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Everlane’s Popular Linen Shirt Is Perfect for Spring and Summer

With all the hype surrounding technical apparel, it’s easy to forget that some of the most comfortable summer fabrics come from natural fibers. Case in point: Everlane’s recently reissued collection of linen shirts for spring and summer.

The popular button-downs, which sold out the first time they came out, are cut from a naturally breathable 100 percent linen fabric and feature a slim fit. Long and short sleeve versions are available with more than 10 colors each. They also start at all of $50 — so you might as well grab a couple.

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The Linen Standard Fit Shirt

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$55.00

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The Linen Short-Sleeve Standard Fit Shirt – Midnight

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$50.00

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Stop Wearing Your Old Sweatpants. Try a Pair of These Instead

Sure, sweatpants got many us through most of last year. Maybe you’re in a pair right now still — toiling away on the Internet or endlessly (doom)scrolling on a smartphone —wondering how to style them or who makes the most durable ones for men. But, breaking news: most sweatpants suck (and they aren’t going anywhere.) The ones that cinch around the ankle, balloon at the knees and slouch off the hips don’t exude an aura of put-togetherness. Perhaps your pair’s pilling in the inner thigh or a hole has formed in your pocket. These aren’t flattering nor are they office (albeit errand) appropriate, and, honestly, prove best saved for sleeping in or shuffling to the kitchen for coffee in the wee hours of the morning.

Simply put, if you can’t pry yourself from the comfortability of sweatpants, opt for these sweatpant-adjacent styles instead. Each boasts something extra that ushers the garment past living room loungewear or lifting gear and closer to formal attire. They’re to be worn similarly to a smarter pair of pants, but you’ll feel far more comfortable in these.

Richer Poorer Tailored Terry Trousers

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Men’s Terry Trouser

Richer Poorer richer-poorer.com

$78.00

The loungewear experts at Richer Poorer produced a pair of Terry Trousers designed to look plucked from the tailor shop. Pin tucking and a faux J-stitch elevate the bottoms beyond traditional sweatpants, while slanted pockets, a hidden drawstring waist and cuffed hems add further elegance. They come in four colors (Stretch Limo, Olive Army, Blue Nights and Charcoal Heather Grey) and five sizes (Small-XXL).

Massimo Alba Yamato Tapered Cashmere Sweatpants

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Yamato Tapered Cashmere Sweatpants

Massimo Alba mrporter.com

$695.00

Milanese luxury label Massimo Alba (by the designer of the same name) makes an excellent Navy cashmere sweatpant that cuts closely at the hip and tapers down the leg. An elasticated waistband gives while retaining its shape and slant pockets offer space for storing your KWP (keys, wallet, phone).

Buck Mason Pima Lounge Pants

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Pima Lounge Pant

Buck Mason buckmason.com

$65.00

Buck Mason reimagined their best-selling Pima Cotton T-shirt into a pair of ultra-soft Pima Cotton Lounge Pants. They feature a stretch poplin waistband and a pair of stash pockets and are roomier around the legs. (Yes, the brand advises you wear them around the house, but, in the summer, they’re the ideal casual pants — especially in white.)

Topman Houndstooth Classic Fit Joggers

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Houndstooth Classic Fit Joggers

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$60.00

Topman’s classic joggers lay like dressier pants, while still flexing and fitting like comfier sweatpants. They boast a bit of thickness that prevents unsavory see through moments, and a Houndstooth pattern proves more stylish than a simple garment dye. They’re available in five sizes — XS through XL — but come equipped with a drawstring waist, too.

Orvis Ultra-Ragg Fleece Sweatpants

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Ultra-Ragg Sweatpants

Orvis orvis.com

$89.00

Orvis’ retro-tinged Ultra-Ragg Sweatpants are cut from hefty 12 oz. fleece fabric, rendering them appropriate for trips outside your own own. A faux fly adds a detail while a drawstring waist ensures they stay up. Opt for the “Natural” hue, which is a nice blend of basic grey and washed beige.

James Perse Black Loopback Supima Cotton Sweatpants

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Mélange Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatpants

James Perse mrporter.com

$145.00

Sized 1 through 5 (1 meaning small and 5 XXL), James Perse’s super-simple straight-leg Supima Cotton Sweatpants pass for softer trousers with the proper top, all without sacrificing the comfortability you’re accustomed to.

Norse Projects Falun Classic Sweatpant

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Falun Classic Sweatpant

Norse Projects endclothing.com

$155.00

Norse Projects’ Classic Falun Sweatpant evokes athletic silhouettes of yesteryear without succumbing to kitsch or costume. Their tapered fit affords modernity and a 100 percent made-in-Portugal cotton construction promises durability.

Maharishi Classic MilType Jogger

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Classic MILTYPE Jogger

Maharishi endclothing.com

$169.00

These are something like a convertible—and not in the detachable bottom halves kind of way. Adjustable drawstring cords at the waist and hem let cinch your cuff if you must, and knee panelling on both legs signal these are ideal for adventurous activities. (But, in the same way some of us wear workwear without reason, adventure isn’t required.)

End. Folk Pine Green Track Pant

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Pine Green Track Pant

End + Folk endclothing.com

$149.00

Like the Richer Poorer trousers pictured above, End. and Folk’s collaborative Track Pant (in Pine Green) boasts both pintuck detailing and a faux J stitch. They’re cropped slightly shorter than most sweatpants but that adds to their allure (and versatility). Yellow accents on the waist and back pocket add a pop of color, and the pant’s hybrid fabric formula — 72% viscose, 24% polyamide, 4% elastane — offer stretch and softness.

Schiesser Matthias Tapered Combed Cotton Sweatpants

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Matthias Tapered Combed Cotton Sweatpants

Schiesser mrporter.com

$145.00

From afar, these Schiesser Matthias Sweatpants drape and stack like Cotton Twill Chinos. For the wearer, they feel like combed cotton-jersey sweatpants (hint: because they are). They’re midweight, mildly stretchy and at the top of my shopping list.

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Vagabund Moto V15 BMW R9T

We love the motos that come out of Austrian builder Vagabund Moto’s shop because they take something already great and make it stratospheric. They recently unveiled the V15 (their 15th project) that was built for…

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Ulysse Nardin evokes wartime camouflage with the Freak X Razzle Dazzle Edition

Ulysse Nardin has been off our radar for a while now and we’re curious as to what they’re up to. A quick search reveals that its Freak X receives a Razzle Dazzle treatment for another exclusive release. The model has been its canvas of choice for more avant-garde visuals thanks to its unique dial design. We’re actually glad that the brand chooses to give it another aesthetic makeover.

Limited to only 30 examples, the Freak X Razzle Dazzle version will not take long to sell out. With a motif that heavily leans on the naval strategy employed by U.S. and British warships during World War I, the timepiece attempts to emulate the strange camouflage pattern.

Originally, these markings on wartime ships were there to disrupt the aim of enemies. Ulysse Nardin uses this disorientating marking on the dial of the Freak X Razzle Dazzle. It might be an odd choice, but it does draw your attention to the watch.

Therefore, the first phase of the watchmaker’s plan appears to be working. The next step involves the use of outstanding workmanship to show off the mechanical intricacies. Seeing the gears turn along with the huge indicators is mesmerizing especially with the sharp lines in black and white.

With its unconventional timekeeping elements, silicium balance wheel, and escapement in full view, the Freak X Razzle Dazzle begs to be noticed. The 43 mm case is titanium with black DLC and sapphire crystal. It operates on Ulysse Nardin’s UN-230 self-winding calibre with a 72-hour power reserve. You can get it with a black leather-rubber strap or white calfskin leather strap.

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Desus Nice’s Shoe Organizer and Six More Closet Storage Solutions

When DESUS & MERO on Showtime transitioned to filming remotely last year, co-hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero were forced to trade in their elaborate sets for corners of their own homes. Mero retreated to his basement (aka away from his four kids), and Desus situated himself in front of an array of sneakers, each color-coded in clear boxes.

Impressed by his commitment to rotating the pairs in view, fans wondered Nice’s elaborate set up was actually the product of a green screen. “If this was a green screen, could I do that, baby?” he asks as he licks the sole of an all-blue pair of Fila’s Jerry Stackhouse Spaghetti sneakers. For further proof, he breaks his silence on where he bought the organizers from. “These sneaker boxes are each custom made in Italy. They run about $400 each; I can’t tell you the name of the person [who makes them]. There’s a six-month waitlist… I’m kidding. These are regular open flat-front shoe boxes from The Container Store.”

He uses a wall of these as a way to store his collection of sneakers. (He has around 400 pairs.) Switching them out each week takes “either two days or two hours,” he explains in the same segment. Having a surefire way for organizing them abets his sneaker obsession, which he says only developed recently. “People who don’t get it, I completely understand. I used to be like you,” he says. Now he’s cemented himself as a collector. If you feel similarly or are simply desiring a product that’ll declutter what you do have, here are several products that’ll help you declutter your closet and eliminate the stress of mess.

The Container Store Drop-Front Shoe Boxes

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Large Drop-Front Shoe Box

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$10.99

This Desus-approved design lets you show off your shoes in a space-saving way. They’re clear and feature a door that opens down, making removing a pair easy and possible without rearranging the entire ensemble. Dubbed the large version, they can fit up to a men’s size 13 (and even some taller boots). Get one for just under $11 or six for under $60.

Like-It Modular Stacking Baskets

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Modular Stacking Basket with Lid

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$30.00

Japanese brand Like-It makes these Modular Stacking Baskets in several sizes (small, medium and large). They’re slotted so you can see through without stressing out over your folding ability and breathable as to prevent the mustiness that comes with closed-lid systems. They all come with lids, too, so you can them on top of each other — and save space. Whether you use a small one for socks and underwear or a bigger one for sweaters and jeans, you’ll be glad you got them — and you can always get more.

West Elm Wall-Mounted Hamper

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Bamboo Wall-Mounted Laundry Hamper

West Elm westelm.com

$160.00

Surely clean clothes are the priority, but a compact hamper can free up critical space. West Elm’s wall-mountable bamboo iteration can hold up to 11 lbs of laundry, features a removable interior lining and comes with all of the equipment for installing it. It may not be the biggest option on the market, but it’s certainly the most efficient.

Yamazaki Chain Link Bag Hanger

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Chain Link Bag Hanger

Yamazaki theyamazakihome.com

$25.00

Although Yamazaki’s Chain Link Hanger is designed for bags, you’re able to store hats, belts, scarves and other accessories, too. This iteration affords you the option of hanging the rack on the back of the door, mounting it to a wall or draping it off a hanger. The included tools and attachments make switching between styles easy, and every rung is removable, rendering the total piece a different length depending on your needs.

ORG Friction Tiered Hanger

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Friction 5-Tier Tree

ORG bedbathandbeyond.com

$8.49

ORG’s rubber-wrapped hangers shrink the total footprint of button-downs and t-shirts. Five of them fit on each of these, strung vertically in front of one another. Plus, they’re all attached to a sturdy metal spine that greatly reduces the likelihood that the weight of five items will break the hook or the rod it’s hung on.

Like-It Space-Saving Shoe Holders

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Space-Saving Shoe Holders

Like-It food52.com

$22.00

Do you have fewer shoes than Desus? Perhaps a certain spot you’ve already dedicated to the shoes you do own? Like-It’s super-functional shoe holders store single pairs in a stacked formation — one slides into the bottom spot while another is angled on top. Made in Japan from hard plastic, they’re available as a set of six or 12, and each has a clear stopper on top to prevent the shoe from slipping off.

Yamazaki Jewelry and Accessories Display Stand

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Jewelry and Accessory Display Stand

Yamazaki theyamazakihome.com

$36.00

Chances are you probably already have a place to store watches, while the rest of your accessories are likely strewn inside a drawer or in a bowl moonlighting as a catchall. Yamazaki’s handy 11″ accessory stand leaves room rings and earrings on individual hooks and bracelets and necklaces on a freestanding wooden rung. There’s space on the bottom surface, too, for bulkier items like glasses and other EDC essentials.

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The 9 Best Places to Order Groceries Online

Running to the grocery store has always been a chore. Throw in a global pandemic, and grocery shopping starts to feel even more daunting. As if online shopping wasn’t amazing enough, you can also all your groceries from the comfort of your couch. Online grocery shopping works one of two ways: you get your goods delivered, like a regular package, that was packed in a warehouse; or a local shopper, equipped with your grocery list, does all the leg work for you and delivers it to your front door (contactless, too, if you prefer).

A few things to consider when deciding if an online grocer is right for you is whether it’s available in your area, minimum order requirements and delivery fees. Some services, like Amazon Fresh, just make sense if you already have an Amazon Prime account, while others, like Thrive Market, cater to those who only want to buy good-for-you products. After you take those factors into consideration, find which of the following nine grocery delivery services is for you.

Amazon Fresh

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Delivery Fee: Free on orders $35+
Membership: Yes, Amazon Prime $119/year
Availability: Over 2,000 cities, but no dorms

If you already have Amazon Prime, it only makes sense to take advantage of the included Amazon Fresh. The digital interface is identical to shopping Amazon’s regular marketplace, so you don’t have to teach yourself how to navigate a new website. Finding what you need is as easy as shopping on Amazon can be, plus, the availability is almost unmatched by other services on this list. Shopping on Amazon Fresh means you get access to Whole Foods products, and orders can get to you in as fast as an hour.

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Boxed

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Boxed

Delivery Fee: Free on orders $49+
Membership: Optional, $49/year for free delivery on orders $20+, 2% cash rewards and exclusive perks
Availability: Nationwide

Boxed is an online wholesale retailer, so it’s like Costco but virtual. Get bulk versions of your most-used groceries like produce, dairy and eggs, and also get pantry goods and home essentials. Expect your orders to be delivered in one to three days, with express delivery available on orders.

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FreshDirect

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FreshDirect

Delivery Fee: $6 to $16, based on location
Membership: No
Availability: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C.

Those on the east coast may choose to shop from FreshDirect, which delivers your typical groceries as well as alcohol and ready-to-eat meals. In certain locations, you can get your order in about an hour, and you can schedule deliveries a week in advance. Those who have already shopped with FreshDirect are quick to note the brand’s high-quality products, which are often organic.

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Safeway

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Delivery Fee: $10
Membership: No
Availability: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., Wyoming

While the east coast has Fresh Direct, the other half of the country has Safeway, a chain of supermarkets that also does delivery. Because Safeway is a regular supermarket, its delivery runs on supermarket hours — between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. — but you can shop online 24/7. The minimum order requirement is $30, and while the $10 delivery fee is higher than most other delivery services, purchases over $150 may have reduced delivery fees.

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Shipt

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Shipt

Delivery Fee: Free on orders $35+
Membership: Yes, $14/month or $99/year
Availability: Over 200 cities

Shopping with Shipt is like hiring a personal shopper to collect your goods from the various stores the service partners with, like Target, CVS and Costco to name a few. As long as a store is open, you can get your stuff fairly quickly. Shipt is as widely available as other personal shopping services, but you do get to shop from widely popular stores, and coupons and exclusive savings are regularly available so you can easily save a quick buck and earn back your monthly or yearly membership fee.

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Instacart

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Instacart

Delivery Fee: $4 on orders $35+
Membership: Optional, $99/year or $10/month for free delivery on orders $35+
Availability: Nationwide

By partnering with over 500 retailers across the US, Instacart gets local shoppers to help buy and deliver all the items you want without having to leave home. You can even order from warehouse clubs — like Costco and BJ’s — without needing a membership with those clubs. You’ll get live updates on your order, and if something is out of stock, your shopper will reach out to you to ask if you’d be interested in an alternate item.

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Thrive Market

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Thrive Market

Delivery Fee: Free on orders $49+
Membership: Yes, $60/year
Availability: Nationwide

Thrive Market is an online marketplace for good-for-you products from home care items to food. As Thrive puts it, they sell ” organic, non-GMO, sustainable and non-toxic products for every lifestyle.” The company also strives to keep its prices low, so items are more approachable to everyday people. Thrive also provides free membership, called Thrive Gives, to certain individuals, which includes low-income families, students, teachers, veterans, members of the military and first responders.

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Umamicart

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Umamicart

Delivery Fee: Free on orders $49+
Membership: No
Availability: Northeast (check availability here)

Umamicart sells Asian groceries you might not find in your typical grocery store (or online grocery store). The website makes it easy even for those who aren’t familiar with Asian cooking styles or ingredients while providing basically everything you need to cook up your favorite Asian dish. The website is constantly bringing in new products, so logging onto the site can feel like a treasure hunt.

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Walmart Grocery

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Walmart

Delivery Fee: $8-$10
Membership: Optional, $98/year for unlimited free delivery
Availability: Nationwide

Get all the Walmart groceries you know and love delivered to you on the same day you order. If you live close enough to a Walmart, you can even drive up to the location and have the goods packed into your car. Besides getting just groceries, you can also get whatever else Walmart has to offer at the same low prices that make the retail giant such a go-to.

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Royal Enfield’s New Meteor 350 Is Smooth, Fun and Crazy Approachable

What is it?

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is the India-based brand’s latest middleweight cruiser, a 349-cc bike that’s as user-friendly as it is good-looking. The name is a nod to the original Meteor, a 500cc parallel twin launched in the 1950s, though that one had roadster vibes.

Is it new?

Very. It just started hitting North American dealerships this month.

What makes it special?

Perhaps the only thing Royal Enfield takes more care with than its bikes is its promotional videos, and the five that appear on the product page for the Meteor are all beautifully crafted, evocative and informative.

“We’ve done testing all over the world,” says Mark Wells, head of product strategy and development, in the one titled ‘Easy Cruising.’ “And the result is a motorcycle that is really great fun to ride and very easy to ride. It’s a very compliant motorcycle. You can jump on it and just feel at home, straight away.”

2021 royal enfield meteor 350 riders

Royal Enfield

After spending a few days putting the Meteor through its paces all over New York, I can wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. I’ve frankly never experienced a bike that is just so approachable from the jump. While the seat height is higher than your average cruiser (30.1 inches), this bike is also pretty damn light (curb weight: 421 pounds), which makes for an almost instantaneous feeling of comfort and control.

It’s also notably wallet-friendly. There are three trim levels, all quite affordable. The base model Fireball edition that I test-rode is just $4,399, while the higher-level Stellar and Supernova are still only $4,499 and $4,599, respectively. And you won’t be shelling out a ton for gas either. While 349 ccs is relatively small for a cruiser, one byproduct is high fuel efficiency: the Meteor clocks in at an impressive 67 miles per gallon.

royal enfield meteor 350 engine

Royal Enfield

I feel like I say this all the time about Royal Enfield, but the Meteor looks fantastic, too. Yes, its engine and chassis are brand new, designed and built from the ground up. But it’s hard to gaze at its classic curves — the circular gauges, roundly oriented exhaust pipe and gorgeous gas tank sloping smoothly into the scooped seat — and not hear a song like “Please Mr. Postman” in your head while daydreaming about where the nearest malt shop might be.

How does it ride?

Upon startup, I had to remind myself I was sitting atop a cruiser. The idle is pretty low and chilled-out, as opposed to the rumble of an Indian or the barely contained growl of a Harley-Davidson. However, once I got rolling, I found the engine delivered a satisfying “thump” as I shifted up through the gears, displaying more of the personality you’d expect from an open-road bike.

Speaking of shifting, the Meteor also has an element that is not new but is new to me, and quite satisfying: heel-toe shifters. That means when I wanted to go from, say, second to third gear, I had the choice of either flicking my toe up under the front shift peg, or kicking my heel down onto the rear one. It’s a bit silly, but I found the heel kick approach was super fun and efficient, especially when accelerating out of a traffic light.

royal enfield meteor 350

Royal Enfield

As I noted earlier, this bike lives up to its billing as an easy rider. If this thing had been my first motorcycle rather than the Triumph Bonneville T100 I ultimately chose, I probably would have struggled a bit less at the beginning. It’s not only a very smooth operator, moving through its five gears cleanly and evenly, but it’s surprisingly maneuverable in city traffic. It wasn’t long before I was zipping between moving cars, darting from lane to lane to get ahead and leaning low into turns with an ever-widening smile.

Of course, the downside to a 350cc engine is that your top speed isn’t quite what it would be on a bigger engined bike. The speedometer goes up to 120, but I found that 80 was about as fast as the Meteor really wanted to go. You don’t buy a bike like this for the speed though. From city streets to country roads to interstate highways, it’s better suited for a clip fast enough to feel the wind but relaxed enough to take in the scenery.

Anything else stand out?

Yes, two cons — and one big pro.

First con: On my inaugural ride, I found that when trying to downshift into neutral, the little N on the display would light up a little too long when I had actually skipped over the gear and mistakenly landed in first. I felt like a tool sitting at a traffic light and letting out the clutch, only to have the bike jerk and die because it was not in fact in neutral. Once I got mindful I avoided this gaffe, but consider yourself warned.

Second con: While the seating position is pretty comfortable for someone of relatively average height like me (I’m 5’8″), the mid controls involve a fair amount of knee bend, which I wasn’t really used to on a cruiser. The last one I rode was the very different Indian Scout Bobber Sixty, which has forward controls that really let you stretch your legs. While it is nice to be able to stand up on the pegs, and the position didn’t bother me too much, I imagine someone taller might start to feel a bit scrunched during longer trips.

royal enfield meteor 350 and tripper pod

Royal Enfield

One big pro: Straddling the gap between retro and modern is the little round gauge that sits to the right of the main one displaying miles per hour, fuel remaining and other key metrics. This auxiliary one is called the Tripper pod, and its function is a bit of understated brilliance. Download the Royal Enfield app, then pair this pod with your phone via Bluetooth, and it delivers Google-powered turn-by-turn directions in a really slick and intuitive way, with numbers and simple graphics (like blinking arrows) that unobtrusively lead you to your destination. The feature is super-handy and so perfectly aligned with the aesthetics of the bike, which would be ruined by some huge, data-packed touchscreen.

In the big picture, the Tripper pod is also a clear signal that Royal Enfield understands what this bike is all about: appreciating the past while cruising blissfully into the future.

What’s it cost?

As noted, $4,399 to $4,599, depending on trim level. All models come with a three-year unlimited mile warranty and roadside assistance.

2021 Royal Enfield Meteor 350

2021 royal enfield meteor 350

Royal Enfield

Base Price: $4,399

Engine: Single cylinder, 4 stroke, Air-Oil cooled

Gearbox: 5 Speed constant mesh

Horsepower: 20.2 BHP @ 6100 rpm

Torque: 19.9 Ft/lbs @ 4000 rpm

EPA Fuel Economy: 67 mpg

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We Scored You a Deal on Misen’s Essential Steak Knives

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If you’ve ever tried eating a sirloin with a fork or cut through chicken parmesan with a butter knife, you’ve realized that you need something more — something serrated and sharp that doesn’t usually come with your typical flatware set. You need a steak knife. Lucky for you we scored an exclusive deal from Misen just for Gear Patrol readers. Use code GEARPATROL at checkout for 20 percent off a set of four or set of eight steak knives that will be the perfect complement to your next meal.

Misen’s steak knives, much like its larger chef’s knives, are made from high-quality stainless steel, are easy to hold and look great on the table. They also feature 30 precise serrations for easy cuts. The promo code runs through the end of June 13 and would make a great Father’s Day gift.

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Streetwear Collabs Are More Powerful Than You’d Think

The Gear Patrol Podcast is our weekly roundtable discussion focused on products, their stories, and the culture surrounding them.


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In this episode our Style Editor John Zientek and Deputy Editor Jack Seemer join Nick to discuss streetwear, art, and how LA streetwear brand Brain Dead utilizes collaborations to give back to the wider community.

John spoke with the founder of Braindead, Kyle Ng, for Issue Sixteen of Gear Patrol Magazine, and discusses streetwear culture in general, and why Brain Dead is so unique among its peers.

Show Notes:

Episode Navigation:

  • What is Brain Dead, and Who is Kyle Ng? — 1:48
  • What is Streetwear? — 4:49
  • Describing Drop Culture — 9:40
  • Differing Types of Collaborations — 11:25
  • Brain Dead’s Philosophy on Collaboration — 16:20
  • What Makes This Story Stand Out? – 21:14
  • How Brain Dead Flips Capitalism on Its Head – 24:10
  • Brain Dead’s Focus on Building Community – 28:30

    Featured:

    This Tee Is Raising Money to Support Black Communities

    Why Did the Best Female Rock Climber in the World Team up with a Streetwear Brand?

    Introducing Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Sixteen, The Summer Preview

    Virgil Abloh-Designed Furniture and 7 More Home and Design Releases

    You’ve Never Seen Carpenter Pants Like These

    A Directory of Brands and Retailers That Have Spoken Out Against Racism

    The Gear Patrol Podcast is our weekly roundtable discussion focused on products, their stories, and the culture surrounding them.


      Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Reach out at podcast@gearpatrol.com.

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Today in Gear: A New Kind of Personal Trainer, a Better Bottle of Knob Creek & More

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Streetwear Collabs Are More Powerful Than You’d Think

In this episode our Style Editor John Zientek and Deputy Editor Jack Seemer join Nick to discuss streetwear, art, and how LA streetwear brand Brain Dead utilizes collaborations to give back to the wider community.

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The Ford F-150 Limited PowerBoost Hybrid Is, Remarkably, Worth Its $80,000 Price

An $80K pickup truck sounds insane…until you see what that money buys you.

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Normal Knob Creek Bourbon Is Good. This Knob Creek Bourbon Is Great

A higher proof, single barrel variant offers more than Jim Beam’s small(er) batch offering does.

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These Are the Best Sites to Shop for Consistent Deals

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The Best Sun Shirts of 2021

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The Complete Buying Guide to iRobot Roombas: Every Model Explained

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The Most Iconic Car of the 1980s Is Getting the Restomod Treatment

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The 10 Best Gas Grills You Can Buy in 2021

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How to Make Your Online Passwords Ironclad

In this digital age, cybersecurity is everything. To be better protected, we asked two experts to teach us how to create a better password.

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Does Night Shift on Your iPhone Actually Help You Sleep?

A new study suggests that using Night Shift on your iPhone at night might not actually help your quality of sleep.

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Today’s Best Deals: An Exclusive Deal on Misen Knives, $20 off a Moment Tote & More

Welcome to Deals of Note, where Gear Patrol captures all the best deals of the day. You can also visit GearPatrol.com/Deals for constant updates on the latest deals discovered by our team.

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Get Personal Training From Anywhere With Future Fitness

Do you feel a little lost whenever you go to work out, or just not sure where to start at all with those fitness goals you have in mind? Well, Future — a new fitness app — is looking to change that. The digital fitness platform pairs you with your own personal coach to create a workout plan that is completely tailored to you. Whether you are headed back into the gym, enjoying the weather outside or squeezing in a workout at the airport, your Future trainer will customize your workout to your setup and your schedule. Plus, with a versatile list of coaches, you can hit all of your goals — whether that’s becoming a faster runner, building strength or just looking to sweat and have fun. Over 80 percent of Future coaches have trained pro, collegiate or Olympic athletes, and over 95 percent have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science (the majority also have a master’s degree). If that’s not enough to convince you, Gear Patrol readers can take 50 perfect off their first month of Future, simply click through at the link below.

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Click on any linked job listing to view a detailed description of the role as well as instructions on how to apply. Before submitting an application, we also encourage you to learn more about our Mission, Core Values, and Operating Principles at on our about page.

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This process starts with clearly understanding that flexibility, work-life balance, and personal health are all essential ingredients for achievement. Our robust benefits package offered to all full-time employees is just one of the ways we’re committed to these values.

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This Highly-Rated Exercise Bike Is Less Than $400 on Amazon Right Now

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Cyclists, rejoice! Right now, the Women’s Health/Men’s Health exercise bike is discounted on Amazon, down to $399 from $549. It’s a great starter cycling bike with 14 resistance levels and smart workout tracking. And, at 300 pounds, it’s even light enough for any tiny apartment — yet stable enough not to flip over while riding.

With 14 resistance levels, the bike can be used by beginners and longtime cyclists alike, whether you have a need for speed or prefer a slow hill climb workout. There’s a smart cycling knob built in so you have full control over your speed, distance, watts and calories, all of which is trackable on the MyCloudFitness App.

If you want to take your workout tracking to the next level, you can follow along with personal trainers in the app for $14.99/month with a month-long free trial. They even offer rowing, HIIT and yoga classes to supplement (or replace) your bike workouts if you’d like to switch things up.

Another fun feature is the ability to follow scenic workouts on your television screen, allowing you to transport yourself to bike rides everywhere from the Parisian Seine to New York’s Central Park — no passport required.

Plus, the assembly isn’t complicated at all. “The bike comes with the flywheel, belts, resistance, etc. already put together,” one reviewer wrote. “Just install stabilizer bars, pedals, seat, handlebar. The handlebar is great for holding my phone or tablet.”

At less than $400 right now, this bike is definitely a steal.

Women’s Health/Men’s Health Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

Women’s Health/Men’s Health amazon.com

$549.00

$379.00 (31% off)

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Does Night Shift on Your iPhone Actually Help You Sleep?

If you’re an avid late-night gadget-user who’s also worried about the quality of your shut-eye…well, we have some bad news for you. If you’ve been using Night Shift on your Apple iPhone or Mac — or really, any kind blue-light-killing feature on your smartphone or computer — there’s a chance that it might not work like you thought it did. In fact, it might not actually work at all.

A new Brigham Young University study published in Sleep Health has concluded that, as it relates to a person’s quality of your sleep, Night Shift has no real effect. The study took a group of 167 people (between the ages of 18 and 24) and divided them into three groups. One group used their iPhone for the hour before going to bed with Night Shift turned on; one group did the same thing with Night Shift turned off; and the last group didn’t look at their iPhone at all.

Yet, according to the study, “there were no significant differences in sleep outcomes across the three experimental groups.”

This, of course, is very different from what other studies have been saying for years — which has been that looking at the blue light (created from our smartphones and computers) at night can make it more difficult to fall asleep and it can negatively effect the quality of your sleep, too.

The conclusions by the BYU study might be frustrating for those who have been using Night Sight (or a feature like it) for years. That said, there’s no doubt that the effect, which gives your screen a orangish hue, makes it feel easier on the eyes. It’s kind of cozy, too. And for some people, that’s more than enough.

If you haven’t tried Night Shift on your iPhone, you can easily try it out by opening your Control Center, pressing and holding the brightness control icon, and then toggling the Night Shift icon on/off.

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How to Make Your Online Passwords Ironclad

Welcome to Product Support, a column devoted to helping you get the most out of the stuff you already use.

Bill Gates predicted the death of passwords in 2004, and while biometrics are more common than ever, passwords have yet to go the way of the dinosaur. At the same time, never ending data breaches are releasing passwords into the wild every day and hackers armed with with databases full of leaked credentials are on the prowl to ruin your day or week or life.

“We’ve grown accustomed to the speed and convenience of the digital age, which means we don’t have our guard up as much in terms of protecting our personal information,” says Ryan Merchant, senior manager at Dashlane. “Yet, when we download apps, make purchases, and sign up for services online, most of us willingly give all of [our personal] information away without learning more about how it will be used.” To stay safe in this digital age, we’ve asked Merchant and Jeffrey Goldberg, the Chief Defender Against the Dark Arts (a.k.a. head of security) at AgileBits, the company that owns 1Password, for some helpful tips.

Long passwords are better than complex.

There was a brief time when requiring symbols and digits did make passwords stronger, Goldberg said, but today passwords with digits or symbols aren’t inherently more secure. There is still value in adding symbols and digits, but length is much more important. A strong password is at least between 16-20 characters — so too long to probably memorize. A really strong password is over 30 characters. Goldberg recommends using an automated password generator to create passwords.

Don’t make your password a phrase or ordinary word.

“Your password should never have names, words, dates, sequential numbers, or any combination of characters that someone can guess,” Merchant advised. “It has to be random to be strong.” He does suggest using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, and always include a mix of upper and lower-case letters.

Have a separate password for every account.

“Password reuse is a bigger problem than weak passwords,” said Goldberg. “It’s by far more important to have different passwords than to worry too much about the strength of the one password that you’re using in lots of places.” Even if it’s a very strong password, if used in numerous places, it is likely that at least one of those places isn’t treating your password securely. And once one password is discovered, then hackers are likely to try it out on every other site and service you use.

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Use a password manager.

This is the single greatest security step you can take online. “We’ve found that that average American has well over 100 online accounts,” said Merchant. “I have over 500.” It’s nearly impossible to remember numerous passwords, but password managers, like Dashlane and 1Password, can automatically generate strong passwords for all of your accounts. They securely store them and then automatically log you in.

Change passwords regularly.

According to Merchant, this is one of the forgotten practices of password and cybersecurity. “It’s important to change them regularly, because oftentimes breaches are not discovered, or publicized, for months, and even years, after they have occurred.” This means that your account could be vulnerable for extended periods of time without your knowledge. Merchant recommends people change their passwords at least twice a year.

VPNs are your friend.

A VPN (or virtual private network) prevents ad-tracking cookies so browsing the web is more incognito — basically, they keep your information safe while connected to public wi-fi. “The danger is that unknown networks can hide a variety of dangers and leave the data you transmit extremely vulnerable,” Merchant said. So always use a VPN before connecting to the wi-fi at a coffee shop, university or airplane. There are a large number of VPNs, like Opera VPN, that are simple to setup and that keep you safe as well.

Keep your system and software up to date.

“Most actual intrusions into computers are through exploiting vulnerabilities that have already been fixed in updates that have been offered by the vendor,” Goldberg said. If your system has an option for automatic updates, use that option. Also, don’t install any software from dodgy sources. That said, just because you’ve downloaded from an official app store, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t install malware; but it will dramatically reduce your chances.

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Citizen & Star Wars Announce 6 New Ana-Digi Watches

Citizen is adding a whole lineup of new Star Wars watches to its 80s revival Ana-Digi Temp series. Following the Rebel Pilot and Trench Run models released in March, there are Darth Vader, Boba Fett, R2-D2, C3PO, Stormtrooper and BB-8 variants of the dual-mode watch coming later this year. Each design features the Star Wars logo and an illustration of the character engraved on the caseback.

The Most Iconic Car of the 1980s Is Getting the Restomod Treatment

It’s damn well safe to say that the Ferrari Testarossa was the most iconic car of the 1980s. (Sorry, DeLorean, but you’re only relevant today because you helped Alex P. Keaton visit the Fifties.) Indeed, the Ferrari is so iconic, it rivals Michael Jordan and Tom Selleck’s mustache as the decade’s defining image.

Traditionally, the Testarossa hasn’t been a huge favorite of Ferrari aficionados, packing far more cultural resonance than enduring credibility as a driver’s car. But culture from that era is having a massive effect on the classic car market — and the way buyers look at the Testarossa could be about to change.

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Helping with that shift: Swiss company Officine Fioravanti is about to give the Ferrari Testarossa an exquisite, better-than-new, but still faithful to the original concept restomod treatment, similar to the one Singer Vehicle Design gives to 964-generation Porsche 911s. And it sounds absolutely incredible.

Officine Fioravanti’s build will keep the Testarossa’s stunning exterior and air intakes largely intact. As the company told Autocar, there’s “no reason to teach a maestro one more lesson.” The Testarossa will use a modified version of Ferrari’s 4.9-liter flat-12 engine that will hit 200 mph instead of the original 180 mph and, one presumes, best the not-so-blistering 5.2-second acceleration from 0-60 mph.

The restomod will improve the Testarossa’s handling dramatically, adding features like anti-lock brakes, traction control, Brembo brakes, Öhlins electronic dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars and Brembo GT3 class racing tires. The Testarossa will also get a new titanium exhaust and replace original plastic components with aluminum ones. Modifications will reduce the Testarossa’s weight by about 265 pounds.

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Officine Fioravanti’s Testarossa project is still under wraps in testing. There’s no word yet on the price or when it will be available, but we’d expect those answers to be “eye-poppingly expensive” and “in the relatively near future,” respectively.

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Mauve Sunglasses Inspired by a Jay-Z Meme

Remember the suit Jay-Z wore to the 2020 pre-Grammys Roc Nation Brunch? The pink one with pearlescent buttons? Maybe not, but you probably remember this meme. As Beyoncé and her husband exited the venue, a fan commented on Hov’s pink suit. “I like that pink, man,” they said. “It’s mauve, bro. Mauve! It’s mauve, man, not pink. It’s a mauvelous day,” Jay retorted.

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For designer Davidson Petit-Frère — the man behind Jay-Z’s mauve suit — the meme became free marketing for his label, Frére. Since, the self-taught suit-maker has dressed celebs like Kevin Hart and Steph Curry. He’s even outfitted characters for TV series like Power on STARZ. Today he debuted a set of sunglasses made in collaboration with LA-based luxury eyewear label Oliver Peoples. And, yes, they’re mauve.

For Petit-Frère, the collaboration was a means for making accessories that matched — and expanding the footprint of his eponymous label. Samples of each set were delivered to his Italian fabric mill for close comparison. Now, one can wear the iconic mauve suit with eyewear of the same hue. They’re also available in Sage, Antique Gold and Matte Black, but the meme-inspired colorway is our clear favorite.

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Mauve-Brushed Chrome Sunglasses / Mauve

Oliver Peoples x Frère LA oliverpeoples.com

$491.00

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The Complete Buying Guide to iRobot Roombas: Every Model Explained

Welcome to Brand Breakdown, a series of comprehensive yet easy-to-digest guides to your favorite companies, with insights and information you won’t find on the average About page.

There’s only one Roomba out there, and it’s made by iRobot. The brand’s dominance in the early days of robot vacuuming was so complete its name went the way of Kleenex and Rollerblade – a shorthand generic trademark for entire industries.

Founded in 1990 by a trio of Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists, iRobot started with the Genghis, an insect-like robot designed for space exploration. Richard Brooks, the designer of the Genghis, and one of the founders of iRobot, wanted to build a robot that could intuitively respond to its environment. As Brooks wrote in the Journal of The British Interplanetary Society, self-learning robots are more effective than humans and could complete missions, like chores, more efficiently.

For a device with seemingly simple task – roll around the floor and suck up dirt, dust and hair – there are a lot of Roombas to choose from. We broke down each series and model to hopefully help you make a better, more informed purchase from the leading brand in robo-vacuums.

600 Series

Roomba 614

Roomba

Roomba 614

iRobot amazon.com

$249.99

$199.99 (20% off)

The brand’s entry-level model is the Roomba 614, with a $250 price tag. The 614 uses a three-step cleaning system that loosens, lifts and suctions dirt, debris and grime. Its multi-surface brushes work on carpet and hardwood floors. The dual brushes work together to get into rug and carpet piles to loosen up and extract dirt.

Dirt Detect sensors recognize especially dirty areas, and the Roomba’s Cliff Detect prevents it from tumbling down stairs. With 90 minutes of power (on hardwood floors), the entry-level 614 gives users a taste of other models’ capabilities, but doesn’t come with the suite of smart technology and app-driven connectivity that comes standard with more premium (and newer) models.

Roomba 675

Roomba

Roomba 675

iRobot amazon.com

$279.99

$199.00 (29% off)

The Roomba 675 is essentially the same as the 614 with added Wi-Fi capabilities. Control the vacuum with the free Roomba Home app so you don’t have to bend over and manually start the cleaning process. If you have a smart home device, you can tell Alexa or Google to start up the Roomba. Plus, through the app, you can schedule the 675 to clean on a schedule so you can effectively take “vacuuming” off your to-do list.

e Series

Roomba e5

Roomba

Roomba e5

iRobot amazon.com

$299.99

$249.00 (17% off)

Designed for pet owners, the e5 is the most effective Roomba for picking up after cats and dogs for one simple design feature: treaded rubber rollers that are especially good at picking up pesky pet hair. Its other standout feature is the filtration system, which the brand claims captures 99 percent of allergens (mold and dust mites). It can be operated manually or via your smartphone, too.

900 Series

Roomba 960

Roomba

Roomba 960

iRobot amazon.com

$439.95

The 900 series begins to enter the more premium Roomba models. Namely, the 960 has the ability to map out your home. By having map of your home’s layout, the 960 navigates and cleans your home faster than non-mapping models. Plus, compare to the 600 series models, the 960 has five-times the suction power. This model retains the Roomba e’s dual rubber brushes and its filtration system, though it does have a shorter runtime — 75 minutes compared to the prior models’ 90-minute runtime (though it does use its time more wisely).

i Series

Roomba i3

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Roomba i3

iRobot walmart.com

$299.00

The i3 is Roomba’s latest model, and it was released to be a more affordable option to the older i7. It has comparable suction power to its pricier counterpart, as well as smart navigation, which utilizes the i3’s floor tracking sensors to get the device to move in rows while simultaneously mapping out your home for efficient future cleaning.

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Roomba i3+

iRobot amazon.com

$599.99

$399.00 (33% off)

Because the i3 is Roomba’s entry-level smart robot vacuum, its price tag is much lower than its higher-end counterparts like the i7 and s9. It also means that adding on the self-cleaning dust dock doesn’t tack on as much to the price tag. As of publishing, the i3+ is the same price as the i7. So if you really want to flex with your home appliances, you can do it with the i3+ with a lower price tag than other self-emptying Roombas.

Roomba i7

Roomba

Roomba i7

iRobot amazon.com

$699.99

$399.00 (43% off)

The i7 has 10-times the suction power of the entry-level Roombas and the same functionalities as the 960. The i7 uses the a next-level home mapping system, iAdapt 3.0, versus the 960’s iAdapt 2.0. It can map up to 10 unique floor plans for those in a multi-level home. Users can create “Keep Out Zones” to prevent the Roomba from buzzing through specific areas (like a thicket of cables). Plus, if you have the Roomba’s smart wet mopping robot, the Braava m6, you can program the device to automatically power on after the Roomba is finished.

Roomba i7+

Roomba

Roomba i7+

iRobot amazon.com

$999.99

$599.00 (40% off)

The addition of a plus to the i7 means you’re getting iRobot’s Automatic Dirt Disposal dock, which allows the i7 to empty its own dust bin. If you vacuum every day, the dock can hold up to 60 days worth of dirt. Dirt disposal bags cost anywhere between $15 to $20 for a three-pack. If you bought the i7 and later decide to add the automatic dirt disposal dock, you can buy the self-emptying dock separately. The model is the same as the standard i7 otherwise.

s Series

Roomba s9

Roomba

Roomba S9

iRobot amazon.com

$1,299.00

The Roomba s9 is the apex of all the Roomba models. It totes 40-times the suction of the 614, with 40-percent wider brushes and double the runtime. A special five-armed corner brush reaches dirt stuck in corners, brushing it towards the vacuum’s suction. The s9 is the first Roomba to employ Power Boost Technology, which automatically increases suction when vacuuming over carpet.

Roomba s9+

Roomba

Roomba s9+

iRobot amazon.com

$1,299.99

$899.00 (31% off)

It’s the s9 combined with Roomba’s Automatic Dirt Disposal dock. For those who seek a deep clean and want to do as little work as possible, get the s9+.

Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s Associate Staff Writer.