You’re torn.

You need a car to get from point A to point B, but you don’t want to shell out more than you can afford. You also don’t want to skimp on an auto that’s going to fall apart in less than a year, and cost more in repairs than it did to purchase in the first place.

The key is to find a car with a reasonable balance between affordability and quality. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the 19 best cars you can buy for under $20,000.

We combined three factors including expert awards (the North American Car of the Year, Popular Mechanics Auto Excellence, Car Connection, Motor Trend Car of the Year, and Cars.com Best of the Year awards), safety (the NHTSA Overall Crash Test Safety Rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick Award), and depreciation (the KBB Resale Value Award) into a Smart Rating—one overall score out of 100—to rank the cars.

Keep in mind that it’s best to use this list as a general guide. The prices we have are based on the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) and it will typically be cheaper to buy a used car. But if you need help finding a reliable model, this is a great place to start.

Also, you can visit our entire cars topic to do your own vehicle search, as there are a handful of cars that are cheaper than those on the following list, with a slightly lower (but still good) Smart Rating.

Click below to see our top 19.

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Times are tough. The economy is no longer the powerhouse it used to be and a lot of people are swimming in debt. So it’s probably not the best time to drop a lot of money on aesthetics. Of course, some people use plastic surgery for reasons beyond vanity, and if you need to get work done at once, no one should stop you. Go ahead. But just in case, we’ve compiled a list of surgeries, their average costs* and what you could invest in instead.

*Price only includes the surgeon’s fees (not costs for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests performed, prescriptions, or other fees)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define 27 separate forms of birth control, from condoms to pills to abstinence. When used correctly, the majority of these methods are extremely effective, succeeding well over 95% of the time. But like a low-carb diet or daily exercise routine, the actual results tend to fall well short of the ideal. As such, the CDC reports a second, more realistic success rate—called “typical use”—to account for all the mistakes, laziness, and inconsistencies so common of human beings.

At FindTheBest, we wanted to know which forms of contraceptive were the most deceptive—that is, where is there the greatest difference between the theoretical effectiveness of a contraceptive (“perfect use”) and the real-world effectiveness (“typical use”).

So let’s count down the the 27 forms of birth control ranked from least to most deceptive:

Note that the percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth in each graphic, but that the actual descriptions will sometimes highlight figures to the nearest hundredth.

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Many people flock to cities to find foodie goldmines and see the sights . But there’s no denying that a city’s allure can also be measured in the number of bars–whether you’re there for the brew or the crowd.

We compiled a list of the large cities with most bars per 10,000 people–and some of the frontrunners may surprise you. Here are the top 19 places with an excellent nightlife:

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Starting today, you’ll see a couple of changes to FindTheBest Homes, the newest topic on FindTheBest.

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10 weeks ago, we launched Homes, a residential real estate research engine that included 105 million for sale, off-the-market, and foreclosed properties across the United States. The response from our users was phenomenal. People loved that we were bringing together all of the different things you think about when you’re buying a home—everything from information on the neighborhood, schools, local businesses, home specs, real estate market, and more—but there was one thing people kept asking for that we didn’t have: rental listings.

Today, we’re announcing our entrance to the rental market through partnerships with ListHub, the leading distributor of property listings and provider of performance metrics in real estate, Zumper, an online provider of real-time rental apartments, and AppFolio, a leading online property management software solution for rental property managers.We’re using the same approach we used with for sale and off-the-market listings and giving people all the information they need to understand what it’s really like to live at a certain address.

Competition to find that dream apartment can be incredibly challenging, so it’s more important than ever to have all the information you need to properly evaluate a property and contact the rental manager. We won’t cover 100% of the rental market on day one, but our partnerships with ListHub, Zumper, and AppFolio will provide the foundation that allows us  add additional inventory over time.

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The second update is a new feature that aims to simplify the way people research. We’re now able to provide quick insights on the true essence of something. Whether it’s a place, product, service or person, it can be incredibly enlightening to understand the distinguishing characteristics of any given entity. We’re calling those characteristics Insights and today, we’re rolling them out across Places, our collection of more than 200,000 geographies—everything from states, counties, cities, and neighborhoods.

Insights for Places will identify a place’s distinguishing characteristics to give people a better idea of what makes it unique. This research draws upon extensive geospatial analysis that we conducted on the 32 million companies & 19,000 industries included on FindTheBest Companies. Insights will be generated when there is an over-indexation of a given attribute as compared to the country as a whole. Take the Marina in San Francisco for example, if you lived there, you would know that there were a ton of restaurants, yoga studios, and bars, but if you lived halfway across the country, you’d probably have no idea.

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We plan to roll Insights out across our platform to really help people better understand the distinguishing attributes of any given entity, whether it’s a smartphone, college, dog breed, or the thousands of other topics we have on FindTheBest.


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FindTheBest headquarters are in Southern California, so naturally, we’re wine snobs. We set out to pick the very best wine chillers on the market based on 23 separate factors. A few of the things we considered:

  • Bottle Capacity: Some wine chillers are a miracle of geometry, accommodating dozens of bottles into a surprisingly compact space. Others are clunky, boxy affairs, taking up lots of kitchen space just to house three or four items. More efficient chillers score better here.
  • Temperature Range: Some wine chillers are nothing more than duplicate refrigerators. They’ll keep your bottles cool, but you’ll be stuck on just one or two temperature settings. The best chillers allow for wide flexibility and lots of user control.
  • Ease of Installation: How heavy is the wine chiller? How many set-up steps are required? The best chillers have super simple to move and install.
  • Exterior Controls: Nice wine chillers have exterior controls for adjusting temperature and designating zones. Cheaper wine chillers don’t have any exterior controls.
  • Temperature Zones: As a general rule, two temperature zones is better than one, as it allows you to store reds and whites in separate climates. Three zones can be nice for the truly snobby (some reds are best at room temperature, others are best slightly cooler). Four zones is typically over-the-top.
  • Door Features: Does the door have reversible hinges? UV resistant glass? A lock? The best doors operate like a dream, allowing users to open from either side, while easily preventing curious children (or thieves) from snatching your 20-year-old Bordeaux. Cheaper chillers function more like a standard refrigerator.
  • General Features: How is the chiller lighted? Can the shelves be adjusted? We added a small boost for chillers that provide great lighting or allow for more spatial customization.

After considering over 250 wine chillers, the following 13 emerged as the best of the bunch:

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On a national level, the recession has spelled trouble for many college-bound students and recent graduates—education costs are up, median incomes are stagnating, and unemployment is still above average. It’s a deadly mix that makes paying off loans increasingly difficult. California and Rhode Island are the worst offenders of all, having shown the least promising trends across all metrics since the start of the recession.

A few states, however, have bucked these trends, keeping incomes high, tuition rates low, and unemployment steady, seemingly unaffected by the financial crisis. Here are the three best states since 2006:

3. Wyoming

In the six years from 2006 to 2012, Wyoming has shown only modest increases in unemployment, small tuition increases, and rising median incomes, a solid track record across all three categories.

2. Oklahoma

Oklahoma has shown even stronger performance than Wyoming with both unemployment and median income. The state has seen tuition increases of over $1,000 (inflation adjusted), but that’s still better than two-thirds of the nation.

1. North Dakota

The easy winner, North Dakota is the one state to show a drop in unemployment since the financial crisis, largely thanks to an oil boom that began in 2006. Combine this with large increases in median household income (over $8,000) and steady tuition rates, and North Dakota earns the #1 spot with room to spare.

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There are only a few ways to officially change your name. First, you can petition in court. Second, you can get married. Third, you can become the pope.

The earliest popes would simply keep their birth name once they were appointed the head of the church, but since around the 10th century, it’s become customary for the pope to choose a new name. About 80 popes in history were the first of their name (ex: Pope Hilarius). But the vast majority choose to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, picking common titles like Gregory, Leo, and Stephen.

We looked at names for all 266 popes to find out which were the most popular over the church’s 2,000-year history.

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Smartwatches are undeniably cool: timepieces of the future that can respond to voice commands and send you discreet notifications. They’re also undeniably unpopular, failing to catch on with the mainstream market the way that smartphones, tablets, and even fitness trackers have. What’s wrong? We looked at the data and formed four hypotheses:

1. Thickness

The average smartwatch is about 11 mm thick, and some are far thicker. Meanwhile, the thinnest wristwatches tend to measure between 6-8 mm. People want their electronic devices sleek, not heavy and boxy.

2. Price

$150 to $200 is still too pricey for an impulse buy or a curious consumer. Manufacturers need to come at least a little closer to the $10-$50 Casio market. Call it $75. Until then, they’ll be stuck with the tech geeks.

3. Battery Life

Do you want lots of smart features but only a day or two of battery life, or a watch that lasts a year but can barely do more than beep? Unfortunately, smartwatches can still only do one or the other. Until manufacturers can make something that lasts for a month and provides most of the latest features (like voice commands and tight smartphone integration), customers will pass.

4. Usefulness

What’s the real reason smartwatches exist? Texting? Facebook notifications? The “cool factor?” There’s still no primary job a smartwatch performs…even the most enthusiastic owners can’t point to a tangible benefit. Until customers believe they must buy a smartwatch, they’ll remain a niche product.

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