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As we celebrate the end of an incredible year and welcome a new decade, we’re taking a look back at this year’s bestselling products that Yahoo Canada readers love across all categories, from home to tech to beauty and fashion.
Here are the best products of the year, based on reader reviews and ratings.
These “figure-sculpting” leggings have racked up more than 4,800 five-star ratings and 6,400 promising reviews. They feature a no-slip waistband and are made from moisture-wicking, quick-dry material to absorb sweat, ensuring you stay cool during any activity. These leggings are available in sizes XXS to XXL.
Customer Review: “I love these leggings. They are soft, gently compressive without restricting movement. I wear them for walking hills, Pilates, and being a mom. I throw on a cardigan and I’m ready for the next thing on the list in comfort. I’m going to buy more after I finish this review.”
Shop it: Nordstrom, $81
Perfect for hiking, camping and backpack travel, the hollow membrane technology inside this portable filter gives you access to clean drinking water anywhere, keeping you safe and hydrated during all outdoor adventures. No batteries or moving parts required, it is said to remove 99.99 per cent of waterborne and bacteria and pesticides, ultimately surpassing EPA water filter standards. The LifeStraw has received more than 10,200 ratings.
Customer Review: “An essential part of your travel pack. Might it be in foreign countries or in the wood, the LifeStraw gives you that security that you are drinking clean water. I use it wherever I travel.”
Shop it: Amazon, $26
Perfect for both beginners and experts, this two-in-one brush and hairdryer is designed to achieve smooth, salon-quality blowouts at home in one easy step. This styling tool, built with a genuine ION generator, lets you dry your hair faster and gives you static, frizz-free styles. Its unique oval brush design works wonders for detangling hair and creating volume. Backed by more than 2,300 promising reviews and an average 4.4-star rating, it is also safe to use on all hair types and textures.
Customer Review: “Love this product. No joke, it works just like the commercials. Also doesn’t add any time doing it this way, either way, blow drying my hair takes ten mins.”
Shop it: Amazon, $65-95
These hypoallergenic wool dryer balls cut down static cling and drying time by 20 to 40 per cent while getting the softest laundry ever — without having to repurchase fabric softener and dryer sheets. On top of all that, they are free of chemicals, fillers and synthetics making it the perfect skin-loving alternative for those have sensitive skin, allergies, acne.
Customer Review: “These are amazing and really work well. Drying time is reduced, controls static and makes clothes softer. Not sure why anyone would want to use bounce sheets full of chemicals. I suppose not knowing (I used to use them years ago). If you want scent you can add a drop of your favourite essential oils.”
Shop it: Amazon, $19
This bra will most-likely be worn multiple times a week. It is a fan favourite for comfort and versatility. Intended to provide medium support for a B and C cup, it features four-way stretch and Lycra fibre for shape retention and high coverage. The Energy Bra has earned 2,300 reviews.
Customer Review: “The only bra to keep everything intact and get me through my hardest workouts. Love everything about it!”
Shop it: Lululemon, $54
Earning a solid 4.7-star rating and racking up more than 10,000 reviews, this bestselling multi-purpose cooking appliance is best known for its numerous smart programs, which are meant to replace up to nine common kitchen appliances. It helps you prep your meals with ease — from “baking” desserts to whipping up a roast chicken dinner to cooking chilli and stews in no time.
Customer Review: “This pressure cooker makes my life so easy. Chicken, ribs, pretty much any type of meat tender, fall off the bone in 1 hr. Apparently you can make cake too. Haven't tried yet. Saute feature is pretty amazing too. I can cook everything in one dish. Easy to clean. I originally bought this as a rice cooker. Perfect rice in 12 mins. Every time. Slow cooker feature is better than my old slow cooker. Easier. I prefer pressure cooking everything now tho. This has made dinners so easy. I love this!”
Shop it: Amazon, $100 (originally $160)
Everlane’s The Cashmere Crew is a soft-to-the-touch relaxed crewneck sweater. It is ideal for an easy, timeless look. Plus, it's made of certified Grade-A cashmere from Inner Mongolia, which is more durable, pills less, and gets softer with wear. This is Everlane’s no.1-selling style and has nearly 5,000 reviews.
Customer Review: “Love the colour and how soft and warm it is. I think it’s a great little sweater for dressing up or for more casual occasions.”
Shop it: Everlane, $132
This clean formula uses only premium, organic ingredients, valuable Vitamin C, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate - all of which are highly effective for absorbing into the skin and diminishing the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This serum has earned 6,688 ratings.
Customer Review: “Having used Hyaluronic Acid for many years, and mixing it with another product vitamin C Serum, I was delighted when I found Amazon was carrying this product with vitamin C and Bonus vtamin E, I have purchased this product often and have given it to friends to use and to try. At the age of 69 years, I easily pass for a lady much younger. This is a vital product for women to use on a daily basis.”
Shop it: Amazon, $28
A healthier and more convenient alternative to deep frying, this air fryer delivers the same deliciously crunchy taste of fried food with little to no oil. Enjoy your favourite fried foods with 11 preset smart programs. A favourite of Amazon shoppers, this air fryer has more than 6,100 reviews.
Customer Review: “Buy this. If I'd know that you can fry with little to no oil I've would but one long ago... Cooked fries, samosas and spring rolls. Should spray a little oil on fries for even cooking as recommended. This cooks fast and efficient. Nice and large to cook bigger meals. Display and buttons look nice. Preheat and shake buttons are great. Super easy to clean. You won't be disappointed with this purchase. Trust me.”
Shop it: Amazon, $130
Earning a whopping 150,000 “loves” on Sephora, Tarte’s Color Splash is a lipstick the beauty community can’t get enough of. Available in 26 shades, the product is adored for its long-wear, colour pay off and creamy matte finish. Not only does it score high for being 100 per cent vegan in addition to its longevity and shade range, but it’s powered with marine plant extracts, shea butter and olive oil to help nourish lips and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Customer Review: “I have been passively looking for that perfect my-lips-but-better shade forever. Everything always seems to go on too bright and too pink. I was in the store trying to find something else when my eye passed over this lipstick display and I stopped dead in my tracks. I had singled out 5 o'Clock in a sea of rosy-nudes and knew it was the one.”
Shop it: Sephora, $28
Just plug the Fire TV Stick into your HDTV and you’ll have access to tens of thousands of movies, sports channels, and TV episodes on Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Apple TV, Crave, CTV, NHL, Prime Video and others. With the Alexa Voice Remote, just press and ask to find your favourite movies and TV shows, plus live news and sports, while the all-new power and volume buttons give you more control. Not only was this entertainment must-have a bestseller throughout this year’s Prime Day, Black Friday and Boxing Day, but it has also racked up a whopping 11,780 reviews and 4.5-average rating.
Customer Review: “It's unbelievable what this little thing can do for the price. 1. It runs an excellent Bell Fibe TV app that lets me wirelessly watch my cable TV subscription on any display in the house instantly. 2. It lets me stream and view my photos (and more importantly, HD videos) through the Amazon Photos app. 3. Runs a bunch of great streaming services as well, most notably Netflix. Everything about it (the design, the remote, the interface, the setup) was just so intuitive and so easy to use. I'm completely blown away, it is an Apple TV killer for me.”
Shop it: Amazon, $50
The revolutionary tub drain neatly collects hair around it without mess or tangles — human and pet alike. TubShroom fits any standard shower bathtub drain with a snug fit. The unique mushroom-like shape allows for maximum water flow so you can keep on showering, earning its nearly 24,000 ratings.
Customer Review: “Gone are the days of digging around in the tub drain for the absolutely stupid amount of long, thick hair that I shed in the shower. The TubShroom sits neatly in the drain, about half an inch out, as advertised. It absolutely does not impact water flow at all when running the shower.”
Shop it: Amazon, $15
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.