20 of the best things you can buy at Bloomingdale's
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Regardless of the contents of your shopping bag, carrying around a Bloomingdale’s brown bag is a statement in and of itself. The upscale department store is notorious for carrying everything from celebrity-approved designer lines to chef-backed kitchenware. In keeping with the times, you can also book a virtual appointment with a staff member who can assist you with all of your shopping needs, and take advantage of the Bloomingdale’s Loyallist rewards program that grants you free shipping, exclusive discounts on your favorite items, and much more.
While it can be hard to narrow down the best things to buy at Bloomingdale’s, we’ve done the hard work for you. Whether our testers at Reviewed approve of it or Bloomies’ customers can’t live without it, it’s on this list. Here are 20 of the best things to add to your (digital) brown bag at Bloomingdale’s.
1. This powerful massage gun
It’s been a long year of sitting on the couch, slouching over our desks, and either not moving enough or moving far too much. Melt all those kinks in your neck, back, and anywhere that needs a little extra TLC with one of our favorite massage guns. The Hyperice received rave reviews from our testers for how quiet it is, how much force it packs into one small device, and the great variety of speeds and attachments it has.
2. A top-rated robot vacuum
We can all use something to do our dirty work for us: that’s where the expert-approved iRobot Roomba i7+ comes in. Ideal for both carpet and hard floors, our testers found this robot vacuum to be worth every penny thanks to its self-emptying feature, its ability to activate at the sound of your voice through Alexa or Google Home, and its scheduling function that prompts it to clean a certain area of your home every day—or whenever you need it most.
3. This self-cleaning water bottle
If you were to shine blue light on your reusable water bottle, you might come down with a real case of the heebie-jeebies. Using UV light, the Larq water bottle claims to eradicate over 99.9 percent of bio-contaminants present in your water and the bottle itself, and the cleaning mode activates every two hours so you can sip safely, which is especially crucial when warding off viruses is top of mind. A single charge with its included micro USB lasts up to a month.
4. This cult-favorite hair mask
Beauty editors everywhere—including ours—swear by Olaplex’s split-end squashing properties. Thanks to its magical ingredient called bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, our expert says it restores breakage caused by bleaching and over-processing (and sun and heat damage). Distribute it evenly through strands for 10 minutes once a week, or up to three times a week if your hair is particularly damaged, to see a major difference in your strands. One reviewer says, “Loved it, I’m Black and it made my 4b hair really soft and silky. It definitely works on Black hair and loosens curls but not too much. Buy it!”
5. This top-rated waffle maker
Who doesn’t dream of fluffy Belgian waffles that rival that of your favorite brunch spot? Our experts’ top-rated waffle maker by Cuisinart might be the missing ingredient to your morning: it serves up moist-yet-crispy waffles without ever overflowing, saves counter space thanks to its upright design, and comes with a booklet of delicious recipes to take your brunch game to the next level. One reviewer says that Cuisinart outdid itself since its Teflon coating requires no oil, making cleanup a breeze.
6. These life-changing Sonos speakers
Tester Sarah Kovac begins her review of the Sonos One speakers with a powerful statement: “It might sound like hyperbole, but I don't believe it's an exaggeration to say that the Sonos One speaker has improved my quality of life.” As one of the best mid-range smart speakers you can buy, it delivers crisper sound compared to much of the competition, offers helpful voice assistance via your choice of Alexa or Google Assistant, and comes with an intuitive app. You can also buy multiple Sonos speakers and pair them together to create the ultimate home sound system.
7. This snuggly Ugg robe
You may be accustomed to Uggs on your feet, but you can get that same snuggly experience in their best-selling Miranda robe that our style editor Amanda Tarlton lists as one of the best robes on the market. Unlike most long robes, this one hits right at the knee so you can wear it year-round without feeling suffocated. Plus, it’s got a hood and pockets, which are always handy for storing your phone and other belongings. Multiple reviewers have said it’s the softest, most comfortable robe they’ve ever owned.
8. This incredible Garmin running watch
Looking at the time every five seconds might make your run feel much longer than it needs to be, but you’ll want to look at this expert-approved Garmin watch for other reasons. Listed as the best running watch we’ve ever tested, you can use it to track your own stats like distance, time, and pace, download one of their workout recommendations, download music from Spotify or your computer, and track your stats on rainy days or in the pool thanks to the swim mode.
9. These universally adored Ugg slippers
Slip into something more comfortable—like these Ugg slippers seen on thousands of rave reviewers and celebrities alike. As the the best women’s slippers on the market, according to our testers, they feature a generous amount of fur lining that’ll keep your feet nice and toasty, a lightweight sole to facilitate moving around the house, and a rubber bottom with loads of traction that’ll prevent you from slipping on slick or wet floors. Because they’re so lightweight, reviewers say they’re a great way to take advantage of Ugg’s signature shearling year-round without feeling overheated.
10. This comforter set that doubles as artwork
Leave it to designer Ted Baker to dream up this total dream-worthy comforter set that’ll have you looking forward to hitting the hay every night. Reviewers call it breathtaking and note that it’s a beautiful accent comforter. Bonus: the set’s pillow sham closures feature zippers, which will help prevent any part of your pillow from peeking through.
11. This best-selling La Mer eye balm
La Mer products may be expensive, but they actually work. According to our tester, this eye cream reduces puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles in just two weeks. Bloomingdale’s customers agree, with one saying, “I have been using La Mer for more than 10 years now, and I can honestly say that while the price seems exorbitant, the product is simply unmatched. It is one of the few products that does not cause my sensitive skin to react and it calms and smooths the undereye area like nothing else.” To activate even more of its puff-reducing powers, some reviewers recommend keeping the eye balm in the freezer.
12. These stylish Ray-Ban sunglasses
We recently listed Bloomingdale’s as one of the top places to buy sunglasses for its unmatched selection of on-trend designer frames. As a top-rated option, these unisex Ray-Ban aviators are perfect for everyone on your shopping list (including yourself!). They protect against 100% of UV rays, come with a soft case and cleaning cloth, and look so stylish that you might never want to take them off. For more of a personalized look, choose from the 14 frame and lens color variations.
13. This smart doorbell
Thanks to the advent of calling, texting, and emailing, we live in a world where someone coming to your door can feel like, well, a bit of an intrusion. Keep tabs on your property with the Google Nest Hello, one of the best video doorbells we’ve ever tested. It captures up to 30 frames per second in a crystal-clear 1600 by 1200 pixel resolution, has two-way audio, and shows a head-to-toe portrait of your visitor. Our senior smart home staff writer appreciates that it comes with several pre-recorded responses available in 13 different languages, which you can select if you're not able to get to the door. It also comes with all the hardware you need to set it up.
14. This pro Vitamix blender
From nut butters to soups, silky smooth smoothies, and more, the Vitamix Ascent A3500 has proven to be the best high-end blender our experts have ever tested. It features an ultra-responsive touchscreen that’s easy to clean and an app for additional presets like baby food and ice cream. It blends tough foods like squash in half the time of its competitors. Serving the function of several other appliances like a food processor and immersion blender, reviewers say it saves space and makes meal prep easy.
15. This incredibly popular Nespresso machine
What’s better than getting a barista-quality cup of joe in the time it takes to walk to your kitchen? As the best single-serve coffee maker we’ve ever tested, the Nespresso VertuoPlus uses centrifugal force to spin over 7,000 rotations per minute, producing a delectable crema atop your coffee or espresso. This model from Bloomingdale’s comes with the brand’s popular Aeroccino milk frother, which creates a creamy foam topping. What a bonus.
16. This cry-proof mascara
If you’ve ever wanted to be the proud owner of a Christian Dior beauty product, allow our experts to point you in the direction of their top-selling non-clumpy, smudge-proof waterproof mascara, which happens to be one of our favorite mascaras. Our testers say it held up perfectly in waterproof tests, meaning you can cry in the shower with it and come out looking equally fabulous. “I was pleasantly surprised at how much volume this provided,” says one Bloomingdale’s reviewer. “And I had purchased it for my virtual baby shower because I knew I’d be shedding some tears. Well, my mascara didn’t budge, and I was able to cry without panda eyes. It was also very easy to remove with my regular makeup wipes. So all around, quite perfect!”
17. This portable fire pit
Live it up well into the night with this portable fire pit that leaves so little mess in its wake, all you need to do is scoop out a handful of ash. As one of our favorite fire pits, the Solo Stove generates tons of heat with very little smoke, which is why it’s earned a cult following, as well. It’s perfect whether you’re looking for an outdoor heater or barbecue alternative.
One reviewer says, “It is by far the best fire pit on the market. When it gets going, it truly burns smokeless and creates very little ash. It’s easy to start up and the airflow helps it go from kindling to blazing fire quite quickly. No more constant movement to avoid the smoke.”
18. These Spanx faux leather leggings
Anyone who’s ever owned a pair of Spanx faux leather leggings will tell you they’re the best pair they own—not only are they incredibly flattering and comfortable, but they look far “fancier” than they actually feel. Multiple Reviewed staffers have sung their praises, while Bloomingdale’s reviewers say they don’t stretch out (even after a long day of running around), they’re never see-through, and they fit perfectly if you size up.
19. This thong that’s actually comfortable
If you’re looking to spice things up in the undergarment department, check out our textile expert’s favorite thong—the Natori Bliss Perfection, which comes in 10 sultry hues, features a sheer lace waistband for a barely-there feel, and comfortably fits sizes 2 to 12. Bloomingdale’s reviewers agree, with one saying, “Most comfortable underwear ever! They look cute and stay hidden under clothes. I’ve worn Natori for years and the lace lasts through hundreds of washes no problem.” Looking to stock up? You can save $12 by buying three pairs.
20. These super-soft towels
The last thing you want after a shower is a scratchy old rag scraping your sensitive skin. As one of the best bath towels we’ve ever tested, this one by Matouk is perfect for folks who prefer that super plush, almost too-plush feel. Available in 19 colors, they’re an ideal way to spruce up your bathroom’s color palette whether you choose the bath towel, tub mat, or washcloth. “Like getting wrapped in a cloud, this towel hits the sweet spot of softness and heft,” says one reviewer. “It dries quickly and is generously proportioned. A home run!”
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