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The Best Household Products, According to 40,000 Shoppers

The votes are in—say hello to 2019's Products of the Year. From cleaners to crackers, these are the top picks, according to more than 40,000 consumers nationwide.

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Automatic Dish Care

Those looking for a dish detergent that delivers sparkling clean dishes after every single wash without leaving behind residue in the detergent compartment will want to check out the FINISH Max-in-1 Powerball. In the category of Automatic Dish Care, Product of the Year survey respondents ranked it a reliable best bet. These Amazon products that have practically perfect reviews are also clear winners.

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Air Wick Essential Oils Diffuser Mist Kit (Gadget + 1 Refill), Fresh Water Breeze, Air Freshenervia amazon.com

Air Care

When Product of the Year survey data was analyzed, the results were clear: Air Wick’s Essential Mist diffuser keeps spaces feeling fresh and clean. It operates intermittently, meaning that not only does this keep the room from being overpowered by a strong scent, but your product also lasts longer too.

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Gold Emblem Abound Bite-Sized Quinoa, White Cheddar, 3.5 OZvia cvs.com

Better For You Snack

If you have to eat on the go, and convenience store food is the most realistic option, drive thyself to the nearest CVS. The brand’s Gold Emblem abound White Cheddar Flavored Bite-sized Quinoa & Rice Cakes are a top pick for the salty, crunchy taste, all for 120 calories per serving.

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Specially Selected Sliced Sourdough Roundvia instacart.com

Bread

As any savvy shopper already knows, ALDI is a treasure trove of grocery store savings, with more than its fair share of premium brand surprises—and here’s how they can keep their prices so dang cheap. This ALDI Specially Selected Sliced Sourdough Round is one of them, a top pick by Product the Year survey participants in a category that everyone takes seriously…ahh bread.

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Del Monte Fruit & Oats Snack Cups, Apple Cinnamon, 7-ounce cups, 2-Pack via amazon.com

Breakfast

Yes, you know that meal prep has its advantages. But you also live in the real world and some weekends, there simply isn’t the time. When manic Monday arrives and you’re doing your level best to look alive in time for work, toss this Del Monte Fruit & Oats cup in your bag. In the Breakfast category, it was named a hands-down winner for its filling fiber content, Omega-3’s, and lack of artificial flavors and sweeteners.

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Java House Cold Brew Coffee Pods, Sumatran, 6 Countvia walmart.com

Caffeinated Product

Cold brew coffee lovers, rejoice! In the competitive category of Caffeinated Product, guess what beat all? Java House Cold Brew, which you can make in a flash on your home Keurig. Psst! If you prefer your coffee iced, these are the prepping hacks you need in your life.

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Candy

All those years after Bart Simpson snarled that none of us dare lay a finger on his Butterfinger, the candy bar remains a fan favorite, and for good reason—it’s still awesome. Did you know in its miniature form—the Butterfinger BBs—this buttery, crunchy chocolately wonder that always gets stuck in the roof of your mouth was the most popular candy of 1992? Find out the most popular candy in the year you were born.

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Rain-X Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent 32 FL OZ, VOTED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2019! - 620100via walmart.com

Car Care

It’s good to know that the best-loved product in the Car Care category is also one that can help you see the roads more clearly. Survey respondents raved over this Rain-X Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent. In a real downpour, that extra layer of protection can make a huge difference (not to mention extending the life of your wiper blades).

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Fresh Step Clean Paws Multi-Cat Low Tracking Cat Litter, Low Dust, Scented, with The Power of Febrezevia amazon.com

Cat Care

In the Cat Care category, The Clorox Company’s Fresh Step Clean Paws took top billing. A standout for its sustained performance, with low tracking and low dust being among the top cited reasons, this is one Product of the Year that will be a purr-fect fit for feline owners.

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Bush’s Best Black Bean Fiesta Savory Beans, 15.5 oz (Pack of 12) via amazon.com

Convenience Meal

All hail the one-dish dinner! Even better when in it’s a can, costs less than $2, and tastes like it took serious effort. Bush’s Black Bean Fiesta delivers on all those points, a hearty side but also more than capable of standing on its own as an entree, which is why it garnered the award for Product of the Year’s 2019 Convenience Meal category.

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Nabisco Oreo Thins Sandwich Cookies, 10.1 Oz.via walmart.com

Cookie

Survey respondents take their Cookie category seriously. And much-loved as Milk’s Favorite Cookie already is (oh Oreo, how we love you!), it’s no surprise that a sister product—Oreo Thins Bites—established its rightful place as 2019’s Product of the Year, Cookie category. Got milk? Find out the perfect length of time to dunk your Oreo according to science.

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Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid, 23oz, Dishwasher Rinse Agent & Drying Agent via amazon.com

Dish Booster

Ever opened the dishwasher only to find contents that are um, less than clean? As far as dish boosters go, this is one of those products that consumers sometimes are wary about adding to their carts, with concerns about cost versus performance near the top of the list. This FINISH Jet-Dry Rinse Aid puts those fears to rest, producing pristine plates, glasses, and flatware wash-after-wash.

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Comfort Zone Calming Vests for Dogs, for Thunder and Anxiety, Large (29-34" Chest)via amazon.com

Dog Care

If your dog is one of those that goes into hiding at the first sound of thunder—and here’s why dogs do—Product of the Year’s Dog Care category winner might be of interest. Ditto for those whose furry friends experience anxiety. The vest is designed to give its wearers a soothing, swaddling-like effect.

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Playtex Simply Gentle Glide Multipack Unscented Tampons with Regular and Super Absorbencies, 50 Count (Packaging May Vary)via amazon.com

Feminine Care

It’s uncomfortable and annoying enough to have your period, right? At least you can minimize the misery with a product that 40,000 consumers can agree on; in the Feminine Care product assessment, survey participants consistently recommended Playtex Simply Gently Glide Tampons. To help ease bloating and cramps, try these foods to eat during your period.

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Fresh Entrée

When you want a fresh-tasting entrée that you don’t have to make yourself and waiting for delivery takes too long and costs too much, try Cooked Perfect Fresh Meatballs. These grab and go winners of the Fresh Entree category come in Beef & Pork flavors as well as Chicken.

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LEAN CUISINE ORIGINS Tuscan-Style Vegetable Lasagna – Frozen Meal with 15g of Protein, Made with Organic Ingredients, No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives, 11.75 oz. Boxvia walmart.com

Frozen Entrée

In the Frozen Entrée category, Lean Cuisine Origins earned the 2019 Product of the Year distinction. Reviewers selected Lean Cuisine Origins as the clear winner in the Frozen Entree category, in part because of its many flavors and varieties.

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Tic Tac Sugar Free Gum Freshmint, 12 count via amazon.com

Gum

The minty freshness of a Tic Tac in chewing gum? Yes, please! Product of the Year consumers agreed, declaring Tic Tac Gum the indisputable winner in the crowded chewing gum category. Did you know that chewing gum can actually help improve your memory? It’s true—and that’s just one of the many surprising benefits of chewing gum.

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Contour Next ONE Blood Glucose Monitoring System KIT With 10 Stripsvia amazon.com

Health System

If diabetes care is a part of your regimen, chances are you’re always on the lookout for high-quality meters and supplies that also won’t break the bank. The Contour Next One Smart Meter and App System monitors blood glucose monitoring and includes ten testing strips.

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ZYN - Holistic Wellness Health Drink CURCUMIN + PIPERINE 12 pack (Variety Pack) via amazon.com

Healthy Beverage

In the Healthy Beverage category, Product of the Year consumers declared Zyn’s Holistic Wellness beverage tops. It comes in four flavors, Lemon Ginger, Mango Lychee, Mixed Berry, and Pomegranate Cranberry, each loaded with 200 milligrams of curcumin, the equivalent of what’s found in ten to 15 turmeric roots. Turmeric is known to be one of the healthiest spices you can add to your diet, and for good reason: here are 10 benefits of turmeric.

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Scrubbing Bubbles Bubbly Bleach Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Rainshower, 24 ozvia amazon.com

Household Cleaning

Give it up for everyone’s least favorite chore! At least you can make cleaning the toilet easier with Product of the Year’s 2019 winner in the Household Cleaning category. One of the best things about Scrubbing Bubbles Bubbly Beach Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner is its bottle design; the S-shaped neck makes it easier to squirt this grime-eliminating liquid right at the rim, where most traditional-looking bottles are a total miss. Before you grab a bottle and go to town, check out the ways most of us are cleaning our bathrooms all wrong.

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Reynolds Kitchens Quick Cut Plastic Wrapvia amazon.com

Household Essentials

In the Household Essentials category, Reynolds KITCHENS Quick Cut Plastic Wrap was cited time and again as the must-have, best-in-class option as a cover for leftovers and cooking.

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Nightfood, Sleep Expert Approved - Nighttime Ice Cream, Variety Pack, Pint (8 Count) via amazon.com

Ice Cream

Go ahead and make ice cream your late night snack, the Nightfood brand won’t keep you up. With flavors including “Full Moon Vanilla” and “Cookies N’ Dreams,” the award-winning ice cream is made in consultation with behavioral sleep experts, a nutritionist who specializes in the connection between food and sleep, along with chef and restaurateur Chris Santos.

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Halls Kids Strawberry Cough and Sore Throat Pops - for Children - 60 Pops (6 bags of 10 Pops) via amazon.com

Immediate Relief

When you need something to soothe your child right away, Halls Kids Throat Pops are the answer. This Product of the Year winner in the Immediate Relief category comes in several kid-friendly flavors, including Cherry, Strawberry, and Vitamin C orange. Each includes the same cough suppressant formula for which Halls is known at a kid-safe level.

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Kinder Joy Chocolate Candy Eggs with Surprise Toy Inside, Easter Basket Stuffers, 6 Count via amazon.com

Kids Novelty Snack

For a grab-and-go treat you can toss in your bag, survey participants picked Kinder Joy as their go-to option. Each egg-shaped package includes wafers and milk cream, along with a surprise toy. Yum and fun!

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Purex Crystals in-Wash Fragrance and Scent Booster, Lavender Blossom, 39 Ouncevia amazon.com

Laundry Booster

There is laundry that meets the technical definition of “clean”, and then the stuff that smells so good it makes a trip to your closet feel like you’ve stepped into a meadow. Laundry boosters are to thank for these wondrous, lingering scents, but which one to choose? Survey results from 2019’s Product of the Year point to Purex Crystals. Just a half capful sprinkle in the wash can give you a fresh laundry scent that lasts for days.

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Tide Pods Ultra Oxi Liquid Detergent Pacs, 32 Little Capsulesvia amazon.com

Laundry Pacs

There is mighty cleaning power in those mini Tide Pods; the Ultra Oxi tablets are this year’s Product of the Year in the Laundry Pacs category, Instead of first having to pre-treat stains, users can toss one of these Pods into the wash. The Pods include color protector and other built-in treatments that can simplify the steps of your standard laundry routine.

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Dawn Platinum Power Clean Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap, Refreshing Rain, 28 oz via amazon.com

Liquid Dish Soap

Dawn Platinum took top honors thanks to its cleaning performance, de-greasing properties, and value per ounce. And it does more than just wash pots and pans—try one of these extraordinary uses for dishwashing soap.

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Liquid Laundry

If you prefer your laundry detergent in liquid form, take note that Tide Fresh Coral Blast stood out amongst all other competition in the Liquid Laundry category. Like other products in the Tide family, this detergent effectively cleans and refreshes garments, even in cold water.

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Crest Toothpaste Gum Detoxify Deep Clean, 4.1oz (Pack of 3)via amazon.com

Oral Care

Though it’s $6 price tag is a bit steep compared to your everyday toothpaste, Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Cleaning Toothpaste delivers superior gum care and prevents plaque buildup. These are the 14 teeth-whitening products dentists actually use themselves.

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Paper Towels

If you’ve gone cheap on paper towels, you don’t know it until it’s too late. Brawny’s Tear-A-Square, on the other hand, with strong absorbent properties, will never disappoint.

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Side Dish

When you need a side dish in a hot minute (err, make that four to six minutes), it’s Idahoan Mashed Potatoes for the win. This carton contains 65 servings, enough to feed a hungry crew, and then some.

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Honu Sunscreen Superior Sun Protection by Starco Brands - With Patented Spray Wand Technology and Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Allows Sunscreen Coverage to all Hard to Reach Spots (2-Pack) via amazon.com

Skin Protection

Before you pack your Spring Break bags, take heed of Honu Sunscreen. It comes with a spray wand too, sparing users the awkward agony of maneuvering hard to reach shoulders and backs during sunscreen applications.

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Black Forest Gummy Bears Candy, 4.5 Ounce Bag, Pack of 12via amazon.com

Sugar Confections

When your sweet tooth strikes and it’s time for a sugar fix, you could do a lot worse than Product of the Year’s 2019 Sugar Confections winner. Black Forest Gummy Bears may not be a health food, but at 130 calories for a 15-piece serving, it’s a light-enough indulgence worth the occasional splurge.

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Earth Grown Chickenless Tendersvia instacart.com

Vegetarian Entrée

In the category of Vegetarian Entrée, ALDI’s Earth Grown Chickenless Patties and Tenders ranked as the best in its class. Read on for the 24 things you should always buy on Amazon.

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Rebecca C. Walden
Rebecca C. Walden is a freelance writer with Deep South roots, an Alabama native now living in north Texas. Her writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Huffington Post, Southern Living, and many other regional publications, focusing on everything from health and wellness to parenting, family, and women's interests. Walden also writes for corporate clients in finance, government, healthcare, and higher education. Check out her latest work @rebeccacwalden.com.