8 ways to make the most of your outdoor space

Published July 03, 2013

| Consumer Reports

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

or 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.

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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