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The 30 Most Popular Items on Amazon, According to Our Readers

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What We're Buying Right Now

The dog days of summer are upon us, and frankly, it's too darn hot outside to go shopping. Thank goodness you can stay indoors, cool and comfy, and shop online to your heart's content. We took a look at Amazon sales data to find out what Cheapism readers have been buying lately; the results are listed in order of descending popularity. Happy browsing!


Prices and availability are subject to change. Some items may only be available from third-party sellers.


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Ecoigy Wool Dryer Balls
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Ecoigy Wool Dryer Balls

$9
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This simple product was by far the most popular among Cheapism readers in 2020 — and it's still the top seller well into 2021. Pop one, two, or even three of these in the dryer along with a load of laundry and you'll never go back to using fabric softener sheets again. That's the enthusiastic consensus from buyers on Amazon, who praise this set of six New Zealand-made wool dryer balls as a scent-free, organic alternative to chemical dryer sheets. Keep an eye on the price, though; we've seen this selling for less than $9 and as much as $15 in the recent past.


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Winner: Marie Sharp's Belizean Heat
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Marie Sharp's Belizean Heat

$6

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Marie Sharp's, a line of sauces from Belize, is extremely popular among hot sauce enthusiasts — and for good reason. It's chunky with a bright and fresh vegetal flavor from habaneros, carrots, and lime juice. The balance of acidic tang and sweetness from the carrots is just right. If any hot sauce could be called refreshing, it's this one. Try it on anything from Jamaican food to fancy cheeses. 


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Detailing Gel
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Car Detailing Gel

$7

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This unassuming-looking blob of slime might be one of the best sub-$10 purchases for anyone who's fanatical about making their detailing last. It gets into the nooks and crannies normally reserved for cotton swabs, but is much better at grabbing dirt and grime from fragile dust magnets, including fan vents. It's also great for cleaning delicate and hard-to-clean surfaces such as laptop keyboards.


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Goshi Exfoliating Shower Towel
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Emergency Heating Kit
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Vaccine Card Protector
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COVID-19 Vaccine Card Holders

$6 and up

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If all you want is a simple plastic covering for your vaccination card, there are scores of options just like this resealable one. They all do the same thing, so shop based on price. They’re available with lanyards or clips (or without) in packs of three, six, or 10.


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Powecom KN95 Disposable Face Masks
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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

$25
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Bring the drive-thru home with a morning sandwich maker. The dishwasher-safe set takes your own fresh ingredients — like eggs, English muffins, ham, bagels, or sausage — and turns them into an effort-free breakfast of champions.


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5 Stars United Ring Size Adjuster
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Grout Pen Grout Restorer
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Grout Pen Grout Restorer

$9

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Nothing ages a home faster than dingy grout. Unfortunately, nothing is harder to clean than dingy grout, too, so we won't blame you for faking it with a grout pen. They're available in several colors, and buyers say they're easy to use, especially compared with scrubbing like mad.


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Ram-Pro Furniture Markers and Crayons
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Ram-Pro Furniture Markers and Crayons

$9

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Speaking of quick home upgrades: Nothing dates a room faster than dinged-up wood furniture. Fill in all those "oops" moments with furniture markers and crayons. They come in six blendable colors and include wax filler crayons for those really deep gouges. 

Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light
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Wobane Under Cabinet LED Lighting Kit
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Wobane Under Cabinet LED Lighting Kit

$18

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Cabinetry is never cheap, especially if you splash out on custom lighting, too. But why not add that little luxury to your existing cabinets for less than the price of a few light bulbs? These pre-cut LED strips come with a wireless remote control that has a timer, a dimmer, and a 60-foot range.


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Kensizer Soil Tester
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Propagation Station
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Household Essentials Hinge It Magnetic Garage Door Accents
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Universal Phone Mount
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Universal Phone Mount

$20

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Phone mounts generally go either on the dashboard or the fan vent. The first clutters up the dash and distracts from the rather important stuff happening on the other side of the windshield. The second prevents the vents from blowing hot or cold air into the passenger compartment and freezes or bakes your phone in the process. This style has a much smaller footprint and allows you to mount a phone facing forward in the tiniest of gaps by the controls/display — right where you need it but out of the way.


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AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 24 Ct.
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AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

$12 and up
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Stop wasting paper towel after paper towel and put these versatile 12-by-16-inch microfiber cleaning cloths to work. They're a favorite for gently cleaning cars, dusting, or wiping down countertops. Once you're done, toss them in the washer.

Umite Chef Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
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Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating
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Repel Windproof Umbrella

$22

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The seller describes this as "an umbrella that defies the logic of Mother Nature." We're not quite sure what that's supposed to mean, but we do know Cheapism readers have been buying these aplenty. Just a hair under 12 inches long and weighing 15 ounces, this teflon-coated travel umbrella is the perfect size for travel.

Berry Ave Broom Holder and Tool Organizer
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Runner Up: Crystal
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Crystal Hot Sauce

$5

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Love Buffalo-flavored anything? Crystal is made with aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, and salt. It's got a pronounced, pepper-forward flavor that hits you right on the top of your tongue. The heat, which is relatively mild, lingers at the back of your throat. This is a favorite all-purpose hot sauce that's good for shaking on almost anything.


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'50 States, 5,000 Ideas'
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'50 States, 5,000 Ideas'

$13
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Beautifully illustrated and compiled by the experts at National Geographic, this book spells out "Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do" for the traveler in your life. From Louisiana swamp tours to the world's longest yard sale, the book reveals some of the greatest hidden treasures in the U.S.

Musher's Secret Dog Paw Wax
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RAK Magnetic Wristband
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'Wild At Home' Book
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The Ultimate RV Logbook
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The Ultimate RV Logbook

$10
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This handsome book allows RVers to catalog their memories and make notes of things they liked — or didn't — about specific campgrounds. Were the bathrooms dirty? Did the camp store have tons of good stuff? Travelers can jot it all down. There's also a maintenance log section in the back.


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'Goodnight Zoom'
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'Goodnight Zoom'

$12
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One of the most recognizable children's books of all time has always been ripe for parody, so "Goodnight Zoom" was a tale just waiting to happen. Everything from homemade bread to a pile of delivery boxes makes an appearance in this zany time-capsule read.


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Scratch art
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Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Box of Rainbow Mini Notes

$7

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Scratch art is an endless beautiful surprise! Melissa & Doug have created another wholesome creative toy with 125 notes kids can “write” with a wooden stylus, revealing a rainbow of color underneath. Not even the artist knows what the final picture will look like, which is a lot of the fun of scratch art.