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8 ways to make the most of your outdoor space

8 ways to make the most of your outdoor space

Tired of a boring deck, patio, or terrace? The eight products listed here will help you transform a drab outdoor space into a summertime fun palace.

Blender: We’ve got the scoop on the best blenders for summertime smoothies and more adult-centric libations.

Deck stain/sealer: To restore or maintain your deck’s luster, you’ll need a stain or sealer that excels in our tests. Home Depot’s Behr is tops in the solid and semitransparent categories, while Thompson’s WaterSeal is best among sealers.

Gas grill: A highly rated grill might not morph you into a grillmaster but it sure will impress family and friends. Check out the best and worst grills.

Insect repellent: A reliable insect repellent can keep you from being eaten alive and protect you from West Nile virus.

Outdoor lightbulbs: Good lighting means you can enjoy your outdoor space well into the evening. And energy-efficient CFLs will lower your utility bill. For best performance, match the lightbulb to the fixture.

Sunscreen: Don’t let a sunburn ruin your outdoor fun. Learn about the three things to look for in a quality sunscreen.

Tablet or e-book reader: Whether you’re catching up on a TV series on Netflix or just reading a good book, you’ll want a device with good battery life and the ability to handle bright light. Check our Ratings for all the details.

Wireless speakers: These gadgets let you play the tunes stored on your mobile device via Bluetooth. We’ve identified three top choices in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speakers.

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