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Smartwatch
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) Aluminum case GPS + Cellular
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)...

    Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)...

    The new Apple Watch with cellular lets you leave your iPhone behind and not worry about missing a call. Once paired with your iPhone, this watch lets you make and receive calls by speaking directly into it or through a wireless headset. You can also stream music, check your texts, and read email without the help of a Bluetooth or WiFi connection. The new version also has a faster processor, a talking version of Apple’s Siri personal assistant, and an improved WiFi chip. Its heart-rate monitor and step-tracking features are among the most accurate.

    Check our buying guide and ratings for smartwatches.

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    Drip Coffee Maker
    Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B
    Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

      Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

      Coffee aficionados know that the volatile oils, flavors, and aromas in coffee beans are exposed by grinding and begin dissipating within minutes. This machine keeps the flavors fresh by grinding whole beans in the brew basket immediately before adding hot water. But if you want to use preground coffee, the grind function switches off.

      Check our buying guide and ratings for coffee makers.

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      Tablet
      Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB)
      Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB)

        Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB)

        With an 8-inch screen, this is the smallest of the Asus tablets. But it packs high performance into a slim and light package including an excellent display, GPS mapping, voice-typing, and an on-screen keyboard that allows text entry by swiping across keyboard letters. All this and an attractive price make it a CR Best Buy.

        Check our buying guide and ratings for tablets.

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        Blender
        Vitamix Professional Series 300
        Vitamix Professional Series 300

          Vitamix Professional Series 300

          This premium-priced 8-cup blender earns an excellent Overall Score in CR’s testing. Our experts found that it's very good at making smoothies and purèeing. It also performed strongly in durability testing, which involved crushing ice 45 times. Our survey data show it to be the most reliable blender brand on the market.

          Check our buying guide and ratings for blenders.

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          Single-Serve Coffee Maker
          Keurig K-Mini Plus
          Keurig K-Mini Plus

            Keurig K-Mini Plus

            This single-serve appliance requires adding water between each brew, so it’s best for folks making coffee just for one. It earns a Very Good rating for brewing range, though it scores lower than other Keurig single-serve models on CR’s tests for convenience. Its maximum mug height is 5.25 inches, so don’t expect it to fit most travel mugs.

            Check our buying guide and ratings for coffee makers.

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            Mirrorless Camera
            Fujifilm X-T20 w/ 16-50mm OIS
            Fujifilm X-T20 w/ 16-50mm OIS

              Fujifilm X-T20 w/ 16-50mm OIS

              Thanks in part to a Very Good CR score for its easy-to-use interface, this is one of the stronger mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras CR has tested. Video quality earns only a Good rating, but testers liked its versatile manual controls, which make this a good option for buyers who want to stretch their photography skills. It also boasts minimal shutter lag, meaning you're less likely to miss a shot.

              Check our buying guide and ratings for digital cameras.

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              Stick Vacuum
              Dyson V8 Absolute
              Dyson V8 Absolute

                Dyson V8 Absolute

                This is one of the most expensive stick vacuums but also one of the best CR has ever tested. It receives top marks for carpet, edge cleaning, noise, and pet hair; quickly converts to a hand vac; does a good job controlling the release of fine dust particles; and easily empties in one step.

                Check our buying guide and ratings for vacuum cleaners.

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                Cordless Drill
                Makita FD06R1
                Makita FD06R1

                  Makita FD06R1

                   

                   

                   

                  The Makita FD06R1 provides good performance in a compact design. It's lightweight, which makes handling excellent. It's perfect for those looking for a light-duty drill. It should be noted that the 1/4-inch hex drive isn't as versatile as drills equipped with a traditional chuck.

                  Check our buying guide and ratings for cordless drills.

                   

                   

                   

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                  Air Fryer
                  Farberware HF-919B
                  Farberware HF-919B

                    Farberware HF-919B

                    Price and performance make this air fryer a CR Best Buy. It's among the quietest of the tested models: You can actually hear the mechanical timer ticking over the fan noise. The dials are fairly easy to read and use. But the nooks and crannies of the food basket make it tough to clean, and the basket's capacity is just 3.2 quarts. The two-year warranty is nice.

                    Check our buying guide and ratings for air fryers.

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                    TV
                    TCL 43S517
                    TCL 43S517

                      TCL 43S517

                      This 43-inch 4K UHD smart TV from TCL, a new Roku TV series for the company in 2018, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and very good UHD performance. Its HDR performance, though, had very limited effectiveness mainly due to a lack of peak brightness. (This set supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR.) However, to get the best performance from this set you need to shut off noise reduction, a setting that's available only on the Roku app, not the TV itself. Also, the TV has a fairly narrow viewing angle and only fair sound. Thanks to the built-in Roku smart TV platform, this model has access to a lot of content, and it includes Roku's My Feed feature, which lets you follow new movie releases and upcoming TV shows, and receive notifications when they become available on a streaming service. The TV has three HDMI inputs and one USB port.

                      Check our buying guide and ratings for TVs.

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                      Single-Serve Coffee Maker
                      Nespresso Essenza Mini
                      Nespresso Essenza Mini

                        Nespresso Essenza Mini

                        One of the top-rated single-serve machines, this Nespresso stands out with Excellent scores on CR’s brew-time tests and for its ability to control the brew volume for different strengths. This compact model is great for the office or anywhere you need to accommodate a variety of tastes. The adjustable drip tray and auto-off function add to its low-maintenance profile. Like other Nespresso models, it requires Nespresso capsules, which the company recycles at no charge.

                        Check our buying guide and ratings for coffee makers.

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                        Stereo Headphones
                        JBL Endurance DIVE
                        JBL Endurance DIVE

                          JBL Endurance DIVE

                          As the name suggests, the wireless JBL Endurance DIVE is designed to be used in the water as well as on land. According to JBL, it's waterproof, suitable for swimming and rated to survive a dunk up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Additional features include a built-in MP3 player, a feature that automatically powers the headphones on and off as you put them on or remove them, and a short collar that sits close to the neck, which may help keep them secure in the water. These highly portable earphones deliver Very Good sound quality; they're a decent choice for the more critical listener for music and movie soundtrack playback.

                          Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones.

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                          Smart Speaker
                          Sonos One
                          Sonos One

                            Sonos One

                            The Sonos One has two features that make it a great choice for a wireless multiroom speaker system: a small size and a relatively low price. The Sonos One smart speaker, about the same size as the company's popular Play:1 speaker, fits unobtrusively on a shelf. Though it doesn't offer the sheer bass response of larger speakers, such as the Denon or the Home Max, it does offer impressively detailed sound on vocals and instrumentals.

                            It costs about half as much as many of its rivals, so you can start your system with couple of Ones—say, one in the kitchen and the other in the bedroom—and expand to other rooms (or to stereo pairs with better sound) later.

                            The Sonos One can integrate with the company's larger and even better-sounding wireless speakers, such as the Play:5 and Play:3, adding smart-speaker functionality to an existing Sonos system. (But remember that if you want stereo pairing, you'll need two Sonos Ones; the company's similarly sized Play:1 won't work with a Sonos One.)

                            The One's smart-speaker versatility makes it largely future-proof; it features Amazon's Alexa digital assistant and works with Apple's AirPlay 2, with Google Assistant compatibility promised for the future.

                            Check our buying guide and ratings for smart speakers.

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