Most popular tech products in Canada – National Post

From air fryers to printers and sleep-tracking technology
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It’s always interesting to see what tech items are popular across the country. That way we can see where we fall on the technology adoption lifestyle (innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority or laggards); a model originally established by the North Central Rural Sociology Committee by agricultural researchers Beal and Bohlen in 1957 . Socially aside, we also like to see what’s new and cool.
Best Buy has done a deep dive into what is trending with a year-in-review detailing tech trends based on its inventory — a good indicator of what defined us in 2021. It found people were loving everything from drones to Lego to things that help with the pursuit of banishing pet hair.
Canada Post’s predictions for trends that could define the past year really drilled down into what many Canadian shoppers looked for. And by all non-scientific accounts, we feel pretty confident in saying we seem to want more of the same as we approach 2022.
So much unfolded in the past year. But a significant shift saw many working from home and COVID-19 colouring so much of our lives it had a lot of influence on what many purchased. 
“The initial pandemic hit in March 2020 and marked a technology buying frenzy for Canadians,” says Allan Kambeitz, Category Officer|Computing and Digital Imaging with Best Buy. “From monitors to printers and extra food storage units, Canadians were stocking up on home tech necessities to help make their lives smarter and more comfortable while they spend more time at home than ever before. What may have seemed like a trend of the pandemic has become the norm as people have continued to permanently work and educate from the home – thus maintaining a higher demand for essential tech.”
Earlier this year, (a bit self-serving, perhaps,) we looked at setting up some basics in a how-to on smart homes for dummies .
Buying patterns evolved as the pandemic persisted. The year-in-review findings from Best Buy put some solid numbers behind the trends with a snapshot of sales in certain growth categories.  The fitness category, for instance, showed explosive growth.  
Fitbit’s jewelry-inspired tracker  
Where to buy: MEC ($53.95) | Amazon ($50.68) 
Allbirds shoes (unisex) 
Where to buy: Allbirds
Lululemon Align leggings ($98 to $128) 
Where to buy: lululemon
On our wish list for 2022
Stamina Aeropilates Reformer 
Where to buy: Best Buy ($699.98) | Amazon ($799.99)
Currently under review in our ‘We tried it’ category
Fitbit Charge 5
Where to buy: Amazon ($169.99) Best Buy ($169.99)
Anything in this gift guide for fitness fanatics  
A return to printing with a 60 per cent hike in sales of super tank printers (the ones without ink cartridges.) 
Epson EcoTank ET-2760 wireless all-in-one, supertank inkjet printer ($379.99) 
Where to buy: Best Buy
Drones up by more than 25 per cent. ;
Holy Stone mini drone, for kids and beginners. ($64.99)
Where to buy: Amazon
PC gaming desktop and laptops up by more than 50 per cent and gaming monitors rose by more than 30 per cent.
Some of our favourites include;
Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop 
Where to buy: Amazon ($879.99) | Best Buy ($899.99)
Arcade retro gaming on the upswing with nearly 500 per cent growth.
Demand for sleep technology spiked by more than 100 per cent and triple growth in the area of sleep buds followed by popularity of sleep noise machines.
Bose noise-masking, wireless sleepbuds. These babies play content from the Bose Sleep app including nature sounds, tranquil tones and white noise. And they are clinically proven to help you fall asleep more quickly. ($329.99)
Where to buy: Best Buy
Check out our review of the year’s best wireless earphones here .
The Best Buy figures also show this year saw massive growth in demand for air fryers and toaster ovens, a 160 per cent jump in products that pick up fur and other pet messes and a doubling in sales of electric bikes and scooters.
Whether it’s an upgrade to the home computer, a smart device on the homefront or simply harnessing technology to compliment day-to-day life — it looks like tech will continue to support our fitness, wellness and entertainment interests.
According to a Statista Global survey, some of the top items Canadians say they plan to buy in the next 12 months include smartphones (28 per cent) — check out our review of Google’s Pixel 6 Pro —  PC/laptops (26 per cent), household appliances (16 per cent) and TV/home audio (14 per cent.)
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