Author Archive | Jacky Grishan

What Are Silicone Rings?

What Are Silicone Rings?

Marriages are held together by strong bonds, but wedding rings can be remarkably fragile. Two of the smaller heirloom diamonds on my wife’s ring have popped out of their prongs at the gym in the past couple of years—one inside a boxing glove, one during CrossFit. My own simple white-gold band picked up some dents […]

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The Best Portable Air Conditioner

The Best Portable Air Conditioner

After putting in 65 hours of research, comparing more than 110 portable air conditioners and testing 11 of the best models, we recommend the Whynter Elite ARC-122DS. However, bear in mind that because portable air conditioners are housed entirely indoors they’re extremely inefficient, and in very hot weather they can struggle to do the job […]

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The Best Electric Pressure Cooker

The Best Electric Pressure Cooker

After 40 hours of research and testing—including cooking 15 pounds of brisket, 13 pounds of black beans, and 12 pounds of brown rice—we think the best electric pressure cooker for most people is the Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart. Of the nine cookers we tried, it offers the best combination of great performance at a reasonable […]

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What Is a Network Switch, and Do You Need One?

What Is a Network Switch, and Do You Need One?

A network switch—not to be confused with a light switch or a Nintendo Switch—is a box that you connect to your home router to gain more Ethernet ports. Think of it as functioning like a USB hub but for networking. Because home routers usually come with three or four Ethernet ports built in, and because […]

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What Is a Network Switch, and Do You Need One?

What Is a Network Switch, and Do You Need One?

A network switch—not to be confused with a light switch or a Nintendo Switch—is a box that you connect to your home router to gain more Ethernet ports. Think of it as functioning like a USB hub but for networking. Because home routers usually come with three or four Ethernet ports built in, and because […]

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The Best Refrigerators

The Best Refrigerators

After 150 hours of research and hands-on tire-kicking, we think the LG LFX25974ST is the best refrigerator for most people. This reliable, affordable, well-designed French door fridge fits a space 36 inches wide—making it an example of the most popular size and style in the United States—but we have recommendations for narrower fridges and other […]

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