This story is part of Select’s New & Notable column, where we highlight our favorite product launches. We will continuously update this article throughout the month with new releases that we think you should know about.
Earlier this month, Google unveiled multiple new products during its annual fall press event. We’ve listed a few below:
Both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro feature substantial upgrades over the previous model, including improvements to the display speed and brightness. Both phones have improved face unlock that you can now use for payments and password managers. They also have a bevy of new software features including many AI-powered photo and video tools like Best Take, Magic Editor, Audio Magic Eraser, Zoom Enhance and more. The Pro model has new custom camera controls that lets you manually control elements like shutter speed, ISO, white balance, exposure time and focus.
Both phones should receive software updates for the next seven years, according to Google.
This latest Pixel Watch may look similar from the outside, but internally, a lot has changed. The new watch has new and improved sensors for heart rate, sleep tracking, skin temperature, stress detection and more, according to the brand. It also has an always-on display with up to 24-hours of battery.
Google bought Fitbit in 2019, as such, this new model has more integrations with Google’s apps than the Charge 5. It has Google Maps, Google Wallet and YouTube Music built-in, meaning turn-by-turn navigation, tap-to-pay and including built-in Google Maps, Google Wallet and YouTube Music. Like the Charge 5, the Charge 6 tracks daily steps, heart rate, dozens of different workouts and more via the Fitbit app, and has an up to seven-day-long battery life.
Stanley’s IceFlow AeroLight water bottle is easy to take on-the-go thanks to its lightweight construction and built-in carry handle with a soft-touch grip. The double-wall vacuum-insulated bottle is made from 90% recycled stainless steel that keeps beverages cold for up to 10 hours and iced for up to two days, according to the brand. It also has a wide mouth opening on the leak-proof lid. You can purchase the dishwasher-safe water bottle in 16-ounce and 24-ounce sizes that fit in most car cup holders, as well as larger 36-ounce and 50-ounce sizes.
Adding to its line of spicy condiments, Fly By Jing — one of our favorite AAPI-owned brands — released Chengdu Crunch, a crunchy sauce you can add to anything you’d typically put hot sauce on. It gets its texture from fava beans, yellow split peas, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, and its heat from chili and sichuan peppers.
Released in 2020, the Meta Quest 2 is one of our favorite VR headsets, but this new version offers improvements in nearly every way — more speed, faster and higher resolution screens, newly designed headband straps, newly improved controllers and support for mixed-reality software, according to the brand. It comes with the headset, two Touch Plus controllers and charging accessories.
Skims now offers a suite of apparel essentials for men in three fabrications: cotton, lightly compressive sport and stretch. You can purchase T-shirts, tank tops, boxers and briefs in each type of fabric, as well as multipacks of select pieces. Apparel is available in sizes small to 5XL.
Inspired by the success of its Stem Cell Scalp Serum, Act+Acre released a Stem Cell Collection, which includes a new shampoo, conditioner and peptide treatment. All three products are made with the brand’s proprietary plant-based stem cells and grow complex, ingredients that help hair get thicker and fuller with consistent use, according to the Act+Acre. The shampoo cleanses hair, the conditioner moisturizes hair and the leave-in peptide treatment works to combat moderate to severe hair loss by boosting follicle function.
Logitech makes some of our favorite keyboards. This new wireless ergonomic keyboard has a wavy design that places your hands, wrists and forearms in a more natural typing position, according to the brand. It comes with a memory foam palm rest and has adjustable legs to add tilt to the keyboard. It also connects wirelessly over Bluetooth or the included Logi Bolt USB receiver, and has up to three years of battery life with the included AAA batteries, says Logitech.
Nutribullet’s Triple Prep System is three appliances in one: a blender, personal blender and food processor. It comes with a 1500-watt base you pair with interchangeable attachments, like a 64-ounce blending pitcher, 24-ounce and 32-ounce personal blending cups with to-go lids and a 7-cup food processor bowl. You also get a food pusher with the food processor bowl, plus blades for slicing, shredding, chopping and kneading. The appliance recognizes attachments when you connect them and automatically customizes its buttons with the appropriate mode options.
These smart glasses let you listen to music, answer calls, take photos and videos, ask questions to Meta’s AI voice assistant and more, all while looking like a pair of classic Ray-Bans. Meta and Ray-Ban previously released the Ray-Ban Stories smartglasses in 2021, but this new model has improved speakers (up to 50% louder), a better camera (12MP, up from 5), more microphones (5 instead of 1) for better call and video quality and a smaller, redesigned charging case, according to the brand.
You can now enjoy fresh Blue Bottle coffee straight from your Nespresso machine thanks to the Blend No. 1 capsule, a limited-edition pod the brands collaborated over. It’s compatible with all Nespresso Vertuo brewers and the coffee inside it is from Ethiopia and Uganda, giving your cup of Joe a deep yet fruity flavor with caramel notes. The brands sent Malin a pod to try, and she says the coffee it made was so flavorful and balanced that she only needed to add a small drop of milk.
This new tablet from Amazon is an update to the Fire HD 10 released in 2021. It’s lighter, faster and has a more detailed front facing camera for video calling, according to the brand. It’s also compatible with Amazon’s stylus pen (sold separately). Like other Fire tablets, it comes with either 32GB or 64GB of storage, but you can add more via the microSD card slot. It is available in three colors and a kids version.
Beyond finding a great razor, taking care of a beard involves keeping skin moisturized and hair frizz- and tangle-free. Harry’s Beard Care line is designed to do just that with two products: a Beard & Face Wash and Beard Conditioning Spray, which you can purchase individually or as a set. The face wash gets rid of dirt and oil in the facial hair area, and it’s infused with white willow bark extract, the natural source of salicylic acid that exfoliates skin, according to the brand. The leave-in conditioning spray contains oils to soften and tame hair, like grapeseed, jojoba and shea oils.
This is the first new Super Mario game since 2019’s Super Mario Maker 2. This time, Mario and friends have to, predictably, defeat Bowser, who has transformed into a giant flying castle using the Wonder Flower. It is a 2D game where you and up to three other players can run, jump and complete colorful and surprisinging levels. There are seven distinct areas to explore, each with different levels, environments and challenges. The standout new item is the Wonder Flower, which, when touched, either changes your character or the level dramatically.
Maidenform, a shapewear company that’s been around for over 100 years, recently launched M, its sister brand geared toward Gen Z shoppers. M offers wireless bras and bralettes, bodywear like shorts and underwear, all of which are available in sizes small to 3XL. The brand sent Malin a few pieces to try, her favorite of which is the Smoothing Seamless Bodysuit. “It’s made from buttery soft fabric and has a built-in bra, which is a feature I always look for in bodysuits but rarely find,” Malin says. “I wear it with a pair of jeans and a cardigan, or under dresses. It’s become a staple in my wardrobe.”
As the weather gets colder, our skin tends to get drier, an issue Ursa Major designed its new Alpine Rich Cream to address. Ingredients like ceramides repair and support the skin barrier while sealing in moisture, as does skullcap, an Alpine flower, according to the brand. The cream is safe to use on sensitive skin and also contains hydrating tremella mushroom and moss stem cells, plus cloudberry to soften skin and red maple bark to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, according to the brand. Ursa Major recommends applying the thick, velvety cream in the morning and evening.
Caraway released its nonstick, ceramic-coated cookware in square shapes, giving you more surface area to cook food like pancakes, pressed sandwiches and more. The Squareware collection includes a griddle pan, grill pan, double burner griddle and roasting pan. You can purchase items as a set or individually, and they’re all oven-safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit as well as stovetop agnostic. If you purchase the Squareware set, you’ll also get magnetic organizers to keep everything tidy when it’s not in use.
You can also now purchase Caraway cookware in 5-ply, lightweight stainless steel. The brand’s sauté pan, saucepan, fry pan and Dutch oven, as well as its mini fry pan and mini saucepan, are all available in the material. Stainless steel cookware is sold individually as well as in sets — if you purchase a set, you’ll receive pan and lid organizers that have a stainless steel finish.
Girlfriend Collective re-released eight styles from its Sweat Collection, including hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweat shorts and joggers. Pieces are made from a blend of primo recycled cotton and organic cotton, and they come in four new colors: Seashell (beige), Cerulean (blue), Tempest (periwinkle) and Glow (chartreuse). You can purchase each item individually or pair them together to make matching sets. Clothing is available in sizes XXS to 6XL.
Therabody massage guns
Therabody, which makes some of our favorite massage guns, launched multiple new Theragun massagers this month.
The Theragun Relief is the brand’s lowest-priced massager. It’s simple to operate with a single button that turns the 10mm massager on and off, plus changes between the three-speed settings. It comes with a USB-C charger and three ball-head attachments: a wide dampener head, a rounded standard head and a narrow thumb head. It’s lighter but not as powerful as the brand’s other massagers, in Rabinowitz’s experience. The massage gun offers up to 2 hours of battery life, according to the brand.
This model is helpful for people who need more guidance while using a massage gun, Rabinowitz says. It has a small screen and controls that allow you to choose from different guided routines, each of which targets different muscle groups. The screen shows you which muscle group to target, allows you to set a timer and alerts you when it’s time to move to a different section. The massage gun also incorporates a deep breathing section into routines, guiding you with the biometric sensor near the index finger.
The 12mm massage gun has five speeds and comes with four ball head options (standard, dampener, thumb and micro-point). It can connect to your phone and the Therabody app via Bluetooth, and has around 2 hours of battery life, according to the brand.
The brand’s highest-end percussive massager, the Pro Plus, is a three-speed 16mm massage gun that builds off of the original Theragun Pro by adding heat, cold, and light therapy treatment options. Like the Pro, the Pro Plus has a built-in LCD screen that shows your massage speed and different routines to follow. It comes with five ballhead options tailored to targeting different muscle groups, and has around 2.5 hours of battery life, according to the brand.
Yeti Hopper Soft Coolers
Yeti launched its Hopper insulated soft coolers in new sizes that are easier to carry, according to the brand. It also updated all Hopper models to now have an exterior pocket to store your phone, keys, wallet and more.
The Hopper M12 cooler backpack can fit 20 cans or 12 pounds of ice, and the Hopper M15 cooler tote can fit 32 cans or 15 pounds of ice — both models are large enough to hold wine bottles. The coolers have magnetic closures to keep everything inside and their exterior shell is made from UV-resistant material. There’s also a grid on the outside of both coolers you can attach carabiner clips to if you need a place to put keychains, bottle openers and more.
Skin care brand Fig.1 took its Micellar Oil Cleanser and turned it into individually wrapped wipes you can throw in your bag and take with you to the gym or while traveling. The wipes are made with hydrating grapeseed oil and squalane, and they remove makeup and dirt from your skin. Fig.1 sent Malin its new wipes to try and she says they left her skin feeling clean and soft, as well as removed mascara, foundation, concealer, blush and eyeshadow without her having to scrub it off.
Fig.1 partnered with sustainable beauty brand Conserving Beauty to make its Micellar Oil Cleansing Wipes dissolvable — after using one, you let water run over it in the sink and it’s gone in seconds. The first time Malin used the wipes, she couldn’t believe how quickly they dissolved in her sink. The wipes also come in a compostable sachet, so instead of putting the wrapper in the trash, Malin threw them in her compost bin.
The Resting Stone is the second drop in the Object Collection from Material, one of our favorite AAPI-owned businesses. It acts as a spoon rest, a place to put jewelry while you’re cooking and cleaning or a dish for small ingredients, like spices, salts, lime wedges or butter pats. The Resting Stone is sold in sets of two and it’s made from sea glass and water pebbles. It has a smooth, glossy exterior. You can purchase The Resting Stone in Glazed (blue/clear), Seaglass (green) or Cocoa (brown) colors.
Dagne Dover’s latest collection of bags and accessories are specifically made for traveling, be it by plane, train or car. The brand debuted seven new styles: the Cairo Sling Bag, Oslo Slim Laptop Bag, Berlin Travel Brief, Brooklyn Flat Top Backpack, Petra Convertible Tote, Seoul Dopp Kit (small and large) and Lagos Convertible Duffle (medium and large). Each item is made with recycled poly material and has organizing features like spacious pockets, including some with built-in tech protection. Some also come with detachable backpack straps and non-slip silicone feet, and all products are available in four colors: Onyx (black), Ash (gray), Dark Moss (olive green) and Warm Dust (pink).
Bose headphones and earbuds
Bose, makers of some of our favorite noise-canceling headphones, released multiple new models.
These new headphones replace the longtime best-selling QuietComfort 45s. Through the Bose Music app, you can make minor adjustments to noise canceling, instead of just on or off like the 45s. The new headphones also charge over USB-C instead of the dated micro-USB. I have been trying them in the office for the past few days, and find their noise canceling very strong — office chatter has nearly vanished the days I’ve worn them. The headphones have up to 24 hours of battery life and gain up to 3 hours of playtime from 15 minutes of charging.
Now Bose’s most premium set of headphones, the QuietComfort Ultra maintain the brand’s typical folding design, making them well-suited to travel. These headphones have Bose’s new Immersive Audio technology inside, allowing for a more spacious listening experience with a wider soundstage, according to the brand. The headphones have up to 24 hours of battery life and gain up to 3 hours of playtime from 15 minutes of charging.
Replacing the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, these new earbuds also offer Bose’s Immersive Audio for a more spatial listening experience, according to the brand. The new earbuds also have a new finish and new ear bands for an improved fit, says the brand.
Dreo — which makes some of our favorite fans and space heaters — recently introduced its first line of humidifiers, all of which pair with a companion app. You can control the humidifiers from your phone or via voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. They all offer multiple modes, including auto mode, which allows you to set a target humidity level so the appliance can automatically adjust its settings to maintain it. The humidifiers also come with demineralization cartridges and aroma pads, which infuse the air with a scent of your choice after you add drops of an essential oil.
The Dreo HM713S is a warm and cool mist humidifier with a six-liter capacity and a 60 hour maximum run time. The Dreo HM512S and Dreo HM311S are cool mist humidifiers. The HM512S has a five-liter capacity and 42 hour maximum run time, while the HM311S model has a four-liter capacity and 32 hour maximum run time.
Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattresses
Zinus’s two new mattresses — the Green Tea Cool Mate and Green Tea Element memory foam models — come packaged in the brand’s WonderBox, the brand’s version of a mattress-in-a-box. They’re both made from 8 inches of foam, the top layer of which is infused with green tea to keep the mattresses fresh over time, according to the brand. The Cool Mate model is also built with cooling memory foam, making it ideal for hot sleepers. You can purchase the mattresses in full, twin and queen sizes.
The Mini 4 Pro is the latest iteration of one of the best drones for beginners. It adds omnidirectional obstacle sensing, able to detect to the left and right of the drone as well as forward, backward, and downward. The drone also has a longer communication range, able to accept commands from up to 20 kilometers away. It can also now take slow motion video at up to 100 frames per second.
Tuft & Paw’s first cat travel carrier doubles as a cozy bed — you can unzip one of its sides and lay down the included faux shearling pad for your cat to snuggle up on. All four corners and the top of the carrier unzip so it folds flat when not in use, and there’s mesh around the exterior to provide ventilation and ensure cats can see out while in transit. It also has a trolley sleeve and straps to fasten it to a seat belt. The carrier supports up to 30 pounds and is airline-approved, according to the brand.
Malin recently tried Tuft & Paw’s Porto carrier after the brand sent it to her. She has yet to put it away — her cat loves sleeping in it and constantly brings toys to it. Malin says it was easy to get her cat in and out of the carrier thanks to its multiple points of entry, and she appreciates its pockets to store treats, her keys and her phone.
DOG by Dr. Lisa Coat Masque and Soothing Balm
The Coat Masque is a moisturizing treatment that’s similar to a hair mask for humans, according to the brand. It’s made with seabuckthorn oil, seaweed powder, jojoba oil and cupuacu butter. You apply it to brushed, damp fur, leave it on for five to 10 minutes and rise it off, leaving your pup’s coat silky and smooth to prevent dry, tangled fur.
The fragrance-free Soothing Balm keeps dogs’ paws, elbows, skin and noses soft, as well as heals dryness, especially in the colder weather. It contains soothing ingredients like vitamin E, shea butter, coconut oil and chamomile.
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To round up the best new launches each month, Zoe Malin and Harry Rabinowitz choose products they think Select readers should know about. They include products from brand’s Select previously covered, or brands Select staffers recommend. Malin and Rabinowitz also regularly try new product launches to share their experience with items.