To find the best compression socks for most people, we consulted folks who wear them for all manner of situations: while working on their feet, during pregnancy, while running, after working out, while traveling, and just because. After considering dozens of socks, we tested nine pairs and found that the Sockwell Elevation Firm Socks (women’s and men’s) have the best balance of features: They are comfortably snug but still easy to put on, maintain their elasticity following multiple washes, come in ample size and color options, cost half what other top brands do, and are downright stylish compared with all of the other socks we considered.
Q: We have a son who has planned a trip to surf in the Maldives. I’d like to send him new luggage … a birthday present … before his trip. He’ll fly from LA to Dubai and then to somewhere in the Indian Ocean, change planes to a small (probably) prop plane, and then will reside on a boat for ten days. I read with interest your review this morning about luggage, but I think a duffel is better for this trip. He’ll need the length for his fins. The spear gun won’t be allowed, so puncture issues aren’t so important. The water may not require a wetsuit, but if he takes one, they’re heavy and bulky. One of our other boys uses a Patagonia bag for his mountain climbing ventures; his cramp-ons and ice picks don’t puncture the bag. Would love a review of bags for the adventuresome.
After seven days of fiddling with knobs, adjusting antennas, and listening to endless AM and FM broadcasts using six top-rated radios, we think the best tabletop radio for most people is the Sangean WR-11. It has the simple controls, inviting sound, and accurate tuning you need from a tabletop radio wrapped in a wooden cabinet that’s as well-built as it is beautiful. Yet it costs roughly half as much as its better-known competition.
After conducting 25 hours of research into the safety and efficacy of nasal irrigation, consulting experts, and considering 18 vessels, we think the Aromatic Salt Premium Ceramic Neti Pot is the best one for most noses. It was the easiest to clean and had the fewest places for bacteria and gunk to hide of all the devices we tested. If you prefer a squeeze bottle, we suggest the NeilMed Sinus Rinse Starter Kit. It, too, is a cinch to clean, plus it took the least squeezing to dispense all liquid compared with all other pressure-based nasal irrigators we tested.