Perhaps your Christmas haul was missing a few choice items this year. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself in the final throes of 2020 (that in and of itself is worth a celebration, right?). Either way, we think you deserve to buy yourself a little something special right now.
That’s why we took it upon ourselves to scour though the “bestseller” lists from all of our favorite online stores and bring you this roundup of the most popular home products of the year—plus the details on where to get them.
If you’re ready to put those holiday gift cards to good use, keep scrolling, because these bestsellers deserve to make an appearance in your home.
1. Mini waffle maker
Waffle makers aren’t just the magic stuff of diners and food trucks. They’re also a hugely trending kitchen item, and one that ranked high on many wish lists this season.
“This little nugget has been a hit all year, due to its single serving-sized portions,” says Michelle Harrison-McAllister of Michelle Harrison Design.
“This waffle maker allows you to customize the ingredients for each family member, for a fun and interactive twist. With many people continuing to work from home, there’s no better way to start your day than with a hot breakfast. I’ll be taking the waffle maker into 2021 with me.”
Shop this adorable Dash DMW100WP mini waffle machine ($25) on Amazon.
2. Smart speaker
Chances are, if you don’t own one of these smart speakers yet, it’s probably been in your mental shopping cart for a while. It was one of the bestselling home products of 2020, and now might be the perfect time to get one (or a few) for your home.
“As we continue to work from home in 2021, it might be time to give your home office the upgrade it deserves. This small yet mighty device is the perfect size for your nightstand or desk,” says Harrison-McAllister. “Set up reminders throughout the day or simply add some ambiance with music.”
Get a smarter setup for your home with this Echo Dot smart speaker ($40) from Amazon.
3. Home-office chair
While working from the couch seemed like a comfy idea at first, your back probably has told you differently by now. That’s why this comfy, low-key office chair was a bestseller this year.
“This year, we all began to understand how important your desk task chair is for overall health and well-being, including backaches and arm fatigue,” says Harrison-McAllister. “As many of us continue to work from home into the new year, splurging on a desk chair will be so important for comfort.”
Upgrade your home’s ergonomics with one of these Urban Shop swivel mesh office chairs ($40) from Walmart.
4. Milk frother
We all spent more time this year in the kitchen trying to learn how to make our restaurant favorites. But if it’s quality coffee you were missing, look no farther than one of these bestselling milk frothers.
“I’m obsessed with milk frothers—they’re one of those gadgets every kitchen needs,” says Deanne Goodman, a consumer shopping expert at Unicorn Tribe.
“They’re very affordable and make your drinks taste so much better! I use them for hot chocolate, and it’s a game changer. You can froth your morning smoothies, coffee, and more.”
Bring your barista skills to new levels with this Zulay original milk frother ($20) from Amazon.
5. Electric air fryer
As you make your list of kitchen must-haves, you won’t want to miss out on this year’s best-selling electric air fryer. These handy little machines might not sound like much, but trust us when we say they’re the answer to all of your crispy cravings.
“Let’s face it, we all love fried food, but not what it does to our waistline,” says Harrison-McAllister. “Plus, the cleaning that follows preparing fried foods is exhausting. This air fryer became a lifesaver for all of those reasons, allowing us to keep eating the foods we love, while shaving off some calories and cleanup.”
Equip your kitchen with unlimited savory treats with this GoWISE electric air fryer ($190) from Wayfair.
6. Robot vacuum
We swear you might start liking your robot vacuum as much as any other member of the family (this writer has even named hers, and decorated it with googly eyes).
“We’re all so tired of cleaning, and most of us don’t have cleaning personnel to help out,” says the designer Alice Benjamin, of Alice Benjamin Interiors. “Once you have a robot vacuum, you’ll wonder why you didn’t have one before!”
Give yourself the gift of clean floors (no matter how much your dog sheds) with this bestselling Lefant robot vacuum cleaner ($160) from Amazon.
7. Linen cabinet
Forget minimalism—when it comes to toilet paper, cleaning products, or even just your favorite soap, we’re all guilty of stocking up just a little too much during this never-ending pandemic. But of course we need somewhere to put all those staples.
“Finally, we realize the need to organize every nook and cranny of the house,” says Benjamin. “A linen cabinet like this one becomes a savior to those who need a little more space and calm.”
Whether it’s too many towels, bathroom products, or all of the above and more, this favorite Jesse linen cabinet ($430) from Wayfair is sure to help.
8. Storage basket set
If all-around storage is what you need more of in your home, a set of these chic and popular storage baskets might be just the thing.
“Storage basket sets never go out of style,” says Harrison-McAllister. “They can house everything from toilet paper and towels to linens and toys. Not only are these a good investment, but they can also add sanity to your life and design aesthetic.”
Get your Timeless fabric three-piece basket set ($233) from Wayfair.
9. Patio heater
Winter promises to keep us stuffed indoors for another few months, unless of course you make like these smart shoppers, and get yourself a patio heater.
“Patio heaters are such a fun way to sit outside, whether it be during the morning with a cup of coffee, or in the evening with a glass of wine,” says Harrison-McAllister.
“These used to be such a splurge item for homes, but we realize now how beneficial they are to stay cozy outdoors,” she adds. “Being outdoors is something that will continue to be part of our lives in 2021 and will allow us to see a friend or family member in a safer environment. Plus, being with Mother Nature is always in style.”
Make your outdoor social distancing possible this winter with one of these Hampton Bay stainless-steel patio heaters ($149) from Home Depot.