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To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. We then analyzed user reviews to get their opinions on each coffee maker’s high and low points. We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in coffee makers, so we created scores based on user observations of a handful of different features, including ease of use, coffee quality and cleaning.

It’s the month of love and gift giving, but February might be a better time to purchase major items for yourself than trinkets for your loved one. Options include tvs, winter clothing and home goods.

Perhaps the most basic yet most crucial part of Black Friday preparation is the list. But in order to capitalize on the savings and maximize your time, make sure your list is organized by category and priority. A few things you can’t pass up? Make sure they are at the top of your list, noted by price and store location. You’ll also want to make sure you list similar categories next to one another so you can cross many items off the list at a time from one area of the store.

Picking a vacuum isn’t easy. If you’re looking for an overall good vacuum — one that can pick up pet hair, works well on hardwood floors and carpet, and is easy to operate — that’s a tall order to fill. The pool of truly multifunctional, high-performing vacuums is small. But that’s not to say they don’t exist.