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Sometimes nothing says "I love you" like no-holds-barred extravagance. We've got some quality indulgences for anyone who's ready to be a big spender.

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Nikon D500 w/ AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Nikon D500 w/ AF-S DX 16-80mm...

This versatile SLR is easy to use yet powerful. CR testers were impressed with the image stabilizer, which enables handheld telephoto-lens shots without blurring, even in low-light settings. Speed is another virtue: It powers up instantly and requires only a very short interval between shots. It also shoots very good 4K video.

Check our buying guide and ratings for digital cameras.

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    Bodyguard E-40

    Bodyguard E-40

    A top-rated elliptical, the Bodyguard is a very basic design more akin to an indoor cycle or spin bike than to traditional ellipticals. It's space-efficient at 62 inches in length. The battery-powered display features three exercise programs, and the manually controlled brake offers a variety of resistance levels.

    Check our buying guide and ratings for ellipticals.

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      LG LFC24770ST

      LG LFC24770ST

      This 23.8-cubic-foot French door-style fridge with a bottom freezer is a CR Best Buy. It has excellent temperature control and uniformity, a high degree of energy efficiency, and unusually quiet operation. There are digital controls and an alarm that alerts you when the door stays open too long.

      Check our buying guide and ratings for refrigerators.

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        Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB

        Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB

        This CR-recommended 15.6-inch laptop is a top performer. It has enough power to handle video editing and midrange gaming, a full-sized keyboard, and a touch screen that flips into stand-up easel-like mode or a tablet configuration. The battery lasted 12.75 hours in CR testing.

        Check our buying guide and ratings for computers.

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          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 received 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 vacuums.

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            Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm) Stainless Steel case GPS + Cellular

            Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm)...

            The newest smartwatch from Apple gives wearers more freedom with its ability to make calls and receive data over a cellular network—with no need for a phone nearby. It features improved heart-rate tracking, an impressive scratch-resistant crystal, GPS, and wireless charging. CR’s labs also confirmed Apple’s 50-meter water-resistance claims.

            Check our buying guide and ratings for smartwatches.

             

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              Swiss Diamond Reinforced #6010

              Swiss Diamond Reinforced #6010

              This nonstick cast-aluminum set earned the highest rating in CR's testing. Even after 2,000 strokes of steel wool on the nonstick coating, fried eggs slid off easily. The set includes eight- and nine-inch frying pans, 1.4- and 2.2-quart saucepans, a 3.2-quart sauté pan, an 8.5-quart stockpot, and glass lids. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

              Check our buying guide and ratings for cookware.

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                Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900AV

                Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900AV

                This is two washers in one, consisting of a mini top-loader (ideal for lightly soiled and delicate items) atop a full-sized front-loader—and you can use them simultaneously. The front-loader does an excellent job cleaning and is unusually gentle on fabrics. Water and energy efficiency are excellent. It pings your phone via WiFi when a cycle is done.

                Check our buying guide and ratings for washing machines.

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                  Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB)

                  Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB)

                  This latest version of Apple’s smallest iPad was introduced in 2015, but it’s still the company’s most affordable and portable tablet. It's an excellent performer, capable of running demanding graphic apps. Lightweight at 0.7 pounds, the Mini 4’s bright 7.9-inch screen display is among the most realistic in terms of color that CR testers have seen on a tablet.

                  Check our buying guide and ratings for tablets.

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                    iRobot Roomba 890

                    iRobot Roomba 890

                    This self-operating vac aced CR’s tests, earning it recommended status. It circles around objects and senses debris, adapts to different floor surfaces for effective cleaning, avoids getting caught on tricky spots like rug tassels, maneuvers under furniture, and uses “cliff” sensors to avoid stairs.

                    Check our buying guide and ratings for vacuums.

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