These are the best travel, health, and beauty products of 2019
In life and leisure, these are the purchases we know you'll love
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Throughout the year, our experts test a lot of products that people use in their daily lives—everything from mattresses to luggage to yoga mats to health and beauty products. The top products in these categories can make life easier and more joyful. The following are the ones that we've determined to be the best of the best, the ones worthy of spots on our Reviewed 100 for 2019.
Travelpro's Platinum Magna 2 is the best suitcase to invest in. It’s solid construction will survive years of vacations, trips back and forth from college, or extended business travel.
The 29-inch design offers 137 liters of packing space, which was more than adequate to house all of the items we packed into it during testing. Its rugged Cordura exterior ensures it'll come out of your plane's cargo hold in one piece, no worse for wear. The suitcase, which measures 29 x 20.5 x 12.75 inches in size and weighs just over 11 pounds, has four spinner wheels that are aligned by magnets. This guarantees that all of the wheels move in the same direction at the same time, no matter which way you push or pull the suitcase. Whether you’re wheeling through customs or throwing it in the back of a rental car, this suitcase is easy to use.
If you're in the market for a stylish bag to take aboard the plane, we really like Away's Bigger Carry-On. The compartments inside are very functional, including sections for shoes, toiletries, clothes, and even dirty laundry. With its sleek design, ejectable battery, innovative compression system, and personalization options, the Away isn’t so much a piece you own but a companion with whom you’ll share your most precious travel memories.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred was our Best Overall pick for the best travel credit card, the best credit card for cruises, the best hotel credit card, as well as the best credit card with travel insurance. We like the combination of points and perks that comes with its relatively modest $95 annual fee and we think that any traveler would do well with this card in their wallet.
Nectar is far and away the best mattress we’ve tested to date, thanks to its perfect balance of firmness and plushness and its middle-tier price. The first thing our tester noticed upon lugging the box up the two flights of stairs to her apartment was how light it felt compared to others. It’s actually only a few pounds lighter, but that can make all the difference for installation.
The company also offers "white glove" delivery that starts at $149. Our test mattress had a bit of a weird "packaged" smell at first, despite the site claiming you shouldn’t notice any odors, but that dissipated after about 12 hours and "was never an issue for me, my partner, or our cat," our tester wrote.
The Tuft & Needle is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a bit more support in a mattress. By far the least expensive model we tested, it was a favorite for its firmness. It's supportive yet soft, so getting in and out of bed isn’t difficult or painful. In both clinical and practical testing, we found that the mattress mitigates movement well which means that a tossing-and-turning partner won’t wake you up.
The mattress is cased in a mattress cover that’s designed to be breathable, though it is slightly cheap-feeling than others and bunched up a bit beneath tight-fitting sheets, though not distractingly so. Tuft & Needle's excellent, prompt, friendly customer service is a perk, as well. At this intersection of price and quality, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better pick.
The Xtreme Comforts pillow, despite its overzealous name, is the pillow we're happiest to recommend for most people. Where it really shines is its customizability. The pillow’s packaging states that is is intentionally overstuffed for the user to modify to their desired loft. Our tester removed about a quarter of the bamboo memory foam and kneaded the pillow until the foam was evenly redistributed and it felt comfortable to lie on. As the foam is shredded, you don't feel lumps and bumps—the contents mold around your head, neck, and spine so you feel supported.
It might seem a little strange that the least expensive comforter in our testing roundup beat out its competition, especially when several are more than 10 times the cost—we were surprised, too. But our testing scores don’t lie.
The Linenspa Comforter edged out the other comforters in a few key areas. It's super-soft, thanks to its microfiber fabric, which is almost a shame to cover with a duvet. It's incredibly warm, filled with a hypoallergenic down alternative. It also comes in every size you could want, from Twin XL to California King, in white and several basic colors and patterns to choose from. With the exception of the white, these comforters are reversible to give you two styling options, or you may cover with a duvet, though there's no need as the fabric washes beautifully.
Here’s the skinny on these amazing sheets, which bested 10 other brands for the top spot on our test. Each set comes with a pillowcase or two (based on size), a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 15 inches deep. The 100 percent cotton fabric is constructed in a sateen weave, which means the sheets are smooth to the touch and have a somewhat shiny appearance. The Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheets aced our other tests, as well. They wrinkle significantly less than other options, likely due to their sateen weave, and stains came out easily.
There are more than a dozen standard colors and patterns to choose from, and you can get this set in sizes from Twin XL to California King.
For that tucked-in feeling, the Gravity Blanket was the most luxurious and well-crafted weighted blanket we tested. While the price isn’t cheap, this blanket’s quality construction will likely last for years to come. The model we used measures 72 by 48 inches, roughly the size of a small throw, and it comes in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options, as well as two colors. The weight is just right, providing a comforting amount of pressure without feeling suffocating, and because the blanket isn’t too thick, you don’t get too hot while sleeping under it. Plus, the velvet cover feels incredibly luxurious and cozy. We also like that this blanket isn't bulky, making it easier to fold up and store than several other options. Its cover is also machine-washable, unlike much of the competition.
For many runners, the only thing more important than the shoes on their feet is the GPS watch on their wrist. Our testers, avid runners themselves, selected the Garmin 245 Music as the best option out there for recording runs and displaying stats—such as time, distance, and pac—on the run.
Like most running watches, the 245 also tracks daily steps, sleep, and other workouts such as bike rides and swims. It has some smartwatch features, including calendar, text, and phone alerts, and weather report. In addition, many premium features that were once only available on pricier Garmin models have trickled down to the mid-priced 245, including free race training plans, the ability to design and follow workouts from your wrist, and safety and tracking options that allow you to share your activity and location to others via email or text.
Some of us need a bit more motivation to get up and moving. The Fitbit Charge 3's activity reminders, its massive battery life, its easy-to-use interface and app, and its community of users make this our top fitness tracker. You can view all of your stats (steps, heart rate, calories burned, distance moved, etc.) on the tracker, and its side button and touch screen makes it easy to navigate and view your info. These stats also sync to the Fitbit app, so you can track everything there in greater detail. You can enable notifications for texts, calendar events, and weather updates, and use it to track all kinds of workouts, including swimming, as it's fully waterproof. What really stands out with the Charge 3 is the battery life. It lasted 10 days the first time we charged it and continued to impress us.
When it comes to establishing a regular yoga practice, having a great mat is of the utmost importance. The Lululemon Reversible impressed our testers with its tactile surface that allows you to firmly plant your hands and feet without slipping while switching or holding poses. The rubber base has just the right amount of softness for comfort without causing unsteadiness. It’s easy to wipe down after a workout, too, though it does take some time to fully dry. And while it's a bit on the heavy side, it rolls small, which is great for portability.
If you only want to zap excess moisture to avoid sleeping on or leaving the house with wet hair, this dryer can do that in less than five minutes—yes, it’s that powerful. When our lab experts tested the dryers’ strength by balancing ping-pong balls above each nozzle and turning on the highest airflow options, the Bio Ionic surpassed most other dryers, with only one out-blowing it.
It's also among the lightest dryers we tested and is incredibly intuitive to use. In addition to the two power settings, the dryer has three heat settings (high, medium, and cool) one “cool down” button, and two nozzle accessories to help control airflow. Styled hair came out so smooth that our tester, who normally flat-irons her curly hair post-blowout, could skip that extra step.
Wahl is synonymous with professional hair grooming and has been a trusted brand in the industry for nearly 100 years, and this beard trimmer proved worthy of the prestige. It combines a sleek, travel-ready design with a comfortable and effortless trim. On top of it all, its impressive battery life is leagues above its competitors.
Right out of the box, the Wahl’s quality is apparent in its slender-yet-substantial stainless steel frame. This trimmer has a welcome heft to it and felt less like a toy and more like a professional grooming tool than others we tested. With a quick charge, the trimmer was ready for use and offered extremely fast and precise blade movement that made for a very comfortable trim. It’s not as easy to clean as a waterproof trimmer, but it’s not hard to keep blades in top shape with the included cleaning brush and oil.
While the Wahl trimmer may not offer the variety of trim lengths that some other trimmers do, there’s simply no replacement for the product’s quality, effectiveness, and battery life.
The InnoGear essential oil diffuser was by far our favorite, with its combination of thoughtful features and low price. The 150ml capacity means this diffuser can emit your favorite fragrance for seven to nine hours continuously, or nine to 11 hours on intermittent mode.
The water reservoir has a clearly-marked “max” line, but it also comes with a measuring cup so we could easily pour in the exact amount of water needed. Because the top locks onto the base instead of just lifting off like most other models, it was simple to take it from room to room without spilling the contents. The buttons on the front discreetly but clearly indicate which is for the light, and which is for the mist.
The InnoGear had everything we were looking for in a diffuser and at a low price. There are prettier diffusers out there, but the neutral look, helpful features, and affordable price convinced us that this is the best overall diffuser on the market right now.
There are other wool shoes on the market, but Allbirds stands above the rest in terms of design, comfort, and washability. Their unique aesthetic makes them one of the most recognizable shoes out there, and with a wide range of colors, your pair of Allbirds won’t necessarily look like those of your neighbor. And although all wool shoes are ultimately cozy and soft, Allbirds are the lightest our tester has tried and have a supportive sole that can withstand even the longest days of sightseeing and exploring. If you’re in search of your next great shoe obsession, Allbirds may just be the place to turn.
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