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These are the best health and beauty products of 2020

Reviewed's 2020 Best of Year awards

Reviewed's 2020 Best of Year: Health and Beauty Credit: Lululemon

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There's no countering that 2020 was quite the surprise. While many of you probably put down your hair styling tools and took a brief break from your normal grooming habits early on into the coronavirus pandemic, that gave way to upgrading your home with things like new bed sheets and reinvesting your time into exercise with workout apps.

Something you can count on, despite the chaos of this year, is that our expert reviewers and lab testers have continued to test best-selling, buzzed-about products to bring you recommendations you can trust.

Here are our favorite health and beauty products, or jump to all the 2020 Best of Year awards.

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Best Hair Straighteners
Hot Tools Professional Black Gold Micro-Shine Flat Iron

Regardless of whether your hair is curly, wavy, damaged, or in pristine condition, a flat iron should smooth over it with ease for a sleek, straight style. The Hot Tools Professional Black Gold Micro-Shine Flat Iron does just that and it has intuitive buttons, a wide variety of temperature settings ranging from 205°F to 455°F, and it audibly chimes so you know when it's ready for use. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Chimes when ready

  • Durable

  • Wide range of temperature settings

Cons

  • None that we could find

Bio Ionic
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Best Hair Dryers
Bio Ionic GrapheneMX Professional Dryer (2019)

A great hair dryer is essential for anyone who dislikes going to bed or leaving the house with sopping hair. If you want to zap excess moisture, the Bio Ionic GrapheneMX Professional Dryer can do that in about five minutes with its powerful airflow. And if you want to give yourself a blowout, this can do so in about 30 minutes. The dryer is intuitive to use and weighs less than a pound, so it's comfortable to wield while styling. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Dries hair in five minutes

Cons

  • None that we can find

GHD
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Best Curling Wand
GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand

Whether you're going for tight ringlets or loose curls for an undone style, the GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand should be your go-to. It's intuitive, heats up quickly, and has a tapered, slightly gritty-textured barrel to keep your hair from sliding while you're styling. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Heats up quickly

  • Well-placed kickstand

Cons

  • None that we found

Dyson
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Best Splurge Hair-Styling Tool
Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete

For the ultimate at-home wannabe hair stylist who wants the flexibility of different barrel sizes for a curling iron, we recommend the Dyson Airwrap Styler. The kit includes two 1.2-inch Airwrap barrels (for spiral curls—each barrel curls a different direction), two 1.6-inch Airwrap barrels (for looser curls), a round volumizing brush (for a voluminous blow-dry), and a pre-styling hair dryer to remove excess moisture when you want to style freshly washed hair. Unlike other hair styling tools, you can use any of the attachments on damp hair, cutting your styling routine in half. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Includes a lot of attachments

  • Can use on damp hair

Cons

  • Expensive

Boxy Charm
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Best Beauty Subscription Boxes
Boxycharm

Like getting new beauty products to test out? The Boxycharm subscription box is a must-try. It features five full-size makeup and skincare products from a variety of brands, including high-end ones you'd find at Sephora, like Glamglow and Fenty Beauty. One product of the five typically retails for more than the price of the box, guaranteeing a great value. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Five full-size products

  • Great variety

  • Includes high-end brands

Cons

  • None that we could find

Nectar Mattress
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Best Mattress in a Box
The Nectar Mattress

For a mattress that suits all sleepers’ needs at a mid-tier price, look to Nectar. Our tester raved that it struck the must-have balance between firm and plush, and neither she nor her partner felt nary a stir if the other tossed or turned during the night. The company is so confident that you’ll love it, too, it offers a full-year trial period for returns if you’re not satisfied. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Balances firm and plush

  • Lighter weight

  • Long trial period

Cons

  • Produced odor for first 12 hours after opening

Leesa Hybrid
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
Best Upgrade Mattress in a Box
The Leesa Hybrid

Got a few extra bucks in the bed budget? You cannot go wrong with the Leesa Hybrid. This luxe mattress features layers of foam atop responsive coils, which our sleep writer said felt like a dream from the first night. To this day, it's still the one she pines for. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Comfortable for all sleep positions

  • Balances firm and soft

  • Luxury feel

Cons

  • Pricey

  • Strong initial odor

  • Heavy

Peloton+ bike
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Best Exercise Bike
The Peloton Bike+

Peloton’s new Bike+ combines all the best features of its original bike, including a smooth pedaling experience with streaming live and on-demand classes taught by incredible instructors. But two upgrades sealed its spot as our recommendation for best exercise bike with connected features. In the on-demand classes, the Auto Follow feature changes the bike’s resistance right when the instructor calls it out—no futzing with the knob (or cheating!). The tablet also rotates all the way around, making it easier to do floor workouts off the bike, including yoga, HIIT, and bike bootcamp classes—in which you hop on and off the bike to mix strength training in with cardio bike sets—without having to crane your neck to see the screen.

Pros

  • Auto-adjusting resistance

  • Informative and customizable metrics

  • Great sound and video quality

Cons

  • Shoes and accessories sold separately

  • Screen may wobble during hard efforts

  • Handlebars not very adjustable

Best Overall
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Best Bed Sheets
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

If you're looking to treat yourself to feeling of luxury each night, you'll want Brooklinen sheets. They're made of 100% cotton in a sleek sateen weave, which makes them smooth to the touch with a slight sheen—and, as a bonus, doesn't wrinkle much in the laundry. They also have a heavier feel than other sheets we tested, though this didn't cause our tester to overheat while trying them. With a wide range of colors—from pale pink to checks to classic white—you'll feel happy each time you make up your bed. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Fits mattresses up to 15" deep

  • 100% cotton

  • Plenty of colors to choose from

Cons

  • Not available in Split King sizing

  • You'll feel sad when you have to take them off your bed to wash

Linen Spa
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Best Comforters
Linenspa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter

The Linenspa comforter wowed us in nearly all aspects of our testing, from its silky-soft exterior fabric to its warm-but-not-heavy, down-alternative fill to its easy machine-washability. But what got us really jazzed to award it our Best Comforter honors? Its astounding lowest-of-the-test price. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Soft microfiber exterior

  • Affordable

  • Not prone to staining

Cons

  • Color doesn't match online image

  • Low quality stitching

Coop Home Goods Original Pillow
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Best Bed Pillows
Coop Home Goods Original Pillow

The Coop Home Goods Original Pillow takes top honors as our best pillow pick for one very versatile reason: You can remove or add the shredded-foam fill to find the ideal loft and support for cradling your head and neck, regardless of the sleep position you prefer. It’s our favorite pillow for side sleepers and back sleepers, and while this version can be thinned down to suit stomach sleepers as well, the company offers the also-excellent Coop Home Goods Eden pillow that we especially love for them. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Adjustable fill

  • Washable

Cons

  • May need to tinker with fill levels

  • Needs to air out

Headspace outside
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Best Meditation App
Headspace

For daily guided meditations or for an occasional calm session, Headspace is worth the download and the membership, according to our tests. The sessions will leave you feeling relaxed, calm, and ready to focus on your day. And each course is adjustable in length, so you can devote exactly how much time you have to practice. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Beginner friendly

  • Adjustable session length

  • Effective meditations

Cons

  • Less sleep specific content

  • No white noise option

Above yoga
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Best Yoga Mats
Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm

Whether you're a yogi or you're looking for an accessory to your meditation practice, we recommend the Lululemon Reversible Mat 5MM, as it provides a sturdy, non-slip base for yoga. Our tester says that the mat provides the ideal amount of cushion plus tactility to keep you steady through your poses, and the surface is easy to wipe down post-workout and dries quickly. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Surface has just the right amount of softness for comfort without wobbling

  • Easy to wipe down

  • Rolls up small, which is great for portability

Cons

  • Expensive

Fitbit Charge 3
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Best Fitness Tracker
Fitbit Charge 4

You don't need to have lofty exercise goals to enjoy the benefits of our favorite fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4. It offers the best combination of features that motivate you to make real lifestyle changes, whether you're looking to improve your activity level, your sleep habits, or even train for your first 5K. It's also comfortable to wear and has a companion app that's easy to use. Read the full review.

Pros

  • Comprehensive activity tracking features

  • Easy-to-use companion app

  • Comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Heart rate monitoring is unreliable during workouts

niketrainingclub
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Best Workout App
Nike Training Club

Of the 14 workout apps we tested, Nike Training Club rose through the ranks for its wide range of easy-to-follow programs and one-off workouts. Whether you consider yourself to be at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced fitness level, you can find workouts that suit you and you'll love how the app incentivizes you to keep up with exercise. The best part: It's free! Read the full review.

Pros

  • Wide range of programs and one-off workouts that can be done anywhere

  • Easy to switch off between programs and individual workouts

  • App incentivizes you to keep up with exercise in a non-annoying way

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Best Home Gym
Tonal

If you want to upgrade your home gym, Tonal, a Peloton-like smart gym that combines electromagnetic resistance cables for up to 200 pounds of load and streaming workout classes, is just the tool you need. Our tester loved the variety of high-intensity and strength-training classes and how a 25- to 35-minute class offered her a workout akin to an hour-long session at a typical workout studio. Read the full review.

Manscaped 3.0 trimmer
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar
Best Grooming Product for Men
Manscaped 3.0

Made famous by Shark Tank, Manscaped received our seal of approval for its Lawn Mower 3.0, a hair trimmer for "down there." The trimmer works well for delicate areas because of its LED light that illuminates the way and its comfortable-to-hold handle that makes it easy to maneuver around without nicking the skin. It's also a great option for tackling facial hair. Read the full review.

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