CNET Announces Editors' Choice Awards for Best of AI, Future Tech and Smart Home

CNET editors spend thousands of hours each year reviewing products and services to help you make important decisions.

CNET, the trusted digital media publication that provides expert information, hands-on product testing, product reviews and industry analysis to help consumers make informed decisions, announced today the recipients of its 2024 Best of AI, Future Tech and Smart Home Editors' Choice Awards.

2024 CNET Editors' Choice Award badge

Editors' Choice awards are the most premier distinction awarded at CNET. See the full list of winners here.

"In this edition of CNET's Editors' Choice Awards, we reviewed devices and services that were inconceivable a few years ago. The list is full of hands-on tested AI tools and chatbots, VR headsets, smart home devices that our team selected as the best of the best. These top picks shine for their innovation, practicality and value." - David Katzmaier, Editorial Director of CNET Personal Tech. 

CNET Editors' Choice 2024 Recipients: 

Artificial Intelligence Tools: The CNET product review team awarded an Editors' Choice Award to three AI tools as part of the newly launched on-site resource, AI Atlas, which utilizes a proprietary methodology to rate generative AI tools such as chatbots, image generators and more.

  • Anthropic Claude AI Chatbot
  • OpenAI Dall-E 3 AI Image Generator
  • Otter AI Transcription Service

AR, VR and Future Tech: Augmented and virtual reality headsets and the best apps and games that use them, along with 3D printers and projectors, are categories of products that editors view as the best futuristic tech consumers can use for education, exercise and entertainment. 

  • Meta Quest 3 Mixed Reality Headset
  • Meta Quest 2 VR Headset
  • Walkabout Mini Golf VR Game
  • Supernatural VR Fitness App
  • Bambu Lab A1 3D Printer
  • Anker Nebula Mars 3 Air Portable Projector

Smart Home and Security: Smart home tech is everywhere, and CNET editors have determined which products are worth the investment. The smart home and security technology recipients include home security cameras with remarkable object recognition, speakers with outstanding sound that connect effortlessly and smart assistants that live up to their name. 

  • SofaBaton U2 Universal Remote
  • Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker
  • Sonos Era 100 Smart Speaker
  • WiiM Pro Music Streamer
  • Google Nest Smart Doorbell
  • Aqara U100 Smart Lock
  • Google Nest Indoor/Outdoor Cam


The CNET Editors' Choice badge represents the strongest recommendation of a product or service evaluated by CNET experts. The award distinguishes the products and services that have made a lasting impression on CNET's editorial team.

To earn an Editors' Choice distinction, a product or service must be a top pick in its category, score a minimum benchmark when rated, or be selected by a CNET expert based on hands-on testing of the product and its competition. They're awarded by our experienced editors, enhanced by lab testing in dedicated facilities, and more selective than a Best List inclusion or a positive review, so readers can know that Editors' Choice Award recipients are the best of the best.

About CNET

CNET is a trusted digital media publication ranked by Comscore as the #1 tech news site, that provides expert information, hands-on lab testing, product reviews and industry analysis to help consumers make informed decisions. In an ever-changing, tech-driven world, CNET explains, demystifies and guides everyone to improve their lives. For nearly 30 years, CNET's team of editors, reporters and content creators have covered a wide range of topics, including consumer electronics, smart homes, money, wellness and more. 

Media Contact

Ivey O'Neal

Public Relations Manager, CNET