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Rechargeable batteries reviews

GP ReCyko 2100mAh review £8.49Typical price Test scoreShow Context 70% Key features AA 2100 Compare verdict: Worth a look The GP ReCyko 2100mAh rechargeable AA batteries are recommended for 500 cycles – but do they hold on to their capacity, and do they have the stamina to keep your devices running for a decent length of time? […]

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Washing-up liquid reviews

Fairy Antibacterial Eucalyptus review £2.00Typical price Test scoreShow Context 90% Key features 32p per 100ml Compare  verdict: The best you can buy Fairy says its Antibacterial Eucalyptus washing-up liquid protects your sponge against bacteria for 24 hours – but is it any good at the basic business of clearing grime from plates? Our test results reveal whether […]

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How to buy the best light bulb

Everything you need to know about CFLs, LEDs, halogens and smart light bulbs, including energy efficiency, annual costs and how to get rid of your old bulbs There are three types of energy-saving light bulb: compact fluorescent lamps, known as CFLs (the most common type of light bulb); halogens (which are now banned from sale); […]

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How to make your home more energy efficient

From home energy audits to low-energy lightbulbs, an efficient home means lower energy bills – find out where to start   Many of the UK’s homes are inefficient to heat, leading to high energy bills and a big carbon footprint. Our housing is some of the oldest and worst insulated in Europe. According to Energy […]

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Best outdoor lights

We put 11 outdoor garden lights, including icicle lights and fairy lights, through our tough durability tests to find out which are the most robust     Over the course of a couple of months we put 11 outdoor lights through an assault of durability tests to find the ones you’ll be able to rely […]

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How to fix common LED problems

Expert advice on how to stop your LED lights flickering, buzzing or burning out, plus what you need to know about dimming LEDs.   LED lights are an energy efficient way to light your home, and should last for more than a decade before you need to replace them.  More and more people are making […]

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Philips Hue vs other smart lighting systems

Philips Hue are the most popular smart light bulbs, but are they any better than bulbs from Hive, Ikea, LIFX and Osram? We take a look.   When they were first released in 2012, Philips Hue smart light bulbs were one of the earliest examples of the new technology.  Now they are one of the […]

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Laundry detergent

Ariel All in 1 Pods + Oxi Stain Removers review £7.00Typical price Test score 75% Key features Bio 28p per wash 25 washes Compare  verdict: The best capsules we tested Leading laundry-detergent brand Ariel’s All in 1 Washing Pods with Oxi Stain Removers are a pricey choice – but are they also a wise one? Mud, tomato […]

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Best shower drain unblockers

We’ve all seen the tangled mess of a drain clogged up with hair. Sort it quickly with our top choices of bathroom drain unblockers.     In May 2021 we tested seven popular shower drain unblockers including Mr Muscle, Ecozone and Buster, as well as a home remedy of bicarbonate soda, salt and vinegar, to […]

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Dishwasher tablets

Fairy Platinum Plus All in One Lemon review £10.00Typical price Test score 82% Compare  verdict: Fantastic Fairy promises that Platinum Plus All in One Lemon dishwasher tablets will deliver ‘a clean like new’. You’d probably expect as much, considering how pricey they are. But do these dishwasher tablets really do the job? Read our full review to […]

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