The Best Upholstery Cleaners for Every Kind of Stain Removal

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Vacuum cleaners and regular cleaning solutions work well, but what works even better when cleaning your upholstery is a dedicated upholstery cleaning machine that combines the two. We’ve looked at the best of every size out there.

Each of these upholstery cleaners is ideal for cleaning up food stains, marks from pets, or simply when the kids have decided to draw all over the couch instead of their coloring books. Consider them the best way to keep your furniture, carpet, and even car interiors looking as good as new.

Here’s a look at the best wet upholstery cleaners out there.

Best Handheld Cleaner: Bissell Spotlifter Powerbrush Handheld Deep Cleaner ($60)

Bissell Spotlifter
Bissell

The Bissell Spotlifter Powerbrush Handheld Deep Cleaner is one of the simplest cleaners out there. Simply plug it in, fill it with cleaning solution, and you’re good to go. You hold it like a regular handheld vacuum with continuous suction ensuring that your surfaces don’t get too wet and that any dirt or stains are sucked up quickly.

In addition to the continuous suction, there’s a manual spray trigger so you can opt to spray more solution onto the stain if need be. That’s great for digging up stubborn stains that don’t normally budge. A rotating brush further helps as it loosens up the dirt well before the suction does its thing.

It’s all suitably effortless, right down to how easy it is to remove the water and dirty water tanks after use. Just slot them off the back.

Best Upright Upholstery Cleaner: Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer ($130)

 Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer
Hoover

Prefer to use upright vacuum cleaners? Then the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer is perfect for you. The powerful suction is combined with 360-degree brushes so it can easily contend with the toughest dirt on your furniture or carpets. Rather conveniently, it also has a special nozzle so it evenly cleans surfaces with equal amounts of suction, so you don’t have to worry about missing any key areas.

As well as that, it applies forced heated air to your carpets and surfaces so that drying time is improved. No squelchy carpets to walk around thanks to this feature.

Throw in automatic detergent mixing (and separate tanks for added ease), and it’s hard to pick fault in the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer. It’s perfect for an upright solution with a high quality hand-held feature built right in. For the price, it’s a ridiculously good value that will work on both your couch and your carpets.

Best Portable Upholstery Cleaner: BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner ($125)

BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
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The Essential Running Accessories for Spring

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Spring is nearly here so it’s the perfect time to get back outside and start running again. We’ve got the best and most essential running accessories to make your runs and jogs far more satisfying than before.

It’s a tricky time of year to know how to dress when running. Do you wrap up warm or travel light and risk bad weather? Whichever temperature you pursue, we’ve got some great options here. That’s along with some useful accessories you may not have already considered.

Here’s our pick of essential running accessories for Spring.

Running Shoes: Nike Epic React ($150-$290)

Nike Epic React
Nike

You’re likely to already have a pair of running shoes from last year but do they need a refresh? Are they ageing and not quite as comfy for your feet as they once were? Spring is the perfect time to invest in a new pair. We’ve already extensively looked at the best running shoes available but if you just want to skip ahead and get the best pair out there then you need the Nike Epic React.

They’re quite the investment but they’ll last you a long time. Super lightweight and formed in a way that provides you with a snug but comfortable fit, they’re kind of like running on clouds. Seriously. Best of all, while the average road running shoe should last you about 500 miles, Nike promises these will pass 600 miles or more. That’s a lot of very pleasant bounciness for your feet.

Running T-Shirt: NIKE Men’s Dry Miler Running Top ($10-$90)

NIKE Men's Dry Miler Running Top
Nike

The right running t-shirt makes a big difference in your comfort levels. That’s why the NIKE Men’s Dry Miler Running Top is so useful. It keeps you dry and comfortable thanks to its Dri-FIT technology that pulls sweat away from your skin before quickly evaporating on the fabric’s surface. It makes a huge difference compared to if you wear a regular t-shirt.

Alongside that are mesh panels on the side and entire back so body heat can escape, so you cool down faster. Buy a couple so you always have one available.

Long Sleeve Running Shirt: Adidas Men’s Training Essentials Tech Long Sleeve Tee ($17-$66)

 Adidas Men's Training Essentials Tech Long Sleeve Tee
Adidas

For those that prefer to have their arms covered (or that live in chillier climates), the Adidas Men’s Training Essentials Tech Long Sleeve Tee is the ideal alternative to the Nike Running Top. Again, it’s made from special fabric that wicks away sweat from your skin (this time around, it’s called Climalite), and the material is lightweight and comfortable.

It skips the mesh sides that the Nike shirt provides, so you’re kept a little warmer at all times. If you’re likely to take early morning or late night runs, this is a good way of keeping you warm but not too warm.

Gilet: American Outdoorsman Water Repellent Bonded Fleece Full Zip Vests ($40)

American Outdoorsman Water Repellent Bonded Fleece Full Zip Vests
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The Best Power Banks with Apple Watch Charging

Apple Watch Charger in a purse next to a iPhone and an Apple Watch
UGREEN

A power bank that’s designed with your Apple Watch in mind is a very useful thing indeed—especially if you’re powering using its features or traveling—as you can top up on the go. Here’s a look at the best power banks with Apple Watch charging functionality in mind.

Now, we know what you’re thinking—just use a regular power bank and plug in the Apple Watch USB cable, right? Sure, you can do that but these are more convenient options. This can be because they offer a solution that doesn’t involve you carrying extra cables, but also because they offer some kind of extra feature that you don’t necessarily get with a regular power bank. There’s something for every taste here.

Let’s take a look at the best power banks for charging your Apple Watch.

Best Overall: UGREEN Portable Wireless Charger ($54)

UGREEN Portable Wireless Charger
UGREEN

Ideal for charging all your gadgets from Apple Watches to iPhones and other smartphones, the UGREEN Portable Wireless Charger offers a slim and functional profile.

About the same length as the average smartphone, it’s easy to store in your bag for when you need some extra power. There’s a USB socket for plugging in devices along with the important magnetic puck for charging up your Apple Watch. Its 2200mAh capacity means you can simultaneously charge an Apple Watch and iPhone once which will give you time to get to a outlet later in the day.

Best Key Chain Device: Griffin Travel Power Bank for Apple Watch ($50)

Griffin Travel Power Bank for Apple Watch
Griffin

A simple key chain device, the Griffin Travel Power Bank for Apple Watch slots onto your keyring ready for when you need some extra power.

The 1050mAh capacity ensures you can get 2.5 full charges for your wearable, before needing to recharge at a power point. The magnetic charging surface is built into the battery so it’s a neat and sleek unit. There’s no need to carry extra cables, and it blends into your equipment well. Griffin has kept things suitably simple here, and it shows—you’ll appreciate having a charger that just works with minimal hassle.

Best Case Charger: Smatree Charging Case for Apple Watch ($29)

Smatree Charging Case for Apple Watch
Smatree

You need to supply your own cable but the Smatree Charging Case for Apple Watch is a very neat idea. Simply place your Apple Watch inside the case (hooked up to the magnetic puck, of course) and your wearable will charge up while protected inside the zipped up case.

Such extra safety means you can easily toss it into your bag and leave it to do its thing without worrying about your Apple Watch getting jostled around. Combining storage and charging is a great idea, and it works brilliantly here. A 3000 mAh capacity means you can charge your Apple Watch between 4 and 6 times before you need to find a power source too, so it’s super useful when traveling.

Best High Capacity: MIPOW Portable Apple Watch Charger ($100)

MIPOW Portable Apple Watch Charger
MIPOW

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The Best Ultra Compact Battery Banks

Anker PowerCore+ Charger in a grey bag
Anker

It’s great to have a battery bank that allows you to charge your smartphone 8 or 9 times before you get anywhere near a power socket, but how often do you actually need to do that? Odds are your life isn’t that electricity free, and a huge-capacity model is overkill. Try one of these pocket-friendly models instead.

Each battery bank featured is small enough for you to put in your pocket or hold easily in your hand. It’s likely that you already carry plenty of different things, so who wants extra weight of a massive 20,000 mAh battery? That’s why all of the ones here are also lightweight so it won’t pull your bag or pocket down too much. Now these battery banks aren’t as feature rich as some of their big cousins—there’s no room here for Qi charging or a bevy of ports—but they’ll still keep your phone topped off or provide an emergency charge, no need to go searching for an outlet.

Here’s our pick of the best ultra compact battery banks currently out there.

Best Overall: Anker PowerCore+ Mini ($20)

Anker PowerCore+ Mini
Anker

Where there’s a need for a third-party accessory, Anker generally has things covered. That’s the case with the Anker PowerCore+ Mini. A lipstick-sized portable charger, it recharges in about 3-4 hours using the included micro USB cable. With a capacity of 3350mAh, it has enough juice for over one charge of an iPhone 8 or at least 80% to the Galaxy S8 or similar. The single port outputs at 1A, so don’t expect fast charging and it’s not ideal for tablet use.

For most users, that’s going to be plenty to get them through the day. Its measurements are a mere 3.7 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches and it only weighs 2.8oz so you’ll hardly notice it in your pocket or bag. It’s an ideal fallback plan.

Most Power On A Budget: PowerAdd Slim 2 ($13)

PowerAdd Slim 2
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For a higher capacity version of the Anker PowerCore+ Mini, the PowerAdd Slim 2 is a good alternative, albeit at a price. It has a capacity of 5000mAh working out at nearly a third more than the Anker option, but it weighs more and is a little bulkier. It’s still lipstick-shaped but it measures 3.9 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches which may make a difference depending on how little storage space you have. Plus, it weighs in at 4.16oz although that’s not a substantial increase.

If you’re fine with a little more bulk then you’ll be more than happy with the PowerAdd Slim 2. It recharges in about 3-4 hours, identifies the charging requirements of your devices, and, with 2.1A output, happily recharges tablets and Kindles, as well as smartphones. It’s a little more multipurpose in that respect than the Anker, thanks to its extra oomph.

Best Budget Choice: RAVPower Luster Mini ($12)

RAVPower Luster Mini
RAVPower

Sure, there’s only a buck between the PowerAdd and the RAVPower Luster Mini, but if you’re on a tight budget and you want something a little lighter, the RAVPower is the device for you. It measures 4.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches so there’s not a lot between the two, however it weighs under 3 ounces which is ideal if every ounce counts.

For that size, you get about the same amount of juice as the Anker option—3350mAh which means just over one full charge of your smartphone but with only 1A of output on the port it’s not recommended for tablet use.

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The Best Accessories for Your Cast Iron Pans

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A cast-iron skillet is a great addition to everyone’s kitchen arsenal. We’ve already checked out the best skillets and pans for the job, but how about the best accessories to go alongside your new purchase? Read on to find out more about the best tools for the task.

Cast-iron skillets are pretty straightforward to maintain but that chore becomes even simpler when you have the right equipment to streamline the process. Here, we have a bunch of great items for keeping the pan clean, as well as keeping your hands safe when handling it. Each will make cast-iron skillet ownership that little more satisfying.

Here are the best accessories for your cast-iron skillet.

Steel Spatula: MANNKITCHEN Professional Grade Stainless Steel Spatula ($25)

MANNKITCHEN Professional Grade Stainless Steel Spatula
MANNKITCHEN

A spatula is an important tool for safely flipping over your pancakes, hash, or, well, whatever you happen to be cooking. The MANNKITCHEN Professional Grade Stainless Steel Spatula is the spatula for every job. Made of hardened stainless steel, it promises an even surface for lifting.

Its handle is made from a single piece of heat resistant hardwood so you don’t have to suffer, while the stainless steel component of the straight edge means it’s easy to lift, as well as chisel a little if anything happens to get stuck (unlikely as that may be). What more could you need?

Pan Scraper: Pampered Chef Nylon Pan Scrapers Set of 3 ($7)

Pampered Chef Nylon Pan Scrapers Set of 3
Pampered Chef

It’s not a glamorous part of cast-iron skillet ownership but it’s important to scrape the pans clean in a way that doesn’t scratch or damage them. The Pampered Chef Nylon Pan Scrapers Set of 3 removes stubborn, baked on messes from stainless steel, non-stick cookware, and glass, as well as on your skillet.

Such versatility means it’ll fast become one of your favorite cleaning tools. It’s pretty durable and sharp, so you won’t have much trouble scraping off past meals.

Pan Scrubber: NYKKOLA Cast Iron Cleaner ($8)

NYKKOLA Cast Iron Cleaner
NYKKOLA

A chainmail scrubber, the NYKKOLA Cast Iron Cleaner is made from the best kind of stainless steel so it offers superior corrosion resistance. Simply use it to scrub around the surface of your pans, and watch the stubborn dirt lift off. It’s big enough to cover a lot of the surface area, so you won’t have to go around the pan too many times.

Sure, it’s going to look a little disgusting after you’ve finished up, but its many holes mean it’s easy to wash up afterwards. There’s a loop at the top so you can easily hang it on a peg for later use. It also works well on stainless steel, copper, Pyrex, and other non-coated cookware.

Alternative Scrubbing Surface: FlavorMaster Chainmail Scrubber ($10)

FlavorMaster Chainmail Scrubber
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