I rely almost exclusively on a single website for recommendations on what to buy for electronics and random household items. I've consulted The Wirecutter and its sister site The Sweethome for everything from headphones and camera equipment to water purification pitchers plus cookware and kitchen appliances. The reviews are concise, the recommendations are well-researched, and they provide alternate picks whether you're looking to upgrade or want a lower budget option. The Wirecutter has become so trusted and integral to my purchase process that it's generally the first thing I consult whenever I need something for my home.
Their budget pick for wired workout headphones is one of the best purchases I've made at any price point. Ditto for my portable bluetooth speaker. The Sweethome's guide to buying comforters sorted out an embarrassingly long impasse when I was overwhelmed with choices. I bought their recommended step stool earlier this year (because NYC living means storage is often high and hard to reach) which replaced a broken one that had been limping along. They also recommend the updated model of the food processor that I inherited and can't live without. I look to the Wirecutter whenever I need something functional.
Awhile back, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about how we make decisions that really resonated with me and explains why I value the Wirecutter. I'm definitely in what the article terms the "satisficer" camp (i.e. satisfy/suffice). I want to get sufficient information to make a decision that will be more than good enough, but I don't need to run down every last option. Consulting the Wirecutter (and the Sweethome) bridges both approaches. I can check their recommendation with the confidence that they have really tried to run down all plausible choices - and then I can stop there. If I want to maximize my decision, I can read into the background information and consult their sources too. Their site works just as well for the maximizers I know and love, and I've been recommending this site to family and friends for years. In short, the Wirecutter helps me buy with confidence (especially for categories I find intimidating) and saves me time too.
Those headphones? Another Wirecutter pick.