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Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 day 5: The final winners revealed

It’s day 5 of the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021, which means that all of our editors have announced the winners for their sections and it’s time for the Reader’s Choice Awards chosen by you!

We’ve spent the last four days revealing our favourite phones, tablets, wearables, cameras, TV, audio, home tech, computers and gaming devices released this year. Now, it’s time for our readers to have their say.

Scroll down to discover which gadgets, devices and services earned our readers’ votes this year, or click on the links below to visit our individual announcements and learn more about our winners.

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Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 reader voted winners

Mobile brand of the year winner: Samsung

Also shortlisted:

Mobile network provider of the year (UK) winner: Vodafone

Also shortlisted:

National mobile operator of the year (US) winner: Verizon Wireless

Also shortlisted:
AT&T Mobility
T-Mobile US

Best game store winner: Steam

Also shortlisted:
Epic Game Store
PlayStation Store
Nintendo eShop

Best streaming gaming service winner: Xbox Game Pass

Also shortlisted:
Google Stadia
Nvidia GeForce Now

Best gaming platform winner: PlayStation

Also shortlisted:
Google Stadia

Broadband provider of the year (UK) winner: Virgin

Also shortlisted:
Zen Internet

Broadband provider of the year (US) winner: Verizon

Also shortlisted:

Best computing brand winner: Apple

Also shortlisted:

Audio brand of the year winner: Sony

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TV brand of the year winner: Samsung

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Best TV service winner: Netflix

Also shortlisted:
Amazon Prime Video
BBC iPlayer
Apple TV+

Best music streaming service winner: Spotify

Also shortlisted:
Amazon Music HD
Apple Music

TV and audio retailers winner: Amazon

Also shortlisted:
Richer Sounds
John Lewis and Partners
Pete Tyson

Best Smart TV platform winner: Google TV

Also shortlisted:
Samsung Tizen
Roku TV

Smart home brand of the year winner: Samsung

Also shortlisted:

Best digital assistant winner: Google Assistant

Also shortlisted:
Amazon Alexa
Apple Siri

Best homes retailer winner: John Lewis

Also shortlisted:
Appliances Direct

Home brand of the year winner: Samsung

Also shortlisted:

Best camera retailer winner: Jessops

Also shortlisted:
Park Cameras
London Camera Exchange
Clifton Cameras

Camera brand of the year winner: Sony

Also shortlisted:

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 computing and gaming winners

Best laptop winner: Dell XPS 13 OLED

Also shortlisted:
LG Gram 16
HP Spectre x360 13 (2021)
MacBook Air M1

Best gaming laptop winner: Razer Blade 14

Also shortlisted:
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
Gigabyte AORUS 17G (2021)

Best laptop for students winner: Surface Laptop Go

Also shortlisted:
MacBook Air M1
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
Acer Chromebook Spin 513

Best monitor winner: Samsung Smart Monitor M7

Also shortlisted:
HP E27d G4
LG UltraGear 38GN950
HP S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor

Best gaming monitor winner: Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

Also shortlisted:
Huawei MateView GT
MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR
Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR

Best Chromebook winner: Acer Chromebook Spin 513

Also shortlisted:
Acer Chromebook 314
Lenovo 500e Chromebook 2nd Gen

Best GPU winner: Nvidia RTX 3070

Also shortlisted:
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

Best CPU winner: Intel Core i5-11600K

Also shortlisted:
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Intel Core i9-11900K

Best gaming mouse winner: Razer Viper 8K

Also shortlisted:
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Roccat Kone Pro Air

Best gaming headset winner: Audeze Penrose

Also shortlisted:
Xbox Wireless Headset
Corsair HS75 XB Wireless
Sony Pulse 3D Headset

Best gaming keyboard winner: Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

Also shortlisted:
Asus ROG Claymore II
SteelSeries Apex Pro
Corsair K100

Best printer winner: Canon PIXMA TS7450

Also shortlisted:
Brother MFC-L3710CW
Epson EcoTank ET-2750
Epson XP-7100

Best router winner: Netgear Orbi RBK752

Also shortlisted:
Eero 6
Netgear Nighthawk XR1000
TP-Link RE365

Best VPN winner: Surfshark

Also shortlisted:

Best anti-virus winner: Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Also shortlisted:
Avast Antivirus Free
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
ESET Internet Security
Kaspersky Internet Security

Best games console winner: Xbox Series X

Also shortlisted:
Xbox Series S
Oculus Quest 2

Best Switch game winner: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Also shortlisted:
New Pokémon Snap
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Best PlayStation game winner: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Also shortlisted:
Demon’s Souls
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Best Xbox game winner: Microsoft Flight Simulator

Also shortlisted:
Psychonauts 2
It Takes Two
Resident Evil Village

Best PC game winner: Crusader Kings 3

Also shortlisted:
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Football Manager 2021
Cyberpunk 2077

Best game winner: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Also shortlisted:
Resident Evil Village
Crusader Kings 3
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 homes winners

Best washing machine/dryer winner: Hoover H-Wash 500 HWB 410AMC/1-80

Also shortlisted:
Samsung WW9800T
Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX
Hoover H-DRY 500 ND H10A2TCBER-80

Best coffee machine winner: Nespresso Atelier

Also shortlisted:
Lavazza A Modo Mio Smeg
Melitta EPOS

Best home security product winner: Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Also shortlisted:
Ring Alarm 2
Yale Linus Smart Lock
FireAngel Pro Connected

Best vacuum winner: Dyson V15 Detect

Also shortlisted:
Beko PowerClean Cordless Vacuum Cleaner VRT94929VI
Stihl SE 33
Hoover H-Handy 700
Shark PZ1000UKT

Best fan winner: Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde

Also shortlisted:
Duux Whisper Flex Smart
Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool
Evapolar evaSMART

Best kitchen gadget winner: Ninja Foodi Dual Zone 7.6L Air Fryer

Also shortlisted:
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

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 TV and audio winners

Best TV winner: LG OLED65G1

Also shortlisted:
Samsung QE65QN95A
Sony XR-55A90J
Philips 65OLED+935
Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

Best affordable TV winner: Samsung UE50AU9000

Also shortlisted:
Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV
Toshiba 43UL2063DB
TCL 55C715K
TCL Roku 55RP620K

Best gaming TV winner: LG OLED65C1

Also shortlisted:
Samsung QE65QN94A
Panasonic TX-55JZ2000
Panasonic TX-48JZ980

Best 8K TV winner: Samsung QE75QN900A

Also shortlisted:
Sony KD-75ZH8

Best projector winner: Sony VPL-VW790ES

Also shortlisted:
Samsung Premiere LSP9T
Sony VPL-VW590ES

Best outdoor projector winner: XGIMI Horizon

Also shortlisted:
Anker Nebula Capsule Max

Best streaming box/stick winner: Apple TV 4K (2021)

Also shortlisted:
Roku Express 4K
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote (2020)
Chromecast with Google TV

Best sound bar winner: Samsung HW-Q950A

Also shortlisted:
Philips Fidelio B97
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
Samsung HW-S61A

Best smart speaker winner: Amazon Echo (4th Generation)

Also shortlisted:
Apple HomePod Mini
Braun LE02
Google Nest Audio
Audio Pro G10

Best wireless speaker winner: Apple HomePod mini

Also shortlisted:
Q Acoustics Q Active 200
Edifier S2000MKIII
Edifier D12
Sony SRS-LSR200 Wireless Handy TV Speaker 
Audio Pro G10
Amazon Echo (4th Generation)

Best outdoor speaker winner: Sonos Roam

Also shortlisted:
KitSound Diggit 55
Bang and Olufsen Beolit 20

Best headphones winner: Philips Fidelio L3

Also shortlisted:
Apple AirPods Max
Shure Aonic 50

Best true wireless winner: Sony WF-1000XM4

Also shortlisted:
Jabra Elite 85t
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Grado GT220
B&W Pi7

Best wireless headphones winner: B&O Beoplay Portal

Also shortlisted:
Cleer Enduro ANC
Urbanista Miami
Meters OV-1-B-Connect

Best affordable true wireless winner: Sennhesier CX 400BT

Also shortlisted:
EarFun Air
Lypertek SoundFree S20
Back Bay Duet 50 Pro
Google Pixel Buds A-Series
Beats Studio Buds

Best sports headphones winner: Jaybird Vista 2

Also shortlisted:
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport
Aftershokz Aeropex
Back Bay Runner 60
Bose Sports Earbuds

Best multi-room speaker winner: Audio Pro G10

Also shortlisted:
Apple HomePod Mini
Braun LE02
Google Nest Audio

Best turntable winner: Rega Planar 1 (2021)

Also shortlisted:
Fluance RT80
Elipson Chroma 200 RIAA BT

Best amp/receiver winner: Denon AVC-X4700H

Also shortlisted:
Marantz NR1711
Rotel A11 Tribute

Trusted Reviews Awards mobile, tablet, wearables and camera winners

Best smartphone winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Also shortlisted:
iPhone 12
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 winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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

Best camera phone winner: iPhone 12 Pro Max

Also shortlisted:
Pixel 5
Galaxy S21 Ultra
Oppo Find X3 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Best affordable phone winner: Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

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

Best mid range winner: Asus Zenfone 8

Also shortlisted:
OnePlus 9
Google Pixel 5
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

Best gaming phone winner: ROG Phone 5

Also shortlisted:
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Galaxy S21 Ultra
OnePlus 9 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Sony Xperia 1 III

Best tablet winner: iPad Air 4

Also shortlisted:
iPad Pro (2021)
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition

Best smartwatch winner: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Also shortlisted
Apple Watch 6
Apple Watch SE
TicWatch Pro 3
Withings ScanWatch

Best fitness tracker winner: Garmin Venu 2

Also shortlisted:
Fitbit Versa 3
Honor Watch ES
Coros Pace 2
Polar Vantage V2
Xiaomi Mi Band 6

Best camera winner: Panasonic GH5 II

Also shortlisted:
DJI Air 2S.
Fujifilm GFX1000S
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro
Sony A7C
Fujifilm X-S10
GoPro Hero 9
Nikon Z fc

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.

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.

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!”

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

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