WIRED Recommends is our definitive guide to the best gadgets, gear and new products. This list covers our number one picks for every category we’ve tested so far, and links to the new and noteworthy tech we’ve reviewed. You can head to our dedicated guides for more idea and options.
The headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3
Weight: 255g | Battery life: 30 hours | Noise cancelling: Yes
Our recommendation for both the best headphones overall and our top-rated noise cancelling headphones is still one and the same: the Sony WH-1000XM3 (£242). In short, we really approve of these cans. Sony wins on sound quality and design, with touch controls on the right earcup that work beautifully and a battery life that lasts up to 30 hours. With USB-C rapid charging and excellent wireless sound performance, these superstars are worth every penny.
The laptop: Dell XPS 13 (2020)
Weight: 1.2kg | Battery life: 12 hours | Screen: 13.4-inch 1080p/4K
The Dell XPS 13 (from £1,399) is the definitive MacBook-killer. This 13-inch laptop is slim and light yet is powerful enough to deal with a heavy workload. There are numerous configuration options, including non-glare screens, Full HD or UHD and touchscreen versions. The tiny screen bezel means it has a very small footprint, making it easy to fit in any bag and this 2020 edition comes with Intel Ice Lake processors and a sensible webcam position.
The smartphone: Apple iPhone 11
Screen: 6.1-inch LCD | Battery life: 10 hours | Cameras: 12MP wide, ultra-wide
The iPhone 11 (£729) – not the higher specced 11 Pro – is our first choice because it’s hundreds of pounds cheaper than its Pro siblings and still gives you a high quality camera, the same processor, a fairly large screen and longer battery life than previous iPhones. This is the iPhone that could convince plenty of Android loyalists to switch with great cameras, power and performance.
The Bluetooth speaker: UE Megaboom 3
Weight: 925g | Battery life: 20 hours | Waterproof: IP67
The genuinely fantastic UE Megaboom 3 (£130) is our top pick from all the Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested. It balances features, sound quality and value better than any of its rivals with an impressive 20 hour battery life and the ability to stereo pair and daisy chain with other UE speakers.
The electric scooter: Xiaomi M365 Pro
Range: 27miles (45km) | Speed: 15.5mph | Charge time: 5hrs | Weight: 14.2kg
With a long range, wide foot deck plus a great control panel and companion app, Xiaomi’s M65 Pro (£610) is the e-scooter we rate right now. It brings more power and more comfort to the original M65, with an upgraded 300W motor. Note: riding your own electric scooter outside private land is still illegal in the UK.
The fitness tracker: Fitbit Charge 4
Weight: 49g | Battery life: 7 days | Sensors: Optical HR, SpO2, GPS
If you don’t have a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4 is a great place to start. With GPS built-in, great activity and sleep tracking plus new heart rate features, it’s a fitness all-rounder that offers a hell of a lot of smarts in a neat, comfortable band for everyday wear.
The tablet: Apple iPad Air
Screen: 10.5-inch | Battery life: 10 hours | Weight: 456g
We love the iPad Pro, but for most people the revived iPad Air (£479) is the best choice. The timeless design remains, as does the high-resolution screen, intuitive software and huge collection of apps. No platform can compete when it comes to apps designed specifically for tablets. This edition is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, giving you a capable laptop alternative, and there’s support for the (first gen) Apple Pencil, too.
The drone: DJI Mavic Air 2
Sensor: 48MP 1/2in Quad Bayer | Max speed: 68.4kph | Max flight time: 34min
The DJI Mavic Air 2 (from £769) is the drone we’d pick to fly in 2020. It benefits from DJI’s winning formula of pairing fantastic image and video quality with best-in-class stability and obstacle avoidance. And even a novice pilot can capture quality shots thanks to scene recognition and activity tracking smarts.
The running watch: Polar Vantage V
Specs: GPS, HR | Battery life: 40 hours | Water resistance: 50m
Polar’s Vantage V (£324) is the most complete running watch you can buy. It tracks running power in addition to GPS and heart rate and offers genuinely valuable recovery insights for runners who are pursuing performance. Stylishly built, with sleep tracking and phone notifications, the Vantage V lasts 40 hours on one charge.
The 4K TV: LG OLED65GX
Display: 65inch 4K OLED | Smarts: webOS | Connections: HDMI 2.1 x4, USB, Wi-Fi
This 65-inch OLED is the best TV you can buy right now. With exceptional picture quality, a best-in-class smart TV operating system; cutting-edge features, Dolby Atmos and all that in a stylish 19mm chassis, the LG OLED65GX (£3,199) does almost absolutely everything very, very, very well – even the sound quality is surprisingly good.
Price: £3,199 | Check price on Currys
The gaming laptop: Razer Blade 15
Screen: 15.6-inch 1080p/4K | GPU: Up to RTX 2080 Super | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Updated with better graphics and an up to 300HZ display, the 2020 model of the Razer Blade 15 (from £1,459) looks sleek and offers huge gaming ability. The RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super graphics cards handle 4K games and that refresh rate is A-OK for esports and fast, twitchy titles.
The wireless speakers: Sonos
Voice: Alexa, Google | Wi-Fi: Yes | Apple AirPlay: Yes
Painless to operate and with a range of comprehensive kit, Sonos (from £199) still offers the best pound-for-pound wireless, multi-room system around. The user experience is smooth and stable, there’s a wide product range, including subs and amps, together with AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect etc (though no hi-res audio) and an up-and-at-’em sound. If you need somewhere to start we’d recommend the voice controlled and good value Sonos One. (The recent controversy over support for legacy products has been smoothed over to an extent but we’ll be keeping an eye on it).
The coffee machine: Jura S8
Water capacity: 1.9L | Pressure: 15 bar | Settings: 15
The stylish Jura S8 (£1,395) has an ample coffee selection – latte macchiato, flat white, espresso, ristretto and more – and it’s great for green tea drinkers too. Operate via a high-res touchscreen or the Jura Coffee app. plus adjust the AromaG3 grinder to your preferences by altering how fine you have your coffee powder. Worth every penny.
The electric toothbrush: Philips Sonicare Smart 9500
Sure it’s expensive and the app could be slight overkill for some but if money is no object, this is the electric toothbrush to go for. With five cleaning modes, four brush heads and three intensity settings the Philips Sonicare Smart 9500 (£246) is highly customisable and aside from the superb clean you’ll get, the battery life of 14 days is handy and we’re fans of the glass charging stand and travel case too.
Price: £246 | Check price on Amazon
The vacuum cleaner: Dyson V11 Absolute
Run time: 60 mins | Weight: 3kg | Bagged or bagless? Bagless
You won’t be disappointed by the Dyson Cyclone V11 Absolute (£595), if your budget will stretch. With three power levels, it offers the same performance, in terms of suction, as a full-size vacuum. It’s great for stairs and with two floorheads, four additional tools and auto detection, the Dyson handles edge to edge cleaning like a champ.
The baby monitor: Kodak Cherish C525
Video: 720p HD | Two-way talk: Yes | Alerts: Sound, motion
With a 5in display for the parent unit and a video feed in the Kodak Smart Home app, infrared night vision and two-way talk, Kodak’s Cherish C525 (£160) is our preferred baby monitor system. Response time for sound and motion alerts is good and the HD camera is sharp with a 85-degree viewing angle. Range is up to 4,000 square feet and you can save footage to an SD card as well as the cloud.
Price: £160 | Check price on Argos