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It’s been quite a year, but one common thread has tied us all together: the shared anticipation of a new package arriving on our doorsteps. Online shopping has been our lifeline during lockdown, and FedEx and UPS drivers have become our new best buds.
So what have you, our loyal Yahoo readers, actually been buying all year? We finally have an answer to that burning question.
The people have spoken, and these are your 15 favorite, best-selling items of 2020 in no particular order. Shop them again. Shop them for the first time. Snap them up as belated holiday gifts for anyone you missed. The kicker: a lot of them are on sale as we speak.
One thing is crystal clear: Yahoo readers love a comfy pair of shoes that look cute, too. We’ve featured so many all-day walking shoes over the course of the year, but this sharp pair by Slow Man was the number-one best-seller.
And it’s no wonder: these air-cushioned kicks have more than 56,000 Amazon reviews, many from nurses, teachers and others who spend a ton of time on their feet — one healthcare worker said these shoes are “like walking on bubble bouncing cushions.” With a nearly two-inch platform, a breathable and flexible knit upper that feels like a sock, and non-slip soles, they’re almost heaven-sent.
Shop it: Slow Man Walking Shoes for Women, starting at $30.50 (was $34), amazon.com
No surprise here: these FDA-approved KN95 masks were a top-seller among Yahoo readers. While N95 masks are indisputably the best line of defense against harmful, potentially virus-carrying droplets, they should be reserved for medical professionals working the frontlines. For the rest of us, the FDA-approved KN95—very similar to the N95—is recommended.
“I was worried I wouldn’t be able to breathe properly, but I’m happy to report that I can breathe just fine since I can adjust the nasal strip while still covering my entire nose and mouth area,” writes a five-star reviewer.
Powecom KN95 masks are frequently on sale at Amazon, but right now they’re deeply discounted. At 23 percent off and just $19 for a pack of 10, that’s $1.90 per mask.
Shop it: Powecom KN95 Face Mask, $19 for a 10-pack (was $25), amazon.com
Staying entertained has been a top priority in the age of quarantine, and Yahoo readers want nothing but the best — and that would be Bose. The brand’s QuietComfort 35 II Bluetooth Headphones have been a top-seller, and right now they’re 10 percent off on Amazon!
It’s no secret that these are some of the best headphones on the market. They boast world-class noise cancellation technology that diffuses loud sound and makes quiet time a bit more peaceful. Their long battery life and comfortable ear cups make listening to anything a satisfying experience.
More than 41,000 Amazon shoppers agree these headphones are the bomb, with one five-star reviewer calling them “an excellent portable set of headphones that sound pretty sweet and have excellent noise reduction.”
Shop it: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $269 (was $299), amazon.com
Amazon’s best-selling leggings are so comfy, supportive and versatile, they’ll upstage every other pair of pants you own — oh, and they start at just $25. And it’s not just Yahoo readers who crowned these their favorite spandex pants of the year. More than 15,000 five-star reviewers are raving too; one wrote, “ “These are my holy grail leggings: soft, seamless waist, squat-proof, flattering, not too long on my legs...pockets!!!”
These leggings 100 percent live up to the hype! They are incredibly comfortable and fit perfectly, providing just the right amount of compression and stretch,” writes a five-star reviewer.
Choose from dozens of colors, and prepare to fall head over heels.
Shop it: Colorfulkoala Women's High Waisted Yoga Pants, starting at $25, amazon.com
This 50-inch Samsung 4K smart TV has a gigantic 50-inch display with a full 4K Ultra HD resolution, vivid colors and deep black levels. It produces exceptional picture quality with support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) movies and TV shows for the best 4K viewing experience around.
Meanwhile, it’s no slouch in the audio department. The sound quality on this Samsung 4K TV is world-class—it’s so immersive and rich, you might not even need a soundbar.
And Yahoo readers made this one — of all the TVs we’ve featured this year — the number-one best-seller. Score it on Amazon for seven percent off right now!
Shop it: Samsung 50-inch Class Crystal UHD TU-8000 Series, $398 (was $430), amazon.com
Yahoo readers and Amazon shoppers alike cannot resist a long, chunky sweater — and this one takes the cake. The Anrabess Turleneck Assymetric Hem Sweater comes in 29 colors and patterns, and it starts at just $35.
There are few things more thrilling than finding a go-to sweater you can comfortably wear over leggings. Because that means you can live in your leggings all winter, and what’s better than that?
“It’s very soft, comfy, and adorable. You can dress it both up and down,” wrote a fan. “Did I mention how soft it was? Lol.”
Shop it: Anrabess Turleneck Assymetric Hem Sweater, starting at $35, amazon.com
Don’t be fooled by this mattress’s bargain-basement price: $271 (it’s six percent off right now). Its 4.5-star Amazon rating (with over 79,000 ratings total!) should speak for itself. So should Yahoo readers’ purchases — they made this mattress a 2020 best-seller.
This highly customized “bed in a box” design (meaning it comes rolled up and expands when you unpack it, just like a Casper mattress), comes in six-inch, eight-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch thicknesses. The contouring Green Tea memory foam layer allows it to hug your body as you sleep, and the underlying layers allow for airflow and support so you don’t sink in.
One reviewer, a flight attendant, called Zinus “the Oprah of mattresses,” and wrote, “I sleep in a lot of hotel beds. I know what a good and bad bad feels like. THIS BED IS AMAZING.”
Shop it: Zinus 12 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress, $271 for Queen (was $289), amazon.com
Ever since the start of the pandemic, Purell has been selling out everywhere. With numbers rising again, demand is just as great as ever — but suddenly the supply is up as well.
Prices are great, too. This four-pack of one-ounce travel-size Purells is just $9 (at five percent off), and Yahoo readers have snapped these up like crazy all year.
When you can’t get to soap and water, the CDC says to use hand sanitizer that contains up to 60 percent alcohol, like Purell. Purell also meets the CDC guidelines for killing 99.99 percent of common germs and bacteria.
Shop it: Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel 1 OZ Travel Size (4 Pack). $9 (was $10), amazon.com
Hitting the gym has been harder than ever this year for obvious reasons. Yahoo readers have flocked to the Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer as a stay-fit solution. Prices range from $21 to $25 depending on size.
The waist trimmer is designed to enhance your workout by increasing your core temperature to make you sweat harder. Simply wrap the Neoprene gizmo around your waist when working out—it should feel loose enough to allow a full range of motion. Nice and thick, it offers great heat insulation, meaning it makes you sweat—a lot. And it has the added benefit of providing back support during workouts.
“Best waist trimmer ever,” exclaimed a fan. “I only wear this to work out but I have two and sometimes wear the other on weekends around the house to clean, to run errands, or to bed.”
Shop it: Sweet Sweat Premium Waist Trimmer, starting at $21, amazon.com
Yahoo readers are grooving into the new year with all the Apple AirPods they bought this year, and we’re happy to say they’re just $129 at Amazon right now. That’s $30 off the original price.
With the phenomenal sound you’d expect from Apple, the best bargain on the AirPod menu is the standard Apple AirPods with charging case. While the buds are wireless themselves, you need to plug in the case to charge them.
Once juiced up, these buds instantly pair with your Apple iPhone. No scrolling, no fiddling with settings. You’re good to go. And you can expect a whopping five hours of battery life per charge. In fact, these are the most popular of the Apple AirPods family earning a perfect five-star rating from more than 268,000 reviewers.
Shop it: Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired), $129 (was $159), amazon.com
It’s no secret that hair loss affects almost everyone. Men and women alike are susceptible to it, and with age, it can go from a few hairs here and there (which is totally normal) to clumps of precious locks circling your shower drain daily.
Yahoo readers took serious care of their hair health this year and made Pura D’or Original Gold Label Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo a top-seller. Right now, this shampoo is one of Amazon’s best-selling hair products and boasts nearly 16,000 near-perfect reviews. It’s on sale for just $40, or $20 off its list price on Amazon.
“This shampoo has changed my life,” raved a happy customer. “My hair was falling out at a rate of 100-plus hairs in the shower, and after about a month or two of use (it's been about four months now), I only lose 10 to 30-ish in the shower.
Shop it: Pura D’or Original Gold Label Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo $40 (was $60), amazon.com
Finding a flattering pair of jeans is like striking gold, and Yahoo readers did just that with these Levi’s classics, which come in three lengths: 27, 29 or 31 inches. Prices vary, but many are up to eight percent off on Amazon.
These stretchy jeans have a worn-in vintage look. They suck you in and never lose their shape, and their mid-rise pull-on waistband has a tummy-slimming panel (be still, our hearts!).
“These are perfect! They are pull on, so no buttons or zippers. And they somehow stay up, yet are not too tight in the waist,” wrote one of more than 37,000 reviewers. “No muffin top, and no falling down. The legs are snug but very comfy...A miracle!”
Shop it: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women's Totally Shaping Pull-on Skinny Jeans, starting at $26 (was $28), amazon.com
Loss of skin elasticity is a normal part of the aging process, but no one said you can’t slow down the effects of time. That’s where a Yahoo reader-favorite like Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream comes in.
It’s packed with top-notch ingredients to nourish your skin, address a double chin and tighten pretty much any area — and it was formulated with the help of dermatologists. Right now you can score it for 39 percent off.
Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream doesn’t mess around when it comes to anti-aging properties. It contains collagen, a naturally occurring protein that serves as one of the building blocks of healthy skin but declines naturally over time. This “heavenly product” also boasts retinol and hyaluronic acid, key ingredients in fighting wrinkles and fine lines.
Shop it: Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream, $24, amazon.com
Crest Whitestrips are the next best thing to an in-office dental whitening treatment, and Crest 3D Whitestrips with Light is the brand’s best and fastest offering yet. Yahoo readers sure think so — and so do thousands of Amazon reviewers.
This whitening system can remove more than a decade’s worth of stains, like coffee, wine, and nicotine. Applying light to your teeth helps whiten them much more dramatically than strips alone.
“It has worked wonders for me,” wrote a thrilled shopper. “My teeth are now a shade or two whiter thanks to this.”
Shop it: Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light, $59.50, amazon.com
These reader-favorite headphones will let you rock out all day long — and right now they’re 10 percent off with Amazon’s on-page coupon.
The noise-canceling headphones feature exceptional sound at a wallet-friendly price, while audio is immersive with crisp and clear tones and deep and thumping bass. They’re also pretty comfortable to wear for long periods of time, thanks to their cushy and soft leatherette ear cups and headband.
With up to 30 hours on a single charge, you can go all day (and sometimes even longer) without skipping a beat or being tethered to an outlet. “The manufacturer says 30 hours but I really think it's forever. I've never ran out of battery,” raved a satisfied Amazon shopper.
Shop it: Cowin E7 Pro Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones, starting at $71 (was $80), amazon.com
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