The best products we tested in March 2023: Flashlights, photo printers, and more

CNN Underscored is constantly testing products — whether it’s a flashlight, photo printer or food dehydrator — to find the absolute best in each category. Our testing process is rigorous, beginning with hours of research to find the top products in each category. Once we created a pool of product tests, we tested and retested each product multiple times in real environments over the course of weeks or even months.

This year, we’ve tested hundreds of products—from PS5 games to smartphone apps to wireless speakers—to find the best products you need to make your life better. Here are the winning products for March.

Wireless earbuds with incredible battery life and comfort

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If you’re looking for a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds for under $100 — and want something stylish and understated — look no further than the Jabra Elite 4 .

An impressive and uniquely stylish set of wireless earbuds

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If you’re looking to spend less than $150 on a good set of noise-canceling earbuds—and want something that stands out from the pack—the Nothing Ear (2) are worth it.

A good audiophile choice

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If you’re willing to pay for a stylish pair of headphones with true audiophile sound quality (and can live without features like active noise cancellation), the Master & Dynamic MH40 are worth the investment.

Excellent small wireless speaker

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The Era 100 produces bigger sound than the Sonos One without adding too much size, and delivers impressive bass for a small speaker. It adds Bluetooth and external source options via a line-in adapter. But the price has gone up again.

One speaker fills the room with sound

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The Era 300 makes it easy to immerse yourself in immersive spatial audio—with its expansive sound, it feels like you’re listening to more than one speaker. Normal stereo music also sounds good, thanks to the crisp highs and deep bass. It’s packed with features, but you’ll need to pay extra for the privilege.

The best drip coffee maker overall

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The Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker produces consistently delicious, piping hot coffee with an efficient and clean brew, in sleek, relatively compact hardware that is turnkey, and at a reasonable price.

Clean, intuitive interface for a unique outdoor boating experience


The Hydrow Rower is a stylish premium rowing machine that can be paired with an All-Access membership for $44 per month. Yes, it offers cardio and a full-body workout, but we love how it brings rowing back to basics with live classes filmed in real-world settings. It can be expensive, but if you want to feel like you’re rowing on the water, this home gym rowing machine is for you.

The perfect treadmill for running in smaller spaces


If you’ve always wanted a treadmill, but didn’t have the space or the funds for a bigger machine, the ProForm Carbon T7 is the perfect compromise. No, it doesn’t have the horsepower of larger, more expensive treadmills, but you do get a wealth of advanced AI features, as well as access to different types of classes with an iFit subscription (three years free). The smaller footprint and affordable price are definitely not to be underestimated when you’re considering adding it to your home gym.

A classic trail runner with better traction

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Fans of the Lone Peak line will love the new 7s’ wide width and upgraded grip, while newcomers to the shoe may be surprised by its lack of cushioning and zero-drop design. Either way, the Altra manages to deliver another great trail sneaker with non-slip laces and just the right amount of breathable mesh.

A near perfect bottle with a few flaws

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It’s not perfect, but the Collapsible HydraPak Flux+ 1.5L Bottle has an incredible flow rate and a durable finish that make it a standout on the market for built-in filter bottles. It’s hard to keep clean, especially in the long run, which prevents it from being a perfect choice.

The definitive version of the survival horror masterpiece

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Resident Evil 4 is an excellent retelling of the original 2005 single-player story for a modern audience. Everything from the upgraded combat and mobility to the compelling audio and visuals goes a long way towards making this Resident Evil 4’s definitive release.

Best Food Dehydrator Overall

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With hassle-free operation and constant drying, the Nesco Gardenmaster offers the best balance of simplicity and performance of any food dehydrator we’ve tested, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to preserve herbs, fruit and vegetables, or meat.

Boxed plush bed, ideal for side or back sleepers who prefer softness

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The Legend Mattress by Leesa is a great mattress for side sleepers, with soft support to relieve pressure and back pain, and a breathable top cover and ventilated foam layer to keep you cool.

A helpful sleep aid to focus on calm breathing

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The Dodow Sleep Aid is a unique and useful device. It helps us fall asleep faster and more consistently. Learning to synchronize your breath with light is not difficult, and once you get used to the process, you will feel the results. Inhale when expanding and exhale when contracting.

An Attractive Multitasking Bedside Assistant


Hatch Restore 2 is an all-inclusive sleep machine that uses light and sound to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The accompanying app gives you access to a library full of colored lights, white noise, sleep stories, and guided meditations. But where the Restore 2 really shines is its amazingly delightful Sunrise Alarm Clock, which wakes you up with a gentler, more human touch than your average alarm clock.

A Convenient, App-Based Countertop Oven for the Busy Chef


The Tovala Smart Oven Air Fryer provides easy, fresh meal delivery for one person, and connects to Wi-Fi for one-touch cooking. If you order it, it’s an affordable oven, and if you’re more interested in cooking from scratch, it jumps to pricier, less useful purchases. But if you’re looking to save time and energy, this countertop oven beats supermarket frozen meals and takeout.

Overall Best Meal Planning App

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During testing, we found Eat This Much Premium to be easy to set up. Its meal customization options and editable shopping list are a joy to use, and we appreciated its comprehensive recipe library. It also has the best online help and customer support of the meal planning apps we tested.

Best Plant Identification App for Mobile Devices Overall

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During testing, we found PlantNet to be easy to use, accurate and fast. The free app guides you through the setup process, lets you search by map or flora, and suggests that you enable geolocation (GPS) to improve its plant recognition.

Ideal travel backpack if you want to pack for a few days without checking luggage

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The Incase ARC Travel Bag is both a backpack and a suitcase. Its butterfly packing system lets you maximize space for packing clothes and other essentials, while it also has a separate laptop compartment and plenty of extra pockets. While pricey, its durable exterior and versatility make it a solid addition to your travel wardrobe.

Best overall checked luggage

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With great internals and compression, a durable exterior, and a comfortable handle, the Away Medium suitcase is the most well-rounded bag we’ve tested, combining maneuverability, capacity, durability, and style.

Overall Best Robot Mop

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The small, inexpensive iRobot Braava Jet 240 is simply a mopping robot for your money. While it doesn’t have the smarts of more expensive models, nor can it double as a vacuum, its efficient design and easy pattern-based navigation deliver impressive cleaning results.

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner Overall

Roomba j7+.

The iRobot Roomba j7+ is the best robot vacuum you can buy right now, with impressive cleaning power and smart mapping that creates virtual boundaries to detect and avoid obstacles.

Overall Best Office Chair

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The Steelcase Series 1 stands out as one of the most customizable, highest-quality, and most comfortable office chairs on the market, and costs twice as much as other chairs—making it the best value-for-money option.

The perfect monitor for your home office for under $400


The LG UltraFine 4K is an excellent sub-$400 monitor for anyone looking to upgrade their home office, offering great 4K picture quality and plenty of ports.

Best Photo Printer Overall

Canon Pixma Pro-200 Best Photo Printer

In our tests, the Pro 200’s print quality was on par with more expensive models, and its running costs are relatively low. Easy setup and impressive results make it the best value of the photo printers we’ve tested.

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