The Best Home Buying Guides of 2018

A handful of guides designed for a single purpose: to help you live a better, more considered life.

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While its purview is contained by nature, the home possesses no shortage of things to cover. Booze, sheets, cast-iron skillets — it’s all fair game. Regardless of the focus, however, the Gear Patrol goal remains the same: to help you live a better, more considered life through expert-vetted product recommendations. Here’s the short list of our most helpful home guides.

The Best Home Buying Guides of 2018


The 18 Best Bourbon Whiskeys You Can Buy in 2020

Everything you ever wanted to know about America's favorite brown spirit, including, of course, the best bottles you can actually buy.

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The 14 Best Tequilas You Can Buy in 2020

This definitive guide explores everything you need to know about the world’s most popular agave spirit, including a list of the best bottles and brands to seek out.

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The 12 Best Cigars to Smoke in 2018

To novices, smoking a cigar can be more intimidating than fun. We're here to help.

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The 18 Best Office Chairs of 2020

Everything you need to know to find an office chair best suited to your needs, including ergonomics, price, aesthetics and features.

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The Best Cast-Iron Skillets You Can Buy in 2019

This definitive guide explores everything you need to know about cast-iron cookware, including the best skillets for every type of cook.

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The 11 Best Sheets to Buy in 2020

We tested 33 different bed sheet sets to find the best bedding for every type of sleeper, at every budget.

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The 13 Best Kitchen Knives You Can Buy in 2020

The best kitchen knives are the ones that suit your style of cooking. Our guide covers options at every price point.

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6 Designers Name Their Favorite Everyday Pens and Pencils

Take it from people working in one of the few industries people still regularly use and abuse writing tools.

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16 Tools That World-Class Chefs Can’t Cook Without

From a lava stone molcajete to a disposable thermometer to a very, very old-school pasta maker, these four professional chefs reflect on the gear they couldn't do their jobs without.

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The 12 Best Tools for Grilling, According to Pro Chefs

We asked a handful of the world's best pitmasters what gear is essential to making the best damn barbeque ever.

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The 6 Best Mechanical Keyboards to Use at Work

Contrary to popular belief, mechanical keyboards don't have to be loud and flashy. These six boards are just as delightfully springy as their mechanical cousins.

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The 6 Best Coffee Mugs of 2019

The best coffee mugs you can buy are largely dependent on taste and utility.

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The Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker You Can Buy Costs $25

In this definitive guide to the best pour over brewers of 2020, we explore the "Big Three" of the pour-over coffee world – Chemex, Hario V60 and Kalita Wave.

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Staub vs. Le Creuset: Which Brand Makes the Best Dutch Oven?

Any discussion pertaining to enameled cast-iron begins and ends with two brands. We tested them both to see which was truly superior.

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3 Premium Kitchen Tools Absolutely Worth the Money

Sometimes, premium gear isn't worth premium prices. These are the areas where they do.

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How to Buy Better Coffee Beans, According to an Expert

Cutting to the heart of coffee bean flavor – what you need to know to pick the right bag.

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (and Everything You Need to Do It)

Cold brewing coffee is an alarming simple process that yields coffee that's less acidic tasting, smoother than iced coffee and capable of being made en mass. This is how to make it, and everything you...

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You Need Two Types of Frying Pans. Let an Expert Tell You Why

Spoiler: your trusty non-stick couldn't sear properly if its life depended on it.

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Hand Grinder vs Electric Grinder for Coffee: Overqualified Experts Weigh In

A seemingly simple matter of grinding coffee beans is, of course, not simple at all.

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The Best Everyday Hot Sauces, According to Pro Chefs

As dumb as it sounds, hot sauce loyalty is a thing. We asked professional chefs what their favorite market variety hot sauces are, and things got heated.

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This Year in Gear


Just like that, 2018 has come and gone. Take a look back at the best of what the past 365 days had to offer in This Year in Gear

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