Lodge has been producing classic cast-iron cookware out of its Tennessee factory for more than 100 years. The Porcelain on Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven from Lodge's Color line ($105, amazon.com) was a top performer in our test of casserole dishes, browning evenly on both gas and electric ranges and turning out a tender and flavorful beef stew. This induction-safe pot comes red, blue, green, pumpkin, and burgundy.
Manufactured in the Mississippi delta, Viking's ranges are standouts for both style and performance. The fire-engine red VDSC530B-SS ($4,999, amazon.com) was our top pick for a dual-fuel model in our last test. This professional-looking range proved simple to use and was the only one in the bunch to bake four cake layers evenly at once.
Family-owned Nordic Ware has been operating out of Minneapolis for nearly 70 years. Its Restaurant Cookware line ($69 for a 12-inch skillet, amazon.com) performed well in our skillet test, browning steak evenly and maintaining a steady simmer. The professional look will go well with any kitchen.
Since 1905, Anchor Hocking has been manufacturing its glassware in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The True Seal food storage containers ($8-$21, amazon.com) were top performers for glass in our 2009 test, doing the best job of any at keeping air out so food stays fresher.
Cutco products have been made in New York since 1949. Its Petite Chef's Knife ($114, amazon.com) has a blade that’s slightly shorter than your average chef's knife — handy if you find a full 8-inch blade too large or hard to control.
Made in the U.S., Spic and Span's Cinch Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner ($4.49 for 32 oz., amazon.com) quickly cleared messes on stainless steel, glass, and laminate countertop. (The product promises to clean outdoor surfaces, car windows, and plenty more, as well.)
Based in Illinois, Weiman has been manufacturing cleaning products since 1941. The company's carpet cleaner ($4.99 for 22 oz., amazon.com) was our top trigger-spray formula, working quickly to dissolve fresh stains, especially spaghetti sauce, in our tests. The bottle carries the EPA's Design for the Environment label, meaning it contains the safest possible ingredients and it boasts an oxygen ingredient to safely lighten stains.
Inspired by Iowa homemaker Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, the Mrs. Meyer's line comes in a range of garden-fresh scents ranging from basil to geranium. Even better, the Clean Day Automatic Dish Pacs ($8 for 20, amazon.com) banished hard-water spots best of all the tablets in GHRI tests.
Made in the U.S. from recycled plastic, Green Toys' Salad Set ($20, amazon.com) gets healthy eating habits started early. Our imaginative kid testers had fun pretending to serve guests with its serving bowl, salad plate, serving utensils, condiments, and veggies ranging from mushrooms to peppers. This set is suitable for children ages 2 and up.
Made in Buffalo Games' New York factory, Gotcha! ($28, amazon.com) is great for older kids. The game is all about making and breaking rules; to make your way along the board, just follow the rules that pertain to you and catch others when they slip up. But be careful — the rules are constantly changing!
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