Tired of dealing with dead devices, low batteries or little storage space? Maybe you’re looking to up your gadget game and need a few handy gizmos to help you save time, cut costs, a and increase your everyday efficiency. Whatever the case, we’ve curated a list of the biggest, best and most popular gadgets on the market.
Certain things are a better analog (like, writing in a journal, for example). But in 2019, technology has made so many of our past duties simpler and more efficient. If the technology is there, and it’s affordable, why wouldn’t you keep your coffee warm all day with a smart mug? Likewise, if you’re only watching streaming platforms, why not cut the cord in favor of the Firestick? Also, the Kindle is waterproof and can hold more books than any backpack you own. In short, for many things in our daily lives, it’s time to upgrade. From smartwatches to smart speakers, smart mugs and more, check out the 15 most popular gadgets every man should own.
1. Amazon Firestick
BEST STREAMING DEVICE
Because cable is so passe, syncing your smart TV with a Firestick is the new way to watch your favorite shows and movies. Easy controls let you switch between live TV and all your favorite streaming services. You can also download apps to help enhance your experience. And as an extra bonus, you can control your entire TV watching experience through Alexa powered voice controls.
2. Charging Station
BEST CHARGING STATION
Because a little extra charge never hurts, this handy charging dock features multiple charging ports so you can keep your phones, tablets, laptops and more charged all at the same time. Plus, the elegant design and easy cable storage mean it looks great anywhere – especially at the office. The station is made of 100% eco-friendly bamboo and more than just charging, will help you keep your digital life well organized.
3. Nest (T3007ES) Learning Thermostat
BEST DIGITAL THERMOSTAT
Update your home’s functionality (and save money on your monthly bills), with this Nest Thermostat. With the ability to control your home’s temperature through your smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the temperature, turn on the AC, or even turn off the heat from virtually anywhere. Best of all, it’s Alexa-compatible, so you can alter your home’s temperature settings with your voice-activated assistant.
4. Portable Charger
BEST PORTABLE CHARGER
Keep your devices charged on the go with this handy (and discreet) portable charger. Roughly the size of a tube of chapstick, this charger offers speeds up to 1 amp for an even faster charge. Keep in your bag or pants pocket for a quick top up at work or on the go. With enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 8, this portable charger makes a must-have for festival goers or campers, as well.
5. Car Mount
BEST CAR CHARGER
Remember those old cell phone car mounts that were extra large and extra wobbly? This isn’t anything like that. With a full 360-degree rotation, easy installation and a sturdy and surefire build, this car mount makes it easier to take calls without ever having to take your eyes off the road. And for those driving Uber or Lyft (or for those who rely on Google Maps), this mount allows you to know where you’re going without looking down while driving.
6. Smart Speaker
BEST SMART SPEAKER
The latest Echo Dot offers more features, more commands and more options than ever before. With easy installation and tons of usability, you’ll never know how you lived without it. Seriously, it’s that good, and it’s that small. At about the diameter of your favorite mug (and half the height) you’ll be shocked how seamlessly this device integrates into your life and your home setup.
7. External Hard Drive
BEST EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
In need of a little extra data storage? No, you don’t need a new computer – this external hard drive’s got you covered. With 2TB storage capacity and up to 5 GB/s, this handy hard drive is small enough to keep in your bag but powerful enough to more than enough data. And thanks to its lightning fast transfer speeds, you can store your entire music library quickly and feel confident your data is backed up should your computer go down.
8. Heated Travel Mug
BEST TRAVEL MUG
Because no one likes lukewarm coffee (iced coffee is a different beast entirely, and also deliberately chilled), this travel mug is able to keep your hot coffee or tea at the perfect temperature, so you won’t have to worry about drinking warm sludge when you finally get around to it. You can even control your mug’s temperature by way of your a smartphone app and customize drinking and temperature preferences.
9. Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
BEST BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Whether you work in a loud environment or simply find yourself easily distracted, these beautiful Bluetooth headphones are able to block out any outside noise so you can tune out, tune in and enjoy the music. A must-have item for the constant traveler, you’ll find flights much more tolerable when you can literally tune the world out with these headphones.
10. Yootech Wireless Charger
BEST WIRELESS CHARGER
For less than $20, you can snag this awesome wireless charger to power your phone no matter where you are. Available in three power models (5W, 7.5W and 10W), this ultra-thin charger is able to power your phone easily and efficiently and works with both Android and Apple models. No strings attached (literally).
11. Oral-B 700 SmartSeries Rechargeable Power Electric Toothbrush
BEST ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSH
This toothbrush will give you plenty of reasons to smile. One of the best-rated electric toothbrushes on the market, the Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries offers an unparalleled cleaning experience. It gives you real-time feedback on your brushing and also tracks your timing for a complete overview of your dental habits. You can pick among six different brushing modes, depending on your needs. This model comes with a premium travel case and three replacement heads.
12. Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
BEST FITNESS TRACKER
If you haven’t already hopped on the smartwatch bandwagon, the time has come to join the millions benefiting from these clever devices. This Fitbit Versa combines the best of the tracking technology with a whole lot of style. Available in a range of different colors, it tracks both your physical activity, as well as your sleep and heart rate. What’s more, it allows you to take calls, access your favorite apps and play music. All that packed into an insanely lightweight watch, the Versa is also waterproof and can even be personalized using different bands.
13. Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver
BEST ELECTRIC RAZOR
They say the best way to shave is with a straight-edged razor, but who has time for that? This all-in-one electric razor is designed to stay extra close to your skin to help provide a cooler, more effective shave. It also uses a three-stage cutting system to help provide an even smoother feel. The battery can last up to 60 minutes on a single charge, and all you need to do to wash it is simply rinse it off in the sink.
14. Kindle Paperwhite
BEST EBOOK READER
The Kindle is one of the most emblematic gadgets of the past decade. It has won bookworms over with its intuitive design that’s simultaneously simple yet advanced enough to let users easily build their own digital libraries. The new Kindle Paperwhite combines the best of this well-loved design with new capabilities, including an updated waterproof outer coating and twice the storage space. This model is also compatible with Audible, Amazon’s own audiobook library, and can connect to your Bluetooth speakers and headphones.
15. Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable
BEST RECORD PLAYER
Because everything sounds better when it’s being played on a record player, this stellar stereo turntable is a great example of modern tech enhancing analog devices. The sleek design showcases a clean look and makes it easy to switch between your 33s and your 45s. Fortunately for you, it even comes with handy outlets cables so you can plug it into your stereo system.