The 25 most popular things our readers bought in September
From robot vacuums to Japanese bath towels, we got it all.
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September has been a whirlwind. We soaked up the last of summer, got one last barbecue in on Labor Day weekend, and shopped for back-to-school season. Honestly, I barely remember most of it. But I do remember the massive sales and deals that went alongside these events (and so does my wallet). There were a ton of sales on things like clothing, mattresses, and cooking supplies that definitely piqued our readers’ interest.
In celebration of the end of the month, we thought it’d be fun to look back at all of the incredible things that our readers bought this September. From the best truly wireless headphones to Bean Boots and more, these are the 25 products our readers were most obsessed with last month.
1. Anthropologie had a ton of sales
Here at Reviewed, we can’t get enough of Anthropologie or their incredible-smelling Capri candles.But the urge to reach for our wallets really hits when the trendy retailer hosts a sale—and this month there was a ton. We celebrated Anthro Day at the end of September, shopped their home sale, and dug through their sale-on-sale. And while you may have missed those sales, you don’t have to be sad because you can still get 30% off their sale items right now.
2. The cult-favorite Apple AirPods
It’s rare to see a sale on any new Apple product, especially the coveted AirPods. But we found a $30 discount on the latest wireless charging model on Amazon, and our readers went nuts. Airpods are the best truly wireless headphones we’ve ever tested because they offer incredible audio quality and a long battery life. Psst, the sale is still going on, so you still have the opportunity to snag them at this amazing low price.
3. A smart scale to reach goals
Smart scales not only measures your weight, they can also track body fat, BMI, bone mass, and muscle mass, which is great whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle. This one from Eufy comes with an app that sends all that data to your phone, making it easy to track everything in one place.When it was on sale for $10 off in September, it was no surprise that loads of our readers took advantage of the discount to try it out for themselves.
4. A rechargeable flashlight
Flashlights are one of those things that when you need it, you can’t find one—or you can’t find the batteries for it. The Anker Bolder LC90 is the upgraded version of our favorite affordable flashlight, and caught our readers’ attention because it’s rechargeable—a.k.a. you don’t have to go searching for odd-shaped batteries when the power goes out. Plus, it will be charged the next time you there’s an emergency or you need to check out a dark crevice in the basement.
5. The oh-so-popular Instant Pot
I don’t think a month goes by when an Instant Pot isn’t featured on this list. This month, the Instant Pot Ultra was on sale for $84, which was especially exciting because it’s also the best electric multi-cooker we’ve ever tested. It has an easy-to-read LED screen, a central dial, and 10 cooking functions, which makes it a superior choice to the popular 7-in-1 DUO60 model.
6. A shampoo and conditioner set with apple cider vinegar
With more than 6,000 reviews and a 4.1-star rating on Amazon, this shampoo and conditioner set has earned cult-favorite status. It’s unique because of one ingredient: apple cider vinegar, which claims to help repair thin, damaged hair as well as reduce hair loss, detoxify hair, and leave your locks feeling super-soft and moisturized. When it was included in a Goldbox sale earlier this month, many of our readers decided to put it to the test for themselves. While we haven’t had a chance to test it in our labs just yet, we think it might just be worth seeing what all the fuss is about for yourself, especially if it goes on sale again.
7. Massive Wayfair sales on popular furniture
Wayfair always has at least one sale running on any given day, but in September, a few impressive ones gave our readers good reasons to upgrade their homes. With a massive Labor Day sale and insane 48-hour flash sale, shoppers were able to save up to 70% on highly rated items. If you’re bummed you missed out, don’t be—you can still shop the Fall Refresh sale happening now.
8. This top-rated breakfast sandwich maker
A good bacon, egg, and cheese is one of the best ways to start your morning. But preparing them can be a bit of a hassle, since there are so many different components that can be messy and time-consuming to make. Perhaps this is why our readers are obsessed with this sandwich maker that has more than 5,000 reviews on Amazon. The usually $25 gadget dropped in price by $5 (and it’s still on sale), so loads of our hungry readers took the chance to streamline breakfast.
9. The coveted Bean Boots
Bean Boots and fall go together like peanut butter and jelly. They look good with nearly any outfit, especially flannel, and are completely waterproof, making them ideal for chilly fall showers. L.L.Bean had a sale in September that offered 20% off Bean Boots and rain gear, and our readers took advantage of it. While you can’t get them on sale any longer, you can still find Bean Boots in limited edition flannel patterns.
10. An easy way to make iced coffee at home
No matter how cold it is outside, iced coffee is always the answer for many of us—and the best way to make it at home is with our favorite cold brew coffee maker. The Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker is easy-to-use, has an airtight seal, and produces the best cold brew we’ve tasted. It’s even still on sale for $3 off, giving you even more incentive to make coffee at home.
11. Mattresses in a box on sale
Labor Day is synonymous with mattress sales, and this year our readers scored some amazing deals on all sorts of mattresses, especially from two of our favorite mattress brands: Nectar and Casper. Both offered incredible discounts that included two free pillows. What more could you need for a good night’s sleep? While those sales may be over, you can still get $100 off at Nectar and there are sure to be others soon, as we’ve seen mattress sales crop up around the holidays, too.
- Get the Nectar Mattress (Queen Sized) from Nectar for $699
- Get the Casper Mattress (Queen Sized from Casper for $995
12. Our favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker
Having a portable Bluetooth speaker is never a bad idea. They’re super handy whether you’re jamming in your dorm room, hosting friends, or taking a trip. This one from Anker is the best affordable Bluetooth speaker we’ve ever tested because it’s reliable and has a 24-hour battery life without costing too much. Bonus: It’s still $4 off if you clip the on-page coupon.
13. A compact Echo Show
Earlier in September, the new Echo Show 5 was discounted by $25, and our readers nabbed a ton of them. It’s essentially a cuter, more compact version of the Echo Show—not to mention cheaper. While the sale is over, the Show 5 is still a great choice if you want a smart speaker with a screen for under $100.
14. One of our favorite car chargers
Surviving a long car ride is hard enough, but it becomes even more of a struggle as your phone’s battery hits the red zone. We need these things to navigate, play musical, and call someone if we’re in a pickle, so keeping them charged is essential. The Maxboost car chargers were discounted $2, which also happens to be one of our favorites, so our readers decided to purchase a bunch of them.
15. The best electric kettle on the market
Electric kettles are superior to their stovetop counterparts. They boil water much faster, have specific temperature options, and ding when it’s done instead of making an annoying whistle. Our favorite electric kettle went on sale for just $50 and our readers bought it to brew warm mugs of tea all fall and winter long.
16. A replacement for dryer sheets
Whether you’re trying to be more sustainable or are worried about the chemicals in dryer sheets, wool dryer balls are a popular alternative. These ones also claim to shorten drying time (though, were testing to see if this is true or not) and last 100 loads. They have been quite popular with our readers, especially last month. At only $17 for six balls, they may be able to help save you even more on your laundry and dryer sheets over time.
17. A way to clean your garbage disposal
This month we dove into how to clean a garbage disposal, so if you have any concerning smells coming out of yours, you may want to check out our tips. Our readers were just as concerned, and decided to add this foaming cleanser to their Amazon carts that we recommended. It claims to not only eliminates odors, but also clean your entire disposal. What’s not to love about that?
18. The best silk sleep mask we've ever tested
Getting enough sleep at night is tough enough, but it’s even harder when the slightest light is keeping you awake. That’s where a good sleep mask comes in, and our readers were obsessed with this silk one from Alaska Bear when it was on sale for $2 off. It’s also our favorite silk sleep mask because it is large enough to really give you full coverage so no light sneaks in at the bottom, making it easy to catch some Zzz’s day or night.
19. High-end cookware from Sur la Table
Cookware brands like Le Creuset, Staub, and All-Clad typically come with a high price tag that makes them desirable, but out of budget for many of us. So whenever we find them on sale, we jump at the opportunity to buy them at a reasonable price—and so do our readers. We found all these brands and more on sale during the Sur la Table Anniversary Sale, which is offering up to 70% off and still going on, for now.
20. The best affordable robot vacuum
Vacuuming is one of the worst and most tedious chores. But if you want sparkling clean floors, you have to do it every single day—unless you have a robot vacuum to do the dirty work for you. Plus, you don’t even have to spend too much to get a sufficient one. The Eufy RoboVac 11S is our favorite affordable robot vacuum, and is consistently a favorite among our readers month after month.
21. This highly underrated bath towel
If you’ve only used plush bath towels your entire life, then you’re seriously missing out. This Japanese cloth may look like a wash cloth but it’s actually an exfoliator you use in the shower to give your skin new life. One of my coworkers tried it and loves it, and many of our readers decided to give a shot in September as well.
22. The best personal blender we've ever tested
If you don’t have the space (or the money) to invest in a full-sized professional blender, then a personal one is your best bet. Not only can you use these smaller blenders to whip up sauces and smoothies, but the mixing containers double as a cup for on-the-go sipping. This one from Ninja is our favorite personal blender, and it’s still on sale for $10 off as we head into October, which is why so many readers bought it in September.
23. These innovative ties to hold your cords together
Cords and headphone wires tend to get tangled very easily, and it’s really a pain in the butt to untangle them over and over again. Our readers decided to stop the problem before it starts with these innovative and reusable gear ties. At three inches long, these flexible ties are the perfect size for wrapping around headphone cords or tidying up cables behind your TV.
24. The best coffee maker on the market
Whenever a Technivorm Moccamaster goes on sale, our readers go wild for it. This expensive coffee brewer is the best of the best and brews your coffee to between 196 and 205 degrees, which is the ideal temperature for the best tasting coffee. We found a sale on Drop that brought the price down nearly $100 off the usual $230 price to the delight of many of our coffee-drinking readers, and it ends on October 2, so you still have time to get in on the savings.
25. REI Labor Day sale
REI has a massive Labor Day sale every year, and this year our readers bought everything from Patagonia Better Sweaters to headlamps for their next camping adventures. Although the sale is long over, you can still find plenty of incredible products at the retailer for under $50. REI also has a great deals page filled with amazing prices on some popular brands like ENO and North Face if you love finding a bargain.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.