Our most prized purchases do not define our lives — but, they can serve as effective reminders of the times during which they were made. While living through a most unusual year, we wanted to cast a wider net outside of our usual monthly top-bought product roundups. So we posed a question to our readers, coworkers, friends, and family: What is the single most useful item you’ve bought in 2020?
From the most basic of utility buys (like butter) to bigger non-essential investments (like a foldable electric bike) and everything in between, we’ve lined up the shopping stars of quarantine. Scroll on for a glimpse into 29 goods that helped save someone’s butt (literally) while WFH, changed another’s coffee habit completely, and enabled one runner to comfortably (and safely) maintain their exercise regime.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Reusable Coffee Filter
“Without access to office coffees and coffee shops, I was going through a zillion coffee filters at home. I finally bought a reusable filter that’s coated in copper, which helps keeps things sanitary, but also looks really pretty — plus, I swear my coffee tastes better now. Between that and my milk foamer, I’m pretty sure my homebrews taste way better than the $4 cups I used to buy every day. I use it every day, it’s literally changed my habits, and is a small way to cut down waste and cost — that’s a powerful product!” – Connie, 32
Ovalware Reusable Stainless Steel Pour-Over Coffee Filter, $, available at AmazonCollapsible Chair
“I was a month into my maternity leave when quarantine suddenly became a way of life. I bought two of these camping chairs, as I figured if we wanted to get any fresh air, we’d be spending a lot of time on our roof. Not only have we used these chairs on our rooftop to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset; we’ve also brought them to our local park while picnicking with friends, sat in them while eating lunch in my in-laws’ driveway so that they can see their grand-daughter at a safe social distance, and even to enjoy a pizza in the parking lot of a restaurant that was open for takeout only. I think the colors are incredibly stylish, and the chairs are super light-weight, making them incredibly portable. They’re also really comfortable.” – Emily, 36
Helinox Sunset Chair Multi Block, $, available at HelinoxTrue & Co. Body Scoop Neck Bra
“Needed a comfortable WFH bra :). This one is so incredibly comfortable and provides great support — I look forward to putting it on every day. (I ordered 3 more after the first!!)” – Amy, 42
True & Co. True Body Scoop Neck Bra, $, available at True & Co.Automatic Milk Frother
“Since quarantine and working from home, …read more