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The 5 Best Teapots on Amazon Under $30, According to Shoppers

The 5 Best Teapots on Amazon Under $30, According to Shoppers

These stunning tea pots may even convert the most staunch coffee lover.

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Teapots aren’t just functional; they can also be a beautiful addition to your kitchen. We combed through Amazon's top-selling options for the five best teapots, according to reviews. All of these picks have over 980 four-star reviews—and four of them have racked up over 1,200—so you know they’re legit.

These teapots will help you brew a better earl grey or green tea. And if you’ve never tried loose leaf tea, this is your golden opportunity (seriously, throw away those stale tea bags ASAP) The best part? Most of these start at $17 and are Prime eligible, so you can get brewing in no time.

Hiware Teapot

This gorgeous glass teapot has a stainless-steel infuser to ensure your loose leaf teas steep beautifully, without depositing unwanted grit or leaves into your tea. It’s also safe for the dishwasher and can be used on your stovetop.

Adiago Teas IngeniTEA Iced Tea Teapot

This plastic teapot releases infused tea directly into your cup when you’re ready. Simply place the pot over the mouth of your mug or cup and the tea will drain from the bottom. Steep loose leaf tea longer and pour over ice for a refreshing beverage, or drink hot tea straight out of the pot.

Hario Cha Cha Kysusu “Maru” Tea Pot

This glass teapot is unique for its larger tea strainer. It gives tea leaves room to “bloom,” and infuse their flavor. Bonus: Heat-resistant glass makes this teapot safe for your stove and dishwasher.

RSVP Large 6-Cup Stoneware Teapot

This teapot is simple and sweet, but we love that it comes in nine different colors. A strainer is included, and can be removed once tea is ready, so you can serve your tea right out of the pot.

Tea Beyond Glass Teapot

Tea party enthusiasts (and Beauty and the Beast fans) need this gorgeous glass teapot. It comes in varying colors and designs—from roses to butterflies—and ranges in size from 20 to 50 ounces. This teapot is practically made for brewing blooming teas.


The Best Recumbent Bikes for Low-Impact Workouts, According to Reviews

When you want to get your heart pumping, a good cardio workout can do wonders. Over the past few years, cycling has undoubtedly become one of the most popular types of cardio - and for good reason. Not only is it fun and great for building lean muscle, but it&aposs also more gentle than other cardio options. "Cycling is non-weight-bearing, so it reduces the risk of injuries due to wear and tear on your joints, particularly your knees," Robert Mazzeo, Ph.D., associate professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder, previously told Shape

But not all bikes are the same - and if a low-impact workout is your main priority, then a recumbent bike (which has a lower, slightly reclined seat compared to a traditional bike) might be better suited for you than an upright bike. These are the best recumbent bikes on Amazon, according to reviews:

  • Best Overall:Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • Best for Small Spaces:Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
  • Most Comfortable:MaxKare Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • Best Customization:Vanswe Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • Best for Back Support:Sunny Health & Fitness Programmable Recumbent Bike
  • Best Dual-Purpose:Sunny Health & Fitness Recumbent Bike SF-RB4631 with Arm Exerciser
  • Best Investment:Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
  • Best Value:Marnur Recumbent Exercise Bike

"If you want to completely avoid using your upper body, the recumbent bike is great for safely isolating the lower body and creating support for the torso," explains celebrity trainer Ridge Davis. He adds that the reclined seat found on a recumbent bike is ideal for people with lower back injuries and those who want to put less pressure on their joints. 

But that doesn&apost mean it won&apost help you get in a great workout. "It may seem easier because you&aposre reclined and just working the lower body. However, because the lower body is isolated, you&aposre able to give more intention and resistance in a safe manner," Davis says. (Related: The Best Peloton Bike Alternatives On Amazon, According to Reviews)

Deciding which recumbent bike is right for you may be a challenge since there are many different models on the market - but customer reviews can give you a good idea of which one will fit into your own workout routine as well as if it&aposs right for your budget and space. Keep reading to learn more about the best recumbent bikes you can buy in 2021.


The 11 best cleaning tools on Amazon, according to thousands of reviews

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If we’re being honest, spring cleaning doesn’t necessarily end in the spring — it’s more of a year-long commitment. And if you’re like me and find yourself cleaning when trying to blow off a little steam, it can benefit your mental health by helping reduce stress and anxiety.

So when it comes to finding reliable cleaning supplies for every room, my first step is to head to the reviews. There will always be those essentials you know already work for you, but if you’re testing out a new device to help solve a cleaning problem in your home, real-life reviews on Amazon can easily guide your decision.

While you could call the pros to finish your list of cleaning tasks through Amazon’s professional house cleaning service, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular cleaning supplies and gadgets on Amazon that have proven to be customer-favorites. And if you’re not yet an Amazon Prime member, be sure to sign up here.

1. Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner, $11.98 (Orig. $13.98)

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While you might not think about it as an item to clean often, cleaning out your washing machine helps prevent a build-up of odor-causing residue. These handy tablets — with more than 4,700 five stars — can be used once per month during a full washing cycle (without clothes) to remove any lingering grime.

2. The Original Scrub Daddy Pack of Two, $11.99

As one of Shark Tank’s best-selling products of all time, Scrub Daddy sponges are known for their superb multi-use cleaning ability since they get soft in warm water and firm in cold water. Plus, you can easily deep-clean dishes without having to worry about scratching any surfaces.

3. Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, $149.99 (Orig. $199.99)

As a dupe to Dyson’s more expensive cordless vacuum, Tineco’s option has a 350-watt digital motor that works on both carpet and hard floors. With a max suction that’s four times stronger than the average cordless vacuum, it’s no wonder that customers are hooked.

4. Angry Mom Microwave Cleaner, $9.99 (Orig. $11.99)

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Microwaves can be one of the most annoying (and messiest!) areas of your home to clean. But with the hilarious Angry Mama cleaner that actually works, your microwave can be squeaky clean after five to seven minutes of releasing steam to loosen up food residue.

5. TubShroom The Revolutionary Tub Drain Hair Catcher, $12.99

Keep shower drains free of clogging with the nifty TubShroom that acts as a filter to collect hair before it reaches the drain. With no installation required and fitted for standard 1.5-inch bathroom drains, this gadget with more than 14,000 five stars is a no-brainer for every bathroom.

6. Bathroom Surfaces Power Scrubber Cleaning Kit, $14.95

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To get rid of hard-to-tackle stains on tiled surfaces, grout and more, the Drillbrush Power Scrubber is a top pick for effectively removing dirt, spot-cleaning and detailing. Each brush set comes with three different size brushes, but you can also shop more than one color since each of the six options are color-coded for a different cleaning need. With close to 14,000 reviews, customers say it helps completely clean surfaces, and they can’t believe they’ve still been hand-cleaning.

7. Swiffer Dusters Heavy Duty Extender Handle Starter Kit, $17.99

Say goodbye to ignoring dust collections in hard-to-reach areas. This duster starter kit includes everything you need — an extendable handle plus 12 duster refills — to ensure you won’t see a speck of dust again. Whether you need to clean ceiling fans, above the fridge or on top of windowsills, the handle can extend up to three feet.

8. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squeegee, $15.95

Seamlessly clean windows, tiles, shower doors or mirrors thanks to this best-selling tool. With an included suction cup, you can simply hang it in the shower or wherever you’ll use it the most. After garnering 1,500 five stars, customers say this squeegee cleans super fast because of its wide size.

9. Bissell Steam Shot Deluxe Hard-Surface Cleaner, $39.99 (Orig. $49.99)

Clean almost any surface with Bissell’s easy-to-use machine. It allows you to pressure steam clean bathtubs, tile grout or around oven dials. And since the device uses steam, there are no chemicals used or harmful fumes emitted. Along with the machine, you’ll additionally get a nozzle, extension hose, flat scraping tool, grout brush, fabric steamer, window squeegee, angle concentrator and a detail brush.

10. Clorox ToiletWand Disposable Toilet Cleaning System, $8.88

This convenient caddy conceals the toilet brush that comes with replaceable disinfecting heads. Because these wand refills are preloaded with Clorox cleaner that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses, you can skip having to buy an additional toilet bowl cleaner. More than 2,300 shoppers swear by this wand because “its smaller size is better than a regular toilet brush, [and] it gets into small and hard-to-reach places.”

11. ChomChom Roller Dog Hair Remover, $24.95

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If you thought a pet hair lint roller couldn’t go viral, think again. ChomChom’s pet hair remover is now a best seller because of the insane amount of hair it can pick up off of furniture, rugs, carpeting, bedding and other textiles. If you have a pet that sheds, this $25 tool is a game-changer for your home.

If you liked this story, you might like to read about this eco-friendly household cleaning brand.


The 10 best books of 2020, according to Amazon editors

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As the year winds down, the “best of…” lists are starting to roll in. The folks at Amazon already compiled a list the best books of 2020 — and they’re all much cheaper to read with Kindle.

While nothing beats holding the print versions of these chart-topping titles, you can reduce clutter, consolidate space and save money by downloading the Kindle versions onto your e-reader, mobile device or computer.

So, before getting into this impressively diverse list of books, featuring authors like Brittany K. Barnett, Asha Lemmie, Brit Bennett and more, find out why using the Kindle Unlimited service is the perfect way to get in a good read.

Shop: Kindle Unlimited (Special 2 Month Deal), .99 For New Members (Orig. $19.98)

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With Kindle Unlimited, users gain access to millions of titles that are drastically cheaper than print editions. One of the most common ways to use this service is via an Amazon Kindle device, like the one pictured below. But you can also use Kindle Unlimited on another e-reader or most other smart devices, like a smartphone or tablet.

Now, for a limited time, all new Kindle Unlimited subscribers have the option of getting their first two months of service for .99, with their contracts automatically renewing for $9.99 per month once the time frame ends. As with any Kindle Unlimited subscription, it can be canceled at any time.

To access the deal, simply visit the Kindle Unlimited sign-up page here. Select the two-month deal, click “Join Kindle Unlimited” and follow the sign-up instructions.

Keep in mind that this two-month deal is only available for a limited time, so snag it before the price changes.

Shop: Kindle With Built-In Front Light (3 Months Free Kindle Unlimited Included), $89.99

The price differences between the Kindle versions and print editions are pretty significant. For instance, the Kindle version of Blacktop Wasteland, a novel by S. A. Cosby included on this “best of” list, retails for only $2.99, which is 89 percent less than its listed print price.

Now, for the good stuff. Every year, Amazon’s book editors compile a list of their favorite books of that year, ranging across several categories including literature and fiction, mystery and thrillers, biographies, cookbooks and more.

2020’s selections include titles that the book editors could not stop thinking about, raving about and recommending to others. Take a look at their picks, below, which will make perfect gifts for someone on your list or even for yourself.

1. A Knock At Midnight: A Story Of Hope, Justice And Freedom By Brittany K. Barnett, $13.99 (Print List Price: 28)

2. Migrations: A Novel By Charlotte McConaghy, $13.99 (Print List Price: $26.99)

3. Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel By S. A. Cosby, $2.99 (Print List Price: $26.99)

4. Group: How One Therapist And A Circle Of Strangers Saved My Life By Christie Tate, $13.99 (Orig. $27)

5. The Vanishing Half: A Novel By Brit Bennett, $13.99 (Print List Price: $27)

6. Fifty Words For Rain: A Novel By Asha Lemmie, $13.99 (Print List Price: $26)

7. Castle (Oprah’s Book Club): The Origins Of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson, $14.99 (Print List Price: 32)

8. The Girl With The Louding Voice: A Novel By Abi Daré, $13.99 (Print List Price: $26)

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9. Memorial: A Novel By Bryan Washington, $14.99 (Print List Price: $27)

10. Hidden Valley Road: Inside The Mind Of An American Family By Robert Kolker, $8 (Orig. $29.95)


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Best Overall on Amazon: Ninja Professional Countertop Blender

With nearly 20,000 five-star ratings from customers, this Ninja model is easily one of the best blenders on Amazon. Whether you want to make a batch of nutritious smoothies or frozen treats, the 72-ounce countertop blender can do it all-and at record speed. The six-blade construction and 1,000-watt base makes it a powerful way to crush ice or frozen fruits in just seconds, which many customers attest to, praising its power and equally impressive durability. One wrote, "I've had my Ninja for nearly four years and it's still going strong."

Best Countertop Blender: NutriBullet Pro

Another customer-loved model, this sleek and compact NutriBullet blender is the best countertop option (and it has nearly 13,000 perfect Amazon ratings to its name). The compact size won't take up a lot of precious counter space, but thanks to a 900-watt motor, it's still powerful enough to blend everything from veggies to ice to tough foods like nuts for almond butter. In true NutriBullet fashion, it's extremely easy to operate-simply fill the BPA-free plastic cup with your desired ingredients, then push and twist the cup into the motor to blend. And since the pieces are dishwasher-safe, shoppers rave that it's "very easy to clean."

This particular version comes in 11 color choices-including fun shades like rose gold-and convenient to-go cups so you can whip up a smoothie on your way out the door. One customer wrote: "It blends so fast and so smoothly just within one minute! And cleaning is very easy. This is my usual breakfast and so saves me a lot of time."

Best Glass Option: Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender

Numerous shoppers on Amazon call this $30 glass blender "the best ever." The sturdy glass material is complemented by 700 watts of power and 12 blending functions, all of which make this 40-ounce blender an incredible value for the money. Customers especially like the jar's spout that makes it easy to pour your smoothie or other concoction into a glass, mess-free, once it's blended. One person called it a "smoothie master," while another said, "this blender is really great! It works great, sturdy, strong and easy to clean!"

Best for Ice: Black + Decker Powercrush Digital Countertop Blender

"Quiet" is probably the last word you'd use to describe a blender that crushes ice, but that's exactly what this Black + Decker countertop blender is designed to be. Its 900-watt motor and unique four-tip blade make it perfect for ice and frozen drinks, and all of the parts are dishwasher-safe. Plus, the 48-ounce glass blender has three power levels and a special pulse/ice crush function for added convenience. One Wayfair reviewer said: "It amazes me how quiet the blender is yet how powerful it is."

Best Personal: Hamilton Beach Personal Blender

Personal blenders are popular because of their convenience and portability, and this Hamilton Beach option checks off those boxes. Featuring a no-frills design with a single button, this small blender couldn't be easier to operate. Simply blend a single serving and take it to go in the BPA-free plastic container that doubles as a travel cup. Not to mention, at just $20, it's the most affordable blender we've found. And the low price point doesn't mean it skimps on quality: it has a whopping 11,000 five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers who call it a "great little travel blender" and say it's "powerful, compact, [and] easy to clean."

Best Ninja Option: Ninja Personal Blender

Ninja is arguably one of the most recognizable blender brands on the market, and if you're looking to give Ninja a try, this top-rated personal blender is a great option. Whether you're making a smoothie, juice, or a dressing, the 700-watt single-serve model has a powerful pulse function that easily (and quickly) blends ingredients when you push down on the container. And even though it's fairly compact, it's still great at blending ice, shoppers say. Plus, you'll get two 16-ounce cups-and a to-go lid for each-with your purchase.

One customer said it's "the most thorough blender" they've ever used for smoothies, while another said it's "worth every penny."

Best Blender and Food Processor: Oster Blender with Food Processor Attachment

If you're in the market for a two-in-one blender and food processor, this combination model from Oster is a workhorse in the kitchen. With a hefty 1200 watts of power, the appliance uses a sturdy stainless steel blade and dual-action movement to quickly chop and blend ingredients in no time. Whether you're using the six-cup glass jar blender or the five-cup food processor attachment, the strong base will provide powerful support for any recipe you have in mind. One customer called it "life-changing" while numerous others said it's a great value.

Best Immersion: Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick Immersion Hand Blender

An immersion blender, or hand blender, is a must-have tool in any kitchen-especially if you like to whip up a lot of liquidy dishes like soups, sauces, or dips. According to more than 29,000 shoppers, this Mueller Austria stick blender is worth five stars-in fact, it's the best-selling hand blender on Amazon.

The small but mighty machine is powered by 500 watts, while its brushed stainless steel design is attractive enough to be displayed on the counter. Plus, it comes with a bonus blade and a whisk attachment. People rave over its well-made, top-quality construction and powerful operation. There are even hundreds of reviews that specifically call it the "best hand blender."

Best for Smoothies: Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Whether your ingredients are fresh or frozen, this blender for smoothies can do it all. The 1,000-watt motor is strong enough to crush ice and tough ingredients-think nuts and seeds-almost instantly. The stainless steel blades are designed to pulverize through stems, skins, and seeds to give you a smooth, even texture every time. It even comes with an 18- and 24-ounce cup, each equipped with spout lids for easy drinking and pouring. It's no wonder nearly 10,000 customers gave this Ninja blender a perfect rating.

Most Versatile: Black + Decker Multi-Function Blender

This versatile blender can tackle any task you give it, whether that's crushing ice or turning bread crumbs into a fine powder. The highly rated glass blender from Black + Decker is capable of everything from chopping to mincing to pureeing. Its 48-ounce blending cup allows it to blend a larger amount of ingredients than many similar options, and its four-speed control panel is straightforward and easy to operate.

One Wayfair customer said they've used it "with great success" to make everything from margaritas to pureed Thai soup. Another wrote: "The best blender I have ever owned. Very quite compared to other ones. Very powerful to do anything."


The 14 Best Folding Chairs on Amazon

  • Best Metal:Flash Furniture Hercules Series Metal Folding Chair
  • Best Built-In Side Table:Coleman Camp Chair with Side Table
  • Best Bar Stool:Trademark Home Folding Stool
  • Best Set:Flash Furniture Hercules Series 10-Pack Folding Chairs
  • Best Lawn Chair:Lawn Chair USA Webbing Chair
  • Best Lounger:Ostrich Chaise Lounge
  • Best for the Beach:RIO Beach 4-Position Lace-Up Backpack Folding Beach Chair
  • Most Compact:TravelChair Compact Folding Tripod Stool
  • Best for Camping:Amazon Basics Outdoor Zero Gravity Lounge Folding Chair
  • Best Rocking Chair:GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Chair
  • Best Canopy Chair:Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Chair
  • Best for Tailgating:Coleman Camping Chair with Built-in 4 Can Cooler
  • Best for Dorm Rooms:Urban Shop Faux Fur Folding Saucer Chair
  • Best Floor Folding Chair:BonVIVO Easy II Padded Foldable Floor Chair

1. A reusable straw for sustainable sipping

Keep these at home or at your office.

Reviews: 7,199
Average rating: 4.7 stars

Whether you’re trying to be more eco-conscious or just tired of buying and throwing away plastic straws all the time, a pack of reusable straws is a good option. People love this four-pack because they’re affordable, easy to clean, and don’t alter the taste of what you’re drinking. Not only are they popular among Amazon shoppers, but these SipWell straws are the best affordable reusable straws we’ve ever tested, and we loved sipping with them, too.


Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed with This Sheet Pan

In the grand scheme of all things dinner and dessert, there’s not much a sheet pan can’t do. Roast all the vegetables your heart desires, throw on frozen shrimp, make an easy sheet pan dinner and cut cleanup time in half, bake a dozen cookies, or even try this fun rolled ice cream technique in the comfort of your own home. Simply put: With a great sheet pan, the possibilities are endless.

What’s a great sheet pan, though? Well, this is the bestselling sheet pan on all of Amazon: the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Big Sheet. It’s sturdy, is guaranteed to never rust or warp, and also boasts superior heat conductivity (so you don’t have to worry about pesky hot spots).

Buy: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Big Sheet, $18

This workhorse also just so happens to be the go-to sheet pan of Angela Davis, the blogging extraordinaire behind The Kitchenista Diaries. We chatted with her recently and she confessed, “I love my heavy-duty sheet pan. Don’t just use a regular cookie sheet — there’s a big difference in the way they perform.”

Most Amazon shoppers seem to agree with Angela. The Nordic Ware baking sheet has more than 3,000 reviews from happy customers, and 81 percent of those reviews are five-star ratings. Here’s what reviewers have to say.

“These are impressive! They don’t warp, which is crucial when using to bake cakes. I typically use parchment paper to line, therefore clean up is a snap. These Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Sheets are indispensable and I wish I found them sooner!”

“The quality is outstanding. The heavy-gauge wire under the rim prevents warping from heat, and the thickness of the metal transmits heat beautifully.”

“I am very impressed by this bakeware. It is made from a single sheet of metal. It feels substantial in your hand. It is thick and rigid. I do not see this bending or warping at anytime in the future. The rim is just as solid. This tray can be picked up with one hand and does not bend or flex in any way. Plus it’s Made in America. All bakeware should be as good as this!”


What makes Vitamix blenders so great?

"At a minimum, a good machine should be capable of processing tough, fibrous, and icy materials—like leafy greens, frozen fruit, and ice cubes—into a smooth puree," writes Sarah Karnasiewicz in our test to find the best blender. "It should also have strength and stamina, with a build quality that doesn&apost crack or leak under repeated use and a motor powerful enough that it won&apost smoke or sputter out at the first challenge."

Vitamix machines definitely go above and beyond that minimum for a couple of reasons. First, all Vitamix blades are made with aircraft-grade stainless steel, which easily tackles ingredients like nuts, seeds, and coffee beans. Plus, they&aposre tough enough to last for years, meaning speedy smoothies for years to come.

Another component that makes Vitamixes last so long is their cool-running motors. Over the Ohio-based company&aposs near-century of business, Vitamix engineers have designed and perfected a system that allows air to flow around the motor, channeling cooling temps to the spots that need it so it won&apost overheat. Not only does this make Vitamix blenders quieter than others on the market, but it also keeps those blades turning for decades.

A powerful blender is no use if it&aposs confusing to operate or cumbersome to clean. Whether you opt for a tactile dial or a smart touchscreen interface, Vitamix machines are designed with simple speed controls that you can adjust throughout the blend. What&aposs more, with a drop of dish soap and warm water, the Vitamix machine cleans itself in 30 to 60 seconds.

Lastly, one of the most beloved aspects of Vitamix is its customer support. New machines are insured by up to a 10-year full warranty that covers parts, performance, and return shipping both ways. (Certified Reconditioned Vitamix blenders are covered by a five-year warranty.) In addition, the Vitamix website is chock-full of tips, tricks, and information on its machines, and also hosts a forum for passionate users to connect.

Now, on to the top-rated blenders.

Best Rated: Vitamix 5200 Blender

With over 3,700 reviews and 3,100 perfect ratings, the Vitamix 5200 is Amazon&aposs best-rated Vitamix. Users gush about the machine&aposs power and dependability, calling it the "Chuck Norris of blenders" and "a way of life." And it&aposs not hard to see why. It features a classic, simple design that makes it a great introduction to the brand.

The 5200, Vitamix&aposs basic model, has a tall, 64-ounce container and easy-to-use variable speed dial, which runs from truly quiet, low settings to electrifying high speeds with impressive subtlety. Its aircraft-grade stainless steel blades easily pulverize seeds and nuts for homemade butters, and are also capable of the famous Vitamix ability to transform cold ingredients to steaming hot soup in about six minutes. (And for adventurous bakers, the 5200 can also mill grains.) And unlike other blenders, the 5200&aposs radial cooling fan and thermal protection system keep your machine from overheating.

"Just ordered a 3rd Vitamix 5200," said a small business owner. "I have had two since 2001. They each lasted about 8 years with heavy use. I use them in a small Espresso bar and I figure they each blended 25,000 to 40,000 drinks each before dying. For home-use the Vitamix should go forever." 

To buy: $450 (originally $550) at amazon.com

Best Overall: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

When people gush about Vitamix in practically reverent tones, it&aposs likely they&aposre thinking of the company&aposs Ascent series𠅊nd the A3500 is the top of the line. With the A3500, you get the Ascent platform with its wireless connectivity and a system of Self-Detect containers, easy-to-clean touchscreen controls, a programmable built-in timer, and a clear locking lid to keep an eye on how your ingredients are blending. You can even pair your A3500 with the Vitamix Perfect Blend App to get access to 17 programs and hundreds of recipes.

Hundreds of shoppers, including dozens who rate the blenders five stars on Amazon, swear by the power of the machine. They rave about how much quieter the A3500 is than older versions, as well as how much of a difference the wireless connectivity makes.

"$600 for a blender seems silly, but I would make this purchase again," one said. "The A3500 is built like a tank, beautiful to look at, and noticeably quieter than my friends&apos older Vitamix models."

"The best of the best," a second shopper wrote. "I&aposve been wanting a Vitamix for awhile now and I&aposm so happy I finally made the purchase. I use this thing everyday and can&apost help but smile with amazement everytime. This thing is a workhorse! As a peanut butter junkie, Vitamix scratches that itch. Making homemade nut butter is so easy with this and it&aposs done in less than a minute. Not to mention peanut butter tastes so much better homemade than store bought. You can control what goes into every batch. Ice cream and smoothies are also a breeze with this machine. I was afraid of a learning curve, but the A3500 makes blending so easy. My favorite feature is the set and walk away or maybe it&aposs the use of the Vitamix app to control my blend? Either way this thing has changed my nutritional life and I&aposm so happy I pulled the trigger on it."

To buy: $600 (originally $700) at amazon.com

Best for Precision: Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender

For a smart appliance that gives you tactile control, look at Vitamix&aposs A2300 Ascent blender. It has the same wireless and Bluetooth connectivity as the A3500 model, but offers a variable dial control to manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe. It also features a built-in timer to make it easier to blend and multitask and automatically adjusts to Vitamix&aposs wide variety of cup, bowl, and container sizes.

Amazon shoppers love their A2300 machines for their convenience and performance, saying it&aposs "the best blender out there." It&aposs no wonder it&aposs earned a 4.7-star rating.

"Not only amazed by the power it has but also by the control," one said. "I do a lot of tropical fruit juices, passion fruit is a big hit at home (in Brazil). Blending passion fruit on speed 1 gets the pulp out without breaking the seeds, producing a much better juice."

Another added, "This thing tears through any food item you place inside of it. We purchased it to replace an aging Cuisinart blender, and the difference is night and day. Previous smoothies would sometimes have a few chucks left over, but with this it is 100% liquid."

Best Quality: Vitamix 5300 Blender (Renewed)

Reconditioned Vitamix blenders cost hundreds of dollars less than their brand-new counterparts. If something is too good to be true, it&aposs ok to be a bit suspicious, right? Well, we have good news you can actually trust: Those Reconditioned Vitamixes are worth getting. 

Yes, "reconditioned" means previously owned, but in order to make it into your waiting arms, certified-reconditioned Vitamix blenders go through a rigorous 17-step process where all of the components are tested to ensure they work. During the procedure, specialists fix elements like dull blades or unstable rubber feet, as well as replace the container and tamper. In addition, any machine older than five years is automatically disqualified and recycled. After your blender is re-boxed and arrives on your doorstep, you can rest easy with Vitamix&aposs three- or five-year warranty, which repairs or replaces machine parts at no charge (including shipping). 

This 5300 is a prime example of when reconditioned just makes sense. Just like unused versions, it has those incredible stainless steel blades and simple-to-use speed dial. It also has a low-profile 64-ounce container that is ideal for large batches and easily fits in kitchen cabinets.  But while a new machine will cost you more than $500, this renewed blender is just $359 on Amazon. And judging by the hundreds of five-star reviews and 4.6-star rating, it seems like customers are more than satisfied.

"When I discovered Vitamix&aposs certified reconditioned blenders I felt, at first, that they were too good to be true," wrote a college student looking for a blender that would last. "But as soon as I saw it and used it I knew I&aposd made the best decision. My certified reconditioned Vitamix looked and smelled so pristine and new! It worked great the first time. I made a chocolate banana smoothie and it effortlessly pulverized the frozen banana and ice cubes in less than 30 seconds. The result was the smoothest smoothie I&aposve ever had. I have used it several times and every time I am amazed!"

Another added, "Though refurbished, it looked totally new when I received it. I couldn&apost see any signs of wear and it&aposs now been almost a year and I have to say it&aposs one of my favorite and most used appliances. I opted for the model with a shorter profile to fit under my cabinets. I was worried that due to its wider proportions, I&aposd have a harder time blending smaller amounts, but that hasn&apost been a problem for me at all." 


The 10 Best Epilators That'll Have You Tossing Your Razor

When it comes to hair removal methods, the options really are more varied than you might think (but don&apost think that you need to rid your body of hair - keep in mind this is purely personal preference). Sure, there&aposs shaving and waxing, but there&aposs also a lesser-known - and highly effective - method that flies somewhat under the radar: epilating.

"An epilator is an electronic machine that uses rotating tweezers on a spinning wheel to remove multiple hairs, even super tiny ones, all at once," explains Stacy Chimento, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Riverchase Dermatology in Miami. Unlike shaving, which only slices the hair off at the surface of the skin, epilators remove the roots of the hair, adds Dr. Chimento. This is similar to what happens with waxing, where the hair is also removed at the root. The key difference being that during epilating no skin cells are removed along with the hairs, minimizing the risk of irritation. Hair removal creams work by breaking down the hair&aposs protein structure so the hair is removed slightly below the surface of the skin, but, like shaving, these do not get rid of the root. Not to mention, epilating is undoubtedly much simpler and less messy than waxing, hair removal creams, or even shaving, for that matter.

Getting to the root of the issue (pun intended) is what makes epilating such an effective hair removal process. "Epilators leave the newly grown hair thinner than before, and it takes much longer for hair to grow back in the first place compared to shaving and hair removal creams," points out Dr. Chimento. The other benefit? You can use an epilator pretty much anywhere on your body: arms, legs, face, bikini line, armpits, you name it. Here&aposs the thing: Epilating doesn&apost feel great, and some might say it&aposs downright painful, so just keep that in mind going in. It&aposs also going to feel more uncomfortable on areas where the skin is more sensitive, such as the bikini line and face, she adds. A larger, less sensitive area, such as the legs, is a great place for newbies to first try an epilator. (Related: Your Complete Guide to Body Hair Removal and Grooming.)

So, how exactly do you use an epilator? There is some prep required. Epilators work best when the hair is shorter, since the tweezers can pull hairsਊs small as 0.5 mm in length and it will be less painful than grabbing long hairs, notes Dr. Chimento, who suggests shaving the area one to four days prior to using one. You&aposll also want to exfoliate the day before, a key step when it comes to preventing ingrown hairs. Then decide whether you&aposre going to epilate on wet or dry skin. "Dry skin is usually more effective and takes less time than wet epilation, however, it&aposs generally more painful," she explains. If you&aposre going to work on dry skin, make sure skin is clean, free of any moisturizers or oils, and completely dry. If you&aposre epilating wet, soak skin in warm water for five to 10 minutes (either in a bath or the shower), then place a little bit of shower gel on the head of the epilator, recommends Dr. Chimento. Regardless, make sure to move the epilator against the direction your hair is growing and move slowly if you move too quicklyꂬross the skin, you&aposre likely to miss hairs and you&aposll just have to go over the area again (which is also fine, FTR). Moisturize afterward, and you&aposre good to go.

Ready to try an epilator? Here are 10 of the best, based on dermatologist picks and consumer reviews.