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Alarm clocks, thermostats, coffee makers—there are so many small home electronics that make up our day-to-day lives. What do all the best home electronics have in common? They make life easier, aren’t complicated to use, withstand the test of time, and come vetted with good reviews. Sometimes just searching for the right product can take the joy out of using it. So let us lend a hand with the hard part!
Over here, our editors take their home electronics (and vacuums and other essentials) particularly seriously. All things considered, they’re vital parts of our everyday life! And with the leaps and bounds made in home electronics this year, there’s no denying that searching for the best of the best can be time consuming. You don’t want to waste your money on something that’s not worth it, and furthermore, you wouldn’t want to skimp out on something that’ll break in a couple months just because it’s a few bucks cheaper. Our favorite, no-fail brands have been tested, scrutinized, and for some, even used for years.
Google Nest Thermostat
“You get the best of both worlds with the Nest, depending on whether you want to program everything yourself or let it learn your preferences over time and make its own adjustments accordingly. It’s easy to install and use, and controllable from an app on your phone so you can make temperature adjustments from literally anywhere.” —Barb, Director of Digital Strategy and Operations
Cuisinart Single-Serve + 12-Cup Coffee Maker
“I swear this is the Goldilocks of coffee makers. Need a carafe of coffee to feed a crowd? You got it. Don’t want to have to dirty the whole machine but just need one cup of joe to tie you over? No problem. The dual-serve coffee maker from Cuisinart has single-handedly saved our mornings, as well as our sanity.” —Bree, Digital Editor
Cosori Air Fryer
Bose SoundLink Mini
“If you’re anything like me and listen to music everywhere (on the train, in the shower, on a run), you’re going to love the Soundlink Mini II. I’ve had the speaker since it came out in 2015 and it still works just as great as the day I bought it. The sound is clear, the bass is full, and the battery also lasts for 12 whole hours.” —Bree
Roku Express Streaming Device
Hatch Restore 2 Sunrise Alarm Clock
“An alarm clock and sound machine all in one! The Hatch allows you to wake up to a number of serene sounds, from birds chirping to waves crashing alongside a customizable sunrise. If that’s not enough, you can also create the ultimate bedtime routine with guided meditations, a soft reading light, or soothing sounds. Oh, and you can also control all of this right from your phone!” —Heather, Digital Coordinator
Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones
“If you’re an audiophile willing to shell out for amazing sound, these wireless noise-cancelling headphones from Bose are a great choice. They’re amazing on planes (when you’re inevitably seated behind an unhappy toddler), and don’t artificially boost the bass as much as other popular favorites from Beats and JBL.” —Barb