How we test products at Insider Reviews

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Senior Home and Kitchen Reporter Owen Burke testing a grill.

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Insider’s history traces back to 2007 when it was a tech and business blog called Silicon Alley Insider. It has since grown into a major site for news and lifestyle stories. In 2015, the company launched Insider Picks, the precursor to what is now Insider Reviews, to help shoppers navigate the complex retail industry and make the best purchasing decisions.

Today, Insider Reviews is part of Insider’s Service Journalism department and is helmed by a team of experienced journalists who test and write about consumer products in a variety of categories, including home and kitchen, tech and electronics, pets, parenting, education, health and fitness, outdoors, style, and beauty. Our in-depth research and testing are what help inform our recommendations to readers.

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Insider Reviews pets writer Shoshi Parks testing a cat carrier backpack.

What types of products we test

Below is a sampling of some of the core products and services that the Insider Reviews team test. All products are put through a rigorous testing process, and, when applicable, are also put through long-term testing.

Home and kitchen: Cookware, small appliances, furniture, home decor, mattresses, bedding, DIY and gardening tools, smart home, and home office. The team also tests foods and drinks, delivery services, and many other home and kitchen-related products.

Tech: Smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, smartwatches and wearables, TVs, stereo systems, headphones, home entertainment/streaming, and gaming. Read more about how we test tech products.

Pets: Cat and dog food, harnesses, litter boxes, collars, apparel, flea medication for dogs and cats, and many other pet accessories and services. Reporters enlist their cats, dogs, and other pets to help test products, while pet health articles are medically reviewed by veterinarians and supported by expert interviews.

Education and personal development: E-learning courses from top universities, books, and other educational resources.

Health and fitness: Workout clothes for women and men, thermometers, bikes, tents, outdoor gear, fitness equipment, health supplements, oral care, and more. Insider Reviews’ health articles are medically reviewed by doctors and other health professionals, and supported by expert interviews.

Style and beauty: Apparel for women and men, shoes for men and women, bags, jewelry, underwear, bras, skincare, cosmetics, and other fashion-related topics. The team also puts health-related personal care products through a medical review to ensure they are safe to use.

Travel: Travel experiences, hotels, Airbnbs, resorts, and many domestic and international destinations. The team also reviews travel gear and offers travel-related tips and tricks.

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Senior Tech Correspondent Lisa Eadicicco testing a smartphone’s camera.

How we test products

Insider Reviews tests products the way people would use them in everyday life. Instead of a lab environment, we use products in the real world. To conduct our tests, we create a methodology for each product, which is based on research, consultation with experts in the topic, and experience from editors and reporters. All tests are tracked and the results are used to determine which products are worth recommending to readers. Our testing process is explained in greater detail within our buying guides, which includes information on why some products pass the grade and why others didn’t. In addition to our in-house testers, we also have an internal council of volunteers who help us test products and offer additional perspectives.

Insider Reviews editor Rick Stella testing the ergatta rower 2, an exercise rowing machine for home use.
Fitness Editor Rick Stella testing the touchscreen of an exercise rowing machine.

Why you can trust us

Insider Reviews is a team of 30 full-time editors and reporters, plus a network of more than 100 experienced freelancers. Our team is organized based on our core coverage areas mentioned above, with each section focusing on reviewing the products, services, and industries they know best.

In addition to product reviews, we also maintain our vast collection of buying guides. These guides, which are tied to our reviews, recommend the best products for what readers are searching for (for example, the best espresso machines). In both reviews and guides, we thoroughly test or research every product we recommend. We apply additional scrutiny by consulting a panel of experts to ensure our information is accurate and offer buying advice. And for topics like health, parenting, and pets, we have a medical review board that fact checks our reviews and buying guides.

In all our articles, the reader always comes first. The Insider Reviews team aims to answer every question that readers may have while helping them discover new products and services

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Style and Beauty Fellow Jacqueline Saguin testing an exercise dress at an amusement park.

How our affiliate links work

Insider Inc. earns commissions when products and services are purchased through links in our stories. However, our editorial team has complete independence to write about the products and services we truly deem the best based on our extensive testing and research. We do not make decisions based on affiliate relationships, and we would never write about a product that we didn’t fully stand behind as product journalists. There is even a team that handles adding affiliate links into our stories, so our editorial recommendations and retailer selections remain unbiased.

Meet our senior team leaders

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Sally Kaplan, Executive Editor

Sally Kaplan, Executive Editor

Sally joined Insider in 2018 as an editor and has since held the role of senior editor and deputy editor on the Reviews team. She has interviewed CEOs and brand founders, reported on the rebirth of a fashion startup that narrowly escaped bankruptcy, developed testing methodologies for hundreds of stories, and edited countless others. She has over five years’ experience covering major deal holidays like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime Day, and she helped establish the team’s e-learning and personal development coverage. Prior to joining Insider, Sally was the deals-turned-lifestyle editor at Hearst’s BestProducts.com, where she wrote product reviews and gift guides and developed the site’s coverage of big deal days. Previously, she helped to shape BuzzFeed’s early shopping coverage, including introducing its popular “What’s trending on Amazon?” series.

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Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor

Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor

Along with the executive editor, Malarie helps manage editorial operations for the team, including in-house and freelance staff. She has nine years of experience covering consumer technology, specializing in smartphones and wearables. In 2017, she joined BI to create a brand-new buying guides section for Insider Reviews with all the best products you can buy. Previously, she was the mobile and wearables editor at Digital Trends. She led tech coverage for DT at major tech conferences, including CES, IFA, and MWC. She spoke on panels at CES and Digg South, and she has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, and Cheddar to discuss trends in technology. Apple CEO Tim Cook once quoted a line about the Apple Watch from her guide to the best smartwatches during a keynote presentation.

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Les Shu, Deputy Editor

Les Shu, Deputy Editor

Les is a Deputy Editor overseeing Health, Fitness, Outdoors, Travel, Lifestyle, Style, and Beauty. Previously, as a Senior Editor, he was responsible for the many expert product buying guides. In addition, he works with the Insider Reviews tech team on photography and printing products. Having started his career in print magazines, Les is a journalist with 20 years of experience, as a writer, editor, and researcher. Prior to joining Insider Inc., he was a senior editor at Digital Trends covering photography and in-depth features. His byline has appeared in publications including Computer Shopper, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, and others. While his specialty is in consumer technology, he a versatile writer who has covered various topics including men’s lifestyle, health and fitness, outdoors, travel, women’s interest, automotive, photography, toys, and more.

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Maria Del Russo, Senior Style and Beauty Editor

Maria Del Russo, Senior Style and Beauty Editor

Maria is the senior style and beauty editor for Insider Reviews. A product obsessive, Maria is constantly testing and reviewing new launches and long-time industry favorites to deliver of-the-moment information to Insider’s readers. Maria has been writing about style, beauty, and wellness for a decade, and she specializes in skincare, minimal style, and makeup. She has produced dozens of beauty editorials featuring makeup artists and hairstylists such as Pat McGrath, Dick Page, Orlando Pita, Sir John, Mario Dedivanovic, and more.

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Joe Osborne, Senior Tech and Streaming Editor


Joe Osborne, Senior Tech and Streaming Editor

Joe has more than a decade of experience covering consumer tech products. He leads Insider Reviews’s Tech & Electronics team. Joe specializes in computing and gaming, and he has written and edited hundreds of product reviews and buying guides for tech sites like PC Magazine, TechRadar, Laptop Magazine, Tom’s Guide, AOL’s Games.com, and more over the course of his career. Joe has appeared as a tech expert on Cheddar’s show live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as well as on panels for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)

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Lauren Savoie, Senior Home and Kitchen Editor

Lauren Savoie, Senior Home and Kitchen Editor

Lauren leads a team of seven reporters and editors covering everything from spatulas to lawn mowers, with a focus on creating in-depth, thoroughly tested and researched buying guides. She is passionate about helping people find products that allow them to cook better, sleep better, and live better. Before joining Insider, Lauren was the senior reviews editor at America’s Test Kitchen, where she wrote and edited more than 300 in-depth, unbiased buying guides and reviewed more than 1,000 kitchen products. Her work has appeared in Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines, in dozens of cookbooks, on two Emmy-nominated TV shows, and on CNN.com, Fodor’s, Yahoo, LifeHacker, the Splendid Table, and more.

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Tercius Bufete, Deals Editor

Tercius Bufete, Deals Editor

Tercius joined Insider Reviews in mid-2020 as deals editor, where he oversees our coverage on sales and deals, as well as major sales events like Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Previously, he was a commerce editor at Kinja Deals and an associate editor at Consumer Reports. He graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in journalism and a minor in photographic studies.

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Emily Hochberg, Travel Editor

Emily Hochberg, Travel Editor
Emily Hochberg oversees travel coverage for Insider Reviews, which includes the best places to travel and book including top hotels and Airbnbs, reviews of incredible properties, trending destinations, great deals, and much more. She has traveled extensively across six continents and some of her favorite hotels in the world include a decadent urban oasis in Bangkok, a small island villa off the coast of Cartagena, a posh eco-friendly luxury hotel in Miami, and a sprawling beachfront resort in Mexico. She has extensively reviewed hotels in New York City, Miami, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Thailand, and many more, and has also written about safe travel, incredible Airbnbs, and travel planning tips.

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Julia Pugachevsky, Education and Personal Development Editor

Julia Pugachevsky, Education and Personal Development Editor

Since starting her role at Insider in October 2020, Julia’s written about a popular Harvard persuasive writing course, a free UPenn course that explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, and a bestselling self-help book seen all over Twitter. She’s also organized and edited a series on how to get unstuck during the pandemic as well as what to do when you get rejected from grad, medical, or law school. Julia is passionate about accessible, affordable education and is living proof that e-learning has the potential to make career transitions more attainable: During quarantine, she completed a five-month Coursera MasterTrack certificate program in Instructional Design from the University of Illinois while starting her role at Insider.

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Lisa Sabatini, Pets and Parenting Editor

Lisa Sabatini, Pets and Parenting Editor

Lisa Sabatini has five years’ experience covering parenting topics, beginning at Scary Mommy where she edited essays on pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety, breastfeeding, social justice, and raising children. She works with Insider Reviews reporters to select the best products to meet the diverse needs of parents and kids. As pets editor, Lisa brings extensive knowledge of animal behavior and health to her role and has previously edited books on dog training for young readers. Lisa began her journalism career at the Wall Street Journal and has also worked in business trade and educational book publishing.

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Rick Stella, Health, Fitness, and Outdoors Editor

Rick Stella, Fitness, Health, and Outdoors Editor

Rick handles everything from section strategy and planning to editing content and testing whatever kind of gear and apparel he can get his hands on. Rick has more than eight years of experience, with much of that time spent in the fields of fitness, health, and outdoors. Along the way, he’s trained with Olympic athletes, mountain biked through the Yucatan Peninsula, backpacked across the Great Smoky Mountains, hosted his own weekly fitness class, and interviewed countless professional athletes. Since starting at Insider in December 2019, Rick’s had a hand in improving the Reviews team’s authority in the fitness, health, and outdoors space, covering everything from the future of at-home fitness and the best workout apparel to interactive row machines and electric bikes.

Read more about our teams

If you want to learn more about how each team tests products and meet the rest of our editors and writers on the following vertical-specific pages, check out these pages:

The 5 best Kindles and e-readers we tested in 2021The 5 best Lightning cables for iPhone and iPad in 2021The best iPhones for every budget in 2021 – and which ones not to buyThe 5 best outdoor security cameras of 2021

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals happening now, including discounts on AirPods Pro, Cricut, and Echo Dot

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Amazon Prime Day 2021, the huge savings event with deals rivaling Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicks off next week but several offers are already available.

Amazon Prime Day 2021 starts Monday, June 21, but that isn’t stopping Amazon and other retailers from offering early deals. If you’re doing last-minute shopping for grads or Father’s Day, there are plenty of discounts worth taking advantage of.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals available now, including popular items like Apple AirPods and Amazon Echo devices. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions about the event.

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Best early Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

As in previous years, Amazon Prime Day will be a 48-hour event and it’ll land on June 21 and 22. This Amazon Prime subscriber-only event is one of the many perks of a Prime membership.

Are early Amazon Prime Day deals worth shopping?

Some deals, like Amazon’s early Audible and Prime Music Unlimited promotions, are really solid discounts that are unlikely to get any better on Prime Day itself.

However, as a rule of thumb, most deals available during Amazon Prime Day itself are probably better than the early discounts we’re seeing now. If you can’t wait or don’t think you’ll be able to camp out short-lived Lightning Deals during the sale, we’ve highlighted the best deals available above.

What deals do we expect during Amazon Prime Day 2021?

The deals we see during Amazon Prime Day usually rival discounts we see during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For Amazon brands like Echo, Ring, Eero, Kindle, and Fire, it’ll be the best time of year to shop, with many products hitting all-time lows.

We also expect to see brands like Apple, Instant Pot, Shark, JBL, Eufy, and iRobot offering solid deals during the event too, across multiple retailers.

Be prepared to act fast, though: the best deals will generally be short-lived and limited in stock.

What should I buy during Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day has historically been one of the best times outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shop for tech and home goods. We expect to see deals on Alexa smart speakers, Kindle E-readers, video doorbells, Instant Pots, vacuums, Bluetooth speakers, and laptops.

What stores are offering Amazon Prime Day discounts?

Though Prime Day is an Amazon deal event, other retailers turn up to offer discounts and match prices too. Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Kohl’s are the few stores with confirmed sales during June 21 and 22, and we expect other stores to hold sales too.

These alternative options may be better to shop if you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, though first-timers can get their first 30 days free.

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Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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MasterClass, one of our favorite e-learning platforms, is having a 2-for-1 Father’s Day sale right now. Here are 16 great classes to try.

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MasterClass helps you learn new skills from experts in the field.

Who better to teach you writing than Margaret Atwood, a backhand than Serena Williams, or singing than Christina Aguilera?

Unfortunately, for most of us, taking a one-on-one cooking class with Thomas Keller or a photography lesson from Annie Leibovitz isn’t realistic. But MasterClass is bridging that gap by recruiting the best of the best to teach us the secrets to their crafts.

And for Father’s Day, you can purchase one subscription as a gift and get another for free through June 21.

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Unlike most e-learning platforms focused on teaching hard skills like cloud computing or UX design, MasterClass targets a different audience: creatives who are looking to learn and gain some inspiration along the way.

The site has courses in categories like writing, cooking, sports, business, and politics, and each of them is taught by celebrities and masters of the field. For $180 a year ($15 a month), you get an all-access pass to all the courses on the site. Each class provides video lessons, a course workbook, and class feedback – which, on some occasions, comes from the stars themselves.

If you’re craving an online course to inspire you, help you hone a craft, or give you valuable advice from a respected expert, MasterClass is definitely worth a try. The videos are well-produced, which makes the courses more engaging, and the workbooks provide some extra insight to help reflect on what you’ve learned. You can even download the MasterClass app on your phone to squeeze in quick lessons whenever you have free time.

What you’ll find below:

  1. Some common FAQs
  2. A list of the 16 best MasterClass courses
  3. A personal review of MasterClass

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MasterClass FAQs:

  1. How much does it cost? MasterClass costs $180 for its annual subscription ($15 a month), which gives you unlimited access to all its classes until you cancel. 
  2. Is it worth it? If you will use MasterClass more than a few times, yes, the yearly pass may be worth it. If you won’t, or you need something more intensive or traditionally academic, consider other online learning sites like Coursera or edX
  3. How does MasterClass work? MasterClass classes are about 2-5 hours on average, with individual lessons ranging from 2-5 minutes. Classes include pre-recorded video lessons by your instructor, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and sometimes community activities. MasterClass may have opportunities for students to submit work to instructors for feedback, but that’s not the norm. 

Some of the best MasterClass classes:

Questlove teaches DJing

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Learn music curation and DJing with Questlove

Questlove — iconic DJ, Grammy winner, and The Roots drummer — teaches collecting and mixing music. You’ll learn how to transition from genre to genre to curate the perfect playlist, whether just for yourself or to wow your friends.

Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing

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Learn the art of creative writing with Margaret Atwood

Writer’s block is a major challenge, but hopefully, some inspiration from Margaret Atwood can bring you out of your funk. The Man Booker Prize-winner’s lessons delve into character development, point of view, structuring a novel, and more. 

Samuel L. Jackson teaches acting

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Learn how to act with Samuel L. Jackson

It’s hard to believe now that Samuel L. Jackson had a stutter growing up, one that actually stopped him from talking for a year. You can learn about how he overcame this obstacle to become an Oscar nominee in this course on acting, which particularly focuses on how to develop a character. 

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography

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Learn photography with Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz claims the title of first-ever female chief photographer at “Rolling Stone,” along with plenty of other accomplishments. Here, she sheds light on her photography philosophy and shows how a great photo comes to life. 

Ron Finley teaches gardening

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Learn gardening with Ron Finley

Ron Finley has launched a movement around an unusual form of protest: gardening. In 2011, Finley was issued an arrest warrant for planting fruits and vegetables on the curbside strip outside his home in South Central LA — a food desert. Two years later, his story helped change LA laws and, a decade later, he’s helped plant dozens of community gardens. In his MasterClass, Finley teaches you how to grow your own food, avoid killing your plants, and the beauty and community you can find in healthy food.

Christina Aguilera teaches singing

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Learn how to sing with Christina Aguilera

Whether you want to fine-tune your vocal craft or have no musical experience beyond singing “happy birthday” to your friends and family, Christina Aguilera has the techniques to help you take it up a notch. The Grammy-award winning artist will give you practical tips on how to polish your sound as well as share some stories about her career trajectory. 

Serena Williams teaches tennis

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Learn how to play tennis with Serena Williams

If you want to be a pro, you have to practice like one. Get the chance to experience the same drills Serena runs every day, as well as some insight into the importance of mental strength in the game. 

Apollonia Poilâne teaches bread baking

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Learn bread baking with Apollonia Poilâne

Apollonia Poilâne, the third-generation baker and CEO of the famous Parisian bakery Poilâne, teaches you how to use all of your senses when baking an ideal loaf from scratch. Poilâne outlines best practices for a variety of French breads — rustic wheat, rye, brioche, and Poilâne’s beloved sourdough loaves — with warmth and clarity. You’ll be able to learn from Poilâne’s practiced movements, see ideal examples of each stage, and hear live troubleshooting. And though your environment will change daily, Poilâne gives you the working knowledge that allows you to adapt.

Thomas Keller teaches cooking techniques

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Learn cooking techniques with Thomas Keller

Chef Thomas Keller’s restaurants, like The French Laundry, have been awarded quite a few Michelin stars and have people eagerly waiting months at a time for reservations. In his MasterClass, he breaks down the basics of some of the most essential cooking techniques, like braising meats and making stocks. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches scientific thinking and communication

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Learn how to think like a scientist with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ivy League degrees, bestselling books, and a Grammy award are just some of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s accolades. In this course, the renowned astrophysicist will help you see into the mind of a scientist, giving you plenty of skills to help you strengthen the way you think and communicate along the way. 

Carlos Santana teaches the art and soul of guitar

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Learn how to play the guitar with Carlos Santana

If you’re looking for a classic, technical guitar lesson, this course probably isn’t for you. If, however, you’re looking to understand how one of the world’s most popular guitarists approaches the instrument, draws inspiration for his music, and found his unique sound, you’ll love this class with Carlos Santana. 

Bob Iger teaches business strategy and leadership

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Learn business strategies and leadership skills with Bob Iger

As the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger was responsible for some of the brand’s most important acquisitions, including Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. With 45 years in media under his belt, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful businessperson.

His lesson dives into everything from business insights from the acquisition process to how to use your time effectively and productively.

Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design

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Learn how to design your space with Kelly Wearstler

Ever wondered how to make your space look like it’s plucked off an “Architectural Digest” page while still feeling like it’s distinctly yours? It’s a tall order, but Kelly Wearstler has designed enough celebrity homes and boutique hotels to give you all the tips and tricks you need to know to redefine your own space. You’ll learn how to choose colors for any room, make a space feel larger, and even curate an art collection. 

Chris Voss teaches the art of negotiation

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Learn the art of negotiation with Chris Voss

During his time as an FBI hostage negotiator, Chris Voss mastered all of the facets of communication and compromise. While your everyday negotiations may not be as high-stake, Voss’s strategies can help you get the outcomes you want — whether it’s a promotion at your job or a big decision in your relationship. 

Dominique Ansel teaches French pastry fundamentals

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Learn French pastry fundamentals with Dominique Ansel

Dominque Ansel is revered for his creative takes on delicious pastries, like the Cronut, a croissant-donut hybrid that garners hours-long lines outside of his SoHo bakery in New York. In this course, you’ll learn the precise technique Ansel uses to bake his famous treats. Fruit tarts, chocolate cakes, and mini madeleines are just some of the desserts you’ll learn to bake. 

Daniel Negreanu teaches poker

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Learn how to play poker with Daniel Negreanu

There’s no one better to help you perfect your poker face than Daniel Negreanu — he’s won the World Series of Poker six times. He’ll help you learn even the most complex poker concepts so you can increase your win rate the next time you sit around the felt. 

A review of MasterClass:

MasterClass is one of my favorite online learning platforms, and I’ve had personal experience with a fair share of them (Coursera, Skillshare, edX, Rosetta Stone, CreativeLive, and so on).

Compared to many online courses, MasterClass’s follow the format of a one-sided conversation more than an academic setting, which can make learning feel more engaging.

I love that I’m able to learn conventional and not-so-conventional tricks and tips from giants of any industry — some of whom are on my shortlist of favorite authors, actors, musicians, and chefs. Classes are pretty short (2-5 hours total), and the lessons are between 5-25 minutes each.

I also get access to notes, additional reading resources, and a community. And it’s nice that I can download lessons or use Audio Mode in the car as a de facto audiobook on days when my attention span is low. 

Plus, the diversity, quality, and flexibility of its online classes is hard to beat. If I’m going through a cooking phase, I can watch bite-sized clips that are interesting and useful. And if something isn’t my number one passion, the allure of a “master” helps me remain interested in the lessons. 

Personally, I enjoy having yearly access. If you’re a lifelong learner, it gives you the ability to jump around different subjects with tools like “topic playlists” that queue up stuff you might like. For me, it’s worth the $180 — it’s informative without feeling overly stringent or overwhelming. But if you’re interested in deep-diving into only one topic, I’d recommend auditing a class at Coursera or edX rather than dropping $180 just to access one MasterClass. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter

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47 gift ideas to make new dads feel appreciated this Father’s Day

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  • Father’s Day is the perfect time to show a new dad you care with a unique and useful gift.
  • These gifts ideas for new dads will give them time to unwind and more time with their new baby.
  • For more gift ideas for everyone in your life, check out all of Insider Reviews gift guides.

Being a dad is tough, but for a new dad, it can be even harder. It’s like the first day of a job that they know nothing about. From midnight feedings to car-seat installation, new dads can feel overwhelmed and forget to come up for air, so this Father’s Day couldn’t be a better time to send in some support.

We rounded up thoughtful 47 gift ideas for new dads, ranging from a mug that keeps coffee warm long enough for him to finish it to a duffel bag that will get lots of use on upcoming family road trips.

Here are 47 of the best gifts for new dads:

A portable speaker

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JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon and Walmart, $49.95

The JBL Clip 3 is the ultimate bluetooth speaker for new dads because it comes in a variety of colors, has an integrated carabiner to clip onto a stroller, car seat, or backpack, and most importantly, it is totally waterproof. Just pair the speaker with a smartphone and let dad relax with no worries of their phone getting lost while blasting “Baby Shark” for the hundredth time.

A convenient sling bag

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Moment Fanny Sling, available at Moment and B&H Photo, from $53.99

Moment is known for making smartphone-oriented products, but within the past few years, the brand has moved into mobile lifestyle, and if anyone is living that, it’s the new dad. This sling can hold a wallet, keys, phone, camera, snack bar, and other necessities.  It’s perfect for running errands or a day traipsing around a theme park. It is made of Kodra nylon with a waterproof coating, which means it’s easy to clean.

A smart coffee warmer

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Ember Mug², available at Target, Best Buy, Overstock, and Bloomingdale’s, from $99.95

Hot sauce

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Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Spicy Honey, available at Amazon, $14.99

New dads don’t have time to be in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals with made-from-scratch sauces. Bushwick Kitchen brings to the table some sweet and spicy options like a wildflower honey mixed with habanero peppers or sweet options like Meyer lemon honey. Dad will be taking breakfast to the next level in no time at all.

A duffel bag

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Eagle Creek Migrate Duffel 40L, available at Amazon and Eagle Creek, from $51.94

A duffel bag is a versatile gift because it can hold whatever dad wants. It could be a diaper bag, workout bag, or carry-on, and this duffel has packable backpack straps for hands-free carrying. It’s water-repellent, thanks to sustainable use of old windshield plastics from landfills, and it compresses down nearly flat for easy storage.

A waterproof tote bag

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 Gift the Veer Tote, available at Adventureon, $89

New dad life can be chaotic and frustrating, which is why the Veer Tote makes a great gift. Not only does it have padded handles and an interior water-resistant zip compartment, but the entire bag is made of coated waterproof fabric. That means dads can get it as dirty as they want and simply hose it down to make it good as new.

Comfortable running socks

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Gift the Darn Tough Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Light Running Sock, available at Amazon and Darn Tough, $18.95

For many new dads, some form of exercise is crucial to maintaining mental health, but they can’t afford to get sore feet, or worse, blisters. This Stride running sock is made from merino wool for quick moisture wicking, provides arch support to reduce fatigue, and has seamless stitching to to prevent blisters and chaffing. Another plus is Darn Tough’s no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee. If dad starts having problems with the socks, just send them back and they’ll send a new pair.

Polarized sunglasses

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Gift the Sunski Puerto polarized sunglasses, available at REI and Sunski, $48

Some dads worry when they welcome a child into the world, their style will cease. Thankfully, a new pair of shades is a quick way to shake up the routine. These sunglasses come in navy slate or black forest, are made from lightweight recycled material, and feature polarized lenses that eliminate glare and are easier on their eyes. Bonus, Sunski offers a warranty that if the glasses break under normal conditions, they will replace them or fix them.

Comfortable slide sandals

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Gift the Hunter Original Lightweight Moulded Slides, available at Hunter Boot and Nordstrom,  $45.00

Summertime is sandal time. Hunter’s EVA slides fit the bill for easy, lightweight, and durable footwear. The perforated uppers and contoured footbed keep dad’s feet cool and comfortable and you can’t beat the ease of simply sliding them on and off for the pool, errands, or even around the house. Unlike dad’s new shirt that just got some baby spit-up on it, these sandals simply wipe clean and good to go. 

A compact flashlight

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Gift the HX-4 LED Flashlight, available at Amazon and Coast, from $14.99

Fumbling for diapers in the middle of the night, remembering to take the trash out at 2 a.m., or looking for that tiny clip from baby’s teething toy that fell between the seats in the car — these are all reasons to have a great flashlight. This one is small, has a clip and a magnet to attach the light nearly anywhere, features a powerful LED in either white or red light, and can be rotated 180 degrees to make sure it’s exactly where dad needs it.

A travel mug for coffee time

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Gift the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug, available at Stanley and Bed Bath & Beyond, from $15

New dads rarely have both hands free, so eliminating the need to twist, pop, flip, or open their coffee container makes life so much easier. They can simply add their coffee, screw on the top, and pull the trigger to open up the world of caffeine goodness.

Comfortable shoes that slip on

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Vasque Satoru Moc, available at Backcountry and Vasque, $99.99 

As any parent will tell you, getting out the door is rough. And getting your shoes on can be downright annoying when you’re holding the baby, diaper bag, keys, and much, much more. Thankfully, footwear brand Vasque has a new dad’s back…or their feet. The sock-like upper and memory foam footbed means they’ll probably just wear them all day, but the easy on and off makes them infinitely versatile.

A portable white noise machine

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Marpac Portable White Noise Machine, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $28.54

The compact Marpac produces impressive volume, has a variety of white noise options, and offers a small nightlight. It also comes with a clip for connecting to the stroller for a walk (remember the outside?), in the car for an errand, or on the carrier as they bounce baby to sleep.

Instant pourover coffee

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Kahawa 1893 Coffee Box, available at Kahawa 1893, from a 12-pack for $18

Restless nights and uncertain mornings may have dad missing their morning pourover coffee ritual. Turns out they can still have that rich flavor thanks to third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer Margaret Kemunto Nyamumbo. Kahawa has created a single serve coffee that looks more like a tea bag, is ready in five minutes, and 100% compostable. Bonus: You can send a tip directly to the women who picked the coffee.

A fitness app with extras

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Centr Fitness App Subscription, available at Centr, from $20/month or $120/year

Built by Thor and his legion of trainers, Centr is a one-stop-shop for workouts ranging from yoga to full gym routines as well as guided meditation and delicious meal recipes. The app includes short, effective workouts that are perfect for that new dad schedule and the guided mediation will slow dad’s anxiety.

A wireless charging station

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Nomad Base Station, available Nomad, $99.95

If the secret to success as a new parent is organization, the Nomad’s beautiful wireless charger fits the bill. It’s slim, sleek, and able to power two devices simultaneously while also allowing for a USB-C and USB-A cord to be plugged in for a total of four devices at once. Mom and dad’s phones, AirPods, and the portable white noise machine will all be full and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

A device to keep track of everything

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Tile Essentials 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $65.70

This grab bag of Tile options lets new parents rely on technology instead of their overtaxed brains. New dads can attach tiles to their keys, diaper bag, and wallet in order to make sure those items never stay lost for too long. And if they have their keys but not their phone, they can double tap the tile to make it ring. 

One tool for almost every job

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Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool, available at REI, $59.95

There’s something about being a dad that really brings out their inner handyman. The Leatherman Wingman is loaded with 14 tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, bottle openers, and even a 1-inch ruler, so they can fix just about anything and pop open a cold one when they’re done.

Comfortable underwear

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Saxx Quest Boxer Briefs, available at Amazon, from $39.99

The right underwear makes everything go so much smoother. The lightweight material is soft and breathable, and the patented BallPark Pouch keeps everything in place, whether they’re getting up for an early morning feeding or pushing a stroller around the park on a hot summer day.

A hammock

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Newdora Garden Hammock, available at Amazon, $16.99

Stealing away for a midafternoon nap in a hammock is an incredible way for a new dad to take a break from diaper changes. The Newdora Garden Hammock is easy to set up, adjustable, and packs down small enough to take anywhere.

A diaper backpack

Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack

Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Amazon, $54.95

Made with the same look of a commuter bag, this 14-pocket backpack is durable and carries all the essentials, from diapers to bottles and everything in between. There’s even a foldout changing pad.

A new set of sheets for parents and baby

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Gift the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, from $109

Brooklittles Crib Sheet Set, available at Brooklinen, from $32

Sleep, when it does happen for both dad and baby, is so much better on a set of soft sheets that make them feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud. These are great for delicate skin and hot sleepers, too, and they come in a variety of colors and prints.

A comfortable pillow

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 Coop Home Goods Original Pillow, available at Amazon, $59.99

A comfy pillow might be the most important ingredient for a restful night. The adjustable fill on the Coop pillow means it works for every kind of sleeper, and a 100-night trial means they’re not stuck with it if they don’t like it.

Stroller phone mount

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Skip Hop Stroll and Connect Universal Phone Holder, available at Buy Buy Baby, $14.99

Made with tough plastic and rubber grips, the Stroll and Connect mounts easily to a stroller or shopping cart and won’t fall off in crowded aisles or on bumpy terrain. It lets a parent keep their hands free in case they need to use the phone on the go.

A quick hang

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Metolius Project Board, available at Backcountry, $64.95

With a variety of holds, from jugs to crimps to pockets, the Metolius Project Board is great for releasing tension with a quick upper body workout. It can go just about anywhere inside or outside, and the fine texture is easy on the skin.

A funny book about fatherhood

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Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting, available at Amazon, $16.49

Nothing will fully prepare him for the chaos and confusion of being a new dad. However, Matt Coyne’s sleep-deprived take on parenting will give him a hilarious and honest reassurance that he’s doing alright, no matter how stressful it seems.

A shaving kit

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 Harry’s Truman Shave Set, available at Harry’s, $15

This essential shave set includes a razor with a comfortable handle and textured rubber grip, three German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming shave gel for a rich lather, and a travel cover to protect the blades.

A cold brew maker

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, One Quart, Black

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $21.84

Dad will love a cup of cold brew coffee, with less acidity and a smoother taste, when they need a pick-me-up after sneaking in an afternoon nap. The Takeya Deluxe makes up to 1 quart of concentrate. Plus, it’s easy to use and an incredible value. 

An Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker, $99.99

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 (6-Ot.), available at Amazon, $89

The Instant Pot makes cooking dinner for the whole family a breeze. It makes soups, meats, yogurt, and pretty much everything else, even baby food. Easy cleanup means more time to spend with the little one too.

A meat or seafood box

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Crowd Cow Gift Box, available at Crowd Cow, from $39

Give a new dad something delicious to cook with a gift box of meat or seafood that’s sourced from independent producers that practice sustainable farming and ethical treatment of animals.

Single-origin coffee beans

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Colectivo Coffee—Sumatra, available at Colectivo, from $14.25

If they’re a coffee fanatic, they’ll love a bag of single-origin beans. Grown in the volcanic soil in the rugged mountains of the Indonesian island Sumatra, this rich, complex blend has notes of molasses and pineapple. And for those mornings where there’s no time to hassle with a French press, don’t overlook instant coffees, which have caught up in quality to the whole bean version.

Super soft lounge pants

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Tommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants, available at Tommy John, $68

New dads will love a pair of comfortable pants for sleeping or lounging around the house that won’t embarrass them when the in-laws show up announced. These soft, light micromodal pants from Tommy John are perfect, and they hold up nicely wash after wash.

A play kit of curated toys

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Play Kit Subscription, available at Lovevery, from $36/month

Make those long hours playing on the floor count with a subscription to Lovevery curated age-appropriate toy kits. Delivered every two months, each one includes guides that show how each toy helps with a child’s development. They’re also a lot of fun.

A pair of chinos

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Bonobos Chinos, available Bonobos, from $99

Unfortunately, a new dad can’t wear lounge pants all the time. But just because they’re leaving the house for a bit, doesn’t mean they’ve got to sacrifice comfort. Bonobos chinos come in multiple fits and sizes, and the signature curved waistband give them an unobtrusive fit that makes them great for the office, a trip to the store, or a playdate in the park. 

An interactive photo journal

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“The Story of You” Baby Book, available at Artifact Uprising, $99

A phone full of pictures and videos is great, but they’ll want something to capture and hold onto the most special moments. This photo book, featuring a fabric cover and foil stamped title, lets him write down his memories and the details of each milestone.

A lightweight button-up for a put-together look

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Tie Bar Short-Sleeve Shirt, available at Tie Bar, from $27.95

It’s nice for dad to feel put-together sometimes. The light, 100% cotton button-ups from Tie Bar are perfect for a rare night out or day at the office.

A shaving set

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Dollar Shave Club Complete Shave Gift Set, available at Dollar Shave Club, $35

This set comes with a razor handle and four four-blade cartridges that make for a great shave for when dad needs to clean up a little. It also includes a gentle prep scrub, shave butter, and hydrating post-shave cream.

A durable water bottle

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Hydro Flask Wide Mount Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, $37.95

When life gets as hectic as it does for new fathers, it’s easy to forget to drink water. This durable insulated metal bottle keeps water cold and within arm’s reach.

A basketball jersey for baby

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NBA Baby Jersey, available at NBA Store, from $29.99

It’s going to be a while before baby gets into it, but it’s still a lot of fun for a new dad to watch the game with his progeny decked out in their very own jersey.

An adjustable baby carrier

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Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One Carrier, available at Buy Buy Baby and Ergobaby, $179

Whether you’re running errands or spending a day in the park, a good baby carrier makes it so much easier. Made with 100% premium cotton, the Ergobaby Omni 360 is super soft and easily adjustable to fit waists and shoulders of all sizes. It works in multiple positions, too, front or back, face-in or face-out. 

A foam roller

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TriggerPoint GRID foam roller, available at Amazon, $39.95

Knots and tight muscles go hand in hand with parenting. He’ll appreciate the textured surface pattern of this foam roller to roll away the aches and pains of being a new parent.

A tool kit

CARTMAN Orange 39 Piece Tool Set

Cartman General Household 39-piece toolkit, available at Amazon, $19.99

There’s just something about being a dad that turns everyone into an overnight handy man. This tool kit includes all the basics he’ll need for assembling or repairing all that new gear in the nursery and beyond.

A soft cooler

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CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Cooler Tote, available at Amazon, $34.78

Dad is going to need a good cooler for bringing food home from the store or packing up milk and baby food for a road trip to see the grandparents. This one has a 50-can capacity, but it still folds up small enough to stash under the seat when they don’t need it.

A delicious baby blanket

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Tortilla Baby Blanket, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

This blanket is made of breathable cotton/polyester blend fabric that will keep baby comfortable and cool. And the flour tortilla print that makes them look like a bundle of burrito joy is impossibly adorable.

A custom print of baby’s footprints

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Baby Footprint Art Print, available at Etsy, from $18

It’s always hard to believe how little they used to be. This is an attractive, thoughtful piece that fits nicely anywhere in the home.

A smart speaker for baby’s room

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Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $44.99

A smart speaker is a nice addition to baby’s room. It can play lullabies or classical music at bedtime, or dad can use it to listen to the game while they’re playing with toys. 

An REI membership

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REI Co-op Membership, available at REI, $20

Getting active and outdoors is great for kids, and something a new dad can do right from the start. With an REI membership, they’ll get annual dividends, exclusive offers, and more to get the gear they and their family will want. 

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MasterClass is one of our favorite online learning platforms – here’s how it works, and 16 great classes to try

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MasterClass helps you learn new skills from experts in the field.

  • MasterClass creates online video classes taught by celebrities and industry experts.
  • An annual subscription costs $180 ($15 a month) and gives access to all of MasterClass’s offerings.
  • Right now, you can purchase one subscription for Father’s Day and get one free.
  • Below, you’ll find a personal review, some common FAQs, and 16 of the best MasterClass courses.

Who better to teach you writing than Margaret Atwood, a backhand than Serena Williams, or singing than Christina Aguilera?

Unfortunately, for most of us, taking a one-on-one cooking class with Thomas Keller or a photography lesson from Annie Leibovitz isn’t realistic. But MasterClass is bridging that gap by recruiting the best of the best to teach us the secrets to their crafts. And in advance of Father’s Day, you can purchase one subscription as a gift and get another for free right now.

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Unlike most e-learning platforms focused on teaching hard skills like cloud computing or UX design, MasterClass targets a different audience: creatives who are looking to learn and gain some inspiration along the way.

The site has courses in categories like writing, cooking, sports, business, and politics, and each of them is taught by celebrities and masters of the field. For $180 a year ($15 a month), you get an all-access pass to all the courses on the site. Each class provides video lessons, a course workbook, and class feedback – which, on some occasions, comes from the stars themselves.

If you’re craving an online course to inspire you, help you hone a craft, or give you valuable advice from a respected expert, MasterClass is definitely worth a try. The videos are well-produced, which makes the courses more engaging, and the workbooks provide some extra insight to help reflect on what you’ve learned. You can even download the MasterClass app on your phone to squeeze in quick lessons whenever you have free time.

What you’ll find below:

  1. Some common FAQs
  2. A list of the 16 best MasterClass courses
  3. A personal review of MasterClass

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MasterClass FAQs:

  1. How much does it cost? MasterClass costs $180 for its annual subscription ($15 a month), which gives you unlimited access to all its classes until you cancel. 
  2. Is it worth it? If you will use MasterClass more than a few times, yes, the yearly pass may be worth it. If you won’t, or you need something more intensive or traditionally academic, consider other online learning sites like Coursera or edX
  3. How does MasterClass work? MasterClass classes are about 2-5 hours on average, with individual lessons ranging from 2-5 minutes. Classes include pre-recorded video lessons by your instructor, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and sometimes community activities. MasterClass may have opportunities for students to submit work to instructors for feedback, but that’s not the norm. 

Some of the best MasterClass classes:

Questlove teaches DJing

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Learn music curation and DJing with Questlove

Questlove — iconic DJ, Grammy winner, and The Roots drummer — teaches collecting and mixing music. You’ll learn how to transition from genre to genre to curate the perfect playlist, whether just for yourself or to wow your friends.

Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing

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Learn the art of creative writing with Margaret Atwood

Writer’s block is a major challenge, but hopefully, some inspiration from Margaret Atwood can bring you out of your funk. The Man Booker Prize-winner’s lessons delve into character development, point of view, structuring a novel, and more. 

Samuel L. Jackson teaches acting

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Learn how to act with Samuel L. Jackson

It’s hard to believe now that Samuel L. Jackson had a stutter growing up, one that actually stopped him from talking for a year. You can learn about how he overcame this obstacle to become an Oscar nominee in this course on acting, which particularly focuses on how to develop a character. 

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography

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Learn photography with Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz claims the title of first-ever female chief photographer at “Rolling Stone,” along with plenty of other accomplishments. Here, she sheds light on her photography philosophy and shows how a great photo comes to life. 

Ron Finley teaches gardening

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Learn gardening with Ron Finley

Ron Finley has launched a movement around an unusual form of protest: gardening. In 2011, Finley was issued an arrest warrant for planting fruits and vegetables on the curbside strip outside his home in South Central LA — a food desert. Two years later, his story helped change LA laws and, a decade later, he’s helped plant dozens of community gardens. In his MasterClass, Finley teaches you how to grow your own food, avoid killing your plants, and the beauty and community you can find in healthy food.

Christina Aguilera teaches singing

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Learn how to sing with Christina Aguilera

Whether you want to fine-tune your vocal craft or have no musical experience beyond singing “happy birthday” to your friends and family, Christina Aguilera has the techniques to help you take it up a notch. The Grammy-award winning artist will give you practical tips on how to polish your sound as well as share some stories about her career trajectory. 

Serena Williams teaches tennis

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Learn how to play tennis with Serena Williams

If you want to be a pro, you have to practice like one. Get the chance to experience the same drills Serena runs every day, as well as some insight into the importance of mental strength in the game. 

Apollonia Poilâne teaches bread baking

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Learn bread baking with Apollonia Poilâne

Apollonia Poilâne, the third-generation baker and CEO of the famous Parisian bakery Poilâne, teaches you how to use all of your senses when baking an ideal loaf from scratch. Poilâne outlines best practices for a variety of French breads — rustic wheat, rye, brioche, and Poilâne’s beloved sourdough loaves — with warmth and clarity. You’ll be able to learn from Poilâne’s practiced movements, see ideal examples of each stage, and hear live troubleshooting. And though your environment will change daily, Poilâne gives you the working knowledge that allows you to adapt.

Thomas Keller teaches cooking techniques

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Learn cooking techniques with Thomas Keller

Chef Thomas Keller’s restaurants, like The French Laundry, have been awarded quite a few Michelin stars and have people eagerly waiting months at a time for reservations. In his MasterClass, he breaks down the basics of some of the most essential cooking techniques, like braising meats and making stocks. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches scientific thinking and communication

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Learn how to think like a scientist with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ivy League degrees, bestselling books, and a Grammy award are just some of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s accolades. In this course, the renowned astrophysicist will help you see into the mind of a scientist, giving you plenty of skills to help you strengthen the way you think and communicate along the way. 

Carlos Santana teaches the art and soul of guitar

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Learn how to play the guitar with Carlos Santana

If you’re looking for a classic, technical guitar lesson, this course probably isn’t for you. If, however, you’re looking to understand how one of the world’s most popular guitarists approaches the instrument, draws inspiration for his music, and found his unique sound, you’ll love this class with Carlos Santana. 

Bob Iger teaches business strategy and leadership

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Learn business strategies and leadership skills with Bob Iger

As the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger was responsible for some of the brand’s most important acquisitions, including Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. With 45 years in media under his belt, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful businessperson.

His lesson dives into everything from business insights from the acquisition process to how to use your time effectively and productively.

Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design

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Learn how to design your space with Kelly Wearstler

Ever wondered how to make your space look like it’s plucked off an “Architectural Digest” page while still feeling like it’s distinctly yours? It’s a tall order, but Kelly Wearstler has designed enough celebrity homes and boutique hotels to give you all the tips and tricks you need to know to redefine your own space. You’ll learn how to choose colors for any room, make a space feel larger, and even curate an art collection. 

Chris Voss teaches the art of negotiation

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Learn the art of negotiation with Chris Voss

During his time as an FBI hostage negotiator, Chris Voss mastered all of the facets of communication and compromise. While your everyday negotiations may not be as high-stake, Voss’s strategies can help you get the outcomes you want — whether it’s a promotion at your job or a big decision in your relationship. 

Dominique Ansel teaches French pastry fundamentals

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Learn French pastry fundamentals with Dominique Ansel

Dominque Ansel is revered for his creative takes on delicious pastries, like the Cronut, a croissant-donut hybrid that garners hours-long lines outside of his SoHo bakery in New York. In this course, you’ll learn the precise technique Ansel uses to bake his famous treats. Fruit tarts, chocolate cakes, and mini madeleines are just some of the desserts you’ll learn to bake. 

Daniel Negreanu teaches poker

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Learn how to play poker with Daniel Negreanu

There’s no one better to help you perfect your poker face than Daniel Negreanu — he’s won the World Series of Poker six times. He’ll help you learn even the most complex poker concepts so you can increase your win rate the next time you sit around the felt. 

A review of MasterClass:

MasterClass is one of my favorite online learning platforms, and I’ve had personal experience with a fair share of them (Coursera, Skillshare, edX, Rosetta Stone, CreativeLive, and so on).

Compared to many online courses, MasterClass’s follow the format of a one-sided conversation more than an academic setting, which can make learning feel more engaging.

I love that I’m able to learn conventional and not-so-conventional tricks and tips from giants of any industry — some of whom are on my shortlist of favorite authors, actors, musicians, and chefs. Classes are pretty short (2-5 hours total), and the lessons are between 5-25 minutes each.

I also get access to notes, additional reading resources, and a community. And it’s nice that I can download lessons or use Audio Mode in the car as a de facto audiobook on days when my attention span is low. 

Plus, the diversity, quality, and flexibility of its online classes is hard to beat. If I’m going through a cooking phase, I can watch bite-sized clips that are interesting and useful. And if something isn’t my number one passion, the allure of a “master” helps me remain interested in the lessons. 

Personally, I enjoy having yearly access. If you’re a lifelong learner, it gives you the ability to jump around different subjects with tools like “topic playlists” that queue up stuff you might like. For me, it’s worth the $180 — it’s informative without feeling overly stringent or overwhelming. But if you’re interested in deep-diving into only one topic, I’d recommend auditing a class at Coursera or edX rather than dropping $180 just to access one MasterClass. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter

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34 Father’s Day gifts under $100 that he’ll actually use and appreciate

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  • Getting dad a thoughtful and personal Father’s Day gift doesn’t have to break the bank.
  • We rounded up plenty of great Father’s Day gift ideas under $100.
  • From headphones to a plush robe, these gift ideas for Dad span a wide range of interests.

Father’s Day is right around the corner on June 20, which means it’s time to start looking for gift ideas for Dad if you haven’t already.

Dads can be notoriously tough to shop for, but luckily you don’t have to break to find a thoughtful gift. We’ve found plenty of great Father’s Day gifts under $100 that he’ll actually use and appreciate. We found a wide range of options to suit dads with various interests, whether he into cooking, style, grooming, or joke delivery.

The top 5 best Father’s Day gifts under $100:

  1. A book of Dad jokes that’ll make him laugh
  2. A nice pair of Status Audio headphones
  3. A comfortable pair of Allbirds sneakers
  4. A beach chair with a built-in cooler
  5. A plush Parachute robe

Here are 34 of the best Father’s Day gifts under $100

A portable speaker

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Gift the JBL Clip4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $69.99

This handy Bluetooth speaker is easy for Dad to take on the go thanks to the fact that he can clip it right onto his backpack or even belt loop. It’s also waterproof, dustproof, and offers up to 10 hours of playtime.

A super comfy beach chair

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Gift the Tommy Bahama Beach Chair, $95.99 

Dad will be sitting oceanfront in serious style with this beach chair. This chair super is super comfortable, can lay flat like a lounger, folds up and has straps so he can easily carry it like a backpack, and it even has a drink and a phone holder. The best feature though is the zippered cooler on the back for keeping drinks cold even on hot summer days.

A chic leather laptop sleeve

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Gift the Parker Clay Sira Laptop Sleeve, $78.40

Help Dad keep his tech essentials safe with this elegant leather laptop sleeve. Made from premium Ethiopian full-grain leather, the case zips shut and has extra interior storage pockets for easy organization. 

 

A pop-up shade structure

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Gift the Academy Sports + Outdoors Easy Shade Slant Leg Canopy, $44.99

Whether dad likes to spend time lounging in the backyard, tailgating for game day, or hanging near the beach, this simple canopy structure will ensure he has a shady place to relax. The insta-lock adjustable frame folds down and it even comes with a carry bag for easy storage and transport. 

A personalized notebook for letters

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Gift the Letters to My Dad Notebook, $23.40

Give dad the gift of several heartfelt letters this Father’s Day. This notebook can be customized by size, color, and you can have your name and Dad’s name added to the front. The inside is blank so you can fill the pages with your personal thoughts.

A personal pizza maker

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Gift the Grilled Personal Pizza Maker, $35

For the pizza-loving dad, this compact baker will allow him to make his own brick oven-style pies right at home. All he has to do is add his favorite toppings to his crust, place it in the mini-oven with the lid, and place it on the grill. He’ll have homemade pizza in under 10 minutes. 

A stylish subscription box

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Gift a StitchFix gift card, from $20

StitchFix will allow Dad to take a style quiz and have a personal shopper pick out new clothes just for him. Sizes even come in big and tall to fit a range of men. Best of all, his new clothes will be delivered right to his front door for him to try on at home. He can easily send back or swap any options he doesn’t like and he only pays for what he keeps. Gift cards are available to email, mail, or print out.

Tile trackers

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Gift the Apple AirTag, $29

Ensure dad never again misplaced his keys, wallet, phone, luggage, and other essentials. The AirTag can be attached to just about any item and connects with the Find Me app on his phone. You can even have the AirTag engraved for free. If dad has a serious knack for losing items, a 4-pack is also available.

A picture hanger

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Gift the Artifact Uprising Wooden Photo Ledge, from $49

This elegant photo ledge is made from real maple wood and solid brass screws (simply adjust these to switch out the prints). A delightful spin on the traditional picture frame, it’s an artistic way to display your favorite pictures with Dad. 

A box of meats

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Gift the Porter Road Stay At Home Bundle, $90

For the culinary dad, there’s nothing better than a chance to show off his chops in the kitchen. This box contains a curated assortment of ground pork, dry-aged ground beef, and sausages.

A reel viewer of great memories

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Gift the Create Your Own Reel Viewer, $29.95

Give Dad a walk down memory lane with a custom reel viewer filled with seven images he can click through. It’s sentimental, nostalgic, and something he probably hasn’t seen before. 

An insulated bottle that keeps his beer cold and protects it from drops

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Gift the BottleKeeper, from $29.99

If your dad is the type who’s never seen at the barbecue without a beer in hand, he’ll appreciate the BottleKeeper, an insulated bottle that he can stick his beer bottle in to keep it cold, crisp, and carbonated.

The coolest (literally) shoes on the block

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Gift the Allbirds Tree Runners, $95

These textured sneakers are made from eucalyptus tree fiber, so they’re not only cooling and breathable but also more environmentally friendly. Meanwhile, the insole is lined with Allbirds’ signature merino wool fabric, making them extremely soft and comfortable.

Three hand-picked vinyl records every month

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Gift a VNYL membership, from $19.99/month

VNYL’s music curators will choose three records for him based on his music tastes and “vibe” he’s feeling that month. It’s a fun, affordable, and convenient way to grow his vinyl collection.

A super-easy way to grill

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Gift the Mesh Grill Bags (Set of 2), $22

Dad will never again have to worry about pesky veggies falling through the cracks of the grill with these handy mesh bags. The feature grommeted edges to keep all his favorites firmly in place and make it extra easy to flip and keep tasty juices on his food.

A fast wireless charger

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Gift the Anker PowerWave for $29.99

The Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger supports Qi wireless charging, meaning it’ll work with recent iPhone models and Samsung Galaxy models. All he has to do to use it is place a supported phone directly on it, and it should start charging right away.

A sleek shaving kit

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Gift the Harry’s Winston Shave Set, $25 (+$15 to engrave)

German-engineered shave cartridges combine with a sleek polished chrome finish handle to make the daily shaving routine feel luxurious. Choose between a foaming gel which lathers into a rich foam, or a smooth shave cream. 

A pair of headphones

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Gift the Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones, $59

Although our tech reporter Brandt Ranj has reviewed tons of headphones, most of which are more expensive, he keeps coming back to this Status Audio pair. If you’re on a budget but still want to gift headphones, these are the best-sounding studio monitor ones under $100. It certainly helps that they’re comfortable and still look sleek. 

All the best bacon treats you can imagine

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Gift the Man Crates Bacon Crate, $59.99

There’s no better way to say “I love you” than a giant box full of bacon and bacon treats. The crate contains two different types of bacon jerky, bacon popcorn, bacon seasoning, bacon peanut brittle, and hot pepper bacon jam. 

Some of the best socks we’ve ever tried

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Gift the Bombas Calf Sock 4-Pair, $45.60

These calf socks from popular startup Bombas are made from extra-long staple cotton for softness and comfort and won’t slip down. The honeycomb structure around the mid-foot distributes pressure evenly while the footbed is reinforced for support, making these socks a step up from the usual pairs of Father’s Days past. 

A cold brew maker

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Gift the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, $19.99

If there’s anything that can jolt him awake in the mornings, it’ll be cold brew made from this affordable, bestselling coffee maker. The airtight lid locks in freshness and flavor and it makes one whole quart of delicious cold brew. 

A streaming box with access to all his favorite shows, movies, and music

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Gift the Roku Ultra, $69.99

Roku offers affordable 4K and HDR streaming in its compact Ultra box. He can even continue watching once everyone else in the house is asleep thanks to the included private-listening JBL earphones.  

Stylish computer glasses

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Gift a pair of Felix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95

If he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They’re also available with prescription lenses — we tried them and loved them.

A cosmically cool chart about space exploration

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Gift the Pop Chart Lab Chart of Cosmic Exploration, $40

Pore over the impressive, hand-illustrated details of this chart, which shows all the different spacecrafts that have dared to explore the depths of our vast solar system. The beautiful print is printed on museum-grade paper and deserves its spot on your dad’s wall.

A book of Dad jokes in case he ever runs out of his own

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Gift “101 So Bad, They’re Good Dad Jokes”, $5.99

We have a love-hate relationship with dad jokes, and this book will only fuel it — whether we like it or not. Get ready to groan and possibly regret giving this gag gift. 

A slim wallet

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Gift the Bellroy Slim Sleeve, $79

In our opinion, it’s the best wallet you can buy, and here’s why: Bellroy eliminates as much excess material as possible, paring it down to the minimal essential of four pockets. At the same time, it still looks and feels good because it’s made from top-grain leather that ages gracefully. 

A subscription that makes buying cologne less confusing

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Gift a Scentbird subscription, from $12/month

Buying a fragrance for another person can be tricky because everyone’s personal scent preferences are different. Let him experiment and decide for himself with Scentbird, which will send a 30-day supply of a designer cologne to his door every month. Scentbird takes the pressure off buying cologne so that once he does find his perfect one, you’ll know what to gift next time. 

A pen plated with 23-karat gold

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Gift the Cross Century II Black Lacquer Pen, $50.47

High-quality Cross pens have been around since 1846 and used in the White House to sign legislation since the 1970s. This weighty, sleek pen with gold-plated details is the perfect gift to add a touch of luxury to everyday writing tasks.

A plush bathrobe

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Gift the Parachute Classic Bathrobe in Stone, $99

Prime relaxation and comfort is just a bathrobe away. He’ll feel like a king in this soft, attractive Turkish cotton robe with a cozy shawl collar and two front pockets (to stash snacks, of course). 

A monogrammed leather shave bag

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Gift the Leatherology Small Shave Bag, from $90 (+$10 monogram)

Upgrade to a bag he’ll be proud to bring out during his travels. The full-grain bag has one main zippered compartment and a front exterior zippered pocket to fit the essentials. 

A sturdy camera strap

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Gift the Peak Design Slide Camera Strap, $64.95

The strap is compatible with DSLRs and easy to attach and detach. It’s comfortable and durable, helping him lighten the load of a heavy camera and focus on the real task at hand — capturing family memories.

A kit that lets him channel his inner mixologist

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Gift a Saloonbox subscription, from $49/month

Every month’s Saloonbox includes two creative drink recipes featuring top-shelf spirits and quality ingredients. He’ll receive everything he needs to make four cocktails. Past recipes have included a cinnamon mezcal margarita and a “Buzzed Bee,” a combination of cold-brew coffee, honey, gin, and tonic. 

A waterproof phone case for the outdoorsy dad

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Gift the LifeProof FRĒ iPhone Case, from $31.99

The dad who can frequently be found fishing, sailing, or otherwise gallivanting near water will appreciate a waterproof case that fully protects his phone, even if he drops it for a prolonged period. 

A SodaStream

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Gift the SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker, $79.99

The SodaStream lets you to turn plain water into sparkling water in mere seconds. And Dad can adjust the fizziness and flavor level to his personal taste.

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All the Memorial Day mattress sales still going on, including Wayfair, Leesa, and Casper

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  • Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times to shop for mattresses.
  • Shoppers can find mattresses from Purple, Casper, and Tempur-Pedic at all-time lows.

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Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times to shop for mattresses. Mattress companies like Casper, Leesa, Helix, and more are pulling out all of the stops this holiday with sales on their most popular and newest mattresses, along with freebies like sheets, pillows, and shipping.

If you’re waffling on taking the plunge on a new mattress, know that sales on mattresses hit a peak at Memorial Day and don’t see discounts as steep again until Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Below, we’ve gathered the best mattress deals and sales across the web, the best discounts on our top-rated mattress, and some exclusive discounts for Insider readers that you can take advantage of year-round.

We’ll continue to update this page with new sales as they become available, and be sure to check out our round-ups for the best Memorial Day weekend sales on furniture, grills, TVs, and appliances.

Keep reading to learn about the best deals on mattresses or find more Memorial Day sales here.

Deals on our top-rated mattresses

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Exclusive mattress sales for Insider readers

  • Casper: Use code INSIDER to save $100 on the Original mattress or $200 on the Nova or Wave mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: Use code INSIDER36 for 36% off sitewide 
  • DreamCloud: Get $200 off a mattress and $399 in free accessories with code INSIDER
  • Leesa: Save an additional 20% off Hybrid and Legend mattresses with code INSIDER
  • Nectar: Use code INSIDER to save (discount increases with mattress size)

The best Memorial Day mattress sales happening now

  • Allswell: 20% off all mattresses with code MEMDAY
  • Avocado: Save $250 on the organic luxury plush mattress with code MEMORIALDAY, Save $100 on latex mattresses with code HONOR, save $100 on green and vegan hybrid mattresses with code HONOR
  • Awara: $300 off mattresses + $499 in free accessories
  • Bear: 25% off sitewide + $250 free gift set with code MD25
  • Big Fig Mattress$300 off The Big Fig Mattress with code MEMDAY
  • Birch: $200 off mattresses + 2 free pillows with code MEMORIALDAY200
  • Brooklyn Bedding: 25% off sitewide with code MEMORIAL25
  • Casper: 15% off mattresses and 10% off everything else
  • Cocoon by Sealy: 35% off chill mattresses + free pillows and sheets with every purchase
  • DreamCloud: $200 off mattresses + $399 in free accessories  
  • Eight Sleep: $150 off mattresses with code AFF150
  • Emma: 35% off all mattresses 
  • GhostBed: Up to 30% of mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Helix: Save $200 off on orders of $1,750 or more with code MEMORIALDAY200, $150 off orders of $1,250 or more with code MEMORIALDAY150, or $100 off orders of $600 or more with code MEMORIALDAY100, + 2 free pillows 
  • Leesa: Up to $500 off mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Nectar: $399 of accessories with every mattress purchase
  • Nolah: Up to $800 off mattresses + 2 free pillows 
  • Purple: Up to $400 off mattresses and bundles
  • Saatva: $200 off mattress purchases of $975 or more
  • Sleep Number: Save $800 on 360 i8 smart bed and $1,000 on 360 Special Edition smart bed; BOGO 50% off all pillows; savings for military
  • Tempur-Pedic: Save up to $500 on adjustable mattress sets + $300 in free accessories; 20% off Tempur Toppers plus free gift; 2 for $99 Tempur-Cloud Pillows
  • Tuft & Needle: Up to 20% off sitewide
  • Wayfair: Mattresses starting at $130 with sales on big names like Sealy, Casper, Serta, and Simmons

FAQs

When do Memorial Day mattress deals start?

Memorial Day mattress sales have already begun, some of which are ending soon. Last year, we saw some mattress deals lasting a few weeks beyond Memorial Day weekend, but we recommend taking advantage of the sales before then, since extended sales are never guaranteed. 

What mattresses are typically discounted on Memorial Day?

Almost every major mattress brand and retailer offers some type of savings on Memorial Day weekend; it’s one of the industry’s biggest events of the year. If there’s a mattress you’ve been eyeing, chances are it will be on sale.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

Historically, we’ve seen the lowest prices on mattresses during Memorial Day weekend and again during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. 

What’s the best mattress to buy?

There is no one-size-fits-all mattress, which is why we’ve outlined picks for all different types of sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses. Our sleep reporter has tested more than 30 mattresses and outlines picks for all different sleeping styles, body types, and preferences.

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42 unique gifts that will make new dads feel appreciated this Father’s Day

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  • Father’s Day is the perfect time to encourage new dads and remind them how much they matter.
  • This Father’s Day give a new dad some major backup in the way of a helpful gift.
  • With summer coming, we’ve also got gifts to get dad get outdoors.
  • For more gift ideas for everyone in your life, check out all of Insider Reviews gift guides.

Father’s Day is only a few weeks out, and for many dads, it’s their very first one. Being new to fatherhood might have them feeling overwhelmed with schedule changes, sleep deprivation, and a feeling like it may never end. Thankfully, with the right gifts, dad’s life can be a lot easier and more manageable.

These 42 gifts cover everything from coffee to tech to style and will have dad the envy of the neighborhood playgroup in no time. Of course, nothing beats a simple word of encouragement, so pro tip: Send a little note along with the gift.

Here are 42 thoughtful gifts for new dads:

A waterproof tote bag

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 Gift the Veer Tote, available at Adventureon, $89

New dad life can be chaotic and frustrating, which is why the Veer Tote makes a great gift. Not only does it have padded handles and an interior water-resistant zip compartment, but the entire bag is made of coated waterproof fabric. That means dads can get it as dirty as they want and simply hose it down to make it good as new.

Comfortable running socks

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Gift the Darn Tough Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Light Running Sock, available at Amazon and Darn Tough, $18.95

For many new dads, some form of exercise is crucial to maintaining mental health, but they can’t afford to get sore feet, or worse, blisters. This Stride running sock is made from merino wool for quick moisture wicking, provides arch support to reduce fatigue, and has seamless stitching to to prevent blisters and chaffing. Another plus is Darn Tough’s no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee. If dad starts having problems with the socks, just send them back and they’ll send a new pair.

Polarized sunglasses

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Gift the Sunski Puerto polarized sunglasses, available at REI and Sunski, $48

Some dads worry when they welcome a child into the world, their style will cease. Thankfully, a new pair of shades is a quick way to shake up the routine. These sunglasses come in navy slate or black forest, are made from lightweight recycled material, and feature polarized lenses that eliminate glare and are easier on their eyes. Bonus, Sunski offers a warranty that if the glasses break under normal conditions, they will replace them or fix them.

Comfortable slide sandals

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Gift the Hunter Original Lightweight Moulded Slides, available at Hunter Boot and Nordstrom,  $45.00

Summertime is sandal time. Hunter’s EVA slides fit the bill for easy, lightweight, and durable footwear. The perforated uppers and contoured footbed keep dad’s feet cool and comfortable and you can’t beat the ease of simply sliding them on and off for the pool, errands, or even around the house. Unlike dad’s new shirt that just got some baby spit-up on it, these sandals simply wipe clean and good to go. 

A compact flashlight

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Gift the HX-4 LED Flashlight, available at Amazon and Coast, from $14.99

Fumbling for diapers in the middle of the night, remembering to take the trash out at 2 a.m., or looking for that tiny clip from baby’s teething toy that fell between the seats in the car — these are all reasons to have a great flashlight. This one is small, has a clip and a magnet to attach the light nearly anywhere, features a powerful LED in either white or red light, and can be rotated 180 degrees to make sure it’s exactly where dad needs it.

A travel mug for coffee time

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Gift the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug, available at Stanley, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon, from $20

New dads rarely have both hands free, so eliminating the need to twist, pop, flip, or open their coffee container makes life so much easier. They can simply add their coffee, screw on the top, and pull the trigger to open up the world of caffeine goodness.

Comfortable shoes that slip on

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Vasque Satoru Moc, available at Backcountry and Vasque, $99.99 

As any parent will tell you, getting out the door is rough. And getting your shoes on can be downright annoying when you’re holding the baby, diaper bag, keys, and much, much more. Thankfully, footwear brand Vasque has a new dad’s back…or their feet. The sock-like upper and memory foam footbed means they’ll probably just wear them all day, but the easy on and off makes them infinitely versatile.

A portable white noise machine

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Marpac Portable White Noise Machine, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $28.54

The compact Marpac produces impressive volume, has a variety of white noise options, and offers a small nightlight. It also comes with a clip for connecting to the stroller for a walk (remember the outside?), in the car for an errand, or on the carrier as they bounce baby to sleep.

Instant pourover coffee

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Kahawa 1893 Coffee Box, available at Kahawa 1893, from a 12-pack for $18

Restless nights and uncertain mornings may have dad missing their morning pourover coffee ritual. Turns out they can still have that rich flavor thanks to third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer Margaret Kemunto Nyamumbo. Kahawa has created a single serve coffee that looks more like a tea bag, is ready in five minutes, and 100% compostable. Bonus: You can send a tip directly to the women who picked the coffee.

A fitness app with extras

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Centr Fitness App Subscription, available at Centr, from $20/month or $120/year

Built by Thor and his legion of trainers, Centr is a one-stop-shop for workouts ranging from yoga to full gym routines as well as guided meditation and delicious meal recipes. The app includes short, effective workouts that are perfect for that new dad schedule and the guided mediation will slow dad’s anxiety.

A wireless charging station

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Nomad Base Station, available Nomad, $99.95

If the secret to success as a new parent is organization, the Nomad’s beautiful wireless charger fits the bill. It’s slim, sleek, and able to power two devices simultaneously while also allowing for a USB-C and USB-A cord to be plugged in for a total of four devices at once. Mom and dad’s phones, AirPods, and the portable white noise machine will all be full and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

A device to keep track of everything

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Tile Essentials 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $64.95

This grab bag of Tile options lets new parents rely on technology instead of their overtaxed brains. New dads can attach tiles to their keys, diaper bag, and wallet in order to make sure those items never stay lost for too long. And if they have their keys but not their phone, they can double tap the tile to make it ring. 

One tool for almost every job

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Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool, available at REI, $59.95

There’s something about being a dad that really brings out their inner handyman. The Leatherman Wingman is loaded with 14 tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, bottle openers, and even a 1-inch ruler, so they can fix just about anything and pop open a cold one when they’re done.

Comfortable underwear

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Saxx Quest Boxer Briefs, available at Amazon, from $32

The right underwear makes everything go so much smoother. The lightweight material is soft and breathable, and the patented BallPark Pouch keeps everything in place, whether they’re getting up for an early morning feeding or pushing a stroller around the park on a hot summer day.

A hammock

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Newdora Garden Hammock, available at Amazon, $16.99

Stealing away for a midafternoon nap in a hammock is an incredible way for a new dad to take a break from diaper changes. The Newdora Garden Hammock is easy to set up, adjustable, and packs down small enough to take anywhere.

A diaper backpack

Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack

Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Amazon, $54.95

Made with the same look of a commuter bag, this 14-pocket backpack is durable and carries all the essentials, from diapers to bottles and everything in between. There’s even a foldout changing pad.

A new set of sheets for parents and baby

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Gift the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, from $109

Brooklittles Crib Sheet Set, available at Brooklinen, from $32

Sleep, when it does happen for both dad and baby, is so much better on a set of soft sheets that make them feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud. These are great for delicate skin and hot sleepers, too, and they come in a variety of colors and prints.

A comfortable pillow

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 Coop Home Goods Original Pillow, available at Amazon, $59.99

A comfy pillow might be the most important ingredient for a restful night. The adjustable fill on the Coop pillow means it works for every kind of sleeper, and a 100-night trial means they’re not stuck with it if they don’t like it.

Stroller phone mount

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Skip Hop Stroll and Connect Universal Phone Holder, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $14.99

Made with tough plastic and rubber grips, the Stroll and Connect mounts easily to a stroller or shopping cart and won’t fall off in crowded aisles or on bumpy terrain. It lets a parent keep their hands free in case they need to use the phone on the go.

A quick hang

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Metolius Project Board, available at Backcountry, $48.71

With a variety of holds, from jugs to crimps to pockets, the Metolius Project Board is great for releasing tension with a quick upper body workout. It can go just about anywhere inside or outside, and the fine texture is easy on the skin.

A funny book about fatherhood

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Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting, available at Amazon, $16.49

Nothing will fully prepare him for the chaos and confusion of being a new dad. However, Matt Coyne’s sleep-deprived take on parenting will give him a hilarious and honest reassurance that he’s doing alright, no matter how stressful it seems.

A shaving kit

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 Harry’s Truman Shave Set, available at Harry’s, $15

This essential shave set includes a razor with a comfortable handle and textured rubber grip, three German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming shave gel for a rich lather, and a travel cover to protect the blades.

A cold brew maker

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, One Quart, Black

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $20.93

Dad will love a cup of cold brew coffee, with less acidity and a smoother taste, when they need a pick-me-up after sneaking in an afternoon nap. The Takeya Deluxe makes up to 1 quart of concentrate. Plus, it’s easy to use and an incredible value. 

An Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker, $99.99

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 (6-Ot.), available at Amazon, $89

The Instant Pot makes cooking dinner for the whole family a breeze. It makes soups, meats, yogurt, and pretty much everything else, even baby food. Easy cleanup means more time to spend with the little one too.

A meat or seafood box

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Crowd Cow Gift Box, available at Crowd Cow, from $39

Give a new dad something delicious to cook with a gift box of meat or seafood that’s sourced from independent producers that practice sustainable farming and ethical treatment of animals.

Single-origin coffee beans

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Colectivo Coffee—Sumatra, available at Colectivo, from $14.25

If they’re a coffee fanatic, they’ll love a bag of single-origin beans. Grown in the volcanic soil in the rugged mountains of the Indonesian island Sumatra, this rich, complex blend has notes of molasses and pineapple. And for those mornings where there’s no time to hassle with a French press, don’t overlook instant coffees, which have caught up in quality to the whole bean version.

Super soft lounge pants

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Tommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants, available at Tommy John, $68

New dads will love a pair of comfortable pants for sleeping or lounging around the house that won’t embarrass them when the in-laws show up announced. These soft, light micromodal pants from Tommy John are perfect, and they hold up nicely wash after wash.

A play kit of curated toys

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Play Kit Subscription, available at Lovevery, from $36/month

Make those long hours playing on the floor count with a subscription to Lovevery curated age-appropriate toy kits. Delivered every two months, each one includes guides that show how each toy helps with a child’s development. They’re also a lot of fun.

A pair of chinos

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Bonobos Chinos, available Bonobos, from $99

Unfortunately, a new dad can’t wear lounge pants all the time. But just because they’re leaving the house for a bit, doesn’t mean they’ve got to sacrifice comfort. Bonobos chinos come in multiple fits and sizes, and the signature curved waistband give them an unobtrusive fit that makes them great for the office, a trip to the store, or a playdate in the park. 

An interactive photo journal

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“The Story of You” Baby Book, available at Artifact Uprising, $99

A phone full of pictures and videos is great, but they’ll want something to capture and hold onto the most special moments. This photo book, featuring a fabric cover and foil stamped title, lets him write down his memories and the details of each milestone.

A lightweight button-up for a put-together look

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Tie Bar Short-Sleeve Shirt, available at Tie Bar, from $45

It’s nice for dad to feel put-together sometimes. The light, 100% cotton button-ups from Tie Bar are perfect for a rare night out or day at the office.

A shaving set

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Dollar Shave Club Complete Shave Gift Set, available at Dollar Shave Club, $35

This set comes with a razor handle and four four-blade cartridges that make for a great shave for when dad needs to clean up a little. It also includes a gentle prep scrub, shave butter, and hydrating post-shave cream.

A durable water bottle

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Hydro Flask Wide Mount Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, $37.95

When life gets as hectic as it does for new fathers, it’s easy to forget to drink water. This durable insulated metal bottle keeps water cold and within arm’s reach.

A basketball jersey for baby

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NBA Baby Jersey, available at NBA Store, from $29.99

It’s going to be a while before baby gets into it, but it’s still a lot of fun for a new dad to watch the game with his progeny decked out in their very own jersey.

An adjustable baby carrier

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Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One Carrier, available at Buy Buy Baby and Ergobaby, $179

Whether you’re running errands or spending a day in the park, a good baby carrier makes it so much easier. Made with 100% premium cotton, the Ergobaby Omni 360 is super soft and easily adjustable to fit waists and shoulders of all sizes. It works in multiple positions, too, front or back, face-in or face-out. 

A foam roller

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TriggerPoint GRID foam roller, available at Amazon, $39.95

Knots and tight muscles go hand in hand with parenting. He’ll appreciate the textured surface pattern of this foam roller to roll away the aches and pains of being a new parent.

A tool kit

CARTMAN Orange 39 Piece Tool Set

Cartman General Household 39-piece toolkit, available at Amazon, $18.99

There’s just something about being a dad that turns everyone into an overnight handy man. This tool kit includes all the basics he’ll need for assembling or repairing all that new gear in the nursery and beyond.

A soft cooler

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CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Cooler Tote, available at Amazon, $36.04

Dad is going to need a good cooler for bringing food home from the store or packing up milk and baby food for a road trip to see the grandparents. This one has a 50-can capacity, but it still folds up small enough to stash under the seat when they don’t need it.

A delicious baby blanket

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Tortilla Baby Blanket, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

This blanket is made of breathable cotton/polyester blend fabric that will keep baby comfortable and cool. And the flour tortilla print that makes them look like a bundle of burrito joy is impossibly adorable.

A custom print of baby’s footprints

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Baby Footprint Art Print, available at Etsy, from $18

It’s always hard to believe how little they used to be. This is an attractive, thoughtful piece that fits nicely anywhere in the home.

A smart speaker for baby’s room

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Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $49.99

A smart speaker is a nice addition to baby’s room. It can play lullabies or classical music at bedtime, or dad can use it to listen to the game while they’re playing with toys. 

An REI membership

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REI Co-op Membership, available at REI, $20

Getting active and outdoors is great for kids, and something a new dad can do right from the start. With an REI membership, they’ll get annual dividends, exclusive offers, and more to get the gear they and their family will want. 

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35 weird but useful things we bought using Amazon Prime

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A cat condo is just one of the weird products we’ve purchased on Amazon.

  • You can buy almost anything on Amazon and get it delivered in just two days with Amazon Prime.
  • We asked our colleagues to share the weirdest yet most useful products they bought on Amazon.
  • The responses range from practical to comical and everything in between.

Thanks to Amazon Prime, whatever we order, we rarely have to wait longer than two days for it to arrive at our door. Sometimes our items even show up the same day.

But with great purchasing power comes some unusual choices.

I asked my Insider Inc. colleagues to share some of the weirdest things that they’ve bought on Amazon over the last few months. From the practical (balsamic vinegar ) to the nostalgic (an updated version of Silly Putty ), to the strangely unique (a “Return to Sender” message stamp), Amazon is home to a variety of random products.

Here are the five best weird purchases you can make on Amazon:

  1. A cooling eye mask, $9.96
  2. A fabric defuzzer, $12.99
  3. A hot air popper, $20.59
  4. A LifeStraw, $14.89
  5. Incense bricks, $8.75

Given the random nature of these picks, we’ve decided to keep everyone anonymous. Responses have been lightly edited for grammar and length.

Check out 35 of our favorite weird but great Amazon Prime buys below:

A fabric defuzzer

Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer:Shaver

Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer/Shaver, $12.99

In our now-persistent quest to improve every bit of our home while we’re stuck in it for inordinate amounts of time, my wife picked up this little bugger from Conair. She says that it’s “incredibly effective,” or more accurately, “That thing f@#ing works.” That’s about as emphatic an endorsement you can get as to how well this handheld fabric shaver removes lint and pilling from fabrics and clothing. Our pillows have honestly never looked so fresh.

An interactive cat toy

An interactive cat toy

Indoor Cat Interactive Swimming Fish Toy, $15.99

My life changed in 2020 when I adopted my adorable little kitten Sullivan. But in exchange for cuteness, sometimes all a cat wants is some entertainment. After exhausting myself with a number of options (including cat entertainment videos on YouTube and a virtual mouse app on iPhone), these battery-powered fish toys made Sullivan feel like he was in feline heaven. After you put the batteries in the fish and place them in a bowl, they wiggle around in the water to any cat’s delight.

A cover to prevent pets from chewing through cables

PetCable Cover wrapping around a cord

PetCable Cover, $14.99

No matter how many toys I buy for my cat, he just can’t stop chewing on nearby cables and wires. This wasn’t a huge problem until he completely chewed through a laptop charger last year and nearly hurt himself. That’s why I’ve ordered several of these PetCable covers on Amazon. They’re easy to install and are made of a durable nylon material and can be used on all sorts of electrical cables. I’ve been using them for months — they cover almost every exposed wire in my home — and Buddy has yet to chew through any of them.

Garlic hot sauce that goes with anything

Jersey Bonfire The Original Black Garlic Hot Sauce,

Jersey Bonfire The Original Black Garlic Hot Sauce, $13.45

If you’re anything like me, hot sauce is a mandatory addition to almost every meal. I discovered Jersey Bonfire a couple of years ago at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo and was ecstatic when I realized its sauces are available on Amazon. This particular sauce has the right combination of rich texture, punchy garlic flavor, and just enough heat, making it ideal for just about anything: chicken, steak, pizza, eggs, and more. Plus, Jersey Barnfire sources all of its ingredients from local farms in New Jersey.

A hot air popper

poplite popcorn popper

 Presto Poplite hot air popper, $20.59 

Popcorn is actually a pretty healthy snack when it isn’t popped in oil or covered in butter. This air popper is really fun to use and makes a nice big bowl of popcorn in about five minutes. A 1lb bag of popcorn kernels lasts a surprisingly long time (I keep it in the fridge because I read somewhere that you should). For under $30, you’ve got plenty of snacks in your house at any time.

A ‘Return to Sender’ message stamp

Green Line 'Return to Sender' Message Stamp

Green Line ‘Return to Sender’ Message Stamp, $10.99

As an apartment-dweller who receives a lot of mail from people he has never met, this nifty $5 accessory gave me an official-looking way of sending the unwanted magazines and letters back from whence they came. Is it a necessary purchase? It’s debatable. But there’s something to be said about the satisfaction (and weird sense of authority) that comes with wielding this stamp like a gavel and sending away letters from credit card companies. Au revoir, ‘exciting offer’ from Capital One, you’re not needed here. 

Fidget-friendly Thinking putty

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty: Infinite Nebula

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, $14.95

I’m a fidgety person who always needs to do something with my hands, so Aaron’s Thinking Putty (think Silly Putty from your childhood, but better) is a godsend. This putty isn’t sticky or messy: it only sticks to itself and never leaks or falls apart. Maybe I’ve just been good about keeping it clean, but it also stays the same color and doesn’t get grimier over time.  I keep a few different tins on my desk for when I need to listen in on long meetings, but my favorite is this Infinite Nebula color.

Some balsamic vinegar

Due Vittorie Oro Gold Balsamic Vinegar

Due Vittorie Oro Gold Balsamic Vinegar, $17.23

 I buy a lot of random condiments and recipe ingredients on Amazon, the latest of which is this absolutely delicious balsamic vinegar. It dresses up any meat and cheese board, and it’s a great addition in salads too. 

Cheese powder for popcorn

Cheddar Cheese Powder by Hoosier Hill Farm, 1 lb

Hoosier Hill Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder, $11.99

I generally eat pretty healthy, but I think I’m in love with this tub of powdered cheese. It’s so good on popcorn, in mac and cheese, and sprinkled on any other sort of cracker, chip, etc. It’s supremely cheesy and salty and delicious! This is honestly one of the best Amazon purchases I’ve made in years. 

A cat condo

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Catty Stacks Modular Cat Condo, $29.98

Have a cat? Do yourself a favor and buy them a couple of these stackable boxes and tunnels. We’ve dubbed our setup “Box City” and it’s our cat Lady’s favorite place to nap and play! For cardboard, they’ve held up impressively well since we bought them six months ago. 

Mop slippers

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Selric Bear Mop Slippers, $12.99

From a treadmill to fake plants to books, I buy everything on Amazon. But the best thing I’ve ever bought would have to be these adorable Microfiber Mop Slippers. They clean my hardwood floors while I run around the apartment. Also my feet get really hot in shoes so I like that they’re a flip flop style so my toes can breathe. And, they’re and washable!

A funny mug

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Boston Warehouse Udderly Cows Mug, $12.79

My partner accidentally broke my cow mug while washing the dishes, and a replacement was ordered on Amazon within the hour. It brings me such joy … I don’t even like cows that much.

A cooling eye mask

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Kimkoo Gel Eye Mask, $8.88

Whenever I wake up with puffy eyes or just need to cool down on the couch over the summer, I pop this inside the freezer and then directly onto my face. I don’t recommend leaving it in there for more than 15 minutes — your skin will scream at you — but it’s good at de-puffing and cooling you down overall.

A 3DS game

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS [Digital Code], $19.99

I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime. It’s really brought out the inner child in me with products like these!

A LifeStraw

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $13.30

I bought a couple of these personal water filters on Amazon Prime Day to add to my family’s emergency to-go bag … and I wasn’t the only person who stocked up.  

A bed frame

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Zinus 14-Inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame (Queen), $99

I bought an entire bed frame off Amazon Prime Now.

For anyone who hasn’t used it, Amazon Prime Now is Amazon’s courier service. Basically, anything that’s in the local warehouses can be shipped out to you within one or two hours. 

It’s a pretty mundane product, but you have to hand it to the company for nailing logistics down to the point where you can get a heavy, unwieldy package from Manhattan to Brooklyn for rock-bottom prices. (I tipped, generously.)

Apologies to the poor soul who had to load it onto the van for being that guy.

An electric toothbrush

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Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, $64.50

I recently bought this toothbrush, and it has changed the way I look at brushing my teeth. It used to feel like a chore, but this takes the work out of it. It also seems really efficient, it’s decently priced, has great battery life, and best of all, it runs for two minutes so I can’t rush or underbrush.

Silicone wedding bands

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QALO Silicone Wedding Ring, $14.95 to $24.95 depending on size

My husband and I are really active and travel a lot, and we’re always worried about destroying/losing our wedding rings when we’re playing sports/hiking/swimming/staying in places we don’t know much about, so for an anniversary present I bought us both these Qalo rings.

They’re made of medical-grade silicone and they’re super comfortable. Lots of users have switched to silicone rings permanently; I haven’t gone that far yet, but I can see myself doing it in the future. Also, a couple started the company, and they do lots of philanthropic work. Cute.

A speaker system

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Cyber Acoustics 30 Watt Powered Speakers with Subwoofer for PC and Gaming Systems, $39.99

I picked these up when my Klipsch speakers blew out. Figured they were a budget buy and wouldn’t last long. Almost four years of daily use later, they still sound great — no issues whatsoever.

Sand coasters

sand coasters

Turtlebacks Sand Coaster Drink Cup Holder (4-Pack), $10.99

I just bought these as stocking stuffers for our beach vacation that begins the day after Christmas. Super excited about them!

LEGOs

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LEGO Simpsons House, $573

I ordered the Lego Simpsons house for myself, a crazy Simpsons fan.

An umbrella

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Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella, $65.49

This beach umbrella gets used nearly every weekend during the summer months. I’ve lost a few of the original stakes, but replacements are cheap.

A grill

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Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, $459

The grill I ordered ended up coming early (the next day)!

Cheap earbuds

headphones

MEE audio Sport-Fi M6 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones, $16.99

I was looking for some headphones to wear while exercising, but didn’t want to shell out for a premium pair — I know I’d either destroy them or lose them. This pair was one of the cheapest I’ve ever purchased, but they are by far the best.

They clip to my shirt to stay put, a wire cinch keeps them from getting tangled on weight-lifting equipment, and they even come with a carrying pouch. When I’m exercising, they stay firmly in my ear, sound halfway decent, and simply will not die.

I’ve run in the rain with them, left them outside, and even stepped on them. And they come in some cool colors! Best $18 I’ve ever spent (editor’s note: The price has since changed).

An adult coloring book

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“Lost Ocean” Coloring Book for Adults, $14.95

Who said coloring books are just for kids? I’m pretty fidgety, so I like keeping my hands occupied. A coloring book is a fun way to exercise creativity, mindfulness, and put my restlessness at bay. Plus, in the end, you’re left with a pretty picture. 

A kinetic toy

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Flow Rings Kinetic Spring Toy, $5.25

This is pretty odd. I bought this off of Amazon and it’s super fun to play with. You can see how it works here

Protein bars

muscle bars

Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Baked Protein Bars (12-Pack), $20.27

I recently bought these protein bars. My family all agrees that they’re super filling!

Itch-relieving oil

tamanu oil

Pur360 Tamanu Oil, $14.97

Feeling itchy? Tamanu Oil is a natural product I use to treat dry skin.

A candle lighter

candle lighter

RONXS Rechargable Lighter, $9.99

I first read about this weird but very helpful candle lighter in my colleague Connie Chen’s review, and I bought one immediately after. It’s a small thing, but I love that I’m no longer wasting non-refillable plastic lighters thanks to a rechargeable version, and the flexible neck means I no longer have to contort my hand or even lift a candle to light one where it stands. Again, a small thing, but surprisingly very convenient.

Incense bricks

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Incienso de Santa Fe Pinon Incense Box (40-bricks), $8.99

I typically loathe incense, and find that they often leave behind a smell as equally offensive as stale cigarette smoke. But potpourri is expensive, and air fresheners just smell like … air fresheners. In fact, they remind me of being in taxi cabs, and I tend not to want to feel like I’m sitting in the backseat of a taxi when I’m in my living room.

Alas, I’ve struck a compromise and found some incense I can not only stand but enjoy. Incensio de Santa Fe offers seven different scents, but they’re all clean, compressed sawdust from the respective hardwood on the label. My favorite is piñon (pine), which I find to offer the kind of fresh, bright, and uplifting aroma I like to keep flowing throughout my household. 

A facial hair trimmer

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Panasonic Facial Hair Trimmer, $19.99

I recently bought this because I wanted to get rid of the peach fuzz that’s on the side of my face, upper lip, and chin line. So far, I love it. The head pivots, which means it works with the contours of your face so it doesn’t end up snagging at your skin. It also comes with eyebrow trimmers. While I don’t use these attachments,  for someone who is averse to plucking, waxing, or threading, this could be a great alternative.

A stud finder

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Zircon Stud Finder, $42.18

I wasn’t sure what to get my dad for Father’s Day. He can be pretty particular with gifts but he loves to play with new gadgets like they are toys. I was scrolling through Amazon and came across this stud finder. In reality, my dad knows where all the studs are in my family’s house, but I figured he’d have fun going around the house scanning the walls … I was right.

Sardines

wild planet sardines

Wild Planet Sardines in Water, $34.80

I eat a lot of canned fish, and I’m not embarrassed to say it, even as someone who routinely catches their own fish and makes sure it hits the table within 24 hours. Canned fish is high in iron, and as easy as popping a can and toasting a bit of bread for a quick and affordable (I get a 12-pack for about $26), healthy snack.

I also end up spending a good deal less than I would were I to head to the local grocery in Brooklyn. This is an easy backup to have on hand for a snack, or part of a balanced meal, at a moment’s notice. It also makes for good survival food, should disaster strike.

Food Coloring

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AmeriColor Food Coloring, $26.25

Any baker looking to expand their repertoire won’t regret buying this food-coloring kit. A food blogger I follow uses it, and the range of colors you can create with it is really cool.  

Toilet Paper

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Solimo Toilet Paper (30-rolls), $19.99

It sucks to run out of toilet paper, so I buy it in bulk. Amazon’s house-brand is surprisingly really good.

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The best garlic presses we tested in 2021

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  • A quality garlic press is easy to clean and produces a high yield of crushed garlic.
  • Our top pick is the Orblue Stainless Steel Garlic Press.
  • It offers a full range of motion, is dishwasher safe, and can press multiple cloves at a time.

Garlic is a versatile ingredient used every day in many kitchens. Preparing it can be a sticky and smelly task, which is where a garlic press comes in. A garlic press has two primary goals: prepare garlic to a grated-like consistency and keep your hands cleaner than chopping does.

Garlic’s smell and taste become stronger when it’s cut because of a compound called allicin that forms when the cells are crushed. The smaller the garlic pieces, the more allicin is formed and the heavier the garlic flavor. Garlic presses combine crushing and mincing motions to produce garlic paste that is fragrant and flavorful. A high quality garlic press can also save time, especially if you have several cloves to press.

The most difficult part of using a garlic press is cleaning the leftover pieces of garlic skin from the basket. This will be an issue in any garlic press you use, but factors like full rotation of the press or mobility of the basket can make it easier. We tested seven garlic presses to identify the ones that make prepping garlic easy and fast.

Here are the best garlic presses in 2021

The best garlic press overall

product image of orblue garlic press, the best garlic press overall in 2021

The full rotation and stainless steel construction of the Orblue Garlic Press makes it the easiest to load, press, and clean. 

Pros: Full rotation, handles have looped ends so the press can be hung for storage, dishwasher safe, can accommodate multiple cloves at once

Cons: Water spots appeared on stainless steel after washing

This heavy duty kitchen tool features an almost 360 degree range of rotation. While most garlic presses feature a hopper (where the cloves go) that is attached to the handle, a feature of this press is that the hopper swings out separately from the handles. This allows you better access for loading garlic and for cleaning.

The Orblue is on the heavier side, but not unwieldy, and the heft makes squeezing easier when crushing multiple cloves at once. The crushed garlic came out even and paste-like. The press comes with a silicone garlic roller for peeling cloves and a small cleaning brush.

The best garlic press for unpeeled cloves

product image of kuhn rikon garlic press, the best garlic press for unpeeled cloves in 2021

Whether used with unpeeled cloves or peeled cloves, the Kuhn Rikon Garlic Press consistently produced the same amount of crushed garlic and required minimal pressure.

Pros: Presses both peeled and unpeeled cloves with ease, can accommodate multiple cloves

Cons: Heavy, expensive

The Kuhn Rikon was the most consistent garlic press I tested. Regardless of how the garlic was positioned or whether it was peeled or unpeeled, the Kuhn Rikon felt the same to squeeze and produced the same amount of garlic paste from each clove. This is a big plus if you’re making something that requires a lot of garlic, like garlic bread or aglio e olio. 

That said, the Kuhn Rikon is $26 more than our top pick and only performed better with unpeeled cloves. If you’re looking to avoid peeling garlic, the Rikon is easiest to use, but it may not be worth the increased price for everyone.

The best garlic press for easy cleaning

product image of zyliss garlic press, the best garlic press for easy cleaning in 2021

The Zyliss Garlic Press comes with a cleaning tool that was the most effective of any that we tested and stores neatly inside the press so you don’t lose it.

Pros: Mobile lever, cleaning tool stored in the press, can accommodate multiple cloves at once

Cons: Stationary basket, requires a lot of force to press larger cloves

Cleaning a garlic press is the worst part of using it, but the Zyliss makes it almost painless. The cleaning tool is stored tucked into one of the handles, ensuring you don’t lose it. The tool has small spikes that match up with the holes in the basket, so you can push the garlic remains out from the holes, making it easier to remove the peels from the press. 

The Zyliss is made of aluminum and does not have the power of the heavier presses, so you have to apply more force. Though the basket is stationary, the press itself opens 180 degrees and the lever is mobile, so you still have space to fill and clean it.

What else we tested

hand holding a garlic press with crushed garlic coming through holes as part of testing for the best garlic

What else we recommend and why:

KitchenAid Classic Garlic Press: This press performed similarly to the Orblue, our top pick. It was a little lighter and had a removable basket, but the force required was the same. A removable basket made it easier to clean the press, but it was hard to keep track of this small part and the press would be useless without it. I still recommend this press for someone confident in their ability to keep all the pieces together.

Dreamfarm Garject Self-Cleaning Garlic Press: This press had the most bells and whistles, with a built-in scraper and peel ejector. I loved the addition of the scraper because it pushes all the garlic off the front of the press. While the peel ejector works, it doesn’t make a huge difference in cleaning because smaller pieces of garlic still stick in the basket. The basket is big enough for multiple cloves, but it was very difficult to press when full.

What we don’t recommend and why:

Faberware Garlic Peeler and Press Set: This press was made of plastic and substantially lighter than the stainless steel presses. However, this meant I had little leverage when I squeezed it. This resulted in more work for less output. 

Chef’N Garlic Zoom Chopper: Though not technically a press, we tested this product as an option for finely chopped garlic that didn’t require squeezing. While it did fit multiple cloves and chopped them easily, there were flaws in the design. The blade is removable, but it is not secured, so it tends to fall out when you open the top to get garlic out. Additionally, the garlic sticks to the sides.

Our testing methodology

garlic presses loaded with garlic cloves for testing of the best garlic press in 2021

As a kitchenware reporter, I have tested many tools to determine not only if they work as intended, but also if they make life in the kitchen easier. For this guide, we used a central question to inform our testing: does this product make preparing garlic easier and keep your hands cleaner than using a good knife or a microplane grater? I tested seven garlic presses and rated them on the following criteria:

Performance: We used each press to prepare both large and small cloves, peeled and unpeeled. We looked for the garlic produced to be uniform in shape and near a paste-like consistency. When using the press with unpeeled garlic, we noted if less pressed garlic was produced or if the press was more difficult to squeeze and clean. 

Ease of use: We noted how many cloves could fit comfortably in the basket at once. We attempted to squeeze each press with one hand and then two hands to see which was easier and more effective. 

Cleaning: We considered how easy the tools were to clean. We ran dishwasher-safe presses through the regular dishwasher cycle and hand washed any presses that weren’t dishwasher safe.

What we’re testing next

Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker: This was out of stock when we were testing, so we will include it for an update. This curved stainless steel piece is not a traditional garlic press, but claims to accomplish the same texture while being easier to clean. 

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press: This press can be used with unpeeled cloves and has an extra large basket to press several cloves at once. We will test whether this basket holds more garlic than the standard baskets of our top picks.

FAQs

What is the best way to clean a garlic press?

Consult the manufacturer’s instructions on whether or not your press is dishwasher safe. If it isn’t, the hardest part will be getting the pieces of garlic out from the basket. A press with a full range of rotation or removable basket is easier to clean because you have access to the nooks and crannies. If your sink has a spray nozzle, blasting the basket with a steam of water can push out stubborn pieces of garlic. 


Can you use unpeeled cloves in a garlic press?

You don’t necessarily need to peel garlic before pressing it through a garlic press, though some presses are better at processing unpeeled garlic than others. The manufacturer will list if a press is intended for use with unpeeled cloves. During testing, I had to squeeze harder when pressing unpeeled garlic with all the tools, except the Kuhn Rikon. 


What is the best garlic press for weak and arthritic hands?

In general, we do not recommend a garlic press for people with weak hands. None of the garlic presses we tested were easy to use with one hand. Most garlic presses operate by squeezing the handles together to crush the garlic. This is a difficult motion for folks with weaker hands, and we will be testing other methods of preparing garlic for our next update. We’ll also be looking for garlic presses with soft grips, which may be easier to squeeze for some.

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