The Top 10 Products Our Readers Loved Most in 2021

Of all the products our editors recommended this year, these topped the most-wanted list. Shop best-selling air purifiers, vacuums, and more reader-favorite products from 2021.

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Between rigorously testing products in our own homes, researching the latest launches, and paging through hundreds of reviews, our editors work hard to bring you the best of the best. We recommend tons of products throughout the year to help you clean, craft, entertain, and enjoy your home to the fullest. Better Homes & Gardens readers shopped all sorts of goods online this year, but a few products rose to the top of the most-wanted list.

Some readers snagged a frequently sold-out patio furniture set, many were in the market for air purifiers and carpet cleaners, and others beat the summer heat with portable air conditioners and pool accessories. Read on to see the best-selling products recommended by our editors in 2021. You might just discover the perfect gift idea or happen upon a new favorite product you never knew you needed.

Better Homes & Gardens River Oaks 5-Piece Wicker Conversation Set

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Outdoor entertaining was bigger than ever this year, and many homeowners took the opportunity to refresh their patio or deck ahead of warmer months. This spring, readers jumped at the news that this popular wicker furniture set was back in stock after selling out multiple times. Unsurprisingly, it's no longer in stock now, but you can shop similar options from The Home Depot or Overstock.

Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Max Clean Pet Pro Full-Size Carpet Cleaner

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Keeping your carpets clean with pets at home can be challenging, but many readers found this Bissell carpet cleaner to be an effective solution for accidents and stains. Featuring 12 rows of dirt-lifting brushes, the upright cleaner can remove allergens, debris, and odors embedded deep in your carpet. It also comes with an upholstery spot-cleaning tool, so you can use it on furniture, too.

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner

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Backyard pools have become a hot commodity over the past two years as preferences shifted toward kicking back at home instead of heading to the local swimming hole. Keeping the water clear and free of debris is a priority for any pool owner, and this robotic cleaner was a top choice among readers this year. Suitable for in-ground pools up to 50 feet long, it can clean the entire surface (floors and walls included) in just two hours. You can schedule the machine to clean your pool every one, two, or three days, allowing you to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the water.

Levoit Core P350 Air Purifier

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The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a summer of wildfires, prompted a renewed focus on indoor air quality. This reader-favorite air purifier is designed for those with pet allergies who can't bear to part with their furry friends. It features multiple filtration layers (including a HEPA filter) that trap pet dander, hair, odors, dust, and other particles to clean the air and help reduce allergy symptoms.

Bissell Little Green Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

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After going viral on TikTok earlier this year, this portable carpet cleaner got some major love from our readers, too. It's a must-have tool for removing stains and dirt from hard-to-reach places, including carpeted stairs, upholstered furniture, and car interiors. Two removable tanks keep the cleaning solution separate from the dirty water, and a stain removal tool lets you easily scrub and suction away stubborn spots.

Black+Decker BPACT10WT Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control

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For much of the country, this summer was a hot one, and portable air conditioners became go-to tools for staying cool. With the ability to cool down rooms up to 150 square feet, this top-selling model was a favorite for those suffering through hot, humid days. The remote-controlled unit also features adjustable fan speeds, a dehumidifier setting, and a quiet mode for sleeping.

FCMP IM4000 Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter

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Composting has exploded in popularity as a sustainable way to fuel flourishing gardens and reduce food waste. With an easy-to-use design and the ability to hold up to 37 gallons of organic waste, this tumbling composter was a top pick this year. Simply add your materials and turn the tumbler to mix a few times every couple of days, and your compost can be ready to use within two weeks.

Singer 4423 Sewing Machine

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Many of us picked up new hobbies during the pandemic, and for Better Homes & Gardens readers, sewing was a popular pick. This best-selling sewing machine provides 23 stitch options and heavy-duty power that can tackle thick fabrics and long seams. With a maximum sewing speed of 1,100 stitches per minute, you can finish projects in rapid fashion.

Shark NV356E S2 Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum

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With more time at home came more messes to clean, and this reader-favorite upright vacuum was up to the task. It features a HEPA filter that traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum, instead of sending them flying throughout the air. The vacuum easily toggles between carpeted floors and hard surfaces, and it comes with a 5-foot hose to help you clean hard-to-reach areas.

MIDEA 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner

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For those living in small spaces, this portable air conditioner was a lifesaver during the warmer months. It also functions as a dehumidifier and fan, and it comes with a reusable, washable filter that helps keep your air clean. An exhaust hose and window kit are included for easy setup.

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