Home renovation

Our first home improvement awards are here!

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Home improvement excitement can quickly turn to panic when you realize how many products and materials go into the project. What is the right countertop for the kitchen? Which light fixtures will work best in the bathroom? Is it time to switch to alternative energies? We understood! That’s why we launched the very first Good Housekeeping Home renovation prices. Whether you’re planning a major renovation or just looking to simplify your home maintenance, you’ll find plenty of solutions in our roundup of winners.

Believe us: there is a lot what happens in the house. Even before the pandemic, home renovation was a booming industry, with more millennials becoming homeowners and older Americans making upgrades to stay in their existing homes. Then came COVID-19, and all those months spent at home have spurred even more activity, to the point that spending is now approaching half a trillion dollars a year, up from $300 billion in 2017.

Increased spending has prompted more R&D investment from manufacturers, hence the incredible range of building materials, systems, technologies and more in today’s market. But just because something is shiny and new doesn’t mean it belongs in your home. Enter the home pros at the Good Housekeeping Institute. During more than 5,000 hours of testing, our experts and consumer testers closely examined the dozens of submissions that poured into the Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab. Only products that will truly improve your home – whether they’re easier to use, more energy efficient, safer, more stylish, or a combination of all – have earned a spot on our winners list.

The choices are categorized by area of ​​the home to help you sort them out before your next big project.

Meet the Judges

How we tested

Good Housekeeping Institute experts have been involved with every product submission, often in multiple ways. In most cases, we started by calling samples for lab testing, for example, performing stain and abrasion tests on countertops, decking and flooring. We also enlisted our army of consumer testers to evaluate the products under real-world conditions in their homes – for example, running a digital air monitor for weeks or using a generator to power appliances. Our institute’s engineers have also conducted extensive reviews of technical data provided by manufacturers to verify claims regarding performance, safety, durability and more. Our home design editors, meanwhile, weighed in on style and aesthetics — for example, evaluating the pattern of new tile or the palette of various cladding materials.

For more information on power tools, we enlisted the expertise of Roy Berendsohn, Senior Writer at Popular mechanics, our partner publication; Roy and his team tested a dozen tools at PM’s test center in Easton, Pennsylvania. Finally, we teamed up with outside judge, home builder, developer, and author Fernando Pagés Ruiz, who installed a range of product submissions, from flooring to light fixtures, on a new home build in Nebraska, then gave us his expert advice on installation, performance and aesthetics.

Kitchen All-Stars / Garage Wonders / Great Outdoors / Smartest Home Tech / Genius Home Monitors / Hottest Home Decor / Lawn and Garden Saviors / Perfect Power Tools / Greatest Energy Savers / Top Window Improvements / Brightest Electrical Ideas / The Best in the Bath

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