The 5 Best Bath Towels We’ve Ever Used

Bath towels are an extremely personal thing, as I recently found out after buying several sets only to return most of them. Some were so rough and scratchy that they felt like sandpaper, others too thin to feel cozy after a hot shower. And don’t even g…

Bath towels are an extremely personal thing, as I recently found out after buying several sets only to return most of them. Some were so rough and scratchy that they felt like sandpaper, others too thin to feel cozy after a hot shower. And don’t even get me started on the price—some were so expensive that I could only afford to buy one for myself, leaving my poor husband to deal with his old rag. For something so simple, the search for the perfect bath towel is shockingly difficult.

Well, there was no way I was the only one with bath towel woes, so I went straight to our team to find their faves—if they even had any. To my surprise (or rather, no one’s surprise), we all had the same issues and we’d all spent too many hours researching and testing every towel we’d come across before finding these five tried-and-true favorites.

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Every Kind of Reusable Straw, Ranked

If you’re still drinking out of a plastic straw, you might as well be throwing garbage right into the ocean. Or at least that’s the opinion of many who have made the personal pledge to cut their plastic consumption in small, sustainable ways. Thankfull…

If you’re still drinking out of a plastic straw, you might as well be throwing garbage right into the ocean. Or at least that’s the opinion of many who have made the personal pledge to cut their plastic consumption in small, sustainable ways. Thankfully, the move away from plastic straws is not a ban on all straws, which is great news for those who don’t enjoy getting hit in the teeth with ice cubes every time they take a sip.

Eco-friendly alternatives ranging from metal and glass to silicone and paper have swooped in to save the day. And no, they’re not all the same. Some are reusable and even dishwasher-safe, while others are more of a one-and-done option.

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The Best Bed Sheets for Every Type of Sleeper

After years of testing bed sheets from big-box stores and direct-to-consumer startups, I’ve come to the conclusion that bed sheets are the most important part of your bed. Yes, having a good mattress is key because you spend about a third of your life …

After years of testing bed sheets from big-box stores and direct-to-consumer startups, I’ve come to the conclusion that bed sheets are the most important part of your bed. Yes, having a good mattress is key because you spend about a third of your life sleeping (which doesn’t include all the time scrolling through TikTok in bed), but the right set of sheets can either send you into perfect slumber or suffocate you like a sauna.

I’m generally a hot sleeper with cold limbs, which means I’m very discerning with my sheets (though not by choice). But there's no one set of perfect sheets, and much like how you have different clothes, decor, and skin-care routines for summer and winter, you'd also benefit from having different sheets for different preferences, seasons, scenarios, and budgets.

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12 Household Essentials We Always Buy In Bulk Online

Going to the grocery store every time I run out of toilet paper or laundry detergent is such a drag. Don’t get me wrong, it usually means I can pick up some more ice cream but having to carry a large and unwieldy package of TP or drive 20 minutes just …

Going to the grocery store every time I run out of toilet paper or laundry detergent is such a drag. Don’t get me wrong, it usually means I can pick up some more ice cream but having to carry a large and unwieldy package of TP or drive 20 minutes just to get two things is not my idea of a fun time.

That’s why I buy most of my household essentials in bulk on Amazon, either through Prime, Fresh, or its Subscribe & Save options. All three give you the ease and convenience of shopping in your PJs, but there are slightly different advantages with each one.

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The Very Best Camping Gear, According to Soooo Many Reviews

In our oh-so busy digital world, I’ve found that one of the most relaxing things you can do on vacation is truly disconnect. And what better way to get off the grid than heading out into the woods for a summer camping excursion?

If you’ve always wante…

In our oh-so busy digital world, I’ve found that one of the most relaxing things you can do on vacation is truly disconnect. And what better way to get off the grid than heading out into the woods for a summer camping excursion?

If you’ve always wanted to try camping, why not plan your first trip this year? Full-on vacations might not be on your horizon, but safely camping outside is definitely something we can look forward to. You can start out small, spending a weekend at a local campground (many of which offer electricity, bathrooms, and even showers!), and once you feel comfortable roughing it, you can venture out to more secluded spots in the wilderness to really get away from it all.

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Where to Buy Rabbit, Boar & Other Wild Game Meat

Before my family moved to Maine back in the mid ’90s, I’d only ever had chicken, beef, and pork, with the odd bit of duck and lamb on special occasions. Once we settled in and made friends with folks, I had my first taste of game meat—specifically, dee…

Before my family moved to Maine back in the mid ’90s, I’d only ever had chicken, beef, and pork, with the odd bit of duck and lamb on special occasions. Once we settled in and made friends with folks, I had my first taste of game meat—specifically, deer and moose. Hunting was, and continues to be, a big thing where I grew up. Every November, the handful of our friends that hunted would bag a deer, and we’d inevitably end up with some of it in our freezer. Because of that, I’ve always associated winter with venison stew.

It’s been a long time since I last lived in Maine, but I still get those annual cravings for venison. A few years back, I wondered if I could get my hands on venison online, along with any of the other types of game meat I’d since been lucky enough to try. As always, my old pal the internet provided a bounty of options. Here are my three favorite places to buy wild game meat.

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Cottagecore Is Here to Stay—Bring it Home With These Decor Essentials

Spend just five minutes on Instagram or Tiktok (or really, browsing any design site you love) and you’ll probably realize that cottagecore, the semi-new social media trend du jour, isn’t going anywhere. I mean, when Taylor Swift writes not one but two …

Spend just five minutes on Instagram or Tiktok (or really, browsing any design site you love) and you’ll probably realize that cottagecore, the semi-new social media trend du jour, isn’t going anywhere. I mean, when Taylor Swift writes not one but two albums that are pretty much singularly evocative of the vibe, you know it has staying power. And while sure, some examples of cottagecore can veer towards crunchy for some, there's a lot to love about this easygoing, comfortable design trend.

At its essence, cottagecore style is all about casual liveability. Like farmhouse decor before it, you can expect to see an emphasis on simplicity and ease, with nods to the slow pace and uncomplicated aesthetic only country living can bring. To me, it feels like the kind of room you walk into and feel immediately welcomed by, where you can take a load off and stay a while (preferably with a soul-warming cup of coffee in hand).

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How to Pick a Fire Pit, ‘Cause Baby It’s Cold Outside

Unable to gather inside with friends during the pandemic, it was only a matter of time before those lucky enough to have space outdoors would move their social life outside. That was the blessing of summer. Then winter came, and many of us retreated ba…

Unable to gather inside with friends during the pandemic, it was only a matter of time before those lucky enough to have space outdoors would move their social life outside. That was the blessing of summer. Then winter came, and many of us retreated back into isolation, not having a place to gather safely and warmly. Until, that is, something of a fire pit frenzy swept across our nation.

Sales of fire pits—a previously esoteric object mostly reserved for camping—started skyrocketing, with backorders and waiting lists becoming the norm, not the exception. Those of my friends with fire pits (clearly ahead of the curve) started inviting us over, and waxed poetic about their fire pits with the enthusiasm and detail normally reserved for something more along the lines of a new car or a trip to Tuscany. It didn’t take long for me to begin to understand why.

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The Best Vacuums for Every Kind of Dust, Dirt & Mess

Here at Home52, we’ve often called upon the larger Food52 team to participate in roundup-style stories, and it’s always interesting to see which topics engender immediate passion, and which we have to tease out more directly. Most recently, we asked ou…

Here at Home52, we’ve often called upon the larger Food52 team to participate in roundup-style stories, and it’s always interesting to see which topics engender immediate passion, and which we have to tease out more directly. Most recently, we asked our coworkers to share the very best things they bought for their home in 2020, which they responded to quickly and with excitement, eager to spread the gospel of standing desks, giant mixing bowls, and corn on the cob sculptures (yep).

The only topic that perhaps outdid that? Vacuums. When I put a poll out in the company-wide Slack channel asking for vacuums they “swear by/saved for/cradle in bed at night,” the responses poured in with speed and fervor. As it turns out (and lucky for my article, and you), working from home for a year makes people passionate about ridding their homes of dust and debris—and our staff has lots to say about how their vacuums improve their quality of life.

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15 New Trader Joe’s Products to Grab ASAP

Joe may be one of the most average male names in the English language (no bias here), but when you put “Trader’s” before it, you get the beloved national grocery chain that boasts not-so-average products. High in quality and low in price, Trader Joe’s …

Joe may be one of the most average male names in the English language (no bias here), but when you put “Trader’s” before it, you get the beloved national grocery chain that boasts not-so-average products. High in quality and low in price, Trader Joe’s has become so embedded in American food culture and vernacular that we wait with bated breath for the weekly arrival of new items like they’re the latest new game console or Beyoncé album.

2021 has already proven to be no exception, with products that are already making waves and, for lack of a better term, flying off shelves. We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorites—check them out below and be sure to scoop them up before your fellow TJ’s shoppers catch wind and beat you to the register.

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