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Vanessa Nirode

Vanessa Nirode

Vanessa Nirode is a freelance writer who covers wellness, tv/film culture, outdoor adventure, travel, and cycling for Hearst, HuffPost, PopSci, BBC Travel, Threads, and others. She’s also a pattern maker and tailor for film and television but most of the time, she’d rather just be riding her bicycle.

Articles by Vanessa Nirode

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How to Store Comforters: A Complete Guide

Prolong the life of your bedding with our in-depth guide to how to store comforters.

Best Down Alternative Comforters

Best Down Alternative Comforters for Allergy Sufferers Everywhere

If you're looking for an allergy-free night's sleep, you'll find something to love on our list of the best down alternative comforters available right now.

Bridal and Wedding Shapewear

Best Bridal and Wedding Shapewear, According to a Tailor

From the widest range of colors to just-right compression, here’s the best bridal and wedding shapewear for your big day.

Best Shapewear for Women

The Best Shapewear for Women, According to a Fashion and Film Industry Tailor

Get the support you can count on with our round-up of the best shapewear for women, as recommended by a tailor in the fashion and film business.

Best Down Jackets for Men

Best Down Jackets for Men to Keep You Warm No Matter Where You Go

Whatever your style preference, you'll find something on our guide to the best down jackets for men that’ll stand up to anything winter brings.

What is Shapewear

What is Shapewear? Here’s What to Know Before You Shop

Knowing what shapewear is (and what it can do) can help find your best fit. Here’s a brief guide from a professional tailor and pattern maker.

how to clean washing machine

How to Clean a Washing Machine

If you’re wondering how to clean a washing machine—whether it’s front- or top-loading—here’s my how-to guide, including expert tips.

Car Vacuum

Best Car Vacuums for Easy Cleaning, From Cordless to Corded Models

Read our roundup of ten of the best car vacuums, including handheld cordless and corded models, with expert recommendations and advice.

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The Best Walking Shoes: 16 Pairs That Offer Comfortable Support

Put a little spring in your step with a fresh pair of soles from our list of the best walking shoes.

Best Solar Panels

Best Solar Panels For Home, According to Energy Experts

Roundup of the best home solar panels, including portable and flexible panels suitable for camping and RVing. Includes expert advice and recommendations.

Solar Panels

How Do Solar Panels Work: From the Cells to the Complete System

Understand how solar panels work with expert insights on the benefits of storing excess energy, monitoring, maintenance tips, and more.

Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

The Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers in 2024: Which Is Right for You?

If you’re tossing and turning at night, try our picks for the best mattresses for side sleepers. Because unlike that too-small comforter, we’ve got you covered.

best shoes for plantar fasciitis

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis, According to Podiatrists

Foot pain doesn’t have to get in the way of style thanks to our list of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis.

Why is My AC Leaking Water?

Why is My AC Leaking Water?

From clogged drains to frozen evaporator coils, air conditioner experts weigh in on why your AC is leaking water (and what to do about it).

How to Use a Pillow for Neck Pain

How to Use a Pillow for Neck Pain (Turns Out, It’s a Very Individualized Thing)

If you’re waking up sore, this guide on how to use a pillow for neck pain includes an analysis of types of pillows and advice from experts for better sleep.

Best Gifts for People Who Have Everything

The Best Gifts for People Who Have Everything

Who doesn’t want to become the ultimate gift giver? Read our guide and find over 25 of the best gifts for people who have everything.

air conditioner

Best Air Conditioners of 2024, From Mini-Splits to Central HVAC Units

An easy-to-read guide for choosing the best window air conditioner, central HVAC unit, mini-split, or portable model for a range of individual needs and spaces.

AC Not Blowing Cold Air

Why is My AC Not Blowing Cold Air? An Expert Guide to Keep Your Cool

If you are wondering why your AC is not blowing cold air, here are the top reasons (and solutions)


The Best Toilets for a Royal Flush

Going round the U-bend trying to choose a new toilet? Don't flush your money away with our guide to the best toilets on the market right now.

Best Loafers for Men

The Best Loafers for Men: 12 Options to Update Your Wardrobe

Whether you’re wearing them to the office or out and about, our list of the best loafers for men have a style for any occasion.

Security Camera

Best Security Cameras to Keep You, Your Family, and Your Home Safe

Read our round up of nine of the best security cameras for a variety of situations and budgets with expert advice and recommendations.

Workout Shoes for Women

Best Workout Shoes for Women to Keep Your Feet and Your Body Healthy

A round up of the best workout shoes for women for a range of activities and budgets with advice from trainers, coaches, and podiatrists.


14 Best Closet Systems to Help You Be More Organized in 2024

A round up of the best closet systems for a wide range of styles, sizes, and situations, along with recommendations from professional organizers.

Best Folding Treadmills

The Best Folding Treadmills for Running, Walking, and Everything In Between

A run-down of the best folding treadmills on the market, plus what to consider when it comes to speed, compactness, and more when you are shopping for one.

Best Rain Boots

Best Rain Boots for Women and Men to Weather Any Storm

Explore this wide selection of the best rain boots for women, men, and kids to keep your feet from getting wet in (most) any weather.

window air conditioner

Best Window Air Conditioners: 10 AC Units That’ll Beat the Heat

Read our round up of 10 of the best window air conditioners for a range of scenarios and budgets along with expert advice and tips.

Home Security System

Best Home Security Systems to Keep You and Your Family Safe

Whether you're interested in keeping your family safe or your property protected, you'll find something for you on our list of the best home security systems.

Best Hiking Boots for Women

Eleven of the Best Hiking Boots for Women Hitting the Trails

A roundup of the best hiking boots for women including expert recommendations from members of the American Hiking Guides Association.

Best Knee Pillows

The Best Knee Pillows for All Your Aches and Pains

Find the best knee pillows for your sleep style and budget, along with expert advice from an orthopedic surgeon on what to look for when it comes to relief.

Best Shoe Storage Ideas

Best Shoe Storage Ideas: 13 Solutions Designed Just for Footwear

From under-bed to closet options, explore the best shoe storage ideas for a range of styles, needs, and budgets with expert recommendations.

Best Electric Mountain Bike

Best Electric Mountain Bikes for Trails and Treks

For an easy ride that can cover longer distances, check out our guide to the best electric mountain bikes available now.

Best Reading Glasses

Best Reading Glasses: 12 Options for Life’s Fine Print (And More)

See clearly with stylish eyewear from this list of the best reading glasses, which feature a variety of styles, shapes, and price points.

Best Flared Leggings

Best Flared Leggings for All Occasions

Comfortable yet fitted, the best flared leggings are ones that truly can be worn anywhere.

Best Ergonomic Office Chairs

The Best Ergonomic Office Chairs for a More Comfortable Work Day

Lean back and relax as you read our picks for the best ergonomic office chairs to help alleviate back and neck pain at work.

Best Sweatpants for Men

The Best Sweatpants for Men: 14 Comfortable and Surprisingly Stylish Options

Sweatpants are ubiquitous, but quality can vary. Whatever your style, there’s something for you on our list of the best sweatpants for men.

best silk comforters

The Best Silk Comforters That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Sleeping In a Cloud

Round up of the best silk comforters including information on the health benefits of silk, how silk is harvested, and two kinds of silkworms.

Best Portable Monitors

Best Portable Monitors to Boost Your Productivity and Creativity

Discover the best portable monitors for everything from photo editing to gaming, plus tips on which features to look for.

Best Rain Pants for Men and Women

The Best Rain Pants for Men and Women to Stay Active in Any Weather

Stay dry while enjoying outdoor activities like cycling and hiking with nine of the best rain pants for men and women.

Best Cowboy Boots for Men

Best Cowboy Boots for Men: 12 Authentic, Functional, and Stylish Pairs

Find the best cowboy boots for men, as well as advice from Mary Kate Killilea, costume designer for the TV show, “Walker,” and real life cowboys.

Best Wedding Shoes

The Best Wedding Shoes, From Heels to Sneakers

Express your personal style at any budget with our round-up of the best wedding shoes you can buy online.

Best No Show Socks for Women

The Best No-Show Socks for Women: 13 Options for Every Type of Shoe

Whether you’re wearing sneakers, loafers or flats, stay comfortable with the best no-show socks for women that won’t slip.

Best Egyptian cotton sheets

The Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets for the Most Luxurious Sleep Experience

If you’re looking for the softest bedding, the best Egyptian cotton sheets can’t be beat. Here’s our guide to finding the greatest quality online.

Best T-Shirt Bra

Best T-Shirt Bras: 13 Options That Won’t Show Through

Eliminate lines and enjoy all-day comfort with the best t shirt bra for every skin tone, budget, and size.

The Best Wireless Headphones for Perfect Sound in Every Situation

From the perfect gaming headset to gym-friendly earbuds, you’ll find something right for you on our list of the best wireless headphones.

Best Ceiling Fans

The Best Ceiling Fans: 13 Options for Any Style or Budget

Aroundup of best ceiling fans for all budgets and styles - find out which ones are worth your money

best blinds for windows

The Best Blinds for Windows: 12 Options That Go Beyond Basic

When choosing the best blinds for windows, you should start by considering exactly what your space requires. These are our top picks for every room, style, and need.

Best Camping Gear

The Best Camping Gear for Outdoor Adventures, Tested & Reviewed

Explore the best camping gear for both novices and experienced campers. Find all the gear you need, suitable for a wide variety of camping styles and locations.

Best Cotton Underwear for Women

The Best Cotton Underwear for Women, From Boy Shorts to Bikinis

Whether you prefer high-cut briefs or bikinis, stay comfortable with the best cotton underwear for women.

Best Storage Beds

Best Storage Beds for Stylishly Maximizing Space in Your Bedroom

Form meets function with our list of the best storage beds, which includes options for any budget.

best t shirts for women

Best T-shirts for Women: 16 Versatile Options to Add to Your Wardrobe

Our roundup of the best T-shirts for women including various styles for a range of body types and style preferences.

best places to order custom t shirts online

Best Places to Order Custom T-shirts Online for Any Occasion

Commemorate your next family reunion or group trip with the best places to order custom t-shirts online.