Each month we’ve been bringing you a roundup of Underscored readers’ favorite products from the past 30 days. Now that we’re more than halfway through 2020 (praise be), we’re taking a look at our readers’ most-purchased items on Amazon of the year so far.
Let this list be inspiration for a little retail therapy, and also some reassurance that people are learning to adapt to an unpredictable world — building comfortable work-from-home setups, finding creative ways to tell people they care and, of course, investing in the perfect loungewear.
From lap desks to breakfast sandwich makers, here are Underscored’s bestselling Amazon products of 2020. And if you’re looking for more goods, check out our roundup of our favorite problem-solving Amazon products and truly unusual Amazon goods.
Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel ($25; amazon.com)
Swap the salon pedicure for this extremely effective at-home peel. Just leave the mask booties on your feet for an hour, rinse and then watch in horrified delight as layers of dry, dead skin slough off over the following week. Check out our review of Baby Foot here.
T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid ($39.99; amazon.com)
Apple AirPods Pro ($234, originally $249; amazon.com)
AirPods are a great investment these days: no cords = nothing to get tangled in your face mask straps. The Pro models feature active noise cancellation, and they’re also water- and sweat-resistant.
Knock Knock ‘What I Love about Dad’ Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal ($10.32, originally $11.80; amazon.com)
This personalized journal can be as sweet or irreverent as you want it to be, making it a great gift for all kinds of dads. Don’t worry if you’re not great with words; the fill-in-the-blank formula means it’s easy to create something that’s both thoughtful and low-pressure.
ArtToFrames GlassesShield ($9.99; amazon.com)
EltaMD So Silky Hand Creme ($20; amazon.com)
Proper hand-washing is essential to stopping the spread of Covid-19, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Soothe dry, cracked hands with this dermatologist-recommended cream from EltaMD, which contains ceramides, emollients and vitamin E to nourish skin for up to 12 hours.
Nyx Professional Makeup Epic Ink ($8.97; amazon.com)
This bestselling waterproof eyeliner from Nyx promises to stay put, no matter how many Zoom meetings you’ve got on your plate, and it topped our test for the best budget liquid eyeliner of the year. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.
Apple iPad ($329; amazon.com)
Weighing only about a pound and offering up to 10 hours of battery life, the latest iPad is an excellent tool for working and creating on the go. It has a 10.2-inch Retina display and an 8MP back camera that lets you shoot and edit HD videos. This model also supports connection with Apple’s Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.
Mellanni Microfiber Bed Sheet Set (starting at $32.97 for a queen-sized set; amazon.com)
Soft and affordable brushed microfiber sheets offer a good night’s sleep even when the news is keeping you up late. These are also wrinkle-, fade- and stain-resistant, and come with a lifetime money-back guarantee in case you’re not happy with them.
Assacalynn Disposable Face Masks, 50-Pack ($15.98, originally $27.88; amazon.com)
A 50-pack of three-ply disposable face masks will help keep you and others safe through the fall. And if you’re looking for more face masks, check out our guides to fabric face masks, breathable face masks and face masks for kids.
Bagsmart Travel Cable Organizer ($15.99; amazon.com)
Keep all your cords tangle-free wherever you go with this travel cable organizer, which also features slots for your phone, a battery pack and three SD cards.
Cosmedica Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15; amazon.com)
Hyaluronic acid isn’t just a great moisturizer; its soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities also make it a good choice for those struggling with maskne (aka face-mask-induced zits). This bestselling serum featuring the skincare superstar has more than 5,000 5-star reviews.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker ($24.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)
Make perfect breakfast sandwiches in just five minutes — that’s faster than going to the drive-through, and cheaper, too. More than 10,000 customers have rated this sandwich maker 5 stars.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush ($41.98, originally $59.99; amazon.com)
With going to the salon out of the question for many people these days, it’s no wonder that readers are scooping up this popular hot air brush from Revlon. The brush makes it easy to get a smooth, voluminous blowout at home, and has more than 46,000 5-star reviews.
Remington Smart Beard Trimmer ($67.59; amazon.com)
This cordless trimmer adjusts speeds based on hair length and thickness and also keeps track of your previously used settings — meaning you can get a consistent look without heading to the barber shop. No wonder it topped our list of the best beard trimmers of 2020.
’101 So Bad, They’re Good Dad Jokes’ ($5.99; amazon.com)
Because we could all use a little levity these days, this book features such dad-approved gems as: “Did you get a haircut?” “No, I got them all cut.” Perfect for entertaining and/or annoying your children, partner or whoever’s in your social distancing pod.
Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker ($79.95; amazon.com)
This compact coffee maker brews up to 12 cups at a time and can even be programmed to have a fresh pot ready for you when you wake up, which made it an obvious pick for the best drip coffee maker of 2020.
Apple Watch Series 3 ($169, originally $199; amazon.com)
Apple’s Series 3 Watch remains one of the best smartwatches out there and is a great value at less than $200. Useful features include built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor, and the waterproof design means you can wear it anywhere.
Zacro Gel Bike Seat Cover ($21.99; amazon.com)
An ultra-cushy seat cover is a must-have for long bike rides and intense indoor cycling classes. Zacro’s bestselling gel cover is designed to fit over most bike saddles and comes with a water and dust resistant cover to boot.
Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger (starting at $31.99; amazon.com)
It’s always a good idea to have an extra battery pack for travel, hiking and at-home emergencies. Anker’s pocket-sized PowerCore 13000 is our pick for the best portable charger around, thanks to its compact design, ample power supply and ability to charge two devices at once.
Knock Knock ‘What I Love About You’ Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal ($9.56, originally $11.80; amazon.com)
From the makers of the aforementioned dad gift comes another fill-in-the-blank journal, perfect for any loved one in your life.
CRZ Yoga Women’s Naked Feeling High-Waist Yoga Pants (starting at $24; amazon.com)
These comfy leggings are a work-from-home essential thanks to their soft fabric and supportive high waist. They’re also a lookalike for Lululemon’s popular Align leggings at about a third of the price.
Apple AirPods With Wired Charging Case ($134.95, originally $159; amazon.com)
These AirPods come with a convenient case that holds enough juice for up to 24 hours of listening.
Lincoln Electric OmniShield Professional Face Shield ($36.99; amazon.com)
This helmet-style face shield is perfect for those who want an added layer of protection over their cloth or surgical masks. The OmniShield features an adjustable, cushioned head strap as well as an extra thick, fog- and scratch-resistant lens.
Mind Reader Adjustable Laptop Desk ($14.99; amazon.com)
Mind Reader’s portable lap desk features eight height settings, built-in leg cushions and even a carry handle — making working from home more comfortable whether you’re at your desk or on the couch. Check out more lap desk picks here.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed prices at the time of publication.