23 things that will solve all your cold weather problems
Everything you need to survive the winter.
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There are a lot of things to love about winter (snow days, Christmas, hot chocolate)—but there are also a lot of things to hate. Like chapped lips, slippery slush and ice, and freezing cold temperatures. To help you get through the cold months ahead, we've rounded up 23 winter essentials, from the best space heater to a smart coffee mug.
1. This top-rated snow shovel
Not all snow shovels are created equal. Here at Reviewed, we found this True Temper one to be the best value shovel you can buy. It's ergonomic so you won't fatigue as quickly (or wake up quite as sore the next morning!) and it has a metal blade along with a large scoop size so you can shovel more efficiently.
2. The number one space heater
An easy way to warm up without cranking up the thermostat? With a space heater, of course. Our favorite is this one from DeLonghi because of how powerful it is—it can raise the temperature of a 1350-cubic-foot room six degrees in less than an hour. Plus, it has wheels so you can easily roll it from one room to the next along with upgraded safety features like an automatic shut-off function.
3. This tray to hold all of your wet boots
Snow boots protect your feet from the snow and slush but what protects your floors from your snow boots? This convenient boot tray, according to happy homeowners. It has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon because it's well-made, easy to clean, and has a 1.2-inch raised edge so water won't spill over onto your floors.
4. This 'smart' mug that keeps your coffee hot
Lukewarm coffee just isn't going to cut it this season. And while there are plenty of well-insulated travel mugs, one of the hottest new coffee accessories of the year is the Ember smart mug. One of our writers tried it to see if it lived up to the hype—and she was thrilled to find that it does. She likes that you can control the temperature of your beverage via your phone and that it kept her drink warmer for longer.
5. This trendy kitchen appliance to make meal time easier
You're craving all the cozy comfort food but the last thing you want—or have the energy—to do is spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. And thanks to this cult-favorite multi-cooker, you don't have to. If you want to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon but aren't sure which one to get, we recommend the Ultra. It has 10 different cook settings (from pressure cooking to slow cooking to steaming) and can have a meal that usually takes an hour on the table in just 20 minutes.
6. This bathroom must-have for warm towels
Steaming hot showers in the winter are amazing—until you have to step out into a freezing cold bathroom. Enter this brilliant towel rack, which plugs directly into your wall and warms up your towels in just 30 minutes. It has glowing reviews on Amazon for giving towels that toasty "straight out of the dryer" feeling.
7. The coziest weighted blanket
Sure, you could curl up in a regular throw blanket—or you could curl up in a super cozy weighted blanket instead. Of all the different weighted blankets we tested, we like the Gravity Blanket the best. Not only is it luxurious and soft thanks to its velvet cover but it also provides just the right amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light) to help keep you warm and cozy.
8. This moisturizing cream to heal your dry skin
Cold weather brings a whole slew of beauty woes—namely dry skin. If you're dealing with cracked, chapped skin, upgrade your plain lotion to this heavy-duty moisturizer, which is the number one dermatologist-recommended brand. With over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, people praise the cream for hydrating their skin without leaving any residue and for being gentle on sensitive skin.
9. This spray to protect your shoes
Salt and slush don't play well with your suede boots. Keep your footwear from getting ruined in wintry weather with this popular shoe protectant. Amazon reviewers rave that it prevents everything from stains to water damage and can be used on any leather products. Bonus: Fans also appreciate that the spray doesn't alter the original texture or color of their boots.
10. The best smart speaker
Whether you want to know the weather (a.k.a how much is it really going to snow during your evening commute?) or set five alarms so you can actually wake up in the cold, dark morning, a smart speaker can do it all and more. While every Amazon Echo has the same skills, our favorite of the family is the 2nd Generation because it has superior sound quality and uses far-field voice recognition so you can even talk to Alexa from the other room.
11. This expert-approved humidifier
Dry winter air isn't just tough on your skin—it can also make you sick, according to studies that have found that germs like the flu virus thrive in dry conditions. Keep your home healthier (and comfier) with our experts' top humidifier. With a large one-gallon tank, it can run for up to 10 hours straight and provided the most value of all the humidifiers we tried.
12. These touchscreen-friendly gloves
If you've ever tried to send a text or type an email while wearing gloves, you know it's impossible. And when the temperature feels like negative 10 degrees, you definitely don't want to take off said gloves just so you can use your phone. Fortunately, if you have these touchscreen gloves, you can type to your heart's content while keeping your fingers nice and toasty. Customers love that the gloves are warm and that they have tiny rubber grips to keep your device from slipping out of your hands.
13. This therapeutic lamp to help you cope without sunlight
It's dark when you wake up and dark when you leave the office at 4 p.m. So it's no surprise that you feel down in the dumps and sluggish by the time February rolls around. One way to get out of your winter funk is with a light therapy lamp like this one. People claim that it makes a serious difference in their mood and energy levels and they like that it's portable so you can take it with you wherever you go.
14. This thermostat you can control from your phone
Few things cause as many arguments during colder weather as your thermostat. If you live in a house that can't agree on the ideal temperature, you may benefit from our number one smart thermostat. Not only can different people set up different heating and cooling schedules but you can also control the Sensi thermostat from anywhere (even outside of your home's network). So the next time someone cranks up the heat without your permission, you can sneakily turn it back down no matter where you are.
15. These wildly popular boots
The next time you're walking down the street, look down at everyone's feet and you'll likely see at least one pair of these iconic Bean boots. People are obsessed with them—especially during the winter—because they're durable, waterproof, and incredibly comfortable. One of our writers has a pair and says they've held up perfectly through eight harsh New England winters so far. A.k.a. they're as functional as they are fashionable.
- Get the Women’s 8-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots from L.L. Bean for $229
- Get the Men's 8-Inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots from L.L. Bean for $249
16. This affordable robot vacuum to keep your house clean
When your winter boots are trekking dirt, salt, and god knows what else into your home, you'll need a reliable vacuum to clean it all up. If you want the best results with the least effort, we chose the Eufy RoboVac as our number one affordable robot vacuum because it picked up the most dirt per run when we tested different models. Plus, it's surprisingly quiet for a vacuum—we barely even noticed it was running!
17. This drugstore product that prevents chapped lips
If you're someone who constantly reapplies chapstick during the winter months (and who doesn't?!), you're in luck—you don't have to spend a lot of money on fancy lip balms or treatments. Instead, one of our writers swears by her trusty tube of Carmex, which costs less than $3 on Amazon. It both protects and heals your lips thanks to moisturizing ingredients like beeswax and camphor.
18. This accessory for your shoes so you can walk on ice
Slipping on black ice is embarrassing at best and dangerous at worst. Think of these clip-on cleats like snow tires for your feet—they fit easily over your shoes and provide the traction you need to walk in any winter weather conditions without falling. According to their positive reviews, the cleats are lightweight and comfortable to wear all day long and grip the ice surprisingly well.
19. This tiny but mighty portable charger
Here's an unfortunate truth: Your phone loses charge faster during extremely cold (or hot) temperatures. To prevent your phone from dying on you, we recommend this portable charger. It has such a high capacity that it can charge your phone three times over before it needs to be recharged and has multiple ports so you can charge multiple devices at the same time.
20. This parka with more than 7,000 reviews
There are plenty of quality winter coats out there. But few have taken the internet by storm quite like this budget-friendly parka, which has more than 7,000 reviews on Amazon. Featured on Amazon's list of the top "100-ish" gifts along with Oprah's list of her favorite things, the windproof and waterproof jacket has received five stars for being thick and warm yet lightweight so you can move around freely.
21. This winter weather essential to keep in your car
You don't have any time to waste in the morning—especially not to wait for the thick layer of ice on your windshield to defrost before you drive to work. Instead, keep this popular ice scraper in your car so you can get on the road faster. Thousands of reviewers love that it has tiny "ice chippers" in the extra-long blade to break up tough ice, along with a brush for sweeping off snow. They also like that the soft foam handle is comfortable and easy to handle and that the scraper is incredibly durable.
22. This DIY insulation kit to save money on heating
Everyone knows the struggle that is trying to keep your energy bill down in the winter. And while heating your entire home is never cheap, an insulation kit can help cut costs. When our senior scientist tested some of the most popular heating/cooling products, she liked that this one from Duck Brand (which is essentially a cling film that adheres to your windows) is transparent and acts as a second layer of glass to stop cold air from getting in and warm air from getting out.
23. This heated toilet seat you never knew you needed
Getting out of your warm bed to pee in the middle of the night is bad enough. But sitting down on an ice cold toilet seat just makes it that much worse. Avoid that by swapping out your regular toilet seat for this heated one. It has more than 1,000 reviews on Amazon, with users raving that it's easy to install and use and has customizable heat settings so your tush can stay comfortably warm.
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