Most of us are spending more time at home as a result of. And even when restrictions begin to loosen, before things get back to any sense of “normal.” You may still be looking for different services to help you get work done, get food and stay busy and entertained.
We’ve got you covered. Here’s a roundup of services and apps that CNET has rated as the top of each category. We’ll keep this updated as we review new services.
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LastPass is a great password manager with a free version that lets you store passwords, user login info and credentials and sync all of it wherever you want — across desktop, mobile and browsers. If you upgrade to Premium for $36 a year, you can share multiple passwords, logins, memberships and other items with trusted emergency contacts, and access multifactor authentication through YubiKey and a fingerprint scanner, and 1GB of encrypted storage.
Recently ranked the most popular food delivery app, DoorDash has 310,000 restaurants located in 4,000 cities worldwide, 80% of which are in the US, according to the company. The app’s interface is a bit busy, but helpful: A menu of icons at the top of the screen lets you search by type of food or by rating level, price level, delivery in under 30 minutes or vegetarian options. If you’re a frequent user, you can sign up for DoorDash’s subscription service, DashPass: For $10 a month, you get free delivery and lower service fees from thousands of restaurants nationwide.
Instacart shines on the grocery delivery front thanks to its wide availability: You can find the service in 40 states plus DC, and delivery is typically available from a number of different grocery stores in an area, including pharmacies, pet stores and even liquor stores. Unlike another widely available grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, you don’t need to be a member to use it — though there are delivery fees unless you become one.
With Home Chef, you can choose from more than 38 meal kits in any given week, including grill pack and one-pan dinner options. Meal kit examples include chipotle chimichurri mini pork meatloaves with roasted sweet potato, and garlic peppercorn salmon scampi with garlic cream gemelli and broccolini. One way Home Chef stands out from the pack, Chowhound’s Pamela Vachon noted, is that it lets you customize the protein in your meal choices: For example, with some recipes, you can order double the protein without doubling the overall portion, or choose antibiotic-free protein instead of the standard option. Home Chef also offers oven-ready meals, which come with everything you need to cook including the cooking tray — no dishes necessary.
Drizly is an online alcohol delivery service that partners with more than 2,200 retailers across North America to send beer, wine, liquor and snacks to your door. It’s available in 26 states and DC.
When you add something to your cart, you’ll have the option to choose which store in your area will fulfill the order, as well as delivery ETAs, minimums and fees. You can often get your order delivered in under an hour (though the site currently warns to expect delays given the increased demand), or schedule a delivery for the future. Add a tip for your driver, and you’re good to go. The site is also encouraging users to select contactless deliveries.
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