This story is part of Select’s New & Noteworthy section, where we highlight our favorite product launches. We will continually update this article throughout the month with new releases we think you should know about.
Jabra makes some of our favorite wireless earbuds, and this latest addition to its active lineup is the toughest yet. The headphones have an IP68 rating, meaning they are dustproof and protected against continuous immersion in water up to 1.5 meters – the previous Elite 7 Active had a lower IP57 rating.
Between the earbuds and the charging case, the Elite 8 Active has 32 hours of battery life, which is two more than the Elite 7 Active. Other features are similar, like a wireless charging case, a Siri or Google voice assistant, a Jabra Sound+ app for additional customization, and three different sized eartips included in the box.
This personal blender is Nutribullet’s quietest and most powerful model to date, according to the brand. It has a 1,200-watt motor and its blades are designed to last longer than those of the brand’s standard personal blender, according to Nutribullet. The blades also come with a 5-year limited warranty. You can choose from two mixing modes: an automated 30-second cycle or a pulse function. The blender comes with three dishwasher-safe cups, all of which you can mix ingredients and drink from. To-go lids are also included.
Rabinowitz has been using the GoPro Hero 10 for over a year to capture smooth video while hiking, biking, or any activity that involves a lot of water. The GoPro Hero 12, while similar to the 11 and 10, has a few improvements that make it a notable upgrade. This Hero 12 has improved battery life and video stabilization compared to the Hero 11, according to the brand. It also has new features such as a vertical shooting mode, in which you can shoot vertical videos and photos even if you hold the camera horizontally. The Hero 12 removes a feature from previous modes: it doesn’t track GPS or GPS data.
Bissell’s latest portable deep cleaner is designed to remove dirt and stains from multiple surfaces like carpet, upholstery, tile and grout. Similar to the brand’s Little Green Machine – winner of the Select Pet Awards – the new device creates powerful steam from the water and cleaning solution you add to its 64-ounce tank, and it uses the suction to remove stains from surfaces. The Hydrosteam Pet offers three cleaning modes, allowing you to choose the one that best suits the mess you’re cleaning and the surface it’s on. It has a separate reservoir to hold dirty water and comes with a stain remover tool as well as a multi-surface tool.
Made with recycled, plant-based and completely vegan materials, this running sneaker is Saucony’s most eco-friendly model to date, according to the brand. It meets Saucony’s new Run For Good (RFG) sustainability standard, which aims to reduce the brand’s environmental footprint. The shoe’s cushioning is partly corn-based foam, its cotton upper gets its color from plant-based dyes, and its outsole is natural rubber. The sneaker is available in men’s and women’s sizes.
5K resolution computer monitors are rare: the two most notable are Apple’s Studio Display and LG’s UltraFine series. This is Samsung’s first 5K monitor: a 27-inch screen offering high color gamut, accuracy, brightness and pixel density. The screen has a matte finish that reduces glare compared to a standard screen, according to the brand.
It comes with an ergonomic height, tilt and swivel adjustable stand – you can swivel to a fully vertical orientation. The box also contains a 4K resolution webcam that attaches to the top of the screen.
The shape of Peace Out Skincare’s new eye patches covers the undereye and upper eyelids to target skin in both areas. The patches are made with retinol to make skin smoother by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and peptides to help make skin firmer over time, according to the brand. They are also formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid. Peace Out recommends storing the patches in your refrigerator so they are fresh when applied. Each pack comes with five pairs of patches.
The Aarke Electric Kettle lets you control the exact temperature of your hot water by choosing between 104 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit — the kettle also remembers the last temperature setting you chose. The device has a 5-cup capacity and is made of stainless steel with double-walled construction to retain heat, according to the brand. The water boils quietly, according to Aarke, and the kettle’s spout helps you pour without dripping. The kettle is constructed with a removable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel filter. You can open it by pressing a button on its handle and it sits on a swivel base.
Banza, the brand best known for its chickpea-based pasta, is now making chickpea-based waffles, its first new product category since 2020. They are frozen and are available in plain, blueberry and chocolate chip flavors . You can buy them individually and in a variety pack. The waffles are gluten-free and contain 10 grams of protein. The boxes contain six waffles that you can cook in a skillet, toaster or air fryer.
Banza sent me their new waffles to try and I couldn’t tell they were made with chickpeas. I found that their texture and flavor largely mimic other frozen waffles I’ve eaten, and they became crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside when I toasted them. As someone who eats gluten-free, I’m especially excited to have a delicious frozen waffle option that’s also packed with protein and keeps me full.
The Tuft+Paw Cubby Litter Box is a smaller, simplified version of the brand’s Cove Litter Box. It’s made from durable, odor-resistant plastic, according to the brand, and comes with 8-inch walls that feature a corner entry cutout. The walls keep waste inside the box and are semi-transparent so cats can see through. You can also remove the walls if your cat prefers. The litter box – which measures 21.2 inches long and 15.2 inches wide – has an open top and its feet raise the base above the floor.
Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers, and Epicboom is a new, more premium speaker from the brand. It is designed for use indoors, outdoors and for travel: it has a protection rating (IP) of IP67, floats in water and can be safely submerged for up to 30 minutes. Battery life is similar to that of the brand’s other models, at 17 hours, but unlike its other speakers, this one recharges via USB-C. It can connect to two devices at once and has a wireless range of 180 feet.
Halo’s latest GPS dog collar is built with new hardware and software that helps it better determine your dog’s location using direct GPS satellite signals, ignoring false signals caused by bouncing transmissions on buildings, trees and more, depending on the brand. The collar’s GPS antenna also provides stronger reception in areas with weak or obstructed coverage, and its battery life is 20% longer than previous models. With universal connectivity, the GPS collar automatically connects to any cellular plan to constantly display dogs’ real-time location. A customizable strap comes with the collar so you can adjust its fit based on your dog’s size.
Brighten up your yard with this black steel torch from Solo Stove, which works with any type of torch oil or fuel. It displays a large, bright flame and has a burn time of around five hours, depending on the brand. You can adjust the height of the torch up to 52.75 inches, and when it’s time to extinguish the flame, you can use the removable snuffer.
Instead of its typical matte finish, Great Jones’ Glossy Dutch Baby has a glossy finish, which is a first for the brand. The Glossy Mini Dutch Oven comes in three new colors — Plum (purple), Gorgonzola (blue), and Butternut (orange) — and is available for a limited time. As part of the launch, Great Jones is partnering with the Museum of Food and Drink and donating a portion of Dutch Babies sales to support their work preserving the Ebony Magazine Test Kitchen, recently acquired by the Smithsonian.
Wahoo makes some of our favorite gear for cyclists, including indoor bike trainers that let you mount your bike on a fixed flywheel so you can cycle indoors. The new Kickr Move is their most premium indoor trainer: it adds a forward and reverse axis of motion to the rear wheel, adding a dimension of driving feel that makes this model more engaging, comfortable and realistic, according to the brand. The travel function can be disengaged with a lock switch on the rear, making it easy to mount and dismount your bike on the trainer. Like the brand’s other trainers, the Kickr Move can connect to Wi-Fi, smart devices and the bike’s GPS to display power, speed, distance, cadence and automatically adjust resistance based on your route foreseen.
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