August 6 that he would no longer appear in Test Kitchen videos. Like Krishna, Martinez will continue to write and develop recipes for the magazine.
As Business Insider previously reported:
Martinez and Krishna said that the new contracts presented to them — which they said were identical — did not match the contracts that white talent members received. Their contracts, they said, promised a lower day rate and just 10 video appearances, much fewer than the 48 or even 60 appearances that some colleagues enjoyed.
"They had five weeks to do the right thing," Martinez told Business Insider. "None of us were asking for millions of dollars — we just wanted to be compensated fairly."
He added that Condé Nast Entertainment had "every opportunity to create a fair and equitable pay structure."
Martinez was previously a senior food editor at Bon Appétit. He also develops recipes for the Food Network and the New York Times.
El-Waylly said on August 6 that she would no longer appear in Test Kitchen videos. She will stay in her role as assistant food editor for Bon Appétit's magazine and website.
"I think they're very risk-averse," El-Waylly previously told Business Insider. "I think that more people of color are going to be more visible in food media. That's more of a progressive thought, but Condé is a bit conservative and risk-averse. Maybe they'll do it in five years after someone else makes it cool."
As Business Insider reported:
El-Waylly received a new version of her contract on June 8, she told Business Insider. It offered a $20,000 raise; El-Waylly previously said she was "insulted and appalled" at that offer, as other stars were said to earn much more over time in per-episode fees.
On June 19, she told Condé Nast Entertainment that she would not host or appear in any more videos.
El-Waylly, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, previously worked in upscale New York restaurants like Atera and Del Posto, and co-owned Hail Mary, a Brooklyn restaurant serving high-end diner food, according to GQ. She is a former culinary editor at Serious Eats.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:All the top execs who have left WarnerMedia since AT&T bought Time Warner10 YouTube creators break down their exact monthly incomes from the platform — from under $600 to over $140,000TikTok influencers reveal all the ways they're making money despite the app's limited monetization featuresSEE ALSO: Bon Appétit's editor in chief just resigned — but staffers of color say there's a 'toxic' culture of microaggressions and exclusion that runs far deeper than one man
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- Business Insider 18:44August 13, 20208 charts that show just how American parents are feeling as they send their children back to school in the middle of the pandemicLM Otero/AP Many US school districts are starting to reopen for in-person classes or are preparing to reopen in the coming weeks.
However, some schools that have already started the academic year have reported coronavirus cases among teachers and students.
We decided to look at various surveys to get a sense of how parents are feeling about schools reopening — or not reopening — this fall.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some schools in the US have already opened their doors to students, but several districts have already run into the problems that can arise with in-person schooling.
Students are testing positive for the coronavirus, forcing students, teachers, and staff who just returned to school to be sent home to be quarantined. In Corinth, Mississippi, The Washington Post reports 116 students had to be sent home after six students and a staff member tested positive.
On the first day of school in Greenfield, Indiana, the school was notified a student tested positive, according to reporting from The New York Times. Buzzfeed News reported on a photo shared on Twitter showed a school in Paulding County, Georgia, where students were close together as they walked through the hallway and many were not wearing masks.
A local Illinois news station reported on photos that also showed crowded hallways at Morton Community High School on the first day of school. Nearly 1,200 people have to quarantine in Cherokee County, Georgia, after a second grader tested positive for coronavirus, as reported by The New York Times.
But the problem may even get worse. Business Insider's Lauren Frias interviewed an emergency medicine physician who said because of combination of the coming fall and winter flu season with COVID-19, schools may have to close again as soon as October, citing increased exposure during flu season. The physician also notes the two viruses also share similar symptoms, such as coughing, that could make it harder to identify what a patient has. Per US News & World Report, some schools had to close for a few days last year due to a large number of student absences during flu season.
Schools are trying to find safe ways to have students return in person, from New York City attempting a hybrid model to a school district in Detroit trying out outdoor classrooms, according to reporting by NBC News.
A review of over 470 school districts conducted by the Center on Reinventing Public Education found about 40% of districts plan for in-person learning and about 12% plan a hybrid model, while more than half of city school districts plan to teach only remotely at least for one grade level. The report found about 62% of districts will also offer a remote learning option.
Not every parent is ready to send their child back to school. A survey of 500 parents by Echelon Insights and the National Parents Union found that only 27% feel safe having their child return to in-person school this August or September. Of the parents surveyed, 17% would prefer their child to return later in the fall, while 15% prefer sometime in the spring.
We decided to look at how parents are feeling as some schools near reopening. The following are eight charts based on surveys conducted from Homes.com, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Echelon Insights with the National Parents Union that asked parents about their feelings and attitudes regarding upcoming school plans and virtual learning.White parents tended to prefer their children return to school in August or September, while non-white parents were more likely to want their children to return to school in the spring.
A majority of Republicans preferred their children return to school in August, September, or the late fall, while Democrats tended to want their children to return to school either in the winter or early next year.
Higher-income parents were more likely to prefer their children return to school in August or September, while lower- and middle-income parents had varying feelings about the right time for their children to return.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:5 databases helping tech companies like Facebook and Apple recruit workers that were laid off during the coronavirus pandemicThe best (and worst) countries for raising a family5 photos from schools that have reopened show a disaster in the makingSEE ALSO: 6 in 10 US workers support going back to in-person learning in the fall, but a lot of people are worried schools aren't ready
DON'T MISS: Mounting research paints a bleak picture for schools trying to reopen. Most large schools can expect coronavirus cases within 1 week.
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- Business Insider 18:21August 13, 2020The best duct tapeDuct tape is a seriously handy tool to keep around the house that can repair a lot more than you think.
But if you want to make sure the repair work you're doing will last as long as possible, the toughest and best duct tape on the market is Black Gorilla Tape. You'll pay a little more for it, but it's worth the cost. Duct tape easily ranks near the top of the best low-tech inventions. If I've learned anything over the last several years, it's that duct tape can do almost anything, making it a must-have household staple.
But not all duct tape is created equal. And we don't just mean the difference between the hot pink and animal print duct tape rolls that seem to be the only options available in the house when you have a repair to make.
Different grades of duct tape actually exist. Most duct tape must be able to stand up to heat and air pressure. But different models are available, including coated cloth, gaffer's, and industrial style duct tape, as well as decorative tape that doesn't offer the toughness of average duct tape.
The main reason to avoid using duct tape on certain projects is that it leaves a significant amount of residue behind if you ever attempt to remove it. Pick something other than duct tape when you know you'll be removing the tape later or when you're concerned about the surface of the object being taped.
But for many quick-fix home projects, duct tape is key. And, if you're heading out on a camping trip in the wilderness all alone, keeping some duct tape in an emergency kit is a good idea in case an unforeseen accident like a sprained ankle occurs since it can help you walk to safety by supporting the ankle.
Here are the best duct tapes: Best overall: Black Gorilla Tape
Best no-residue: Scotch 3M No Residue Duct Tape
Best transparent: Gorilla Crystal Clear Tape
Best high visibility: Gaffer Power Professional Premium Tape
Best designer: Platypus Designer Duct Tape Updated 8/13/20. We updated prices, links, and formatting.The best overall
If you're more concerned about duct tape doing the job than looking pretty, Black Gorilla Tape offers the highest level of toughness.
The folks behind Black Gorilla Tape not only have a great marketing slogan and mascot, but they also offer an extremely durable brand of duct tape that will perform almost any kind of job you need it to do.
Gorilla tape uses a powerful gorilla as a mascot, and its marketing campaign says its tape is made for the toughest jobs on Earth. We don't think Gorilla tape manufacturers are overselling their product, as others in the market cannot duplicate its toughness.
This tape lasts a long time, even when used in harsh outdoor conditions. It can even work to perform waterproof repairs in a pinch, like stopping a leak in a bucket.
The only downside is that Black Gorilla Tape doesn't have much stretch-ability to it. It is also more expensive than some other options, but it's worth it.
Pros: Outstanding toughness and durability, extremely thick tape that offers good strength and water resistance ratings, black color looks better on most repairs than silver/gray of standard duct tape
Cons: Doesn't offer much flexibility or stretch-ability, you'll pay more for a product of this quality
The best no-residue
Duct tape isn't a great option when you have to remove the tape later as it leaves behind residue. But Scotch 3M No Residue Duct Tape lives up to its name and won't leave behind a sticky mess.
If you want to stick – get it? – with a high-quality tape, look for one that comes from a major brand name manufacturer. And when it comes to tape, 3M is the king.
So when seeking a duct tape that doesn't leave residue behind, you can trust 3M and the Scotch 3M No Residue Duct Tape. 3M says its duct tape will not leave residue behind for up to six months after applying it. It works on odd surfaces, too, including plastic and cotton,.
This tape is also thicker than some other types of duct tape options, giving it a solid toughness in addition to a lack of residue. However, it is a little harder to tear from the roll than other options.
Some reviewers have stated the tape toward the end of the roll doesn't perform as well as the tape at the start of the roll, limiting this product's value a bit.
Pros: Excellent choice for duct tape that you know you'll have to remove later, reasonable price point, thick type of duct tape that provides excellent toughness, stands up to use in all types of weather conditions
Cons: Thick tape that may be difficult to tear by hand for some people, some parts of the end of the tape roll may not be usable
The best transparent
Clear tape typically isn't as durable or strong as colored duct tape, but the Gorilla Crystal Clear Tape is the toughest type of transparent tape you can buy.
Transparent duct tape seems like a great idea, especially compared to the ugly silver/gray duct tape most companies offer. However, it's difficult to create an extremely tough clear tape, because of the inability to add a thick fabric layer.
The top-notch Gorilla brand has found the formula to create an extremely tough type of transparent tape. The Gorilla Crystal Clear Tape isn't quite as tough as traditional duct tape, but it still can perform most repairs that you want without yellowing when exposed to weather.
This tape is easy to tear by hand, as the edges are notched. It's also incredibly strong and long-lasting.
Additionally, this clear tape is waterproof, allowing it to be used for repairs in areas where moisture is present, but where transparency is required. However, the Gorilla Crystal Clear Tape may not stand up to an especially tough water blocking application, such as on a swimming pool.
Pros: Tougher type of tape than most transparent tapes, easy to tear this clear tape by hand, won't yellow when exposed to tough weather, will work in areas where moisture is present
Cons: Not as tough as traditional duct tape, roll is shorter than other duct tapes at only 9 yards long
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- Business Insider 18:19August 13, 2020The best dog bedsChoosing a dog bed can be tricky because there are so many different types to choose from, including orthopedic, waterproof, and elevated designs.
A dog bed is more than just a place for your dog to sleep — it also provides them with a sense of security and a space that they can truly call their own.
Our top pick is the Casper Dog Bed. This durable, comfortable, memory foam dog bed comes in a range of sizes. Your dog is more than just a pet — they're a member of the family and they deserve to sleep comfortably in a bed of their own. A dog bed is more than just a place for your dog to sleep, however. It also provides them with a sense of security and a space that they can call their own. Plus, giving your dog their own bed will help keep all that fur and pet dander off your own bed and other furniture.
Choosing a dog bed can be tricky because there are so many different types. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be made from a variety of materials. Before picking a bed for your dog, consider their size as well as their individual needs just as you would with their food, harness, collar, and leash.
For example, it only makes sense that small dogs will need smaller beds and large dogs will need larger beds, but there are other factors to think about. If your dog is getting older or has problems with their bones and joints, an orthopedic bed might be the best choice.
For dogs that spend a lot of time outside, you'll need a bed that will keep them off the ground and can stand up against some rough weather. Think about your dog's needs, and then read about our top picks for the best dog beds.
Here are the best dog beds you can buy: Best dog bed overall: Casper Dog Bed
Best budget dog bed: Dogbed4less Premium Memory Foam Dog Bed
Best bed for large dogs: Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed
Best bed for small dogs: Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Pet Bed
Best elevated bed: Coolaroo Original Elevated Pet Bed
Best orthopedic bed: PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed Prices and links are current as of 8/13/20. Added links to related reviews and guides. The best bed overall
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While all dog beds might seem the same, Casper put a lot of research into the design of their memory foam dog bed, and it definitely shows.
Casper, one of our favorite mattress startups, also makes an impressive dog bed. The well-designed memory foam dog bed is the result of hundreds of hours of laboratory testing and dog sleep studies. Available in three sizes, the Casper Dog Bed can accommodate dogs up to 90 pounds.
The bed offers great support with two layers of foam and comes with a removable cover that is machine washable and dryer safe and easy to spot clean. We tested it ourselves, and more than a year after our initial review, the bed has held up well, enduring the paws of a dog who loves to dig in his bed.
Casper also offers a 30-day risk-free trial, so if the bed isn't the right fit for your dog, you can return it for a full refund. On top of that, it's covered by a one-year limited warranty.
Read our full review of the Casper dog bed.
Pros: Supportive memory foam, machine washable cover, 30-day free trial, one-year warranty
Cons: Not available for dogs over 90 pounds
The best budget bed
The Dogbed4less Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed is waterproof, supportive, and comes with a two-year warranty.
The DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed offers everything you could possibly ask for in a dog bed at a great price. Not only is it made with 4 inches of high-density, hypoallergenic memory foam, but it is protected with a waterproof inner lining and a soft microsuede external cover. Between these two layers is a third cover made from heavy-duty, 100% cotton denim with a strong zipper and gusset stitching to withstand wash after wash.
Guaranteed not to flatten over time, this DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed will cushion your dog in comfort for years to come and the removable covers are easy for you to clean. More importantly, the memory foam is five times denser than regular memory foam which means that your dog will receive the maximum support for healthy joints and better sleep. Plus, the bed comes in seven different sizes ranging from small to jumbo so you can choose the one that best suits your dog.
For all of its features, the DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed has to offer, you might expect it to be one of the more expensive dog beds on the market, but it is actually quite affordable for the level of quality it delivers.
Pros: Heavy-duty 100% cotton denim cover, removable waterproof inner liner, soft microsuede external cover, 4 inches of high-density memory foam, guaranteed not to flatten over time, protected by a 2-year warranty, simple design will blend with home decor
Cons: You'll need to wash the cover frequently, and some users say it's not as durable as other beds with heavy-duty covers
The best for large dogs
The Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed is guaranteed to last your big dog for 10 years with its waterproof liner and 7-inch thick memory foam design.
When it comes to selecting a quality bed for a large-breed dog, you have several factors to consider. First, you need a bed large enough for your dog to sleep comfortably. You also need something that will support your dog's weight and withstand some wear and tear. It should be easy to clean, too. The Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed checks all the boxes and adds a 10-year warranty to the mix to be an excellent dog bed for big dogs.
Made with 7 inches of American-made therapeutic foam, this orthopedic dog bed will support your dog's weight and cushion his joints for maximum comfort. The thickness and quality of the memory foam guarantees that the bed won't lose its shape or falter in supporting your dog's weight for years to come. The Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed comes in three sizes — large, extra-large, and giant — as well as three color options.
Big dogs can shed a lot and a single accident has the potential to destroy a good dog bed. You'll be glad to know, then, that the Big Barker bed features a removable microfiber cover that is machine-washable. Simply unzip the cover, throw it in the wash on cold then tumble dry on low heat. For an added layer of protection, you can also purchase a waterproof liner that zippers around the entire bed and offers six dimensions of protection.
With the Big Barker bed, you won't have to worry about buying a new bed year after year. Not only is it constructed with seven inches of premium-quality therapeutic foam, but the entire bed is covered by a 10-year warranty. The orthopedic foam is guaranteed to hold at least 90 percent of its shape for 10 years or you receive a complete replacement, no questions asked!
The only downside is the very high price, which climbs up in the neighborhood of a few hundred dollars when you add in the waterproof liner.
Pros: Specially designed for large-breed dogs, made with high-quality orthopedic foam for support, guaranteed not to flatten, comes with a 10-year warranty, removable cover is machine-washable, classic design is attractive, optional waterproof cover
Cons: May not withstand heavy chewing, might be too warm for hot weather, waterproof liner may tear with rough handling, pricey
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- Business Insider 17:36August 13, 2020The top streaming TV shows on Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and others this weekAmazon Prime Video Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy" topped "Stranger Things" as the biggest show in the US by a long shot, and Amazon's "The Boys" surged in demand ahead of the debut of season two.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There's a new streaming champion.
Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy" surged in demand this week after the premiere of its second season on July 31, topping "Stranger Things" for the No. 1 spot.
Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.
The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance. The list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US.
Amazon's "The Boys" returned to the list this week of the season two debut next month.
Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:9. "Doom Patrol" (HBO Max/DC Universe)
Times more in demand than the average show: 31.2
Description: "Doom Patrol is a team of traumatized and downtrodden superheroes, each of whom has suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities but also left them scarred and disfigured. The members of the team have found their purpose through The Chief and have come together to investigate some of the world's weirdest phenomena. After The Chief mysteriously disappears, though, the reluctant heroes find themselves called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission that they cannot refuse. Doom Patrol, part support group, part superhero team, is a band of super-powered freaks fighting for a world that wants nothing to do with them."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (season 2): 96%
What critics said: "Doom Patrol Season Two is a worthy successor to the beautiful madness that was its freshman season. It delivers on the same sorts of entertaining balance of dark and light that fans have come to love and expect and somehow improves on it." — ComicBook (season 2)
Season 2 premiered on DC Universe and HBO Max on June 25. See more insights for "Doom Patrol."
8. "Harley Quinn" (DC Universe)
Times more in demand than average show: 32.2
Description: "Harley Quinn has taken down the Joker and Gotham City is finally hers for the taking…whatever's left of it that is. Gotham has become a desolate wasteland, left in ruins, following the huge earthquake caused by the collapse of Joker's tower. Harley's celebration in this newly created chaos is cut short when Penguin, Bane, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, and Two-Face join forces to restore order in the criminal underworld. Calling themselves the Injustice League, this group now stands in the way of Harley and her crew from taking sole control of Gotham as the top villains of the city."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 100%
What critics said: "I hope this show doesn't get lost in the larger corporate shuffle of 2020's streampocalypse. This is a series that's just beginning to refine its specific brand of crazy." — Entertainment Weekly (season 2)
Season 2 premiered April 3 on DC Universe. See more insights for "Harley Quinn."
7. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Disney Plus)
Times more in demand than average show: 32.9
Description: "From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of 'The Mandalorian,' the new 'Clone Wars' episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'"
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%
What critics said: "While the series rehabilitates the weaker parts in the Prequel trilogy, it breaks away from the light-vs.-dark dichotomy that defines the franchise." — Polygon (season 7)
Season 7 premiered on February 21 on Disney Plus. See more insights for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Meet the 7 WarnerMedia execs who gained power during its massive leadership shakeup and business restructuringDC Universe's future looks bleak as its parent company, WarnerMedia, undergoes a dramatic restructuringThree top WarnerMedia execs are exiting amid a major shakeup following the launch of HBO Max. Read the full memo from CEO Jason Kilar.SEE ALSO: DC Universe's future looks bleak as its parent company, WarnerMedia, undergoes a dramatic restructuring
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- Business Insider 17:36August 13, 2020Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's VP pick, comes from a family of lawyers and Stanford graduates. Meet the family.Mason Trinca/Getty Images On August 11, Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris is his running mate for the 2020 election.
Born to immigrant parents from Jamaica and India, Harris will be the first Black woman and the first Indian American woman to appear on a Democratic ticket.
We took a look at Harris' extended family, which has five lawyers and several Stanford graduates.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Kamala Harris' representatives did not immediately reply to Business Insider's request for comment on this article.On August 11, Joe Biden announced he had picked Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election.
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Kamala Harris, 55, is a Democratic senator from California who serves on the Senate Judiciary, Intelligence, Security and Governmental Affairs, and Budget Committees.
Prior to joining the Senate, she served as the District Attorney of San Francisco and the Attorney General of California between 2004 and 2017.
During her time at the Senate, Harris has won praise for her famously fiery line of questioning during hearings. Prominent figures like Attorney General Bill Barr and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have found themselves at the other end of her prosecutorial questions.
Harris launched her own bid for President in 2019 before ending her campaign in December due to a lack of sufficient funding.
Harris and her younger sister Maya were raised by their late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
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When news broke that Joe Biden had picked Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election, Maya shared a moving tweet of Harris talking about their late mother. "You can't know who @KamalaHarris is without knowing who our mother was. Missing her terribly, but know she and the ancestors are smiling today," she wrote.
Shyamala Gopalan Harris, the daughter of an Indian diplomat, moved to the US from India in the 60s to attend the University of California, Berkeley, to study nutrition and endocrinology.
Gopalan Harris spent her career in cancer research and worked at a number of different institutions, including McGill University and the University of Illinois. Per Forbes, some of her most important work was in breast cancer research.
She died of colon cancer in 2009 a few months after she turned 70. "One of the last questions she asked the hospice nurse was, 'Are my daughters going to be O.K.?' She was focused on being our mother until the very end," Harris wrote in a New York Times op-ed.
"There was never a question that they were Indian. I don't think she felt conflicted about it. She told the girls, 'You are Indian; you are [B]lack. You don't have to prove that you're one or the other,'" a family relative told the Los Angeles Times.
Donald Harris, Harris' father, was a professor of economics at Stanford University for over two decades before retiring in 1998.
Donald Harris was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to the US in the 1960s to study economics at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he met Harris' mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, during campus protests.
Gopalan Harris and Donald separated when Harris was 5 and divorced when she was 7. Casey Tolan wrote for Mercury News that Harris' mother had primary custody over her two daughters. The girls saw their father during vacations.
Tolan describes Donald as a "retired leftist Stanford economics professor from Jamaica who studied issues such as income inequality." The report also references a 1976 op-ed in the university paper that describes him as "too charismatic" and "a pied piper" to his students.
Per his Stanford page, Donald has worked extensively on the economy of Jamaica and has acted as a consultant to the country's government. He is a naturalized US citizen.
In a February 2019 appearance on the radio show The Breakfast Club, show host Charlamagne tha God asked Harris if she opposed marijuana legalization to which she responded, "Half my family's from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?"
In response to her answer, Donald published a comment in Jamaica Global Online saying, "My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family's name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics."
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here are all the famous people Jeffrey Epstein was connected toMeet Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's pick for vice presidentHow to get a second passport in the CaribbeanSEE ALSO: Meet Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's pick for vice president
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- Business Insider 17:30August 13, 2020The best subscription boxes you can buy as gifts or enjoy yourself No matter who is the lucky recipient, a monthly subscription box is a great way to make someone feel special. That's why we've gathered up some of the best subscription clubs you can subscribe to.
Wine aficionados will love Winc, snackers will love Universal Yums, and pet parents will flip for BarkBox. And there are plenty more where they came from. What's the one thing better than receiving presents on your birthday and at the holidays? Receiving presents every single month of the year, that's what! And that's exactly what subscription boxes, also called gift-of-the-month clubs, offer.
While you might think these types of subscription boxes are only suited for giving to someone else, there's no reason not to buy one for yourself, as well. After all, you deserve to be treated every bit as well as you treat others, right? Just try to keep a smile off your face as you unwrap your monthly gift-to-yourself of coffee, games, gourmet delicacies, or whatever else it is you love best.
So if you've been wondering what to get for that special someone — whether that special someone is a significant other, family member, friend, or yourself — check out our list of some of the best subscription boxes around.
Here are the best subscription boxes: Best for wine lovers: Winc
Best for snacks: Universal Yums
Best for coffee: Trade Coffee
Best if you love pop culture: LootCrate
Best for fashion: Stitch Fix
Best for beauty products: Birchbox
Best for your pets: BarkBox and KitNipBox
Best for foodies: Mouth
Best if you love gardening: My Garden Box
Best for bookworms: Book of the Month Prices and links are current as of 8/10/20. We added our favorite subscription boxes for wine, snacks, fashion, and beauty. We also updated our pick for the best coffee subscription box. We also added a selection of related guides.The best for wine
Winc's algorithm learns your taste in wine, so its recommendations get better over time.
After a quick quiz to determine your basic wine preferences, you'll gain access to Winc's vast catalogue of wine so you can begin your journey of discovery. Unlike other subscription boxes that are priced per month, Winc's wines are priced per bottle, so you can set your own budget. Order four or more bottles, and all shipping and handling costs are waived. There's no limit on how many bottles you can order per month, so you can stock up if you need to.
Once you receive your wines and start tasting, you'll want to log back on and rate your purchases. Winc will then use your ratings to help you find more wines you're sure to love.
Bottles are priced from $13 to $40 each.
Check out our full guide to the best wine subscriptions.
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The best for snacks
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Each box from Universal Yums focuses on treats from a different country, so you can explore the world through snacks.
If you're tired of the same chips, cookies, and candy you can find in your local grocery store, there's no better way to switch up your snack game than by going international. With Universal Yums, you'll get to try snacks you've probably never tasted before and gain insight into a new nation's way of tackling the munchies every month.
Each box from Universal Yums contains both sweet and savory treats, and you can choose from three different sized boxes — six or more, 12 or more, or 20 or more snacks, running you $13.75, $22.92, and $35.75 per box respectively for a year-long subscription. The one downside is that you can't cancel your subscription mid-year, but you can choose a month-to-month option for a couple more bucks per box. You'll also get an extensive booklet that explains each of the snacks in your box and lets you in on some trivia about their country of origin.
Check out our full guide to the best snack subscription boxes.
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The best for coffee
Trade Coffee's subscription service will help you discover new brews from all around the world and new roasters from all across the country.
If your first stop in any new city you visit is the local coffee shop, Trade Coffee is the subscription service for you. Much like Winc does with wine, Trade has you take a short quiz to establish your palate and match you with a coffee that's right for you. You'll be asked questions about how you usually take your coffee, how you normally brew it, and whether you prefer caffeinated or decaf beans.
From there, Trade will recommend a roast, and you can set how often you want it new bags delivered, whether or not you want it pre-ground, and how many bags you want. Each time you get a delivery, you'll be matched with a new bean based on your taste.
Depending on your quiz answers, Trade will match you to one of two subscription streams — The Classic, which offers easily accessible roasts and is a bit more affordable; or The Hookup, which offers coffees that are a bit more adventurous in flavor. The Classic will run you $14.75 per bag, while The Hookup's coffees are $15 to $22 per bag.
Unfortunately, it seems that the only way to switch subscription streams is to email customer service them after you've already signed up.
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- Business Insider 15:09August 13, 2020I got nowhere near the limits of the $46,000 MINI JCW GP — the fastest, most intense MINI ever madeMatthew DeBord/Insider I tested a $47,500 MINI John Cooper Works GP, the fastest street-legal MINI in history, and a car intended to be used for track attacks more so than everyday life.
The 2021 MINI JCW GP is a two-seater with a punchy, 301-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder than matched up with various go-fast goodies, from an eight-speed automatic to special brakes and a race-ready suspension.
The MINI JCW GP has no business on civilian roads, but it is actually sort of versatile, given its considerable cargo space.
If you aspire to the race track, the JCW MINI GP is a relative bargain for this much machine.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MINI has a long and illustrious competitive history, dating all the way back to the original marque's heyday in the 1960s. The famous "Italian Job" getaway is nothing compared to what MINIs have done in actual racing. And since the revival of the brand under BMW ownership, the "John Cooper Works" moniker — taken from old-school race tuner John Cooper, who gave his name to the first MINI Cooper in 1961 — has signaled that a MINI could be taken to the track. And trusted to do its job as a legitimate high-performance machine.
One of my personal favorite cars of all time is the MINI JCW, which I tested years ago and am still scared of.
Last year, MINI brought out the JCW GP, the most intense and fastest vehicle it's ever produced. The car was meant to hit the street — er, the race track — mid-way through 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic appears to have slowed things down. In the US, you're still limited to pre-ordering a GP, for $1,000.
Only 3,000 will be made, and the car is already advertising its bona fides. It lapped Germany's legendary Nürburgring in under eight minutes, according to the MINI. That's up there with some older Porsche 911s and Ferraris.
MINI loaned me a 2021 JCW GP — base price of $44,900, but $45,750 as-tested — in an awesome "Racing Grey Metallic" paint job. My challenge was to figure out if I could fake a race track somewhere in the New Jersey suburbs. I failed, but I had a good time.
Here's how it went:I was rather lucky to get a crack at the MINI JCW GP hardtop, 2021 edition. This MINI is limited to 3,000 units and is currently still at the taking-reservations level. If you want one, you'll have to put down $1,000.
Yes, the styling is nuts, but the familiar MINI cues are ever-present, starting with the classic MINI headlights. They're surrounded by model-specific black rings.
The intricate dual-wing dominates the JCW GP's silhouette, overhanging the hatch. Yes, it looks bonkers. But it also provides useful downforce at speed.
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- Business Insider 02:34August 13, 2020Meet the 11 top executives who lead Alphabet's 'Other Bets,' helping the company go beyond just Google (GOOG, GOOGL)Waymo; Jamie McCarthy/Getty; DeepMind; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider In 2015, Google's corporate structure was completely reimagined, as the search giant moved under the new parent company of Alphabet.
The company's core business — search, YouTube, and Android — would remain apart of Google, but much of its other efforts, including Nest and Waymo, would be broken out into separate companies, each with their own CEOs.
Because the top executives of these companies are not named Larry or Sergey or Sundar, they often fly under the radar — but don't overlook these leaders.
One was a child chess prodigy, who created a smash hit video game by the age of 17. Another is the largest shareholder in Apple. None are women.
Below are the top executives at Alphabet's "Other Bets."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2015, Google's corporate structure was completely reimagined, as the search giant moved under the new parent company of Alphabet.
The company's core business — search, YouTube, and Android — would remain a part of Google, under the watch of CEO Sundar Pichai. The rest would be broken out into separate companies, each with their own CEOs. All would fall under the auspices of the new Alphabet construct, led by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
These non-Google companies that make up the Silicon Valley conglomerate are usually referred to as the "Other Bets," which is how they are labeled on Alphabet's financial statements.
But bets don't always work out, and some have proven more successful than others. Over time, some have been either reabsorbed into Google (Chronicle, Nest, Jigsaw) or killed off entirely (Makani).
Though their revenues and losses are lumped together each quarter, Alphabet's "Other Bets" share little else in common, with company's ranging from anti-aging labs to drone delivery services to startup investment funds.
Also, because the top executives of these companies are not named Larry or Sergey or Sundar, these leaders often fly under the radar. But that doesn't mean their backgrounds aren't worth considering.
One was a child chess prodigy, who created a smash hit video game by the age of 17. Another is the largest individual shareholder in Apple. Notably, none are women.
Here are the top executives at Alphabet's "Other Bets:"Access CEO Dinesh Jain
What it does: Access is Alphabet's attempt to deliver faster internet everywhere, and comprises two services: Google Fiber and Webpass. Google Fiber — which delivers internet service to consumers directly through fiber-optic cables — is available in 11 US cities today. Webpass — which uses point-to-point wireless technology — is currently available in 7 US cities.
Despite a notable setback last year when the company had to kill its service in Kentucky, it continues to move ahead, recently announcing plans to expand Fiber to Millcreek, Utah.
Meet the CEO: Dinesh Jain, a veteran of the cable and telecommunications industries, was named Access' new CEO in February 2018. He became the third chief exec at the company in just over one year and tasked with defining the focus for a company that laid off hundreds of employees in 2016 and announced that it was halting plans to expand its fiber business. Prior to Access, Jain was the chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable.
Calico CEO Arthur Levinson
What it does: Calico is Alphabet's research and development company focused on combating aging and age-related diseases. In short, Calico is trying to find new ways to help people to live longer. It's also considered to be the most secretive of the "other bets."
Meet the CEO: In September 2013, Arthur Levinson was named the chief executive at Calico. Before joining the Alphabet's anti-aging endeavor, Levinson served as CEO of the biotech giant Genentech from 1995 to 2009.
Besides leading Calico, Levinson is also the current chairman of Apple, where he's held the position since 2011 when Steve Jobs passed away. Levinson continues to be Apple's largest individual shareholder.
DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis
What it does: Founded in London in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2014, DeepMind is an artificial intelligence research company perhaps best known for AlphaGo — an artificial intelligence that beat professional players at the ancient board game Go.
The company's mission is to "solve intelligence" by creating learning systems that can answer some of the hardest questions in science. Last year, Google also absorbed the healthcare arm of DeepMind into its Google Health division.
Meet the CEO: Demis Hassabis was a former child chess prodigy, who by 17 co-created the smash hit video game "Theme Park." Earning degrees in computer science and cognitive neuroscience, Hassabis would go on to found his own video game companies, and eventually started DeepMind in 2010. In 2016, The Guardian dubbed Hassabis "the superhero of artificial intelligence."
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- Business Insider 01:00August 13, 2020The best NBA players to never win MVPBill Kostroun/AP Only one player can win NBA MVP each season, meaning plenty of deserving players come up short of the prestigious award.
Our list of best players to never win it includes Jerry West, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, Dwyane Wade, and more. There is only one problem with the NBA's Most Valuable Player award: there can only be one each season.
Each year, there are plenty of players deserving of MVP, but they are edged ouyt in the voting.
We took a look back at some of the most dominant players in league history, who never took home MVP. We excluded players currently in their prime who have a shot at winning the award in the coming years.Elgin Baylor
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
Career: 1958-1972, 14 years
Career averages: 27.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 43% FG
All-Star teams: 11
Hall of Fame: Yes
Highest MVP finish: 2nd (1962-63)
One thing to know: One of the most athletic and skilled players of his era, Baylor was a load around the basket and put him some mind-boggling numbers — he averaged 35.7 points, 17.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists over three seasons from 1960-1963, all as a 6-foot-5 forward.
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Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
Career: 1960-1974, 14 years
Career averages: 27 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 47% FG
All-Star teams: 14
Hall of Fame: Yes
Highest MVP finish: 2nd (four times)
One thing to know: The man who inspired the NBA logo never won MVP, but was widely regarded as one of the best players and most fierce competitors the game has seen.
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Teams: New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers
Career: 1968-1980, 13 seasons
Career averages: 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.9 steals, 49% FG
All-Star teams: 7
Hall of Fame: Yes
Highest MVP finish: 4th (1969-70)
One thing to know: Nicknamed "Clyde" for his fashion sense and knack for stealing the ball, Frazier was a smooth operator on offense and dogged defender on defense. His 36 points, 7 rebounds, and 19 assists in Game 7 of the 1970 Finals remains one of the best Game 7 performances in NBA history.
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- Business Insider 00:37August 13, 2020Here are all the famous people Jeffrey Epstein was connected toDavidoff Studios/Getty Images Les Wexner, the billionaire founder and former CEO of L Brands, may now be forced to share more details about his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who managed Wexner's finances.
Epstein, a registered sex offender and financier, was known for jet-setting with the likes of Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew, the third child of the UK's Queen Elizabeth.
Prosecutors in a January lawsuit against Epstein's estate allege that the former wealth manager ran a "trafficking pyramid scheme" from his private island in the US Virgin Islands until 2018.
Epstein was found dead of a suicide in a Manhattan jail on August 10 as he awaited trial on charges of sex trafficking minors.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former L Brands CEO Les Wexner may have been Jeffrey Epstein's only confirmed client, but he was far from the ultrawealthy sex offender's only high powered friend.
Epstein, who pled guilty to charges of solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution in Florida in 2007, ran a years-long "trafficking pyramid scheme" from the US Virgin Islands, prosecutors alleged in a lawsuit against the former wealth manager's estate in January. Meanwhile, the convicted sex offender maintained a vast social and professional network both on and off the Islands, which even included the wife of the US Virgin Islands' former governor.
Now, Wexner, the billionaire founder of Victoria's Secret's parent company, may be forced to share more about his ties to Epstein, after a judge ordered that correspondence between Wexner and Epstein's former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, be unsealed.
Epstein, a former hedge-fund manager, kept his client list under wraps, but he often bragged of his elite social circle that included presidents and Hollywood stars.
"I invest in people — be it politics or science," Epstein was known to say, according to New York Magazine. "It's what I do."
Epstein, 66, died by suicide in a Manhattan jail on August 10 last year, as he awaited trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors. He had been in police custody since his arrest on July 6, shortly after exiting his private jet in New Jersey's Teterboro Airport. He pleaded not guilty on July 8 and was being held without bail in New York City, where he was already on suicide watch after an earlier reported suicide attempt that had led to his hospitalization, at the time of his death.
Here's what we know about the famous people who crossed paths with Epstein.Outgoing L Brands CEO Les Wexner is Epstein's only confirmed client.
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Epstein became a trusted confidant of Wexner's while Epstein managed the CEO's fortune, according to Vanity Fair. Wexner has a net worth of $7.15 billion, Bloomberg reported. The magazine reported that Wexner allowed Epstein to take an active role in L Brands, which owns Bath & Body Works, Express, and Victoria's Secret.
In 1989, Wexner used a trust to buy an Upper East Side townhouse that is believed to be the largest private residence in Manhattan for $13.2 million, Vanity Fair reported. Epstein moved in after Wexner and his wife, Abigail Koppel, moved to Ohio in 1996. Wexner's trust transferred ownership of the house to Epstein in 2011 for $0, Bloomberg reported.
Wexner later fired Epstein as his money manager. "Mr. Wexner severed ties with Mr. Epstein more than a decade ago," an L Brands spokesperson told Forbes in July 2019.
In February, L Brands announced that Wexner would step down after nearly six decades as the company's CEO. L Brands also announced that it would sell the majority stake in Victoria's Secret to private equity firm Sycamore Partners and spin-off Bath & Body Works into a separate company. The company has been marred in controversy following reports of the mistreatment of models and plummeting sales.
More information about Wexner's relationship with Epstein may soon be revealed after US District Judge Loretta Preska ordered that Wexner's correspondence with Epstein's former lawyer Alan Dershowitz be unsealed as a part of Dershowitz and Guiffre's defamation suits against each other, Business Insider reported on August 11.
Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's ex-girlfriend and alleged madam, was arrested on July 2 on charges of sex trafficking and perjury, The New York Times reported.
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Maxwell is a British socialite and the daughter of media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
She started dating Epstein shortly after moving to New York in 1991, Business Insider previously reported. After they broke up, court documents allege that Maxwell started recruiting underage girls for him to have sex with.
The FBI was investigating Maxwell's relationship with Epstein, Reuters reported in December, as the British heiress was reportedly hiding out with armed guards in the United States or the United Kingdom.
Maxwell was ultimately found in New Hampshire, where she was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury in New Hampshire on July 2, The New York Times reported. The former socialite worked with Epstein to "recruit, groom and ultimately abuse" children, her indictment states.
President Donald Trump once considered Epstein a friend.
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The future president claimed in 2002 that he had a long friendship with Epstein. "I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy," Trump said, according to New York Magazine. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
According to Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Trump now believes the crimes Epstein was charged with are "completely unconscionable and obviously criminal." She also labeled them "disgusting," according to a July report from the Associated Press.
"The president told me this morning he hasn't talked to Epstein, he doesn't think he's talked to him or seen him in 10 or 15 years," Conway added.
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- Business Insider 00:21August 13, 2020The third Boeing 777X just flew for the first time — take a look at the enormous new flagship Boeing hopes will be its redemptionStephen Brashear/Getty Boeing's newest aircraft, the Boeing 777X, flew for the first time in January after lengthy delays.
It's the largest twin-engine jet in the world and Boeing's latest new aircraft to fly since the grounding of the 737 Max.
The aircraft builds off of the popular Boeing 777 product line offering greater capacity and efficiency aided by new engines.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The third of Boeing's history-making newest plane just took to the skies.
The Boeing 777X became the newest aircraft to grace the skies above Washington state in January when the experimental aircraft lifted off from Paine Field in Everett following a day of delays due to weather. After three months of test flights with one aircraft, the second 777X took flight on April 30 and now, a third aircraft has taken its maiden flight in a new milestone in the program.
The 777X is the first next-generation variant of Boeing's popular 777 product line, which first flew in the 1990s and currently sees service with the world's leading airlines. Equipped with new engines developed by General Electric and a longer pair of wings, the aircraft aims to carry more passengers while operating more efficiently than its predecessor aircraft, effectively replacing the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.
When it first took flight in January, the 777X became the largest twin-engine jet aircraft to ever fly. Though a milestone aircraft for Boeing, its initial debut last year was hampered by the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 and the subsequent worldwide grounding of the plane due to issues with the aircraft's software stemming from its development.
Take a look at the plane Boeing hopes will be its redemption. Boeing's 777 became popular in the mid-90s as the next step up from its 767. Large twin-engine aircraft were gaining popularity due to their efficiency and changing attitudes toward their safety.
Fast-forward to more recent days: Boeing looked back to its famous 777 to see if it could be improved using technology from its latest widebody, the smaller 787 Dreamliner.
Read More: Boeing's revolutionary 787 Dreamliner has changed air travel forever. Here's how the company left competitors in the dust with a risky $8 billion bet.
And so, the 777X was born.
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- Business Insider 00:20August 13, 2020The best chocolates There is no better gift than a box of chocolates — especially when it's delivered right to their door. These are the best chocolates you can buy online whether you want fancy gourmet pieces, exotic truffles, an elaborate gift basket, or even something more affordable.
Read more: The best online flower delivery services Chocolate is a great gift for anyone and for any occasion. Although you can pop into any pharmacy and grab a box of chocolates, it's probably not worth your money or their time. For a gift that will truly impress, you'll want to step up your game and take a look into the world of fine chocolate.
After taste-testing more chocolates than we'd like to admit, we've curated a list of delicious gourmet chocolates that we most enjoyed. Not only do chocolates made by master chocolatiers taste better, they're actually less expensive and more accessible online than you might think. You don't have to live in New York City or travel to Europe to find delicious gourmet chocolate — all you have to do is read our guide.
We've done the research and the taste testing to find the absolute best chocolates you can buy online.
Here are the best chocolates: Best Belgian gourmet chocolate: Neuhaus Chocolates
Best French gourmet chocolate: Michel Cluizel Chocolates
Best gourmet bars: K+M
Best affordable bars: Green & Black's
Best berries: Shari's Berries
Best with exotic flavors: Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Best French high-end chocolate: La Maison du Chocolat
Best affordable Swiss chocolate: Lindt Chocolates
Best affordable Belgian chocolate: Godiva Chocolates
Best Mexican chocolate: Taza
Best gourmet gift box: Jacques Torres Prices and links are current as of 8/12/20. We also added a selection of related buying guides.The best Belgian gourmet chocolate box
Neuhaus has been making fine Belgian chocolates since 1857, and its pralines are among the best we've ever tried.
Back in 1857, Jean Neuhaus opened a pharmacy in Brussels, Belgium and decided to coat medicines with chocolate to help them go down better. By 1912, Neuhaus' son had created the praline, and in 1915, his wife designed the first box of Neuhaus chocolates. Fast forward to today, and Neuhaus chocolates are still considered among the very best.
Neuhaus uses non-GMO ingredients to make its high-end chocolates, and this 12-piece box includes some of the very best dark chocolates the chocolatier has to offer. The box is filled with pralines, ganaches, caramels, and more so there's something for everyone. Best of all, you can order this box with two-day or next-day shipping if you're in a rush.
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The best French gourmet chocolate box
Michel Cluizel's chocolates are crafted from sustainably grown cocoa beans, and they taste delicious.
For three generations, Michel Cluizel has been making gourmet chocolates in France. The family-owned company uses sustainably grown cocoa beans to make its chocolates from scratch. Cluizel works with the farmers directly to ferment the beans before taking them off to France or New Jersey for roasting and chocolate making.
If you prefer, you can also opt for Cluizel's solid chocolate bars, which are about as good as chocolate gets. Cluizel might be a bit of a luxury brand, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a sense of humor. Take these "chocolate" sardines, for example. Surely you know someone in need if a tin of chocolate sardines.
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The best gourmet chocolate bars
Fresh, clean, and rich in antioxidants, K+M's olive oil-infused chocolate is a delight.
Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) and Armando Manni (Manni Olive Oil) may have engineered the holiest of earthly matrimonies with their Dark Chocolate and Extra Virgin Olive Oil bar, which is at once the healthiest and most decadent chocolate bar on the market.
The duo spent five years researching, crafting, and perfecting their take on chocolate. Making a bar involves direct-sourcing to a warehouse in Napa, CA, where the beans are carefully processed so as to preserve their finer antioxidant properties. K+M substitutes cocoa butter out for extra virgin olive oil, which offers yet another dose of antioxidants.
Okay, we're not all that sure of how much all these antioxidants will do for your health, but Keller and Manni find them to be important for taste, and ultimately, this chocolate really just speaks for itself.
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- Business Insider 23:51August 12, 2020An estranged son, a legal battle with a live-in lover, and a mogul who wanted to 'live forever': Meet the heirs to the ViacomCBS empireAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Media magnate Sumner Redstone, who forged an empire of entertainment companies encompassing CBS, Viacom, and Paramount Pictures, died on August 11 at the age of 97.
His legacy business, ViacomCBS, is worth $16 billion. His personal net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $3 billion.
He is survived by two children, Brent and Shari Redstone. His daughter, Shari, is the steward of much of his media empire. She owns a 20% stake in National Amusements, the family holding company, and is one of seven trustees overseeing Sumner's 80% stake.
For much of the last decade, legal battles brewed over Redstone's trust as he grew older without letting go of his stake. His mental capacity was often a subject in the litigation. His five grandchildren are now the beneficiaries of his trust — but at one point, his will included the two women he lived with after his second divorce.
Here's a look at the Redstone family dynasty.
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Sumner Redstone's media empire dates back to the 1950s.
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Redstone was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1923.
He enrolled at Harvard and graduated in three years, later becoming a US Army cryptography during World War II. After the war, he returned to Harvard for a law degree.
He saw success as a lawyer, serving as a special assistant to then Attorney General Tom C. Clark and working as a partner at a law firm.
In 1954, Redstone took over National Amusements, a private theater chain that was started by his father. He grew the business, and by the 1980s he was using it as collateral to bid for a cable, broadcast, and entertainment business that had been spun off by CBS in the late '70s: Viacom, home of brands including MTV, Showtime, and Nickelodeon. A little over a decade later, in 1999, Redstone bought CBS itself, in a $37.3 billion deal.
Although National Amusements now controlled both Viacom and CBS, the businesses remained separate for decades afterward, and in the 2010s their potential merger became embroiled in a high-stakes legal battle, with a nonagenarian Redstone at the center of it.
Into his late 80s and 90s, Redstone vowed to retain control of CBS and Viacom, at one point telling Larry King on CBS: "I have no intention of retiring or dying. I could live and work forever."
He was the executive chairman of CBS and Viacom until 2016, and chairman emeritus after that. He notably remained involved deeply involved in the business in his old age — in 2018, he reportedly primarily participated in business dealings by communicating through an iPad equipped with audio clips of him saying "yes," "no," and "f--- you," according to CNBC.
At its peak, Redstone's empire was worth $40 billion. Today, it's worth $16 billion. The company's holdings include MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and Paramount Pictures.
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Redstone died on August 11 at the age of 97.
"ViacomCBS will remember Sumner for his unparalleled passion to win, his endless intellectual curiosity, and his complete dedication to the company," Viacom President Bob Bakish wrote in a Wednesday statement.
Redstone was known as a ruthless litigator and negotiator. His New York Times obituary noted as much. "I believe in taking every penny off the table," Redstone wrote in his 2001 autobiography.
Wall Street Journal reporter Keach Hagey's 2018 book, "The King of Content: Sumner Redstone's Battle for Viacom, CBS, and Everlasting Control of His Media Empire," chronicled Redstone's rise and apparent obsession with immortality and continued control of his empire. His later years were plagued by questions about his health and faculties.
Redstone is survived by his son, Brent Redstone, and daughter Shari Redstone, who is now in control of the family dynasty. They are children from his first marriage to Phyllis Raphael.
Here's a breakdown of who's who in the Redstone family:
Shari Redstone, Sumner's daughter, is now the steward of the Redstone media empire.
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Variety reported that all of Redstone's stock would be left to his grandchildren, which was disclosed during their divorce settlement.
In 2007, after reports surfaced that he was reconsidering his succession plan and wanted to hang onto his power, Redstone publicly addressed his daughter's position and said in a letter to Forbes that his children had nothing to do with building his empire.
When Redstone offered to buy out Shari's 20% stake in National Amusements, she rejected the $1 billion offer. Their relationship appeared to recover and her power player status rose in the late 2010s.
In February 2016, 92-year-old Redstone gave up his chairmanships of CBS and Viacom after a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist.
Shari later won a major victory in August 2019, Business Insider's Ellen Cranley reported, when the boards of CBS and Viacom announced a $12 billion deal that would reunite the companies into a new entity, ViacomCBS, with Shari as chairwoman.
Now, as chairwoman, she owns 20% of National Amusements and is one of the seven trustees overseeing Sumner's 80% voting stake.
She has three children with ex-husband Ira Korff, a rabbi. Each of their children are involved in the family business.
"My father led an extraordinary life that not only shaped entertainment as we know it today, but created an incredible family legacy," Shari Redstone told Variety in a Wednesday statement. "Through it all, we shared a great love for one another and he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I am so proud to be his daughter and I will miss him always."
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- Business Insider 23:45August 12, 2020The best fire startersThe ability to make fire is the oldest and most important technological innovation — and one that's vitally important if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
A reliable fire starter makes it much easier to start a flame no matter if you're in your backyard, deep in the backcountry, or anywhere else.
Our top pick, the Überleben Zünden Bushcraft Ferro Rod Fire Starter, is designed to provide more than 12,000 spark-making strikes for reliable fire making every time you use it.
Fires can be deadly, so make sure you take the right precautions when starting and extinguishing a fire. If you aren't experienced, avoid starting one. If you're in the wilderness on a camping trip, knowing how to properly start a fire is a highly beneficial skill. With a warm, crackling fire, you can cook up a meal, boil and purify water, ward off the cold of winter, or add some light to your campsite. You may even need it if you ever find yourself in a survival situation, whether it's for keeping warm or alerting people to your location.
Being able to reliably make fire starts with what you pack along with you. True to their name, fire starters make the entire process far easier. With a suitable fire starter in your hike, camp, or outdoor kit, setting up a campfire, backyard bonfire, or any other type of flame can be done in a matter of minutes — so long as you have the right fire starter on hand.
How to shop for a fire starter
The best fire starter is a lighter, followed closely by a match. These tools make the process of igniting a fire almost effortless, provided you've selected the proper tinder and fuel setup. If you're headed out for a camping trip or assembling a disaster preparedness kit, always put a lighter and some emergency matches in there with the rest of the gear.
But as lighters eventually run out of fuel or break, and as you can only carry a finite number of matches, it's a good idea to also bring along a companion fire starter.
In a perfect world, your lighter or matches will always be at hand and you'll never need to use your fire starter. In the real world, however, assume Murphy's Law applies during your next multi-day hiking trip or when you find yourself stranded in the forest where the dangers real and there's nothing you can count on except your own wits.
In other words, if you want to stay safe in the wilderness, be sure to bring a fire starter.
Always remember to take proper precaution
Of course, with the deadly fires we've seen in recent years, you should take proper care when starting a fire, as well as putting it out. We advise against using one of these products if you lack the experience and highly recommend consulting an expert before using them. It doesn't hurt to heed Smokey Bear's fire safety rules, either.
Here are the best fire starters: Best fire starter overall: Überleben Zünden Bushcraft Ferro Rod Fire Starter
Best fire starter for ease of use: Zippo Emergency Fire Kit
Best fire starter on a budget: SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar
Best fire starter for poor weather: UST Blastmatch Fire Starter Updated on 8/12/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated the section on how to shop for a fire starter, along with how to take necessary fire precaution, checked the availability of each recommended fire starter, and updated the price and links where necessary.The best fire starter overall
The Überleben Zünden Bushcraft Ferro Rod Fire Starter couldn't be much simpler to use, and it provides more than 12,000 strikes.
Ferrocerium is a metal alloy comprised primarily of iron and cerium. When struck in the right manner, it produces copious showers of sparks able to exceed 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature — which is more than enough heat to ignite a fire.
The Überleben Zünden Bushcraft Ferro Rod Fire Starter is nothing more than a thick rod of ferrocerium with a wooden grip attached to one end that comes accompanied by a striking tool. Provided you've gathered suitable tinder and laid a decent fire, this is all you'd need.
I've used many different ferro rods over the years and, frankly, there's little to distinguish most of them. However, the Überleben Zünden Bushcraft rod is notable for two reasons.
First, the wooden handle provides a solid grip and it looks better than the plastic grips on most options. Second, the included striking tool doubles as a miniature multitool. The tool has two different scraping surfaces for sending sparks showering off the ferrocerium rod as well as a bottle opener, a built-in hex wrench, and a small ruler.
Using a ferro rod like this couldn't be much easier, either. You just rake the striking tool along the side of the rod to create a shower of sparks. The trick with these fire starters is to master creating a proper tinder bundle to receive the sparks and having carefully selected wood (or other fuel, like pinecones or peat) at the ready.
Once you've scraped away the protective coating that comes on a new Überleben Zünden Bushcraft Ferro Rod, you'll be making sparks like a pro in no time. It's smart to spend plenty of time practicing tinder and fire preparation, though.
Pros: Lasts for thousands of uses, durable construction, easy to use
Cons: Requires decent knowledge of tinder preparation
The best fire starter for ease of use
If you can use a classic Zippo lighter, you can use this Zippo EFK Emergency Fire Kit.
There's a lot to love about the Zippo EFK Emergency Fire Kit. First off, it creates a shower of hot sparks using the exact same flint wheel ignition system as Zippo's generations-old lighters. With a quick flick of the thumb, you're able to rain sparks down onto your selected tinder.
The next thing you'll appreciate about this kit is that it comes with a pretty ideal choice of tinder in the form of five paraffin wax-coated cotton rolls, each of which burn for roughly five minutes once ignited, offering plenty of time to catch larger pieces of fuel like wood.
The spark wheel and the paraffin discs tuck away into a plastic tube that's not only watertight but floats, too, so if you drop the Zippo fire starter in a stream or over the side of a canoe, there's no harm done. There's also a spot for attaching a lanyard that helps prevent you from dropping it.
The main drawback of this fire starter is that the flint peg used to create the sparks wears down and stops being effective much quicker than a ferro rod. Using the Zippo Fire Starter is easier than using a rod, but just make sure to bring along spare flints.
Pros: Easy to operate, comes with reliable tinder, waterproof case
Cons: Flint wears out quickly, on the bulkier side
The best fire starter on a budget
The SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar costs less than $10 but it helps you make fire even in the worst of conditions.
One of the biggest challenges you run into when trying to make fire in the wilderness is finding a tinder combustible enough to take a spark and create flames. But guess what readily ignites when it meets sparks, then burns incredibly hot? Magnesium. And the big rectangular bar attached to the ferrocerium rod on the SE FS374 fire starter is full-on magnesium.
Using the SE FS374 fire starter is simple, too. Just use the included striker tool or the blade of a knife to produce sparks on the ferro rod. When those sparks fall down onto a bed of shavings you created using the magnesium block, hot fire is almost guaranteed, even in damp conditions.
One obvious drawback is that eventually, the magnesium wears down so much that it no longer offers a block to grip. Of course, the small ferro rod might wear out first but there's a great solution here: Just buy another one, these things cost $9.
Pros: Very low cost, comes with ideal fuel source, compact
Cons: Small ferro rod, inferior included striker
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- Business Insider 23:35August 12, 2020A self-taught designer turned a dated Palm Springs home into something that looks straight out of Santorini, Greece — take a look insideKelly Peak / Peak Photography / Courtesy Valentino + Valentino Real Estate A Palm Springs home that looks like it belongs in Santorini, Greece, has sold for $2.65 million after three months on the market.
Known as The Santorini House, it is one of just four homes designed by avant-garde architect William Nicholson, according to the home's previous owner Dan Valentino.
Valentino purchased the house in 2017 and spent 18 months transforming it from a 1970s time capsule into a Mediterranean-themed events space.
Take a look inside The Santorini House, which comes with bright blue windows and a sparkling pool that would look right at home on the Aegean Sea.
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A California home once considered so avant-garde that no one wanted to buy it just sold for $2.65 million after less than three months on the market.
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Source: Valentino + Valentino Real Estate
Known as The Santorini House, it looks out over Palm Springs from a hilltop about two hours east of Los Angeles.
Kelly Peak, Peak Photography / Courtesy Valentino Real Estate
Source: Valentino + Valentino Real Estate
Built by architect William Nicholson in 1977, the home consists of a series of interconnected, balloon-like domes plus a three-story observation tower. The property recently underwent a dramatic transformation.
Kelly Peak, Peak Photography / Courtesy Valentino Real Estate
Source: Valentino + Valentino Real Estate
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- Business Insider 23:34August 12, 2020The best flea prevention and treatment for catsFleas can pose serious risks to your cat's health.
With the right flea treatment for cats, you can keep your cat or kitten safe from fleas.
Effective over-the-counter flea control products are available in the form of topical preventives, collars, shampoos, sprays, and oral options.
The best flea control product for cats is Bayer Advantage II, a monthly topical preventive that guards against fleas in all life stages, is highly effective, easy to apply, and completely waterproof.
Before starting your cat on any flea treatment or prevention, you should consult your veterinarian. If your cat has fleas, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Cats that go outside are more likely to pick up fleas, but even indoor cats can get fleas, either from the family dog or when they go to the veterinarian or a boarding facility. Fleas can even hitchhike indoors on your clothes or shoes.
Signs of fleas in cats include scratching, skin irritation, and the presence of dark red or black specks on your cat's skin, fur, bedding, or furniture. These specks, about the size of grains of black pepper, are called "flea dirt" and are flea feces (or digested blood). To confirm that what you are seeing is flea dirt, place some on a damp paper towel. If the paper towel turns red, it is flea dirt.
To check your cat for fleas or flea dirt, run a flea comb (a small, very fine-toothed comb) through their coat or part their hair with your fingers to examine their skin. If you find live or dead fleas or flea dirt, you can be assured your cat has a flea infestation.
Fleas are more than just a nuisance; these parasites can pose a threat to your cat's health. A severe flea infestation can seriously damage your cat's skin and could even induce an allergic reaction or cause them to become anemic from blood loss. Fleas also have the potential to transmit diseases like Bartonella henselae bacteria, which can lead to cat scratch disease, and are responsible for cats contracting parasites like tapeworms.
Types of over-the-counter flea control products
When it comes to flea control, prevention is always the best medicine. Not all flea control products are created equal though. Here's a breakdown of the most common over-the-counter (OTC) flea control products for cats: Topical preventives are usually applied to the skin, typically in one spot on the back of the neck, once a month.
Flea collars are worn around the neck, where they deliver flea preventive medication to your cat's skin and coat.
Flea shampoos kill fleas that are currently on your cat and are different from other medicated shampoos.
Flea sprays are applied to the skin and coat but are generally less effective than other flea prevention treatments.
Oral flea control: Oral flea control products, or "flea pills," are given to your cat by mouth to kill fleas. Important note: No matter what flea control product you choose for your cat, never use a product that is labeled for dogs. Cat flea control products and dog flea control products are not interchangeable. Using a product labeled for dogs on your cat can make them extremely sick; in some cases, it can even be deadly. Read labels very carefully before using any flea control product on your cat.
We've done the research to find the best OTC flea control products. Below you'll find our top picks for flea products for cats that do not require a prescription.
Here are the best OTC flea prevention products and treatments for cats you can buy: Best OTC flea control product for cats overall: Bayer Advantage II
Best flea collar for cats: Seresto Flea and Tick Collar
Best flea shampoo for cats: Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo
Best natural flea spray for cats: Jasper Flea and Tick Spray for Cats by Mdx Concepts
Best OTC oral flea control product for cats: Novartis Capstar Flea Control Tablets Prices and links are current as of 8/12/20. Added links to related guides.The best flea control product overall
Bayer Advantage II kills fleas on contact and prevents eggs and larvae from developing into biting adults.
Though there are many forms of flea control for cats, a popular option is a monthly topical application. These products provide a full 30 days of protection with a single application, and the best ones protect against fleas in all life stages. For a topical flea preventive that is highly effective and safe for cats, our top pick is Bayer Advantage II.
Made with powerful active ingredients as well as an insect growth regulator, Advantage II not only kills adult fleas and flea larvae, but it also inhibits the growth of flea eggs, preventing them from growing into biting adults. This product starts working immediately and kills adult fleas within 12 hours. It works on contact, so fleas do not have to bite the cat to die. Advantage II is also effective against ticks and chewing lice.
Once dry, Advantage II is completely waterproof and remains effective even if you bathe your cat with shampoo or if they go outside in the rain. It comes in three sizes: one for kittens weighing 2 to 5 pounds, one for cats weighing 5 to 9 pounds, and one for cats weighing more than 9 pounds. Advantage II may only be used on cats and kittens 8 weeks and older and weighing 2 or more pounds.
Pros: Made with a powerful active ingredient (imidacloprid) as well as an insect growth regulator (pyriproxyfen) to kill fleas in all life stages, waterproof, easy to apply, provides 30 days of protection, starts working immediately
Cons: Not recommended for kittens younger than 8 weeks of age, those weighing less than 2 pounds, or pregnant or nursing cats; need to prevent cat and other household cats from licking off product before it's dry
The best flea collar
The Seresto Flea and Tick Collar offers seven to eight months of protection against fleas and ticks in all life stages.
If you don't like the idea of using monthly topical applications and want to avoid the hassle of having to reapply flea spray, the Seresto Flea and Tick Collar from Bayer might be your best bet.
Made with patented sustained-release technology, the Seresto Flea and Tick Collar provides seven to eight months of protection against adult fleas, flea larvae, and ticks. This nongreasy, odor-free, lightweight collar is adjustable for cats of all sizes. It can be worn alongside your cat's existing collar and is designed with a two-step safety system to ensure your cat will not be harmed if the collar becomes snagged on something.
Seresto Flea and Tick Collar contains two powerful active ingredients — imidacloprid and flumethrin — which are released in low concentrations over your cat's skin and coat to kill fleas on contact before they even have the chance to bite. It kills fleas within 24 hours of placing the collar on your cat. The collar is water-resistant and can remain on the cat even when bathing.
Pros: Seven to eight months of protection against adult fleas, flea larvae, and ticks; contains two powerful active ingredients (imidacloprid and flumethrin); sustained release technology for continuous protection; lightweight and easy to wear; adjustable for cats of all sizes; fleas don't have to bite for it to work
Cons: Not recommended for kittens younger than 10 weeks of age, children should not play with the collar or put it in their mouth; adjusting size can be tricky; more expensive than other flea collars
The best flea shampoo
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Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo is free from pesticides and chemicals but quickly kills fleas in all life stages while also soothing and moisturizing your cat's skin and coat.
If you find fleas on your cat, your first step should be to give them a bath with a flea shampoo. After that, you can use a topical spot-on product, oral flea control product, flea collar, or flea spray to kill any lingering fleas and protect against reinfestation.
Flea shampoos for cats should be gentle but also effective enough to kill fleas. Our top pick for a flea shampoo for cats is Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo because it is mild but highly effective against all life stages of fleas, ticks, and lice.
Made with powerful nontoxic ingredients, Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo is a good choice for homes with children and other pets. This flea shampoo is highly effective against fleas and can be safely used with other flea control products. It is mild enough for weekly use and contains moisturizing ingredients. The formula doesn't contain any pyrethrins or permethrins. Instead, it uses a patented mixture of flea-killing ingredients.
This particular formula of Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo is highly concentrated and must be mixed at a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part concentrate prior to use. This formula is safe for both dogs and cats.
Pros: Made with nontoxic ingredients; does not contain pyrethrins or permethrins; comes in a concentrated formula; contains moisturizing ingredients; effective against fleas, ticks, and lice of all life stages; can be used on both dogs and cats; can be used safely with other flea control products
Cons: Requires mixing prior to use, not recommended for kittens younger than 12 weeks of age, not intended for long-term protection against fleas, may have an unpleasant odor at first
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- Business Insider 23:33August 12, 202028 gifts for the outdoor lover in your life — including camping, climbing, fishing, and travel gear Footwear, cookware, drinkware, and outerwear, it takes a lot of stuff to accommodate a 21st-century human in the great outdoors.
There's an endless list of things of which the outdoorsperson is in need, but here are some ideas to help check a few things (and hopefully people) off your long list.
If you need more gifting inspiration, check out all of our gift guides here. The easy thing about shopping for the outdoorsy sorts in your life is that chances are good they're in need of one thing or another. No, playing around in the dirt and the water is not a cheap hobby: Whether they're climbing, fly fishing, camping, surfing, or just hanging out at the beach, there are certain pieces of equipment that are plainly and simply essential. But not just anything will do. Good gear is good gear, and there is no cutting corners to produce it.
Below is a roundup of some gear (most of which we've tried and depended upon ourselves) that should fit the bill.
The top 5 gifts for outdoor lovers: A smokeless fire pit that will charge their phone ($250)
A cast-iron set equipped for any fire ($93)
A pair of comfortable, yet durable hiking socks ($26)
The wildly popular L.L. Bean Boot ($139)
A phone case that's built to withstand practically anything ($39.99) Here are 28 gifts fit for any fan of the outdoors: A nearly smokeless fire pit (and grill) that charges your phone
BioLite FirePit, available at Uncommon Goods, $250
Thanks to the vortex created by its Bluetooth-controlled fan, Biolite's Firepit is so smokeless you could almost light it indoors. Biolite strongly discourages your doing so, but it's good peace of mind for those who fear a faceful of campfire smoke.
Boots fit for it all
Men's Bean Boots, available at L.L. Bean, $139
Women's Bean Boots, available at L.L. Bean, $139
If they've never owned a pair of these, it may be about time.
A guide to mastery of outdoors-person-ship
The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide, available at Amazon, $18.92
Chop wood, build a fire, carry water, and so on.
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- Business Insider 23:20August 12, 2020The best fansWhen you're trying to beat the summer heat outdoors, a glass of lemonade at the pool works great, but indoors, you'll need a good fan. Our pick for the best electric fan is the Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator Fan, as it provides a great mix of versatility and airflow.
Read more about how to cool down a room with electric fans. Most people love summer, but there are three little things that can make it rough: excessive heat, sticky sweat, and nasty tan lines.
Fortunately, the best fans can help with the first two problems. Electric fans move a volume of air around your body, allowing you to feel cooler and sweat less. When a larger fan moves air, it circulates the air throughout a room, eliminating hot and cold spots.
Electric fans have been around for decades, but that doesn't mean they've stood still, just spinning their wheels — or blades. Even a simple home appliance like an electric fan has seen impressive gains in function and performance over recent years. With all of the available designs, finding a fan that can meet your specific needs has never been easier.
Here are the best electric fans: Best overall: Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
Best tower fan: Honeywell TurboForce Tower Fan
Best quiet fan: Rowenta VU5670 Turbo Silence Oscillating Fan
Best with a tabletop clip: Genesis Convertible Table-Top and Clip Fan
Best contemporary design: Dyson Air Multiplier AM06 Table Fan Prices and links are current as of 8/12/20. We also added a selection of related buying guides.The best overall
The Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator fan sets itself apart from the crowd with multiple airflow settings and a small footprint.
For a versatile electric fan, the Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator earns high marks from our team. It works in a number of different situations and locations, so it should fit almost everyone's needs. The fan is small enough to set on a desk and keep you cool as a personal fan, but the Vornado 660 has enough power at the highest setting to circulate the air properly in a large room, too.
It only measures about 15 by 13.5 by 12 inches, so it can fit just about anywhere. But don't let its small size fool you. This fan is small but mighty. And with its four-speed settings, it can cool just about any room quickly with its blades.
The fan's 6-foot-long power cord also frees you up to place the fan in multiple locations. Keep in mind that this fan is not new, but it's a tried-and-trusted model.
The Vornado 660 runs nearly silently on the lowest power setting while delivering an impressive level of airflow at the highest power setting (if you don't mind a bit of noise). Noise is really the only downside, as it is noisier than some of our other picks.
Vornado backs the fan with a five-year warranty.
Pros: Four power settings to precisely adjust airflow, small footprint versus some fans of equal power, 6-foot power cord, silent operation on low setting, available in black or white
Cons: High price point, noisy on high setting
The best tower fan
The two-in-one design of the Honeywell TurboForce Tower Fan means better airflow and more efficient cooling, setting it apart from other tower fans.
The Honeywell TurboForce Tower Fan is our top pick in our larger guide to the best tower fans. What sets it apart from the competition is its secondary fan that sits atop the tower unit.
As the tower fan does its thing, blowing cool air at one of three speeds, the smaller fan on top oscillates up and down, covering more of the room than a typical tower fan. Best of all, the two fans are independently controlled, so you can have each running at a different speed if you wish.
Insider Reviews freelancer Steven John tested the Honeywell TurboForce and writes, "With the top fan aligned with the tower, the wall of air the unit produces is formidable, easily felt more than 40 feet away. This fan works well in keeping air moving in a room and is powerful enough for use on a patio or deck, too."
The one downside is the level of noise it produces, though John doesn't mind it, even calling it an upside in some cases. "The noise is a bonus, in my opinion, for drowning out background sounds, but if you prefer a quiet unit, this is something to consider." That said, we don't necessarily recommend this one for use in the bedroom or anywhere else you need quiet.
Pros: Two-in-one design covers more surface area than a traditional tower fan
Cons: Noisy fan, does not come with a remote
Click here to read our guide to the best tower fans.
The best quiet fan
The cool Rowenta VU5670 Turbo Silence Oscillating Fan is so quiet you may not even know it's running. Plus, you can get it in a smaller, 12-inch table-top size.
The Rowenta VU5670 Turbo Silence Oscillating Fan is one of the quietest and most impressive oscillating fans. Rowenta says that while it's running, this fan only emits 35 decibels of sound; a quiet library is rated at 40 decibels. It so whisper-quiet that you may not even know it's running.
Even though it's quiet, this fan is also really effective at cooling a room and circulating the air. The fan's head measures 16 inches in diameter and has five blades. Those blades can run at five different settings, including a night mode that's extra quiet so you can sleep peacefully without the endless whirring of the fan keeping you up at night.
The control panel is easy to use to set the speed, start an eight-hour timer, or enter energy-saving mode, which slows the fan down to an optimal setting so you don't run up your electric bill. It also comes with a remote control, so you can turn it on and off without leaving the bed or couch.
If you prefer small fans, Rowenta has a 12-inch table-top version. We tried the 12-inch Silence Extreme table fan and found the smaller version is made for use on a table or windowsill, making it ideal for use in smaller spaces like a bedroom or office.
It has three standard speed settings, a Turbo Boost feature (for even stronger airflow), and oscillation. Based on our experience with the smaller version, we can confidently say that these fans are super quiet and effective at cooling a room without interrupting sleep. — Malarie Gokey, Insider Reviews Deputy Editor
Pros: Wide angle of oscillating movement, oscillates vertically as well as horizontally, pedestal design offers 16 inches of height difference, sturdy base keeps fan steady, good looking fan, five-speed settings
Cons: Grill may rust in high-humidity environments, high price point
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- Business Insider 22:07August 12, 2020The best cat dewormersThe best dewormer for cats will be determined by the type of intestinal parasite your cat has, but it should be made with powerful active ingredients in an easy-to-administer formula.
Though pricey, Bayer Drontal Broad Spectrum Dewormer is the best cat dewormer on the market and is recommended by veterinarians for being both safe and reliable.
Due to high demand related to the coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are facing shipping delays of 7 to 10 days. We've listed multiple purchase options wherever possible. Would you know if your cat had worms? Your cat might look fine on the outside, but worms can hide inside your pet, silently causing harm. Cornell University veterinarians estimate that as many as 45% of cats have intestinal parasites at any given time. Some of the most common intestinal parasites in cats include roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms.
In adult cats, parasite infestations may cause mild to moderate digestive symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and gas. However, heavy infestations, especially in kittens, can lead to more severe digestive symptoms, weight loss, anemia, malnutrition, and restricted growth. Some intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, can even infect humans as well as cats.
Fortunately, treating your cat for worms is easy and shouldn't require much more than an over-the-counter dewormer. Dewormers for cats come in a variety of different formulas for cats of different ages and to treat different types of parasites.
To determine what kind of product you need, you'll have to take your cat to the vet for a physical exam and fecal exam (a stool test that reveals what type of worms your cat is infected with). From there, however, you'll be able to treat your cat quickly and easily at home.
Lucky for you, we've done the research to find the best dewormers you can buy. You shouldn't skip a visit to your veterinarian, but once you've determined what kind of worms your cat has, you can use one of the following treatments to get rid of them once and for all.
Here are the best cat dewormers you can buy: Best cat dewormer overall: Bayer Drontal Broad Spectrum Dewormer
Best dewormer for kittens: Excel Roundworm De-Wormer for Cats
Best tapeworm dewormer: Bayer Tapeworm Dewormer Tablets for Cats
Best roundworm dewormer: ProSense Liquid Dewormer for Roundworms
Best all-natural dewormer: NaturPet D Wormer for Cats and Dogs Prices and links are current as of 8/10/20. The best cat dewormer overall
Bayer's Drontal Broad Spectrum Dewormer (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate) is well worth the cost for its safe and reliable eradication of a wide variety of intestinal parasites.
If your cat has more than one type of intestinal parasite, a broad-spectrum dewormer can eradicate multiple types of parasites. Broad-spectrum dewormer products are made with powerful active ingredients to provide quick results. Our top pick for the best cat dewormer overall is Bayer's Drontal Broad Spectrum Dewormer.
Bayer's Drontal Broad Spectrum Dewormer features two powerful active ingredients: pyrantel pamoate and praziquantel. This dewormer comes in easy-to-administer tablet form and is safe for kittens and cats more than 8 weeks old and ranging from 2 to 16 pounds.
Though it is expensive, it may actually save you money if your cat gets frequent intestinal parasite infections or if you find yourself treating multiple cats for worms (for instance, rescue groups treating many cats).
Pros: Veterinarian recommended, two active ingredients (pyrantel pamoate and praziquantel), broad-spectrum kills several types of worms, safe and reliable, low risk for side effects
Cons: Very expensive to purchase, not for kittens younger than 2 months old or kittens weighing less than 2 pounds, some cats dislike the taste
The best dewormer for kittens
Excel Roundworm De-Wormer for Cats is a safe and effective roundworm treatment for kittens and cats 6 weeks and older.
Intestinal parasites, particularly roundworms, are very common in kittens, which can become infected when nursing from their mother. Our top pick for the best dewormer for kittens is Excel Roundworm De-Wormer for Cats (piperazine). This effective dewormer works to detach roundworms from the lining of the intestine and expel them from the kitten's body.
The easy-to-administer liquid contains the active ingredient piperazine, which is approved for treatment of roundworms in cats and kittens 6 weeks and older. This product is not recommended for pregnant or nursing female cats.
Pros: Safe and effective treatment for roundworms in cats, easy-to-administer liquid, may be used in young kittens older than 6 weeks, cost-effective dewormer available without a prescription
Cons: May not be as effective as pyrantel pamoate (Drontal), does not treat tapeworms or hookworms, not for use in pregnant or nursing females
The best tapeworm dewormer for cats
Bayer's Tapeworm Dewormer Tablets for Cats are proven to kill tapeworms in a single, easy-to-administer dose.
If you notice something in your cat's feces that resembles grains of white rice, or you notice him licking or biting the area under his tail, he could have a tapeworm infestation.
Cats contract tapeworms when they ingest an infected adult flea. As the tapeworm grows, segments break off and pass in your cat's stool.
Bayer's Tablets are the top choice to tackle tapeworm infestations quickly and safely. These tablets come in a three-pack with each tablet containing 23 milligrams of the active ingredient praziquantel. This ingredient is effective against the most common species of tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis, eliminating them in a single dose. The active ingredient praziquantel works to paralyze and eliminate tapeworms. This tablet can be fed whole or crushed and mixed with food.
Because cats can become reinfected by ingesting another flea, effectively eliminating tapeworms requires eradicating fleas from your cat, home and yard in addition to treating the tapeworm infection.
Pros: Kills tapeworms within 24 hours, easy-to-administer tablet, powerful active ingredient, no prescription required, comes with three tablets, long-trusted brand name
Cons: Some cats may experience diarrhea after taking, not for kittens less than 6 weeks of age
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- Business Insider 21:27August 12, 2020The best online deals and sales happening now — save up to 50% on select clothing and gear from Patagonia We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, with savings at Madewell, Nordstrom Rack, Leesa, and more.
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- Business Insider 20:47August 12, 202012 places to buy wine online Online wine stores are the place to shop if you want to stock up without the hassle of transporting all of those bottles to your desired destination.
The best places to buy wine online include NakedWines.com for unique bottles from small winemakers, ReserveBar for its premium and limited-edition wines, and Drizly for its convenient one-hour delivery.
You must be 21 years or older to order from these sites and receive your package. Keep in mind any additional shipping fees and state restrictions on alcohol delivery.
Due to concerns over the coronavirus, some companies are changing delivery standards to minimize social contact, while others may have limited stock. See detailed updates from the individual services below.
Read more: The best wine subscriptions This content is intended for readers 21+. Please drink responsibly. If you or anyone you know is dealing with alcohol abuse, get help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) provides a free, confidential, 24/7, treatment referral, and information service.
Hosting large gatherings may be out of the question right now, but sometimes having a quiet night in is enough of an occasion to break out a bottle of wine — and even better if you don't have to leave the house to get it. Online options require minimal energy but deliver on all the perks. Just remember to read the fine print and plan on having someone 21 or older to sign for the package.
If you're looking for an ongoing delivery service, check out our guide to the best wine subscriptions. Otherwise, you'll find a list below of the best places that will deliver wine straight to your door.
Here are 12 solid options for delivering wine to your door: NakedWines.com
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NakedWines.com is like a "Shark Tank" for independent wines, and it has an "Angel" membership program that crowd-funds independent wine labels across the globe. Angel members get up to 60% off listed prices among other perks — just for depositing $40 a month into a wine "bank account" they can use whenever they want. NakedWines.com also gives out $100 vouchers often. You can get one just by taking a 30-second quiz on the site.
Currently, you can grab a $100 voucher to be used on six bottles of wine. Choose from a case of reds, whites, or a mix of both.
Shipping: NakedWines.com charges $10 in shipping fees for orders under $100. For orders $100 and more, delivery is free — except for Hawaii (+$70) and Alaska (+$130). Wines will be delivered Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday during regular working hours, but make sure that there is someone over 21 years old who can sign for the package. For a full list of where it delivers, head over here.
Note: Nakedwines.com was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order.
What to buy: Passport to South Africa Case (6 bottles), $66.99
The Goldilocks Case (12 bottles), $160.88
Everyday Luxury Case (12 bottles), $194.88 Read our full review of Nakedwines.com here.
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ReserveBar is an online premium wine and spirits store with prices to match. It carries everything from scotch, gin, and wine to moonshine, cocktail mixers, and Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé that arrives with Waterford flutes.
The company has a luxury collection, limited edition bottles, and top trending gifts to skim through. It also offers high-end gift packaging and custom engraving, perfect for those looking to gift a really good bottle of liquor with a personalized message. High-brow options aside, ReserveBar also has plenty of wine for less than $50.
Currently, you can use the code "SHIP99" at checkout to get free shipping off orders $99+. New email subscribers can also get $10 off your purchase of $100+.
Shipping: Shipping fees depend on your state and the weight of your order, but the base costs are $15.97 for ground shipping, $34.97 for two-day express, and $67.97 for overnight express.
All shipments must be signed for by a 21-year-old adult. Products have a "ship to" section that shows which states allow delivery of that particular liquor or wine. Select cities can use ReserveBar Express and get fine spirits and Champagne delivered to their door the same day.
Note: ReserveBar was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order.
What to buy: Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rosé Vintage, $370
Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay, $44
Whispering Angel Rose, $25 Read our full review of ReserveBar here.
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Wine.com boasts the world's largest online wine selection, plus the convenience of home delivery or pick-up from convenient local stores (like Walgreens) that may be open late or on weekends. It's a good place to find old favorites, discover new wines, and shop collectible and boutique wines. As an additional perk, Wine.com sells gift baskets, glassware, and other wine accessories.
Currently, new customers can use the code "NEW2020" to get $20 off your first order of $100+.
Shipping: Shipping depends on the number of bottles and total size and weight of your order, but can reach $30 per order. If you want to pick it up yourself, there are more than 10,000 participating locations including Walgreens, Duane Reade, and Safeway. If you choose this option at checkout, you'll get an email when your order is ready for pick-up, and you'll have five days to grab it. However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we suggest calling the location beforehand just to double-check that you can pick up.
Wine.com also has an annual $49 membership called the StewardShip program that gets you free shipping on every order for a full year with no purchase minimum. Either way, an adult signature is needed to get your package.
What to buy: Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut with Red Velvet Gift Bag, $54.97
Food & Wine Classic at Home: Perfect Pizza Wines Trio, $59.99
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- Business Insider 20:11August 12, 2020A history of the 30-year feud between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, whose love-hate relationship spurred the success of Microsoft and Apple (MSFT, AAPL)Beck Diefenbach/Reuters; Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Apple cofounder Steve Jobs began building their companies right around the same time, and it was a natural catalyst for their rivalry.
While the two founders had periods of civility, at other times, they were at each other's throats.
Jobs insulted Gates' taste and imagination, while Gates once described Jobs as "weirdly flawed as a human being."
But the two execs appeared to get along better later in life, and when Jobs died in 2011, Gates said that they "spurred each other on, even as competitors."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never quite got along.
Over the course of 30-plus years, the two went from cautious allies to bitter rivals to something almost approaching friends — sometimes, they were all three at the same time.
It seems unlikely that Apple would be where it is today without Microsoft, or Microsoft without Apple.
Here's the history of the love-hate relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weren't always enemies — Microsoft made software early on for the mega-popular Apple II PC, and Gates would routinely fly down to Cupertino to see what Apple was working on.
Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
In the early '80s, Jobs flew up to Washington to sell Gates on the possibility of making Microsoft software for the Apple Macintosh computer, with its revolutionary graphical user interface. Gates wasn't particularly impressed with what he saw as a limited platform — or Jobs' attitude.
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Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
"It was kind of a weird seduction visit where Steve was saying we don't really need you and we're doing this great thing, and it's under the cover. He's in his Steve Jobs sales mode, but kind of the sales mode that also says, 'I don't need you, but I might let you be involved,'" Gates later said.
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- Business Insider 19:45August 12, 2020The best vacuums for pet hairWhen you live with cats and dogs, cleaning your home requires a vacuum cleaner that's up to the challenge of sucking up pet hair.
Our top pick, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum, offers an ideal combination of cleaning power, maneuverability, and features designed specifically for dealing with pet hair.
See also: The best robot vacuums and the best affordable vacuum cleaners I have cats. Two very long-haired cats. And they produce more hair than you could possibly imagine. It seems that no matter how thoroughly I sweep or vacuum, the instant I think I'm finished, I turn around to find pet hair tumbleweeds rolling along behind me. Needless to say, I've become well-acquainted with my vacuum cleaner, but I've also discovered how unequipped many vacuums are when it comes to cleaning up pet hair.
Pet hair requires a powerful vacuum, but power alone isn't effective when you're trying to clean hair out of a carpet or a sofa. A well-designed cleaning brush and roller are must-haves. Have carpeted stairs? You need a vacuum with versatility, and something lightweight is also ideal. Maneuverability is also important, especially when it comes to cleaning underneath furniture.
The vacuum cleaners in this list have all proven they're up to the challenge of cleaning up pet hair, and plenty of it. They're powerful, easy to handle, and many are equipped with special pet hair functions, such as non-tangling brush heads and systems that trap allergens without releasing them into the air. You'll find a variety of price points, from a highly affordable handheld unit to a top-of-the-line splurge. If you have pets in the home, a quality vacuum cleaner designed specifically for the challenge of cleaning pet hair is a must and will make it much easier to keep your home clean.
Here are the best vacuums for pet hair: Best overall: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
Best for convenience: Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum
Best for maneuverability: Shark APEX Upright Vacuum
Best handheld vacuum for pet hair: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum
Best high-end vacuum for pet hair: Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Prices and links are current as of 8/12/20. We also added links to related buying guides.The best overall
With excellent maneuverability and a tangle-free turbine tool, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum does a great job of cleaning up pet hair.
According to Dyson, its Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum has the strongest suction of any vacuum available. It's full of features that make cleanup easy and fast, such as its self-adjusting cleaner head that automatically creates suction whether you're on carpet, wood, vinyl, or tile floors. Thanks to this feature, there's no need to worry about changing settings or vacuum heads as you travel throughout your home.
The tangle-free turbine tool goes where traditional roller heads cannot, and solves the issue of the tangled (and later, broken) roller. This innovative tool features two heads that spin in opposite directions, pulling hair into the vacuum without allowing it to wrap around the vacuum head. You can see this technology in motion in Dyson's testing video.
This vacuum is also certified asthma- and allergy-friendly. The HEPA filtration keeps allergens — like dander — inside the vacuum, rather than expelling them back into the home. A single button empties the bin, so there's no need to touch the dirt or deal with vacuum cleaner bags. The vacuum is backed by a five-year parts and labor warranty.
Pros: Powerful suction, ball head allows for easy maneuverability, asthma- and allergy-friendly, tangle-free turbine tool catches pet hair without binding up
Cons: Power cord must be wrapped and does not retract into the vacuum, difficult to maneuver on stairs
The best for convenience
With its lightweight and streamlined design, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum is easy to use and offers powerful cleaning action.
Looking for a vacuum that will go where other vacuums can't? The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum offers cord-free convenience without sacrificing power. It has the most powerful suction of any cordless vacuum on the market, Dyson claims.
This vacuum runs for up to 60 minutes (when not using a motorized tool) and can be recharged in 3.5 hours. An instant-release trigger means the vacuum only uses battery power while it's running, and prevents battery usage as soon as the button is released. The vacuum is compact and easy to handle, with no need to lug a canister around behind you.
This vacuum is specifically designed to deep-clean homes where pet hair is an issue. The Torque Drive cleaner head has stiff nylon bristles that reach down deep into carpets to pick up pet hair and dirt. The fully-sealed filtration system captures 99.97% of hair and dirt particles, which means that the air it expels is cleaner and you're not just releasing pet hair back into your home.
Perhaps the best advantage of this vacuum, though, is how versatile it is. Because it's lightweight and streamlined, you can use it to clean under furniture, on stairs, and deep into the corners of rooms — all places where pet hair tends to hide. The cord-free design allows you to move through your home unrestricted, so this vacuum is ideal for quick cleanups or thorough whole-house deep cleans.
Pros: Lightweight and compact, cord-free design, cleaner head gets in deep
Cons: Requires recharging, must hold down a button to activate vacuum
The best for maneuverability
A self-cleaning brush-roll and lift-away canister make the Shark Apex Upright Vacuum versatile and easy to use.
The Shark Apex Upright Vacuum is full of features that make for easy and convenient cleaning, especially when pet hair is involved. One of the best is the Zero-M self-cleaning brush-roll. This design actively removes hair and prevents it from wrapping around the brush-roll, so you can clean without interruption.
The Powered Lift-Away mode gives you three different ways to clean, offering the versatility you need to navigate stairs and underneath furniture, and to deep clean floors and carpets. Simply detach the canister from the motorized cleaner head to reach underneath chairs, couches, etc. The detachable canister also makes it easy to vacuum stairs and other small spaces. The standard upright mode also offers powerful cleaning for floors and carpets. Detaching the canister takes a single push of a button.
You can see a brief demonstration of this vacuum's features in this video.
Pros: Detachable canister for easy cleaning, self-cleaning brush-roll won't clog with hair
Cons: 16-pound vacuum weight can be heavy for some users
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- Business Insider 19:40August 12, 2020The best baby thermometersDepending on your child's age, you will want to use a rectal, temporal artery, tympanic, or oral thermometer.
We consulted a pediatrician, looked at current research, and talked to parents to select 11 of the most popular digital baby thermometers to test.
Our picks for the best baby thermometers are Vicks Rectal Baby Thermometer, Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer, Innovo Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer, Braun ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer, and Vicks ComfortFlex.
This article was medically reviewed by Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, FAAP, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Due to unusually high demand and supply shortage, many thermometers are out of stock at major retailers. We continue to monitor inventory and update this list accordingly. When you have a baby, the ability to take a fast, accurate temperature is important. As the old-fashioned mercury thermometer has been phased out (or banned, as it is in 13 states), a plethora of digital options has risen to take its place. Yet not all digital thermometers are fit for use on infants from day one.
"Up until 3 months, I like for families to take a rectal temperature with a basic digital thermometer," said Dr. Justin Smith, a pediatrician and the medical advisor for digital health at Cook Children's in Trophy Club, Texas. "After 3 months, parents can continue to take a rectal temperature or use a temporal artery thermometer (which you run across the forehead). This is different from a tympanic thermometer which is placed in the child's ear, which should not be used in children under 6 months of age because they are not accurate."
Why aren't ear thermometers accurate for infants? The thermometer probe is too large to slide down into the ear canal to register accurately.
Taking a rectal temperature with a crying, wiggling newborn isn't easy. Sometimes, it's downright impossible. While rectal is the preferred method, I recommend having a temporal forehead scanner on hand as a backup if taking a rectal temperature isn't possible. Today's technology makes forehead scanners precise, speedy, and noninvasive.
What kind of thermometer should you use?
It's a simple question with a not-so-straightforward answer. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a thermometer use chart based on age, but it does not reflect current research, including its own, which supports the use of temporal thermometers. "I agree with the studies," said Smith. "A temporal thermometer is a very reasonable way to assess temperature."
Here are your best options by age: Rectal (bottom) is the only approved thermometer for babies under 3 months old.
Temporal artery (forehead) is appropriate for babies 3 months and older, and as a backup when a rectal reading cannot be obtained in babies under 3 months.
Tympanic (ear) is appropriate for babies 6 months and older, though a forehead thermometer tends to yield more accurate readings.
Axillary/axilla (armpit) is the least accurate compared to other methods but easy and noninvasive, making it a useful "benchmark" temperature gauge.
Oral (mouth) and non-contact infrared (forehead) should only be used on children 4 years and older who are capable of holding their breath. A rectal or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher in a newborn to 3-month-old is not okay. Call your healthcare provider immediately and seek care.
Based on pediatric guidelines and Smith's advice, I looked at the latest and most popular models available, spoke with fellow parents, and noted top recommendations on doula and parenting groups to narrow down contenders to test. I tested FDA-approved rectal, tympanic, temporal artery, and multiuse models for this guide.
Except for rectal thermometers, I tested each one a total of 25 times on myself, my toddler, and my husband — mornings and evenings, in health and through a bout of flu. For the rectal thermometers, I tested them orally and in-hand, relying on additional feedback from four mothers who had used the models on their babies.
I evaluated each thermometer for accuracy, ease of use, design, and comfort. Now for a disclaimer: Nearly every model (tested and otherwise) has a grievance, from small nitpicks to sustained inaccuracies. Overall, the following products performed extremely well when rigorously tested.
Here are the best baby thermometers you can buy: Best rectal thermometer: Vicks Rectal Baby Thermometer
Best forehead thermometer: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer
Best ear thermometer: Braun ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer
Best multipurpose thermometer: Innovo Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer
Best budget thermometer: Vicks ComfortFlex Prices and links are current as of 8/12/20. Added additional buying options.
The best rectal thermometer
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The Vicks Rectal Baby Thermometer has a short, flexible tip that makes over-insertion impossible.
In time, being a parent inures you to all sorts of bodily fluids and functions. However, at first, taking a rectal temperature is scary, especially when panic about the baby's health sets in. Thankfully, Vicks has created a goof-proof thermometer that is small and easy to hold, thanks to an indented pocket-like groove on either side.
The probe features a short, flexible tip that makes insertion as gentle as possible. There is no guessing if it's in far enough or too much. Once inserted, the short, curved body of the thermometer will naturally rest against the baby's bum.
It takes 10 seconds to read the temperature — in theory. In my experience, it's closer to 15 seconds. Compared with temporal scanners, this can feel like a long time to wait. However, it's worth it for the sake of taking a temperature only once, given that rectal temperatures have the least temperature variance.
The digital display is bold, clear, and well-sized for the compactness of the unit. When the temperature is ready, the unit beeps several times. My only complaint: To read the temperature, you must press the side button again to reilluminate the display. The numbers are not legible at a distance if the display is not lit. It's powered by one LR44 battery, which is included.
You absolutely must clean this thermometer after each use. Cleanup is relatively simple with soap and water, as the thermometer is waterproof. Storage is easy and hygienic with a fitted cap that encases most of the unit.
Pros: Lightweight, waterproof for easy cleaning, well-designed insertion tip, no setup required
Cons: Readings take 10 to 15 seconds, digital display does not automatically illuminate when registering a temperature
The best forehead thermometer
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This sturdy model is dependable, fast, and has close to zero downtime when taking multiple readings in quick succession.
The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is best for infants 3 months and older and as a backup to a rectal thermometer before then. The first thing that strikes you about the thermometer is its heft. It is ever-so-slightly heavier than other models (a good thing) and has a nice, solid wand that makes it easy to grip. The circular probe allows for better continuous forehead contact than other models with pointed and grooved tops.
This model allows for a modicum of user error if it's not completely pressed against the forehead at all times. That said, it's important to follow the directions and start in the middle of the forehead and then swipe side to side for the most accurate reading.
Upon repeated testing, the Exergen delivered the most accurate and consistent readings of any model tested. However, it's worth noting that the variations for most models were very minor — typically a variation of 0.3 degrees.
Second to its accuracy, what I appreciate most about the Exergen is its ability to retake a temperature with no downtime in between. It makes quick work out of taking a temperature three times, something I always do at home. As a postpartum doula, I also encourage my clients to do this to ensure they are getting a consistent temporal temperature reading.
The unit is powered by an included 9V battery and automatically retains the last eight temperatures taken. It's a useful feature, though I found tabbing through the options cumbersome. There is one central button to run all commands. While it makes the unit streamlined, exiting the settings menu for silent mode and recorded temperatures proved tricky.
I appreciated the silent mode for sleeping, sick kids. And while the soft-glow display is deliberately soft, I did find it slightly dim at times, especially in light of the small display window, which is smaller than most.
Pros: Extremely accurate, consistent three-second reading time, easy-to-grip wand, silent mode
Cons: Small and dim digital display, settings menus is not 100% intuitive
The best ear thermometer
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This Braun model with a prewarmed tip and age-appropriate settings generates reliable readings of fevers in less than one second.
The Braun ThermoScan is very popular among parents, providing quick and reliable readings on par with the Exergen when fever is present. Despite its age-based settings, this type of thermometer is only suitable for infants 6 months and older.
In fact, we've ranked it No. 1 in this category before. It was surprising, then, that I really didn't like it at first. I found the readings tested up to 0.5 degrees higher than other models when no fever was present. I also thought its disposable lens filters were wasteful. However — and it's a big however — when my daughter came down with a horrible case of flu, I found myself reaching for this model over and over (and the Exergen, which is, hands down, now my No. 1 choice in our home).
I felt bad for routinely checking her 103-plus degree fever with several thermometers, but I'm glad I did. The Kinsa, my early favorite, did not register fevers as accurately as it had with healthy temperatures. Braun's did. The tip was also easier to insert when she was sleeping. It's worth noting that she and my husband cannot stand anything in their ears and did not like the feel of this, more so than other brands. Yet accuracy reigns supreme.
Other wins: It stays true to its promise of a one-second reading, and you can take back-to-back readings. It's ready out of the box with 2 AA batteries in place. Those pesky disposable covers? Well, I admit they're actually very helpful when rechecking high temperatures on an hourly basis.
Pros: Very accurate when fever is present, one-second reading time, age/color-coded results, sleek packaging
Cons: Expensive, not appropriate for babies under 6 months old, button to remove probe covers is overly forceful causing the covers to flip into the air
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- Business Insider 19:05August 12, 2020The best laddersFrom painting the nursery to changing a light bulb or hanging holiday lights, everyday life often calls for a ladder.
The Little Giant 22-Foot Multi-Use Ladder is our top choice because it allows for safe use up high, in stepladder configuration, and even on the stairs. If you find yourself teetering on top of a chair as you reach for a burned-out light bulb, you need to get a ladder. If it's time to paint a room with a ceiling much taller than seven feet, it's ladder time. If there are trees to prune, strands of lights to hang, or gutters to be cleaned, then a good ladder is a great idea.
Buying a ladder is no time to pinch your pennies. According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), there are more than 164,000 annual emergency room visits caused by ladder falls, and as many as 300 annual deaths from falls off ladders. And we're not talking about people tumbling down several stories off of huge industrial-grade ladders: Most ladder fall deaths occurred after a drop of fewer than ten feet.
While I'm not a certified home inspector, I do own three ladders and have been through a few more in my day. From repairs in and around the house to landscaping to hanging pictures to replacing scores of bulbs over the years, I can say I've certainly never regretted the fact that we've always chosen decent hardware in the ladder department.
If all you need are a few extra feet of height to reach shelves in the kitchen or light fixtures in the bathroom, then a smaller stepladder is fine. If you're painting a room or trimming some smaller trees, an A-frame ladder is a perfect choice. But if you need to be fifteen or twenty feet off the ground (or more), then you need to be ready to spend a chunk of change. It's an investment in safety and efficiency.
Fortunately, many modern ladders are so adaptable that they can elevate you more than twenty feet into the air for some gutter cleaning or roof repair or can fold down into a five-foot stepladder perfect for use in the garage or kitchen. We've included many different types of ladders to suit different needs.
Here are the best ladders: Best overall: Little Giant 22-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder
Best for painting: Louisville Ladder FS1508 Fiberglass Ladder
Best stepladder: Rubbermaid RM-3W Folding 3-Step Stepladder
Best portable: Ohuhu EN131 Telescopic Extension Ladder Updated on 8/12/2020. We updated prices, links, and formatting.The best overall
The Little Giant 22-Foot Multi-Use Ladder is versatile enough for use all around the home and capable enough for use at commercial construction sites.
You know that old adage about using the right tool for the job? Well that's true with more than just hammers, screwdrivers, or monkey wrenches. You need to use the right ladder for the task at hand, too. Fortunately, the Little Giant 22-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder is essentially four different ladders in one, so this one tool can be just right for everything from painting the walls of a stairwell to cleaning the gutters of a two-story home to refinishing a ceiling.
At its full extension, the Little Giant Velocity offers you 22 feet of added height, perfect for reaching the roofline of most homes or smaller commercial facilities. It can also be folded into a freestanding A-frame configuration for use beneath trees or when you're working on walls or ceilings. With its sections adjusted to disparate lengths, you can use this ladder on a staircase and feel as stable as you would on flat ground.
The Little Giant 22-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder exceeds all ANSI and OSHA safety standards, and if it's good enough for the professionals, it's probably good enough for your home. It supports up to 300 pounds, so go ahead and haul some hardware up there with you.
Pros: Versatile configurations, good weight capacity, stable and durable
Cons: Expensive option, proper use requires patience and practice
The best for painting
The Louisville Fiberglass Ladder is not only the perfect height for most residential painting projects, but its clever molded-in features, like a paint can hanger and slots for brushes, make the work cleaner, faster, and safer, too.
Most homes built in the last twenty years have a minimum ceiling height of nine feet. Many newer homes have ten and twelve-foot ceilings, too. With the eight-foot-tall Louisville Ladder FS1508 Fiberglass Ladder, it will be easy for you to reach the ceilings and of course all the wall space in almost any home, or in most commercial locations, too.
Painting requires an A-frame-style ladder. You can't very well lean the top rung of a ladder against the wall you intend to paint, after all, and if you're working on a ceiling, there might not even be any walls nearby that could offer support.
While projects like as changing out a light fixture or swapping an air filter might last only a matter of minutes, painting a room (or exterior) means spending a lot of time on that ladder, so you need to choose one that's stable and sturdy, which this ladder is. Each step is secured with six rugged tubular steel rivets, while the feet consist of thick rubber pads with multiple squares in a waffle iron pattern that allows for excellent stability on all sorts of surfaces.
What sets this ladder away from the herd of other A-frame painting ladders is what you'll find up top. The plastic molded top of this unit features slots perfect for paintbrushes and other tools, a wide cup-holder space suitable for smaller cans of paint or stain (or a cup), a hook for a paint can, and nooks for screws, nails, and other hardware. Why climb up and down all the time when you can stash the stuff you need close at hand?
This ladder comes in multiple height options, though we recommend the 8- or 10-foot option.
Pros: Lightweight and sturdy, convenient tool organization, stable foot design
Cons: Quality control issues see some "new" ladders arrive with damage
The best stepladder
The Rubbermaid Folding 3-Step Stepladder puts those highest shelves and cabinets in easy reach and then tucks away behind the door or in the closet.
The right tool for the right job doesn't always mean the best choice is the biggest, fanciest option out there. This beloved little stepladder weighs in at a mere 13.2 pounds, yet it can safely accommodate up to 200 pounds of weight. For quick tasks like dusting the door frames, wiping down the windows, or grabbing a can of soup from a top shelf in the pantry, it's hard to beat the classic Rubbermaid RMA-3 Folding 3-Step Stepladder.
This handy ladder locks in place in about one second, offering you a top standing height of 27.25 inches above the ground. In most homes, that's enough added elevation for most people to touch the ceiling. When you're finished with this or that little task or project, the stepladder folds flat enough to slide behind any door, to tuck away under a bed or dresser, or even to slip between an appliance and the wall.
You probably won't mind that comfort grip handle on top of the stepladder, either, which helps provide stability during use and easy carrying around the home. The textured steps also help prevent slips.
Pros: Good price for good quality, folds flat for storage, easy to move around house
Cons: Not suitable for outdoor use
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- Business Insider 18:37August 12, 2020The best mopsOther than walls, the largest surface area in your home that needs to be cleaned regularly is the floor, and that means mopping.
Libman Spin Mop and Bucket gives you shiny clean floors in kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms, and can help keep wood floors gleaming.
If you're not sure what type of cleaner to use on your flooring, check out our guide to the best floor cleaners for wood, vinyl, tile, and more. For regular upkeep of hard surfaces like wood, laminate, or stone, a mop is an effective tool, even if it's basic. But mopping is also a dreaded chore.
The first rule of mopping? Sweep or vacuum first. This way, you pick up small debris and dust and you're not just moving dirt around with your mop later. The second rule is to mop weekly so it's more like maintenance work as opposed to a big chore. Waiting until the floor is sticky with grime is what makes mopping such a backbreaker.
For the cleanest floors, you'll want to use a clean mop. If the mop smells bad from bacteria growing in the mop head or looks really dirty, it's going to spread all of that back over your floors. Many of the mops here in our guide have removable heads that can be easily washed and disinfected in a washer.
All of the floors in my home require mopping, so I've been testing mops and cleaning products for decades. I've also been a home economist for companies and publications, so I'm always looking for the most effective and easiest to use products.
Here are the best mops: Best overall: Libman Spin Mop and Bucket
Best on a budget: Libman Wonder Mop
Best for wood floors: Swiffer WetJet Wood Mopping Kit
Best for ceramic tile floors: Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Mop with Scrub Brush
Best disposable mopping system: Swiffer Sweeper Dry and Wet Prices and links are current as of 8/12/2020. We've also added a section of mops we're looking forward to testing for another update of this guide.The best overall
With the Libman Spin Mop and Bucket you can clean every hard surface floor in your home with the same mop, from dry-dusting hardwood to wet mopping sticky kitchen messes.
If you have multiple types of hard surface floors to clean in your home, it can be expensive to buy several different mops and frustrating to store them. With the Libman Spin Mop and Bucket, you can clean every floor with just one mop.
Libman combined a deep-cleaning microfiber mop and a mop bucket with a stainless-steel spin chamber to give you everything you need for mopping. The microfiber mop works great as both a dry-dust mop and a slightly damp mop for hardwood floors. Then, with the right cleaning solution, it's perfect for scrubbing dirty floors in the bathroom and kitchen. The head is removable from the handle and can go straight into the washing machine to be cleaned.
I'm particularly impressed with the durable, adjustable stainless-steel mop handle and the stainless-steel spin bucket. Other brands have plastic components that are more prone to breaking.
With the lever system to activate the spinning mechanism, my hands never have to touch the mopping water, and I can adjust the amount of moisture left in the mop head. I've been using it for many months with no issues, but it's good to know that replacement mop heads are available if this one ever wears out.
Pros: Simple to use for all hard surface floors, hands never have to touch water, easy to assemble, removable and replaceable mop head
Cons: Plastic lever can break if used with excessive force
The best on a budget
Want clean floors without breaking the bank? Libman Wonder Mop uses microfiber strips, wrings out easily (but keeps hands dry), and is easy on the wallet.
If you are looking for a good, basic mop, the Libman Wonder Mop is inexpensive but durable.
Despite the multiple components of the mop, it's also quite compact. The mop head can be removed and tossed in the washer for a good cleaning, the built-in wringer keeps your hands out of the cleaning solution, though it's not ideal for anyone with limited mobility or movement.
I've owned a Wonder Mop for many years and found an amazing number of ways to use it beyond mopping the floor. Since the head is made of microfiber that attracts dust, I pull down the wringer sleeve to shorten the mop fibers into something resembling a stiff brush. I then use the mop to reach corners that seem to attract every spider web and insect possible. I've used the mop to absorb water from ice chests and to capture spills in car trunks. All this in addition to actually mopping floors.
Since I use it so often, I buy a couple of replacement heads so I can always be sure to have an extra for non-mopping use. When I do use it for regular mopping, I find that with hot water and a good floor cleaner, the mop does a very good job.
Pros: Microfiber head is removable and machine washable, wringing action keeps hands dry, can be used wet or dry, the mop head is replaceable
Cons: Wringer can be difficult for someone with limited hand and wrist movement
The best for wood floors
The easy to use Swiffer WetJet Wood Mopping Kit gives you everything you need for shiny, streak-free wood floors.
Whether you have solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors, the Swiffer WetJet Wood Mop will make cleaning them a breeze. With disposable cleaning pads and an all-in-one mop and cleaning solution, it's a no-mess, no-fuss cleaning system.
Hardwood floors can easily be ruined if you don't clean them correctly. They don't stand up well to regular mopping with a strong cleaner and lots of water. Instead, when muddy tracks and spills happen, a delicate touch is best. As with any floor, they must be swept, vacuumed, or dry-dusted before any cleaning with a mop.
I love the Swiffer WetJet Wood Mopping Kit for many reasons. The pads are disposable so I can begin each cleaning session with a fresh surface. The cleaning solution is "built-in" to the mop so with just a touch of the battery-operated micro-mist spray, I can add the solution to the floor while I mop. And, as a bonus, the nozzles are illuminated so I can see just how much solution is hitting the floor and check if the area is dry after mopping.
With the Swiffer WetJet Wood Kit, you get the power mop, five mopping pads, a bottle of wood floor cleaner, and four batteries. You can easily buy refill bottles and pads and there are cleaning solutions for other types of floors like vinyl, stone, and ceramic tile.
If you have problems with the Swiffer WetJet, Procter & Gamble's customer service is very helpful with tips to get you mopping again.
Pros: Compact, all-in-one mop and floor cleaner, cleaning solutions for other types of floors are interchangeable, refills are simple to find, great customer service
Cons: Spray nozzles can become clogged if the mop isn't used regularly, cleaning pads aren't reusable, pricier to maintain
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