The 6 best cat bridges in 2021

  • Wall-mounted cat bridges can be installed in small spaces to give your cat plenty of room to climb.
  • Climbing and perching can relieve stress and entertain a cat.
  • We chose the best cat bridges, including those with added features like scratching posts.

Cats instinctively like to climb and perch. Up high where they have a bird’s eye view of their home, they are both safe from “predators” and less likely to be disturbed in the middle of a nap. In addition to providing stress relief, going vertical is also an outlet for entertainment. Standard cat trees can satisfy these needs, but wall-mounted cat bridges turn unused space into a feline playground and are ideal for small living spaces. Below, read more about our favorite cat bridges, from multilevel jungle gyms to minimalist walkways.

Here are the best cat bridges in 2021

The best cat bridge overall

Best cat bridges - Two cats on the CatastrophiCreations Play Place Hammock
A customizable bridge that supports multiple cats

CatastrophiCreations Play Place‘s ramps, bridges, and platforms can be configured in a variety ways to increase your cat’s interest.

What we like: Customizable design, machine-washable fabric, available in two colors

CatastrophiCreations Play Place is a sturdy modular bridge made from durable bamboo and cotton canvas. Designed with hidden brackets, the floating bridge can be set up as one level or several and includes a platform with an escape hatch and a ramp with wooden steps for stability. The Play Place can support multiple cats — up to 62 pounds on each hammock and up to 85 pounds on each platform. It’s sold in two colors to fit your decor: natural wood and onyx wood. The removable hammocks are machine washable. Mounting instructions and hardware are included.

The best budget cat bridge

Best cat bridges in 2021 - A cat climbing down the Fukumaru Cat Climbing Shelf
An easy-to-install, affordable cat bridge

The affordable Fukumaru Cat Climbing Shelf has four steps for climbing, perching, and playing.

What we like: Made from jute and wood, affordable, easy to install

Fukumaru’s Cat Climbing Shelf is an affordable way to liven up the walls in your home while giving your cat a place to climb and perch. The rubberwood bridge has four steps wrapped in jute fiber. They’re all fixed to a single board that can be anchored to the wall with the included mounting hardware. Each step is 8.7 inches wide and the shelf is 15.7 inches long. It’s sold in two orientations to fit a variety of setups and you can combine shelves to create a more complex playground. 

The best rope bridge

Best cat bridges - The Trixie Wall Mounted Cat Board against the wall, above a dresser
A rope cat bridge with three sturdy platforms

Trixie’s Wall-Mounted Cat Bridge has two hanging wooden bridges and three sturdy platforms from which a cat can observe their kingdom.

What we like: Two bridges, three platforms, can be mounted horizontally or diagonally

The Trixie Wall-Mounted Cat Bridge enhances your home’s vertical space with two hanging bridges mounted between wooden platforms. The three platforms can be arranged horizontally or diagonally. The bridge’s wooden-planks are held together with sisal rope and will give more adventurous cats a bit of a challenge as they steady themselves. Trixie’s bridge is available in espresso or white and comes with metal mounting hardware.

The best wooden cat bridge

Best cat bridges - A cat sitting on the My Zoo Floating Cat Walkway attached to a yellow wall
A cat bridge that can be combined with additional pieces to form an epic vertical playground

The minimalist design of My Zoo’s Floating Cat Walkway will complement any decor.

What we like: Two levels, additional walkways can be combined to form longer bridge, made from durable spruce

The sleek My Zoo Floating Cat Walkway is a chic way to add cat-approved vertical space to your home. The sturdy spruce wood bridge consists of two levels and a ramp spread across 29.5 inches. The bridge extends out about a foot from the wall. The Floating Cat Walkway can be purchased with a raised right-side or left-side orientation and multiple bridges can be put together to form a more extensive jungle gym. Each bridge can support up to 33 pounds and mounting hardware is included.

The best cat bridge-cat tree combo

Best cat bridges - Two cats playing on the CatastrophiCreations Climb Activity Center
A multi-level cat bridge with a scratching post

With multiple levels, an escape hatch, and a floating scratching post, CatastrophiCreations Climb Activity Center has plenty of features to keep your cat entertained.

What we like: Customizable design, includes a wall-mounted scratching post, comes in six color combinations

The ultimate in vertical cat entertainment, CatastrophiCreations Climb Activity Center has multiple levels, bridges, and a scratching post. The center is made from bamboo and cotton canvas and mounted on hidden brackets. In addition to a 4-foot-tall sisal scratching post for claw conditioning and stretching, it includes an escape hatch and a separate floating shelf that can be configured in a variety of ways to suit your cat and your home. The Climb Activity Center can support the weight of multiple cats and its removable canvas sections are machine washable. The wood comes in three different colors — onyx, English chestnut, and natural bamboo — and you can choose from charcoal gray or natural fabric. Mounting instructions and hardware are included.

The best cat condo with bridges

Best cat bridges  - Five cats on the Go Pet Club Cat Tree Condo
An enormous cat condo with a bridge, hammock, scratching posts, and more

Go Pet Club’s Cat Tree Condo is an all-inclusive freestanding playground with bridges, scratchers, and perches.

What we like: Two large cat trees in one, multiple perches and cubbies for snoozing, includes sisal scratching posts 

The king of the cat trees, the Go Pet Club Cat Tree Condo is a massive vertical play space that doesn’t require wall mounting. Measuring 70-inches wide and 18-inches deep, this faux-fur-lined cat condo has two triangular houses, two baskets, four hoops, and a hammock, plus bridges, ladders, and multiple sisal scratching posts. The whole thing is anchored by adjustable poles (from 92 to 106 inches), which can be attached to the ceiling if desired. With an interior made from durable compressed wood, the entire cat condo weighs 68 pounds. Assembly is required and hardware is included.

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The 5 best fabric protectors to safeguard everything from outdoor furniture to shoes

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  • Fabric protectors are saviors when it comes to accidental spills, stains, and even harmful UV rays.
  • We found options for a range of needs, including indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, shoes, and more.

It’s easy to fumble your food or spill a drink and stain that pristine rug or couch. Similarly, walking through mud or in an unexpected downpour can ruin new shoes fast. But with fabric protectors, you don’t have to throw your hands up in defeat. Instead, be proactive and protect your belongings before accidents even occur.

In general, fabric protectors are meant to prevent spills from quickly absorbing into materials. Some heavy-duty fabric protectors can even shield your outdoor furniture, clothing, and gear from the elements, while others are specifically designed with shoes and tricky materials like suede and leather in mind.

Here are the best fabric protectors

Best fabric protector overall

Scotchguard Fabric Water Shield
This fabric protector even works on dry clean-only fabrics like silk and wool.

With the ability to save your furniture and clothing from water-based spills, Scotchguard Fabric Water Shield is a versatile option for indoor use.

What we like: Dries clear and odorless, repels water-based spills, can be used on many interior surfaces, can also be used on clothing and shoes 

This fabric protector from Scotchguard takes rank because it can be sprayed on a wide range of surfaces. You can use it on upholstery, curtains, pillows, backpacks, luggage, and even shirts, dresses, suits, outerwear, and canvas shoes. 

But you should note that this product is for indoor use only and isn’t heavy-duty enough to protect outdoor furniture. Just one 13.5-ounce can cover an average-sized couch, two chairs, or five jackets. And if you’re worried about how it applies, the fabric protector dries clear and odorless. All you have to do is spray from six inches away and let it dry. For the best results, be sure to reapply after each time you wash the fabric. 

Best fabric protector for outdoor furniture

Bayes High Performance Fabric Protectant Spray
This option comes in a recyclable, non-aerosol spray bottle.

 The Bayes High-Performance Fabric Protectant Spray can cover all of your outdoor furniture needs thanks to its UV defense and protection against both water- and oil-based spills.

What we like: Outdoor and indoor use, UV protection, water- and oil-based stain protection

When looking for a fabric protector suitable for your outdoor furniture, you should first and foremost check for UV defense. This protector’s formula utilizes a multi-action polymer that essentially functions as a sunscreen for your fabric. This layer of “fabric sunscreen” ensures your fabric doesn’t fade or change color as a result of inevitable sun exposure. Of course, it also protects against spills and repels both water and oil-based stains. Plus, it also works on indoor furniture if you want an option that can pull double duty.

The 24-ounce bottle works on about 120 to 150 square feet of fabric coverage. For application, spray on clean, dry fabric and let it dry for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the temperature.

Best fabric protector for carpets and rugs

TriNova Non Aerosol Stain Guard lead
You can also spritz this fabric protector inside of your car.

TriNova Stain Guard Premium Fabric Protection protects carpets and rugs for 35 to 40 days per application and makes wiping up spills a breeze. 

What we like: Dries clear and odorless, works on carpets and rugs, don’t have to reapply too often

Finding a high-quality fabric protector that also works on carpets and rugs can be a challenge, but this one from TriNova makes it easy. Drying clear and odorless, you can mist this water-based formula on carpets and rugs of all materials, as well as upholstery, curtains, and more. The only kind of carpet this product does not go well with is ones made of olefin, and you should not use this fabric protector on vinyl, plastic, rubber, or finished leather either.

Reviewers praise this product for enabling them to instantly and easily wipe away spills, dirt, and mud. Like most of its counterparts, you should clean and dry the fabric before use. Unlike others of its kind, you should also let the surface cure for 24 hours before applying the product. 

One important thing to note is that this is not a water-proofing product, but instead works to repel spills to make cleaning your fabrics easier. That means, if you spill a liquid on your furniture, you should still wipe the surface immediately. 

Best heavy-duty fabric protector

Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield Lead Image
You can even apply this fabric protector to canvas tarps and boat covers.

If you spend a lot of time outside or in harsh weather conditions, the Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield gives your clothes and outdoor gear a longer shelf life. 

What we like: Endures weather, works on outdoor materials, reapply seasonally 

Whether you’re heading out into the backwoods or you expect your patio furniture to face serious downpours, consider this heavy-duty fabric protector. You may be wondering how this heavy-duty fabric protector differs from one that’s meant for outdoor furniture. The distinction is that this heavy-duty one is formulated to keep your clothes and outdoor gear drier for longer. An improved formula builds an even more durable water barrier.

Spritz this on heavy outerwear, rain gear, umbrellas, patio furniture, outdoor gear, backpacks, luggage, canvas tarps, boat covers, and more. It also works on a wide range of materials, including polyester, nylon, polypropylene, cotton, leather, and suede. 

Drying clear and odorless, one can covers 60 square feet of light nylon or 20 square feet on heavier fabrics. For even more protection from the elements, you can apply a second coat. Just make sure to allow for the recommended two to six hours of drying time.

Best fabric protector for shoes

Cadillac Shield Water and Stain
You only have to wait 30 minutes for the product to dry.

The Cadillac Shield Water and Stain Protector Spray helps repel liquids and stains from shoes without accidentally darkening colors. 

What we like: Specifically great for shoes, can be applied to various surfaces, won’t darken colors, short drying period

There are several fabric protectors that are suitable for shoes, but this one from Cadillac guarantees it will waterproof your shoes. Although it does also work on other surfaces and materials, it’s best for protecting suede, nubuck, leather, nylon, polyester, canvas, and synthetic fabrics. You can spritz this on all colors without fear of accidentally darkening them, and it also protects seams and leather soles.

Aside from defending your shoes against rain, puddles, and other water damage, it also repels dirt, grass, oils. To get the most out of this fabric protector, you’ll want to apply it regularly on dry and clean fabrics. There’s only a 30-minute drying period, and then you repeat the process for a quick one-hour application process. Bear in mind that this fabric protector is not compatible with patent leather or vinyls. 

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The 6 best diaper bags in 2021, including stylish totes, backpack styles, and travel options

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  • Parents use diaper bags to organize and carry every essential their child needs.
  • These diaper bags in a variety of styles have plenty of insulated pockets, changing mats, and more.
  • Our top pick is the Skip Hop Forma because it’s comfortable and easy to organize.

For new parents and parents with toddlers, a great diaper bag is a must-have item. Plus, the best diaper bags can last well beyond the diaper years and continue to be a handy overnight or travel bag to hold all those extra kid essentials.

The ideal diaper bag holds all the general staples: diapers, wipes, toys, bottles, snacks, a change of clothes, a changing pad – plus, parents’ keys, cellphone, and wallet – with room to spare. It also needs to be easy to organize so parents don’t have to dig around to find something and it should be comfortable to wear while on the go.

We’ve included a variety of styles, from backpack options to standard totes to bags made just for traveling.

Keep in mind that though many diaper bags come with clips or straps to attach to the handle of your stroller, this feature isn’t safe and should never be used, as it can make your stroller tip over.

Here are the best diaper bags

The best diaper bag overall

Skip Hop Forma
Features two packings cubes for maximum storage.

The Skip Hop Diaper Bag Backpack is surprisingly lightweight, comfortable to carry, and has plenty of room to easily organize all the essentials.

What we like: Packing cubes, cushioned changing pad, lightweight, easy-to-clean, double zippers

Even when this multi-functional backpack is packed to the gills, the Skip Hop Forma won’t weigh you down. It features two handy storage cubes for bottles and snacks, which leaves the main compartment completely free for diapers, wipes, and more. With nine pockets of varying sizes, you won’t have to worry about losing any items into a bottomless abyss.

This bag also features a changing pad and is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. The padded straps add comfort and the thick material and double zippers ensure it’s durable. As an added bonus, this bag is chic enough to easily transition into a normal backpack for years of extra use.

The best diaper bag on a budget

 HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi Function Waterproof Travel Backpack
Holds up to 40 pounds.

You can’t beat the price of the HaloVa backpack diaper bag — plus it has insulated bottle pockets and two different ways to access the main compartment.

What we like: Water-resistant material, multiple pockets, durable, double zippers

Don’t let the low price tag fool you — this diaper bag is the real deal. The HaloVa has 14 total pockets including three insulated bottle pockets; a discreet back pocket for phones, credit cards, or other valuables; and a small pocket specifically designed for wet clothes. You can also get to the main compartment via a second back zipper for extra easy access.

Its water-resistant material makes it extra durable and that coupled with a special interior liner make this bag easy to wipe down, though you can also throw it in the washing machine for bigger messes.  

The best travel diaper bag

Skip Hop Weekender Travel Diaper Bag Tote
Features a drawbridge compartment for quick, easy access.

The Skip Hop Weekender Travel Diaper Bag Tote makes traveling with the family a breeze thanks to its sleeve that easily slips over suitcase handles.

What we like: Roomy main compartment, wide drawbridge opening, packing cubes, handy luggage sleeve, changing pad, double zippers

Sized just right for family getaways, the Skip Hop Weekender Bag easily holds all of baby’s essentials, with room to spare for parents’ travel accessories too. The extra-large tote bag features a spacious main compartment framed by a wide “drawbridge” pocket that unzips two ways for easy access.

Like the Skip Hop Forma, the Weekender adds on two packing containers to help optimize space. The handy back sleeve easily slides over luggage handles making it easy to maneuver through airports. Plus, it has an adjustable, removable shoulder strap that can be worn as a crossbody.

The best oversized diaper bag

Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack
Vented padding on the back and shoulder straps add comfort.

The Bag Nation Diaper Bag offers hands-free comfort, fits all the essentials and then some, and comes with a removable changing pad, Sundry bag, and more.

What we like: Vented padding, changing pad, water-resistant material, storage capacity

If you’re looking for a bag that fits everything you need without taking a toll on your back, the Bag Nation Backpack is a great option. It features padded, ergonomically curved straps and a breathable mesh-padded back panel for extra comfort even on hot, sticky days.

Organization is a breeze with this bag too thanks to its 14 pockets, including insulated pockets for bottles. The special wipe pouch makes wet wipes easily accessible and it also includes a changing pad and a Sundry bag. Water-resistant material, reinforced stitching, and sturdy zippers ensure this bag will last, and Bag Nation backs this up with a lifetime warranty.

The best diaper bag for easy organization

 Diaper Bag Backpack, RUVALINO Multifunction Travel
Features an easy access “parent” pocket for keys, phones, and wallets.

The RUVALINO diaper bag backpack features two big compartments and a whopping 16 pockets so every item can have its own specific space. 

What we like: Large storage capacity, tons of pockets, changing pad, dual zippers, water-resistant material

For the parents who like everything neat and tidy and in its place, the RUVALINO diaper bag is for you. Its two big zipper-closure compartments and 16 pockets ensure easy organizing without the bag ever feeling overly stuffed. Even so, its strong twill polyester and non-fray stitching ensure that no amount of bulk will break this sturdy bag.

Its thick, padded shoulder straps give comfortable all-day wear and the easy-access “parent” pocket keeps items like keys and phones safe and easily accessible. Insulated bottle pockets hold a variety of bottle sizes, while a separate mesh diaper organizer allows means you have more room in the main compartment. This bag also comes with a waterproof changing pad that’s easy to wipe down.

The best diaper bag with a changing station

Happy Luoka 3 in 1 Diaper Bag Backpack
Charge your phone anytime with the backpack’s convenient charging port.

Change diapers on the go is a breeze with the Happy Luoka 3-in-1 Diaper Bag‘s expandable changing station that fits babies and toddlers. 

What we like: Expandable diaper changing station, charging port, multiple pockets, mesh backpack straps, double zippers

Based on how lightweight this bag is, you’d never know the back expands into a huge, portable changing station. The privacy cover on top is held up by magnetic bars, which quickly fold up. When closed up, the back privacy pocket stores personal items from keys to credit cards.

The bag’s back ventilation design and the wide shoulder straps make it extra comfortable. As an extra perk, it also features a strategically placed USB charging port to keep your electronics fully charged even when out and about. 

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The 5 best non-slip kitchen mats of 2021

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  • Non-slip kitchen mats help prevent spills and stains on your floor while staying firmly in place.
  • We found the best non-slip kitchen mats for standard spaces, big kitchens, outdoors, and more.

Kitchen floors tend to get dirty and without proper protection, food or liquid spills can cause stains and messes that are a pain to clean up.

Kitchen mats can provide a sleek solution for protecting your floors, but you’ll want a non-slip kitchen mat to ensure it stays firmly in place and doesn’t trip you up. Mats with patterns can also add to the decor of your space, and some of the best non-slip kitchen mats may even help prevent aches and pains when you’re standing for long periods of time cooking or washing up.

We rounded up the best non-slip kitchen mats for a variety of uses, whether you’re cooking in your home, at a restaurant, or grilling in your outdoor kitchen.

Here are the best non-slip kitchen mats

The best non-slip kitchen mat overall

Sky Solutions Anti Fatigue Mat
This wrinkle-free mat is easy to clean with soap and water.

The Sky Solutions Anti Fatigue Mat collects spilt food and liquid in its diamond-like design.

What we like: Prevents build-ups over time, waterproof, easy to clean, anti-fatigue cushioning

This Sky Solutions mat is more than just a typical kitchen floor protector thanks to its anti-fatigue, .75-inch padded base. This makes for a far more comfortable experience whether you’re washing dishes or chopping veggies. In fact, some studies even show this kind of padding can help to reduce back pain and joint pain.

Aside from its comfort, the mat is also made to support places like restaurants and offices, so it’ll have no problem lasting a long time even in the most high-trafficked home kitchens. It features an anti-curl edge so you won’t have to worry about any tripping hazards, and its wrinkle-free and stain-resistant design adds to its ease of use.

Best multi-pack of non-slip kitchen mats

COSY HOMEER Anti Fatigue Kitchen Rug Mats
This pack comes in 9 different colors to suit your personal style.

If you need non-slip mats in multiple areas, the COSYHOMEER Anti Fatigue Kitchen Rug Mats are made with stain-resistant material and come in packs of three.

What we like: Machine washable, durable PVC bottom, comes in packs of up to three mats

These COSYHOMEER mats are made with a polypropylene material that not only makes them easy to clean and machine washable, but also ensures they’re durable and won’t break down or compress over time. 

These mats come in packs of up to three, so you can have matching mats in multiple rooms, or near both your sink and stovetop for optimal coverage. The mats have a PVC bottom that ensures they stay put and avoids any slips.

Best non-slip kitchen mat for commercial use

DEXI Anti Fatigue Kitchen Mat
The thick, .4-ich padding makes this a good choice for those who need to stand all day.

The DEXI Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat has an oil-proof, waterproof surface great for high-trafficked areas and thick cushioning that adds comfort for anyone standing all day.

What we like: Cushioned material for long-term standing, easy-to-clean diamond design, oil-proof

This mat’s anti-fatigue, thick cushioning makes it a comfortable choice for people looking to use it in commercial common areas or places where workers often stand for long periods of time, whether that’s a professional kitchen or behind a store counter. The mat comes in two sizes, including one option that’s over six feet long for bigger spaces. With many similar style mats coming in at significantly higher price points, this is also a great value. 

Best non-slip kitchen mats for large home kitchens

COSY HOMEER Kitchen Rug Mats
COSYHOMEER also produces slightly larger memory foam kitchen mat packs, as well.

The COSYHOMEER 48 x 20 in. / 30 x 20 in. Kitchen Rug Mats pack can cover the floor from your sink to your stovetop.

What we like: Multiple colors for different style kitchens, washable surface, long

This pack is able to take up serious floor space thanks to the fact it comes with two large mats that are both three or four inches larger than many standard kitchen mats. The mats’ polypropylene material is sturdy and also won’t pick up stains as easily as other mats.

Anti-fatigue cushioning adds comfort and the anti-skid bottoms ensure they won’t slide around. You can even throw these in the washing machine for easy cleaning. 

Best non-slip kitchen mat for outdoor use

best non slip kitchen mat outdoor

The Envelor Anti Fatigue Rubber Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat is waterproof, durable, and easy to hose down.

What we like: Use for multiple spaces, designed for drainage, waterproof, durable

This mat can pair up with patios for a mess-free and comfier grilling experience. The anti-slip mat is equipped with a hole pattern that not only helps trap debris and allows for better drainage, but also makes it extra easy to just hose down for quick cleaning. The rubber material is durable and waterproof so it can withstand outdoor elements. 

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The 6 best meat spatulas of 2021 for flipping burgers, frying fish, and barbecuing

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  • Meat spatulas are generally more durable and have a wide turner than standard spatulas.
  • Some of our picks are perfect for an outdoor grill while others are handy choppers for ground meat.

Whether you’re flipping burgers on your patio or grilling chicken on your kitchen pan, a quality meat spatula is your helpful sidekick to ensure expertly prepared foods. Meat spatulas are typically wider than the standard kitchen spatulas for easier flipping. They’re also often made from stainless steel and other hardy materials that ensure they can withstand hot stovetops and grills.

Keep in mind that when preparing meat, you should always refrigerate or freeze raw meat immediately after purchase and defrost any frozen meats before cooking. Always thoroughly wash your hands and all utensils before and after handling raw meat, too.

Whether you’re looking for a stainless steel spatula for easy flipping or a quality turner for your charcoal grill, we rounded up top options.

Here are the best meat spatulas of 2021

The best stainless steel meat spatula

Anmarko Stainless Steel Meat Spatula
This spatula’s long turner makes for easy flipping.

For a classic, stainless-steel turner, the Anmarko Stainless Steel Meat Spatula is your best bet.

Why we love it: Long shovel-like design, heavy-duty construction, easy grip

If you want to be a line cook-level flipping pro next time you’re grilling up burgers, the Anmarko Stainless Steel Meat Spatula is a professional and dynamic option. It’s similar to the tools used by hibachi chefs and can even double as a pancake flipper, too.

The stainless steel spatula is made from non-reactive and hygienic materials, so it’s safe to use when cooking raw meat. Though it’s not dishwasher safe, it’s easy to clean with dish soap and warm water. And, the sleek wooden handle is comfortable to hold when grilling or pressing.

The best meat spatula set

To Encounter Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula Set
These versatile tools can withstand high heat, making them great for high-powered grills.

For days when you’re grilling up burgers, hot dogs, and kebabs all at once, the To Encounter Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula Set will come in handy.

Why we love it: Mixture of silicone and stainless steel tools, rust-resistant, easy to clean

If you frequently grill steaks, sausage links, and patties, you know that meat doesn’t fall into the one-size-fits-all category. For a six-piece set that’s functional for all different types of meat, To Encounter’s Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula Set is versatile and heat- and rust-resistant. 

The set includes a fish spatula, a slotted turner, an eight-inch icing spatula, silicone large and slotted turners, and a silicone spoon spatula. It can withstand up to 580-degree heat, so it’s safe to use even on high-powered grills. What’s more, all of the tools are manufactured with a second coat of polish, so they’re all dishwasher safe.

The best fish spatula

YK GDYorkKitchen Stainless Steel Slotted Turner (Set of 2)
The set includes a silicone brush and a bonus oven mitt.

The YK GDYorkKitchen two-piece slotted spatula set is just right for flipping fish fillets and easily draining oil.

Why we love it: Easy to clean, BPA-free, nonslip handle

The YK GDYorkKitchen Stainless Steel Slotted Turner two-piece set is great for turning, flipping, frying, and grilling alike. The slotted design allows grease to drain while its second coat of polishing makes them effortless to clean. The angled turner coupled with the high-range stainless steel material makes it especially perfect for frying and flipping fish. Made from BPA-free stainless steel, these spatulas are durable enough to last years. The nonslip handles make them easy to grip and the loop at the handle’s end makes them simple to hang and store. 

The best meat spatula for barbecuing

Jokari Pro Grade 6 in 1 Lighted Grill Tool
This all-in-one option even features a bottle opener and flashlight.

Whether you’re a beginner barbecuer or graduate griller, the Jokari Pro Grade 6-in-1 Lighted Grill Tool can handle it all and even features a built-in flashlight.

Why we love it: Ergonomic design, light-up functionality, multi-tool product

The Jokari Pro Grade 6-in-1 Lighted Grill Tool proves you don’t need an array of utensils cluttering up your counter or grilling table. You can flip, toss, grab, turn, cut, and then serve your meat with this versatile all-in-one tool. It that even includes a bottle opener.

The built-in LED flashlight is convenient for evening barbecues or if you lose power and have to manually set up your cooking station. Because of its multi-purpose design, it’s also a good option to pack for camping trips.

The best silicone meat spatula

di Oro Chef Series Standard Spatula
This spatula is heat-resistant up to 600 degrees.

For a meat spatula that is more forgiving and won’t leave any scratches, opt for the di Oro Chef Series Standard Spatula

Why we love it: Easy to use, heat-resistant, BPA-free, won’t scratch surfaces

If you’re worried about scratching up your pots and pans, silicone meat spatulas are a good option. The di Oro Chef Series Standard Spatula is more forgiving but can still easily flip your turkey burgers, lamb chops, and filets.

It’s made from a heavy-duty stainless steel core bonded to 600-degree heat-resistant silicone. It’s nonstick, scratch-resistant, and will last for years. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

The best handheld meat chopper

Zulay Kitchen Premium Heat Resistant Meat Chopper
This meat chopper also works for mashing avocados and more.

Easily break up raw meat without ever needing to touch it with the Zulay Kitchen Premium Heat-Resistant Meat Chopper.

Why we love it: Easily breaks up meat, variety of color options, nonslip handle

Zulay Kitchen’s Premium Heat-Resistant Meat Chopper is the no-brainer kitchen tool that you didn’t know you needed. Its four-bladed design will effectively separate meat — including frozen grounds — without trapping food particles in the crevices. This is an effective way to break up ground meat or shape patties without ever having to touch raw meat. 

It comes in nine fun colors and has an easy-to-use handle apt for blending, chopping, mixing, mashing, and smashing your meat products. It’s even great to use for mashing avocados for guacamole or tomatoes for homemade pasta sauce. 

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The 6 best disposable gloves of 2021

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  • Whether you’re caring for someone who’s sick or cleaning your home, disposable gloves add protection.
  • Nitrile gloves are especially great because they are stronger than latex, plastic, or vinyl.
  • We found the best disposable glove options for food prepping, industrial work, cleaning, and more.

Though we tend to lean more toward “reusable” than “disposable” these days, having disposable gloves on hand is a safe and recommended practice to follow. The CDC recommends wearing gloves for cleaning, caring for someone who’s sick, and for manufacturing, public service, and transportation industries and occupations. And if you do any industrial work where you may encounter potentially hazardous materials, wearing heavy-duty gloves is recommended by Environmental Health and Safety programs for safety.

Even just around the house, disposable gloves are great for everything from deep cleaning to handling food for backyard barbecues. We found options from standard nitrile gloves to heavy-duty options. Our picks are also all latex-free to avoid potential allergic reactions.

Here are the best disposable gloves of 2021

The best nitrile gloves

Best disposable gloves - Hand E Touch Disposable Nitrile Gloves
These gloves are strong but thin for easy movement.

The Hand E-Touch Disposable Nitrile Gloves are stronger than other materials, highly stretchable, and reliable for many uses.

What we like: Easy-to-grip tactile fingertips, rip-proof, elegant sky blue design

Box count: 100

Nitrile gloves are one of the best materials for disposable gloves because they protect against most chemicals and infectious agents. The Hand E-Touch Disposable Nitrile Gloves allow for precise control with textured tips and can be used for medical situations, cleaning, salon work, food prep, and more. These gloves are a top pick because they are thick enough to provide protection, yet lightweight and stretchy for comfortable wear. 

The best for food handling

Best disposable gloves - Kleen Chef Disposable Food Handling Long Cuff Poly Gloves
These gloves are breathable and easy to see through when handling food.

The Kleen Chef Disposable Food Handling Long Cuff Poly Gloves are compliant with FDA standards and are extra long for when you’re cleaning uncooked or unwashed foods.

What we like: Ambidextrous hand orientation, durable HDPE material, covers wrists, FDA compliant

Box count: 525

These clear gloves are simple, easy to slip on, and are constructed with high-density polyethylene. The fact that they feature a long cuff design to prevent water from seeping into your sleeves and are compliant with FDA standards make them especially fit for food handling.

Keep in mind that though Kleen Chef’s Disposable Food Handling Long Cuff Poly Gloves serve as a nice barrier to avoid cross-contamination, they aren’t a substitute for thorough handwashing before and after food preparation. 

The best for industrial use

Best disposable gloves - Gloveworks Heavy Duty Industrial Nitrile Gloves with Diamond Grip Box
These heavy-duty gloves are puncture- and chemical-resistant.

When working in factories, mechanic workshops, or elsewhere with exposure to hazardous chemicals, the Gloveworks Heavy-Duty Industrial Nitrile Gloves with Diamond Grip Box is essential to keep on hand.

What we love: All-around textured protection, chemical- and puncture-resistant, repel dirt and grime

Box count: 100

When working with high-intensity tools or toxic chemicals, protective gloves are vital to protect against exposure via skin contact. Gloveworks’ Heavy-Duty Industrial Nitrile Gloves with Diamond Grip Box is fit for industrial use because of their thick and textured protection that makes for a heavier duty glove that’s especially resistant to ripping.

These gloves also offer good elasticity and are puncture- and chemical-resistant. These high-grade nitrile gloves are especially good for automotive, janitorial, painting, and plumbing uses. 

The best for household cleaning

Best diposable gloves - Mr. Clean Nitrile Solvent Resistant Gloves
A beaded cuff ensures these gloves won’t slide down when cleaning.

When deep cleaning your home, Mr. Clean’s Nitrile Solvent-Resistant Gloves are specifically designed for hassle-free, protective scrubbing.

What we love: Beaded cuff, great for sensitive skin, solvent-resistant

Box count: 40

Mr. Clean is one of the most well-known faces in the cleaning aisle, but that’s not the only reason the brand’s nitrile solvent-resistant gloves are fit for ridding household messes and grime. True to the name, the gloves are well-designed to block residue from soaking onto your fingers or palms — a must for when you’re ready to tackle kitchen countertops, sink faucets, or wiping down furniture.

The gloves are also great for sensitive skin and come with a beaded cuff so they stay intact better while cleaning.

The best on a budget

Best disposable gloves - Medpride Medical Vinyl Examination Gloves

For basic, single-use gloves, the Medpride Medical Vinyl Examination Gloves are affordable but effective.

What we love: Thick PVC material, comes in various sizes, ambidextrous hand orientation

Box count: 100

For one-time-use gloves, you may not want to spend much. Medpride’s Medical Vinyl Examination Gloves are an affordable option that aren’t quite as thick as nitrile gloves but are still a step up from cheaply-made plastic gloves prone to tears. They come in small, medium, large, and extra-large size options to ensure a good fit.

These gloves are fit to be used by medical workers and home or hospice care workers, but they are also an affordable solution if you just want to keep some disposable gloves on hand around the house. 

The best in bulk

Best disposable gloves - Dre Health Powder Free Disposable Gloves
With 1,000 gloves per box, these gloves are a good value.

If you run a business and need a large supply of disposable gloves on hand at all times, the Dre Health Powder-Free Disposable Gloves are your best bet.

What we love: Highly stretchable, come in various sizes, huge number of gloves per box

Box count: 1,000 

Dre Health’s Powder-Free Disposable Gloves are made of a strong nitrile blend that offers good grip and ideal stretch. An especially good option for those who need to supply employees with gloves or who work in an industry where they need constant disposable gloves at the ready, this bulk option offers serious value.

These gloves can be used for everything from medical exams to gardening and the beaded cuffs prevent them from slipping. They also come in four sizes to ensure a good fit.

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The best baby-safe laundry detergent you can buy

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  • When a new baby arrives it changes everything, even laundry. What detergent should you be using to protect your precious new arrival?
  • Of all the detergents out there, none is better for babies than All’s free clear liquid detergent.
  • It protects your baby’s sensitive skin and delivers the cleaning power needed for the whole family’s laundry at an affordable price.

Bringing a new baby home is both an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. The little one is relying on you for everything including clean clothes and bedding that will not irritate delicate skin.

According to Cleveland Clinic pediatric dermatologist Joan Tamburro, DO; “A child who has skin problems may be more prone to laundry detergent reactions. A family history of atopic dermatitis (eczema) also may put your infant at higher risk.”

As a laundry and housekeeping professional, I’ve been testing products for companies, agencies, and publications for many years. So with the birth of my first grandchild, I was delighted to be able to lessen one anxiety by recommending the best laundry detergent for both the baby and his parents.

The main culprits in commercial laundry detergent that causes skin irritation and allergic reactions are dye and fragrance. By choosing a product that is dye and scent-free, the detergent can be used for not only baby’s clothes but all household laundry.

Here are the best baby laundry detergents:

The best baby laundry detergent overall

all free clear detergent

If you are looking for a reasonably-priced, effective laundry detergent that is safe for your baby’s delicate skin and can be used for the rest of the family’s laundry, All’s free clear liquid detergent is your best bet.

What we like:  Performs well for both baby and family laundry, mid-priced, readily available in mass-market stores and online, free of dyes and perfumes

As I was testing and selecting a laundry detergent for our precious new one, I took into consideration the product’s ingredients, cleaning ability, cost per load, and ease of use. As a new parent, the last thing you need is a product that makes the laundry routine any more complicated.

The final verdict after testing more than 10 products was that All free clear liquid will give a baby the protection he needs from irritation, remove all but the worst stains, not break the budget, and can be used to wash clothes for the entire family. It is also the most highly recommended detergent brand for sensitive skin by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians. 

It seems others agree with me as well. On Walgreens, all free clear has a rating of 4.8 out of five stars. One reader states, “I’m so sensitive, allergic to everything! This is the only detergent that I can use that doesn’t cause a reaction. Even other “Free” products cause me to react.”

All free clear comes in liquid, powder, and single dose packs. I would recommend the liquid formula, costing about 20 cents per load, because it can also be used to pretreat stains. Just work in a tiny amount of the liquid into the stained area with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush and wait about 15 minutes before washing.

The best baby laundry detergent for the environment

Seventh Generation laundry detergent

Environmentally-friendly Seventh Generation Baby Concentrated Laundry Detergent also protects your baby’s sensitive skin from harsh chemicals.

What we like: Plant and mineral-based ingredients are environmentally-friendly, detergent works well on baby stains and can be used for laundry for the entire family

Protecting a new baby is always a top priority, but we should never forget that protecting the Earth is also important. After all, our actions today will affect the world that a child faces in the future.

Seventh Generation products adhere to that philosophy and use only plant or mineral-based ingredients. Seventh Generation Baby Laundry Detergent received a 97% rating as a USDA Certified Biobased Product and is never tested on animals.

One member of the What to Expect community, Lakewood Chick, says “We use Seventh Generation Free & Clear for everyone’s clothes, not just baby. I think it works great and it makes me feel much better knowing harmful chemicals aren’t in it.”

After giving it a try on our baby’s laundry, I was delighted with the results. The plant-based enzymes removed tough formula and diaper stains with ease. Over on Amazon, 61% of buyers rated it as a five-star product. The cost at around  25 cents per load is higher but the results are worth it.

The best baby laundry detergent for tough stains

babyganics detergent

Just as babies grow bigger, so do their stains. Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent contains the enzymes you need to treat those stains.

What we like: Contains enzymes to tackle tough stains, available in unscented and scented formulas, concentrated formula with an easy-to-handle bottle

Newborns need to be swaddled with soft, irritant-free fabrics from the moment they are born. Fortunately, other than some diaper accidents, they don’t create too many difficult stains. But as they age and are introduced to commercial formulas that contain iron and then those first solid foods, the stains can be a challenge especially if they sit around for several days before being washed.

That’s why I was so pleased to discover that Babyganics contains the enzymes protease to break down protein stains (diaper stains) and amylase to tackle starches and carbohydrates stains. What also makes Babyganics a good choice is that the formula is plant and mineral-based and carries the USDA Certified Biobased label.

Babyganics Baby Laundry Detergent has a five-star rating by 61% of buyers on Amazon. One reviewer is particularly pleased with the 3X concentration since “you don’t have to buy it as often as others compared to its size nor need to hold up a bulky container every time you have to do the laundry (pretty important for tired moms).”

Developed to use in both standard and high-efficiency washers at a cost of around 23 cents per load, I use Babyganics liquid detergent as a stain pre-treater before tossing those dirty bibs into the washer. If you like a bit of scent, it also comes in a lavender scent created with natural essential oils.

The best baby laundry detergent for diapers

Rockin Green detergent

Cloth diapers present a laundry challenge to new parents, but Rockin’ Green Classic Rock Natural Laundry Detergent can make it all easier.

What we like: Mineral-based and contains no petroleum-based products, produced in the United States, removes diaper stains and odor

Every parent must make the decision on whether to use cloth or disposable diapers with each having its own merits. If cloth diapers are the final choice, learning how to clean and disinfect them properly is a must. Even if you use a diaper service, there will be times when you need to wash a load of diapers at home.

Rockin’ Green is a small company based in Texas that tackles the challenge of diaper laundry with a mineral-based powdered detergent that removes tough stains but leaves the fabric feeling soft to the touch. Free of dyes and perfumes, the company also offers a Hard Rock formula if you live in an area with hard water that can leave fabrics stiff and scratchy.

On What to Expect, one community member, Smallsteps, reports that ” I no longer have to add tons of other stuff to get my diapers clean and stink free!”

Some 70% of buyers on Amazon give the product a five-star rating. I found that if you follow the proper routine of rinsing and pre-soaking soiled diapers and wash them regularly, for less than 20 cents per load your little one will have clean, odor-free diapers every day.

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3 safer ways to remove ear wax than using cotton swabs or Q-tips – according to doctors

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  • Many doctors recommend not sticking anything in your ears, especially Q-tips or metal tools.
  • Some recommend drops or irrigation systems for loosening hard wax.
  • Keep in mind that wax is a normal substance made for a reason by your body.

Ear wax is the natural safeguard for your ear canal, acting as protection against sand, bugs, and dirt getting in and damaging your canal or eardrum. But if ear wax builds up too much, it can impair your hearing – everything sounds muffled, and it can give you that feeling like you are underwater. Instead of reaching for a cotton swab or Q-tip, which experts say aren’t safe because they can puncture your eardrum and do other damage, try one of these products instead.

According to Omid Mehdizadeh, MD, otolaryngologist (ENT) and laryngologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, irrigation systems are “perfectly fine as long as there’s not too much pressure and as long as it’s comfortable.” He says to avoid using cold water in the ear, which can cause vertigo or dizziness. Irrigation systems are one of the tools ENTs would use in the office if a patient came in with excessive ear wax, and is a home remedy you can try without doing harm.

In addition, if people have an uncomfortable amount of ear wax clogging the ear, it can help to liquefy the wax with drops, which Dr. Mehdizadeh says are usually composed of peroxide, which fizzes in the ear. “It’s okay for one to two weeks max, but not on a regular basis because it can cause irritation.”

Here are the best ear wax removal tools

The best water irrigator

 Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy
This system comes with three disposable tips.

The Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy is a simple and straightforward solution that won’t damage ears. 

What we like: No ball syringe, simple mechanism, gentle

This irrigation system is ideal because it offers a simplistic mechanism involving a spray bottle with three disposable tips. It doesn’t have a lot of extra bells, whistles, and complicated parts that make ear wax removal intimidating. Some systems have the ball syringe to suck out the remaining fluid and wax, but this one doesn’t, which means it can be considered safer than other products that are supposed to be inserted into the ear. In fact, ball syringe options fall in the category of things Dr. Mehdizadeh thinks may be dangerous to insert in your ear.

The price is reasonable, and you can buy replacement tips if you plan on using it more than three times. One downside of this design is that it doesn’t come with instructions, but there are instructional videos on the purchase site that can help.

The best ear drops

Debrox Detox Earwax Removal Aid
These drops use a doctor-recommended active ingredient.

Detox Earwax Removal Aid is a non-irritating formula that can loosen tough wax.

What we like: Non-irritating formula, super easy to use, loosens wax

This popular and affordable alternative to a pricey doctor’s visit can help loosen the toughest ear wax. The active ingredient is the doctor-recommended carbamide peroxide, and users can expect a foaming, cracking, fizzing sound and feeling when they try it. This simply means it’s working well and should not be alarming. The formula claims to be non-irritating, and it’s one of the easiest-use processes for ear wax removal.

The best water irrigator for kids

Earwax MD for Kids, Ear Wax Removal Kit and Ear Cleaning Tool
This option made just for young kids has miniature tips that won’t damage small ears.

Earwax MD for Kids, Ear Wax Removal Kit and Ear Cleaning Tool is specifically designed for kids with a smaller bottle and tip.

What we like: Gentle, small parts for kids

Dr. Mehdizadeh says the only way parents should be trying to clean ear wax out of their kids’ ears without a medical professional is with an irrigation system such as this one. The small bottle and miniature tip make this a more manageable option for a young child, as opposed to the adult irrigators.

Parents can simply have a child lay down, with a towel handy, and slowly fill the ear canal one drop at a time, then set a 15-minute timer and wait. Afterward, you can use the bulb to rinse the ear or allow it to drain naturally. 

Should you remove ear wax?

Ear wax is an oil secreted by the ear canal, which Dr. Mehdizadeh explains as a collection of oil, skin, debris, and dirt. While it seems gross with its light yellow to dark brown color, he says it has a protective effect: it’s moisturizing and antibacterial and is protecting your eardrum and ear canal.

So, there’s no real reason to try to remove ear wax unless it’s impairing your hearing or causing discomfort. Still addicted to those cotton swabs? Be aware that they are “pushing the wax in deeper,” and that nothing should go into the ear to the point that you can’t see it or you risk painful injuries such as eardrum perforation. If the above products don’t work, or you are unsure how to use them correctly, consult your primary care physician or an ENT.

 

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The 6 best golf hitting mats of 2021 to improve your swing at home

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  • Owning a hitting mat means you can practice and improve your golf swing whenever you want.
  • Our top pick is DURA-PRO, which is great for homes while durable like commercial driving-range mats.
  • We found options for all levels, from premium models for pros to budget options for beginners.

The golf swing has been called the athletic movement that most rewards consistency – and most requires upkeep. Practicing at home by hitting into a net or a tarp gives you a much better chance of repeating your swing, which is bound to improve your tempo, balance and consistency. A purpose-built artificial surface for hitting off is vital, because no lawn could handle the wear and tear and no carpet or pad will keep your hands and wrists safe from injury.

Having co-authored many golf instruction books and articles, I’ve learned from top teaching pros which qualities are most desired in a hitting mat. Like other types of golf equipment, these mats have undergone steady improvement through the years.

For the best results, you’ll want to stick to a mat that’s at least four feet by five feet so you can take your proper stance. However, if you prefer to sacrifice on size in the name of price or portability, we have a few options for you too.

Here are the best golf hitting mats

The best overall

DURA PRO Commercial Golf Mat
This mat has commercial-grade features at a more affordable price.

The DURA-PRO Commercial Golf Mat is full-sized at four-by-five feet and range-tested for both durability and the natural-grass feel a superior mat needs.

What we like: Absorbs shock to wrists and elbows, non-slip, turf fibers thermally bonded to base

This quality-built range mat is big enough to stand on, which is a must for serious practice by improvement-minded players. Its hitting surface is 100% nylon for durability and a smooth glide of the club, while thick padding underneath absorbs shock at impact. The mat comes pre-punched with holes for rubber tees and even a receptacle for the wooden tees some purists prefer.

Artificial hitting surfaces can turn the soles of a golf club bright green, but this mat is non-staining. For what it delivers, the price tag is certainly reasonable.

The best for tournament competitors

Real Feel Country Club Elite Golf Mat
The ultimate in natural-turf performance, this mat even accepts wooden tees.

The Original Real Feel Country Club Elite Golf Mat, built to suit top players, is super-durable yet loaded with “playability” features demanded by tournament golfers.

What we like: Dynamics of ball-club impact closely mimic ball-striking on natural grass, can take wooden tees

The classic problem with hitting off mats is making swings that on a grass fairway would produce “fat” or “heavy” shots, and not realizing it. What you pay for in a hitting mat like this one is a real-grass equivalency that rewards fundamentally correct delivery of the club through impact. That’s on top of the expected characteristics, like durability, extra-dense turf fiber, comfort underfoot, stability, and yes, the capacity to accept and firmly hold a wooden tee wherever the golfer wishes to insert it. We’ve highlighted a four-by-five foot model, but the same mat also comes in five-by-five dimensions, for a slightly higher price.

The best on a budget

GoSports Pro 5x4 Golf Hitting Mat
Six different teeing positions make this mat work for right- and left-handed golfers.

The GoSports Pro 5×4 Golf Hitting Mat is a hit with recreational golfers who practice for enjoyment and to keep their swings feeling smooth and rhythmic.

What we like: Maximum durability and impact-feel in an entry-level mat, full-size for proper stance, non-slip padding, can suit varying clubs

There are construction elements built into golf hitting mats strictly to handle the harsh treatment of all-day use at public driving ranges. A good-quality mat for home use doesn’t need all that to deliver fine performance over the long term. This full-size mat from GoSports features a 15mm layer of non-slip foam padding for comfortable impact as well as for stability on any surface, indoors or outdoors. There’s a socket that accepts wooden tees along with range-style rubber tees at varying heights, to suit whichever club a player chooses to practice with.

The best for short-game improvement

Rukket Tri Turf Golf Hitting Mat
Highly portable, this mat is convenient for use anywhere.

The Rukket Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat is a compact, portable practice aid featuring three turf heights, to simulate rough, fairway, and close-cropped “collar” turf.

What we like: Challenges a player to learn the right touch on shorter shots, mimics different grass conditions, portable, doesn’t take up much floor space

This product shows that a mat doesn’t have to be full-sized to serve the golfer who’s serious about improvement. Best suited to the so-called partial swings that every player needs when inside 100 yards, it can be placed anywhere for a quick tuneup or longer practice session. Included are indoor practice balls that won’t dent your basement paneling. Built by a manufacturer known for quality, it comes with a 100% lifetime warranty and guarantee of satisfaction.

The best for alignment training

SASRL Golf Trainer Mat
Permanent stripes help guide your club.

The SASRL Golf Trainer Mat is a portable, 13-by-24.4-inch swing aid that you hit off, leaving trace marks that indicate a correct or misaligned path through impact.

What we like: Portable, solid base, visual indicators for more productive practice

There’s more to golf practice than taking full swings to generate maximum power, as this simple yet intriguing portable mat demonstrates. Hitting the equivalent of 50- to 75-yard shots off this velvet-like surface allows the golfer to focus on a square clubface and get feedback on how well the arc of his or her swing matches up to the correct path, as indicated by the mat’s markings. A player can also “dial in” ball position relative to the feet and learn to match the bottom of the swing arc with that position. The mat is portable, but has enough weight and traction to stay in position on most swings.

The best for beginners

Champkey Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat
Versatile and well-constructed, this mat includes a tee receptacle and a tray for practice balls.

Affordable and rugged, the Champkey Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat is divided into three grass heights to introduce the player to “real golf” conditions.

What we like: Heavy rubber base is slip-resistant, hitting surfaces are varied, carry handle and ball tray add convenience

Newer golfers will often feel anxious before a round and frustrated after one — two occasions when the urge to practice tends to strike. A product like this portable, multi-surface hitting mat can serve as a security blanket for that golfer, helping to sharpen eye-hand coordination and overall feel for how hard to swing on shots of various lengths. An appropriate gift for any friend or relative who is getting into golf, this mat have plenty of built-in durability for its entry-level price. Tee receptacles and a tray that holds a good supply of practice balls add a nice convenience factor.

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The 6 best hair clog solutions of 2021

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  • Hair clogs can be a nuisance and back up your sink or tub.
  • Plumbers can cost hundreds, but many liquid and snake solutions are cheap and effective.
  • We found liquid hair clog blasters, snakes, eco-friendly options, and more.

Whether you have long hair or short hair, pieces tend to get washed down the drain over time, which leads to pesky clogs and puddles of sitting water in your bath or sink.

The price of a plumber to fix your pipes can be hundreds of dollars in some cases, depending on how bad your clog is. For a cheap and quick fix, a snake or dissolving liquid will often do the trick. We found a number of solutions for hair clog solutions, including liquid hair clog blasters, eco-friendly options, hair clog stoppers, and snakes.

Here are the best hair clog solutions

The best liquid dissolver

Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver
In addition to hair, the product also works on grease, paper, and soap clogs.

The Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver has no odor and works on more than just hair clogs.

What we like: Breaks down hair and other blockages, works in as little as 30 minutes

After just about two hours, the Green Gobbler dissolver will eliminate blockages such as hair clogs. An easy and effective hair clog blaster, simply pour the product down your sink, wait at least 30 minutes, then flush water down the drain to see the results.

The Green Gobbler is good for a number of different types of pipes, too, including PVC, copper, iron, and steel. There’s also no guess work when it comes to how much liquid you need to pour down the drain, either. Each bottle comes with a cap that acts as a measuring cup.

The best cheap hair clog solution

Drano Max Gel Drain Clog Remover and Cleaner
This option works in as little as 15 minutes.

The Drano Max Gel Drain Clog Remover and Cleaner is a cheap and effective way to fight hair clogs and other build-ups in your drain.

What we like: Cheap, large bottle size

This option not only comes in cheaper than many other hair clog liquid solutions, but it also comes in a huge 80 oz bottle, making it an even better value.

All you need to do with this product is pour one-fifth of a bottle down your drain. After 15 to 30 minutes, you can run hot water down the drain and will start to see results. As an added bonus, if the product doesn’t work, Drano guarantees the product will be free.

Drano will also work on other pipe and drain blockages beyond just hair clogs. Breaking down to about $1.33 per pour, this solution is a steal compared to other options.

The best eco-friendly hair clog solution

Biokleen Bac-Out Drain Cleaner
Even the Biokleen bottle is recylable.

The Biokleen Bac-Out Drain Cleaner uses a non-toxic formula with no harmful phosphates or artificial ingredients.

What we like: Includes plant and vegetable-based ingredients, no artificial ingredients 

This liquid hair clog solution is made to fight common back ups. Even if more than just hair is clogging your drain, this formula can help. 

Biokleen points to its liquid plant extracts, enzymes, and live cultures as contributing to an eco-friendly product. It also lacks artificial ingredients when it comes to color and fragrance and none of its products include ingredients such as ammonia, chlorine, or phosphates. Not to worry, it’s still an effective hair clog blaster that works quickly.

The best hair clog stopper

TubShroom Revolutionary Tub Drain Protector
This fits neatly down the drain for a discrete appearance.

The TubShroom helps catch hair before it even has a chance to go down your drain.

What we like: Simple design, stops clogs before they occur, can pull it out and easily wash it

Take a preemptive strike at hair clogs by preventing them before they even happen with this hair clog stopper.

The TubShroom makes for an easy fit for most standard drains, but be aware the drain needs to be 1.5 inches in diameter. If you want a hair clog solution for another size drain in your home, there’s also the SinkShroom, the ShowerShroom, and the StopShroom.

The TubShroom, much like the other Shroom models, is shaped like a mushroom but has holes in it that pick up and trap hair that would otherwise go down your drain. After you place the model in your drain, you can easily pull it out once it’s full with a napkin or paper towel.

The best hair clog snake

Vastar Drain Snake
The snake’s handle allows for easy storage under your sink or near your tub.

The Vastar Drain Snake Hair Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool comes in two sizes and has a smart, barbed design to efficiently pull out hair clumps.

What we like: Comes in a pack, can be resued, barbed design, multiple lengths

Vastar’s set of snakes have a barbed wire-like design, making it more efficient for capturing hair clogging your drain. All three of the snakes are plastic and lightweight, so they’re simple to move around once you place them down a drain.

If you don’t want to rely on liquid, you can shake, twist, then pull out this snake to take care of that clog. The snakes come in two lengths (19.6 inches and 23.6 inches) and if you suspect the clog is deeper in your sink, the company also sells a 25-inch pack. You can use these snakes multiple times, unlike liquid options.

The best hair clog snake and liquid solution combo

Drano Gel Drain Clog Remover Cleaner and Snake Plus Tool
This gel and snake combo works on soap scum and buildups, as well.

The Drano Gel Drain Clog Remover/Cleaner and Snake Plus Tool offers a two-in-one solution for hair clogs.

What we like: Two-in-one solution, good for tough clogs

Drano is known for its liquid solutions to clogs, whether they be in your bathroom or in your kitchen. But in case one flush of liquid doesn’t do the trick for your hair clog, this combo pack includes a 23-inch snake that can grab hair.

In order to use the pack correctly, you’ll use the snake first to pull out any large hair clump with the snake’s various hooks. After, pour the Drano down the sink or bath to eliminate any additional grime build ups.

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