From strawberry jam to smartphones, our experts tested and reviewed more than 3,300 products in 2013. That’s a lot of stuff! We’ve chosen our favorite products in six categories: cleaning and home improvement, food and wine, cooking and prep, electronics, everyday products and automotive. We also take a look at some of the biggest product disappointments of the year.
Some of our top products have hefty price tags, it’s true. For example, if you simply must have the best television money can buy, you’ll have to shell out $9,000 for Samsung’s KN55S9C OLED television. But our experts say no other model comes close in terms of picture quality, and the unique curved screen design gives the Samsung the feel of a mini movie screen.
Other top products are so cheap you could give them as stocking stuffers, like the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51101, which costs just $20. And if you spill your smoothie all over your shirt, you can be assured that our top-rated laundry detergent, Wisk Deep Clean, won’t break the bank at just $5.
Of course, some products are best left on store shelves. If you’re looking for a new pair of headphones, you’d do well to avoid EarHero’s earphones, our experts say. These earphones earned one of the lowest scores ever given for a product – just 6 out of 100 – and at $150, you can find far better headphones for far less money.
For more of the best (and worst) products of the year, pick up our January issue and read the cover story!