12 places to buy wine online – from FreshDirect to Macy’s

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  • Online wine stores are a convenient place to shop for vino without leaving your home.
  • The best places to buy wine online include NakedWines.com, ReserveBar, and Drizly.
  • You must be 21+ years to place and receive orders; some states have alcohol-delivery restrictions.

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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. It’s 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 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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All-American Buzzworthy Wines 11-Pack (small)

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, 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 by taking a 30-second quiz on the site.

Currently, you can grab a $100 voucher for 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:

Read our full review of Nakedwines.com here.

ReserveBar

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Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs Champagne (small)

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 x Sugarfina gift sets.

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+. 

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:

Read our full review of ReserveBar here.  

Wine.com

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Brut Grand Cordon with Red Velvet Gift Bag (small)

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 save $20 off purchases of $100 with the code NEW2021.

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 to double-check that you can pick it 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:

Wine Insiders

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Wine Insiders is essentially an online wine store with both individual bottles and a lot of multi-pack options, including six-bottle cases based on themes like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and staff picks. You’ll also find curated selections from Geoffrey Zakarian, Chef Ludo, and more. There’s also a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Shipping: There’s $14.95 shipping on orders of three to five bottles and free shipping on orders of six bottles or more. Currently, Wine Insiders ships to all states except Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Utah.

All shipments must be signed for by an adult over 21 years old, and packages can’t be left on your doorstep or delivered to a PO box. Fees may apply if your wine returns to the company as undeliverable. If you work during the day, it’s smart to send your box to a convenient local pick-up location or your business address to ensure delivery. 

Note: Wine Insiders 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: 

Vinebox

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The Rosé Collection (small)

Vinebox immediately stands out for its unique vials of wine, which give individual pours but still maintain the full flavor and mouthfeel of the wine. Every three months, Vinebox sends you a box of nine of these “glasses.” They contain seasonal varieties, wines you should be drinking right now, and other fun picks. With each box, you’ll also receive up to $30 in credits to buy the full-size versions. 

Shipping: Shipping is free. Currently, Vinebox ships everywhere in the US except Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. You can also ship to any UPS Store or FedEx Office location and pick up your box there. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of Vinebox here.

Dry Farm Wines

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Dry Farm Wines’ focus is on sustainably grown, natural wines. That means they’re free of additives and sugar, they have lower alcohol content, and they’re lab-tested for purity.

According to Dry Farm, the government approves of the use of 76 additives, and since wine bottles are not required to have contents labels, you don’t get the full picture of what you’re drinking. The company imports all of its natural wines from small family farmers around the world, but mostly from Europe. 

Shipping: All ground shipping is free, while expedited shipping has a small fee. Dry Farm Wines only ships to the US, but it offers helpful advice for finding natural wines if you’re located elsewhere. 

It takes three to six business days for orders to arrive on the West Coast and five to seven business days on the East Coast. Currently, delivery requires an ID check but no signature. 

What to buy: 

We’re currently testing Dry Farm Wines and will report back with our experiences soon.

Winc

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Monthly Wine Subscription (3 bottles) (small)

California-based winery Winc, which sommelier Brian Smith co-founded, uses an online Palate Profile, along with your own ratings, to recommend and ship wines tailored to your tastes as a subscription. Or, you can buy bottles a la carte.

The wines, which come from winemakers all over the world as well as Winc’s own vineyard, start at $13 a bottle. There’s no fee or commitment to join, and you can skip a month’s shipment any time you want. 

You can get $20 off if you buy four or more bottles right now. 

Shipping: Member shipping is $9 if you order three or fewer bottles and free if you order four or more bottles. Non-member shipping is $15 per order. Shipping typically takes 3-7 business days, but Winc is currently experiencing delays of 5+ business days.

Note: Winc 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:

Read our full review of Winc here.

Firstleaf

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Monthly Wine Subscription Introductory Offer (6 bottles) (small)

When you first sign up for Firstleaf, you’ll get six bottles of wine for just $40. Afterward, you’ll be automatically subscribed to get another six bottles for $90. Firstleaf prides itself on its custom algorithm that predicts which one of its many award-winning wine options you’ll like, and if you don’t like a bottle, you’ll get a refund. Outside of the subscription, you can also buy individual bottles from its store. 

Shipping: Shipping is always $9.95 per order and takes about 2-5 days to arrive. Firstleaf ships to all states in the US except Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Note: Firstleaf 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: 

Read our full review of Firstleaf here.

Bright Cellars

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Monthly Wine Subscription (small)

Two MIT grads are behind the monthly wine club Bright Cellars, which sends four new wines each month for $80. The company has a competitive curation process — it says it only picks one out of every 12 wines it tries for the monthly collections and promises to show you hidden gems from vineyards in Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, and more. 

Shipping: Shipping is $8 per order. Bright Cellars ships to the US, and you should receive your order in about seven business days. 

Note: Bright Cellars 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: 

  • Wine picks depend on your quiz results. There is no store where you can buy individual wines. 

FreshDirect

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FreshDirect is one of the best grocery delivery services in New York City. It has a limited delivery scope, but it carries pretty much everything (including beer, wine, and liquor) that you’d pick up at your local store. Like a regular store, it also runs weekly deals. 

Shipping: Check eligibility via zip code. FreshDirect delivers to counties on the East Coast. Depending on your location, delivery minimums start at $30, and delivery fees start at $5.99. 

For a morning or early afternoon delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 6 p.m. the day before. For a late afternoon or evening delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 11 p.m. the day before.

Note: FreshDirect was previously experiencing increased demand and limited delivery windows due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delays or limited delivery slots with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of FreshDirect here.

Drizly

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Like ReserveBar, Drizly offers other kinds of alcohol in addition to wine. Best of all, it delivers the exact wine you need in under an hour, and it doesn’t mark up prices. Most of its 3,000+ wine offerings are affordable (less than $20) and nearly half of its stock is red wine. 

Shipping: For one-hour delivery, the fee is $5 per order. In New York City, most stores offer delivery for free, but some areas may have increased fee zones and higher minimums based on your address. 

For larger shipments, shipping fees can vary depending on the store you order from, but it will be a flat rate price. You’ll see the final shipping cost in your cart when you check out. 

What to buy:

Read our comparison of Drizly, Minibar, and Saucy. We’re currently testing Drizly and will report back with our experiences soon.

Macy’s Wine Shop

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Yes, Macy’s delivers expertly selected wine to your door. You can buy by the bottle or by selections of six or 12. You can also shop by style, price, and vintage.

You can get six bottles for under $9 per bottle (plus free shipping), but it’s worth noting that those deals are part of the Macy’s wine club. Unless you cancel, you’ll receive a new case every three months, and you’ll be charged for it. However, there’s no obligation to continue, and you’ll get an email reminder before you’re charged. 

Shipping: Unless otherwise stated, shipping is $14.95 for three to five bottles and free for six or more. 

What to buy:

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I taste-tested 8 limited-edition Halloween cereals, and the ‘Monster Mash’ medley is the best of all worlds

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  • Halloween cereal season is here, and stores are stocking all the classics, including Count Chocula.
  • I’ve tried all of the spooky cereals I could get my hands on and ranked them.
  • The limited-edition Monster Mash is my favorite with elements of all of the classic monster cereals.

I have a problem. I can’t resist walking down the cereal aisle of every store as I search for the latest spooky cereals. If I find something I haven’t tried before, three or four boxes of it go in the cart.

Since we’re deep into October, my pantry has runneth over with limited edition Halloween cereals. My kids are begging me to let them have some, but this is my thing. Plus, it’s still socially acceptable for them to go door-to-door threatening people with tricks for free candy. Get out there and work for your sugar, kids!

If you want to make your kids jealous (or ok, even share with them), here are the best Halloween breakfast cereals in my professional opinion.

First place: Monster Mash

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I caught the thief in the act, and he seems to think it’s funny.

Monster Mash Cereal, available at Amazon, $16.33 (Pack of 2)

Monster Mash is basically the spooky cereal version of the 1980s country supergroup The Highwaymen. Only, Monster Mash has an extra member. New for 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of monster cereals, Monster Mash combines the best aspects of classics Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry as well as short-lived Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute. Together, they form the best Halloween cereal I’ve ever had. The fruitiness takes center stages, specifically strawberry and blueberry. But, you can also taste the chocolatey Chocula influence. Overall, the ensemble plays well together for a balanced delectable treat.

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃/10

Some nutritional info: 27% sugar by weight, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 2g fiber and protein

Second place: Chocolate Frosted Flakes with Spooky Marshmallows

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Frosted Flakes Chocolate Cereal with Spooky Marshmallows, available at Amazon, $12.25

This is another cereal I hadn’t tried before. I’m a fan of classic Frosted Flakes. I might even go so far as to say they’re grrrreat. The Chocolate with Spooky Marshmallows version is the most sugar-packed cereal I tested. The marshmallow shapes are a ghost, bat, and Frankenstein’s monster. They didn’t scare me at all, but I’m a grown man. I mostly enjoyed the flavor: a strong chocolate flavoring with sugary marshmallow bursts. The Spooky Frosted Flakes appeared to have more marshmallows than the other cereals on this list, and with its excess chocolate, it did the best job of flavoring the leftover milk.  I also appreciated that the box keeps you entertained for the duration of your dining experience. For instance, did you know that ghosts eat breakfast in the “moaning”?

Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻/10

Some nutritional info: 43% sugar, main ingredient is milled corn, <1g fiber, 2g protein

Third place: Reese’s Puffs Bats

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Reese’s Bats Cereal, available at Amazon, $8.68

Is there a better candy brand than Reese’s? Not in my book. I snatch up anything Reese’s. I still have some unopened boxes of the limited edition Travis Scott Reeses Puffs. When I found out Reese’s Puffs Bats were a thing, I scoured local stores. The bats taste exactly the same as normal Reese’s Puffs, which is fine by me. Reese’s Puffs Bats has an evenly balanced combination of peanut butter-flavored bats and chocolate-flavored bats. I like that the sweetness isn’t overbearing. Interesting fact: This is the only cereal on our list that doesn’t have marshmallows.

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇/10

Some nutritional info: 31% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, has peanuts, 2g fiber, 3g protein

Honorable mention: Count Chocula

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Count Chocula Cereal, available at Amazon, $3.79

Based on an informal survey of my foodie group and Google search volume, Count Chocola is the most popular spooky cereal. It’s also the oldest (a title it shares with Franken Berry). It will always hold a special place in my heart. Consisting of chocolatey whole grain corn bits and marshmallow pieces, Count Chocula is my favorite of General Mills’ monster cereals. Specifically, I like that it turns the leftover milk into chocolate milk so you get an extra treat.

Rating: 🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️/10

Some nutritional info: 33% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 1g fiber and protein

Honorable mention: Froot Loops with Spooky Marshmallows

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Froot Loops Marshmallow Breakfast Cereal, available at Amazon, $10.09

My neighbor had a rough day last week, and he just offhandedly mentioned that he could go for some Froot Loops. I (begrudgingly) gave him a bowl of this, and his mood improved dramatically. I’m a fan of Froot Loops, and the spooky marshmallows just add to the flavorpalooza. However, I don’t like that it contains wheat since I have to go easy on gluten. Also, the games and jokes on the box are the exact same as the ones on Frosted Flakes and Apple Jacks. 

Rating: 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️🧟‍♂️ /10

Some nutritional info: 38% sugar, main ingredient is sugar, contains wheat, 2g fiber and protein

Honorable mention: Apple Jacks with Spooky Marshmallows

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Apple Jacks Marshmallow Breakfast Cereal, available at Amazon, $8.34

Apple Jacks with Spooky Marshmallows is remarkably similar to the Froot Loops. They have the same bat, ghost, and Frankenstein’s monster marshmallows and two colors of O-shaped corn/wheat bits. The difference is in the flavoring of the bits. The Apple Jacks taste more like apples. If you prefer Apple Jacks to Froot Loops in general, you may want to go with this instead of our #5 pick.

Rating: 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷/10 

Some nutritional info: 41% sugar, main ingredient is sugar, contains wheat, 2g fiber and protein

Honorable mention: Boo Berry

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Boo Berry Cereal, available at Amazon, $3.79

Boo Berry was introduced in 1973, two years after its Franken Berry and Count Chocula comrades. I will gladly chow down on Boo Berry if the above options aren’t available, but I think it suffers from low sugar content. After eating a bowl of the spooky Frosted Flakes, Boo Berry tastes bland in comparison. Still, if you love blueberry-flavored sweets and want a relatively low-sugar sugary cereal, Boo Berry is the way to go.

Rating: 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡/10

Some nutritional info: 26% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 1g fiber and protein

Last place: Franken Berry

Franken Berry snack pack

Franken Berry Cereal, available at Amazon, $17.22 (Pack of 4)

Please don’t email me to tell me that it should be called “Frankenstein’s Monster Berry.” We are dealing with a portmanteau here, and for all we know, “Franken” is short for “Frankenstein’s Monster.” That said, this is essentially the same cereal as Boo Berry, only it’s vaguely strawberry-flavored rather than blueberry. If the strawberry flavor was more pronounced, I’d rate this higher, but as it is, it’s too mild. Still, I hide the box from my kids.

Rating: ⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️/10

Some nutritional info: 26% sugar, main ingredient is whole grain corn, 1g fiber and protein

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These earplugs help me protect my hearing at loud concerts, and they cost less than $30

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The Mumba Concert Earplugs are comfortable and affordable.

  • Concerts are making a comeback, so I got these Mumba earplugs to help protect my hearing.
  • The Mumba Concert Earplugs are the cheapest and most comfortable earplugs I’ve tried.
  • They allow me to enjoy live music and loud events while minimizing potential hearing damage.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic put a pause on in-person events, I went to a lot of concerts. But while I loved listening to live music, I never gave much thought to the damage it could cause to my hearing. Now that concerts are making a comeback, I’m turning over a new leaf – I’m going to wear earplugs.

According to the CDC, noises measuring above 70 dB over an extended period of time can start damaging your hearing. In my experience going to concerts, I’ve found that, on average, loud music ranges from 90 dB to 110 dB – as measured by my Apple Watch Series 6. EDM music festivals and raves are even louder.

To test your level of hearing loss, you can try the Mimi app on iOS and Android. It’s not going to be as accurate as a hearing test conducted by a professional, but it’s neat to get an idea.

I’ve been lucky enough to avoid any permanent hearing loss or tinnitus, but I have to be careful to keep it that way. That’s where earplugs come in. I’ve tried a couple of different brands, but the Mumba Concert Earplugs have proven to be a solid combination of comfort, affordability, and effectiveness.

For a sale price of $22 (usually they’re $29), you get the earplugs, keychain case, and two sizes of in-ear shells.

mumba earplugs set with earplugs, carrying case, plastic case, and box

After some trial and error, I’ve found the smaller size shells (left) to be far more comfortable for my ears. Both sizes are a bit finicky to clean, though.

mumba concert earplugs both sizes

The carrying case gets a second look every time I pass through security, but it’s super convenient to keep on my keys. I have yet to misplace them, too, which is easy with something so small.

mumba earplugs carrying case on my keys

They have a low profile and fit in nice and snug. I’ve found that they cut down on sound without muffling it, and I can still hear people nearby talking to me.

sarah's ear with the mumba earplug in it

These earplugs are designed to reduce noise by up to 24 dB, potentially bringing loud concerts below the harmful level. Exactly how many decibels hit your ears depends on how close you are to the speakers, though.

mumba concert earplugs with the carrying case

Should you buy the Mumba Concert Earplugs?

Mumba’s Concert Earplugs have been a good investment for me, and they’re worth considering if you attend a lot of loud events, too.

The Mumba Earplugs are high quality, effective, and comfortable. Compared to Loop brand earplugs that I’ve tried previously, the Mumba earplugs stay in my ears more securely, and muffle less sound. They also make it easier to hear people around me, which I couldn’t do with Loops.

It’s important to remember, however, that while earplugs like this can help prevent hearing damage, there will always be a risk associated with concerts and other loud events.

You can order the Mumba Concert Earplugs right now for $22.

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7 studies ivermectin fans cite to say the drug works against COVID-19, and why they’re flawed

This picture shows the tablets of Ivermectin drugs in Tehatta, West Benga, India on May 19, 2021.
Ivermectin tablets are commonly prescribed for deworming in countries including India and Brazil.

  • Ivermectin is good at killing parasites, but it’s still not clear it can do much for COVID-19.
  • Some of the most popular studies people use to tout its benefits against the coronavirus are deeply flawed.
  • Better answers are on the way.
Ivermectin has revolutionized our ability to kill parasites, and it is widely available around the world.

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The 2015 Nobel Laureates in Medicine or Physiology.

Japanese chemist Satoshi Omura and Irish biologist William C. Campbell shared half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering ivermectin.

Chinese chemist Tu Youyou (wearing the yellow scarf) won the other half of that prize for discovering new malaria drugs.

“Parasitic diseases affect the world’s poorest populations and represent a huge barrier to improving human health and wellbeing,” the Nobel committee said in a release at the time. “This year’s Nobel Laureates have developed therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases.”

The World Health Organization lists ivermectin as an essential medicine because it can treat life-threatening diseases, including hookworm infections and river blindness (onchocerciasis).

ivermectin listing on WHO essential medicines

“I’m used to prescribing [it] here in Brazil,” Dr. Ana Carolina Antonio, who works in intensive care at a government hospital in Porto Alegre, recently told Insider.

She said ivermectin is “necessary to deworm patients,” including some of those who develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Ivermectin can clear out roundworm infections, which is critical to do before people are given immunosuppressing steroids for coronavirus treatment. Left untreated, it’s possible those roundworms could invade the lungs.  

“In the context of COVID-19, it can worsen your respiratory failure,” Antonio said. “It’s a concern for low-income countries.”

But lately, there’s been an unusual rush on ivermectin in the US. People are scrambling for both the human and animal formulations of the drug, propelled by the belief that it can treat or prevent COVID-19, and that vaccines aren’t needed.

Protesters stand in the rain. One holds a sign that reads 'ivermectin cured me of COVID!'
Protesters in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 9, 2021.

One of the main sources of information for ivermectin fans in the US has been the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, which not only provides links to reputable-looking studies of ivermectin from around the world, but also publishes many of its own analyses of the drug.

The FLCCC is frequently cited by America’s Frontline Doctors, a top destination among people searching the internet for ivermectin tablets, and their work is included in various internet roundups of ivermectin research which proclaim the drug is not only safe, but extremely effective against COVID-19.

At first blush, it may look like all this evidence stacks up to provide an impressive track record, demonstrating ivermectin’s supreme usefulness in fighting COVID-19. But the truth is far murkier than that.  

One of the earliest signs that ivermectin could be useful against COVID-19 came from a laboratory study of monkey kidney cells, published in June 2020 by researchers at Monash University in Australia.

Sir Alexander Fleming petri dish
If a study is conducted “in vitro” that means it was done in a petri dish or test tube, and the results don’t necessarily apply directly to real people.

The study in question, published in the peer-reviewed journal Antiviral Research, is what researchers sometimes refer to as “hypothesis-generating” research.

“It doesn’t say that this drug is effective in real life clinical practice, but it gives you the hint that it needs to be studied further,” Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious-disease physician at St. Joe’s Hamilton and associate professor at McMaster University in Canada, said.

In other words, just because something works in a petri dish doesn’t mean it’ll do the same thing in humans. 

Chagla, and many other experts, have also pointed out that the ivermectin dosage used in the study is far higher than anything that could safely be given to us. 

“There’s effective ways to kill viruses in a lab that don’t translate into what we could safely do in people,” Dr. Kevan Akrami, an infectious-disease and critical-care physician working in Salvador, Brazil, recently told Insider.

Even the study authors from Monash say their work does not “provide a definitive answer to whether or not ivermectin is a potential treatment for COVID-19.”

(They are committed to conducting further research on the drug to better answer that question.) 

Two months after the Monash lab study came out, a study from Egypt suggested that ivermectin could be used to prevent people who had contact with a COVID-19 case from getting sick, but “the study is fake,” one expert said.

charts showing that the control and ivermectin groups were not properly randomized, with different levels of disease, preexisting conditions.

In order for a study like this to truly be randomized, patients “should be divided into equally sized-groups,” based on their conditions and comorbidities, professor Ben Mol of Monash University, who independently reviewed the study and complained to the journal that published it, said.

That’s not what happened here. Patients were ferried into different groups in seemingly haphazard ways, making it impossible to draw firm conclusions about what effect the medicine might’ve had on their outcomes. 

For example, there is a far greater percentage of patients in the non-ivermectin group with hypertension (12.9%, compared to 7.9% in the ivermectin group). That could be one reason why they didn’t fare as well in the trial, which has nothing to do with the ivermectin.

“You have to read about research in a critical way,” Susanna Priest, editor in chief of the peer-reviewed journal Science Communication, previously told Insider. “What we have here is a conflict between our commitment to freedom of speech, and a clash with the nature of scientific truth.”

(The Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, where this study was published, did not respond to Insider’s questions about whether this study was being investigated and/or retracted.) 

Another ivermectin study from Egypt, released in November of 2020, has been withdrawn.

screenshot of the study preprint with a note in red at the bottom saying 'Research Square withdrew this preprint on 14 July, 2021 due to an expression of concern communicated directly to our staff. These concerns are now under formal investigation.'
The study was pulled after concerns were raised that the data was potentially fabricated, and large sections of the study were plagiarized.

The study was pulled after independent researchers, and one master’s degree student doing an assignment for class, raised concerns that the data was potentially fabricated, and large sections of the study were plagiarized.

“Amazingly, the study found that people treated with ivermectin were 90% less likely to die than people who got the placebo, which if true would make ivermectin the most incredibly effective treatment ever to be discovered in modern medicine,” epidemiologist Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz from the University of Wollongong wrote in a blog post combing through the study’s various errors. 

The introduction has been plagiarized, many of the data are near-identical from patient to patient (raising questions about whether they were fabricated), and some of the participants included in the study were already dead when this research began. 

Nevertheless, the data has been used to prop up congressional testimony and meta-analyses conducted by Dr. Pierre Kory, one of the leaders of the FLCCC.

A day after the study from Egypt came out, another ivermectin study of hundreds of healthcare workers in Argentina was released, suggesting the drug prevented all who took it from getting COVID-19. The study might not have happened at all, at least in some of the hospitals originally included.

side by side of journal titles, showing one author withdrew his authorship over concerns about the legitimacy of the data
Top: original version of the study, posted online in November 2020. Bottom: current version of the study, with one author’s name removed, because he lost confidence in the data.

According to an investigation published in Buzzfeed News in September, local authorities in Buenos Aires have no record of the study ever receiving formal approval, and one of the hospitals where it supposedly took place said it had no record of the study ever happening. 

Dr. Alkis Psaltis, an Australian author on the paper who was not involved in collecting the data for it (but lent his expertise to the writing and editing stage), later grew so alarmed at all the red flags that he asked to have his authorship withdrawn. 

“I trusted the information provided to me,” the head and neck surgeon at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital told BuzzFeed. 

Medical Press, which is a pay-to-publish journal, did not respond to Insider’s questions about whether it was investigating and/or retracting this study.

Pay to publish scientific journals don’t charge readers, but instead charge the scientists who publish in them hundreds to thousands of dollars to have a single study printed. Not all pay-to-publish journals are bad, but there is often a monetary incentive for them to push out lots of studies quickly, even if the quality of that work is not up to par, and there is little incentive to retract inaccurate work.

By February 2021, ivermectin was being widely tried out as a COVID-19 treatment. An observational study of healthcare workers in India suggested those who’d taken it reduced their odds of developing a coronavirus infection by 73%, but the authors only controlled for a few factors, making it difficult to know the true impact of the drug on the study outcome.

chart showing different characteristics of study participants: age, gender, physical activity, profession, and type of household
Age, gender, physical activity, profession, and who you live with are not the only factors to consider when it comes to COVID-19 risk.

This is the challenge with all observational research, Meyerowitz-Katz said. 

“It doesn’t matter how many studies there are, ultimately we still haven’t answered the question,” he said.

That’s because the study wasn’t designed to parse out what role ivermectin is playing in patient outcomes, versus all the other factors in people’s lives that might affect how they fare. 

Large, well-designed randomized controlled trials (RCT), the gold standard for all drug research, are needed.

None so far have surfaced for ivermectin that stand up to scrutiny.  

“The quantity of evidence is meaningless, it’s the quality of evidence that we care about,” Meyerowitz-Katz added. 

 

In April, the FLCCC drew up this meta-analysis of ivermectin. Some of the largest studies it cites have been withdrawn, and the conclusions are dubious.

highlights on the paper point out where it cites flawed studies, and 'natural experiments' with ivermectin that didn't work
This meta-analysis written by the FLCCC compiles a lot of flawed and retracted research to draw dubious conclusions.

A meta-analysis is essentially a big research review. Meta-analyses round up lots of different studies on the same topic, aiming to identify trends and common themes, to say something more conclusive than a single study could.

But “a review that includes research that’s been retracted is not very useful,” Meyerowitz-Katz said. 

In addition to relying heavily on flawed research, this meta-analysis also points to “natural experiments” with ivermectin in Brazil as proof the drug can combat COVID-19. But doctors working in that country have told Insider that Brazil’s experience with ivermectin should be a warning to anyone who thinks the drug could be useful to treat COVID, or replace vaccines. 

“Whether somebody was taking it or not didn’t seem to have any impact on whether or not they got hospitalized or ended up dying from their COVID infection,” Akrami told Insider. “At this point in the pandemic, we really don’t have any reason to continue prescribing ineffective medications for prophylaxis or treatment.” 

In May 2020, a supposed randomized controlled trial of ivermectin was conducted in Lebanon. But the patient data looks like a huge copy-paste job.

data sheet for the study showing repeating blocks of identical heights, weights
These heights and weights sure do look similar.

Meyerowitz-Katz dissected the study in a recent blog post. 

“People will find poor quality studies to justify prescribing, and that would almost be equal to malpractice,” Dr Akrami said, adding that there’s “a lot more faith than evidence behind some of these practices.”

 

There are a few large, well-controlled trials of ivermectin going on now, which aim to better answer whether ivermectin might help with COVID-19. Early indications don’t look promising.

chart showing ivermectin performed about equal to placebo
Ivermectin didn’t perform better than a placebo pill here.

The Together Trial, which is studying all kinds of potential repurposed drugs for COVID-19 treatment around the world, has yet to publish any official results on ivermectin. But Together did share a glimpse at some results in an August presentation.

According to the slide shown here, the researchers found no meaningful difference in the outcomes of patients who were treated early on in their COVID-19 infection with ivermectin, versus those who had recieved a placebo pill.

That’s quite similar to what researchers found in a March RCT of 476 COVID-19 patients in Colombia. Their research was published in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA, which does not make authors pay to have their studies printed. 

More definitive answers may come soon from Oxford’s Principle trial, the world’s largest study of at-home treatment for COVID-19.

“Once we have findings from our study about ivermectin that have been validated, I would be delighted to comment,” Principle investigator Christopher Butler told Insider.

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The 5 best bed sheets in 2021 for every sleeper

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bed dressed in green sheets as part of testing for the best sheets 2021
  • Good sheets are essential to good sleep, which is why you need a set that’s comfortable and durable.
  • The L.L.Bean Percale Sheet Set is our top pick for most people because they’re crisp and breathable.
  • It’s made from soft, durable, extra-long-staple cotton and is affordably priced for the quality.
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I’ve spent four years trying out more than three dozen sets of sheets, and I can tell you – even if you have the perfect mattress and pillow, bedtime is incomplete without soft and comfortable sheets. For this guide, I put 19 sets of sheets through rigorous testing to determine the top five for a variety of preferences and budgets. L.L.Bean’s Percale Sheet Set is the best option for most people.

I spoke to hospitality experts and a textiles scientist to learn more about thread count, materials and fiber types, and fabric care. The FAQs section contains more info on why thread count is less important than you think, why you should look for 100% long-staple cotton as a sheeting material, and how to prevent wrinkles in your fresh sheets.

The majority of our picks are made from cotton, which offers the best balance of comfort, durability, and affordability. But we’ve also included options like flannel and linen, which hold heat differently and may be more appropriate for specific seasons or those who tend to sleep cold or hot.

Here are the best sheets for your bed in 2021

Best sheets overall

blue l.l.bean pima cotton sheets and pillows the best sheets overall 2021

The L.L.Bean percale sheets feel amazing on your skin — simultaneously light, crisp, and soft — and prove that quality materials are more important than thread count.

Pros: High-quality construction, very soft and comfortable, fitted sheet is labeled, accessible price

Cons: Lack of prints and patterns, fitted sheet may be loose on thinner mattresses

Of all the percale cotton sheets I tested, L.L.Bean’s set stood out for its ultra-softness and comfort. It’s our overall best pick because it boasts a bit of everything that most shoppers are looking for: lightweight, breathable, and cool fabric; crisp yet soft feel; and strong construction that can reliably stand up to multiple washes. 

The sheets are made from pima cotton, which is a high-quality, extra-long-staple cotton. Karen Leonas, a professor of textile sciences at the Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University, told us extra-long-staple cotton is even stronger and more resistant to abrasion than long-staple cotton. That’s likely why the L.L.Bean sheets are extra soft and durable, even though the 280-thread count is on the lower end of the spectrum. Even after many washes, they also had a great feel and experienced no loose threads or shrinkage in the last three months.

The fitted sheet fit well and never slipped off, but there was a little excess (it fits up to 15-inch mattresses) on my IKEA Haugesund mattress. I loved that the long and short sides were labeled, a thoughtful touch that always sped up the annoying task of putting on my sheets. (When you’re constantly trying and washing different sheets, you notice and appreciate these things.) 

The sheets are available in a handful of light colors, and they have hemstitched detailing (decorative threading at the edges). If you prefer a simple look that fits into pretty much any room style, the L.L.Bean sheets won’t disappoint. If you like fun prints and patterns, try Brooklinen’s sheets. They came in a close second to L.L.Bean for comfort and durability and are also reasonably priced.  

There’s nothing gimmicky or “special” about these L.L.Bean sheets, and that’s what makes them so great. They’re simply well-made, extremely comfortable, and dependable — the best you could want out of something you’re sleeping on every night. 

Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set (Queen) (button)
Best flannel sheets for winter

person laying in red pinzon flannel sheets while holding a mug testing for the best flannel sheets for winter 2021

It’s hard to imagine snuggling in anything but Pinzon‘s thick flannel sheets on a cold winter night. They’ll keep you warm and cozy without causing you to overheat.

Pros: Plush and cozy feel, heavyweight, breathable, affordable 

Cons: Lots of dryer lint, only available in solid colors, may be too warm for hot sleepers

Imagine you’re nestled in a cabin in the woods, far, far away from the people and bustle of regular life. There’s a fire crackling nearby, and you have a book in one hand and a mug of tea in the other. That’s what it feels like sleeping in these flannel sheets, even if the reality is that you’re laying your head to rest in a modern city high-rise. 

There’s no better fabric than flannel to bundle your body in during fall and winter (and even beyond, if you don’t sleep hot). Pinzon’s flannel is thick, soft, and cozy from the very first use and the comforting feeling only gets better over time. They’re velvety and a little fuzzy but were never itchy and uncomfortable. Though the sheets are very warm, they never felt stifling or unbreathable, despite the fact that I sometimes sleep warm. However, if you regularly sleep hot, the flannel sheets may be too stifling.

These sheets make it dangerously tempting to take midday naps curled up like a cat or to sleep in every day as if it were a Sunday free of commitments and appointments. I consistently felt like I slept better and deeper because of how warm and comfortable these sheets are. Fortunately, there’s been no shrinkage or pilling to get in the way of that comfort.

Still, there are a few small inconveniences. Out of the package, they have a slight chemical odor, so you’ll need to wash them before the first use. Also, be prepared to empty out a thick layer of fuzz from your dryer lint trap every time you wash them. If you have thicker or high-loft pillows, the pillowcases may be a tight fit. I used them on my Casper and Leesa pillows (both moderately-sized pillows), and the pillowcases were a bit difficult to pull on.

Cotton Flannel Bed Sheet Set (Queen) (button)
Best hotel sheets

overhead shot of folded frette cotton sheets the best luxury hotel sheets 2021

When you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars a night to sleep at a luxury hotel, H by Frette‘s smooth and luxurious sateen sheets will take you there instead.

Pros: Luxury hotel-approved, quality materials, washes well, the brand has a long manufacturing history

Cons: Only available in white

Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and Kimpton hotels worldwide turn to this iconic name for their bedding needs. We’re talking about none other than Italian luxury brand Frette, once the official maker of linens for the Italian royal family. 

Sleeping in Frette’s soft and smooth sateen sheets, you’ll certainly feel like royalty. H by Frette is Frette’s consumer line of linens and whisks you away into the sumptuous hotel bed of your dreams. But rather than paying for just a single night in a high-end hotel, you’re dropping $300 for years of hotel luxury in your own room. 

The sheets are, of course, only available in white, and you can get them in sateen or percale, depending on your preference. The resulting bed looks simple, clean, and fresh. While housekeeping staff isn’t included with your purchase, you’ll probably feel motivated anyway to maintain the signature hotel style yourself because of how sleek and composed the all-white look is.

Frette uses 100% extra-long-staple cotton, so even though the set doesn’t have the extraordinarily high thread count (300) you might expect from hotel sheets, it feels very soft. Extra long-staple cotton is also very durable — important for hotels where housekeeping teams are washing each room’s sheets constantly and important for you as a consumer if you want to be sure your investment goes a long way. 

Sateen sheets can be too warm for me sometimes, but Frette’s felt perfect and cooler than other sateen sets I’ve tried. The sheets have a subtle gloss and a silky feel, and they remain comfortable after every wash. 

You’ll find less expensive and equally comfortable sheets in the rest of this guide, but if you specifically want the sheets used in and approved by hundreds of hotels, then you’ll be very happy with Frette’s. Whenever I rotate through my sheets, I look forward to this set because I know it’ll feel like a treat.

Pro tip: “When recreating this [hotel] experience at home, think about using high lofting pillows, quality sheets, and a plush duvet with a duvet cover for the ultimate luxury experience,” says Chan.

Sateen Classic Sheet Set (Queen) (button)
Best sheets on a budget

threshold target sheets next to nightstand testing for the best budget affordable sheets 2021

Threshold‘s sheets are popular among Target shoppers because they’re comfortable, thoughtfully designed, and, best of all, affordable.

Pros: Affordable, great fit 

Cons: May trap body oils more, smell terrible out of the package

It’s the price tag that’ll catch your eye first, then the great fit and soft feel that’ll sell you completely on these budget-friendly sheets from Target brand Threshold. Of all the sets I tested, Threshold’s fitted sheet was the easiest to put on and fit my mattress the best, despite being designed for mattresses up to 18-inch deep. The extra stretch in the corners of the sheet made a big difference and helped the sheet cling to my mattress without showing excess material on top. It also has a top and bottom label to speed up the fitting process. 

Once on, the sateen sheets are smooth and silky. They’re made from 100% cotton and have a 400-thread count on the higher end of all the sets I tried.

After some use, however, I noticed that they seem to trap body oils more readily and feel greasier than other sets, making them less pleasant to sleep on. I wondered if this was because Target uses a short-staple cotton, or if they applied some kind of treatment over the sheets to give them their “performance” qualities (wrinkle-resistant, bleach friendly), but the brand didn’t respond to my requests for additional clarification. The problem does seem to go away if I wash the sheets more often.

Either way, I had a comfortable experience overall; they just weren’t the best of all the sheets I tried. And though they’re touted as “performance sheets,” most notably as being wrinkle-free, they certainly wrinkle. The best way to get rid of the wrinkles, as with all cotton sheets, is to iron them. 

Be warned — the sheets have a strong sour and chemical smell when you first take them out of their packaging. The smell lingers even after the sheets are aired out for a couple of days, so you’ll definitely want to wash them first.

If you’re on a budget, a college student, or a frequent host looking to outfit a guest bed, these sheets are a smart decision. We’re continuing to test and wash them to look for any durability issues, but so far, we haven’t run into any. 

Performance Sheet Set (Queen) (button)
Best cooling sheets for summer

pink linen sheets and pillows from sijo home the best linen sheets 2021

The cool, airy, and beautiful linen sheets from Sijo will be your summer favorite, or if you regularly sleep hot, a durable yearlong standby.

Pros: Stays dry and cool, casually wrinkled style, flexible flat sheet option 

Cons: Doesn’t come in as many colors and sizes as competitors, may experience some shedding

Linen is a contentious textile. It wrinkles very easily, feels a bit rough, and is notoriously expensive. On the other hand, some prefer the casual, lived-in look, and it does get softer with time and use. Most importantly, because it’s made from hollow flax fibers, which absorb moisture and let air pass through, linen is breathable and stays dry even on the warmest, stuffiest nights. 

Sijo sheets are the best linen sheets I’ve tried because they strike the right balance of comfort, coolness, durability, and price. After a couple of months of testing, they knock out our former best pick, MagicLinen, because of how downright soft and comfortable they are, even while having the signature grainy texture of linen. And they get softer and better after multiple washes.

If your preconception of linen is that it’s too scratchy to enjoy, Sijo’s sheets will change your mind. They’re also airy and light, keeping me cool on California spring-nights-that-already-feel-like-summer (we recently had temps in the high 80s in late March). 

I loved the wrinkled look, especially combined with the soothing Blush color. I’m also a fan of Sky, a dusky blue. The color and overall construction have held up well so far, and the fabric continues to feel both substantial and lightweight. You should expect some shedding in the first few washes — it’s a natural part of the process but a little annoying to pick off your bed.

Unlike with MagicLinen, I didn’t have any sizing issues with Sijo’s sheets. All the sets have a 15-inch depth. You can also opt in or out of a flat sheet, which provides great flexibility and can bring the price of your purchase down.

Linen Sheet Set (Queen) (button)
What else we tested

green magiclinen sheets and pillows more sheets we tried in 2021

What else we recommend and why 

Brooklinen (sateen): As I mentioned earlier, it was a tight race between Brooklinen and L.L.Bean. We still highly recommend Brooklinen because the brand offers incredible value for long-lasting, comfortable, and beautiful sheets. But the set we tested (Brooklinen’s most popular) may be too warm for some people because of the sateen weave, which is why we ultimately picked L.L.Bean’s cooler percale. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.

Brooklinen (linen): Brooklinen’s sateen sheets usually get all the love, but we were also interested in its other fabrics. Each set of its cozy made-in-Portugal linen sheets is individually garment-dyed, so you’ll feel like you have a unique piece of bedding. Our top pick is softer, but Brooklinen’s are still pretty comfortable and come at the best price. 

Boll & Branch: Boll & Branch uses cotton that’s both GOTS- and Fair Trade-certified, so if you live an organic lifestyle or are trying to incorporate more organic products into your cart, you’ll love these ethically and sustainably made sheets. The sheets are comfortable and durable but keep in mind that the manufacturing process and certifications do come at a cost. Read our full review of Boll & Branch sheets here.

MagicLinen: MagicLinen recently lost its spot as our top linen pick because it wasn’t as comfortable or affordable as Sijo. There are a few reasons you might still want to buy MagicLinen, though: it comes in a lot more colors and sizes, including twin and deep-depth. If you’re willing to pay a bit more to find a specific style and fit, MagicLinen’s a good place to shop durable and airy linen sheets. Read our full review of MagicLinen sheets here

Riley: Riley’s percale sheets are softer than other percale sheets, but not more so than L.L.Bean’s. They felt cool and held up to all our washes well. I also appreciated the fair price point and the flexibility of opting for the add-on flat sheet, instead of being stuck with one you don’t want. 

ParachuteParachute’s name often comes up along with fellow direct-to-consumer brands Brooklinen and Boll & Branch, all of which launched around the same time. We loved the smooth feel of its sateen sheets, which were softer than Brooklinen’s. The one downside is they come in limited colors, and many sizes are currently sold out. 

SnoweThe crisp percale sheets from Snowe have both the feel and sensibility of a light button-down shirt. They’re sophisticated and sleek, though not quite as soft as other percale options we’ve tried. I slept with them during the dead of summer, and they kept me cool and comfortable. 

CasperCasper’s newest bedding offering is the Hyperlite Sheet Set, made from Tencel lyocell, which comes from sustainably sourced wood. The material is indeed incredibly lightweight and soft, with a thin, gauzy construction — so thin that it’s a bit see-through. They’ve held up really well after many washes. 

Bed ThreadsThis is another brand we love for fairly priced linen sheets. Bed Threads offers extended sizing and an assortment of beautiful colors to spruce up your bedroom. (I sampled the lilac.)

What we do not recommend and why 

Crane & Canopy: We liked the comfortable feel and embroidery of these extra-long-staple, 400-thread count cotton sheets. Like L.L.Bean and Brooklinen, they’re made from high-quality cotton and have a mid-tier thread count — but they’re a lot more expensive. Since there are no other distinct features to set Crane & Canopy apart, we prefer L.L.Bean and Brooklinen for their better value.

Serena & Lily: The home brand has many pretty and composed sheet options, like this Classic Ring Sheet Set, which has a percale weave and a 310-thread count. The feel is crisp and cool, but it’s a bit pricey for what you get, and our other sheet picks offer better value. We also noticed after the first wash that there were already some loose threads on the pillowcases. 

Italic: Long-staple cotton percale sheets made by the same manufacturer of Frette, Four Seasons, and St. Regis sheets for $85? The Slumber Cotton set is enticing for this reason, and it’s comfortable to sleep in. However, Italic has a $100/year membership model, so buying this set only makes sense if you plan on purchasing other goods from the site. We recommend first browsing the rest of the online shop to see if you’re interested in the other home products, clothing, and accessories. Otherwise, you’ll be paying $185, which isn’t any more competitive than our picks above. 

Ettitude: Ettitude’s claim to fame is using bamboo lyocell for its sheets. They’re made from 100% organic bamboo with a water-efficient manufacturing process, and the result is uniquely soft, silky, and cool. However, we noticed they’re more delicate than other fabrics, and the sheets showed more pilling and abrasion after we washed them.

Bespoke PostA defining characteristic of percale is that it’s crisp and airy, like your favorite button-down shirt. The problem I experienced with Bespoke Post’s new percale sheets is that they’re too crisp and can rustle loudly if you move in your sleep (which is probably most of us). It also held onto and showed body oils easily, and you’d need to wash the set frequently. 

Our testing methodology

hand touching a printed bed sheet part of the testing methodology for best sheets 2021

Here’s how we tested the sheets over nine months. We’ll continue to follow these steps in the upcoming months and note any changes.

  1. Washed and dried each set according to its respective instructions at least five times. Usually, we washed the sheets in a cold cycle with gentle detergent and dried them on a low tumble cycle. 
  2. Put the fitted sheet on a 10-inch-thick mattress and noted slipping, sliding, post-wash shrinkage, and stretchiness of elastic. 
  3. Slept on each set for at least one week and noted texture, overall comfort, breathability, and coolness.

What we’re testing next

west elm linen sheets what we look forward to testing for the best sheets 2021

Lilysilk: One category we’d like to add to our guide in the future is “best silk sheets.” The luxurious Lilysilk sheets are made of mulberry silk and are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. We like that Lilysilk lets you customize what pieces are included in your sheet set. 

THX Silk: The THX Silk 19 momme silk sheet could have the same description as the Lilysilk sheets. They’re made from OEKO-TEX certified mulberry silk, but they “only” cost $410. We’re curious to see if these luxury sheets live up to their price.

West Elm: West Elm’s Fair Trade-certified linen sheets are popular among linen lovers. They come in around the same price as MagicLinen’s and are also available in many beautiful colors, so we’ll mainly be comparing their comfort and durability. 

Kassatex: These long-staple cotton, 300-thread count sateen sheets seem promising, especially considering a Queen set is only $100. We look forward to putting these inexpensive sheets through all our tests to see how they stand up over time and how they compare to our current picks. 

FAQs

an open dryer machine with sheets inside to answer FAQs about how to take care of your sheets 2021

Does thread count matter?

Yes, to a certain extent. However, don’t use it as your sole determining factor because its definition can be manipulated, and after a certain number, the difference in feel and durability is negligible. 

Thread count is the number of yarns per inch, horizontally and vertically. Leonas tells us that a ply yarn (two single yarns twisted together) has traditionally been considered one yarn, but in recent years, some brands have been using total ply yarn count as the thread count, resulting in an artificially high number. 

Remember that thread count only applies to cotton sheets and single yarn weaves. All of our best cotton sheets fall in the 300-500 range, and you likely won’t need anything beyond that.

“When finding sheets that will last and provide comfort and a relaxing night’s sleep, take a look at the material first and thread count second,” said Ave Bradley, senior vice president of design and creative director at Kimpton Hotels. Kimpton uses 200-300 thread count cotton sheets from Frette in its rooms. 

Though bedding brands are often quick to show off high thread counts, they’re less important than you might think. The type of fiber and weave also help determine the sheet’s texture, breathability, and durability. Percale and sateen, for example, are both made of cotton but have different weave structures, resulting in different feels.

What are the different types of sheets?

The quality and type of material do matter. Below, we define, compare, and contrast different materials, fabrics, and terms you’ll often run into while shopping for sheets. 

Drape: The fluidity or rigidity of a fabric. A fabric with a high or fluid drape, such as silk, is flowy and clings more to the object. A fabric with a low drape is stiffer and holds its shape more. 

Long-staple cotton: Cotton with longer-staple fibers that result in smoother and stronger yarn. This is compared to short-staple cotton, which has fiber ends that stick out and cause the sheets to be rougher and less abrasion-resistant. Brands will generally call out when they use long-staple cotton; otherwise, you can probably assume it’s short-staple. Leonas says the industry definition of long-staple cotton is a fiber length of 1.15-1.22 inches.

Egyptian cotton: Cotton grown in Egypt. It’s often assumed that Egyptian cotton is long-staple, but it could also be lower-quality, short-staple cotton that just happens to be from Egypt, so be careful of this labeling and look specifically for “long-staple cotton.” 

Pima cotton: Also known by its trademark name, Supima cotton. Extra long-staple cotton that is grown only in the US and has a fiber length of at least 1.5 inches. Extra long-staple cotton is even smoother, more flexible, and more resistant to pilling than long-staple cotton.

Percale: A type of cotton weave where one thread is woven with another thread into a tight, grid pattern. It has a matte, crisp feel. It’s airy and more breathable. 

Sateen: A type of cotton weave where three or four threads are woven over one thread into a looser grid pattern. It has a smooth, silky feel and a slight sheen to it. Compared to percale, it’s less breathable and may not be suitable for sleepers who run hot. According to Leonas, sateen tends to snag more easily and show dirt more readily due to its unique “float” weave. If you enjoy the feel and look of sateen, keep in mind that sheets made using this weave require a little more care and maintenance. 

Polyester: A type of synthetic fiber that may be blended with cotton or used to make microfiber. It’s less breathable and traps moisture more easily, and it may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin. 

Microfiber: A type of synthetic material made with very fine polyester fibers. It’s very soft and drapeable but doesn’t breathe well. 

Lyocell: Also known as Tencel. A type of fiber made from wood (often eucalyptus) pulp. It’s soft, silky, and breathable. 

Linen: A type of fiber made from flax plants. It’s slightly rigid, with a rougher texture, and it feels cool and breathable. It wrinkles easily. 

Flannel: A type of fabric made with thickly woven wool or cotton. It’s brushed to give it a slightly soft and fuzzy texture, and it feels warm.

What kind of sheets do hotels use?

Dennis Chan, director of retail product at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said his team looks at the fabric drape (the way the fabric hangs), hand feel, and construction of weave when sourcing bedding for hotels worldwide. Four Seasons produces its own line of bedding in its Four Seasons at Home collection, featuring 350-thread count sateen weave cotton sheets

Top hotel brands like Four Seasons and Kimpton outfit their rooms in 100% long-staple cotton sheets because they’re soft, breathable, and durable, resulting in luxurious and memorable sleep experiences for their guests. Long-staple cotton has longer fibers, so it’s stronger and softer than shorter-staple cotton, which is why we also generally recommend 100% long-staple cotton in our best picks. 

What are the different sheet certifications?

You may notice that some of our best picks have a Standard 100 by Oeko Tex certification. This label means the final sheet product has been independently tested for more than 100 harmful chemical substances and is safe for human use. While it’s not the only certification out there, it’s widely used and known in the textiles industry.

Our experts say you should look for the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for basic safety, but if you also care about manufacturing, look for STeP by Oeko Tex. It checks for environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and safe practices all along the production process.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is another certification used specifically for organic textiles. GOTS-certified sheets contain at least 95% certified organic fibers and meet environmental and social standards at every stage of processing and manufacturing.

What’s the best way to care for your sheets?

According to various bedding brands, you should wash your sheets every one to two weeks and have alternate sets to preserve their quality. We recommend following the specific care instructions that come with the sheet set you buy. Based on our experience, brands generally advise washing the sheets in a cold or warm cycle with gentle detergent, then drying in a low tumble cycle. Hot water can make colors bleed, cause shrinkage, and weaken fibers. Drying at high heat can also weaken fibers and cause pilling.

What’s the best way to prevent wrinkles?

For all its great properties, cotton naturally wrinkles, and that’s thanks to its molecular structure. Leonas explained that wrinkles happen when hydrogen bonds form as your sheets bump around in the dryer. “The only way to get rid of those bonds is to flip some water on it or apply high heat. That’s why we use a lot of steam when we press things,” she says. 

If you want to get rid of wrinkles, the best way is to iron them before fitting them onto your bed or remove them from your dryer a little before the cycle ends and fitting them onto your bed while slightly damp.

Are alternative fibers any good? 

Alternative fibers like bamboo lyocell or microfiber are appealing because they’re often very comfortable and affordable. However, in our testing experience, their durability doesn’t match up to that of cotton or linen. They’re more prone to pilling, abrasion, and shrinkage. Plus, the production and care of these alternative fibers can be murky and bad for the environment. The shedding of microfiber, for example, is polluting the ocean

What kind of duvet cover do you pair with your sheets? 

It’s best to choose a duvet cover with the same fabrication as your sheet set — if you like how your sheets feel below you, you’ll like how the same type of fabric feels on top of you. Most of the brands we recommend in our guide also sell matching duvet covers. If you want to mix and match bedding pieces, we’ll soon be overhauling our guide to the best duvet covers

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How to watch the NFL without cable – week 6 features big matchups between the top 4 teams in the AFC

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The 2021 NFL season began on September 9.

  • Week six of the 2021 NFL season features matchups between all four AFC division leaders.
  • NFL games are spread across several channels, including NFL Network, ESPN, NBC, Fox, and CBS.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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Week six of the 2021 NFL season features a number of high profile games, including the Los Angeles Chargers against the Baltimore Ravens, and the Buffalo Bills against the Tennessee Titans. Each team is currently ranked first in their AFC division.

The Dolphins and Jaguars will also play a game in London, with a CBS broadcast starting at 9:30 a.m. ET on October 17.

Throughout the season, NFL games are spread across five primary channels: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to every game you want to watch, we broke down the ins and outs of streaming the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL Week 6 schedule

Week six of the NFL regular season includes a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC and Peacock. This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans on ESPN.

Primetime games are shown nationally, but local broadcasts for afternoon games are determined by your area. NFL teams with byes in week six include the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.

Game

Date and time Channel
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles October 14, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars October 17, 9:30 a.m. ET CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns October 17, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos October 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots October 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers October 17, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock Premium
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans October 18, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season began on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will typically air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will typically air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.


Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 


FuboTV

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At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 


YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.


NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 


Paramount Plus

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If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Peacock Premium

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Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.

What you get:

For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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Where to buy a PlayStation 5 – sign up for a chance to buy one directly from Sony during the holidays

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find months after its release.

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The PlayStation 5 is Sony’s fastest-selling video game console ever, with more than 10 million systems sold since its launch in November 2020. However, the record demand and an international chip shortage have made the PS5 one of the hardest items to buy in stores or online.

In October, Sony launched a registration program to give shoppers a chance to purchase the PS5 directly from the company during the holiday shopping season. Sony says console supply will remain limited through the end of the year, but a select number of people who register will receive an email to make a direct purchase. You can find more details and register on Sony’s site.

We’ve seen weekly restocks of the PS5 ($500) and PS5 Digital Edition ($400) online at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. Nearly all PlayStation 5 sales are handled online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overall demand, but some GameStop locations have made consoles available for in-store purchase on occasion.

Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PS5 available in bundles. Amazon and Newegg have also made PS5 consoles available, though on a less consistent basis. Newegg uses a raffle system to give shoppers a chance to buy rare items like the PS5.

We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing to secure the console.

Where to buy a PS5: stores and price

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Several stores, including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg, have regularly restocked PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, but they typically sell out as soon as they’re available online.

Sony’s PlayStation Direct store has a registration program that functions like a waitlist for a limited supply of PS5 consoles. If selected, shoppers who sign up will receive an email to purchase a PS5 directly from Sony. Registering does not guarantee you’ll get an invite, however, and it’s not clear how many people will be selected. Invitations to purchase a PS5 will begin to go out to selected shoppers in November 2021.

The PlayStation 5 comes in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400.

At popular sites for resellers, like eBay and StockX, you can expect to pay between $700 or $800 for the PlayStation 5.

You can check the links below to see if the PS5 is currently available at each retailer; we’ll update this post if a specific store announces a restock.

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Tips for buying the PS5

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A gamer sets up the new Sony Playstation PS5 at his home in Seoul after Sony launched the new console.

Buying the PlayStation 5 has been a struggle since release, but retailers have been making a steady stream of consoles available. If you have a preferred store, you should look into setting stock alerts with their online tools.

Third-party stock-tracking websites like HotStock.io can tell you when a store last had the PlayStation 5 in stock and let you set alerts for multiple retailers. A reseller who made more than $40,000 reselling PS5 consoles last year shared more specific tips on how to find the console online.

If you encounter issues while trying to check out with an online retailer, keep trying to refresh the product page to add the console and make sure the PS5 is available and in your cart. If possible, create an account with your preferred retailer and enter your payment and shipping information in advance to help the checkout process move quickly.

PlayStation 5 specifications

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The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review.

PlayStation 5 accessories

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The new PlayStation 5 family of peripherals haven’t been nearly as hard to find as the console itself, though they’re not of much use without the main course. That said, they do complement the features of the PlayStation 5, so we’ve taken to the time to explain what they all do.

Sony’s $70 DualSense controller is a worthy successor to the PS4’s popular DualShock, implementing a built-in microphone, haptic feedback for adjustable trigger tension, and advanced rumble features while also improving the battery life and adopting a USB-C charging cable.

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The $100 Pulse 3D headset is a direct successor to the gold and platinum wireless headsets Sony released for the PlayStation 4. The headset has an adjustable band, built-in microphone, and hardware buttons for mute, voice monitoring, and volume. While the Pulse 3D headset is worth the investment, PS5’s 3D audio features will also work with any third-party headset that’s been licensed for use on PS4.

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The $30 PlayStation media remote might look appealing, but for $30 you can find a better or cheaper universal remote to control the console. Several smart TV brands also let you control the PS5 with your standard TV remote too, so it’s worth giving that a try before making this investment.

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The $30 DualSense charging stand can charge two controllers and makes for a nice stand alongside the PS5, but it doesn’t actually charge your controllers any faster than using a regular cable.

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The $60 HD camera can be used for streaming in full 1080p and even has a background removal tool, but it cannot be used as a microphone like the PlayStation 4 camera. Luckily, you can just use the DualSense’s built-in mic to communicate while playing.

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PlayStation 5 exclusive games

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“Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart” is Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 exclusive.

Sony is committed to creating a full lineup of exclusive games for the PlayStation 5, repeating the same strategy that helped make the PS4 a massive success. Because there are still so many gamers waiting to upgrade to PS5, many of the games released on the new console will also work on PlayStation 4, like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Sackboy: A Big Adventure.”

Keep in mind that new games like “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War” have been designed to run better on PS5, even if they’re available on the PS4. Below, we’ve listed all the games that require a PlayStation 5 to play, including upcoming titles that don’t have release dates yet. 

Exclusive PS5 games available now

Upcoming PS5 exclusive games

  • “Horizon: Forbidden West”
  • “God of War: Ragnarok”
  • “Gran Turismo 7”

For more PlayStation game recommendations, check out our complete roundup of exclusives that make the PS5 worth buying.

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The 6 best weighted blanket we tested in 2021

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If you toss and turn at night or find your mind racing when trying to fall asleep, you might benefit from adding a weighted blanket to your bedding. Usually weighing somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds, weighted blankets provide gentle, constant pressure as you sleep, and recent studies have shown promising results in their ability to ease anxiety and reduce insomnia, though research remains limited.

I spoke with Rebecca Robbins, sleep researcher, author, and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She said the reason why weighted blankets tend to work is quite primal. “It really hearkens back to the way we entered the world,” said Robbins. “You were in a womb, compressed on all sides by water and fluid, and so there was a sense of pressure. We try to emulate that with infants by swaddling them. We might look at weighted blankets as the adult version of swaddling or emulating those circumstances where we feel at ease.”

I tested 12 of the most popular weighted blankets on the market to determine the best ones you can buy. I evaluated them for how well I slept while using them, the quality of materials and construction, how easy they were to wash and care for, and how comfy they were.

The best weighted blankets in 2021

Best weighted comforter

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Brooklinen’s Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.

Pros: Looks just like a normal comforter, lots of plush fill, made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, has duvet cover loops, accepts returns in any condition within one year of purchase

Cons: Dry clean only, duvet cover sold separately, difficult to adjust while using it

If you don’t want to sleep under a stack of blankets or compromise your bedroom’s look, you’ll want a weighted comforter, and Brooklinen makes the best one I tried. It looks and feels like a traditional plush comforter but with an extra 20 pounds of weight integrated with small glass beads. The blanket itself is made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, so it’s soft enough to throw on your bed without a duvet cover.

That being said, we recommend adding one — corner loops make it easy to tie on — because the blanket is dry-clean only, which could run you anywhere from $20 to $50.

I found that the 20-pound comforter I tested weighed closer to 24 pounds, but the extra weight didn’t make too much of a difference once I laid it out on the bed. Sleeping under it was pretty dreamy (excuse the pun). I felt enveloped by the cushy fill but not too overwhelmed or overheated. It was somewhat difficult to adjust while lying under it due to the weight and size, but I found this typical for just about every comforter-sized weighted blanket I tested.

Though pricey, this comfortable weighted blanket is worth the investment, especially because it will entirely replace your comforter. If you find it’s not right for you, Brooklinen has an incredibly lenient return policy, accepting returns for any reason in any condition within 365 days of your purchase.

Best extra-heavy weighted blanket

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Gravity’s 35-pound weighted blanket evenly distributes weight across your king-size bed and is perfect for those who are looking for some extra heft.

Pros: Great for those who need a heavier blanket, weight is evenly distributed, no beanbag feel, the cover is machine washable, low profile blanket

Cons: Queen/king size only comes in 35 pounds, the cover should be washed before use, too heavy to adjust in the middle of the night, the inner blanket is hand-wash only, customers are responsible for return fees

When I first received the Gravity 35-pound blanket, I thought it would feel way too heavy, but I found it pretty manageable. It did tend to slide down the bed as I was sleeping, and I’d often wake up about a foot lower than usual because I was chasing the blanket around through the night. It was simply too heavy to pull up or adjust while laying under it, though someone stronger than me will likely not have this issue.

One issue with this blanket was that the included micro-plush duvet cover felt oddly greasy out of the package. It left a film on my hands as I tried to smooth it out over the bed. But the zip-on cover is removable and washable, and a run through the wash resolved the issue. I can’t imagine hauling such a heavy blanket into and out of a washing machine, so the removable cover is a huge plus. 

The Gravity blanket is low-profile without any excess fill, so it won’t add a lot of bulk to your bed. That said, it’s not as plush or cozy as the Brooklinen comforter, which does also come in a 35-pound version, though it’s much more expensive.

The brand also makes “single” size weighted blankets that measure 48-inches by 72-inches. I tested a 15-pound one with a cooling cover and found it performed well, but nothing made it stand out from the pack.

Best cooling weighted blanket

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The BlanQuil Chill‘s unique cover disperses heat and stays cool to the touch as you fall asleep, but its slick fabric can cause it to slide off the bed.

Pros: Stays cool to the touch, no beanbag feel, glass beads don’t shift, 60-night sleep trial

Cons: Slides off the bed easily; internal blanket is spot-clean only; only one size, one color, and two weights available

I sleep hot, and the BlanQuil Chill is the weighted blanket I have the longest relationship with. It’s been on my bed for about a year and a half, and I’ve had two iterations of the design.

I lined up all the cooling blankets I tested for this guide and ran my hand across each one, and the BlanQuil felt noticeably cooler than all the others. Plus, it did the best job of dissipating heat and getting back to its cool baseline.

Since it’s slightly bigger than a twin bed, it’s not a blanket that’s intended to be shared. Glass beads add weight, but there’s no beanbag feeling, and I’ve never felt them shift in a way that causes the blanket to feel lumpy or uneven.

The zipper on the removable, washable cover of the first version of the design was weak, couldn’t handle the weight of the blanket, and broke just a couple of months into its use. But BlanQuil has since reinforced the zipper, and I’ve yet to have a problem with it. I even stress tested it by holding the weight of the blanket against the zipper, and it held strong.

Though it’s one of the best I’ve used, the cooling cover’s material has a bit of a sheen to it, which makes it slick so it slides off the bed easily — especially if you toss and turn at night. As soon as it gets off-center, the blanket’s weight will cause it to slide.

Best weighted throw blanket

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The cocoon-like, knit-woven Bearaby Cotton Napper keeps you cozy yet cool as you lounge on the couch, it’s entirely machine washable, and it’s one of the heftiest blankets we tested.

Pros: Aesthetic design, has significant heft, made from organic cotton, washable and dryable, 30-day return policy if blanket remains unwashed, most versatile weighted blanket I tested

Cons: Doesn’t fit in compact washing machines, takes multiple cycles to dry, open weave may catch toes and fingers, heavier than advertised (though this may be a pro, depending on your preference)

The weight of the Bearaby Napper comes entirely from the dense organic cotton strands hand-knit into one of the most aesthetically minded weighted blankets I’ve ever seen.

This is a really heavy blanket — the blanket I tested, which was advertised as the 15-pound version, actually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. I contacted the company to verify that they sent me the right item, and they assured me they did. 

It’s not necessarily bad that they’re heavier than advertised, but it’s something to keep in mind when you order.

A blanket this heavy — and bulky — can be tough to shift around, and if it’s going to live on your couch, it will take up quite a bit of space. I’ve shifted it to my bed. It drapes nicely over my partner and me, but the open weave makes it prone to stretching if you need to pull it up in the night. It hasn’t become misshapen in any significant way, thankfully.

It’s not quite a cooling blanket — Bearaby does offer one called the Tree Napper that I haven’t tested — but it doesn’t trap heat thanks to the open weave. The holes are quite large, though, so if you are bothered by some toes or fingers poking through, you might want to look elsewhere.

The Napper is fully machine washable and can go in the dryer on a delicate setting. I wanted to see how the blanket washed and dried as part of my test, but it didn’t fit in my space-saving apartment-sized washing machine.

Best budget weighted blanket

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Weighted blankets are typically expensive, but the Luna Weighted Blanket is gentle on your wallet despite being constructed from Oeko-Tex-certified cotton and filled with natural glass beads.

Pros: Excellent quality at a low price; comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and weights; fully machine washable; Oeko-Tex Certified construction; true to weight

Cons: Thinner blanket than some others on our list

Weighted blankets tend to be very expensive, but Luna offers an excellent weighted blanket at an affordable price.

I tested the 15-pound queen-size blanket, and the glass beads inside were barely noticeable, producing no beanbag effect. Where many other cheap weighted blankets are loaded with chemicals, the Luna Weighted Blanket is Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning it contains no harmful materials.

The blanket is much thinner than some of the others I tested, but it stayed breathable and was light enough to easily adjust in the middle of the night. It wasn’t quite as cozy as some others, but it’s a great option to layer with your usual comforter or use during the warmer months.

As I’ve continued to test these blankets, the Luna has become a bit of a travel-sized weighted blanket for me. I wouldn’t recommend taking it on an airplane — it’s a bit bulky for that — but the Luna is thin enough to fold into a car trunk-friendly size. 

The blanket was a true 15 pounds according to my scale, but that weight was dispersed over a queen-size surface area, making it feel lighter. 

It’s also one of the easiest blankets to clean that I tested. The entire thing fits into my compact washer-dryer and was fully dry within one cycle — and it got softer after just one wash.

Best king-size weighted blanket

A dog lying on a bed covered by the HomeSmart weighted blanket

The HomeSmart Products King Size Weighted Blanket is large enough for couples, breathes well to keep you from overheating, and can go in the washer and dryer.

Pros: Breathable organic cotton shell, glass beads sewn into 5-by-5-inch pockets for even weight distribution, machine washable and dryable, the king size is large enough for couples, weight options up to 50 lbs.

Cons: The blanket started to leak beads after 18 months of use, hard to track down customer support

As a big guy, one of the problems I run into with weighted blankets is that they aren’t large enough to cover my whole body. Even queen-size blankets tend to be too small to reach my giant feet. This was not a problem with the HomeSmart Products King Size Weighted Blanket.

At 88 inches by 104 inches and with weight options up to 50 pounds, it’s the ideal blanket for couples who want to enjoy the comfort of a weighted blanket without sacrificing intimacy.

The HomeSmart blanket features micro glass beads sewn into the 400-thread count organic cotton shell with 5-by-5-inch pockets to keep the weight evenly distributed. The blanket is machine washable and dryable, which is a must for me since I don’t use duvet covers. I’ve washed the blanket several times over the last two-and-a-half years and have found it’s an effortless endeavor. If you want to add a duvet cover, the blanket has 10 loops for tying one on.

I tested the 15-pound and 25-pound comforters and enjoyed both, though the 25-pounder was almost too restrictive for me. I prefer the 15-pounder, and it’s what I sleep under when I’m not testing other models. Thanks to its breathability, it’s a great year-round blanket. Even in the summer, overheating has never been an issue.

The HomeSmart Weighted Blanket isn’t without its flaws. The 25-pound blanket started to leak beads after 18 months of use. This was likely due to one of our pets working a hole into it. I tried to reach customer service but couldn’t get a hold of anyone.

-James Brains, reporter

What else we tested

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The Gravity Cooling, Helix, and Brooklyn Bedding weighted blankets were among the others we tested.

What we recommend and why 

Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket: The Baloo weighted blanket struck a great balance between comfort and cost. Its construction and quality felt similar enough to the Luna that we’d rather recommend the one that’s even more affordable.

Gravity Cooling Blanket: The blanket itself is well-built and high-quality, but the cooling cover did little to actually cool me off as I slept. It just felt like any other weighted blanket and didn’t do much to distinguish itself from the other blankets I tried.

Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket: This blanket is dual-sided — with a silky cooling side and a minky textured side. The silky side stayed cool to the touch, and the bumps on the minky side provided a nice sensory option. It didn’t feel beanbaggy, and the weight was evenly distributed. But it was only available in one size, two weights, and one dark gray color that severely limited how many home decor scenarios it would work within.

What we don’t recommend and why

Yaasa Weighted Blanket: This is a knit-style blanket similar to the Bearaby Napper, but Yaasa’s weave was much tighter and allowed for less airflow. The material also felt spongier and less cozy than the Napper’s. The Yaasa blanket was also dry clean only.

Helix Weighted Blanket: This blanket is dual-sided with a white sherpa fleece side and a gray minky fleece side. I found the sherpa side especially cozy, and so did my cat. But it had one of the worst beanbag effects of any of the blankets I tried, and there is only one size and color option available, though it did come in three weights. If this blanket suits your style, it’s a decent buy for an affordable price.

YnM Weighted Blanket: This is an Amazon bestseller in weighted blankets, so we wanted to put it to the test. It’s a perfectly serviceable budget blanket, but the glass beads created a sort of beanbag effect that the Luna did not. Plus, the Luna is even cheaper and made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton, which isn’t found with the YnM.

Our testing methodology

There are several factors I took into consideration while assessing weighted blankets. Aside from the general coziness and comfort provided by each blanket, I also assessed things like quality of material, value, weight options, and aesthetics. For example, a blanket that came in more color and weight options beat out a blanket of equal quality that came in fewer options. I also considered return policies, sleep trials, and how easy these blankets were to clean.

The following are three tests I ran each blanket through to assess general user experience:

Sleep test: I slept with each weighted blanket on my bed for at least three consecutive nights. I noted how well I slept overall and how the blanket regulated my sleep temperature. I also paid attention to how well the blanket stayed in place as I slept and how easy it was to adjust while lying under it. Part of this test also included making the bed every day (hauling a weighted blanket is harder than it looks).

Wash test: I washed every weighted blanket or cover that was machine washable at least once to ensure they held up well in the wash and didn’t shrink, shed, or otherwise show signs of wear. I noted if the added weight made them more difficult to haul into and out of the washing machine. I also discovered that one of the machine-washable blankets was so bulky it didn’t fit into my washing machine. For those blankets that weren’t machine-washable, I noted the care instructions and factored that into the cons of the blanket as I assessed them.

Weight test: I wanted to ensure each blanket was actually the advertised weight. To get an accurate reading, I weighed myself and then weighed myself again while holding each blanket, noting any discrepancies in the advertised weight versus the actual weight.

What we’re testing next

Bearaby Sleeper: This is the only weighted blanket I’ve discovered designed specifically for couples. While there’s little data available to determine the best weight for a couple to share, Bearaby has eliminated some of that guesswork by weighting the two halves of the blanket differently, allowing you to choose the right weight for each person. This is especially useful if you and your partner are drastically different sizes and would benefit from different blanket weights. The two halves can unzip from each other and become two distinct blankets. Right now, they are sold out, but Bearaby has assured us that they’ll be restocking soon, and we hope to test it once they do.

Luxome Luxury Weighted Blanket: The Luxome weighted blanket comes with a reversible cover with a plush minky fabric on one side and a cooling bamboo fabric on the other. This allows you to customize your blanket with the seasons. I’m curious to see if this versatility makes a difference in how the blanket affects my body temperature. It’s also a nice mid-range option in terms of price, and I’m hoping to add more affordable options to this guide.

Slumber Cloud Weighted Blanket: In my ongoing quest to find a cooling weighted blanket that stays put throughout the night, I’m looking forward to testing the Slumber Cloud. It’s made using thermoregulation technology developed by NASA to keep astronauts comfortable in their spacesuits. The Outlast technology uses small beads that absorb body heat when you get too hot and release it back to you when you get too cold. I’m fascinated by this concept, and I’m excited to see if it works.

Weighted blanket FAQs

What weight should a weighted blanket be?

It’s recommended that you select a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight. But Robbins adds that there are no clinically established guideposts for choosing a blanket weight. “It’s hard for the one size fits all approach because we’re all just so unique and have different physiologies,” she says.

This is especially true when blankets come in different sizes. A 15-pound throw blanket is going to feel much heavier than a 15-pound comforter since a larger blanket distributes its weight over a larger surface area. Robbins suggests trying out weighted blankets before purchasing them. If you can’t test weighted blankets in a store, look for brands that offer sleep trials or have buyer-friendly return policies like many of our top picks.

What if I’m sharing the weighted blanket with a partner?

If you’re sharing a weighted blanket with a partner, you’ll likely want something a bit heavier, mostly because larger blankets feel lighter than smaller ones. A blog from Layla Sleep advises purchasing a blanket that’s roughly 7.5% of the couple’s combined weight.

I reached out to the brand to determine how they established this number, and a representative responded, “Most suggestions in terms of weight are based on anecdotal evidence. We also factor in the customer satisfaction data that we have when making suggestions, but ultimately the weight that’s right for any one person will depend heavily on personal preference.”

It’s important to note that this parameter hasn’t been established in any clinical trial or scientific study, so take it with a grain of salt. As long as you’re comfortable and can move freely under the blanket, you should choose the weight that works best for you.

What size weighted blanket should I get?

If you’re sharing a blanket with a partner with a similar body weight, you’ll want a weighted blanket that covers your entire bed. Many brands, including almost all of our top picks, offer blankets in multiple sizes to fit standard twin, full, queen, and king beds.

Some weighted blankets in these sizes are a bit smaller than typical comforters so the weighted blanket doesn’t hang off the side of your bed too much. Excess fabric hanging off the side can pull the weighted blanket off-center as you shift around in the night.

If you and your partner are very different weights, consider opting for two smaller separate blankets in a throw or twin size. This way, you can each get the weight that’s most comfortable for you. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to worry about blanket theft in the middle of the night.

How do I choose a weighted blanket?

In addition to weight and size considerations (see above), you’ll also want to consider how easy the blanket is to clean and what type of fill it uses. A duvet cover will be easier to wash than a weighted blanket, but with a cover, you have to deal with the hassle of removing it and putting it back on. Even with ties to keep it in place, the blanket may still bunch up inside the cover.

Weighted blankets rely on glass beads, plastic pellets, or, less commonly, steel shot beads. What you prefer is a matter of personal preference. Comforters with plastic pellets tend to be cheaper, but it’s a less eco-friendly material.

How often should I wash my weighted blanket?

Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President at The American Cleaning Institute, recommends you treat your weighted blanket like any comforter, washing it once or twice a year, provided it’s covered by a duvet cover that you’re washing monthly. If it doesn’t have a removable cover, the entire blanket should be washed roughly once a month.

Are weighted blankets good for anxiety?

In theory, the answer is yes. However, there are no randomized clinical trials that can speak to the efficacy of weighted blankets in the treatment of anxiety. This is because it would be obvious once participants curl up under one of the blankets that they’re either in the control group or the weighted blanket group. 

The theory is that weighted blankets help reduce some anxiety symptoms, like quickened breathing or heart rate, by putting your autonomic nervous system at ease. 

Anecdotally, my wife and I have both been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. We’ve found lounging with a weighted blanket helps us unwind.

The bottom line is weighted blankets may help with anxiety, but there isn’t any hard science to back it up.

 

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The best cookbooks to gift or buy for yourself in 2021

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To me, there’s no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed all interests from TV show cookbooks to comprehensive tomes on the science of cooking.

Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks make their way onto bookstore shelves. Here are our favorite cookbooks, new and old, to gift this year.

Here are 32 of the best cookbooks gifts for every type of cook:

For the locavore

New Native Kitchen by Bitsoie and Fraioli

“New Native Kitchen” by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli, available for pre-order at Amazon, $40  

Before other cultures and their cuisines came to North America, indigenous people were cooking meals with accessible ingredients. In the “New Native Kitchen,” to be released in November of 2021, Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli explore American Indian recipes from coast to coast, like Chocolate Bison Chili and Prickly Pear Sweet Pork Chops. Bitsoie was the executive chef of Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Navajo nation, and Chef James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award winner.

For the the vegan

The Korean Vegan by Joanne Lee Molinaro

“The Korean Vegan Cookbook” by Joanne Lee Molinaro, available on Amazon, $24.77

Becoming vegan was a big change for Joanne Lee Molinaro, having grown up with meat-based Korean food. However, it didn’t stop her from collecting recipes and recreating the dishes that were so connected to her family history. For Molinaro, the stories of her family’s immigration from North Korea to the United States are just as important as the recipes. Molinaro recreates childhood memories, like Jjajangmyeon, Korean-Chinese black bean noodles, and writes new recipes, like the Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake, in honor of the foods that saved her mother’s life. 

 

For the no-fuss foodie

Cooking at Home by David Chang and Priya Krishna

“Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)” by David Chang and Priya Krishna, available for pre-order at Amazon, $25

You won’t find frozen vegetables in Momfuko, but that doesn’t mean David Chang has anything against them. In this new book, available on October 26, Chang and co-author, Priya Krishna, explain how they use fine dining principles to make fast, easy, and unpretentious meals at home. For the home cook, it seems like the professional chef can take any ingredients and produce a full, delicious meal. In “Cooking at Home,” Chang and Krishna teach you how to do just that. 

 

 

For the traveler interested in culture and cuisine

Cook Real Hawai'i

“Cook Real Hawai’i” by Sheldon Simeon, available at Amazon, $24.95

A finalist in two different seasons of “Top Chef,” Sheldon Simeon co-authored a cookbook with Garrett Snyder, transporting readers to the tropical islands of Hawaii. The book dives into stories of Simeon’s family, as well as the state’s history and cultural traditions. With 100 recipes throughout the book, this personalized guide to Hawaiian cooking has something for beginners and advanced cooks.

For the friend who cooks with the seasons

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“My Shanghai” by Betty Liu, available on Amazon, $31.79

This debut cookbook from Betty Liu (who somehow found the time to author it amid her general surgery residency) is an homage to seasonal cooking and her family’s roots in the Chinese regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. I picked up this cookbook up in my local bookstore and couldn’t put it down (and ended up bringing it home with me). The chapters are organized by season and explain the influence the weather, holidays, and traditions have on the recipes prepared throughout the year. I love the stories Liu relates about the inspirations behind her recipes, like climbing a mountain to eat Double-Mushroom Noodle Soup at a temple, foraging spring bamboo shoots for Oil-Braised Spring Bamboo, and the bowls of breakfast noodles her father would make her before test days. I’ve already made the Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes four or five times, and I can’t wait to dive into more of the recipes as the seasons progress. 

For the cook who wants to master their grill

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“Rodney Scott’s World of Barbecue” by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, available on Amazon, $17.77

My best friend (and fellow cookbook collector) recently texted me raving about this cookbook and the genius of Rodney Scott’s Loaded Pork Skin “Nachos,” Pit-Smoked Turkey, and whole-hog approach to Carolina barbecue. Scott’s positivity and passion shine throughout the book, and you’ll learn lots about southern foodways and the history of Carolina barbecue along the way.  

For the parent planning their next trip

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“Dishoom” by Shamil Thakrar, available on Amazon, $17.29

Whether it’s London or Bombay that is your giftee’s next destination, “Dishoom” is required reading before they jet off. The popular Dishoom restaurants in London are inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay and serve “tipples,” snacks, and mains like Mango Kulfi, Pav Bhaji, and Roomali Roti. In “Dishoom,” you’ll learn to cook the restaurant’s entire menu, and be taken on a tour of Bombay’s cafes (complete with a map) along the way. 

For the coworker who has *opinions* on babka

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“Jew-ish” by Jake Cohen, available at Amazon, $15.79

At Insider Reviews we have lots of opinions, especially about food, and a recent debate centered around the merits of cinnamon versus chocolate fillings for babka. I like Jake Cohen’s philosophy in “Jew-ish,” which is that babka is delicious no matter what you fill it with. “Jew-ish” is a thoughtful collection of recipes centered around Cohen’s Ashkenazi heritage, his own self-discovery in the kitchen, and the Persian-Iraqi traditions of his husband. Cohen celebrates the origins of Jewish dishes, while also putting his own twist on the classics. You’ll see this in action in his recipes for Cacio e Pepe Rugelach, Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and yes, You Can Go Your Own Way: Babka Edition.

For the family member intimidated by their new Instant Pot

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“The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook” by Jeffrey Eisner, available at Amazon, $10.78

Insider Reviews reporter, James Brains, is currently testing Instant Pots and other multicookers for an update to our guide to the best electric pressure cookers. He’s been using recipes from this cookbook and reports that they’re easy to follow, have plenty of photos, and are delicious to boot. The book features more than 750 photos detailing step-by-step how to make the 100+ recipes, and makes a great gift for anyone who is curious about Instant Pots but hasn’t taken the plunge yet.

For the history buff

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“Jubilee” by Toni Tipton-Martin, available on Amazon, $20.07

Toni Tipton-Martin’s personal collection of African-American cookbooks spans more than 400 titles and her knowledge of American food history is on full display in “Jubilee.” Through recipes and stories, she relates the history of Black folks who shaped American cuisine into what it is today, from those who cooked under the confines of brutal enslavement to the chefs who ran White House kitchens. “Jubilee” is a masterful work of American history, as told through food.

For the person who loves pie but fears making it

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“Pie Academy” by Ken Haedrich, available on Amazon, $17.99

A compendium of 255 pie recipes, “Pie Academy” is likely the last pie cookbook you’ll ever need. It has nearly a dozen recipes for different types of pie crust, a troubleshooting section for when things don’t go as expected, and chapters organized by seasonality and filling type. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the pie lover in your life, especially one who is interested in making pies but has always found them a bit daunting. 

For the home cook that also loves to read

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“Black, White, and The Grey” by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, available on Amazon, $15.69

While not a cookbook, “Black, White, and The Grey,” tells the story of one of the most celebrated restaurants in America: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Mashama Bailey, who is Black, and John O. Morisano, who is white, relate the story of how they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into an award-winning restaurant. The dual memoir touches on race, community, and friendship, with some delicious food anecdotes along the way.

For the friend who wants to master the essentials

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“My Korea” by Hooni Kim, available on Amazon, $21.99

Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim’s debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book’s tagline is “traditional flavors, modern recipes,” and that is an accurate summation of what you can expect to find in this cookbook — from Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan’s Spicy Rice Cakes. When I first laid my hands on this cookbook, I wanted to make (and eat) every single recipe. If you’re looking for some solid foundation recipes, “My Korea” delivers.

For the friend who knows all the words to “Lady Marmalade”

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“LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About” by Patti LaBelle, available at Amazon, $20.99

Patti LaBelle is not only the Godmother of Soul and a musical icon, but she is also a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbooks. Her newest cookbook, “Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About,” has recipes centered around LaBelle’s family’s Southern roots. With comfort-food favorites like potato salad and peach cobbler, she showcases a variety of her recipes that are full of personal touches. 

For the person with quarantine cooking fatigue

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“Indian-ish” by Priya Krishna, available on Amazon, $18.29

In her debut cookbook, Priya Krishna (contributor to Bon Appetit, New York Times, and others) offers up beloved favorite recipes from her Indian-American family, including Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, and what her dad calls Indian Gatorade (Shikanji). The recipes are largely vegetarian, creative, fun, comforting, and guaranteed to inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their cooking in 2021. 

For the cook always on the go

Full Plate best cookbooks 2021

‘The Full Plate” by Ayesha Curry, available on Amazon, $15

Ayesha Curry and her husband, basketball star Stephen Curry, have three children and busy schedules. She created her newest cookbook with her energetic household in mind, and it features 100 recipes that take under an hour to make. “The Full Plate” is perfect for anyone who wants to spend less time cooking while still ending up with delicious meals.  

For the person who can’t get enough of Disney

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“The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook” by Ashley Craft, available on Amazon, $11.99

Technically unofficial, this cookbook will transport you directly into Disneyland. You can replicate a variety of food found in Disney theme parks. It features 100 recipes of iconic Disneyland treats and snacks, including the famous Dole whip, beignets, and more. 

For the person who spent 2020 mastering sourdough

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“New World Sourdough” by Bryan Ford, available on Amazon, $14.77

This was the year of the sourdough starter, and few people are as well-versed in fermented breads as Bryan Ford, blogger and baker. We’re not just talking about your classic sourdough boule; Ford is well-known for demonstrating the breadth of what you can do with a sourdough starter: from Sourdough Pan de Coco to Sourdough Discard Battered Fried Chicken.

For the cousin who’s just learning to cook

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“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat, available on Amazon, $16.67

In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking, from when to salt your chicken to how to make the perfect focaccia. All the information is presented in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations you’ll want to frame and hang in your kitchen.

For your family member who loves “Emily in Paris”

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“La Buvette” by Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy, available on Amazon, $14.25

“La Buvette” is part cookbook, part guide to French living. Interspersed with recipes from the cookbook’s namesake cafe are beautiful pictures of Paris, tips about shopping in France’s vintage markets, and instructions on how to dry flowers. The cookbook is a lovely escape into Parisian living, perfect for any Francophile dreaming of a visit to the City of Lights. 

For your friend who knows all the best restaurants

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“Xi’an Famous Foods” by Jason Wang, available on Amazon, $22.51

Xi’an Famous Foods started as a small family-owned market stall in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Its hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles have become so loved that there are now 14 locations all around New York City. In this cookbook, the son of the family and CEO of the business Jason Wang divulges some of the recipes that made his family business famous, as well as other classic dishes from Xi’an in western China.

For the fan of the ‘Great British Baking Show’

Baking Kim Joy

“Baking with Kim-Joy” by Kim-Joy, available on Amazon, $14.89

Contestants of the Great British Baking Show have come out with several cookbooks, including series nine runner-up Kim-Joy. She is best known for her adorable and creative bakes, like her giant chocolate planet filled with “space turtles,” or her “Silke the vegetarian mermaid” pie. Kim-Joy brings the same color and fun to her bakes in her debut cookbook, which includes Pigfiteroles in Mud, Tazhong Cat Buns, and a version of her Space Turtle Cake. 

For the person experimenting with a plant-based lifestyle this year

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“Vegetable Kingdom” by Bryant Terry, available on Amazon, $17.39

James Beard Award-winning chef and food activist Bryant Terry offers 150 vegan recipes in his most recent cookbook. Instead of trying to imitate meaty dishes, Terry’s book celebrates the vegetable and all its parts: skin, husk, flowers, roots, and all. You’ll find recipes for Pea Shoot and Peanut Salad, Grilled Spring Onions with Lemon-Thyme Oil, Cornmeal-Fried Oyster Mushroom Po’Boys, and more. A special hallmark of Terry’s books is that they often contain a playlist to listen to while you’re cooking, and “Vegetable Kingdom” is no different, featuring recommended tracks by Duke Ellington, Santana, Björk, and more.

For the friend who likes to Instagram all their food

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“Ottolenghi Flavor” by Yotam Ottolenghi, available on Amazon, $23.39

Yotam Ottolenghi is owner and chef of some of London’s most beloved cafes and restaurants. His recipes are some of the most colorful and beautiful out there, and his latest cookbook is no exception. “Flavor” is filled with mostly vegetarian recipes that not only pack a punch visually but flavor-wise, too. Ottolenghi and his co-authors expound the building blocks of flavor in three sections: process, pairing, and produce. The result is more than 100 ‘gram-worthy recipes from Spicy Mushroom Lasagna to Iceberg Wedges with Smoky Eggplant Cream.

For the hummus lover

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“Falastin” by Sami Tamimi, available on Amazon, $31.50

Longtime Ottolenghi collaborator (and co-author of “Jerusalem,” another of our cookbook picks), Sam Tamimi, crafted his latest cookbook as an homage to Palestinian food. The book is rich in recipes, from multiple variations of shakshuka and hummus, to verdant salads, and colorful dips. Along the way, Tamimi tells the culinary history of Palestinian food — from the home cooks feeding their neighbors in refugee camps to the restaurateurs cooking for tourists in Bethlehem.

For the person who recently moved

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, available on Amazon, $24.25

Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm” and winner of the Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award. “Molly on the Range” explores home, family, her Jewish and Chinese heritage, and Yeh’s Midwestern farm life. You’ll find recipes for Sufganiyot, Chicken Potstickers, Challah Waffles, and more.

For the pint-sized cook in your life

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“The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs” by America’s Test Kitchen, available on Amazon, $11.49

I worked for America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) for seven years and was privy to the care its team puts into each and every one of its cookbooks. ATK’s series of cookbooks for kids is the epitome of that detail and care; every one of the recipes in this volume was tested by pro chefs and kid cooks. The recipes are specifically designed with kids in mind, outlining when to get an adult for help with handling hot ingredients or sharp tools. This is the book I wish was available to me when I was a child, and I’ve gifted it and the kid’s baking book to every kid I know. I love getting reports from their parents about a new recipe they cooked or discovered.

For the person always posting pictures of their cheese board

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“Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion” by Shelley Westerhausen, available on Amazon, $15.38

In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casual yet chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It’s also a visual cornucopia that’s just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers when it’s safe to do so. And if you’re looking for a board of your own, we recommend any of these five options

For the self-described dessert person

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“Dessert Person” by Claire Saffitz, available on Amazon, $22.24

Claire Saffitz may be known for her wildly popular Gourmet Makes series on YouTube, but she’s a pastry chef at heart and her affinity for baked goods is out in full force with her new cookbook “Dessert Person.” In this cookbook, you can find creative recipes for Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, and Malted Forever Brownies. It’s sure to please the dessert lover in your life.

For the person who had to cancel their vacation last year

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“Pasta Grannies” by Vicky Bennison, available on Amazon, $18.99

Each episode of the “Pasta Grannies” YouTube series is an escape to a different region of Italy, where local grannies (or nonne) teach the audience to prepare and cook a regional dish — from classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara to a pasta shape from Sardinia only three women know how to make. This cookbook takes some of the most popular videos from the series and turns them into tangible recipes you can cook at home. Between watching the video and cooking from the book, you can transport yourself to a little corner of Italy without leaving your home.

For the person homesick for their grandma’s cooking

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“In Bibi’s Kitchen” by Hawa Hassan, available on Amazon, $18.69

This cookbook centers around grandmothers (or bibis) from eight south and east African countries. Throughout the book, we get to know the women whose recipes are featured and learn about their personal history and the history of their country. Along the way, you’ll find recipes for Eritrean Doro Wat, Tanzanian Date Bread, Kenyan Kachumbari, and more. It’s the kind of cookbook that makes think about your grandmother.

For the person who lives by a cookie-a-day philosophy

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“100 Cookies” by Sarah Keiffer, available on Amazon, $20.76

A good ol’ chocolate chip cookie never goes out of style, but if you have a cookie lover in your life, consider gifting them this homage to baked goods. You’ll find recipes for the classics (including four different variations of chocolate chip cookies) as well cookies you’ve probably never had before, like Banana-Espresso-Cacao Nib cookies.

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Kristin Hannah’s 22 most popular books, based on Goodreads reviews

Collage of the best Kristin Hannah books, according to Goodreads 4x3
According to Goodreads, the best Kristin Hannah books include “The Nightingale,” “The Great Alone,” “Firefly Lane,” and “The Four Winds.”

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  • Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of over 20 books, most recently “The Four Winds.”
  • She writes romance books, historical fiction novels, and stories with magical twists.
  • Goodreads members’ top favorites include “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone.”

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author perhaps best known for “The Nightingale” and “Firefly Lane,” the latter of which has become a hit Netflix show. Though Hannah primarily writes moving romances with devastating twists, her more recent works have been vivid historical fiction stories that transport readers through time.

To rank Kristin Hannah’s best books, we turned to Goodreads members. With over 125 million users, Goodreads lets readers rate, review, and recommend their favorite novels. So whether you’re a new Kristin Hannah reader wondering where to start, or a long-time fan looking for a new read, we’ve ranked the best Kristin Hannah books, according to Goodreads members.

‘The Nightingale’

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah book cover

“The Nightingale,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.15

With nearly 600,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads, “The Nightingale” is Kristin Hannah’s most popular book. Set during World War II, this deeply moving novel focuses on two sisters living through the Nazi occupation of France. While 18-year-old Isabelle courageously risks her life to join the Resistance, Vianne is left at home to protect her daughter and herself as a German captain requisitions her home in her husband’s absence.

‘The Great Alone’

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah book cover

“The Great Alone,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.69

When Ernt Allbright returns from the Vietnam war broken and volatile, he impulsively moves his family to the Alaskan wilderness, determined to live off the land amongst other fiercely independent locals. But as the brutal winter darkness sets in, the Allbright family discovers they are far less physically — and mentally — prepared than they thought.

‘Firefly Lane’

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Firefly Lane,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.19

In this powerful story about the magic of friendship, Tully and Kate became inseparable friends during the summer of 1974, forming a bond that would last a lifetime. As the decades pass, Tully and Kate act as buoys in each other’s turbulent lives — until a devastating act of betrayal puts their bond to the ultimate test.

‘The Four Winds’

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah book cover

“The Four Winds,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49

As the Great Depression continues to devastate Americans in the early 1930s, a ruthless drought tears through Texas, leaving families torn between fighting for their land and heading west for the chance of a better life. A portrait of the strength of American women, this historical fiction novel follows young Elsa Martinelli as she agonizes over her own choice during the Dust Bowl era, a particularly dark period of history.

‘Winter Garden’

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Winter Garden,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.56

“Winter Garden” is a novel that explores the intricacies of a mother-daughter bond through Meredith and Nina, two starkly different sisters who are brought home over their father’s illness. With little connection besides old memories and their mother’s disdain, the sisters finally learn the devastating truth of their mother’s past, revealing more about their family and themselves than they ever knew.

‘Night Road’

Night Road by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Night Road,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.56

Jude is a stay-at-home mom who always puts the needs of her children ahead of her own. So when former foster child, Lexi, enters her twins’ lives, she welcomes her in and the three kids become inseparable. But when a terrible accident happens, everyone blames Lexi and she’s forced to leave behind the closest thing to family she’s ever known. Years later, Lexi returns to face Jude, the past, and the night that changed their lives forever.

‘Fly Away’

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“Fly Away,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.67

“Fly Away” is the touching sequel to “Firefly Lane” and while it can be read as a standalone novel, it’s recommended to read “Firefly Lane” first to truly understand the depth of heartbreak in this book. As Kate struggles against her battle with breast cancer, her best friend, Tully, promises to be there for her children in any way she can. As Tully and Kate’s family reel from grief, Tully struggles to keep Kate’s daughters safe and come to terms with her own past in this story about forgiveness and redemption.

‘Magic Hour’

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“Magic Hour,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.26

After a sudden tragedy ruined her career as a child psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Cates returned to her hometown to quietly recover. When she meets a peculiar six-year-old girl who seems to have emerged from the nearby woods, Julia dedicates herself to saving the child — even if it means asking for help.

‘Home Front’

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“Home Front,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.89

Defense attorney Michael and soldier Jolene have been married for 12 years and are already struggling through everyday life when Jolene is sent on a dangerous deployment and Michael is left caring for their daughters back home. In this story of love, loss, war, and duty, Jolene tries to quell her family’s fears from the other side of the world until tragedy strikes and leaves Michael living his worst nightmare.

‘True Colors’

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“True Colors,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.39

“True Colors” is a heartfelt family story that follows the Grey sisters, whose bond strengthened as they leaned on each other when their mother passed away. After a devastating event threatens to tear their sisterhood apart, the girls must fight through the tension to forgive each other in this compelling and emotional story loved for its romantic and dramatic elements.

‘Between Sisters’

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“Between Sisters,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.49

When Meg was 16 and Claire was nine, a misunderstanding led the sisters to an estrangement that it seemed would last a lifetime. But as Claire’s wedding day quickly approaches, Meg decides to take time off from her successful law career to help Claire and try to reignite their bond, hoping to become the family they always wanted.

‘On Mystic Lake’

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“On Mystic Lake,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.19

When Annie Colwater’s husband tells her that he’s in love with a younger woman, she returns to her hometown to heal and is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacrox. As Nick recovers from his own loss and tries to help his daughter do the same, the three find comfort in each other — until a shocking twist forces Annie to make an impossible choice.

‘Summer Island’

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“Summer Island,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.35

Ruby hasn’t spoken to her famous talk show-host mother in more than a decade, resentful after Nora chose to walk out of their home, leaving her husband and daughters behind. So when a shocking scandal from Nora’s past is exposed, Ruby is offered a small fortune to write a tell-all book. Returning to her family home, Ruby confronts her mother’s past and her own in this exhilarating Kristin Hannah read.

‘The Things We Do for Love’

The Things We Do for Love by Kristin Hannah book cover

“The Things We Do for Love,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27

Angela DeSaria Malone thought her life would unfold perfectly just as it had for her sisters and cousins: High school, college, marriage, motherhood. But when Angela and her husband divorce after she repeatedly fails to get pregnant, she moves back to her hometown and meets a teenage girl who will change her life forever.

‘Angel Falls’

Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Angel Falls,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.98

“Angel Falls” is an inspirational romance novel about Liam Campbell, who sits at his wife’s bedside every day despite the doctor’s warning that she may never wake from her coma. When Liam discovers a painful secret from his wife’s past — a previous marriage — he knows he must solicit the help of her ex-husband in the desperate hope for her recovery.

‘Distant Shores’

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Distant Shores,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.99

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore appeared to live a beautiful and happy life but when their daughters leave home, the couple finds themselves slowly drifting apart. When Jack gets an amazing job opportunity, Elizabeth decides to follow him — until a horrible tragedy forces her to question everything about her life and decide who she wants to be.

‘Home Again’

Home Again by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Home Again,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.99

Dr. Madeline Hillyard is a famous heart surgeon whose teenage daughter feels more like a stranger to her every day: Angry, resentful, and desperate to find the father that abandoned her so many years ago. When her father, Angel DeMarco, comes back into their lives despite his devastating betrayal, it’s in search of help as a patient.

‘Comfort & Joy’

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“Comfort & Joy,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.36

In this holiday-themed story, Joy Candellaro is struggling to find her Christmas spirit after her divorce and spontaneously buys a ticket to the Pacific Northwest, hoping for an adventure that will reignite her enthusiasm for life. In a small town, Joy meets six-year-old Bobby who, along with his father, is struggling to celebrate the holidays after losing his mom. Together, Joy, Bobby, and Daniel help each other heal and find the courage to believe in love and family once again. 

‘If You Believe’

If You Believe by Kristin Hannah book cover

“If You Believe,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27

“If You Believe” is a demonstration of the emotional intensity Kristin Hannah is able to convey in a novel. When professional fighter Mad Dog Stone answers an ad to live and help on an apple farm before his next fight, he meets Mariah Throckmorton, self-exiled and hiding from a scandalous past. Against all odds, the two begin to fall for each other. As they confront their pasts, they must decide if they should stay in each other’s lives or let their love fade with the season. 

‘Waiting for the Moon’

Waiting for the Moon by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Waiting for the Moon,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.69

Selena can’t remember who she is or how she came to be in a beautiful mansion on the Maine coast, but she finds comfort in a strange physician-turned-recluse she meets nearby. Ian Carrick is haunted by a telepathic gift that destroyed his career but when he meets Selena, he finds she’s the only one whose thoughts he can’t hear. Selena and Ian bring light into each other’s dark lives and help each other heal, even as a figure from the past threatens to end their fantasy romance.

‘Once in Every Life’

Once in Every Life by Kristin Hannah book cover

“Once in Every Life,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.99

When brilliant research scientist Tess Gregory suddenly dies before she can fulfill her longings for a husband and child, an angel allows her to choose the life into which she’d be reincarnated. Waking in a hospital bed, Tess finds herself in the body of a post-Civil War woman with a husband, children, and plenty of family and marital problems that she must conquer if she wants to find her magical love story after all.

‘When Lightning Strikes’

When Lightning Strikes by Kristin Hannah book cover

“When Lightning Strikes,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.99

In this time-travel romance, Alaina Costanza, a romance writer, is thrust straight into the wild west of her most recent novel during a peculiar storm. When she’s kidnapped by her own character, the handsome outlaw Killian, the two fall into a whirlwind romance that they know must end if Alaina has any chance of reaching her child, left behind in the present.

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