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September 8, 2022

BestReviews staff picks of 2022

By Jordan Hutchinson

We challenged our staff to come up with their must-have products for this year. After thousands of hours of product research and testing, these items are our can’t-miss choices. From coffee makers to Bluetooth speakers, here’s everything our staff recommends this year.

Home and kitchen 

Igloo Electric Countertop Ice Maker — Sian Babish, Content Manager 

 

“I picked this up at a deep discount on Prime Day. Consider me impressed! It makes a pound of ice every hour, and it's much quieter than expected. Iced coffee and super-cold water, here I come!”

 

Sold by Amazon

 

NexTrend Ginger Twister for Garlic, Herbs, and Nuts — Emilie DeFazio, Content Production Manager 

 

“This little garlic grinder has changed my life! It's so much more intuitive than a garlic press and much easier to clean.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

La Rochere Bee Tumblers — Meredith Gallo, Testing and Research Editor 

 

“We got these tumblers as a present, and I love them. I like that they are classic and a little whimsical with the bee design.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Capresso EC100 Espresso Machine — Laura Duerr, Writer 

 

“This year, we got ourselves the Capresso EC100 espresso machine. For a little, no-frills espresso maker, we're really happy with it! It's easy to use, small, and does exactly what we need it to — brew tasty espresso and foam milk.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Hamilton Beach Waffle Maker — Tara Graves, Assignment Editor 

 

“I got this Hamilton Beach waffle maker ahead of Mother's Day to add to my waffle-making assembly line for making a brunch for about 20 people. It worked like a champ — cooks waffles quickly and evenly, and if you're serving little kids, each of the four slices can be an individual serving.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Philips Color and Tunable White Dimmable Smart Wi-Fi Wiz Connected Wireless Light Bulbs — Meredith Gallo, Testing and Research Editor 

 

“We got a few of these Wi-Fi-enabled dimmable smart bulbs a few months ago. You can control them with an app, so they're great if you travel a want to set the lights to turn on at a certain time.” 

 

Sold by Home Depot

 

Cuisinart Coffee Maker with Automatic Grinder — Megan Carver, Assignment Editor

 

“We are a bit particular about coffee in our house, so we finally took the plunge and got a really good coffee maker. We use this one from Cuisinart every single day! I love having fresh ground coffee ready first thing in the morning. Cleanup is a little tedious, but the result is 100% worth it.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Bissell Little Green — Allen Foster, Writer 

 

“My wife got the Bissell Little Green, and she loves it. She's actually excited that the water is disgustingly filthy after she uses it because she said the couch is that much cleaner now.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

AeroPress Original Coffee and Espresso Maker — Tara Graves, Assignment Editor 

 

“I received an AeroPress as a gift nearly 10 years ago, and hardly a week has gone by since when I haven't used it. It's great when you want to make a single cup of coffee in the morning, if you have only one or two dinner guests who like an after-dinner coffee, and for camping. I have a reusable filter for it, which reduces waste.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker — Ariana Sheehan, Engagement Editor 

 

“A friend bought me this cold-brew maker with a subscription for coffee from around the world. I brew a new pitcher every time it's empty and leave it in my fridge for the days when hot coffee just won't be what I want. It's super simple and easy to use!” 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Ovente Sandwich Maker — Jennifer Manfrin, Writer 

 

“The Ovente Sandwich maker is inexpensive and simple, but great for quick, easy meals!”   

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Joseph Joseph Scoop & Pick Jar Spoon — Sian Babish, Content Manager 

 

“The Joseph Joseph Scoop & Pick Jar Spoon is a gadget that I use every day. It solves the spoon/jar problem I had digging olives and minced garlic out of tight openings. It's seriously amazing! It’s the best $10 I've spent, and it's more durable than I expected.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Bissell SpinWave — Margot Malverty, Writer 

 

“I love this — especially with kids and pets!” 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker — Angela Garretson, Community Editor 

 

“Water is so much better when it’s bubbly. Our SodaStream saves us from having to buy endless cans of seltzer at the store, and, honestly, it’s fun to press the button and hear it fizz.”

 

Sold by Amazon   

 

Bodum 12-Ounce French Press — Katy Palmer, Writer 

 

“I got this cute French press, and it’s perfect. We never make more than 1-2 cups of coffee at once, and it’s less involved than our pour-over coffee maker.” 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Tech and electronics 

JBL Flip 6 — Ariana Sheehan, Engagement Editor 

 

“I bought this during Prime Day and have already used it a ton while I'm working outside on the deck, during dinner, during a barbecue with friends and, my favorite use so far, on the kayak with my daughter. We blasted ‘Zombies 3’ tunes while paddling, and I didn't need to worry about possibly dropping the speaker in the lake!”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Apple Watch Series 7 — Emilie DeFazio, Content Production Manager 

 

“Gotta love my Apple Watch! I got the Series 7 as a birthday present back in February. I use it way more for Shazam-ing songs than I thought I would. Technology is full of wonderful surprises!”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

KYY Portable Monitor — Tara Graves, Assignment Editor 

 

“I've really enjoyed having this second monitor for my laptop. It stores flat when not in use, which lets me use my desk space for other things.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Dell Curved Gaming Monitor — Kyle Harper, Trends Writer 

 

“I bought this monitor toward the beginning of the year, and it is excellent. I have been working on my laptop for the past few weeks, and all I can think about when I work is how much I miss having that monitor in front of me.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Lenrich iPad Pro 12.9 Case With Keyboard — Allen Foster, Writer 

 

“My old iPad case dry-rotted away, and I can't believe I found this one for my 2015 iPad Pro. It has made my 7-year-old iPad feel brand-new.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Oculus Quest 2 — Missy Nott, Senior Editor 

 

“For my teenage son’s birthday this year, we splurged and got him the Oculus Quest 2. It’s a virtual reality headset that can put you in some amazing virtual gaming situations, and it was everything my son wanted and more! I was a ‘cool mom’ for at least a week! This piece of tech varies in price throughout the year, and you can save money by getting the 128GB instead of the 256GB if your giftee doesn’t mind. (Mine didn’t. He was just happy to be the kid in his friend group with the Oculus.)”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Beats Fit Pro — Fadumo Osman, Paid Media Manager

 

“The Beats Fit Pro have been a lifesaver as I've been training for the NY marathon. They stay put but also are comfortable and provide sound quality.” 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Samsung Chromebook — Jennifer Manfrin, Writer 

 

“This Chromebook is very easy to set up and is quite user-friendly. It also has decent battery life.” 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Homerays Bamboo Monitor Stand Riser — Katy Palmer, Writer 

 

“I’d been searching for a monitor riser with storage for a while. I finally went with this one and love it. It holds my paper goods, headphones and chargers and covers up my Wi-Fi router. And I get more desk space back!”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Gaming Keyboard — Sian Babish, Content Manager 

“I'm a big fan of how responsive this is — great for gaming, and perfect if you need a keyboard that can take the beating of heavy, everyday work use.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Beauty and personal care 

The Kenra Platinum Texturizing Taffy — Sian Babish, Content Manager   

 

“This is my blowout must-have because it smooths out all the frizz and keeps hair soft for a couple of days afterward. My salon uses it and everyone raves about it.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Remington Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit — Allen Foster, Writer 

 

“I love this thing. I have cut my own hair since the '90s, and it's always been tough. It involves my wife and a few arguments about going to get a professional touch-up. But this thing is contoured to the shape of my head. I can get a perfect cut in about two minutes — all by myself.”

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Weleda Body Butter — Emilie DeFazio, Content Production Manager 

 

“I love my Weleda Body Butter; anything in the Skin Food series is fantastic (it makes me smell like a Froot Loop). I also have been a big fan of my Supergoop Unscreen Sunscreen — it’s super easy to apply and reapply all day long.” 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Under-Eye Concealer — Angela Garretson, Community Editor 

 

“This product makes dark circles magically disappear, and you don’t have to be a makeup genius to apply it. It works much like a paintbrush, and just a few dabs are all you need to look like you slept 10 hours the night before.” 

 

Sold by Sephora   

 

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara — Sian Babish, Content Manager 

 

“I caved and bought the viral Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara. It works wonders with adding volume. It’s one of the few nonwaterproof formulas that don’t flake. It gets bonus points for being easy to remove at the end of the day.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Saviland Acrylic Nail Kit — Tara Graves, Assignment Editor 

 

“I've started doing my nails at home. I'm loving this Saviland acrylic starter kit I got. Also, this gel polish starter kit has been easy to use, though I did order a matte gel top coat as well. A matte finish shows fewer of the imperfections.” 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

TheraGun Elite — Sian Babish, Content Manager 

 

“I have gotten way more use out of my TheraGun Elite than I thought! Huge fan of using this for post-workout recovery.”

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara — Jennifer Manfrin, Writer 

 

“Buxom is one of my favorite mascaras. And I use Stila Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Midnight — it's blue, but not too blue.” 

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty 

 

Supergoop Matte Screen — Katy Palmer, Writer 

 

“This is amazing as a matte primer and SPF all in one! It’s creamy and blends so well. It’s one of the few sunscreens I love using on my face, either alone or with makeup.”

Sold by Amazon

 

 

Neutrogena Hydroboost SPF 50 — Meredith Gallo, Testing and Research Editor 
 

“This Neutrogena sunscreen lotion doesn't leave a white cast and seems to do well with water and sweat. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil — Alvina Wang, Photographer

 

“I love this makeup oil remover. It doesn’t make your face feel dry after using it.” 

 

Sold by Sephora 

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Face Mask — Sian Babish, Content Manager 

 

“I'm not a huge fan of nighttime moisturizers, but the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Face Mask, one of the brand's newest formulas, totally changed my mind. It's lightweight and nongreasy. It also makes your skin noticeably softer, brighter, and less red in the morning. A little goes a long way, so the bottles last forever.”

 

Sold by Ulta Beauty 

 


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