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Improved ‘to the point of perfection’: The best gadgets of the year

Apple’s Airpods Pro have been named Which? Product of the Year, after the wireless bluetooth earbuds were praised for being improved “to the point of near-perfection”.

Testers at the not-for-profit consumer group whittled down 3,500 products launched and tested between September 2018 and September 2020 to 50, based on exceptional innovation, sustainability or value for money.

The entire company was then given the option to vote on the top 10.

Judges concluded it was “remarkable that tiny earpods can create such versatile, powerful and spatial sound” and welcomed the introduction of a rubber earpiece to create a more secure fit.

Woman standing downtown by the river and listening music on Airpod wireless headphones.
Image: Apple’s Airpods Pro came top of the list

Harry Rose, editor of Which? magazine, said: “Apple’s new Airpods Pro edged out some fantastic contenders by taking a product that was already exceptional and improving it to the point of near-perfection.”

The runner-up was the Halo Capsule, a recyclable cordless vacuum cleaner that comes with enough capacity and extra disposable bags to fill a bathtub with dust.

The Kia Soul fully electric vehicle, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G smartphone and an LG 48-inch OLED TV also made it into the top five.

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The Kia Soul electric vehicle
Image: The Kia Soul fully electric car was ranked number 3

A budget £12 kettle came in at number 47 based on its simple and stylish appearance, and “phenomenal” value for money, despite experts rating it a bit noisy.

The iRobot Roomba S9 robot vacuum which empties its own dust bag at number 42, and Sony’s swivelling selfie display ZV-1 camera at number 50 were among the quirkier items.

“It is a huge task to sift through the thousands of products Which? tests each year and whittle it down to just 50 – but this year’s list showcases the very best in high-tech gadgets, advances in sustainability and value for money products proving there are great buys out there for anyone prepared to do their research,” Mr Rose added.

The full top 10 list:

1. Apple Airpods Pro
2. Halo Capsule
3. Kia Soul
4. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
5. LG OLED48CX6LB TV
6. Hisense BI5228PXUK oven
7. TP-Link Casa KC200 security camera
8. LG GBB92STAXP fridge freezer
9. Siemens SN658D01NG
10. Challenge 7K air conditioner

 

By David Aaron

December 06, 2020

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