The most popular products of the year, chosen by you (with a little help from us).
We have reviewed and recommended – literally – hundreds of products all year long. For the 2nd year in a row we’re releasing our Best 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:
One of the more important things to note is that for each 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.
And the winners are…
These aren’t your mom’s kitchen appliances – but they’re still totally the best.
The Ooni Koda Gas Powered Pizza Oven
We easily and quickly 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 LEVO II
Infuser machines have been all over the place in the past two years so we knew we had to get our hands on the 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 Ninja BL610 Blender
$69.99 (30% Off!)
We 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 the best 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 Amazon Smart Plug
$14.99 (40% Off!)
Looking to make your home smart 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 up all 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!
Out 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.
In a world where germs are everywhere 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!
Ruggable Indoor Washable Rug
If 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.
Etta Avenue Blue Velvet Barstools
We’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.
Amazon Basics Faux-Fur Throw Blanket
First, 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.
Hanacure All-in-One Facial Set
You’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.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel
If 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.
Conair iStubble Trimmer
We’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.
NordicTrack S15i Studio Bike
Our NordicTrack bike basically got us through the pandemic and 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 side but it is a bit cheaper than some others. Oh, and it doesn’t take up too much space at all, which is important to us.
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
These 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.
Hyperice Hypervolt Pro
Everyone 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.
Top Finel Canvas Outdoor Pillow Covers
$25.99 (35% Off!)
These 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.
Amazon Basics Outdoor Propane Patio Heater
More 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.
Hampton Bay Bistro Light Set
Everyone 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.
Got2Glow Fairy Finder
Mix 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.
Galactic Snackin’ Baby Yoda
He 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.
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Wall Racer
$29.99 (14% Off!)
Kids 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.
Solo Stove Bonfire
We 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.
YETI Hopper Soft Cooler
You 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 Hotels.com Booking/Gift Card
Out 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.