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Trusted Reviews Awards 2021: Find out who made the reader voted and editor’s choice shortlists

The Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 are here, giving our team of experts and wonderful readers the chance to celebrate the top products to arrive over the last 12 months.

Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What are the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021?

The Trusted Reviews Awards are a yearly celebration of the best products and companies in the world of mobile, homes, computing, gaming, cameras, TV and audio. The event is a mix of reader voted and Editor’s Choice awards covering everything from the computing brand of the year to the best large home appliance.

Traditionally the Awards have been a physical event in London attended by all the movers and shakers in the industry that’s live streamed over our social media channels and website. However, this year we’ve had to make a few changes…

Are the Trusted Reviews Awards a digital or physical event?

Due to the ongoing pandemic we’ve decided to make the 2021 Awards a digital only event. We plan to revisit the possibility of making them a physical live streamed event in the future, however.

When are the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021

The Awards will be a staggered event split into reader voted and editor’s choice categories. You can see a timeline for the event below

  • 2 August 2021: The reader vote goes live!
  • 30 August 2021: The Editor’s Choice Awards shortlists are revealed.
  • 30 September 2021: Reader voting ends.
  • 4 October 2021: The Editor’s Choice Awards start as we reveal the mobile category’s winners.
  • 5 October 2021: TV and audio Editor’s Choice winners revealed.
  • 6 October 2021: Homes Editor’s Choice home winners revealed.
  • 7 October 2021: Computing and gaming Editor’s Choice winners revealed.
  • 8 October 2021: We reveal this year’s Readers Choice Award winners.

How are the winners chosen?

Readers Choice awards are decided by our lovely readers and followers on social media. The shortlist is created by the team of experts at Trusted Reviews based on which companies have launched the most top scoring products or done the most work in key things like sustainability.

The voting will be live on site and our social media channels from today until the end of the month. You can vote using the on site poll in the attached hub, by leaving a comment on our social media posts, or by using the hashtag #TrustedAwards2021 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. People that vote will have a chance to win a Nintendo Switch games console.

The Editor’s Choice Awards shortlist is split into mobile, TV and Audio, homes and computing and gaming categories. Each award’s shortlist was decided by the team of experts at Trusted Reviews, based on our experience reviewing products over the year. As a rule products must have earned a recommended badge or above to be shortlisted.

With all that out of the way, without further adieu here is the…

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 reader voted shortlist and poll

 
Mobile brand of the year:

Apple
Samsung
Oppo
Sony
Huawei
OnePlus
Xiaomi
Motorola/Lenovo
Google
Realme

Mobile Network provider of the year (UK):

EE
Vodafone
O2
Three

National Mobile Operator of the year (US):

Verizon Wireless
AT&T Mobility
T-Mobile US

Best game store:

Steam
Epic Game Store
PlayStation Store
Nintendo eShop
GOG.com

Best streaming gaming service:

Google Stadia
Xbox Game Pass
Nvidia GeForce Now

Best gaming platform:

PlayStation
Xbox
Nintendo
Google Stadia
PC

Broadband provider of the year (UK):

Zen Internet
Plusnet
Virgin
Sky
BT

Broadband provider of the year (US):

XFinity
Verizon
AT&AT
Spectrum
CenturyLink

Best Computing Brand:

Apple
Dell
Nvidia
AMD
Razer

Audio brand of the year:

Sony
Bose
Sennheiser
Earfun,
Lypertek

TV brand of the year:

Samsung
Panasonic
LG
Sony
Philips

Best TV service:

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Disney+
BBC iPlayer
Apple TV+

Best music streaming service:

Spotify
Tidal
Amazon Music HD
Deezer
Apple Music

TV and audio retailers:

Richer Sounds
Sevenoaks
John Lewis and Partners
Amazon
Pete Tyson

Best Smart TV Platform:

WebOS
Samsung Tizen
Google TV
Roku TV
VIDAA U

Smarthome brand of the year:

Samsung
Ring
Google
Arlo
Amazon
Apple

Best digital assistant:

Amazon Alexa
Apple Siri
Google Assistant

Best homes retailer:

AO
Appliances Direct
John Lewis
Currys
RDO

Home brand of the year:

LG
Samsung
Hoover
Beko
Indesit
Haier
Hisense
Whirlpool
Candy

Best camera retailer:

WeX
Cameraworld
Jessops
Park Cameras
London Camera Exchange
MPB
Clifton Cameras

Camera brand of the year:

DJI
Panasonic
Blackmagic
Sony
Fujifilm
Canon
Olympus
Nikon
GoPro

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 Editor’s Choice shortlist

Best smartphone

iPhone 12
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Asus Zenfone 8
Xperia 1 III
Oppo X3 Pro
OnePlus 9 Pro 
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Best high-end mobile

iPhone 12 Pro Max
Galaxy S21 Ultra
Asus ROG Phone 5
Sony Xperia 1 III
Oppo Find X3 Pro

Best camera phone

iPhone 12 Pro Max
Pixel 5
Galaxy S21 Ultra
Oppo Find X3 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Best affordable phone

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Poco F3
Realme 8 Pro
OnePlus Nord 2

Best mid range phone

OnePlus 9
Asus Zenfone 8
Google Pixel 5
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

Best gaming phone

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
ROG Phone 5
Galaxy S21 Ultra
OnePlus 9 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Sony Xperia 1 III

Best tablet

iPad Air 4 (2020) 
iPad Pro (2021)
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition

Best smartwatch

Apple Watch 6
Apple Watch SE
TicWatch Pro 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Withings ScanWatch

Best fitness tracker

Garmin Venu 2
Fitbit Versa 3
Honor Watch ES
Coros Pace 2
Polar Vantage V2
Xiaomi Mi Band 6

Best laptop

LG Gram 16
HP Spectre x360 13 (2021)
Dell XPS 13 OLED 13
MacBooK Air M1

Best gaming laptop

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021)
Razer Blade 14
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
Gigabyte AORUS 17G (2021)

Best laptop for students

MacBook Air M1
Surface Laptop Go
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
Acer Chromebook Spin 513

Best monitor

HP E27d G4
Samsung Smart Monitor M7
LG UltraGear 38GN950
HP S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor

Best gaming monitor

Huawei MateView GT
MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR
Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

Best Chromebook

Acer Chromebook 314
Acer Chromebook Spin 513
Lenovo 500e Chromebook 2nd Gen

Best GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

Best CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Intel Core i5-11600K
Intel Core i9-11900K

Best gaming mouse

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
Razer Viper 8K
Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Roccat Kone Pro Air

Best gaming headset

Xbox Wireless Headset
Corsair HS75 XB Wireless
Sony Pulse 3D Headset
Audeze Penrose

Best gaming keyboard

Asus ROG Claymore II
SteelSeries Apex Pro
Razer Huntsman V2 Analog
Corsair K100

Best printer

Brother MFC-L3710CW
Epson EcoTank ET-2750
Epson XP-7100
Canon PIXMA TS7450

Best router

Eero 6
Netgear Nighthawk XR1000
Netgear Orbi RBK752
TP-Link RE365

Best VPN

Surfshark
ExpressVPN
ProtonVPN
NordVPN

Best anti-virus

Avast Antivirus Free
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
ESET Internet Security
Microsoft Defender Antivirus
Kaspersky Internet Security

Best games console

Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X
PS5
Oculus Quest 2

Best Switch game

New Pokémon Snap
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Best PlayStation game

Returnal
Demon’s Souls
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Best Xbox game

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Psychonauts 2
It Takes Two
Resident Evil Village

Best PC game

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Football Manager 2021
Crusader Kings 3
Cyberpunk 2077

Best game

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart 
Resident Evil Village
Crusader Kings 3
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best TV

Samsung QE65QN95A
LG OLED65G1
Sony XR-55A90J
Philips 65OLED+935
Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

Best affordable TV

Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV
Samsung UE50AU9000
Toshiba 43UL2063DB
TCL 55C715K
TCL Roku 55RP620K

Best gaming TV

Samsung QE65QN94A
LG OLED65C1
Panasonic TX-55JZ2000
Panasonic TX-48JZ980

Best 8K TV

Sony KD-75ZH8
Samsung QE75QN900
LG 75QNED99

Best projector

Sony VPL-VW790ES
Samsung Premiere LSP9T
Sony VPL-VW590ES

Best outdoor projector

Anker Nebula Capsule Max
XGIMI Horizon
XGIMI Halo

Best streaming box/stick

Roku Express 4K
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote (2020)
Apple TV 4K (2021)
Chromecast with Google TV

Best sound bar

Philips Fidelio B97
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
Samsung HW-Q950A
LG SP11RA
Samsung HW-S61A

Best smart speaker

Apple HomePod Mini
Braun LE02
Google Nest Audio
Audio Pro G10
Amazon Echo (4th Generation)

Best wireless speaker

Q Acoustics Q Active 200
Edifier S2000MKIII
Edifier D12
Sony SRS-LSR200 Wireless Handy TV Speaker 

Best outdoor speaker

Sonos Roam
KitSound Diggit 55
LG XBOOM Go PL7
Bang and Olufsen Beolit 20

Best headphones

Apple AirPods Max
Shure Aonic 50
Philips Fidelio L3

Best true wireless

Jabra Elite 85t
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Grado GT220
Sony WF-1000XM
B&W Pi7

Best wireless headphones

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay Portal
Cleer Enduro ANC
Urbanista Miami
Meters OV-1-B-Connect

Best affordable true wireless

Sennheiser CX 400BT
EarFun Air
Lypertek SoundFree S20
Back Bay Duet 50 Pro
Google Pixel Buds A-Series
Beats Studio Buds

Best sports headphones

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport
Aftershokz Aeropex
Back Bay Runner 60
Jaybird Vista 2
Bose Sports Earbuds

Best multi-room speaker

Apple HomePod Mini
Braun LE02
Google Nest Audio
Audio Pro G10

Best turntable

Fluance RT80
Elipson Chroma 200 RIAA BT
Rega Planar 1 (2021)

Best amp/receiver

Marantz NR1711
Rotel A11 Tribute
Denon AVC-X4700H

Best washing machine/dryer

Hoover H-Wash 500 HWB 410AMC/1-80
Samsung WW9800T
Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX
Hoover H-DRY 500 ND H10A2TCBER-80

Best coffee machine

Lavazza A Modo Mio Smeg
WPM KD-270S
Melitta EPOS
Nespresso Atelier

Best home security product

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
Ring Alarm 2
Yale Linus Smart Lock
FireAngel Pro Connected

Best vacuum

Dyson V15 Detect
Beko PowerClean Cordless Vacuum Cleaner VRT94929VI
Stihl SE 33
Hoover H-Handy 700
Shark PZ1000UKT

Best fan

Duux Whisper Flex Smart
Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde
Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool
Evapolar evaSMART

Best kitchen gadget

Ninja Foodi Dual Zone 7.6L Air Fryer
Domo Teppanyaki XL
Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ BN800UK
Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Blender 2-in-1 with Smart Torque & Auto-iQ CB100UK

Best camera

Best camera
DJI Air 2S.
Fujifilm GFX1000S
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro
Sony A7C
Fujifilm X-S10
GoPro Hero 9
Nikon Z fc
Panasonic GH5 II

Thoughts from the Editor

“This year, the team at Trusted Reviews has gone above and beyond in its constant effort to deliver best in class reviews for our readers. Overcoming the pandemic’s logistical challenges, finding ways to test never before seen features on products and a move to establish the brand in its own right, separate from TI Media, I couldn’t be prouder of them. 

The same can be said for our company and PR contacts, who have had to deal with the same challenges to continue providing us with the info and access we need to do what we do and readers who help us keep the lab lights on.

Though I think we’d all like to be back to the old days where we could raise a glass to celebrate all our hard work and the awesome products in our shortlist at a physical event, I’d like to personally thank all of you for helping us make the 2021 Awards happen at all. Rest assured I’ll be enjoying a glass of single malt in all your honour the moment we reveal our winners!”

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