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The Rolling Stone Essentials 2021

Our team of product editors review the best new electronics, smart home devices, outdoor gear, grooming devices and accessories to buy this year



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Thousands of products come across our desks each year, but only a few 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 second annual Rolling Stone Essentials list.

With a focus on performance, innovation, and design, this year’s list features more than 50 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 utility and uniqueness, while factoring in items with a strong aesthetic point of view and diverse features.

From our favorite headphones and speakers, to grooming tools and even an AI-powered home fitness studio, here are the products that caught our eyes — and ears — this year.

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