CNET's Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Products and Services for 2023

Our annual awards recognize more than 80 fantastic products and services with staying power.

Eric Franklin Former Editorial Director
Eric Franklin led the CNET Tech team as Editorial Director. A 20-plus-year industry veteran, Eric began his tech journey testing computers in the CNET Labs. When not at work he can usually be found at the gym, chauffeuring his kids around town, or absorbing every motivational book he can get his hands on.
Expertise Graphics and display technology. Credentials
  • Once wrote 50 articles in one month.
Rich Brown Former Senior Editorial Director - Home and Wellness
Rich was the editorial lead for CNET's Home and Wellness sections, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Before moving to Louisville in 2013, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years in New York City. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D printing to Z-Wave smart locks.
Expertise Smart home, Windows PCs, cooking (sometimes), woodworking tools (getting there...)
Connie Guglielmo SVP, AI Edit Strategy
Connie Guglielmo is a senior vice president focused on AI edit strategy for CNET, a Red Ventures company. Previously, she was editor in chief of CNET, overseeing an award-winning team of reporters, editors and photojournalists producing original content about what's new, different and worth your attention. A veteran business-tech journalist, she's worked at MacWeek, Wired, Upside, Interactive Week, Bloomberg News and Forbes covering Apple and the big tech companies. She covets her original nail from the HP garage, a Mac the Knife mug from MacWEEK, her pre-Version 1.0 iPod, a desk chair from Next Computer and a tie-dyed BMUG T-shirt. She believes facts matter.
Expertise I've been fortunate to work my entire career in Silicon Valley, from the early days of the Mac to the boom/bust dot-com era to the current age of the internet, and interviewed notable executives including Steve Jobs. Credentials
  • Member of the board, UCLA Daily Bruin Alumni Network; advisory board, Center for Ethical Leadership in the Media
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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max at left and iPhone 14 Pro

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro (right) and Pro Max fit this year's theme: better than last year but not dramatically better.

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For more than two decades, CNET editors have poked, prodded, tested, retested, intentionally dropped and even stayed up all night to assess the new products and services that promise to change the way we live and work. 

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In 2022, our team of experts found 82 products and services in seven categories that we believe are worth celebrating and -- most important -- are worth honoring with a CNET Editors' Choice Award. 

From the smartphones, laptops and tablets we use daily to stay in touch to the routers, monitors and other nuts-and-bolts gear that make our digital ecosystems work, we continue to rely on tech to make sure we're communicating and collaborating as easily and effectively as we can. 

We also did deep dives to find the best TVs, Bluetooth speakers, kitchen appliances, robot vacuums, software and online services, including VPNs to keep your data private and language apps as many of you are traveling again.

The result of all that work has led to our picks for the CNET Editors' Choice Awards, which we're honoring this year with a new badge that we'll use to identify those standouts in our reviews, best lists, product comparisons and other stories across our site.

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Our mission, as always, is to help you navigate our changing world, whether you're looking for top-of-the-line gear or more affordable options. And we back up these choices with extensive tips, explainers and how-to guides. Note that these products and services were evaluated in 2022 to help guide you as you decide which gear to add to your life in 2023. 

One other note: In terms of innovation, 2022 was overall a modest year, with an emphasis on evolving products to make them better rather than blowing up new categories. 

Even so, we were happy to find four products that we thought pushed the envelope and were worth another CNET honor: our Innovation Award, which recognizes tech that brings new and noteworthy ideas to the market. Check out our list below. 

We're happy to continue CNET's tradition of rewarding products that offer the best combination of performance, design and value. We'd love to hear about your favorites, too. Find CNET on your favorite social media channel and tell us what you think.

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See the Innovation Awards below for more.

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Innovation Awards

Recognizing products that bring new and noteworthy ideas to the market.

Correction, Dec. 15: The Chromecast with Google TV was incorrectly included as an Editors' Choice recipient. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K did win the award, but was omitted from the original version of this list.