How Our Readers Made Wirecutter Better in August 2020

Thanks for all of the feedback, tweets, and messages you despatched in August. Wherever you’re and nonetheless you’re dealing with this lengthy, powerful summer time, we respect you. We hope we are able to take a number of the stress off. Tell us in the feedback if there’s anything we are able to do to assist make your lives higher proper now.

Good questions

A screenshot of a tweet from Tim Herrera asking Wirecutter for a recommendation on the best gallon-sized water bottle.

What’s the very best gallon-sized water bottle? One among our colleagues at The New York Occasions, Tim Herrera, requested us this query. We haven’t formally lined big water bottles, however a number of choices instantly got here to thoughts for employees knowledgeable Eve O’Neill. Eve has examined the 128-ounce Hydro Flask Oasis, and she will vouch for its efficiency, however she doesn’t count on most individuals wish to spend that a lot. Within the mid vary, Eve would advocate this RTIC gallon jug. We haven’t examined it instantly, however we have been impressed with RTIC’s coolers, and we’d count on an identical degree of high quality right here. For a price range choice, Eve says, “I’ve actually fond reminiscences of utilizing this Coleman Jug in any respect of my summer time cross-country practices in highschool. There’s no approach of realizing if it’s made the identical 20 years later, but when all you wish to do is about it on the sidelines at sports activities apply, it may very well be a fantastic alternative.”

What sort of laptop ought to I purchase for my child? Between the pandemic and all the continuing pandemic-related inventory points, it’s been powerful for a lot of mother and father to get the gear wanted for distant studying this fall. We’ve written a put up laying out different options for kids’ computers, together with recommendation on repurposing outdated computer systems and recommendations on shopping for a used or refurbished mannequin. Employees author Nancy Redd explains the many advantages of setting kids up with an old desktop (versus investing in a Chromebook or an costly laptop computer). As Nancy says, “I realized I wanted my son to have the computer equivalent of that first beater car that savvy parents give some lucky kids. A beater desktop doesn’t need the white-glove treatment; you can do almost anything to it, and the stakes are low. That’s the point—it’s fun and freeing and the best way to learn, and not just hypothetically.” In case you’ve been pissed off by the inventory points plaguing the world of laptops proper now, it’s necessary to keep in mind that not solely are there different choices, however the different choices would possibly really find yourself serving your loved ones higher in the long term.

Protection you impressed

How to Pick the Best Smartwatch (or Dumb Phone) for Your Kid: Over time, we’ve gotten loads of questions on which units present tweens with center floor that permits for communication and growing independence with out compromising their privateness or offering unrestricted entry to the wilds of the web. After our specialists examined a variety of units with their very own children, we expect a smartwatch would be the most suitable option for many households. There are a selection of explanation why we didn’t suppose flip telephones measured up. However we’ve acquired recommendation on how to decide on a kind of, too, in addition to a piece on the privateness considerations raised by these units and how you can discuss these points together with your baby.

How to Choose the Best Cloth Face Mask for You: Lots of you requested us for fabric face masks suggestions again in March. It took us some time, however now we’ve acquired a full information up with Wirecutter-tested and -approved fabric face masks suggestions. We prioritized versatile masks that can go well with a variety of faces. We even have an in depth part that addresses the very best options to search for in a fabric face masks, like nostril bridge wires and adjustable fasteners, and an FAQ that particulars how you can stop maskne and to cut back fogging in your glasses. We additionally reviewed the best cloth face masks for children.

Glorious contributions

On that final word, shout-out to 02nz!—who commented on Nancy’s put up about giving her son a beater desktop laptop with advice on repurposing used corporate PCs. 02nz’s comment particulars the varied upsides of investing in used and/or refurbished PCs over new ones, and it gives a private testimonial for his or her chosen mannequin, a 4-year-old Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny, which value them lower than $400 (together with the monitor and some upgrades).

A screenshot of a reader comment from a commenter named Albany Landlord, who is talking about over-the-range microwaves.

Shout-out to Albany Landlord!—for sharing in depth expertise in the feedback of our information to over-the-range microwaves. We don’t have a lot knowledge on long-term reliability in this class. So it’s notably helpful, fascinating, and disheartening to listen to what Albany Landlord has learned in regards to the poorly hooked up handles on GE over-the-range microwaves and the way these handles can value lots of of dollars to exchange. The remark is just too lengthy to show in full right here, nevertheless it’s worth a read.

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