Should You Cut the Cord or Keep Your Cable TV?

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If you’re thinking of ditching cable in favor of online content, there’s a treasure trove of originality waiting to be discovered on YouTube. With just about every genre imaginable available on Google’s video-sharing site, everyone should be able to find something worth watching. However, with all that content out there, it can be overwhelming. Especially for newcomers.

If you’re on the lookout for channels which update on a regular basis, this list is aimed at you. For this article we have put together a list of 20+ YouTubers that produce interesting and engaging content across a variety of categories. And all of them are eminently watchable.

Comedy

Where better to start than channels guaranteed to make you laugh?

My Drunk Kitchen started out exactly as the name indicates: with Hannah Hart, drunk in the kitchen, cooking. If you’re expecting serious cooking tips, you’ve come to the wrong place. And are probably not paying attention. She is, after all, drunk.

This channel has since evolved to feature fewer drunk cooking experiments, but there’s just as much comedy involved. For a classic My Drunk Kitchen experience, check out this video:

That’s Inappropriate is a one-woman show with videos featuring the mom in the family: Meredith. A mom to three kids, her videos will probably hit home with all the mothers watching YouTube. One of her greatest videos is undoubtedly a one-sided dialog with her husband who happens to be suffering from man flu.

Technology

Unbox Therapy makes unboxing videos look like an artform. Which is why this channel has amassed over 7 million subscribers. Unbox Therapy’s Lewis Hilsenteger has unboxed just about everything, from mainstream gadgets to obscure novelties. As someone who sees a lot of tech gadgets (and other products), he also recommends his favorites.

Chris Pirillo is another popular YouTuber. As he points out in the first video you’ll see on his channel, his vlog is about more than just technology, but he’s definitely someone who knows about geeky subject matters. You can expect videos on Star Wars, some gadget reviews, and lots of cameos by his adorable daughter.

Cooking

Food Wishes is hands down one of the best cooking channels out there. You won’t see Chef John onscreen much, but he walks you through great recipes as the camera focuses on what matters: the food. His recipes are easy to follow and often turn out as good he says they will. And his sense of humor helps keep the entertainment levels high.

A great place to start is with his chicken wings recipe, which is as good as he says it is.

Sorted Food posts at least two videos a week, and they’re filled with recipes, conversations, and a fridge cam. This channel features regular guests, dancing, recipes, battles, and more.

When it comes to the bread and butter of any cooking channel — the recipes — you’ll get to see each chef prepare and cook their meals, along with ingredient amounts and instructions in the video description. Some of the videos can get super goofy, but the food looks great.

Mangchii is a pretty niche cooking channel filled with Korean recipes. Named for the host, the channel is filled with authentic Korean recipes, and are delivered by the super-personable and sweet Mangchii.

You’ll get to learn quite a bit about Korean culture, but since Mangchii is based in the U.S. rather than Korea, you should be able to find the ingredients she uses at any decent international or Asian market.

Between Chapters features book reviews, hauls, genre recommendations and more. Trina rates the books she reads on a scale of 1–5, gives a little rundown on what the book is about, and shares a pretty detailed opinion. She also warns if there are any spoilers in her reviews.

You can find reviews and recommendations on science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, thrillers, and much more. Her monthly wrap-ups are a great place to start, but they will probably make you feel like you’re not trying hard enough when you realize she’s reading around 5–10 books every month.

Books

Books Beauty Ameriie is a channel that contains more than just book reviews. You’ll also find fashion and makeup reviews, but books really do make up the bulk of the channel. Ameriie offers up book recommendations, book hauls, and Top 10 lists. She also has episodes chatting about other book-related topics such as, are written books better than their audiobook counterparts?

Photography

Photography Concentrate is a channel created by a husband and wife duo Robert and Lauren. Their videos are pretty Fuji heavy, with a particular focus on Fuji’s line of instant cameras. They’ve also created a short documentary about using instant film which you can watch below.

Lauren is great at breaking down the various features of Fuji’s camera, and the channel also has some great tips on photo editing, using memory cards, and even the right way to put on a camera strap.

Thomas Heaton is a landscape photographer who does a great job of walking viewers through the process of taking great photos. He takes you along on his travels, shows you how he sets up his camera for shots, and reveals what’s inside his camera bag. The result is a channel full of personable tutorials.

Art

Minnie Small just recently completed a 30-day video series on how to fill a sketchbook. Those videos are full of tips and ideas, as you watch her drawing in realtime. The channel also includes drawing time-lapses with a narrative explaining what she’s doing, sketchbook flip throughs, Q&As, and more. She uses everything from watercolor and gouache to ink and acrylic.

Alphonso Dunn maintains a vlog that’s perfect for those looking to learn how to draw or how to improve their drawing skills. His tutorial videos can be extremely long — ranging from 20 minutes to 45 minutes — but they are crammed with easy-to-follow tips, on-screen examples, and even some art theory thrown in for good measure.

Alphonso uses some of his videos to promote his book, but given the amount of free content he’s offering in his YouTube channel, this isn’t a dealbreaker.

Frannerd, a Chilean illustrator living in the UK, is a great vlogger to follow to see into the life of a professional illustrator. While she does share speed-painting videos and tips on art products, she also shares some great insights into the difficulties of being a freelance illustrator, how to stay motivated, how to handle copycats, and more.

Her videos are honest, funny, and she isn’t afraid to make fun of herself.

Journaling

Boho Berry is a go-to for anyone interested in bullet journaling. With weekly (and at times daily) entries, Boho Berry’s vlog is full of Bullet Journal tips, spread ideas, suggested supplies, and much more. If you’re new to the Bullet Journal and want to know where to start and why this system might make you more productive, Boho Berry is one of the best resources out there.

Animals

Vet Ranch is a great YouTube channel for pet lovers, with viewers given a behind-the-scenes look at rescue operations for abandoned pets. With around two videos uploaded per week, this non-profit depends on donations from viewers and that money goes towards operations to save homeless dogs and cats from kill shelters.

Some of the videos can be a little gruesome with a view right into the operating room, but these videos always come with a warning. While the channel isn’t always for the faint of heart, seeing the recovery of dogs and cats who looked like they couldn’t possibly survive is always a heartwarming experience.

Fashion

Dina Tokio is a half-Egyptian half-British YouTuber who vlogs about makeup, clothes, as well as sharing some of her personal struggles with bulimia. She has also posted some great travel vlogs with family and friends, and even some Amazon unboxing videos.

Dina is funny, relatable, and her videos, which often include her hilarious husband Sid, would make a great addition to your watchlist.

Travel

Hey Nadine is a great channel if you’re looking to feed and inspire your wanderlust. It’s hard not to be envious of the titular Nadine’s lifestyle, with videos of her travelling to Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond.

In addition to offering insight into what to do and where to go in the countries she visits, she also offers up general travel tips. If you’re looking to start a new profession she even has a video on how to be a YouTube travel vlogger.

 

 

 

 

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