Curious about what your fellow CNN Underscored readers are buying? Every month we’ll round up our readers’ favorite products — those products readers like you scooped up the most over the past 30 days.
The arrival of sweater weather saw Underscored readers nesting — shopping for products to help cook better meals, work more comfortably from home and look great on Zoom even after the summer tan fades. From luxurious shower heads to portable soap paper (yes, it’s a thing), here are the 20 products Underscored readers loved most in September.
Apple Airpods Pro ($219, originally $249; amazon.com)
Active noise cancellation, sweat-resistant design and more than 24 hours of battery life make the AirPods Pro our pick for the best wireless earbuds on the market. And with nearly 50,000 5-star reviews, we’re clearly not the only ones who think so!
Emart 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light ($34.99; amazon.com)
Our pick for the best ring light of 2020 goes to this model from Emart, which comes with a tripod mount for your phone, three light modes and 11 brightness levels — ensuring you get the perfect glow in every selfie and video chat.
CRZ Yoga Women’s Naked Feeling High-Waist Yoga Pants (starting at $24; amazon.com)
Assacalynn Disposable Face Masks, 50-Pack ($9.98; amazon.com)
Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Set ($119.17; amazon.com)
Quality kitchen knives aren’t just more fun to cook with — their sharper edges are actually safer to use too! Our choice for the best kitchen knife set of 2020 features top-notch construction and tons of useful extras, all at an affordable price point.
Bedsure Satin Pillowcase, 2-Pack ($9.99; amazon.com)
Treat yourself to a better night’s sleep with these silky smooth pillowcases, which come in 24 elegant colors and are a total steal at just $9.99. One of our favorite cheap Amazon buys, these are made from 100% polyester satin, and they’re gentler on hair and skin than standard cotton pillowcases.
Whellen Selfie Ring Light ($16.99; amazon.com)
We love Whellen’s ring light for its portability — just toss it in your purse or pocket, then clip it to your phone whenever you want to snap a perfectly lit selfie.
Wassa High-Pressure Shower Head ($19.97; amazon.com)
Showering’s something we do every day (well, maybe every couple of days during quarantine), so why not make it as enjoyable as possible? Wassa’s shower head has an average of 4.7 stars from nearly 12,000 reviews and is our pick for the best budget shower head around, thanks to its ultra-powerful rain spray.
Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge ($19.95, originally $24.99; amazon.com)
Coleman SkinSmart DEET-Free Insect Repellent Spray ($4.87, originally $7.99; amazon.com)
Slice Ceramic Blade Safety Cutter ($8.31; amazon.com)
File this one under tiny products that may have a big impact on your life. With its itty bitty yet ultra-sharp ceramic blade, Slice’s safety cutter is perfect for everything from craft projects to opening packages.
Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 ($10.45; amazon.com)
Hawaiian Tropic earned the top spot in our search for the best sunscreen of 2020, thanks to its nongreasy feel and delightful coconut scent — probably the closest any of us will get to a tropical vacation this year!
TubShroom Ultra Edition ($13.88, originally $15.99; amazon.com)
Kohler Forte Shower Head ($74.44, originally $103.95; amazon.com)
After months of testing in our search for the best shower head, the Kohler Forte reigned supreme. The Forte features three spray settings, ranging from a gentle misting to a drenching downpour, and despite its fantastic water pressure, it uses just 1.75 gallons per minute.
Nyx Professional Epic Ink Liner ($8.97; amazon.com)
With masks covering half our faces every time we step outside, it’s all about the eyes these days. Make yours pop with this bestselling waterproof liner from the cruelty-free makeup brand Nyx, which won our title of the best budget liquid eyeliner of 2020 and boasts nearly 13,000 5-star reviews.
Kiseer Mini Portable Travel Soap Paper Sheets ($9.99; amazon.com)
We know by now how important hand-washing is to stopping the spread of Covid-19. Since you can’t exactly toss a bar of soap in your purse, grab some ultra-portable, biodegradable soap sheets instead. All you need is a little water, and voila! Suds away. (Traveling soon? We’ve got more tips to stay safe on the go here.)
Coppertone Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($4.50, originally $11.99; amazon.com)
Mineral sunscreens have a reputation for being difficult to rub in and leaving a white cast on skin, but in our testing, Coppertone’s Pure and Simple Lotion applied easily and blended well. It earned our praise as the best mineral sunscreen around, and it’s a great choice for anyone with sensitive skin or who just wants to avoid chemical sunscreen.
Steelcase Series 1 Office Chair (starting at $398; amazon.com)
Give your back a break by investing in a quality chair for your home office. The Steelcase Series 1 is our favorite office chair for a reason (well, many reasons!): It’s highly customizable, looks great and is very, very comfortable.
Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel ($25; amazon.com)
Underscored readers continue to love this intensely satisfying at-home peel, which painlessly sloughs off layers of dead skin to reveal the baby-soft feet beneath — no salon visit required. You can read our review of it here.