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We're also here to help you get the most out of your purchases through tips, tricks, and how-tos, and to solve your problems as they arise.
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Buy the right gear
Whether it’s the best phone, best TV, best air fryer, or best exercise bike, we spend thousands of hours testing the products in our buying guides to let our readers know what the best products are for all types of use cases and budgets. We also extensively compare top products against each other, and inform readers of the latest news
and rumors about the latest devices and the next big thing, so that our audience is equipped with the most information before they make a decision.
We help our readers save money by providing them with extensive deals coverage on popular items throughout the year, whether it's the best TV deals or best Apple Watch deals. (We can also help you where to find PS5 restock.) We're also here to help on the holidays as well as events such as Black Friday. In addition, we provide advice on whether it’s worth upgrading to a newer device, how to save money when cutting the cord and personal finance tips to help people maximize their budget.
Know what to watch and what to play
Our comprehensive guides and stories inform our audience of the best new shows coming to all the major streaming services, from Netflix to HBO Max to Hulu. We look at what’s popular with audiences and critics, so you don’t have to waste your free hours on a dud. Our gaming coverage also looks at the latest titles, and we play all the new hits to give you our unbiased opinion of whether it’s worth your time.
Our rapidly expanding homes and fitness sections are not only populated with the latest reviews of appliances and fitness gear, but are packed with the latest workouts and exercises to get you in shape, and tips and tricks on how to keep your home looking it’s best
Do more with what you have
Our ever-growing library of how-to articles helps our readers get the most out of the devices they already own. From finding hidden features on your phone to the best exercises to perform with your workout gear, we strive to help readers maximize their purchases through the life of their products.
Who we are
Mark Spoonauer, Global Editor-in-Chief
Mark Spoonauer is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy and growth of Tom's Guide. He has covered technology for more than 20 years, focusing on reviews and product coverage. Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed hundreds of smartphones and other gadgets. He speaks at key tech industry events and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NBC, Fox News, Cheddar and more. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag and served as reviews editor at Mobile Computing. His work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
Mike Prospero, U.S. Editor in Chief
Mike Prospero oversees all of Tom’s Guide’s evergreen content to ensure it’s up to date with the latest information. He is also in charge of the smart home devices, wearables, and drones categories for Tom's Guide. An avid runner, skier and foodie, he's always looking for the latest gadget that intersects with his hobbies. After receiving his Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University in 2003, Mike worked at Fast Company. Prior to that, he worked at The Times of Trenton and George magazine.
Marc McLaren, UK Editor in Chief
As UK EiC on Tom’s Guide, Marc is responsible for the site’s UK-focused output as well as overseeing all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, camera and how-to coverage. He previously edited the gadget website Stuff and also spent years on a music magazine, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies).
Philip Michaels, Managing Editor
Philip Michaels oversees coverage of smartphones, apps, wireless carriers and all things mobile for Tom’s Guide. He’s been covering Apple since 1999, first at Macworld and now for Tom’s Guide. When not looking over the fine print in assorted cell phone plans, he’s likely ranting and raving about the Oakland Athletics or old movies.
Roland Moore-Colyer, Managing Editor, News
Commissioning, editing and managing the morning content written by the U.K. team, as well as overseeing Tom's Guide news vertical, is Roland’s main mission that he chose to accept. Come the afternoon, that’s all mixed with a dose of hot takes around all manner of tech, but mostly phones and gaming. Outside of journalism, Roland has precious few other skills, but makes a cracking cup of tea and good sandwiches; he does this while watching the world spiral deeper into chaos.
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Nick Pino, Managing Editor, TV and AV
Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.
Louis Ramirez, Senior Deals Editor
As senior deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching high and low for the best deals to bring readers the best of what’s available online. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.
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Henry T. Casey, Senior Editor
Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all Apple. Prior to joining Tom’s Guide — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, taking as many photos as his iCloud storage will allow.
Marshall Honorof, Senior Editor
Marshall Honorof is an editor for Tom's Guide, covering all sorts of gaming hardware, including gaming mice, keyboards, headsets and more. He also focuses on security and streaming video. After earning a B.A. in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University, Marshall started his journalism career at The Escapist. In his off time, you can find Marshall practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.
Katie Mortram, Homes Editor
Katie looks after everything homes-related, from kitchen appliances to gardening tools. She also covers smart home products too, so is the best point of contact for any household advice!
Based in London, when she’s not writing she can be found trying to keep fit by running and practicing yoga.
Alex Wawro, Computing Editor
Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. He currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.
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Jordan Palmer, Phones Editor
Jordan Palmer covers all things phones for Tom’s Guide, but he likes to help out the team where he can. He’s always busy, but loves talking to people about phones and mobile tech. He previously wrote for Android Police, Android Central, Gamebyte, iMore, and Windows Central. When not working, he’s usually chipping away at personal writing projects or playing video games. He is usually joined at work by his cat, who loves to make her presence known during meetings.
Tom Pritchard, Automotive Editor
Tom is the Tom's Guide's Automotive Editor, which means he can usually be found knee deep in stats the latest and best electric cars, or checking out some sort of driving gadget. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.
Jane McGuire, Fitness Editor
Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past four years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy.
Peter Wolinski, How-to Editor
Peter is the How-to Editor at Tom's Guide, based in the U.K. As a writer, he covers topics including tech, photography, gaming, hardware, motoring and food & drink. Outside of work, he can usually be found telling everyone about his greyhound, obsessively detailing his car, squeezing as many FPS as possible out of PC games, and perfecting his espresso shots.
Lee Dunkley, Audio Editor
As a former editor of the UK's Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring.
Anthony Spadafora, Senior Editor, security and networking
Anthony Spadafora is the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to password managers and the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. Before joining the team, he wrote for ITProPortal while living in Korea and later for TechRadar Pro after moving back to the US. Based in Houston, Texas, when he’s not writing Anthony can be found tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.
Kate Kozuch, Editor
Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account (opens in new tab), which you should be following (she'll find you if you don't.)
When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.
Rory Mellon, Deals Editor
Rory is a Deals Editor based in the UK. He likes to think of himself as a jack of all trades (and a master of at least a few), though he mainly focuses on deals and gaming matters. Often covering both at the same time. When he’s not scouring the web for the biggest savings or writing hot takes about the latest video games and hardware, he can be found watching a borderline unhealthy amount of movies, attending gigs, and getting frustrated at his football team.
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Sanjana Prakash, Weekend Editor
Sanjana loves all things tech. From the latest phones, to quirky gadgets and the best deals, she's in sync with it all. Based in Atlanta, she is the news editor at Tom's Guide. Previously, she produced India's top technology show for NDTV and has been a tech news reporter on TV. Outside work, you can find her on a tennis court or sipping her favorite latte in instagrammable coffee shops in the city. Her work has appeared on NDTV Gadgets 360 and CNBC.
Kelly Woo, Senior Writer
Kelly covers streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.
Richard Priday, Staff Writer
Richard is one of Tom’s Guide’s London-based staffers, writing news and reviews for all sorts of products, but focusing on smartphones. He has also written for WIRED U.K. and The Register since graduating with an MA in Journalism from the University of Sheffield, but before that he built custom gaming PCs and worked as a tour guide in a castle. These days, if he’s not at his desk, you’ll likely find him streaming movies, PC gaming, or learning how to be a specialty coffee snob.
Cynthia Lawrence, Staff Writer
Cynthia Lawrence specializes in Homes ecommerce, covering all things homes and garden-related. She has a wealth of editorial experience testing the latest, ‘must-have’ home appliances, writing buying guides and the handy how to features.
Her work has been published in various titles including, T3, Top Ten Reviews, Ideal Home, Real Homes, Livingetc. and House Beautiful, among others.
With a rather unhealthy obsession for all things homes and interiors, she also has an interior design blog for style inspiration and savvy storage solutions (get rid of that clutter!). When she’s not testing cool products, she’ll be searching online for more decor ideas to spruce up her family home or looking for a great bargain!
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Tony Polanco, Computing Writer
Tony is a computing writer at Tom’s Guide covering laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. During his off-hours, Tony enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, reading speculative fiction novels, and spending too much time on Twitter. His non-nerdy pursuits involve attending Hard Rock/Heavy Metal concerts and going to NYC bars with friends and colleagues. His work has appeared in publications such as Laptop Mag, PC Mag, and various independent gaming sites.
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Malcolm McMillan, News Writer
Malcolm McMillan is a News Writer for Tom's Guide, focusing on all the latest tech news. Before writing for Tom's Guide, he worked many retail jobs and many Black Fridays, including a stint for Microsoft. In his spare time, Malcolm is also a fantasy football analyst on various podcasts and sites. Malcolm is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most. His wife is not a fan of the yelling, but his standard poodle Finn does not mind.
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Millie Davis-Williams, Deals writer
Millie is a Deals writer at Tom's Guide covering the latest tech news and specializing in deals content and how-to articles about everything from phones, streaming devices and headphones to games and software. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming on her Nintendo Switch and creating digital art.
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Brian Nadel, Contributing Editor
Brian is a 40 year veteran of technology writing and reviewing, who has developed an emphasis on mobile, security and education. Over the years he has appeared on Bloomberg News and CNN to give context to the latest development on laptops, mobile phones and mobile services. He has worked at PC Magazine (senior editor) and Mobile Computing & Communications (editor in chief) as well as writing for CNET, Fortune Magazine, Laptop Mag and, of course, Tom's Guide. He lives outside New York City with his wife and the family tortoise.
John Quain, Contributing Editor
John R. Quain has covered science and technology for more than two decades. In addition to being a contributing editor at Tom's Guide, he's a regular contributor to The New York Times and the weekly tech guru for WTVN. His articles have appeared in Car & Driver, Esquire, Fast Company, Rolling Stone, and U.S. News & World Report, as well as numerous technology publications. Quain was the recipient of a Paris Accords of Science Communication fellowship in 2019. He regularly speaks about issues relating to autonomous vehicles and is the Editor-in-Chief of OntheRoadtoAutonomy.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jqontech.
Jonathan Lesser, Contributing Writer
Jonathan Lesser is a writer, editor and communications professional living in Pelham, N.Y.
Jonathan writes about personal finance and cryptocurrencies for Tom's Guide.
He has been published in Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Vibe, Travel + Leisure Golf and other publications.
Emily Long, Contributing Writer
Emily Long is a Utah-based freelance writer who covers technology, security, and personal finance for Tom's Guide.
When she's not writing, you can find her trail running, teaching and practicing yoga, or studying for grad school—all fueled by coffee, obviously.
Kenneth Butler, Social Media Editor
Kenneth uses social media and video to share the Tom’s Guide team’s collective knowledge with hundreds of thousands of fans and followers. That includes covering PR events on Instagram, shooting close-up video of great backpacks, and arming readers with Tom’s Guide’s limitless advice and know-how. In the past, he’s worked as a fact checker, staff writer and production director. His off-hour hobbies include early morning runs, writing about pop culture, and an unending quest to try every flavor of Oreo.
Matthew Murray, Head of Testing
As head of testing for Tom’s Guide’s parent company, Future Media, Matthew helps coordinate and conduct product testing for all of the company's editorial brands, including Tom's Hardware, AnandTech, Laptop, TechRadar, PC Gamer, and, of course, Tom's Guide. Prior to his stint at Future, Matthew worked at publications as diverse as PCMag.com, ExtremeTech.com, Computer Shopper, Stage Directions magazine, and TheaterMania.com, and before that he worked in IT and helpdesk roles. He has also edited seven books, and for more than 16 years was the chief New York theater critic for TalkinBroadway.com.
Madeline Ricchiuto, Lab Tester
Madeline Ricchiuto is a lab tester at Future, testing products for Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Hardware, and Laptop Magazine. Prior to working at Future, Madeline was the Head Games Writer and Editor at Bleeding Cool and a QA tester with LiquidSky Software. She’s also written for various publications including CG Magazine, Marvel Entertainment, Diver Magazine, and the Examiner.
How we test and rate products
To help make complex tech-buying decisions easier for our readers, we test and review hundreds of different gadgets, software and services each year, ranging from smartphones, laptops and smartwatches to TVs, Bluetooth speakers and the best antivirus suites. Here's how we test products.
How We Test
Our editorial team rates products with two questions in mind: Is this a good choice for readers, and if so, who should buy it? We'll tell you whether an alternative is better or worse, and in what ways. We also find out what owners of these products are saying, such as by analyzing user reviews, to further inform your next purchase.
Our reviewers spend quality time using each product to determine how well it works for its target market. We'll go jogging with a fitness tracker, play the latest titles on a gaming keyboard or browse the web with several tabs open on a Chromebook.
We also run a bevy of benchmarks and real-world tests, many of which we've developed in-house. For instance, our smartphone, tablet and laptop battery test surfs the web over 4G, 5G, or Wi-Fi, just as you would if you were using these devices at home.
Find out more about the Tom's Guide testing process on our how we test page.
What Our Ratings Mean
On Tom's Guide, all products are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, where higher is better. Products may also receive an Editors’ Choice award, which marks them as best-in-class. The ratings are as follows; anything rated 2 or below is not recommended:
5 stars = Practically perfect
4 stars = Totally worth it
3 stars = Worth considering
2.5 stars = Meh
2 stars = Not worth the money
1 stars = Laughably bad
Best Picks and Use-Case Recommendations
Our Best Picks lists don't just name our top overall picks, but also make specific, tailored recommendations for different scenarios. For example, we pick the best TVs in different sizes and price ranges, and look at the best drones both for beginners and fliers who want high-quality aerial photography. Ultimately, we judge products based on what they're trying to accomplish as well as how well they reach their target audience, thus giving shoppers a complete picture of not only whether a product is good or great but whether it's good or great for them.
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