The 7 best bike lights of 2021 for better visibility while cycling at night

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  • Bike lights keep you visible in low-light conditions, alerting oncoming traffic or anyone else on the road.
  • The best should be easy to take off and put on and have a battery capable of lasting for hours of riding.
  • Our top pick, the Cygolite Streak 450 Hotshot SL, comes with a headlight and taillight and has several light modes.

Being safe while riding your bike requires more than just putting on a helmet and riding within your means – you’ll also want to guarantee you’re highly visible to those around you with a quality set of bike lights. Even if you don’t plan on riding at dusk or when it’s completely dark, bike lights are one of the most important cycling accessories to have and it’s better to have them and not use them to not have them at all.

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the time period with the largest frequency of pedalcyclist fatalities overall is 6 pm to 8:59 pm (21%), followed by 9 pm to 11:59 pm (17%).” Although the study was conducted year-round, and it may not have always been entirely dark around 6 pm, those numbers do paint a stark picture. The fact most of those time frames take place in low or no lighting suggests visibility was one of the main factors.

As a resident of New York City, and with my go-to mode of transportation being my bike, there aren’t many days during the spring and summer that I don’t spend at least a little bit of time pedaling around my neighborhood. I ride during all hours of the day, too, be it commuting to work or getting in a ride on the weekends, and I find myself biking in low or no light conditions often.

But just as I’d never leave my apartment without a helmet, I always make sure to pack along a set of bike lights – no matter how long I plan on being out. It doesn’t take an in-depth study to know that bike lights are an indispensable part of any cycling kit and something that can very well save your life.

Throughout my years of cycling, I’ve learned firsthand the immense value of a quality set of bike lights (and how dangerous a poor set can be). I’ve also come across my fair share of bike light variety; there are some designed to be highly portable and easy to install, while others are intended for trail riding.

Below, I’ve rounded up seven of my favorites from brands like Malker, NiteRider, and MPowerd. I’ve also included some tips on how to show for a bike light, as well as insight into the testing methodology I used in deciding which lights ultimately made the cut.

Here are the best bike lights:

How we test bike lights

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Each of the bike lights featured in this guide went through a series of tests to determine how well they compared across these four categories: Brightness, ease of use, versatility, and value. Here’s how each category specifically factored into deciding which lights made this guide:

Brightness: Judging a bike light’s brightness isn’t just about its lumen output or its actual brightness, but more so the quality of the light and what kind of settings it offers. As mentioned in the section on how to shop for a bike light, quality bike lights can vary in lumen output between 200 to 1,000 lumens, though this depends on where you plan on riding. To test for this, we looked at how effective the light was at making us visible without blinding oncoming traffic, while also providing some illumination of our surroundings. 

Ease of use: A bike light that’s hard to install, or even difficult to turn on and switch between its light settings, isn’t one that’s going to be particularly thrilling to use over and over again. If the light is easy to use, you’ll be more inclined to use it. Plain and simple. It’s also preferred that a light doesn’t require much toggling while you’re riding (or, at the very least, is easy to use).

Versatility: Being able to use a single set of bike lights on multiple bikes isn’t exactly a dealbreaker but it is nice to have that flexibility if need be. Additionally, a light that offers multiple brightness settings or a variety of light modes makes it far more valuable than just a standard, single beam light. 

Value: A bike light’s value isn’t just what its sticker price says but more so a combination of the three categories above, and how that compares to what it costs. There are plenty of valuable lights in the $15-$40 range, capable of fitting a range of budgets without sacrificing much quality. 

The best bike light overall

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For a reasonable price, the Cygolite Streak 450 Hotshot SL Bike Light Combo Set includes a bright headlight and taillight to make your early morning or late night commutes safer.

Pros: Incredibly bright, long battery life, easy to mount, several useful lighting modes

Cons: Uses Mini USB (rather than the more common Micro USB)

The Cygolite Streak 450 Hotshot SL Bike Light Combo Set comes with the Streak 450 Lumen headlight, which lasts for up to 100 hours on a single charge, and the Hotshot SL 50 Lumen taillight, which lasts for 200 hours on a single charge.

The lights charge using a Mini USB cord that you can plug into your computer or a cube. Since many electronics these days rely on Micro USB (not mini), you may want to keep a Mini USB cord with you on your rides so you aren’t stranded with dead lights. Or, if you see the low battery indicator turn on, be sure to charge the light before you go out.

The headlight has seven lighting modes: boost, high, medium, low, steady pulse, walking, and daylighting, which consists of powerful flashes that make you stand out in broad daylight. The taillight also has a lightning mode as well as five other modes of varying flash tempo and brightness. — James Brains, home & kitchen reporter

The best easy install bike light

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If you’re looking for a light that’s just as easy to install as it is to take off your bike, consider picking up the surprisingly well-built and bright TeamObsidian Bike Light Set.

Pros: Affordable, adjustable beam width, lifetime guarantee

Cons: Doesn’t come with batteries, not designed for trail riding

One of the benefits you sacrifice with the low cost of the TeamObsidian Bike Light Set is usability out of the box. Batteries aren’t included. Despite having to buy five AAA batteries (I recommend getting rechargeable versions), there’s a lot to like about this set.

The headlamp produces 200 lumens of light. Both lights have three lighting modes — high, dimmed, and flashing — and are designed to withstand water, snow, heat, and dust. Installation is effortless and tool-free. And, the lights have quick-release mounts so you can take them with you and avoid potential thefts.

TeamObsidian stands behind the quality of its bike lights by offering a “100% no-hassle lifetime guarantee.” The company specifically states that it will refund your money if you’re dissatisfied for any reason. And, if the lights break, it will send you new ones. — James Brains, home & kitchen reporter

The best budget bike light

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Malker’s bike lights are a great budget buy for anyone looking for a set of easy-to-install front and taillights — they even have a variety of light settings which add to their versatility. 

Pros: Easy to strap onto a bike’s handlebars and seatpost, comes with front and rear lights, has multiple light settings including a strobe function

Cons: Light modes can be hard to toggle, not robust enough for all riding conditions

These LED lights from Malker have been a go-to of mine for several years, as they’re extremely easy to put on and take off and incredibly cost-effective — I often see them on sale for under $10. The fact they come as a set of four (two standard, front-facing lights, and two red, rear-facing lights) only adds to their utility. 

Aside from their price and ease of use, what I like about these lights from Malker is how lightweight they are. I’m able to stash them in my backpack before I head out for a ride, but can also just leave them attached to my bike and they don’t take up too much space or get in the way of anything while I bike.

If I lock my bike up, their strap-on style makes it easy to just unhook them and put them back in my bag (or even a pant pocket), though it is worth noting to make sure the lights are completely off when stashing them. Several times I thought I’ve turned them off, only to find them still on but on a different light setting next time I go to use them (or the battery would just be completely sapped). 

The best bike light for trail riding

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If you prefer to take your mountain bike off-road at night and you have a little extra to spend, consider the NiteRider Pro 1800 Race Light.

Pros: 1800 lumens output, long distance beam that maintains uniformity, excellent for trail riding at night

Cons: Expensive, hard to remove

What sets the NiteRider Pro 1800 Race Light apart from the other lights in our guide is that it gets brighter than your average car headlight. There are five modes: high, medium, low, walk, and flash.

The light is designed to stand up to the elements with Dupont fiberglass reinforced nylon housings and a borosilicate glass lens, which is resistant to extreme temperature changes. The eight-step power gauge tells you how much battery power is left, and you can easily swap out batteries so you aren’t left in the dark while you wait for your light to charge.

The best solar-powered bike light

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MPowerd’s Luci Solar Bike Light is a convenient, versatile light that runs for upwards of 15 hours on a single charge and is easy to install almost anywhere on a bike’s frame.

Pros: Recharges via solar power, close to around 15 hours of use on a single charge, easy to attach all over a bike, lightweight, offers four different light modes, comes with a rear light

Cons: Full solar recharge takes close to 8 hours

It’s easy to see the versatility of MPowerd’s Luci Solar Bike Light; not only does it deliver more than enough capacity for even the longest of day rides but its ability to recharge while I ride is a wonderful perk. Add in the fact that this kit also comes with a solar-powered taillight, and this bike light package is quite intriguing.

Both lights are easy to attach via an adjustable silicone strap that works well on just about any part of a bike’s frame. The straps keep them snug, too, as I never felt as though the light would fall off, even if I was riding off-road or on a particularly bumpy street. I did think that the light’s magnetic clasp into the solar charger would come apart, but it stayed secure the entire time. 

Output-wise, the front light delivers 100 lumens while the taillight provides 40 lumens. Each has multiple light modes including a flashing option or different brightness levels, and a built-in battery level indicator lets you know when it’s time to recharge it. The lights also have a Micro-USB slot, so they aren’t only dependent on solar power for juice. 

Its $65 price tag is on the higher end for bike lights, but I do feel as though its versatility as solar-powered light makes it worth the investment — this is something that’s designed to last for several years while also being able to save you heaps of money on replacement batteries.

The best rear bike light

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The Femto Tail Light from Lezyne is a lightweight, easy-to-use tail light that helps dramatically improve nighttime visibility, both behind your bike and on the sides. 

Pros: USB rechargeable, easy to install, lightweight enough to pack in a backpack when not in use, 270 degrees of visibility

Cons: Strap isn’t very durable

Front bike lights are important, of course, but it can be just as vital to have something on the back of your bike to improve your visibility, as well. The Femto from Lezyne is one of the best I’ve used, as it’s light weight enough to not take up much space in my backpack when not in use and easy to install when it starts to get dark out (I can even pop it on without having to fully get off my bike). 

Although tail lights may seem like a dime a dozen (there are plenty available via Amazon), this one from Lezyne nabs this spot thanks to its wide range of visibility (270 degrees) and decent price point (I often find it for under $20). Tack on its easy-to-use mounting strap that lets you attach it almost anywhere, and you have a highly versatile rear bike light that can be used on everything from commuters and road bikes to mountain bikes and cruisers.

It’s also USB chargeable which I found to be quite useful as I could just plug these in after a few sessions of riding with them instead of looking around my apartment for or buying batteries.

The best waterproof bike light

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The Light and Motion Urban 500 Headlight keeps you visible from the front and sides with its powerful headlight and helpful sidelights.

Pros: Has sidelights, 500 lumens, lightweight and compact, easy to remove, two-year warranty

Cons: USB port cover falls off easily

When mounted just right, the Light and Motion Urban 500 Headlight has two amber safety sidelights that make you visible to drivers on your sides. There are four light modes: high (500 lumens), medium, low, and pulse.

On high, the battery lasts for about 90 minutes, and on pulse, it lasts for up to 12 hours. The light mounts right onto your handlebars and has a quick release feature so you can take your light with you. It charges using a Micro USB charging cable. And, Light and Motion backs the quality of this product with a two-year warranty.

How to shop for a bike lights

When choosing a bike light, look at the number of lumens it’s capable of producing, as this tells you how bright the light is. Many models give you this number right in their name and, based on our testing, the advertised lumens rating is accurate for the best units, though the brightness may dwindle as the battery loses juice.

For headlights, the number of lumens you need depends on where you’ll be cycling. For riding trails at night, you need at least 1,000 lumens. For urban roads where there are streetlights, 200 lumens will do. And, taillights should produce between 40 and 100 lumens of output since they are mainly there so others can see you.

Do be careful not to use extremely bright flashing headlights while cycling, too. This can disorient drivers and make it harder for them to see you.

Also, anything above 300 lumens could potentially blind oncoming traffic. So, consider dropping down to a dimmer setting when cars are coming — much like you might use the high beams on your car. If you’re concerned about drivers seeing you from behind, consider installing two rear lights: One that flashes and one that remains steady.

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Several of Spanx’s bestsellers are discounted right now during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, including the popular faux-leather leggings

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  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially on and runs now through August 8.
  • This year’s sale includes deals on Spanx’s most popular styles – even the Faux Leather Leggings.
  • See our favorite Spanx picks that are currently discounted for a limited time.

The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has arrived and with it the opportunity to save on rarely-discounted top brands – like Spanx. This year, the sale runs from July 28 to August 8 and includes more than two dozen deals from the popular shapewear brand.

What makes the Anniversary Sale worth checking out is that you can find some of Spanx’s most popular styles marked down for a limited time. Along with shapewear, there are discounts to be found on the brand’s activewear, bodysuits, and bralettes. Even the cult-favorite Faux Leather Leggings, which we’ve reviewed and approved of, are currently on sale for $64.90 (originally $98).

At Insider Reviews, we’ve been testing Spanx styles for years and you can find more of our reviews on the leggings, sports bras, and more here. Or, keep reading to see which of our favorites made it into the Anniversary Sale.

If you don’t see your size available, we also suggest visiting Spanx.com where the brand is hosting a sale with many of the same styles.

The best Spanx deals from the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

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The 76 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – from fashion to beauty to home

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  • Day one of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale has officially begun, and the best deals are selling fast.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on fashion, beauty, grooming, and home items.
  • From Dagne Dover and Spanx to Kiehl’s and NuFace, these are the deals to add to your cart now.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, today is your lucky day. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 is officially on. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 runs through August 8, and the event includes thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now, including savings on fashion, beauty, kitchenware, and more. Scroll on for the best deals we’ve seen so far.

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These cleverly designed rugs are machine washable so I never have to worry about spills – plus they’re incredibly affordable

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  • Rugs are a great piece of home decor, but they can be difficult to maintain.
  • Ruggable’s polyester chenille rugs ($59.30+) are affordable, attractive, and easy to clean.
  • I used and washed a Ruggable rug in my own apartment, and the process went seamlessly.

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Rugs are an essential part of home decor, providing the foundation upon which your furniture and other decor sit. However, they’re a huge pain to clean: you need to bring them outside and use a host of different tools and cleaners or possibly spend a lot of money letting a professional take care of them. You start to wonder whether their aesthetic appeal is worth the inconvenience of care and maintenance.

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Before you decide to put off cleaning your rug for yet another week, you might want to take a look at rugs Ruggable. It makes two-piece rug and non-slip pad systems that are easy to assemble and maintain, and most importantly, machine-washable. After trying a Ruggable rug in my own apartment, I found that enjoying a stylish rug in my home can actually be simple, not to mention affordable.

Design options

After I measured out the size of rug I wanted, I scrolled through a variety of patterns and colors on Ruggable’s site and decided on one that matched my apartment style. There are intricate designs and geometric prints as well as to modern ones, so finding one that matches your aesthetic shouldn’t be too hard. There’s also a good range of styles: 3’x 5′, 2.5’x 7′, 5’x 7′, and 8’x 10′.

A 5’x 7′ rug set averages $130, which is on par with other affordable rugs you might find on Wayfair, but the clear differences are the unique two-piece system and machine-washable quality.

How Ruggable rugs work

The rug covers are made up of three layers – 100% woven polyester chenille top surface, a 100% polyurethane internal waterproof barrier in the middle, and a 100% polyester knit bottom surface.

The 1/8-inch thick rug cover will come with a rug pad. This nonslip pad is also 1/8-inch thick and features Ruggable‘s patented “Cling Effect Technology,” which is what keeps the rug cover and rug pad stuck together.

Once you unroll the cover and pad, which arrive together in a box, line them up on top of each other and attach the pieces. The rug cover’s underside will stick to the rug pad’s top surface, which has a texture and stickiness similar to Velcro. After the two pieces are attached, they won’t fall apart if you shake it out, and you’ll have to manually pull the layers apart.

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Setup process

Carefully lining up the edges might take a little time the first time you do it, but overall it’s not too tricky. The complete process from taking the rug out of the box to fully assembling it took me all of 10 minutes.

The rugs are not extremely thick but provide enough cushion-y comfort without blocking door openings, and they’re easier to move and transport since you can fold up the rug cover.

Cleaning the rug

The real test came when it was time to wash it after a couple of weeks of regular foot traffic from my roommates and our cat. I removed the cover from the pad and threw the cover in the washing machine on the cold water setting, then dried it in the dryer on low heat (medium also works well, but don’t use high heat).

It was as easy and quick as washing a regular load of laundry, and the cover came out looking as good as new. Then, I just reattached it to the rug pad and the rug was ready to use again.

The rug pad is not machine-washable and should be spot treated. However, since the top of it rarely comes in contact with anything other than the rug cover, any time spent spot treating will likely be minimal.

The bottom line

Ruggable’s rugs are designed for people who lead understandably busy and messy lives. Most of us don’t live in the pristine settings captured by design magazines, but the convenience and style of a Ruggable rug got me one step closer to that dream.

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The 9 best dehumidifiers in 2021

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  • Dehumidifiers help remove excess moisture from the air to prevent mold and remove allergens.
  • The best dehumidifiers are from Frigidaire, HomeLabs, and Honeywell.
  • We also include budget-friendly, portable, and small-space options.

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The purpose of a dehumidifier is to remove excess humidity from the air, keeping your room dry and helping prevent mold and mildew growth.

You might need a dehumidifier if:

  • Your room feels stuffy and humid
  • You see mold and mildew, and the area smells musty
  • There are wet spots or condensation on the windows and walls
  • You or your fellow inhabitants experience upper respiratory problems like sneezing and coughing

You can also use a hygrometer to directly measure humidity levels in your house. “We recommend keeping the relative humidity in your home between 30-50%. High humidity can increase ground-ozone levels, dust mites, and mold – all of which can be allergy or asthma trigger[s],” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

We found the best dehumidifiers for rooms of various sizes and different needs. See the FAQs section for information on how to shop for a dehumidifier, how to clean your unit, and more.

Here are the best dehumidifiers of 2021

Our methodology

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In our first major rewrite of this guide, we consulted allergy, skincare, and HVAC experts to learn more about how a dehumidifier can help your health and what features to look for. We spoke to Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA); John McKeon, CEO and founder of Allergy Standards Limited (ASL); Jeanine Downie, MD, FAAD, Director of Image Dermatology PC; and a spokesperson for The Home Depot

Using their insights, along with our own research and knowledge of the space, we picked a few dehumidifier options per category. Down the line, we plan to personally test these dehumidifiers to choose one best pick per category.

The best dehumidifiers overall

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Our best dehumidifiers are quiet, efficient, Energy-Star certified, and look sleek rather than clunky.

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The best dehumidifiers for small spaces

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Whether you have a closet or small bathroom that smells musty, small dehumidifiers can efficiently remove moisture from the air without taking up too much space.

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The best dehumidifiers for large spaces

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Large basements and living rooms will benefit from the following dehumidifiers. Large dehumidifiers also often have the perk of more advanced features like custom settings or auto-shutoff.

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The best portable dehumidifiers

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“For smaller spaces or rental units, I recommend including portable dehumidifiers to keep the space feeling fresh,” said a spokesperson for The Home Depot. Portable dehumidifiers are also great for small closets, cabinets, traveling, and gym bags.

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FAQs

Why do you need a dehumidifier? 

A dehumidifier helps maintain the optimal level of humidity in your room so it’s not too humid. It reduces the growth and incidence of mold, mildew, and dust mites.


Dehumidifier vs. humidifier: what’s the difference and which do you need? 

A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to the air. 

If your room feels stuffy and you see condensation or mold, you need a dehumidifier. It’s commonly used in bathrooms, basements, closets, boats, and RVs, but you can use it anywhere else in the house, too. 

If your room feels dry and your skin is irritated, you need a humidifier. We tested the best humidifiers here.


What to consider when buying a dehumidifier 

Dampness level: Dehumidifiers come in different sizes depending on how much moisture they can remove in 24 hours. Here’s what size to buy based on how humid your room is:

Dampness level Characteristics Dehumidifier size Room size
Moderately damp Musty aroma in the area during humid weather 25-39 pint capacity Small (closets, small bathrooms)
Extremely damp Always damp in the area regardless of season 40-59 pint capacity Medium (bedrooms, small basements, large closets)
Wet Visible condensation on ceilings and walls 60+ pint capacity Large (large basements)

How the unit removes moisture: It will either have a built-in pump or a direct drain. “A dehumidifier with a built-in pump allows you to run the drain hose up to a window, sink or elevated drain. A unit with a direct drain will funnel the water directly into a sink or basement drain,” said a spokesperson from The Home Depot. 

Energy performance: To get maximum efficiency out of a unit, look for those that are Energy Star-certified.

Automatic or useful features: Look for a unit with an adjustable humidistat, which will automatically turn your unit on and off to maintain the preset humidity level. Other useful features, according to The Home Depot, include:

  • Automatic shutoff: Turns your unit off once the tank is full 
  • Digital display: Shows the relative humidity level and other settings
  • Filter sensor/indicator: Tells you when it’s time to replace the filter
  • Programmable timer: Lets you run the unit only at certain times of the day
  • Auto-defrost: Keeps your unit from freezing in cold temperatures 

It’s also worth pointing out that many AC units have built-in dehumidifiers. If your AC unit is in your desired room, check first to see if it has a dehumidifier and whether it works well. We tested the best air conditioners here.


How does a dehumidifier work? 

A dehumidifier works by blowing moist air over coolant-filled coils, causing the moisture to condense into water droplets. The condensation then drips from the coils into a receptacle. The collected water is directly drained out or pumped into another area like a sink, depending on the unit you have.


Is a dehumidifier good for your skin?

“Dehumidifiers decrease the incidence of dry skin,” said Jeanine Downie, MD, FAAD, Director of Image Dermatology PC. They also reduce irritation due to allergens like dust mites and mold. If your dehumidifier removes too much humidity from the air, however, it may dry out your skin. 

“It’s important to note that if the humidity starts to drop below 30% it can have a negative impact on health, including drying out of the eyes and mucous membranes,” said McKeon. “Very dry air can also result in dry skin, worsening of eczema, and irritation of the airways.” You should continue to monitor humidity levels and how your skin feels as you use your dehumidifier.


How do you clean a dehumidifier? 

There are two parts to focus your attention on: the air filter and the tank. Clean the air filter under your faucet often (once a week). Wipe down and dry out the tank after every use to reduce mold and mildew growth within your dehumidifier.

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The 12 best kitchen deals to shop during the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale may be known for its deals on women’s fashion and beauty and skincare products, but it’s also a great time to shop deals on home and kitchen goods. From kitchen staples to hostess gifts, this year’s sale offers plenty of great deals on luxury brands.

This year, the sale runs from July 28 to August 8. If you see something you like, shop now; the deals are only available so long as there’s stock, and every year we see the best deals disappear quickly.

Here are the best kitchen deals during the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Carbonator III (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Wide Mouth Water Bottle (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Full Way 44-Piece Set (small)Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Monty Set of 2 Milk Latte Art Cups (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)20-Piece Candy Trunk (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)8-Inch & 10-Inch Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan Set (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)at Home Large Round Acacia Wood Serving Tray (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Set of 2 Organic Olive Oil (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ménage à Quatre Set of Four Reclaimed Napkins (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The 11 best home deals to shop during the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a major shopping event with deals on pretty much everything, from women’s fashion to beauty and skincare products to home goods.

This year, the sale runs from July 28 to August 8. And as always, we’re finding the best deals among the thousands so you can spend more time shopping and less time clicking through pages of results. While the sale is especially noteworthy for its mountain of clothes and shoes, there are also tons of deals on home products.

Here are the best home deals during the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

The Smart Garden 3 (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Signature Embroidered Stripe Sheet Set (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Votive Candle Trio (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Hydrocotton Bath Towel (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)15-pound Weighted Blanket and Two Pillow Set (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mountain Classic Camp Blanket (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Weighted Robe (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Silk Queen Pillowcase Duo (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Panama Stripe Shower Curtain (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Laundry Essentials Detergent and Dryer Ball Kit (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size Scented Candle Set (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The 20 best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals under $100 – from Spanx, Diptyque, Sperry, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs now through August 8.
  • It’s a great time to score deep discounts on top brands, including many that rarely go on sale.
  • We rounded up the best deals under $100 from this year’s sale.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most highly anticipated shopping events of the year – and it’s happening right now. Until August 8, you can score deep discounts on top brands across men’s, women’s, kids, beauty, grooming, and home. On August 9, everything will go back to full price.

One reason for the sale’s popularity is that many of the best deals won’t cost you more than $100. This year, you’ll find bestsellers like the Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra for less than $40 and a set of five Diptyque candles for just $60, among many others. But with prices this good, items don’t stay in stock for long.

To make it easier to sort through the many discounts, we put together a list of the best deals from this year’s sale that are all under $100.

The best under-$100 deals from the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Red Carpet Strapless Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Moonlight Short Pajamas (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sunfaded Slub Scallop Crew T-Shirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Stretch Pique Polo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer (Refill) (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Renew Pure Radiance Oil Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Smart Garden 3 (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size Scent Candles Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)CozyChic Throw (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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What our team of style, beauty, and grooming experts are buying from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially begins today and runs through August 8.
  • The sale includes deals on women’s style, men’s style, beauty and grooming, home goods, and more.
  • We rounded up our favorite picks from our personal wishlists to help you shop the sale.

As one of the biggest department stores in the world, Nordstrom is an incredibly popular place to shop year-round, but the best time of the year to shop is right now. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you’ll find deals on everything from fashion and footwear to beauty and grooming products and home decor – and the prices are even better than Black Friday.

The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially kicks off today, July 28, and will run until August 8. On August 9, you can expect prices to go back up.

As a team of professional product reviewers, we’ve been scouring through the sale since the deals were available to preview at the beginning of the month, but we’ve also been doing some shopping of our own.

To help you get an idea of what to browse first, we’ve rounded up some of the items from the Insider Reviews team’s personal wishlists. See what we’re most excited to shop from this year’s sale, below.

What the Insider Reviews team is buying from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

City Knee High Boot (medium)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium)Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)City Buckle Bootie (medium)Jumbo Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (medium)Breast of Both Worlds Reversible Wireless Bra (medium)Moonlight Short Pajamas (medium)Oversize Quilted Cotton Coat (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Black Rose Skin Infusion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The best online sales and deals happening now, including Patagonia, Everlane, and Tushy

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We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, including discounts at Patagonia, Everlane, and Tushy.

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out our roundup of the best deals from Amazon.

The best deals available right now

MX Master 3 (medium, Preferred: Staples)25022 Lawn Mower (medium, Preferred: Woot!)Switch Lite (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Meditation App (Yearly Subscription) (medium)The Original Workout Smart Home Fitness System (medium, Preferred: Mirror)

The best sales and discounts happening right now

Get up to 50% off at Patagonia

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Shop the Patagonia web specials sale now

Patagonia is a sustainable outdoor clothing brand that boasts a huge variety of gear for men, women, and children. To get discounted prices on jackets, pants, sweaters, and more, shopping through the web specials section will save you money on some of Patagonia’s most popular styles from last season. 

Women’s Radalie Insulated Parka (medium, Preferred: Patagonia)Men’s Organic Cotton Canvas Jacket (medium)
Get up to $50 off at Tushy

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Shop the Tushy Hole-idays in July Sale now

If you’re looking to snag a new bidet, Tushy is holding a big sale featuring up to $50 off sitewide. Its toilet attachments are hygienic and eco-friendly; they can even save you the money you’d otherwise spend on toilet paper. Through July 31, you can get $15 off $100, $30 off $150, or $50 off $200+. 

Spa 3.0 (medium, Preferred: Tushy)Classic 3.0 (medium)
Get up to 60% off at Everlane

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Shop the Everlane Summer Sale now.

Looking for a chance to update your wardrobe? Everlane’s huge summer sale is as good an opportunity as any. During the event, nearly 1,000 different styles for men and women are up to 60% off, including underwear as low as $6 and t-shirts as low as $9. For shopping inspiration, check out our roundup of the best deals here.

The ReNew Sport Sandal (medium)The Perform Legging (medium)
Get up to 60% off at Athleta

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Shop the Athleta Semi-Annual sale now.

If you’ve been looking for a chance to refresh your athletic wear, Athleta’s Semi-Annual sale is as good a time as any. Right now, you can knock up to 60% off a huge array of women’s and girl’s apparel including tops, leggings, joggers, and sports bras. Sales from the brand don’t come by often, so it’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for some athleisure. 

Malibu Printed One Piece Swimsuit (medium)Quest Jogger (medium)
Get up to 60% at United by Blue

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Shop the United by Blue End of Season sale now

An apparel brand recommended by Insider for its mission rooted in sustainability and comfortability, United by Blue has essentials for every closet. From clothing to home goods, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Now through July 26, get up to 60% off sitewide and an additional 40% off sale items. 

Hybrid Short (medium)SoftHemp Chambray Short-Sleeve Button Down (medium)
Save with Chewy Summer Deals

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Shop Chewy’s deals now.

Chewy is known for its discounts, and right now it’s offering some solid price drops on our picks for your furry friend. From dog flea treatment to cat litter, several brands we trust are included in the sale.

Plus for Dogs (6-Pack) (medium, Preferred: Chewy)Calming Diffuser for Cats (medium, Preferred: Chewy)
Get up to 30% off The North Face at Backcountry

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Shop Backcountry’s The North Face sale now.

Backcountry is holding another great sale, this time featuring up to 30% off The North Face. The discounts include gear for every season, including tees, backpacks, jackets, and more.

Women’s Balham Down Jacket (medium)Hydra 26L Backpack (medium)
Get ready for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

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Preview Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale now

Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale doesn’t start until July 28 this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prep ahead of time. All you need to do is make or sign in to your account (free to join), preview the deals, and add them to your wishlist for quick checkout the day of. If you’re a Nordstrom credit cardholder, you can even shop the sale now. 

Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)
The best Amazon deals available

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  • Anthropologie: Get an extra 25% off sale items.
  • Bare necessities: Get up to 40% off intimates and up to 70% off swimsuits. 
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond: Get 20% off all college essentials.
  • Cara: Get 70% off all swimsuits. 
  • HBO Max: Get $25 off an annual plan after adding the promotion to your American Express card. 
  • Headspace: Get 50% off your first year.
  • Lo and Sons: Get up to 50% off select bags through July 31.
  • Madewell: Get an extra 30% off sale items with promo code SALEONSALE
  • Mirror: Get $150 off your Mirror plus free shipping and installation with promo code JULY400 through July 31.
  • Nike: Get up to 50% off select styles through August 7.
  • Olay: Get 25% off sitewide. 
  • Plants.com: Get 20% off plants for the office with promo code OFFICE20
  • Sur la Table: Get up to 75% off kitchenware. 
  • Verishop: Get up to 70% off apparel, home, and more. 
  • Winc: Get four bottles of wine for $30. 

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The best deals and sales available now

Good Grips Garlic Press (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Duo Nova Pressure Cooker (3 Qt.) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Echo Dot (3rd Gen) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

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