If you need evidence that 4K TV is now mainstream, look no further than Roku’s latest batch of streamers. A year after the company unveiled the Roku 4, its first 4K set-top streaming box, it now offers three 4K-capable boxes. As of today, there are more 4K Roku boxes than HD Roku boxes—and two of the new devices play HDR content, too. The one to get is the highest-end model, the Roku Ultra ($130). It does 4K at 60fps and supports HDR streaming on compatible TVs, offers USB and Ethernet ports, and has optical-out audio. The remote also supports voice search, and the box shares the beeping remote-control finder of the Roku 4. Oh yes, and there are a bazillion ways to get your content. While other streamers have been warring and refusing to host each other’s content services, Roku’s stayed Swiss-neutral. You get Amazon, Google Play, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Plex, everything. Read our full report on Roku’s new streamers.
For four years in a row, a GE French door refrigerator has won our coveted Best Refrigerator award. This year, the award once again goes to the CFE28TSHSS, which is built in GE’s Appliance Park factory in Louisville, Kentucky and features a built-in hot water dispenser. In addition to its features, we’re fans of how well this fridge performed in our tests. We recorded consistent temperatures over time in both the fridge and freezer, which can help prevent fresh food from spoiling and frozen food from developing freezer burn. Though this GE is an upscale appliance, it earns its keep by cutting down on food waste. Go to Reviewed.com to read the full review, and to shop for the best price.
The wireless, noise-cancelling Bose QC35s are the most comfortable headphones of the year, which admittedly goes a long way in earning them top honors. But the QC35s are also some of the most user-friendly wireless headphones we’ve ever used, with the killer performance we expect from Bose.
The over-ear-style cups form a cushiony seal around your ears, and the noise cancellation software puts you in nearly total aural isolation. The sound profile is superb: There’s very little distortion and not too much of an emphasis on the low-end. And, if all that doesn’t have you convinced, how about over 20 hours of battery life on a single charge? Read WIRED’s full review, and go to Reviewed.com to read their review and to shop for the best price.
We tried a few Chromebooks over the past year, but the one that stood out to us the most was the business-oriented HP Chromebook 13 G1. Even though it’s more expensive than most Chromebooks, its svelte metal chassis, USB-C ports, and pretty display won us over. This is one of the highest-quality Chromebooks money can buy, and it’ll only get better if HP delivers on its promise to make it compatible with Android apps sometime in 2017. Read the full WIRED review here. Go to Reviewed.com to read the full review and to shop for the best price.
Samsung’s been a leader in bright-room HDR all throughout 2016, and the KU7000 series is one fruit of that labor. While it’s not nearly as impressive (in terms of HDR) as the high-end SUHD models like the KS8000, the 55-inch KU7000 delivers a lot of screen, great brightness and color, plus ample 4K goodness for under $1,000.
Oh, and did we mention the stylish silver bezels and minimalist design? Basically, if you’re looking to future-proof your purchase and get a big TV without hitting the four-digit mark in terms of price, give the 55-inch UN55KU7000 a peek. Go to Reviewed.com to read the full review, and to shop for the best price.
LG’s 4K, HDR OLEDs dominated our top spots again this year, but as good as the G6, E6, and C6 OLEDs are, our favorite is by far the mid-range B6. What makes it so great? In short—everything. It delivers the same fathomless black levels and rich, vivid colors of LG’s more expensive sets, hits the “HDR Premium” benchmark, has a flat screen, and does it all for significantly less money than the flagship sets.
Throw in compatibility with both of today’s HDR formats (HDR10 and Dolby Vision), and it’s clear the B6 is the best TV for today and tomorrow, especially since both the 55- and 65-inch models just saw permanent price drops. A top-tier, HDR OLED for less than $2,000? No other TV stands a chance. Go to Reviewed.com to read the full review and to shop for the best price.
Whether you want a canister vacuum or an upright, the best vacuum you can buy is going to be a Miele. The German manufacturer is known for its attention to quality and detail, and it shows on both of these high-end vacuums. They’re quiet and sturdy, and every part fits into place perfectly.
In our lab tests, the C3 Series canisters cleaned well on multiple floor types—good news if your house has carpet, hardwood, and area rugs. But what really impressed us was how easy they were to use. Pulling the vacuum around the house didn’t feel like a chore, and there was an attachment for every task. Although prices range from a lofty $649 all the way up to $1,499, the C3 makes vacuuming feel less like a chore.
If you prefer an upright, the U1 Series is as good as it gets. Quiet and straightforward, the U1 uses self-sealing bags—so you can toss dirt away without touching it. The entry-level U1 Twist starts at $449 on sale.
If you’re seeking the most features and flexibility for your money, Micro Four Thirds is where it’s at. While the Olympus E-M10 II is one of our favorite still cameras under a grand, the Panasonic GX85 can outdo it in many ways, particularly if you care about capturing 4K video.
If you want to stretch your dollar as far as it’ll go, the Panasonic GX85 is a solid start to your new kit. Not only is the body cheap and fully loaded, but the lenses in the Micro Four Thirds system are affordable too. Read WIRED’s full review here, and go to Reviewed.com to read their review and to shop for the best price.
While it may not be the fastest camera, or the best for traditional pro photographers, Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is a blast to shoot with. It oozes quality in every way, and turns out amazing images thanks to Fuji’s stellar lens lineup. If you love photography the way we do, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is worth getting to know. You can read the full WIRED review, and shop for the best price at Reviewed.com.
There are so many cheap headphones out there, but finding a great pair under $50 is surprisingly difficult. We have enjoyed the RHA S500i in-ears for the last few years and stuck by them for their durable aluminum design, excellent sound reproduction, and surprisingly good noise isolation.
For a real treat, pick up these with a pair of Comply foam tips and enjoy even better sound isolation and some of the most comfortable tips you can get. It’s a killer combination that will easily outperform headphones that cost more than twice as much. Go to Reviewed.com to read the full review and to shop for the best price.
Electrolux’s all-new flagship washing machine features the SmartBoost system, which mixes water, detergent, and fabric softener to ensure even cleaning and stain removal.
Our tests show that this new technology is more than just marketing hype, and really gets clothes clean in half an hour. That’s what earned the EFLS617SIW (in white) and EFLS617STT (in titanium) washers the top spot in our Best of Year honors.
The clincher? The matching Electrolux dryers—available in both gas (as the EFMG617SIW/EFMG617STT) and electric (as the EFME617SIW/EFME617STT) are just as good. For under $900 on sale, they offer multiple cycles that get clothes dry, gently. They also feature steam cleaning, which can help remove odors from items that can’t be washed, like stuffed animals and baseball caps. Go to Reviewed.com to read reviews of the washing machine and dryer, and to shop for the best price.
Amazon Music Unlimited is only $4 a month with the Amazon Echo.
Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant puts your voice in control of an ever-expanding universe of smart products, and the Amazon Echo speaker remains the best choice for getting Alexa into your home. Whether you want to play music, check the news, control your lighting, keep an eye on your oven, or even play a game, the Echo has you covered with its always-on functionality. It’s easy to see how the Echo has helped Alexa become the de facto smart home standard. See all of WIRED’s Alexa coverage here. Go to Reviewed.com to read their review, and to shop for the best price.
You’re going to be shopping for a lot of stuff this holiday season. Make sure you buy the best. Just like last year, we’ve worked with our friends at Reviewed.com to compile a list of the best products we’ve seen this year. Our list spans the 20 most important categories and includes picks for the best in personal technology, home entertainment devices, appliances for the home, and gear to use on the job. This isn’t one of those “best deals” lists, or a promotional gimmick. We’ve only listed products that our writers and editors have tested, and these are the things we’d recommend you buy if you’re shopping for something in the category. You can see all of Reviewed.com’s latest picks at their site: Best of Year 2016. For each product, you can read the full review at WIRED or at Reviewed.com and judge for yourself. But it’s more fun to let us do the choosing for you.
When the software and services behemoth finally decided to get into hardware, it certainly put its foot down pretty hard. Google Home shows off some smart home smarts, Daydream is the phone-based VR you’ve always wanted, and the Pixel… well, it’s simply the best Android phone ever made. The gorgeous handset has a refined design, killer specs, the smartest assistant in the AI wars, and (according to the experts) the best camera the smartphone industry has ever produced. All the better to showcase Google’s clean and now well-seasoned mobile operating system. If you want an Android phone, this is the most future-forward option you can get. Read our full review.
This year’s best console is the one you can plug a VR headset into. The $399 PSVR is the first of an emerging “middle class” of virtual reality: in both price and performance, it splits the difference between high-end, PC-driven headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and mobile solutions like the Samsung Gear VR and Google’s new Daydream View. And since the titles are good—including several that turn VR gameplay into a two-player experience—the PSVR might just have a shot at turning virtual reality into a Nintendo Wii-like crossover phenomenon. Read our full review.
Last year, we gave our Best of Year laptop award to the Dell XPS 13. While the competition in 2016 was fierce, it remained our favorite. No matter if you grab the 6th-gen or brand new 7th-gen Intel version, the XPS 13 is awesome. While we can point to any one of its unique features—and we’d be remiss in not mentioning its practically bezel-free edge-to-edge display—its design and array of options make this Dell stellar. Go to Reviewed.com to read their full review and to shop for the best price.
Bosch dishwashers are best-known for how quiet they are, and the 800 Series is no exception. Rated between 40 and 44 dBA, these are among the least noisy dishwashers in their class. They also do a great job cleaning and drying dishes, removing even the most stubborn food stains we use in our tests. A third rack fits flatware and even small bowls, while the addition of flexible racks make the 800 Series a worthy upgrade from the also-excellent 500 Series.
Available in a variety of finishes and handle styles, there’s an 800 Series for every kitchen design. Unlike many of its competitors, this US-made Bosch can even be mounted flush with cabinetry for a sleek, built-in look. Go to Reviewed.com to read their review and to shop for the best price.
Apple wasn’t the first phone manufacturer to put two cameras on the back of its flagship device, but it already had the phone with the best camera on the market, so adding more capability to that already-awesome shooter just made the handset more versatile—and more upgrade-worthy too. The iPhone 7 Plus (and its slightly smaller sibling) isn’t just the best phone because it has that killer camera. It also boasts a beautiful design, a sharper-than-real-life screen with vibrant colors, and powerful innards that make it one of the top performers in the mobile space. Add to all that the actual software—sleek and nimble iOS, with Siri riding shotgun, and a universe of excellent apps—and the phone ceases to be your piece of personal technology and becomes simply your everything. Read our full review.
Last year, our favorite Bluetooth speaker—really, one of our top tech products overall—was the UE Boom 2. It wins again this year. The compact $200 speaker sounds amazing and goes more than 15 hours on a charge. It stands vertically, spreading stereo sound in a wide arc, and has a footprint about the size as your morning beer. Incredibly, it’s fully waterproof, so you can take it to the beach and try to lose it in the ocean. And since the speaker is massively popular and all of your friends have one, you can take advantage of a new software update that lets you connect two, three, seven, twenty-eight speakers together to blanket the whole party in sound. Read our full review.