2016 Top Ten Product Picks
As a product review blogger, I have the opportunity to try out many items complimentary in exchange for my honest opinion. Some of them are ok, but lots of them are kind of meh. But I did manage to get some really great items to test out this year that I absolutely love and now can not imagine living without. These 2016 Top Ten Product Picks have passed all the tests with flying colors!
Criteria for making the list of 2016 Top Ten Product Picks:
- These products are all affordable.
- They make mundane tasks more convenient.
- They have become staples in my home that I use regularly or whenever the need arises.
- These products just make life better!
So without further ado – here are my 2016 Top Ten Product Picks for the year…
Why I love this product: My family loves watermelon. But I don’t have great skills with a knife so I always end up sawing it into a very skewed slice – you know, fat on one side and skinny on the other. I’ve been looking around for a tool that would help make the process easier. So I was really happy to have the chance to try this watermelon slicer for review.
In this little box you get a watermelon slicer and a melon baller which is a nice combo. The included melon baller has 2 cup sizes so you can make adorable bite size melon balls which are so fun to eat. And both tools leave behind practically no mess! It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
This Sameia Watermelon Slicer sells on Amazon for around $12
Why I love this product: When I travel I always over pack. I just like to be prepared for any type of situation! But I also have a ton of crap that I just have to take with me if I am going to be gone for longer than 24 hours. I need my facial washes, make up remover, hair products, jewelry, make up etc. But I usually just toss everything into a ziploc bag and stuff it in one of the pockets of my suitcase.
This toiletry bag is pretty amazing! It has a pocket for just about everything. Inside the center portion there are 2 zippered pockets, 1 large one and 1 small one which is perfect for earrings, or small items.
There are also 3 additional pockets inside the center portion along with a hook so you can hang the bag up neatly. Then there is a tall pocket on each side which are perfect for tall toiletries like shampoo or hair spray and slots for narrow items like make up pencils.
If you can’t fit it in here, then you probably have too much stuff! I’m never going back to plastic bags again.
You can find the Bago Toiletry Bag on Amazon for around $23. It comes in other colors too.
Why I love this product: The HomeBeck Burger Shocker is basically a stretchy silicone tray with 8 molds – 4 hexagons, and 4 round shapes. The molds are small in diameter but make thick patties. What is really nice about this is if you are planning to entertain a bunch of people or having a family bbq, you can make 8 patties at once!
It’s so convenient. I use it every time I make hamburger patties and freeze for future meals.
You can also use it for other types of foods like hash browns, soups, or baking. It is heat tolerant of up to 450 degrees. It is also dishwasher safe which makes cleaning a breeze.
It is a great time saver!
The HomeBeck® Burger Shocker sells for on Amazon for around $26.
Why I love this product: My husband likes to fall asleep with the TV on but sometimes the light really bothers me. I started using sleep masks last year and I have tried a few different types. When I had the chance to try out this one, I thought it looked so simple how will it compare to the others?
But boy was I blown away! What makes this mask so great is that it is actually really big. The adjustable strap on the back helps mold the mask to your face and the long length allows it to cover any gaps around your nose. If you still see any light, simply make the mask more snug and pull it down a bit. It is super soft and comfortable as well.
This sleep mask has totally changed the sleep game for me. I sleep more soundly and better than ever before. I use this every single night and wake up rested and refreshed.
You can find this Zooz Silk Eye Mask on Amazon for less than $10.
Why I love this product: I love experimenting with different nail polishes. But one of my beefs about nail polish is that it seems to take forever to dry. Even after hours have gone by, I always end up smudging a few of my nails. Since discovering this product, I use it every time I do a manicure at home.
After turning on the switch in back, then you push the power button in front. You will hear it beep with every button push. You have the option of using it with the fan alone, the lights alone, or the fan and lights together for intervals of 2, 3, or 5 mins.
What I like about this product is that you can use it with any type of nail polish from regular, to UV, to gel. It dries your nails super fast! And it’s big enough to do your hands or your feet at the same time.
It’s perfect for professionals and home nail enthusiasts alike. Also makes a great gift.
The Melody Susie 54W UV Nail Drying Lamp is available for around $50 on Amazon
Why I love this product: My hubby is a “Prepper” so I’m always looking for things for our bug-out box so that we are prepared for the impending apocalypse. So when I had the opportunity to try out a solar lantern complimentary for review, I thought this would be a great little gadget to add to our box. But this lantern is way cooler than I had expected!
First of all, it’s super compact and is made of metallic blue plastic which keeps it very lightweight.
There is a solar panel on the top so as long as the sun is still burning in the sky, you can charge it without batteries or electricity. But what’s even cooler is that it even has a USB port so you can charge up your portable electronics as well!
And what I REALLY love is that you can use it as a flashlight at the push of a button but then if you just slide the top open – BOOM – it becomes a lantern instantly. You can even use the flashlight and the lantern at the same time!
I think this is a great product for anyone into camping, hiking, or for killing zombies at night. It’s also really good to keep around the house when the power goes out. It is such a great multipurpose gadget and it is a total bargain for the price.
This Solar LED Lantern from RedSun sells for only around $10 on Amazon.
Why I love this product: I live in Phoenix where the temperature hits triple digits for about 7 months out of the year. I also spend a lot of time at my computer and even during the winter months when the weather is mild, my desk area gets really hot.
That is why this mini oscillating desk fan comes in handy. I use it almost every day!
This fan is only about 8″ tall so it fits nicely on your desk. The black color is really unobtrusive so it blends into any decor.
It has 2 speeds – low and high speed and amazingly, it is very quiet. You can also adjust the tilt and whether you want it to oscillate or stay stationary just by lifting the little button thingy on the top.
But my favorite part is that while it can run on 4 AA batteries, you don’t even need them! It has a USB port, so you can just plug it right into your computer. Actually you can plug it into anything that has a USB port. I also think it is pretty sturdy for such a little fan.
If you are looking for a nice portable and quiet desk fan, the SunPollo Oscillating Desk Fan is a great buy at about $18 on Amazon.
Why I love this product: I did not realize how much I suck at putting on makeup until I got to try this light up magnifying makeup mirror complimentary for review. This mirror is really bad for my self-esteem. I can see every wrinkle, freckle, zit, and whisker (yes whiskers!) on my face. But now I can at least see where I have been messing up and what I need to improve!
This mirror is perfect for up close grooming such as hair plucking, zit popping, and putting on makeup. And as an added bonus, this mirror is great for adding extra light to my YouTube videos!
I have no beef with this mirror. It’s my face I have a problem with.
If you are ready to face facts, you should definitely get this 7x Lighted Magnifying Mirror for your home. Only around $25 on Amazon.
Why I love this product: I hate fighting with my fitted sheet. It is such a pain in the butt. It’s not only hard to put on the bed, but forget about trying to fold it. Who’s idea was this anyway? But what’s even worse is that after spending so much time trying to get it to stay on the bed, it’s especially annoying when it slips off in the middle of the night.
Then I got the chance to try out these bed sheet fasteners from Click L and they helped solve my problem!
These bed sheet fasteners include a set of 4 plastic “L” brackets and 4 plastic knobs. It works similar to a chain lock on your front door. They don’t keep my sheets entirely wrinkle free, but I can count on them to keep my fitted sheet from slipping off. I am much happier since finding this product and use them every time I make the bed.
If you are looking for a way to keep your fitted sheet in place, you can find these Bed Sheet Fasteners from Click L on Amazon for only around $12
My favorite 2016 Top Ten Product Pick…
Why I love this product: My 6-year-old son Jaxon is terrified of our dark hallway – even during the day. He always thinks that something is going to jump out at him for some reason and insists on turning on the overhead light whenever he goes through there.
When I had the chance to try out this 5 pack of motion sensor activated lights from Mopos, I had no idea how much I needed these in my life!
I love that this comes in a pack of 5 so you can use them in multiple areas of the home. And they have motion and light sensors so they only go on when needed.
The only downside is that they take 3 AAA batteries each and they are not included. So you would need a total of 15 AAA batteries to use this whole pack of lights. That’s a lot of batteries!
We were able to find a pack of ACDelco AAA Super Alkaline Batteries, 48-Count on Amazon for under $11 so that is a pretty smoking deal!
The light itself is decently bright – almost like a night light, but for small, dark spaces they work really well. In the bathroom, the light is reflected by the mirror so it actually gives off quite a bit of light. And we have it lined up with the middle shelf in our dark pantry closet and it gives off just enough light for us to see all the glorious junk food that we have packed on the shelves.
The lights are LED which save on power consumption and they shut off by themselves after 5-30 seconds of inactivity. So all of these features help with battery life.
Every time I go for a snack in my pantry, I’m reminded of how much I love this light! I can’t live without it now.
Overall, I am very impressed with this pack of lights. And my son no longer has to worry about things popping out at him around dark corners!
The Mopos Motion Sensor LED Lights are my top pick of 2016! You can get them for around $22 on Amazon.
What do you think of my 2016 Top Ten Product Picks? What new products have changed your life this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**