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.
This month, readers were loving smart home devices and electronics — which isn’t all that surprising, considering there were major Amazon Prime Day deals in both categories. October also saw readers shopping for products to look better when the mask comes off. From long-lasting lipstick to smart garage door openers, here are 23 products that Underscored readers loved most in October.
Echo Dot 3rd Generation Smart Speaker with Alexa ($18.99, originally $39.99; amazon.com)
This is a great deal on Amazon’s 3rd generation smart speaker, featuring improved sound quality and a compact design. The Echo Dot pairs with Alexa and compatible smart home devices, so you can control everything from lighting to room temperature using your voice.
Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Eco-Friendly Sponge Cloths (starting at $16.95, originally $24.99; amazon.com)
You can use Swedish dishcloths just like you’d use regular paper towels — but unlike regular paper towels, you can use these over and over again and put them in the washing machine. They’re ultimately better for the planet — and for your wallet too. You can check out our review of this item here.
Apple AirPods Pro ($219, originally $249; amazon.com)
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter ($17.46, originally $19.95; amazon.com)
The ultra-portable LifeStraw removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites, no icky iodine taste or bulky contraptions required.
Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser (starting at $65.11; amazon.com)
Kick your oral health up a notch with the Waterpik Aquarius, perfect for those with braces, dental work or who simply don’t like traditional flossing. The Aquarius also comes in seven colors, meaning you can match it to your bathroom decor.
Anker Nano 20-Watt Charger ($16.99; amazon.com)
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (starting at $22; amazon.com)
Stila promises up to 12 hours of matte coverage without dryness or discomfort, thanks to this creamy formula featuring hydrating avocado oil and vitamin E. No wonder it won our best matte lipsticks of 2020 test.
Echo Flex Plug-In Mini Smart Speaker with Alexa ($9.99; originally $24.99; amazon.com)
Add Alexa to any room in the house with the Echo Flex, Amazon’s affordable Echo model that simply plugs into the outlet of your choice.
TaoTronics 4-Liter Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier (starting at $44.99; amazon.com)
Keep winter sniffles and sinus irritation at bay with this ultra quiet, ultrasonic humidifier, featuring a water tank big enough to keep large rooms feeling fresh and cool all night long. In fact, it took top honors when we tested the best humidifiers.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case ($99, originally $159; amazon.com)
If you don’t want to splurge on the AirPods Pro, Apple’s original AirPods remain an excellent wireless earbud choice and offer up to five hours of listening on a single charge.
Emart 10-inch Selfie Ring Light ($25.99; amazon.com)
Amazon Smart Plug ($24.99; amazon.com)
Amazon’s Smart Plug works with the Alexa app to schedule and remotely control everything from light switches to coffee makers.
MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener ($29.98, originally $39.98; amazon.com)
Never wonder if you’ve accidentally left the garage door open again with MyQ’s smart door opener and app, which lets you open and close your garage from anywhere.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips ($44.95, originally $49.99; amazon.com)
Crest promises professional-level teeth whitening without a trip to the dentist. This kit comes with 20 treatments, each designed to be worn for just 30 minutes a day.
Bedsure Satin Pillowcase, 2-Pack (starting at $9.99; amazon.com)
These luxe pillowcases come in 24 colors and are made from 100% polyester satin, which is gentler on hair and skin than regular cotton.
Echo Show 8 ($64.99, originally $129.99; amazon.com)
Get all the perks of an Amazon Echo, plus an 8-inch HD display for video calls, streaming TV shows and more.
Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($39.99; amazon.com)
This humidifier is great for smaller spaces, with a 1.5 liter tank, automatic shut-off feature and optional soothing night light.
Anker PowerPort Cube (starting at $18.99; amazon.com)
A unique, space-saving way to recharge your devices, Anker’s PowerPort Cube features three USB A ports and three AC outlets. The included adhesive pad also means you can attach it to pretty much any surface, though you may want to keep it loose; it makes a great travel companion. (Be sure to check out our full guide to Anker’s power strips here.)
Amazon 4K Fire TV Stick ($29.99, originally $49.99; amazon.com)
Stream Netflix, YouTube, Prime, HBO and more directly to your TV in 4K Ultra HD. The Fire Stick also works with Alexa, meaning you can change channels and turn up the volume using your voice.
Echo Show 5 ($44.99, originally $89.99; amazon.com)
The affordable Echo Show 5 has a compact 5.5-inch screen, making it perfect for folks who want a smart display but don’t have a ton of counterspace to spare.
SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSDXC ($23.99; amazon.com)
It might not the sexiest item on our list, but this microSD card is definitely one of the most useful. It’s 4K and Full HD ready, and also water-, shock- and temperature-proof.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer (starting at $39.99; amazon.com)
The Revlon One-Step is a hair dryer and hot brush in one, making it easier to get smooth, voluminous waves without heading to the salon. Did we mention it has an average of 4.6 stars from more than 100,000 ratings?
23andMe Health + Ancestry Service ($99, originally $199; amazon.com)
There are lots of genetic testing services these days, but 23andMe shines when it comes to giving users deep insights into both their ancestry and their predisposition to certain traits and health conditions.