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Finding the “right” leggings is almost as difficult as finding the right bra or swimsuit or pair of jeans! The price of my favorite leggings shot up to $29.95 since the last time I bought them, so this time I bought four different kinds to test. Herein, I shall review all five options. As a point of reference, I am 5’7″ and weight 137 pounds. Black leggings are a staple in my wardrobe; I wear them all the time.

  1. Athletica “City Lights”

Hands down, my favorites. Length, cut, and fit are all absolutely perfect. But as of this writing, the price is $29.95 for a pair. Leggings just shouldn’t cost $30!

  1. Moontree “Cotton Spandex Jersey Legging”

The length is good. The waist is in the right place. The cut is good. But something about these leggings makes me feel like “this is what wearing Spanx must feel like”. They are snug, but not in a way that makes me feel like I’m wearing the wrong size. It feels like the snugness is part of the design, like in control-top pantyhose. (Remember those?)  Only the snugness is in the entire pair of leggings, calf to waist. They look great, but frankly they are almost a relief to peel off at the end of the day.

Maybe you are looking for something different to cook for dinner tonight. You may also be looking for something easy to make as well. Why not try to make a rice dish with a little bit of added ingredients? If you do not have something to cook rice in, you can find the best rice cooker by looking at these reviews.

Aroma 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker: Because it’s a small, entry-level model, it would be unfair to expect the Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker to be overflowing with extras, but it does have a separate steam tray in addition to a rice cooking bowl, measuring cup, serving spatula, and some recipes. Useful machine features include an automatic “keep warm” function (so your rice stays at a nice, ready-to-eat temperature) and a timer that can be set for as much as 15 hours before you actually want the rice cooked.

Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity: Apart from its larger capacity, the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker has a lot in common with the Aroma. Again, there’s a steamer tray, measuring cup, and spatula, but the Hamilton Beach includes a soup ladle as well. There’s also a timer (of the same 15-hour duration). Rather than having a specific “keep warm” feature, the Hamilton Beach automatically keeps rice warm until you choose to turn it off.

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10: The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker comes with a single pot, two measures, and a rice spoon with its own holder (conveniently located on the side of the machine). There are two “keep warm” options: a shorter, 5-hour option and a longer, 12-hour option.