53 Products That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life in 2020
Kick off the decade with the products that will help you live your best life every single day.
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Set yourself up for success
A new decade, a new you—or at least a happier, more relaxed you! As the 2010s come to a close and the 2020s begin, there is no better time to invest in yourself and in things that will make your life easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. From gadgets and gizmos that will help you save time to personal care items, beauty products, and self-care devices that will kick stress to the curb, these are the gems that will make every day that much better in the year to come. Consider setting one of these 13 life-changing resolutions for your best year yet!
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A smarter trash can: Simplehuman Touch Free Voice Activated Double Bin Trash Can
Your hands are covered in chicken slime (aka potential food poisoning) but you need to throw the packaging away. Of course, you don’t want to touch any part of your trash can, because of the contamination risk. With this next-level voice-activated trashcan from Simplehuman, the smartest on the market, you can just tell it to open. It actually understands voice commands such as “open can” and “close can,” so no matter how full your hands are, you can toss everything in the trash without lifting a finger. Here are 11 other products that will become “smart” in 2020.
More functional travel wear: Mer Sea Luxury Travel Wrap
Stay warm, comfortable, and chic whether you are traveling abroad or just to the grocery store with this function-meets-fashion wrap from Mer Sea. What’s really unique about this piece is that you can use it as a wrap, a blanket, or even a pillow. It comes with a small bag, so all you have to do is place it inside—and voila! A super cozy place to rest your head.
A high-tech spotlight: Dyson Lightcycle Task Light
This technologically advanced task light has the ability to track and simulate natural daylight to ensure you have the right light for the right time of day. The Dyson Lightcycle Task light is also engineered to reduce eyestrain, providing powerful, high-quality light with glare control and low optical flicker. Now you can see your work, your book, or your knitting as clear as day even when it’s pitch-black outside.
Coffee on demand: OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee Maker
This sleek and streamlined coffee maker from OXO, which replicates the highly popular pour-over method, will help improve your daily grind in major ways: A single dial allows you to program the number of cups you want to brew (from two to nine) and when you want them brewed, reducing waste and giving you the best cup of java possible the second you walk into your kitchen. Now just make sure you’re not using your coffee maker wrong.
Cooking inspiration: America’s Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook
If your recipes are getting a bit stale, 2020 is the perfect time to invest in a new cookbook. While we are totally obsessed with every single one of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, America’s Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook is their most extensive so far. It includes 500 of their best recipes from the last two decades and will keep you creating culinary masterpieces for decades to come.
Hands-free cleaning: Shark IQ Robot
Robotic vacuums are all the rage simply because they can shave hours per week off your housework. This new Shark IQ Robot vacuum is the brand’s smartest yet. It features great suction, a self-cleaning brush roll, total home mapping (allowing you to choose which rooms to clean and which to avoid), and Alexa voice control. Still on the fence? Here’s how to know if robotic vacuums are worth it.
An organized pantry: OXO Good Grips POP Container Set
There is no better time to get organized than January when you can start with a clean slate. OXO POP Containers have been one of the brand’s bestselling items for several years. These airtight, space-saving storage containers that come in a variety of shapes and sizes keep your dry foods fresh and your pantry organized, and can be opened with a simple pop! They also stack super easily and neatly in your pantry. Don’t miss the Container Store products professional organizers swear by.
Easy-access herbs: AeroGarden Harvest Elite
Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to an herb garden 365 days a year? With the AeroGarden Harvest Elite, it has never been easier to access fresh herbs right in your own kitchen. The easy-to-use gadget uses herb pods —similar to Keurig pods—that pop right into the grower. Add some plant food every few weeks (your gadget will say when) and water when needed, and the AeroGarden will provide all the light needed to grow fresh, nutritious herbs. Here’s how to store herbs so they stay fresh.
Celebrity confidence: Madison Gold Vermeil Tube Hoops
Feel like a supermodel every day with the city-chic Madison Gold Vermeil Tube Hoops, designed in New York and famously loved by Kendall Jenner. These 18K yellow gold vermeil earrings from Bonheur Jewelry make a bold style statement but are actually super light, so you’ll feel as comfortable as you do confident.
Memories on autoplay: Aura Mason Digital Photo Frame
Digital photo frames are a great way to relive memories and share them with your friends and family. Aura’s Alexa-enabled frames, along with their easy-to-use app, allow you to send photos to any frame in your home—and even to the frames at Grandma’s house.
A cord-free vacuum: Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Dyson, one of the world’s leading purveyors of vacuum cleaners, just released a game-changing cord-free vacuum, offering up to 60 minutes of fade-free cleaning with twice the suction of any cord-free vacuum. It also features an LCD screen display, which runs a time countdown, and a High Torque cleaner head that intelligently adapts to different floor types. In case you were wondering, here’s why it’s worth it to splurge on a Dyson.
Office entertainment: Speks Stress Relief Desk Toys
Add a touch of zen to your workplace with these miniature magnetic toys, the perfect stress-reducing desk distraction. They are buildable, mashable, and smashable, so when your boss or coworkers are driving you nuts, you have something else to take it out on. Consider making your desk even more colorful with these whimsical office supplies.
A fun home workout: Echelon
Ready to work out at home? Great. Can’t afford a Peloton? No problem. We are huge fans of Echelon, a more cost-effective alternative indoor, interactive cycling experience. The Echelon EX1 Smart Connect Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike is the same idea as Peloton, but costs a fraction of the price. The only thing it lacks is a computer screen, but you can easily stream live classes as well as on-demand workouts from your phone or tablet. Check out these other fitness gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
A better night sleep: Emma Mattress
Start 2020 off well rested and rearing to go every morning! Though you might not have heard about Emma, one of the best-selling mattress brands in Europe, she is definitely making a splash stateside since launching here recently. It’s a high-quality, lower-cost alternative to some of the other boxed mattress brands, and if you aren’t sleeping more soundly in 100 days, you can return the mattress no questions asked. These are the 7 things you should consider before buying a new mattress.
A happier, healthier gut: The Chocolate Heart Probiotics
You may already know the near-magical power of probiotics to improve your microbiome—the communities of bacteria in your gut that keep your body happy and healthy. Gryph and Ivy Rose Chocolate Heart Probiotics is the brand’s most popular product. Now available in a dosage for adults, its active ingredients include a Live Probiotic Blend of Raw Cacao and Yacon Root, making this product vegan-approved for supporting healthy digestion.
Flawless Skin: Luna 3
Who doesn’t want celebrity skin in 2020? Chrissy Teigen swears by this small but smart app-controlled beauty gadget. The Luna 3 may be the softest skincare device in the beauty world. It features silicone touchpoints, helping lift away dirt, oil, and excess sebum with a 1-minute cleansing routine, while a firming facial massage leaves skin smoother. Don’t miss these other celeb-favorite beauty products.
The workout shoe you’ll actually use: Tiem Latus
Tiem, who popped onto the fitness radar with their superior cycling shoe, recently launched the Latus for all studio classes, including bootcamp, HIIT, tabata, and more. With a strapping system that’s built to support lateral movements and a patented TIEM Core technology, the Latus gives you the versatility to handle almost any workout, so you don’t have to worry about having the right gear for that new workout.
Better neck support: Purple Harmony Pillow
No more waking up with a stiff neck! Purple’s Harmony Pillow, offered in standard and tall sizes, uses the mattress brands trademark 360⁰ Purple Grid™ Hex technology to instantly adapt to your head and neck for personalized comfort. It provides ultra-durability (without any shape-shifting) and the Purple Grid Hex surrounds both sides of the pillow in a removable, easy-to-clean shell. Don’t miss the signs that it’s time for a new pillow.
Happy plants: 1-800-Flowers.com Fiddle Fig Leaf
Add some life to your home this year with the help of some gorgeous greenery. This Fiddle Fig Leaf from 1-800-Flowers will put a smile on your face, help purify your air, and add a style statement to your home. The best part? It is super easy to care for, as are these plants that grow even in low-light.
Healthy meals at the ready: HelloFresh
Starting at $7.49
Start 2020 off by eating well and saving a ton of time pouring through recipes and grocery shopping. HelloFresh is ideal for busy people who want a home-cooked meal and don’t have that much time to prepare it as well as the avid cook looking for new inspiration. Need more reasons to try a meal delivery service? Here are 8 delicious ways trying a meal service will change the way you cook.
A TV that’s also art: Samsung The Frame
The television set used to be considered an eyesore, with many people hiding theirs in an armoire or media center. However, this next-level TV courtesy of Samsung is a piece of art—literally. Samsung’s The Frame, available in a variety of screen sizes, doubles as a digital art frame when you aren’t watching it. You can buy digital art to display or subscribe monthly to an expansive art gallery and switch out masterpieces periodically.
A great-smelling home: Pura Diffuser Starter Kit
This next-level smart home air freshener gives you complete control of your home fragrance. Pura connects with your smart phone through an app, easily allowing you to adjust timing, scents, and intensity at any time—no matter where you are. The brand has also joined forces with popular home fragrance brands NEST and Capri Blue, offering some of the most sought-after scents on the market. Bonus: The diffuser doubles as a night light. These are the best home fragrances for every room.
Cleaner indoor air: Kaiterra Laser Egg
Making sure the air in your home is clean and safe will do wonders for your health, and may even save your life. The Laser Egg is powered by highly accurate optical sensors that count individual particles in the air. If your indoor air quality is compromised, it will alert you via an app on your tablet or smartphone so you can take action fast. It is WiFi enabled and works with other home appliances via Apple HomeKit and IFTTT. Don’t miss these other ways to help keep the air in your home clean.
A new sporting adventure: Bluefin Stand Up Paddle Board
There is no better time to take up a new outdoor activity than 2020! This bundle comes with everything you need to embark on a paddleboarding or kayaking excursion, including a dual-action pump, three-piece sports SUP/KAYAK paddle, carry bag, board leash, detachable fin, repair kit, and seat for kayak conversion.
Melted muscles: MagicHands™ truShiatsu™ Neck and Back Massager + Heat
Relieve back and neck pain in 2020 with the help of this compact massage gadget that is Oprah-endorsed. Place it on your neck, back, or shoulders, inserting your hands through the wrist supports. By using the tri-glide buckles right above the wrist supports you can manage the pressure of your massage. With its four deep-kneading massage nodes, it recreates the feeling of actual human hands with virtual thumbs, like a two-handed Shiatsu massage.
Cleaner home cooking: Hexclad Hybrid Nonstick Cookware 7 Piece Set
Up your game in the kitchen with a new, next-level cookware set. This seven-piece Hexclade Hybride Nonstick Cookware set is Oprah-endorsed, and comes with everything you need to cook up a storm—a 12-inch,10-inch and 8-inch Pan with lids as well as a 12-inch Wok. Here’s how to know if nonstick cookware is safe.
A sharper reflection: Simplehuman Sensor Mirror
Simplehuman’s new Sensor Mirror is basically the bathroom gadget you never knew you needed. The Alexa-enabled high-definition mirror features tru-lux light system technology, stimulating natural sunlight. And did we mention it also plays music? The mirror features an integrated speaker with Danish-designed 2.5-inch custom-built driver, fine-tuned to deliver rich, smooth, well-balanced sound that can fill almost any room. Here is everything you need to have a smart home.
More coffee: Keurig K-Duo Plus Single-Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker
So, you love the convenience of a Keurig but also want to have the option of brewing an entire pot of coffee. Instead of having to buy a Keurig and a coffee maker, now our favorite pod-fueled gadget is offering a two-in-one solution. This thin, sleekly design gadget includes a 12-cup thermal carafe, programmable carafe auto-brew, and an adjustable water reservoir to optimize counter space, as well as the option to pop in a single pod and brew just a cup!
Easier home cooking: Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker
Cook faster, healthier, and yummier with the help of Ninja Foodi’s seriously impressive and progressive gadgets, including the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker. lt will simplify your life by offering easier ways to quick-cook your favorite healthy dishes. If you’re short on time, here are more multi-functional kitchen gadgets to get dinner on the table fast.
A toast to the new year: Mionetto Prosecco Brut
Pop the cork on another trip around the sun. This Italian Prosecco, made from 100% Glera grapes from the province of Treviso, offers a luminous straw yellow hue and stylish mousse. The palate is marked by aromatic notes of honey and white peach. It pairs beautifully as an aperitif or give it a twist as a refreshing spritz.
Peace of mind with a sleeping baby: Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor
If the stork is coming in 2020, the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor system should be your first investment. The Alexa-enabled smart device will give you peace of mind when it comes to your most prized possession. Not only will you be able to watch your baby from anywhere, but you can hear her and speak to her with two-way audio. The monitor also offers sleep tracking and will give you personalized, science-backed sleep tips from leading pediatric sleep experts.
Affordable espresso: Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine
Save yourself hundreds of dollars in 2020 by making all of your favorite espresso-fueled beverages at home with Breville’s ultimate machine. Not only will it brew the perfect shot of espresso, but it features automatic microfoam milk-texturing, which means the automatic steam wand allows you to adjust the milk temperature and create a custom texture—not to mention little designs! Just make sure you’re not shortening the life of your coffee maker.
A way to keep track of your pooch: Fi Dog Collar
If you have one of those dogs who tend to run away, a tracking collar will ease your pet-related anxiety. The Fi Smart Dog Collar is the smartest collar on the market. It is also chew-proof, water-proof, and overall dog-proof. In addition to tracking where your dog is, the collar can also monitor your walks and activity—like a Fitbit for animals! (There is a small per-month monitoring fee.) A dog tracker is one of the tech gadgets all pet owners need.
Sharper hearing: BeHear Now
If you’ve been struggling to hear, look into BeHear Now. This personalizable Bluetooth stereo headset enhances all-around hearing for smartphone calls, audio play, and more.. It’s basically like a hearing aid, offering next-level functions and connectivity using a free app. It is customizable to your personal hearing status once you complete their simple hearing assessment. See how one woman needed hearing aids before age 50—and you might too.
Easier eggs: Negg Boiled Egg Peeler
Peeling eggs is a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. This nifty little kitchen tool will shave major time off your meal prep by peeling the protein-packed dairy product quickly and efficiently. Here are 15 other quirky kitchen gadgets you’ll actually want to use.
Tastier water: LifeFuels Smart Bottle
If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves healthy living, then you should definitely up your water consumption. This genius water bottle will seriously inspire you to chug away. The LifeFuels Smart Bottle can transform your drinking water into a flavor, vitamin, and nutrient-infused beverage. It comes equipped with three fuel pods stored in the base, which will create 30 totally customizable beverages. You can also track hydration and water consumption via a downloadable app. These are more of our favorite smart water bottles.
A slip-proof towel for your spinning bike: Drip SpinTowel
Whether you are dripping sweat at a spin class at your local gym or on your bike in the comfort of your own home, it’s likely you have encountered slippery handlebars, which is really irritating when you are in the middle of a great workout. Enter the Drip SpinTowel, a carefully designed towel set specific to the type of bike you ride. You simply place it over your bike’s handlebars, and you never have to worry about a slippery grip again.
More meaningful meditation: Muse 2 Brain Sensing Headband
It is scientifically proven that meditating boasts a bevy of health benefits. However, so many of us struggle to get into the zen zone. The Muse 2 Brain Sensing Headband does a lot of the work for you, helping you get and stay calm. Somehow, it manages to track your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements, helping guide your total meditation experience and measuring your progress. You can basically use your headphones to hear the sound of your mind and body. In addition to meditation, here are 10 other things that highly successful people do every morning.
De-stressing earbuds: Xen by Neuvana
When Neuvana launched their Xen stress-reducing earbuds earlier this year, they made quite the impression with the top tech reviewers in the world. The wellness device was designed by one of the top cardiac surgeons in the world and gently tones the vagus nerve (located in your ear) to improve your focus, help you sleep better, and reduce stress/anxiety. All you have to do is connect the earbuds to their smartphone app to start toning your vagus nerve while listening to your favorite music.
Doodle your way to zen: Buddha Board
A perfect de-stressing addition to your desk, the Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen concept of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece.
Bathtime made better: Kneipp Bubble Bath
Some bubble bath just makes your tub smell great, while Kneipp’s line of sensationally scented bubble bath actually boasts therapeutic benefits via color therapy. Lavender Relaxing Bubble Bath will transform your water blue, promoting harmony and a sense of calm, while this one, Lavender & Vanilla Dream Time Bubble Bath, a purple hue, encourages peacefulness and will aid in sleep. Find out 25 more inexpensive ways to relax.
DIY microdermabrasion: PMD Personal Microderm Pro
This at-home skincare device is truly revolutionary for anyone wanting perfect skin. It basically does the same thing as professional, in-office microdermabrasion treatments by combing patented spinning disc technology with perfectly calibrated vacuum suction. Use it weekly and pretty soon it will reduce the appearance of your fine lines and wrinkles, even out your skin tone and texture, blemishes, and dark spots, and minimize enlarged pores. Here are other beauty products worth giving and receiving—especially to yourself!
Prioritize self-care: Press PAUSE
There is no better time to put yourself first than in 2020. The Press PAUSE journal will help you achieve all of your self-care goals, giving you a space to take time out each week and reflect on where you are. Curl up in a cozy spot with your journal and a pen and enjoy the moment. These are the best self-care gifts for a friend in need of pampering.
Portable pull-ups: WorkHorse Fitness Portable Pull-Up Bar
You don’t have to hit the gym in order to do pull-ups! This portable, freestanding pull-up bar, which folds up for easy storage, will immediately transform any room into a workout studio. Perfect for anyone with fitness-fueled New Year’s resolutions!
SPF you’ll want to use: Solara Suncare Clean Freak Moisturizer
Don’t forget to protect your skin from dangerous rays. Solara Suncare’s collection of mineral-only sunscreens uses plants and botanicals to help renew, protect and prevent damage from stressors like the sun and digital + environmental pollution with SPF 30. Their “Clean & Supercharged™” formulas are also vegan, cruelty-free + Leaping Bunny certified, reef safe, dermatologist approved, fully recyclable, and proudly 100 percent woman-owned. Here are 14 other ways to prevent skin cancer, other than sunscreen.
Better selfies: ShiftCam 2.0: 6-in-1 Travel Set with Front Facing Lens
You will seriously up your social media game by outfitting your iPhone with this comprehensive lens kit that will help you get your perfect shot from any angle or distance. Rated the best lens for smartphones, the ShiftCam is also super easy to use, allowing you to shift lenses with just one hand.
A brighter smile: Linhart Tooth Whitener Gel
If you’d like whiter teeth but are intimidated by high-tech gadgets and can’t be bothered to wear slippery strips for hours, try Linhart Tooth Whitener Gel, developed by a duo of NYC dentists. Add a single drop of the gel to toothpaste and see teeth whiten noticeably after a single brushing. The whitening power comes from hydrogen peroxide with no harsh chemicals to cause sensitivity or harsh abrasives to damage enamel. There’s a reason Linhart gets five-star reviews on Amazon.
Like lullabies for adults: Wholetones 2 Sleep
Allow 2020 to be the year you finally say sayonara to insomnia. Wholetones 2Sleep is preloaded with three hours of sleep-inducing, frequency-based tunes created by speaker, author, and musician Michael S. Tyrrell. Since introducing the Wholetones program, Tyrrell’s tunes have helped so many people fall—and stay—asleep. Here are 21 other sleep products on Amazon that people love.
A rosy outlook: Kai Rose Eau De Parfum
Kick off the decade with a fragrance infused with Rose Absolute, known for its calming properties. In addition to smelling incredibly amazing, it can help soothe emotions and bring calm from the daily stresses of life, promote relaxation, and help with the “power surges” suffered by many women going through the normal change of life. Kai offers its rose scent in an eau de parfum, perfume oil, body oil, body lotion, body butter, and more. Find out what your favorite fragrance reveals about you.
“Dry clean” at home: The Laundress Signature Laundry Detergent
Two former Chanel and Ralph Lauren execs did the unthinkable…sold laundry detergent to Net A Porter and Barney’s and made the “chore” of doing laundry chic. Enter The Laundress, an eco-friendly line of detergent and fabric care that you can wash “dry clean only” items with. These chic smelling fully eco-friendly and biodegradable laundry soaps will save you lots of money in dry cleaning bills, and keep your clothes smelling great. These are more green cleaning products housecleaners swear by.
Deeper sleep: Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet
This functional jewelry promises to encourage deep, restful, and uninterrupted sleep. The idea behind it is that the electrical activity of our brain, cardiac, and nervous systems produce a bio-magnetic field within and around the body. Philip Stein’s Sleep Bracelets are embedded with Natural Frequency Technology which resonates with the body, enhancing our bio-magnetic field and helping restore the body’s ability to sleep more soundly. Avoiding these 12 innocent mistakes before bed will also improve your sleep.
For brighter, glowier skin: Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer Cream
Celebrity skincare guru Kate Somerville really hit the high note with this retinol & Vitamin C-infused moisturizer that visibly smooths, hydrates, and brightens for radiant, refreshed skin. Other impactful ingredients include hyaluronic acid, which helps replenish dehydrated skin, and wild gooseberry extract, which helps to soothe any potential sensitivity to retinol or Vitamin C while also battling other free radicals that contribute to premature aging. Find out the difference between retinol and retinoids.
Get dinner on the table faster: The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus
The latest and greatest offering from Instant Pot, the Duo Evo Plus is literally packed with functionality—it sautés, sous vides, steams, pressure cooks, slow cooks, warms, bakes cakes, ferments and pasteurizes—and shreds so much time out of your kitchen duties while expanding your culinary capabilities. It features over 20 enhancements and delivers your favorite meals up to 70 percent times faster than previous models. Buying an Instant Pot? Here are 10 accessories you need to have.
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