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Best Hot Chocolate

What’s the best hot chocolate? To find out, we did a blind taste test with 9 different hot cocoas. (Yes, a tough job but someone had to do it). Which was best? Here are the winners, as judged by our chocolate enthusiasts.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Hot Chocolate Bomb Mold

What’s the best mold for hot chocolate bombs? Yes, these bombs are the current hot cocoa craze thanks to social media. Hot chocolate bombs are a ball of chocolate (with marshmallows) designed to melt in a mug of hot milk. And creating the bomb is half the fun—a great craft for kids and a neat gift for friends and relatives. We tried out a dozen silicone molds to find the best ones for hot chocolate bombs. Here are the winners.

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Best Extra Large Baby Playpen

What’s the best extra large baby playpen? Sure, playpens have been around for forever . . . but new to the market are extra large models that offer up to 27 square feet of play space. No, these playpens aren’t for sleeping—but they are great to give baby more space to roam, while keeping them in a safe environment. After inspecting several models, comparing features and ease of use, here are the extra large baby playpens we’d recommend.

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Best Organic Crib Mattress

What exactly is an organic crib mattress? And why is it so confusing to shop for one? Yes, many crib mattress makers claim they are green, natural or eco-friendly . . . but which ones really are worth your hard-earned money? We put 11 different organic crib mattresses to the test, checking for firmness, construction and overall quality. Here are the winners.

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Best Floor Lamp For Bedroom

What’s the best floor lamp for a bedroom? Whether you want a simple LED, industrial-style, modern or basic floor lamp with shelves, we’ve found affordable answers to your floor lamp dilemma. How? We surveyed our extensive parent readership to find their favorites. Then we poured over third-party tests to find the lamps that performed the best. Here are our best bets.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Mini Heat Press

What’s the best mini heat press? Heat press machines can help you create custom t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs and more. However, some large machines are overkill if you just want to personalize some gifts for friends . . . in that case, a mini heat press may be just the ticket. We interviewed our crafty parent readers for their suggestions—and then we took these picks and did 5 hours of more research. Which mini heat press was easiest to use? Had multiple heat settings? Best bang for the buck? Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Vanilla Beans

What are the best vanilla beans? To find out, we ordered vanilla beans from 9 brands. What was best for making extract? Best for cooking? FYI: Vanilla beans come in two grades: A and B. Grade A beans are best for cooking, given their high moisture content. Grade B beans are more concentrated and better for making extract. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. We don’t take money or freebies from the brands we review. Our work is 100% reader-supported! Thanks for reading this article.

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Best Toddler Mittens

Here are the best toddler mittens for boys and girls, based on our detailed testing. We looked for mittens that were warm, soft and affordable—plus cuteness didn’t hurt. Whether your toddler needs lightweight mittens for outdoor play or serious insulated mittens for snowman building, we’ve got you covered.

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Best Heat Press Machine for T-Shirts

What’s the best heat press machine for t-shirts? We asked the pros—readers of ours who are custom t-shirt enthusiasts! We asked for their favorites and then did another 7 hours of research. We compared overall quality, ease of use and durability. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Toddler Snowboots

Winter makes for great toddler play—and a good snowboot makes the difference between snow fun and no fun. Here in Colorado, we know a thing or two about cold and snow! Our research put 17 pairs of toddler snowboots to the test with real toddlers. We looked for snowboots that were warm, lightweight and easy to put on (and take off) . . . at a price that didn’t break the bank. And we know fashion counts too.

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Best Hot Chocolate

What’s the best hot chocolate? To find out, we did a blind taste test with 9 different hot cocoas. (Yes, a tough job but someone had to do it). Which was best? Here are the winners, as judged by our chocolate enthusiasts.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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Best Conversation Hearts

What are the best conversation hearts? Also known as sweethearts or candy hearts, conversation hearts are popular as party favors—or to teach counting to a beginning student! Yes, these little candy hearts are the perfect conversation starter. We tried several brands before deciding these are the best bets.

FYI: We’ve been reviewing and rating products for the families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don’t take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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