THE 2023 IBBB “BEST OF THE YEAR” AWARDSAuthor: Patrick Varone Updated: January 1, 2023The most popular products of the year, chosen byyou (with a little help fromus).Our editors independently research, review, test, select and recommend our favorite products—learn more about our process. When you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.We have reviewed and recommended – literally – hundreds of products all year long. For the 2nd year in a row we’re releasing ourBest of the Year Awards where we’re highlighting and naming – you guessed it – some of the best products of the year.So how have we decided which the best ones are? Well, it’s a little more complicated than you’d think. But here’s the high-level overview. We’ve analyzed the following data from our own resources:How We Chose the Awards• Our own internal traffic data sources throughout the year (direct traffic, search traffic, social traffic/shares, etc).• Analyzed sales made from IBBB across thousands of online retailers (including Amazon).• Combined all the data (put a little magic spell on it) and narrowed it down to the best and most popular items across a variety of categories that we chose, editorially, below.One of the more important things to note is that foreach of the award winners below we have actually purchased them ourselves over the past year.None of these were provided to us by any retailer or third party. Yes, we bought them online just like you and used them just like you.If there’s a certain category you’re interested in, just click on one of the links below to jump right to it.Small Home AppliancesTech + GadgetsHome Decor + AccessoriesGrooming + BeautyHome FitnessBackyard EssentialsToys + GamesWeekend AdventuresAnd the winners are…These aren’t your mom’s kitchen appliances – but they’re still totallythe best.THE BEST PIZZA OVENThe Ooni Koda Gas Powered Pizza Oven Ooni$499View at OoniWeeasily andquickly made pizza in our backyard in just one minute, yes really. The Koda version from Ooni can make up to a 16-inch pizza and reaches up to 950-degrees in about 20 minutes. Outside of how fast the pizza cooks, we loved that once it’s gassed up and ready to go, it makes it fun and easy to make multiple pizzas for everyone, especially when you’re hosting a dinner party, birthday party or just having some friends over.THE BEST INFUSER MACHINEThe LEVO II LEVO$299View at LEVOInfuser machines have been all over the place in the past two years so we knew we had to get our hands onthe best. We checked out the LEVO II, which not only looks great on your counter (it comes in a bunch of different colors), but easily lets you infuse herbs (including marijuana) into things like butters, cookies, cakes, etc. You can eve make your own edibles like gummies too. This one alone probably got us through the last year.THE BEST BLENDERThe Ninja BL610 Blender Ninja$99.99 $79.99 (20% Off!)View at AmazonWe always went the cheap route when it came to purchasing a blender, but after all the sales of this specific Ninja BL610 we knew we had to try it for ourselves. Game changer. It makes thebest smoothies and frozen adult drinks, and also pulverizes fruits and vegetables so you don’t have to waste time cutting them up into tiny pieces just to blend them. And priced at under $100, how can you go wrong?So many tech gadgets, so little time. If there are only a few you can get…these are them!THE BEST SMART PLUGThe Amazon Smart Plug Amazon $24.99View at AmazonLooking to make your homesmart without having to spend a ton? Simply plug Amazon’s smart plug, download the app, plug your item (like your lamp, radio, coffee maker, etc) into the plug and either use your voice (via Alexa) or the app on your phone/tablet to control it. We’ve hooked upall of our lamps to these plugs and then use their “sunset” scheduling option so that your lights go on prior to sunset – without ever having to go in an change the time(s) again!THE BEST TRACKERApple AirTag Apple $94.98View at AmazonOut of all the trackers out there, this best seller from Apple, is actually the easies for us to use. Add it to your keys, toss it in your backpack, wallet, purse – you name it, and if/when you misplace it you’ll be able to easily track it down and find it.THE BEST DEVICE SANITIZERPhoneSoap 3 PhoneSoap$79.95View at PhoneSoapIn a world where germs areeverywhere people can’t get enough of the PhoneSoap UV-C phone sanitizer. It’ll get rid of 99.99% of the germs and nasty bacteria on your devices. We actually own 2 of these – one for our phone and then another one where we place our keys, license, earbuds, etc so we can get those clean too. You can even charge your phone while sanitizing too.Sometimes just a few little additions to your room(s) can really make all the difference. These are the best of the year!THE BEST WASHABLE RUGRuggable Indoor Washable Rug Ruggable$199View at RuggableIf it’s one thing you love, it’s your washable rug(s) and Ruggable is where it’s at! Yes, you can actually toss their rugs right into your washing machine so – if you’re like us – and spill wine, beer, coffee, etc or have pet stains, or just general nasty stains it’s really easy to get them out. They’ve even teamed up with some major designers and brands for some really brilliant designs. We haven’t bought their outdoor washable rugs (yet) but it’s certainly on our list.THE BEST BARSTOOLSEtta Avenue Blue Velvet Barstools Wayfair$267.99View at WayfairWe’ve sold a lot of these and picked up 4 for our kitchen island and get more compliments on them. We chose the blue velvet to give our white kitchen a nice deep pop of color. TBH, you can’t go wrong with the price (they come as a set of 2) from Wayfair and you can choose either countertop height or bar height. They can be a little tricky to put together, but once you get the hang of it you’re good to go.THE BEST THROW BLANKETAmazon Basics Faux-Fur Throw Blanket Amazon $24.99View at AmazonFirst, you can’t beat the price! It’s almost shockingly cheap. But even better, these are some of the comfiest and coziest throw blankets we’ve ever had. It’s shaggy faux-fur on one side and comfy sherpa on the other side. We use ours for both indoors and bring them outside on the patio on the cooler summer/fall nights.You can never have too many beauty and grooming essentials, but these are the best ones of the year.THE BEST FACE MASKHanacure All-in-One Facial Set Hanacure$110View at HanacureYou’ve probably seen Hanacure pics all over Instagram and, well, we swear by it. Sure it’s going to make you look crazy while it’s drying (it’s actually pretty funny), but in just 20 minutes it totally smoothes your skin, helps to reduce the look of fine lines, and gives you a fresh and healthy glow.THE BEST FACE WASHKiehl’s Facial Fuel Kiehl’s$10View at KiehlsIf you’re looking to really wake up your face, you’ll love Facial Fuel by Kiehl’s. It’s geared towards men, but works for anyone. It leaves a really cooling sensation that makes your face feel alive, awake, clean, and totally fresh.THE BEST BEARD TRIMMERConair iStubble Trimmer Conair $59.99View at AmazonWe’ve been rocking the stubble look for years now and one of our biggest sellers this year (again) is the Conair iStubble beard trimmer. You can easily choose different levels to get a closer shave, leave a certain amount of stubble and it even glides right over your face and neck. The battery-life is pretty impressive too.We’re never going to the actual gym again and apparently you aren’t either. Check out the best at-home fitness essentials of the year.THE BEST SPIN BIKENordicTrack S15i Studio Bike NordicTrack$1,599View at NordicTrackOur NordicTrack bike basically got us through the pandemicand in amazing shape for the first time in a while. You can sign up for live classes, choose from popular on-demand options, ride through beautiful parts of the world with an instructor, and so much more. A bit on the pricy sidebut it is a bit cheaper than some others. Oh, and it doesn’t take up too much spaceat all, which is important to us.THE BEST ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELLSBowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells Bowflex$399View at BowFlexThese were so tough to get online in the past year, but have been a real game-changer for our home gym. These adjustable dumbbells from Bowflex come as a set of two and start at 5 lbs and go all the way up to 52.5 lbs. Plus, they take up no room at all and are really easy to use. We’re never going back to the actual gym again.THE BEST MASSAGE GUNHyperice Hypervolt Pro Hyperice$399View at HypericeEveryone has been obsessed with massage guns over the past few years, but some of the latest from Hyperice Hypervolt have been some of the most popular and our personal fave. It hurts so good (like, in all the best ways) and has even helped us on our runs (both before and after). Whether or not you workout regularly, play sports, or just have some sore and tired muscles, the Hypervolt doesn’t disappoint.Bring the party right into your yard and make it a super livable and zen space. These are the ones that made the cut this year.THE BEST OUTDOOR PILLOWSTop Finel Canvas Outdoor Pillow Covers Top Finel$39.99 $25.99 (35% Off!)View at AmazonThese outdoor pillow covers add a nice pop of color to any backyard. Not to mention the price is more than reasonable, especially for getting 6 different designs in a set. They’re also fade and stain resistant and can be tossed right into your washing machine to freshen them up. We bought the navy blue set for the summer and have a deep orange set on standby for the fall.THE BEST OUTDOOR HEATERAmazon Basics Outdoor Propane Patio Heater Amazon $175.99View at AmazonMore and more of us are staying outside longer these days. And the cooler temps aren’t going to have us close up shop early this year. This affordable outdoor patio heater has 46,000 BTUs, which will keep you warm up to a 10-foot radius from where you position it, weighs only 38 lbs, and even has wheels so you can more easily move it around when you need to.THE BEST OUTDOOR STRING LIGHTSHampton Bay Bistro Light Set Home Depot$49.97View at Home DepotEveryone is turning their yard into a cute little bistro cafe thanks to these popular 24 light string set with LED bulbs from Home Depot. They stretch up to 48-feet, are weather resistant, and bright enough without being too bright. We purchased some additional cable wires so that all the bulbs stay straight and don’t blow around when the wind kicks up.In a world where kids are playing with their toys more than ever, it can be overwhelming. Check out the top three award winners here.THE BEST VIRTUAL TOYGot2Glow Fairy Finder WowWee $39.99View at AmazonMix a virtual game with a surprise toy and you have the Got2Glow Fairy Finder. Your kiddos have to find more than 30 virtual fairies hiding all around your house. You can even play fun little games with them too.THE BEST ANIMATRONIC TOYGalactic Snackin’ Baby Yoda Star Wars View at AmazonHe hadn’t even been officially released yet, but he’s been the top toy already pre-ordered this year. The Child has more than 40 different sounds and motions and even interacts with the four different accessories he comes with. It’s like the Mandalorian comes to live right in your own home.THE BEST RACE CARAir Hogs Zero Gravity Wall Racer Air Hogs$34.99 $29.99 (14% Off!)View at AmazonKids are loving racing this light and fast race car (using the laser) up and down the wall (don’t worry, it doesn’t leave marks), on the ceiling, the floor – you name it. Choose from blue or red (so far blue is the most popular seller).Whether you’re booking a weekend getaway or planning a little staycation, these are the only products you need to kick things up a notch.THE BEST FIRE PITSolo Stove Bonfire Solo Stove$249.99View at Solo StoveWe have one word for you: smokeless. Yes, this portable outdoor fire pit from Solo Stove is smokeless – so you don’t have to worry about it stinking up your clothes and outdoor space. Plus it only weights 20 lbs so you can move it around your yard or wherever else you need to bring it too. They have a much larger version, but we haven’t splurged on that one…yet.THE BEST COOLERYETI Hopper Soft Cooler YETI$249.99View at YETIYou know we’ve been huge fans of YETI around here (even though they are pretty pricey), but clearly y’all agree because the best seller for soft coolers is their Hopper Flip 12, which will hold up to 12 drinks with ice and it’s easy to carry it to the beach, camping, or just to that weekend getaway.THE BEST LAST MINUTE HOTELThe Hotels.com Booking/Gift Card Hotels.comChoose AmountView at Hotels.comOut of all the different travel sites out there, our readers are most obsessed with booking last minute weekend getaways from Hotels.com. We use them exclusively for our hotel stays, vacation home rentals, etc.PATRICK VARONE – Editor in Chief / Product Editor Patrick has been covering all the hottest must-have products for more than 10 years at IBBB. His main focus is toys, tech, gifting, and men’s fashion & style. He’s previously written for publishers like Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.