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Feb 19

The Best Sound Machines — The Best List

Loud neighbors, city noises, snoring partners — sleep is precious, and all of these things can disrupt it. Some of you may be deep sleepers who regularly sleep through alarms, while the rest of us are jolted awake by alarm clocks going off in other rooms (and apartments—looking at you, upstairs neighbor). One solution is a sound machine that will mask unwanted, annoying noises with gentle nature sounds or white noise.

These are great for apartment and city living, but also for infants who can’t stay asleep, people who need help focusing at work, night shift workers who need to sleep while everyone else is awake, and even tinnitus sufferers who need relief from the ringing in their ears. Whether you’re looking to spend a little or splurge, here are ten of our favorite options on the market.

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Jan 19

The Best Light Therapy Lamps for Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder — The Best List

A lot of us start to feel the blues this time of year as daylight becomes shorter and ends earlier in the day. The decrease in sunlight impacts people in different ways and some develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a type of depression that’s largely a result of lack of sunlight. According to the American Psychological Association, SAD comes with many of the same symptoms as depression: fatigue, lack of interest, sleep difficulty (or, on the other hand, excessive sleeping), and feelings of hopelessness and despair.

There are several ways you can manage SAD, but one popular method is light therapy — and the good news is, if you want to see if light therapy is the right option for you, there are plenty of high quality and affordable options out there.

How Light Therapy Lamps Work

Since SAD is largely related to lack of sunlight, light therapy is a method of getting your body—and your mental health—back to normal. Light therapy lamps, or light boxes, which typically provide 10,000 lux (a measure of light intensity), can help restore your body to a normal circadian rhythm to keep SAD symptoms at bay, according to Harvard Medical School’s health blog. Generally, you would use your light therapy lamp by sitting close to it with your eyes open but not looking directly at it for 30 minutes a day—it’s best if you do so early in the day, when you first wake up.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your light therapy lamp, HuffPost has a roundup of helpful tips.

Note: Light therapy may not work the same for everyone and can have side effects, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before you try light therapy.

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Dec 18

The Best Electric Kettles — The Best List

Perhaps you think stovetop kettles are more authentic, or maybe you’re on Team Microwave Tea. Whatever the reason, if you haven’t already discovered the magic of electric kettles, consider this your chance to be introduced. Aside from being the standard over in Europe, electric kettles are faster, safer and quieter than their stovetop counterparts. We rounded up our favorites below—grab a blanket, get cozy and get ready to meet your new winter best friend.

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Dec 18

The Best Mattress Toppers to Make Your Bed More Comfortable — The Best List 2018

A wisely chosen topper can make a bad mattress good, or a good mattress even better. The benefits are many: Mattress toppers can make a bed more comfortable and supportive, help regulate your body temperature throughout the seasons, and extend the useful life of your (likely more expensive) mattress.

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Nov 18

The Best Air Mattresses for an Instant Guest Bed — The Best List

A relatively new invention that has profoundly improved the ability to host guests around the world, the humble air mattress has been nearly perfected and prices have certainly come way down. After a week in our lab, we gave the top pick to Intex Comfort Plush for its equal comfort, advantageous size and remarkable price.

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Nov 18

The Best Board Games — The Best List

We’re big fans of board games here at Apartment Therapy—what better way to spend a night in than with a competitive board game and wine? With the weather getting closer to winter every day and the holidays coming up (hello family time), it might be time to bulk up your board game staples and find some new ones to add to your arsenal. We rounded up our very favorites, from the seriously strategic to the more passive and casual, so you can have another excuse to skip the bars and stay indoors this winter.

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Nov 18

The Best Office Chairs — The Best List

With working from home growing increasingly common around the U.S., the importance of carving out a space in your home to get work done is becoming more and more necessary. While you might be lucky enough to have a separate room available for a home office, many people need to get creative and make a spot for themselves to focus. While finding the right desk (or standing desk!) is a hugely significant part of this process, equally important is choosing the perfect chair—ideally, one that is functional, comfortable and stylish. We rounded up our favorites across prices and styles so you can get to work but feel good about it.

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Oct 18

The Best Toothbrushes — The Best List

For something we (hopefully) use several times a day, most of us don’t give much thought to which toothbrush we buy. But let me tell you, there’s a whole world of toothbrushes beyond the oral care aisle of your local Walgreens. Doing a few minutes of research can not only help you find the perfect toothbrush for your needs, but also options that pack a lot of style. From electric to bamboo to plain old plastic, we’ve rounded up the most beautiful, eco-friendly and socially-conscious toothbrushes that’ll add some fun to your normal brushing routine.

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Sep 18

The Best Mops — The Best List

On the list of most tedious household chores, mopping ranks pretty high. You have to clear the area of any obstacles, sweep beforehand and get a proper amount of water and cleaner ready to roll. It’s a necessary task, and in the grand scheme of things isn’t a big deal, but it’s not the most fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. Things have changed in the past few years though—no longer dependent on a bucket and string mop, we have a ton of different mop styles to choose from, each with their own list of pros and cons. To help you make a clean break from your old mop, we rounded up our list of favorites, from the classic spin mop to the newer robot mop.

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