T3 Awards 2018: here are the shortlists

From best phone to best watch, these are the products that spark joy

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This year, the T3 Awards celebrates its triple quadrennium. That means it's been going for 12 years (obviously). Twelve years is a long time in tech – I can vouch for that because I was at the first one, and it was in a tapas bar in Soho, hosted by Justin Lee Collins. Remember him?  That is why we are completely revamping, remixing, remaking and remodelling the T3 Awards in 2018.

The main difference this year is that the event is not in a big hotel room full of tables, stuffed with people in evening wear eating paté, followed by lamb, followed by a 'trio of desserts' (every time). No, in 2018, the T3 Awards is HAVING IT LARGE, and taking over London's legendary Ministry of Sound, complete with live performances from rock legends, DJ sets and, of course, a LOT of T3 Awards to be handed out. 

This year, most of the winners will be announced in advance through T3's Twitter channel, but we're holding back these until the night itself: GADGET OF THE YEAR, PHONE OF THE YEAR, BRAND OF THE YEAR, RETAILER OF THE YEAR, INNOVATION OF THE YEAR and the special TECH INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH HONOR.

The latter is a special prize, given in association with mobile phone maestro Honor. This will see £10,000 handed to the student or recent graduate who comes up with what the judges deem to be the most innovative new idea of 2018.

Now, on with the shortlists. It's quite a long list.

Gadget of the Year

Apple iPhone X

Samsung Galaxy S9

Amazon Echo Spot

Microsoft Xbox One X

Sonos One

Dell XPS 13

Oculus Go

Apple HomePod

Huawei P20 Pro

Tech Innovation for the Future, in association with Honor

There's no shortlist here, but you could end up as the winner…

Best Laptop, in association with AO.com

• Read Rob Jones' rundown of the Best Laptop candidates

Dell XPS 13

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Asus Zenbook UX310UA


Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

Lenovo Yoga 920

The Eco Award in association with Shell

Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam for its solar energy programme in association with Nissan

African Renewable Energy Distributor solar charging kiosks

Graviky Labs Air Ink 

Pavegen v3 energy generating pavement

Tesla Hornsdale Power Reserve – a mega battery facilitating renewable power in South Australia 

Patagonia outdoor clothing for its commitment to recycling, renewables and waste prevention

Best Connected Security

Nest iQ Outdoor

Hive View

Nest Hello

Bosch Smart Home Security Starter Set

Logi Circle 2 Wired

Netatmo Presence

Brand of the Year








Retailer of the Year


John Lewis 



Richer Sounds


Phone of the Year

iPhone X

Samsung Galaxy S9

Huawei P20 Pro

Google Pixel 2 XL

OnePlus 6

HTC U12+


Honor 10

Sony Xperia XZ2

Best Gadget under £100, media partner The Sun

Roku Streaming Stick+

Echo 2

Google Home Mini

Urbanista Tokyo

Sphero R2-D2

Optoma Nuforce Be Sport4

Lumo Run

Bose SoundLink Micro

Innovation of the Year

DJI Mavic Air

Amazon Echo Show

Oculus Go

Smarter FridgeCam

Light L16

Brompton Electric

Best Luxury Tech


Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Eclipse Wood

Ressence Type 2 e-Crown

Land Rover Range Rover P400e PHEV

Louis Vuitton Horizon 55 with Echo

Leica M10 Edition Zagato

McIntosh MT2

Best Video Streaming Service


Amazon Prime Video

Now TV


Virgin TV Anywhere

BBC iPlayer

Best TV

Philips OLED 803


Sony AF8

Panasonic FZ952

Samsung Q9F

Hisense U7A

Best TV Platform

Freeview Play

Sky Q

Virgin Media TV



Best TV Audio Product

Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Speaker System

Sony HT-ST5000

Samsung HW-K950

Q Acoustics M2

Sonos Beam

Samsung HW-MS650

Polk Command Bar

Best Bluetooth Over- or On-Ear Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM2

Beats Studio3 

Bowers & Wilkins PX

KEF Porsche Design Space One Bluetooth

Marshall Mid ANC

AKG N60NC Wireless

Best Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

Bose SoundSport Free

Flares Pro

Sony WF-1000X

Sennheiser Momentum Free

Jabra Elite 65t


Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

Best Bluetooth Speaker

Boom Bocs

UE Megablast

Sony LF-S50G

Ruark R7

Audio Pro Addon C3

Bose SoundLink Micro

Best Multiroom Speaker

Sonos One

OrbitSound Dock E30

Marshall Stanmore Multiroom

Bluesound Pulse Mini

Apple HomePod

Cambridge Audio YoYo L

Sonos Beam

Best Hi-Fi Product

Ruark MR1 Mk II with Rega P1 pack

Pro-Ject Juke Box E

KEF LS-50 Wireless

Astell & Kern KANN

iFi xDSD

Chord Qutest

SweetVinyl SugarCube SC-1

Best Smart Home Tech

Google Home Mini

Amazon Echo Spot

Sonos One

Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo Show

Sonos Beam

Best Connected Lighting

Philips Hue


Ikea Trådfri

Hive Active

Best Connected Eco or Energy Product

Nest Learning Thermostat

Tado Smart Thermostat and Smart Radiator Valves

Hive Thermostat

Drayton Wiser

Best Home Networking Tech

Amplifi HD mesh router system

Devolo Dlan 1200 Triple Plus

TP-Link Archer C5400 v2

Asus RT-AC86U

Netgear Orbi 2018

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

Best Mid-Range Phone

Honor 10

Moto G6

Nokia 6

Sony Xperia XA1

Xiaomi Mi A1

Huawai P20 Lite

Best Mobile Accessory 

Anker PowerWave

Proporta iPhone X Carbon Ultra

Greenwich Walker Alcantara Folio S9

Tech 21 Evo Luxe Vegan Leather case

Native Union Clic Marquetry

Mous Real Bamboo Case

Best Fitness Wearable

Suunto Fitness 9

Garmin 645 Music

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Versa


Lumo Run

Best Gaming Laptop

Asus ROG Zephyrus

Acer Predator Triton 700

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF

Razer Blade Pro

Alienware 17 R4

HP Omen 15

Best Gaming Accessory

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

Razer Mamba + Firefly Hyperflux

Roccat Horde Aimo

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X

SteelSeries Rival 600

HyperX Pulsefire Surge

Best VPN 



IP Vanish

Best Compact, DSLR or CSC Camera

Sony A7 III

Fujifilm X-H1

Panasonic Lumix GX9

Canon EOS M50

Hasselblad H6D-400c

Sony RX100 VI

Best Lifestyle Camera

Google Clips

GoPro Hero6

Sony RX0

Insta360 One

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

Snapchat Spectacles

Best Car

• Which ride with drive off with the T3 Award for Best Car?

Jaguar I-PACE

Volkswagen T-Roc

Aston Martin Vantage

Volvo XC40

Bentley Continental GT

Audi A8

Best Home Appliance

Sage The Oracle Touch

Dyson Pure Cool

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Tefal ActiFry Genius XL

Samsung FamilyHub

LG 6 Motion

AEG 9000 Series

Best Fridge

Bosch Serie 2 Classixx

Miele K 28202 D WS

Samsung FamilyHub

Hoover Wizard HF18XK

LG Signature

Siemens KG36NAW35G

AEG CustomFlex

Gaggenau Vario Wine Climate Cabinets 400

Best Oven

Panasonic NN-CS894 

AEG SenseCook Pyro

Miele H 2267 BP

Rangemaster Elise 110

Char-Broil Kamander Kamado

Bosch HBG5785S0B

Best Dishwasher

Bosch Serie 6

Miele G6890 SCVI K2O

Smeg D4SS-1

Beko DIN29X20

Siemens iQ700 SN278I36TE

Best Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort Powerline

Vorwerk VK200

Neato Botvac Connected D7

Bosch BCS122GB Unlimited

Shark DuoClean Cordless

Philips Speed Pro Max

Best Washing Machine

AEG 9000 Series

Miele WGK 120

Hotpoint Ultima S-Line

LG 6 Motion

Bosch Serie 8

Best Small Appliance

Sage The Oracle Touch

Tefal ActiFry Genius XL

Smeg ECF01

Bosch MSM88160GB

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

JR Ultra 8000S 2

KitchenAid Artisan Power Plus Blender

Best Garden Tech

Stihl RMA 235

Greenworks G40LM35 

Cobra MX46SPB

Robomow RS635

Gtech ST20

Ryobi OBL1820S

Bosch AXT 25 TC

Best Travel Tech

Tile Sport

G-Ro Carry-On Classic

Sony RX100 VI

Samsonite Cosmolite Spinner 55cm

Amazon Kindle Oasis

Sony WH1000XM2

Bose QC 35 II

Best Bike

Canyon Roadlite CF 9.0

Specialized Roubaix Elite

BMC Roadmachine 03 ONE

Volt Pulse

Brompton Electric

Trek Fuel EX 7

Best Home Fitness Tech

TacX Neo

Wattbike Atom

Technogym Skillrun

Nordictrack E10.0

Bowflex Selecttech

Wahoo KICKR Climb

Best Running Headphones

Optoma NuForce Be Sport4

Bose SoundSport Free

Jabra Elite Active 65t - WINNER

Sennheiser CX Sport Bluetooth

Monster Victory Wireless

Aftershokz Trekz Air

Urbanears Stadion

Best Watch

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Limited Edition

Christoper Ward C65 Trident Diver

Marloe Watch Company Lomond

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Nomos Glashütte Autobahn

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16

Best Home Air Improvement Tech

Dyson Pure Cool

Meaco 1056 Air Circulator

Falmec Bellaria

Philips AC3256 

Vax Pure Air 300

Meaco 25L Ultra Low Energy Dehumidifier

Best Personal Grooming Tech

Philips 9000 Series Prestige

Panasonic ER-GD60 I-SHAPER

Braun Series 9 9296CC

Philips Oneblade Pro

Philips Sonicare 6100 ProtectiveClean

Braun MGK 3045

Best Car Gadget

Nextbase 612GW

TomTom Via 53

Thinkware F100

Vodafone V-Auto

Logitech Zero Touch

Bentley x Starck Power Dock