Reliable surge protectors—and why you may want one

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Defend your appliances against a power surge.Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum via Unsplash

You don't need to live in a world wherein every corner of every room is home to a tangle of wires connected to who knows what. Put some thought into the way you distribute power throughout your home or workspace, and start with picking the right surge protectors. Some of the power strips currently on the market are sleekly designed with USB chargers, smart capabilities, and other features to match your specific needs. If you want something more understated, there are some sturdy minimalist options out there as well. Protect your electronics from voltage spikes and keep your cords tidy without abandoning your aesthetics. Here are some of our favorite surge protectors on the market to help you with your search.

APC Surge Protector Power Strip
Cool design with high functionality.Amazon

This power strip has 11 outlets and a six-foot power cord, so it can live fairly far from the wall. Four of the outlets are designed for bigger plugs, and the other four are great for smaller, two-prong plugs. The addition of two USB ports means you can plug up to 10 devices into this beautifully designed surge protector. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and insurance on equipment connected to it during a power surge.

Bestek Surge Protector, Wireless Charger, and USB Charging Dock Station
This is one is ideal for people with less room.Amazon

This little power cube has eight AC outlets, six USB ports, and a six-foot power cord. Most notably, it has a wireless charging port on top for any Qi-compatible devices. The AC outlets offer 1,500-joule protection. This would be especially great for a small bedroom or dorm room.

Belkin Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector
Best option for an entertainment center.Amazon

This heavy-duty power strip is especially convenient because it has 12 AC outlets, eight of which rotate to help avoid tangling. It also has an eight-foot cord that can snake along a wall to its optimal spot in the room. A lifetime warranty and insurance for connected appliances make it an extra safe purchase.

Anker USB C Surge Protector Power Strip
Unsung hero.Amazon

This strip has no real frills besides for its three USB charging ports, but it has 6 AC outlets and a 1,280-joule protection. It also has a 6.6-foot power cord with rubber coating for extra safety. This option may be best at blending in while getting the job done.