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Thousands of products come across our desk each year, but only a few can earn the Rolling Stone stamp of approval. Our team of product editors spent months testing some of the best new electronics, smart home devices, outdoor gear, and accessories on the market to put together our inaugural Rolling Stone Essentials list.
With a focus on performance, innovation, and design, this year’s list features more than 60 products that we found ourselves reaching for and using over and over again — whether at home, at the office, or on an outdoor getaway. Products were reviewed based on ease of use, utility, and uniqueness, while factoring in items with a strong aesthetic point of view and diverse features.
From our favorite headphones and retro-inspired speakers to digital cameras, sneakers, and even a self-cleaning water bottle, here’s a look at what caught our eyes — and ears — this year.