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Daniel Jackson

Writer

Daniel is a Canadian farm boy who grew up to be a nerd with a literature degree and too many hobbies to count. He emigrated from Canada to California in 2013, and now writes for Your Best Digs full-time. Daniel remains unapologetic about Canadian spelling, serial commas, and the destruction of expensive travel mugs.

Daniel is a Canadian farm boy who grew up to be a nerd with a literature degree and too many hobbies to count. He emigrated from Canada to California in 2013, and now writes for Your Best Digs full-time. Daniel remains unapologetic about Canadian spelling, serial commas, and the destruction of expensive travel mugs.

Daniel's articles

  • Whynter portable air conditioner
    Whynter Portable AC Review (ARC-14S & ARC122DS)

     

    We’ve tested the best portable air conditioners for five summers, and we’re confident that the 12,000 BTU Whynter ARC-122DS Elite is the best choice for most people who need a portable air conditioner. A window air conditioner is a better choice if you can make it work, but the Whynter is quiet and cool adequately […]

  • evaporative air cooler
    What Are Ventless Portable Air Conditioners?

     

    We’ve tested window air conditioners and more-convenient portable air conditioners extensively, but many readers ask us if there are any easy-to-install air conditioners that don’t need to vent air out a window. The answer to this question depends on what you consider air conditioning, and it also depends on your climate. When we talk about […]

  • Hydro Flask next to Yeti insulated bottles
    Hydro Flask vs Yeti: Which Is Better?

     

    We’ve been testing water bottles, travel mugs, and other beverage containers for four years, and the comparison people are always asking about is YETI vs. Hydro Flask. YETI is still very well-known for their insulated tumbler, but we put their newer insulated Rambler water bottle and the popular Hydro Flask through their paces to see […]

  • LG portable air conditioner
    LG Portable Air Conditioner Reviews (2015-2020)

     

    We’ve tested every new revision of the LG since 2015, and compared against four other brands of highly rated portable air conditioners to see which unit is the best performing overall. LG portables have all performed near the top of pretty much every metric, while (luckily) not sitting near the top in cost. 2016 tests […]

  • portable AC vent hose closeup
    How To Fix A Portable AC That’s Not Cooling

     

    Troubleshooting an appliance can be daunting, but we combed through service manuals and manufacturer troubleshooting guides to compile the following steps will help you find the source of your trouble. We’ve been testing portable air conditioners for five summers, and while we’ve had good luck with the reliability of our test units there are still […]

  • Kill A Watt electricity monitor
    How Many Watts Does A Window AC Use?

     

    If you’re shopping for a window air conditioner, there’s an official standard for efficiency you should understand: the combined energy efficiency ratio, or CEER, which represents the number of BTUs of heat per hour an air conditioner removes for every watt of electricity it consumes. The Department of Energy “Energy Star” rating is given to […]

  • portable ac venting out a window
    How Do Portable Air Conditioners Work?

     

    While it would be wonderful to live in an alternate reality where we can turn electricity into cold, we’re stuck in a world where we can only directly turn electrical energy into heat. To make a room colder we have to capture heat, then move it outdoors. We do this complex job using two coils […]

  • Portable AC vs Window AC: Which Is Better?

     

    We’ve reviewed the best window air conditioners and the best portable air conditioners over the last four years, and we know it can be tough to see the advantages and disadvantages of each when you’re trying to decide how to cool off a room. All things being equal, a window air conditioner is better than […]

  • home thermostat set to 78F
    The Best Temperature Setting For Air Conditioners

     

    Figuring out the best temperature to set your air conditioner on is a balancing act. Running your air conditioner more will always use more energy, but with careful planning most houses should be able to stay at 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer heat without using excessive energy or making you feel too hot. Energy […]

  • two portable acs size comparison
    What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

     

    Many people reading our reviews of the best portable and window air conditioners have asked us “What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?” The answer is complex. To choose the size of an air conditioner, you need to know how big your room is, but you’ll also need to know where the heat in your […]

  • portable AC window venting kit
    Do All Portable ACs Have To Be Vented Out A Window?

     

    We’ve been testing the best portable air conditioners for five years, and we’ve found out all about the versatility and drawbacks of the vent hoses. These AC units are like self-contained heat pumps: They collect heat from a room and send it somewhere else through an exhaust vent. But portable ACs don’t need to vent […]

  • Cable modems for Spectrum
    The Best Modem for Spectrum

    Technicolor - E31T2V

    After interviewing experts, technicians and Spectrum representatives, we think the best modem for Spectrum is the Technicolor - E31T2V1 we got from them. But if you can only get an inferior modem, we have a replacement pick.

  • The best alkaline water pitchers
    The Best Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher

    Brita - Longlast

    After consulting health experts and testing the water from four alkaline water filter pitchers, we don't think any of them are worth buying. Even if you're not buying it for health benefits, the best alkaline water pitcher manufacturer doesn't (or can't) tell you what's in their filters.

  • Cleaning an air conditioner
    How to Clean an Air Conditioner

     

    We’ve researched the instruction manuals and maintenance guides for more than a dozen different air conditioners in the course of聽testing portable air conditioners and window air conditioners. These are the steps you need to take every year to keep your air conditioner working its best. How to clean an air conditioner air filter The first […]

  • The best beer koozies
    The Best Beer Koozie

    Thermos - 2700TRI6

    After comparing eight top-selling beer coolers in an all-day insulation test, we found that the best beer koozie overall is the Thermos - 2700TRI6.

  • The best hand trucks
    The Best Hand Truck

    Magliner - HMK119UA4

    After testing weight capacity and handling in an obstacle course, we think the best hand truck is the Magliner - HMK119UA4, a full-size model with 10-inch tires.

  • The best beef jerky
    The Best Beef Jerky

    Lucky Jerky

    To find the best beef jerky, our testers tried top brands side-by-side in blind tests. then ranked the top ten affordable choices. Lucky Jerky won us over with its simple recipe and chewy texture.

  • The best tactical flashlights
    The Best Tactical Flashlight

    Klarus - XT11GT

    Our team worked with service personnel to find and test the best tactical flashlight. The Klarus - XT11GT gives you instant access to modes you need, and charges with a USB cable.

  • Vacuums for hardwood floors
    The Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

    Shark - Apex

    After 18 months of testing on mixed surfaces, we tested the top vacuums on hardwood. The best vacuum for hardwood floors is the Shark - Apex, with its revolutionary soft roller.

  • Shower filters
    The Best Shower Filter

    AquaBliss - SF100

    After researching and testing top-selling options, we don't recommend shower filters for most homes. If you're extremely sensitive, though, the AquaBliss - SF100 is the best shower filter for chlorine.

  • Canister vacuums
    The Best Canister Vacuum

    Kenmore - Elite

    After months of research and testing top designs for power, handling and dust control, we chose the Kenmore - Elite as the best canister vacuum. The unique multi-mode floor head switches quickly between carpets and bare floors, and the power and dust control are competitive with vacuums that are double or triple the price.