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May 18

The Best Mattresses in a Box — The Guide 2018

It used to be that the only way to get a mattress required going to a mattress store and testing them out on-site, with a persistent and persuasive salesman on hand pushing you to buy. The whole process was inconvenient and costly, so it’s no wonder that companies found a new (and seriously successful) way to sell mattresses—direct-to-consumer, and delivered in a box. This strategy results in lower prices and better convenience. All of these companies offer free trial periods (the typical number is 100 days) so you can be even more sure of your choice than if you had tested out for a few minutes in a showroom.

This model has been so successful that the market is saturated with options—so much so that choosing one has become an increasingly impossible task. Through weeks of research and testing, we rounded up 10 of our favorites for you to check out and get started on achieving the bed (and sleep) of your dreams — plus, they’re ALL on sale for Memorial Day Weekend!

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May 18

The Best Linen Sheets — The Guide 2018

Despite being devoted to my bed and coziness in general, I must admit that I’ve never really paid attention to bedding beyond aesthetics. My naïveté led me to believe that sheets were sheets; why did it matter what material they were? I was (obviously) very sorely mistaken, but I didn’t realize it until I purchased a microfiber sheet set from Amazon solely based on price. Not only did they start pilling after two washes, but they made me, a not especially hot person, sweat like crazy no matter how cold my room was. After months of uncomfortable nights, I finally called it quits and started doing bedding research.

That’s when I finally discovered the wonders of linen sheets. Surely you’ve seen the look on Instagram or Pinterest: Perfectly rumpled linens that make you want to dive right into bed. They’re easy—softly wrinkled is the goal! They’re also breathable and seriously good at temperature regulating, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. No more kicking off the covers! They also get softer with time, won’t pill and are environmentally-friendly. They’re practically perfect in every way, although they aren’t exactly budget-friendly. Fair warning: 100% linen bedding is costly, but oh so worth it. Read on—we’ve rounded up our favorite sources for linen sheets so you can see for yourself. (Note on pricing: all prices listed are for Queen sets. If a set is not available for purchase, then the pricing reflects the cost for a top sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases.)

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May 18

The Best Hanging Planters — The Guide 2018

When you live in a city in a small apartment that offers little in the way of “nature,” house plants become more of a necessity than a want. Hanging plants are especially attractive when you lack floor and counter space but still want to create an in-home garden, as they hang from the ceiling and easily add style to any room. There are about a million different ways to use hanging planters, from vertical wall gardens to simple DIYs, so we rounded up our current in-store favorites to get you started on your hanging plant journey.

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May 18

The Best Blenders — The Guide 2018

Blenders are a way of life over here at Apartment Therapy and Kitchn. These kitchen staples have come a long way over the past fifty years, and they are now not only useful but beautiful enough to keep out on your counter. And we recommend that you have one that fits right into your kitchen. While they’re most well-known for creating delicious smoothies, these powerhouses can be used to make a variety of other foods—fun cocktails included. We rounded up our favorites from every price point, so you can get blending without the worry.

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Apr 18

Best Outdoor Furniture for Small Patios and Balconies — The Guide 2018

If you also feel like this winter has lasted for 14 months, fear not — it finally seems that warmer weather iscoming our way. With the shift into spring and summer comes the urge to do nearly anything outdoors: eating, entertaining, relaxing, you name it. If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor living space, whether it be a balcony or a yard, it’s time to start thinking about furnishing it to maximize outside time — even if your space isn’t exactly roomy. To get you started we’ve rounded up our favorite outdoor furniture for small spaces, so you can make the most of what you have and take the fun times outside.

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Apr 18

The Best Water Filter Pitchers — The Guide 2018

Clean drinking water is an essential part of a healthy home, and more importantly a healthy life. In-home filter systems are one way to ensure pure water, but these can be difficult to install if you’re a renter, or just don’t want to go to the trouble of putting in a whole purification system. Water pitchers and dispensers are simple, compact and portable, giving you an immediate solution to questionable water quality. We rounded up our favorites from every price point and size so you can get better-tasting, less contaminated water quickly and easily.

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Apr 18

The Best Bike Racks — The Guide 2018

If you live in a city, opting out of traffic jams and overcrowded trains for life in the bike lane is seriously tempting. More and more U.S. cities are building bike lanes and actively trying to grow a more bike-friendly culture, prompting commuters to view their bikes as necessities rather than luxuries. This trend, while positive, comes with a catch-22: bikes are incredibly practical in cities, but city dwellers are lacking in space to store bikes. To help solve this problem, we’ve rounded up our favorite indoor bike storage solutions, from shelves to hooks and everything in between.

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Apr 18

The Best Toasters — The Guide 2018

Toasters don’t have to be pretty to get the job done. But imagine how much more you’d like your countertop space if your toaster added to the decor rather than the clutter? Of course, there’s more to the appliance than looks — truly, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Can it toast evenly? Is it easy to clean? How much guesswork is involved in getting the shade just right? When that’s wrong, then it doesn’t matter how attractive your toaster is — you just want your toast. We’ve rounded up our favorite toasters that strike that balance between good design and function, so you can have your toast and eat it too.

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Mar 18

The Best Storage Beds — The Guide 2018

Storage beds once seemed like the orthopedic shoe of the design world—sensible, but not stylish. These days, though, some are so attractive that you might want one even if your bedroom is spacious. Ideal for small starter apartments, modern storage beds come in a range of designs from very basic with clean lines to more luxe, upholstered options.

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Mar 18

The Best Air Purifiers — The Guide 2018

Air purifiers are one of those under-the-radar household items that you think you can live without, but once you have one you can never go back. These mighty machines do a lot of work: they work to clear the air of allergens, pet dander, germs and even odors. And couldn’t we all stand to breathe air that’s just a little bit cleaner? We’ve rounded up our favorites from all price points and sizes to help you find the right purifier for your needs.

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