The 15 most popular things people bought in May
Including, yes, Crocs and face masks.
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While for many of us, the "new normal" has meant staying at home and social distancing, it's also meant a lot more time for online shopping. And the key to successful retail therapy (without the dreaded shopper's regret) is knowing what's worth buying—and what's not.
To help you shop smarter in June, we took a look back at what everyone was buying in May. Using data from our own readers' purchases along with Amazon's best-sellers lists, we've rounded up the 15 most popular products bought over the last few weeks, including Crocs clogs, pool floats, and all the comfiest loungewear.
1. Face masks
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that everyone wear cloth face coverings when you're out in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a lot of retailers have started selling face masks—and they're tough to come by, with many selling out as soon as they come back in stock. But fear not: Our experts have scoured the internet to find the 55 top places to buy cloth face masks online right now, including Anthropologie, Old Navy, and Nordstrom.
- Get Anthropologie Reusable Face Masks starting at $18 (for a 3-pack)
- Get Old Navy Face Masks starting at $25 (for a 10-pack)
- Get Nordstrom Cotton Face Masks for $22 (for a 6-pack)
Love 'em or hate 'em, Crocs are making a major comeback in 2020. Available in a rainbow of colors, the iconic rubber clogs have over 45,000 reviews on Amazon and fans rave that they're lightweight, comfortable, and breathable—i.e. they're perfect for everything from working in the yard to heading out on the boat. If you're really feeling extra, you can even buy "charms" for your Crocs for added personality.
3. Pool floats
Chances are high we'll be spending a lot of time this summer in our backyards or at the park or the beach (while being socially distant, of course). So it's no surprise that inflatable pool floats and pool rings are selling out everywhere. We rounded up some of the most popular pool floats you can still buy, including the very trendy designer Funboy floats and ride-ons like this Ban.do monstera leaf.
- Get the Bali Cabana Lounger from Funboy for $199
- Get the Sunnylife Luxe Lie-On Monstera Float from ban.do for $50
4. Home Chef
Even with states slowly reopening more shops and restaurants, if you're still concerned about going out in public, a meal kit delivery service like Home Chef is a good alternative. Of all the services out there, Home Chef is our testers' top pick because it has the freshest, highest-quality ingredients (which make delicious dishes!) and detailed recipes that are easy enough for even the most beginner home cook to follow.
5. Instant Pot Duo
The Instant Pot Ultra might be the best pressure cooker we've ever tested but over 73,300 Amazon shoppers (!!) are currently just as obsessed with the Instant Pot Duo. One of our editors swears by hers, raving that the Duo is super speedy (perfect for busy schedules), helps her save money (she's way less tempted to order takeout every night), and motivates her to eat healthier (hello, easy meal prep).
6. A MasterClass subscription
More time at home means more time to spend learning a new hobby (or perfecting one you already have!). And to do that, a lot of people have turned to MasterClass, the popular service which offers classes taught by your favorite celebrities. Think: cooking with Gordon Ramsay, shooting hoops with Steph Curry, or taking better photos with Annie Leibowiitz. Our editor-in-chief tried MasterClass out for himself and liked that the classes were both inspiring and convenient as you can take each course at your own pace.
7. Roku Ultra
Whether you're a Disney+, Netflix, or Hulu fan (or all of the above), binge-watching all of your favorite shows requires the right streaming device. Here at Reviewed, we recommend the Roku Ultra, and we aren't the only ones—the voice-enabled remote has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon. Our experts like that it supports both 4K and HDR and that it offers all of the major streaming services including Apple TV.
8. Nectar mattress
It's no secret that Memorial Day is one of the best times of the year to buy a new mattress. But even when the sales are over, Nectar mattresses are still worth buying, according to our experts. They dubbed Nectar the best mattress in a box of 2020 thanks to its light weight and cozy comfort (not too firm, not too plush), making the best choice for an upgrade to catch those sweet Zzz's.
9. Kindle Paperwhite
Reading is great. But waiting for that book you ordered weeks ago to finally be delivered or for the library to open back up? Not so much. That's why so many people are opting for a Kindle instead. Our favorite of all the Kindle e-readers is the Paperwhite. It has 24 different levels of illumination (so you can read anytime, anywhere), a waterproof exterior, and more storage than any other model so you can store all your e-books, audio books, and podcasts in one place.
10. Amazon Echo
For many of us, life the last few months has been pretty hard. One thing that can make it a little easier, however, is a smart speaker. After testing all the different Amazon smart speakers, we found the Echo 3rd Generation to be the best overall (and it's one of Amazon's May best-sellers, too!). Not only does it have superior sound quality thanks to its Dolby audio but it also uses far-field voice recognition (so you can talk to Alexa from any room in your house) and offers a vast library of helpful skills.
11. Bouqs flowers
April showers might bring May flowers, but so does popular floral delivery service Bouqs. People loved using the service this past month, especially for Mother's Day. Bouqs not only offers a wide selection of single-purchase, fresh flower bouquets but they also have subscription options where you can get a beautiful bunch of blooms delivered to your doorstep every month or even every week.
12. Philips Air Fryer XXL
Trying to eat healthy in quarantine has been a serious struggle. That could be why so many people are buying an air fryer right now—they satisfy that fried food craving in a much better-for-you way (no oil! less fat!). The best one that we've tested in our lab is the Philips Airfryer XXL because it produced perfectly crispy food in minutes—it doesn't even require preheating—and has a large capacity so you can cook up enough for the whole family at once.
First it was cozy robes and modern sweatsuits. Now it's lightweight short sets and tie-dye everything. No matter what your preference, loungewear is still at the top of everyone's must-buy lists, as for many of us, it's become our everyday uniform. Here at Reviewed, we've spent the last months searching for and testing out the most popular pieces of loungewear worth buying. Some of our top picks? These super soft staples from bedding brand Brooklinen, the ever-popular Lou + Grey sets, and this new breezy pajama set from Madewell and Parachute.
- Get the Morningside Dress from Brooklinen for $45
- Get the SignatureSoft Upstate Sweatshirt from Lou + Grey for $59.99
- Get the Madewell x Parachute Striped Oversize Pajama Shirt from Parachute for $59.50
14. Roller skates
They say that when it comes to trends, what goes around always comes back around. And that's certainly true for roller skates—because the nostalgic '90s blades have spiked on Google and are currently selling out at retailers everywhere. If you're looking to snag a pair for yourself for some fun outdoor exercise this summer, you can find both crazy colorful and classic white skates at places like Target and Amazon right now. And if you're willing to splurge, you can still buy a pair of the wildly trendy Moxi skates at Urban Outfitters.
- Get the Chicago Ladies Rink Roller Skates from Target for $54.99
- Get the Chicago Women's Classic Roller Skates from Amazon for $49
- Get the Moxi Beach Bunny Roller Skates from Urban Outfitters for $209
15. Parachute Classic Bath Robe
There's a reason that time and time again, the Parachute bath robe is one of the most coveted pieces of clothing out there. The plush robe, which has over 1,300 glowing reviews, is made of 100 percent Turkish cotton so it's equal parts soft and functional. One of our writers tried it out and loved that it felt so luxurious against her skin and was also absorbent and well-made.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.