Bryan Vu


Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. When outside of the kitchen, he enjoys woodworking, photography, videography and figuring out how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He thoroughly enjoys discovering the best, whether it’s ingredients or equipment, and finding products that can stand the rigors of daily use.

Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. When outside of the kitchen, he enjoys woodworking, photography, videography and figuring out how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He thoroughly enjoys discovering the best, whether it’s ingredients or equipment, and finding products that can stand the rigors of daily use.

Bryan's articles

  • best travel accessories
    The 18 Best Travel Accesories & Gear


    I’ve been traveling a lot in the last five years both internationally and nationally and have gotten a chance to rethink and refine what and how I pack. Much of my travel is fueled by a love of food, exploration, and many of these trips are to visit loved ones. No matter the reason for the trip, they each required a careful packing of luggages and backpacks with essential gear, electronic accessories, flight-specific amenities and weather-specific clothing.

  • group of pruning shears, snips
    The 10 Best Garden & Pruning Shears

    Felco - F-2

    Good quality tools aren’t too hard to come by but you need to know what features to focus on when you’re buying them that fit your gardening needs. Pruning shears are one of the garden's most used tools. We reviewed ten bypass pruners and thinning scissors over three months to see which brands and tools worked best.

  • best packing cubes
    The 9 Best Packing Cubes for Travel

    Eagle Creek - 3 Piece Pack-It Starter Set

    As avid travelers taking 34+ flights over the last two years, we know how much work packing takes. Packing cubes can keep your clothes from getting wrinkled during transportation, make unpacking in your hotel room easier, and allow you to bring more options with compression bag features. We tested over half a dozen packing cube sets for several months on various kinds of trips to find the best options.

  • the best cat litter mats
    The 7 Best Cat Litter Mats

    CatGuru - Heavy Duty Cat Litter Mat

    We love our furry friends, but keeping an indoor cat means handling their bathroom waste. Litter tracking is part of most cat owners’ lives and is based on each cat’s behavior. If you’re a cat parent, you know litter tracking can be a nuisance. But some accessories help alleviate this, like litter mats.

  • best cat nail clippers
    The 10 Best Cat Nail Clippers

    Shiny Pet

    After owning a cat for several years, we completely understand that having the right tools can help keep anxiety at bay for you and your cat. We tested over 10 different nail clippers and found the best nail clippers for cats. The Shiny Pet nail clippers helped speed up the process with their extra sharp […]

  • the best cat trees
    The 7 Best Cat Trees

    Armarkat - 72-inch Cat Tree & Condo

    Cat trees are more than just toys or a place to sleep for a cat, but it actually gives them a host of health benefits including exercise and a hide-out spot. Our cats found the best cat trees on the market which they thought were just purrfect.

  • indoor watering cans
    The 7 Best Indoor Watering Cans

    Fasmov - 1-Gallon Plastic Watering Can

    As avid plant lovers who have grown hundreds of plants from seed to rich greenery and ripe fruits, we know that keeping the soil adequately watered is an integral part of gardening. Indoor watering cans are an essential tool for watering your plants. With indoor watering cans, we wanted a watering can that is easy to use, was nice to look at, and had a longer spout.

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    The 8 Best Outdoor Watering Cans

    Novelty - 2-Gallon Plastic Watering Can

    We’ve extensively the most popular products to find the eight best watering can for the outdoors. We loved the ease of use with the Novelty - 2-Gallon Deluxe Watering Can for larger containers or plants and the sleek design and durability of the Best Choice Products - 1-Gallon Steel Watering Can for smaller, medium-sized planters.

  • The 20 Best Tesla Model Y & Model 3 Accessories


    In my eyes, there are two kinds of accessories to add to your Tesla: essential or optional upgrades. Tesla strangely omits many accessories I feel should have already been included with the car that just about everyone would benefit from, so it’s frustrating that you even have to buy these. The other type are upgrades–it […]

  • pouring water into Ember Mugs
    Ember Mug² Review

    Ember Mug²

    If you, like many other people, are prone to ‘coffee sipping,’ you probably don’t finish it before it turns warm, then lukewarm, then undrinkable. Microwaving your mug is the go-to solution, but it never manages to get that ‘freshly brewed’ taste back. The Ember Mug², however, is the solution that can buy you time. At […]

  • Parachute linen sheet set
    Parachute Sheets & Bedding Review

    Parachute - Linen Sheet Set

    Parachute is one of the most well-known bedding brands to come onto the market since 2014. Parachute Home started as an online-only, direct-to-consumer brand that sold thousands of bedding sheets. We tested one of their most popular linen bedding sheet and duvet sets to see how well they hold up after months of use. Why […]

  • Tesla Model Y unpacking for camping
    Tesla Camping in a Model Y: Setup & Gear Guide


    We’ve done a lot of car camping in Southern California so are relatively well-versed in normal camping gear and setup but we’ve never actually slept in a car for camping. We went into it with a few new unknowns and did our best to plan for them knowing we’d sleep in a Tesla – Model […]

  • Coffee Ratio Calculator


    Brewing coffee is an art form. But, understanding your taste is the first step to making a quality cup. Determine if you like your coffee strong, medium or light, and then use our calculator to customize a cup with the perfect coffee-to-water ratio. To use our calculator, fill out how many cups of coffee you […]

  • closeup of a portable AC's vent hose with wire grate
    Can You Run A Portable Air Conditioner With No Exhaust Hose?


    Many new owners of portable air conditioners are surprised to see the large exhaust vent hose included in the box, since they’re often missing from photos of the air conditioner unit in advertising. Whether you’re shopping for a portable air conditioner or setting one up for the fifth summer in a row like we are, […]

  • the best reading lamps group photo
    The Best Reading Lamps


    We bought and tested lamps to find the best reading lamp for desks, reading in bed, and larger floor lamps for use with larger chairs too.

  • The Best Car Phone Mounts

    iOttie - HLCRIO125

    We tested eight of the most highly rated car phone mounts in five different styles to determine which was the best car phone mount for holding a phone securely and was also the safest to use while driving.

  • Illustration for tea stats
    Tea Consumption & Industry Statistics in 2021


    It’s almost unfair how much tea dominates the market in terms of popularity, revenue, growth, and emerging new specialty categories. But given it’s been around since 2700BC, it’s not surprising how much tea’s popularity has spread around the globe, and how much it has become part of people’s daily lives and spending. We dove deep […]

  • couple hugging in front of burned land
    Ultimate Guide for Homeowners Living in a Fire-Prone Area


    Table of contents What causes residential fires? How can fires threaten my home? How can I reduce the threat of fires? Should I prepare in case of a fire? What to do if a fire ignites in my area? What to do if I’ve been evacuated? Should I invest in home fire insurance? Whether you […]

  • person in wheelchair reading paper
    Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: The Ultimate Guide


    Table of contents Legality Funding Planning Modifications Checklist According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 40 million Americans living with a disability, which represents 12.7 percent of the total civilian non-institutionalized population. There are several resources available to help individuals living with a disability to not only have a comfortable home, but the […]

  • baby crawling with dad
    Extensive Guide to Babyproofing Your Home


    Whether you’re preparing to expand your family, or are expecting a little visitor, you’ll want your home to be equipped with the correct safety measures before their arrival. You never want to underestimate the importance of baby proofing your home, as little fingers have the potential to get into some unexpected areas. Follow our guide […]

  • boy going through recycling
    Ultimate Guide to Recycling in Your Home


    Do you recycle at home? According to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, 94 percent of the U.S. population has a recycling program available to them. Therefore, if you make recycling a routine for your entire family, it’s easy to create a more sustainable household. Learn more about the dos and don’ts of recycling, how to decode […]

  • group of car vaccums on floor
    The Best Car Vacuums

    BLACK+DECKER - BDH2000PL Pivot

    We spent weeks testing the top car vacuums in the grimiest cars to figure out which cleans the best. Ultimately, the BLACK+DECKER - Pivot did the best job of getting our vehicles clean. Another great cordless model is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser.

  • The Best Coolers

    Orca - 40 Quart Classic

    We spent an entire summer prepping lunches and transporting nine coolers to parks, beaches and other destinations. The Orca kept ice the longest, and it's our top pick.

  • The Best Bread Machines

    Zojirushi - BB-PAC20

    We gathered a wealth of knowledge, science and technique into our 36 hours of research and testing six machines to determine a Zojirushi product was the best bread machine.

  • the best slow cookers - group photo
    The Best Slow Cookers

    Cuisinart - MSC-600

    We rigorously tested six popular slow cookers, and after cooking 20 pounds of beef chuck roast and pots full of pinto beans, we found the best slow cooker to be one from Cuisinart. It handily out-performed the others, and its browning function made a substantial difference!

  • group of best immersion blenders
    The Best Immersion Blenders

    Bamix - Pro-1 M150

    To flag a winner for best immersion blender, we logged over 50 hours researching products and conducting puréed soup and smoothie tests. Featuring a unique open-cage design, the Bamix - Pro-1 M150 powered to the front.

  • the best manual coffee grinders
    The Best Manual Coffee Grinders


    With the help of a coffee expert, we tested four of the top manual coffee grinders for performance, consistency, ease-of-use, and blind taste-testing to find the JavaPresse to be the best manual coffee grinder overall.

  • The Best Automatic Litter Boxes

    Pet Zone - SmartScoop

    After 10 weeks of research and extensive in-home testing with the top five products and our two cats Kit Kat and Jelly Bean, we found the best automatic litter box to be the Pet Zone - SmartScoop.

  • the best vacuum sealers
    The Best Vacuum Sealers

    Mueller - MFFVS-01

    We spent 60 hours testing the top vacuum sealers, sealing hundreds of bags with a variety of wet and dry foods, and determined that the Mueller - MFFS-01 was the most efficient and reliable. Our runner-up, the Geryon - E2800-C, is a less expensive model and is also a good alternate choice.

  • the best coffee grinders - group shot
    The Best Coffee Grinders

    Bodum - Bistro

    We spent weeks researching and working with a coffee expert, working with a hydrodynamicist, and performed blind taste testing to discover that Bodum makes the best coffee grinder for home use.

  • the best water flossers in a group
    The Best Water Flossers

    h2ofloss - hf-8

    Through over 20 hours of use, talking with a dentist with 22 years experience and water flossing after over 80 meals, we found the best water flosser overall to be the h20floss - hf-8 for cleaning your teeth and gums.