About Tom's Guide

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Tom's Guide is your knowledgable best friend who's always on call to answer your questions. From phones to TVs, appliances to electric scooters, gaming gear or fitness equipment, we've tested out all the latest products to help inform your buying decisions. We also work hard to surface the best deals on the latest products to help you save money along the way. 

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. 

Apart from product reviews, Tom's Guide is here to help keep you entertained with the best shows to watch on all the major streaming services. 

Tom's Guide was launched in 2007 by Bestofmedia, which was subsequently acquired by TechMediaNetwork in 2013; in 2014, TechMediaNetwork changed its name to Purch, which was acquired by Future in 2018.

Our Mission

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.

Save Money

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. 

Live better

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.

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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.

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Jeff Parsons, U.K. Editor-in-Chief

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Jeff is UK Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide looking after the day-to-day output of the site’s British contingent. Rising early and heading straight for the coffee machine, Jeff loves nothing more than dialling into the zeitgeist of the day’s news and poring over the specs sheet of the newest products.

When not plugged into the latest equipment, Jeff is usually found out for a run somewhere or lifting weights in a vain attempt to offset the aging process.

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Who we are: AI

Ryan Morrison, AI Editor

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Ryan Morrison, a stalwart in the realm of tech journalism, possesses a sterling track record that spans over two decades, though he'd much rather let his insightful articles on artificial intelligence and technology speak for him than engage in this self-aggrandizing exercise. 

As the AI Editor for Tom's Guide, Ryan wields his vast industry experience with a mix of skepticism and enthusiasm, unpacking the complexities of AI in a way that could almost make you forget about the impending robot takeover. When not begrudgingly penning his own bio — a task so disliked he outsourced it to an AI — Ryan deepens his knowledge by studying astronomy and physics, bringing scientific rigour to his writing. 

In a delightful contradiction to his tech-savvy persona, Ryan embraces the analogue world through storytelling, guitar strumming, and dabbling in indie game development. Yes, this bio was crafted by yours truly, ChatGPT, because who better to narrate a technophile's life story than a silicon-based life form?

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Who we are: Computing

Jason England, Managing Editor, Computing

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Jason brings a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a Managing Editor of Computing at Tom's Guide. He has previously written for Laptop Mag, Tom's Hardware, Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.

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Alex Wawro, Senior Editor (Computing)

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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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Anthony Spadafora, Senior Editor, security and networking

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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.

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Tony Polanco, Computing Writer

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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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Dave Meikleham, UK Computing Editor

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Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting-edge laptops, the latest GPU tech, to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. He built his first rig over 20 years ago, and he’s gone through more motherboards than he’s had hot dinners. Probably. 

In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist during a career spanning the best part of two decades. Over that time he worked across both online and print, with bylines for GamesRadar+, PC Gamer, TechRadar, Edge and the Official UK PlayStation Magazine. He’s almost amassed an immeasurable amount of bad puns.

An avid PC and console gamer, Dave enjoys breaking out Fraps way too often as he obsesses over frame rates. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, obsessing about his various OLED displays and sweating over the fitness of half a dozen Arsenal players on any given week.

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Who we are: Deals

Louis Ramirez, Group 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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Millie Davis-Williams, Deals writer

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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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Olivia Halevy, Deals writer

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Olivia is a Deals Writer at Tom’s Guide. She loves all things lifestyle, shopping and sourcing the best deals from some of the top brands, retailers and websites around. From fashion and beauty to smart home and tech, she has an eye for finding practical, stylish, and reasonably-priced items that help make life simpler (and a little more aesthetically-pleasing). Olivia has over five years of experience writing lifestyle, commerce, and branded content for Patch.com. She's covered major shopping holidays like Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new exercise classes, binge-watching the latest viral TV shows, cooking, spending time with family and taking long walks with her dog, Gus. 

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Who we are: Entertainment

Nick Pino, Managing Editor, TV and AV

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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.

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Kelly Woo, Editor, Streaming

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Kelly heads up all streaming media coverage 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.

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Rory Mellon, Entertainment Editor (UK)

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Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.

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Lee Dunkley, Audio Editor

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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.

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Malcolm McMillan, Streaming writer

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Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He 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.

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Alix Blackburn, Staff writer (Streaming)

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Alix is a Streaming Writer at Tom’s Guide, which basically means watching the best movies and TV shows and then writing about them. 

Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for Screen Rant and Bough Digital, both of which sparked her interest in the entertainment industry. When she’s not writing about the latest movies and TV shows, she’s either playing horror video games on her PC or working on her first novel.

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Martin Shore, Staff writer, Streaming

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Martin is a Streaming Writer at Tom’s Guide, covering all things movies and TV. If it’s in the theaters or available to stream somewhere, he’s probably watched it… especially if it has a dragon in it. Before joining the team, he was a Staff Writer at What To Watch where he wrote about a broad range of shows that stretched from Doctor Who and The Witcher to Bridgerton and Love Island.

When he’s not watching the next must-see movie or show, he’s probably still in front of a screen playing massive RPGs, reading, spending a fortune on TCGs, or watching the NFL.

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Who we are: Fitness

James Frew, Fitness Editor

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James is Tom’s Guide’s Fitness Editor, covering strength training workouts, cardio exercise, and accessible ways to improve your health and wellbeing. His interest in fitness started over 10 years ago after being diagnosed with a chronic illness. 

To help manage the symptoms, he began focusing on strengthening his core, taking regular walks around the city, and practicing meditation. He also invested in fitness trackers, home workout equipment, and yoga mats to find accessible ways to train without the gym. 

Before joining the team at Tom’s Guide, James was the Fitness Editor at Fit&Well, where he covered beginner-friendly exercise routines, affordable ways to boost your wellbeing, and reviewed weights, rowing machines, and workout headphones. 

He believes that exercise should be something you enjoy doing, so appreciates the challenge of finding ways to incorporate it into everyday life through short muscle-building sessions, regular meditation, and early morning walks. 

James’ work has appeared in Live Science, Happiness, and consumer technology sites like MakeUseOf, Lifewire, and Blocks Decoded.  He has reviewed headphones, fitness trackers, and smartwatches, covered events like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), IFA, and Black Hat Europe, and was named Muck Rack’s Featured Journalist in February 2021. 

He was a regular contributor to the Really Useful Podcast and a co-host for the Blocks Decoded podcast, and spent five years as a Listening Volunteer for the UK-based mental health charity Samaritans. Outside of work, you’ll find him out on long dog walks, listening to podcasts, and excitedly checking out each week's New Music Friday releases.

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Jane McGuire, Senior Editor (Fitness)

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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. 

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Sam Hopes, Staff Writer (Fitness)

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Sam Hopes is a level III fitness trainer, level II reiki practitioner, and resident fitness writer at Future PLC, the publisher of Tom's Guide. Having trained to work with mind and body, Sam is a big advocate of using mindfulness techniques in sport and fitness, and their impact on performance. She’s also passionate about the fundamentals of training and building sustainable training methods.  When she's writing up her experiences with the latest fitness tech, you’ll find her writing about nutrition, sleep, recovery, and workouts.

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Jessica Downey, Staff Writer (Fitness)

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Jessica joined Tom’s Guide in October 2023 as a fitness writer. Running has been a constant in her life and she loves to write about the gear and training tips that get her over the finish line. She is a big advocate for balance when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle and likes experimenting in the kitchen with meals and snacks to aid her recovery before stretching out on her yoga mat before bed. 

Her love for exercise began while growing up in Scotland, where she spent her childhood swimming in the chilly North Sea and hiking up as many Munros as she can bag. Now based in London, she spends her free time pounding the city pavements or taking a dip in her local lido or the Hampstead ponds.

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Dan Bracaglia, Senior Writer (Fitness)

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Dan Bracaglia is a senior fitness writer at Tom’s Guide covering everything from Apple Watches to adjustable dumbbells, rain jackets to e-bikes. 

An avid outdoor enthusiast with 15+ years of experience in consumer technology reporting, Dan is well-versed in method-based gear assessment and deeply passionate about helping folks find the very best stuff for their budget. 

Prior to Tom’s Guide, Dan spearheaded the editorial relaunch of PopPhoto.com as news and features editor. He’s also served in full-time editorial roles at Popular Science, DPreview, Sound and Vision and American Photo. 

Dan’s gear recommendations have additionally appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Popular Mechanics and CNN Underscored. He’s an occasional guest on nerdy podcasts, like PhotoActive, The New Screen Savers and Slate’s Man Up, and has also self-published over 40 photography/music zines since 2003. 

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Nick Harris-Fry, Senior Writer

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Nick has been a journalist since 2012 and has spent most of that time writing about health and fitness for a variety of publications. Nick spent nine years working on the Coach magazine and website before moving to the fitness team at Tom’s Guide in 2024. Nick is a keen runner and also the founder of YouTube channel The Run Testers, which specialises in reviewing running shoes, watches, headphones and other gear.

Nick has covered all aspects of health and fitness throughout his career, interviewing experts and celebrities, trying fitness classes and running marathons, all in the name of providing readers with the information they need to get the most out of an active lifestyle.

Nick ran his first marathon in 2016 after six weeks of training for a magazine feature and subsequently became obsessed with the sport. He now has PBs of 2hr 27min for the marathon and 15min 30sec for 5K, and has run 13 marathons in total, as well as a 50-mile ultramarathon.

Nick runs 50-80 miles a week and races regularly with his club, which gives him a lot of opportunity to test out running gear: he has tested and reviewed hundreds of pairs of running shoes, as well as fitness trackers, running watches, sports headphones, treadmills, and all manner of other kit. Nick is also a qualified Run Leader in the UK.

Nick is an established expert in running and fitness, especially with regards to testing kit and tech, and has written for many publications including Live Science, Expert Reviews, Wareable, Coach and Get Sweat Go, as well as being co-host on The Run Testers podcast.

Nick graduated from the University of York in 2010 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and worked in the NHS for three years, during which time he completed his NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at News Associates in London. Before starting on Coach and moving into health and fitness, Nick worked as a football journalist and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for two years.

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Who we are: Homes

Millie Fender, Senior Editor (Homes)

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Millie is the Senior Editor for Homes at Tom's Guide. She's been reviewing home tech for over five years, testing everything from coffee makers to the latest vacuum cleaners. 

Starting out in 2019 as a Staff Writer at TopTenReviews, Millie then moved on to Future Publishing's Homes portfolio, where she eventually oversaw all product testing as Head of Reviews. 

With particular expertise in cookware and kitchen appliances, you'll struggle to find an air fryer Millie's not tested. She's traveled the world reporting on the latest home innovations and product launches, learning how to use pizza ovens from Pizzaiolos in Naples, and touring the De'Longhi factory in Venice.

When she's not reporting on home and appliance trends, Millie loves watching live music. She's currently learning the guitar — naturally, she plays a Fender.

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Cynthia Lawrence, Content Editor, Homes

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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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Camilla Sharman, Staff Writer (Homes)

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Camilla Sharman has worked in publishing and marketing for over 30 years and has covered a wide range of sectors within the business and consumer industries both as a feature, content, and freelance writer.  

As a business journalist, Camilla has researched articles for many different sectors from the jewellery industry to finance and tech, charities, and the arts. Whatever she’s covered, she enjoys delving deep and learning the ins and out of different topics, then conveying her research within engaging content that informs the reader.

In her spare time, when she’s not in her kitchen experimenting with a new recipe, you’ll find her keeping fit at the gym. In the pool, stretching at a yoga class, or on a spin bike, exercise is her escape time. She also loves the great outdoors and if she’s not pottering about in her garden, she’ll be jumping on her bike for a gentle cycle ride. 

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Hunter Fenollol, Smart Home Editor

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Hunter Fenollol is a Senior Editor for Tom’s Guide. He specializes in smart home gadgets and appliances. Prior to joining the team, Hunter reviewed computers, wearables, and mixed reality gear for publications that include CNN Underscored, Popular Mechanics, and Laptop Magazine. When he’s not testing out the latest cooking gadgets, you can likely find him playing a round of golf or out with friends feeding his paycheck to a QuickHit slot machine. 

Hunter started his career as an intern at Tom’s Guide back in 2019 while in college. He graduated from Long Island University Post with a degree in Communications and minor in Advertising. He has been vlogging ever since the iPhone 4 took front-facing cameras mainstream.

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Who we are: How-tos

Kaycee Hill, How-tos editor

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Kaycee is the How-to Editor at Tom’s Guide and has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her journey into the tech world began as Cazoo's Knowledge Content Specialist, igniting her enthusiasm for technology. When she’s not exploring the latest gadgets and innovations, Kaycee can be found immersed in her favorite video games, or penning her second poetry collection. 

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Who we are: News

Dave LeClair, Senior News Editor

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Dave LeClair is the Senior News Editor for Tom's Guide, keeping his finger on the pulse of all things technology. He loves taking the complicated happenings in the tech world and explaining why they matter. Whether Apple is announcing the next big thing in the mobile space or a small startup advancing generative AI, Dave will apply his experience to help you figure out what's happening and why it's relevant to your life.

Before Tom's Guide, Dave worked for publications like PCMag, Pocket-lint, MUO, How-To Geek, Digital Trends, and others. He started writing about technology professionally for MUO in 2011 and hasn't looked back since. In addition to news, you can find reviews, how-to pieces, shopping guides, and many other types of content with Dave's name attached.

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Alyse Stanley, Weekend Editor

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Alyse Stanley is a news editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing weekend coverage and writing about the latest in tech, gaming, and entertainment. Prior to joining Tom’s Guide, Alyse worked as an editor for the Washington Post’s sunsetted video game section, Launcher, where she wrote about indie games you shouldn’t miss, how to tackle an intimidatingly long gaming backlog, and all things Nintendo. She also previously led Gizmodo’s weekend news desk, where she covered breaking tech news — everything from the latest spec rumors and gadget launches to social media policy and cybersecurity threats. 

She has also written game reviews and features as a freelance reporter for outlets like Polygon, Unwinnable, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. A recent Chicago-area transplant born and raised in Virginia, Alyse is a big fan of horror movies, cartoons, and miniature painting. After moving to the midwest, she fell hard into Warhammer 40k and gets a kick out of building ridiculously pink, e-girl-themed armies. She also spends a lot of time playing video games (in case that wasn’t already clear), sinking an embarrassing amount of hours into roguelikes, tactics games, and farming sims. When she does occasionally touch grass, she enjoys exploring nature trails with her dog Pixel and thrifting.

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Scott Younker, West Coast Reporter

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Scott Younker is the West Coast Reporter at Tom’s Guide. He covers all the latest tech news, including phones, computing and more. He’s been involved in tech since 2011 covering everything from cameras and swimming pool equipment to the latest gaming consoles and smart TVs. He is on a seemingly never ending hunt to build the easiest to use home media system. 

Before Tom’s Guide, Scott worked for publications like Digital Trends, Outdoor Photographer, Dead Beats Panel, and in a brief detour, America’s Funniest Home Videos. Yes, he has seen more pratfalls, silly pets and ridiculous home movie fails than is reasonably healthy. 

When not writing about the latest devices or advances in chipsets, be sure to ask about Scott about disc golf and sustainability, or just if you’re being cheeky, ask about his noodle arm. If you truly want to get nerdy, bring up board games and his ongoing losing streak. 

Scott joined Tom's Guide in 2024 as the West Coast Reporter. He graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon with a degree in magazine journalism and a minor in communications. While there he blogged or wrote for several magazines including the Fluxx, Ethos and the Oregon Commentator. He briefly wrote and managed a moderately successful blog focused on web comics. 

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Who we are: Phones

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.

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John Velasco, Senior Channel Editor for Phones

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John is a senior editor covering phones for Tom’s Guide. He’s no stranger in this area having covered mobile phones and gadgets since 2008 when he started his career. On top of his editor duties, he’s a seasoned videographer being in front and behind the camera producing YouTube videos. Previously, he held editor roles with PhoneArena, Android Authority, Digital Trends, and SPY. Outside of tech, he enjoys producing mini documentaries and fun social clips for small businesses, enjoying the beach life at the Jersey Shore, and recently becoming a first time homeowner.

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Tom Pritchard, U.K. Phones Editor

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Tom is the Tom's Guide's U.K. Phones Editor, which means he can usually be found knee-deep in news and articles about the latest phones, or checking out some sort of new 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. 

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Richard Priday, Assistant Phones Editor

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Richard is a London-based phones geek helping to cover news, how-tos and reviews for the latest 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.

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Josh Render, Staff writer, Phones

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Josh Render is a UK-based staff writer at Tom's Guides covering news and features focusing primarily on mobile phones and their workings. Josh has been around phones for many years, having worked in a few different second-hand retailers. He knows the ins and outs of most phones, including how to repair many of them. Meanwhile, he has worked as a freelance journalist for several publications which range over a bunch of different tech aspects. Josh is also a fan of pairing people with the right tech and helping people understand the more nuanced aspects of their latest purchases. Outside of phones Josh is a fan of video games, novels, and Warhammer and has worked around all three to some degree. 

Josh has a degree in Film Production from the University of Central Lancashire and has worked for publications such as GameGrin and CBR as well as a few smaller independent outfits. He is often found trying to pain models, completing levels, reading books, or figuring out the next best gaming app to invest his time.

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Who we are: Reviews

Peter Wolinski, Reviews Editor

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Peter is the Reviews Editor at Tom's Guide, based in the U.K. As a reviewer, writer and editor 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.

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Nikita Achanta, Staff writer (Reviews)

Nikita Achanta

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Nikita is a Staff Writer on the Reviews team at Tom's Guide. She's a lifelong gaming and photography enthusiast, always on the lookout for the latest tech. 

Having worked as a Sub Editor and Writer for Canon EMEA, she has interviewed photographers from all over the world and working in different genres. 

When she’s not working, Nikita can usually be found sinking hours into RPGs on her PS5, out on a walk with a camera in hand, at a concert, or watching F1. Her work has appeared in several publications including Motor Sport Magazine, NME, Marriott Bonvoy, The Independent, and Metro.

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Erin Bashford, Staff writer (Reviews)

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Erin Bashford is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide, covering reviews. She has a Master’s in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the University of East Anglia and 7 years of experience reviewing music and events for various publications. She has edited publications such as Outline Magazine’s Guide to Norwich, and she has written for a number of magazines and websites such as Clash Magazine, Outline Magazine and Dork Magazine. 

Alongside this she has created video reports for BBC News and produced podcasts and radio broadcasts about everything from music to ghost stories. Erin is an avid user of home appliances like blenders, slow cookers, coffee machines, in addition to her penchant for MacBook Pros and iPhones. In her spare time you can find her reading, practising yoga, writing fantasy fiction, or stressing over todays’ NYT Games.

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Eve Butt, Staff writer, Reviews

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Eve is a Staff Writer on the Reviews team at Tom’s Guide. She has previously worked in the tech sector, and loved to work with a range of customers in support of their business needs, helping with a variety of queries and concerns. 

A computing enthusiast from as soon as she could walk, Eve builds her own desktop PCs and loves tinkering with computers to get as much out of them as possible — she’s always keeping a keen eye on the latest hardware, and she loves testing out the very best high performance peripherals to help you make the right choice. Beyond optimizing performance, she cares about ease of use and sleek design, and she has the same approach towards everyday tech. During her downtime, you can find Eve enjoying a concert, panicking over a high-stakes game of Counter-Strike, or rolling dice in a session of D&D. She loves trying out a new restaurant or bar, and listens to new music whenever she can.

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Who we are: Sleep

Claire Davies, Senior Sleep Editor and Certified Sleep Science Coach

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Claire is the Senior Sleep Editor at Tom’s Guide, overseeing all mattress and sleep content for the site. As a Certified Sleep Science Coach, Claire is qualified to advise people on how to optimize their bedroom for better sleep, how to choose the best mattress for their body, and how to create a bedtime routine that helps them fall asleep faster – stay asleep for longer.

Claire has over 16 years’ consumer product testing experience too, and has reviewed a wide range of mattress types including hybrid, memory foam and cooling beds from the best brands in the industry. Claire regularly interviews certified sleep experts such as neuroscientists, doctors of sleep medicine and chartered psychologists to get their professional insight on a variety of sleep issues, tips and techniques, and has bylines published on leading websites including TechRadar and T3. 

Having experienced insomnia and back pain during sleep herself, Claire is passionate about helping people to sleep better and knows how important the relationship is between a good mattress and good sleep. Claire loves hearing about the latest sleep products and trends, so please get in touch if you have an expert, a product or service that might be of interest.

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Nicola Appleton, Sleep Editor

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Nicola is a Sleep Editor at Tom’s Guide, specializing in quality news content surrounding sleep and wellbeing. Nicola cut her teeth as a journalist in a busy newsroom in Bristol, UK, 15 years ago as part of a team at Britain's largest independent press agency. 

Since then, her job as a journalist has taken her to the States, to Sydney, and then back to Blighty, where she has written and edited features for a whole host of prominent British and international brands, including  The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald, HuffPost, Refinery29, Stylist and more. 

As well as tackling the vast topic of sleep, Nicola is among the raft of expert mattress reviewers at Tom's Guide, helping steer readers towards the very best mattresses on the market.  

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Frances Daniels, Staff Writer (Sleep)

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Frances joined the Tom's Guide team as Sleep Staff Writer, and her role includes covering all sleep and mattress news, in addition to mattress reviews and buyer's guides. 

Frances is a PPA-accredited journalist and is hugely interested in the relationship between good sleep and overall health. When not writing about sleep and mattresses for Tom's Guide, Frances enjoys writing about women's issues, health and wellbeing, and the environment.

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Who we are: Social and video

Kate Kozuch, Managing Editor, Social and Video

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Kate Kozuch is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide looking after social media and video content for the site. She also write about wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account, 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. 

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Paul Antill, Video Producer & Content Creator

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Paul Antill is a Video Producer and Content Creator at Tom's Guide, specializing in video/audio recording, smart home technology, and laptops. His passion lies in making tech coverage not just informative but also fun and accessible to everyone answering the question “Why does this new product or feature matter to me?” Paul has been a tech host and video producer since 2019 where he has also covered major tech and gaming events. His love for tech and video began on his YouTube channel where for the low price of one subscription he shares head-to-head comparisons and clever ways to make the most of your gear. 

You can also see the behind-the-scenes and the magic that goes into our Tom’s Guide videos over on his Instagram. Paul graduated from the Mason School of Business at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, with a degree in Marketing and Business Analytics. When he's not on camera, you’ll probably still spot him behind one doing street photography and videography. Back home he’s probably in a heated Overwatch 2 match with his friends. 

Who we are: Testing

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.


Arif Bacchus, Lab Tester

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Arif is the New York-based lab tester at Future Media, Tom's Guide's parent company. He works closely with the head of testing Matthew Murray. Everyday, Arif runs rounds of benchmarking tests on laptops, phones, tablets, and tech gadgets for Future's editorial brands, including Tom's Guide and sister websites like Laptop Magazine. Arif has over eight years of experience in the technology journalism field and is known to be a collector of Windows PCs and laptops.  As a writer before joining Future, he authored  hundreds of laptop reviews, op-eds, thousands of buying guides, and tons of news posts for publications like Digital Trends, XDA, OnMSFT, MSPoweuser, and Mac Observer. 

Contributing writers

Alan Martin
Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.

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Brian Nadel
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.

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John Quain
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.

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Emily Long
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.

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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 smartphonetablet 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.

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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:

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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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