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The Best Wirecutter Comments of 2019

by Janet Towle

Our wonderful community of readers inspire, inform—and make us laugh. Here are just a few of the excellent comments you posted in 2019.

Deals We Love

Price drops on products we already love

Raise a toast to the new year

All of us at Wirecutter wish you a happy new year, and we want to help you celebrate. Whether you’re hosting, prepping for guests from out of town, or planning a night out, we have picks to make sure your party is a memorable one.

Gifts

Electronics

The Best VR Headsets

The Best VR Headsets

by Signe Brewster

We’ve spent hundreds of hours testing VR headsets for PCs and phones, and we also have recommendations for PS4 owners and people who want a standalone headset.

Home & Garden

Kitchen & Dining

8 Gifts That’ll Last Forever (or Extremely Close)

8 Gifts That’ll Last Forever (or Extremely Close)

by Jennifer Hunter

The most appreciated gifts aren't the trendiest ones—they're the gifts that last forever. Here are our picks for the best gifts that last a lifetime.

Money

Travel

No, You Shouldn’t Just Get an Automatic Pet Feeder and Skip Town

No, You Shouldn’t Just Get an Automatic Pet Feeder and Skip Town

by Kaitlyn Wells

Most pet owners (especially cat owners) have left their pets behind for a long weekend—but an automatic pet feeder is no substitute for a loving human.

  • The Best No Annual Fee Travel Cards

    The Best No Annual Fee Travel Cards

    by Ben Luthi

    There are good travel credit cards with no annual fee—they may not come stacked with benefits, but they still have plenty to offer.

  • The Best Gear for Travel

    The Best Gear for Travel

    by Wirecutter Staff

    We put in another year and tens of thousands more miles of travel to test the best travel gear—and we stand by last year’s choices alongside a few new picks.

  • Our Favorite Laptop Backpacks

    Our Favorite Laptop Backpacks

    by Wirecutter Staff

    Seven Wirecutter staff members tested 44 backpacks to find a myriad of functional, stylish, and comfortable bags for taking your laptop to work.

Office

  • The Best Tax Software

    The Best Tax Software

    by Kevin Purdy

    We prepared 14 fake returns on seven different online tax-prep sites to find the best ways to file your 2018 taxes.

  • The Best Tech and Apps for Your Home Office

    The Best Tech and Apps for Your Home Office

    by Wirecutter Staff

    We’ve collected our favorite picks—from dozens of guides and hundreds of hours of research and testing—to make your home office more productive and comfortable.

  • How to Stay Warm in a Freezing Office

    How to Stay Warm in a Freezing Office

    by Alex Arpaia

    Here’s what we recommend for staying warm in a cold office.

Appliances

The Best Upright and Canister Vacuums

The Best Upright and Canister Vacuums

by Michelle Ma and Liam McCabe

After our look at more than 525 vacuums over hundreds of hours, our favorite vacuum for most people is still the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352.

Health & Fitness

Baby & Kid

Board Games We Love for Kids

Board Games We Love for Kids

by Courtney Schley

These games can introduce kids to new genres; build skills; and offer provocative and age-appropriate challenges, engaging themes, and distinctive designs.

  • The 18 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

    The 18 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    Many of the best gifts for 3-year-olds encourage role-play and make-believe—or help teach cooperative play.

  • The 17 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

    The 17 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    The best gifts for 1-year-olds encourage open-ended play. And embrace the unwrapping as part of the joy of gift-giving.

  • The Best Kids Scooters

    The Best Kids Scooters

    by Katharine Gammon

    We had six kids test seven scooters and found that the Micro Maxi Deluxe gives kids a great ride over the widest age range.

Outdoors

  • The Best Winter Boots

    The Best Winter Boots

    by Lisa Maloney and Daniela Gorny

    After testing 17 pairs of winter boots during an Alaskan winter, we think the men’s and women’s L.L.Bean Wildcat Pro Boots are the best for most people.

  • The Best Hiking Socks

    The Best Hiking Socks

    by Ebony Roberts

    After hiking 160 miles in 18 pairs of hiking socks, we chose the men’s and women’s Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew as the best hiking socks for most people.

  • The Best Down Jacket

    The Best Down Jacket

    by Catherine Harnden

    After trekking 33 jackets over 220 miles, we think Montbell’s Alpine Light Down jacket (in women’s and men’s sizes) is the best option to keep most people warm.

Pets

No, You Shouldn’t Just Get an Automatic Pet Feeder and Skip Town

No, You Shouldn’t Just Get an Automatic Pet Feeder and Skip Town

by Kaitlyn Wells

Most pet owners (especially cat owners) have left their pets behind for a long weekend—but an automatic pet feeder is no substitute for a loving human.

  • 8 Cheap, Unexpected Cat Essentials We Love

    8 Cheap, Unexpected Cat Essentials We Love

    by Wirecutter Staff

    These unexpected accessories probably weren’t the first thing you bought when you got a cat—but they can make your day-to-day chores that much easier.

  • Want to Gift Someone a Pet? Here’s What to Do First.

    Want to Gift Someone a Pet? Here’s What to Do First.

    by Kaitlyn Wells

    Gifting a pet to a family member can be a bad idea. Here's how to do it the right way, from consulting everyone in the home to giving a voucher.

  • Gifts for Good Dogs (and for Cats)

    Gifts for Good Dogs (and for Cats)

    by Christine Ryan

    We’ve gathered the best pet gifts worthy of your favorite cat or dog, because the holidays aren’t just for human friends and family members.

Hobby & Crafts

  • Board Games We Love for Kids

    Board Games We Love for Kids

    by Courtney Schley

    These games can introduce kids to new genres; build skills; and offer provocative and age-appropriate challenges, engaging themes, and distinctive designs.

  • The Best Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite Accessories

    The Best Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite Accessories

    by Wirecutter Staff

    We’ve researched and tested dozens of cases, controllers, stands, docks, and other accessories for the Nintendo Switch to separate the good ones from the junk.

  • The Best USB Microphone

    The Best USB Microphone

    by Melanie Pinola and Kevin Purdy

    Through six years and testing of more than 25 mics, the Blue Yeti is still the best USB microphone that’s an easy and noticeable upgrade over built-in mics.

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