Make sure you will buy only the best among lots of stuffs that you get this holiday season. As we have listed the best products we’ve seen this year after analyzing with our friends at Reviewed.com. Our list includes 20 most important categories that are best in personal technology, home entertainment devices, appliances for the home, and gear to use on the job. The listed products are tested completely by our writers and editors, and are recommended for you to buy if you’re shopping for something in the category. You will find all the latest picks of Reviewed.com at their site. You will even find complete review at WIRED or at Reviewed.com for each product.
The Best Ear-buds
Master & Dynamic’s all-brass ME05 earphones comes on topmost pick because of its excellent audio equipped with innovative design. For $199, you will get top-shelf sound, supreme comfort, dramatic isolation, and exquisite craftsmanship. So if you are fond of in-ears with excellent bass and a bombproof design, then you should try this.
The Best Headphones
Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay line of personal audio products introduces excellent headphone models among which wireless BeoPlay H7 ($449) is our favorite. The headset consists of over-ear design and hence connects to any Bluetooth capable device for delivering excellent sound. Its audio profile is somewhat same as the cabled BeoPlay H6. These don’t have active noise canceling but it has got leather ear pads which provide excellent isolation.
The Best iPhone
The new iPhone 6S are also included in the list as these two flagship mobile devices ($650 and up) are more sensible pick for most of the people as it’s easier to slip into a pocket and easier to use with one hand. But, the most important reasons behind it is the high security, supreme ease of use, the best mobile app ecosystem, top-quality construction, and one of the very best cameras ever.
The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 ($200) provides fantastic sound from a compact speaker and comes with the size of a tallboy of Bud Light Lime. It kicks out enough volume to serve as the primary speaker in the room. As it is completely waterproof and shockproof, you can take it to the beach, or rock it in the shower. It has excellent wireless range compared to most Bluetooth devices and battery lasts well till 15 hours.
The Best Washing Machine
The Kenmore 40172 and LG WM8000HVA are usually identical as they can fit both huge laundry and wash a small load in under 30 minutes. They’ll remove all stains while still being gentle on your delicate clothes. Both the product regularly cost below $1,000, so pick whichever you want.
The Best Battery Pack
Our pick has something which others don’t have and that is the Tylt Energi 5K+, which is a relatively slim and compact 5,200mAh battery pack that has two inbuilt cables like a Lightning cable for Apple mobiles and a microUSB for Android phones, Kindles, and other mobile devices. A separate USB plug on the side is given if you have one of those rare and new USB-C devices like a Nexus 6P or 5X. List price is $80, but you will get it for even $48.
The Best Wireless Speaker for the Home
The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless ($700) is beautifully designed and generates very loud but natural sound with excellent bass. Though, previous versions were Apple-centric and AirPlay-only, you can connect this new model via AirPlay, Bluetooth, or Spotify Connect, for working with almost any PC or iOS, Android, or Windows mobile device.
The Best CHEAP Earbuds
These Mrice E300 earbuds cost around $17 to $25 depending on the purchase location and color of the product. They’re very cheap but exceed some branded models costing ten times as much in terms of quality, great for working out, commuting, and everyday use.
The Best Television
OLED televisions are best for dark home theater environment but they have two major flaws: they’re too expensive, and they’re all curved. While the price is still a work in progress, LG is finally launched its first flat 4K OLED, the LG 65EF9500 (MSRP $5,999). The EF9500 has come with boasting pitch-black shadows and vibrant colors. Along with HDR compatibility of LG’s bubbly web OS 2.0, it has surprisingly fetching physical design. Hence, EF9500 is the total package and it’s easily one of our favorite TVs of 2015.
The Best Pocket Camera
If you count yourself among one for whom point-and-shoot is only worth if It gets fit in the pocket, then tyou should go for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV. These cameras slip easily into a pocket but manages to pack a large 1-inch image sensor, 4K video recording, and a pop-up viewfinder. Though, it’s costly ($948), but previous versions of the RX100 cost much less these days.
The Best Camera
Sony’s full-frame a7 series are famous since its origination, but the a7R II ($3,200 and up) is the first model to truly touch the sky. It has a giant full-frame sensor packed with 42 megapixels of resolution, a high-speed processor to manage it all, and the ability to record 4K video. Its battery life is awesome, band hence we can’t stop crowning it the best camera of 2015.
The Best Television Under $500
The Sony KDL-40R510C is so perfect that even finical videophiles should be pleased. Along with its modest cost ($428 and up) and simple design, it boasts solid materials and great picture quality with just slight adjustment. It’s not 4K, but at this price point, you can not find cheaper TVs with such build and picture quality.
The Best Chromebook
Dell’s Chromebook 13 with its spacious and bright screen, comes very close to perfection. The Chrome OS-powered machine is light, solidly constructed, and has excellent battery life. As it has been billed as “business class,” it comes in a wide variety of configurations ranging from low end Celeron models to higher end models with up to 8GB of RAM, an Intel i5 processor, and a touchscreen. While the base model sells for around $400, it can range up to $800 or $900 accordingly.
The Best Refrigerator
The GE Cafe CFE28TSHSS is generally a 27.8 cu-ft, French door model which comes with a stainless steel exterior. With excellent food preservation and a classic appearance, it even features a hot water container for making tea or hot chocolate. MSRP costs $3,100, but you can also get it in cheaper price.
The Best Robot Vacuum
The Neato Botvac 80 is affordable (MSRP of $500), flexible and as good a robot as it is a vacuum. Based on lab testing of all the best-selling models, that’s very reasonable and affordable.
The Best Windows Laptop
The Dell XPS 13 really attracts people with its almost completely bezel-free display. For laptop buyers who want a compact machine without sacrificing screen real estate, you can get a 13-inch laptop in a chassis that’s much closer to an 11-inch laptop. It comes with a great battery and with prices starting from $800.
The Best Camera Under $1,000
The Panasonic Lumix G7 ($800 and up) is mirrorless camera which has the horsepower of a flagship camera. It’s fast, accurate, has a sharp sensor, shoots spectacular 4K video, and has a great electronic viewfinder. The best thing is, this complete package comes for less than $1,000.
The Best Drone
Though, DJI’s drones were not famous before, but as the popularity of remote-controlled quadcopters has continued to grow, DJI’s Phantom 3 Professional ($1,259) has raised to the sky tip. Chat with a drone pilot at your local park if they’re flying a Phantom. The normalization features are awesome, the controls are easy to understand, and the camera shoots dreamy 4K footage.
The Best Dryer
Along with fitting a lot of laundry, Electrolux’s flagship dryer also dries them quickly and gently, offering the user an utmost ease. Electrolux EWMED70JIW performs custom cycle to dry a pet bed and steam stuffed animals clean. It’s topping the ratings for four years running with MSRP is $1,549, but you can find it cheaper if you shop around.
The Best Android Phone
The Nexus 6P is somewhat close to a perfect Android device. It is Google’s new flagship phone which shows the world just how good Android can be. It’s has got the best hardware and software, all in a single slick package.
The Best TV Streamer
The Roku has a much bigger footprint than previous versions of the company’s hardware that too with $130 price. But, the bigger story is here is, it’s making it easy to find things to watch in 4K, it’s supporting up its components to handle the load, and it’s opening up its universal search capabilities wider than any competing player.