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Honest John Awards reveal most popular products

Mio Drive 50LM

In the automotive world where cutting-edge, state-of-the-art tech is constantly making the headlines, the most popular car-related product among readers of HonestJohn.co.uk was something of a surprise.

The Iceplane, a windscreen ice scraper with a twin-blade design, was the HonestJohn.co.uk readers’ favourite and recognised at the automotive website’s inaugural Product Awards ceremony in London.

John Slavin, Reviews Editor for HonestJohn.co.uk, said: “Cheap to buy and easy to use, the Iceplane has proven to be hit with our readers, with its twin-blade design allowing you to clear a frozen windscreen in a matter of seconds. We rated it highly when we tested it in the winter – and consequently it’s proven popular with our readers, many of whom made the decision to buy one. For just over a fiver, you can’t really go wrong, can you?”

This is the first time that HonestJohn.co.uk has held awards for automotive-related products – a move prompted by the sheer number of queries that come from the site’s two million monthly readers about the best services, widgets and gadgets for their vehicles. All of the items reviewed were assessed and scored independently, and verdicts were delivered on merit.

Another major category was the Innovation Award, won by Tile – a nifty piece of tech designed to make life easier for those unfortunates who have the habit of losing stuff.

The Tile, which also received the Best Gift Idea Award, is primarily aimed at motorists who regularly misplace their keys, but it can be attached to anything from wallets to remote controls and can then be called from a smartphone, via Bluetooth – then they’ll ring so they can be located if in range. Even if an item is out of range and lost somewhere miles away, it can still turn up: if another Tile user passes nearby, the device will be plotted on a map by GPS, enabling the owner to seek it out.

The only wheeled beneficiary at the awards ceremony was the Honda Forza 125, which was up against the Honda X-ADV, Vespa Primavera, Suzuki Burgman 200 and Yamaha N-MAX in the Best Scooter category.

“We’ve picked the Forza as our favourite scooter because it’s far more than just a bike for learners – it’s a superb commuting tool,” said HonestJohn.co.uk Managing Editor, Dan Powell. “It has a decent turn of pace, it’s quiet, it’s comfortable and it’s capable of more than 100mpg. It might not be the cheapest scooter on sale, but it’s easy to see where that extra money goes because build quality is excellent. If you need to get around town, you’ll struggle to find a better way.”

The full list of award winners is as follows, and can be viewed here:

Product of the Year: Satellite Navigation

Product: Mio Drive 50LM

Product of the Year: Dash Camera
Product: Nextbase 412GW

Product of the Year: Tyres
Product: Michelin CrossClimate

Product of the Year: Interior Car Care
Product: Dyson V6 Car and Boat

Product of the Year: Interior Car Care
Product: AutoGlym Clean Wheels

Product of the Year: In-Car Convenience Gadget
Anker PowerDrive QuickCharge 3.0

Product of the Year: Smartphone App
Product: Waze

Product of the Year: In-car Audio Gadget
Product: Anker SoundSync

Product of the Year: Child Seat
Product: Joie Spin 360

Product of the Year: Home Car Maintenance Product
Product: CTEK CT5 Time to Go

Product of the Year: Car Experience Day
Product: Admiral Young Driver

Product of the Year: Gift Idea
Product: Tile

Product of the Year: Best Scooter
Product: Honda Forza 125

Product of the Year: Innovation Award
Product: Tile

Product of the Year: Most Popular with Readers
Product: Iceplane