Apple’s Airpods Pro has been named Which? Product of the Year, after the wireless bluetooth earbuds were praised for being improved “to the point of near-perfection”.
Testers in the not-for-profit consumer group scrapped 3,500 products launched and tested between September 2018 and September 2020 to 50, based on exceptional innovation, sustainability or value for money.
The whole company then had the option to vote in the top 10.
The judges concluded that it is “remarkable that small headsets can create such a versatile, powerful and spatial sound” and welcomed the introduction of a rubber ear piece to create a safer fit.
Harry Rose, editor of Which? magazine, he said: “Apple’s new Airpods Pro edged out great competitors by taking an already exceptional product and improving it to the point of almost perfection.”
Second best was the Halo Capsule, a recyclable cordless vacuum cleaner that comes with enough extra capacity and disposable bags to fill a bathtub with dust.
Kia Soul’s fully electric vehicle, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G smartphone and LG’s 48-inch OLED TV also made it into the top five.
A budget kettle of £ 12 came in at number 47 based on its simple and stylish appearance, and its “astonishing” value for money, though experts rated it a bit noisy.
An iRobot Roomba S9 robot vacuum that empties its own dust bag was number 42, and a Sony ZV-1 swiveling self-display camera at number 50 was among the quirkier items.
“It’s a huge task to sort through the thousands of Which? Tests products each year and whitewash them to just 50 – but this year’s list showcases the best in high-tech gadgets, advances in sustainability and value for money products who prove there is a great buy for anyone willing to do their research, “Mr Rose added.
The full list of the top 10:
1. Apple Airpods Pro
2. Halo Capsule
3. The soul of Kia
4. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
5. LG OLED48CX6LB TV
6. Hisense cooker BI5228PXUK
7. Casa KC200 TP-Link security camera
8. LG GBB92STAXP fridge freezer
9. Siemens SN658D01NG
10. Challenge a 7K air conditioner