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Every year, there’s a new smartphone, a new action camera, a new “best” laptop—a new everything. It’s impossible to keep up with all the best tech gadgets, especially if you’re the sort who likes to have the next best shiny new thing.
This year has been no different (and it’s not even fall yet) for cool tech gadgets. Flip phones made a huge comeback, Apple’s laptops somehow keep getting both bigger and thinner, smartwatches keep getting, well, smarter, and next-gen VR headsets will soon be as commonplace as smartphones. It seems the future is right now.
Top New Gadgets of 2023 Shortlist
- Top Fitness Gadget: Voltrx Electric Protein Shaker, $26
- Top Travel Gadget: ESR Kickstand Wireless Power Bank, $42
- Top Home Gadget: GeekTale Smart Fingerprint Door Lock, $40
- Top Everyday Gadget: Belkin 3-in-1 Charging Stand, $120
- Top Camping Gadget: VSSL Insulated Flask, $60
If it’s all enough to make your head spin, we’ve done the hard work for you to find the gear that matters. We combed through hundreds of new tech gadgets to find only the very best. This is the gear that truly stands out this year in one of five categories: Fitness, Home, Everyday, Travel, and Camping. These are our picks for the 55 best tech gadgets of 2023.
Best New Fitness Gadgets of 2023
The editors and writers of Men’s Health have found the Voltrx to be a game changer for making gains in 2023. It makes the best protein shakes, not only mixing them evenly but offering roughly a month of battery on a single short charge. Now that’s tech at its best.
For solo fitness enthusiasts who love to record their latest workouts but can’t afford an actual cameraman, Pivo is the next best thing. Pair it with your smartphone, tablet, or digital camera to create buttery smooth, AI-tracked videos with 360 degrees of rotation.
Train hard, track harder. The Pace 3 is a fitness watch built for serious athletes who demand everything from their gear, like a next-gen heart monitor, accurate SP02 sensors, and a dead-on barometric altimeter. It’s all packed into a lightweight, low-profile designed to run for weeks.
With 19 hours of playback time and the latest Bluetooth multi-point connectivity, these unique workout headphones are ready for your most demanding gym seshes. The comfy, open-ear design means they sit on—rather than in—your ears, so you might even forget you’re wearing them.
SMRTFT proves adjustable dumbbells don’t have to be so dumb. The company’s Nuobell is easily adjustable up to 80 pounds. Plus, it’s ultra-durable and works just like a classic dumbbell for most exercises.
The vented, breathable upper and all-around cushioning provide comfortable support for days, while a reimagined sole means max traction with zero squeaks. Plus, the fold-down heel takes this workout shoe from training to recovery mode without missing a beat.
The Row packs all of Peloton’s best exercise machine features into one hyper-connected rower to rule them all. It’s the next best thing to actually being on the water.
“Better recovery through technology.” That’s Hyperice’s mantra with the Venom 2—a compact recovery tool that attacks lower-back pain and soreness with a blend of adjustable heat and vibration.
Therabody outdid itself this year by managing to pack nearly all the features of its best massage guns into a more compact, go-anywhere, affordable design.
If “ordinary” earbuds aren’t disco enough for you, splash out on this pair of multifunction shades with built-in, noise-canceling earbuds.
Best New Travel Gadgets of 2023
Now, this is a cool adventure gift. The Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker brings you top-quality coffee wherever you go. Just bring your favorite coffee grounds, add hot water, and this little machine does the rest. As you pump, the pressure is made, and thus, so is your drink. And at smaller than the size of a thermos, you can fit this just about anywhere.
The AirFly allows your AirPods or headphones to be used to watch movies on your plane’s in-flight entertainment center. We like the pro version of the AirFly, as it allows up to two people to connect to the same in-flight screen and watch at the same time. No more having to use the corded headphones that are passed out.
This portable safe is made from strong aluminum alloy and comes with a biometric lock you pair to your finger print. It also can be unlocked via the Trova app, and the safe comes with location tracking in the event it gets misplaced.
Power is everything when traveling, and a lot of times our chargers can take up tons of space. The inCharge is the size of a small keychain and has six different charging input and output combinations to provide power to your phone, headphones, e-reader, smartwatch, and more. For quick reference, the inCharge has these specific ports: an input USB-C, an output USB-C, a USB-A, and an output lightning plus micro USB.
Digicams just keep getting smaller and smaller and smaller. Sony’s Alpha 6700 is insanely pocketable (read travel-friendly) yet stands up to pricier models with swappable lenses and 26-megapixel photo-snapping capability.
These premium over-ear headphones are among the best available at this price. The 24-bit processing and 40mm drive units bring music, movies, and everything in between to life. Plus, the active noise-canceling is second to none.
While most of the best power banks we tested this year featured a dead-simple design, we were impressed by just how straightforward this model was to snap onto our iPhones and move on with our day. The battery is long and the stand is sturdy. What more could a guy ask for?
The world’s best new action camera is also the smallest at just 35 grams! Clip it, stick it, or mount it to just about anything. This cool tech gadget records all your hardcore adventures in beautiful 2.7K, while FlowState Stabilization keeps every shot buttery smooth.
Nothing ruins a good road trip (or any day at all, really) like run-ins with the cops. Keep your speed and your speeding tickets in check with Escort’s flagship radar/laser detector.
Dash cams are only as good as the footage they capture. Vantrue’s new N4 Pro records 4K video in the front and 1080p at the rear and in-cabin. Plus, the night vision is stunning, thanks to a Sony Starvis 2 IMX678 8M CMOS sensor.
Best New Home Gadgets of 2023
A smart door handle is a clever way to ensure you have tabs on your room at all times. Control the lock through the GeekTale phone app, through your fingerprint, or through the secret emergency back-up key lock.
Solo Stove’s new Pi Prime is an all gas-powered pizza oven for under $350. Break this out in your backyard or on a campsite and enjoy crispy-good pizza. It’s much better than cold cut sandwiches.
Motorized blinds are much more affordable than they once were. This under-$200 pair of two comes in a black out model and can be controlled from your phone and Alexa. Pro tip: Pay up for the fabric model and avoid the vinyl.
Motion sensing under bed lights eliminate the need for having to get up and flip off a light switch, or having to keep a controller near your bed to turn off the lights. This top-selling set produces a nice warm light and comes in at under $30.
Capable of holding up to six cables, this magnetic cord holder keeps all your chargers aligned and organized. The magnet on this bad boy is strong too, so you won’t have to worry about cords slipping and falling onto the floor like you do with other weaker cord holders.
There are robot vacuums, and then there are robot vacuums. This ultra-premium Roborock model vacuums, auto-mops, dries, self-refills, and it’ll probably even keep your pets company while you’re at work, too.
Frame thousands of your favorite pieces of art and digital photos with this handsome, jumbo-sized smart frame that renders any visual work in stunning detail.
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By the pool, in your game room, or blowing up your living room, Ultimate Ears’ Hyperboom is one mega bluetooth speaker to rule them all. It’s water-resistant, wireless, and very, very loud. This thing seriously booms.
Keep your home, RV, or survival bunker going indefinitely with Bluetti’s beefy solar generator. Add another battery to double the juice, and plug in multiple solar panels to keep your e-life going for as long as the sun shines.
This sleek, compact toaster oven elevates the look of any kitchen counter. But the real reason to splurge on this over a $20 Black+Decker is just how amazing the steam technology makes any baked goods—not just toast—taste.
Best New Everyday Gadgets of 2023
If, like us, you tend to go through a neverending cycle of letting your hot coffee get cold, reheating it in the microwave, then immediately forgetting about it and repeating the cycle over again, you need the battery-powered Ember Tumbler. This heated mug keeps your fav beverage at whatever temperature you like for up to three hours.
Charge everything, everywhere, all at once. This clever charging station from Belkin combines a MagSafe charger with a wireless charging base for 3-in-1 power top-ups of all your most essential devices.
This special portable keyboard from Astrohaus is made to do just one thing: write. The Freewrite Traveler holds a massive memory, and pages can be uploaded to cloud storage platforms. It’s a great solution to help focus and actually get some good writing done, whether it be daily journaling or working on that novel you’ve always wanted to write.
For keeping your pants in place while still looking stylish, the Groove Belt is your best friend. It’s wildly comfortable and simple to clip on and off, and it stretches enough to provide movement in all ranges of motion. Oh, and it also has a lifetime warranty.
Samsung’s latest Freestyle projector release is as refined as ever, with a crisp picture that can reach up to 100-inches, a seamless user experience when navigating streaming apps, and a level of portability that makes taking it wherever you go easy as pie (we recommend grabbing the add-on battery pack).
DJI ups the ante yet again with this new ultra-compact drone with a 46-minute flying time and omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, plus medium and wide-angle cameras. It all packs down small enough to stash in a daypack.
Tough, fast, and just plain fun, Lectric’s latest XP 3.0 is our favorite overall e-bike of 2023. We especially love that it even folds up small enough to stash in the trunk of a full-sized sedan.
Flashy, featherweight, and ultra-programmable, SteelSeries’ flagship Aerox 9 Wireless is the Lamborghini of gaming mice. Bonus: It’s even water-resistant for those ultra-intense, all-night MMO seshes.
When an eBike is too much but a Onewheel isn’t enough, you need a next-gen scooter. Navee’s all-new V50 gets you where you need to be with a 31-mile range at up to 20 MPH, all on smooth-rolling, low-resistance, 10-inch pneumatic tires.
Samsung made foldable “flip” phones cool again with the aptly named Flip series. The latest Galaxy Z Flip 5 gets a long list of upgrades under the hood, and it somehow looks even smaller and sleeker than ever before.
Best New Camping Gadgets of 2023
This modern flask is an overachiever, fit to hold eight ounces of your favorite spirit—and also piping hot espresso or coffee.
Outfitted with a solar panel on the back so you can get continuous juice, this power bank will come in clutch for all types of devices when off the grid. It has four different charging cords, plus a wireless charging pad, so you can connect almost any phone or accessory for power. The rugged power bank also has a bright LED flashlight on front. Talk about the ultimate camping pal.
If you’re looking for entertainment everyone can enjoy, this JBL Clip 4 Eco is a great portable speaker to carry along. The speaker itself is made up a majority of recycled materials, and on top is a carabiner clip to attach to your bag. You also get that trusted JBL speaker quality to pump out music.
The value you get in this sub-$150 ice chest makes this a top pickup in our book for 2023. It’s made with three-inch thick insulated walls to help keep drinks cold for days. If you’re wondering about can capacity, it can hold up to 28. There’s a plug drain at the bottom for easy cleaning, and the rounded shape makes it a great seat at the campsite.
The Lifestraw Peak Series will eliminate approximately 99.999 percent of bacteria, parasites, microplastics, sand, and dirt. Gift this personal water filter for yourself, then buy a few more and pass them out to friends and family.
This packable bag wins the volume award. It’s like a warehouse you can throw over your shoulder, with 70 liters of capacity. Better, it’s waterproof, has a tri-fold lid, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Solar power for sunny days; wind power for windy days. Grab a solar panel and this unique air-powered charger, and keep your favorite tech gadgets humming, no matter the weather.
iKamper shakes up its BDV Series of rooftop tents with next-gen accessories, including an easy-mount solar panel that charges all your most essential outdoor tech gadgets on the go.
The latest release in Garmin’s inReach series, this portable Wi-Fi hot spot is the perfect addition to your next outdoor adventure. Text anyone, anytime, from pretty much anywhere in the world—even without cell service.
Eddie Bauer reimagined this premium sleeping bag for 2023. It stands alone as a traditional mummy-style bag but zips cleverly into EB’s Downclime Alpine Parka for a cozy, all-in-one alpine sleep kit that’s rated down to -35°F.
Biggie-size your next camp, beach, or tailgating adventure with this clever outdoor “room” from Dometic. It’s lightweight, made from recycled materials, and, unlike traditional shelters, inflates for easier setup.
Even the best solar generators only go so far when the sun doesn’t shine. Runhood’s portable power solutions fix this with hot-swappable batteries, so you can pack plenty of precharged juice to keep your gadgets and your generator humming for days.
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Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He’s kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. His travel advice has appeared on the websites for Forbes, Travel + Leisure, CNET, and National Geographic. He loves the great outdoors and good bourbon, and (usually) calls Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Mike also enjoys speaking in the third person.
Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology. He was previously the Style & Gear Editor at BroBible.com, and a commerce writer for TheManual.com. His interests include attending concerts, spending time outside, and following his favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals.
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Christian Gollayan oversees e-commerce content for Men’s Health and Women’s Health. Previously, he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.
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