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Every year, Good Housekeeping editors and experts visit the Consumer Electronics Show (popularly known as CES) in Las Vegas to get a sneak peek at all of the latest tech products. Thousands of brands attend to showcase their latest product innovations, but they aren’t all just electronics. Now you’ll pretty much see every consumer product, from kitchen appliances and health breakthroughs to advancements in automotive, finance and more. The best tech gadgets we saw at CES span categories like parenting, beauty, home, and even sexual wellness.
Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute, our team regularly evaluates all types of products, so we walk the seemingly endless show floors with a hyper-critical eye (we know when to just skip past a booth and when to stick around for a personalized demo). Our Best of CES award winners below are the gadgets that have our editors, scientists and product analysts most excited — meaning yes, they’re cool but they are also things experts think they are useful and will provide real benefits to consumers at home. Most importantly, these are products that will become available to purchase in the near future, rather than prototypes built only for the “wow” factor at CES.
These are the best products we saw at CES in 2020:
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Best Cleaning Tech Gadget
Self-Sealing and Self-Changing Trash Can
This innovative garbage can will make taking out the trash much less of a chore. It might look like your typical motion-sensor bin, but it’s actually so much more. When it’s full, all you have to do is press a button for it to automatically seal the trash bag and line the bin with a new one.
Even if the bin is overflowing, the top compartment will lift up so it can still seal the bag shut without any messes. Our Cleaning Lab pros say it’s the perfect size for bathrooms, offices, and small kitchens.
Best Desktop Computer Tech Gadget
OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Desktop
This device is a super small PC that fits inside of a stand so it’s hidden behind the monitor. The pieces are all swappable, meaning you can customize the system (including the stand and computer) to fit your needs. Certain upgrades, whether to the system or its accessories, are available at an additional price.
Even for an all-in-one computer, it has a slim design, making it great for decluttering your workspace. All you need is the monitor itself, a keyboard, and a mouse — but it’s easy to add those to your purchase at checkout.
Best Bathroom Tech Gadget
Prodigy Advanced Smart Toilet
If you’ve been thinking about getting a bidet for your bathroom, look no further than this one from BioBidet, which is a toilet and bidet all in one. It’s packed with a ton of features to make cleaning up more comfortable, like an adjustable heated seat, night light, automatic open and close, and a variety of cleaning modes.
Best Charging Tech Gadget
Mophie Powerstation GO Phone Charger & Car Jump Starter
You know Mophie for its phone chargers and power banks, but the brand’s latest product takes it a step further: It can jump start your car and charge your laptop, too. Keep the lightweight Powerstation in your car in case of emergencies, like waking up on a cold winter morning to a car with a dead battery.
It also includes mini jumper cables that won’t spark. It also has USB slots, a wall charger slot, and a wireless charging pad — and it can charge multiple items at the same time. It’s super compact, so you never have to be without power.
Best Wearable Fitness Tech Gadget
7 GPS Sport Smartwatch
There are a ton of great fitness trackers and smartwatches out there already, but the Suunto 7 that comes out later this month is very impressive. On the screen, you’ll be able to see more than just your heart rate and calories during a workout. It also shows heat maps in certain workout modes, so you can see the most popular running routes in your area. It uses Wear OS by Google for its smartwatch functions, which allows you to download apps and use Google Pay.
Best Beauty Tech Gadget: Opte
Look for it in summer 2020
This device is like a real-life Instagram filter: It uses a built-in camera to detect dark spots, and then it applies a pigmented serum to even out your skin. The serum cartridges are available in three different shades that work for most skin tones.
Get this: It’s only applied over the dark spots on your skin, so it won’t lighten the rest of your face and it uses much less product than a typical makeup. Plus, it’ll reduce the appearance of age spots spots over time — no pricey lasers required! You’ll have younger-looking skin in no time.
Best Kitchen Tech Gadget: U by Moen Smart Faucet
Look for it in February 2020
Gone are the days of relying on a handle to turn the sink on and off. This smart faucet works in three additional ways: via voice control (including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant), with a motion sensor, and through an app. Your requests can be pretty specific — down to the exact temperature and amount of water. (Think: eight ounces of 105-degree water.) But if you just want hot or cold water, that works too.
You can also wave your hand in front of the faucet’s sensor to turn it on, or use the regular handles. With the app, it’s even possible to create custom settings like “baby bottle” or “dog bowl.” This technology is available in faucets with a variety of designs so it can match any homeowner’s style.
Best Health Tech Gadget: Oral-B iO+App
Look for it in August 2020
When it comes to your oral health, electric toothbrushes are often considered a worthwhile investment. This brand-new model from Oral-B, called the iO Series, uses a combination of rotating and oscillating bristles to deep clean your teeth.
Its pressure sensor gives you real-time feedback so you know if your brushing is too aggressive — and its seven different modes offer an experience that’s customized to your needs. Plus, the Oral-B iO App helps make sure your brushing for a full two minutes and getting all those hard-to-reach areas.
Best Portable Tech Gadget: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold
Look for it in mid-2020
Lenovo’s foldable computer was hands-down one of the coolest tech devices we saw at CES this year. The PC has a 13.3-inch display, but when folded in half, it becomes perfectly portable. At less than 2.2 pounds, it’s meant to bridge the gap between various types of devices so there’s no need to carry around a phone, tablet, and laptop each day.
The mini, bluetooth-powered keyboard can fit inside the computer when it’s folded, so people who don’t like typing on touchscreens won’t have to sacrifice comfort. And when kept flat, it works just like a large tablet. It runs Windows 10 and can also be used with a stylus.
Best Sex Tech Gadget
Sexual wellness company Lora DiCarlo was actually banned from CES last year — but it managed to make its way back for this year’s show. The company’s innovative product is a sex toy that can stimulate the G-spot and clitoris at the same time. It’s technically a massager, so it doesn’t actually vibrate. Plus, it was designed with a flexible body so it works for every body type.
Best Laundry Tech: LG Smart WiFi Enabled Washer/Dryer
With LG’s Thinq technology, you can do your laundry from just about anywhere. You’ll be able to start and stop cycles, check if the load is done, and make sure your machine doesn’t need maintenance — all from the app on your phone. It even sends notifications when the cycle is complete so you don’t accidentally forget to take out all of your clothes (it happens). Plus, it’ll uses AI to detect what’s inside (and how much of it) in order to figure out the best cycle to run.
Best Health Tech Gadget: Colgate Plaqless Pro
Look for it in 2020
Colgate is another big name in the oral health space, and its latest product is another impressive electric toothbrush. What really makes this one stand out from the crowd is its ability to detect biofilm buildup — it’s the first commercially available toothbrush to offer this technology.
The toothbrush uses a light to alert users when it spots buildup: It turns blue to alert users to spend extra time brushing there, and then white when it’s time to continue brushing elsewhere. It also has an app that gives feedback and tips based on personalized data from brushing.
Best Sleep Tech Gadget: Sleep Number Climate 360
Look for it in 2021
Everyone wants to sleep better, but it turns out that a lot of us feel too hot or too cold at night to snooze comfortably. That’s why Sleep Number set out to make a mattress that works with your sleep cycle to keep your body at its ideal temperature.
First, it warms your feet to help you fall asleep faster. Then it’ll help you stay asleep by cooling your body. And just like other Sleep Number beds (some of which have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal!), this one also gives you a SleepIQ score for personalized sleep insights.
Best Experiential Tech: Delta Parallel Reality Experience
Look for it in mid-2020
Even though it’s not an actual product, Delta’s latest innovation in partnership with Misapplied Sciences allows customers at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to experience a futuristic walk through the airport.
Customers who opt-in to the experience will get to pick their language once they scan their boarding pass. It allows everyone to see personalized content (think: directions to your gate or the weather at your destination) on the same screen, at the same exact time. It’s hard to understand unless you experience it yourself, but trust us: it’s amazing.
Best Baby Tech Gadget: 4moms mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet
Look for it in February 2020
Adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit from sleep tech. This bassinet rocks in five different natural motions that mimic real-life movements, ranging from car rides to tree swings. It also plays four different white noises to help babies stay asleep.
Plus, parents can control the motions and sounds from their phone using the 4moms app. The bassinet also has additional safety and comfort features, like mesh sides, adjustable height, and a waterproof mattress.
Best Streaming Service: Quibi Mobile Video Platform
Look for it in April 2020
Quibi, the latest streaming service to be introduced in 2020, is a subscription-based platform that will offer bite-sized videos. Called Quibis, these 10-minute-or-less clips are meant to be watched on your cell phone while on-the-go. The best part? The brand has recruited top talent and your favorite celebrities (like Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen) to star in the content. The videos cover a wide range of subjects across three general categories: The monthly subscriptions start at $5, but you can get the ad-free version for $8.
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