The best products we tested in July: charcoal grills, first aid kits and more

CNN Underscored is constantly testing products – whether it’s charcoal grills, first aid kits or cooling fans – to find the absolute best in each respective category. Our testing process is rigorous, starting with spending hours of research to find the best products in each category. Once we’ve created a product testing pool, we test and retest each product multiple times under real-world conditions over weeks or even months.

This year, we’ve already tested dozens of products – from electric toothbrushes to pizza ovens to outdoor home security cameras – to find the best products you need to make life better. Here are July’s winning products.

Best Charcoal Grill Overall

Charcoal grilling has always given us the best results, and the classic Weber Original Premium Kettle Grill is our favorite. Its simple, easy-to-use ventilation makes it easy to control the temperature, and it’s also affordable.

Best Fan Overall

The Honeywell Tower Fan has a small footprint and sleek design, sturdy base and eight speed settings, plus it’s quiet and affordable.

Best electric toothbrush overall

Affordable, comprehensive, efficient and compatible with many varieties of replacement brush heads from Philips and third parties, the Sonicare 4100 is a great way to enhance your oral hygiene routine.

Best Wired Outdoor Security Camera Overall

Ring’s Floodlight Cam Wired Plus gives you a complete set of outdoor security cameras. It features a projector with ample brightness, easy setup, solid video and audio quality, and motion alerts that keep you up to date with what’s going on around your home.

Best Wireless Outdoor Security Camera Overall

Arlo’s Essential Spotlight camera is battery-powered, records 1080p video, can be installed almost anywhere in your home, and is one of the most affordable cameras we’ve tested.

Best sports bra overall

All of our testers found the supportive Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh to be the most comfortable sports bra they’d ever worn. The soft, breathable, sweat-wicking fabric and simple front-zip design kept everyone comfortable even during intense workouts.

Best hob overall

The durable and affordable Nordic Ware uncoated aluminum pan performed just as well as more expensive griddles in our tests and stayed flat without warping, even above its temperature ratings.

Best rice cooker overall

The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy has always had the best results in all of our cooking tests. It cooks perfectly fluffy rice every time and has convenient features that make it a must-have for people who cook and eat rice regularly.

Best pizza oven overall

The only electric pizza oven we tested, the Breville Pizzaiolo was our favorite oven overall due to its predictable, consistent results and even cooking.

The best cloud storage app overall

In our testing, we found Microsoft OneDrive’s Microsoft 365 Personal plan to be the best choice for personal cloud storage if you don’t use any Apple devices.

Best first aid kit overall

An easy to use ring binder style design, high quality products and all Red Cross recommended essentials mean you’ll be sure you have everything you need and can find it when you have it need.

Best Apple Laptop

The MacBook Air M2 is the best Apple laptop for most people, perfect for everyday multitasking and a fair amount of gaming and visual work. It’s the fastest laptop for the money, and an especially big upgrade if you’re coming from an Intel-powered Mac.

Best Windows Laptop Overall

The Dell XPS 13 offers a beautiful, light, thin and highly portable design for working anywhere, a nearly borderless display that makes content pop, and a powerful 11th Gen Intel processor that can easily handle most workloads .


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