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Michelle Powell

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Michelle grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, at 19 made her way to Humboldt County, and eventually found a middle ground in Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz she earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and laid the foundation for a thorough, objective, and highly analytical work approach. Michelle has over a decade of experience in Food Service, specifically within the Specialty Coffee industry, having trained with the likes of Blue Bottle and Four Barrel Coffee, and competed twice in the Southwest Regional Barista Competition. Furthermore, Michelle managed an artisanal bakery in Santa Cruz, California for four years. This range of experience has uniquely situated Michelle to objectively evaluate a variety of products with a nuanced understanding of what the ideal, professional quality result would look like.

After finishing school, she traded the waves for Sierra granite in Lake Tahoe. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe with several furry creatures and is somewhat of a dog whisperer. When she's not testing the latest tech gear, Michelle can be found climbing, surfing, baking, geeking out about espresso, doing yoga, buried in animals, or indulging in a good book.

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Best Steam Mops of 2022

Best Steam Mops of 2022

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Best Steam Iron of 2022

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After researching more than 65 of the best air fryers on the market, we purchased 18 preeminent models to bring into...
Best Waffle Makers of 2022

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Craving some waffles but don't want to leave the house? We researched over 30 waffle makers to find the best one for...
Best Sous Vide of 2022

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Searching for the best sous vide machine? We bought 13 top models and tested them head-to-head to see which one is...
Best Projectors of 2022

Best Projectors of 2022

Looking to bring the theater experience into your home or presentations to the office? We tested seven of the best...
Best Ice Cream Maker of 2022

Best Ice Cream Maker of 2022

Searching for that perfectly churned homemade ice cream? We researched and compared all the best ice cream makers out...
Best USB Microphone of 2022

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Are you looking to buy a new USB Microphone? Our team of audiophiles boughtan thoroughly evaluated 8 of the best USB...
Best Griddle of 2022

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If you're looking to crank up your kitchen game, we greased the wheels for you by testing 11 of the best griddles on...
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