The best products we tested in October: dash cams, water flossing and more
CNN Underscored is constantly testing products – whether it’s cameras, water scrubbers, or gaming monitors – to find the absolute best in each category. Our testing process is rigorous, beginning with spending hours of research to find the best products in each category. Once we create a test suite of products, we test and retest each product multiple times in real world settings over the course of several weeks or even months.
This year we’ve already tested several products—from bidets to Wi-Fi routers to exercise earbuds—to find the best products you need to improve your life. Here are the winning products from October.
Best overall workout headphones
We’ve used the Beats Fit Pro in the gym and all day long for work, play, and commuting, and found its secure, sweat-resistant design and great sound make it a perfect fit for anyone’s exercise, regardless of whether you’re an Apple or Android user.
Best headphones for running and outdoor exercises
The Shokz OpenRun Pro bone conduction headphones don’t sound as good as closed-ear headphones like the Beats Fit Pro, but we loved them for running and hiking, because they let you hear your surroundings as clearly as you do without wearing headphones at all.
Best bidet attachment
If you are a beginner to bidet and don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Tushy Classic mounts under your existing toilet seat and gives you a comfortable flush with just enough adjustability.
The best dental cleaning device with water in general
This fully-featured cordless flosser takes up little room on the counter, but has a large floss tank—plus, it was a pleasure to use it in our tests.
Best air fryer overall
Its heavy-duty texture, affordable price, convenient controls and outstanding cooking results make it easy to declare this fryer the best overall.
Software and Services
A good third-person action and role-playing game for Batman fans
Gotham Knights is an all-new, open-world, third-person RPG featuring the Batman family. Despite the countless problems we had while playing it, in the end it did more right than wrong. So, buy it if you are a fan of the Pat family. Otherwise, wait for the sale.
Best Music Streaming Service for Apple Users
Apple Music is perfect for people already firmly rooted in Apple’s hardware and software ecosystem, although it works great on other devices, too.
Best music streaming service overall
Spotify is a great comprehensive music streaming service with an easy-to-use interface, great social features, and a huge selection of music and podcasts.
Best music streaming service for music lovers
We have found Tidal to be the best music streaming platform for serious listeners due to its high level sound quality and higher revenue payouts for music artists.
Best dash cam overall
With a dual channel camera that includes front and rear video cameras, this Nextbase unit was the easiest to use and provided the best image quality in our tests.
Best dash camera without screen
Although it doesn’t have a screen, the affordable Scosche Cam has, by far, the easiest mobile app to use, and promises to play video quickly and easily whenever you need it.
The best travel water flosser
A large battery and tank, along with a fully waterproof body, make it an ideal travel companion. It’s easy to use and maneuver, and just as easy to pack away.
Best 1080p gaming monitor
For gamers on a budget — especially first-person shooter enthusiasts — this small screen delivers great color accuracy, HDR support, and a really fast 360Hz refresh rate.
The best 4K gaming monitor
ASUS’ best-in-class 4K monitor features the best picture quality we’ve tested along with incredibly low input lag — it’s pricey, but it’s the best gaming monitor we’ve found, and for serious gamers who can invest, one to get.
The best 1440p gaming monitor
For gamers who don’t have the best systems — and that’s a lot of us — the 27-inch Alienware delivers excellent performance, with a better combination of color accuracy and quick response time than any other monitor we’ve tested.
The best ultra-wide gaming screen
With a stunning picture and fast performance, Dell’s Ultra Wide OLED display delivered the fastest response times in our tests and should satisfy any gamer looking for an immersive experience.
Best Mesh Wi-Fi Router Overall
Eero continues to master making Wi-Fi easier and better for the masses with simplified setup, broadband coverage, fast speeds, and affordable cost along with easy-to-manage parental controls, ad blocking, and network security.
Best noise canceling headphones
With the best noise-cancelling we’ve heard from a pair of earbuds, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 are our go-to for stopping airplane cabin noise and office chatter.
Best Over-ear Noise Canceling Headphones
Perfect for the commute, the office, long trips, or around the house, the Bose 700 combines Bose’s industry-leading ANC with great sound and a new slim design that’s more comfortable and stylish.
Best over-ear wireless headphones overall
The Sony WH-1000XM5 improves on the XM4, with a slimmer design and improved noise-canceling microphones – they’re the best over-ear Bluetooth headphones you can buy. XM4 owners can wait for an upgrade, but for everyone else, the XM5 are the high-end headphones to get.
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