This Cheap Robot Vacuum Isn’t Super Flashy, But It Gets the Job Done

This Cheap Robot Vacuum Isn’t Super Flashy, But It Gets the Job Done
The Eufy RoboVac 35C isn’t as fancy as a high-end Roomba, but it gets the job done.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

Even though they’re still kinda dumb, robot vacuums happen to be the most successful type of home robot right now. But a couple of years ago, they were too expensive for the average person, and budget options tended to be hilariously awful. They’d miss obvious dust bunnies, crash into furniture, and get hopelessly lost under your bed searching for the charging dock.

But robot vacuums have come a long way in a short time. You can now find voice assistant compatibility, multi-day scheduling, and app control—previously premium features—on robots in the $300 and under range. And among robot vacuum makers, Eufy has made a name for itself with some affordable yet quality bots. Its latest, the RoboVac 35C, continues that tradition and adds touch control. The result is a capable little cleaner, though most of the improvements are mostly incremental.

First things first—the RoboVac 35C is clearly a budget option with a retail price of $300. So while you can easily schedule cleans via an app, or control the bot using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you’re not going to get cleaning maps, super fancy camera-based navigation, or self-emptying dustbins like you might with premium bots like the iRobot Roomba i7+ or Dyson 360 Eye. But on the plus side, you’re also not going to spend $1,000 either.

I’ve tested over 20 robot vacuums, and the RoboVac 35C is one of the better budget options I’ve tried. It comes with all the standard robot vacuum cleaner modes—edge cleaning for up against walls, spot cleaning for specific messes, single room cleaning, and auto for when you’re feeling lazy. And like most affordable robot cleaners, the 35C opts for randomized cleaning patterns that make use of the infrared sensors located it in its front bumper. So that means it zig-zags all around your home, changing directions when it bumps into furniture. That can be frustrating as hell to watch, as it’s going to miss plenty of dust bunnies and clumps of hair on its first pass. It also can’t remember where it’s already cleaned, so it might pass over the same few areas multiple times and leave that one corner untouched.

The 35C handles different floor types pretty well.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

But again, that’s the deal with cheaper robot cleaners, and it’s not a ding to the 35C specifically. That said, there are a couple of things the 35C has in its favor compared to some even cheaper options out there.

For starters, it’s very quiet for a robot vacuum. If you shut the door to your bedroom, you probably won’t hear it sucking up dirt in your living room. And even if you’re in the same room, plopping on a pair of decent headphones is enough to drown it out. The same can’t be said for some premium bots—the Roomba i7+ sounds like someone is wheezing and hacking up a lung directly into your ear.

It’s also got pretty good battery life. I ran four or five cleans over the course of a week—my elderly dog drags and dribbles her food everywhere—and averaged about 60-70 minutes per clean in my two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment.

A look at the underside reviews pretty standard components, including a removable dustbin.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

The 35C also comes with a physical remote, on top of the in-app steering options. That means if it’s driving you insane watching this dum dum miss that obvious pile of pet fur, you can just manually drive it. Some people would prefer a bot that requires as little intervention as possible, but I appreciate having the option to step in and gently guide my bots.

The EufyHome app is minimalistic but has everything you need. You can steer the robot, schedule cleans, tell it to return to the dock, and play a chime in case it gets lost somewhere so you can find it.

Navigationally, the 35C is so-so. It’s decent for a random cleaner, but it had some trouble with a tasseled, low-pile rug, which would be a formidable challenge for most robot vacuums, to be fair. It handled the raised edging between my tile kitchen and hallway just fine, while it was foiled by the doorway to my bathroom. And while it had zero trouble automatically finding the dock for charging, it struggled to get itself unstuck from underneath my dining room chair’s legs.

You can see the top is prone to fingerprints and scratching.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

Functionally, I didn’t have many issues with the 35C. My quibbles regard the design. Previous Eufy bots have come with glass tops, which minimize cleaning, smudges, scratches, and dust collecting up top. The 35C changed the top to a matte finish, which not only got scratched on its second clean, it’s a dust and hair magnet.

That and the added touch menu is sort of useless. It does what it’s supposed to, but it’s completely unnecessary when you consider you have the app and physical remote that do exactly the same thing.

I also don’t like the magnetic strip included with the bot for marking off areas you don’t want the robot to enter. Other bots come with beacons or like the Neato Botvac D7, virtual boundaries you can draw within the app itself.

At least the 35C is only 2.85 inches thick. Most robot vacuums hover somewhere in the 3-3.5 inch range for thickness. And while that’s perfectly fine for getting under most beds, the extra slimness is a boon if you have a lot of low-profile furniture in your house.

This touch panel works, it’s just kind of pointless. Not the update I was looking for.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

All in all, the RoboVac 35C is a good buy—so long as you’re looking for cleaning upkeep and not a gadget to replace your regular upright vacuum completely. It’s good at sucking up debris, stray food bits, dust, and hair, but the fact is no robot vacuum is good enough at the moment to nab every little bit of dirt in your house. My floors are much cleaner thanks to the 35C, but I still see the occasional dust bunny here and there, especially in hard to reach areas.

Still, super high-end options can cost upwards of $700, and even iRobot’s more budget options are pricier with the Roomba e5 retailing for $450 and the Roomba 690 going for $350. (Also, the 690 toppled over two of my dining room chairs.) But if price is your number one priority, the upgrades to the 35C are fairly minimal and you can find older Eufy models online for even cheaper. If you’re okay with forgoing app connectivity and voice assistant support, the RoboVac 11S is a decent option at around $225 and the slightly more powerful RoboVac 30 is a reasonable $270.

But for a connected robot to deliver a decent clean for $300, that’s a pretty good deal. Sure, the RoboVac 35C isn’t flashy, and it doesn’t have the latest features out there, but it gets the job done and doesn’t cost a fortune. There’s something to be said for that.

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  • Before you even ask, no it does not clean pet poop. You monsters. Robot vacuums are not meant to handle poop. You have to empty the dustbin eventually. Don’t try it. It’s happened to me. It’s a nightmare.
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible.
  • Pretty cheap for a robot vacuum at $280.
  • Thin for low-profile furniture, but touch controls are kind of useless, and new materials scratch easily.
  • Good at cleaning and automatic docking, but struggles a bit with rugs and raised edging while navigating.

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Southwest Airlines is selling one-way tickets to Hawaii for a little as $49 (LUV)

Southwest Airlines is selling one-way tickets to Hawaii for a little as $49 (LUV)

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Southwest Airlines in Hawaii.

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  • Southwest Airlines will start flying to Hawaii on March 17.
  • The airline is holding a two-day sale to commemorate the new flights, with one-way tickets between the US mainland and Hawaii available for as low as $49.
  • Tickets for flights within Hawaii are on sale for as low as $29.
  • All sale tickets, for travel by June 19, must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines is going to Hawaii. The low-cost carrier, based in Dallas, announced last week that it had received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flights to and from Hawaii.

“As we answer the call for Southwest in Hawaii with an initial schedule of service that speaks to a long-held hope of our customers, I applaud and congratulate our people for their steady and impressive work to bring our world-famous hospitality and game-changing value to the Islands,” Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said in a statement.

To commemorate its new Hawaii flights, which start March 17, Southwest launched a two-day fare sale on Monday, with one-way tickets between the US mainland and Hawaii available for as little as $49 and tickets for flights within the state for as low as $29 until Tuesday night.

Southwest’s $49 tickets.
Southwest Airlines

Southwest’s Hawaii service will launch on March 17 with morning flights from Oakland International Airport to Honolulu. Flights from Oakland to Maui will launch on April 7.

Nonstop service from San Jose International Airport to Honolulu and Maui will start on May 5 and May 26. Flights from Honolulu to Maui and Kona will launch on April 28 and May 12.

You can also fly from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu or Maui — with a connection through Oakland — for as little as $88.

All sale tickets, for travel by June 19, must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday.

Read more: Plane tickets to Hawaii could be 30% cheaper when Southwest Airlines launches flights

Southwest’s generally lower-cost airfares are expected to significantly lower ticket prices for the market for Hawaiian air travel.

“What we found is that a likely 10%+ capacity addition on North American routes at introductory fares from a low-cost carrier may lead to fares that are 30%+ lower versus today,” the Morgan Stanley analyst Rajeev Lalwani said in a note last month.

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Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming power

Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming power

The beauty of a cloud gaming service is two-fold: 1) you can theoretically play any game, anywhere you’ve got a good enough internet connection to stream it over the net, and 2) even if you’re playing it on a wimpy smartphone, you can harness the power of a beefy server located in a data center.

But what kind of server matters a whole heck of a lot when it comes to graphical fidelity and keeping the service affordable, given how many players may be using those servers at a given time — and it turns out that Google’s just-announced Stadia cloud gaming service may have struck a balance between power and price by partnering with AMD for a new custom piece of silicon.

According to Google, each Stadia server will contain a custom x86 processor running at 2.7GHz, 16GB of RAM, and most importantly a custom AMD GPU capable of 10.7 teraflops of performance. (They’re running Linux, not Windows, which may matter when Google tries to attract game developers.)


Google wasted no time in comparing that teraflop number against the Xbox and PlayStation competition — where the Xbox One X manages a mere 6.0 teraflops, and the PS4 Pro around 4.2 teraflops.

Of course, that comparison conveniently omits that today’s top PC gaming graphics cards can easily top 10.7 teraflops, but it’s far closer to a high-end PC than consoles generally come. In fact, AMD already had a GPU with around 10.5 teraflops of single-precision compute and the same 56 compute units: the RX Vega 56, which launched as a $400 graphics card in 2017.

Note that we’re expecting a PS5 and a next-gen Xbox as soon as next year, whose chips will no doubt be faster.

What does Google’s 10.7 teraflops mean in practice, though? Google says that at launch, you’ll be able to play games at 4K resolution, 60 frames per second with both HDR and surround sound, while simultaneously sharing a 4K, 60 fps stream of your game live to your YouTube followers. And Google says it’ll upgrade that to 8K and 120 fps gameplay in the future, though it’s not clear how far off a future we’re talking about.


Mind you, today’s top PC gaming cards already struggle to play some of the latest games at 4K with max graphical settings, but Google may have a solution for that, too: if you’re only harnessing the power of a single server, you might not see the most beautiful effects like realistic water in your games. But tap into two GPUs, and suddenly things look way better:


Theoretically, game developers could design their games to use many distributed GPUs for more impressive graphics than any single beefy gaming PC would be capable of on its own — but then there’s the economics to think about.

One of the big problems with early cloud gaming services like OnLive and PlayStation Now has been those economics — if each player needs access to a dedicated computer (or more than one!) living in that server farm, can you afford to charge a low enough fee that players will actually be tempted to pay? (PlayStation Now originally had actual PS3 consoles sitting in its server rooms, which wasn’t necessarily cost-effective.)

But Google didn’t address those economics one bit during its presentation today, and didn’t even hint at a price for this service. Hopefully, the AMD deal is a step in the right direction.

What we do know is that Google will have those servers set up at 7,500 different locations around the world, which could help ensure your games don’t lag behind your button presses — traditionally, cloud gaming services can have that problem if the servers are too far from your house.

Update, 4:44 PM ET: While it sounded like Google was using an AMD CPU in addition to the custom AMD GPU, it’s no longer clear that’s the case: Eurogamer says Google wouldn’t talk about the CPU vendor, and the spec sheet we received from Google doesn’t specify.

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The HyperX ChargePlay Duo is a wonderful DualShock charging dock

The HyperX ChargePlay Duo is a wonderful DualShock charging dock

As someone who goes through a lot of batteries on my Xbox controller, I’ve always admired PlayStation’s support of wired charging for its DualShock controllers. Like Xbox’s way, though, charging through USB also has its drawbacks. With the HyperX ChargePlay Duo for PlayStation 4 you can charge two controllers at once in a quick fashion anywhere in your house near an electrical outlet.

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HyperX ChargePlay Duo for PlayStation 4

Convenient charging at a low cost.

The HyperX ChargePlay Duo is the perfect solution for those looking to charge their DualShock 4 controllers without taking up a precious USB slot on their console. With a sleek design that charges two at once, it’s even more appealing.

The Good

  • Very affordable
  • Easy-to-see battery indicator
  • Doesn’t take up a USB slot
  • Quick charging speeds

The Bad

  • Can take a few moments to slip controller into dock correctly

HyperX ChargePlay Duo for PlayStation 4 What I like

Admittedly I never had a strong need for a charging dock like this because I only have one DualShock 4 controller, and I usually use my Razer Raiju Ultimate controller (which is not compatible with this dock) on PlayStation 4 either way. I was perfectly comfortable just plugging in my DualShock through USB and charging it that way. I even had to borrow a friend’s controller for a while in order to test the HyperX ChargePlay Duo out. This dock looks so good on my desk that I’m actually considering purchasing another controller so it doesn’t go to waste.

The HyperX ChargePlay Duo is powered through an AC wall adapter so that you can charge your controllers anywhere near an electrical outlet. Because it’s not reliant on USB nor your PS4’s power supply, your console doesn’t need to be on or even in sleep mode in order for you to charge your controllers. You can leave those USB ports open for other devices or just be content with your PS4 being completely powered off.

Its weighted bottom design along with rubber pads for friction means you won’t be knocking this off of your desk anytime soon, though I can’t attest to its durability since I didn’t throw it around, so to speak. The HyperX ChargePlay Duo also features two side notches on the bottom of it where the cord can slide through since it plugs in directly on the bottom of the device.

It’s a nice touch to keep everything a symmetrical and sleek black without shoving a noticeable power port somewhere on the side of it, letting the charger blend into the background with not displaying your bright, possibly custom DualShock controllers.

I tested it out several times and HyperX’s promotional statement of it charging two controllers “from empty to full in 2 hours” is fairly accurate, give or take 15 to 30 minutes. Thanks to the light indicators on either side, I could see relatively how far along they were in the charging process, from one to three full bars.

HyperX ChargePlay Duo for PlayStation 4 What I don’t like

This section may be small, but the truth is that there’s just a lot to love and not a lot to hate with this charging dock. My biggest gripe is that it takes a few seconds of fiddling before the controller can slide in properly because of the angle it’s oriented at. The best way I can describe this is like when you’re trying to plug in a USB stick but aren’t looking at the port. You know the feeling of sliding it against the surface for a second before it latches in.

That’s effectively what you need to do to when placing a controller on the HyperX ChargePlay Duo. It’s not too frustrating, it fits securely just fine once you have it correctly in place, but it’s a minor nuisance.

HyperX ChargePlay Duo for PlayStation 4: Should you buy it? Yes.

If you’re looking to buy a charging dock or just have several DualShock 4 controllers on hand, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not getting the HyperX ChargePlay Duo. It’s affordable for most people, works like a charm, and sports a sleek design.

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I’d only give this a pass if you don’t own multiple controllers, or are looking for an all-in-one that also docks your console as well. It’s certainly cool, but a USB cord is still sufficient enough when you’re rocking one DualShock 4.

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HTC’s Vive Focus Plus gives you full hand tracking on the go

HTC’s Vive Focus Plus gives you full hand tracking on the go

The new accessories have a giant trackpad, two face buttons and two pressure-sensitive triggers. If you’ve used the Vive or Sony’s wand-style PlayStation VR controllers before, you’ll feel right at home. During a 30-minute demo, I used the new hardware to complete a basic procedure in a SimforHealth medical app. To be clear, this wasn’t a classic video game like the utterly hilarious Surgeon Simulator. The software is meant for nurses and other healthcare professionals who want to learn new techniques in a safe, guided space. That meant I had to concentrate and answer periodic quizzes that were, unsurprisingly, well beyond my understanding.

For the most part, the controllers worked fine. I carefully washed my hands, pulled on a pair of gloves and removed my (surprisingly calm and uncomplaining) patient’s bandages. Later, I prepared two syringes and administered some suitable doses. None of these actions would have been possible — at least, not with the same level of accuracy — with the original Vive Focus remote. The simulator did, however, occasionally miss and misread some of my button presses. I’m blaming this on the software, though, rather than the underlying hardware after SimforHealth admitted it was still in the process of porting the app from the PC-powered Vive.

The experience wasn’t perfect but it highlighted the market that HTC is leaning toward: enterprise customers. Like Microsoft and its mixed reality HoloLens 2 headset, the company believes that businesses — hospitals, schools, architecture firms and the like — will benefit the most from an all-in-one solution. In a packed classroom, for instance, it’s easier to hand out self-contained headsets than hook everyone up to a powerful gaming PC with external ‘lighthouse’ sensors. Still, that doesn’t mean the Vive Focus Plus can’t succeed as a consumer product. It just needs more content — preferably exclusives — and a sticker price that isn’t astronomical.

HTC is tackling the first problem with a developer initiative called Vive Wave. The company calls it a “unified platform” for people who want to port their PC-powered applications and support a wide range of mobile VR headsets. The second challenge — price — could be trickier. We don’t know how much the Vive Focus Plus will cost but for reference the original Vive Focus costs $599. As such, I seriously doubt the headset will be cheaper than the Oculus Quest when it launches in the second quarter of 2019.

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This $20,000 chicken coop is more beautiful than your house

This $20,000 chicken coop is more beautiful than your house

Designed by the Istanbul-based architecture firm SO?, this coop was custom built at a total cost of $20,000 for an artist’s farm where it can house 800 chickens. Its materials may be humble: Oak plywood trusses support oxidized metal panels and a corrugated metal roof. Yet, the inverted A-frame building manages to look like some amalgamation of angularly ostentatious Googie architecture and low-profile traditional Japanese housing.

[Photo: Ali̇ Taptik/courtesy So?]

When I mention to the architects that this chicken coop is actually more beautiful than many regular houses I’ve seen, they stiffly correct me. “Actually the structure is not beautiful, it is super functional,” writes Sevince Bayrak, partner at SO?, over email. “If you check out the attached section diagram, there is a very functional reason for every geometrical decision.”

For a larger version click here. [Image: courtesy So?]

Indeed, Bayrak is right.

The roof angle maximizes the building’s shadow to keep chickens cool when they’re standing outside. The wall panels can be easily removed to expand the structure over time. Even the V-shaped frame holding it all together serves multiple purposes beyond structural support. Angling walls maximizes surface area for chickens to nest, and it creates a stadium seating arrangement that allows the chickens to poop without pooping on one another. Manure is collected into a central chamber, mixed with ash, and then heated to keep the coop warm.

It’s a lot packed into such a simple-looking structure, but that’s by necessity. “It is much easier to design for humans since humans can much more easily adapt to different conditions and scales,” writes Bayrak. “The chickens have very powerful habits. If you can’t provide the spatial conditions for their habits in an artificial environment, they simply die or stop producing eggs.”

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The Sill’s plant delivery service will convince you of your own green thumb

The Sill’s plant delivery service will convince you of your own green thumb

Wide selection of plants • Smart • thoughtful packaging • Ample information on plant species and care

Costs can be high for extras and workshops

Buying plants from an IRL shop will generally be easier, but The Sill is a nice option if you must order online.

I’ve ordered plants from two online shops now, and the concept is still mostly baffling to me. Its convenience only kind of mitigates all its issues: Not only are the plants exposed to the elements and jostled during shipping, they’re also in containers full of dirt that, at some point, are going to turn upside down. Plus, you have to get rid of all that packaging!

But maybe your situation demands that you order a plant online, which is understandable. If you don’t live near a plant shop or can’t cart a large ceramic pot home on the subway then The Sill, an online plant store that’s been around since 2012 (and has three IRL locations), is probably a good option for you.

Picking the right plant is super easy

When I select a houseplant, I have one question on my mind: Will I murder this? Luckily, The Sill’s website provides enough information that you can, at least theoretically, avoid committing a plant felony. Have a dark apartment? Try the “low light” section. Have a black thumb? The “easy for beginners” category is probably your jam.

Since my apartment gets mostly indirect light and I am a notorious plant killer, I chose a small ZZ plant ($43.50) and a small marbled pothos ($39.50), each in a round ceramic planter called “The August.” (Plants come in medium, small, and “mini.”) 

Thank you for your faith.

Thank you for your faith.

Image: The Sill

Customers can order plants already potted in ceramic planters, but you’ll notice that the difference in price is sizable. By itself, a ZZ plant costs $11, but it costs between $43 and $47 with a planter. For me, the extra cost was worth not having to search for a third-party planter, but you could definitely buy a cheaper one somewhere else. (For what it’s worth, the planters I received are sturdy and pleasantly minimalist in appearance. They also have drainage holes and come with an accompanying saucer.)

SEE ALSO: How to not kill your plants

If you have questions about a specific plant, you can even scroll down to read comprehensive care information and a short history of the species. It’s helpful to know exactly what type of organism you’re working with, especially because the internet’s wealth of plant care information isn’t necessarily consistent.

The packaging gets the job done

When I ordered from the Amazon Plants Shop last summer, shoddy packaging was a big issue — in fact, one of the grower’s pots was caved in completely. 

Thankfully, The Sill does not have the same problem. Both plants were wrapped thoughtfully with paper, twine, and bubble wrap, then placed in cardboard cartons inside the shipping box. Although unboxing them was a real journey — it required both scissors and a knife — neither plant appeared affected by the shipping process. Once I shook the dirt off the leaves, they looked straight out of a greenhouse.

The packaging.

The packaging.

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The extras are genuinely useful

Aside from the core ordering process, The Sill provides a few little extras that really add to the experience. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Care cards for each plant, which I have hung on my fridge. May their wisdom light my way.

  • A small heat pack in each plant package, which keep them from getting too chilly during transit.

  • A full online plant care guide, which has taught me everything from how to repot a plant (pre-moisten the new potting soil!) to plant toxicity (raw succulent juice can induce vomiting!). If you have plant care questions, chances are they’re addressed here — even if you’re not a Sill customer.

My new Bibles.

My new Bibles.

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Workshops, subscriptions, and memberships

The company offers three programs that I didn’t test: workshops, subscriptions, and a membership program. You can sign up for both online and in-person plant care workshops (at The Sill’s brick-and-mortar shops) through The Sill website, which range from “Propagation 101” to “Staghorn Fern Mounting” to “DIY Plant Embroidery.” At the time of writing, all online workshops listed cost $10 and in-person workshops ranged in cost from $35-$68. (Materials are included for some workshops that involve a particular craft, like terrarium making.)

SEE ALSO: Amazon’s Christmas tree delivery is great if you own a handsaw

Subscriptions are available if you’d like a plant to show up to your (or a loved one’s) door every month. They come in three versions — low light plants, plants for beginners, and pet-friendly plants — and cost $35 per month. Aesthetes will appreciate that yes, you get to choose the color of the accompanying 5″ planter.

If you really want to commit to being a plant person, you can also become a member of the Plant Parent Club. This will get you access to all online workshops, free shipping, a weekly newsletter, and 10% all online orders. An annual membership will run you $39, so it might be a good move if you’re planning to order multiple rounds of plants per year.

Crucially, my plants are not dead

Yes, The Sill is more expensive than many other plant shops. But if you need extra help with your foray into plant parenthood, its resources — and its gorgeous planters — might be worth the expense. (It’s certainly a more guided experience than the Amazon Plants Shop.)

On the sill.

On the sill.

Image: Mashable

But all the bells and whistles are less important than this: My plants seem good! A week after shipment, they appear healthy and green and are living extremely boring lives on the windowsills of my apartment. Thanks to the care cards that stare me in the face every time I open the fridge, I’ll never forget to water them. And thanks to the plant care guide I re-Google every three minutes, I’ll check the soil first to make sure it’s dry at least two inches below the surface. Yes, it might be too soon to say I’ve cracked the plant care code, but The Sill has certainly helped.

Will I order my next plant from The Sill? No, but that’s no fault of the company itself. I’d just rather go to a real store. But I’m in New York, so … maybe it’ll be a Sill store.

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Denver, Colorado, is the cheapest destination to visit this winter. These 12 photos will make you want to book a flight.

Denver, Colorado, is the cheapest destination to visit this winter. These 12 photos will make you want to book a flight.

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A view of snow-covered City Park and mountain ranges behind Denver’s skyline.

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  • Denver, Colorado, is the cheapest destination to visit this winter, according to Kayak.
  • The travel search site analyzed searches on its website over the course of six months, focusing on users who took round-trip economy flights. It found that the median airfare cost for trips to Denver is $196.
  • The destination also made it to the top of Kayak’s list of most wallet-friendly destinations for 2019.
  • The city has tons to offer adventurous travelers, including vast parks and a giant theme park.
  • Denver is also home to multiple art museums and shopping centers that are worth a visit.

Travel site Kayak recently named Denver, Colorado, as the cheapest destination to visit this winter. The “Mile High City” also made it to the top of Kayak’s list of most wallet-friendly destinations for 2019.

To create its lists, the travel site analyzed searches for Denver on its website over the course of six months, focusing on users who took round-trip economy flights. It found that the median airfare cost for trips to the city is $196.

But low-cost flights aren’t even the best part of visiting Denver. The city is home to multiple museums, impressive parks, and a variety of shopping centers. From Denver’s historic Larimer Square district to the lush Washington Park, here are 12 photos that will make you want to book a trip sooner rather than later.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an inexpensive option for art enthusiasts.

Visitors view an art collection at MCA Denver in 2009.

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The museum, which is also known as MCA Denver, only costs $8 to enter for adults and displays contemporary work created by regional, national, and international artists.

Even better, adults can enter for a discounted price of $5 after 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays while teens and children under the age of 18 always enter for free.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis of nature, even in the middle of the winter.

The garden’s trees and ponds look especially magical after snowfall.

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You can stay warm by touring the Denver Mint, a branch of the United States Mint.

Quarters, among other coins, are produced at the US Mint in Denver, Colorado.

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The Denver Art Museum provides a nice retreat from the city’s cold weather.

The Frederic C. Hamilton Building is made from 9,000 titanium panels.

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The museum has a wide variety of artwork for visitors to discover, including photography, textile art, and historical pieces.

Architecture enthusiasts will also appreciate the museum’s unique geometric structure, which is visible indoors.

Spend hours exploring the unique stores in Denver’s Union Station.

A stunning wave-like structure is located just outside the historic station.

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Seeing the Colorado Avalanche play at Denver’s Pepsi Center is worth the experience, even if you’re not a hockey fan.

Many hockey fans in Denver support the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

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That said, if sports aren’t really your thing, the indoor venue also hosts concerts throughout the year.

Denver’s Washington Park turns into a winter wonderland after snowfall.

Some Denver residents jog through Washington Park even in the winter.

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If you’re hungry in Denver, the 16th Street Mall is the place to go.

The mall has 12 movie theaters and dozens of shops.

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You’ll find more than 40 cafes lined along this popular shopping street, making it the perfect stop to grab a bite to eat or relax with a cup of coffee.

And if you stick around until the evening, you can even ride a horse-drawn carriage or pedicab through the area — just be sure to bundle up in the winter.

Many of Denver’s must-see spots are located within City Park.

A view of snow-covered City Park and mountain ranges behind Denver’s skyline.

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On the official Denver website, visitors are advised to take a walk through the park as it snows, when the surrounding mountains and skyscrapers look especially scenic.

One of City Park’s attractions includes the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

People who visit the museum can “uncover” fossils through interactive exhibits.

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There are tons of ancient dinosaur bones inside the museum, as well as an IMAX theater and temporary exhibits that are frequently updated.

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How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won the Cohen Hearing

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won the Cohen Hearing

Too many representatives chose to bloviate instead of interrogate — except for one.

By Caroline Fredrickson

Ms. Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez acted like a good prosecutor while questioning Michael Cohen, establishing the factual basis for further committee investigation.CreditJoshua Roberts/Reuters

On Wednesday, Michael Cohen, President Trump’s one-time personal lawyer and “fixer,” testified in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee about what he says are a variety of shady practices he participated in when working for the president. People around the country awaited riveting testimony, some going so far as to join “watch parties” in bars.

But like so many congressional hearings, the fireworks were quick to flame out. Even with the tantalizing opportunity to grill Mr. Cohen on the myriad ways his former boss most likely sought to evade the law and avoid his creditors, many members of the committee, from both parties, could not resist their usual grandstanding.

Consider the line of questioning from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. She asked Mr. Cohen a series of specific questions about how Mr. Trump had handled insurance claims and whether he had provided accurate information to various companies. “To your knowledge,” she asked, “did Donald Trump ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company?” He had.

She asked whether Mr. Trump had tried to reduce his local taxes by undervaluing his assets. Mr. Cohen confirmed that the president had also done that. “You deflate the value of the asset and then you put in a request to the tax department for a deduction,” Mr. Cohen said, explaining the practice. These were the sort of questions, and answers, the committee was supposed to elicit. Somehow, only the newer members got the memo.

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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez continued, asking, “Do you think we need to review financial statements and tax returns in order to compare them?” She pressed Mr. Cohen for the names of others who would be able to corroborate the testimony or provide documents to support the charges. In response, Mr. Cohen listed the executives Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari — names that, thanks in part to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, we will probably hear more about in the coming months.

These questions were not random, but, rather, well thought out. Like a good prosecutor, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was establishing the factual basis for further committee investigation. She asked one question at a time, avoided long-winded speeches on why she was asking the question, and listened carefully to his answer, which gave her the basis for a follow-up inquiry. As a result, Mr. Cohen gave specific answers about Mr. Trump’s shady practices, along with a road map for how to find out more. Mr. Cohen began his testimony calling Mr. Trump a “con man and a cheat”; In just five minutes, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez actually helped him lay out the facts to substantiate those charges.

Unfortunately, too few of her colleagues followed suit. In his testimony, Mr. Cohen claimed numerous ethical breaches and criminal acts on the part of the president, many for which Mr. Cohen himself apparently served as main actor. He spoke of illegal campaign payoffs, rigging of electoral polls, threatening people who had crossed the president, possible witness tampering, and even falsifying financial records. He spoke of conduct in and out of office that would cross even the most generous reading of ethical and legal boundaries.

All of these areas offered fruitful avenues for exploration. But instead of asking probing questions and eliciting damning evidence from Mr. Cohen, too many committee members chose to make a speech. Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker tweeted in frustration, “Bipartisan incompetence in the questioning at #cohen hearing. All they do is make speeches, and fail to listen to answers or follow up.” He then tweeted sample follow-up questions, hoping desperately that someone might just try. He did give credit to several members who understand the art of questioning, including Representatives Katie Hill and Jackie Speier. But it is shocking how few members actually understand the basic function of a hearing — or chose to ignore collective goals in favor of showboating.

As someone who has worked on the Hill and as a nonprofit advocate, I am accustomed to the frustration of opportunities lost, of questions not asked, or of witnesses who are allowed to get away without really answering a question. Often the stakes are low and so the cost is not so great.

But as Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings’s outstanding closing remarks made clear, what we face now as a nation is so consequential, as the president faces multiple inquiries about possible collusion with a foreign power, that we need more from members of Congress. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has many followers on social media. I hope her colleagues will start to follow her example in the hearing room.

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Blast off dirt with Sun Joe’s discounted Electric Pressure Washer for $118

Blast off dirt with Sun Joe’s discounted Electric Pressure Washer for $118

If the outside of your home is in desperate need of some TLC, one critical tool you’ll need to get things back in shape is a pressure washer, and today Amazon’s offering the Sun Joe SPX4000 Electric Pressure Washer for just $118. Now at a new low price, this deal saves you over $30 off its average cost there; it sells for up to $189 otherwise.

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