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3 Best Smart Scales (2024): Luxe, Budget, and All App-Connected

3 Best Smart Scales (2024): Luxe, Budget, and All App-Connected

[ad_1] The humble bathroom scale has long been overdue to learn some new tricks. After all, who needs to devote precious real estate to a device whose purpose is merely to tell you your weight? The “smart scale” category sprung to life in the early days of the internet of things, but early models weren’t always the best, hampered by connectivity issues and general usability problems. As such, the category has largely stagnated; only a handful of companies are now making the devices, and some haven’t updated their product line in years. Only recently has that started to change, as newer, faster, and all-around better products have begun to hit the market again. Not only can newer smart scales track a bevy of health metrics for multiple members of your household via sophisticated mobile apps, but they’ve also ironed out all the kinks, so it’s easier than ever to track your weight. Just how smart can a scale be? And which should you buy? If an accurate weight is what’s most important to you, don’t …

The Best Period Underwear, Menstrual Cups, and Reusable Pads (2024)

The Best Period Underwear, Menstrual Cups, and Reusable Pads (2024)

[ad_1] Most period underwear isn’t cheap, but you can save money in the long run by not having to stock up on so many tampons or pads. Start out with a pair to see what styles you like; eventually, you can get enough to last your whole cycle. Period underwear is rated for absorbency levels. Some brands state these by teaspoons of liquid or compare it to the number of tampons they replace; we’ve noted them here. Our Favorite Pair Of all the period underwear in my dresser drawer, I reach for Knix first. The pairs range from $20 to $42, and there are lots of bundles. The nylon pairs are so silky smooth and cool, like you’re wearing fancy skivvies, and they don’t dig in anywhere. If you prefer cotton, the brand has those too. Even the super-absorbency pairs don’t feel thick—they don’t even feel like a pad. I wear the Dream Shorts ($42) to bed regularly, even when I’m not on my period. Knix has five absorbency levels: Lightest (.5-1 tampon), Light (1-3 …

Best Registries for Weddings and Baby Showers (2024): Advice and Tips

Best Registries for Weddings and Baby Showers (2024): Advice and Tips

[ad_1] In the span of a year and a half, I had two weddings (one was a Covid-lockdown elopement, the other a post-lockdown reception) and a baby shower. I made multiple online registries in that time, because in true product reviewer fashion, I wanted to try every single popular one before choosing my favorite. A good wedding registry or baby registry is easy for you to create, and for your loved ones to shop on your behalf without worrying whether you already have an air fryer or high-quality bed sheets. The best registries are easy to navigate and buy from because, let’s be honest: You’re not getting as many gifts if it’s a pain in the rear to shop for you. Not all registries are equal, and there are a ton of options to navigate. Here’s what you should keep in mind as you choose an online registry and which ones we like best—based on my own research and testing plus feedback from other WIRED reviewers. Updated May 2024: We’ve added notes on Joy’s baby …

36 Best Graduation Gifts (2024): For College Grads

36 Best Graduation Gifts (2024): For College Grads

[ad_1] Securing a degree is always worth celebrating, but the past few graduating classes have overcome more than the standard all-nighters and strict professors. After dealing with an ongoing pandemic, remote learning, and the rising prices of everything from food to fuel, the graduates of 2024 have succeeded against all odds. It may feel tough to find a gift that perfectly summarizes how proud of them you are, but we’ve compiled a list that might help. There are gifts for their first grown-up job, a move to a new city, or some well-deserved summer relaxation as they plot their next adventure. Don’t see anything here you like? Check out our other buying guides, like the Best Laptop Backpacks, Best Electric Scooters, Best Electric Bikes, and Best Cheap Headphones. Updated May 2024: We added the newest versions of all our favorite recommendations. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you’d like). Subscriptions help fund the work we …

10 best moisturisers for dry skin: Hydrating moisturizers tried & tested

10 best moisturisers for dry skin: Hydrating moisturizers tried & tested

[ad_1] Moisturiser is without a doubt the most important factor in any skincare routine, so finding the right one to match your skin type is key. Those with dry skin will understand the struggle of maintaining a hydrated complexion throughout the year, but there are plenty of options around that are specifically designed to keep dry and flaky skin at bay.  With so many moisturizers for dry skin on the market right now, it can be hard to figure out which one to choose. That’s why we’ve spoken to the experts, Dermatologist Dr Alexis Granite and Elizabeth Arden Training Manager Craig van der Merwe, who have given their industry knowledge on the best moisturisers for dry skin, along with advice on how to manage your skin type. The HELLO! shopping Team has also weighed in, sharing the hydrating products they can’t live without, from Clinique to Charlotte Tilbury, CeraVe, and more.  What to look for in a moisturiser for dry skin Skincare expert Craig van der Merwe told us: “Hydration in a moisturiser is all …

Razer Blade 18 (2024) Review: The Gaming Laptop of the Future

Razer Blade 18 (2024) Review: The Gaming Laptop of the Future

[ad_1] Razer’s Blade 14 is my go-to recommendation for anyone hunting for a good gaming laptop, but as impressive as it is, it trades power for portability. If that’s the kind of sacrifice you don’t want to make, then say hello to the Razer Blade 18—this is the powerhouse you’re looking for. Side-by-side with the Razer Blade 14, the Blade 18 looks like a protective big brother. You can see the family resemblance, but the larger Blade is more imposing. Its 18-inch Mini LED display is so bright it’s almost overwhelming in dark rooms, and it produces vivid colors that rival the already stunning screen on the Blade 14. The Blade 18 starts at $3,100, but the model I tested is $4,500. You get a lot of power for the price. It packs a 14th-generation Intel Core i9 14900HX processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU (upgradable to the beastly RTX 4090, which is what I tested), 32 GB of RAM, and a 1-terabyte solid-state drive. It’s the kind of power that can tear …

5 Best Juicers (2023): Centrifugal, Slow, Masticating

5 Best Juicers (2023): Centrifugal, Slow, Masticating

[ad_1] Juicers aren’t just for healthy wheatgrass shots and tall green juices. The latest designs can conjure up so much more with fresh smoothies, sorbets, and nut milks all just a whizz away. Delicious cocktails, mocktails, and chilled yogurts can all be made in a good juicer, as can wholesome baby food for weaning juniors. Sure, it might be easier to buy juice from the grocery store, but making your own juice from scratch is far more satisfying, we say, with no added sugar or preservatives to dull the flavor. You will need to prep correctly to get the best performance from the juicer—chopping and washing your fruit and veg so it fits neatly in the feeding chute, and picking the correct mesh filter for the task at hand—but the end game with a delicious drink in hand is definitely worth the graft. And once you’ve mastered the art of juicing, there’s no going back. A chilled fruit juice for breakfast can taste far more nutritious than carton juice, while a freshly-squeezed pomegranate daiquiri at …

5 Best USB Hubs (2024): USB-C, USB-A, Portable

5 Best USB Hubs (2024): USB-C, USB-A, Portable

[ad_1] Your laptop never has enough ports—especially if it’s the Macbook Air this guide was written on. You can carry around an array of dongles to plug everything in, or you can nab one of these USB hubs. Hubs expand the number and kind of ports available from one device so you can cut down on the clutter. After testing dozens over the years, these are the best USB hubs I’ve found for different needs. Hunting for more home-office gizmos and gadgets? Check out our other guides, including the Ultimate Work-From-Home Gear, the Best Office Chairs, the Best USB Flash Drives, and the Best Portable External Storage Drives. Update May 2024: Added the Monoprice 5-in-1 USB-C Hub, Satechi USB-C Multiport 8K Hub, and Ugreen Revodok Pro 211 Docking Station. Special offer for Gear readers: Get WIRED for just $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com, full Gear coverage, and subscriber-only newsletters. Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day. Do You Need a Hub or a Docking Station? USB hubs are small, …

Eureka E10 Review: An Adorably Dumb Robot Vacuum

Eureka E10 Review: An Adorably Dumb Robot Vacuum

[ad_1] This is not the best robot vacuum I have tested. The Eureka E10 is fairly affordable in the face of other robot mop-vacs; our recommendation for an affordable option is $800, while the E10 is $600. You might think to yourself, why buy a more expensive model then? Why spend more if I don’t have to? The Eureka is a little dumb. It bumps into so many things you’d think it’s wearing a blindfold, and if I move the vacuum around too much–like flipping it over to cut the hair on the brush, or my toddler gets curious and pushes it around–it will forget where it is and wipe my home map from its memory. It’s adorably dumb when it can’t figure out how to get around my husband’s office chair, and infuriatingly dumb when it gets itself stuck on the same patch of rug-to-carpet transition five times in a row. It’s not a bad vacuum. If you can find it on sale and mostly want it for carpet cleaning, you’ll likely be satisfied. …

9 best white summer dresses for 2024: From mini to maxi & they’re all washable

9 best white summer dresses for 2024: From mini to maxi & they’re all washable

[ad_1] The sun is shining and if you’re anything like me you’ll be looking in your wardrobe wondering what the hell to wear. Y’see, weather like this calls for the LWD – the little white dress. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be little. It can be short, midi or maxi – it just needs to be white. If you’re looking for a wonderful white summer dress, don’t worry, we’ve got you. We’ve perused the virtual aisles for the best white summer dresses for 2024… A case for the white summer dress “The white summer dress transcends trends and stands the test of time,” says Personal Stylist Helen Richardson. “Its timeless appeal lies in its simplicity and versatility. Like a blank canvas, the white summer dress invites endless possibilities for personal expression. Its purity and crispness expresses a sense of freshness and vitality, perfectly mirroring the carefree spirit of summer. From garden parties to beachside soirées, the white summer dress effortlessly adapts to any occasion, making it a staple in every fashion enthusiast’s wardrobe. …