10 products with a cult following at Walmart and why they're worth it
Walmart has more than the basics—and some of it's awesome.
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Walmart holds a special place in my heart. It may not have the shiny appeal of Target or the massive online retail power of Amazon, but it does serve its purpose. We all typically go to Walmart for staples like household supplies, groceries, and other essentials—all typically available at an affordable price.
But Walmart goes beyond just budget shopping. They have exclusive brands (some with celebrity names on them!) and other items that have amassed a cult following over the years. Here are 10 of the most popular products at Walmart that shoppers really love.
1. A skin cleanser for everyone
There’s a reason you see Cetaphil in nearly every bathroom you visit. This cleanser is gentle and it works. In fact, Cetaphil is so popular that it amassed more than 10,000 reviews (which is a ton for Walmart). Reviewers say that it works well on sensitive skin and moisturizes without leaving skin feeling greasy. I mean, if your mom has recommended it to you too, then you know it’s gotta be good.
2. An insulated tumbler that actually keeps drinks cold
People love their insulated Yeti and HydroFlask bottles, but what if you could get the same high quality for just $10? Ozark Trail is a brand exclusive to Walmart that makes a double-wall, vacuum-sealed tumbler that looks very similar to those more expensive brands. Reviewers swear that it works just as well at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. In fact, those who have compared it side by side to a similar Yeti model said they couldn't notice a difference.
3. A fan favorite drain stopper
You'll never have a gross, clogged drain again with the TubShroom. It fits right inside your shower drain and will catch all types of hair without even disrupting water flow. You just pull it out and clean it off every so often, which makes cleaning your drain a breeze and clogged drains a thing of the past. It's no surprise this is one of the most popular items at Walmart, as it seems to be a hit at every retailer that sells it.
4. A bowl to throw in your scraps
Do you ever find it annoying to constantly head to the garbage can while you’re prepping dinner? Probably not. But Rachael Ray has apparently solved this problem with a “garbage bowl” to throw your scraps in to streamline your chopping. It's not the most necessary kitchen tool, considering you could use any bowl or disposable bag for the same purpose, but people still love it. This garbage bowl is pretty large at 4 quarts, is stylish enough to leave on the counter all the time, and has an non-slip bottom that reviewers swear by.
5. An oil-free fryer for healthier sides
Air frying is having a moment right now. Everyone wants to eat fries without feeling too guilty or to easily make crispy broccoli for a delicious and healthy side. This one from Faberware happens to be the most popular air fryer at Walmart. While it’s not the best air fryer we’ve ever tested, reviewers like it because it's relatively inexpensive and it crisps food faster than the oven.
6. Dry shampoo for those days you don’t want to shower
We all have those days when we don’t have enough time to actually wash our hair. Thankfully, dry shampoo exists to keep hair looking decent in between washes. The Dove Refresh + Care is the best dry shampoo we’ve ever tested—and it happens to be quite popular at Walmart too. This gift set comes with two containers of dry shampoo and a cheeky mug that says “Running on coffee and dry shampoo.” It’s also cheaper than if you buy two individual dry shampoos, making it a pretty impressive deal.
7. A really nice trash can
You might not think too much of your garbage can, but having a good one is more important than you'd think if you've never owned a bad one. That's why we've tested the best trash cans ourselves. People love this one from Nine Stars because you simply just wave your hand over to open it, meaning you don’t have to touch any germ-infested handle. Reviewers claim the touchless feature actually works and that it looks great in any kitchen (probably because its design is super similar to that of simplehuman's).
8. An electric blanket that fits the whole bed
If you wake up shivering in the middle of the night, you don’t ever want to get up to crank up the heat. Instead, I highly recommend investing in a heated blanket. This one from Sunbeam is big enough to fit your entire bed (yes, even king-sized). Walmart reviewers like that it has a five-year warranty and say that the low setting is perfect for falling asleep with, which means the high setting is perfect for snuggling up on cold winter nights.
9. A small blender for personal smoothies
Smoothies are a go-to healthy breakfast, but if you don’t want to spend the effort cleaning out a huge blender go for a personal-sized one like the NutriBullet. This nine-piece blender can pulverize fruits, vegetables, and nuts into everything from smoothies to sauces. It comes with a base, a tall cup, a "colossal" cup, a blade, two lip rings, and resealable lids to grab and go. Reviewers who've owned older NutriBullet models say the Pro set is noticeably more powerful.
10. An inexpensive, but reliable hair dryer
A good hair dryer is hard to come by, but when you finally find one, it’s life-changing. And it’s even better when you find a good one that costs less than $20. Walmart shoppers love Revlon's Infrared Hair Dryer because it's inexpensive and dries their hair quickly, which is exactly what our tested liked. This hair dryer is so good that we gave it the Best Value award after we tried all the best hair dryers.
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