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The batteries you need this Christmas

Our latest tests reveal which are the best AA and AAA batteries to buy this Christmas, from powering your kids' toys to fairy lights and remote controls.

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Nine amazing things you didn’t know about LED light bulbs

We round up some interesting research findings that show how the right lighting can improve your health and well-being as well as your bank balance

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EU halogen light bulb ban: everything you need to know

The final phase of the EU ban on halogen light bulbs comes into effect on 1 September 2018. We explain what it means for lighting your home, from how much it will cost you to where to find the best alternatives.

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Best bargain rechargeable batteries

Which? uncovers six new Best Buys in our latest test of AA and AAA rechargeable batteries, but we also found the worst battery we’ve seen in years.

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The dirtiest areas of your home revealed

Which? reveals the types of bacteria living on different items in your house, and how to clean most effectively.

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Are cheap steam irons any good?

Is an expensive steam iron - a £120- Philips iron, for example - a worthwhile investment? Will it have you storming through your laundry pile, sending creases running for the hills? Or will a cheap steam iron make for quick, easy ironing?

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Could this space-age LED bulb light up your life?

The Arc light bulb, designed by Swedish design brand Flyte, is set to go on sale later this year and it has just been sent to space as part of its Kickstarter funding campaign. But is it the ultimate LED light bulb? Our lighting experts give their verdict.

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Best dishwasher tablets

Revealed: the Best Buy dishwasher tablets that could save you nearly £40 a year

Which? dishwasher tablets test reveals two new Best Buys, including one great-value product that could save you almost £40 a year.

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Christmas dinner

Cleaning up at Christmas

From washing-up liquid and dishwasher tablets to carpet stain removers and vacuum cleaners, we’ve tested all the products you’ll need to get your house back to ship-shape, so that you can enjoy the festive season.

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Best batteries for Christmas

Which? reveals how to spot a bargain on batteries for Christmas from more than 50 battery types tested in 2017.

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