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Tested Archive

May 18, 2009
Swing, Batter

Which bats work best? The Brooklyn Bulldogs decide.

March 23, 2009
Honk If You Don’t Mind Sharing

With two competitors now challenging Zipcar’s dominance in the rent-by-the-hour market, the fiscal argument for ditching your vehicle has never been stronger. How the three compare.

July 21, 2008
Tested : The Don’t-Budge Bikini

I needed a bikini that was functional (as in, I could swim in it) yet cute (for poolside lounging).

April 7, 2008
Tested: AeroGarden Pro100

One sleepless night, I was watching QVC. And there it was: AeroGarden Pro100, a tabletop gardening kit that calls itself “aeroponic.”

March 3, 2008
Tested: Ultrafast Hand Dryers

America follows Japan in so many ways: video games, product packaging, hand dryers.

January 14, 2008
Tested: Shiny Leggings

When tricked-out leggings came roaring back recently, I was thrilled.

December 10, 2007
The All-Purpose Head Thingy

A Buff is a seamless, tubular piece of fabric that’s an all-in-one hat/scarf/bandanna/face mask/scrunchie/headband that can be styled to fit the current weather.

November 5, 2007
Tested: Tilt, Tuck, and Tighten

I’ve never purchased anything from an infomercial before. So what was I doing dialing the 800 number for Hip Hop Abs, with testimonials from newly slimmed-down, middle-aged white guys?

September 24, 2007
Tested: Urban Mobility Biomega Bike by Puma

For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing Puma’s collapsible eight-gear Urban Mobility Biomega bike. Though its sneaker-brand provenance and Transformers gimmick hurt its curb cred, the bike won me over.

August 13, 2007
Tested: Bodum Canteen Glass

The first time I saw Bodum’s insulated glasses, my engineer’s antennae went up.