Winter means, for most of us, spending a lot more time at home than we would otherwise choose. Vacations are good medicine, sure, but who has the money to travel all season? Make your home a pleasant place, inside and out, with these equipment deals for your garage, garden and home, and you won’t. to want leave.
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It is undoubtedly the best value for money among a garage workbench currently. The solid wood top is 1.25 inches thick (!) and the legs are height adjustable. It is capable of supporting an incredible 3,000 pounds of weight. An interesting feature of the Husky workbench is that two of the Husky freestanding cabinet with 1 door and 2 drawers or the Husky 2-Door Base Cabinet will nest right under the workbench for extra storage and out of the way, with the same impressive build quality and cohesive design.
Closed doors keep dust from your equipment and tangles from extension cords out of sight. This cabinet is made from 24 gauge steel and is powder coated in your choice of red or black. There is also a 30 inches And 48-inch wide versions if you have less or more space to place a cabinet. Mount a Husky Wall Cabinet for $150 ($50 Off)which offers the same look and build quality, on a workbench if you need shelves but don’t have the floor space for a freestanding cabinet.
You won’t overload that shelf when each shelf, properly distributed, is capable of supporting up to 2,500 pounds. It is per shelf. Forget the “boltless” version of this shelf that Husky also makes. The bolts are not so scary to attach during assembly, and they will hold the shelf together more securely.
Give me a blank check and tell me to pick out the best power tools at any hardware store, and I’ll head straight to Milwaukee or DeWalt. There are many good brands out there, but these two seem to last a little longer without developing any annoying performance issues. You get what you pay for with Milwaukee, that’s for sure. If you haven’t joined the cordless power tool revolution and need almost everything, this combo can’t be beat. You get an electric drill, circular saw, grinder and much more. Both rechargeable batteries fit all tools and come with a charger, so you can charge one while using the other.
You should at least inflate your tires every month. For this, you will need an air compressor. While a small, portable unit can get the job done (slowly), you can save a lot of time on this crucial task with an air compressor that has a ready-to-use reserve tank of pressurized air.
Everyone should have a vacuum cleaner that can suck up not only dry messes, but also wet spills. Use it to keep your garage regularly tidy and to clean the interior of your car. Like most shop vacuums, it comes with a wide assortment of tools and removable nozzles to fit every nook and cranny around shop furniture and inside car interiors. I’ve had good luck with the performance and long-term durability of several Ridgid wet/dry vacuums over the past decade, so much so that today it’s the only brand I buy.
There are high-quality floor jacks made in the USA (unlike this one), but you’ll pay a pretty penny for them. If you’re short on cash, save your money on the jack and spend it on good quality jack stands instead. Always place the car on good, sturdy jack stands before going under it. Don’t do it just leave it on the jack and slide it under – jacks are notorious for giving way, and if that’s all that’s holding the car up, you’ll splash. Also keep a backup under the car, whether it’s the jack lowered slightly so it’s not supporting much of the car’s weight or even a stack of tires under the chassis.
For non-4K TVs, it’s not worth opting for an expensive, 4K-capable streaming device. Save money and buy this 1080p compatible streaming system to access Amazon Fire TV. It doesn’t support Dolby Atmos sound, but if your TV isn’t 4K, chances are it doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, anyway. Read our Guide to the best streaming devices for other options.
If your home has Google Assistant, you may want to stick with the proprietary solution and get this outdoor/indoor security camera from Google. It’s battery operated, so you don’t need to struggle with wires. You can remove it from the magnetic holder to recharge it, and it usually lasts a little over a month. You get 1080p video, HDR support, and a 130-degree field of view. Read our Guide to the Best Outdoor Security Cameras for more.
We rated the Blink Mini as cheap, compact and versatile with good video quality in our Guide to the Best Indoor Security Cameras. You have to pay $3 per month for a subscription, and the motion detection can’t distinguish between humans and pets, but it has two-way audio and integrates with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
The Nest Video Doorbell is our favorite video doorbell. Its performance is reliable, with quick alerts and notifications, and HDR support means your clips won’t be wiped out by bright lights. It works without a subscription, but you’ll need to subscribe to Nest Aware to get the most out of it. The battery tends to last a month before needing to be recharged.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Werner is the only brand that makes a solid ladder, but I have used it more than any other brand in my 30 years in business, to put it roughly, making thing very high in the air. From painting walls to insulating, I’ve never had a Werner ladder fail, and that level of confidence is worth gold when it comes to ladders. This four-foot stepladder is a little guy, perfect for keeping at home for jobs that require reaching the ceiling, without the bulk of a standard eight-foot ladder. It can hold up to 250 pounds and remember to never stand on the top “step”. Ladders are not made for that.
There are quite a few Nanoleaf smart light panels on sale, so if you don’t want a triangular shape, you can choose from hexagons or mini triangles. This modular system allows you to create a panel of lights in the design of your choice. Read our Best Nanoleaf Lights Guide for more information.
This Eero mesh router 3-pack is for anyone who wants a no-frills system. It’s very simple to set up and you can extend connectivity throughout the house with both nodes. You can sign up for an Eero Plus subscription to benefit from features like parental controls and ad blocking, but it’s also not required. Read our Best Mesh Routers And Best Eero Guides for more.
Keep the peace between you and your neighbors by relegating the deafening old gas leaf blower to history museums and upgrade to a quieter, even quiet, electric leaf blower. Its 450 CFM airflow is enough for wind gusts of 120 miles per hour to put those leaves in order. It comes with two batteries and a charger, and since it uses the same M18 battery as the tools in the Milwaukee power tool combo we linked above, you can swap these batteries freely between them.
We named the Wi-Fi-equipped Ironwood 650 (7/10, WIRED recommends) the best pellet grill/smoker in our Guide to the best grills, thanks to – and I never thought I would say this about a grill – its excellent application and precise cooking control while you relax elsewhere, whether inside the house or on the furniture patio. Not to mention, an included recipe book has some incredible dishes. The “650” in the name refers to the 650 square inches of grill space, which should be enough to smoke three or four racks of ribs at a time, or six whole chickens.
Feast your eyes on the Rolls-Royce of grilling, the Timberline (7/10, WIRED recommends), which we called the best luxury grill in our Guide to the best grills. If only the absolute best can satisfy your need to grill enough catfish, ribs, and acorn squash to feed a small army, the Timberline is large enough to gobble up an entire bag of pellets and smoke 50 pounds of beef. one shot. , and you can monitor its temperature all day remotely thanks to its Wi-Fi connection. You have access to the same excellent Traeger app, but WIRED Senior Product Reviewer Scott Gilbertson found that this Wi-Fi connection Grill was sometimes uneven.